SOFLO Swimmers Ring In Holidays With Two Weekend Meets At Home And Sunrise

By Sharon Robb

December 13, 2017—Before the holidays commence, more than 100 South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will compete this weekend at two festive meets.

Fifty-five swimmers (32 boys and 23 girls) will compete in 291 individual events and 11 relays over three days at the Sunrise Swimming Holiday Champs at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds at the Sunrise meet are:

Bryan Rivero, 16, 400-yard individual medley, 4:21.89; 100-yard backstroke, 58.68; 200-yard backstroke, 1:57.81.

CJ Kopecki, 18, 50-yard butterfly, 25.13; 100-yard individual medley, 56.68; 200-yard butterfly, 1:53.79; 100-yard butterfly, 52.53.

Joseph Lee, 200-yard individual medley, 2:04.06; 200-yard breaststroke 2:21.46.

In addition to SOFLO and host Sunrise Swimming, among other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Pine Crest Swimming and Cooper City.

South Florida Aquatic Club will host its final Florida Gold Coast meet of the year on Saturday with the Sprint Holiday TYR Classic.

Two sessions will be held–developmental sprints in the morning session at 8:30 a.m. and 8-and-under sprint championships at 11 a.m.

Another 82 SOFLO swimmers (45 girls and 37 boys) will compete in their Academic Village home pool in 354 individual events and five relays.

SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Paige Lane, 15, 100-yard freestyle, 52.82; 50-yard butterfly, 26.22.

Luke Lezotte, 16, 100-yard freestyle, 47.49; 50-yard freestyle, 21.06; 50-yard butterfly, 23.36; 50-yard backstroke, 25.21; 100-yard individual medley, 53.88.

Alejandro Mateus, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 57.40; 50-yard backstroke, 29.72; 100-yard individual medley, 1:06.86.

Kaitlyn Barrios, 11, 100-yard freestyle, 1:02.68; 50-yard freestyle, 28.50.

Katrina Del Vecchio, 14, 100-yard individual medley, 1:02.12.

Jonathan Lozano, 10, 100-yard freestyle, 1:03.88.

Juan Vallmitjana, 8, 50-yard freestyle, 36.83; 50-yard butterfly 45.35: 50-yard breaststroke, 49.50; 100-yard individual medley, 1:32.92.

WHAT: Holiday Champs
WHEN: Friday-Sunday
SCHEDULE: Friday, timed finals; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.
WHERE: Sunrise Civic Center Pool, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.
ADMISSION: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information call the Sunrise Swimming Office 954-747-4635.

WHAT: Sprint Holiday TYR Classic
WHEN: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
WHERE: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines
ADMISSION: $5 per session. Heat sheets will be available free of charge online at classic and on Meet Mobile.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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