By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, June 7, 2018–In a departure from a multi-team Florida Gold Coast meet, South Florida Aquatic Club and AquaKids Sharks will compete in a dual meet on Friday and Saturday.
The SOFLO AquaKids Sharks Dual Meet Experience at Academic Village Pool will feature some of the top swimmers in the Florida Gold Coast, all training through the meet for upcoming major meets.
The swimmers, who frequently train together, will compete for bragging rights.
Among AquaKids Shark’s top seeds are Mary Smutny, 17, in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, and 100-meter butterfly; Hailey Jerew, 17, in the 100-meter breaststroke; and Miguel Cancel, 18, in the 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley.
SOFLO is led by top seed Rafael Rodriguez, 16, in the 1500-meter freestyle and 200-meter butterfly. He will also compete in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly. Rodriguez is coming off an impressive winning performance at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Open Water Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mallory Schleicher, 14, one of South Florida’s top open water swimmers coming off a fourth place at Southern Zones, will compete in four individual events and two relays.
Among top SOFLO seeds are Jessica Rodriguez, 19, in the 200-meter breaststroke and Melissa Marinheiro, 21, in the 400-meter freestyle and Alessandro Pereira, 11, in the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke.
SOFLO has entered 99 swimmers (54 boys, 45 girls) in 345 individual events and four relays.
Swimmers will compete in four individual events plus relays.
The 13-and-over swimmers will compete on Friday at 6 p.m. The 12-and-unders will swim Saturday at 11 a.m.
IF YOU GO
What: SOFLO AquaKids Sharks Experience Dual Meet
When: Friday, 6 p.m., for 13-and-over; Saturday, 11 a.m., for 12-and-under.
Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.
Of note: Admission is free. SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club are meet hosts. For more information call 954-538-3721.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org