Westminster Academy Wins Two Relays, SOFLO Boys Third On Day One Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships In Gainesville

By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 7, 2018—Westminster Academy Swim Club swept the 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relays against a strong field on Day One of the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Friday at the University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool in Gainesville.

The foursome of Anthony Barbar, David Lambert, Austin Saunders and Robinson Molina won both the 200-meter medley relay in 1:43.17 and 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:35.70.

SOFLO’s highest women’s finisher was its seventh-place 200-meter medley relay of Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding and Jessica Rodriguez in 2:03.22.

SOFLO’s B relay of Lance Lesage, CJ Kopecki, Juan Pineda and Rafael Rodriguez finished eighth in 1:51.96 ahead of the A relay of Robert Wilson, Juan Serna, Marc Rojas and Ricardo Roche in 1:52.33.

South Florida Aquatic Club boys are third with 90 points. Metro Aquatics lead with 129. Sarasota YMCA Sharks lead the combined with 183 and women’s team standings with 62.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA Sharks, AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

The Speedo Sectionals Series display some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones. The full results can be found on Meet Mobile but being loaded extremely slow.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 183, 2. Bolles 145, 3. Gator Swim Club 138, 4. Metro Aquatics 129, 5. St. Petersburg 99, 6. SOFLO 90.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 129, 2. Sarasota 121, 3. SOFLO 90, 4. Bolles and Gator Swim Club 86, 6. Westminster Academy 64.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota 62, 2. Bolles 59, 3. Gator Swim Club 52, 4. St. Petersburg 38, 5. Central Florida 29.


1500-meter freestyle:
1. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 16:41.91, 2. Kahra Williams, GSC 16:55,66, 3. Emma Weyant, SYS 16:58.35.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:56.34 (Juliana Lopez, Caitlin Brooks, Leah Reisker, Talia Bates), 2. Club Seminoles 1:58.72, 3. Swim Florida 1:59.18, 7. SOFLO 2:03.22 (Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding, Jessica Rodriguez).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club A 1:45.30 (Kaitlyn Cronin, Kirschtine Balbuena, Geoorgie Bates, Victoria Bindi), 2. Club Seminole 1:47.12, 3. Gator Swim Club B 1:49.51, 10. SOFLO 1:51.71 (Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Maya Coffey, Kathleen Golding).


800-meter freestyle:
1. Robert Finke, SPA 8:05.15, 2. Ben Lawless, CCS 8:05.38, 3. Drew Clark, SYS 8:10.35; SOFLO: 19. Rafael Rodriguez 8:43.05, 41. Leonardo Mateus 9:04.88.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Westminster Academy Swim Club 1:43.17 (Anthony Barbar, David Lambert, Austin Saunders, Robinson Molina), 2. Club Seminole 1:46.93, 3. Gator Swim Club A 1:47.55, 8. SOFLO B 1:51.96 (Lance Lesage, CJ Kopecki, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez), 9. SOFLO A 1:52.33 (Robert Wilson, Juan Serna, Marc Rojas, Ricardo Roche).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Westminster Academy 1:35.70 (Anthony Barbar, David Lambert, Austin Saunders, Robinson Molina), 2. Gator Swim Club 1:36.54, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:37.84, 10. SOFLO A 1:41.64 (Jonathan Farah, Robert Wilson, Juan Serna, Rafael Rodriguez), 13. SOFLO B 1:43.73 (Lance Lesage, CJ Kopecki, Juan Pineda, Ricardo Roche).

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
1. Club Seminole 1:50.99 (Madeline Cohen, William Pisani, Nicole Blank, Juan Sequera), 2. Gator Swim Club 1:54.00, 3. AquaKids Sharks 1:55.83 (Samuel Bauta, Mary Smutny, Hailey Jerew, Miguel Cancel), 6. SOFLO A 1:57.02 (Kelley Heron, Kathleen Golding, Robert Wilson, Samuel Quintero), SOFLO B DQ.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:42.93 (Kaitlyn Cronin, Julian Hill, Trevor McGovern, Kirschtine Balbuena), 2. AquaKids Sharks 1:43.50 (Samuel Bauta, Mary Smutny, Hailey Jerew, Miguel Cancel), 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:45.00, 9. AquaKids Sharks B 1:51.59, 12. SOFLO B 1:51.89 (Kelley Heron, John Paul Handal, Molly Golding, Samuel Quintero), SOFLO A DQ.


What: Speedo Champions Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Saturday-Monday

Schedule: Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals; Monday, 9 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals.

Where: University of Florida, O’Connell Center Pool, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-375-4683, ext. 4545.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

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