SOFLO Kicks Off Day One Of USA Swimming Futures Championships

By Sharon Robb

CARY, N.C., August 2, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers started competing Thursday at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center.

SOFLO’s top finisher was the girls’ 800-meter freestyle relay, placing 11th in 8:54.44 with Gaby Banks, Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez and Molly Golding.

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez, 16, was 13th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:29.05.

Cameron Taddonio, 17, of Boca Raton Swim Team was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher placing fourth in the 1500-meter freestyle in a best time 16:17.31, shaving 35 seconds off his previous time.

South Florida Aquatic Club is tied for ninth with the Central Florida Marlins with 16 points.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

It is one of four Futures meets held across the country. The championships are open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and have achieved the time standards in one or more events. The summer meet provides swimmers with a new stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals. Some call the Futures meet a “junior” Junior Nationals.

Several Florida teams are competing including Gator Swim Club, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, Pine Crest Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and Blue Wave Swimming.


SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, 17, was 15th in the 100-meter freestyle at the junior event Tuesday in Irvine, Calif. After going 56.82 in prelims, she went 57.05 in finals. She scratched from the 400-meter individual medley.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 130, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 125, 3. TAC Titans 94, 4. SwimMAC 79, 5. Mecklenburg 64, 6. Area Tallahassee 33, 7. Blue Dolfins 30, 8. Bolles 20, 9. tie, South Florida Aquatic Club, Central Florida Marlins 16.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Marlins of Raleigh 66, 2. Dynamo 65, 3. TAC Titans 54, 4. Mecklenburg 32, 5. Academy Aquatic Club 30, 11. Boca Raton Swim Team 15, 21. SOFLO 4.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 65, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 59, 3. SwimMAC 50, 4. TAC Titans 40, 5. Mecklenburg 32, 13. SOFLO 12.


800-meter freestyle:
1. Addison Smith, BAY 8:54.44, 2. Michelle Morgan, PS 8:55.28, 3. Alixandra Roy, HIGH 9:01.14; FGC: 8. Daniella Van Den Berg 9:05.14, time drop 0.25, 10. Anna Auld, ECAC 9:07.30.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. TAC Titans 8:25.37, 2. Dynamo 8:25.48, 3. Mecklenburg 8:27.61; 11. SOFLO 8:54.44 (Gaby Banks, Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Molly Golding).


1500-meter freestyle:
1. Joshua Legge, NC 16:07.59, 2. Zachary Brewer, FSLA 16:12.36, 3. Lance Norris, NC 16:30.90; FGC: 4. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 16:17.31, time drop, 35 seconds; SOFLO: 13. Rafael Rodriguez 16:29.05.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. TAC Titans 7:41.54, 2. Dynamo 7:42.83, 3. Mecklenburg 7:48.67.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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