Countdown To States Begins With District Meets This Week; SOFLO Swimmers Expected To Shine

By Sharon Robb

October 22, 2018—The road to high school state meets for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers begins this week with district meets for 3A and 4A schools.

The club will be well-represented with more than fifty SOFLO swimmers competing in high school district meets in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

All district meets are timed finals. The FHSAA will not release any final district results until the weekend when all official results are submitted to the state’s governing body.

On Tuesday, Coral Springs High School will host the District 9-4A Swimming and Diving Championship featuring defending champion St. Thomas Aquinas with SOFLO’s Lance Lesage. The meet will be held at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex at 9 a.m. for swimming and 10 a.m. for diving. Other teams competing are Douglas, Taravella, Deerfield Beach, South Plantation, Coral Glades, Monarch and Piper.

On Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale High School will host the District 11-3A meet. The Flying L’s are defending champions. The swimming begins 9 a.m. and diving at noon. The meet is expected to be more of a dual meet between Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines Charter, led by Rafael Rodriguez. Other teams are Nova, South Broward, Northeast, Ely and Dillard.

On Thursday, Hialeah Gardens, led by Jennifer Rodriguez, will host the District 11-4A meet at Miami-Dade North Aquatic Center at 9 a.m. Other teams are Miami Beach, Miami Columbus, Coral Gables, Our Lady of Lourdes, Dr. Krop, American, Miami and Hialeah. Miami Beach girls and Columbus boys are defending champions.

On Friday, Flanagan will host the District 10-4A meet at Nova High School’s pool. The swimming, which features the most SOFLO swimmers including defending state champion Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Mallory Schleicher and Robert Wilson of Cooper City and Paige Lane and Gaby Banks of Cypress Bay, begins 8:30 a.m. and diving at noon. Cypress Bay is defending champion. Other teams are Everglades, Flanagan, McArthur, West Broward and Western.

The top two finishers in each event from each district meet as well as the next overall best times at-large for a field of 24 from the remaining best times among top 16 finishers in the district meets will move on to regions.

For relays, the district champion advances plus the next overall best times at-large for a field of 16 from the remaining best times among eight finishers.

In diving, the top two in each district plus 18 at-large spots from the divers who placed in the top 16 in district meets. All divers must meet the minimum qualifying score of 280 points in the district meet.

The 1A and 2A teams, including NSU University School and American Heritage Plantation, both featuring SOFLO swimmers, will start qualifying at next week’s district meets throughout South Florida while the 3A-4A district qualifies advance to the region meets.

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