South Florida Aquatic Club Hosts Annual TYR SOFLO Open This Weekend

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, January 24, 2019–Host South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the TYR SOFLO Open that gets under way Friday at Academic Village Pool.

The three-day timed final meet features a large field including 156 swimmers (78 girls and 78 boys) competing in 1,028 individual events and eight relays representing SOFLO.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Isabelle Wilson, 12, 200 freestyle, 2:10.04; 500 freestyle 5:30.58.

Kathleen Golding, 18, 100 individual medley, 56.36; 400 individual medley, 4:12.46; 200 backstroke, 2:04.31; 50 butterfly 24.58.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, 100-yard individual medley, 53.15; 400 individual medley 4:01.32; 500 freestyle, 4:35.60; 200 butterfly, 1:50.50; 100 freestyle, 47.90.

Javier Colmenares, 12, 200 individual medley, 2:15.66; 200 breaststroke, 2:28.03; 50 breaststroke 31.99; 100 breaststroke, 1:08.22; 100 individual medley 1:02.79.

Marc Rojas, 24, 200 breaststroke, 2:00.66; 50 breaststroke, 25.94.

Molly Golding, 15, 200 breaststroke, 2:21.87.

Mary Smutny, 18, 100 backstroke, 55.90; 100 butterfly, 53.81; 200 individual medley 2:02.82; 500 freestyle 4:42.80; 200 freestyle 1:45.36; 200 butterfly 1:56.58; 100 freestyle 49.48.

Lance Lesage, 16, 100 backstroke, 52.06; 200 backstroke 1:51.35.

Gaby Banks, 16, 50 freestyle, 23.85.

What looks to be one of the highlight races of the meet is the 50 breaststroke. It will be a trip down memory lane with top two seeds Marc Rojas, 24, of SOFLO going up against Harvey Beckwith, 41, of Coral Springs Swim Club. Beckwith is also seeded first in the 100 breaststroke and Rojas is seeded first in the 200 breaststroke.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Blue Marlins of Hialeah, Metro Aquatics, Alper Swim Club, Coral Springs Swim Club, Hialeah, YMCA of South Florida, Heritage Aquatics, Hurricane Swimming, City of Miami, North Miami Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team, Midtown Weston and TSA Swimming.

Title meet sponsor TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club. The club sponsor is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.


What: TYR SOFLO Open

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free online at or Meet Mobile. Printed heat sheets are available for coaches only in the swim office. For information call swim office, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

South Florida Aquatic Club First Florida Gold Coast Club To Receive Safe Sport Recognition

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, January 23, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club reached a milestone by becoming the first Florida Gold Coast Club to receive USA Swimming Safe Sport recognition.

The USA Swimming Safe Sport Program raises awareness about misconduct in swimming, promotes open dialogue, and provides training and resources. USA Swimming is committed to making swimming safe for everyone.

SOFLO and other USA Swimming members will use the policies, guidelines, best practices, strategies and tools to create a safe atmosphere at SOFLO’s home Academic Village Pool and away meets.

USA Swimming put together a Safe Sport handbook which is designed to help USA Swimming members to implement safe sport practices at the local level. The handbook is online and also is mailed to each of USA Swimming’s 2,790 member clubs.

SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members including swimmers, parents and coaches.

Earlier this week Anderson was informed that SOFLO was the first FGC club to receive Safe Sport recognition.

Trish Hughes, Administrative Assistant for USA Swimming, wrote:

“Congratulations on achieving Safe Sport Recognized status for South Florida Aquatic Club. I hope that you found the process of policy review and education beneficial. I have copied your general chair, Safe Sport chair, and the Southern Zone Safe Sport coordinator on this message, because good work should be celebrated.”

USA Swimming is hosting a Prevention Convention 360, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The conference will explore a holistic approach to abuse prevention in sport and cultivating healthy, positive, and inclusive swim clubs and other youth-serving organizations. Conference speakers will explore the what, why, and how of abuse, survivorship, and safe communities.

Sharon Robb can be reached at