SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins First Event Of Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier In Plantation

By Sharon Robb

February 8, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers dominated the opening event of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:51.45. Teammate Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, was fifth in 9:08.15.

Top seed Kathleen Golding, 18, was the first girls finisher in a best time 9:08.15, bettering her previous best of 9:16.69. She was also sixth overall.

SOFLO had 11 swimmers finish among the Top 20.

SOFLO has 49 swimmers (24 girls and 25 boys) competing in 192 individual events and two relay events.

Canada, led by 18-year-old Penny Oleksiak, heads one of the most competitive fields for the meet. Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Philippe Marcoux, 19, is on college break and heads the boys field.

In addition to SOFLO and Canada, among teams competing are Azura, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic, Foxjets, Hammerhead Aquatics, North Palm Beach, Mako Aquatics, Flood Aquatics, Boca Raton Swim Team and TS Aquatics.

Mixed 800-meter freestyle:

1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:51.45; 2. Pace Edwards, FAST 9:03.10, 3. Cristian Tortola, Azura 9:03.31, 4. Patrick Doyle, Sunrise 9:05.11, 5. Philopatier Ibrahim, SOFLO 9:08.12, 6. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 9:08.15, 7. Enrique Rodriguez, Azura 9:08.78, 8. Robert Wilson, SOFLO 9:09.42, 9. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 9:10.94, 10. Matthew Gocke, SFTL 9:12.54; SOFLO: 11. Dominic Bono 9:21.95, 12. Leonardo Mateus 9:24.22, 14. Olivia Dinehart 9:37.40, 15. Nicolas Rossi 9:40.37, 16. Maddie Smutny 9:45.14, 17. Avery Lambert, Bolles 9:46.09, 18. John Trieu, FAST 9:47.82, 19. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 9:48.94, 20. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 9:50.11; SOFLO: 22. Lucy Smutny 9:56.45, 24. Elena Dinehart 9:58.19, 29. Alexis Christensen 10:16.06.


What: FGC Senior Long Course Sectional Qualifier

When: Saturday

Schedule: Saturday, Session II, 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m., Session III, 3:45 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Of note: Admission is $5 per person, per session. All sessions passes are available. Heat sheets will be posted online and Meet Mobile. For more information, call 954-452-2526.

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