By Sharon Robb
May 30, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for this weekend’s 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.
Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation are hosting one of the biggest meets of the summer while North Palm Beach Swim Club officials are running it on Saturday and Sunday.
SOFLO has the largest team with 83 swimmers entered in 394 time final races.
The SOFLO contingent features a talented group of swimmers from Vietnamese Olympian and national record holder Vien Thianh Nguyen to collegians back for the summer including Heath Brames (University of Massachusetts), Kelley Heron (Michigan State), Melissa Marinheiro (Florida Gulf Coast) and C.J. Kopecki (Seton Hall) to high school and age group swimmers.
Among other SOFLO swimmers competing are Jemma Baldwin, 8, Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, Ryan Harries, 11, Lance Lesage, 16, Oleksii Viazmetinov, 10, and Juan Vallmitjana, 10.
Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
Melissa Marinheiro, 22, 200-meter freestyle, 2:05.80.
Vien Thianh Nguyen, 22, 200-meter backstroke, 2:14.86; 100-meter butterfly, 1:03.18.
Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, 200-meter backstroke, 2:07.01.
Samuel Quintero, 18, 400-meter individual medley, 4:47.60.
Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 200-meter freestyle, 2:34.63.
Izzy Wilson, 12, 200-meter freestyle, 2:21.61.
Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, 100-meter backstroke, 1:18.55.
Connor Jimenez, 10, 50-meter freestyle, 32.99; 200-meter individual medley, 3:01.79.
Kevin Moya, 12, 100-meter freestyle, 1:04.03; 50-meter breaststroke, 41.40.
The meet, one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top summer meets, will give SOFLO swimmers a chance to race long course against some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top swimmers and teams including Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimFast, Martin County, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming and hosts North Palm Beach and Plantation Swim Team.
IF YOU GO
What: 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff
Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9141 NW Second Street, off Broward Blvd.
Schedule: Saturday, Session One, 9 a.m.-12:52 p.m.; Session Two, 1:30-4:51 p.m.; Sunday, Session One 9 a.m.-1:37 p.m., Session Two 2-5:29 p.m.
Of note: Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation are hosting the meet…North Palm Beach Swim Club staff is running the meet for the seventh consecutive year…Admission is $5 each session, heat sheet $2 each session. Meet directors are Alf Aguirre, 305-773-6060 and Dick Cavanah 561-762-7261…Time lines, psych sheets and results will be posted at http://www.npbswimming.com according to meet organizers.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org