SOFLO Headed To Sarasota For Shark Open Invitational

By Sharon Robb

SARASOTA, June 19, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will compete in the Sarasota Shark Open Invitational that gets underway Thursday at Selby Aquatic Center.

Twelve SOFLO swimmers will compete against several North Florida and Georgia teams including the host Sarasota YMCA Sharks which dominate the top seeds. SOFLO and TSA are the only Florida Gold Coast teams entered.

SOFLO’s swimmers (nine girls, three boys) entered in 96 individual events are: Gabriela Avila, 12; Sophia Avila, 10; Dominic Bono, 15; Elena Dinehart, 14; Elise Dinehart, 11; Olivia Dinehart, 14; Genesis Escobar, 11; Felix Gonzalez, 12; Daglia Hirsh, 12; Paige Lane, 16; LeeAnn Ranalli, 16; and Miguel Sierra, 16.

The four-day meet begins Thursday with timed finals in the 800-meter freestyle at 2 p.m. Prelims and finals are 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The meet format is prelims and finals for 11-12, 13-14 and 15-and-over and timed finals for 10-and-unders and 11-and-over who do not have qualifying times.


What: Sarasota Shark Open Invitational

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals, 800-meter freestyle, 2 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

Where: Selby Aquatic Center, 8501 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota.

Of note: The meet is hosted by the Sarasota YMCA Sharks….There will be combined team and individual high point trophies awarded….The meet is limited to 600 swimmers…For more information call the Sarasota Sharks office 1-941-552-8206.

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