Olympian Vien Nguyen Heads SOFLO At XXI FLA International Cup

By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, June 26, 2019—Two-time Vietnam Olympian and national record holder Vien Nguyen heads South Florida Aquatic Club’s eight-swimmer contingent at the XXI FLA International Cup at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Nguyen, 22, will compete in four events: 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter backstroke and mixed 100 freestyle. She is the top seed in the 400 IM in 4:38.66 on Thursday.

Nguyen will be joined by five boys and two girls: Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, Lance Lesage, 16, Jacqueline Lugo, 17, Garrett Oliver, 16, Juan Pablo Pineda, 17, Lucy Smutny, 16 and Robert Wilson, 16.

SOFLO will compete for two days during the four-day meet. The meet is Thursday through Sunday.

All sessions are timed finals. The meet features 22 Florida Gold Coast, Caribbean and out-of-state teams, down from 31 last year.


What: XXI FLA International Cup

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, Session 1A, 2 p.m., Session 1B, 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Session 2A, 8 a.m., Session 2B, 30 minutes after Session A, Session 2C, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Session 3, 8 a.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 9 a.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Of note: All sessions are timed finals. Admission is $5 per session. All sessions pass is also available. Heat sheets are free online. For information call 954-593-8552 or go to Plantation Swim Team’s website.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com