By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, June 29, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got in two days of solid racing at the XXI FLA International Cup at Plantation Aquatic Complex.
Two-time Vietnam Olympian and national record holder Vien Nguyen led the team on Friday. Nguyen, 22, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:22.27 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:27.27. She was also second in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.82
Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.75 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.13. Both were best times. He dropped 0.26 off his 50 and 0.69 off his 200.
Lance Lesage, 16, won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.07 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.19, a best time by 0.65.
Jacqueline Lugo, 17, won the 50-meter butterfly in 30.51 and was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:04.18. She also won the 100-yard freestyle mixed event in 56.29, a best time by 5.95.
Garrett Oliver, 16, was seventh in the 50-meter backstroke in 32.00 and 50-meter butterfly in 32.08. Both were best times, by 9.27 in the backstroke and 10.13 in the butterfly. He was also 17th in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:02.85.
Juan Pablo Pineda, 17, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.71. He was also sixth in the 50-meter butterfly in 28.78, a best time by 0.70 and seventh in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.08.
Lucy Smutny, 16, was sixth in the 50-meter backstroke in 36.11, fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:45.74 and 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:05.42, a best time by 1.10.
Robert Wilson, 16, was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.32 and fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.02.
SOFLO, which entered for only two days, finished eighth with 162 points. The men’s team was sixth with 84 points and eighth with 78 points.
All sessions were timed finals. The meet featured 22 Florida Gold Coast, Caribbean and out-of-state teams, down from 31 last year. The four-day meet continues Saturday and ends on Sunday.
IF YOU GO
What: XXI FLA International Cup
Schedule: 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 sesssion. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org