SOFLO Mixed Relay Wins; Rafael Rodriguez Drops Time; SOFLO Men Take Second On Day One Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 11, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club had a big opening night at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Thursday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

SOFLO men’s team is second with 165 points and SOFLO women’s team is tied for sixth with 104 among a field of 29 teams. SOFLO has 23 swimmers competing in the meet.

SOFLO’s mixed 200-meter medley relay team won big in 1:54.15 ahead of St. Andrew’s in 1:56.32. The relay of Lance Lesage (27.20), Juan Pablo Pineda (30.11), Kathleen Golding (29.09) and Paige Lane (27.75) dropped 0.36 seconds off its entry time of 1:54.51.

SOFLO’s men’s 200-meter medley relay was second in 1:48.17, dropping 3.79 off its entry time of 1:51.96. The relay of Lance Lesage (27.01), Juan Pablo Pineda (30.44), Miguel Sierra (26.01) and Rafael Rodriguez (24.71).

SOFLO men also finished sixth in the 200-meter freestyle relay with Robert Wilson, Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez and Miguel Sierra in 1:40.35.

SOFLO women also had eighth and 12th place relay finishes.

Rodriguez opened the meet with a best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:38.11, shaving 2.08 seconds off his previous best of 8:40.19. His opening split was 1:00.31 and closing split 1:03.51.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.


MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 172, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 165, 3. Gator Swim Club 147, 4. Blue Dolfins 142, 5. Tampa Bay Aquatic 138, 6. St. Andrew’s 118, 10. TS Aquatics

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 276, 2. Blue Dolfins 241, 3. Gator Swim Club 127, 4. T2 Aquatics 111, 5. Planet Swim Aquatics 106, 6. tie, South Florida Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s 104, 9. East Coast Aquatics 96, 10. Metro Aquatics 83, 12. TS Aquatics 48, 13. Hurricane Aquatics 46.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 16:37.65, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:51.78, 3. Georgia Darwent, GSC 16:58.52; SOFLO: 31. Sarah Acevedo 18:26.97.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Blue Dolfins 1:58.96, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:59.29, 3. Planet Swim 2:02.09; 8. SOFLO A 2:04.01 (Kelley Heron, Molly Golding, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane), 17. SOFLO B 2:09.91 (Mallory Schleicher, Sally Golding, Sara Quintero, Jacqueline Lugo).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Blue Dolfins A 1:48.01, 2. Blue Dolfins B 1:48.85, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:49.90, 12. SOFLO A 1:52.67 (Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Mallory Schleicher), 19. SOFLO B 1:58.44 (Sara Quintero, Molly Golding, Sally Golding, Jacqueline Lugo).


800-meter freestyle:
1. Kieran Smith, RA 8:00.20, 2. Brendan Driscoll, Unattached 8:14.98, 4. Matthew Anderson, GSC 8:15.19; SOFLO: 23. Rafael Rodriguez 8:38.11, time drop 2.08.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:46.75, 2. SOFLO A 1:48.17 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), 3. St. Andrew’s 1:50.56, 11. SOFLO B 1:53.73 (Marco Cabrera Duarte, Juan Colmenares, Philopatier Ibrahim, Robert Wilson).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s 1:37.77, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:37.99, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:38.75, 6. SOFLO A 1:40.35 (Robert Wilson, Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez, Miguel Sierra), 13. SOFLO B 1:43.02 (Juan Colmenares, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Juan Pablo Pineda, Sebastian Lares).

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:54.15 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:56.32, 3. Gator Swim Club 1:57.86, SOFLO B, DNF.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:41.54, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:43.01, 3. Berkeley Aquatics 1:43.27, 7. SOFLO A 1:48.75 (Paige Lane, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Mallory Schleicher, Juan Colmenares), 9. SOFLO B 1:49.22 (Robert Wilson, Jacqueline Lugo, Sara Quintero, Miguel Sierra).


What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, LCM

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday-Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, finals 4 p.m.

Where: University of Florida, Stephen O’Connell Center Pool, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. The tournament was capped at 650 swimmers. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-338-9300.

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