SOFLO’s Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez, Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Head Florida Gold Coast Contingent At Speedo Summer Junior National Championships That Begin Tuesday

By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the Speedo Summer Junior National Championships at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Lance Lesage and Rafael Rodriguez will make their debut with veteran SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson.

Rodriguez, 17, will open with the 18-and-under 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday. He is seeded 14th in 2:03.26.

On Wednesday, Lesage, 16, will swim his first event, the 200-meter backstroke, seeded 41st in 2:06.42. Rodriguez has the 400-meter individual medley and is seeded with his yards time of 3:58.75.

On Thursday, Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter butterfly, seeded in 57.31 and on Friday Lesage wraps up with the 100-meter backstroke, seeded 62nd in 58.60.

Podkoscielny heads the rest of the Florida Gold Coast contingent on only her second national trip. She is coming off a successful USA Swimming Futures meet where she won three gold medals and got her U.S. Olympic Trials cut in the 400-meter individual medley.

Among other FGC swimmers are Anna Auld, 16, of East Coast Aquatic Club; Kevin Degrijze, 17, of East Coast Aquatic Club; and Paige Maceachern, 16, of unattached for Pine Crest Swimming.

A large number of swimmers who competed in last week’s senior nationals will return to the same pool for junior nationals. Some of the top juniors entered are Lillie Nordmann, Claire Tuggle, Rye Ulett, Ian Grum, Tristen Ulett, Justina Kozan and Ethan Hu.

Also swimming is Maggie Wanezek, 13, who became the youngest swimmer to break 29 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke.

USA Swimming will live stream all sessions of junior nationals, unlike the senior national meet, which had sessions split between USA Swimming and NBC Sports.

All 10 sessions of the meet will come through live on Prelims are 9 a.m. local time and finals at 5 PM.

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