SOFLO Swimmers Continue Busy Month Of Racing At SOFLO Friends Holiday Invitational

By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 17, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club will continue a busy month of competitive swimming when it hosts the SOFLO Friends Holiday Invitational at Academic Village Pool.

The two-day meet features four teams and begins Friday at 6 p.m. with prelims only.

The meet continues Saturday with prelims only at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 10-and-under championship finals at 1 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

It is SOFLO’s third meet this month following the Florida Virtual Championship and 30th Speedo Winter Championships. The meets have provided all levels of SOFLO swimmers an opportunity to compete in a safe environment.

Host SOFLO will be joined by Boca Raton Swim Club, Miami Swimming and Cyclones Swim Team in the field.

SOFLO has the largest team entered with 112 swimmers (63 boys and 49 girls) competing in 619 individual events and seven relays.

“It should be a pretty nice little meet in a good, safe atmosphere,” SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson said. “We wanted to give all our swimmers opportunities to race in the month of December and I think mission accomplished.

“Hopefully, we will have a lot of fast swimming from some of the kids who haven’t swam yet,” Anderson said. “I think some of the kids will swim very fast this weekend.”

As meet host, SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club have taken enhanced health and safety measures for swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteer timers. No spectators are allowed to attend, adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines. All four meet sessions will be live streamed on SOFLO’s YouTube site and Facebook page.

Among SOFLO’s top-seeded swimmers are:

Fiorella DiSalvo, 13, 200-yard individual medley, 2:21.67; 400-yard individual medley, 5:03.50.

Chris Vasquez, 17, 200-yard individual medley, 2:15.93.

Andres Tejada, 13, 100-yard backstroke, 1:03.99.

Paige Lane, 18, 200-yard butterfly, 2:05.41; 100-yard freestyle, 52.53; 200-yard freestyle, 1:53.38; 100-yard butterfly, 56.96.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 18, 200-yard butterfly, 1:52.90; 200-yard freestyle, 1:43.00; 100-yard butterfly, 51.92; 200-yard butterfly.

Maria Catalasan, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:38.91.

Felipe Rodriguez, 13, 400-yard individual medley, 5:12.24.

Jemma Baldwin, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:17.46; 100-yard freestyle, 1:08.51; 50-yard backstroke, 37.50; 50-yard butterfly 33.90; 50-yard freestyle, 30.47.

Noah Mejias, 9, 100-yard individual medley, 1:19.18; 50-yard butterfly, 33.32.

Ethan Hall, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 35.35; 100-yard freestyle, 1:05.13; 50-yard freestyle, 30.53; 50-yard breaststroke, 42.17.

Leonardo Zuluaga, 8, 25-yard breaststroke, 27.02.

Gianna Martin, 9, 50-yard breaststroke, 39.20.

Sarah Bedoya, 13, 50-yard backstroke.

Ivan Grass, 15, 100-yard backstroke.

Timelines for each session are: Friday prelims, 6-8:08 p.m.; Saturday prelims, 8:30-10:24 a.m.; Saturday 10-and-under championships, 1-2:54 p.m. and Saturday finals, 5-6:50 p.m.

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