SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, CJ Kopecki Named All-County First Team

By Sharon Robb

December 26, 2015—Kathleen Golding and CJ Kopecki of South Florida Aquatic Club earned All-County first team high school swimming honors.

Golding, a freshman at Cooper City High School, earned first team honors in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly.

Golding won a state 4A title in the 200 IM (2:00.40) and was third in the 100 butterfly (55.18).

Golding was the only SOFLO girls’ swimmer to be named to the first team.

Kopecki, a sophomore for boys’ state champion American Heritage Plantation, earned first team honors in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.64) and 500-yard freestyle (4:35.71).

Kopecki was third in the Class 2A meet in the 500-yard freestyle and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle. He was also a member of the state champion 400-yard freestyle relay team.

Kopecki, who moved up from last year’s honorable mention honors, was the only SOFLO boys’ swimmer on first team.

Kelley Heron, a sophomore at Pembroke Pines Charter, was selected for second team honors for the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.37).

SOFLO’s Emiliana Pelaez and Carly Swanson of Cypress Bay and Elise Larin of Somerset were named honorable mention as individual swimmers.

American Heritage freshman Annita Huang was selected as a member of the 200-and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

Jonathan Farah of American Heritage was selected for honorable mention as both an individual and relay swimmer.

Flanagan’s Gustavo Valery, Ryan Capote and Bruno Berti of Pembroke Pines Charter, Esteban Diaz-Velasco and Ricardo Roche of Somerset, Max Asnis of University School and Brendan Cassie of West Broward were also named honorable mention.

It is the most swimmers SOFLO had selected for All-County honors in team history.

The All-County swimming and diving team was announced by the Sun-Sentinel in a special section on Wednesday, Dec. 23. It can also be found online at the newspaper’s website. The Miami Herald’s team is expected to be released in two weeks.

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