SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Makes Impressive BCAA Championships Debut; Cypress Bay, St. Thomas Aquinas Win Team Titles

By Sharon Robb

October 11, 2015—Kathleen Golding is making a lasting impression in her first year of high school swimming.

The Cooper City High School freshman, who has already qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, won two events and broke a meet record in her debut at the Broward County Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Golding, who turned 15 on Sunday, won the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best and county-leading 2:06.86. In her final individual event of the night, Golding won the 100-yard butterfly breaking a nine-year-old meet record in 56.80, another season-best and county-leading time.

The previous butterfly record was 57.30 set by Ileana Lucos of Cypress Bay in 2006.

Golding, who is undefeated in high school swimming, was neither shaved or tapered for the daylong meet.

“The 100 fly was my last individual race and it was the last time I swam it as a 14-year-old so I wanted to give it my all,” Golding said. “It was so much fun to swim it.”

Golding led her team to a Top 10 finish, with the Cowboys placing sixth with 194 points. She also led off the Cowboys’ third-place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:56.69 with teammates Solana Capalbo, Natasha Testa and Jordan Cook and fourth place 400-yard freestyle relay that was fourth in 3:52.96 with teammates Kalene Kennedy, Testa and Capalbo.

“I really didn’t think I was going to do that well,” Golding said. “I thought I would probably win but not being tapered I didn’t think my times would be so good. I wanted to get the 200 IM record since it’s my best event but it didn’t happen.”

Golding is enjoying the best year of her young swimming career. She already has a U.S. Olympic Trials cut time in the 200-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 2:18.67. The gymnast-turned-swimmer has been training with the South Florida Aquatic Club since her family moved to Florida and has been blossoming ever since. She is one of three swimming siblings in her family. Her mom swam at Acadia University in Canada and her dad is a top swim official.

“I love Florida, there is really good swimming here,” Golding said. “When I was 8, my goal was to go to the Olympics. It’s always been my goal. Now that we moved down here, it’s starting to become a reality.”

Golding has districts and regions where she hopes to qualify for her first state meet. If she wins a state title, she would be the first Cooper City freshman to win.

“I really like high school swimming and my teammates,” Golding said. “It’s more laidback. It’s more about having fun and it is really, really fun.

“If I don’t win states I won’t be too upset, but obviously I would love to win as a freshman. I know that’s really hard for a freshman. That would be super cool for my school. They have never had a state finalist.”

SOFLO teammates Kelley Heron of Pembroke Pines Charter was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.42, matching her season-best. Ryan Capote of Pembroke Pines Charter was second in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 21.86 and third in the 100-yard freestyle in a season-best 48.00. Pembroke Pines Charter boys team, coached by SOFLO coach Rose Lockie, was fourth with 324.5 points.

Cypress Bay boys and St. Thomas Aquinas girls won the team titles. Cypress Bay won with 517.50 points and St. Thomas Aquinas was runner-up with 426 points.

St. Thomas Aquinas, the underdog going in, won another title with 499.50 points. The Raiders picked up key points by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:53.12 and 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:44.88 with the same foursome of Samantha Stinemire, Natalya Wozab, Quinn Connor and Sarah Asseraf. The Raiders edged Cypress Bay, runner-up with 477, for the second consecutive year.

On a big night for parity in high school swimming, six meet records were broken.

Raphael Marcoux of Fort Lauderdale won four events and broke three records. The Harvard-bound senior won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.02 and 100-yard freestyle in a record 45.78. He was also a member of two record-breaking relays. He finished with 10 career titles over three years at the BCAA meet.

Fort Lauderdale High boys team broke two relay records in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays in 1:25.68 and 3:11.02 respectively with Raphael Marcoux, James Dika, Tyler Zuyus and Philippe Marcoux.

“I am so proud of them,” said Flying L’s coach Debbie Cavanaugh. “Both our boys and girls finished third overall. I couldn’t ask for a better group of young athletes.”

Marco Guarente, who competes internationally for Venezuela, was a double winner with two meet records. Guarente won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.75 and 100-yard breaststroke in 56.57.

Senior Andrea van den Berg of Cypress Bay, who also competes internationally for Aruba, was a double winner in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in season-bests 1:57.63 and 5:13.16.

Fort Lauderdale senior Fatimah Westbrook also won two events in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.18 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.80.

Logan Downey of South Plantation won the boys 1-meter diving title with 370.90 points. Karlee Price of St. Thomas Aquinas won the girls title with 304.70 points. It was the third BCAA title for each of the two-time state champions.


1.St. Thomas Aquinas 499.5, 2. Cypress Bay 477, 3. Fort Lauderdale 364, 4. Cardinal Gibbons 240, 5. Pompano Beach 219, 6. Cooper City 194, 7. Nova 188, 8. Coral Glades 182, 9. Deerfield Beach 141, 10. Taravella 137.5.


200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Samantha Stinemire, Natalya Wozab, Quinn Connor, Sarah Asseraf) 1:53.12, 2. Cardinal Gibbons 1:56.23, 3. Cooper City 1:56.69.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andrea van den Berg, CB 1:57.63, 2. Cameron Thomas, WES 1:58.39, 3. Kelly Gest, CG 2:00.24.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 2:06.86, 2. Megan Schimansky, CGL 2:14.54, 3. Sarah Asseraf, STA 2:15.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Fatimah Westbrook, FTL 24.56, 2. Courtney Stewart, PB 24.63, 3. Allora Williams, PHS 24.64.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kathleen Golding, CC 56.80, 2. Racine Ross, HH 59.66, 3. Sarah Asseraf, STA 1:00.27.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Courtney Stewart, PB 53.85, 2. Emiliana Pelaez, CB 54.21, 3. Kelly Gest, CG 55.49.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Andrea van den Berg, CB 5:13.16, 2. Marianna Serrao, CB 5:18.64, 3. Julianna Russell, CG 5:25.42.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Quinn Connor, Sarah Asseraf, Carly Hyman, Emily Puia) 1:44.88, 2. Cypress Bay 1:44.93, 3. Fort Lauderdale 1:45.41.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Megan Schimansky, CGL 59.77, 2. Samantha Stinemire, STA 1:01.02, 3. Kelley Heron, PPC 1:01.42.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Fatimah Westbrook, FTL 1:07.80, 2. Savannah Yates, CG 1:08.76, 3. Daniela Kim, CB 1:10.46.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay (Savannah Yates, Julianna Russell, Brooke Gest, Kelly Gest) 3:48.64, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:45.89, 3. Cypress Bay 3:48.64.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Karlee Price, STA 304.70, 2. Carolyn Ehrlich, PB 224.55, 3. Leanne Sheffer, SP 222.85.


1.Cypress Bay 517.5, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 426., 3. Fort Lauderdale 422, 4. Pembroke Pines Charter 324.5, 5. Pompano Beach 236, 6. Monarch 199, 7. Douglas 185, 8. West Broward 143, 9. Western 128, 10. Cooper City 113.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Cypress Bay (Eduardo Pineiro-Barros, Jonathan Strod, Carlos Gallego, Luiz Renato Freire) 1:45.02, 2. Pompano Beach 1:45.07, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:45.21.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tyler Zuyus, FTL 1:43.13, 2. Andres Lares, PPC 1:44.48, 3. Padraic Cassidy, STA 1:45.57.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Marco Guarente, CB 1:52.75, 2. James Dika, FTL 2:00.90, 3. Eric Veit, CB 2:01.91.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 21.02, 2. Ryan Capote, PPC 21.86, 3. Kearn Kurbanali, STA 22.57.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Carlos Gallego, CB 53.94, 2. Daniel Lobaton, CC 54.28, 3. Quinn Roth, MHS 54.37.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, FTL 45.78, 2. Philippe Marcoux, FTL 46.36, 3. Ryan Capote, PPH 48.00.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Padraic Cassidy, STA 4:44.27, 2. Eduardo Pineiro-Barros, CB 4:45.56, 3. James Dika, FTL 4:49.41.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale (Philippe Marcoux, Tyler Zuyus, James Dika, Raphael Marcoux) 1:26.84, 2. Cypress Bay 1:28.49, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:31.48.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Philippe Marcoux, FTL 52.74, 2. Andres Lares, PPC 53.66, 3. Tyler Zuyus, FTL 54.75.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Marco Guarente, CB 56.57, 2. Victor Fajer, WH 1:01.62, 3. Eric Veit, CB 1:02.00.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale (Philippe Marcoux, James Dika, Tyler Zuyus, Raphael Marcoux) 3:11.02, 2. Cypress Bay 3:12.24, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:22.55.

1-meter springboard diving; 1. Logan Downey, SP 370.90, 2. Zach Allen, CG 319.75, 3. Sky Geovanni, FTL 253.70.

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SOFLO Swimmers Head Field For BCAA Swim Meet On Saturday In Fort Lauderdale

SOFLO Swimmers Head Field For BCAA Swim Meet On Saturday In Fort Lauderdale

October 14, 2011


South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Broward County Athletic Association Swimming Conference Championships Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The Nike-sponsored SOFLO team, in only its second year of existence, has eight swimmers from various high schools who are seeded No. 1 in their individual events.

There will be plenty of parity in the boys and girls events with the possibility of every individual event having a different winner.

SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Freshman Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward, 200-yard freestyle, 1:55.16 and 500-yard freestyle, 5:06.47.

Sophomore Mia Fiorenzi of St. Thomas Aquinas, 200-yard individual medley, 2:15.00.

Freshman Kelly Kealty of Taravella, 100-yard butterfly, 59.00.

Sophomore Emma Lincoln of Cypress Bay, 100-yard freestyle, 53.90.

Junior Keegan Boisson-Yates of Taravella, 100-yard freestyle, 48.90.

Junior Marcella Marinheiro of West Broward, 100-yard backstroke 59.71.

Junior Brandon Goldman of St. Thomas Aquinas, 100-yard backstroke, 54.01.

Senior Marc Rojas of Pembroke Pines Charter, 100-yard breaststroke, 59.84.

Returning defending boys conference individual champions are:

Ryan Rosenbaum of Cardinal Gibbons, who won the 200-yard individual medley (1:55.06) and 500-yard freestyle (4:35.42).

Rojas, who won the 100-yard breaststroke in a meet record and career-best time of 1:00.61. Rojas was the only SOFLO boys conference champion last year.

Defending girls champions returning are:

Fiorenzi, who won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.98; Becky DeRogatis of Cardinal Gibbons, 50-yard freestyle in 24.84; Zoie Balthazar of South Plantation, 100-yard freestyle in 54.04; and Nikki Jacobs of Deerfield Beach, 100-yard backstroke in 59.65.

Only members of the BCAA are eligible to participate in the conference championships. More than 700 swimmers and divers from 29 teams are expected to compete making it one of the three largest high school meets in the state this year.

Pine Crest, ranked No. 1 in the county, and other swim teams American Heritage, Archbishop McCarthy, Coral Springs Charter, South Florida Heat, University School and Westminster Academy, all with swimmers ranked in the county honor roll, are not allowed to compete since they are not BCAA members.

There are championship and consolation finals for swimmers. Each athlete that participates in the meet and returns to finals will be given a specially-designed commemorative medal. All scoring athletes will also receive a BCAA finalist t-shirt.

St. Thomas Aquinas is defending boys and girls champions and are favorites again although the much-improved Nova boys team could make it interesting as well as West Broward girls team.


Another SOFLO swimmer will compete in the Palm Beach County Swimming and Diving Championships at Lake Lytal in West Palm Beach on Friday.

Junior Kathy Ramirez of Grandview Prep is among the girls’ field.

For the second year, the county meet will be held in two divisions. The Division II meet, featuring 460 swimmers with slower seed times, is on Friday. The Division Championships meet with 340 swimmers is Saturday.

Ramirez is entered in the Division II’s 100-yard freestyle (1:11.00) and 100-yard backstroke (1:18.01), in which she is seeded third in addition to relays.


What: Broward County Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Conference Championships.

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. swimming prelims, 6 p.m. finals. Diving, 10 a.m.

Where: Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, 501 Seabreeze Blvd.

Defending team champions: St. Thomas Aquinas boys and girls.

Admission:  $5. Children under 12 are free. Heat sheets are $3 per session. For information call 954-468-5590.

Sharon Robb can be reached at