SOFLO Double Winner Carlos Rodriguez Swims Lifetime Bests On Day One Of Comets Open Invitational

SOFLO Double Winner Carlos Rodriguez Swims Lifetime Bests On Day One Of Comets Open Invitational


January 27, 2012

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Carlos Rodriguez saw his hard work pay off Friday on the opening day of the Comets Florida Gold Coast Invitational.

The 12-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won two events in lifetime best times in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

For the first time in his swimming career, Rodriguez cracked the 2-minute barrier in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.27, bettering his previous best of 2:00.53. He also won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.89, another big time drop from his previous best of 2:21.65.

“I was so happy because I broke two minutes,” Rodriguez said. “This is what I was going for. I’ve been dreaming about it for a while. It helped having so many good swimmers push me.”

SOFLO teammates Tristan Celestin, Kevin Porto and Rodrigo Rodriguez pushed Carlos Rodriguez during the 200-yard freestyle race that produced fourteen career-best times from swimmers.

What also helped was the added training Rodriguez put in over the holidays. Rodriguez is competing in seven events during the meet.

“I was nervous before my race,” Rodriguez said. “After all the winter training you want to know what the outcome will be. You want to see how all the practice turns out. This was definitely one of my top wins. I am still hoping for more. Coach Anderson is right about putting in the extra training. It helps you swim fast.”

After taking up the sport three years ago, the Pembroke Pines Charter West seventh grader is beginning to take the sport seriously.

“I like the sport,” he said. “It helps when your teammates and coaches encourage you. It’s a fun atmosphere and it’s great being around your friends. I played soccer and baseball before but I enjoyed swimming a lot more.”

Rodriguez ages-up on February 10 when he turns 13. “I want to swim faster and get a sectional cut,” he said.

SOFLO dominated opening night action winning nine out of ten events and turning in 88 career-best times, 47 by the girls team and 41 by the boys.

On a perfect night for swimming, the most impressive event was the 1,650-yard freestyle where twenty SOFLO swimmers improved their times.

Melissa Marinheiro, 14, won the mile in 17:13.67 bettering her previous best of 18:21.01. Runner-up Leonie Davies also had a huge time drop in 17:43.97 bettering her previous best of 18:15.60. Marc Rojas, 17, won the boys race in 16:14.30, bettering his previous best of 16:29.96.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with prelims and finals for the older swimmers and timed finals for the 12-and-under swimmers.

FRIDAY SESSION ONE RESULTS

GIRLS

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:13.67; SOFLO: 2. Leonie Davies 17:43.97, 3. Maria Lopez 18:08.08, 4. Jessica Rodriguez 18:15.32, 5. Sophia Bucaro 18:20.77, 6. Haley Wright 18:23.33, 7. Kylie Herman 18:25.53, 8. Kelley Heron 18:43.11, 9. Daniela Jimenez 19:10.29, 10. Evelyn Jimenez 19:23.74, 11. Andrea Melendez 19:33.74, 12. Stephanie Mlujeak 19:40.62, 13. Sarah Bucaro 19:41.24, 14. Alani Carrasco 19:41.93, 17. Megan Schimansky 20:23.86, 20. Astrid Rigau 21:36.45, 21. Anna Montgomery 22:05.14.

200-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 2:16.85; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 2:21.59, 4. Delaney Biro 2:27.05, 5. Anabel Vazquez 2:32.45, 6. Elise Larin 2:36.71, 8. Kyana Castro 2:41.95, 9. Sarah Schimansky 2:44.44, 10. Michelle Marinheiro 2:45.96, 11. Mikaela De Gracia 2:50.47, 13. Trinity Hoyos 3:04.45, 15. Morgan Cavanagh 3:27.03, 17. Valerie Kon 3:48.89, 18. Sophia Bedoya 4:07.44; COMETS: 12. Sara Quintero 2:59.98, 14. Katrina Del Vecchio 3:12.86; CORAL SPRINGS: 16. Victoria Grimaldi 3:34.80; 11-12, 1. Bianca Monti, SOFLO 2:07.19; SOFLO: 2. Isabella Pittinger 2:11.02, 3. Delanie Perez 2:11.98, 4. Andrea Bucaro 2:12.16, 5. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:17.68, 6. Katherine De Barros 2:23.61, 9. Zariya Harris 2:31.21, 10. Valentina Diaz 2:31.41, 11. Adrianne Silva 2:35.49, 12. Catalina Lizarazo 2:39.05, 13. Isabel Shashaty 2:40.54, 14. Kellie Wilcox 2:48.35, 15. Daniela Gomez 2:56.83. 

200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 2:35.58; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 2:41.27, 4. Annita Huang 2:48.25, 5. Anabel Vazquez 2:57.92, 6. Elise Larin 2:58.88, 8. Sarah Schimansky 3:13.72, 9. Mikaela De Gracia 3:15.02, 10. Kyana Castro 3:15.53, 11. Julie Mason 3:16.75, 12. Michelle Marinheiro 3:18.79; CORAL SPRINGS: 13. Olivia Mason 3:42.76; 11-12, 1. Bianca Monti, SOFLO 2:25.32; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 2:32.15, 3. Isabella Pittinger 2:34.21, 4. Andrea Bucaro 2:34.56, 5. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:38.48, 6. Katherine De Barros 2:39.30, 10. Valentina Diaz 2:51.46, 11. Alexandra Crespo 2:54.09, 12. Hannah Virgin 2:54.21, 13. Isabel Shashaty 3:01.63, 14. Zariya Harris 3:02.94, 15. Catalina Lizarazo 3:04.24.

BOYS

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 16:14.30; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 17:05.73, 3. Roger Capote 17:51.38, 4. Alfredo Mesa 17:52.35, 5. Jordan Colon 18:03.01, 6. Matthew Mila 18:05.88, 7. Matthew Gonzalez 18:10.34, 8. Edward Kon 18:11.09, 9. Jonathan Strod 18:20.88, 10. Teddy Sandoval 18:31.24, 11. Fernando Quintero 18:47.43, 13. Jack Davies 19:20.73, 15. Samuel Quintero 19:40.69, 16. Andres Lares 19:43.34, 17. William Perry III 19:49.32, 18. Xavier Brown 19:57.90, 20. Cristian Rossi 20:16.95, 23. Josh Coote 20:57.23, 24. Matthew Cooper 23:31.64.

200-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:15.87; SOFLO: 2. Bryant Segui 2:24.77, 3. Brandon Mora 2:25.29, 4. Leonardo Mateus 2:26.63, 5. Derek Tom 2:42.79, 6. Luis Bucaro 2:43.69, 8. Gianni savino 2:44.86, 9. Nicolas Drolet 2:46.52, 10. Tomas Pelaez 2:51.45; COMETS: 7. Nicolas Rossi 2:43.73; 11-12, 1. Carlos Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:57.27; SOFLO: 2. Tristan Celestin 2:02.76, 3. Kevin Porto 2:03.55, 4. Rodrigo Rodriguez 2:06.47, 5. Ricardo Roche 2:07.21, 6. CJ Kopecki 2:10.26, 7. Matthew Menocal 2:11.70, 8. Tyler Gibson 2:15.53, 9. Collin Burt 2:17.42, 10. Miguel Hernandez 2:19.35, 11. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 2:19.55, 13. Matthew Liang 2:25.27, 14. Nicolas Raimont 2:37.79, 15. Andres Arias 2:38.59, 16. Jonathan Drolet 2:39.97, 17. Lorenzo Lanaro 2:40.45, 18. Sergio Morizot-Leite 2:56.10.

200-yard individual medley: 10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:36.61; SOFLO: 2. Bryant Segui 2:43.53, 4. Leonardo Mateus 2:48.72, 5. Derek Tom 3:05.16, 6. Joshua Hanks 3:05.20, 7. Joseph Lee 3:06.35, 8. Nicolas Drolet 3:10.85, 9. Tomas Pelaez 3:11.36; COMETS: 10. Nicolas Rossi 3:11.37; 11-12, 1. Carlos Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:16.89; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Porto 2:23.38, 3. Ricardo Roche 2:27.11, 4. Rodrigo Rodriguez 2:28.05, 5. CJ Kopecki 2:30.77, 6. Matthew Menocal 2:36.39, 7. Tyler Gibson 2:36.41, 8. Miguel Hernandez 2:43.39, 9. Matthew Liang 2:44.58, 11. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 2:52.35, 12. Jonathan Drolet 2:58.56, 13. Lorenzo Lanaro 3:05.86.

IF YOU GO

What: Comets Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule timelines: Saturday, 13-and-over prelims, 8:30-10:30 a.m., 12-and-under timed finals, 11:30 a.m.-1:39 p.m.; 13-and-over finals, 5:30-6:32 p.m.; Sunday, 13-and-over prelims, 8:30-10:22 a.m.; 12-and-under timed finals, 11:30 a.m.-1:25 p.m.; 13-and-over, 5:30-6:48 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17189 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

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