By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, July 30, 2019—The hard work and fast swims paid off for South Florida Aquatic Club enjoying the best summer in club history.
SOFLO qualified a record eighteen swimmers for various meets across the nation that begin Tuesday night.
Over the next two weeks, the championship season continues for SOFLO in four USA Swimming meets from North Carolina to California.
SOFLO’s Maddie Smutny, 14, and Alejandro Mateus, 14, will compete with several Florida Gold Coast All-Stars at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C. Tuesday through Aug. 3.
The field features 13 zones including Florida Gold Coast and Florida Swimming.
The meet features prelims and finals except for Tuesday which has timed finals in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles and 200-meter medley relays. Swimmers ages 11-18 qualified for one of USA Swimming’s prestigious meets.
SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding and Mary Smutny will flex their muscles at the Phillips 66 National Championships Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif. Wednesday through Aug. 4. Each will swim in four events.
Golding, headed to University of Florida in the fall, will compete in the 100-meter freestyle (Wednesday), 400-meter individual medley (Aug. 2), 400-meter freestyle (Aug. 3) and 200-meter individual medley Aug. 4).
Smutny, bound for University of Texas this fall, will swim the 200-meter butterfly (July 31), 200-meter freestyle (Aug. 1), 100-meter butterfly (Aug. 2) and 400-meter freestyle (Aug. 3).
Twelve SOFLO swimmers will compete in the Aug. 1-4 USA Futures Championships, Greensboro, N.C.
Representing SOFLO are Gaby Banks, Dominic Bono, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Molly Golding, Paige Lane, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Mallory Schleicher, Miguel Sierra, Juan Mora and Robert Wilson.
The Futures series was launched in 2015, and in 2016 was expanded from three to four regions. The event was designed to add another stepping stone to the developmental pathway between Sectional Championships (which fall roughly along LSC boundaries) and Junior National Championships.
SOFLO will have two swimmers in the Aug. 8-10 USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships, also at Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford, Calif.
The qualifiers are Lance Lesage in the 200-meter backstroke (Aug. 7) and 100-meter backstroke (Aug. 9) and Rafael Rodriguez in the 200-meter backstroke (Aug. 7) and 100-meter backstroke (Aug. 9).
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