Fourteen SOFLO Swimmers Headed To FGC-Florida Swimming All-Star Meet At Indian River This Weekend

By Sharon Robb

FORT PIERCE, March 21, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club has fourteen swimmers on the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet against Florida Swimming at Indian River State College.

SOFLO has nine boys and five girls on the team for the three-day meet that runs from Friday night to Sunday morning.

The boys who qualified are Jonathan Lozano, Juan Colmenares, Javier Roman, Aldo Zepeda, Yannai Michael, Alejandro Mateus, Lucas Porven, Alessandro Pereira and Enrique Rodriguez.

The girls are Mariana Pinto, Giada Porven, Alexis Christensen, Mallory Schleicher and Sarah Acevedo.

Last year SOFLO sent 21 swimmers, second largest since 2010 when 24 swimmers competed.

In 2017, Florida Gold Coast boys defended their title, 319-317. The FGC girls lost, 389-247. Florida Swimming won the combined team title, 736-584.

SOFLO age group coach Lynnette Hundell was selected FGC assistant coach for the 13-14 girls.

The All-Star meet coaching staff is led by head coach Michael Averett of Swim Fort Lauderdale and FGC age group chair Jennifer Gibson, also of Swim Fort Lauderdale. Erin Condon of Gator Swim Club is head coach of the Florida Swimming All-Star team.

The top six finishers at the FGC 14&Under Junior Olympics in Coral Springs qualified for the team. Several swimmers turned down spots because of spring break vacations.


What: Florida Gold Coast vs. Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Session I, Friday 6 p.m.; Session II, Saturday, 9 a.m., Session III, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 9 a.m.

Where: Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.

Of note: Admission is $5. Indian River Aquatics is hosting the meet. For more information call 772-462-7760.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO, FGC Swimmers Shine At All-Star Meet; SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Wins Six Events

By Sharon Robb

March 30, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had a great showing and represented the Florida Gold Coast well at the annual All-Star Dual Meet at Indian River State College held in Fort Pierce this past weekend.

In the opening session despite less than ideal weather conditions, Kathleen Golding, 14, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.23 and 400-yard individual medley in 4:28.44 ahead of Florida Swimming’s Sage Kemeny in 4:36.82.

Golding continued her winning ways in the second session capturing both the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.86 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.14.

On the third and final day, Golding won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.86 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.13.

Leonardo Mateus, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:30.09 and was fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.39.

Isabella DiSalvo posted a best time in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:24.63. Molly Golding scored in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.89 and swam best times in the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. Kayla Cunningham had a best time in the 100-yard butterfly.

In the boys races, John Paul Handal dropped 3.40 in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.80.

SOFLO’s 8-year-old Erika Pelaez led off the FGC’s runner-up 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay that was second in 2:08.32 with teammates Michelle Fernandez, Liah Perez and Isabella Chambers.

Rafael Rodriguez, 14, was a member of the runner-up boys 13-14 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.26 with Tyler Zuyus, Izaak Bastian and Eric Mathews.

Other FGC individual champions were:

Joshua Zuchowski, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 28.56; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:15.61; 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.93; 50-yard breaststroke, 33.70; 50-yard butterfly, 29.29.

Matthew Tarafa, 10, 100-yard freestyle, 58.79; 50-yard freestyle, 26.86.

Izaak Bastian, 14, 100-yard breaststroke, 59.99, breaking a minute for the first time with a career-best time; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:12.30.

Sebastian Lares, 10, 200-yard individual medley, 2:23.53; 200-yard freestyle, 2:07.53; 100-yard butterfly, 1:05.97.

Joshua Curtis, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.98.

Isabella Chambers, 10, 50-yard breaststroke, 34.55.

Liah Perez, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.86.

FGC relay winners were:

Boys 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.05 with Sebastian Lares, Joshua Zuchowski, Finn Winkler and Matthew Tarafa.

Boys 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:48.75 with Dylan Felt, Agustin Rodriguez, Kaii Winkler and Joshua Zuchowski.

Florida Swimming continued its win streak over Florida Gold Coast. The defending champion swept the combined, girls and boys team titles.

Florida Swimming won the combined, 810-510; the girls, 424-212; and the boys, 350-286.

After a rainy warm-up session on Friday night, Florida Swimming led from the opening day and built on its lead in every session.

The Florida Gold Coast coaching staff was Richard Garza, Julie Smiddy; 10-and-under girls Norman Abril; 10-and-under boys SOFLO’s Bianca Muniz; 11-12 girls Cathy Silveira; 11-12 boys, Jonathan Zuchowski; 13-14 girls Marcelo Gatti and 13-14 boys Greg Stallworth.

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South Florida Aquatic Club Well-Represented For All-Star Weekend; Bianca Muniz On All-Star Coaching Staff


March 25, 2015—The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented with a star-studded roster for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

The Florida Gold Coast All-Stars 132-member team will compete against defending champion Florida Swimming on Saturday and Sunday in three timed final sessions.

South Florida Aquatic Club, defending FGC Junior Olympic champion, is sending 19 swimmers to the two-day meet. It is the second largest contingent SOFLO has qualified in its 15-year history.

SOFLO age group coach Bianca Muniz is a member of the FGC All-Star coaching staff. She will coach the talented 10-under boys group.

SOFLO has ten girls and nine boys competing. The girls are sisters Kathleen, 14, Molly, 11, and Sally, 10, Golding; Valentina Carrion, 12, Kayla Cunningham, 11, Isabella DiSalvo, 12, Erika Pelaez, 8, Delanie Perez, 14, Jennifer Rodriguz, 14, and Marianna Serrao, 13.

The boys are John Paul Handal, 12, Zackary Harris, 10, Jie Hoon Lee, 12, Leonardo Mateus, 13, Brandon Moran, 13, Samuel Quintero, 14, Rafael Rodriguez, 13, Nicolas Rossi, 12, and Gabriel Segui.

Kathleen Golding is seeded first in the 400-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle, 4:55.09.

Last year Golding won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.76, 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.38, 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.55, and 400-yard individual medley in 4:24.66

The meet, which encourages camaraderie and sportsmanship, is a good stepping stone to the junior national and national level.

The events are timed finals with sessions at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Florida Gold Coast All-Stars are the underdogs. Florida Swimming dominates the meet annually although last year the FGC All-Star team had one of its finest showings.

Florida Swimming won the combined, 656.50-614.50 and women’s, 354.50-281.50 team titles. Florida Gold Coast won the boys team title, 333-302.

Among FGC champions were: Madelyn Hebert, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.70 and 50-yard breaststroke, 35.17; Andrea Santander, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 52.79, 50-yard freestyle, 24.40, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.14, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.95; Savanna Yates, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:11.04, 100-yard individual medley, 1:00.28, 200-yard individual medley, 2:11.93; Jessica Nava, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 56.30, 200-yard butterfly, 2:03.65; Joshua Zuchowski, 9, 50-yard backstroke, 31.58, 100-yard backstroke, 1:06.45, 50-yard butterfly, 29.68, 100-yard individual medley, 1:07.33, 100-yard butterfly, 1:05.39; Varis Monroe, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 27.15; Victor Valdes, 10, 100-yard breaststroke 1:17.71; Aaron Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.29; Rafael Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard freestyle, 52.56, 500-yard freestyle, 4:58.01, 200-yard freestyle, 1:51.43, 100-yard individual medley, 1:00.19, 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard individual medley, 2:07.35; Aaron Rodriguez, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 27.74, 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.22; Gabriel Segui, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.90; Nicholas Vale 12, 100-yard butterfly, 58.52, 50-yard breaststroke, 31.86; Nicholas Sharp, 14, 1,650-yard freestyle, 16:31.25; Alberto Gomez, 14, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:10.96, 200-yard individual medley, 1:57.76, 400-yard individual medley, 4:09.83; and Brandon Vives, 14, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:02.30.

The age group divisions featured in the 25-yard short course meet are 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14.

The FGC All-Star team was selected from the March 3-5 FGC Junior Olympics. The swimmers who finished in the Top 6 places qualified.

Among FGC’s boys top-seeds for the meet are:

Josh Zuchowski, 10, 50-yard backstroke, 28.49; 100-yard breaststroke 1:12.94; 100-yard individual medley, 1:03.39; 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.28; 50-yard breaststroke, 33.37; 50-yard butterfly, 27.91; Kaii Winkler, 9, 100-yard freestyle, 57.85; 200-yard freestyle, 2:04.43; Sebastian Lares, 10, 200-yard individual medley, 2:24.18; 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.79; Matthew Tarafa, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 26.19; and Joshua Curtis, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 24.65.

The FGC’s girls top-seeds are:

Isabella Chambers, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.57; Nicole Aguilar, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:10.30; 100-yard butterfly, 1:06.21; Mattie Barfield, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.42; and Liah Perez, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 29.14.

FGC All-Star swimmers will get their uniforms and meet teammates and coaches during a meeting and warm-up session on Friday night.

FGC is expected to dominate the relays, always a strongpoint, and several individual events. Could this year be the year FGC pulls it off?

Several FGC awards will be presented after the meet including the Carol Englehart Spirit Award for overall leadership and sportsmanship. Each age group assistant will also give a plaque to the swimmers who make the greatest impact on their age group team.

WHAT: Florida Swimming vs. Florida Gold Coast All-Star Dual Meet
WHEN: Saturday, Session I, 9 a.m. and Session II, 5 p.m.; Sunday, Session III, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
ADMISSION: $5, heat sheets per session $3.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Verbally Commits To Florida State

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Verbally Commits To Florida State


October 16, 2013

Marc Rojas knew it was only a matter of time.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and sophomore at national champion Indian River State College, verbally committed to Florida State on Wednesday.

“Everything I did in the past was just building blocks to get to be where I am at now,” Rojas said. “The ultimate goal was to get into a great college and swimming the times I needed to do to get there.

“I think this is No. 1 for me in swimming,” Rojas said. “I worked really hard in and out of the water.”

Rojas is excited to swim for FSU first-year coach Frankie Bradley, a former Indian River head coach and Florida Gold Coast and Florida State Seminoles swimmer.

“When I took my trip to Florida State I felt very comfortable with the team and the head coach,” Rojas said. “I felt a connection with the school and coaches. I saw I would be a good addition to the team.”
Rojas will have two years of eligibility with the Seminoles.
“Going to a junior college was good but now I will be experiencing the whole package at Florida State and I am pretty excited about that. Of course, I still want to do great things here at Indian River.”

Rojas is defending junior college national champion in the mile (15:38.80) and was third in the 500-yard freestyle (4:33.52). He may be swimming the breaststroke after a breakthrough summer where he made his first U.S. Open cut (1:03.72) at senior zones.

“We are still talking about what I am going to swim at the big meets and nationals,” Rojas said. “My 100 breaststroke is pretty good. I want to drop some bombs.”

After winning a state high school title in the 100-yard breaststroke at Pembroke Pines Charter his sophomore year, the only boy from Broward County to win a state title that year, Rojas hit a rough patch.

“I had a kind of slump my junior year,” Rojas said. “I had to develop mental toughness when I wasn’t doing well in the water. It was a huge factor in my training.

“It wasn’t until my senior year of summer I had the meet of my life. I wish I had those times in my senior year at the beginning but everything happens for a reason.”

The “meet of my life” Rojas was referring to was the August Senior Southern Zone Long Course Championships in Plantation where he swam a lifetime-best and his first-ever U.S. Open qualifying standard (1:03.72).

Rojas splits were 29.68 and 34.04. The qualifying standard is 1:04.69. His seed time going into the meet was 1:05.97 for the third seed.

It was his seventh event of the weeklong meet but most memorable. He swam best times in nearly every event.

“Last summer I was training for the mile to make my standardized cut to help me get into a good college but it wasn’t working out, I wasn’t hitting my pace in practice,” Rojas said. “When in doubt, go to the breaststroke. I switched my mile mentality to the breaststroke.”

After finishing his sophomore year at Indian River, Rojas plans to take a summer class at Indian River and return to SOFLO to train with head coach Chris Anderson for a few summer meets before heading off to FSU.

SOFLO is fast-becoming a pipeline for FSU where SOFLO swimmers Tiffany Oliver and Alex Rodriguez are currently competing.

“I am on the right path, I am swimming fast,” Rojas said. “I am really fortunate to be going to Florida State. Everything is falling into place. I just learned that everything will be okay if you just believe in yourself.”

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SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Makes First-Ever U.S. Open Cut: 1:03.72

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Makes First-Ever U.S. Open Cut: 1:03.72


August 1, 2013

It was a night to remember for Marc Rojas of the South Florida Aquatic Club.

Rojas, 19, a sophomore at Indian River State College, won the 100-meter breaststroke.

Not only did Rojas swim a lifetime-best 1:03.72 but made his first-ever U.S. Open qualifying standard Thursday at the Senior Southern Zone Long Course Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rojas split 29.68 and 34.04. The qualifying standard is 1:04.69. He was seeded third going into the meet in 1:05.97.

It was Rojas’ seventh event of the weeklong meet and most memorable.

In four days, Rojas has won four individual events including three lifetime-bests and competed on three relays.

But it’s the 100-meter breaststroke that will hold a special meaning for the talented swimmer.

Rojas touched the wall, heard the time and punched his fist in the air. SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland gave him a high-five. His teammates were cheering for him from start to finish.

“It just felt so surreal when the announcer said I went 1:03.7,” Rojas said. “That’s almost a second below the trials cut.

“I had the biggest smile on my face. Everybody went nuts. I was overwhelmed with joy. It’s a great feeling to achieve my dreams. This is what I was really, really working for my whole life.”

Since Rojas returned from college for summer training, he knew he had to get back in shape. After swimming primarily distance his freshman season, Rojas started focusing on his breaststroke seriously for the last month and a half.

“I really worked on my breaststroke,” Rojas said. “I feel like I am starting to understand the stroke, how to develop it and how to race. I have a better understanding how to perform.”

The senior southern zone meet has been good to Rojas. Last year he made four junior national cut times (200 breaststroke, mile, 800 and bonus 200 freestyle).

“I would say this is my best swim meet,” Rojas said. “Last year I had the meet of my life. I made four junior national cuts and dropped everything I swam.

“This meet has been really good to me. I really have lot of fun with this meet. It’s just about mental preparation on my goals I need to achieve. It’s about having the support of my coaches and teammates.

“Everything happens for a reason. Everything seemed to fall into place when I wanted it to. I don’t know why it’s this meet. It is what it is. I am greatful for that and humble for what I am achieving.”

During the meet Rojas had attempted to make his cut in the 200 breaststroke. Despite his heavy meet workload, he even time trialed on Wednesday.

“It was pretty frustrating,” Rojas admitted. “First I went out too fast. Then I was too easy. My pacing was all over the place. I was trying to get it down right and figuring it out. I was joking with my teammates that with each passing day I feel like I am getting a year older. I don’t have to feel good in order to race fast. It’s all mental and all the work you put in and how committed you are.

“In the 100, I went out the first 50 and just held it. This is the added fire I needed. I always had the fire in me. I just needed that big break. I knew I put in a lot of work. Now that it’s on paper, it’s a big weight off my shoulders.”

The second happiest person on the pooldeck was SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland who has been working with Rojas.

“This is a very big deal for him,” Garland said. “He had a great swim. He came back tonight and swam an amazing race. I am very happy and so proud of him. He has been working really hard.”

On Friday, the fifth and final day of the meet, Rojas will swim the 200-meter individual medley which he is seeded second in.

SOFLO remains fourth among 32 teams with 501.5 points.

Thirty-six attached teams and 381 swimmers are competing in the weeklong meet.

In addition to SOFLO other Florida Gold Coast teams Pine Crest Swimming, FLA, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatics, North Miami Swim Team, Performance Aquatics, Titan Aquatics and Plantation Swim Team.



100-meter backstroke: 1. Katie Kelsoe, MTAC 1:05.88; SOFLO: 5. Marcella Marinheiro 1:07.92.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Carrie Bonfield, Piranha Swimming 4:25.99; SOFLO: 25. Kylie Herman 4:41.58.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Carlotta Verita, FLA 1:14.70; SOFLO: 20. Delanie Perez 1:22.61, 25. Bianca Muniz 1:24.02.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Alicia Finnigan, FCST 1:03.20; SOFLO: 10. Maria Lopez 1:05.58, 11. Amber Hunter 1:05.73, best time.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. North Florida 4:04.68, 4. SOFLO “A” 4:04.97 (Amber Hunter, Marcella Marinheiro, Kylie Herman, Melissa Marinheiro), 9. SOFLO “B” 4:13.20 (Maria Lopez, Bianca Monti, Bianca Muniz, Kelley Heron).


100-meter backstroke: 1. Grant Kelton, MTAC 1:00.19; SOFLO: 16. Gustavo Valery 1:06.17, 27. Ryan Capote 1:06.87.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Griff Hutton, Piranha Swimming 4:11.06; SOFLO: 14. Roger Capote 4:22.01, best time, 19. Gustavo Valery 4:22.70, best time.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 1:03.72, U.S. Open cut; SOFLO: 26. Matthew Gonzalez 1:14.70, best time, 29. Roger Capote 1:16.15.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jacob Kelsoe, MTAC 57.37; SOFLO: 7. Endi Babi 1:00.40 (59.97 prelims), 14. Julien Pinon 1:00.27, best time, 30. Matthew Gonzalez 1:02.82 (1:02.25, prelims, best).

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. FLA 3:42.78, 5. SOFLO “A” 3:45.67 (Xavier Brown, Carlo Morante, Matthew Gonzalez, Ivan Parada), 11. SOFLO “B” 3:50.74 (Ryan Capote, Marc Rojas, Gustavo Valery, Alex Monti).


WHAT: Senior Southern Zone Long Course Championships.

WHEN: Friday

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

SCHEDULE: Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Pinon, Skarie, Mesa, Rodriguez Shine On Final Day Of All-Stars Meet

SOFLO’s Pinon, Skarie, Mesa, Rodriguez Shine On Final Day Of All-Stars Meet


March 27, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon saved his best for last at the Florida Gold Coast-Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet Sunday at Indian River State College.

The 13-year-old finished second in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars in a career-best time of 16 minutes, 45.85 seconds in the third and final session of the two-day meet in Fort Pierce.

Pinon dropped 14 seconds off his distance swim. His previous best was 16:59.39.

Pinon was also fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.47, just off his best time of 49.34.

Jonathan Skarie, 10, was second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 37.28.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay for the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars in 1:51.48. Mesa swam a 28.81 opening split. Her teammates were Dorian Fejzuli, Alexandra Meszaros and Andrea Santander.

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, led off Florida Gold Coast’s third place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:54.01. His opening split was 28.45.

Other SOFLO swimmers turning in best times:

Annita Huang, 100-yard backstroke, 1:14.08 bettering her previous best of 1:14.09 and 50-yard breaststroke, 39.34, bettering 41.48.

Delaney Biro, 100-yard backstroke, 1:16.84, bettering 1:17.95.

Delanie Perez, 11, 50-yard breaststroke, 35.88, bettering 36.07.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, 50-yard butterfly, 33.82, bettering 36.15.

Kylie Herman, 14, 200-yard butterfly, 2:20.42, bettering 2:22.02.

Alfredo Mesa, 13, 200-yard backstroke, 2:10.94, bettering 2:12.50 and 100-yard freestyle, 52.52, bettering 53.96.

Andres Lares, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:05.68, bettering 1:07.53 and 50-yard butterfly 29.59, bettering 29.97.

C.J. Kopecki, 12, 50-yard breaststroke, 35.18, bettering 35.24 and 50-yard butterfly, 29.87, bettering 33.15.

Nicholas Perera, 12, 50-yard butterfly, 29.48, bettering 29.76.

Jonathan Skarie, 10, 50-yard butterfly, 32.54, bettering 32.92.

SOFLO sent 29 swimmers to the meet that was won by defending champion Florida Swimming, 714-558. Congrats to SOFLO swimmers on several good swims, best times and fun team camaraderie.



200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. Elise Haan, Florida Swimming 2:05.17; SOFLO: 11. Jessica Rodriguez 2:15.14.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Florida Gold Coast 1:09.20; SOFLO: 6. Annita Huang 1:14.08, 8. Vanessa Mesa 1:15.28, 11. Delaney Biro 1:16.84, 18. Elise Larin 1:20.77; 11-12, 1. Abigail Wilder, Florida Swimming 1:01.38; SOFLO: 13. Isabella Pittinger 1:07.23, 15. Kelley Heron 1:08.07.

100-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Caroline Nava, Florida Gold Coast 52.91; SOFLO: 24. Kylie Herman 57.73, 27. Jessica Rodriguez 58.11.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Peyton Palsha, Florida Swimming 5:07.37; SOFLO: 13. Delanie Perez 5:43.81.

1,650-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Katherine Mayer, Florida Swimming 17:38.84.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Florida Gold Coast 35.83; SOFLO: 7. Elise Larin 38.47, 10. Annita Huang 49.34; 11-12, 1. Kennidy Quist, Florida Swimming 32.66; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 33.82, 16. Delanie Perez 35.88.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Florida Gold Coast 2:27.72.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Summer Stanfield, Florida Swimming 30.07; SOFLO: 15. Delaney Biro 33.59, 16. Vanessa Mesa 33.82; 11-12, 1. Jessica Nava, Florida Gold Coast 27.27; SOFLO: 8. Isabella Pittinger 28.70.

200-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Allison Kopas, Florida Gold Coast 2:09.19; SOFLO: 8. Kylie Herman 2:20.42.

200-yard freestyle relay”

10-and-under, 1. Florida Gold Coast 1:51.48 (Vanessa Mesa, Dorian Fejzuli, Alexandra Meszaros, Andrea Santander), 2. Florida 1:53.09, 3. Florida 1:57.15; 11-12, 1. Florida Swimming 1:41.51, 2. FGC A 1:44.85, 3. Florida 1:44.87; 13-14, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 1:38.33, 2. Florida Swimming 1:39.15, 3. Florida Gold Coast D 1:42.09.


200-yard backstroke:

13-14, 1. William Pisani, Florida Gold Coast 1:57.99; SOFLO: 7. Gustavo Valery 2:09.42, 10. Alfredo Mesa 2:10.94.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Florida Gold Coast 1:09.67; SOFLO: 13. Leonardo Mateus 1:13.42, 9. Rafael Rodriguez 1:13.82; 11-12, 1. Mason Wilby, Florida Swimming 1:00.59; SOFLO: 9. Bruno Berti 1:04.58, 13. Andres Lares 1:05.68, 15. Kevin Porto 1:06.08, 16. Ricardo Roche 1:07.52.

100-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Alex Carson, Florida Swimming 48.07; SOFLO: 4. Julien Pinon 49.47, 17. Alfredo Mesa 52.52, 22. Gustavo Valery 53.47, 25. Jordan Colon 54.29.

500-yard freestyle:

11-12, 1. Santiago Corredor, Florida Swimming 5:08.29; SOFLO: 5. Nicholas Perera 5:21.12, 11. Ricardo Roche 5:29.22, 13. Kevin Porto 5:34.11.

1,650-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Eric Ordaz, Florida Swimming 16:27.13; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 16:45.85, 7. Carlos Rodriguez 17:57.62.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Matthew Petreski, Florida Gold Coast 36.09; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Skarie 37.28, 8. Brandon Moran 38.95; 11-12, 1. Jabari Ramsey, Florida Swimming 29.64; SOFLO: 18. C.J. Kopecki 35.18, 19. Bruno Berti 35.51.

200-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Marco Leo, Florida Swimming 2:14.27; SOFLO: 8. Jordan Colon 2:24.87, 11. Alex Monti 2:27.53.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Trevor McGovern, Florida Swimming 30.74; SOFLO: 10. Jonathan Skarie 32.54, 23. Brandon Moran 34.66.

11-12, 1. Nicholas Hackett, Florida Swimming 26.49; SOFLO: 16. Nicholas Perera 29.48, 19. Andres Lares 29.59, 24. C. J. Kopecki 29.87.

200-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Luke Hanner, Florida Swimming 1:59.75.

200-yard freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. Florida Swimming A 1:52.67, 2. Florida B 1:53.71, 3. Florida Gold Coast 1:54.01; 11-12, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 1:40.08, 2. Florida Swimming 1:40.31, 3. Florida 1:42.84; 13-14, 1. Florida Gold Coast D 1:29.01, 2. Florida 1:29.58, 3. Florida 1:32.20.

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SOFLO’s Rodriguez Leads Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Session Two Of All-Star Dual Meet

SOFLO’s Rodriguez Leads Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Session Two Of All-Star Dual Meet


March 26, 2012

Rafael Rodriguez of the South Florida Aquatic Club turned in some great swims during Session Two of the Florida Gold Coast vs. Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

Rodriguez, 10, of SOFLO’s Bronze Group at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, was second in the 100-yard individual medley in a career-best 1:11.18. His previous best time was 1:12.31.

Rodriguez was just out-touched by 1/100ths of a second by FGC All-Star teammate Elvis Kotikovski for the win in 1:11.17.

Rodriguez was second in the 200-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 2:10.76. His previous best was 2:12.67.

Rodriguez was also sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.66, just off his best time of 28.44.

SOFLO teammate Julien Pinon, 13, was third in the 500-yard freestyle in a personal-best 4:51.54, bettering his previous best time of 4:54.07.

In a tight relay race, SOFLO’s Kelley Heron, 12, was a member of the Florida Gold Coast “A” relay that finished second in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:55.39. Florida Swimming won in 1:55.01.

Other SOFLO swimmers turning in best times were:

Jessica Rodriguez, 13, 200-yard individual medley, 2:16.36, her previous best was 2:17.18.

Jordan Colon, 14, 200-yard individual medley, 2:09.82, his previous best was 2:11.39.

Gustavo Valery, 13, 200-yard individual medley, 2:14.97, his previous best was 2:20.62.

Delanie Perez, 11, 100-yard individual medley, 1:10.29, her previous best was 1:13.82 and 200-yard freestyle, 2:08.38, her previous best time was 2:11.47.

C.J. Kopecki, 12, 100-yard individual medley, 1:05.01, his previous best was 1:06.01.

Bruno Berti, 12, 100-yard individual medley, 1:05.05, his previous best was 1:12.31.

Ricardo Roche, 12, 100-yard individual medley, 1:08.74, his previous best was 1:10.62 and 200-yard freestyle, 2:04.41, his previous best was 2:07.25.

Leonardo Mateus, 10, 100-yard individual medley, 1:14.84, his previous best was 1:17.29; 100-yard butterfly, 1:15.80, his previous best time was 1:20.30.

Alfredo Mesa, 13, 50-yard freestyle, 24.52, his previous best was 25.00.

Kelley Heron, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 26.91, her previous best was 27.28.

Andres Lara, 12, 50-yard freestyle, 27.03, his previous best was 28.15.

Elise Larin, 10, 50-yard freestyle, 31.72, her previous best time was 32.39.

Carlos Rodriguez, 13, 100-yard butterfly, 1:02.59, his previous best time was 1:02.84 and 500-yard freestyle, 5:13.68, his previous best was 5:16.41.

Jonathan Skarie, 10, 100-yard butterfly, 1:10.95, his previous best time was 1:12.47.

Kylie Herman, 14, 500-yard freestyle, 5:21.92, her previous best was 5:22.11.

Sophia Bucaro, 13, 500-yard freestyle, 5:22.69, her previous best was 5:22.80.

Kevin Porto, 12, 200-yard freestyle, 2:01.74, her previous best was 2:03.43.

Vanessa Mesa, 9, 200-yard freestyle, 2:14.22, her previous best was 2:14.91.



200-yard individual medley:

13-14, 1. Rose Smiddy, Florida Gold Coast 2:08.35; SOFLO: 12. Jessica Rodriguez 2:16.36.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1.  Cattie Li, Florida Swimming 1:11.03; SOFLO: 17. Delaney Biro 1:17.86, 22. Elise Larin 1:18.73; 11-12, 1. Abigail Burke, Florida Swimming 1:03.35; SOFLO: 8. Kelley Heron 1:06.65, 24. Delanie Perez 1:10.29.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Florida Gold Coast 27.17; SOFLO: 5. Vanessa Mesa 28.48, 14. Annita Huang 30.32, 20. Elise Larin 31.72; 11-12, 1. Abigail Burke, Florida Swimming 25.45; SOFLO: 15. Bianca Monti 26.68, 17. Kelley Heron 26.91, 18. Isabella Pittinger 26.97; 13-14, 1. Caroline Nava, Florida Gold Coast 24.16; SOFLO: 24. Sophia Bucaro 27.83.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Florida Gold Coast 1:06.22; S11-12, 1. Alena Kraus, Florida Swimming 59.95; SOFLO: 14. Isabella Pittinger 1:04.84, 16. Bianca Monti 1:06.73; 13-14, 1. Chloe Miller, Florida Swimming 58.10; SOFLO: 16. Kylie Herman 1:03.89, 21. Jessica Rodriguez 1:06.96.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Florida Gold Coast 2:07.49; SOFLO: 5. Vanessa Mesa 2:14.22, 11. Annita Huang 2:20.47, 13. Delaney Biro 2:22.18; 11-12, 1. Peyton Palsha, Florida Swimming 1:54.57; SOFLO: 15. Delanie Perez 2:08.38.

500-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Katherine Mayer, Florida Swimming 5:06.77; SOFLO: 10. Kylie Herman 5:21.92, 11. Sophia Bucaro 5:22.69.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 2:07.82, 2. Florida Swimming A 2:10.46, 3. Florida Swimming 2:12.80; 11-12, 1. Florida Swimming A 1:55.01, 2. FGC A 1:55.39, 3. Florida B 1:55.74; 13-14, 1.Florida Gold Coast A 1:51.71, 2. FGC B 1:51.82, 3. Florida Swimming 1:54.31.


200-yard individual medley:

13-14, 1. Leo Marco, Florida Swimming 1:59.39; SOFLO: 14. Jordan Colon 2:09.82, 17. Alex Monti 2:13.57, 18. Gustavo Valery 2:14.97.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, Florida Gold Coast 1:11.17; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 1:11.18, 11. Jonathan Skarie 1:13.34, 14. Brandon Moran 1:13.90, 18. Leonardo Mateus 1:14.84; 11-12, 1. Brian Hodang, Florida Swimming 1:01.09; SOFLO: 12. C.J. Kopecki 1:05.01, 13. Bruno Berti 1:05.05, 24. Ricardo Roche 1:08.74.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Jake Bair, Florida Swimming 28.18; SOFLO: 6. Rafael Rodriguez 28.66; 11-12, 1. Ervin Marin, Florida Gold Coast 24.77; SOFLO: 17. Bruno Berti 26.19, 26. Andres Lares 27.03; 13-14, 1. Alex Carson, Florida Swimming 22.06; SOFLO: 5. Julien Pinon 22.88, 17. Gustavo Valery 24.26, 19. Alfredo Mesa 24.52, 22. Jordan Colon 25.38.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Sebastian Aguirre, Florida Swimming 1:09.78; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Skarie 1:10.95, 13. Leonardo Mateus 1:15.80; 11-12, 1. Nicholas Hackett, Florida Swimming 58.91; SOFLO: 14. Nicholas Perera 1:04.36, 20. Andres Lares 1:05.45, 23. Kevin Porto 1:07.01; 13-14, 1. Zuhayr Pigot, Florida Gold Coast 52.52; SOFLO: 8. Julien Pinon 55.79, 23. Carlos Rodriguez 1:02.59, 24. Alex Monti 1:03.77.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Arik Katz, Florida Swimming 2:08.75; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:10.76, 13. Leonardo Mateus 2:223.05; 11-12, 1. Santiago Corredor, Florida Swimming 1:55.16; SOFLO: 8. Kevin Porto 2:01.74, 12. Nicholas Perera 2:03.13, 13. Ricardo Roche 2:04.41.

500-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Eric Ordaz, Florida Swimming 4:43.38; SOFLO: 3. Julien Pinon 4:51.04; SOFLO: 10. Alfredo Mesa 5:11.51, 11. Carlos Rodriguez 5:13.68.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Florida Gold Coast A 2:09.76, 2. Florida Swimming A 2:11.86, 3. Florida C 2:13.17; 11-12, 1. Florida Swimming A 1:49.78, 2. FGC A 1:50.87, 3. Florida A 1:53.37; 13-14, 1. FGC A 1:37.85, 2. Florida A 1:40.79, 3. Florida B 1:42.77.

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