WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
July 30, 2012
Seven swimmers and two coaches from the South Florida Aquatic Club are more than ready to lead the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships that begin Tuesday at the 900-seat Rockwall ISD Aquatic Center in Rockwall, Texas.
Four girls and three boys head SOFLO’s contingent.
The girls are Kelley Heron, Bianca Monti, Maria Lopez and Marcella Marinheiro, all coming off an outstanding long course seasons.
Melissa Marinheiro had also been selected but opted to withdraw from the team when she qualified for her first Speedo Junior Nationals in Indianapolis.
The boys are Kevin Porto, Julien Pinon and Gustavo Valery.
SOFLO age group coaches Megan Garland will coach the 11-12 girls squad and Virgin Islands Olympian Josh Laban will coach the 13-14 boys squad.
Timed finals in the 800- and 1500-meter freestyle events begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
A full schedule of events begins with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. Pool swimming ends on Saturday. The open water swim is Sunday. The Athlete Parade is Friday at 5 p.m. before the finals session.
The meet is being live streamed at http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/events/2012-southern-zone-age-group-championships.
The zone championships feature top regional swimmers at the senior and age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated zones: southern, eastern, central and western.
Group One features Florida, Border, Georgia, Kentucky, Gulf, Louisiana, South Texas and West Texas. Group Two had Florida Gold Coast, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, South Carolina, Southeastern and West Virginia.
Each LSC is limited to 48 swimmers—8 females and 8 males in each age group (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18). It gives swimmers nearing the junior national level an opportunity to excel at the end of the long course season.
The remaining FGC girl team members are: (11-12) Jessica Nava, Alicia Mancilla, Isabella Pittinger, Catharine Cooper, Racine Ross, Melannie Vargas; (13-14) Steph Campo, Rose Smiddy, Marta Ciesla, Hannah Burdge, Kelly Fertel, Jessica Conway, Namilla Sanchez, Caroline Schirmer; (15-18) Jessica Randolph, Brenna Ruth, Darby Goodwin, Kristina Figueroa and Carla Robles.
The other FGC boys team members are: (11-12) Ervin Marin, Jorge Depassier, Max Asnis, Gabriel Munoz, Kevin Hernandez, Adrian Aguilar; (13-14) Henry Contich, Cody Cline, Carlos Gallego, Julio Horrego, Jonathan Farah, Adrian Moya; (15-18) Quinn Cassidy, Alec Wathen, Derek Chait, Ronald Santos, Danny Hartley, Manny Lopez, Zuhayr Pigot and Gage Kohner.
Each age group features eight swimmers.
Julie Smiddy heads the FGC coaching staff as manager and head coach.
A banner and fifty swim caps will be awarded the Charlene Craddock Sportsmanship Award to the team that exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship throughout the meet.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org