SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, Three Other Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Chosen For USA Swimming National Select Camp


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, September 30, 2021—Mallory Schleicher of South Florida Aquatic Club and Cooper City High School is one of 102 athletes invited by USA Swimming to the 2020 National Select Camp.

USA Swimming released its lineup of 102 swimmers, 51 boys and 51 girls, who will attend the USA Swimming National Select Camps, postponed from the fall of 2020 to October 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schleicher, a University of Florida commit, will be joined by Heidi Smithwick of Jupiter Dragons, Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics and Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics Swim Team (FAST).

Schleicher was selected for her 400 individual medley (4:53.96); Smithwick, the 50 freestyle (25.90); Pelaez, the 100 freestyle (56.03); and Zuchowski, the 200 backstroke (2:00.76).

This camp is designed for the top USA Swimming member athletes in the nation to have a once-in-a-lifetime camp experience.

According to USA Swimming, during the three-day camps, the 51 boys and 51 girls attending will experience the day-to-day routine of a National Team athlete.

The campers will learn from top aquatic professionals about post-race recovery, drug and supplement rules, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy. 2020 Tokyo Olympic alumni of the program include Katie Ledecky, Michael Andrew, Lily King, Hali Flickinger, Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke.

Swimmers were selected from the SWIMS database using their top time throughout the January 1, 2019-August 31, 2020, qualifying period. The three-fastest athletes of each gender, aged 14-16, in each Olympic event earned an invitation. After that, the six swimmers with the best IMX scores and the top-three open water swimmers, who weren’t already selected, were included to round out the 51 slots per gender.

The National Select Camps are scheduled for October 7-10, 2021 (girls) and October 14-17, 2021 (boys) at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. The swimmers will be joined by established staff members chosen from various teams around the country.

USA Swimming is hosting the 2020 camp athletes in October 2021 (originally slated for January 2021 due to the Olympic year). The 2022 camps will be held in October 2022.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

St. Andrew’s Aquatics Captures First-Ever Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships, SOFLO Finishes Second


By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, August 1, 2021—In one of the closest Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships, St. Andrew’s Aquatics won its first-ever combined team title Sunday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Defending seven-time champion South Florida Aquatic Club finished runner-up in combined with 1,295.50, 151.50 points behind St. Andrew’s Aquatics with 1,446. Jupiter Dragons were third with 1,064.50. They were the only teams to crack the 1,000-point barrier among a field of 35 teams.

St. Andrew’s Aquatics also won the boys team title with 1,143. SOFLO was second with 790 and Swim Fort Lauderdale was third with 675.

Jupiter Dragons, led by Heidi Smithwick, winner of seven individual and relay events, won the girls’ team title with 710.50 points, just 41.50 points ahead of Gulliver Swim Club with 669. Pine Crest was third with 665.50. SOFLO was fourth with 505.50 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics was sixth with 303.

Because of bad weather and impending storms moving in from the Everglades, the final night session was cancelled and results were morning timed finals. The 400-meter medley relays and fast heats of the 1500 freestyles were not contested.

St. Andrew’s swimmers dedicated the win to longtime head coach Sid Cassidy, who underwent coronary angioplasty and stent surgery and was unable to be at the meet.

“We wanted to make him happy and feel better so we wanted to do well,” said St. Andrew’s sprinter and U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier Maximilian Zum Tobel, anchor leg of the Florida Gold Coast record-breaking 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:32.48, just missing the national age group record by .05. The previous FGC record was 1:32.87 set by Westminster Academy in 2013.

“We weren’t talking about the title too much but we were pretty confident because we knew we had a stacked finals in the 50 free and 100 back,” Zum Tobel said. “Our mindset was that we were ready to take on what we wanted to do. I’m happy, this is awesome.”

Despite missing several top swimmers competing at both Futures Championships and Speedo Summer Championships that begin Tuesday, SOFLO swimmers rose to the occasion during the three-day meet.

“Our kids were phenomenal,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said from Greensboro, N.C. “They swam really well and stepped it up.”

SOFLOs Top 10 finishers were:

Michelle Marinheiro, 1500-meter freestyle, first 18:41.11.

Gaby Banks, 50-meter freestyle, second 27.10.

Christian Tijero, 1500-meter freestyle, second 17:40.12.

Michelle Fernandez, 100-meter breaststroke, fifth, 1:16.82.

Nathaniel Garrick, 1500-meter freestyle, seventh 18:14.87, time drop 38.82.

Alex Golding, 200-meter individual medley, seventh 2:14.44.

Rafael Rodriguez, 100-meter backstroke, eighth, 1:01.15; 50-meter freestyle, ninth 24.66, time drop 0.51.

SOFLO also had two swimmers, Alex Golding and Sebastian Lares make their Futures cuts during the meet.

For the summer’s last local long course meet, 41 SOFLO swimmers, ages 15-and-over, (26 men and 15 women) competed in 174 individual and eight relay events.

The top three girls high points leaders were: Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter Dragons, 215; Riley Botting, Pine Crest 141; and Paola Gonzalez of Metro Aquatics, 134. SOFLO’s top girl was Natalie Gembicki, 16, with 70 points.

The top three boys high point leaders were: Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 165.50; Gabriel Araya, Azura, 159; and Dario Martin, Olympus Swimming 147. SOFLO’s top boy was Alex Golding, 17, with 91 points.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1,446, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,295.50, 3. Jupiter Dragons 1,064.50, 4. Pine Crest 894.50, 5. Gulliver 832, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 745, 7. Midtown Weston 652, 8. Azura Florida Aquatics 588, 9. Metro Aquatics 586, 10. TS Aquatics 430.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1,143, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 790, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 675, 4. Eagle Aquatics 401.50, 5. Jupiter Dragons 354, 6. Azura Florida Aquatics 348, 7. Metro Aquatics 289, 8. TS Aquatics 244, 9. Olympus Swimming Club 242, 10. Boca Raton Swim Team 235.50.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Jupiter Dragons 710.50, 2. Gulliver 669, 3. Pine Crest 665.50, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 505.50, 5. Midtown Weston 460, 6. St. Andrew’s 303, 7. Metro Aquatics 297, 8. TS Aquatics 291, 9. Wahoos of Wellington 248, 10. Flood Aquatics 242.50.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michelle Marinheiro, SOFLO 18:41.11, 2. Lillian Smith, SAS 18:55.69, 3. Addison Byrne, PB 19:31.34.

100-meter backstroke: 1. tie, Hanna Smith, PC 1:07.91 and Kiersten Munna, FAST 1:07.91, 3. Solana Capalbo, AZFL 1:08.39; SOFLO: 28. Sally Golding 1:12.81, time drop 1.41, 31. Sara Quintero 1:13.18, 41. Jena Legaspi 1:14.44, 45. Mariann Catalasan 1:15.73, time drop 0.08, 50. Sofia Osorio 1:16.90.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Micaela Sierra, AZFL 1:13.30, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:14.74, 3. Delaine Goll, GPA 1:14.88; SOFLO: 5. Michelle Fernandez 1:16.82, 26. Sabrina Osorio 1:23.11, 28. Mariann Catalasan 1:23.24, 33. Sara Quintero 1:24.21, time drop 0.16, 51. Ana Frable 1:29.50.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 26.36, 2. Gaby Banks, SOFLO 27.10, 3. Kiara Caamano, JUP 27.17, 20. Nat Gembicki 28.44, 34. Michelle Fernandez 28.92, 47. Jennamarie Brames 29.50, 49. Sally Golding 29.52, time drop 0.53, 58. Michelle Marinheiro 29.83, 83. Sophia Bedoya 30.97.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:24.51, 2. Riley Botting, PC 2:27.31, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:27.50; SOFLO: 17. Nat Gembicki 2:33.76, time drop 4.89, 35. Jennamarie Brames 2:38.44, 41. Sabrina Osorio 2:41.25, 49. Mariann Catalasan 2:47.29.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Thomas Powers-Hammond, SFTL 17:31.09, 2. Christian Tijero, SOFLO 17:40.12, 3. Mateo Shearer, HAT 17:40.37; SOFLO: 7. Nathaniel Garrick 18:14.87, time drop 38.82.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 57.44, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 58.62, 3. Joshua Balbi, SAS 59.45; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Rodriguez 1:01.15, 11. Sebastian Lares 1:01.84, time drop 2.41, 15. Alejandro Mateus 1:02.51, 17. Aldo Zepeda 1:02.78, 22. Philo Ibrahim 1:03.26, 27. Austin Nelson 1:04.46, 29. Adrian Hernandez 1:04.87, 38. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1:06.33, time drop 2.85, 49. Nathaniel Garrick 1:07.31, 52. Nicolas Sanchade 1:07.83, 67. Nicholas Chaimowicz 1:11.06.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Diego Jesus Duarte, AZFL 1:05.84, 2. Dylan Brisco, SAS 1:05.84, 3. Dario Martin, OSC 1:05.91; SOFLO: 16. Manuel Melendez 1:10.52, 18. Javier Roman 1:11.39, 38. Christopher Hau 1:14.40, 41. Alan Bertea 1:14.66, 43. Zackary Harris 1:15.46, time drop 0.81, 52. Adrian Hernandez 1:16.16, 66. Vinay Gurnani 1:19.57.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Josiah Morales, PAQ 23.29, 2. Reese Branzell, SAS 23.30, 3. Max Zum Tobel, SAS 23.86, 9. Rafael Rodriguez 24.66, time drop 0.51, 25. Philo Ibrahim 25.45, 27. Aldo Zepeda 25.50, time drop 0.19, 47. Brennan Binder 26.20, time drop 0.30, 83. Robert Wilson 27.19, 89. Christopher Hau 27.96.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:08.93, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 2:10.93, 3. Gabriel Araya 2:11.80; SOFLO: 7. Alex Golding 2:14.44, 15. Javier Roman 2:16.84, 18. Sebastian Lares 2:18.07, time drop 3.80, 20. Alejandro Mateus 2:19.41, time drop 2.54, 21. Enrique Rodriguez 2:19.49, 25. Adrian Hernandez 2:20.83, time drop 0.85, 32. Brennan Binder 2:22.54, time drop 4.78, 42. Manuel Melendez 2:23.95, 50. Christian Tijero 2:25.59, 52. Garrett Oliver 2:25.79, 56. Zackary Harris 2:26.32.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day Two Of FGC Jupiter Invitational


By Sharon Robb

April 22, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers turned in several outstanding swims on Day Two of the Florida Gold Coast Jupiter Long Course Invitational Saturday at the North County Aquatic Complex.

Ten-year-old Alessandro Pereira was a triple winner among SOFLO boys.

Pereira was first in the 10-and-under 100-meter butterfly, 1:17.39, with a time drop of 1.72 seconds; 200-meter individual medley in 2:49.16; and 100-meter backstroke in 1:23.02. Pereira has three events remaining on Sunday.

Victoria Torres, 12, was a double winner for SOFLO girls. She was first in the 11-12 50-meter breaststroke in 39.18 and 200-meter breaststroke in 3:14.70.

Javier Colmenares, 10, won the 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke in 43.82 with a 3.40 time drop.

Colmenares was also second in the 200-meter freestyle, 2:36.15, with a 2.21 time drop; second in the 50-meter freestyle, 34.44; and second in the 200-meter individual medley, 2:53.89, with a 7.42 time drop.

Enrique Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 200-meter individual medley in 2:38.15 with an impressive time drop of 14.51 seconds.

Rodriguez was also second in the 200-meter freestyle, 2:18.80, with a 6.32 time drop; second in the 100-meter backstroke, 1:16.79, with a 2.34 time drop; and third in the 50-meter freestyle, 29.53, with a 1.64 time drop.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Mia Escudero, second, 50-meter breaststroke, 41.98; second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:54.48, time drop.

Logan Gonzalez, second, 50-meter breaststroke, 39.08, time drop.

Alejandro Mateus, third, 100-meter butterfly, 1:13.19, time drop; third, 100-meter backstroke, 1:17.20.

Leonardo Mateus, second, 200-meter individual medley, 2:23.93.

Samuel Bullen, third, 200-meter breaststroke, 3:21.84

The three-day meet, which concludes today with two more sessions, is being hosted by the Jupiter Dragon Swim Team.

South Florida Aquatic Club has 34 swimmers entered in 213 individual events.

South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field that features several Palm Beach County teams including East Coast Aquatics, Martin County, Lake Lytal Lightning, North Palm Beach, Treasure Coast Aquatics and Wahoos of Wellington.

All events are timed finals.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Emma Herrera, JDST 2:33.75; SOFLO TOP 15: 7. Giada Porven 2:45.14, time drop, 13. Natalia Sibug 2:58.10, time drop, 14. Anastasia Lutz 2:59.75; 11-12, 1. Faith Mutschler, WOW 2:20.25; SOFLO TOP 15: 10. Alexis Christenson 2:37.84, 14. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:40.58; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 2:18.01; 15-and-over, 1. Nicole Gomez, NPB 2:08.09.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Emma Herrera, JDST 1:23.82; 11-12, 1. Faith Mutschler, WOW 1:14.14; SOFLO TOP 15: 8. Mia Escudero 1:24.64, time drop, 13. Celeste Estrada 1:44.29; 13-14, 1. Daniela Salcedo, LLL 1:16.61; 15-and-over, 1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 1:04.90.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alyssa Bozzuto, JDST 43.50; SOFLO TOP 15: 5. Natalia Sibug 47.55, time drop; 11-12, 1. Victoria Torres, SOFLO 39.18; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Mia Escudero 41.98, 8. Kaitlyn Barrios 44.66, time drop, 16. Mariann Catalasan 46.83; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 36.25; 15-and-over, 1. Madison Lichtig, NPB 37.59.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Kiki Munna, FAST 33.15; SOFLO TOP 15: 4. Anastasia Lutz 34.09, time drop, 12, Natalia Sibug 36.75, time drop; 11-12, 1. Charlotte Levet, NPB 30.47; SOFLO TOP 15: 11. Victoria Torres 32.55, 16. Mia Escudero 33.55, time drop; 13-14, 1. Kiara Caamano, NPB 28.58; 15-and-over, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 27.83.

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Alyssa Bozzuto, JDST 3:01.63; SOFLO TOP 15: 5. Giada Porven 3:13.39, time drop; 11-12, 1. Faith Mutschler, WOW 2:41.25; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Mia Escudero 2:54.48, time drop, 7. Lea Pando 3:02.20, time drop; 13-14, 1. Daniela Salcedo, LLL 2:48.56; 15-and-over, 1. Sara Pastrana, Unattached 2:28.02.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alyssa Bozzuto, JDST 1:29.66; SOFLO TOP 15: 4. Natalia Sibug 1:33.41, time drop, 6. Anastasia Lutz 1:35.25, time drop; 11-12, 1. Madline Shields, TCSC 1:15.89; SOFLO TOP 15: 10. Leah Pando 1:25.20, time drop, 15. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:27.22, time drop; 13-14, 1. Mackenzie Gale, JDST 1:17.77; 15-and-over, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 1:08.74.

200-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Victoria Torres, SOFLO 3:14.70; SOFLO TOP 15: 4. Leah Pando 3:25.47, time drop, 9. Mariann Catalasan 3:32.46, time drop, 14. Kailey Smith 3:50.31; 13-14, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 2:55.93; 15-and-over, 1. Dahlia Delgado, JDST 2:58.10.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Lucas Bailey, ECAC 2:36.02; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Javier Colmenares 2:36.15, time drop, 9. Owen Smith 2:56.80, time drop; 11-12, 1. Mitchell Ledford, TCSC 2:18.24; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Enrique Rodriguez 2:18.80, time drop, 6. Christian Tijero 2:27.73, time drop, 11. Lucas Porven 2:38.36, time drop; 13-14, 1. Pace Edwards, FAST 2:09.55; 15-and-over, 1. Wyatt Boswell, WOW 2:04.71; SOFLO: 4. Leonardo Mateus 2:09.42.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:17.39, time drop; 11-12, 1. Mitchell Ledford, TCSC 1:10.36; SOFLO TOP 15: 3. Alejandro Mateus 1:13.19, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 1:24.36; 13-14, 1. Celeb Petranchuk, JDST 1:02.69; 15-and-over, 1. Kyle DiMatteo, LLL 1:00.95; SOFLO: 10. Leonardo Mateus 1:06.32.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 43.82; SOFLO TOP 15: 4. Luca Hincapie 50.38, 8. Benjamin Kim 52.39, time drop; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 38.00; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Logan Gonzalez 39.08, time drop, 5. Samuel Bullen 41.39, time drop, 7. Alejandro Mateus 43.09, time drop, 12. Christian Tijero 44.87, time drop, 13. Matthew Kim 44.88, time drop; 13-14, 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 34.20; 15-and-over, 1. Bryce Butler, TOR 32.54.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Lucas Bailey, ECAC 32.08; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Javier Colmenares 34.44, 9. Owen Smith 36.94, time drop, 12. Luca Hincapie 38.38; 11-12, 1. Steven Curtis, JDST 29.11; SOFLO TOP 15: 3. Enrique Rodriguez 29.53, time drop, 5. Alejandro Mateus 30.38, time drop, 10. Moises Rodriguez 31.56, 11. Logan Gonzalez 31.70, time drop, 14. Yanjun Wang 32.14, time drop; 13-14, 1. Tre ‘V Monroe, NPB 27.11; 15-and-over, 1. Kyle DiMatteo, LLL 25.31.

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 2:49.16; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Javier Colmenares 2:53.89, time drop, 6. Owen Smith 3:16.66, time drop, 11. Benjamin Kim 3:31.79, time drop; 11-12, 1. Enrique Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:38.15, time drop; SOFLO TOP 15: 6. Christian Tijero 2:49.99, time drop, 7. Lucas Porven 2:59.23, time drop, 8. Moises Rodriguez 2:59.40; 13-14, 1. Tre ‘V Monroe, NPB 2:31.41; 15-and-over, 1. Ethan McCloud, TCSC 2:22.30; SOFLO: 2. Leonardo Mateus 2:23.93.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 1:23.02; SOFLO TOP 15: 4. Owen Smith 1:34.14, 7. Luca Hincapie 1:36.81, 10. Benjamin Kim 1:40.20, time drop; 11-12, 1. Hudson Bishop, ECAC 1:14.57; SOFLO TOP 15: 2. Enrique Rodriguez 1:16.79, time drop, 3. Alejandro Mateus 1:17.20, 4. Logan Gonzalez 1:17.94, time drop, 5. Moises Rodriguez 1:19.63, 7. Matthew Kim 1:22.87, time drop, 10. Yanjun Wang 1:29.91, time drop, 14. Samuel Bullen 1:33.44, time drop; 13-14, 1. Nicolas Gallego, WOW 1:11.08; 15-and-over, 1. Kyle DiMatteo, LLL 1:03.20; SOFLO: 5. Leonardo Mateus 1:07.94.

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Nicholas Jackman, TCSC 3:04.86; SOFLO TOP 15: 3. Samuel Bullen 3:21.84, 4. Matthew Kim 3:25.30; 13-14, 1. Bora Hurst, Unattached 2:41.18; 15-and-over, 1. Ethan McCloud, TCSC 2:40.05.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Invitational

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, Session IV, 8:30 a.m. and Session V, 10 minutes after the previous session.

Where: North County Aquatic Complex, 861 Toney Penna Drive, Jupiter.

Of Note: Jupiter Dragon Swim Team is the host team. All events are timed finals. Admission and heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call the team office at 561-339-9959.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Heads Field For Florida Gold Coast Invitational In Jupiter


By Sharon Robb

April 20, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the Florida Gold Coast Invitational that begins Friday at North County Aquatic Complex in Jupiter.

The three-day meet, hosted by the Jupiter Dragon Swim Team, begins Friday with the opening session at 5:30 p.m. Warm-ups are 4:30 p.m.

SOFLO has 34 swimmers entered in 213 individual events.

SOFLO’s Mia Escudero, 12, is seeded first in the 12-and-under 50-meter breaststroke in 41.52.

Alejandro Mateus, 11, is seeded first in the 12-and-under 100-meter backstroke in 1:16.85.

Leonardo Mateus, 15, is seeded first in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:58.06.

The remaining SOFLO swimmers entered and looking to swim fast are:

Kaitlyn Barrios, 11; Shayna Blitz, 12; Samuel Bullen, 12; Mariann Catalasan, 11; Alexis Christensen, 11; Javier Colmenares, 10; Juan Colmenares, 13; Celeste Estrada, 11; Logan Gonzalez, 12; Luca Hincapie, 10; Benjamin Kim, 9; Matthew Kim, 12; Anastasia Lutz, 10; Judith-Alison Natino, 11; Leah Pando, 11; Alessandro Pereira, 10; Giada Porven, 9; Lucas Porven, 11; Enrique Rodriguez, 12; Moises Rodriguez, 12; Mary Sawyer, 10; Steven Sawyer, 11; Gavin Sheyda, 11; Sebastian Shy, 12; Natalia Sibug, 10; Kailey Smith, 12; Owen Smith, 10; Christian Tijero, 11; Victoria Torres, 12; Sarah Vasquez, 9; and Yanjun Wang, 12.

South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field that features several Palm Beach County teams including East Coast Aquatics, Martin County, Lake Lytal Lightning, North Palm Beach, Treasure Coast Aquatics and Wahoos of Wellington.

Opening night events are the 400-meter individual medley and 400-meter freestyle.

All events are timed finals. No team scores will be kept.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Invitational

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Session I, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Session II, 8:30 a.m. and Session III, 1 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 8:30 a.m. and Session V, 10 minutes after the previous session is completed.

Where: North County Aquatic Complex, 861 Toney Penna Drive, Jupiter.

Of Note: Jupiter Dragon Swim Team is the host team. All events are timed finals. Admission is $3 per session and heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call the team office at 561-339-9959.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com