SOFLO Current College And Alum Share College Journey Experiences With SOFLO Swimmers, Parents


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, July 2, 2020—-For 90 minutes, South Florida Aquatic Club former and current college swimmers shared their recruiting and college experiences with current club swimmers and parents.

A panel of ten covered a range of topics with SOFLO College Prep Advisor Natasha Moodie as moderator on the Zoom platform.

The panelists were Brittany Williford, Boston College post-grad; Kelley Heron, Michigan State rising junior; Heath Brames, University of Massachusetts rising junior; Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida post-grad and 2016 Italian Olympian; Miguel Cancel, Florida rising junior; Kathleen Golding, Florida rising sophomore; Marc Rojas, Indian River and Florida State alum; Abby Oyetunji, Howard University rising senior; Courtney Marx, Western Kentucky alum; and Hailey Jerew, Florida Gulf Coast rising sophomore.

Among panel topic highlights covered were:

1. The recruiting process.

Jerew: “It’s not only based on time, but the college coaches wanted to know more about me, not just about my swimming. I kept them up to date with my meets, but also what was going on in my life and at home.”

Marx: “My strength as a recruit was that I was a huge team player. I liked to work hard. I held myself accountable. I wasn’t afraid to fail. I knew swimming wasn’t the only thing colleges were looking for.”

Rojas: “I had a lot of grit. I really liked the grind of practice. I challenged myself and my teammates. Out of high school I wasn’t as fast as I knew I could be. I always looked forward to practice in college, getting better and having fun. Getting recruited was kind of like a job interview. And, of course, your college coach is going to ask your club coach about you.”

2. The decision making process:

Golding: “There were two main things I was looking at–academics and athletics. I wanted a school that emphasized academics. The location and size of the school were important. Have a list of things you want in a college but be open to ideas.”

Williford: “I was really looking for a strong school academically, one I could perform well in academics and had flexibility. I fell in love with the city and change of seasons.”

Oyetunji: “I didn’t plan on swimming in college and I thought I would stay in- state. I didn’t have an exact plan on what I wanted, I just wanted to go to college. Coach Chris put me in touch with Howard University and put it on my radar. I was 16 and a high school senior. I had to take a gap year which helped me think about colleges. I knew then I didn’t want to stay in state. It was good for me to have a change and not just because of swimming, which I also got to do.”

Brames: “I began my recruiting process my senior year. I knew I wanted to go out of the state. I made a list of 20-30 colleges and sent out a mass email. I took my first phone call in January from the University of Massachusetts. I took a recruiting trip and loved it there. I told the head coach ‘Hey, let’s do this.'”

D’Arrigo: “I came to the U.S. my senior year. I didn’t swim high school because I swam for Italy so I had no yard times. I wanted to go to UF but they wanted me to walk on. I committed to Virginia but they said I couldn’t go to junior worlds and then the head coach left. I ended up getting a scholarship to UF.”

Rojas: “It was my senior year of high school and I was freaking out. I felt I had so much potential but my times weren’t there. I had a few recruiting trips but they only offered book fees. Alia Atkinson suggested I go to Indian River. Two weeks before high school ended I committed. I didn’t have a scholarship but it wasn’t that much money. They were hard working kids like me and really fast. I did well my first year and contacted Florida State. They were interested and I fell in love with the place. Make sure you make sure the school is a right fit for you. My FSU teammates had a high drive and embraced the grind of practice. The school really spoke out to me.”

3. Advice you would give your younger self for recruiting trips:

Brames: “Don’t compare yourself too much to the other recruits or members of the team. I would get nervous and intimidated by their times. There shouldn’t be any reason to panic or get nervous.”

Rojas: “Do the best you can reaching out to coaches and different schools. Keep your options open. If you choose a school and you don’t like it, remember it’s not set in stone and it’s not the end of the world. It’s okay to make changes. Just be sure before the big decision.”

Marx: “Use your your resources. Don’t get overwhelmed with emails and questionnaires. There are a lot of steps and it’s a big process.”

Golding: “Recruiting trips are exhausting. Be prepared to be exhausted. You do a lot in a short amount of time. Keep that in mind. Bring a notebook to write down what you’re thinking and ask questions.”

Heron: “Recruiting trips can be a little awkward. You are talking to people you have never met before. What stressed me out was meeting with advisors. I recommend having questions ready that you want to ask.”

4. College application tips:

Cancel: “Focus on making sure you get your applications in before the deadline. I committed early so I only had to fill out the coalition app.”

Oyetunji: “Get them done early. You don’t know how many schools you want to apply to and the deadlines come up faster than you think. Plus, make sure your essays are really strong.”

Williford: “Your guidance counselor will help with recommendations. What will set you apart will be your essay on what makes you unique and how much of an asset you will be to them down the road.”

5. Best thing about being in college:

Brames: “All the freedom you have and being a lot more independent. You will have three to five hours of classes a day. But it’s also a double-edged sword. There is no one there to wake you up for 8 a.m. class.”

D’Arrigo: “Doing your own thing. You are free for the first time in your life. Being part of a team is fun and different. In Italy I was swimming for myself. In college, everything you are doing is for the team.”

Jerew: “When you’re a college athlete you can register for courses before the general population can to make sure you get the schedule you want to fit around practice and meets. Your books are taken care of, pre-packaged that you can pick up in the library. You also get the recognition of being an athlete.”

Heron: “There are a lot of pros to being a college athlete. Free tutoring for any class, an entire building only available to athletes to study and get tutoring. You have an advisor for each course you are taking and free tickets to football and basketball games.”

Rojas: “You are basically a celebrity in your school. It’s the first time you are in the outside world. You learn how to grow as an individual. You’re on the path of being an adult. Mom and Dad are not there holding your hand. There is no safe space out in the real world. You are going to have your ups and downs. I learned so much about myself and came out a completely different person. In college you have tutors and rehab facility if you are injured. You also learn how to be your own chef. You can’t have ramen and mac and cheese every day.”

Marx: “There are so many resources. There are tutors. The library is usually open 24 hours a day on campus. There are psychiatrists and mental health experts for students and athletes.”

D’Arrigo: “You are treated differently, you realize how much they care about you. The professors and coaches want you to do well. In Italy, it was either study or swim. You are lucky here in college that you can do both.”

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

SOFLO Heads Field For Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship that begins Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Four-time Jamaican and short course world champion Olympian Alia Atkinson, Gaby Banks, Marc Rojas, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage head SOFLO’s contingent that will be tested by a strong field.

Atkinson, 30, will compete in the 50 and 100 butterfly, and 50 and 100 breaststroke.

The women’s 100 freestyle is expected to be one of the best races of the four-day meet with defending champion Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Micayla Cronk and Chloe Grimme.

SOFLO will have 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

SOFLO’s 200 mixed medley relay is seeded first in 1:52.19 ahead of Colorado Stars, Missy Franklin’s former club. Atkinson is seeded first in the women’s 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 50 breaststroke and second in the 50 butterfly behind Marie Wattel, Rojas is seeded in the men’s 100 and 200 breaststroke, Golding is seeded first in the 200 individual medley and Smutny is seeded first in the 200 butterfly.

A large field will compete over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Several swimmers who competed in last year’s meet have opted to compete in the Pro Swim Series meet in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to Atkinson, another big name swimmer, Brazilian sprinter Bruno Fratus, 29, training with Coral Springs Swim Club, will compete. Fratus is coming off shoulder surgery in the fall. He is top seed in the 50 freestyle in 21.27 and 100 freestyle in 48.50.

Other top swimmers expected to compete are University of Florida-bound Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club. She is top-seed in five of the six events she has entered. National age group swimmer Josh Zuchowski, 14, of FAST is entered in six events. Florida State-bound Cameron Taddonio is one of the favorites in the 1500 freestyle.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

Heading the out-of-state teams is Falfins Swimming from Colorado for the second straight year. Claire Timson is the defending 100 backstroke.

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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

Triple Winner Mary Smutny, Double Winners Sebastian Lares, Marc Rojas Lead SOFLO In Session Two Of TYR SOFLO Open


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, January 26, 2019–Mary Smutny, Sebastian Lares and Marc Rojas led South Florida Aquatic Club on a rainy second day of the TYR SOFLO Open Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

During the meet’s second session, the University of Texas-bound Smutny, 18, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.44, 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.49 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.85.

Smutny also led off SOFLO’s winning 200-yard medley relay with teammates Victoria Torres, Kathleen Golding and Gaby Banks that won in 1:52.50. Smutny has 54 points in high point.

Lares, 14, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:22.26 and won the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:58.04. Lares has 31 points in high point.

Rojas, 24, won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:09.96 and won the 50-yard breaststroke in 27.70. He had 22 points in high points. The fun showdown between Rojas and 41-year-old Harvey Beckwith in the sprint event never materialized when Beckwith was a no-show.

Other SOFLO winners were:

Gaby Banks won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.18.

Molly Golding won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.66.

Juan Mora won the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.62, was second in the 200-yard breaststroke 2:23.42, and third in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.37.

Other Top 3 SOFLO finishers were:

Sally Golding, second, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:31.48; third, 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.97.

Olivia Dinehart, second, 100-yard backstroke, 1:07.04; second, 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.72; third, 50-yard freestyle, 26.96.

Kathleen Golding, second, 100-yard backstroke, 1:03.56.

Mallory Schleicher, third, 100-yard backstroke, 1:04.21, time drop.

Sarah Acevedo, third, 200-yard individual medley, 2:22.79.

Lucy Smutny, third, 500-yard freestyle, 5:30.57

Logan Gonzalez, third, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:31.55.

Rafael Rodriguez, third, 100-yard backstroke, 56.66 and third in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.94.

Yannai Michael, second, 500-yard freestyle, 5:07.19.

The three-day timed final meet features a large field including 156 SOFLO swimmers (78 girls and 78 boys) competing in 1,028 individual events and eight relays.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Blue Marlins of Hialeah, Metro Aquatics, Alper Swim Club, Coral Springs Swim Club, Hialeah, YMCA of South Florida, Heritage Aquatics, Hurricane Swimming, City of Miami, North Miami Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team, Midtown Weston and TSA Swimming.

Title meet sponsor TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club. The club sponsor is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

SATURDAY SESSION TWO RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:
13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 1:52.50 (Mary Smutny, Victoria Torres, Kathleen Golding, Gaby Banks), 4. SOFLO C 1:59.28, 6. SOFLO B 2:01.54, 7. SOFLO D 2:03.07, 8. SOFLO E 2:07.46, 9. SOFLO F 2:09.97.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 2:30.43; SOFLO: 2. Sally Golding 2:31.48, 6. Elena Dinehart 2:54.14, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:55.30, 15. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 3:14.15; 15-and-over, 1. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:28.66; SOFLO: 4. Sara Quintero 2:41.30, 12. Valeria Garcia 3:08.83.

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Nicol Bellardi, MWA 1:03.81; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart 1:07.04, 3. Jena Legaspi 1:07.51, 7. Alexis Christensen 1:09.29, 8. Maddie Smutny 1:10.44, 11. Reagan Lowe 1:10.92, time drop, 12. Victoria Torres 1:11.24, time drop, 18. Gabriella Lissa 1:17.19; 15-and-over, 1. Anelis Roque, MAC 1:01.54; SOFLO: 2. Kathleen Golding 1:03.56, 3. Mallory Schleicher 1:04.21, time drop, 6. Mary Smutny 1:04.92, 8. Molly Golding 1:06.42, 14. Lucy Smutny 1:09.72, 15. Michele Marinheiro 1:10.40, 21. Daniela Barreto 1:12.87.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 32.20; SOFLO: 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 36.01, 10. Alexis Christensen 37.32, time drop, 11. Ava Kuznik 37.35, time drop, 12. Elena Dinehart 37.72, 15. Samantha Solis 39.04, 16. Sofia Osorio 39.17; 15-and-over, 1. Stephanie Suarez, MAC 33.06; SOFLO: 5. Sara Quintero 35.38, time drop, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 37.27, 17. Sophia Bedoya 38.26, 19. Jenna Marie Brames 38.71, time drop, 20. Daniela Barreto 38.89, 23. Valeria Garcia 39.23.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 1:01.42; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart 1:03.72, 3. Sally Golding 1:03.97, 5. Maddie Smutny 1:04.11, 7. Victoria Torres 1:06.23, time drop, 15. Jena Legaspi 1:10.24, 18. Kaitlyn Barrios 1:13.52, time drop, 21. Sabrina Osorio 1:14.59, 22. Reagan Lowe 1:14.65, time drop, 23. Samantha Solis 1:15.21, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 1:00.44; SOFLO: 4. Kathleen Golding 1:02.33, 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:02.74, 6. Molly Golding 1:03.37, 10. Jacqueline Lugo 1:05.35, 13. Gaby Banks 1:06.48, 14. Michelle Marinheiro 1:07.31, 16. Jenna Marie Brames 1:08.99, 18. Lucy Smutny 1:10.74.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Nicole Bellardi, MWA 25.97; SOFLO: 3. Olivia Dinehart 26.96, 7. Ava Kuznik 28.04, time drop, 9. Hartley Pitters-Hinds 28.09, 10. Elena Dinehart 28.17, 17. Jena Legaspi 28.93, 22. Sofia Osoio 29.84; 15-and-over, 1. Gaby Banks, SOFLO 25.18; SOFLO: 4. Paige Lane 25.89, 6. Mallory Schleicher 26.76, 10. Michelle Marinheiro 27.56, time drop, 11. Sarah Acevedo 27.70, 13. Jacqueline Lugo 27.87, 14. Sara Quintero 27.89, 19. Sophia Bedoya 28.40, 26. Daniela Barreto 28.88, time drop.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:15.08; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 2:18.62, 5. Sally Golding 2:19.31, 6. Victoria Torres 2:19.53, time drop, 8. Elena Dinehart 2:24.25, 9. Maddie Smutny 2:25.53, 12. Reagan Lowe 2:36.02, 16. Gabriella Lissa 2:48.01; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:13.85; SOFLO: 3. Sarah Acevedo 2:22.79, 4. Jenna Marie Brames 2:27.17, 6. Lucy Smutny 2:29.75.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 5:12.11; SOFLO: 4. Maddie Smutny 5:27.17, 5. Alexis Christensen 5:34.85, 7. Ava Kuznik 5:39.47, time drop, 9. Sabrina Osorio 5:51.54, 10. Kaitlyn Barrios 5:59.12, 14. Kaitlyn Consuegra 6:10.65, 15. Gabriella Lissa 6:35.32 time drop, 16. Samantha Solis 6:44.18; 15-and-over, 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 5:06.49; SOFLO: 3. Lucy Smutny 5:30.57, 5. Jenna Marie Brames 5:39.25, 7. Daniela Barreto 5:49.90, time drop.

BOYS
200-yard medley relay:
13-and-over, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:39.23, 2. SOFLO A 1:44.17, 5. SOFLO B 1:46.17, 7. SOFLO D 1:51.29, 8. SOFLO C 1:52.13.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 2:22.26, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Juan Mora 2:23.42, 3. Logan Gonzalez 2:31.55, 5. Zackary Harris 2:33.38, time drop, 8. Lucas Porven 2:43.88, time drop, 10. Alan Bertea 2:47.56, 13. Sean Shanahan 2:58.05; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:09.96; SOFLO: 5. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:17.07, 7. Javier Roman 2:21.02, 10. John Paul Handal 2:25.64.

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 58.42; SOFLO: 4. Yannai Michael 1:02.48, time drop, 5. Alejandro Mateus 1:02.90, 9. Christopher Hau 1:04.38, 12. Christian Tijero 1:05.99, 13. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 1:06.29, 14. Aldo Zepeda 1:06.33, 19. Austin Nelson 1:09.78, 22. Adrian Hernandez 1:10.44, 23. Samuel Bullen 1:10.62, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 56.29; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 56.66, 4. Philopatier Ibrahim 57.37, time drop, 5. Miguel Sierra 58.02, 7. Dominic Bono 58.68, 8. Robert Wilson 59.45, 19. Nicolas Munoz 1:02.57.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 29.62; SOFLO: 6. Zackary Harris 32.27, 8. Alex Golding 32.45, time drop, 9. Samuel Bullen 33.55, 12. Alan Bertea 33.85, time drop, 17. Alejandro Mateus 36.22, 20. Luca Molaro 37.15, 22. Sean Shanahan 37.60, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 27.70; SOFLO: 13. Juancamilo Rivero 31.75, 14. Sebastian Sevilla 31.86, time drop, 17. Juan Colmenares 32.09, time drop.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 57.14; SOFLO: 3. Juan Mora 59.37, 6. Yannai Michael 1:00.73, 10. Alejandro Mateus 1:02.81, 12. Logan Gonzalez 1:03.17, time drop, 13. Alan Bertea 1:04.16, time drop, 16. Alex Golding 1:06.32, 17. Lucas Porven 1:07.42, 21. Samuel Bullen 1:09.07, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 51.64; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 53.94, 4. Miguel Sierra 54.43, 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 55.31, 14. John Paul handal 58.00, 17. Javier Roman 59.06, time drop, 18. Nicolas Munoz 59.07.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Matthew Tarafa, HSC 23.12; SOFLO: 10. Alejandro Mateus 25.56, 12. Samuel Bullen 25.71, 13. Logan Gonzales 25.73, 14. Diego Nazario-Vazquez 25.92, 15. Christopher Hau 25.93; 15-and-over, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 22.02; SOFLO: 12. Miguel Sierra 23.83, 16. Sebastian Sevilla 24.29.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 2:04.75; SOFLO: 6. Logan Gonzalez 2:16.44, 18. Austin Nelson 2:36.57, 24. Sean Shanahan 2:44.42, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Andres Wong, MAC 2:01.15; SOFLO: 6. Juan Pablo Pineda 2:10.63, 8. Dominic Bono 2:11.90, 9. Nicolas Munoz 2:12.56, 14. Nicholas Chaimowicz 2:16.79, 20. Juancamilo Rivero 2:21.34, 21. Garrett Oliver 2:22.20, 23. Chris Vasquez 2:20.60.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Sebastian Lares, SOFLO 4:58.04, time drop; SOFLO: 2. Yannai Michael 5:07.19, 4. Alex Golding 5:13.37, time drop, 5. Zackary Harris 5:18.93, time drop, 6. Christian Tijero 5:19.17, 12. Aldo Zepeda 5:36.69, 16. Adrian Hernandez 5:43.38, 17. Austin Nelson 6:01.77; 15-and-over, 1. Santiago Gomez, Unattahced 4:51.40; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 5:04.22, 5. Dominic Bono 5:06.45, 8. Robert Wilson 5:09.47, 9. Juan Pablo Pineda 5:09.87, time drop, 10. Juan Colmenares 5:10.04, 11. Rafael Rodriguez 5:17.04, 16. Philopatier Ibrahim 5:26.63, 18. Garrett Oliver 5:34.71, 19. Ryan Alfonso 5:38.99, 21. Ventura Torres 6:32.21.

IF YOU GO

What: TYR SOFLO Open

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free online at http://www.soflomeets.info/open or Meet Mobile. Printed heat sheets are available for coaches only in the swim office. For information call swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Hosts Annual TYR SOFLO Open This Weekend


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, January 24, 2019–Host South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the TYR SOFLO Open that gets under way Friday at Academic Village Pool.

The three-day timed final meet features a large field including 156 swimmers (78 girls and 78 boys) competing in 1,028 individual events and eight relays representing SOFLO.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Isabelle Wilson, 12, 200 freestyle, 2:10.04; 500 freestyle 5:30.58.

Kathleen Golding, 18, 100 individual medley, 56.36; 400 individual medley, 4:12.46; 200 backstroke, 2:04.31; 50 butterfly 24.58.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, 100-yard individual medley, 53.15; 400 individual medley 4:01.32; 500 freestyle, 4:35.60; 200 butterfly, 1:50.50; 100 freestyle, 47.90.

Javier Colmenares, 12, 200 individual medley, 2:15.66; 200 breaststroke, 2:28.03; 50 breaststroke 31.99; 100 breaststroke, 1:08.22; 100 individual medley 1:02.79.

Marc Rojas, 24, 200 breaststroke, 2:00.66; 50 breaststroke, 25.94.

Molly Golding, 15, 200 breaststroke, 2:21.87.

Mary Smutny, 18, 100 backstroke, 55.90; 100 butterfly, 53.81; 200 individual medley 2:02.82; 500 freestyle 4:42.80; 200 freestyle 1:45.36; 200 butterfly 1:56.58; 100 freestyle 49.48.

Lance Lesage, 16, 100 backstroke, 52.06; 200 backstroke 1:51.35.

Gaby Banks, 16, 50 freestyle, 23.85.

What looks to be one of the highlight races of the meet is the 50 breaststroke. It will be a trip down memory lane with top two seeds Marc Rojas, 24, of SOFLO going up against Harvey Beckwith, 41, of Coral Springs Swim Club. Beckwith is also seeded first in the 100 breaststroke and Rojas is seeded first in the 200 breaststroke.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Blue Marlins of Hialeah, Metro Aquatics, Alper Swim Club, Coral Springs Swim Club, Hialeah, YMCA of South Florida, Heritage Aquatics, Hurricane Swimming, City of Miami, North Miami Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team, Midtown Weston and TSA Swimming.

Title meet sponsor TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club. The club sponsor is a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies.

IF YOU GO

What: TYR SOFLO Open

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and approximately one hour after first session ends.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free online at http://www.soflomeets.info/open or Meet Mobile. Printed heat sheets are available for coaches only in the swim office. For information call swim office, 954-538-3721.

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

SOFLO Heads Field For 28th FGC Speedo Winter Championships That Begin Thursday


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, December 12, 2018–The 28th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships get under way Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

A field of more than 1,000 swimmers and 53 teams including South Florida Aquatic Club will compete through Sunday in the biggest holiday meet in South Florida.

SOFLO is sending a large contingent of 107 swimmers (56 boys and 51 girls) of all ages to the four-day meet. The swimmers will compete in 636 individual events and 16 relay events with 55 relay teams. SOFLO is among pre-meet favorites to challenge for team titles.

SOFLO’s six-swimmer Speedo Winter Junior National East Meet contingent of Gaby Banks, 16, Haley Jerew, 18, Mary Smutny, 18, Kathleen Golding, 18, Molly Golding, 15, and Rafael Rodriguez, 17, head the field.

University of Texas-commit Mary Smutny is coming off an outstanding Junior Nationals showing with a first (500-yard freestyle), second (200-yard freestyle) and third place (200-yard butterfly) and led SOFLO’s women’s team to a 15th-place finish. She scored 53 of her team’s 64 points.

Smutny is entered in 12 events including four relays. Smutny is seeded first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.82; 100-yard freestyle in 49.48;

SOFLO’s other top-seeded swimmers are:

Mallory Schleicher, 15, 1,650-yard freestyle, 17:33.42.

Olivia Dinehart, 13, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:21.95.

Izzy Wilson, 12, 500-yard freestyle, 5:31.90.

Kathleen Golding, 18, 500-yard freestyle, 4:49.48; 100-yard individual medley.

Marc Rojas, 24, 50-yard breaststroke, 25.94; 100-yard breaststroke, 55.70.

The meet begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with the 1,650-yard freestyle and six relay events.

Most Florida Gold Coast teams will be represented including Azura Florida Aquatics, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton Swim Team, Club Seminole, City of Miami Parks, Pine Crest, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Heritage Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Miami Swimming, Wahoos of Wellington, Westminster Academy, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, YMCA of South Florida and Metro Aquatics.

In last year’s meet, Pine Crest (1,317), Azura (1,165) and St. Andrew’s (923) were the top three finishers in the combined team standings.

Azura won the men’s team title with 694 points followed by Jupiter with 451 and Pine Crest with 422. Pine Crest won the women’s team title with 895 followed by St. Andrew’s with 538 and North Palm Beach with 504.

IF YOU GO

What: 28th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, 5 p.m., timed finals; Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St., Plantation.

Admission: $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold at the meet. They are available for free online at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile. Special all-session passes are also available. Parking will be free. For information call 954-452-2525.

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

SOFLO Competes This Weekend In Southern Zone South Sectional Championships In Gainesville


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 2, 2018—The championship season begins Friday for South Florida Aquatic Club.

After months of training and competing in local meets, swimmers have a jam-packed schedule of top meets over the next seven weeks.

First up is the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Friday at the University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool in Gainesville.

After this week’s four-day meet there is the July 13-15 Area 3 Developmental Championships; July 19-22 FGC Junior Olympics; July 27-29 FGC Senior Championships; July 31-Aug. 4 Junior Nationals; July 31-Aug. 4 Southern Zones; and Aug. 2-5 Futures Championships.

Marc Rojas, 24, and Kathleen Golding, 17, lead SOFLO’s 17-swimmer contingent at sectionals. SOFLO will also field 19 relay teams for 12 relay events.

The remaining SOFLO squad is: Maya Coffey, 16; Jonathan Farah, 20; Molly Golding, 15; John Paul Handal, 15; Kelley Heron, 18; C.J. Kopecki, 18; Paige Lane, 15; Lance Lesage, 15; Melissa Marinheiro, 21; Leonardo Mateus, 16; Juan Pineda, 16; Ricardo Roche, 18; Rafael Rodriguez, 16; Juan Serna, 16; and Robert Wilson, 15.

In addition to SOFLO, among other teams entered are host Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

The field will be star-studded headed by Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Lochte, Kelly Fertel, Penny Oleksiak, Jared Pike, Hannah Burns and Morgan Tankersley.

In last year’s south sectional meet in Orlando, SOFLO was sixth in combined among a field of 60 teams; the women were sixth and men finished seventh.

The Speedo Sectionals Series display some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Friday-Monday

Schedule: Friday, 5 p.m., timed finals; Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals; Monday, 9 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals.

Where: University of Florida, O’Connell Center Pool, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-375-4683, ext. 4545.

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

Schleicher, Rojas Lead SOFLO On Final Day Of Bolles TYR Summer Classic; SOFLO Girls Finish Seventh


By Sharon Robb

JACKSONVILLE, June 25, 2018—Marc Rojas and Mallory Schleicher led South Florida Aquatic Club on the final day of the Bolles School Sharks TYR Summer Classic Sunday at the Sharks’ pool.

Rojas, 24, ended up swimming the breaststroke events. After winning the 100 breaststroke on Saturday in 1:06.86, Rojas came back and took the 200 breaststroke on the final day in 2:27.09. Rojas finished with 40 points.

Schleicher, 14, finished with three second places, one third place, one fourth place, one fifth place, three seventh places and one eighth to total 91 points in high point.

On Sunday, she was second in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 1:01.41 with a time drop of 2.30, second in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:01.41 with a time drop of 2.30 and seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:31.44

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Javier Roman, 14, 200-meter breaststroke, second 2:36.21. He finished with 42 points.

Paige Lane, 15, 100-meter freestyle, third, 1:00.35. She finished with 58 points.

Moises Rodriguez, 13, 200-meter backstroke, fifth, 2:23.79. He finished with 21 points.

Kayla Cunningham, 15, 200-meter backstroke, sixth, 2:34.19. She finished with 72 points.

Juan Colmenares, 14, 100-meter freestyle, seventh, 58.34; 200-meter backstroke, 12th, 2:25.84. He finished with 44 points.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 100-meter freestyle, eighth, 56.51. He finished with 93 points.

Robert Wilson, 15, 100-meter freestyle, 12th, 57.97. He finished with 30 points.

Host Bolles won the men’s team title with 2,091.5 points. Old Dominion Aquatic Club was runner-up with 1,126.5 points. SOFLO was 11th with 186 points with Rafael Rodriguez accounting for 93 points.

SwimAtlanta won the women’s team title with 1,943.5 points. Bolles was runner-up with 1,523.5. SOFLO was seventh with 163 points with Schleicher accounting for 91 points.

SUNDAY RESULTS

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 2,091.5, 2. Old Dominion 1,126.5, 3. Swim Atlanta 1,031.5, 4. Nova of Virginia Aquatics 500.5, 5. Logghead 479, 6. Planet Swim 258, 7. CBS Islanders 253, 8. Unattached 223, 9. YMCA Columbia 192, 10. Unattached Bolles 191, 11. South Florida Aquatic Club 186.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Swim Atlanta 1,943.5, 2. Bolles 1,523.5, 3. Loggerhead 825, 4. Old Dominion 651, 5. Planet Swim 540, 6. Nova of Virginia Aquatics 529.5, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 163, 8. Ohio State Swim Club 133, 9. YMCA Columbia 129, 10. Unattached 116.

GIRLS

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Caroline Gavin, LA 38.89; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, SA 32.16.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Caroline Gavin, LA 35.98; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, SA 31.21.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Victoria Bonev, LA 45.62; 11-12, 1. Savannah Branon, Bolles 36.84.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Monica DiGaetani, BAC 1:14.77; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, SA 1:02.56.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Emma Morris, SA 2:52.83.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jessica Parish, SA 2:19.44; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 2:31.44; 15-16, 1. Elise Fong, Bolles 2:26.38; SOFLO: 6. Kayla Cunningham 2:34.19; 17-and-over, 1. Kate Alexy, SHY 2:29.47.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Brooke Arnold, LA 59.76; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.41, time drop 2.30; 15-16, 1. Adair Sand, Bolles 59.87; SOFLO: 3. Paige Lane 1:00.35; 17-and-over, 1. Kathryn Saurborn, PSA 59.23.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Brooke Arnold, LA 59.76; SOFLO: 2. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.41, time drop 2.30; 15-16, 1. Olivia Peoples, Bolles 2:43.50; 17-and-over, 1. Marianne Allard, SA 2:45.64.

1500-meter freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Leah DeGeoge, Bolles 17:11.76; SOFLO: 13. Emma Twombly 20:58.92.

BOYS

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Walter Kueffer, Bolles 36.70; 11-12, 1. Jay Gerloff, ODAC 31.56.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 31.78; 11-12, 1. Jake Stout, SA 31.80.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Louis Joos, Bolles 40.68; 11-12, 1. Wyatt Porch, Bolles 36.44.

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 1:06.79; 11-12, 1. Jay Gerloff, ODAC 1:03.38.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Jake Stout, SA 2:36.61.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Tyler Schroeder, SA 2:15.67; SOFLO: 5. Moises Rodriguez 2:23.79, 12. Juan Colmenares 2:25.84; 15-16, 1. Holden Raffin, MSC 2:12.59; 17-and-over, 1. Jared Zhang, SOLO 2:14.85.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Tyler Schroeder, SA 55.15; SOFLO: 7. Juan Colmenares 58.34; 15-16, 1. Jack Alexy, SHY 52.64; SOFLO: 8. Rafael Rodriguez 56.51, 12. Robert Wilson 57.97; 17-and-over, 1. Dillon Hillis, Bolles 54.65.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Harry Herrera, CRIM 2:30.50; SOFLO: 2. Javier Roman 2:36.21; 15-16, 1. Paul DeGrado, Bolles 2:29.00; 17-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:27.09.

1500-meter freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Rafael Ponce de Leon, Bolles 16:37.50.

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

SOFLO’s Rojas, Cunningham Win On Day Three Of Bolles TYR Summer Classic


By Sharon Robb

JACKSONVILLE, June 23, 2018—Marc Rojas and Kayla Cunningham led South Florida Aquatic Club on Day Three of the Bolles School Sharks TYR Summer Classic.

Rojas, 24, won the 100-meter breaststroke by 1/100ths of a second in 1:06.86 ahead of Bolles 17-year-old junior national champion and University of Florida-bound Dillon Hillis in 1:06.87. Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, went 1:06.69 in prelims.

Cunningham, 15, won the 17-and-over 400-meter individual medley in 5:19.04. Cunningham was also fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:30.34. She has 59 points for high point.

Mallory Schleicher, 14, was third in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time of 2:31.45, dropping 3.28 seconds off her previous best. She has 62 points in high point.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, was second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.72 just behind Bolles Jack Van Deusen in 2:09.67 and second in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.43.

Other top nine SOFLO finishers were:

Paige Lane, 200-meter freestyle, ninth, 2:11.13.

Javier Roman, 100-meter breaststroke, ninth, 1:13.70.

The four-day meet concludes Sunday with three sessions.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Sydney Cronin, LA 2:40.58; 11-12, 1. Sydney Starnes, SA 2:17.88; 13-14, 1. Brooke Arnold, LA 2:09.15; 15-16, 1. Leah DeGeorge, Bolles 2:08.02; SOFLO: 9. Paige Lane, 2:11.13; 17-and-over, 1. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 2:06.25.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Zoe Dixon, NOVA 2:19.63; SOFLO: 3. Mallory Schleicher 2:31.45, time drop 3.28; 15-16, 1. Caroline Irwin, SA 2:19.64; SOFLO: 5. Kayla Cunningham 2:30.34; 17-and-over, 1. Kensey McMahn, Bolles 2:22.32.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Caroline Gavin, LA 1:23.63; 11-12, 1. Sadie Clayton, Sa 1:11.32.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Sydney Cronin, LA 1:33.26; 11-12, 1. Savannah Branon, Bolles 1:20.75; 13-14, 1. Caroline Gray, NOVA 1:18.88; 15-16, 1. Olivia Peoples, Bolles 1:16.36; 17-and-over, 1. Marianne Allard, SA 1:16.31.

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Sydney Starnes, SA 5:24.87; 13-14, 1. Zoe Dixon, NOVA 4:55.36; 15-16, 1. Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO 5:19.04; 17-and-over, 1. Ashley Neas, SA 5:09.86.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 2:25.52; 11-12, 1. Jay Gerloff, ODAC 2:18.74; 13-14, 1. Charlie Stout, SA 1:59.40; 15-16, 1. Jack Alexy, SHY 1:59.09; SOFLO: 16. Robert Wilson 2:14.10; 17-and-over, 1. Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 1:55.64.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, Tyler Schroeder, SA 2:15.07; SOFLO: 14. Moises Rodriguez 2:28.75, time drop 7.80; 15-16, 1. Jack Van Deusen, Bolles 2:09.67; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 2:09.72; 17-and-over, 1. Caleb Mauldin, ODAC 2:05.42.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Antoine Destang, Unattached 1:13.37; 11-12, 1. Jake Stout, SA 1:09.39.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Louis Joos, Bolles 1:30.57; 11-12, 1. Wyatt Porch, Bolles 1:19.56; 13-14, 1. Harry Herrera, CRIM 1:10.32; SOFLO: 9. Javier Roman 1:13.70; 15-16, 1. Paul DeGrado, BSS 1:08.13; 17-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 1:06.86.

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Simeon Prosinski, LA 5:32.88; 13-14, 1. Harry Herrera, CRIM 4:54.49; SOFLO: 10. Javier Roman 5:05.18; 15-16, 1. Jack Van Deusen, Bolles 4:41.47; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodrigues 4:50.43; 17-and-over, 1. Alexander Petty, LSS 4:47.19.

IF YOU GO

What: Bolles TYR Summer Classic Long Course Meet.

When: Sunday.
Schedule: Sunday, prelims 8 a.m., timed finals, 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Uible Pool, The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville.

Of note: The closed meet is hosted by the Bolles School Sharks. Timed finals for 12-and-unders and prelims and finals for 13-and-over swimmers. Heat sheets are available at http://www.bollesswimming.org and http://www.floridaswimming.org.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Will Compete In BSS TYR Summer Classic, XX FLA International Cup This Week


By Sharon Robb

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be busy with two four-day meets this week in Jacksonville and Pembroke Pines.

The Bolles TYR Summer Classic Long Course Meet features several top teams from Florida Swimming, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia.

It will be prelims and finals for 13-and-over swimmers and timed finals for 12-and-unders.

SOFLO is sending 14 swimmers (eight boys and six girls) to the meet. They are entered in 76 individual events and no relays.

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 24, heads SOFLO’s contingent. Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Rojas is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.72 and 200 breaststroke in 2:17.93.

Rojas will be joined by teammates Jenna Marie Brames, 14, Juan Colmenares, 14, Kayla Cunningham, 15, Alex Golding, 14, Sally Golding, 14, Paige Lane, 15, Moises Rodriguez, 13, Rafael Rodriguez, 16, Javier Roman, 14, Mallory Schleicher, 14, Emma Twombly, 14, Christian Vasquez, 14, and Robert Douglas, 15.

Rafael Rodriguez is top seed in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:33.24; 400 freestyle in 4:05.97 and 200 butterfly in 2:05.46. Cunningham is seeded first in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.48 and 200 backstroke in 2:19.71. Roman is seeded first in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:20.66, 400 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Colmenares is top seed in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.45.

Some of Bolles top swimmers are entered including Ariel Spektor in the butterfly; Kensey McMahon in the 400 freestyle; and Jack Wessell in the 200 butterfly.

SOFLO will have 35 swimmers (19 girls and 16 boys) in the XX FLA International Cup Thursday through Sunday at Academic Village Swimming Pool. FLA is hosting the meet in SOFLO’s home pool.

All sessions are timed finals. The meet features 31 teams from Florida Gold Coast, the Caribbean and out-of-state.

SOFLO will compete in 197 individual events and no relays. Nicolas Rossi, 15, Fiorella Di Salvo, 10, Kaitlyn Consuegra, 12, John Paul Handal, 15, and Joseph-Blake Natino, 9, head the contingent.

IF YOU GO

XX FLA International Cup

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, Session 1A, 4 p.m., Session 1B, 6 p.m.; Friday, Session 2A, 4 p.m., Session 2B, 5:20 p.m., Session 2C, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Session 3, 8 a.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 5 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per sesssion. Heat sheets are free online. For information call 954-593-8552 or go to http://www.FLAswim.com.

Bolles TYR Summer Classic Long Course Meet

When: Thursday-Sunday.

Schedule: Thursday, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, prelims 8 a.m., timed finals 11:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8 a.m., timed finals, 11:30 a.m.; finals 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8 a.m., timed finals, 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Uible Pool, The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville.

Of note: The closed meet is hosted by the Bolles School Sharks. Timed finals for 12-and-unders and prelims and finals for 13-and-over swimmers. Heat sheets are available at http://www.bollesswimming.org and http://www.floridaswimming.org.

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

SOFLO Ready For Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships That Begin Thursday In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Paige Lane, Mallory Schleicher, Luke Lezotte, Heath Brames and CJ Kopecki head SOFLO’s contingent that will be tested by an impressive field that includes several post-grads and Olympians including Ryan Lochte of the Gator Swim Club.

Gator Swim Club, led by the 33-year-old Olympian, Andrea D’Arrigo, 22, Isabel Ivey, 17, Mason Wilby, 18, and Talia Bates, 17, heads the competitive field.

After opening his racing season at the Florida Area Championships last weekend in Jacksonville, Lochte has entered seven events in the Plantation meet: 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle.

Lochte will be joined by Corey Main, who also trains with the Gator Swim Club along with Florida State alums Jared Pike and SOFLO’s Marc Rojas and Bruno Fratus.

Rojas, 24, is entered in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events. Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.61. Heron is seeded second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.33. Golding is seeded second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.19 and third in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are: Alana Acevedo, Michael Arias, Kyana Castro, Maya Coffey, Katrina Del Vecchio, Juan Diaz, Molly Golding, John Paul Handal, Jie Hoon Lee, Lance Lesage, Jacqueline Lugo, Leonardo Mateus, Nicolas Munoz, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kevin Porto, Sara Quintero, Ricardo Roche, Jennifer Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Nicolas Rossi, Juan Serna and Luis Villanueva.

SOFLO is seeded first in the women’s 200-meter medley relay and mixed 200-meter medley relay.

A field of more than 600 swimmers from 60 teams and 20 unattached teams will compete over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, Pine Crest Swimming, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swim Club, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team.

Out-of-state teams include North Andover YMCA, Arizona Aquatic Club, City of Lafayette Aquatics, Elmwood Sharks, Falfins Swimming, Franco’s Fins, Peddie Aquatics and Oro Valley Swim Team.

IF YOU GO
What: Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5 and heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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