By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, May 27, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club will host the Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier Friday through Sunday at Academic Village Pool.
Only U.S. swimmers can qualify since it is not a FINA-sanctioned meet.
U.S. swimmers have only three more days to earn Olympic Trials cuts. The qualification period runs through Sunday. Foreign swimmers will have opportunities to make their cuts in various upcoming FINA meets.
SOFLO has 23 swimmers (14 women and 9 men) entered in 128 events during the three-day meet. They are swimmers with qualifying times in the Pro Group, Great White Sharks, National and Gold Groups.
Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 32, will use the meet as lead-up preparation for her fifth and final appearance at the Summer Olympics. Already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Atkinson will compete in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event.
Other SOFLO swimmers entered are: Gaby Banks, 18; Dominic Bono, 17; Mariangela Cincotti, 18; Javier Colmenares, 14; Elena Dinehart, 16; Olivia Dinehart, 16; Alex Golding, 17; Molly Golding, 18; Hernan Mauricio Gonzalez, 22; Philopatier Ibrahim, 18; Andres Lares, 21; Julianne McCranie, 15; Margaux McDonald, 19; Juan Mora, 17; Ricardo Roche, 21; Andrea Santander, 19; Mallory Schleicher, 17; Miguel Sierra, 18; Maddie Smutny, 16; Nathalie Valdman, 19; Eliza Whitmire, 19; and Jessica Yeager, 19.
The meet opens Friday with the 800-meter freestyle at 6 p.m. There are prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The 1500-meter freestyle is Sunday at 4 p.m.
Among other notable swimmers entered are American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper, who represents Panama internationally; Florida State’s Izaak Bastian, a member of the Bahamas national team; Florida International University’s Helvina Huet, who has competed in several French Championships; 2016 Olympian Alex Sobers, who represents Barbados; and Cherelle Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago.
All COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions will be observed. The venue will not be open to spectators. Face coverings must be worn at all times within the venue. Non-compliance will result in ejection from the venue and school grounds. Only athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers will be allowed on the pool deck. The meet will be live streamed.
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