Eleven SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Southern Zone Senior And Age Group Meets


By Sharon Robb

July 28, 2014—The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented with talented swimmers when the Southern Zone Age Group Championships get under way Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas.

South Florida Aquatic Club has five swimmers on the team. They are Vanessa Mesa, Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Delanie Perez and Ervin Marin.

Mateus will compete in six 11-12 events: 400-meter freestyle (4:36.65), 200-meter freestyle (2:14.56), 50-meter backstroke (34.35), 100-meter backstroke (1:10.35), 100-meter freestyle (1:03.61) and 200-meter individual medley (2:29.94).

Perez and Marin will each swim five events.

Perez will swim the 200-meter breaststroke, 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter butterfly.

Marin will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle:

The remainder of the FGC team:

11-12 Girls: Gabriella Beltrano, Delaney Biro, Nicole Gomez, Jocelyn Ruiz, Andrea Santander, Jennifer Secrest and Stephanie Suarez.
11-12 Boys: Joshua Balbi, Michael Fernandez, Santiago Gomez, Bryan Rivero, Aaron Rodriguez, Andres Wong.
13-14 Girls: Marissa Brannan, Emily Cordovi, Mary Smutny, Haley Jerew, Victoria Miyamato, Melannie Vargas, Eriana Temperino.
13-14 Boys: Adrian Aguilar, Maximilian Asnis, Kyle Talton, Alberto Gomez, Diego Mateus, Bryan Quintero, Fernando Rodriguez.
15-16 Girls: Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Elizabeth Zubero, Whitaker Johnston, Sara Lacusky, Arianna Noya, Kaleigh Newcomb, Alexa Rivera, Rose Smiddy.
15-16 Boys: Alexander Arrieta, Miguel Basalo, Cody Cline, Adrian Moya, Andreas Rintel, Jonathan Farah, Luke Smutny, Sebastian Vargas.

Eight FGC coaches are accompanying the team.

Julie Smiddy is head coach and Greg Stallwort will serve as her assistant.

The age group coaches are Richard Garza (11-12 girls), Marcelo Gatti (11-12 boys), Erin Sayre (13-14 girls), Norman Abril (13-14 boys), Cathy Silvera (15-16 girls) and John Shipman (15-16 boys).

On Monday after arriving, FGC swimmers seemed to be excited about the local store offering 20 different types of jerky, including Angus and spicy turkey. They posted a photo of the display case on the FGC Zone Team Facebook page.

SOUTHERN ZONE SENIOR LC CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOFLO will have six swimmers competing in the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships that also get underway Tuesday at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center.

Jordan Colon, 17, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15, Matthew Gonzalez, 19, Marcella Marinheiro, 19, Kevin Porto, 14, and Ronald Santos, 18, will represent SOFLO.

Colon, coming off a training session in Corby, England with the Jamaican national team, will compete in six events: 200-meter breaststroke (2:32.39), 50-meter breaststroke (33.19), 200-meter freestyle (2:09.16), 400-meter freestyle (4:33.22), 100-meter breaststroke (1:09.68) and 200-meter individual medley.

Diaz-Velasco will compete in the 200-meter backstroke (2:18.14), 50-meter backstroke (30.01), 200-meter freestyle (2:09.11), 50-meter butterfly (30.47), 100-meter backstroke (1:05.45) and 50-meter freestyle (23.64).

Gonzalez is entered in three events, 200-meter butterfly (2:00.23), 200-meter freestyle (2:06.35) and 50-meter butterfly (28.21).

Marinheiro, a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast, will compete in her home pool. She will swim the 100-meter freestyle (1:01.43), 200-meter backstroke (2:28.91), 50-meter backstroke (31.79), 50-meter butterfly (29.61), 100-meter backstroke (1:07.92) and 100-meter butterfly (1:08.85).

Porto and Santos are competing in the 800-meter freestyle. Porto is seeded at 9:07.15 and Santos seeded at 8:50.30.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. The meet ends on Saturday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Hangs On For Bronze In Final Race At Commonwealth Games


By Sharon Robb

July 28, 2014—In her final race of the 20th Commonwealth Games, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson had the gold medal slip away at Tollcross Swimming Centre.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian, poised to win her country’s first gold medal in swimming in her third Commonwealth Games appearance, was the top qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke and was leading the field until the final 15 meters.

Atkinson, 25, was off the blocks like a rocket and went out fast with a 30.81 split. The race favorite was leading by 0.66 seconds until late in the race when she started to tighten up and faded to third for the bronze in 1:08.14.

Even the BBC announcers were rooting for Atkinson yelling “Come on Atkinson, you can do it” along with the sellout crowd that included Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton and brother Harry sitting at the top of the stands.

The likeable swimmer had similar races in the 50-meter breaststroke where she took silver and 200-meter breaststroke where she was shut out of medals after fading in her race. In the 100, she was unable to duplicate her semifinal swim of 1:06.87.

Brit Sophie Taylor saw her opportunity and blew past Atkinson with her killer instinct to put the race away and win the gold medal in a national record 1:06.35. Only Ruta Meilutyte (1:05.63), Kanako Watanabe (1:05.88) and Rikke Moeller Pedersen (1:06.19) have gone faster this year. Aussie Lorna Tonks took the silver in 1:07.34. Atkinson was visibly disappointed as she exited the pool.

On Day 5 of the competition, Atkinson leaves the Games with a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke and bronze medal. She is the first Jamaican swimmer to medal since Janelle Atkinson won two bronze medals at the 2002 Games in the 400- and 800-meter freestyles.

In other championship finals:

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: It was another 1-2-3 Aussie sweep for the second time in swimming. Mitch Larkin won in 1:55.83, just a half second off his season-best. It was the first time Australia won gold in the event since 1974. Josh Beaver took the silver in 1:56.19 and Matson Lawson took the bronze in 1:56.63. New Zealand’s Corey Main, the early leader after 100 meters, just missed a medal finishing fourth in 1:57.79. Main has been on a swimming scholarship at University of Florida since January 2013 and has settled into the strong training atmosphere.

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Jazz Carlin, 23, won Wales’ first gold medal in swimming in a Games record 8:18.11. After the lead changed hands four times, Carlin took off on the bell lap with a late kick and extended her lead to a body length. New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took silver in 8:20.59 and Canadian Brittany MacLean took bronze in 8:20.91.

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Despite Brit Aimee Willmott taking the race out fast, Canadian Audrey Lacroix, the oldest woman in the field, won her first gold medal in three Commonwealth Games appearances in 2:07.61. Willmott was second in 2:08.07 and Aussie Maddie Groves was third in 2:08.44. It was Canada’s third swimming gold medal.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: South African Cameron van der Burgh powered his way through the race to win back-to-back titles in a Games record 26.76. Van der Burgh held off young sensation Adam Peaty of England, was second in 26.78. Aussie Christian Sprenger was third in 27.46.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: For the first 50 meters Aussie Cate Campbell was under world record pace with a 25.01 split. She was unable to maintain that pace for the second half of the race but managed to hold off her younger sister Bronte for the gold medal in a Games record 52.68. Bronte Campbell took silver in 52.86. Emma McKeon was third in 53.61 to make it an Aussie 1-2-3 sweep for the third time at the Games’ swimming. Bahamian Olympian and Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was fifth in 54.37. Canada had three swimmers in the final.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: South African Chad le Clos came from behind early leader Jason Dunford of Kanya and then held off a late challenge from Bolles Joseph Schooling of Singapore to win in a Games record 51.29, the fastest time in the world this year. Schooling, 19, broke his own national record and won a silver medal in 51.69, fourth fastest time in the world this year. He broke his previous record of 52.22 which he set earlier in the Games. It was Singapore’s first-ever silver medal in swimming and just the third Commonwealth Games medal in swimming won by an Asian. Brit Adam Barrett was third in 51.93.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle semifinals, England’s Ben Proud earned the top seed with a national and Games record of 21.76. Aussie Cameron McEvoy was the only other swimmer to break 22 with a 21.94.

In the women’s 50-meter backstroke semifinals, Georgia Davies of Wales earned the top seed in 27.61, a national record.

After five days, Australia leads the overall Games medal count with 87 including 30 gold medals followed by England (74), Scotland (33) and South Africa (24).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Miami Swimming Breaks 21-Year-Old FGC Record; Capote Takes Second On Final Night Of Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 27, 2014–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ryan Capote finished on a good note on the final night of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Sunday at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Capote was the team’s top finisher placing second in the 50-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 24.85.

SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez, 15, was the top SOFLO girls finisher placing fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:16.58.

Both Capote and Rodriguez were among the top 20 high point swimmers.

Miami Swimming saved its best for the last night of the senior meet, winning four events including two individual and two relays including a record-breaker.

Miami Swimming broke a 21-year-old Florida Gold Coast and Open record in the 200-meter medley relay.

Dorothy Morgan, 17, Anna Valls, 18, Alexa Kalandiak, 18, and Kyla Valls, 15, won the relay in 1:58.02. The previous record was 1:58.19 set by Fort Lauderdale Swim Team in 1993.

The same Miami Swimming foursome won the 400-meter medley relay in 4:24.67.

Anna Valls won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.44. Dorothy Morgan won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:25.94.

Miami Swimming finished as the top Florida Gold Coast team in the combined team standings placing second with 891 points and third among women’s teams with 553 points.

Empire Swimming of New York swept the combined (1,290 points), men’s (514) and women’s (776) team titles. Empire Swimming is a member of the Metropolitan Swimming LSC.

Azura Florida Aquatics was fifth among combined teams (707) and men’s teams (497).

Metro Aquatics was the top FGC boys team placing third with 504 points.

Kelly Harrington, 16, made history on the final night of the three-day meet by becoming Boca Raton Swim Team’s first senior champion after winning the 15-16 year-old 50-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 28.65. Her previous best was 30.82 which she first bettered in prelims in 29.94. Boca Raton Swim Team is the Florida Gold Coast’s newest team.

It was Harrington’s best finish during the three-day meet. She was also third in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles. She competed in all the 50s, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke in her last club meet before the high school season.

“It is pretty amazing,” Harrington said. “I am really excited and glad to be a part of the team. Coach Allan is great and I think I am going to improve a lot.

“I felt pretty confident beforehand,” Harrington said. “I felt good in the water. I got a good start. I thought from beginning I was going to win. I just knew it.”

Harrington will be a junior this fall at Boca Raton High School where she has been Most Valuable Swimmer two consecutive seasons.

Other Florida Gold Coast individual and relay champions were:

Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal Lightning, 100-meter backstroke, 1:04.60.

Geena Squartino, SwimFast, 1500-meter freestyle, 17:45.28.

Kelly Fertel, Rockway Swimming, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:14.21.

Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 26.90.

Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter medley relay, 1:47.06 and 400-meter medley relay, 3:55.59 (Mateo Gonzalez, Joe Ortiz, Arvin Moradi, Marcelo Acosta).

Nick Carter, Gulliver Swimming, 100-meter backstroke, 57.69.

Diego Faucher, Metro Aquatics, 50-meter butterfly, 26.32.

Joe Ortiz, Azura Florida Aquatics, 50-meter butterfly, 24.86.

Henry Contich, Pine Crest Swimming, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:08.81.

Mike Schreuders, Pine Crest Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 23.82.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 1,290, 2. Miami Swimming 891, 3. Quest Swimming 886, 4. Clearwater Aquatic Team 853, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 707, 6. Greenwood Swimming 563, 7. Virginia Gators 541, 8. Gulliver Swim Club 539, 9. Metro Aquatic Club 533, 10. Peru 456, 16. South Florida Aquatic Club 218.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 776, 2. Greenwood 563, 3. Miami Swimming 553, 4. Quest 495, 5. Gulliver Swim Club 365.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 514, 2. Virginia Gators 508, 3. Metro Aquatics 504, 4. Clearwater Aquatic Team 499, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 497.

GIRLS 15-16 HIGH POINT: 1. Beatrix Thompson, Empire 136, 2. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 110, 3. Laurynn Harvard, Unattached 103; SOFLO: 18. Jessica Rodriguez 46.

GIRLS OPEN HIGH POINT: 1. Meredith Vay, Quest 88, 2. tie, Megan Brown, Greenwood, Madeline Banic, Quest 85.

BOYS 15-16 HIGH POINT: 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 128, 2. Clark Beach, Quest 99, 3. Adler Cargill, Virginia Gators 94; SOFLO: 19. Ryan Capote 50.

BOYS HIGH POINT: 1. Grant Sanders, Clearwater 116, 2. Joe Ortiz, Azura 99, 3. Michael Craddock, Virginia 95.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:58.02, FGC, Open record (Dorothy Morgan, Anna Valls, Alexa Kalandiak, Kyla Valls), 2. Quest 1:59.11, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 2:04.13, 10. SOFLO “A” 2:09.86 (Liz Travieso, Jessica Rodriguez, Kylie Herman, Victoria Hill), 21. SOFLO “B” 2:20.44 (Carly Swanson, Astrid Rigau, Natasha Testa, Abolade Oyetunji).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Beatrix Thompson, East 1:06.34; SOFLO: 12. Jessica Rodriguez 1:11.75, best time, 24. Liz Travieso 1:14.47, best time, 35. Carly Swanson 1:17.60, best time; Open, 1. Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:04.60; SOFLO: 51. Victoria Hill 1:18.23, 61. Astrid Rigau 1:32.77.

1500-meter freestyle:

14-and-under, 1. Bridget Semenuk, Empire 17:54.89; 15-16, 1. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Clearwater 17:02.74; SOFLO: 10. Lilli Calero 19:30.22; 17-and-over, 1. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 17:45.28

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Kelly Harrington, Boca Raton Swim Team 28.65; SOFLO: 30. Natasha Testa 32.98, 35. Liz Travieso 33.35, 42. Carly Swanson 33.72, 43. Star Fassler 33.73, 62. Lilli Calero 35.51, 66. Victoria Lumelski 35.95; Open, 1. Meredith Vay, Quest Swimming 27.57; SOFLO: 37. Kylie Herman 32.08, best time, 44. Whitney Johnson 32.42, 63. Abolade Oyetunji 33.63, best time, 70. Victoria Hill 34.35, best time, 89, Astrid Rigau 35.98.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway Swimming 1:14.21; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 1:16.58; 44. Victoria Lumelski 1:34.25; Open, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:12.44.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver Swimming 26.90; SOFLO: 33. Liz Travieso 30.00, best time, 54. Carly Swanson 30.96, 61. Star Fassler 31.14, 71. Lilli Calero 31.44, 76. Natasha Testa 31.71, 95. Victoria Lumelski 33.83; Open, 1. Meredith Vay, Quest Swimming 25.97; SOFLO: 60. Kylie Herman 29.42, best time, 63. Victoria Hill 29.57, best time, 64. Whitney Johnson 29.59, best time, 77. Abolade Oyetunji 30.19, 106. Astrid Rigau 31.34.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Beatrix Thompson, Empire 2:21.17; Open, 1. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 2:25.94; SOFLO: 23. Kylie Herman 2:36.96.

400-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 4:24.67 (Dorothy Morgan, Anna Valls, Alexa Kalandiak, Kyla Valls), 2. Quest Swimming 4:24.74, 3. Empire Swimming 4:27.41, 10. SOFLO “A” 4:44.92 (Liz Travieso, Jessica Rodriguez, Kylie Herman, Victoria Hill), 21. SOFLO “B” 5:09.25 (Carly Swanson, Lilli Calero, Natasha Testa, Abolade Oyetunji).

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1:47.06 (Mateo Gonzalez, Joe Ortiz, Arvin Moradi, Marcelo Acosta), 2. Westminster Academy 1:47.58, 3. Miami Swimming 1:48.41, 16. SOFLO “A” 1:56.14 (Gustavo Valery, Brendan Cassie, CJ Kopecki, Ryan Capote), 21. SOFLO “B” 2:00.60 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Bowie Suen, Teddy Sandoval, Cristian Rossi).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Clark Beach, Quest Swimming 59.55; SOFLO: 11. Juan Lucas 1:03.74, 13. Alfredo Mesa 1:04.67, 20. Ryan Capote 1:06.38, 28. Gustavo Valery 1:07.99; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver Swim Club 57.69.

1500-meter freestyle:

14-and-under, 1. Andrew Babyak, Empire 17:20.29; 15-16, 1. Ludov Boscaino, Clearwater 15:48.12; SOFLO: 13. Jonathan Strod 18:04.85; 17-and-over, 1. Taylor Uselis, Clearwater 15:57.14.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Diego Faucher, Metro Aquatics 26.32; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Capote 27.28, 26. CJ Kopecki 29.26, 35. Cristian Rossi 29.79, 51. Mathew Delvalle 32.03, 53. Tyler Gibson 32.64, 58. Brandon Fratianni 33.30, 61. Bryan Moran 34.81; Open, 1. Joe Ortiz, Azura 24.86; SOFLO: 68. Teddy Sandoval 31.27.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Henry Contich, Pine Crest Swimming 1:08.81; SOFLO: 24. Brendan Cassie 1:17.58, 36. Tyler Gibson 1:21.17; Open, 1. Shane McNamara, Empire Swimming 1:03.60; SOFLO: 41. Bowie Suen 1:18.23.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Mike Schreuders, Pine Crest Swimming 23.82; SOFLO: 2. Ryan Capote 24.85, 12. Gustavo Valery 25.32, 31. Alfredo Mesa 26.41, 34. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 26.44, 55. Juan Lucas 27.19, 59. CJ Kopecki 27.36, 69. Cristian Rossi 27.81, 93. Bryan Moran 29.36, 97. Brendan Cassie 30.09, 104. Mathew Delvalle 31.30; Open, 1. Erik Risolvato, Unattached 22.95; SOFLO: 102. Bowie Suen 28.46.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Jamison Austin, Virginia Gators 2:11.51; SOFLO: 20. Jonathan Strod 2:22.70, 43. Tyler Gibson 2:39.93; Open, 1. Grant Sanders, Clearwater 2:05.43; SOFLO: 50. Bowie Suen 2:32.86.

400-meter medley relay:

Open, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 3:55.59 (Mateo Gonzalez, Joe Ortiz, Arvin Moradi, Marcelo Acosta), 2. Empire Swimming 3:57.21, 3. Miami Swimming 4:01.08, 13. SOFLO “A” 4:18.06 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Brendan Cassie, CJ Kopecki, Ryan Capote), 20. SOFLO “B” 4:38.57 (Jonathan Strod, Bowie Suen, Mathew Delvalle, Teddy Sandoval).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Earns Top Seed For Her Final Event At Commonwealth Games


By Sharon Robb

July 27, 2014—Alia Atkinson didn’t hold anything back Sunday at the 20th Commonwealth Games at Tollcross Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer stormed to the top seed in the 100-meter breaststroke after winning her semifinal heat in a time of 1:06.87, a time that will probably win this event on Monday.

Atkinson’s best time is 1:06.79 from the 2012 London Olympics. She also swam 1:06.86 this past summer.

It will be her third and final attempt at her first gold medal in her third Commonwealth Games appearance. She just missed in the 50-meter breaststroke taking a silver medal and was shut out of a medal in the 200-meter breaststroke.

In her semifinal race, Atkinson, swimming in Lane 4, was quick off the blocks and bolted into the lead with a 31.16 split at the 50. She was off the wall like a rocket and left nothing to chance.

She had a full-body length lead coming into the finish. Her closest rival in the race was Canadian Tara Van Bielen in 1:81.11.

For the fourth day in a row, Australia dominated the night.

In Sunday’s championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Race favorite Belinda Hocking of Australia won in a Games record 2:07.24. Hocking is the only swimmer this year to break 2:08. Aussie teammate Emily Seebohm took silver in 2:08.51 and Canadian Hilary Caldwell took bronze in 2:08.55. Canadian Sinead Russell of University of Florida was eighth in 2:12.61.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: It was an Aussie sweep in the final. Two-time reigning champion James Magnussen won the gold in 48.11. Cameron McEvoy was second just 0.23 seconds behind his teammate and Tommaso D’Orsogna was third. Dylan Carter, 18, of Trinidad and Tobago and youngest in the final, was fifth in 49.56.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Rising British star Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 18, won her first gold medal in a Games record 2:08.21 to add to her three silver medals. After going out in 27.37 on the opening butterfly leg, she extended her lead to nearly two seconds after the breaststroke. Aussie veteran Alicia Coutts was second in 2:10.30 and former national record holder Hannah Miley was third in 2:10.74. “I am absolutely over the moon,” O’Connor said. “I knew it would be so hard to get a medal because of the strength of the field so I can’t ask for any more.”

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: The Aussies nearly pulled off another sweep going one-two. Ben Treffers won in 24.67 and Mitch Larkin was second in 24.80. England’s Liam Tancock was third in 24.98.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Defending champion Fran Halsall of England won her second gold medal of the Games in 25.20, both a Commonwealth and national record. Bahamian and Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace took silver in 25.53. Aussie Brittany Elmslie took bronze in 25.91.

Men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay: Australia’s relay of Cameron McEvoy, David McKeon, Nick McKendry and Thomas Fraser-Holmes won the gold medal in a Games record 7:07.38. Scotland took the silver in 7:09.18 and South Africa was third in 7:10.36. Singapore was eighth in 7:28.01.

In the men’s 50-meter breaststroke semifinal, Florida State alum Rob Holderness of Wales was fifth in his heat in 28.26.

In the men’s 100-meter butterfly semifinal, Dylan Carter, 18, of Trinidad and Tobago, swimming in Lane 1,

Bolles’ Joseph Schooling of Singapore, who had already qualified for two finals, was second in the 100-meter butterfly semifinal in a national record 52.22, third fastest qualifying time, to make his third final. Zheng Wen Quah of Singapore was eighth in 54.29. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez is coaching the Singapore team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Misses Second Medal At Commonwealth Games


By Sharon Robb

July 26, 2014—Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club had an off day at the 20th Commonwealth Games and it cost her.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian barely made it into the final of the 200-meter breaststroke qualifying eighth and then finished a disappointing seventh in 2:25.48 Saturday at Tollcross Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Atkinson, 25, was favored to medal in her most improved event since the 2012 London Olympics.

The women’s 200-meter breaststroke was a wide-open race with no clear-cut favorite.

Atkinson was in contention early in the race and seemed to be motivated after having to take a half-stroke to the wall and settling for silver in the 50-meter breaststroke, an event she was favored to win gold.

Atkinson was just .17 seconds behind leader Aussie Taylor McKeown after the first 50 meters and was 1 ½ seconds back in third place at the 150-meter mark.

But then it all unraveled for the experienced swimmer who started tightening up and leaning too close to the lane line to finish out of the medal race. Atkinson was visibly upset after her race.

McKeown won in 2:22.36. Aussie teammate Sally Hunter took silver in 2:23.33 and Brit Molly Renshaw was third in 2:25.00.

Atkinson will have one final shot at gold on Sunday in the 100-meter breaststroke, her third and final event of the Games and her marquis event.

At the midway mark of the swimming competition, powerhouse Australia has won 11 of the 21 gold medals and 15 silver and bronze medals. All but one of Saturday night’s gold medalists would have won a medal at last year’s World Championships had they produced the same times.

In other championship finals:

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Olympic and world champion Chad Le Clos of South Africa turned on the afterburners in the last 50 meters to defend his title in a meet record 1:55.07 for his first gold medal of the Games. Aussie Grant Irvine took silver in 1:56.34 and South African Sebastien Rousseau of Gator Swim Club took the bronze in 1:56.43. Singapore’s Joseph Schooling of Bolles was eighth in 1:59.09.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: After an even start, Brit Fran Halsall pulled away to break her own Commonwealth and national record in a textile-best 23.96. Aussie Cate Campbell was second in 24.00 and sister Bronte Campbell was third in 24.20. Bahamian and Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was fourth in 24.34, fifth fastest time in the world.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Defending champion Emily Seebohm of Australia, the pre-race favorite, won in a meet record 59.37; Wales’ Georgia Davies was second in 59.58 and Aussie Belinda Hocking took the bronze in 59.93. Canadian Sinead Russell of University of Florida was sixth in 1:00.27.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Brit teenager Adam Peaty, 19, knocked off world record holder Cameron van der Burgh and broke his own Commonwealth record to win in 58.94. The South African went out fast and had a half-body length in the first half of the race but faded and finished second in 59.28. Ross Murdoch of Scotland was third in 59.47. Former Florida State swimmer Rob Holderness, who finished seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.35, was disqualified in one of his best events.

Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay: Australia held off Canada to win another gold medal in 7:49.90 with Emma McKeon, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt. After a lackluster leg by Coutts, it was Elmslie who put the Aussies back in the lead for good. Canada took silver in 7:51.67 and England was third in 7:52.45. Singapore, coached by Bolles coach Sergio Lopez, was seventh in 8:16.39.

In the women’s 50-meter butterfly semifinals, Singapore’s Tao Li is the fifth seed in 26.33. Bahamian and Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace is the second seed in 25.90.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez Takes Second At FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 26, 2014

Against a strong field, Jessica Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club finished second Saturday in the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

Jessica Rodriguez, 14, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:42.18. She was seeded fourth going into the final in 2:48.37.

SOFLO teammate Gustavo Valery, 16, was fourth in the consolation final of the 50-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 29.50, bettering his previous best time of 29.63.

University of Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks broke the Florida Gold Coast record in the 50-meter backstroke with a lifetime-best 28.75 seconds

The previous FGC and Open record was 28.81 set by Carolina Colorado of the Davie Nadadores in 2013.

The All-American, junior national champion and record holder is getting ready to represent Team USA at the second summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China set for Aug. 17-22 before she heads off to Ann Arbor, Mich.

Smiddy highlighted another good Florida Gold Coast showing on the second night of competition.

Alejandro Carriazo, 15, of Metro Aquatics was a double winner. He won the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 27.88, dropping from 30.53 and 100-meter butterfly in a best time 57.40, dropping from 59.59. He first lowered it in prelims in 59.31.

Andrey Arbuzov, 24, swimming unattached for Miami Swimming won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.45.

Nicole Urquidi, 16, Gulliver Swimming won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:03.62, dropping from 2:04.34.

Jennifer Marquez, 23, of Azura Florida Aquatics won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:03.72, bettering her previous best of 2:05.00.

Carlos Herrera, 19, swimming unattached for Azura, won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 54.70, dropping from 55.23. He was one of four Azura finishers in the top six.

Alex Cronin, 16, of Jupiter Dragons won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:56.65, dropping from 1:59.71.

Emily Jurich, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:39.42, with a huge time drop from 2:46.95. She bettered it first in prelims in 2:45.28 to earn the fifth seed.

Alexander Graudins, 23, swimming unattached for Pine Crest Swimming, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:51.71, dropping from 1:52.33.

Kelly Fertel, 16, of Rockway Swimming, the top seed, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:36.56, lowering her previous best of 2:38.29.

Azura Florida Aquatics continues to lead the overall boys’ team standings with 289 points, an 81-point cushion ahead of Clearwater Aquatic Team.

Azura Florida Aquatics is also second overall in the combined team standings with 380 points.

The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 8 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 424, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 380, 3. Quest Swimming 329, 4. Miami Swimming 311, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 308, 6. Clearwater Aquatics 262, 7. Peru 234, 8. Greenwood Swimming 209, 9. Gulliver 177, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 162.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Quest Swimming 240, 2. Empire Swimming 222, 3. Greenwood Swimming 209, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 208, 5. Miami Swimming 161.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 289, 2. Clearwater Aquatics 208, 3. Empire Swimming 202, 4. Miami Swimming 150, 5. Peru 138.

COMBINED 15-16 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 322, 2. Clearwater Aquatics 298, 3. Quest Swimming 205, 4. Virginia Gators 200.50, 5. Metro Aquatics 172, 6. Gulliver 157, 7. Peru 152, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 116.50, 9. Miami Swimming 113, 10. Greenwood 92, 14. South Florida Aquatic Club 79.

GIRLS 15-16 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 267, 2. Clearwater Aquatics 178, 3. Gulliver 145, 4. Miami Swimming 112, 5. Greenwood 92, 13. South Florida Aquatic Club 27.

BOYS 15-16 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia Gators 200.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 165, 3. Quest Swimming 159, 4. Clearwater Aquatics 120, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 91.50, 11. South Florida Aquatic Club 52.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver 2:03.62; SOFLO: 33. Lilli Calero 2:22.09, 53. Carly Swanson 2:28.13; Open, 1. Jennifer Marquez, Azura 2:03.72; SOFLO: 28. Kylie Herman 2:14.74, 56. Abolade Oyetunji 2:19.83, 75. Astrid Rigau 2:27.24, 80. Whitney Johnson 2:31.71.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Madison Conway, Clearwater 31.36; SOFLO: 16. Liz Travieso 34.18, 33. Star Fassler 35.90, 42. Carly Swanson 37.38; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 28.75, FGC, Open records; SOFLO: 71. Astrid Rigau 38.89.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:36.56; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodriguez 2:42.18; Open, 1. Emily Jurich, Pine Crest Swimming 2:39.42.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Beatrice Thompson, Empire Swimming 1:03.25; SOFLO: 36. Jessica Rodriguez 1:13.77, 37. Natasha Testa 1:13.97; Open, 1. Madeline Banic, Quest Swimming 1:01.49; SOFLO: 54. Whitney Johnson 1:13.87.

400-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Beatrice Thompson, Empire Swimming 5:00.28; Open, 1. Megan Brown, Greenwood Swimming 4:56.94; SOFLO: 12. Kylie Herman 5:30.83.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Alex Cronin, Jupiter Dragons 1:56.65; SOFLO: 14. Ryan Capote 2:03.05, 16. Juan Lucas 2:04.27, 18. Alfredo Mesa 2:04.54, 34. Jonathan Strod 2:07.34, 49. CJ Kopecki 2:10.21, 60. Cristian Rossi 2:14.25; Open, 1. Alexander Graudins, Pine Crest Swimming 1:51.71.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 27.88; SOFLO: 12. Gustavo Valery 29.50, 20. Juan Lucas 30.52, 46. Brandon Fratianni 35.71, 47. Bryan Moran 35.88, 51. Mathew Delvalle 38.52; Open, 1. Andrey Arbuzov, Unattached Miami Swimming 26.45.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Mitchell Irwin, Clearwater 2:28.95; SOFLO: 26. Tyler Gibson 2:56.99, 28. Brendan Cassie 2:58.82; Open, 1. Shane McNamara, Empire Swimming 2:16.79; SOFLO: 33. Bowie Suen 2:52.56.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 57.40; SOFLO: 13. Alfredo Mesa 1:00.89, 19. Juan Lucas 1:01.94, 24. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:03.29, 28. Ryan Capote 1:03.38, 32. CJ Kopecki 1:03.94, 51. Cristian Rossi 1:06.95, 62. Matthew Delvalle 1:13.42, 63. Brandon Fratianni 1:13.92; Open, 1. Carlos Herrera, Unattached-Azura 54.70.

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SOFLO’s Ryan Capote Top Finisher On Opening Night Of FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 25, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ryan Capote was top finisher on opening night of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships Friday at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions in Coral Springs.

Capote, 16, finished third in the 100-meter freestyle in a lifetime best 54.22, lowering his previous best of 55.86. He first lowered his time in prelims in 54.78, fourth fastest time of the morning.

SOFLO teammate Juan Lucas won the “B” final of the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.82, just off his best time of 2:13.55.

Despite several non-Florida Gold Coast teams dominating events, it was a good night for FGC swimmers.

Nicole Urquidi of Gulliver Swimming was a double winner. Urquidi, 16, won the 100-meter freestyle in 57.94 and 400-meter freestyle in 4:19.66. Urquidi lowered her best time of 59.07 in the 100 freestyle prelims in 59.41.

Gulliver Swimming’s third individual title was Nick Carter, 24, in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:06.41, lowering his previous best of 2:10.08. He first lowered it in prelims in 2:09.80.

Azura Florida Aquatics won two individual titles and one relay title. Azura is the top Florida Gold Coast team in the boys’ competition, leading with 177 points. Empire Swimming leads the combined and girls team totals.

Jennifer Marquez, 23, won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 56.88, dropping from 58.15.

Joe Ortiz, 22, won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 51.32, dropping from 51.93.

Azura Florida Aquatics won the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:32.81 with Arvin Moradi, Joe Ortiz, Mateo Gonzalez and Marcelo Acosta.

Pine Crest Swimming won three individual titles.

Mike Schreuders, 15, won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 51.80, dropping from 53.03.

University of Missouri-bound Jordy Groters, 18, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.16, bettering his previous best by 1/100th of a second.

Alexander Graudins, 23, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 3:55.52, dropping from 3:56.86.

University of Michigan-bound Emily Kopas, 17, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won the 50-meter breaststroke in 32.78.

Jupiter Dragons’ Alex Cronin, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:07.35, a huge time drop from 4:16.62. He first lowered it in prelims in 4:11.14.

Westminster Academy won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:35.91 with Logan Lassley, Anthon Barbar, Andrew Halliburton and Zachary Trosper.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims at 8 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 427, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 341, 3. Quest Swimming 320, 4. Miami Swimming 311, 5. Clearwater 262, 6. Azura Florida Aquatics 248, 7. Peru 234, 8. Gulliver Swim Club 225, 9. Greenwood Swimming 185, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 184; 17. SOFLO 54.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 177, 2. Metro Aquatics 172, 3. Empire Swimming 159, 4. Quest Swimming 154, 5. Clearwater 152; 15. SOFLO 41.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Empire Swimming 268, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 241, 3. Greenwood Swimming 185, 4. Miami Swimming 184, 5. Quest Swimming 166; 20. SOFLO 13.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Quest Swimming, Va. 1:46.98, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:50.62, 3. Miami Swimming 1:51.18, 21. SOFLO “A” 2:00.32 (Carly Swanson, Liz Travieso, Abolade Oyetunji, Kylie Herman), 24. SOFLO “B” 2:03.21 (Jessica Rodriguez, Astrid Rigau, Lilli Calero, Natasha Testa).

200-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Beatrice Thompson, Empire Swimming; SOFLO: 21. Liz Travieso 2:41.32, best time, 32. Carly Swanson 2:49.67; Open, 1. Megan Brown, Greenwood Swimming 2:18.14.

100-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver Swimming 57.92; SOFLO: 59. Carly Swanson 1:06.58, 60. Lilli Calero 1:06.64, 78. Liz Travieso 1:08.63, 93. Natasha Testa 1:13.15; Open, 1. Jennifer Marquez, Azura Florida Aquatics 56.88; SOFLO: 45. Kylie Herman 1:02.33, 69. Abolade Oyetunji 1:03.59, 102. Whitney Johnson 1:06.93, 117. Astrid Rigau 1:08.74.

200-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Beatrice Thompson, Empire Swimming 2:18.66; SOFLO: 18. Jessica Rodriguez 2:42.47, 23. Natasha Testa 2:47.81; Open, 1. Megan Brown, Greenwood Swimming 2:17.70; SOFLO: 20. Kylie Herman 2:37.35.

50-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Lauryn Harvard, Unattached 33.89; SOFLO: 9. Jessica Rodriguez 35.02, 45. Star Fassler 41.18, 54. Natasha Testa 43.71; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 32.78; SOFLO: 50. Whitney Johnson 41.45.

400-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, Gulliver Swimming 4:1.966; SOFLO: 24. Lilli Calero 4:52.87; Open, 1. Maggie Harman, Virginia Gators 4:24.80; SOFLO: 13. Kylie Herman 4:38.63.

400-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Quest Swimming 3:57.02, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:01.71, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 4:02.96. 20. SOFLO “A” 4:25.23 (Kylie Herman, Carly Swanson, Lilli Calero, Abolade Oyetunji).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Westminster Academy 1:35.91 (Logan Lassley, Anthony Barbar, Andrew Halliburton, Zachary Trosper), 2. Miami Swimming 1:36.13, 3. Boca Raton Swimming 1:36.91.

200-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Clark Beach, Quest Swimming 2:07.50; SOFLO: 9. Juan Lucas 2:13.82, 16. Alfredo Mesa 2:19.95; Open, 1. Nick Carter, Gulliver Swimming 2:06.41.

100-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Mike Schreuders, Pine Crest Swimming 51.80; SOFLO: 3. Ryan Capote 54.22, 21. Alfredo Mesa 56.81, best time, 23. CJ Kopecki 57.11, best time, 30. Gustavo Valery 57.53, 44. Juan Lucas 58.69, 62. Cristian Rossi 59.46, best time, 98. Bryan Moran 1:04.49, best time, 99. Tyler Gibson 1:05.47, 103. Brandon Fratianni 1:06.60, 106. Mathew Delvalle 1:09.96; Open, 1. Joe Ortiez, Azura Florida Aquatics 51.31; SOFLO: 101. Xavier Brown 59.72, 105. Bowie Suen 59.93.

200-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Jean Monteagudo, Peru 2:06.92; SOFLO: 14. CJ Kopecki 2:18.20; Open, 1. Vance Sanders, Clearwater Aquatics 2:03.11; SOFLO: 19. Matthew Gonzalez 2:20.19.

50-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Alex Bank, Princeton Tigers 30.93; SOFLO: 11. Brendan Cassie 33.10, 34. Tyler Gibson 37.65, best time, 47. Brandon Fratianni 42.39, best time, 49. Bryan Moran 43.93, best time; Open, 1. Jordy Groters, Pine Crest Swimming 29.16; SOFLO: 43. Bowie Suen 34.68, best time.

400-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Alex Cronin, Jupiter Dragons 4:07.35; SOFLO: 13. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 4:22.81; Open, 1. Alexander Graudins, Pine Crest Swimming 3:55.52.

400-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 3:32.81 (Arvin Moradi, Joe Ortiz, Mateo Gonzalez, Marcelo Acosta), 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:34.60, 3. Miami Swimming 3:36.41, 16. SOFLO “A” 3:50.30 (Juan Lucas, Ryan Capote, CJ Kopecki, Cristian Rossi), 22. SOFLO “B” 4:04.70 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Xavier Brown, Brendan Cassie, Bowie Suen).

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Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com