BROWARD COUNTY SWIMMING HONOR ROLL, WEEK ONE


September 2, 2014

GIRLS

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:55.38, 2. Douglas 1:57.28, 3. Fort Lauderdale 2:01.02, 4. Pembroke Pines Charter 2:01.99, 5. Nova 2:02.38; 2013 BEST: 1. Pine Crest 1:44.86, AA-A, (Miriyam Ghali, Lindsey Swartz, Tyla Martin, Marta Ciesla).

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Kylie Herman, Cypress Bay 2:03.39, 2. Morgan Meadows, Fort Lauderdale 2:04.71, 3. Gabriella Comunale, St. Thomas 2:06.59, 4. Lilli Calero, Pembroke Pines Charter 2:07.00, 5. Julie Stewart, Pompano Beach 2:11.66, 6. Kislych, Nova 2:13.80; 2013 BEST: 1. Emma Lincoln, Cypress Bay 1:52.14.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Samantha Roth, Douglas 2:18.91, 2. Kelley Heron, Pembroke Pines Charter 2:19.34, 3. Pelaez,Cypress Bay 2:22.73, 4. Sarah Asseraf, St. Thomas 2:24.94, 5. Skye Downey, South Plantation 2:26.96, 6. Kaitlyn Moreschi, Fort Lauderdale 2:28.29, 7. Guitierrez, Western 2:29.13, 8. Alex Sanchez, Nova 2:32.37; 2013 BEST: 1. Clara Smiddy, South Florida Heat 1:58.39, AA-A.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Fatimah Westbrook, Fort Lauderdale 25.62, 2. Nicole Gautieri, Douglas 25.92, 3. Victoria Hill, Pembroke Pines Charter 26.10, 4. Aliyah Wakeland, Nova 26.17, 5. Amanda Tipton, Nova 26.38, 6. Arteaga, Coral Springs 26.45, 7. Sammy Stinemire, St. Thomas 27.28, 8. Adrienne Aponte, Fort Lauderdale 27.88, 9. Andrea Melendez, Pembroke Pines Charter 27.90, 10. Alex Sanchez, Nova 28.08; 2013 BEST: 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 23.10, AA-A.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Karlee Price, St. Thomas 266.17, 2. Sky Warriner, Fort Lauderdale 225.28, 3. Adaliz Pelcastre, Fort Lauderdale 210.10, 4. Viviana Calero, Pembroke Pines Charter 179.00, 5. Carly Ehrlich, Pompano Beach 168.50; 2013 BEST: 1. Carolyn Chaney, Pine Crest 520.15.

100-yard Butterfly: 1. Amanda Tipton, Nova 1:00.00, 2. Quinn Connor, St. Thomas 1:04.56, 3. Haley Wright, Cypress Bay 1:04.71, 4. Marquez, Pompano Beach 1:05.81, 5. Adrienne Aponte, Flanagan 1:06.92, 6. Angela Petrillo, Fort Lauderdale 1:07.72, 7. Monica Rodriguez, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:10.56, 8. Justrina Villarta, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:10.97, 2013 BEST: 1. Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy 55.45, AA-C.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Julie Stewart, Pompano Beach 55.18, 2. Morgan Meadows, Fort Lauderdale 57.15, 3. Amanda Tipton, Nova 57.86, 4. Andrea Van Den Berg, Cypress Bay 59.71, 5. Hyman, St. Thomas 59.88, 6. Alex Sanchez, Nova 1:00.38, 7. Leysha Caraballo, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:01.60, 8. Alisa Kislych, Nova 1:02.27, 9. O’Hara, Nova 1:02.95; 2013 BEST: 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 50.42, AA-A.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Kylie Herman, Cypress Bay 5:29.20, 2. Lilli Calero, Pembroke Pines Charter 5:43.07, 3. Megan Schimansky, Coral Glades 5:32.37, 4. Manrique, Western 5:41.05, 5. Katherine DeBarros, Pembroke Pines Charter 5:58.93, 6. Polly Robinson-Valenza, Fort Lauderdale 6:00.50, 7. Lesmes, South Plantation 6:08.85, 8. Talisman, Douglas 6:13.10, 9. Amanda Stack, Nova 6:13.95; 2013 BEST: 1. Melissa Marinheiro, West Broward 4:51.13, AA-A.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Douglas 1:46.26, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:48.71, 3. Nova 1:50.51, 4. St. Thomas 1:51.29, 5. Cypress Bay 1:51.31, 6. Pompano Beach 2:00.22; 2013 BEST: 1. Pine Crest 1:35.99, AA-A, (Marta Ciesla, Julia Chui, Brooke Bernstein, Hannah Veal).

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Amanda Tipton, Nova 1:02.85, 2. Megan Schimansky, Coral Glades 1:04.16, 3. Sophia Bucaro, Cypress Bay 1:09.20, 4. Skye Downey, South Plantation 1:10.10, 5. Maya Hirian, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:11.97, 6. Alisa Kislych, Nova 1:15.94; 2013 BEST: 1. Clara Smiddy, SF Heat 52.46, AA-A.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Caitlin Ahern, St. Thomas 1:07.31, 2. Emily Jurich, Douglas 1:09.23, 3. Fatimah Westbrook, Fort Lauderdale 1:12.07, 4. Pelaez, Cypress Bay 1:13.58, 5. Kaitlyn Moreschi, Fort Lauderdale 1:15.11, 6. Kelley Heron, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:15.35, 7. Suzuki, Monarch 1:19.03, 8. Aliyah Wakeland, Nova 1:19.83; 2013 BEST: 1. Emily Kopas, University School 1:01.92, AA-A.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 3:56.53, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:56.97, 3. St. Thomas 4:00.40, 4. Cypress Bay 4:05.24, 5. Nova 4:08.06, 6. South Plantation 4:13.38; 2013 BEST: 1. Pine Crest 3:30.22, AA-C, (Miriyam Ghali, Julia Chui, Tyla Martin, Hannah Veale).

GIRLS 2014 PRE-SEASON RANKINGS

1.Pine Crest, 2. American Heritage, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4. Nova, 5. Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines Charter, University School

GIRLS TEAM 2013 FINAL RANKINGS

1.Pine Crest, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas, 3. Fort Lauderdale, 4. Nova, Westminster Academy, 5. South Florida Heat, University School.

BOYS

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Pompano Beach 1:44.81, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:45.32, 3. Douglas 1:47.83, 4. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:49.03, 5. Cypress Bay 1:51.28, 6. Fort Lauderdale 1:58.92, 7. Northeast 2:04.65, 8. Nova 2:10.40; 2013 BEST: 1. American Heritage 1:36.31 (Nico Medina, Digby Nothard, Fernando Bohorquez, Taylor Eaddy).

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Philippe Marcoux, Fort Lauderdale 1:48.02, 2. Andres Lares, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:48.03, 3. Mark Burnley, Cypress Bay 1:48.63, 4. Esteban Velasquez, St. Thomas 1:52.12, 5. Joseph Ring, Pompano Beach 1:54.25, 6. Ryan, Douglas 2:09.84,7. Brandon Fratianni, Pembroke Pines Charter 2:10.32, 8. William Trybus, Fort Lauderdale 2:10.81; 2013 BEST: 1. Julien Pinon, American Heritage 1:39.34.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Juan Lucas, Pembroke Pines Charter 2:05.38, 2. Marco Guarente, Cypress Bay 2:08.58, 3. James Dika, Fort Lauderdale 2:08.76, 4. Sawyer, South Plantation 2:09.53, 5. Allen, Douglas 2:10.85, 6. August Charni, Coral Glades 2:13.45, 7. Manrique, Western 2:15.39, 8. Matthew Menocal, Pembroke Pines Charter 2:18.97, 9. David Cohen, Nova 2:21.87, 10. Tyler Gibson, Pembroke Pines Charter 2:22.09; 2013 BEST: 1. Alex Evdokimov, Taravella 1:52.57, AA-C.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Raphael Marcoux, Fort Lauderdale 21.67, 2. Gabriel Perez-Silva, St. Thomas 22.11, 3. Sean Chen, South Plantation 22.86, 4. Gustavo, Flanagan 23.09, 5. Sammy McGinnis, Nova 23.29, 6. David Cantu, Nova 23.92, 7. Santos, Hollywood Hills 23.97, 8. Navarrete, Cypress Bay 24.32, 9. David Cohen, Nova 24.79, 10. Noah Hernandez, Pembroke Pines Charter 24.87, 11. Bruno Berti, Pembroke Pines Charter 24.99; 2013 BEST: 1. Jordy Groters, University School 20.46, AA-A.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Louis Giroire, Fort Lauderdale 220.25, 2. Nugent, St. Thomas 207.66, 3. Colin Gonzalez, Pembroke Pines Charter 184.45, 4. Weiland Filardi, Pembroke Pines Charter 176.75, 5. Shreves, Nova 159.80; 2013 BEST: 1. Zach Allen, Cardinal Gibbons and Logan Downey, South Plantation 560.05.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sawyer, South Plantation 55.88, 2. Kearn Kurbanali, St. Thomas 57.06, 3. Henrique Yamamato, Douglas 58.80, 4. Nikolas Ujueta, Pembroke Pines Charter 59.16, 5. Diaz, Cypress Bay 59.34, 6. David Cohen, Nova 1:01.21, 7. Tyler Zuyus, Fort Lauderdale 1:01.64; 2013 BEST: 1. Chad Moody, Cardinal Gibbons 51.16.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Fernando Navarrete, Cypress Bay 51.16, 2. Sammy McGinnis, Nova 51.25, 3. David Cantu, Nova 51.90, 4. Andrew Szatkowski, St. Thomas 52.12, 5. Andrew Coffey, Pompano Beach 52.55, 6. David Cohen, Nova 54.28, 7. tie, Brandon Fratianni, Pembroke Pines Charter and Trent Quist, Fort Lauderdale 57.47; 2013 BEST: 1. Anton Voronin, North Broward Prep 46.53.

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Andres Lares, Pembroke Pines Charter 4:59.43, 2. Gustavo Valery, Flanagan 5:06.20, 3. Jonathan Strod, Cypress Bay 5:10.07, 4. Alvaro, St. Thomas 5:10.09, 5. James Dika, Fort Lauderdale 5:14.94, 6. Joseph Ring, Pompano Beach 5:16.40, 7. William Trybus, Fort Lauderdale 5:55.63, 8. Stefano Dioguardi, Pembroke Pines Charter 6:12.63; 2013 BEST: 1. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest 4:25.75, AA-A.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:30.84, 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:34.37, 3. Cypress Bay 1:34.60, 4. Douglas 1:35.65, 5. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:37.71, 6. Nova 1:41.33, 7. Pompano Beach 1:47.66; 2013 BEST: 1. University School 1:26.98.

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Philippe Marcoux, Fort Lauderdale 56.28, 2. Juan Lucas, Pembroke Pines Charter 56.65, 3. August Charni, Coral Glades 59.10, 4. Tyler Zuyus, Fort Lauderdale 59.47, 5. Liam Canning, South Plantation 59.53, 6. Gergel, Western 1:03.53, 7. Jorge Depassier, Cypress Bay 1:04.20, 8. Santos, Hollywood Hills 1:06.64, 9. Lorenzo, Flanagan 1:12.14, 10. Trent Quist, Fort Lauderdale 1:17.72, 11. Joshua Kim, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:19.49; 2013 BEST: 1. Chad Moody, Cardinal Gibbons 52.57.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Esteban Velasquez, St. Thomas 1:06.15, 2. Liam Canning, South Plantation 1:07.34, 3. Tristan Celestin, Douglas 1:08.00, 4. Baldwin Suen, Cypress Bay 1:09.37, 5. Tyler Gibson, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:10.48, 6. Manrique, Western 1:11.13, 7. Matthew Menocal, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:11.40, 8. Yona Rubin, Fort Lauderdale 1:11.43, 9. Anthony Temeliescu, Fort Lauderdale 1:15.09, 10. Matthew Calice, Fort Lauderdale 1:19.37; 2013 BEST: 1. Jordy Groters, University School 54.76.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 3:24.11, 2. Cypress Bay 3:32.40, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:32.82, 4. Pompano Beach 3:33.16, 5. St. Thomas 3:50.00, 6. Nova 3:54.18; 2013 BEST: 1. American Heritage 3:09.46, AA-C (Julien Pinon, Nico Medina, Fernando Bohorquez, Chris Garcia).

BOYS TEAM 2014 PRE-SEASON RANKINGS

1. American Heritage, 2. University School, 3. Pine Crest, 4. St. Thomas Aquinas, 5. Douglas, Nova, Pembroke Pines Charter.

BOYS TEAM 2013 FINAL RANKINGS

1. American Heritage, 2. Pine Crest, 3. University School, 4. St. Thomas Aquinas, 5. Taravella, Cypress Bay.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Gold, Silver On Day Two In Dubai, Cashes In At FINA World Cup Series


By Sharon Robb

September 1, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson continued her domination of the breaststroke events Monday at the FINA/Mastbank World Cup at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.12 ahead of American Breeja Larson (29.98) and Austria’s Lisa Zaiser (31.31).

Atkinson has swept the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events in both Doha and Dubai, the opening cluster of the FINA series.

Atkinson added a silver medal in the 100-meter individual medley in 58.26.

After qualifying first in morning prelims of the 50-meter butterfly, she was fourth in 26.63.

Atkinson returns home with a nice paycheck for less than a week’s worth of work. She won $4,500 in Dubai and earned $37,000 in prize money ($30,000 in cluster bonuses). Atkinson is third in performance bonus points with 967.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu broke her own world record in the 100-meter individual medley during morning prelims in 56.86, becoming the first woman in history to swim the event under 57 seconds. It was her fifth world record over four days of competition.

“I feel really good, I’m really surprised at the time,” Hosszu said. “Maybe I shouldn’t have gone so fast. Swimming is not like track and field or something where you can set it to break the record. In swimming, you just have to give it all you have.”

Hosszu had another great night in Monday’s finals.

Hosszu won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:22.06. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte took silver in 4:27.66 and American Caitlin Leverenz was third in 4:30.72.

Hosszu also won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.77. Bolles’ Carolina Colorado of Colombia took the bronze in 58.73.

Hosszu won her third event of the night in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:04.68. She won her eighth race of the meet in the 100-meter individual medley in 57.75 after breaking the world record in prelims.

Hosszu took a bronze in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.14.

Hosszu has already earned $125,000 in prize money including $32,500 in Dubai and $50,000 in cluster bonuses which includes her world record cash.

South African Chad le Clos leads the men’s standings with $60,500 in total prize money including $6,000 won in Dubai and $50,000 in cluster bonuses.

The 25-year-old Hosszu is right on schedule two years out from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“It feels pretty good,” she said. “The amazing part is that last year and the year before, I would swim four races in an afternoon and I would get so tired that I was just so happy to get on the podium in some of them.

“Now, I’m like pretty close to the world record in all four of them, so it’s really amazing. I’m really happy that I can see that I’m improving and that what I am doing is right. We have a four-year plan since London to Rio and we are halfway there and it seems we are doing a pretty good job. I just have to stay focused and do the same things I’m doing right now.”

In other championship finals on Monday night:

Hungarian Gergo Kis won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:53.06. Kis came from behind to overtake early leader David Verraszto, also of Hungary, in the final 100 meters. Verraszto was second in 14:54.69.

Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won her third event of the meet in the 100-meter freestyle in 52.01. Aussie Marieke D’Cruz was second in 53.03. Dekker also won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.59.

Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:42.54.

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta won the 100-meter breaststroke in 57.11. Italian Fabio Scozzoli took silver in 57.40 and Marco Koch of Germany won the bronze in 57.42.

Series points leader Chad le Clos of South Africa won the 100-meter butterfly in 48.59 for his third win of the meet and just missing a world record. American Tom Shields took the silver in 49.00. Le Clos also won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:51.56.

American Eugene Godsoe won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.00

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:02.05.

American Josh Schneider continued his domination in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.11. Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad & Tobago took the silver in 21.31.

American Breeja Larson, competing her first season as a pro, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.02.

Germany’s Christian Diener won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:49.14. Shields took the silver in 1:51.92.

South Africa won the mixed 4×50-meter freestyle relay in 1:34.22. Schoeman led off with a 21.45 split that would have won a medal in the individual event.

The second leg of the series is Sept. 29-30 in Hong Kong and Oct. 4-5 in Moscow. The third and final cluster is Oct. 24-25 in Beijing, Oct. 28-29 in Tokyo and Nov. 1-2 in Singapore.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs


Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs

By Sharon Robb

August 31, 2014—University of Michigan-bound Emily Kopas is headed to college with a suitcase full of memories after an outstanding summer.

After winning her first junior national title in California, Kopas won her first major international medal on the final night of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Saturday night at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.47. She was the top U.S. finisher.

As expected, Japan’s 14-year-old sensation Runa Imai won the gold medal in 2:26.04 and teammate Manami Chida took silver in 2:28.47.

Kopas was the fourth fastest swimmer in morning prelims in 2:31.79.

U.S. teammate and Cornell-bound Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club, eighth-fastest qualifier in a best time 2:17.70, dropping from 2:21.77, finished eighth in the championship final in 2:18.45.

Canadian Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatics was the 12th fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.74. She scratched from the final to swim the 1500-meter freestyle which she finished seventh in 16:46.28.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, finished tenth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:07.09, bettering his previous best of 2:07.33.

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles, qualified 16th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.79 but was disqualified in the “B” final.

Gonzalez and Song An also were members of the seventh place 4×100-meter medley relay team that finished seven in 3:53.82. Song An led off the relay and Gonzalez swam third leg.

Team USA dominated the final night of pool competition late Saturday. U.S. swimmers won eight out of ten gold medals with Japan winning the other two gold medals.

Team USA finished with 478.50 points followed by Japan, 289; Australia, 258; Canada, 235.50; China, 80; New Zealand, 62; Mexico, 44; Fiji Islands, 18; and South Korea, 8.

American Andrew Seliskar was named Male Swimmer of the Meet for his junior world record-breaking 200-meter butterfly performance (1:55.92). Seliskar won four gold medals and one silver.

U.S. teammate Sierra Schmidt was awarded Female Swimmer of the Meet for her 800-meter freestyle swim (8:34.71). She also won the 1500-meter title in 16:26.81.

Team USA dominated the medal count, winning 47 of 62 available medals including 27 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez coached the girls’ team.

Japan was second with 21 medals (5 gold, 8 silver, 8 bronze).

In Saturday night’s other finals:

Michigan-bound Paul Powers broke the U.S. national age group record in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.20. The previous record of 22.22 was held by Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel since last summer.

American Ella Eastin won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.12. Teammate Kim Williams took bronze in 2:14.18.

Seliskar won another gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.81. Teammate Curtis Ogren took silver in 2:02.21.

American Amy Bilquist won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.04.

Japan’s Ryuya Mura won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.55.

Americans Townley Haas (8:00.99) and Liam Egan (8:04.06) finished one-two in the 800-meter freestyle.

The U.S. swept the men’s and women’s 400-meter medley relay.

In Sunday’s open water competition, American Brendan Casey won the gold medal in 1:58.00. Canadian Jon McKay took silver in 1:58.01 and Aussie Lachlan Colquhorn took bronze in 1:58.35.

Japan’s Yukimi Moriyama won the women’s race in 2 hours. Aussie Grace Hull was second in 2:03.13 and American Regan Kology was third in 2:03.25.

Pan Pacs Open Water

American Andrew Gemmell won the rescheduled men’s open water 10K title at the Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.

Gemmell covered the 6-loop, 1.66 kilometer triangle course in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 11 seconds. Aussie Jarrod Poort took silver in 1:52.12 and New Zealand’s Kane Radford took bronze in 1:52.13.

Haley Anderson made it a U.S. sweep winning the women’s gold medal in 1:59.51, just edging U.S. teammate Eva Fabian in 1:59.52. Aussie Chelsea Gubecka took the bronze in 1:59.54.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Still Golden At FINA World Cup In Dubai


By Sharon Robb

August 31, 2014—Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson won her third gold medal in less than a week at the FINA/Mastbank World Cup Sunday at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer from Jamaica won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.26 and pocketed $1,500.

Atkinson, the top-seed in the event, had no problem distancing herself from Americans Breeja Larson in 1:04.85 and Laura Sogar in 1:06.93.

Atkinson went out in 29.66 and slowed down in the back half in 33.60.

Atkinson was also sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.54, an event Katinka Hosszu broke her own world record in.

“It wasn’t a bad swim tonight,” said her longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson. “It was a race to get in better shape. She has a big day tomorrow.”

Earlier this past week, Atkinson swept the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events. On Monday, she has the 50-meter breaststroke, where she is seeded first and 100-meter individual medley, seeded second behind Katinka Hosszu, and 50-meter butterfly left to swim.

In the World Cup Series-opener in Doha, Atkinson won the 50- (29.12) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.79) events and pocketed $3,000 in prize money, $1,500 for each win. She also picked up bonus points for second best performance in the sprint breaststroke.

Atkinson is fourth on the prize money and points list with $4,500 and 54 points for the series opening cluster.

Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.79 finishing ahead of Americans Tom Shields (52.14) and Cody Miller (52.46).

Another Bolles swimmer, Carolina Colorado of Colombia, took the bronze in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.96.

The Hungarians dominated opening night action on Sunday.

Series points leader Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta broke world short course records and each picked up $10,000 in bonus money for a world record.

Hosszu has now collected $58,500 in three days. Gyurta leads the men’s earnings list with 14,500.

Hosszu, who broke three world records in Doha, came back and broke her own 200-meter individual medley record in 2:02.13, lowering her previous mark of 2:02.61 she set earlier this past week. She improved her backstroke and freestyle legs for the new record. American Caitlin Leverenz was second in 2:06.76.

Hosszu also won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:52.25, 50-meter backstroke in a national record 26.10 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.17, another Hungarian national record.

Gyurta broke his own world record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:00.48. His previous record was 2:00.67.

In other championship finals on Sunday:

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:04.88, off her world record of 7:59.34. There were only four swimmers in the timed final heat.

Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes flirted with the world record in the 400-meter individual medley before falling off WR pace but winning the gold in a meet record 3:58.69. The old meet record was 3:58.84. Fraser-Holmes also won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:38.22 ahead of Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic in 3:38.32.

South African Chad le Clos won the 100-meter freestyle in 46.24 and won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.02.

Roland Schoeman, also of South Africa, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.16. American Cody Miller took the bronze in 26.38.

Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.03. She was the only swimmer under 57 seconds. Dekker also won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.95.

Germany’s Christian Diener won the 100-meter backstroke in 50.10 overtaking early leader and American Eugene Godsoe who took the silver in 50.14.

American Tom Shields won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.19, just 11/100ths of a second off his American record he set in Doha.

The meet has a field of 235 swimmers from 38 countries. The Dubai stop is the second and last of Cluster One of the FINA World Cup series.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Bovell, Other Elite Swimmers In Dubai For FINA World Cup Second Leg


By Sharon Robb

August 30, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Golden Girl will resume her medal quest Sunday at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will try and add to her medal haul during the second leg of the FINA/Mastbank World Cup.

Atkinson, winner of two gold medals in Doha earlier this week, will compete in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley.

In the series-opener, Atkinson won the 50- (29.12) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.79) events and pocketed $3,000 in prize money, $1,500 for each win. She also picked up bonus points and prize money for second best performance in the sprint breaststroke.

On Sunday, Atkinson is the top seed among a 14-swimmer field in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.91, more than 3 seconds ahead of Americans Laura Sogar and Breeja Larson. She is also seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.94, nearly 2 seconds ahead of Sogar. She is seeded second behind Hosszu in the 100-meter individual medley in 58.42.

Bolles’ Carolina Colorado of Colombia will also compete in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events. She won two bronze medals and $1,000 in Doha.

Heading the field is Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who broke three short course world records and a suitcase-full of medals of every color. She won ten medals including seven gold.

“I am excited to be back in Dubai,” the Iron Lady said. “I’m happy with how I went in Doha but I want to set more world records. I’m feeling good.

“I missed a couple of world records in Doha so I hope to get them here,” Hosszu said.

Others in the field are South African Chad le Clos, Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli and Gergo Kis of Hungary, Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad & Tobago.

It is the fourth time Dubai will host the World Cup Series. A field of 235 swimmers from 38 countries will compete over two days.

The Dubai stop is the second and last of Cluster One of the FINA World Cup three-cluster series.

In other World Cup news, the Guinness Book of World records recognized the United Arab Emirates Al Jasmi brothers, the night before the Dubai meet.

The four brothers Obaid, Saeed, Bakheet and Faisal, competed on the 400-meter freestyle relay together at the 2010 World Short Course Championships in Dubai, a first in swimming. It was the first time a full set of brothers competed on the same relay at a world championship.

The foursome finished 14th out of 15 teams in 3:35.72.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Clearwater’s Aitchison Takes Bronze; Kopas, Evdokimov Make “A” Final At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 30, 2014—After just missing two medals, Canadian Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatics won her first major international medal Friday night at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Aitchison won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:11.16. She lowered her previous best time of 4:13.33. Aitchison qualified sixth in morning prelims in 4:15.42.

In the final women’s event of the night, Aitchison anchored her country’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay that finished fourth in 3:45.79.

Aitchison is having a good meet for Canada. She just missed a medal in the 200-meter freestyle placing fourth in a lifetime-best 2:00.81. She was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.90, another lifetime-best.

Aitchison also qualified for the 100-meter freestyle “B” final (57.91) and 400-meter individual medley “A” final (4:55.08) but scratched for her team in order to swim the 800-meter freestyle relay where she swam leadoff for the relay that finished in 8:12.75.

In Saturday morning prelims, Aitchison was the 12th fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 26.74, dropping from 26.84 and will swim the “B” final. Aitchison is also the fifth seed in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Also in morning prelims, Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Emily Kopas was the fourth fastest swimmer in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.79 and will swim late Saturday night in the “A” final. She was the second U.S. qualifier.

U.S. teammate Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club also made the “A” final, qualifying eighth in a best time 2:17.70, dropping from 2:21.77.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, finished eighth in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.71, another lifetime-best. He qualified in 55.03, lowering his previous best of 55.24.

It was Gonzalez second appearance in the championship finals.

Gonzalez also qualified for the 100-meter backstroke final on opening night in 58.71 and finished eighth in finals in 58.04.

Both Song An and Gonzalez were members of Mexico’s seventh place 4×100-meter freestyle relay team (3:30.82).

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles was sixth in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:04.37. Song An had qualified sixth in morning in a then lifetime-best 2:04.66, bettering his previous best time of 2:05.25.

In Thursday’s prelims, Song An was 18th in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.25. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle which finished seventh in 7:53.56.

In Saturday’s prelims, Gonzalez qualified tenth and Song An 16th in the 200-meter individual medley.

In Friday night’s finals,

American Courtney Harnish overtook early leader Tamsin Cook of Australia to win the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:09.36, dropping from 4:12.20. Cook took silver in 4:10.91.

Liam Egan of Team USA, winner of the 1500 freestyle on opening night, won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:52.59. He moved ahead of China’s early leader Li Yongwei. American Aidan Burns took silver in 3:53.10 and Aussie Joshua Parrish won bronze in 3:53.85.

Top-seed Suzuka Hasegawa of Japan won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.91. Aussie Christina Licciardi took silver in 59.36 and Japan’s Rikako Ikee took the bronze in 59.50.

American Alex Valente won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.60, just missing the junior world record. U.S. teammate Andrew Seliskar was second in 53.14 and New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby was third in 53.81.

Japan’s Rio Shirai and Rika Yuhara went one-two in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.67 and 2:12.51 respectively. Korea’s Dalin Lee took the brone in 2:13.24.

Americans Connor Green and Corey Okubo went one-two in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.60 and 2:01.17. Canadian Markus Thormeyer took the bronze in 2:01.55.

The Aussie women and U.S. men won the 4×100-meter freestyle relays.

The five-day meet continues late Saturday night with the final schedule for pool events. The 10K open water events are Sunday. The Pan Pacific Championships open water events will also be held after being postponed in Australia because of bad weather condition.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Finals are 11 p.m. east coast time. The open water events begin 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Swim FTL’s Kopas Wins “B” Final; Azura’s Gonzalez, Clearwater’s Aitchison, Bolles Song An Make Finals At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 29, 2014—It was a great day for Florida swimmers in the international spotlight at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale, competing in her first major international meet for Team USA, won the “B” final of the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.35, lowering her seed time of 1:09.94. Her time would have placed her fourth in the championship final.

Kopas was fourth fastest qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke in prelims but was dropped into the “B” final after two of her teammates, Lilly King and Jorie Caneta, qualified first and third respectively. Only the top two from each country qualifies for the championship finals. King (1:07.98 meet record) and Caneta (1:08.68) finished 1-2 in the finals late Thursday night.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, qualified for the 100-meter backstroke final on opening night in 58.71 and finished eighth in finals in 58.04.

On Friday morning, Gonzalez qualified for his second final in the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 55.03, lowering his previous best of 55.24.

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles qualified sixth in Friday morning’s prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 2:04.66, bettering his previous best time of 2:05.25.

In Thursday’s prelims, Song An was 18th in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.25. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle which finished seventh in 7:53.56.

Canada’s Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatic Team (CAT) just missed a medal in the 200-meter freestyle placing fourth in a lifetime-best 2:00.81. She was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.90, another lifetime-best.

Aitchison also qualified for the 100-meter freestyle “B” final (57.91) and 400-meter individual medley “A” final (4:55.08) but scratched in order to compete for the 800-meter freestyle relay. Aitchison swam leadoff leg for the relay that finished in 8:12.75.

On Friday morning, Aitchison qualified sixth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:15.42.

In Thursday’s night finals, Team USA continued its assault in the medal race winning seven of eight gold medals for the second consecutive night.

After the first two days, Team USA has 14 of 16 gold medals, six of 16 silver and five of 16 bronze medals. No other team is even close to the Americans.

In the girls’ 100-meter freestyle, Aussie Shayna Mack came from behind to win in 54.82 ahead of China’s Menghu Zhu.

In the boys’ 100-meter freestyle, Paul Powers and Blake Pieroni went one-two in the final for Team USA and teammate Townley Haas went best-time 49.55 in the “B” final to earn the anchor leg assignment on the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Connor Hoppe of Team USA won the boys 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.68. He was fifth at the turn but negative split 29.49 on the final 50.

U.S. team captain Ella Eastin won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:43.13. She led from wire-to-wire.

In the boys 400-meter individual medley, Andrew Seliskar and Curtis Ogren finished one-two in the final. Seliskar won in a best time 4:16.05 followed by Ogren in a best time 4:17.70. Team USA also swept the top two places in the “B” final with Sean Grieshop and Corey Okubo.

Team USA swept the girls and boys 4×200-meter freestyle relays.

The five-day meet continues late Friday night.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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