SOFLO MAKES SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AT MARE NOSTRUM SERIES OPENER IN MONACO

SOFLO MAKES SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AT MARE NOSTRUM SERIES OPENER IN MONACO


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Led by two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, South Florida Aquatic Club made a successful international debut Saturday on the opening day of the 2010 Mare Nostrum Tour stop in Monaco.

Against a world-class field, Polyakov of Kazakhstan finished fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 12.55 seconds.

His splits were 30.21 (50 meters), 1:04.05 (100 meters) and 1:37.94 (150 meters).

“Vlad is back,” said a pleased SOFLO coach Michael Lohberg. “He looked awesome. That is one of his best times in a long time. He is back on the same level with the best. I am very happy.”

Going into the race, Polyakov was seeded 13th with a time of 2:13.51.

Polyakov, expected to move up in the world rankings, was also second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.16 after the quarterfinal round of the two-day meet in Monaco. Russia’s Stanislav Lakhtyukhov was top seed in 28.13.

U.S. Olympian Eric Shanteau knocked off favorite Kosuke Kitajima of Japan to win the 200 breaststroke in 2:11.51 to 2:12.17. This year’s world-leading time is 2:09.21 by Japan’s Ryo Tateishi.

Shanteau was a second off his fourth-ranked season-best time of 2:10.59 he swam in Charlotte last month. Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta was third in 2:12.23.

Two other SOFLO swimmers also fared well on opening day.

Leo Andara of Venezuela was sixth in the B final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:09.25. His splits were 27.95 (50 meters), 1:01.92 (100 meters) and 1:38.01 (150 meters).

Marco Camargo of Ecuador was tenth in the preliminaries of the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.71. His splits were 29.07 (50 meters), 1:00.95 (100 meters) and 1:34.20 (150 meters).

In other Saturday action two swimmers set meet records.

American Rebecca Soni, ranked second in the world, set a meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.53. Russia’s Yulia Efimova was second in 1:07.24.

Camille Lacourt of France broke a meet record in the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 53.97. Olympic gold medalist Aaron Piersol was second in 55.21.

Other winners were:

Canada’s Brent Hayden, ranked fourth in the world, in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.18 while favorite Alain Barnard of France settled for a B final win in 49.84; Camille Muffat won the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:58 and became only the ninth swimmer in the world this year to swim 1:58; Markus Rogan of Austria won the 200 individual medley in 1:59.77 and Shanteau was second in 2:01.05; American Dana Vollmer won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.91; Canadian 16-year-old Sinead Russell won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.93; and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, who has trained in South Florida, won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.80.

Over a 10-day span, swimmers will compete in Monaco, Barcelona and Canet for prize money. For many it is a chance to face world-class competition without the pressure of the Olympic stage. It is also a training gauge for the upcoming Pan Pacific Championships, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and FINA World Championships later this year.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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