Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Fourth Place On Day 5 Of Southern Zone Championships

Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, Florida Gold Coast All-Stars In Fourth Place On Day 5 Of Southern Zone Championships

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WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 31, 2010

After five meets in the last six weeks, South Florida Aquatic Club head coach Michael Lohberg said “now it’s time to take a break and take a breath.”

SOFLO’s eight All-Star swimmers that represented the Florida Gold Coast during the week-long USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships, will now get a much-deserved two to three week break to recharge their batteries before getting ready for the fall season.

Swimming more for fun than time in his last race of the summer, Luke Torres was SOFLO’s top finisher on Saturday night.

On the fifth and final night of the pool events at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Torres, 16, finished tenth in the 15-18 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.18. Torres was seeded ninth after swimming 2:11.89 in prelims.

With only the open water events remaining on Sunday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Canoe, Kayak and Rowing venue in Gainesville, Ga., the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team was in fourth place with 279 points.

Florida Swimming was leading the Georgia Zone Team, 449.5-441. North Carolina Swimming is third with 357 points.

The open water event distances are 2-miles for 15-18, 1.5 miles for 13-14 and one mile for 11-12.

Also on Saturday night, four other SOFLO swimmers—Stephanie Campo, Brandon Goldman, Marco Hosfeld and Diego Rodriguez–turned in career-best times to finish a successful summer season.

“I think the meet was worthwhile especially for the people who were prepared for it,” Lohberg said. “We had in the last six weeks five meets. That was a very full schedule.

“Luke swam four big meets in a row and the gas tank is empty now which is perfectly fine,” Lohberg said. “The last three months he dropped three seconds in the 100 fly. He had quite a remarkable season. Now it’s time to take a break.”

For the SOFLO All-Stars, the trip was worthwhile and a good experience, Lohberg said.

“It was a little disappointing to see not all the Florida Gold Coast teams support this meet,” Lohberg said. “It was worth it for us. It was a nice trip for the kids at the end of the season.

“I do think if the Florida Gold Coast sends people to this meet they need to be prepared or they shouldn’t go,” Lohberg said. “It’s an honor and we want to be at our best at this meet. Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out for us. It turned out much better than I thought. I thought our kids would struggle a little, but they did a real nice job.”

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Tyla Martin, 13, 15th in the girls’ 13-14 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.57.

Steph Campo, 12, 17th in the girls’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle in a career-best 29.68. Her previous best was 30.08.

Marco Hosfeld, 14, 19th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:20.45. His previous best was 2:21.12. He was also 29th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.44.

Emma Lincoln, 14, 22nd in the 13-14 50-meter freestyle in 29.24.

Brandon Goldman, 15, 30th in the 15-18 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:19.15. His previous best was 2:20.22. He was also 28th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:22.76.

Diego Rodriguez, 12, 33rd   in the 50-meter freestyle in a career-best 30.60.

Anne Kuczynski, 15, 40th in the 15-18 200-meter individual medley in 2:36.88.

The FGC team was scheduled to arrive Sunday night at the Palm Beach International Airport at 10:45 p.m.

Individual Southern Zone champions were:

GIRLS

Nancy Hu, 12, Florida Swimming, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:27.40, career-best.

Caty Hulsey, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:24.27, career-best.

Ashley Reid, 17, Florida Swimming, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:22.87, career-best.

Brooke Bauer, 12, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 27.26, career-best.

Caitlin Cooper, 14, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 27.00, career-best.

Kaitlyn Dressel, 17, Florida Swimming, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 27.02, career-best.

Haley McInerny, 12, Georgia Zone Team, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 29.69, career-best.

Taylor Weiss, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:20.64, career-best.

Lydia Jones, 15, Georgia Zone Team, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:19.37, career-best.

BOYS

Tyler Silver, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:22.53, career-best.

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:07.03, career-best.

Evandro Silva, 18, Florida Gold Coast, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:08.88, career-best.

Preston Padden, 12, West Virginia Zone Team, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 26.08, career-best.

Caeleb Dressel, 13, Florida Swimming, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 24.96, career-best.

Austin Butler, 18, Louisiana Zone Team, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 24.14, career-best.

Tyler Silver, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 27.82, career-best.

Jimmy Yoder, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.17, career-best.

Christian Carbone, 16, Southeastern Swimming, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:06.36, career-best.

Other Florida Gold Coast All-Star finishers were:

Quinn Cassidy, 14, second, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:13.24; third, 50-meter freestyle, 25.09, career-best.

Daniel Spas, 15, third, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 24.40.

Austin Manganiello, 17, third, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.97, career-best.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, fourth, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:10.60, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, sixth, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:32.34, career-best.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, sixth, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 30.62, career-best.

Isa Paez, 14, sixth, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:26.72, career-best.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, seventh, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:14.43, career-best.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, ninth, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:12.72.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 11th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 28.42.

Evandro Silva, 18, 11th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:12.39.

Digby Nothard, 14, 11th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:18.68.

Megan Moroney, 13, 12th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:29.72.

John Floyd, 14, 13th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 26.26, career-best.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 14th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.04, career-best.

Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, 14th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 25.16.

Megan Moroney, 13, 15th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:35.00.

Arianna Noya, 13, 16th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:30.92.

Derek Chait, 15, 16th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:14.12, career-best.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, 17th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.09.

Annie Valls, 14, 17th, 13-14 200-meter butterfly, 2:40.19.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 19th, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 32.38, equals career-best.

Nicolas Medina, 12, 20th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:38.78.

Michael Christian, 17, 20th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:16.74, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, 20th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.75.

Digby Nothard, 14, 20th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 26.65.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, 24th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:40.86.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, 24th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 25.72.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 24th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:24.93, career-best.

Vicky Ho, 17, 24th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.51.

Carlotta Verita, 12, 25th, 50-meter butterfly, 32.76.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, 25th, 15-18 200-meter butterfly, 2:20.48.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 26th, 50-meter butterfly, 32.88.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 26th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:32.41.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 26th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.84.

Hank Contich, 12, 27th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 29.90.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 27th, 13-14, 200-meter butterfly, 2:35.82.

Jessie Randolph, 15, 27th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 28.71, career-best.

Carlotta Verita, 12, 27th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:41.91.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 27th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:26.30.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 27th, 13-14 50-meter freestyle, 27.30.

Tanner Fuller, 12, 29th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.37, career-best.

Derek Chait, 15, 29th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:19.14.

Alex Cronin, 12, 30th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.46, career-best.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 32nd, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 34.10.

Julio Horrego, 11, 33rd, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:46.27.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 33rd, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:34.06, career-best.

Alex Cronin, 12, 33rd, 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 33.98.

Brittany Hammond, 15, 36th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:35.18.

Julio Horrego, 11, 37th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 30.89.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 37th, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 29.28, career-best.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 37th, 11-12 200-meter individual medley, 2:45.05.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 39th, 15-18 200-meter individual medley, 2:36.39.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 40th, 11-12 50-meter freestyle, 31.06.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 43rd, 15-18 50-meter freestyle, 29.46, career-best.

Annie Valls, 14, 44th, 13-14 200-meter individual medley, 2:41.09.

Amanda Montesino, 17, 51st, 200-meter individual medley, 2:44.92.

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SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski Takes Silver At Canadian Nationals

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski Takes Silver At Canadian Nationals


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Canadian Olympic hopeful Caroline Kuczynski won her first-ever silver medal at the Canadian Long Course Summer National Championships in Victoria, British Columbia.

Kuczynski, 19, a sophomore at Arizona State University, finished second in the 50-meter butterfly in a career-best 27.29 seconds at Sannich Commonwealth Place.

Kuczynski was the fourth fastest qualifier in morning prelims in 27.75. Her previous career-best was 27.65.

She was also fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.51, another career-best time. She was fifth fastest qualifier in prelims in 1:01.10. Her previous best was 1:00.63.

The Summer Nationals are the second qualifying chance for Canadian swimmers to earn selection for the Pan Pacific Championships which is the selection meet for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.

Kuczynski has been home for the summer training at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex after her freshman year at ASU where she is majoring in psychology.

At ASU, Kuczynski competed in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles and 100 and 200 butterfly events. She swam two season-bests at the Pac-10 Championships in the 500 freestyle (4:51.44) and 100 butterfly (53.71).

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Campo, Hosfeld Make Finals With Career-Best Swims On Day Four Of Southern Zone Championships

Campo, Hosfeld Make Finals With Career-Best Swims On Day Four Of Southern Zone Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Stephanie Campo and Marco Hosfeld of the South Florida Aquatic Club took another step in the right direction Friday night at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Championships.

Campo and Hosfeld swam career-best times in their respective events and were SOFLO’s top finishers on Day Four at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Hosfeld had two time drops in the boys’ 13-14 400-meter freestyle to finish fifth against a fast field.

Hosfeld bettered his previous best of 4:19.62 in morning prelims in 4:15.80, the sixth fastest time, and came back in finals to swim faster in 4:13.85.

“That’s moving,” said SOFLO head coach Michael Lohberg. “That was awesome. His splits were great. He does things well with instinct.”

Campo, 12, swam back-to-back career-bests to finish ninth in the girls’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle. She bettered her previous best of 1:03.12 in morning prelims in 1:03.10 and came back to swim faster in finals in 1:02.50.

Campo also led off the Florida Gold Coast’s 11-12 200-meter medley relay that finished sixth in 2:10.16. Other relay members were Carlotta Verita, 12, Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, and Rose Smiddy, 11.

Campo was also 14th in the girls’ 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:12.85, just off her 1:12.21 career-best.

Emma Lincoln, 14, just missed making her second championship final in two days. Lincoln finished 11th and was first alternate in the 400-meter freestyle in a career-best time of 4:39.90. Her previous best was 4:49.08.

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Brandon Goldman, 15, 19th in the 15-18 100-meter backstroke in a career-best 1:03.75. His previous best was 1:03.89.

Diego Rodriguez, 12, 22nd in the 11-12 100-meter breaststroke in 1:28.54 and 52nd in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:09.24.

Tyla Martin, 13, 26th in the 13-14 100-meter backstroke in 1:12.28.

Anne Kuczynski, 15, 25th in the 15-18 100-meter breaststroke in 1:20.65 and 35th in the 15-18 100-meter backstroke in a career-best 1:14.05.

Luke Torres, 15, 27th in the 15-18 100-meter breaststroke in a career-best 1:11.27. His previous best was 1:11.36.

Florida Gold Coast won the boys 15-18 200-meter medley relay in 1:48.32 with Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, Andrew Smiddy, 18, Evandro Silva, 18, and Daniel Spas, 15.

With two days remaining, the Georgia Zone Team has a slim lead over Florida Swimming, 360-357.5. Florida Gold Coast Swimming is fourth with 221 points.

Individual Southern Zone champions were:

GIRLS

11-12 100-meter backstroke: No information available on official website.

Caitlin Cooper, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.25, career-best.

Konnor Rist, 16, Team Kentucky, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.14, career-best.

Annie Kyriakidis, 11, Southeastern Swimming, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:15.90, career-best.

Katie Christy, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:15.10, career-best.

Katie Evans, 16, Georgia Zone Team, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:14.32, career-best.

Brooke Bauer, 12, Team Kentucky, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.39, career-best.

Caty Hulsey, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:24.92, career-best.

Rachel Harrington, 17, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:24.28, career-best.

11-12 200-meter medley relay: Kentucky, 2:05.47.

13-14 200-meter medley relay: Georgia Zone Team, 2:02.28.

15-18 200-meter medley relay: Georgia Zone Team, 2:01.34.

BOYS

11-12 100-meter backstroke: No information available on official website’s live results.

Isaac Klinger, 14, North Carolina Swimming, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:00.93, career-best.

John Michael Moore, 17, Louisiana, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 59.25, career-best.

Christian Lam, 12, North Carolina Swimming, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:12.35, career-best.

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Georgia Zone Team, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:05.31, career-best.

Colin Babcock, 18, Louisiana Zone Team, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.01, career-best.

Preston Padden, 12, West Virginia Zone Team, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 555.45, career-best.

Alex Katz, 14, Florida Swimming, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:02.25, career-best.

Justin Kaisrlik, 16, Florida Swimming. 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:04.57, career-best.

11-12 200-meter medley relay: North Carolina Swimming, 2:00.83.

13-14 200-meter medley relay: Georgia Zone Team, 1:51.64.

15-18 200-meter medley relay: Florida Gold Coast, 1:48.32.

Other Florida Gold Coast All-Star finishers were:

FGC girls 13-14 200-meter medley relay (Megan Moroney, Annie Valls, Isa Paez, Zoie Balthazar), second, 2:03.01.

Quinn Cassidy, 14, second, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:07.37, career-best.

Evandro Silva, 18, second, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.11, career-best.

Megan Moroney, 13, third, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:06.03, career-best.

Michael Christian, 17, fourth, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:00.41, career-best.

Carlotta Verita, 12, fourth, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:19.17, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, fourth, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:01.89, career-best.

FGC boys 13-14 200-meter medley relay (Alejandro Vassallo, Quinn Cassidy, Digby Nothard, John Floyd), fourth, 1:54.35.

Gaby Garcia, 16, fifth, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:15.18, career-best.

Samuel Smiddy, 16, fifth, 15-18 400-meter freestyle in 4:08.14, career-best.

Austin Manganiello, 17, sixth, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:01.29.

FGC girls 15-18 200-meter medley relay (Jessica Nederlanden, Gaby Garcia, Sivan Fraiman, Vicky Ho), seventh, 2:05.35.

Brittany Hammond, 15, seventh, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:30.96, career-best.

FGC boys 11-12 200-meter medley relay (Nicolas Medina, Jonathan Farah, Tanner Fuller, Hank Contich), eighth, 2:11.73.

Annie Valls, 14, eighth, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:17.97.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, ninth, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:08.45, career-best.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, tenth, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:08.37.

Austin Manganiello, 17, tenth, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:15.76.

Daniel Spas, 15, 11th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:01.78, career-best.

Isa Paez, 14, 12th, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:40.10.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 13th, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.40.

Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, 13th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:02.53.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 13th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:20.84.

Nicolas Medina, 12, 13th, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:01.46.

Nicolas Medina, 12, 14th, 11-12 100-meter backstroke, 1:11.86.

Arianna Noya, 13, 15th, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:21.82.

Derek Chait, 15, 15th, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:15.23, career-best.

Julio Horrego, 11, 16th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:23.07.

Arianna Noya, 13, 16th, 13-14 400-meter freestyle 4:43.22.

Vicky Ho, 17, 16th, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:36.00.

Hank Contich, 12, 17th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:24.67, equals career-best.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 18th, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:16.77.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, 19th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:24.67.

Digby Nothard, 14, 19th, 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, 1:16.84, career-best.

Vicky Ho, 17, 20th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:10.37, career-best.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 20th, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:19.13, career-best.

Amanda Montesino, 17, 21st, 15-18 400-meter freestyle, 4:41.31.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, 22nd, 13-14 400-meter freestyle, 4:27.11.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 23rd, 11-12 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.49.

Daniel Spas, 15, 23rd, 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 1:10.69.

Rose Smiddy, 11, 24th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:25.99, career-best.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 26th, 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, 1:27.24.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 28th, 11-12 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.23.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 29th, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.63.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 33rd, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:13.81, career-best.

John Floyd, 14, 34th, 13-14 100-meter backstroke, 1:14.09.

Jessie Randolph, 15, 37th, 15-18 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.54, career-best.

Tanner Fuller, 12, 45th, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:06.97.

Hank Contich, 12, 47th, 11-12 100-meter freestyle, 1:07.56.

The pool events conclude today with the 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 200 butterfly events. The open water event is Sunday.

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Emma Lincoln SOFLO’s Top Finisher In Career-Best Swims On Day Three Of Southern Zone Championships

Emma Lincoln SOFLO’s Top Finisher In Career-Best Swims On Day Three Of Southern Zone Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Two years ago, Emma Lincoln went to her first USA Swimming Southern Zone Championships for experience.

This time around the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer was looking for more. The 14-year-old got just that on Thursday.

Lincoln swam back-to-back career-bests and made her first zone final in the 100-meter freestyle on Day Three of the Southern Zone Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Lincoln swam a career-best 1:00.96 in morning prelims, bettering her previous best and seed time of 1:02.41 to qualify for the championship final. She came back and swam faster in finals to better her career-best in 1:00.29 and finish eighth among a fast field.

The Florida Gold Coast All-Star zone team member was SOFLO’s top finisher during a fast night of swimming.

“This is really a big stepping stone for me,” Lincoln said after the race. “Hopefully, my next step will be junior nationals and nationals.”

Unlike many of her teammates, Lincoln was tapered for the meet but even she was surprised with her swims.

“I didn’t really expect to make finals,” Lincoln said. “Before I swam I tried to find a psych sheet to see what I was seeded and to see how fast I had to swim but I couldn’t find one.

“I went in there knowing I would have to drop a lot of time to get into finals,” Lincoln said. “I wanted to try and get as close to 59 to make it in. I swam my best in prelims and I dropped enough time to get in.

“For finals I was excited. The adrenalin got me going. I am extremely happy. It is really cool to make it into finals.”

Having the experience of one zone meet under her belt, helped Lincoln’s confidence.

“I knew what to expect,” Lincoln said. “This time I really wanted to make finals and go best times. This time I was also tapered like it was my big meet for the season.

“Two years ago, it was JOs that was my big meet and I just went to zones for fun. I wasn’t on my game as much back then. This meet I was a lot more prepared. Michael (Lohberg) had me nice and prepared.”

The six-day meet features some of the fastest swimmers in the region and is the last major long course meet before junior and senior nationals in Irvine, Calif. next month.

“The competition is extremely fast,” Lincoln said. “There are so many fast times being set. It is really difficult to make finals. You really have to swim fast to make finals.”

Lincoln has the 50- and 400-meter freestyle events and open water swim left to swim.

Lincoln is a natural athlete. She has been swimming since age 8. A former basketball and soccer player, ballet and tap dancer, Lincoln discovered that her passion is swimming.

“I do get motivated when I do well,” Lincoln said. “I think my hard work got me here and I know if I work even harder I can possibly make nationals eventually.”

Lincoln plans to take two weeks off to visit family and friends in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before returning to her Weston home to get ready for school at Cypress Bay and high school and club swimming.

“This has probably been one of my bigger meets,” Lincoln said. “I made finals at a really fast meet and I am happy with my performance. It’s really been a fun meet. Everyone is getting along great.”

Five other SOFLO swimmers also swam career-best times. Other SOFLO finishers were:

Marco Hosfeld, 14, 11th in the 13-14 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 56.43, bettering his previous best of 56.65.

Steph Campo, 12, 13th in the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a career-best 4:47.47, bettering her previous best of 4:49.86. She was also 15th in the 11-12 50-meter backstroke in 33.75.

Luke Torres, 16, 20th in the 15-18 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 55.51. His previous best was 55.62. His swam the first 50-meters was 28.51.

Brandon Goldman, 15, 21st, 15-18 200-meter backstroke, 2:18.35.

Tyla Martin, 13, 22nd, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:33.02.

Diego Rodriguez, 12, tied for 41st in the 11-12 50-meter backstroke in a career-best 37.59. His previous best was 38.00.

Anne Kuczynski, 15, 45th, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.63, career-best. Her previous best was 1:04.53.

The Florida Gold Coast All-Star Zone team won another individual event on Thursday night. Daniel Spas, 15, won the boys’ 15-18 100-meter freestyle in 52.77, his second career-best of the day. He was the fastest qualifier in morning prelims in 52.86, bettering his previous career-best of 53.55.

Individual Southern Zone champions were:

GIRLS

Michelle Turek, 13, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 58.43, career-best.

Kaitlyn Dressel, 17, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 58.65, career-best.

Asia Seidt, 12, 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 32.00, career-best.

Ashley Leclair, 14, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:20.25, career-best.

Lily Tang, 15, 15-18 200-meter backstroke, 2:19.32, career-best.

Carly Straight, 12, 11-12 400-meter freestyle, 4:34.27, career-best.

Caty Hulsey, 14, Zones Georgia, 13-14 400-meter individual medley, 5:02.01, career-best.

Savannah Napier, 17, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 4:57.84, career-best.

BOYS

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Zones Georgia, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 53.46, career-best.

Daniel Spas, 15, Gold Coast, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 52.77, career-best.

Ethan Young, 12, 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 29.75, career-best.

Alex Katz, 14, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:09.38, career-best.

Thomas Nguyen, 18, 15-18-meter backstroke, 2:08.14, career-best.

Preston Padden, 12, 11-12 400-meter freestyle, 4:24.96, career-best.

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Zones Georgia, 13-14 400-meter individual medley, 4:34.78, career-best.

Christian Carbone, 16, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 4:32.65, career-best.

Other Florida Gold Coast All-Star finishers were:

Samuel Smiddy, 16, second, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 4:36.52, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, third, 11-12 400-meter freestyle, 4:38.97, career-best.

Quinn Cassidy, 14, third, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:11.82, career-best.

Nicolas Medina, 12, fourth, 11-12 400-meter freestyle, 4:27.62, career-best.

Megan Moroney, 13, fourth, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:22.60, career-best.

Michael Christian, 17, fourth, 15-18 200-meter backstroke, 2:09.42, career-best.

Evandro Silva, 18, sixth, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 4:41.32.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, ninth, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 4:48.44.

Austin Manganiello, 17, ninth, 15-18 200-meter backstroke, 2:13.82, career-best.

Quinn Cassidy, 14, 10th, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 57.86.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, tenth, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 1:01.12.

Arianna Noya, 13, 11th, 13-14 400-meter individual medley, 5:18.94.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, 12th, 13-14 400-meter individual medley, 4:56.23, career-best.

Isa Paez, 14, 13th, 13-14 400-meter individual medley, 5:21.57.

Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, 13th, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 54.95.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, 13th, 15-18 200-meter backstroke, 2:26.61.

Brittany Hammond, 15, 16th, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 5:20.64.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 16th, 11-12 400-meter freestyle, 4:50.35, career-best.

Alex Cronin, 12, 16th, 11-12 400-meter freestyle, 4:54.21, career-best.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, 16th, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:21.09.

Vicky Ho, 17, 18th, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.84.

Jessie Randolph, 15, 19th, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.86, career-best.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 19th, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 5:26.07.

Jonathan Farah, 12, 19th, 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 34.12.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 19th, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:22.58.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 20th, 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 34.07, career-best.

John Floyd, 14, 22nd, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 58.03.

Michael Christian, 17, 24th, 100-meter freestyle, 55.60.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 25th, 15-18 400-meter individual medley, 5:56.72.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 25th, 13-14 400-meter individual medley, 5:11.23.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 25th, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 58.37, career-best.

Tanner Fuller, 12, 26th, 11-12 400-meter freestyle, 5:06.10, career-best.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 27th, 15-18 200-meter backstroke, 2:43.33.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, 29th, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 1:01.70.

Hank Contich, 12, 31st, 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 35.55, career-best.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 33rd, 13-14 200-meter backstroke, 2:38.48.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 39th, 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 38.86 career-best.

Julio Horrego, 11, 41st, 11-12 50-meter backstroke, 37.59.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 41st, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.25, career-best.

Annie Valls, 14, 41st, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 1:04.22, career-best.

Amanda Montesino, 17, 43rd, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.28.

Digby Nothard, 14, 48th, 13-14 100-meter freestyle, 1:02.32.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 59th, 15-18 100-meter freestyle, 1:05.53, career-best.

The six-day meet continues today with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Friday events are 200-meter butterfly, 50-meter butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter medley relay.

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Luke Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, FGC Sweeps On Day Two Southern Zones Championships

Luke Torres Top SOFLO Finisher, FGC Sweeps On Day Two Southern Zones Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Luke Torres was the top finisher for the South Florida Aquatic Club Wednesday night in the Southern Zone Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Torres, 16, a member of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star Zone Team, was touched out by FGC teammate Evandro Silva, 18, in the 100-meter butterfly in a career-best swim of 56.38.

Torres, the top seed after morning prelims, finished second in 56.78, off his career-best of 56.66 accomplished at last week’s Senior Championships.

Torres was leading at the 50-meter mark, 29.56-29.97.

It was an Florida Gold Coast sweep with Andres Reyes-Capo, 16, placing third in 57.83, also a career-best.

Other SOFLO swimmers turned in career-best times in the biggest meet of their young careers. The field features most of the fastest swimmers in USA Swimming’s southern zone.

Marco Hosfeld, 14, finished sixth in the boys’ 13-14 200-meter freestyle in a career-best 1:58.84. He first bettered his previous best of 2:01.37 in morning prelims in 1:59.22 and came back to swim faster in finals.

Steph Campo, 12, was eighth in the girls’ 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a career-best 2:14.78. She bettered her previous best time of 2:17.49 in prelims in 2:15.07 and swam faster at night.

Anne Kuczynski, 15, was ninth in the girls’ 15-18 200-meter breaststroke in 2:47.41. Kuczynski bettered her previous career-best of 2:49.54 in morning prelims in 2:46.58.

SOFLO’s Emma Lincoln, 14, finished 12th in the girls 13-14 200-meter freestyle in a career-best 2:11.71 and was second alternate for the finals. Lincoln was also 23rd in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.58.

Also in the 200 freestyle, teammate Tyla Martin, 13, was 14th in a career-best 2:12.19. Her previous best was 2:14.22. It was her second age group meet competing as a 13-year-old after aging-up.

Brandon Goldman, 15, was 49th in the 15-18 100-meter butterfly in a career-best 1:03.15.

Also in the 100 butterfly, FGC All-Stars Daniel Spas, 15, and Austin Manganiello, 17, were both disqualified in their heats.

Individual Southern Zone champions were:

GIRLS

Carly Straight, 12, Tennessee, 11-12 200-meter freestyle, 2:11.54, career-best.

Michelle Turek, 13, Florida Swimming, 13-14 200-meter freestyle, 2:06.17, career-best.

Lillian Gordy, 17, North Carolina, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:06.37, career-best.

Alicia Finnigan, 12, Gulf Coast, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:05.15, career-best.

Taylor Weiss, 14, Zones Georgia, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.90, career-best.

Angela Algee, 15, Florida Swimming, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:03.20, career-best.

Annie Kyriakidis, 11, SES Southeast, 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, 35.11, career-best.

Sydney Pickrem, 13, Florida Swimming, 13-14 200-meter breaststroke, 2:39.86, career-best.

Ashley Reid, 17, Florida Swimming, 15-18 200-meter breaststroke, 2:39.48, career-best.

BOYS

Preston Padden, 12, West Virginia, 11-12 200-meter freestyle, 2:08.95, career-best.

Jimmy Yoder, 14, Zones Georgia, 13-14 200-meter freestyle, 1:54.88, career-best.

Ty Rocca, 15, Florida Swimming, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 1:55.18, career-best.

Christian Lam, 12, North Carolina, 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, 33.86, career-best.

Gunnar Bentz, 14, Zones Georgia, 13-14 200-meter breaststroke, 2:23.56.

Walter Loop, 18, Louisiana, 15-18 200-meter breaststroke, 2:23.86, career-best.

Tyler Silver, 12, North Carolina, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:01.03, career-best.

Jimmy Yoder, 14, Zones Georgia, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 58.49, career-best.

Evandro Silva, 18, Florida Gold Coast, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 56.38, career-best.

Other Florida Gold Coast All-Star finishers were:

Quinn Cassidy, 13, second, 13-14 200-meter breaststroke, 2:29.57, career-best.

Isa Paez, 14, second, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:04.26, career-best.

Digby Nothard, 14, third, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 59.16, career-best.

Megan Moroney, 13, fourth, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:04.53, career-best.

Nicolas Medina, 12, fourth, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:06.07, career-best and sixth, 11-12 200-meter freestyle, career-best 2:08.95.

Austin Manganiello, 17, seventh, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 1:58.71.

Vicky Ho, 17, eighth, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:08.88, career-best.

Carlotta Verita, 12, ninth, 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, 36.52, career-best.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, ninth, 15-18 200-meter breaststroke, 2:29.25, career-best.

Rose Smiddy, 11, 11th, 11-12 200-meter freestyle, 2:16.38.

Annie Valls, 14, 11th, 13-14 200-meter breaststroke, 2:52.72, career-best.

Boleck Depawlikowski, 14, 11th, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.30.

Evandro Silva, 18, 11th, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 1:59.04.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 11th, 15-18 200-meter breaststroke, 2:47.90.

Isabela Reyes-Capo, 12, 11th, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:10.90, career-best.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 13th, 11-12 200-meter freestyle, 2:17.61, career-best.

Michael Christian, 17, 15th, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:00.37, career-best.

Namilla Sanchez, 12, 16th, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:11.61.

Megan Moroney, 13, 18th, 13-14 200-meter freestyle, 2:13.42.

Fatimah Westbrook, 11, 18th, 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, 39.30.

Luis Santiesteban, 14, 18th, 13-14 200-meter breaststroke, 2:49.71.

Arianna Noya, 13, 19th, 13-14 200-meter breaststroke, 2:57.59.

Brittany Hammond, 15, 20th, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:11.26, career-best and 27th, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:08.58.

Gaby Garcia, 16, 20th, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:08.87.

Derek Chait, 15, 20th, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:00.68, career-best.

Hannah Vandersluis, 15, 21st, 15-18 200-meter breaststroke, 2:53.74.

Michael Christian, 17, 22nd, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:00.54, career-best.

Alexa Rivera, 11, 24th, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:12.86, career-best.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 28th, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:08.59, career-best.

Daniel Spas, 15, 28th, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:01.82.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 29th, 13-14 200-meter freestyle, 2:16.15.

Tanner Fuller, 12, 29th, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:16.04.

Derek Chait, 15, 29th, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:01.38, career-best.

Alex Cronin, 12, 30th, 11-12 200-meter freestyle, 2:20.29 and 30th, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:16.06.

Carlotta Verita, 12, 30th, 11-12 100-meter butterfly, 1:14.28.

Annie Valls, 14, 31st, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:10.84, career-best.

Alejandro Vassallo, 14, 31st, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:06.36, career-best.

Jessica Nederlanden, 17, 31st, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:09.82.

Zoie Balthazar, 14, 32nd, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:10.87, career-best.

Andrew Smiddy, 18, 33rd, 15-18 100-meter butterfly, 1:01.64, career-best.

John Floyd, 14, 39th, 13-14 100-meter butterfly, 1:07.96 career-best.

Amanda Montesino, 17, 45th, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:14.48.

Sivan Fraiman, 15, 46th, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:14.56, career-best.

John Floyd, 14, 48th, 13-14 200-meter freestyle, 2:14.30, career-best.

Dashley Reyes, 15, 52nd, 15-18 200-meter freestyle, 2:18.28, career-best.

Digby Nothard, 14, 53rd, 13-14 200-meter freestyle, 2:15.28, career-best.

The six-day meet continues today with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

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Two-Year Olympic Countdown Begins Today

Two-Year Olympic Countdown Begins Today


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 27, 2010

Let the 2012 Summer Olympic Games countdown begin.

Tuesday marks the two-year (730-day) countdown for South Florida Aquatic Club athletes and coaches training for Olympic glory at the 2012 London Games.

The $14.5 billion extravaganza will feature 10,500 athletes including 575 Americans from 205 nations competing in 26 sports and 300 events.

The motto for the July 27-August 12 event is “Live As One.”

A two-year Countdown Clock will launch on Tuesday on the homepages of TeamUSA.org alerting fans on a continual basis to the remaining days, hours and minutes until the start of the Games.

London is celebrating the milestone on Tuesday by starting a search for Olympic volunteers and opening some of the venues to local athletes. They will test facilities where they will be competing after the Opening Ceremonies on July 27, 2012.

Former Olympic track champion Michael Johnson will sprint on a temporary track in the 80,000-seat main stadium. British cyclist Sir Chris Hoy will try out the velodrome and former NBA player John Amaechi will shoot some hoops at the basketball arena.

Closer to home, SOFLO head coach Michael Lohberg and SOFLO CEO Chris Anderson will start their planning phase for the club’s Olympic hopefuls.

Lohberg sent eight athletes to the 2008 Beijing Games—Dara Torres, Vlad Polyakov, Anne Poleska, Leo Andara, Arlene Semeco, Sharntelle McLean, Erin Volcan and Josh Laban.

Anderson coaches Jamaican Olympians Alia Atkinson, a two-time Olympian and Natasha Moodie.

Lohberg said the “countdown” mentality is already on athletes’ minds.

“The people that are, think or believe they are candidates for Trials and want to swim faster are definitely getting into the mode,” Lohberg said. “Let’s say maybe not 100 percent yet because this is the end of the season but when they walk in the door on Aug. 16, Julie, Vlad, Leo, Arlene, Dara, they are ready.

“Right now, I am not pushing the concept because you want to give them a chance to recover and recuperate, that’s why Vlad was on a month’s vacation,” Lohberg said. “That’s why we gave Julie a half a year to do something else from swimming. We give Dara time to rebuild and so forth. When they come back then it really starts. It’s going to be a long stretch.”

Lohberg said for him as a coach, the planning begins next week.

“The planning is the key,” Lohberg said. “Not just the workouts, but the whole concept of where and when the meets are. With the international swimmers we have I need to build their meets into the program. They have a different agenda than the U.S. swimmers do. Meets like the Pan Pacific Games and Pan American Games next year are important to them, too. It all has to be incorporated into the plan but the ultimate goal is definitely to make the team.”

Lohberg said he is getting excited about the Olympic Countdown.

“I know as soon as I take my piece of paper to start penciling in things, the excitement will start building from that point on,” Lohberg said.

Two-time Kazakhstan Olympian Vlad Polyakov has been swimming in some fun races during his relaxation time. At 26, it may be his final Olympic journey and he wants to enjoy every minute.

“This is about the time where all the elite swimmers will sit down with their coaches and make a plan. I do feel like this is the time swimmers will be serious about training again.

“I am really excited but I am trying to take it step by step,” Polyakov said. “I want to see how I am improving and getting better. The first step is going to be the Asian Games in November in China. Michael and I have set some high goals for that meet. We are trying to re-establish ourselves in the world. That’s why it is so important to swim well at every meet we set our mind to.”

Polyakov is also thankful Lohberg, who missed the 2008 Games after being diagnosed with aplastic anemia the week before he was scheduled to leave, is back on the deck coaching full-time.

“It is amazing the old Michael is back,” Polyakov said. “To be honest, I haven’t seen this Michael since 2007. Olympic year he was busy but you could tell he was getting sick. I am very happy he is back. I feel this comeback Michael and I planned are for both of us. It was so awesome at Mare Nostrum when I went 2:12. We hugged each other. It was the feeling of ‘finally, we did something.’ It was a great start.”

SOFLO’s Elle Weberg, an All-American at Florida Atlantic University, is a 2008 Olympic hopeful. After a two-year layoff, she is back in the pool motivated more than ever. Lohberg changed her breaststroke five months ago and she is still adapting.

“I am ready to go. I already took two years off, I am not taking any more time off,” Weberg said. “I am excited about being here. I call Michael my magical wizard. He knows everything. It’s scary.

“I am excited we are two years out from the Olympics,” Weberg said. “That’s why I am here. I am 25. I am not doing this to pay for college any more or for my parents. I am here because I want to be.”

KEY OLYMPIC FACTS

The Aquatics Centre will be the venue for Swimming, Paralympic Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo and the Aquatics discipline of Modern Pentathlon.

Location: South-east corner of the Olympic Park
Capacity: 17,500 for Swimming and Diving events; 5,000 for Water Polo
New or existing?: New, permanent venue, with temporary extension during the Games.
 
The Aquatics Centre will be the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park, with more than two-thirds of spectators expected to enter the Olympic Park over a vast bridge that runs over the top of part of the venue.
 
The venue was designed by acclaimed international architect Zaha Hadid. It features a spectacular wave-like roof that is 160-meters long and up to 80 meters wide, giving it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.

During the Games

The majority of spectators will be seated in two temporary wings that will be taken down after the Games.
 
It will have a 50-meter competition pool, a 25-meter competition diving pool, a 50-meter warm-up pool and a ‘dry’ warm-up area for divers. The Water Polo competition will be held next to it in a temporary 5,000-seat venue with competition and warm-up pools.
 
A new riverside environment alongside the Aquatics Centre has been created for visitors by widening a 550-meter stretch of the river to the south-west of the venue by 8 meters.
 
The two venues will be close to each other in one of the most compact areas of the Olympic Park. To make the best use of the space available, some back-of-house facilities, such as space for broadcasters, catering and security will be shared between the two venues so they run as efficiently as possible.
 
After the Games

The Aquatics Centre will be transformed into a facility for the local community, clubs and schools, as well as elite swimmers. The two temporary wings will be removed, leaving 2,500 seats – although it will be possible to increase the capacity to 3,500 for major competitions.
 
The Aquatics Centre will also have a creche, family-friendly changing facilities and a cafe alongside a new public plaza in front of the building.

Getting ready for 2012

2008: Construction of the Aquatics Centre begins two months early.

2011: Construction of the Aquatics Centre due to be completed and a test event is scheduled.

2012: More test events; London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Source: www.london2012.com

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SOFLO Well-Represented at Southern Zone Championships in Atlanta

SOFLO Well-Represented at Southern Zone Championships in Atlanta


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

The South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by eight talented swimmers when the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships begin Tuesday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Zone championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated Zones: Eastern, Central, Southern and Western.

SOFLO’s girls contingent are Stephanie Campo (11-12), Emma Lincoln (13-14), Tyla Martin (13-14) and Anne Kuczynski (15-18).

The boys team is Diego Rodriguez (11-12), Marco Hosfeld (13-14), Brandon Goldman (15-18) and Luke Torres (15-18).

“This meet is for kids that are almost at junior national level,” said SOFLO head coach Michael Lohberg. “It gives them an opportunity to travel and to race against really good kids from other parts of the country.

“We feel it is an important meet and if people have a chance to go we want them to go. It’s prelims and finals and in a good pool. It’s a very good opportunity.”

The swimmers had an early wakeup call for a 6 a.m. flight out of West Palm Beach on Monday. The team arrived safely in Atlanta and headed to the team hotel at the Marriott Courtyard Georgia Tech for lunch before a tour of the CNN building.

SOFLO swimmers and the other members of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team got the chance to shake loose in the Georgia Tech Pool before a team dinner.

The five-day meet begins Tuesday with distance events timed finals in the 13-18 800- and 1500-meter freestyle events at 2 p.m. The full schedule of events gets underway at 9 a.m. with prelims. Finals are 6 p.m.

The meet also gives SOFLO swimmers the experience of being on their own on a road trip. Tyla Martin has the most experience in that department, travelling with her parents to two major Caribbean age group events this past year representing Trinidad and Tobago.

“It is a very good opportunity where we can send the kids basically away with somebody else so they get used to swimming on their own or with somebody else and not the protective environment that they have with their club team,” Lohberg said. “It’s a step outside.”

Illustrating the importance of the zone meet, SOFLO swimmers competed in limited events in both the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics and Senior Championships to focus on the zone meet.

“You either support the Florida Gold Coast and this concept or you don’t,” Lohberg said. “You can’t send them to this kind of meet unless they are ready to race. It would be unfair to get them too tired in other meets. That’s really not the point.

“This is the first time they enter new territory and we want them to have a positive experience,” Lohberg said.

It’s also a time for the swimmers to shine at the end of the long course season.

“This meet is all about team and good performances,” Lohberg said. “You have to swim relatively fast to make it into finals. That’s the idea–make it to the finals and then score as high as you can in your good events. This is their first step into the real world.”

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