GOLD Is Golden After Setting Seven World Records At Coral Springs Last Chance Masters Meet

GOLD Is Golden After Setting Seven World Records At Coral Springs Last Chance Masters Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 21, 2010

Seven FINA Masters World Records were set by GOLD Coast Masters, South Florida’s oldest and largest masters swim club, on an emotionally-charged day at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Eight days after competing in the U.S. Masters Swimming Long Course Nationals in Puerto Rico, GOLD had just enough left in the tank to make history Saturday at the Coral Springs Last Chance Long Course Meter Meet.

GOLD set world records in the 200-239 and 240-279 women’s 800-meter freestyle relay; 160-199 800-meter mixed freestyle relay; 200-239 women’s 400-meter medley relay; 200-239 400-meter mixed freestyle relay; 240-279 400-meter mixed freestyle relay; and 100-119 men’s 400-meter freestyle relay.

One of the most satisfying moments for GOLD relay coordinator Deb Cavanaugh was watching Marcos Silvera, 29, and Andres “Andy” Miyares, 27, two of the few swimmers with Down syndrome in the world to be ranked, join Matt Bellew, 26, and Boris Fernandez, 37, a former Cuban national team member, on the world record-setting 100-119 men’s 400-meter freestyle relay in 5:46.80.

1988 Olympian and national masters age group record holder Biggi Lohberg, 45, an ASCA Level 4 swim coach and Director of Swim America Coral Springs, was a member of two world-record setting teams.

Lohberg anchored the record-setting 200-239 women’s 800-meter freestyle relay of Pat Sargeant, 57, Celia Devanney, 53, and Peggy McDonnell, 55, that finished in 10:14.12.

Lohberg also swam the breaststroke leg of the record-setting 200-239 women’s 400-meter medley relay of Mo Hughes, 57, Dale LeClair, 41, and Pat Sargeant, 57, that clocked 5:20.67.

Other GOLD world record-setting relays were:

160-199 mixed 800-meter freestyle relay: Larry Caldwell, 46, Debbie Cavanaugh, 52, Ann Stewart, 40, and David LeClair, 43, 10:11.73.

200-239 mixed 400-meter freestyle relay: Chris Burt, 55, Katleen Casey, 52, Peggy McDonnell, 55, and John Grzeszczak, 52, 4:48.86.

240-279 mixed 400-meter freestyle relay: George Schmidt, 60, Barbara Protzman, 56, Cathy Mancino, 61, and Roger Parsons, 63, 5:00.65.

240-279 women’s 800-meter freestyle relay: Cathy Mancino, 61, Jeannie Mitchell, 64, Becky Willman, 58, and Mo Hughes, 57, 12:05.24.

Cavanaugh said GOLD swimmers wanted to add another page in the record books since this is the first year FINA, the sport’s international governing body, is recognizing 400 and 800 relays.

“We tried to break as many records as we could,” Cavanaugh said. “We wanted to get everybody at least on one relay and hopefully, they would either make Top 10 or break a world record.

“We put together 12 relays with the number of people (40) we had coming to the meet,” Cavanaugh said. “Seven world records are a big deal. Since the world records are brand new for the 400s and 800s, this was a great opportunity to do that. Everybody had a great meet in San Juan so another week of taper helped and everybody is swimming well.”

The strength of GOLD, which has been in existence for more than 30 years and has 500 members, is the 50-year-old-and-over swimmers. Cavanaugh and Sargeant tried to put together the oldest and fastest age group swimmers together.

“We wanted everyone to get one world record and we accomplished that today,” Cavanaugh said. “The swimmers really put out. They were excited about being a part of this.”

The pending world records will be submitted to Masters Record Chairman Walt Reed for approval. Meet director Chris Jackson will submit a form of official timed results, relay members and ages. The times are expected to be posted on the FINA website within two to three weeks.

Another highlight of the meet was Dwight Montgomery.

Four years after a horrific motorcycle accident left him with one leg, the Jamaican-born swimmer competed in a career-high six events.

Montgomery, 50, of Tamarac swam in four individual events and two relays.

Montgomery, a former track runner and soccer player, said that he is a much better swimmer now than he was when he had two legs. He knew how to swim for fun but never swam laps. He became a technically-sound, efficient swimmer with endurance after he met masters coach Chris Jackson and joined the Coral Springs Masters program in June, 2008.

He wears a prosthesis every day except in the pool. He uses forearm crutches to get around on the pool deck and is able to start off the blocks. His progress has been remarkable and he is a U.S. Paralympic hopeful.

More than 75 masters swimmers competed in the three-hour meet which served as the final masters meet of the season and last chance for swimmers to post a good time before taking a break.

The South Florida Aquatic Club was well-represented with Comets and Coral Springs Masters swimmers. Coral Springs competed for GOLD and Comets competed as an individual team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

RESULTS

WOMEN

50-meter breaststroke: 35-39, 1. Evelyn Salama, Comets 42.24; 40-44, 1. Gloria Squartino, GOLD 51.76; 50-54, 1. Chris Wenzel, East Coast 41.46, 2. Katleen Casey, GOLD 53.49; 55-59, 1. Peggy McDonnell, GOLD 42.48, 2. Catalina Fazzano, GOLD 1:08.21; 60-64, 1. Meredith Moore, Swim Florida 51.35, 2. Jeannie Mitchell, GOLD 51.72; 65-69, 1. Rayma Isaacs, GOLD 1:11.07.

50-meter butterfly: 55-59, 1. Barbara Protzman, GOLD 1:34.17.

50-meter freestyle: 30-34, 1. Heidi Hester, PST 30.03; 35-39, 1. Evelyn Salama, Comets 33.50; 40-44, 1. Gloria Squartino, GOLD 36.45, 2. Isabela Melancon, North County Masters 38.73; 50-54, 1. Chris Wenzel, East Coast 31.58, 2. Lydia Seier, GOLD 34.00, 3. Maureen Massara, Swim Florida 41.27; 55-59, 1. Pat Sargeant, GOLD 30.88, 2. Becky Willman, GOLD 36.06, 3. Catalina Fazzano, GOLD 1:02.10; 60-64, 1. Meredith Moore, Swim Florida 35.77.

100-meter backstroke: 35-39, 1. Deven Christopher, GOLD 1:20.85; 50-54, 1. Katleen Casey, GOLD 1:38.91; 60-64, 1. Meredith Moore, Swim Florida 1:35.43, 2. Jeannie Mitchell, GOLD 1:36.97; 70-74, 1. Margie Huntinger, Florida Maverick 2:50.12.

200-meter freestyle: 40-44, 1. Gloria Squartino, GOLD 3:13.52, 2. Isabela Melancon, North County Masters 3:26.36; 50-54, 1. Lydia Seier, GOLD 2:50.25, 2. Katleen Casey, GOLD 3:14.36; 60-64, 1. Cathy Mancino, GOLD 3:02.14; 65-69, 1. Rayma Isaacs, GOLD 6:29.04.

200-meter individual medley: 35-39, 1. Deven Christopher, GOLD 2:57.85; 55-59, 1. Barbara Protzman, GOLD 3:17.01; 60-64, 1. Cathy Mancino, GOLD 3:29.60.

50-meter butterfly: 35-39, 1. Evelyn Salama, Comets 39.12; 40-44, 1. Gloria Squartino, GOLD 50.40; 50-54, 1. Lydia Seier, GOLD 38.72; 55-59, 1. Pat Sargeant, GOLD 33.75, 2. Peggy McDonnell, GOLD 35.06.

100-meter freestyle: 40-44, 1. Dale LeClair, GOLD 1:05.92, 2. Isabela Melancon, North County Masters 1:33.08; 50-54, 1. Celia Devanney, GOLD 1:12.47, 2. Lydia Seier, GOLD 1:17.07, 3. Maureen Massara, Swim Florida 1:35.20; 55-59, 1. Barbara Protzman, GOLD 1:19.45, 2. Becky Willman, GOLD 1:22.78, 3. Catalina Fazzano, GOLD 2:21.31; 60-64, 1. Meredith Moore, Swim Florida 1:22.02; 70-74, 1. Margie Huntinger, Florida Maverick 2:28.55.

50-meter backstroke: 40-44, 1. Gloria Squartino, GOLD 53.25; 55-59, 1. Peggy McDonnell, GOLD 40.18; 60-64, 1. Jeannie Mitchell, GOLD 43.69.

100-meter breaststroke: 35-39, 1. Evelyn Salama, Comets 1:35.65; 50-54, 1. Chris Wenzel, East Coast 1:31.63; 55-59, 1. Catalina Fazzano, GOLD 2:43.12; 65-69, 1. Rayma Isaacs, GOLD 2:39.45.

400-meter freestyle: 30-34, 1. Heidi Hester, PST 4:54.84; 50-54, 1. Celia Devanney, GOLD 5:36.98; 55-59, 1. Becky Willman, GOLD 6:34.71; 60-64, 1. Meredith Moore, Swim Florida 6:10.09, 2. Cathy Mancino, GOLD 6:10.35, 3. Jeannie Mitchell, GOLD 6:45.80; 70-74, 1. Margie Huntinger, Florida Maverick 11:17.10.

MEN

50-meter breaststroke: 30-34, 1. Ivan Drusc, Unattached 31.45; 35-39, 1. Justin Bullard, GOLD 42.60; 40-44, 1. Terry Lage, FLA 34.90, 2. Patrick Dorrian, Unattached 47.66; 45-49, 1. Andrew Cole, GOLD 44.04; 50-54, 1. Bill Brenner, Sarasota YMCA 34.89, 2. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 53.85; 55-59, 1. Chris Burt, GOLD 41.06, 2. Jose Fernandez, GOLD 46.59; 60-64, 1. Juan Navarro, South Florida Masters 46.89, 2. Robert Jacobsohn, FLA 50.88; 65-69, 1. Dick Brewer, GOLD 44.54.

50-meter butterfly: 25-29, 1. Andy Miyares, GOLD 1:24.38; 35-39, 1. Carlos Ochoa, PST 1:07.87; 50-54, 1. Sherif Shaalan, GOLD 1:19.27; 55-59, 1. Lars Ferron, GOLD 1:16.58.

50-meter freestyle: 25-29, 1. Tommie Cuticchia, PST 26.35, 2. Christopher Wyckoff, Lake Lytal 29.20, 3. Marcos Silvera, GOLD 55.61; 30-34, 1. Ivan Drusc, Unattached 25.39, 2. Chuck Medema, Comets 27.05, 3. Shane McElroy, Lake Lytal 28.06; 40-44, 1. Terry Lage, FLA 27.60, 2. Patrick Dorrian, Unattached 33.40, 3. Jose Nunez, GOLD 35.34; 45-49, 1. Carlos Adan-Pol, Unattached 27.25, 2. Fernando Abad, PST 31.29; 50-54, 1. Tim Erickson, FLA 28.41, 2. Matthew Gill, GOLD 33.68, 3. Bart Cohodas, PST 34.88, 4. Dwight Montgomery, GOLD 36.92; 55-59, 1. Kenneth Sweigart, Unattached 40.15, 2. Jose Fernandez, GOLD 34.43; 60-64, 1. George Schmidt, GOLD 28.32, 2. David Beuttenmuller, Unattached 32.43, 3. Roger Parsons, GOLD 32.99; 65-69, 1. Dick Brewer, GOLD 36.25.

100-meter backstroke: 25-29, 1. Christopher Wyckoff, Lake Lytal 1:18.31; 30-34, 1. Shane McElroy, Lake Lytal 1:21.65; 35-39, 1. Matt Hooper, Unattached 1:08.20, 2. Rafael Gamez, Curl-Burke 1:09.10; 45-49, 1. Larry Caldwell, GOLD 1:13.03; 55-59, 1. Chris Burt, GOLD 1:21.26; 60-64, 1. Juan Navarro, South Florida Masters 1:45.13.

200-meter freestyle: 40-44, 1. Patrick Dorian, Unattached 3:06.69; 50-54, 1. Tim Erickson, FLA 2:20.56, 2. Matthew Gill, GOLD 2:51.55, 3. Blaise O’Neill, GOLD 3:03.55, 4. Dwight Montgomery, GOLD 3:15.33, 5. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 3:17.20; 55-59, 1. Jose Fernandez, GOLD 3:08.02; 60-64, 1. Ray Venture, GOLD 4:18.89; 65-69, 1. Jan Soderstrom, Sarasota YMCA 2:40.31.

200-meter individual medley: 25-29, 1. Tommie Cuticchia, PST 2:30.21; 35-39, 1. Carlos Ochoa, PST 2:30.87; 50-54, 1. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 3:58.70.

50-meter butterfly: 25-29, 1. Andres Miyares, GOLD 37.81, 2. Marcos Silvera, GOLD 1:07.20; 30-34, 1. Ivan Drusc, Unattached 27.03, 2. Chuck Medema, Comets 30.63; 35-39, 1. Justin Bullard, GOLD 38.65; 50-54, 1. Sherif Shaalan, GOLD 31.27; 55-59, 1. Lars Ferron, GOLD 32.88; 60-64, 1. George Schmidt, GOLD 30.53, 2. Ray Venture, GOLD 1:11.94.

100-meter freestyle: 25-29, 1. Tommie Cuticchia, PST 58.12, 2. Christopher Wyckoff, Lake Lytal 1:06.36; 30-34, 1. Chuck Medema, Comets 1:02.29, 2. Shane McElroy, Lake Lytal 1:05.07; 35-39, 1. Carlos Ochoa, PST 58.87; 40-44, 1. Terry Lage, FLA 1:01.02, 2. Glen Hanks, GOLD 1:09.28, 3. Patrick Dorrian, Unattached 1;18.63, 4. Jose Nunez, GOLD 1:20.30; 45-49, 1. Carlos Adan-Pol, Unattached 1:01.85, 2. Fernando Abad, PST 1:13.12; 50-54, 1. Nick Cronin, Unattached 1:04.48, 2. Matthew Gill, GOLD 1:17.56, 3. Bart Cohodas, PST 1:18.25, 4. Dwight Montgomery, GOLD 1:20.96; 5. Blaise O’Neill, GOLD 1:24.29, 6. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 1:30.09; 55-59, 1. Chris Burt, GOLD 1:10.11, 2. Jose Fernandez, GOLD 1:18.10, 3. Kenneth Sweigart, Unattached 1:43.25; 60-64, 1. David Beuttenmuller, Unattached 1:16.66, 2. Juan Navarro, South Florida Masters 1:25.32.

50-meter backstroke: 35-39, 1. Rafael Gamez, Curl-Burke 31.61; 40-44, 1. Daniel Arlotto, GOLD 32.74, 2. Jose Nunez, GOLD 48.75; 45-49, 1. Larry Caldwell, GOLD 33.11, 2. Fernando Abad, PST 43.86; 55-59, 1. Kenneth Sweigart, Unattached 55.29; 60-64, 1. Ray Venture, GOLD 58.35; 85-89, 1. Paul Huntinger, Florida Maverick 54.46.

100-meter breaststroke: 25-29, 1. Matthew Bellew, GOLD 1:09.24; 40-44, 1. Glen Hanks, GOLD 1:36.62; 45-49, 1. Andrew Cole, GOLD 1:33.29; 55-59, 1. Kenneth Sweigart, Unattached 2:09.22; 60-64, 1. Juan Navarro, South Florida Masters 1:45.09, 2. Robert Jacobsohn, FLA 1:57.96; 65-69: 1. Dick Brewer, GOLD 1:38.87.

400-meter freestyle: 25-29, 1. Christopher Wyckoff, Lake Lytal 5:22.38; 30-34, 1. Shane McElroy, Lake Lytal 5:43.52; 35-39, 1. Matt Hooper, Unattached 4:31.83, 2. Carlos Ochoa, PST 4:48.14, 3. Boris Fernandez, GOLD 4:56.66; 40-44, 1. Glen Hanks, GOLD 5:35.03; 50-54, 1. Bill Brenner, Sarasota YMCA 4:52.35, 2. Tim Erickson, FLA 5:03.05, 3. Dwight Montgomery, GOLD 7:06.75, 4. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 7:07.09.

Men 400-meter freestyle relay: 160-199, 1. GOLD (Glen Hanks, Jose Fernandez, Andrew Cole, Matthew Gill) 5:04.26; 2. GOLD (Dwight Montgomery, Justin Bullard, Jose Nunez, Blaise O’Neill) 5:27.30; 200-239, 1. GOLD (David LeClair, Daniel Arlotto, Lars Ferron, Dick Brewer) 4:32.53.

Mixed 800-meter freestyle relay: 200-239, 1. GOLD (Lars Ferron, Lydia Seier, Deven Christopher, Chris Burt) 10:38.16; 2. GOLD (Celia Devanney, Dick Brewer, Catalina Fazzano, Roy Sonenshein) 14:28.93.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay: 200-239, 1. GOLD (Blaise O’Neill, Katleen Casey, Gloria Squartino, Ray Venture), 2:36.11. 

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Author: South Florida Aquatic Club - SOFLO Swimming

Welcome to the South Florida Aquatic club, a premier community swim team dedicated to providing opportunity and encouragement to all team members, from the beginner to the seasoned Olympic athlete in their pursuit of excellence. The year-round development program for competitive swimming features life-enhancing qualities including integrity, discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and health and fitness. We invite you to navigate the club’s portal for information about the team.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s