WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
September 10, 2010
South Florida Aquatic Club, the newest team in the Florida Gold Coast, will host a Meet and Greet With Coaches on Saturday, September 11 at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.
The Nike-sponsored club is a result of the merging of the Coral Springs Swim Club and Comets Swim Team, two of the most well-respected USA Swimming clubs in the nation.
The team combines more than 450 swimmers including five-time Olympian Dara Torres of Parkland and two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, and 20 employees including two world-class coaches.
Six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg is the club’s head coach and Chris Anderson is CEO.
The two-hour social, scheduled for 5-7 p.m., will give parents an opportunity to meet their child’s coach and talk about the club and its plans for the future.
The entire coaching staff is expected to attend.
It will also give SOFLO a chance to show off the latest renovations and additions at the Academic Village Pool, located just 10 minutes away from the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
“I think we have a great tradition in swimming and now we will develop something new together and maintain that tradition,” Lohberg said.
“We are working together at all levels–coaching, administration and booster club levels. We will learn and benefit from each other. It will be exciting for everybody.”
All parents at every age group level is welcome to attend.
Drinks and appetizers will be served. The pool is located at 17191 Sheridan St.
SOFLO’s TORRES ON REGIS AND KELLY
Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, who recently returned to the pool after a year off to rehab her reconstructed knee, will appear on Regis and Kelly on FOX, Channel 7 at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 10. Anderson Cooper will fill in for Regis Philbin as guest co-host. Kate Gosselin will also be a guest. Torres is currently in New York with her sister taking in the U.S. Open along with other business commitments. Torres will be texting on her Twitter account before and after the popular morning talk show. “I can’t wait,” Torres twittered Thursday night. “I am hitting the hay. I am on the 23rd floor of my hotel, just high enough not to hear the street noise.” Torres is expected to make a run at a 2012 Olympic berth.
WORLD CUP SERIES KICKS OFF
The seven-meet FINA World Cup kicks off on Saturday, September 11 in Rio de Janeiro. Finals sessions will be broadcast live streaming on UniversalSports.com beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Registration to watch for both days is $3.99.
Each of the seven meets are short course meters. The U.S. will be represented by Randall Bal and Peter Marshall. Other top names competing are Brazilian Cesar Cielo and Therese Alshamar of Sweden. The swimmers will earn points at each stop and prize money.
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