Adlington Breaks 14-Year-Old Record At Commonwealth Games, Aussies Continue To Rule

Adlington Breaks 14-Year-Old Record At Commonwealth Games, Aussies Continue To Rule


October 8, 2010

Reigning Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington of England broke the 14-year-old meet record in the 400-meter freestyle Friday at the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Adlington won her second event of the Games in 4:05.68, breaking the previous mark of 4:07.68 set in 1986 by England’s Sarah Hardcastle.

Adlington,  ranked second in the world in a career-best 4:04.55, was one of the few bright spots for England as Australia continued its domination in the pool.

Australia’s Kylie Palmer took silver in 4:07.85 and Wales’ Jazmin Carlin grabbed bronze in 4:08.22.

In other Friday championship events at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex in Talkatore Gardens:

Aussie Olympic gold medalist Leisel Jones became the first woman to win the 100 and 200 breaststroke events in three consecutive Commonwealth Games when she won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.84.

Jones is ranked second in the world in the event in 1:05.66.

Aussie teammate Samantha Marshall took silver in 1:07.97 and England’s Kate Haywood took bronze in 1:08.29.

In the women’s 50-meter freestyle, Aussie Yolane Kukla became only the second 15-year-old to win a gold medal at the Games. Ian Thorpe was the first.

Kukla won the event in 24.86, just off her career-best of 24.74. England’s Fran Halsall, coming back from Delhi Belly, took silver in 24.98 and New Zealand’s Hayley Palmer took bronze in 25.01.

The Aussies continued their domination in the women’s 200-meter backstroke final with Meagan Nay winning gold in a meet record 2:07.56 and moving into third place in the world rankings.

It was an emotional victory for Nay whose brother Amos was killed in a car accident last year. Her father, Robert, a 1972 Olympian, had also died in a car accident when she was 4.

“I knew that my dad and my brother were definitely pushing me through that,” Nay said. “This is a dream come true. It’s kind of proof that you can come out the other side.”

England’s Elizabeth Simmonds took silver in 2:07.90 and Aussie Emily Seebohm took bronze in 2:08.38.

Aussie world record holder Sophie Edington won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 28.00, breaking Seebohm’s record of 28.03 she set in Thursday’s semifinals. England’s Gemma Spofforth took silver in 28.03. Seebohm and Wales’ Georgia Davies tied for the bronze medal in 28.33.

Australia won the 400-yard freestyle relay in a meet record 3:36.36 with Alicia Coutts, Marieke Guehrer, Felicity Galvez and Seebohm. Canada lost the silver when it was disqualified for early takeoff. England moved into second and New Zealand was third.

Coutts now has four gold medals and Seebohm two golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

The Australian men won their share of gold as well.

Aussie Geoff Huegill won his third 100-meter butterfly Commonwealth Games gold medal, breaking his own meet record and completing an amazing comeback that began more than a year ago when he battled depression and weight problems.

Huegill, 31, won in a career-best 51.69, lowering his meet record of 52.36. It is the second fastest time this year behind Michael Phelps and was his sixth gold medal of his career.

Olympian Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea and Antony James of England tied for the silver medal in 52.50. Aussie Christopher Wright and Jason Dunford tied for fourth in 52.66.

World record holder Cameron Van der Burgh of South Africa swam a world best time of 27.18 to win the 50-meter breaststroke. Aussie’s Brenton Rickard and New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders tied for the silver medal in 27.67.

In the men’s 100-meter backstroke, England’s Liam Tancock defended his title in a meet record 53.59 to win his second gold medal of the Games. He also won the 50 backstroke.

New Zealand’s Daniel Bell took silver in 54.43 and Aussie Ashley Delaney took bronze in 54.51. Delany won bronze medals in all three backstroke events.

James Goddard of England became the first swimmer to dip under 2 minutes in the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record 1:58.10. Teammate Joseph Roebuck was second in 1:59.86 and Aussie Leith Brodie was third in 2:00.00.

In other Commonwealth Games news, federation chief Mike Fennell said after extensive testing on all three swimming pools being used during the Games show no problems with water quality. Tests were conducted at the village, practice and competition pools. Doctors said the illness may have been caused by “a number of things.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Florida State Sweeps, SOFLO’s Oliver, Sell Win

Florida State Sweeps, SOFLO’s Oliver, Sell Win


October 8, 2010

BOCA RATON–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver and Tyler Sell continued their strong starts to the collegiate season on Friday.

The Florida State freshmen won individual events in the Seminoles’ successful dual meet season opener against Florida Atlantic and Florida International University at FAU’s on-campus pool.

Buoyed by depth, FSU women defeated Florida Atlantic, 226-72 and Florida International, 245-55. FIU defeated FAU, 165-129.

The Seminoles men’s team, led by the divers taking the top five positions in the 1- and 3-meter springboard events, topped FAU, 163-137.

Despite a long bus ride from Tallahassee, the women improved to 2-0 and men 1-0.

Oliver, 18, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.75 seconds ahead of teammate Brittany Selts, 21, in 23.95. Oliver also led off the Seminoles’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:36.24.

Oliver was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.11 behind teammate Julia Henkel (1:53.25).

Sell, 18, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:36.47 ahead of teammate Jack Deedrick, also a freshman, who finished in 9:42.31. Sell was also sixth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.44 and swam third leg on FSU’s third place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:29.18.

Other SOFLO swimmers results:

Freshman Ashley Hicks, 18, of FSU was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.90. She was also fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:13.26. Hicks led off the Seminoles second-place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:40.17 .

Danielle (DJ) Sneir, 21, of FIU was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.68.

Paul Murray, 18, swam a strong anchor leg on FSU’s winning 200-yard medley relay that out-touched FAU, finishing in 1:35.59 and swam third leg on FSU’s runner-up 200 yard freestyle relay. He was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.11 and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.25.

Anthony Fermin, 20, swam anchor leg on FAU’s runner-up 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:35.78 and led off the Owls’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:26.06. He was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.94 and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.90.

Rafael Pena, 21, of FAU was fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:37.34, fifth in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:52.44 and seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:19.35.

“I think we had an okay meet,” said FSU coach Neil Harper. “The women competed very well in their second and third best events today and I was happy with their performance. That’s what it’s going to take for the girls to have success. We have a lot of talent and a lot of depth. We had a lot of people get firsts and seconds. We are a very well-rounded team right now.

“On the men’s side we are not necessarily strong enough to take teams lightly. We will take the win but there’s a lot to learn.”

On Saturday, FSU travels to Nova Southeastern University for an 11 a.m. dual meet before Saturday night’s UM-FSU football game at Sun Life Stadium.


Florida State 226, Florida Atlantic 72

Florida State 245, Florida International 55

Florida International 165, Florida Atlantic 129

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU (McKayla Lightbourn, Kendall Sieron, Brittany Selts, Hannah Wilson) 1:47.76, 2. FAU 1:50.58, 3. FIU (DJ Sneir, Kristine Metka, Yesica Rojas, Mariange Macchiavello) 1:50.96.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Marissa Harrington, FSU 10:24.86, 2. Corey Allison, FSU 10:29.76, 3. Caroline Smith, FSU 10:30.16.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Henkel, FSU 1:53.25, 2. Tiffany Oliver, FSU 1:54.11, 3. Holly Mills, FSU 1:54.46.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Stephanie Sarandos, FSU 57.16, 2. Ashley Hicks, FSU 58.90, 3. DJ Sneir, FIU 59.68.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Eszter Bucz, FAU 1:04.54, 2. Kristine Polley, FSU 1:07.07, 3. Kendall Sieron, FSU 1:07.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. C.J.  Hendry, FSU 2:05.73, 2. Julia Henkel, FSU 2:08.08, 3. Katie Coleman, FSU 2:08.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Tiffany Oliver, FSU 23.75, 2. Brittany Selts, FSU 23.95, 3. Jonna Nyback, FAU 25.10.

3-meter springboard diving: 1. Katherine Adham, FSU 311.25, 2. Kelsey Goodman, FSU 309.70, 3. Sabrina Beaupre, FIU 254.90.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Holly Mills, FSU 52.97, 2. Hannah Wilson, FSU 53.52, 3. Kayla Derr, FIU 53.78.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Jessica Sabotin, FSU 2:04.83, 2. Caroline Smith, FSU 2:06.45, 3. Brittany Selts, FSU 2:07.58.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Kristine Polley, FSU 2:21.48, 2. Julia Henkel, FSU 2:28.23, 3. Kendall Sieron, FSU 2:28.37.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Eszter Bucz, FAU 4:59.31, 2. Stephanie Sarandos, FSU 5:03.06, 3. McKayla Lightbourn, FSU 5:05.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. C.J. Hendry, FSU 57.65, 2. Katie Coleman, FSU 59.45, 3. Anastasia Ivanova, FAU 59.86.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Kelsey Goodman, FSU 285.55, 2. Katherine Adham, FSU 281.45, 3. Sabrina Beaupre, FIU 263.40.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Eszter Bucz, FAU 4:27.66, 2. Caroline Smith, FSU 4:34.39, 3. Charlotte Broadbent, FSU 4:37.42.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU (Tiffany Oliver, Brittany Selts, C.J. Hendry, Holly Mills) 1:36.24, 2. FSU (Ashley Hicks, Sara McMahon, McKayla Lightbourn, Jessica Sabotin) 1:40.17, 3. FSU 1:40.72.


Florida State 163, Florida Atlantic 137

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU (Brad Morrison, Matt Shead, Danny Nguyen, Paul Murray) 1:35.59, 2. FAU (Tyler Griffith, Alan Forbes, Eric Williams, Anthony Fermin) 1:35.78, 3. FAU B 1:37.78.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Tyler Sell, FSU 9:36.47, 2. Jack Deedrick, FSU 9:42.31, 3. Michael Shimansky, FAU 9:47.45.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Adam Corbin, FAU 1:41.89, 2. Mateo De Angulo, FSU 1:41.92, 3. Trice Bailey, FSU 1:45.88.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Brad Morrison, FSU 52.21, 2. Tyler Griffith, FAU 53.32, 3. Mike Thomas, FSU 53.83.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alan Forbes, FAU 1:04.54, 2. Csaba Pek, FAU 1:07.07, 3. Matt Shead, FSU 1:07.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Danny Nguyen, FSU 1:52.59, 2. Mikolaj Czarnecki, FAU 1:52.77, 3. Mark Cox, FSU 1:55.58.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mark Weber, FSU 21.39, 2. Eric Williams, FAU 21.43, 3. Trice Bailey, FSU 21.84.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Landon Marzullo, FSU 366.60, 2. Mike Neubacher, FSU 340.60, 3. Tom Neubacker, FSU 315.55.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Trice Bailey, FSU 47.02, 2. Matt Shead, FSU 47.28, 3. Anthony Fermin, FAU 47.94.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Csaba Pek, FSU 1:54.13, 2. Adam Corbin, FAU 1:54.53, 3. David Rudolf, FAU 1:55.41.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Alan Forbes, FAU 2:28.23, 2. Jesse Gambrell, FAU 2:29.53, 3. Taylor Harris, FSU 2:33.07.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jack Deedrick, FSU 4:43.39, 2. Trevor Lowe, FAU 4:47.17, 3. Jay Van Zee, FAU 4:48.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Matt Shead, FSU 51.12, 2. Mikolaj Czarnecki, FAU 51.81, 3. Eric Williams, FAU 52.48.

3-meter springboard diving: 1. Mike Neubacher, FSU 363.30, 2. Tom Neubacher, FSU 354.60, 3. Landon Marzullo, FSU 333.45.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Adam Corbin, FAU 4:02.74, 2. Csaba Pek, FAU 4:03.25, 3. Mike Thomas, FSU 4:08.02.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. FAU (Anthony Fermin, John Walsh, Eric Williams, Mikolaj Czarnecki) 1:26.06, 2. FSU A (Mark Weber, Trice Bailey, Paul Murray, Matt Taylor) 1:26.31, 3. FSU B (Mateo DeAngulo, Robert Swanbeck, Tyler Sell, Stephen Pendleton) 1:29.18.

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SOFLO’s Atkinson Finishes 11th In Final Event, Aussies Dominate Commonwealth Games On Day 4

SOFLO’s Atkinson Finishes 11th In Final Event, Aussies Dominate Commonwealth Games On Day 4


October 7, 2010

Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club ended her second career appearance at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday in Delhi, India.

The two-time Olympian representing Jamaica finished 11th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:11.28 at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex in Talkatora Gardens. Her prelim time was  1:11.47. The top qualifying time was 1:07.73 by Aussie Leisel Jones.

Atkinson, 21, competed in four events. Her best finish was eighth in the 50-meter breaststroke where she broke her national record twice (32.24 and 32.13). It was her first championship final in a major international swim meet.

She was also tenth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.32 and 12th in the 200-meter individual medley (2:24.39).

In Thursday’s championship finals:

Aussie Alicia Coutts won her third gold medal of the Games. Despite an ailing shoulder, the 23-year-old won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.53. She also won gold in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle. England’s Ellen Gandy took silver in 58.06 and Olympian Jemma Lowe of Wales and University of Florida took bronze in 58.42.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Coutts said. “I didn’t think I would get one gold let alone three. I’m stoked.”

Rebecca Adlington of England, shook off a case of Delhi Belly to win the 800-meter freestyle in 8:24.69. Adlington came close to breaking the oldest meet record that was set in 1978.

Adlington, 21, the world record holder and double Olympic champion, had stomach problems before the race. She looked strong early in the race but seemed to tire in the late stages.

“I just wanted to get out there and swim my own race,” Adlington said. “It’s not about the times here at all with all the stuff that is going on and everybody is a bit slow. I am so pleased with this win. I wasn’t feeling that good. It’s been a long season so it’s nice to finish off with a gold.”

South Africa’s Wendy Trott was second in the 800 in 8:26.96 and Aussie Melissa Gorman was third in 8:32.37.

Teenager Chad Le Clos, 18, of South Africa won his second gold in the men’s 400-meter individual medley in a meet record 4:13.25. He is the first South African to win the event in Games history. He also won the 200-meter butterfly earlier in the week.

“What an amazing experience,” Le Clos said. “I have been wanting to produce a personal best for a year now and to do it here at the Commonwealth Games makes me really happy.”

England’s Joseph Roebuck took silver in 4:15.84 and South African Riaan Schoeman took bronze in 4:16.86.

Canadian Brent Hayden broke his own meet record in the 100-meter freestyle he set in the heats by 0.20 seconds to 47.98. The 2007 world champion is the first swimmer in the world this year in a textile suit to break 48 seconds. It was also his first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Canada has only five medals at the Games.

England’s Simon Burnett took silver in 48.54 and Aussie Eamon Sullivan took bronze in 48.69

Tonga’s lone swimmer, Amini Fonua, qualified in the seventh spot for the finals of the men’s 50-meter breaststroke. The Texas A&M junior is Tonga’s first Commonwealth Games swimmer since 1946.

In other Games news, concerns over the water quality in the warm-up pool was raised since more than 50 swimmers have been stricken ill since the opening of the Games.

Adlington was one of the swimmers from England and Australia who complained of illness. Aussie Andrew Lauterstein, a medal favorite in the 100-meter butterfly, was forced to withdraw from the heats after missing the 50-meter butterfly final with stomach problems. Teammate Hayden Stoeckel also dropped out of the 100-meter backstroke for the same reason.

Commonwealth Games chief Mike Fennell asked for an immediate inquiry over the water quality concerns. The problem seems to be isolated to swimming since no other athletes at the Games have been affected. Also the toilets at the aquatic center have not been functioning properly because of the lack of water supply which may be adding to the problem.

“If the water is unsafe then clearly you can’t swim in it,” Fennell told reporters. “We have ensured the water and food quality is tested. We are concerned if athletes can’t perform to their best.”

 Sharon Robb can be reached at

FSU Comes To Town With SOFLO’s Best; SOFLO Trio Named Scholastic High School All-Americans

FSU Comes To Town With SOFLO’s Best; SOFLO Trio Named Scholastic High School All-Americans


October 6, 2010

Before No. 13 University of Miami takes on No. 23 Florida State’s football team Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium, the Seminoles will show off their swim team featuring several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers in two local college meets.

On Friday, Florida Atlantic will host the Seminoles at 4 p.m. at the Owls’ on-campus Boca Raton pool and on Saturday at noon, first-year team Nova Southeastern University will host the Seminoles in their state-of-the-art facility at noon.

The Seminoles are coming off an impressive showing at the three-day All Florida Invitational in Gainesville, where they finished runners-up to host Florida in the seven-team meet.

SOFLO swimmers Tiffany Oliver and Tyler Sell, both freshmen, are coming off top three finishes in their collegiate debut. Oliver was third in the 100 freestyle (51.32) and Sell was third in the 1,650 freestyle (15:39.87).

In the annual Garnet and Gold meet at the Morcom Aquatic Center, Sell won the 500 freestyle (4:37.37) and 1,000 freestyle (9:24.75) and Oliver won the 50 freestyle (23.81) and 100 freestyle (51.18).

Other SOFLO swimmers expected to compete are Alex Fernandez, a sophomore and freshmen Ashley Hicks and Paul Murray.

FSU coach Neil Harper, a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, is entering his 12th season as head coach. His 110 wins rank third and .815 winning percentage ranks second in ACC history. The Seminoles hope to break Virginia’s monopoly on ACC titles this season.

The public is welcome to attend both local collegiate meets.


South Florida Aquatic Club had three swimmers named to the 2009 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team.

Tiffany Oliver, Melissa Fernandez and Courtney Marx were chosen for their outstanding accomplishments as student-athletes.

Fernandez was one of two Florida Gold Coast swimmers who made the team all three years. The other was Courtney Randolph of Plantation Swim Team.

To be chosen, the high school sophomore, juniors and senior swimmers had to make at least a 3.5 grade point average and achieve the Junior National Championship time standard in at least one event.

Seventeen other FGC swimmers were also named Scholastic All-Americans.

SOFLO Swimmers At FSPA Invitational This Weekend In Orlando

Flanagan is the lone Broward County team entered in the 33rd FSPA (Florida Swimming Pool Association) Invitational Swimming and Diving meet that begins Friday with the Developmental Meet. On Saturday, the Invitational Meet will take place.

Six SOFLO swimmers are expected to compete. They are Andre Chavez, Kristin Colton, Josh Coote, Jynae Eadir, Bogdan Tesileanu and Arturo Valery.

Held at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, it is the largest swim meet in the southeastern United States. More than 60 schools and 1,400 swimmers and divers will compete over two days.

Jacksonville Bolles, coming off its Woodson Invitational victory, is expected to dominate.


Florida Atlantic University graduate Elle Weberg, now training with the South Florida Aquatic Club for the 2012 Olympic Games after a long layoff, is the newest owner of the Florida Gold Coast women’s short course record in the 50-yard breaststroke. She swam 29.69 on Sept. 24 during the Florida Gold Coast Invitational at the Academic Village Pool.


Swim team parents and coaches are welcome to attend the Officials Training USA Stroke and Turn Level I and II Clinics on Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-10 p.m. at the Sheinberg YMCA in Weston.

The purpose of the event is to certify new officials for USA Swimming and YMCA of the USA Competitive Swimming Programs as USA Stroke and Turn/Level I YMCA. The clinic will prepare participants to act in the role of stroke and turn judge, finish judge, relay take-off judge, timer and scorer.

It will also certify USA officials as Level II officials. The clinic will prepare current USA officials to perform in the role of YMCA referee, starter and chief judge.

Minimum age is 18 years old for USA certification only and 21 for YMCA certification. If interested contact Kathy or Mike Fish at 954-424-9622 or 954-586-4511. Cost for training is $22 per participant.

Sharon Robb can be reached at




October 6, 2010

Lindsey McKnight didn’t waste any time.

The American Heritage junior who trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club and six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg moved into the county’s No. 1 spot in the 100-yard butterfly during a dual meet against Pine Crest at the Panthers’ pool.

Swimming the event for the first time this season, McKnight won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.80 to take over the top spot in the county honor roll this week.

McKnight won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.21. She ranks second in the county in 2:05.74.

McKnight was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

McKnight is ranked in eight individual and relay events in the honor roll.

SOFLO teammate Luke Torres was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.79) and 100-yard butterfly (54.13).

Despite McKnight and Torres’ efforts, Pine Crest swept the team titles winning the girls dual meet, 111-75 and boys dual meet, 124-55.

Torres and Daniel Spas (100 freestyle) were the only non-Pine Crest winners. McKnight, Jessica Randolph (100 freestyle) and Lauren Driscoll (500 freestyle, 100 backstroke) were American Heritage’s individual winners.

Both teams were coming off impressive showings at Saturday’s Woodson Invitational, also at Pine Crest.

American Heritage’s next dual meet is Wednesday, Oct. 13 against University School at Nova Southeastern University’s state-of-the-art on-campus complex.


Pine Crest 111, American Heritage 75

200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage (Lauren Driscoll, Lindsey McKnight, Chantal Bouthillier, Jessica Randolph) 1:52.73, 2. Pine Crest A 1:55.32, 3. Pine Crest B 2:09.32.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:56.28, 2. Jessica Randolph, AH 1:56.67, 3. Hannah Veale, PC 2:07.77.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 2:09.21, 2. Alina Schulhofer, PC 2:14.09, 3. Rebecca Aiello, PC 2:17.98.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Stephanie Moeller, PC 26.04, 2. Kaelah Chaney, PC 26.36, 3. Dania Banks, AH 26.42.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jennifer Aguirre, PC 196.72, 2. Kristen Walker, AH 168.60, 3. Carly Ehrlich, PC 161.25.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 58.80, 2. Alina Schulhofer, PC 1:01.36, 3. Ana Rodriguez, AH 1:03.42.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Randolph, AH 54.67, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 55.84, 3. Lindsey Swartz, PC 58.25.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 5:10.68, 2. Rebecca Aiello, PC 5:20.21, 3. Mallory McKeon, PC 5:27.47.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:44.03, 2. Pine Crest B 1:45.63, 3. American Heritage 1:50.85.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 58.71, 2. Stephanie Moeller, PC 1:04.54, 3. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:07.44.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:09.25, 2. Kaelah Chaney, PC 1:12.01, 3. Dania Banks, AH 1:14.97.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage (Lauren Driscoll, Jessica Randolph, Chantal Bouthillier, Lindsey McKnight) 3:40.07, 2. Pine Crest A 3:43.47, 3. Pine Crest B 4:01.06.


Pine Crest 124, American Heritage 55

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:42.24, 2. American Heritage 1:44.87, 3. Pine Crest C 1:49.16.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Thomas Veale, PC 1:49.13, 2. Austin Evenson, PC 1:52.12, 3. Jose Serra, AH 1:56.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Luke Torres, AH 2:03.79, 2. Michal Rokita, PC 2:04.80, 3. Adam Dear, PC 2:05.14.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marcel Betschart, PC 22.97, 2. Descartes Holland, PC 22.99, 3. Digby Nothard, AH 23.36.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Connor Gerrits, PC 185.86, 2. Daniel Drevel, PC 108.60.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Luke Torres, AH 54.13, 2. Digby Nothard, AH 55.55, 3. Adam Dear, PC 55.70.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Daniel Spas, AH 49.01, 2. Marcel Betschart, PC 49.73, 3. Descartes Holland, PC 53.82.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Austin Evenson, PC 4:54.91, 2. Armand Aguirre, PC 5:00.94, 3. Alex Evenson, PC 5:21.85.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:32.55, 2. Pine Crest B 1:39.00, 3. American Heritage 1:44.31.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Armand Aguirre, PC 57.72, 2. Jose Serra, AH 59.17, 3. Ryan Walter, PC 1:00.31.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michal Rokita, PC 1:02.28, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 1:03.34, 3. Thomas Doolittle, PC 1:09.62.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 3:21.78, 2. American Heritage 3:24.90, 3. Pine Crest C 3:35.88.

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Atkinson Just Misses 200 Breaststroke Final; Delhi Belly Going Around At Commonwealth Games

Atkinson Just Misses 200 Breaststroke Final; Delhi Belly Going Around At Commonwealth Games


October 6, 2010

Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club will race in her final event Thursday at the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Atkinson, 21, representing Jamaica, will compete in her fourth and final event in the 100-meter breaststroke. She will swim in the third of six heats at the Dr. SPM Aquatics Complex in Talkatora Gardens.

On Wednesday, Atkinson just missed making her second final of the Games. She was fourth in her heat in 2:34.32 but failed to advance into the finals. She was tenth fastest among a field of 17 breaststrokers. Her splits were 36.01, 1:15.16 and 1:54.48.

Earlier in the week, Atkinson finished eighth in the 50-meter breaststroke and broke her national record twice (32.24 and 32.13). She was also 12th in the 200-meter individual medley (2:24.39).

“It’s been a pretty decent meet,” Atkinson said. “It’s kind of been up and down in terms of results. I am definitely looking forward to doing well in my last event.”

Australia’s Leisel Jones captured her third straight 200 breaststroke title in the in 2:25.38, defending her previous victories in 2002 and 2006. Aussie teammate Tessa Wallace was second in 2:25.60 and Sarah Katsoulis completed the Aussie  sweep with a third-place 2:25.92.

It was just part of the Aussies’ domination on the medal stand during the third day of finals. On Wednesday, Australia won six of the nine gold medals up for grabs including the women’s breaststroke.

Other finals:

In the men’s 50-meter butterfly, Jason Dunford became the first swimmer from Kenya to win a gold medal in 23.35 and moved into sixth place in the world rankings. Dunford and his brother David have been the only Kenyans to ever make a final in any event. Dunford is coached by Andrea Di Nino in Italy. Di Nino worked with SOFLO and six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex for more than two years and learned his lessons well working with several international swimmers and Lohberg.

Aussie Geoff Huegill, 31, who came out of retirement and battled back from depression and weight problem, took silver in 23.37. South Africa’s Roland Schoeman was third in 23.44.

In the men’s 200-meter backstroke, England’s James Goddard started off the night’s competition with a meet record 1:55.58 to win a gold medal. The previous record was 1:58.65. Lanky teenager Gareth Kean, 19, who nearly drowned when he was 2 at a school pool, won New Zealand’s first medal with a second place finish in a season-best 1:57.37. He was seeded eighth going into the final. Kean was coming off a double gold medal performance at Junior Pan Pacs. Aussie Ashley Delaney took bronze in 1:58.18.

Aussie Alicia Coutts won her second gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle. After swimming the fastest time in a textile suit in the 200 individual medley on opening day, she came back with a 54.09. Teammate Emily Seebohm took silver in 54.30 and England’s Fran Halsall took bronze in 54.57.

In the men’s 50-meter butterfly, Jason Dunford became the first swimmer from Kenya to win a gold medal in 23.35 and moved into sixth place in the world rankings. Only Dunford and his brother David were the only Kenyans to make a final. Dunford is coached by Andrea Di Nino in Italy.

Aussie Geoff Huegill, who came out of retirement and battled back from depression and weight problem, took silver in 23.37. South Africa’s Roland Schoeman was third in 23.44.

Aussie Emily Seebohm became the first woman in Commonwealth Games history to crack the minute barrier in a meet record 59.79. England’s Gemma Spofforth of the University of Florida finished second in 1:00.02 and Canadian Julia Wilkinson was third in 1:00.74.

South Africa’s Cameron Van der Burgh won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in a meet record 1:00.10. Christian Sprenger, the fastest qualifier, was second in 1:00.29 and Aussie Brenton Rickard,world record holder in a high-tech suit (58.58) was third in 1:00.46.

Australia swept the men’s (7:10.29) and women’s (7:53.71) 800-meter freestyle relays in meet records.
In the men’s ParaSport 50-meter freestyle, Aussie Matthew Cowdrey broke his own world record of 25.34 in 25.33 to win.
Australia leads in the overall medal count with 46 (21 gold, 15 silver, 10 bronze) followed by England (26), India (25) and Canada (11). In swimming, the Aussies lead with 25 total medals followed by England (10) and South Africa with five. Canada, expected to shine, has only four.

In other Games news, Delhi Belly seems to be going around the Athletes’ Village, swimming, hockey and gymnastic venues.

Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, chills and weakness. England’s contingent has been hit the hardest with about 40 athletes being stricken. Halsall, one of the team’s top swimmers and 50-meter butterfly gold medalist, was hit by the bug and nearly fainted on the pool deck after failing to qualify for the 100 meter butterfly final.

“Most of us girls have it,” said Brit swimmer Rebecca Adlington. “You don’t feel bad in itself, it’s just that I can’t eat and I am going to the toilet every couple of minutes. It could be a lot worse.”

It was worse for Aussie medal hopeful Robert Hurley who was forced to withdraw from the Games and return home because of an intestinal ailment and exhaustion.

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SOFLO’s Atkinson Finishes Eighth, Competes In Third Event Wednesday At Commonwealth Games

SOFLO’s Atkinson Finishes Eighth, Competes In Third Event Wednesday At Commonwealth Games


October 5, 2010

Alia Atkinson, competing in her first championship final at the 19th Commonwealth Games, finished eighth on the second day of swimming competition in Delhi, India.

The two-time Olympian representing Jamaica finished the 50-meter breaststroke in 32.48 seconds, 1.64 seconds behind a world-class field on Tuesday at the Dr. S.P.M. Aquatics Complex in Talkatora Gardens.

On Monday, the opening day, Atkinson, 21, broke her own national record twice, in the opening heat in 32.24 and bettered it in the semifinals in 32.13 to advance.

Atkinson was also 12th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:24.39.

In the 50 breaststroke final, Leiston Pickett of Australia, blew the field away off the blocks, took the gold in an upset in 30.84. The 18-year-old and newest Aussie swim star, is ranked third in the world behind American Jessica Hardy (30.03) and Russian Yulia Efimova (30.29) in 30.57.

“It’s certainly been an experience coming to Delhi and it’s great to get a gold medal,” Pickett said. “All the girls are swimming so fast so I knew I had to go for it from the start. To come out with gold is one of my dreams come true.”

Jones, the Olympic 100-meter champion, took silver in 31.10 and Kate Haywood of England took bronze in 31.17 to prevent an Aussie sweep.

On Wednesday, Atkinson will attempt to make another final in the 200-meter breaststroke. She competes in Lane 6 of Heat 3 against two of the world’s best, Hannah Miley of Scotland and Leisel Jones of Australia.

Atkinson is attempting to become the first Jamaican to medal at a Commonwealth Games since Janelle Atkinson (no relation) took bronze medals in the 400- and 800-meter freestyles.

In other action, the Aussies and Brits took turns winning medals.

Fran Halsall of England, a world silver medalist in the 100 freestyle, shocked Aussies Marieke Guehrer and Emily Seebohm to win the 50-meter butterfly in a British national record time of 26.24.

Guehrer, the world champion and fastest qualifier, was touched out at the wall on the last stroke and finished in 26.27. Seebohm’s time was 26.29.

“It’s fantastic, I really didn’t expect to win that one,” Halsall said. “I just wanted to go out there and get a good time and see what happens. I like being the underdog. There was a lot more pressure on some of the other girls. It was really nice to see the England flag at the top and two Aussies underneath.”

England’s world champion Liam Tancock won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in a meet record of 24.62 ahead of Aussies Hayden Stoeckel (25.08) and Ashley Delaney, (25.21) the fastest qualifier for the final.

“It’s all about getting in there and racing,” Tancock said. “I felt good but not amazing. I wasn’t really aware how far in front I was.

In the Paralympic 50-meter freestyle event, South Africa’s Natalie Du Toit just missed her world record of 29.04 and won the gold medal in 29.17.

In the final gold medal event of the night, Scotland’s Robert Renwick won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.88, finishing ahead of Aussies Kenrick Monk (1:47.90) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:48.22).

“This is a proud moment for me and for Scotland,” Renwick said. “I’m going to enjoy the moment.”

Glasgow, Scotland will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In other news:

Australia’s top distance swimmer Robert Hurley is suffering from a fatigue-related condition and may withdraw. In his first event, he was 14th in the 400-meter freestyle on Monday. Two other teammates, Andrew Lauterstein and Patrick Murphy seem to have similar symptoms. Some doctors have suggested it is over-training and under-recovery. Hurley must first get permission from the Australian Commonwealth Games Association to leave the Games.

Sharon Robb can be reached at