AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Issue 31, Nike Swim Miami Set For April 9 At New Site

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Issue 31, Nike Swim Miami Set For April 9 At New Site


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 25, 2011

Nike Swim Miami will have a new site for its 2011 event.

The Saturday, April 9 open water swims, with an all-star field of competitors, will be held at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island at 1001 MacArthur Causeway.

Pre-race registration will be held Friday, April 8, noon-6 p.m. at the Miami Yacht Club.

On Saturday, check-in is 6-9:45 a.m. and Sponsor Expo will be open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Race time is 7:30 a.m. for the Miami Mile, 8:30 a.m. for the 800-meter swim, 9 a.m. for the 4K and 10 a.m. for the 10K swim. Swimmers must show proof they have completed a 1,650 or mile swim if they want to compete in the 10K.

Each race will have a separate start time for male and female swimmers within appropriate intervals.

There will be two racing courses. In the 800-meter and one-mile events swimmers will head out and return back in a narrow course designed for optimum observation of large numbers of competitors. There are no feeding stations in these races.

The Florida Gold Coast will also use the event as its Junior Olympics  open water swim. The top four in each age group (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18) will be invited to compete as members of the FGC Open Water All-Star Team at the June 10-11 Florida Cup Challenge against Florida Swimming in Fort Myers.

In the 4K and 10K events, swimmers will follow a rectangular course totaling 2000 meters per loop. A feeding station will be provided and use of feed sticks by coaches is permitted.

All registration will be closed Friday, April 1. Late entries with added cost will be accepted through noon on Friday, April 8. There is also race day registration.

The event will have a live webcast courtesy of La Ley Sports, hosted by one of the former Dos Amigos of 790 The Ticket.

Last year, SOFLO’s Kelley Heron won the 800-meter swim in 13:13, six seconds ahead of Fort Lauderdale Aquatics’ Greg Fernandes. Jesus Marin of Davie Nadadores won the Miami Mile in 20:18. University of Florida-bound Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatic Club won the 5K in 1:01:18. Alex Meyer of Massachusetts Bay Marlins won the 10K in 1:57:58.

The Miami Sports International event will also host Board Up, which features product demonstrations, all-day entertainment from some of the area’s top musicians, bikini fashion show and action sports professionals, skateboard and BMX contests.

Jungle Island is offering a 25 percent discount for general admission with the promo code 8860.

For more information, contact event director Jonathan Strauss at 305-273-1129 or thesportspromoters@swimgym.net.

FRENCH LONG COURSE NATIONALS

Fred Bousquet, fresh off his training camp at Pine Crest Swimming and tune-up meet in Plantation, posted the world’s best time in the 50-meter freestyle during the French Long Course Nationals in Strasbourg.

France is using the meet as a qualifier for the world championships in Shanghai this summer.

Bousquet, the former world record holder, posted the first sub-22 second 50-meter freestyle of the year. He won in 21.82 and teammate Alain Bernard was second in 21.98.

In other fast swims:

Yannick Agnel swam the world’s fastest 400-meter freestyle in 3:43.85, breaking his own national record of 3:46.17.

Camille Lacourt swam the fastest 100-meter backstroke in 52.44, the fastest time this year.

Camille Muffat became the first Frenchwoman to crack 54 seconds in a textile suit when she won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.97.

Olympic medalist Hugues Duboscq won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:11.99.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS CUTS SWIMMING

The University of New Orleans has decided to eliminate swimming and diving as part of its NCAA re-classification from Division I to Division II.

UNO, which plans to add three sports next month, will be in the Gulf South Conference which does not sponsor swimming or diving.

“Ultimately, we could not make swimming and diving work within our plan for properly supporting ten sports needed in order to comply with Division II membership standards in 2011-2012,” said Athletic Director Amy Champion, who worked with swim coach James Winchester to come up with budget-saving ideas.

This past season UNO competed as a Division I independent school.

ANOTHER SWIMMER COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT

After three years away from competitive swimming, two-time Olympic trials finalist Chris DeJong, 26, has come out of retirement to train for the Trials in the 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter freestyle.

The former University of Michigan swimmer will make his debut next month at the Ann Arbor, Mich. Grand Prix event named for the late Michigan swimmer and coach Eric Namesnik, a former Spanish River High and Mission Bay swimmer, who grew up competing in the Florida Gold Coast. DeJong was fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in the 2004 trials and sixth in 2008.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored

Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 24, 2011

Stanford broke an American record twice, Nathan Adrian rewrote the record book and University of Texas took the lead on Day One of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Stanford started off the day with an American record in the 200-yard freestyle in morning prelims.

Stanford’s Alex Coville (19.28), Aaron Wayne (18.95), Jakob Allen (18.88) and Austin Staab (18.73) broke the American record in 1:15.84, breaking the 1:15.90 set by Texas in 2009.

The Cardinals came back in finals to break their own record to win the relay in 1:15.26. The win gave Stanford its NCAA-record ninth win in the event.

Matt McLean of Virginia, the top seed after morning prelims, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:10.15. Defending champion Conor Dwyer of Florida finished a disappointing third in 4:13.98.

Stanford’s Austin Staab, the fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.57.

Olympic hopeful Nathan Adrian of California-Berkeley reclaimed the 50-yard freestyle with an American record in 18.66, bettering his national record of 18.71 set in 2009 when he last won the NCAA title in the event. Adrian also anchored California’s winning 400-yard medley relay that won in 3:02.28. Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic and Tom Shields were also relay members.

Purdue’s David Boudia defended his 1-meter springboard title with 461 points.

University of Texas leads after Day One with 139 points followed by Stanford, 136; California, 134; Auburn, 110.5 and Arizona, 99.

No. 5-ranked University of Florida is seventh with 70 points. The Gators picked up All-American honors in four events.

“We had some good performances today,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We raced really well. We had a couple of disappointments with some races we thought we would be better in, but by the same token, Cieslak and Rousseau did tremendous in the 200 IM.”

Freshman Marcin Cieslak was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best 1:43.69, earning All-American honors. Sophomore Sebastien Rousseau was tenth in a career-best 1:44.24.

Dwyer failed to defend his title in the 500-yard freestyle with his third place in 4:13.98 after winning last year in 4:13.64.

“Conor in the finals maybe overswam the front-end of the race a little bit,” Troy said.

Florida took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:06.81 with Marco Loughran, Dwyer, Cieslak and Brett Fraser.

“We are going to put the pieces back together and get it started back again tomorrow,” Troy said.

Florida State senior diver Landon Marzullo finished 15th on one-meter springboard with 340.00 for six dives and earned honorable mention All-American. Senior diver Michael Neubacher finished 25th with 298.20 points. Florida State is 25th with two points.

On Saturday, Pine Crest Swimming veteran coach Jay Fitzgerald will be honored with the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

Fitzgerald will be honored during the annual NISCA Conference held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Championships. The names of the recipients of the prestigious award will be displayed in the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale.

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

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Comets, Coral Springs Swim Club Compete In 8-and-Under Sizzler Invitational In Tamarac On Friday

Comets, Coral Springs Swim Club Compete In 8-and-Under Sizzler Invitational In Tamarac On Friday


Comets, Coral Springs Swim Club Compete In 8-and-Under Sizzler Invitational In Tamarac On Friday

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 24, 2011

Marissa Kopec, Daniel Huang and Joshua Banks of the Coral Springs Swim Club will be among top seeds when they compete in the 8-and-Under Sizzler Short Course Invitational on Friday in Tamarac.

Kopec, 6, is seeded first in three events in the 6-and-under age group—25-meter butterfly, 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter freestyle. She is also seeded second in the 25-meter breaststroke.

Hanks, 7, is seeded first in two events in the 7-8 age group—25-meter backstroke and 25-meter freestyle. He is seeded second in the 25-meter butterfly.

Huang, 8, is seeded first in the 7-8 25-meter butterfly.

Coral Springs Swim Club is also seeded one-two in the 100-meter freestyle relays.

The two-hour meet features 160 swimmers and is sanctioned by the Florida Gold Coast.

Comets and Coral Springs Swim Club swimmers competing and events are:

BOYS

Boys 6-and-under 25-meter butterfly: COMETS: Sebastian Lares, Miguel Crespo, Fernando Ziehm; CORAL SPRINGS: Ryan Schmuki, Edward Huang.

Boys 7-8 25-meter butterfly: CORAL SPRINGS: Daniel Huang, Joshua Hanks, Connor Marks, Alex Dworet, Fabio Savino, Alexander Meyer, Nick Ismailoff, Andre Hada, Brian Gonzalez; COMETS: Daniel Saliba, Tanner Gibson, Nicholas Mazon, Joseph Lee, Dyan Face, Marcus Hernandez, Akira Huang, Ryan Heron, Marcos Vazquez, Anthony Gutierrez.

Boys 6-and-under 25-meter backstroke: COMETS: Sebastian Lares, Miguel Crespo, Fernando Ziehm; CORAL SPRINGS: Ryan Schmuki, Edward Huang.

Boys 7-8 25-meter backstroke: CORAL SPRINGS: Joshua Hanks, Daniel Huang, Connor Marks, Alex Dworet, Fabio Savino, Alexander Meyer, Nick Ismailoff, Andre Hada, Brian Gonzalez; COMETS: Daniel Saliba, Tanner Gibson, Nicholas Mazon, Joseph Lee, Dyan Face, Marcus Hernandez, Akira Huang, Ryan Heron, Marcos Vazquez, Anthon Gutierrez.

Boys 6-and-under 25-meter breaststroke: COMETS: Sebastian Lares, Miguel Crespo, Fernando Ziehm; CORAL SPRINGS: Ryan Schmuki, Edward Huang.

Boys 7-8 25-meter breaststroke: CORAL SPRINGS: Joshua Hanks, Daniel Huang, Connor Marks, Fabio Savino, Alex Dworet, Alexander Meyer, Nick Ismailoff, Andre Hada, Brian Gonzalez; COMETS: Daniel Saliba, Tanner Gibson, Nicholas Mazon, Joseph Lee, Dylan Face, Marcus Hernandez, Akira Huang, Ryan Heron, Marcos Vazquez, Anthon Gutierrez.

Boys 6-and-under 25-meter freestyle: COMETS: Sebastian Lares, Miguel Crespo, Fernando Ziehm; CORAL SPRINGS: Ryan Schmuki, Edward Huang.

Boys 7-8 25-meter freestyle: CORAL SPRINGS: Joshua Hanks, Daniel Huang, Connor Marks, Fabio Savino, Alex Dworet, Alexander Meyer, Nick Ismailoff, Andre Hada, Brian Gonzalez; COMETS: Daniel Saliba, Tanner Gibson, Nicholas Mazon, Joseph Lee, Dylan Face, Marcus Hernandez, Akira Huang, Ryan Heron, Marcos Vazquez, Anthony Gutierrez.

GIRLS

Girls 6-and-under 25-meter butterfly: CORAL SPRINGS: Marissa Kopec.

Girls 7-8 25-meter butterfly: CORAL SPRINGS: Stephanie Kopec, Olivia Mason, Cara Virgin, Molly Mason, Emma Gomez, Katherine Minielly, Michelle Lapidot, Gisele Girones; COMETS: Michelle Marinheiro, Analucia Raimont, Isabella Franco, Trinity Hoyos, Zoe Mutombo, Annabell Tigue, Emma Perera, Gretchen Montgomery, Madison Ramon, Isabella Lizarazo, Katrina Del Vecchio, Kylie McIntosh, Sophia Bedoya.

Girls 6-and-under 25-meter backstroke: CORAL SPRINGS: Marissa Kopec.

Girls 7-8 25-meter backstroke: CORAL SPRINGS: Olivia Mason, Cara Virgin, Molly Mason, Stephanie Kopec, Michelle Lapidot, Emma Gomez, Katherine Minielly, Gisele Girones; COMETS: Michelle Marinheiro, Analucia Raimont, Isabella Franco, Trinity Hoyos, Zoe Mutombo, Annabell Tigue, Emma Perera, Gretchen Montgomery, Madison Ramon, Isabella Lizarazo, Katrina Del Vecchio, Kylie McIntosh, Sophia Bedoya.

Girls 6-and-under 25-meter breaststroke: CORAL SPRINGS: Marissa Kopec.

Girls 7-8 25-meter breaststroke: CORAL SPRINGS: Stephanie Kopec, Olivia Mason, Cara Virgin, Molly Mason, Katheine Minielly, Gisele Girones, Michelle Lapidot, Emma Gomez; COMETS: Michelle Marinheiro, Analucia Raimont, Isabella Franco, Trinity Hoyos, Zoe Mutombo, Annabell Tigue, Emma Perera, Gretchen Montgomery, Madison Ramon, Isabella Lizarazo, Katrina Del Vecchio, Kylie McIntosh, Sophia Bedoya.

Girls 6-and-under 25-meter freestyle: CORAL SPRINGS: Marissa Kopec.

Girls 7-8 25-meter freestyle: CORAL SPRINGS: Olivia Mason, Cara Virgin, Emma Gomez, Stephanie Kopec, Michelle Lapidot, Katherine Minielly, Molly Mason, Gisele Girones; COMETS: Michelle Marinheiro, Analucia Raimont, Isabella Franco, Trinity Hoyos, Zoe Mutombo, Annabell Tigue, Emma Perera, Gretchen Montgomery, Madison Ramon, Isabella Lizarazo, Katrina Del Vecchio, Kylie McIntosh, Sophia Bedoya.

IF YOU GO

What: 8-And-Under Sizzler Invitational

When: Friday, 5 p.m. warm-up, events 5:30 p.m.

Where: Tamarac Caporella Aquatic Complex, 9300 NW 58th St., Tamarac

How to get there: The aquatic complex is located just north of Commercial Blvd. From Commercial Blvd., turn north on 94th St., the pool is on the right.

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For information call 954-747-4635.

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

 http://www.swim4soflo.com