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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org