SOFLO’s Olympians Torres, Semeco, Atkinson Make Finals On Day One Of Sette Colli Rome Meet

SOFLO’s Olympians Torres, Semeco, Atkinson Make Finals On Day One Of Sette Colli Rome Meet

June 17, 2011


On the opening morning of the 48th annual Sette Colli International Open Swimming Trophy Meet, the South Florida Aquatic Club had three swimmers qualify for championship finals and four others swim career-best times.

SOFLO’s three Olympians, Dara Torres, Arlene Semeco and Alia Atkinson qualified for Friday night’s finals in Rome, Italy.

Torres, competing in only her third meet since the 2009 World Championships and reconstructive knee surgery, qualified fourth in the 50-meter freestyle. She won her heat in 25.34.

Torres is seeded behind Sweden’s Therese Alshammar (24.87), Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands (25.17) and Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands (25.20).

Semeco also qualified for the 50-meter freestyle, placing second in her heat in 25.61 and earning the eighth seed for finals.

Alia Atkinson qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing second in her heat and qualifying eighth for finals in 1:11.22.

Four SOFLO swimmers turned in career-bests during their morning swims.

University of Miami’s Dana Hatic finished second in the opening heat of the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.74. Her previous best was 1:13.97. She finished 30th among a field of 44 swimmers.

Teenager Keegan Boisson-Yates finished eighth in his heat of the 50-meter backstroke in 29.60. His previous best was 29.94.

Loai Tashkandi of Saudi Arabia finished fourth in his 100-meter breaststroke heat in 1:06.48. His previous best was 1:08.17.

Teenager Lindsey McKnight won her 100-meter butterfly heat in 1:03.41. Her previous best was 1:04.01.

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Teenager Wins At Santa Clara; SOFLO Begins Competing In Rome On Friday

Teenager Wins At Santa Clara; SOFLO Begins Competing In Rome On Friday


June 16, 2011

Unheralded sixteen-year-old Camryne Morris of North Baltimore Aquatic Club cruised to women’s 1500-meter freestyle title on the opening day of the Santa Clara International Invitational Grand Prix.

Morris, whose older brother and sister swim in college, won in 16 minutes, 30.98 seconds, topping the women’s field by more than 25 seconds.

The top five finishers in the mile on Thursday were all teenagers.

Amanda Richey, 15, of Boulder Swimming was second in 16:58.15, Catherine Breed, 18, of Pleasanton Seahawks was third in 16:59.10, Nicole Chang, 16, of La Mirada Armada was fourth in 17:00.06 and Haley Rowley, 14, of Boulder Swimming was fifth in 17:02.20.

In the men’s 800-meter freestyle, Canadian Ryan Cochrane, 22, won in a meet record 7:52.18. The previous mark was 7:53.56, set by Chad La Tourette of Mission Viejo in 2009.

“We had a couple months of really heavy training so sometimes you forget that it’s all about the racing,” Cochrane said. “I am really happy with it. It’s better than where I was at this time last year. Worlds is coming up quick.”

Peter Vanderkaay, 27, was second in 8:00.87 and Aussie Ryan Napoleon, 21, was third in 8:08.11.

Florida Gold Coast finishers were: Ricardo Monastero, 32, Davie Nadadores, fifth, 8:13.72; Thomas Veale, 17, Pine Crest, 26th, 8:31.66; and Austin Evenson, 17, Pine Crest, 42nd, 8:44.31.

SOFLO’s Jessie Alcaide begins competition on Friday.

After one event, Canada leads the men’s team rankings (25) followed by Australia and Santa Clara Swim Club tied for second (22). Davie is seventh (16).

Boulder Swimming leads the women’s rankings (35) followed by the Pleasanton Seahawks (28) and North Baltimore Aquatic Club (22).

The meet continues on Friday with a full schedule of events. Phelps will compete in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly on Friday.

The meet is being webcast at Universal Sports is broadcasting the meet live 8-10 p.m. EST.

Ryan Lochte also heads the field. However, the Floridian is coming off a strained left knee which has affected his breaststroke training.

Lochte injured his knee two months ago when he twisted it in his car popping his medial collateral ligament. Lochte is scheduled to swim the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 400 individual medley.

Phelps Will Not Swim Eight Events In London

During Thursday’s practice day at Santa Clara, Michael Phelps made it clear that he will not try to duplicate his eight gold medal feat at the 2012 London Olympics.

“I won’t be doing eight again, that is out of the question,” Phelps told reporters while preparing for the Santa Clara International Grand Prix, the last major meet for U.S. swimmers before next month’s world championships.

Phelps may swim as many as six or seven events according to his coach, Bob Bowman. The 400-meter individual medley, his signature event, is probably off his events list after failing to make the Pac Pacs 400 IM final.

“There are still things I want to do, that’s obvious,” Phelps said. “I wouldn’t have come back if I still didn’t have things to accomplish. There are still some small goals I want to accomplish that will probably be just as challenging.”

Brendan Hansen, 29, a four-time world champion breaststroker and former world record holder, will compete in his first meet since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hansen is another swimmer to come out of retirement since the ban on high-tech suites in an attempt to make the 2012 London Olympics. Hansen started training in December and will use the Santa Clara meet as a gauge to where his training is. He dropped fifteen pounds competing in triathlons while training at Texas.

SOFLO Opens Competition At Sette Colli Roma Meet

Eleven of South Florida Aquatic Club’s twelve-swimmer contingent will begin competition in the 48th annual Sette Colli International Open

Swimming Trophy Meet on Friday in Rome.

In the opening event, the 50-meter backstroke, Brandon Goldman will make his international debut. His career-best is 28.49. Keegan Boisson-Yates will also compete in the 50-meter backstroke. His best time is 29.94.

In the men’s 400-meter freestyle, Hazem Tashkandi (4:08.01) of Saudi Arabia will compete.

In the third event, the women’s and men’s 100-meter breaststroke, two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson (1:10.25), University of Miami’s Dana Hatic (1:13.97), Lindsey McKnight (1:09.93) and Loai Tashkandi (1:08.17) will compete.

In the next event, the 100-meter butterfly, Luke Torres (56.59) and Hallie Stupp (1:03.97) will compete in the men’s and women’s heats.

In the final event of the morning prelims, the men’s and women’s 50-meter freestyle will be held. Five-time Olympian Dara Torres (24.07) heads the women’s field. Venezuelan Olympian Arlene Semeco (24.76), McKnight (26.32) and Stupp (27.29) will also compete in the women’s heats. Boisson-Yates will compete in the men’s heats (25.02).

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