Lochte Wins Fifth Gold Medal, Team USA Ends With A Flourish At World Aquatic Championships

Lochte Wins Fifth Gold Medal, Team USA Ends With A Flourish At World Aquatic Championships

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July 31, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Ryan Lochte won his fifth world title on the final night of the eight-day swimming competition at the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China.

On Sunday, U.S. swimmers won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the last major international competition before the 2012 London Olympics.

Looking ahead to London, the U.S. team’s performance was “unbelievably encouraging” according to U.S. women’s coach Jack Bauerle. “It was great by Saturday night and just got greater tonight.”

Lochte’s final gold was in the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 7.13 seconds, 3.29 seconds slower than Michael Phelps’ world record and off Lochte’s personal best of 4:06.08.

“I’m kind of upset just because I wanted to go faster,” Locte said.

U.S. teammate Tyler Clary took silver in 4:11.17. Japan’s Yuya Horihata won the bronze in 4:11.98.

“Getting five gold medals is definitely great,” said Lochte, named Male Swimmer of the Meet. “But the times I’ve gone, I know I can go a lot faster. Worlds was a roller coaster. A lot of places in my races I messed up on. I have a full year to make sure I have those perfect swims.”

Despite Lochte’s success and his dominance over Phelps, he refuses to take over the top spot in men’s swimming. Lochte is only the fourth man to win at least five gold medals in a single world championship.

“I don’t think I’m the top dog,” Lochte said. “As far as I’m concerned right now, I’m at the bottom of swimming.”

Phelps finished with four golds, two silvers and one bronze and echoed Lochte’s sentiments.

“I have a lot of things rolling around in my head and you can take that any way you want to,” Phelps said. “I’m fairly satisfied. This is 2011, not 2012. And it’s not the Olympic Games. We have 12 months to prepare.

“I have been able to gather more motivation here than I already had. I think that’s something that will help me get into better shape for next year. It’s going to be a fun year.”

Phelps got his final gold medal on the 400-meter medley relay with teammates Nick Thoman, Mark Gangloff and Nathan Adrian on anchor leg.

Phelps brought the U.S. from fourth to second on his butterfly leg and Adrian came up with a 47.64 split to take the lead and touch first.

“I think the biggest thing is just being able to finish on a win like that,” Phelps said. “Relays are all about teamwork. To be able to put four guys together to step up and fight, we always find a way to get up and go. It was a great way to end the last event.”

U.S. women Jessica Hardy and Elizabeth Beisel, a sophomore at the University of Florida, came up big to win individual gold medals in the 50-meter breaststroke and 400-meter individual medley.

Rebecca Soni, named Female Swimmer of the Meet, added a bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.58 to add to her three golds.

World record holder Hardy competed in a tough double, winning the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.19 and then competed in the 50-meter freestyle just fifteen minutes later.

“I was still out of breath when I dove in for the 50 free but it was really fun,” Hardy said. I’m glad I did it, but I am completely dead.”

Beisel won her first world title in 4:31.78, a textile best in the event. She won by more than two seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Hannah Miley in 4:34.22 and Aussie Stephanie Rise in 4:34.23.

“My strategy is really just not to worry too much,” said the 18-year-old Beisel. “It was a very good surprise and I just try to do my best to win medals.”

Teenage phenom Missy Franklin leaves her first worlds with five medals including three golds and two world records. Franklin, who also competes for her high school team, trains in a 25-yard high school pool in suburban Denver.

The U.S. team finished with 16 gold medals (eight men and eight women) and 29 overall. The world championships also returned to normalcy with the textile suits. Two world records were broken in Shanghai as opposed to 43 world records in the shiny high-tech suits at the 2009 Rome World Championships.

While the Americans did dominate final day action, there were other highlights.

China’s Sun Yang, only 19, broke the oldest world record in the 1500-meter freestyle. Sun broke Aussie Grant Hackett’s 10-year-old world record. He finished in 14 minutes, 34.14 seconds to better the 14:34.56 record. He was two seconds off world record pace with four laps to go but turned it on in the final two laps.

Sun has been training in Australia with Hackett’s coach, Denis Cotterell.

Canadian Ryan Cochrane took the silver in 14:44.46 and Hungary’s Gergo Kis won bronze in 14:45.66.

“I was not obsessed with the world record before the final because I wanted to focus on my plan, my aim was to keep the good energy and stable mindset to the end,” said Sun, who also won the 800 freestyle earlier in the meet. “My goal was to win gold.”

Sweden’s Therese Alshammar, who turns 34 this month, won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.14. Dutch swimmers Ranomi Kromowidjojo took silver in 24.27 and Marleen Veldhuis took the bronze in 24.49.

SOFLO sprinter Dara Torres did not compete because she was rehabbing her knee. She is expected to be a factor at the U.S. Olympic trials against swimmers young enough to be her daughter.

Most of the U.S. world swimmers hopped a plane for California where they will compete in ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships that begin on Tuesday at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club has ten swimmers, all women, competing. Several members arrived on Saturday and worked out on Sunday in the meet pool. Others departed on Sunday.

Medal tally

China, one of the favorites to dominate the 2012 Olympics, finished with the most medals with 36 total, 15 goal, 13 silver and 8 bronze. The U.S. had 32 total medals, 17 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze. Russia was third with 18 including 8 gold medals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Zain Qali, Abbas Qali, Hazem Tashkandi Win Gold At Gulf Aquatic Championships

SOFLO’s Zain Qali, Abbas Qali, Hazem Tashkandi Win Gold At Gulf Aquatic Championships


July 30, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

SOFLO’s Zain Qali of Kuwait won a gold medal and broke a meet record at the Gulf Aquatic Long Course Championships at the Hamad Aquatic Complex in Kuwait.

Zain Qali won the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 25.30.

Abbas Qali, also of Kuwait, won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.20 and was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 25.60.

Hazem Tashkandi of Saudi Arabia won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:16 and was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:59.

Three-time gold medalist and national record holder Loai Tashkandi, also of Saudi Arabia, was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.60.

Abbas and Zain Qali are members of the Kuwait national team.

The swim meet features all six Gulf nations, KSA, UAE, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, Qatar and host Kuwait.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s 11-12 Boys Break Own National Record On Final Day Of Southern Zone Championships

SOFLO’s 11-12 Boys Break Own National Record On Final Day Of Southern Zone Championships


July 30, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club’s 11-12 boys’ 200-meter freestyle relay team broke its own national record on a bigger stage Saturday night at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

The relay team of Cristian Rossi, 12, Tristan Celestin, 12, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, and Julien Pinon, 12, crushed their two-week old record in 1 minute, 48.80 seconds. The splits were 27.40, 27.50, 28.04 and 25.86.

The previous record was 1:50.83 set at the July 15-17 Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Junior Olympic Championships in Plantation.

The boys field was so competitive, two other teams, Florida Swimming (1:49.52) and Southeastern (1:50.44) dipped under the old national age group record.

“They crushed it,” SOFLO CEO and coach Chris Anderson said after talking by phone with SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie with the boys at the meet. “Twelve-year-olds have unlimited gas tanks.”

It was SOFLO’s fifth national age group record in three weeks and Lockie’s fifth national age group record as a coach. She works with Rossi, Mesa and Pinon. SOFLO also owns the 11-12 boys’ 200- and 400-meter medley relay and 400-meter freestyle relay records.

“After this morning, they knew what they had to do,” Lockie said. “They had to be the four fastest swimmers going in. They swam their little hearts out. It was amazing, absolutely brilliant.”

After a full week of racing in multi events, the foursome was determined to fight off fatigue.

“They all knew it was their last race,” Lockie said. “They wanted to break it so much. It was pure adrenalin. They are going to sleep for a week.”

The SOFLO relay was pushed from start to finish by a strong boys relay field.

“They did have competition,” Lockie said. “Diving in each kid knew that. They knew how close it was going to be. They were swimming to win which helped them get the record.

“They swam their hearts out. It was awesome and a great way to finish the meet. I am so proud of them. I know they are tired.”

In individual races, Pinon added two more silver medals to his medal haul on the final day.

In four days, Pinon won three gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals and finished as the most decorated SOFLO swimmer.

Earlier Saturday night, Pinon was second in the 50-meter freestyle in a career-best 26.17. His previous best was 26.52. Jackson Defore of Florida Swimming won the event in 26.05.

Pinon was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in a career-best 29.13 faster than morning swim of 29.61, fourth fastest seed. His previous best time was 29.36. Andrew Tretyakov of Southeastern won in 28.77.

SOFLO’s Catharine Cooper won her first silver medal of the week-long meet as a member of the girls’ 11-12 200-meter freestyle relay that finished second in 1:55.36 along with members Alexa Rivera, Jamie Flores and Rose Smiddy.

Florida Gold Coast’s 15-18 boys relay of Wali Toulson, Austin Saunders, Daniel Spas and Cory Perez won in 1:37.50 finishing ahead of Florida Swimming in 1:37.85. FGC flirted with the meet record of 1:36.09.

Spas also won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.32 and Austin Manganiello won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.46.

Florida Gold Coast boys’ team finished fifth with 449.5 points. Southeastern won the team title with 930.5 points and Florida Swimming was second with 800.5.

Florida Gold Coast finished sixth with 431.5 points among the 14-team girls’ field. Southeastern won the title with 920.5 points and Florida Swimming was runner-up with 786.5.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Southeastern 920.5, 2. Florida 786.5, 3. Georgia 727.5, 4. North Carolina 549.5, 5. Kentucky 437, 6. Florida Gold Coast 431.5, 7. Gulf 207, 8. South Texas 141, 9. South Carolina 111, 10. Border 36, 11. Louisiana 34.5, 12. North Texas 29, 13. West Virginia 16, 14. Mississippi 7.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Ann Kyriakidis, SES 2:23.80; FGC: 2. Rose Smiddy 2:26.22, 16. Alexa Rivera 2:36.04, 23. Allison Kopas 2:37.91, 38. Jessica Rodriguez 2:41.35, 39. Star Fassler 2:41.46; 13-14, 1. Sophia Pilkington, SES 2:23.66; FGC: 16. Lindsey Swartz 2:30.52, 18. Darby Goodwin 2:31.16, 19. Adrianna Noya 2:31.74, 21. Chris Herfuth 2:32.07, 28. Kelsea Volland 2:34.07, 32. Amanda Tipton 2:34.83; 15-18, 1. Ellie Grimes, KY 2:21.58; SOFLO: 24. Emma Lincoln 2:33.43, best time; FGC: 28. Alex Kalandiak 2:35.16, 31. Khamai Simpson 2:36.89.

50-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Jessie Everett, SES 28.29; FGC: 3. Tie, Rose Smiddy 28.47, 20. Jamie Flores 29.62, 29. Stephanie Hernandez 30.01, SOFLO: 18. Catharine Cooper 29.60; 13-14, 1. Brooke Bauer, KY 27.23; FGC: 7. Carolina Nava 27.87, 23. Darby Goodwin 28.49, 33. Amanda Tipton 28.85, 34. Kelsea Volland 28.88, 38. Omaira German 29.01, 54. Lindsey Swartz 29.61; 15-18, 1. Meg Strickland, STX 26.88; FGC: 12. Jessica Randolph 27.83, 19. Khamai Simpson 28.32, 30. Brenna Ruth 28.86, 31. Zoie Balthazar 28.87, 46. Julie Suarez 29.43; SOFLO: 22. Emma Lincoln 28.37, best time.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Ann Kyriakidis, SES 29.11; SOFLO: 13. Allison Kopas 31.59, best time; 39. Catharine Cooper 33.69, best time; FGC: 21. Alexa Rivera 31.99, 50. Jamie Flores 35.10.

200-meter butterfly: 13-14, 1. Asia Quentin, GULF 2:18.78; FGC: 3. Chris Herfurth 2:23.44; 15-18, 1. Corinne Taylor, SCZT 2:18.64; FGC: 8. Alex Kalandiak 2:28.55, 11. Amanda Ford 2:32.48.

200-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. SES 1:53.32, 2. FGC “A” 1:55.36 (Alexa Rivera, Jamie Flores, Catharine Cooper, Rose Smiddy) 13-14, 1. NCS 1:50.16, 7. FGC “A” 1:52.81 (Caroline Nava, Darby Goodwin, Kelsea Volland, Arianna Noya); 15-18, 1. Florida Swimming 1:47.86, 6. FGC “A” 1:51.93 (Emma Lincoln, Khamai Simpson, Zoie Balthazar, Jessica Randolph).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Southeastern 930.5, 2. Florida 800.5, 3. Georgia 739.5, 4. North Carolina 551.5, 5. Florida Gold Coast 449.5, 6. Kentucky 445, 7. Gulf 207, 8. South Texas 141, 9. South Carolina 117, 10. Louisiana 38.5, 11. Border 36, 12. North Texas 29, 13. West Virginia 16, 14. Mississippi 7.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Jackson Defore, FL 2:21.38; FGC: 11. Julio Horrego 2:32.00, 22. Alberto Gomez 2:35.17; SOFLO: 27. Juan Lucas 2:37.41, 32. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 2:38.50; 13-14, 1. Alex Taylor, GA 2:13.73; SOFLO: 12. Brandon Goldman 2:15.34, best time; FGC: 17. Marco Guarente 2:20.44, 32. Manuel Lopez 2:24.57, 34. Fernando Bohorquez 2:25.02, 51. Gabriel Pere 2:30.07; 15-18, 1. Austin Manganiello, FGC 2:08.46; FGC: 19. Derek Chait 2:17.13.

50-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Jackson Defore, FL 26.05; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 26.17, 13. Cristian Rossi 28.17, 22. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 28.65, best time; FGC: 21. Tristan Celestin 28.48, 39. Michael Hovart 29.74; 13-14, 1. Adam Thomas, SES 25.31; FGC: 11. Marco Guarente 25.98, 18. Gabriel Perez 26.26, 20. William Pisani 26.33, 31. Nicholas Conrad 26.95; 15-18, 1. Daniel Spas 24.32; FGC: 9. Austin Saunders 25.16, 10. Cory Perez 25.17, 12. Wali Toulson 25.21, 21. Lucas Brito 25.63.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Andrew Tretyakov, SES 28.77; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 29.13, 23. Tristan Celestin 31.24, best time, 40. Cristian Rossi 33.10, FGC: 16. Julio Horrego 30.83, 24. Alberto Gomez 31.25.

200-meter butterfly: 13-14, 1. Joey Carbone, SES 2:07.07; FGC: 14. Nicholas Medina 2:20.04, 15. Fernando Bohorquez 2:20.18, 22. Tobias Faucher 2:24.97, 26. Manuel Lopez 2:26.79; 15-18, 1. Ty Rocca, FL 2:03.97; FGC: 2. Austin Manganiello 2:06.09, 3. Lucas Brito 2:09.29, 10. Austin Saunders 2:12.15, 13. Derek Chait 2:13.53. 

200-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. FGC “A”/SOFLO 1:48.80, NATIONAL RECORD (Cristian Rossi, Tristan Celestin, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Julien Pinon);  13-14, 1. SES “A” 1:40.61, 8. FGC “A” 1:46.13 (William Pisani, Nicholas Conrad, Gabriel Perez, Marco Guarente); 15-18, 1. FGC “A” 1:37.50 (Wali Toulson, Austin Saunders, Daniel Spas, Cory Perez).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 

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Teenager Missy Franklin Wins Two Golds At World Aquatic Championships

Teenager Missy Franklin Wins Two Golds At World Aquatic Championships


July 30, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

The past, present and future of USA Swimming took turns winning medals Saturday at the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China.

Colorado teenager Missy Franklin, making her world championship debut at age 16, broke her own American record to win a gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:05.10 at the Oriental Sports Center.

It was her first career individual gold medal at worlds. She led from wire-to-wire and finished ahead of Aussie Belinda Hocking by nearly a full second.

“I’m so happy right now,” said Franklin, nicknamed Missy The Missile. “I just wanted to go out there and have fun. It was my last individual race at my first World Championships and I’m never going to get that opportunity again. I definitely went out there and had a blast, and it was the most exciting race ever.”

Less than an hour later, Franklin came close to breaking the world record with her gold-medal winning teammates on the 400-meter medley relay.

Still smiling after her 2:05.10 performance in the 200-meter backstroke, third fastest time ever, she swam a 52.79 split to win her second gold medal of the day as the U.S. 400-meter medley relay won in 3:52.36 with teammates Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer. Canada’s relay was disqualified for an illegal kick.

“It’s been such an incredible meet,” Franklin said. “Everything was run perfectly, the pool was incredible. The crowd was so energetic and honestly, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I’m so thrilled right now. This is my first world championships and I’m just having the time of my life.”

Even Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps’ longtime coach, was impressed with the 6-foot Franklin.

“Missy is awesome,” Bowman said. “I think we’ll remember tonight as when it all started. It reminds me of somebody I know.”

Franklin has been competing with the U.S. team since she was 14. At 13, she competed in the Olympic trials. While she didn’t make the team, she gained valuable experience.

She didn’t set a world record at age 15 like Michael Phelps did, but she is being compared to him. Franklin has already made qualifying times for every event at next year’s Olympic trials. She and her coach, Todd Schmitz, haven’t decided which events she is swimming yet.

“I learned when Missy was 12 that I don’t set the bar, she does,” Schmitz said. “Everyone loves to win but there are few people who hate to lose. Those who hate to lose are typically the Olympians. I don’t think Missy would ever tell you she hates to lose, but she hates to lose.”

Phelps, who also hates to lose, won another gold medal on Saturday when he kept his six-year win streak in tact with a victory in the 100-meter butterfly in 50.71. Poland’s Konrad Czerniak took silver in 51.15 and American Tyler McGill took the bronze in 51.26.

It was Phelps third gold medal and sixth medal overall.

“I thought I was going to be able to be a little faster,” Phelps said. “I don’t think I was out that fast. I think that’s something I need to judge a little bit better. I think I was back OK. I just need to push it going out more. When I broke 50 seconds I was out in 23.3, so I need to be definitely pushing the first 50.”

In the women’s 800-meter freestyle, American Kate Ziegler faded after the first 400 meters to settle for the bronze in 8:23.36. Great Britain’s Rebecca Adlington took the gold in 8:17.51 and Lotte Friis of Denmark took the silver in 8:18.36.

Controversial Brazilian Cesar Cielo won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.52. Italy’s Luca Dotto won silver in 21.90 and Frenchman Alain Bernard took bronze in 21.92. American Nathan Adrian was fourth by 1/100ths of a second.

Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker was a surprise winner in the 50-meter butterfly out-touching defending champion Therese Alshammar of Sweden to win her first world title by 5/100ths of a second. A half stroke to the wall cost Alshammar the gold.

The world championships conclude on Sunday with Ryan Lochte going after his fourth individual gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley. NBC will broadcast some of the race highlights beginning at 1 p.m.

Water polo

Viva Italia!

Italy won the gold medal in men’s water polo with an 8-7 victory over Serbia on Saturday.

The teams were tied at 6-6 after regulation.

Italy led 7-6 after the first period on Maurizio Falugo’s bounce goal. Each team scored once in the second period.

In the bronze medal game, Miho Boskovic scored four goals to lead Croatia to a 12-11 victory over Hungary.

Spain defeated the United States, 11-10, for fifth place and Montenegro beat Germany, 8-5 for seventh.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Silver, Bronze Medals At Southern Zone Championships

SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Silver, Bronze Medals At Southern Zone Championships


July 29, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Julien Pinon is going to need an extra suitcase for the trip home after winning his fifth and sixth medals Friday night USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, one of the most successful swimmers at the meet, took a silver medal in the boys’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 57.08 and bronze medal in the 200-meter medley relay.

Pinon was the fastest qualifier after morning prelims in 57.41, slower than his previous best of 57.28. Jackson Defore, 12, of Florida Swimming won the event in 56.03.

In three days, Pinon has won two gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals. He won the 200- and 400-meter freestyles, took second in the 100-meter butterfly and bronze on the 400-meter medley relay.

Pinon and his SOFLO teammates Juan Lucas, Tristan Celestin and Cristian Rossi tried to regain their 200-meter medley relay 11-12 national age group record but fell short finishing third in 2:02.53.

Pinon has two more shots at medals on Saturday in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly events.

Florida Gold Coast’s “A” girls’ 11-12 relay of Darby Goodwin, Lindsey Swartz, Arianna Noya and Caroline Nava finished third in 2:04.30.

Florida Gold Coast’s “A” boys 15-18 relay of Austin Manganiello, Daniel Spas, Austin Saunders and Wali Toulson took a bronze with a third place finish in 1:49.42.

The pool events conclude on Saturday night with the open water swimming set for Sunday.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Southeastern 680.5, 2. Florida 630.5, 3. Georgia 550, 4. North Carolina 428.5, 5. Kentucky 345, 6. Florida Gold Coast 309, 7. Gulf 133, 8. South Texas 98, 9. South Carolina 81, 10. Louisiana 25, 11. Border 16, 12. West Virginia 12, 13. North Texas 9.5, 14. Mississippi 7.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

100-yard backstroke: 11-12, 1. Victoria Edwards, STX 1:06.99; FGC: 7. Rose Smiddy 1:11.09, 12. Jamie Flores 1:12.59, 17. Alexa Rivera 1:13.31, 29. Star Fassler 1:15.06; SOFLO: 21. Jessica Rodriguez 1:14.02, best time, prelims; 13-14, 1. Asia Seidt, KY 1:05.39; FGC: 8. Darby Goodwin 1:07.72, 12. Amanda Tipton 1:08.68, 20. Kelsea Volland 1:10.02, 31. Chris Herfuth 1:11.07, 39. Caroline Nava 1:12.61, 52. Omaira German 1:16.02; 15-18, 1. Konnor Rist, KY 1:05.76; FGC: 8. Julie Suarez 1:07.99, 17. Brenna Ruth 1:10.15, 20. Zoie Balthazar 1:10.42, 28. Jessica Randolph 1:11.54. 

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Ann Kyriakidis, SES 1:13.62; SOFLO: 12. Allison Kopas 1:21.17, 32. Jessica Rodriguez 1:26.16; FGC: 17. Alexa Rivera 1:23.26, 33. Star Fassler 1:26.24, 47. Stephanie Hernandez 1:31.42; 13-14, 1. Tatum Wade, SES 1:14.09; FGC: 4. Lindsey Swartz 1:15.63, 20. Chris Herfuth 1:23.95; 15-18, 1. Caroline Lee, KY 1:14.28; FGC: 12. Alex Kalandiak 1:20.48, 20. Khamai Simpson 1:24.68.

100-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Paige Madden, SES 59.91; FGC: 3. Rose Smiddy 1:01.21, 32. Jamie Flores 1:05.01, 55. Stephanie Hernandez 1:07.54, 72. Catharine Cooper 1:17.25.

400-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Kendall Dawson, FL 4:23.70; FGC: 16. Arianna Noya 4:40.44; 15-18, 1. Ellie Grimes, KY 4:22.79; FGC: 16. Jessica Randolph 4:38.07, 21. Amanda Ford 4:41.99, 22. Julie Suarez 4:42.04.

200-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. SES 2:05.86, 6. FGC 2:11.63 (Star Fassler, Jessica Rodriguez, Stephanie Hernandez, Catharine Cooper); 13-14, 1. SES 2:02.26, 3. FGC 2:04.30 (Darby Goodwin, Lindsey Swartz, Arianna Noya, Caroline Nava), 15-18, 1. Florida Swimming 1:59.89, 8. FGC “A” 2:07.32 (Julie Suarez, Emma Lincoln, Alexa Kalandiak, Jessica Randolph).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Southeastern 698.5, 2. Florida 644.5, 3. Georgia 560, 4. North Carolina 436.5, 5. Kentucky 351, 6. Florida Gold Coast 321, 7. Gulf 133, 8. South Texas 100, 9. South Carolina 85, 10. Louisiana 25, 11. Border 16, 12. West Virginia 12, 13. North Texas 9.5, 14. Mississippi 7.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

100-yard backstroke: 11-12, 1. Jackson Defore, FL 1:03.20; SOFLO: 12. Juan Lucas 1:09.31, best time, prelims, 30. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 1:12.60; FGC: 22. Alberto Gomez 1:10.85, 36. Michael Hovart 1:14.09; 13-14, 1. Ethan Young, GA 59.94; FGC: 12. William Pisani 1:04.93, 25. Tobias Faucher 1:07.54, 30. Nicholas Conrad 1:08.76; 15-18, 1. Austin Manganiello 59.28, SOFLO: 9. Brandon Goldman 1:00.80, best time, prelims, FGC: 26. Cory Perez 1:05.06, 33. Austin Saunders 1:07.97.

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Brennan Pastorek, GA 1:13.53; SOFLO: 4. Tristan Celestin 1:15.34, 24. Cristian Rossi 1:24.95, best time, prelims; FGC: 2. Julio Horrego 1:14.10, 13. Alberto Gomez 1:21.18; 13-14, 1. Manuel Lopez, FGC 1:09.73; FGC: 3. Marco Guarente 1:10.11; 15-18, 1. Phon Alexander, FL 1:07.00; FGC: 12. Daniel Spas 1:12.40.

100-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Jackson Defore, FL 56.03; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 57.08, best time, finals, 12. Cristian Rossi 1:01.41, best time, prelims, 21. Juan Lucas 1:02.34, best time, prelims, 25. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 1:02.84, 31. Michael Hovart 1:03.38, 39. Tristan Celestin 1:04.12.

400-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Matthew Beach, SES 4:09.35; FGC: 16. Nicolas Medina 4:21.85, 22. Fernandez Bohorquez 4:27.43, 26. Manuel Lopez 4:33.06; 15-18, 1. Ty Rocca, Florida 4:02.32; FGC: 6. Derek Chait 4:10.39.

200-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. Florida Swimming 2:01.51, 3. FGC “A” 2:02.53 (Juan Lucas, Tristan Celestin, Julien Pinon, Cristian Rossi). 13-14, 1. SES 1:53.14, 5. FGC “A” 1:58.35 (William Pisani, Manuel Lopez, Gabriel Perez, Marco Guarente); 15-18, 1. SES “A” 1:49.17, 3. FGC “A” 1:49.42 (Austin Manganiello, Daniel Spas, Austin Saunders, Wali Toulson). 

SATURDAY

Girls’ 11-12 200-meter individual medley, Allison Kopas, 12, 2:35.36, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 2:38.54.

Boys’ 11-12 200-meter individual medley, Juan Lucas, 12, 2:36.63, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 2:40.12.

Girls’ 15-18 200-meter individual medley, Emma Lincoln, 15, 2:37.00.

Boys’ 15-18 200-meter individual medley, Brandon Goldman, 16, 2:17.95.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle, Catharine Cooper, 11, 29.29.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle, Julien Pinon, 12, 26.52, Cristian Rossi, 12, 27.14, Tristan Celestin, 12, 27.70, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, 29.33.

Girls’ 15-18 50-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 15, 28.56.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly, Allison Kopas, 12, 32.09, Catharine Cooper, 11, 34.23.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly, Julien Pinon, 12, 29.36, Cristian Rossi, 12, 32.44, Tristan Celestin, 12, 32.69.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Ryan Lochte Wins Two More Gold Medals At World Aquatic Championships

Ryan Lochte Wins Two More Gold Medals At World Aquatic Championships


July 29, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

After the season he had in 2010 and his change in training, diet and mindset, was there ever any doubt Ryan Lochte wouldn’t dominate the 2011 FINA World Aquatic Championships?

The Floridian won two more gold medals, one individual and one relay, Friday night at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.

Lochte dominated the 200-meter backstroke field and then came back and unloaded a monster anchor leg to lead the U.S. to victory in the 800-meter freestyle relay.

Lochte won the backstroke in 1 minute, 52.96 seconds, a full body length ahead of Japan’s Ryosuke Irie, who took silver in 1:54.11 and American Tyler Clary won the bronze in 1:54.69.

Lochte came from behind and again won by a body length to clinch the relay gold for teammates Michael Phelps, Lochte training mate Peter Vanderkaay and Ricky Berens. The U.S. won in 7:02.67 followed by France in 7:04.81 and China in 7:05.67. Phelps was not in the lead after his opening leg.

“I have a lot of confidence, especially after what happened last year,” Lochte said. “I still have one more individual race left to finish off this meet, then after that great ready for 2012.

“The 200 backstroke was my best time by over a second, but I don’t that that was a good time for me,” Lochte said. “I can go a lot faster. I still have a whole year. There are some things I’ve got to work on, so I have a whole year to work on it, and hopefully I’ll improve on that next year.”

Lochte was excited about the relay’s finish.

“Once we hit around the 75-meter mark, I knew it was over,” Lochte said. “I knew I had a lot of energy left, and I was going to hit that second wall and just go for it.

“You can never go in a race and count anyone out. No matter what happens, there’s always going to be someone right there with you, and you’ve just kind of got to go into the race with that mentality.”

Lochte moved into second place as all-time greatest swimmer in world championships history with 11 gold medals, three silver and three bronze since 2005.

Said U.S. teammate Tyler Clary, “It’s a definite changing of the guard. Some people might say, you know, Michael’s not exactly on his game. But all that matters at a race is who came most prepared on that day and lately it’s looking like Ryan.”

American Rebecca Soni continued her dominance in the breaststroke winning the gold medal in 2:21.47 completing her breaststroke sweep. Russia’s Yuliya Effimova took silver in 2:22.22 and Canada’s Martha McCabe finished with the bronze in 2:24.81.

“It felt great the first 100, and then I was just trying to hold on out there at the end,’ Soni said. “I ran out of gas a little bit that last half, but overall I’m really happy with it.”

Teenage phenom Missy Franklin, 16, is becoming the new face of USA Swimming after setting an American record in the 200-meter backstroke semifinals in 2:05.90, breaking Margaret Hoeltzer’s American record of 2:06.09 set in 2008.

“I definitely didn’t expect that, so that’s so exciting,” Franklin said.

NBC (Channels 5 and 6) will televise the world championships on Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Water polo

Antigoni Roumpesi and Alexandra Asimaki led Greece to its first gold medal in the championship finals with a thrilling 9-8 victory over host China. The duo each scored three goals and held off China’s late rally with 90 seconds left.

China won its first women’s water polo silver medal and Russia took the bronze with an 8-7 win over Italy. Australia defeated two-time defending champion U.S., 10-5 for fifth place.

China’s Ma Huanhuan won the top scorer trophy of the tournament and Eleni Kouvdou of Greece won best goalkeeper.

Serbia plays Italy in the men’s gold medal match on Saturday. Hungary plays Croatia for the bronze.

Medal tally

Host China continues to lead the medal count with 34 total medals including 14 gold and 12 silver. The United States is second with 21 medals, ten gold and five silver and Russia with 17 including eight golds. Brazil is fourth with three medals, all gold.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Julien Pinon Wins Second Event At Southern Zone Championships

SOFLO’s Julien Pinon Wins Second Event At Southern Zone Championships


July 28, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Julien Pinon of the South Florida Aquatic Club won his second individual event Thursday night at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

Pinon, 12, won the 400-meter freestyle in a career-best 4 minutes, 26.36 seconds. He bettered his morning prelim previous best of 4:26.90. His seed time of 4:28.63.

Also in the 400, Pinon’s SOFLO teammates Alfredo Mesa Jr. was sixth in the 4:38.52 and Juan Lucas 11th in a career-best 4:42.80.

Pinon was coming off his victory in the 200-meter freestyle in a near-meet record swim Wednesday night.

Swimming back-to-back best times in the 400 (his seed time was 4:28.63) was a challenge for Pinon. 

“It feels awful going fast in morning session and then coming back and going fast in final, “ Pinon said. “It’s not easy.

“I think I am happiest with the 200 free because it was my goal. I wanted to beat the meet record and I came extremely close to it so I was really happy to do that here.”

Making his zone debut against some of the region’s top swimmers is leaving a lasting impression on Pinon, a national and Florida Gold Coast age group record holder. 

“I am definitely getting a lot of attention, meeting other swimmers from other teams and states,” Pinion said. “They talk about me almost breaking the record. I am definitely happy with what I am doing right now. This was a meet I wanted to do well in but it’s hard.

“It feels like I just ran out of gas,” Pinon said. “I just finished the relay and didn’t feel good. I didn’t feel good after the 400 and the relay was right after it. I was happy I still got a good time. Now all I want to do is eat and rest.”

Pinon also led off the Florida Gold Coast’s sixth place 11-12 400-meter freestyle relay that finished in 4:04.93. He was joined by SOFLO teammates Alfredo Mesa Jr. and Cristian Rossi. FGC’s Michael Hovart was also a relay member.

SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman, 16, swam back-to-back career-bests in the 15-18 200-meter backstroke. He swam 2:11.76 to better his previous best of 2:12.48 in prelims and came back with a 2:11.29 to finish seventh in finals.

Florida Gold Coast’s 15-18 “A” 400-meter freestyle relay won in 3:35.18 with Daniel Spas, Wali Toulson, Austin Saunders and Cory Perez.

SOFLO’s Emma Lincoln led off FGC’s seventh place girls 400-meter freestyle relay (1:00.15 split, second fastest).

THURSDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Southeastern 455.5, 2. Florida 428.5, 3. Georgia 368, 4. North Carolina 308.5, 5. Kentucky 216, 6. Florida Gold Coast 190, 7. Gulf 100, 8. South Carolina 61, 9. South Texas 54, 10. Border 10, 11. West Virginia 9, 12. North Texas 8.5, 13. Louisiana 8.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

50-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Ann Kyriakidis, SES 31.49; FGC: 13. Jamie Flores 33.84, 22. Alexa Rivera 34.23, 30. Star Fassler 35.35, 51. Steph Hernandez 38.68, SOFLO: 23. Allison Kopas 34.59, best time, 50. Catharine Cooper 38.49.

200-meter backstroke: 13-14, 1. Sydney Sell, KY 2:20.36; FGC: 21. Amanda Tipton 2:30.37, 23. Darby Goodwin 2:30.95, 25. Kelsea Volland 2:31.94; 15-18, 1. Konnor Rist, KY 2:19.03; FGC: 19. Julie Suarez 2:31.49, 23. Zoie Balthazar 2:33.37, 25. Brenna Ruth 2:33.77. 

100-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Rebecca Postoll, GA 58.43, 7. Caroline Nava, FGC 59.97, 19. Arianna Noya 1:01.12, 37. Darby Goodwin 1:02.19, 53. Omaira German 1:04.00, 56. Chris Herfuth 1:04.12; 15-18, 1. Suzanne Bessire, FL 58.48; SOFLO: 14. Emma Lincoln 1:00.30; FGC: 11. Jessica Randolph 1:00.21, 13. Khamai Simpson 1:00.28; 30. Brenna Ruth 1:01.96, 41. Zoie Balthazar 1:02.91, 42. Julie Suarez 1:03.23, 49. Alex Kalandiak 1:03.98.

400-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Paige Madden, SES 4:29.49, 2. Rose Smiddy, FGC 4:30.59, SOFLO: 18. Jessica Rodriguez 4:52.97. 

400-meter individual medley: 13-14, 1. Hannah Burns, FL 5:03.08; FGC: 14. Lindsey Swartz 5:19.92, 15. Amanda Tipton 5:22.66, 19. Kelsea Volland 5:26.29; 15-18, 1. Ellie Grimes, KY 5:00.24; FGC: 17. Amanda Ford 5:25.94.

400-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. SES 4:04.21, 5. FGC 4:13.64 (Stephanie Hernandez, Jamie Flores, Catharine Cooper, Rose Smiddy);  13-14, 1. NCS 3:57.92, 6. FGC “A” 4:03.86 (Caroline Nava, Arianna Noya, Darby Goodwin, Amanda Tipton); 15-18, 1. FL “A” 3:56.32, 7. FGC “A” 4:02.23 (Emma Lincoln, Khamai Simpson, Brenna Ruth, Jessica Randolph).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Southeastern 465.5, 2. Florida 440.5, 3. Georgia 382, 4. North Carolina 316.5, 5. Kentucky 222, 6. Florida Gold Coast 208, 7. Gulf 104, 8. South Carolina 61, 9. South Texas 56, 10. Border 10, 11. West Virginia 9, 12. North Texas 8.5, 13. Louisiana 8.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

50-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Jackson Defore, FL 29.73; SOFLO: 19. Juan Lucas 32.78; FGC: 37. Michael Hovart 34.61; 200-meter backstroke: 13-14, 1. Ethan Young, GA 2:09.97; FGC: 21. William Pisani 2:22.76, 33. Tobias Faucher 2:27.27; 15-18, 1. Jay Litherland, GA 2:05.41, 4. Austin Manganiello, FGC 2:09.51, 7. Brandon Goldman, SOFLO, 2:11.29, best time, finals, 2:11.76, best time, prelims; FGC: 23. Cory Perez 2:19.40.

100-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Preston Padden, WV 54.70; FGC: 21. William Pisani 57.59, 25. Nicolas Medina 57.64, 26. Marco Gaurente 57.90, 40. Nicholas Conrad 59.40, 45. Tobias Faucher 59.68, 48. Gabriel Perez 1:00.01; 15-18, 1. Ty Rocca, FL 52.77, 2. Daniel Spas, FGC 53.15, 5. Austin Saunders, FGC 53.73, 14. Wali Toulson 54.92, 16. Lucas Brito 55.11.

400-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:26.26, best time, finals; 4:26.90, best time, prelims; SOFLO: 6. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 4:38.52, 11. Juan Lucas 4:42.80, best time.

400-meter individual medley: 13-14, 1. Jackson Tunks, SES 4:44.55;   FGC: 16. Manuel Lopez 5:00.39, 17. Fernando Bohorquez 5:01.70, 27. Gabriel Perez 5:14.40; 15-18, 1. Jay Litherland, GA 4:34.52, 4. Austin Manganiello, FGC 4:37.53; SOFLO: 9. Brandon Goldman 4:44.46, best time, prelims; FGC: 11. Derek Chait 4:48.64. 

400-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. Florida “A” 3:59.95, 6. FGC “A” 4:04.93 (Julien Pinon, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Michael Hovart, Cristian Rossi);  13-14, 1. SES 3:39.89, 5. FGC “A” 3:49.08 (Gabriel Perez, Nicolas Medina, William Pisani, Marco Guarente);15-18, 1. FGC “A” 3:35.18 (Daniel Spas, Wali Toulson, Austin Saunders, Cory Perez).

FRIDAY

Girls’ 11-12 100-meter backstroke, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 1:15.74.

Boys’ 11-12 100-meter backstroke, Juan Lucas, 12, 1:11.10, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 1:12.45.

Boys’ 15-18 100-meter backstroke, Brandon Goldman, 16, 1:02.07.

Girls’ 11-12 100-meter breaststroke: Allison Kopas, 12, 1:19.01, 31. Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 1:24.78.

Boys’ 11-12 100-meter breaststroke, Tristan Celestin, 12, 1:13.70, Cristian Rossi 1:26.47.

Girls’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle, Catharine Cooper, 11, 1:03.81.

Boys’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle, Julien Pinon, 12, 57.28, Cristian Rossi,  12, 1:01.46, Alfredo Mesa, 12, 1:02.02, Juan Lucas, 12, 1:03.17, Tristan Celestin, 12, 1:04.11.

SATURDAY

Girls’ 11-12 200-meter individual medley, Allison Kopas, 12, 2:35.36, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 2:38.54.

Boys’ 11-12 200-meter individual medley, Juan Lucas, 12, 2:36.63, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 2:40.12.

Girls’ 15-18 200-meter individual medley, Emma Lincoln, 15, 2:37.00.

Boys’ 15-18 200-meter individual medley, Brandon Goldman, 16, 2:17.95.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle, Catharine Cooper, 11, 29.29.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle, Julien Pinon, 12, 26.52, Cristian Rossi, 12, 27.14, Tristan Celestin, 12, 27.70, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, 29.33.

Girls’ 15-18 50-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 15, 28.56.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly, Allison Kopas, 12, 32.09, Catharine Cooper, 11, 34.23.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly, Julien Pinon, 12, 29.36, Cristian Rossi, 12, 32.44, Tristan Celestin, 12, 32.69.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 

 

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