July 4, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
In an interesting turn of events, Henrique Barbosa and Nicholas Santos were removed from Brazil’s World Championship roster on Monday.
Barbosa, Santos and two other swimmers tested positive for the banned substance Furosemide at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet, and were given only warnings by the Brazilian swimming federation.
However, officials informed Barbosa and Santos they would not be allowed to compete at the July 16-31 World Championships in Shanghai, China because their world qualifying times were accomplished at the meet they tested positive. The results were voided.
Barbosa, who qualified in the 200-meter breaststroke, will be replaced by Tales Cerdeira. Santos, who was entered in the 100-meter freestyle, will be replaced by Marcos Macedo.
Two other swimmers, Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo, and Vinicus Waked also tested positive.
Cielo qualified for worlds at another meet. Waked, who previously served a two-month ban for testing positive for the stimulant isometheptene, did not make the world team.
FINA, the sport’s international governing body has also requested an emergency session with the Court of Arbitration for Sport to decide whether a warning was a strong enough punishment just twenty days before Cielo is scheduled to compete at worlds.
Brazil’s swim federation accepted the four swimmers’ explanation that they consumed the drug in a contaminated batch of a supplement they regularly use.
Furosemide, the generic form of Lasix, is a diuretic often use to help lose weight, but it is also a masking agent which hides the presence of other drugs.
Cielo, 24, one of Brazil’s best medal hopes, may be doubtful for worlds if FINA has anything to say about it. The swimming events begin July 24.
Cielo won the 50-meter freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one of only three goal medals on by his country. He also won gold in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles at the 2009 World Championships.
Cielo and his teammates are expected to leave for China on Friday.
Local Masters Diver “Crazy Pete” To Be Inducted
Pete DiCroce, 73, of Fort Lauderdale, known as “Crazy Pete” to hundreds of divers and coaches whose lives he has touched with his passion for diving and zest for life, was voted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2011.
DiCroce is among seven who will be inducted on Sept. 16th at the Hyatt
Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports Convention.
The class features four swimmers, two divers and one contributor from four different countries: USA, Canada, Norway and Australia.
DiCroce has won 12 FINA World Masters diving titles in addition to 39 USA National Masters championships and hundreds of local and state titles.
“I dare myself every time I do these dives,” DiCroce said. “I like learning new dives. If I hit them it’s great. If I land on my butt I just laugh.”
DiCroce will be joined by swimmers Lynn Marshall of Canada, Christel Schultz of Germany and Richard Abrahams of the U.S., diver Grunde Vegard of Norway and contributor Gary Stutsel of Australia.
Former Gator Megan Neyer Honored
The College Sports Information Directors of America inducted former University of Florida and Mission Bay diver Dr. Megan Neyer into the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame recently in Marco Island.
Neyer is only the fourth Gator and second member of the women’s swimming and diving team to receive the honor. She joins former teammate and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tracy Caulkins and All-American football players Carlos Alvarez and Cris Collinsworth.
Neyer is the winningest diver in the history of the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championships. She is a former world champion and 15-time national champion and also won the 3-meter and platform titles at the 1980 U.S. Olympic diving trials.
Neyer, founder of Neyer Performance Strategies, launched World Fit at St. Thomas More Catholic School, a nationwide program designed by U.S. Olympians to help put an end to childhood obesity and improve children’s health and view of personal fitness. World Fit encourages middle school children to walk or perform some type of exercise for 45 minutes a day, every day for 40 days.
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