WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTEBOOK, Issue One: China Wins First Gold Medal In Shanghai

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTEBOOK, Issue One: China Wins First Gold Medal In Shanghai


July 16, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

In stunning fashion, China divers Wu Minxia and He Zi won the gold medal in the women’s 3-meter springboard synchronized final Saturday at the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China.

The Chinese team began its quest for the first ever sweep of all ten diving titles in their homeland at the Oriental Sports Center.

Wu and He scored 356.40 points. It was the first time Wu competed with her new partner. Her former teammate Guo Jingjing retired in January after winning six Olympic medals and 10 world titles.

It was China’s sixth successive victory in the event, equaling diving’s longest ever winning streak set by the United States between 1973 and 1991. Wu now has five gold medals in women’s synchro.

“We encouraged each other a lot especially because He Zi competed with an injury,” Wu said. “It was quite difficult for her. But we managed to beat all the rivals for the title. We are the best.”

He competed despite an injured leg suffered in training last week. She was unable to train for two days.

Canada’s Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel took the silver with 313.50. Australia’s Anabelle Smith and Sharleen Stratton, coming off shoulder surgery five months ago, took the bronze with 306.90.

Before the last round, four other teams were still close. The point difference between Canada, Australia, Ukraine and Italy was less than four points. The Chinese duo received a perfect 10 for their last dive, a backward 2 ½ somersault.

Former local diver Kassidy Cook and Christina Loukas of The Woodlands finished seventh. Loukas, a 2008 Olympian, missed a reverse 2 ½ pike in the fourth round to drop the U.S. team out of contention.

“I didn’t do that dive the way I wanted to,” Loukas said. “Hopefully, I can redeem myself in the individual event.”

“It didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, but this was good experience for me,” said Cook, 16, the 2010 world junior springboard champion, who was competing in her first senior world championship.

Cook and Loukas finished with 288 points.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Former CSSC Swimmer Kevin Bandy Makes U.S. Olympic Trials

Former CSSC Swimmer Kevin Bandy Makes U.S. Olympic Trials


July 16, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Kevin Bandy, who grew up swimming with the Coral Springs Swim Club and six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg, made his first U.S. Olympic trials cut.

Bandy, 20, competing for his University of Louisville Cardinals club team at this weekend’s Speedo Champion Series at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., qualified in the 200-meter butterfly.

Bandy finished fifth in the event in 2:04.52 to join several old familiar faces at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials on June 25-July 2 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. SOFLO’s Dara Torres, Julie Stupp, Lindsey McKnight, Emily Kopas and Tiffany Oliver have all qualified for the trials.

His fly splits were 28.29, 31.62, 32.20 and 32.41.

Bandy played a role in Douglas High School’s state titles in 2006 and 2007. He was a four-time relay state champion and nine-time high school All-American. He was a three-time MVP for his high school team and AP Scholar Award winner. His specialty event in high school was the 200- and 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

As a collegiate freshman, he qualified for the Big East Championships. Bandy will be a junior at Louisville in the fall. After Kevin and his twin brother Kyle graduated high school, the Bandy family moved to Georgia.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Breaks Two Florida Gold Coast Records On Opening Day Of Junior Olympics

SOFLO Breaks Two Florida Gold Coast Records On Opening Day Of Junior Olympics


July 15, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club shattered two Florida Gold Coast records Friday at the Florida Gold Coast Long Course Junior Olympics in Plantation.

The defending meet champion, that leads team point standings after Day One, got its first record during morning prelims.

Julien Pinon, 12, broke the 11-12 100-meter butterfly record in 1:03.78, bettering his career-best of 1:04.74. He came back at night to win the event in 1:04.89. The previous FGC record was 1:03.87 set by Andy Vazquez in 2006.

It was one of four events—three individual and one relay–that Pinon won on Day One.

Pinon, top-seeded in the sprint event in 26.52, won the 50-meter freestyle in 26.34, slower than his morning career-best time of 26.20, just 1/100th off the 1978 FGC record.

SOFLO finished 1-2 in the event. Cristian Rossi, 12, was second in the 50 in a career-best 27.14.

Pinon also won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:30.54. Teammates Alfredo Mesa Jr. was second in 4:39.79 and Juan Lucas was third in 4:44.18, both best times.

SOFLO boys’ 11-12 400-meter freestyle relay broke the FGC record in the championship finals in 4:02.13. The relay of Alfredo Mesa Jr., Juan Lucas, Cristian Rossi and Julien Pinon finished more than 19 seconds ahead of Hialeah Swim Club (4:21.66). They were attempting to break the national record of 4:01.66 set by Irvine Novaquatics in 1998.

In an exciting girls’ relay race, SOFLO girls’ 13-14 800-meter freestyle relay of Steph Campo, Andrea Melendez, Kylie Herman and Melissa Marinheiro won in 9:13.44 ahead of St. Andrew’s Swimming in 9:13.79.

In individual girls’ events, Allison Kopas paved the way for SOFLO.

Kopas, 12, seeded seventh, had a big time drop to win the 11-12 100-meter breaststroke in 1:19.01 bettering her career-best of 1:26.23. She swam 1:19.96 in morning prelims. She also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.64, another career-best and finishing ahead of Rose Smiddy of AK Sharks (1:09.09).

Big sister Emily Kopas, 14, competing in her final JO meet, won the 13-14 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.77, more than seven seconds ahead of Davie’s Marie Borrelli.

Other individual SOFLO champions:

Juan Lucas, 12, won the 11-12 200-meter backstroke in 2:28.09, faster than his prelim time of 2:31.47 and equaling his career-best. SOFLO had three other swimmers (Alfredo Mesa Jr., Kevin Porto, Ricardo Roche) in the top seven.

Tristan Celestin, 12, won 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.70, faster than his 1:14.48 prelim time and bettering his previous best of 1:16.79.

Sam Quintero, 10, won the 10-and-under 400-meter freestyle in 5:12.37, a career-best.

Melissa Marinheiro, 14, won the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in a career-best 4:31.68.

The four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay: 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:55.89 (Caroline Nava, Lindsey Swartz, Miriyam Ghali, Ainsley Anderton), 6. SOFLO “A” 1:58.38 (Carly Swanson, Melissa Marinheiro, Audrey Mason, Steph Campo), 8. SOFLO “B” 2:01.12 (Andrea Melendez, Kylie Herman, Haley Wright, Jenna Diaz).

200-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:31.01; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 2:38.27, best time; 6. Kelley Heron 2:44.77, 7. Sophia Bucaro 2:45.52, best time; 11. Isabella Pittinger 2:51.49, 17. Maya Hirian 2:57.39, 18. Sarah Bucaro 2:58.23, 20. Alani Carrasco 3:00.77, 23. Megan Schimansky 3:03.34; 13-14, 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 2:25.90; SOFLO: 3. Melissa Marinheiro 2:29.47, best time; 4. Steph Campo 2:29.91, best time; 28. Monica Rodriguez 2:50.98, 31. Jenna Diaz 2:53.26.

50-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, MAC 30.44; SOFLO: 6. Hannah Virgin 33.18, best time; 12. Vanessa Mesa 34.21, best time; 20. Ashley Tan 35.76, best time; 28. Isabel Shashaty 36.81, best time; 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 28.32; SOFLO: 3. Catharine Cooper 29.36, best time; 9. Sophia Bucaro 30.98, best time; 17. Isabella Pittinger 31.50, best time; 22. Natasha Testa 31.65, best time; 24. Bianca Monti 31.82, best time; 25. Charlene Forti 31.92, best time; 32. Maya Hirian 32.40, best time; 38. Sophia Bucaro 32.90, best time; 48. Stephanie Mlujeak 33.34, best time; 51. Alisa Kislych 33.49, best time; 80. Megan Schimansky 35.58; 13-14, 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 27.55; SOFLO: 22. Audrey Mason 30.01, best time; 24. Carly Swanson 30.02, best time; 26. Kylie Herman 30.05, best time; 29. Andrea Melendez 30.27, best time; 36. Tie, Haley Wright 31.02 and Jenna Diaz 31.02, 38. Nicole Gautieri 31.05, 39. Kelly Kealty 31.13, 45. Lindsey Sauer 31.52, 47. Jenna Deal 31.55, 48. Veronica Postolski 31.56.

100-meter breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Thea McKenna, SwimFast 1:33.12; SOFLO: 14. Amanda Kopas 1:44.82, 17. Katherine DeBarros 1:45.18, 24. Ashley Ruf 1:48.31, 26. Natalia Rossi 1:50.02; 11-12, 1. Allison Kopas, SOFLO 1:19.01, best time; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 1:23.92, best time; 6. Jessica Rodriguez, 1:24.78, best time; 20. Delanie Perez 1:31.77, 21. Alani Carrasco 1:31.81, 38. Bianca Monti 1:37.98, 39. Charlene Forti 1:38.46; 13-14, 1. Emily Kopas, SOFLO 1:13.77; SOFLO: 4. Audrey Mason 1:21.11, best time; 12. Jillian Alexander 1:24.98, 14. Kelly Kealty 1:25.87.

100-meter butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, MAC 1:14.54; SOFLO: 9. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:31.85, 13. Hannah Virgin 1:33.62, best time, 24. Ashley Tan 1:39.73, 29. Amanda Kopas 1:48.43; 11-12, 1. Allison Kopas, SOFLO 1:08.64, best time; SOFLO: 9. Natasha Testa 1:17.09, best time; 17. Catharine Cooper 1:21.44, best time; 13-14, 1. Christine Herfurth, Lake Lytal 1:04.63; SOFLO: 10. Andrea Melendez 1:12.28, best time; 11. Haley Wright 1:12.50, best time; 16. Kylie Herman 1:14.31, best time; 31. Monica Rodriguez 1:19.54.

400-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, MAC 5:09.88; SOFLO: 5. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:32.65, best time; 14. Vanessa Mesa 5:54.26, best time; 16. Katherine De Barros 5:56.58, best time; 11-12, 1. Jenna Pisani, Lake Lytal 4:45.25, best time; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodriguez 4:48.72, best time; 5. Sophia Bucaro 4:51.17, best time; 10. Kelley Heron 4:59.43, best time; 20. Delanie Perez 5:14.17, best time; 22. Alani Carrasco 5:16.15, best time; 25. Stephanie Mlujeak 5:17.86, best time; 13-14, 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:31.68, best time; SOFLO: 6. Steph Campo 4:41.44, best time; 14. Haley Wright 4:58.76, 20. Jenna Diaz 5:07.08.

400-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. Jupiter 4:22.82 (Shayne Sipowski, Jisella Bordieri, Francesca Choy, Meghan O’Brien); 3. SOFLO “A” 4:26.66 (Jessica Rodriguez, Kelley Heron, Sophia Bucaro, Catharine Cooper). 

800-meter freestyle relay: 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 9:13.44 (Steph Campo, Andrea Melendez, Kylie Herman, Melissa Marinheiro).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay: 13-14, 1. Davie Nadadores 1:45.68 (Marco Guarente, Esteban Velasquez, Matthew Lyn, Gabriel Perez), 4. SOFLO “A” 1:49.92 (August Charni, Bryce Pierce, Gustavo Valery, Dylan Sell), 15. SOFLO “B” 1:57.85 (Juan Saldana, Ryan Capote, Teddy Sandoval, David Stoddard).

200-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 2:28.09, best time; SOFLO: 3. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 2:31.96, best time; 4. Kevin Porto 2:36.98, best time; 6. Ricardo Roche 2:39.85, best time; 9. Jack Davies 2:45.99, best time; 13. Rodrigo Rodriguez 2:52.48, best time; 16. Federico Maeso 2:54.30, best time; 13-14, 1. Esteban Velasquez, Davie 2:21.78; SOFLO: 5. August Charni 2:29.99, best time; 6. Gustavo Valery 2:30.05, best time; 13. David Stoddard 2:38.93.

50-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 31.98; SOFLO:  10. Augusto Cohn 34.32, best time, 11. Tie, Rafael Rodriguez, 34.37, best time and Matthew Liang 34.37, best time; 16. Jonathan Skarie 34.70, best time; 35. Leonardo Mateus 36.91, best time; 54. Connor Marks 39.43; COMETS: 42. Marcus Franco 37.49, best time; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 26.34; SOFLO: 2. Cristian Rossi 27.14, best time; 25. Matthew Menocal 31.93, best time; 29. Collin Burt 32.35, best time; 31. Bruno Berti 32.46, equals best time; 38. Sebastian Vargas 32.80, best time; 53. CJ Kopecki 34.14, best time; 13-14, 1. Wayne Denswil, MAC 26.08; SOFLO: 16. Dylan Sell 27.70, best time; 17. August Charni 27.76, best time, 25. David Stoddard 28.12, best time; 33. Tie, Bryce Pierce 28.55, best time; 33. Gustavo Valery 28.55, best time; 49. Teddy Sandoval 29.39, best time; 59. Juan Saldana 29.84, best time; 60. Christian Ragland 29.87, best time; 61. Ryan Capote 29.91, best time; 67. Alexander Viloria 30.07, best time.

100-meter breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Eric Vives, MAC 1:32.19; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Skarie 1:33.76; 11. Matthew Liang 1:42.80, 21. Gian Savino 1:49.97, best time; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 1:13.70, best time; SOFLO: 9. Cristian Rossi 1:25.17, best time; 24. Bruno Berti 1:36.88, 25. Matthew Menocal 1:37.17, 30. CJ Kopecki 1:39.67; 13-14, 1. Manuel Lopez, MAC 1:10.17; SOFLO: 8. Jordan Colon 1:19.50;  14. Dylan Sell 1:22.68.

100-meter butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MAC 1:16.87; SOFLO: 2. Samuel Quintero 1:17.86, best time; 12. Brandon Moran 1:37.89; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 1:04.89; SOFLO: 4. Nicholas Perera 1:13.47, best time; 14. Cristian Rossi 1:17.28, best time; 28. Federico Maeso 1:21.75, 33. Andres Lares 1:23.85; 13-14, 1. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 1:01.59.

400-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 5:12.37, best time; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 5:28.63, best time; 9. Brandon Mora 5:47.37, best time; 15. Leonardo Mateus 6:07.62; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:30.54; SOFLO: 2. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 4:39.70, 3. Juan Lucas 4:44.18, best time; 7. Ricardo Roche 4;53.01, best time; 9. Kevin Porto 4:55.73, best time; 10. Nicholas Perera 4:57.26, best time; 15. Federico Maeso 5:04.95, best time; 19. Rodrigo Rodriguez 5:09.09, best time, 22. Matthew Menocal 5:11.69, best time; 30. Jack Davies 5:24.49, best time; 37. Andres Lares 5:32.19, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicholas Medina, Unattached 4:21.27; 8. Dylan Sell 4:34.05, 12. Gustavo Valery 4:39.25, 18. Jordan Colon 4:48.28, best time; 21. Bryce Pierce 4:53.87, best time; 22. Teddy Sandoval 4:53.96; 31. Ryan Capote 4:57.01, best time; 33. Alexander Viloria 4:58.60, best time.

400-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:02.13, FGC record (Alfredo Mesa Jr., Juan Lucas, Cristian Rossi, Julien Pinon), 5. SOFLO “B” 4:31.22 (Kevin Porto, Federico Maeso, Ricardo Roche, Tristan Celestin).

800-meter freestyle relay: 13-14, 1. Davie Nadadores “A” 8:34.15 (Marco Guarente, Katana Sato, Gabriel Perez, Matthew Lyn).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Long Course Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW 2nd St., Plantation.

Admission: $3 adults per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com