WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTEBOOK, Issue Three: China Continues To Dominate Diving, No Surprises

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTEBOOK, Issue Three: China Continues To Dominate Diving, No Surprises


July 18, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

China’s diving super power won its fourth gold medal and fifth overall Monday at the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.

Wang Hao and Chen Ruolin led the field from start to finish to win the women’s 10-meter platform synchro event after countryman Li Shixin won the men’s 1-meter springboard and teammate He Min took the silver.

Wang and Chen finished with 362.58 points.

It was Chen’s third consecutive world title in synchro platform. Chen has been designated as China’s heir apparent to diving superstar Guo Jinjing, who retired in January.

“Although the 10-meter platform individual gold is also important to win, it is not my goal,” Chen said. “My goal is the London Games.”

Alexandra Croak and Melissa Wu of Australia took the silver medal with 325.92.

Christin Steuer and Nora Subschinski of Germany won the bronze with 316.29.

Americans Anna James and Mary Beth Dunnichay were 11th among 12 teams. Dunnichay was defending silver medalist with another partner in Rome in 2009.

In the men’s 1-meter springboard final, Li also led from wire-to-wire.

“You don’t know how excited I am right now,” Li told reporters.

Li’s teammate, He Min, clinched the silver on his final dive. Li finished with 463.90 points, He had 444.00 and bronze medalist Pavlo Rozenberg of Germany finished with 436.50.

American Chris Colwill of Brandon, Fla., who is deaf, finished fourth , just 9.35 points out of medal contention. It’s the best finish for the American team at worlds so far.

Colwill, a former University of Georgia diver, was out for four months after breaking his left hand in January. Colwill had four bands of wires and two screws inserted in his hand.

“I didn’t dive to the best of my abilities but coming back from a hand injury and being able to do this, I’m pretty happy about it,” Colwill said. “I know I can get top two in this event. I was really right there. I just have to polish up a few things. It was a fun battle.”

Daniel Islas of Mexico escaped serious injury when his right foot struck the board on his final dive. He landed on his back and received a no-dive from judges and finished 11th among 12 divers.

“I was just a little too close to the board,” Islas said. “I don’t know whether I will try the same dive next time.”

Polyakov, Teammates Depart For Shanghai

South Florida Aquatic Club two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov and his teammates left Astana, Kazakhstan Monday for a training camp in Shanghai for a week before the swimming events begin July 24th. Polyakov will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Open water swimming

The women’s 10K event will be held Tuesday in the hot water of the East China Sea. The 10K races have added importance this year with the Top 10 finishers in the event automatically qualifying for next year’s London Olympics. The final 15 places will be available for London at another qualifying event in Portugal next year. The U.S. team got a chance to acclimate for a week at Founders Park in Islamorada before leaving for China last Tuesday. They trained in the Florida Bay where temperatures reached 88 degrees. Water temperature at the Shanghai site is 84-85 degrees. The five women and three men are trying to win the U.S. its first open water world championship team title. Eva Fabian and Christine Jennings will compete in the 10K and Sean Ryan and Alex Meyer will compete in the men’s 10K on Wednesday. The 5K races are later this week.

Water polo

The U.S. men’s national water polo team squandered away several scoring opportunities in a 9-7 pool play loss to Germany. U.S. team captain Tony Azevedo scored two goals for the U.S. Germany had a 5-0 lead before the U.S. knew what hit them. The U.S. had seventeen turnovers….In other games, defending champion Serbia defeated host China, 17-5; Hungary edged Montenegro, 11-10; Spain beat Kazakhstan, 18-5; Australia edged Romania, 9-8; Croatia beat Brazil, 14-5; Canada beat Japan, 11-5; and Italy routed South Africa, 17-1.

Synchronized swimming

Russians Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina won the duet technical final. The pair led from qualification and finished with 98.200 points to take the gold. It was Ischenko’s second gold medal in Shanghai and 12th overall at worlds. China’s Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou took silver, 1.7 points behind the champions. Spain’s Ona Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes took bronze with 95.400 points.

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SOFLO Defends Title; Sweeps Combined, Boys, Girls Team Titles At FGC Junior Olympics

SOFLO Defends Title; Sweeps Combined, Boys, Girls Team Titles At FGC Junior Olympics


July 17, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

The South Florida Aquatic Club, buoyed by two national age group relay records, added another chapter to its success story.

The rookie club, not even two years old, won its second consecutive Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Junior Olympics Long Course Championships Sunday night at the Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO swept the combined, boys and girls team titles, finishing ahead of several well-established teams including former champions Lake Lytal, Fort Lauderdale Aquatics and Pine Crest Swimming.

The Nike-sponsored club, a little more than eighteen months old, vaulted into the national spotlight when its boys’ 11-12 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relays shattered USA Swimming national age group records.

SOFLO won the combined team title with 913 points, bettering last year’s total of 705. SOFLO won the boys crown with 497 points and girls title with 416 points.

SOFLO’s depth and talent was never more evident throughout the meet. Several swimmers were not fully tapered with the Southern Zone Championships coming up at the end of the month. Swimmers turned in more than 350 career-best times.

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, 14, was high point winner for girls 13-14 with 49 points. Samuel Quintero, 10, with 55 points and Julien Pinon, 12, with 63 points, were high point winners for the 10-and-under and 11-12 boys. Pinon had the most points in any age group.

“Overall, I am extremely proud of the staff,” said SOFLO CEO and Coach Chris Anderson. “The age group program has been working extremely hard the past three, four years and it finally came to a head.

“The biggest thing I am most proud of is the way the staff has handled the diversity of our clientele and athletes and how wonderful we can combine these athletes to break national and Florida Gold Coast records.

“I think we have improved since last year,” Anderson said. “We are a little bit more well-rounded. As far as our team goals we are far more mature. Before we weren’t sure what to do or how to do it. Now we have athletes from the 50 freestyle to the 1500 freestyle doing what they are suppose to do and working together as a group. That makes us much stronger now.”

SOFLO coach Bruno Darzi called it “a good meet for us.

“I still think we have a lot of work to be done,” Darzi said. “The national records were really positive. When you put four kids together that are excited about swimming together, they know they have a shot. Give them a goal and the opportunity to do it. They were excited about it and everybody was talking about it.
“It is always good to be in the spotlight and have the club talked about. It brings attention to South Florida swimming which is always good.”

On the third and final day of competition, SOFLO dominated the abbreviated competition schedule.

Julien Pinon won the 11-12 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best 17:50.65. Teammate Ricardo Roche was third in a career-best 18:52.49, Kevin Porto fourth in a career-best 19:23.73, Nicholas Perera sixth in a career-best 19:43.12, Federico Maeso seventh in a career-best 19:48.05 and Jack Davies 13th in a career-best 22:00.34.

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, 14, won the 13-14 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best 18:23.48. Kelley Heron, 11, was fourth in the 11-12 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best 19:24.39, Stephanie Mlujeak eighth in a career-best 20:41.31, Alani Carrasco ninth in a career-best 20:47.98.

In the 400-meter individual medley, Alfredo Mesa Jr. won the boys 11-12 event with a big time drop career-best of 5:20.98 and Jessica Rodriguez, 12, was second in a career-best 5:29.93 in the girls 11-12.

TEAM TOTALS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1.South Florida Aquatic Club 913, 2. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 586, 3. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 490, 4. Lake Lytal 401, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 282, 6. Davie Nadadores 259.50, 7. Jupiter Dragons 234, 8. Blue Marlins 205, 9. St. Andrew’s Swimming 118, 10. Plantation Swim Team 112.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1.South Florida Aquatic Club 416, 2. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 259.5, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 255, 4. Jupiter Dragons 220, 5. Lake Lytal 212, 6. Metro Aquatic 120, 7. St. Andrew’s Swimming 115, 8. Plantation Swim Team 93, 9. Rockway 64, 10. AK Sharks 63.50.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1.South Florida Aquatic Club 497, 2. Metro Aquatic 466, 3. Davie Nadadores 244.5, 4. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 230.5, 5. Lake Lytal 189, 6. Blue Marlins 155, 7. City of Hialeah 85.5, 8. YMCA of South Palm Beach 44.50, 9. Miami Dade County 29, 10. Heritage Aquatic Team 28.

GIRLS HIGH POINT: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, MAC and Alexandra Meszaros 52; SOFLO: 11. Jennifer Rodriguez 14, 12. Hannah Virgin 12, 21. Amanda Kopas 2; 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 59; SOFLO: 2. Allison Kopas 54, 4. Jessica Rodriguez 39, 10. Kelley Heron 22, 19. Catharine Cooper 12, 20. Sophia Bucaro 11, 24. Isabella Pittinger 7, 32. Natasha Testa 2, 34. Stephanie Mlujeak 1; 13-14, 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 49; SOFLO: 11. Steph Campo 20, 12. Emily Kopas 18, 16. Audrey Mason 13, 21. Jillian Alexander 8, 32. Tie, Haley Wright, Kelly Kealty 4, 39. Tie, Kylie Herman, Andrea Melendez, 1.

BOYS HIGH POINT: 10-and-under, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 55, SOFLO: 5. Rafael Rodriguez 25, 10. Jonathan Skarie 17.50, 16. Matthew Liang 9; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO, 63; SOFLO: 2. Tie, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Juan Lucas 48, 7. Cristian Rossi 27.50, 9. Tristan Celestin 25, 14. Ricardo Roche 18, 15. Kevin Porto 17, 16. Nicholas Perera 15, 31. Federico Maeso 2; 13-14, 1. Manuel Lopez, MAC 56; SOFLO: 26. Tie, August Charni, Gustavo Valery 6, 33. Jordan Colon 2, 35. Dylan Sell 1.

SUNDAY NIGHT RESULTS

GIRLS

400-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Amanda Carr, Lake Lytal 5:25.98; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodriguez 5:29.93, best time, 15. Delanie Perez 6:11.36, best time, 16. Sarah Bucaro 6:11.76, best time; 13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 5:21.38; SOFLO: 4. Melissa Marinheiro 5:22.65, 8. Audrey Mason 5:42.00, 14. Monica Rodriguez 5:57.46, best time.

200-meter medley relay: 13-14, 1. Pine Crest “A” 2:07.88 (Amber Lubie, Lindsey Swartz, Miriyam Ghali, Caroline Nava), 3. SOFLO “A” 2:14.42 (Steph Campo, Jillian Alexander, Andrea Melendez, Melissa Marinheiro), 8. SOFLO “B” 2:18.80 (Monica Rodriguez, Audrey Mason, Kylie Herman, Carly Swanson).

200-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatic “A” 2:16.06 (Sophia Perez, Madeleine Peraza, Emma Ballestas, Sarah Abril), 3. SOFLO “A” 2:20.47 (Jennifer Rodriguez, Katherine De Barros, Vanessa Mesa, Hannah Virgin).

200-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Sophia Perez, MAC 2:29.25; SOFLO: 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:40.71, 17. Katherine Debarros 2:49.68, best time, 20. Amanda Kopas 2:50.41, 25. Vanessa Mesa 2:53.43, 35. Alexandra Crespo 2:56.62, best time, 37. Annita Huang 2:57.07; 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:12.21; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Bucaro 2:20.07, 10. Kelley Heron 2:24.06, best time, 24. Catharine Cooper 2:28.86, 32. Charlene Forti 2:32.64, 33. Alani Carrasco 2:32.66, best time, 39. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:34.26, best time, 47. Tie, Natasha Testa 2:35.78, best time and Sarah Bucaro 2:35.78, 51. Isabella Pittinger 2:36.78, best time, 59. Maya Hirian 2:42.02, 61. Megan Schimansky 2:42.66, 62. Alisa Kislych 2:42.63; 13-14, 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:10.55, best time; SOFLO:  3. Steph Campo 2:15.7, 8. Andrea Melendez 2:20.07, best time, 10. Kylie Herman 2:21.70, 12. Haley Wright 2:22.03, best time, 14. Carly Swanson 2:22.56, best time, 17. Audrey Mason 2:23.62, best time, 30. Jenna Diaz 2:29.61.

50-meter butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Urbina Cortes, PST 33.74; SOFLO: 6. Hannah Virgin 38.25, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 38.90, best time; 11-12, 1. Allison Kopas, SOFLO 32.09; SOFLO: 13. Catharine Cooper 34.23, best time, 17. Natasha Testa 34.94, best time, 20. Bianca Monti 35.21, best time, 32. Isabella Pittinger 37.23; 13-14, 1. Caroline Nava, Pine Crest 30.07; SOFLO: 15. Andrea Melendez 32.56, best time, 21. Haley Wright 33.10, best time, 22. Kylie Herman 33.20, 30. Jenna Deal 33.87, best time, 53. Monica Rodriguez 35.27, 62. Lindsey Sauer 35.82, 65. Vero Postolski 36.11.

200-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Star Fassler, FLA 2:58.16; SOFLO: 3. Jennifer Rodriguez 3:02.50, 5. Kelley Heron 3:04.67, best time, 19. Delanie Perez 3:17.86; 13-14, 1. Emily Kopas, SOFLO 2:46.88; SOFLO: 4. Audrey Mason 2:55.07, 7. Jillian Alexander 2:58.24, 17. Lindsey Sauer 3:10.11, best time.

100-meter backstroke: 10-and-under: 1. Sarah Abril, MAC 1:20.20; SOFLO: 9. Hannah Virgin 1:29.03, best time, 10. Amanda Kopas 1:29.97, best time, 11. Vanessa Mesa 1:30.91, 21. Katherine De Barros 1:35.56, 24. Ashley Tan 1:36.99, best time; 11-12, 1. Jamie Flores, Pine Crest 1:13.21; SOFLO: 4. Allison Kopas 1:14.87, best time, 6. Isabella Pittinger 1:18.08, best time, 11. Sophia Bucaro 1:18.94, best time, 14. Maya Hirian 1:21.07, best time, 15. Catharine Cooper 1:21.24, best time, 23. Megan Schimansky 1:23.94, best time, 25. Alani Carrasco 1:24.05, best time, 35. Bianca Monti 1:25.60, best time, 45. Sarah Bucaro 1:29.13, 47. Charlene Forti 1:29.36, 50. Alisa Kislych 1:30.88; 13-14, 1. Darby Goodwin, Jupiter 1:10.86; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 1:11.31, best time, 5. Steph Campo 1:11.58, best time, 30. Carly Swanson 1:18.39, best time, 32. Monica Rodriguez 1:19.14, 35. Andrea Melendez 1:20.24.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 17:50.65; SOFLO: 3. Ricardo Roche 18:52.49, best time, 4. Kevin Porto 19:23.73, best time, 6. Nicholas Perera 19:43.12, best time, 7. Federico Maeso 19:48.05, best time, 13. Jack Davies 22:00.34, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicolas Medina 17:34.23.

400-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Alfredo Mesa Jr., SOFLO 5:20.98, best time; SOFLO: 6. Ricardo Roche 5:40.38, best time, 7. Nicholas Perera 5:44.03, best time, 9. Kevin Porto 5:44.82, best time; 13-14, 1. Manuel Lopez, MAC 4:54.53; SOFLO: 8. Jordan Colon 5:28.66, best time, 11. Teddy Sandoval 5:32.73, best time, 13. Juan Saldana 5:43.63.

200-meter medley relay: 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatic “A” 1:56.15 (Robert Ballestas, Manuel Lopez, Zuhayr Pigot, Wayne Denswil), 4. SOFLO “A” 2:07.82 (Gustavo Valery, Jordan Colon, Bryce Pierce, August Charni), 12. SOFLO “B” 2:22.63 (David Stoddard, Teddy Sandoval, Andres Menchaca, No Name).

200-meter freestyle relay: 10-and-under, 1. Hialeah Swim Club “A” 2:25.29 (Abraham Lugones, Lester Machado, Liam Timana, Michael Fernandez).

200-meter freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 2:31.27; SOFLO: 5. Rafael Rodriguez 2:39.51, best time, 9. Matthew Liang 2:44.24, best time, 11. Augusto Cohn 2:45.44, 13. Brandon Moran 2:48.16, best time, 23. Leonardo Mateus 2:54.75, best time; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 2:08.10; SOFLO: 2. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 2;13.65, best time, 3. Juan Lucas 2:16.87, 6. Cristian Rossi 2:22.28, 8. Ricardo Roche 2:22.36, best time, 18. Federico Maeso 2:26.41, best time, 25. Rodrigo Rodriguez 2:28.65, best time, 34. Matthew Menocal 2:32.72, 35. Andres Lares 2:33.49, best time, 42. Sebastian Vargas 2:35.70, best time, 52. Jack Davies 2:41.71; 13-14, 1. Nicolas Medina, Unattached 2:05.28; SOFLO: 12. August Charni 2:14.51, best time, 19. David Stoddard 2:17.04, best time, 20. Bryce Pierce 2:17.11, best time, 21. Gustavo Valery 2:17.13, best time, 31. Teddy Sandoval 2:18.88, 39. Alexander Viloria 2:20.97, best time, 53. Ryan Capote 2:25.14.

50-meter butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Elv Kotikovski, FLA 35.38; SOFLO: 4. Samuel Quintero 35.74, best time, 11. Jonathan Skarie 38.74, best time, 20. Matthew Liang 41.00, best time, 33. Augusto Cohn 44.80; 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 29.23, best time; SOFLO:4. Cristian Rossi 32.44, best time,  18. Nicholas Perera 34.63, 31. Sebastian Vargas 36.31, best time, 36. Andres Lares 37.24; 13-14, 1. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 27.75; SOFLO: 30. Bryce Pierce 31.53, best time, 35. Teddy Sandoval 31.87, 50. Andre Menchaca 33.16, best time, 52. David Stoddard 33.80, best time, 53. Ryan Capote 33.86.

200-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:43.41; SOFLO: 2. Tristan Celestin 2:46.64, best time, 14. Ricardo Roche 3:15.60, best time, 18. Rodrigo Rodriguez 3:24.83, 19. Matthew Menocal 3:26.55, best time; 13-14, 1. Manuel Lopez, MAC 2:36.80; SOFLO: 11. Jordan Colon 2:56.81.

100-meter backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 1:20.37, best time; SOFLO: 5. Rafael Rodriguez 1:28.15; 9. Matthew Liang 1:29.21, 13. Leonardo Mateus 1:31.74, best time, 19. Jonathan Skarie 1:34.04, 21. Max Cope 1:34.98, best time, 23. Pablo Ziehm 1:35.34, best time, 24. Brandon Moran 1:35.39; 11-12, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 1:10.52, best time; SOFLO: 3. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 1:12.92, 6. Kevin Porto 1:17.02, 15. Jack Davies 1:21.84, 18. Andres Lares 1:22.83, best time, 22. Bruno Berti 1:24.05, 25. Federico Maeso 1:24.34, 27. Rodrigo Rodriguez 1:24.47, best time; 13-14, 1. Rob Ballestas, MAC 1:07.82; SOFLO: 8. August Charni 1:10.05, best time, 10. Gustavo Valery 1:10.38, best time, 27. Bryce Pierce 1:15.01, 28. David Stoddard 1:15.61.

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