WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTEBOOK, Issue Nine: Team USA Starts Off Slow In Swimming

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTEBOOK, Issue Nine: Team USA Starts Off Slow In Swimming


July 24, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

The rest of the world caught up with the United States swimming powerhouse on Sunday at the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.

While the U.S. could manage only a silver and bronze in one of its marquis men’s relay events, the rest of the world put on a show on  opening day of the most-watched sport at the championships.

In one of the biggest upsets of the men’s competition, Australia’s inexperienced men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay team, anchored by former world record holder Eamon Sullivan and two newcomers, won the gold medal in three minutes and 11.0 seconds. France took the silver in 3:11.14. The U.S. finished in 3:11.96.

The Aussies had not won the event at the world championships since 2001 and was not expected to even challenge for the gold medal. It was the first time the U.S. had failed to win the event since the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.

They knocked off France and the American team that included Michael Phelps and Jason Lezak. Phelps, competing in the first of seven events, led off the relay and put the U.S. in second place after touching after Aussie James Magnussen (47.49 leg) but after that it was all downhill for the U.S.  They were joined by teammates Matthew Targett and Matthew Abood celebrating behind the blocks.

“It’s tough not starting off how we want to, it’s frustrating,” Phelps told reporters. “I said I wanted to be faster than I was last year and I was faster than I was last year. It stinks but I think it will give us a little bit of motivation for the rest of the meet.”

The Aussies led from start to finish. U.S. anchor leg Nathan Adrian was almost a second behind the Aussies. Garrett Weber-Gale (48.33) and Jason Lezak (48.15) had the slowest splits.

Said Sullivan: “We knew we weren’t going to be in the mix on paper. We knew we had the experience and the young ones to surprise people.”

“I don’t know if angry was the right word but they weren’t happy,” U.S. men’s coach Eddie Reese said. “This wasn’t a very good relay for us. Why? We call it human beings. We had splits that were not at all like we thought they would be.

“This is something we need to take care of now. It’s over. All we want to do is try and get these guys to swim on that relay and get them better for the next event.”

The U.S. women’s relay team of Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy and Dana Vollmer) didn’t win either, finishing second in 3:34.47. Franklin, 16, had the fastest split (52.99).

The Netherlands won the women’s 4×100-meter relay (3:33.96) with the same four swimmers, Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Marleen Veldhuis and Femke Heemskerk, who took the title at the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 World Championships. Germany was third in 3:36.05.

In other finals, Olympic champion Park Tae Hwan of South Korea won the men’s 400-meter freestyle, just two years after failing to make the final in Rome. He swam in Lane One. China favorite Sun Yang was second in 3:43.24 and Germany’s Paul Biedermann was third in 3:44.14. American Peter Vanderkaay was fourth in 3:44.83.

Italian 2009 gold medalist Federica Pellegrini won the women’s title in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:01.97. She became the first pool swimmer to defend her world title. Britain’s Rebecca Adlington, after barely making finals, took silver in 4:04.01 and Camille Muffat of France was third in 4:04.06. American Katie Hoff was seventh in 4:08.22.

“The last two years were difficult for me because of the loss of my coach (Alberto Castagnetti) but I still managed to win this gold and this gives me confidence,” Pellegrini said.

In the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter butterfly, Dana Vollmer set an American record in 56.47. She bettered her own record by 47/100ths of a second. She was under world record pace at the 50-meter mark. The top eight swimmers in each of Sunday’s semifinals will compete in Monday night’s final.

Diving

In front of an adoring crowd, China took it all, going a record-breaking ten-for-ten in gold medals, never done in the history of the world championships.

It was the first time since 1982 that a single country had swept all the diving titles a a world championships. Even more impressive is that in 1982 the U.S., led by Greg Louganis, won all four golds while in Shanghai China won 10.

Chinese great Qiu Bo won the final gold medal in the men’s 10-meter platform final.

“I’m really happy to win back the world championships title for China,” Qiu said.

Defending champion Tom Daley of Great Britain did not make the medal podium and finished fifth.

“I did two good dives and I am very satisfied,” Daley said. “There is a big gap between me and Qiu Bo. I am really excited for the Olympics because it will be held in our country. My dream is to win a gold medal there.”

Qiu totaled 585.45 points for the six-dive final

In a surprise, American David Boudia took the silver medal with 544.25, the only medal won by the U.S. Sascha Klein of Germany won the bronze with 534.50.

“It’s always very tough to compete with the Chinese,” Boudia said. “It was good to hear teammates cheer for me. I had a good time training and competing here.” 

Water polo

The United States, Montenegro, Spain and Germany all kept their medal hopes alive making it to the quarterfinal round. Spain, leading 7-2, held off Australia, 9-8, to reach the quarterfinals. Montenegro, which missed the top eight two years ago in Rome, beat Romania, 8-4; the U.S. topped Canada, 17-4, and Germany defeated Japan, 8-6; Kazakhstan beat China, 8-7; and Brazil defeated South Africa, 7-4. The U.S. (2-2) scored seven consecutive goals to take control of the game early. In women’s play, Canada (3-0) meets China (3-1) in Monday night’s quarterfinals.

Medal Tally

China leads the medal count with 22 including ten gold and eleven silver. Russia is second with 13, seven gold and three silver, and Germany is third with 10 including six bronze medals. The United States are fourth with five medals, only one gold.

The swimming will be televised on Sunday, 2-4 p.m., July 30, 1-3 p.m. and July 31, 1-3 p.m. all on NBC. Also Universal Sports is televising the full meet at universalsports.com. There is a feature on the website where you plug in your zip code and it will tell you which TV service is showing the world championships in your neighborhood.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Polyakov Falls Short In Prelims Of World Aquatic Championships On Opening Day

SOFLO’s Polyakov Falls Short In Prelims Of World Aquatic Championships On Opening Day


July 23, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Lack of training caught up with SOFLO’s Vlad Polyakov in his opening event of the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.

Swimming in Lane 3 in the morning preliminaries, the two-time Kazakhstan Olympian finished seventh in Heat 8 and 38th overall in 1:01.85 among a field of 82 breaststrokers from around the world. His

splits were 29.00 and 32.85.

Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen was fastest qualifier in 59.71, second fastest time in the world this year. Only Glenn Snyders of New Zealand (59.94) and Kosuke Kitajima of Japan (59.96) swam sub-1 minute.

No breaststroker that finished in 1:01 seconds or more made it past prelims into the semifinal round of 16. Polyakov has the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events remaining.

Other top seeds headed into semifinals/finals:

American Dana Vollmer, 100-meter butterfly, 56.97; China’s Sun Yang, 400-meter freestyle, 3:41.48; American Caitlin Leverenz, 200-meter individual medley, 2:11.01; Brazil’s Cesar Cielo, 50-meter butterfly, 23.26; Italian Federica Pellegrini, 400-meter freestyle, 4:04.76; United States, 400-meter freestyle relay, 3:35.64; and France, 400-meter freestyle relay, 3:12.09.

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Coral Springs’ Protzman Top Finisher At June Krauser Summer Splash Masters Meet

Coral Springs’ Protzman Top Finisher At June Krauser Summer Splash Masters Meet


July 23, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Coral Springs Masters/SOFLO swimmer Barbara Protzman won the 100-meter freestyle Saturday on the opening day of the sixth annual June Krauser Summer Splash at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

Protzman, 57, swimming with GOLD Masters, won the 55-59 100-meter freestyle in 1:18.36, off her seed time of 1:16.80. She was seeded No. 1 in her age group. Janet Siniscalchi, 55, was second in 1:24.30, bettering her 1:40.00 seed time.

Protzman was also second in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:37.67. She scratched from the 400-meter freestyle.

The two-day meet continues on Sunday with timed finals at 10 a.m. The field has more than 300 swimmers.

Several top masters swimmers opted not to compete because of its close date proximity to masters nationals. The meet is named after Hall of Famer and world and national age group masters record holder June Krauser.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter freestyle: 18-24, 1. Caroline Ball, FLAQ 5:01.64; 25-29, 1. Sara Holman, GSC 4:56.12, 2. Mary Holman, GSC 4:58.30, 3. Siobhan Murphy, FLAQ 5:45.00; 30-34, 1. Heidi Hester, PLAN 4:49.47, 2. Jennifer Martin, FLAQ 5:55.06; 35-39, 1. Natalia Vaganova, Unattached 8:29.77; 40-44, 1. Dale LeClair, GOLD 5:15.43; 45-49, 1. Sylvie Letarte, 100M 6:09.20, 2. Liz Herbst, FLAQ 6:14.28, 3. Sarah Bennett, FLAQ 7:04.90; 50-54, 1. Leticia Castro, GOLD 5:17.41, 2. Ann Thomas, FLAQ 6:09.20, 3. Ellen Itzler, FLAQ 6:55.30; 55-59, 1. Sherie Berk, FLAQ 7:19.17; 60-64, 1. Cathy Mancino, GOLD 6:11.34, 2. Anita Mitchell, FLAQ 10:06.03; 65-69, 1. Rayma Isaacs, GOLD 12:19.50. 

200-meter backstroke: 18-24, 1. Jamie Marks, FLAQ 2:40.14; 25-29, 1. Nicola Sutherland, FLAQ 2:41.87, 2. Sara Holman, GSC 2:52.39, 3. Patricia Cooper, GOLD 2:55.13; 40-44, 1. Jennifer Hulett, FLAQ 3:10.82; 45-49, 1. Sarah Bennett, FLAQ 3:59.29; 50-54, 1. Adrienne Chin-Ogilvie, FLAQ 5:08.94.

50-meter breaststroke: 18-24, 1. Barbara Thomas, FLAQ 37.03, 2. Jamie Marks, FLAQ 38.26, 3. Emily Quatromoni, FLAQ 41.15; 25-29, 1. Laura Lastfogel, FLAQ 41.19, 2. Siobhan Murphy, FLAQ 42.76, 3. Heather Gifford, FLAQ 49.02; 30-34, 1. Jennifer Martin, FLAQ 38.98; 35-39, 1. Janey Mayville-Armas, FLAQ 37.65, 2. Natalia Vaganova, Unattached 1:17.32; 40-44, 1. Kelly Legaspi, FLAQ 35.78, 2. Andree Fluet, BRON 44.70, 3. Yukako Beatty, GOLD 45.61; 45-49, 1. Jill Burke, FINS 43.14, 2. Sylvie Letarte, 100M 47.02; 50-54, 1. Holly Vaughn, T2NM 38.64, 2. Karen Mareb, NEM 40.10, 3. Chris Wenzel, FLAQ 40.67;55-59, 1. Peggy McDonnell, GOLD 42.55, 2. Janet Siniscalchi, FLAQ 46.23; 60-64, 1. Anita Mitchell, FLAQ 1:13.55; 65-69, 1. Linda Webb, FLAQ 47.50; 70-74, 1. Marian Carlson, FLAQ 1:38.63.

200-meter medley relay: 100-119, 1. FLAQ 2:32.52; 160-199, 1. FLAQ 2:08.75; 200-239, 1. FLAQ “A” 2:34.65, 2. FLAQ “B” 3:07.71; 72-99, 1. FLAQ 2:17.91.

100-meter freestyle: 18-24, 1. Barbara Thomas, FLAQ 1:04.83, 2. Kelly Schwantes, FLAQ 1:11.08; 25-29, 1. Patricia Cooper, GOLD 1:13.93, 2. Siobhan Murphy, FLAQ 1:15.78; 30-34, 1. Heidi Hester, PLAN 1:04.68; 35-39, 1. Christine Manna, PLAN 1:08.19, 2. Heather Zak, SWIM 1:08.83, 3. Natalia Vaganova, Unattached 1:57.62; 40-44, 1. Dale LeClair, GOLD 1:06.59, 2. Jennifer Hulett, FLAQ 1:12.49, 3. Ann Stewart, GOLD 1:13.73; 45-49, 1. Sylvie Letarte, 100M 1:18.92, 2. Liz Herbst, FLAQ 1:24.35, 3. Cheryl Keeney, FLAQ 1:42.66; 50-54, 1. Chris Wenzel, FLAQ 1:10.01, 2. Karen Mareb, NEM 1:11.05, 3. Leticia Castro, GOLD 1:11.74; 55-59, 1. Barbara Protzman, GOLD 1:18.36, 2. Janet Siniscalchi, FLAQ 1:24.30; 60-64, 1. Anita Mitchell, FLAQ 2:15.46; 65-69, 1. Linda Webb, FLAQ 1:26.59, 2. Rayma Isaacs, GOLD 2:44.56; 70-74, 1. Marian Carlson, FLAQ 3:32.00.

50-meter backstroke: 18-24, 1. Barbara Thomas, FLAQ 33.01, 2. Caroline Ball, FLAQ 34.28, 3. Emily Quatromoni, FLAQ 44.03; 25-29, 1. Patricia Cooper, GOLD 36.78, 2. Heather Gifford, FLAQ 43.89; 35-39, 1. Kristin Volz, FLAQ 53.59; 40-44, 1. Jennifer Hulett, FLAQ 37.49, 2. Ann Stewart, GOLD 30.09, 3. Dale LeClair, GOLD 39.60; 45-49, 1. Cheryl Kenney, FLAQ 55.51; 50-54, 1. Chris Wenzel, FLAQ 40.72, 2. Ann Thomas, FLAQ 42.69; 55-59, 1. Peggy McDonnell, GOLD 41.12, 2. Linda Larson, FLAQ 41.90, 3. Janet Siniscalchi, FLAQ 47.95.

200-meter breaststroke: 18-24, 1. Kelly Schwantes, FLAQ 3:18.48, 2. Emily Quatromoni, FLAQ 3:25.02; 40-44, 1. Kelly Legaspi, FLAQ 2:51.99; 45-49, 1. Jill Burke, FINS 3:36.79, 2. Sarah Bennett, FLAQ 3:58.90; 50-54, 1. Holly Vaughn, T2NM 3:15.85, 2. Karen Mareb, NEM 3:17.52, 3. Chris Wenzel, NEM 3:23.07; 65-69, 1. Linda Webb, FLAQ 3:57.51, 2. Rayma Isaacs, GOLD 5:38.15.

100-meter butterfly: 18-24, 1. Jamie Marks, FLAQ 1:08.86; 25-29, 1. Nicolas Sutherland, FLAQ 1:15.25; 35-39, 1. Janey Mayville-Armas, FLAQ 1:10.88, 2. Christine Mana, PLAN 1:20.58, 3. Kristin Volz, FLAQ 2:01.70; 40-44, 1. Dale LeClair, GOLD 1:21.97, 2. Andree Fluet, BRON 1:31.42; 45-49, 1. Sylvie Letarte, 100M 1:34.67; 50-54, 1. Leticia Castro, GOLD 1:22.06, 2. Chris Wenzel, FLAQ 1:33.50, 3. Adrienne Chin-Ogilvie, FLAQ 1:53.95; 55-59, 1. Peggy McDonnell, GOLD 1:27.57, 2. Barbara Protzman, GOLD 1:37.67; 60-64, 1. Cathy Mancino, GOLD 1:31.08.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay: 100-119, 1. FLAQ 1:52.04; 120-159, 1. GOLD 2:05.51; 160-199, 1. FLAQ 1:20.23, 2. GOLD 1:56.95, 3. FLAQ 2:07.60; 200-239, 1. FLAQ 2:28.87; 240-279, 1. FLAQ 2:32.91; 72-99, 1. FLAQ 1:56.98, 2. FLAQ 1:58.85.

400-meter individual medley: 25-29, 1. Sara Holman, GSC 5:54.37, 2. Mary Holman, GSC 6:05.12; 50-54, 1. Leticia Castro, GOLD 6:23.69, 2. Adrienne Chin-Ogilvie, FLAQ 9:02.24; 60-64, 1. Cathy Mancino, GOLD 7:28.50. 

MEN

400-meter freestyle: 18-24, 1. William Vann, FLAQ 4:52.43, 2. Richard Garza, FLAQ 5:11.92; 25-29, 1. Corey Welch, GOLD 4:35.03, 2. Sebastian Young, FLAQ 4:40.95, 3. Todd Wilson, PLAN 4:56.38; 30-34, 1. Chuck Medema, Unattached 5:11.19, 2. Terence Bhawanie, FLAQ 5:36.74; 35-39, 1. Luis Comulada, GOLD 4:49.33, 2. Robert Pardo, FLAQ 4:57.20, 3. Manuel Rodriguez, GOLD 6:30.51; 40-44, 1. Jim Harper, GOLD 5:18.16; 45-49, 1. Jim Fenstermacher, GOLD 5:46.49; 50-54, 1. Marty Hendrick, FLAQ 5:50.64, 2. Karl Kolb, NEM 5:54.24, 3. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 6:48.45; 55-59, 1. Allen Larson, OREG 5:58.68, 2. Adrian Legaspi, FLAQ 6:52.46; 60-64, 1. Allen DeWeese, GOLD 6:26.59; 70-74, 1. James Ward, FLAQ 8:24.84, 2. Carl House, GOLD 9:26.24; 80-84, 1. George Lustig, FLAQ 11:50.40.

200-meter backstroke: 18-24, 1. Richard Garza, FLAQ 2:53.71; 25-29, 1. Tommie Cuticchia, PLAN 2:32.26; 40-44, 1. James Wray, FLAQ 2:43.35; 45-49, 1. Fernando Abad, PLAN 3:14.61; 50-54, 1. Marty Hendrick,FLAQ 2:49.22, 2. Karl Kolb, NEM 3:23.28, 3. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 4:09.62; 55-59, 1. Phillipp Djang, Unattached 2:38.51; 60-64, 1. Allen DeWeese, GOLD 3:44.36.

50-meter breaststroke: 25-29, 1. Corey Welch, GOLD 30.59, 2. Arnaldo Gasco, FLAQ 33.75, 3. Luis Thula, FLAQ 35.06; 30-34, 1. Rodrigo Corcho, FLAQ 34.58; 35-39, 1. Manuel Rodriguez, GOLD 37.53, 2. Stephen Andreades, FLAQ 39.21; 40-44, 1. Phillipp Djang, Unattached 45.65; 45-49, 1. Graeme Fiser, FLAQ 36.00, 2. Jim Fenstermacher, GOLD 38.20, 3. Christopher Gates, GOLD 47.82; 50-54, 1. Hipolito Valdivieso, Unattached 38.57; 55-59, 1. Beda Dondi, FLAQ 40.76, 2. William Munro, GOLD 42.37; 60-64, 1. Markus Frankel, FLAQ 44.06, 2. Philip Cullen, GOLD 53.33; 70-74, 1. Carl House, GOLD 58.69; 75-79, 1. Walter Pesetsky, FLAQ 53.87.

200-meter medley relay: 100-119, 1. FLAQ 2:01.03; 120-159, 1. PLAN 2:01.48, 2. FLAQ 2:02.95; 200-239, 1. GOLD 3:23.85; 240-279, 1. FLAQ 2:29.66. 

100-meter freestyle: 18-24, 1. William Van, FLAQ 1:02.53, 2. Richard Garza, FLAQ 1:05.54; 25-29, 1. Corey Welch, GOLD 58.06, 2. Arnaldo Gasco, FLAQ 58.67, 3. Diego Suarez, GOLD 1:02.19; 30-34, 1. Chuck Medema, Unattached 1:01.42, 2. Terence Bhawanie, FLAQ 1:09.69; 35-39, 1. Luis Comulada, GOLD 58.90, 2. Hilario Itriago, GOLD 1:03.52, 3. Stepehn Andreades, FLAQ 1:04.10; 40-44, 1. Carlos Ochoa, PLAN 59.89, 2. Phillipp Glatzer, Unattached 1:25.47; 45-49, 1. Jim Fenstermacher, GOLD 1:12.28, 2. Fernando Abad, PLAN 1:13.60, 3. Christopher Gates, GOLD 1:15.75; 50-54, 1. Nick Cronin, Unattached 1:06.85, 2. Karl Kolb, NEM 1:16.83, 3. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 1:28.13; 55-59, 1. William Munro, GOLD 1:06.43, 2. Beda Dondi, FLAQ 1:08.71, 3. Neil Fenn, GOLD 1:21.47; 60-64, 1. Allen DeWeese, GOLD 1:18.76, 2. Philip Cullen, GOLD 1:38.59; 65-69, 1. David Quiggin, GOLD 1:05.02, 2. Gerry Delong, GOLD 1:36.13; 70-74, 1. Carl House, GOLD 1:49.59; 80-84, 1. George Lustig, FLAQ 2:36.77.

50-meter backstroke: 25-29, 1. Diego Suarez, GOLD 35.34, 2. JC Mejia, GOLD 41.23; 30-34, 1. Rodrigo Corcho, FLAQ 36.06, 2. Terence Bhawanie, FLAQ 40.71; 35-39, 1. Stephen Andreades, FLAQ 38.11, 2. Manuel Rodriguez, GOLD 43.70; 40-44, 1. James Wray, FLAQ 33.04; 45-49, 1. Fernando Abad, PLAN 41.26, 2. Christopher Gates, GOLD 42.92; 50-54, 1. Hipolito Valdivieso, Unattached 34.37, 2. Marty Hendrick, FLAQ 35.68, 3. Karl Kolb, NEm 44.20; 55-59, 1. Philipp Djang, Unattached 32.98, 2. Timothy McGonigal, FLAQ 55.74; 60-64, 1. Allen DeWeese, GOLD 44.04; 65-69, 1. David Quiggin, GOLD 39.00; 70-74, 1. Carl House, GOLD 1:11.77.

200-meter breaststroke: 25-29, 1. Corey Welch, GOLD 2:33.32, 2. Sebastian Young, FLAQ 2:51.02; 30-34, 1. Brent McAuliffe, FLAQ 2:37.72; 35-39, 1. Luis Comulada, GOLD 2:56.51, 2. Zeus Keanu Boiser, GOLD 3;47.92; 45-49, 1. Graeme Fiser, FLAQ 2:52.59, 2. Jim Fenstermacher, GOLD 3:06.61; 55-59, 1. Allen Larson, OREG 3:54.36; 75-79, 1. Walter Pesetsky, FLAQ 5:00.58.

100-meter butterfly: 25-29, 1. Luis Thula, FLAQ 1:02.45, 2. Tommie Cuticchia, PLAN 1:03.67, 3. Todd Wilson, PLAN 1:05.66; 30-34, 1. Brent McAuliffe, FLAQ 1:00.22; 40-44, 1. Carlos Ochoa, PLAN 1:07.03; 50-54, 1. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 1:59.65; 55-59, 1. Neil Fenn, GOLD 1:47.31; 75-79, 1. Walter Pesetsky, FLAQ 2:20.03.

400-meter individual medley: 25-29, 1. Tommie Cuticchia, PLAN 5:26.69, 2. Diego Suarez, GOLD 6:34.94; 35-39, 1. Robert Pardo, FLAQ 5;59.83, 2. Zeus Keanu Boiser, GOLD 8:13.93; 40-44, 1. Jim Harper, GOLD 5:54.57; 50-54, 1. Roy Sonenshein, GOLD 8:06.38; 55-59, 1. Philipp Djang, Unattached 5:58.98; 65-69, 1. Gerry Delong, GOLD 7:21.72.  

IF YOU GO

What: Sixth annual June Krauser Summer Splash Masters Meet.

When: Sunday, 10 a.m., timed finals only.

Where: Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, 501 Seabreeze Blvd.

Admission: $3. For information call 954-828-4580.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 

 

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SOFLO’s Boisson-Yates, McKnight, Gautieri Shine At FGC Senior Championships; Kuczynski Misses PAGS

SOFLO’s Boisson-Yates, McKnight, Gautieri Shine At FGC Senior Championships; Kuczynski Misses PAGS


July 23, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Dylan Carter and Keegan Boisson-Yates brought out the best in each other Saturday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Friends since they were 13-year-old high school classmates and club swimmers in Trinidad and Tobago, Boisson-Yates, 16, and Carter, 15, two of their country’s top junior swimmers, put on a show in the boys’ 15-16 100-meter butterfly championship final.

Racing against each other for the first time since March 2010, Carter out-touched Boisson-Yates to win in 58.65 untapered, off his best of 58.10.

Boisson-Yates finished second in a career-best 58.94. They were the only two swimmers to crack 59 seconds.

For Boisson-Yates it was an impressive time drop from his previous best of 1:01.78. He swam back-to-back career-bests going 59.51 in morning prelims.

“It’s been a while since I swam like that, it’s been a long time coming,” Boisson-Yates said. “I have been training and haven’t rested in a while. I knew I was ready and it was time to race.

“I got into warmup this morning and felt good. I had a good race. I felt smooth. I got back tonight and felt a little heavy and tired. The goal was to win. Because of the atmosphere, I was excited and the adrenaline got me going. I knew I could go as fast as the morning. I was determined to bring it back.

“It’s always fun to race Dylan, we used to race all the time. This was a good opportunity for me because he is a fast swimmer. Dylan congratulated me like any friend would.”

Boisson-Yates, trying to qualify for junior nationals, has been training well. He decided not to compete internationally for Trinidad and Tobago this season to focus on his training. He hopes to return to international meets next year.

“I feel pretty confident about my training, I like what is happening,” Boisson-Yates said. “I am in good shape. I have no complaints right now. I need to work on small details more.”

For the second summer in a row, Carter has been training at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex for three weeks in preparation for the Sept. 7-13 Commonwealth Youth Games at the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between the United Kingdom and Ireland. He plans to return to Trinidad and Tobago next weekend.

Carter qualified at the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation Championships in Puerto Rico for the Youth Commonwealth Games. He won five gold medals, two silver and broke four national and three CCCAN records.

“I thought I would try a different program to train with,” Carter said. “We’ll see if it helped when I taper.

“It was really fun to race Keegan, we hadn’t raced in a while and I enjoyed it a lot,” Carter said. “It’s been a long time. We are really good friends and I enjoy training and competing with him. I was happy with my race. We were only 2/10ths of a second apart after the first 50.”

SOFLO’s only individual champion was Lindsey McKnight, 17, first in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.07. FLA’s Lauren Driscoll, 17, was second in 2:04.75 and SOFLO two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, 22, third in a career-best 2:07.06.

SOFLO’s Gina Gautieri, 18, Bucknell-bound, was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in a career-best 2:43.15.  Her previous best was 2:47.51.

In Sunday action, five-time Olympian Dara Torres, coming off a broken toe, will compete in her signature event, the 50-meter freestyle.

Davie Nadadores, the largest FGC team entered with 96 swimmers, is on track to sweep the men’s and women’s team titles and win their first senior championships.

SATURDAY RESUTS

GIRLS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. Davie Nadadores 1,203.5, 2. FLA 1,030, 3. SOFLO 715, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 587, 5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 553.5, 6. Empire Swimming 454, 7. Miami Swimming 430, 8. Greenville 324, 9. Western Kentucky 293, 10. Lake Lytal Lightning 287.

200-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Olivia Katcher, FLA 2:06.20; SOFLO: 5. Marcella Marinheiro 2:11.13, 13. Leonie Davies 2:15.43, best time, prelims, 2:15.98, finals, 22. Amber Hunter 2:17.30, best time, 27. Anne Kuczynski 2:20.26; Open: 1. Lindsey McKnight, SOFLO 2:04.07; SOFLO: 6. Tyla Martin 2:10.99, best time, 16. Courtney Marx 2:13.70, best time prelims, 2:13.98, 30. Tiffany Oliver 2:17.53, 58. Victoria Sage 2:28.10, 60. Brittany Williford 2:29.02.

50-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Chelsea Britt, FLA 30.97; SOFLO: 4. Marcella Marinheiro 32.59, 9. Maria Lopez 34.01, best time prelims, 34.19 finals, 13. Anne Kuczynski 34.39, best time prelims, 34.31, best time finals, 18. Amber Hunter 34.59, best time, 26. Kennedy Sanes 35.83, best time; Open: 1. Hilary Mishler, Western Kentucky 29.99; SOFLO: 4. Ashley Hicks, Unattached, 31.03, best time, 32.01, best time prelims, 7. Emily Greenwood 31.55,  best time, 19. Linea Cutter 33.35, best time.

200-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Kristina Figueroa, Davie 2:45.28; SOFLO: 20. Kristina Nork 3:06.38; Open: 1. Ekaterina Alyabyeva, Davie 2:36.99; SOFLO: 2. Gina Gautieri 2:43.15, best time, 13. Lucia Morris 2:54.09, 14. Dana Hatic 2:54.05, 28. Dania Banks 3:03.41.

100-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Cristina Lurito, Greenville 1:03.53; SOFLO: 8. Maria Lopez 1:07.68, 10. Amber Hunter 1:08.87, best time, prelims, 1:08.31, best time, finals, 17. Philomena Fiorenzi 1:10.00, best time, 27. Kristina Brennan 1:11.45; Open: 1. Claire Donahue, Western Kentucky 59.29; SOFLO: 3. Alia Atkinson 1:02.57, best time, 11. Tyla Martin 1:07.12, finals, 1:06.96, prelims, 12. Courtney Marx 1:07.28 prelims, 1:07.30, finals, 21. Ashley Hicks, Unattached 1:08.83, best time, 22. Taylor McKnight 1:08.85, 23. Melissa Marinheiro 1:09.01, 29. Linea Cutter 1:09.65, best time, 45. Haley Wright 1:12.67, best time.

400-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Emily Pfeiffer, Greenville 5:14.61; SOFLO: 14. Kristina Nork 5:45.92; Open, 1. Ekaterina Alyabyeva, Davie 5:01.10; SOFLO: 11. Melissa Marinheiro 5:26.48.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. FLA “A” 8:29.07 (Briana Emig, Olivia Katcher, Lauren Driscoll, Rebecca Aiello), 2. SOFLO “A” 8:32.57 (Tiffany Oliver, Alia Atkinson, Melissa Marinheiro, Lindsey McKnight), 9. SOFLO “B” 9:04.53 (Marcella Marinheiro, Maria Lopez, Amber Hunter, Leonie Davies).

BOYS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. Davie Nadadores 1,267.5, 2. FLA 1,072, 3. SOFLO 727, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 627, 5. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 581.5, 6. Empire Swimming 488, 7. Miami Swimming 462, 8. Greenville 324, 9. Western Kentucky 293, 10. Lake Lytal Lightning 287.

200-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 1:56.77; SOFLO: 4. Marco Hosfeld 1:59.52,  35. Kyle Desrosiers 2:09.95, 38. Darryl Perez 2:11.49, best time, 50. Jacob Walters 2:13.84, 52. Roger Capote 2:14.80, 53. Javier Menchaca 2:15.54; Open: 1. Jesus Martin, Davie Nadadores 1:55.36; SOFLO: 21. Les Moore 2:03.54, 27. Marc Rojas 2:05.31, 30. Mauricio Hidalgo 2:06.83, best time.

50-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Chad Moody, Westminster Academy 28.90; SOFLO: 17. Benjamin Fruitman, Unattached 31.93, best time prelims, 32.07 finals, 21. Javier Menchaca 32.99; Open: 1. Scott Hathaway, Pine Crest 27.22; SOFLO: 29. Gustavo Valery 32.64, best time.

200-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Gerard Huidobro, Davie 2:28.36; SOFLO: 20. Brian Arnaud 2:42.90, best time, 30. Tristan Celestin 2:45.86, best time; Open, 1. Leonardo Martins, Davie 2:23.06; SOFLO: 7. Marc Rojas 2:28.26, 15. Brian Arnaud 2:40.82, best time.

100-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Dylan Carter, Unattached 58.65; SOFLO: 2. Keegan Boisson-Yates 58.94, best time, 14. Javier Menchaca 1:02.93, best time, finals, 1:02.66 prelims, 26. Marco Hosfeld 1:04.49, 30. Matthew Gonzalez 1:04.81, best time, 42. Jacob Walters 1:06.21; Open, 1. William Purnell, FLA 56.76; SOFLO: 16. Anthony Fermin 58.86, best time, 31. Mauricio Hidalgo 1:01.13, best time, 77. Derek Schwab 1:07.78.

400-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Julian Radice, MAC 4:39.27; SOFLO: 21. Tomas Kloosterman 5:18.55, best time; Open, 1. Daniel Roa, Davie 4:39.37.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest Swimming “A” 7:39.69 (Gottfried Eisenberger, Thomas Veale, Andy Bushell, Jeffrey Raymond), 11. SOFLO “A” 8:30.52 (Marco Hosfeld, Mauricio Hidalgo, Roger Capote, Marc Rojas).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

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

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Boulevard.

Admission: $3 per session, $2 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-345-2121.

CANADIAN SUMMER NATIONALS

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski missed a berth on the Canadian national team for the Pan American Games in Mexico after finishing tenth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.38 Saturday at the Canadian Summer Nationals and Pan American Games trials in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. She qualified tenth in morning prelims in 1:01.45.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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