SOFLO’s Lincoln Swims Career-Best On Day One Of Southern Zone Championships

SOFLO’s Lincoln Swims Career-Best On Day One Of Southern Zone Championships


July 26, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Emma Lincoln started off on a good note Tuesday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer swam a career-best in the girls’ 15-18 800-meter freestyle in 9 minutes, 34.70 seconds. Her previous best was 9:42.38.

It was only the second time Lincoln swam the 800-meter freestyle race.

Lincoln, 15, making her third appearance at the zone meet for the Florida Gold Coast all-star team, including back-to-back appearances, was pleasantly surprised at her swim which sets her up nicely for the remainder of her events including the 200-meter freestyle on Wednesday.

“I trained distance twice a week and in the past I have done 1,000 so I decided to do long course,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln finished 16th among a field of 23 elite swimmers. FGC teammate Amanda Ford, 17, was 15th in 9:33.86, off her best time of 9:23.80.

“It humbles you to be around fast people and helps you keep up your swimming,” said Lincoln, who is competing in everything from the 800 to the 50-meter freestyle.

“It’s fun to do different events,” Lincoln said. “In the beginning I felt really good and then I was getting tired obviously later. It’s fun hearing everyone cheering for you. That kept me going. I have gotten used to the nerves and I don’t get nervous for races but today I was nervous because I don’t normally swim the 800 and I didn’t know what to expect. It was a nice change.”

The swim sets Lincoln up nicely for the remainder of the week.

“I am really excited now,” Lincoln said. “I already did a best time and I felt confident. This is the meet I tapered for. At Senior Champs, I only swam the 50 free.

“I really want to go best times at this meet. I also want to have fun. It’s been really fun so far and getting a best time is a nice bonus.”

The weeklong meet continues on Wednesday with a full schedule of timed events. Florida Swimming leads both the girls and boys team standings after Day One.

TUESDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.Florida 94, 2. North Carolina 50, 3. Kentucky 42, 4. Georgia 38, 5. Southeastern 35, 6. South Texas 16, 7. Gulf 12, 8. North Texas, Louisiana 7, 10. South Carolina 6, 11. Florida Gold Coast 3.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

800-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Kendall Dawson, Florida Swimming, 9:01.15; 15-18, 1. Autumn Finke, Florida Swimming 8:59.13; SOFLO: 16. Emma Lincoln 9:34.70, best time; FGC: 15. Amanda Ford 9:33.86

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.Florida 165, 2. North Carolina 110, 3. Georgia 94, 4. Kentucky 71, 5. South Carolina 49, 6. South Texas 42, 7. Southeastern 37, 8. Florida Gold Coast 20, 9. Gulf 15, 10. Louisiana 10, 11. North Texas 7.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1500-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Cody Bekemeyer, Georgia 16:35.53; FGC: 12. William Pisani 17:28.71, 14. Nicolas Medina 17:30.37, 18. Fernando Bohorquez 17:56.46; 15-16, 1. Kevin Litherland, Georgia 16:19.04; FGC: 9. Derek Chait 16:48.16.

SOFLO SWIMMERS EVENT SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

Girls’ 11-12 200-meter freestyle, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 2:21.41, Catharine Cooper, 11, 2:23.24.

Boys’ 11-12 200-meter freestyle, Julien Pinon, 12, 2:04.14, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 2:13.89, Juan Lucas, 12, 2:16.83, Cristian Rossi, 12, 2:18.30.

Girls’ 15-18 200-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 15, 2:11.71.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, Allison Kopas, 12, 37.48.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, Tristan Celestin, 12, 33.55, Cristian Rossi, 12, 37.66.

Girls’ 11-12 100-meter butterfly, Allison Kopas, 12, 1:08.64, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 1:17.00 

Boys’ 11-12 100-meter butterfly, Julien Pinon, 12, 1:04.74.

Girls’ 15-18, 100-meter butterfly, Emma Lincoln, 15, 1:07.83.

THURSDAY

Boys’ 15-18 200-meter backstroke, Brandon Goldman, 16, 2:12.48.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke, Allison Kopas, 12, 35.01, Catharine Cooper, 11, 36.98.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke, Juan Lucas, 12, 32.54.

Girls’ 15-18 100-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 15, 1:00.14.

Girls’ 11-12 400-meter freestyle, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 4:49.31.

Boys’ 11-12 400-meter freestyle, Julien Pinon, 12, 4:28.63, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 4:36.94, Juan Lucas, 12, 4:46.01.

Boys’ 15-18 400-meter individual medley, Brandon Goldman, 16, 4:46.20.

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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Lochte Overtakes Phelps For Gold At World Aquatic Championships; SOFLO’s Polyakov Makes Semifinals

Lochte Overtakes Phelps For Gold At World Aquatic Championships; SOFLO’s Polyakov Makes Semifinals


July 26, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Ryan Lochte had the perfect race strategy to surge past Michael Phelps on the second turn to win the 200-meter freestyle at the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China.

Lochte had never beaten Phelps at a world championships or Olympic Games before Tuesday.

“I guess it was my time tonight,” said the University of Florida alum who lives and trains in Gainesville with 2012 Olympic men’s coach Gregg Troy. “It’s a big confidence boost.”

Lochte overtook Phelps, the defending Olympic champion, and held off Germany’s Paul Biedermann, the defending world champion, to win in 1 minutes, 44.44 seconds.

Phelps settled for the silver medal in 1:44.79 and Biederman took the bronze in 1:44.88, nearly three seconds slower than when he broke Phelps’ world record at the 2009 world championships wearing the now banned high-tech suit.

“I’m bummed I didn’t win,” Phelps said. “I can’t complain, at the same time with what I’ve done over the last six to eight months, I’m headed in the right direction and very pleased. I’m over a second faster than where I was last year and a second a half off my best time in a polyurethane suit.”

Lochte has had a strategy in and out of the pool since he emerged out of Phelps’ huge shadow and dominated most of 2010. The well-liked free spirit was the world’s top swimmer, winning six gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships and beating Phelps head-to-head. He won five golds and broke two world records at short course worlds.

It was only a matter of time before his dedication to his training regimen, some of it off-beat, and focus on the big picture paid off on a world stage.

“I am definitely a completely different swimmer than I was in 2008,” said Lochte, who won two gold and two bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. “I’m a lot stronger and a lot smarter just going into my races.”

Lochte had the perfect strategy. He knew that Phelps would go out hard so Lochte sat back within striking range. On the second turn Lochte came off the wall with plenty left in the tank and turned it on by more than 0.4 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. In the last 50 meters, Phelps swam 0.29 seconds faster than Lochte but could not catch him.

“I knew Michael wanted to go out just to get clean water, so I knew I had to be in striking distance and just work what I’m good at, those underwaters on each turn,” Lochte said. “That’s what I did and it paid off.”

“Hopefully, this win tonight will help me carry on through my other races,” Lochte said. “I’ve still got a big, heavy load.”

Lochte is expected to go head-to-head against Phelps again in the 200-meter individual medley, whose heats are scheduled for Wednesday. He also has two other individual events and a relay.

“Michael and I have been battling head-to-head for about eight years,” Lochte said. “”We definitely build a good rivalry, he’s a great competitor and I am just privileged to swim on the same team, even in the same event as him.

“Today, at this level we’re at, we both want to win, we don’t like to lose and no matter what the outcome is, we’re still going to be friends and we’re definitely going to be pushing each other for 2012.”

In one of the most exciting and bizarre finishes, French swimmers Camille Lacourt and Jeremy Stravious tied for the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Both finished in 52.76 with Japan’s Ryosuke Irie taking the bronze in 52.98.

It was the first time swimmers from the same country shared a medal at the world championships and also the first time a French male swimmer won a gold medal at the event.

U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni defended her world title in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:05.05. Aussie Leisel Jones had to settle for silver in 1:06.25 and Ji Liping of China took the bronze medal in 1:06.52.

“I was really happy with the swim overall,” Soni said. “It wasn’t too far off what I went last night so I really can’t complain about the time and world title. It’s always hard being the defending champion and racing the 2008 gold medalist.

“I’m really confident with the swimming portion, but there are all the little odds and ends I feel I can work on over the next year,” Soni said.

China’s Zhao Jing won the 100-meter backstroke after coming behind from fifth place to win 59.05.  Russian Anastasia Zueva took the silver in 59.06 and American Natalie Coughlin, who led for the first 70 meters, took the bronze in 59.15.

“I’m very, very happy with that swim,” Coughlin said. “Fifty-nine-point-one right now is very promising for the next year. I’m just going to take that and build upon that in training and competition.”

Denmark’s Lotte Friis won the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:49.59 ahead of American Kate Zeigler in 15:55.60 and China’s Li Zuanxi in an Asian record 15:58.02.

In the men’s 50-meter breaststroke prelims, SOFLO’s two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov finished 16th in 28.00 and advanced into the semifinals, where he finished 14th in 27.81 and missed making finals, 0.91 seconds behind top qualifier Cameron Van der burgh of South Africa (26.90).

Competition continues on Wednesday with prelims and semifinals of the women’s 50-meter backstroke, men’s 100-meter freestyle, women’s 200-meter butterfly and men’s 200-meter individual medley. Wednesday’s finals will include the men’s 200-meter butterfly, women’s 200-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s 50-meter breaststroke.

Water polo

The top four teams in the world expected to make the semifinals have lived up to predictions.

Croatia defeated Montenegro in a hotly-contested game, 9-6; Hungary edged the United States, 9-8; Serbia beat Germany, 9-4 and Italy defeated Spain, 10-6. The U.S. men have never won a medal at worlds. The gold medal final is Saturday.

On Wednesday, women’s water polo resumes with the semifinal games between Russia vs. China and Greece vs. Italy.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 

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SOFLO’s Celestin, Pinon Seeded No. 1 At Southern Zone Championships That Begin Tuesday

SOFLO’s Celestin, Pinon Seeded No. 1 At Southern Zone Championships That Begin Tuesday


SOFLO’s Celestin, Pinon Seeded No. 1 At Southern Zone Championships That Begin Tuesday

July 25, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Brimming with confidence after the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics and Senior Championships, a record ten South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will compete Tuesday through Sunday at the Southern Zone Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

After four national age group records and posting career-best times in both meets, the SOFLO swimmers are ready to make a little more noise in the pool.

The swimmers are members of the Florida Gold Coast zone team that will compete against top swimmers.

The zone championships feature top regional swimmers at the senior and age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated zones: southern, eastern, central and western.

Each LSC is limited to 48 swimmers—8 females and 8 males in each age group (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18). It gives swimmers nearing the junior national level an opportunity to shine at the end of the long course season.

The meet begins on Tuesday with the girls’ 800-meter freestyle and boys’ 1500-meter freestyle for 13-18-year-olds.

SOFLO’s Tristan Celestin and Julien Pinon are top seeds in the boys competition.

Pinon, 12, is seeded first in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle (2:04.14) and 400-meter freestyle (4:28.63), seeded second in the 50-meter freestyle (26.52) and 100-meter freestyle (57.28) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:04.74) and 50-meter butterfly (29.36).

Celestin, 12, is top seed in the 11-12 50-meter breaststroke (33.55) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:13.70).

Emma Lincoln, the only 15-18 girl swimmer to represent SOFLO, will be joined by SOFLO girls Catharine Cooper, Allison Kopas and Jessica Rodriguez, all in the 11-12 age group.

Brandon Goldman, the only 15-18 boy swimmer to represent SOFLO, will be joined by SOFLO boys Juan Lucas, Alfredo Mesa Jr. and Cristian Rossi in addition to Celestin and Pinon, all 11-12 age group boys.

Lucas, Mesa, Rossi, Celestin and Pinon took turns breaking an unprecedented four national age group relay records the past two weekends and are still on Cloud Nine.

Five of the zone all-star swimmers train at SOFLO’s Coral Springs Aquatic Complex and five train at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

The remaining FGC girl team members are: (11-12) Star Fassler, Jamie Flores, Estefania Hernandez, Alexa Rivera and Rose Smiddy; (13-14) Omaira German, Darby Goodwin, Christina Herfurth, Caroline Nava, Arianna Noya, Lindsey Swartz, Amanda Tipton and Kelsea Volland; (15-18) Zoie Balthazar, Alexa Kalandiak, Amanda Ford, Brenna Ruth, Jessica Randolph, Julie Suarez and Khamai Simpson. 

The other FGC boys team members are (11-12) Alberto Gomez, Julio Horrego, Rak Hovart; (13-14) Fernando Bohorquez, Nicholas Conrad, Tobias Faucher, Marco Guarente, Manuel Lopez, Nicolas Medina, Gabriel Perez and William Pisani; (15-18) Lucas Brito, Derek Chait, Austin Manganiello, Cory Perez, Austin Sanders, Daniel Spas and Wali Toulson.

Julie Smiddy will serve as head coach of the team. She will be joined by coaches Chadli Fernandez and Richard Garza (13-14); Marcelo Gatti and Chris Grace of SOFLO (11-12); Cathy Silviera and Eddie Wolling (15-18). SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie will also join the SOFLO contingent.

Team chaperones are Ann Ford, Robin Kopas, Juan Lucas, Patricia Medina, Yamile Pelaez and Phillipe Pinon.

A banner and fifty swim caps will be awarded the Charlene Craddock Sportsmanship Award to the team who exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship throughout the meet.

All events are timed finals beginning at 9 a.m. and ending 1:30 p.m. The open water swim event is Sunday at Lake Pinehurst.

SOFLO SWIMMERS EVENT SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

 Girls’ 13-18 800-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 15, 9:42.38.

WEDNESDAY

Girls’ 11-12 200-meter freestyle, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 2:21.41, Catharine Cooper, 11, 2:23.24.

Boys’ 11-12 200-meter freestyle, Julien Pinon, 12, 2:04.14, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 2:13.89, Juan Lucas, 12, 2:16.83, Cristian Rossi, 12, 2:18.30.

Girls’ 15-18 200-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 15, 2:11.71.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, Allison Kopas, 12, 37.48.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter breaststroke, Tristan Celestin, 12, 33.55, Cristian Rossi, 12, 37.66.

Girls’ 11-12 100-meter butterfly, Allison Kopas, 12, 1:08.64, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 1:17.00 

Boys’ 11-12 100-meter butterfly, Julien Pinon, 12, 1:04.74.

Girls’ 15-18, 100-meter butterfly, Emma Lincoln, 15, 1:07.83.

THURSDAY

Boys’ 15-18 200-meter backstroke, Brandon Goldman, 16, 2:12.48.

Girls’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke, Allison Kopas, 12, 35.01, Catharine Cooper, 11, 36.98.

Boys’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke, Juan Lucas, 12, 32.54.

Girls’ 15-18 100-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 15, 1:00.14.

Girls’ 11-12 400-meter freestyle, Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 4:49.31.

Boys’ 11-12 400-meter freestyle, Julien Pinon, 12, 4:28.63, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, 4:36.94, Juan Lucas, 12, 4:46.01.

Boys’ 15-18 400-meter individual medley, Brandon Goldman, 16, 4:46.20.

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., 12, 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, 12, 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., 12, 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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