Lochte Breaks World Record At World Aquatic Championships; SOFLO’s Polyakov Falls Short

Lochte Breaks World Record At World Aquatic Championships; SOFLO’s Polyakov Falls Short

July 28, 2011


And they said it wouldn’t be done in a textile suit for a long time.

After nineteen months without a world record, Floridian Ryan Lochte broke his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley and snatched another gold medal away from Michael Phelps in a textile suit Thursday at the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China.

It was the first world record set in a textile suit since the high-tech bodysuits were banned in January 2010.

With Phelps bearing down on him in the final freestyle lap, Lochte hit the wall in 1 minute, 54.00 seconds, defending his title and bettering his previous world mark in 1:54.10 that he set at the 2009 Rome World Championships, where 43 world records were broken in the high-tech suit.

It was the second consecutive world final that Lochte beat Phelps, the 14-time Olympic gold medalist, at the Oriental Sports Center.

“I wanted to do something that everyone thought was impossible,” said the 26-year-old University of Florida alum.

“Since they banned those suits everyone thought a world record would never get touched again. I just wanted to show everyone that can happen. That’s why we have records, they are meant to get broken.

“Hopefully, everyone now can start realizing that ‘Hey, it’s possible,’ so hopefully a lot more records will fall.”

Lochte also beat Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday. Lochte has two more events and Phelps one but not head-to-head. With his two golds, Lochte is the third best in world championship history after Phelps and Aussie legend Grant Hackett.

“I’m just happy that all that hard work I’ve done this year and dedication is definitely paying off,” said Lochte, who lives and trains in Gainesville with 2012 Olympic men’s coach Gregg Troy.

Phelps took the silver in a career-best 1:54.16 and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the bronze in 1:57.69.

“That one frustrated me more than anything,” Phelps said. “I thought I was going to get that one. I thought I had it on the last stroke. I felt myself gaining and gaining and gaining.”

Phelps beat Lochte to the wall on the opening butterfly leg, Lochte moved into the lead on the backstroke leg and started there even though Phelps swam the last 50 in 27.36, .13 faster than Lochte. Phelps finished with a long stroke that may have cost him the race.

“Ryan has really done all the little things right,” Phelps said. “He has more comfortable speed now than he had before. He is super focused. He’s just more prepared. Things are always won by people who are most prepared. To go faster than he did in 2009 is incredible.

“I think that race is going to be a lot of motivation for the next year. There’s a lot of frustration right now going through my head. This is going to help me through the tough months of training for the next year.”

In other championship finals:

Aussie James Magnussen, 20, proved that his opening split of 47.49 was no fluke against Phelps on the winning 4×100-meter relay opening day, overtook defending champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil during the back half of the race to win in 47.63. Canadian Brent Hayden took silver in 47.95 and William Meynard of France took bronze in 48.00.

Cielo, who was cleared of doping last week, finished fourth much to the delight of several swimmers and coaches who did not want to see Cielo cleared of the doping charges.

“It means the world and I know it means a lot to Australian swimming as well,” said Magnussen, making his worlds debut. “First person to win that event at a world championships from Australia, which is a pretty big deal. I think it puts men’s sprinting in Australia back in the spotlight.”

China’s Jiao Liuyang led from start to finish to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.55. Ellen Gandy of Great Britain was second in 2:05.59 and defending champion and world record holder Liu Zige of China was third in 2:05.90. No American made it to the final.

Russia’s Anastasia Zueva won the women’s 50-meter backstroke in 27.79. Japan’s Aya Terakawa took the silver and 16-year-old American Missy Franklin won the bronze.

Franklin then came back to swim a fast lead-off leg of 1:55.06 (faster than the gold medal-winning time in the 200 freestyle event) to enable the U.S. to win gold in the 4×200-meter relay ahead of Australia and China with teammates Dagny Knutson, Katie Hoff and Allison Schmitt.

SOFLO two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, 27, swimming in Lane 8 in Heat 7, finished 33rd in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:15.70 in the prelims and did not advance into the semifinals. It was his third and final event of the world championships.

Water polo

World champion Serbia needed extra time to beat Olympic champion, Hungary, 15-14, in the men’s water polo semifinals. Serbia was the only scorer in the first period of overtime. In the other semifinal, Italy edged Croatia, 9-8. Alex Giorgetti scored three goals. In the semifinal round 5-8, the U.S. men’s team held off Germany, 9-8, and Spain defeated Montanegro, 10-9. In other classification matches, Australia beat Canada, 8-6, and Japan defeated Romania, 18-15.

Medal Tally

After thirteen days, China leads the medal count with 32 including 14 gold and 11 silver medals. The U.S. is second with 17, seven golds and five silver. Russia is third with 15 including eight golds.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Pinon Wins, Goldman Swims Best Time, Two Others Make Finals At Southern Zone Championships

SOFLO’s Pinon Wins, Goldman Swims Best Time, Two Others Make Finals At Southern Zone Championships

July 27, 2011


It was a good night for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers on the second day of racing at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

Julien Pinon, 12, won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.07, just missing a 24-year-old meet record.

Pinon turned in back-to-back career-best times in the event, winning in 2:03.07. His prelim time of 2:04.13, which was the fastest qualifying time, bettered his previous best of 2:04.14.

The 24-year-old meet record Pinon was after is 2:02.83 set by West Virginia’s Danny Ott in 1987.

Pinon was also second in the 100-meter butterfly. He bettered his previous best time of 1:04.74 in 1:03.97 in prelims and lowered that time in finals in 1:02.58. Florida Swimming’s Jackson Defore, 12, won in 1:02.50.

Pinon was a member of the third place 11-12 400-meter medley relay team with two other SOFLO teammates that finished in 4:31.91. Pinon was joined by teammates Juan Lucas and Alfredo Mesa Jr. of SOFLO and FGC swimmer Julio Horrego.

SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman, 16, swam a career-best 100-meter backstroke time on the leadoff leg of the FGC’s 15-18 400-meter medley relay that finished fifth in 4:01.44. Goldman went 1:00.77 bettering his previous best of 1:01.50. His 50 split was 29.91. Other relay members were Daniel Spas, Austin Manganiello and Austin Saunders.

Juan Lucas, 12, finished seventh in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:13.02. Lucas swam his career-best best time in morning prelims in 2:12.83.

Allison Kopas was fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke in a career-best time of 36.29. She swam back-to-back career-bests swimming 36.49 in prelims to qualify fourth. Her previous best time was 37.48. She was also 13th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:10.59.

SOFLO’s Emma Lincoln was a member of FGC’s ninth place 15-18 400-meter medley relay team that finished in 4:38.76.



1.Southeastern 256, 2. Florida 237.5, 3. Georgia 175, 4. North Carolina 153.5, 5. Kentucky 125.5, 6. Florida Gold Coast 106, 7. Gulf 46, 8. South Texas 41, 9. South Carolina 31, 10. Louisiana 6, 11. North Texas 4.5.


200-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Rose Smiddy, FGC 2:08.55; SOFLO: 32. Jessica Rodriguez 2:20.35, best time; 39. Catharine Cooper 2:22.57, best time; 13-14, 1. Rebecca Postoll, GA 2:05.01; FGC: 13. Arianna Noya 2:11.11, 19. Caroline Nava 2:12.21, 33. Darby Goodwin 2:14.10; 15-18, 1. Suzanne Bessire, FL 2:04.68; SOFLO: 19. Emma Lincoln 2:11.31, best time; FGC: 20. Jessica Randolph 2:11.38, 29. Julie Suarez 2:12.88, 34. Amanda Ford 2:14.10, 38. Khamai Simpson 2:14.38, 46. Zoie Balthazar 2:16.09, 48. Brenna Ruth 2:17.34.

50-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Ann Kyriakidis, SES 34.14; SOFLO: 5. Allison Kopas 36.29, best time, finals, 36.49, best time, finals; FGC: 29. Stephanie Hernandez 39.24.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. Tatum Wade, SES 2:37.13; FGC: 3. Lindsey Swartz 2:40.43; 15-18, 1. Colleen Kessinger, KY 2:41.74.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Ann Kyriakidis, SES 1:04.11; SOFLO: 13. Allison Kopas 1:10.59, 51. Jessica Rodriguez 1:18.42; FGC: 15. Alexa Rivera 1:10.82, 39. Star Fassler 1:14.26; 13-14, 1. Carrie Johnson, SES 1:02.92; 15-18, 1. Angelica Chapman, SES 1:03.29; FGC: 14. Alexandra Kalandiak 1:06.89, 16. Khamai Simpson 1:06.95, SOFLO: 23. Emma Lincoln 1:08.12.

400-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. SES 4:32.42, 6. FGC “A” 4:48.12 (Jamie Flores, Allison Kopas, Alexa Rivera, Rose Smiddy); 13-14, 1. SES “A” 4:23.64, 5. FGC “A” 4:31.06 (Amanda Tipton, Lindsey Swartz, Christine Herfuth, Caroline Nava); 15-18, 1. KY “A” 4:22.99, 9. FGC “A” 4:38.76 (Julie Suarez, Emma Lincoln, Alexa Kalandiak, Jessica Randolph).


1.Southeastern 266, 2. Florida Swimming 255.5, 3. Georgia 189, 4. North Carolina 165.5, 5. Kentucky 131.5, 6. Florida Gold Coast 114, 7. Gulf 48, 8. South Texas 41, 9. South Carolina 35, 10. Louisiana 6, 11. North Texas 4.5.


200-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO/FGC 2:03.07 finals, best time; 2:04.13, prelims, best time; 7. Juan Lucas, SOFLO/FGC 2:13.02, finals, 2:12.83, prelims, best time; SOFLO: 15. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 2:14.95; 33. Cristian Rossi 2:18.69; FGC. 31. Michael Hovart 2:18.20; 13-14, 1. Matthew Beach, SES 1:58.48; 15-18, 1. Ty Rocca, FL 1:52.65; FGC: 5. Lucas Brito 1:57.48; FGC: 18. Nicolas Medina 2:04.49, 23. William Pisani 2:05.39, 35. Tobias Faucher 2:07.07, 40. Gabriel Perez 2:07.52, 41. Marco Guarente 2:07.68, 52. Nicolas Conrad 2:11.63.

50-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Andrew Tretyakov, SES 33.80; 3. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO/FGC 33.97; SOFL: 22. Cristian Rossi 38.97; FGC: 6. Julio Horrego 34.97.

200-meter breaststroke: 13-14, 1. JP Portillo, GA 2:29.00; FGC: 3. Marco Guarente 2:31.85, 5. Manuel Lopez 2:35.13; 15-18, 1. Phon Alexander, FL 2:27.05.

100-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Jackson Defore, FL 1:02.50, 2. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 1:02.58, finals, best time; 13-14, 1. Thomas Bilden, NCS 58.78; 15-18, 1. Austin Manganiello, FGC 56.69, 6. Austin Saunders, FGC 57.79; FGC: 10. Lucas Brito 58.60, 20. Daniel Spas 1:00.93, 21. Derek Chait 1:01.06, 38. Cory Perez 1:03.53, 41. Wali Toulson 1:04.55.

400-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. Florida “A” 4:27.02, 3. Florida Gold Coast “A” 4:31.91 (Juan Lucas, Julio Horrego, Julien Pinon, Alfredo Mesa Jr.); 13-14, 1. SES “A” 4:07.20, 5. FGC “A” (William Pisani, Manuel Lopez, Gabriel Perez, Marco Guarente) 4:19.58; 15-18, 1. Florida “A” 3:58.70; 5. Florida Gold Coast “A”4:01.44 (Brandon Goldman, Daniel Spas, Austin Manganiello, Austin Saunders).



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.


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.


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