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

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

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

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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

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

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.

WEDNESDAY FINAL RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

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.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

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).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

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.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

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).

SOFLO SWIMMERS EVENT SCHEDULE

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

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Phelps Gets His First Gold At World Aquatic Championships; SOFLO’s Polyakov Swims Thursday

Phelps Gets His First Gold At World Aquatic Championships; SOFLO’s Polyakov Swims Thursday


July 27, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Don’t write Michael Phelps off just yet.

The 14-time Olympic gold medal winner won his first gold medal of the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China exactly one year out from the 2012 London Olympics.

After taking a bronze in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and silver in the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps, 26, won the 200-meter butterfly, his fifth world title in the event, in 1:53.34.

It was the only medal the U.S. collected on Wednesday at the Oriental Sports Center.

Behind Phelps, Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda took silver in 1:54.01 and China’s Wu Peng won the bronze in 1:54.67.

Phelps overtook Matsuda in the last 50 meters and held off Peng.

“I had written down in my journal all the times I wanted to do at this meet and so far I’m on pace,” Phelps said. “Every single one that I’ve written down, I’m right at it. I wanted to be 1:53 low, and that’s what I was.

“That’s a second and a half faster than last year, and I feel like I’m kind of getting back,” Phelps said. “I felt like my old self the last 100 of that race, especially that last 25. I didn’t feel like I was dying and barely able to get my arms out of the water and like there was a piano on my back. I actually felt like I was swimming for a whole 200 meters, so it felt good. Being able to swing all these semis and finals, I haven’t been able to do this physically for a while.

“I’m happy but this is just a small step for me next year. I still want more and I want to be faster.”

Phelps’ world streak in the 200-meter butterfly dates back to 2001. He said while he was on the medal stand he couldn’t help but think back to his first world title ten years ago when he was 16.

“That’s sort of my bread and butter event, and my family’s break and butter event, and being able to get it back and keep it,” Phelps said. “It may not always be a fun event but it’s something I built my career off of. I know what I have to do in the next year to be able to be where I want to be.

“Like I said, I’m heading in the right direction and I’m, very pleased.”

Phelps is still getting a little ribbing from his fellow swimmers after forgetting his swim trunks on Tuesday and borrowing Australia’s Eamon Sullivan’s trunks with AUS written on the back of the trunks.

In the women’s 200-meter freestyle, Italy’s Federica Pellegrini defended her title and won her second gold medal of the meet in 1:55.58. She was fifth after the first 100 meters.

Pellegrini also won the 400 freestyle title. She won both events in 2009.

“I’m very happy and very proud of the gold medal, I am almost crying because it is so tough,” Pellegrini said. “I am in improving and my goal is the London Olympics.”

Kylie Palmer of Australia took silver in 1:56.04 and Camille Muffat of France took bronze in 1:56.10. American Allison Schmitt, the early leader, missed out on a medal.

China’s Sun Yang won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 7:38.57 followed by Canada’s Ryan Cochrane in 7:41.86 and Hungary’s Gergo Kis in 7:44.94. American’s Chad LaTourette and Peter Vanderkaay were shut out of medals.

Brazilian Felipe Franca Da Silva was a surprise winner in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 27.01. It was Brazil’s first world title in the event. However, controversy surrounded the win. An underwater video footage shows that Silva used an illegal dolphin kick at the finish of the race. FINA does not use underwater videos for official results.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli took silver in 27.17 and world record holder Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa took the bronze in 27.19. American Mark Gangloff was sixth in 27.58.

In semifinal heats, 16-year-old teenager Missy Franklin, making her worlds debut, qualified sixth in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.14. Ryan Lochte was top qualifier in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:56.74 and Phelps was second in 1:57.26.

On Thursday, SOFLO two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov will compete in his third and final event of worlds, the 200-meter breaststroke prelims.

Water polo

Greece and China will battle for the women’s water polo gold medal at the Natatorium on Friday. Both teams are making their championship debut. In the semifinals, Greece defeated Italy, 14-11. China won its semifinal against Russia, 13-11. In the round of 5-8 semifinals outgoing world champion United States defeated Canada, 8-4.

Medal Tally

Host China is leading with 29 total medals including 13 gold and 11 silvers, Russia is second with 14 total medals and the United States is picking up steam with 13 including five gold medals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN: One Year From Today

OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN: One Year From Today


July 27, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

For South Florida Aquatic Club athletes and coaches training for Olympic glory at the 2012 London Games, Wednesday marks the one-year countdown to the lighting of the flame at the opening ceremony extravaganza in the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

With just one year to go before the 2012 Olympic Summer Games get under way in London (July 27-August 12) and surrounding suburbs, Great Britain’s Organizing Committee Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe is confident.

Britain has spent the past six years since it won the bid preparing for the world’s greatest show with a budget in the billions.

Between the Olympics and Paralympics (Aug. 29-Sept. 9) the numbers are staggering—36 competition venues, 14,700 athletes, 21,000 broadcasters and media members, 10.8 million ticket holders, 6,000 paid staff and up to 7,000 volunteers

“We think we are in good shape,” Coe told reporters on Tuesday.

“It’s a pretty big moment for us,” Coe said. “I think we probably recognize, as most host cities do, that the moment when you actually hit, one year to go is a pretty defining moment,” said Coe, the only man to win the 1,500 meters gold in track and field at successive Olympics.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge will offer a first glimpse of the design of the Olympic medals Wednesday night in a ceremony at Trafalgar Square. Festivities will also include the opening of the aquatics center, the last of the main venues to be completed in the Olympic Park complex.

Rogge said London’s organizers have been the best prepared he has seen one year out from the Games. “Preparations are excellent,” Rogge said. “They are on time, on budget. Quality-wise we have not the slightest concern. London is very well-organized.”

Coe called it “a pretty big moment” for all those who have devoted years of their lives chasing a dream and will finally get a chance to see what it looks like.

“I hope it is just a taster for the year to come and the sort of excitement that London will expect,” Coe said. “We are pretty much where we would want to be at this point in the project. I am incredibly pleased with where we are.”

For the first time, Russia and China are expected to challenge the United States for supremacy in the medal tally in London. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the U.S. won 110 medals, 10 more than runner-up China.

“It’s an interesting landscape out there,” said Alan Ashley, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief of sport performance.

“Some of these other nations are pouring enormous resources into this. Governments are behind them. They’re very serious contenders. That does keep me up at night sometimes.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

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

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

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

 http://www.swim4soflo.com