August 25, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
South Florida Aquatic Club will host two meets for the young and old Friday and Saturday.
On Friday at 5 p.m., SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines will be host site for the Florida Gold Coast Broward South Sizzler, featuring Weston, Coral Springs, Comets and SOFLO age group swimmers at the grass roots level.
Coral Springs Aquatic Complex and Coral Springs Swim Club/SOFLO will host the Coral Springs Last Chance Long Course Meters Masters meet Saturday at 10 a.m. Warm-up for swimmers is 9 a.m.
The meet is open to all registered U.S. masters swimmers ages 18 and over trying to get in one last long course meters meet and improve career-bests before the short course season.
Cullen Jones, Make A Splash Series Coming To ISHOF
The sixth and final stop of the 2011 Make A Splash with Cullen Jones Event Series will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale at 8 a.m.
In its third year, the Make A Splash Tour promotes the importance of learning to swim and reinforces the importance of water safety throughout the nation.
2008 Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones will talk about the USA Swimming Foundation and Conoco Phillips’ Make A Splash program along with host and three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines.
The program is centered around minority children ages 5-14 who are most at risk for drowning which is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under age 14.
Texas A&M Headed To SEC
Texas A&M is expected to become the thirteenth member of the Southeastern Conference.
The Aggies have asked Big 12 Conference officials to outline the exit process to be followed and penalty fees that will be assessed for leaving the conference.
The SEC is expected to formally invite Texas A&M next week for the 2012-2013 season.
While most are talking about the implications for college football and major television coverage, swimmers are more interested in how it will increase the competition and depth in swimming and diving in the SEC.
If approved, the Big 12 would have only Texas and Missouri in men’s swimming and Texas, Iowa State, Kansas and Missouri in women’s swimming. With the number of swim programs dwindling in the Big 12 Conference, the conference could drop swimming.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Greensboro Aquatic Center Thursday night, USA Synchronized Swimming announced that the new venue will host the 2012 Olympic Trials on Nov. 11-14. The four-day event will attract the country’s top synchro athletes competing for a spot on the U.S. synchronized swimming team for the 2012 London Olympics. Susan Braman, the aquatic center manager, her staff and the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the perfect bid to host the event, officials said. The state-of-the-art facility is 78,000 square feet with three pools and 2,500-seating capacity…Olympian Ryan Lochte is among nominees for Pro Athlete of the Year at the inaugural PNC Bank Sportys Awards presented by the Central Florida Sports Commission. The award winners and induction ceremony for the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame will be held Sept. 24 at Full Sail University…Rachel Bootsma has signed with the University of California-Berkeley.
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