AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 83: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, Dana Hatic Compete This Weekend

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 83: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, Dana Hatic Compete This Weekend

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September 29, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver of Florida State and Dana Hatic of University of Miami will open the collegiate swimming and diving season Saturday in a tri-meet in Coral Gables.

University of Miami women’s team will host FSU and Florida Gulf Coast at 10 a.m. at the on-campus Norman A. Whitten University Center in Coral Gables.

The meet marks the first time that the FSU women have opened with an Atlantic Coast Conference since the 2007-08 season when they swam Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Oliver, FSU’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman, is the Seminoles top sprinter in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Oliver trained during the summer at home and competed in both the senior and junior nationals in California before returning to Tallahassee for her sophomore year.

“Our women’s team needs to come together,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “Miami is an ACC rival and Florida Gold Coast is an up-and-coming team.”

The Seminoles finished third at the ACC Championships last season. The Hurricanes finished sixth in the meet.

Oliver will renew her rivalry against UM sprinter Kelsi Hall in the sprint events. Also returning for UM is ACC breaststroke champion Sofia Johansson.

In the Garnet and Gold meet last week in Tallahassee, Oliver won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.58 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.52.

SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper will make her debut with the Seminoles. Cooper, who underwent shoulder surgery, transferred from Texas A&M after her freshman season. Cooper, an American Heritage graduate, competes in the breaststroke and freestyle.

Ashley Hicks, who has trained at Academic Village Pool and graduated from Coral Springs Charter, is also beginning her sophomore year for FSU. She competes in the backstroke, freestyle and individual medley.

Hatic, a top breaststroker, returns for her senior season. Hatic trained with SOFLO during the summer and also travelled overseas to compete in Italy with her SOFLO teammates.

Three-time defending Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Champion Florida Gulf Coast will compete just one day after opening its season at Florida International University on Friday at the Bay Vista Aquatics Center in North Miami.

Florida Gulf Coast has 19 swimmers and divers returning off last year’s team including St. Thomas Aquinas alum Alessandra Cianci of Plantation. Cianci earned All-Conference honors last season.

Freshmen Emma Svensson of Sweden and Karen Vilorio of Honduras are expected to make an immediate impact for FGCU.

MISCELLANEOUS

Venezuela was the first team to test the indoor competition swimming pool at the Pan American Games site in Guadalajara, Mexico on Thursday. SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco and St. Thomas Aquinas alum Daniela Victoria of Davie Nadadores are members of the Venezuelan contingent…

Professional Duel Meet 1 makes its debut on Nov. 16-17 at the University of Michigan’s Canham Natatorium. The meet will feature only pro swimmers competing against each other on two teams. It is an East vs. West duel meet-styled event. Prize money in each event is $300, $150 and $50. The event will be webcast live. The meet is the brainchild of World University Games gold medalist Bobby Savulich and Club Wolverine coach Mark Hill. The first meet will be all-male. Savulich hopes that increased interest will attract women swimmers. “There is nothing better than two teams going head-to-head as opposed to 1,500 swimmers individually competing at a five-hour meet. Our meet will feature the best and be fan-friendly.” Nick Brunelli, Davis Tarwater, Clark Burckle, Wu Peng, Ian Hulme and Elliott Keefer are among swimmers who have confirmed their participation…

Australian Olympic freestyle hopeful Kenrick Monk was struck by a hit-and-run driver and knocked unconscious while biking to swim practice in Brisbane on Wednesday. His elbow was broken in two places. Three of his teammates, Stephanie Rice, Nick D’Arcy and Ned McKendry helped him on the scene and took him to the hospital. His country’s Olympic trials are in March so this may be a huge setback since he is expected to be out of the water for at least eight weeks at an important stage of his preparations in the water and dryland.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 82: Gator All-American Arrested For Cocaine Possession, Kicked Off Team

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 82: Gator All-American Arrested For Cocaine Possession, Kicked Off Team


September 28, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

University of Florida senior All-American Lily Ramirez was arrested late Monday  night for cocaine possession and resisting arrest.

It was Ramirez’s second arrest since February and has all but ended her collegiate career with the Gators or any other college.

According to police reports, Ramirez was first detained after she hit another female in the face twice during a concert at the Alachua County Fair Grounds Monday night.

While police officers were removing her from the DJ Tiesto concert, she fled from police on foot. She was caught and searched when a small bag of cocaine was found.

Ramirez was attempting to work her way back on the team as a walk-on this fall after being suspended indefinitely last spring for shoplifting in Orlando.

“We are aware of Lily’s arrest,” UF and 2012 men’s Olympic coach Gregg Troy said.

“One of the most rewarding moments as a coach is seeing your athletes take advantage of their opportunities,” Troy said. “It is even more disappointing when they don’t. As of Tuesday, she will no longer be granted that opportunity and is not a member of the University of Florida swimming and diving team.

The cocaine possession is a third degree felony and the charge of resisting arrest is a first degree misdemeanor. If convicted, Ramirez, 21, could face a maximum of five years in prison.

At Gainesville High School, Ramirez was a three-time high school state champion in 2004, 2005 and 2006 in the 100 backstrokg, 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle. In 2007, he was runnerup in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. She was also a Scholastic All-American and National Honor Society member.

PAN AM GAMES CONTROVERSY

Only sixteen days before the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Pan Am Organization cut 176 swimmers from the meet.

Organizers decided to make the cut after they discovered the number of entered swimmers had exceeded the allowed 256. The first move was to cut all athletes who had been entered only in relays. Following that organizers then started trimming swimmers whose entry times had the lowest FINA point totals.

Several nations involved have already filed official protests. Swimmers and coaches had already bought airline tickets and made hotel reservations. The names of those swimmers cut were not released by the Pan Am Organization.

SOFLO’s Olympians Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Arlene Semeco of Argentina were not affected since both are entered in individual events and have FINA times. Atkinson and SOFLO CEO and coach Chris Anderson, who will serve as Jamaica’s coach, are scheduled to depart Friday for a high-altitude training camp in Mexico before heading to the Games.

Organizers were faced with the same problem in diving having to cut from 70 to 60 divers.

PHELPS HAS THAT FIRE BACK

Michael Phelps said he has started training earlier than any other time in his swimming career for the 2012 London Olympics, even earlier before his record-setting performance at the 2008 Beijing Games.

“There’s a lot more desire and drive inside of me,” said the 16-time Olympic medalist. “I’m a lot happier.”

Phelps has been back in the pool for six weeks and said he will be in peak shape in time for the Olympic trials and London. His goal this winter is to get back into the physical shape he was in before Beijing.

“If I could work on getting close to that, I’ll be able to accomplish the goals that I have,” Phelps said.

Phelps spent Tuesday in Manhattan to run and swim with eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno, who is training for the New York City Marathon in November. The two were shooting a commercial for their sponsor Subway. During the swim portion of the video, Ohno’s technique is surprisingly good even in the backstroke. The two also ran together on the track.

MISCELLANEOUS

The International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale will be closed Oct. 14-Nov. 3 due to the annual maintenance, new exhibitions and Fort Lauderdale Boat Show…Swimmers have one week left to register for the Oct. 16 21st annual Bermuda Round the Sound Open Water Swim. The distances are 10K, 7.25K, 4K, 2K and 0.8K. Those interested to go to the Aqua Moon Adventures website or call 954-821-3294.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 81: Diana Nyad Says Never Again

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 81: Diana Nyad Says Never Again


September 27, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Diana Nyad met her match.

The former Pine Crest swimmer said it was the toxic jellyfish that took her down and has convinced her that she will not make another attempt at the 103-mile ocean swim from Cuba to Florida through the Florida straits.

Nyad, 62, swam 82 nautical miles in her second attempt in two months and third attempt overall during her distinguished endurance swimming career. Her first attempt was in 1978 which was cut short by bad weather after 42 hours in the water.

“I can’t beat those guys, they are too much for me,” an emotional Nyad said Monday during a press conference in Key West. “I am so capable of that swim. It’s such a bitter pill.”

After two potentially lethal stings, Nyad was forced to give up her quest on Sunday morning after forty hours in the water. The toxins had begun to cause partial paralysis and breathing difficulties for the asthmatic.

“Those damn jellyfish,” Nyad said. “It’s going to hurt my pride so bad when someone swims across that thing and it wasn’t me. I’m mad that it turned out this way.

“It’s not easy to let go of this dream,” Nyad said. “It’s been a grand, elevating life-confirming experience these last two years.”

More open water swimming

FINISswim is sponsoring a free webinar by Open Water Source on Nyad on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The presentation includes stories, strategies and struggles during Nyad’s two recent attempts. Details include her preparations for Cuba, weather as well as physical and mental preparation…

Open water swimming in Las Vegas? The second annual Slam the Damn Open Water Swim Zone Championship is Saturday at Lake Mead’s Boulder Beach, hosted by Swim Las Vegas, southern Nevada’s largest U.S. masters team. Distances offered are 1.2-mile, 2.4-mle or 8K. The field features swimmers from as far away as Australia and Russia as well as nationally-ranked U.S. athletes. “A nice long swim just means you’ll be able to chow down more at your hotel’s buffet,” swimmer Melissa Palmer told the Las Vegas Review Journal…

Thomas Lurz of Germany and American Emily Brunemann won the men’s and women’s races at the Marathon Swimming World Cup in China. Lurz remains in the series points lead after winning the sixth leg of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup in 1 hour, 54 minutes and 22 seconds. Brunemann earned her first podium appearance winning in 2:04:52. The field featured 28 men and 15 women from ten countries. The last race is Oct. 2 in Hong Kong…

Trinidad and Tobago national swimmers Samantha Rahael and Jonathan Gillette won the 5,000-meter swim at the Maracas Open Water Swim Classic at Maracas Bay on Sunday. Rahael, based in the U.S., won her 5K race debut in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 32 seconds and finished ahead of defending champion Theana Hay. Gillette won the men’s title in 1:11:13. Defending champion Stefan Sharpe was unable to defend his title because of classes at LaSalle University. Blaine Sobrian was second in 1:12:30. Nicholas Mitchell won the men’s 2,650-meter race in 38:13 and Syriah David won the women’s event in 40:50. Olympic medalist George Bovell III, still recovering from a car accident, was among spectators. The race attracted more than 300 open water swimmers…

USA Swimming Coaches Clinic This Weekend

Florida Gold Coast Swimming will host the USA Swimming Regional Coaches Clinic Friday through Sunday in downtown Miami. The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSC’s. The clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach in their own “coaching backyards.” Clinics are priced to encourage staffs to attend the clinic together. One coach can attend for $60 or entire staff can attend the clinic for only $120. Miami is the third stop of the six-clinic fall tour. The clinic will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown at 200 SE Second Avenue. Clinics are open to all swimming coaches regardless of their USA Swimming membership. Both USA swimming members and non-members are invited to attend. MJ Truex, a sport performance consultant and Dave Thomas, a sport development consultant, will conduct the sessions. Local contact is MACM coach Kirk Peppas at maccoach27@aol.com. The sessions are Friday, 5-7:45 p.m., Saturday 8-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 8-12:30 p.m. A free club leadership and business management school will also be conducted from 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.

Miscellaneous

The Florida State Seminoles have gotten four verbal commitments for their next freshman class including Top 25 recruit Derek Pridemore of the Sarasota YMCA. Pridemore, a distance freestyler, is ranked No. 3 in Florida and No. 24 nationally. His career-bests are 4:27.44 in the 500 freestyle and 15:23.24 in the mile. He will join Colombian national record holder Mateo DeAngulo and SOFLO’s Tyler Sell…

Two-time Olympian Anne Poleska, 31, a former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer was married to Jochen Urban, 27, on Saturday in her hometown of Krefeld, Germany. They are honeymooning in Boston and New England area…

Former Fort Lauderdale Swim Team member Sheila Taormina, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming at the 1996 Games, 2000 Olympian in triathlon and 2004 Olympian in pentathlon, is on a book tour promoting her first book, “Call the Suit.” She is also in the midst of a Call the Suit Swim Clinic Series in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa in October…

Canadian water polo player Nathan Kotylak, 18, has been banned from the national team for two years for his role in the post-Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver. He will receive no funding and cannot represent Canada again until June 2013. He apologized after several social media sites showed him stuffing a rag in the gas tank of a police car during the riot.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

BROWARD COUNTY HONOR ROLL, Issue Three: High School News

BROWARD COUNTY HONOR ROLL, Issue Three: High School News


September 26, 2011

GIRLS

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. American Heritage 1:48.96 (Lauren Driscoll, Lindsey McKnight, Alina Schulhofer, Jessica Randolph), 2. Pine Crest 1:53.68 (Tyla Martin, Lindsey Swartz, Miriyam Ghali, Kaelah Chaney), 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:54.28 (Jenny Zislin, Regan Byrne, Diana Rodriguez, Becky DeRogatis), 4. South Florida Heat 1:55.89 (Clara Smiddy, Serah Adkison, Dalykay Reback, Rose Smiddy), 5. University School 1:56.17 (Allison Kopas, Emily Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands), 6. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:57.25 (Ashley Monaghan, Marie Borelli, Mikaela Michalowitz, Carolina Vargas), 7. Coral Springs Charter 1:57.97, 8. West Broward 1:58.02, 9. Nova 1:58.88 (Amanda Tipton, Aliyah Wakeland, Ali Moser, Daniela Veloza).  

200-yard Freestyle:  1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 1:52.36, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:55.27, 3. Alina Schulhofer, AH 1:55.45, 4. Clara Smiddy, SFH 1:56.77, 5. Rose Smiddy, SFH 1:58.14, 6. Tyla Martin, PC 2:00.25, 7. Emma Lincoln, CB 2:00.43, 8. Nilza Costa, Sagemont 2:00.82, 9. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 2:02.08, 10. Daniela Veloza, NOVA 2:02.80.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 2:06.28, 2. Lauren Driscoll, AH 2:08.05, 3. Brittany Hammond, PC 2:08.13, 4. Emily Kopas, US 2:12.16, 5. Lindsey Swartz, PC 2:13.44, 6. Mallory McKeon, PC 2:13.95, 7. Daniella Vandeberg, Sagemont 2:14.13, 8. Caroline Nava, WA 2:16.73, 9. Rose Smiddy, SFH 2:17.30, 10. Alina Schulhofer, AH 2:17.69, 11. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 2:17.95, 12. Geena Squartino, North Broward Prep 2:18.63.    

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Becky DeRogatis, CG 24.58, 2. Zoie Balthazar, SP 24.97, 3. Emily Greenwood, DOUG 25.16, 4. Jessica Randolph, AH 25.32, 5. Kaelah Chaney, PC 25.36, 6. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 25.40, 7. Hannah Veale, PC 25.59, 8. Jacobs, DB 25.82, 9. Carolina Vargas, STA 25.83, 10. Schumaker, CC 25.93, 11. Sophia Oliva, STA 25.96.  

100-yard Butterfly: 1. Clara Smiddy, SFH 59.56, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 59.70, 3. Tyla Martin, PC 1:00.13, 4. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:00.73, 5. Mikaela Michalowitz, STA 1:01.38, 6. Alina Schulhofer, AH 1:01.49, 7. Caroline Nava, WA 1:01.52, 8. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 1:01.69, 9. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 1:01.94, 10. Amber Hunter, WB 1:02.11, 11. Jenny Zislin, CG 1:02.25, 12. Chantal Bouthillier, AH 1:02.38.  

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Carson Knaby, US 355.95, 2. Caroline Clayton, ABM 289.85, 3. Carly Alexander, STA 284.65, 4. Amanda Habig, STA 266.48, 5. Carolyn Chaney, PC 256.20, 6. Amanda Paolillo, Calvary Christian 243.45, 7. Julia Hackett, STA 237.65, 8. Insel, SP 227.65, 9. Nerissa Scott, STA 217.75,  10. Green, WB 208.9, 11. H. Hamilton, SB 202.13, 12. Carly Ehrlich, PC 172.27.  

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 52.31, 2. Jessica Randolph, AH 54.34, 3. Caroline Nava, WA 54.85, 4. Rose Smiddy, SFH 55.19, 5. Emma Lincoln, CB 55.40, 6. Hannah Veale, PC 55.73, 7. Zoie Balthazar, SP 56.08, 8. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 56.28, 9. Sophia Oliva, STA 56.65, 10. Ali Moser, NOVA 57.42. 

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 4:58.91, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 5:03.17, 3. Alina Schulhofer, AH 5:06.17, 4. Clara Smiddy, SFH 5:09.32, 5. Daniella Vandeberg, Sagemont 5:13.21, 6. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 5:14.62, 7. Nilza Costa, Sagemont, 5:17.61, 8. Mallory McKeon, PC 5:19.51, 9. Geena Squartino, NBP 5:20.29, 10. Caroline Nava (WA) 5:26.80, 11. Allison Kopas, US 5:29.07, 12. Leonie Davies, WB 5:29.08.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:40.94 (Kaelah Chaney, Brittany Hammond, Hannah Veale, Mallory McKeon), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42.85 (Kristina Brennan, Sophia Oliva, Carolina Vargas, Mia Fiorenzi), 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.12 (Lizzie Ryder, Brianna Dumas, Becky DeRogatis, Regan Byrne) 4. Westminster Academy 1:46.31, 5. American Heritage 1:46.66 (Ana Rodriguez, Alexandra Pacitti, Krista Gomes, Chantal Bouthillier), 6. Nova 1:46.95 (Ali Moser, Daniela Veloza, Sam Sanchez, Amanda Tipton), 7. Cypress Bay 1:47.44.

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 57.06, 2. Lauren Driscoll, AH 57.10, 3. Clara Smiddy, SFH 57.43, 4. Lindsey McKnight, AH 1:00.30, 5. Jenny Zislin, CG 1:01.93, 6. Emily Greenwood, DOUG 1:02.02, 7. Tyla Martin, PC 1:03.03, 8. Rose Smiddy, SFH 1:03.45, 9. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 1:03.55, 10. Diamond, CSSC 1:03.57.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 1:05.17, 2. Emily Kopas, US 1:05.72, 3. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:07.35, 4. Regan Byrne, CG 1:10.33, 5. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 1:11.46, 6. Ashley Monaghan, STA 1:11.47, 7. Kaelah Chaney, PC 1:12.07, 8. Anastasia Hediger, PC 1:12.26, 9. Lucia Morris, CSC 1:12.50, 10. Marie Borelli, STA 1:12.61, 11. Kelly Kealty, TAR 1:14.08, 12. Zoie Balthazar, SP 1:14.32.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. American Heritage 3:38.65 (Alina Schulhofer, Chantal Bouthillier, Jessica Randolph, Lindsey McKnight), 2. Pine Crest 3:40.08 (Brittany Hammond, Tyla Martin, Hannah Veale, Mallory McKeon) 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:45.63 (Sophia Oliva, Kristina Brennan, Mikaela Michalowitz, Mia Fiorenzi), West Broward 3:48.72, 4. South Florida Heat 3:51.75 (Clara Smiddy, Lindsey Sauer, Dalykay Reback, Rose Smiddy), 5. South Plantation 3:52.18, 6. Cardinal Gibbons 3:52.83 (Jenny Zislin, Brianna Dumas, Diana Rodriguez, Lizzie Ryder), 7. Nova 3:53.14 (Ali Moser, Daniela Veloza, Sam Sanchez, Amanda Tipton), 8. South Florida Heat 3:53.50, 9. Coral Springs Charter 3:53.60, 10. University School 3:55.54 (Allison Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands, Emily Kopas.

GIRLS TEAM RANKINGS

1.Pine Crest, 2. American Heritage, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4. South Florida Heat, 5. University School, Cardinal Gibbons.

BOYS

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 1:38.61 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Digby Nothard, Daniel Spas), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:41.57 (Brandon Goldman, Felipe Bricio, Alex Lilley, Jorge D’Ugard), 3. Westminster Academy 1:43.21, 4. Pine Crest 1:43.40 (Marcel Betschart, Thomas Doolittle, Adam Dear, Descartes Holland), 5. Cardinal Gibbons 1:43.84 (Chad Moody, Ryan Rosenbaum, Charles Mahalec, Matthew Yakymiw), 6. Cypress Bay 1:46.56, 7. Nova 1:47.17 (Ryan Henderson, David Cantu, Alex Kuzjomkin, Anton Kuzjomkin), 8. Archbishop McCarthy 1:47.56, 9. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:47.89. 

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 1:42.05, 2. Ryan Rosenbaum, CG 1:44.10, 3. Austin Saunders, WA 1:44.86, 4. Franco Lupoli, CB 1:44.91, 5. Dylan Marsolek, STA 1:44.92, 6. Gotti Eisenberger, PC 1:45.58, 7. Austin Evenson, PC 1:49.11, 8. Marco Hosfeld, US 1:49.23, 9. Ryan Hall, ABM 1:49.80, 10. Lucas Brito, Sagemont 1:50.12, 11. Kent Haeffner, PC 1:50.58, 12. Ryan Walter, PC 1:50.59.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 1:53.50, 2. Jordy Groters, Sagemont 1:56.30, 3. Brandon Goldman, STA 1:58.64, 4. Luke Torres, AH 2:00.28, 5. Adam Dear, PC 2:03.00, 6. Jose Serra, CB 2:03.59, 7. Keegan Boisson-Yates, TAR 2:04.01, 8. Kristof Kertesz (SB) 2:04.27, 9. Ryan Walter, PC 2:05.55, 10. John, SP 2:05.71.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Austin Saunders, WA 21.05, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 21.40, 3. Gotti Eisenberger, PC 21.90, 4. Alex Lilley, STA 22.11, 5. Logan Johnstone, WA 22.33, 6. Tie, Marcel Betschart, PC 22.39 and Descartes Holland, PC 22.39, 8. RJ Moore, STA 22.63, 9. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 22.77, 10. Ben Fruitman, Sagemont 23.04, 11. Vidal Cantu, NOVA 23.16, 12. Marc Rojas, PPC 23.23.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Chris Doolittle, ZL 437.30, 2. John Harrington, STA 256.73, 3. Sanchez, CSC 246.50, 4. Connor Gerrits, PC 233.77, 5. Zach Laurence, US 2:17.10,  6. Lyle Macaluso, PC 201.97, 7. Fabien Dumarielle, NOVA 200.25, 8. Austin Fields, PC 146.20.

100-yard Butterfly: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 49.70, 2. Austin Saunders, WA 51.17, 3. Luke Torres, AH 52.11, 4. Lucas Brito, Sagemont 53.63, 5. Kryan Nichlany, ABM 53.99, 6. Adam Dear, PC 54.00, 7. Alex Lilley, STA 54.08, 8. Lance Rutkin, FTL 54.44, 9. Salinas, CC 55.35, 10. Pedro Gomez, Sagemont 55.38, 11. Mauricio Hidalgo, DOUG 55.49, 12. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 55.54.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Gotti Eisenberger, PC 47.18, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 47.89, 3. Franco Lupoli, CB 48.29, 4. Alex Lilley, STA 49.00, 5. Logan Johnstone, WA 49.54, 6. Delaney Brock, PC 49.68, 7. Ryan Hall, ABM 49.79, 8. Francisco Parra, CB 49.91, 9. Vidal Cantu, NOVA 50.32, 10. Johnstone, WA 50.39, 11. Descartes Holland, PC 50.81. 

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Ryan Rosenbaum, CG 4:38.96, 2. Dylan Marsolek, STA 4:40.52, 3. Yousef Alaskari, AH 4:41.82, 4. Austin Evenson, PC 4:49.81, 5. Marco Hosfeld, US 4:57.65, 6. Kent Haeffner, PC 4:58.86, 7. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 4:59.19, 8. Vidal Cantu, NOVA 5:00.78, 9. Sebastian Oberndorfer, US 5:01.30, 10. Carlos Eduardo Gomes, Sagemont 5:01.36, 11. Kristof Kertesz, SB 5:03.76, 12. Matthew Lyn, US 5:04.03.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. American Heritage 1:27.16 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Digby Nothard, Daniel Spas), 2. Pine Crest 1:29.11 (Gotti Eisenberger, Delaney Brock, Austin Evenson, Descartes Holland), 3. Sagemont 1:30.51 (Jordy Groters, Lucas Brito, Ben Fruitman, Pedro Gomes), 4. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:31.60 (Gabriel Perez Silva, Alexander Behnam, Dylan Marsolek, Alex Lilley), 5. Westminster Academy 1:33.09, 6. Nova 1:33.57 (Anton Kuzjomkin, Aleks Kuzjomin, Van Easter, Vidal Cantu), 7. Cypress Bay 1:36.68, 8. Archbishop McCarthy 1:37.15 (Alexander Bryan, JoJo Perez, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Hall), 9. Taravella 1:37.50, 10. University School 1:37.74 (Matthew Lynn, Marco Hosfeld, Andres Zalduondo, Sebastian Oberndorfer).

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 52.66, 2. Brandon Goldman, STA 54.01, 3. Luke Torres, AH 55.53, 4. Marcel Bestchart, PC 56.10, 5. Keegan Boisson-Yates, TAR 56.77, 6. Delaney Brock, PC 57.25, 7. Chad Moody, CG 57.51, 8. Ryan Walter, PC 57.77, 9. Jose Serra, CB 57.83, 10. Max Fons, STA 57.94, 11. Ivan Parada, PPC 59.32, 12. Matt Smutny, SFH 59.49. 

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Jordy Groters, Sagemont 57.33, 2. Yousef Alaskari, AH 1:00.15, 3. Ryan Rosenbaum, CG 1:00.17, 4. Luke Torres, AH 1:00.97, 5. Kristof Kertesz, SB 1:02.86, 6. Ilya (Alex) Evdokimov, TAR 1:03.42, 7. Marc Rojas, PPC 1:04.81, 8. Funderburk, WES 1:04.82, 9. Thomas Doolittle, PC 1:05.46, 10. Brandon Goldman, STA 1:05.83, 11. Joshua Asseraf, STA 1:06.66, 12. Kamal Zebib, CB 1:06.57.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. American Heritage 3:13.74 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Fernando Bohorquez, Daniel Spas), 2. Pine Crest 3:17.21 (Marcel Betschart, Delaney Brock, Adam Dear, Gotti Eisenberger), 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:22.21 (Felipe Bricio, Max Fons, Henry Perillo, Dylan Marsolek), 4. Archbishop McCarthy 3:25.21 (Ryan Hall, Kryan Nichlany, Matthew Mila, Matthew Gonzalez), 5. Nova 3:29.07 (Anton Kuzjomkin, Aleks Kuzjomin, Brandon Parkinson, Vidal Cantu), 6. Cypress Bay 3:33.04, 7. Cardinal Gibbons 3:35.25 (Ryan Rosenbaum, Bobby Nichols, Matthew Yakymiw, AJ Martin), 8. Westminster Academy 3:36.00, 9. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:36.00, 10. University School 3:36.65 (Marco Hosfeld, Matthew Lyn, Sebastian Oberndorfer, Andres Zalduondo).

BOYS TEAM RANKINGS

1.Pine Crest, 2. American Heritage, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4. Archbishop McCarthy, Nova, Taravella, University School.

SOFLO SWIMMERS WEEK FOUR HIGH SCHOOL SWIMS

Bar Bogoslavsky of Douglas won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:20 in wins over Douglas and Taravella.

Keegan Boisson-Yates of Taravella won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.01 and 100-yard backstroke in 56.77 in 136-32 win over rivals Coral Springs and 101-75 win over Douglas.

Leysha Caraballo of Pembroke Pines Charter won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.59 in a 135-30 win over Stranahan and 107-76 loss to South Plantation.

Josh Cutter of Douglas won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:01.69 in win over Coral Springs and loss to Taravella.

Leonie Davies of West Broward won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.85 and 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.19 in wins over Hollywood Hills and South Broward.

Kyle Desrosiers of St. Thomas Aquinas won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.73 in wins over Cooper City and Miramar and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.21 and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.69 at Catholic States.

Alex (Ilya) Evdokimov of Taravella won the 100-yard butterfly in 59.93 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.42 in wins over Coral Springs and Douglas.

Mia Fiorenzi of St. Thomas Aquinas won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.11 in wins over Cooper City and Miramar. At the Florida Catholic Swimming Championships, she was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:17.95, third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.46 and was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay and runner-up 200-yard freestyle relay.

Brandon Goldman of St. Thomas Aquinas won the 200-yard medley in 1:58.64 and was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.01, both career-best times at the Florida Catholic Swimming Championships. He was also a member of his team’s second place 200-yard medley relay.

Catalina Gonella of Monarch won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:29.12 in wins over Coconut Creek and Boyd Anderson.

Emily Greenwood of Douglas won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.65 in wins over Coral Springs and Taravella.

Mauricio Hidalgo of Douglas won the 100-yard freestyle in 53.02 in his team’s loss to Taravella and 123-39 win over Coral Springs.

Marco Hosfeld of University School was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.23 and second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.65 and was a member of two third-place relays at the Suns Invitational.

Kelly Kealty of Taravella won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.91 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.08 in a win over Coral Springs and loss to Douglas.

Timur Krijestorac of Deerfield Beach won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:15 in wins over Blanche Ely and Plantation.

Anne Kuczynski of Douglas won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:22.92 and 50-yard freestyle in 26.30 in team wins over Taravella and Coral Springs.

Emma Lincoln of Cypress Bay won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:09.56 and 100-yard freestyle in 56.44 in wins over McArthur (76-4) and Western (52-6).

Marcella Marinheiro of West Broward won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.25 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.06 in wins over Hollywood Hills and South Broward.

Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.40 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.62 in wins over Hollywood Hills and South Broward.

Tyla Martin of Pine Crest won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.03 and was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.13 in her team’s wins over Boca Raton and Ransom Everglades. She also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:53.76.

Ashley Monaghan of St. Thomas Aquinas won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.18.

Morgan Nixon of Monarch won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:13.28 and 500-yard freestyle in 6:16.57.

Ivan Parada of Pembroke Pines Charter won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.82 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.45 in wins over South Plantation and Stranahan.

Parth Patel of Deerfield Beach won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17 in wins over Blanche Ely and Plantation.

Matthew Plunkett of Cooper City won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.59 and was the Cowboys only winner in losses to Cardinal Gibbons and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Marc Rojas of Pembroke Pines Charter won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.01 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.76 in 131-26 win over Stranahan and 106-70 win over South Plantation.

Lindsey Sauer of South Florida Heat was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.16 and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in 59.97, one of only six swimmers in the 42-swimmer field to break 1 minute at the Suns Invitational.

Matias Sisnandez of Taravella won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:14.85 in wins over Coral Springs and Douglas.

Luke Torres of American Heritage Plantation was a member of two winning relays (200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle) and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.28 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.11 at the Suns Invitational.

Haley Wright of Cypress Bay won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:54.12 in wins over McArthur and Western.

AROUND THE STATE

SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland has been hired as head swim coach of Archbishop McCarthy. Several of the team’s swimmers train with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines. Her official first day is Monday…

Pine Crest is trying to play catch up with training after missing so many days because of bad weather. Pine Crest veteran coach Jay Fitzgerald decided not to compete in University School’s Suns Invitational. “We need to train,” Fitzgerald said. “We lost too many days to lightning alert the first two weeks of September. I didn’t want to do that to Alex but had to if we plan on having our team ready for District which is 35 days away.”….Fitzgerald and his coaching staff was kind enough to let the Davie Nadadores’ 33-swimmer contingent for next month’s Pan American Games in Mexico train at the Pine Crest pool Saturday morning since the Suns were hosting the high school invitational…

Palm Harbor won the Pinellas County Aquatic Conference Championships at the Longcenter in Clearwater. Palm Harbor scored 1,004 combined points, 510 for the boys and 494 for the girls. The boys broke two relay meet records in the 200 IM (1:35.76) and 200 freestyle (1:28.14). Senior Jason Williams broke the 50 freestyle record in 21.25 and David Morgan broke the 200 IM record in 1:53.25 and 100 breaststroke in 58.47. Defending state champion Hannah Roper of Seminole, still recovering from off season shoulder surgery, was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.73…

Naples Barron Collier boys won the Tarpon Invitational with 352 points. Its’ 400-yard freestyle relay of Max Coulls, Christian Chami, Brandon Thoman and Aiden Brennan broke the pool, meet and school record in 3:15.61. Thoman, Brennan, Coulls and Marco Leo broke the 200 medley relay pool record in 1:42.00. Gulf Coast freshman Elise Haan broke the school and pool record in the 100 backstroke in 59.17.

For any additions, corrections or news, all coaches, swimmers and parents are welcome to contact Sharon Robb at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Celestin Triple Winner, SOFLO Swimmers Dominate Final Day Of FGC Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational

SOFLO’s Celestin Triple Winner, SOFLO Swimmers Dominate Final Day Of FGC Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational


September 25, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Tristan Celestin of the South Florida Aquatic Club won three events to highlight action on the final day of the Florida Gold Coast Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational Sunday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Celestin, 12, won the 11-12 50-yard freestyle in 24.17, 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.53 and 100-yard individual medley in 1:01.04.

All three were career-best times for the national and Florida Gold Coast age group record holder including a big time drop in the IM from 1:09.94.

On the second and final day of the timed finals meet, SOFLO swimmers turned in 150 career-best times and combined for 20 individual wins.

SOFLO boys posted 88 best times and captured 12 individual events. SOFLO girls turned in 62 career-best times and captured eight individual events.

Julien Pinon, Zain Qali and Jessica Rodriguez were double winners for SOFLO.

Pinon, 13, won the 13-14 500-yard freestyle in a career-best 4:52.93, 200-yard freestyle in a career-best 1:48.34 and was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.03, another best time.

Qali, 23, won the 50-yard backstroke in 24.43, bettering his previous best time of 25.53. He also won the 50-yard freestyle in a career-best 21.45. His previous best was 22.28.

Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 200-yard freestyle in a career-best 2:03.14, a big time drop from her previous best of 2:11.17. She also won the 400-yard individual medley in a career-best 4:51.75.

Olympians Vlad Polyakov and Arlene Semeco won their specialty events. Polyakov, 27, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 53.98 and Semeco won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.73. It was Semeco’s last meet before next month’s Pan American Games in Mexico.

Other SOFLO individual winners were:

Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, 200-yard freestyle, 1:55.97, best time.

Keegan Boisson-Yates, 16, 200-yard freestyle, 1:48.51, best time.

Juan Lucas, 12, 50-yard backstroke, 28.74, best time.

Rafael Rodriguez, 9, 100-yard individual medley, 1:15.60, best time.

Emily Greenwood, 17, 50-yard backstroke, 28.64.

Samantha Stinemire, 13, 50-yard backstroke, 29.75.

Emma Lincoln, 15, 100-yard butterfly, 1:00.41.

Catharine Cooper, 11, 50-yard freestyle, 25.91, best time.

Kelley Heron, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:13.87.

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 5:16.72; SOFLO: 2. Lilli Calero 5:35.51, best time, 13. Hannah Doyle 5:54.02, best time, 14. Samantha Stinemire 5:55.84, 20. Cristina Villegas 6:13.48, best time, 21. Johmi Vargas 6:19.19; 15-16, 1. Olivia Katcher, FLA 5:09.61; 17-and-over, 1. Lorena Guercio, DANA 5:10.54.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, MBS 2:14.15; SOFLO: 6. Vanessa Mesa 2:22.12, best time; 11-12, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:03.14, best time; SOFLO: 2. Sophia Bucaro 2:03.84, 4. Catharine Cooper 2:06.50, best time, 6. Kelley Heron 2:07.46, best time, 14. Alani Carrasco 2:13.41, best time, 17. Stephanie Mlujeak 2:13.92, best time, 19. Natasha Testa 2:14.54, best time, 21. Delanie Perez 2:15.36, best time, 22. Sarah Bucaro 2:15.91, best time, 31. Megan Damon 2:22.32, best time, 34. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:24.35, best time, 36. Camila Vara 2:26.44, best time; 13-14, 1. Arianna Noya, Miami Dade 1:58.78; SOFLO: 2. Steph Campo 2:03.41, 7. Lindsey Sauer 2:07.92, best time, 9. Lilli Calero 2:08.21, best time, 10. Kylie Herman 2:08.43, 23. Cristina Villegas 2:13.27, best time, 25. Vero Postolski 2:13.86, best time, 28. Jessie Cordero 2:15.37, best time; 15-16, 1. Olivia Katcher, FLA 1:55.89; SOFLO: 13. Natasha Payamps 2:07.64, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Lorena Guercio, DANA 2:00.36; SOFLO: 3. Emily Greenwood 2:05.58, best time.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Gaby Antonini, FLA 33.30; SOFLO: 2. Delaney Biro 36.44, best time, 21. Ashley Ruf 42.09, best time, 22. Lauren Noyola 42.48; 11-12, 1. Andrea Lopez, MBS 28.67; SOFLO: 3. Isabella Pittinger 31.53, best time, 4. Maya Hirian 32.97, best time, 7. Bianca Monti 34.40, 8. Stephanie Mlujeak 34.60, best time, 12. Megan Damon 35.97, best time; 13-14, 1. Samantha Stinemire, SOFLO 29.75; SOFLO: 3. Steph Campo 30.91, 7. Danielle Ginzburg 31.43, 9. Adriana Cuevas 31.57, 11. Monica Rodriguez 31.94, 21. Maria Fernandez 35.62; 15-16, 1. Carlotta Sanchez, FLA 30.54; SOFLO: 3. Carina Tenaglia 31.13, 6. Bar Bogoslavsky 32.76, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Emily Greenwood, SOFLO 28.64; SOFLO: 4. Anne Kuczynski 31.35.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Alexa Meszaros, FLA 1:08.34; SOFLO: 10. Vanessa Mesa 1:25.04, best time, 14. Lauren Noyola 1:42.74; 11-12, 1. Julia Talamo, Rockway 1:04.57; SOFLO: 3. Natasha Testa 1:06.54, best time, 8. Bianca Monti 1:11.38, best time, 12. Alani Carrasco 1:14.79; 13-and-over, 1. Omaira German, Blue Marlins 59.74; SOFLO: 7. Monica Rodriguez 1:08.68, best time, 11. Jenna Deal 1:10.01, best time; 15-16, 1. Emma Lincoln, SOFLO 1:00.41; SOFLO: 7. Natasha Payamps 1:07.90, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Jyotsn Pansare, DANA 1:01.18.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, MBS 29.06; SOFLO: 3. Vanessa Mesa 30.82, 6. Delaney Biro 32.15, 17. Lauren Noyola 34.25, 20. Ashley Ruf 34.73; 11-12, 1. Catharine Cooper, SOFLO 25.91, best time; SOFLO: 5. Isabella Pittinger 27.36, best time, 6. Sophia Bucaro 27.68, best time, 11. Charlene Forti 28.94, best time, 14. Luisa Suzuki 29.13, best time, 23. Maya Hirian 30.35, 24. Stephanie Mlujeak 30.36, 28. Camila Vara 30.57, best time, 29. Sarah Bucaro 30.71, 32. Megan Damon 31.01, 35. Maya Ginzburg 31.30; 13-14, 1. Omaira German, Blue Marlins 25.65; SOFLO: 5. Audrey Mason 26.65, best time, 9. Samantha Stinemire 26.92, 10. Kylie Herman 26.95, 14. Jenna Deal 27.47, best time, 19. Lindsey Sauer 27.80, best time, 20. Vero Postolski 28.08, best time, 21. Danielle Ginzburg 28.12, 24. Cristina Villegas 28.24, best time, 30. Adriana Cuevas 28.71, 41. Jessie Cordero 29.57, 47. Vivi Calero 30.99; 15-16, 1. Carla Robles, MACM 24.83; SOFLO: 5. Emma Lincoln 25.41, 14. Natasha Payamps 26.64, 15. Carina Tenaglia 26.77, 17. Kennedy Sanes 27.58, 22. Bar Bogoslavsky 29.69, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Arlene Semeco, SOFLO 23.73; SOFLO: 5. Anne Kuczynski 26.45.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Elizabeth Mendez, Hialeah 1:25.44; SOFLO: 7. Ashley Ruf 1:33.25, best time; 11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:13.87; SOFLO: 2. Jessica Rodriguez 1:14.83, 13. Delanie Perez 1:20.30, best time, 19. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:30.70; 13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 1:09.35; SOFLO: 4. Audrey Mason 1:12.41, best time, 13. Jillian Alexander 1:16.75, 20. Lindsey Sauer 1:19.22, 21. Lilli Calero 1:19.33, best time; 15-16, 1. Evita Leter, MACM 1:08.07; SOFLO: 9. Selina Voelkel 1:18.73, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Merle Liivand, DANA 1:10.20.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Alexa Meszaros, FLA 1:12.00; SOFLO: 8. Delaney Biro 1:21.86; 11-12, 1. Andrea Lopez, MBS 1:05.12; SOFLO: 3. Catharine Cooper 1:08.54, best time, 6. Kelley Heron 1:08.96, 7. Sophia Bucaro 1:10.09, best time, 10. Bianca Monti 1:11.40, best time, 12. Isabella Pittinger 1:11.72, 15. Natasha Testa 1:12.20, 18. Alani Carrasco 1:12.87, best time, 20. Charlene Forti 1:13.84, best time, 23. Maya Hirian 1:15.64, 25. Delanie Perez 1:15.86, 32. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:19.21, best time, 34. Sarah Bucaro 1:19.39, 39. Camila Vara 1:22.93; 13-14, 1. Lindsay Hay, HAT 1:05.32; SOFLO: 9. Danielle Ginzburg 1:09.70, best time, 11. Kylie Herman 1:09.81, best time, 12. Jillian Alexander 1:09.88, 13. Jenna Deal 1:09.90, best time, 15. Samantha Stinemire 1:11.13, 23. Lilli Calero 1:13.16, best time, 28. Cristina Villegas 1:16.05, 30. Maria Fernandez 1:17.39, best time; 15-16, 1. Emily Kopas, Unattached 1:03.99; SOFLO: 6. Selina Voelkel 1:15.29; 17-and-over, 1. Merle Liivand, DANA 1:06.46.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:51.75, best time. 

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:

13-14, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:52.93, best time; SOFLO: 4. Gustavo Valery 5:08.97, best time, 6. Teddy Sandoval 5:25.12, best time, 10. Alexander Viloria 5:33.43, 11. Ryan Capote 5:35.05, 15. Austin Iglesias 5:56.74, 17. Stefano Dioguardi 6:07.30; 15-16, 1. Boleck Depawlikowski, Rockway 4:44.33; SOFLO: 8. Austin Pillado 5:33.08, best time, 10. William Perry III 5:43.92; 17-and-over, 1. Franco Lupoli, DANA 4:37.86.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 4:34.26; SOFLO: 2. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 4:50.28, 3. Carlos Rodriguez 4:57.75, best time, 7. Ricardo Roche 5:11.25, 9. Samuel Quintero 5:15.63, best time.

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MACM 2:13.91; SOFLO: 3. Rafael Rodriguez 2:19.51, best time, 6. Jonathan Skarie 2:22.57, 11. Brandon Moran 2:27.40, best time, 15. Leonardo Mateus 2:30.61, best time; 11-12, 1. Alfredo Mesa Jr., SOFLO 1:55.97, best time; SOFLO: 3. Juan Lucas 1:58.77, best time, 5. Carlos Rodriguez 2:01.05, best time, 10. Kevin Porto 2:05.61, best time, 13. Nicholas Perera 2:07.51, best time, 22. Matthew Menocal 2:13.44, best time, 24. Rodrigo Rodriguez 2:13.83, best time, 25. Andres Lares 2:13.92, best time, 29. Bruno Berti 2:16.57, best time, 38. Collin Burt 2:25.62, 41. Jack Davies 2:28.98; 13-14, 1. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 1:48.34, best time; SOFLO: 6. August Charni 1:57.06,  9. Gustavo Valery 1:57.78, best time, 14. Bryce Pierce 1:59.03, best time, 18. David Stoddard 2:01.94, best time, 23. Ryan Capote 2:03.05, best time, 28. Alex Monti 2:04.71, best time, 31. Diego Rodriguez 2:06.20, 34. Alexander Viloria 2:07.08, best time, 43. Dylan Allen 2:13.54, best time, 46. Stefano Dioguardi 2:16.21, 48. Luiz Hosfeld 2:27.97; 15-16, 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates, SOFLO 1:48.51, best time; SOFLO: 2. Marco Hosfeld 1:49.51, 24. Daniel Lee 2:06.11, best time, 26. Josh Coote 2:06.40; 17-and-over, 1. Evandro Silva, DANA 1:40.79; SOFLO: 4. Loai Tashkandi 1:44.06, best time, 6. Hazem Tashkandi 1:44.98, 18. Brian Arnaud 1:50.72, best time, 20. Mauricio Hidalgo 1:53.12.

50-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Andres Wong, MACM 34.99; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 37.74, best time; 11-12, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 28.74, best time; SOFLO: 4. Kevin Porto 31.28, best time, 12. Samuel Quintero 33.38, best time, 14. Jack Davies 33.66, 15. Collin Burt 33.72, best time, 17. Matthew Menocal 34.89; 13-14, 1. Gabriel Perez, DANA 27.34; SOFLO: 2. Gustavo Valery 28.09, best time, 3. August Charni 28.90, 7. David Stoddard 30.18, best time; 15-16, 1. Sabates Somoza, PROA 27.22; 17-and-over, 1. Zain Qali, SOFLO 24.43, best time.

100-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MACM 1:08.84; SOFLO: 5. Jonathan Skarie 1:19.83, 6. Brandon Moran 1:21.30, best time; 11-12, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 1:00.59; SOFLO: 2. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 1:02.12, best time, 4. Juan Lucas 1:03.29, best time, 5. Carlos Rodriguez 1:03.33, best time, 9. Cristian Rossi 1:05.73, best time, 11. Nicholas Perera 1:06.79, best time, 13. Kevin Porto 1:07.39, best time, 14. Sebastian Vargas 1:08.24, best time, 16. Ricardo Roche 1:10.16, best time, 18. Andres Lares 1:11.13, best time, 19. Samuel Quintero 1:11.20, best time; 13-14, 1. Robert Ballestas, MACM 56.49; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 57.03, best time, 17. Bryce Pierce 1:03.09, best time, 18. Diego Rodriguez 1:03.64, best time, 22. Ryan Capote 1:05.89, best time, 23. Andre Menchaca 1:05.97, 25. Alexander Viloria 1:06.50, 27. Dylan Allen 1:09.18; 15-16, 1. Jordy Gorters, DANA 52.49; SOFLO: 3. Keegan Boisson-Yates 55.28, 11. Marco Hosfeld 57.06, best time, 18. Alex Evdokimov 59.41, best time, 22. Josh Coote 1:01.70, ties best time, 25. Jonathan Argov 1:05.27, 26. Ti Krijestorac 1:05.82; 17-and-over, 1. Pedro Coutinho, DANA 50.07.

50-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Shane Schulte, Piranhas 29.88; SOFLO: 24. Justin Irwin 34.50; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 24.17, best time; SOFLO: 2. Cristian Rossi 25.45, 11. Sebastian Vargas 27.76, 12. Bruno Berti 28.17, 19. Rodrigo Rodriguez 28.70, best time, 20. Andres Lares 28.91, best time, 25. Collin Burt 29.54, best time, 37. Jack Davies 31.89; 13-14, 1. Gabriel Perez, DANA 22.88; SOFLO: 6. August Charni 24.30, best time, 12. Gustavo Valery 24.88, 15. Bryce Pierce 25.04, best time, 17. David Stoddard 25.21, best time, 22. Ryan Capote 25.94, best time, 29. Dylan Allen 27.43, best time, 31. Andre Menchaca 27.96, best time, 36. Luiz Hosfeld 31.22; 15-16, 1. Julio Ballestas, MACM 21.99; SOFLO: 22. Austin Pillado 25.58, 25. Daniel Lee 26.18, best time, 28. Josh Coote 26.45, 30. Ti Krijestorac 26.59, 31. Justin Torres 26.75, best time, 32. Jonathan Argov 27.54; 17-and-over, 1. Zain Qali, SOFLO 21.45; SOFLO: 25. Derek Maguire 25.61.

100-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MACM 1:21.45; SOFLO: 4. Jonathan Skarie 1:24.63, 13. Rafael Rodriguez 1:32.7621. Gianni Savino 1:40.37, best time; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 1:05.53, best time; SOFLO: 3. Cristian Rossi 1:14.39, best time, 13. Ricardo Roche 1:20.87, best time, 14. Bruno Berti 1:20.95, 16. Rodrigo Rodrigues 1:23.97, best time; 13-14, 1. Manuel Lopez, MACM 1:03.37; SOFLO: 4. Diego Rodriguez 1:11.73; 15-16, 1. Jordy Gorters, DANA 58.09; SOFLO: 3. Alex Evdokimov 1:03.25, best time, 13. Justin Torres 1:13.27, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Vlad Polyakov, SOFLO 53.98; SOFLO: 2. Loai Tashkandi 57.05, best time, 6. Brian Arnaud 1:03.37, best time, 9. Mauricio Hidalgo 1:06.73, best time, 11. Derek Maguire 1:10.66.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:15.60, best time; SOFLO: 3. Brandon Moran 1:16.11, best time, 7. Leonardo Mateus 1:20.17, best time; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 1:01.04, best time; SOFLO: 10. Nicholas Perera 1:10.24, best time, 13. Sebastian Vargas 1:12.05, best time, 14. Matthew Menocal 1:12.31, best time; 13-14, 1. Kear Kurbanali, DANA 1:02.23; SOFLO: 12. Stefano Dioguardi 1:16.90; 15-16, 1. Fernando Bohorquez, DANA 58.41; SOFLO: 10. Austin Pillado 1:09.23, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Evandro Silva, DANA 51.46; SOFLO: 9. Mauricio Hidalgo 59.17, best time, 13. Derek Maguire 1:05.99, best time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 80: Jellyfish Stings Force Diana Nyad To Give Up Record Attempt Again

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 80: Jellyfish Stings Force Diana Nyad To Give Up Record Attempt Again


September 25, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

After more than forty hours and brave attempt to continue despite crippling jellyfish stings, Diana Nyad was forced to give up her second record attempt in two months to swim from Cuba to Florida.

The 62-year-old former Pine Crest swimmer was told by doctors if she encountered any more burning man o’ war stings it could prove life-threatening or cause paralysis.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Sunday, doctors from the University of Miami told Nyad that the toxins from the stings would build up and that one more sting could cause permanent injury or even death.

Nyad’s face and body were swollen with red welts from the venomous jellyfish stings that kept attacking her Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Late Saturday night she was forced to leave the water to get treatment. She returned to the swim a little after midnight.

To help avoid more stings, her handlers made a neoprene mask by cutting eye and mouth holes through a heat cap that safety diver Rob MacDonald had used when he climbed Mount Rainier. She wore a long-sleeved pink shirt, black neoprene mask, blue swim cap and transparent goggles.

Nyad was noticeably upset over having to end her inspiring journey.

“It’s a huge disappointment,” Nyad said.

She got further than a month ago. She completed more than 67 nautical miles out of 103 miles through the Florida Straits. The strong cross currents knocking her off course was another contributing factor.

Last month, Nyad was forced to stop because of asthma attacks and severe shoulder pain and was pulled out of the water after 60 miles and almost 29 hours.

Nyad was being treated on her support boat Sunday afternoon and didn’t say whether or not she will attempt the swim again in the near future.

It was Nyad who told her flotilla of four support boats that she was listening to her doctors and added “For each of us, isn’t life about determining your own finish line? This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.”

Had Nyad continued, her “non-stop record” would have been amended to “staged swim record” since she was on her support boat for treatment.

MISCELLANEOUS

World record holder Sun Yang of China made increased his stock as an Olympic gold medal hopeful at the 2012 London Olympics after his showing at the Chinese Long Course Nationals in Rizhao, China. Sun won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:45.78 for his fourth win of the meet. His record is 14:34.14. Sun has three of the top five swims this year. Sun also won the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events during the week-long meet. Sun told reporters, “I have much room for growth next year, and my coach has given me a goal of Olympic success.”…. Olympic butterflyer and former world record holder Geoff Huegill of Australia has a new book out, Be Your Best. In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the 32-year-old admitted abusing recreational drugs and had suicidal thoughts when his life spiraled out of control when he retired after the 2004 Athens Olympics. At age 32, Huegill is mounting a comeback. He returned to swimming competitively in 2008. He said he wrote the book so others could learn from his mistakes. “Sooner or later the truth catches up with you,” Huegill told the Telegraph. “I remained trapped because I was so ineffective in my life outside the pool,” Huegill writes in his book.” After 16 years of intense swimming, he said he had no idea of the real world. Huegill also battled clinical depression and weight gain from junk food eating. Huegill said he started turning his life around in 2007 after meeting his wife Sara.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Best Times; St. Thomas Aquinas Sweeps Team Titles At Catholic States

SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Best Times; St. Thomas Aquinas Sweeps Team Titles At Catholic States


September 25, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

St. Thomas Aquinas swept the boys and girls team titles Saturday at the annual Florida Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships at the Orlando YMCA.

The girls team, relying on depth, won only one individual swimming event and swept the top four spots in diving to win with 598 points. Bishop Kenny was second with 372 and Cardinal Gibbons third with 302 points.

The boys team, led by SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman and other individual winners Dylan Marsolek and Alex Lilley, won the boys team trophy with 518 points.

Archbishop McCarthy, with several SOFLO boys swimmers, was second with 401 and finished ahead of third-place Cardinal Gibbons with 315.

Goldman, SOFLO’s top finisher, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.64 and was also second in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.01. Both were career-best swim times.

Goldman also led off the Raiders’ second place 200-yard medley team that finished in 1:45.70.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Thomas Aquinas 598, 2. Bishop Kenny 372, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 302, 4. Bishop Moore 242, 5. Bishop Verot 131, 6. Cardinal Mooney 124, 7. Archbishop McCarthy 95, 8. Tampa Catholic 83, 9. Pope John Paul II 81, 10. Miami Pace 77, 11. Bishop John J. Snyder 72, 12. Bishop McLaughlin 49, 13. Father Lopez 20, 14. Trinity Catholic 17.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cardinal Gibbons 1:54.28 (Jenny Zislin, Regan Byrne, Diana Rodriguez, Becky DeRogatis), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:57.25 (Ashley Monaghan, Marie Borelli, Mikaela Michalowitz, Carolina Vargas), 3. Bishop Kenny 1:57.29 (Stetson Lane, Rachel Yazdiya, Lydia Ware, Michelle Craddock); SOFLO: 8. Archbishop McCarthy 2:12.98 (Cassidy Shorkey, Miranda Mila, Juliann Plasencia, Isabelle Coppee).

200-yard freestyle: 1.Michelle Craddock, BK 1:58.25, 2. Madi Zerkowski, BJS 2:02.04, 3. Emily Kissel, PJP 2:04.98; SOFLO: 8. Brianna Giordanella, STA 2:11.64, 10. Jenna Diaz, STA 2:13.28.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Emily Ramirez, MP 2:13.71, 2. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 2:17.95, 3. Regan Byrne, CG 2:22.48.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Lydia Ware, BK 24.22, 2. Becky DeRogatis, CG 24.58, 3. Sophia Oliva, STA 26.07.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Emily Ramirez, MP 57.54, 2. Lydia Ware, BK 57.74, 3. Alison Herlitzka, BM 59.98; SOFLO: 12. Juliann Plasencia, ABM 1:09.46, 16. Brianna Giordanella, STA 1:13.81.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Michelle Craddock, BK 54.59, 2. Kristen Goodson, BV 56.58, 3. Sophia Oliva, STA 56.78; SOFLO: 15. Miranda Mila, ABM 1:02.74.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kristin Martin, TC 5:21.45, 2. Madi Zerkowski, BJS 5:22.05, 3. Meghan Zwicker, BM 5:48.79.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bishop Kenny 1:42.42 (Lydia Ware, Kayla Schilling, Stetson Lane, Michelle Craddock), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:42.85 (Kristina Brennan, Sophia Oliva, Carolina Vargas, Mia Fiorenzi), 3. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.12 (Lizzie Ryder, Brianna Dumas, Becky DeRogatis, Regan Byrne); SOFLO: 7. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:55.25 (Sarah Young, Brianna Giordanella, Jenna Diaz, Isabella Marin).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kristen Goodson, BV 1:00.04, 2. Jenny Zislin, CG 1:01.93, 3. Stetson Lane, BK 1:04.24; SOFLO: 4. Ashley Monaghan, STA 1:06.02.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alison Herlitzka, BM 1:10.09, 2. Regan Byrne, CG 1:10.33, 3. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 1:11.46; SOFLO: 4. Ashley Monaghan, STA 1:11.47, 13. Miranda Mila, ABM 1:23.84.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:45.63 (Sophia Oliva, Kristina Brennan, Mikaela Michalowitz, Mia Fiorenzi), 2. Cardinal Gibbons 3:52.83 (Jenny Zislin, Brianna Dumas, Diana Rodriguez, Lizzie Ryder), 3. St. Thomas Aquinas “B” 4:02.85 (Brianna Giordanella, Demetra Nakis, Ashley Monaghan, Marie Borrelli); SOFLO: 6. Archbishop McCarthy 4:13.97 (Juliann Plasencia, Laura Bentancur, Cassidy Shorkey, Miranda Mila).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Carly Alexander, STA 284.65, 2. Amanda Habig, STA 258.25, 3. Julia Hacket, STA 237.65.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Thomas Aquinas 518, 2. Archbishop McCarthy 401, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 315, 4. Bishop Kenny 227, 5. Bishop Moore 200, 6. Cardinal Mooney 137, 7. Trinity Catholic 99, 8. Tampa Catholic 72, 9. Bishop verot 41, 10. Bishop John J. Snyder 39, 11. Father Lopez 36, 12. Pope John Paul II 24, 13. Miami Pace 18, 14. Bishop McLaughlin 6, 15. Melbourne Catholic 4.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cardinal Gibbons 1:43.84 (Chad Moody, Ryan Rosenbaum, Charles Mahalec, Matthew Yakymiw), 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:45.70 (Brandon Goldman, Felipe Bricio, Alex Lilley, Jorge D’Ugard), 3. St. Thomas Aquinas “B” 1:48.17 (Max Fons, Lorenzo Cabrera, Javier Menchaca, Kyle Legg); SOFLO: 7. Archbishop McCarthy 1:49.74 (Brett Wattigney, Daniel Keegan, Kryan Nichlany, Alexander Bryan).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Dylan Marsolek, STA 1:44.92, 2. Matthew O’Donnell, CM 1:48.13, 3. Ryan Hall, ABM 1:49.80; SOFLO: 4. Matthew Gonzalez, ABM 1:53.59, 5. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 1:53.69.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Brandon Goldman, STA 1:58.64, 2. Max Fons, STA 2:08.55, 3. Kryan Nichlany, ABM 2:10.84; SOFLO: 12. Daniel Reyna, ABM 2:32.22.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alex Lilley, STA 22.11, 2. Jacob Baraschick, BM 22.88, 3. Bryce Uzzolino, TC 22.89; SOFLO: 10. Daniel Keegan, ABM 24.55.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kryan Nichlany, ABM 53.99, 2. John Kauffman, BK 55.26, 3. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 55.54; SOFLO: 5. Matthew Gonzalez, ABM 57.34.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Alex Lilley, STA 49.00, 2. Cory Walsh, BM 49.75, 3. Ryan Hall, ABM 49.79; SOFLO: 8. Matthew Mila, ABM 52.23.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ryan Rosenbaum, CG 4:38.96, 2. Dylan Marsolek, STA 4:40.52, 3. Matthew Nielsen, BV 4:59.69; SOFLO: 4. Kyle Desrosiers, STA 5:06.21.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:31.60 (Gabriel Perez Silva, Alexander Behnam, Dylan Marsolek, Alex Lilley), 2. Bishop Kenny 1:35.81 (Michael Liguori, Bailey Peacock, Victor Solomon, John Kauffman), 3. Bishop Moore 1:36.83 (Blake Wagner, Dominick Provost, Cory Walsh, Jacob Baraschick); SOFLO: 4. Archbishop McCarthy 1:37.15 (Alexander Bryan, JoJo Perez, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Hall).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Matthew O’Donnell, CM 53.70, 2. Brandon Goldman, STA 54.01, 3. Chad Moody, CG 58.12; SOFLO: 10. Daniel Reyna, ABM 1:09.25.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Ryan Rosenbaum, CG 1:00.17, 2. Michael Crispo, STA 1:07.45, 3. Daniel Keegan, ABM 1:07.66; SOFLO: 7. Matthew Mila, ABM 1:08.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:22.21 (Felipe Bricio, Max Fons, Henry Perillo, Dylan Marsolek), 2. Archbishop McCarthy 3:25.21 (Ryan Hall, Kryan Nichlany, Matthew Mila, Matthew Gonzalez), 3. Cardinal Mooney 3:34.70 (Christopher Clark, Grayson Schrantz, Christian Rauch, Matthew O’Donnell); SOFLO: 6. Archbishop McCarthy 3:45.04 (Daniel Keegan, Nicholas Duval, Phillippe Coppee, JoJo Perez).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Marcus Jeanty, BM 1:06.75, only one diver.   

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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