Gulliver Invitational Attracts Top Teams On Saturday, SOFLO’s Tyla Martin Will Compete

Gulliver Invitational Attracts Top Teams On Saturday, SOFLO’s Tyla Martin Will Compete

September 16, 2011


Any time Jacksonville Bolles, Pine Crest, Gulliver Prep, Ransom-Everglades and Carrollton are in the same pool, it turns out to be a mini-state meet.

Even though it’s still the first month of the high school swim season, the teams will compete Saturday at the Gulliver Invitational in what promises to be a competitive meet.

It will give swimmers a chance to race in a prelim-and-final format against the best, and for coaches a way to gauge training with two months left to go before the state meet in November in Orlando.

South Florida Aquatic club swimmer Tyla Martin will compete for Pine Crest, state runners-up last year. She is the only SOFLO swimmer in the meet.

Martin is entered in four events, the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard butterfly (58.59), 100-yard backstroke (59.80) and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Martin, a freshman making her high school swimming debut this season, is seeded third in the 100-yard butterfly behind Bolles’ Smacker Miles and Salem Peacock, the only three swimmers seeded under one minute among the field of 20 swimmers.

Martin is seeded fourth in the 100-yard backstroke behind Bolles’ Chandler Soapes, Kandes Soapes and Salem Peacock, the only four swimmers under one minute in the field of 20 swimmers.

Bolles’ national age group record holder Ryan Murphy, at 16, the youngest member of the U.S. national team for the Oct. 15-22 Pan American Games, heads another talented Bolles team, defending state 1A champions. Murphy is a junior.

The Bolles high school program is the standard for all high school teams in the state of Florida. The boys have won 31 state titles including 23 consecutive team championships and girls have won 22 state titles including 20 straight.

The day-long meet will be held at Gulliver Prep’s $4.5 million on-campus Aquatic Center’s Olympic Pool.

A field of 757 high school and middle school swimmers will compete.

Gulliver is the only school in Miami-Dade to have an on-campus 50-meter Olympic-size pool that features Omega starting blocks with adjustable slanted backstop for track starts and wired to detect false starts on relays. The new facility opened January 2010.

The meet is named after Miami pioneer Marian Krutulis who purchased the school in 1953 and developed it into one of the state’s top private schools.


What: Second annual Marian Krutulis Gulliver Swimming Invitational.

When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11:39 a.m., prelims; 3-5:17 p.m. finals.

Where: Gulliver Prep Campus Aquatic Center, 6575 SW 88th St., North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.

Teams: Jacksonville Bolles, Pine Crest, Gulliver Prep, Carrollton, Westminster Christian, Ransom-Everglades, Keys Gate Charter, LaSalle, Marathon, Miami Country Day, Doral Prep.

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 75: Frank Busch Era Introduced At USAS Convention In Jacksonville

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 75: Frank Busch Era Introduced At USAS Convention In Jacksonville

September 15, 2011


Frank Busch officially left his University of Arizona and Tucson Ford Dealers coaching jobs on May 2 for his new position as USA Swimming National Team Director.

He may have gotten a late start for plans leading up to the 2012 London Olympics, but is already getting a head start for the 2013-2016 quadrenium leading up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Summer Olympics.

That was evident after the two-time Olympic coach shared his overall vision and plans with coaches and officials during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention currently being held this week in Jacksonville.

Among the highlights:

***The ConocoPhillips National Championships meet will be moved in odd-numbered years to an earlier schedule date to avoid the situation that occurred this past summer where national team swimmers were forced to compete at the FINA World Championships in China and national championships in California. Nationals will be held in early July, starting with the July 8-12, 2013 meet that will serve as the World Championships trials.

***The Junior National Championships and U.S. Open Championships will be held in August, also in the odd years. The Open meet will allow both U.S. and international swimmers to compete.

***The 2013 World University Games are July 6-17. The World University Games team will be selected at the 2012 U.S. Open.  However, those selected for the World University Games will not be able to qualify for the World Championships.

***There will be a greater emphasis on the National Youth Team program. National Youth Team coach Jack Roach, a former swim coach in South Florida, will be aided by new assistant coach George Heidinger, who was technical coach for the national team.

***The winning Junior National Team and winners of each individual event and their coaches would be invited to spend time in Colorado Springs, training and exchanging ideas.

***The 2012 US. Open will have an “A” and “B” final open to all entrants and “C” final reserved solely for 18-and-under swimmers. The idea will create more opportunities and exposure for elite youth swimmers.

***The dates and location of the 2012 U.S. Open Water National Championships were announced, April 27-29 at Miramar Lake in Fort Myers. It will also serve as the women’s qualification for the Olympic Qualification event set for June 9th in Setubal, Portugal….USA Swimming

is also looking to increase the number of events at the Pan American Games and Pan Pacific Championships including the 5K, 25K and 5K team time trial. As of now, only the 10K is held at those meets…USA Swimming, in an effort to increase numbers and positive press and exposure in open water swimming, is trying to develop a formal, pro-oriented series of open water racing built around existing amateur open water races in Florida including the Fran Crippen SwimSafe held off Fort Lauderdale beach…

The sport got an added shot-in-the-arm for big-time exposure when NBC announced it will televise all eight nights of the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials live from Omaha. Neb. at 7 p.m…

According to USA Swimming, the 2012 U.S. OIympic trials pool will have a permanent home at the Charles River Aquatics in the Boston area. After the Trials, the Myrtha pool will be dismantled and then re-assembled at Charles River, that has a swim team, summer camps and lesson program…

Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic A Who’s Who

The third annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic, set for Oct. 14-16 at the newly-renovated Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center, is turning out to be a Who’s Who in masters swimmers from past Olympic Games.

Hosted by Team Blu Frog, the three-day short course meters timed finals meet will definitely be competitive.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett and 1988 Olympian Tracey McFarlane will make their Masters meet debut. 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Mitzi Kremer, Olympic gold medalist Martin Zubero of Spain and Olympian Ozzie Quevedo are also entered.

Locally, several GOLD and Fort Lauderdale Aquatics swimmers have signed up.

“All the cool kids will be there,” said Gaines, who will conduct a free clinic during the meet when he’s not swimming.

There is a party for swimmers and families Saturday night (6-9 p.m.) at Wet n’ Wild with an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, live Polynesian entertainment and event parking.

The Masters team that brings the most swimmers to the meet will win a new Colorado Timing System Digital pace clock worth $1,200. For more information or to register online go to www.rowdygainesclassic


Olympian Maddy Crippen, older sister of the late Fran Crippen, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Cardinals at Phillies game to honor her brother, who tragically died in a FINA-sanctioned open water event last October in United Emirates. There will be special events on game day including Fran Crippen Foundation pre-game tailgate. Fran Crippen was a huge Phllies fan….On Thursday, 2008 U.S. Olympic breatstroker and cancer survivor Eric Shanteau celebrated his third-year anniversary of being in remission after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer after the 2008 Olympics. “It feels great,” Shanteau tweeted…U.S. breaststroker Rebecca Soni left for London Wednesday as part of the Team USA: Britain Bound promotional tour. She is one of seven U.S. Olympic athletes chosen to travel to Britain prior to the London 2012 Olympics for a tour of the facilities and city. Soni will launch East London swimming initiative and explore Wales, visit Cardiff and travel down the Welsh coast. “Caught a glimpse of the Olympic Stadium from the road, magnificent,” Soni tweeted. Soni still managed to get in a swim workout at London Fields Lido…

Former Pine Crest swimmer Diana Nyad will be featured on CNN Saturday night. In Xtreme Dream, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta follows Nyad’s journey of hope and heartbreaks, 33 years and 29 hours in the making. The documentary will air 8-11 p.m. Nyad will also be joining viewers in a Virtual Viewing Party, available for live chat during the broadcast. Load up her Facebook and follow her on Twitter@diananyad for the chat. She will also be featured in Open Water Sourve-hosted the Women In The Water Webinar on Saturday at 7 p.m. before the CNN broadcast. Other open water swimmers including Penny Palfrey, Keri-Ann Payne, Swann Oberson and 25K world champion Ana Marcela Cunha of the Davie Nadadores will be featured. Those interested can click on GoToMeetings.

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