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.
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.
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