AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 79: Diana Nyad Still Going Strong On Day Two Of Record Attempt

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 79: Diana Nyad Still Going Strong On Day Two Of Record Attempt

September 24, 2011


Despite painful jellyfish stings and encounter with a shark, Diana Nyad is still going strong after passing the 24-hour mark of her record-breaking attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.

The 62-year-old former Pine Crest swimmer actually got her second wind after a few anxious moments Friday night when she was stung by a Portuguese Man o’ War on her face, arms and side just two hours into the swim.

There was concern after that when her stroke count dropped to 48 per minute after averaging between 52 and 55 strokes. But as the day progressed Nyad gained a new head of steam and was past the 35-mile mark.

Nyad was taking nutrition every 45 to 90 minutes including chicken soup, bananas, pasta and bits of peanut butter sandwiches.

Her second night of swimming should determine whether she will complete her attempt, according to officials.

Nyad is hoping to complete the 60-hour, 103-mile journey without a shark cage and reach Florida on Monday.

Nyad had her first encounter with a shark Saturday afternoon. Her assistants who were updating her followers on her blog and Twitter account were the first to report her brief meeting with the shark.

“Around 1 p.m., and don’t everybody get excited here, an Oceanic white-tipped shark was spotted near Diana in the midst of the three boat flotilla,” posted her assistants. “Rob MacDonald, one of her divers, swam towards the shark, where they faced off within 10 feet of one another.”

Said MacDonald, “I guess he thought I was more aggressive than him, and he turned in the other direction.”

Without a shark cage, Nyad has equipment surrounding her with an electrical field that deters sharks and barracudas but does not harm them.

Later on in the day as the sun was setting, ten friendly pilot whales appeared in the distance just ahead of Nyad.

Saturday night about 8 p.m., Nyad was stung again by jellyfish, this time in the face and eyes. She was being treated for the stings. It was still to be determined whether Nyad would continue or not. At 9:40 she was being treated by two physicians from the University of Miami and it appeared Nyad wants to continue. Stay tuned.


While her nieces were swimming in Saturday’s Suns High School Invitational at the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex, former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Laura Reback Bennett of North Palm Beach and Boulder, Colo. won her third women’s title at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.

Bennett, a 2008 Olympian, defender her 2010 title and won in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 37 seconds beating 2011 ITU World Championship Series winner Helen Jenkins of England by seven seconds.

“It is pretty special to be a national champion,” Bennett said. “Being a world champion would be even better than that. Maybe now after having a couple nationals, I can get up there with the world and stay on top.”

Three-time Olympian Hunter Kemper of Colorado Springs won a record seventh career national title in 1:48:24.

The course was a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run…

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finished fifth in his first triathlon in 22 years Saturday at the XTERRA USA Championship, an off-road triathlon at the Ogden & Snowbasin Resort in Utah. The course was a 1.5K swim, 28K bike and 10K run. Armstrong got his competitive triathlon start as a 15-year-old in Bermuda and continued in South Florida as a 16-year-old at Boca Pointe and 18-year-old at the 1989 Publix Family Fitness Weekend Coca Cola National Championships at The Waterways in Aventura, where Armstrong won the men’s title by 20 seconds over the favorite Mike Pigg in 52:39.


Floridian Ryan Lochte was named Professional Athlete of the Year at Central Florida’s SPORTYS Award ceremony beating out Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and LPGA golfer Yani Tseng. A sellout crowd of more than 400 people packed the Full Sail Live venue in Winter Park Saturday night to see the inaugural Central Florida Sports Commission event that awarded SPORTYS in nine separate categories. “You guys get ready for London and the 2012 Olympics, because here I come,” Lochte said during his acceptance speech.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

American Heritage Girls, Boca Raton Boys Win Suns Invitational; SOFLO’s Hosfeld, Torres Finish In Top 3

American Heritage Girls, Boca Raton Boys Win Suns Invitational; SOFLO’s Hosfeld, Torres Finish In Top 3

September 24, 2011


SOFLO’s Luke Torres of American Heritage Plantation was a member of two winning relays and finished second in two individual events Saturday at the second annual Suns High School Swimming and Diving Invitational at the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex.

Torres swam butterfly leg of the Patriots’ winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:48.96 with teammates Yousef Alaskari, Digby Nothard and Scott Clark.

Torres also swam anchor leg of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:17.27 with teammates Alaskari, Fernando Bohorquez and Nothard.

Torres was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.28 and second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.11.

SOFLO’s 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. Hosfeld was also a member of two third-place relays.

SOFLO’s 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.

American Heritage Plantation, led by the Lauren Driscoll-Lindsey McKnight Show, captured the girls’ team title with 520.50 points.

South Florida Heat, already the most improved girls’ team this year, was runner-up with 475 points. Boca Raton was third with 450 and host University School was fourth with 416.

Boca Raton boys edged American Heritage Plantation to win the boys’ team title with 566.50 points. American Heritage was second with 548 and University School was third with 387.

Carson Knaby of University School won the girls 1-meter springboard diving competition with 355.95, the only diver to break 300 points.

Chris Doolittle of Zion Lutheran won the boys diving title with 437.30 points.

The second-year meet is already growing in stature. Last year it attracted four teams and 117 swimmers. This year, despite Catholic States and Florida Gold Coast Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational being held on the same day, the meet attracted twelve teams and 247 swimmers from Broward and Palm Beach.


1.American Heritage Plantation 520.50, 2. South Florida Heat 475, 3. Boca Raton 450, 4. University School of NSU 416, 5. North Broward Prep 192, 6. Somerset Academy 178, 7. Calvary Christian 151, 8. Sagemont 143, 9. Zion Lutheran 137, 10. American Heritage Delray Beach Middle School 111, 11. Chaminade-Madonna 69.50, 12. Archbishop McCarthy 21.


200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 1:48.96 (Lauren Driscoll, Lindsey McKnight, Alina Schulhofer, Jessica Randolph), 2. South Florida Heat 1:55.89 (Clara Smiddy, Serah Adkison, Dalykay Reback, Rose Smiddy), 3. University School 1:57.57 (Allison Kopas, Emily Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alina Schulhofer, AH 1:57.88, 2. Rose Smiddy, SFH 1:58.14, 3. Nilza Costa, SS 2:00.82; SOFLO: 15. Kimberly Sauer, SFH 2:37.01.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 2:07.91, 2. Daniella Vandeberg, SS 2:14.13, 3. Emily Kopas, US 2:14.25; SOFLO: 13. Kristin Sauer, SFH 2:51.14.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Randolph, AH 25.75, 2. Andrea Melendez, SA 26.90, 3. Tie, Rachel Sabra, CM and Ainsley Anderton, SFH 27.79; SOFLO: 6. Lindsey Sauer, SFH 28.16.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Carson Knaby, US 355.95, 2. Caroline Clayton, ABM 289.85, 3. Amanda Paolillo, CCA 243.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Clara Smiddy, SFH 59.56, 2. Chantal Bouthillier, AH 1:02.38, 3. Ana Rodriguez, AH 1:03.79.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 52.31, 2. Rose Smiddy, SFH 55.19, 3. Jessica Randolph, AH 56.81; SOFLO: 6. Lindsey Sauer, SFH 59.97.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 4:58.91, 2. Daniella Vandeberg, SS 5:13.21, 3. Alina Schulhofer, AH 5:17.11; SOFLO: 12. Kristin Sauer, SFH 6:47.80

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 1:47.12 (Ana Rodriguez, Alexandra Pacitti, Krista Gomes, Chantal Bouthillier), 2. South Florida Heat 1:52.13 (Marisa Kastner, Serah Adkison, Jillian Contich, Ainsley Anderton), 3. University School 1:54.13 (Sofia Pozsonyiova, Laryssa Bedley, Annabella Lynn, Rebecca Basch).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 57.10, 2. Clara Smiddy, SFH 57.43, 3. Evy Sands, UN 1:06.50; SOFLO: 18. Kimberly Sauer 1:22.89.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Emily Kopas, US 1:07.48, 2. Serah Adkison, SFH 1:14.47, 3. Laryssa Bedley, UN 1:18.96.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 3:42.86 (Lauren Driscoll, Alina Schulhofer, Jessica Randolph, Lindsey McKnight), 2. South Florida Heat 3:51.75 (Clara Smiddy, Lindsey Sauer, Dalykay Reback, Rose Smiddy), 3. University School 3:55.41 (Emily Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands, Allison Kopas).


1.Boca Raton 566.50, 2. American Heritage Plantation 548, 3. University School of NSU 387, 4. Sagemont 304, 5. American Heritage Delray Beach Middle School 293.50, 6. South Florida Heat 220, 7. Somerset Academy 151, 8. Calvary Christian 131, 9. Chaminade-Madonna 96, 10. Zion Lutheran 80.


200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 1:40.93 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Digby Nothard, Scott Clark), 2. Boca Raton 1:47.58 (Alejandro Vassallo, Jacob Fleishman, Shawn Mowry, Sam Corona), 3. South Florida Heat 1:50.49 (Matthew Smutny, Hank Contich, Luke Smutny, Kevin Wilson).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 1:42.05, 2. Marco Hosfeld, US 1:49.23, 3. Lucas Brito, SS 1:50.12.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jordy Groters, SS 1:56.30, 2. Luke Torres, AH 2:00.28, 3. Matthew Smutny, SFH 2:07.60.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sam Corona, BR 22.67, 2. Ben Fruitman, SS 23.04, 3. Scott Clark, AH 23.59.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Chris Doolittle, ZL 437.30, 2. Luke Shope, BR 290.45, 3. David Silver, BR 282.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Lucas Brito, SS 53.63, 2. Pedro Gomes, SS 55.38, 3. Digby Nothard, AH 55.94.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Ben Fruitman, SS 51.34, 2. Scott Clark, AH 53.08, 3. Tie, Gianni Lazzara, AH and Jacob Fleishman, BR, 53.36; SOFLO: 30. Jacob Brookins, SFH 1:08.87.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 4:41.82, 2. Marco Hosfeld, US 4:57.65, 3. Sebastian Oberndorfer, UN 5:01.30.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Somerset 1:30.51 (Jordy Groters, Lucas Brito, Ben Fruitman, Pedro Gomes), 2. Boca Raton 1:32.85 (Shawn Mowry, Victor Vassallo, Sam Corona, Gage Kohner), 3. University School 1:37.74 (Matthew Lyn, Marco Hosfeld, Andres Zalduondo, Sebastian Oberndorfer).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Victor Vassallo, BR 57.46, 2. Matthew Lyn, UN 1:01.31, 3. Jacob Rogatinsky, AH 1:02.78; SOFLO: 14. Jacob Brookins, SFH 1:25.99.

100-yard breaststrokeL 1. Jordy Groters, SS 57.33, 2. Luke Torres, AH 1:01.11, 3. Hank Contich, SFH 1:07.81.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage Plantation 3:17.27 (Yousef Alaskari, Fernando Bohorquez, Digby Nothard, Luke Torres), 2. Boca Raton 3:30.78 (Gage Kohner, Alejandro Vassallo, Jacob Fleishman, Victor Vassallo), 3. University School 3:36.65 (Marco Hosfeld, Matthew Lynn, Sebastian Oberndorfer, Andres Zalduondo).

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SOFLO Swimmers Dominate, Celestin Double Winner At FGC Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational

SOFLO Swimmers Dominate, Celestin Double Winner At FGC Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational

September 24, 2011


With 138 career-best times and fourteen individual champions, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers dominated opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Coral Springs Invitational Saturday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The SOFLO boys posted 81 career-best times and nine individual wins and girls had 57 best times and five victories.

Tristan Celestin led SOFLO with two wins in sprint events.

Celestin, 12, won the 11-12 50-yard butterfly in 27.37, bettering his previous short course career-best of 27.74, the only swimmer to dip under 28 seconds.

Celestin also won the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 29.43, also a career-best, bettering his previous best of 29.59. Celestin was the only swimmer to crack 30 seconds.

The national and Florida Gold Coast age group record holder was also second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.96, lowering his previous best of 55.69.

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, 27, of SOFLO won the 50-yard breaststroke in 24.99, close to his personal-best of 24.82. He was the only swimmer in the field to dip under 25 seconds.

Other SOFLO boys’ individual winners were:

Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, 11-12 500-yard freestyle, 5:10.70, best time.

Cristian Rossi, 12, 11-12 100-yard freestyle, 53.82, best time.

Keegan Boisson-Yates of Taravella, coming off a big high school meet against Coral Springs and Douglas on Wednesday, won the 15-16 100-yard freestyle in 48.90.

Leonardo Mateus, 9, SOFLO’s youngest winner, captured the 10-and-under 100-yard backstroke in a career-best time of 1:17.07, bettering his previous best of 1:20.73.

Juan Lucas, 12, 11-12 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.99, big time drop from his previous best of 1:04.17.

Alex Evdokimov, 15, 50-yard breaststroke, 29.33, best time.

Olympian Arlene Semeco, 27, national record holder for Venezuela, won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.79. Semeco is getting in some last-minute racing before next month’s Pan American Games in Mexico.

Other SOFLO girls’ individual winners were:

Jessica Rodriguez, 12, 11-12 200-yard individual medley, 2:20.33, best time.

Isabella Pittinger, 12, 11-12 50-yard butterfly in 29.03, a career-best time.

Catharine Cooper, 11, 11-12 100-yard freestyle in 57.41, best time.

Emily Greenwood, 17, 17-and-over 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.15.

The two-day meet concludes on Sunday at 9 a.m. with timed finals.



200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Alexa Meszaros, FLA 2:35.07; SOFLO: 7. Vanessa Mesa 2:47.50, best time, 13. Delaney Biro 2:53.31, best time; 11-12, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:20.33, best time; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron 2:25.06, best time, 22. Alani Carrasco 2:34.30, best time, 26. Delanie Perez 2:36.14, best time, 30. Natasha Testa 2:40.68, best time, 31. Maya Hirian 2:41.80, best time, 34. Sarah Bucaro 2:42.98, best time, 36. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:44.96; 13-14, 1. Arianna Noya, Miami Dade 2:13.90; SOFLO: 5. Audrey Mason 2:22.63, best time, 14. Monica Rodriguez 2:28.53, best time, 22. Kelly Kealty 2:31.05, best time, 23. Lilli Calero 2:31.48, best time, 34. Leysha Caraballo 2:37.04, best time, 38. Cristina Villegas 2:41.75, 44. Johmi Vargas 2:48.79; 15-16, 1. Olivia Katcher, FLA 2:15.31; SOFLO: 5. Rachel Ling 2:25.49; 17-and-over, 1. Agust Pineyrua, Rockway 2:19.56.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Sarah Abril, MACM 31.63; SOFLO: 9. Delaney Biro 35.61; 11-12, 1. Isabella Pittinger, SOFLO 29.03, best time; SOFLO: 2. Natasha Testa 29.30, best time, 4. Catharine Cooper 29.47, best time, 15. Bianca Monti 32.14, best time, 13-14, 1. Omaira German, BMHG 26.38; SOFLO: 4. Jenna Deal 30.00, best time, 11. Danielle Ginzburg 30.95, best time, 15. Monica Rodriguez 31.67,17. Vero Postolski 32.60; 15-16, 1. Evelyn Jimenez, BMHG 27.59; SOFLO: 3. Carina Tenaglia 28.53, 4. Natasha Payamps 29.19, 7. Kennedy Sanes 30.54, best time, 10. Selina Voelkel 32.03; 17-and-over, 1. Sandra Guerrero, DANA 29.11; SOFLO: 3. Anne Kuczynski 30.72.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Alexa Meszaros, FLA 1:01.83; SOFLO: 5. Vanessa Mesa 1:07.46, best time, 14. Delaney Biro 1:10.99, best time, 24. Ashley Ruf 1:15.93, best time; 11-12, 1. Catharine Cooper, SOFLO 57.41, best time; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Bucaro 58.41, 9. Isabella Pittinger 59.63, best time, 17. Bianca Monti 1:02.05, best time, 21. Alani Carrasco 1:02.56, best time, 26. Charlene Forti 1:03.29, best time, 30. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:03.51, 33. Sarah Bucaro 1:04.08, best time, 34. Camila Vara 1:04.27, best time, 36. Luisa Suzuki 1:04.45, best time, 42. Megan Damon 1:05.72, best time, 44. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:06.31, best time, 51. Maya Ginzburg 1:07.32, best time, 55. Maya Hirian 1:07.86; 13-14, 1. Arianna Noya, Miami-Dade 54.86; SOFLO: 7. Audrey Mason 57.98, best time, 9. Steph Campo 58.25, 10. Samantha Stinemire 58.36, best time, 20. Lilli Calero 1:00.69, best time, 22. Kelly Kealty 1:01.02, 23. Cristina Villegas 1:01.14, best time, 26. Vero Postolski 1:01.58, best time, 27. Jenna Deal 1:01.62, 31. Jessie Cordero 1:02.49, best time, 40. Adriana Cuevas 1:03.19, best time, 44. Leysha Caraballo 1:03.74, 48. Hannah Doyle 1:04.42, best time, 54. Vivi Calero 1:09.37; 15-16, 1. Lauren Suarez, Lake Lytal 53.44; SOFLO: 2. Emma Lincoln 53.90, 9. Natasha Payamps 58.44, 12. Rachel Ling 58.75, 13. Kennedy Sanes 59.67, best time, 16. Bar Bogoslavsky 1:04.54; 17-and-over, 1. Arlene Semeco, SOFLO 51.79; SOFLO: 4. Emily Greenwood 56.76.

100-yard backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Urbina Cortes, PST 1:10.07; SOFLO: 6. Vanessa Mesa 1:21.74; 11-12, 1. Andrea Lopez, MBS 1:04.40; SOFLO: 4. Isabella Pittinger 1:07.58, best time, 6. Sophia Bucaro 1:10.23, 7. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:11.11, best time, 8. Maya Hirian 1:11.53, best time, 16. Charlene Forti 1:15.38, best time, 21. Megan Damon 1:16.20, best time, 22. Bianca Monti 1:16.27, 25. Sarah Bucaro 1:17.22, 34. Delanie Perez 1:25.36; 13-14, 1. Darby Goodwin, Jupiter 1:02.99; SOFLO: 2. Steph Campo 1:04.71, 7. Samantha Stinemire 1:06.81, 10. Monica Rodriguez 1:07.99, 11. Danielle Ginzburg 1:08.39, 18. Adriana Cuevas 1:10.64, 25. Vero Postolski 1:12.28; 15-16, 1. Deandre Small, DANA 1:01.77; SOFLO: 3. Rachel Ling 1:05.60, 4. Natasha Payamps 1:06.12, best time, 8. Bar Bogoslavsky 1:12.25; 17-and-over, 1. Emily Greenwood, SOFLO 1:02.15.

50-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, MBS 38.45; 11-12, 1. Andrea Lopez, MBS 32.73; SOFLO: 3. Kelley Heron 34.29, 6. Jessica Rodriguez 35.48, best time, 11. Catharine Cooper 36.89, best time, 12. Natasha Testa 37.06, best time, 22. Maya Ginzburg 40.62, best time; 13-14, 1. Arianna Noya, Miami Dade 32.52; SOFLO: 2. Audrey Mason 33.73, best time, 15. Danielle Ginzburg 37.61; 15-16, 1. Kristina Figueroa, DANA 33.61; SOFLO: 3. Emma Lincoln 35.10, 4. Selina Voelkel 35.85, best time, 6. Kennedy Sanes 36.40, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Merle Liivand, DANA 31.81; SOFLO: 3. Anne Kuczynski 34.67. 


200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MACM 2:29.30; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Skarie 2:41.39, 4. Brandon Moran 2:44.75, best time, 8. Rafael Rodriguez 2:45.60, best time, 12. Leonardo Mateus 2:55.20, best time; 11-12, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:11.31; SOFLO: 3. Juan Lucas 2:16.08, best time, 4. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 2:16.19, best time, 10. Cristian Rossi 2:21.57, best time, 14. Ricardo Roche 2:24.82, 15. Kevin Porto 2:25.23, best time, 29. Samuel Quintero 2:34.19, 30. Nicholas Perera 2:34.29, 32. Andres Lara 2:36.09, best time, 36. Matthew Menocal 2:38.83, 39. Bruno Berti 2:41.14, best time; 13-14, 1. Este Velasquez, DANA 2:09.96; SOFLO: 3. Jordan Colon 2:11.74, best time, 8. August Charni 2:19.04, 9. Diego Rodriguez 2:19.45, best time, 12. Teddy Sandoval 2:20.84, 19. Alexander Viloria 2:23.58, best time, 21. David Stoddard 2:24.43; 15-16, 1. Santi Olano, Rockway 2:00.21; SOFLO: 10. Jacob Walters 2:13.88, best time, 11. Alex Evdokimov 2:13.94, best time, 18. William Perry III 2:22.44, 20. Juan Saldana 2:23.61, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Evandro Silva, DANA 1:53.14; SOFLO: 2. Vlad Polyakov 1:54.17, 7. Loai Tashkandi 2:01.81, 11. Brian Arnaud 2:09.10.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Drake Gill, FLA 32.97; SOFLO: 16. Justin Irwin 39.35, best time; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 27.37, best time; SOFLO: 14. Sebastian Vargas 30.43, 19. Nicholas Perera 31.69, 28. Collin Burt 33.14, best time, 29. Samuel Quintero 33.29, best time; 13-14, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, BMHG 25.46; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 25.68, best time, 9. Bryce Pierce 28.30, best time, 13. Ryan Capote 29.44, best time, 14. Andre Menchaca 29.52, best time, 19. Dylan Allen 31.08; 15-16, 1. Padilla Avila, PROA 25.01; SOFLO: 2. Jacob Walters 25.82, best time, 4. Alex Evdokimov 26.48, best time, 8. Josh Cutter 28.01, best time, 10. Ti Krijestorac 28.60, best time, 12. Austin Pillado 30.73; 17-and-over, 1. Pedro Coutinho, DANA 22.69; SOFLO; 2. Zain Qali 22.81, best time, 14. Derek Maguire 28.82.

100-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MACM 1:01.52; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 1:05.68, best time, 7. Jonathan Skarie 1:07.89, best time, 15. Brandon Moran 1:09.96, best time, 23. Leonardo Mateus 1:11.47, best time, 43. Justin Irwin 1:17.65, best time; 11-12, 1. Cristian Rossi, SOFLO 53.82, best time; SOFLO: 2. Tristan Celestin 53.96, best time, 3. Carlos Rodriguez 54.78, best time, 20. Matthew Menocal 1:01.26, best time, 21. Sebastian Vargas 1:01.59, best time, 24. Andres Lares 1:02.34, best time, 25. Bruno Berti 1:02.67, best time, 37. Collin Burt 1:05.41, best time, 38. Jack Davies 1:05.43, best time; 13-14, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, BMHG 51.45; SOFLO: 3. August Charni 53.24, best time, 6. Gustavo Valery 54.08, best time, 10. Bryce Pierce 54.67, best time, 12. David Stoddard 55.01, best time, 13. Jordan Colon 55.08, best time, 22. Teddy Sandoval 56.71, 23. Diego Rodriguez 56.74, 24. Ryan Capote 56.81, best time, 35. Alexander Viloria 58.57, best time, 40. Austin Iglesias 59.55, best time, 44. Andre Menchaca 1:00.73, best time, 46. Dylan Allen 1:01.69, best time, 47. Luiz Hosfeld 1:07.42; 15-16, 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates, SOFLO 48.90; SOFLO: 13. Josh Cutter 53.62, best time, 17. William Perry III 55.01, 20. Juan Saldana 57.53, best time, 23. Edward Kon 57.95, best time, 24. Austin Pillado 58.03, 25. Ti Krijestorac 58.54; 17-and-over, 1. Evandro Silva, DANA 46.82; SOFLO: 2. Zain Qali 46.88, best time, 9. Hazem Tashkandi 48.92, 20. Brian Arnaud 50.86, best time, 29. Derek Maguire 57.42, best time. 

100-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 1:17.07, best time; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 1:18.20, best time, 11. Brandon Moran 1:24.54; 11-12, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 1:00.99, best time; SOFLO: 4. Alfredo Mesa Jr. 1:03.02, best time, 9. Ricardo Roche 1:08.60, best time, 11. Jack Davies 1:09.68, best time, 12. Bruno Berti 1:10.15, 17. Andres Lares 1:11.49, best time, 26. Collin Burt 1:14.08, best time; 13-and-over, 1. Este Velasquez, DANA 59.23; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 1:00.75, best time, 3. Gustavo Valery 1:01.31, best time, 4. August Charni 1:01.46, 13. David Stoddard 1:04.99, 19. Bryce Pierce 1:06.24, best time; 15-16, 1. Boleck Depawlikowski, Rockway 54.94; SOFLO: 10. Jacob Walters 1:03.25, best time; 17-and-over, 1. Carnajal Polit, DANA 51.71.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Adrian Aguilar, MACM 36.55; SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Skarie 39.05, best time, 17. Gianni Savino 44.10, best time; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 29.43, best time, 6. Carlos Rodriguez 34.73, best time; 13-14, 1. Andreas Rintel, Lake Lytal 30.37; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Colon 30.95, best time, 3. Diego Rodriguez 32.43; 15-16, 1. Alex Evdokimov, SOFLO 29.33, best time; SOFLO: 3. Josh Cutter 31.63, best time, 5. Keegan Boisson-Yates 32.44, 7. Austin Pillado 35.04; 17-and-over, 1. Vlad Polyakov, SOFLO 24.99; SOFLO: 2. Loai Tashkandi 25.81, 6. Brian Arnaud 29.66. 9. Derek Maguire 32.68.

500-yard freestyle: 11-12, 1. Alfredo Mesa Jr., SOFLO 5:10.70, best time; SOFLO: 3. Carlos Rodriguez 5:17.16, best time, 4. Juan Lucas 5:19.25, best time, 5. Kevin Porto 5:25.45, best time, 9. Cristian Rossi 5:33.05, best time, 10. Ricardo Roche 5:27.24, 11. Nicholas Perera 5:44.57, 12. Samuel Quintero 5:49.46, best time, 13. Matthew Menocal 5:51.26, 19. Jack Davies 6:24.65.


What: Florida Gold Coast Coral Springs Invitational

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, 9 a.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-340-5032 or go to

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 78: SOFLO’s Rodriguez Makes FSU Debut With Two Wins

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 78: SOFLO’s Rodriguez Makes FSU Debut With Two Wins

September 23, 2011


SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez is taking full advantage of his second chance in college swimming.

Rodriguez made his debut with his new team Florida State on Friday in the Seminoles’ annual Garnet and Gold intrasquad meet at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The men’s and women’s Garnet squads won with the women winning, 148-144 and men winning 154-136.

Rodriguez, 19, a sophomore, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.22 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:07.12 for the Gold team.

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, the Seminoles Rookie of the Year as a freshman, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.58 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.52 for the Gold team. Oliver was also a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay.

Rodriguez turned his swimming career around with the help of SOFLO coaches Chris Anderson and the late Michael Lohberg.

Rodriguez made remarkable progress training with Lohberg and several world-class swimmers including two-time Olympians Vlad Polyakov and Alia Atkinson.

Rodriguez became more focused in and out of the water since a disappointing freshman season at Florida Atlantic University and earned another chance at FSU. He has three years of college eligibility remaining.

In other FSU races, senior Mateo De Angulo won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.69 and also won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:37.49, pulling away from SOFLO’s Tyler Sell and Jack Deedrick after a tight race at the halfway mark. He also won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:33.38.

Kristine Polley swepts the breaststroke events, winning the 200 in 2:20.04 and 100 breaststroke in 1:06.

The rugby team and women’s golf team helped time the lanes during the fun meet.

The FSU women’s team opens the regular season Oct. 1 at University of Miami against ACC rival and host Hurricanes and Florida Gulf Coast at 11 a.m. The men’s and women’s team will compete at the Oct. 7-9 All-Florida Invitational in Gainesville.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Nyad Tries Again

Six weeks after being pulled out of the water because of asthma and shoulder problems and vowing she would never try it again, Diana Nyad is at it again.

At 62, the former Pine Crest swimmer began her second attempt in two months to swim 103 miles from Cuba to Florida.

She started her 60-hour journey on Friday at 6:05 p.m. at Havana’s Hemingway Marina in ideal weather and sea conditions. Nyad is trying to break her own record of 102.5 miles. She hopes to make Florida early Monday morning.

Nyad and her Xtreme Team are just as optimistic the second time as they were the first. Within two days after her last attempt where she was forced to give up at the midway mark (after 60 miles and 29 hours), she was determined to try again.

Nyad, who turned 62 on Aug. 22, spent the day with her support crew, carbo-loading and stretching before her swim. She called her first attempt a dress rehearsal.

“I knew I was in the best condition of my life,” Nyad said. “What happened in August was a 29-hour training swim. Don’t listen to athletes when they say it’s over. I’m in better shape than before. I’m more prepared than ever.

“I will give it up if I just can’t make it but I didn’t prove that to myself in this particular swim,” Nyad said. “I feel good, very good. But as you know, it really doesn’t matter how I feel right now.

“This weekend is my magical moment, I can’t imagine any other ending than making it to the other shore.”

Her team is sending out Twitter messages about her progress.

Publix Escape To Miami Triathlon A Sellout

The seventh annual Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon this weekend at Margaret Pace Park is a sellout in downtown Miami.

The event has attracted 1,800 athletes. The health expo, with vendor and sponsor booths, is Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and open to the public. Paralympian and world record holder Rudy Garcia-Toulson is a guest speaker at the expo and will also compete in the triathlon.

The triathlon is Sunday at 7 a.m. and features sprint and Olympic distance courses.

The swim is unique. Athletes are taken by ferry to an island where they jump overboard and swim back to Miami.

Athletes from seven Florida colleges will also compete as part of the USAT Collegiate Florida Conference title points race.


China’s Sun Yang broke the Asian record and came close to breaking the world record in the men’s 400-meter freestyle at the Chinese National Championships currently being held. Sun won in 3:40.29, only the third swimmer to break 3:41 and just 2/10ths off the world record of 3:40.07…

Two-time Olympic diver Mark Ruiz of Orlando will swim in the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic Oct. 14-16 at the Orlando YMCA where Ruiz coaches diving…After four years with the University of North Carolina men’s swimming and diving team, Mike Litzinger was promoted to associate head coach. Litzinger was previously head coach at University of Utah.

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Coral Springs Hosts Florida Gold Coast Invitational This Weekend

Coral Springs Hosts Florida Gold Coast Invitational This Weekend

September 22, 2011


More than 600 swimmers and thirty teams will converge on the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex this weekend for the Coral Springs Florida Gold Coast Invitational.

South Florida Aquatic Club, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami and Davie Nadadores are the largest teams entered among the thirty-two team field that features 625 swimmers.

SOFLO is the only club with more than one hundred swimmers with 113. Metro Aquatics has 79 and Davie has 60 swimmers.

The meet will have an international flavor with PROA, a team from Mexico, site of next month’s Pan American Games.

PROA’s Pamela Garduno, 19, trained last year at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex where she swam four national qualifying times at last October’s FGC Invitational.

Arlene Semeco, 27, an Olympian from Venezuela, will compete in this weekend’s meet to gauge her racing form and training for the Pan American Games in Mexico.

Semeco is the top seed in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.20 and 50-yard freestyle in the 23.11.

Among SOFLO’s other top-seeded swimmers are:

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, 27, 200-yard individual medley (1:52.83), 50-yard breaststroke (24.82) and 100-yard breaststroke (52.25).

Tristan Celestin, 11, 50-yard butterfly (27.74), 100-yard freestyle (55.69), 50-yard breaststroke (29.59), 50-yard freestyle (25.02) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.92).

Leonardo Mateus, 9, 100-yard backstroke (1:20.73).

Sophia Bucaro, 12, 200-yard freestyle (2:03.19).

Alfredo Mesa Jr., 12, 200-yard freestyle (2:00.38).

Juan Lucas, 12, 50-yard backstroke, (29.32).

Zain Qali, 23, 50-yard backstroke, (25.53).

Carlos Rodriguez, 12, 100-yard butterfly (1:04.21).

Jonathan Skarie, 9, 100-yard butterfly (1:14.58).

Luke Torres, 17, 100-yard butterfly (50.50).

Rafael Rodriguez, 9, 100-yard individual medley (1:17.52).

Emily Greenwood, 17, of the Coral Springs Swim club is seeded first in the 50-yard backstroke in 27.87. The top five seeds in the event are either from CSSC or SOFLO.

Other teams entered are Atlantis, Blue Marlins of Hialeah Gardens, Coral Springs Swim Club, Florida Keys, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hialeah, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County Aquatics, Miami Beach Seahawks, Miami Dade County Aquatic Club, Midtown Weston Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, Plantation Swim Team, Pompano Piranhas, Rockway, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, Treasure Coast Aquatics, Wellington Wahoos, YMCA of Broward County and six unattached teams.

Several high school swimmers will not be competing because of two conflicting meets on Saturday, Catholic States in Orlando and Suns Invitational at the University School of NSU Aquatic Complex.


What: Coral Springs Florida Gold Coast Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, Session I, 9 a.m.-12:40 p.m.; Session II, 1-2:08 p.m.; Sunday, Session I, 9 a.m.-1:02 p.m., Session II, 1 p.m.-1:54 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For information call 954-340-5032 or go to

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HIGH SCHOOL NEWS: Driscoll Signs With California, Two Big High School Meets This Weekend

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS: Driscoll Signs With California, Two Big High School Meets This Weekend

September 21, 2011

Lauren Driscoll, the top high school girls’ swimmer in Broward County, has signed with the University of California.

The Bears’ 2012 women’s recruiting class is already turning into the program’s best of all time after signing Driscoll and U.S. national team members Liz Pelton and Rachel Bootsma.

Two weeks after making her visit to the Berkeley campus, the American Heritage senior made her decision. She was recruited by several colleges including USC, Georgia and Florida.

The Bears, coached by U.S. Olympic women’s coach Teri McKeever, now has three of the nation’s top-ranked high school recruits.

Driscoll is a Junior Pan Pacific Championships meet record holder in the 800 freestyle and high school state record holder in the 200 freestyle. Her 500 freestyle time would have placed her 12th at NCAAs last season.

The Fort Lauderdale Aquatics club swimmer is versatile, also swimming the 100 freestyle, individual medley and 200 backstroke.

Driscoll, who lives in Cooper City with her parents and younger brother Jack, got her start with SOFLO coach Rose Lockie, then a coach at Cooper City. It was Lockie who encouraged Driscoll to pursue swimming to its fullest.

In other signings, another Top 10 recruit, Swedish swimmer Emma Svensson signed a national letter of intent with Florida Gulf Coast University. Svensson is the Swedish national record holder in the 50-meter backstroke. In the program’s short four-year history, she is the women’s program biggest signing. The program, headed by former Florida Atlantic coach Neal Studd, just made its full transition into Division I status. The program could also benefit from what the City of Fort Myers is trying to attract. According to the Fort Myers News Press, the city is in final negotiations with the National Swim Center Corporation on a $25 million dollar project to convert the former Red Sox spring training park in a five-pool complex that is expected to increase the already talent-rich South Florida area.

University School Hosts Suns Invitational

University School of NSU will host the second annual Suns High School Swimming and Diving Invitational on Saturday.

American Heritage Plantation, led by SOFLO’s Luke Torres and Yousef Alaskari of Davie Nadadores and Boca Raton head the field. SOFLO’s Marco Hosfeld heads University School.

Among other teams entered are American Heritage Delray Beach, Somerset, Chaminade-Madonna, Zion Lutheran and Sagemont.

The meet has attracted a good turnout of athletes despite two conflicting Saturday meets, the Catholic State Championships at Bishop Moore and Florida Gold Coast Invitational at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.


What: Suns High School Swimming and Diving Invitational.

When: 9 a.m.

Where: Nova Southeastern University/University School School Aquatic Complex, SW 36th and 75th Ave., Davie.

Of note: Admission: $3, heat sheets $3.

Bishop Moore Hosts Catholic States

St. Thomas Aquinas and Archbishop McCarthy, with several SOFLO swimmers, will compete Saturday at the Florida Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman, Kyle Desrosiers, Ashley Monaghan and Mia Fiorenzi lead St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the meet favorites.

SOFLO’s Kaitlin Armstrong and Matthew Gonzalez lead Archbishop McCarthy coached by SOFLO’s Chris Anderson and Megan Garland.

Bishop Moore host swim coach and meet director Jillian Martin Wilkins is a former swimmer for the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team and Jack Nelson.

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 77: Olympian Jones Comes To Town, Gaines Donates Olympic Medal

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 77: Olympian Jones Comes To Town, Gaines Donates Olympic Medal

September 20, 2011


The tireless efforts of Cullen Jones to get every child on the face of the earth to learn how to swim continued on Tuesday at the Make-A-Splash breakfast at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist is the face of USA Swimming’s campaign to teach youth in the United States the importance of swim safety.

The program has already touched the lives of more than one million youth.

Jones nearly drowned when he was five-years-old when he flipped over on a water slide. He was saved by a lifeguard. A week later his mother enrolled him in swim lessons.

“I could have died that day,” Jones said. “A lot of people have to get over that hurdle. It’s just getting swimming lessons.”

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths among children particularly African-Americans and Hispanics under the age of 14.

According to one study, 60 to 70 percent of African-American and Hispanic children are unable to swim.

“This is something that’s natural for me,” Jones said. “I can really tell people this is important.”

The Fort Lauderdale event was the final stop of the three-year-old tour this year. Jones was also in Miami on Monday at the Hank Kline Boys and Girls Club

Also during the morning’s activities, three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines donated one of his Olympic medals to the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum.

Jones, Gaines and a few friends stayed to do a morning workout next door in the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex pool.

SOFLO offers outstanding beginning swim lessons at both the Coral Springs Aquatic Center with Swim America and Biggi Lohberg and Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines with Alessandra Escobar.

Open water swimming

Forty-nine-year-old Rebecca Sandoval, an oncology and hospice nurse in Denver, established a new open water swimming record in Colorado. She swam thirteen miles from west to east in the Blue Mesa Reservoir in 10 hours and 20 minutes. “I thought a lot about the patients who have passed away and a lot about those who are still living,” Sandoval told her hometown paper, Gunnison Country Times. “It was for all those angels out there.” Sandoval teamed with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance and collected pledges for every mile she swam. She swam in 60-degree water and windy, choppy conditions…Long distance swimmer David Barra was forced to end his record-breaking attempt of swimming around Manhattan twice. A change in the tide in the East River and tight left hamstring were contributing factors. He came out of the water at 3:30 in the morning after being in the water for nine hours and 54 minutes. “I knew we were falling behind pace,” said the 46-year-old Barra. “To continue would have been an exercise in futility. Am I disappointed? A little bit. But every swim is a learning experience.”…Trinidad and Tobago is hosting the annual Maracas Open Water Classic on Sunday for swimmers of all ages.


At Great’s Britain’s annual Speedo Splash Awards, Rebecca Adlington and James Goddard were named Female and Male Swimmers of the Year. Both were gold medalists at the Commonwealth Games and Adlington won gold and silver medals at the world championships. Sean Kelly won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kelly is Britain’s most successful swimming coach. His swimmers have won more Olympic medals than any other British coach. He also coaches Keri-Anne Payne, who has already qualified in open water swimming for the 2012 London Olympics…Two-time world champion and Italian gold medalist and national swimming team captain Filippo Magnini met his match. Magnini lost to a pair of dolphins, King, 19-years-old and Leah, 9-years-old. The dolphins had to swim twice as many lengths as Magnini and still won at an amusement park in Torvaianica near Rome. “I thought it would be fun to race against a dolphin,” Magnini said. “I wondered how fast they would swim against me.” The dolphins actually looked like they were enjoying it, streamlining through the water for most of the race and swimming backwards on their tail fins in celebration…Who needs dolphins and manatees when you can swim with a Siberian tiger cub? Who knew cats could swim? A non-profit sanctuary zoo in Tampa’s Pasco County, Dade City’s Wild Things, is offering 30-minute swims with male Siberian tiger cubs for $200. The swims are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The tiger cubs are 8 weeks old and 17 pounds. Zoo officials said the tigers actually do love the water and are excellent swimmers with their webbed feet. In about six weeks the cubs will be 40 pounds and public will not be allowed to handle them.

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