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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

BROWARD COUNTY HONOR ROLL, Issue Two: High School News

BROWARD COUNTY HONOR ROLL, Issue Two: High School News

September 19, 2011


200-yard Medley Relay: 1. American Heritage 1:50.86 (Lauren Driscoll, Lindsey McKnight, Alina Schulhofer, Jessica Randolph), 2. Pine Crest 1:53.68 (Tyla Martin, Lindsey Swartz, Miriyam Ghali, Kaelah Chaney), 3. University School 1:56.17 (Allison Kopas, Emily Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands), 4. South Florida Heat 1:57.75, 5. Coral Springs Charter 1:57.97, 6. West Broward 1:58.02, 7. Nova 1:58.88 (Amanda Tipton, Aliyah Wakeland, Ali Moser, Daniela Veloza).  

200-yard Freestyle:  1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 1:52.36, 2. Alina Schulhofer, AH 1:55.45, 3. Clara Smiddy, SFH 1:56.77, 4. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:57.62, 5. Tyla Martin, PC 2:00.25, 6. Emma Lincoln, CB 2:00.43, 7. Marcella Marinheiro, WB 2:02.08, 8. 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. Caroline Nava, WA 2:16.73, 8. Rose Smiddy, SFH 2:17.30, 9. Alina Schulhofer, AH 2:17.69, 10. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 2:18.65.    

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Zoie Balthazar, SP 24.97, 2. Emily Greenwood, DOUG 25.16, 3. Becky DeRogatis, CG, 25.30,  4. Jessica Randolph, AH 25.32, 5. Kaelah Chaney, PC 25.36, 6. Hannah Veale, PC 25.59, 7. Vargas, STA 25.83, 8. Schumaker, CC 25.93.  

100-yard Butterfly: 1. Alina Schulhofer, AH 1:01.49, 2. Caroline Nava, WA 1:01.52, 3. Mia Fiorenzi, STA 1:01.69, 4. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 1:01.94, 5. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:01.97, 6. Amber Hunter, WB 1:02.11, 7. Allison Kopas, US 1:02.51, 8. Chantal Bouthillier, AH 1:02.87, 9. Brennan, STA 1:03.09, 10. Daniela Veloza, NOVA 1:03.81. 

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. Alexander, STA 270.00, 2. Habig, STA 266.48, 3. Carolyn Chaney, PC 256.20, 4. Insel, SP 227.65, 5. Green, WB 208.9, 6. Carson Knaby, US 187.50, 7. Juliette Pozzuouli, PC 152.20, 8. Carly Ehrlich, PC 133.50.  

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Jessica Randolph, AH 54.34, 2. Emma Lincoln, CB 55.40, 3. Hannah Veale, PC 55.73, 4. Zoie Balthazar, SP 56.08, 5. Melissa Marinheiro, WB 56.28, 6. Oliva, STA 56.65, 7. Ali Moser, NOVA 57.42. 

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Brittany Hammond, PC 5:03.17, 2. Alina Schulhofer, AH 5:06.17, 3. Lauren Driscoll, AH 5:06.30, 4. Clara Smiddy, SFH 5:09.32, 5. Mallory McKeon, PC 5:19.51, 6. Caroline Nava (WA) 5:26.80, 7. Allison Kopas, US 5:29.07, 8. Leonie Davies, WB 5:29.08, 9. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 5:31.20, 10. Daniela Veloza, NOVA 5:31.76.

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:40.94 (Kaelah Chaney, Brittany Hammond, Hannah Veale, Mallory McKeon), 2. Westminster Academy 1:46.31, 3. American Heritage 1:46.66 (Ana Rodriguez, Alexandra Pacitti, Krista Gomes, Chantal Bouthillier), 4. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:46.84, 5. Nova 1:46.95 (Ali Moser, Daniela Veloza, Sam Sanchez, Amanda Tipton), 6. Cypress Bay 1:47.44, 7. Cardinal Gibbons 1:48.39, 8. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:48.75.

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 1:00.30, 2. Emily Greenwood, DOUG 1:02.02, 3. Ma. Marinheiro, WB 1:03.19, 4. Jaramillo, STA 1:03.38, 5. Rose Smiddy, SFH 1:03.45, 6. Amanda Tipton, NOVA 1:03.55, 7. Diamond, CSSC 1:03.57,8. Tyla Martin, PC 1:03.70, 9. Adams, FTL 1:05.33. 10. Jenny Zislin, CG 1:05.39.

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. Kaelah Chaney, PC 1:12.07, 5. Lucia Morris, CSC 1:12.50, 6. Serah Adkison, SFH 1:14.73, 7. Chantal Bouthillier, AH 1:14.88, 8. Borrelli, STA 1:14.15, 9. 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. West Broward 3:48.72, 4. South Plantation 3:52.18, 5. Nova 3:53.14 (Ali Moser, Daniela Veloza, Sam Sanchez, Amanda Tipton), 6. South Florida Heat 3:53.50, 7. Coral Springs Charters 3:53.60, 8. University School 3:55.54 (Allison Kopas, Krissa Robinson, Evy Sands, Emily Kopas.


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


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, 3. Westminster Academy 1:43.21, 4. Pine Crest 1:44.08 (Adam Dear, Thomas Doolittle, Ryan Walter, Delaney Brock), 5. Cypress Bay 1:46.56, 6. Nova 1:47.17 (Ryan Henderson, David Cantu, Kuzjomkin, Anton Kuzjomkin), 7. Archbishop McCarthy 1:47.56, 8. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:47.89. 

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Austin Saunders, WA 1:44.86, 2. Franco Lupoli, CB 1:44.91, 3. Austin Evenson, PC 1:49.11, 4. Dylan Marsolek, STA 1:50.06, 5. Kent Haeffner, PC 1:50.58, 6. Ryan Walter, PC 1:50.59, 7. Alec Wathen, STA 1:51.09, 8. Marco Hosfeld, US 1:51.48.

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 1:53.50, 2. Brandon Goldman, STA 2:03.58, 3. Jose Serra, CB 2:03.59, 4. Adam Dear, PC 2:04.12, 5. Ryan Walter, PC 2:05.55, 6. Kristof Kertesz (SB) 2:04.27, 7. Fons, STA 2:06.20, 8. Alex Evenson, PC 2:07.32, B. Kraut, CB 2:07.63, 9. Mauricio Hidalgo, DOUG 2:07.78.

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Austin Saunders, WA 21.05, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 21.40, 3. Logan Johnstone, WA 22.33, 4. Marcel Betschart, PC 22.39, Descartes Holland, PC 22.39, 5. RJ Moore, STA 22.63, 6. Silva, STA 22.77, 7. Vidal Cantu, NOVA 23.16, 8. Marc Rojas, PPC 23.23, 9. Parra, CB 23.28,10. Digby Nothard, AH 23.

1-meter Springboard Diving: 1. John Harrington, STA 256.73, 2. Sanchez, CSC 246.50, 3. Chris Doolittle, Zion Lutheran 241.05, 4. Zach Laurence, US 2:17.10, 5. Connor Gerrits, PC 209.15, 6. Fabien Dumarielle, NOVA 200.25, 7. 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. Lilley, STA 54.14, 5. Adam Dear, PC 54.85, 6. Salinas, CC 55.35, 7. Mauricio Hidalgo, DOUG 55.49, 8. Ryan Walter, PC 55.71, 9. Menchaca, STA 56.53, 10. Aleks Kuzjomkin, NOVA 56.61.

100-yard Freestyle: 1. Daniel Spas, AH 47.89, 2. Franco Lupoli, CB 48.29, 3. Lilley, STA 49.28, 4. Logan Johnstone, WA 49.54, 5. Delaney Brock, PC 49.68, 6. Parra, CB 49.91, 7. Vidal Cantua, NOVA 50.32, 8. Johnstone, WA 50.39, 9. Descartes Holland, PC 50.81, 10. Josh Cutter, DOUG 50.93, 11. Kent Haeffner, PC 51.99. 

500-yard Freestyle: 1. Dylan Marsolek, STA 4:49.44, 2. Austin Evenson, PC 4:49.81, 3. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 4:59.19, 4. Kent Haeffner, PC 4:57.90, 5. Matthew Lyn, US 5:04.03, 6. Sebastian Oberndorder, US 5:05.32, 7. Alex Evenson, PC 5:05.36, 8. Fons, STA 5:05.88, 9. Marco Hosfeld, US 5:06.50, 10. Austin Saunders, WA 5:06.73

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. American Heritage 1:27.16 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Digby Nothard, Daniel Spas), 2. Pine Crest 1:30.76 (Ryan Walter, Adam Dear, Delaney Brock, Austin Evenson), 3. Westminster Academy 1:33.09, 4. Nova 1:33.57 (Anton Kuzjomkin, Aleks Kuzjomin, Van Easter, Vidal Cantu), 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:33.93, 6. Cypress Bay 1:36.68, 7. University School 1:38.89 (Marco Hosfeld, Sebastian Oberndorfer, Andres Zalduondo, Matthew Lyn), 8. Pompano Beach 1:39.00.

100-yard Backstroke: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 52.66, 2. Luke Torres, AH 55.53, 3. Brandon Goldman, STA 55.72, 4. Marcel Bestchart, PC 56.90, 5. Delaney Brock, PC 57.25, 6. Ryan Walter, PC 58.38, 7. Chad Moody, CG 58.64, 8. Jose Serra, CB 58.72, 9. Ivan Parada, PPC 59.32, 10. Matt Smutny, SFH 59.49, 11. Vidal Cantu, NOVA 59.51,12. Matthew Plunkett, CC 59.99.

100-yard Breaststroke: 1. Yousef Alaskari, AH 1:00.15, 2. Luke Torres, AH 1:00.97, 3. Kristof Kertesz, SB 1:02.86, 4. Marc Rojas, PPC 1:04.81, 5. Funderburk, WES 1:04.82, 6. Thomas Doolittle, PC 1:05.51, 7. Brandon Goldman, STA 1:05.83, 8. Zebib, CB 1:06.57, 9. Jack Cawley, PC 1:06.68, 10. Vidal Cantu, NOVA 1:07.31, 11. Hank Contich, SFH 1:07.56.

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1. American Heritage 3:13.74 (Yousef Alaskari, Luke Torres, Fernando Bohorquez, Daniel Spas), 2. Pine Crest 3:19.46, 3. Nova 3:29.07 (Anton Kuzjomkin, Aleks Kuzjomin, Brandon Parkinson, David Cantu), 4. Cypress Bay 3:33.04, 5. Archbishop McCarthy 3:33.22, 6. Pine Crest 3:35.60 (Austin Evenson, Kent Haeffner, Alex Evenson, Rak Hovart), 7. Westminster Academy 3:36.00, 8. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:36.00, 9. University School 3:37.04 (Marco Hosfeld, Sebastian Oberndorfer, Andres Zalduondo, Matthew Lyn), 10. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:37.66.


1.Pine Crest, 2. American Heritage, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4. University School, 5. Douglas, Nova.


Lucia Morris of Coral Springs Charter won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.50 in her team’s dual meet victory over South Plantation after the originally scheduled Sept. 1 meet was re-scheduled because of lightning…

Steph Campo of Coral Springs Charter won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.69 in her team’s 107-76 victory over South Plantation…

Luke Torres of American Heritage won the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 52.11 and 100-yard backstroke in 55.53 and was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:14.09 in a tri-meet against Gulliver Prep and St. Brendon…

Lindsey Sauer of South Florida Heat was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:31.26 and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:20.26 to help the Heat win its first girls invitational of the season at the Westminster Academy Christian Schools Meet…

Bryce Pierce of South Florida Heat was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.31 and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.89…

Matthew Plunkett of Cooper City won the 100-yard backstroke in 59.99 in the Cowboys 124-25 win over McArthur and 104-62 loss to Nova…

Mauricio Hidalgo of Douglas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.09 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.76 in the Eagles 116-72 win over Coral Glades…

Josh Cutter of Douglas won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.93 in Douglas win over Coral Glades…

Derek Schwab of Douglas won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.31 in Douglas win over Coral Glades…

Arturo Valery of Flanagan won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04 in his team’s 91-18 win over Miramar and 57-43 victory over South Plantation…

Marc Rojas of Pembroke Pines Charter won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.23 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.81 in his team’s 117-59 win over West Broward and 118-52 victory over Pompano Beach…

Ivan Parada of Pembroke Pines Charter won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.98 and 100-yard backstroke in 59.32 in his team’s two tri-meet wins…

Jacob Walters of West Broward won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:15.44 in his team’s 88-87 loss to Pompano Beach and 117-59 loss to Pembroke Pines Charter…

Anne Kuczynski of Douglas won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.40 in her team’s 104-68 win over Coral Glades…

Emily Greenwood of Douglas won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.16 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.02 in her team’s win over Coral Glades…

Emma Lincoln of Cypress Bay won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.94 and 100-yard freestyle in 58.09 in her team’s 112-43 win over Northeast and 111-48 win over South Broward…

Morgan Nixon of Monarch won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:14.28 and 500-yard freestyle in 6:28.32…

Marcella Marinheiro of West Broward won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.10 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.19 in her team’s wins over Pompano Beach and Pembroke Pines Charter…

Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.65 and 100-yard freestyle in 56.28 in her team’s two victories…

Leonie Davies of West Broward won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.54 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:29.13 in her team’s two wins…

Amber Hunter of West Broward won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.11 in her team’s two wins.

Brandon Goldman of St. Thomas Aquinas won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.83 in wins over Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood Hills.

Mia Fiorenzi of St. Thomas Aquinas won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.88 in her team’s wins over Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood Hills.


High school swimmers who qualify for the FHSAA State Class 1A, 2A or 3A meets will be in for a treat when they arrive at the FHSAA host site Orlando YMCA. Through financial contributions and community partnerships worth $6.1 million, the facility was able to renovate the center that includes infrastructure improvements, new pool deck flooring, well-lit parking  and new locker rooms. There is also new indoor cycling and aerobics rooms and expanded wellness rooms, plenty of places to nap or listen to music before races. The venue is hosting a few major meets before state weekend including the Oct. 14-16 Rowdy Gaines Classic which is turning into a Who’s Who of Olympians-now-masters swimmers including Brooke Bennett…

Just a reminder, the Woodson at Pine Crest is now scheduled for Oct. 8 from Oct. 15 to avoid any conflict with the Oct. 15 Broward County Athletic Association Championships at Hall of Fame pool and Palm Beach County Championships at Lake Lytal. Bolles decided to compete at this past weekend’s Gulliver Invitational instead of Woodson so now Woodson is a wide-open meet as far as team and swimmer favorites…

Archbishop McCarthy, Cardinal Gibbons and St. Thomas Aquinas head the local contingent for the Florida Catholic State Swimming and Diving Championships for swimming and diving hosted by Bishop Moore on Saturday at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Seventeen teams are entered….University School Suns will host an all-day meet on Saturday at their state-of-the-art Davie aquatic complex. Pine Crest and American Heritage head the field. Several SOFLO swimmers are expected to compete in the meet that begins 9 a.m…Class 2A state runner-up Gainesville, led by Swimmer of the Year Ty Rocca, an All-American and two-time state champion, will host the Rob Ramirez City High School Swimming and Diving championships, also on Saturday at Westside Pool in Gainesville…At Saturday’s Lake Brantley Patriot Invitational, Sarasota Riverview won the women’s team title with 346 points followed by Olympia (213) and Spruce Creek (209). Winter Park won the boys team title with 269 points followed by Lake Highland Prep (240) and Riverview (193). FLA’s Chelsea Britt, making her debut at Orlando Boone after transferring from Lake Highland Prep, scored most of her team’s points. Britt, a junior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.37 and 100-yard butterfly in 56.07. She also swam on two relays that made consolation finals.

For any additions, corrections or news, all coaches, swimmers and parents are welcome to contact Sharon Robb at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 76: Ryan Lochte Named USA Swimming Athlete Of The Year

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 76: Ryan Lochte Named USA Swimming Athlete Of The Year

September 18, 2011


Floridian Ryan Lochte, the most dominant swimmer for the past two years, was awarded USA Swimming’s Athlete of the Year honors late Friday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville.

Lochte, who trains and lives in Gainesville, won five gold medals at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China and was the first swimmer to break the first world record in a textile suit in nineteen months since the high-tech suit was banned.

Lochte broke the world record in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.00 in China, which also earned him the Performance of the Year award.

“He is truly a great competitor and he has become a cornerstone of the U.S. men’s National Team heading into next year’s Olympic Games,” said USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch.

The family of Fran Crippen, who tragically died in an open water race last October in United Emirates, was honored with the Athletes’ Appreciation Award, that recognizes the individual who contributed most significantly to the athlete’s movement. The family was given a standing ovation.

Since Crippen’s death, several safety measures have been adopted for swimmers and coaches around the world. It’s also helped raise awareness in open water swimming and Fran Crippen Foundation.

The Crippen family has been instrumental in increasing National Team Athlete support through the Athlete Partnership Agreement, motivating young swimmers with clinics, including one in Fort Lauderdale, and tireless efforts to make open water swimming safer.

Crippen’s coach, Dick Shoulberg won the USA Swimming Award, the highest honor in swimming, for making the most outstanding contribution to the sport. Shoulberg will coach the U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Mexico next month.

Crippen’s older sister, Maddy, was given the Glen S. Summer Award for making the greatest contribution to open water swimming.

Ashley Twichell and Alex Meyer were named Female and Male Open Water Swimmers of the Year.

Disabled swimmers Mallory Weggemann, an ESPY award winner and Marcus Titus, a U.S. national team member, shared the Trischa L. Zorn Outstanding Performance of the Year Award. Dave Thomas was awarded the Outstanding Service Award (disability). Jim Anderson was named Disability Coach of the Year.

USA Swimming, Join Forces

USA Swimming clubs’ local and regional swim meets will soon be going online.

USA Swimming and, the Global Youth Network, have joined forces to help promote the more than 4,000 sanctioned events held annually. iHigh plans to create the USA Swimming Channel on its network. The channel will include broadcasts and videos from U.S. meets.

Officials hope to increase swimming’s exposure locally and also help clubs create more revenue including selling advertising on individual club website pages.

The new channel will offer clubs the flexibility to customize a video landing page.

Open water swimming

Melissa Gorman (19:20) and Kane Radford (18:58) won the women’s and men’s titles Sunday at the 12th annual Tiburon Mile off San Francisco. There was a $10,000 winner-take-all prize purse. No wetsuits or tech suits were allowed among the elites, 40 percent of the non-elites were wearing wet suits. Water temperature was 63 degrees. Nearly 900 athletes competed….At the just-ended USAS convention, USA Swimming approved a maximum temperature requirement for all open water swims that are 5K or longer and USA Swimming-sanctioned. The allowable temperature maximum is now 85 degrees, lower than FINA’s recommended 87.8 degrees.

Water polo

Spain won its first gold medal at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships (20-and-under) after defeating Hungary, 11-9, in Trieste, Italy. Australia took the bronze medal with a 10-2 win over Russia. He tournament attracted sixteen teams including Team USA which finished eighth.


The World Anti-Doping Agency has prepared a list of banned substances for the 2012 London Olympics, and is allowing a previously prohibited asthma drug to be used by athletes. The full list will be announced on Oct. 1. The asthma drug Formoterol will be permitted to be used in “therapeutic doses.” WADA also plans on putting more emphasis on collecting blood samples…College swimming continues to be impacted by the shaking and moving within college conferences. Pittsburgh and Syracuse have left the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference. West Virginia is in the midst of applying for membership to the Southeastern Conference.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Bolles Sweeps Team Titles At Gulliver Invitational, Pine Crest Places Second

Bolles Sweeps Team Titles At Gulliver Invitational, Pine Crest Places Second

September 17, 2011


The good news is that there are still seven weeks for swimmers to improve before facing defending champion Jacksonville Bolles at the Nov. 11 FHSAA Class 1A state meet in Orlando.

The bad news is that Bolles is already swimming well this early in the season and shows no sign of letting up.

Bolles swept the girls and boys team titles at the second annual Marian Krutulis Gulliver Swimming Invitational Saturday at Gulliver Prep’s new multi-million aquatic center.

The Bulldogs dominated the field of eight teams including Pine Crest.

During his team’s six-hour bus ride home to Jacksonville, Bolles coach Sergio Lopez Miro tweeted “Great swims by our middle school and high school programs at the Gulliver Prep Invite. Now a nice six-hour bus drive back to Jax from Miami.”

That was an understatement.

Bolles won the girls team title with 455 points. Pine Crest was second with 215.

Bolles won the boys team title with 429 points, ahead of Pine Crest with 193 points.

In the girls individual and relay events, Bolles swept ten of eleven events. The Bulldogs were led by double winners Smacker Miles, Kasey Schmidt and Ashley Neidigh.

Pine Crest played spoiler by winning the girls 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:40.94. Sophomore Brittany Hammond of Pine Crest was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.13. Teammate Kaelah Chaney was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.40.

Led by double winners Joseph Schooling, Teo D’Alessandro and U.S. national team member Ryan Murphy, the Bolles boys team won all 11 individual and relay events.


1.Jacksonville Bolles 455, 2. Pine Crest 215, 3. Gulliver Prep 113, 4. LaSalle 58, 5. Carrollton 48, 6. Doral Prep 19, 7. Keys Gate Charter Middle School, Marathon 17.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:49.80, 2. Bolles 1:53.56, 3. Pine Crest 1:54.03.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Genevieve Miller, JB 1:56.36, 2. Stacey Stanfield, JB 1:58.11, 3. Marina Blum, JB 2:02.79.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Smacker Miles, JB 2:07.62, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 2:08.13, 3. Lindsey Swartz, PC 2:13.99.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kasey Schmidt, JB 23.98, 2. Kaelah Chaney, PC 25.40, 3. Brittany Aubley, JB 25.59.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Smacker Miles, JB 59.24, 2. Salem Peacock, JB 1:00.88, 3. Chloe Miller, JB 1:01.34.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kasey Schmidt, JB 54.28, 2. Chandler Saopes, JB 54.56, 3. Marina Blum, JB 56.49.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:40.94, 2. Bolles “A” 1:41.40, 3. Bolles “B” 1:46.55.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ashley Neidigh, JB 4:52,77, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 5:03.17, 3. Genevieve Miller, JB 5:03.26.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Chandler Soapes, JB 1:00.43, 2. Salem Peacock, JB 1:00.66, 3. Kandes Soapes, JB 1:01.82.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Ashley Neidigh, JB 1:06.44, 2. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:07.61, 3. Irene Lopez Llorente, JB 1:09.82.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles “A” 3:37.45, 2. Bolles “B” 3:43.48, 3. Pine Crest 3:43.82. 


1.Jacksonville Bolles 429, 2. Pine Crest 193, 3. Gulliver Prep 95, 4. Miami Country Day, 5. Doral Prep 67, 6. LaSalle 38, 7. Keys Gate Charter Middle School 18, 8. Marathon 12.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles “A” 1:32.94, 2. Bolles “B” 1:45.60, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:48.74.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Teo D’Alessandro, JB 1:42.68, 2. Andrew Vevoda, JB 1:49.95, 3. Kent Haeffner, PC 1:50.58.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joseph Schooling, JB 1:52.88, 2. Matheus Martini, JB 1:54.79, 3. Diguan Pigot, Firebirds 1:56.41.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Santo Condorelli, JB 22.07, 2. Emiro Goosen, JB 22.38, 3. Descartes Holland, PC 22.40.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Joseph Schooling, JB 50.10, 2. Santo Condorelli, JB 53.71, 3. Zuhayr Pigot, Firebirds 54.52.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Teo D’Alessandro, JB 46.69, 2. Emiro Goosen, JB 48.32, 3. Michael Fonteno, JB 49.06.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Ryan Murphy, JB 4:37.75, 2. Bradley Stamper, JB 4:50.01, 3. Andrew Vevoda, JB 4:55.79.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles “A” 1:24.70, 2. Pine Crest 1:30.76, 3. Bolles “B” 1:32.50.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, JB 49.69, 2. Marcel Betschart, PC 56.90, 3. Alexander Goerzen, JB 57.26.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matheus Martini, JB 58.55, 2. Diguan Pigot, Firebirds 58.97, 3. Gustavo Machado, JB 1:04.96.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles “A” 3:12.00, 2. Pine Crest “A” 3:19.46, 3. Bolles “B” 3:21.73.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

South Florida Heat Girls Win Westminster Academy Christian Schools Invitational

South Florida Heat Girls Win Westminster Academy Christian Schools Invitational

September 17, 2011


South Florida Heat won its first invitational of the 2011 high school swim season Saturday at the Ruth Fagley Memorial Christian Schools Invitational at Westminster Academy.

South Florida Heat won the girls’ team title with 477 points followed by host Westminster Academy with 459 points.

Westminster Christian School edged Westminster Academy, 403-397 for the boys’ team title. South Florida Heat was third with 294 points.

Heat swimmer Lindsey Sauer, 13, and Bryce Pierce, 14, were the top South Florida Aquatic Club finishers.

Sauer finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:31.26 and was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:20.26.

Sisters Kimberly and Kristin Sauer also scored points for the Heat.

Kristin Sauer, 11, was eighth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:27.19. Kimberly Sauer, 16, was sixth in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:59.35 and 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:30.61.

Pierce was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.31 and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.89.

Ali Brohman of Westminster Academy (127.05) and Chris Doolittle of Zion Lutheran (241.05) won the girls and boys 1-meter springboard diving events.


1.South Florida Heat 477, 2. Westminster Academy 459, 3. Westminster Christian 264, 4. Northside Christian 166, 5. Zion Lutheran 159, 6. Indian Rocks Christian 133, 7. Calvary Christian 105, 8. First Academy 79, 9. Trinity Christian 22.


200-yard medley relay: 1. South Florida Heat 1:57.75, 2. Westminster Academy 1:59.36, 3. Westminster Christian 2:06.83.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Clara Smiddy, SFH 1:56.77, 2. Amy Kranz, WA 2:07.65, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, WA 2:09.73; SOFLO: 11. Kristin Sauer, SFH 2:35.88.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Rose Smiddy, SFH 2:17.30, 2. Lindsey Sauer, SFH 2:31.26, 3. Dalykay Reback, SFH 2:32.00.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Schmidinger, WC 25.87, 2. Caitlin Charlton, WC 26.24, 3. Caroline Israels, WA 26.58.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Caroline Nava, WA 1:01.52, 2. Madeleine Clarke, Mustangs 1:03.99, 3. Sam Breistol, ZL 1:08.44; SOFLO: 8. Kristin Sauer, SFH 1:27.19.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Schmidinger, WC 56.97, 2. Ashley Alfaro, WA 1:01.51, 3. Ainsley Anderton, SFH 1:02.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Clara Smiddy, WA 5:09.32, 2. Amy Kranz, WA 5:36.50, 3. Elizabeth Zubero, WA 5:47.73; SOFLO: 6. Kimberly Sauer, SFH 6:59.35.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Westminster Academy 1:46.31, 2. South Florida Heat 1:52.82, 3. Mustangs 1:53.36.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Rose Smiddy, SFH 1:03.45, 2. Caitlin Charlton, Warriors 1:05.39, 3. Nina Ebensperger, Warriors 1:06.91; SOFLO: 12. Kimberly Sauer 1:30.61.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Serah Adkison, SFH 1:14.73, 2. Summer Alonso, INRC 1:16.76, 3. Koral Lastella, WA 1:17.85; SOFLO: 4. Lindsey Sauer, SFH 1:20.26.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 3:53.50, 2. Westminster Academy 3:54.71, 3. Warriors 4:03.54.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Ali Brohman, WA 127.05, 2. Maddie Durney, WA 123.30.


1.Westminster Christian 403, 2. Westminster Academy 397, 3. South Florida Heat 294, 4. Calvary Christian 222, 5. Indian Rocks Christian 182, 6. Zion Lutheran 60, 7. Northside Christian 56, 8. Trinity Christian 37, 9. Coral Springs Christian 28.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Westminster Academy 1:43.21, 2. South Florida Heat 1:50.07, 3. Westminster Christian 1:59.76.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Austin Sanders, WA 1:44.86, 2. Bryce Pierce, SFH 2:02.31, 3. Severino Lividini, Warriors 2:11.19.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Matt Smutny, SFH 2:08.79, 2. Taylor Wright, Mustangs 2:10.60, 3. Hank Contich, SFH 2:17.52.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Nicolas Aramburu, Warriors 22.29, 2. Logan Johnstone, WA 22.33, 3. Fabricio Letellier, Warriors 24.15.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Austin Saunders, WA 51.17, 2. Gabriel Loboguerrero, Warriors 1:00.70, 3. Luke Smutny, SFH 1:00.73.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Logan Johnstone, WA 49.54, 2. Nicolas Aramburu, Warriors 49.82, 3. Michael Shelton, Warriors 54.67; SOFLO: 4. Bryce Pierce, SFH 55.89.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Luke Smutny, SFH 5:32.96, 2. Santiago Vega- Ramos, Warriors 5:44.80, 3. Daniel Zubero, WA 6:14.85.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Westminster Academy 1:33.47, 2. Warriors 1:34.80, 3. INRC 1:44.09.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Matt Smutny, SFH 59.49, 2. Taylor Wright, Mustangs 1:00.62, 3. Clayton Adkins, CCA 1:04.24.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hank Contich, SFH 1:07.56, 2. Nico Shyne, WA 1:09.18, 3. Aaron Bibbee, WA 1:09.65.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Warriors 3:32.35, 2. South Florida Heat 3:42.14, 3. Westminster Academy 3:55.85.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Chris Doolittle, ZL 241.05, 2. Jacob Herren, WA 75.30.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at