AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 84: Florida State, SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Win In Season-Opener

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 84: Florida State, SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Win In Season-Opener

October 1, 2011


Florida State’s women’s team picked up its first two victories of the season against University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast Saturday at the Norman A. Whitten University Center Pool in Coral Gables.

The Seminoles topped Miami, 192-106, and Florida Gulf Coast, 214-84.

“I was really excited with the way the ladies came together as a team,” FSU coach Neil Harper said after the meet.

“They did an excellent job of competing after our tough week of training and they took advantage of the opportunity they had before them today.”

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver was a member of the Seminoles’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:34.21 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.15.

FSU freshmen Ginny Grams, Kaitlyn Dressel and Haley Powell all won their first events as collegiate swimmers.

Grams won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.85 and 100-yard butterfly in 56.05.

Dressel won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.65. Dressel, Grams and Powell teamed with Oliver on the winning the 200-yard freestyle relay.

“Great team spirit,” said FSU’s Charlotte Broadbent, who won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:15.35. “We had a lot of fun and after our fast swimming today, we can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

Miami divers went 1-2-3 on 3-meter springboard and 1-2-4 on 1-meter springboard.

FGCU Wins Shortened Meet

Three-time defending Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association champion Florida Gulf Coast women’s swimming and diving team got in six events before weather (rain and lightning) cut short the Eagles’ season-opening meet against Florida International University Friday night at FIU’s Bay Vista campus in North Miami.

Florida Gulf Coast was awarded the win, 66-44, after six events.

“The meet was going very well for us and we were building a big lead,” FGCU coach Neal Studd said. “It’s a real shame that we have been stormed out twice in two weekends. It was a win but not really a victory. We look forward to seeing FIU again in the spring.”

SOFLO’s Celestin Adds Another Record

Tristan Celestin of South Florida Aquatic Club added another record to his list of national and Florida Gold Coast age group records. Celestin, 12, broke the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke record at the Sept. 24-25 FGC Coral Springs Invitational. His time of 29.43 seconds has been added to the FGC record books according to Lynda Davies, FGC records chairman.

Aussie Swimmer Lies To Authorities

Australian Olympic hopeful Kenrick Monk, a 2007 400-meter medley relay world champion, has admitted lying to police, family and friends over an accident. The 23-year-old broke his right elbow in two places in Brisbane on Wednesday. At the scene of the accident, he initially told police that he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle to practice. Now he has admitted that he fell off a skateboard and that no car was ever involved. “The entire matter is regrettable and we will be making no further comment until the full details of the incident are known,” said Swimming Australia chief Kevin Neil. Monk was emotional when he  faced the Australian media on Friday. “I am so, so sorry for what I have done,” Monk told the media. “I panicked, I freaked out. I was so embarrassed. Riding a skateboard is something a 10-year-old can do. I could not sleep and could not handle the lies any longer. I woke up and told mum and dad and started crying. This is something I have to live with and deal with.” Monk will be sidelined at least eight weeks with the injury. It’s unsure whether police will charge him with his fabricated story or whether his swim federation will suspend him. His Olympic trials are in March in Adelaide…


Teenage phenom Missy Franklin is pictured on the cover of the October issue of Swimming World Magazine. It’s already her second cover appearance. She was first pictured in 2009 as a U.S. Junior National record breaker…SOFLO’s five-time Olympian Dara Torres and Jessie Alcaide will compete in the Nov. 11-13 Minnesota Grand Prix in Minneapolis…SOFLO coach Chris Anderson and two-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson arrived safely in Mexico on Friday. Anderson, the Jamaican coach for the Pan American Games in Mexico, and Atkinson arrived in Central Mexico for a high altitude camp before heading to Guadalajara for the Games. “We are all good, accommodations are wonderful and training facility is perfect for Pan Ams preparation,” Anderson texted on Saturday…During Saturday’s Florida-Alabama college football game, Floridian Olympian Ryan Lochte was introduced on the field during the first quarter.

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