October 8, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
For the second night in a row, Florida State sophomore Tiffany Oliver was the top South Florida Aquatic Club finisher Saturday night at the second annual All-Florida Invitational at the University of Florida’s Stephen O’Connell Natatorium.
Oliver, 19, was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.25 in the final after swimming 1:51.40 in morning prelims.
Three other SOFLO swimmers, all Florida State swimmers, also qualified for championship finals.
Ashley Hicks, 19, a sophomore, was sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.55, bettering her prelim time of 57.57.
Melissa Cooper, 19, coming off shoulder surgery after transferring from Texas A&M, was eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.97. She qualified for finals in 1:06.20.
Alex Rodriguez, 20, a Florida Atlantic transfer, was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.20, bettering his prelim time of 59.47. He was also a member of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay team.
Oliver and Cooper were members of the Seminoles’ 200-yard medley relay that finished third in 1:43.98. Cooper, 19, swam breaststroke leg and Oliver anchored. Ashley Hicks led off FSU’s fifth place “B” relay that finished in 1:45.97. Oliver also led off the third-place 800-yard freestyle relay that fiished in 7:29.45.
In diving, Miami’s Sam Dorman won the men’s 1-meter springboard with 369.60, a day after winning the 3-meter title.
Host Florida, buoyed by talent and depth, remained in the lead after two days of competition. The Gators’ men’s and women’s team combined for twelve individual and relay wins.
Florida State is second and Florida Gulf Coast women’s team is third.
“We had a great day today, some very fast swims for this early in the season,” FGCU coach Neal Studd said. “The 200 medley relay team was awesome and we gave Florida all they could handle. The team is doing well learning how to handle a three-day format.
“We are having fun as a team and it’s a great group to be around.”
The meet concludes on Sunday.
DAY TWO RESULTS
WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS
1.Florida 748, 2. Florida State 643, 3. Florida Gulf Coast 425, 4. University of Miami 358, 5. Florida Atlantic 232, 6. Florida International 184, 7. North Florida 87, 8. Florida Southern 62, 9. Nova Southeastern 49.
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida 1:42.63 (Alana Pazevic, Hilda Luthersdottrir, Sarah Bateman, Ellese Zalewski), 2. Florida Gulf Coast 1:43.37, 3. Florida State 1:43.98 (McKayla Lightborn, Melissa Cooper, Ginny Grams, Tiffany Oliver), 5. FSU “B” 1:45.97 (Ashley Hicks, Kendall Sieron, Elizabeth Pepper, Kaitlyn Dressel); 7. FAU 1:47.80 (Iwona Lefanowicz, Eszter Bucz, Frida Nilsson, Jonna Nyback); 9. Miami 1:49.09 (Hannah Kling, Dana Hatic, Kayla Smith, Katherine Nicholson); 12. Nova Southeastern 1:52.70 (Ashley Aranda, Ewa Jamborska, Emma Lawrenz, Linea Cutter).
400-yard individual medley: 1. Teresa Crippen, UF 4:13.24, 2. Rebecca Rainer, UF 4:19.20, 3. Angelina Ballatore, UF 4:21.52; SOFLO: 7. Eszter Bucz, FAU 4:28.28.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Sarah Bateman, UF 53.76, 2. Teresa Crippen 55.08, 3. Ellese Zalewski, UF 55.79; SOFLO: 19. Ashley Hicks, FSU 58.98, 52. Dana Hatic, UM 1:03.00, 59. Linea Cutter, NSU 1:04.30.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Jamie Bohunicky, UF 1:47.98, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, UF 1:48.05, 3. Natasha Fung, UF 1:50.15; SOFLO: 5. Tiffany Oliver, FSU 1:52.25, 55. Linea Cutter, NSU 1:59.26.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hilda Luthersdottir, UF 1:03.62, 2. Dani Beaubrun, FGCU 1:03.87, 3. Rebecca Rainer, UF 1:04.04; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Cooper, FSU 1:06.97, 11. Dana Hatic, UM 1:07.20, 26. Eszter Bucz, FAU 1:09.29.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Elizabeth Beisel, UF 55.04, 2. Sarah Bateman, UF 55.74, 3. Teresa Crippen, UF 55.75; SOFLO: 6. Hicks, FSU 57.55.
800-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida “B” 7:20.94 (Kirsten Smith, Natasha Fung, Kaitlin Frehling, Elizabeth Beisel), 2. Florida “A” 7:22.17, 3. Florida State 7:29.45 (Tiffany Oliver, Ginny Grams, Elizabeth Pepper, Charlotte Broadbent), 6. FAU 7:42.39 (Frida Nilsson, Annette Kovacs, Eszter Bucz, Jonna Nyback), 11. NSU 7:54.45 (Erin Black, Lauren Chapple, Ashley Aranda, Linea Cutter).
MEN’S TEAM TOTALS
1.Florida 737, 2. Florida State 678, 3. Florida Atlantic 448, 4. Florida Southern 347, 5. Nova Southeastern 314, 6. University of Miami 40.
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida 1:31.20, 2. Florida State 1:32.98 (Brad Morrison, Alex Rodriguez, David Sanders, Mark Weber), 3. Florida “B” 1:33.46, 5. FAU 1:34.86 (Ross Gunn, Alan Forbes, Eric Williams, Anthony Fermin).
400-yard individual medley: 1. Matt Elliott, UF 3:50.96, 2. Eduardo Solaeche Gomez, UF 3:51.24, 3. Dan Wallace, UF 3:56.70.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Marcin Cieslak, UF 48.85, 2. Cameron Martin, UF 49.76, 3. Mikolaj Czarnecki, FAU 49.85; SOFLO: 29. Anthony Fermin, FAU 53.97, 39. Paul Murray, FSU 55.20.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Mateo De Angulo, FSU 1:39.49, 2. Nicholas Caldwell, UF 1:39.79, 3. Connor Signorin, UF 1:39.89.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matt Elliott, UF 55.64, 2. Eduardo Solaeche Gomez 56.77, 3. Miguel Ferreira, FSO 57.49; SOFLO: 7. Alex Rodriguez, FSU 59.20; SOFLO: 17. Doug Ramos, FSU 1:03.00, 23. Anthony Fermin, FAU 1:04.12, 25. Paul Murray, FSU 1:04.63.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Jeb Halfacre, FSO 50.04, 2. Connor Signorin, UF 50.77, 3. Matt Curby, UF 51.01.
800-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida 6:45.52, 2. FSU 6:49.58, 3. Florida Atlantic 6:55.92.
FINA/ARENA WORLD CUP SERIES OPENER
Chad le Clos of South Africa finished up the opening leg of the World Cup with three more gold medals, bringing his two-day total to six golds Saturday night, the final night of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup Series in Dubai.
“If we had this in South Africa, we would be over the moon,” said Le Clos, who totaled $9,000 in prize money for two days of work. “It’s been an amazing two days for me.
Le Clos won the 100-meter butterfly (50.66), 200-meter individual medley (1:55.14) and 200-meter backstroke (1:55.95).
In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, Kenya’s Jason Dunford and Hungary’s Krisztian Takacs tied in 21.78.
The series now moves on to Stockholm, Sweden on Oct. 15-16.
HAWAII IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Australia’s Craig Alexander won his third Ironman World Championship with a course record-breaking performance Saturday in the Hawaii Ironman in Kailua-Kona.
The 38-year-old Aussie, who also won in 2008 and 2009, finished in 8 hours, 3 minutes and 56 seconds despite cramping in the final miles of the run.
The previous course record was 8:04:08 by Belgium’s Luc Van Lierde in 1996.
“I wish I could tell you how it feels,” Alexander told reporters. “It’s unbelievable. I wish everyone in the world could feel what I felt in that last mile. It’s the finish I’ve been dreaming of.”
Ironman first-timer Pete Jacobs, also an Aussie, was second in 8:09:11. Germany’s Andreas Raelert was third in 8:11:07.
In the women’s race, Britain’s Chrissie Wellington came from behind to win her fourth world title in 8:55:08. The 34-year-old, despite severe road rash suffered two weeks ago during a bike training ride, ran the last 100 yards carrying a large Union Jack flag.
“This race means more to me than anything,” Wellington said. “I just proved that anything is possible. It’s the sweetest victory. I had to dig so deep today. I tried to have faith in my body.”
Defending champion Mirinda Carfrae of Australia was second in 8:57:57 and Britain’s Leanda Cave was third in 9:03:29.
The course was 140.6 miles including a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Temperatures reached 135 degrees during the bike ride through the lava fields.
Alexander and Wellington each received $110,000 for their wins…
Adam Otstot of Williamsburg, Va. and Jolene Wilkinson of Boise, Idaho won titles in the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships Saturday at the Marina Inn at Grand Dunes, Myrtle Beach, S.C. The course was a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. Otstot won in 3:59, nearly eight minutes faster than the rest of the field. Wilkinson won in 4:35:58, 12 minutes ahead of the women’s field. Top local finishers were Karen Paxton of North Palm Beach, the masters female winner and 40-44 age group winner in 4:47:52 and Roland Samuelson, also of North Palm Beach, winner of the 70-74 age group in 6:45:07.
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