AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 91: SOFLO’s Polyakov Wins Gold, Just Misses Olympic Qualifying Cut

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 91: SOFLO’s Polyakov Wins Gold, Just Misses Olympic Qualifying Cut

October 11, 2011


SOFLO’s Vlad Polyakov won a gold medal and just missed his first attempt at qualifying for his third Olympic Games Tuesday at the seventh AASF Asian Age Group Swimming Championships in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia.

The two-time Olympian from Kazakhstan won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.72, off the FINA-qualifying Olympic cut time of 1:00.79. His splits were 29.14 and 32.58.

Polyakov has another shot on Wednesday in the 200-meter breaststroke. On Monday, he was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.66, a non-Olympic event.

“I am starting to feel the training pay off,” Polyakov told his coach Bruno Darzi.

Polyakov trains at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

“It’s not quite the cut, but I’m happy to go this fast considering how crappy I felt Monday and it’s this early in the season. I have a really good feeling about the 200. ”

Polyakov hopes to swim 2:13 or faster in Wednesday’s prelim and final.

The St. Thomas Aquinas alum will have several more opportunities to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics in upcoming FINA-sanctioned meets.

Kazakhstan is fifth in the medal tally with one gold, six silver and six bronze medals. Japan leads with 18 gold, seven silver and one bronze.

Mullins Park/CSSC Swimmers Shine

Edward Huang, 5, of the Coral Springs Swim Club won the 6-and-under 25-meter backstroke in 30.14 Friday (Oct. 7) to highlight action at the weather-shortened Broward North Sizzler Meet in Tamarac. Huang was also second in the 25-meter butterfly in 34.27. The meet was shortened after the backstroke events because of thunderstorms. The next Sizzler is Nov. 4 at a site to be determined.



25-meter backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Amari Porter, HAT 29.53; 7-8, 1. Hanna Elks Smith, PCS 20.50; CSSC: 18. Stephanie Kopec 28.14, 20. Marissa Kopec 28.25, 21. Giulianna Garcia 29.25, 31. Emma Gomez 31.56, 33. Faith Newby 32.18, 35. Amber Candido 32.61, 36. Bree Haigis 32.96, 44. Ashley Nagy 34.28, 49. Gisele Girones 35.30.

25-meter butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Lillian Nava, PCS 28.91; 7-8: 1. Hanna Elks Smith, PCS 19.69; CSSC: 8. Marissa Kopec 23.29, 12. Giulianna Garcia 25.97, 13. Stephanie Kopec 25.99, 28. Emma Gomez 31.27, 33. Gisele Girones 32.10, 36. Amber Candido 32.82, 51. Faith Newby 38.96, 52. Bree Haigis 39.29, 53. Ashley Nagy 39.72.

25-meter breaststroke: 6-and-under, 1. Lillian Nava, PCS 33.85.


25-meter backstroke: 6-and-under, 1. Edward Huang, CSSC 30.14; 7-8, 1. Gaby Cortes Urbina, PST 23.00; CSSC: 5. Daniel Huang 25.09, 13. Brian Gonzalez 28.18, 28. Jack Fibkins 32.91, 35. Andrew Fibkins 36.47, 39. Justin Ruf 36.95.

25-meter butterfly: 6-and-under, 1. Dylan Chaimowicz, PST 30.22; CSSC: 2. Edward Huang 34.27; 7-8, 1. Emilio Barrantes, POMP 21.94; CSSC: 11. Brian Gonzalez 27.00, 13. Daniel Huang 28.05, 32. Justin Ruf 36.56, 37. Jack Fibkins 42.21, 38. Andrew Fibkins 45.03.


University of Florida’s Matt Elliott was named Southeastern Conference Male Freshman of the week for his performance at the All-Florida Invitational. Elliott led the Gators to a first place finish with a team-high six first place finishes including three individual and three relay wins. He swept the breaststroke events and won the 400-yard individual medley in an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:50.96. The Gators next meet is Saturday against LSU…U.S. sprinter Anthony Ervin is the latest swimmer to come out of retirement for a run at the 2012 London Olympics. The 30-year-old won gold in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2000 Olympics and two gold medals in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles at the World Championships. He has already competed in a small swim meet in California…Michael Phelps’ video game went on sale on Tuesday. The Michael Phelps: Push The Limit video game designed for Xbox 360 Kinect. The game is priced at $49.99 and is being sold on and at Game Stop retail locations…The U.S. swim team left Tuesday for Guadalajara, Mexico, site of the Pan American Games which get underway later this week.

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