AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 95: SOFLO’s Oliver Leads Florida State Against Alabama, South Carolina

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 95: SOFLO’s Oliver Leads Florida State Against Alabama, South Carolina


October 15, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

For the second day in a row, SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver was red hot for the Florida State women’s swim team.

The Seminoles remained undefeated with wins over Alabama, 185-110, and South Carolina, 201.50-93.50 Saturday at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee.

Oliver, swimming anchor leg, started the Seminoles (5-0) off on the right foot coming from behind in the women’s 200-yard medley relay which the Seminoles won in 1:44.43 just ahead of Alabama (1:44.61).

The sophomore also won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.24 and 100-yard freestyle in 50.46, holding off teammate Kaitlyn Dressel in both events.

SOFLO’s Ashley Hicks led off and Melissa Cooper swam second leg on FSU’s third place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:46.77.

Hicks was also third in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.93 and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:05.44.

Cooper was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.67.

The Seminoles men’s teams also swept Alabama, 152-148 and South Carolina, 199-101, improving to 3-0 for the season.

Pan American Games bound-Mateo De Angulo of Colombia won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.12, the fastest time of the season; 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:29.58, 500-yard freestyle in 4:30.7 and hung on swimming anchor leg for the winning 400-yard freestyle relay to clinch the win.

SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez swam second leg on FSU’s sixth place 200-yard medley relay (1:34.81). In his individual events, Rodriguez was third in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:07.88 and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.73.

FSU freshman Doug Ramos of SOFLO was ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.55 and 12th in 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.38.

Paul Murray was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.99 and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.33. He was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:00.09.

Ariel Rittenhouse and Ford McLiney of FSU swept the 1- and 3-meter springboard titles.

Both the men’s and women’s swimmers work pink caps in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Great team effort today,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “I thought our kids came out after a tough meet on Friday and gave it everything they had. The fact that we were able to get the job done after swimming two tough teams that were fresh just goes to show the type of team that we have. I’m very proud of the kids.”

The Seminoles next meet is Oct. 29 in Christiansburg, Va. against Virginia Tech, Duke and UNC-Wilmington.

Florida Gators Sweep LSU

University of Florida men’s and women’s swim teams won their SEC season-opener over LSU Saturday in Gainesville.

The Gators women’s team defeated LSU, 171-122 and men’s team won, 185-115.

The Gators combined to sweep five separate events, the men’s 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley. The women combined to sweep the distance events with Gators in each of the top three spots in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyles.

Miami’s Carlos Omana won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.17. Davies Anthony Lewark won the 1- and 3-meter diving events.

The Gators next meet is Oct. 20 at Arkansas, another SEC opponent.

Alshammar, Le Clos Win At FINA World Cup Series

Sweden’s world champion Therese Alshammar, defending World Cup champion, won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.80, just a half second off the world record, Saturday at the FINA World Cup Series her backyard in Stockholm, Sweden.

Alshammar also won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.99. She totaled $3,000 for her effort.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos increased his winnings to $11,500 after wining the 400-meter individual medley in 4:03.10, good for another $1,500. Le Clos dedicated his swims to the South African Cancer Association after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.  He plans to dedicate a percentage of his prize money to CANSA. He wore specially designed pink cap and apparel at the meet.

Aussie Geoff Huegill became the first swimmer to dip under 23 seconds this year winning the 50-meter butterfly in 22.70. Huegill was one of five Aussie gold medalists.

Other winners were: Evelyn Verraszto, Hungary, 800-meter freestyle, 8:20.78; Stefan Nystrand, Sweden, 100-meter freestyle, 47.08; Sarah Sjostrum, Sweden, 200-meter freestyle, 1:52.92; Glenn Snyders, New Zealand, 50-meter breaststroke, 27.04; Jennie Johansson, Sweden, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:05.27; Kenneth To, Australia, 100-meter backstroke, 52.07 and 100-meter individual medley, 52.02; Rachel Goh, Australia, 50-meter backstroke, 26.63; Hidemasa Sano, Japan, 200-meter butterfly, 1:51.33; Erica Morningstar, Canada, 200-meter individual medley, 2:07.90; Paul Biedermann, Germany, 400-meter freestyle, 3:43.45; Naoya Tomita, japan, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:05.13; and Belinda Hocking, Australia, 200-meter backstroke, 2:05.76.

Zubero Breaks World Masters Record

Team Blu Frog has broken six of the eight world records set over two days at the third annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic at the Orlando YMCA.

Spain’s 1992 Olympian Martin Zubero, 41, broke the world masters age group record in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.35

Among Team Blu Frog’s world records were the 800-meter mixed relay and women’s 400-meter medley relay (4:48).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 94: SOFLO’s Oliver Picks Up Three Wins Against LSU

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 94: SOFLO’s Oliver Picks Up Three Wins Against LSU


October 14, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

In front of a large Parents Weekend home crowd that included her mother Diana, Florida State sophomore Tiffany Oliver took home three first places in the Seminoles’ 179-116 victory over Louisiana State Friday at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee.

Oliver won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.05 followed by teammate Kaitlyn Dressel in 23.51.

Oliver, the Seminoles’ Rookie of the Year as a freshman, also won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.02 and anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:44.20.

SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper, competing in her first season with FSU after transferring from Texas A&M, was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.85, the fastest time this year for the Seminoles.

SOFLO’s Ashley Hicks was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.74 and sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.29. She also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay.

In the men’s competition, it came down to the last two events with the Seminoles pulling it out, 161-139 over LSU.

The women’s team improved to 3-0 and the men’s team is 1-0.

SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez, also competing in his first season with the Seminoles, was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.38. Rodriguez was fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:09.57. SOFLO’s Doug Ramos was seventh in 2:17.91

Rodriguez also swam second leg of FSU’s second place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:32.85.

FSU’s Paul Murray was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.08 and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.94.

FSU swept the men’s and women’s diving titles. Kelsey Goodman won the 1-meter springboard with 286.20 and Mike Neubacher won with 347.03. Ariel Rittenhouse won 3-meter springboard with 307.05 and Ford McLiney won the men’s with 361.80

Before leaving for Mexico and the Pan American Games, Colombian Mateo De Angulo of FSU won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:21.09 in a close race and won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.96.

“It’s a great feeling to get a big win against LSU,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “I’m just proud of the kids. It was a great team effort. We relied on everyone tonight. They did their part and it paid off.”

The Seminoles will be back in the pool on Saturday with Alabama and South Carolina at 11 a.m.

Pan American Games Are Under Way

The XVI Pan American Games, a dream twelve years in the making for locals, got under way Friday in Guadalajara, Mexico with the Opening Ceremonies. The event lasted nearly three hours and was full of colorful Mexican traditions and ceremonial lighting of the torch at the 50,000-seat Omnilife Stadium. After days of heavy rain the sun came out for the first time in a week.

Saturday, the first day of the Games, will feature 11 medal events including five in swimming.

Those interested in following the Pan American Games on television, ESPN Desportes will have live coverage as well as ESPN3 where it will be streamed live and ESPN 2 for highlights…

The German National Anti-Doping Agency has warned athletes competing in Mexico about the danger of eating meat in Mexico after the meat tested positive for clenbuterol. Games officials have countered by saying there will be no issues with the food being served to athletes and officials staying in the Athlete’s Village. Director of food services for the organizing committee guaranteed daily samples of the food being served would be tested for any harmful chemicals.

World Masters Record Broken

On opening night of the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic at the Orlando YMCA Friday night, Gaines, an Olympic gold medalist and his Team Blu Frog teammates broke the world masters age group record in the 800 short course meter freestyle relay in 8:03.40 for the men combined age group of 200-239.

MISCELLANEOUS

Aussie James Magnussen is featured on the latest cover of Swimming World Magazine…World champion Dana Vollmer is in Woolgoolga, Australia training in a 25-meter pool training and ocean with Milt Nelms, widely considered to be a leading expert and innovator in cutting edge swimming technique. Nelms has worked with several world-class swimmers including Ian Thorpe. Nelms’ work is recognized as one of the Top 25 most significant contributions to USA Swimming for the last 25 years.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com