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).
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