Record Twenty-Eight SOFLO Swimmers Ready For State Meets In Orlando

Record Twenty-Eight SOFLO Swimmers Ready For State Meets In Orlando

November  9, 2011


It’s Show Time.

After three months of training  and racing short course yards, high school swimmers from the South Florida Aquatic Club will compete for more than twenty Broward and Dade high schools over the next three days at the FHSAA State Swimming  and Diving Championships at the newly-refurbished Orlando YMCA.

SOFLO has qualified a team record twenty-eight swimmers for all three meets.

The meet gets under way on Thursday with the FHSAA Class 3A boys and girls competition featuring  Cypress Bay, St. Thomas Aquinas, West Broward, Douglas, Taravella and Hialeah Gardens.

It is the first of three meets over three days at the indoor facility.

Among  SOFLO’s highest seeded swimmers are:

Freshman Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward, fifth seed, 200-yard freestyle, 1:52.53 and sixth seed, 500-yard freestyle, 5:00.85.

Junior Keegan Boisson-Yates of Taravella, sixth seed, 100-yard freestyle, 47.26.

Junior Brandon Goldman of St. Thomas Aquinas, sixth seed, 100-yard backstroke, 53.14.

For the first time in state meet history, championship finals will be webcast live each night on beginning at 5:30 p.m. Results will also be posted immediately on the site and will host a post-meet wrap show each night.



200-yard medley relay: Douglas 200-yard medley relay (Emily Greenwood, Anne Kuczynski); West Broward (Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Leonie Davies); St. Thomas Aquinas (Ashley Monaghan).

200-yard freestyle: Melissa Marinheiro, WB; Emma Lincoln, CB; Marcella Marinheiro, WB.

200-yard individual medley: Mia Fiorenzi, STA; Anne Kuczynski, DOUG.

50-yard freestyle: Kristina Brennan, STA.

100-yard butterfly:  Maria Lopez, Hialeah Gardens.

100-yard freestyle: Emma Lincoln, CB; Anne Kuczynski, DOUG; Kristina Brennan, STA.

500-yard freestyle: Melissa Marinheiro, WB.

200-yard freestyle relay: (Kristina Brennan, Mia Fiorenzi).

100-yard backstroke: Marcella Marinheiro, WB; Emily Greenwood, DOUG; Maria Lopez, Hialeah Gardens.

100-yard breaststroke: Ashley Monaghan, STA; Kelly Kealty, TAR; Mia Fiorenzi, STA

400-yard freestyle relay: West Broward (Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Leonie Davies); St. Thomas Aquinas (Kristina Brennan, Mia Fiorenzi).


St. Thomas Aquinas 200-yard medley relay (Brandon Goldman).

200-yard individual medley: Brandon Goldman, STA.

50-yard freestyle: Keegan Boisson-Yates, Taravella.

100-yard butterfly: Mauricio Hidalgo, Douglas.

100-yard freestyle: Keegan Boisson-Yates, Taravella.

100-yard backstroke: Brandon Goldman, STA.

100-yard breaststroke: Alex Evdokimov, TAR.

FHSAA State Swimming

When: Class 3A, Thursday; Class 1A, Friday; Class 2A, Saturday.

Schedule: Prelims start at 9 a.m., diving at 1:30 p.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center, International Drive, Orlando.

Live coverage: Finals only on, 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $9 per session, parking is $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 105: Maryland Expected To Cut College Swimming, Diving, Water Polo

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 105: Maryland Expected To Cut College Swimming, Diving, Water Polo

November 9, 2011


The news of University of Maryland eliminating its swimming, diving and water polo programs because of budget cuts sent shock waves through the swimming world on Tuesday.

From SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski of Arizona State and Dana Hatic of University of Miami sending out tweets on Twitter “Save Maryland Swimming and Diving” to swimming websites criticizing and divulging salaries and bonuses of Maryland’s athletic director, the drastic move by school officials has come under fire.

A “Save UMD Swimming and Diving” Facebook group has been formed and already reached more than 3,000 members in two days.

If approved, Maryland would be the second Atlantic Coast Conference swimming and diving program to be cut in five years. The final decision is expected to be announced by Dec. 31.

Clemson, where SOFLO coach Chris Anderson graduated from, is being phased out after this season. University of Miami has only a women’s swimming and diving program and men’s diving.

The Maryland athletic department is losing $4.7 million this year with more deficits to come according to a recent Washington Post story.

Maryland’s roster has 26 women and 24 men. The women’s team is currently ranked No. 19 in the nation in the CSCAA Coaches Poll.

The number of Division I swimming teams has declined from 183 to 159 in recent years.

The decision to cut the sport is not final but according to Maryland AD Kevin Andreson, the President’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics is currently reviewing the financial reports and athletic department’s future and refused to give any further details or comments.

Coaches and swimmers echoed similar sentiments that they are tired of college administrators taking their budget issues out on swim teams just because it’s not a revenue sport like football or basketball.

Thorpe Struggling In Comeback

Swimming great Ian Thorpe is still having a hard time in the water. Competing at his second stop on the FINA World Cup series in Beijing, China, the 29-year-old Aussie was 13th in the 100-meter butterfly heats

in 54.35 on Wednesday. He also missed the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley finals on Tuesday. The five-time Olympic gold medalist is now preparing to race in Tokyo this weekend. The Olympic trials for Australia are in March.

Sharon Robb can be reached at