South Florida Aquatic Club Top Stories For 2011

South Florida Aquatic Club Top Stories For 2011

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December 31, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

1.Coral Springs Swim Club’s six-time Olympic coach and SOFLO co-founder Michael Lohberg , 61, passed away in April after nearly a three-year battle with aplastic anemia, leaving a huge void in the swimming world.

2.For the second year in a row, SOFLO was awarded USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for 2012. Less than two years old, SOFLO was ranked ninth overall among 97 USS national clubs and top Florida team in the Bronze Medal category.

3.Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, 44, continued her quest to make her sixth U.S. Olympic team by swimming the Olympic qualifying cut time in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.90 at the Feb. 19 Missouri Grand Prix. She bettered her time at a low key masters meet in Fort Myers in 25.68 for  the June 25-July 2 U.S. trials in Omaha, Neb. Torres is on a remarkable comeback after undergoing state-of-the art knee surgery.

4.Two-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 22, captured a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley at her biggest international meet, the Pan American Games in Mexico. It ended a 12-year medal drought by Jamaican swimmers at the Pan Am Games. She also broke five of her national records.

5.Tiffany Oliver made her first Olympic trials cut in the 50-meter freestyle (26.31) at the Charlotte UltraSwim, named Florida State’s Rookie of the Year and makes All-ACC Academic Team her freshman season.

6.Nick Schwab, 20, won first international gold medal in  record-breaking performance at the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships. Representing the Dominican Republic, he won the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record and career-best 2:08.90.

7.The Coral Springs City Commission passed a resolution to name the 50-meter Olympic pool at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex after Lohberg to honor his distinguished coaching career and keeping his legacy alive.

8.SOFLO made the national spotlight in age group swimming after shattering five national age group records in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle and 200- and 400-meter medley relays for boys 11-12. Cristian Rossi, Tristan Celestin, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Julien Pinon and Juan Lucas added their names to the record book.

9.SOFLO coach Rose Lockie named ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year. In 2011, Lockie had five national age group records as a coach and coached four of the five individual national age group champion swimmers.

10.Julien Pinon, 12, broke 25-year-old Florida Gold Coast record in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in career-best 2:04.14 at Coral Springs Invitational.

11.Tristan Celestin, 12, broke a 20-year-old Florida Gold Coast record in the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 29.59 at the March FGC Short Course Championships and broke it again at Winter Championships in 29.35.

12.SOFLO won its first FGC Short Course Junior Olympics, winning the combined team title with 943 ahead of FLA (895.5) and Metro Aquatics (804).

13.SOFLO won the combined and boys team titles at Speedo Winter Championships.

14.SOFLO won the girls and boys team titles at Broward County Sprint Championships.

15.SOFLO was ranked Top 40 in nation in USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships for first time.

16.Pembroke Pines police officer Jen Martin of SOFLO won six gold medals and two silver medals all in career-best times at the World Police and Fire Games.

17.Swim Miami event dedicated to SOFLO six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg. SOFLO swimmers and coaches shine in the water including winners Samuel Quintero, Alfredo Mesa Jr., Leonie Davies and Coach Megan Garland.

18.SOFLO senior Luke Torres of Plantation American Heritage signed with Division 1 University of Florida, one of the nation’s top men’s programs.

19.Barbara Protzman of SOFLO/Coral Springs Masters team played a key role in GOLD Coast Masters going five-for-five in U.S. Masters swimming Short Course Yards relay national records in the women’s 55-plus age group. It was the first time the same relay broke all the relay records for an age group for one course in the same season and just two meets.

20.Caroline Kuczynski, coming off the NCAA Division I Championships, won her first medal at a major international meet at the Canadian World Championship Trials in the 50-meter butterfly in a career-best 27.27 and qualified to represent Canada at the World University Games in China in August, her first major international meet.

21. Thirty-six SOFLO swimmers ranked among FGC IMX Top 16.

22. SOFLO launches official website (swim4soflo.com) on April 1 hoping to become a prototype for other USS clubs with daily content on its club swimmers, local, high school, state, national and international swimming scene.

For the second year, South Florida Aquatic Club continued to shine at every level of swimming and 2012, the Olympic year, will be the year it shines even brighter.

Thank you swimmers, parents, coaches and volunteers for a great year.

Happy New Year!!!

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro Named All-County First Team

SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro Named All-Couty First Team


December 31, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Marcella Marinheiro of West Broward High School was named to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel All-County first team for swimming and diving.

Marinheiro, a junior, trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Marinheiro was selected for the 100-yard backstroke and career-best 58.22 seconds. She was a region champion in the event and finished among the Top 10 at the State 3A meet in Orlando.

Marinheiro is coming off a full club short course season that included an appearance at the Brazilian Age Group Championships with her younger sister Melissa. She was the only SOFLO swimmer to earn first team honors.

SOFLO had six swimmers named to the All-County second team. Emma Lincoln of Cypress Bay was selected for the 100-yard freestyle (51.79); Melissa Marinheiro of West Broward in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.53); Brandon Goldman of St. Thomas Aquinas in the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.40); Keegan Boisson-Yates of Taravella in the 100-yard freestyle (46.59); Marc Rojas of Pembroke Pines Charter in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.20) and University of Florida-bound Luke Torres of American Heritage in the 100-yard butterfly (49.30).

Marinheiro and Rojas train in Pembroke Pines and Lincoln, Goldman, Boisson-Yates and Torres train at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO girls selected to the honorable mention category were Kaitlin Armstrong and Juliann Plasencia of Archbishop McCarthy; Steph Campo of Coral Springs Charter; Emily Greenwood and Anne Kuczynski of Douglas; Kylie Herman of Posnack; Mia Fiorenzi and Ashley Monaghan of St. Thomas Aquinas; and Leonie Davies and Amber Hunter of West Broward.

SOFLO boys selected to the honorable mention category were Matthew Gonzalez of Archbishop McCarthy; Josh Cutter and Mauricio Hidalgo of Douglas; Ivan Parada of Pembroke Pines Charter; Alex Evdokimov of Taravella; and Marco Hosfeld of University School. Goldman was also listed as an honorable mention in addition to his second team honors.

Lauren Driscoll and Lindsey McKnight of American Heritage were selected Girls Co-Swimmers of the Year. Yousef Alaskari of American Heritage was named Boys Swimmer of the Year. Nobutaka Tan of American Heritage was Girls Coach of the Year and Jay Fitzgerald of Pine Crest was Boys Girls Coach of the Year.

According to the Sun-Sentinel disclaimer, the All-County team, released on Friday in its newspaper and website, was selected based on season performances and returned high school coaches’ ballots. Club coaches were not allowed to participate. The Miami Herald’s All-County team is expected to be released within the next two weeks.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 124: SOFLO Earns Second Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 124: SOFLO Earns Second Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award


December 26, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

For the second consecutive year, South Florida Aquatic Club was awarded USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award for 2012.

SOFLO, less than two years old, is ranked ninth overall among 97 national clubs and is the top Florida team in the Bronze Medal category.

The focus of USA Swimming’s voluntary program is to identify and reward up to 200 sanctioned clubs that have attained a high level of athlete performances as well as organized success.

SOFLO totaled 6,977 qualifying points and was ranked ahead of more-established teams St. Andrew’s Swimming with6,865 and Pine Crest Swimming with 6,805. T2 Aquatics had 5,921.

“We are very excited to achieve Bronze Medal status for the second year,” said SOFLO CEO Chris Anderson. “But as a staff we are eager to develop strategies to achieve silver and gold medal status in the future!”

Sarasota YMCA Sharks was the top Florida team named in the Gold Medal category ranked seventh with 33,104. Bolles School Sharks were ranked ninth with 32,554.

Coral Springs Swim Club and Sarasota YMCA Sharks were previously designated Gold Medal Clubs for the 2009-2012 quadrennium.

SwimMAC Carolina is the nation’s No. 1 ranked club with 59,856 points. It was the first time Coach David Marsh’s club had earned the top ranking. Dynamo Swim Club was second with 50,882 and Mission Viejo Nadadores were third with 47,588.

Florida teams earning Silver Medal status were Clearwater Aquatic Team, 21,857; Fort Lauderdale Aquatics (Team FLA), 19,149; Metro Aquatic Club of Miami, (MAC) 10,218; St. Petersburg Aquatics, 9,846; Gator Swim Club, 8,669; AK Sharks, 8,553; and Tampa Bay Community Aquatics, 8,486.

SOFLO’s Atkinson Adds More FGC Records

Two-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club added five new Florida Gold Coast short course yards records for December, according to Lynda Davies, FGC records chairman.

Atkinson set the LSC and LSC Open records in the 100-yard individual medley on Nov. 17 in 55.85, credited as two open and two senior records. She also now holds the senior LSC open record in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.01, also set on Nov. 17.

In the boys record books, Tristan Celestin was one of four SOFLO swimmers credited with new records. Celestin added the 11-12 50-yard LSC breaststroke record of 29.35, set on Nov. 17.

Celestin also joined Juan Lucas, Sebastian Vargas and Carlos Rodriguez on the 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay for LSC and LSC Open record in 1:40.46 and 11-12 200-yard medley relay for LSC and LSC Open records in 1:51.77, all set on Nov. 19.

Davie Nadadores Awarded FINA Qualifier Meet

FINA, the sport’s international governing body, has approved the Jan. 13-14 Jaked Senior Invitational Meet at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex as an Olympic qualification meet. The Davie Nadadores will host the meet in their home pool. All events are timed finals. It is the first 2012 Olympic qualifying meet in Florida of the year and is expected to attract several top swimmers still seeking their Olympic cuts. Entries close on Wednesday, Jan. 4. FINA official Jay Thomas is meet referee and Alex Pussieldi meet director…Olympian Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia was the Swimmer of the Meet at the Pan Arab Games in Doha. Mellouli won 15 gold medals and one silver during the seven-day meet. Yousef Alaskari of Davie Nadadores and Plantation American Heritage won five medals, three silver and two bronze and earned two Olympic “B” cuts.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 123: SOFLO’s Tashkandis Sixth At Pan Arab Games; Cutter Makes Final At Shark Invite

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 123: SOFLO’s Tashkandis Sixth At Pan Arab Games; Cutter Makes Final At Shark Invite


December 20, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Loai and Hazem Tashkandi finished sixth in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the Pan Arab Games Tuesday at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha.

Tunisia, with Oussama Mellouli swimming anchor, won the gold medal in 3:23.87. Algeria took the silver in 3:24.09.

Kuwait won the bronze with Abdullah Althuwaini, Yousef Alaskari, Mohammad Madouh and Salman Qali swimming anchor. It was Alaskari’s fourth medal of the Games.

Saudi Arabia finished fourth in its heat in 3:48.97 with SOFLO’s Loai Tashkandi, Nather Alhamoud, Youssef Alyoussef and SOFLO’s Hazem Tashkandi. Saudi Arabia finished sixth in 3:37.09.

In the 50-meter butterfly, Mellouli won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.04. 

Mellouli won another gold in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:54.16. Yousef Alaskari of Davie Nadadores and Plantation American Heritage was second in his heat and finished sixth overall in 4:06.02. Hazem Tashkandi was fifth in his heat in 4:15.13, ninth fastest overall.

Mellouli, who has won six gold medals overall, won gold in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.92.

Shark Invitational

Nova Southeastern freshman Linea Cutter qualified for the 100-yard freestyle championship finals by dipping under 55 seconds on the fourth and final day of the Shark Invitational at NSU Aquatic Center.

Cutter, 18, qualified in 54.29 in the prelims and finished ninth in 54.32. Her finals splits were 26.24 and 28.08.

Les Moore, 19, of University of Tampa won the “B” final and was 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:11.01.

Tampa swept the team titles. The women on in 1,514 point and men with 1,369.5. Nova Southeastern was runner-up in both categories with 1,289.5 for the No. 14-ranked women and 1,205 for the No.9-ranked men.

NSU’s Erin Black of Fort Myers and Jonas Grundstrom of Sweden won the Michael D. Fish Outstanding Performer awards. Black finished with 103 points and Grundstrom with 101.

After holiday break, the Sharks return to the pool on Jan. 2 when they host Grand Valley State at NSU at 3 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 122: SOFLO’s Loai Tashkandi Sixth At Pan-Arab Games

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 122: SOFLO’s Loai Tashkandi Sixth At Pan-Arab Games


December 19, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Loai Tashkandi of Saudi Arabia was sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke on Day 3 of the Pan Arab Games Monday at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha.

Tashkandi finished in a lifetime best of 1:06.45, bettering his previous best of 1:06.89. He was third in his heat in 1:06.62. Tunisia’s Wassim Elloumi won the gold medal in 1:02.47.

SOFLO’s Hazem and Loai Tashkandi were members of the sixth place Saudi Arabian 800-meter freestyle relay team that finished in 8:18.01.

Hazem Tashkandi led off the relay with the fastest split of 2:00.77 and Loai Tashkandi anchored the relay with the second fastest split of 2:02.99. Hazem’s splits were 27.02, 56.87 and 1:28.55. Loai’s splits were 27.03, 58.03 and 1:29.99.

SOFLO’s Abbas Qali, 18, of Kuwait was ninth in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.08, bettering his lifetime best of 24.10. Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli, who was disqualified in the 100-meter breaststroke, won the gold medal in 23.03. He also won gold in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:02.67.

Yousef Alaskari of Davie Nadadores and Plantation American Heritage picked up his third silver medal in as many days as leadoff swimmer on Kuwait’s 800-meter freestyle relay that finished second in 7:34.68 along with relay members Mohammad Madouh, Abdullah Althuwaini and Sooud Altayyar. Alaskari’s splits were25.89, 54.11 and 1:23.43. Tunisia, with Oussama Mellouli on anchor, won the gold in 7:28.26.

McLean High Point Winner

Two-time Olympian Sharntelle McLean of Trinidad and Tobago, who trained at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, won the top female FINA High Point Trophy Award for the ASATT Invitational hosted by the Marlins. McLean is looking to make her third Olympic team. The Marlins won the meet with 887.50 points followed by Tidal Wave Aquatics, 783, and Emile Friedman of Venezuela with 736. Newly-formed club Titans TT was fourth with 715.50. Dylan Carter of the Marlins, who trained at Coral Springs with Keegan-Boisson Yates, was high point winner for 13-14 boys.

Miscellaneous

Despite two hard workouts and weights on Monday, Ryan Lochte and his coach Gregg Troy shot a Gatorade commercial for several hours late Monday for Gatorade at the Stephen O’Connell Center indoor pool at University of Florida…Mireia Belmonte and Aschwin Wildeboer won Swimmers of the Meet after each won nine gold medals at the Spanish Short Course Championships in Madrid.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 121: Martin, McLean Win Gold; Loai, Hazem Tashkandi Finish In Top 10

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 121: Martin, McLean Win Gold; Loai, Hazem Tashkandi Finish In Top 10


December 18, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Tyla Martin, coming off an outstanding high school season debut, is taking up where she left off in club swimming.

Martin, 13, a freshman at Pine Crest, won a gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago on Day Three of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Long Course Swimming Invitational.

Martin competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago.

Martin won the opening event, the 400-meter individual medley in a record-breaking performance. Martin won in 5:13.69 breaking a ten-year-old national record in the 13-14 age group. She smashed the 2001 record of 5:21.47 set by Ayeisha Collymore.

Martin also took a gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.35 and silver in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:10.96.

Martin is no stranger to breaking records. Last year she set a national record of 1:07.46 in the girls 11-12 100-meter butterfly.

Martin was selected to the Sun-Sentinel All-County first team in the 100-yard butterfly. The team is scheduled to be announced at the end of the month.

Marlins’ Dylan Carter, 14, who trained at Coral Springs Aquatic Club with SOFLO’s Keegan Boisson-Yates, continued his winning streak in the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in 1:57.19. Carter also broke a ten-year-old record in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.36. The previous record of 2:10.70 was held by Nicholas Bovell. Carter won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.41.

Two-time Olympian Sharntelle McLean, 26, who trained at Coral Springs Aquatic Club, won another gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:05.96.

SOFLO Swimmers Top 10 At Pan Arab Games

SOFLO’s Loai Tashkandi of Saudi Arabia finished sixth in the 50-meter breaststroke Sunday on Day Two of the Pan Arab Games at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha.

Swimming in Lane 1, Tashkandi finished in 29.85. He was third in his heat in 30.35. Tunisia’s Wassim Elloumi won the event in 28.77.

SOFLO’s Hazem Tashkandi, also of Saudi Arabia was eighth in the 200-meter freestyle championship final in 1:55.09. His splits were 26.95, 56.28, and 1:25.44. He was fourth in his heat in 1:56.50. Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli, the top seed in 1:51.46, won in 1:48.85.

Kuwait’s Yousef Alaskari of Davie Nadadores and Plantation American Heritage won his second silver medal of the Games. He finished second in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.00 following his opening day second in the 200-meter butterfly. Mellouli won in 53.73. Alaskari has Kuwait’s only swimming medals after two days of competition. Mellouli also won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.85

Kuwait’s Salman Qali did not show for the 100-meter butterfly, resting for his other events.

Shark Invitational

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Les Moore, 19, of Tampa was fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.39 on Day Three of the second annual Shark Invitational at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. The time was an NCAA Division II “B” cut time.

SOFLO’s Linea Cutter, 18, a freshman, swam second leg on the Sharks’ fifth place 800-yard freestyle relay that finished in 7:52.65.

Erin Black earned NSU’s first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the season in the 500-yard freestyle. Black, a junior from Fort Myers, won in 4:54.95, 11 seconds under the “A” cut time, earning a trip to the NCAA Division II Championships, March 14-17, in Mansfield, Texas.

The meet concludes on Monday at 10 a.m. at the NSU Aquatic Center.

Women team totals: 1. Tampa 1,139, 2. Nova Southeastern 951, 3. Florida Southern 763, 4. Rollins 358, 5. Catawba 331, 6. Lenoir Rhyne 303.

Women results: 500-yard freestyle: 1. Erin Black, NSU 4:54.95, D2A; 100-yard backstroke: 1. Katia Kruglov, CATC 58.21, D2B; 100-yard breaststroke: 1. Rae-Lynn Sheffield, FSC 1:04.51, D2B; 200-yard butterfly: 1. Catherine Parker, TAM 2:04.80, D2B;

Men team totals: 1. Tampa 1,025, 2. Florida Southern 870.50, 3. Nova Southeastern 845, 4. Catawba 529.50, 5. Lenoir Rhyne 324, 6. Rollins 293.

Men results: 500-yard freestyle: 1. Oskar Nordstrand, NSU 4:29.50 D2B; 100-yard backstroke: 1. Jeb Halfacre, FSC 49.09, D2A; 100-yard breaststroke: 1. Miguel Ferreira, FSC 54.75, D2B; 200-yard butterfly: 1. Norbert Kovacs, TAM 1:46.95, D2A; 5. Les Moore, TAM 1:54.39.

 Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www/swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 120: SOFLO’s Loai Tashkandi Sixth On Opening Day Of Pan Arab Games

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 120: SOFLO’s Loai Tashkandi Sixth On Opening Day Of Pan Arab Games


December 17, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer Loai Tashkandi of Saudi Arabia opened the Pan Arab Games in Doha on Saturday with a sixth place finish in the 400-meter individual medley.

Tashkandi, 20, finished in 4:42.22 at the Hamad Aquatic Center.

Tashkandi is also entered in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.

Hazem Tashkandi, also of Saudi Arabia, and Abbas Qali, Salman Qali and Zain Qali, all of Kuwait, are also competing in the week-long meet.

Hazem Tashkandi is entered in the 200-, 400-, and 1500-meter freestyles.

Salman Qali will swim the 50- and 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle. Abbas Qali is entered in the 50-meter freestyle and Zain Qali is entered in the 50-meter butterfly.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Yousef Alaskari of the Davie Nadadores and Plantation American Heritage School, won Kuwait’s first medal of the swimming competition.

Alaskari, the 2011 High School Swimmer of the Year in Broward County, was second in the 200-yard butterfly in a lifetime-best time of 2:00.75, an Olympic “B” qualifying time and ranked No. 2 in the U.S. for 17-year-old age group swimmers.

Alaskari led Tunisia’s veteran Olympian Oussama Mellouli for most of the race before Mellouli came back for the gold. Alaskari is also entered in the 100 butterfly, 200 and 400 freestyle, 200 IM and three relays. Alaskari moved to South Florida four years ago to train.

The FINA event is a qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

SOFLO’s Les Moore, Linea Cutter Compete At Nova Southeastern’s Shark Invite

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Linea Cutter and Les Moore returned home to compete in the Nova Southeastern Shark Invite in Davie.

On opening day (Friday) SOFLO/ Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Moore finished fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.69, an NCAA Division II “B” cut time.

Nova Southeastern University freshman and SOFLO’s Cutter was 18th in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.05. Cutter anchored NSU’s fifth place 200-yard medley relay team that finished in 1:51.58.

On Saturday, Cutter, 18, led off NSU’s sixth place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:40.38; was 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.85 and anchored the fifth place 400-yard medley relay that finished in 3:59.27.

Moore, 19, was fourth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:08.51, a Division II “B” cut time.

The four-day meet continues through Monday.

WOMEN

Team totals: 1. Tampa 342, 2. Nova Southeastern 278, 3. Florida Southern 238, 4. Rollins 98, 5. Catawba 73, 6. Lenoir Rhyne 64.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Erin Black, NSU 10:07.42, D2B cut time; 200-yard individual medley: 1. Alexandra Hipolito, Tampa 2:05.65, D2B; 50-yard freestyle: 1. Erin Plachy, Tampa 23.84; SOFLO: 18. Linea Cutter, NSU 25.05; 200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida Southern 1:47.27; 5. NSU 1:51.58 (Devan Martin, Ashley Bransford, Lauren Chapple, Linea Cutter); 200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Tampa 1:36.36; 6. NSU 1:40.38 (Cutter, Sunyak, Aranda, Chapple); 400-yard individual medley: 1. Lisa Bero, Tampa 4:29.64, D2B; 100-yard butterfly: 1. Chelsea Kyle, Lenoir Rhyne 56.83, D2B; 24. Linea Cutter, NSU 1:02.24; 200-yard freestyle: 1. Erin Black, NSU 1:51.21, D2B; 14. Linea Cutter, NSU 1:57.85; 400-yard medley relay: 1. Florida Southern 3:51.38, D2B; 5. NSU 3:59.27; 400-yard medley relay: 1. Florida Southern 3:19.39, D2B.    

MEN

Team totals: 1. Tampa 292.5, 2. Nova Southeastern 262, 3. Florida Southern 241.5, 4. Catawba 136. 5. Rollins 92, 6. Lenoir Rhyne 69.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Norbert Kovacs, Tampa 9:13.38, D2A; 200-yard individual medley: 1. Jeb Halfacre, Florida Southern 1:50.18, D2A; SOFLO: 5. Les Moore, Tampa 1:55.69; 50-yard freestyle: 1. David Humphrey, Tampa 20.82, D2B; 200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida Southern 1:31.72, D2B; 200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Tampa 1:22.56, D2B; 400-yard individual medley: 1. Zane Hranac, Tampa 4:04.13, D2B; 4. Les Moore, Tampa 4:08.51, D2B; 100-yard butterfly: 1. Norbert Kovacs, Tampa 49.00, D2B; 200-yard freestyle: 1. Stephen Swan, Florida Southern 1:38.61, D2A; 

Campo Accepted To Iona

Alexandra Campo was accepted to Iona College in New York. Campo is a senior at Coral Springs Charter, where she was a member of the swim team. She is also a member of the SOFLO/Coral Springs Swim Club and teaches lessons with the Swim America program at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. “Couldn’t be happier right now…New York here I come,” Campo tweeted. SOFLO’s Justin Grigull also attends Iona and is a member of the men’s swim team.

Former CSSC Swimmer McLean Wins Gold

Two-time Olympian Sharntelle McLean, who trained with the late Michael Lohberg, a six-time Olympic coach, has her sights set on the 2012 Games. Competing for the Torpedoes Swim Club at the ASATT Invitational in Trinidad and Tobago, where she also coaches, McLean won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle in 59.13. Marlins’ Olympic hopeful Dylan Carter, who trained with good friend and Trinidad and Tobago teammate Keegan Boisson-Yates at Coral Springs in July leading up to the Commonwealth Youth Games, won the 100-meter freestyle in 52.64 and 50-meter butterfly in 25.72. The Marlins lead the team standings with 301.50 points followed by the newly-formed Titans Swim Club with 276.50. The meet ends on Sunday for more than 400 swimmers from 25 swim clubs and eighth countries.

Ian Thorpe Top 10 Finish

Aussie great Ian Thorpe turned in his first encouraging swim after coming out of retirement on Saturday at the Italian Winter Championships in Riccione, Italy. Thorpedo was tenth in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.51. He was third in his heat in his first long course meet since his comeback. The Australian trials are in March. Also in the meet, Milorad Cavic won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.10. Italian Federica Pellegrini won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:08.50.

Thiago Pereira Breaks Meet Record

Thiago Pereira broke a meet record in the prelims of the 400-meter individual medley in 4:18.10 before scratching from the finals in third day action at the Brazilian Open Long Course Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

In other races, Joanna Maranhao won the 400 IM in 4:43.56; Nicolas Oliveira won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.01; Glauber Silva won the 50-meter butterfly in 23.69; Daniel Paoli Jesus won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 27.20; and Ana Carvalho won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:11.66. All the winners swam faster in the prelim rounds. Sprinter Cesar Cielo clocked a 21.58 leadoff leg on the 200-meter freestyle relay.

Miscellaneous

Josh Schneider of SwimMAC won the 50-yard freestyle shootout at the Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am in Oklahoma City on Saturday. Schneider, 23, won in 19.28 ahead of 2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, 30, in 19.42. It was Ervin’s national level meet since he retired in 2004. Jason Dunford was fourth in 19.94. SwimMAC teammate Andrea Georoff, 28, won the women’s 50 shootout in 22.46. Olympian Ed Moses, another comeback swimmer, was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:54.99…

Ryan Lochte has signed a sponsor deal with fashion designer and mogul Ralph Lauren, who is also outfitting the entire U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 London Games. Lauren will design the official uniforms for the U.S. team to wear in the opening and closing ceremonies and also apparel and accessories to wear in the Olympic Village. “It’s a real clean-cut look and I like that,” Lochte said. “It’s definitely a different look for me but I think I can pull it off. I also like dressing up and looking nice. It makes me feel more mature. Hopefully, down the road I can still wear this kind of clothing with a little bit more of my personality.” Even better, Lochte and Lauren share the same initials. Lochte already has his own shoe line and hopes to have his own clothing line in the future…

21-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard is ranked 15th among the thirty most googled female athletes of 2011. Beard is the only swimmer on the list. The majority of the athletes are pro tennis players including Serena Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, the most googled woman athlete…Olympian Brooke Bennett, who lives and trains in Tampa and formerly trained at the Davie Pine Island Pool with then coach Peter Banks, underwent an MRI on her left knee on Saturday. Bennett, a TV sports reporter, has been training regularly and competed in the Rowdy Gaines Masters meet spurring rumors she may return for the U.S. Olympic trials.

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