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


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


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