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.
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.
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