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.
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