SOFLO’s Alcaide Makes Olympic Trials Cut; Marinheiro, Goldman, Greenwood Go Best Times At Purdue Invitational

SOFLO’s Alcaide Makes Olympic Trials Cut; Marinheiro, Goldman, Greenwood Go Best Times At Purdue Invitational

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WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 30, 2012

It was a big night for South Florida Aquatic Club at the Purdue Invitational at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center Friday in West Lafayette, Ind.

Jessie Alcaide, at 27 one of the most experienced swimmers on the team, had reason to celebrate after making her first Olympic Trials cut in the 50-meter freestyle.

Alcaide, who has been close several times, finished third in the championship finals in personal-best time of 26.19 seconds, under the 26.39 qualifying standard.

“I did it, yeah,” Alcaide said.

Alcaide is enjoying one of her finest meets. She came in with a 26.71 seed time and bettered that in morning prelims in 26.41, just missing the cut. She said she knew she would get the cut in finals.

“I feel good,” Alcaide said. “I was frustrated I kept coming close so many times. I just kept making the little mistakes. My strokes are there, my muscle memory is there and my training is there. I feel I am in the best shape possible.

“It’s just those little mistakes like gliding into my butterfly finish and looking up at the turn in my 100 freestyle.

“My plan was to get the 50 tonight,” Alcaide said. “I really like this meet. This pool is so much cooler, open, airy and well-lit.”

Alcaide was happy with her morning swim and knew what to improve on.

“My 50 was near-perfect,” she said. “I started trying too hard instead of doing what I know. I was a little tight. I knew I just needed to relax and be faster.”

In the 100-meter freestyle, Alcaide finished second in a career-best 57.28, bettering her previous best of 57.32 she swam in morning prelims. She was just off the Olympic Trials standard of 57.19. Alcaide was also fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.33, just off her prelim time of 1:02.23, both bettering her previous best of 1:03.08.

Up-and-coming swimmer Marcella Marinheiro had a big breakthrough in her 200-meter backstroke. She had a big time drop in the event finishing 20th in personal best time of 2:23.89 after swimming 2:28.96 in prelims.

Her seed time was 2:05.62 in yards.

Marinheiro was just as excited as Alcaide after swimming her best time at a big meet.

“That was so good,” Marinheiro said after her race. “I was really happy because I have been trying to drop for a while. Then I dropped two seconds and was hoping for more. Since I am 17 it’s hard to drop so many seconds. I felt really good at the moment and I just went for it.

“I have been training a lot,” Marinheiro said. “This is a high quality meet. My first races were okay but my 200 back was really good. I like this meet. I like travelling to meets like this. You get a lot of experience, meet new swimmers and get better.”

Brandon Goldman, despite being sick, won the “B” final of 200-meter backstroke in a personal-best time of 2:09.86 after first lowering his best time of 2:10.36 in prelims. His previous best was 2:11.29.

Goldman was forced to scratch from the 400-meter individual medley because of a lingering illness.

Emily Greenwood turned in another stellar swim in the 200-meter backstroke, finishing sixth in the “C” final and 22nd overall in 2:29.89. She first bettered her best time in prelims in 2:30.21. Her previous best was 2:32.27.

Luke Torres was fifth in the “C” final and 21st overall in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.63 after going 24.49 in prelims. His seed time was 21.89 in yards.

FRIDAY SOFLO PRELIM RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 15. Melissa Marinheiro 2:08.48, 23. Marcella Marinheiro 2:12.42, 26. Emma Lincoln 2:13.54.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 34. Keegan Boisson-Yates 2:05.17, best time, previous best 2:06.62.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 22. Marcella Marinheiro 2:28.96, 24. Emily Greenwood 2:30.21 best time, previous best 2:32.27, 26. Melissa Marinheiro 2:39.39.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 10. Brandon Goldman 2:10.36, best time, previous best 2:11.29.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 3. Jessie Alcaide 26.41, 9. Sharntelle McLean 26.98, 23. Mariangela Macchiavello 27.62, 34. Emma Lincoln 28.00, best time, 28.04 previous best, 55. Maria Lopez 28.94, best time, previous best 29.52, 56. Emily Greenwood 29.09, 57. Marcella Marinheiro 29.48.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 22. Luke Torres 24.49, 35. Keegan Boisson-Yates 25.47.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Breaks National Record, Torres Finishes Sixth At Indianapolis Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Atkinson Breaks National Record, Torres Finishes Sixth At Indianapolis Grand Prix


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 30, 2012

Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club shattered the Jamaican national record in the 50-meter freestyle to highlight action Friday night at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Atkinson, 23, tied for second in the “C” bonus final in a career-best 25.90 seconds, to break the previous national record of 26.08 held by former SOFLO teammate and 2008 Olympian Natasha Moodie.

Atkinson, a silver medalist at the Pan American Games, now holds eight national records.

Swimming in Lane One, Atkinson had a quick start off the blocks (second fastest reaction time 0.73) and stayed with the leaders for the entire race in one of her off-events.

On Saturday, Atkinson will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, one of her strongest events.

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres of the Coral Springs Swim Club finished sixth in the championship final of the 50-meter freestyle, her signature event, in 25.47 seconds, slower than her prelim time of 25.36, the second fastest morning swim.

Swimming in Lane 5, Torres, two weeks shy of her 45th birthday, was

slow reacting off the blocks (0.74 reaction time, second slowest) and was unable to work her way back in the race. Torres was not rested and just looking to get in more racing under her belt before the Trials her coach Bruno Darzi said.

Torres, the American record holder, is coming back from reconstructive knee surgery and preparing for the Olympic Trials at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Madison Kennedy, 24, of SwimMac Carolina won the sprint event in a career-best and meet record 24.49. Top-seed Christine Magnuson, 26, of Tucson Ford was second in 25.17. Florida’s Sarah Bateman, 21, was third in 25.31. In the “B” final, Jessica Hardy won in 25.04, a meet record before Kennedy’s swim.

“I have been waiting to break 25 since I was 14,” Kennedy said. “This builds my confidence for Trials.”

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab was third in the “C” final and 19th overall in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:53.95, slower than his morning prelim time of 1:53.80, a career-best bettering his previous best of 1:54.95.

On Saturday, SOFLO’s Vlad Polyakov, a two-time Olympian for Kazakhstan, will try and make his third Olympic team when he goes after his Olympic qualifying standard in the 100-meter breaststroke.

In other USA Swimming Grand Prix championship finals where six meet records were broken:

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, 22, of Trojan Swim Club led from start to finish to win in a meet record 4:32.83. Caitlin Leverenz was second in 4:36.46. Both were coming off NCAAs. “I am tired after all the training I have been doing,” said Hosszu, already qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. “I was just looking for a steady race to fine tune the little things like my walls.”

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: World and American record holder Michael Phelps led after the butterfly, fell behind Tyler Clary on the backstroke a full second, regained the lead on the breaststroke. Phelps held off Clary on the freestyle in the last 25 meters to win in a meet record 4:12.51, a half second ahead of Clary (4:13.01) and nearly 9 seconds off his best of 4:03.84. “That didn’t feel so fun right now but I am very happy,” Phelps said. “Long course shows you what kind of shape you’re in, you can’t fake that event. I would like to think this helps my other events. This is one of my mom’s favorite races. I don’t know if I am going to swim it at Trials.”

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer were the early leaders after the opening 100 meters but it was Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club coming back in the second 100 to win in a meet record 1:56.79. “I knew they would be out fast,” Schmitt said. Franklin was second in 1:57.97.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: South African Darian Townsend of Tucson Ford held off countryman Jean Basson in the final 20 meters to win in a personal-best 1:47.46. Basson was second in 1:47.94. “I am very happy with my time,” Townsend said. “We are 18 days out of our Olympic Trials so I am very encouraged. I just wanted to come here and race the guys next to me. Obviously, that was a quality deal there.”

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Missy Franklin, 16, of Colorado Stars coming off a training camp in Islamorada, swam her best time of the year to win in 2:07.97, just 15 minutes after swimming the 200-meter freestyle. “I am thrilled,” Franklin said. “Right now I am focusing on the little things and tough competition for Trials.”

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Germany’s Yannick Lebherz, 23, overtook early leader Ryan Lochte to win in his fastest time in three years in a meet record in 1:57.52. The German Olympic trials are in six weeks and Lebherz is a favorite for the team. Sixteen-year-old Ryan Murphy of Jacksonville Bolles was second in 1:57.82. Lochte finished fourth in 1:59.34.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Nathan Adrian, 23, of California Aquatics, the nation’s fastest sprinter, won going away in a meet record 21.88, out-touching Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell, a former Bolles swimmer, in 21.89. Anthon Ervin, 30, was third in 22.24. “21.8 and no suit rip, I will take it,” Adrian said.

King Aquatics won the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:30.03 ahead of Dynamo Swim Club in 8:31.30. Dynamo won the men’s relay title in 7:41.91. King Aquatics was second in 7:51.56.

The three-day meet concludes on Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The meet will be broadcast by Universal Sports at 6-8 p.m. and webcast on usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Shines At Purdue Boilermaker Invitational With Nine Career-Best Times

SOFLO Shines At Purdue Boilermaker Invitational With Nine Career-Best Times


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 29, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro had all the motivation she needed Thursday night at the Purdue Invitational at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

With a freshly-baked hotel cookie on the line from the Marriott Fairfield, Marinheiro swam back-to-back best times in the 400-meter freestyle to highlight action on the opening day of the three-day meet.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson told her she could only have a cookie if she dropped time in the final.

Marinheiro finished fifth in the “B” final and 13th overall in 4:25.52,

dropping nearly four seconds off her morning prelim time of 4:29.11. Her previous best coming into the meet was 4:29.27.

“She got her cookie,” Anderson said.

In the 100-meter freestyle, SOFLO’s Jessie Alcaide finished second in a career-best 57.28, bettering her previous best of 57.32 she swam in morning prelims. Her seed time was 57.42. She was just off the Olympic Trials standard of 57.19.

SOFLO teammate Sharntelle McLean, a two-time Olympian for Trinidad and Tobago, was seventh in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.71, bettering her prelim time of 59.80.

Alcaide was also fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.33, just off her prelim time of 1:02.23, both bettering her previous best of 1:03.08.

Both Alcaide and McLean compete in Friday’s 50-meter freestyle.

University of Florida-bound Luke Torres was eighth in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.07, off his prelims time of 56.99, both best times bettering his previous best of 57.23.

More than 300 U.S. and international swimmers are competing in the meet created to accommodate the overflow of entries from the USA Swimming Indianapolis Grand Prix being held simultaneously at IUPUI Natatorium.

THURSDAY SOFLO PRELIM RESULTS

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: 2. Jessie Alcaide 57.32, best time, 24. Sharntelle McLean 59.80, 27. Emma Lincoln 1:00.00, best time, 35. Mariangela Macchiavello 1:00.35, 42. Melissa Marinheiro 1:01.46, best time, 45. Marcella Marinheiro 1:01.80.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: 12. Melissa Marinheiro 4:29.11, best time, 18. Emma Lincoln 4:36.46, best time.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 3. Jessie Alcaide 1:02.23, best time, 19. Maria Lopez 1:06.04, 26. Emma Lincoln 1:06.78.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: 25. Luke Torres 53.48, 36. Keegan Boisson-Yates 54.68.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 8. Luke Torres 56.99, best time, 23. Keegan Boisson-Yates 1:00.05.

SOFLO TWEET OF THE DAY

Celtics pajamas and Texas slippers to bed 🙂 Feeling safe and cozy. —Keegan Boisson-Yates

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Polyakov, Atkinson, Schwab Race On Day One Of Indianapolis Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Polyakov, Atkinson, Schwab Race On Day One Of Indianapolis Grand Prix


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 29, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Olympians Alia Atkinson and Vlad Polyakov, seeking to make their third Olympic teams, finished among the Top 11 in the 200-meter breaststroke Thursday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Polyakov, 28, of Kazakhstan, seeded third after morning prelims, finished fifth among a stacked field in 2:14.01.

Swimming in Lane 3 between U.S. national team swimmers Brendan Hansen and Clark Burckle, Polyakov looked strong in the first 100 meters. Polyakov turned with Burckle after the first 50 meters and broke the surface first but dropped back to third after 100 meters and faded in the final stretch.

Burckle, 24, of Tucson Ford won in 2:10.56 after breaking the meet record in a career-best 2:09.72 in morning prelims.

“I wanted to get out and race the field and fine tune my racing skills,” Burckle said. “This morning I was still in shock factor but tonight I could feel it and it hurt more.”

Atkinson, 23, a two-time Olympian for Jamaica, qualified tenth in morning prelims in 2:31.41. Her splits were 34.76, 39.07, 38.58 and 39.00. Her first 100 was 1:13.83.

In the “B” final, Atkinson finished third and 11th overall in 2:31.19 but

her first 100 was faster in 1:11.69. Her splits were 33.87, 37.82, 39.49 and 41.01.

Top morning qualifier Micah Lawrence, 21, of SwimMac won the 100-meter breaststroke in 2:24.85, holding off a charging Caitlin Leverenz, 21, who finished second in 2:25.63. Lawrence broke her own meet record of 2:25.77 that she set in morning prelims.

“I felt the pressure from Caitlin,” Lawrence said. “I knew she always finishes strong. I was just waiting for it.”

Swimming in Lane 1, SOFLO’s Olympics-bound Nick Schwab, 21, of Indiana University was 19th in the 400-meter freestyle in a career-best

4:00.47 in the “C” final. Schwab had first bettered his time in prelims in 4:03.22. His previous best was 4:03.77.

Schwab finished 26th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.23, another

best time. His previous best was 2:24.60. Schwab was recently named to the Olympic team for the Dominican Republic.

In other championship finals:

Women 100-meter freestyle: Dana Vollmer, 24, of California Aquatics won in a meet record 54.21. Missy Franklin, 16, of Colorado Stars was second in 54.62. Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club was third in 54.72. It was the first of two wins for Vollmer who also broke three meet records, in the prelims of both events and finals of the 100 freestyle.

Men 100-meter freestyle: In one of the more exciting races of the night for more than one reason, top morning qualifier Nathan Adrian, 23, of California Aquatics, touched first at the 50-meter mark at 23.07, 3/10ths faster than his morning time and went on to win in a meet record 48.62. Michael Phelps was second in 48.74 and South African Darian Townsend, 27, of Tucson Ford was third in 49.14. If Adrian was feeling a draft on the medal podium, it was because he split his suit on the blocks before his race. Adrian took it good-naturedly, quickly wrapping a towel around him when he excited the pool. One swimmer tweeted he joined the Bare Bottom Club. “That was a first,” Adrian said. “I’m glad the timers were paying attention to the strobe light and not what was going on on the blocks. I was on the blocks bending over. What could I do? It was near take your mark. I’m not going to stop.” Natalie Coughlin tweeted from California, “Heard you gave the audience quite a show today.”

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club overtook early leader Katie Hoff, 22, of Naples-based T2 Aquatics in the final 50 meters to win in 4:06.94. “I needed to race because I knew Katie was right there,” Schmitt said. Hoff was second in 4:07.00 and Gillian Ryan, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Early leader Tyler Clary, 23, of Fast Swim Team won in a lifetime-best 3:49.91. Teammate Michael Klueh, 25, was second in 3:50.66 and Conor Dwyer, 23, of Lake Forest was third in 3:51.59. “I am happy that I ended up being faster than this morning,” Clary said. “Now I just have to keep doing what I am doing leading up to the Trials.”

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Olympian Dana Vollmer, 24, of California Aquatics turned it on in the last 50 meters to win by a body length in 57.73 ahead of Claire Donahue, who has been training at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool. Donahue, swimming next to Vollmer, went out fast and led after the first 50 meters in 27.07 ahead of Vollmer (27.21). Vollmer sprinted back in 39.52 ahead of Donahue (32.36) who finished second in 59.43. Caitlin Leverenz was third in 59.56. ”I am still working on the little things, the underwaters and hitting the walls right,” Vollmer said. “I used everything I had coming home.”

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: Kenya’s Jason Dunford went out fast in 24.32 but faded fast as Michael Phelps turned it on in the last 50 in 27.41 to win in 52.23. “There are still small things I have to do between now and Omaha,” Phelps said. Ryan Lochte won the “B” final in a career-best 52.32. Phelps coach Bob Bowman seemed disappointed with the day’s races. He wasn’t happy with Phelps’ prelim swims and called his 100 butterfly final finish “terrible.” “I can’t stand finishes like that and he’s got to start marking that important,” Bowman said. “We’re at a point where details are important and we can’t just keep blowing them off until later. It’s later.”

In the 400-meter freestyle relays, Colorado Stars, with Missy Franklin swimming third leg, won in 3:50.20 and West Virginia won the men’s title in a best time 3:29.52.

The three-day meet continues on Friday with Dara Torres competing in the 50-meter freestyle. Torres is not rested for the meet. The meet will be broadcast by Universal Sports Friday and Saturday, 6-8 p.m. and webcast on usaswimming.org.

THURSDAY SOFLO PRELIM RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter breaststroke: 10. Alia Atkinson 2:31.41.

MEN

200-meter breaststroke: 3. Vlad Polyakov 2:14.98, 26. Nick Schwab 2:22.23 best time, 2:24.60 previous best; 400-meter freestyle: 25. Nick Schwab, Indiana University 4:03.22, best time, 4:03.77 previous best; 200-meter butterfly: 91. Kyle Bandy, West Virginia 59.51.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 141: Olympic Swimming Trials Tickets Go On Sale Friday

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 141: Olympic Swimming Trials Tickets Go On Sale Friday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 29, 2012

Want to watch ageless Dara Torres go after her sixth Olympics?

Spectator tickets for the June 25-July 2 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska go on sale Friday.

The daily tickets will be sold through TicketMaster. The daily tickets will provide admission for prelims and finals on that specific day.

Prices are $80, $65 and $50 for tickets through July 1. Prices for tickets on July 2 (finals only) are $55, $45 and $35.

All-session tickets and four-day packages will still be available after March 30, but those interested must call the box office at the CenturyLink Center to place orders for those special types of tickets.

Torres turns 45 on April 15th. She competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games. She has qualified for the trials in the 50-meter freestyle, her signature event. 

Speedo Suits Not A Hit Down Under

Several Australian Olympic swimmers are unhappy with the new official Speedo suits. Many are calling the suit too slow and say they feel heavy in the water.

There was concern raised during the Aussie selection trials for the London Olympics. Even though Speedo sponsors the Australian team several swimmers refused to wear them. Several British swimmers have also had problems with the suit.

The Australian Olympic Committee extended the deadline for swimmers on the Olympic team to apply for an exemption from having to wear the official Speedo suit from January 27 to April 16.

Officials said Speedo is also trying to alleviate the concerns raised by swimmers mainly over the new Elite Fastskin Pro suit and called it a global problem not just in Australia and Great Britain.

Subway System Honors Phelps

The subway system in London has renamed its stops in honor of several Olympians for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Transport for London’s Olympic Legends Map features 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps as one of its stops. Phelps and boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) were called two of the greatest Olympians of all time and given choice locations along the subway line. The map has changed the names of 361 stations to celebrate Olympic athletes. Phelps got the honor of being the main Olympic spot which is usually known as Stratford. Swimmer Mark Spitz and diver Greg Louganis were also among the athletes selected.

Nyad Is Back Training

Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad is back at it training on her “Xtreme Dream” in St. Maarten’s Simpson Bay in the Caribbean for another attempt to pursue her dream of swimming 103 miles from Cuba to Florida, a feat that could take perhaps 60 non-stop hours of continuous swimming. She has made two attempts, lasting 39 and 41 hours before Mother Nature intervened. The 62-year-old Nyad was followed by 1.3 million Twitter fans during her journey. This summer she will try one last swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad, a former Pine Crest swimmer, is blogging about her training sessions on her Xtreme Dream website.

Leverenz Awarded Honda Sports Award

Caitlin Leverenz of the national champion California Bears won the Honda Sports Award for Swimming, the Collegiate Women’s Sports Award program announced. She is now in contention to win the Honda-Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Leverenz was the top performer at both the Pac 12 and NCAA Championships and is now training toward a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. The junior plans to compete in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley and 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Compete During Busy Weekend Of Swimming

SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Compete During Busy Weekend Of Swimming


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 28, 2012

From Pembroke Pines and Plantation to Indianapolis, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will be busy for the next four days.

SOFLO Olympians Alia Atkinson, Dara Torres and Vlad Polyakov will compete in the Indianapolis Grand Prix at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Polyakov, a two-time Olympian for Kazakhstan will be looking for Olympic cut times in the FINA-approved meet in the breaststroke events.

Atkinson, a two-time Olympian for Jamaica, is also looking for her Olympic cuts in the breaststroke and individual medley events.

Torres, a five-time U.S. Olympian, already has her U.S. Olympic trials cut in the 50-meter freestyle, her signature event. She is looking for some good racing and another test for her surgically-repaired knee.

The Grand Prix is the fifth stop of the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series and one of the last meets before the London Olympics four months from now.

The Grand Prix meet will feature most of the nation’s top swimmers including 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Amanda Beard, Jessica Hardy and Missy Franklin.

Prelims will start 8:30 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. Universal Sports will broadcast the finals on Saturday and Sunday 6-8 p.m. USA Swimming will also provide a live webcast of the meet.

Because of the popularity of the meet and entry cap filling up quickly, the March 29-31 Purdue Invitational was created for the surplus of swimmers shut out of the Grand Prix.

SOFLO has entered twelve swimmers in the meet at Purdue which has a faster pool than IUPUI. The swimmers are Jessie Alcaide, Keegan Boisson-Yates, Brandon Goldman, Emily Greenwood, Emma Lincoln, Maria Lopez, Mariangela Macchiavello, Marcella and Melissa Marinheiro, Sharntelle McLean and Luke Torres. Atkinson may also compete in the meet.

The meet will serve as a gauge for swimmers coming off high altitude training camps in Mexico and Utah.

Open Water Challenge

The SOFLO/Comets Swim Team and Booster Club will host the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Challenge on Saturday morning at 9 at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

The 50-meter heated Olympic outdoor pool will be re-configured with buoys to resemble a safe, controlled open water circuit.

The distances are 1K, 3K and 5K and will serve as a tuneup for local triathlons and April 21 Nike Swim Miami.

SOFLO has 75 swimmers from the Academic Village pool training site competing including Kelley Heron, Michelle Marinheiro, Stephanie Mlujeak, Jack Davies, Nicolas Rossi and Leonardo Mateus.

From the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex training site, SOFLO’s Isabella Pittinger and sisters Megan and Sarah Schimansky will compete.

Short Course Last Chance Meet

SOFLO is sending eight swimmers to the Florida Gold Coast Short Course Last Chance Meet at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex Saturday and Sunday.

The 25-yard short course meet is a final chance for swimmers to improve their short course times before the long course meters season. The timed final meet begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

SOFLO swimmers competing are Leonie Davies, 15; Amber Hunter, 16; Daniela Jimenez, 16; Evelin Jimenez, 16; Roger Capote, 16; Edward Kon, 15; William Perry III, 15; and Jacob Walters, 16.

Also competing is Christian Riobo in the 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley. Riobo, 18, trained at the SOFLO/Comets’ Academic Village Pool until 2008 when his family moved to Canada.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski Just Misses Olympic Spot At Canadian Trials, Takes Bronze Medal

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski Just Misses Olympic Spot At Canadian Trials, Takes Bronze Medal


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 27, 2012

Caroline Kuczynski gave it her best shot Tuesday night.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer just missed making her first Olympic team after finishing third in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.66 seconds at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials at the Olympic Pool in Montreal’s Olympic Park Sport Center.

Kuczynski, 21, a junior at Arizona State and member of Pointe-Claire, Quebec Swim Club, was the second fastest qualifier after morning prelims in a best time of 59.65 behind favorite Katerine Savard.

Her previous long course best was 59.95.

In prelims, Kuczynski went out in 27.97 seconds and was fourth at the turn before turning it on. There were 116 swimmers in the 100-meter butterfly field.

In finals, Kuczynski was fifth at the turn in 27.94 and made up ground in the last 50 meters.

Kuczynski tweeted after her race: “No London for me, but can’t be too disappointed with a bronze medal at Olympic Trials. Look out Rio 2016. I’m looking for you. Thanks for the endless support everyone. Could not be here without my family, teammates and friends.”

The Montreal-born Kuczynski was seeded sixth going into the event and finishes as Canada’s third fastest flyer.

Eighteen-year-old Savard, the morning’s top seed, won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.45 to edge MacKenzie Downing in 58.86 and Kuczynski. She led from start-to-finish and went out in 27.22.

“It was an incredible experience,” Savard said. “I was a little disappointed with the time but it’s only going to make me work harder heading toward the Games.”

Savard, a Canadian national record holder and one of her country’s brightest young stars, was one of six swimmers to earn nominations to Canada’s Olympic team. The others were Savannah King, Scott Dickens, Alec Page, Brittany MacLean and Blake Worsley.

Several swimmers who finished second failed to make the FINA qualifying standard time.

The top two finishers in all individual events can be nominated to the Olympic team but must meet the FINA standard.

MacLean, 18, the top seed, lowered one of the longest standing national records in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:06.08. The previous mark was 4:07.32.

“I knew it was going to be a good race, I trained so hard for this day,” MacLean said. “I didn’t know it was going to be that good.”

King also qualified in the 400-meter freestyle under the Olympic qualifying standard in 4:07.02.

Dickens, a 2004 Olympian, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.43 after flirting with the national record and going 1:00.39 in prelims to earn the top seed.

“We broke down everything in my training and took a risk,” said Dickens after failing to make the team in 2008. “It was really scary at the start but it paid off. I couldn’t be happier.”

Page, 18, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:17.78.

In a close race, Worsley won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.06.

“I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I was a little kid and I’m excited to see what I can do there this summer,” Worsley said.

Said Swimming Canada CEO Pierre Lafontaine: “You’re looking at a bunch of young, up and coming kids who are setting the tone.”

The six-day meet continues through Sunday.

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