SOFLO’s Davies Leads Race, Gets Out-Touched At Finish Of Open Water All-Star Challenge

SOFLO’s Davies Leads Race, Gets Out-Touched At Finish Of Open Water All-Star Challenge

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WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 29, 2012

Leonie Davies, a late addition to the All-Star roster, was leading the 5K girls’ race until the finish when she got out-touched by Casey Francis by 1/10th of a second Saturday at the annual Florida Swimming-Florida Gold Coast All-Star Challenge at Miromar Lakes in Fort Myers.

Francis, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, won the 15-18 age group title in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 7 seconds.

Davies, 15, one of South Florida Aquatic Club’s top swimmers competing in her final Florida All-Stars event, finished in 1:05:08. Davies was also fifth in the Fran Crippen Mile Saturday night in 22:29.

Davies is moving to Texas with her family on June 9, two days after her last day of school at West Broward High School. Davies plans to continue her swimming career with The Woodlands Swim Team.

“After leading the 5K for 4,999 yards, I got out-touched, but still happy with second,” Davies tweeted after the race on Twitter.

At the finish, Francis had the advantage of reaching the finish board first by positioning herself inside. Davies was more at an angle coming in more from the outside, according to SOFLO coach Megan Garland, a member of the All-Star coaching staff.

“It happens,” Davies said during the bus ride home. “It’s something I learned for next time. We were both going into the board. I was just at a strange angle to the board and she was closer. She is a very good swimmer in the pool. Everyone thinks so highly of her. If I had to lose to someone, I am glad it was her.

“It was a great race. I think I had a pretty good swim. It’s one of my smartest races. I have to work on the back end with my coach. I can work on sprinting the back end. I can do better on it next time when I am in that situation.”

Racing conditions were ideal for the race with the water temperature at 79 degrees.

“There were parts where I could see the bottom of the lake,” Davies said. “I’m not a big fan of that. I am glad it wasn’t salt water.”

Davies has enjoyed great success in several open water swims including Swim Miami. She hopes one day to swim the English Channel. “I want to do that, it’s a long range goal,” Davies said.

For Davies, her runner-up finish was another confidence-booster.

“It felt good to know I can compete with these girls,” Davies said. “I barely made the team and to know I was leading all the girls shows me just because you don’t have a specialty in one event, you can be very good in another thing.

“I do like open water, it’s not as restricted as the pool. Every open water swim is different. Time doesn’t matter because every course is different and the conditions always change. Hopefully, it’s one of my strengths.”

Davies said she will miss her team and teammates.

“It’s bittersweet,” Davies said. “I did a lot better this year than previous years. I am glad our team did well and I was a member of the team. I wish the best for SOFLO.”

Davies was one of nine SOFLO swimmers named to the FGC All-Star open water team.

In other SOFLO results:

Kelley Heron, 12, tied for second in the 11-12 2.5K race in 38 minutes and 12 seconds. Andrea Bucaro, 12, was eighth in 41:46 and Bianca Monti, 12, was ninth in 42:03.

Nicholas Perera, 12, was the top boys’ finisher placing third in the 11-12 2.5K race in 37:35 just ahead of teammate Kevin Porto, 12, in 37:36. CJ Kopecki was seventh in 38:44.

In the boys’ 5K, Julien Pinon, 13, was sixth in 1:09:10. Alfedo Mesa was seventh in 1:12:41.

In the team results, Florida Gold Coast boys edged Florida Swimming, 56-55; Florida Swimming girls defeated Florida Gold Coast, 57.50-53.50; and Florida Swimming won the combined team title, 112.50-109.50, in one of the closest finishes in race history.

In the Fran Crippen Mile Saturday night, SOFLO’s Vanessa Mesa, 10, won the 10-and-under age group in 3:42 for 500 meters and teammate Kelley Heron, 12, won the 11-12 mile in 23:10. Garland, 25, was eighth in 25:33. In the boys’ mile competition, Alfredo Mesa won the 13-14 age group in 22:13. Perera was second in the 11-12 in 22:59.

ALL-STAR CHALLENGE RESULTS

GIRLS 2.5K

11-12: 1. Maria Ruppert-Gomez, Florida 38.02; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 38.12, 8. Andrea Bucaro 41:46, 9. Bianca Monti 42:03.

GIRLS 5K

13-14: 1. Megan Moroney, FGC 1:08:54; 15-18: 1. Casey Francis, FGC 1:05:07; SOFLO: 2. Leonie Davies 1:05:08.

BOYS 2.5K

11-12: 1. Santiago Corredor, Florida 37:18; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Perera 37:35, 4. Kevin Porto 37:36, 7. CJ Kopecki 38:44.

BOYS 5K

13-14: 1. Eric Ordaz, Florida 1:06:05; SOFLO: 6. Julien Pinon 1:09:10, 7. Alfredo Mesa 1:12:41; 15-18: 1. Sam Smiddy, FGC 1:03:30.

FRAN CRIPPEN MILE

GIRLS

10-and-under: 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 3:42, 500 meters; 11-12: 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 23:10; SOFLO: 4. Bianca Monti 23:50, 5. Andrea Bucaro 24:07; 13-14: 1. Jordan Stout, Unattached 22:22; 15-16: 1. Isabella Paez, FGC 22:11; SOFLO: 5. Leonie Davies 22:29; 17-and-over pro: 1. Ashley Twichell, Unattached 19:40; 17-and-over: 1. Kaitlin Pawlowicz, Unattached 21:39; SOFLO: 8. Megan Garland 25:33.

BOYS

10-and-under: 1. Zachary Brewer, Unattached 3:46; 11-12, 1. Santiago Corredor, Unattached 21:49; SOFLO: 2. Nicholas Perera 22:59, 4. Kevin Porto 23:11, 7. CJ Kopecki 24:07; 13-14: 1. Alfredo Mesa, SOFLO 22:13; SOFLO: 6. Julien Pinon 23:01; 15-16: 1. Ronald Santos, FGC 20:50; 17-and-over pro: 1. Dan O’Connor, Unattached 19:36; 17-and-over: 1. Sam Smiddy, FGC 20:57.

Twichell Doubles At USA Swimming Nationals

After winning the women’s 10K title on Friday and Fran Crippen Mile on Saturday, Duke alum Ashley Twichell won the women’s 5K Open Water National Championship on Sunday at Miromar Lakes.

Twichell made her move at the start for the front of the pack and broke away at the 2.5K mark.

In the final 500 meters, former Michigan swimmer Emily Brunemann caught up and made it a race getting out-touched by Twichell by 3/100ths of a second in 58:54.17. Brunemann finished in 58:54.47. Christine Jennings was third in 59:11.01.

“That’s how these races go,” Twichell said. “You race really hard for 40 minutes and then you push yourself harder for the final 15 minutes. For the last 500 meters it was pretty much an all-out sprint.

“I got touched-out like three times at the world championships last summer. That kind of replays in my mind weekly. That was good for me to be able to finish strong.”

Twichell is the first swimmer to sweep both national titles since Chloe Sutton in 2007.

“I was definitely tired,” Twichell admitted. “The last 1,000 meters was pretty painful.”

California teenager David Heron, 17, a junior in high school, outkicked the field in the fall 500 meters to win the men’s title in 57:50.92. Jordan Wilimovsky was second in 57:53.97 and Daniel O’Connor third in 57:55.83. Heron had finished third in Friday’s 10K.

Alex Meyer, coming off a broken collarbone, led early in the race for the first 1500 meters and ended up eighth. Meyer, the men’s Olympic qualifier for London 2012, is working his way back from the injury.

“I didn’t know where I was at the end,” Heron said. “I just wanted to pass as many people as I could and finish first. I was a little tired from the 10K but I felt pretty good. I didn’t really use my legs. I’m not good kicking.”

In the Masters 5K competition, Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett won the race in 1:06:57. Bennett is training on a regular basis and expected to come out of retirement and begin competing on a regular basis in the fall. She did a recent photo shoot for FINIS, one of her sponsors. She got the chance recently to work out with her old coach, Peter Banks, while he was visiting the Tampa area.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 148: Felipe Silva Swims Textile-Best In Sprint Breaststroke

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 148: Felipe Silva Swims Textile-Best In Sprint Breaststroke


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 27, 2012

Despite bad weather, Brazilian Felipe Silva swam a textile-best to win the 50-meter breaststroke Friday at the rain-soaked Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The reigning world champion won the non-Olympic sprint event in 26.87 seconds, bettering the previous best of 26.90 by Cameron van der Burgh at last year’s World Championships.

Silva has 11 of the fastest swims in the history of the event.

Weather continued to deteriorate throughout the day at the outdoor Maria Lenk Stadium contributing to slower-than-usual times in the championship meet which is serving as an Olympic qualifier for Brazil.

In other championship finals:

Ana Carvalho won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.78.

Juan Pereira of Argentina won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:58.40, an Argentine national record.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.37 for her second victory of the meet. Daynara de Paula was second in 55.47, her fastest time since 2009.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte avenged her loss in the 200-meter individual medley by winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.41, two seconds faster than she swam last year. Joanna Maranhao, winner of the 200 IM, was second in 4:42.32.

Brazilian Thiago Pereira won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:13.48, moving him into the world’s Top 10 in the event. Pereira swept the IM events.

Cesar Cielo, the swimmer of the meet, went virtually unchallenged to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.28, sixth fastest in the world this year. Marcelo Chierighini was second in 49.05.

Legendary Coach “Sticks” Ballatore Dies

As University of Florida swimmer Elizabeth Beisel put it, “the swimming world lost an amazing coach, friend and father today.” Hall of Fame swim coach Ron “Sticks” Ballatore, head men’s coach of NCAA champion UCLA (1977-1994) died of cancer Friday in a Gainesville hospice. The five-time Olympic coach was 71. Ballatore also coached at University of Florida (1996-1999).

State high school water polo

The FHSAA State Water Polo Tournament continues Saturday at Ransom Everglades. In the boys’ semifinals, Winter Park plays St. Thomas Aquinas at noon. Lake Nona plays the winner of Gulliver Prep-St. Andrew’s game at 1:30 p.m. In the girls’ bracket, Winter Park plays Westminster Academy at 9 a.m. and host Ransom Everglades plays Lake Nona at 10:30 a.m. The state final is 4 p.m. In early games, Westminster Academy girls (20-0) defeated Oviedo, 17-9, behind Caroline Israels’ 11 goals. Hollywood Hills girls lost to Winter Park, 19-6. Winter Park boys defeated Cypress Bay 20-12. St. Thomas Aquinas (21-3) eliminated Oviedo, 19-5 behind RJ Moore’s nine goals and Eric Goldenberg’s six goals.

Miscellaneous

The game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” celebrates American Pride Week this week (April 30-May 4 and May 7) with a special series devoted to celebrating everything that makes America great including Olympians. Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Dara Torres, Florida’s Ryan Lochte and gymnasts Dominique Dawes and Jonathan Horton will compete on two-person teams on Friday, May 4 and Monday, May 7. Their winnings will be donated to the U.S. Olympic Committee…Synchro de Mayo is National Synchronized Swimming Week, May 1-6.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Twichell, Gemmell Win 10K Open Water National Titles; SOFLO Swimmers Compete Saturday

Twichell, Gemmell Win 10K Open Water National Titles; SOFLO Swimmers Compete Saturday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 27, 2012

Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson kept their Olympic dream alive on a sun-drenched Friday at Miromar Lakes during the Open Water Festival in Fort Myers.

Twichell, a newcomer to the sport a year ago, turned on the after jets with 1,500 meters to go to win the USA Swimming 10K Open Water National Championship. The Duke University graduate won the 6.2-mile race in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 6.03 seconds for her first open water national title.

With Twichell leading by 50 seconds, Anderson fought off a strong pack of swimmers and took off with 300 meters left to clinch second place in 2:03:50.44.

By securing the top two spots, Twichell and Anderson earned a trip to Setubal, Portugal for the June 9th Olympic Qualifier Event. They must finish in the Top 15 at the final Olympic qualifier to go to the London Olympics.

In the men’s race with no Olympic qualifying significance since Alex Meyer earned the men’s berth for London, Andrew Gemmell, 20, of Georgia and 2009 World 10K silver medalist, won the men’s race with a strong kick to win in 1:58:03.87. Fort Lauderdale’s Joey Pedraza of Davie Nadadores was fourth in 1:58:15.91 and was named to the national team. Pedraza was just out-touched at the finishing pad by David Heron of Mission Viejo for third.

Janardan Burns of Mission Viejo was second.

Meyer, the defending 10K national champion coming off a broken collarbone, played it safe and finished tenth in 1:58:47.35.

With 25 swimmers in the field including 14-year-old Becca Mann of Clearwater, the women’s race took center stage. Water temperature was 78 degrees and weather conditions were ideal.

Twichell was one of the pre-race favorites. She won two medals at the 2011 World Swimming Championships and moved to California to train under Coach Bill Rose of the Mission Viejo Nadadores after college. She trained in high altitude before the national championships.

“I am really excited about qualifying,” Twichell said after the race. “This past year has been a whirlwind. I’m really excited to continue the experience.

“I was debating where to make my move the whole time,” Twichell said. “I was telling myself to do it at the 5K at first, but I tried to conserve as much energy as possible and at the last turn I picked up the tempo and felt really strong. I felt really good and comfortable.”

Anderson of University of Southern California, was one of eight swimmers contending for second place.

“I knew it was going to be a race to get second,” Anderson said. “I like to stay relaxed for the first 5K, I don’t care where I am in the first 5K. I like to be in the back and work my way up. I have some speed. I was in the back and at the halfway I was in the Top 10. It worked out. Each race I keep learning even more. I’m really excited to qualify.”

Mann, the youngest swimmer in the race, led a lead pack of six swimmers for the first two laps and finished 11th in 2:06.32.

The top six qualifying for the U.S. national team are Twichell, Anderson, Christine Jennings (2:03:56.4), Eva Fabian (2:03:56.5), Tristan Baxter (2:03:57) and Gillian Ryan (2:03:58).

The top three 18-and-under finishers who qualified for this year’s Junior Pan Pacs team are Gillian Ryan, Rachel Zilinskas and Mann.

On Saturday, age group open water swimmers will take center stage with nine South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, members of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team taking on Florida Swimming in the annual All-Star Challenge Cup.

Representing SOFLO are Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Sophia Bucaro, Melissa Marinheiro, Leonie Davies, Kevin Porto, Nicholas Perera, Ricardo Roche and Julien Pinon.

The 15-18 5K begins at 8 a.m. followed by the 13-14 5K at 9:30 a.m. and 2.5K for 11-12 swimmers at 11 a.m. A 1K race for kids 10-and-under will finish up the youth races. The second annual Crippen Sunset Mile, named after distance swimmer Fran Crippen, who died tragically during a FINA event in Abu Dhabi in 2010, tops off the day’s events.

The races will be webcast online at Florida Swim Network.

SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland is a member of the All-Star coaching staff.

Elite swimmers return on Sunday for the 5K open water national championship at 8:30 a.m. The Gulf Coast Swim Team will host its event for local swimmers at 11 a.m.

The race returned to southwest Florida this year after being relocated last year to Fort Lauderdale because of concerns over water temperatures and heat exhaustion.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 147: Two Textile-Bests Fall On Day 3 Of Maria Lenk Trophy Meet

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 147: Two Textile-Bests Fall On Day 3 Of Maria Lenk Trophy Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 26, 2012

Back-to-back new textile-best men’s and women’s times in the 50-meter butterfly highlighted third day action at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A day after Brazilian Cesar Cielo came close to swimming a textile-best in the 50-meter freestyle, came back to better the existing time in the men’s 50-meter butterfly in 22.76, bettering the old mark of 22.96 held by Roland Schoeman. The time also shattered Brazilian and South American records.

Cielo’s time made him the fourth fastest in history of the race.

In the women’s 50-meter butterfly, Jeanette Ottesen swam a textile-best 25.29 to better Therese Alshammar’s old textile-best of 25.37. It was the third best swim in history.

Wind and rain played havoc at the outdoor meet and some coaches complained that the times were wind-aided.

In other championship finals:

Leonardo de Deus broke a meet record in the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.38. Current national record holder Thiago Pereira finished just .01 seconds behind in 1:57.39.

Felipe Silva broke the minute-barrier twice and won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.83 after going 59.63 (third fastest in the world this year) in morning prelims. Henrique Barbosa was second in 1:00.54. Olympic qualifier Felipe Lima was fourth in 1:00.62. Five swimmers have broke the minute barrier in the event so far this year.

World runner-up Lotte Friis of Denmark won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:26.98, sixth fastest time in the world this year.

Laure Manaoudou of France won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.77.

Ana Carvalho won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.53.

Miscellaneous

Coral Springs Swim Club five-time Olympian Dara Torres is among 18 Olympians suing Samsung Corp. over a Facebook app they said misuses their names and images. Mark Spitz, Janet Evans, Greg Louganis, Cullen Jones, Amanda Beard, Jessica Hardy and several others filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. The athletes object to the Samsung Olympic Genome Project which shows Facebook users how they are connected to famous Olympians. The complaint said Samsung has been running the Olympic Genome Project since March without the permission to use the athletes’ names and images. Samsung said it was disappointed by the lawsuit. USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said the USOC and Samsung began the Olympic Genome Project so Americans could find connections with U.S. athletes and not as a way to commercialize athletes’ names…Olympian Natalie Coughlin was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night along with singer Moby and actress Diane Keaton…Olympic breaststroker Rebecca Soni is featured in this week’s Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 146: Cielo Comes Close To Fastest Sprint Freestyle In Textile Suit

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 146: Cielo Comes Close To Fastest Sprint Freestyle In Textile Suit


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 25, 2012

Reigning world and Olympic champion Cesar Cielo came close to swimming the world’s fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle in a textile suit Wednesday night at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Brazilian won the men’s event in 21.38 seconds, nearly breaking Fred Bousquet’s world textile best of 21.36. Cielo owns the world record of 20.91. Bousquet was also in the field, placing third in 21.79.

Cielo did swim faster than his World Championships time of 21.52 to move into the No. 1 spot in the world rankings.

In other finals:

In an upset, Joanna Maranho won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.63, edging Mireia Belmonte of Spain in 2:14.66.

Brazilian Thiago Pereira won the men’s 200-meter individual medley in a textile-best 1:57.11, the second fastest time in the world this year behind Michael Phelps’ 1:56.32.

Denmark’s Jeannette Ottesen won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.06 after qualifying in 24.98 in morning prelims. Ottesen also won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.64.

Brazilian Henrique Silva won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.46.

Luiz Arapiraca won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.73 just ahead of Lucas Kanieski in 15:22.95.

Gators Take Honors

Thirty-four University of Florida swimmers and divers were named to the 2011-12 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll. The Gators had 20 women and 14 men. Seniors Teresa Crippen and Brian Howell were among honorees. Diver Mikey Lewark of Davie was also on the honor roll.

Lurz, Cunha Win Open Water Titles

Thomas Lurz of Germany and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, former winner of the ISHOF Roughwater Swim, won the overall men’s and women’s titles at the FINA World Cup in Cancun, Mexico. Lurz won in 1:57.16. Cunha won in 2:09:14. Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli, who trains at Southern California, made his open water debut. The 2008 Olympic champion in the 1500 meters finished 11th, in 1:57.32, just 16 seconds behind the winner.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Well-Represented At Fort Myers Open Water Festival This Weekend

SOFLO Well-Represented At Fort Myers Open Water Festival This Weekend


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 25, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club will have nine swimmers competing in the Florida Gold Coast Open Water Boys and Girls All-Star Team races Saturday at the Open Water Festival in Fort Myers.

Five girls and four boys were invited based on short course times in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle events.

The SOFLO girls competing are Kelley Heron, coming off an outstanding showing at the IMX Swimming Challenge this past weekend; Jessica Rodriguez, Sophia Bucaro, Melissa Marinheiro and Leonie Davies, coming off an impressive showing at Swim Miami last Saturday.

The boys are Kevin Porto, Nicholas Perera, Ricardo Roche and Julien Pinon.

The SOFLO contingent is part of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star Team that will compete against Florida Swimming in the Open Water All-Star Challenge Cup on Saturday in Miromar Lakes.

The distance races are 2.5K for 12-and-unders at 10:45 a.m. and 5K for 13-14 and 15-18 at 8 and 9:30 a.m. respectively. The Fran Crippen Sunset Mile will also be held.

SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland is a member of the all-star coaching staff. The team will be treated to a practice session and pasta dinner Friday night at Miromar Lakes Beach Club. Meet director is Gregg Cross.

On Friday, most of the nation’s top open water swimmers will compete in the 10K Open Water National Championships.

Women will be shooting for one of the top two spots to be able to swim at the final Olympic qualifier in June. For the men, the Friday event has no official bearing on the Olympic selection process. It does count however for the open water national team selections.

National team and junior national team selections will both be based on the event.

Heading the women’s field is Christine Jennings, who was 13th at the first Olympic qualification meet. Last December Jennings broke her leg sprinting on the beach at the finish of an open water race in Brazil and is now back swimming. Jennings will be joined by Ashley Twichell, the 2011 U.S. Open Water Swimmer of the Year and Fran Crippen Foundation Award recipient. Twichell recently relocated to Mission Viejo where she trains with coach Bill Rose and distance swimmer Chloe Sutton. Evan Fabian, another top swimmer, will compete along with Haley Anderson, Emily Brunemann and Claire Thompson. Local swimmer Damaris Iriondo, now at Princeton, and 14-year-old Becca Mann of Clearwater Aquatic Team are top Florida swimmers competing.

Alex Meyer of Crimson Aquatics, Arthur Frayler of Germantown Academy and Andrew Gemmell head the men’s 10K field. Among local swimmers are University of Florida trio Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics, Joey Pedraza of Davie Nadadores and Thomas Veale of Pine Crest Swimming and Sam Smiddy of AK Sharks.

There will also be a Masters 5K event.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 145: Records Fall On Opening Night Of Maria Lenk Trophy Meet

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 145: Records Fall On Opening Night Of Maria Lenk Trophy Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 24, 2012

Brazilian Daniel Orzechowski swam the fastest time in the world in the 50-meter backstroke Tuesday at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Orzechowski won the sprint race in 24.44 moving into the No. 1 spot in the world rankings and breaking the previous meet record of 24.49. American Eugene Godsoe was third in 25.01, sixth fastest in the world.

Danish world champion Lotte Friis broke the meet record in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.65. The previous record was 1:59.78. Friis also won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:11.76.

Brazilian Joao de Lucca, a sophomore at the University of Louisville, broke the only other meet record of the day in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.26. American Charlie Houchin, who started his own pro team, IX3 and is training in Jacksonville, was third in 1:48.83.

Other individual winners were:

Brazilian Tales Cerdeira, nursing a pulled right thigh muscle, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.40 ahead of Felipe Lima in 2:12.82. He swam 2:10.37 in prelims, the only swimmer to dip under the FINA A qualifying standard of 2:11.74 for the Olympics.

Fabiola Molina won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.74 ahead of Laure Manaudou in 28.81.

Pamela Souza won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.66.

The meet is serving as another qualifying meet for Brazil’s Olympic team.

International notes

Top German breaststroker Hendrik Feldwehr may miss next month’s Berlin Olympic trials because of a recent dryland training injury. Feldwehr has a serious hip injury and is not training three weeks out from the team selection trials for London. Feldwehr injured his adductor muscle in his left hip while lifting weights.

National notes

California’s Tom Shields broke a 26-year-old pool record in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.90 at the TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Championships in Mission Viejo, Calif. Shields broke the record of 53.35 set by Olympian Pablo Morales. In other key races, Eric Shanteau won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.47; Chloe Sutton won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:35.38 edging Ashley Twichell in 16:35.70.  Lyndsay DePaul of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter butterfly in 59.84. Chad La Tourette of Mission Viejo won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:59.31. Rebecca Soni won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.43. After swimming 1:07.93 in prelims, Jessica Hardy scratched from the final denying fans of a long awaited matchup.

Also at the meet, Steve West, 40, of Novaquatics broke a FINA masters world age group record and pool meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.68. The record is unsanctioned because the meet is not sanctioned by U.S. Masters Swimming. At 39, West became the oldest man to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.65…Janet Evans, a 40-year-old mother of two, finished third in the 400-meter freestyle consolation final in 4:19.40. She barely missed making the final by 2/100ths of a second. She finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle. “I’m very pleased with the meet and where I am in my progress,” Evans told reporters.

College notes

University of Texas hired former Georgia assistant coach Carol Capitani as head women’s swimming and diving coach. Capitani replaces Kim Brackin, who was dismissed earlier this month after six seasons. Capitani has spent 14 years at Georgia, serving most recently as associate head coach the last two seasons. Capitani signed a five-year contract with the Longhorns…Head coach Cristina Teuscher is leaving Yale after two seasons as women’s coach. She has taken a position in the corporate world in New York City.

American Heritage senior Yousef Alaskari, who trains with the Davie Nadadores and competes for Kuwait internationally, signed a letter of intent to swim for the University of Georgia. Alaskari was the top high school swimmer in Broward County this season.

University of South Carolina had the top GPA ranking of 3.62 among women’s teams in the NCAA Division I Scholar All-America team rankings and Yale edged Villanova, 3.59-3.58 among men’s teams.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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