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

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Girls Rule IMX Challenge; Heron, Schimansky Lead Battle Of The Sexes

SOFLO Girls Rule IMX Challenge; Heron, Schimansky Lead Battle Of The Sexes


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 24, 2012

Led by Kelley Heron’s four victories, South Florida Aquatic Club girls team dominated the IMX Swimming Challenge Saturday at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

The format featured 10 individual mixed events and one fun relay.

The girl swimmers captured seven of the 10 individual events while the boys took three.

Heron, 12, posted career post times in two of her four wins.

Heron won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:39.79, bettering her previous best of 2:44.35. She won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:15.76, bettering her previous best of 1:17.80.

Heron also won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:25.81 and 400-meter freestyle in 4:59.77.

Sarah Schimansky, 8, won two events, the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter freestyle and posted one career-best time. She won the 50-meter breaststroke in 50.46, bettering her previous best of 52.16 and 50-meter freestyle in 37.88.

Schimansky was also third in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 48.24, dropping from 50.78 and third in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time of 52.29, dropping from 1:02.39.

Sara Quintero, 8, of Comets Swim Team won the 50-meter butterfly in a best time of 51.01, bettering her previous best of 1:03.76. Quintero was also second in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 46.49, dropping from 53.11, second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 41.24, dropping from 46.74 and third in the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 55.54, dropping from 1:03.53.

SOFLO boys were led by Joshua Hanks, CJ Kopecki and Rafael Rodriguez.

Hanks, 8, won the 50-meter backstroke in 45.77. He was also second in the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 52.31, dropping from 54.42 and second in the 50-meter butterfly in 51.95. Hanks was third in the 50-meter freestyle in 41.37.

Kopecki, 12, won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:15.72, bettering his previous best of 1:48.84. He was also second in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:39.79, dropping from 2:44.35. Kopecki was third in he 400-meter freestyle in 5:07.53.

Rodriguez, 10, won the 200-meter freestyle in a personal best time of 2:34.08, bettering his previous best of 2:39.51.

The IMX Swimming Challenge is a USA Swimming motivational program where swimmers are scored on their performances in a combination of five or six events.

The purpose of the program is to promote versatility in age group swimming and swimmers will get a chance to see how they stack up against other swimmers throughout the nation. It also promotes participation and development in more than one event and stroke.

MIXED RESULTS (Top 5 finishers)

200-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:39.75; SOFLO: 2. CJ Kopecki 2:42.55, 3. Kevin Porto 2:44.02, 4. Bianca Monti 2:44.91, 5. Bruno Berti 2:46.28.

50-meter backstroke:

8-and-under, 1. Joshua Hanks, SOFLO 45.77; COMETS: 2. Sara Quintero 46.49, 4. Zackary Harris 49.82, 5. Gretchen Montgomery 52.28; SOFLO: 3. Sarah Schimansky 48.24.

100-meter backstroke:

12-and-under: 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:15.76; SOFLO: 2. Andres Lares 1:16.82, 3. Isabella Pittinger 1:17.30, 4. Bruno Berti 1:17.33, 5. Samuel Quintero 1:20.33.

50-meter breaststroke:

8-and-under, 1. Sarah Schimansky, SOFLO 50.43; SOFLO: 2. Joshua Hanks 52.31, 3. Sara Quintero 55.54, 4. Olivia Mason 57.50, 5. Gretchen Montgomery 1:00.30.

100-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 1:25.81; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 1:29.31, 3. Bianca Monti 1:29.49, 4. CJ Kopecki 1:30.56, 5. Tyler Gibson 1:31.46.

50-meter butterfly:

8-and-under, 1. Sara Quintero, Comets Swim Team 51.01; SOFLO: 2. Joshua Hanks 51.95, 3. Sarah Schimansky 52.29, CSSC: 4. Olivia Mason 54.66, COMETS: 5. Zackary Harris 59.84.

100-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 1:15.72; SOFLO: 2. Andres Lares 1:16.13, 3. Bianca Monti 1:16.67, 4. Kelley Heron 1:20.03, 5. Samuel Quintero 1:21.23.

50-meter freestyle:

8-and-under, 1. Sarah Schimansky, SOFLO 37.88; COMETS: 2. Sara Quintero 41.24, SOFLO: 3. Joshua Hanks 41.37, CSSC: 4. Brian Gonzalez 42.64, 5. Olivia Mason 43.32.

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:34.80, 2. Vanessa Mesa 2:37.86, 3. Annita Huang 2:39.35, 4. Brandon Moran 2:39.53, 5. Bryant Segui 2:39.62.

400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 4:59.77; SOFLO: 2. Bianca Monti 5:06.57, 3. CJ Kopecki 5:07.53, 4. Delanie Perez 5:09.31, 5. Andrea Bucaro 5:09.88.

200-meter fun relay:

12-and-under, 1. SOFLO “S” 1:53.00, 2. SOFLO “W” 2:09.00, 3. SOFLO “Y” 2:21.98, 4. SOFLO “V” 2:27.84, 5. SOFLO “X” 3:16.20.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com