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


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.

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

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


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