SOFLO’s Biro, Schimansky, Burt Win On Opening Day Of IMR, IMX Meets

SOFLO’s Biro, Schimansky, Burt Win On Opening Day Of IMR, IMX Meets


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 6, 2012

Delaney Biro, Megan Schimansky and Collin Burt won individual events Saturday at the back-to-back FLA IMR Challenge and FLA IMX Challenge Meets at Florida Atlantic University Aquatic Complex in Boca Raton. 

Biro, 10, was a double winner. She won the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle in a best time of 1:12.83, bettering her previous best of 1:21.61.

Biro also won the 50-meter backstroke in 40.82, another best time bettering her previous best of 43.32. Biro was second in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:25.64.

Schimansky, 12, won the 11-12 50-meter backstroke in a best time of 37.44 bettering her previous best time of 38.16. She was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:19.98. She was also fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time of 2:32.05, bettering her previous best of 2:39.52.

Collin Burt, 13, won the 100-meter backstroke with nearly a four-second margin in 1:20.89. He was seventh in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:35.77.

Carter Carlson, 10, was second in the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle in a best time of 1:16.06, bettering his previous best of 1:20.65. He was also second in the 200-meter individual medley in 3:15.13, fourth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:33.84 and fifth in the 50-meter backstroke in 44.92.

Catharine Cooper, 12, was second in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in 2:27.39.

Connor Marks, 9, was second in the 10-and-under 50-meter backstroke in a best time of 42.18, bettering his previous best of 45.05. He was also third in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:32.13 and fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:21.39, another personal best bettering his previous best of 1:22.26.

Andres McKeon, 10, was second in the 10-and-under 100-meter backstroke in 1:31.13.

The USA Swimming-sanctioned motivational meets gave swimmers and coaches an idea of how they compare to other swimmers around the nation in their age group while helping them get to the next level in their swimming careers.

The future looks bright for the 27 South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, ages 8-13, who competed on the opening day of the two-day meet.

SATURDAY RESULTS

IMR Challenge

GIRLS

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Delaney Biro, SOFLO 1:12.83; SOFLO: 5. Sarah Schimansky 1:23.96, 10. Lydia Szakacs 1:29.94.

200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Marissa Brannan, Team FLA 2:27.09; SOFLO: 2. Catharine Cooper 2:27.39, 4. Megan Schimansky 2:32.05, 5. Hannah Virgin 2:33.94, 8. Luisa Suzuki 2:36.43, 16. Daniela Gomez 2:53.75.

13-14, 1. Jessica Conway, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:14.86.

15-and-over, 1. Jessica Nederlanden, WA 2:15.63.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Delaney Biro, SOFLO 40.82; SOFLO: 13. Sarah Schimansky 51.92, 15. Lydia Szakacs 53.41.

11-12, 1. Megan Schimansky, SOFLO 37.44; SOFLO: 4. Hannah Virgin 39.54, 9. Luisa Suzuki 42.29, 11. Daniela Gomez 42.66.

100-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Jessica Conway, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:13.71.

15-and-over, 1. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 1:17.39.

BOYS

100-meter freestyle

10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, Unattached 1:12.86; SOFLO; 2. Carter Carlson 1:16.06, 4. Connor Marks 1:21.39, 6. Alexander Meyer 1:23.17, 7. Andrew McDade 1:24.91, 10. Brooks Brown 1:32.82; CSSC: 9. Brian Gonzalez 1:30.72.

11-12, 1. Josten Medina, Team FLA 2:19.56; SOFLO: 5. Christian Carlson 2:37.03, 12. Gianni Savino 2:52.35, 13. Justin Irwin 3:01.22.

13-14, 1. Samuel Colaiacova, Team FLA 2:26.35; SOFLO: 7. Collin Burt 2:35.77.

15-and-over, 1. Victor Vassallo, Piranhas 2:09.14.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, Unattached 39.74; SOFLO: 2. Connor Marks 42.18, 4. Andrew McDade 44.58, 5. Carter Carlson 44.92, 9. Alexander Meyer 49.32, 11. Brooks Brown 52.78; CSSC: 14. Brian Gonzalez 55.71.

11-12, 1. Quinn Roth, SwimFast 34.96; SOFLO: 2. Christian Carlson 35.65, 14. Justin Irwin 48.37, 15. Gianni Savino 52.76.

13-14, 1. Collin Burt, SOFLO 1:20.89.

15-and-over, 1. Victor Vassallo, Piranhas 1:05.15.

IMX CHALLENGE

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley

10-and-under, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Team FLA 2:44.36; SOFLO: 4. Lydia Szakacs 3:36.86.

11-12, 1. Manuela Dangond, Team FLA 2:45.19; SOFLO: 13. Daniela Gomez 3:18.42.

13-14, 1. Chelsea Scuderi, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:42.58.

15-and-over, 1. Isa Antononi, Team FLA 2:43.88.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Team FLA 1:21.91; SOFLO: 7. Sarah Schimansky 1:49.04, 9. Lydia Szakacs 1:50.87.

11-12, 1. Gaby Antonini, Team FLA 1:18.53; SOFLO: 2. Megan Schimansky 1:19.98, 10. Daniela Gomez 1:30.51.

13-14, 1. Courtney Bober, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:44.40.

15-and-over, 1. Isa Antonini, Team FLA 2:43.27.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, Team FLA 1:13.61; SOFLO: 2. Delaney Biro 1:25.64, 5. Lydia Szakacs 1:53.34.

11-12, 1. Gaby Antonini, Team FLA 1:17.26.

13-14, 1. Chelsea Scuderi, St. Andrew’s Swimming 5:03.03.

15-and-over, 1. Katie Zientarski, Team FLA 5:01.94.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, Unattached 3:03.78; SOFLO: 2. Carter Carlson 3:15.13, 7. Jonathan Hanks 3:40.45.

11-12, 1. Josten Medina, Team FLA 2:39.61; SOFLO: 4. Christian Carlson 3:03.10.

13-14, 1. Addison Reiser, Team FLA 2:45.76.

15-and-over, 1. Richie Merrill, Team FLA 2:32.31.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, Unattached 1:27.40; SOFLO: 2. Andres McKeon 1:31.13, 3. Connor Marks 1:32.13, 4. Carter Carlson 1:33.84, 9. Joshua Hanks 1:44.67.

11-12, 1. Christian Carlson, SOFLO 1:19.33; SOFLO: 9. Gianni Savino 1:50.02.

13-14, 1. Addison Reiser, Team FLA 2:49.70.

15-and-over, 1. Richie Merrill, Team FLA 2:36.93.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Rodriguez, Unattached 1:33.04; SOFLO: 7. Joshua Hanks 2:10.31.

11-12, 1. Josten Medina, Team FLA 1:09.93.

13-14, 1. Addison Reiser, Team FLA 5:09.14.

15-and-over, 1. Richie Merrill, Team FLA 4:49.86.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 150: Phelps Featured On Sunday’s 60 Minutes; SOFLO’s Polyakov Ready For Road Trip

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 150: Phelps Featured On Sunday’s 60 Minutes; SOFLO’s Polyakov Ready For Road Trip


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 5, 2012

Michael Phelps’ renewed quest for glory will be featured in an interview with Anderson Cooper Sunday night at 7 p.m. on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

Already one of the best swimmers in the history of the sport, Phelps talks about his final journey to the 2012 London Olympics, his last appearance at the Olympics.

Phelps talks about his time away from the sport after the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he won an unprecedented eight gold medals and what it took to get back to where he “feels like my old self.”

His longtime coach Bob Bowman is also interviewed during the show. Bowman said during a five-year stint he never took a day off from training including Christmas. One of his dogs, Herman, is also featured.

A preview of the show is currently on YouTube.

SOFLO’s Polyakov Ready For Road Trip

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan, with solid training under his belt, is scheduled to leave South Florida on Monday to compete in the May 18-20 Kazakhstan Cup/Olympic Trials in Temirtau, Kazakhstan. Polyakov just missed qualifying for his third Olympics by .7 of a second in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Polyakov will be going after the FINA “A” qualifying times in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:00.79) and 200-meter breaststroke (2:11.74). He is also scheduled to compete in the May 31-June 3 Santa Clara Grand Prix. Polyakov could also be invited by FINA to the Olympics by its June 18th deadline if he has the closest times.

U.S. OIympic Trials Numbers Increase

The June 25-July 2 U.S. Olympic swimming trials set for Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. is breaking all sorts of records before the swimmers even leave the blocks. According to the Omaha Sports Commission, the number of swimmers competing is expected to jump from 1,200 swimmers in 2008 to 1,800 next month including several from SOFLO and Coral Springs Swim Club. Four years ago, metro hotels booked 14,000 room nights. This year, the number has increased to 25,000. “If you cannot go to London, England, you are in the best place in the world to watch the best swimming you’ve ever seen,” said Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis to a group of local swimmers in Omaha…Fifteen cities including Greensboro, N.C. are expected to bid on hosting the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

New Coaching Hires

Florida Gulf Coast assistant coach Elizabeth Lykins was named head coach of the new women’s program at UNC-Ashville. The program was revived since it went on hiatus in the 1970s. The program is in the same conference, Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, that FGCU has won all four years of its existence…

Josh Christensen has left Grand Canyon University in Phoenix for the head coaching job with the Fresno Pacific men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs…Nick Smith was hired as head coach at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. His duties start June 1. The swim program competes in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference.

Lynn Sherr Talks New Book At ISHOF

ABC correspondent, author and avid swimmer Lynn Sherr will appear Friday at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 8 p.m. and International Aquatic History Symposium at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Saturday at 11 a.m. to promote her new book, Swim: Why We Love the Water (Public Affairs, $25.99) and share her passion for swimming. 

Miscellaneous

The autopsy on 26-year-old Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen was inconclusive and it may take another two months to determine why the world champion was found dead in his hotel room during a training trip in Arizona. Investigators said the autopsy found no conclusive cause of death. Officials initially thought Oen died of a cardiac arrest. They found no anatomic cause of death and no trauma. Investigators are performing additional tests and consulting with a cardiovascular pathologist…

Oen’s death and earlier collapses of two European soccer players on the field has heightened awareness among other national teams. Australia is instituting enhanced heart checks on its Olympic team including extensive cardiovascular screening including electrocardiograms. Italy soccer player Piermario Morosini collapsed and died on the field. Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a match and survived…

Three-time world butterfly champion Jessicah Schipper of Australia underwent emergency surgery for an ovarian cyst on Thursday. The 25-year-old is expected to be out of the water at least a week after being rushed to the hospital complaining of severe abdominal pain. She has already tweeted to her Twitter followers that she is fine, “just tired and sore.” She is not expected to miss her third Olympic appearance. The five-time world championship gold medalist is expected to join her training squad to the United States later this month…

Florida International University, seeking stronger competition, has joined Conference USA. Starting on July 1, 2013 more than 400 student-athletes will compete in 18 varsity sports, including seven men’s and 11 women’s programs, including swimming and diving. FIU had been in the Sun Belt Conference for the last 14 years.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com