SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman Races To Second USA Swimming Junior National Cut In Texas

SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman Races To Second USA Swimming Junior National Cut In Texas


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 19, 2012

For the second night in a row, Brandon Goldman turned in the team’s top performance at the Texas Senior Circuit Meet Saturday night in College Station, Tex.

Goldman, 17, earned his second junior national cut time and placed fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best time of 4:39.27 in the “A” championship final, more than a five second time drop.

Goldman had bettered his previous best time (4:44.46) in morning prelims in 4:42.09 and then turned it on in the championship final including a 31.60 split in the last 50-meter freestyle.

“This whole meet I have been really nervous before each race because I wasn’t sure how I would do,” Goldman said. “I had been training well. I knew I would get it together. I am excited about the times I’ve been going and happy to get have two junior national cuts.

“I’ve been doing a lot more training and been getting close to best times in practice. Aerobically and physically I’ve been more fit. I feel like I am getting a lot stronger.”

After dropping time in morning prelims, Goldman saw there was still room for improvement for the finals.

“I knew in the morning my fly was too slow,” Goldman said. “In my back I kept the tempo up. The breaststroke I did whatever comes out for me. The freestyle I was a little bit tired, a little bit dead. I gave whatever I had.”

Goldman said the 200 backstroke and 400 IM were his two best races.

“I wasn’t tapered for this meet at all, so I was just thinking let’s see what I can do,” Goldman said. “I didn’t have any specific cuts.

“This helps my confidence a lot. I’ve always been a nervous swimmer. The more and more swims I get, it helps my confidence. I swim best when I am confident obviously. When I feel my back is up against the wall I really swim well.”

It is Goldman’s third appearance at the Texas Senior Circuit meet. The indoor facility and meet are among his favorites. “I love the pool,” he said.

Goldman has the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley left to swim on Sunday, the third and final day of the meet.

“These are shorter, more fun events for me,” Goldman said. “They are two of my best races and important to me.”

Goldman’s 400 IM splits were: butterfly (29.04, 33.65), backstroke (35.99, 35.19), breaststroke (40.10, 41.09) and freestyle (32.61, 31.60).

Goldman got his first junior national cut in March at the Purdue Invitational in the 100-meter backstroke where he won the “B” final in 59.26 and swam back-to-back best times despite being sick.

It was also Goldman’s second consecutive appearance in an “A” final at the Texas meet. On Friday, he swam back-to-back best times and finished fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.60 on opening night.

“He has been training really harder lately,” said Coral Springs Swim Club head coach Bruno Darzi. “We didn’t really back off training for him at all and he’s not really tapered for this meet.

“I can’t really say I am surprised because of the way he’s been training,” Darzi said. “It was a good race and good confidence-boost for him.”

Goldman and Darzi sat down and talked about the race on Friday. Both wrote predicted splits for his race. Darzi nailed the backstroke and breaststroke splits and was 4/10ths off his finish time.

In other SOFLO swimmer performances:

Evelin Jimenez and Maria Lopez, a pair of 16-year-olds, turned in best times. Jimenez swam 1:09.51 in the 100-meter butterfly and Lopez went 2:16.31 in the 200-meter freestyle. Lopez also swam the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.86.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Jessie Alcaide, 27, was sixth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.26, better than her morning time of 1:03.79 but off her best time of 1:02.23.

Xavier Brown, 17, swam 1:03.25 in the 100-meter butterfly.

In Sunday’s women’s 50-meter freestyle, Dara Torres of Coral Springs Swim Club and SOFLO swimmers Jessie Alcaide, Arlene Semeco and Evelin Jimenez will compete. It will be Torres’ final tune-up meet before the U.S. trials where she attempts to qualify for her sixth Olympic team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Heron, Marinheiro Win On Opening Night Of Comets FGC Open Invitational

SOFLO’s Heron, Marinheiro Win On Opening Night Of Comets FGC Open Invitational


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 18, 2012

Despite less-than-ideal weather, Kelley Heron and Melissa Marinheiro of the South Florida Aquatic Club weathered the storm and won individual distance events on the opening night of the Comets’ Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational Friday night.

After a slight weather delay at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, SOFLO swimmers posted 21 best times (15 boys and 6 girls) in the 400-meter individual medley and 400-meter freestyle events.

Heron, 12, one of the youngest swimmers in the girls’ 400-meter individual medley, won in 5:34.34.

SOFLO swept the top five places with Kylie Herman, 14, Bianca Monti, 12, Delanie Perez, 11, and Sarah Bucaro, 12.

Perez and Bucaro posted best times with big time drops. Perez went from 6:11.36 to 5:52.48 and Bucaro dropped from 6:11.76 to 5:54.10.

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time of 4:24.25. Her previous best was 4:25.52. Her sister, Marcella Marinheiro, 17, was second in 4:42.57 and teammate Jessica Rodriguez, 13, was third in 4:51.61.

In the boys’ 400-meter individual medley, Jordan Colon, 14, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing fifth in a best time of 5:14.66. His previous best was 5:28.66.

Jacob Walters, 16, was SOFLO’s top finisher in the 400-meter freestyle placing fourth in a best time 4:31.85, dropping from 4:50.83. Teammates Gustavo Valery and Alfredo Mesa also finished in the Top 10 with best times. Valery was seventh in 4:36.17 and Mesa was eighth in 4:36.40.

Because of the bad weather, the 200-meter individual medley was rescheduled for Saturday and 12-and-under 400-meter freestyle on Sunday.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-meter individual medley:

1.Kelley Heron, SOFLO 5:34.34; SOFLO: 2. Kylie Herman 5:39.33, 3. Bianca Monti 5:52.14, 4. Delanie Perez 5:52.48, best time, 5. Sarah Bucaro 5:54.10, best time, 7. Alani Carrasco 5:54.85, 8. Andrea Bucaro 5:55.08, 9. Stephanie Mlujeak 6:05.12, best time, 10. Kaitlin Armstrong 6:26.56, 11. Natasha Testa 6:28.99, best time, 12. Astrid Rigau 6:32.34, 13. Miranda Mila 6:34.67.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:24.25, best time; SOFLO: 2. Marcella Marinheiro 4:42.57, 3. Jessica Rodriguez 4:51.61, 5. Haley Wright 4:54.92, best time, 6. Amber Hunter 4:58.70, 7. Daniela Jimenez 5:03.55, 14. Maria Fernandez 6:03.18, 15. Vivi Calero 6:05.91, 17. Clarisa Melendez 6:20.94.

BOYS

400-meter individual medley:

1.Ronald Santos, Rockway 5:02.07; SOFLO: 5. Jordan Colon 5:14.66, best time, 10. Nicholas Perera 5:32.80, best time, 11. Julien Pinon 5:33.11, 13. Alex Monti 5:34.90, best time, 14. Juan Lucas 5:35.63, best time, 16. Ricardo Roche 5:40.09, best time, 18. Carlos Rodriguez 5:41.61, 19. CJ Kopecki 5:42.97, 11. Samuel Quintero 5:46.85, best time, 24. Alexander Viloria 5:47.43, 25. Juan Saldana 5:54.06, 26. Bruno Berti 5:56.33, 27. Baldwin Suen 5:56.48, best time, 31. Andres Menchaca 6:02.91, best time, 32. Diego Rodriguez 6:06.64, 33. Tyler Gibson 6:08.38, 34. Matthew Menocal 6:09.10, 35. Bryant Segui 6:11.07, 36. Miguel Hernandez 6:21.71, 37. Daniel Reyna 6:23.42.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Nicolas Medina, Davie Nadadores 4:16.48; SOFLO: 4. Jacob Walters 4:31.85, best time, 7. Gustavo Valery 4:36.17, 8. Alfredo Mesa 4:36.40, best time, 14. Ryan Capote 4:45.11, best time, 16. Fernando Quintero 4:46.26, best time, 18. Edward Kon 4:48.68, best time, 22. Cristian Rossi 4:54.81, best time, 23. William Perry III 4:56.64, 26. Teddy Sandoval 5:01.31, 28. Simon Ortiz 5:15.42, best time, 30. Jonathan Rivas 5:20.35, 31. Jack Davies 5:23.46, best time, 34. Bowie Suen 5:44.77.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Back-To-Back Best Times, Makes “A” Final At Texas Senior Circuit Meet

SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Back-To-Back Best Times, Makes “A” Final At Texas Senior Circuit Meet


SOFLO’s Goldman Swims Back-To-Back Best Times, Makes “A” Final At Texas Senior Circuit Meet

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 18, 2012

Shaking off a few pre-race jitters, Brandon Goldman swam back-to-back best times and finished fourth in the 200-meter backstroke to highlight opening day action at the Texas Senior Circuit Meet Friday in College Station, Tex.

Goldman, 17, seeded tenth going into the race, finished morning prelims in 2:08.62 bettering his previous best time of 2:09.86 and qualified for the “A” final.

Goldman, who will be a senior this fall at St. Thomas Aquinas, then came back in the championship final to finish fourth, lowering his best time again in 2:08.60.

It was the first of four events for Goldman who will also compete in the 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley against some of the nation’s top age group and college swimmers.

Four other SOFLO teenagers stole the show posting eight best times on opening day of the three-day meet.

Xavier Brown, 17, qualified for the “B” final in the 50-meter butterfly and finished 13th overall (fifth in the “B” final) in a best time 27.56, lowering his previous best of 27.73. He also swam the 100-meter freestyle in 57.92.

Leonie Davies, 15, posted a best time in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:37.05, bettering her previous best of 4:39.91 and qualifying for “C” finals.

Evelin Jimenez, 16, posted back-to-back best times in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.08 to qualify for the “C” final and lowering it again with another best time of 30.98. She also swam the 100-meter freestyle in 1:02.59, another best time.

Maria Lopez, 16, qualified for the “C” final in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.12 and then swam a best time of 30.90, lowering her previous best of 31.01. She also swam a best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:03.17.

Veteran SOFLO swimmers Arlene Semeco and Jessie Alcaide also competed on the first day.

Semeco, 28, a three-time Olympian for Venezuela, finished second in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.54. Semeco is using the competition as a training meet.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Jessie Alcaide, 27, finished fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.84 after going 57.72 in morning prelims, a half second off her best time.

SOFLO’s Polyakov Misses Qualifying Time

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan just missed making the Olympic qualifying time in the 100-meter breaststroke Friday at the Kazakhstan Cup.

Polyakov qualified for the final in 1:01.83 where he said he “cruised.” He went out relaxed and easy in 29.01 and came back in 32.82 to save energy for the final.

In the final, he went out in 28.76 and was right on pace but tightened up with 15 meters to go and finished in 1:02, off the 1:00.79 “A” time he was looking for.

“It was really disappointing,” Polyakov said.

Polyakov still has a good chance of making his third Olympic team. His 1:01.48 he swam at the Indianapolis Grand Prix is his best time to date and he may be invited by FINA based on the “B” invitational times. After this meet, he has another shot at improving his time at the Santa Clara Grand Prix.

Polyakov has two more races in the Kazakhstan meet this weekend.

On Saturday he will compete on the medley relay in an attempt to make the Top 16 times in the world which may qualify them for London. The relay needs to finish in 3:37 or lower. On Sunday, he will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Stay Busy With Home And Away Swim Meets

SOFLO Swimmers Stay Busy With Home And Away Swim Meets


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 17, 2012

Olympians Dara Torres and Arlene Semeco head the field for the three-day Texas Senior Circuit Meet that begins Friday at the Texas A&M University Student Rec Center in College Station, Tex.

Torres, 45, a five-time Olympian representing the Coral Springs Swim Club, is competing in the 50-meter freestyle, another tune-up for next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Nebraska where Torres will attempt to qualify for her sixth Olympic team.

Semeco, 28, a three-time Olympian for Venezuela, is competing in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle. Semeco is seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle (54.92) and second in the 50 freestyle in 24.76 behind Torres (24.62).

In addition to Semeco, South Florida Aquatic Club will be represented by Brandon Goldman, 17, Xavier Brown, 17, Jessie Alcaide, 27, Leonie Davies, 15, Evelin Jimenez, 16, and Maria Lopez, 16.

Goldman, a Junior National qualifier, will compete in the 200-meter backstroke, 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.

Brown, 17, is entered in the 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle.

Alcaide, 27, who has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in three events will compete in those events, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle, trying to lower her qualifying times for a better seeding at Trials.

Davies, 15, who will be moving to Texas next month with her family, will compete in her first meet in the Lone Star state. She is entered in the 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle.

Jimenez, 16, will compete in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly and 50- and 100-meter freestyle.

Lopez, 16, is entered in the most events with five. She will swim the 50-, 100- and 200-meter butterfly and 100- and 200-meter freestyle.

The long course meters indoor meet features prelims and finals and is the third meet on the Texas Senior Circuit Long Course Meet. Live results will be provided on the aggieathletics.com website.

SOFLO’s Polyakov Ready For Nationals

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, looking to make his third Olympic team, will compete in his country’s nationals Friday through Sunday in Temirtau, Kazakhstan. Polyakov will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke in the Kazakhstan Cup/Olympic Trials. Polyakov is just off the 100-meter breaststroke standard by .7 of a second. He is going after a 1:00.79 in the 100 and 2:11.74 in the 200.

SOFLO Comets/CSSC Host FGC Meets

SOFLO is hosting two meets this weekend.

The SOFLO/Comets will host a three-day timed finals meet at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines Friday through Sunday. The meet has nearly 400 swimmers and ten teams.

Among top-seeds for SOFLO are:

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, 400-meter freestyle, 4:25.52

Kevin Porto, 12, 200-meter backstroke 2:36.98; 100-meter backstroke 1:15.76

Kelley Heron, 12, 50-meter breaststroke 39.59; 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.76; 200-meter freestyle 2:24.06; 100-meter breaststroke 1:23.92; 100-meter freestyle 1:07.71

Bianca Monti, 12, 100-meter butterfly 1:16.67

Nicholas Perera, 12, 200-meter butterfly 2:42.64

Ivan Parada, 17, 200-meter backstroke 2:21.36

Rachel Ling, 17, 50-meter backstroke 32.07

The SOFLO/Coral Springs Swim Club will host a two-day timed final meet at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Saturday and Sunday.

Among top seeds for SOFLO are:

Delaney Biro, 10, 50-meter butterfly 38.64; 50-meter freestyle 33.03

Catharine Cooper, 12, 50-meter butterfly 33.16; 50-meter freestyle 29.11

Gabby Beltrano, 10, 100-meter backstroke 1:28.73; 50-meter breaststroke 48.05; 50-meter backstroke 41.79

Christian Carlson, 12, 100-meter backstroke 1:19.97

Carter Carlson, 10, 50-meter breaststroke 48.21; 200-meter freestyle 2:49.41; 100-meter breaststroke 1:40.59

Andres McKeon, 10, 100-meter backstroke 1:31.22

Keegan Boisson-Yates, 16, 100-meter backstroke 1:01.24

Jillian Alexander, 15, 50-meter breaststroke 36.32

Isabella Pittinger, 12, 50-meter backstroke 34.26

Emily Greenwood, 17, 50-meter backstroke 31.55

Lydia Szakacs, 10, 100-meter breaststroke 1:53.22

Audrey Mason, 13, 100-meter breaststroke 1:21.11

IF YOU GO                                                                                                       

What: Comets FGC Open Invitational   

When: Friday-Sunday, timed finals

Schedule: Friday-5:30 p.m. opening session, Saturday-8:30 a.m. second session, 2 p.m. third session, Sunday-8:30 a.m. fourth session, 2 p.m. fifth session.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-538-3721.

IF YOU GO

What: Coral Springs FGC Open Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday, timed finals

Schedule: Saturday, 9 a.m. opening session, 1 p.m. second session; Sunday, 9 a.m. third session, 1 p.m. fourth session.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Center, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-345-2121 or 954-340-5032.

Mullins Park/CSSC At Pine Crest Sizzler

A week after SOFLO/Comets’ young swimmers dominated the Pompano Beach Spring Sizzler, SOFLO/CSSC Mullins Park swimmers will compete in the 8&Under Broward Sizzler hosted by Pine Crest Swimming.

Many FGC swimmers in the field will be getting their feet wet by competing in their first meet.

Swimmers will get a chance to work on their skills in race situations in the 25-yard butterfly, 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard freestyle in sprint races as well as 100-yard freestyle relay.

IF YOU GO

What: 8&Under Broward Sizzler

When: Friday, 5 p.m. warm-up, 5:30 p.m. timed events

Where: Pine Crest School, Schlesinger Aquatics Center’s Woodson Pool, 1501 Northeast 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale

Admission: $2 gate, $2 heat sheets. For information call 954-492-4173.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Sends Nine Swimmers To USA Swimming Zone Championships In Rockwall, Texas

SOFLO Sends Nine Swimmers To USA Swimming Zone Championships In Rockwall, Texas


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 15, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club had nine swimmers selected to compete in the July 31-Aug. 4 Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Rockwall, Texas.

It is one of the largest group of swimmers, six girls and three boys, selected from a local swim club to be named to the Florida Gold Coast Zone All-Star team for the annual USA Swimming meet.

The zone championships feature top regional swimmers at the senior and age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated zones: southern, eastern, central and western.

Each LSC is limited to 48 swimmers—8 females and 8 males in each age group (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18). It gives swimmers nearing the junior national level an opportunity to excel at the end of the long course season.

SOFLO girls selected to the team are:

11-12, Catharine Cooper, Kelley Heron, Bianca Monti, Isabella Pittinger.

15-16, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro.

SOFLO boys selected are:

11-12, Kevin Porto.

13-14, Julien Pinon, Gustavo Valery.

Cooper and Pinon competed last year on the zone team in Cary, N.C.

The remaining FGC girl team members are: (11-12) Jessica Nava, Alicia Mancilla; (13-14) Rose Smiddy, Marta Ciesla, Hannah Burdge, Kelly Fertel, Jessica Conway, Namilla Sanchez; (15-18) Jessica Randolph, Brenna Ruth, Darby Goodwin, Kristina Figueroa.

The other FGC boys team members are: (11-12) Ervin Marin, Jorge Depassier, Alberto Gomez, Max Asnis, Gabriel Munoz; (13-14) Henry Contich, Cody Cline, Carlos Gallego, Julio Horrego; (15-18) Quinn Cassidy, Alec Wathen, Derek Chait, Ronald Santos, Danny Hartley, Manny Lopez.  

The selection process is not yet complete according to FGC officials. Each age group will have eight swimmers. Following the initial team selection, there will remain two wild card slots in each age group. They will be invited no later than July 3.

SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland has been selected as a member of the Florida Gold Coast Zone coaching staff. Julie Smiddy heads the coaching staff.

A banner and fifty swim caps will be awarded the Charlene Craddock Sportsmanship Award to the team that exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship throughout the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://ww.swim4soflo.com

Comets’ Crichton, Quintero, Barreto, Harris Shine At Pompano Beach Piranhas Spring Sizzler

Comets’ Crichton, Quintero, Barreto, Harris Shine At Pompano Beach Piranhas Spring Sizzler


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 15, 2012

The Comets Swim Team was sizzling up and down the pool deck during the Pompano Beach Piranhas Spring Sizzler Friday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Complex.

Noelle Crichton, 6, Sara Quintero, 8, Fernando Barreto, 6, and Zackary Harris, 7, all up-and-coming swimmers, each won two age group events during the two-hour meet.

Crichton won the 6-and-under 25-yard freestyle in 26.57 and 25-yard breaststroke in 22.69.

Quintero won the 7-8 25-yard backstroke in 20.56 and 25-yard butterfly in 19.26. She was also second in the 25-yard breaststroke in 25.00 and 25-yard freestyle in 17.13.

Fernando Barreto led the Comets’ boys team by winning all four stroke events.

Barreto won the 6-and-under 25-yard freestyle in 24.48, 25-yard backstroke in 29.82, 25-yard breaststroke in 32.41 and 25-yard butterfly in 31.13.

Zackary Harris was a double winner, capturing the 7-8 25-yard freestyle in 17.48 and 25-yard backstroke in 21.46. He was also third in the 25-yard breaststroke in 26.08 and 25-yard butterfly in 22.53.

The Comets had 14 swimmers, seven boys and seven girls, compete against other teams in the Florida Gold Coast.

FRIDAY SIZZLER RESULTS

GIRLS

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Noelle Crichton, Comets 26.57.

7-8, 1. Emily Ulman, SwimFast 16.99; COMETS: 2. Sara Quintero 17.13, 3. Daniela Barreto 18.47, 6. Jena Legaspi 19.96, 8. Marcela Bucaro 20.20, 12. Isabella Lizarazo 21.28, 20. Marli Crichton 24.30.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Olivia Carty, SwimFast 27.95.

7-8, 1. Sara Quintero, Comets 20.56; COMETS: 2. Jena Legaspi 21.49, 4. Daniela Barreto 23.10, 14. Marli Crichton 25.90, 17. Marcela Bucaro 26.61, 19. Isabella Lizarazo 27.44.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Noelle Crichton, Comets 22.69.

7-8, 1. Emily Ulman, SwimFast 23.19; COMETS: 2. Sara Quintero 25.00, 5. Marcela Bucaro 26.39, 9. Jena Legaspi 27.50, 10. Daniela Barreto 27.61, 15. Isabella Lizarazo 30.17, 16. Marli Crichton 31.29.

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Olivia Carty, SwimFast 40.30.

7-8, 1. Sara Quintero, Comets 19.26; COMETS: 6. Jena Legaspi 23.52, 7. Daniela Barreto 24.19, 8. Marcela Bucaro 24.22, 11. Isabella Lizarazo 25.22, 16. Marli Crichton 27.78.

8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay:

1.Comets Swim Team 1:16.06 (Daniela Barreto, Marcela Bucaro, Jena Legaspi, Sara Quintero), 2. FLA 1:23.70, 3. Pompano Piranhas 1:38.42.

BOYS

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Fernando Barreto, Comets 24.48; 7-8, 1. Zackary Harris, Comets 17.48; COMETS: 7. Ian Torres 21.05, 13. Alejandro Mateus 22.45, 14. Noah Hew 22.98, 15. Mark Andre De Gracia 23.05, 17. Jake Cavanagh 27.29.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Fernando Barreto, Comets 29.82; 7-8, 1. Zackary Harris, Comets 21.46; COMETS: 3. Ian Torres 24.14, 5. Alejandro Mateus 24.61, 8. Noah Hew 25.19, 12. Jake Cavanagh 26.97, 14. Mark Andre De Gracia 29.16.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Fernando Barreto, Comets 32.41; 7-8, 1. Jake Schulte, Pompano Beach 24.44; COMETS: 3. Zackary Harris 26.08, 5. Ian Torres 26.48, 14. Mark Andre De Gracia 32.27, 16. Alejandro Mateus 33.10, 17. Jake Cavanagh 34.62, 19. Noah Hew 35.79.

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Fernando Barreto, Comets 31.13; 7-8, 1. Dylan Felt, SwimFast 19.67; COMETS: 3. Zackary Harris 22.53, 8, Noah Hew 25.75, 9. Alejandro Mateus 26.09, 9. Mark Andre De Gracia 26.09, 13. Ian Torres 27.96, 16. Jake Cavanagh 31.26.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. Comets 1:20.46 (Alejandro Mateus, Ian Torres, Mark Andre De Gracia, Zackary Harris), 2. Pompano Beach 1:23.03, 3. FLA 1:23.08.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 155: Lochte Breaks Meet Record; Teenagers Steal The Show

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 155: Lochte Breaks Meet Record; Teenagers Steal The Show


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 13, 2012

Ryan Lochte, wearing a racing suit for the first time at the meet, got serious and broke a meet record Sunday on the fourth and final day of the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix Series.

Lochte, 27, won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.63, breaking the previous meet record of 1:58.25 set by Brazil’s Thiago Pereira in 2009.

It was Lochte’s sixth event of the meet. He failed to medal in his other five races and missed the finals of the 100-meter freestyle.

“It felt good to actually have a decent swim” Lochte said after his race.

Lochte, the world record in the 200 IM, pulled away during the third leg with a strong breaststroke. It was his best racing of the meet, which he summed up as “disappointing.”

“I hate to lose,” Lochte said. “I like winning. I had to keep reminding myself this isn’t the big picture. The big pictures is the Trials and Olympics. People won’t remember this meet. They’ll remember the Trials and the Olympics.”

It was his coach, U.S. Olympic men’s and University of Florida coach Gregg Troy, who suggested Lochte wear his racing suit for a good confidence-building finish to the meet.

Lochte said he won’t begin to taper for another couple of weeks. While he has the endurance, he said he will focus on speed when he returns to Gainesville to train this week.

Teenagers had no problem with speed to highlight fourth-day action in Charlotte.

Fifteen-year-old Kathleen Ledecky of Curl Burke Swim Club won the 800-meter freestyle in a career-best time and meet record 8:25.85. It was a best time by four seconds. The previous meet record was 8:30.07 set by Chloe Sutton in 2010. Gillian Ryan, 16, was second in 8:36.56. Ledecky’s time was the fastest by a 15-year-old in 15 years.

Sixteen-year-old Ryan Murphy of Bolles, a national junior team member, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:58.09 ahead of Omar Pinzon in 1:58.12.

Seventeen-year-old Lia Neal of Asphalt Green won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time of 54.35 edging Jessica Hardy in 54.36 and Natalie Coughlin in 54.59. It was her best time by 4/10ths of a second.

SOFLO swimmer Nick Schwab, 21, of Indiana University finished the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.19.

In other championship finals:

Hometown hero Ricky Berens, a Charlotte native, won the 100-meter freestyle in honor of his mom on Mother’s Day, he said. He won in 49.07. It was his second gold medal of the meet.

Caitlin Leverenz, 21, of California won her second gold of the meet, this time in the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record 2:10.25, bettering the previous record of 2:12.29 set by Katinka Hosszu in 2011. It was her third fastest time of her career. Ariana Kukors (2:11.09) and Liz Pelton (2:11.87) also broke the meet record.

Elizabeth Pelton, 18, of T2Aquatics won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.41.

Chad LaTourette, 23, of Mission Viejo won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:06.73.

Phelps, Bowman Headed For Altitude

Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman were in Dallas Sunday for an Olympic Media Summit. He answered questions for nearly an hour and talked about the journey he has taken to get to this point in his career.

“Last year was the year I kind of woke up a little more than I had in the past,” Phelps said. “It’s kind of, I guess, got to me a little more. In 2010, it was kind of like “whatever.” Last year it was like “This is so frustrating.”

“It never was a fun feeling. But last year it was something that super-frustrated me. I did everything I can to try to fight back. And hopefully, I did, to where I can make up some of the ground that Ryan Lochte has put me on. It’s going to be a fun summer.”

Added Bowman, “You can do anything you set your mind to if you have a dream and you’re willing to work hard enough.”

Phelps still would not divulge what events he planned to swim at the trials. He also said winning another eight gold medals is not the goal this time around.

Phelps and Bowman are scheduled to leave on Monday for altitude training in Colorado Springs. The pair will be isolated from the rest of the world, away from distractions, leading up to the U.S. Olympic trials that begin on June 25 in Omaha, Neb.

Miscellaneous

The University of Southern California received an $8 million donation for a new aquatic center. Former USC swimmer Fred Uytengsu, president of the Alaska Milk Corporation and former Phillippine national team member, will have the center named after him but did stipulate that the swimming pool will be named for his swim coach, Peter Daland. It was the largest gift donation ever made by a former student-athlete to the athletic department…

2008 U.S. Olympian Chris Colwill of Brandon won a gold medal on 3-meter springboard at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale. Colwill finished ahead of China’s Li Shixin by .35 of a point. It was his first international win in an individual event. The U.S. won three medals on Sunday and seven overall in a tuneup before the U.S. Olympic diving trials…

Germany’s Britta Steffen set up the defense of her second Olympic title in the 50-meter freestyle with a 24.92 victory at the German Olympic trials on Sunday…Queensland, Australia won the bid to host the August, 2014 Pan Pacific championships, 25 years after it last hosted the event. 

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 154: Soni Swims World’s Fastest Time This Year

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 154: Soni Swims World’s Fastest Time This Year


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 12, 2012

Olympic champion Rebecca Soni swam the fastest time of the year Saturday night at the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix.

Soni won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.22, the best time in the world beating her own 2:22.73 she clocked at the Austin Grand Prix in January.

Soni had already won the 100-meter breaststroke the night before.

In another exciting race, China’s three-time Olympian Wu Peng, 24, of Club Wolverine turned it on in the final 25 meters to beat Michael Phelps, 26, of North Baltimore to win the 200-meter butterfly in 1:56.69.

Phelps finished in 1:56.87. Sixteen-year old Joseph Schooling of Bolles was eighth in 2:01.70. Schooling will make his Olympic debut for Singapore.

“I feel like these are little quizzes,” Phelps said. “They are like little building blocks.”

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy, 21, of Cardinal Aquatics finished the 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.24.

In other championship finals Saturday night:

Kathleen Hersey, 22, of Longhorn Aquatics won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.68.

Jessica Hardy, 25, of Trojan Swim Club won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.83.

Josh Schneider, 24, of SwimMAC won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.10.

Elizabeth Pelton, 18, of T2Aquatics and Rachel Bootsma tied to win the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.25. American record holder Natalie Coughlin, 29, was third in 1:00.83.

Nick Thoman, 26, of SwimMAC won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.77. Ryan Lochte was eighth in 56.43.

Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore won the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record in 4:05.40. The top three swimmers dipped under the meet record.

Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli, 28, of Trojan Swim Club won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:50.17.

Eric Shanteau, 28, of Trojan Swim Club won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:09.72.

Dana Vollmer, 25, of California won the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 25.80. Claire Donahue, 23, of Western Kentucky, who has been training with SOFLO in Pembroke Pines, was second in 26.69, also a meet record.

Matthew Targett, 26, of Australia won the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 23.11. Six of the top finishers broke the meet record.

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy, 21, of Cardinal Aquatics finished the 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.24.

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, 21, of Indiana University, finished the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.23.

The meet concludes on Sunday and is being webcast live at usaswimming.org.

Another FGC Swimmer Makes Olympics

Cuban-born Manny Huerta of Miami, who started out swimming and running cross-country at Florida Atlantic University, qualified for his first Olympics Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Series San Diego Triathlon.

Huerta joins another FGC swimmer Laura Reback Bennett of North Palm Beach on the U.S. Olympic team. Huerta recently spent time living in a volcano in Costa Rica for high altitude training.

Huerta was ninth in 1:49.31.

“I knew it would come down to the run,” Huerta said. “The past couple of weeks I have been focusing on my run, especially my running off the bike. I did very hard bikes and then I’d come down and do runs. I was pretty much on the last pack on the swim but I stayed positive. I stayed calm. We caught up and then I set myself up in very good position on the bike on the last couple of laps. Then I went out with my heart and then gave everything I had.”

American Hunter Kemper, 36, of Orlando made his fourth Olympic team with his fifth-place finish in 1:49.17. “This is my first race of the year and I am over the moon,” said Kemper, coming back from a broken elbow.

Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee won in 1:48.47.

Americans needed to finish in the top nine in order to earn spots on  their Olympic team. The course was a 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10K run.

“I never, never gave up on my dream,” Huerta said. “I battled through so many downs and ups, like many athletes, but I knew that today it was special. I was racing in my new country and I wanted to make my dream come true. For many young Hispanics like me, who come to America with that dream, they stick to their dream and they never give up.”

Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen Laid To Rest

In front of a national television audience in Norway, swimming hero and Olympian Alexander Dale Oen was laid to rest after a two-hour service. Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral on Friday. The world champion was Norway’s best swimmer in history and 2012 gold medal hopeful. On April 30, he died suddenly at age 26 of an apparent cardiac arrest during a training trip in Sweden.

Lochte Makes Cover

Floridian Ryan Lochte is featured on the cover of next month’s Vogue Magazine along with soccer player Hope Solo and tennis player Serena Williams in the Olympic hopefuls issue. Lochte is the fourth man to be featured on the cover.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte


AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 11, 2012

In their final head-to-head race before next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials, Michael Phelps finished ahead of Ryan Lochte but it was Ricky Berens who beat them both Friday night at the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix.

Berens, 24, of Trojan Swim Club, was first at the wall in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.32. Phelps, 26, was second in 1:48.01. Lochte, 27, was sixth in 1:49.70.

“We’re all doing different training,” Phelps said. “That’s how Ryan has always done it. I’m sure that’s what he’s going to do this year. He’s somebody who is a very tough racer and at the right time, he will be there when it counts.”

Lochte was also seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:26.04.

Lochte is wearing a swim brief instead of a jammer like Phelps and several other swimmers. While Phelps has one more event left before heading to Dallas, Lochte has several more.

“None of this is going to matter,” said U.S. Olympic men’s coach Gregg Troy, also Lochte’s coach in Gainesville. “No one is going to care what happened in Charlotte.”

Lochte plans on shutting it down after Charlotte. Phelps has one more meet before the trials and plans to spend most of his time training in altitude in Colorado.

Berens, who finished with a half-body length lead, was realistic about his win.

“I have one of the hardest events in the country,” Berens said. “I’ve got Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps who are the two fastest guys in the world and the toughest competition. As long as I’m on the relay with those two guys, I’ll be glad to be on their team. As long as I am part of that relay and winning gold for the U.S., I’m happy.

“Everybody is in a different place,” Berens said. “I’m just excited to be where I am.”

In other championship finals Friday night:

Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore won the 200-meter freestyle in a meet record 1:57.38 ahead of Dana Vollmer in 1:58.62.

Rebecca Soni, 25, of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.85. Jessica Hardy, 25, was second in 1:07.52.

Eric Shanteau, 28, of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.46. Mark Gangloff, 29, was second in 1:01.41.

Jennifer Connolly, 22, of Tennessee Aquatics won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 27.99. Rachel Bootsma, 18, was second in 28:00, also a meet record.

Eugene Godsoe, 24, of SwimMAC won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 25.24. Six of the eight finalists broke the old meet record of 26.55.

Vollmer came back to win the 100-meter butterfly in a meet record 57.21. Natalie Coughlin, 29, was second in 58.82. Claire Donahue, 23, of Western Kentucky, has been training with SOFLO in Pembroke Pines was third in 58.84.

Davis Tarwater, 28, of SwimMAC won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.87 ahead of Tyler McGill, 24, in 52.98. Sixteen-year-old Joseph Schooling of Bolles was seventh in 53.93.

Caitlin Leverenz, 21, of California, won the 400-meter individual medley in a meet record 4:38.35 ahead of Katie Hoff, 22, in 4:40.82.

Peter Vanderkaay, 28, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.22. Oussama Mellouli, 28, was second in 4:18.81. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Bradley Ally was fifth in 4:24.06.

Hardy won the 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 30.82 ahead of Soni in 30.86. The top five finishers broke the meet record o 32.64.

Barry Murphy, 26, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.81 ahead of Gangloff in 27.89.

Among local results, SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, 21 of Indiana finished the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.30 and 400 IM in 4:52.54.

The four-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims and finals. It is being webcast live on usaswimming.org and universalsports.com.

Former Florida Gold Coast Swimmer Olympics-Bound

Laura Reback Bennett, a Cardinal Newman and SMU alum, and former North Palm Beach Swim Team member, qualified for her second Olympic team in the sport of triathlon Friday at the ITU San Diego Triathlon. Reback clinched third, her first ITU Series podium finishing in 2 hours and 11 minutes for the Olympic-distance course. Bennett battled 2008 Olympic teammate Sarah Haskins for the final sport and clinched it on the final lap of the run.

“It’s tough when you have to go up against a good friend,” said the 37-year-old Bennett. “I put a lot of pressure on this day. Last year in London I just had a terrible day for some reason, I’m still not sure what happened. You know, in the end I think it was a blessing in disguise because there was things that I changed in my training that I wouldn’t have changed if I had made the team. I think it made me a better athlete. It’s hard to have the courage to change when things are going well. So I’m really well.” Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins won in 1:58.21 and may have locked up a spot on her Olympic team. On Saturday, former Florida Atlantic University runner and Rockway Club swimmer Manny Huerta of Miami, will try and qualify for his first Olympic team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 152: Sutton, LaTourette Win At Charlotte UltraSwim

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 152: Sutton, LaTourette Win At Charlotte UltraSwim


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 10, 2012

On the opening night of the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix, distance events took center stage at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Chloe Sutton of Mission Viejo, Calif., a 2008 Olympian in open water, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:23.96. Ashley Twichell was second in 16:25.25 and Andreina Pinto of Gator Swim Club was third in 16:38.64.

Stanford senior Chad LaTourette, also of Mission Viejo, won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:58.91. Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine was second in 8:00.81 and Sean Ryan was third in 8:07.43.

Michael Phelps told reporters on Thursday that he planned to swim only the 200-meter freestyle on Friday and 200-meter butterfly on Saturday in Charlotte before leaving for a pre-Olympic media summit in Dallas on Sunday. Phelps will swim against Ryan Lochte on Friday.

In other key matchups, Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy will race in the 100-meter breaststroke and Dana Vollmer will swim against Natalie Coughlin in the 100-meter butterfly.

The four-day meet continues today with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The meet will be webcast live on usaswimming.org.

SOFLO’s Hunter, Oliver Swim Career-Best Times

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Amber Hunter and Tiffany Oliver turned in career-best times Thursday night on the opening day of the Florida State Spring Invite at Morcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee.

Hunter, 16, swam the 200-meter freestyle in 2:16.5, bettering her previous best of 2:17.30 and 100-meter butterfly in 1:07.9 bettering her previous best of 1:08.31.

Oliver swam the 200-meter freestyle in a best time of 2:04.

Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson came close to her personal best in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.91, just off her best time of 1:08.89 and 1:02.5 in the 100-meter butterfly, off her best time of 1:02.40.

SOFLO’s Cooper Academic All-American

Florida State sophomore Melissa Cooper was among 12 Seminoles named to the All-ACC Academic Team. Swimmers had to have a GPA of 3.0 while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative average during their academic careers. After transferring from Texas A&M, Cooper enjoyed a successful season in her first year with the Seminoles.

Dennis Pursley Named Alabama Coach

Former Alabama swimmer Dennis Pursley, currently head of British Swimming, will return to his alma mater after the 2012 London Olympic Games to coach the program. Pursley was USA Swimming National Team Director for fourteen years. He has been credited with turning around Great Britain’s swim program headed into the Games.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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