OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 7: SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Just Misses Medal In Olympic Final Debut By .47

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK,Issue 7: SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Just Misses Medal In Olympic Final Debut By .47

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WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 30, 2012

Smiling from ear-to-ear and forming a heart with her hands as she walked on the pool deck before her race, Alia Atkinson was clearly in her element at the Aquatics Centre Monday at the Olympic Games.

The three-time Olympian for Jamaica and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer made the most of her championship final debut in the 100-meter breaststroke with her aggressiveness in the opening 50 meters.

Against a world-class field, the 23-year-old just missed becoming the first Jamaican swimmer to medal in the sport at the Olympics with a fourth-place finish.

Atkinson lowered her national record for the fourth time in a career-best time of 1:06.93, just getting edged out by Japan’s Satomi Suzuki by .47 in 1:06.46.

It was the best finish by a Jamaican swimmer since Janelle Atkinson finished fourth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“My objective was certainly to give Jamaica its best finish in swimming at the Olympics and putting the country on the map, so to speak,” Atkinson said. “I am a little disappointed. I really wanted to get that medal to show that Jamaican swimming is up there. I didn’t die in the last 25, I was still there because I saw the two girls beside me.”

Before the race, a technical problem caused the starting horn to go off early inducing U.S. swimmer and medal favorite Breeja Larson to jump in, forcing the rest of the field to step off the blocks and sit or stand behind the blocks while a technician worked on the glitch.

After a few anxious moments, Larson was not disqualified because of the bug in the system. She went on to finish a surprising sixth in 1:06.96.

Larson of Texas A&M was the first to bear-hug Atkinson, a Texas A&M alum, as the two walked off the deck smiling.

Unheralded 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the only woman swimmer from her country, shocked the breaststroke field including reigning world champion Rebecca Soni and became the youngest swimmer ever to win her country’s first Olympic gold medal in a lifetime best and European record 1:05.47.

Meilutyte finished ahead of Soni by .08 seconds. Japan’s Satomi Suzuki took the bronze giving the country its first medal in event history. Australia’s defending champion Leisel Jones finished fifth.

“I can’t believe it, it’s too much for me,” said Meilutyte, after covering her mouth in shock when she looked at the scoreboard.

Meilutyte moved to Britain three years ago to train with English coach Jon Rudd. She goes to the same Plymouth school as British Olympic diver Tom Daley. She was a freestyler when she came to the United Kingdom but her coach said, “Her breaststroke was pretty tidy and we tidied it up even more.”

Atkinson and her longtime coach Chris Anderson are getting phone calls, messages and tweets from people around the world.

Track and field’s former world 100-meter record holder Asafa Powell tweeted Atkinson. “Congratulations to Alia Atkinson for making it into the 100-meter breaststroke final! Team Jamaica.”

Atkinson still has the 200-meter breaststroke (Wednesday) and 50-meter freestyle (Saturday) remaining this week.

On the third day of swimming, upsets continued to reign supreme. In the 200-meter freestyle, France’s Yannick Agnel stole the thunder from Ryan Lochte again.

After losing to him on the final leg of the 400 free relay Sunday, Lochte finished fourth in the 200 freestyle, an event in which he is reigning world champion. Lochte died going into the wall. It was the first time France had ever won the event in Olympic history.

“I guess I took it out a little too fast,” Lochte said. “I don’t know where I really fell off. I’ll live and learn. That last lap hurt. I put everything into it. I guess it wasn’t there.”

Lochte later tweeted, “Not so happy about that swim tonight.”

Agnel was blazing fast in 1:43.14 followed by South Korea’s Tae-Hwan Park of South Korea and gold medal favorite Sun Yang of China who tied for the silver medal in 1:44.93. Lochte’s time was 1:45.04. It was Park’s second silver of the meet. World record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany failed to medal.

“I was indeed surprised with my time,” Agnel said. “I did not expect that, more like 1:43.80 or 1:43.90. At the end of the race I looked twice on the scoreboard to be sure it was it.”

American teenager Missy Franklin, 17, did not disappoint, winning her first gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke after a quick 14-minute turnaround from swimming the 200-meter freestyle semifinals. Franklin conserved her energy and qualified eighth in the 200 semifinals.

Trailing at the wall by a quarter of a second, Franklin roared back to win in an American record 58.33. Aussie Emily Seebohm, who has the fastest time in the event this year and had the early lead, was second in 58.68. “I knew I needed to give everything I had coming home,” Franklin said.

“I saw the board, I saw the number 1,” said Franklin, who grabbed her forehead with her red, white and blue-polished fingernails. “It doesn’t seem real. I’ve dreamed about it so often. You still feel like you’re dreaming.

“When you dream about something your whole life and you achieve it, you just don’t really understand what you just did. And I definitely don’t think I did but I couldn’t be happier right now. I still feel like someone needs to pinch me. I am so happy. I knew it was going to be a tough night.”

On the podium, Franklin was crying and singing the national anthem as her Canadian parents looked on.

The U.S. team ruled the backstroke even when 6-foot-8 Matt Grevers, who took silver in 2008 in Beijing, won the men’s 100-meter backstroke followed by teamed Nick Thoman. Grevers won in an Olympic record 52.16.

“This is just an incredibly fast Olympics,” Grevers said. “To win a medal, it’s not an easy thing to do. I was able to come home fast. It felt even better to share that moment with Nick, oh my God.”

In the men’s 200-meter butterfly, two-time Olympic defending champion in the event Michael Phelps will get a chance at an Olympic three-peat after qualifying fourth in the semifinals in 1:54.53. Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda is the top seed. U.S. teammate Tyler Clary (1:54.93) also qualified and will be right next to Phelps in the final.

The final is Tuesday night. If he medals, he would win his 18th Olympic medal, tying him with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for most career Olympic medals.

Caitlin Leverenz (third) and Ariana Kukors (fourth) both qualified for the 200-meter individual medley in semifinals.

In the overall aquatics medal table, the U.S. leads with 14 medals and China has 7. Both the U.S. and China are tied with four golds apiece.

Diving

The U.S. men’s team won its second Olympic medal in the men’s 10-meter platform. David Boudia and Nick McCrory took a bronze medal after Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston took a silver on women’s 3-meter synchro on Sunday. It is the first two Olympic medals for the U.S. since 2000. The Americans had their best score on the last of their six dives to hold onto third place. Mexico took the silver and China, as expected, won the gold medal with two teenagers. Cao Yuan, 17, and Zhang Yanquan, 18, clinched the title. Brits Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield faltered to fourth after leading for two rounds.

Water polo

In her Olympic debut, Maggie Steffens, 19, scored seven goals, including six in the first half, to lead the U.S. to an impressive 14-13 win over Hungary. “It was awesome, my heartbeat is still pounding,” said the Californian. Courtney Mathewson added four goals for the U.S…Spain upset 2011 world silver medalist China, 11-6.

Olympic Tweets

“After my 100 breaststroke last night I was going to sink to the bottom and underwater dance but there’s no cameras in Lane 8.”–Brendan Hansen

“Watching Missy Franklin’s post-race interview made me cry! What a sweet sweet girl!!! She deserves all her success.”—Caroline Kuczynski, CSSC swimmer

“Missy Franklin is a very nice girl until you throw water on her.”—Sally Jenkins, Washington Post

“At swimming Tony Parker just asked for a pic, I thought he meant with me but he handed me a camera to take of him with the pool in background, mortified!”—CSSC swimmer Dara Torres

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Contingent Ready For Zone Championships In Texas That Begin On Tuesday

SOFLO’s Contingent Ready For Zone Championships In Texas That Begin On Tuesday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 30, 2012

Seven swimmers and two coaches from the South Florida Aquatic Club are more than ready to lead the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships that begin Tuesday at the 900-seat Rockwall ISD Aquatic Center in Rockwall, Texas.

Four girls and three boys head SOFLO’s contingent.

The girls are Kelley Heron, Bianca Monti, Maria Lopez and Marcella Marinheiro, all coming off an outstanding long course seasons.

Melissa Marinheiro had also been selected but opted to withdraw from the team when she qualified for her first Speedo Junior Nationals in Indianapolis.

The boys are Kevin Porto, Julien Pinon and Gustavo Valery.

SOFLO age group coaches Megan Garland will coach the 11-12 girls squad and Virgin Islands Olympian Josh Laban will coach the 13-14 boys squad.

Timed finals in the 800- and 1500-meter freestyle events begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

A full schedule of events begins with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. Pool swimming ends on Saturday. The open water swim is Sunday. The Athlete Parade is Friday at 5 p.m. before the finals session.

The meet is being live streamed at http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/events/2012-southern-zone-age-group-championships.

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.

Group One features Florida, Border, Georgia, Kentucky, Gulf, Louisiana, South Texas and West Texas. Group Two had Florida Gold Coast, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, South Carolina, Southeastern and West Virginia.

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.

The remaining FGC girl team members are: (11-12) Jessica Nava, Alicia Mancilla, Isabella Pittinger, Catharine Cooper, Racine Ross, Melannie Vargas; (13-14) Steph Campo, Rose Smiddy, Marta Ciesla, Hannah Burdge, Kelly Fertel, Jessica Conway, Namilla Sanchez, Caroline Schirmer; (15-18) Jessica Randolph, Brenna Ruth, Darby Goodwin, Kristina Figueroa and Carla Robles.

The other FGC boys team members are: (11-12) Ervin Marin, Jorge Depassier, Max Asnis, Gabriel Munoz, Kevin Hernandez, Adrian Aguilar; (13-14) Henry Contich, Cody Cline, Carlos Gallego, Julio Horrego, Jonathan Farah, Adrian Moya; (15-18) Quinn Cassidy, Alec Wathen, Derek Chait, Ronald Santos, Danny Hartley, Manny Lopez, Zuhayr Pigot and Gage Kohner.

Each age group features eight swimmers.

Julie Smiddy heads the FGC coaching staff as manager and head coach.

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://www.swim4soflo.com

 

 

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 6: SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Makes First Olympic Final After Swim-Off

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 6: SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Makes First Olympic Final After Swim-Off


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 29, 2012

It may have taken her an extra race, but South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson will make her first-ever appearance in a championship final at the Olympic Games.

The three-time Olympian and only swimmer for Jamaica advanced into Monday’s women’s 100-meter breaststroke final after winning a rare Olympic swim-off in a lifetime best and national record time of 1:06.79.

After swimming morning prelims and semifinals, Atkinson, brimming in confidence, won a swim-off against Canadian 19-year-old Tera Van Beilen for the eighth and final spot. Van Beilen finished in 1:07.73.

Atkinson finished tenth in morning prelims in 1:07.39, becoming the first Jamaican swimmer to win a heat at the Olympic Games. She advanced into the semifinals where she tied for fourth with Van Beilen in 1:07.48 in the first semifinal, forcing the swim-off 30-minutes after the final event on Sunday’s schedule.

“It was such a good time and I felt so much in control,” Atkinson said. “I now have even more confidence.

“My pull out is usually longer than anybody else’s so I am usually ahead but then they usually catch me up because my stroke rate is a lot quicker, so the plan was to stay ahead and bring it back home in the last 50.

“I was a bit nervous as to how I was going to swim because I haven’t raced like that in probably two months so I was pretty nervous about how that was going to go down. I knew I had to drop some more time to make final which I thought was definitely possible for me.”

Atkinson will compete Monday at 7:50 p.m. London time.

Atkinson, 23, a Flanagan High alum who grew up swimming in Pembroke Pines, was probably feeling the love back home during the final day of the Florida Gold Coast Long Course Swimming Championships in Coral Springs.

Her SOFLO teammates were gathered around SOFLO coach Megan Garland’s I-phone watching her swim-off and let out screams when she qualified.

Head referee Beth Wilkerson announced Atkinson’s result which drew a round of applause from parents, coaches and swimmers including those getting ready on the blocks.

Atkinson’s race just added to another dramatic night of swimming at the Aquatics Centre.

After missing the Beijing Olympics, Californian Dana Vollmer got her gold medal with a world record performance in the 100-meter butterfly. She won in 55.98 seconds, the fastest time ever in the women’s event, giving the U.S. women’s team its first gold medal.

“I was just thinking about all the work so many people around me have put in, and the belief that everyone had in me,” a teary-eyed Vollmer said. “There have been multiple moments in my career where I didn’t know if I was going to be able to keep going. I did something that no one’s ever done before and in a way, surely, no one envisioned doing.”

Allison Schmitt took a silver in the 400-meter freestyle with an American record 4:01.77 behind winner Camille Muffat of France and former world record holder Brendan Hansen took a bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke to cap his comeback and add to the U.S. team’s medal haul.

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh broke the second world record of the day in the 100-meter breaststroke in 58.46. Two-time defending Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima of Japan was shut out of a medal.

The U.S. men’s 4×100-meter relay had to settle for the silver medal behind France when Ryan Lochte seemed to run out of gas in the final ten meters. Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps and Cullen Jones gave the U.S. what looked to be an insurmountable lead but France’s Yannick Agnel overcame a half-second deficit to reel Lochte in and finish in 3:09.93. The U.S. touched in 3:10.38. Heavily favored Australia was shut out of a medal finishing fourth behind Russia.

Adrian swam a career-best 47.89 on leadoff leg. “We went down fighting,” Adrian said.

“I don’t think Ryan let anybody down, he’s beating himself up already,” Jones said. “He is the type of person who will beat on himself until the next Olympics.”

Said Lochte, “I was just really excited. I think I over-swam the first 50 which kind of hurt me for the last 50. You would think doing distance events I wouldn’t get tired but sprinting definitely takes a lot out of you and the 100 really isn’t my thing.”

Lochte will not win the six gold medals he was seeking in London and Phelps is now one medal shy of being the all-time medal winner in any sport at an Olympic Games.

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Nicholas Schwab, a Douglas alum making his Olympic debut for the Dominican Republic, competed in his first race. He won the first of six heats in the 200-meter freestyle but finished 37th out of 40 swimmers in 1:53.41.

“It probably would have helped a little bit to be in a faster heat,” said Schwab, 21, competing in front of his parents.

Diving

The U.S. won its first Olympic medal in 12 years when former University of Miami diver Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnson took a silver medal in the women’s 3-meter synchronized springboard. They totaled 321.90 points, 24.30 behind China’s Wu Mingxia and He Zi. It was the U.S. team’s first medal since Laura Wilkinson won gold in Sydney and it was Wu’s third straight Olympic synchro gold.

Water polo

The U.S. men topped Montenegro, 8-7, in a hardfought match between two medal contenders. Peter Varellas scored three goals for the U.S. Next up for the U.S. is Romania, which is making its first Olympic water polo appearance since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jimenez, Kuczynski, Ling Shine On Final Night Of FGC Senior Championships

SOFLO’s Jimenez, Kuczynski, Ling Shine On Final Night Of FGC Senior Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 29, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club girls dominated the final night of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatics Complex.

SOFLO won the 15-16 and 17-and-over team titles and SOFLO finished third overall among combined girls and boys scores.

SOFLO totaled 276 points among a field of 26 teams to win the 15-16 team title and 195 points among a field of 22 teams to win the 17-and-over award. SOFLO 15-16 boys finished seventh with 117 points and 17-and-over boys were fifth with 173 points.

Caroline Kuczynski, 21, won high point award with 123 points. Melissa Marinheiro, 15, was the top 15-16 high point swimmer with 57 points for 17th place.

On Sunday, the third and final night, Kuczynski continued her success. The Arizona State junior won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:24.28, was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 28.27 and fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.80. She was also a member of the fifth-place 200-meter medley relay team with Rachel Ling, Bianca Muniz and Emma Lincoln and sixth-place 400-meter medley relay team with Kristina Brennan, Muniz and Lincoln.

In one of the most impressive swims of the night, Emily Jurich, 15, swimming in Lane 7, won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:21.65, a five-second time drop from her prelim time of 1:26.05. Her previous best was 1:25.57. Jurich was 17th after morning prelims and was an alternate until filling a spot in the “B” final.

Swimming alongside Jurich, teammate Kelly Kealty, 15, also swam a best time in the breaststroke event in 1:23.05 to finish second in the “B” final and tenth overall. Kealty’s previous best was 1:25.20 which she first lowered in prelims in 1:24.98 and again in finals. Rebecca Wilkerson first lowered her personal best time in morning prelims of the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.62 and came back to lower it again in finals in 1:23.79. Wilkerson turned in personal best times in every event she swam during the weekend meet.

Emma Lincoln, 16, won the “B” final in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.32, bettering her prelim time of 28.85. Lincoln was also eighth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:36.86.

Rachel Ling, 17, after swimming a best time 1:12.72 in prelims in the 100-meter backstroke, finished eighth in 1:12.97. Her previous best was 1:13.39.

Daniela Jimenez, 17, turned in a lifetime best in the mile in 19:22.54 lowering her previous best time of 19:36.08.

Ilya Evdokimov, 16, was the top SOFLO boys finisher placing fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.72. In prelims, he swam a best time 25.47 dropping from 26.96. Keegan Boisson-Yates, 17, was eighth in the 50-meter freestyle open in 24.93 after swimming a best time 24.73 in prelims, dropping from 24.99. He was also fourth in the “B” final of the 200 IM in a best time 2:19.29, a huge drop from 2:25.44.

In morning prelims:

August Charni, 15, turned in a best time in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:08.18, dropping from 1:10.05. Also in the event, Fernando Quintero, 15, dropped from 1:09.71 to 1:09.55. Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 1:11.14 to 1:09.74.

Rachel Ling, 17, swam a best time 1:12.72 in the 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:13.39. Daniela Jimenez, 17, dropped from 1:19.32 to 1:19.01.

Ben Fruitman, 17, swam a best time in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:06.28, dropping from 1:07.41.

In the 50-meter butterfly, Lindsey Sauer, 15, swam a best time 33.00 dropping from 33.11.

David Stoddard, 15, turned in another best time in the 50-meter butterfly in 29.25, breaking 30 seconds and bettering his previous best of 31.15. Bryce Pierce also had another best time in 29.36, dropping from 29.52. Josh Cutter swam a best time 29.77, dropping from 30.10. Julio Simon, 20, swam a best time 28.66, dropping from 29.85. Ben Fruitman also dropped from 28.71 to 28.68. Jonathan Strod, 13, broke 30 seconds in a best time 29.89, improving from 30.73.

Rebecca Wilkerson, 15, swam a best time in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:24.62 dropping from 1:26.79 and lowered her time in the 50-meter freestyle in 31.26 dropping from 31.77.

Teammate Kelly Kealty also swam a best time 1:24.98 dropping from 1:25.23 in the 100 breaststroke.

Ilya Evdokimov, 16, swam the second fastest time in morning prelims in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:07.50, a big time drop from 1:10.08. 

Also in the 100 breaststroke, Jordan Colon, 15, also swam a best time in the event in 1:13.81 dropping from 1:14.05. Kyle Desrosiers had another best time in 1:18.64, dropping from 1:19.34.

Kristina Brennan, 15, swam a best time in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.92 improving from 29.13. Kylie Herman, 15, dropped from 29.82 to 29.76. Kaitlyn Armstrong, 16, improved from 30.49 to 29.89. Haley Wright, 15, dropped from 31.02 to 30.45. Lindsey Sauer, 15, had another best time in 30.55, dropping from 30.70. Leysha Caraballo dropped from 31.50 to 31.46.

Josh Cutter, 16, swam a best time in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.61 dropping from 27.78. David Stoddard, 15, dropped from 28.12 to 26.69. Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 27.53 to 27.11 and Kyle Desrosiers dropped from 27.23 to 27.14. William Perry swam a best time in 27.82, dropping from 27.86. Fernando Quintero, 15, dropped from 28.24 to 28.07.

Bianca Muniz, 20, swam a best time 29.54 in the 50-meter freestyle, dropping from 29.72.

Also in the splash and dash, Austin Pillado, 17, who also took turns announcing during finals, swam a best time 27.10 dropping from 27.77. Julio Simon, 20, dropped from 28.42 to 27.70. Mauricio Hidalgo, 18, dropped from 27.92 to 27.85. Jonathan Strod, 13, turned in another best time in 27.88, dropping from 28.28.

Daniela Jimenez, 17, swam a best time in the mile in 19:22.54, improving from 19:36.08.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM RESULTS

1.Empire Swimming 1,716.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 1,288, 3. Davie Nadadores 1,241.50, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,035, 5. AK Sharks 842.

COMBINED GIRLS 15-16 TEAM RESULTS

1.SOFLO 276, 2. Miami Swimming 238.50, 3. Empire Swimming 227.50, 4. Davie Nadadores 200, 5. Jupiter Dragons 184.

COMBINED GIRLS 17-and-OVER TEAM RESULTS

1.SOFLO 195, 2. Empire Swimming 164, 3. Metro Aquatics 132, 4. Lake Lytal Lightning 124, 5. North Palm Beach 91.

COMBINED BOYS 15-16 TEAM RESULTS         

1.Empire Swimming 495, 2. Davie Nadadores 354.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 325, 4. Pompano Beach Piranhas 168, 5. FLA Aquatics 168, 6. Rockway 119, 7. SOFLO 117.

COMBINED BOYS 17-and-OVER TEAM RESULTS

1.AK Sharks 297, 2. Metro Aquatics 251, 3. Westminster Academy 223, 4. Davie Nadadores 178, 5. SOFLO 173.

GIRLS HIGH POINT AWARDS

15-16: 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 109; SOFLO: 17. Melissa Marinheiro 57, 20. Maria Lopez 49, 24. Emma Lincoln 47, 39. Amber Hunter 24, 42. Emily Jurich 23, 42. Kylie Herman 23, 44. Kelly Kealty 22; 17-and-over, 1. Caroline Kuczynski, SOFLO 123; SOFLO: 26. Marcella Marinheiro 28, 33. Rachel Ling 17, 34. Evelin Jimenez 16, 41. Daniela Jimenez 11.

BOYS HIGH POINT AWARDS

15-16: 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 124; SOFLO: 15. Ilya Evdokimov 60, 36. Jacob Walters 23, 44. Jordan Colon 15; 17-and-over, 1. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 108; SOFLO: 14. Keegan Boisson-Yates 45, 17. Brandon Goldman 43, 26. Marc Rojas 39, 44. Alex Rodriguez 21.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-meter medley relay:

1.Davie Nadadores 2:03.30, 5. SOFLO “A” 2:08.55 (Rachel Ling, Bianca Muniz, Caroline Kuczynski, Emma Lincoln).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:05.17; SOFLO: 17. Kristina Brennan 1:14.60, 40. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:22.25; Open, 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:04.64; SOFLO: 8. Rachel Ling 1:12.97, 22. Megan Schimansky 1:17.82, 26. Danielle Ginzburg 1:18.56, 28. Daniela Jimenez 1:19.01.

1500-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 17:55.67; 17-and-over, 1. Daniela Miyahara, Peru 17:33.69; SOFLO: 8. Daniela Jimenez 19:22.54.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 28.78; SOFLO: 29. Lindsey Sauer 33.00, 30. Haley Wright 33.17, 46. Kennedy Sanes 34.62, 48. Emily Jurich 35.35, 53. Astrid Rigau 35.68, 61. Selina Voelkel 37.33; Open, 1. Jeserik Pinto, Davie 28.25; SOFLO: 2. Caroline Kuczynski 28.27, 61. Danielle Ginzburg 36.99.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:16.70; SOFLO: 9. Emily Jurich 1:21.65, 10. Kelly Kealty 1:23.05, 12. Rebecca Wilkerson 1:23.79, 25. Sandra Voelkel 1:29.70, 29. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:31.13; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, Davie 1:12.68; SOFLO: 21. Bianca Muniz 1:26.71.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Caroline Nava, Pine Crest 26.99; SOFLO: 9. Emma Lincoln 28.32, 14. Kristina Brennan 29.10, 31. Kylie Herman 29.76, 33. Kaitlin Armstrog 29.89, 42. Haley Wright 30.45, 43. Lindsey Sauer 30.55, 51. Kennedy Sanes 30.90, 57. Rebecca Wilkerson 31.26, 62. Kelly Kealty 31.36, 64. Leysha Caraballo 31.46, 78. Astrid Rigau 32.15; Open, 1. Jeserik Pinto, Davie 26.76; SOFLO: 5. Caroline Kuczynski 27.80, 27. Bianca Muniz 29.54, 49. Daniela Jimenez 30.55, 50. Anne Kuczynski 30.60, 77. Danielle Ginzburg 31.91.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Megan Gallagher, Empire Swimming 2:28.97; SOFLO: 8. Emma Lincoln 2:36.86, 21. Lindsey Sauer 2:43.11; Open, 1. Caroline Kuczynski, SOFLO 2:24.28.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics “A” 4:33.84, 6. SOFLO “A” (Kristina Brennan, Bianca Muniz, Caroline Kuczynski, Emma Lincoln).

BOYS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-meter medley relay:

1.Westminster Academy “A” 1:49.02, 8. SOFLO “A” 1:52.19 (Keegan Boisson-Yates, Ilya Evdokimov, Xavier Brown).

100-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 1:01.30; SOFLO: 15. August Charni 1:10.84, 24. Fernando Quintero 1:09.55, 26. Bryce Pierce 1:09.74; Open, 1. Augie Manganiello, AK Sharks 59.77; SOFLO: 13. Ben Fruitman 1:05.62, 20. Ivan Parada 1:07.32.

50-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 26.01; SOFLO: 5. Ilya Evdokimov 27.41, 26. David Stoddard 29.25, 27. Bryce Pierce 29.36, 29. Josh Cutter 29.77, 44. August Charni 31.27, 47. Joshua Coote 31.48, 50. Edward Kon 31.71; Open, 1. Austin Saunders, Westminster 25.50; SOFLO: 32. Xavier Brown 27.80, 45. Julio Simon 28.66, 47. Ben Fruitman 28.68, 51. Mauricio Hidalgo 28.98, 63. Jonathan Strod 29.89, 77. Derek Maguire 31.47.

100-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 1:06.80; SOFLO: 2. Ilya Evdokimov 1:07.29, 12. Jordan Colon 1:14.57, 21. Kyle Desrosiers 1:18.64; Open, 1. Leo Martins, Davie 1:06.01; SOFLO: 19. Brian Arnaud 1:13.02, 35. Derek Maguire 1:19.53.

1500-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Jesus Monge, Peru 16:23.71; SOFLO: 13. Edward Kon 18:11.95; 17-and-over, 1. Miguel Davila, Davie 16:23.30.

50-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Manuel Gonzalez, Davie 24.20; SOFLO: 5. Ilya Evdokimov 25.72, 17. Josh Cutter 26.61, 19. David Stoddard 26.69, 30. Bryce Pierce 27.11, 31. August Charni 27.12, 32. Kyle Desrosiers 27.14, 50. William Perry 27.82, 58. Fernando Quintero 28.07; Open, 1. Michael Saco, Miami Swimming 23.85; SOFLO: 8. Keegan Boisson-Yates 24.93, 26. Ben Fruitman 25.50, 55. Xavier Brown 26.57, 71. Austin Pillado 27.10, 84. Julio Simon 27.70, 89. Mauricio Hidalgo 27.85, 90. Jonathan Strod 27.88, 96. Derek Maguire 28.64, 104. Diego Sanguinetti 52.43.

200-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 2:11.48; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:09.31; SOFLO: 12. Keegan Boisson-Yates 2:19.29.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics “A” 3:59.72; 12. SOFLO “A” 4:16.61 (Ben Fruitan, Ilya Evdokimov, Xavier Brown, Keegan Boisson-Yates), 16. SOFLO “B” 4:35.15.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski Rocks Pool For Three Wins At FGC Senior Championships

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski Rocks Pool For Three Wins At FGC Senior Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 28, 2012

Caroline Kuczynski, one of the busiest South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers this summer, won two individual events and led off the winning 800-meter freestyle relay to highlight action Saturday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships.

The 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful, competing in her third country this summer, won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.89, 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.27, and led off the winning 800-meter freestyle relay that won in 8:45.22 at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Kuczynski, 21, a junior at Arizona State this fall, is coming off the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton where she won a gold medal and Swedish Nationals where she swam back-to-back best times in the 100-meter freestyle and was named Swimmer of the Day.

Kuczynski was joined on the relay by up-and-coming swimmers Kylie Herman, 15, Maria Lopez, 16, and Melissa Marinheiro, 15.

Melissa Marinheiro won the meet’s opening event knocking off Clara Smiddy, 16, of AK Sharks in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.91, just off her best time of 2:07.51. Marinheiro was the fastest morning seed in 2:08.31.

In morning prelims:

Kylie Herman, 15, lowered her best time from 2:17.40 to 2:17.17 in the girls 200-meter freestyle. Also in the event, Haley Wright, 15, dropped from 2:18.89 to 2:18.15. Evelin Jimenez, 17, dropped from 2:19.80 to 2:19.76 and her twin sister Daniela Jimenez, 17, dropped from 2:20.89 to 2:20.64.

In the boys’ 200-meter freestyle, Jacob Walters, 16, dropped from 2:07.68 to 2:07.05. Kyle Desrosiers, 16, swam a best time 2:08.29 lowering his previous best of 2:09.12. David Stoddard, 15, dropped from 2:12.57 to 2:09.23. Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 2:11.58 to 2:10.34.

Marc Rojas, 18, broke 2 minutes in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:58.76, lowering his previous best of 2:01.55. Rojas also lowered his 400-meter individual medley time in 4:46.73, dropping from 4:57.39.

Also in the 200 freestyle, Carlo Morante, 19, dropped from 2:04.37 to 2:03.80. Jonathan Strod, 13, one of the youngest swimmers in the meet, dropped from 2:13.46 to 2:10.67.

Emily Jurich, 15, lowered her best time in the 50-meter backstroke in 35.58, dropping from 36.14.

August Charni, 15, swam a best time in the 50-meter backstroke in 31.54, lowering his previous best of 31.94. Also in the event, Fernando Quintero, 15, dropped from 32.35 to 31.76. Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 34.00 to 32.77. David Stoddard posted another best time, dropping from 34.19 to 33.14.

Keegan Boisson-Yates, 17, bettered his best time of 29.58 in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.60. Ben Fruitman, 17, dropped from 31.93 to 31.04.

In the girls 200-meter breaststroke, Rebecca Wilkerson, 15, had nice time drop from 3:06.51 to 3:01.58. Lindsey Sauer, 15, dropped from 3:03.10 to 3:01.70. Selina Voelkel, 16, dropped from 3:07.18 to 3:02.52.

In the boys 200-meter breaststroke, Jordan Colon, 15, also had a nice time drop from 2:46.11 to 2:41.66 along with Kyle Desrosiers, 16, who had a huge drop from 2:53.81 to 2:47.68. Roger Capote, 16, swam a best time 2:50.46 dropping from 2:52.87. Edward Kon, 16, dropped from 2:55.19 to 2:52.87.

Brandon Goldman, 17, also turned in an impressive best time in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:32.39, dropping from 2:39.03.

In the girls 100-meter butterfly, Kristina Brennan, 16, dropped from 1:09.94 to 1:09.52. Kylie Herman, 15, dropped from 1:13.63 to 1:12.30.

Jacob Walters, 16, equaled his best time of 1:01.70 in the 100-meter butterfly. Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 1:06.74 to 1:06.06.

In the girls 100-meter butterfly, Evelin Jimenez, 17, dropped from 1:08.61 to 1:08.40.

Carlo Morante, 19, dropped his best time of 1:02.51 to 1:02.03 in the 100-meter butterfly.

In the 400-meter individual medley, Kylie Herman, 15, lowered her best time from 5:39.33 to 5:33.86.

The three-day meet ends on Sunday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:07.91; SOFLO: 8. Emma Lincoln 2:13.18, 14. Amber Hunter 2:14.04, 16. Kylie Herman 2:15.07, 22. Haley Wright 2:18.15, 31. Lindsey Sauer 2:19.48, 33. Kristina Brennan 2:20.78, 40. Rebecca Wilkerson 2:23.60; Open, 1. Caroline Kuczynski, SOFLO 2:06.89; SOFLO: 31. Evelin Jimenez 2:19.76, 35. Daniela Jimenez 2:20.64, 46. Rachel Ling 2:22.30.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Darby Goodwin, Jupiter 31.06; SOFLO: 11. Maria Lopez 33.12, 26. Emily Jurich 35.58; Open, 1. Jeserik Pinto, Davie 30.14; SOFLO: 5. Marcella Marinheiro 31.82, 9. Rachel Ling 33.86, 25. Danielle Ginzburg 35.93, 26. Evelin Jimenez 35.99, 27. Megan Schimansky 36.38.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Chase Harris, Jupiter 2:42.58; SOFLO: 11. Rebecca Wilkerson 3:00.90, 12. Selina Voelkel 3:02.12, 16. Lindsey Sauer 3:03.41; Open, 1. Emily Kopas, Davie 2:33.80.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:02.46; SOFLO: 2. Maria Lopez 1:04.64, 7. Melissa Marinheiro 1:06.72, 12. Amber Hunter 1:07.91, 14. Kristina Brennan 1:08.97, 27. Kylie Herman 1:12.30, 29. Haley Wright 1:12.36; Open, 1. Caroline Kuczynski, SOFLO 1:01.27; SOFLO: 12. Evelin Jimenez 1:08.11, 43. Daniela Jimenez 1:17.57.

400-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 5:13.60; SOFLO: 8. Kylie Herman 5:33.86; Open, 1. Hannah Vandersluis, North Palm Beach 5:12.46.

800-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. SOFLO “A” 8:45.22 (Caroline Kuczynski, Kylie Herman, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro), 13. SOFLO “B” 9:17.34 (Haley Wright, Evelin Jimenez, Daniela Jimenez, Lindsey Sauer).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Daniel Digiacomo, Dave 1:56.29; SOFLO: 26. Jacob Walters 2:07.05, 31. Kyle Desrosiers 2:08.29, 35. David Stoddard 2:09.23, 36. Bryce Pierce 2:10.34, 47. Roger Capote 2:13.97, 50. August Charni 2:14.27, 52. Edward Kon 2:14.70; Open, 1. Augie Manganiello, AK Sharks 1:55.47; SOFLO: 8. Marc Rojas 2:00.78, 29. Carlo Morante 2:03.80, 30. Keegan Boisson-Yates 2:03.95, 57. Mauricio Hidalgo 2:09.31, 63. Jonathan Strod 2:10.67, 71. Ryan Capote 2:15.72.

50-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Chad Moody, Pompano Beach 28.70; SOFLO: 10. August Charni 31.24, 13. Fernando Quintero 31.84, 22. Bryce Pierce 32.77, 28. David Stoddard 33.14, 42. Juan Saldana 35.33; Open, 1. Ramon Walton, St. Andrew’s Swimming 27.41; SOFLO: 3. Keegan Boisson-Yates 27.72, 4. Brandon Goldman 27.76, 13. Carlo Morante 29.87, 20. Ben Fruitman 31.04, 24. Ivan Parada 31.54, 44. Ryan Capote 33.88.

200-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Shane McNamara, Empire Swimming 2:25.33; SOFLO: 11. Jordan Colon 2:39.01, 16. Kyle Desrosiers 2:48.04, 19. Ryan Capote 2:50.46, 23. Edward Kon 2:52.87, 26. Bowie Suen 2:55.80; Open, 1. Leo Martins, Davie 2:20.29; SOFLO: 7. Brandon Goldman 2:34.10.

100-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 57.14; SOFLO: 4. Jacob Walters 1:00.82, 31. Ilya Evdokimov 1:04.83, 38. Bryce Pierce 1:06.06; Open, 1. Austin Saunders, Westminster Academy 56.81; SOFLO: 6. Keegan Boisson-Yates 58.55, 26. Carlo Morante 1:02.03, 31. Xavier Brown 1:02.62, 49. Mauricio Hidalgo 1:04.16, 70. Jonathan Strod 1:07.13.

400-meter individual medley:

15-16, 1. Shane McNamara, Empire Swimming 4:42.02; SOFLO: 13. Jordan Colon 5:05.03; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 4:36.80; SOFLO: 5. Marc Rojas 4:46.73.

800-meter freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Metro Aquatics and Davie Nadadores, 7:55.79, 9. SOFLO “A” 8:16.89 (Keegan Boisson-Yates, Ivan Parada, Carlo Morante, Marc Rojas), 15. SOFLO “B” 8:35.32 (Jacob Walters, Bryce Pierce, Kyle Desrosiers, David Stoddard). 

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 5: Swimming Takes Center Stage At Olympics, SOFLO’s Atkinson Competes Sunday

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 5: Swimming Takes Center Stage At Olympics, SOFLO’s Atkinson Competes Sunday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 28, 2012

Reigning world champion Ryan Lochte won his first gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics Saturday night to highlight a dramatic night of swimming at the steamy Aquatics Centre.

Lochte, 27, of Daytona Beach, won the 400-meter individual medley, the first of two highly-anticipated races against rival Michael Phelps. Lochte pulled away during the backstroke and won in 4:05.18, a textile-best.

Phelps, the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist and world record holder, was fourth in 4:09.28, 34/100ths out of medal contention.

It was the first gold medal for the U.S. team and first time Lochte beat Phelps in an Olympic final.

“I think I am in shock right now,” Lochte said. “Going into these Games I knew I was capable of getting the win. I’m happy that I was able to do that. I am ready to rock. This is going to be an Olympics to remember.

“I heard the fans screaming all throughout the race and definitely had my family there. It definitely helped me out a lot.”

Lochte was his laidback self before the race and on the medal podium. He wore new bright green shoes and put his diamond Stars and Stripes grill across his top front teeth for photographers. Lochte was not allowed to wear his grill on the podium. An IOC official told him he would not get his gold medal if he did.

“It’s just a unique way of showing my personality,” Lochte said.

Three-time Olympian Thiago Pereira of Brazil took the silver, his first-ever Olympic medal, in 4:08.86 and 17-year-old Kosuke Hagino of Japan finished with the bronze in 4:08.94. Hagino, who won the 200 IM at last year’s FINA Junior World Championships, was not expected to reach an Olympic final.

The race was no contest with Lochte leading from start-to-finish and crushing the men’s field. Lochte, who has six Olympic medals including three golds in his lifetime, had flirted with world record pace for the first 350 meters.

“I know he gave it everything he had,” Lochte said of the 16-time medal winner. “That’s all you can really ask. I’m going to talk to him and see how he feels about that.”

Phelps had barely made it into the final, qualifying eighth just out-touching Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh. Lochte, who said he didn’t feel good in the morning prelim, was third fastest qualifier.

“I was lucky to get in,” Phelps said. “I had a chance to put myself in a spot to start off on a good note and didn’t do it. Ryan had a good race.”

It is the first time since 2000 when Phelps was 15 that he has missed a medal in an Olympic event. It was the 400 IM that Phelps kept saying he would never race again after 2008 because it was too painful. But inexplicably decided to race it at trials.

“It was just a crappy race,” Phelps said. “They swam a better race than me, they swam a smarter race than me and that is why they are on the podium. It’s just really frustrating to start off on a bad note like this. It’s pretty upsetting.

“The biggest thing now is to try and get past this and move forward,” Phelps said. “I have a bunch of races and hopefully we can finish this a lot better than we started.”

On Wednesday, the two go head-to-head for the second and final time in the 200-meter individual medley, an event Phelps has won in each of the last two Olympics.

Meanwhile, China dominated the remainder of the swimming.

Sun Yang, 20, won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in an Olympic record 3:40.14, eclipsing Ian Thorpe’s Olympic record set in 2000. Olympic defending champion Tae-Hwan Park of South Korea, after being disqualified in morning prelims for a false start and then reinstated by FINA, was second in 3:42.06. American Peter Vanderkaay, who relocated to Gainesville to train for the Olympics, took the bronze in 3:44.69.

“I am very glad to have won the gold, it means a lot to me,” Yang said. “It is a reward for the many years of effort. Tonight, I did a good race. If I had won the gold without Park swimming in the final, maybe the Korean media would have said that it was a medal not gained well enough. To have Park in the race was a very good challenge for me.”

China’s 16-year-old Ye Shiwen won the women’s 400-meter individual medley in a world record time of 4:28.43, knocking off American Elizabeth Beisel of University of Florida, who was second in 4:31.27. China’s Xuanxu Li took bronze in 4:32.91.

The Aussies looked unbeatable on the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay with Alicia Coutts, 24, Cate Campbell, 20, Brittany Elmslie, 18, and Melanie Schlanger, 25, winning in an Olympic record 3:33.15. Schlanger held off the Netherlands, the defending Olympic champion that finished second in 3:33.79. The U.S. took bronze with Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt. Neal became the first African-American woman to swim in an Olympic final.

Natalie Coughlin, 29, as a member of the U.S. relay that swam prelims along with Amanda Weir and qualified, tied for most career Olympic medals with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres of the Coral Springs Swim Club with 12. Coughlin, who did not qualify in an individual event, is now done for the week and will be a team cheerleader, she said.

“I really have no idea what to think of it so far,” Coughlin said. “I’ll have to let that one sit and I’ll have to take it all in. I’m very proud of it but I’ve never been on a morning relay before.”

If the Florida Gators swimmers were a country, they would be tied with China for Olympic swim medals with three.

SOFLO three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov was eliminated in the morning prelims of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, his only event in London.

Polyakov finished 34th in 1:02.15. His splits were 29.06 and 33.09. Suriname’s Diguan Pigot of Metro Aquatics was 43rd in 1:05.55.

In the men’s breaststroke semifinals, which were crazy fast, South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh broke 59 seconds for the second time in his career to earn the top seed in an Olympic record 58.83, breaking Kosuke Kitajima’s Olympic mark of 58.91 set in 2008. American Brendan Hansen barely qualified for finals with the eighth fastest time in 59.78.

American Dana Vollmer set an Olympic, American and textile-best in prelims of the 100-meter butterfly prelims in 56.25 and earned the top seed after semifinals in 56.36.

On Sunday, SOFLO’s three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica will compete in the prelims of the 100-meter breaststroke, the first of three events she is entered in.

The swimming attracted its share of VIPs including Queen Elizabeth for the morning session and First Lady Michelle Obama for the evening session.

NBC, with its mega hours and channels of coverage, is not making any friends by showing the swimming finals on tape-delay especially in this social media era where followers know who won immediately after races. Twitter lit up with complaints about it and NBC’s sub-par live streaming which kept cutting in out and out online on the first full day of competition.

The U.S. swim team’s “Call Me Maybe” video parody has now hit 2 million viewers on YouTube.

Water polo

Hungary will put its 17-match unbeaten Olympic streak on the line Sunday as it begins its quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Hungary opens up against gold medal favorite Serbia on opening day of the water polo competition. The U.S. team, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, opens up against Montenegro.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Emma Lincoln Leads SOFLO On Day One Of FGC Senior Championships At Coral Springs

Emma Lincoln Leads SOFLO On Day One Of FGC Senior Championships At Coral Springs


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 27, 2012

Emma Lincoln stole the show Friday night at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in her home pool at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The 16-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 15-16 100-meter freestyle with a career-best time and anchored the winning 400-meter freestyle relay.

Lincoln won the 100-meter freestyle in 59.57 seconds, lowering her previous best of 59.91. She was the fifth fastest qualifier in morning prelims.

Lincoln joined teammates Caroline Kuczynski, 21, Marcella Marinheiro, 17, and Melissa Marinheiro, 15, to win the relay in 4:02.22, bettering their seed time of 4:06.23.

Kuczynski, a junior at Arizona State, is competing in six events this weekend. The U.S. is the third country the 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful has competed in this summer. She also competed in meets in Sweden and Canada.

Kuczynski posted a best time 59.90 in the 100-meter freestyle, in the first of the six events. It was the second fastest time in morning prelims. Her previous best was 1:00.24. She finished second in finals in 59.33, lowering her best time again.

Kuczynski was also fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:30.71.

Alex Rodriguez, 21, swam the fastest 50-meter breaststroke prelim time in a career-best 29.81, cracking 30 seconds for the first time and lowering his previous best of 30.26. He finished second in finals in 30.14 behind Davie’s Leonardo Martins (30.09).

Maria Lopez, 16, was second in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:22.01, lowering her previous best of 2:22.21. Amber Hunter, 16, was third in 2:30.53. Lopez also swam a best time in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:40.01, lowering her previous best of 4:52.91.

Other SOFLO “A” finalists:

Brandon Goldman, 17, third in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:08.66, lowering his previous best of 2:22.76 which he lowered first in prelims in 2:12.08.

Kelly Kealty, 15, fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time of 36.98, bettering her previous best of 37.09.

Ilya Evdokimov, 16, fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 32.24, lowering his best time of 32.41.

Marc Rojas, 18, was fifth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:08.63, lowering his previous best of 4:09.82.

Emily Jurich, 15, fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 37.07, also a best time, lowering her previous best of 40.13.

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.79 and eighth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:35.37.

Marcella Marinheiro, 17, sixth in the 200-meter backstroke, 2:31.24.

Carlo Morante, 19, seventh in the 200-meter backstroke, 2:21.39.

Evelin Jimenez, 17, eighth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:34.90, lowering her previous best of 2:35.20.

In morning prelims:

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, swam a best time 2:29.08 in the 200-meter butterfly, lowering her previous best of 2:30.40 and earning the third seed.

Rachel Ling, 17, lowered her best time in the 200-meter backstroke from 2:44.21 to 2:38.20. She also bettered her time in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:04.88, dropping from 1:06.71. Daniela Jimenez dropped from 1:05.93 to 1:05.03 in the 100 freestyle.

Kylie Herman, 15, bettered her best time in the 100-meter freestyle from 1:04.87 to 1:03.38. Herman dropped her 200-meter butterfly time in 2:36.77 dropping from 2:41.27.

Lindsey Sauer, 15, also bettered her time in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:04.67 dropping from 1:04.73. Also in the event, Haley Wright, 15, dropped from 1:05.92 to 1:05.21. Kaitlin Armstrong, 16, bettered her time from 1:07.79 to 1:06.14. Rebecca Wilkerson swam a best time in 1:06.69, dropping from 1:07.36. Wilkerson also swam a best time in the 50-meter breaststroke in 38.18, dropping from 39.72.

Emily Jurich, 15, swam a best time 37.52 in the 50-meter breaststroke dropping from 40.13. Also in the event, Selina Voelkel, 16, dropped from 39.97 to a best time 38.81.

Brandon Goldman, 17, swam the sixth fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly prelims in a best time 2:12.08, dropping from 2:22.76.

David Stoddard, 15, posted two best times. He dropped from 2:29.08 to 2:28.39 in the 200-meter backstroke. And, in the 100-meter freestyle he swam a lifetime-best 58.13, lowering his previous best of 1:00.17.

Kyle Desrosiers, 16, swam a best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.15, dropping from 59.57. Also in the event, Bryce Pierce, 15, dropped from 1:00.36 to 58.21 and Josh Cutter, 16, dropped from 1:00.29 to 58.41. Ilya Evdokimov, 16, dropped from 1:01.73 to 59.92. William Perry swam 1:01.51, dropping 1/100th off his previous best.

Ben Fruitman, 17, dropped from 2:29.49 to 2:25.05 in the 200-meter backstroke. Fruitman also improved his 100-meter freestyle time in 57.48 dropping from 57.81.

Ryan Capote, 14, swam a career-best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.96, dropping from 1:01.08.

Jacob Walters, 16, dropped from 2:20.73 to 2:24.30 in the 200-meter butterfly.

Jonathan Strod, 13, lowered his best time in the 50-meter breaststroke from 37.07 to 35.98. Also in the event, Derek Maguire, 18, swam a best time 36.92 dropping from 36.38.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Metro Aquatics 1:51.37, 6. SOFLO “A” 1:54.43 (Emma Lincoln, Maria Lopez, Anne Kuczynski, Melissa Marinheiro), 10. SOFLO “B” 1:55.17 (Kristina Brennan, Amber Hunter, Evelin Jimenez, Kylie Herman).

200-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:22.14; SOFLO: 13. Maria Lopez 2:32.25, 15. Kristina Brennan 2:37.38; Open, 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:19.90; SOFLO: 6. Marcella Marinheiro 2:31.24, 11. Rachel Ling 2:39.72, 12. Megan Schimansky 2:42.13.

100-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Emma Lincoln, SOFLO 59.57, best time; SOFLO: 5. Melissa Marinheiro 1:00.79, 20. Kylie Herman 1:03.38, best time, 24. Kristina Brennan 1:03.73, 33. Lindsey Sauer 1:04.67, best time, 34. Amber Hunter 1:04.68, 40. Haley Wright 1:05.21, best time, 49. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:06.14, best time, 56. Rebecca Wilkerson 1:06.69, best time, 72. Kelly Kealty 1:08.47; Open, 1. Katelyn Miller, Unattached 58.06; SOFLO: 2. Caroline Kuczynski 59.33, 16. Marcella Marinheiro 1:02.21, 24. Evelin Jimenez 1:03.03, 35. Rachel Ling 1:04.88, best time, 36. Anne Kuczynski 1:04.90, 37. Daniela Jimenez 1:05.03, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:16.09; SOFLO: 2. Maria Lopez 2:22.01, best time, 3. Amber Hunter 2:30.53, 8. Melissa Marinheiro 2:35.37, 11. Kylie Herman 2:35.44, best time, 15. Haley Wright 2:38.56; Open: 1. Rya Marynowski, Empire Swimming 2:19.43;  SOFLO: 8. Evelin Jimenez 2:34.90.

50-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 33.37; SOFLO: 4. Kelly Kealty 36.98, 5. Emily Jurich 37.07, 12. Rebecca Wilkerson 38.18, best time in prelims, 15. Rebecca Wilkerson 38.54, 19. Selina Voelkel 38.81, best time; Open: 1. Hana Vandersluis, North Palm Beach 35.10.

400-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s swimming 4:225.04; SOFLO: 4. Caroline Kuczynski 4:30.71, 20. Daniela Jimenez 4:50.31, best time.

400-meter freestyle relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 4:02.22 (Caroline Kuczynski, Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, EmmaLincoln), 14. SOFLO “B” 4:17.24 (Kaitlin Armstrong, Kylie Herman, Amber Hunter, Evelin Jimenez).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Westminster Academy “A” 1:34.80, 11. SOFLO “A” 1:41.13 (Ben Fruitman, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Pillado, Keegan Boisson-Yates), 21. SOFLO “B” 1:44.78 (Ivan Parada, August Charni, Carlo Morante, Ilya Evdokimov).

200-meter backstroke:

15-16, 1. B. Depawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 2:12.69; SOFLO: 16. David Stoddard 2:29.25, best time, 24. August Charni 2:31.03, 26. Fernando Quintero 2:32.14; Open, 1. Gabriel Pedrao, Unattached 2:12.00; SOFLO: 7. Carlo Morante 2:21.39, 12. Ben Fruitman 2:24.21, best time, 26. Ryan Capote 2:39.00.

100-meter freestyle:

15-16, 1. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 53.99; SOFLO: 24. Jacob Walters 57.99, 27. David Stoddard 58.13, best time, 28. Kyle Desrosiers 58.15, best time, 30. Bryce Pierce 58.21, best time, 34. Josh Cutter 58.41, best time, 48. August Charni 59.34, 53. Ilya Evdokimov 59.92, best time, 67. Jordan Colon 1:01.07, 70. Roger Capote 1:01.31, 74. William Perry 1:01.51, 77. Fernando Quintero 1:01.84, 90. Bowie Suen 1:03.37; Open, 1. Daniel Spas, Heritage Aquatics 52.32; SOFLO: 13. Alex Rodriguez 55.24, 23. Keegan Boisson-Yates 55.42, 46. Carlo Morante 57.16, 55. Ben Fruitman 57.48, best time, 62. Ivan Parada 57.95, 81. Jonathan Strod 59.30, best time, 86. Austin Pillado 59.71, equals best time, 89. Ryan Capote 59.96, best time, 100. Mauricio Hidalgo 1:00.81, 116. Di Sanguinetti 1:50.58.

200-meter butterfly:

15-16, 1. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie Nadadores 2:08.22; SOFLO: 9. Jacob Walters 2:17.70, best time, 28. Joshua Coote 2:34.48; Open, 1. SOFLO: 21. Mauricio Hidalgo 2:21.97.

50-meter breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Jordy Groters, Davie Nadadores 30.67; SOFLO: 4. Ilya Evdokimov 32.24, 31. Kyle Desrosiers 36.34, 33. Josh Cutter 36.39, 36. Bowie Suen 36.62, 38. Edward Kon 36.76, 43. William Perry 38.29; Open, 1. Leonardo Martins, SOFLO 30.09; SOFLO: 2. Alex Rodriguez 30.14, 36. Brandon Goldman 34.26, 44. Jonathan Strod 35.98, best time, 48. Derek Maguire 36.92, best time.

400-meter freestyle:

Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 4:05.56; SOFLO: 5. Marc Rojas 4:08.63, 27. Austin Pillado 4:33.51.

400-meter freestyle relay:

1.Miami Swimming 3:37.11, 9. SOFLO “A” 3:43.36 (Alex Rodriguez, Carlo Morante, Marc Rojas, Keegan Boisson-Yates), 20. SOFLO “B” 3:54.61 (Ben Fruitman, Jacob Walters, Ivan Parada, David Stoddard).

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