AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 181: SOFLO Lands Record Fifteen Swimmers On FGC Zone Team

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 181:SOFLO Lands Record Fifteen Swimmers On FGC Zone Team


July 3, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club had fifteen swimmers and two coaches selected for the Florida Gold Coast Zone Team.

It’s the most swimmers the young club has had in its nearly three-year history. Last year SOFLO placed 12 swimmers on the team.

The swimmers will compete against some of the nation’s top swimmers at the July 31-Aug. 4 Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Rockwall, Texas.

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

SOFLO girls selected to the team are:

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

13-14: Steph Campo, Jessica Rodriguez.

15-18: Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro, Marcella Marinheiro.

SOFLO boys selected to the team are:

11-12: Kevin Porto, Ricardo Roche.

13-14: Julien Pinon, Gustavo Valery, Alfredo Mesa Jr.

SOFLO age group coaches Megan Garland and Josh Laban are members of the Zone All-Star coaching staff.

U.S. Trials Leftovers

On Saturday, the entire U.S. Olympic swim team will head to Knoxville, Tenn. for the team’s domestic training camp before leaving for London. On July 12 the team will hold an open practice…The Olympic pool competition is July 28-Aug. 4 at the London Aquatic Centre. The men’s and women’s 10K is Aug. 9-10 at the Serpentine at Hyde Park…Davis Tarwater, 28, was a late addition to the team when Michael Phelps scratched from the 200-meter freestyle and Ricky Berens moved into the individual event slot. Tarwater, after missing the team in three events, will swim the 800-meter freestyle relay. When Tarwater returned to Omaha on Tuesday, he sought out Phelps and said “I owe you dinner. Dinner seems like the least I can do. I mean, what do you do in that situation?”…Berens found out he made the Olympic team in an individual event when Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman told him on Twitter…When Ryan Lochte returned home to Florida, a new Nissan 370Z was waiting for him in his driveway. “I think I gotta get this baby in gold next,” Lochte tweeted. Nissan is among several of his high profile sponsors…Michael Phelps is featured in a cover story in the August issue of Details Magazine….In a survey taken by ESPN’s Sportsnation Nokia Poll, basketball was the top Olympic sport selected by fans as being the most exciting at 42 percent followed by swimming, 24 percent, track and field, 23 percent and gymnastics, 12 percent…In TV ratings, The Bachelorette (7.4 million) edged the U.S. Olympic swimming trials (7.3 million)…How perfect is this? The most predominant Zodiac sign of swimmers on this year’s Olympic team is Pisces, The Fish with 13 of the 49 swimmers….25 percent of the U.S. swim team has University of Michigan ties.

U.S. Olympic Tweets

“A nice surprise awaited us when we landed. Thanks to all the swimmers and parents of SwimMAC. I’m shocked, we completely didn’t expect this. We will make you proud.”—Cullen Jones

“Less than 12 hours after our race, training away with Kara Lynn Joyce.”—Jessica Hardy

“Got some interesting looks in the gym today lifting with Peter Vanderkaay and both having shaved bodies.”—Conor Dwyer

“My pizza has broccoli on it that means I’m healthy right?”—Nathan Adrian

“USA Swimming made the right call letting us come home for a few days of much-needed R&R.”—Eric Shanteau

“Dara Torres, what a memorable journey. Had the best time of my life working with the best female athlete of all time.”—Bruno Darzi

“I guess it’s time to figure out what I wanna do when I grow up!”—Dara Torres

SOFLO’s Martin At U.S. Masters Nationals

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jennifer Martin, a Pembroke Pines police officer, will be among a national-caliber field including Olympians Brooke Bennett, 32, and Misty Hyman of Phoenix at the July 5-8 Marriott U.S. Masters Summer Nationals at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The four-day meet is being held in the same venue the U.S. trials were held in this past week.

Martin, 32, is seeded first in the 30-34 50-meter freestyle (28.57) and 50-meter breaststroke (38.12), second in the 100-meter freestyle (1:02.99) and third in the 50-meter butterfly (31.21).  

Ann Stewart, 42, David McIntyre, 75, Andrew Cole, 49, Eric Jackwin, 23, and Timothy Shead, 60, of GOLD are also entered. Swim Fort Lauderdale is among team favorites. The meet is timed finals. 


Stanford women’s head coach Lea Maurer has resigned her position  after seven seasons to make more time for her family, she said. The athletes were told on Monday. Stanford has finished in the top five at NCAA’s during her tenure. Men’s head coach Skip Kenney had retired earlier this summer.

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