WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
July 18, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Caroline Kuczynski continues her busy summer this week at the Summer National Championships that begin Thursday at the Kinsmen Sport Centre in Edmonton.
The 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful and Arizona State junior will compete in the 50-meter butterfly on Thursday, 100-meter butterfly on Saturday and 400-meter medley relay on Sunday.
Kuczynski, 21, is seeded fourth in the 50-meter butterfly (27.27) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (59.65). Her Pointe-Claire Swim Club is seeded first in the medley relay (4:07.23).
Kuczynski has been training and competing in Sweden with some of her ASU teammates and training with SOFLO. She has been in Canada for the past week and enjoyed a team dinner with her club on Tuesday night at a local pizza parlor.
The four-day national meet features 400 Canadian swimmers from 150 clubs across Canada.
“The Summer National championships in Edmonton will see some of our next wave of Olympic level athletes shine,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada.
“We’re focused on building the next generation of Canadian swimming heroes today. Having the Olympic Games around the corner will surely spark the dream of being in that arena in four years.”
Kuczynski just missed making the 2012 Canadian Olympic team.
Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
National Swim Schedules Announced
Orlando has been added as one of the new sites for the 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. The Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center will host the Feb. 15-17 meet, the third stop on the series. Other meets are: Nov. 9-12, Minneapolis; Jan. 18-20, Austin, Tex.; April 18-20 Mesa, Ariz., at the new $8.4 million Skyline Aquatics Center; May 10-12, Charlotte, N.C. and May 30-June 2, Santa Clara, Calif…
Other meets of interest in 2012 and 2013:
Aug. 7-11, U.S. Open, Indiana University Natatorium
Aug. 13-17, Junior Nationals, Indiana University Natatorium
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Winter Nationals, University of Texas
Dec. 6-8, Winter Junior Nationals, University of Tennessee
June 25-29, World Championship Trials, Indiana University Natatorium
July 19-Aug. 4, World Championships, Barcelona, Spain
July 30-Aug. 3, U.S. Open, Irvine, Calif.
Aug. 5-9, Junior Nationals, Irvine, Calif.
Dec. 5-7, Winter Nationals, University of Tennessee
Dec. 13-14, Winter Junior Nationals, site to be determined
Former University of Maryland coach Sean Schimmel has been named head women’s and diving coach at University of Arkansas. For the last four seasons Schimmel has coached at Maryland, which has disbanded its swimming program because of lack of money. He also was an assistant at LSU and Harvard…Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero was named an assistant coach for Portugal’s Olympic team. Albeiro coaches two of Portugal’s top swimmers, breaststroker Carlos Almeida and backstroker Pedro Oliveira.
American Heritage Wins MaxPreps Cup
Plantation American Heritage was awarded the inaugural MaxPreps Cup as the top high school athletic program in the nation.
American Heritage took honors as top girls program as well as state’s overall top medium school program (1,000-2,000 enrollment) to earn 1,031 points to outdistance Summit of Bend, Ore. with 929 points.
Along with state titles in baseball, softball and girls and boys track and field, the Patriots also win a state title in boys soccer and finished second in boys and girls golf, girls swimming and girls soccer. The Patriots were also nationally ranked in baseball and boys and girls track.
Jacksonville Bolles was ranked 18th with 590, mainly based on its boys and girls swimming programs.
A one-armed 10-year-old swimmer won two gold medals during the July 14-15 El Paso Swimming Championships. Ben Ramirez, who was born in China with only one arm and adopted when he was 3 years old, won the 25-yard butterfly and individual medley. He also won two bronze relay medals…USA Swimming and Disney’s Pixar have joined forces to promote swimming with the help of Finding Nemo and a few national team members including Natalie Coughlin and Anthony Ervin who sing the famous Dori melody, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming. The movie is also being re-released in 3D on Sept. 14. The U.S. Olympic team got to see an advanced screening of the movie with 3-D glasses while at their training camp in Knoxville, Tenn. last week.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org