AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 184: SOFLO’s Kuczynski Places Fourth, Fifth At Canadian Summer Nationals

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 184: SOFLO’s Kuczynski Places Fourth, Fifth At Canadian Summer Nationals


July 21, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Caroline Kuczynski just missed a medal Saturday night at the Canadian Summer National Championships at the Kinsmen Sport Centre in Edmonton.

Kuczynski, 21, and her Point-Claire Club teammates finished fourth in the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:52.05.

Kuczynski swam the second leg in 59.20 and was joined by teammates Alyson Ackman, Ashley McGregor and Alexia Zevnik.

“So close, one more opportunity for a medal, 400 medley relay,” Kuczynski tweeted. “Love my Point Claire team.”

Kuczynski also finished fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.12 and earned 17 points for her swim club. The Arizona State junior was the second fastest swimmer in morning prelims in 1:00.86.

Sixteen-year Noemie Thomas, the top seed, pulled away from the butterfly field to win in a best time 59.12. Her previous best was 59.39. Thomas was the youngest in the field of 10 finalists.

“Well, that wasn’t what I expected,” Kuczynski tweeted. “Thanks to everyone at home that watched and cheered. Wish I could have made you more proud.”

Kuczynski has another shot at a medal when she competes in the medley relay on Sunday night.


Florida Gold Coast swimmer Joey Pedraza of Davie Nadadores was a member of the winning and record-breaking relay that won the 36th annual Olympic Club Trans Tahoe Relay in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The six-member relay won in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 3 seconds and topped a field of 182 teams during the 11-mile open water swim in 55-degree weather. The relay was started by the 1976 Olympic Club members who challenged each other to a team race across Lake Tahoe. Other clubs started being invited to the annual invitational event. More than 1,000 swimmers compete each year. Tampa’s three-time Olympian Brooke Bennett was among the field. Pedraza has grown up in South Florida swimming. He is an alum of Pine Crest School and University of Florida.

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