OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 14: University of Florida Gators Top Rankings At Olympic Games

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 14: University of Florida Gators Top Rankings At Olympic Games


August 7, 2012

During the 2012 London Olympics, ninety-one semifinalists in the swimming competition were either current or former college student-athletes including Elizabeth Beisel and Ryan Lochte.

According to CollegeSwimming.com which scored the Olympic races as if it were the NCAA Championships and ranked each school based on their scores, the University of Florida ranked first in both the men’s and women’s categories.

The Gator men would have finished with 91 points edging Auburn with 82. Lochte and seven other current and former Gators advanced into the semifinals and four of them qualified for finals.

In the women’s competition, Florida scored 112 points ahead of California with 100. Beisel and six other swimmers made it to semifinals and five of them moved on to the finals in their events.

The Gator swimmers won 11 Olympic medals, tying them with Japan if Florida was a country in the medal table.

The rankings:

Men: 1. Florida 91, 2. Auburn 82, 3. Michigan 63, 4. California 51, 5. Arizona 43, 6. Texas, 25, 7. Northwestern, N.C. State, tie, 20, 9. Southern California 16, 10. Georgia Tech, UC-Davis, tie, 14, 12. Georgia 9, 13. Stanford, 4.

Women: 1. Florida 112, 2. California 100, 3. Southern California 75, 4. Georgia, Auburn, tie, 60, 6. Texas A&M 55, 7. UNLV 21, 8. Texas, 15, 9. Washington 14, 10. Nebraska, 13, 11. Western Kentucky 12, 12. Drury 7, 13. Arizona, Ohio State, tie, 6, 14. Minnesota 3.

More Swimming Notes

Teenager Missy Franklin made more than $200,000 in Olympic bonus money but it could be caught up in NCAA red tape. The 17-year-old high school senior is awaiting to hear from the NCAA just how much of it she can keep and still maintain her amateur status…Michael Phelps, who is reportedly worth $40 million, will make tens of millions more after his London performance. Phelps could also earn $300,000 in tax-free bonuses from the U.S. Olympic Committee and his eleven endorsers for his medal count alone…Ryan Lochte is lobbying for an invitation to ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.


Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee, 24, won the gold medal, finishing ahead of Spain’s Javier Gomez who collapsed after crossing the finish line next to Brownlee who was also flat on his back. Too exhausted to get up, the pair reached out and shook hands while still lying on their backs. Brownlee’s 22-year-old brother took the bronze.

The course was a 0.9-mile swim, 26.7-mile bike and 6.2-mile run through Hyde Park.

Alistair, a two-time world champion, finished in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 25 seconds including a 29:07 run. Gomez finished 9 seconds back in 1:46:34 and Jonathan finished in 1:46:56. American Hunter Kemper, competing in his fourth Olympic Games, was 14th in 1:48:46.

“Being 36 years old, the leg speed isn’t quite there,” Kemper said. “Sure as heck wasn’t there today. I wish it was. I’m a lot better runner than that.”

U.S. teammate Manny Huerta of Miami was 51st in 1:53:39.

The Brownlee brothers have now shared seven podiums in major international races together, including three since 2011. “I was obviously very, very proud and happy, but my overriding emotion was to get over the line and be over and done with it,” Alistair said.


Russian Ilya Zakharov won the gold medal in the men’s 3-meter springboard final spoiling China’s bid to sweep all eight diving events in London.

With only 1.25 points separating Zakharov and China’s Qin Kai, Zakharov clinched the title on his final dive with 104.50 points on his forward 4 ½ somersault tuck.

“I’m so pleased that I have managed to take away at least one medal from China,” Zakharov said. “After the last dive when I came up to the surface and I heard the noise that’s when the happiness swept over me.”

American Troy Dumais, 32, the only U.S. male diver to compete in four Olympics, finished fifth with a personal best 498.35. Chris Colwill had a tough start, missing one dive and failing to score on another, failing to make finals and finishing 18th. Dumais plans on competing at nationals and world championships and retiring after that.

Water polo

For the third time since 2000, the U.S. women’s team will play for the gold medal on Thursday after beating Australia, 11-9, in overtime on Tuesday. Maggie Steffens scored four goals including the winning goal in overtime. The U.S. will play Spain, 10-9 winners over Hungary. Neither the U.S. or Spain have ever won the gold medal in women’s water polo since the sport was added to the Summer Games in 2000.

Synchronized Swimming

Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won the gold medal in the duet competition and continued Russia’s domination in the sport. Spain’s Ona Carbonell and Andrea Fuentes edged China’s Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou for the silver medal. They finished with 197.100 points to top a field of 11 teams.  The pair train 10 hours a day in the pool or the gym. “We don’t want to reveal all of our secrets, but standing upside-down in the pool is no joke,” said Ishchenko. The U.S. duet of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva finished 11th. It was China’s first medal in duet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Second Junior National Cut; Capote Has Big Time Drops At Southern Zones

SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Second Junior National Cut; Capote Has Big Time Drops At Southern Zones


August 7, 2012

There were plenty of big swims turned in by South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers on Day Two of the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

Marc Rojas, 18, swam his second Junior National qualifying cut time in two days in the 200-meter breaststroke in a career-best 2:23.49 to finish second. His previous best time was 2:28.26.

On Monday, Rojas made his cut in the 800-meter freestyle for the August 13-17 USA Swimming Speedo Junior Nationals in Indianapolis.

Florida State’s Alex Rodriguez, 21, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.19, off his best time of 29.81.

Amber Hunter, 16, finished second in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:25.54, lowering her previous best of 2:27.31.

Roger Capote, 16, had a big day with two huge time drop lifetime-best swims.

Capote swam a best time 2:43.66 in the 200-meter breaststroke dropping from 2:50.46 and another best time in the 50-meter breaststroke from 37.34 to 34.28 in prelims and came back to finish seventh in finals in 35.65.

“It’s been a while,” Capote said.

“The past couple of meets I was mentally not into my races,” Capote said. “Then I started doing some affirmations and having a more positive outlook on my races. I focused on the present time and not the future or the past. I started focusing only on what could happen. Now I am more focused on what I am doing and how I’m racing.”

Capote said he was inspired by watching and training with three-time Olympian and teammate Alia Atkinson.

“This is probably one of my best meets I have had all season,” Capote said. “I felt great. Before the race I focused a lot on my breaststroke and once I got in the water I just let it go. I knew if I had could do the 200 I could swim the 50, too. I wasn’t focused on being exhausted, I was prepared for the 50.”

Capote has been swimming since he was 12 with the Comets, his first club team.

Evelin Jimenez, 17, bettered her 200-meter butterfly in 2:33.37 to finish fifth. Her previous best was 2:34.90.

Other SOFLO finalists were:

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, third, 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.98.

Jessica Rodriguez, 13, sixth, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:50.49.

Carlo Morante, 19, eighth, 200-meter backstroke, 2:21.13.

In the team competition, South Florida Aquatic Club is second among the 22-girls team field with 303.5 points behind Team Greenville (345). The SOFLO boys are also second among a field of 22 teams with 335.5 points, also behind Greenville (345).

Former Comets/SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, 16, competing for The Woodlands (Tex.) went 1:03.64 in the 100-meter freestyle in prelims and 1:03.85 in the bonus final.

In morning prelims:

Samantha Stinemire, 14, bettered her best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:04.47, dropping from 1:05.60. Also in the event, teammates Rachel Ling, 17, dropped from 1:04.88 to 1:04.58 and Lilli Calero, 14, dropped from 1:08.35 to 1:08.09.

Ivan Parada, 17, turned in a best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.01 dropping from 57.55 and lowered it again in the consolation final in 55.92.

Jacob Walters, 16, swam two best times. He dropped from 57.95 to a best time 57.68 in the 100-meter freestyle and from 2:17.70 to 2:16.12 in the 200-meter butterfly.

Carlo Morante, 19, swam a best time 2:19.91 in the 200-meter backstroke dropping from 2:20.28. He also lowers his 100-meter freestyle time in the bonus final from 57.06 to 56.47.


GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Team Greenville 345, 2. SOFLO 303.5, 3. Team FLA 274, 4. First Colony 241.5, 5. The Woodlands 235, 6. Plantation Swim Team 226, 7. Katy Aquatics 213, 8. Mansfield 211, 9. Mississippi Makos 168, 10. Houston Cougar 160, 16. Pompano Piranhas 36.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Colleen Lord, FCST 1:00.09; SOFLO: 3. Melissa Marinheiro 1:00.98, 14. Amber Hunter 1:02.74, 21. Evelin Jimenez 1:03.19, 33. Bianca Muniz 1:04.40, 34. Samantha Stinemire 1:04.47, best time, 36. Rachel Ling 1:04.58, best time, 49. Daniela Jimenez 1:05.68, 63. Carly Swanson 1:07.06, 65. Lilli Calero 1:08.40.

200-meter breaststroke:  1. Dani Gordon, JCLA 2:42.21; SOFLO: 6. Jessica Rodriguez 2:50.49. 

200-meter backstroke: 1. Emma Gourdie, SMRT 2:24.20; SOFLO: 17. Rachel Ling 2:38.36, 26. Carly Swanson 2:48.78.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Asia Quentin, FCST 2:21.14; SOFLO: 2. Amber Hunter 2:25.54, 5. Evelin Jimenez 2:33.37, 18. Jessica Rodriguez 2:43.79.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Taylor Ballard, MMST 35.35.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Team Greenville 345, 2. SOFLO 335.5, 3. Team FLA 291, 4. Plantation Swim Team 242, 5. First Colony Swim Team 241.5, 6. The Woodlands 235, 7. Katy Aquatics 226, 8. Mansfield 211, 9. Mississippi Makos 168, 10. Houston Cougar 160.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Elijah Flood, PST 54.15; SOFLO: 12. Ivan Parada 55.92, best time, 21. Carlo Morante 56.47, 26. Jacob Walters 57.85, best time, 28. Xavier Brown 57.88, 49. Ryan Capote 1:00.06, 51. Jordan Colon 1:00.33, 57. Matthew Gonzalez 1:01.11, 60. Edward Kon 1:02.77.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Wyatt Boliek, TG 2:21.60; SOFLO: 2. Marc Rojas 2:23.49, best time, JUNIOR NATIONAL CUT, 12. Jordan Colon 2:39.98, 20. Roger Capote 2:43.81 (2:43.66, best time, prelims), 25. Edward Kon 2:58.15, (2:55.03 prelims).

200-meter backstroke: 1. Victor Vassallo, Piranhas 2:10.40; SOFLO: 8. Carlo Morante 2:21.13.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Pablo Ortiz, TG 2:07.82; SOFLO: 13. Jacob Walters 2:17.00 (2:16.12, best time, prelims).

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alex Rodriguez, SOFLO 30.19; SOFLO: 7. Roger Capote 35.65.


WHAT: Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships

WHEN: Monday-Friday

WHERE: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.


Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com