WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 16, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro and Marc Rojas will compete in their final events Friday on the fifth and final day of the USA Swimming Speedo Junior Nationals at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Marinheiro, 15, competing in her first junior nationals, will compete in the 1500-meter freestyle. On Thursday, she swam 1:08.00 in a 100-meter butterfly time trial.
Rojas, 18, appearing in his second junior nationals, will swim the 800-meter freestyle. He tuned up in Thursday’s 200-meter freestyle prelims in 2:00.37.
Brandon Goldman of the Coral Springs Swim Club swam his third and fourth career-best times in three days.
Goldman, 17, swam 58 seconds for the first time in his swimming career in the 100-meter backstroke. Goldman swam 58.91 bettering his previous best time of 59.26 in morning prelims. His splits were 28.78 and 30.13. In a 200-meter individual medley time trial, he also swam a best time 2:11.42.
In championship finals on Thursday night:
Gillian Ryan, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the top seed in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.29 just off her best of 2:00.95, went on to win the event, her third of the week, in a best time 1:59.22. She was the only swimmer to break 2 minutes. She also won the 400- and 800-meter freestyles and took a second in the 100 freestyle.
In the final event, Ryan also helped her teammates lower the meet record 8:12.40.in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:12.15. The previous record was
Asphalt Green’s Michael Domagala was the only boy to crack 1:50 in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:49.88, just missing the meet record of 1:49.37. It is the fastest time by a 16-year-old this year.
Allie Szekely, 14, also won her third event of the week in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.62, fastest time by a 14-year-old in the nation this year. She was eighth after the first 50 meters. Earlier in the week, she won the 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter individual medley.
Carsten Vissering, 15, of Curl Burke won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.44. The top five swimmers finished within .36 seconds of each other.
Hannah Weiss, 16, of King Aquatic Club won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.22.
Taylor Dale of Carpet Capital Aquatics won the boys’ 100-meter backstroke in 55.98, missing the meet record of 55.46.
Heading into the final day of the meet, SwimMAC leads the boys’ team race with 259 points, just 31 points ahead of the Pleasanton Seahawks. North Baltimore is the girls’ leader in team standings.
Thursday Night Final Results
Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Gillian Ryan, North Baltimore 1:59.22.
Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Domagala, Asphalt Green 1:49.88.
Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Allie Szekely, Central Bucks 1:10.62.
Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Carsten Vissering, CUBU 1:03.44.
Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Hannah Weiss, King Aquatics 1:02.22.
Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Taylor Dale, Carpet Capital 55.98.
Women 4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 8:12.15, meet record.
Women’s team totals: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 196, 2. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 164, 3. Pleasanton Seahawks 143, 4. Mission Viejo 117, 5. SwimMAC Carolina 114, 6. York YMCA 97, 7. Irvine Novaquatics 81.5, 8. King Aquatics 76.5, 9. Central Bucks 72, 10. Santa Clara 54.
Men’s team totals: 1. SwimMAC Carolina 145.5, 2. Dayton Raiders 138, 3. Orinda Aquatics 112, 4. Tualatin Hills 110, 5. Cubu 89, 6. Pleasanton Seahawks 85, 7. King Aquatics 84.5, 8. Terrapins 81.5, 9. Mission Viejo 77, 10. Crimson Aquatics 68, 12. Davie Nadadores 60, 25. AK Sharks 31, 36. Swim Fort Lauderdale 17.
Day Four Florida Gold Coast Results
Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 52. Olivia Katcher, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:06.96.
Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 37. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:55.47, 47. Franco Lupoli, Davie Nadadores 1:55.88, 52. Miguel Davila 1:56.14, 114. Marc Rojas, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:00.37.
Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 59. Jordy Groters, Davie Nadadores 1:07.37.
Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 47. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Team 58.91, best time.
Women’s 100-meter butterfly time trials: Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:08.00.
Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club 2:11.42.
Gracia Leydon-Mahoney was in first place after the women’s 3-meter springboard semifinals and Toby Stanley was leading the men’s 10-meter platform semifinals on Day 3 of the AT&T USA Diving National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
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