AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 191: Nineteen Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Earn Scholastic All-American Honors

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 191: Nineteen Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Earn Scholastic All-American Honors


September 9, 2012

Nineteen swimmers from the Florida Gold Coast were named to USA Swimming’s 2011-2012 Scholastic All-America Team.

The Scholastic All-American team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event.

There were 630 female swimmers including 460 with a 4.0 GPA and 596 male swimmers including 423 with a 4.0 GPA. The Southern Zone had the second highest number of All-Americans with 332 just three behind the Eastern Zone with 335.

There were a total of 1,226 swimmers from around the country named to the team.

FGC swimmers named to the team were: Emma Lincoln of Coral Springs Swim Club; Francis Casey and Brittany Hammond of Pine Crest; Dani Gomez, Performance Aquatics; Christina Herfurth and Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal Aquatics; Emily Kopas, Jordy Groters, Descartes Holland, Alex Lilley and Lucas Britto, Davie Nadadores; Jessi Randolph, and Dylan Marsolek, Plantation; Clara Smiddy, Sam Smiddy and Derek Chait, AK Sharks; Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale; Daniel Spas, Heritage Aquatics; and Aaron Tam, Metro Aquatics.

Gators Release Schedule

Swimmers got a look at their 2012-2013 schedule that features seven dual meets and three regular season invitationals. The Gators will host five events including the All-Florida Invitational that is scheduled for Sept. 28-30 that kicks off the season. The Gators roster includes Florida Gold Coast swimmers Carlos Omana, Luke Torres, Ryan Rosenbaum and sisters Lindsey and Taylor McKnight.

2012-2013 Schedule: Sept. 28-30, All-Florida Invitational; Oct. 19-20, at SMU Classic (women only); Oct. 25, at Georgia; Oct.26, at South Carolina; Nov. 2, Texas A&M; Nov. 15, at Florida State; Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Ohio State Buckeye Invitational; Jan. 18-19, SMU Classic (men only); Jan. 19, Florida Atlantic; Jan. 26, at Auburn; Feb. 1, Tennessee; Feb. 19-23, SEC Championships at Texas; March 1-2, Bulldog Last Chance Meet; March 10, Gator Last Chance Meet; March 11-13, NCAA Diving Zone, Knoxville; March 21-23, Women’s NCAA Championships, Indianapolis; March 28-30, Men’s NCAA Championships, Indianapolis.


Three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines won the Battle of the Sexes at the RCP Tiburon Sprint Classic in Atherton, Calif. Gaines won the inaugural 50-yard freestyle race in 21.98 seconds. He finished ahead of Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who trains at University of Miami, in 22.33. Vanderpool-Wallace won her heat to advance into the final against Gaines. Other women in the heats were Lara Jackson, Liv Jensen, Emily Silver, Dana Vollmer and Kara Lynn Joyce. Gaines won $2,500 which he donated to the USA Swimming Foundation which he is an ambassador. In the men’s race, Josh Schneider defended his title to win $10,000 against seven of the fastest sprinters in history. Schneider won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.63 ahead of George Bovell in 19.74. In another special race, Tom Jager and Matt Biondi competed against each other for the first time in 20 years with Jager winning in 23.11. Biondi finished in 23.18. Though they have not competed in any meets, both continue to swim regularly…. 

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, now officially retired from competitive swimming, earned another honor. The 45-year-old mother was named to the 2012-13 United States national team after finishing fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She is the oldest member on the national team roster. Each athlete received a congratulatory letter from Frank Busch, USA Swimming’s national team director. Torres officially retired after just missing qualifying for her sixth Olympic team in the 50-meter freestyle and notified USADA she was no longer competing. Torres has been busy raising her daughter, moving and making several appearances including the U.S. Open with Cullen Jones to help kick off National Childhood Obesity Month in Flushing Meadow, N.Y. The only other South Floridian and Florida Gold Coast swimmer to make the national team was Pine Crest alum Joey Pedraza of Davie Nadadores in the open water 10K…

USA Swimming has cut funding for open water coaches at FINA World Cup races. An email from open water program manager Bryce Elser was sent to all open water swimmers on Thursday. Alex Meyer was one of the first to tweet about it on Twitter. USA Swimming will not be funding coaches who accompany their open water swimmers to FINA 10K events. The decision came after FINA clarified to USA Swimming that at these events there has to be one coach per national team athlete, rather than one coach per country. The next FINA race in the World Cup Series is this weekend in Hong Kong…

Veteran Olympic coach Jon Urbancheck, who recently turned 75, will be joining the staff as a volunteer coach at University of Southern California…

Lance Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life for doping, has been banned from the Oct. 7 Chicago Marathon which he planned to run to raise money for his Livestrong Foundation for cancer survivors. The ban bars participation in any sport or event sanctioned by a sporting body that is under the umbrella of the World Anti-Doping Code including most of the top triathlons…

Miami’s Manny Huerta, competing for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics, finished third at Sunday’s Guatape ITU Triathlon World Cup in Colombia to secure his first career ITU World Cup podium finish. Huerta finished in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 24 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run course. It was Huerta’s best career finish on the ITU World Cup circuit. Huerta will compete Saturday in the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Buffalo, N.Y…

Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin have been making the post-Olympic rounds from fashion shows in New York City to the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Franklin was an honored guest at the music awards show along with gymnast Gabby Douglas. She brought her cousin and wore one of her Olympic gold medals. She was an obvious crowd favorite signing autographs and posing for photos. Lochte, who no longer in the running for The Bachelor, is making the talk show rounds in New York and attending fashion shows. Lochte confirmed he is working on his own fashion line and will have a cameo appearance on the NBC series 30 Rock. Lochte is also attempting to cover New York Fashion Week for E News but receiving lukewarm reviews.

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