AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 204: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, FSU In South Florida For Two Meets

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 204: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, FSU In South Florida For Two Meets


October 18, 2012

Florida State is coming to town this weekend.

The Seminoles, led by South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver, will compete against the University of Miami women’s team on Friday at 4 p.m.

The Seminoles men’s team will join the women for a dual meet against Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Saturday at 10 a.m.

“There is nothing like this rivalry,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “This weekend the girls are excited to travel to Miami and go against the Canes. The freshmen are new to this rivalry and they will get to see what it’s like first hand and I’m pumped for it.”

The Seminoles are 1-0 after their win at Florida Gulf Coast. FSU leads the series against UM, 24-11.

The women will swim a tri-meet against FAU and Florida International. FSU women are 6-0 against FAU and 8-0 against FIU.

“They are finally excited to go against a common opponent,” Harper said. “A lot of our guys are familiar with their team especially the Florida kids. They have had a great three or four weeks of training and they’re anxious to compete. We’re ready for a weekend of fast swimming in South Florida. It’s going to be great non-stop competition and hopefully we can come away with all wins.”

More College Swimming

Jacksonville Bolles swimmer Ryan Murphy has verbally committed to NCAA national champion University of California at  Berkeley. “I am very happy for Ryan since he has been very methodical during this recruiting process and he is convinced that Coach Dave Durden and California will help him reach his goals as a student-athlete and world-class swimmer,” Bolles coach Sergio Lopez said. Murphy, 17, who holds eight national age group records, will not only swim the backstroke events, but also IM, butterfly and freestyle and is expected to make an immediate impact in NCAA competition. His best backstroke times are 21.77 in the 50, 46.72 in the 100 and 1:40.90 in the 200…University of Florida women’s team will compete Friday and Saturday at the SMU Classic in Dallas. The meet features six teams who finished in the Top 25 last season: No. 3 Southern California, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 Florida, No. 16 SMU, No. 19 North Carolina and No. 24 Louisville. The meet format limits each team to eight swimmers and one diver to showcase the versatility of each school’s athletes…Olympian Breeja Larson of Texas A&M was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Week after winning the 100 breaststroke in 59.88 and 200 breaststroke in 2:10.90 and swimming the breaststroke leg on the winning medley relay.

FINA World Cup Series

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, a USC alum, continued her winning ways on the second day of the FINA World Cup Series in Moscow. Hosszu, 23, competing in the World Cup Series for the first time, has won $41,000 and 25 gold medals.

Hosszu posted a season-best in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.69. She won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:30.14 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.77.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago dipped under 21 to edge Anthony Ervin in 20.90.

Daiya Seto of Japan won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:03.02, winning by more than 20 seconds and 200-meter individual medley in 1:53.93.

Germany’s Britta Steffen won her fourth consecutive 100-meter freestyle in the series in 52.92.

South African Darian Townsend won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:44.26.

U.S. Olympian Jessica Hardy won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.29 and was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.74.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli won the 100-meter breaststroke in 58.32.

Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia won the 100-meter butterfly in 50.56.

Aussie Rachel Goh won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.80.

Russia’s Stanislav Donets won his fourth straight 50-meter backstroke title in 23.31.

Japan’s Rie Kaneto won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.08.

Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.65.

Japan’s Yuki Shirai won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:50.80.

American Celina Li was disqualified in the 200-meter breaststroke final. She was the third American breaststroker to be disqualified in the meet.

Russia finished one-two in the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay.

The next stop is Berlin on Saturday and Sunday.


Lawyers for the family of open water swimmer Fran Crippen, who died two years ago in a FINA-sanctioned open water event in United Emirates, have filed a civil action and legal papers for a personal injury case against FINA, the sport’s international federation, and USA Swimming.  Crippen died at age 26 late in the race because of extreme heat and lack of safety measures. The family is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and requesting a non-jury trial for personal injury which can include a claim for wrongful death…

Michael Phelps was named the Fittest Man Ever by Men’s Health Magazine. Phelps finished ahead of Bruce Lee, Charles Atlas, Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, Chuck Norris, Michael Jordan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was selected for the “body he built” and what he did with it…In between golfing and sponsor appearances, the 27-year-old Phelps has been helping big sister Whitney, a former swimmer, train for next month’s New York City Marathon and will be at the 26.2-mile race to cheer her on. Whitney’s first marathon was in Baltimore three years ago…Hong Kong, Windsor, Canada/Detroit, Mich. and United Arab Emirates are the final candidates to host the FINA World Swimming Championships in 2016 and 2018…It’s been estimated that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will lose more than $150 million in career endorsement earnings potential after most of his sponsors have dropped him…Gary Hall of The Race Club has been elected President of the United States Olympian Association.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 203: U.S. Junior National Team Steals Hosszu’s Spotlight

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 203: U.S. Junior National Team Steals Hosszu’s Spotlight


October 17, 2012

U.S. junior national team swimmers Becca Mann of Clearwater and Leah Smith stole a little of Katina Hosszu’s thunder on opening day of the FINA World Cup Series Wednesday in Moscow.

For the first time this season, Hosszu was not only beaten in one of her events, but finished out of the money and well off the pace in 8:47.47. Smith, 17, won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:19.24 and 15-year-old Mann was second in 8:19.33.

In their first meet of competing in the new mixed relays, the Americans won the mixed 200-meter medley relay with teenager Kylie Stewart, Jessica Hardy, Tom Shields and Anthony Ervin in 1:40.87. Ervin’s 50-meter freestyle split was 20.84.

Other winners were:

Aussie Tommasso D’Orsogna, 100-meter freestyle in 47.11.

Hosszu, 200-meter freestyle, 1:56. Kylie Stewart was fourth in 1:58.43.

Fabio Scozzoli, 50-meter breaststroke, 26.51.

Rie Kaneto of Japan, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.18. Jessica Hardy was disqualified in prelims for not separating her hands prior to her dolphin kick. She protested the call after the race. “I know for a fact I did, even have it on video,” Hardy said. “Not happy with the Russian federation.”

Daiya Seto of Japan, 400-meter individual medley, 4:01.30.

Ilaria Bianchi of Italy, 100-meter butterfly, 57.18.

Stanislav Donets of Russia, 100-meter backstroke, 49.74.

Aussie Rachel Goh,50-meter backstroke, 26.87.

Kazuya Kaneda of Japan, 200-meter butterfly, 1:52.43.

Hosszu, 200-meter individual medley, 2:08.28.

Paul Biedermann of Germany, 400-meter freestyle, 3:44.00.

Biedermann’s girlfriend, Britta Steffen, also of Germany, 50-meter freestyle, 24.20.

American Sean Mahoney, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:05.11.

Aussie Kenneth To, 100-meter individual medley, 51.66, ahead of Trinidad’s George Bovell in 51.81.

Melissa Ingram of New Zealand, 200-meter backstroke, 2:05.35.

Matt Targett, 50-meter butterfly, 22.56.


Sixteen-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas was named Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Wednesday night in New York City. The Olympic gold medalist collected more fan votes than five-time Olympic medalist swimmer Missy Franklin, Paralympic swimming champion Jessica Long and water polo player Maggie Steffens who were also nominated for the award. Dana Vollmer and Claire Donahue were among athletes invited to attend the 33rd annual event along with Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Nastia Liukin. “There was so much girl power in one room, it was amazing,” Franklin said. After recently filming a cameo role in the Vince Vaughn movie, The Internship, Franklin has been asked to play herself in an upcoming episode of ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars. She will be interacting with fellow swimmer Emily (Shay Mitchell). Franklin said she will decide what college she will be attending before Nov. 14. Her top choices are California, Georgia and Texas…

Tonight’s (Thursday) episode of NBC’s 30 Rock will feature Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte playing a “sex idiot.” On Saturday, Lochte will be the celebrity picker on ESPN’s College GameDay with hosts Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard in the pre-game show before the Florida Gators and South Carolina at 3:30 p.m…

University of Louisville’s Joao De Lucca was named’s Men’s Division I National Swimmer of the Week. He was a double winner in the 100-yard freestyle (44.04, fastest time in the nation in Division I) and 200-yard freestyle (1:38.76) in his team’s season-opening win over Xavier…

Reigning 10K world champion Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece wrapped up another successful open water season clinching his first FINA World Cup overall title with 134 points for winning four of seven events he competed in. Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha won her second World Cup title with 160 points.

In the wake of USADA’s 1,000 pages of evidence of Lance Armstrong ‘s use of performance-enhancing drugs, most of his sponsors have dropped him including Nike, Trek, Giro, FRS, Honey Stinger Energy Foods, 24-Hour Fitness and Anheuser Busch Co. officials said they will not renew his contract after it expires. Armstrong has also stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity. He will remain on its Board of Directors. Nike also said it will take his name off the Lance Armstrong Fitness Center at its world headquarters.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO, Comets Ready For Mike Horgan Memorial Fall Invitational

SOFLO, Comets Ready For Mike Horgan Memorial Fall Invitational


October 17, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club is among top teams entered this weekend in the second annual Mike Horgan Memorial Fall Invitational at Lake Lytal in West Palm Beach.

Thirty-four swimmers will compete in the three-day meet that begins Friday.

The Florida Gold Coast Top 16 Fall Invitational is named in honor of one of the most beloved and well-respected coaches in the Florida Gold Coast. Horgan was Lake Lytal’s head developmental coach. He died of a heart attack at age 50 in August, 2011.

A double lung transplant recipient in 2000, Horgan had cystic fibrosis his entire life but never let it damper his enthusiasm for coaching and teaching.

SOFLO swimmers will get an opportunity to swim against several Palm Beach County teams including host Lake Lytal Lighting, Jupiter, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Martin County, North Palm Beach and Wellington Wahoos.

Other teams entered are Coral Springs Swim Club, Pine Crest Swimming, Davie Nadadores, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Blue Marlins Hialeah Gardens, Metro Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Team FLA, Gulliver Swim Club and Miami-Dade County Aquatic Club.

Trinidad and Tobago has a handful of swimmers entered including Dylan Carter.

All events are timed finals. SOFLO will compete in both individual and relay events.

SOFLO’s C.J. Kopecki, 13, is the top seed in his age group in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:43.09.

Jessica Rodriguez, 13, is the top seed in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:01.07 and teammate Sophia Bucaro, 13, is seeded second in 2:02.24. Rodriguez is also the top seed in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.36 and 200-yard backstroke in 2:12.48.

Alfredo Mesa, 13, is seeded first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.60 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.03

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, is seeded first in the 10-and-under 100-yard individual medley in 1:11.18; 50-yard freestyle in 28.44; 100-yard freestyle in 1:01.02; 100-yard breaststroke in 1:21.55; 50-yard backstroke in 33.82; and 200-yard individual medley in 2:29.34.

Leonardo Mateus, 10, is the top seed in the 10-and-under 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.16 and seeded second in 50-yard backstroke in 34.30 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:35.62.

Star Fassler, 13, is seeded first in the 13-14 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.24 and Sophia Bucaro is seeded second in 1:06.82. Fassler is also seeded second in 2:12.48 in the 200-yard backstroke

Vanessa Mesa, 10, is the top seed in the 10-and-under 200-yard individual medley in 2:34.31 and seeded among the top three in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:58.94, 100-yard individual medley in 1:15.18, 200-meter freestyle in 2:14.22, 50-yard freestyle in 27.2, 100-yard freestyle in 1:01.90, 50-yard backstroke in 34.92 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:14.90.

Other swimmer seeded in the top three in their events are: Samuel Quintero, 12, 500-yard freestyle, 5:38.85; Bianca Monti, 12, 50-yard freestyle in 26.28; Kevin Porto, 12, 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.11, in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:19.79 and 50-yard backstroke in 30.93; Sophia Bucaro, in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.82 and Elise Larin, 11, in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.31.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are Andrea Bucaro, 13, Kyana Castro, 10, Alexandra Crespo, 11, Isabella Di Salvo, 10, Zariya Harris, 12, Annita Huang, 11, Anna Montgomery, 12, Delanie Perez, 12, Jennifer Rodriguez, 12, Anabel Vazquez, 11, Luis Bucaro, 11, John Paul Handal, 9, Miguel Hernandez, 13, Andres Lares, 12, Brandon Moran, 11, Simon Ortiz, 14, William Perry III, 16, Fernando Quintero, 15, Nicolas Rossi, 9, and Gabriel Segui, 11. Sara Quintero, 8, leads the Comets.


What: Mike Horgan Memorial Fall Invitational Meet

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Lake Lytal Aquatic Park, 3645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

Schedule: Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For more information call 561-310-4924 or go to

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