AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 215: Ledecky, Lochte Win At Winter Nationals; Adrian Jams Finger

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 215: Ledecky, Lochte Win At Winter Nationals: Adrian James Finger

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Written By Sharon Robb

November 29, 2012

Olympians Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte turned in impressive swims on the opening night of the AT&T Winter Short Course National Championships Thursday at University of Texas.

Ledecky, 15, won the 500-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:34.53, just missing Katie Hoff’s 15-16 national age group record of 4:34.21. She finished ahead of Haley Anderson (4:36.87) and Leah Smith (4:36.90). Ledecky was 1:46 at the 200.

Lochte, 28, swimming unattached for Gators Swim Club, won by a wide margin in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:40.97, flirting with the American record, just 89/100ths of a second off his 2007 mark. His splits were 21.78, 24.69, 29.68 and 24.82. James Lendrum was second in 1:44.24.

Michael McBroom of Texas came from behind in the final 50 yards to win the 500-yard freestyle in 4:16.08, outsprinting Cristian Quintero (4:16.56) and Matthew Barber (4:16.62).

Olympian Jessica Hardy, a late entry into the meet, won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.83 edging Margo Geer in 21.84. Missy Franklin won the “B” final in 22.41 ahead of Lia Neal in 22.54.

Without Nathan Adrian in the field, Matt Grevers won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.88 followed by Davis Tarwater (19.36) and Pavel Babaev (19.44).

Celina Li, 17, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.28 followed by Stina Gardell (1:55.32) and Franklin (1:55.88).

Arizona’s women’s team won the 200-yard freestyle record in a meet record 1:28.63. Arizona is one of the few college teams that shaved for the meet. Margo Geer led off with a 21.82 split. Her teammates were Megan Lafferty, Katlyn Flederbach and Alana Pazevic. Arizona’s men’s relay also won in 1:17.95, just .05 off the meet record.

Arizona’s 400-yard medley relay team also broke a meet record in 3:31.16. The Wildcats men’s medley also broke the meet record to win in 3:05.69.

Gunnar Bentz, 15, of Dynamo Swim Club broke the 15-16 national age group record in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:45.17.

Olympic gold medalist and top-seed Nathan Adrian was forced to withdraw from the finals of the 50-yard freestyle after jamming his finger on a lane line while warming down after morning prelims. Adrian swam the fastest prelim time of 18.82, just off his American record of 18.66. Louisville’s Joao De Lucca was bumped up in the finals.

“Sad news but I don’t want to hurt it any more,” Adrian tweeted between sessions. “Super bummed to not swim tonight but proud of Matt Grevers for sneaking under 19.” Adrian had his fingers taped.

The meet is the last major domestic USA Swimming meet of the year. The event will be broadcast on NBC as a one-hour special on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2-3 p.m.

Miscellaneous

University of Florida men’s and women’s teams will compete Friday through Sunday in the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The men are 4-0 overall and women are 1-3. CSSC’s Luke Torres, a freshman, will compete for the Gators. The meet features six men’s teams and nine women’s teams from six different conferences. The Gator women are coming off a loss to Florida State. No. 7 nationally-ranked Indiana, with CSSC swimmer Nick Schwab, will also compete…

Olympic legend Matt Biondi will make his masters swimming debut at this weekend’s Southern Pacific Masters Swimming long course meters meet. He will compete in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 214: AT&T Winter Championships Begin Thursday In Austin

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 214: AT&T Winter Championships Begin Thursday In Austin


AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 214: AT&T Winter Championships Begin Thursday In Austin

Written by Sharon Robb

November 28, 2012

Seventeen members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team head the field for USA Swimming’s AT&T Winter National Championships that begin Thursday at the University of Texas.

Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky will compete among a field that includes top high school, college and club swimmers.

Franklin and Lochte are coming off the Minneapolis Grand Prix.

The three-day meet marks the fall return of most of the Olympic swimmers including Ledecky, the Breakout Performer of the Year; Haley Anderson, Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, Jimmy Feigen and Jessica Hardy.

Olivia Smoliga, a high school swimmer from Illinois, will get a chance to swim against Olympic veterans in the 50 freestyle. Two weeks ago, Smoliga became the first woman to go under 22 seconds in high school competition.

Several swimmers are swimming through nationals preparing for the Dec. 12-16 Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

The meet ends Saturday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Highlights from the meet will air on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

College Swimming

Coral Springs Swim Club’s three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, now an assistant coach at Louisville, will be coaching in the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning in the 2014-15 season. The Big East Conference’s last major football team decided to join the ACC which means all its sports including swimming and diving will follow. Louisville is the nation’s fastest-rising swim program under head coach Arthur Albeiro, who is producing NCAA champions and All-Americans. The school’s Ralph R. Wright Natatorium is a national-caliber pool and is a candidate to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials…University of Florida coach Gregg Troy made it official on Wednesday announcing ten early high school signees including Quinn Cassidy of St. Andrew’s and Daniel Spas of American Heritage Plantation…Olympian Katie Hoff has been accepted to the University of Miami and will begin classes in January. She is not expected to swim for the Hurricanes since she is a pro and has accepted prize and appearance money.

Franklin Makes Decision

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin will compete for her high school team, Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colo. in her senior year. Franklin said she loves her school and her teammates but had wrestled with the decision the past few weeks for several reasons including comments from opposing teams and parents. The high school swimming season begins this week. Franklin will join her team after the New Year. She plans on competing in a handful of meets, league and state championships. Franklin will go after a few national high school records during the season. Her state meet is Feb. 8-9.

Miscellaneous

Former University of Florida All-American Omar Pinzon, Colombia’s top swimmer, tested positive for cocaine. After graduating from Florida as a 12-time All-American in 2010, he trained with Dave Salo at USC. He holds South American national records in the 200-meter backstroke. He faces at least a two-year ban…Olympian Ryan Lochte is on GQ Magazine’s 25 Least Influential People list of 2012. The list also includes Mitt Romney and Lance Armstrong. The magazine called the list “a collection of people so uninspiring that we should round them all up and stick them on an iceberg.”…Olympian Martha McCabe was named Canada’s Female Swimmer of the Year at the swimming federation’s Big Splash Awards in Toronto. Last week she was selected Breaststroke Female Swimmer of the Year. Ryan Cochrane was chosen as Male Swimmer of the Year and was named Distance Freestyle Male Swimmer of the Year last week. Jozsef Nagy of the National Swim Centre Vancouver was named Coach of the Year for female swimmers. Randy Bennett of the Victoria Academy of Swimming was named Coach of the Year for male swimmers.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Swims World’s Fastest Time At Canada Cup; Quintero Medals In Colombia

SOFLO’s Atkinson Swims World’s Fastest Time At Canada Cup; Quintero Medals In Colombia


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

November 24, 2012

For the second day in a row, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson broke a meet and Jamaican record at the Canada Cup at Etobicoke Olympium in Ontario, Canada.

Even better, she swam the fastest time in the world this year.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian broke her own meet and Jamaican record in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.87 ahead of Canadian Olympian Martha McCabe.

Atkinson, 23, broke it first in morning prelims in 30.47 and again in finals. She was the only swimmer in the field to break 30 seconds.

Atkinson vaults into the No. 1 spot in the 2012 FINA world rankings ahead of American Olympian Jessica Hardy (29.92), Lithuania’s Rita Meilutyte (29.96) and Japan’s Satomi Suzuki (30.23).

With Atkinson’s five golds, the one-woman team scored 291 points to enable SOFLO to finish sixth among a field of sixty teams with more than one swimmer.

Atkinson, top seed in the 100-meter individual medley in a best time 1:02.80 (bettered her previous best 1:04.65), lowered her time even more winning finals in 59.96 for her fifth gold medal of the two-day meet. She was the only swimmer to break one minute in finals.

One event later, Atkinson, seventh seed in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.98, finished second in 26.85 behind 16-year-old Canadian Noemie Thomas in 25.99.

On Friday, Atkinson had broken the meet and her own Jamaican national record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.69. She also won gold medals in the women’s 200 IM and 50 freestyle.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson decided to scratch Atkinson from the 200-meter breaststroke final because there wasn’t enough time between her other events, he said. Atkinson earned the top seed in 2:26.37, nearly four seconds ahead of the next fastest qualifier.

“She’s pretty beat up and tired right now,” Anderson said after the opening night. “We’re hoping that she’s going to do some good things in Turkey in December. She set herself up nicely for a medal at worlds at this meet.”

SOFLO’s Endi Babi, 24, was 34th in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.84.

Among other winners at the Canada Cup:

Robert Wise, 20, won the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:16.79.

Heather MacLean, 20, won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.99.

Dominique Massie-Martel, 22, won the men’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.78.

Dillon Perron, 20, won the 100-meter breaststroke by .03 in 1:01.32 edging Warren Barnes

Karyn Jewell, 19, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:40.36.

Edward Liu, 18, won the 100-meter butterfly in 53.12.

Lauren Lavigna, 23, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.57.

Kelly Aspinall, 22, won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.41, .26 off Ryan Lochte’s 2006 meet record and won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.21.

Katerine Savard, 19, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.52.

Andrew Ford, 23, won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.30.

Savannah King, 20, won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:08.43.

With Atkinson scratching, Martha McCabe, 23, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.20.

Matthew Myers, 19, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:58.30.

SOFLO’s Quintero Medals In Colombia

Samuel Quintero, a top age grouper with the South Florida Aquatic Club, finished third in the 400-meter freestyle to bring home a bronze medal at the XXXVI Festival National Age Group Championships in Cartagena.

Quintero turned in a career-best time of 4:59.63.

Quintero has the 50- and 100-meter freestyles remaining in the meet before returning home with his family.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Camille Muffat of France broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle on Day 3 of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres, France.

Muffat, after just missing the world mark during the FINA World Cup Series in 3:54.93, broke the record in 3:54.85. The previous record was 3:54.92 set by Joanne Jackson in 2009.

It was Muffat’s second short course world record after breaking the 800-meter freestyle mark by more than two seconds in 8:01.06 at the French Swimming Championships on Nov. 16. The previous record was 8:04.53 held by Italian Alessia Filippi in 2008.

“I really wanted to break that world record and I did,” Muffat told reporters after climbing out of the pool. “I am so happy. It’s a great feeling to win a gold medal again.” She was ecstatic on the medal podium waving the French flag to the crowd.

It was also a meet record breaking Laure Manaudou’s 2006 meet record of 3:56.09.

Muffat was also a member of the winning 200-meter freestyle mixed relay with teammates Fred Bousquet, Florent Manaudou and Anna Santamans that won in 1:29.64. Bousquet had a leadoff split of 20.97 and Manaudou had a 20.35 split. Russia and Finland were second and third.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Muffat won gold in the 400-meter freestyle, silver in the 200 freestyle and bronze as a member of the 4×200 freestyle relay.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:27.78, a three-second margin of victory. It was the fastest time in the world this year and tenth on the all-time list.

“This was really a hard race and I didn’t expect to win it,” Paltrinieri said.

In other races:

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 100-meter individual medley in 58.83 becoming only the 12th swimmer to dip under 59 seconds. “In the 100 IM there is just one thing to do and that is to swim as fast as you can,” Hosszu said.

Also in the 100 IM, 16-year-old Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Great Britain won her first senior international medal with a third place in a best time 59.72.

Laszlo Cseh, also of Hungary, won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:52.11, fifth fastest time this year.

Vlad Morozov of Russia won the 100-meter freestyle in a textile-best world record 45.68.

Laure Manaudou of France won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.78.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli won the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.18, out-touching Aleksander Hetland of Norway in 26.20.

Miscellaneous

According to the American Swimming Coaches Association, nations competing at the 2012 London Olympics featured 82 swimmers from NCAA Division I colleges. The leading teams that placed swimmers on international Olympic swim teams were: Georgia (8), Cal-Berkeley (7), Florida (7), Southern Cal (7) and Texas A&M (7)…Alicia Coutts was named Australia’s Swimmer of the Year during the federation’s Gala Dinner…After a disastrous showing at the London Olympics, Michael Scott resigned as the British Swimming Performance Director.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Breaks Meet Record With Third-Fastest Time In World

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Breaks Meet Record With Third-Fastest Time In World


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

November 23, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson looks more than ready for next month’s world short course championships after dominating the opening day of the Canada Cup.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian broke the meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.69, the third fastest time posted in the world this year and tenth on the all-time list. It also broke her Jamaican national record of 1:06.05.

Atkinson came back to win the 200-meter individual medley in best time 2:11.71, bettering her prelim time of 2:14.88. Her long course seed time was 2:14.75.

Atkinson also won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.35, faster than her 26.12 prelim time. Her seed time was 25.90 long course.

Atkinson was eighth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.35 after swimming the fifth fastest time in prelims in 1:01.39.

In the men’s 200-meter butterfly prelims, SOFLO’s Endi Babi, 24, finished 22nd in 2:10.59 and 49th in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.89.

Atkinson, entered in eight events, is preparing for the Dec. 12-16 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Saturday, Atkinson will swim the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley.

Other meet winners on the opening day of competition:

University of Florida’s Sinead Russell, 19, coming back from an arm injury that kept her out of the Gators’ fall season, won the 50-meter backstroke in 27.86 ahead of Kristin Steins in 27.90.

Heather MacLean, 20, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:57.31 ahead of Canadian teammate and fellow Olympian Samantha Cheverton, 24, in 1:57.96.

Olympians Alexa Komarnycky, 23, (8:33.08) and Savannah King, 20, (8:33.10) finished 2/100ths of a second apart.

Kelly Aspinall, 22, won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 48.45 and the 100-meter backstroke in 52.60, just missing Ryan Lochte’s meet record of 52.54. He also won the 50-meter butterfly in 23.46.

Sixteen-year-old Noemie Thomas won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.11, just off her meet record of 58.02 in prelims.

Zach Summerhayes, 22, won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.11.

Zack Chetrat, 22, broke his own meet record to win the 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.60.

Dillon Perron, 20, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.05.

Keegan Zanatta won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.82.

Andrew Ford edged Jake Tapp in the 100-meter individual medley, 55.25-55.30.

Warren Barnes won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:14.27.

Lauren Lavigna won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.70.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 212: SOFLO Swimmers Hit Road For International Meets

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 212: SOFLO Swimmers Hit Road For International Meets


Written By Sharon Robb

November 22, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, teammate Endi Babi and Coach Chris Anderson spent Thanksgiving Day travelling to Canada for the Canada Cup that gets under way on Friday.

The two-day meet is being hosted by Etobicoke Swim Club and features 13 of Canada’s 2012 Olympic swimmers among a field of 325 Canadian swimmers.

The short course meet will include 34 events split evenly over two days at the Olympium. A total of 63 clubs are entered.

Atkinson, a three-time Olympian for Jamaica, will compete in eight events in preparation for next month’s World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey (Dec. 12-16).

Atkinson, 23, will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke; 50- and 100-yard butterfly, 100- and 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle.

Atkinson will have some good competition to fine tune against. Entered in the meet are Olympians Savannah King, Brittany MacLean, Samantha Cheverton, Sinead Russell, Julia Wilkinson and Katerine Savard.

Babi, 24, will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard butterfly events.

Samuel Quintero In Colombia

SOFLO age grouper Samuel Quintero will compete Friday through Sunday in Colombia in the XXXVI Festival National Age Group Championships in Cartagena. It is Quintero’s first international swim meet.

European Championships

A week after breaking the world record in the 400 freestyle, French Olympian Yannick Agnel won the event in 3:37.54, five seconds slower than his record of 3:32.25 Thursday on the opening day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships. Italians Gabriele Detti was second in 3:41.66 and Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo third in 3:42.32.

In other opening day events:

Poland’s Radowslaw Kaweck won the 200 backstroke in a European and Polish national record of 1:48.51.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, coming off the grueling FINA World Cup Series where she swam 39 events (104 swims including 42 heats and 62 finals), won the first of her seven events in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.78. Britain’s Hannah Miley was second in 2:06.21. Fifteen minutes later, Hosszu won the 200 butterfly in 2:05.78.

Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh won the 200 individual medley in a national record 1:52.74, breaking his own national record of 1:52.85 he set in 2009.

Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France, top morning qualifier, won the 50 freestyle in 20.70.

France leads the medal table with six medals including three gold. Hungary is second with five.

Miscellaneous

Olympian Missy Franklin has been nominated for Sports Illustrated’s Most Inspiring Performer for 2012. At 17, Franklin won four gold and one bronze medals in her Olympic debut in London. She is among 15 candidates selected by Sports Illustrated’s editors. The award will be decided by an online fan votes on SI’s facebook page. The voting ballot is open until Nov. 28. The winner will be featured in the Dec. 17 issue of the magazine…Floridian Ryan Lochte and his dog Carter, a 5-year-old Doberman Pinscher, were featured in People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. Lochte called him his lady magnet. “He is a good wingman because he’s a beautiful dog,” Lochte told People. “Girls come up to me and go, oh my God, where’s Carter, he’s so good-looking.” Lochte spent Thanksgiving in Spain on a promotional visit…

British Swimming withdrew its financial support from the annual Speedo Splash Awards after a disappointing performance at the 2012 London Olympics. The Brits won only three medals. The awards ceremony, equivalent to USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles, honor the achievements of Britain’s top swimmers. Swim officials also envision a lack of funding for the next four years leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. British Swimming is also set to review the team’s poor performance and expects a major shakeup next month on how the sport is run and scheduled…Australia, another swim federation suffering the after-effects of a sub-par Olympic performance, lost its swimming association’s CEO Kevin Neil who resigned. The Aussies, who had their worst Olympic performance in 20 years, are looking at their administrative, sporting and business direction and expect to find a replacement within four months.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Phelps, Franklin Big Winners At Golden Goggles

Phelps, Franklin Big Winners At Golden Goggles


Written by Sharon Robb

November 19, 2012

Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin, household names in swimming, took home the biggest honors Monday night at the Golden Goggles, USA Swimming’s version of the Academy Awards, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Phelps was named Male Athlete of the Year, finishing ahead of Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers in the voting. Phelps finished with 22 career Olympic medals including 18 gold medals. Donald Trump and Gary Hall Jr. presented Phelps his award.

“This Olympics was the best Olympics I have ever been a part of,” said Phelps, who credited his mother and sisters for their support throughout his career.

Franklin was named Female Athlete of the Year. The 17-year-old four-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder was an overwhelming choice.

“This summer was unbelievable, the team I was a part of was amazing and I learned so much from them,” Franklin said. “I have so much to be thankful for.”

Teenager Katie Ledecky won the Female Race of the Year award for her American record performance in the 800-meter freestyle. She was presented her award by five-time Olympian Dara Torres, who now lives in Boston, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Joked one Twitter follower, “The best part about Dara Torres giving an award to Katie Ledecky is that they’ll both be swimming in 2032.”

Ledecky told the audience, “All of you inspired me. I was lucky to have my race come later in the week so I was very motivated watching everyone race and getting to know the U.S. coaches. Watching that video of the Olympics gave me chills.”

Ledecky picked up her second Golden Goggle with the Breakout Performer of the Year award. Amazingly, a year before the Olympics Ledecky didn’t have a U.S. trial cut.

“When I think about this award I think back to my first race when I was 6 years old swimming in my summer league,” Ledecky said. “I remember stopping every two seconds to grab the lane line and it was a contest between my teammate who stopped the least.”

Nathan Adrian won the Male Race of the Year for his 100-meter freestyle gold medal-winning swim and was presented his award by Olympian Tiffany Cohen of Fort Lauderdale and U.S. soccer player Alex Morgan. Cohen pointed out that Ryan Lochte was born on the day she won her second Olympic gold medal in the 800 freestyle.

Jessica Hardy won the Perseverance Award. “Just to be in the Olympics was a dream come true,” a teary-eyed Hardy said.

Cancer survivor Eric Shanteau won the Athlete Humanitarian Award. “Four years ago when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer I didn’t know what my future would hold. To be able to come back and make another Olympic team and win an Olympic gold medal was a dream come true. It takes more than an individual to win a gold medal or to be able to give back.”

Bob Bowman, coach of 2012 Olympians Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt, was named Coach of the Year Award. “Schmitt was the perfect example of what happens when you work hard and believe,” Bowman said. “Michael it’s been a privilege to be your coach. It’s good to be your coach but it’s even better to be your friend.”

The Golden Goggles Relay Award went to the world record women’s 4×100-meter medley relay winners of Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, and Allison Schmitt.

According to host and television commentator Bob Costas, the balloting for the awards were the closest in the six-year history of the awards ceremony.

With Call Me Maybe playing in the background, the U.S. Olympic team was announced before the ceremony. The funniest entrance was the chest bump between University of Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel and Ricky Berens.

In his monologue, Costas announced that the Olympic team’s Call Me Maybe Video has reached 16 million hits.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Girls Win Team Title, Finish Runner-Up In Combined, Boys Competition

SOFLO Girls Win Team Title, Finish Runner-Up In Combined, Boys Competition


Written by Sharon Robb

November 18, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club, the second largest club at the 22nd Speedo Winter Championships, walked away with a girls championship trophy and two second place trophies after a successful four days of competition at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The boys and girls teams were impressive and nearly caught overall champion Davie Nadadores for the combined team title. Davie won with 2,386 points. SOFLO finished with 2,074.

SOFLO girls won with 1,019.50 and was the only team to crack the 1,000-point barrier. Pine Crest was second with 939.

SOFLO boys finished second with 1,209.50 behind Davie with 1,678.50 points.

“I think we did a wonderful job tonight,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “We really did try to catch Davie. We came up a couple of swimmers and events too short. It was a great meet for us, getting together and supporting one another and going best times. The 92 swimmers we had did a great job.”

Rafael Rodriguez led SOFLO with three Florida Gold Coast records and one open record in two individual events and one relay.

During the four-day meet that featured a record 1,355 swimmers and more than 50 teams, 23 Florida Gold Coast individual records and four relay records were set.

On the fourth and final night, Rodriguez, 10, won the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:21.43, dropping from 2:25.13. He also won the 50-yard backstroke in a best time 31.97, dropping from 32.85 and 100-yard freestyle in a best time 58.10, dropping from 59.04.

“I am really happy,” Rodriguez said. “I think I did so well because my friends help me in practice and push me. I get really happy when I break records. I think I was happiest when I broke the relay record because I did it with my friends and teammates.

“My goal is always to do my best as possible,” said the fifth grader. “I really wanted that 200 free record. I had been really close for a really long time. I was excited when I broke it.”

Rodriguez has been swimming for nearly four years. He recently joined Coach Rose Lockie’s group.

“She’s helped me a lot since I joined her group and I am getting better,” Rodriguez said. “I get really competitive sometimes. It makes me swim fast. This has been my best meet so far.”

After the 1,650-yard freestyle races, SOFLO trailed Davie by less than 100 points, 1,916.50-1,820, in the combined team standings. SOFLO swimmers dominated the distance events.

SOFLO’s success was evenly distributed throughout the age groups.

Bryant Segui, 11, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 20:18.92. Teammate Luis Bucaro, 11, was second in a best time 20:27.90 and Sam Walters was fourth in a best time 20:39.36.

Kevin Porto, 12, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:14.04. Samuel Quintero, 12, was third in a best time 18:48.05.

CJ Kopecki, 13, was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 17:43.09. Ricardo Roche, 13, was third in a best time 17:48.94.

Annita Huang, 11, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 19:56.34 and Anabel Vazquez was second in 20:34.56. Alexandra Crespo finished fourth in a best time 21:08.60 and Elise Larin was fifth in 21.54.27, also a best time.

Delanie Perez, 12, was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:59.81 and Katherine DeBarros was fourth in a best time 19:44.28.

Kelley Heron, 13, was second in the girls 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:39.70 and Andrea Bucaro, 13, was third in a best time 18:54.38.

SOFLO’s 13-14 400-yard freestyle relay won in 3:23.54 with Jonathan Strod, Gustavo Valery, Alfredo Mesa and Julien Pinon.

Other SOFLO top finishers were:

Michael Arias, 9, won the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:36.13. SOFLO swept the top three spots with Marcus Franco, second in 2:37.22 and Nicolas Rossi third in 2:40.28. Arias also won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.80 and led another SOFLO sweep with Rossi second in 1:03.17 and Franco third in 1:04.18.

Heron won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:14.39.

Julien Pinon, 14, was second in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:00.67, dropping 2:05.51.

Marcus Franco, 9, won the 50-yard backstroke in 34.98.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Davie Nadadores 2,471, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,229, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 1,186, 4. Metro Aquatics 1,175.50, 5. Westchester Aquatic Club 864, 6. FLA 778, 7. Blue Marlins 630, 8. Miami Swimming 509.50, 9. Jupiter 509, 10. Plantation Swim Team 480.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,019.50, 2. Pine Crest 939, 3. Davie 792.50, 4. FLA 565, 5. Metro Aquatics 391.50, 6. Plantation 369, 7. Westchester 360, 8. Jupiter 358, 9. Miami Swimming 317, 10. Rockway 227.

1,650-yard freestyle:

11-year-olds, 1. Annita Huang, SOFLO 19:56.34; SOFLO: 2. Anabel Vazquez 20:34.56, 4. Alexandra Crespo 21:08.60, 5. Elise Larin 21:54.27; 12-year-olds, 1. Marissa Brannan, Pine Crest 18:37.70; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 18:59.81, 4. Katherine DeBarros 19:44.28, 7. Anna Montgomery 20:46.79, 8. Zariya Harris 21:11.12; 13-year-olds, 1. Bailey Warren, Pine Crest 18:14.23; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 18:39.70, 3. Andrea Bucaro 18:54.38; 14-year-old, 1. Lacy Phillips, Wellington 18:18.21; 15-16, 1. Daniella Vandernberg, Davie 17:50.16; 17-and-over, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 17:28.05; SOFLO: 4. Daniela Jimenez 18:35.85.

400-yard medley relay:

11-12, 1. FLA 4:23.92, 2. Pine Crest 4:34.80, 3. SOFLO “A” 4:35.76 (Annita Huang, Delanie Perez, Bianca Monti, Sarah Bucaro).

200-yard individual medley:

9-and-under, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 2:44.81; COMETS: 7. Sara Quintero 3:00.33; 10-year-olds, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 2:19.53; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 2:33.44, 9. Kyana Castro 2:44.48, 16. Michelle Marinheiro 2:56.45; 11-year-olds, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, FLA 2:19.98; SOFLO: 8. Anabel Vazquez 2:35.98; 12-year-olds, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 2:15.86; SOFLO: 7. Delanie Perez 2:23.75, 8. Bianca Monti 2:24.06, 14. Sarah Bucaro 2:28.96, 15. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:30.18, 16. Katherine DeBarros 2:30.84; 13-year-olds, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:14.39; 14-year-olds, 1. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:09.39; 15-16, 1. Emily Kopas, Davie 2:07.69; SOFLO: 24. Andrea Melendez 2:22.14; Open, 1. Jessie Randolph, Plantation 2:07.49; SOFLO: 2. Marcella Marinheiro 2:10.39.

50-yard backstroke:

9-and-under, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 35.28; 10-year-olds, 1. Kate Douglass, Westchester 31.14; SOFLO: 7. Vanessa Mesa 35.44, 9. Isabella DiSalvo 36.14, 16. Kyana Castro 37.61, 22. Michelle Marinheiro 39.70; 11-year-olds, 1. Adrian Cortes Urbina, Unattached 30.05; SOFLO: 10. Annita Huang 34.45; 12-year-olds, 1. Julia Wolf, Unattached 29.13; SOFLO: 20. Sarah Bucaro 33.28; 13-year-olds, 1. Francesca Choy, Jupiter 28.62; 14-year-olds, 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 27.90; SOFLO: 2. Samantha Stinemire 28.31, 16. Natasha Testa 31.98; 15-16, 1. Darby Goodwin, Unattached 26.10; SOFLO: 39. Carly Swanson 31.95, 40. Andrea Melendez 32.00; Open: 1. Tasija Karosas, St. Andrew’s Swimming 26.24; SOFLO: 2. Marcella Marinheiro 27.11, 7. Rachel Ling 29.22, 16. Evelin Jimenez 31.03.

50-yard breaststroke:

9-and-under, 1. Lucy Miller, Jupiter 39.95; 10-year-olds, 1. Kate Douglas, Westchester 33.46; SOFLO: 10. Isabella DiSalvo 41.22; 11-year-olds, 1. Marianna Serrao, Y Broward County 35.98; SOFLO: 4. Elise Larin 36.34; 12-year-olds, 1. Victoria Miyamoto, Piranhas 33.38; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 34.11, 4. Bianca Monti 34.88, 15. Jennifer Rodriguez 37.82, 16. Katherine DeBarros 37.89; 13-year-olds, 1. Andrea Lopez, FLA 32.68; 14-year-olds, 1. Allison Kopas, Davie 31.40; 15-16, 1. Emily Kopas, Davie 29.86; Open, 1. Kristina Figueroa, Davie 31.24.

200-yard butterfly:

11-year-olds, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, FLA 2:17.85; 12-year-olds, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 2:11.11; 13-year-olds, 1. Julia Talamo, Rockway 2:12.84; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Rodriguez 2:23.70, 7. Andrea Bucaro 2:26.43; 14-year-olds, 1. Allison Kopas, Davie 2:10.38; SOFLO: 9. Natasha Testa 2:22.52; 15-16, 1. Tyla Martin, Pine Crest 2:03.41; SOFLO: 2. Maria Lopez 2:05.94, 7. Amber Hunter 2:17.38; Open, 1. Tasija Karosas, St. Andrew’s 2:02.20; SOFLO: 5. Evelin Jimenez 2:17.88.

100-yard freestyle:

9-and-under, 1. Ana Kondratovitch, Unattached 1:06.22; 10-year-olds, 1. Andrea Santander, Unattached 57.40; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 1:00.67, 9. Kyana Castro 1:06.43, 13. Isabella DiSalvo 1:08.78, 17. Michelle Marinheiro 1:09.75; 11-year-olds, 1. Alexandra Meszaros, FLA 57.71; SOFLO: 5. Annita Huang 1:00.34, 14. Anabel Vazquez 1:04.45, 22. Elise Larin 1:05.59, 34. Alexandra Crespo 1:07.31; 12-year-olds, 1. Catharine Cooper, CSSC 54.01; SOFLO: 6. Bianca Monti 57.69, 16. Sarah Bucaro 1:00.41, 42. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:04.43, 44. Isabel Shashaty 1:04.54, 52. Zariya Harris 1:05.51, 58. Anna Montgomery 1:06.16; 13-year-old, 1. Cybele Jung, Jupiter 54.26; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 55.83, 8. Jessica Rodriguez 57.84, 13. Sophia Bucaro 58.65, 21. Andrea Bucaro 59.94; 14-year-olds, 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 52.66; SOFLO: 9. Samantha Stinemire 57.14, 25. Natasha Testa 58.95, 46. Cristina Villegas 1:02.43; 15-16, 1. Darby Goodwin, Unattached 51.81; SOFLO: 7. Maria Lopez 53.90, 18. Amber Hunter 55.75, 42. Andrea Melendez 57.13, 54. Carly Swanson 57.78, 66. Astrid Rigau 59.62; Open, 1. Jessie Randolph, Plantation 51.61; SOFLO: 4. Marcella Marinheiro 53.43, 9. Evelin Jimenez 56.20, 10. Rachel Ling 56.34; CSSC: 7. Anne Kuczynski 55.19.

400-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. Pine Crest 3:43.15, 2. Jupiter 3:46.81, 3. SOFLO “A” 3:51.51 (Jessica Rodriguez, Sophia Bucaro, Kelley Heron, Samantha Stinemire); Open, 1. AK Sharks 3:31.93, 2. Plantation Swim Team 3:35.26, 3. SOFLO “A” 3:37.09 (Carly Swanson, Maria Lopez, Marcella Marinheiro, Amber Hunter).

BOYS

TEAM TOTALS: 1. Davie 1,678.50, 2. SOFLO 1,209.50, 3. Metro Aquatics 784, 4. Westchester 504, 5. Blue Marlins 474, 6. Hialeah 259.50, 7. Pine Crest 247, 7. St. Andrew’s Swimming 246, 9. Miami Dade 245, 10. FLA 213.

1,650-yard freestyle:

11-year-olds, 1. Bryant Segui, SOFLO 20:18.92; SOFLO: 2. Luis Bucaro 20:27.90, 4. Sam Walters 20:39.36; 12-year-olds, 1. Kevin Porto, SOFLO 18:14.04; SOFLO: 3. Samuel Quintero 18:48.0513-year-olds, 1. Pablo Suarez, ASC 17:24.54; SOFLO: 2. CJ Kopecki 17:43.09, 3. Ricardo Roche 17:48.94; 14-year-olds, 1. Cody Cline, Wellington 16:36.95; SOFLO: 7. Simon Ortiz 19:12.15; 15-16, 1. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest 15:53.30; SOFLO: 8. Edward Kon 17:17.90; 17-and-over, 1. Joey Pedraza, Davie 15:28.24; SOFLO: 6. Roger Capote 17:13.08.

400-yard medley relay:

11-12, 1. Davie 4:13.96, 2. SOFLO “A” 4:30.28 (Kevin Porto, Brandon Moran, Andres Lares, Luis Bucaro), 3. Metro Aquatics 4:38.28

200-yard individual medley:

9-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO/Unattached 2:36.13; SOFLO: 2. Marcus Franco 2:37.22, 3. Nicolas Rossi 2:40.28, 5. Joseph Lee 2:47.69, 6. John Paul Handal 2:49.01; CSSC: 12. Joshua Hanks 2:57.97; 10-year-olds, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:21.43; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 2:30.53, 21. Derek Tom 2:51.90; CSSC: 25. Alexander Meyer 2:55.41, 30. Andrew McDade 3:01.82; 11-year-olds, 1. Jalen Ramjohn, Westchester 2:13.45; CSSC: 2. Alexio Musleh 2:13.49; SOFLO: 7. Brandon Moran 2:30.88, 9. Sam Walters 2:33.64, 10. Luis Bucaro 2:34.73, 16. Bryant Segui 2:37.83; 12-year-olds, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 2:04.88; SOFLO: 3. Andres Lares 2:17.03, 9. Samuel Quintero 2:27.16, 15. Andres Arias 2:33.62; 13-year-olds, 1. Ervin Marin, Blue Marlins 2:07.04; SOFLO: 3. CJ Kopecki 2:09.53, 11. Juan Lucas 2:16.41, 15. Ricardo Roche 2:20.58, 25. Tyler Gibson 2:27.16; CSSC: 5. Sebastian Vargas 2:12.92; 14-year-olds, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 1:59.41; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 2:00.67, 6. Jonathan Strod 2:07.25, 12. Alex Monti 2:11.41, 14. Ryan Capote 2:11.95, 17. Alfredo Mesa 2:13.17, 25. Baldwin Suen 2:24.62; 15-16, 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 1:55.56; SOFLO: 14. Jordan Colon 2:05.50, 30. Edward Kon 2:14.40; CSSC; 26. Bryce Pierce 2:09.77; Open, 1. Joey Pedraza, Davie 1:53.22; CSSC: 2. Keegan Boisson-Yates 1:57.11, 4. Brian Arnaud 1:59.17.

50-yard backstroke:

9-and-under, 1. Marcus Franco, SOFLO 34.98; SOFLO: 3. Joseph Lee 35.85, 5. John Paul Handal 36.91, 6. Nicolas Rossi 37.07; 10-year-olds, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 31.97; CSSC: 3. Connor Marks 33.64, 14. Andrew McDade 36.29, 20. Alexander Meyer 38.19; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 34.22, 15. Derek Tom 36.38; 11-year-olds, 1. Jalen Ramjohn, Westchester 29.27; CSSC: 14. Andres McKeon 35.64; 12-year-olds, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 26.73; SOFLO: 4. Andres Lares 30.15, 7. Kevin Porto 31.40; CSSC: 21. Nicholas Dworet 34.25; 13-year-olds, 1. Gershwin Greene, Barracudas 26.83; SOFLO: 2. Juan Lucas 27.41, 4. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 28.83; 14-year-olds, 1. Che Davis, North Miami 26.85; SOFLO: 3. Gustavo Valery 27.23, 4. Ryan Capote 27.58, 14. Simon Ortiz 31.45; 15-16, 1. Dylan Carter, Davie 23.19; CSSC: 18. August Charni 27.81, 29. David Stoddard 29.02; SOFLO: 33. Nikolas Ujueta 29.15; Open, 1. Sam Smiddy, AK Sharks 24.70; SOFLO: 25. Ivan Parada 27.68; CSSC: 30. Ben Fruitman 27.95.

50-yard breaststroke:

9-and-under, 1. Victor Valdes, Miami Dade 38.64; CSSC: 11. Fabio Savino 45.91; 10-year-olds, 1. Jonathan Skarie, Martin County 35.51; 11-year-olds, 1. Izaak Bastian, Barracudas 33.30; SOFLO: 8. Brandon Moran 35.83; CSSC; 15. Gianni Savino 39.40; 12-year-olds, 1. Felipe Urrutia, Miami Swimming 32.29; SOFLO: 13. Andres Arias 37.55; 13-year-olds, 1. Tristan Celestin, CSSC 28.89; CSSC: 16. Gui Hada 34.55; 14-year-olds, 1. Alexander Encinar, Alpha Aquatics 28.12; SOFLO: 10. Jonathan Strod 31.67, 12. Alex Monti 32.03, 20. Baldwin Suen 33.50, 21. Brendan Cassie 34.15; 15-16, 1. Jordy Groters, Davie 26.66; SOFLO: 10. Jordan Colon 29.91, 21. Bowie Suen 31.25, 23. Edward Kon 31.34, 31. Will Perry 32.65; CSSC: 34. Andrew Szatkowski 32.84; Open, 1. Carlos Herrera Breda, Unattached 26.28; CSSC: 9. Brian Arnaud 28.90, 23. Kyle Desrosiers 30.29, 35. Austin Pillado 31.60; SOFLO: 27. Roger Capote 30.59.

200-yard butterfly:

11-year-olds, 1. Alexio Musleh, CSSC 2:25.38; SOFLO: 4. Bryant Segui 2:36.80; 12-year-old, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 2:13.00; SOFLO: 6. Samuel Quintero 2:32.16; 13-year-olds, 1. Jose Llanio, Blue Marlins 2:03.53; SOFLO: 4. CJ Kopecki 2:10.23; 14-year-olds, 1. Nico Medina, Davie 1:57.05; SOFLO: 3. Julien Pinon 2:01.01, 13. Alfredo Mesa 2:20.60; 15-16, 1. Boleck DePawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 1:55.88; CSSC: 9. Bryce Pierce 2:09.50; Open, 1. Sam Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:50.26; SOFLO: 6. Jacob Walters 2:02.65.

100-yard freestyle:

9-and-under, 1. Michael Arias, SOFLO/Unattached 1:02.80; SOFLO: 2. Nicolas Rossi 1:03.17, 3. Marcus Franco 1:04.18, 4. Joseph Lee 1:08.88, 13. John Paul Handal 1:12.46; COMETS: 18. Sebastian Lares 1:13.94; CSSC: 22. Joshua Hanks 1:14.41; 10-year-olds, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 58.10; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 1:01.76, 33. Derek Tom 1:10.82, 38. Carlo Roche 1:12.26; CSSC: 17. Connor Marks 1:07.82, 29. Alexander Meyer 1:09.87, 34. Andrew McDade 1:10.84; 11-year-olds, 1. Alexio Musleh, CSSC 54.77; SOFLO: 4. Sam Walters 1:01.34 and Luis Bucaro 1:01.34, 31. Brandon Moran 1:06.11; 12-year-olds, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 52.74; SOFLO: 5. Andres Lares 55.75, 13. Kevin Porto 57.95, 27. Andres Arias 1:02.86; CSSC: 34. Nicholas Dworet 1:04.17; 13-year-olds, 1. Adrian Moya, Metro Aquatics 50.84; CSSC: 3. Tristan Celestin 52.20, 4. Sebastian Vargas 52.28; SOFLO: 9. Juan Lucas 53.33, 18. Miguel Hernandez 55.74, 22. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 56.28, 40. Ricardo Roche 58.98; 14-year-olds, 1. Raphael Marcoux, SFTL 47.91; SOFLO: 3. Julien Pinon 48.94, 6. Ryan Capote 51.00, 12. Gustavo Valery 52.57, 14. Alfredo Mesa 52.62, 15. Jonathan Strod 52.73, 19. Alex Monti 53.73, 21. Cristian Rossi 53.80, 37. Simon Ortiz 57.46, 39. Baldwin Suen 57.69; 15-16, 1. Dyan Carter, Davie 45.75; CSSC: 16. Bryce Pierce 50.39, 35. David Stoddard 51.99, 51. August Charni 53.09; SOFLO: 49. Will Perry 52.99, 55. Jordan Colon 53.33, 67. Nikolas Ujueta 54.19, 68. Bowie Suen 54.57; Open, 1. Daniele Tirabassi, Davie 44.59; CSSC: 26. Brian Arnaud 48.73, 36. Kyle Desrosiers 49.42, 45. Ben Fruitman 49.88, 51. Austin Pillado 50.63; SOFLO: 38. Ivan Parada 49.45, 49. Jacob Walters 50.43.

400-yard freestyle relay:

13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 3:23.54 (Jonathan Strod, Gustavo Valery, Alfredo Mesa, Julien Pinon), 2. Metro Aquatics 3:25.96, 3. Blue Marlins 3:31.30; Open, 1. Davie 3:00.77, 2. AK Sharks 3:13.26, 3. Metro Aquatics 3:13.85, 4. SOFLO “A” 3:20.25 (Jacob Walters, Roger Capote, Endi Babi, Ivan Parada).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com