AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 226: Lochte, Gators Invited To Train At Patrick Air Force Base

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 226: Lochte, Gators Invited To Train At Patrick Air Force Base

By Sharon Robb

January 3, 2013

Ryan Lochte and University of Florida men’s team will have a serious change of training scenery on Friday.

Lochte, a former Gator and post-grad Olympic gold medalist and the Gators will train with members of the Air Force 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County.

The swimmers will participate in a series of exercises with pararescuemen, some of the most highly-trained emergency trauma specialists in the U.S. military.

Thirty-eight UF swimmers and head coach Gregg Troy will receive first-hand experience of what it takes to serve as an elite member of the rescue team.

Open Mile Swims This Weekend

Two open mile swims for all ages and levels are scheduled for Saturday in Fort Lauderdale and Sunday in Delray Beach.

One of South Florida’s best open water events is Saturday at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Fort Lauderdale Rough Water Swim off Fort Lauderdale Beach

The one mile swim annually attracts more than 500 age group, college, masters and open swimmers going off in wave starts.

The race begins 9:30 a.m. in front of Terramar Street and finishes on the beach in front of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Race day check-in is 7:30-9 a.m. at Alexander Park across the street from ISHOF and then swimmers are trolleyed to the start.

Age groups for boys and girls are 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 and 19-24. There are men and women college divisions for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The masters men and women age groups range from 25-29 to 80-84.

Online registration is at or at the ISHOF Gift Shop. The race application can also be found at All finishers receive a commemorative finish medal. Entry fee is $20 for college and age group and $30 for masters. There is an additional $10 late fee.

On Sunday, Delray Beach will host its annual swim.

The Delray Beach Ocean Mile Swim benefits the Delray Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Competition Team and Junior Lifeguard Competition. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Anchor Park and the race starts at 9:30 a.m. It’s a point-to-point race off Delray Beach with first, second and third place awards for all age groups. There are men and women divisions in all age groups. In addition to awards, all participants will receive a long sleeve t-shirts. Parking is free at Anchor Park until 11:30 a.m. Entry fee is $25. For information call 561-243-7352.


Michael Phelps, 27, is back in the dating pool after splitting with his girlfriend Megan Rossee, 25, after less than a year of dating. The 22-time Olympic champion broke up with the model and former cocktail waitress because he didn’t think the relationship was going anywhere. Phelps tweeted, “Things happen for a reason.” To illustrate just how popular Phelps’ name is, the news of his break-up made every national wire and celebrity column in the nation. Phelps will next been seen playing golf on Golf Channel’s Haney Project in February trying to improve his golf game which is already quite good. He may just be back in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics when golf makes its debut as a medal sport…Swimmers continued to make gossip columns when Miss Universe pageant owner Donald Trump said he didn’t care for Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo dating Ryan Lochte. “That swimmer is all over her like a puppy dog,” Trump told reporters. “Olivia is focused on being Miss Universe. She’s a smart, good girl.”…

Missy Franklin was a huge success as Grand Marshall of the recent Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade. With one of her four Olympic gold medals hanging around her neck, Franklin waved from a convertible for 2.5 miles. She wore a traditional Yavapai Indian Nation blanket embroidered with her name that was given to her during a dinner reception by the title sponsors. Franklin was also on the cover of the Fiesta Bowl Entertainment Guide. Before the Fiesta Bowl she trained for several days at a club pool in Scottsdale…

Florida International University will host its annual Sprint Invitational on Saturday at noon…Nova Southeastern, coming off a loss to Grand Valley State, will host Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Jan. 12. Against No. 12 ranked Grand Valley, Florida Gold Coast swimmer Linea Cutter was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.27…

Bucknell, led by Florida Gold Coast swimmers Gina Gautieri and Emily Norton returns to action after a month-long layoff Saturday at Columbia. Bucknell has not competed since Dec. 1 and recently returned from a weeklong training trip in Florida during winter break. Bucknell has four regular season meets remaining on its schedule. The women’s team is 3-3 and 2-1 in the Patriot League…Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue and her alma mater Western Kentucky are training in South Florida for the next two weeks. The swimmers are training at South Florida Aquatic Club’s Academic Village Pool.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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