SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson Lead Team At Arena Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson Lead Team At Arena Grand Prix


February 15, 2013

Melissa Marinheiro is getting excited about the future.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and her teammates are competing in the three-day Arena Grand Prix in Orlando, soaking up the atmosphere and gauging their heavy training regimen.

So far, so good.

Marinheiro, 15, finished second in the “B” final and tenth overall in 4:22.89, bettering her prelim time of 4:24.44.

“Actually, I am really surprised because this is my first meet of the season. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect,” Marinheiro said.

“I wasn’t expecting anything because we have been training really hard. I kept my head in my race. I didn’t pay attention to the girl who was leading because I would have freaked out and would think I was going slow.

“I am excited about the season,” Marinheiro said. “It’s only the beginning of the year. There’s definitely going to be a lot of surprises to come.”

Marinheiro was also excited about meeting one of her heroes, five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin, who won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.34, fastest time this year.

“This is the first time I have seen so many U.S. Olympians,” Marinheiro said. “It is really motivational and really cool to be in a meet with them. I talked with Missy and it was awesome. I love all of them.”

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson was pleased with Marinheiro’s race and composure. “Her 400 was very good,” he said. “She stayed mentally focused and closed out her race very well. I am very excited about that swim.”

Atkinson, still feeling the effects of Friday’s racing, won the “B” heat of the 50-meter freestyle in 26.57, slower than her prelim time of 26.50 and followed that with a third place in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.91.

SOFLO’s Jessica Rodriguez, 14, was seventh in the “B’ final of the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:48.10, faster than her prelim time of 2:50.19. She was 15th overall and youngest finisher among the Top 24.

In other Friday night championships:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Canadian two-time Olympian Audrey Lacroix, 30, of PPO led from wire-to-wire to win by more than a body length in 2:09.63. Becca Mann, 15, of Clearwater was second in 2:10.83. Also in the field was 32-year-old three-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett of Clearwater Aquatics, making her competitive comeback in the pool in seven years. She was eighth in 2:20.07, after going 2:19.99. “I am pretty happy with the way I swam tonight, another great time,” Lacroix said. “I was expecting a quick comeback from Becca and that’s what she did.”

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Tyler Clary, 23, of Club Wolverine, won a close two-man race against Wu Peng, 25, of Club Wolverine, 1:59.42-2:00.80. “I felt decent in the in the water in the last 50 even though obviously it’s painful,” Clary said. “I took three months out of the pool and gained 30 pounds but it came off pretty quick. I have been cranking out some pretty good sets in practice.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Stroke for stroke with Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen, Christine Magnuson, 27, of Tucson Ford won in 25.33 Only 3/100ths of a second separated the top two. Ottesen was second in 25.36. “During the 50 free I don’t think about too much, I know I got to go,” Magnuson said. “I just try to think about power and not spinning.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Last off the blocks, Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, 31, won in 22.43. Ervin was 10 years older than top qualifier Timothy Squires.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin won in 59.34, fastest time of the year and only swimmer to crack one minute. “There is such great competition here, I was nervous about coming out here after high school states because I was tired,” Franklin said. “The 50 free was a good tune-up. It got my heart rate up and my body was ready to go.”

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: California-bound Ryan Murphy, 17, of Bolles won against a strong field that included Ryan Lochte and Aussie Bobby Hurley to win by 3/100ths of a second in 54.92, eighth fastest time of the year. “I didn’t feel like I was surging at the end, I felt like I was dying at the end,” Murphy said. “It was more heart than anything at the end and how to deal with pain. I am definitely gunning to be one of the best backstrokers.” Added Olympic legend Rowdy Gaines, “The future king of backstroke has arrived.”

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Becca Mann, 15, of Clearwater won in 4:10.66. Alexa Komarnycky was second in 4:11.49. “I felt really good the whole time,” Mann said. “I saw her the whole time. It was fun racing her. I knew I could pull it out in the last 50.” Brooke Bennett went 4:30.68 in the “B” final.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Canadian Olympian Ryan Cochrane won in 3:51.62, fifth fastest time in the world this year. Michael Klueh was second in 3:53.71 and Conor Dwyer was third in 3:54.70. “We just came off an awesome training camp in the Keys,” Cochrane said. “I was hoping for a little better but midway in the season I will take what I can get.”

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: After a near false start that landed her in the water, Canadian Martha McCabe regained her composure to win in 2:29. McCabe took the lead in the final 25 meters. Five of the eight swimmers in the field were teenagers and three were Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Mike Alexandrov won by 3/100ths of a second touching out Felipe Lima of Davie, 2:14.13-2:14.16.

The meet concludes on Saturday with prelims and finals. Both will be webcast on and Universal Sports will broadcast finals at 6 p.m.



200-meter butterfly: 1. Audrey Lacroix, PPO 2:09.63, 2. Becca Mann, Clearwater 2:10.83, 3. Kim Vandenberg, NYA 2:14.99; FGC Results: 4. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:15.03, 7. Laura Gutierrez, Davie 2:20.00, 11. Casey Francis, PC 2:18.70, 14. Tyla Martin, PC 2:22.79, 25. Jessica Conway, SAS 2:28.39, 29. Amber Hunter, SOFLO 2:39.03.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Christine Magnuson, Tucson 25.33, 2. Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark 25.36, 3. Madison Kennedy, SwimMAC 25.46; FGC Results: 9. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 26.57, 14. Marta Ciesla, PC 26.98. 42. Mia Fiorenzi, Davie 28.11, 43. Evita Leter, MAC 28.17, 45. Arianna Noya, MAC 28.39, 48. Brenna Ruth, SAS 28.45, 51. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 28.51, 52. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 28.52, 54. Alina Schulhofer, Davie 28.59, 61. Hannah Veale, Pine Crest 29.09, 62. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 29.16.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Missy Franklin, CS 59.34, 2. Olivia Smoliga, GT 1:01.81, 3. Hilary Caldwell, PSW 1:02.19; FGC Results: 5. Tasija Karosas, SAS 1:02.75, 16. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:05.19, 35. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 1:09.03, 44. Emily Kopas, Davie 1:09.70, 45. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 1:09.81, 53. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:11.21, 54. Brenna Ruth, SAS 1:11.72, 59. Allison Kopas, Davie 1:15.34, 60. Amber Hunter, SOFLO 1:15.93.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Becca Mann, Clearwater 4:10.66, 2. Alexa Komarnycky, Island 4:11.49, 3. Barbara Jordan, PPO 4:12.42; FGC Results: 10. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:22.89, 13. Olivia Katcher, SFTL 4:27.21, 14. Megan Moroney, SAS 4:28.82, 23. Daniella Vandenberg, Davie 4:34.63, 24. Darby Goodwin, SAS 4:36.15, 26. Tyla Martin, PC 4:33.73, 27. Brittany Hammond, PC 4:34.17, 30. Daniela Veloza, Davie 4:35.17, 37. Caroline Nava, PC 4:41.16, 38. Angela Cicenia, Davie 4:42.19, 44. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:45.31, 45. Arianna Noya, MAC 4:46.19, 48. Hannah Veale, PC 4:48.80.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Martha McCabe, Canada 2:29.58, 2. Raminta Dvariskyte, SMU 2:31.15, 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:31.91; FGC Results: 4. Emily Kopas, Davie 2:35.63, 15. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:48.10.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. York YMCA 8:22.66, 2. Dynamo 8:27.01, 3. St. Andrew’s 8:34.16.


200-meter butterfly: 1. Tyler Clary, Club Wolverine 1:59.42, 2. Wu Peng, Club Wolverine 2:00.80, 3. Alec Page, Island 2:00.93; FGC Results: 16. Lucas Brito, Davie 2:09.93, 33. Nico Medina, Davie 2:15.54, 37. Jacob Walters, SOFLO 2:17.63, 45. Manuel Avila, PAQ 2:21.81.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Anthony Ervin, California 22.43, 2. Josh Schneider, Unattached 22.88, 3. Adam Brown, Unattached 23.01; FGC Results: 13. Dylan Carter, Davie 23.79, 16. Joshua Romany, Davie 24.06, 18. Manuel Gonzalez, Davie 23.84, 21. Roberto Gomez, Davie 24.00, 25. Renner Lima, Davie 24.28, 27. Jemal Le Grand, Davie 24.50, 29. Jordy Groters 24.72, 37. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 25.09, 39. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 25.12, 41. Julian Ballestas, MAC 25.24, 44. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 25.33, 45. Kevin Matheus 25.38, 46. Alex Lilley, Davie 25.40, 48. Gage Kohner, SAS 25.54, 53. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 25.62, 54. Arvin Moradi, Davie 25.64, 58. Shawn Warner, SAS 25.73, 59. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 25.85, 62. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 26.00, 64. Alexander Behnam, PC 26.10, 68. Robbie O’Gorman, PAQ 26.28, 71. Henry Contich, PC 26.63.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Bolles 54.92, 2. Bobby Hurley, Australia 54.95, 3. Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach 55.42; FGC Results: 16. Victor Andrade, SFTL 59.48, 22. Jabari Baptiste, Davie 1:00.27, 26. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 1:00.91, 36. Yanouck Tyriseva, Davie 1:02.84, 40. Boleck Depawlikowski, MAC 1:02.91, 42. Luke Hayhoe, SAS 1:03.63, 45. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 1:04.29.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ryan Cochrane, Canada 3:51.62, 2. Michael Klueh, Club Wolverine 3:53.71, 3. Conor Dwyer, Gators 3:54.70; FGC Results: 6. Esteban Enderica, Davie 3:57.82, 15. Alejandro Gomez, Davie 4:04.22, 20. Franco Lupoli, Davie 4:07.01, 21. Lance Rutkin, SFTL 4:07.16, 24. William Haeffner, PC 4:11.87, 29. Nico Medina, Davie 4:14.61, 30. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:14.96, 31. Boleck Depawlikowski, MAC 4:15.60, 36. Dylan Carter, Davie 4:13.78, 38. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie 4:14.71, 44. Jesus Marin, Davie 4:17.43, 46. Shawn Warner, SAS 4:20.82, 48. Gage Kohner, SAS 4:21.75, 60. Manuel Avila, PAQ 4:26.47.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Mike Alexandrov, Trojan SC 2:14.13, 2. Felipe Lima, Davie 2:14.16, 3. Gabriel Souza, Davie 2:17.40; FGC Results: 20. Jordy Groters, Davie 2:29.25, 21. Rafael Van Leeuwaarde, Davie 2:29.89, 30. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 2:39.04, 31. Kevin Matheus, SAS 2:39.63, 32. Wayne Denswil, MAC 2:41.97, 42. Henry Contich, PC 2:45.55.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Germany 7:37.01, 2. Mexico 7:43.11, 3. Venezuela 7:45.37, 4. Davie 7:45.97, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 8:23.84.

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