Cordes Breaks NCAA, American U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American, U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 29, 2013

Kevin Cordes, a sophomore at Arizona, broke the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Cordes has been working with Matt Grevers, Eric Hansen and other members of the Arizona coaching staff and it showed in front of a near-capacity crowd on its feet cheering him home.

Cordes won his first NCAA title in a record time of 50.74. His splits were 23.87 and 26.87. It was the third time this season Cordes improved his own American record. He had first lowered it in morning prelims in 50.93.

Michigan continues to lead the team standings headed in Saturday’s third and final day of competition. The Wolverines have 336 points, ahead of California with 301.5 and Arizona with 234.5. Florida jumped to fifth with 196.5 points.

In the biggest upset of the night, David Nolan knocked off two-time defending champion Tom Shields to win the 100-yard backstroke in 44.99. Shields was second in 45.21.

Stanford’s Tom Kremer broke a 26-year-old national age group record in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:33.07. Troy Dalbey held the record in 1:33.28. Kremer, a freshman, finished third in the “A” final. Kremer has dual citizenship but competes for Israel internationally. Joao De Lucca of Louisville won in 1:31.51.

Michigan won its first NCAA event title in the 200-yard medley in 1:22.27 with Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zach Turk. The old record of 1:22.36 was held by Auburn. Since the Ortiz brothers are citizens of Spain, Japan and Brazil the Wolverines could not be credited with an American record.

Florida qualified seven swimmers for finals, including two into the “A” finals. Sophomore Carlos Omana of Miami, the top Florida Gold Coast finisher, just missed the finals in the 400-yard individual medley finishing 17th in 3:45.87 and was first alternate. Florida teammate Sebastien Rousseau was disqualified in the IM for the back to breast turn.

Stanford’s Kris Ipsen defended his 3-meter diving title with a come-from-behind victory. Ipsen overtook leader Nick McCrory of Duke on the final dive to win with 450.60 points.

In the final event of the evening, Florida knocked off Michigan to win the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:13.27 with freshman Pawel Werner, Sebastian Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak and Dan Wallace.

On Thursday’s opening night, Vlad Morozov had a 17.86 50-yard freestyle split on the 200-yard freestyle relay. It was the first time any swimmer has split under 18 seconds in a 50 freestyle in any kind of suit at any level. Even more amazing was that it was on USC’s third relay leg.

While being interviewed by local TV stations during the NCAA, USA Swimming national team director Frank Busch supported merging the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I meets and keeping them in Indianapolis.

“I believe Indianapolis should be the Omaha of college swimming,” said Busch, referring to the College World Series annually held in Omaha, Nebraska. “I believe the meet should be combined and the meet should be at Indianapolis every year.”


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Michigan 336, 2. California 301.5, 3. Arizone 234.5, 4. Southern California 212, 5. Florida 196.5, 6. Texas 192, 7. Stanford 169, 8. Auburn 167.5, 9. Indiana 151, 10. Georgia 106, 17. Louisville 44, 19. Florida State.

200-yard medley relay:

1.Michigan 1:22.27, 2. California 1:23.17, 3. Arizona 1:23.23, 10. Florida State 1:25.80, 13. Florida 1:26.02.

400-yard individual medley:

1.Chase Kalisz, Georgia 3:38.05, 2. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin 3:39.61, 3. Dan Wallace, Florida 3:39.87, 17. Carlos Omana, Florida 3:45.87, Sebastian Rousseau, Florida, DQ.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, California 44.59, 2. Marcin Cieslak, Florida 45.35, 3. Sean Fletcher, Michigan 45.54.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Joao De Lucca, Louisville 1:31.51, 2. Dimitry Colupaev, Southern Cal 1:32.74, 3. Tom Kremer, Stanford 1:33.07.

100-yard breaststroke

1.Kevin Cordes, Arizona 50.74, 2. Kevin Steel, Arizona 51.69, 3. Richard Funk, Michigan 51.84, 32. Renato Prono, Tennessee 54.14.

100-yard backstroke:

1.David Nolan, Stanford 44.99, 2. Tom Shields, California 45.21, 3. Eric Ress, Indiana 45.31.

3-meter springboard diving:

1.Kris Ipsen, Stanford 450.60, 2. Nick McCrory, Duke 440.40, 3. Darian Schmidt, Indiana 425.50.

800-yard freestyle relay:

1.Florida 6:13.27 (Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak, Dan Wallace), 2. Michigan 6:15.54, 3. Southern California 6:15.94.

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Schwab Top FGC Finisher On Day One Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Schwab Top FGC Finisher On Day One Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 28, 2013

Nicholas Schwab, who grew up swimming in the Florida Gold Coast, made his final appearance at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Schwab, a senior at Indiana, finished 41st in 4:22.70. His seed time was 4:18.70. Michigan junior Connor Jaeger won the event in 4:10.84.

Schwab was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher in the men’s field. Florida State senior John Jessell was 43rd in 4:23.51. Florida sophomore Carlos Omana was 51st in 4:26.51.

In one of the highlight races, Southern Cal junior Vlad Morozov won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.63.

Stanford’s Kris Ipsen broke the meet record in the 1-meter diving springboard with 473.75, breaking David Boudia’s old mark of 468.65.

University of Florida is sixth after the opening night of competition with 97 points.

The Gators had five top eight finishes. Top finisher was Marcin Cieslak, second in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.45.

“It was a good first day,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We had someone in the final of all the events tonight. Thought we could have been a little bit better in some spots. Overall, real proud of the guys and the way they raced. It was a good first day.”

Heavily-favored Michigan leads after the first day with 153 points followed by California with 123.5 and Auburn with 112.5.

The meet continues Friday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Michigan 153, 2. California 123.5, 3. Auburn 112.5, 4. Southern California 100, 5. Texas 99, 6. Florida 97, 7. Arizona 81, 7, Stanford 81, 9. Indiana 68, 10. Georgia 34, 20. Florida State 16.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Auburn 1:15.48, 2. Southern Cal 1:16.22, 3. Michigan 1:16.49, 8. Florida 1:18.29, 10. Louisville 1:1.94, Florida State DQ.

500-yard freestyle:

1.Connor Jaeger, Michigan 4:10.84, 2. Michael McBroom, Texas 4;11.39, 3. Cristian Quintero, Southern Cal 4:13.52, 8. Sebastian Rousseau, Florida 4:15.32, 41. Nicholas Schwab, Indiana 4:22.70, 43. John Jessell, Florida State 4:23.51, 51. Carlos Omana, Florida 4:26.51.

200-yard individual medley:

1.David Nolan, Stanford 1:41.21, 2. Marcin Cieslak, Florida 1:41.45, 3. Cody Miller, Indiana 1:41.99.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Vlad Morozov, Southern Cal 18.63, 2. Mark Chierighnini, Auburn 18.99, 3. Derek Toomey, Minnesota 19.18, 25. Paul Murray, FSU 19.78.

1-meter springboard diving:

1.Kris Ipsen, Stanford 473.75, meet record; 2. Nick McCrory, Duke 436.60, 3. Dabid Bonuchi, Missouri 407.45, 7. Tom Neubacher, FSU 383.50.

400-yard medley relay:

1.Arizona 3:02.09, 2. California 3:04.46, 3. Michigan 3:04.73, 7. Florida 3:08.40, 25. FSU 3:12.86.

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Free EKG Screening For Young Athletes At Miami Children’s Hospital

Free EKG Screening For Young Athletes At Miami Children’s Hospital

Written by Sharon Robb

March 27, 2013

Miami Children’s Hospital is reaching out to the region’s young athletes, including swimmers and divers, by offering free EKG screening to middle and high school sports participants.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death among young athletes according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Every three days in the U.S., a student-athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest. Usually there are no advance signs or symptoms.

An electrocardiogram is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart. The test is painless and there are no risks. It measures any damage to the heart; how fast your heart is beating and whether it is beating normally; the effects of drugs or devices used to control the heart such as a pacemaker; and the size and position of the heart chambers.

“No child should die from a preventable cause,” said Dr. Anthony Rossi, director of the hospital’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. “It’s a simple test, it takes less than five minutes to do and this could end up saving a life.”

The screenings are available by appointment at five MCH locations including the hospital’s main campus near Coral Gables, as well as MCH outpatient centers in Doral, Palmetto Bay, West Kendall and Weston.

For additional information or to make an appointment, those interested can call 305-662-8301, Option 1, or toll free at 1-800-432-6837, ext. 8301, Option 1.

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Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships

Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 27, 2013

Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships that get underway Thursday at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Nicholas Schwab, a senior at Indiana and 2012 Olympian, will compete in the 500-yard freestyle. He is seeded 29th in 4:18.70 and will swim in the opening event on Thursday.

Southern Cal sophomore Cristian Quintero is seeded first in 4:13.37.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana, a sophomore at University of Florida, is seeded 28th in 4:18.66.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers entered in the meet are Florida State senior John Jessell and junior teammate Paul Murray.

A field of 235 swimmers from 51 teams will compete over three days.

Michigan is the overwhelming favorite to win the team title. The Wolverines have 510 seeded points. Based on its seeding, the Wolverines have a 211-point advantage over the rest of the field.

Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Texas and University of Florida are the top challengers.

Florida is led by redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau who has returned to the team, and top freshman Pavel Werner.

The Gators qualified 14 swimmers and divers, including eight from last year’s meet, for NCAAs. The Gators have finished in the Top 10 for 12 consecutive years and earned 27 All-American honors in 2012.

Florida State may be the meet’s surprise team with the mid-season addition of Pavel Sankovich. The Seminoles relays have also been impressive this season and most recently at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Louisville, led by Joao de Lucca, may be another surprise and finish in the Top 10 for the second consecutive year. Former FGC swimmer and three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov is finishing up his first season as assistant coach at Louisville.

In addition to the 500 freestyle, other Thursday events are 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 1-meter diving and 400-yard medley relay.

ESPN3 is streaming the event live on Friday and Saturday. Live results can also be found at

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South Florida Aquatic Club Makes History, Wins Seniors And JOs In Same Season

South Florida Aquatic Club Makes History, Wins Seniors And JOs In Same Season


March 24, 2013

As the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships came to a close at Plantation Aquatic Complex on Sunday, the South Florida Aquatic Club cheers got louder and louder.

Swimmers, coaches and parents were beginning to realize they were about to make history.

After the final splash of the boys’ 400-yard medley relay was over, South Florida Aquatic Club captured the combined and women’s team titles and became the first club in Florida Gold Coast history to sweep the Junior Olympics and Senior Championships during the same short course season.

SOFLO won the combined team title with a club record 2,011.50 points and was the only club in the 29-team field to crack the 2,000-point barrier. Metro Aquatics was second with 1,860, AK Sharks third with 1,424.50 and Coral Springs Swim Club fourth with 1,401.

SOFLO also won the women’s team title with 1,270.50 points. Plantation Swim Team was second with 1,064 and St. Andrew’s Swimming was third with 657.50.

SOFLO’s boys team was fifth with 743 points. Metro Aquatics won with 1,290.

Even more amazing, SOFLO competed without some of its swimmers including national and FGC age group holder and leading point scorer Julien Pinon, currently training with the French junior national team in Spain.

The victory was bolstered by the team’s depth, talent and never-say-die attitude that has been with SOFLO since it became a stand-alone club after Coral Springs Swim Club decided it wanted to return to its original single club status and ended the clubs’ merger while SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson was in London coaching Alia Atkinson at the 2012 Olympics.

“This all started off in the summer the second they said Coral Springs was splitting off,” Anderson said. “We just said let’s see what happens.

“The momentum began when Alia made her first finals at the Olympics and we built off that. We had a wonderful Winter Championships where we finished second against some serious competition.

“We went into JOs as underdogs but we proved to be a very strong and well-balanced team,” Anderson said. “We showed as far as the bottom end of the age group organization we are strong and finished off with the seniors win. It’s kind of cool all of this has been going on since the Olympics.”

The team camaraderie was evident throughout the meet.

“The team is really good in terms of success,” said up-and-coming swimmer Henry Perillo, 16, who swam eight event and turned in several best times. “They worked really hard for their success. I am proud of my team. They deserve everything they win.

“This motivates me to keep up my training,” Perillo said.”This is the best meet I’ve had so I am really happy. A little tired, but very happy.”

Of course, swimmers will be back in the pool bright and early for Monday workout.

“It was nice to break the 2,000-point barrier,” Anderson said. “That was an entire SOFLO Gold Coast win for us. It was a little bittersweet, but we stayed true to ourselves and did what we were suppose to do. The cards fell the right way this time.

“It was our depth. Every point and every swim counted. The kids bought into it and worked toward a goal. This proves we are not only strong at the age group level but the senior level, too. It was a real team win. Our age group coaches did a wonderful job of prepping these senior swimmers as 14 and 15-year-olds.”

Among highlights on the final day:

SOFLO girls swept the 200- and 400-yard medley relays. The 200-yard medley relay won in 1:45.54 with Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro. The same foursome won the 400-yard medley relay in 3:48.89.

Jessica Rodriguez was third in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:11.81. She was also third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.

Melissa Marinheiro survived a brutal weekend schedule and managed to swim under 17 minutes in the mile for the first time in 16:53.77. Her previous best was 17:05.30.

Maria Lopez, 17, won the 50-yard butterfly in 26.28.

Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.16, her second fastest time ever despite taking an extra stroke on her finish. “It was a very strong swim for her,” Anderson said.

Kylie Herman had another outstanding day with three best times.

Jordan Colon went all best times in his events including a 1:01.83 in the 100-yard breaststroke for fifth place.

“Their confidence is very strong,” Anderson said. “They met the challenge that we had. They are very confident from the very top with Alia to our youngest. It’s nice to see.”


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,011.5, 2. Metro Aquatics 1,860, 3. AK Sharks 1,424.5, 4. Coral Springs Swim Club 1,401, 5. St. Andrew’s Swimming 1,270.5, 6. Plantation Swim Team 1,226, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1,225.5, 8. Lake Lytal Lightning 1,167, 9. Heritage Aquatic Team 916, 10. Jupiter Dragons 622.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,270.5, 2. Plantation Swim Team 1,064, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 657.50, 4. AK Sharks 597.50, 5. Miami Swimming 596.50, 6. Lake Lytal Lightning 576, 7. Metro Aquatics 570, 8. Coral Springs Swim Club 553, 9. Swim Fort Lauderdale 545, 10. Gulliver Swim Club 381.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 1,290, 2. Coral Springs Swim Club 848, 3. Heritage Aquatic Team 836, 4. AK Sharks 826, 5. SOFLO 743, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 680.50, 7. St. Andrew’s Swimming 611, 8. Lake Lytal Lightning 590, 9. Allegheny North Swim Club 398, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 293.



15-16, 1. Fabiana Ingram, Lake Lytal Lightning 127; SOFLO: 6. Melissa Marinheiro 112, 23. Kylie Herman 62, 37. Haley Wright 37.50, 46. Whitney Johnson 24; Women, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 138; SOFLO: 5. Maria Lopez 118, 6. Marcella Marinheiro 116, 13. Jessica Rodriguez 95, 17. Amber Hunter 80, 33. Evelin Jimenez 40, 43. Natasha Testa 31, 48. Melissa Marinheiro 24, 52. Daniela Jimenez 20, 55. Bianca Monti 18, 69. Kaitlin Armstrong 7.


15-16, 1. William Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 177; SOFLO: 12. Jordan Colon 103, 25. Ryan Capote 58, 42. Bowie Suen 21, 51. Edward Kon 10, 55. Fernando Quintero 7; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 182; SOFLO: 24. Endi Babi 60.50, 30. Jacob Walters 55, 35. Roger Capote 45, 41. Alexander Monti 35, 53. Ivan Parada 18.50, 54. Juan Lucas 18, 56. CJ Kopecki 17, 60. Xavier Brown 14, 66. Gustavo Valery 10, 69. Jonathan Strod 9, 75. Edward Kon 6, 83. Cristian Rossi 2.


200-yard medley relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 1:45.54 (Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro), 10. SOFLO “B” 1:53.85 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Amber Hunter, Whitney Johnson).

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Fabiana Ingram, Lake Lytal 58.37; SOFLO: 10. Melissa Marinheiro 1:04.34, 23. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:06.44; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 54.97; SOFLO: 2. Alia Atkinson 55.97, 5. Marcella Marinheiro 59.42, 7. Maria Lopez 1:02.25, 8. Amber Hunter 1:02.45, 17. Evelin Jimenez 1:05.50, 25. Daniela Jimenez 1:08.02.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 16:53.77; SOFLO: 9. Daniela Jimenez 18:45.23.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 25.96; SOFLO: 9. Whitney Johnson 27.99, 10. Melissa Marinheiro 28.48, 23. Kylie Herman 29.14, 32. Haley Wright 29.88, 37. Astrid Rigau 30.33, 40. Kaitlin Armstrong 30.96; Open, 1. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 26.28; SOFLO: 4. Marcella Marinheiro 26.69, 6. Amber Hunter 27.36, 8. Evelin Jimenez 27.38, 11. Natasha testa 27.60, 24. Bianca Monti 29.73.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:05.59; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.16; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 1:08.00.

50-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 23.89; SOFLO: 19. Whitney Johnson 26.14, 24. Kylie Herman 26.32, 33. Kaitlin Armstrong 26.94, 45. Astrid Rigau 28.04; Open, 1. Arlene Semeco, CSSC 24.10; SOFLO: 8. Maria Lopez 25.22, 11. Amber Hunter 25.40, 13. Bianca Monti 25.63, 19. Evelin Jimenez 26.04, 23. Natasha Testa 26.09, 36. Daniela Jimenez 26.87.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Emily Kopas, Davie 2:07.33; SOFLO: 13. Kylie Herman 2:17.21, 25. Whitney Johnson 2:27.70; Open, 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:03.09; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 2:11.81.

400-yard medley relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 3:48.89 (Marcella Marinheiro, Alia Atkinson, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro), 6. SOFLO “B” 4:04.30 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Amber Hunter, Evelin Jimenez).


200-yard medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics 1:34.06; 6. SOFLO “A” 1:41.09 (Juan Lucas, Jordan Colon, Endi Babi, Xavier Brown), 11. SOFLO “B” 1:43.02 (Gustavo Valery, Alexander Monti, Jacob Walters, Roger Capote).

100-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Alejandro Vassallo, Pompano 53.95; SOFLO: 11. Ryan Capote 56.71, 14. Fernando Quintero 58.57; Open, 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates, CSSC 50.81; SOFLO: 14. Juan Lucas 56.87, 16. Gustavo Valery 57.46, 29. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 59.00, 30. Ivan Parada 59.26.

50-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Nicholas Conrad, St. Andrew’s 23.89; SOFLO: 19. Ryan Capote 25.78, 20. Jordan Colon 26.15, 31. Edward Kon 27.07, 32. Nikolas Ujueta 27.17; Open, 1. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 23.52; SOFLO: 3. Endi Babi 23.95, 6. Jacob Walters 24.33, 10. Xavier Brown 25.02, 17. Alexander Monti 25.94, 19. Cristian Rossi 26.28, 12. Ivan Parada 25.47, prelims, 31. CJ Kopecki 27.11, 33. Juan Lucas 27.16, 41. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 28.81.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Marco Guarente, Davie 59.13; SOFLO: 5. Jordan Colon 1:01.83, 14. Bowie Suen 1:06.13, 16. Edward Kon 1:07.91; Open, 1. Francisco Souza, Davie 57.85; SOFLO: 17. Roger Capote 1:03.84, 19. Alexander Monti 1:07.15, 25. Jonathan Strod 1:07.53.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Blake Manganiello, AK Sharks 15:36.34; SOFLO: 11. Roger Capote 17:24.13, 15. Edward Kon 17:46.24.

200-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Boleck DePawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 1:56.41; SOFLO: 8. Jordan Colon 2:02.21; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:52.36; SOFLO: 14. Alexander Monti 2:05.51, 17. Jonathan Strod 2:08.49, 19. CJ Kopecki 2:09.46.

400-yard medley relay:

1.Metro Aquatics 3:25.88, 6. SOFLO “A” 3:42.44 (Juan Lucas, Jordan Colon, Endi Babi, Ryan Capote), 11. SOFLO “B” 3:49.20 (Fernando Quintero, Alex Monti, Jacob Walters, Xavier Brown).



100-yard backstroke:

15-and-over, 1. Jesitt Perez, FLA 1:12.40; SOFLO: 2. Astrid Rigau 1:12.62, 3. Jessie Cordero 1:12.70, 5. Andrea Iglesias 1:14.52.

50-yard butterfly:

15-and-over, 1. Trishawn Shim, PST 30.91; SOFLO: 3. Jessie Cordero 33.10.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-and-over, 1. Madisyn Jones, MCDA 1:25.98; SOFLO: 2. Emily Nunez 1:30.01.

50-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Trishawn Shim, PST 28.44; SOFLO: 7. Andrea Iglesia 30.27.

200-yard individual medley:

15-and-over, 1. Larissa Livanis, Metro Aquatics 2:39.01.


100-yard backstroke:

15-and-over, 1. Brendan Teeters, CSSC 1:02.93; SOFLO: 4. Daniel Lee 1:07.67, 11. Henry Perillo 1:11.78

50-yard butterfly:

15-and-over, 1. Alvaro Chaux, Wellington 28.10; SOFLO: 9. Federico Molina 30.51, 11. Mathew Delvalle 31.31.

100-yard breaststroke:

15-and-over, 1. Oneil Vaca-Gutierrez, North Miami 1:07.96; SOFLO: 6. Henry Perillo 1:10.36, 11. Juan Saldana 1:13.09.

50-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Brendan Teeters, CSSC 24.68; SOFLO: 5. Nikolas Ujueta 25.45, 12. Henry Perillo 26.44, 16. Federico Molina 27.09, 20. Mathew Delvalle 28.44.

200-yard individual medley:

15-and-over, 1. Matthew Fisher, FLA 2:6.72; SOFLO: 2. Juan Saldana 2:16.82, 8. Nikolas Ujueta 2:23.44.

1,650-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Christian Fowler, MAC 18:36.37; SOFLO; 2. Simon Ortiz 18:41.00.

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SOFLO Leads Senior Championships Going Into Final Day; Atkinson Breaks FGC Record

SOFLO Leads Senior Championships Going Into Final Day; Atkinson Breaks FGC Record


March 23, 2013

It will be an exciting finish on the third and final day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

After winning the FGC Junior Olympics team title two weeks ago, South Florida Aquatic Club has a shot at history if they add the senior team title to its list of accomplishments.

SOFLO has led the meet the first two days and are in the lead heading into the final day. SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 1,206.50 points. Metro Aquatics is second with 1,159 points.

SOFLO needs to step up in the medley relays if they are to have a shot at the title.

“It’s a great way to motivate our kids,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “They are already swimming fast, they don’t need more incentive, but this might be just special enough to motivate us in the final session.”

With SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, home from Indian River State College for the spring break watching his teammates, SOFLO three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson had another good night.

Atkinson broke the Florida Gold Coast record in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.56.

SOFLO teammate Jordan Colon finished third in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:09.80. It was the first time he cracked 2:10. His previous best was 2:16.85. Colon also swam a best time 4:16.29 in the 400-yard individual medley, dropping from 4:22.44.

“It was a good swim for him,” Anderson said. “Breaking 2:10 he is starting to understand.”

Anderson also praised Kylie Herman who did “a phenomenal job in morning prelims and came back and did even better in the night session.”

Herman was tenth in the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:57.85, dropping from 2:01.81. Herman was also eighth in the 400-yard individual medley in a best time in 4:48.35, dropping from 4:57.68. She also swam a best time 1:03.25 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Melissa Marinheiro was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.81. Maria Lopez was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.78.

Simon Ortiz won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:53.50 in the Area 1, 2, 3 Senior Championships.

“It’s nice to be in this position, the kids have worked hard,” Anderson said. “The two medley relays are our strongest. We have never swept the relays in a championship final.

“Last week we started gaining momentum and hopefully we will finish strong,” Anderson said.”It was really cool when we won JOs. If we could find a way to win Senior Champs, it speaks volumes about the staff.”


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,206.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 1,159, 3. AK Sharks 898.50, 4. Coral Springs Swim Club 822, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 819.50, 6. St. Andrew’s Swimming 767, 7. Plantation Swim Team 753, 8. Lake Lytal Lightning 732, 9. Heritage Aquatic Team 589, 10. Allegheny North Swim Club 520.

WOMEN TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 763.50, 2. Plantation 643, 3. AK Sharks 387.50, 4. St. Andrew’s 384, 5. Miami Swimming 370.50, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 362, 7. Lake Lytal Lightning 340, 8. Metro Aquatics 336, 9. Coral Springs Swim Club 332, 10. Gulliver 261.

MEN TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 823, 2. AK Sharks 511, 3. Heritage Aquatics 501, 4. Coral Springs Swim Club 490, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 457.50, 6. SOFLO 443, 7. Allegheny 398, 8. Lake Lytal Lightning 392, 9. St. Andrew’s Swimming 383, 10. Wahoos of Wellington 182.50.


200-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 1:51.27; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 1:51.81, 10. Kylie Herman 1:57.85, 13. Haley Wright 1:59.39; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:47.75; SOFLO: 12. Amber Hunter 1:57.19, 13. Maria Lopez 1:57.30, 23. Jessica Rodriguez 2:02.84, 25. Daniela Jimenez 2:03.30.

50-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Brienne Renfrum, Metro Aquatics 27.33; Open, 1. Marcella Marinheiro, SOFLO 27.18; SOFLO: 14. Kaitlin Armstrong 30.10.

200-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Chase Harris, Jupiter Dragons 2:23.99; Open, 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:08.56, FGC record; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 2:25.04, 13. Bianca Monti 2:45.81.

100-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Christina Herfurth, Lake Lytal Lightning 56.98; SOFLO: 6. Melissa Marinheiro 59.14, 12. Whitney Johnson 1:01.43, 15. Haley Wright 1:02.68, 17. Kylie Herman 1:03.25; Open, 1. Emma Lincoln, CSSC 57.33; SOFLO: 2. Maria Lopez 57.78, 5. Marcella Marinheiro 59.10, 10. Amber Hunter 1:00.10, 15. Evelin Jimenez 1:00.71, 18. Natasha Testa 1:02.11, 27. Bianca Monti 1:06.90.

400-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Darby Goodwin, SAS 4:26.01; SOFLO: 8. Kylie Herman 4:48.35; Open: 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 4:20.77.

800-yard freestyle relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 7:33.88 (Melissa Marinheiro, Maria Lopez, Alia Atkinson, Marcella Marinheiro).


200-yard freestyle:

15-16, 1. Gage Kohner, St. Andrew’s 1:40.63; SOFLO: 8. Ryan Capote 1:49.68; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:40.99; SOFLO: 15. Jacob Walters 1:47.24, 19. Ivan Parada 1:49.90, 24. Alex Monti 1:51.55, 30. CJ Kopecki 1:52.49, 32. Jonathan Strod 1:52.78, 35. Juan Lucas 1:53.85, 37. Xavier Brown 1:54.49.

50-yard backstroke:

15-16, 1. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 24.20; SOFLO: 19. Ryan Capote 27.96, 21. Fernando Quintero 28.01; Open, 1. Brandon Goldman, CSSC 23.94; SOFLO: 15. Ivan Parada 27.66.

200-yard breaststroke:

15-16, 1. Marco Guarente, Davie 2:08.33; SOFLO: 3. Jordan Colon 2:09.80, 12. Bowie Suen 2:21.70, 15. Edward Kon 2:30.35; Open, 1. Francisco Souza, Davie 2:03.96; SOFLO: 8. Roger Capote 2:16.85.

100-yard butterfly:

15-16, 1. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 52.04; Open, 1. Luca Germano, Unattached 49.99; SOFLO: 8. Endi Babi 52.83, 12. Jacob Walters 53.18, 30. Cj Kopecki 58.17.

400-yard individual medley:

15-16, 1. Alejandro Vassallo, PB 4:08.70; SOFLO: 4. Jordan Colon 4:16.29; Open, 1. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 3:59.13; SOFLO: 14. CJ Kopecki 4:29.02, 15. Alex Monti 4:29.31, 16. Jonathan Strod 4:29.49.

800-yard freestyle relay:

1.Metro Aquatics 6:56.63, 5. SOFLO “A” 7:16.22 (Jacob Walters, Ryan Capote, Endi Babi, Ivan Parada).



200-yard medley relay:

1.SOFLO “A” 2:13.44 (Genesis Pabon, Karina Medina, Jessie Cordero, Astrid Rigau.

200-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Carlota Sanchez, FLA 2:06.67; SOFLO: 4. Astrid Rigau 2:13.64, 11. Genesis Pabon 2:21.24, 15. Andrea Iglesias 2:26.94, 19. Karina Medina 2:32.02.

50-yard backstroke:

15-and-over, 1. Courtney Stewart, BEST 31.09; SOFLO: 3. Genesis Pabon 33.97, 5. Andres Iglesias 34.35, 7. Jessie Cordero 34.61, 8. Astrid Rigau 34.77.

200-yard breaststroke:

15-and-over, 1. Emma Rodriguez, MCDA 2:48.052; SOFLO: 3. Kevin Medina 2:59.02, 6. Emely Nunez 3:26.02.

100-yard butterfly

15-and-over, 1. Carlota Sanchez 1:07.42; SOFLO: 3. Jessie Cordero 1:12.89, 5. Genesis Pabon 1:15.11, 11. Karina Medina 1:21.32.


200-yard medley relay:

1.MAC 1:56.90, 3. SOFLO “A” 2:00.05 (Simon Ortiz, Juan Saldana, Nikolas Ujueta, Josemiguel Fernandez).

200-yard freestyle:

15-and-over, 1. Justin Torres, CSSC 1:54.77; SOFLO: 10. Simon Ortiz 2:00.32, 16. Nikolas Ujueta 2:04.41, 18. Henry Perillo 2:08.07, 21. Juan Saldana 2:08.63, 24. Mathew Delvalle 2:10.23, 27. Federico Molina 2:19.93.

50-yard backstroke:

15-and-over, 1. Tommy Meiser, Jupiter 28.76; SOFLO: 2. Daniel Lee 30.81, 7. Simon Ortiz 31.95.

200-yard breaststroke:

15-and-over, 1. Christian Fowler, MAC 2:29.58; SOFLO: 5. Henry Perillo 2:36.80, 8. Juan Saldana 2:42.36.

100-yard butterfly:

15-and-over, 1. Brendan Teeters, CSSC 56.79; SOFLO: 7. Nikolas Ujueta 1:01.35, 17. Henry Perillo 1:08.02, 19. Mathew Delvalle 1:09.09, 21. Daniel Lee 1:14.37, 22. Federico Molina 1:14.80.

400-yard individual medley:

15-and-over, 1. Simon Ortiz, SOFLO 4:53.50.


What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships & Area 1, 2, 3, Senior Championships

When: Sunday

Schedule: Seniors: Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Area 1, 2, 3 Seniors: Sunday, prelims 11:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, off Broward Blvd., Plantation.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets per session.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Third Time A Charm For Georgia Bulldogs At NCAAs

Third Time A Charm For Georgia Bulldogs At NCAAs

Written by Sharon Robb

March 23, 2013

Megan Romano was leaving nothing to chance on the last leg of the final event at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The University of Georgia senior split a 46.25 on the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay to clinch the team title for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs won the relay in style in 3:09.40 to break the NCAA and U.S. Open record.

After two runner-up finishes, the Bulldogs put an exclamation point on their long-awaited team title victory for veteran coach Jack Bauerle and first team title since 2005. It was the sixth team title in the program’s history. Only Stanford has won more with nine.

Romano was joined on the winning relay by Shannon Vreeland, Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem and Olympian Allison Schmitt, who sat out last year to train and make the 2012 London Olympics.

Arizona took the American record in the 400 free relay in 3:10.63 with Megan Lafferty, Margo Geer, Kait Flederback and Monica Drake.

The Bulldogs totaled 477 points to dethrone two-time defending champion California, second with 393 and counting the days until Olympian Missy Franklin starts classes in the fall.

Tennessee was third with 325.5, Texas A&M fourth with 323.5, Arizona, 311 and University of Florida with 305 points. University of Miami was 20th with 40 points thanks to its diving program and Florida State finished a disappointing 32nd with 12 points.

The Georgia Bulldogs were in great shape headed into Saturday’s finals. The Bulldogs advanced nine swimmers into the third and final night of competition. It was two more “A” finalists than the seeds had them at.

California’s 15-point deficit was just too much to make up. The Bears were trying to win their fourth title in the program’s history.

California freshman Elizabeth Pelton won the 200-yard backstroke in an American, U.S. Open and NCAA record 1:47.84. Pelton was out in 25.93 followed by splits of 27.12, 27.41 and 27.38.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Arizona’s Margo Geer won in 47.19. Romano was second in 47.37. University of Florida’s Natalie Hinds set a school record in 47.73 for third place.

Texas senior Laura Sogar won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:05.41 taking down American record holder Breeja Larson. Minnesota senior Haley Spencer was second in 2:06.15. Texas A&M’s Larson was third in 2:06.24.

In the 1,650-yard freestyle, Haley Anderson of Southern California took it out fast and held on for the win in 15:45.98. Top seed Sarah Henry of Texas A&M was second in 15:46.41. Indiana’s Lindsey Vrooman was third in 15:50.73.

Tennessee junior Tori Lamp won the platform diving title with 335.35 points. University of Miami sophomore Kara McCormack was fifth with 284.95.

Florida Gulf Coast sophomore Emma Svensson of Sweden was the recipient of the Elite 89 Award for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Svensson, an Economics major, carries a 4.0 GPA. She was presented the award during Saturday’s meet. The award embraces the true essence of a student-athlete.


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 477, 2. California 393, 3. Tennessee 325.5, 4. Texas A&M 323.5, 5. Arizona 311, 6. Florida 305, 7. Southern Cal 291, 8. Stanford 246, 9. Texas 186, 10. Minnesota 141, 20. Miami, 40, 32. Florida State 12.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Haley Anderson, Southern California 15:45.98, 2. Sarah Henry, Texas A&M 15:46.41, 3. Lindsey Vrooman, Indiana 15:50.73.

200-yard backstroke:

1.Elizabeth Pelton, California 1:47.84, 2. Dominique Bouchard, Missouri 1:50.06, 3. Elizabeth Beisel, Florida 1:51.17, 41. Johanna Gustafsdottir, Florida International 1:56.74, 49. Sonia Perez Arau, Florida International 1:58.58.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Margo Geer, Arizona 47.19, 2. Megan Romano, Georgia 47.37, 3. Natalie Hinds, Florida 47.73, 17. Tiffany Oliver, Florida State 48.63, 44. Harper Bruens, Tennessee 49.63

200-yard breaststroke:

1.Laura Sogar, Texas 2:05.41, 2. Haley Spencer, Minnesota 2:06.15, 3. Breeja Larson, Texas A&M 2:06.24, 50. Eszter Bucz, Florida Atlantic 2:15.89.

200-yard butterfly:

1.Cammile Adams, Texas A&M 1:52.61, 2. Lauren Harrington, Georgia 1:54.39, 3. Carolyn Blalock 1:54.65, 15. Caroline Kuczynski, Arizona State 1:57.71.

Platform diving:

1.Haley Ishimatsu, Southern Cal 396.75, 2.Victoria Lamp, Tennessee 328.60, 3. Amy Cozad, Indiana 325.20, 6. Kara McCormack, Miami 286.20.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Georgia 3:09.40 (Shannon Vreeland, Chantal Van Landeghem, Allison Schmitt, Megan Romano), 2. Arizona 3:10.63, 3. California 3:11.58; Florida State, DQ (Kaitlyn Dressel, Tiffany Oliver, Grace Hoffman, Kelsey Buckley).

Sharon Robb can be reached at