SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Rousseau Breaks Meet Record On Day One Of U.S. Open

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Rousseau Breaks Meet Record On Day One Of U.S. Open


Written by Sharon Robb

July 31, 2013

Sebastian Rousseau of Gator Swim Club broke an 11-year-old meet record to win the 200-meter butterfly to highlight opening day action Tuesday at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.

While most of the world’s attention is on the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Rousseau, 22, was making a few waves in Irvine, Calif.

Rousseau, a 2012 South African Olympian, won in 1:55.64. The previous meet record was 1:55.66 set by Tom Malchow of Club Wolverine in 2002.

It was the ninth fastest time in the world and would have qualified him third for the world championship final.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher on opening day was St. Andrew’s Swimming’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

The foursome of Tasija Karosas, 17, Caroline Nava, 16, Darby Goodwin, 16, and Megan Moroney, 16, finished 15th in 3:53.30,

slower than their seed time of 3:52.67.

TUESDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Tilly Gray, NCYY 2:09.83.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Yolane Kukla, Australia 54.87.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Gillian Ryan, North Baltimore 8:25.57.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Australia 3:42.38, meet record.

MEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Sebastian Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 1:55.64, meet record.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Daniel Tucker, Boilermaker Aqua 49.11.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, Auburn 15:13.39.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: 30. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:15.87.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: 60. Rhi Jeffrey, Bernal’s Gators 57.85.

Women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay: 15. St. Andrew’s Swimming (Tasija Karosas, Caroline Nava, Darby Goodwin, Megan Moroney).

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: 28. David Knight, North Palm Beach 2:01.64, 30. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 2:01.79, 33. Luke Torres, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:02.31.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: 38. Roberto Gomez, Davie 50.82, 66. Luke Torres 51.64, 70. Charles Harrington, FLA 51.68

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: 17. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 15:40.20.

RYAN LOCHTE HEADED DOWN UNDER

For the first time in ten years, Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach will start training in Australia after he finishes competing at world championships.

Lochte plans to train for four months with veteran coach Denis Cotterell, coach of Chinese world record holder Sun Yang and several other elite swimmers.

Lochte emphasized that Florida’s Gregg Troy is still his coach in Gainesville. But he plans on mixing it up as far as training sites and cutting back his heavy mileage regimen. He would like to train in two-to-six week intervals overseas as well as train with Dave Marsh at SwimMAC, who has a large group of pros training.

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

Another Sixteen-Year-Old Breaks World Record On Day Three Of World Championships

Another Sixteen-Year-Old Breaks World Record On Day Three Of World Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 30, 2013

For the second day in a row, a 16-year-old teenager broke a world record and won gold Tuesday at the 15th FINA World Long Course Swimming Championships at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

Katie Ledecky, 16, the world’s new distance queen, upstaged Missy Franklin by winning the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:36.53 to break the oldest standing world record.

Ledecky and Denmark’s Lotte Friis separated themselves from the rest of the field and battled it out until the final 50 meters when Ledecky reached for another gear for a 29.47 split.

Ledecky has now won the Olympic gold at the 2012 London Olympics and 400 title at worlds.

Friis was second in 15:38.88, a European record. Both broke the previous world mark of Kate Ziegler’s world record of 15:42.54 that had held up even through the techsuit era.

“The main goal was just to come out on top,” Ledecky said. “I knew we were going pretty fast and I figured whoever was going to come out on top was going to get the world record.

“I had to be careful not to push it too early, not to push it too late, and just touch the wall first. Around the last 200, I knew I could take off.”

“I’m still 16 so I hope I have plenty years left of swimming,” Ledecky said with a smile. “The world record means the world to me. Kate Ziegler, who had the world record, is from my area back home. I’ve looked up to her my whole life and I am really honored to break that world record and to keep it in Potomac Valley.”

Also winning gold for the U.S. on Tuesday was Missy Franklin, who led from start to finish, in the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 58.41 and Matt Grevers in the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 52.91.

In the men’s 200-meter freestyle, France’s Yannick Agnel won gold in 1:44.20 and his training partner at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Connor Dwyer, came from seventh place to finish second in 1:45.32.

Both Agnel and Dwyer are coached by Bob Bowman. Russian Danila Izotov edged defending champion Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach for the bronze in 1:45.59 to 1:45.64.

The U.S. finished Day Three with three gold medals, two silvers and one bronze. The U.S. team now has six gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

Day Four events are men’s 100-meter freestyle, women’s 50-meter backstroke, men’s 200-meter butterfly final, women’s 200-meter freestyle final, men’s 50-meter breaststroke final, women’s 200-meter butterfly, men’s 800-meter freestyle final.

Today’s TV Schedule: Wednesday, July 31, 12-2 p.m. live, Universal Sports.

TUESDAY RESULTS

MEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Yannick Agnel, France 1:44.20, 2. Conor Dwyer, USA 1:45.32, 3. Danila Izotov, Russia 1:45.59.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, USA 52.93, 2. David Plummer, USA 53.12, 3. Jeremy Stravius, France 53.21.

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, USA 15:36.53, world record, 2. Lotte Friis, Denmark 15:38.88, 3. Lauren Boyle, New Zealand 15:44.71.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Missy Franklin, USA 58.42, 2. Emily Seebohm, Australia 59.06, 3. Aya Terakawa, Japan 59.23.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania 1:04.42, 2. Yuliya Efimova, Russia 1:05.02, 3. Jessicca Hardy, USA 1:05.52.

HIGH DIVING

American Cesilie Carlton, plunging the equivalent of a seven-story building, won the inaugural gold medal in the extreme sport of high diving at the world aquatic championships.

Carlton, 32, of San Antonio, Tex., who has vertigo and is afraid of heights and flying, won the inaugural event by plunging off a 20-meter platform into Barcelona’s murky harbor.

U.S. teammate Ginger Huber took the silver.

“I’m afraid of heights,” Carlton said. “That’s why I go very quickly. I don’t look down for a long time. But I know that I have control of what I am doing. The toughest part is looking over.”

Carlton clinched it on her final dive, a triple half pike, to total 211.60 points. She moved up from third place. Huber had 206.70 points and German Anna Bader took the bronze with 203.90.

The men’s competition off 27 meters concludes on Wednesday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Wins Twice With Two Lifetime-Bests At Southern Senior Zones

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Wins Twice With Two Lifetime-Bests At Southern Senior Zones


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 30, 2013

Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club, looking stronger and stronger in the pool, not only lived up to his seeding, but dominated his races.

Rojas, 19, preparing for his sophomore year at Indian River State College, rocked the pool with a victory and lifetime-best of 2:21.84 in the 100-meter breaststroke Tuesday at the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rojas was seeded No. 1 in the event and won by nearly four seconds. He bettered his previous best time of 2:23.49.

Rojas, also seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke, won in 29.82.

His previous best was 30.83, which he first bettered in prelims in 30.24 and then cracked the 30-second mark for the first time in finals.

Nearly every SOFLO swimmer had at least one lifetime-best time with some big time drops including Ryan Capote and Edward Kon.

Rojas, one of the meet’s workhorses, has three more events remaining. He is seeded first in the 200-meter freestyle, second in the 200-meter individual medley and third in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Buoyed by Rojas strong swims, SOFLO is in eighth place among a field of 32 teams with 191 points.

Thirty-six attached teams and 381 swimmers are competing in the weeklong meet.

In addition to SOFLO other Florida Gold Coast teams Pine Crest Swimming, FLA, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatics, North Miami Swim Team, Performance Aquatics, Titan Aquatics and Plantation Swim Team.

TUESDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Micaela Roemer, SAILS 58.77; SOFLO: 22. Maria Lopez 1:02.12, best time, 24. Amber Hunter 1:02.85, 78. Bianca Monti 1:06.47.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Sofie Underdahl, METRO 2:39.89; SOFLO: 18. Delanie Perez 2:56.22, best time.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Katie Kelsoe, MTAC 2:19.81; SOFLO: 8. Marcella Marinheiro 2:30.09.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Sydney Bornstein, Piranha Swimming 2:18.87; SOFLO: 4. Maria Lopez 2:21.94 (2:20.40, best time, prelims).

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Carlotta Verita, FLA 33.85; SOFLO: 12. Bianca Muniz 38.21, best time, 17. Delanie Perez 39.34, best time.

MEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Jason McCormick, FLA 52.14; SOFLO: 34. Ryan Capote 56.97, best time, 42. Gustavo Valery 57.48, best time, 46. Matthew Gonzalez 57.75, 54. Xavier Brown 58.26, 64. Alex Monti 58.94.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:21.84, best time; SOFLO: 27. Roger Capote 2:44.95.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Grant Kelton, MTAC 2:09.07; SOFLO: 21. Ryan Capote 2:24.01, best time dropping from 2:31.32.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Griff Hutton, Piranha Swimming 2:07.54; SOFLO: 10. Endi Babi 2:14.41.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 29.82, best time; SOFLO: 18. Roger Capote 35.78, 18. Edward Kon 34.87 best time, dropping from 36.30

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships.

WHEN: Wednesday-Friday

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

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

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

Capote, Herman Lead SOFLO On Day One Of Southern Zone Senior Championships

Capote, Herman Lead SOFLO On Day One Of Southern Zone Senior Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 29, 2013

Roger Capote and Kylie Herman posted lifetime-best times in their opening event Monday at the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Capote, 17, was tenth in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:11.21, a huge time drop from his previous best of 9:32.60.

Herman, 16, lowered her best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:40.23, dropping from 9:52.53 to finish 17th among a field of 37 swimmers.

Former SOFLO swimmer, Leonie Davies, 17, now with The Woodlands (Tex.) was eighth in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:32.77, just off her best time of 9:30.15.

SOFLO’s boys finished fifth in the 200-meter medley relay in 1:54.46 with Gustavo Valery, Marc Rojas, Endi Babi and Xavier Brown.

Rojas, Brown, Matthew Gonzalez and Babi were also sixth in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:42.04.

Rojas, 19, preparing for his sophomore year at Indian River State College, begins his workhorse schedule on Tuesday.

Rojas is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke, first in the 50-meter breaststroke, first in the 200-meter freestyle, second in the 200-meter individual medley and third in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Thirty-six attached teams and 381 swimmers are competing in the weeklong meet including Florida Gold Coast teams Pine Crest Swimming, FLA, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatics, North Miami Swim Team, Performance Aquatics, Titan Aquatics and Plantation Swim Team.

MONDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Carrie Bonfield, Piranha Swimming 9:07.27, 8. Leonie Davies, The Woodlands 9:32.77; SOFLO: 17. Kylie Herman 9:40.23, best time.

200-meter medley relay: 1. FCST 2:01.82, 9. SOFLO “A” 2:09.41 (Marcella Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter, Maria Lopez), 19. SOFLO “B” 2:14.80 (Melissa Marinheiro, Bianca Muniz, Kylie Herman, Bianca Monti).

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. NFS 1:50.53, 8. SOFLO “A” 1:53.89 (Maria Lopez, Amber Hunter, Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro), 14. SOFLO “B” 1:57.82 (Kelly Heron, Bianca Muniz, Bianca Monti, Kylie Herman).

MEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Griff Hutton, Piranha Swimming 8:32.04; SOFLO: 10. Roger Capote 9:11.21, best time.

200-meter medley relay: 1. TG 1:50.81, 5. SOFLO “A” 1:54.46 (Gustavo Valery, Marc Rojas, Endi Babi, Xavier Brown), 17. SOFLO “B” 2:00.78 (Ryan Capote, Jonathan Strod, Matthew Gonzalez, Alex Monti).

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. FLA 1:38.98, 6. SOFLO “A” 1:42.04 (Marc Rojas, Xavier Brown, Matthew Gonzalez, Endi Babi), 16. SOFLO “B” 1:46.26 (Gustavo Valery, Jonathan Strod, Alex Monti, Ryan Capote).

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

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

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

SOFLO Swimmers Begin Southern Zone Championships Tuesday

SOFLO Swimmers Begin Southern Zone Championships Tuesday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 29, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will begin competing Tuesday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Greenville, S.C.

Four of SOFLO’s champion age group program are members of the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team.

They are Jordan Colon, 16, Rafael Rodriguez, 11, Jessica Rodriguez, 14, and CJ Kopecki, 14. Kopecki and Rafael Rodriguez are entered in six events and Colon and Jessica Rodriguez are entered in five.

The opening session of competition begin Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The zone championships feature top regional swimmers at the senior and age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated zones: southern, eastern, central and western.

Group One features Florida, Border, Georgia, Kentucky, Gulf, Louisiana, South Texas and West Texas. Group Two had Florida Gold Coast, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, South Carolina, Southeastern and West Virginia.

Each LSC is limited to 48 swimmers—8 females and 8 males in each age group (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18). It gives swimmers nearing the junior national level an opportunity to excel at the end of the long course season.

Each age group features eight swimmers.

A banner and fifty swim caps will be awarded the Charlene Craddock Sportsmanship Award to the team that exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship throughout the meet.

The meet ends August 3.

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

Carly Swanson Leads SOFLO On Final Day Of FGC Senior Championships

Carly Swanson Leads SOFLO On Final Day Of FGC Senior Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 29, 2013

Carly Swanson of the South Florida Aquatic Club led her teammates on the final day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Swanson, 15, was third in the “B” final of the 15-16 50-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 31.65 and 11th overall to highlight action of the three-day meet.

Swanson’s previous best time was 34.06.

It was the first of two “B” finals for Swanson on Sunday.

Swanson was fifth in the “B” final of the 50-meter freestyle and 13th overall in 29.01.

During morning prelims, Swanson just missed qualifying for the “A” final by two places, qualifying tenth in 28.79. Both times lowered her previous best of 30.19.

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter medley relay: 1. Miami Swimming 2:02.82, 17. SOFLO “A” 2:25.69 (Astrid Rigau, Kaitlin Armstrong, Jessica Cordero, Carly Swanson), 18. SOFLO “B” 2:27.06 (Genesis Pabon, Karina Medina, Lilli Calero, Leysha Caraballo).

100-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Beatrice Thompson, Empire 1:07.21; SOFLO: 32. Carly Swanson 1:17.76, 43. Jessica Cordero 1:24.07, 44. Andrea Iglesia 1:25.38, 46. Genesis Pabon 1:26.79, 47. Lisamarie Handal 1:32.28; Open, 1. Iwona Lefanowicz, FLA 1:06.17; SOFLO: 25. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:16.69.

50-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 29.27; SOFLO: 11. Carly Swanson 31.65, 47. Leysha Caraballo 34.91, 50. Lilli Calero 35.80, 51. Genesis Pabon 36.37, 53. Andrea Iglesia 37.12, 54. Jessica Cordero 37.23, 60. Melissa Gonzalez 38.17, 61. Karina Medina 38.72, 62. Lisamarie Handal 39.14, 64. Emely Nunez 47.16; Open,1. Hannah Veale, Pine Crest 28.17; SOFLO: 37. Kaitlin Armstrong 33.47, 54. Astrid Rigau 35.04.

100-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest 1:14.55; SOFLO: 35. Lilli Calero 1:34.28, 37. Karina Medina 1:35.60, 39. Emely Nunez 1:40.28; Open, 1. Anna Valls, Miami Swimming 1:16.44; SOFLO: 35. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:30.27, 36. Astrid Rigau 1:32.27.

50-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Andrea Malarin, Peru 28.19; SOFLO: 13. Carly Swanson 29.01, 49. Leysha Caraballo 30.62, 60. Genesis Pabon 31.34, 72. Andrea Iglesia 32.63, 74. Melissa Gonzalez 32.68, 82. Lisamarie Handal 34.27, 84. Emely Nunez 38.06; Open, 1. Arlene Semeco, CSSC 26.50; SOFLO: 56. Kaitlin Armstrong 30.36, 75. Astrid Rigau 31.64.

200-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest 2:23.87; Open, 1. Mallory McKeon, Davie 2:25.55.

1500-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Nicole Urquidi, GRSC 17:55.63; 17-and-over, 1. Mallory McKeon, Davie 17:47.01.

400-meter medley relay: 1. East 4:30.13, 13. SOFLO “A” 5:22.58 (Jessica Cordero, Kaitlin Armstrong, Astrid Rigau, Carly Swanson).

BOYS

200-meter medley relay: 1. Westminster Academy 1:45.95, 17. SOFLO “A” 2:02.72 (Fernando Quintero, Edward Kon, Joseph Perez, Eduardo Graziano), 21. SOFLO “B” 2:14.57 (Simon Ortiz, Teddy Sandoval, Daniel Reyna, Adrian Marrero).

100-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Djan Madruga, Flying Fish 1:00.43; SOFLO: 19. Fernando Quintero 1:08.14, 38. Simon Ortiz 1:15.44, 41. Miguel Crespo 1:27.65; Open, 1. Brandon Goldman, CSSC 57.72; SOFLO: 45. Daniel Reyna 1:19.02.

50-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Jhonny Perez, Unattached 26.67; SOFLO: 42. Eduardo Graziano 30.74, 45. Fernando Quintero 30.81, 46. Joseph Perez 30.85, 49. Teddy Sandoval 30.94, 57. Mathew Delvalle 33.20, 63. Simon Ortiz 34.70, 65. Adrian Marrero 36.17; Open, 1. Dylan Carter, Davie 24.77; SOFLO: 57. Edward Kon 29.70, 73. Daniel Reyna 32.89.

1500-meter freestyle: 14-and-under, 1. Christian Marsden, Unattached 18:07.02; 15-16, 1. Jean Pierre Montegudo, Peru 16:28.60; 17-and-over, 1. Thomas Veale, Pine Crest 15:47.56.

100-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Andreas Rintel, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:09.44; SOFLO: 24. Joseph Perez 1:22.32, 29. Teddy Sandoval 1:26.13; Open, 1. Matheus Misquito, Flying Fish 1:04.96; SOFLO: 32. Edward Kon 1:14.95.

50-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Gabriel Perez, Davie 24.73; SOFLO: 36. Eduardo Graziano 26.86, 53. Fernando Quintero 27.71, 72. Teddy Sandoval 28.76, 76. Adrian Marrero 29.03, 86. Simon Ortiz 29.62, 95. Mathew Delvalle 31.84, 98. Miguel Crespo 34.36; Open, 1. Logan Lassley, Unattached 23.67; SOFLO: 118. Daniel Reyna 31.14.

200-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Boleck De Pawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 2:12.68; SOFLO: 24. Joseph Perez 2:34.92; Open, 1. Joey Pedraza, Davie 2:07.80.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Davie Nadadores 3:54.43, 17. SOFLO “A” 4:36.57 (Fernando Quintero, Edward Kon, Teddy Sandoval, Eduardo Graziano).

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

Sixteen-Year-Old Breaks World Record; SOFLO’s Atkinson Just Misses Finals On Day Two Of World Championships

Sixteen-Year-Old Breaks World Record; SOFLO’s Atkinson Just Misses Finals On Day Two Of World Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 29, 2013

Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte may train in England, but is a national hero in Lithuania today.

The 16-year-old broke the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals Monday at the 15th FINA World Long Course Swimming Championships at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

The Plymouth, England-based Meilutye, the 2012 London Olympics champion, had the crowd on its feet for most of her race.

After just missing the world mark in prelims by 0.07 seconds, she came back to break Jessica Hardy’s world record in 1:04.30 to earn the top seed for Tuesday’s championship final.

It is the second fastest time in the history of the event.

“I’ll have a relaxing day and save all my energy for the final,” she said. “My biggest aim is accomplished now. I’ll give it my best shot in the final.”

Meilutyte, who is coached by Jon Rudd at Plymouth Leander while studying at Plymouth College, admitted the world record is more important than a gold medal.

“Well, it’s one of the steps, one of the dreams,” she told a press room full of media. “Obviously, a gold medal would be a cherry on top of the ice cream.”

In other big races, Brazilian Cesar Cielo, who underwent knee surgery months ago, defended his title in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.01.

Florida Gold Coast got its first medal at worlds when Brazil’s Felipe Lima of Davie Nadadores took a bronze in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59.65.

Another FGC swimmer, three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club, just missed making the women’s 100-meter breaststroke final, placing ninth in 1:07.63.

Other FGC swimmers, Nicholas Schwab of the Dominican Republic was 49th in the 200-meter freestyle prelims in 1:53.07. Sagemont alum and FSU freshman Jemal Le Grand of Davie Nadadores was 52nd in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.08.

The U.S. finished Day Two with a silver medal from Eugene Godsoe, making his long course worlds debut, in the 50-meter butterfly and Dana Vollmer, who has been sick the past few days, taking bronze in the 100-meter butterfly.

The U.S. team now has three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Day Three events are men’s 200-meter freestyle final, women’s 100-meter backstroke, men’s 50-meter breaststroke, women’s 1500-meter freestyle final, men’s 100-meter backstroke final, women’s 200-meter freestyle, men’s 200-meter butterfly, women’s 100-meter breaststroke final.

Today’s TV Schedule: Tuesday, July 30, 12-2:30 p.m. live, Universal Sports.

MONDAY RESULTS

MEN

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Christian Sprenger, Australia 58.79, 2. Cameron Van der Burgh, South Africa 58.97, 3. Felipe Lima, Brazil/Davie Nadadores 59.65.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Cesar Cielo, Brazil 23.01, 2. Eugene Godsoe, USA 23.05, 3. Fred Bousquet, France 23.11.

WOMEN

100-meter butterfly: 1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden 56.53, 2. Alicia Coutts, Australia 56.97, 3. Dana Vollmer, USA 57.24.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:07.92, 2. Alicia Coutts, Australia 2:09.39, 3. Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Spain 2:09.45.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready, Davies Returns For Southern Zones In Plantation

SOFLO Swimmers Ready, Davies Returns For Southern Zones In Plantation


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 28, 2013

The busy championship age group season continues on Monday with the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by its top age group swimmers during the week-long meet.

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 19, preparing for his sophomore year at Indian River State College, is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke, first in the 50-meter breaststroke, first in the 200-meter freestyle, second in the 200-meter individual medley and third in the 100-meter breaststroke.

SOFLO teammate Xavier Brown, 19, is seeded first in the splash-and-dash 50-meter freestyle.

Maria Lopez, 17, is seeded third in the 200-meter butterfly against a strong field and third in the 100-meter butterfly.

Marcella Marinheiro, 18, is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke, third in the 100-meter backstroke, fourth in the 200-meter backstroke and sixth in the 200-meter freestyle.

Amber Hunter, 17, is seeded second in the 50-meter butterfly.

Endi Babi, 25, is seeded fifth in the 200-meter butterfly, eighth in the 100-meter butterfly and tenth in the 50-meter butterfly.

SOFLO’s national and state age group record holder Julien Pinon, 14, fresh off his European swing of training and meets for France, is entered in the 100-meter butterfly.

Among other SOFLO swimmers competing are:

Kylie Herman, 16, 800-meter freestyle; 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter freestyle; 400-meter individual medley; 400-meter freestyle; 200-meter individual medley.

Roger Capote, 17, 800-meter freestyle; 200-meter breaststroke; 50-meter breaststroke; 200-meter freestyle; 400-meter freestyle; 100-meter breaststroke

Amber Hunter, 17, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle; 100-meter butterfly; 50-meter freestyle

Bianca Monti, 13, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter backstroke; 200-meter freestyle; 50-meter butterfly; 50-meter freestyle.

Maria Lopez, 17, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle; 50-meter butterfly; 50-meter freestyle

Marcella Marinheiro, 18, 50-meter butterfly

Ivan Parada, 18, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter freestyle

Matthew Gonzalez, 18, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter butterfly; 100-meter breaststroke; 100-meter butterfly; 200-meter individual medley; 50-meter freestyle.

Alex Monti, 15, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter breaststroke; 200-meter freestyle; 400-meter freestyle; 200-meter individual medley; 50-meter freestyle.

Ryan Capote, 15, 100-meter freestyle; 200-meter backstroke; 50-meter backstroke; 200-meter freestyle; 100-meter backstroke; 50-meter freestyle.

Gustavo Valery, 15, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter backstroke; 200-meter freestyle; 100-meter backstroke; 400-meter freestyle; 50-meter freestyle.

Delanie Perez, 13, 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter breaststroke; 400-meter individual medley; 100-meter breaststroke.

Jonathan Strod, 14, 200-meter butterfly; 400-meter individual medley; 50-meter butterfly; 400-meter freestyle; 100-meter butterfly; 200-meter individual medley.

Carlo Morante, 20, 200-meter individual medley; 50-meter freestyle.

Bianca Muniz, 21, 50-meter breaststroke; 50-meter backstroke; 50-meter butterfly; 100-meter breaststroke; 50-meter freestyle.

Xavier Brown, 19, 50-meter butterfly; 100-meter butterfly.

Edward Kon, 17, 50-meter breaststroke; 50-meter backstroke; 50-meter butterfly; 1500-meter freestyle.

SOFLO also has several competitive relays entered that could medal.

Former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, 17, returns to her old stomping grounds competing for her Texas team, The Woodlands Swim Team. The Davies family re-located to Texas last summer.

Davies will compete against her former teammates in both individual distance and relay events.

Thirty-six attached teams and 381 swimmers are competing in the weeklong meet. Plantation Swim Team and FLA are co-hosting the meet.

Joining SOFLO are other Florida Gold Coast teams Pine Crest Swimming, FLA, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatics, North Miami Swim Team, Performance Aquatics, Titan Aquatics and Plantation Swim Team.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships.

WHEN: Monday-Friday

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

SCHEDULE: Monday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

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

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

Ledecky Breaks American Record On Day One Of World Championships; SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Monday

Ledecky Breaks American Record On Day One Of World Championships; SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Monday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 28, 2013

Teenager Katie Ledecky was the shining star for the U.S. on opening day of the 15th FINA World Aquatic Championships at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

The high school junior was amazing in the 400-meter freestyle breaking the American record in 3:59.82 and winning her first gold medal of the world championships.

The previous record was 4:01.77 set by Allison Schmitt at the London Olympics.

It is the second fastest time in the history of the event and fastest not done in a rubberized suit. She was just 0.67 seconds off the world record.

“This is easier,” said the 16-year-old when asked to compare the Olympics, her first international meet, to worlds.

“I am a lot more relaxed on the international stage after having the Olympics as a first international competition,” Ledecky said. “It’s just great to get back to a top international competition and to do well.

“I really wasn’t expecting to go that fast, that wasn’t my focus,” Ledecky said. “I just got into it. I’m still in shock over the time. I just wanted to get into a race with the other girls and do my best.”

South Florida Aquatic Club’s three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica opens her medal quest today in the first of three events, the 100-meter breaststroke prelims and semifinals.

With the experience of Olympian Natalie Coughlin and monster anchor leg from St. Petersburg’ Megan Romano, the U.S. women’s team broke the American record in the 4×100-meter freestyle to win gold. The relay of Missy Franklin, Coughlin, Shannon Vreeland and Romano won in 3:32.31. The previous record was 3:34.24.

Romano’s 52.60 anchor swim was the second-fastest 100 freestyle split in American history, behind only Dara Torres’ 52.44 at the Beijing Olympics.

“I just love to race,” Romano said. “And relays are awesome. It’s great competing for these girls next to me. I was doing it for them. It’s fun and I love it.”

It was the first time the U.S. women have won the event since 2003.

“Oh my gosh, that was amazing,” Franklin said. “We knew Megan could do it.”

With Michael Phelps watching from the stands, France did it again to the U.S. men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay of Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, Anthony Ervin and Jimmy Feigen. The 2012 Olympic relay gold medalists outraced the U.S. to win in3:11.18. The U.S. took silver in 3:11.42 and Russia the bronze in 3:11.44.

France came back from dead last on the first 50 and fourth after 100 with blistering splits from Fabien Gilot (46.90, fastest of the night) and Jeremy Stravius.

Phelps was wearing a black boot cast on his right foot to protect a stress fracture he suffered while playing golf a few weeks ago.

“People don’t know golf can be a dangerous sport,” Phelps said with a smile. “At least I save room in my suitcase, all I have to pack is one shoe now.”

China’s Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:41.59. U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger was third in 3:44.85.

The U.S. finished with four gold medals, two silvers and one bronze on Day One.

Day Two events are men’s 100-meter breaststroke, women’s 100-meter butterfly, men’s 100-meter backstroke, women’s 100-meter breaststroke, men’s 50-meter butterfly, women’s 100-meter backstroke, men’s 200-meter freestyle and women’s 200-meter individual medley.

Today’s TV Schedule: Monday, July 29, 12-2 p.m. live, Universal Sports

SUNDAY RESULTS

MEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Sun Yang, China 3:41.59, 2. Kosuke Hagino, Japan 3:44.82, 3. Connor Jaeger, USA 3:44.85.

4×100-meter freestyle: 1. France 3;11.18 (Agnel, Manaudou, Gilot, Stravius), 2. USA 3:11.42, 3. Russia 3:11.44.

WOMEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, USA 3:59.82, AR, 2. Melanie Costa Schmid, Spain 4:02.47, 3. Lauren Boyle, New Zealand 4:03.89.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. USA 3:32.31 (Franklin, Coughlin, Vreeland, Roman), 2. Australia 3:32.43, 3. Netherlands 3:35.77.

WATER POLO

The U.S. men’s water polo team’s run ended at the world championships on Sunday with a 10-6 loss to Spain ending the U.S. team’s hope for a medal. Fort Lauderdale’s Janson Wigo led the U.S. with three goals. The U.S. came back from a three-goal deficit in the second half, trailing by only 7-6 with 6:38 left to play but Spain went on a three-goal run to clinch the win. Eight teams now remain to play out for medals.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Survive Marathon Saturday At FGC Senior Championships

SOFLO Swimmers Survive Marathon Saturday At FGC Senior Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
July 27, 2013

It was survival of the fittest at the marathon Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Saturday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The weather cooperated and meet officials were able to get in a full day of prelims and finals on Saturday in addition to Friday’s makeup events that were postponed because of inclement weather.

Several swimmers were forced to scratch from their Friday events to focus on their other events.

SOFLO swimmers, who have already turned in more than 20 lifetime-best times, survived the long day and will finish up on Sunday with prelims and finals. In addition to FGC teams, teams from Peru and Brazil as well as out-of-state are competing.


SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Mila Araujo, Fluminese 2:07.80; SOFLO: 29. Carly Swanson 2:21.20, 55. Lilli Calero 2:26.33; Open, 1. Leticia Odorici, Fluminese 2:03.96.

50-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Dorothy Morgan, Miami Swimming 30.97; SOFLO: 45. Andrea Iglesia 38.40, best time, 46. Melissa Gonzalez 39.18, 47. Lisamarie Handal 39.55, best time, 48. Leysha Caraballo 39.79, 60. Emely Nunez 46.06, best time; Open, 1. Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal Lightning 30.78; SOFLO: 20. Kaitlin Armstrong 34.90, best time, 37. Astrid Rigau 38.38, best time.

200-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest 2:35.98; Open, 1. Mallory McKeon, Davie 2:44.85.

100-meter butterfly:15-16, 1. Christina Herfurth, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:04.06; SOFLO: 38. Leysha Caraballo 1:17.90, 46. Melissa Gonzalez 1:27.01; Open, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:02.77; SOFLO: 41. Astrid Rigau 1:23.12, best time.

400-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest 5:02.20; Open, 1. Mallory McKeon, Davie 5:05.84.

400-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Mila Araujo, Fluminese 4:26.72; SOFLO: 32. Lilli Calero 5:01.90, best time; Open, 1. Naranjo Garcia, Peru 4:28.47.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Christian Selby, Davie 1:56.02; SOFLO: 62. Joseph Perez 2:14.21; Open, 1. Daniele Tirabassi, Davie 1:52.75.

50-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Cody Cline, Wellington Wahoos 29.28; SOFLO: 17. Fernando Quintero 31.16, best time, 37. Eduardo Graziano 33.34, best time, 45. Simon Ortiz 34.79, best time, 47. Teddy Sandoval 35.10, best time, 54. Mathew Delvalle 37.12, 60. Marco Crespo 39.51, best time; Open, 1. Dylan Carter, Davie 26.93; SOFLO: 58. Daniel Reyna 35.97, best time.

200-meter breaststroke: 15-16, 1. Henry Contich, Pine Crest 2:28.90; Open, 1. Mathew Misquito, Fluminese 2:20.43; SOFLO: 31. Edward Kon 2:47.18, best time.

100-meter butterfly: 15-16, 1. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie 58.79; SOFLO: 45. Teddy Sandoval 1:09.29, best time, 50. Eduardo Graziano 1:11.92, best time, 52. Mathew Delvalle 1:13.51, best time; Open, 1. Thiago Sickert, Davie 55.29.

400-meter individual medley: 15-16, 1. Bolko DePawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 4:40.46; Open, 1. Michael Nicholson, Unattached 4:34.60.

400-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Jean Monteagudo, Peru 4:08.95; Open, 1. Joey Pedraza, Davie 3:57.81; SOFLO: 30. Edward Kon 4:32.39.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Westminster Academy “A” 1:50.85 (Lisa McManus, Kessica Nederlanden, Nicole Wilson, Yulia Lapshova), 16. SOFLO “A” 2:00.14 (Carly Swanson, Kaitlin Armstrong, Astrid Rigau, Leysha Caraballo), 19. SOFLO “B” 2:13.04 (Genesis Pabon, Lilli Carlero, Jessica Cordero, Karina Medina).

200-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Kierstin Chu, Empire Swimming 2:23.86; SOFLO: 31. Carly Swanson 2:45.50; Open, 1. Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal Lightning 2:19.63.

100-meter freestyle: 15-16, 1. Megan Gallagher, Empire Swimming 1:00.11; SOFLO: 29. Carly Swanson 1:04.30, 66. Lilli Carlero 1:07.30, 87. Leysha Caraballo 1:01.22, 90. Genesis Pabon 1:10.72, 98. Andrea Iglesia 1:13.11, 102. Lisamar Handal 1:16.55, 103. Karina Medina 1:18.73; Open, 1. Letici Odorici, Fluminese 57.43; SOFLO: 41. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:03.53, 80. Astrid Rigau 1:07.85

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Per-ZZ 1:36.68; 20. SOFLO “A” 1:50.72 (Eduardo Graziano, Joseph Perez, Edward Kon, Fernando Quintero), 22. SOFLO “B” 2:03.80 (Adrian Marrero, Simon Ortiz, Mathew Delvalle, Marco Crespo).

200-meter backstroke: 15-16, 1. Djan Madruga, Fluminese 2:10.89; SOFLO: 21. Fernando Quintero 2:29.78; Open, 1. Brandon Goldman, CSSC 2:03.98, senior national cut.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Florida Gold Coast Long Course Senior Championships

WHEN: Sunday

WHERE: Michael Lohberg Pool Of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

SCHEDULE: Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. For information go to http://www.swimcssc.com or call 954-340-5032.

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