SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins Open Water 3K Title At Southern Zones

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez Wins Open Water 3K Title At Southern Zones


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 4, 2013

Rafael Rodriguez of the South Florida Aquatic Club saved his best for last.

The 11-year-old, competing for the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars this past week, won the 11-12 open water 3K title at the Southern Zone Age Group Swimming Championships on Sunday in Greenville, S.C.

The 3K and 5K open water events were held Sunday at Devils’ Fork State Park’s Lake Jocassee Beach. The open water results and times were not posted on the meet site website by host officials.

Rodriguez, who is enjoying an outstanding season, turned in one of the strongest meets among FGC swimmers.

On Saturday, Rodriguez was tenth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.55. He also swam a lifetime-best in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.14 to finish 20th. His previous best was 32.14.

Rodriguez was also a member of the sixth place 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:53.16 with FGC All-Star teammates Joaquin Riojas, Drake Gil and Adrian Aguilar.

On Friday, Rodriguez was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in another lifetime-best 4:34.28 dropping from 4:36.60.

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez was a member of the FGC All-Star’s 200-meter medley relay team that finished sixth in 2:05.64 with teammates Cybele Jung, Jessica Nava and Marta Ciesla.

Rodriguez swam a lifetime-best in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:11.49 dropping from 1:13.28 and finished 24th.

Also on Saturday, SOFLO’s Jordan Colon, 16, swam a lifetime-best 27.30 in the 50-meter freestyle, dropping from 28.58. Colon was also 13th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.96, just off his best time of 1:09.68 after a long season.

SOFLO’s CJ Kopecki continued his remarkable season of improvement.

Kopecki dropped 10 seconds in the 1500-meter freestyle finishing tenth in 17:28.93, dropping from his previous best of 17:38.33. Kopecki was also 21st in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:29.10.

Florida Gold Coast, one of the smallest swimmer-populated zones in the Southern Zone, finished seventh in the combined team standings with 294 points. The women’s team was sixth and men’s team was seventh.

TEAM TOTALS

Combined: 1. Georgia Zone 962, 2. Florida Zone 870.5, 3. Southeastern Swimming 790.5, 7. Florida Gold Coast 294.

Women: 1. Florida Zone Team 473.5, 2. Southeastern 447.5, 3. Georgia 432, 6. FGC 182.

Men: 1.Georgia 530, 2. Florida Zone Team 397, 3. Southeastern 343, 7. FGC 112.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Lainie Bell, GAZ 1:0.42; FGC: 4. Gabriella Antonini 1:08.60, 24. Sarah Abril 1:14.59, 26. Eriana Temperin 1:14.81, 33. Emily Cordovi 1:16.01; 13-14, 1. Kiley Vandevier, SES 1:05.21; FGC: 11. Jessica Nava 1:09.38, 24. Jessica Rodriguez 1:11.49, 33. Megan Schimansky 1:13.03, 34. marta Ciesla 1:14.62; 15-18, 1. Juliana Pittinger, FZT 1:05.98; FGC: 11. Brienne Renfrum 1:09.38, 17. Steph Campo 1:11.04, 20. Miriyam Ghali 1:12.00.

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Ashley McCauley, NC Swimming 1:13.81; FGC: 4. Thea McKenna 1:18.82, 10. Alexandra Meszaros 1:22.46; 13-14, 1. Rachel Cunningham, SES 1:13.16; FGC: 8. Cybele Jung 1:18.42, 14. Jessica Rodriguez 1:22.53, 16. Tiffany Korb 1:23.07; 15-18, 1. McKenna Harris, FZT 1:14.42; FGC: 6. Kelly Fertel 1:17.18, 8. Chase Harris 1:18.04, 16. Sara Lacusky 1:19.87, 17. Marin Mullen 1:20.04.

100-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Sophia Clayton-Luce, NC Swimming 59.80; FGC: 3. Andrea Santander 1:00.34, 13. Alexandra Meszaros 1:03.21, 30. Sarah Abril 1:04.85, 32. Emily Cordovi 1:05.31, 34. Gabriella Antonini 1:05.39, 35. Eriana Temperino 1:05.41, 45. Hannah Virgin 1:06.29, 67. Thea McKenna 1:09.69; 13-14, 1. Abigal Burke, FZT 59.16; FGC: 7. Marta Ciesla 1:00.09, 16. Cybele Jung 1:00.89, 47. Jessica Nava 1:03.92, 61. Tiffany Korb 1:06.42; 15-18, 1. Lindsey Trematerra, FZT 58.63; FGC: 14. Arianna Ortiz 1:00.94, 17. Sara Lacusky 1:01.43, 32. Chase Harris 1:02.97, 34. Brienne Renfrum 1:03.10, 43. Marin Mullen 1:06.32.

400-meter freestyle: 13-14, 1. Dakota Luther, South Texas 4:27.16; FGC: 23. Alicia Mancilla 4:46.82, 24. Cloe Bedard-Khalid 4:49.50, 25. Cybele Jung 4:49.99; 15-18, 1. Lauren Wallace, NC Swimming 4:28.39; FGC: 7. Steph Campo 4:34.68.

200-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. Team Kentucky 2:04.49; 5. FGC 2:09.84 (Gabriella Antonini, Thea McKenna, Emily Cordovi, Andrea Santander), 13-14, 1. SES 2:00.77, 6. FGC 2:05.66 (Jessica Rodriguez, Cybele Jung, Jessica Nava, Marta Ciesla), 15-18, 1. Florida Zone 2:01.56, 6. FGC 2:04.92 (Brienne Renfrum, Chase Harris, Miriyam Ghali, Arianna Ortiz).

BOYS

100-meter backstroke: 11-12, 1. Zachary Hils, KY 1:02.62; FGC: 18. Adrian Aguilar 1:10.79, 31. Aaron Rodriguez 1:14.60, 35. Joaquin Riojas 1:15.32; 13-14, 1. Levente Bathory, NC Swimming 59.73; FGC: 20. Nicholas Sharp 1:04.29, 24. Joao Vitor Pereira 1:05.32; 15-18, 1. Patrick Cusick, GAZ 58.60; FGC: 21. Jacob Pavlock 1:03.67, 26. Joseph Perez 1:04.56, 43. Nicholas Conrad 1:09.08.

100-meter breaststroke: 11-12, 1. Liam Bell, GAZ 1:14.11; FGC: 22. Yonathan Padron 1:25.58; 13-14, 1. Brennan Pastorek, GAZ 1:07.74; FGC: 18. Adrian Moya 1:16.46, 21. Marcelo Lauzurique 1:17.29; 15-18, 1. Andrew Knudson, LA 1:07.49; FGC: 9. Joseph Perez 1:10.20, 13. Jordan Colon 1:10.96, 17. Nicholas Conrad 1:12.78.

100-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Will Tarvestad, KY 56.08; FGC: 14. Adrian Aguilar 1:01.14, 17. Joaquin Riojas 1:01.77, 18. Rafael Rodriguez 1:01.88, 23. Drake Gil 1:02.32, 37. Brayan Perez 1:04.82, 39. Aaron Rodriguez 1:05.07, 49. Tuan Ho 1:05.94, 53. Yonathan Padron 1:06.77; 13-14, 1. Colin Riley, GAZ 53.85; FGC: 25. Sebastian Vargas 57.11, 27. Adrian Moya 57.13, 35. Joao Vitor Pereira 58.30, 39. Ervin Marin 58.76; 15-18, 1. Owen Upchurch, South Texas 53.19; FGC: 5. Shawn Warner 53.98, 8. Cody Cline 54.50, 22. Nicholas Conrad 55.68, 23. Jacob Pavlock 55.72, 30. tie, Adriano Martinez 56.40 and Alexander Arrieta 56.40.

400-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Will Tarvestad, KY 4:21.39; FGC: 9. Rafael Rodriguez 4:34.28, 12. Drake Gil 4:4066, 21. Joaquin Rojas 4:49.24; 13-14, 1. Noah Oh, GAZ 4:07.70; FGC: 12. Alberto Gomez 4:21.88, 15. Nicholas Sharp 4:24.62, 21. CJ Kopecki 4:29.10; 15-18, 1. Eric Grimes, KY 4:08.73; FGC: 11. Shawn Warner 4:14.18, 12. Alexander Arrieta 4:15.36, 14. Cody Cline 4;17.10.

200-meter medley relay: 11-12, 1. GA 2:00.40, 7. FGC 2:08.71 (Aaron Rodriguez, Adrian Aguilar, Rafael Rodriguez, Joaquin Riojas); 13-14, 1. GA 1:49.20; 10. FGC 1:57.42 (Nicholas Sharp, Alberto Gomez, Adrian Moya, Sebastian Vargas); 15-18, 1. GA 1:48.75, 4. FGC 1:51.45 (Jacob Pavlock, Joseph Perez, Shawn Warner, Cody Cline).

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Ashley McCauley, NC Swimming 2:27.58; FGC: 3. Andrea Santander 2:28.59, 8. Alexandra Meszaros 2:35.27, 39. Thea McKenna 2:43.69, 40. Sarah Abril 2:43.79; 13-14, 1. Mallory Underwood, SES 2:21.85; FGC: 30. Jessica Rodriguez 2:36.42, 36. Tiffany Korb 2:39.20, 38. Cloe Bedard-Khalid 2:39.39; 15-18, 1. Katherine Aikens, GAZ 2:23.28; FGC: 5. Kelly Fertel 2:26.81, 19. Marin Mullen 2:33.34, 20. Lauren O’Malley 2:33.37, 25. Sara Lacusky 2:35.18, 31. Chase Harris 2:37.66, 33. Miriyam Ghali 2:39.23.

50-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Kaitllyn Cronin, FZT 27.10; FGC: 3. Andrea Santander 27.72, 23. Sarah Abril 29.52, 29. Emily Cordovi 29.73, 34. Eriana Temperino 29.98, 40. Gabriella Antonini 30.19, 60. Thea McKenna 31.60; 13-14, 1. Marta Ciesla, Gold Coast 26.92; FGC: 18. Cybele Jung 28.52, 45. Tiffany Korb 30.30, 51. Megan Schimansky 31.39; 15-18, 1. Jonna Frantz, LA 26.72; FGC: 17. Arianna Ortiz 28.44, 18. Brienne Renfrum 28.46, 28. Sara Lacusky 28.92, 35. Chase Harris 29.18, 36. Kelly Fertel 29.19, 41. Steph Campo 29.79.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Julia Roy, KY 29.17; FGC: 8. Alexandra Meszaros 30.65, 9. Gabriella Antonini 31.02, 11. Emily Cordovi 31.05, 27. Eriana Temperino 32.40.

200-meter butterfly: 13-14, 1. Dakota Luther, South Texas 2:19.62; FGC: 3. Jessica Nava 2:22.15, 12. Alicia Mancilla 2:26.75, 21. Cloe Bedard-Khalid 2:30.92; 15-18, 1. Bailey Flynn, SES 2:20.31; FGC: 20. Miriyam Ghalo 2:37.54.

200-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. SES 1:51.55, 7. Gold Coast “A” 1:56.68 (Andrea Santander, Sarah Abril, Eriana Temperino, Alexandra Meszaros); 13-14, 1. SES 1:48.60, 6. Gold Coast 1:53.21 (Cybele Jung, Jessica Nava, Tiffany Korb, Marta Ciesla); 15-18, 1. SES 1:48.46; 8. Gold Coast 1:53.66 (Arianna Ortiz, Chase Harris, Sara Lacusky, Brienne Renfrum).

BOYS

200-meter individual medley: 11-12, 1. Zachary Hils, KY 2:21.26; FGC: 4. Adrian Aguilar 2:25.15, 10. Rafael Rodriguez 2:30.55, 35. Tuan Ho 2:43.88; 13-14, 1. Brennan Pastorek, GAZ 2:09.64; FGC: 9. Alberto Gomez 2:18.32, 27. Ervin Marin 2:22.68, 36. Nicholas Sharp 2:24.65, 53. Marcelo Lauzurique 2:32.64; 15-18, 1. Patrick Cusick, GAZ 2:09.92; FGC: 4. Shawn Warner 2:11.90, 8. Joseph Perez 2:15.40, 27. Jacob Pavlock 2:19.23, 35. Jordan Colon 2:22.09.

50-meter freestyle: 11-12, 1. Will Tarvestad, KY 25.53; FGC: 16. Adrian Aguilar 27.99, 23.Drake Gil 28.64, 26. Joaquin Riojas 28.98, 38. Tuan Ho 29.75, 40. Brayan Perez 29.90, 49. Yonathan Padron 30.78; 13-14, 1. Colin Riley, GAZ 24.66; FGC: 6. Adrian Moya 25.42, 27. Sebastian Vargas 26.58, 33. Ervin Marin 26.85, 42. Joao Vitor Pereira 27.56, 47. Marcelo Lauzurique 29.37; 15-18, 1. William Mckinney, FZT 24.13; FGC: 6. Cody Cline 24.80, 21. Adriano Martinez 25.65, 26. Nicholas Conrad 26.04,37. Jordan Colon 27.30.

50-meter butterfly: 11-12, 1. Will Tarvestad, KY 27.75; FGC: 4. Adrian Aguilar 29.09, 15. Drake Gil 30.78, 20. Rafael Rodriguez 31.14, 28. Brayan Perez 31.61, 35. Tuan Ho 32.40, 45. Aaron Rodriguez 33.28.

200-meter butterfly: 13-14, 1. Elijah Patrick, SES 2:08.47; FGC: 22. Sebastian Vargas 2:21.09, 23. CJ Kopecki 2:21.11, 24. Ervin Marin 2:21.15; 15-18, 1. Zach Harting, SES 2:06.22; FGC: 8. Shawn Warner 2:13.64, 13. Alexander Arrieta 2:14.01.

200-meter freestyle relay: 11-12, 1. KY 1:47.39, 6. Gold Coast 1:53.16 (Joaquin Riojas, Rafael Rodriguez, Drake Gil, Adrian Aguilar); 13-14, 1. GAZ 1:38.73; 15-18, 1. FZT 1:37.63, 3. Gold Coast 1:39.00 (Cody Cline, Shawn Warner, Adriano Martinez, Jacob Pavlock).

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

Marinheiro, Pinon Lead SOFLO At Speedo Junior Nationals That Begin Monday

Marinheiro, Pinon Lead SOFLO At Speedo Junior Nationals That Begin Monday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 4, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by two outstanding swimmers when the Speedo Junior National Swimming Championships begin on Monday in Irvine, Calif.

Melissa Marinheiro and Julien Pinon, two rising swimmers in the sport, will compete among the nation’s best at the week-long meet at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, the same venue that hosted the U.S. Open last week.

Pinon, coming off Southern Senior Zones in Plantation after spending the past two months overseas training and competing in international meets, qualified in the 200-meter freestyle. His long course meters best time is 1:55.32.

Marinheiro will compete in four events. They are the 400-meter freestyle (4:22.89), 200-meter freestyle (2:06.22), 1500-meter freestyle (17:04.87) and 800-meter freestyle (9:04.32). Marinheiro will open with the 800 on Monday.

SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland will coach the pair during the meet.

SOFLO will be joined by other Florida Gold Coast teams St. Andrew’s Swimming, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, AK Sharks and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

Among top Floridians competing are Becca Man, 15, and Grant Sanders, 16, of Clearwater Aquatics and Caeleb Dressel, 16, and Santo Condorelli, 18, of Bolles and Alexander Katz, 17, of Sarasota YMCA.

It will be the last summer age group meet of the season for the pair before they turn their focus to the 2013 high school swimming season. Pinon competes for Plantation American Heritage and Marinheiro for West Broward High School.

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

Franklin Breaks Medal Record At Worlds, Ready For Next Chapter

Franklin Breaks Medal Record At Worlds, Ready For Next Chapter


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 4, 2013

After eleven years of working together at Colorado Stars, Missy Franklin and her coach Todd Schmitz spent the final day of the 15th FINA World Championships adding another page in history.

The 18-year-old Franklin now headed to California-Berkeley for her freshman year, became the winningest female swimmer ever at a world championship leaving Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona with a record six gold medals.

She eclipsed the women’s record of five that she shared with Americans Tracy Caulkins and Shirley Babashoff and Aussie Libby Trickett.

Franklin is one of only five swimmers to win six gold medals at either worlds or an Olympics. The others are Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto.

On Sunday, the final day of competition, Franklin led off the winning 400-meter medley relay with Schmitz watching from the stands.

Franklin was joined by relay teammates Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano to win in 3:53.23, nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Australia.

“I still can’t really believe that it happened,” Franklin said. “I don’t even know what to say. Coming into this meet, I wanted to see where I was after London.

“I had some really great races that I’m really proud of and there’s a bunch where I know there’s a lot of room to improve on. I’m really excited about the next year, and the year after that, and all the years following those.”

Franklin lost out to U.S. teammate Katie Ledecky chosen the top female swimmer of the meet. Ledecky won four gold medals and broke two world records.

Chinese star Sun Yang, winner of three gold medals, was name the meet’s male top performer. Ryan Lochte also took three gold medals.

But the day belonged to Franklin and Schmitz, who has been coaching her since she was 7 and in the beginning used to chastise her for not training hard enough.

Before she leaves for college, Franklin plans on vacation with her family at her aunt’s oceanfront home in Pictou, Nova Scotia, digging clams and enjoying the rocky beach. After a week home in Colorado, she will say goodbye to her Alaskan Malamute, Ruger, and head off for another chapter in her already storied career.

Franklin will now train with Olympic and Cal coach Teri McKeever. She plans on swimming for the Bears through her sophomore year and then is expected to turn pro leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Franklin is toying with the idea of majoring in social welfare hoping to become a teacher.

Remarkably, two 16-year-olds left with three world records set during the meet, Ledecky and Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

Georgia sophomore Chase Kalisz, 19, made his worlds debut on the final day of the meet. It was worth the wait. He took a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:09.22. Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club used to train with Michael Phelps.

“I was going off the excitement of everyone all week,” Kalisz said. “I fed off that excitement. I kicked as hard as I could coming home. It hurt.”

The U.S. men’s 400-meter medley relay with Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian was disqualified for an early start by Cordes by 1/100th of a second. It was the first time Lochte (swimming butterfly leg) competed in an international meet in the relay.

Lochte gave the U.S. the lead after his 51.0 split. Adrian extended the lead and the U.S. had the fastest time in 3:30.

“You can’t take that away from us whether he jumped or not, that was an incredible relay,” Adrian said. Grevers blamed himself for coming into the wall slower than anticipated.

Canadian two-time Olympian Ryan Cochrane took the silver medal in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:42.48 and now has won the most medals by a Canadian swimmer at a world championship with six medals.

On the final day, the U.S. won five medals, one gold, two silver and two bronze. The U.S. team’s final medal tally was 31 in pool and open water, 14 gold, eight silver and nine bronze. The U.S. led all nations in both gold medals and total medal count and was awarded FINA’s trophy as top team of the meet.

SUNDAY RESULTS

MEN

50-meter backstroke: 1. Camille Lacourt, France 24.42, 2. tie, Matt Grevers, USA and Jeremy Stravius, France 24.54.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Daiya Seto, Japan 4:08.69, 2. Chase Kalisz, USA 4:09.22, 3. Thiago Pereira, Brazil 4:09.48.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Yang Sun, China 14:41.15, 2. Ryan Cochrane, Canada 14:42.48, 3. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy 14:45.37.

400-meter medley relay: 1. France 3:31.51, 2. Australia 3:31.64, 3. Japan 3:32.26, USA, DQ.

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:30.41, 2. Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Spain 4:31.21, 3. Elizabeth Beisel, USA 4:31.69.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Yuliya Efimova, Russia 29.52, 2. Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania 29.59, 3. Jessica Hardy, USA 29.80.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands 24.05, 2. Cate Campbell, Australia 24.14, 3. Francesca Halsall 24.30.

400-meter medley relay: 1. USA 3:53.23 (Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer, Megan Romano), 2. Australia 3:55.22, 3. Russia 3:56.47.

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