By Sharon Robb
February 14, 2014
It was another big night for the South Florida Aquatic Club Friday night on Day Two of the Orlando Arena Grand Prix at the YMCA Aquatic Center.
“It is the hard work paying off and it is nice to see,” SOFLO veteran coach Chris Anderson said.
“They are getting a lot more confidence and understand that they can start performing at the major meets. It’s their time. They are very familiar with this atmosphere and performing well.”
Melissa Marinheiro, 16, had a breakthrough swim in one of her favorite distance events. The Brazilian teenager swam a lifetime-best in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:21.25, dropping from 4:22.78 and qualified for the “B” final.
Marinheiro then came back in finals to drop even more time for another best in 4:20.69 to finish third in her race and 11th overall. Marinheiro was the top Florida Gold Coast qualifier in the event.
“I jumped in and gave it everything I had,” Marinheiro said. “I put in a lot of work in December and over New Year’s. It is nice to see the time drops.
“I remember my first juniors I would freak out but now I focus on my race and I know what I am doing,” Marinheiro said. “It’s awesome to have my teammates here, we have our own cheering spot.”
Marinheiro also led off SOFLO’s 800-meter freestyle relay that finished second in 8:30.02 with teammates Olivia Katcher, 18, Alia Atkinson, 25, and Kathleen Golding, 13. Atkinson moved SOFLO into second place on her third leg. The time bettered their seed time of 8:32.93.
In the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, Atkinson, broke her own Jamaican national record with her third-place finish in a lifetime-best time of 2:28.34, dropping from 2:28.77. The three-time Olympian was just outside the Top 10 in the world.
Atkinson had a solid middle 100 meters but Micah Lawrence, 23, of SwimMAC pulled away from the field in the final 20 meters to win in a meet record 2:25.97, sixth fastest time in the world. Laura Sogar, 22, was second in 2:28.32.
It was one of seven meet records that were broken.
“I just had to swim my own race,” Lawrence said. “I was patient. I relied on my own stroke and went for it. I didn’t think I would go that fast.”
Golding, 13, swam two more best times of the meet in the 100-meter backstroke. She swam 1:12.68 dropping from 1:13.35.
Golding also swam a best time in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:34.38, dropping from 4:40.98.
Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Michigan-bound swimmer Emily Kopas is not competing in the Grand Prix. She is recovering from a sprained ankle and bruised knee after slipping in the rain on a speed bump.
Three-time Olympian Ryan Lochte managed to get out of Charlotte on Friday despite the snow storms. Lochte got to the pool Friday afternoon, did a workout and took time out for an interview with Rowdy Gaines on Universal Network.
Lochte will compete on Saturday morning in the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke prelims.
Lochte and his SwimMAC coach David Marsh said it was important for Lochte to get back into racing after a freak knee injury sidelined him late last year.
On Saturday, the third and final night, the meet will be streamed live by usaswimming.org.
In other Friday night race finals:
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, seeded second, won her third event of the meet in a meet record 2:08.47 finishing ahead of Canada’s top seed Audrey Lacroix and teammate Katerine Savard. “I have been working on my walls, so I am glad they looked better,” she said.
Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian David Verraszto won his second event of the meet in 1:59.59. American Tyler Clary, despite a tweaked back, finished second by 4/100ths of a second. Eighteen-year-old Olympian Joseph Schooling of Bolles and Singapore was third by 6/100ths of a second. The field featured seven different countries. “My second half was really great,” he said. “The finish was so close. The last turn I could see those guys, that was important to know where they were.”
Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Bahamian national record holder Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 23, of SwimMAC won the splash and dash in 25.55. Top seed Amanda Kendall was second in 25.68. “That’s a pretty good time, I am happy with it,” she said. “We are working on a few things. I tried to work on my power to get to the wall.”
Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Against a loaded men’s field, Brazilians Bruno Fratus, 24, and Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo battled it out to the wall with Fratus winning in a meet record 22.00 to Cielo’s 22.15. Fratus’ time was the third fastest time in the world this year. “It feels like Brazil is training,” Fratus said. “That is my best time pre-season. I can say I am pretty much happy. That is amazing time for this time of the season.”
Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Brit top-seed Lizzie Simmons took it out fast and hugged the lane line to win in 1:01.26. Hosszu, trying to go four-for-four, finished second after being seventh at the turn in 1:01.55. “That was great to race against these girls, I am really pleased with that time,” Simmons said.
Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Russian Arkady Vyatchanin, 29, of the New York Athletic Club and second seed in the race, easily won in a meet record 54.07.
Women’s 400-meter freestyle: U.S. Olympian and top-seed Chloe Sutton led from start-to-finish and held off Hosszu to win in a meet record 4:10.11. Hosszu had seven minutes between the backstroke and distance event but still managed to finish second in 4:10.50. “I have made a ton of changes to my stroke lately, I was just trying to keep it together and enjoy it,” Sutton said. “It was definitely a great race tonight. I don’t know how Katinka does it, props to her.”
Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Canadian Ryan Cochrane dominated the field to win in a meet record 3:49.83, fastest time in the world this year. “I was really excited to come in and race,” he said. “I have had an up and down year.”
Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: American Sean Mahoney edged out Bolles teammate Melquides Alvarez Caraballo to break the meet record in 2:14.03 to 2:14.57. It was the only race not televised live by Universal since they ended their broadcast at 7:30.
Individual winners were awarded $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.
FLORIDA GOLD COAST
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: 6. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:14.99, 2:16.07, prelims; 9. Alessandra Polieri, AZ 2:14.33, 2:18.35 prelims, 15. Taylor Lorda, SWMFTL 2:20.69, 31. Jessica Nava, PC 2:24.82, 42. Amanda Tipton, SWMFTL 2:27.14, 46. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 2:27.66, 47. Tyla Martin, PAQ 2:27.85, 49. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 2:28.53, 55. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 2:30.26, 58. Allison Kopas, CSSC 2:31.71, 59. Alex Kalandiak, MS 2:34.01.
Men’s 200-meter butterfly: 6. Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira, AZ 2:04.84, 15. Boleck De Pawlikowski, MAC 2:06.58, 16. Luis Martinez, AZ 2:07.85.
Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 7. Fernanda Delgado, AZ, 26.02, 26.26 prelims, 10. Arlene Semeco, CSSC 26.27, 26.60 prelims, 16. Marta Ciesla, PC 26.97, 26.66 prelims, 25. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 27.20, 47. Isabella Paez, MAC 27.74, 50. Brenna Ruth, SAS 27.83, 51. Dorothy Morgan, MS 27.87, 64. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 28.25, 70. Emma Lincoln, CSSC 28.51, 80. Miriyam Ghali, PC 28.88, 81. Cybele Jung, SAS 28.91, 85. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 29.26, 88. Alex Kalandiak, MS 29.46, 90. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 29.67, 91. Carlotta Verita, MS 29.86.
Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 8. Renzo Tjon A Joe, 23.27, 22.98 prelims, prelims, 20. Thiago Sickert, AZ 23.70, 21. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 23.74, prelims, 23. Carlo Herrera, AZ 23.79, 23. Joshua Romany, AZ 23.79, 36. Fabi Scozzoli, AZ 24.04, 40. Gage Kohner, SAS 24.17, 45. Diguan Pigot, MAC 24.25, 46. Albert Morales, AZ 24.39, 52. Jabari Baptiste, AZ 24.55, 54. Jordy Groters, PC 24.57, 61. Marco Guarente, AZ 24.74, 72. Brody Heck, SAS 24.92, 75. Gabriel Perez, AZ 24.97, 78. Arvin Moradi, AZ 25.02, 82. Wayne Denswil, MAC 25.11, 84. Sidrell Williams, SAS 25.13, 94. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 25.34, 108. Luke Hayhoe, SAS 25.60, 109. Hank Contich, PC 25.64, 114. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 25.97, 116. Kyle Desrosiers, CSSC 26.00, 117. Kent Haeffner, PC 26.04.
Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 15. Carlotta Fiordoro, AZ 1:04.29, 1:03.98 prelims, 19. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:04.86, 29. Darby Goodwin, SAS 1:06.84, 35. Ferna Delgado, AZ 1:07.50, 37. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 1:07.57, 45. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 1:08.24, 46. Amanda Tipton, SWMFTL 1:08.26, 53. Brenna Ruth, SAS 1:08.65, 85. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:12.68, best time, 86. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:12.72, 88. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 1:13.21, 90. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 1:13.61.
Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 13. Mateo Gonzalez, AZ 58.69, 59.11 prelims, 15. Vicente Andrade, SWMFTL 59.80, 59.37 prelims, 21. Fab Guimares, AZ 59.84, 23. Rodrigues Peres, AZ 59.91, 24. Carlos Herrera, AZ 59.95, 32. Jabari Baptiste, AZ 1:00.53, 47. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 1:01.91, 64. Luke Hayhoe, SA 1:04.21, 70. Rob Ballestas, MAC 1:04.60, 71. Matthew Lyn, AZ 1:04.73, 78. Enzo Pazos, SWMFTL 1:06.32, 79. Alex Evenson, PC 1:06.52, 80. Brody Heck, SAS 1:06.93, 81. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 1:07.31,
Women 400-meter freestyle: 11. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:20.69, best time and 4:21.45, best time, prelims, 12. Megan Moroney, SAS 4:22.05, 4:23.40, prelims, 31. Danielle Vandenburg, AZ 4:29.04, 43. Arianna Noya, MAC 4:31.25, 55. Florencia Melo, MAC 4:33.39, 60. Kathleen Golding SOFLO 4:34.38, 62. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 4:34.69, 67. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 4:35.66, 74. Angel Cicenia, AZ 4:39.52, 83. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 4:48.27, 84. Caroline Nava, PC 4:58.37.
Men 400-meter freestyle: 11. Marcel Acosta, AZ 4:02.53, 23. Marco Hosfeld, SWMFTL 4:07.65, 32. Luis Martinez, AZ 4:08.97, 33. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 4:09.00, 46. Kent Haeffner, PC 4;12.50, 47, Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:13.01, 50. Nico Medina, AZ 4:13.77, 52. Alex Berggren, PC 4:14.07, 59. Miguel Basalo, MAC 4:16.18, 68. Brody Heck, SAS 4:18.11, 81. Matthew Lyn, AZ 4:27.23, 83. Manuel Avila, PAQ 4:30.73.
Women 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:28.34, 2:34.70, prelims, 12. Lindsey Swartz, PC 2:39.56, 2:40.40, prelims, 16. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 2:49.18, 2:41.45, prelims, 20. Caitlin Ahern, SWMFTL 2:44.83, 29. Anna Valls, MS 2:50.56, 31. Allison Kopas CSSC 2:50.95,40. Carlotta Verita, MS 2:56.24, 41. Cybele Jung, SAS 2:59.21.
Men 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Felipe Lima, AZ 2;18.42, prelims, 17. Marco Guarente, AZ 2:23.96, 25. Alex Morgan, AZ 2:26.87, 27. HIA 2:27.55, 42. Daniel Pereira, AZ 2:31.87, 45. Jordy Groters, PC 2:33.84, 47. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 2:34.09, 53. Hank Contich, PC 2:36.44,
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