SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Home Relay Silver, Bronze Medals At COMEN Cup In Israel

SOFLO’s Pinon Takes Home Relay Silver, Bronze Medals At COMEN Cup In Israel

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By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2014

Julien Pinon of South Florida Aquatic Club took home two medals at the XXX Mediterranean Swimming COMEN Cup in Netanya, Israel.

Pinon, 16, representing France for his French club team Canet 66 Natation, anchored the second place 4×100-meter freestyle relay and third place 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the newly-built Wingate Institute Olympic Swimming Pool.

Pinon anchored the 4×100 that finished second to Italy (3:27.17) in 3:29.98. Pinon’s opening split was 25.14 and he finished in 53.11. He was joined by teammates Alexandre Derache, Remi Meresse and Mathieu Allemandet.

He also anchored the 4×200 that finished third in 7:42.72. Spain won in 7:36.16. Meresse, Ramon Fuchs and Mathieu Bernardini were other relay members.

The French national age group champion was shut out in the individual 200-meter freestyle finishing sixth in 1:55.73. Pinon went out in 27.07 for the first 50, 56.18 for 100 and 1:26.02 at the 150-meter mark.

Pinon had qualified for the major international meet with a victory in the 15-16 French Long Course National Championships in the 200 in 1:54.08.

Pinon served as team captain of the 28-member French team.

The COMEN Cup was hosted by the Israel Swimming Association and features swimming, synchronized swimming, open water and masters swimming.

Italy swept the girls and boys team titles. The girls won with 173 points and boys finished with 163 points. Spain was second and France was third in both divisions. More than 210 athletes from 18 countries competed.

Pinon has now competed in three international meets since going overseas to train with the French team. Pinon will now return to training camp in France until the July 25-29 French nationals for 16-year-olds and older in southeastern France.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Julien Pinon Top Seed, Team Captain For COMEN Cup In Israel

SOFLO’s Julien Pinon Top Seed, Team Captain For COMEN Cup In Israel


By Sharon Robb

June 27, 2014–Julien Pinon of South Florida Aquatic Club will make his debut at the XXX Mediterranean Swimming COMEN Cup which gets under way Saturday in Netanya, Israel.

Pinon, 15, will represent his French club team Canet 66 Natation.

The French national age group champion qualified for the prestigious meet with a victory in the 200-meter freestyle 15-16 French Long Course National Championships in Chartres, France. He won the event in 1:54.08.

Pinon is the top seed in the 15-16 200-meter freestyle in the 25-swimmer event scheduled for the final session on Sunday. His teammate Remi Meresse is seeded second.

Pinon is team captain of the 28-member French team that will compete at the newly-built Wingate Institute Olympic Swimming Pool.

The COMEN Cup is hosted by the Israel Swimming Association and features swimming, synchronized swimming, open water and masters swimming. It will be the first major international competition held in the new Olympic pool at Israel’s National Center for Physical Education and Sport.

More than 210 athletes from 18 countries are entered. Meet organizers said they will provide live broadcasts and official online results.

Two participants per event and one relay team will represent each country. The timed final meet features two sessions per day.

Pinon is spending most of his summer overseas competing in several meets and training. He has already competed in two Mare Nostrum Series meets in France and Spain.

After the COMEN Cup Pinon will continue training camp overseas until the July 25-29 French nationals for 16-year-olds and older at Pierrelatte in southeastern France.

Pinon will be a junior at American Heritage Plantation in the fall. The Patriots are defending boys state 2A swimming and diving champions.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO Swimmers End On Good Note At Arena Grand Prix At Santa Clara

SOFLO Swimmers End On Good Note At Arena Grand Prix At Santa Clara


By Sharon Robb

June 22, 2014—-South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro and her teammates ended on a good note Sunday at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at George Haines International Aquatic Center.

The 17-year-old Brazilian finished 11th in her 800-meter freestyle race and 21st overall in 9:02.38.

SOFLO’s 400-meter medley relay team of Marcella Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Olivia Katcher and Melissa Marinheiro was 14th in 4:41.06.

Tasija Karosas, 18, of St. Andrew’s Swimming and University of Texas sophomore-to-be finished 15th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.80, dropping 0.67 seconds from her prelim time. She qualified 18th in 1:03.47, 1.28 slower than her best time.

Megan Moroney, 17, also of St. Andrew’s Swimming, was second in the “C” final of the 200-meter butterfly in 2:19.02.

Marcelo Acosta, 17, of Azure Florida Aquatics was top Florida Gold Coast finisher, placing fourth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:42.55.

Marco Guarente, also of Azure, was seventh in the “D” final of the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.40.

OTHER FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS:

200-meter butterfly: WOMEN: Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 2:34.30; MEN: Luiz Martinez, Azure 2:07.75.

100-meter breaststroke: WOMEN: Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:19.90; MEN: Marco Guarente, Azure 1:06.24, prelims, Daniel Pereira, Azure 1:09.46.

100-meter backstroke: WOMEN: Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:06.02; MEN: Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:00.74.

200-meter individual medley: WOMEN: Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:39.02; MEN: Marco Guarente, Azure 2:11.40, Daniel Pereira, Azure 2:13.43, Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:15.47.

IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Top seed and Venezuelan Olympian Andreina Pinto, 22, of Gainesville Swim Club came on in the third 50 meters to win in 2:10.59, 5/10ths off her best time. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, of North Baltimore was second in 2:12.24. Lauren Harrington, 21, of the Athens Bulldogs was third in 2:12.68.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Sebastien Rousseau, 23, of Gainesville Swim Club held off Bobby Bollier, 24, of Stanford in the final 15 meters to win in 1:58.50, winning by 15/100ths. Bollier’s time was 1:58.65. Chase Kalisz, 20, of North Baltimore was third in 1:59.76. Omar Pinzon of Bolles won the “C” final in 2:03.66.

“I have been working on those last couple strokes coming into the wall since I have been pretty weak in that,” Rousseau said. “It looks like it paid off in the last five meters. I saw Bobby so I am pretty happy with that finish.”

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: Laura Sogar, 23, of Blue Fish broke open a close race to win in 1:09.15, her best time of the season. Canadian Olympian Tera Van Beilen, 21, was second in 1:09.59 and Irish national record holder Fiona Doyle, 22, was third in 1:09.61.

“I’m not surprised that went better than my 200, we have been pretty much getting killed in the water during altitude training in Colorado Springs,” Sogar said. “I’m glad it went well.”

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: NCAA champion Kevin Cordes, 20, of Tucson Ford won in 1:00.91, his second win of the meet. Mike Alexandrov, 29, swimming unattached was second in 1:01.65. Brazilian Felipe Lima, 29, of Azure Florida Aquatics was third in 1:01.78. Cordes also won the 200 breaststroke.

“This gives me a lot of confidence going into the end of the summer and championship season,” Cordes said. “It’s a nice way to end this meet. Now it’s all about sharpening up and getting ready to race.”

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Olympian Missy Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics who was close to the lane line because of the sun in her eyes, put in a late charge in the last 20 meters to win in 1:00.99. It was her second win of the meet. Amy Bilquist, 16, of Carmel was second in 1:01.44 and Elizabeth Pelton of Cal Aquatics was third in 1:01.48.

“The sun was pretty tough, I was just happy I didn’t slam into it,” Franklin said. “I feel pretty good about my backstroke. There is definitely a lot to improve. We just wanted to come into this meet, have fun and see where I am. Now I have a couple more weeks of hard training and then nationals.”

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Olympic bronze medalist Arkady Vyatchanin, 30, of the New York Athletic Club edged Matt Grevers, 29, of Tucson Ford 54.34-54.95 and picked up five grand prix points. Vyatchanin is eight-for-eight in backstroke events in the last four Arena Grand Prix meets. Eugene Godsoe, 26, of Stanford Swimming was third in 55.41. Bolles’ Omar Pinzon was tenth in 56.32.

“That was close,” Vyatchanin said. “I am just trying to swim faster.”

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Knowing she had to win for a new car, Caitlin Leverenz, 23, of Cal Aquatics won in 2:12.61 to clinch the series’ award of using a new BMW for a year. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, 19, was second in 2:13.79 and Theresa Michalak, 22, swimming unattached was third in 2:14.03. Becca Mann was eighth in 2:17.89.

“I was definitely racing and thinking I want that car,” Leverenz said with a smile. “Before the race my coaches were telling me I could do it.”

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Conor Dwyer, 25, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club came from behind in the freestyle to win an exciting three-man race and clinch the $20,000 grand prix series prize money and use of a BMX for a year by just 4/100ths of a second. Dwyer won in 1:59.49 edging training mates Chase Kalisz, 20, in 1:59.53 and Michael Phelps, 28, in 1:59.76. Dwyer didn’t realize he was in contention for the series prize money and car until color commentator Rowdy Gaines told him before finals started. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who did not compete at the meet, had already clinched the women’s grand prix series title.

“A big thanks to Rowdy for reminding me that I was in contention before the race,” Dwyer said. “I am never racing for money but it was a nice little extra incentive right there. I didn’t know where I was in the race. I know I wanted to go out with Michael and lay out four 50s as hard as I could.”

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: California-bound Cierra Runge, 18, of North Baltimore held off Denmark’s Lotte Friis for her first win on the grand prix series. She won in a best time 8:26.71, dropping nine seconds off her previous best. Friis, 25, was second in 8:27.26. Canadian Brittany MacLean, 20, was third in 8:29.51. Elizabeth Beisel, who swam in an earlier heat, finished fourth in 8:33.27. North Baltimore took three of the top five places. Andreina Pinto of Gainesville Swim Club was sixth in 8:38.65.

“It was really fun,” Runge said. “I enjoyed swimming with my teammates. All these girls did a fantastic job, it was a lot of fun racing them. We have so much fun together training at North Baltimore, we enjoy what we do. This race gives me a lot of confidence. I went into this seeing what I could do. It was fun getting to the wall, I wasn’t expecting a nine-second drop.”

Men 1500-meter freestyle: Connor Jaeger, 23, of Club Wolverine dominated the morning race to win in 15:00.97. Michael McBroom won the final heat and was second overall in 15:04.41 and Sean Ryan was third in 15:07.82.

Women’s 400-meter medley relay: Carmel Swim Club won in 4:16.27 with Claire Adams, Taite Kitchel, Veronica Burchill and Amy Bilquist. Wisconsin was second in 4:16.45 and Hong Kong was third in 4:18.76.

Men’s 400-meter medley relay: Mexico swept the relays with Ezequiel Trujillo Aviles, Miguel De Lara Ojeda, Long Gutierrez and Alejandro Escudero winning the final one in 3:49.09. Nitro Swimming was second in 3:51.44 and Wisconsin Aquatics third in 3:52.01.

The final stop on the Grand Prix six-meet circuit served as a final dress rehearsal for this summer’s National Championships and Selection Trials (Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.) for the Pan Pacific Championships in August and 2015 World Championships in Russia.

ELSEWHERE

Teenager Katie Ledecky did it again. Ledecky broke her own 800-meter freestyle world record at the The Woodlands Swim Team Senior Invitational Sunday in Houston. She took nearly three seconds off her world record (8:13.86) swim of less than a year ago with a new record of 8:11, fastest time in the world by eight seconds. It was her second world record of the meet.

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

Beisel Steals Phelps, Franklin Thunder; SOFLO Relay Finishes 11th At Santa Clara Grand Prix

Beisel Steals Phelps, Franklin Thunder; SOFLO Relay Finishes 11th At Santa Clara Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

June 21, 2014—-Two-time Olympian and University of Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel pulled off an incredible double Saturday at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at George Haines International Aquatic Center.

Beisel, 21, of BlueFish Swim Club dominated the women’s 400-meter individual medley to win in 4:33.52, the fourth fastest time in the world this year.

Forty-five minutes later, Beisel topped another impressive field to win the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.11, the sixth fastest time in the world, finishing ahead of Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Pelton.

Color commentator Rowdy Gaines called Beisel’s 400 IM the Swim of the Night.

“I am pretty excited about that,” Beisel said after the 400 IM. “That was my best in-season time by six seconds. I felt good this morning so I knew tonight was going to be good. I think things are beginning to come together for me which is a relief. I want to make the Pan Pac time.”

She was even happier after the backstroke.

“I am pretty tired right now,” Beisel said with a smile. “At least I know the training is working. It was pretty rough. I’m glad it’s over. I am thrilled with this double. It’s definitely a big confidence-booster. It’s nice to know I have these times going into nationals under my belt because it’s going to be a big summer.”

Beisel is one of the most decorated UF student-athletes with two NCAA titles, nine SEC titles and 18 All-American honors.

Texas sophomore-to-be and St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Tasija Karosas, 18, won the 200-meter backstroke “B” final in 2:12.85 to finish tenth overall. She was the Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher.

South Florida Aquatic Club was second in its 800-meter freestyle relay heat in 8:53.57 and finished 11th overall with Melissa Marinheiro, Olivia Katcher, Jessica Rodriguez and Marcella Marinheiro.

Rodriguez, 15, went 5:29.72 in the 400-meter individual medley. Melissa Marinheiro, 17, went 2:07.93 and Katcher, 18, went 2:12.03 in the 200-meter freestyle. Katcher went 29.30 in the 50-meter freestyle. Melissa Marinheiro also went 2:30.62 in the 200-meter backstroke. Rodriguez went 2:42.03 in the 200-meter backstroke.

Other top Florida Gold Coast results: Megan Moroney, 17, St. Andrew’ Swimming, 200-meter freestyle, 2:04.78 and 200-meter backstroke, 2:22.27; Jennifer Marquez, 23, Azura, 200-meter freestyle, 2:06.03 and 50-meter freestyle, 27.21.

In the championship finals:

Women’s 400-meter individual medley:

Beisel dominated the women’s field to win in 4:33.52, dropping 8.38 seconds from her morning swim. Beisel overtook butterfly leader Caitlin Leverenz on the backstroke and pulled away in the breaststroke by two body lengths. Her time was the fourth fastest time in the world this year. The race was for second between former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Caitlin Leverenz, 23, of Cal Aquatics. Mann pulled ahead in the final 50-meters of freestyle to finish second in 4:39.78, just 2/100ths off her personal best. Leverenz was third in 4:43.05. Andreina Pinto, 22, of Gainesville Swim Club was ninth in 4:52.54.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley:

Following Beisel’s dominance, Chase Kalisz, 20, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club pulled away for a body length lead during the breaststroke to dominate the men’s race for a victory in 4:11.71, fifth fastest in the world this year and just 2 ½ seconds off his best time. Sebastien Rousseau, 23, of Gainesville Swim Club was second in 4:17.49 and Jay Litherland, 18, of Dynamo was third in 4:18.29. Diego Decarvalho, 26, of Gainesville Swim Club was ninth in 4:27.96.

“I kind of had an idea of where I wanted to be,” Kalisz said. “I wanted to be a little faster but that’s good for now. I am not really that disappointed. I just came down from heavy training in high altitude. That is the hardest race in swimming. It feels good to come down from altitude after training for it and getting some satisfaction.”

Women’s 200-meter freestyle:

Competing in her first long course Grand Prix of the season, American record holder Missy Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics won by half a body length in 1:56.96. She led from wire-to-wire (27.86, 57.42, 1:27.18). Cierra Runge, 18, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club was second in a best time 1:58.35 and Stanford-bound Simone Manuel, 17, of First Colony was third in a personal best 1:59.01. Reigning Olympic champion Allison Schmitt, 24, also of North Baltimore, was seventh in 2:00.66.

“The swim actually felt pretty good,” Franklin said. “Nationals are coming up so quickly. Everyone is swimming really well and looking really great. It is going to shape up to be a really great summer.”

Men’s 200-meter freestyle:

In an exciting three-man race between three North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers, reigning Olympic champion Yannick Agnel, 22, of France won in 1:46.99. Michael Phelps, 28, was second in 1:48.20 and Conor Dwyer, 25, was third in 1:48.36. It was Phelps first 200 free final he has swum in a competition since his comeback. All three were coming off altitude training. The field featured six Olympians. Agnel was fifth in the 100 freestyle on Friday in 49.94

“The difference between by 100 and 200 was I had a good night of sleep after the 100,” Agnel said. “I am mastering this event more than the 100. This was like a training session against Michael in practice.”

Said Phelps: “I got left standing still in the last 50 against this guy. It felt good to get my first 200 under my belt. The work in altitude is showing here.”

Women’s 200-meter backstroke:

Beisel overtook the lead on the final 50-meters with a strong kick to win in 2:09.11. Cal’s Elizabeth Pelton, 20, was second in 2:09.73. Fifteen minutes after winning the freestyle, Franklin was third after fading in the last 50 in 2:09.86.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke:

Russian Arkady Vyatchanin of the New York Athletic Club led after the first 100 meters by half a body length and went on to extend his streak in 1:55.30, fifth best time in the world this year. It was only a half second off his best time. Vyatchanin is undefeated in the 200 back in four consecutive grand prix meets since January. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary, 25, swimming unattached was second in 1:58.41. Clary had scratched from the 200 freestyle “B” final to be fresh for the final. Connor Green, 18, of BlueFish was third in 1:59.26. Omar Pinzon, 25, of Bolles was eighth in 2:03.15.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle:

Fresno’s Cheyenne Coffman, 24, of DOGS won in 25.12, a best time by 4/100ths of a second. Madison Kennedy, 26, of SwimMAC was second in 25.32 and 16-year-old Amy Bilquist of Carmel Swim Club was third in 25.32. Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Olympian Rhi Jeffrey of Bernal’s Gators was 14th overall in 26.21.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle:

Brazilian Bruno Fratus, 24, after a great start, won the splash-and-dash in 22.03. Olympian Anthony Ervin, 33, was second in 22.58. Josh Schneider, 26, of the New York Athletic Club was third in 22.63. Olympian George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago won the “B” final in 22.71 that would have tied him fourth in the final.

“I am pretty happy,” Fratus said. “I won’t lie, I miss Nathan Adrian and Cesar Cielo. I was very excited to come to California and race those guys. Anthony gave me a good race. I just have to work hard this summer. There is no secret, no magic, just work hard and keep doing what my coaches tell me, taper for Pan Pacs and visualize touching the wall first.”

Women’s 800-meter freestyle relay:

Mexico won in 8:16.99 with Lilliana Ibanez Lopez, Charetzenl Escobar, Maria Richaud Leyva and Natalia Jaspeado Becerra. Cal Aquatics was second in 8:20.47 and Wisconsin was third in 8:24.23.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle relay:

Wisconsin Aquatics won in 7:31.94 with Cannon Clifton, Brett Pinfold, Nicholas Caldwell and Matthew Hutchins. Mexico was second in 7:36.33 and Santa Clara was third in 7:40.69.

On the fourth and final day, Sunday’s events are the 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 1500-meter freestyle and medley relay.

The final stop on the Grand Prix six-meet circuit is a final dress rehearsal for this summer’s National Championships and Selection Trials for Pan Pacs in August and 2015 World Championships in Russia, on Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.

USA Swimming.org will live stream both the prelims and finals. Universal Sports will also televise the meet on June 21-22 starting at 8 p.m.

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

SOFLO’s Pelaez, DiSalvo, Ranaudo At SOFLO June Sizzler

SOFLO’s Pelaez, DiSalvo, Ranaudo Sizzle At SOFLO June Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

June 21, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club’s young up-and-coming swimmers had another impressive meet Friday at the SOFLO June Sizzler at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO swimmers turned in 35 best times in the girls and boys 25-yard races during the sprint meet.

Erika Pelaez, Fiorella Di Salvo and David Ranaudo led the team with wins.

Pelaez, 7, swept all four stroke events in the 7-8 age group. She won the 25-yard butterfly in 15.88; 25-yard backstroke in a best time 17.53, dropping 0.20 seconds; 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 20.22, dropping 0.19 seconds; and 25-yard freestyle in a best time 15.00, dropping 0.12 seconds.

Di Salvo, 6, won the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 25.93, dropping 0.16 seconds and 25-yard freestyle in a best time 18.53, dropping 1.37 seconds.

Di Salvo was also second in the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 22.45, dropping 2.60 seconds; third in the 25-yard backstroke in a best time 26.55, dropping 0.77 seconds

Ranaudo, 6, won the 25-yard butterfly in 34.71; 25-yard backstroke in 28.89; and 25-yard freestyle in a best time 23.98, dropping 2.28 seconds.

Ranaudo was also third in the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 35.74, dropping 1.30 seconds.

SIZZLER FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Marguerite McPhillips, HAT 22.42; SOFLO: 2. Fiorella Di Salvo 22.45, best time, 3. Antonia Ortiz 27.37, best time; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.88; SOFLO: 2. Valerie Vank 18.73, 4. Luna Delgado 20.85, 10. Mariann Catalasan 22.93, 12. Hailey Ahn 24.15, best time, 13. Judith-Alison Natino 24.51, 18. Celeste Cuevas 30.16, 23. Maria Legaspi 34.11.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Marguerite McPhillips, HAT 24.44; SOFLO: 3. Fiorella Di Salvo 26.55, best time, 4. Antonia Ortiz 27.97, best time; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 17.53, best time; SOFLO: 2. Valerie Vank 19.24, best time, 5. Luna Delgado 22.76, best time, 11. Judith-Alison Natino 24.23, best time, 16. Hailey Ahn 25.04, 17. Mariann Catalasan 25.77, 19. Celeste Cuevas 27.53, 22. Maria Legaspi 28.43, best time.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 25.93, best time; SOFLO: 4. Antonia Ortiz 32.63; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 20.22, best time; SOFLO: 2. Valerie Vank 20.38, 5. Judith-Alison Natino 24.84, best time, 7. Mariann Catalasan 25.56, best time, 8. Luna Delgado 26.07, best time, 14. Maria Legaspi 27.57, best time, 17. Hailey Ahn 31.17, 21. Celeste Cuevas 33.74.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 18.53; SOFLO: 4. Antonia Ortiz 24.44, best time; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.00, best time; SOFLO: 2. Valerie Vank 15.49, best time, 7. Luna Delgado 18.86, 11. Mariann Catalasan 20.01, best time, 12. Judith-Alison Natino 20.39, best time, 15. Celeste Cuevas 21.39, 17. Hailey Ahn, 22.00, best time, 21. Maria Legaspi 25.65.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:16.92, 3. SOFLO B 1:28.28, best time.

After the sizzler, a time trial was held for all four stroke races.

Diego Sanguinetti, 23, of Coral Springs Swim Club finished the 25-yard freestyle in 20.50 and 25-yard backstroke in 29.36. He was disqualified in the 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard butterfly. Sanguinetti has represented the U.S. in the Down Syndrome World and International Swimming Championships.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under: 1. David Ranaudo, SOFLO 34.71; 7-8, 1. Jason Cuffe, SFTL 19.10; SOFLO: 5. Jacob Navarro 21.26, best time, 12. Luciano Del Carpio 26.73, best time, 14. Colin Kim 26.96, 15. Daniel Ranaudo 27.20, 17. Owen Sines 27.92, 23. Ethan Greenberg 42.91.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. David Ranaudo, SOFLO 28.89; 7-8, 1. Luke Taylor, YBC 17.99; SOFLO: 6. Jacob Navarro 22.71, best time, 15. Owen Sines 25.46, 16. Clint Kim 25.48, best time, 17. Colin Kim 25.76, best time, 18. Daniel Ranaudo 26.05, 21. Luciano Del Carpio 27.44, 23. Ethan Greenberg 34.02.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Felix Oriol, HAT 35.61; SOFLO: 3. David Ranaudo 35.74, best time; 7-8, 1. Luke Taylor, YBC 21.88; SOFLO: 3. Jacob Navarro 23.95, best time, 9. Owen Sines 26.94, 10. Clint Kim 27.28, best time, 15. Luciano Del Carpio 30.17, best time, 16. Daniel Ranaudo 30.24, 21. Colin Kim 35.29, 22. Ethan Greenberg 38.69.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. David Ranaudo, SOFLO 23.98, best time; 7-8, 1. Padraig McPhillips, HAT 15.63; SOFLO: 5. Jacob Navarro 18.13, best time, 10. Luciano Del Carpio 20.35, best time, 13. Daniel Ranaudo 20.53, best time, 17. Clint Kim 21.98, best time, 19. Owen Sines 23.00, 21. Colin Kim 24.36, 23. Ethan Greenberg 27.33.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. YMCA of Broward County 1:12.30, 2. SOFLO 1:22.61, best time.

TIME TRIALS

GIRLS

25-yard freestyle:

1.Molly Golding, SOFLO 16.51; SOFLO: 2. Sally Golding 16.96, 3. Lily Sines 17.59, 4. Valentina Carrion 17.69, 5. Molly Mason 18.59, 6. Bella Leggett 22.02.

25-yard backstroke:

1.Molly Golding, SOFLO 16.55; SOFLO: 2. Valentina Carrion 16.98, 3. Bella Leggett17.37, 4. Sally Golding 18.54, 5. Lily Sines 20.93, 6. Molly Mason 21.63.

25-yard breaststroke:

1.Molly Golding, SOFLO 16.93; SOFLO: 2. Valentina Carrion 17.10, 3. Sally Golding 18.26, 4. Bella Leggett 19.15, 5. Lily Sines 22.34, 6. Molly Mason 25.06.

25-yard butterfly:

1.Molly Golding, SOFLO 16.06; SOFLO: 2. Sally Golding 16.23, 3. Bella Leggett 16.35, 4. Valentina Carrion 16.53, 5. Molly Mason 22.30, 6. Lily Sines 23.01.

BOYS

25-yard freestyle:

1.David Diaz Venturo, SOFLO 16.10; SOFLO: 2. Alejandro Mateus 16.51, 3. Alex Golding 16.82, 4. Rafael Rodriguez 17.32, 5. Leonardo Mateus 18.74.

25-yard backstroke:

1.Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 17.10; SOFLO: 2. Alex Golding 19.01, 3. Alejandro Mateus 19.08, 4. David Diaz Venturo 20.26, 5. Rafael Rodriguez 20.87.

25-yard breaststroke:

1.Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 16.68; SOFLO: 2. Alex Golding 20.21, 3. Alejandro Mateus 21.29, 4. Rafael Rodriguez 21.80, 5. David Diaz Venturo 24.45.

25-yard freestyle:

1.Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 16.03; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 16.36, 3. Alejandro Mateus 16.73, 4. David Diaz Venturo 18.69, 5. Alex Golding 18.97.

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

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Makes “D” Final At Arena Grand Prix At Santa Clara

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Makes “D” Final At Arena Grand Prix At Santa Clara


By Sharon Robb

June 20, 2014—-For the second day in a row, Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher Friday at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at George Haines International Aquatic Center.

Against a deep, quality distance field, Marinheiro, 17, qualified for the “D” final in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:22.84, just .06 off her best time. She finished 35th overall in 4:24.30.

SOFLO teammates Jessica Rodriguez, 15, was 65th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:47.42. She went out in 1:20.47 in the first 100. She also swam 1:14.10 in the 100-meter butterfly bonus race.

Olivia Katcher, 18, went 1:09.63 in the 100-meter butterfly, 1:02.80 in the 100-meter freestyle and 4:44.58 in the 400-meter freestyle.

SOFLO’s relay of Marcella Marinheiro, Olivia Katcher, Melissa Marinheiro and Jessica Rodriguez went 4:14.62 in the 400-meter freestyle relay, the only FGC team in the event.

Other Florida Gold Coast results: Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming, 100-meter freestyle, 57.53 and 100 butterfly, 1:03.50; Tasija Karosas, Unattached, 100-meter freestyle, 57.87; Jennifer Marquez, Azura Florida Aquatics, 100-meter freestyle, 58.34; Roberto Gomez, Unattached, 100-meter freestyle, 51.27; Marco Guarente, Azura, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:21.52; Daniel Pereira, Azura, 200-meter breaststroke 2:30.03; Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming, 200-meter breaststroke 2:32.73; Marcelo Acosta, Azura, 400-meter freestyle, 3:57.39.

The sport’s marquis athletes, Olympians Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps had mixed results.

In her first meet of the summer season, Olympian Missy Franklin, 19, finished second to incoming Stanford freshman Simone Manuel in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.51. Franklin also swam the 100 butterfly prelims as a training race.

“It’s a lot of pressure now but it’s really nice next summer when all we have to focus on is the worlds,” Franklin said.

Michael Phelps, 28, tied Tom Shields for first in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.11 and had to come from behind to do it. It was the best time of his comeback so far.

Phelps was also second in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.80. Phelps is coming off high altitude training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 100-meter freestyle:
In an exciting race to open the meet, Simone Manuel, 17, of First Colony Swim Team out-touched a surging five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics to win in 54.44. Manuel went out in 26.47. Franklin was second in 54.51 and Allison Schmitt, 24, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club was third in 55.08.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle:
Olympic gold medalist and top seed Nathan Adrian, 25, of Cal Aquatics won in 48.17. He went out in 22.96 and had nearly a half-body length coming home. Michael Phelps, 28, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, was second in 48.80. Conor Dwyer, 25, of North Baltimore was third in 49.76. Bolles alum Santo Condorelli, 19, was seventh in 50.35. Brazilian Bruno Fratus, 24, was 14th in 50.84.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke:
Micah Lawrence, 23, of SwimMAC outraced the field for a body length lead to win in 2:26.53. Laura Sogar, 23, of Bluefish Swim Club was second in 2:29.57 and Annie Zhu of North Baltimore was third in 2:30.02. Elizabeth Beisel, 21, of Bluefish Swim Club was seventh in 2:31.29.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke:
In a close race, Kevin Cordes, 20, of Tucson Ford, swimming in Lane 8, won in 2:11.82. Chase Kalisz, 20, of North Baltimore was second in 2:12.43 and B.J. Johnson, 27, of Palo Alto Swim Club was third in 2:12.55. Brazil’s Felipe Lima, 29, of Azura Florida Aquatics was 13th in 2:16.89.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle:
Denmark’s Lotte Friis, 25, training at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, won her second event of the meet in 4:06.83. Canadian Brittany MacLean, 20, was second in 4:07.23. Venezuelan Olympian and national record holder Andreina Pinto, 22, of Gainesville Swim Club was third in 4:07.25. Elizabeth Beisel, 21, was fifth in 4:08.67. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, of North Baltimore was sixth in 4:12.30.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle:
Connor Jaeger, 23, of Club Wolverine turned it on in the second half of the race to win in 3:47.98. Michael McBroom, 23, of TWST was second in 3:49.26 and Canadian Ryan Cochrane, 25, was third in 3:50.84. Mitch D’Arrigo, 19, of Gainesville Swim Club was ninth in 3:55.39.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly:
Top seed Felicia Lee, 22, of Stanford won in 59.62. Kelly Naze, 20, of Cal was second in 1:00.22 and Noelle Tarazona, 21, of Bruins Swim Club was third in 1:00.38.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly:
In an exciting race, top seed Michael Phelps surged in the final 15 meters to tie early leader Tom Shields, 22, of Cal Aquatics in 52.11. Shields went out in 24.55 and was just ahead of Phelps. Eugene Godsoe, 26, of Stanford Swimming was third in 53.11. Sebastian Rousseau, 23, of Gainesville Swim Club was 11th in 53.97.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle relay:
California Aquatics had no trouble winning in 3:44.48 with Camille Cheng, Elizabeth Pelton, Caroline Piehl and Missy Franklin’s 55.45 anchor split.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle relay:
Motivated by its World Cup soccer team, Mexico (Alejandro Escudero, Long Gutierrez, Julio Olvera Alejos, Luis Campos Alpizar) won in 3:28.09 nipping Santa Clara 3:28.09-3:28.56.

Before the women’s 100-meter butterfly, a special tribute was made for Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, recovering from an all-terrain vehicle accident where she severed her spine that left her paralyzed from the pelvic bone down. A banner for Van Dyken is being circulated during the meet for swimmers, coaches and fans to sign.

Chloe Sutton and Natalie Coughlin scratched from their Friday events. Coughlin withdrew from the meet after spending two weeks competing in Europe.

Saturday’s events are the 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle relay.

The final stop on the Grand Prix six-meet circuit is a final dress rehearsal for this summer’s National Championships and Selection Trials for Pan Pacs in August and 2015 World Championships in Russia, on Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.

USA Swimming.org will live stream both the prelims and finals. Universal Sports will also televise the meet on June 21-22 starting at 8 p.m.

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

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Katcher Compete Opening Day Of Santa Clara Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Katcher Compete Opening Day Of Santa Clara Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

June 19, 2014—-Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on opening day of the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara.

Marinheiro, 17, placed 15th in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 17:11.13.

SOFLO teammate Olivia Katcher, 18, was 30th in 18:18.61.

Megan Moroney, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming, seeded third, was 24th in 17:33.39.

Denmark Olympian Lotte Friis, 25, training at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, led from wire-to-wire to win the 1500 in 16:00.35, moving to second place in this year’s world rankings.

The real battle was for second place between Canadian Brittany MacLean, training for the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs, and former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, also training at NBAC and coming off her first national 10K open water victory.

MacLean, 20, was second in 16:10.26 and Mann, 16, was third in 16:15.01.

In the men’s 800-meter freestyle, top seed Michael McBroom, 23, pulled ahead at the final turn to win in 7:49.96, just ahead of Connor Jaeger in 7:50.59. It was the third and fourth fastest times in the world this year. Canadian Ryan Cochrane was third in 7:57.10.

Marcelo Acosta, 17, of Azura Florida Aquatics was top Florida Gold Coast finisher placing 11th in a best tine 8:08.15, dropping 9.24 seconds.

The meet ramps up with a full schedule on Friday with Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin leading the field.

In addition to Marinheiro and Katcher, SOFLO’s contingent also includes Jessica Rodriguez and Marcella Marinheiro, who will be a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast this fall.

The final stop on the Grand Prix six-meet circuit is a final dress rehearsal for this summer’s National Championships and Selection Trials, Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.

USA Swimming.org will live stream both the prelims and finals. Universal Sports will also televise the meet on June 21-22 starting at 8 p.m.

ELSEWHERE

Teenager Katie Ledecky broke her own world record in the 1500-meter freestyle Thursday at the Woodlands Swim Team’s Senior Invitational Meet in Texas. She won the event in 15:34.23 lowering her previous world record of 15:36.53. She went out in 8:16 for the first 800. The record, which is also a new American and national age group record, must still be approved by FINA.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com