Australia Dominates Commonwealth Games, Eyes Pan Pacs On Home Soil; Florida’s Dan Wallace Takes Silver

Australia Dominates Commonwealth Games, Eyes Pan Pacs On Home Soil; Florida’s Dan Wallace Takes Silver

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014—The sixth and final day of swimming at the Commonwealth Games was just as exciting as the first five days at Tollcross Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

In one of the most competitive meets, Australia dominated the men’s and women’s events and is brimming with confidence for the August 21-24 Pan Pacific Championships at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport, Australia.

Of course, the Aussies will have stiffer competition in the United States and Japan. Canada is the fourth team in the four-nation meet.

Australia finished with 57 medals including 19 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze.

England was a distant second with 28 medals (10 gold, 10 silver, 8 bronze).

South Africa had 12 medals (3 golds, 3 silver and 6 bronze). Canada finished with 11 medals (4 gold, 1 silver, 6 bronze) and host Scotland had 10 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze).

Australia immediately left the country after the meet and will missing the Closing Ceremony. Swimmers were under an alcohol ban and curfew that prevented them from leaving the Athletes’ Village after their embarrassing showing at the 2012 London Olympics.

In Tuesday’s championship finals:

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle pulled ahead at the 250-meter mark to win her first Games gold medal in a meet record 4:04.47, fourth fastest time in the world this year. Jazz Carlin of Wales took the silver in 4:05.16 and Aussie Bronte Barratt took bronze in 4:06.02.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: British teenager Ben Proud won the splash-and-dash gold medal to join his 50 butterfly gold medal. Proud just missed a meet record in 21.92. Aussie Cameron McEvoy was second in 22.00 and Aussie James Magnussen was third in 22.10. Trinidad and Tobago’s and Bolles alum George Bovell was fifth in 22.31.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: Wales Georgia Davies won gold in national record 27.56, second fastest time in the world this year. Brit Lauren Quigley took silver in 27.69 and Canadian Brooklynn Snodgras, a junior at Indiana University, took the bronze in a national record 27.97.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Aussie Daniel Tranter came from behind to knock off Chad le Clos of South Africa and University of Florida’s Dan Wallace of Scotland in a meet record 1:57.83. Le Clos was leading after the butterfly and backstroke but lost the lead on the breaststroke leg. Wallace, who was dressed in a kilt during his walk to the blocks, was second in a national record 1:58.72. Le Clos hung on for the bronze in 1:58.85.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Canadian Ryan Cochrane won his second gold medal at the Games. The 25-year-old, competing in his final Games, won in 14:44.03, fastest time in the world this year. He won the gold in 2010 in 15:01.49. Aussie Mack Horton took silver in a best time 14:48.76. Daniel Jervis of Wales was third in 14:55.33.

Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay: The Aussie women swept the relays, winning the final one in a meet record 3:56.23 after a scorching 51.59 split by Cate Campbell. Meet officials said it was believed to be the fastest relay split in history in a textile suit. England was second in 3:57.03 and Canada was third.

Men’s 4×100-meter medley relay: With Adam Peaty swimming anchor, England knocked off Australia to win the gold in a meet record 3:31.51. The Aussies finished in 3:31.21. South Africa took third in 3:34.47.

Cate Campbell said she is going to ban herself from social media at future meets because she was overwhelmed by the fan support. “I was just feeling the pressure a little bit,” Campbell said. “I think I have learned a valuable lesson about social media. Even support can turn into a burden sometimes.”

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SOFLO’s Santos Top FGC Finisher At Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

SOFLO’s Santos Top FGC Finisher At Southern Zone Senior LC Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014—Ronald Santos of the South Florida Aquatic Club was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on opening night of the USA Swimming Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center in Fort Myers.

Santos, 18, finished tenth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:50.32, just off his best time of 8:50.30.

Plantation Swim Team’s Nick Pacitti, 14, swam a best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:09.72, dropping 9.33 seconds.

SOFLO’s Kevin Porto was 37th in the 800 in 9:18.72.



800-meter freestyle:

1.Haley Yelle, MAC 8:59.35, 2. Carrie Bonfield, PPST 9:03.33, 3. Delia Weber, FCST 9:04.61, 8. Lexi Gaunce, GCST 9:23.51, 13. Alex Wittman, Unattached-FL 9:27.60, 14. Kellie Roedig, CVST 9:28.99, 21. Emma Volz, CVST 9:35.58, 27. Kylie Keys, SWIM 9:39.83, 35. Maria Zambito, CVST 9:45.46, 39. Nikki McCollum, GCST 9:47.02, 47. Roe Marsala, GCST 10:00.54, 48. Samantha Hurley, SWIM 10:00.68, 56. Abby Forman, CVST 10:23.15, 57. Mikayla Puckett, GCST 10:23.95.


800-meter freestyle:

1.Tal Davis, TG 8:23.91, 2. Griff Hutton, PPST 8:36.52, 3. Connor Forsythe, GST 8:37.55, 7. Eddie Zacka IV, GCST 8:47.88, SOFLO: 10. Ronald Santos, 8:50.32, 22. Zachary Bowles, CVST 9:02.77, 23. Dylan Keer, SWIM 9:08.18, 26. Nick Pacitti, Plantation Swim Team 9:09.72, best time, 28. Dan Young, SWIM 9:12.84, 31. Corey Stein, CVST 9:14.49, 34. Stas Van Genderen, SWIM 9:15.84, 35. Darrien Heil, GCST 9:18.15, SOFLO: 37. Kevin Porto 9:18.72, 41. Elijah Benzon, GCST 9:28.43, 42. Zachary Brewer, GCST 9:35.50, 44. Kaleb Harriott, SWIM 9:40.35, 45. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 9:41.55.

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SOFLO’s Golding, Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Ready For Speedo Junior Nationals

SOFLO’s Golding, Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Ready For Speedo Junior Nationals

By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014

Melissa Marinheiro and Kathleen Golding will compete at the Speedo Junior National Championships that get under way Wednesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

Golding will compete in the 400-meter individual medley. Her best time is 4:57.67.

Marinheiro will swim four events: 800-meter freestyle (8:57.89), 400-meter freestyle (4:20.69), 200-meter freestyle bonus (2:05.69) and 1500-meter freestyle (17:04.87).

Marinheiro will swim the 800 on opening day. She is seeded 39th.

The remaining Wednesday events are 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke and men’s 1500-meter freestyle.

Golding is seeded 45th in the 400 IM which she will swim on Thursday.

The duo will be joined by SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who returned to the states after coaching the Jamaican national team including SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and training camp in Corby, England.

The junior meet will highlight the up-and-coming swimmers from around the nation.

Several Florida Gold Coast clubs will be well-represented including Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning and Swim Fort Lauderdale. Bolles, Swim Florida, Clearwater Aquatics and Trinity Prep head the Florida Swimming teams.

The meet is open to foreign athletes. Trinidad and Tobago’s Josh Romany heads the international contingent. He will compete in the 100 butterfly and 50, 100 and 200 freestyles.

The meet will be live-streamed at

The venue will also host Senior Nationals one week later. Florida State-bound Marc Rojas of SOFLO will compete.

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