Five World Records Fall; SOFLO’s Atkinson Goes After Second Medal Saturday At FINA Short Course World Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 5, 2014—Alia Atkinson will go after her second medal Saturday at the 12th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships at Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and of South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer set herself up nicely for a second medal in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals. She is seeded second in 1:03.59 behind rival Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania who qualified in a meet record 1:02.43.

Atkinson, 25, just missed a medal in the 100-meter individual medley placing fourth in 58.58. Atkinson already has a silver medal and new national record in the 50-meter breaststroke.

“We’re very pleased with the strategy of the 100 breaststroke and the outcome of the 100 IM,” said SOFLO coach Chris Anderson. “She set herself up for success in the 100 breaststroke.”

Five more world records were broken on Day 3, the halfway point of the meet.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu stole a little of Mireia Belmonte’s thunder by breaking two world records.

Hosszu, who scratched from the morning 400-meter freestyle heats to stay fresh, broke her first world record in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.23, nearly a second faster than the previous world record of 2:00.03 set in 2011 by American Missy Franklin. Hosszu is the first woman to swim under the two-minute mark.

Less than a hour later, Hosszu broke her second world record in the 100-meter individual medley in 56.70. She broke her own world record by 0.16 seconds.

In three days, Hosszu has three gold medals, two silver medals and three world records.

France’s Florent Manaudou broke the world, meet, European and French records in the 50-meter freestyle in a scorching 20.26. The previous record was 20.30 set by Roland Schoeman in 2009. The meet record was 20.51 held by Cesar Cielo since 2010.

Manaudou is only the second male swimmer from France to win a short course individual title.

“My goal was to win but I didn’t expect to break the record tonight,” Manaudou said.

Italy’s Marco Orsi was second in 20.69 and Cielo was third by 1/100th of a second in 20.88. American Josh Schneider was fifth in 20.97.

Two more world records were broken in relays.

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen, Rikke Pedersen, Jeanette Ottesen and Pernille Blume broke the women’s 4×50-meter medley relay in 1:44.04, bettering its own record of 1:45.92 set last year. The U.S. team of Felicia Lee, Emma Reaney, Claire Donahue and Natalie Coughlin was second in 1:44.92. Bolles’ Valentina Artemeva swam second leg on Russia’s seventh place relay that finished in 1:46.50.

The Netherlands broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle relay. After breaking the 800-yard freestyle relay on opening day, the foursome of Inge Dekker, Femke Heemskerk, Maud van der Meer and Ranomi Kromowidjojo, broke its own world and meet records in 3:26.53. The previous world record was 3:28.22.

Dekker and Kromowidjojo were members of both world record teams.

The U.S. team of Natalie Coughlin, Abbey Weitzel, Madison Kennedy and Shannon Vreeland was second in 3:27.70. Italy was third in 3:29.48.

Ryan Lochte saw his eight-year reign in the 200-meter individual medley end when Japan’s Kosuke Hagino pulled ahead on the final leg to win in 1:50.47, Japanese and Asian records. Lochte was second in 1:51.31. Japan’s Daiya Seto was third in 1:51.79.

Lochte was looking to become only the second swimmer to win the event five times. He won in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In other championship finals:

Spain’s Mareia Belmonte won her fourth gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:55.76, breaking the 2010 record of 3:57.07 set by Katie Hoff of Hurricane Aquatics.

Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in a meet record 51.37. Ex-Bolles swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas was sixth in 52.34.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum won gold in the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 24.58, breaking the 2010 record of 24.87 set by countrywoman Therese Alshammar.

Hungarian Daniel Gyurta defended his title in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:01.49, just missing his own meet record. He is the first male swimmer to win two world titles in the event. Marco Koch of Germany was second in 2:01.91. Russia’s Kirill Prigoda was third in 2:02.38.

Also in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke, Florida State’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde of Suriname broke his second national record in a best time 2:16.83 in morning prelims.

Another Hungarian, Peter Bernek won the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:34.32. It was the oldest meet record previously set by Grant Hackett in 1999 in 3:35.01.

The state of Florida has 29 nine swimmers, who train in Florida, representing 20 countries. The biennial event features 1,100 swimmers from 171 countries.

Universal Sports Network is televising the meet over ten hours with nightly broadcasts at 8 p.m. The two-hour daily highlight shows feature the best of each day’s races.

FLORIDA SWIMMERS AT WORLD SHORT COURSE

Max Abreu, Paraguay, Bolles

Marcelo Acosta, El Salvador, Azura Florida Aquatics

Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Jevon Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Valentina Artemevia, Russia, Bolles

Elizabeth Beisel, United States, Gator Swim Club

Elvis Burrows, Bahamas, Orlando

Lani Cabrera, Barbados, Florida Gulf Coast

Marcin Cieslak, Poland, Gator Swim Club

Carolina Colorado, Colombia, Bolles

Mitch D’Arrigo, Italy, Gator Swim Club

Brett Fraser, Cayman Islands, Florida/Bolles

Patrick Groters, Aruba, Pine Crest Swim Team

Talisa Lanoe, Kenya, Performance Aquatics (PAQ)

Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach, United States

Hilda Luthersdottir, Iceland, Gator Swim Club

Melanie Margalis, United States, St. Petersburg Aquatics

Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Antigua & Barbuda, Azura

Jorge Murillo, Colombia, Bolles

Vien Nguyen, Vietnam, St. Augustine Swim Team Cyclones

Chinyere Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Zuhayr Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Jared Pike, South Africa, Club Seminole

Omar Pinzon, Colombia, Bolles

Sebastien Rousseau, South Africa, Gator Swim Club

Pavel Sankovich, Belarus, Club Seminole

Mario Todorivic, Croatia, Bolles

Rafael Van Leeuwaarde, Suriname, Florida State

Ariel Weech, Bahamas, Orlando

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

SOFLO Hosts Two Meets This Weekend At Home Pool


By Sharon Robb

December 4, 2014—It will be a busy three days for South Florida Aquatic Club when it hosts two swim meets at Academic Village Pool.

On Friday, the SOFLO 8&Under Holiday Classic will be held at 4:30 p.m.

The Florida Gold Coast-sanctioned meet is a fun meet for young swimmers. There will be two age groups for competition, 6-and-under and 7-8 year-olds.

Ribbons will be awarded to individual top eight finishers and relay top three finishers. There will also be individual high point trophies for boys and girls 6-and-under and 7-8.

The 6-and-under events will be 25-yard freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay.

For the 7-8 year-old swimmers events are 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle.

SOFLO will have 15 swimmers—11 girls and 4 boys–competing in 68 individual events and two relays.

They are Kaitlyn Barrios, 8; Mariann Operana Catalasan, 8; Celeste Mia Cuevas, 8; Kerry Ann Cunningham, 8; Luna Delgado, 8; Fiorella Di Salvo, 7; Benjamin Kim, 7; Maria Gloria Legaspi, 8; Armando Rafael Morillo, 8; Farouk Musa, 7; Jacob Jeremiah Navarro, 8; Antonia Ortiz, 7; Leah Danielle Pando, 8; Erika Pelaez, 8; and Giada Isabella Porven, 6.

On Saturday and Sunday, SOFLO will host the Florida Gold Coast Sprint Championships for 12-and-under and 13-and-over swimmers.

There are two sessions each day. The 12-and-under swimmers will compete at 8:30 a.m. and 13-and-over swimmers race at 1:30 p.m.

SOFLO has the largest contingent with 111 swimmers—56 boys and 55 girls, headed by Melissa Marinheiro, Vanessa Mesa, Julien Pinon and Rafael Rodriguez.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO 8 & Under Holiday Classic

When: Friday, warm-up 4 p.m., meet starts 4:30 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For information call 954-538-3721.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Florida Gold Coast Sprint Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday, 12-and-under 8:30 a.m., 13-and-over, 1:30 p.m. each day.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Silver, Breaks National Record At World Short Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 4, 2014—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club broke her own national record and won a silver medal at the 12th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships Thursday at Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian just missed the gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke, one of her signature events.

Olympian champion and world record holder Ruta Meilutyte, who had lost two Atkinson twice on the FINA World Cup Series, won in 28.84 and defended her title, but missed the world record she was after.

Atkinson was second in a national record 28.91 which she set last year. Atkinson has the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday.

Three world records were broken on the second day of competition.

South African Chad Le Clos broke the 100-meter butterfly world and meet records in 48.44. His splits were 22.59 and 25.85. The previous record was 48.48 set by Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin in 2009 during the super tech suit era. American Tom Shields was second in 48.99 and Aussie Tommaso D’Orsogna was third in 49.60. Ryan Lochte was seventh in 50.23.

It was Le Clos’ second gold medal in two days. He also won the 200-meter freestyle on opening day.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu broke her sixth world short course meters record in 2014 and first at worlds in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.03. Her splits were 26.93 and 28.10. She broke the previous record of 55.23 set by Shiho Sakai in 2009.

“I came close to breaking this record three times and I am excited to have finally succeeded,” Hosszu said. “I was not there to prove anything. Mireia raced better than me on Wednesday and that is why she won.”

Brazil won three gold medals.

Felipe Franca Silva won the 100-meter breaststroke and was also a member of his country’s gold medal relays.

Brazil won the men’s and mixed 4×50-meter medley relays.

Brazil won the 4×50-meter medley relay in a world record 1:30.51 with Guilherme Guido, Felipe Franca Silva, Nicholas Santos and Cesar Cielo in the event’s debut. France was second in 1:31.25 and the U.S. relay of Eugene Godsoe, Cody Miller, Tom Shields and Josh Schneider was third in 1:31.83.

Brazil also won the 4×50-meter mixed medley relay in 1:37.26 with Etiene Medeiros, Felipe Franca Silva, Nicholas Santos and Larissa Oliveira. Great Britain was second in 1:37.46 and Italy was third in 1:37.90.

Lochte won his first gold medal of the meet. Lochte and U.S. teammates Conor Dwyer, Matt McLean and Tyler Clary won the 800-meter freestyle relay in 6:51.68. Clary’s 1:42.86 anchor leg clinched the win. Italy was second in 6:51.80 and Russia was third in 6:51.96.

It was Lochte’s 21st short course world gold medal. It was also the sixth straight world short course meet where he has won at least one gold medal.

Brazilian Joao de Lucca, a former three-time NCAA champion at Louisville, swam a national record 1:41.85 on the leadoff leg of the 800 free relay. It was the best leadoff of the final. The relay time of 6:54.53 was also a national record with teammates Gustavo Godoy, Fernando Santos and Gabriel Ogawa.

Three world records were broken on Day One. Spain’s Maria Garcia Belmonte broke two world records in the 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley and the Netherlands women’s 4×200-meter relay record,

In other championship finals:

Belmonte won her third gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in a meet record 8:03.41. Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin of Great Britain took the silver medal and broke the national record in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:08.16 just ahead of Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands in 8:08.17.

Japan’s Daiya Seto won the 400-meter individual medley in 3:56.33, both Japanese and Asian records. Countryman Kosuke Hagino was second in 4:01.17.

Mitchell James Larkin of Australia won the 100-meter backstroke in 49.57. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki was second in 50.11 and Ryosuke Irie of Japan was third in 50.12. American Matt Grevers was fourth in 50.12.

The state of Florida has 29 nine swimmers, who train in Florida, representing 20 countries. The biennial event features 1,100 swimmers from 171 countries.

Universal Sports Network is televising the meet over ten hours with nightly broadcasts at 8 p.m. The two-hour daily highlight shows feature the best of each day’s races.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson Goes For Gold Thursday; Belmonte Breaks Two World Records At World Short Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 3, 2014—Alia Atkinson will go for her first gold medal on Thursday at the 12th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships at Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer is seeded second after morning prelims and semifinals of the 50-meter breaststroke on Wednesday.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, who Atkinson has beaten twice on the recent FINA World Cup Series tour, grabbed the top seed for the championship final.

Meilutyte qualified first breaking her own meet record (29.44) in a best time 28.81 in the semifinals, just .01 seconds off Jessica Hardy’s 2009 world record. Atkinson earned the second seed in 28.99 and is also in the running for a world record.

Atkinson swam back-to-back in-season best times on opening day.

“She has more speed to show tomorrow,” said her longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson. “Tomorrow night she will clean up her first 25 and go for a personal-best time.”

Meilutyte had the fastest reaction time off the block, 0.61 to Atkinson’s 0.65. Bolles’ Valentina Artemeva of Russia is seeded seventh in 30.31.

On Day One, Spain’s Mireia Garcia Belmonte provided most of the fireworks. Belmonte, 24, broke two world records with impressive come-from-behind performances in both events.

Belmonte won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.61, both world and course records, 1:59.61. Her 100 splits were 27.75 and 30.49. She is the first woman to go under 2 minutes in the 200 butterfly.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was second in a best time and national record in 2:01.12. Germany’s Franziska Hentke was third in 2:03.89. Cammile Adams was top American placing sixth in 2:06.35.

The previous butterfly world record was 1:59.61 set by China’s Liu Zhige in 2009 when the full-body tech super suit was still legal.

With Hosszu leading by a half second, Belmonte came back in the final 50 meters with a 30.65 split.

In the 400-meter individual medley, Belmonte knocked off Hosszu, the race favorite, again with her second world record.

Belmonte came on in the back half of the race to win in 4:19.86, a second under Hosszu’s previous world record. Early in the race, Belmonte was nearly two seconds off world-record pace. Belmonte’s breaststroke split was 1:13.74 and freestyle split was 59.59.

Hosszu was second in 4:22.94 and defending champion Hannah Miley of Great Britain was third in 4:24.74. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel just missed a medal, placing fourth in 4:25.56.

The third world record of the day came in the relay competition.

The Netherlands won the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay in world and meet records in 7:32.85 with Inge Dekker, Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Sharon van Rouwendaal. Heemskerk turned in a blistering 1:51.22 split.

China was second in 7:37.02 and Australia was third in 7:38.59. The U.S. was fifth in 7:39.48 with Shannon Vreeland, Kathleen Baker, Katie Drabot and Beisel swimming anchor.

In the men’s 100-meter breaststroke prelims, Brit Adam Peaty, 19, broke the national record in 57.02, breaking the previous mark of 57.52. He came back in semifinals and broke both the national and meet records in 56.43. Russian Kirill Pridgoda also broke a national record in 56.93.

Also in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke prelims, Florida State’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde of Surinam set a national record in 1:01.32. “Satisfied with that swim and having a blast here in Doha,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

In other championship finals:

2014 FINA World Swimmer of the Year Chad le Clos of South Africa won his third short course world title by capturing the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.45, the fastest time in the world this year. Le Clos was second for most of the race before surging in the last 50 meters. His 100 splits were 23.52 and 26.13. Russian Danila Izotov was second in 1:41.67 and Ryan Lochte was third in 1:42.09.

France won the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay in a meet record 3:03.78 with Clement Mignon, Fabien Gilot, Florent Manaudou and Mehdy Metella and reclaimed its 2010 world title. Russia was second in 3:04.18 and the U.S. was third in 3:05.58 with Jimmy Feigen, Matt Grevers, Lochte and Tom Shields to keep its podium appearance in tact.

The state of Florida has 29 nine swimmers, who train in Florida, representing 20 countries. The biennial event features 1,100 swimmers from 171 countries.

Universal Sports Network is televising the meet over ten hours with nightly broadcasts at 8 p.m. The two-hour daily highlight shows feature the best of each day’s races.

FLORIDA SWIMMERS AT WORLD SHORT COURSE

Max Abreu, Paraguay, Bolles

Marcelo Acosta, El Salvador, Azura Florida Aquatics

Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Jevon Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Valentina Artemevia, Russia, Bolles

Elizabeth Beisel, United States, Gator Swim Club

Elvis Burrows, Bahamas, Orlando

Lani Cabrera, Barbados, Florida Gulf Coast

Marcin Cieslak, Poland, Gator Swim Club

Carolina Colorado, Colombia, Bolles

Mitch D’Arrigo, Italy, Gator Swim Club

Brett Fraser, Cayman Islands, Florida/Bolles

Patrick Groters, Aruba, Pine Crest Swim Team

Talisa Lanoe, Kenya, Performance Aquatics (PAQ)

Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach, United States

Hilda Luthersdottir, Iceland, Gator Swim Club

Melanie Margalis, United States, St. Petersburg Aquatics

Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Antigua & Barbuda, Azura

Jorge Murillo, Colombia, Bolles

Vien Nguyen, Vietnam, St. Augustine Swim Team Cyclones

Chinyere Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Zuhayr Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Jared Pike, South Africa, Club Seminole

Omar Pinzon, Colombia, Bolles

Sebastien Rousseau, South Africa, Gator Swim Club

Pavel Sankovich, Belarus, Club Seminole

Mario Todorivic, Croatia, Bolles

Rafael Van Leeuwaarde, Suriname, Florida State

Ariel Weech, Bahamas, Orlando

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Ready To Take On The World


By Sharon Robb

December 2, 2014—-Alia Atkinson is taking a low-key approach when it comes to setting her sights on winning gold medals and breaking world records at the 12th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar.

“I want to say I am in the best position, but I have been in this position going out to numerous meets already and it hasn’t panned out like I expected, so no expectations,” Atkinson said before leaving on Thanksgiving Day.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer does have a quiet confidence based on her training and mindset and not the fact she finally got the monkey off her back by beating world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania during the FINA World Cup Series.

Atkinson, 25, begins competing Wednesday at the Hamad Aquatic Center where she will go head-to-head with Meilutyte again in the opening women’s event.

Atkinson is seeded first in 29.00 and Meilutyte is second seed in 29.10 in the 50-meter breaststroke. There are only three other swimmers sub-30 in the field.

Atkinson will also swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley. She is seeded first in three of her four events.

“I don’t want to anticipate because I did that at Commonwealth Games and that didn’t turn out so well,” Atkinson said. “Basically, I am going in to swim the best race that I can and if all of that works out then I will be happy with that regardless of the placing.

“I would love to go in there and win. I am ranked first in three events so to come back out and still be ranked first in three events would be the top of the iceberg. Right now I am just trying to execute a good race and get down everything and we will see where that lands.”

Atkinson, sponsored by Speedo, is coming off a successful FINA/MASTBANK World Cup Series tour. She brought home $120,000, her biggest paycheck in swimming.

Atkinson defeated Meilutyte twice during the FINA World Cup Series. In Tokyo, she won the 100-meter breaststroke in a national record 1:02.86 ahead of Meilutyte.

In Singapore she won the 100-meter breaststroke again breaking her own national record in 1:02.54, just .18 off the world short course record. Meilutyte was second in 1:03.05.

“Basically I was going in there to break the world record whether she was beside me or not,” Atkinson said. “She was another competitor. I had Yulia (Efimova) last year and will probably have someone else next year. With the big competitors racing with me it helps me to go faster, so with Ruta beside me it was prompting me to go faster and faster and hopefully break the world record.

“Whether I beat her or not, it’s a race. It could be her or somebody else.”

Atkinson is determined not to put any added pressure on herself over the next five days.

“I want to say I put a lot of pressure on myself but I don’t feel like that in the race. I’m not swimming and thinking I have to win, I have to win. I just swim to swim. So I don’t think pressure affects me that much during the race. Whether it affects me before? Kind of. But it does affect me after, I can tell you that.”

Her longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson made the trip to worlds to coach Atkinson and will then return to take four SOFLO swimmers to junior nationals to close out the year.

“I would love to say my priority at worlds is to come out better than I was going in, that would be really good,” Atkinson said. “It’s probably to medal in all four events, that would be the priority. And also execute a race as close to perfect as I can. If everything goes well it should be close enough to win or get a world record.”

Atkinson is one of twenty-eight swimmers, who train in Florida, from nineteen countries. The biennial event features 1,100 swimmers from 171 countries.

Atkinson knows she is a role model not only for her SOFLO teammates but internationally, particularly in Jamaica where the sport still struggles to grab headlines from track and field and bobsledding.

“For Jamaica swimming is seasonal, especially with the media and the whole population,” Atkinson said. “They are going to support the minor sports swimming, bobsled, karate and judo but it’s all of them at once so swimming never really gets highlighted. It’s all the minor sports and then track.

“Whether swimming gets headlines it will probably be after I do something after a major competition,” Atkinson said. “But throughout the year probably not. It’s better than before but we have a long way to go.”

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet over ten hours beginning with Wednesday night’s broadcast at 8 p.m. The two-hour daily highlight shows will feature the best of each day’s races.

FLORIDA SWIMMERS AT WORLD SHORT COURSE

Max Abreu, Paraguay, Bolles

Marcelo Acosta, El Salvador, Azura Florida Aquatics

Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Jevon Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Valentina Artemevia, Russia, Bolles

Elizabeth Beisel, United States, Gator Swim Club

Elvis Burrows, Bahamas, Orlando

Marcin Cieslak, Poland, Gator Swim Club

Carolina Colorado, Colombia, Bolles

Mitch D’Arrigo, Italy, Gator Swim Club

Brett Fraser, Cayman Islands, Florida/Bolles

Patrick Groters, Aruba, Pine Crest Swim Team

Talisa Lanoe, Kenya, Performance Aquatics (PAQ)

Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach, United States

Hilda Luthersdottir, Iceland, Gator Swim Club

Melanie Margalis, United States, St. Petersburg Aquatics/Clearwater

Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Antigua & Barbuda, Azura

Jorge Murillo, Colombia, Bolles

Vien Nguyen, Vietnam, St. Augustine Swim Team Cyclones

Chinyere Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Zuhayr Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Jared Pike, South Africa, Club Seminole

Omar Pinzon, Colombia, Bolles

Sebastien Rousseau, South Africa, Gator Swim Club

Pavel Sankovich, Belarus, Club Seminole

Mario Todorivic, Croatia, Bolles

Rafael Van Leeuwaarde, Suriname, Florida State

Ariel Weech, Bahamas, Orlando

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com