Sjostrom Breaks SCM World Record; Hosszu, Belmonte, Morozov Double; SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold


By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2017—There was plenty of great racing on opening day of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series in Eindhoven.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.67, seventh fastest all-time performance. Her short course record is 1:02.36.

The women’s race featured the two fastest women of all-time in short course meters, Atkinson, the current short course meters world record holder, and Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the co-world record holder, tied in morning prelims in 1:04.75. Atkinson split 29.32 and 33.35 to win the final.

Meilutyte was second in 1:03.79 and American Breeja Larson was third in 1:04.81.

It was Atkinson’s eighth time dipping under 1:03 and fourth fastest in World Cup meets.

Atkinson was also 17th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.94.

Atkinson won $1,500 for the gold medal. She was fifth on the money list going into Eindhoven with $6,400. She earned $2,900 in Moscow and $3,500 in Berlin.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom continues to dominate the World Cup Series. She opened the meet breaking her own world record in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.77, dropping .19 off her previous record.

Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu won two gold medals. She won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.05, just off her world record of 1:59.23. She also won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:05.01. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis was close behind in second in 2:05.65.

Spain’s Olympic gold medalist Mireia Belmonte was also a double winner in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.02 and 800-meter freestyle in 8:07.47.

Russian Vlad Morozov won two gold medals in the 100-meter individual medley in 50.70, sixth fastest all-time performance, and 50-meter freestyle in 20.79.

Masaki Kaneko of Japan won the 100-meter backstroke in a national record time of 49.65. He is the first Japanese man to crack 50 seconds in the event.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:48.67, just .16 off his world record. American Tom Shields was second in 1:49.29, the third fastest time of his career.

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.63.

Russian Aleksandr Krasnykh won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:38.35.

The first cluster winds up on Saturday after meets in Moscow, Berlin and the Netherlands.

The second cluster has dropped Dubai as its first meet leaving only two city stops. The series will now open with Hong Kong, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and finish with Doha, Oct. 4-5.

Going into Eindhoven, Sjostrom led in prize money after two stops but Hosszu and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands were awarded $10,000 in bonus money for world records. Sjostrom leads with $30,500 followed by Hosszu with $21,500 and Kromowidjojo with $16,950.

In the men’s money standings, Chad Le Clos leads with $9,000 and Morozov is second with $6,700. There are 62 men and 71 women on the money list.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Golden Girl Jennifer Martin Takes Home Seven Gold Medals; Breaks Two More World Records On Her Final Day At World Police & Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club broke two more world records and added two more gold medals to her collection to bring home at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant broke world records in the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle Friday at Exposition Park Swim Stadium to finish her meet on a record-breaking, winning note.

Martin, 36, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 36.33, the only sub-40 swim, and 50-meter freestyle in 27.86, the only sub-30 swim in her 35-39 division.

Martin finished with seven gold medals, one silver and five world records after four days of open water and pool racing.

On Thursday, she won gold medals in the 50-meter backstroke and 200-meter medley relay that also broke a world record in 2:14 with teammates Lavina Brebu, 36, Ting-Yun Cheng, 32, and Richa Mishra, 33.

It was the same four 30-39 multi-national relay members from Romania, India, Taiwan and U.S. that shattered the 20-year-old world record in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:59.84. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997. Martin also won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.12.

On Wednesday, Martin won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She also won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of 30.83.

In Sunday’s 2-mile open water pier-to-pier swim, Martin was second in her division taking a silver medal in 1:08.44.

The competition features 8,000 police officers and firefighters from 70 countries competing in 65 different sports. The 11-day biennial Olympics-style competition is for finely-tuned active and retired police officers and firefighters.

Martin is a SOFLO masters swimmer and trains with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool. She is also a marathon runner.

The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Wins Two More Golds, Breaks Another World Record At World Police & Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club continued her winning and record-breaking ways Thursday at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant won gold medals in the 50-meter backstroke and 200-meter medley relay that also broke a world record in 2:14 with teammates Lavina Brebu, 36, Ting-Yun Cheng, 32, and Richa Mishra, 33, at Exposition Park Swim Stadium.

It was the same four 30-39 multi-national relay members from Romania, India, Taiwan and U.S. that shattered the 20-year-old world record in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:59.84. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997.

Martin won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.12. She was also a member of the fourth place 209 mixed freestyle relay that finished behind stacked teams from Russia, Hong Kong and China.

Martin now has five gold medals, one silver medal and three world records after three days of open water and pool swimming.

On Wednesday, Martin won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She also won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of in 30.83.

In Sunday’s 2-mile open water pier-to-pier swim, Martin was second in her division taking a silver medal in 1:08.44.

The competition features 8,000 police officers and firefighters from 70 countries competing in 65 different sports. The 11-day biennial Olympics-style competition is for finely-tuned active and retired police officers and firefighters.

Russia, with military members competing, had three women in the 18-24 50-meter butterfly finish in 27.64, 27.91 and 27.98. Several international Olympians are competing.

Martin is a SOFLO masters swimmer and trains with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool.

The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Gina Grant Makes SOFLO Masters Debut At NSU


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2017—Gina Grant got off to a great start as the newest member of the South Florida Aquatic Club masters team.

Grant, who joined SOFLO six weeks ago, was a triple winner at the Special Olympics Florida-Broward Swimming County Games at Nova Southeastern University.

Grant won the 1,500 freestyle and 400-yard individual medley. She was also a member of the winning 400 medley relay team.

Special Olympics Florida-Broward provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem and life skills necessary to be productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

Founded in 1972, Special Olympics Broward County serves more than 4,100 athletes and offers competition in 23 different team and individual sports. The athletes are trained by certified coaches and supported and encouraged by more than 1,000 volunteers.

For more information or to volunteer with Special Olympics Broward County call 954-262-2150 or go to http://www.specialolympicsbroward.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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