Oliver Named ACC Performer Of The Week; Lochte’s Dad, Sister Placed On Administrative Leave

Oliver Named ACC Performer Of The Week; Lochte’s Dad, Sister Placed On Administrative Leave


 

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

December 2, 2010

Tiffany Oliver of the South Florida Aquatic Club was named Atlantic Coast Conference Female Performer of the Week.

The Florida State freshman was honored for her key role in the Seminoles’ upset win over University of Florida. Oliver’s teammate Rob Holderness, a senior, was named Male Performer of the Week.

Oliver won the 100-yard freestyle in a school record 49.26 seconds during the Seminoles big win over the defending women’s national champions. She was also second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.84. Both times are NCAA provisional qualifying times.

Oliver anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.89. Oliver also led off the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:20.21, two more provisional times.

“They are the two most deserving of this award although we have had so many good performances in the past couple of weeks,” FSU coach Neil Harper said.

“I’m happy for those two and I’m really pleased to already be raising the bar and setting new records at this point of the season.”

The Seminoles will be training in Naples this month during its annual training trip.

Lochte Dad, Sister Put On Administrative Leave

Daytona Beach State College suspended head swim coach Steve Lochte and his daughter, assistant coach Kristen Lochte while an internal investigation continues.

The father and sister of Olympic star Ryan Lochte were placed on paid administrative leave.

According to Daytona Beach State College interim president Frank Lombardo said Steve Lochte is being scrutinized for several reasons including a DUI arrest in Gainesville in July, concerns raised about some of his student-athletes’ academics and reports that racially insensitive posters were hanging around the school’s practice pool.

Kristen Lochte was also suspended while the investigation is being conducted.

According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Steve Lochte will face a due process review on Monday when administrators examine the coach’s behavior and his impact on the student-athletes. No results of the investigation will be released until after the due-process review.

Lochte, 58, had his driver’s license suspended for six months at a sentencing in October in Alachua County. He was placed on a one-year probation, ordered to do 100 hours of community service, fined $1,494 and had to attend a substance abuse course.

Lochte was also arrested in April 2006 and December 1995 in Daytona Beach for DUI charges that were later reduced to reckless driving.

Lochte is a former high school coach at Spruce Creek. He was hired at Daytona Beach State in 2008.

Earlier this year, Lochte was selected National Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year. This year the men’s team was runner-up and women’s team third at the national championships.

The swimming and diving program was placed on “internal probation” pending the investigation.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

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Seminoles Knock Off Gators, SOFLO’s Oliver Breaks School Record

Seminoles Knock Off Gators, SOFLO’s Oliver Breaks School Record


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

November 26, 2010

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver, enjoying a successful first year of college swimming at Florida State, broke her first school record and helped the Seminoles knock off University of Florida in a dual meet earlier this week.

Taking advantage of the fan-friendly home atmosphere at their new outdoor Morcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee, FSU women’s team defeated University of Florida, 187-113 as Oliver broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.26.

The No 20-nationally ranked men’s team upset the No. 4 ranked Gators, 184-116 to make it a clean sweep for FSU.

“There was a terrific atmosphere here tonight,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “We saw our team swim very fast. I’m thrilled with the way things turned out.”

The losses by both UF teams marked the first time in more than four years that both the men’s and women’s teams lost at the same dual meet since Nov. 21, 2006 at FSU.

It was only the second time in school history the FSU women have defeated the Gators.

“The experience was really nice and I feel really good about what we did,” Oliver said. “It was a lot of hard work. I’m ready to do more so I can show the people what I can do.”

The Seminole women (6-1, 1-0) started off strong winning the first two events of the night.

Oliver anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:40.89) that also included Brittany Selts, freshman Kendall Sieron and C.J. Hendry. Charlotte Broadbent (9:52.87) and Caroline Smith (9:55.42) finished 1-2 in the 1,000-yard freestyle to maintain the momentum.

“I think once we won that relay and the kids came out and did well in the 1,000, the kids knew we had a chance,” Harper said. “If we band together we can do a really nice job here.

Hendry won the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.80) and then Oliver came up with her school-record performance to widen the gap. Oliver was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.84. Oliver also led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:20.21.

“I don’t think we have done this since my junior year in high school,” said Hendry, a senior. “Ever since I have been here we have wanted to beat them. This is a perfect way to top off my senior year.”

SOFLO’s Ashley Hicks, also a freshman, led off FSU’s fourth-place 200-yard medley relay team. She was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.37 and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:01.19.

The Seminole men (4-1) were led by senior Rob Holderness who swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 (53.99) and 200 (1:56.32). Holderness was also a member of the winning medley relay team (1:28.98) with Brad Morrison, Matt Shead and Mark Weber.

SOFLO’s Tyler Sell, a freshman, was fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:14.13, fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:29.06 and was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.54. Paul Murray was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.74.

“Hats off to FSU,” said Gators coach Gregg Troy, a day after being named Coach of the Year at the Golden Goggles in New York City. “They have a very good team and are in championship form. We are not as good as they are right now.”

The Gators competed without Elizabeth Beisel and Teresa Crippen because of Golden Goggles. The U.S. national team members were both nominees. The men’s team was missing Jeffrey Raymond, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Scott Sommer and Marco Loughran.

The Seminoles are now in the midst of a break from competition until the New Year. FSU is headed for Naples for its annual winter training trip in December and will return to competition on Jan. 8 against Georgia Tech and UNC-Wilmington at home.

Florida will compete at the Dec. 2-4 at the AT&T Short Course National Championships at Ohio State’s Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. A day after nationals, a group of Gators will head to Princeton for the Tigers’ Big Al Open, Dec. 3-5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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FSU Wins Men’s Title, Women Second Behind SOFLO’s Sell, Oliver At Georgia Tech Invitational

FSU Wins Men’s Title, Women Second Behind SOFLO’s Sell, Oliver At Georgia Tech Invitational


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

November 22, 2010

SOFLO’s Tyler Sell earned a Top 4 finish to help Florida State win the men’s team title for the second consecutive year at the Georgia Tech Invitational over the weekend in Atlanta.

Sell, a freshman, finished fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:35.32 and won the “B” final in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:28.77.

FSU, the nation’s No. 20 ranked men’s team. totaled 1,398 points. The women’s team finished second with 1,045.50 points.

“We did really well and responded well to a little rest,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “There was great competition. I’m really pleased with the way our team got up to race.

“Our experienced kids did what we are used to them doing, they took the lead, but the freshmen stepped up as well. You never know if the freshmen would be confident but every day we came to the pool to race and compete.”

Freshman Paul Murray was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (45.14) and was a member of the second place 400-yard freestyle relay with an NCAA provisional time of 2:57.63.

Freshman Tiffany Oliver was the highest FSU women’s finisher with a  second-place NCAA provisional time of 49.54 in the 100-yard freestyle, was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.64, and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.71. Oliver also swam the 100-yard backstroke in 59.22.

Oliver was also a member of the 400-yard medley relay team (3:43.92), 800-yard freestyle relay (7:20.45) and anchored the 200-yard medley relay team (1:42.89).

“I think everyone looks really good for this time of the season and Tiffany is one of those who responded so well to a little rest,” Harper said. “It makes me feel confident that the work we are doing and everything about our program.”

The women clinched second with a second-place finish and school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay in an NCAA provisional time of 3:19.67. Oliver swam lead-off leg.

Freshman Ashley Hicks was a member of FSU’s “B” 400-yard medley relay team (3:45.63), 200-yard medley relay (1:44.31), anchored the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:25.56) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:35.75). Hicks also finished the 100-yard backstroke in 55.78, 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.12, 50-yard freestyle in 24.18 and 100-yard freestyle in 52.36.

“I’m excited they competed well as a team,” Harper said. “We had participants in every final and we got on a little bit of a roll.”

The Seminoles will host Florida on Tuesday under the lights at the Morcom Aquatic Center before holiday break.

The No. 4-ranked Gators finished second behind the FSU men with 1,221 points and third in the women’s race with 939.

University of Miami was fourth among women with 519 points. The Hurricanes broke seven school records and swam nine NCAA provisional qualifying times. SOFLO’s Dana Hatic was second in the “B” finals of the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best 1:04.44. She also finished the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.25.

Texas A&M won the women’s title with 1,735.50 points, nearly 700 points ahead of FSU.

Kuczynski Earns Six NCAA “B” Cut Times

With SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski swimming individual and relay events, Arizona State’s women’s team finished strong on the final day of the Arena Invitational at UC San Diego. The Sun Devils placed third with 693.5 points. Stanford won the team title with 1,641 points.

Kuczynski was a member of ASU’s “A” winning 200-yard medley relay that broke the meet record in 1:38.93, also an NCAA “B” cut.

Kuczynski was a member of ASU’s “A” relay that finished third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with an NCAA B-cut time of 3:22.52. She was a member of the runner-up 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:14.28, also an NCAA “B” cut time and third place 400-yard medley relay team that placed third in 3:36.89, an NCAA “B” cut.

Kuczynski, a sophomore, won the consolation round of the 200-yard butterfly with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:59.79 and consolation round of the 100-yard butterfly in 53.11, also an NCAA “B” cut.

In a meet against USC which the Sun Devils dropped 172-121, Kuczynski was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.16, second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.54), third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.61) and swam ASU’s runner-up 400-yard medley relay (3:45.30).

O’Shaughnessy, Seton Hall Third In Patriot Invitational

SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy picked up points in four individual evens to help Seton Hall’s men’s team finish fourth among nine teams at the three-day Patriot Invitational at George Mason University. O’Shaughnessy was eighth in the 200-yard individual medley, 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke and 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley. In a meet against St. Peter’s University, O’Shaughnessy was second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.20), fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.22) and member of the third-place in the 400-yard medley relay (3:38.80).

SOFLO’s Bandy Competes At Purdue Invitational

Kevin Bandy of Louisville was tenth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.10, bettering his prelim time of 1:55.12 during the Purdue Invitational. He was 17th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:02.95, 48th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.43 and 29th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:36.66, bettering his prelim time of 4:38.26. The men’s team finished third after three days of competition Sunday in West Lafayette with 653.5 points. Purdue won with 968.5 points.

Phelan Top 10 Finisher In Tri-Meet

Indiana freshman Brittney Phelan finished ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.31 in a tri-meet with Big 10 opponents Penn State and No. 9-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

SOFLO’s Mantay, Marx Swim In Hilltopper Invitational

Krista Mantay anchored and Courtney Marx swam third leg on Western Kentucky’s fourth-place 800-yard freestyle relay that finished fourth in 7:53.27 during the three-day Hilltopper Invitational at Bowling Green, Ky. Marx was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.88 and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.06). She was also a member of WKU’s fifth-place 400-yard medley relay (3:59.29). Mantay was 11th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:16.68 after swimming 5:11.53 in prelims. She was 15th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:49.52. WKU broke seven pool records.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

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SOFLO’s Phelan Makes College Debut, Schwab Competes When Indiana Opens Season This Weekend

SOFLO’s Phelan Makes College Debut, Schwab Competes When Indiana Opens Season This Weekend


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 21, 2010

Indiana University opens its 2010-11 college swimming season with South Florida Aquatic Club’s Brittney Phelan and Nicholas Schwab this weekend.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will open with a pair of dual meets at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center on the Bloomington campus.

The Hoosiers open up against Big Ten rival Northwestern on Friday afternoon and on Saturday SEC member Kentucky.

Phelan, a freshman, will make her collegiate debut after an outstanding four-year high school and club career in South Florida at the Coral Springs Aquatic Club.

The Cypress Bay graduate from Weston will swim the breaststroke events and relays.

Phelan swam a career-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships before leaving for college and another chapter in her swimming career. After an impressive opening 50-yard split of 31.83, she went on to win by a half pool length.

At 15, she won the 100 breaststroke at zones in Texas.

Indiana’s women’s team returns as the two-time defending Big Ten champion. The Hoosiers return eight All-Americans from last year.

Schwab begins his red-shirt sophomore season for Indiana in the freestyle.

The 6-foot Douglas graduate and Florida Atlantic University transfer is looking to help lead Indiana back into Big Ten contention. He was a member of the Douglas state champion team and all-county on both freestyle relay teams.

2010 INDIANA SCHEDULE

October 22, Northwestern

October 23, Kentucky

October 29, Texas and Michigan

October 30, Texas and Michigan

November 11, Virginia and Penn State

November 12, Virginia and Penn State

December 2-4, USA Swimming Short Course Nationals, Columbus, Ohio

Dec. 3-5, Hoosierland Open, Bloomington

January 8, Michigan

January 22, at Purdue

January 28, Virginia Tech at Louisville

January 30-February 6, USA Diving Winter Nationals

February 16-19, Big Ten Championships, Bloomington

March 11-13, NCAA Zone Diving, Columbus, Ohio

March 17-19, NCAA Championships, Austin, Tex.

March 22-26, USA Swimming Sectionals, All Day

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com