SOFLO Breaks Florida Gold Coast Girls Relay Record At Junior Olympics

SOFLO Breaks Florida Gold Coast Girls Relay Record At Junior Olympics

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WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 21, 2012

It was South Florida Aquatic Club’s relays that stole the show at Plantation Central Park Saturday night at the Florida Gold Coast 14-and-Under Junior Olympics.

The girls’ 11-12 200-meter medley relay broke the FGC age group record in 2:12.09 with Isabella Pittinger, 12, Kelley Heron, 12, Bianca Monti, 12, and Catharine Cooper, 12. The previous record was 2:12.22 by FLA.

Six other SOFLO relay swims were impressive reaching the winners’ podium.

The girls’ 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay team of Gabriella Beltrano, 10, Anabel Vazquez, 10, Delaney Biro, 10, and Vanessa Mesa, 10, won in a season-best 2:31.35, a wide margin of victory over runner-up Jupiter Dragons in 2:35.38.

The boys’ 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay team of Leo Mateus, 10, Rafael Rodriguez, 10, Carter Carlson, 10, and Nicolas Rossi, 9, won in a season-best 2:31.82.

The boys’ 13-14 200-meter medley relay team of Gustavo Valery, 14, Tristan Celestin, 13, Julien Pinon, 13, and Cristian Rossi, 13, won in a season-best 1:57.88.

SOFLO girls’ 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle relay of Delaney Biro, 10, Kyana Castro, 9, Anabel Vazquez, 10, and Vanessa Mesa, 10, won in a season-best 2:13.61.

The boys’ 13-14 400-meter medley relay team of Gustavo Valery, 14, Tristan Celestin, 13, Julien Pinon, 13, and Alfredo Mesa, 13, won in a season-best 4:19.97.

The girls’ 11-12 400-meter medley relay team of Isabella Pittinger, 12, Kelley Heron, 12, Bianca Monti, 12, and Catharine Cooper, 12, won in a season-best 4:52.57.

Buoyed by talent and depth, SOFLO swimmers also continued their domination in the individual events.

SOFLO individual event champions were:

Kelley Heron, 12, won the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:14.55. Her previous best was 2:20.55. She also won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:53.07, a big time drop, lowering her previous best of 3:01.57.

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, won the 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:22.64. His previous best was 2:25.27. Rodriguez was second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:18.36.

Other top three SOFLO finishers were:

Julien Pinon, 13, second, 200-meter freestyle, 1:59.41, best time, 2:03.07 previous best.

Vanessa Mesa, 10, tied for second, 200-meter freestyle, 2:26.95, best time, 2:30.42, previous best; third, 100-meter backstroke 1:24.65.

Delaney Biro, 10, second, 50-meter butterfly, 35.74, best time, 36.46 previous best.

Jessica Rodriguez, 13, third, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:47.82, best time, 2:55.34 previous best; third, 400-meter individual medley, 5:23.41.

Nicholas Perera, 12, third, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:54.09; second, 400-meter individual medley, 5:18.25, best time.

Samantha Stinemire, 14, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.54, best time, 1:18.00, previous best.

Andres Lares, 12, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.73, best time, 1:16.82, previous best.

Gabriella Beltrano, 10, second, 100-meter backstroke, 1:22.83, best time, 1:25.18, previous best.

Leo Mateus, 10, third, 100-meter backstroke, 1:21.34, best time, 1:23.86, previous best.

Delanie Perez, 12, third, 400-meter individual medley, 5:45.45, best time.

In morning prelims:

Heron, 12, earned the top seed in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:18.24, dropping from 2:20.55. Also in the event, Andrea Pereira, 11, lowered her best time from 2:30.89 to 2:23.93 to earn the fifth seed.

Heron swam the second fastest time in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:57.10, breaking 3 minutes for the first time and dropping from her previous best of 3:01.57.

Anabel Vazquez, 10, improved her best time from 2:43.39 to 2:39.00, seventh fastest time in the 200-meter freestyle.

Natasha Testa, 13, lowered her best time from 31.69 to 31.66 in the 13-14 50-meter butterfly to advance into finals.

In the 11-12 50-meter butterfly, Pittinger, 12, turned in a best time 31.86, third fastest and bettering her previous best of 32.81. Bianca Monti, 12, swam a best time 31.95, dropping from 34.51 to earn the fourth seed.

Pittinger also earned the top seed in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time of 1:13.55, dropping from 1:14.11.

Delaney Biro, 10, swam the second fastest time in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 34.94, dropping from 36.46.

In the 13-14 200-meter breaststroke, Jessica Rodriguez, 13, earned the second seed in a best time 2:49.61, dropping from 2:55.34. Also in the event, Audrey Mason, 14, swam a best time 2:50.63, dropping from 2:51.98, fourth fastest time.

Delanie Perez, 12, swam a best time of 3:09.18 dropping from 3:09.76 in the 200-meter breaststroke.

In the 13-14 100-meter backstroke, Samantha Stinemire, 14, swam a best time 1:12.92, dropping from 1:18.00 and Veronica Postolski, 14, dropped from 1:17.25 to 1:14.01 to make finals.

In the 10-and-under 100-meter backstroke, Gabriella Beltrano, 10, earned the second seed in a best time 1:23.38, dropping from 1:25.18 and Delaney Biro, 10, dropped from 1:27.25 to 1:25.72. Vanessa Mesa, 10, also qualified in 1:23.39.

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, swam the fastest prelim time in the 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:22.88, improving his previous best of 2:25.27.

In the 13-14 50-meter butterfly, Ryan Capote, 14, dropped time from 29.97 to 29.54 and Sebastian Vargas, 13, lowered his best time from 29.81 to 29.74. Both qualified for finals.

Alexander Monti, 14, turned in a best time of 2:45.96 in the 200-meter breaststroke, dropping from 2:53.86 to make finals.

Andres Lares, 12, swam a best time 31.66 in the 11-12 50-meter butterfly, improving his previous best of 33.22 and earning the fourth seed.

Leo Mateus, 10, earned the fourth seed in the 50-meter butterfly in a best time of 36.30, dropping from 38.04. Mateus also earned the second seed in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time of 1:20.25 dropping from 1:23.86.

Connor Marks, 10, swam a best time of 1:26.54, dropping from 1:26.90 in the 100-meter backstroke.

Nicholas Perera, 12, earned the fourth fastest seed in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:54.06 dropping from 2:56.46.

Julien Pinon, 13, turned in a best time of 1:08.99 dropping from 1:11.60 in the 100-meter backstroke to qualify for finals.

In the 11-12 100-meter backstroke, SOFLO qualified four swimmers for finals, including three with best times. Andres Lares, 12, dropped from 1:16.82 to 1:13.06, Kevin Porto, 12, dropped from 1:15.63 to 1:13.58 and Samuel Quintero, 11, dropped from 1:16.83 to 1:16.62. Ricardo Roche, 12, also qualified in 1:16.18.

The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:31.35 (Gabriella Beltrano, Anabel Vazquez, Delaney Biro, Vanessa Mesa); 11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:12.09, FGC record (Isabella Pittinger, Kelley Heron, Bianca Monti, Catharine Cooper), 3. SOFLO “B” 2:22.45 (Megan Schimansky, Delanie Perez, Hannah Virgin, Abolade Oyetunji); 13-14, 1. Jupiter 2:07.53, 4. SOFLO “A” 2:10.98 (Samantha Stinemire, Audrey Mason, Natasha Testa, Steph Campo), 6. SOFLO “B” 2:14.53 (Veronica Postolski, Jessica Rodriguez, Jenna Deal, Carly Swanson).

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:13.61 (Delaney Biro, Kyana Castro, Anabel Vazquez, Vanessa Mesa), 6. SOFLO “B” 2:26.69 (Camila Alvarez, Isabella DiSalvo, Gabriella Beltrano, Sarah Schimansky).

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 2:22.93; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 2:26.95, best time, 6. Anabel Vazquez 2:35.01, best time, 10. Kyana Castro 2:41.21, best time, 14. Michelle Marinheiro 2:46.23, best time, 23. Camila Alvarez 2:51.47, best time, 25. Isabella DiSalvo 2:53.28, best time, 37. Sarah Schimansky 3:00.55; 11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:14.55, best time; SOFLO: 6. Sarah Bucaro 2:24.42, best time, 8. Andrea Pereira 2:25.68, 13. Annita Huang 2:26.83, best time, 14. Megan Schimansky 2:27.41, best time, 16. Hannah Virgin 2:28.33, best time, 17. Abolade Oyetunji 2:29.77, best time, 28. Katherine DeBarros 2:32.74, best time, 38. Lisa Strod 2:35.63, best time, 44. Ashley Tan 2:39.07, best time, 46. Zariya Harris 2:39.34, best time, 48. Alexandra Crespo 2:39.46, best time; 13-14, 1. Hannah Burdge, Martin County 2:08.43; SOFLO: 14. Audrey Mason 2:18.96, 16. Sophia Bucaro 2:19.76, 20. Veronica Postolski 2:20.92, 27. Samantha Stinemire 2:23.44 best time, 39. Carly Swanson 2:25.94, 43. Andrea Bucaro 2:26.62, 44. Lilliana Calero 2:27.65, 45. Charlene Forti 2:28.02.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 33.10; SOFLO: 2. Delaney Biro 35.74, 11. Gabriella Beltrano 39.14, best time, 14. Kyana Castro 39.46, best time; 11-12, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 30.72; SOFLO: 4. Isabella Pittinger 31.57, best time, 7. Bianca Monti 32.54, 13. Sarah Bucaro 34.11, best time, 20. Hannah Virgin 35.57, 28. Maya Ginzburg 36.52, best time, 38. Isabel Shashaty 37.92, 40. Daniela Gomez 38.22, 44. Abolade Oyetunji 38.79; 13-14, 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 29.87; SOFLO: 7. Natasha Testa 31.25, best time, 17. Samantha Stinemire 32.92, best time, 30. Charlene Forti 33.98, best time, 37. Jenna Deal 34.29, 58. Lilliana Calero 35.84, best time, 64. Alani Carrasco 36.10, 65. Kristin Sauer 36.14, best time, 68. Monica Rodriguez 36.44, 70. Jessica Cordero 36.63, 75. Stephanie Mlujeak 37.04.

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:53.07, best time; SOFLO: 4. Delanie Perez 3:05.73, best time, 11. Elise Larin 3:16.00, best time, 13. Maya Ginzburg 3:17.23, best time, 14. Katherine DeBarros 3:17.89, best time; 13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:43.48; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 2:47.82, best time, 4. Audrey Mason 2:51.03.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Dakota Brisco, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:21.71; SOFLO: 2. Gabriella Beltrano 1:22.83, best time, 3. Vanessa Mesa 1:24.65, 6. Delaney Biro 1:26.49, 15. Isabella DiSalvo 1:30.95, best time, 17. Camila Alvarez 1:31.58, best time, 19. Kyana Castro 1:32.84, best time, 38. Michelle Marinheiro 1:40.05; 11-12, 1. Gabriella Antonini, FLA 1:12.61; SOFLO: 2. Isabella Pittinger 1:13.44, best time, 5. Megan Schimansky 1:15.65, best time, 12. Bianca Monti 1:19.93, best time, 15. Andrea Pereira 1:20.93, 18. Annita Huang 1:22.58, best time, 21. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:23.99, best time, 25. Ashley Tan 1:24.58, best time, 30. Zariya Harris 1:26.62, best time, 36. Daniela Gomez 1:28.49, 42. Isabel Shashaty 1:42.69; 13-14, 1. Caroline Schirmer, Jupiter 1:08.92; SOFLO: 2. Samantha Stinemire 1:09.54, best time, 7. Veronica Postolski 1:14.15, 17. Sophia Bucaro 1:16.30, 19. Jenna Deal 1:17.08, 22. Danielle Ginzburg 1:17.99, best time, 28. Charlene Forti 1:19.72, 29. Carly Swanson 1:19.76, 32. Monica Rodriguez 1:20.89, 35. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:21.44.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 5:30.74; SOFLO: 3. Delanie Perez 5:45.45, best time, 8. Sarah Bucaro 5:58.69, 9. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:58.82, best time; 13-14, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 5:10.44; SOFLO: 3. Jessica Rodriguez 5:23.41, 15. Andrea Bucaro 5:47.91, best time, 18. Alani Carrasco 5:53.55, best time, 24. Lilliana Calero 6:03.91.

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:52.57 (Isabella Pittinger, Kelley Heron, Bianca Monti, Catharine Cooper), 3. SOFLO “B” 5:18.19 (Megan Schimansky, Delanie Perez, Sarah Bucaro, Hannah Virgin); 13-14, 1. Jupiter 4:42.42, 3. SOFLO “A” 4:44.98 (Samantha Stinemire, Audrey Mason, Natasha Testa, Steph Campo), 7. SOFLO “B” 4:58.31 (Veronica Postolski, Jessica Rodriguez, Sophia Bucaro, Carly Swanson).

BOYS

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO “A” 2:31.82 (Leo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Carter Carlson, Nicolas Rossi), 8. SOFLO “B” 2:53.68 (Derek Tom, Joshua Hanks, Connor Marks, Alexander Meyer); 11-12, 1. Blue Marlins 2:14.30, 2. SOFLO “A” 2:17.73 (Andres Lares, Samuel Quintero, Nicholas Perera, Kevin Porto), 7. SOFLO “B” 2:27.70 (Ricardo Roche, Christian Carlson, Gabriel Segui, Andres Arias); 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 1:57.88 (Gustavo Valery, Tristan Celestin, Julien Pinon, Cristian Rossi), 4. SOFLO “B” 2:04.87.

200-meter freestyle relay:

10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatics 2:11.81, 2. SOFLO “A” 2:12.34 (Leo Mateus, Connor Marks, Nicolas Rossi, Rafael Rodriguez).

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:22.64, best time; SOFLO: 7. Nicolas Rossi 2:38.35, best time, 27. Connor Marks 2:48.83, best time, 28. Nicolas Drolet 2:49.14, best time, 31. Carter Carlson 2:50.15, 32. Jie Hoon Lee 2:50.86, best time, 39. Derek Tom 2:54.44, best time, 44. John Paul Handal 2:57.12, best time, 49. Andrew McDade 3:02.71, 50. Alexander Meyer 3:03.87; COMETS: 54. Sebastian Lares 3:08.66; 11-12, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 2:07.72; SOFLO: 9. Kevin Porto 2:18.56, 34. Luis Bucaro 2:34.82, best time, 39. Andres Arias 2:38.03, 43. Salomon Molko 2:39.55, best time; 13-14, 1. Nicolas Medina, Davie 1:59.09; SOFLO: 2. Julien Pinon 1:59.41, best time, 6. Alfredo Mesa 2:07.63, best time, 8. Juan Lucas 2:10.12, 15. Gustavo Valery 2:12.31, best time, 18. Sebastian Vargas 2:13.17, 24. Ryan Capote 2:14.50, 30. Cristian Rossi 2:15.93, best time, 46. C.J. Kopecki 2:19.05, best time, 60. Simon Ortiz 2:23.17, best time, 68. Tyler Gibson 2:26.82, 70. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 2:35.58.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Michael Fernandez, Hialeah 35.46; SOFLO: 7. Leo Mateus 37.23, 14. Carter Carlson 38.04, 26. Connor Marks 40.60, best time, 30. John Paul Handal 41.59, best time, 31. Jie Hoon Lee 42.19, best time, 39. Alexander Meyer 43.72; 11-12, 1. Gabriel Munoz, Davie 30.53; SOFLO: 7. Andres Lares 32.77, 21. Gabriel Segui 35.26, best time; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 28.14; SOFLO: 7. Ryan Capote 30.19, 8. Sebastian Vargas 30.26, 15. Cristian Rossi 30.26, best time, 20. Jonathan Strod 30.53, best time, 22. Alexander Monti 30.71, 38. C.J. Kopecki 32.24, best time, 55. Collin Burt 34.17, best time.

200-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade 2:39.77; SOFLO: 3. Nicholas Perera 2:54.09, 8. Samuel Quintero 3:11.13, 11. Brandon Moran 3:14.47, best time, 13. Gabriel Segui 3:21.02, best time, 21. Gian Savino 3:29.80; 13-14, 1. Joseph Perez, Metro Aquatics 2:31.77; SOFLO: 4. Tristan Celestin 2:40.18, 7. Alexander Monti 2:47.52, 16. Tyler Gibson 2:57.58, best time. 

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Elvis Kotikovski, FLA 1:15.26; SOFLO: 2. Rafael Rodriguez 1:18.36, best time, 3. Leo Mateus 1:21.34, 7. Connor Marks 1:26.09, best time, 14. Derek Tom 1:30.45, best time, 17. Jie Hoon Lee 1:31.48, best time, 19. Andrew McDade 1:32.31, best time, 21. John Paul Handal 1:32.96, best time, 24. Gregory Trimble 1:33.65, best time, 25. Nicolas Rossi 1:34.25, 27. Nicolas Drolet 1:34.73, 33. Akira Huang 1:37.33, best time, 36. Joshua Hanks 1:39.32, best time; COMETS: 34. Sebastian Lares 1:37.93, best time; 11-12, 1. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 1:10.53; SOFLO: 2. Andres Lares 1:12.73, best time, 6. Ricardo Roche 1:15.76, best time, 7. Kevin Porto 1:15.79, 8. Samuel Quintero 1:17.64, 15. Christian Carlson 1:20.04, 28. Andres Arias 1:24.51, best time, 30. Sam Walters 1:25.39; 13-14, 1. William Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 1:04.21; SOFLO:  6. Gustavo Valery 1:06.63, best time, 7. Juan Lucas 1:08.71, best time, 8. Juan Lucas 1:08.99, 16. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 1:12.03, 22. Sebastian Vargas 1:14.96, 23. Ryan Capote 1:15.25.

400-meter individual medley:

11-12, 1. Ervin Marin, Blue Marlins 5:15.37; SOFLO: 2. Nicholas Perera 5:18.25, best time, 10. Ricardo Roche 5:33.24, best time, 13. Samuel Quintero 5:48.08, 14. Brandon Moran 6:05.03, best time, 16. Gabriel Segui 6:10.00; 13-14, 1. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 5:00.34; SOFLO: 8. Alfredo Mesa 5:20.12, 14. C.J. Kopecki 5:31.37, best time.

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. Blue Marlins 4:48.91, 3. SOFLO “A” 5:05.78 (Andres Arias, Samuel Quintero, Nicholas Perera, Ricardo Roche), 6. SOFLO “B” 5:22.72 (Christian Carlson, Brandon Moran, Gabriel Segui, Kevin Porto); 13-14, 1. SOFLO “A” 4:19.97 (Gustavo Valery, Tristan Celestin, Julien Pinon, Alredo Mesa), 6. SOFLO “B” 4:35.08 (Juan Lucas, Jonathan Strod, Sebastian Vargas, Cristian Rossi).

Team results, boys 11-12 50-meter butterfly results not available.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 184: SOFLO’s Kuczynski Places Fourth, Fifth At Canadian Summer Nationals

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 184: SOFLO’s Kuczynski Places Fourth, Fifth At Canadian Summer Nationals


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 21, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Caroline Kuczynski just missed a medal Saturday night at the Canadian Summer National Championships at the Kinsmen Sport Centre in Edmonton.

Kuczynski, 21, and her Point-Claire Club teammates finished fourth in the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:52.05.

Kuczynski swam the second leg in 59.20 and was joined by teammates Alyson Ackman, Ashley McGregor and Alexia Zevnik.

“So close, one more opportunity for a medal, 400 medley relay,” Kuczynski tweeted. “Love my Point Claire team.”

Kuczynski also finished fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.12 and earned 17 points for her swim club. The Arizona State junior was the second fastest swimmer in morning prelims in 1:00.86.

Sixteen-year Noemie Thomas, the top seed, pulled away from the butterfly field to win in a best time 59.12. Her previous best was 59.39. Thomas was the youngest in the field of 10 finalists.

“Well, that wasn’t what I expected,” Kuczynski tweeted. “Thanks to everyone at home that watched and cheered. Wish I could have made you more proud.”

Kuczynski has another shot at a medal when she competes in the medley relay on Sunday night.

Miscellaneous

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Joey Pedraza of Davie Nadadores was a member of the winning and record-breaking relay that won the 36th annual Olympic Club Trans Tahoe Relay in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The six-member relay won in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 3 seconds and topped a field of 182 teams during the 11-mile open water swim in 55-degree weather. The relay was started by the 1976 Olympic Club members who challenged each other to a team race across Lake Tahoe. Other clubs started being invited to the annual invitational event. More than 1,000 swimmers compete each year. Tampa’s three-time Olympian Brooke Bennett was among the field. Pedraza has grown up in South Florida swimming. He is an alum of Pine Crest School and University of Florida.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

 

SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco Older, Wiser And Ready For Third Olympic Appearance

SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco Older, Wiser And Ready For Third Olympic Appearance


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 19, 2012

No matter how many Olympics a swimmer competes in, the emotions never change.

Arlene Semeco will make her third Olympic appearance for Venezuela when the swimming competition begins July 28th in London. She has qualified in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events.

The 28-year-old South American and Venezuelan national record holder may be older and wiser, but she is just as excited as she was when she made her first Olympic team in 2004.

“The first Olympics I can tell you nothing about it,” said Semeco, who trains at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex with the South Florida Aquatic Club.

“I can remember nothing. I was so freaked out. The second time I held back because I was coming off a shoulder injury.

“Now this time around I have more experience. I know what to expect. I know what to prepare for once I am there. That is an advantage. I have two Olympics under my sleeve. I have the experience.

“The fact that I have qualified for three Olympics shows how much pride I take in my swimming and how hard I worked.”

Semeco is in the best shape she’s been in since she started swimming at age 9 in Valencia, Venezuela dreaming about the Olympics. She has been injury-free and training well with Coral Springs Swim Club head coach Bruno Darzi for the past two years.

“I think I am in the best shape of my life,” Semeco said. “I really don’t feel sluggish in any way in any area. Thank God this time I have no injury and it’s been possible for me to get myself in prime shape. The last time I had shoulder surgery in January before the Olympics. This time there is no injuries. I have been training for two straight years. Now I can show what I can do.”

Semeco was injured during her training for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She needed reconstructive surgery eight months before the Games. She rehabbed and was able to return to the pool sooner than expected.

Semeco is funded by her swim federation which allows her to train full-time and work on her master’s degree in food and nutrition at Florida International University. She has two bachelor degrees from Alabama in human environment sciences and food and nutrition.

“Venezuela is super supportive,” Semeco said. “I have been fortunate to get their support. I am able to swim and train and take this as a job. I am doing my best athletically and academically.”

A University of Alabama graduate, Semeco represented Venezuela at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She has won gold medals at the Pan American Games, South American Championships and National Championships  and various other meets.

She was an All-American and school record holder at University of Alabama, where she was the fastest swimmer in the 50 freestyle. She competed in the 50 and 100 freestyles at the NCAA Championships. She has also been the Venezuela Female Swimmer of the Year several times.

This year Semeco has done well internationally, nationally and locally. On Tuesday, she had her last double workout at Coral Springs. She is going into her third Olympics mentally relaxed, she said.

“I actually want to take it as another meet,” Semeco said. “I don’t want to freak out. I am sure it will hit me once I get there, after I see the facility and all the people. I am just trying to relax and take it easy like any other meet. I have to remember I know everybody who is going there. I know everyone has prepared as much as I have.

“I want to enjoy the moment. It is definitely a different experience moreso than any other meet. It’s one to remember. I don’t want to get there with many expectations. I don’t want to be disappointed if I don’t do what I want to do.”

Experience will be her biggest ally when she steps on the blocks.

“I have definitely gotten smarter with each Olympics,” Semeco said. “It’s definitely been learn as you go. I know everyone has been working hard for the Olympics but so have I.”

Semeco will think about her future after the Olympics. She would like to finish her masters work and internship.

“I am definitely in love with swimming, I can never fall out of love with swimming,” Semeco said. “It’s definitely not in stone what I am going to do in the future. I would definitely like to plan my life. I will decide after the Olympics whether to keep going or shift my attention.

“I am proud of not only what I accomplished but the way I took every single meet. The last two years I had little setbacks with times and it took a toll on me mentally. After I got out of that stage of not improving I trained as much as I could, beating my body up. I know I did everything possible these last two years. I have no regrets.”

Before heading to London on July 25th, Semeco will join her Venezuelan teammates for a five-day training camp in Barcelona, Spain.

Once in London, Semeco will share the pool deck with SOFLO teammates Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan, both three-time Olympians, and former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Nick Schwab making his Olympic debut for the Dominican Republic. Atkinson had a training camp in London while Polyakov went to Belarus for a pre-Olympic camp.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Meyer, Sanes, Savino Win On Final Day Of Area 2 Developmental Meet

SOFLO’s Meyer, Sanes, Savino Win On Final Day Of Area 2 Developmental Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 8, 2012

Alex Meyer of South Florida Aquatic Club came up with two more victories to highlight final day action at the Florida Gold Coast Area 2 Developmental Meet Sunday at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex.

Meyer, 9, won the 200-meter individual medley in 3:27.59. He swam back-to-back best times in morning prelims in 3:27.84 and again in finals, bettering his previous best of 3:36.31.

Meyer was also a member of the winning 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay team that won in 2:12.04 with teammates Andrew McDade, 10, Brooks Brown, 10, and Gregory Trimble, 10.

Kennedy Sanes, 16, seeded second after morning prelims, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 42.80 bettering her prelim time of 43.25.

SOFLO’s Fabio Savino, 9, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 51.36, lowering his previous best of 52.53. SOFLO swept the top four places with Andres Garcia (best time 52.58), Andrew McDade (best time 53.12) and Brooks Brown (best time 53.57).

Swimmers turning in best times were:

Coral Springs Swim Club’s Victoria Grimaldi, 8, dropping from 4:30.29 to 4:16.11 in the 200-meter individual medley prelims and again in finals in 4:05.85; from 1:50.31 to 1:48.93 in the 100-meter freestyle.

Treasure D’Souza, 10, dropping from 48.24 to 48.13 in the 50-meter backstroke; from 52.88 to 52.26 in prelims and again in finals in 52.01 to finish seventh in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Coral Springs Swim Club’s Cara Virgin, 9, dropping from 56.34 to 53.31 in the 50-meter backstroke; from 1:28.17 to 1:25.91 in the 100-meter freestyle finals to finish fifth.

Daniela Gomez, 12, dropping from 3:18.42 to 3:12.12 in the 200-meter individual medley and again in finals in 3:04.84 to finish second.

Andrew McDade, 10, dropping from 3:49.09 to 3:32.63 in the 200-meter individual medley; from 56.86 to 54.53 in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Alexander Meyer, 9, dropping from 3:36.31 to 3:27.84 in the 200-meter individual medley, a Junior Olympic cut time; from 45.59 to 45.24 in the 50-meter backstroke to finish in fourth.

Joshua Hanks, 8, dropping from 3:35.46 to 3:30.32, a JO cut, in the 200-meter individual medley.

Gregory Trimble, 10, dropping from 47.86 to 45.07 and 44.72 in finals to finish third in the 50-meter backstroke; from 59.03 to 57.80 in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Coral Springs Swim Club’s Bennett Brown, 8, dropping from 1:00.30 to 51.55 in the 50-meter backstroke.

Julie Mason, 11, dropping from 3:20.94 to 3:11.45 in the 200-meter individual medley and again in finals in 3:09.93 to finish fourth; from 44.83 to 43.18 and 42.04 in finals to finish eighth in the 50-meter backstroke; from 48.03 to 46.95 in the 50-meter breaststroke prelims.

Lauren Noyola, 11, dropping from 3:20.74 to 3:20.04 in the 200-meter individual medley and again in finals in 3:14.45 to finish eighth; from 45.49 to 43.06 and again in 41.42 in finals to finish sixth in the 50-meter backstroke; from 1:20.00 to 1:17.71 in the 100-meter freestyle; from 1:20.00 to 1:16.50 in the 100-meter freestyle finals.

David Stoddard, 15, dropping from 2:42.42 to 2:33.21 in the 200-meter individual medley.

Bryce Pierce, 15, dropping from 2:31.91 to 2:30.45 in the 200-meter individual medley to finish third.

Bar Bogoslavsky, 16, dropping from 37.98 to 37.83 in the 50-meter backstroke prelims and finishing second in 38.02.

Guy Bogoslavsky, 12, dropping from 1:18.47 to 1:15.33 in the 100-meter freestyle prelims and 1:14.64 in finals to finish fifth.

Andres Garcia, 10, dropping from 59.76 to 55.02 in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Fabio Savino, 9, dropping from 52.53 to 51.36, a JO cut, in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Brooks Brown, 10, dropping from 55.24 to 53.06 in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Charlene Forti, 13, dropping from 39.96 to 37.14, a JO cut, in the 50-meter backstroke prelims and finished second in 37.20; from 45.45 to 44.91 in the 50-meter breaststroke prelims and 43.01 in finals to finish fourth.

Kristin Sauer, 13, dropping from 46.64 to 39.46 in the 50-meter backstroke and again in finals in 38.13 to finish fourth.

Brendan Teeters, 15, dropping from 34.71 to 34.26 in prelims and 34.24 in finals to finish sixth in the 50-meter backstroke.

Maya Ginzburg, 12, dropping from 50.63 to 44.02, a JO cut, in the 50-meter breaststroke prelims and 42.69 in finals to finish second; from 1:20.82 to 1:13.17 in the 100-meter freestyle prelims; from 1:20.82 to 1:13.17 in the 100-meter freestyle prelims.

Danielle Ginzburg, 14, dropping from 45.69 to 42.29 in the 50-meter breaststroke prelims; from 1:11.96 to 1:08.80 in the 100-meter freestyle prelims.

Carly Brewington, 12, dropping from 49.13 to 48.43 in the 50-meter breaststroke; 1:28.36 to 1:22.49 in the 100-meter freestyle.

Brianna Hanks, 12, dropping from 1:45.42 to 1:43.48 in the 100-meter freestyle.

Sebastian Vargas, 13, dropping from 53.46 to 36.02 in prelims and again in finals in 34.96 to finish third in the 50-meter backstroke; from 42.92 to 42.61 in prelims and 41.62 in the 50-meter breaststroke final to finish third.

Lydia Szakacs, 10, dropping from 50.43 to 48.81, a JO cut, in the 50-meter breaststroke and again in finals in 48.25 to finish second; from 1:25.70 to 1:24.29 in the 100-meter freestyle prelims.

Gianni Savino, 11, dropping from 46.14 to 45.95 in prelims and 44.12 in finals to finish third in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Coral Springs Swim Club/SOFLO White and Blue coach Matt Jordan was pleased with his swimmers’ progress.

“Our swimmers combined for over 35 best times which include a handful of Junior Olympics cuts and some individual wins,” Jordan said.

“Despite being tired the kids raced extremely well in both prelims and finals and look forward to the upcoming JO Championships at the end of the month.”

SUNDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Ayesha Espaillat, Davie Nadadores 6:00.65; 15-18, 1. Nilza Helena Costa, Davie Nadadores 5:44.12.

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Paige Lane, YBC 3:20.44; CSSC: 4. Victoria Grimaldi 4:05.85; 11-12, 1. Juanita Pombo, Davie Nadadores 2:54.49; SOFLO: 2. Daniela Gomez 3:04.84, 4. Julie Mason 3:09.93, 8. Lauren Noyola 3:14.45, 10. Kailey Norusis 3:42.14; 13-14, 1. Laryssa Bedley, Davie Nadadores 2:42.42; 15-18, 1. Natasha Payamps, Davie Nadadores 2:44.12.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Kai Kibler, Plantation 43.79; SOFLO: 5. Treasure D’Souza 48.58, 17. Madelyne Garcia 58.78; CSSC: 10. Cara Virgin 53.31, 15. Meredith McDade 55.31, 20. Bree Haigis 1:03.69, 23. Riley McCormick 1:06.10, 24. Olivia Alvarez 1:07.93; 11-12, 1. Rafaela Branco Dos Santos, Davie Nadadores 35.47; SOFLO: 6. Lauren Noyola 41.42, 8. Julie Mason 42.04, 11. Megan Appelbaum 43.52, 12. Carly Brewington 44.57; 13-14, 1. Stefania Piccardo, Davie Nadadores 35.35; SOFLO: 2. Charlene Forti 37.20, 4. Kristin Sauer 38.13; 15-18, 1. Natasha Payamps, Davie Nadadores 35.61; SOFLO: 2. Bar Bogoslavsky 38.02.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1.  Kai Kibler, Plantation 47.51; SOFLO: 2. Lydia Szakacs 48.25, 7. Treasure D’Souza 52.01; CSSC: 10. Cara Virgin 56.01, 13. Victoria Grimaldi 59.92, 17. Meredith McDade 1:01.94, 20. Madelyne Garcia 1:03.88, 27. Amber Candido 1:18.83, 28. Bree Haigis 1:20.56, 29. Riley McCormick 1:28.63, 30. Olivia Alvarez 1:40.60, 31. Ellie Gomez 1:46.08; 11-12, 1. Molly Weidner, HAT 42.19; SOFLO: 2. Maya Ginzburg 42.69, 6. Dominique Fajardo 46.49, 8. Julie Mason 47.81, 9. Carly Brewington 48.43, 11. Kailey Norusis 49.12, 16. Daniela Gomez 52.43, 17. Brianna Hanks 52.67; 13-14, 1. Gabriela Machado Cristo, Davie Nadadores 39.04; SOFLO: 4. Charlene Forti 43.01, 5. Daniella Ginzburg 43.04; 15-18, 1. Kennedy Sanes, SOFLO 42.80.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Gabrianna Banks, HAT 1:20.29; CSSC: 5. Cara Virgin 1:25.91, 15. Meredith McDade 1:41.64, 18. Victoria Grimaldi 1:48.93, 20. Amber Candido 1:52.71; SOFLO: 6. Lydia Szakacs 1:27.30, 21. Madelyne Garcia 1:55.36; 11-12, 1. Rafaela Branco Dos Santos, Davie Nadadores 1:06.03; SOFLO: 6. Maya Ginzburg 1:13.54, 7. Lauren Noyola 1:16.50, 8. Dominique Fajardo 1:17.95, 11. Megan Appelbaum 1:19.82, 12. Carly Brewington 1:22.49, 22. Brianna Hanks 1:43.48 13-14, 1. Stefania Piccardo, Davie Nadadores 1:05.51; SOFLO: 7. Daniella Ginzburg 1:01.13, 13. Kristin Sauer 1:12.98; 15-18, 1. Roxana Stark, Davie Nadadores 1:05.74; SOFLO: 6. Nicole Gautieri 1:08.62, 7. Kennedy Sandes 1:09.26, 8. Bar Bogoslavsky 1:13.17.

1500-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Racine Ross, Davie Nadadores 21:26.90; 13-14, 1. Vanessa Comunale, Davie Nadadores 20:02.30.

100-meter breaststroke time trial:

CSSC: 1. Cara Virgin 1:58.46.

BOYS

200-meter medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. SOFLO (Andrew McDade, Alexander Meyer, Brooks Brown, Gregory Trimble) 2:12.04.

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Francisco Cantu, Davie Nadadores 5:34.21; 15-18, 1. Lucas Brito, Davie Nadadores 4:58.03.

200-meter individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Alexander Meyer, SOFLO 3:27.59; SOFLO; 3. Joshua Hanks 3:31.34; 11-12, 1. Fausto Huerta, Davie Nadadores 2:43.65; 13-14, 1. Pedro Tavares Dos Reis, Davie Nadadores 2:36.77; 15-18, 1. Derek Sibley, HAT 2:25.57; SOFLO: 3. Bryce Pierce 2:30.45, 6. David Stoddard 2:34.39.

50-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Eiza Gantus, Plantation 42.93; SOFLO: 3. Gregory Trimble 44.72, 4. Alexander Meyer 45.24, 7. Joshua Hanks 46.65, CSSC: 10. Bennett Brown 51.55, 17. Sam McCormick 58.46; 11-12, 1. Christopher Kohanyi, Plantation 38.30; 13-14, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Davie Nadadores 29.99; SOFLO; 3. Sebastian Vargas 34.96; 15-18, 1. Christian Garcia, HAT 32.40; SOFLO: 6. Brandon Teeters 34.24.

50-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Fabio Savino, SOFLO 51.36; SOFLO: 2. Andres Garcia 52.58, 3. Andrew McDade 53.12, 4. Brooks Brown 53.57, 7. Sam McCormick 56.03, 9. Gregory Trimble 57.80; 11-12, 1. Fausto, Davie Nadadores 36.82; SOFLO: 3. Gianni Savino 44.12, 8. Guy Bogoslavky 46.56; 13-14, 1. Enzo Dantas Santos, Davie Nadadores 37.85; SOFLO: 3. Sebastian Vargas 41.62; 15-18, 1. Alejandro Zambrano, Davie Nadadores 32.32.

200-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Daniel Lobaton Vargas, Davie Nadadores 2:39.30; 15-18, 1. Alex Lilley, Davie Nadadores 2:19.87.

100-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Tyler Gulnac, Davie Nadadores 1:25.51; SOFLO: 4. Joshua Hanks 1:27.93, 6. Brooks Brown 1:32.18, 7. Sam McCormick 1:35.62, 13. Andres Garcia 1:43.42; CSSC: 16. Bennett Brown 1:51.33; 11-12, 1. Fausto Huerta, Davie Nadadores 1:07.53; SOFLO: 5. Guy Bogoslavsky 1:14.64, 7. Gianni Savino 1:20.28; 13-14, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Davie Nadadors 59.77; SOFLO: 5. Collin Burt 1:08.14, 10. Luiz Hosfeld 1:12.52; 15-18, 1. Brenton Weathersbee, Plantation 59.28; SOFLO; 6. Dylan Allen 1:03.39, 7. Brendan Teeters 1:04.31.

50-meter freestyle time trial:

SOFLO: 2. Collin Burt 31.77, 3. Gianni Savino 36.25, 4. Gregory Trimble 39.24, 5. Fabio Savino 41.81.

100-meter backstroke time trial:

SOFLO: 3. Collin Burt 1:21.06.

50-meter butterfly time trial:

SOFLO: 1. Brooks Brown 46.61.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Meyer, McDade, Forti Win On Day Two Of Area 2 Developmental Meet

SOFLO’s Meyer, McDade, Forti Win On Day Two Of Area 2 Developmental Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 7, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers turned in another outstanding day of swimming at the Florida Gold Coast Area 2 Developmental Meet on Saturday at Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex.

Alex Meyer, 9, Andrew McDade, 10, and Charlene Forti, 13, won individual events on the second day of competition.

Meyer swam back-to-back best times and won the 10-and-under 50-meter butterfly in 42.62. He bettered his previous best of 44.99 in morning prelims in 44.71 and came back and swam faster in the championship final.

McDade won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 3:02.54. He bettered his previous best time of 3:10.78 in morning prelims in 3:05.91.

Forti won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:23.98, bettering her previous best of 2:30.97. She lowered her best time in prelims in 2:28.84 and bettered it in the finals.

In finals, other swimmers turning in best times were:

Daniela Gomez, 12, 200-meter freestyle, dropping from 2:50.73 to 2:45.30 in prelims and 2:43.62 in finals; 50-meter butterfly, dropping from 38.13 to 37.82 in prelims and 36.84 in finals.

Lydia Szakacs, 10, 50-meter butterfly, dropping from 44.87 to 44.44 in prelims and 43.59 in finals; 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:46.14 to 1:45.26 in prelims and 1:41.94 in finals.

Maya Ginzburg, 12, 50-meter butterfly, improving her prelims time of 37.75 to 37.02 in finals.

Nicole Gautieri, 15, 50-meter butterfly, dropping from 45.08 to 35.75 in prelims.

Meredith McDade, 7, 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 2:21.69 to 1:59.94 in prelims and 1:53.64 in finals.

Charlene Forti, 13, 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:23.14 to 1:20.66 in prelims and 1:19.67 in finals.

Kristin Sauer, 13, 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:28.25 to 1:26.95 in prelims and 1:23.22 in finals.

Bar Bogoslavsky, 16, 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:22.73 to 1:21.87 in prelims and 1:21.86 in finals.

Joshua Hanks, 8, 50-meter butterfly dropping from 47.24 to 46.41 in prelims and 44.84 in finals.

Brooks Brown, 10, 50-meter butterfly dropping from 48.12 to 47.54 in prelims and 45.03 in finals.

Andrew McDade, 10, dropping from 47.66 to 45.31 in prelims and 45.32 in finals.

Gianni Savino, 11, 50-meter butterfly, dropping from 42.44 to 41.15 in prelims and 41.08 in finals.

Gregory Trimble, 10, 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:45.89 to 1:41.60 in prelims and 1:39.13 in finals.

Bennett Brown, 8, 100-meter backstroke, improved his prelim time of 1:51.88 to 1:48.31 in finals.

Sebastian Vargas, 13, 100-meter backstroke, dropping from 1:16.11 to 1:14.84 in finals.

Coral Springs Swim Club/SOFLO White and Blue coach Matt Jordan praised his swimmers’ racing.

“Our swimmers have achieved ten JO cuts (as of Saturday prelims),” Jordan said. “We are racing with confidence and swimming well both in preliminaries and finals not to mention the kids are having a great time.”

Mullins Park head coach Jessica Nugent was pleased with her swimmers races and improvement.

Bennett Brown and Meredith McDade both made their “B” cut times. Brown, 8, of Coral Springs Swim Club earned the top seed in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:51.88. CSSC teammate McDade, 7, also made her time in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:59.94.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Marianna Serrao, YMCA of Broward County 2:45.94; 11-12, 1. Rafaela Branco Dos Santos, Davie Nadadores 2:19.23; 13-14, 1. Charlene Forti, SOFLO 2:23.98; 15-18, 1. Marie Borrelli, Davie Nadadores 2:21.22.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Kai Kibler, Plantation 42.97; SOFLO: 2. Lydia Szakacs 43.59; CSSC: 9. Cara Virgin 48.66; 11-12, 1. Rafaela Branco Dos Santos, Davie Nadadores 33.57; SOFLO, 4. Daniela Gomez 36.84, 5. Maya Ginzburg 37.02, 9. Ashley Tan 39.41, 10. Meg Appelbaum 39.76; 13-14, 1. Stefania Piccardo, Davie Nadadores 32.29; 15-18, 1. Roxana Stark, Davie Nadadores 31.86; SOFLO: 7. Nicole Gautieri 36.86.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Ellie Koch, YMCA of Broward County 1:34.86; SOFLO: 6. Lydia Szakacs 1:41.94 CSSC: 8. Meredith McDade 1:53.64; 11-12, 1. Racine Ross, Davie Nadadores 1:17.67; 13-14, 1. Alemy Barreto, Davie Nadadores 1:18.44; SOFLO: 2. Charlene Forti 1:19.67, 6. Kristin Sauer 1:23.22; 15-18, 1. Nilza Helena Costa, Davie Nadadores 1:15.13; SOFLO: 5. Bar Bogoslavsky 1:21.86, 6. Nicole Gautieri 1:24.94.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Andrew McDade, SOFLO 3:02.54; 11-12, 1. Fausto Huerta, Davie Nadadores 2:24.06; 13-14, 1. Fernando Alatorre, David Nadadores 2:08.22; 15-18, 1. Ryan Hall, Davie Nadadores 2:07.53.

50-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Alexander Meyer, SOFLO, 42.62; SOFLO: 3. Joshua Hanks 44.84, 4. Brooks Brown 45.03, 5. Andrew McDade 45.32, 10. Gregory Trimble 52.80; 11-12, 1. Jose Noe Diaz, Davie Nadadores 33.61; SOFLO: 7. Gianni Savino 41.08, 8. Guy Bogoslavsky 41.12; 13-14, 1. Pedro Mariano Tavares Dos Reis, Davie Nadadores 31.69; 15-18, 1. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie Nadadores 28.47.

100-meter backstroke:

10-and-under, 1. Eiza Gantus, Plantation 1:30.58; SOFLO: 4. Gregory Trimble 1:39.13; CSSC: 6. Bennett Brown 1:48.31; 11-12, 1. Luis Yary, Davie Nadadores 1:20.69; 13-14, 1. Pedro Mariano Tavares Dos Reis, Davie Nadadores 1:11.40; SOFLO: 2. Sebastian Vargas 1:14.84; 15-18, 1. Fernando Bohorquez, Davie Nadadores 1:07.23.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Martin Takes Fourth At USMS Masters Nationals; GOLD’s Shead Breaks Record

SOFLO’s Martin Takes Fourth At USMS Masters Nationals; GOLD’s Shead Breaks Record


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 6, 2012

Jennifer Martin, who trains with South Florida Aquatic Club, finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle on the second day of competition at the Marriott USMS Masters Summer Nationals a CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Martin, 32, a Pembroke Pines police officer, finished in 28.97 seconds. Noriko Inada, 34, of Phoenix won the age group title in 26.72.

Martin also anchored the fourth place 200-meter freestyle relay with Swim Fort Lauderdale teammates Laura Lastfogel, 30, Kelly Legaspi, 41, and Lisa Childers, 33, in 2:00.10.

On Saturday, Martin competes in the 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 200-meter freestyle mixed relay and 200-meter medley relay.

Timothy Shead, 60, of GOLD broke the national and world masters record in the 60-64 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.14. The previous record was 1:15.42 set in 2008 by Robert Strand.

A total of 17 USMS and world records were broken during the second day of the competition.

Other winners from South Florida included:

Jamie Marks, 24, Swim Fort Lauderdale, 400-meter individual medley, 5:08.72.

Kelly Legaspi, 41, Swim Fort Lauderdale, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:19.01.

Jamie Marks, 24, Siobhan Murphy, 26, Stephanie Terrell, 24, Li Tao, 25, Swim Fort Lauderdale, 200-meter freestyle relay, 1:58.06. 

Vicente Andrade, 24, Swim Fort Lauderdale, 200-meter backstroke, 2:10.18.

Graeme Fiser, 46, Swim Fort Lauderdale, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:12.70.

Other local results:

Li Tao, 25, Swim FTL, 100-meter butterfly, second, 1:05.41; 50-meter freestyle, second, 27.63.

Lori Schick, 49, Swim FTL, 100-meter breaststroke, second, 1:27.51.

Zachary Schlichter, 29, Swim FTL, 400-meter individual medley, second 5:51.50; 100-meter breaststroke, eighth, 1:17.44.

Bryan Tatterson, 48, Swim FTL, 100-meter butterfly, second, 1:02.37.

Timothy Shead, 60, GOLD, 100-meter butterfly, second, 1:08.97.

Vicente Andrade, 24, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, second, 25.04.

Eric Jackwin, 23, GOLD, 200-meter backstroke, second, 2:21.84.

Eduard Tiozzo, 39, Terry Lage, 44, Bryan Tatterson, 48, Mark Nieuwenhuis, 46, 200-meter freestyle relay, second, 1:42.98.

Linda Larson, 57, Swim FTL, 400-meter individual medley, third, 6:55.19; 200-meter backstroke, fourth, 3:04.29.

Linda Webb, 67, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, third, 36.08; 100-meter breaststroke, third, 1:47.10.

Lori Schick, 49, Linda Webb, 67, Linda Larson, 57, Ann Thomas, 52, 200-meter freestyle relay, fourth, 2:18.02.

Rodrigo Corcho, 33, Swim FTL, 100-meter breaststroke, fifth, 1:15.07.

Vanessa Segovia, 29, GOLD, 400-meter individual medley, fifth, 5:45.72.

Marty Hendrick, 54, Swim FTL, 400-meter individual medley, fifth, 5:48.73; 200-meter backstroke, fifth, 2:40.28.

Bryan Tatterson, 48, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, fifth, 25.66.

Kristin Volz, 39, Swim FTL, 400-meter individual medley, sixth, 7:39.12; 200-meter backstroke, tenth, 3:55.54.

Ann Stewart, 42, GOLD, 200-meter backstroke, sixth, 3:05.89.

David McIntyre, 75, GOLD, 50-meter freestyle, sixth, 34.47.

Graeme Fiser, 46, Rodrigo Corcho, 33, Zachary Schlichter, 29, Vicente Andrade, 24, 200-meter freestyle relay, sixth, 1:47.45.

Daniela Rosenblat, 37, Swim FTL, 100-meter butterfly, seventh, 1:48.34.

Eduard Tiozzo, 39, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, seventh, 25.51.

Laura Lastfogel, 30, Swim FTL, 100-meter breaststroke, third, 1:25.41; 50-meter freestyle, seventh, 29.27.

Mark Nieuwenhuis, 46, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, seventh, 26.11.

Stephanie Terrell, 24, Swim FTL, 100-meter breaststroke, third, 1:26.60; 50-meter freestyle, eighth, 29.71.

Roger Parsons, 65, GOLD, 200-meter backstroke, eighth, 3:14.84.

Robert Pardo, 39, Swim FTL, 400-meter individual medley, eighth, 6:00.44.

Hilario Itriago, 39, GOLD, 100-meter butterfly, eighth, 1:12.93.

Lori Schick, 49, Swim FTL, 400-meter individual medley, 10th, 6:48.59.

Kristin Volz, 39, Heather Gifford, 26, Danela Rosenblatt, 37, Sherie Berk, 59, 200-meter freestyle relay, 13th, 2:39.39

Ann Thomas, 52, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, 10th, 31.50; 200-meter backstroke, 16th, 3:35.08.

Heather Gifford, 26, Swim FTL, 200-meter backstroke, 10th, 3:19.48.

Kelly Legaspi, 41, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, 11th, 31.48.

Bruce Meintjies, 71, FLA, 200-meter backstroke, sixth, 4:22.26; 50-meter freestyle, 13th, 40.27.

Katharine Wenzel, 29, Swim FTL, 100-meter breaststroke, 16th, 1:34.16.

Roger Parsons, 65, GOLD, 50-meter freestyle, 16th, 34.26.

Terry Lage, 44, Swim FTL, 100-meter breaststroke, 11th, 1:20.33; 50-meter freestyle, 23rd, 27.79.

Doug Buchan, 69, Robert Pardo, 39, Adrian Legaspi, 60, Marty Hendrick, 54, 200-meter freestyle relay, 18th, 2:10.00.

Siobhan Murphy, 26, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, 24th, 32.50

Heather Gifford, 26, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, 28th, 35.66

Sherie Berk, 59, Swim FTL, 50-meter freestyle, 28th, 41.89

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Cordoba, Hanks, Gautieri Win On Day One Of Area 2 Developmental Meet In Davie

SOFLO’s Cordoba,Hanks,Gautieri Win On Day One Of Area 2 Developmental Meet In Davie


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 6, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club opened the Florida Gold Coast Central Area 2 Developmental Meet on a good note Friday at the Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex in Davie.

Brooke Cordoba, Joshua Hanks and Nicole Gautieri were individual winners to lead SOFLO’s large contingent of swimmers.

Cordoba, 10, a former Mullins Park Swimmer of the Month, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:45.46. She bettered her previous best time of 1:54.43 to 1:49.39 in morning prelims and swam faster in the championship final.

Cordoba also swam back-to-back best times in the 50-meter freestyle. She dropped from 39.78 to 38.57 in morning prelims and 37.19 to finish fifth in the finals.

Hanks, 8, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:48.82. He had already bettered his previous best of 1:54.73 to 1:53.39 in prelims to earn the second seed in finals. Hanks also swam back-to-back best times in the 50-meter freestyle to finish second in 37.61. In prelims, he dropped from 39.19 to 37.92.

Gautieri, 15, earned the top seed for the 100-meter breaststroke final in a best time of 1:28.51 dropping from 1:33.42. She came back to better her best time and win in 1:28.88.

Ashley Tan, 11, finished third in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time of 5:42.43 dropping from 5:48.09.

In morning prelims:

In the girls’ 50-meter freestyle, Lydia Szakacs swam a best time 37.21 for the fourth seed, dropping from 38.75. Maya Ginzburg, 12, dropped from 36.76 to 33.17 to earn the fourth seed in finals and dropped again in 32.48 to finish third. Daniela Gomez, 12, dropped from 34.96 to 34.48 to earn the sixth seed. Lauren Noyola, 11, dropped from 34.76 to 34.62 for the seventh seed. Noyola also dropped from 1:39.27 to 1:33.55 in the 100-meter butterfly to qualify seventh.

Carly Brewington, 12, dropped from 37.29 to 35.01 for eighth seed.

Danielle Ginzburg, 14, dropped from 31.70 to 31.39 to earn the eighth seed in her age group in the 50-meter freestyle and dropped from 1:43.27 to 1:34.20 to earn the third seed in the 100-meter breaststroke and came back to drop again in 1:33.83 to finish third.

Coral Springs Swim Club’s Cara Virgin, 9, dropped from 39.66 to a best time 39.46 in the 50-meter freestyle. Virgin dropped from 2:01.78 to 1:59.72 in the 100-meter breaststroke to earn the sixth seed.

Also in the 50 sprint event, CSSC teammate Meredith McDade, 7, swam a best time 43.95 dropping from 45.47.

Emily Nino, 9, swam a best time 46.55 dropping from 57.26 in the 50-meter freestyle.

Madelyne Garcia, 10, improved her best time with a huge drop from 1:06.94 to 49.57 in the 50-meter freestyle and dropped from 2:25.45 to 2:25.35 in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Ellie Gomez, 6, of Coral Springs Swim Club also had a huge time drop from 1:14.03 to 1:05.47 in the 50-meter freestyle.

Giulianna Garcia, 8, of Coral Springs Swim Club lowered her prelim time of 2:06.67 to 2:03.32 in the 100-meter breaststroke and lowered her 100-meter butterfly time from 1:59.34 to 1:58.46.

Kristin Sauer, 13, dropped from 33.10 to 32.98 in the 50-meter freestyle and bettered her previous best time of 1:25.39 in the 100-meter butterfly to finish fifth in 1:24.63.

Treasure D’Souza, 10, dropped from 41.54 to a best time 39.86 in the 50-meter freestyle and bettered her 100-meter breaststroke to finish sixth in 1:55.05, dropping from 1:55.12. Julie Mason, 11, dropped from 37.14 to 35.69 in the 50-meter freestyle and from 1:44.03 to 1:41.12 in the 100-meter breaststroke and lowered it again in 1:40.26 to finish fourth in finals. Brianna Hanks, 12, dropped from 46.59 to 45.41.

Bar Bogoslavsky, 16, equaled her best time of 32.28 in the 50-meter freestyle to earn the fourth seed for finals.

Carly Brewington, 12, lowered his best time from 1:49.76 to 1:46.10 in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Charlene Forti, 13, dropped from 1:33.70 to 1:33.45 in the 100-meter breaststroke to earn the second seed and dropped again in 1:31.81 to finish second in finals.

Gabby Beltrano, 10, swam a best time 1:41.68, dropping from 1:46.89 and qualifying fourth for finals in the 100-meter butterfly and bettered her time in 1:35.80 to finish third in finals. Lydia Szakacs, 10, dropped from 1:47.07 to 1:42.74 to qualify fifth.

In the boys’ 15-18 200-meter backstroke final, David Stoddard, 15, finished third in a best time 2:29.08, dropping from 2:38.51. Stoddard dropped from 1:16.29 to 1:13.15 in the 100-meter butterfly prelims.

Also in the 50-meter freestyle, Gregory Trimble, 10, dropped from 41.94 to 39.32. Trimble also bettered his best time in the 100-meter breaststroke from 2:04.65 to 2:02.41 to finish sixth.

Fabio Savino, 9, dropped from 1:02.91 to 39.60, the biggest time drop by any swimmer. Brooks Brown, 10, dropped from 42.92 to 41.67 and also in the 100-meter breaststroke from 2:00.99 to 1:57.15 and lowered it again to finish fourth in finals in 1:54.26. Sam McCormick, 10, dropped from 43.03 to 42.23. Andres Garcia, 10, dropped from 48.98 to 42.58 in the 50-meter freestyle and from 2:20.22 to 2:06.94 in the 100-meter breaststroke and came back in the finals to drop again in 2:02.74 to finish seventh.

Also in the 50-meter freestyle, Bennett Brown, 8, of Coral Springs Swim Club dropped from 53.28 to 47.07. Luiz Hosfeld, 14, dropped from 33.46 to 33.16.

Guy Bogoslavsky, 12, qualified fourth for finals in the 100-meter breaststroke after dropping from 1:39.35 to 1:37.13 and bettered his time again in 1:36.83 to finish fourth.

Sebastian Vargas, 13, improved his best time from 1:33.06 to 1:32.35 in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Dylan Allen, 15, dropped from 1:42.64 to 1:24.15 to earn the sixth seed in the 100-meter breaststroke and dropped again in finals to finish fifth in 1:23.42, and from 1:13.18 to 1:12.28 in the 100-meter butterfly.

Collin Burt, 13, dropped from 1:22.39 to 1:20.56 in the 100-meter butterfly to qualify seventh. Bryce Pierce, 15, qualified fourth with a best time 1:07.75 dropping from 1:08.66 and dropped more time to finish fourth in finals in 1:06.74.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Adriana Isabel Cortes Urbina, Plantation 2:49.97; 13-14, 1. Alemy Barreto, Davie Nadadores 2:45.58; 15-18, 1. Nilza Helena Costa, Davie Nadadores 2:42.17.

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Gabrianna Banks, Heritage Aquatic Team 36.09; SOFLO: 5. Brooke Cordoba 37.19, 6. Lydia Szakacs 37.24; 11-12, 1. Rafaela Branco Dos Santos, Davie Nadadores 30.08; SOFLO: 3. Maya Ginzburg 32.48, 6. Lauren Noyola 34.93, 7. Carly Brewington 35.37, 8. Julie Mason 36.29; 13-14, 1. Stefania Piccardo, Davie Nadadores 29.72; SOFLO: 6. Danielle Ginzburg 31.49; 15-18, 1. Roxana Stark, Davie Nadadoes 30.70; SOFLO: 4. Bar Bogoslavsky 32.48.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under: 1. Brooke Cordoba, SOFLO 1:45.46; SOFLO: 6. Treasure D’Souza 1:55.05; CSSC: 7. Giulianna Garcia 2:03.32; 11-12, 1. Molly Weidner, HAT 1:32.62; SOFLO: 4. Julie Mason 1:40.26, 7. Carly Brewington 1:46.53; 13-14, 1. Ayesha Espaillat, Davie Nadadores 1:29.29; SOFLO: 2. Charlene Forti 1:31.81, 3. Danielle Ginzburg 1:33.83; 15-18, 1. Nicole Gautieri, SOFLO 1:28.88.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Samantha Litman, Plantation 1:31.88; SOFLO: 3. Gabby Berltrano 1:35.80, 6. Lydia Szakacs 1:44.33; CSSC; 7. Giulianna Garcia 1:58.46; 11-12, 1. Rafaela Branco Dos Santos, Davie Nadadores 1:16.87; SOFLO: 7. Daniela Gomez 1:33.47, 8. Lauren Noyola 1:37.16; 13-14, 1. Quinn Connor, Plantation 1:16.71; SOFLO: 5. Kristin Sauer 1:24.63; 15-18, 1. Roxana Stark, Davie Nadadores 1:11.40.

BOYS

200-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Luis Yary, Davie Nadadores 2:52.84; 13-14, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Davie Nadadores 2:23.41; 15-18, 1. Lucas Brito, Davie Nadadores 2:19.35; SOFLO: 3. David Stoddard 2:29.08

50-meter freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Tyler Gulnac, Davie Nadadores 36.81; SOFLO: 2. Joshua Hanks 37.61, 5. Gregory Trimble 39.44, 6. Fabio Savino 40.47; 11-12, 1. Vinicius Carneiro Da Silva, Davie Nadadores 31.51; 13-14, 1. Fernando Alatorre, Davie Nadadores 26.63; 15-18, 1. Lucas Brito, Davie Nadadores 25.77.

100-meter breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Joshua Hanks, SOFLO 1:48.82; SOFLO: 4. Brooks Brown 1:54.26, 6. Gregory Trimble 2:02.41, 7. Andres Garcia 2:02.74; 11-12, 1. Fausto Huerta, Davie Nadadores 1:22.14; SOFLO: 4. Guy Bogoslavsky 1:36.83; 13-14, 1. Alfred Maria, Plantation 1:21.27; 15-18, 1. Murilo Marinho Lea Da Silva, Davie Nadadores 1:16.08; SOFLO: 5. Dylan Allen 1:23.42.

100-meter butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Eiza Gantus, Plantation 1:40.98; 11-12, 1. Jose Noe Diaz, Davie Nadadores 1:18.84; 13-14, 1. Pedro Mariano Tavares Dos Reis, Davie Nadadores 1:10.05; SOFLO: 7. Collin Burt 1:21.26; 15-18, 1. Lucas De Sousa Marcelino, Davie Nadadores 1:05.81; SOFLO: 4. Bryce Pierce 1:06.74.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com