Phelps Has Rollercoaster Opening Day in Paris

Phelps Has Rollercoaster Opening Day in Paris


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 26, 2010

Michael Phelps rode an emotional rollercoaster on the opening day of the Paris Open.

The 14-time Olympic champion easily won the 200-meter butterfly before ending the opening day by finishing last in the 100-meter freestyle.

Phelps, who turns 25 at the end of the month, led from start to finish in the 200 butterfly to win in 1 minute and 55.70 seconds, fourth best in the world. He was the fastest qualifier in morning prelims in 1:57.88.

Frenchman Christophe Lebon edged fellow countryman Jordan Coelho to finish second in 1:59.01.

Thirty minutes later, Phelps got off to a slow start and finished last in the 100 freestyle. He was the seventh fastest qualifier after morning prelims in 49.44.

Swimming in Lane One next to world champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil, Phelps finished in 49.70 in finals. Freshman Fabien Gilot won in 48.65.

Olympic champion Alain Bernard of France failed to qualify for the 100 freestyle, finishing 18th in the heats in 50.44.

“I was very tired,” Bernard said. “And when you are tired, there is nothing you can do. This is a result of my training for the European Championships [in August in Budapest, Hungary]. This meet was not a milestone in my preparations.”

Bernard swam in the same heat as Phelps.

“I think as a whole, for the day, it’s not terrible,” said Phelps, who was coming off high altitude training in Colorado Springs. “I’m more happy with my fly. I think there is still a lot of work to do.”

Phelps competes in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley on Sunday. He is using the meet as preparation for nationals in August which is a selection meet for the Pan Pacific Championships.

“I will try to recover as much as I can,” Phelps said. “It’s going to be a tough day.

“I am disappointed with the 100. It just shows where we stand right now. I know I should be a lot faster than that.”

American Mark Gangloff won the 50 breaststroke in 27.81.

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SOFLO’s Girl Power Rule Day Two At FGC Coral Springs Invitational, SOFLO Leads With 747 Points

SOFLO’s Girl Power Rule Day Two At FGC Coral Springs Invitational, SOFLO Leads With 747 Points


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 25, 2010

CORAL SPRINGS—Eden Cooke was all smiles around the pool deck Friday night at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The bubbly 10-year-old led an impressive girls’ contingent of swims for the South Florida Aquatic Club at the Florida Gold Coast Coral Springs Invitational.

Cooke swam back-to-back personal best times in prelims (2:31.44) and finals (2:29.02) to win the 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle event to highlight the night’s action. Her previous best time was 2:32.40.

SOFLO teammate Kelley Heron, 10, was the top seed after morning prelims swimming a career-best 2:30.99 (2:38.46 previous best).

The two pushed each other in finals.

“It helps when you have someone pushing you, it helps you swim faster,” said Cooke, second fastest after morning prelims. “It helped me go faster and pace myself with her.

“I felt good in the water,” Cooke said. “I was excited at the beginning of the race and hoping I would win. I didn’t know if I was going to though. Kelley was really fast. I just knew either way it would be pretty good because she is on the same team as me.”

Heron finished second in 2:29.97, another career-best.

Cooke won two other events and led off SOFLO’s winning 200-meter medley relay team of Heron, Quinn Reeves, 10, and Catharine Cooper, 10, that won in 2:39.07.

Cooke won the 50-meter freestyle in 31.28, again lowering her previous career-best of 32.29 in prelims (32.11) and finals. Heron was second, also swimming back-to-back best times of 32.88 in prelims and 32.74 in finals.

“I set a goal of 31.33 and I got a 31.28 so I was happy,” Cooke said.

Cooke said she surprised herself winning the 100-meter backstroke, again with back-to-back best times in prelims (1:23.05) and finals (1:21.78). Her previous best was 1:24.72.

Heron was second in 1:23.59. Heron bettered her best time of 1:23.58 in prelims in 1:21.56.

“I set goal times for every event except the backstroke because I wasn’t sure how I would swim it,” Cooke said. “I knew that was my stroke so I tried hard.

“I definitely was tired and almost out of breath at the very end but I pushed myself,” Cooke said. “I am very happy. I feel like I am getting faster and my kick is better. I think it’s because I am training harder.

“This is a pretty big meet for me. I guess nationals was the most important meet for me so this would be the second most important.”

More smiles and more best times from Steph Campo, 12, and Linea Cutter, 16.

After winning the 400-meter freestyle on Thursday night, Campo continued her winning ways and time drops in the shorter events.

Campo won the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in a career-best 2:17.49, bettering both her seed time 2:20.56 and prelim time of 2:18.65.

Campo also won the 100-meter backstroke in back-to-back best times of 1:12.89 in prelims and 1:12.21 in finals. Her previous best was 1:14.89.

Campo also led off SOFLO’s winning 11-12 200-meter medley relay with Audrey Mason, 12, Kylie Herman, 12, and Carly Swanson, 12, in a best time 2:22.15.

“My 200 freestyle was really good, I dropped a lot of time from before,” Campo said. “This is just a practice meet. We are trying to see where we are. It helps show us what we need to work on in practice and hopefully get better. Hopefully, at zones, I will have some great races.

“I was happiest with my 100 back,” Campo said. “I didn’t think I would go 1:12 because I practice at a 1:16. I just gave it all that I had in the water. I like to race.”

Cutter, a home schooler who swims for Douglas, turned the corner in the 50-meter freestyle when she broke 28 seconds for the first time in the girls’ 15-and-over event.

Cutter was SOFLO’s top finisher in the event, placing third and more importantly dipping below 28 in 27.71. As soon as Cutter touched the wall, her age group coach Chris Jackson yelled out a cheer and Cutter broke into a wide grin.

Cutter bettered her previous best of 28.24 in prelims with a 28.12.

“I am happy that it’s finally broken,” Cutter said. “I was trying to break it last year but I wasn’t that close. This morning I got closer and so I was happy to break it tonight. Chris told me to just try to break 28 and I tried my hardest.”

Cutter was pushed by a fast field that included SOFLO teammate Tiffany Oliver and Davie Nadadores’ Isabella Arcila and Eunate Garro.

“I was just trying to race and trying my best,” Cutter said. “I’m not sure how many breaths I took. I was trying not to breathe.

“It’s nice to see this result because I have been training hard. I would like to get lower in 27 and do a 26 eventually. I think this is the highlight so far for me.”

British teenager Leonie Davies, 13, coming off the Texas Senior Circuit Meet and Fort Myers Festival Open Water championships, continued to push the envelope. Davies won the 13-14 200-meter freestyle in a season-best 2:17.23. She was also fifth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:16.22

“I am a little tired but it’s just mental, you can do whatever you think you can,” Davies said. “If I come back tomorrow with the same mind I had today I think I can do good. I started feeling the Texas meet on Tuesday. Practice was really hard on Tuesday. I thought about not coming to this meet but why not? Even if I came and didn’t swim best times it would still be a good experience.

“My 200 was a season-best and it was a win so I contributed to my team,” Davies said. “It felt good.”

Emma Lincoln, 14, another one of SOFLO’s youngest swimmers coming off the Texas Circuit Meet, is using this weekend’s meet as a training gauge for zones in Atlanta.

Lincoln was pleasantly surprised with her swims. She was second in the 13-14 50-meter butterfly with back-to-back career-best swims in prelims (30.91) and finals (30.74). Her previous best was 36.31. She was the fastest qualifier in prelims.

Lincoln was also sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 3:07.52 and eighth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:17.78.  She anchored SOFLO’s wining 13-14 200-meter medley relay team of Davies, Kayla Moodie and Maria Lopez in 2:16.37.

“I am happiest with my 400 IM (swum Thursday night) because I finally dropped and I don’t normally swim that,” Lincoln said. “I’m also pretty happy with my 50 fly because I finally got a time where I am supposed to be. My fly has been feeling pretty good lately. I haven’t swam it in two years.

“This meet is mainly for us to work on our starts and turns, pace and see what else we need to work on,” Lincoln said. “I am really tired but I am happy. Basically, if I am this tired and dropping my times I believe when I am tapered I am going to do a lot better than my times are now.”

SOFLO newcomer Emily Kopas, 13, is fitting in nicely after only a week of training. She won the 13-14 200-meter breaststroke in 2:40.20 after swimming 2:43.90 in prelims. Teammate Jillian Alexander, 13, was second in 2:54.07.

Highlighting SOFLO’s boys’ action was double winner Marco Hosfeld, 14, with back-to-back best times. He won the 13-14 200-meter breaststroke in 2:42.24, bettering his prelim time of 2:43.99. His previous best was 2:51.79.

Hosfeld also won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.47. In prelims he bettered his 2:03.76 seed time in 2:02.71. Hosfeld swam second leg on SOFLO’s winning 200 medley relay of Kyle Desrosiers, Blake Kelley and Dylan Sell in 2:11.49.

Other top boys’ finishers:

Alfredo Mesa Jr., 11, was second in the 11-12 200-meter freestyle in 2:23.29 and Raphael Mora, 12, was third in 2:23.66, both swimming best times.

In the 10-and-unders 200 freestyle, Ricardo Roche, 10, was second (2:32.46), Kevin Porto, 10, third (2:34.98) and Jorge Depassier, 10, fourth (2:35.38), all best times.

Zain Qali, 22, was third in the 15-and-over 50-meter butterfly in 26.17. Gustavo Valery, 12, was third in the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:18.75, a career-best.

SOFLO coaches got to show off in the sprint events.

Olympians Biggi Lohberg, Swim America Director for the Coral Springs Swim Club, and Josh Laban, age group coach at Mullins Park, competed in 50-meter events.

Lohberg, 44, was the fifth fastest qualifier in the 50-meter butterfly in 30.25. She scratched from finals to rest for her remaining events.

Laban, 27, finished sixth in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.74 off his seed time of 23.12 but bettering his prelim time of 25.11.

The four-day meet, featuring more than 600 swimmers, continues Saturday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

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Michael Phelps Ready For France This Weekend

Michael Phelps Ready For France This Weekend


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Let’s see what altitude training does for Michael Phelps.

The Olympic superstar will compete at the Paris Open this weekend after high-altitude training this past month at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Phelps decided to skip the Mare Nostrum Series and USA Swimming Grand Prix in California to train in high altitude.

The theory behind high altitude training is that if you can adjust your body to perform at competitive levels with less oxygen in your blood and muscles, then when you travel to sea level to compete you should have a higher level of endurance.

The “extra” oxygen will prevent the early build-up of lactic acid and keep the heart rate lower even though a swimmer is pushing himself harder than at altitude.

Phelps will not compete on any relays. He is entered in the 100- and 200-meter freestyles, 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.

Frenchman Alain Bernard will compete against Phelps in the 100 freestyle on Saturday. Reigning world champion Cesar Cielo will also be in the 100 field.

OPEN WATER

USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body, has named eight open water swimmers to the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships roster for the open water 10K that will be held Aug. 22 in Long Beach, Calif.

Olympian Chloe Sutton of Mission Viejo, Calif. and Pan American Games gold medalist Fran Crippen of Conshohocken, Pa. head the roster.

The remaining members of the U.S. women’s team are Emily Brunemann of Crescent Springs, Ky., Evan Fabian of Keene, N.H. and, Christine Jennings of Longmont, Colo.

The men’s team also includes Chip Peterson of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., Andrew Gemmel of Wilmington, Del. and Alex Meyer of Ithaca, N.H.

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SOFLO’s Campo, Goldman Go Distance On Opening Day of FGC Coral Springs Invitational

SOFLO’s Campo, Goldman Go Distance On Opening Day of FGC Coral Springs Invitational


CORAL SPRINGS—Less than a week after competing in the Texas Senior Circuit Meet at Texas A&M, Brandon Goldman wasn’t as tired as he thought he would be.

Especially after making his 1500-meter freestyle debut on the opening night of the Florida Gold Coast Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

“I thought I was going to be more tired but I felt good in the water,” Goldman said. “I’m just a little fatigued.”

Goldman, 15, one of the youngest in the field, finished third in 17 minutes and 49.13 seconds. Ricardo Monasterio, 31, of Davie Nadadores won in a career-best 16:09.38.

“It didn’t really hurt,” Goldman said. “I am kind of disappointed with that swim. It was all right for the first time. I just thought I was going to go a lot faster.”

Goldman was able to maintain consistent splits throughout the mile.

“I was happy my splits weren’t all over the place,” said Goldman, coming off an outstanding meet in College Station, Tex. “I was consistent. I just wish I was consistently faster.

“The one thing I was happy with was that I wasn’t tired and I know I can go a lot faster,” Goldman said. “Michael (Lohberg) thinks that I will be good at the longer distances. He wants me to swim the 800. This was just good practice.”

Campo, 12, swimming in only her fourth 400-meter freestyle race, won the 11-12 age group race in a career-best 4:49.86.  Her previous best time was 4:52.09.

SOFLO teammate Carly Swanson, 12, finished second and also swam an impressive career-best 4:58.38. Her previous best was 5:03.66.

Campo was one of two SOFLO’s individual champions on opening day.

“I was happy with my swim,” Campo said. “For me it’s easy to sprint long distances. I think Coach thinks I can be a better distance swimmer.”

Campo picked up her tempo midway through the race.

“I felt a little stiff at the beginning and then I got used to the water and started going real fast,” Campo said. “On the first 100 I just wanted to keep up with everyone. At the second 100 I started progressing forward and getting ahead and the last 200 I just gave it my all.

“I like the endurance races, I have the stamina,” said Campo, who is competing in six events over four days. “I am not that tired or out of breath at all.”

Also in the girls’ 11-12 400 freestyle: Jessica Rodriguez, 11, fifth, 5:03.87, best time; Kylie Herman, 12, sixth, 5:07.41, best time; Alani Carrasco, 11, 12th, 5:28.22, best time; Monica Rodriguez, 12, 13th, 5:28.46; Emily Neville, 12, 21st, 5:47.84, best time.

SOFLO head age group coach Bruno Darzi was pleased with Goldman and Campo’s swims. Goldman has been training for longer events and the opportunity presented itself at this week’s meet, Darzi said, for him to swim the 1500. He also said Campo trains “extremely hard” and the 400 suits her.

Even though swimmers are not rested for the meet, Darzi still expects them to race well. He called the meet a “stepping stone” for future meets this summer.

“I would like them to try and go fastest in each one of their events,” Darzi said. “If you don’t want them to race you might as well pull them out. There’s no point in swimming a race if you’re not going to go.

“At this part of the season they need more racing experience,” Darzi said. “We are doing some fast stuff in practice but it’s not the same thing as going to a swim meet and racing other swimmers. The more experience they get the better they will become. This meet is great for them because they get to swim prelims and finals.”

Most of the swimmers are training for various future meets including sectionals, seniors, JOs, junior and senior nationals.

“This meet is a stepping stone to another meet that the kids are training for depending on the age group,” Darzi said.

In other races:

Emily Kopas, 13, one of the newest members of SOFLO and swimming unattached (mandatory Florida Gold Coast LSC transfer rule), knocked off Megan Moroney, 13, of St. Andrew’s Swimming in the 13-14 400-meter individual medley. She won in 5:21.45. Moroney finished second in 5:22.88.

SOFLO’s Emma Lincoln, 14, finished third in the 400 IM in a career-best 5:31.78 (her previous best was 5:40.93). SOFLO’s Kristina Brennan, 14, also swam a best time to finish sixth in 5:40.98. Her previous best was 5:53.06.

In the boys’ 11-12 400-meter freestyle, Alfredo Mesa Jr., 11, was second in a career-best 4:56.02 (5:06.65 previous best) and Raphael Mora, 12, was third in a best time 4:57.23 (5:13.15 previous best). Other results: Juan Lucas, sixth, best time 5:17.23; Gustavo Valery, 12, seventh, 5:17.91; Alexander Viloria, 12, eighth, 5:19.13, best time; Stefano Dioguardi, 12, 11th, 5:29.04; Santiago Arango, 12, 17th, 5:44.91; Ryan Capote, 12, 18th, 5:47.87.

In the boys 13-14 1500-meter freestyle, Blake Kelley, 14, was second in a career-best 18:30.04. His previous best was 18:38.37. Roger Capote, 14, was fifth in a career-best 19:42.63. His previous best was 20:01.87.

Leonie Davies, 13, coming off her national debut in Texas, was second in the girls’ 13-14 800-meter freestyle in a career-best 9:58.98. Her previous best was 10:13.99. Gabriella Fawaz, 14, was sixth in 10:56.39, another career-best. Her previous best time was 11:00.69.

In the girls’ 15-and-over 800-meter freestyle, Katie Brennan, 16, was fifth in a career-best 9:48.94 (previous best 10:00.23). Brittany Williford, 17, was ninth in 10:17.78.

Tomas Klosterman, 14, was fourth in the boys 13-14 400-meter individual medley in a career-best 5:39.43. His previous best was 6:07.79.

In the boys 15-and-over 400-meter IM, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, 19, was seventh in 4:50.20; Marc Rojas, 16, tenth, 4:56.28; Loai Tashkandi, 19, 11th, 5:00.13.

Courtney Marx, 18, was fourth in the girls’ 15-and-over 400-meter IM in 5:30.25. Kristina Nork, 15, was sixth in 5:48.45.

The four-day meet, featuring more than 600 swimmers, continues today with a full schedule of events with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The public is welcome.

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SOFLO Swimmers Compete This Weekend From Coral Springs to Havana, Cuba

SOFLO Swimmers Compete This Weekend From Coral Springs to Havana, Cuba


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will compete in local and international meets over the next nine days.

As the opening weekend of local invitational summer swim meets for SOFLO kicks off at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, swimmers will start to focus on long course racing.

Several swimmers will compete in near-opposite worlds in the swim community, preparing for upcoming major swim meets and competing on an international level.

Tyla Martin, 12, and Keegan Boisson-Yates, 14, will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the June 26-July 2 Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) in Havana, Cuba.

The swimmers will compete in the same Olympic pool that hosted the 1991 Pan American Games.

Both SOFLO swimmers competed at CARIFTA where Martin dominated her age group and earned high point award honors. Both are entered in several individual events and relays.

Closer to home, the Coral Springs Swim Club Invitational will be hosted at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Thursday through Sunday.

Summer swim meets are about team, fun and learning strategy to race long course and improving times.

Many will go into the meet knowing they may not swim best times just yet and will learn how to face that fact and figure out what they want to swim in the way of times and stroke improvement.

Swimmers will prepare for how hot it’s going to be, how crowded the pool deck and warm-up lanes will be and how much of a long meet it will be.

The meet features a variety of SOFLO swimmers from 10-year-old Eden Cooke and 12-year-olds Steph Campo and Carly Swanson to Florida State-bound swimmers Tiffany Oliver, 17, and Tyler Sell and two-time Olympian Josh Laban of the Virgin Islands and currently age group coach at Mullins Park.

The meet begins Thursday with the distance events and 400 individual medleys with timed finals only. The full schedule will kick in on Friday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

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SANTA CLARA GOOD GAUGE FOR U.S., FOREIGN SWIMMERS, PLENTY OF NEW FACES ON SCENE

SANTA CLARA GOOD GAUGE FOR U.S., FOREIGN SWIMMERS, PLENTY OF NEW FACES ON SCENE


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

The 2010 Santa Clara International Grand Prix came to an end Sunday night with not only familiar faces but a few new faces who left a lasting impression at the George Haines International Swim Center.

There was 14-year-old Aussie Yolane Kukla who topped an impressive 50-meter freestyle field that included Lara Jackson, Christine Magnuson, Julia Smit and Marieke Guehrer to win the event in 25.13 seconds.

Did we mention she is only 14? It was her U.S. meet debut and only second international meet.

Olympian Nathan Adrian made his presence known. The 21-year-old won both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events. In Sunday’s 100 freestyle, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist 4×100 relay member won by more than a half second to win the 100 in 48.83.

Julia Smit, another 2008 Olympian, won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.82.

“London is the big goal for everyone and there are other goals along the way,” said Smit, a senior at Stanford and NCAA champion.

David Plummer edged Matt Grevers and Ryan Lochte to win the 100-meter backstroke in 55.25. Lochte of Daytona Beach was third in 55.44.

Lochte, competing in only his third meet since knee surgery and long layoff, won the meet’s men’s high point award. The six-time Olympic medalist’s knee is still not strong enough to swim the breaststroke and individual medleys but is proving he will again be a force at the 2012 Olympic trials.

Elizabeth Beisel, who competed in six finals, won the women’s high point award. She won two events (400 IM and 200 backstroke) and placed third in the 100 backstroke.

Dagny Knutson held on in a close race to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:11.33,  just ahead of Jasmine Tosky in 2:11.41.

Brazil’s Henrique Barbosa won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:15.88. Canadian Scott Dickens was second in 2:16.65 and Adam Klein was third in 2:16.69.

In other races, Canadian Alexa Komarnycky won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:38.31; Aussie Robert Hurley won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:36.07; Brian Johns of Canada won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:02.06; and Beisel won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.80.

The 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series ends July 8-11 with the Los Angeles Grand Prix. SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, 19, was invited by her Arizona State teammates to compete in the four-day meet.

The Grand Prix events are helping swimmers prepare for the Aug. 3-7 ConocoPhillips National Championships and Aug. 18-22 Pan Pacific Championships, both set for Irvine, Calif.

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Future Looks Bright For SOFLO After Fifth Place National Debut At Texas Senior Circuit Meet

Future Looks Bright For SOFLO After Fifth Place National Debut At Texas Senior Circuit Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Teenagers Anne Kuczynski and Brandon Goldman of the South Florida Aquatic Club were looking for a confidence-builder like the Texas Senior Circuit Swimming Meet at Texas A&M.

After a Monday morning workout in College Station, Tex. , the promising 15-year-olds, like many of their SOFLO teammates, will return home brimming with confidence and motivated for the future.

In its national debut, SOFLO placed fifth among 24 teams and finished ahead of several larger and more-established teams.

On Sunday, the final day of competition, Goldman posted back-to-back career-best times (1:04.31 and 1:03.89) in the 100-meter backstroke. Kuczynski posted a career-best 36.90 in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Over three days, Kuczynski managed to final in nearly every one of her events with best or near-best times including her 200 breaststroke which she dropped from 2:51.80 to 2:49.54. She hit every goal time she set with her coach to swim by the end of the season.

The younger sister of Caroline Kuczynski, 19, the team’s top performer of the meet, like the rest of the 15-member team, was not rested or tapered for the meet and coming off heavy training.

“I wasn’t really expecting this because we have been training pretty hard,” Anne Kuczynski said. “At the beginning of the year, Michael (Lohberg) had us do our goal times. I made all of them in this meet so I am pretty happy.”

Kuczynski called the meet “a turning point” in her young career.

“I am excited about the years to come,” Kuczynski said. “I am a sophomore in high school but I am already thinking about college. I know I can get faster for college. I liked this meet. It makes me feel better about myself. I want to go home, train extra hard and do better.”

Watching her older sister was a little added inspiration.

“She is my inspiration,” Anne said. “She is my hero. She swims so fast all the time. She is the star in the family. She gives me tips. She’s kind of like a second coach.”

Goldman is equally motivated for the future after competing in his second Texas Senior Circuit meet. Goldman did well in both individual and relay events.

“I was here to get experience and have fun,” Goldman said. “I didn’t have any high expectations. If I swam well, great; if not, it is the beginning of the season.

“I didn’t put that much pressure on myself. I wanted to be around my best times so I am happy I was even able to get best times. I was really happy with my 400 IM, I dropped three seconds.

“It’s exciting when you gain experience and drop some more time. I am kind of surprised I did so well. I thought I would be real tired. I got here, felt good in the water and expected to swim well after that. This was a real confidence-booster. I am going to keep doing what I am doing, it seems to be working.”

SOFLO national team assistant coach Kathleen Prindle said the meet served its purpose.

“There were many goals for the meet,” Prindle said. “We wanted to give the younger kids more exposure. The more experience they get the better off they are and better prepared for the bigger meets.

“This meet was a wait-and-see. We had gotten into hard training and this was the first test of how are we doing. It was a fun training meet.”

Marc Rojas, 16, turned in two career-best times on the same day in the 200-meter individual medley (2:19.71) and 50-meter breaststroke (32.37).

Jenna Moodie, 15, rekindled her love affair for the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. She dropped nine seconds in the 200 freestyle.

“I was happy with both of them,” Moodie said. “I was having a mental thing with them before but I picked them up again and doing a lot better.

“The coaches told us not to expect anything because we have been working out so hard. I was so sore I couldn’t move on Tuesday.

“Even though I wasn’t tapered I made mostly best times,” Moodie said. “I am happy with that. It was a fun meet for sure. It’s nice to get that race experience. I am excited about getting back and training harder.”

The meet was also a great opportunity for swimmers to bond under the new SOFLO logo.

“Our team is definitely coming together, it was nice to finish fifth,” Moodie said. “Usually there are a lot of teams and we would score points here and there. At this meet we had somebody almost in every final.”

In other final night action:

Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, 21, of Texas A&M who grew up swimming with the Comets and was competing for her college’s club team, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 33.34. SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper, 17, was third in 34.09. Brittney Phelan, 17, was fourth in 34.86. Anne Kuczynski was 11th in 36.45 and Lucia Morris, 18th in 38.00.

Atkinson and Cooper also swam a 200-meter breaststroke time trial. Atkinson finished in 2:35.53 and Cooper in 2:54.76.

In the men’s 50-meter breaststroke, Alex Rodriguez, 19, was ninth in 31.15.

Caroline Kuczynski finished fourth in the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:19.35. Her previous best was 2:21.97. Kuczynski also finished ninth in the 200 individual medley in 2:23.13, another best time. Her previous best was 2:24.99.

In the men’s 200 butterfly, Luke Torres was eighth in 2:13.25 after swimming a career-best 2:10.08 in prelims.

Also in the 200 butterfly, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, 19, was tenth in 2:13.57 after swimming 2:14.63 in prelims, both career bests, bettering his seed time of 2:17.20. O’Shaughnessy was 15th in the 200 IM in 2:17.55.

Zain Qali, 22, was 18th in the 200 butterfly in 2:15.64. Tyler Sell was 22nd in 2:20.85.

In the women’s 800-meter freestyle, Emma Lincoln, 14, finished 27th in 9:42.38 and Leonie Davies, 13, was 32nd in a career-best 9:52.74. Her previous best was 10:13.99.

In another time trial, Rojas swam 2:42.96 in the 200-meter breaststroke.

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