AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 92: SOFLO’s Polyakov Wins Two More Gold Medals At Asian Championships

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 92: SOFLO’s Polyakov Wins Two More Gold Medals At Asian Championships

October 12, 2011


Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov won his second and third gold medals at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships Wednesday in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:15.9. His splits were 30.4, 34.3, 35.2 and 36.0.

Polyakov told his coach Bruno Darzi that he felt good during morning prelims to qualify (2:17.8) but felt tired in the championship final, was sluggish in the water and nearly got out-touched at the finish.

“I think my body is taking a beating and it’s hard to be performing at these conditions,” Polyakov said.

Polyakov was also a member of the winning medley relay.

Polyakov won the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes and was third in the 50-meter breaststroke, but missed making the qualifying times for the 2012 London Olympics.

There are several FINA-sanctioned meets over the next few months Polyakov and other swimmers will compete in to attempt to qualify for his third Olympics.

Polyakov, who represents Kazakhstan internationally, trains at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Local Triathlete Named To Pan Am Team

Former Florida Atlantic University student and triathlete Manny Huerta of Miami was named to the U.S. triathlon team for the Pan American Games that begin in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The former Florida Gold Coast swimmer replaces three-time Olympian Hunter Kemper, who broke his elbow during a bike crash at this past Sunday’s USA Triathlon Elite Race Series Finals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Kemper, 35, underwent a surgical procedure on Monday and is expected to have more surgery.

Huerta just returned to Costa Rica from Mexico where he finished sixth at the Oct. 9 World Cup event in Huatulco despite 100-degree temperature and humidity. He was treated for dehydration at a local hospital.

Huerta was the U.S. men’s alternate for the Pan Am Games. It is the biggest international meet for the 2012 Olympic hopeful. The men’s triathlon race is Sunday, Oct. 23.

“This will be my first time representing my country at a major games and I’m looking forward to it,” Huerta said.

South Florida will be well-represented in Mexico with SOFLO swimmers Alia Atkinson and Arlene Semeco and beach volleyball player Mark Van Zwieten of Pompano Beach.

College swimming

Florida State’s men’s and women’s teams will host SEC powers LSU, Alabama and South Carolina at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee this weekend.

The Seminoles will compete against LSU on Friday and Alabama and South Carolina on Saturday. The FSU women’s swimming and diving team will wear pink caps in honor of the Paint It Pink event honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The weekend will also be Parents Weekend for FSU parents. Several SOFLO swimmers will compete including Tiffany Oliver, Melissa Cooper, Ashley Hicks, Doug Ramos and Alex Rodriguez…

The University of Florida’s SEC meet against LSU on Saturday will be webcast live on Florida Swim Network at 1 p.m…

West Virginia men’s and women’s teams will open the season this weekend by hosting the inaugural West Virginia State Games at the WVU Natatorium. Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Marshall, West Virginia Wesleyan, Wheeling Jesuit and host WVU will compete on Friday and Saturday. The meet is the brainchild of WVU coach Vic Riggs. The teams will also be treated to a banquet Friday night at a local golf resort. West Virginia features former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kyle Bandy, a junior freestyler and butterflyer…

After a ten-year hiatus, Campbellsville University in Kentucky has reinstated the men’s swim team. Eight current student-athletes will compete as a club team before a full team is built by next fall for the 2012-13 season. Former swimmer and women’s coach Casey Smith will coach the men’s team. Smith plans to spend the next year recruiting high school seniors. Those seniors interested can contact Smith at or 1-270-789-5260.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 90: SOFLO’s Vlad Polyakov Takes Third In Asian Championships Opener

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 90: SOFLO’s Vlad Polyakov Takes Third In Asian Championships Opener

October 10, 2011


Vlad Polyakov tuned up for this week’s Olympic events Monday at the seventh Asian Age Group Championships in Palembang, Indonesia.

The SOFLO two-time Kazakhstan Olympian placed third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.66 in the 18-and-over division.

He told his SOFLO coach Bruno Darzi, “In the morning it felt easy but the night I felt jet lag but I will go all out.”

On Tuesday Polyakov will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke and Wednesday in the 200-meter breaststroke in an attempt to qualify for his third Olympics in the FINA-sanctioned meet.


SOFLO two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and SOFLO CEO and coach Chris Anderson, serving as Jamaica’s national coach, were scheduled to arrive in Guadalajara, Mexico on Tuesday after a successful high altitude training camp in central Mexico. SOFLO Olympian Arlene Semeco is already at the venue with her Venezuela team that also features St. Thomas alum and High School Swimmer of the Year Daniela Victoria of the Davie Nadadores. Both Semeco and Atkinson are medal hopefuls for their countries…

Former U.S. national team swimmer Alex Kostich won his 14th title at the 16th annual St. Croix Coral Reef Swim in the five-mile race on Sunday. Kostich, 41, won in 1 hour, 41 minutes and 18 seconds in ideal weather and water conditions. Local teenager Bryson Mays was second in 1:48.22. Mary Ruppe, 42, won the women’s title in 2:01:20. Among the field was 2000 Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman, 32, who swam with a monofin in the exhibition category. The event is directed by Randy Nutt of Coral Springs, a masters coach and swimmer…

Masters swimmers have three days to sign up for this weekend’s third annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Oct. 14-16.  Gaines is swimming and also hosting a swim clinic during the weekend. Several South Florida swimmers are making the trip…

SOFLO five-time Olympian Dara Torres coached practice at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex on Monday when Bruno Darzi was stricken ill. “I am kinda digging it,” Torres tweeted…

During this past weekend’s FSPA Invitational in Orlando, Jacksonville Bolles nearly broke the national high school record in the boys’ 200-yard medley relay in 1:30.17, unshaved and untapered. Bolles swimmer Ryan Murphy, 16, will take time off from his high school meet schedule to compete with the U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Mexico next week. He is the youngest member of the team and will swim the 200-meter backstroke. He is coached by Bolles coach Sergio Lopez, Spanish Olympic bronze medalist.

Sharon Robb can be reached at