SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships

SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships


By Sharon Robb

February 20, 2014

Florida State’s Tiffany Oliver is making her final appearance at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships a memorable one.

Oliver and her 200-yard medley relay teammates Bianca Spinazzola, Sami Pochowski and Chelsea Britt swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time and school record on Wednesday, the opening night of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Oliver, a senior competing in her final conference meet, anchored the relay that finished in 1:37.97 breaking the 2006 school record of 1:38.59. The Seminoles finished sixth in the race.

Oliver also led off the 800-yard freestyle relay that finished third with Kaitlyn Dressel, Julia Henkel and Madison Jacobi swam the Seminoles’ second NCAA “A” cut and school record time of 7:06.56.

On Thursday, Oliver competed in her third relay and individual sprint event.

Oliver led off the Seminoles 200-yard freestyle relay that finished second in 1:29.25, another NCAA “A” cut. Kaitlyn Dressel, Bianca Spinazzola and McKayla Lightbourn were also on the relay.

Oliver, first at the turn, accelerated off the wall to defend her title and win the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02, an NCAA “B” cut. Oliver was second fastest qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17, lowering her seed time of 22.44.

The Seminoles are in third place after two days of competition. Reigning champion Virginia leads with more than 500 points.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

LSU freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman swam the fifth fastest time in LSU history in the 400-yard individual medley at the Southeastern Conference Championships. Goldman finished in 3:51.55, an NCAA “B” cut. Goldman has the 100 backstroke on Friday and 200 backstroke on Saturday. He went 1:49.34 in the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday.

Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel won her fourth consecutive conference title in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:59.26. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Lauren Driscoll of Tennessee was seventh in 4:12.60, an NCAA “B” cut.

Florida’s Carlos Omana was seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:45.95, an NCAA “B” cut.

Georgia leads the women’s team standings with 879 and Florida is second with 642. Florida leads the men’s with 773.5 and Auburn is second with 721.5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Oliver Makes Final ACC Championship Appearance; Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Compete Around The Country

SOFLO’s Oliver Makes Final ACC Championship Appearance; Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Compete Around The Country


By Sharon Robb

February 17, 2014

Tiffany Oliver, one of South Florida Aquatic Club’s best-known college swimmers, will make her final appearance at this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center.

The Florida State senior is winding down a successful college career.

Oliver holds the school records in the 50-yard freestyle (22.17), 100-yard freestyle (48.17) and 200-yard freestyle (1:46.72) and been a leadoff and anchor swimmer on the relays.

The All-American qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and last two NCAA Championships. Oliver is also a returning ACC champion.

The women’s competition begins Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the relays and ends on Saturday. The men’s competition begins a week later on Feb. 26.

Other FGC swimmers competing in ACCs are Chelsie Britt, Paul Murray, Dylan Marsolek, Kevin Matheus, Jason McCormick, SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez, Juan Sequera and Phillip Sims.

FSU is coached by former FGC swimmer Frankie Bradley.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The SEC Championships begin Tuesday at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium.

University of Florida’s top-ranked men (8-0) and No. 8-ranked women (5-3) are expected to dominate the five-day meet.

The men are favored to defend their title and the women will battle it out with four-time defending champion Georgia and Texas A&M.

The Gators return eight SEC champions who have combined for 25 conference titles including seniors Marcin Cieslak and Elizabeth Beisel.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Gators coach Gregg Troy. “Championship season is always big in swimming. Everything counts the rest of the way.”

Florida Gold Coast swimmers Lindsey McKnight, Luke Torres, Ryan Rosenbaum, Austin Manganiello, Blake Manganiello, Carlos Omana, Daniel Spas, Thomas Veale and Quinn Cassidy are members of the Gators squads.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. The meet will air live on ESPN3.com on Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. The relays and diving begin on Tuesday and individual events get under way on Wednesday.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman, a freshman at LSU, will make his debut at the conference meet. Goldman has been a bright spot on the LSU men’s team in the backstroke and individual medley events.

Goldman swam the 400-yard individual medley at the Texas A&M Invite that was the tenth fastest time in LSU history. He also finished sixth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 backstroke in NCAA “B” cut times. Last season the men finished sixth at SECs.

“We are going to go out and do our best,” LSU swim coach Dave Geyer said. “The men and women know what they need to do as a team and individuals to perform at their highest levels. There’s some tough competition but we expect to see personal bests.”

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Louisville will host the inaugural meet for the newly-formed conference. Louisville is expected to sweep the team titles and top the field that also includes SMU, Cincinnati, Houston, Rutgers and Connecticut.

Former University of Miami swimmer Kelsi Worrell, now at Louisville, is favored in the 100-yard freestyle. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Chinyere Pigot, a junior sprint, will compete for Connecticut. Three-time Olympian and former FGC Swimmer of the Year Vlad Polyakov is an assistant coach at Louisville.

SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE

St. Leo College swimmer Bianca Muniz, a senior, will make her final appearance at the SSC meet at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and Pembroke Pines Charter alum and her teammates will begin competing on Wednesday.

Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University, Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Tampa and Rollins swim teams will also compete in the meet.

Lynn University’s women’s team will compete in the meet in its second year of existence. Last year, under new coach Niki Alvarez, the Knights finished sixth at the conference meet with six swimmers and 26th at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Florida Gold coast swimmers Thomas Aycart, Jared Fish and Cheyenne Rodriguez will compete for the NSU men’s team.

CCSA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Five-time defending champion Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s team will defend its title when the meet begins on Wednesday and ends Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro, a freshman and West Broward alum, will make her conference debut. Othe FGC swimmers on the roster are Victoria Ho, Maggie Holding, Evita Leter, Lindsey Meeder, and Claudia Reyes. Conference Coach of the Year Neal Studd is a former Florida Atlantic University and FGC coach.

C-USA CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Florida International University is preparing for the meet scheduled for Feb. 26-March 1 hosted in Atlanta. FGC swimmers Melissa Moreno and Hannah Vandersluis are on the women’s roster. SOFLO’s Maria Lopez will be joining the team in the fall.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Stacked Field Entered In This Weekend’s Arena Grand Prix

Stacked Field Entered In This Weekend’s Arena Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

January 15, 2014

There will be plenty of world-class swimmers competing this weekend when the Arena Grand Prix Series resumes at the University of Texas Lee and Joe Jamail Aquatic Center in Austin.

The three-day meet that begins on Friday will be the first long course meet of the series.

A field of 423 athletes are entered including forty USA Swimming National Team swimmers and thirty Olympic gold medalists.

Heading the field are Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers and Allison Schmidt.

Canadian Olympian Martha McCabe was forced to withdraw from the meet with a stress fracture in her clavicle.

Even though he is on the psych sheet for Austin, Ryan Lochte, training full-time with SwimMAC after being sidelined after a freak MCL knee injury, will not be ready until the Feb. 13-15 Orlando stop, SwimMAC coach Dave Marsh said.

Universal Sports Network will have live coverage on Friday and Saturday. There will also be a live webcast streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org.

A total of $150,000 in prize money is available in the six-meet series. First place earns $500, second is $300 and third is $100.

Connor Dwyer and Megan Romano are currently leading the Arena Grand Prix Series standings after the first of six meets.

OTHER SWIMMING NEWS

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman, a St. Thomas Aquinas alum, won three events to lead LSU men’s team to a 185-112 victory over SMU. Goldman, a freshman, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:49.95, 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.34 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.10…LSU also defeated Oklahoma Baptist, 51-26. Oklahoma Baptist is coached by Sam Freas, former executive director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Florida Gold Coast coach…

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana of the University of Florida, was named the first Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Week for 2014. Omana won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:08.26 and 400-yard individual medley in 3:54.69 in the Gators’ 180-118 win over Florida…Florida Southern’s Luis Rojas and Lauren Reynolds won the Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Week honors…

North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt among others to Olympic gold, is writing a book that is expected to come out in late 2015 or early 2016. While some of his swimming experiences will be included, the book will dwell more on goal-setting, business and personal development.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Florida Gold Coast’s Brandon Goldman Shines At Sectionals

Florida Gold Coast’s Brandon Goldman Shines At Sectionals


Written by Sharon Robb

March 16, 2013

Brandon Goldman is leaving a lasting impression at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The Florida Gold Coast swimmer has made “A” finals in every event he has competed in during the four-day meet and Saturday night he turned in another outstanding performance against a fast field.

Goldman, 18, finished fourth in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 58.13, bettering his previous best time of 58.91. He was seeded ninth in the event.

Twenty minutes later, Goldman finished sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.42, another lifetime best. His previous best was 2:11.42. He was seeded ninth.

“I was still out of breath when I got on the blocks,” Goldman said. “I train all season for backstroke and IM so I am not going to give it up because the races are back-to-back. It just makes it harder.”

Goldman, one of the top swimmers in the Florida Gold Coast, is taking it day-by-day and appreciating every moment at meets and training before he takes off for LSU later this summer.

“I am excited about the future but I am taking it day by day,” Goldman said. “I have my last summer here and I want to enjoy my time.

“This is the meet I was pretty much training for, I was hoping to do well here,” Goldman said. “I was hoping to do around these times, maybe a little faster in the 200 IM but that was a hard turn around. I am happiest with my 400 IM race and time (4:33.46).”

On Saturday night, Goldman didn’t get a chance to swim against 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte who has been sick most of the week. He scratched from finals including the backstroke and 200 IM and withdrew from Sunday’s events.

“It’s really cool to see where I can match up with these swimmers,” Goldman said. “I just try to stay focused on my own race and myself.

“Meets like this helps my confidence a lot,” Goldman said. “I am really happy with how I swam. I have Senior Championships next week and I am hoping to do well there. I am swimming the same events plus the 50 backstroke.”

Goldman swims the 200-meter backstroke on Sunday.

Also in the 200 IM final, University of Florida freshman Luke Torres, another FGC swimmer, was fourth in a lifetime-best 2:09.54, dropping from 2:18.49. He was seeded 27th in the event and fifth fastest after morning prelims.

Among Saturday night highlights, Brazilian world champion Cesar Cielo, coming off knee injury, won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.20. Cielo was swimming unattached for Swim Fort Lauderdale. Erika Erndl of T2 Naples won the women’s splash and dash in 26.51.

Bolles boys team broke the 19-year-old meet record in the 400-meter medley relay in 3:47.13.

Headed into the fourth and final day of competition, Davie Nadadores leads the men’s team standings with 626 points. Bluefish Swim Club leads the women with 623. Coral Springs men’s team is tenth with 97 and women’s team is 19th with 55.5 points.

DAY THREE RESULTS

TEAM TOTALS

WOMEN: 1. Bluefish Swim Club 623, 2. Area Tallahassee 431, 3. Davie Nadadores 399, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 266, 5. Seacoast 235, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 169.5, 7. Pine Crest Swimming 147, 10. Plantation Swim Team 116, 14. AK Sharks 78, 15. Gulliver 77, 19. Coral Springs Swim Club 55.5, 22. PAQ 33, 24. SwimFast 29, 26. Hurricane Aquatics 21, 28. Martin County Aquatics 16, 29. Jupiter Dragons 15, 30. Lake Lytal Lightning 14, 33. North Palm Beach 6, Wellington Wahoos 6.

MEN: 1. Davie Nadadores 626, 2. Bluefish Swim Club 544, 3. Bolles 426, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 254, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 97, 11. SOFLO 81, 13. PAQ 54, 16. Lake Lytal Lightning 41, 18. AK Sharks 19, 25. Jupiter Dragons 7, 26. Martin County 6, 27. Pine Crest 4, 28. Wellington Wahoos 3.

WOMEN

100-meter backstroke: 1. Carolina Colorado, Davie Nadadores 1:01.70.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Jan Mangimelli, Gulliver 2:17.59.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Erndl, T2 Naples 26.51.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Andreina Pinto, Unattached UF 4:17.53.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Davie Nadadores 4:20.22.

MEN

100-meter backstroke: 1. Ark Vyatchanin, Florida 55.09.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Joseph Schooling, Bolles 2:04.09.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Cesar Cielo, Unattached Swim Fort Lauderdale 22.20.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Martin Grodzki, Unattached Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:56.25.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Bolles 3:47.13.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Ready For Florida Gold Coast Meets In Boca Raton, Coral Springs

SOFLO Ready For Florida Gold Coast Meets In Boca Raton, Coral Springs


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 20, 2012

Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson heads a large contingent of South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers for the FLA International Invitational that begins on Thursday at Florida Atlantic University Aquatic Complex in Boca Raton.

Atkinson, 23, is competing in six events including all three breaststroke events. It will be her last meet before heading to training camp before the 2012 Olympics where she will represent Jamaica and her coach Chris Anderson will be on the coaching staff for Jamaica.

SOFLO has nearly 100 swimmers competing in the four-day meet including 9-year-olds Kyana Castro, Trinity Hoyos, Michelle Marinheiro, Emma Perera and 8-year-old Sara Quintero of the Comets.

The boys’ contingent is led by Florida State’s Alex Rodriguez, 21, college-scholarship-bound Xavier Brown, 17, and Marc Rojas, 18, and 9-year-olds Nicolas Drolet, John Paul Handal, Akira Huang, Nicolas Rossi and 9-year-old Sebastian Lares of the Comets.

Other familiar faces on the team are Bianca Muniz, 20, and Shawn Clark, 25.

IF YOU GO

What: FLA International Invitational

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, finals 4:30 p.m.; Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m., Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

Where: Florida Atlantic University Aquatic Complex, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

Admission: Admission $6 per session includes heat sheet; two-day pass, $20, all-session pass, $35. For information call 954-468-5590.

Inaugural Michael Lohberg Invitational Honors Six-Time Olympic Coach’s Legacy And Spirit

Three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco, Brandon Goldman and Luke Torres are among several former swimmers of six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg who will honor his legacy and spirit at the inaugural meet named in his honor.

The inaugural Michael Lohberg Invitational begins Thursday and ends Sunday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Lohberg died April 4, 2011 at age 61 after a lengthy battle with aplastic anemia.

Over seventeen years, Lohberg built a world-class program at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. He coached CSSC to nine Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Championships and was inducted into the 2009 Broward County Sports Hall of Fame. He also co-founded the South Florida Aquatic Club based at Coral Springs and Pembroke Pines.

Semeco, 28, who will represent Venezuela next month at the London Olympics, is seeded first in the 50-meter freestyle ahead of Lindsey McKnight, also a former Lohberg swimmer, and Megan Moroney, members of St. Andrew’s Swimming’s junior national team champion.

Semeco is also seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.92.

Semeco was one of a record eight CSSC swimmers Lohberg coached to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lohberg qualified at least one swimmer for six Olympic Games from 1984 to 2008. He had four swimmers make the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Junior National qualifier Brandon Goldman, 17, one of Lohberg’s prized pupils, and Tristan Celestin, 13, are each seeded in four events.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are St. Andrew’s, Rockway, Martin County, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Blue Marlins and Heritage Aquatics.

SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Brandon Goldman, 17, 400-meter individual medley, 4:39.27; 100-meter backstroke 59.26; 50-meter backstroke, 28.49; 200-meter backstroke, 2:08.60

Gina Gautieri, 19, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:16.61; 50-meter breaststroke, 35.79

Luke Torres, 18, 100-meter butterfly, 56.69; 50-meter breaststroke, 30.60; 100-meter freestyle, 53.48

Catharine Cooper, 12, 50-meter freestyle, 28.95; 100-meter freestyle 1:03.30

Tristan Celestin, 13, 50-meter freestyle, 26.92; 50-meter butterfly, 29.44; 50-meter breaststroke, 33.18; 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.48

Isabella Pittinger, 12, 100-meter backstroke, 1:14.63; 50-meter backstroke 34.26

Steph Campo, 14, 100-meter backstroke, 1:11.58; 50-meter backstroke, 33.57; 200-meter backstroke, 2:29.91

Collin Burt, 13, 50-meter backstroke, 30.89

Christian Carlson, 12, 50-meter backstroke, 35.51

Emily Greenwood, 17, 50-meter backstroke, 31.55

Breaststroker Gina Gautieri, after finishing her freshman year at Bucknell, is in the field and seeded first in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke.

The meet is sponsored by the Coral Springs Swim Club and Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. Volunteers will wear t-shirts with Lohberg’s likeness and special medals have been designed for the meet.

The meet will feature prelims and finals, Friday through Sunday except for relays, 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley. Thursday’s opening session are timed finals for all swimmers.

Age groups are 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-and-over. Meet director is Charlie Alexander.

IF YOU GO

What: Michael Lohberg Invitational

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, 5 p.m. timed finals; Friday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5:30 p.m. finals, Saturday, 8:30 a.m., finals, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 8:30 a.m., finals, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $2 per session. For information call 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 

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Goldman’s Success Continues On Final Day; Torres Wins Final Tune-Up In Texas Before Trials

Goldman’s Success Continues On Final Day; Torres Wins Final Tune-Up In Texas Before Trials


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 20, 2012

Brandon Goldman of the South Florida Aquatic Club was at his best during the three-day Texas Senior Circuit Meet in College Station, Tex.

In four events, Goldman, 17, who will be a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas in the fall, posted six best times, all back-to-back in three events during prelims and finals including a second Junior National qualifying cut time.

On Sunday, Goldman showed no signs of letting up, placing second in the 100-meter backstroke in 59.88. Goldman was third at the turn in 29.47 and came home in 30.41, second fastest split of the field, to place second, his highest finish in the meet.

Goldman was also third in the 200-meter individual medley in back-to-back best times of 2:13.56 in prelims and 2:12.04 in finals, bettering his previous best of 2:15.34.

It was Goldman’s best performance at a national-caliber meet. Goldman has junior national cut times in both the 400-meter individual medley (4:39.27) and 100-meter backstroke (59.26).

In what looked like a time trial at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, five-time Olympian Dara Torres of the Coral Springs Swim Club won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.43 in her final pre-Olympic Trials tune-up.

Two-time Olympian and teammate Arlene Semeco of Venezuela was second in 25.83 and three-time U.S. Olympic trials qualifier and teammate Jessie Alcaide was third in 26.36. Fifteen-year-old Simone Manuel was fourth in 26.39 after competing in both the 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke.

Several other SOFLO swimmers, looking to gain experience on the national stage, turned in a solid final day of swims including two best times against a competitive field.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, Xavier Brown, 17, qualified for the “C” final in 25.86 and came back to finish third in consolations and 11th overall in 25.79.

Leaving a lasting impression, Leonie Davies, 15, posted a best time of 9:30.15 in the 800-meter freestyle to finish 12th. Her previous best was 9:46.50.

Davies was competing in her first meet in Texas, where she will move with her family next month and start training at The Woodlands.

Evelin Jimenez, 16, posted a best time in the 50-meter freestyle in 29.16 bettering her previous best of 29.19.

In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, Maria Lopez, 16, qualified for the “B” final in 2:25.87 and came back to finish second in consolations and 10th overall in 2:24.76.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman Races To Second USA Swimming Junior National Cut In Texas

SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman Races To Second USA Swimming Junior National Cut In Texas


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 19, 2012

For the second night in a row, Brandon Goldman turned in the team’s top performance at the Texas Senior Circuit Meet Saturday night in College Station, Tex.

Goldman, 17, earned his second junior national cut time and placed fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best time of 4:39.27 in the “A” championship final, more than a five second time drop.

Goldman had bettered his previous best time (4:44.46) in morning prelims in 4:42.09 and then turned it on in the championship final including a 31.60 split in the last 50-meter freestyle.

“This whole meet I have been really nervous before each race because I wasn’t sure how I would do,” Goldman said. “I had been training well. I knew I would get it together. I am excited about the times I’ve been going and happy to get have two junior national cuts.

“I’ve been doing a lot more training and been getting close to best times in practice. Aerobically and physically I’ve been more fit. I feel like I am getting a lot stronger.”

After dropping time in morning prelims, Goldman saw there was still room for improvement for the finals.

“I knew in the morning my fly was too slow,” Goldman said. “In my back I kept the tempo up. The breaststroke I did whatever comes out for me. The freestyle I was a little bit tired, a little bit dead. I gave whatever I had.”

Goldman said the 200 backstroke and 400 IM were his two best races.

“I wasn’t tapered for this meet at all, so I was just thinking let’s see what I can do,” Goldman said. “I didn’t have any specific cuts.

“This helps my confidence a lot. I’ve always been a nervous swimmer. The more and more swims I get, it helps my confidence. I swim best when I am confident obviously. When I feel my back is up against the wall I really swim well.”

It is Goldman’s third appearance at the Texas Senior Circuit meet. The indoor facility and meet are among his favorites. “I love the pool,” he said.

Goldman has the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley left to swim on Sunday, the third and final day of the meet.

“These are shorter, more fun events for me,” Goldman said. “They are two of my best races and important to me.”

Goldman’s 400 IM splits were: butterfly (29.04, 33.65), backstroke (35.99, 35.19), breaststroke (40.10, 41.09) and freestyle (32.61, 31.60).

Goldman got his first junior national cut in March at the Purdue Invitational in the 100-meter backstroke where he won the “B” final in 59.26 and swam back-to-back best times despite being sick.

It was also Goldman’s second consecutive appearance in an “A” final at the Texas meet. On Friday, he swam back-to-back best times and finished fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.60 on opening night.

“He has been training really harder lately,” said Coral Springs Swim Club head coach Bruno Darzi. “We didn’t really back off training for him at all and he’s not really tapered for this meet.

“I can’t really say I am surprised because of the way he’s been training,” Darzi said. “It was a good race and good confidence-boost for him.”

Goldman and Darzi sat down and talked about the race on Friday. Both wrote predicted splits for his race. Darzi nailed the backstroke and breaststroke splits and was 4/10ths off his finish time.

In other SOFLO swimmer performances:

Evelin Jimenez and Maria Lopez, a pair of 16-year-olds, turned in best times. Jimenez swam 1:09.51 in the 100-meter butterfly and Lopez went 2:16.31 in the 200-meter freestyle. Lopez also swam the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.86.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Jessie Alcaide, 27, was sixth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.26, better than her morning time of 1:03.79 but off her best time of 1:02.23.

Xavier Brown, 17, swam 1:03.25 in the 100-meter butterfly.

In Sunday’s women’s 50-meter freestyle, Dara Torres of Coral Springs Swim Club and SOFLO swimmers Jessie Alcaide, Arlene Semeco and Evelin Jimenez will compete. It will be Torres’ final tune-up meet before the U.S. trials where she attempts to qualify for her sixth Olympic team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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