Three More Records Fall At Speedo Junior Nationals; SOFLO’s Marinheiro Swims Best Time

Three More Records Fall At Speedo Junior Nationals; SOFLO’s Marinheiro Swims Best Time


August 8, 2013

At one of the fastest Speedo Junior Nationals in meet history, more records tumbled on Wednesday night in Irvine, Calif.

After seven meets were broken on Monday and Tuesday, three more were shattered on the third day of the weeklong competition.

Justin Lynch rebroke his own meet record in the 100-meter butterfly. Lynch won the event in 52.91. Bolles Caeleb Dressel was second in a best time 53.31.

Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia broke the men’s 400-meter freestyle record in 3:51.99, breaking the previous mark of Nicholas Caldwell’s 2010 record of 3:52.32.

Dynamo broke another meet record in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 7:30.87.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro dropped time in the 400-meter freestyle, swimming a best time 4:22.78, dropping from 4:22.89.

On Thursday Marinheiro will swim the girls 200-meter freestyle and teammate Julien Pinon will swim the boys 200-meter freestyle.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Megan Moroney of St. Andrew’s Swimming, 20th in the 400-meter freestyle. She went a best time 4:18.35 in prelims and came back with a 4:18.59 in finals.



400-meter freestyle: 1. Danielle Valley, Sarasota YMCA 4:10.55; FGC: 20. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 4:18.59 (4:18.35, best time); 62. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:22.78, best time, 117. Olivia Katcher, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:28.96.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Katie McLaughlin, Mission Viejo 59.07; FGC: 39. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:02.05, 59. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:02.56, 159. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:05.02.


400-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova of Virginia 3:51.99, meet record; FGC: 32. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:00.60, best time, 37. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:01.22, 87. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest 4:04.73, best time.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Justin Lynch, Terrapins 52.91, meet record; FGC: 24. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 56.58 (55.55, best time), Juan Ballestas, Metro Aquatics, DQ.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Dynamo Swim Club 7:30.87, meet record, 2. Swim Atlanta 7:34.27, 3. Dayton Raiders 7:34.50.

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SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Takes Second On Opening Day Of Sectionals

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Takes Second On Opening Day Of Sectionals


July 18, 2013

Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club swam a lifetime-best and took a silver medal Thursday night at the Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship in Orlando.

Marinheiro, 16, finished second in the 1500-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 17:04.87 at the YMCA Aquatic Center’s indoor facility.

Her previous best was 17:10.20. SOFLO teammate Kylie Herman, 16, also swam a lifetime-best 18:22.41 dropping from 18:26.81.

“It was a good showing the first night,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “There are a lot of good people here”

Bolles’ Ashley Neidigh won the 1500 in 17:00.59.

St. Andrew’s Swimming won the girls 200-meter medley relay in 1:58.52 with Texas-bound Tasija Karosas, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Megan Moroney and Caroline Nava.

St. Andrew’s was also second in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:47.10 with Brenna Ruth, Tasija Karosas, Caroline Nava and Megan Moroney.

Westminster Academy swept the boys 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

The four-day meet, featuring 64 teams and 629 swimmers, continues Friday with prelims and finals.



1500-meter freestyle:

1.Ashley Neidigh, Bolles 17:00.59; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 17:04.87, best time, 19. Kelley Heron 18:17.07, 21. Kylie Herman 18:22.41, best time.

200-meter medley relay:

1.St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:58.52 (Tasija, Karosas, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Megan Moroney, Caroline Nava); 19. SOFLO “A” 2:07.83 (Marcella Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro), 24. SOFLO “B” 2:10.52 (Kelley Heron, Bianca Muniz, Amber Hunter, Kylie Herman).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 1:45.53 (Justine Mueller, Elise Haan, Ksenia Golovkina, Erika Erndl), 20. SOFLO “A” 1:54.87 (Maria Lopez, Marcella Marinheiro, Amber Hunter, Melissa Marinheiro), 29. SOFLO “B” 1:58.43 (Kelley Heron, Kylie Herman, Delanie Perez, Bianca Muniz).


800-meter freestyle:

1.Arthur Frayler, GAAC 8:16.80; SOFLO: 32. Marc Rojas 8:43.85.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Westminster Academy 1:42.42 (Daniel Ramirez, Gregory Penny, Garland Sullivan, Anthony Barbar), 9. SOFLO “A” 1:50.11 (Carlo Morante, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Parada, Xavier Brown), 13. SOFLO “B” 1:52.38 (Juan Lucas, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Capote).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Westminster Academy 1:32.87 (Daniel Ramirez, Daniel Robbins, Garland Sullivan, Anthony Barbar), 11. SOFLO “A” 1:40.52 (Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Parada, Endi Babi, Marc Rojas), 18. SOFLO “B” 1:44.26 (Matthew Gonzalez, Alexander Monti, Gustavo Valery, Ryan Capote).


What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Friday-Sunday.

Schedule: Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 4 p.m.

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

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Florida State Fires Swim Coach Neil Harper

Florida State Fires Swim Coach Neil Harper

April 5, 2013

Neil Harper, who coaches South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver and Alex Rodriguez and recently recruited Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jemal LeGrand of Davie, will not be returning to Florida State next season.

FSU athletic director Randy Spetman said Friday a national search for a new coach has begun.

“The decision to make a change in our swimming program was very difficult,” Spetman said in a statement released on Friday. “We believe that our program can be more successful and at this time needs to go in a different direction.”

Harper was at FSU for fourteen years. The Seminoles finished 23rd and 31st nationally in the men’s and women’s championships and were fourth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Kuczynski Finishes Fourth At World Trials

Caroline Kuczynski missed making this summer’s World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Kuczynski, 22, of Pointe-Claire Swim Club after swimming back-to-back lifetime-bests in the 50-meter butterfly (27.33 and27.44) two days earlier, finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.70 Friday night at the World Championship Trials in Victoria, B.C.

Kuczynski, who trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club when home, had the third fastest time in morning prelims in 59.69.

“At least you can’t tell if I’m crying or if it’s my pink eye infections,” Kuczynski tweeted shortly after her race.

Noemie Thomas had the fastest qualifying time in 58.89, under the FINA standard, and just off the national record of 57.97 of Katerine Savard.

Savard, the second fastest qualifier in 59.13, won the event in 58.06. Thomas finished second in the final in 58.31.

Ryan Cochrane, 24, won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:47.08.

Armstrong Out Of Masters Meet

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was forced to withdraw from the Masters South Central Zone Championships in Texas after FINA voiced its objection to his participation.

Armstrong, banned for life from sanctioned Olympic sport competition because of his performance-enhancing drug use during his pro cycling career, had entered three distance events at the University of Texas meet. He had been cleared by U.S. Masters swimming officials to compete.

Armstrong, 41, was entered in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle events.

Since USMS falls under the FINA umbrella as a sanctioning body, it must follow the World Anti-Doping Code and bar Armstrong from the meet.

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Third Time A Charm For Georgia Bulldogs At NCAAs

Third Time A Charm For Georgia Bulldogs At NCAAs

Written by Sharon Robb

March 23, 2013

Megan Romano was leaving nothing to chance on the last leg of the final event at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The University of Georgia senior split a 46.25 on the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay to clinch the team title for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs won the relay in style in 3:09.40 to break the NCAA and U.S. Open record.

After two runner-up finishes, the Bulldogs put an exclamation point on their long-awaited team title victory for veteran coach Jack Bauerle and first team title since 2005. It was the sixth team title in the program’s history. Only Stanford has won more with nine.

Romano was joined on the winning relay by Shannon Vreeland, Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem and Olympian Allison Schmitt, who sat out last year to train and make the 2012 London Olympics.

Arizona took the American record in the 400 free relay in 3:10.63 with Megan Lafferty, Margo Geer, Kait Flederback and Monica Drake.

The Bulldogs totaled 477 points to dethrone two-time defending champion California, second with 393 and counting the days until Olympian Missy Franklin starts classes in the fall.

Tennessee was third with 325.5, Texas A&M fourth with 323.5, Arizona, 311 and University of Florida with 305 points. University of Miami was 20th with 40 points thanks to its diving program and Florida State finished a disappointing 32nd with 12 points.

The Georgia Bulldogs were in great shape headed into Saturday’s finals. The Bulldogs advanced nine swimmers into the third and final night of competition. It was two more “A” finalists than the seeds had them at.

California’s 15-point deficit was just too much to make up. The Bears were trying to win their fourth title in the program’s history.

California freshman Elizabeth Pelton won the 200-yard backstroke in an American, U.S. Open and NCAA record 1:47.84. Pelton was out in 25.93 followed by splits of 27.12, 27.41 and 27.38.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Arizona’s Margo Geer won in 47.19. Romano was second in 47.37. University of Florida’s Natalie Hinds set a school record in 47.73 for third place.

Texas senior Laura Sogar won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:05.41 taking down American record holder Breeja Larson. Minnesota senior Haley Spencer was second in 2:06.15. Texas A&M’s Larson was third in 2:06.24.

In the 1,650-yard freestyle, Haley Anderson of Southern California took it out fast and held on for the win in 15:45.98. Top seed Sarah Henry of Texas A&M was second in 15:46.41. Indiana’s Lindsey Vrooman was third in 15:50.73.

Tennessee junior Tori Lamp won the platform diving title with 335.35 points. University of Miami sophomore Kara McCormack was fifth with 284.95.

Florida Gulf Coast sophomore Emma Svensson of Sweden was the recipient of the Elite 89 Award for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Svensson, an Economics major, carries a 4.0 GPA. She was presented the award during Saturday’s meet. The award embraces the true essence of a student-athlete.


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 477, 2. California 393, 3. Tennessee 325.5, 4. Texas A&M 323.5, 5. Arizona 311, 6. Florida 305, 7. Southern Cal 291, 8. Stanford 246, 9. Texas 186, 10. Minnesota 141, 20. Miami, 40, 32. Florida State 12.

1,650-yard freestyle:

1.Haley Anderson, Southern California 15:45.98, 2. Sarah Henry, Texas A&M 15:46.41, 3. Lindsey Vrooman, Indiana 15:50.73.

200-yard backstroke:

1.Elizabeth Pelton, California 1:47.84, 2. Dominique Bouchard, Missouri 1:50.06, 3. Elizabeth Beisel, Florida 1:51.17, 41. Johanna Gustafsdottir, Florida International 1:56.74, 49. Sonia Perez Arau, Florida International 1:58.58.

100-yard freestyle:

1.Margo Geer, Arizona 47.19, 2. Megan Romano, Georgia 47.37, 3. Natalie Hinds, Florida 47.73, 17. Tiffany Oliver, Florida State 48.63, 44. Harper Bruens, Tennessee 49.63

200-yard breaststroke:

1.Laura Sogar, Texas 2:05.41, 2. Haley Spencer, Minnesota 2:06.15, 3. Breeja Larson, Texas A&M 2:06.24, 50. Eszter Bucz, Florida Atlantic 2:15.89.

200-yard butterfly:

1.Cammile Adams, Texas A&M 1:52.61, 2. Lauren Harrington, Georgia 1:54.39, 3. Carolyn Blalock 1:54.65, 15. Caroline Kuczynski, Arizona State 1:57.71.

Platform diving:

1.Haley Ishimatsu, Southern Cal 396.75, 2.Victoria Lamp, Tennessee 328.60, 3. Amy Cozad, Indiana 325.20, 6. Kara McCormack, Miami 286.20.

400-yard freestyle relay:

1.Georgia 3:09.40 (Shannon Vreeland, Chantal Van Landeghem, Allison Schmitt, Megan Romano), 2. Arizona 3:10.63, 3. California 3:11.58; Florida State, DQ (Kaitlyn Dressel, Tiffany Oliver, Grace Hoffman, Kelsey Buckley).

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Georgia, California In Dogfight After Day Two Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships

Georgia, California In Dogfight After Day Two Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships


March 23, 2013

Two-time defending champion California is not making it easy for upset-minded Georgia, a two-time runner-up, after two days of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Georgia still remains in the lead with 300 points but California is closing the gap, currently in second place with 285. Tennessee is third with 263.5 points. Florida is eighth, University of Miami is 22nd, mainly because of its diving, and Florida State is 30th.

American record holder Breeja Larson of Texas A&M defended her 100-yard breaststroke in a meet record in 57.63.

Auburn junior Olivia Scott, a runner-up last year, won the 100-yard butterfly in 51.64. She finished ahead of Cal’s Rachel Bootsma in 51.68 and Florida’s Ellese Zalewski in 52.69.

Bootsma, a freshman, swam the second fastest backstroke in NCAA history, to win in 50.13. Florida freshman Sinead Russell, a Canadian Olympian, was second in 51.46 and Brooklyn Snodgrass of Indiana, another Canadian, was third in 51.52.

University of Florida junior Elizabeth Beisel won her second NCAA title and first in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:00.49.

The Gators are eighth with 189 points going into the third and final day of the meet.

“I am really proud of how the team came back after yesterday,” said Gators coach Gregg Troy. “I thought we swam really well in the morning. We are still not quite firing on all cylinders. We raced tough the whole time, everybody was in the races. Elizabeth did great in the 400 IM.”

In the relay competition, Tennessee won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.95. Cal was second in 1:35.53. Georgia did not final. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Georgia came back to win in 6:54.43 with Olympian Allison Schmitt anchoring. Cal was third in 6:57.44.

Schmitt also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.85 ahead of Cal’s Elizabeth Pelton in 1:42.13. Georgia swept three of the top four places with Megan Romano and Shannon Vreeland.

Casey Mathews, a junior at Purdie, won the 3-meter springboard title with 386.55 points.
SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver competed on Florida State’s relays but did not swim the 200-yard freestyle opting instead for a declared false start.


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 300, 2. California 285, 3. Tennessee 263.5, 4. Arizona 246, 5. Texas A&M 216, 6. Southern California 194, 7. Stanford 189.5, 8. Florida 189, 9. Texas 115, 10. Minnesota 99,22. University of Miami 24, 30. Florida State 9.

200-yard medley relay:

1.Tennessee 1:34.95, 2. California 1:35.53, 3. Arizona 1:35.69, 4. Florida 1:36.06, 26. Arizona State (Taylor Wohrley, Alexandra Popa, Carolina Kuczynski, Shannon Landgrebbe).

400-yard individual medley:

1.Elizabeth Beisel, Florida 4:00.49, 2. Maya Dirado, Stanford 4:01.02, 3. Caitlin Leverenz, California 4:02.98, 39. Sonia Perez-Arau, Florida International 4:16.25, 40. Lauren Driscoll, California 4:16.32.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Olivia Scott, Auburn 51.64, 2. Rachel Bootsma, California 51.68, 3. Ellese Zalewski, Florida 51.69, 22. Caroline Kuczynski, Arizona State 53.01.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Allison Schmitt, Georgia 1:41.85, 2. Elizabeth Pelton, California 1:42.13, 3. Megan Romano, Georgia 1:42.64, 48. Lindsey McKnight, Florida 1:48.49.

100-yard breaststroke:

1.Breeja Larson, Texas A&M 57.63, 2. Kasey Carlson, Southern Cal 58.36, 3. Katie Meili, Columbia 59.14, 41. Sofia Johansson, Miami 1:01.56, 47. Eszter Bucz, Florida Atlantic 1:03.27.

100-yard backstroke:

1.Rachel Bootsma, California 50.13, 2. Sinead Russell, Florida 51.46, 3. Brooklyn Snodgrass, Indiana 51.52, 49. Johanna Gustafsdottir, Florida International 54.92, 50. Emma Svensson, Florida Gulf Coast 55.31.

3-meter springboard diving:

1.Casey Matthews, Purdue 386.55, 2. Hailey Casper, Arizona State 377.70, 3. Kelly Hendricks, Eastern Michigan 356.05, 8. Lindsey Lester, Miami 320.45, 24. Carrie Dragland, Miami 294.25, 35. Kara McCormack, Miami 262.80.

800-meter freestyle relay:

1.Georgia 6:54.43, 2. Arizona 6:57.26, 3. California 6:57.44, 7. Florida 7:02.54., 16. Florida State (Kaitlyn Dressel, Tiffany Oliver, Madison Jacobi, Elizabeth Pepper).

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SOFLO’s Oliver Finishes 10th; Georgia, Tennessee Leaders On Day One Of NCAA Women’s Championships

SOFLO’s Oliver Finishes 10; Georgia, Tennessee Leaders After Day One Of Women’s NCAA Championships


March 21, 2013

On the opening night of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Georgia took the lead as expected with surprise runner-up team Tennessee close behind.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver, a junior at No. 22-ranked Florida State, was tenth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.23.

Oliver also led off the Seminoles 17th place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:30.28 with teammates Kaitlyn Dressel, Katie Cook and Grace Hoffman.

Tennessee opened with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:27.14 for its first-ever win in the event in the program’s history.

Winning relay members were senior Caroline Simmons, freshman Faith Johnson, junior Lindsay Gendron and senior Kelsey Floyd.

Southern Cal’s Haley Anderson repeated as NCAA champion in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.66. During the race, seven swimmers were in contention but it was Anderson who had the fastest last 50 yards.

Olympian Allison Schmitt, who has won the 500 title her first three years at Georgia before red-shirting last year to train for the Olympics, finished sixth in 4:36.73.

California swept the top two spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Olympian Caitlin Leverenz defended her title winning in 1:53.39 and freshman teammate Elizabeth Pelton was second in 1:53.82.

Arizona junior Margo Greer won her first NCAA title in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 21.73. Megan Romano of Georgia was second in 21.88. Another Arizona junior, Samantha Pickens won the 1-meter diving title with 348.445 points. University of Miami’s Carrie Dragland and Kara McCormack finished 12th and 13th.

Tennessee finished the night with another relay win, this time in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:28.51 with Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Kelsey Floyd and Lindsay Gendron. Florida was eighth in 3:33.61.

On the opening day of prelims and finals, more than 80 percent of swimmers in individual events were slower than their seed time for the meet. According to head coach Arthur Albiero of Louisville, three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov is an assistant coach, only 45 out of 231 individual swims in morning prelims were faster than their seed times.


Two-time all-county swimmer Jemal LeGrand, an Olympian for Aruba his senior year, verbally committed to Florida State. Legrand, a state runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle, is expected to sign on April 17th when the regular signing period opens for swimming.


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 163, 2. Tennessee 150.5, 3. Arizona 127, 4. California 102, 5. Stanford 90.5, 6. Southern Cal 90, 7. Florida 74, 8. Texas A&M 72, 9. Texas 65, 10. Minnesota 41, 21. University of Miami 9, 23. Florida State 7.

200-yard freestyle relay:

1.Tennessee 1:27.14 (Caroline Simmons, Faith Johnson, Lindsay Gendron, Kelsey Floyd), 2. Georgia 1:27.38, 3. Arizona 1:27.51, 8. Florida 1:28.93 (Ellese Zalewski, Natalie Hinds, Sinead Russell, Lindsey McKnight), 17. Florida State 1:30.28 (Tiffany Oliver, Kaitlyn Dressel, Katie Cook, Grace Hoffman).

500-yard freestyle:

1.Haley Anderson, SOCAL 4:34.66, 2. Amber McDermott, Georgia 4:34.86, 3. Shannon Vreeland, Georgia 4:35.95, 47. Lauren Driscoll, California 4:47.95.

200-yard individual medley:

1.Caitlin Leverenz, California 1:53.39, 2. Elizabeth Pelton, California 1:53.82, 3. Maya Dirado, Stanford 1:53.86, 56. Lindsey McKnight, Florida 2:01.25, 61. Eszter Bucz, Florida Atlantic 2:01.84.

50-yard freestyle:

1.Margo Geer, Arizona 21.73, 2. Megan Romano, Georgia 21.88, 3. Faith Johnson, Tennessee 21.89, 10. Tiffany Oliver, Florida State 22.23, 24. Harper Bruens, Tennessee 22.49.

1-meter springboard diving

1.Samantha Pickens, Arizona 348.45, 2. Margaret Keefer, Minnesota 338.20, 3. Jodie McGroarty, Tennessee 335.75, 12. Carrie Dragland, Miami 314.20, 13. Kara McCormack, Miami 308.25, 27. Lindsay Lester, Miami 268.75.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Tennessee 3:28.51 (Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Kelsey Floyd, Lindsay Gendron), 2. Arizona 3:28.83, 3. California 3:29.47, 8. Florida 3:33.61, 23. Arizona State 3:36.90 (Taylor Wohrley, Alexandra Popa, Caroline Kuczynski, Shannon Landgrebbe).

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 233: Kuczynski Shines In Her Final PAC-12 Meet

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 233: Kuczynski Shines In Her Final PAC-12 Meet

Written by Sharon Robb

March 5, 2003

Caroline Kuczynski and her Arizona State teammates finished sixth at the always-tough PAC-12 Swimming and Diving Women’s Championship last week in Federal Way, Washington.

Kuczynski, 22, the Sun Devils senior team captain who frequently trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club, made her final appearance a lasting memory.

After a long week of racing on the final day of competition Kuczynski finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in a lifetime-best of 1:56.38 which beat the NCAA “B” cut. Kuczynski is ranked 17th in the event on the NCAA Division I Championship psych sheet.

Earlier in the meet, Kuczynski, an All-American, swam another NCAA “B” cut winning the “B” final of the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 52.48, ranked 23rd on the psych sheet.

Kuczynski and her teammates finished fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA “B” cut of 1:39.06, third best time in the program’s history. Kuczynski was also a member of the fifth place 400-yard medley relay in 3:35.47, an NCAA “B” cut.

Kuczynski was third in the “C” final of the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.38, also an NCAA “B” cut.

The Sun Devils finished with 786.5 points. Stanford won the women’s team title with 1,439.5 followed by Southern California with 1,418.5 and California with 1,333.5.

The NCAA women’s meet will feature 322 women (281 swimmers and 41 divers), scheduled for March 21-23 in Indianapolis.

In another month, Kuczynski, a 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful, will compete at the world championship trials, April 3-6.

Torres Swims Best Time, NCAA “B” Cut At Last Chance Meet

University of Florida freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Luke Torres swam a best time 20.62 in the 50-yard freestyle at this past weekend’s Bulldog Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. On the final day of the meet, Torres swam an NCAA “B” cut and best time of 1:47.43 in the 200-yard butterfly.

O’Shaughnessy Leads Seton Hall

Competing in his final Big East Championships, Seton Hall senior Ryan O’Shaughnessy, another FGC swimmer, placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a lifetime-best 56.67. On the same night, he was a member of the Pirates’ eighth-place on the 400-yard medley relay in a season-best 3:25.31.

O’Shaughnessy was a member of Seton Hall’s seventh place 200-yard medley relay that finished in a season-best 1:34.33.

He also finished 17th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.29, missing a spot in the consolation final by just .12 seconds. It was his best time of the season in the event by more than one second. He was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished eighth in 3:06.61.

Grigull Shines At MAAC Championships

Justin Grigull of Iona College, a FGC swimmer, finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.98 at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. Grigull came on in the last 25 yards for the bronze medal. Grigull broke an Iona record in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.50 to finish third. He also was third in the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime best of 1:40.80. Iona finished ninth among men’s teams and Grigull qualified for the ECAC “A”.


Jacksonville has withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 Olympic swimming trials. Jacksonville was the only Florida bid city. City officials decided that the planned venue, Jacksonville Veterans Arena, would not provide ample seating for spectators. The arena sits 15,000 but with a temporary pool, at least 3,000 seats would be eliminated. Omaha, the 2012 trials site, has enough room for the pool and 15,000 spectators. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez had been spearheading the bid drive. Other bidders still in the hunt are Greensboro, N.C., Indianapolis, St. Louis, Omaha and San Antonio…However, Jacksonville is a finalist to host the FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships this fall. Sarasota, Martin County, Orlando and Ransom Everglades are other finalists. Orlando has hosted the meet for the last six years…

Missy Franklin is a finalist for the 2012 Sullivan Award which honors the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Several swimmers have won the award in past years including John Naber, Tracy Caulkins, Janet Evans and Michael Phelps…

Ryan Lochte’s six-episode reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, debuts on April 21 on E at 10 p.m. Lochte has been taping every day up until 11 p.m. each night. The filming has been affecting his training and it has affected his meets particularly the Orlando Grand Prix. His longtime coach, Gregg Troy is not included in the show at Troy’s insistence. It’s no secret the veteran Olympic coach is not happy about Lochte doing the show and missing workouts. “I didn’t realize they were going to be pulling me in different directions all the time,” Lochte said. “I’m stronger than I’ve ever been outside the pool, but in the pool I haven’t been able to train on a consistent basis.” A few early reviews have not been favorable with the focus on Lochte’s abs and his catchword Jeah.

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