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
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.
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.
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.
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