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 Swimmers Join Star-Studded Field For Southern Zone Sectionals In Fort Lauderdale

SOFLO Swimmers Join Star-Studded Field For Southern Zone Sectionals In Fort Lauderdale


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 13, 2013

Olympians Ryan Lochte, Cesar Cielo, Conor Dwyer, Felipe Lima, Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado and Joseph Schooling have turned the Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship into a star-studded meet at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The four-day meet begins Thursday with timed finals at 5 p.m. with the women’s 1500-meter freestyle and men’s 800-meter freestyle. The remaining three days there will be morning prelims and evening finals.

World record holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil heads the men’s field. It will be his first meet since undergoing minor knee surgery this last fall.

Cielo has left the pro team he created in Brazil for post-graduates in 2011. He has been training in Brazil with Auburn alum Scott Goodrich but is expected to join his former coach Brett Hawke at Auburn after the NCAA meet.

Cielo is entered in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events, his major races, and 100-meter butterfly where he may meet Lochte in the final.

Lochte and several members of the Gator Swim Club including Conor Dwyer will also compete in the meet that will be used as a gauge to see how training for this summer’s world championships in Barcelona.

Lochte, 28, an 11-time Olympic medalist, seems to be getting serious about swimming again after several post-Olympic appearances and distractions including an upcoming reality show, called What Would Ryan Lochte Do? which makes its debut on E on April 21.

Several swimmers from New Zealand who have been training in Florida will also compete.

Also among top seeds are 32-year-old Erika Erndl of T2 Naples, a top masters swimmer who competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.

The meet is a tremendous opportunity for Florida Gold Coast, high school and college swimmers to compete against the world-class swimmers.

There are nineteen meets around the country in the Speedo Champions Series. Orlando is also hosting a Speedo Champions Series meet July 18-21.

South Florida Aquatic Club have a talented group of 25 swimmers competing led by three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica.

Atkinson will be joined by teammates Endi Babi, Xavier Brown, Roger Capote, Jordan Colon, Kylie Herman, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter, Evelin Jimenez, Whitney Johnson, CJ Kopecki, Maria Lopez, Marcella Marinheiro, Melissa Marinheiro, Alex Monti, Bianca Monti, Ivana Parada, Delanie Perez, Julien Pinon, Jonathan Strod, Bowie Suen, Natasha Testa, Jacob Walters, Haley Wright and Jessica Rodriguez.

Several swimmers are coming off the FGC Short Course Junior Olympics which SOFLO won the combined team title for the first time in fourteen years.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, 501 Seabreeze Boulevard.

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

Admission: $6 per person, per session includes heat sheet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Team USA Dominating Junior Pan Pacs In Hawaii

Team USA Dominating Junior Pan Pacs In Hawaii


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 25, 2012

After the first two days of the Junior Pac Pacific Championships at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Honolulu, it’s clear that next year’s World Championships in Barcelona in July may feature some of the nation’s top young swimmers.

Clearwater Aquatics’ Becca Mann broke Dagny Knutson’s meet record to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.76, ranked 25th in the world this year. It was also a 13-14 U.S. national age group record. Her splits were 1:03.85, 1:13.46, 1:20.99 and 1:01.46.

Mann was also second in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:28.79. U.S. teammate Leah Smith won in 8:28.01.

Mann, 14, a U.S. Olympic trials finalist, also competed in the 200-meter butterfly. Because only the top two from each country advance to the finals, Mann ended up in the B final and swam 2:11.99, three seconds ahead of the field that would have placed her third overall in the event.

In the boys’ 400-meter individual medley, Chase Kalisz of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in a meet record 4:12.59 to crack into the world’s top 15 rankings. At the past U.S. Olympic trials no swimmer was able to crack 4:13. Kalisz’ splits were 58.82, 1:06.04, 1:09.21 and 58.52 on freestyle.

With Michael Phelps officially retired and Ryan Lochte out of the 400 IM, Kalisz is a favorite for worlds and 2016 Rio Olympics. Even Phelps congratulated Kalisz on Twitter, “Congrats to Chase Kalisz tonight!!! Awesome job buddy!!!”

U.S. teammate Matt Ellis won the 100-meter freestyle in a meet record 49.24. Earlier, Aussie Regan Leong won the B finals in 49.53 to first break the record. In the girls’ 100-meter freestyle, Simone Manuel won in a best time 54.80, the first time she cracked 55 seconds.

The U.S. girls’ team won the 800-meter freestyle relay of Simone Manuel, Leah Smith, Cierra Runge and Chelsea Chenault in 7:59.06. Japan upset the field in the boys event in 7:18.59.

Looks like Japan has its next Kosuke Kitajima in Akhiro Yamaguchi, who broke the 100-meter breaststroke meet record in prelims in 1:00.64 and won the event dipping under a minute in 59.85, just off his best time of 59.56. Canadian Kierra Smith won the girls 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.54.

After two days, the U.S. leads the combined team scores with 208.5 points. Australia is second with 146.5 and Japan had 146.

More Meet Results

Brazilian Olympian Cesar Cielo won the 100-meter freestyle to highlight action at the Jose Finkel Trophy Short Course Meters Meet in Sao Paulo. He went out in 21.86 and won in a textile-best 45.91.

Aussie Marieke Guehrer won the women’s 100-meter freestyle in 52.76. Guehrer is competing for Cielo’s pro team Flamengo, which leads the competition.

Brazilian Thiago Pereira broke his own Brazilian and South American records in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:52.30, eighth-fastest time in history. Only Phelps and Lochte have gone faster in textile suits. Femke Heemskerk won the women’s 200 IM in 2:10.31.

Lochte On Armstrong’s Lifetime Band

Olympian Ryan Lochte, fresh off trips to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York and preparing to return to practice on Monday, told a celebrity website that Armstrong’s controversy is “a sad time in sports history.”

The seven-time Tour de France winner chose not to contest USADA’s doping charges against him and has been stripped of all seven titles and banned for life from competing in pro cycling.

“None of us all will know, so ultimately none of us should judge,” Lochte said. “There’s always two sides to the story.”

Lochte said there should be “zero tolerance for anything that artificially enhances performance.” But also added that it shouldn’t have taken seven wins for him to be so “heavily investigated.”

Despite his fall from grace and negative publicity, Armstrong plans to still actively support  Livestrong, a cancer care and education charity that has raised nearly $500 million since Armstrong founded it 15 years ago. On Friday, the foundation received 400 donations that totaled $75,000.

Some of his major sponsors including Nike and Anheuser-Busch, plan to stick with him. Trek Bicycles and Radio Shack are still deciding whether they will support Armstrong or not.

Armstrong, who turns 41 next month, does not seem to be deterred from competing. Although it looks like the Hawaii Ironman will not allow Armstrong to compete, Armstrong competed Saturday in the Power of Four Mountain Bike race in Aspen, Colo. Armstrong finished second in the race behind 16-year-old Keegan Swirbul. On Sunday, he planned to run a trail marathon.

“Nobody needs to cry for me, I’m going to be great,” Armstrong said in his first interview a day after his lifetime ban was announced.

More Aquatic News

Olympic champion Missy Franklin will make her movie debut in a cameo appearance in Vince Vaughn’s upcoming comedy The Internship. “I got a cameo in the upcoming movie,” she said. “It’s with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. I am so excited about it.” Franklin will shoot the cameo in the next few months…Franklin also got a chance to meet Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen who Franklin and her U.S. teammates did a video parody of her popular Call Me Maybe song that has since gone viral. The two attended the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, a pre-event for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in New York…U.S. Olympic teammate Jessica Hardy is working on a swimming technique video in Long Beach, Calif. that will be released soon…

U.S. Masters Swimming has awarded its 2014 and 2015 USMS Spring and Summer Nationals. Santa Clara will host the 2014 Spring Nationals and University of Maryland will host the 2014 Summer Nationals. The 2015 Spring Nationals was awarded to San Antonio and 2015 Summer Nationals to the SPIRE Institute, about 45 minutes east of Cleveland…Former local diver Kassidy Cook has made it official. She will competing at Stanford next year.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 188: Diana Nyad’s Journey Ends In Heartbreak

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 188: Diana Nyad’s Journey Ends In Heartbreak


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 21, 2012

On Tuesday morning, a sunburned and swollen-lipped Diana Nyad was forced to give up her  record attempt of swimming 103 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

The former Pine Crest swimmer swam further than she did when she attempted the journey at age 28, but her fourth attempt ended when her crew pulled her out of the Gulf Stream waters after 41 hours  and 45 minutes of swimming at 12:55 a.m.

A second thunderstorm with high winds and waves was the final blow after a series of challenges including  jellyfish stings, shark threats, swollen lips and hypothermia.

Nyad, who turns 63 on Wednesday, was making her third attempt since last summer. She also made an attempt with a shark cage in 1978. She started the swim on Saturday in Havana and lasted longer and made it further than in her previous tries.

Nyad was taken to shore in Key West and made a final short swim to a waiting crowd.

“I’ve been dreaming of this crossing for 35 years now and I tried four times,” Nyad said. “And should I say that there’s no disappointment? No. I’m not going to get that moment I dreamed of for so long.”

Nyad was visibly fatigued and her lips were badly swollen. She was given asthma inhalers, oxygen and IV drip.

Nyad probably will not attempt a fifth try. “I’m not a quitter, but the sport and this particular ocean are different than they used to be,” Nyad said.

“She realized that the obstacles against the swim were too great and agreed at dawn to return to Key West by boat,” said crew member Candace Hogan.

“We all know her mind can handle it,” Hogan wrote on the swimmer’s blog. “But there will always be a point where a human body can’t go any farther. What no one knows is where that line is drawn in Diana Nyad.”

Nyad’s crew was asked why Nyad was stung so much in 2011 and 2012 and not in 1978 and it was because jellyfish were not overpopulating the Gulf Stream waters in 1978. “These jellyfish are prolific,” Nyad said. “And, you know what, to me there’s no joy in that. This isn’t swimming. It’s like some Navy SEAL. I didn’t get that final moment, but what a magnificent experience it all was.”

Nyad thanked her Extreme Dream team. “New moon, new beginnings, onward to a new and different dream.”

MORE SWIMMING

Brazilian Olympian Cesar Cielo, fresh off the London Olympics, now thinks he may have overtrained and missed his taper in London, after winning the 50-meter freestyle in 20.59 Tuesday at the Jose Finkel Trophy Meet in Sao Paolo, Brazil. That time is the fastest textile suit time in the world this year and tenth fastest of all-time. Cielo holds the textile-best time of 20.51. The short course meet is being held in a 25-meter pool. Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in 24.15. Her teammate Femke Heemskerk won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:04.72. Brazilian Leonardo Dos Santos won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.99. Brazilian Thiago Pereira won the 400-meter individual medley in a meet record 4:01.91 after winning silver in the event at the Olympics…

French swimmer and quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon, who lost his limbs in an electrical accident at age 26 when he was hit with a 20,000 volt charge while attempting to install a television antenna on his roof, successfully completed his Bering Strait crossing in the freezing waters separating Alaska and Russia. Croizon, 44, who had never swum before, wore paddle-like prosthetics. He is only the second person to swim the Bering Strait. It was the last of four intercontinental channel swims he completed. He has now swum all four channels that link the world’s five continents of Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa and America. He is now headed to London to be a French commentator at the Paralympic Games. Spreaking through an translator, Croizon said “The idea was to bring able-bodied and people with disabilities together and prove that having a disability doesn’t have to stop you achieving what you want. I hit rock-bottom ater the accident so I wanted to set myself a big challenge and I decided I should hope for the impossible.”…

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin has a fan in Justin Bieber. In addition to tweeting each other during the Olympics, Bieber sent Franklin a huge care package of t-shirts, autobiography, notebooks, stationary, pens and backpack to her Aurora, Colo. home and is treating her to his Jan. 7 Denver concert with backstage passes. Franklin tweeted, “Huge shout out to Justin Bieber for sending me all this amazing stuff! Thank you so much! Can’t wait for the concert!”…

The Junior Pac Pac Swimming Championships begin Wednesday in Honolulu Hawaii with some of the best 18-and-under swimmers from Japan, United States, Australia and Canada. Swimmers from New Zealand, Hong Kong and Mexico have also been invited to compete in the final big international meet of the summer. American Allie Szekely, coming off four wins at junior nationals, heads the U.S. team along with Jack Conger and Clearwater’s Becca Mann, top seed in the 800-meter freestyle. Japan’s 18-year-old Akihiro Yamaguchi, who swam 2:07.8 in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke at last week’s Japanese High School National Championships, is one of the favorites…Former Missouri swimmer Chris Peters was named head coach at Toledo replacing Liz Hinkelman who left for an assistant’s job at Ohio State.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 147: Two Textile-Bests Fall On Day 3 Of Maria Lenk Trophy Meet

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 147: Two Textile-Bests Fall On Day 3 Of Maria Lenk Trophy Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 26, 2012

Back-to-back new textile-best men’s and women’s times in the 50-meter butterfly highlighted third day action at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A day after Brazilian Cesar Cielo came close to swimming a textile-best in the 50-meter freestyle, came back to better the existing time in the men’s 50-meter butterfly in 22.76, bettering the old mark of 22.96 held by Roland Schoeman. The time also shattered Brazilian and South American records.

Cielo’s time made him the fourth fastest in history of the race.

In the women’s 50-meter butterfly, Jeanette Ottesen swam a textile-best 25.29 to better Therese Alshammar’s old textile-best of 25.37. It was the third best swim in history.

Wind and rain played havoc at the outdoor meet and some coaches complained that the times were wind-aided.

In other championship finals:

Leonardo de Deus broke a meet record in the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.38. Current national record holder Thiago Pereira finished just .01 seconds behind in 1:57.39.

Felipe Silva broke the minute-barrier twice and won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.83 after going 59.63 (third fastest in the world this year) in morning prelims. Henrique Barbosa was second in 1:00.54. Olympic qualifier Felipe Lima was fourth in 1:00.62. Five swimmers have broke the minute barrier in the event so far this year.

World runner-up Lotte Friis of Denmark won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:26.98, sixth fastest time in the world this year.

Laure Manaoudou of France won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.77.

Ana Carvalho won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.53.

Miscellaneous

Coral Springs Swim Club five-time Olympian Dara Torres is among 18 Olympians suing Samsung Corp. over a Facebook app they said misuses their names and images. Mark Spitz, Janet Evans, Greg Louganis, Cullen Jones, Amanda Beard, Jessica Hardy and several others filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. The athletes object to the Samsung Olympic Genome Project which shows Facebook users how they are connected to famous Olympians. The complaint said Samsung has been running the Olympic Genome Project since March without the permission to use the athletes’ names and images. Samsung said it was disappointed by the lawsuit. USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said the USOC and Samsung began the Olympic Genome Project so Americans could find connections with U.S. athletes and not as a way to commercialize athletes’ names…Olympian Natalie Coughlin was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night along with singer Moby and actress Diane Keaton…Olympic breaststroker Rebecca Soni is featured in this week’s Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 146: Cielo Comes Close To Fastest Sprint Freestyle In Textile Suit

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 146: Cielo Comes Close To Fastest Sprint Freestyle In Textile Suit


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 25, 2012

Reigning world and Olympic champion Cesar Cielo came close to swimming the world’s fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle in a textile suit Wednesday night at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Brazilian won the men’s event in 21.38 seconds, nearly breaking Fred Bousquet’s world textile best of 21.36. Cielo owns the world record of 20.91. Bousquet was also in the field, placing third in 21.79.

Cielo did swim faster than his World Championships time of 21.52 to move into the No. 1 spot in the world rankings.

In other finals:

In an upset, Joanna Maranho won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.63, edging Mireia Belmonte of Spain in 2:14.66.

Brazilian Thiago Pereira won the men’s 200-meter individual medley in a textile-best 1:57.11, the second fastest time in the world this year behind Michael Phelps’ 1:56.32.

Denmark’s Jeannette Ottesen won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.06 after qualifying in 24.98 in morning prelims. Ottesen also won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.64.

Brazilian Henrique Silva won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.46.

Luiz Arapiraca won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.73 just ahead of Lucas Kanieski in 15:22.95.

Gators Take Honors

Thirty-four University of Florida swimmers and divers were named to the 2011-12 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll. The Gators had 20 women and 14 men. Seniors Teresa Crippen and Brian Howell were among honorees. Diver Mikey Lewark of Davie was also on the honor roll.

Lurz, Cunha Win Open Water Titles

Thomas Lurz of Germany and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, former winner of the ISHOF Roughwater Swim, won the overall men’s and women’s titles at the FINA World Cup in Cancun, Mexico. Lurz won in 1:57.16. Cunha won in 2:09:14. Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli, who trains at Southern California, made his open water debut. The 2008 Olympic champion in the 1500 meters finished 11th, in 1:57.32, just 16 seconds behind the winner.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 140: SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco Takes Gold At South American Championships

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 140: SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco Takes Gold At South American Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 17, 2012

Arlene Semeco of the South Florida Aquatic Club saved her best for the last day of the South American Championships in Belem, Brazil.

The three-time Olympian for Venezuela won her first gold medal of the meet in the 50-meter freestyle, her signature event, in a pool record 25.21 seconds.

Semeco, 28, finished ahead of Brazil’s teenage sensation Gracielle Hermann in 25.31. Daynara Ferreira Paula, also of Brazil, third in 25.64.

Semeco was also anchor leg of Venezuela’s second-place 4×100-meter medley relay team in 4:15.54. Brazil won in 4:10.50.

Semeco walked away with one gold and three silver medals over four days of competition. She anchored the second-place 400-meter freestyle relay team with a come-from-behind finish in 8:16.41 with a 54.85 split. She was second in the 100-meter freestyle.

SOFLO teammate Mariangela Macchiavelo of Brazil swam 27.20 in morning prelims.

In other championship races:

Brazil’s world and Olympic champion Cesar Cielo, broken down from heavy training, won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.70. Venezuelan Cristian Quintero of USC swam 49.77 in the event just a week away from the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

Brazil’s Thiago Pereira won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:24.49.

Switzerland Swim Trials

Olympian Dominik Meichtry came from behind to catch Flori Lang to win the 100-meter freestyle in 49.61 to highlight action on Day 3 of the Swiss National Championships, serving as the selection meet for the Olympics and European Championships. Meichtry recently became engaged to U.S. national team member Jessica Hardy.

Other individual winners were:

Kilian Bossard, men’s 400-meter individual medley, 4:28.95.

Annick van Westendorp, women’s 400-meter individual medley, 4:59.87.

Martin Schweizer, 50-meter breaststroke, 28.55.

Stephanie Spahn, 50-meter breaststroke 32.58.

Jovan Mitrovic, 1500-meter freestyle, 15:35.86.

Matilde Frigerio, women’s 800-meter freestyle, 9:34.11.

Maria Ugolkova of Russia won the 100-meter freestyle in 55.95.

Lukas Rauftlin won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:03.21.

Teenager Danielle Villars won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:18.53.

Australian Swim Trials

Leisel Jones became the first Australian swimmer—male or female—to make her fourth Olympic team after finishing second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.64 at the Australian Olympic Trials. Jones made her first Olympic team at age 14.

“I will be able to relax more at these Olympics and I’m confident I can go faster and really chase Rebecca Soni down in London,” Jones told reporters after her race.

Among winners were Thomas Fraser-Holmes, 200-meter freestyle, 1:46.88; Leiston Pickett, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.88, tying with Soni as the world’s fastest time this year; Emily Seebohm, 100-meter backstroke, 59.28; and Hayden Stoeckel, men’s 100-meter backstroke, 53.98.

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe’s hopes of returning to the Olympics after a long layoff rests on his swims in the 100-meter freestyle on Sunday. He still has a shot at qualifying individually or for a relay.

Amsterdam Swim Cup

Hannah Miley, the No. 1 ranked swimmer in the world with a 2:10.77 from the recent British Olympic Trials, won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.54 at the Amsterdam Swim Cup in The Netherlands. Miley is one of 28 British swimmers qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. Panagiotis Samilidis won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.10, one of several Top 15 ranked times turned in during the day of competition.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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