Sarasota Riverview Girls, Sarasota Boys Repeat As State 4A Champions; Diver James Boardman Lone Broward State Champion


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 5, 2022–Sarasota Riverview and Sarasota High defended their team titles at the FHSAA State 4A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

Riverview won its second girls’ team title since 2013 with 387. Oviedo was runner-up with 232. Cypress Bay was the top Broward girls team placing fifth with 114 points.

Sarasota won its third consecutive title with 265 points. Two years ago Sarasota won the 3A title but since has been bumped up to 4A. Fort Lauderdale was the top boys finisher placing 15th with 48 points.

Fort Lauderdale sophomore James Boardman captured the boys’ 1-meter diving title with 494.70 points ahead of runnerup Jack Sparks with 487.30 to earn Broward County’s only state champion title.

Taravella’s Mason Green was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 49.90.

Cypress Bay’s top event was the girls 200-yard medley relay where the Lightning finished third in 1:48.00 with Nicole Bellardi, Ana Villamil, Gabriella DeLuna and Mariana Cote. Villamil was also seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.13.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s 4A qualifiers were: Carley Kaplan of West Broward, Gabriella DeLuna and Ana Villamil of Cypress Bay, Hashan Ekanayake of Western and Ivan Grass of Miami Palmetto.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

  1. Sarasota Riverview 387, 2. Oviedo 232, 3. Windemere 231, 4. West Orange 154, 5. Cypress Bay 114, 6. Winter Park 103, 7. Boone 95, 8. George Steinbrenner 93, 9. Venice 83, 10. Lake Brantley 82, 15. Fort Lauderdale 56, 22. Braddock 22, 29. Douglas 15, 35. South Broward 8, 38. West Broward 5.

GIRLS RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Antonia Harned, WM 495.55, 2. Lanie Gutch, BOON 485.20, 3. Lauren French, WOR 415.85, 5. Hayden Ferenc, FTL 398.70, 8. Sophia Cavaretta, FTL 368.65, 10. Catherine Kilroy, FTL 360.75, 22. Ginger Boardman, FTL 142.20.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Sarasota Riverview 1:42.04 (Taylor Schwenk, Gracie Weyant, Addison Sauickie, Bailey O’Reagan), 2. Windemere 1:42.23, 3. Cypress Bay 1:48.00 (Nicole Bellardi, Ana Villamil, Gabriella DeLuna, Mariana Cote), 13. Douglas 1:51.68.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, SR 1:45.38, 2. Carinn Bethea, GU 1:48.96, 3. Addison Reese, WM 1:49.05, 10. Mariana Cote, CB 1:53.63.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Gracie Weyant, SR 1:58.66, 2. Bailey O’Reagan, SR 2:02.18, 3. Riley Leach, SR 2:02.61, 16. Nicole Bellardi, CB 2:12.35.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sarah Beth Cathcart, OV 23.09, 2. Kaylin Herbet, OV 23.23, 3. Maeve Eckerman, VEN 23.33, 5. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 23.51.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Bella Answeeney, GEO 53.75, 2. Addison Reese, WM 53.79, 3. Sofia Jorge, FERG 54.96, 15. Samira Zambrano, CB 58.24.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, SR 49.03, 2. Kaylin Herbert, OV 50.28, 3. Sarah Beth Cathcart, OV 50.59, 11. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 52.91, 12. Carley Kaplan, WB 52.95, 14. Brianna Hernandez, SB 53.73.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Bailey O’Reagan. SR 4:49.28, 2. Lauren Milbaum, SR 4:52.43, 3. Marin Rose, OV 4:54.47, 5. Mariana Cote, CB 4:58.41.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Windemere 1:33.78 (Addison Reese, Hollace Stokes, Maddie Reynolds, Brooke Larweth), 2. Oviedo 1:35.62, 3. West Orange 1:36.49, 9. Cypress Bay 1:39.75 (Ana Villamil, Daniela Ortiz, Natalia Ortiz, Samira Zambrano).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Maeve Eckerman, VEN 54.65, 2. Bella Answeeney, GEO 55.84, 3. Taylor Schwenk, SR 56.20, 10. Carolyn Levy-Powell, DOUG 58.55, 15. Nicol Bellardi, CB 59.70.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SR 1:01.68, 2. Ekaterina Baranova, ALON 1:02.56, 3. Riley Leach, SR 1:03.19, 7. Ana Villamil, CB1:05.13, 12. Brianna Hernandez, SB 1:06.27.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Sarasota Riverview 3:22.22, 2. Oviedo 3:26.98, 3. West Orange 3:28.95, 6. Cypress Bay 3:33.98 (Samira Zambrano, Natalia Ortiz, Nicol Bellardi, Mariana Cote), 15. Fort Lauderdale 3:49.74, Douglas, DQ.

BOYS TEAM SCORES

  1. Sarasota 265, 2. Braddock 212, 3. Bartram Trail 147, 4. tie, Oviedo and Venice 138, 6. Boca Raton 130, 7. Lake Brantley 118, 8. Windermere 107, 9. Miami Beach 105.5, 10. George Steinbrenner 75, 15. Fort Lauderdale 48, 22. Taravella 27, 26. Miami Palmetto 19, 28. Coral Glades 11, 33. South Broward 5, 34. Western 2, 38. Deerfield Beach 1.

BOYS RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. James Boardman, FTL 494.70, 2. Jack Sparks, FROR 487.30, 3. Trevor Kuhn, PHAR 437.00, 14. Josiah Richardson, FLAN 227.50.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Sarasota 1:32.91 (Evan Keogh, Liam Henry, Ethan Ooi, Luca Simon), 2. Lake Brantley 1:33.08, 3. Braddock 1:33.68, 9. Fort Lauderdale 1:38.04, 16. Taravella 1:43.44.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jacob Hamlin, BOON 1:36.29, 2. Raymond Prosinski, BATR 1:37.86, 3. Ryan Erisman, WM 1:38.07, 8. Sean Doyle, CGL 1:43.06, 9. Mason Green, TAR 1:43.16.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Amadeusz Knop, VEN 1:48.81, 2. Luca Oliva, OV 1:49.11, 3. Michael Kent, NPRT 1:51.82, Makar Goncharov, FTL, DQ.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, MB 20.65, 2. Jack Stokvis, GUCO 20.67, 3. Leif Bouwman, JUP 20.80, 16. Brian Bencie, DB 22.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Liam Henry, SARA 48.61, 2. Nathan Puchalski, SHR 49.86, 3. Mason Green, TAR 49.90.

100-yard freestyle: 1. George Gonzalez, BRAD 45.25, 2. Gregory Nordheim, BR 45.52, 3. Seth Basinger, LB 45.61.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jacob Hamlin, BOON 4:22.04, 2. Ryan Erisman, WM 4:23.39, 3. Luca Oliva, OV 4:29.00, 15. Hashan Ekanayake, WES 4:45.63, 16. Ivan Grass, MP 4:45.94.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Boca Raton 1:24.28 (Marcus Johnson, Kevin Melo, Lucas Bailey, Gregory Nordheim), 2. Bartram 1:24.57, 3. Sarasota 1:24.96, 6. Braddock 1:26.95, 7. Fort Lauderdale 1:27.14.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Amadeusz Knop, VEN 49.06, 2. Nicholas Cecchi, WOR 49.36, 3. Evan Keough, SARA 49.56, 12. Jackson Wampler, SB 52.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Liam Henry, SARA 55.00, 2. George Gonzalez, BRAD 55.92, 3. Denzhel Tuliao, LB 56.44, 11. Makar Goncharov, FTL 58.97.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Braddock 3:05.26 (George Gonzalez, Anthony Pineiro, Marcelo Mansur, Dylan Ferguson), 2. Venice 3:06.74, 3. Miami Beach 3:07.50.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Cypress Bay Girls, Braddock Boys Win Region 4-4A Team Titles; Flying Ls Divers Cavaretta, Boardman Win; Villamil, Kaplan, DeLuna Top SOFLO Finishers


By SHARON ROBB

BOCA RATON—Cypress Bay girls and Holmes Braddock boys won the team titles at the Region 4-4A Swimming and Diving Championships at Boca Raton Aquatic Center.

Cypress Bay, buoyed by three relay wins and double winner Mariana Cote, won the girls crown with 404.5 points. Fort Lauderdale was runner-up with 246.

Holmes Braddock, led by three relay wins and five individual wins including double winners George Gonzalez and Marcelo Mansur, captured the boys team title with 330 points followed by Miami Beach with 245 and Fort Lauderdale was third with 208.

For the second week in a row, Fort Lauderdale divers Sophia Cavaretta and James Boardman won the 1-meter springboard titles after winning last wek’s district titles.

Cavaretta, a freshman, won the girls title with 461.50 points for her second major title. The Flying Ls swept the top four girls spots. Boardman, a sophomore, won the boys title with 530.05.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ana Villamil, Carley Kaplan and Gabriella DeLuna were South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finishers.

Villamil of Cypress Bay was a member of two winning relays, the 200-yard medley relay (1:49.53) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.77). She was also second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.93.

DeLuna was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay. She was also third in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.09.

Kaplan of West Broward was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.74.

Fort Lauderdale’s Tawannah McLemore was a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.50, an All-American consideration time, and 100-yard freestyle in 52.41.

Cote was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.54 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.81.

The only Broward boys winners were Fort Lauderdale’s Makar Goncharov in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.70 and Mason Green of Taravella in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.23.

The FHSAA State 4A meet is Saturday, Nov. 5 at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart. The state qualifiers and psych sheet will be posted at fhsaa.org after the completion of all region meets around the state.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

  1. Cypress Bay 404.5, 2. Fort Lauderdale 246, 3. Douglas 225, 4. Doral 172, 5. West Broward 135, 6. Braddock 125, 7. Ferguson 124, 8. Western 119, 9. South Broward 103, 10. Coral Glades 81, 11. Cooper City 73, 12. Coral Reef 71.5, 13. Hialeah Gardens 71, 14. Miami Palmetto 68, 15. Miami Beach 54, 16. Goleman 53, 17. Taravella 44, 18. Monarch 35, 19. Miami Southwest 20, 20. Coral Gables 19, 21. Nova 18.

GIRLS RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. Sophia Cavaretta, FTL 461.50, 2. Hayden Ferenc, FTL 444.35, 3. Catherine Kilroy, FTL 406.80, 4. Ginger Boardman, FTL 401.35.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cypress Bay 1:49.53 (Nicol Bellardi, Ana Villamil, Gabriella DeLuna, Mariana Cote), 2. Douglas 1:51.21, 3. Doral 1:58.19.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mariana Cote, CB 1:53.54, 2. Samira Zambrano, CB 1:57.21, 3. Erika Duardo, GOLE 1:58.60.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Paola Gonzalez, BRAD 2:07.75, 2. Nicol Bellardi, CB 2:08.05, 3. Adriana Roldan, FERG 2:08.14.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 23.50, AA-C, 2. Sofia Jorge, FERG 24.02, 3. Carley Kaplan, WB 24.74.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sofia Jorge, FERG 56.28, 2. Casey Perez, HG 57.87, 3. Gabriella De Luna, CB 58.09.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Tawannah McLemore, FTL 52.41, 2. Cassia Flynn CGL 53.76, 3. Brianna Hernandez, WB 53.95.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Mariana Cote, CB 4:57.81, 2. Katherine Voet, FTL 5:11.42, 3. Daniella Balkcom, DOUG 5:16.26.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay 1:40.77 (Ana Villamil, Natalia Ortiz, Daniela Ortiz, Samira Zambrano), 2. West Broward 1:43.94 (Gabriela Avila, Anjana Andapally, Kayla Diaz, Carley Kaplan), 3. Ferguson 1:46.21.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Carolyn Levy-Powell, DOUG 57.78, 2. Nicol Bellardi, CB 58.32, 3. Ainnara Lzzaro, DOR 59.39.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Paola Gonzalez, BRAD 1:05.43, 2. Anna Villamil, CB 1:05.93, 3. Brianna Hernandez, SB 1:06.52.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Cypress Bay 3:37.36 (Samira Zambrano, Natalia Ortiz, Nicol Bellardi, Mariana Cote), 2. Douglas 3:44.15, 3. Fort Lauderdale 3:44.75.

BOYS TEAM SCORES

  1. Braddock 330, 2. Miami Beach 245, 3. Fort Lauderdale 208, 4. Doral 183.5, 5. Taravella 156.5, 6. Miami Palmetto 149, 7. Douglas 134, 8. Coral Reef 122, 9. Columbus 99.5, 10. Cypress Bay 95.5, 11. Western 92, 12. Cooper City 61, 13. Coral Glades 52, 14. Monarch 49, 15. Krop 40, 16. tie, South Broward 34 and Deerfield Beach 34, 18. Ferguson 27, 19. Coral Gables 19, 20. tie, Flanagan 17 and Goleman, 17, 22. Miami Senior 16, 23. Miami Southwest 13, 24. West Broward 7, 25. Hialeah Gardens 4, 26. Nova 2.

BOYS RESULTS
1-meter diving: 1. James Boardman, FTL 530.05, 2. Josiash Richardson, FLAN 291.10.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Braddock 1:34.65, AA-C (Dylan Ferguson, George Gonzalez, Anthony Pineiro, Juan Abella), 2. Miami Beach 1:37.05, 3. Taravella 1:37.34.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Marcelo Mansur, BRAD 1:42.32, 2. Mason Green, TAR 1:42.55, 3. Sean Doyle, CGL 1:42.97.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Makar Goncharov, FTL 1:56.70, 2. Robert Alvarez, BRAD 1:58.18, 3. Michael Baltodano, MB 2:00.76.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, MB 21.19, 2. Peyton Selts, MP 21.48, 3. Miles Green, TARA 21.69.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Mason Green, TA 50.23, 2. Anthony Pineiro, BRAD 51.32, 3. Andy Serrano-Pena, MB 51.62.

100-yard freestyle: 1. George Gonzalez, BRAD 45.99, 2. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, MB 46.94, 3. Brian Bencie, DB 47.83.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Marcelo Mansur, BRAD 4:39.04, 2. Dylan Ferguson, BRAD 4:41.02, 3. Mathias Esteves, CR 4:44.47.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Braddock 1:27.42 (Juan Abella, Marcelo Mansur, Robert Alvarez, Dylan Ferguson), 2. Taravella 1:27.52, 3. Fort Lauderdale 1:29.28.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Anthony Pineiro, BRAD 51.54, 2. Tomas Fermin, MB 52.59, 3. Andy Serrano-Pena, MB 53.55.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. George Gonzalez, BRAD 57.30, 2. Makar Goncharov, FTL 58.90, 3. Brayden Spalluto, MON 59.41.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Braddock 3:06.68, AA-C (George Gonzalez, Anthony Pineiro, Marcelo Mansur, Dylan Ferguson), 2. Miami Beach 3:10.70, 3. Douglas 3:20.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Opens Friday; Swimming Begins July 21


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 10, 2019—The 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships will make its debut in Korea on Friday.

The biggest FINA event, held over 17 days, will feature competitions in all six aquatic disciplines–swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo competing for 76 gold medals.

With the slogan of “Dive Into Peace” the world championships will offer a sneak preview of what’s to come at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Several international athletes are competing for Olympic berths.

The 18th edition of the FINA World Championships has attracted the largest number of athletes in event history with 2,639 from 194 countries.

With 82 athletes, host South Korea will have the largest contingent of athletes including 29 in swimming. South Korea will make its debut in open water swimming and water polo at worlds.

Swimming, the most popular event, will not begin until July 21, at the Nambu University Memorial Aquatics Center. The U.S. team leads in medals with 208 gold medals in 17 world championships.

China is expected to dominate the diving, that begins Friday. Divers will compete for 13 gold medals.

High diving, made from heights over 20 meters, made its debut at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona and is attracting a strong fan base around the world. Male divers will jump from a 27-meter platform and women will dive from 20-meters. Only two gold medals are available. In 2017, Steve LoBue of Pembroke Pines won gold. High diving will be held July 22-24 at the Chosun University High Diving competition venue.

More than 1,097 athletes from 47 countries will compete in synchronized swimming. Ten gold medals are up for grabs. Russia is expected to dominate.

Nearly 400 swimmers from 60 countries will compete in open water swimming held at the Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park Open Water swimming venue. The July 13-19 events featuring 5K, 10K and 25K distances will award seven gold medals.

Water polo is the only competitive team sport at worlds. Hungary, Italy and the U.S. will be playing for gold in the men’s and women’s tournaments, July 14-27.

PREVIEW COMING UP NEXT WEEK: South Florida will be well-represented in pool swimming at worlds with South Florida Aquatic Club’s Olympic veterans Nguyen Vien of Vietnam and Alia Atkinson of Jamaica along with several other swimmers from around the Florida Gold Coast.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Fort Lauderdale Wins District 11-3A Team Titles; Next Up Region 4-3A Meet At Boca Raton


By Sharon Robb

October 26, 2017—In what looked more like a dual meet between Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines Charter, the Flying L’s swept the boys and girls team titles in the District 11-3A Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at Nova High School.

The boys won with 545 points, 87 points ahead of runner-up Pembroke Pines Charter with 458 points.

The girls won with 557 points and Pembroke Pines Charter was second with 435 points.

Both teams had talent but the Flying L’s edged Charter in depth.

Fort Lauderdale swept all three girls relays and won six individual events including double winner Racine Ross in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.94 and 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.88.

Charter was led by double winner Kelley Heron in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.05 and 100-yard backstroke in 58.99.

Pembroke Pines Charter boys were impressive winning two relays and six individual events. The Flying L’s won one individual event and one relay.

Fort Lauderdale’s Kevin De Grijze won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.26 and the Flying L’s won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.19.

Charter’s Andres Lares was a double winner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.15 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.99.

Ricardo Roche won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.71 and was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:50.02. Casey Moya won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.78. Rafael Rodriguez won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.93 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.59. Sebastian Sevilla won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.10.

In an exciting boys’ 100-yard freestyle race where only .71 separated the top three finishers, Pembroke Pines Charter junior Sebastian Sevilla touched the wall first in 51.10 followed by Fort Lauderdale junior Ralph Meadows in 51.32 and Pembroke Pines Charter senior Casey Moya was third in 51.81.

Charter won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:41.77 with Lares, Roche, Rodriguez and Moya and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:21.61 with Rodriguez, Sevilla, Roche and Lares.

In diving, Fort Lauderdale sophomore Taylor Brittain won the girls title with 372.85 points and teammate Cassandra Catesson was second with 353.20. Nova junior Dillon Kadish won the boys title with 377.15.

DISTRICT 11-3A RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Fort Lauderdale 557, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 435, 3. Nova 271, 4. South Broward 267, 5. Northeast 207, 6. Dillard 72.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:56.73 (Giulia Guerra Montes, Alexis Hicks, Diana Freshour, Racine Ross), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:59.49 (Kelley Heron, Victoria Torres, Julinna Villarta, Valentina Terry), 3. South Broward 2:06.37.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Gina Rodriguez, FTL 2:06.80, 2. Victoria Martinez-Bruno, SB 2:09.44, 3. Katherine DeBarros, PPC 2:19.11.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kelley Heron, PPC 2:12.05, 2. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 2:18.40, 3. Alexis Hicks, FTL 2:28.71.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Racine Ross, FTL 25.94, 2. Alicja Zielinski, NE 26.47, 3. Tess Buccarelli, FTL 26.75.

1-meter diving: 1. Taylor Brittain, FTL 372.85, 2. Cassandra Catesson, FTL 353.20, 3. Sophia Pfitzenmaier, NOVA 310.20.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Racine Ross, FTL 1:00.88, 2. Diana Freshour, FTL 1:06.43, 3. Victoria Zielinski, NE 1:06.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Olivia Johnson, FTL 58.94, 2. Valentina Terry, PPC 58.97, 3. Tess Buccarelli, FTL 59.07.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Giulia Guerra Montes, FTL 5:14.40, 2. Gina Rodriguez, FTL 5:39.88, 3. Luiza Patrocinio, FTL 5:45.13.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:47.83 (Olivia Johnson, Diana Freshour, Tess Buccarelli, Racine Ross), 2. Northeast 1:51.33, 3. South Broward 1:51.48.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kelley Heron, PPC 58.99, 2. Giulia Guerra Montes, FTL 59.82, 3. LeeAnn Ranalli, NE 1:08.22.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Samantha Trodick, NOVA 1:10.73, 2. Victoria Torres, PPC 1:10.78, 3. Alicja Zielinski, NE 1:10.83.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 3:56.32 (Olivia Johnson, Tess Buccarelli, Gina Rodriguez, Giulia Guerra Montes), 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:59.27 (Valentina Terry, Victoria Torres, Jennifer Zukoski, Kelley Heron), 3. Nova 4:15.17.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Fort Lauderdale 545, 2. Pembroke Pines Charter 458, 3. South Broward 311, 4. Nova 203, 5. Northeast 201, 6. Ely 1.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:41.77 (Andres Lares, Ricardo Roche, Rafael Rodriguez, Casey Moya), 2. Fort Lauderdale 1:42.62, 3. Nova 1:52.50.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Lares, PPC 1:45.15, 2. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 1:46.59, 3. Alex Marrero, SB 1:48.71.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Ricardo Roche, PPC 1:58.71, 2. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 1:59.13, 3. Yona Rubin, FTL 2:08.33.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Casey Moya, PPC 22.78, 2. Lance Lesage, FTL 23.42, 3. Chad Kersey, FTL 23.54.

1-meter diving: 1. Dillon Kadish,NOVA 377.15, 2. Brandon Austin NE 306.95.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rafael Rodriguez, PPC 52.93, 2. Daniel Lilley, NOVA 57.16, 3. Sule Johnson, FTL 1:00.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Sebastian Sevilla, PPC 51.10, 2. Ralph Meadows, FTL 51.32, 3. Casey Moya, PPC 51.81.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Andres Lares, PPC 4:44.99, 2. Ricardo Roche, PPC 4:50.02, 3. Kenaz Sweeting, FTL 4:59.94.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Fort Lauderdale 1:34.19, 2. South Broward 1:34.60, 3. Pembroke Pines Charter 1:36.76 (Sebastian Sevilla, Christian Vasquez, Nick Chaimowicz, Casey Moya).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alex Marrero, SB 54.81, 2. Lance Lesage, FTL 56.52, 3. Daniel Lilley, NOVA 59.64.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kevin De Grijze, FTL 1:01.26, 2. Yona Rubin, FTL 1:04.43, 3. Andrew Rogantinsky, SB 1:04.79.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pembroke Pines Charter 3:21.61 (Rafael Rodriguez, Sebastian Sevilla, Ricardo Roche, Andres Lares) 2. Fort Lauderdale 3:30.57, 3. Nova 3:42.74.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Cunha Wins Third 25K Open Water Gold Medal; UM Diver Dinsmore Advances To Saturday Final At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 21, 2017—In the last and most grueling of six open water races, defending champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won the women’s 25K open water race for her third world title on Day 8 of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships Friday at Lake Balaton.

Cunha, who has frequently trained in South Florida and won the Fort Lauderdale Roughwater event, finished in 5 hours, 21 minutes and 58 seconds, a two-second margin of victory.

She is only the second woman to win three world golds. Dutch swimmer Edith van Dijk won four.

Cunha also won gold at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai and 2015 in Kazan. Cunha has two silver medals and four bronze medals from past world championships. She has made the podium in every individual open water event.

“When it starts, I think of nothing, but toward the end I knew I was the only one in the leading three that had done the 25K course before,” Cunha said. “So I know the pain that would arrive at the end. This experience made the difference.”

Olympic 10K gold medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands was second in 5:22:00. Arianna Bridi of Italy took the bronze in 5:22:08.

American Becca Mann, a former Clearwater (CAT) swimmer, was seventh in 5:27:06.

France continued its dominance in open water with Axel Reymond winning the men’s 25K by just 6/10ths of a second.

Swimming for more than five hours, the Frenchman defeated Matteo Furlan of Italy (5:02:47).

“When there are 200 meters left, all you think about is touching the board,” Reymond said.

Russian Evgenii Drattcev took bronze in 5:02:49. American Chip Peterson was fifth in 5:03:43.

There were 44 finishers in the race. Five were unable to finish the race. Warm temperatures were also a challenge. The water temp was 75 degrees.

DIVING

University of Miami redshirt sophomore David Dinsmore finished fourth in men’s 10-meter platform semifinals to qualify for Saturday’s final for Team USA.

Dinsmore, the NCAA national platform champion as a freshman, scored 483.10 points to qualify for his first worlds final.

Dinsmore is ranked behind Aleksandr Bondar of Russia (509.10), Tom Daley of Great Britain (498.65) and Chen Aisen of China (488.55) and will be in the medal hunt on Saturday.

“It’s really exciting,” Dinsmore said. “Last time I had a good meet but there was tough competition and it didn’t work out. Especially this year after the Olympic year, I wanted to come out and dive as best I could and things worked out.”

At the 2015 World Championships, Dinsmore finished 15th in the semifinals. Earlier in the week, Dinsmore earned a bronze medal in the mixed 3-meter/10-meter team event with Krysta Palmer.

Fort Lauderdale’s Jordan Windle finished 26th in the 10-meter prelims in his first worlds competing in an individual event.

Olympic gold medalist Shi Tingmao led China to a one-two finish in the women’s 3-meter springboard final. Shi, the defending champion and Monday’s 3-meter synchro winner, finished first with 383.50 points followed by teammate Wang Han (359.40) to capture China’s ninth consecutive gold medal in the event and seventh in 11 diving events in Budapest. Canadian Jennifer Abel took the bronze medal with 3:51.55 for the second worlds in a row.

“I need to work harder in order to achieve a higher score and win more gold medals,” Shi said.

Chinese divers have won 20 of the last 21 Olympic and world titles in the 3-meter springboard since 1986.

The last two diving finals are scheduled for Saturday.

SYNCHRO SWIMMING

Russia won the team free title winning its sixth gold medal. Twelve teams were in the final. Russia has been the title holder of the team title since 2007. Russia scored 97.300 points. China took the silver and Ukraine took bronze.

WATER POLO

The U.S., Italy, Hungary and Greece all advanced into the women’s quarterfinal round. Italy has won three straight games and earned an automatic berth.

In the men’s tournament, Croatia reached the quarterfinals as expected. Croatia has beaten the U.S., Russia and Japan.

MEDAL COUNT

In the medal tally, China leads with 16 total medals including seven golds, Russia has 13, Italy had 8 and France has 7. The U.S. has 5 medals including only one gold.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Open Water Swimming Takes Spotlight At 17th FINA World Championships; French Sweep In First Two Races


By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 16, 2017—Despite choppy waters in Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, Olympic bronze medalist Marc-Antoine Olivier of France won the men’s five kilometer open water swimming race to take center stage at the 17th FINA World Championships.

Olivier won in 54:31.40, just .7 seconds ahead of Italy’s Mario Sanzullo (54:32.10).

It was a European sweep with Great Britain’s Timothy Shuttleworth taking the bronze medal, (54:42.10), 10.7 seconds behind the winning time.

“My goal was to win the gold medal after finishing third in last year’s Olympics in Rio,” Olivier said. “The first 3,000 meters weren’t perfect, but I changed tactics and managed to finish first.”

It was the first world championship medal for all three swimmers.

Top American finisher was David Heron placing tenth in 54:48.20, 16.80 minutes out of first. U.S. teammate Andrew Gemmell, among early leaders, faded to 17th in 54:59.30, 27.90 minutes out of first.

A field of 62 swimmers competed in the first of seven open water events. The women’s 5K is July 19th.

In the women’s 10K event, Frenchwoman and defending champion Aurelie Muller won the gold medal in 2:00:13.70, 3.30 ahead of Ecuador’s Samantha Arevalo in 2:00:17.00.

There was a tie for the bronze medal in 2:00:17.20 between Italy’s Arianna Bridi and Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, who has trained and competed in South Florida in past years.

Top American finisher was Haley Anderson placing sixth in 2:00:25.90, 12.20 out of first. Teammate Ashley Twichell was tenth in 2:00.41.30, 27.60 off first.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST NEWS

St. Andrew’s Swimming aquatics director and head coach Sid Cassidy was honored by FINA for his contribution in open water swimming. Cassidy received the Gold Pin from FINA for his work in international open water swimming.

WATER POLO

Four-time champion U.S. women’s team opened worlds with a 24-2 rout of South Africa. Jamie Neushul scored a game-high six goals. Italy defeated Canada, 10-4, China beat Brazil, 11-4, and Spain topped New Zealand, 10-2.

DIVING

Four University of Miami divers are competing at the FINA World Championships.

Redshirt sophomore David Dinsmore, alum and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sam Dorman and senior Briadam Herrera are representing the U.S. Junior diver Marcela Maric is competing for her native Croatia.

Longtime USA Diving and UM coach Randy Ableman is coaching the divers.

On Saturday, Olympic silver medalists Michael Hixon and Dorman placed sixth in the 3-meter synchro event with 409.05 points. In prelims, they qualified third with 410.10. On Sunday, Hixon finished fifth in the 1-meter springboard finals with 439.15. China’s Peng Jianfeng won gold with 448.40. Aussie Maddison Keeney won the women’s 1-meter title and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov won the men’s 3-meter synchro title.

Former local diver Kassidy Cook, a 2016 Olympian, was scheduled to compete in 3-meter synchro but withdrew from worlds because of a shoulder injury.

Chinese teenagers Ren Qian and Lian Junjie won the gold medal in the mixed 10-meter platform. The pair of 16-year-olds won with 352.98 in the first final of the worlds. Ren is the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 10-meter platform event.

China also won the women’s 10-meter platform synchro with Ren and Si Yajie with 352.56 points.

SYNCHRO SWIMMING

Russia’s Svetlana Kolesnichenko, 23, won the first gold medal of the World Championships synchronized swimming competition. She finished the solo competition with 95.2035 points performing to the theme Solveig song. She made history by winning Russia’s 50th medal in the sport’s history at worlds.

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Arena Grand Prix Turns Into Gauge For World Trials

Arena Grand Prix Turns Into Gauge For World Trials


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 12, 2013

While Anthony Ervin, Jessica Hardy and several other swimmers are right where they want to be six weeks out from the world championship trials, Ryan Lochte got a wakeup call during the Arena Grand Prix Charlotte UltraSwim that ended on Sunday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

For the second straight night, Ervin, an Olympic gold medalist, topped a talented field to win the 100-meter freestyle in 49.14, a day after winning the 50-meter freestyle.

Ervin went out in 22.9 in the 100-meter race and had a full body length on the field that included three other Olympians, before coming home.

“No surprise there in the first 50,” Ervin said. “I knew if I was going to win I had to have my best performance in the race. I just decided to go for it, deal with pain and pay for it later.

“I was feeling the water and momentum on the way out,” Ervin said. “On the way back, what was water turned into stone.”

Chase Kalisz, 19, of Bel Air, Md. knocked off Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley. Lochte, 28, the world record holder and three-time Olympic medalist in the event started tiring late in his race much like the rest of his races in the meet.

Kalisz won in 1:59.66, two days after winning the 400-meter individual medley and just 1/10th of a second off his best time. Lochte was third in 2:01.56. Kalisz overtook Lochte on the breaststroke leg and coasted on the freestyle leg.

“I just tried to stay within reach of everyone in first half, attack the breaststroke and swim as hard as I could coming home,” Kalisz said. “Ryan is the best swimmer ever in the 200 IM. We are in different parts of our training. To go that time now I am happy with it.”

Just fifteen minutes after the IM, Lochte competed in the 200-meter backstroke against a strong field and finished third after struggling to come off the wall. Bolles swimmer Ryan Murphy won the race with great turns and momentum coming off the final wall. He finished in 1:59.93. Lochte’s time was 2:00.80.

“I think because Ryan just had the 200 IM I had a little extra on the last 50,” Murphy said. “I didn’t really change my race strategy. I just try to get out fast and push the last wall as hard as I can. I have been working on killing the last wall while keeping my speed.”

Said Lochte, “This is my time to get in gear. I still think I can make worlds. I just have to get back to work.”

Other individual winners were:

Connor Jaeger, 1500-meter freestyle, 15:02.68.

Kathleen Baker, 200-meter IM, best time 2:14.46.

Megan Romano, 100-meter freestyle, 55.24.

Kaitlin Harty, 200-meter backstroke, 2:10.38, best time by four second. “I have no idea where that came from,” Harty said.

Chloe Sutton, 800-meter freestyle, 8:25.88, edging out Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto, 8:25.93.

The Grand Prix Series resumes May 30-June 2 in Santa Clara, Calif.

DIVING

Chinese divers won all four events on the final day of the AT&T FINA USA Diving Grand Prix to sweep the meet on Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

U.S. Olympic medalist Troy Dumais took a silver medal in the 3-meter springboard event. Dumais was the only U.S. medalist on Sunday.

American Murphy Bromberg, competing in her fist senior international final, placed fourth on women’s platform.

The U.S. team now heads to Tallahassee for the World Championship Trials, May 15-20.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Meet Record Falls On Opening Day Of Charlotte Meet

Meet Record Falls On Opening Day Of Charlott


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 9, 2013

U.S. Olympians Katie Ledecky, Chloe Sutton and Connor Jaeger showed why they are among the nation’s top swimmers on Thursday, the opening day of the Arena Grand Prix Charlotte UltraSwim at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Ledecky, 16, the teenage distance sensation, opened the meet with a victory and meet record in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Ledecky won the mile in 16:04.58, second fastest swim in the world and huge time drop. Ledecky’s previous best was 16:24.46. She went 4:11.87 in the opening 400 meters.

“I’m training pretty hard right now,” Ledecky said. “The time was a lot faster than I thought it would be.”

U.S. Olympian Chloe Sutton was second in 16:07.83. Three-time Olympian Kristel Kobrich of Chile was third in 16:08.08.

Stephanie Peacock of North Carolina, after missing the ACC and NCAA Championships, was fifth in 16:33.47 in her first big meet of the year.

Connor Jaeger, 22, of Club Wolverine topped an impressive men’s 800-meter freestyle field in a lifetime-best 7:53.33. The University of Michigan senior negative split the race in 3:58.24 and 3:55.11. It was a seven second time drop for Jaeger.

“I felt like we were out pretty fast, me and Michael Klueh,” Jaeger said. “We’ve been training together. We knew the meet record was just under 8 minutes, so we thought we could go for that. It was a pretty decent race.”

Georgia sophomore Matias Koski of Finland was second in 8:03.05 and Zane Grothe of Auburn was third in 8:04.17. Davie Nadadores’ Alejandro Gomez, 28, was sixth in 8:19.34. Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Ryan Rosenbaum, 18, was 17th in 8:39.54.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The meet ends on Sunday.

Miscellaneous

During FINA-sanctioned quality control checks, Arena found that certain Powerskin carbon-pro suits have reduced air permeability making the suits non-compliant with FINA rules. Arena has withdrawn the approval codes of the Powerskin carbon-pro models and replace them with a new version that complies with FINA’s guidelines. As of Tuesday, it became mandatory for all swimmers to use the new carbon-pro Mark 2 swimsuits which carry valid codes according to FINA regulations. Athletes competing in both the Charlotte meet and Masters Spring Nationals in Indianapolis were being allowed to exchange their suits at no costs with Arena reps on site…

Britain’s Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley was forced to drop out of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix diving event in Fort Lauderdale after injuring his elbow while training. The 18-year-old is still expected to compete in this summer’s world championships…In Thursday’s opening action of the Fort Lauderdale diving meet, Olympic gold medalist David Boudia advanced into Saturday’s 10-meter final and U.S. teammate Amanda Burke advanced into the women’s 3-meter final. As expected, China dominated and had all the top qualifying spots. The meet continues Friday with men’s 3-meter and women’s 10-meter events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 237: Bradley Named FSU Coach; SOFLO’s Oliver Most Valuable Swimmer

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 237: Bradley Named FSU Coach; SOFLO’s Oliver Most Valuable Swimmer


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 8, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver has a new head coach.

Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer and 1993 St. Thomas Aquinas alum Frankie Bradley returned to his alma mater this week as newly-named head coach of Florida State.

Bradley graduated from FSU in 1997 and started a journey of building an impressive resume that included coaching jobs at Indian River State College, South Carolina and Auburn before returning to FSU.

“I’m thrilled,” Bradley said. “I’ve spent a number of years coaching and I’ve always thought that coming back to Florida State would be awesome. I got the call last week and it was incredible. I’m excited to lead the program.”

Bradley has been one of the most sought after college coaches for several jobs. Bradley replaces Neil Harper whose contract was not renewed after fourteen seasons.

Bradley will be faced with rebuilding the men’s team which graduated three of the four members of their Atlantic Coast Conference record-setting freestyle relays. The men’s team have several top freshmen coming in including Aruba Olympian Jemal Le Grand of Davie Nadadores and Sagemont.

The women’s team, led by SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, a double ACC sprint champion, lost top butterflier, Elizabeth Pepper to a transfer. The women’s team has top recruit Chelsea Britt coming in.

Bradley has worked with Olympians Mateo De Angulo of Colombia, Gideon Louw of South Africa, Marcelo Chierighini of Brazil, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas, and American Micah Lawrence.

While at St. Thomas, Bradley was a state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1992 and six-time high school All-American. He was a four-year letterman at FSU which including an ACC title in 1995 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Oliver Named Top Swimmer

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, who grew up with the Comets program and is now finishing her junior year at Florida State, was named the Seminoles’ Most Valuable Swimmer for the women’s team.

Oliver won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles at the ACC Championships. She qualified for the NCAA Championships and earned All-American honors in the 50 freestyle and 800 free relay.

Oliver holds the FSU records in the 50 and 100 freestyle and as a member of the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams.

“Tiffany really came into her own this year,” said associate head coach Andy Robins after the Seminoles annual awards banquet. “She was such a key asset for us in so many events.”

Charlotte Grand Prix

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, gold medalists Ricky Berens, Cullen Jones, Conor Dwyer, Jessica Hardy and Allison Schmitt head the field for the Arena Grand Prix that begins Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. With 30 swimmers, Charlotte-based SwimMac Carolina is expected to dominate. The meet will serve as a preparation meet for the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, World University Games and World Championships.

Phelps Among Influential

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever with 22 medals, is ranked second behind quarterback Tim Tebow on Forbes Magazine’s list of the Top 10 Most Influential Athletes. He is ranked ahead of several top pro athletes including LeBron James, David Beckham and Peyton Manning. Phelps has done more for the sport of swimming than any other swimmer, male or female, in the history of the sport and Olympics.

FINA Diving Grand Prix

Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex will host 120 divers from 21 countries including 2012 Olympic champions and medalists, for the fourth stop of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix that begins on Thursday and ends Sunday. The meet will help divers fine tune for World Championships in Barcelona. The events include men’s and women’s 3-meter springboard, 10-meter platform and 3-meter and 10-meter synchro. Powerhouse China is expected to dominate. Olympic gold medalist David Boudia will compete in his first major competition since winning two medals at the London Olympics. U.S. divers will be looking to prepare for the May 15-20 World Championship Trials in Tallahassee.

Miscellaneous

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres of Boston and Milwaukee-based Koss have launched a new headphone line for women called Koss Fit Series. The line includes FitClips and Fit Buds…U.S. Masters Spring Nationals get underway on Thursday in Indianapolis. GOLD’s Deb Cavanaugh along with eight other local swimmers will compete in individual events only. The age groups did not work for relays, according to Cavanaugh. The meet ends Sunday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 18: Boudia Stuns Diving World, Wins Gold Medal By 1.08 Points To End U.S. Drought

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 18: Boudia Stuns Diving World, Wins Gold Medal By 1.08 Points To End U.S. Drought


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 11, 2012

In one of the most exciting finishes in the sport’s history, David Boudia pulled off a huge upset to win the gold medal Saturday on the final day of diving at the London Olympics.

Only 15/100ths of a point separated the top three divers going into the sixth and final round of men’s platform.

China’s Qiu Bo and Yue Lin, top qualifiers after prelims and semifinals, were overwhelming favorites to medal going into the finals followed closely by Great Britain’s 18-year-old poster boy Tom Daley and Boudia.

It was Boudia, competing in his second Olympics, who captivated the crowd of 17,000 at the Aquatic Centre with his consistent diving after barely qualifying for the semifinal round by finishing 18th, the last qualifying spot.

Boudia, 23, of Noblesville, Ind. is the first male diver since former University of Miami and Mission Bay diver Greg Louganis won a gold medal on platform at the 1988 Seoul Olympics; first male diver to win any gold medal since the late Mark Lenzi won on springboard at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and first U.S. diver to win a gold medal since Laura Wilkinson in 2000.

“That’s the greatest performance I’ve ever seen him have,” said Boudia’s coach, Adam Soldati.

Going into the final round, it was Daley leading with 460.20, and Boudia and Qiu tied with 460.05.

Boudia nailed his back 2 ½ somersault with 2 ½ twists (3.6 degree of difficulty) for 102.60 points to overtake the lead and finish with 568.65 points. Qiu scored 100.80 on the same dive to finish with 566.85 and clinch the silver. Daley scored 90.75 on his reverse 3 ½ somersault (3.3 degree of difficulty), finished with 556.95 and bronze medal.

It was the first diving medal for Great Britain in 52 years and only the fourth aquatics medal for Britain at these Games.

Boudia looked in a state of shock as friends, family and coaches took turns hugging him on the pool deck. He finished second to Qiu at last year’s world championships in Shanghai.

“It’s very hard to believe,” Boudia said. “When I was 13 I was petrified with the height of the 10-meter platform. It took me almost six years to overcome that fear and here I am now, after winning the Olympic gold medal in this event. “My goal was to focus on one dive at a time.”

Entering his final dive, Boudia had no idea he was in contention for the gold medal. He wasn’t looking at the scoreboard, he said.

“If I had known the margin needed to win, my heart would have been pounding and the pressure would have been building,” Boudia said. “I was so calm.

“It’s very hard to believe,” Boudia said. “I’m in disbelief. I dreamed about this. It didn’t even feel like I was diving. It was so surreal.”

When Boudia climbed out of the pool, a Canadian diver told him, “You can smile now.”

“To be in the record books alongside Greg Louganis, the greatest diver in the entire world, Olympic legend, is amazing,” Boudia said. “The rest of the world is definitely catching up behind China.”

Said Louganis who told Boudia two years ago not to be afraid to leave the pack behind, “I have no words to explain what I just saw.”

Qiu, 19, visibly shaken, started crying against a wall. Chinese divers had won six of the seven gold medals awarded going into the final day.

“I have competed so many times but I have never had that much nervousness,” Qiu said. “It is OK. I am still young. I will be back.”

Daley and most of the British diving delegation were in the pool celebrating the 18-year-old’s medal success. It was probably one of the most wild bronze medal celebrations in any sport at the Games. Daley was clearly the favorite of the crowd that included soccer hunk David Beckham and his children clapping wildly.

“It’s simply an amazing experience, after all the difficult times I had in the last 18 months,” Daley said. “Despite all the ups and downs, the medal is here. The crowd certainly contributed to this outcome. I am over the moon with the bronze.”

Boudia had nothing but praise for Daley, whose father died of brain cancer at age 40 last year.

“Tom Daley dove absolutely amazing,” Boudia said. “In front of a home crowd, this kid had so much pressure on him, and he stepped up to the occasion, got a bronze medal and made his country so proud.”

Daley was actually awarded a mulligan in the opening round of the final when his coach filed a protest saying his diver was distracted by flashing cameras in the stands. A FINA judge allowed the protest and Daley was allowed to do his dive over. He raised his score from 75.60 points to 91.80 on his back 2 ½ somersault with 2 ½ twists.

The U.S. finished second in medals in diving with four, signaling a resurgence in USA Diving that has been dormant for years. Boudia also won a bronze with Nick McCrory on platform synchro; Kris Ipsen and Troy Dumais took a bronze on 3-meter synchro and Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant won a silver in 3-meter synchro.

“It’s massive, it’s a massive step forward,” said Steve Foley, the high performance director for USA Diving. “I hope we can take it forward with a little momentum and hopefully build on it for Rio.”

McCrory, the other U.S. diver to final in his Olympic debut, finished ninth with 505.40 points.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham of Australia failed to advance into the final after missing his last semifinal dive.

Olympic Notes

Michael Phelps is about to improve his stroke and it’s not in swimming. The 22-time Olympic medalist has been signed for the upcoming season of Golf Channel’s The Haney Project. The show, hosted by Hank Haney, former coach of Tiger Woods, will follow Phelps around over the course of the season as he attempts to conquer some of the world’s greatest golf courses. “As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to,” Phelps said. “And golf is one of the things I want to focus on. I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well.” Past seasons have featured Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, Rush Limbaugh, Sugar Ray Leonard and Adam Levine. Production begins next month. Haney said it would likely be an eight-part series…Ironically, golf makes its debut at the Olympics at Rio 2016. Maybe Phelps will be back, only in a different sport…Now that Missy Franklin has been able to take a breath, the 17-year-old is considering her college and pro options in swimming. “We’ll definitely have to sit down and talk about it,” Franklin said. “I think that my experience here has done two very different things for my decision. I think it’s made my decision a lot more difficult because I’ve been able to see the benefits and everything and how people get these sponsorships; what it’s like for them and how much fun they are having and seeing those and kind of wanting that, wanting to be a part of it and having it be so hard to turn it down.” Franklin will be a senior at Regis Jesuit High School when she returns to Aurora, Colo.

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