AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 73: Carter Posts Back-To-Back National Records At Commonwealth Youth Games

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 73: Carter Posts Back-To-Back National Records At Commonwealth Youth Games

September 9, 2011


Top-ranked age group swimmer Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago broke back-to-back national age group records Friday at the Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man.

Carter trained and competed with SOFLO’s Keegan Boisson-Yates at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex before leaving for the international meet.

In the 50-meter butterfly, Carter, the youngest swimmer in the short course meters field, first broke the 13-14 national record in morning prelims in 25.38 to earn a fifth-place seeding. In the championship final, he lowered it again in 24.94 to place fourth, just missing out on a medal.

The previous national record was 25.75 set by Cadell Lyons in 2006.

Aussie Chris Raven won the 50-meter butterfly gold medal in 23.80 followed by South Africa’s Hendrick Alberts in 24.46 and New Zealand’s Alexander hancock in 24.47.

Carter had scratched from the 200-meter backstroke final to focus on the butterfly sprint event. He was seeded seventh in the backstroke after prelims where he broke the 13-14 national record in 2:02.90, breaking the previous mark of 2:05.81 set by Nicholas Bovell in 2001.

Carter will swim the 50-meter backstroke on Saturday.

Teammate Joshua Romany broke the 15-17 national record in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:50.22 and placed fifth. He bettered the record first in prelims in 1:50.53. The previous mark was 1:53.22 held by George Bovell III.

Kristin Julien, also of Trinidad and Tobago, broke a national record in the 13-14 women’s 50-meter butterfly in 29.37. The previous record was 29.42.

The swimming competition ends on Sunday.

Other individual winners were:

Ami Matsuo, Australia, 100-meter freestyle, 54.35.

Matthew Johnson, Great Britain, 400-meter individual medley, 4:15.41.

Sycerika McMahon, Northern Ireland, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:07.93.

Corey Main, New Zealand, men’s 200-meter backstroke, 1:55.44.

Marne Erasmus, South Africa, 50-meter butterfly, 26.56.

Craig Benson, Scotland, 100-meter breaststroke, 59.63.

Georgia-Mae Hohmann, Great Britain, 200-meter backstroke, 2:07.73.

Remy Fairweather, Australia, 800-meter freestyle, 8:26.63.

Leuan Lloyd, Wales, 200-meter freestyle, 1:47.28.

SOFLO’s Gautieri Weathering Flooding At Bucknell

After weathering several hurricanes in the tropics, SOFLO’s Gina Gautieri weathered severe flooding in Lewisburg, Pa., where she is a freshman at Bucknell.

School was cancelled on Thursday because of 13 inches of rain that has fallen in the past few days in the region and sent rivers over their banks in Lewisburg and surrounding areas.

Bucknell was forced to cancel its Water Polo Invitational scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Lewisburg because of the heavy flooding on campus.

“The flooding was very bad here and closed school down on Thursday,” Gautieri said through a text message. “The hurricanes definitely trained me. Everything is pretty much back to normal now. I made it here safely and already getting ready for the third week of school.”

South Africans Dominating All-Africa Games

Meet records continue to fall at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.

South Africa’s Karin Prinsloo won her fourth individual event in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.98 and led off the winning 400-medley relay that won in 4:14.00.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos broke the meet record in the 200-meter butterfly in 1:56.37.

Teammate Charl Crous broke the meet record in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.26.

Mandy Loots broke the meet record to win the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 59.86. She broke her own four-year-old record of 1:00.09.

Suzaan van Biljon won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke in a meet record 1:10.40.

Roxanne Tammadge won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:54.64.

Tunisia’s Ahmed Mathlouthi won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:54.03.

Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.70.

South Africa’s men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team of Leith Shankland, Chad Le Clos, Gideon Louw and Darian Townsend broke the meet record in 3:19.42.

Duel In The Pool Set For Atlanta

Top American and European swimmers will meet December 16-17 in the fifth Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, USA Swimming announced on Friday.

The biennial short course meters meet showcases swim stars expected to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.

The U.S. has won the previous meets against Australian teams and has a 4-0 record.

The U.S. roster will be announced at the end of October. The team will be selected from the top finishers at the U.S. national and world championships, World University Games and Pan American Games.

The European All-Star team of 22 men and 22 women will attract swimmers from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, Belarus, Denmark, Austria and Lithuania.

More than $100,000 in prize money will be offered with winners earning $1,500. World records will earn up to $15,000. The meet will air on NBC on a date still to be determined. Tickets at $55 and $90 are already on sale through Tech’s Ferst Center.


University of Texas diving coach Matt Scoggin was voted the Coach of Excellence Award, chosen by coaches in attendance at the recent 2011 AT&T National Diving Championships. Scoggin, a 1992 U.S. Olympic diver in his 17th year of coaching at Texas, has excelled as a coach at the national level since retiring from competition. He coaches both Drew Livingston and Troy Dumais, who both won titles at nationals….At the Gators’ 2011 Awards Banquet on Friday night, Conor Dwyer and Elizabeth Beisel each took home the Skip Foster Award for most valuable swimmer and Monica Dodson and Mike Joyce each won the team leadership award…..Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin finished up a photo shoot on Friday in New York City for the new Speedo catalog. “Photo shoot went well, time to relax,” Lochte tweeted….USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus is on medical leave due to complications from colon cancer surgery. He is still expected to deliver the State of the Sport address at next week’s United States Aquatics Sports Convention in Jacksonville.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Of course America has an obesity problem when most cities have 52 swimming pools and 552 McDonald’s!”—Comedian Joan Rivers

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 71: Brazilians Wrap Up Final Day Of National Championships

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 71: Brazilians Wrap Up Final Day Of National Championships

September 4, 2011


On the final day of the Jose Finkel Trophy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cecilia Biagioli, Cesar Cielo, Inke Dekker and Fabiola Martin took turns on the medal stand.

Biagioli of Argentina broke the second meet record of the week won the 1500 meters in 16:46.68, breaking the previous record o 17:00.56 setby Poliana Okimoto, who finished second.

Argentina swept the distance events when Juan Pereyra won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:05.75.

Brazilian Cesar Cielo, the world champion in the 50-meter butterfly, showed why when he won the event in a close race in 23.48. Glauber Silva was second in 23.65. Nicholas dos Santos was third.

The Netherland’s Inge Dekker won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 26.56 for her second win of the meet. Daynara de Paula of Brazil was second in 27.01.

Gabriel Mangabeira won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 55.48 for his second victory of the meet. Brazil’s top backstroker, Guilherme Guido was sixth in 56.52.

Fabiola Molina won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.33. Her victory clinched high point award of the meet with 141 points and four wins. Thiago Pereira won the men’s high point award with 135 points and three wins and one second place.

Minas took the team title by nearly 700 points with 2,493.5 points. Pinheiros was second with 1,799 and Glamengo was third with 1,478.


Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago, who spent a few weeks at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex training and competing with Keegan Boisson-Yates, is among the field of top boys swimmers at the Commonwealth Youth Games that begin this week on the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland within the British Isles…Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps served as Grand Marshall of Sunday’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix…..Bucknell men’s water polo team ended its 22-game losing streak with a 16-10 victory over No. 11-ranked St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Navy Labor Day Open in Annapolis, Md. Bucknell’s last win was on Sept. 5, 1998, ironically over St. Francis. Alex Nowlin and Brian Barron led scoring with four goals each…..Swimming New Zealand, the sport’s national governing body, has lost its second high-profile administrator. Jan Cameron resigned her position as general manager after a critical report of the country’s national swim program. Her departure follows that of Swimming New Zealand chairman Murray Coulter, who resigned on Friday…Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Laura Reback Bennett of Colorado and North Palm Beach was fifth at Sunday’s Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa. She finished in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 50 seconds. Former University of Florida swimmer turned pro triathlete Sara McLarty of Deland led after the 1.5K swim and finished in 2:09:23 for 19th place. McLarty recently lost her father Brent, 62, who was killed when he was hit by a van while cycling near his home in Deland on Aug. 24. McLarty wrote on her Facebook page: “My dad was an amazing man. He loved life, adventures, solving problems, creating masterpieces and breaking a good sweat! He died today on a bike ride…doing something he loved.”

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