SOFLO’s Alcaide Makes Olympic Trials Cut; Marinheiro, Goldman, Greenwood Go Best Times At Purdue Invitational

SOFLO’s Alcaide Makes Olympic Trials Cut; Marinheiro, Goldman, Greenwood Go Best Times At Purdue Invitational


March 30, 2012

It was a big night for South Florida Aquatic Club at the Purdue Invitational at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center Friday in West Lafayette, Ind.

Jessie Alcaide, at 27 one of the most experienced swimmers on the team, had reason to celebrate after making her first Olympic Trials cut in the 50-meter freestyle.

Alcaide, who has been close several times, finished third in the championship finals in personal-best time of 26.19 seconds, under the 26.39 qualifying standard.

“I did it, yeah,” Alcaide said.

Alcaide is enjoying one of her finest meets. She came in with a 26.71 seed time and bettered that in morning prelims in 26.41, just missing the cut. She said she knew she would get the cut in finals.

“I feel good,” Alcaide said. “I was frustrated I kept coming close so many times. I just kept making the little mistakes. My strokes are there, my muscle memory is there and my training is there. I feel I am in the best shape possible.

“It’s just those little mistakes like gliding into my butterfly finish and looking up at the turn in my 100 freestyle.

“My plan was to get the 50 tonight,” Alcaide said. “I really like this meet. This pool is so much cooler, open, airy and well-lit.”

Alcaide was happy with her morning swim and knew what to improve on.

“My 50 was near-perfect,” she said. “I started trying too hard instead of doing what I know. I was a little tight. I knew I just needed to relax and be faster.”

In the 100-meter freestyle, Alcaide finished second in a career-best 57.28, bettering her previous best of 57.32 she swam in morning prelims. She was just off the Olympic Trials standard of 57.19. Alcaide was also fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.33, just off her prelim time of 1:02.23, both bettering her previous best of 1:03.08.

Up-and-coming swimmer Marcella Marinheiro had a big breakthrough in her 200-meter backstroke. She had a big time drop in the event finishing 20th in personal best time of 2:23.89 after swimming 2:28.96 in prelims.

Her seed time was 2:05.62 in yards.

Marinheiro was just as excited as Alcaide after swimming her best time at a big meet.

“That was so good,” Marinheiro said after her race. “I was really happy because I have been trying to drop for a while. Then I dropped two seconds and was hoping for more. Since I am 17 it’s hard to drop so many seconds. I felt really good at the moment and I just went for it.

“I have been training a lot,” Marinheiro said. “This is a high quality meet. My first races were okay but my 200 back was really good. I like this meet. I like travelling to meets like this. You get a lot of experience, meet new swimmers and get better.”

Brandon Goldman, despite being sick, won the “B” final of 200-meter backstroke in a personal-best time of 2:09.86 after first lowering his best time of 2:10.36 in prelims. His previous best was 2:11.29.

Goldman was forced to scratch from the 400-meter individual medley because of a lingering illness.

Emily Greenwood turned in another stellar swim in the 200-meter backstroke, finishing sixth in the “C” final and 22nd overall in 2:29.89. She first bettered her best time in prelims in 2:30.21. Her previous best was 2:32.27.

Luke Torres was fifth in the “C” final and 21st overall in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.63 after going 24.49 in prelims. His seed time was 21.89 in yards.


Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 15. Melissa Marinheiro 2:08.48, 23. Marcella Marinheiro 2:12.42, 26. Emma Lincoln 2:13.54.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 34. Keegan Boisson-Yates 2:05.17, best time, previous best 2:06.62.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 22. Marcella Marinheiro 2:28.96, 24. Emily Greenwood 2:30.21 best time, previous best 2:32.27, 26. Melissa Marinheiro 2:39.39.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 10. Brandon Goldman 2:10.36, best time, previous best 2:11.29.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 3. Jessie Alcaide 26.41, 9. Sharntelle McLean 26.98, 23. Mariangela Macchiavello 27.62, 34. Emma Lincoln 28.00, best time, 28.04 previous best, 55. Maria Lopez 28.94, best time, previous best 29.52, 56. Emily Greenwood 29.09, 57. Marcella Marinheiro 29.48.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 22. Luke Torres 24.49, 35. Keegan Boisson-Yates 25.47.

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SOFLO’s Bellew, Fiorenzi, Greenwood Take Silver At Friday Night Sprint Night

SOFLO’s Bellew, Fiorenzi, Greenwood Take Silver At Friday Night Sprint Night


May 13, 2011

On a night of sprint events, three South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers sprinted their way to the podium at the Friday Night Sprint Night at the Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

Matthew Bellew, Mia Fiorenzi and Emily Greenwood all took second places to lead SOFLO. 

Bellew, 26, was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 32.01. He had the fastest seed time of 30.90.

Fiorenzi, 15, was runner-up in the 50-meter breaststroke in 40.01.

Greenwood, 16, finished second in the 50-meter backstroke in 34.56, just behind Kelsea Volland of Florida Keys Swim Club.

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, originally scheduled to race, scratched from the meet with a sinus infection.

SOFLO’s 33-swimmer contingent will compete in the IM Xtreme Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, also at the Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex. There are two sessions each day.



50-meter breaststroke: 1. Juan Sequera, Rockway Swimming 31.69, 2. Matthew Bellew, SOFLO 32.01, 3. L. Santiesteban, Rockway Swimming 34.08, 4. Jose Gonzalez, Rockway Swimming 34.50, 5. Steve Stankovic, Sea Dragons 36.51.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Juan Sequera, Rockway 28.95, 2. Jose Gonzalez, Rockway 31.80, 3. L. Santiesteban, Rockway 32.00, 4. Kevin DeMatteo, Sea Dragons 32.63, 5. Jonathan Fabio, GRSC 33.22; SOFLO: 7. August Charni 33.44.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Juan Seguera, Rockway 25.66, 2. Argudin Camejo, Rockway 26.42, 3. L. Santiesteban, Rockway 26.53, 4. Dylan Marsolek, PST 27.06, 5. Julio Perez Costa, Rockway 27.21; SOFLO: 10. August Charni 28.16, 11. Mauricio Hidalgo 28.25.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Juan Seguera, Rockway 26.42, 2. Argudin Camejo 28.19, 3. L. Santiesteban, Rockway 28.86, 4. Mauricio Hidalgo, SOFLO 29.00, 5. Jose Gonzalez, Rockway 29.36.


50-meter breaststroke: 1. Sivan Fraiman, PST 39.26, 2. Mia Fiorenzi, SOFLO 40.01, 3. Kelsea Volland, FKSC 40.15, 4. Chloe Gerena, PST 40.42, 5. Jenna Diamond, PST 40.44; SOFLO: 6. Allison Kopas 41.55, 10. Kristina Nork 42.57, 15. Jenna Deal 44.41.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Kelsea Volland, Florida Keys SC 34.23, 2. Emily Greenwood, SOFLO 34.56, 3. Jenna Diamond, PST 35.20, 4. Sivan Fraiman, PST 35.58, 5. Skye Downey, PST 36.15; SOFLO: 8. Natasha Payamps 37.55.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Jessie Randolph, PST 29.11, 2. Sivan Fraiman, PST 29.68, 3. Jenna Diamond, PST 30.03, 4. Kelsea Volland, FKSC 30.04, 5. Sophia Olivia, PST 30.11; SOFLO: 6. Mia Fiorenzi 30.50, 8. Natasha Payamps 30.83, 11. Emily Greenwood 31.52, 15. Allison Kopas 32.10, 35. Kristina Nork 42.44.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Sivan Fraiman, PST 30.84, 2. Jenna Diamond, PST 31.77, 3. Kelsea Volland, FKSC 31.85, 4. Mia Fiorenzi, SOLFO 32.10, 5. Namill Sanchez, ASC 32.92; SOFLO: 7. Natasha Payamps 33.25, 9. Allison Kopas 33.50, 14. Jenna Deal 34.35, 16. Kristina Nork 35.40.


What: IM Xtreme Challenge

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Schedule: Saturday, Sessions 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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