SOFLO’s Valerio Rasi Second At FLA Senior Circuit Meet

SOFLO’s Valerio Rasi Second At FLA Senior Circuit Meet


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 28, 2011

Italian Valerio Rasi of South Florida Aquatic Club finished second in the 100-meter backstroke Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Senior Circuit Meet at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

Rasi, 18, finished in 1:02.62 behind University of Florida’s Jeffrey Raymond, 21, of Pine Crest Swim Club in 1:01.39.

SOFLO teammates Keegan Boisson-Yates, 15, was eighth in 1:04.33 and Robert O’Gorman, 16, was 23rd in 1:07.79. O’Gorman was also 22nd in

the 50-meter freestyle in 26.06.

Boisson-Yates was also 26th in the 200-meter individual  medley in 2:28.70, 28th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.32 and 31st in the 100-

meter butterfly in 1:04.62.

After two days, Metro Aquatics leads the men’s team standings with 213.5 followed by Davie Nadadores, 162 and FLA 119. Host FLA leads the women’s team standings with 275.5 followed by MAC with 95.5 and Davie, 95.

The three-day meet continues with timed finals on Sunday at 8 a.m. with the 1500 and 10 a.m. for the remaining events.

SPEEDO GRAND CHALLENGE

Stanford’s Andrea Taylor won the 400-meter freestyle to open the Speedo Grand Challenge at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, Calif. Taylor, 29, won in 4:14.79. She was the only non-Trojan Swim Club swimmer to win on opening night.

Other individual winners were:

Austria’s Markus Rogan 29, won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.12, winning by nearly two seconds.

Jessica Hardy, 24, won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.56.

Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.67 ahead of Julia Smit in 2:11.79.

Yuliya Efimova won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.77.

Newlywed Eric Shanteau won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.66. Shanteau married former U.S. national team backstroker Jeri Moss last Saturday.

Dominik Meichtry won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.42 ahead of Clement Lefert in 1:49.57.

The meet format is unique. Only the top four swimmers from prelims qualify for the championship final.

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