Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships Begin Thursday; Azura’s Yeziel Morales Heads Field


By Sharon Robb
BALMAIN COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago, May 31, 2022–Teams started arriving Tuesday for the much-anticipated Panam Aquatics Age Group Swimming Championships at National Aquatic Centre Thursday through Sunday.

The meet has attracted 230 athletes from 17 countries and is serving as a qualification meet for the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

The four-day tournament, formally called the UANA Cup, is an elite championship for age groupers. Azura’s Yeziel Morales will represent Puerto Rico.

The meet is recognized as the premier age group competition in the Americas. The event has athletes from South America, Central America, Canada, British Commonwealth, Caribbean and U.S.

Giants Aquatics swimmer Inald Fernandes Perna is a member of the Aruba team. Perna will swim the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and 50 and 100 breaststroke.

Luis-Mario Arends, who also qualified, will not compete because of an injury. Both swimmers are coached by Jordy Groters, former Nova University School, Pine Crest Swim Club and Missouri swimmer.

The event will be live streamed on the Panam Sports app. Streaming website: http://www.panamsportschannel.org…

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Captures Combined, Boys Team Titles At 31st Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, December 12, 2021—In one of the most competitive meets of the year, South Florida Aquatic Club defended its combined and boys team titles Sunday at the 31st annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The defending champion boys team led throughout the meet and won with 958.50 points. Metro Aquatics was second with 741 and St. Andrew’s Aquatics was third with 530.

The girls team moved into second place on the final day and finished with 491 points behind girls champion St. Andrew’s Aquatics with 864.

SOFLO, buoyed by depth, relays and talent, rallied on the final day to overtake early leader St. Andrew’s Aquatics with 1,449.50 points. St. Andrew’s finished runner-up with 1,394 and Metro Aquatics was third with 1,211.

SOFLO, the largest team, had 107 swimmers competing in 621 individual events and 28 relay events.

The competitiveness and parity of the four-day meet, one of the state’s oldest, signalled the return of Florida Gold Coast teams after months of recovering from the pandemic.

Among SOFLO winners were:

Gianna Martin, 10, 100-yard breaststroke, best time 1:18.63, time drop 2.16.

Noah Mejias, 10, 100-yard butterfly, best time 1:05.06, time drop 2.20; 100-yard individual medley, best time 1:08.45, time drop 4.00. Mejias was second in boys 10-and-under high point with 54 points just 2.50 points behind Alejandro Ruiz of Metro Aquatics.

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, 100-yard breaststroke, best time 1:09.37, time drop 3.19; 200-yard freestyle, best time 1:54.19, time drop 0.58. Vallmitjana was 11-12 boys high point winner with 72 points.

Javier Colmenares, 15, 100-yard breaststroke, best time 57.63,time drop 0.34.

Juan Mora, 17, 100-yard individual medley, 50.82.

Ricardo Roche, 22, 100-yard backstroke, best time 51.11, 0.97 time drop.

SOFLO won the boys’ 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:48.43 with Ryan Harries, Connor Jimenez, Maximiliano Remmele and Juan Vallmitjana.

SOFLO was second in the boys’ 10-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:59.01 with Lance Bergeron-Menard, Noah Mejias, Toma Petkov and Guillermo Mantilla and 13-14 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:34.88 with Carlos Rincon, Mason Jimenez, Tristan Dons and Felix Gonzalez.

SOFLO girls were second in the 11-12 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:15.01 with Sofia Rodriguez, Jianna Amores, Olivia Watson and Saree Young.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, 18, earned 17-and-over girls high point honors with 53 points.

Aruba-based Giants Aquatics founder and coach Jordy Groters, 25, competed in eight events in between coaching his 13 swimmers. His highest finish was fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke final in 26.14. On the final night, he was fifth in the 100-yard individual medley in 53.55 and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.02. One of his swimmers, Celine Samson qualified for her first-ever championship final in the 50-yard breaststroke. Her 38.92 prelim time for 9-10-year-olds is a club record.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,449.50, 2. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1,394, 3. Metro Aquatics 1,211, 4. Midtown Weston 583, 5. Jupiter Dragons 571.50.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 864, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 491, 3. Metro Aquatics 470, 4. Midtown Weston 448, 5. Wellington 412.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 958.5, 2. Metro Aquatics 741, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 530, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 332, 5. Plantation Swim Team 291.

HIGH POINT GIRLS
10-and-under, 1. Yurika Duardo, Blue Marlins 56; SOFLO: 9. Gianna Martin 25.
11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, St. Andrew’s 77.
13-14, 1. Gioia Balzano, Eagle Aquatics 66.
15-16, 1. Jillian Crooks, TS Aquatics 62; SOFLO: 7. Ana Villamil 43.50, 10. Nat Gembicki 32.50, 19. tie, Izzy Wilson 20 and Gabriella DeLuna 20, 23. Sophia Grubbs 19.
17-and-over, 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 53.

HIGH POINT BOYS
10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, Metro Aquatics 56.50; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 54, 7. Guillermo Mantilla 35.
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 72; SOFLO: 11. Josha Menezes 28, 16. Maximiliano Remmele 23.50, 18. Adrian Rendon 22, 20. Ryan Harries 21, 22. Connor Jimenez 20.
13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, Metro Aquatics 77; SOFLO: 17. Felix Gonzalez 21, 19. Jaden Amores 19.
15-16, 1. Zarek Wilson, TS Aquatics 75; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 59, 12. Alejandro Mateus 24, 14. Adrian Hernandez 21, 17. Austin Nelson 19, 20. Ivan Grass 16, 24. Aldo Zepeda 12.
17-and-over, 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 60; SOFLO: 4. Juan Mora 52, 7. Ricardo Roche 39, 9. Alex Golding 30, 12. Wisthon Rendon 24, 15. Sebastian Lares 20, 21. Enrique Rodriguez 15.

GIRLS
200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:59.29, 2. Granite Falls 2:05.87, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club 2:07.72, 5. SOFLO A 2:13.87 (Christie Ann Lumsden, Joanna Valdiviezo, Sofia Duranti, Gianna Martin).

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Granite Falls 4:04.78, 2. SOFLO B 4:15.01 (Sofia Rodriguez, Jianna Amores, Olivia Wilson, Saree Young), 3. Wellington 4:15.91, 6. SOFLO 4:08.22 (Mckenzie McPherson, Sofia Gomez, Rose Seniuk, Jemma Baldwin).

13-14, 1. Westchester Aquatic Club 3:42.62, 2. Coral Springs 3:53.12, 3. Pine Crest 3:59.29.

Open, 1. Jupiter 3:36.03, 2. Westchester Aquatic Club 3:37.83, 3. Warwick 3:37.97, 4. SOFLO B 3:44.00 (Sarah Acevedo, JennaMarie Brames, Izzy Wilson, Gabriela Avila).

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:08.52, 2. Molly Behrend, WEST 1:10.44, 3. Camila Correa, MAC 1:10.59.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 2:15.63, 2. Natalie Dufflocq, NPB 2:17.56, 3. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:22.44; SOFLO: 6. Mackenzie McPherson 2:40.21.

13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 2:04.65, 2. Sahara Idler, MAC 2:05.96, 3. Gioia Balzano, EA 2:08.36; SOFLO: 7. Lydia Smutny 2:16.97, time drop 5.71, 8. Amanda Grubbs 2:17.43, time drop 8.04.

15-16, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 2:00.09, 2. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:08.36, 3. Keianna Moss, MAC 2:08.90; SOFLO: 9. Izzy Wilson 2:14.19, time drop 4.39.

17-and-over, 1. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:02.79, 2. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 2:04.35, 3. Paige Lane, PCS 2:08.09; SOFLO: 6. Sarah Acevedo 2:15.00, 8. JennaMarie Brames 2:20.27.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 1:18.63, time drop 2.16, 2. Yurika Duardo, BMHG 1:20.21, 3. Alma Cancio Jorge, MAC 1:21.91; SOFLO: 4. Christie Ann Lumsden 1:22.38.

11-12, 1. Tessa Broedell, JUP 1:10.48, 2. Emma Han, WOW 1:11.30, 3. Lily Reed, SAS 1:12.84.

13-14, 1. Reese Andres, SAS 1:05.76, 2. Abby King, WEST 1:06.17, 3. Kiera Rampersad, EA 1:07.64.

15-16, 1. Riley Botting, PC 1:04.54, 2. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 1:05.61, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 1:06.86, time drop 0.08; SOFLO: 5. Amanda Grubbs 1:07.63, 8. Mariann Catalasan 1:09.46, time drop 0.05.

17-and-over, 1. Kate Kaplan, CCPR 1:05.98, 2. Victoria Torres, MWA 1:06.22, 3. Emily Malpeso, WEST 1:07.80; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 1:08.57, time drop 3.96, 6. Sally Golding 1:09.37, 8. Sabrina Osorio 1:09.90.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 26.23, 2. Yurika Duardo, BMHG 27.91, 3. Thereza Milano, GRSC 27.95.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Allison Kelly, JUP 1:59.64, 2. Ava Wolfe, MWA 2:01.00, 3. Veronica Metz, WOW 2:03.45; SOFLO: 10. Sofia Gomez 2:16.81, time drop 2.55.

13-14, 1. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 1:53.75, 2. Siena Griffiths, SAS 1:53.78, 3. Leorah Rotchin, WOW 1:56.65; SOFLO: 8. Amanda Grubbs 2:00.06, time drop 6.35.

15-16, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:49.48, 2. Jillian Crooks, TSA 1:53.57, 3. Riley Botting, PC 1:53.69; SOFLO: 6. Nat Gembicki 1:55.76.

17-and-over, 1. Ella Martinez, SAS 1:52.30, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 1:52.45, 3. Faith Mutschler, WOW 1:54.44.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Penelope Lopez-Casula, EA 1:10.86, 2. Yurika Duardo, BMHG 1:11.52, 3. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 1:13.77, time drop 5.97.

11-12, 1. Zoe Schnoeller, SFTL 1:03.48, 2. Taylor Jerousek, MSC 1:05.58, 3. Emma Han, WOW 1:05.95.

13-14, 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 59.90, 2. Martyna Kaps, MPNY 59.94, 3. Kiera Rampersad, EA 1:00.46.

15-16, 1. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 58.70, 2. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 59.99, time drop 1.41, 3. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 59.99, time drop 1.45; SOFLO: 5. Gabriella DeLuna 1:01.19, time drop 2.94, 9. Sophia Grubbs 1:03.43.

17-and-over, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 57.05, 2. Ella Martinez, SAS 58.41, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 58.73; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 59.75, 10. Sally Golding 1:02.43, time drop 0.53.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Thereza Milano, GRSC 31.94, 2. Gia Euseppi, NPB 33.41, 3. Ava Phillips, GFSC 33.43.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Alera Hurwitz, SAS 1:01.05, 2. Serena Jourdy, WEST 1:01.69, 3. Allison Kelly, JUP 1:02.41.

13-14, 1. Lena Lajko, SFTL 57.78, 2. Gioia Balzano, EA 57.84, 3. Sam Schoenborn, SAS 58.87.

15-16, 1. Jillian Crooks, TSA 56.94, 2. Maria Delmonte, PPSC 57.41, 3. Julianne McCranie, PCS 58.21.

17-and-over, 1. Hanna Elks Smith, PCS 57.84, 2. Kiara Caamano, JUP 59.88, 3. Alex Ericson, CMA 1:00.01.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Metro Aquatics 1:57.05, 2. SOFLO A 1:59.01 (Lance Bergeron-Menard, Noah Mejias, Toma Petkov, Guillermo Mantilla), 3. Blue Marlins 2:04.63.

400-yard freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 3:48.43 (Ryan Harries, Connor Jimenez, Maximiliano Remmele, Juan Vallmitjana), 2. Jupiter 3:49.08, 3. Plantation Swim Team 3:53.38.
13-14, 1. Pine Crest 3:32.06, 2. SOFLO B 3:34.88 (Carlos Rincon, Mason Jimenez, Tristan Dons, Felix Gonzalez), 3. Jupiter 3:39.97.

15-16, 1. Metro Aquatics 3:16.89, 2. Pompano Beach 3:17.73, 3. Eagle Aquatics 3:19.33, 4. SOFLO B 3:20.27 (Javier Colmenares, Brennan Binder, Manuel Melendez, Zackary Harris).

400-yard medley relay:
Open, 1. SOFLO B 3:34.87 (Alejandro Mateus, Anthony Robaina, Javier Roman, Aldo Zepeda), 2. Miami Country Day 3:35.79, 3. PAQ 3:40.90.

100-yard butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:05.06, time drop 2.20, 2. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:07.07, 3. Landon Sagastume, RATS 1:07.07.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Emihlio Reveron, EA 2:06.42, 2. Caleb Caponera, SAS 2:14.35, 3. Robinson Naranjo, BMHG 2:15.79; SOFLO: 8. Joshua Menezes 2:32.67.

13-14, 1. Alfredo Dominguez, BMHG 1:55.95, 2. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 1:56.87, 3. Christian Jerome, USAM 1:57.24; SOFLO: 4. Jaden Amores 2:00.20.

15-16, 1. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:53.37, 2. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 1:54.13, time drop 4.70, 3. Marcus Szabo, PB 1:55.78; SOFLO: 4. Adrian Hernandez 1:58.49, time drop 1.43, 9. Austin Nelson 2:00.31, time drop 8.09.

17-and-over, 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:47.49, 2. Dario Martin OSC 1:47.60, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 1:49.29; SOFLO: 6. Wisthon Rendon 1:56.22, 7. Enrique Rodriguez 1:56.62, time drop 1.85, 9. Javier Roman 1:57.03.

100-yard breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jayden Park, MWA 1:16.23, 2. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:18.89, time drop 2.99, 3. Luke Reid, Unattached 1:23.06; SOFLO: 10. Toma Petkov 1:36.22.

11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:09.37, time drop 3.19, 2. Jesus Linares, MAC 1:09.83, 3. Oliver Cannings, GRSC 1:10.37; SOFLO: 8. Ryan Harries 1:14.44, time drop 2.91, 9. Joshua Menezes 1:15.35.

13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 58.17, 2. Carlos Flores, MAC 1:00.94, 3. Maks Charnou, NMST 1:01.24; SOFLO: 8. Felipe Rodriguez 1:05.80.

15-16, 1. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 57.63, time drop 0.34, 2. Evan Wilson, MCDA 58.80, 3. Ronin Jones, PCS 59.81.

17-and-over, 1. Rashed Al-Tarmoom, Azura 55.28, 2. Juan Mora, SOFLO 56.38, 3. Brandon Moran, Unattached 56.75; SOFLO: 10. Manuel Melendez 1:00.99, time drop 1.14.

50-yard freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Matthew Meneses, MAC 27.63, 2. Guillermo Mantilla, SOFLO 27.70, time drop 0.48, 3. Jayden Park, MWA 27.79; SOFLO: 9. Lance Bergeron-Menard 29.18.

200-yard freestyle:
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:54.19, time drop 0.58, 2. Emihlio Reveron, EA 1:54.28, 3. Julian Lozano, GRSC 1:55.15.

13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 1:43.01, 2. Gabriel Tortola, PST 1:43.47, 3. Kingsley Bailey, SAS 1:48.41.

15-16, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 1:40.89, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:40.91, 3. Marcelo Mansur, Unattached 1:42.55.

17-and-over, 1. Gabriela Araya, Azura 1:38.99, 2. Dylan Felt, SFTL 1:40.03, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 1:41.70; SOFLO: 7. Sebastian Lares 1:43.01, time drop 1.00.

100-yard individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Noah Mejias, SOFLO 1:08.45, time drop 4.00, 2. Landon Sagastume, RATS 1:09.16, 3. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 1:09.56.

11-12, 1. Duy Vuong, JUP 1:01.03, 2. Brian Hamilton, CSSC 1:02.60, 3. Juan Pupo-Buch, CA 1:02.99; SOFLO: 9. Connor Jimenez 1:07.08, time drop 2.45, 10. Maximiliano Remmele 1:08.43, time drop 4.23.

13-14, 1. George Gonzalez, MAC 54.07, 2. Carlos Flores, MAC 56.04, 3. Gabriel Tortola, PST 56.20.

15-16, 1. Zarek Wilson, TSA 51.61, 2. Finn Winkler, EA 52.36, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 54.51, time drop 0.61; SOFLO: 7. Aldo Zepeda 55.69.

17-and-over, 1. Juan Mora, SOFLO 50.82, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 50.85, 3. Nikita Efimov, OSC 52.38.

50-yard backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 32.61, 2. Jeancarlos Vasquez, CM 33.45, 3. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 33.49, time drop 2.06; SOFLO: 5. Guillermo Mantilla 34.36.

100-yard backstroke:
11-12, 1. Julian Lozano, GRSC 1:01.12, 2. Duy Vuong, JUP 1:02.67, 3. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 1:03.74, time drop 2.14; SOFLO: 4. Connor Jimenez 1:04.31, time drop 1.08.

13-14, 1. Anthony Pineiro, MAC 52.24, 2. Dylan Ferguson, MAC 53.86, 3. Lucas Bailey, SAS 54.87; SOFLO: 10. Jaden Amores 59.32, time drop 0.56.

15-16, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 50.90, 2. Zarek Wilson, TSA 51.05, 3. Cole Gorsuch, PPSC 51.40; SOFLO: 8. Austin Nelson 54.67, time drop 2.62, 9. Alejandro Mateus 55.02.

17-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 51.11, time drop 0.97, 2. Roman Pinder, LSC 52.77, 3. Karl-Wilson Aimable, PST 52.87, 8. Wisthon Rendon 54.44.

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

SOFLO Heads Field For 31st Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, December 7, 2021—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the 31st annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The four-day meet, one of the oldest in the state, begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with relays and 1,650-yard freestyle event. Friday, Saturday and Sunday prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Two pools are being used.

Last year South Florida Aquatic Club swept the combined and boys titles. SOFLO won the combined team title with 748 points. Metro Aquatics was runner-up with 676 and Midtown Weston Aquatics was third with 476.5 points.

Defending champion SOFLO repeated as boys champion with 433 points. Metro Aquatics was second with 365 and Wahoos of Wellington was third with 218.

Midtown Weston Aquatics, led all four days to win the girls team title with 394 points. SOFLO was runner-up with 315 and Metro Aquatics was third with 311.

SOFLO, the largest team, has entered 107 swimmers in 621 individual events and 28 relay events.

Other top teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s, Midtown Weston, Jupiter Dragons and Metro Aquatics.

Several swimmers who competed in the Junior Pan American Games are entered including Haitian Olympian Davidson Vincent, Gabriel Araya, Joaquin Vargas, Maria Munoz, Yeziel Morales, Nicole Frank, Rashed Al-Tarmoom and Abbas Qali of Azura Florida Aquatics and Zarek Wilson of TSA.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, 1,650-yard freestyle, 17:24.44; 500-yard freestyle, 5:07.07; 400-yard individual medley, 4:36.66; 200-yard freestyle, 1:54.77.

Mallory Schleicher, 18, 500-yard freestyle 4:52.65.

Sophia Grubbs, 16, 50-yard breaststroke 30.32.

Javier Colmenares, 15, 400-yard individual medley, 4:11.84; 100-yard breaststroke 57.97.

Gianna Martin, 10, 100-yard breaststroke 1:20.79.

Aldo Zepeda, 16, 100-yard individual medley 52.48.

Juan Mora, 17, 100-yard individual medley 50.16.

Among other notable swimmers:

Former NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club and Missouri swimmer Jordy Groters, 25, of Aruba, founder and coach of Giants Aquatics, is top seed in the 17-and-over 50-yard breaststroke in 25.60. He will also be coaching several of his club swimmers.

Spectator admission is $5 per session. There are special all-session passes on sale. Parking is free. Heat sheets are available at http://www.swimpst.com and on Meet Mobile.

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

Patrick Groters Flag Bearer For Aruba; Uruguay’s Nicole Frank Top FGC Finisher On Opening Night At Junior Pan American Games


By Sharon Robb
CALI, Colombia, November 27, 2021–The Florida Gold Coast is well-represented at the inaugural Junior Pan American Games at Hernando Botero O’Byrne Swimming Pool.

On opening night Friday, Uruguay’s Nicole Frank, 17, who trains with Azura Florida Aquatics, finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:10.34. She was fastest morning qualifier in a best time 1:10.20. Her previous best was 1:12.70.

Also in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke prelims, Uruguay’s Micaela Sierra of South Florida Heat and Azura was 11th in 1:14.73 and finished third in the consolation in a personal best 1:14.43.

Maria Munoz, 22, of Peru and Azura Florida Aquatics, was fourth fastest qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.65 and finished seventh in 2:20.17.

Azura’s Gabriela Araya, 22, of Chile was ninth fastest in the men’s 200-meter butterfly prelims in 2:05.13. He did not swim finals.

In morning prelims, Peru’s Joaquin Vargas, 19, of Azura Florida Aquatics was sixth fastest in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:02.55. He went on to finish sixth in 3:58.81.

Aruba national team member Patrick Groters was 13th in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:11.07. On Saturday, he will swim the 200-meter backstroke. He is also entered in the 100 backstroke, 200 IM and 400 IM.

Groters, now at University of South Carolina, swam at NSU University School and Pine Crest Swim Club. He was chosen as one of Aruba’s flag bearers in the Opening Ceremonies. Patrick’s older brother Jordy Groters, is coaching Aruba’s swimmers. Jordy Groters also swam at NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club and Missouri and founded and now coaches Giants Aquatics Aruba.

Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, is hosting the first-ever edition of the Junior Pan American Games.

It is a key event in the lead-up to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games and Paris 2024 Olympics, allowing up-and-coming athletes a new level of competition they didn’t have past years.

Approximately 3,000 volunteers, 1,400 technical officials and 1,142 other officials are participating along with 4,806 athletes from 41 countries and territories affiliated with Panam Sports in 39 sports. The meet is for ages up to 22.

Neither the U.S. or Canada, the region’s most successful countries, sent swim teams to the event although they are competing in other sports. Brazil (25), Colombia (25), and Mexico (26) have the largest delegations of swimmers.

The Games were initially scheduled to begin on June 5 but were postponed to September 9 to 19. It was further delayed because of COVID-19 before moving to late November and early December.

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle:

  1. Maria Paula Heitmann, Brazil 4:17.64, 2. Lucia Gauna, Argentina 4:19.14, 3. Delfina Dini, Argentina 4:19.24.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Martina Lucia Barbeito, Argentina 1:08.74, 2. Giulia Oliveira Carvalho, Brazil 1:10.24, 3. Bruna Monteiro Leme, Brazil 1:10.27.

200-meter butterfly:

  1. Karen Durango Restrepo, Colombia 2:13.51, 2. Rafaela Trevisan Raurich, Brazil 2:14.58, 3. Samantha Banos, Colombia 2:15.90.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Brazil 3:45.06, 2. Mexico 3:49.97, 3. Colo,bia 3:51.05.

MEN
400-meter freestyle:

  1. Santi Corredor, Colombia 3:53.14, 2. Eduardo de Moraes, Brazil 3:53.23, 3. Juan Manuel Morales Restrepo, Colombia 3:57.26.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Mariano Lazzerini, Chile 1:02.28, 2. Andres Puente Bustamante, Mexcico 1:02.29, 3. Bernhard Christianson, Panama 1:03.16.

200-meter butterfly:

  1. Matheus Gonche, Brazil 1:59.63, 2. Roberto Bonilla Flores, Guatemala 2:01.08, 3. Kayky Mota, Brazil 2:01.60.

400-meter freestyle relay:

  1. Brazil 3:17.14, 2. Mexico 3:24.02, 3. Colombia 3:24.40.

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

Aruba’s Patrick Groters Breaks Second National Record; El Salvador’s Celina Marquez Of Azura Breaks National Record; Carter Takes Bronze Day Three Of XVIII Pan American Games


By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 9, 2019—Patrick Groters of Aruba continued to make history for his country with a second national record Thursday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

The former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming alum just missed his second final, placing ninth in the men’s 100-meter backstroke and making “B” final but did break his second national record for Aruba in a personal-best 56.20. He broke his own record of 57.17 set in 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships.

In an exciting “B” final race, Groters was second in another best time and lowering his national record in 55.82 just 4/100ths of a second behind Azura’s Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico in 55.78. Groters is being coached by his older brother Jordy.

Morales finished fourth in his heat in 56.53. He finished fifth overall in 200-meter backstroke on Wednesday in 2:00.27.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Celina Marquez, 20, of El Salvador swam a national record in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.92. Her previous best was 1:02.92 in April at the Puerto Rico Open. She also swam 1:02.96 at the recent FINA World Aquatic Championships. She earned the fifth-fastest time. Her splits were 29.96 and 31.96, breaking the national record by more than two and a half seconds. In finals, she finished seventh in 1:03.07.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago 100-meter won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke final in 54.42.

Groters’ Aruba teammate Mikel Schreuders, 20, swam the fastest time in his career to break a national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.08. His splits were 23.74 and 25.34 to earn the third seed for final. His previous best was 49.17 swam at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games. He came back at night to finish sixth in 49.21.

Azura’s Allyson Ponson of Aruba won the “B” final in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.06. In prelims she was ninth in 57.28 to make “B” final.

Former SOFLO swimmer Jorge Murillo won the “B” final in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.59 after going 2:14.09 in his heat. He was also a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in 3:55.22.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle heats in 49.73.

Azura and Cypress Bay alum Marco Guarente, now at Florida, qualified for the “A” final of 200-meter breaststroke, where he finished seventh in 2:14.40.

Azura alum Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, now at Louisville, was fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.98.

Mateo Gonzalez of Mexico, a Sagemont and Azura alum qualified for the “B” final on Wednesday in 100-meter butterfly and finished second in 54.09.

Azura alum Luis Martinez won a silver medal in 100-meter butterfly in 51.63 behind American Tom Shields in 51.59 Wednesday night.

Azura alum Jose Angel Martinez of Mexico, now at Texas A&M, was fifth in 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.23 Wednesday night.

Azura’s Julio Horrego of Honduras was fourth in the “B” final of 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.90 after going 2:18.21 in his heat.

Doral alum Isabella Paez was a member of Venezuela’s mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fourth in its heat in 4:03.18.

American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in its heat in 4:06.11 and sixth in finals in 3:58.10.

Individual winners on Thursday night:

American Margo Greer, top qualifier, led from start-to-finish to win the 100-meter freestyle in 54.17.

Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini outsprinted American Nathan Adrian to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.09 and snap the Americans win streak. Adrian finished in 48.17.

American Anne Lazor won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record 2:21.40.

American William Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record of 2:07.62.

American Phoebe Bacon won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.47, the only swimmer under 1 minute.

American Daniel Carr won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.50.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello continues to dominate the distance events winning the 800-meter freestyle in 8:29.42. American Mariah Denigan was second in 8:34.18. U.S. teammate Becca Mann, a former Clearwater swimmer, was fifth in 8:38.25.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.70.

Brazil won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:48.61. The U.S. team of Anne Lazor, Kendyl Stewart, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian was disqualified for an illegal second dolphin kick on Miller’s breaststroke.

The U.S. won 11 medals including six gold on Day 3 and broke two Pan American records.

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

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Hosszu, Sjostrom, Le Clos Shine On Final Day Of FINA World Cup Series; Missouri Tigers Dominate Show-Me Showdown


By Sharon Robb

October 1, 2017—Hungarian Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu just missed the 100-meter individual medley world record on Day Two of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series in Hong Kong.

The final session featured some of the world’s best swimmers and series leaders including Hosszu, Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos.

In the race of the night, Hosszu pulled away from Sjostrom to win the 100 individual medley in 56.97, off her world record of 56.51 and ahead of Sjostrom in 58.62. The two have been the stars of the series.

Hosszu also won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.20 ahead of Aussie Emily Seebohm in 56.71.

Hosszu finished the meet with a win in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.55, pulling away from South African Jessica Whelan in 4:50.24.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO won her second gold medal of the meet in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.26. She also took third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.70; was fourth in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.57; and fifth in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.32. Atkinson automatically qualified for finals and did not have to swim prelims.

On Saturday she won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.09. It was her seventh gold medal of the 2017 series. She has also taken three bronze medals after three of the eight series stops.

Other winners were:

Sjostrom won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.99 ahead of Ranomi Kromowidjojo in 52.53. She also won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.62 just missing the world record of 24.38.

Le Clos won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.88 ahead of American Tom Shields in 1:43.58. Le Clos also won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.28, again ahead of Shields in 50.82.

Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.43.

Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich of Belarus won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.03. It was his first win of the weekend meet.

China’s Zhang Yufei won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.64.

Russian Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.81 just out-touching Hong Kong’s Kenneth To in 1:54.83.

Femke Heemskerk won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:04.30.

Russian Vladimir Morozov won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.91, the only sub-21 in the final. Le Clos was second in 21.48.

Canadian Kierra Smith led from start to finish to win the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.48.

Christian Diener of Germany won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:51.25.

China’s Qiu Ziao knocked off 800 world champion Gabriele Detti of Italy in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:44.09. Detti took silver in 14:46.44.

Netherlands won the 4×50 freestyle mixed relay in 1:32.11 with Thom de Boer (22.04), Kyle Stolk (21.69), Femke Heemskerk (24.21) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.17).

Next up is Doha, Qatar Oct. 4-5.

FINA has increased the prize money for the top reward among overall series winners from $100,000 to $150,000 for first, $100,000 for second and $50,000 for third. The increase in prize has not attracted more top level swimmers for the remainder of the series. Most of the world’s top swimmers from national teams are not competing.

Coaches and swimmers are planning to start a new pro tour in 2018. It features the concept of a pledge to pay 49 percent of all revenue generated to athletes. FINA’s spend on swimmers amount to less than five percent of available funds.

COLLEGE SWIMMING

Missouri men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted the 12th annual Show-Me Showdown, competing against teams from all over the state. The Tigers won 21 combined events on both the men’s and women’s sides.

The women’s team had 700 points and men’s team, led by NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming Club alum Jordy Groters of Aruba this season, finished with 676 points. Groters, a senior, is one of six returning All-Americans, along with junior Mikel Schreuders, also Aruban. Schreuders won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.00 and was a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Both Groters and Schreuders are coming off this summer’s FINA World Championships.

The Tigers next meet is Oct. 14 at home. The men will swim SEC foe South Carolina and women will battle South Carolina and Arkansas.

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

Hungary, Britain Dominate Gold Medals; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Tuesday At FINA World Championships


By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 24, 2017—The second night of swimming at the 17th FINA World Championships featured four individual finals and three semifinals in front of a loud crowd of 12,000 Monday at Duna Arena.

Hometown favorite Katinka Hosszu had the crowd on its feet during the 200-meter individual medley dominating the women’s field for her third straight world title.

Hosszu, who scratched from the 100 backstroke, led from start-to-finish to win in 2:07.00 ahead of Japan’s Yui Ohashi (2:07.91). American Madisyn Cox surged in the last half of the race to take the bronze in 2:09.71. Even Cox was impressed by the electrifying atmosphere. She said she pretended the crowd was cheering for her and that motivated her.

Canadian Sydney Pickrem, who was a medal favorite, felt ill and was forced to get out of the pool after the first 50 meters.

Brit Adam Peaty defended his world title in the 100-meter breaststroke in a meet record 57.47. Peaty was just shy of his world record of 57.13 set last year. American Kevin Cordes took silver in 58.79 and Russian Kirill Prigoda won the bronze with a national record.

“I am really happy,” Peaty said. “We have quite a young team after Rio and I am a little bit now pushing because I do not feel anyone can push me right now in the country. This venue is absolutely incredible.”

Great Britain got its second gold medal with a stunning upset victory by Ben Proud in the 50-meter butterfly. Proud won in 22.75, just shy of the meet record in 22.67. Proud looked stunned after touching the wall. It was his first individual medal at either the Olympics or World Championships and first time Great Britain has medaled in the event since 2001 when Mark Foster finished third.

Brazil veteran swimmer Nicholas Santos (22.79) and Andrii Govorov of the Ukraine (22.84) took silver and bronze. American and Clay High School alum Caeleb Dressel and Singapore’s star Joseph Schooling were shut out of a medal finishing fourth (22.89) and fifth (22.95) respectively. Dressel, 20, came in with the fastest semifinal qualifying time.

Schooling, 22, was disappointed and is now focusing on the 100 butterfly.

“It’s fine, it’s my second best time,” Schooling told reporters. “I got beaten by four better guys. Obviously, I am disappointed with the positioning but the time was fine. It sets me up for a good 100 fly. I’ll just learn from the race and move on.” The 100 butterfly is Wednesday.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom continued her domination in the 100-meter butterfly. She broke the meet record to win a gold medal in 55.53, just shy of her best time of 55.48. It was Sjostrom’s fourth overall world championship gold medal (2009, 2013, 2015).

“I am a little bit tired because of yesterday’s race but I am very excited about today,” Sjostrum said. “I could not wait for the start. I just wanted to jump into the water. The championship record was not expected because I am focusing on the freestyle this year.”

Aussie Emma McKeon (56.18) was second and American sensation Kelsi Worrell of Louisville was third in 56.37. Worrell is coached by former St. Thomas Aquinas and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Vlad Polyakov.

In the men’s 100-meter backstroke semifinal, China’s Xu Jiayu earned the top seed for Tuesday night’s final with a time of 52.44. Americans Ryan Murphy (52.95), a Bolles alum, and Matt Grevers (52.97) are close behind.

In another interesting semifinal, Russia Yulia Efimova was the top qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke just missing the world record (1:04.35) in 1:04.36. After she finished she leaned against her lane line and waved her index finger much the same way she did at last year’s Rio Olympics. American Olympic champion Lilly King, one of the most vocal swimmers about Efimova’s past performance-enhancing drug charges, was second qualifier in 1:04.53. The two, who last raced in Rio, obviously do not like each other and will leave it all in the pool Tuesday night. Also in the field is current world record holder Ruta Meilutyte, the third seed at 1:05.06.

Canadian Kylie Masse earned the top seed for the 100-meter backstroke final in 58.18, a Canadian national record. Defending world champion Emily Seebohm of Australia (58.85) and American Kathleen Baker (59.03) were second and third fastest.

Britain continued its success in the men’s 200-meter freestyle semifinal with James Guy (1:45.16) and Duncan Scott (1:45.18), the top two fastest seeds. Reigning Olympic champion Sun Yang was third fastest in 1:45.24.

Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky had no problem cruising through the 1500-meter freestyle qualifying heats. She finished in 15:47.54. Her world and meet record is 15:25.48. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte was second fastest qualifier in 16:05.37.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST NEWS

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Marc Rojas of the Dominican Republic will swim his second and final event on Tuesday in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Rojas, 23, will swim in the fifth of nine heats in Lane 8 with a seed time of 28.90 right next to another FGC swimmer, Jordy Groters of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming in Lane 7 (28.57).

It is Rojas second major international event and first long course world championships. Peaty is the gold medal favorite (26.48).

The World Championships are being televised at 11:30 a.m. EST on NBC Sports Network while live streaming for the competition can be found on NBCSports.com, the Olympic Channel and CBC.ca for viewers in Canada.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Makes Long Course Debut, Ledecky Golden At World Aquatic Championships


By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 23, 2017—The Dominican Republic’s Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club made his long course world championship debut Sunday on opening day of the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Rojas, 23, finished fifth in his 100-meter breaststroke heat in 1:03.65 and fell short of advancing into the semifinals. Rojas will also swim the 50-meter breaststroke.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Aruba’s Jordy Groters, a senior at Missouri, was second in Rojas’ heat in a best time 1:02.95, placing 46th overall.

FGC swimmer, Daniella Van den Berg of Aruba and Florida State swam 4:32.09 in the 400-meter freestyle to finish 33rd.

World record holder Adam Peaty of Great Britain earned the top seed in breaststroke finals in 57.13.

Bolles alum Joseph Schooling set an Asian and Singapore record in the 50-meter butterfly heat. The 22-year-old finished in a best time 23.05 to advance into the semifinals. He beat his own records set in August, 2015.

The U.S. team broke five American records as swimming got underway.

In other events:

American Katie Ledecky, 20, broke her own meet record in the morning heat of the 400-meter freestyle. The five-time Olympic champion shaved 0.07 seconds off the record in 3:59.06. U.S. teammate Leah Smith qualified second in 4:02.00. Ledecky came back to win the event breaking her morning record in 3:58.34, second fastest in history. She is the first woman to win the event at three worlds. Smith was second.

“It was my second-best time ever, a really good swim for me and I can take a lot of positives away from it,” Ledecky said. “Every year is not going to be faster, just trying to build toward 2020.”

Ledecky won a second gold on the winning 4×100-meter relay with the U.S. knocking off defending and Olympic champion Australia.

China’s Sun Yang, 25, dominated the men’s field to win his third world title in the 400-meter freestyle in a world leading 3:41.38. He won by more than a body length over Aussie Mack Horton.

“It is too early to say what it going to happen,” Sun said. “I trained a lot and I must admit I am getting older and suffering some injuries. We will see during the week how it works and I will concentrate on one race after the other.”

The U.S. men won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Caeleb Dressel, Townley Haas, Blake Pieroni and veteran Nathan Adrian. Brazil was second. Dressel broke the American record on the leadoff leg in 47.26. Dressel also broke the American record in the 50-meter butterfly.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum broke the 100-meter freestyle world record in 51.71 swimming a relay lead-off leg on the 4×100.

Mallory Comerford set an American 100-meter freestyle relay with a split of 52.59 on the 400-meter freestyle relay American record setter.

Kevin Cordes broke his own American record in the 100-meter breaststroke he set last month in Indianapolis in 58.64 in the semifinals.

In the men’s 400 freestyle relay, the Aussies and Italians were disqualified for false starts.

The opening day attendance was 12,000 fans in Duna Arena.

DIVING

Brit Tom Daley, 23, won gold in the men’s 10-meter platform on the final day of diving at Danube Arena. Daley knocked off 2016 Olympic champion Chen Aisen. After failing to make finals two years ago at worlds, Daley qualified second for the final and turned it on. Daley received 12 perfect 10-scores during his six-dive list. He scored over 100 points twice and finished with 590.95 points. Chen finished with 585.25 points. It was his first world title since Rome eight years ago when he burst onto the scene. China’s Yang Jian took the bronze. University of Miami redshirt sophomore David Dinsmore finished sixth with 479.75. Earlier in the day, Daley teamed with Grace Reid to win silver in the mixed 3-meter synchro. China’s Li Zheng and Wang Han took the gold. China finished with eight gold medals, two less than 10 won in Kazan. The U.S. team could manage only one bronze medal tied for last with Ukraine.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

The sport is re-branding to help boost its popularity and is now going to be called artistic swimming. The re-naming was approved by FINA.

WATER POLO

The U.S. men’s team, defeated Russia, 14-11, but it wasn’t enough to advance out of Group play and into the quarterfinals. Alex Bowen and Luca Cupido of the U.S. senior national team each scored four goals. The U.S. needed at least an eight-goal victory over Russia. The U.S. drops into the 13th-16th place bracket play.

France defeated Canada, 10-6, in the round 13-16 semifinals. Ugo Crousillat and Mehdi Marzouki each had three goals.

Australia, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia Italy, Montenegro, Greece and Russia advanced into the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record


By Sharon Robb

August 21, 2014—-Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Jordy Groters of Aruba, the future of international swimming, made history on Day Five of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Thursday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum and frequent trainer in South Florida, won his country’s first medals in swimming at the Games.

The country’s top junior swimmer took a silver medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.81, just behind China’s Yu Hexin in 23.69 and added a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.53.

After a great start, Carter led the freestyle until the final 20 meters when China’s Yu Hexin surged to win in a junior world record of 22.00. Brazil’s top junior sprinter Matheus de Santana was second in 22.43.

Carter had qualified with a 22.49 in semifinals and got out of the heats with a 24.01.

Missouri-bound Groters of Pine Crest Swimming swam back-to-back lifetime-bests and broke Aruba’s national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in the semifinals.

Groters first broke the national record in his heat in 29.03 and bettered it in the semifinal in 28.90, cracking the 29-second barrier for the first time in his career. He fell short of making it into the final and finished 11th overall.

Groters was happy with his Youth Olympics debut.

He wrote on his Facebook: “Youth Olympic semifinal was a great experience. I am very proud to have been able to represent my home Aruba at such a big stage. I swam another best time and Aruban national record (28.90) and it is the first time I go sub-29. Ended up in 11th place

and was .06 away from a spot in finals. Very satisfied with these results! Thank you everyone for your support.”

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy tied for fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.91. She tied Canadian Danielle Hanus. The top five finishers were just 55/100ths of a second apart. Smiddy was also fifth in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 26.42 and eighth in her semifinal in 26.39.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was third in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 27.66.

Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in hi 100-meter freestyle heat in 52.70.

In other finals:

China’s women’s team won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:41.19.

Egypt won its first medal of the Games when Akram Ahmed won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.29.

Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.36.

Host China continues to lead the medal count with 13 medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) followed by Russia (6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and Italy (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Team USA is sixth with two gold medals and one bronze.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends on Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

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

Florida Gold Coast’s Marcelo Acosta Makes El Salvador History At Youth Olympic Games; SOFLO’s Wynter Swims First Event

Florida Gold Coast’s Marcelo Acosta Makes El Salvador History At Youth Olympic Games; SOFLO’s Wynter Swims First Event


By Sharon Robb

August 17, 2014—It was a historical day for Florida swimmers at the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Sunday in Nanjing, China.

Vietnam and El Salvador, not known for their swimming prowess, produced a gold and silver medalist on Day One of the six-day swimming competition .

Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast each produced a medalist.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Marcelo Acosta also made history for his native El Salvador capturing the first Olympic medal in any sport for El Salvador.

Acosta, 18, had the swim of his young career to win a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 3:51.32. He went 3:53.14 in prelims to earn the third seed for finals.

His previous best was 3:57.20 at the Santa Clara Grand Prix less than a year after going 4:02 at the World Championships. He was entered in the meet at 3:59.46.

“We were ready to swim faster in Nanjing and his result in prelims (3:53.14) was already amazing,” said his Azura coach Gianluca Alberani. “But what he did in final was extraordinary.

“He deserves this for the hard work and effort he put in practice every day,” Alberani said. “Nothing is impossible.”

Acosta is also entered in the 200- and 800-meter freestyles.

St. Augustine Cyclones Swim Team’s Nguyen Vien of Vietnam won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.66, capturing her country’s first gold medal in a major international swim meet.

Vien came from behind and surged ahead of Hong Kong’s 16-year-old world junior champion Siobhan Haughey in the final 50 meters. American Meghan Small took the bronze in 2:14.01.

Vien, 17, is her country’s top swimmer. She won nine gold medals, broke seven meet records and five Vietnam national records at the Southeast Asian Swimming Championships in Singapore in July. She is entered in nine events but will swim five in Nanjing. She is also the first Vietnamese swimmer to qualify for the 2005 World Championships in Russia.

In prelims, AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy, 18, of Team USA earned the No. 2 seed in the 100-meter backstroke final in 1:01.38 in the semifinals.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Timothy Wynter of Jamaica finished sixth in his 100-meter backstroke heat is 59.21.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Jordy Groters of Aruba was sixth in his 100-meter breaststroke heat in 1:03.96.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

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