SOFLO’s Oliver Makes FSU History, Defends ACC Sprint Titles

SOFLO’S Oliver Makes FSU History, Defends ACC Sprint Titles


By Sharon Robb

February 22, 2014

Florida State senior Tiffany Oliver won her second individual event and made collegiate history Saturday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Oliver, making her final ACC Championship meet appearance, left a lasting memory by becoming the first swimmer in FSU history to defend the sprint titles.

The fastest morning qualifier defended her title in the event winning in 48.54, out-touching UNC’s Lauren Earp in 48.67. Oliver’s back half split was 25.05, the fastest among the field.

In prelims, Oliver qualified in a best time of 48.50, lowering her seed time of 48.81.

Oliver was in control for most of the race, accelerating in the final five yards to touch first.

“For sure winning never gets old,” Oliver said. “It’s been an amazing meet and nice way to go out.”

It was her second ACC title of the meet. She also defended her title in the 50-yard freestyle winning in 22.02.

In the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the meet, Oliver led off the relay and touched first in 48.75. The Seminoles finished third.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Oliver tied for 12th in 1:47.00. She swam a personal best time of 1:46.86 in prelims.

Going into the final day of races on Saturday, FSU was third after setting ten new school records and maintained its third place finish under first-year coach Frankie Bradley with 972 points. University of Miami was ninth with 470.5.

Virginia won its seventh women’s team title in a row, a first by any ACC women’s team. The Cavaliers finished with 1,433 points, more than a 200-point cushion.

Notre Dame junior Emma Reaney broke the NCAA record in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.34 to win the ACC title and break Breeja Larson’s record. She was named the meet’s Most Valuable Swimmer.

During the meet, North Carolina’s Stephanie Peacock was taken from the meet on a stretcher after breaking the NCAA 1,000-yard freestyle record during the 1,650-yard freestyle. The school did not release any information other than Peacock fell ill during the race.

The men’s competition is next weekend.

SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS

University of Florida men’s team and Georgia women’s team defended their titles Saturday night in Athens, Ga.

The No. 1 ranked Gators were led by Sebastien Rousseau, named SEC Swimmer of the Year and the meet’s high point winner.

The Gators finished with 1,440 points ahead of Auburn with 1,280.50 and Georgia with 1,095.

“Winning the first time was really great, coming back and having the opportunity to repeat shows the character of the guys,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “It’s great racing fast. We think we have a lot left in the tank for NCAAs.”

Georgia Bulldogs won the women’s title with 1,589. Texas A&M finished second with 1,204 and Florida was third. Elizabeth Beisel was high point winner for the women.

Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson broke the NCAA, U.S. Open and American record in the 100-yard breaststroke for the second straight year at the SEC Championships. Larson swam 57.24, bettering the previous mark of 57.43. She now holds the three fastest times in history.

AAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Former University of Miami swimmer Kelsi Worrell, a Louisville sophomore, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.76 just behind SMU freshman Marne Erasmus in 51.73. Both were NCAA “A” cuts. She also swam a 51.3 split for Louisville’s second place 400-yard medley relay that finished in 3:33.99, under the existing pool record. Louisville won the men’s title.

CCSA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Five-time champion Florida Gulf Coast fell short of defending its title in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships.

The team had its 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay disqualified for early takeoff costing them valuable points and eventually denying them their sixth straight women’s title.

Going into the final day of competition, FGCU trailed Liberty, 471-453 and ended up finishing second with 718 points behind team champion Liberty University with 732 points. University of the Incarnate Word won the men’s title with 886 points.

SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro, a freshman, is a member of the FGCU women’s team. FGC swimmer Lani Cabrera won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:36.

SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tampa, with former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, leading going into the final day of competition at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, captured the women’s title at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

Tampa finished with 820 points ahead of Florida Southern with 738 and Nova Southeastern third with 556 points. St. Leo was fifth with 326 and Lynn was seventh with 248.

Lynn University’s women’s 200-yard medley relay team became the first relay in the program’s young history to medal at the SSC Championships. Relay members were Thalie Carmigniani, Tyne Potgeiter, Tieri Erasito and Julia Pedersen edged Nova Southeastern for a bronze medal in 1:47.24. Potgieter also took a silver in the 100-yard breaststroke.

PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Gina Gautieri of Bucknell swam a college best of 2:21.30 in the 200-yard breaststroke to earn the seventh seed for the championship “A” final. Her previous best was 2:22.55. She finished seventh in finals in 2:22.27. In the 100 breaststroke, she was seventh in the “B” final in 1:06.43 after going a best time 1:06.16 in prelims, bettering her previous best of 1:06.39. Bucknell finished second among women’s teams with 580 points. The U.S. Naval Academy won in 778.

NSISC CHAMPIONSHIPS

No. 21-ranked West Florida was second among a five-team field at the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference Championship at Delta State Aquatic Center. Host Delta State led with 699 going into the final day ahead of UWF with 653. UWF’s Carla Robles, a Coral Reef alum from Miami and Florida Gold Coast swimmer, was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle.

MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

In one of the most exciting 400-yard freestyle relays in Iona College swim history, second leg swimmer Keegan Boisson-Yates swam a 46.72 leg. On the final leg, Iona captain Justin Grigull became the only swimmer in the meet and first in Iona history to break 45, going 44.70 and rallying his team on anchor leg to beat Rider for the win in 3:03.64. Grigull was also second in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.90, an NCAA “A” cut. Boisson-Yates, a freshman, was seventh in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:54.86, after swimming 1:53.36 in prelims. Both Boisson-Yates and Grigull are Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

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

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 233: Kuczynski Shines In Her Final PAC-12 Meet

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 233: Kuczynski Shines In Her Final PAC-12 Meet


Written by Sharon Robb

March 5, 2003

Caroline Kuczynski and her Arizona State teammates finished sixth at the always-tough PAC-12 Swimming and Diving Women’s Championship last week in Federal Way, Washington.

Kuczynski, 22, the Sun Devils senior team captain who frequently trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club, made her final appearance a lasting memory.

After a long week of racing on the final day of competition Kuczynski finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in a lifetime-best of 1:56.38 which beat the NCAA “B” cut. Kuczynski is ranked 17th in the event on the NCAA Division I Championship psych sheet.

Earlier in the meet, Kuczynski, an All-American, swam another NCAA “B” cut winning the “B” final of the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 52.48, ranked 23rd on the psych sheet.

Kuczynski and her teammates finished fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA “B” cut of 1:39.06, third best time in the program’s history. Kuczynski was also a member of the fifth place 400-yard medley relay in 3:35.47, an NCAA “B” cut.

Kuczynski was third in the “C” final of the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.38, also an NCAA “B” cut.

The Sun Devils finished with 786.5 points. Stanford won the women’s team title with 1,439.5 followed by Southern California with 1,418.5 and California with 1,333.5.

The NCAA women’s meet will feature 322 women (281 swimmers and 41 divers), scheduled for March 21-23 in Indianapolis.

In another month, Kuczynski, a 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful, will compete at the world championship trials, April 3-6.

Torres Swims Best Time, NCAA “B” Cut At Last Chance Meet

University of Florida freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Luke Torres swam a best time 20.62 in the 50-yard freestyle at this past weekend’s Bulldog Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. On the final day of the meet, Torres swam an NCAA “B” cut and best time of 1:47.43 in the 200-yard butterfly.

O’Shaughnessy Leads Seton Hall

Competing in his final Big East Championships, Seton Hall senior Ryan O’Shaughnessy, another FGC swimmer, placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a lifetime-best 56.67. On the same night, he was a member of the Pirates’ eighth-place on the 400-yard medley relay in a season-best 3:25.31.

O’Shaughnessy was a member of Seton Hall’s seventh place 200-yard medley relay that finished in a season-best 1:34.33.

He also finished 17th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.29, missing a spot in the consolation final by just .12 seconds. It was his best time of the season in the event by more than one second. He was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished eighth in 3:06.61.

Grigull Shines At MAAC Championships

Justin Grigull of Iona College, a FGC swimmer, finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.98 at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. Grigull came on in the last 25 yards for the bronze medal. Grigull broke an Iona record in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.50 to finish third. He also was third in the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime best of 1:40.80. Iona finished ninth among men’s teams and Grigull qualified for the ECAC “A”.

Miscellaneous

Jacksonville has withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 Olympic swimming trials. Jacksonville was the only Florida bid city. City officials decided that the planned venue, Jacksonville Veterans Arena, would not provide ample seating for spectators. The arena sits 15,000 but with a temporary pool, at least 3,000 seats would be eliminated. Omaha, the 2012 trials site, has enough room for the pool and 15,000 spectators. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez had been spearheading the bid drive. Other bidders still in the hunt are Greensboro, N.C., Indianapolis, St. Louis, Omaha and San Antonio…However, Jacksonville is a finalist to host the FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships this fall. Sarasota, Martin County, Orlando and Ransom Everglades are other finalists. Orlando has hosted the meet for the last six years…

Missy Franklin is a finalist for the 2012 Sullivan Award which honors the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Several swimmers have won the award in past years including John Naber, Tracy Caulkins, Janet Evans and Michael Phelps…

Ryan Lochte’s six-episode reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, debuts on April 21 on E at 10 p.m. Lochte has been taping every day up until 11 p.m. each night. The filming has been affecting his training and it has affected his meets particularly the Orlando Grand Prix. His longtime coach, Gregg Troy is not included in the show at Troy’s insistence. It’s no secret the veteran Olympic coach is not happy about Lochte doing the show and missing workouts. “I didn’t realize they were going to be pulling me in different directions all the time,” Lochte said. “I’m stronger than I’ve ever been outside the pool, but in the pool I haven’t been able to train on a consistent basis.” A few early reviews have not been favorable with the focus on Lochte’s abs and his catchword Jeah.

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

SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper Posts Back-To-Back Best Times, Takes Silver Medal At ACC Championships

SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper Posts Back-To-Back Best Times, Takes Silver Medal At ACC Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 17, 2012

Florida State sophomore Melissa Cooper completed her comeback Friday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Christianburg, Va.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer posted back-to-back best times to finish second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.92. She went 1:01.00 in prelims. Her previous best was 1:03.60.

It was the first time in four years after transferring from Texas A&M and undergoing shoulder surgery, that the Plantation American Heritage High School graduate was her old self in a major meet.

It was also the first time in four years she posted a best time.

One of the first people she called was SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who had worked with Cooper after her surgery and during the summer at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

“She was so excited and happy,” Anderson said. “I knew she would swim faster at night.”

Cooper and SOFLO teammate Tiffany Oliver were also members of the fifth-place 400-yard medley relay that finished in 3:38.84, an NCAA “B” cut.

University of Miami junior Sofia Johansson became the second UM swimmer in as many days to make history in the swim program.

Johansson defended her title in the 100-yard breaststroke in an ACC record and NCAA “B” cut time of 59.81. She is the first ACC swimmer to go under a minute in the breaststroke in meet history. She was the top morning qualifier in 1:00.60.

“It feels great,” Johansson said. “The race was real competitive. I was very excited to do it again. I felt ready and confident.”

UM senior Dana Hatic of SOFLO also swam a career-best in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing eighth in 1:02.16, a “B” cut.

Johansson was also a member of UM’s sixth place 400-yard medley relay that finished in a “B” cut time of 3:39.32.

FSU sophomore Tiffany Oliver of SOFLO was 15th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.86.

FSU sophomore Ashley Hicks won the “C” final in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time of 54.97, also a “B” cut.

Pine Crest alum Stephanie Eisenring, a junior at North Carolina, was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.42, a “B: cut.

Defending champion Virginia continues to lead the women’s team standings with 558 followed by North Carolina (401) and Florida State (302). University of Miami is sixth with 244 points.

Southeastern Conference Championships

University of Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel defended her title in the 400-yard individual medley and Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez and Marcin Cieslak also won gold medals on the third night of the SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Gator men’s team remains in second place with 515 points behind defending champion Auburn (535). The Gator women’s team moved into third place with 361.5 points behind defending champion Georgia (528) and Tennessee (436.5).

“Our men really stepped up and swam well,” said UF head coach Gregg Troy. “With how they swam today, they put us in a good spot heading into the final day of competition. We didn’t expect it to be this close.”

Beisel turned in the second fastest time in NCAA history in the 400 IM in 3:58.35, an SEC record and just .12 seconds off the NCAA record. It was also the first sub-4 minute effort of her career.

“I tried to swim my own race tonight and just go for it,” Beisel said. “It is definitely an accomplishment I will keep with me.”

Solaeche-Gomez, a freshman, swam the fastest time in the nation in 3:43.57 in the 400-yard individual medley to win his first SEC title.

“This gives me motivation to keep waking up at 6 every morning to go to the pool,” the Spaniard said. “You can see that all your work and all that you had to do has been good to you.”

Cieslask came on strong in he final 25 meters to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:34.49.

University of Florida sophomore Mikey Lewark of Davie scored a personal best 362.65 points on platform to win his first SEC medal with a third place finish.

Sunshine State Conference Championships

SOFLO’s Linea Cutter, a freshman at Nova Southeastern University, finished third in the 200-yard medley relay for her highest finish in her first conference meet.

Cutter swam anchor leg joining teammates Ashley Aranda, Emma Lawrenz and Ewa Jamborska who finished in 1:46.36. Cutter had the fastest split of 24.11.

Cutter was also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.99. Her splits were 26.38, 28.97, 30.51 and 30.13.

SOFLO’s Les Moore, a sophomore at Tampa, was eighth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:09.08, a “B” cut time.

SOFLO’s Bianca Muniz of St. Leo College was 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.83.

Nova Southeastern University’s men’s and women’s teams have a commanding lead in the team standings heading into the third and final day of competition at The Long Center in Clearwater.

The men lead with 652 points, 85 points ahead of Florida Southern. The women lead with 653, 33 points ahead of Tampa.

NSU dominated the men’s 400-yard individual medley with Oscar Aldabe, winning in an “A” cut 3:54.39; Jonas Grundstrom in an “A” cut 3:56.63, both SSC records; and Caeron Chambers in a “B” cut 3:59.87.

Big Ten Championships

SOFLO’s Brittney Phelan, a sophomore at Indiana was 21st in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.63, just off her seed time of 1:03.30 on the third day of competition at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center in Iowa City. She went 1:03.77 in prelims to qualify 23rd for the “C” final. Minnesota leads team standings with 456 points closely followed by Indiana with 441.

Big East Championships

SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy, a junior at Seton Hall, made the “B” final of the 100-yard breaststroke and finished 15th in 57.01 at Trees Pool in

Pittsburgh. His morning prelim time was 56.98, bettering his seed time of 57.73.

O’Shaughnessy was also a member of the 400-yard medley relay that finished sixth in 3:23.12.

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kyle Bandy of West Virginia was 20th in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.91. His twin brother Kevin Bandy of Louisville was 43rd in 49.96.

Louisville senior Brendon Andrews won the 100-yard backstroke in a “B” cut 46.61. Andrews swims in the Florida Gold Coast for Lake Lytal Lightning. He also led off the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:08.84 “B” cut).

Notre Team leads the men’s standings with 626 points. Louisville is second with 574.5. Seton Hall is eighth with 109. Louisville leads the women’s team standings with 539.5.

MAAC Championships

SOFLO’s Justin Grigull of Iona College won the 200-yard freestyle in an automatic “A” qualifying time of 1:39.38 at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Burt Flickinger Athletic Center. Grigull’s splits were 23.43, 25.53, 25.44 and 24.98.

The sophomore was the third fastest qualifier in morning prelims in 1:42.47, also an “A” time. His seed time was 1:40.20.

Grigull also anchored the fourth-place 800-yard freestyle relay that finished in an “A” time of 6:54.73.

Rider leads the men’s team standings with 533.50. Iona is sixth with 209. Marist leads the women’s teams with 541.50.

Patriot League Championships

SOFLO’s Gina Gautieri of Bucknell did not compete Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Navy continues to lead the men’s (677.5) and women’s (610) team standings. Bucknell is third among women’s teams with 363 points.

Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships

Defending champion Florida Gulf Coast extended its lead in the women’s team standings after the second day of competition at University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

FGCU leads the 12-team field with 564 points followed by Liberty with 367.5 and Georgia Southern with 298.5 points. North Florida is fifth with 236 points.

Highlighting the action was FGCU’s 200-yard medley relay of Emma Svensson, Dani Beaubrun, Eva Lehtonen and Christina Tanninen earned a “B” cut winning in 1:40.10. Svensson also earned a “B” time winning the 100-yard backstroke in 54.01.

College of Charleston leads the men’s five-team field with 637.5 points. Davidson College is second with 591.5 points.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO College Swimmers Compete Around The Country At Conference Meets

SOFLO College Swimmers Compete Around The Country At Conference Meets


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 14, 2012

For several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, the championship season begins on Wednesday with several college conference meets around the country.

Florida State and University of Miami, both with SOFLO swimmers on their rosters, will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va.

The women’s swim meet begins on Wednesday. The men’s and women’s diving events start on Thursday and men’s swimming events are set for Feb. 22-25.

The four-day meet will be streamed live on ACC.com at 6 p.m.

The No. 25-ranked Seminoles finished the dual meet season with an 11-1 record, their only loss to Florida. FSU was undefeated (5-0) in the conference.

The women’s team, with SOFLO swimmers Tiffany Oliver, Melissa Cooper and Ashley Hicks hope to improve upon last year’s third place finish behind North Carolina and Virginia.

Virginia is defending men’s and women’s champion.

Oliver is seeded third in the 100-yard freestyle (49.08), sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.97) and will also swim the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.65) and relays. Cooper and Hicks are also entered in the 50-yard freestyle. Hicks is in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke and Cooper is in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle.

SOFLO’s Dana Hatic will compete in her final conference meet for the University of Miami. Hatic is entered in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and relays.

MAAC Championships

SOFLO’s Justin Grigull, a sophomore at Iona College, is the top seed in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.20) for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Thursday at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. He is also seeded second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:35.67) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (46.76).

Big East Championships

SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy is one of fifteen Seton Hall swimmers competing at the Big East Championships hosted by University of Pittsburgh at the Trees Pool Wednesday through Saturday. O’Shaughnessy, a junior, has six Big East “A” qualifying cuts. O’Shaughnessy enters the meet ranked in the Top 20 in the Big East in three events. He is 17th in the 200-yard individual medley with a season-best 1:52.53, ranks 18th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.73 and 19th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:05.94. Last year Seton Hall finished a school-record sixth overall at the conference championships. Also competing will be former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy of Louisville and twin brother Kyle Bandy of West Virginia.

Big Ten Championships

No. 12 Indiana looks to defend its women’s title when the Big Ten Championships begin Wednesday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City. Indiana has won three titles in a row and four of the last five. SOFLO’s Brittney Phelan, a sophomore, will compete in the breaststroke events. The men’s team will compete the following week, Feb. 22-25, with SOFLO’s Nick Schwab.

PAC-12 Championships

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski and No. 24-ranked Arizona State women’s swim team and men’s and women’s divers will compete in the PAC-12 Championships Feb. 22-25 at the King Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Stanford is the defending women’s champion. The ASU men’s team will compete in the conference championships Feb. 29-March 3 at the East Los Angeles College Swim Center. Stanford is the defending men’s champion.

Patriot League Championships

SOFLO’s Gina Gautieri, a freshman at Bucknell, is coming off her first collegiate win in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Navy Invitational. She won in 2:33.63, .27 ahead of Navy freshman Samantha Brennan. She was also Bucknell’s top finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best 1:08.91, placing her fifth on the 2011-12 Bison fastest times list. Gautieri is seeded 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 17th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.98). The three-day conference championships begin Thursday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Colgate is defending women’s champion. Navy is seeking its ninth consecutive title.

Sunshine State Conference Championships

Nova Southeastern freshman Linea Cutter of SOFLO will make her conference debut Wednesday through Saturday at the Long Center in Clearwater. NSU will try and defend its men’s title against Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Rollins, St. Leo College and Tampa. NSU finished undefeated (4-0) in the conference. Tampa is defending women’s champion. Cutter is seeded ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.00, 12th in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.89 and 17th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.24. Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer and SOFLO’s Les Moore will compete for Tampa. Moore, a sophomore, is seeded third in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:05.99 and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.79. SOFLO swimmer Bianca Muniz of St. Leo College and Pembroke Pines will also compete. She will compete in the 50-yard freestyle (25.87), 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.64), 100-yard freestyle (56.44) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:40.16).

Southeastern Conference Championships

University of Florida are among favorites for the SEC Championships that begin Wednesday at the University of Tennessee Allan Jones Aquatic Center. The Gator women are ranked second in the nation, the highest of any SEC team. The men are ranked seventh. The Gators are led by conference champions Elizabeth Beisel and Marcin Cieslak. The men’s team is the youngest in the SEC with 17 freshmen and six sophomores including Metro Aquatics’ Carlos Omana. Both squads finished second last year. Cieslak, Sarah Bateman and Matt Elliott are the Gators only undefeated swimmers this season.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOFLO Swimmers Keeping Busy Before Major Meets

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOFLO Swimmers Keeping Busy Before Major Meets


January 23, 2012

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski and her No. 24-ranked Arizona State teammates survived a tough weekend of racing on the road against Stanford and California.

Kuczynski, a junior, was a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay that opened the Stanford meet in 3:42.30. Her splits were 25.12 and 54.74. She also led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team that won in 1:36.97. Her opening split was 24.42.

Kuczynski was third in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.10. Her 100 split was 59.52.

Stanford won the women’s meet, 132.5-97.5.

In the meet against No. 1 ranked California Bears, Kuczynski was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.95. Her 50 split was 26.49. She was also second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.90.

She was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.87. Her 100 split was 59.08.

Kuczynski was a member of ASU’s second place 200-yard medley relay team (1:41.85). Her split was 24.98.

California topped Arizona State, 169-114.

The Sun Devils return to training until their Feb. 11 State Farm Territorial Cup meet against rival Arizona.

Schwab, Phelan Part Of History

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab and Brittney Phelan, members of the Indiana University men’s and women’s swim teams, were part of the first ever live dual meet between Indiana and Purdue televised on the Big Ten Network this past weekend. The broadcast went well according to meet organizers and had positive feedback from viewers. Rowdy Gaines added to the quality of the telecast.

The Hoosiers swept the team titles. The men won 166-134 and the women won, 169-130.

Phelan, 19, was sixth in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.70.

Schwab, 21, was fourth in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke in a best time of 58.25; fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.93; fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.59; and anchored the fourth place 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:11.83).

Grigull Wins Two Events For Iona

Iona College sophomore Justin Grigull won a pair of individual events in the Gaels’ 135-96 loss to Fordham University in New Rochelle, N.Y. Grigull won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.94 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.89. The Gaels compete against St. Peter’s on Tuesday.

O’Shaughnessy Wins For Seton Hall

Junior Ryan O’Shaughnessy won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.59 in the Pirates’ 187-111 loss to Connecticut in South Orange, N.J. The Pirates dropped to 8-2. O’Shaughnessy was also a member of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay team that finished in 1:37.70. Seton Hall closes out its regular season against Marist College on Saturday.

WVU’s Bandy Places Third

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kyle Bandy, 20, of West Virginia was third in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.95 in the Mountaineers’ 180-120 loss to Maryland in Morgantown, Va.  He was also fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.67.

Gautieri, Bucknell Upset Lehigh

Bucknell knocked off Lehigh for the second consecutive season, 189-111, in a Patriot League meet and final dual meet of the season. Gina Gautieri, 18, was fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:34.40. She was also a member of the sixth-place 200-yard medley relay (1:58.47). Her relay split was 33.69. Bucknell ends its regular season on Saturday at the Navy Invitational.

Western Kentucky Wins

Western Kentucky, after a successful winter training trip to SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, returned to its home pool to sweep the University of the Cumberlands at Bill Powell Natatorium. Western Kentucky senior Stephanie Martin set a school and pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.65 to highlight the win. Martin broke her own record of 2:17 set at the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championships. The women’s team won, 167-69, to improve to 9-1 and the men’s team won, 173-79, to improve to 7-1. WKU won a total of 22 events including seven swimmers who each won two events.

Florida Defeats Auburn On Senior Day

No. 9-ranked University of Florida sent off its seniors on a winning note Saturday with a 162-136 win over No. 7-ranked Auburn in a Southeastern Conference women’s matchup at the O’Connell Center. The No. 13-ranked men’s team also won, 153-147. “It was a good intense competition,” said senior Teresa Crippen. “It was our last home event, and I was very excited about it.” Crippen is the most decorated senior with 11 All-American and eight All-SEC team selections. Freshman Carlos Omana of Miami won the 400- and 800-meter freestyle events in 4:03.68 and 8:22.22 respectively. Florida combined to win 17 events and swept four races. The Gators return to competition this weekend against Tennessee in Knoxville. 

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Miami, Nova Southeastern Make History; Florida State Finishes Third

Miami, Nova Southeastern Make History; Florida State Finishes Third


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 21, 2011

Florida State, with SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver and Ashley Hicks, finished third at the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Oliver finished her freshman year with a sixth place in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.58.

The Seminoles finished out the meet with a fifth place finish (3:21.84) in the 400-yard freestyle relay with Oliver leading off.

The Seminoles earned four All-ACC honors and broke two schools records on the final day. The Seminoles finished with 417 points.

“The girls that swam tonight really made the most of their opportunities,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “We fought off Virginia Tech, Miami and Maryland to hold on to third which is a big thing for us.”

The diving team, one of the nation’s best coached by former local diver Patrick Jeffrey, finished the meet with three more All-ACC honors and two school records.

“We ended on a good note and we still have some things to swim for this year,” Harper said. “I’m really proud of the girls banding together and swimming strong on the last day.”

Virginia took a 34-point lead after the last individual event and won the 400-yard freestyle relay to clinch the women’s team title for their fourth straight ACC title and ninth overall in school history.

Virginia won with 776 points and North Carolina was second with 734.

University of Miami, with SOFLO’s Dana Hatic, earned its highest finish ever at ACC’s with a sixth place finish and 349 points.

“This week was a giant leap for this program,” UM coach Christie Shefchunas said. “We definitely taken it to another level and we plan to stay here. Now we just wait to see if we get an invite to NCAAs for our “B” cuts and look forward to being in Austin, Texas in four weeks.”

Hatic, a junior, picked up an NCAA “B” cut time in the 200-yard breaststroke touching the wall in a UM season-best time of 2:15.47.

Southeastern Conference Championships

After a week of record-breaking performances, University of Florida finished second among the men’s and women’s teams at the Stephen O’Connell Center.

The defending women’s team fell short of the University of Georgia, 720-678 and men’s team finished second to Auburn, 799-782.

“I am extremely proud of the way both of our teams competed throughout this entire week,” Florida coach Gregg Troy said. “We left a couple of points on the board, but we also had some outstanding performances that qualified performances that qualified us for the NCAA Championships in several events.”

The Gators ended the meet with 14 conference titles (10 men, four women), five SEC records and seven school records.

Gators diving coach Donnie Craine, a Stranahan High graduate, was named SEC Women’s Diving Coach of the Year for the third time.

NSU Men Win First Conference Team Title

Nova Southeastern University won the inaugural Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimming Championship in its first collegiate season.

NSU totaled 956.5 points during the four-day competition that ended Sunday at the Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. NSU won with a 213-point margin.

Tampa, with SOFLO’s Les Moore, finished second with 743.5.

NSU’s Jorge Ospina won Male Swimmer of the Year. On the final day of competition, Ospina won the 200-yard butterfly with an NCAA Division II “A” standard time of 1:47.84.

Ospina amassed 60 points to earn the meet’s top honors. NSU teammate Armin Hornikel earned an “A” standard in the 200-yard breaststroke with a second place time of 2:01.83.

Moore made the 200-yard butterfly championship final where he finished eighth in 1:55.11 bettering his prelim time of 1:55.14. He was sixth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:07.29 bettering his prelim time of 4:07.55.

University of Tampa won the women’s team title with 932 points. St. Leo College, with SOFLO’s Bianca Muniz, was fourth and NSU finished fifth. Florida Southern’s Mary O’Sullivan won Female Swimmer of the Year. NSU’s Ewa Jamborska earned an “A” standard time in her win in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.29.

Muniz qualified for the consolation final in the 100-yard freestyle and finished 16th in 55.76 bettering her prelim time of 56.92. She also made the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke and finished 10th in 2:41.47 bettering her prelim time of 2:50.27. She was also a member of the eighth place 400-yard freestyle relay.

Louisville Makes History, Sweeps Big East

Louisville men’s team defended its title and the women won their first team title in their short history in the Big East Conference Championships.

The men won by more than 200 points and the women won by 170 points and snapped Notre Dame’s 14-year reign as champions.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brendon Andrews won three events and was a member of the Big East record 400-yard freestyle relay team (2:54.04). His sister Sarah was eighth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:04.95.

SOFLO’s Kevin Bandy of Louisville finished seventh in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a lifetime best 15:39.29. His previous best time was 15:48.68.

He was 14th in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.63 ahead of his brother Kyle of West Virginia, 15th in 1:51.71. and finished the 500-yard freestyle in 4:28.83.

WVU finished fourth among teams with 470 points.

Seton Hall, with SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaugnessy, finished sixth. O’Shaughnessy was 12th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:02.39, bettering his prelim time of 2:04.60. O’Shaughnessy was tenth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.11, bettering his prelim time of 1:52.04. He was 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.03.

Big Ten Three-Peat For Hoosiers

Indiana women’s swimming and diving team, with SOFLO’s Britney Phelan, won their third straight Big Ten Championship and fourth in the last five years.

Indiana finished with 821 points. Indiana freshman Brittney Phelan swam a lifetime-best and NCAA “B” cut time of 2:15.27 to finish 12th in the 200-yard breaststroke.

No. 16-ranked Michigan, with SOFLO’s Natasha Moodie, was sixth with 367 points.

Moodie, competing in her final conference meet led the way with a sixth place finish in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.38, an NCAA “B” time. Her prelims time of 49.08 gives her the fourth-best career performance in school history in the event. She was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.26, a school record and NCAA “B” time.

Moodie led off the 400-yard freestyle that finished seventh in 3:20.88, another NCAA “B” time. She was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team in 1:29.44, an NCAA “A” time.

Moodie was named to the All-Big Ten team.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships

SOFLO’s Justin Grigull, a freshman at Iona College, helped the men’s team to a fourth-place finish at the MAAC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. with 423.5 points. Grigull earned 17 points with a second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:41.94, an ECAC “A” time.

Grigull picked up another 15 points in the 100-yard freestyle with a fourth place finish in 46.93, an ECAC “A” time. He was second after the first 50 yards in 24.33. Grigull was also fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:38.17, another “A” time. The workhorse was a member of the Gaels’ third place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:06.42, picking up another 32 points and member of the fifth place 800-yard freestyle relay that finished in 6:55.44. Grigull anchored his team’s fifth place 400-yard medley relay that finished in 3:27.66, also an “A” time. Loyola University men (796) and Marist College women (843) won the team titles.

Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships

Florida Gulf Coast University won its third consecutive CCSA women’s crown Saturday night at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

The team won with 879.5 points.

Fourth-year coach Neal Studd, formerly of Florida Atlantic University, earned his third straight Women’s Coach of the Year honors

“I am so excited and blessed that we have won three post season titles in a row,” Studd said. “I am so happy for the team and the girls that started this whole thing with me four years ago. We swam lights out this weekend and it was a blast. My girls worked so hard and they saw that hard work pays off.”

FGCU picked up 13 gold medals, 11 silver and five bronze and won three out of five relay events. Florida Gold Coast swimmers Lindsey Meeder was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:05.13, Alessandra Cianci was second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.90 and FGC diver Gaby Shaw was fourth in 3-meter diving with 241.80 points.

Despite earning seven NCAA provisional cut times, FGCU will not be competing at NCAAs because of the reclassifying period. The school will be eligible for the 2011-2012 season.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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GRIGULL FOLLOWS IN BROTHER’S FOOTSTEPS

GRIGULL FOLLOWS IN BROTHER’S FOOTSTEPS


Age: 18

High school: Douglas

College: Iona (N.Y.) College

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

When he was little, Justin Grigull would always tag along with his older brother Rory to watch him swim with his Coral Springs Swim Club teammates at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

It looked like fun so Grigull, a tennis and soccer player, decided to try it.

“I was always at the pool with him so I decided to see what it was like,” Grigull said. “I liked it. I got along with the coaches and it was fun.

“I was good when I started out, then had a few down years and picked it back up. It helped having my brother there. He always encouraged me. I always wanted to follow in his footsteps.”

Rory Grigull is 20 and swims at South Carolina. He is home for the summer to train at Coral Springs. Justin is excited about swimming at college.

“We finally get to be even,” Grigull said. “Maybe in college I will get to race him. It will be fun competing with him. We haven’t raced head-to-head but our times are getting close. I keep comparing them.”

Justin admits his older brother is “better than me.

“He pushed me a lot,” Grigull said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without him.”

Grigull has been swimming for 10 years. He swims the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events.

“Swimming helped me a lot,” Grigull said. “It made me realize a lot of things about myself that I didn’t know. It really worked out for the best me choosing swimming. I got the opportunity to swim in college. I was always hoping for it and I worked towards it the whole time.”

Morning workouts took a little getting used to, Grigull admits.

“Thankfully I didn’t start those until I got older,” he said with a laugh. “I got used to it pretty fast.”

Grigull qualified for the state high school meet four consecutive years.

His freshman and sophomore year Douglas won the team title. His junior year he won an individual state title as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay. His best individual state finish was fourth in the 100 freestyle.

“I think there are always going to be those hard workouts where you have a low moment,” Grigull said. “Right before my last summer I hurt my shoulder. I was wondering what I was going to do and whether college coaches would still talk with me.

“There was no way I was going to quit. I stuck with it and I am glad I did. College coaches did talk with me. It was cool being recruited and nice knowing that people want you.”

Grigull plans to major in business administration in college.

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