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

Tampa Sweeps Team Titles At NSU Sharks Invitational

Tampa Sweeps Team Titles At NSU Sharks Invitational


By Sharon Robb

December 17, 2013

Tampa University swept the men’s and women’s team titles Tuesday night at the fourth annual NSU Sharks Invitational at the Nova Southeastern Aquatic Complex in Davie.

Tampa’s women’s team, featuring former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, won the team title with 1,340 points among a field of ten teams followed by Florida International with 1,213 points, Florida Southern with 1,192 and host NSU with 804.50.

The Spartans men’s team won the team crown with 1,718.50 points, topping the field of eight men’s teams. Florida Southern was second with 1386.50 points, NSU with 1,087.50 and Florida Tech with 659.50.

Nova Southeastern senior Oscar Aldabe of Spain won the Michael D. Fish Top Male Performer Award as the men’s high point finisher with 110 points.

Florida International University’s Sonia Perez won the Top Female Performer Award with 149 points.

On the final night of the four-day meet, Florida Southern’s Thomas Nguyen swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:45.70, also a meet record.

Host NSU will now take a holiday break and return to the pool on Jan. 11 against Florida Southern in Lakeland.

For complete meet results go to http://www.NSUSharks.com.

OPEN WATER SWIMMING

Registration is underway for the 45th annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Fort Lauderdale Rough Water Swim scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m. off Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Age group divisions are 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 and 19-24. There is also a masters division featuring age groups from 25-29 to 80-84 and college division.

The race course map is available at http://www.ishof.org and sign-up at http://www.active.com or at the ISHOF gift and pro shop. There is also race day registration with an additional $10 late fee.

For questions call 954-462-6536.

DUEL IN THE POOL

Team USA, which is riding a winning streak since the first Duel in the Pool in 2003, will not be the overwhelming favorite at this weekend’s Omaha Duel in the Pool in Glasgow, Scotland.

Team USA will go head-to-head against the European All-Stars. Team USA is missing its superstar Ryan Lochte, who recently returned to training after a freak knee injury with a fan. While France’s top four swimmers have withdrawn, the team title is still up for grabs.

The U.S. will be led by Olympics gold medalists Katie Ledecky, Tyler Clary, Anthony Ervin and Claire Donahue, who will be training with the South Florida Aquatic Club later this month.

The European All-Stars will be led by Yannick Agnel of France, Michael Jamieson of Great Britain and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.

The two-day short course meters meet will be held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, site of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

NBC will broadcast the meet on Sunday, 4-6 p.m.

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

Tampa Leads Shark Invite; Several Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Competing

Tampa Leads Shark Invite; Several Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Competing


By Sharon Robb

December 16, 2013

University of Tampa leads both the men’s and women’s team standings headed into Tuesday, the fourth and final day of the fourth annual Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational at the NSU Aquatic Complex.

Tampa’s women extended their lead to 1,006.50 points, 75.5 points ahead of Florida International with 931 Host NSU is fourth with 613.5.

Tampa’s men’s team leads with 1,313.50 points ahead of Florida Southern (1,044.50) and NSU (807.50). The field features ten teams.

Four meet records were broken Monday night. Florida Southern set three of the records in the women’s 500-yard freestyle, women’s 100-yard backstroke and men’s 800-yard freestyle relay and Tampa set a meet record in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

On opening day of the meet, former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies was 22nd in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:50.23, just off her 10:50.02 seed time.

Current SOFLO swimmer Bianca Muniz, 21, of St. Leon University was 16th overall in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.78 after going 24.74 in prelims. She was sixth in the “B” final.

Muniz also swam anchor leg of the 12th place 200-yard medley relay (1:51.20).

On Day Two, Muniz led off the 11th place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.17) and anchored the 16th place 400-yard medley relay (4:05.80).

The meet features several former high school and current Florida Gold Coast swimmers. Among them are Alec Wathen of Florida Southern, Franco Lupoli of Florida Southern, Luis Rojas of Florida Southern, Leonie Davies of Tampa, Bianca Muniz of St. Leo and Chantal Bouthillier of St. Leo.

On Tuesday the prelims begin at 10 a.m. with video streaming beginning at 9:30 a.m. at NSUSharks.comAll-Access. For full results go to http://www.NSUSharks.com.

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

SOFLO Relay Finishes Fourth, Rojas Has Another Lifetime-Best On Final Day Of Senior Zones

SOFLO Relay Finishes Fourth, Rojas Has Another Lifetime-Best On Final Day Of Senior Zones


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 2, 2013

After a long week, Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club still managed to swim another lifetime-best on the fifth and final day of the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Rojas, 19, earned the top seed in the 200-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 2:12.46, lowering his previous best of 2:13.45.

Because of a storm moving into the area, meet officials decided to move several events to the morning prelim session including the 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay and 1500 freestyle.

Rojas finished seventh in 2:15.46.

Rojas was a member of SOFLO’s “A” 400-meter medley relay that finished fourth in 4:08.16 along with teammates Carlo Morante, Matthew Gonzalez and Ryan Capote.

SOFLO finished sixth among 35 combined teams with 516.5 points. Metroplex Aquatics won with 879 points. The Woodlands, featuring former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, was third with 826.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter individual medley: 1. Katie Kelsoe, MTAC 2:23.94; SOFLO: 39. Kylie Herman 2:40.32.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Carrie Bonfield, Piranha Swimming 17:30.59.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Micaela Roemer, Sails 27.43; SOFLO: 17. Maria Lopez 28.30, 28. Amber Hunter 29.21, 40. Bianca Muniz 29.58, 64. Bianca Monti 30.26.

400-meter medley relay: 1. MTRO 4:28.99, 10. SOFLO “A” 4:43.90 (Marcella Marinheiro, Bianca Muniz, Maria Lopez, Kylie Herman).

MEN

200-meter individual medley: 1. Carter Wallace, COOG 2:10.54; SOFLO: 7. Marc Rojas 2:14.46 (2:12.46 prelims, best time), 23. Matthew Gonzalez 2:21.61, 31. Carlo Morante 2:21.67.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Griff Hutton, Piranha Swimming 16:29.01.

50-meter freestyle: Results not posted on host website.

400-meter medley relay: 1. TG 4:03.69, 4. SOFLO “A” 4:08.16 (Carlo Morante, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Capote).

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

SOFLO Swimmers Ready, Davies Returns For Southern Zones In Plantation

SOFLO Swimmers Ready, Davies Returns For Southern Zones In Plantation


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 28, 2013

The busy championship age group season continues on Monday with the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by its top age group swimmers during the week-long meet.

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 19, preparing for his sophomore year at Indian River State College, is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke, first in the 50-meter breaststroke, first in the 200-meter freestyle, second in the 200-meter individual medley and third in the 100-meter breaststroke.

SOFLO teammate Xavier Brown, 19, is seeded first in the splash-and-dash 50-meter freestyle.

Maria Lopez, 17, is seeded third in the 200-meter butterfly against a strong field and third in the 100-meter butterfly.

Marcella Marinheiro, 18, is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke, third in the 100-meter backstroke, fourth in the 200-meter backstroke and sixth in the 200-meter freestyle.

Amber Hunter, 17, is seeded second in the 50-meter butterfly.

Endi Babi, 25, is seeded fifth in the 200-meter butterfly, eighth in the 100-meter butterfly and tenth in the 50-meter butterfly.

SOFLO’s national and state age group record holder Julien Pinon, 14, fresh off his European swing of training and meets for France, is entered in the 100-meter butterfly.

Among other SOFLO swimmers competing are:

Kylie Herman, 16, 800-meter freestyle; 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter freestyle; 400-meter individual medley; 400-meter freestyle; 200-meter individual medley.

Roger Capote, 17, 800-meter freestyle; 200-meter breaststroke; 50-meter breaststroke; 200-meter freestyle; 400-meter freestyle; 100-meter breaststroke

Amber Hunter, 17, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle; 100-meter butterfly; 50-meter freestyle

Bianca Monti, 13, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter backstroke; 200-meter freestyle; 50-meter butterfly; 50-meter freestyle.

Maria Lopez, 17, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle; 50-meter butterfly; 50-meter freestyle

Marcella Marinheiro, 18, 50-meter butterfly

Ivan Parada, 18, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter freestyle

Matthew Gonzalez, 18, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter butterfly; 100-meter breaststroke; 100-meter butterfly; 200-meter individual medley; 50-meter freestyle.

Alex Monti, 15, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter breaststroke; 200-meter freestyle; 400-meter freestyle; 200-meter individual medley; 50-meter freestyle.

Ryan Capote, 15, 100-meter freestyle; 200-meter backstroke; 50-meter backstroke; 200-meter freestyle; 100-meter backstroke; 50-meter freestyle.

Gustavo Valery, 15, 100-meter freestyle; 50-meter backstroke; 200-meter freestyle; 100-meter backstroke; 400-meter freestyle; 50-meter freestyle.

Delanie Perez, 13, 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter breaststroke; 400-meter individual medley; 100-meter breaststroke.

Jonathan Strod, 14, 200-meter butterfly; 400-meter individual medley; 50-meter butterfly; 400-meter freestyle; 100-meter butterfly; 200-meter individual medley.

Carlo Morante, 20, 200-meter individual medley; 50-meter freestyle.

Bianca Muniz, 21, 50-meter breaststroke; 50-meter backstroke; 50-meter butterfly; 100-meter breaststroke; 50-meter freestyle.

Xavier Brown, 19, 50-meter butterfly; 100-meter butterfly.

Edward Kon, 17, 50-meter breaststroke; 50-meter backstroke; 50-meter butterfly; 1500-meter freestyle.

SOFLO also has several competitive relays entered that could medal.

Former SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, 17, returns to her old stomping grounds competing for her Texas team, The Woodlands Swim Team. The Davies family re-located to Texas last summer.

Davies will compete against her former teammates in both individual distance and relay events.

Thirty-six attached teams and 381 swimmers are competing in the weeklong meet. Plantation Swim Team and FLA are co-hosting the meet.

Joining SOFLO are other Florida Gold Coast teams Pine Crest Swimming, FLA, Flying Fish, Heritage Aquatics, North Miami Swim Team, Performance Aquatics, Titan Aquatics and Plantation Swim Team.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships.

WHEN: Monday-Friday

WHERE: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

SCHEDULE: Monday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets.

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

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 201: SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins At Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic; Atkinson, Coach To Be Honored In Jamaica

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 201: SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins At Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic; Atkinson, Coach To Be Honored In Jamaica


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 14, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson got some short course meter swimming in this past weekend at the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic in Orlando.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian was one of the youngest in the field. She won the 18-24 100-meter individual medley in 1:02.82.

Erika Erndl, 34, of Naples T2 Aquatics, broke three world masters age group records at the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic in Orlando. Erndl broke the record in the 100-meter individual medley in 1:02.52 to break a seven-year-old record.

Erndl not only won her 30-34 age group but finished first overall ahead of Atkinson. Erndl broke another record in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.75.  She won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.34 and broke her third record on the 800 freestyle relay with a leadoff leg of 2:00.58.

Olympian Brooke Bennett won four gold medals including two on world record relays and two silver medals with huge time drops. Bennett, who is training with Randy Reese, looks to be staging a run at the 2016 Olympics.

Atkinson and SOFLO coach Chris Anderson will be honored during the Athletes’ Celebration to honor the Jamaican athletes and coaches, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, on Sunday and Monday.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will greet the athletes and coaches during a cocktail reception she is hosting on the lawns of Jamaica House on Sunday night.

There will also be a wreath laying ceremony at National Heroes Park on Monday’s National Heroes Day.  At night, a main public event for the masses themed “Jamaica’s Musical History Honoring Our Olympic Journey” will be staged at the National Arena in Kingston. Large screens have been installed for public viewing in the stands.

Former SOFLO Swimmer Shines

Former SOFLO and West Broward High swimmer Leonie Davies is continuing her success in open water swimming in The Woodlands, Texas.

Davies, 16, was the top girls’ finisher in the recent Rice-sponsored Gulf Open Water Championships and qualified for the Fort Myers Festival in April.

The teenager swam the 2-mile event and finished seventh overall and was first in the 15-18 girls age group in 42:09. Her younger brother Jack, 13, finished fourth in the 13-14 age group in the 800 meters and 11th in the 13-14 2-mile event in 49:33. The top three girls and boys will represent Texas in Fort Myers.

“Six boys beat me. It was challenging because it was only 60 degrees but my team was supportive,” Davies tweeted. “I’m excited to represent Texas and to come back and see SOFLO.”

College swimming

Florida Tech opened its second swim season in school history by breaking nine school records in losses to St. Leo College. Florida Tech’s women’s team defeated first-year program, Lynn University, 54.5-40.50, in a tri-meet. Lynn’s new program is coached by Niki Alvarez, former eight-year assistant coach at Florida Atlantic…

Florida Gulf Coast , for the second time this season, defeated University of Miami, 130-113, at their home pool. The Eagles finished with eight first places, ten second places and five third place finishes against the Hurricanes. Florida Gulf Coast sophomore Karen Vilorio, a 2012 Olympian for Honduras, returned to the pool after her health scare in Gainesville, and finished second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.37. Florida Gulf Coast next hosts Florida International on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m…

Auburn won 24 of 26 events including all 13 men’s events to rout Alabama in Dennis Pursley’s SEC debut at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. Pursley is former national team director for Great Britain and the U.S. The men won, 175-68 and the women won, 182-62. Former Pine Crest swimmer Siena Devenuto competes for Auburn…

Florida State got a verbal commitment from Bishop Kenney’s Lydia Ware, a freestyle sprinter who also competes for the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in Jacksonville. Her best times are 23.48 and 51.09. Carolina Page of the Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club, a bakstroker, also committed with the Seminoles. Florida State has 33 swimmers on its roster including 22 men…Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal of Asphalt Green committed to Stanford…Plantation American Heritage senior Jessie Randolph has committed to Villanova…Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin visited University of Texas this past weekend and rode around the Austin campus in a golf cart. It is her third college visit after USC and Georgia, which Franklin said is a frontrunner.

FINA World Cup Series

Katinka Hosszu won three events on the opening day of the FINA World Cup Series in Stockholm, Sweden, winning 800-meter freestyle for the third meet in a row, the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.30 and the 200 IM in 2:08.13 to total $27,500 in prize winnings. Among other notable wins, Lotte Friis of Denmark won a close race in the 400-meter freestyle; Ruta Meilutyte won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.02 while U.S. Olympian Jessica Hardy is fourth in 1:05.50; World Cup veteran Therese Alshammar won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.68; Rachel Goh won the sprint backstroke in 26.94; Kazuya Kineda won the 200 butterfly in 1:51.95; Tomasso D’Orsogna won the 100 freestyle; Glenn Snyders edged Joao Gomes Jr. in the 50-meter breaststroke, 26.61-26.69; Aussie Robert Hurley touches out Stanislav Donets in the 100-meter backstroke, 50.38-50.42 after winning the 400-meter freestyle; Matt Targett won the 50 butterfly in 22.51; George Bovell upset Kenneth To in the sprint medley, 51.56 to 51.75 and Marco Koch held off Daiya Seto, 2:06.90 to 2:06.65 in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Hawaii Ironman

Australia’s Pete Jacobs won the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. A runner-up last year, the 31-year-old beat Germany’s Andreas Raelert by more than four minutes. He finished the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mike bike course and 26.2-mile run in 8 hours, 18 minutes and 37 seconds to earn $120,000. “I’m in love with this sport,” Jacobs told reporters. “I’m so lucky to have this opportunity and have a good day out there. It was an unbelievable day and there’s much love out there.” In the women’s race, Britain’s Leanda Cave took the lead in the final three miles of the run to win her second world title of the year. The 34-year-old also won the Ironman 70.3 world title. She won in 9:15:54. Caroline Steffen of Switzerland was second in 9:16:58…

According to a Vanity Fair Magazine pool, winning an Olympic gold medal was ranked higher than winning an Oscar or Grammy…Ryan Lochte’s next cameo television appearance is on NBC’s 30 Rock on Thursday. The Olympian has a guest starring role as a “sex idiot” and goes shirtless…Two-time Olympic British diver Tom Daley won two gold medals at the Junior World Diving Championships in Australia. The 18-year-old won the 10-meter platform and 3-meter synchro with Jack Laugher…Former Pine Crest and Florida swimmer Joey Pedraza finished 17th in his first open water FINA World Cup 10K in Hong Kong. It was the first time he represented the USA National team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Zone Senior Championships; Davies Returns To Compete For The Woodlands

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Zone Senior Championships;Davies Returns To Compete For The Woodlands


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 5, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club will compete in its first Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships beginning today at the Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

The five-day meet features some of the top senior age group swimmers in the southeast United States. SOFLO is one of four Florida Gold Coast teams competing including Pompano Beach Piranhas and meet co-hosts Team FLA and Plantation Swim Team.

Melissa and Marcella Marinheiro, Samantha Stinemire, Maria Lopez, Amber Hunter, Xavier Brown, Marc Rojas, Alex Rodriguez and Ivan Parada are among SOFLO’s seeded swimmers in their respective events.

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, is seeded first in the 50-meter backstroke (31.67); first in the 50-meter butterfly (30.00); second in the 100-meter freestyle (1:00.68); and third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:06.72).

Marcella Marinheiro, 17, coming off last week’s Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Rockwall, Texas is seeded second in the 50-meter backstroke (31.69); second in the 50-meter butterfly (30.29); second in the 100-meter backstroke (1:07.13); and fourth in the 200-meter individual medley (2:31.83).  

Hunter, 16, is seeded second in the 200-meter butterfly (2:27.31) and fourth in the 50-meter butterfly (30.31).

Stinemire, 14, is seeded third in the 50-meter backstroke (32.40).

Lopez, also coming off the Rockwall meet, is seeded first in the 100-meter butterfly (1:04.64) and third in the 50-meter butterfly (30.89).

Jessica Rodriguez, 13, one of the youngest in the meet, is seeded third in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:47.82).

Florida State’s Alex Rodriguez of SOFLO is seeded first in the 50-meter butterfly (27.15) and first in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:05.35).  

Rojas, 18, is seeded first in the 200-meter freestyle (1:58.76); second in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:28.26), second in the 400-meter freestyle (4:08.63); third in the 800-meter freestyle (8:40.46) and third in the 1500-meter freestyle (16:42.49).

Parada, 17, is seeded first in the 50-meter backstroke (26.50).

Brown, 18, competing in his last local meet before heading off to Daytona Beach State College, is seeded third in the 50-meter butterfly (27.37); and fourth in the 50-meter freestyle (25.44).

SOFLO girls have the top four seeds in the 50-meter butterfly with the Marinheiro sisters, Lopez and Hunter.

SOFLO is seeded first in the men’s 200-meter medley relay and second in the 200-meter freestyle relay. SOFLO girls are seeded first in the 800-meter freestyle relay; first in the 400-meter freestyle relay; second in the women’s 200-meter medley relay and second in the 400-meter medley relay.

Former Comets and SOFLO swimmer Leonie Davies, 16, whose family moved to Texas earlier this summer, will be reunited with her former teammates when she competes for her new club, The Woodlands.

Davies is seeded 12th in the 400-meter freestyle (4:39.91); 13th in the 200-meter freestyle (2:14.85); 14th in the 200-meter backstroke (2:35.84); 27th in the 100-meter freestyle (1:03.50); and 31st in the 100-

meter backstroke (1:13.67).

A field of nearly 200 swimmers (99 girls, 94 boys) from 22 teams will compete.

The Woodlands (Texas), Clearwater Aquatics, Nu Wave of Louisiana, City of Plano, City of Charleston and Northside Aquatics are among top teams in the field.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships

WHEN: Monday-Friday

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

SCHEDULE: Monday, timed finals 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: $3.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com