Franklin, Larson Break American Records On Day Two Of NCAA Championships

Franklin, Larson Break American Records On Day Two Of NCAA Championships

By Sharon Robb

March 21, 2014

Two American records were broken on Day Two of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.

Missy Franklin of University of California bounced back after getting out-touched in the 500-yard freestyle Thursday night, with an American, NCAA, U.S. Open and meet record in the 200-yard freestyle.

Franklin won her first NCAA title with a convincing time of 1:40.31. She went out in 48.71 for the first 100 and had back-to-back splits of 25.7 and 25.8 in the last 100.

The old record was 1:41.21 held by Megan Romano of St. Petersburg.

Texas freshman Tasija Karosas of St. Andrew’s Swimming in the Florida Gold Coast was 28th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.12. Florida sophomore Lindsey McKnight was 48th in 1:48.86 and Florida State senior Tiffany Oliver of SOFLO was 50th in 1:50.23.

Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson broke the American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100-yard breaststroke to win the event for the third consecutive year.

Larson went out in 27.03 and came home in 30.20 to win in 57.23, breaking her own record of 57.28 she set at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

The Cal Bears lost valuable relay points when its 200-yard medley relay was disqualified because of an early takeoff on the second exchange between Celina Li and Cindy Tran. The DQ may have sealed Georgia’s second consecutive NCAA title barring any Bulldog relay disqualifications.

In other championship finals:

Stanford opened the evening with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.95 with Felicia Lee, Katie Olsen, Nicole Stafford and Maddy Schaefer. Tennessee was second in 1:35.32 with Florida Gold Coast swimmer Harper Bruens swimming third leg. SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver anchored Florida State’s 200-yard medley relay that finished 24th in 1:38.74.

In an exciting race, Stanford senior Maya DiRado won the 400-yard individual medley in 3:58.12. Florida senior Elizabeth Beisel was second in 3:58.84. Tennessee’s Lauren Driscoll, a FGC swimmer, was 44th in 4:15.55.

Stanford senior Felicia Lee won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.89. Florida State freshman Chelsea Britt was 37th in 53.48.

Texas A&M senior Paige Miller won the 100-yard backstroke in 50.77. Florida Gulf Coast’s Kira Toussaint was seventh in 51.81 after going 51.75 in prelims. Florida International’s Johanna Gustafsdottir was 48th in 54.82.

Georgia’s Laura Ryan won her second NCAA diving title on 3-meter springboard with 423.15 points. She was the only diver to score more than 400 points.

After two days Georgia continues to lead followed by Stanford and Cal Bears.

Saturday’s events are: 1,650-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.

Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. The top 16 advance into finals.

Both prelims and finals will be streamed live through Saturday finals sessions will be televised on

Information and results can also be found at the NCAA Championship site.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Makes Final NCAA Women’s Championship Appearance

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Makes Final Appearance At NCAA Women’s Championships That Begin Thursday

By Sharon Robb

March 19, 2014

Tiffany Oliver will close another chapter in her impressive swimming career when she competes in her final NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

The Florida State senior, who grew up swimming for the Comets, South Florida Aquatic Club and West Broward High School, will swim in her final college meet that begins on Thursday.

It will be her third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Last year she finished tenth in the 50-yard freestyle and was a member of the All-American honorable mention 800-yard freestyle relay team that finished 16th at NCAAs.

Thursday’s events are the 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay and 1-meter springboard diving.

Oliver will compete in her signature event, the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay on opening day. Her best time in the 50 is 22.02 which she swam at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship meet. She is seeded 11th in the 50.

Oliver is the first swimmer in FSU history to successfully defend her sprinting titles at this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The four-time ACC champion also won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.17. Both her 50 and 100 times are school records.

“Every year at NCAA’s I keep getting better in terms of what to expect,” Oliver said. “Hopefully, I won’t be as nervous.

“I remember my first year I was taking it all in and then last year I got a little more comfortable. It wasn’t my best but I got into the flow. This year, I don’t know how it’s going to go, but right now I feel relaxed and ready to go faster.

“We have a great group of people going. It’s going to be fun.”

Oliver is one of a school record setting 11 NCAA qualifiers.

“We’re excited,” FSU coach Frankie Bradley said. “We have been developing all year and with this many swimmers and a pair of divers and two alternates, we have a nice size group.

“It’s simple, our goals are to go best times and to perform better than we did at ACCs.”

The NCAA women’s meet will be one of the most exiting with a star-studded cast. A field of 281 swimmers from 70 teams are competing.

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin will make her NCAA Championship debut. The most talked about college freshman will compete in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events.

“I think for everyone on the team, when we put the California cap on there is so much more meaning behind it than just putting on a regular cap,” Franklin said. “For me, it is very similar to having an American flag on my cap.”

The team title will come down to her Cal Bears team against defending champion Georgia. The Bears are looking for their fourth title in six years.

If Georgia does win, they will do it without their head coach Jack Bauerle who will not be at the meet. Bauerle has been suspended for the past three months. The school has not released any official statement concerning the internal investigation.

Olympian Shannon Vreeland will lead the Bulldogs. Another Olympian, Breeja Larson of Texas A&M heads the breaststroke field. Her biggest challenge in the 200 event will be American record holder Emma Reaney of Notre Dame.

Franklin isn’t the only talented freshman in the field. Stanford’s Lia Neal, a U.S. Olympian; Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga and Virginia’s Leah Smith are all expected to do well.

Another Florida swimmer ending her college career at NCAAs will be Olympian Elizabeth Beisel of the University of Florida. Beisel is defending champion in the 400-yard individual medley. She will also compete in the 200-yard backstroke against American record holder Elizabeth Pelton of Cal. Beisel is one of 14 qualifiers from Florida including Florida Gold Coast swimmer Lindsey McKnight.

Florida International University has two swimmers competing with junior Johanna Gustafsdottir and senior Sonia Perez Arau.

Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. The top 16 advance into finals.

Both prelims and finals will be streamed live through Friday and Saturday finals sessions will be televised on

Information and results can also be found at the NCAA Championship site.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Dominates Day Two Of Comets FGC Invitational

SOFLO Dominates Day Two Of Comets FGC Open Invitational


May 3, 2013

The second session of the Comets’ Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational looked more like the South Florida Aquatic Club Invitational.

SOFLO swimmers won all but four of the timed final events on Saturday at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

CJ Kopecki, 13, Isabella Di Salvo, 10, Delanie Perez, 12, and Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 14, led the large SOFLO contingent with lifetime-best times and race wins.

Kopecki lowered his best time in the 200-meter freestyle and won the event in 2:10.37, an FGJO cut. His previous best was 2:10.92. Kopecki also won the 50-meter butterfly in a FGJO cut 30.09, dropping from 32.24. Kopecki won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.28, a FGJO cut.

DiSalvo won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 45.11, a drop from 47.83 and FGJO cut. She won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time and FGJO cut 1:23.75, a huge time drop from 1:30.95. She also won the 50-meter freestyle in a best time and FGJO cut 33.48, dropping from 36.98.

Perez won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time and FGJO cut 40.53, dropping from 41.14. She won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time and FGJO cut 1:16.30, dropping from 1:17.45. Perez won the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 31.60, a FGJO cut, dropping from her previous best of 32.36.

Diaz-Velasco, 14, won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:20.35, a huge time drop from 2:31.67 and FGJO cut. He was also second in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time and FGJO cut 28.08, the first time he broke 30 seconds. His previous best was 30.09. He was second in the 800-meter freestyle in 10:46.95 in his race debut.

Other SOFLO winners were:

Rafael Rodriguez, 11, 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.56, best time, FGJO, drop from 1:18.36; 100-meter butterfly, 1:15.97, FGJO cut; 50-meter freestyle, 30.80, best time, FGJO, drop from 31.16.

Kelley Heron, 13, 200-meter freestyle, 2:17.48, FGJO cut; 800-meter freestyle, best time 9:42.98, FGJO, drop from 9:46.29.

Amber Hunter, 17, 200-meter freestyle 2:19.99, FGSR cut.

Sara Quintero, 9, 200-meter backstroke, 3:15.91, her first long course meters time in the event.

Annita Huang, 11, 200-meter backstroke, 2:48.61, best time, FGJO cut; 100-meter backstroke, best time 1:19.88, FGJO, drop from 1:22.58.

Samuel Quintero, 12, 200-meter backstroke, 2:41.96.

Fernando Quintero, 16, 200-meter backstroke, 2:28.18, best time, FGJO drop from 2:31.71.

Natasha Testa, 14, 50-meter butterfly, 32.26, FGJO.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, 50-meter butterfly, 31.04; 200-meter breaststroke, 3:05.33, FGSR; 100-meter butterfly, 1:09.93, FGSR cut.

Marcella Marinheiro, 18, 200-meter backstroke, 2:40.43, FGSR.

Endi Babi, 24, 50-meter butterfly, 27.86, FGSR; 100-meter butterfly, 1:01.34, FGSR.

Brandon Moran, 11, 50-meter breaststroke, 39.56, best time, FGJO, first time breaking the 40-second barrier. His previous best was 43.56; 200-meter butterfly, 2:53.01, FGJO.

Jessica Rodriguez, 14, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:52.53, FGJO; 50-meter breaststroke, 38.56, best time, FGJO, drop from 39.44; 50-meter freestyle, best time 30.54, FGJO, drop from 30.86.

Evelin Jimenez, 17, 50-meter freestyle, 29.22, FGSR.

Daniela Jimenez, 17, 800-meter freestyle, 11:13.15.

Alfredo Mesa, 14, 50-meter freestyle, 27.79, FGJO; 800-meter freestyle, 9:54.53, FGJO.

Tyler Gibson, 13, 200-meter breaststroke 3:03.90.

Jordan Colon, 15, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:45.40, FGSR.

John Paul Handal, 10, 100-meter backstroke, best time 1:26.43, FGJO, drop from 1:32.96.

Kyana Castro, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:22.60, best time, FGJO, drop from 1:38.77.

Joseph Lee, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:25.31, best time, FGJO, drop from 1:35.04.

Brendan Cassie, 14, 50-meter breaststroke, 38.30, best tie, FGJO, drop from 38.44.

Roger Capote, 17, 50-meter breaststroke, 35.72, FGSR.

Xavier Brown, 18, 50-meter freestyle, 26.54, FGSR.

Alex Monti, 15, 800-meter freestyle 9:43.37.

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SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Shines At ACC Championships

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Shines At ACC Championships


February 26, 2013

Tiffany Oliver of South Florida Aquatic Club walked away from last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with two gold medals in individual events and unwavering confidence for the upcoming NCAA Division I Championships.

The Florida State junior won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events finishing ahead of Olympian and 2012 ACC Swimmer of the Year Lauren Perdue of Virginia.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Oliver came from behind to overtake Perdue to win in a school record and lifetime best 48.19, just two days after winning the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17, another school record and best time.

Oliver trailed Perdue at every turn during the four-lap race before surging to the wall in the final ten yards.

“She is gaining confidence,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “She had success in the 50 earlier in the meet and she swam well in relays so we knew it was coming. It was just a great performance and she paced herself well throughout the race and just took off in the end to win it.”

On the final night, Oliver won a silver medal and broke another school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Swimming anchor leg, Oliver closed the gap and reeled in Perdue again to take a silver. Oliver’s split was 47.24. The relay finished in 3:16.54 with Kaitlyn Dressel, Kelsey Buckley, Katie Cook and Oliver.

Oliver also swam 1:46.77 in the 200-yard freestyle prelims.

Oliver earned All-ACC Conference honors.

Florida State, ranked No. 22 in the nation, finished fourth as a team with 497 points behind defending champion Virginia (832), Virginia Tech (536) and North Carolina (508).

“That was one of the best team efforts and success we’ve had in about six or seven years,” Harper said. “The team points don’t quite measure up to the success we had with our “A” cuts and school records and lifetime best times we got.”

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, FSU junior Ashley Hicks, swam a lifetime best 1:56.98 in the 200-yard backstroke to finish sixth.

The men’s ACC competition is Feb. 28-March 2 in Greensboro, N.C. FSU is ranked No. 15 in the nation and features FGC swimmers Paul Murray, who will compete in the 50- and 100-yard meter and Connor Knight in the 100-yard butterfly.

Kuczynski Makes Final PAC-12 Meet Appearance

Caroline Kuczynski, who frequently trains with SOFLO during college breaks, will make her final appearance in the four-day PAC-12 Championships that begin Wednesday in Federal Way, Wash.

Kuczynski, Arizona State team captain, is among favorites in the butterfly events. Kuczynski is a 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful. ASU is ranked No. 25 in the nation.

ASU will compete against No. 1 USC, No. 2 California, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona and No. 14 UCLA.

Back-to-back national champion California is the favorite despite losing to Arizona and No. 1 ranked USC in dual meets.

PAC-12s are the last chance for swimmers to make NCAA cuts.

Schwab Competes In Big 10 Championships

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, 2012 Olympian Nick Schwab and his Indiana teammates will host the Big 10 Men’s Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Indiana University’s Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.

Nine out of the 12 individual winners from the 2012 Championships return to defend their titles including four from defending team champion Michigan.

Indiana is ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Last weekend Minnesota won the Big 10 women’s team title for the second consecutive year and fifth overall. Minnesota won with 831.5 points and Indiana was second with 671.5.

Minnesota coach Kelly Kremer was named Women’s Coach of the Year. Lindsay Vrooman of Indiana was named Swimmer of the Meet and Brooklyn Snodgrass of Indiana won Freshman of the Year.

Florida Gators, Georgia Win SEC Championships

University of Florida men’s team broke Auburn’s streak of 16-straight SEC Championships, the third longest streak in SEC sports history, won the men’s title with 1,408 points.

The Gators won four individual events and one relay.

“It’s great for the guys,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We have been chasing Auburn and nipping at their heels every year and we have been close a couple of them. I think this kind of takes us over the top from the standpoint that it gets the monkey off our back.

“It’s a good building point towards the NCAA meet and it’s not an end in itself but it certainly is a good conference win.”

Junior Marcin Cieslak won two events in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly.

The Gator women’s team finished third with 1,190.5 points. Georgia won its fourth straight SEC team title and Texas A&M was second.

Olympian Elizabeth Beisel won the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke for the third consecutive year. Freshman Natalie Hinds won the 100-yard butterfly.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Luke Torres made his SEC debut as a freshman a memorable one. Torres made his NCAA “B” cut in the 200-yard butterfly, winning the “B” final in 1:46 and also swam a best time in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.87 to finish 22nd.

Several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed for the Gators including Carlos Omana, Ryan Rosenbaum and Lindsey McKnight. Omana was fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:55.53. Rosenbaum, a freshman, was 31st in the 1,650 in 15:42.37. Torres posted a lifetime-best in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.87 to finish 22nd.

Three U.S. Olympians set two American records during the meet. Olympic gold medalists Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt along with Georgia teammates Megan Romano and Jordan Mattern set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and SEC record in the women’s 800-yard freestyle in 6:52.40.

Olympian Breeja Larson of Texas A&M set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and SEC record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.43.

Hinds was named SEC Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year; Beisel won the Commissioner’s Trophy Award for high point winner and Troy was named SEC Men’s Coach of the Year.

Grigull Medals At MAAC Championships

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Justin Grigull of Iona College finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.98 at the MACC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. He was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:40.80, qualifying for ECAC “A”. On the opening day, he was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 3:34.50, another ECAC “A” time. Iona finished ninth among teams. Grigull, a junior, was a member of the seventh place 400-yard freestyle relay.

Polyakov Makes Coaching Debut; O’Shaughnessy Competes At Big East Championships

Three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov and former Florida Gold Coast Swimmer of the Year, in his first year as assistant coach at Louisville, will make his coaching debut at the Big East Conference Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium Wednesday through Saturday.

Another FGC swimmer, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, a senior breaststroker at Seton Hall, is among favorites.
O’Shaughnessy is coming off a successful tri-meet against Georgetown and Villanova on Feb. 9. He was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.39 and third in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.41. He also was a member of the third-place 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

O’Shaughnessy is one of 17 swimmers at the Big East meet.

Notre Dame and Louisville head the nine-team field. Former Pine Crest swimmer Austin Evenson, a freshman, will compete in the distance events for Georgetown. Joao de Lucca is Louisville’s top sprinter and will swim the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles. Louisville’s Kameron Chastain and Addison Bray are the top two seeds in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Florida Gulf Coast Wins CCSA Team Title

Florida Gulf Coast women’s team won the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimming and Diving Championships for the fifth consecutive year. The Eagles won with 712 points.

Emma Svensson of FGCU was named Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the Meet after winning the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke including two with NCAA “B” cut times. She was also a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard medley relays.

FGCU head coach Neal Studd was named Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the third time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Ready For Florida Gold Coast Meets In Boca Raton, Coral Springs

SOFLO Ready For Florida Gold Coast Meets In Boca Raton, Coral Springs


June 20, 2012

Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson heads a large contingent of South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers for the FLA International Invitational that begins on Thursday at Florida Atlantic University Aquatic Complex in Boca Raton.

Atkinson, 23, is competing in six events including all three breaststroke events. It will be her last meet before heading to training camp before the 2012 Olympics where she will represent Jamaica and her coach Chris Anderson will be on the coaching staff for Jamaica.

SOFLO has nearly 100 swimmers competing in the four-day meet including 9-year-olds Kyana Castro, Trinity Hoyos, Michelle Marinheiro, Emma Perera and 8-year-old Sara Quintero of the Comets.

The boys’ contingent is led by Florida State’s Alex Rodriguez, 21, college-scholarship-bound Xavier Brown, 17, and Marc Rojas, 18, and 9-year-olds Nicolas Drolet, John Paul Handal, Akira Huang, Nicolas Rossi and 9-year-old Sebastian Lares of the Comets.

Other familiar faces on the team are Bianca Muniz, 20, and Shawn Clark, 25.


What: FLA International Invitational

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, finals 4:30 p.m.; Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m., Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.

Where: Florida Atlantic University Aquatic Complex, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

Admission: Admission $6 per session includes heat sheet; two-day pass, $20, all-session pass, $35. For information call 954-468-5590.

Inaugural Michael Lohberg Invitational Honors Six-Time Olympic Coach’s Legacy And Spirit

Three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco, Brandon Goldman and Luke Torres are among several former swimmers of six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg who will honor his legacy and spirit at the inaugural meet named in his honor.

The inaugural Michael Lohberg Invitational begins Thursday and ends Sunday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Lohberg died April 4, 2011 at age 61 after a lengthy battle with aplastic anemia.

Over seventeen years, Lohberg built a world-class program at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. He coached CSSC to nine Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympic Championships and was inducted into the 2009 Broward County Sports Hall of Fame. He also co-founded the South Florida Aquatic Club based at Coral Springs and Pembroke Pines.

Semeco, 28, who will represent Venezuela next month at the London Olympics, is seeded first in the 50-meter freestyle ahead of Lindsey McKnight, also a former Lohberg swimmer, and Megan Moroney, members of St. Andrew’s Swimming’s junior national team champion.

Semeco is also seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.92.

Semeco was one of a record eight CSSC swimmers Lohberg coached to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lohberg qualified at least one swimmer for six Olympic Games from 1984 to 2008. He had four swimmers make the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Junior National qualifier Brandon Goldman, 17, one of Lohberg’s prized pupils, and Tristan Celestin, 13, are each seeded in four events.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams competing are St. Andrew’s, Rockway, Martin County, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Blue Marlins and Heritage Aquatics.

SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Brandon Goldman, 17, 400-meter individual medley, 4:39.27; 100-meter backstroke 59.26; 50-meter backstroke, 28.49; 200-meter backstroke, 2:08.60

Gina Gautieri, 19, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:16.61; 50-meter breaststroke, 35.79

Luke Torres, 18, 100-meter butterfly, 56.69; 50-meter breaststroke, 30.60; 100-meter freestyle, 53.48

Catharine Cooper, 12, 50-meter freestyle, 28.95; 100-meter freestyle 1:03.30

Tristan Celestin, 13, 50-meter freestyle, 26.92; 50-meter butterfly, 29.44; 50-meter breaststroke, 33.18; 100-meter freestyle, 1:00.48

Isabella Pittinger, 12, 100-meter backstroke, 1:14.63; 50-meter backstroke 34.26

Steph Campo, 14, 100-meter backstroke, 1:11.58; 50-meter backstroke, 33.57; 200-meter backstroke, 2:29.91

Collin Burt, 13, 50-meter backstroke, 30.89

Christian Carlson, 12, 50-meter backstroke, 35.51

Emily Greenwood, 17, 50-meter backstroke, 31.55

Breaststroker Gina Gautieri, after finishing her freshman year at Bucknell, is in the field and seeded first in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke.

The meet is sponsored by the Coral Springs Swim Club and Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. Volunteers will wear t-shirts with Lohberg’s likeness and special medals have been designed for the meet.

The meet will feature prelims and finals, Friday through Sunday except for relays, 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley. Thursday’s opening session are timed finals for all swimmers.

Age groups are 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-and-over. Meet director is Charlie Alexander.


What: Michael Lohberg Invitational

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, 5 p.m. timed finals; Friday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5:30 p.m. finals, Saturday, 8:30 a.m., finals, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 8:30 a.m., finals, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $2 per session. For information call 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Michael Lohberg Remembered By Swimmers

Michael Lohberg Remembered By Swimmers


April 4, 2012

On the one-year anniversary of his death, Coral Springs Swim Club coach and South Florida Aquatic Club co-founder Michael Lohberg was fondly remembered by several of his swimmers.

For most of the day, swimmers, young and old, Olympians and Olympic hopefuls and masters swimmers all wrote heart-warming tributes on Twitter.

Lohberg, a six-time Olympic coach, died at age 61 after a lengthy battle with aplastic anemia.

Lohberg and his staff built the Coral Springs Swim Club program into one of the nation’s best and placed at least one swimmer on every Olympic team since 1984 and won nine Junior Olympic team titles.

Coral Springs Swim Club and Coral Springs Aquatic Complex will host the inaugural Michael Lohberg International Invitational, June 21-24, where the City of Coral Springs will have a ceremony naming the 50-meter Olympic pool in Lohberg’s honor.

His legacy lives on through his swimmers.

Tributes To Michael

Crazy how much changes in a year. RIP Michael—Anne Kuczynski

A year has passed and we still miss you every day. RIP Michael Lohberg. Thank you for everything you taught me in life, I’ll never forget you.—Brittany Bellomo

Still in my life after 1 year. Thanks for everything big guy. One Love ML.—Keegan Boisson-Yates

I can’t believe it’s been one year, even as things settle down and time goes on I never stop missing you. And even though I know you are looking down at me giving me strength, I would do anything just to see you one more time. Thank you for everything Michael. You were the best coach, person, mentor I could have ever asked for. RIP. —Brandon Goldman

Crazy how much can happen in 1 year. Time flies. RIP ML, missing you every day.—Lindsey McKnight

I can’t believe it’s been a year Mich, I miss you like you can’t even imagine. Thank you for being the biggest mentor & support system. Your national team misses you & the pool deck is not the same without you. You will always be in my heart.—Ashley Monaghan

Remembering an amazing person, friend and coach today, RIP ML—Michlswim

1 year ago Heaven needed a swim Coach with heart, integrity and passion, some1 who is fighting the good fight. Heaven needed Michael Lohberg.—Anne Poleska

Miss you, ML—Dana Hatic

1 year ago we lost a coaching legend, more importantly a great man & mentor, Michael taught me so many life lessons I’m honored 2 have met you.—Julie Stupp

Forever in our hearts. RIP ML—Mauricio Hidalgo 

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 117: SOFLO’s Alcaide Wins Three Events; Breaks Meet, Pool Records

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK,Issue 117: SOFLO’s Alcaide Wins Three Events; Breaks Meet, Pool Records

December 12, 2011


South Florida Aquatic Club made its debut in Maine with Jessie Alcaide at the 18th annual Bowdoin Maine Open, Dec. 9-11.

Alcaide, 27,  won the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 54.61, bettering her prelim time of 57.23. She broke both the meet and pool record in the event.

Alcaide won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.61, the only swimmer under 24 seconds in the field. She swam against her older sister, Katrine Alcaide, 30, in the sprint final. Katrine Alcaide finished third in 24.41.

On the final day of competition, Alcaide won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.30 after going 51.07 in prelims. Her sister finished 12th in prelims in 55.60 and scratched from the consolation final.

Jessie Alcaide, training at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines and closing in on her Olympic Trials cuts, finished with 120 points placing SOFLO in the Top 20.     

Florida Gold Coast Team Wins Junior Nationals

With only four swimmers, Boca Raton-based St. Andrew’s Swimming won the girls team title at the USA Swimming Speedo Short Course Junior National Championships, Dec. 8-10 in Austin, Texas. SAS finished with 288 points ahead of Dynamo Swim Club with 271 and Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics was third with 215. The Bolles School Sharks won the men’s team title with 554 points followed by SwimMAC Carolina with 310 and Dynamo with 291. University of Florida-bound Lindsey McKnight, 17, won high point with 84 points. SAS teammate Tasija Karosas, 16, was 15th with 34 points. Matias Koski of Dynamo was high point boys with 69 points followed by Bolles’ Ryan Murphy with 66.

McKnight won the 200-yard freestyle in a meet record 1:45.37; won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.30; was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.92; third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.66; ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.40 and 15th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:19.42. 

SAS won the 4×50-yard medley relay in a meet record 1:41.63; won the 4×200-yard freestyle relay in 7:30.39; third in the 4×100-yard medley relay and fourth in the 4×100-yard freestyle relay with Karosas, McKnight, Megan Moroney and Brenna Ruth in 3:43.52.

ISHOF Rough Water Swim On Jan. 7

Race applications are available for the Jan. 7, 2012 International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Fort Lauderdale One Mile Rough Water Swim off Fort Lauderdale Beach. The race begins 9:30 a.m. Race-day check-in is 7:30-9 a.m. at Alexander Park across the street from ISHOF. Age groups include 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 and 19-24 boys and girls, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior college and masters men and women (25-29 to 80-84). All competitors will receive a commemorative finish medal. Entry fee is $20 for age group and college and $30 for masters. The entry blank can be found on the website or swimmers may register at There is race day registration for an additional $10 late fee. For more information call 954-462-6536.

Florida, Florida State Ranked Among Top 25

University of Florida and Florida State are ranked among the top men’s teams and Florida is ranked among the women’s teams in the recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America rankings.

Florida is ranked 13th and FSU ranked 25th in the men’s poll. Arizona is ranked No. 1, Texas is second and Stanford third. The Gators are ranked ninth among women’s teams. Georgia is ranked No. 1 followed by California and Southern California.

Men’s poll: 1. Arizona, 2. Texas, 3. Stanford, 4. Michigan, 5. Southern Cal, 6. Cal Berkeley, 7. Auburn, 8. Ohio State, 9. Georgia, 10. Indiana, 11. Louisville, 12. Virginia, 13. Florida, 14. Missouri, 15. Iowa, 16. North Carolina, 17. Santa Barbara, 18. LSU, 19. Nevada-Las Vegas, 20. Purdue, 21. Tennessee, 22. Princeton, 23. Minnesota, 24. Penn State, 25. FSU.

Women’s poll: 1. Georgia, 2. California, 3. Southern Cal, 4. Texas, 5. Arizona, 6. Stanford, 7. Auburn, 8. Indiana, 9. Florida, 10. Missouri, 11. Texas A&M, 12. Virginia, 13. SMU, 14. Tennessee, 15. North Carolina, 16. Wisconsin, 17. Ohio State, 18. Purdue, 19. Louisville, 20. Arkansas, 21. LSU, 22. Michigan, 23. Minnesota, 24. Arizona State, 25. Maryland.


Olympic phenom Michael Phelps seems to be savoring every minute leading up to his final appearance at the U.S. Olympic trials and 2012 London Olympics. At this past weekend’s North Baltimore Aquatic Club Christmas Meet, Phelps competed while his mom and sister served as timers at his home club, just like the old days when he was an age grouper. “A cool finish to my short course career, Mama Phelps and Hilary Phelps timed me in my final,” Phelps tweeted. “It’s cool thinking about all the memories I’ve had over the years at this meet.”…National age group records are dropping like flies lately around the country. At the Tom Dolan Invitational this past weekend, Jack Conger of Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club broke the 17-18 short course 200 backstroke record in 1:40.41, breaking the previous record of 1:40.53…Also at the Tom Dolan Invitational, Rockville-Montgomery broke the boys 11-12 200-yard medley relay time in 1:48.06, breaking the old record of 1:48.37…At Junior Nationals, Bolles’ Ryan Murphy broke the 15-16 200-yard backstroke in 1:40.90 breaking the old mark of 1:43.16…Michael Andrew of Lawrence, Kansas broke the 11-12 age group record in the 100-yard individual medley in 54.66, breaking the old record of 55.56…The USA vs. Europe Duel in the Pool will be live on Universal Sports Friday night, 7-9:30 p.m. and live on NBC Saturday, 2-4:30 p.m.

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