St. Thomas Aquinas Sweeps District 9-4A Team Titles


By Sharon Robb

October 23, 2014—St. Thomas Aquinas dominated the District 9-4A Swimming and Diving Championships to sweep the boys and girls team titles Thursday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

St. Thomas girls swept all three relays and won four individual titles to win with 553 points, nearly 300 points ahead of host Douglas.

Sarah Asseraf won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.99 and was a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Vanessa Comunale won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.32 followed by her sister Isabella Comunale in 5:37.92.

Caitlin Ahern won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.73 and was a member of all three winning relays.

Karlee Price won the girls 1-meter springboard title with 510.30 points.

Lydia Musleh of Coral Gables was the only girls double winner, capturing the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.84 and 100-yard freestyle in 52.35.

The most exciting girls race was the 100-yard butterfly where 69/100ths of a second separated the top three places. Meagan Abad of South Plantation won in 1:00.12 followed by St. Thomas swimmers Quinn Connor in 1:00.51 and Asseraf in 1:00.81.

The St. Thomas boys team was just as dominant. The Raiders, led by double winners Padraic Cassidy and Gabriel Perez Silva and two relay victories, won with 552 points. Douglas was runner-up with 396 points.

Cassidy won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.81 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.55 and was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Perez Silva won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.51 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.19.

St. Thomas only other individual champion was Esteban Velasquez in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.75. He also led off the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

Logan Downey of South Plantation won the boys diving title with 581.05 points.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Thomas Aquinas 553, 2. Douglas 285, 3. South Plantation 277, 4. Coral Glades 270, 5. Taravella 172, 6. Deerfield Beach 168, 7. Monarch 117, 8. Coral Springs 89, 9. Plantation 48, 10. Piper 18.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:51.21 (Samantha Stinemire, Caitlin Ahern, Quinn Connor, Natalya Wozab), 2. Douglas 1:55.85, 3. Coral Glades 1:58.92.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Lydia Musleh, CG 1:51.84, 2. Samantha Roth, DOUG 1:55.66, 3. Isabella Comunale, STA 2:06.18.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sarah Asseraf, STA 2:13.99, 2. Megan Schimansky, CG 2:16.97, 3. Abigail Fossas, TAR 2:22.24.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Nicole Gautieri, DOUG 25.08, 2. Natalya Wozab, STA 25.30, 3. Dominique Fajardo, CS 25.43.

1-meter diving: 1. Karlee Price, STA 510.30, 2. Gabriella Comunale, STA 465.60, 3. Leanne Sheffer, SP 400.45.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Meagan Abad, SP 1:00.12, 2. Quinn Connor, STA 1:00.51, 3. Sarah Asseraf, STA 1:00.81.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Lydia Musleh, CG 52.35, 2. Samantha Roth, DOUG 52.70, 3. Nicole Gautieri, DOUG 56.27.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Vanessa Comunale, STA 5:33.32, 2. Isabella Comunale, STA 5:37.92, 3. Samantha Knight, STA 5:46.91.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas 1:42.31 (Samantha Stinemire, Natalya Wozab, Caitlin Ahern, Sarah Asseraf), 2. Douglas 1:42.51, 3. South Plantation 1:53.13.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Megan Schimansky, CG 58.76, 2. Meagan Abad, SP 58.94, 3. Samantha Stinemore, STA 1:00.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Caitlin Ahern, STA 1:07.73, 2. Emily Jurich, DOUG 1:07.82, 3. Kelly Kealty, TAR 1:09.42.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas 3:50.20 (Natalya Wozab, Samantha Stinemire, Sarah Asseraf, Caitlin Ahern), 2. Coral Glades 3:56.10, 3. South Plantation 3:58.53.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1.St. Thomas Aquinas 552, 2. Douglas 396, 3. Monarch 238, 4. South Plantation 214, 5. Deerfield Beach 194, 6. Taravella 146, 7. Coral Glades 134, 8. Coral Springs 87, 9. Plantation 71, 10. Piper 21.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Douglas 1:44.10 (Dylan Allen, Tristan Celestin, Henrique Yamamoto, Gregory Roseman) 2. St. Thomas 1:44.94, 3. Monarch 1:48.27.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Padraic Cassidy, STA 1:47.81, 2. Dylan Allen, DOUG 1:53.67, 3. Felipe Farias, TAR 1:57.07.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Esteban Velasquez, STA 2:02.75, 2. Henrique Yamamoto, DOUG 2:04.53, 3. Santiago Ospina, MON 2:11.32.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 21.51, 2. August Charni, CG 21.78, 3. Sean Chen, SP 22.05.

1-meter diving: 1. Logan Downey, SP 581.05, 2. Devin Nugent, STA 458.85, 3. Johnny Kovalcik, DOUG 331.00.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Henrique Yamamoto, DOUG 55.26, 2. Felipe Farias, TAR 57.90, 3. Clement Bowe, STA 59.85.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriel Perez Silva, STA 47.19, 2. Sean Chen, SP 49.92, 3. Santiago Ospina, MON 50.29.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Padraic Cassidy, STA 4:46.55, 2. Esteban Velasquez, STA 4:47.98, 3. Dylan Allen, DOUG 5:00.56.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas 1:31.18 (Gabriel Perez Silva, Andrew Szatkowski, Clement Bowe, Kearn Kurbanali), 2. Douglas 1:31.89, 3. Monarch 1:32.72.

100-yard backstroke: 1. August Charni, CG 56.16, 2. Quinn Roth, MON 1:00.45, 3. Clement Bowe, STA 1:00.75.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Tristan Celestin, DOUG 1:02.54, 2. Alfred Maria, STA 1:05.88, 3. Andre Bacic, DB 1:06.56.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Thomas 3:25.72 (Esteban Velasquez, Padraic Cassidy, Kearn Kurbanali, Clement Bowe), 2. Douglas 3:41.02, 3. Coral Glades 3;44.97.

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

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

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


By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Groters was happy with his Youth Olympics debut.

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

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

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

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

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

In other finals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team USA’s Clara Smiddy Goes For Second Gold At Youth Olympics; Carter Takes Bronze

Team USA’s Clara Smiddy Goes For Second Gold At Youth Olympics; Carter Takes Bronze


By Sharon Robb

August 20, 2014—In one of the meet’s biggest showdowns between three top sprinters, China’s Yu Hexin broke his own junior world record to win the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle on Day Four of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Wednesday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Yu won in 22.00 outsprinting Brazil’s Matheus Santana, second in 22.43 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, third in 22.53. Yu broke his record of 22.01 set in the semifinals.

The sprint titans will clash again in the 100-meter freestyle.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum who trains frequently in South Florida and is a sophomore at USC, was also fastest qualifier in his 50-meter butterfly heat in 24.01 and second fastest qualifier in the semifinals in 24.04 behind Yu.

As expected, world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.39, more than two seconds ahead of silver medalist Yun He of China in 1:07.49. Anastasiya Malyavino of the Ukraine was third in 1:08.16. It was the Lithuanian’s second gold medal. She is the first swimmer in the sport’s history to win a gold medal in the same event at the Olympics and Youth Olympics.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was sixth in her 200-meter freestyle heat in 2:07.96 and will compete Thursday in the 50-meter freestyle heats with a seed time of 27.56.

Swimming in the same 50-meter backstroke heat, AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy of Team USA was second in 29.15. St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam was fifth in 29.54. Both advanced into the semifinals where Smiddy, finished third in 29.11 and qualified for finals and will go after her second gold medal. Vien placed eighth in29.57.

In the men’s 50-meter butterfly, Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams of St. Andrew’s Swimming was seventh in his heat in 26.29; Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in25.08.

In other finals:

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe took the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:11.31, out-touching University of Louisville-bound Carlos Claverie of Venezuela took silver in 2:11.74 and Anton Chupkov of Russia took bronze in 2:11.87.

Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova won the 50-meter butterfly in a junior world record in 26.26. Svenja Stoffel of Switzerland was second in 26.62. Nastja Govejsek of Slovakia was third in 26.70.

Evgeny Rylov of Russia won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.09. Apostolos Christou of Greece was second in 25.44. Simone Sabbioni of Italy was third in 25.47.

Duo Shen and Yuhan Qiu of China finished one-two in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.12 and 1:56.82. Brianna Throssell of Australia was third in 1:58.57.

With China not in the field after being disqualified, Russia won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:38.02. Germany was second in 3:39.30 and Australia was third in 3:40.68. Despite a protest, Brazil was not allowed to compete because its coaches’ staff failed to confirm the relay’s participation an hour before the race. Team USA, the slowest qualifier in prelims, scratched the final.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFLO’s Timothy Wynter Leads Florida Gold Coast Contingent At Youth Olympic Games That Begin Saturday

SOFLO's Timothy Wynter Leads Florida Gold Coast Contingent At Youth Olympic Games That Begin Saturday


By Sharon Robb

August 14, 2014—Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China that begin Saturday with the Opening Ceremony.

The six-day swimming competition begins on Sunday and end Friday.

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

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

AquaKids Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming and South Florida Aquatic Club will have swimmers in the field representing various countries including the U.S.

University of Michigan-bound, Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks is the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer on Team USA.

The 5-foot-9, 159-pound swimmer, coming off Speedo Junior Nationals and Phillips 66 National Championships will compete in four events. They are the 50-meter freestyle (26.38), 100-meter freestyle (56.61), 50-meter backstroke (28.86) and 100-meter backstroke (1:00.51).

Azura Florida Aquatics and Pine Crest Swimming each have two swimmers in the field.

Azura’s Daniella Van Den Berg, 18, of Aruba will swim in two events. The 5-foot-6, 128-pound Florida State-bound swimmer is entered in the 400-meter freestyle (4:28.37) and 800-meter freestyle (9:12.35).

“I am looking forward to seeing what I can do in Nanjing,” Van Den Berg said.

Her Azura teammate Marcelo Acosta, 18, will represent El Salvador. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound will compete in the 200-meter free (1:55.10), 400-meter freestyle (3:59.46) and 800-meter freestyle (8:17.39).

University of Missouri-bound Jordy Groters and Lydia Musleh are Pine Crest Swimming’s athletes. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound Groters, 18, will compete for Aruba in the 50-meter breaststroke (29.17) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.25).

Teammate Lydia Musleh, 17, will compete for Jordan in the 200-meter freestyle (2:08.03). The 5-foot-9, 132-pound athlete, who has dual citizenship with Greece, is the only girl swimmer representing Jordan.

St. Andrew’s Swimming and South Florida Aquatic Club each have one swimmer, both representing Jamaica.

St. Andrew’s 6-foot-2, 159-pound Sidrell Williams, 18, will compete in three events. They are the 50-meter butterfly (25.71), 100-meter butterfly (56.36) and 50-meter freestyle (24.21).

South Florida Aquatic Club’s 6-foot-2, 163-pound Timothy Wynter, 18, will swim the 50-meter backstroke (26.71), 100-meter backstroke (59.00) and 200-meter backstroke (2:10.61).

Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Ruta Meilutyte, 17, of Lithuania heads the field. The 5-foot-9, 168-pound 11-time national champion will compete in four events which she is the overwhelming favorite. She is entered in the 100-meter freestyle (54.94), 50-meter breaststroke (29.48), 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.35) and 200-meter individual medley (2:12.32). She is the youngest Lithuanian athlete in any sport to win an Olympic gold medal (100-meter breaststroke, 1:05.47).

The top men’s swimmer is University of Southern California sophomore Dylan Carter, 18, of Trinidad and Tobago. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound swimmer who frequently trains in South Florida after graduating from Plantation American Heritage, will compete in the 50-meter freestyle (23.01), 100-meter freestyle (49.93), 50-meter backstroke (25.99) and 50-meter butterfly (23.87).

One of the unusual storylines is Cuba sending two swimmers. Elisabeth Gamez Matos, 17, 5-foot-4, 115 pounds, will swim the 50- (26.79), 100- (57.56) and 200-meter freestyle (2:05.10) events. Luis Vega Torres, 16, 5-foot-11, 165-pounds will compete in the 400-meter freestyle (4:08.35) and 800-meter freestyle (8:32.49).

The United Kingdom is one of the few countries not sending a team to this year’s event.

The United States is competing in 23 disciplines across 21 sports, with a 94-athlete U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics.

During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will combine for 54.5 hours of coverage beginning with the Opening Ceremony and concluding with the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

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

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

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

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.
http:www.swim4soflo.com

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com