Written by Sharon Robb
June 12, 2013
Edileide Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club Masters saved her best for last at the Pan American Masters Championships in Sarasota.
On the final day of pool swimming on Wednesday, Marinheiro, 45, finished third in the 45-49 100-meter breaststroke to bring home a bronze medal.
Marinheiro, part of a swimming family from Brazil, finished in 1:36.10, a huge drop from her seed time of 1:46.01. It was her highest finish of the eight-day meet that featured masters swimmers from Pan American countries.
On Thursday, the men’s and women’s 1K and 3K open water events will be held.
Sunshine State Games
Coral Springs Aquatic Complex will host the Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championships Friday through Sunday.
South Florida Water Polo returns to defend its’ boys 16-and-under and 18-and-under titles.
Since 2005, South Florida Water Polo has dominated the annual tournament with 34 medals including 17 gold medals. This year the club has teams competing in six of the eight divisions.
Miami Gulliver Riptides return to defend their women’s open division.
The aquatic complex will be packed with more than 750 water polo players from fifty teams competing in eight age groups ranging from co-ed 12-and-under to men’s and women’s open.
During the three-day tournament that begins Friday at 1 p.m, a total of 104 games will be played in three pools at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
Saturday’s action begins at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to end with the final round of games at 7:40 p.m. The final round of games are Sunday at 4:20 p.m.
Cuba To Florida Swim
Australian marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel left Cuba on Wednesday morning for her 103-mile swim attempt to Florida. McCardel, 28, is not using a shark tank or wearing a wetsuit.
The swim, so far in calm, warm waters, is expected to take about 60 hours. She hopes to make landfall by Friday night. McCardel is an experienced open water swimmer successful completing double crossings of the English Channel twice in 2010 and 2012, six English Channel crossings and 28-Mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.
McCardel and her husband mortgaged their home to pay for the historical attempt.
In addition to making history, she is also swimming to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer fourteen years ago.
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