AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 167: SOFLO’s Marinheiro Takes Second, Fourth At Brazilian Junior Nationals

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 167: SOFLO’s Marinheiro Takes Second, Fourth At Brazilian Junior Nationals


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 15, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro continued to pick up valuable international experience Friday at the Brazilian Junior Nationals in Recife, Pernambuco.

Marinheiro, 15, of West Broward High School, finished second in the 200-meter freestyle and fourth in the 100-meter butterfly.

In the 200-meter freestyle, Marinheiro was the top seed after prelims in 2:07.84 and came back to finish second in 2:07.34.

In the 100-meter butterfly, she swam 1:06.72 in prelims and 1:07.37 in finals to place fourth.

On Saturday, Marinheiro has the morning off and will then compete in the 400-meter freestyle, her final event, during the night prelim session of the long distance event. The 400 finals are Sunday morning.

RBC Bahamas National Championships

SOFLO’s Vlad Polaykov, Sharntelle McLean and Natasha Moodie are scheduled to compete on Saturday. Moodie, 21, and McLean, 27, will compete in the 100-meter freestyle and Polyakov, 28, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke. McLean and Polyakov are going after FINA qualifying standards for the 2012 London Olympics.

In earlier national results, Kuwait Olympian Yousef Alaskari, 17, the Broward County High School Swimmer of the Year, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:53.10. He was the only swimmer under 2 minutes.

Sette Colli Meet

Three meet records fell on the second day of competition in the Rome meet.

Japan’s Aya Terakawa won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in a meet record 59.42.

Luca Marin of Italy won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in a meet record in 4:12.04, knocking off current world leader Kosuke Hagino of Japan.

Olympic gold medal favorite Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the women’s 100-meter freestyle in a meet record 53.09. She was out in 26.02.

In other races, Ryosuke Irie of Japan won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.71; Martina Granstrom of Sweden won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.85; Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.87; Filippo Magnini of Italy won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.02; and Miyu Otsuka of Japan won the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:38.73.

Miscellaneous

British breaststroke national record holder Daniel Sliwinski, 22, of Great Britain was forced to drop off the Olympic team after seriously injuring a tendon in his shoulder. He is scheduled to undergo surgery next week followed by three months of rehab. “It is an athlete’s worst nightmare,” he said. “I have had a couple of injuries and I need to go back and rebuild the foundations.” British officials will select his replacement after next week’s ASA National Championships…

USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body, will release a free online version of their SafeSport education program to the parents of USA Swimming athletes on Wednesday. The program will be available at http://www.usaswimming.org/protect. USA Swimming will also release a version for athletes under the age of 18 in the fall.

Michael Phelps took to Twitter tweeting his displeasure over the frequent random drug testing he has been undergoing in the last three weeks. Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medalist, was altitude training in Colorado Springs with his coach Bob Bowman and is now in taper mode. Phelps tweeted, “Feel like my #randomness for drug testing is like the randomness at the security lines at airports…6 times in three weeks? Really? And not saying it’s bad that they test. But a little excessive IMO. Just wonder if the other athletes out there are getting the randomness that I get.”…Natalie Coughlin is featured in the July issue of Elle Magazine.

SOFLO Tweet of the Day

“I steal a sock from my sister and it’s the end of the world, but when she steals my clothes it’s ok, LOL—Steph Campo

Tweet of the Day

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”—Fitness Motivator

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Cal-Berkeley Wins Women’s NCAA Team Title, SOFLO’s Kuczynski, Moodie Compete On Final Day

Cal-Berkeley Wins Women’s NCAA Team Title, SOFLO’s Kuczynski, Moodie Compete On Final Day


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 19, 2011

An emotionally-charged California Berkeley won the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

The No. 2 nationally-ranked Cal-Berkeley, buoyed by a late charge on the third and final day, won its second team title with 424 points.

A third-place finish by the 400-yard freestyle relay of Hannah Wilson, Sara Isakovic, Erica Dagg and Liv Jensen picked up 32 points and was icing on the cake in 3:12.20. The team just needed to finish the event and not get disqualified to win the title.

Upset-minded Georgia, despite winning the final relay, finished runner-up with 394.5 points and Southern California was third in 351.

Defending champion Florida was seventh with 226. It was the 11th consecutive season the No. 8-ranked Gators finished in the Top 10.

“I am extremely proud of how the team competed,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We fought hard all weekend long. They showed a lot of character and mental toughness in the adversity they overcame, not only this week, but the entire season.

“As a staff, we probably didn’t do as good of a job getting them prepared as we would have liked but it was a tremendous effort on their part.”

Arizona State, with SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, was 18th with 59 points. Michigan, with SOFLO’s Natasha Moodie, was 30th with 13.

Moodie, swimming in her final collegiate meet, tied for 36th in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.46.

Moodie also led off the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 20th in 3:20.10. Other members of the relay were Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan and Deirdre Jones.

Kuczynski, a sophomore, competing in her first NCAA Championships, finished 38th in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:59.28.

Kuczynski and her ASU teammates finished 21st in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:20.12. Kuczynski swam third leg.

University of Miami senior Brittany Viola won the platform diving title with 344.30 points. UM teammates Carrie Dragland was third with 326.10 points. Purdue’s Kara Cook was 15th with 262.15.

Individual champions on the third and final night were:

Wendy Trott, a junior at Georgia, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a career-best 15:40.32, just missing Janet Evans NCAA record set 21 years ago in the same pool. It was her third mile title. “I am definitely more of a back-half swimmer,” Trott said. “I knew I had to take it out easy and then try and take it in the second half.”

Wisconsin senior Maggie Meyer won the 200-yard backstroke in a career-best 1:50.76. Her 100 split was 53.14. “It was my dream to be an NCAA champion but I didn’t really feel that was in my grasp until about 35 yards to go,” Meyer said.

Florida freshman Elizabeth Beisel was third in 1:51.60 and teammate Teresa Crippen, a junior, was fourth in 1:51.61.

Auburn’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.07. Her prelim time was 46.91. It was a sweep for her after winning the 50-meter freestyle.

Minnesota sophomore Haley Spencer won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:06.12. Texas A&M freshman Breeja Larson, a newcomer to the sport after starting late in her high school career, was second in 2:06.18.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, a junior at Southern Cal, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.69. Florida’s Teresa Crippen was sixth in 1:54.37.

Georgia’s “A” team of Morgan Scroggy, Megan Romano, Melanie Margalis and Allison Schmitt won the 400-yard freestyle in a thrilling final race in 3:11.03 ahead of Auburn’s “A” relay that finished in 3:11.70 with Vanderpool-Wallace swimming leadoff leg.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

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SOFLO’s Kuczynski Makes First NCAA Final On Day Two Of NCAA Women’s Championships

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Makes First NCAA Final On Day Two Of NCAA Women’s Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 18, 2011

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski and her Arizona State teammates made their first championship final of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday in Austin, Texas.

The sophomore swam third leg as Arizona State qualified its 200-yard medley relay for the championship “A” final.

The “A” relay of Kelli Kyle, Rebecca Ejdervik, Caroline Kuczinski and Kathryn Haron qualified in a season-best 1:37.42. Its previous best was 1:38.31. The Sun Devils finished eighth in the final in 1:37.56.

With SOFLO’s Natasha Moodie swimming anchor leg, Michigan’s “A” relay finished 18th in the 200-meter medley relay in 1:39.66, off its

1:38.35 seed time.

Kuczynski, a sophomore making her NCAA debut, also qualified for the “B” final in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.79, just off her 52.52 seed time. She finished 16th in the consolation final in 53.85.

University of Miami’s Anita Saarnak, a senior, was 25th in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.14.

In a close team race after two days, California leads with 295 points just ahead of Georgia, 274.5 and Southern Cal, 253. Stanford at 192 leads the second tier with Arizona, 184, Texas, 172 and defending champion Florida, 149.

Individual and relay champions Friday night were:

Top-seeded Cal Berkeley “A” relay of Cindy Tran, Caitlin Leverenz, Colleen Fotsch and Liv Jensen won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.03.

Junior Katinka Hosszu of Southern California won the 400-yard individual medley in 3:59.75. The Hungarian finished ahead of University of Florida freshman Elizabeth Beisel in 4:00.87. Beisel was the fastest morning qualifier in 4:02.34.

Senior Amanda Sims of Cal Berkeley won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.49.

Junior Allison Schmitt of Georgia defended her title in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.08. Florida’s Shara Stafford was eighth in 1:45.65.

Senior and meet favorite Jillian Tyler of Minnesota won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.39. Texas A&M freshman Breeja Larson’s, SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson’s heir apparent, was second in 58.51.

Freshman Cindy Tran of Cal Berkeley, ranked No. 1 in the event, won the 100-yard backstroke in 51.30 on her birthday and freshman teammate Deborah Roth was second in 51.51.

In a mild upset, Abby Johnston of Duke won the 3-meter springboard diving title with 409.35 points ahead of Minnesota’s Kelci Bryant with 395.85. Miami’s Bianca Alvarez of Ohio State was fourth in 351.65 and University of Miami’s Carri Dragland was sixth with 347.95.

USC’s Haley Ishimatsu hit her heels on the board during the competition and was forced to withdraw. She is expected to compete on platform on Saturday.

Georgia’s “A” relay of Morgan Scroggy, Megan Romano, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt won the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:55.40. Florida was fifth in 7:00.89.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

Kuczynski, Moodie Compete On Day One Of NCAA Women’s Championships

Kuczynski, Moodie Compete On Day One Of NCAA Women’s Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 17, 2011

SOFLO’s Natasha Moodie and Caroline Kuczynski both saw opening day action at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

Moodie, a senior at Michigan, finished 17th in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.33.

In Thursday morning’s prelims, Arizona State’s “A” 400-yard medley relay finished ninth in 3:33.76 with Kuczysnki swimming butterfly leg. The time bettered its seed time of 3:33.87.

Other members were Kelli Kyle, Rebecca Ejdervik and Shannon Landgrebe.

ASU’s relay came back at night to finish 12th in the “B” final in 3:35.15.

Arizona State’s “A” relay finished 20th in a season-best 1:30.97, bettering its 1:31.31 seed with Kuczynski swimming anchor leg. She was joined by Landgrebe, Kathryn Haron and Ejdervik.

The Sun Devils were all swimming on their first NCAA meet relays for the first time together.

After six events, Georgia leads the team standings with 129 points followed by Southern California, 122, Stanford, 116, Cal Berkeley, 115 and Arizona, 99. Arizona State is 25th with 10 points.

Defending champion Florida is tenth with 53 points. University of Miami is 16th with 18.

Opening night champions were:

Cal Berkeley “A” relay of Hannah Wilson, Colleen Fotsch, Erica Dagg and Liv Jensen won the 200-yard freestyle in a pool record 1:27.36.

Georgia junior Allison Schmitt won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.20.

Southern California junior Katinka Hosszu won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.39.

Auburn’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.38.        

Cal Berkeley finished out the meet winning another “A” relay, the 400-yard medley relay in 3:28.53 with Cindy Tran, Caitlin Leverenz, Amanda Sims and Liv Jensen.

Minnesota’s Kelci Bryant won the women’s 1-meter diving title with 349.65 points. Miami’s Bianca Alvarez of Ohio State was fourth with 325.15 points. University of Miami’s Carri Dragland was eighth with 314.85 points. UM teammate Brittany Viola was tenth with 313.05 points.

In another note, SOFLO’s two-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson is pictured on the cover of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships program. In her final year at Texas A&M, Atkinson won an NCAA title in the 200-yard breaststroke. She has now graduated and is training for the 2012 London Olympics.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kuczynski, Moodie Compete At NCAA Division I Women’s Championships In Texas

SOFLO’s Kuczynski, Moodie Compete At NCAA Division I Women’s Championships In Texas


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 16, 2011

Caroline Kuczynski of Arizona State will make her debut and Natasha Moodie of University of Michigan will end her collegiate career when the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begin Thursday in Austin, Texas.

Kuczynski, a sophomore and American Heritage graduate, will compete in the 100-yard butterfly (52.52), which she is seeded 16th, and 200-yard butterfly (1:56.78), seeded 19th, and 200- and 400-yard medley relays.

She will also swim the 500-yard freestyle.

Kuczynski is one of eight ASU swimmers and divers at NCAAs, twice as many as last year’s contingent. ASU could finish in the Top 10 for the first time since 2003. Last year ASU was 22nd.

“We are probably a year ahead of where I expected to be mainly because of the upperclassmen,” said ASU coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker. “The biggest challenge is that none of these women have done relays at the NCAA meet. That adds a lot more swimming and balancing that will be a challenge.”

Moodie is also entered in two individual events, the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.26, ranked 13th in the nation and 100-yard freestyle in 49.08, ranked 38th.

Moodie will compete on four relays—200- and 400-yard freestyles and 200- and 400-yard medleys.

“I want to try and finish off my college career with a bang,” Moodie said. “My experience will help. I want to take it as another meet. It is my last meet and I have nothing to lose. I am going to leave it all in the pool.”

The lone senior on the six-swimmer Michigan squad graduated from Miramar High School. She closes out an impressive collegiate career that includes:

*2011 Big Ten champion

*Two-time NCAA All-American honorable mention

*Two-time All-Big Ten selection, 2011 first team, 2010 second team

*2011 Team Tri-Captain

*School record holder in the 50-yard freestyle (22.26)

*Finished 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle and 31st in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2010 NCAA Championships

*Michigan’s nominee to the 2011 Big Ten Sportsmanship Ward

*She also represented Jamaica at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Another local swimmer competing is University of Miami senior Annika Saarnak, a native of Estonia.

Saarnak will compete in the 100-yard butterfly. She is the school record holder in the event in 52.78.

“Making NCAAs for me is a great feeling,” Saarnak said. “I worked hard for four years to get to this point and compete at NCAAs. I always knew I could do it but now I can finally show it. It’s a perfect way to finish up my collegiate swimming experience.”

Saarnak is the first UM swimmer to qualify for NCAAs since 2002.

In the team competition, No. 3-nationally ranked Stanford is favored to win its 10th national title this weekend.

After finishing runner-up to University of Florida last year, the Pac-10 champion is also trying to earn Stanford’s 100th overall title in all sports.

The No. 3 Cardinals will have 15 swimmers in the field.

Preliminaries begin 11 a.m. each morning and finals 7 p.m. (CDT) at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The finals on Friday and Saturday will be broadcast by www.ESPN3.com. The meet concludes on Saturday night.

Order of events

THURSDAY

200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay, one-meter diving.

FRIDAY (ESPN3.com)

200-yard medley relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 3-meter diving, 800-yard freestyle relay.

SATURDAY (ESPN3.com)

1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 400-yard freestyle relay, platform diving.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

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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Hurricanes Get First ACC Gold; SOFLO’s Hatic, Phelan Swim NCAA Division I “B” Standards

Hurricanes Get First ACC Gold; SOFLO’s Hatic, Phelan Swim NCAA Division I “B” Standards


Hurricanes Get First ACC Gold; SOFLO’s Hatic, Phelan Swim NCAA Division I “B” Standards

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 18, 2011

Sofia Johansson, a sophomore from Sweden, became the first ever Atlantic Coast Conference champion from the University of Miami in a swimming event.

Johansson won the 100-yard breaststroke in a school record 1:00.85 Friday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center in Atlanta.

“That was awesome,” Johansson said of her two-second drop and lifetime best swim.

“I was just sick of being almost there. I said to myself I don’t want to be almost anymore.”

SOFLO’s Dana Hatic registered a NCAA “B” provisional qualifying mark in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.07. Teammate Annika Saarnak finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.78.

“The night could not have gone much better for us,” said UM coach Christie Shefchunas. “Sofia is one of the most determined people. She knows she can be great. This is one of the highest of highs.”

In the 400-yard individual medley, Virginia’s Claire Crippen, younger sister of Fran Crippen, earned an ACC meet, conference record and an NCAA automatic cut with a winning time of 4:07.29. 

The University of North Carolina regained its lead after the third day of finals. The Tarheels lead Virginia, 519-482. Florida State remains third with 294 and Miami is fourth with 269.

Before the championship finals began, the crowd wore orange t-shirts in support of the Clemson swimming and diving program which is scheduled to be cancelled next season. SOFLO CEO and coach Chris Anderson graduated from Clemson. The song “We Are Family” played and most of the fans in attendance stood up and danced with the Clemson cheering section.

Southeastern Conference Championships

In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the University of Florida’s Stephen O’Connell Center, the Gators men’s and women’s teams combined to capture five SEC championships and broke the men’s and women’s SEC and school records in the 400-yard individual medleys.

“The 400-yard IM was key for us,” UF coach Gregg Troy said. “We had several premier performances tonight and raced extremely well.”

In the finals,  senior Conor Dwyer and freshman Elizabeth Beisel broke the pool, school and SEC records with NCAA qualifying times of 3:37.75 and 4:00.35 respectively. Dwyer’s time ranks third in American history. Beisel’s time currently ranks second in the nation.

Also picking up an automatic NCAA time in the women’s 400 IM was junior Teresa Crippen, who took third in 4:07.25. Crippen is one of Fran Crippen’s younger sisters.

Auburn leads the men’s team standings with 574 points followed by Florida, 547, Tennessee, 443.5 and Georgia, 347. Georgia leads the women’s standings with 515 followed by Florida, 463, Auburn, 425 and Tennessee, 314.5.

Big 10 Championships, SOFLO’s Phelan Swims Career-Best

Host Indiana extended its lead on Day three of the Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

The Hoosiers have a 136-point lead over Minnesota with 531 points followed by the Gophers with 395, Ohio State, 302, Penn State 275 and Purdue 255.5.

SOFLO’s  Brittney Phelan, a freshman at Indiana, swam the consolation final of the 100-yard breaststroke where she placed eighth and 16th overall in 1:02.35. Her prelim time of 1:02.24 was a lifetime best and NCAA “B” provisional qualifying time.

Michigan, with SOFLO’s Natasha Moodie, is sixth. Moodie swims the 100-yard freestyle and 400 freestyle relay on Saturday. Moodie’s 400-yard medley relay was disqualified in the first event of the night when Moodie left too early on her anchor leg.

Big East Championships

University of Louisville men’s team hopes to defend its title going into the final day of competition with a 20-point lead over Notre Dame with 591 points. West Virginia is fourth and Seton Hall is sixth.

Louisville’s women’s team is poised to knock off defending champion Notre Dame for the women’s team title with one day left. The Cardinals have a 90-point cushion with 623.5 points.

SOFLO’s Kyle Bandy of West Virginia was 14th in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.66 in consolation finals. SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy was 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.03, slower than his prelim time of 56.97.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brendon Andrews of Louisville won the 100-yard backstroke in 46.94 and led off the 400-yard medley relay that won in 3:12.31.

Sunshine State Conference Championships

Nova Southeastern University men’s team and University of Tampa’s women’s team are in the lead after Day 2 of the Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships at the Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

Nova Southeastern men lead the men’s standings with 380 points and the women are fifth with 160. Tampa leads with 360 points.

SOFLO’s Bianca Muniz was a member of St. Leo’s fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished fifth in 1:39.13 and sixth place 400-yard medley relay that finished in 4:03.64.

SOFLO’s Les Moore was fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.94, an NCAA Division II “B” provisional time.

NSU’s Jorge Ospina won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:28.80, a Division II “A” qualifying time. NSU men also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:22.74, a Division II “B” provisional time and were second in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:18.62, Division II A time.

Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships

Florida Gulf Coast University is on its way to its third consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association title.

The Eagles have 586.50 points, have placed a swimmer in every event and won six events on the second day of the meet being held at the Gabrielson Natatorium at the University of Georgia.

“We had a great day today,” said FGCU coach Neal Studd. “We won every event tonight except the 100 butterfly. We set NCAA “B” cuts and from top to bottom it was a very special night. We are looking forward to having a big last day.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

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