University of Miami Women’s Team Wins Season-Opener Against Florida International

By Sharon Robb
MIAMI—University of Miami women’s swimming and diving team won its season-opener with a 162.5-137.5 victory over cross-town rival Florida International Saturday at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

“It was a very good meet today on both sides, with lots of great racing and lots of back and forth,” Miami head coach Andy Kershaw said. “That’s what it’s all about. I’m very proud of our women and how they responded. It was definitely a team effort.”

UM redshirt sophomore Adrianna Cera, 20, won three events including the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:17.78 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:58.78. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:25.67.

Veteran Carmen San Nicolas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.64. Sophomore Emma Sundstrand (1:03.20) and freshman Giulia Carvalho (1:03.23) finished one-two in 100-yard breaststroke.

“It’s such a credit to the vibe they’ve created and the bond they’re creating, even this early in the season,” Kershaw said. “They’re all there for each other, all cheering for each other, racing for each other, getting to the wall for the betterment of the team.”

Freshman Jacey Hinton was second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.04) in her college debut. San Nicolas (51.82) and Hinton (52.39) had top-two finishes two events later in the 100-yard freestyle to maintain the lead.

Kershaw was pleased with his team’s camaraderie.

“That’s what we talked about going in, and that’s what we executed,” Kershaw said. “That was true whether they had great races. Even the people who weren’t happy with their races still celebrated with the team.

“Certainly, we have things to work on, but I’m very happy with the culture and foundation that is being put in place by this group of women.”

Giulia Carvalho earned her first college win in the 100-yard butterfly (55.49).

The Hurricanes capped their opening meet with a win the 400-yard freestyle relay with Hinton, San Nicolas, veteran Sydney Knapp and Cera in 3:25.67.

“Hats off to FIU, they had some great races and a lot of great detail out of their team,” Kershaw said. “It was another great battle, and we’re happy to come out on top this time. I’m looking forward to continuing this great rivalry that we have.”

One of Miami’s leading -scorers was second-year diver Emma Gullstrand, who swept the 1-meter springboard (360.83) and 3-meter springboard (327.23). Gullstrand represented Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics this past summer.

Miami next competes at the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas from Oct. 8-9.

Miami 162.5, FIU 137.5

200-yard medley relay: 1. FIU 1:42.76, 2. UM A 1:43.31, 3. UM B 1:48.18.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:17.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 10:22.52, 3. Aino Otava, UM 10:32.15.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 1:50.64, 2. Christie Chue, FIU 1:52.48, 3. Sydney Knapp, UM 1:54.70.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 56.51, 2. Kelsie Campbell, FIu 57.11, 3. Danika Huizinga, UM 58.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Emma Sundstrand, UM 1:03.20, 2. Giulia Carvalho, UM 1:03.223, 3. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 1:04.10.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 2:03.71, 2. Isabel Traba, UM 2:05.02, 3. Aino Otava, UM 2:05.85.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Elinah Phillip, FIU 23.97, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 24.04, 3. tie, Helga Fodor, FIU 24.71 and Sydney Knapp, UM 24.71.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 51.82, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 52.39, 3. Elinah Phillip, FIU 52.92.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:03.73, 2. Danika Huizinga, UM 2:06.30, 3. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:08.07.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:17.58, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:20.87, 3. Delaine Goll, FIU 2:21.97.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 4:58.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 5:03.03, 3. Aino Otava, UM 5:09.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Giulia Carvalho, UM 55.49, 2. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 56.3, 3. Kelsie Campbell, FIU 56.58.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:06.09, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:06.14, 3. Christie Chue, FIU 2:06.23.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UM A 3:25.67, 2. FIU A 3:26.30, 3. FIU B 3:34.97.

1-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 360.83, 2. Mia Vallee, UM 318.30, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 311.10.

3-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 327.23, 2. Maha Gouda, FIU 320.10, 3. Mia Vallee, UM 310.05.

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Golding Sisters Compete First Time Together For Florida Gators In Season-Opener; Florida Gold Coast’s Anna Auld Picks Up First College Win

By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 2, 2021–University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2021-22 collegiate season with impressive wins over Florida Atlantic University Saturday morning at FAU Aquatic Center.

Veteran UF swimmer Kathleen Golding was joined by younger sister Molly Golding making her collegiate debut.

Kathleen Golding, 20, swam anchor leg on the third place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:48.04 with teammates Katherine Minnich, Eleanor Hatton and Kenady Bell. She also swam an exhibition 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.74.

The sisters teamed up as members of the Gators “C” 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:34.74 with teammates Aris Runnels and Mabel Zavaros. Kathleen led off and Molly swam second leg.

Molly Golding, 18, swam anchor on the Gators’ D 200-yard medley relay that finished fourth in 1:48.21 with teammates Celismar Guzman, Ellie Zweifel and Georgia Bates. She also picked up three points finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.50. She also swam an exhibition 100-yard freestyle in 55.61.

Another swimmer with SOFLO connection, Miguel Cancel, 22, was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.28 and fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.02). He also swam exhibitions in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.59 and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:04.48.

The women won all 16 events while the men won 15 out of 16 events. The Gators swept 13 out of the 32 events.

Freshman Raphael Rached Windmuller, Anna Auld, Oliva Peoples and Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero all picked up their first collegiate win at FAU. Transfer Maha Amer, won the 3-meter, earning her first win as a Gator.

Auld, a Forest Hill High School alum from West Palm Beach, trained and competed with East Coast Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s Swimming during her FGC club career. She won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.39.

Olympians Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith, fresh off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, got back in competitive waters. Finke, double Olympic gold medalist, won the 200 backstroke in 1:46.88 and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay. Smith, an Olympic bronze medalist, won the 100 backstroke in 49.26.

“Today was a good start to the season.” said Gators head coach Anthony Nesty. “This gives us a baseline that we needed to work from. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we will continue to focus on our team objectives daily.

“This meet gave the freshmen their first opportunity to travel and experience competition on the road. On Monday, we will be back to work. Many thanks to our dedicated staff who remain committed and focused on team goals. Thank you also to our Administration who greatly support our program with passion.”

The Gators next meet is Oct. 29 against Georgia at home.

Florida 655.8, Florida Atlantic 572.8

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:43.73, 2. Florida B 1:44.51, 3. Florida C 1:48.04.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:59.17, 2. Anna Auld, UF 10:06.10, 3. Leah DeGeorge, UF 10:12.25.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:49.32, 2. Nikki Miller, UF 1:50.34, 3. Gabriella Hillis, UF 1:52.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 56.47, 2. Katherine Minnich, UF 56.73, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 57.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Cecilia Porter, UF 1:03.31, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:04.72, 3. Molly Golding, UF 1:06.50.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:01.23, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 2:01.58, 3. Nikki Miller, UF 2:03.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 23.06, 2. Gabrielle Hillis, UF 23.59, 3. Georgia Bates, UF 23.89.

1-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 324.15, 2. Maha Amer, UF 297.75, 3. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 286.27.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nikki Miller, UF 51.68, 2. Kasia Sziek, FAU 53.90, 3. Michaela Bernard, FAU 55.07.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 2:01.90, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:05.77, 3. Kirsty Hobson, FAU 2:08.57.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:14.58, 2. Mary Adam, FAU 2:27.28, 3. Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, FAU 2:28.93.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Anna Auld, UF 4:51.39, 2. Maggie Casey, FAU 5:08.31, 3. Kasia Sziek, FAU 5:16.38.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.91, 2. Grace Molinaro, FAU 56.77, 3. Dolores Margni, FAU 57.85.

3-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 315.90, 2. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 294.60, 3. Elizabeth Perez, UF 287.40.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:05.16, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:11.64, 3. Grace Molinaro, FAU 2:15.41.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 3:28.63, 2. FAU A 3:35.46, 3. FAU B 3:41.67.

Florida 685.9, Florida Atlantic 589.9

200-yard medley relay: 1. UF A 1:27.95, 2. UF B 1:30.65, 3. FAU A 1:32.88.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Hernandez-Tome, UF 9:15.80, 2. Tyler Watson, UF 9:17.91, 3. Jack Van Deusen, UF 9:20.24.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 1:36.82, 2. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:39.04, 3. Adam Cheney, UF 1:40.39.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kieran Smith, UF 49.26, 2. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 51.50, 3. Dillon Hills, UF 51.58.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Eric Friese, UF 55.25, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 56.50, 3. Mateusz Dubas, UF 56.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Jace Crawford, UF 1:48.42, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:48.53, 3. Rateb Hussein, FAU 1:50.54.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Will Davis, UF 20.22, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.36, 3. Kieran Smith, UF 20.46.

1-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 351.90, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 280.87, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 257.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Eric Friese, UF 43.87, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 45.75, 3. Jackson Kirk, FAU 47.24.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 1:46.88, 2. Max Ahumada Valdovinos, FAU 1:54.63, 3. Taylor Eaton, FAU 1:55.31.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:02.11, 2. Nick Shaffer, FAU 2:09.50, 3. Quinn Lacoursiere, FAU 2:12.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Brennan Gravley, UF 4:29.97, 2. Timo Paisley, FAU 4:41.23, 3. Logan Thornsberry, FAU 4:47.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rateb Hussein, FAU 48.92, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 49.13, 3. Jake Blair, FAU 52.39.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 379.80, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 341.02, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 254.70.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:50.91, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 1:51.43, 3. Nick Shaffer, FAU 1:54.85.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 2:58.56, 2. FAU A 3:06.53, 3. FAU B 3:11.65.

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College Athletes Cash In After NCAA Eases Policies, Florida Governor Signs Bill

By Sharon Robb
NEW YORK, July 3, 2021–Earlier this week, the NCAA approved a name, image and likeness policy for college athletes after a dozen states, including Florida, had already passed their own legislation to enable college athletes to benefit financially.

College athletes can now make money off their fame with sponsorship deals, online endorsements, autograph signings, personal appearances, sports camps and social media posts among other opportunities without endangering their college eligibility or putting their schools in jeopardy for amateur status violations.

“This is an important day for college athletes since they all are now able to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunities,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

The setup will remain in place until federal legislation or new NCAA rules are adopted.

After 115 years of strict NCAA amateurism rules that said students should play only as amateurs and not be compensated for anything other than the costs of attending college. This is the biggest change in college sports since Title IX, the gender equity law that was introduced nearly 50 years ago.

Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis were among the first to acknowledge the importance of going ahead with executive orders and state laws to change NCAA policies when it comes to amateur athlete status among 1,100 colleges and universities. Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas all have laws and executive orders in effect.

College sports programs earn more than $14 billion a year in television deals alone with Division I football and basketball.

Before the landmark decisions, college student-athletes were only eligible for tuition, room, board and limited living expenses.

“We’re not getting paid salaries,” said one star athlete. “It’s profiting off your name, image and likeness, which is what any other college student can do while being a social media influencer and going out to work in their communities.

“We see schools making $50, $60 million off the backs of athletes, but that’s not equivalent to a scholarship. If people see what we do every single day, they will understand why it’s such a big deal to us to get paid.”

Under the new rules, universities will not pay salaries to players and athletes are not permitted to accept money from any one, including college boosters, in exchange for enrolling at a particular school.

Athletes in other sports, including swimming, could earn some money, but researchers believe the largest sums will typically go to men’s basketball and football players.

Experts also said that the eased restrictions could benefit women, who have relatively few lucrative opportunities in pro sports compared with men but have large and loyal fan base and are most marketable in their college years.

The decision applies to NCAA Division I, which has more than 170,000 student-athletes; II and III colleges, which have a combined 750 schools and 320,000 athletes. Athletes are also allowed to have agents but they must keep their school informed of any arrangements to ensure the activities are consistent with state law.

Companies such as Orlando-based Dreamfield have a website that offers autograph sessions, speeches and other categories with rates, set by athletes, between $100 and $2,000 an hour.

High school athletes hoping to get in on the action were reminded by officials that they can not profit as long as they are competing in sports sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association. They are required to maintain their amateur status and not profit from their athletic talents while competing in high school sports. There are several FHSAA bylaws student-athletes must adhere to.

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Moodie Motivates, Informs SOFLO High School Seniors, Juniors About College

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, June 17, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club College Prep Advisor Natasha Moodie recently shared her expertise on getting recruited by college coaches during high school.

The Miramar High School and University of Michigan alum took SOFLO swimmers entering their junior and senior years through the process of preparing for college including the interview process with coaches, filling out paper work and applying for scholarships and financial aid.

“This is a very exciting time,” Moodie said during her well-organized and informative Zoom presentation. “And, congratulations on completing the school year with all the challenges.”

On Monday, the recruiting season for rising high school juniors in the class of 2022 officially started.

Unlike past years when student-athletes started receiving calls from coaches on July 1, NCAA decided coaches can now start communicating through texts, emails and phone calls beginning June 15th after an athlete’s sophomore year.

The NCAA also adopted new rules allowing official on-campus visits to begin on August 1 (instead of Sept. 1), after the athlete’s sophomore year of high school. Before that swimmers weren’t allowed to take official visits until after the first day of classes of their senior year.

Moodie outlined information from a six-page recruiting guide she put together with the help of SOFLO CEO and coach Chris Anderson. Some swimmers have already researched colleges and have a Top 10 list, Moodie said. Others are just starting to think about the college process. Either way, the guide is a great resource.

Moodie talked about a swimmer’s brand that will capture a college coach’s attention.

“This whole recruiting process is where you are getting to know the school and the coach, and the coach and team are getting to know you,” Moodie said. “It is a getting-to-know-you process. It’s a series of conversations. For a coach to get to know who you are, you need to know what to say and present the best version of you.”

Moodie said it’s important to share your swimming, school and personal goals about next season and the future, and to be specific. Talk about your consistencies, strengths and areas you want to improve. Being prepared for the coach’s questions will set you apart from others, she said.

Moodie reminded swimmers that every school and coach operates differently and have a different number of staff members. She suggested they research completely about the schools, teams and coaches with Google searches.

Moodie also includes a list of question coaches may ask swimmers during phone conversations. She also added it’s important to follow up communication with college coaches with a thank you note to illustrate a level of maturity that will set you apart from other recruits.

“I know I said a lot but it’s important to get input from your high school and club coaches, friends, teachers, mentors and have a practice conversation and ask them what they think you bring to the table, what are your strengths and what do they think you will add to a college team,” Moodie said. “It’s really nice to get that kind of input from someone.”

For questions please contact Moodie at Also check out SOFLO’s College Prep resource folder at:

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Natasha Moodie Enjoying Role As SOFLO College Advisor; Seven SOFLO Seniors Headed To College This Fall

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, April 30, 2020–With the college application process and recruiting rules frequently changing, South Florida Aquatic Club CEO and head coach Chris Anderson was looking to help SOFLO parents and swimmers.

Twenty years ago, when the club was in its beginning stages, there were fewer swimmers and college guidelines to contend with.

Now, with ever-changing rules and regulations and to educate swimmers and parents on the various NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA colleges, Anderson hired his former swimmer Natasha Moodie as a full-time college advisor. Moodie is believed to be the first full-time college advisor at a USA Swimming club in the Florida Gold Coast.

Moodie, 29, a 2008 Olympian and three-time national record holder for Jamaica and alum of University of Michigan, where she was an NCAA All-American, is sharing her vast knowledge with SOFLO swimmers and parents.

Moodie, who has a strong background in education, develops college prep programs as program director for public schools in Miami-Dade. She is currently on a leave of absence and devoting her time to assisting SOFLO swimmers and parents through the maze of college research and preparation.

A day before College Signing Day (May 1), seven SOFLO seniors have committed to college. They are: Leonardo Mateus, Yale; Gabby Banks and David Diaz, Florida State; Sophia Bedoya, New York University; Rafael Rodriguez, Purdue; Roby Garrido, Rochester Institute of Technology; and Nick Chaimowicz, Broward College.

While most of the seniors already had a good idea of what college they would be attending when Moodie started last fall, she was there to answer any and all questions. She is currently working with SOFLO high school freshmen, sophomores and seniors.

“The team is much bigger now than when I was there in the early 2000s,” Moodie said. “Only three of us at the time wanted to swim in college. I am really thankful for Chris’ help with the college process. All my knowledge from recruiting came from Chris. No one in my family swam Division I. I was exposed to a lot of colleges at the U.S. Open, Junior Nationals and international meets.

“The club is so much larger now. There was definitely a need for my job. Today students need more guidance because the rules and college process has changed quite a bit just in the last five years when it comes to college application and recruiting.”

Moodie had been visiting with swimmers and parents before the COVID-19 pandemic but now communicates on the ZOOM platform.

Several swimmers would like to swim in college but may not have had the exposure to college coaches that Moodie had on the U.S. and international scene. She discusses the student’s goals in high school in terms of courses and activities and talks about the various collegiate programs that would be a good fit with their interests.

“It’s all centered around college,” Moodie said. “All the students who said they wanted to swim we look for a good fit. Some of them are not seen by college coaches on the national or international level, sectionals or Futures. My primary focus is serving the student-athletes who don’t get that exposure or had face-to-face meetings with college coaches. We want them to know there are colleges out there for them.

“I am a resource for families and kids to come to me for what they need,” Moodie said. “I am working with the junior class now. Quite a few students and parents have put together a college list. We talk about their priorities, what’s important, tuition, expenses, whether they want to stay in Broward, the state of Florida or outside the state.”

Unlike college football and basketball that dominate the headlines, collegiate swimming does not get a lot of exposure.

“There’s not a lot of national recognition,” Moodie said. “I’m not surprised that these students may not know about Division II schools. And NAIA is still quite young. The whole college system changes so much every year. I want to help them with their research.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there are expected to be changes in the fall at colleges across the country. There is also talk of student-athletes taking a gap year. But SOFLO’s college-bound athletes are still planning on starting college in the fall whether it’s on campus or online.

Many colleges are supporting students by deferring deadlines, waiving fees and making standardized tests such as ACT and SAT optional. Still, no one knows what the fall semester will look like just yet.

“I am telling them everyone is in the same boat across the world, which is a position of waiting,” Moodie said. “I trust whatever decision the NCAA, USA Swimming, Florida Gold Coast and colleges make. I trust they will make the right decisions to protect the students and universities. It’s in the best interest of everyone. When things do resume we will all re-start wherever we are.”

Despite the challenging times, Moodie is enjoying her new role with SOFLO.

“It has been great being around swim families again, the parents have been so welcoming,” Moodie said. “I feel a close connection with them. Swimming and education are two things I love. I am excited for the future and excited to see what the future holds for these kids.”

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NCAA Waives Standardized Test Scores For Incoming Freshmen

By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, April 20, 2020—The NCAA Eligibility Center is waiving the standardized test score requirement for Division I and Division II incoming freshman student-athletes for the 2020-21 academic year.

The governing body’s decision was because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors still needing the SAT and ACT test scores to qualify were unable to take the tests in March and April because schools across the nation were forced to close.

Student-athletes now can qualify to compete in Division I by having a 2.3 cumulative grade-point average in 10 core courses that are approved by the NCAA. For Division II, student-athletes must have at least a 2.2 GPA.

The same GPA requirements will apply to international students and they must complete at least 10 core courses prior to the start of their senior year.

“The Eligibility Center is navigating the complexity of COVID-19 and its negative impact on our membership, high schools and student-athletes,” Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center, said in a statement. “We understand this is an unprecedented situation and a difficult time for students and their parents, and the Eligibility Center is working diligently to ensure the best possible outcome for college-bound student-athletes and our member schools.”


High school spring sports, including water polo, were cancelled by the Florida High School Activities Association.

Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement mandating schools continue distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the FHSAA decided to cancel all FHSAA-affiliated events, including the state series and all championship events, for spring sports.

In a statement issued Monday, the organization said, “The safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, and fans is our top priority. With the evolving threat of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), we must ensure that we do not contribute to the spread of this illness. We are deeply saddened for our student-athletes who have seen their seasons and/or high school careers end so abruptly.

“Our Association knows the impact and role high school athletics play in the lives of so many and will continue to work towards the betterment of high school sports. We know this is a trying time, but the health and safety of all is of utmost importance to this Association.”

Also, the FHSAA said that under the guidance of the Florida Department of Education regarding grade level retention, and upon review of the Florida Statutes and FHSAA Bylaws, no additional eligibility will be granted for spring sport athletes.

Anyone requiring more information on student-athlete eligibility is being encouraged to go to the FHSAA website.

Added the FHSAA, “To all our senior student-athletes, we thank you for dedicating your time and efforts to your school, your coaches, and your teammates. Cherish the memories you have made and embrace all that the future holds for you. While we are saddened that you are unable to compete this season, we could not be prouder to have been represented by such hard-working individuals.

“Our Association is eager to reconvene all sports in the 2020-21 school year. In the meantime, we strongly encourage everyone to continue adhering to the recommendations of the CDC and your local health departments during this hiatus. Please remember to practice social distancing, frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your face.”

Water polo was also canceled as one of the events of the 2020 Sunshine State Games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The June 26-28 event set for Coral Springs Aquatic Complex will not be rescheduled. The Sunshine State Games are held annually.


St. Thomas Aquinas incoming senior Lance Lesage, the No. 1 ranked backstroker in Broward County this past season, recently committed to Purdue. Lesage will swim for Dan Ross, a three-time NCAA Division I Big 10 Coach of the Year, who completed his 34th season as head coach of the Boilermakers. The former SOFLO swimmer just missed a state 3A title in the 100-yard backstroke but was still the county’s top finisher. Lesage was the top seed in the 100-yard backstroke after morning prelims in a best time 49.16, dropping 1.38 seconds. He finished second at night in 49.55 behind Chiles junior Hayden Kwan in 49.01. Lesage was also ranked second in the county in the 100-yard freestyle.

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 48: Kuczynski Tunes Up In Opening Event At Canadian Nationals

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 48: Kuczynski Tunes Up In Opening Event At Canadian Nationals

July 21, 2011


SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, looking for a shake loose race before her signature event on Saturday, was fourth in prelims and finished eighth in the 50-meter butterfly Thursday at the Canadian Summer National Championships in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

Kuczynski, 20, was fourth fastest qualifier in the morning’s opening event in 27.48, just off her seed time of 27.27.

She came back at night to place eighth in 27.61. Noemie Thomas of UBC Dolphins won the event in 26.94.

The native Canadian has Friday off to relax with her dog Winnie before competing in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday.

The national championships are also serving as the 2011 Pan American Games qualifier.

Gators Land 22 On CSCAA Scholar All-America List

University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were recipients of the 2011 College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s Scholar All-America Team Award.

Twenty-two student-athletes from swimming and diving were recognized by the CSCAA in its 2011 poll.

In order to receive the team scholar award, a college or university swim team must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in both the fall semester and semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Florida was the only Top 10 program to appear on both the men’s and women’s Division I Scholar All-America Team Awards. The women’s team had a 3.36 GPA and men’s team had 3.0 cumulative GPA.

The list includes five three-time honorees in Teresa Crippen, Anna-Lisa Pold, Lily Ramirez, Shara Stafford and Mike Joyce.

NCAA Approves New Rules

Several new rules were rules were recently approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for the 2011-12 season for college swimming and diving.  

The NCAA has implemented the “no-recall false start.” Unless a false start is blatant the race will continue without the swimmers being recalled for a clean start. The disqualification for a false start would be enforced as soon as the race is over.

 The NCAA also approved the implementation of a disqualification for the use of an illegal swimsuit in competition. The swimmer in violation will be disqualified from the race. The swimmer will be allowed to finish the meet as long as he or she changes into another suit in compliance with NCAA rules.

 The track-style starting block has been approved for use in college compete. The blocks are not required for competition but will be allowed to be used if the facility has them.

 Swimmers may also wear tape during competition if it does not give the swimmer a competitive edge. The swimmer must give the referee a letter from a doctor or certified athletic trainer that the tape is necessary for a medical purpose.

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California Wins Men’s NCAA Team Title, Texas Falls Short; Kenyon Streak Ends At Division III Meet

California Wins Men’s NCAA Team Title, Texas Falls Short; Kenyon Streak Ends At Division III Meet


March 26, 2011

University of California at Berkeley won its first men’s NCAA swimming title in 31 years late Saturday night.

After a dominating second day, the Bears wrapped up the title and held off defending champion Texas on the third and final day with 493 points, nearly a 64-point margin over the Longhorns at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

The Bears clinched the title with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:47.39 with Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Tom Shields and Nathan Adrian.

It is California’s third men’s team title and first since winning back-to-back titles in 1979 and 1980. It was also head coach’s Dave Durden’s first title. Durden was selected the Swimming Coach of the Championships.

It is the first time since 1994 a college has won the men’s and women’s team title.

“We knew we could do something special,” said Adrian selected as the Swimmer of the Meet. “It’s great to finally win it.”

Earlier on Saturday, after barely qualifying in the morning prelims, Adrian also won the 100-yard freestyle in 41.10, just off his American record of 41.08. It was his third consecutive win in the event at NCAAs.

Texas needed to win the relay and the Bears had to finish sixth or worse for the Longhorns to defend their title. Texas finished fourth in the relay.

Texas finished second with 470 ½ points. It was the ninth NCAA runner-up finish for Texas coach Eddie Reese to go with his ten NCAA titles.

Stanford was third with 403 points, Arizona with outgoing head coach Frank Busch was fourth with 302 and Florida was fifth with 291 points. Busch now takes on the role as the new U.S. national team director.

“I’m really proud of how everyone raced all weekend,” Florida coach Gregg Troy said. “We raced tough all season long and went through some adversity this week but we still hung in there tight. We still feel like we could have been a little bit better, but overall it was a really great season.”

Texas’ Michael McBroom won the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:32.86 and became the first Longhorn to ever win the distance event.

Arizona’s Cory Chitwood, still recovering from a broken hand suffered last month, defended his title in the 200-yard backstroke by out-touching Indiana’s Eric Ress in 1:38.84, just .12 seconds ahead of Ress.

Eric Friedland of Texas added to the Longhorn shortlived excitement by winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:52.43. Florida State’s Rob Holderness was seventh in 1:54.82 and earned All-American honors. After the breaststroke Texas enjoyed the lead briefly, 426.5-426.

Redemption was sweet for Georgia’s Mark Dylla who won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:40.60 a year after winning the event but getting disqualified for an illegal one-hand touch. He overtook California’s Tom Shields in the final 25 yards. Florida’s Marcin Cieslak was fourth in 1:42.13 and Gator teammate Sebastien Rousseau was seventh in 1:43.15.

Purdue’s David Boudia was denied his third NCAA title of the weekend finishing second behind Duke’s Nick McCrory on the 10-meter platform for the second year in a row. McCrory won with 548.90 points. Boudia finished with 479.10. Boudia, who won two NCAA titles, was named the Diver of the Meet and Purdue coach Adam Soldati was selected Coach of the Meet.


Kenyon College saw its 31 consecutive national championship streak end when Denison won the NCAA Division III Men’s National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. In an incredible finish, Denison captured the title by one point, 500.5-499.5. It is the first time since 1979 Kenyon has been beaten. In the women’s competition Emory won its second consecutive team title.

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Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored

Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored


March 24, 2011

Stanford broke an American record twice, Nathan Adrian rewrote the record book and University of Texas took the lead on Day One of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Stanford started off the day with an American record in the 200-yard freestyle in morning prelims.

Stanford’s Alex Coville (19.28), Aaron Wayne (18.95), Jakob Allen (18.88) and Austin Staab (18.73) broke the American record in 1:15.84, breaking the 1:15.90 set by Texas in 2009.

The Cardinals came back in finals to break their own record to win the relay in 1:15.26. The win gave Stanford its NCAA-record ninth win in the event.

Matt McLean of Virginia, the top seed after morning prelims, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:10.15. Defending champion Conor Dwyer of Florida finished a disappointing third in 4:13.98.

Stanford’s Austin Staab, the fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.57.

Olympic hopeful Nathan Adrian of California-Berkeley reclaimed the 50-yard freestyle with an American record in 18.66, bettering his national record of 18.71 set in 2009 when he last won the NCAA title in the event. Adrian also anchored California’s winning 400-yard medley relay that won in 3:02.28. Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic and Tom Shields were also relay members.

Purdue’s David Boudia defended his 1-meter springboard title with 461 points.

University of Texas leads after Day One with 139 points followed by Stanford, 136; California, 134; Auburn, 110.5 and Arizona, 99.

No. 5-ranked University of Florida is seventh with 70 points. The Gators picked up All-American honors in four events.

“We had some good performances today,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We raced really well. We had a couple of disappointments with some races we thought we would be better in, but by the same token, Cieslak and Rousseau did tremendous in the 200 IM.”

Freshman Marcin Cieslak was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best 1:43.69, earning All-American honors. Sophomore Sebastien Rousseau was tenth in a career-best 1:44.24.

Dwyer failed to defend his title in the 500-yard freestyle with his third place in 4:13.98 after winning last year in 4:13.64.

“Conor in the finals maybe overswam the front-end of the race a little bit,” Troy said.

Florida took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:06.81 with Marco Loughran, Dwyer, Cieslak and Brett Fraser.

“We are going to put the pieces back together and get it started back again tomorrow,” Troy said.

Florida State senior diver Landon Marzullo finished 15th on one-meter springboard with 340.00 for six dives and earned honorable mention All-American. Senior diver Michael Neubacher finished 25th with 298.20 points. Florida State is 25th with two points.

On Saturday, Pine Crest Swimming veteran coach Jay Fitzgerald will be honored with the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

Fitzgerald will be honored during the annual NISCA Conference held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Championships. The names of the recipients of the prestigious award will be displayed in the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale.

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

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


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.

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