Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships

Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships


Written by Sharon Robb

March 27, 2013

Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships that get underway Thursday at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Nicholas Schwab, a senior at Indiana and 2012 Olympian, will compete in the 500-yard freestyle. He is seeded 29th in 4:18.70 and will swim in the opening event on Thursday.

Southern Cal sophomore Cristian Quintero is seeded first in 4:13.37.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana, a sophomore at University of Florida, is seeded 28th in 4:18.66.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers entered in the meet are Florida State senior John Jessell and junior teammate Paul Murray.

A field of 235 swimmers from 51 teams will compete over three days.

Michigan is the overwhelming favorite to win the team title. The Wolverines have 510 seeded points. Based on its seeding, the Wolverines have a 211-point advantage over the rest of the field.

Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Texas and University of Florida are the top challengers.

Florida is led by redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau who has returned to the team, and top freshman Pavel Werner.

The Gators qualified 14 swimmers and divers, including eight from last year’s meet, for NCAAs. The Gators have finished in the Top 10 for 12 consecutive years and earned 27 All-American honors in 2012.

Florida State may be the meet’s surprise team with the mid-season addition of Pavel Sankovich. The Seminoles relays have also been impressive this season and most recently at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Louisville, led by Joao de Lucca, may be another surprise and finish in the Top 10 for the second consecutive year. Former FGC swimmer and three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov is finishing up his first season as assistant coach at Louisville.

In addition to the 500 freestyle, other Thursday events are 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 1-meter diving and 400-yard medley relay.

ESPN3 is streaming the event live on Friday and Saturday. Live results can also be found at ncaa.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 155: Lochte Breaks Meet Record; Teenagers Steal The Show

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 155: Lochte Breaks Meet Record; Teenagers Steal The Show


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 13, 2012

Ryan Lochte, wearing a racing suit for the first time at the meet, got serious and broke a meet record Sunday on the fourth and final day of the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix Series.

Lochte, 27, won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.63, breaking the previous meet record of 1:58.25 set by Brazil’s Thiago Pereira in 2009.

It was Lochte’s sixth event of the meet. He failed to medal in his other five races and missed the finals of the 100-meter freestyle.

“It felt good to actually have a decent swim” Lochte said after his race.

Lochte, the world record in the 200 IM, pulled away during the third leg with a strong breaststroke. It was his best racing of the meet, which he summed up as “disappointing.”

“I hate to lose,” Lochte said. “I like winning. I had to keep reminding myself this isn’t the big picture. The big pictures is the Trials and Olympics. People won’t remember this meet. They’ll remember the Trials and the Olympics.”

It was his coach, U.S. Olympic men’s and University of Florida coach Gregg Troy, who suggested Lochte wear his racing suit for a good confidence-building finish to the meet.

Lochte said he won’t begin to taper for another couple of weeks. While he has the endurance, he said he will focus on speed when he returns to Gainesville to train this week.

Teenagers had no problem with speed to highlight fourth-day action in Charlotte.

Fifteen-year-old Kathleen Ledecky of Curl Burke Swim Club won the 800-meter freestyle in a career-best time and meet record 8:25.85. It was a best time by four seconds. The previous meet record was 8:30.07 set by Chloe Sutton in 2010. Gillian Ryan, 16, was second in 8:36.56. Ledecky’s time was the fastest by a 15-year-old in 15 years.

Sixteen-year-old Ryan Murphy of Bolles, a national junior team member, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:58.09 ahead of Omar Pinzon in 1:58.12.

Seventeen-year-old Lia Neal of Asphalt Green won the 100-meter freestyle in a best time of 54.35 edging Jessica Hardy in 54.36 and Natalie Coughlin in 54.59. It was her best time by 4/10ths of a second.

SOFLO swimmer Nick Schwab, 21, of Indiana University finished the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.19.

In other championship finals:

Hometown hero Ricky Berens, a Charlotte native, won the 100-meter freestyle in honor of his mom on Mother’s Day, he said. He won in 49.07. It was his second gold medal of the meet.

Caitlin Leverenz, 21, of California won her second gold of the meet, this time in the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record 2:10.25, bettering the previous record of 2:12.29 set by Katinka Hosszu in 2011. It was her third fastest time of her career. Ariana Kukors (2:11.09) and Liz Pelton (2:11.87) also broke the meet record.

Elizabeth Pelton, 18, of T2Aquatics won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.41.

Chad LaTourette, 23, of Mission Viejo won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:06.73.

Phelps, Bowman Headed For Altitude

Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman were in Dallas Sunday for an Olympic Media Summit. He answered questions for nearly an hour and talked about the journey he has taken to get to this point in his career.

“Last year was the year I kind of woke up a little more than I had in the past,” Phelps said. “It’s kind of, I guess, got to me a little more. In 2010, it was kind of like “whatever.” Last year it was like “This is so frustrating.”

“It never was a fun feeling. But last year it was something that super-frustrated me. I did everything I can to try to fight back. And hopefully, I did, to where I can make up some of the ground that Ryan Lochte has put me on. It’s going to be a fun summer.”

Added Bowman, “You can do anything you set your mind to if you have a dream and you’re willing to work hard enough.”

Phelps still would not divulge what events he planned to swim at the trials. He also said winning another eight gold medals is not the goal this time around.

Phelps and Bowman are scheduled to leave on Monday for altitude training in Colorado Springs. The pair will be isolated from the rest of the world, away from distractions, leading up to the U.S. Olympic trials that begin on June 25 in Omaha, Neb.

Miscellaneous

The University of Southern California received an $8 million donation for a new aquatic center. Former USC swimmer Fred Uytengsu, president of the Alaska Milk Corporation and former Phillippine national team member, will have the center named after him but did stipulate that the swimming pool will be named for his swim coach, Peter Daland. It was the largest gift donation ever made by a former student-athlete to the athletic department…

2008 U.S. Olympian Chris Colwill of Brandon won a gold medal on 3-meter springboard at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale. Colwill finished ahead of China’s Li Shixin by .35 of a point. It was his first international win in an individual event. The U.S. won three medals on Sunday and seven overall in a tuneup before the U.S. Olympic diving trials…

Germany’s Britta Steffen set up the defense of her second Olympic title in the 50-meter freestyle with a 24.92 victory at the German Olympic trials on Sunday…Queensland, Australia won the bid to host the August, 2014 Pan Pacific championships, 25 years after it last hosted the event. 

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 154: Soni Swims World’s Fastest Time This Year

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 154: Soni Swims World’s Fastest Time This Year


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 12, 2012

Olympic champion Rebecca Soni swam the fastest time of the year Saturday night at the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix.

Soni won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.22, the best time in the world beating her own 2:22.73 she clocked at the Austin Grand Prix in January.

Soni had already won the 100-meter breaststroke the night before.

In another exciting race, China’s three-time Olympian Wu Peng, 24, of Club Wolverine turned it on in the final 25 meters to beat Michael Phelps, 26, of North Baltimore to win the 200-meter butterfly in 1:56.69.

Phelps finished in 1:56.87. Sixteen-year old Joseph Schooling of Bolles was eighth in 2:01.70. Schooling will make his Olympic debut for Singapore.

“I feel like these are little quizzes,” Phelps said. “They are like little building blocks.”

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy, 21, of Cardinal Aquatics finished the 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.24.

In other championship finals Saturday night:

Kathleen Hersey, 22, of Longhorn Aquatics won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.68.

Jessica Hardy, 25, of Trojan Swim Club won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.83.

Josh Schneider, 24, of SwimMAC won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.10.

Elizabeth Pelton, 18, of T2Aquatics and Rachel Bootsma tied to win the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.25. American record holder Natalie Coughlin, 29, was third in 1:00.83.

Nick Thoman, 26, of SwimMAC won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.77. Ryan Lochte was eighth in 56.43.

Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore won the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record in 4:05.40. The top three swimmers dipped under the meet record.

Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli, 28, of Trojan Swim Club won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:50.17.

Eric Shanteau, 28, of Trojan Swim Club won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:09.72.

Dana Vollmer, 25, of California won the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 25.80. Claire Donahue, 23, of Western Kentucky, who has been training with SOFLO in Pembroke Pines, was second in 26.69, also a meet record.

Matthew Targett, 26, of Australia won the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 23.11. Six of the top finishers broke the meet record.

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy, 21, of Cardinal Aquatics finished the 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.24.

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, 21, of Indiana University, finished the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.23.

The meet concludes on Sunday and is being webcast live at usaswimming.org.

Another FGC Swimmer Makes Olympics

Cuban-born Manny Huerta of Miami, who started out swimming and running cross-country at Florida Atlantic University, qualified for his first Olympics Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Series San Diego Triathlon.

Huerta joins another FGC swimmer Laura Reback Bennett of North Palm Beach on the U.S. Olympic team. Huerta recently spent time living in a volcano in Costa Rica for high altitude training.

Huerta was ninth in 1:49.31.

“I knew it would come down to the run,” Huerta said. “The past couple of weeks I have been focusing on my run, especially my running off the bike. I did very hard bikes and then I’d come down and do runs. I was pretty much on the last pack on the swim but I stayed positive. I stayed calm. We caught up and then I set myself up in very good position on the bike on the last couple of laps. Then I went out with my heart and then gave everything I had.”

American Hunter Kemper, 36, of Orlando made his fourth Olympic team with his fifth-place finish in 1:49.17. “This is my first race of the year and I am over the moon,” said Kemper, coming back from a broken elbow.

Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee won in 1:48.47.

Americans needed to finish in the top nine in order to earn spots on  their Olympic team. The course was a 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10K run.

“I never, never gave up on my dream,” Huerta said. “I battled through so many downs and ups, like many athletes, but I knew that today it was special. I was racing in my new country and I wanted to make my dream come true. For many young Hispanics like me, who come to America with that dream, they stick to their dream and they never give up.”

Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen Laid To Rest

In front of a national television audience in Norway, swimming hero and Olympian Alexander Dale Oen was laid to rest after a two-hour service. Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral on Friday. The world champion was Norway’s best swimmer in history and 2012 gold medal hopeful. On April 30, he died suddenly at age 26 of an apparent cardiac arrest during a training trip in Sweden.

Lochte Makes Cover

Floridian Ryan Lochte is featured on the cover of next month’s Vogue Magazine along with soccer player Hope Solo and tennis player Serena Williams in the Olympic hopefuls issue. Lochte is the fourth man to be featured on the cover.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte


AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 11, 2012

In their final head-to-head race before next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials, Michael Phelps finished ahead of Ryan Lochte but it was Ricky Berens who beat them both Friday night at the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix.

Berens, 24, of Trojan Swim Club, was first at the wall in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.32. Phelps, 26, was second in 1:48.01. Lochte, 27, was sixth in 1:49.70.

“We’re all doing different training,” Phelps said. “That’s how Ryan has always done it. I’m sure that’s what he’s going to do this year. He’s somebody who is a very tough racer and at the right time, he will be there when it counts.”

Lochte was also seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:26.04.

Lochte is wearing a swim brief instead of a jammer like Phelps and several other swimmers. While Phelps has one more event left before heading to Dallas, Lochte has several more.

“None of this is going to matter,” said U.S. Olympic men’s coach Gregg Troy, also Lochte’s coach in Gainesville. “No one is going to care what happened in Charlotte.”

Lochte plans on shutting it down after Charlotte. Phelps has one more meet before the trials and plans to spend most of his time training in altitude in Colorado.

Berens, who finished with a half-body length lead, was realistic about his win.

“I have one of the hardest events in the country,” Berens said. “I’ve got Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps who are the two fastest guys in the world and the toughest competition. As long as I’m on the relay with those two guys, I’ll be glad to be on their team. As long as I am part of that relay and winning gold for the U.S., I’m happy.

“Everybody is in a different place,” Berens said. “I’m just excited to be where I am.”

In other championship finals Friday night:

Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore won the 200-meter freestyle in a meet record 1:57.38 ahead of Dana Vollmer in 1:58.62.

Rebecca Soni, 25, of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.85. Jessica Hardy, 25, was second in 1:07.52.

Eric Shanteau, 28, of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.46. Mark Gangloff, 29, was second in 1:01.41.

Jennifer Connolly, 22, of Tennessee Aquatics won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 27.99. Rachel Bootsma, 18, was second in 28:00, also a meet record.

Eugene Godsoe, 24, of SwimMAC won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 25.24. Six of the eight finalists broke the old meet record of 26.55.

Vollmer came back to win the 100-meter butterfly in a meet record 57.21. Natalie Coughlin, 29, was second in 58.82. Claire Donahue, 23, of Western Kentucky, has been training with SOFLO in Pembroke Pines was third in 58.84.

Davis Tarwater, 28, of SwimMAC won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.87 ahead of Tyler McGill, 24, in 52.98. Sixteen-year-old Joseph Schooling of Bolles was seventh in 53.93.

Caitlin Leverenz, 21, of California, won the 400-meter individual medley in a meet record 4:38.35 ahead of Katie Hoff, 22, in 4:40.82.

Peter Vanderkaay, 28, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.22. Oussama Mellouli, 28, was second in 4:18.81. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Bradley Ally was fifth in 4:24.06.

Hardy won the 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 30.82 ahead of Soni in 30.86. The top five finishers broke the meet record o 32.64.

Barry Murphy, 26, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.81 ahead of Gangloff in 27.89.

Among local results, SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, 21 of Indiana finished the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.30 and 400 IM in 4:52.54.

The four-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims and finals. It is being webcast live on usaswimming.org and universalsports.com.

Former Florida Gold Coast Swimmer Olympics-Bound

Laura Reback Bennett, a Cardinal Newman and SMU alum, and former North Palm Beach Swim Team member, qualified for her second Olympic team in the sport of triathlon Friday at the ITU San Diego Triathlon. Reback clinched third, her first ITU Series podium finishing in 2 hours and 11 minutes for the Olympic-distance course. Bennett battled 2008 Olympic teammate Sarah Haskins for the final sport and clinched it on the final lap of the run.

“It’s tough when you have to go up against a good friend,” said the 37-year-old Bennett. “I put a lot of pressure on this day. Last year in London I just had a terrible day for some reason, I’m still not sure what happened. You know, in the end I think it was a blessing in disguise because there was things that I changed in my training that I wouldn’t have changed if I had made the team. I think it made me a better athlete. It’s hard to have the courage to change when things are going well. So I’m really well.” Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins won in 1:58.21 and may have locked up a spot on her Olympic team. On Saturday, former Florida Atlantic University runner and Rockway Club swimmer Manny Huerta of Miami, will try and qualify for his first Olympic team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Oliver Breaks School Record At Last Chance Meet; Kuczynski, Schwab Shine At Conference Meets

SOFLO’s Oliver Breaks School Record At Last Chance Meet; Kuczynski, Schwab Shine At Conference Meets


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 28, 2012

Florida State sophomore Tiffany Oliver broke her own school record at the University of Georgia’s Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga.

Oliver swam the 100-yard freestyle in 48.93, breaking her own school record of 49.08. She now ranks as the nation’s 26th fastest in the event.

Oliver was among several swimmers competing for faster times to try and qualify for NCAAs.

Oliver is on the bubble to qualify for the March 15-17 Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.

Speaking of NCAAs, several college coaches and websites have already scored the women’s meet off the seeded swimmers on the first set of psych sheets just released. California defends its title with 338 points followed by Georgia, 308; Arizona 275; Stanford 266; and Tennessee 251.

PAC-12 Championships

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, a junior at Arizona State, was 11th in the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:57.46 on the fourth and final day of the Pac-12 Women’s Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Her previous best was 1:58.49. Her splits were 26.37, 29.81, 30.57 and 30.71. Kuczynski also swam second leg on ASU’s fifth place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:18.67, third-fastest in school history and NCAA consideration. ASU finished sixth among teams with 790.5 points. Kuczynski celebrates her 21st birthday in less than two weeks.

California won the conference championships buoyed by two individual wins and strong diving performances. The Cal Bears won with 1,389.5 points followed by Stanford, 1,341.5 and Southern Cal, 1,225. It was the national champions’ second conference team title after winning in 2009.

Cal junior Caitlin Leverenz was named Swimmer of the Meet. She won the 200-yard breaststroke, 400-yard individual medley and swam on the winning 400-yard medley relay.

Atlantic Coast Conference Championships

Virginia won its fifth consecutive men’s conference title. The Cavaliers clinched the team title in the final race of the meet at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Virginia won with 626.5 points followed by Virginia Tech, 594.5, North Carolina, 564 and Florida State, 542.

Florida State senior Mateo de Angulo was named ACC Meet Most Valuable Swimmer. He finished with wins in the 1,650- and 500-yard freestyles and second in the 400-yard individual medley.

On the final day, SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez, a sophomore at FSU, was 19th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:03.30. He bettered that time in the “C” final, finishing in 2:02.53. His splits were 27.59, 30.94, 31.62 and 32.38.

Big Ten Championships

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, a junior at Indiana, had a huge breakthrough in the conference championships in Iowa City. He qualified 17th in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:00.37, bettering his seed time of 2:02.62 and came back to break 2 minutes for the first time, finishing second in the “C” final in 1:59.70, an NCAA “B” cut time.

Michigan won the men’s team title with 738.5 points. Ohio State was second with 552.5 and Indiana was third with 549 points.

Sun Belt Conference Championships

University of Denver swept the team titles on the final night in Rockwall, Tex. It was the second consecutive sweep for the Pioneers.

On the fourth and final day, Florida Atlantic’s Eszter Bucz, who trains with SOFLO, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:30.94. Teammate Annett Kovacs won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 1:58.39.

Florida International University finished the meet with 10 school records, four Sun Belt Conference records, won five Sun Belt championships, had nine medalists, 13 finalists and swept Conference Swimmer, Diver and Coaches of the Year awards. FIU was fourth in the women’s team standings with 468 points.

FIU’s Johanna Gustafsdottir won three individual events and earned Sun Belt Swimmer of the Year honors. The freshman from Finland broke Sun Belt and school records in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.14) and 200-yard backstroke (1:54.40).

Denver’s Kyle Milberg and Western Kentucky’s Heitor Rodrigues were Men’s Co-Swimmers of the Year.

Teammate Sabrina Beaupre won the 1- and 3-meter springboard titles and was named Sun Belt Diver of the Year.

FIU coach Randy Horner was named Sun Belt Swim Coach of the Year and former Spanish River High School, University of Miami and Fort Lauderdale Diving Team’s Chris Mantilla was named Women’s Sun Belt Diving Coach of the Year for the second year. Michelle Davison-Sandelin of Florida Atlantic was named Men’s Sun Belt Diving Coach of the Year.

Florida Atlantic women finished fifth with 433 points and the men’s team was third with 656 points.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Finishes Fourth At PAC-12 Conference Championships

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Finishes Fourth At PAC-12 Conference Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 24, 2012

Arizona State junior Caroline Kuczynski finished fourth in the women’s 100-yard butterfly Friday night at the Women’s PAC-12 Conference Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Kuczynski finished in a best time of 52.44, an NCAA “B” cut time. California senior Sara Isakovic won the event in 51.72.

Kuczynski swam the fifth-fastest 100-yard butterfly in morning prelims in 52.70, bettering her seed time of 53.49. She was the only ASU swimmer in the Top 24 finishers.

The SOFLO swimmer also swam third leg on ASU’s “A” relay that finished fifth in 3:35.11, also a “B” cut. Her relay teammates were Kelli Kyle, Rebecca Ejdervik and Shannon Landgrebbe.

Also during the meet, Cal’s Caitlin Leverenz just missed the American record in the 400-yard individual medley by .23 seconds in 3:58.46.  The Cal Bears also set an NCAA and Pac-12 record in the medley relay in 3:28.26.

ASU’s Rebecca Ejdervik won the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.77 for her third consecutive PAC-12 title in the event.

On Saturday, Kuczynski will swim the 200-yard butterfly. She is seeded 14th in 1:58.49.

Top-ranked California moved into first place with 961.5 points followed by Stanford with 868 and Southern California with 819. Arizona State is sixth with 556.

Atlantic Coast Conference Championships

SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez swam a personal-best 55.65 and placed 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night as Florida State continued to shine at ACCs in Christiansburg, Va.

Rodriguez, a sophomore, was the only Seminole in the 100 breaststroke.

FSU’s Mateo De Angulo and Juan Sequera finished second and third in the 400-yard individual medley. De Angulo was second in 3:47.53 and Sequera, a freshman, was third in a personal best 3:49.09.

Defending champion Virginia leads with 406 followed by North Carolina with 394, Virginia Tech with 387.5 and FSU fourth with 353 points, just 53 points out of first.

Big Ten Championships

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, a junior at Indiana, was 21st in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:56.63, just off his seed time of 3:55.92, to qualify for the “C” final and came back to post a best time of 3:52.06 to finish second in the “C” final and 18th overall in an NCAA “B” cut time.

University of Michigan sits in first place with 516.5 points. Ohio State is second with 380 and Indiana is third with 369 at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center in Iowa City.

Sun Belt Conference Championships

Florida Atlantic University’s Eszter Bucz, who trained with SOFLO during the summer in Pembroke Pines, broke the Sun Belt Conference meet and conference record in the women’s 400-yard individual medley Friday night at University of North Texas.

The junior swam 4:12.64 to place first while Florida International’s Sonia Perez Arau, a sophomore, was second in 4:13.99.

Florida International’s Johanna Gustafsdottir won her second event of the meet in the women’s 200-yard freestyle. The freshman from Iceland won in an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:48.09. Jonna Nyback of FAU was third in 1:48.67.

FIU’s Sabrina Beaupre won her second diving title of the meet, capturing the 1-meter springboard event with a meet record 307.70 points. It was the second consecutive year that Beaupre swept both the 1- and 3-meter titles.

Denver’s men and women’s team remain in the leader after three days of competition. Western Kentucky women are second with 491.5; FIU is fourth with 335 and FAU is fifth with 289 points. Western Kentucky is second in the men’s standings with 600.5 points followed by FAU with 442.

O’Shaughnessy, Seton Hall Fall Scholar Team

SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy and his Seton Hall teammates were named College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team for the 2011 fall semester, it was announced recently. With a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, the men’s team ranked second among the seven Big East programs to earn the honor. The Pirates’ GPA ranks 22nd highest in the nation.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Makes Final; Schwab Makes “B” Cut On Day Two Of Conference Championships

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Makes Final; Schwab Makes “B” Cut On Day Two Of Conference Championships


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

February 23, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Caroline Kuczynski of Arizona State qualified for championship finals Thursday at the PAC-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

The junior qualified seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.31 and finished eighth in 2:00.27.

It was her first individual event of the meet after finishing fourth with her Sun Devils teammates in the 200-yard medley relay on Wednesday.

Kuczynski, a junior, also led off the ninth-place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:33.74. Her opening split was 23.57.

Kuczynski will swim the 100-yard butterfly on Friday.

Katinka Hosszu of Southern Cal won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.37, an NCAA automatic qualifying time.

Other conference champions were Haley Anderson of Southern Cal in the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record and NCAA “A” cut time of 4:36.52; Liv Jensen of California in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.70, an “A” cut; and Stanford in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:28.07, also an “A” cut.

Southern Cal’s Tory Ishimatsu won the 1-meter springboard diving title with 337.05 points.

Stanford leads after two days with 462 points. California is second with 426.5 and Southern Cal is third with 390. Arizona State dropped to sixth with 298 points.

Atlantic Coast Conference Championships

Florida State won two gold medals on the second night of the ACC Men’s Swimming Championships in Christiansburg (Va.) Aquatic Center.

The Seminoles won the 200-yard freestyle relay in an ACC meet, school and pool record 1:17.73 with Paul Murray, David Sanders, Trice Bailey and Mark Weber.

Senior Mateo De Angulo won the second event in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:18.66.

SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez, a sophomore competing in his first ACC meet for FSU, was 41st in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.88, bettering his seed time of 1:57.75.

Thirty-two points separate the top three teams: North Carolina, 245.5, Virginia, 225 and Florida State 214.

Big Ten Championships

Michigan remains in first place after capturing three events Thursday night at Iowa’s Campus Wellness and Recreation Center.

The Wolverines are first with 253 points followed by Ohio State with 218 and Indiana with 189.

Michigan won the 400-yard medley relay in 3:07.32, the 500-yard freestyle with Ryan Feeley in 4:15.12 and 200-yard individual medley with Kyle Whitaker in 1:43.40.

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, a junior at Indiana, finished 26th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.76 bettering his seed time of 1:50.43 in prelims and swam faster in the “C” final placing second and 18th overall in 1:49.03, an NCAA “B” cut time.

Sun Belt Conference Championships

Florida International University freshman Johanna Gustafsdottir edged Florida Atlantic’s Eszter Bucz to win the women’s 200-yard individual medley, 1:59.14-1:59.41 on the second night of competition at University of North Texas.

Bucz was the fastest morning qualifier in 2:00.33. Freshman Hannah Runyon-Hass of Western Kentucky was third in 2:00.38. The winning time was a meet and conference record and NCAA “B” cut.

Florida Atlantic won the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay with SOFLO’s Anthon Fermin on anchor leg. The winning time was a season-best 1:20.91. Other relay members were Eric Williams, John Walsh and Steven Wright.

In the men’s 50-yard freestyle, Western Kentucky sophomore Heitor Rodrigues set a meet and conference record winning in 20.09, a “B” cut. FAU’s Eric Williams was second in 20.15. Fermin was seventh in 20.71, bettering his prelim time of 20.86.

FAU’s Mikolaj Czarnecki was second in the men’s 500-yard freestyle in 4:26.32.

FAU’s Ronald Cortina won the men’s 3-meter springboard diving title with 367.60 points. Teammate Gregory Cox was third with 345.45.

After two days, University of Denver leads the women’s standings with 275 followed by Western Kentucky with 256. FIU is fourth with 176 and FSU is fifth with 152. Denver also leads the men’s team standings with 297.50 just ahead of Western Kentucky with 293.50 and FAU with 281.

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