AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 233: Kuczynski Shines In Her Final PAC-12 Meet

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 233: Kuczynski Shines In Her Final PAC-12 Meet

Written by Sharon Robb

March 5, 2003

Caroline Kuczynski and her Arizona State teammates finished sixth at the always-tough PAC-12 Swimming and Diving Women’s Championship last week in Federal Way, Washington.

Kuczynski, 22, the Sun Devils senior team captain who frequently trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club, made her final appearance a lasting memory.

After a long week of racing on the final day of competition Kuczynski finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in a lifetime-best of 1:56.38 which beat the NCAA “B” cut. Kuczynski is ranked 17th in the event on the NCAA Division I Championship psych sheet.

Earlier in the meet, Kuczynski, an All-American, swam another NCAA “B” cut winning the “B” final of the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 52.48, ranked 23rd on the psych sheet.

Kuczynski and her teammates finished fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA “B” cut of 1:39.06, third best time in the program’s history. Kuczynski was also a member of the fifth place 400-yard medley relay in 3:35.47, an NCAA “B” cut.

Kuczynski was third in the “C” final of the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.38, also an NCAA “B” cut.

The Sun Devils finished with 786.5 points. Stanford won the women’s team title with 1,439.5 followed by Southern California with 1,418.5 and California with 1,333.5.

The NCAA women’s meet will feature 322 women (281 swimmers and 41 divers), scheduled for March 21-23 in Indianapolis.

In another month, Kuczynski, a 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful, will compete at the world championship trials, April 3-6.

Torres Swims Best Time, NCAA “B” Cut At Last Chance Meet

University of Florida freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Luke Torres swam a best time 20.62 in the 50-yard freestyle at this past weekend’s Bulldog Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. On the final day of the meet, Torres swam an NCAA “B” cut and best time of 1:47.43 in the 200-yard butterfly.

O’Shaughnessy Leads Seton Hall

Competing in his final Big East Championships, Seton Hall senior Ryan O’Shaughnessy, another FGC swimmer, placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a lifetime-best 56.67. On the same night, he was a member of the Pirates’ eighth-place on the 400-yard medley relay in a season-best 3:25.31.

O’Shaughnessy was a member of Seton Hall’s seventh place 200-yard medley relay that finished in a season-best 1:34.33.

He also finished 17th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.29, missing a spot in the consolation final by just .12 seconds. It was his best time of the season in the event by more than one second. He was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished eighth in 3:06.61.

Grigull Shines At MAAC Championships

Justin Grigull of Iona College, a FGC swimmer, finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.98 at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. Grigull came on in the last 25 yards for the bronze medal. Grigull broke an Iona record in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.50 to finish third. He also was third in the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime best of 1:40.80. Iona finished ninth among men’s teams and Grigull qualified for the ECAC “A”.


Jacksonville has withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 Olympic swimming trials. Jacksonville was the only Florida bid city. City officials decided that the planned venue, Jacksonville Veterans Arena, would not provide ample seating for spectators. The arena sits 15,000 but with a temporary pool, at least 3,000 seats would be eliminated. Omaha, the 2012 trials site, has enough room for the pool and 15,000 spectators. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez had been spearheading the bid drive. Other bidders still in the hunt are Greensboro, N.C., Indianapolis, St. Louis, Omaha and San Antonio…However, Jacksonville is a finalist to host the FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships this fall. Sarasota, Martin County, Orlando and Ransom Everglades are other finalists. Orlando has hosted the meet for the last six years…

Missy Franklin is a finalist for the 2012 Sullivan Award which honors the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Several swimmers have won the award in past years including John Naber, Tracy Caulkins, Janet Evans and Michael Phelps…

Ryan Lochte’s six-episode reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, debuts on April 21 on E at 10 p.m. Lochte has been taping every day up until 11 p.m. each night. The filming has been affecting his training and it has affected his meets particularly the Orlando Grand Prix. His longtime coach, Gregg Troy is not included in the show at Troy’s insistence. It’s no secret the veteran Olympic coach is not happy about Lochte doing the show and missing workouts. “I didn’t realize they were going to be pulling me in different directions all the time,” Lochte said. “I’m stronger than I’ve ever been outside the pool, but in the pool I haven’t been able to train on a consistent basis.” A few early reviews have not been favorable with the focus on Lochte’s abs and his catchword Jeah.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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

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


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

SOFLO College Swimmers Compete Around The Country At Conference Meets

SOFLO College Swimmers Compete Around The Country At Conference Meets


February 14, 2012

For several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, the championship season begins on Wednesday with several college conference meets around the country.

Florida State and University of Miami, both with SOFLO swimmers on their rosters, will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va.

The women’s swim meet begins on Wednesday. The men’s and women’s diving events start on Thursday and men’s swimming events are set for Feb. 22-25.

The four-day meet will be streamed live on at 6 p.m.

The No. 25-ranked Seminoles finished the dual meet season with an 11-1 record, their only loss to Florida. FSU was undefeated (5-0) in the conference.

The women’s team, with SOFLO swimmers Tiffany Oliver, Melissa Cooper and Ashley Hicks hope to improve upon last year’s third place finish behind North Carolina and Virginia.

Virginia is defending men’s and women’s champion.

Oliver is seeded third in the 100-yard freestyle (49.08), sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.97) and will also swim the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.65) and relays. Cooper and Hicks are also entered in the 50-yard freestyle. Hicks is in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke and Cooper is in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle.

SOFLO’s Dana Hatic will compete in her final conference meet for the University of Miami. Hatic is entered in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and relays.

MAAC Championships

SOFLO’s Justin Grigull, a sophomore at Iona College, is the top seed in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.20) for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Thursday at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. He is also seeded second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:35.67) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (46.76).

Big East Championships

SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy is one of fifteen Seton Hall swimmers competing at the Big East Championships hosted by University of Pittsburgh at the Trees Pool Wednesday through Saturday. O’Shaughnessy, a junior, has six Big East “A” qualifying cuts. O’Shaughnessy enters the meet ranked in the Top 20 in the Big East in three events. He is 17th in the 200-yard individual medley with a season-best 1:52.53, ranks 18th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.73 and 19th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:05.94. Last year Seton Hall finished a school-record sixth overall at the conference championships. Also competing will be former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy of Louisville and twin brother Kyle Bandy of West Virginia.

Big Ten Championships

No. 12 Indiana looks to defend its women’s title when the Big Ten Championships begin Wednesday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City. Indiana has won three titles in a row and four of the last five. SOFLO’s Brittney Phelan, a sophomore, will compete in the breaststroke events. The men’s team will compete the following week, Feb. 22-25, with SOFLO’s Nick Schwab.

PAC-12 Championships

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski and No. 24-ranked Arizona State women’s swim team and men’s and women’s divers will compete in the PAC-12 Championships Feb. 22-25 at the King Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Stanford is the defending women’s champion. The ASU men’s team will compete in the conference championships Feb. 29-March 3 at the East Los Angeles College Swim Center. Stanford is the defending men’s champion.

Patriot League Championships

SOFLO’s Gina Gautieri, a freshman at Bucknell, is coming off her first collegiate win in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Navy Invitational. She won in 2:33.63, .27 ahead of Navy freshman Samantha Brennan. She was also Bucknell’s top finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke in a season-best 1:08.91, placing her fifth on the 2011-12 Bison fastest times list. Gautieri is seeded 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 17th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.98). The three-day conference championships begin Thursday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Colgate is defending women’s champion. Navy is seeking its ninth consecutive title.

Sunshine State Conference Championships

Nova Southeastern freshman Linea Cutter of SOFLO will make her conference debut Wednesday through Saturday at the Long Center in Clearwater. NSU will try and defend its men’s title against Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Rollins, St. Leo College and Tampa. NSU finished undefeated (4-0) in the conference. Tampa is defending women’s champion. Cutter is seeded ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.00, 12th in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.89 and 17th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.24. Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer and SOFLO’s Les Moore will compete for Tampa. Moore, a sophomore, is seeded third in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:05.99 and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.79. SOFLO swimmer Bianca Muniz of St. Leo College and Pembroke Pines will also compete. She will compete in the 50-yard freestyle (25.87), 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.64), 100-yard freestyle (56.44) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:40.16).

Southeastern Conference Championships

University of Florida are among favorites for the SEC Championships that begin Wednesday at the University of Tennessee Allan Jones Aquatic Center. The Gator women are ranked second in the nation, the highest of any SEC team. The men are ranked seventh. The Gators are led by conference champions Elizabeth Beisel and Marcin Cieslak. The men’s team is the youngest in the SEC with 17 freshmen and six sophomores including Metro Aquatics’ Carlos Omana. Both squads finished second last year. Cieslak, Sarah Bateman and Matt Elliott are the Gators only undefeated swimmers this season.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOFLO Swimmers Keeping Busy Before Major Meets

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOFLO Swimmers Keeping Busy Before Major Meets

January 23, 2012


SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski and her No. 24-ranked Arizona State teammates survived a tough weekend of racing on the road against Stanford and California.

Kuczynski, a junior, was a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay that opened the Stanford meet in 3:42.30. Her splits were 25.12 and 54.74. She also led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team that won in 1:36.97. Her opening split was 24.42.

Kuczynski was third in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.10. Her 100 split was 59.52.

Stanford won the women’s meet, 132.5-97.5.

In the meet against No. 1 ranked California Bears, Kuczynski was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.95. Her 50 split was 26.49. She was also second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.90.

She was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.87. Her 100 split was 59.08.

Kuczynski was a member of ASU’s second place 200-yard medley relay team (1:41.85). Her split was 24.98.

California topped Arizona State, 169-114.

The Sun Devils return to training until their Feb. 11 State Farm Territorial Cup meet against rival Arizona.

Schwab, Phelan Part Of History

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab and Brittney Phelan, members of the Indiana University men’s and women’s swim teams, were part of the first ever live dual meet between Indiana and Purdue televised on the Big Ten Network this past weekend. The broadcast went well according to meet organizers and had positive feedback from viewers. Rowdy Gaines added to the quality of the telecast.

The Hoosiers swept the team titles. The men won 166-134 and the women won, 169-130.

Phelan, 19, was sixth in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.70.

Schwab, 21, was fourth in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke in a best time of 58.25; fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.93; fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.59; and anchored the fourth place 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:11.83).

Grigull Wins Two Events For Iona

Iona College sophomore Justin Grigull won a pair of individual events in the Gaels’ 135-96 loss to Fordham University in New Rochelle, N.Y. Grigull won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.94 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.89. The Gaels compete against St. Peter’s on Tuesday.

O’Shaughnessy Wins For Seton Hall

Junior Ryan O’Shaughnessy won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.59 in the Pirates’ 187-111 loss to Connecticut in South Orange, N.J. The Pirates dropped to 8-2. O’Shaughnessy was also a member of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay team that finished in 1:37.70. Seton Hall closes out its regular season against Marist College on Saturday.

WVU’s Bandy Places Third

Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kyle Bandy, 20, of West Virginia was third in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.95 in the Mountaineers’ 180-120 loss to Maryland in Morgantown, Va.  He was also fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.67.

Gautieri, Bucknell Upset Lehigh

Bucknell knocked off Lehigh for the second consecutive season, 189-111, in a Patriot League meet and final dual meet of the season. Gina Gautieri, 18, was fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:34.40. She was also a member of the sixth-place 200-yard medley relay (1:58.47). Her relay split was 33.69. Bucknell ends its regular season on Saturday at the Navy Invitational.

Western Kentucky Wins

Western Kentucky, after a successful winter training trip to SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, returned to its home pool to sweep the University of the Cumberlands at Bill Powell Natatorium. Western Kentucky senior Stephanie Martin set a school and pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.65 to highlight the win. Martin broke her own record of 2:17 set at the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championships. The women’s team won, 167-69, to improve to 9-1 and the men’s team won, 173-79, to improve to 7-1. WKU won a total of 22 events including seven swimmers who each won two events.

Florida Defeats Auburn On Senior Day

No. 9-ranked University of Florida sent off its seniors on a winning note Saturday with a 162-136 win over No. 7-ranked Auburn in a Southeastern Conference women’s matchup at the O’Connell Center. The No. 13-ranked men’s team also won, 153-147. “It was a good intense competition,” said senior Teresa Crippen. “It was our last home event, and I was very excited about it.” Crippen is the most decorated senior with 11 All-American and eight All-SEC team selections. Freshman Carlos Omana of Miami won the 400- and 800-meter freestyle events in 4:03.68 and 8:22.22 respectively. Florida combined to win 17 events and swept four races. The Gators return to competition this weekend against Tennessee in Knoxville. 

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 114: Gators Win First Georgia Tech Invitational Title; SOFLO’s Oliver, Kuczynski Shine At Invitationals

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 114: Gators Win First Georgia Tech Invitational Title; SOFLO’s Oliver, Kuczynski Shine At Invitationals

November 20, 2011


University of Florida women’s swimming team made history Sunday by winning its first team title at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.

The Gators won four relays and four individual events to total 1,196.5 points. On Sunday, the women’s team finished with five top three finishes, one individual and one relay win.

U.S. national team members Elizabeth Beisel and Teresa Crippen earned two NCAA “B” standards to close out the meet on Sunday. Beisel won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.57 and Crippen was third in 1:57.10. Beisel was also second in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:58.38 and Crippen fourth in 2:00.65.

The Gator men finished second (1,198.5) behind Virginia Tech (1,319). Florida Gold Coast swimmer Carlos Omana, a freshman, was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:26.41, an NCAA “B” provisional time.

Florida State women were second (1,031) and men were third (1,022.5).

Miami was fifth with 564.5 points, Florida Gulf Coast finished sixth with 508 points and Florida Atlantic was eighth with 331 among women’s teams. FAU was sixth (376) and Miami ninth (30) among men’s teams.

Florida State sophomore Tiffany Oliver won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.08, a “B” provisional cut for NCAAs and lowered her school record. She was fastest qualifier in prelims in 49.73, both times bettering her previous best time of 49.83.

Oliver also led off FSU’s runner-up 400-yard freestyle (24.20/49.88 splits) that finished in 3:22.06). She was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.14 after going 22.97 in prelims, the fourth fastest qualifier and 22nd in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.38.

Florida Gulf Coast won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.77, knocking off Florida 1:41.95, Miami 1:42.50 and FSU 1:43.02 with relay legs Oliver and SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper.

Florida Atlantic’s Eszter Bucz, who trained this past summer with SOFLO in Pembroke Pines before heading to Hungary, was second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:27.09, a “B” cut and fourth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:15.35.

SOFLO’s Dana Hatic, a senior at University of Miami, was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.74 and Cooper was seventh in 1:04.08 (1:03.60 in prelims) and Hatic was sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.78. 

Alex Rodriguez was ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.19.

Ashley Hicks was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.37 after 55.30 in prelims and eighth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.80.

FSU’s Mateo De Angulo broke the school record in the 400 IM in 3:47.23. The previous record was 3:47.93 by Kyle Young set in 2009, won the event, his second of the meet. He earned another NCAA “A” cut in the 1,650 in 14:49.94. FSU’s Paul Murray was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 44.29, also a “B” cut.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Emma Svensson won the 100 backstroke in 53.88, well under NCAA B cut of 55.17.


SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski continued her great early-season start with her Arizona State Sun Devils teammates at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Kuczynski was the second fastest in prelims in 2:00.14, bettering her best time of 2:02.51. She finished fifth in a best time 1:58.49, an NCAA “B” standard, well below the 2:00.69 “B”cut. She was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.49, another “B” cut. She went 53.67 in prelims. Both times topped her best time of 55.02.

Kuczynski also anchored the fourth place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:20.52, a NCAA “B” standard and swam third leg of the 200-yard medley relay in 1:39.34, also a “B” cut. Arizona State was second with 865.5, just behind women’s team champion California with 989.

Pitt Invitational

Former SOFLO swimmer Kyle Bandy of West Virginia was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.08.

Patriot Invitational

SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.73, bettering his prelim time of 58.56 in prelims. He was a member of Seton Hall’s seventh place 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.33, with a third relay split of 22.77. He was tenth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:07.73, bettering his prelim time of 4:11.24.

Nike Cup

North Carolina sophomore Stephanie Peacock won the 500-yard freestyle in a blistering career-best 4:35.73, five seconds faster than any other swimmer this year and NCAA automatic qualifying time. She would have placed fourth at last year’s NCAA Championships. She also swam a best time 1:45.37 in the 200-yard freestyle.


For the first time in school history, Florida International University’s swimming and diving team is ranked in the Top 25 of the Mid-Major Division I rankings. The Golden Panthers are ranked No. 24 in the first poll of the 2011-12 season. Florida Gulf Coast is ranked No. 6. “It’s great to be recognized in the Top 25 for the first time in school history,” said FIU head coach Randy Horner. “Our goal is to obviously be ranked much higher, so we know we have a lot more work to do. This just shows how hard the girls are working and how far this program has come in the past few years.” FIU’s next meet is on Dec. 1 at the UALR Invitational in Little Rock, Ark.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 111: Trinidad’s George Bovell Makes Successful Return At Inaugural Pro Meet

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 111: Trinidad’s George Bovell Makes Successful Return At Inaugural Pro Meet

November 16, 2011


Three months after a horrific car accident, George Bovell made a successful return to the pool Wednesday night in the inaugural Pro Dual 1 Meet at University of Michigan’s Canham Natatorium.

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympian and national record holder won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.77 while competing for the West team.

Bovell, 28, a five-time NCAA champion at Auburn, earned $300 for the win. He also turned in a blistering 22.17 split on the West “A” relay that finished third in the 200-meter medley relay.

Bovell, who graduated from Jacksonville Bolles and was a bronze medalist at the 2004 Olympics, was in his BMW when he was hit bya truck on the driver’s side of the car. He was knocked unconscious and suffered several lacerations that required stitches. He was forced to miss the Pan American Games because he was unable to train.

South African Darian Townsend, a double winner in the 200-meter individual medley (2:01.29) and 200-meter freestyle (1:50.14), was the leading prize money winner with $600 followed by Wu Peng and Jason Dunford with $450. Sixteen swimmers cashed in on the opening night of the two-day meet.

Going into Thursday’s second and final night of action, the East squad leads the West, 110.5-92.5.

The lead changed hands three times before the East pulled away starting with Clark Burckle’s win the 100-meter breaststroke, the first of four consecutive East wins.

The 90-minute meet was competitive and entertaining. The race had a corporate sponsor who was introduced before each race.

Both taped music played between races along with live entertainment with the University of Michigan’s men’s Glee Club, The Friars and Wolverines Dance Team. The announcer was knowledgeable and race calls. Attendance was low but few major newspapers or websites publicized the inaugural event. Aside from shouts of “Come On East”  from the stands, the cash register sound effects after completion of each race was a nice touch. Swimmers also held autograph sessions.

Florida Gold Coast was represented by Danielle Tirabassi and Fred Veloso Castro of Davie Nadadores. Castro cashed in for $50 after a third place finish in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:02.75. Tirabassi was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:53.11. 

The meet concludes tonight with eight more events. Competition begins 8 p.m. and is being webcast live at


EAST 110.5, WEST 92.5
200-meter individual medley: 1. Darian Townsend, West 2:01.29, $300, 2. Wu Peng, East 2:02.11, $150, 3. Nick Brunelli, East 2:08.46, $50, 4. George Bovell, West 2:14.58. West 12, East 9

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jason Dunford, East 23.96, $300, 2. Christopher Brady, West 24.48, $150, 3. Bobby Savulich, East 24.68, $50, 4.Bryan Lundqust, West 24.77. East 24, West 21.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Darian Townsend, West 1:50.14, $300, 2. Charles Houchin, West 1:50.15, $150, 3. Jean Basson, East 1:50.84, $50, 4. Daniele Tirabassi, West/Davie Nadadores) 1:53.11. West 37.5, East 31.5.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Eugene Godsoe, East 54.64, $300, 2. Christopher Brady, West 56.75, $150, 3. Kevin Doak, West 58.02, $50, 4. Nick Brunelli, East 58.03. West 46.5, East 43.5

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Christopher Burckle, East 1:02.15, $300, 2. BJ Johnson, East 1:03.35, $150, 3. Alex Hetland, West 1:03.56, $50, 4. Elliott Keefer, West 1:03.64. East 59.5, West 54.5.

50-meter freestyle: 1. George Bovell, West 22.77, $300, 2. Jason Dunford, East 22.82, $150, 3. Alex Couville, West 22.85, $50, 4. Nick Brunelli, East 23.09. East 69.5, West 68.5.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Wu Peng, East 1:59.62, 2. Charles Houchin, West 2:02.47, 3. Fred Castro, East 2:02.75, 4. Davis Tarwater, West 2:06.75. East 82.5, West 78.5.

200-meter medley relay: 1.  East “A” (Eugene Godsoe, Christopher Burckle, Jason Dunford, Nick Brunelli) 1:40.54, 2. East “B” (Wu Peng, BJ Johnson, Bobby Savulich, David Dunford) 1:41.53, 3. West “A” (Christopher Brady, Alex Hetland, Bryan Lundquist, George Bovell) 1:41.73, 4. West “B” (Kevin Doak, Nelson Westby, Joe Bartoch, Alex Coville) 1:42.23. East 110.5, West 92.5.


Justin Kaisrlik of East Ridge High School is the latest high school senior to sign with University of Florida and will join SOFLO’s Luke Torres and former SOFLO swimmer Lindsey McKnight in the Gators lineup next fall. Kaisrlik is a Class 2A state champion in the 200-yard individual medley. He is also a top 200-yard freestyler…Top-ranked Georgia women’s swimming and diving team tied a school record for consecutive home victories Wednesday night with a 141-96 victory over Emory at Gabrielson Natatorium. The win was the 76th consecutive victory for the

Lady Bulldogs, tying a mark set by the men’s tennis team from 1968-72. The swim team’s streak started in 1995. Georgia is 5-0, has won 18 straight dual meets overall and is 51-1 in its last 52 competitions…Florida sophomore Elizabeth Beisel was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Week for her swims against Stanford and Michigan. The Gators will compete in the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational beginning Nov. 18 against Clemson, Emory, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia Tech…SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Seton Hall Pirates (6-1) will compete in the Patriot Invitational Thursday through Saturday in Fairfax, Va. O’Shaughnessy already has five automatic qualifying times for the Feb. 15-18 Big East Championships at Pittsburgh….SOFLO’s Kevin Bandy, 20, of Louisville was 17th in the 400-yard freestyle prelims in 4:12.49 Wednesday at the Tennessee Volunteer Invitational.

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 104: Borges, Hundeby Head ISHOF Class Of 2012; SOFLO’s O’Shaughnessy Wins

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 104: Borges, Hundeby Head ISHOF Class Of 2012; SOFLO’s O’Shaughnessy Wins

November 7, 2011


Four-time Olympian Gustavo Borges of Brazil and U.S. long distance swimmer Chad Hundeby head the 11-member honoree Class of 2012 that will be inducted on May 12 at the 47th annual International

Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale.

Borges competed in four Olympic Games (1992-2004). He won four Olympic medals, two silver and two bronze medals in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle relay.

Hundeby won FINA’s first open water world championship in 1991, broke a 16-year-old English Channel Crossing record in 1994 and dominated every major long distance race in the world during his career.

Other inductees announced last week are:

Domenico Fioravanti, Italy, the first Italian swimmer to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games (2000), winning both the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Jozsef Szabo, Hungary, won the Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, one world championship and three European championships in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Tian Liang, China, the world-class 10-meter platform diver won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal in two Olympic Games (2000-2004) and won three world championship titles.

Jill Sudduth, U.S., the synchronized swimmer won gold in the team and duet events at the 1994 World Championships and was a member of the 1996 Olympic team that earned a perfect score and won the gold medal in Atlanta.

Jesus Miguel Rollan Prada, Spain, the water polo player was one of the all-time greatest goalkeepers competing in five Olympic Games where he won a gold medal in 1996 and silver medal in 1992.

Laszlo Kiss, Hungary, the Hungarian national swim team coach for more than 40 years coached swimmers to ten Olympic and eight world championship medals.

Frank Kurtz, U.S., the first diver to qualify for three Olympic teams, won a bronze medal at the 1932 Olympics on platform and later became a famous World War II pilot.

Eldon Godfrey, Canada, has been involved in international aquatic sports administration for nearly forty years as a diving judge, FINA bureau member, UANA president and FINA Bureau honorary member.

Dr. Julio Maglione, Uruguay, has devoted his life to international sports that began as a swimmer in the Pan American Games; was elected FINA president in 2009; and has held several other positions as President of his national swimming federation and IOC member.


Fort Lauderdale Aquatics director and Cardinal Gibbons coach Duffy Dillon will be inducted in the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Former FLA coach and step-son Ian Cross will introduce him. Joining Dillon in the Class of 2011 are Olympian Wendy Bruce Martin (gymnastics), Joe Castiglione (athletic Administration), Barry Krauss (football), Gene Monahan (sports medicine) and Louis Oliver (football). Former Miami Dolphin Nat Moore will introduce Oliver. Tickets are $55 per person.


SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy continued his winning ways over the weekend in a dual meet at Providence College.

The Seton Hall junior won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.90 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.59.

Seton Hall spoiled Providence College’s home opener with the men winning 165-104 and women winning 156-120 in Providence, R.I. Seton Hall’s next meet is this weekend in a quad meet at Rutgers.


Aussie Olympian Ian Thorpe will continue his comeback on Tuesday and Wednesday at the FINA World Cup Series stop in Beijing, China, in the same pool used for the 2008 Olympic competition. Thorpe will compete in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley…

Dave Shula of Cooper City, oldest son of coaching legend Don Shula, finished Sunday’s New York City Marathon in 3 hours, 32 minutes and 52 seconds. Shula is an accomplished multi-sport athlete and has competed in several marathons and triathlons including Ironman…The 2012 Ironman Florida, scheduled for November 3, sold out its entries in a record sixteen minutes. It offers 50 age group qualifying slots for the Oct. 12, 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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