SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman Races To Second USA Swimming Junior National Cut In Texas

SOFLO’s Brandon Goldman Races To Second USA Swimming Junior National Cut In Texas


May 19, 2012

For the second night in a row, Brandon Goldman turned in the team’s top performance at the Texas Senior Circuit Meet Saturday night in College Station, Tex.

Goldman, 17, earned his second junior national cut time and placed fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in a career-best time of 4:39.27 in the “A” championship final, more than a five second time drop.

Goldman had bettered his previous best time (4:44.46) in morning prelims in 4:42.09 and then turned it on in the championship final including a 31.60 split in the last 50-meter freestyle.

“This whole meet I have been really nervous before each race because I wasn’t sure how I would do,” Goldman said. “I had been training well. I knew I would get it together. I am excited about the times I’ve been going and happy to get have two junior national cuts.

“I’ve been doing a lot more training and been getting close to best times in practice. Aerobically and physically I’ve been more fit. I feel like I am getting a lot stronger.”

After dropping time in morning prelims, Goldman saw there was still room for improvement for the finals.

“I knew in the morning my fly was too slow,” Goldman said. “In my back I kept the tempo up. The breaststroke I did whatever comes out for me. The freestyle I was a little bit tired, a little bit dead. I gave whatever I had.”

Goldman said the 200 backstroke and 400 IM were his two best races.

“I wasn’t tapered for this meet at all, so I was just thinking let’s see what I can do,” Goldman said. “I didn’t have any specific cuts.

“This helps my confidence a lot. I’ve always been a nervous swimmer. The more and more swims I get, it helps my confidence. I swim best when I am confident obviously. When I feel my back is up against the wall I really swim well.”

It is Goldman’s third appearance at the Texas Senior Circuit meet. The indoor facility and meet are among his favorites. “I love the pool,” he said.

Goldman has the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley left to swim on Sunday, the third and final day of the meet.

“These are shorter, more fun events for me,” Goldman said. “They are two of my best races and important to me.”

Goldman’s 400 IM splits were: butterfly (29.04, 33.65), backstroke (35.99, 35.19), breaststroke (40.10, 41.09) and freestyle (32.61, 31.60).

Goldman got his first junior national cut in March at the Purdue Invitational in the 100-meter backstroke where he won the “B” final in 59.26 and swam back-to-back best times despite being sick.

It was also Goldman’s second consecutive appearance in an “A” final at the Texas meet. On Friday, he swam back-to-back best times and finished fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.60 on opening night.

“He has been training really harder lately,” said Coral Springs Swim Club head coach Bruno Darzi. “We didn’t really back off training for him at all and he’s not really tapered for this meet.

“I can’t really say I am surprised because of the way he’s been training,” Darzi said. “It was a good race and good confidence-boost for him.”

Goldman and Darzi sat down and talked about the race on Friday. Both wrote predicted splits for his race. Darzi nailed the backstroke and breaststroke splits and was 4/10ths off his finish time.

In other SOFLO swimmer performances:

Evelin Jimenez and Maria Lopez, a pair of 16-year-olds, turned in best times. Jimenez swam 1:09.51 in the 100-meter butterfly and Lopez went 2:16.31 in the 200-meter freestyle. Lopez also swam the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.86.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Jessie Alcaide, 27, was sixth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.26, better than her morning time of 1:03.79 but off her best time of 1:02.23.

Xavier Brown, 17, swam 1:03.25 in the 100-meter butterfly.

In Sunday’s women’s 50-meter freestyle, Dara Torres of Coral Springs Swim Club and SOFLO swimmers Jessie Alcaide, Arlene Semeco and Evelin Jimenez will compete. It will be Torres’ final tune-up meet before the U.S. trials where she attempts to qualify for her sixth Olympic team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Swimmers Stay Busy With Home And Away Swim Meets

SOFLO Swimmers Stay Busy With Home And Away Swim Meets


May 17, 2012

Olympians Dara Torres and Arlene Semeco head the field for the three-day Texas Senior Circuit Meet that begins Friday at the Texas A&M University Student Rec Center in College Station, Tex.

Torres, 45, a five-time Olympian representing the Coral Springs Swim Club, is competing in the 50-meter freestyle, another tune-up for next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Nebraska where Torres will attempt to qualify for her sixth Olympic team.

Semeco, 28, a three-time Olympian for Venezuela, is competing in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle. Semeco is seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle (54.92) and second in the 50 freestyle in 24.76 behind Torres (24.62).

In addition to Semeco, South Florida Aquatic Club will be represented by Brandon Goldman, 17, Xavier Brown, 17, Jessie Alcaide, 27, Leonie Davies, 15, Evelin Jimenez, 16, and Maria Lopez, 16.

Goldman, a Junior National qualifier, will compete in the 200-meter backstroke, 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.

Brown, 17, is entered in the 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle.

Alcaide, 27, who has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in three events will compete in those events, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle, trying to lower her qualifying times for a better seeding at Trials.

Davies, 15, who will be moving to Texas next month with her family, will compete in her first meet in the Lone Star state. She is entered in the 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle.

Jimenez, 16, will compete in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly and 50- and 100-meter freestyle.

Lopez, 16, is entered in the most events with five. She will swim the 50-, 100- and 200-meter butterfly and 100- and 200-meter freestyle.

The long course meters indoor meet features prelims and finals and is the third meet on the Texas Senior Circuit Long Course Meet. Live results will be provided on the website.

SOFLO’s Polyakov Ready For Nationals

Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, looking to make his third Olympic team, will compete in his country’s nationals Friday through Sunday in Temirtau, Kazakhstan. Polyakov will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke in the Kazakhstan Cup/Olympic Trials. Polyakov is just off the 100-meter breaststroke standard by .7 of a second. He is going after a 1:00.79 in the 100 and 2:11.74 in the 200.

SOFLO Comets/CSSC Host FGC Meets

SOFLO is hosting two meets this weekend.

The SOFLO/Comets will host a three-day timed finals meet at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines Friday through Sunday. The meet has nearly 400 swimmers and ten teams.

Among top-seeds for SOFLO are:

Melissa Marinheiro, 15, 400-meter freestyle, 4:25.52

Kevin Porto, 12, 200-meter backstroke 2:36.98; 100-meter backstroke 1:15.76

Kelley Heron, 12, 50-meter breaststroke 39.59; 100-meter backstroke, 1:15.76; 200-meter freestyle 2:24.06; 100-meter breaststroke 1:23.92; 100-meter freestyle 1:07.71

Bianca Monti, 12, 100-meter butterfly 1:16.67

Nicholas Perera, 12, 200-meter butterfly 2:42.64

Ivan Parada, 17, 200-meter backstroke 2:21.36

Rachel Ling, 17, 50-meter backstroke 32.07

The SOFLO/Coral Springs Swim Club will host a two-day timed final meet at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Saturday and Sunday.

Among top seeds for SOFLO are:

Delaney Biro, 10, 50-meter butterfly 38.64; 50-meter freestyle 33.03

Catharine Cooper, 12, 50-meter butterfly 33.16; 50-meter freestyle 29.11

Gabby Beltrano, 10, 100-meter backstroke 1:28.73; 50-meter breaststroke 48.05; 50-meter backstroke 41.79

Christian Carlson, 12, 100-meter backstroke 1:19.97

Carter Carlson, 10, 50-meter breaststroke 48.21; 200-meter freestyle 2:49.41; 100-meter breaststroke 1:40.59

Andres McKeon, 10, 100-meter backstroke 1:31.22

Keegan Boisson-Yates, 16, 100-meter backstroke 1:01.24

Jillian Alexander, 15, 50-meter breaststroke 36.32

Isabella Pittinger, 12, 50-meter backstroke 34.26

Emily Greenwood, 17, 50-meter backstroke 31.55

Lydia Szakacs, 10, 100-meter breaststroke 1:53.22

Audrey Mason, 13, 100-meter breaststroke 1:21.11

IF YOU GO                                                                                                       

What: Comets FGC Open Invitational   

When: Friday-Sunday, timed finals

Schedule: Friday-5:30 p.m. opening session, Saturday-8:30 a.m. second session, 2 p.m. third session, Sunday-8:30 a.m. fourth session, 2 p.m. fifth session.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-538-3721.


What: Coral Springs FGC Open Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday, timed finals

Schedule: Saturday, 9 a.m. opening session, 1 p.m. second session; Sunday, 9 a.m. third session, 1 p.m. fourth session.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Center, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-345-2121 or 954-340-5032.

Mullins Park/CSSC At Pine Crest Sizzler

A week after SOFLO/Comets’ young swimmers dominated the Pompano Beach Spring Sizzler, SOFLO/CSSC Mullins Park swimmers will compete in the 8&Under Broward Sizzler hosted by Pine Crest Swimming.

Many FGC swimmers in the field will be getting their feet wet by competing in their first meet.

Swimmers will get a chance to work on their skills in race situations in the 25-yard butterfly, 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard freestyle in sprint races as well as 100-yard freestyle relay.


What: 8&Under Broward Sizzler

When: Friday, 5 p.m. warm-up, 5:30 p.m. timed events

Where: Pine Crest School, Schlesinger Aquatics Center’s Woodson Pool, 1501 Northeast 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale

Admission: $2 gate, $2 heat sheets. For information call 954-492-4173.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 139: SOFLO’s Semeco Wins Second Silver At South American Championships

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 139: SOFLO’s Semeco Wins Second Silver At South American Championships


March 16, 2012

Three-time Olympian Arlene Semeco of Venezuela won her second silver medal on the third night of the South American Championships Friday in Belem, Brazil.

Semeco anchored the second-place 400-meter freestyle relay team that finished in 8:16.41. Brazil won in 8:11.60.

Semeco, swimming anchor, was fourth off the blocks and worked her way up to second place with a 54.85 split.

In other championship races:

Brazilian Cesar Cielo went sub-22 to win the 50-meter freestyle in 21.85 to move into the No. 1 slot in the world rankings.

Thiago Pereira won his second event of the meet in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:58.49, third fastest time in the world this year.

Brazilian Etienne Medeiros won the 50-meter backstroke by more than a second.

Brazil’s Glauber Silva knocked off defending champion Albert Subirats of Venezuela in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.80. Subirats was second in 52.96. Former Brit Ben Hockin of Paraguay was third in 53.21.

Manuela Duarte, also of Brazil won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.58, the fastest time by a Brazilian since 2009. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto was second in 2:00.83, just missing a national record.

Switzerland Swim Trials

Three more national records were broken on Day 2 of the Swiss Olympic Trials on Friday.

Alexandre Liess, 20, broke his own national record in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.23 in prelims and against in the finals in 1:58.63, qualifying him for the European Championships.

Yannick Kaser won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.23, a meet record and his second title of the meet.

Ivana Gabrilo broke a national record in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.15, breaking her own record of 29.39.

Teenager Danielle Villars, 18, broke a national record on a relay leadoff for the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.47.

Dominik Meichtry won his second event in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.87.

Australian Swim Trials

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe of Australia failed to advance to the finals of the 200-meter freestyle at Australia’s selection trials. He lost his opportunity to swim in the event that he once dominated in the 2012 London Olympics. Thorpe said afterwards he was “utterly gutted” after being 12th fastest in the semifinals in 1:49.91, six seconds slower than his world record in 2001 (1:44.06). His hopes of returning to the Olympics now rests on his swims in the 100-meter freestyle on Sunday.

Aussie Christian Sprenger became the first swimmer in the world to break a minute in the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.91 in the finals.

Alicia Coutts won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.59.

Kylie Palmer became only the second swimmer to break a national record in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:03.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.

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


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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at


South Florida Aquatic Club Sends Strong Team To FGC Senior Championships At Plantation

South Florida Aquatic Club Sends Strong Team To FGC Senior Championships At Plantation


February 15, 2012

From Olympians Dara Torres, Arlene Semeco, Sharntelle McLean and Alia Atkinson to up-and-comers Melissa Marinheiro, Brandon Goldman and Keegan Boisson-Yates, South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

The three-day short course yards meet begins on Friday at the Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO has 78 swimmers, 334 individual entries and 18 relays. It is the second year SOFLO is competing as a team in the meet. Last year in its club debut, SOFLO sent 54 swimmers to the meet.

SOFLO is among one of the most talented fields assembled along with Davie Nadadores, Pine Crest, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Lake Lytal Lightning, Heritage Aquatic Team, T2 Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons and Metro Aquatic Club of Miami.

This is the third year that the Florida Gold Coast has separated the seniors from the 14-and-under swimmers at its Junior Olympics.

Coaches and swimmers seem to like the shorter session but miss the camaraderie between the older swimmers who serve as role models for the younger swimmers.

The older swimmers also get more opportunities to swim since there are “A” and “B” finals. The meet will serve as last opportunity for swimmers to make their sectional cuts.

Joining Atkinson, Semeco, McLean and Torres among the SOFLO girls contingent are: Jessie Alcaide, 27; Jillian Alexander, 14; Kaitlin Armstrong, 15; Kristina Brennan, 16; Sophia Bucaro, 13; Luana Cabral, 20; Lilliana Calero, 13; Steph Campo, 14; Leysha Caraballo, 15; Alani Carrasco, 12; Leonie Davies, 15; Emily Greenwood, 17; Kylie Herman, 14; Amber Hunter, 16; Daniela Jimenez, 16; Evelin Jimenez, 16; Anne Kuczynski, 17; Emma Lincoln, 16; Rachel Ling, 16; Maria Lopez, 16; Mariangela Macchiavello, 21; Marcella Marinheiro, 17; Melissa Marinheiro, 14; Audrey Mason, 13; Andrea Melendez, 15; Stephanie Mlujeak, 13; Juliann Plasencia, 15; Jessica Rodriguez, 13; Monica Rodriguez, 14; Samantha Stinemire, 13; Carly Swanson, 14; Natasha Testa, 13; Cristina Villegas, 13; Selina Voelkel, 15; and Haley Wright, 15.

In addition to Goldman and Boisson-Yates, the SOFLO men’s contingent includes Xavier Brown, 17; Roger Capote, 16; Ryan Capote, 13; August Charni, 15; Jordon Colon, 14; Joshua Coote, 16; Joshua Cutter,16; Kyle Desrosiers, 16; Ilya Evdokimov, 15; Ben Fruitman, 16; Matthew Gonzalez, 17; Mauricio Hidalgo, 18; Marco Hosfeld, 15; Edward Kon, 15; Juan Lucas, 13; Derek Maguire, 18; Alfredo Mesa, 13; Alexander Monti, 13; Ivan Parada, 17; William Perry III, 15; Bryce Pierce, 15; Austin Pillado, 17; Julien Pinon, 13; Fernando Quintero, 15; Carlos Rodriguez, 13; Diego Rodriguez, 14; Marc Rojas, 18; Cristian Rossi, 13; Derek Schwab, 18; Jonathan Strod, 13; Hazem Tashkandi, 19; Loai Tashkandi, 21; Nezar Tashkandi, 19; Luke Torres, 17; Gustavo Valery, 13; and Jacob Walters, 16.

Top-seeded SOFLO swimmers are: Brandon Goldman, 16, 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley; Loai Tashkandi, 21, 50-yard breaststroke; Keegan Boisson-Yates, 16, 50-yard backstroke; Alia Atkinson, 23, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke; and Sharntelle McLean, 27, 50-yard butterfly.  

In the women’s 50-yard butterfly, SOFLO has the top three seeds with McLean, Atkinson and Jessie Alcaide.

The youngest SOFLO swimmer entered is 12-year-old Alani Carrasco in the 100-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle.

T2 Aquatics of Naples will make its debut in the senior championships. The team includes Erika Erndl, Liz Pelton, Avery Mohring, Anne-Marie Botek and newest member Katie Hoff, a two-time Olympian, who recently left California to train in Naples. Hoff competed at the 2004 Olympics at age 15.

The public is welcome to both prelim and final sessions Friday through Sunday.


What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

When: Friday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3 per session. 


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

SOFLO’s Isabella Pittinger Has Big Day At Comets Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational

SOFLO’s Isabella Pittinger Has Big Day At Comets Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational

January 28, 2012


Isabella Pittinger won four events and posted three lifetime best times Saturday at the Florida Gold Coast Open Invitational at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Pittinger, 12, won the 11-12 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.74, bettering her previous best of 1:06.75; 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.96, bettering her previous best of 1:11.84 and 50-yard freestyle in 27.05, lowering her previous best of 27.07.

Pittinger was also a member of the winning 12-and-under 200-yard medley relay in 2:04.94 with teammates Megan Schimansky, Kelley Heron and Catharine Cooper.

Tristan Celestin led the SOFLO boys with three wins, including a career-best time swim.

Celestin, 12, won the 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 29.06; 50-yard freestyle in 24.23 and 100-yard butterfly in a best time of 1:03.28, lowering his previous best of 1:05.09.

Celestin was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.68 with teammates Juan Lucas, Carlos Rodriguez and Kevin Porto.

Other SOFLO champions were:

Annita Huang, 10, 100-yard backstroke, 1:14.48, best time

Kelley Heron, 12, 50-yard breaststroke, 34.52

Sophia Bucaro, 12, 500-yard freestyle, 5:23.31, best time

Rafael Rodriguez, 10, 100-yard backstroke, 1:11.97, best time and 50-yard freestyle, 29.00, best time

Juan Lucas, 12, 100-yard backstroke, 1:00.10 and 500-yard freestyle, 5:14.42, best time

Jonathan Skarie, 9, 50-yard breaststroke, 37.52, best time and 100-yard butterfly, 1:12.47, best time.

The three-day meet ends today for the 12-and-under swimmers with timed finals at 11:30 a.m.


100-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Annita Huang, SOFLO 1:14.48; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 1:15.30, 3. Anabel Vazquez 1:19.04, 4. Gabby Beltrano 1:22.15, 5. Elise Larin 1:25.43, 6. Michelle Marinheiro 1:27.83, 7. Kyana Castro 1:28.77, 8. Mikaela De Gracia 1:31.00, 9. Natalie Simm 1:31.49, 10. Sarah Schimansky 1:31.80, 12. Isabella Di Salvo 1:33.45, 13. Trinity Hoyos 1:35.80, 15. Maria Carrillo 1:40.62, 16. Treasure D’Souza 1:42.44, 18. Morgan Cavanagh 1:46.79, 19. Emma Perera 1:48.12, 20. Salma Hegazy 1:48.36, 21. Taylor Lindauer 1:49.26, 22. Nivedha Natarajan 1:54.91, 23. Ivanna Fregoso 1:57.54, 25. Sophia Bedoya 1:58.44; COMETS: 11. Sara Quintero 1:33.38, 17. Katrina Del Vecchio 1:42.45; CORAL SPRINGS: 14. Emma Gomez 1:39.78, 24. Victoria Grimaldi 1:58.12; 11-12, 1. Isabella Pittinger, SOFLO 1:05.74; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 1:06.31, 3. Sophia Bucaro 1:08.03, 4. Alani Carrasco 1:11.55, 5. Megan Schimansky 1:11.87, 6. Anna Montgomery 1:16.07, 9. Valentina Diaz 1:19.46, 11. Ashley Tan 1:20.21, 13. Lauren Simm 1:20.78, 14. Zariya Harris 1:21.35, 15. Isabel Shashaty 1:23.14, 17. Alexandra Crespo 1:23.34, 18. Adrianne Silva 1:23.90, 19. Daniela Gomez 1:26.80, 20. Beliz Aral 1:28.27, 21. Catalin Grant 1:28.35, 23. Catalina Lizarazo 1:31.74, 25. Brittney 1:40.19, 26. Anna Gally 1:41.90.

50-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 36.83; SOFLO: 2. Elise Larin 40.87, 4. Gabby Beltrano 44.76, 5. Mikaela De Gracia 46.59, 6. Isabella Di Salvo 46.69, 7. Brooke Cordoba 46.73, 8. Natalie Simm 47.21, 9. Sarah Schimansky 47.94, 10. Treasure D’Souza 48.54, 11. Kailey Norusis 49.34, 12. Kyana Castro 50.04, 14. Trinity Hoyos 52.60, 20. Emma Perera 55.70, 21. Salma Hegazy 56.85, 22. Giulianna Garcia 57.28, 25. Nivedha Natarajan 58.07, 26. Tyler Williams 58.08, 28. Ivanna Fregoso 1:00.57, 30. Maria Carrillo 1:00.76, 31. Sophia Bedoya 1:04.89, 32. Morgan Cavanagh 1:05.65, 33. Valerie Kon 1:06.00; COMETS: 17. Katrina Del Vecchio 54.16, 18. Sara Quintero 54.74, 19. Gretchen Montgomery 55.42; CORAL SPRINGS: 29. Victoria Grimaldi 1:00.66; 11-12, 1. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 34.52; SOFLO: 2. Delanie Perez 36.37, 4. Jennifer Rodriguez 38.68, 6. Katherine DeBarros 40.13, 7. Lauren Simm 40.37, 9. Alexandra Crespo 42.59, 10. Carly Brewington 44.03, 11. Valeria Alfageme 44.41, 12. Kellie Wilcox 44.82, 14. Beliz Aral 44.98, 15. Lauren Smith 45.08, 18. Catalin Grant 49.25, 19. Anna Gally 51.47, 21. Brittney Parra 56.16.

100-yard butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 1:14.57; SOFLO: 2. Vanessa Mesa 1:16.35, 4. Anabel Vazquez 1:37.67, 5. Elise Larin 1:44.18, 6. Michelle Marinheiro 1:46.51; 11-12, 1. Isabella Pittinger, SOFLO 1:07.92; SOFLO: 2. Bianca Monti 1:08.40, 3. Sarah Bucaro 1:11.58, 4. Alani Carrasco 1:13.40, 5. Delanie Perez 1:14.00, 6. Andrea Bucaro 1:14.10, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:18.49, 11. Ashley Tan 1:24.85, 12. Isabel Shashaty 1:29.74, 13. Zarriya Harris 1:30.43, 14. Valentina Diaz 1:31.84, 15. Catalina Lizarazo 1:36.83.

50-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Andrea Santander, Miami Beach 28.30; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 30.77, 3. Anabel Vazquez 32.68, 5. Kyana Castro 34.22, 7. Sarah Schimansky 34.59, 8. Michelle Marinheiro 35.71, 9. Isabella DiSalvo 35.77, 10. Savanha Saunders 35.89, 12. Gabby Beltrano 35.97, 13. Natalie Simm 36.06, 17. Treasure D’Souza 37.10, 18. Maria Carrillo 37.66, 19. Trinity Hoyos 38.01, 20. Brooke Cordoba 38.43, 21. Giulianna Garcia 41.30, 22. Taylor Lindauer 41.48, 23. Emma Perera 41.90, 28. Ivanna Fregoso 44.26, 31. Morgan Cavanagh 46.13, 32. Kailey Norusis 46.86, 33. Salma Hegazy 46.87, 34. Tyler Williams 47.09, 37. Nivedha Natarajan 48.96, 40. Valerie Kon 49.59, 41. Sophia Bedoya 52.33; COMETS: 15. Sara Quintero 36.46, 25. Katrina Del Vecchio 43.60, 39. Gretchen Montgomery 49.33; CORAL SPRINGS: 16. Emma Gomez 37.03, 29. Meredith McDade 45.51, 36. Victoria Grimaldi 48.18; 11-12, 1. Isabella Pittinger, SOFLO 27.05; SOFLO: 2. Sophia Bucaro 27.55, 3. Bianca Monti 27.64, 5. Alani Carrasco 28.38, 6. Megan Schimansky 29.74, 7. Sarah Bucaro 29.81, 13. Ashley Tan 31.22, 14. Katherine De Barros 31.33, 15. Valentina Diaz 31.45, 17. Zariya Harris 31.79, 18. Anna Montgomery 32.19, 19. Valeria Alfageme 32.20, 20. Lauren Smith 32.96, 21. Isabel Shashaty 33.09, 22. Catalina Lizarazo 33.40, 23. Adrianne Silva 33.58, 24. Lauren Simm 33.59, 25. Alexandra Crespo 33.76, 26. Carly Brewington 33.83, 27. Beliz Aral 34.03, 31. Kellie Wilcox 34.74, 32. Catalin Grant 35.86, 33. Daniela Gomez 36.54, 37. Anna Gally 38.71, 38. Brittney Parra 40.13.      

200-yard medley relay: 12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:04.94 (Megan Schimansky, Kelley Heron, Isabella Pittinger, Catharine Cooper), 2. SOFLO B 2:09.09, 3. SOFLO C 2:16.89, 4. SOFLO E 2:25.08, 5. SOFLO G 2:37.15, 6. SOFLO I 2:39.88, 7. SOFLO F 2:41.05, 8. SOFLO D 2:47.28, 9. SOFLO H 3:08.04, 10. SOFLO J 3:14.01.

500-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Vanessa Mesa, SOFLO 6:02.18; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 6:16.61; 11-12, 1. Sophia Bucaro, SOFLO 5:23.31; SOFLO: 2. Kelley Heron 5:27.69, 3. Bianca Monti 5:40.02, 4. Catharine Cooper 5:43.72, 5. Andrea Bucaro 5:50.88, 6. Delanie Perez 5:51.02, 7. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:55.80, 8. Megan Schimansky 5:59.58, 9. Katherine DeBarros 6:12.12, 10. Anna Montgomery 6:33.32.


100-yard backstroke: 10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:11.97; SOFLO: 2. Bryant Segui 1:15.02, 3. Leonardo Mateus 1:15.27, 4. Joseph Lee 1:22.11, 5. Derek Tom 1:23.46, 7. Nicolas Drolet 1:24.93, 8. Tomas Pelaez 1:26.92, 10. Joshua Hanks 1:27.39, 11. Gabriel Saavedra 1:28.41, 12. John Paul Handal 1:33.81, 13. Akira Huang 1:36.23, 14. Dylan Face 1:37.12, 15. Roberto Garrido 1:40.66, 16. Gianni Savino 1:42.09, 18. Sebastian Sevilla 1:46.45, 19. Marcos Vazquez 1:55.49, 20. Anthony Gutierrez 2:08.02; COMETS: 9. Nicolas Rossi 1:26.93, 17. Zackary Harris 1:42.16; 11-12, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 1:00.10; SOFLO: 2. Kevin Porto 1:04.95, 4. Andres Lares 1:06.71, 5. Ricardo Roche 1:07.11, 6. Bruno Berti 1:07.74, 7. Rodrigo Rodriguez 1:09.91, 8. Collin Burt 1:09.97, 9. Samuel Quintero 1:10.41, 10. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 1:11.37, 12. Miguel Hernandez 1:17.22, 13. Matthew Liang 1:17.48, 14. Nicolas Raimont 1:19.91, 15. Jonathan Drolet 1:22.14, 16. Andrew Molko 1:23.81, 18. Andres Arias 1:24.73, 20. Noah Molko 1:35.99, 21. Sergio Morizot-Leite 1:37.46, 22. Kyle Oliver 1:38.76, 23. Hernando Lugo 1:44.66, 25. Ethan Hew 1:45.96, 26. Juan Gutierrez 1:46.74.

50-yard breaststroke: 10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Skarie, SOFLO 37.52; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 38.20, 4. Gianni Savino 44.44, 5. Joshua Hanks 47.55, 6. Tomas Pelaez 47.78, 7. Luis Bucaro 48.12, 8. Alexander Meyer 48.58, 9. Gabriel Saavedra 50.02, 10. John Paul Handal 50.66,11. Connor Marks 52.27, 12. Sebastian Sevilla 52.64, 13. Dylan Face 54.60, 15. Akira Huang 55.08, 16. Brooks Brown 55.17, 17. Andrew McDade 55.73, 21. Roberto Garrido 1:00.36, 22. Anthony Gutierrez 1:00.73, 24. Marcos Vazquez 1:02.43; COMETS: 19. Zackary Harris 56.90; CORAL SPRINGS: 25. Bennett Brown 1:07.15; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 29.06; SOFLO: 3. Carlos Rodriguez 35.19, 4. C.J. Kopecki 36.91, 5. Tyler Gibson 36.96, 6. Juan Lucas 37.09, 7. Rodrigo Rodriguez 37.25, 8. Bruno Berti 37.31, 9. Samuel Quintero 38.38, 10. Matthew Menocal 39.60, 12. Jonathan Drolet 41.92, 14. Andres Arias 45.04, 15. Andre Molko 45.74, 18. Sergio Morizot-Leite 48.95, 20. Ethan Hew 51.07, 21. Christopher Perez 51.13, 23. Hernando Lugo 51.71,24. Noah Molko 51.87, 25. Bryce Carro 53.31, 27. Curtis Marcoux 54.73.

100-yard butterfly: 10-and-under, 1. Jonathan Skarie, SOFLO 1:12.47; SOFLO: 2. Bryant Segui 1:15.09, 6. Nicolas Drolet 1:31.18, 7. Joseph Lee 1:33.62, 8. Alexander Meyer 1:34.91, 9. Derek Tom 1:35.26; COMETS: 10. Nicolas Rossi 1:45.67; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 1:03.28; SOFLO: 2. Carlos Rodriguez 1:03.41, 4. Kevin Porto 1:06.98, 5. Andres Lares 1:08.00, 6. C.J. Kopecki 1:12.14, 7. Collin Burt 1:12.76, 8. Ricardo Roche 1:14.26, 9. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 1:20.90, 11. Nicolas Raimont 1:28.47.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOLO 29.00; SOFLO: 3. Jonathan Skarie 30.24, 5. Brandon Moran 31.48, 6. Connor Marks 32.38, 9. Luis Bucaro 34.88, 10. Derek Tom 34.95, 11. Andrew McDade 35.07, 12. Nicolas Drolet 35.51, 13. Gianni Savino 35.60, 15. Joseph Lee 36.35, 16. Alexander Meyer 36.55, 17. Joshua Hanks 37.09,18. Tomas Pelaez 37.10, 20. John Paul Handal 37.12, 21. Akira Huang 38.75, 22. Gabriel Saavedra 38.96, 23. Dylan Face 39.11, 24. Sebastian Sevilla 39.58, 28. Brooks Brown 41.74, 36. Marcos Vazquez 45.55, 40. Roberto Garrido 50.39, 41. Joe Turner 53.20, 42. Anthony Gutierrez 56.94; COMETS: 7. Nicolas Rossi 32.64, 33. Zackary Harris 42.28; CORAL SPRINGS: 38. Bennett Brown 46.49; 11-12, 1. Tristan Celestin, SOFLO 24.23; SOFLO: 2. Bruno Berti 27.24, 3. Rodrigo Rodriguez 27.84, 4. Collin Burt 28.36, 5. Matthew Menocal 28.60, 6. Miguel Hernandez 28.68, 8. Estaban Diaz-Velasco 29.79, 9. Matthew Liang 30.48, 10. Tyler Gibson 31.34, 11. Nicolas Raimont 31.42, 12. Andre Molko 31.96, 16. Andres Arias 33.15, 17. Jonathan Drolet 33.21, 19. Sergio Morizot-Leite 35.16, 24. Bryce Carro 37.25, 25. Noah Molko 38.43, 28. Christopher Perez 39.65, 30. Hernando Lugo 40.21, 32. Kyle Oliver 41.32, 33. Juan Gutierrez 42.98, 34. Curtis Marcoux 43.52, 35. Ethan Hew 45.66.

200-yard medley relay: 12-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:52.68 (Juan Lucas, Tristan Celestin, Carlos Rodriguez, Kevin Porto), 2. SOFLO C 2:10.61, 3. SOFLO B 2:01.89, 4. SOFLO D 2:16.49, 5. SOFLO E 2:23.15, 6. SOFLO G 2:42.86, 7. SOFLO H 2:45.81, 8. SOFLO I 2:58.02.

500-yard freestyle: 10-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 5:56.10; SOFLO: 2. Bryant Segui 6:13.35, 3. Brandon Moran 6:17.74, 4. Leonardo Mateus 6:18.42; 11-12, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 5:14.42; SOFLO: 2. Carlos Rodriguez 5:21.55, 3. Kevin Porto 5:23.89, 4. Ricardo Roche 5:29.67, 6. Andres Lares 5:42.95, 8. C.J. Kopecki 5:47.23, 9. Matthew Menocal 5:47.54, 10. Samuel Quintero 5:47.93, 11. Tyler Gibson 6:18.01, 12. Matthew Liang 6:18.77, 13. Miguel Hernandez 6:18.83. 

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Four Records Broken On Final Day, SOFLO’s Semeco Falls Short At XVI Pan American Games

Four Records Broken On Final Day, SOFLO’s Semeco Falls Short At XVI Pan American Games

October 21, 2011


On the final day of pool swimming at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, four meet records fell including three in the four championship finals.

SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco of Venezuela was shut out of a medal in the women’s 50-meter freestyle in which she was defending champion and meet record holder.

Semeco finished fifth in 25.57 seconds.

American Lara Jackson, seeded second after morning prelims, won the event with a Pan American Games record in 25.09, breaking Semeco’s Pan Am record of 25.14 set in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro

Semeco also swam anchor on Venezuela’s seventh-place 4×100-meter medley relay that finished in 4:18.76. St. Thomas alum Daniela Victoria of Davie Nadadores was also a relay member.

Brazil’s Thiago Pereira won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.19, breaking his own Pan American Games record of 1:58.42 set in 2007. It was Pereira’s fourth individual gold medal of the Games and ninth fastest time in the world this year.

Jacksonville Bolles’ Ryan Murphy, the youngest member of the U.S. national team, swam an amazing 1:58.50 in the 200-meter backstroke to take the bronze medal.

The U.S. women’s 4×100-meter medley relay broke back-to-back Pan American Games record in prelims (4:04.52) and finals (4:01.00) with Rachel Bootsma, Annie Chandler, Claire Donahue and Amanda Kendall.

With Cesar Cielo swimming an anchor leg of 47.28, Brazil won the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay won in 3:34.58 to close out the night. Cielo was joined by Guilherme Guido, Felipe Franca and Gabriel Mangabeira. The U.S. men were second in 3:37.17.

The men’s and women’s open water 10K races begin 9 a.m. on Saturday.

FINA/Arena World Cup Series

Heading into the fourth event of the seven-leg FINA World Cup Series in Berlin, South African teenager Chad Le Clos leads the points and prize money standings.

The 19-year-old leads with 61 points, 11 points ahead of Japan’s Hidemasa Sano. Le Clos has already posted four Olympic qualifying times this year and is using the World Cup as preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.

On the final stop of the European leg, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin will each compete in five events. The German National Team and several British swimmers along with several U.S. swimmers are in the field.

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Atkinson Goes For Medal On Monday; Bootsma Wins On Day Two Of Pan American Games

Atkinson Goes For Medal On Monday; Bootsma Wins On Day Two Of Pan American Games

October 16, 2011


It was the Elizabeth Pelton-Rachel Bootsma Show in the 100-meter backstroke Sunday at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In morning prelims, Pelton broke the third oldest Pan American Games record in 1:01.57. The previous record was 1:01.71 set by Barbara (B.J.) Bedford in 1995.

Bootsma, 17, the National High School Swimmer of the Year and high school record holder from Minneapolis, won the championship final in 1:00.37 breaking the record again. Her splits were 29.56 and 30.81.

Pelton finished second for the silver medal in 1:01.12 to give the U.S. a 1-2 finish.

In other championship finals:

Brazil Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo broke the Pan American Games record in the 100-meter freestyle in a career-best 47.84, second fastest time in the world this year. Cielo broke his own record of 48.79 set in 2007. Cielo’s splits were 22.84 and 25.00.

The U.S. had another 1-2 finish in the 200-meter freestyle. Catherine Breed won the gold medal in 2:00.08 and Tampa Prep alum Chelsea Nauta took the silver in 2:00.62.

Brazil’s Felipe Franca won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.34, just missing the meet record of 1:00.24. 

Brazil won another gold medal in the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay to finish ahead of the U.S. with another Pan American Games record in 3:14.65. Bruno Fratus, who has tonsillitis and failed to final in the 100 freestyle (50.51), came back on leadoff leg for a 49.7.

SOFLO two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of Jamaica, fresh off her back-to-back national records and career-bests in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, will go after her first medal on Monday in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Atkinson broke her own national record of 1:02.40 set four years ago at the last Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

SOFLO and Jamaica coach Chris Anderson said her first swim will help her confidence and set her up nicely for her main events, the breaststrokes.

“I was nervous because it was the first of the meet, but it went well,” Atkinson said. “Main problem is that it was the first event in the morning and the last five meters hurt a lot. Considering how the first one went, the two breaststrokes should be pretty good.”

SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco swam anchor leg on Venezuela’s fourth place 4×100-meter freestyle relay that finished in 3:48.55.


South African teenager Chad Le Clos added another $7,000 on Sunday bringing his series-leading prize money total to $16,000 after finishing second in three events on the final day of competition in Stockholm, Sweden, the second stop on the tour.

Le Clos was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:43.80. Germany’s Paul Biedermann won in 1:43.44. He was also second in the 100-meter butterfly in 51.15 and 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.93.

Other individual winners were:

Pal Joensen of Faroe Islands won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:52.00.

Dale Oen of Norway won the 100-meter breaststroke in 58.30.

Tyler  McGill of the U.S. won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.04.

Daiya Seto of Japan won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.65.

Stefan Nystrand of Sweden won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.70 out-touching Canadian Brent Hayden in 21.76.

Flori Lang of Switzerland won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.46.

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the 100-meter freestyle in 52.44.

Jennie Johansson of Sweden won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.05.

Izumi Kato of Japan won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:31.27.

Rachel Goh of Australia won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.55.

Gong Jie of China won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.91.

Angie Bainbridge of Australia won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:03.02.

Kim Hye of Korea won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:22.41 after China’s Sun Ye was disqualified after winning in 2:21.

Theresa Michalak of Germany won the 100-meter individual medley in 59.30.

Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.23 and finished with three wins in her home country.

The next series stop is Oct. 18-19 in Moscow before heading to Berlin this weekend. USA Swimming coach Jack Roach and swimmers Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps arrived in Moscow this past weekend and aside from getting lost in a cab on their way to their hotel, are enjoying the sights.


Laura Barito of Stevens Tech was named NCAA Woman of the Year after an outstanding college swimming and track career that included 22 All-American selections and two national titles. She earned NCAA titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 400-meter hurdles. She graduated from the Division III school in Hoboken, N.J. with an engineering degree. She finished ahead of swimmers Annie Chandler of Arizona and Kelsey Ward of Drury and six other athletes in various sports. She is now a volunteer assistant coach for the swim team at University of Delaware where she is pursuing a Ph.D in mechanical engineering…

Olympian Brooke Bennett of Tampa, competing in her first meet in four years, swam 17:25 in the short course meter mile event at the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic. “Smooth and steady,” she tweeted. “Just as I want it, I am very pleased. It felt awesome racing again. Now what’s next?” Team Blu Frog, headed by Gaines, broke twelve world records during the three-day meet at the Orlando YMCA that attracted 225 swimmers…In a California masters meet, Olympic champion Anthony Ervin broke his own masters national record in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.39, the second fastest time ever swum at a Masters meet in the world. Ervin, 30, is staging a comeback and run at the 2012 Olympic trials.

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 92: SOFLO’s Polyakov Wins Two More Gold Medals At Asian Championships

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 92: SOFLO’s Polyakov Wins Two More Gold Medals At Asian Championships

October 12, 2011


Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov won his second and third gold medals at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships Wednesday in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:15.9. His splits were 30.4, 34.3, 35.2 and 36.0.

Polyakov told his coach Bruno Darzi that he felt good during morning prelims to qualify (2:17.8) but felt tired in the championship final, was sluggish in the water and nearly got out-touched at the finish.

“I think my body is taking a beating and it’s hard to be performing at these conditions,” Polyakov said.

Polyakov was also a member of the winning medley relay.

Polyakov won the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes and was third in the 50-meter breaststroke, but missed making the qualifying times for the 2012 London Olympics.

There are several FINA-sanctioned meets over the next few months Polyakov and other swimmers will compete in to attempt to qualify for his third Olympics.

Polyakov, who represents Kazakhstan internationally, trains at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Local Triathlete Named To Pan Am Team

Former Florida Atlantic University student and triathlete Manny Huerta of Miami was named to the U.S. triathlon team for the Pan American Games that begin in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The former Florida Gold Coast swimmer replaces three-time Olympian Hunter Kemper, who broke his elbow during a bike crash at this past Sunday’s USA Triathlon Elite Race Series Finals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Kemper, 35, underwent a surgical procedure on Monday and is expected to have more surgery.

Huerta just returned to Costa Rica from Mexico where he finished sixth at the Oct. 9 World Cup event in Huatulco despite 100-degree temperature and humidity. He was treated for dehydration at a local hospital.

Huerta was the U.S. men’s alternate for the Pan Am Games. It is the biggest international meet for the 2012 Olympic hopeful. The men’s triathlon race is Sunday, Oct. 23.

“This will be my first time representing my country at a major games and I’m looking forward to it,” Huerta said.

South Florida will be well-represented in Mexico with SOFLO swimmers Alia Atkinson and Arlene Semeco and beach volleyball player Mark Van Zwieten of Pompano Beach.

College swimming

Florida State’s men’s and women’s teams will host SEC powers LSU, Alabama and South Carolina at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee this weekend.

The Seminoles will compete against LSU on Friday and Alabama and South Carolina on Saturday. The FSU women’s swimming and diving team will wear pink caps in honor of the Paint It Pink event honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The weekend will also be Parents Weekend for FSU parents. Several SOFLO swimmers will compete including Tiffany Oliver, Melissa Cooper, Ashley Hicks, Doug Ramos and Alex Rodriguez…

The University of Florida’s SEC meet against LSU on Saturday will be webcast live on Florida Swim Network at 1 p.m…

West Virginia men’s and women’s teams will open the season this weekend by hosting the inaugural West Virginia State Games at the WVU Natatorium. Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Marshall, West Virginia Wesleyan, Wheeling Jesuit and host WVU will compete on Friday and Saturday. The meet is the brainchild of WVU coach Vic Riggs. The teams will also be treated to a banquet Friday night at a local golf resort. West Virginia features former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kyle Bandy, a junior freestyler and butterflyer…

After a ten-year hiatus, Campbellsville University in Kentucky has reinstated the men’s swim team. Eight current student-athletes will compete as a club team before a full team is built by next fall for the 2012-13 season. Former swimmer and women’s coach Casey Smith will coach the men’s team. Smith plans to spend the next year recruiting high school seniors. Those seniors interested can contact Smith at or 1-270-789-5260.

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