Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series Good Experience For SOFLO Swimmers

By Sharon Robb

February 13, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers are gaining experience every time they step on the blocks at the Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series.

On Friday, SOFLO had mixed results during prelims and finals at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, after winning the 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday, faded to sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:32.31.

“She’s feeling the effects of her lack of training and last night’s race,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson.

SOFLO teammate Valentina Artemeva made “D” final and swam 2:43.42. It was one of her fastest times in a few years.

“After her morning swim, this was a better swim for her tonight,” Anderson said. “She has far more potential.”

Jessica Rodriguez, 16, had a solid 200-meter breaststroke in 2:45.92.

Despite not feeling well, Jamaican Timothy Wynter swam under a minute in the 100-meter backstroke. He went 59.22 in prelims to make “C” finals and went 59.20 in finals.

Julien Pinon got in two 400-meter freestyle swims and turned in a best time in a backstroke time trial in 1:03.

One of the biggest highlights of the meet for SOFLO is being represented by four USA Swimming officials.

Allan Golding, Steve Swanson, Jose Carrion and Hector Acevedo, all swim parents, are all working the meet. They are the only officials from the Florida Gold Coast at the three-day meet.

In one of the big meet highlights on Friday night:

Elizabeth Beisel, still nursing a groin injury, won her first event. The University of Florida alum who trains with the Gator Swim Club took the lead in the 400-meter freestyle at the halfway mark and pulled away to win in 4:10.99.

The two-time Olympian has been struggling with the injury since the Austin Pro Swim Series when she pulled her groin during the 400-meter individual medley, an event she scratched from Thursday night.

After a month off, physical therapy and rehab, Beisel, 22, showed she is back in a big way. She was able to negative split the race in 2:05.5 and 2:05.55.

Beisel has been training almost entirely freestyle which helped her to reel in the field and maintain her series points lead picking up five points and win $1,000.

“I’m just a racer and I think I came out tonight even though I wasn’t feeling my best,” Beisel said.

Molly Hannis of Tennessee Aquatics won in a career-best 2:26.80, seventh best time in the world. Katie Hoff of Hurricane Aquatics was fifth in 2:32.13.

In championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Canadian Audrey Lacroix, 31, won her second event of the meet by nearly two seconds in 2:10.37. Caitlin Leverenz, 23, of Cal Aquatics was second in 2:11.98. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto, 23, of Gator Swim Club was eighth in 2:16.15. “I liked the way my first 100 felt, I have to work on the second 100,” Lacroix said. “It is always nice to win and to swim against top swimmers like Caitlin Leverenz. This helps me for my national trials in a few weeks.”

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Viktor Bromer, 21, of Denmark, who qualified by six seconds in prelims (1:57.00), wins in 1:57.32, fifth fastest time in the world this year. Gator Swim Club’s Sebastien Rousseau was third in 2:00.58. Luiz Ribeiro Pereira of Azura was seventh in 2:04.74. “I was a bit faster this morning but I am pretty happy about it since this is part of our training camp.” Eight different countries were represented in the final.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Bolles alum and Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 24, of SwimMAC, quick off the blocks, won by more than a half second in 24.85, fourth best time in the world this year. Svetlana Khakhlova, 30, of Club Seminole was third in 25.66. “I just try to think about going into the water as clean as I can,” Vanderpool-Wallace said. “I am not No. 1 yet and that’s where I want to be. Until then I am going to keep pushing.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: The race was delayed because of a broken foot ledge on Lane 5, but that didn’t seem to bother Brazilian Bruno Fratus, who won in 22.34.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Mie Nielsen, 18, of Denmark and Dominique Bouchard, 23, of Canada, in sync as they went into the wall, tied to win in 1:00.55.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: World champion Junya Koga, 27, of Club Wolverine knocked off defending Olympic champion Matt Grevers to win in 53.97. Arkady Vyatchanin, 30, of New York Athletic Club was second in 54.23 and Grevers thrd in 54.29. Pavel Sankovich of Club Seminole won the “B” final in 55.69.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Cody Miller of Badger Swim Club swept the breaststroke events, winning by more than a body length in a career-best 2:10.28, fastest time in the world this year. “I think of myself more of a 200 swimmer,” Miller said. “I really wanted to break 2:10. It was a good swim and a best time. I have more in the tank for sure.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Michael McBroom, 23, of The Woodlands outsprinted early leader Conor Dwyer, 26, of Trojan Swim Club to win in 3:50.38-3:50.43. Matt De Angulo, 24, of Club Seminole was sixth in 3:57.71. Zane Grothe, 22, of Club Seminole was ninth in 3:56.22. Franco Lupoli, 20, of Azura was tenth in 3:59.32. “I love racing, this is the fun part to race,” McBroom said. “I was just planning on coming back hard and luckily it worked out that way.”

800-meter freestyle relay: 1.Mexico 7:43.48, 2. Aalborg 7:47.86, 3. Team Ontario 7:48.24, 4. Sarasota YMCA 7:48.52.

Saturday’s events are: women’s 800 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, men’s 1500 freestyle and 400 medley relay.

The meet is the third stop on the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series. Prelims and finals are being live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Swimmers are competing for $1,000 and five points for first, $600 for second and three points and $200 for third and one point. A total of $300,000 in prize money is being offered.



200-meter butterfly: 1.Audrey Lacroix, Canada 2:10.37, 2. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatics 2:11.98, 3. Courtney Harnish, York YMCA 2:12.54; FLORIDA: 8. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 2:16.15, 10. Christin Rockway, Tampa Bay 2:17.42, 12. Nancy Hu, Sarasota 2:18.71, 14. Ellie Berdusco, Sarasota 2:18.90, 17. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 2:19.99, 18. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 2:20.09, 21. Carley Lowe, Highlander 2:21.04, 24. Kahra Williams, Gator Swim Club 2:21.39, 26. Spence Atkins, Sarasota 2:21.50, 29. Ann Kyriakidis, Bolles 2:22.48, 31. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 2:22.60, 33. Kayla Tennant, T2 Aquatics 2:22.92.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, SwimMAC 24.85, 2. Victoria Poon, Canada 25.48, 3. Svetlana Khakhlova, Club Seminole 25.66; FLORIDA: 10. Anna Goeders, Mako Swim Team 26.24, 13. Ariel Weech, Trinity Prep 26.66, 14. Kasey Schmidt, Bolles 26.68, 24. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 27.16, 28. Sherri Dressel, Bolles 27.31, 30. Brooke Ferrara, Greater Pensacola 27.41, 32. Justine Bowler, T2 Aquatics 27.44.

100-meter backstroke: 1. tie, Mie Nielsen, Aalborg 1:00.55 and Dominque Bouchard, Canada 1:00.55, 3. Simon Baumrtova, Czech Republic 1:00.80; FLORIDA: 20. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 1:05.36, 25. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:05.71, 26. Abi Wilder, Bolles 1:05.98, 27. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:05.99, 30. Katie Duggan, Highlanders 1:06.67, 31. Sherri Dressel, Bolles 1:07.98.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Elizabeth Beisel, Unattached 4:10.99, 2. Hannah Miley, Garioch 4:12.63, 3. Danica Ludlow, Island Swimming 4:13.78; FLORIDA: 7. Kendall Brent, Swim Florida 4:19.58, 10. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 4:15.67, 12. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 4:18.10, 17. Summer Finke, St. Petersburg 4:22.03, 18. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 4:22.40, 19. Sophie Cattermole, Sarasota 4:23.23, 21. Riley Lanigan, Patriot Aquatics 4:24.02, 22. Kahra Williams, Gator Swim Club 4:24.22, 24. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 4;25.04, 27. Katie Duggan, Highlanders 4:25.49, 29. Hannah Burns, Gator Swim Club 4:26.07, 30. Spence Atkins, Sarasota 4:26.35.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Molly Hannis, Tennessee Aquatics 2:26.80, 2. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:29.07, 3. Hannah Miley, Garioch 2:30.12; FLORIDA: 5. Katie Hoff, Hurricane Aquatics 2:32.13, 6. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:32.31, 7. Ram Dvariskyte, Bolles 2:32.39, 13. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 2:36.60, 14. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, St. Andrew’s 2:37.58, 16. Hannah Burns, Gator Swim Club 2:39.08, 24. Christin Rockway, Tampa Bay 2:40.72, 27. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 2:42.56, 28. Olga Lapteva, Bolles 2:42.90, 29. Dani Keymont, Central Brevard 2:42.99, 30. Valentina Artemeva, SOFLO 2:43.42, 31. Patricia Casellas, Azura 2:43.76, 33. Elizabeth Zubero, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:44.78.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. York YMCA 8:20.88, 2. Aalborg 8:26.19, 3. Sarasota YMCA 8:28.90 (Sophie Cattermole, Ellie Berdusco, Spence Atkins, Lara Hernandez-Tome).


200-meter butterfly: 1.Viktor Bromer, Aalborg 1:57.32, 2. Alexandru Coci, Phoenix Swim Club 1:59.38, 3. Sebastien Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 2:00.58; FLORIDA: 7. Pereira Ribeiro, Unattached 2:04.74, 9. Marcin Cieslak, Gator Swim Club 2:00.49, 11. Konstan Shmyga, Gator Swim Club 2:03.28, 12. Maximilian Abreu, Bolles 2:03.97, 14. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:04.29, 15. Cri Tapia-Vera, Bolles 2:06.02, 16. Zachary Poti, Blue Dolfins 2:06.69, 18. Joey Carbone, Bolles 2:05.87, 19. Javier Barrena, Bolles 2:06.20, 20. Sergi Gonzalez, Gator Swim Club 2:07.17, 27. Eric Geunes, Gator Swim Club 2:08.08, 29. Drew Clark, Sarasota 2:10.19, 32. Austin Katz, Sarasota 2:12.29.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Bruno Fratus, Unattached 22.34, 2. Erik Risolvato, Phoenix Swim Club 22.49, 3. Josh Schneider, New York Athletic Club 22.54; FLORIDA: 15. Alexander Forbes, Central Florida 23.66, 22. tie, Eric McGinnis, Trinity Prep and Elvis Burrows, Trinity Prep 23.81, 26. Andrea Vergani, Bolles 23.49, 30. Steffen Mount, Greater Pensacola 23.83, 32. Carlos Herrera, Azura 24.22.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Junya Koga, Club Wolverine 53.97, 2. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 54.23, 3. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford Dealers 54.29; FLORIDA: 6. Omar Pinzon, Bolles 56.20, 9. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminoles 55.69, 15. Austin Katz, Sarasota 57.81, 18. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 58.55, 19. Mateo Gonzalez, Azura 58.62, 22. Wesley McGovern, Tampa Bay 59.09, 23. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 59.20, 26. Alex Goerzen, Bolles 59.19, 27. Matthew Garcia, Sarasota 59.27, 28. Matias Lopez, Azura 59.42, 30. Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 1:00.06, 32. Carlos Herrera, Azura 1:03.66.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Michael McBroom, The Woodlans 3:50.38, 2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 3:50.43, 3. Bobby Hurley, Club Wolverine 3:53.82; FLORIDA: 6. Matt De Angulo, Club Seminole 3:57.71, 9. Zane Grothe, Club Seminole 3:56.22, 10. Franco Lupoli, Azura 3:59.32, 17. Robert Finke, St. Petersburg 4:04.03, 19. Santi Corredor, Swim Florida 4:05.23, 20. Alex Gomez, Gator Swim Club 4:05.60, 21. Eric Guenes, Gator Swim Club 4:08.51, 22. Drew Clark, Sarasota 4:12.60, 24. Dan Erlenmeyer, Sarasota 4:17.43, 25. Carter Page, Sarasota 4:07.82, 26. Austin Katz, Sarasota 4:09.45, 30. Wesley McGovern, Tampa Bay 4:14.56, 31. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:14.95, 32. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:16.44.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Cody Miller, Badger 2:10.28, 2. Brendan McHugh, Greater Philadelphia 2:13.27, 3. Sean Mahoney, Terrapins 2:16.22; FLORIDA: 8. Anton Lobanov, Unattached 2:20.48; FLORIDA: 16. Adam Ritter, Unattached 2:22.18, 18 Jared Pike, Club Seminole 2:23.49, 20. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:24.17, 21. Eli Wong, Bolles 2:27.38, 23. Julio Horrego, Unattached 2:28.07, 26. Rio Kurihara, Bolles 2:27.26, 28. Matt Limbacher, T2 Aquatics 2:29.02, 29. Daniel Pereira, Azura 2:29.09, 31. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade County Aquatics 2:31.25, 32. Ni D’Innocenzo, Gator Swim Club 2:31.41.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Mexico 7:43.48, 2. Aalborg 7:47.86, 3. Team Ontario 7:48.24, 4. Sarasota YMCA 7:48.52 (Carter Page, Austin Katz, Danny Erlenmeyer, Drew Clark).


What: Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series

When: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Of Note: This is the third stop on the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series. Prelims and finals will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Admission: $15 single session including heat sheet. All session pass is $65. Parking is $5 for each session. For information call 407-363-1911.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com