Florida Gold Coast Wins Six Individual Titles On Day Two Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships

Florida Gold Coast Wins Six Individual Titles On Day Two Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014—It was another outstanding day for Florida Gold Coast at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas.

Florida Gold Coast’s Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club and Andrea Santander of Gulliver Swimming were double winners on Day Two.

Both Rodriguez and Santander now have three south zone age group titles over two days.

Rodriguez, 12, after winning the 400-meter freestyle on opening day in a best time 4:18.36, added two more titles on Wednesday.

Rodriguez won his second title of the meet in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time of 2:03.16, dropping an impressive 3.77 seconds off his previous best of 2:06.93.

Rodriguez also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.19, another best time, dropping 1.16 seconds from his previous best of 1:03.35.

After winning the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:30.18, Santander, 12, won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:08.16, dropping 1.32 seconds off her previous best.

Santander also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:04.27, another best time 1:04.27, bettering her previous best of 1:05.26.

Cody Cline, 16, of the Wahoos of Wellington, the top seed after morning prelims, won his first title in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:54.97, dropping 1.51 seconds bettering his previous best of 1:56.48.

Luke Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 57.26, dropping 2.63 seconds from his previous best time of 59.89.

Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast dominated the 15-18 200-meter freestyle with five swimmers in the top eight. Lindsey Trematerra, 17, of Florida Swimming was the top finisher placing second in 2:04.19, dropping 1.54 from her previous best of 2:05.73.

Florida Swimming had three qualifiers in the top eight of the boys 13-14 200-meter freestyle.

Georgia leads the combined, boys and girls team totals after two days of competition.

Florida Swimming is runner-up in the combined and boys team standings and third in the girls race.

Florida Gold Coast, having its best showing in years, is fifth overall, third among the boys and fifth among the girls teams.

The Zone Championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group level. The meet continues through Saturday.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 292, 2. Florida Swimming 240, 3. Southeastern 207, 4. North Carolina 174, 5. Florida Gold Coast 155, 6. South Texas 70, 7. Kentucky 65, 8. South Carolina 46, 9. Louisiana 31, 10. North Texas 26.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 136, 2. Florida Swimming 125, 3. Florida Gold Coast 93, 4. Southeastern 84, 5. North Carolina 64.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Georgia 156, 2. Southeastern 123, 3. Florida Swimming 115, 4. North Carolina 110, 5. Florida Gold Coast 62.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 2:08.16, best time, 7. Emma Weyant, FL 2:13.33, best time, 13. Morgan Shinault, FL 2:17.87, 14. Olivia McMurray, FL 2:18.07, 15. Nicole Gomez, FL 2:18.11, 16. Vanessa Mesa, FGC 2:18.27, 19. Sophia Macaisa 2:18.71, 23. Ashton Bedlack, Florida 2:20.35, 26. Ava Carter, FL 2:21.19; 13-14, 1. Abigail Burke, FL 2:04.76, 3. Alena Kraus, FL 2:07.09, 6. Riley Ober, FL 2:08.26, 14. Elizabeth Richardson, FL 2:11.03, 16. Christina Cianciolo, FL 2:11.21, 26. Talia Bates, FL 2:13.50, 30. Mary Smutny 2:14.48, 36. Marissa Brannan, FGC 2:16.31; 15-18, 1. Emma Cole, GA 2:03.80, 2. Lindsey Trematerra, FL 2:04.19, best time, 3. Peyton Palsha, FL 2:05.80, 4. Kelsey Hahn, FL 2:06.00, 7. Arianna Noya, FGC 2:08.16, 8. Rose Smiddy, FGC 2:08.79, 9. Morgan Tankersley, FL 2:08.62, 20. Savanah Savitt, FL 2:11.72, 22. Makayla Ayers, FL 2:12.13, 30. Marlena Pigliacampi, FL 2:13.34, 32. Hannah Burdge, FL 2:14.37, 54. Brittney Campbell, FL 2:28.67.

50-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Addie Farrington, GA 34.24, 8. Gabriela Donahue, FL 36.74, 14. Stephanie Suarez, FGC 37.67, 25. Emma Weyant, FL 39.76.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Isabel Ivey, Florida 2:36.49, best time, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, FGC 2:40.63, best time, 11. Delanie Perez, FGC 2:55.08, 14. Julia Gawlik, FL 2:57.21, 16. Hailey Jerew, FGC 2:57.72; 15-18, 1. Lexi Glunn, GA 2:36.70, 2. Elizabeth Zubero, FGC 2:40.39, best time, 5. Peyton Palsha, FL 2:44.65, 9. Sara Lacusky, FGC 2:47.46, best time.

100-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 1:04.27, best time, 8. Jennifer Secrest, FGC 1:08.76, 16. Ella Marlow, FL 1:09.95, 17. Ashton Bedlack, FL 1:10.05, 19. Morgan Shinault, FL 1:10.91, 20. Delaney Biro 1:11.50, 24. Vanessa Mesa, FGC 1:11.72, 27. Olivia McMurray, FL 1:12.39, 28. Ava Carter, FL 1:12.51, 29. Sophia Macaisa, FL 1:12.90, 36. Jocelyn Ruiz, FGC 1:14.11; 13-14, 1. Riley Gaines, SE 1:02.92, 6. Alena Kraus, FL 1:03.83, 7. Abigail Burke, FL 1:04.63; 15-18, 1. Sarah Chambliss, SE 1:01.84, 11. Chloe Bedard-Khalid, FGC 1:05.22, best time, 15. Marlena Pigliacampi, FL 1:05.91, 21. Kelsey Hahn, FL 1:07.49, 22. Elizabeth Zubero, FGC 1:07.50, 23. Savanah Savitt, FL 1:07.76, 24. Lindsey Trematerra, FL 1:07.79, 25. Alexa Rivera, FGC 1:07.87, 27. Hannah Burdge, FL 1:07.91, 36. Whittaker Johnston, FGC 1:09.14, best time.

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. Georgia 4:33.01, 4. Florida 4:47.83 (Morgan Shinault, Gabriela Donahue, Ella Marlow, Ava Carter), Florida Gold Coast, DQ; 13-14, 1. Georgia 4:21.81, 4. Florida 4:26.45 (Abigail Burke, Isabel Ivy, Alena Kraus, Elizabeth Richardson), 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:32.39 (Melannie Vargas, Victoria Miyamoto, Emily Cordovi, Eriana Temperino); 15-18, 1. Georgia 4:22.70, 3. Florida Gold Coast 4:28.11 (Whittaker Johnston, Elizabeth Zubero, Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Rose Smiddy), 6. Florida 4:31.69 (Morgan Tankersley, Peyton Palsha, Marlena Pigliacampi, Lindsey Trematerra).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, FGC 2:03.16, 2. Arik Katz, FL 2:06.22, 6. Michael Morton, FL 2:09.66, 8. Cole Parnell, FL 2:01.47, 12. Bryan Rivero, FGC 2:13.90, 14. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 2:14.04, best time, 20. Jonathan Skarie, FL 2:15.52, 21. Andres Wong, FGC 2:15.80, best time, 29. Jace Crawford, FL 2:19.07, 30. Aaron Rodriguez, FGC 2:19.59, 34. Jason Brzozowski, FL 2:21.08; 13-14, 1. Zach Hils, KY 1:55.29, 3. Nicholas Hackett, FL 1:57.29, 4. Lucas Kravchenko, FL 1:57.59, 5. Matthew Nutter, FL 1:58.73, 16. John Yambor-Maul, FL 2:04.09, 17. Maximilian Asnis, FGC 2:04.22, 20. Adrian Aguilar, FGC 2:05.01, 21. Alex Webster, FL 2:05.12, 37. Fernando Rodriguez, FGC 2:10.18; 15-18, 1. Cody Cline, FGC 1:54.98, best time, 3. Hans Schroeder, FL 1:55.87, 4. Alexander Arrieta, FGC 1:56.09, 5. Matt Holmes, Florida 1:57.17, 8. Caleb Tosh, FL 1:58.84, 14. Derek Peeples, FL 1:59.35, 22. Keanan Dols, FL 2:00.66, 25. Luke Smutny, FGC 2:00.94, best time, 26. Christopher Holmes, FL 2:01.76, 28. Miguel Basalo, FGC 2:02.27, 33. Sebastian Vargas, FGC 2:02.81, 47. Adrian Moya, FGC 2:07.48, 52. CJ Volz, FL 2:14.69.

50-meter breaststroke:

11-12, 1. Ben Duckworth, NC 33.36, 5. Jonathan Skarie, FL 34.59, 7. Nate Boccuzzo, FL 35.34, 11. Santiago Gomez, FGC 36.51, 19. Michael Fernandez, FGC 38.52, best time, 20. Julian Smith, FL 38.72.

200-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Dillon Hall, GA 2:25.86, 2. Alberto Gomez, FGC 2:27.63, 4. Brett Riley, FL 2:30.18, 16. Kyle Tatton, FGC 2:40.89, 18. Bryan Quintero, FGC 2:45.74; 15-18, Matthew Dunphy, SE 2:24.02, 4. Jason Tillotson, FL 2:28.33, 8. Matt Holmes, FL 2:32.98, 11. Andreas Rintel, FGC 2:32.79, 13. John Fulginiti, FL 2:34.02.

100-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:02.19, 9. Nate Boccuzzo, FL 1:06.28, 11. Bryan Rivero, FGC 1:07.16, 26. Jace Crawford, FL 1:11.55, 27. Julian Smith, FL 1:11.79, 29. Michael Fernandez, FGC 1:12.38, 32. Jason Brzozowski, FL 1:13.22, 35. Jonathan Skarie 1:14.19, 37. Joshua Balbi, FGC 1:15.64, 42. Michael Morton, FL 1:16.66; 13-14, 1. Alex Ballard, GA 57.56, 3. Nicholas Hackett, FL 58.07, 8. Mason Whitley, FL 59.16, 12. Jake Adcock, FL 1:00.13, best time, 13. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 1:00.47, best time, 15. Ervin Marin, FGC 1:01.08, best time, 25. John Yambor-Maul, FL 1:02.65, 26. Maximillian Asnis, FGC 1:02.69, 27. Adrian Aguilar, FGC 1:02.76; 15-18, 1. Luke Smutny, FGC 58.26, best time; 3. Caleb Tosh, FL 57.87, 7. Alexander Arrieta, FGC 58.44, 10. Adrian Moya, FGC 59.03, best time, 12. John Fulginiti, FL 59.30, 13. Cody Cline, FGC 59.49, 17. Hans Schroeder, FL 1:00.06, 18. Derek Peeples, FL 1:00.31, 19. Keanan Dols, FL 1:00.32, 20. Sebastian Vargas, FGC 1:00.39, 24. Miguel Basalo, FGC 1:00.63, best time, 32. Jonathan Farah, FGC 1:01.21, 49. CJ Volz, FL 1:06.91, best time.

400-meter medley relay:

11-12, 1. Georgia 4:24.90, 4. Florida Gold Coast 4:33.75 (Leonardo Mateus, Santiago Gomez, Rafael Rodriguez, Aaron Rodriguez), 6. Florida 4:36.13 (Cole Parnell, Nate Boccuzzo, Arik Katz, Michael Morton); 13-14, 1. Georgia 4:00.37, 3. Florida 4:06.43 (Lucas Kravchenko, Brett Riley, Nicholas Hackett, Mason Wilby), 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:12.33 (Alberto Gomez, Adrian Aguilar, Leonardo Diego Mateus, Ervin Marin); 15-18, 1. Georgia 3:57.05, 3. Florida 4:01.14 (Keanan Dols, John Fulginiti, Celeb Tosh, Hans Schroeder), 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:03.44 (Jonathan Farah, Andreas Rintel, Luke Smutny, Cody Cline).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Rodriguez, Santander Win FGC’s First Southern Zone Age Group Titles; FGC Second Among Boys

Rodriguez, Santander Win FGC’s First Southern Zone Age Group Titles; FGC Second Among Boys


By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014–Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club and Andrea Santander of Gulliver Swim Club gave the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team its first victories Tuesday on the opening day of USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Rodriguez, 12, won the 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:18.36. He bettered his previous best time (4:24.64) by more than six seconds. Last year Rodriguez was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:34.28.

Arik Katz, 12, of Florida Swimming was second in 4:20.72, also a best time, lowering his previous best of 4:26.29.

SOFLO’s Leonardo Mateus, 12, was sixth in a best time 4:33.43, dropping from 4:36.65.

Santander, 12, won the girls 11-12 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:30.18. Her previous best was 4:34.49. Emma Weyant, 12, of Florida Swimming was fourth in 4:38.44.

It was a good day for the state of Florida.

In the girls 800-meter freestyle, Christina Cianciolo, 13, won the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:13.95, dropping 0.63 seconds. Ryley Ober, 13, also of Florida Swimming was fourth in a best time 9:23.28, with a huge time drop of 22.91.

Alex Webster, 14, of Florida Swimming was second in the 13-14 800-meter freestyle in 16:42.62. Webster was one of three swimmers in the top five. Brett Riley, 14, was fourth in a best time 16:50.39, dropping 9.01 seconds and Matthew Nutter, 14, was fifth in 16:54.21, also a best time dropping from 19.57 seconds.

Alexander Arrieta, 16, of Florida Gold Coast was third in a best time 16:34.88, dropping 5.68.

The Zone Championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group level. The meet continues through Saturday with prelims and finals.

TUESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 60, 2. Georgia 41, 3. Southeastern 36, 4. Florida Gold Coast 30, 5. North Carolina 22, 6. South Carolina 11, 7. South Texas 10, 8. Mississippi, North Texas 7, 9. Louisiana 4, 10. West Texas 2, 11. Kentucky 1.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 28, 2. Florida Gold Coast 21, 3. Southeastern 16, 4. Georgia 15, 5. South Carolina 11.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 32, 2. Georgia 26, 3. North Carolina 21, 4. Southeastern 20, 5. Florida Gold Coast 9.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Andrea Santander, FGC 4:30.18, best time, 4. Emma Weyant, FL 4:38.44, 9. Olivia McMurray, FL 4:44.89, 11. Ashton Bedlack, FL 4:48.80, 17. Vanessa Mesa, FGC 4:55.58.

800-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Christina Cianciolo, FL 9:13.95, 4. Ryley Ober, FL 9:23.28, 11. Marissa Brannan, FGC 9:42.42, 15. Eriana Temperino, FGC 9:52.68; 15-18, 1. Emma Cole, GA 9:02.95, 3. Morgan Tankersley, FL 9:09.19, 4. Peyton Palsha, FL 9:10.53, 7. Makayla Ayers, FL 9:19.04, 12. Chloe Bedard-Khalid, FGC 9:33.38.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, FGC 4:18.36, best time, 2. Arik Katz, FL 4:20.72, best time, 6. Leonardo Mateus, FGC 4:33.43, best time, 11. Michael Morton, FL 4:39.94, 16. Jason Brzozowski, FL 4:44.78, 22. Andres Wong, FGC 4:47.76.

800-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Alex Ballard, GA 16:23.50, 2. Alex Webster, FL 16:42.62, 4. Brett Riley, FL 16:50.39, best time, 5. Matthew Nutter, FL 16:54.21; 15-18, 1. Christopher Robinson, SE 16:26.44, 3. Alexander Arrieta, FGC 16:34.88, best time, 4. Christopher Holmes, FL 16:40.16, best time, 6. Cody Cline, FGC 16:50.52, best time, 9. Miguel Basalo, FGC 17:03.18.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Eleven SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Southern Zone Senior And Age Group Meets

Eleven SOFLO Swimmers Ready For Southern Zone Senior And Age Group Meets


By Sharon Robb

July 28, 2014—The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented with talented swimmers when the Southern Zone Age Group Championships get under way Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas.

South Florida Aquatic Club has five swimmers on the team. They are Vanessa Mesa, Leonardo Mateus, Rafael Rodriguez, Delanie Perez and Ervin Marin.

Mateus will compete in six 11-12 events: 400-meter freestyle (4:36.65), 200-meter freestyle (2:14.56), 50-meter backstroke (34.35), 100-meter backstroke (1:10.35), 100-meter freestyle (1:03.61) and 200-meter individual medley (2:29.94).

Perez and Marin will each swim five events.

Perez will swim the 200-meter breaststroke, 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter butterfly.

Marin will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle:

The remainder of the FGC team:

11-12 Girls: Gabriella Beltrano, Delaney Biro, Nicole Gomez, Jocelyn Ruiz, Andrea Santander, Jennifer Secrest and Stephanie Suarez.
11-12 Boys: Joshua Balbi, Michael Fernandez, Santiago Gomez, Bryan Rivero, Aaron Rodriguez, Andres Wong.
13-14 Girls: Marissa Brannan, Emily Cordovi, Mary Smutny, Haley Jerew, Victoria Miyamato, Melannie Vargas, Eriana Temperino.
13-14 Boys: Adrian Aguilar, Maximilian Asnis, Kyle Talton, Alberto Gomez, Diego Mateus, Bryan Quintero, Fernando Rodriguez.
15-16 Girls: Cloe Bedard-Khalid, Elizabeth Zubero, Whitaker Johnston, Sara Lacusky, Arianna Noya, Kaleigh Newcomb, Alexa Rivera, Rose Smiddy.
15-16 Boys: Alexander Arrieta, Miguel Basalo, Cody Cline, Adrian Moya, Andreas Rintel, Jonathan Farah, Luke Smutny, Sebastian Vargas.

Eight FGC coaches are accompanying the team.

Julie Smiddy is head coach and Greg Stallwort will serve as her assistant.

The age group coaches are Richard Garza (11-12 girls), Marcelo Gatti (11-12 boys), Erin Sayre (13-14 girls), Norman Abril (13-14 boys), Cathy Silvera (15-16 girls) and John Shipman (15-16 boys).

On Monday after arriving, FGC swimmers seemed to be excited about the local store offering 20 different types of jerky, including Angus and spicy turkey. They posted a photo of the display case on the FGC Zone Team Facebook page.

SOUTHERN ZONE SENIOR LC CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOFLO will have six swimmers competing in the Southern Zone Senior Long Course Championships that also get underway Tuesday at Florida Gulf Coast Aquatic Center.

Jordan Colon, 17, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15, Matthew Gonzalez, 19, Marcella Marinheiro, 19, Kevin Porto, 14, and Ronald Santos, 18, will represent SOFLO.

Colon, coming off a training session in Corby, England with the Jamaican national team, will compete in six events: 200-meter breaststroke (2:32.39), 50-meter breaststroke (33.19), 200-meter freestyle (2:09.16), 400-meter freestyle (4:33.22), 100-meter breaststroke (1:09.68) and 200-meter individual medley.

Diaz-Velasco will compete in the 200-meter backstroke (2:18.14), 50-meter backstroke (30.01), 200-meter freestyle (2:09.11), 50-meter butterfly (30.47), 100-meter backstroke (1:05.45) and 50-meter freestyle (23.64).

Gonzalez is entered in three events, 200-meter butterfly (2:00.23), 200-meter freestyle (2:06.35) and 50-meter butterfly (28.21).

Marinheiro, a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast, will compete in her home pool. She will swim the 100-meter freestyle (1:01.43), 200-meter backstroke (2:28.91), 50-meter backstroke (31.79), 50-meter butterfly (29.61), 100-meter backstroke (1:07.92) and 100-meter butterfly (1:08.85).

Porto and Santos are competing in the 800-meter freestyle. Porto is seeded at 9:07.15 and Santos seeded at 8:50.30.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. The meet ends on Saturday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships


By Sharon Robb

March 29, 2014

The University of California Bears came to swim Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

By the third event on the final night of competition, the Bears knew the title was theirs.

Headed into the championship finals at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, only six points separated leader Texas and California but that all changed quickly after the first two events.

After a perfect dual-meet season and second consecutive conference title, California won its third team title in four years and fifth overall in the program’s history with 468.5 points.

Texas was second with 417.5 followed by Florida with 387 and defending champion Michigan fourth with 310. Florida State under first year coach Frankie Bradley finished 14th with 105 and University of Miami was 25th with 26 points, all in diving.

Cal had seven swimmers in the “A” finals and two in consolations. Texas had five in the “A” finals and five in consolations.

California freshman Ryan Murphy, 18, swept the backstroke events winning his second NCAA title in the 200-yard backstroke in an NCAA record 1:37.35, all but clinching the national title.

The Bolles alum and race favorite led from the start and was ahead of American record pace by half a second until the final five yards. Murphy also re-broke his 17-18 national age group record of 1:38.15.

Cal teammate Jacob Pedley was fourth in 1:39.59. Murphy and Pedley earned 35 points for the Bears. After the backstroke and mile, the Bears led Texas, 364.54-349.5.

“It’s all about the team title,” Murphy said. “We did everything we could do to contribute to the team. It was a great start to the evening. I hope we can keep rolling. It would be awesome if we did make a difference for the team title in this race.”

Arizona’s Kevin Cordes stole a little of California’s thunder with his second American record of the meet.

Cordes won the 200-yard breaststroke in an American, NCAA and U.S. Open record 1:48.66, breaking the record by 2/100ths of a second.

It was Cordes 11th American short course record in the last two years.

After the first 50, Cordes was a second ahead of American record pace, taking five strokes per 25. With clean walls and perfect streamline, he built a three-body length lead over some of the best breaststrokers in the world.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Cordes said. “It hasn’t really set in yet. I just go out there every day and try to improve. It’s just about different strategies, learning to swim and execute.”

After the breaststroke, Cal had a 412.5-370.5 lead.

In other championship races:

1,650-yard freestyle: Defending champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan led from wire-to-wire to win in a pool record 14:29.27. Cal senior Jeremy Bagshaw, who swam in an earlier heat, finished second in 14:39 to score 17 points for the Bears in their title run. After the event, California led Texas by 11, 329.5-318.5. Florida sophomore Arthur Frayler was third in 14:43.08.

100-yard freestyle: Brazilian Joao De Lucca of Louisville fought off fellow Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini of Auburn to win in 41.70. He is the first swimmer to sweep the 100 and 200 freestyle titles since Gustavo Borges accomplished the feat in 1995. Florida State senior and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray was 20th in 42.70. Chierighini had broken the pool record in prelims in 41.52. Cal’s lead was 385.5-365.5 over Texas.

200-yard butterfly: South African Dylan Bosch, a sophomore at Michigan, knocked off Florida’s Marcin Cieslak to win in an NCAA and U.S. Open record of 1:39.33. Cieslak was second in 1:40.19. Florida State junior Connor Knight, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, won the “B” final in 1:42.25.

“I had a pretty good feeling I could get it,” Bosch said. “This is the fastest meet in the world. It is crazy. I always thought I had a chance to get the record. I wanted to do it for my teammates. We all train together so well. Records are there to be broken. Just to be in the books and written into history is a great feeling.”

10-meter platform diving: Defending champion Nick McCrory of Duke nailed his final dive to make history as the only diver ever to win four consecutive NCAA platform titles. The Olympic bronze medalist finished with 454.85 that included a 10 on his final dive. Rafael Quintero of Arizona was second with 452.40 points.

“I was up there doing the math in my head what scores I had to average, I knew it was a tall order,” said McCrory, who scratched from 3-meter with an injury. “I tried to do my best. It was better than I thought when I hit the water. For me this is huge. I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out at Duke.”

400-yard freestyle relay: With two freshmen duking it out on the anchor leg for Auburn and N.C. State, Auburn, led by freshman Kyle Darmody knocked off a stacked field to win the final event of the night in a meet record 2:48.33. Cal was second in 2:49.48 and N.C. State, with freshman Areas Schiellerup on anchor leg, was third in 2:49.50.

In all, 56 schools and 270 participants—235 swimmers and 35 divers—competed in the three-day meet.

For those who would like to again watch the NCAA Men and Women Swimming and Diving Championships, ESPNU is re-broadcasting the women’s meet on April 2 at 9 p.m., April 3 at 11 p.m. and April 11 at 10 p.m. The men’s meet will be re-broadcast on April 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at two times, 1 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Three American Records Fall At NCAA Championships; Murphy Wins First NCAA Title As Freshman

Three American Records Fall At NCAA Championships; Murphy Wins First NCAA Title As Freshman


Three American Records Fall At NCAA Men’s Championships; Murphy Wins First NCAA Title As Freshman

By Sharon Robb

March 28, 2014

On an amazing night of fast swimming, three American records were shattered Friday night at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Headed into the third and final night of competition at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, Texas leads with 318.5 followed by California with 312.5, Florida with 279 and Michigan with 225. Florida State is tenth with 96.

Three American records, two individual and one relay, fell on Friday night.

In the 400-yard individual medley, defending champion and top-seed Chase Kalisz of Georgia pulled away from the field to win in an American, NCAA, U.S. Open and pool record of 3:34.50, taking nearly two seconds off the previous record.

After a solid first half, the 6-foot-4 Kalisz came on strong in the back half on the breaststroke and freestyle legs to post the fastest time in the event’s history.

“The whole season I was looking at that record,” Kalisz said. “I told my coach that’s what I wanted to get. We worked on my front half. I got it done today. I couldn’t be happier.”

Florida junior Dan Wallace was second in 3:38.17. Florida teammate Carlos Omana, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer for Metro Aquatics, was 36th in 3:49.69.

Two-time defending champion Kevin Cordes of Arizona blistered his own American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100-yard breaststroke to win his third NCAA title in the event in 50.04, winning by nearly a second and a half. He went out in 23.58, his fastest first half ever.

Cordes has now broken the record seven times in the last two years.

Cordes first broke his own American, NCAA and U.S. Open record during morning prelims in 50.55. The junior’s splits were 23.95 and 26.60. His previous best was 50.70.

Cordes now has the four fastest times in the history of the event.

In the 200-yard medley relay, California, which barely made it into the final, held off Texas and Arizona in an exciting battle to win in an American and pool record 1:22.83, lowering its own 2013 record of 1:23.17.

Bolles alum and freshman Ryan Murphy gave the Bears an early lead on the opening leg. Other relay members were Chuck Katis, Tony Cox and Tyler Messerschmidt with a quick anchor leg to the wall.

Texas was second in 1:23.30. Florida State with Pavel Sankovich, Jared Pike and Florida Gold Coast swimmers Connor Knight and Paul Murray was fourth in 1:24.57 and earned All-America honors, edging fifth-place Florida in 1:24.82 with Christian-Paul Homer, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Marcin Cieslak and Bradley deBorde. Arizona was disqualified for an early takeoff on its second exchange.

With a great back-half surge, Murphy won his first individual NCAA title as a freshman in the 100-yard backstroke.

The PAC-12 champion, top-seed and youngest in the field at 18, won in a best time 44.63.

Murphy also lowered his own national age group record he had set on Thursday’s leadoff medley relay leg.

Before Murphy’s race, California and Texas were tied in the team standings. After his swim, the Bears moved ahead of Texas, 286.5-270.5. Florida was third with 245 and Michigan fell out of contention with 195.

“Going into the last turn I was hurting pretty bad but all the practice paid off there,” Murphy said. “Obviously, the team title is our goal and to help contribute to that makes it all that much better.”

Defending backstroke champion and junior David Nolan of Stanford was fourth in 45.21.

Heading into Friday night’s finals, Texas had a one-point lead over California with Florida and Michigan close behind.

Defending NCAA diving champion Nick McCrory was forced to withdraw from the 3-meter springboard competition after failing his third dive. Minnesota Matt Barnard hit his right heel on the board and was taken to the hospital with a splint on his right leg.

University of Florida was dealt a blow on the second day, losing 17 points from its seeds including fifth-seeded Sebastien Rousseau unable to make the “A” final in the 400-yard individual medley. Rousseau came back to win the “B” final by a best time by half a second in 3:40.77.

The Gators are not without their loyal teammates who did not qualify for NCAAs including Florida Gold Coast swimmers Luke Torres and Ryan Rosenbaum, painted with orange and blue Gator colors and hard to miss in the stands.

“The coaches were really excited about us coming,” said Torres, who drove to Texas with several of his teammates.

Michigan lost valuable points when its fourth-seeded 200-yard medley relay dropped to ninth place and lost its projected 30 points.

There have been 16 disqualifications in the relays after two days. ESPN analyst Rowdy Gaines said he has never seen anything like it in his 30 years of coming to the NCAA meet.

In other championship races:

100-yard butterfly: Florida senior Marcin Cieslak attacked the final wall to knock off an impressive field to win his second NCAA title in a best time 44.87, seventh fastest time in history. He also won the 200 IM earlier in the meet.

“I just tried to go as hard and fast as I could,” Cieslak said. “There is not a lot of time to think in the 100 fly. Every race counts at this meet. I just tried to stay relaxed.”

Florida State senior Pavel Sankovich was second in 45.00, also a best time. Top seed Tim Phillips, looking for Ohio State’s first NCAA title since 1965, was third in 45.10. FSU teammate and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Connor Knight was 19th in 46.42.

200-yard freestyle: Defending champion Joao de Lucca of Louisville defended his title in 1:31.96. Top seed Michael Wynalda of Michigan was third in 1:32.58.

“I knew those guys were coming for me, but I was so in my zone, I just did my race,” said de Lucca, who works with assistant coach and three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, a former Florida Gold Coast swimmer.

Also in the 100-yard breaststroke, Florida State freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jason Coombs was 20th in 53.26.

3-meter springboard diving: Texas freshman Michael Hixon nailed his final dive for more than 90 points to win his second NCAA title in two days with 457.20 for six rounds and gave the Longhorns another 20 points and put them back in the lead with 290.5 points to the Cal Bears’ 286.5. Hixon finished with 40 points for the Longhorns.

Stanford’s defending champion Kris Ipsen was fourth with 394.90. University of Miami fifth-year senior Zach Nees finished fifth with 386 points.

“The best thing to do was stay in the dive and take it one dive at a time,” Hixon said. “Our goal is to win a national championship and I am just trying to do everything I can do to help that.”

800-yard freestyle relay: University of Southern California, with a strong leg from Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, won in 6:13.09. Other relay members were Cristian Quintero, Reed Malone and Dimitri Colupaev. Defending champion Florida was second in 6:14.74. Michigan’s U.S. open record-holding relay was looking for its first title of 2014, was third in 6:16.37.

Saturday’s events are 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 10-meter platform diving and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Prelims are 11 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Both sessions will be live streamed at Texassports.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 199: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Leads Florida State To Win

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 199: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Leads Florida State To Win


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 6, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver led Florida State women’s team to a dual meet season-opening 173-122 victory over Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers.

The Seminoles won 13 of the 16 events.

Oliver, a junior, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.92 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle.

Oliver was also on two winning relays, the 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.19 with Bianca Spinazzola, Kaitlyn Dressel and Jamie Barrett; and the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:35.27 with Dressel, Katie Cook and Kelsey Buckley.

Oliver was just out-touched in the 100-yard freestyle by Dressel, 50.70-50.74.

Junior Ashley Hicks won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.51.

“I thought they did well today,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We had to deal with some travel issues and we had a few kids out, so we had to move around some of the swimmers. But I thought it was great to have some of our returning NCAA swimmers step up for us. We also had the support from some of the kids’ families and that was great to see.”

The Seminoles next meet is on the road at University of Miami on Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. The FSU men open their season on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. when both teams face Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton.

Florida Gulf Coast finished with five first-places, eight second-places and nine third-place finishes against the Seminoles.

“We had some great swims today from Julie Leth-Espensen, Eva Lehtonen, Jennifer Morgan and Megan Wolfe,” said Florida Gulf Coast head coach Neil Studd.“We need some more people to step up and we just need to get back to work. We need to work hard every day.”

Florida Gulf Coast will host Miami on Oct. 12 in a dual meet at 4 p.m.

FINA World Cup Swimming

Hungarian Olympian Katinka Hosszu picked up where she left off last weekend with three more wins on the opening day of the second stop of the 2012 FINA World Cup in Doha.

The former University of Southern California NCAA champion won the 200-meter individual medley (2:09.86), 800-meter freestyle (8:29.31) and 200-meter freestyle (1:54.70) and continues to lead the overall standings with $16,000 in prize money.

Hosszu also took a bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke (2:07.54), won by Daryna Zevina.

In the biggest upset of the day, Japanese teenager Daiya Seto knocked off Chad Le Close in the 200-meter butterfly by the slimmest of margins, 1:51.30 to 1:51.31. Seto also won the 400-meter individual medley earlier knocking off Hungary’s Olympic medalist Laszlo Cseh in 4:02.51.

In other races:

Sweden’s Therese Alshammar, the defending world champion, nipped Britta Steffen in the 50-meter freestyle and wins the 100-meter butterfly in 57.22. Swedish teammate Jennie Johansson won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.11.

Aussie Bobby Hurley won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:42.89 and won the 100-meter backstroke in 50.18.

Aussies Kenneth To and Tommaso D’Orsogna tied for the win in 47.10 in the 100-meter freestyle. American Anthony Ervin finished third in 47.17.

Noriko Inada dominated the 50-meter backstroke with 27.29, upsetting underwater specialist Rachel Goh.

In the 50-meter butterfly, it was an African sweep with Jason Dunford, Roland Schoeman and Chad Le Clos. Dunford won in 22.77 and Le Clos was 0.09 seconds behind in 22.86. Schoeman was third in 22.94.

Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.95, close to his world record of 25.25.

For the second meet in a row, Germany won the 4×50-meter mixed medley relay in 1:43.38 with Jenny Mensing, Marco Koch, Helge Meeuw and Britta Steffen.

Bolles’ Sean Mahoney was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:06.20.

High school swimming

St. Andrew’s School All-American senior and U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Tasija Karosas, the state’s No. 1 ranked high school recruit, verbally committed to the University of Texas and first year head coach Carol Capitani. Karosas is a top backstroker with best times of 53.45 and 1:56.33. Karosas is a state high school champion in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 100-yard backstroke and was runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley. She is also a member of St. Andrew’s Swimming junior national champion team. “I am very excited to be a part of Coach Carol’s first recruiting class at Texas,” Karosas said. “She impressed me so much with her positive attitude and honest feelings that I just knew Austin was the right place for me.”

Miscellaneous

Michael Phelps, an amateur golfer with a 16-handicap, is a quick study. The Olympic legend sank a 153-foot putt on Friday during the second round of team play at the Dunhill Links Championship pro-am at the Kingsbarn Golf Links in St. Andrew’s, Scotland. Phelps’ drive landed on the front edge of the green on the par-4 sixth hole. His hole-in-one was nearly the length of an Olympic pool and took 17 seconds, six seconds faster than Phelps can swim it. “That was the longest putt I’ve ever holed,” said Phelps after a fist-pump and high-fives from the other golfers. “It was pretty incredible watching it dive in. It was a pretty cool feeling. So to be able to have a net hole-in-one was pretty special. Even without that, this trip would have been very special, just having the opportunity to come over here and play among some of these players has been absolutely incredible. What an amazing week!” Phelps golf partner was Paul Casey who was asked if he could something equally impressive in a pool. “I don’t know if I can even swim 25 yards,” Casey said. “I have a pool at home but the hot tub is more my thing. I’m good at doing laps in the hot tub.”…

Olympian Brooke Bennett of Tampa won the women’s title at Saturday’s 2012 Tropical Splash 5K on Siesta Key Beach. She used it as a tune-up for next weekend’s Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic…Eight-year-old Max Dillon of Apple Valley, Calif. broke a 30-year-old California state record in the 100 individual medley in the under-10 category in 1:12.33 during an eastern regional meet. He had done 1:11 in practice. The old record was 1:12.40. Dillon is ranked No. 1 in the nation among 8-year-olds for the breaststroke…

University of Florida’s Olympians, including Ryan Lochte, Connor Dwyer and Elizabeth Beisel, were honored during the halftime of the Gator’s football game against LSU. Major oversight by CBS for not televising the Olympians being honored…Two-time Olympic diver Chris Colwill will head the diving program at Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center. Colwill, 27, grew up diving at the center while attending Tampa Prep and University of Georgia and now will develop the new Blue Wave diving program. “I am truly excited to be back home, get back to my roots and help kids get better at something I really love,” Colwill said…

Denmark’s Lotte Friis has left the National Training Center in her home country to train with Camille Muffat and other elite swimmers in Nice France. She is training for the 2013 Short Course Europeans and has not decided yet about continuing for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Tweet of the day

“Practice is 90 percent physical and 10 percent mental, championship meets are 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental.”—Florida Swim Network

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Goldman’s Success Continues On Final Day; Torres Wins Final Tune-Up In Texas Before Trials

Goldman’s Success Continues On Final Day; Torres Wins Final Tune-Up In Texas Before Trials


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 20, 2012

Brandon Goldman of the South Florida Aquatic Club was at his best during the three-day Texas Senior Circuit Meet in College Station, Tex.

In four events, Goldman, 17, who will be a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas in the fall, posted six best times, all back-to-back in three events during prelims and finals including a second Junior National qualifying cut time.

On Sunday, Goldman showed no signs of letting up, placing second in the 100-meter backstroke in 59.88. Goldman was third at the turn in 29.47 and came home in 30.41, second fastest split of the field, to place second, his highest finish in the meet.

Goldman was also third in the 200-meter individual medley in back-to-back best times of 2:13.56 in prelims and 2:12.04 in finals, bettering his previous best of 2:15.34.

It was Goldman’s best performance at a national-caliber meet. Goldman has junior national cut times in both the 400-meter individual medley (4:39.27) and 100-meter backstroke (59.26).

In what looked like a time trial at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, five-time Olympian Dara Torres of the Coral Springs Swim Club won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.43 in her final pre-Olympic Trials tune-up.

Two-time Olympian and teammate Arlene Semeco of Venezuela was second in 25.83 and three-time U.S. Olympic trials qualifier and teammate Jessie Alcaide was third in 26.36. Fifteen-year-old Simone Manuel was fourth in 26.39 after competing in both the 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke.

Several other SOFLO swimmers, looking to gain experience on the national stage, turned in a solid final day of swims including two best times against a competitive field.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, Xavier Brown, 17, qualified for the “C” final in 25.86 and came back to finish third in consolations and 11th overall in 25.79.

Leaving a lasting impression, Leonie Davies, 15, posted a best time of 9:30.15 in the 800-meter freestyle to finish 12th. Her previous best was 9:46.50.

Davies was competing in her first meet in Texas, where she will move with her family next month and start training at The Woodlands.

Evelin Jimenez, 16, posted a best time in the 50-meter freestyle in 29.16 bettering her previous best of 29.19.

In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, Maria Lopez, 16, qualified for the “B” final in 2:25.87 and came back to finish second in consolations and 10th overall in 2:24.76.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Sends Nine Swimmers To USA Swimming Zone Championships In Rockwall, Texas

SOFLO Sends Nine Swimmers To USA Swimming Zone Championships In Rockwall, Texas


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

May 15, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club had nine swimmers selected to compete in the July 31-Aug. 4 Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Rockwall, Texas.

It is one of the largest group of swimmers, six girls and three boys, selected from a local swim club to be named to the Florida Gold Coast Zone All-Star team for the annual USA Swimming meet.

The zone championships feature top regional swimmers at the senior and age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated zones: southern, eastern, central and western.

Each LSC is limited to 48 swimmers—8 females and 8 males in each age group (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18). It gives swimmers nearing the junior national level an opportunity to excel at the end of the long course season.

SOFLO girls selected to the team are:

11-12, Catharine Cooper, Kelley Heron, Bianca Monti, Isabella Pittinger.

15-16, Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro.

SOFLO boys selected are:

11-12, Kevin Porto.

13-14, Julien Pinon, Gustavo Valery.

Cooper and Pinon competed last year on the zone team in Cary, N.C.

The remaining FGC girl team members are: (11-12) Jessica Nava, Alicia Mancilla; (13-14) Rose Smiddy, Marta Ciesla, Hannah Burdge, Kelly Fertel, Jessica Conway, Namilla Sanchez; (15-18) Jessica Randolph, Brenna Ruth, Darby Goodwin, Kristina Figueroa.

The other FGC boys team members are: (11-12) Ervin Marin, Jorge Depassier, Alberto Gomez, Max Asnis, Gabriel Munoz; (13-14) Henry Contich, Cody Cline, Carlos Gallego, Julio Horrego; (15-18) Quinn Cassidy, Alec Wathen, Derek Chait, Ronald Santos, Danny Hartley, Manny Lopez.  

The selection process is not yet complete according to FGC officials. Each age group will have eight swimmers. Following the initial team selection, there will remain two wild card slots in each age group. They will be invited no later than July 3.

SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland has been selected as a member of the Florida Gold Coast Zone coaching staff. Julie Smiddy heads the coaching staff.

A banner and fifty swim caps will be awarded the Charlene Craddock Sportsmanship Award to the team that exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship throughout the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Josh Laban Named To FGC Zone Team Coaching Staff

SOFLO’s Josh Laban Named To FGC Zone Team Coaching Staff


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

April 18, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club age group coach Josh Laban has been named to the coaching staff for the Florida Gold Coast’s Zone All-Star team that will compete in Rockwall, Texas, July 31-August 5.

Laban, 29, will coach the 13-14 boys’ contingent.

Laban, who grew up in St. Croix, is a two-time Olympian for the Virgin Islands (2004, 2008) and worked closely as a swimmer and assistant coach with six-time Olympic coach and SOFLO co-founder Michael Lohberg.

Laban was the Virgin Islands’ flag bearer for the Olympics and Pan American Games.

The sprinter competed in every major championship including the World Championships, Central American and Caribbean Games, two Olympics and two Pan American Games.

Laban swam at the University of Miami and graduated from the University of Georgia. He was a two-time collegiate All-American.

Laban coaches at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines and is expected to have several SOFLO swimmers on the Zone team.

Each age group (11-12, 13-14, and 15-18) will be comprised of an equal number of athletes (8 girls and 8 boys) for the 2012 Southern Zone Age Group Championships.

Florida Gold Coast will select 48 swimmers and up to six swimmers with disabilities to compete in this year’s championships.

Laban will be joined on the coaching staff by Marcello Gatti, 11-12 girls; Cathy Silviera, 13-14 girls; Richard Garza, 15-18 girls; Chadli Fernandez, 11-12 boys; and John Shipman, 15-18 boys.

Julie Smiddy will serve as head coach and team manager.

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

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


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 26, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELSEWHERE

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

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