SOFLO’s Olympians Torres, Semeco, Atkinson Make Finals On Day One Of Sette Colli Rome Meet

SOFLO’s Olympians Torres, Semeco, Atkinson Make Finals On Day One Of Sette Colli Rome Meet

June 17, 2011


On the opening morning of the 48th annual Sette Colli International Open Swimming Trophy Meet, the South Florida Aquatic Club had three swimmers qualify for championship finals and four others swim career-best times.

SOFLO’s three Olympians, Dara Torres, Arlene Semeco and Alia Atkinson qualified for Friday night’s finals in Rome, Italy.

Torres, competing in only her third meet since the 2009 World Championships and reconstructive knee surgery, qualified fourth in the 50-meter freestyle. She won her heat in 25.34.

Torres is seeded behind Sweden’s Therese Alshammar (24.87), Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands (25.17) and Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands (25.20).

Semeco also qualified for the 50-meter freestyle, placing second in her heat in 25.61 and earning the eighth seed for finals.

Alia Atkinson qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing second in her heat and qualifying eighth for finals in 1:11.22.

Four SOFLO swimmers turned in career-bests during their morning swims.

University of Miami’s Dana Hatic finished second in the opening heat of the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.74. Her previous best was 1:13.97. She finished 30th among a field of 44 swimmers.

Teenager Keegan Boisson-Yates finished eighth in his heat of the 50-meter backstroke in 29.60. His previous best was 29.94.

Loai Tashkandi of Saudi Arabia finished fourth in his 100-meter breaststroke heat in 1:06.48. His previous best was 1:08.17.

Teenager Lindsey McKnight won her 100-meter butterfly heat in 1:03.41. Her previous best was 1:04.01.

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Teenager Wins At Santa Clara; SOFLO Begins Competing In Rome On Friday

Teenager Wins At Santa Clara; SOFLO Begins Competing In Rome On Friday


June 16, 2011

Unheralded sixteen-year-old Camryne Morris of North Baltimore Aquatic Club cruised to women’s 1500-meter freestyle title on the opening day of the Santa Clara International Invitational Grand Prix.

Morris, whose older brother and sister swim in college, won in 16 minutes, 30.98 seconds, topping the women’s field by more than 25 seconds.

The top five finishers in the mile on Thursday were all teenagers.

Amanda Richey, 15, of Boulder Swimming was second in 16:58.15, Catherine Breed, 18, of Pleasanton Seahawks was third in 16:59.10, Nicole Chang, 16, of La Mirada Armada was fourth in 17:00.06 and Haley Rowley, 14, of Boulder Swimming was fifth in 17:02.20.

In the men’s 800-meter freestyle, Canadian Ryan Cochrane, 22, won in a meet record 7:52.18. The previous mark was 7:53.56, set by Chad La Tourette of Mission Viejo in 2009.

“We had a couple months of really heavy training so sometimes you forget that it’s all about the racing,” Cochrane said. “I am really happy with it. It’s better than where I was at this time last year. Worlds is coming up quick.”

Peter Vanderkaay, 27, was second in 8:00.87 and Aussie Ryan Napoleon, 21, was third in 8:08.11.

Florida Gold Coast finishers were: Ricardo Monastero, 32, Davie Nadadores, fifth, 8:13.72; Thomas Veale, 17, Pine Crest, 26th, 8:31.66; and Austin Evenson, 17, Pine Crest, 42nd, 8:44.31.

SOFLO’s Jessie Alcaide begins competition on Friday.

After one event, Canada leads the men’s team rankings (25) followed by Australia and Santa Clara Swim Club tied for second (22). Davie is seventh (16).

Boulder Swimming leads the women’s rankings (35) followed by the Pleasanton Seahawks (28) and North Baltimore Aquatic Club (22).

The meet continues on Friday with a full schedule of events. Phelps will compete in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly on Friday.

The meet is being webcast at Universal Sports is broadcasting the meet live 8-10 p.m. EST.

Ryan Lochte also heads the field. However, the Floridian is coming off a strained left knee which has affected his breaststroke training.

Lochte injured his knee two months ago when he twisted it in his car popping his medial collateral ligament. Lochte is scheduled to swim the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 400 individual medley.

Phelps Will Not Swim Eight Events In London

During Thursday’s practice day at Santa Clara, Michael Phelps made it clear that he will not try to duplicate his eight gold medal feat at the 2012 London Olympics.

“I won’t be doing eight again, that is out of the question,” Phelps told reporters while preparing for the Santa Clara International Grand Prix, the last major meet for U.S. swimmers before next month’s world championships.

Phelps may swim as many as six or seven events according to his coach, Bob Bowman. The 400-meter individual medley, his signature event, is probably off his events list after failing to make the Pac Pacs 400 IM final.

“There are still things I want to do, that’s obvious,” Phelps said. “I wouldn’t have come back if I still didn’t have things to accomplish. There are still some small goals I want to accomplish that will probably be just as challenging.”

Brendan Hansen, 29, a four-time world champion breaststroker and former world record holder, will compete in his first meet since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hansen is another swimmer to come out of retirement since the ban on high-tech suites in an attempt to make the 2012 London Olympics. Hansen started training in December and will use the Santa Clara meet as a gauge to where his training is. He dropped fifteen pounds competing in triathlons while training at Texas.

SOFLO Opens Competition At Sette Colli Roma Meet

Eleven of South Florida Aquatic Club’s twelve-swimmer contingent will begin competition in the 48th annual Sette Colli International Open

Swimming Trophy Meet on Friday in Rome.

In the opening event, the 50-meter backstroke, Brandon Goldman will make his international debut. His career-best is 28.49. Keegan Boisson-Yates will also compete in the 50-meter backstroke. His best time is 29.94.

In the men’s 400-meter freestyle, Hazem Tashkandi (4:08.01) of Saudi Arabia will compete.

In the third event, the women’s and men’s 100-meter breaststroke, two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson (1:10.25), University of Miami’s Dana Hatic (1:13.97), Lindsey McKnight (1:09.93) and Loai Tashkandi (1:08.17) will compete.

In the next event, the 100-meter butterfly, Luke Torres (56.59) and Hallie Stupp (1:03.97) will compete in the men’s and women’s heats.

In the final event of the morning prelims, the men’s and women’s 50-meter freestyle will be held. Five-time Olympian Dara Torres (24.07) heads the women’s field. Venezuelan Olympian Arlene Semeco (24.76), McKnight (26.32) and Stupp (27.29) will also compete in the women’s heats. Boisson-Yates will compete in the men’s heats (25.02).

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SOFLO’s Dara Torres, Thirty-Two Teammates Compete At Plantation Aquatic Complex Meet

SOFLO’s Dara Torres, Thirty-Two Teammates Compete At Plantation Aquatic Complex Meet


May 12, 2011

After weeks of training, racing will take center stage this weekend for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers.

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres heads a thirty-three swimmer SOFLO contingent entered in the Friday Night Sprint Night and IM Xtreme Challenge meets Friday through Sunday at the Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

“We are getting in some racing, it’s a practice meet for us,” said SOFLO co-head coach Bruno Darzi.

On Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m., men’s and women’s racing in the 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle will be held.

The IMX Challenge is Saturday and Sunday with two sessions each day.

IMX is one of several programs USA Swimming promotes to help swimmers reach the next level in swimming. The series is designed to help various age group swimmers compete in multiple events and gauge their progress.

Swimmers, ranked based on power points accumulated in the meet’s individual events they compete in, will get to see how they stack up not only against teammates but the rest of the nation.

SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool site hosted an IMX meet for SOFLO, Coral Springs and Comets swimmers and visiting  Nu-Finmen club team from New York in late April.

Nineteen men and fourteen women will represent SOFLO this weekend.

Torres, 44, will swim the 50-meter freestyle Friday night. She holds the American record in 24.07 which she swam at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

It will be her third meet since the 2009 Rome World Championships and reconstructive knee surgery.

The five-time Olympian bettered her 2012 Olympic trials qualifying time of 25.90 she swam at the Feb. 19 Missouri Grand Prix, where she swam prelims and finals in her signature event two weeks ago at the Gulf Coast Swim Team Spring Masters Meet in Fort Myers where she swam 25.68.

After extensive rehab and dryland training, Torres is getting back into race shape. She will also compete in the Mare Nostrum Series meet in Rome in June and Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships according to SOFLO co-head coach Bruno Darzi.

SOFLO’s girls entered are: Kristina Brennan, 15; Jenna Deal, 13; Philomena Fiorenzi, 15; Emily Greenwood, 16; Allison Kopas, 12; Emily Kopas, 14; Anne Kuczynski, 16; Emma Lincoln, 15; Tyla Martin, 13; Lindsey McKnight, 17; Kristina Nork, 16; Natasha Payamps, 15; and Julie Stupp, 25.

SOFLO’s boys entered are: Nawaf Al-Wazzan, 24; Leo Andara, 24; Gianpaolo Barelli, 18; Matthew Bellew, 26; Keegan Boisson-Yates, 15; August Charni, 14; Kyle Desrosiers, 15; Brandon Goldman, 16; Mauricio Hidalgo, 17; Marco Hosfeld, 15; Tomas Kloosterman, 15; Derek Maguire, 17; Robert O’Gorman, 16; Bryce Pierce, 14; Valerio Rasi, 18; David Stoddard, 13; Hazem Tashkandi, 18; Loai Tashkandi, 20; and Luke Torres, 16.


What: Friday Night Sprint Night and IM Xtreme Challenge

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Schedule: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sessions 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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SOFLO’s Atkinson, Stupp, Kopas Shine; Torres Finishes Sixth At Missouri Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Stupp, Kopas Shine; Torres Finishes Sixth At Missouri Grand Prix


February 19, 2011

On the second night of the Missouri Grand Prix in Columbia, South Florida Aquatic Club’s breaststrokers rose to the occasion.

Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson swam a lifetime best to finish second in the 200-meter breaststroke Saturday night at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Atkinson, 22, finished in 2:29.00.

U.S. Olympian Rebecca Soni set her second meet record, winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:23.27. Soni pulled away from the field at the first turn.

“I was going for a career-best,” Atkinson said. “My previous best was at the last Olympics so I thought it was due time. I was able to break that not being in taper. It shows what I can do especially for the end of the year with a taper and when I get my stroke and kick down.

“Having Rebecca beside me shows me where I am in contrast. She is the top of the top. I wanted to keep my stroke and I focused on my kick in the last 100. I am feeling more upper body strength and I am recovering faster. My 200 feels so much more relaxed now.”

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson was happy with Atkinson’s swim.

“I am very pleased with the way she is looking in the water,” Anderson said. “A lot of it has to do with dryland training and transformation of her body. I do feel if she continues like this that the results in another seven, eight months will be dramatic.”

Anderson called it “a good day for SOFLO.

“This is the first major meet of the long course season for us,” Anderson said. “If we keep working, there will be a nice ending come July and August.”

Also in the 200 breaststroke, SOFLO’s Julie Stupp, 24, making her third championship final appearance of the meet, finished fourth in 2:33.05, her second Olympic trials qualifying time of the meet.

Earlier in the evening, Stupp, the seventh seed after morning prelims, finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:17.22, bettering her prelim time of 2:19.70. She led the women’s field after the first 50 meters.

SOFLO teenager Emily Kopas, 14, turned in an impressive 36.16 opening split and went on to win the “B” final of the 200 breaststroke in 2:37.48, a junior national cut time.

Kopas led after the first 50 meters, was slightly behind on the second 50, retook the lead on the third 50 and pulled away for the “B” final win.

“I wanted to attack my race quickly and try to keep that pace throughout that race,” Kopas said. “On the last 50 I went for it and took it all. It felt really good. I did my best which is all I can ask for.”

Kopas, not fully-rested, was pleased with her meet effort.

“I only rested a little so I am happy with my times right now,” Kopas said. “It’s the middle of the season and I can’t ask for anything more right now. I do feel better. This morning I had a rough time but I got over it. I worked on my stroke in warm-up and tried my best.”

The national-caliber atmosphere has been exciting and an eye-opener for Kopas.

“It’s so exciting see everybody, their different strokes and what I am up against,” Kopas said. “All of these swimmers are great to watch and to learn from. Julie and Alia were amazing tonight. I loved watching them. They did great.”

In her return to competitive swimming after a year-and-a-half layoff, SOFLO’s Dara Torres may have raced one too many times.

After finishing second in her heat in an Olympic trials qualifying time of 25.90, the five-time Olympian finished sixth in the championship final in 26.12. It was her first meet since the 2009 Rome World Championships and knee surgery.

She told SOFLO coach Kathleen Klein Prindle she probably should have done one race and scratched from the final. “My body’s not ready to swim twice,” the 43-year-old Torres said.

SOFLO teammate Arlene Semeco was seventh in the 50 final in 26.26, also slower than her morning prelim time of 26.11.

Atkinson swam the 50 morning prelims in 27.11 and scratched from the final to focus on the breaststroke.

U.S. national team member Jessica Hardy, 23, of Trojan Swim Club won the sprint event in 25.15 followed by Amanda Weir (25.33) and Kara Lynn Joyce (25.35).

In the men’s 200-meter butterfly consolation finals, SOFLO’s Leo Andara, finished second behind University of Florida-bound Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics, 2:06.54-2:07.12 to finish tenth overall. Andara, who tore his suit during the race, bettered his prelim time of 2:09.10.

In the consolation finals of the men’s 100-meter backstroke, SOFLO’s Valerio Rasi, 17, finished 16th in 1:02.31, bettering his prelim time of


Competing in his third bonus final of the meet, SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 17, finished 22nd in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:38.97, just off his 2:38.71 prelim time.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, SOFLO’s Gianpaolo Barelli, 18, of Italy was 46th in 25.58.

In other championship finals:

In the men’s 100-meter breaststroke that was re-swum because of a protest, Japan’s Ryo Tateishi, 21, won in 1:01.17 ahead of Mark Gangloff (1:01.43) and Felipe Lima (1:02.12). Later in the evening, the Japanese national champion won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:14.24.

Fred Bousquet, 29, of Auburn Aquatics, the fastest morning qualifier, won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.07, ahead of Simon Burnett (22.74) and Matthew Grevers (22.95), both of Tucson Ford.

Grevers, 25, the fastest qualifier, came back to win the 100-meter backstroke, out-touching Nick Thoman of SwimMAC, 54.29-54.33. Thiago Pereira, 25, swimming unattached, was third in 55.11.

Brazilian Thiago Pereira, 25, swimming unattached, won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.21, the only swimmer in the field to crack two minutes. St. Petersburg’s Robert Margalis, swimming unattached. was second in 2:00.94. He was the fastest morning qualifier in 1:59.45.

Tunisian Ous Mellouli, 27, of Trojan Swim Club, swam away with the men’s 400-meter freestyle race in 3:46.64. Charles Houchin, 23, was second in 3:53.92.

Hometown favorite Dominique Bouchard, 19, of the University of Missouri won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.14. Olivia Smoliga, 16, of Glenview Titan was second in 1:01.91 and Kathleen Hersey, 20, swimming unattached was third in 1:02.43.

Hersey, from Longhorn Aquatics, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:11.39, an Olympic trials cut. She finished ahead of Dagny Knutson, 19, in 2:14.56.

Chloe Sutton, 19, of Mission Viejo, the fastest morning qualifier, won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:09.09, an Olympic trials cut. Her closest rival was Amber McDermott, a distant second in 4:13.47.

In the 800-meter freestyle relays, Davie Nadadores won the men’s relay in a pool record 7:34.66 with Fernando Santos, Daniele Tirabassi, Aaron Dsouza and Julio Galofre. York YMCA won the women’s relay in a pool record 8:28.82.

The meet continues on Sunday. The meet is being webcast live at

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Dara Torres And SOFLO Teammates Ready To Compete At Missouri Grand Prix

Dara Torres And SOFLO Teammates Ready To Compete At Missouri Grand Prix


February 17, 2011

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres and her South Florida Aquatic Club teammates will be among some of the nation’s best swimmers when the Missouri Grand Prix begins on Friday in Columbia, Mo.

With Olympic hero Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte not in the men’s field, Torres is expected to be the story of the four-day meet even though she is competing in only one event, the 50-meter freestyle on Saturday morning.

It will be the first time since the 2009 Rome World Championships and her state-of-the-art reconstructive knee surgery, Torres, 43, will compete in the 50-meter freestyle, which she just missed a gold medal in at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The meet will serve as a litmus test of her surgery, rehabilitative regimen and pool training to see if she will continue her bid for a sixth Olympic appearance at the 2012 Olympics at age 45.

“She’s ready,” said SOFLO co-head coach Brunzo Darzi. “She is ahead of schedule according to her doctor and trainers.”

Torres will be surrounded by SOFLO swimmers and coaches.

Eleven of her teammates will compete. They are two-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, Venezuelan Olympian Arlene Semeco, Leo Andara, Julie Stupp, Jessie Alcaide, Lindsey McKnight, Emily Kopas, Doug Ramos, Marc Rojas, Valerio Rasi and Gianpaolo Barelli. SOFLO coaches Chris Anderson and Kathleen Klein Prindle head the group.

Stupp, 24, is seeded No. 1 in Friday’s 400-meter individual medley with a seed time of 4:42.92.

SOFLO will be joined by several other Florida Gold Coast teams including Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Metro Aquatics and Davie Nadadores.

The Missouri Grand Prix will be held Friday through Monday in Columbia, Md. at the University of Missouri’s Mizzou Aquatic Center. It is the third stop of the USA Swimming Grand Prix seven-meet series. Teenager Missy Franklin leads the series standings with 63 points followed by Floridian Ryan Lochte (35) and Ricky Berens (18).

Webcasts of the meet can be found at



(Event, seeding, swimmer, age, seed time)

200-meter freestyle, 5. Lindsey McKnight, 16, 2:01; 65. Gianpaolo Barelli, 18, 1:43.85, yards; 100-meter breaststroke: 6. Lindsey McKnight, 16, 1:09.93, 7. Alia Atkinson, 22, 1:10.95, 15. Emily Kopas, 14 1:13.17; 18. Doug Ramos, 18, 1:06.75, Marc Rojas, 17, 1:08.59; 100-meter butterfly, 19. Lindsey McKnight, 16, 1:04.01, 37. Jessie Alcaide, 26, 57.25 yards; 28. Leo Andara, 24, 57.26, 50. Doug Ramos, 18, 59.00; 400-meter individual medley, 1. Julie Stupp, 24, 4:42.92, 24. Emily Kopas, 14, 4:31.05 yards, 25. Marc Rojas, 17, 4:54.35. 


200-meter butterfly, 4. Julie Stupp, 24, 2:12.94, 11. Leo Andara, 24, 2:03.74.

50-meter freestyle, 4. Arlene Semeco, 27, 24.76, 5. Dara Torres, 43, 25.50, 11. Alia Atkinson, 22, 26.65, 12. Jessie Alcaide, 26, 26.71, 55. Gianpaolo Barelli, 18, 22.44 yards.

100-meter backstroke, 15. Lindsey McKnight, 16, 1:05.22, 29. Valerio Rasi, 17, 52.74 yards.

400-meter freestyle, None.

200-meter breaststroke, 4. Alia Atkinson, 22, 2:29.53, 5. Julie Stupp, 24, 2:30.11, 9. Emily Kopas, 14, 2:35.16, 12. Leo Andara, 24, 2:17.77, 17. Doug Ramos, 18, 2:22.64, 23. Marc Rojas, 17, 2:27.75.


200-meter individual medley, 3. Julie Stupp, 24, 2:13.97, 5. Lindsey McKnight, 16, 2:15.67, 15. Alia Atkinson, 22, 2:21.69, 32. Emily Kopas, 14, 2:26.14, 9. Leo Andara, 24, 2:05.18, 26. Doug Ramos, 18, 2:12.81, 40. Marc Rojas, 17, 2:19.71, 44. Valerio Rasi, 17, 1:56.56, yards.

200-meter backstroke, 52. Emily Kopas, 14, 2:27.72, 20. Valerio Rasi, 17, 1:53.65 yards.

100-meter freestyle, 4. Arlene Semeco, 27, 54.92, 11. Lindsey McKnight, 16, 56.62, 15. Jessie Alcaide, 26, 57.42, 22. Alia Atkinson, 22, 58.52, 39. Gianpaolo Barelli, 18, 53.93

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle

MONDAY (Timed finals only)

Women’s 1500-meter freestyle, None; Men’s 800-meter freestyle, None.

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October 6, 2010

Lindsey McKnight didn’t waste any time.

The American Heritage junior who trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club and six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg moved into the county’s No. 1 spot in the 100-yard butterfly during a dual meet against Pine Crest at the Panthers’ pool.

Swimming the event for the first time this season, McKnight won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.80 to take over the top spot in the county honor roll this week.

McKnight won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.21. She ranks second in the county in 2:05.74.

McKnight was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

McKnight is ranked in eight individual and relay events in the honor roll.

SOFLO teammate Luke Torres was a double winner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.79) and 100-yard butterfly (54.13).

Despite McKnight and Torres’ efforts, Pine Crest swept the team titles winning the girls dual meet, 111-75 and boys dual meet, 124-55.

Torres and Daniel Spas (100 freestyle) were the only non-Pine Crest winners. McKnight, Jessica Randolph (100 freestyle) and Lauren Driscoll (500 freestyle, 100 backstroke) were American Heritage’s individual winners.

Both teams were coming off impressive showings at Saturday’s Woodson Invitational, also at Pine Crest.

American Heritage’s next dual meet is Wednesday, Oct. 13 against University School at Nova Southeastern University’s state-of-the-art on-campus complex.


Pine Crest 111, American Heritage 75

200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage (Lauren Driscoll, Lindsey McKnight, Chantal Bouthillier, Jessica Randolph) 1:52.73, 2. Pine Crest A 1:55.32, 3. Pine Crest B 2:09.32.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Brittany Hammond, PC 1:56.28, 2. Jessica Randolph, AH 1:56.67, 3. Hannah Veale, PC 2:07.77.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 2:09.21, 2. Alina Schulhofer, PC 2:14.09, 3. Rebecca Aiello, PC 2:17.98.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Stephanie Moeller, PC 26.04, 2. Kaelah Chaney, PC 26.36, 3. Dania Banks, AH 26.42.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jennifer Aguirre, PC 196.72, 2. Kristen Walker, AH 168.60, 3. Carly Ehrlich, PC 161.25.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Lindsey McKnight, AH 58.80, 2. Alina Schulhofer, PC 1:01.36, 3. Ana Rodriguez, AH 1:03.42.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Randolph, AH 54.67, 2. Brittany Hammond, PC 55.84, 3. Lindsey Swartz, PC 58.25.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 5:10.68, 2. Rebecca Aiello, PC 5:20.21, 3. Mallory McKeon, PC 5:27.47.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:44.03, 2. Pine Crest B 1:45.63, 3. American Heritage 1:50.85.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Lauren Driscoll, AH 58.71, 2. Stephanie Moeller, PC 1:04.54, 3. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:07.44.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:09.25, 2. Kaelah Chaney, PC 1:12.01, 3. Dania Banks, AH 1:14.97.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage (Lauren Driscoll, Jessica Randolph, Chantal Bouthillier, Lindsey McKnight) 3:40.07, 2. Pine Crest A 3:43.47, 3. Pine Crest B 4:01.06.


Pine Crest 124, American Heritage 55

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:42.24, 2. American Heritage 1:44.87, 3. Pine Crest C 1:49.16.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Thomas Veale, PC 1:49.13, 2. Austin Evenson, PC 1:52.12, 3. Jose Serra, AH 1:56.90.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Luke Torres, AH 2:03.79, 2. Michal Rokita, PC 2:04.80, 3. Adam Dear, PC 2:05.14.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marcel Betschart, PC 22.97, 2. Descartes Holland, PC 22.99, 3. Digby Nothard, AH 23.36.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Connor Gerrits, PC 185.86, 2. Daniel Drevel, PC 108.60.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Luke Torres, AH 54.13, 2. Digby Nothard, AH 55.55, 3. Adam Dear, PC 55.70.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Daniel Spas, AH 49.01, 2. Marcel Betschart, PC 49.73, 3. Descartes Holland, PC 53.82.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Austin Evenson, PC 4:54.91, 2. Armand Aguirre, PC 5:00.94, 3. Alex Evenson, PC 5:21.85.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:32.55, 2. Pine Crest B 1:39.00, 3. American Heritage 1:44.31.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Armand Aguirre, PC 57.72, 2. Jose Serra, AH 59.17, 3. Ryan Walter, PC 1:00.31.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michal Rokita, PC 1:02.28, 2. Daniel Spas, AH 1:03.34, 3. Thomas Doolittle, PC 1:09.62.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 3:21.78, 2. American Heritage 3:24.90, 3. Pine Crest C 3:35.88.

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SOFLO’s Dara Torres Is Back Training; Will Make Run At 2012 U.S. Olympic Team

SOFLO’s Dara Torres Is Back Training; Will Make Run At 2012 U.S. Olympic Team


September 10, 2010

At 9:43 a.m. Friday, September 10, during the nationally-syndicated Live With Regis and Kelly talk show, Dara Torres made it official.

The five-time Olympian will attempt to make her sixth Olympic team and compete in the 2012 London Olympics at age 45.

Torres, 43, of the South Florida Aquatic Club, ended months of speculation about her return to the sport after taking a year off after reconstructive knee surgery.

Torres has returned to training full-time with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, which has been her home pool since coming out of retirement for the third time after the birth of her daughter Tessa Grace in 2005.

At 41, Torres became the oldest Olympic swimming medalist in history, the only swimmer to win a medal in five Olympic competitions and the oldest American swimmer ever.  Her 12 career Olympic medals ties her with Jenny Thompson for the most by an American female athlete. She owns eight relay medals and four individual medals from her 24-year Olympic career.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she lost a gold medal by just 1/100ths of a second in the 50-meter freestyle, an event she still holds the American record in.

“If Jack Nicklaus can win a Masters at 46 and Nolan Ryan can pitch a no-hitter at 44, why can’t a 41-year-old mom compete in the Olympics? Torres said at the time. “I had the experience. I knew what to expect. I knew how to handle certain situations and young kids don’t have that.”

Still, the idea that someone could swim in the Olympics at 45 is inconceivable to most but not those in the swimming world who have grown up with Torres and understands her steely determination.

“Never underestimate Dara Torres, never count her out,” said U.S. national team head coach Mark Schubert. “Age is not a factor with Dara.”

Torres is excited about the prospect of trying to make her sixth Olympic team. The only question was whether her body was up to the challenge and if her quality of life would improve.

Since the end of 2008, she has had thumb surgery, three knee operations and shoulder procedure and surgery. She’s had more than 15 orthopedic surgeries.

Torres was out of the pool for a year recovering from a state-of-the-art reconstructive and cartilage transplant surgery on her left knee.

The operation was a success and five weeks ago Torres returned to the pool and is “back training with the kids again.”

Looking tan and healthy on the morning talk show, Torres exchanged playful banter with guest co-host Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa, a frequent visitor to South Florida to watch daughter Lola show horses at the Wellington show jumping events.

“She is one of the few women that can rock a swim cap,” Ripa joked.

After talking about Ripa’s hair turning green when she swims, the high-tech suits and shaving to swim faster, Ripa asked Torres “why does Michael Phelps’ suit show the tiniest bit of butt crack.”

“I never noticed that,” Torres replied with a laugh. “It is amazing how fast Michael goes. He is unbelievable and makes it look so easy.”

Cooper then asked Torres about her age.

“A lot of people made the fact that my age was such a big deal and I think that completely worked to my advantage,” Torres said. “I surrounded myself with good coaches and trainers. I knew what to do about nutrition. The thing about any elite athlete is they have to be so careful about what they put in their bodies because of drug tests. I especially get tested all the time. It’s scary, I can’t use Visine.”

And then Cooper asked about the “big announcement.”

“I am 43 years old,” Torres said, “but that’s not the announcement. The announcement is that I just started training for the 2012 Olympics.

“I wanted to get back into swimming on my terms,” Torres said. “I just started training with the kids again and they are all giving me grief and teasing me. I have huge goggles and they asked me if windshield wipers come with them.

“It’s going to be fun being back again,” Torres said. “It depends on what my body dictates. I know that I am more susceptible to injury. Now that I’m a little bit older, it’s going to be even harder than when I was 41.”

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