SOFLO’s Evelyn Salama Ready To Take On Kona’s Ironman World Championship Saturday

By Sharon Robb

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII—October 13, 2017—“Look out, I’m just getting started. I am more motivated than ever.”

That was Evelyn Herrmann Salama, then 36, eight years ago after competing in the May 20-23 U.S. Masters Short Course Nationals at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta where she swam five lifetime-best times.

On Saturday, the 44-year-old Pembroke Pines wife and mother of two will compete in the Ironman World Championship, the granddaddy of all triathlons.

Ever since she earned one of the 40 qualifying slots for her first Kona appearance at Cabo Ironman 2016 in Cabo San Lucas, Salama has been focused on “checking another one off my bucket list.”

It will be her fourth Ironman distance event that features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-bike and 26.2-mile run in challenging winds and hot conditions.

“It is overwhelming,” Salama said from Kona. “I am happy I have such an incredible supportive husband and sponsor to let me come out two weeks ahead of time to get acclimated to the time change and weather. I am a bucket of nerves.”

Salama has been able to get in some pre-event swims, bike rides and runs along the course as well as trying out the local cuisine and now is resting and surrounded by her family including husband Jason, son Gustavo and daughter Eliana, and friends leading up to the big day.

“I am overwhelmed by the athletes, everyone looks fitter than the last person you saw,” Salama said. “I have taken a week to marinate in that and convince myself I belong here. I know now I have earned my spot and I am ready to go.”

Eight years ago, SOFLO age group coach Rose Lockie was Salama’s mentor when she decided to compete in masters swimming. Now she is working with her son Travis Lockie in swimming and her coach Dirk Smeets of West Palm Beach. Smeets of the Netherlands has played an integral role in Salama’s progess and success.

Her proudest accomplishment was representing Team USA in 2015 in the ITU World Triathlon Championship in Chicago in her 40-44 age group.

Her progress has been remarkable in eight years.

“I grew up a little bit,” Salama said. “I came to realize despite all of Rose’s efforts and my tenacity and stubbornness I was never going to compete with people who have been swimming all their lives.”

A friend suggested she try triathlons. Her first was a reverse triathlon on a Huffy bike.

“I got out of the water and I thought I got this easy and then everybody passed me on the bike,” Salama said with a laugh. “I crossed the finish line feeling humbled.”

Now Salama is in Kona eyeing that finish line with a different mindset.

“I didn’t know my mindset at first,” Salama said. “When I qualified I was thinking Top 10 in my head but now I have adjusted my goals. A good friend said to me when I qualified for Kona, it was like being the valedictorian of my high school. Now I am in Kona and it’s like Harvard, everyone is a valedictorian. It’s quite a thing to get here and another thing to compete here. It’s really humbling.”

Salama has become an example for those with very little experience or background in sports to start training and competing. When she started masters swimming she had only swam in fifth, sixth and seventh grade. It helped that Academic Village Pool was less than an hour from her house when she decided to train with Rose Lockie for the masters meet.

The rest, as they say, is history. After Kona she wants to spend more time with her family.

“I will hang up my full Ironman shoes, my kids have had it,” Salama said. “I didn’t expect to get this far. But I also don’t want to look back and see that I was a detriment for my children. My family comes first. I told my daughter, who is a soccer phenom, that this is my World Cup, this is what I trained for.

“I am very lucky that I am checking off everything I had as goals. I qualified for 70.3 worlds. I competed in the Olympic distance at worlds. And now I am here at the mecca.

“At this point I just want to do my best and cross that finish line knowing I gave it everything I had. I will be happy with that. I don’t want to put a time out there. This place is so powerful. I just want to do the best of my ability that day.”

For those wanting to follow Salama on the Ironman website tracker, her number is 1618.

Salama will be among 2,400 age group athletes. The largest international athlete field in race history will have 66 countries, regions and territories on six continents represented.

Athletes ranging in age from 18 to 84 earned their championship opportunity by having finished among the best at one of more than 40 qualifiers around the world.


WHEN: Saturday, 6:35 a.m., (HST).

WHERE: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

COURSE: 2.4-mile swim starts at Kailua Pier and finishes at Kamakahonu Bay; 112-mile bike along Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from Kailua-Kona to the turnaround in Hawi; 26.2-mile run winds through the town before heading out to Ali’i Drive.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Daniela Ryf, Switzerland and Jan Frodeno, Germany.

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY: $650,000 pro purse distributed to the Top 10 men and women finishers.

LIVE COVERAGE: Race coverage can be viewed on For live tracking, real time results and instant notifications, fans can download the Ironman Tracker app on Google Play and the iTunes App Store. In addition, NBC will air an event special on Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m.

MEN’S TOP PROS: Jan Frodeno, Germany; Sebastian Kienle, Germany; Benjamin Hoffman, U.S.; Patrick Lange, Germany; Timothy O’Donnell, U.S.; Frederik Van Lierde, Belgium; Kyle Buckingham, South Africa; Tim Don, Great Britain; Pete Jacobs, Australia.

WOMEN’S TOP PROS: Daniela Ryf, Switzerland; Sarah Crowley, Australia; Kaisa Sali, Finland; Sarah Piampiano, U.S.; Heather Jackson, U.S.; Michelle Vesterby, Denmark; Susie Cheetham, Great Britain; Anja Bernek, Germany; Michaela Herlbauer, Austria; Linsey Corbin, U.S.; Leanda Cave, Great Britain.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO’s Kylie Herman Making Waves At College; Salama Runner-Up At Key West Triathlon

By Sharon Robb

December 7, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kylie Herman is tearing it up at the collegiate level.

The Brandeis University freshman and Cypress Bay alum posted five Top 20 finishes in three freestyle and two butterfly events at the recent Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Gompei Invitational in Worcester, Mass.

With her versatility from sprint to distance, Herman scored 96 of the Judges’ 408.5 points to lead her team to a tenth-place finish among an impressive field of Division II and III swim teams.

Herman’s best finish was in the 500-yard freestyle placing 14th in 5:17.30.

Herman was also 15th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:17.17. She had two 16th place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.93 and 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.00. She was 18th in the 50-yard freestyle in 55.98.

She also led off the 12th place 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 3:48.10 with teammates Joanna Murphy (Sarasota Riverview alum), Abby Damsky and Fallon Bushee.

Brandeis is now off from its dual meet schedule until Jan. 20 and will be headed for a Jan. 1-8 training trip to Dorado, Puerto Rico.


South Florida Aquatic Club masters swimmer Evelyn Salama finished runner-up among women at this past weekend’s Key West Triathlon.

Salama, 42, of Pembroke Pines was second in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 29 seconds in the Olympic-distance triathlon that features a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

Overall winners were Yunior Rosete Torres, 31, of Aventura in 1:58:43 among men and Imke Oelerich, 26, of Davie in 2:22:37 among women.

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre was among a field of 857 athletes who competed in the Olympic distance, sprint distance, duathlon and relay divisions.


SOFLO three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson finished runner-up to track sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the second annual Caribbean Sports Awards, organized by the Caribbean Sports Journalists Association. Cuban Yarisley Silva was also a runner-up among 11 women nominated.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 153: Phelps Beats Lochte, But Berens Beats Both In Charlotte


May 11, 2012

In their final head-to-head race before next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials, Michael Phelps finished ahead of Ryan Lochte but it was Ricky Berens who beat them both Friday night at the USA Swimming Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix.

Berens, 24, of Trojan Swim Club, was first at the wall in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.32. Phelps, 26, was second in 1:48.01. Lochte, 27, was sixth in 1:49.70.

“We’re all doing different training,” Phelps said. “That’s how Ryan has always done it. I’m sure that’s what he’s going to do this year. He’s somebody who is a very tough racer and at the right time, he will be there when it counts.”

Lochte was also seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:26.04.

Lochte is wearing a swim brief instead of a jammer like Phelps and several other swimmers. While Phelps has one more event left before heading to Dallas, Lochte has several more.

“None of this is going to matter,” said U.S. Olympic men’s coach Gregg Troy, also Lochte’s coach in Gainesville. “No one is going to care what happened in Charlotte.”

Lochte plans on shutting it down after Charlotte. Phelps has one more meet before the trials and plans to spend most of his time training in altitude in Colorado.

Berens, who finished with a half-body length lead, was realistic about his win.

“I have one of the hardest events in the country,” Berens said. “I’ve got Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps who are the two fastest guys in the world and the toughest competition. As long as I’m on the relay with those two guys, I’ll be glad to be on their team. As long as I am part of that relay and winning gold for the U.S., I’m happy.

“Everybody is in a different place,” Berens said. “I’m just excited to be where I am.”

In other championship finals Friday night:

Allison Schmitt, 21, of North Baltimore won the 200-meter freestyle in a meet record 1:57.38 ahead of Dana Vollmer in 1:58.62.

Rebecca Soni, 25, of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.85. Jessica Hardy, 25, was second in 1:07.52.

Eric Shanteau, 28, of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.46. Mark Gangloff, 29, was second in 1:01.41.

Jennifer Connolly, 22, of Tennessee Aquatics won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 27.99. Rachel Bootsma, 18, was second in 28:00, also a meet record.

Eugene Godsoe, 24, of SwimMAC won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 25.24. Six of the eight finalists broke the old meet record of 26.55.

Vollmer came back to win the 100-meter butterfly in a meet record 57.21. Natalie Coughlin, 29, was second in 58.82. Claire Donahue, 23, of Western Kentucky, has been training with SOFLO in Pembroke Pines was third in 58.84.

Davis Tarwater, 28, of SwimMAC won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.87 ahead of Tyler McGill, 24, in 52.98. Sixteen-year-old Joseph Schooling of Bolles was seventh in 53.93.

Caitlin Leverenz, 21, of California, won the 400-meter individual medley in a meet record 4:38.35 ahead of Katie Hoff, 22, in 4:40.82.

Peter Vanderkaay, 28, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.22. Oussama Mellouli, 28, was second in 4:18.81. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Bradley Ally was fifth in 4:24.06.

Hardy won the 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 30.82 ahead of Soni in 30.86. The top five finishers broke the meet record o 32.64.

Barry Murphy, 26, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.81 ahead of Gangloff in 27.89.

Among local results, SOFLO’s Nick Schwab, 21 of Indiana finished the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.30 and 400 IM in 4:52.54.

The four-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims and finals. It is being webcast live on and

Former Florida Gold Coast Swimmer Olympics-Bound

Laura Reback Bennett, a Cardinal Newman and SMU alum, and former North Palm Beach Swim Team member, qualified for her second Olympic team in the sport of triathlon Friday at the ITU San Diego Triathlon. Reback clinched third, her first ITU Series podium finishing in 2 hours and 11 minutes for the Olympic-distance course. Bennett battled 2008 Olympic teammate Sarah Haskins for the final sport and clinched it on the final lap of the run.

“It’s tough when you have to go up against a good friend,” said the 37-year-old Bennett. “I put a lot of pressure on this day. Last year in London I just had a terrible day for some reason, I’m still not sure what happened. You know, in the end I think it was a blessing in disguise because there was things that I changed in my training that I wouldn’t have changed if I had made the team. I think it made me a better athlete. It’s hard to have the courage to change when things are going well. So I’m really well.” Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins won in 1:58.21 and may have locked up a spot on her Olympic team. On Saturday, former Florida Atlantic University runner and Rockway Club swimmer Manny Huerta of Miami, will try and qualify for his first Olympic team.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

SOFLO Second Kids Triathlon Building Interest In The Sport

SOFLO Second Kids Triathlon Building Interest In The Sport

October 5, 2011


After another successful kids triathlon, the sport of triathlon is taking off at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers of all ages took turns competing in the second SOFLO Kids Triathlon on Saturday, Oct. 1.

With parents, coaches and friends watching the event, organized by SOFLO triathlon coach Steve Mlujeak, the triathlon was a nice change from early morning swim workouts.

Nicholas Perera, 12, and Julia Montgomery, 13, turned in the fastest times in the first two waves. Perera edged Marc Rojas, 17, 40:31-40:38. Montgomery finished in 41:24.

It was definitely a family affair.

Christopher Perera, 7, was the top boys finisher in the third wave in 15:28 and Emma Perera, 7, was the top girls finisher in 18:10. 

Mlujeak, an elite cyclist and race director, is hoping to hold a bike and transition clinic to help athletes improve their triathlon skills for the next triathlon.

Mlujeak and SOFLO CEO and Coach Chris Anderson created the kids’ triathlon to encourage health, fitness and camaraderie.

The event was designed for any child, ages 10-and-under and 11-and up age groups, regardless of athletic ability or previous triathlon experience.

The fun and safe event, that ended in less than two hours, was held on the Academic Village campus that included a track, pool and trail, and observed USAT rules (USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body). 

Youth triathlons (swim-bike-run event) are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. because they are easy to stage at any distance and don’t necessarily have to be held at a beach, lake or busy public streets.

The venue was one of the safest since it was held on the Academic Village campus.

The well-organized triathlon featured three waves.

The first wave was for SOFLO boys in the bronze, senior, silver, gold and national groups. The second wave was for girls in the bronze, senior, silver, gold and national groups. The third wave combined the boys and girls from the asteroids, meteorites and dippers.

The opening swim event simulated an open water course in the pool without lane lines with the distance of 1,200 yards for the first and second waves and 500 yards for the third wave.

The bike portion was held on the school’s running track. Waves one and two biked 2.5 miles or ten laps on the track. The third wave was 3.1 miles or four laps.

The run portion was two miles or two laps around the water tank for the first and second waves and half-mile or two laps for wave three.

Every athlete received a free t-shirt. Second and third place finishers received Nike merchandise provided by Nike, one of SOFLO’s major sponsors. The winners were awarded medals provided by the booster club and a cycling computer donated by Bike America bike shops.

SOFLO hopes to host at least two each year and may have its swimmers compete in other triathlons around the county the more the proficient they become in the sport.



Wave 1: 12-and-under, 1. Nicholas Perera, Bronze, 12, 40:31, 2. Matthew Menocal, Bronze, 12, 41:58, 3. Ricardo Roche, Bronze, 12, 42:14; 13-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, National, 17, 40:38, 2. Jordan Colon, Gold, 14, 41:27, 3. Jose Miguel Fernandez, Silver, 15, 45:26.


Wave 2: 12-and-under, 1. Kelly Heron, Bronze, 12, 41:45, 2. Stephanie Mlujeak, Bronze, 12, 43:19, 3. Jessica Rodriguez, Bronze, 12, 45.50; 13-and-over, 1. Julia Montgomery, S.D., 13, 41:24, 2. Lilli Calero, Bronze, 13, 48:39, 3. Christina Villegas, Silver, 13, 49:35.


1.Tie, Raphael Rodriguez, Asteroid, 9, 16:21 and Matthew Liang, Asteroid, 10, 16:21, 3. CJ Kopecki, Asteroid, 12, 18:09, 4. Brandon Moran, Asteroid, 10, 19:04.

1.Tomas Pelaez, Meteorites, 10, 19:35, 2. Lorenzo Lanaro, Meteorites, 11, 19:38, 3. Brandon Currasco, Meteorites, 11, 20:45.

1.Christopher Perera, Dipper, 7, 15:28, 2. Ryan Heron, Dipper, 7, 16:01, 3. Akira Huang, Dipper, 8, 18:05.


1.Anna Montgomery, Asteroid, 11, 19:41, 2. Katherine DeBarros, Asteroid, 11, 22:32, 3. Anita Huang, Asteroid, 10, 26.50, 4. Valentina Diaz, Asteroid, 12, 27:25.

1.Emma Perera, Dipper, 7, 18:10, 2. Sara Quintero, Dipper, 7, 18.30, 3. Gretchen Montgomery, Dipper, 8, 18:55.

1.Nathalia Rossi, Meteorite, 10, 22:42. 2. Catalina Lizarazo, Meteorite, 11, 22:53, 3. Nathalie Simms, Meteorite, 9, 25:00, 4. Brittany Parra, Meteorite, 10, 25.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 71: Brazilians Wrap Up Final Day Of National Championships

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 71: Brazilians Wrap Up Final Day Of National Championships

September 4, 2011


On the final day of the Jose Finkel Trophy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cecilia Biagioli, Cesar Cielo, Inke Dekker and Fabiola Martin took turns on the medal stand.

Biagioli of Argentina broke the second meet record of the week won the 1500 meters in 16:46.68, breaking the previous record o 17:00.56 setby Poliana Okimoto, who finished second.

Argentina swept the distance events when Juan Pereyra won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:05.75.

Brazilian Cesar Cielo, the world champion in the 50-meter butterfly, showed why when he won the event in a close race in 23.48. Glauber Silva was second in 23.65. Nicholas dos Santos was third.

The Netherland’s Inge Dekker won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 26.56 for her second win of the meet. Daynara de Paula of Brazil was second in 27.01.

Gabriel Mangabeira won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 55.48 for his second victory of the meet. Brazil’s top backstroker, Guilherme Guido was sixth in 56.52.

Fabiola Molina won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.33. Her victory clinched high point award of the meet with 141 points and four wins. Thiago Pereira won the men’s high point award with 135 points and three wins and one second place.

Minas took the team title by nearly 700 points with 2,493.5 points. Pinheiros was second with 1,799 and Glamengo was third with 1,478.


Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago, who spent a few weeks at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex training and competing with Keegan Boisson-Yates, is among the field of top boys swimmers at the Commonwealth Youth Games that begin this week on the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland within the British Isles…Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps served as Grand Marshall of Sunday’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix…..Bucknell men’s water polo team ended its 22-game losing streak with a 16-10 victory over No. 11-ranked St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Navy Labor Day Open in Annapolis, Md. Bucknell’s last win was on Sept. 5, 1998, ironically over St. Francis. Alex Nowlin and Brian Barron led scoring with four goals each…..Swimming New Zealand, the sport’s national governing body, has lost its second high-profile administrator. Jan Cameron resigned her position as general manager after a critical report of the country’s national swim program. Her departure follows that of Swimming New Zealand chairman Murray Coulter, who resigned on Friday…Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Laura Reback Bennett of Colorado and North Palm Beach was fifth at Sunday’s Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa. She finished in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 50 seconds. Former University of Florida swimmer turned pro triathlete Sara McLarty of Deland led after the 1.5K swim and finished in 2:09:23 for 19th place. McLarty recently lost her father Brent, 62, who was killed when he was hit by a van while cycling near his home in Deland on Aug. 24. McLarty wrote on her Facebook page: “My dad was an amazing man. He loved life, adventures, solving problems, creating masterpieces and breaking a good sweat! He died today on a bike ride…doing something he loved.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 64: FINA Junior World Championships End With More Meet Records

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 64: FINA Junior World Championships End With More Meet Records

August 21, 2011


U.S. swimmers ended on a good note Sunday on the final day of competition at the third FINA World Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru.

American Jacob Pebley broke the meet record in the 200-meter backstroke to win the gold medal in 1:58.73. The previous record was 1:59.67 set in 2008 by Kurt Basset.

Kosuke Hagino of Japan (1:58.94) and American Ryan Murphy (1:59.63) also dipped under the meet record to take the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Pebley was also a member of the winning 400-meter medley relay that broke the meet record in 3:39.65. Other relay members were Nicolas Fink, Maclin Davis and Seth Stubblefield. The previous meet record was 3:41.69. Brazil was disqualified for early takeoff.

American Evan Pinion broke the meet record in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:11.03. The previous record was 15:25.01 set in 2008.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri also dipped under the old record in 15:15.02 and took the silver. Italian teammate Gabriele Detti took the bronze in 15:18.46, also breaking the meet record.

Tjasa Oder of Slovenia broke the meet record in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16:18.63. American Rachel Zilinskas was second in 16:18.85 and Spain’s Claudia Dasca was third in 16:24.30.

Rachel Kelly of Great Britain won the 100-meter butterfly in 59.37 just out-touching Rino Hosoda of Japan who finished in 59.39. Both times were meet records. Alexandra Wenk of Germany took the bronze in 59.64.

Bronte Campbell of Australia broke her own meet record in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.22. American Lia Neal, a U.S. Olympic hopeful, took the silver in 25.30 and Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem took the bronze in 25.35.

Kenta Kirai of Japan broke his meet record in the men’s 200-meter butterfly to win the gold medal in 1:57.16. His previous record was 1:58.81. Andreas Vazaios of Greece was second in 1:59.27 and Canadian Mackenzie Darragh was third in 1:59.31.

Japan won its second gold of the night when Kanako Watanabe won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.52. Italy’s Lisa Fissneider was second in 2:26.01 and Irina Novikova of Russia was third in 2:26.04.

The top three finishers in the women’s 200-meter freestyle broke Dagny Knutson’s meet record of 1:59.78 set in 2008. Brittany MacLean took the gold in 1:58.93, American Chelsea Chenault the silver in 1:59.69 and Fu Yuanhui of China the bronze in 1:50.70.

Aussie Cameron McEvoy won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 50.16. Russian Dmitry Ermakov and Pawel Werner of Poland tied for the silver in 50.46.

Panagiotis Samilidis of Greece won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 28.27. Akihiro Yamaguchi of Japan and Craig Benson of Great Britain tied for second in 28.44.

Japan won its third and final gold medal of the night in the women’s 400-meter medley relay in a meet record 4:05.65. The U.S. team with Neal swimming anchor leg was second in 4:07.79 and Russia was third in 4:07.99.

Open water swimming

Forty-year-old Jamie Patrick successfully emerged from the Sacramento River Saturday night after completing a 31-hour, 111-mile open water swim for charity.

“All in all, I feel pretty good, I’m very excited to be done,” Patrick told the Sacramento Bee. “I had a difficult night (stomach problems) and didn’t think I’d get through it but here I am. It was a pretty magical swim.”

The San Francisco businessman made the swim as a fundraiser for Buena Vista Auxiliary, which promotes literacy for school children. Patrick has a five-year-old daughter.

His second motivation was to bring awareness to clean water. “If people take advantage of the Sacramento River hopefully they’ll take care of it,” Patrick said.

Patrick started swimming at age 7 and hasn’t stopped yet!


Chrissie Wellington and Rasmus Henning won the overall titles Sunday in the 70.3 Timberman in New Hampshire.

Wellington, a three-time Ironman World Champion from Great Britain, won in 4:16:33. American Caitlin Snow was second in 4:26:36.

Henning of Denmark won the men’s race in 3:53:41 ahead of American Mike Caiazzoin 4:01:30…

Great Britain took the team title on Sunday in the Team Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Jodie Stimpson, Jonathan Brownlee, Helen Jenkins and Alistair Brownlee were members of the winning team in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 29 seconds. The Brits won by 15 seconds over Switzerland. A record 35 teams from 28 countries competed. The ITU is bidding to get Team Triathlon into the Olympic Games program.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 63: Egypt Wins First Gold Medal At FINA World Junior Championships

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 63: Egypt Wins First Gold Medal At FINA World Junior Championships

August 20, 2011


Egypt, not exactly a swimming power, made history Saturday at the third FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru.

On the fourth day of competition, Egypt won its first gold medal in meet history when Farida Hisham Osman won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 26.69.

American Kendyl Stewart took the silver in 26.78. South African Vanessa Mohr (26.85) and Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem (26.85) tied for the bronze medal.

Japan’s Akihito Yamaguchi won the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:11.70, breaking the previous meet record of 2:14.78.

Ukraine swimmers Oleroksiy Rozhkov (2:13.94) and Maksym Shemberev (2:14.08) took the silver and bronze medals respectively. American Chase Kalisz (2:14.13) was fourth. The trio of swimmers also dripped under the previous meet record.

Germany’s Christian Diener won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.59, just 1/100th off his own meet record of 26.58 set in the semifinals. American Pebley Jacob took the silver in 25.75 and Italian Niccolo Bonacch took bronze in 25.78

Lisa Fissneider of Italy won the gold medal in both the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events in meet records. She won the 100 in a meet record 1:07.71.

Aussie sprinter Cameron McEvoy won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.69 followed by Spain’s Rodriguez Martinez (22.72) and Kristian Gkolomeev of Greece (22.80).

Spain’s Beatriz Cortez won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.57. Japan’s Emu Higuchi was second in 2:13.96 and Erika Seltenreich- Hodgson was third in 2:15.62.

Joseph Schooling of Singapore broke the national record during the heats of the 50-meter butterfly in 24.95. Joseph, 16, broke the previous mark of 24.99 set three years ago but failed to get out of the semifinals, placing tenth in 25.02.

Joseph now owns eight of his country’s nine national records in the 50-meter butterfly.

Canadian Brittany MacLean won the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:10.32. Aussie Bonnie MacDonald was second in 4:11.86 and American Gillian Ryan was third in 4:12.28.

Canada added another gold medal in the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Alex Page, Keegan Zanatta, Omar Arafa and Chad Bobrosky winning in 7:22.95. China was second in 7:23.28 and Poland third in 7:24.09.

Water Polo

Michigan’s Leah Robertson scored three goals to lead the U.S. women’s water polo team to a 9-8 victory over Italy in the semifinals of the World University Games. Stanford goalie alum Amber Oland had 11 saves for a .579 percentage and turned back Italy’s last quarter rally. Six other players also scored for the U.S. which plays host China in the gold medal game. Pre-tournament favorite China advanced with a 12-6 win over Russia in the other semifinal game.


2012 U.S. Olympic qualifiers Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff finished in the Top 10 Saturday at the ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Jorgensen got her third straight Top 10 finish with a sixth place in 59 minutes and 2 seconds for the 750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run course.

Groff posted her fourth consecutive Top seven finish with her seventh place in 59:06.

Barbara Riveros Diaz of Chile won the women’s title just edging Aussie Emma Jackson in 58:35.

Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee on in 52:23.

On Sunday, Jorgensen, Groff, Barrett Brandon and Mark Fretta will represent the U.S. in the ITU Team Triathlon World Championships. Live coverage is available on….At the USA Triathlon National Age Group Championships at Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vt. Carlos Dolabella, 50, of Key Biscayne was third in 1:07:43 in the sprint event. His splits were 10:39 (swim), 34:39 (bike) and 20:51 (run). Race conditions were ideal. The water temperature in Lake Champlain was 74 degrees which made the course wetsuit-legal. There were 1,900 triathletes in the Olympic distance event and 600 in the sprint event. Colorado University student Karl Kahsar won the Olympic distance men’s event in 1:52:18. Olympic medalist Susan Williams won the women’s title in 2:06:02.


World and national champion swimmer Dana Vollmer and former Stanford swimmer Andy Grant were married on Saturday in northern California vineyard country in Livermore. The Texas native and U.S. Olympic hopeful trains with UC Berkeley coach Teri McKeever. Grant popped the question on Feb. 20, 2010 in Long Beach, Calif. Grant designed a wedding website loaded with photos and great stories. “I get married today!!! So excited I could hardly sleep,” Vollmer tweeted early Saturday morning….SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, after competing on her first world team for Canada this past week at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, left Hong Kong on Saturday and managed to sleep her entire 12-hour overseas flight. After a seven-hour layover in Vancouver and five hour flight to Montreal, she was scheduled to arrive home late Saturday night…..In her comeback journey to the U.S. Olympic trials, Olympian Janet Evans lowered her own Masters world record in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:22.87. Evans, 40, being coached by former Mission Bay coach Mark Schubert, broke her own 40-44 age group record of 4:23.82. The Olympic trials qualifying time is 4:19.39.

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