WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
May 30, 2012
Two-time Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Sharntelle McLean, who has been training at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, will compete this weekend in the ASATT National Open Long Course Championships in her native country.
McLean, one of the more experienced swimmers in the field, is going after her FINA Olympic qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle.
Dylan Carter, also of Trinidad and Tobago, who has trained in Coral Springs with Keegan Boisson-Yates, is also going after his first Olympic berth.
At 16, Carter is just 1.40 and 1.60 seconds shy of qualifying in the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly.
The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting the last meet on its local soil for Olympic hopefuls.
The meet is also serving as a qualifier for next month’s Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Aruba.
The meet begins Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Marlins Swimming Pool in Port of Spain.
West Florida Adds Women’s Swimming
University of West Florida has added a women’s swimming and diving team beginning in the fall of 2013.
A national search for a head coach is under way.
The Division II program in Pensacola has a student body of 12,000 students and 14 varsity sports.
The new team already has a 50-meter indoor pool that underwent a $4.5 million renovation in 2011. The pool already hosts USA Swimming and high school meets.
More college news
College coaches are considering new criteria for NCAA qualifiers that could change the way relays will qualify for future NCAA championships. Currently, entire relays make the national meet by times which means not all of the best swimmers in the country are competing at nationals. A new measure being proposed by the coaches is to limit all relays at nationals to only those who qualify for the meet and the relays would be selected from that talent pool. Most coaches seem to be in favor of the change even though it means that the strongest programs in the national will benefit the most. If the new rule is passed, it would go into effect the 2014-15 season.
Brothers Jason and David Dunford of Kenya are training with Italian coach Andrea Di Nino and ADN Swim Project. Di Nino worked with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex before moving back to Italy. His swimmers have been training at an altitude camp in Sierra Nevada before heading to the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum Tour, Sette Colli Meet in Rome, Aspria Cup in Milan and Paris Open. The brothers have qualified for London and after graduating from Stanford’s Masters program plane to work in Silicon Valley after the Olympics…
SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski of Arizona State, on a training trip in Scandinavia, has shin splits from walking around Denmark….Newly-minted U.S. Olympians Laura Reback Bennett of North Palm Beach and Manny Huerta of Miami, both former Florida Gold Coast swimmers, compete Saturday in the Dallas ITU Pan American Cup. The event is draft-legal and features a 1500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Both Bennett and Huerta will race for the first time since qualifying for the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic teams.
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