AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 86: SOFLO Swimmers Compete At All-Florida Invitational This Weekend

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 86: SOFLO Swimmers Compete At All-Florida Invitational This Weekend


October 6, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

University of Florida will open the college season at the Stephen O’Connell Center Natatorium Friday through Sunday when the Gators host the second annual All-Florida Invitational in Gainesville.

“We’re pretty fortunate on both the men and women’s side going into the first meet of the year,” Florida head coach Gregg Troy said.

“We’re coming off a tremendous summer where a lot of our swimmers competed on both the international and national scene.”

Nine teams will compete in the three-day meet. Host Florida will be joined by Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida Southern, Florida State, University of Miami, North Florida and Nova Southeastern.

“We did it last year for the first time, and we actually had a pretty big demand from the other schools to do it,” said Troy, the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s swim coach.

“Anytime you have FSU on campus, it’s always good to have both the programs here. It’s a unique dynamic.

“Swimming three full days with a complete college program with the exception of platform diving, it allows you to get the chance to see everyone in a couple of different dimensions.”

Florida State’s women’s team, led by SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, is coming off two wins over Miami and Florida Gulf Coast last weekend. SOFLO’s Melissa Cooper, a Texas A&M transfer, and Ashley Hicks are also on FSU’s women’s team.

The men’s team, featuring SOFLO’s Tyler Sell, Alex Rodriguez and Doug Ramos, will compete in their first meet of the season.

SOFLO’s Linea Cutter, a freshman at Nova Southeastern University, will make her collegiate swimming debut. The Douglas alum is expected to make an impact her first season in the freestyles.

NSU is opening the season in Gainesville after sending eight swimmers to the NCAA Championships in the program’s first year. NSU picked up several transfers from Illinois State, Daytona State, Mankato State, Florida State and Alabama.

University of Miami’s women’s team (0-2) will compete. SOFLO’s Dana Hatic, a senior breaststroker, heads the team. In last weekend’s meet against FSU and FGCU, Hatic was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:18.97 as one of the Hurricanes top finishers.

Florida Atlantic features SOFLO swimmers Eszter Bucz, Anthony Fermin and Gabriel Pena.

Bucz, a breaststroker, is a Hungarian national champion, Sun Belt Conference champion and school record holder.

FGCU is led by junior Danielle Beaubrun, a breaststroke conference champion who will use this weekend’s meet as a tuneup for the Pan American Games in Mexico. The St. Lucia swimmer and FGCU coach Neal Studd will head to Guadalajara next Tuesday. Studd said that Beaubrun needs to get in a meet of racing before Pan Ams.

On Friday, prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 7 p.m.; on Saturday prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. and Sunday prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m.

FINA/Arena World Cup Begins Friday

The 2011 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series opens Friday at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Complex in Dubai with a star-studded international lineup.

Among the field is Kenya’s Jason Dunford, coached by former Michael Lohberg protégé Andrea Di Nino, head of the ADN Project in Italy. Others entered are South African Chad Le Closs and Russians Evgeny Korotyshkin and Yuliya Efimova.

FINA is offering a lucrative prize purse for medal winners during the grueling seven-leg series.

Gold medal winners earn $1,500, silver medal winners $1,000 and bronze medal winners $500. A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded any swimmer who breaks a world record.

The overall men’s and women’s series winner will earn $100,000. Last year Therese Alshammar of Sweden and Thiago Pereira of Brazil were  overall champions.

Australia will not compete in Dubai but will join the series in Stockholm (Oct. 15-16), Moscow (October 18-19) and Berlin (October 22-23). Aussie comeback swimmers Ian Thorpe, Geoff Huegill and Libby Trickett are expected to swim in some of the meets.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 81: Diana Nyad Says Never Again

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 81: Diana Nyad Says Never Again


September 27, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Diana Nyad met her match.

The former Pine Crest swimmer said it was the toxic jellyfish that took her down and has convinced her that she will not make another attempt at the 103-mile ocean swim from Cuba to Florida through the Florida straits.

Nyad, 62, swam 82 nautical miles in her second attempt in two months and third attempt overall during her distinguished endurance swimming career. Her first attempt was in 1978 which was cut short by bad weather after 42 hours in the water.

“I can’t beat those guys, they are too much for me,” an emotional Nyad said Monday during a press conference in Key West. “I am so capable of that swim. It’s such a bitter pill.”

After two potentially lethal stings, Nyad was forced to give up her quest on Sunday morning after forty hours in the water. The toxins had begun to cause partial paralysis and breathing difficulties for the asthmatic.

“Those damn jellyfish,” Nyad said. “It’s going to hurt my pride so bad when someone swims across that thing and it wasn’t me. I’m mad that it turned out this way.

“It’s not easy to let go of this dream,” Nyad said. “It’s been a grand, elevating life-confirming experience these last two years.”

More open water swimming

FINISswim is sponsoring a free webinar by Open Water Source on Nyad on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The presentation includes stories, strategies and struggles during Nyad’s two recent attempts. Details include her preparations for Cuba, weather as well as physical and mental preparation…

Open water swimming in Las Vegas? The second annual Slam the Damn Open Water Swim Zone Championship is Saturday at Lake Mead’s Boulder Beach, hosted by Swim Las Vegas, southern Nevada’s largest U.S. masters team. Distances offered are 1.2-mile, 2.4-mle or 8K. The field features swimmers from as far away as Australia and Russia as well as nationally-ranked U.S. athletes. “A nice long swim just means you’ll be able to chow down more at your hotel’s buffet,” swimmer Melissa Palmer told the Las Vegas Review Journal…

Thomas Lurz of Germany and American Emily Brunemann won the men’s and women’s races at the Marathon Swimming World Cup in China. Lurz remains in the series points lead after winning the sixth leg of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup in 1 hour, 54 minutes and 22 seconds. Brunemann earned her first podium appearance winning in 2:04:52. The field featured 28 men and 15 women from ten countries. The last race is Oct. 2 in Hong Kong…

Trinidad and Tobago national swimmers Samantha Rahael and Jonathan Gillette won the 5,000-meter swim at the Maracas Open Water Swim Classic at Maracas Bay on Sunday. Rahael, based in the U.S., won her 5K race debut in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 32 seconds and finished ahead of defending champion Theana Hay. Gillette won the men’s title in 1:11:13. Defending champion Stefan Sharpe was unable to defend his title because of classes at LaSalle University. Blaine Sobrian was second in 1:12:30. Nicholas Mitchell won the men’s 2,650-meter race in 38:13 and Syriah David won the women’s event in 40:50. Olympic medalist George Bovell III, still recovering from a car accident, was among spectators. The race attracted more than 300 open water swimmers…

USA Swimming Coaches Clinic This Weekend

Florida Gold Coast Swimming will host the USA Swimming Regional Coaches Clinic Friday through Sunday in downtown Miami. The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSC’s. The clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach in their own “coaching backyards.” Clinics are priced to encourage staffs to attend the clinic together. One coach can attend for $60 or entire staff can attend the clinic for only $120. Miami is the third stop of the six-clinic fall tour. The clinic will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown at 200 SE Second Avenue. Clinics are open to all swimming coaches regardless of their USA Swimming membership. Both USA swimming members and non-members are invited to attend. MJ Truex, a sport performance consultant and Dave Thomas, a sport development consultant, will conduct the sessions. Local contact is MACM coach Kirk Peppas at maccoach27@aol.com. The sessions are Friday, 5-7:45 p.m., Saturday 8-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 8-12:30 p.m. A free club leadership and business management school will also be conducted from 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.

Miscellaneous

The Florida State Seminoles have gotten four verbal commitments for their next freshman class including Top 25 recruit Derek Pridemore of the Sarasota YMCA. Pridemore, a distance freestyler, is ranked No. 3 in Florida and No. 24 nationally. His career-bests are 4:27.44 in the 500 freestyle and 15:23.24 in the mile. He will join Colombian national record holder Mateo DeAngulo and SOFLO’s Tyler Sell…

Two-time Olympian Anne Poleska, 31, a former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer was married to Jochen Urban, 27, on Saturday in her hometown of Krefeld, Germany. They are honeymooning in Boston and New England area…

Former Fort Lauderdale Swim Team member Sheila Taormina, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming at the 1996 Games, 2000 Olympian in triathlon and 2004 Olympian in pentathlon, is on a book tour promoting her first book, “Call the Suit.” She is also in the midst of a Call the Suit Swim Clinic Series in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa in October…

Canadian water polo player Nathan Kotylak, 18, has been banned from the national team for two years for his role in the post-Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver. He will receive no funding and cannot represent Canada again until June 2013. He apologized after several social media sites showed him stuffing a rag in the gas tank of a police car during the riot.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 78: SOFLO’s Rodriguez Makes FSU Debut With Two Wins

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 78: SOFLO’s Rodriguez Makes FSU Debut With Two Wins


September 23, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez is taking full advantage of his second chance in college swimming.

Rodriguez made his debut with his new team Florida State on Friday in the Seminoles’ annual Garnet and Gold intrasquad meet at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The men’s and women’s Garnet squads won with the women winning, 148-144 and men winning 154-136.

Rodriguez, 19, a sophomore, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.22 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:07.12 for the Gold team.

SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, the Seminoles Rookie of the Year as a freshman, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.58 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.52 for the Gold team. Oliver was also a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay.

Rodriguez turned his swimming career around with the help of SOFLO coaches Chris Anderson and the late Michael Lohberg.

Rodriguez made remarkable progress training with Lohberg and several world-class swimmers including two-time Olympians Vlad Polyakov and Alia Atkinson.

Rodriguez became more focused in and out of the water since a disappointing freshman season at Florida Atlantic University and earned another chance at FSU. He has three years of college eligibility remaining.

In other FSU races, senior Mateo De Angulo won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.69 and also won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:37.49, pulling away from SOFLO’s Tyler Sell and Jack Deedrick after a tight race at the halfway mark. He also won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:33.38.

Kristine Polley swepts the breaststroke events, winning the 200 in 2:20.04 and 100 breaststroke in 1:06.

The rugby team and women’s golf team helped time the lanes during the fun meet.

The FSU women’s team opens the regular season Oct. 1 at University of Miami against ACC rival and host Hurricanes and Florida Gulf Coast at 11 a.m. The men’s and women’s team will compete at the Oct. 7-9 All-Florida Invitational in Gainesville.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Nyad Tries Again

Six weeks after being pulled out of the water because of asthma and shoulder problems and vowing she would never try it again, Diana Nyad is at it again.

At 62, the former Pine Crest swimmer began her second attempt in two months to swim 103 miles from Cuba to Florida.

She started her 60-hour journey on Friday at 6:05 p.m. at Havana’s Hemingway Marina in ideal weather and sea conditions. Nyad is trying to break her own record of 102.5 miles. She hopes to make Florida early Monday morning.

Nyad and her Xtreme Team are just as optimistic the second time as they were the first. Within two days after her last attempt where she was forced to give up at the midway mark (after 60 miles and 29 hours), she was determined to try again.

Nyad, who turned 62 on Aug. 22, spent the day with her support crew, carbo-loading and stretching before her swim. She called her first attempt a dress rehearsal.

“I knew I was in the best condition of my life,” Nyad said. “What happened in August was a 29-hour training swim. Don’t listen to athletes when they say it’s over. I’m in better shape than before. I’m more prepared than ever.

“I will give it up if I just can’t make it but I didn’t prove that to myself in this particular swim,” Nyad said. “I feel good, very good. But as you know, it really doesn’t matter how I feel right now.

“This weekend is my magical moment, I can’t imagine any other ending than making it to the other shore.”

Her team is sending out Twitter messages about her progress.

Publix Escape To Miami Triathlon A Sellout

The seventh annual Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon this weekend at Margaret Pace Park is a sellout in downtown Miami.

The event has attracted 1,800 athletes. The health expo, with vendor and sponsor booths, is Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and open to the public. Paralympian and world record holder Rudy Garcia-Toulson is a guest speaker at the expo and will also compete in the triathlon.

The triathlon is Sunday at 7 a.m. and features sprint and Olympic distance courses.

The swim is unique. Athletes are taken by ferry to an island where they jump overboard and swim back to Miami.

Athletes from seven Florida colleges will also compete as part of the USAT Collegiate Florida Conference title points race.

Miscellaneous

China’s Sun Yang broke the Asian record and came close to breaking the world record in the men’s 400-meter freestyle at the Chinese National Championships currently being held. Sun won in 3:40.29, only the third swimmer to break 3:41 and just 2/10ths off the world record of 3:40.07…

Two-time Olympic diver Mark Ruiz of Orlando will swim in the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic Oct. 14-16 at the Orlando YMCA where Ruiz coaches diving…After four years with the University of North Carolina men’s swimming and diving team, Mike Litzinger was promoted to associate head coach. Litzinger was previously head coach at University of Utah.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Ranked Top 40 In Nation In USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships

SOFLO Ranked Top 40 In Nation In USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships


September 1, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

In less than two years, the dream has become reality for the South Florida Aquatic Club.

In the final long course rankings of the annual USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships, SOFLO was ranked 39th among the nation’s 2,700 USA Swimming clubs.

When the Pembroke Pines-based Comets Swim Team and Coral Springs Swim Club, two of the most well-respected USA Swimming clubs in the southeast United States, merged into one major club on May 1, 2010, the dream was to eventually become one the nation’s top clubs.

By being ranked in the Top 40, ahead of several well-established, older clubs, SOFLO has reached a new level of excellence. It was a vision the late Michael Lohberg and Chris Anderson shared since their early merger talks.

“It’s no longer a vision, it’s a reality at this point,” said Anderson, SOFLO CEO and Coach.

The Virtual Club Championships automatically ranks all USA Swimming member clubs based on swimmer performance in both the long and short course seasons. Swim clubs see how they stack up against other clubs in their state, zone and nationally.

The virtual championships recognize and highlight clubs that are developing athletes and achieving success at multiple levels emphasizing the team element in club swimming.

“It’s a good day in SOFLO land,” Anderson said. “It was a 100 percent total team effort.”

All registered USA Swimming clubs were scored automatically. The USA Swimming Times DataBase was used in combination with the Hy-Tek Single-Year Age Group Power Point system. The program scored single age groups from 11-16 years old and combined 17-18 age group for boys and girls.

After all eligible swims were scored using the power point system, a team score for each registered USA Swimming club was calculated.

In the long course rankings, SOFLO finished with 185,293 points for its No. 39 ranking.

Other national long course rankings and point totals for Florida Gold Coast teams were: 47. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 180,476; 76. Davie Nadadores 164,608; 107. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 154,358; 188. Pine Crest Swimming 125,219; 230. Lake Lytal Lightning 113,697; 247. Plantation Swim Team 108,800; 288. Jupiter Dragons 101,019; 381. Miami Swimming 86,629; and 436. St. Andrew’s Swimming 78,395.

In the short course rankings, SOFLO finished with 178,089 points for a No. 74 ranking.

Other national short course rankings and point totals for FGC teams were: 84. FLA 174,261; 156. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami 151,540; 226. Pine Crest Swimming 133,103; 274. Davie Nadadores 120,447; 291. Plantation Swim Team 116,832; 302. Lake Lytal Lightning 114,091; 421. Jupiter Dragons 97,743; 447. Miami Swimming 95,006; and 577. AK Sharks 81,109.

“The significance is the fact we are now one of the premier programs in the United States,” Anderson said. “It further reinforces that bringing two staff philosophies as well as developing a group of athletes and bringing them together creates so many opportunities for the future.

“It means more attention for our club and being one of the premier examples how mergers can be successful. To go from Top 75 to Top 40 within a year is literally unheard of.

“This is a win not only for the coaching and administrative staff as well as Biggi Lohberg’s Swim America Learn-to-swim and Comets Learn-To-Swim programs, the cities of Pembroke Pines and Coral Springs, but also the developing kids that participated,” Anderson said. “If you are on those lists you participated in us being one of the best in the country.”

Anderson added that having multiple training sites, office manager, sports information director and CEO helps run a program that illustrates to the athletes that “the merger is working and we can have a future.”

The power points also are broken down into a percentage of how good the swimmers are in the various age groups. The club had the highest percentile in sprint and distance freestyles.

The higher the percentage the stronger the age group. It also show’s where the weaknesses are in events and shows coaches and swimmers what they can improve upon.

“This is the barometer of barometers comparing yourself within the nation,” Anderson said.  “It also is a great motivator. We can’t rest here. We have higher goals. Now we have to figure out how to be Top 25. If we have a hot year, there’s no reason we can’t be by next summer in long course.”

SOFLO had swimmers two-deep score in four events. Tristan Celestin, Julien Pinon and Emily Kopas were top scorers in their events.

SOFLO VIRTUAL CHAMPIONSHIP LCM DETAIL

GIRLS

50-meter freestyle: 11, 1. Catharine Cooper 821 power points, 2. Isabella Pittinger 671; 12, 1. Sophia Bucaro 631, 2. Natasha Testa 585; 13, 1. Carly Swanson 641, 2. Jenna Deal 570; 14, 1. Kaitlin Armstrong 565, 2. Nicole Gautieri 563; 15, 1. Natasha Payamps 641, 2. Kristina Brennan 610; 16, 1. Anne Kuczynski 598, 2. Emily Greenwood 470; 17-18, 1. Tiffany Oliver 862, 2. Linea Cutter 733.

100-meter freestyle: 11, 1. Catharine Cooper 842, 2. Isabella Pittinger 642; 12, 1. Sophia Bucaro 644, 2. Charlene Forti 589; 13, 1. Steph Campo 716, 2. Carly Swanson 621; 14, 1. Andrea Melendez 631, 2. Kelly Kealty 485; 15, 1. Emma Lincoln 737, 2. Kristina Brennan 605; 16, 1. Anne Kuczynski 589, 2. Emily Greenwood 482; 17-18, 1. Tiffany Oliver 816, 2. Linea Cutter 727. 

200-meter freestyle: 11, 1. Catharine Cooper 760, 2. Kelley Heron 732; 12, 1. Sophia Bucaro 706, 2. Jessica Rodriguez 684; 13, 1. Kylie Herman 556, 2. Carly Swanson 537; 14, 1. Tyla Martin 752, 2. Haley Wright 524; 15, 1. Emma Lincoln 696, 2. Amber Hunter 570; 16, 1. Marcella Marinheiro 684, 2. Anne Kuczynski 496; 17-18, 1.Tiffany Oliver 712, 2. Katie Brennan 607. 

400-meter freestyle: 11, 1. Kelley Heron 751, 2. Delanie Perez 623; 12, 1. Jessica Rodriguez 737, 2. Sophia Bucaro 714; 13, 1. Steph Campo 693, 2. Monica Rodriguez 417; 14, 1. Melissa Marinheiro 774, 2. Leonie Davies 655; 15, 1. Leonie Davies 657, 2. Maria Lopez 530; 16, 1. Marcella Marinheiro 623, 2. Rachel Ling 285; 17-18, 1. Katie Brennan 558, 2. Brittany Williford 462. 

800-meter freestyle: 13, 1. Jessica Cordero 222; 14, 1. Leonie Davies 660, 2. Andrea Melendez 496; 15, 1. Emma Lincoln 660, 2. Gabriella Fawaz 234; 16, 1. None; 17-18, 1. Brittany Williford 532.

100-meter backstroke: 11, 1. Isabella Pittinger 686, 2. Megan Schimansky 524; 12, 1. Jessica Rodriguez 696, 2. Allison Kopas 671; 13, 1. Steph Campo 704, 2. Carly Swanson 483; 14, 1. Melissa Marinheiro 668, 2. Leonie Davies 545; 15, 1. Kristina Brennan 579, 2. Natasha Payamps 425; 16, 1. Marcella Marinheiro 714, 2. Anne Kuczynski 513; 17-18, 1. Emily Greenwood 717, 2. Linea Cutter 551.

200-meter backstroke: 13, 1. Steph Campo 751, 2. Tyla Martin 684; 14, 1. Melissa Marinheiro 724, 2. Andrea Melendez 501; 15, 1. Kristina Brennan 589, 2. Juliann Plasencia 466; 16, 1. Marcella Marinheiro 673, 2. Rachel Ling 437; 17-18, 1. Emily Greenwood 630, 2. Victoria Sage 317. 

100-meter breaststroke: 11, 1. Kelley Heron 786, 2. Delanie Perez 603; 12, 1. Allison Kopas 798, 2. Audrey Mason 656; 13, 1. Audrey Mason 673, 2. Kelly Kealty 555; 14, 1. Jillian Alexander 564, 2. Kelly Kealty 541; 15, 1. Emily Kopas 877, 2. Philomena Fiorenzi 669; 16, 1. Lindsey McKnight 857, 2. Kristina Nork 401; 17-18, 1. Gina Gautieri 710, 2. Lucia Morris 577.  

200-meter breaststroke: 13, 1. Audrey Mason 697, 2. Lindsey Sauer 374; 14, 1. Emily Kopas 927, 2. Jillian Alexander 611; 15, 1. Emily Kopas 787, 2. Emma Lincoln 428; 16, 1. Kristina Nork 475, 2. Rachel Ling 206; 17-18, 1. Gina Gautieri 753, 2. Lucia Morris 612.

100-meter butterfly: 11, 1. Catharine Cooper 560, 2. Bianca Monti 499; 12, 1. Allison Kopas 790, 2. Natasha Testa 565; 13, 1. Tyla Martin 741, 2. Kylie Herman 506; 14, 1. Andrea Melendez 560, 2. Haley Wright 554; 15, 1. Maria Lopez 703, 2. Amber Hunter 661; 16, 1. Lindsey McKnight 630, 2. Rachel Ling 363; 17-18, 1. Taylor McKnight 722, 2. Linea Cutter 596. 

200-meter butterfly: 13, 1. Kylie Herman 509, 2. Monica Rodriguez 360; 14, 1. Haley Wright 525, 2. Kylie Herman 457; 15, 1. Maria Lopez 705, 2. Amber Hunter 643; 16, 1. None; 17-18, 1. Taylor McKnight 705.

200-meter individual medley: 11, 1. Kelley Heron 733, 2. Delanie Perez 561; 12, 1. Allison Kopas 759, 2. Jessica Rodriguez 712; 13, 1. Tie, Kelly Kealty 478, Monica Rodriguez 478; 14, 1. Tyla Martin 736, 2. Haley Wright 468; 15, 1. Philomena Fiorenzi 638, 2. Maria Lopez 516; 16, 1. Lindsey McKnight 885, 2. Kristina Nork 452; 17-18, 1. Taylor McKnight 662, 2. Tiffany Oliver 642.

400-meter individual medley: 13, 1. Audrey Mason 581, 2. Monica Rodriguez 475; 14, 1. Emily Kopas 774, 2. Melissa Marinheiro 678; 15, None; 16, 1. Kristina Nork 472; 17-18, 1. Lindsey McKnight 770.

BOYS

50-meter freestyle, 11, 1. Kevin Porto 668, 2. Matthew Menocal 619; 12, 1. Cristian Rossi 854, 2. Tristan Celestin 801; 13, 1. David Stoddard 605, 2. Ryan Capote 568; 14, 1. August Charni 691, 2. David Stoddard 605; 15, 1. Kyle Desrosiers 585, 2. Josh Cutter 584; 16, 1. Xavier Brown 641, 2. Darryl Perez 584; 17-18, 1. Abbas Qali 754, 2. Gianpaolo Barelli 692.  

100-meter freestyle, 11, 1. Kevin Porto 707, 2. Federico Maeso 673; 12, 1. Julien Pinon 954, 2. Cristian Rossi 789; 13, 1. Alexander Viloria 568, 2. Diego Rodriguez 539; 14, 1. William Perry III 559, 2. Bryce Pierce 552; 15, 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates 769, 2. Jacob Walters 562; 16, 1. Robbie O’Gorman 677, 2. Darryl Perez 539; 17-18, 1. Abbas Qali 742, 2. Gianpaolo Barelli 720.   

200-meter freestyle, 11, 1. Ricardo Roche 764, 2. Federico Maeso 696; 12, 1. Julien Pinon 968, 2. Juan Lucas 781; 13, 1. Alexander Viloria 525, 2. Ryan Capote 498; 14, 1. Dylan Sell 621, 2. Bryce Pierce 492; 15, 1. Marco Hosfeld 795, 2. Kyle Desrosiers 575; 16, 1. Robbie O’Gorman 602, 2. Darryl Perez 496; 17-18, 1. Tyler Sell 764, 2. Gianpaolo Barelli 676.  

400-meter freestyle, 11, 1. Ricardo Roche 806, 2. Nicholas Perera 771; 12, 1. Julien Pinon 908, 2. Alfredo Mesa 813; 13, 1. Gustavo Valery 699, 2. Ryan Capote 539; 14, 1. Dylan Sell 670, 2. Edward Kon 512; 15, 1. Marco Hosfeld 777, 2. Kyle Desrosiers 573; 16, 1.Matthew Gonzalez 504, 2. Javier Menchaca 442; 17-18, 1. Tyler Sell 796, 2. Hazem Tashkandi 586. 

1500-meter freestyle, 13, 1. Gustavo Valery 665, 2. Alexander Monti 490; 14, 1. William Perry III 511, 2. Edward Kon 491; 15, 1. Roger Capote 591; 16, 1. Matthew Gonzalez 479; 17-18, 1. Tyler Sell 821.

100-meter backstroke, 11, 1. Kevin Porto 774, 2. Andres Lares 580; 12, 1. Juan Lucas 802, 2. Alfredo Mesa 706; 13, 1. Gustavo Valery 666, 2. Ryan Capote 484; 14, 1. August Charni 574, 2. Bryce Pierce 424; 15, 1. Brandon Goldman 785, 2. Keegan Boisson-Yates 718; 16, 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates 774, 2. Robbie O’Gorman 546; 17-18, 1. Valerio Rasi 698, 2. Marc Rojas 321.

200-meter backstroke, 13. 1. Gustavo Valery 669, 2. David Stoddard 499; 14, 1. August Charni 572, 2. David Stoddard 442; 15, 1. Marco Hosfeld 668, 2. Kyle Desrosiers 469; 16, 1. Brandon Goldman 796, 2. Robbie O’Gorman 566; 17-18, 1. Valerio Rasi 682.   

100-meter breaststroke, 11, 1. Ricardo Roche 626, 2. Christian Kopecki 546; 12, 1. Tristan Celestin 920, 2. Cristian Rossi 627; 13, 1. Diego Rodriguez 545, 2. Alexander Monti 435; 14, 1. Jordan Colon 560, 2. William Perry III 497; 15, 1. Josh Cutter 494, 2. Roger Capote 472; 16, 1. None; 17-18, 1. Marc Rojas 775, 2. Brian Arnaud 547.

200-meter breaststroke, 13, 1. Diego Rodriguez 487, 2. Alexander Monti 469; 14, 1. Dylan Sell 555, 2. Jordan Colon 523; 15, 1. Josh Cutter 506, 2. Roger Capote 502; 16, 1. Brandon Goldman 674; 17-18, 1. Marc Rojas 784, 2. Brian Arnaud 610. 

100-meter butterfly, 11, 1. Nicholas Perera 780, 2. Kevin Porto 703; 12, 1. Julien Pinon 943, 2. Carlos Rodriguez 630; 13, 1. Andres Menchaca 414, 2. Alexander Viloria 291; 14, 1. August Charni 337, 2. Teddy Sandoval 324; 15, 1. Jacob Walters 528, 2. Joshua Coote 438; 16, 1. Keegan Boisson-Yates 763, 2. Javier Menchaca 617; 17-18, 1. Abbas Qali 731, 2. Mauricio Hidalgo 636. 

200-meter butterfly: 13, 1. Andres Menchaca 431; 14, 1. William Perry III 163, 2. Edward Kon 117;  15, 1. Joshua Coote 468, 2. Jacob Walters 456; 16, 1. Javier Menchaca 632, 2. Matthew Gonzalez 485; 17-18, 1. Mauricio Hidalgo 682, 2. Mike Franco 587.

200-meter individual medley, 11, 1. Ricardo Roche 770, 2. Nicholas Perera 725; 12, 1. Juan Lucas 699, 2. Alfredo Mesa 671; 13, 1. Alexander Viloria 512, 2. Diego Rodriguez 483; 14, 1. Dylan Sell 591, 2. Jordan Colon 480; 15, 1. Marco Hosfeld 696, 2. Roger Capote 483; 16, 1. Marc Rojas 586, 2. Matthew Gonzalez 513; 17-18, 1. Valerio Rasi 597, 2. Mauricio Hidalgo 543. 

400-meter individual medley: 13, 1. Alexander Monti 413, 2. Andres Menchaca 369; 14, 1. Jordan Colon 525, 2. Teddy Sandoval 496; 15, 1. Tomas Kloosterman 511; 16, 1. Brandon Goldman 771, 2. Javier Menchaca 369; 17-18, 1. Mike Franco 540, 2. Mauricio Hidalgo 531.  

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SOFLO’s Sell, McKnight Make “A” Finals On Last Day Of Sectionals; Gator Swim Club Wins Team Title

SOFLO’s Sell, McKnight Make “A” Finals On Last Day Of Sectionals; Gator Swim Club Wins Team Title


July 10, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

SOFLO teammates Tyler Sell and Lindsey McKnight landed in the championship finals on the fourth and final day of the Speedo Champion Series’ Southern Zone Sectional Championships Sunday night at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

Sell, 19, finished third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15 minutes, 59.83 seconds. Sell, who will be a sophomore in the fall at Florida State, was Rookie of the Year as a freshman for the Seminoles.

Pine Crest alum and longtime Florida Gold Coast swimmer Joey Pedraza, 23, of Davie Nadadores won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:47.42.

McKnight, 17, who decided to compete in sectionals at the last minute, placed fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.97.

SOFLO’s Taylor McKnight, 18, who will be a sophomore at Florida in the fall, was 51st in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:32.01.

Other top Florida Gold Coast performances:

Fernando Ernesto Santos, 23, of Davie Nadadores won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.09, just ahead of teammate Aaron Dsouza, 18, second in 52.46.

Greek swimmer Lysistrati Halkides, 18, swimming unattached in the FGC, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.68.

Metro Aquatics’ men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team of Julian Ballestas, Stephen Lichtner, Carlos Omana and Giovanni Perez was second in 3:36.81.

Gator Swim Club captured the combined team title with 935. With so many talented college and post-grad swimmers, the hometown club led from Day One.

Fort Lauderdale Aquatics was second with 654.50 ahead of powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles Sharks with 606.

SOFLO, with only three swimmers, was 21st with 69 points.

In other Sunday championship finals:

Elizabeth Beisel, 18, won her fourth event of the meet in the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:12.65.

Hunter Hinson, 19, of Area Tallahassee won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:04.01.

Erika Erndl, 33, of T2 Aquatics, won the women’s 100-meter freestyle in 56.10.

Alicia Mathieu, 19, swimming unattached, won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:45.22.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

1.Gator Swim Club 935, 2. Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 654.50, 3. Bolles 606, 4. Swim Florida 462, 5. Area Tallahassee 450; Other FGC teams: 8. Davie Nadadores 382, 10. Metro Aquatics 284.50, 16. Lake Lytal 96, 21. SOFLO 69, 23. Shark Aquatcs 59, 25. AK Sharks 28, 26. Rockway 25, 29. University of Miami 16.50, 30. Florida Keys 16, 31. North Palm Beach 14, 37. St. Andrew’s 11, 38. Jupiter 7.

Other Sunday Florida Gold Coast results:

Women 200-meter butterfly: 8. Chelsea Brittm FLA 2:23.35, 11. Ana Anaya, MAC 2:21.14, 17. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:20.37, 22. Alina Schulhofer, DANA 2:23.89, 27. Rebecca Aiello, FLA 2:24.93, 32. Veronica Greulach, FLA 2:27.24, 38. Flavia Segatto, FLA 2:28.09, 44. Amanda Ford, SAS 2:29.55, 45. Chelsea Onstott, FLA 2:29.94, 46. Daniela Vega Monroy, Lake Lytal 2:30.47, 51. Taylor McKnight, SOFLO 2:32.01, 58. Alexandra Paz, MAC 2:32.98, 66. Amanda King, SAS 2:38.36, 70. Ana Rodriguez, Unattached 2:46.43.

100-meter freestyle: 4. Ekaterina Alyabyeva, DANA 57.95, 5. Lindsey McKnight, SOFLO 57.97, 13. Carmen Cianci, DANA 59.11, 28. Olivia Katcher, FLA 59.92, 29. Harper Bruens, FLA 59.99, 38. Victoria Ho, Lake Lytal 1:00.52, 39. Damaris Iriondo, FLA 1:00.58, 41. Olivia Katcher, FLA 1:00.75, 45. Carla Robles, MAC 1:00.83, 50. Clara Smiddy, AKS 1:01.02, 51. Khamai Simpson, AKS 1:01.03, 57. Alexandra Ladd, NPB 1:01.27, 59. Ana Anaya, MAC 1:01.36, 66. Kristina Reyno, MAC 1:01.81, 70. Daniela Vega Monroy, Lake Lytal 1:01.86, 72. Lacey Bobo, Lake Lytal 1:02.03, 75. Carolyn Lee, Lake Lytal 1:02.06, 78. Erin Bobsein, Jupiter 1:02.31, 79. Alexandra Zatylny, SA 1:02.36, 80. Zoie Balthazar, DANA 1:02.40, 85. Hannah Coombs, SAS 1:02.76, 88. Brenna Ruth, MAC 1:02.90, 105. Natalie Campillo, MAC 1:04.07, 107. Dashley Reyes, RWY 1:04.12, 109. Colleen Williams, FLA 1:04.22, 111. Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal 1:04.37, 112. Alexia Royal-Eatmon, DANA 1:04.43, 113. Hannah Vandersluis, NPB 1:04.48, 117. Jennifer Zislin, FLA 1:05.06, 118. Amanda Tipton, FLA 1:05.09, 120. Lauren Suarez, Lake Lytal 1:05.28.

Women 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lysistrati Halkides, Unattached 2:33.68, 5. Ekaterina Alyabyeva, DANA 2:39.06, 9. Daniela Victoria, DANA 2:39.08, 14. Briana Emig, FLA 2:44.68, 28. Chase Harris, Jupiter 2:50.29, 31. Kelly Fertel, RWY 2:53.11, 46. Kristina Figueroa, DANA 2:53.61, 48. Marie Borrelli, DANA 2:54.52, 51. Evita Leter, MAC 2:55.50, 53. Julia Corley, Lake Lytal 2:56.14, 54. Alejandra Gonzalez, Unattached 2:56.34, 56. Francesca Vandersluis, NPB 2:56.61, 61. Peyton Brown, NPB 2:58.22, 66. Isabella Paez, MAC 3:00.57.

Women 200-meter backstroke: 36. Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal 2:29.18, 46. Maggie Holling, Lake Lytal 2:31.03, 48. Amanda Tipton, FLA 2:31.28, 59. Veronica Greulach, FLA 2:32.78, 61. Lauren Suarez, Lake Lytal 2:33.01, 65. Brenna Ruth, SAS 2:33.49, 67. Jennifer Zislin, FLA 2:33.86, 69. Zoie Balthazar, DANA 2:34.10, 70. Rose Smiddy, AKS 2:34.31, 74. Alexia Royal-Eatmon, DANA 2:34.54, 84. Kristina Reyno, MAC 2:37.04, 89. Dashley Reyes, RWY 2:38.75, 94. Tie, Colleen Williams, FLA 2:41.76, Hannah Coombs, SAS 2:41.76.

Women 800-meter freestyle: 1. Alicia Mathieu, Unattached 8:45.22, 4. Alison Templin, Lake Lytal 8:55.55, 5. Briana Emig, FLA 8:56.22, 11. Damaris Iriondo, FLA 9:06.68, 18. Megan Moroney, SAS 9:14.23, 19. Rebecca Aiello, FLA 9:14.57, 22. Olivia Katcher, FLA 9:17.00, 28. Lani Cabrera, DANA 9:22.87. 30. Flavia Segatto, FLA 9:23.31, 31. Amanda Ford, SAS 9:23.80, 33. Mallory McKeon, PCS 9:26.14, 43. Macarena Marcos, FLA 9:40.12, 52. Alexandra Zatylny, SA 10:03.10.

Men 200-meter butterfly: 2. Aaron Dsouza, DANA 2:04.75, 5. Jorge Ospina, SA 2:05.61, 7. David Knight, NPB 2:06.53, 10. Gabruel Huen, DANA 2:07.79, 11. Yousef Alaskari, DANA 2:08.10, 12. Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira, DANA 2:08.45, 15. Juan Sequera, RWY 2:09.36, 16. Austin Manganiello, AKS 2:09.49, 17. Santiago Pombo, DANA 2:08.08, 22. Max Abreu, Unattached 2:12.51, 25. Carlos Omana, MAC 2:09.10, 31. Boleck Depawlikowski, RWY 2:14.38, 32. Shawn Warner, SAS 2:14.58, 35. Boleck Depawlikowski, RWY 2:14.59, 38. Shawn Warner, SAS 2:14.85, 40. Derek Chait, AKS 2:15.30, 44. Julian Radice, MAC 2:16.08, 45. Gonzalo DeLeon, FLA 2:16.19, 48. Alejandro Hernandez, Unattached 2:16.68, 49. Evandro Silva, DANA 2:17.08, 52. Marcio Pinto, DANA 2:18.36, 54. Evin Zekthi, Unattached 2:18.73, 58. Charles Williams, FLA 2:20.85, 62. Aaron Tam, MAC 2:22.25.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Fernando Ernesto Santos, DANA 50.99, 2. Aaron Dsouza, DANA 52.46, 6. Stephen Lichtner, MAC 53.02, 10. Jesus Marin, DANA 53.60, 15. David Jegerlehner, DANA 53.93, 23. Julian Ballestas, MAC 54.58, 25. Yousef Alaskari, DANA 53.69, 26. Ruben Izarra, DANA 53.87, 28. Nicholas Coard, FLA 54.36, 35. Ruben Izarra, DANA 54.65, 40. Nicholas Coard, FLA 54.87, 41. Yousef Alaskari, DANA 55.05, 45. Arvin Moradi, DANA 55.29, 48. Juan Olano, RWY 55.42, 52. Michael Zislin, FLA 55.50, 53. Carlos Polit, DANA 55.54, 57. Wali Toulson, SAS 55.70, 61. William Purnell, FLA 55.74, 66. Richard Andrews, Lake Lytal 55.86, 70. Arturo Castro, FLA 56.12, 79. Tie, Jason McCormick, FLA 56.41, Charles Williams, FLA 56.41, 81. David Knight, NPB 56.42, 87. Johnny Szerdi, Lake Lytal 56.66, 90. Kenneth Montgomery, Jupiter 56.85, 94. Joel Kempter, DANA 57.06, 98. Jordan Taylor, FLA 57.30, 100. Giovanni Perez, MAC 57.49, 102. Lance Rutkin, FLA 57.52, 104. Alexander Lilley, DANA 57.60, 109. Joshua Zarrabeitia, FLA 58.43, 110. Ryan Hall, Unattached 58.44, 113. Adrian Soos, Unattached 58.61, 114. Felipe Bricio, FLA 58.73, 115. Cheyenne Rodriguez, FLA 58.95, 117. Joseph Yakymiw, DANA 59.80.

Men 200-meter breaststroke: 35. Scott Neuman, FLA 2:35.75, 38. Juan Olano, RWY 2:35.83, 43. David Tagliaferro, DANA 2:37.07, 44. Jonathan Key, SA 2:37.10, 50. Cheyenne Rodriguez, FLA 2:38.51, 53. Shawn Warner, SAS 2:39.28, 60. Adrian Soos, Unattached 2:40.95, 61. Jonathan Taylor, FLA 2:41.24, 69. Austin Coleman, Lake Lytal 2:43.10, 70. Javier Diaz, MAC 2:43.15, 72. Steven Vergona, FLA 2:43.35, 77. Joshua Asseraf, FLA 2:45.48, 86. Nicolas Morales, DANA 2:55.88, 87. Felipe Bricio, FLA 2:58.78.

Men 200-meter backstroke: 35. Parker Gullage, MAC 2:15.89, 37. Julian Radice, MAC 2:16.46, 45. Boleck Depawlikowski, RWY 2:17.83, 48. Arturo Castro, FLA 2:18.28, 49. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 2:18.35, 50. Michael Christian, Jupiter 2:18.57, 53. Michael Zislin, FLA 2:19.22, 56. Nicholas Coard, FLA 2:19.73, 66. Daniel Schneiderman, SAS 2:23.19, 67. Esteban Velasquez, DANA 2:23.22, 71. Alejandro Hernandez, Unattached 2:23.94, 73. Ryan Hall, Unattached 2:25.03, 77. Blake Manganiello, AKS 2:28.68.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: 1. Joey Pedraza, DANA 15:47.42, 3. Tyler Sell, SOFLO 15:59.83, 5. Carlos Omana, MAC 16:05.76, 10. Samuel Smiddy, AKS 16:11.76, 19. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 16:38.34, 24. Alexander Tarr, SA 16:50.78, 32. Ronald Santos, RWY 17:04.43.

FGC Swimmer Time Trials

Men 200-meter freestyle: Esteban Velasquez, DANA 2:09.26; Men 100-meter backstroke: Esteban Velasquez, DANA 1:07.04; Men 100-meter breaststroke: Renato Prono, DANA 1:06.34; Men 400-meter freestyle: Joshua Asseraf, FLA 4:29.44.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road For Three Meets This Weekend

SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road For Three Meets This Weekend


July 5, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, from developmental to elite, will compete in three away meets in Gainesville, North Miami and Davie this weekend.

Buoyed by depth and talent, more than one hundred SOFLO swimmers will compete including eighty at the Florida Gold Coast Area 2 Developmental Championships at Florida International University’s Bay Vista campus in North Miami.

Taylor McKnight, 18, Tyler Sell, 19, and Leo Andara, 25, will compete Thursday through Sunday in the Speedo Champion Series’ Southern Zone Sectional Championships at the University of Florida’s Stephen O’Connell Center.

McKnight, who will be a sophomore at UF in the fall, will compete in the 100-meter butterfly (1:05.59) and 200-meter butterfly (2:24.75) and 200-meter individual medley (2:29.43).

Sell, Florida State’s Rookie of the Year his freshman year this past season, is entered in the 200-meter freestyle (1:53.86), 400-meter freestyle (3:58.03), 800-meter freestyle (8:08.69) and 1500-meter freestyle (15:36.29).

Andara, a Venezuelan national champion, will swim the 200-meter breaststroke (2:17.77) and 200-meter butterfly (2:07.12).

The field, led by Olympians Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay, assembled for sectionals is impressive. Lochte is using the meet as a final tuneup for world championships later this month in China. Shaune Fraser, Conor Dwyer, Gemma Spofforth and Elizabeth Beisel are also entered in the four-day meet.

SOFLO’s contingent will be joined by several local Florida Gold Coast swimmers from Davie Nadadores, Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, St. Andrew’s Swimming, AK Sharks and Metro Aquatics including Marcos Macedo, 20, of Davie Nadadores recently named to the Brazilian world championship team, Lauren Driscoll and Chelsea Britt of FLA and Carlos Omana of MACM.

AREA 2 MEET AT DAVIE

Fifty-four SOFLO/Coral Springs Swim Club athletes are headed to the state-of-the-art Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex to compete over three days in the Davie Nadadores-hosted meet.

The girls expected to compete are: Megan Appelbaum, 10, Bar Bogoslavsky, 15, Rachel Butts, 13, Adriana Cuevas, 13, Jenna Deal, 13, Treasure D’Souza, 9, Charlene Forti, 12, Madelyne Garcia, 9, Daniela Gomez, 11, Emma Gomez, 7, Catalina Gonella, 15, Brianna Hanks, 11, Emily Jurich, 14, Michelle Lapidot, 8, Audrey Mason, 13, Julie Mason, 10, Molly Mason, 8, Olivia Mason, 8, Nathalie Perez, 15, Isabella Pittinger, 11, Veronica Postolski, 13, Kennedy Sanes, 15, Lindsey Sauer, 14, Megan Schimansky, 11, Sarah Schimansky, 8, Lilian Skopp, 12, Lydia Szakacs, 9, Cara Virgin, 8, and Rebecca Wilkerson, 14.

The boys expected to compete are: Dylan Allen, 14, Marcello Basso, 8, Guy Bogoslavsky, 11, Bennett Brown, 7, Brooks Brown, 9, Collin Burt, 12, Kyle Desrosiers, 15, Andres Garcia, 9, Brian Gonzalez, 8, Jonathan Gonzalez, 14, Joshua Hanks, 7, Nicholas Ismailoff, 8, Tomas Kloosterman, 15, Derek Maguire, 17, Curtis Marcoux, 11, Connor Marks, 9, Alexander Meyer, 8, Nicholas Montes, 10, Giancarlo Payamps, 13, Daniel Perkowski, 12, Gabriel Saavedra, 10, Charles Santamaria, 14, Gian Savino, 10, and Brendan Teeters, 14.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC Central Area 2 Developmental Meet

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Nova Southeastern University Aquatic Complex, 36th St. and 75th Ave., Davie.

Schedule: Friday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 6 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 6 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $2 heat sheets per session.

AREA 3 MEET AT NORTH MIAMI

Nearly one hundred SOFLO/Comets athletes will compete in the three-day meet hosted by North Miami Swim Team at Florida International University’s Bay Vista campus pool.

The girls team includes Melanie Alicea, 11, Leysha Caraballo, 14, Brittney Coote, 9, Caitlin Coote, 11, Jessica Cordero, 13, Monica Cordero, 11, Alexandra Crespo, 10, Megan Damon, 12, Mikaela De Gracia, 10, Katrina Del Vecchio, 8, Gabriella Fawaz, 15, Maria Fernandez, 14, Vanessa Garcia, 12, Kimberly Gil, 10, Zariya Harris, 11, Kylie Herman, 13, Alisa Huang, 13, Annita Huang, 10, Constanza Jara, 9, Elise Larin, 10, Catalina Lizarazo, 11, Isabella Lizarazo, 7, Michelle Marinheiro, 8, Alexis Marquez, 15, Jennifer Medina, 17, Emma Perera, 8, Delanie Perez, 10, Sara Quintero, 7, Astrid Rigau, 15, Monica Rodriguez, 13, Natalia Rossi, 10, Isabel Shashaty, 10, Lauren Simm, 11, Natalie Simm, 9,  Johmi Vargas, 13, and Cristina Villegas, 13.

The boys team is Andres Arias, 11, Bruno Berti, 12, Roger Capote, 15, Ryan Capote, 13, Matthew Cooper, 12, Joshua Coote, 15, Marco Crespo, 13, Mathew Delvalle, 13, Stefano Dioguardi, 14, Josemiguel Fernandez, 15, Marcus Franco, 8, Roberto Garrido, 9, Tyler Gibson, 12, Matthew Gonzalez, 16, Juan Gutierrez, 10, Ryan Heron, 7, Ethan Hew, 10, Akira Huang, 8, Austin Iglesias, 14, Edward Kon, 15, Christian Kopecki, 11, Sebastian Lares, 7, Jie Hoon Lee, 8, Jonathan Lubic, 18, Andres Menchaca, 13, Javier Menchaca, 16, Salomon Molko, 11, Simon Ortiz, 13, Darryl Perez, 16, William Perry III, 14, Maliik Pitter, 9, Sebastian Quiroga, 12, Daniel Reyna, 15, Nicolas Rossi, 8, Juan Saldana, 14, Teddy Sandoval, 14, Derek Tom, 9, Marcos Vazquez, 8, Alexander Viloria, 13, Jacob Walters, 15, Sam Walters, 10, Fernando Ziehm, 6, and Pablo Ziehm, 9.

IF YOU GO

What: FGC South Area 3 Developmental Meet

When: Friday-Sunday.

Where: Florida International University Bay Vista Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami.

Schedule: Friday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 6 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 6 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Admission: $3 per session, $2 heat sheets per session.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 41: Former Coral Springs Swimmer McLean Takes Bronze At CCCAN

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 41: Former Coral Springs Swimmer McLean Takes Bronze At CCCAN


June 28, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Two-time Olympian Sharntelle McLean, who trained at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex in past years, won two bronze medals for Trinidad and Tobago during the first two days of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming (CCCAN) Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

McLean finished third in the 50-meter backstroke (31.34) on Monday and 50-meter butterfly (28.98) on Tuesday in the 18-and-over age group competition.

McLean was also sixth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.70, also on Tuesday.

McLean, who qualified for the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics working with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg, is among 35 Trinidad and Tobago swimmers competing in the six-day age group championships along with several other Central American and Caribbean teams.

SOFLO’s Sell Brothers Get Racing In Tallahassee

SOFLO brothers Tyler and Dylan Sell got in some racing at the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club Long Course Invitational in Tallahassee over the weekend.

Dylan Sell, 14, was fifth in boys 13-14 200-meter freestyle in 2:13.59 after finishing third in prelims in 2:12.48. He was also fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 3:00.21 after earning top seed in prelims in 2:54.17.

Tyler Sell, 19, was ninth in the 15-and-over 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.58 after placing tenth in prelims in 2:04.79. He

Tyler was seven in 400-meter freestyle in 4:23.73 after finishing second in prelims in 4:15.14

With only two swimmers, SOFLO finished 22nd with 50 points.

Remaining Olympic Tickets On Sale Now

The U.S. Olympic Committee and CoSport announced the timeline for the U.S. launch of the sale of all remaining tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

CoSport started the second phase of sales at noon on Tuesday. The sale phase is “live” which means customers will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis for all tickets not sold during the first phase of sales.

Those interested in purchasing tickets must go to CoSport’s website, www.cosport.com.

A number of quality tickets still remain.

CoSport is also selling hospitality packages that include hotel rooms and Olympic tickets. Visa, an Olympic sponsor, is the only credit card that CoSport will accept.

Miscellaneous

SOFLO two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov departed Tuesday for the July 16-31 14th FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China. Polyakov will stop off in Russia first to join his Kazakhstan federation and will then depart for China to acclimate. The swimming competition begins Sunday, July 24th and ends Saturday, July 31st. There will be heats, semifinals and finals….SOFLO’s Zain, Jaafar and Abbas Qali of Kuwait, and Hazem and Loai Tashkandi of Saudi  Arabia are preparing for the Gulf Aquatic Championships that begin July 25th. At last year’s GCC meet, national record holder Loai Tashkandi became Saudia Arabia’s first triple gold medalist…SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Arlene Semeco of Venezuela are training for the Pan American Games this fall…..On Wednesday (June 29th at 8 p.m.) Florida Swim Network’s Swimmer Joe will be with Texas coach Eddie Reese in the Coach’s Zone streaming live from Lance Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in downtown Austin. There will be a live chat room with several swimmers including Brendan Hansen. Florida Swim Network is in Texas to follow a handle of Florida athletes in the Texas Open Age Group Swim Meet at UT which gets under way on Friday and ends Sunday. For all coverage go to http://FloridaSwimNetwork.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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