SOFLO Swimmers Medal On Final Night Of Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 22, 2016—Claire Donahue and Timothy Wynter led South Florida Aquatic Club’s medal haul on the fourth and final night of the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships Sunday at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

Donahue, 27, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, won her signature event, the 100-meter butterfly in 59.93. She was the only swimmer in the field to crack one minute.

Timothy Wynter, 20, of Jamaica won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.42.

Kile Aukerman, 23, took a second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.90 and was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.99.

Alina Schulhofer, 21, of Austria was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:07.23.

Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44, was second in a 50-meter time trials in 26.92 and was third in the actual event in 26.89.

The meet was sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and also served as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

SUNDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

50-meter freestyle time trial:

1. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.48, 2. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.92.

200-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 2:06.62, 2. Alina Schulhofer, SOFLO 2:07.23, 3. Octavia Lau, Canada 2:09.86.

100-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 59.93, 2. Jade Hannah, Canada 1:03.74, 3. Jessica Luo, Canada 1:05.40.

50-meter freestyle:

1. Rebecca Heyliger, Sharks 26.16, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.58, 3. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.89.

MEN

50-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 28.82, 2. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 29.90, 3. Ethan Daley, Sharks 34.31.

100-meter backstroke:

1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 57.42, 2. Ethan Fazekas, Canada 1:04.36, 3. Brett Smith, Harbor Amateur Swim Club 1:09.54

200-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 2:17.66, 2. Julian Fletcher, Sharks 2:21.03, 3. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 2:25.99.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Donahue, Wynter Win, Blackburn Swims Best Times At Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue was a double winner Saturday night at the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.28 and 50-meter butterfly in 28.33.

Jamaican Timothy Wynter won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:06.69.

Kile Aukerman was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.93.

Bermuda six-time long course national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44, was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.52. She swam back-to-back best times in prelims (59.00) and finals. Her previous best was 1:00.12, a 1.60-second drop.

Blackburn was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:11.93, also a best time. Her seed time was 1:12.11. She holds the national record in the event in 1:11.27.

At 44, Blackburn is the oldest swimmer in the four-day meet that concludes on Sunday.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Swimmers from Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria, El Salvador, Venezuela and U.S. are expected to compete. Nine swim clubs are entered.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 4:26.54, 2. Octavia Lau, Canada 4:26.66, 3. Jessica Luo, Canada 4:40.07.

100-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 57.14, 2. Rebecca Heyliger, Sharks 57.58, 3. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 58.52, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 2:18.28, 2. Maria Far Nunez, LaSalle Swim Team 2:19.29.

200-meter backstroke:

1. Jade Hannah, Canada 2:17.41, 2. Shannon Hassell, Sharks 2:31.09, 3. Emily Quarterly, HASC 3:02.86.

50-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue. SOFLO 28.33, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 29.12, 3. Vanessa Esposito, HASC 30.25.

100-meter breaststroke:

1. Faith Knelson, Canada 1:09.95, 2. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 1:11.93, best time, 3. Pilar Shimizu, MSC 1:20.06.

MEN

400-meter freestyle:

1. Ruslan Gaziev, Canada 4:12.04, 2. Mackenzie Flowers, Canada 4:14.25, 3. Joshua Young, Canada 4:16.89.

200-meter backstroke:

1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 2:06.69, best time, 2. Brett Smith, HASC 2:24.16, 3. Tai Long Singh, Canada 2:26.75.

100-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 1:01.15, 2. Julian Fletcher, Sharks 1:02.47, 3. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 1:04.93.

50-meter backstroke:

1. Jesse Washington, Sharks 29.46, 2. Evan Farrow, HASC 32.76. 3. Vaughn Rowse, Sharks 32.91.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Advance Into Three Finals At Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 20, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club had three swimmers qualify for finals Friday night at the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

In the 50-meter backstroke prelims, Timothy Wynter, 20, was the top qualifier in 28.00 for Saturday night’s final.

In the mixed 100-meter backstroke qualifying time trial, Wynter was top finisher in 56.98, dropping 0.68 off his entry time of 57.66.

Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, 27, earned the No. 1 seed in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.71 for Saturday night’s finals.

Alina Schulhofer, 21, of Austria was third-fastest qualifier in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.75 behind Kayla Sanchez, 14, (2:05.20) and Octavia Lau, 14, (2:06.61) both of the Canadian National Youth Team. The 200 finals are Sunday.

Two other SOFLO ProFlo swimmers, led by Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, are also competing in the four-day meet. Blackburn, 44, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet is swimming the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. American Kile Aukerman, 23, is swimming the 50, 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. Both race on Saturday.

In the highlight event of the night, Rafa Alfaro, 24, of El Salvador and Trojan Swim Club, won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:28.26.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Swimmers from Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria, El Salvador, Venezuela and U.S. are expected to compete. Nine swim clubs are entered.

FRIDAY FINAL RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Taylor White, Harbor Amateur Swim Club 5:58.12; 13-and-over, 1. Kayla Sanchez, Canadian National Youth Team 5:00.11, 2. Faith Knelson, Canadian National Youth Team 5:03.54, 3. Maria Far Nunez, LaSalle Swim Team 5:06.80.

MEN

400-meter individual medley:

12-and-under, 1. Sam Williamson, Sharks 5:44.45; 13-and-over, 1. Rafa Alfaro, Trojan Swim Club 4:28.26, 2. Joshua Young, Canadian National Youth Team 4:41.85, 3. Mackenzie Flowers, Canadian National Youth Team 4:56.24.

Mixed 100-meter butterfly qualifying time trial:

1.Roberto Gomez, Unattached 54.38.

Mixed 100-meter backstroke qualifying time trial:

1.Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 56.98, 2. Brian Desmond, Sharks 1:19.81.

Mixed 50-meter freestyle qualifying time trial:

1.Roy-Allan Burch, Sharks 23.50, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 26.58.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com