WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
December 6, 2012
Melissa Marinheiro of South Florida Aquatic Club finished among the Top 50 in the 500-yard freestyle on the opening day of the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals.
Marinheiro, 15, was 43rd in 4:56.32 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was seeded 24th in 4:51.88 among a field of 104 swimmers.
The West Broward High School sophomore still has the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.71) and 1,000-yard freestyle (9:07.32) to swim during the three-day meet. She swims the 200 on Friday.
Lindsey Engel, 16, of the Orange County Waves won the girls 50-yard freestyle in a meet record 22.24 to highlight opening night action. The previous record was 22.63 set in 2010.
Brett Ringgold, 17, of North Texas Nadadores won the boys 50 in 19.73, also a meet record. The previous record was 19.83 set in 2009. Dylan Carter, 16, of Davie Nadadores and Trinidad and Tobago was third in 19.94 cracking the 20-second mark he just missed in prelims, and Jason McCormick of FLA Aquatics was sixth in 20.47.
In other finals:
Bolles won the boys 4×50-yard freestyle relay of Caeleb Dressel, Santo Condorelli, Emiro Goossen and Joseph Schooling in a meet record 1:19.03, breaking its own record of 1:19.82 set in 2011.
Leah Stevens, 16, of Lakeside won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.25.
Jonathan Roberts, 17, of North Texas came back with a strong second half to win the 500-yard freestyle in 4:21.33.
Kathleen Baker, 15, won the 200-yard individual medley in a meet record 1:56.53, following Meaghan Raab’s meet record of 1:57.86 in prelims which broke former CSSC swimmer Lindsey McKnight’s record of 1:58.03.
Steven Stumph, 18, of Orinda won the 200 IM in 1:46.79.
In Florida Gold Coast results:
Texas-bound Tasija Karosas, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.18 that would have placed her seventh in finals.
St. Andrew’s teammate Quinn Cassidy, Florida-bound, was 16th in the
boys 200 IM in 1:52.06 after going a U.S. Open cut of 1:49.47 in a swim-off.
St. Andrew’s relay of Karosas, Darby Goodwin, Brenna Ruth and Megan Moroney finished fifth in the 4×50-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.18 ahead of Bolles in 1:34.46. Pine Crest’s Carolina Nava, Marta Ciesla, Casey Francis and Brittany Hammond were 16th in 1:36.25.
St. Andrew’s boys were tenth in the 4×50-yard freestyle relay in 1:24.91 with Cassidy, Gage Kohner, Luke Hayhoe and Shawn Warner.
Megan Moroney of St. Andrew’s was 20th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.27; Casey Francis of Pine Crest, 38th, 4:55.44; Melissa Marinheiro of SOFLO, 43rd, 4:56.32; Clara Smiddy of AK Sharks, 49th, 4:57.17; Isabella Paez of Metro Aquatics, 95th, 5:06.44.
Kent Haeffner of Pine Crest was 19th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:31.58.
Rachael Bradford-Feldman, 15, of St. Andrew’s was 30th in the 200 IM in 2:03.90. Casey Francis of Pine Crest was 58th in 2:04.87. Darby Goodwin of St. Andrew’s was 98th in the 200 IM in 2:06.82. Brittany Hammond, Pine Crest, 115th in the 200 IM in 2:07.71. Tyla Martin, Pine Crest, 120th, 200 IM, 2:08.07; Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics, 139th, 200 IM, 2:09.17.
Julian Radice, 17, of Metro Aquatics was 52nd in the 200 IM in 1:52.55.
Marta Ciesla, 14, of Pine Crest Swimming was 28th in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.58. Caroline Nava, 15, of Pine Crest was 55th in 23.84. Megan Moroney was 61st in 23.87.
Julian Ballestas, 18, was 19th in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.00.
University of Florida is ranked No. 7 in this week’s College Swimming Coaches Association NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving poll.
The Gators are undefeated overall (4-0) and in the Southeastern Conference (3-0).
Florida State is the only other Florida team ranked in the Top 25 with a No. 13 ranking with a 5-2 overall record and 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference record.
Michigan remains on top with the No. 1 ranking, 4-0 overall record and 3-0 Big Ten record.
Arizona State women’s team, with local swimmer Carolina Kuczynski, is ranked 18th, tied with Florida State led by SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, coming
off a record-breaking weekend. The Seminoles are 10-0 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. ASU is 2-2 and 1-2 in the PAC 12.
Southern California is ranked No. 1 with an undefeated 5-0 overall record and 4-0 in the PAC 12. Texas A&M is ranked second with a 4-0 overall record and 2-0 SEC record. The Gator women, 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the SEC, are ranked ninth. Louisville women are ranked 17th with a 2-1
overall record and 1-0 record in the Big East.
MEN’S POLL: 1. Michigan 4-0, 2. California 2-0, 3. Arizona 3-1, 4. Texas 1-2, 5. Southern California 3-0, 6. Ohio State 4-0, 7. Florida 4-0, 8. Stanford 1-0, 9. Auburn 3-0, 10. Indiana 4-2, 11. Minnesota 2-1, 12. Georgia 3-1, 13. Florida State 5-2, 14. Missouri 3-1, 15. Virginia 4-1, 16. Louisville 1-2, 17. Virginia Tech 6-1, 18. Iowa 1-1, 19. LSU 2-1, 20. Notre Dame 5-0, 20. Penn State 2-2, 22. North Carolina 3-0, 23. UNLV 3-2, 24. Georgia Tech 1-2, 25. Denver 1-2.
WOMEN’S POLL: 1. Southern California 5-0, 2. Texas A&M 4-0, 3. Georgia 5-0, 4. California 4-0, 5. Texas 3-1, 6. Arizona 4-2, 7. Stanford 2-1, 8. Virginia 3-0, 9. Florida 1-3, 10. Tennessee 5-0, 11. Auburn 3-0, 12. Penn State 3-1, 13. UCLA 8-0, 14. Minnesota 5-0, 15. Ohio State 4-1, 16. North Carolina 2-1, 17. Louisville 2-1, 18. Florida State 10-0, 18. Arizona State 2-2, 20. Missouri 3-2, 21. Notre Dame 1-3, 22. Indiana 2-4, 23. SMU 1-1, 24. Michigan 1-3, 25. Arkansas 3-1.
Bieber Fever is allowed by the NCAA, go figure! A day after Olympian Missy Franklin told media outlets that she returned all the swag that Justin Bieber sent her over the summer when he found out that she was a fan and loved his music. She was worried about it affecting her NCAA eligibility when she begins California next fall. Not so, said an NCAA official spokesperson on Thursday. “We applaud Missy Franklin’s commitment to amateurism but Bieber Fever is allowed under NCAA rules,” spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said. Bieber is known for giving fans gifts and was never suspected of giving her special treatment or recruiting her for any college…
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte has volunteered his services as a coach to help raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief victims. Lochte has joined in the Hurricane Sandy Relief auction, organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue Magazine. The winning bidder and a guest will receive a one-hour lesson with Lochte and lunch with him afterwards. The starting bid is $4,000. Though no bids have been made the auction still has 12 days left.
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