Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander Competes For Venezuela In Youth Olympic Games Sunday And Monday; NBC Will Televise


By Sharon Robb

BUENOS AIRES, October 5, 2018—Andrea Santander has the best of both worlds.

The Pine Crest swimmer will represent Venezuela when the Youth Olympic Games begin Saturday with the Opening Ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Santander, 16, will compete Sunday in the 200-meter individual medley (2:06.32) prelims at 10 a.m. EST. The final is 6:45 p.m.

On Monday, she will swim the 100-meter freestyle (52.53) at 10 a.m. The semifinal round is 6:45 p.m. and final on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. With only two swimmers competing, Venezuela will not field a relay.

Santander will return in time to finish out the remainder of the high school season including the Oct. 13 Woodson Invitational before District 11-1A, Region 4-1A and 1A state championship for the Panthers (7-0 overall, 4-0 district).

“I am kind of just training through the Youth Olympics because states are not that far from now,” Santander said. “I am not tapered but I have done pretty well before not being tapered.”

Santander, competing internationally for the fifth time, qualified for the Youth Olympic Games at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia, her first major meet against older elite swimmers. Her first three international meets were 17-18 and under meets.

NBC Olympics will televise more than 60 hours of coverage over the 13-day event exclusively on the Olympic Channel beginning with Opening Ceremonies Saturday at 7 p.m. EST.

In addition, U.S. viewers will have access to 24/7 live streaming on OlympicChannel.com’s “YOG Channel,” NBC Sports and Olympic Channel digital platforms.

Santander will be among 4,000 athletes from 206 nations, between ages 14 and 18, competing in 32 sports and 36 disciplines.

Santander said she is proud to compete for Venezuela, currently in the midst of financial and political crisis.

“I am really excited to compete for Venezuela,” Santander said. “I love being able to represent my country. It’s not just about making my family happy, it’s about making people in Venezuela happy. My country is not in great condition right now so if I can bring happiness to the country it gets me excited.”

Santander has her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is one of Venezuela’s top swimmers and Olympic hopeful.

“My goal is the Olympics,” Santander said. “The Youth Olympics is going to be a great experience for me. It will be a little preview for me. It will help me get a feel for the atmosphere of a higher level competition, staying at the Olympic Village and being treated like a big league athlete. I will get to meet athletes from other countries.”

Santander is enjoying her finest high school season under first-year head coach Marius Podkoscielny. She is being recruited by more than 40 Division I schools including University of Southern California where she has already toured with former Pine Crest standout Marta Ciesla, USC’s top sprinter.

“Mariusz is such a great coach,” Santander said. “He helps you go to meets when you obviously are not shaved or tapered. He tells you to go in with the mentality that it’s a state championship meet. Even when you know you are not physically ready to go best times, he gets you mentally ready and in the mindset of a champion.”

Santander is one of the Broward County’s most dominant high school swimmers. Unlike last year when she competed at junior worlds and had only three days off before high school season, this year after the Central American and Caribbean Games she had a longer break of two weeks before competing in high school meets.

“I had never had that long a break and I think it helped,” she said. “I took one college recruiting trip but I am holding back on the others until after states. I want to focus on the rest of the high school season.”

Only one other Florida Gold Coast swimmer is competing. Izaak Bastian, 17, will represent the Bahamas. The national team member will compete in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. The Florida State freshman has been a boarder and swimmer at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton since he was 13.

USA Swimming is sending four boys and four girls to the Youth Olympics. They are Will Barao, Ethan Dang, Ethan Harder, Jake Johnson, Madelyn Donohoe, Kate Douglass, Kaitlynn Sims and Rhyan White.

The Youth Olympics are an International Olympic Committee event and scaled down version of the Olympic Games organized every four years for young athletes.

The “Sports Lab” concept was launched at the 2014 Nanjing Games where roller sports, skateboarding, sport climbing and wushu were featured. Since then, skateboarding and sport climbing have been added to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Horse polo and squash have been added to this year’s Youth Games.

It is the third Summer Youth Olympics to be held after the 2010 Singapore and 2014 Nanjing Games. The previous Games hosted 3,600 athletes over 13 days of competition.

Access to the four Youth Olympic Games venue parks will be free to attract more fans and allow more youth to experience elite sport competition. Local youth will have the opportunity to access some of the Youth Olympic Games fields of play and competitions and free “Train With Champion” sessions will be offered with Olympians.

Sports initiation, organized in 30 sports, will also enable youth to try out the sports.

Buenos Aires is also bidding against Santiago, Chile for the right to host the Pan American Games in 2023.

“Buenos Aires 2018 will have an innovative and modern approach,” 2018 Buenos Aires Chairman Gerardo Werthein told reporters.

“Instead of waiting for young people to come to the sport, the Games will aim to bring the sport, culture and education to millennials and get them involved through interactive activities.

“It will be an open event for everyone to enjoy and will have a strong focus on sustainability.”

IOC officials believe the model will act as a testing ground for the Olympic Movement as the program is shifting toward a more youth-focused and urban setting.

Argentina is also considering a possible Olympic Games bid after completing the Youth Olympics, according to Argentina president Mauricio Macri. He said the Youth Games have introduced innovations that could be implemented in other events.

“Obviously once this wonderful event is finished we will have the chance to start thinking about trying to organize the Olympic Games,” Macri said.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Michigan-Bound Moore Wins Gold On Final Day Of Youth Olympics, Five Junior World Records Smashed

Michigan-Bound Moore Wins Gold On Final Day Of Youth Olympics, Five Junior World Records Smashed


By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2014—-American Hannah Moore won Team USA’s third gold medal on the final day of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Friday at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

In a close race, Moore won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.05 just ahead of Thailand’s Sarisa Suwannachet in 4:11.23 and Germany’s Kathrin Demler in 4:11.25.

Moore, headed off to Michigan with teammate Clara Smiddy, who also won gold earlier in the week, took off early in a 2:03.70 split and held off the field in the final 50 meters.

Florida State-bound Daniella Van Den Berg of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won her heat in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.14. She was also second in her heat and 15th

overall in the 800-meter freestyle in a best tie 8:59.38, a 13-second time drop.

On Thursday, Azura teammate Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador broke another national record when he won his heat and finished fifth overall in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:02.69, a six-second time drop from his lifetime-best.

St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was fifth in her 400-meter freestyle heat in 4:16.65.

Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter withdrew from the 200-meter backstroke.

On the sixth and final day, five junior world records were broken.

Host China finished with finished with 17 medals including ten gold medals to lead the medal count. Russia followed with 13 medals including six gold. Team USA was fifth with four medals including three gold. Australia was shut out of gold medals. Thirty-one countries earned at least one medal.

Florida had nine swimmers compete, eight from the Florida Gold Coast and one from Florida Swimming.

In other finals:

Rozaliya Naretdinova of Russia won the 50-meter freestyle in a junior world record time of 24.88. Aussie Ami Matsuo took silver and Russian Daria Ustinova was third in 26.39. Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks was top U.S. finished placing 16th in the semifinals in 26.39.

Li Guangyuan of China won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in a junior world record of 1:56.94. Russian Evgeny Rylov was second in 1:57.08. Brit Like Greenbank was third in 1:59.03.

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won the 100-meter butterfly in a junior world record and national record 58.34 to continue her country’s domination in the stroke.

Brazilian Matheus Santana broke the junior world record in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.25. His back-half split was 24.90.

Anastasiya Malyavina of the Ukraine won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.43. Korea’s Jiwon Yang took silver in 2:27.31 and Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics took bronze in 2:27.66.

Hungary went one-two in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with Tamas Kenderesi winning in a junior world record time of 1:55.95 and Benjamin Gratz finishing second in 1:57.71. Italian Giacomo Carini was third in 1:58.14.

Nikola Obrovac of Croatia won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 27.83, just missing a junior world record. Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie took silver in 27.94.

China won the final event of the meet, the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:49.33. Russia took silver in 3:50.86 and Australia bronze in 3:52.45.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

With 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees, the 13-day competition continues with 31 sports.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are showing 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag. For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record


By Sharon Robb

August 21, 2014—-Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Jordy Groters of Aruba, the future of international swimming, made history on Day Five of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Thursday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum and frequent trainer in South Florida, won his country’s first medals in swimming at the Games.

The country’s top junior swimmer took a silver medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.81, just behind China’s Yu Hexin in 23.69 and added a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.53.

After a great start, Carter led the freestyle until the final 20 meters when China’s Yu Hexin surged to win in a junior world record of 22.00. Brazil’s top junior sprinter Matheus de Santana was second in 22.43.

Carter had qualified with a 22.49 in semifinals and got out of the heats with a 24.01.

Missouri-bound Groters of Pine Crest Swimming swam back-to-back lifetime-bests and broke Aruba’s national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in the semifinals.

Groters first broke the national record in his heat in 29.03 and bettered it in the semifinal in 28.90, cracking the 29-second barrier for the first time in his career. He fell short of making it into the final and finished 11th overall.

Groters was happy with his Youth Olympics debut.

He wrote on his Facebook: “Youth Olympic semifinal was a great experience. I am very proud to have been able to represent my home Aruba at such a big stage. I swam another best time and Aruban national record (28.90) and it is the first time I go sub-29. Ended up in 11th place

and was .06 away from a spot in finals. Very satisfied with these results! Thank you everyone for your support.”

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy tied for fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.91. She tied Canadian Danielle Hanus. The top five finishers were just 55/100ths of a second apart. Smiddy was also fifth in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 26.42 and eighth in her semifinal in 26.39.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was third in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 27.66.

Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in hi 100-meter freestyle heat in 52.70.

In other finals:

China’s women’s team won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:41.19.

Egypt won its first medal of the Games when Akram Ahmed won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.29.

Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.36.

Host China continues to lead the medal count with 13 medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) followed by Russia (6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and Italy (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Team USA is sixth with two gold medals and one bronze.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends on Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Team USA’s Clara Smiddy Goes For Second Gold At Youth Olympics; Carter Takes Bronze

Team USA’s Clara Smiddy Goes For Second Gold At Youth Olympics; Carter Takes Bronze


By Sharon Robb

August 20, 2014—In one of the meet’s biggest showdowns between three top sprinters, China’s Yu Hexin broke his own junior world record to win the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle on Day Four of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Wednesday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Yu won in 22.00 outsprinting Brazil’s Matheus Santana, second in 22.43 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, third in 22.53. Yu broke his record of 22.01 set in the semifinals.

The sprint titans will clash again in the 100-meter freestyle.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum who trains frequently in South Florida and is a sophomore at USC, was also fastest qualifier in his 50-meter butterfly heat in 24.01 and second fastest qualifier in the semifinals in 24.04 behind Yu.

As expected, world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.39, more than two seconds ahead of silver medalist Yun He of China in 1:07.49. Anastasiya Malyavino of the Ukraine was third in 1:08.16. It was the Lithuanian’s second gold medal. She is the first swimmer in the sport’s history to win a gold medal in the same event at the Olympics and Youth Olympics.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was sixth in her 200-meter freestyle heat in 2:07.96 and will compete Thursday in the 50-meter freestyle heats with a seed time of 27.56.

Swimming in the same 50-meter backstroke heat, AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy of Team USA was second in 29.15. St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam was fifth in 29.54. Both advanced into the semifinals where Smiddy, finished third in 29.11 and qualified for finals and will go after her second gold medal. Vien placed eighth in29.57.

In the men’s 50-meter butterfly, Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams of St. Andrew’s Swimming was seventh in his heat in 26.29; Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in25.08.

In other finals:

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe took the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:11.31, out-touching University of Louisville-bound Carlos Claverie of Venezuela took silver in 2:11.74 and Anton Chupkov of Russia took bronze in 2:11.87.

Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova won the 50-meter butterfly in a junior world record in 26.26. Svenja Stoffel of Switzerland was second in 26.62. Nastja Govejsek of Slovakia was third in 26.70.

Evgeny Rylov of Russia won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.09. Apostolos Christou of Greece was second in 25.44. Simone Sabbioni of Italy was third in 25.47.

Duo Shen and Yuhan Qiu of China finished one-two in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.12 and 1:56.82. Brianna Throssell of Australia was third in 1:58.57.

With China not in the field after being disqualified, Russia won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:38.02. Germany was second in 3:39.30 and Australia was third in 3:40.68. Despite a protest, Brazil was not allowed to compete because its coaches’ staff failed to confirm the relay’s participation an hour before the race. Team USA, the slowest qualifier in prelims, scratched the final.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy Wins Gold At Youth Olympic Games

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy Wins Gold At Youth Olympic Games


By Sharon Robb

August 18, 2014—Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks won the first gold medal for Team USA at the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Monday night in Nanjing, China.

In a thrilling race, Smiddy, 18, won the 100-meter backstroke by 1/100ths of a second out-touching Great Britain’s Jessica Fullalove in 1:02.22.

It was the closest race of the night with Fullalove placing second in 1:02.23 and New Zealand’s Bobbi Gichard third in 1:02.25.

“She is swimming fast and she won and that’s what’s important at that level of competition,” said her longtime AquaKids Sharks coach Lou Manganiello.

Smiddy, 18, is coming off the Phillips 66 National Championships. She scratched from two events for an extra day’s rest and left immediately for China.

“We didn’t rest the whole way for seniors,” Manganiello said. “I knew she was capable of this. The win is more important than time at this level of competition with the pressure of competing in a major international meet.”

Because of her whirlwind travel schedule, her AquaKids teammates were unable to host a send-off party for her. After seniors she immediately left for China and after the Youth Olympics she heads to University of Michigan where she will be a freshman.

“We didn’t get to do a big send-off so we got the team in the water and did a “Go Clara Cheer” and texted it to her,” Manganiello said.

Smiddy was also fifth in her heat of the 100-meter freestyle in 57.38.

“I think she is swimming well and I think she has plenty left in her,” Manganiello said.”She didn’t swim very fast in the 100 free but that worked out to her advantage in the back the way the schedule is set up.”

Smiddy has the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and relays remaining.

In the men’s 200-meter freestyle, Azura Florida Aquatics’ Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, silver medalist in the 400-meter freestyle, was second in his heat in 1:52.50.

Smiddy and Acosta are among eight Florida Gold Coast swimmers and one Florida Swimming athlete competing in the weeklong meet.

In other finals:

World record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.14, missing her lifetime-best by more than half a second.

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Italy’s Simone Sabbioni tied for the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke in 54.24.

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:06.59.

Italy’s Nicolangelo di Fabio won the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.58.

Hungary’s Benjamin Gratz won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.08.

China broke the junior world record in the 4×100-medley relay winning in 4:03.58.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Timothy Wynter Leads Florida Gold Coast Contingent At Youth Olympic Games That Begin Saturday

SOFLO's Timothy Wynter Leads Florida Gold Coast Contingent At Youth Olympic Games That Begin Saturday


By Sharon Robb

August 14, 2014—Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China that begin Saturday with the Opening Ceremony.

The six-day swimming competition begins on Sunday and end Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

They are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also provides a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

AquaKids Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming and South Florida Aquatic Club will have swimmers in the field representing various countries including the U.S.

University of Michigan-bound, Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks is the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer on Team USA.

The 5-foot-9, 159-pound swimmer, coming off Speedo Junior Nationals and Phillips 66 National Championships will compete in four events. They are the 50-meter freestyle (26.38), 100-meter freestyle (56.61), 50-meter backstroke (28.86) and 100-meter backstroke (1:00.51).

Azura Florida Aquatics and Pine Crest Swimming each have two swimmers in the field.

Azura’s Daniella Van Den Berg, 18, of Aruba will swim in two events. The 5-foot-6, 128-pound Florida State-bound swimmer is entered in the 400-meter freestyle (4:28.37) and 800-meter freestyle (9:12.35).

“I am looking forward to seeing what I can do in Nanjing,” Van Den Berg said.

Her Azura teammate Marcelo Acosta, 18, will represent El Salvador. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound will compete in the 200-meter free (1:55.10), 400-meter freestyle (3:59.46) and 800-meter freestyle (8:17.39).

University of Missouri-bound Jordy Groters and Lydia Musleh are Pine Crest Swimming’s athletes. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound Groters, 18, will compete for Aruba in the 50-meter breaststroke (29.17) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.25).

Teammate Lydia Musleh, 17, will compete for Jordan in the 200-meter freestyle (2:08.03). The 5-foot-9, 132-pound athlete, who has dual citizenship with Greece, is the only girl swimmer representing Jordan.

St. Andrew’s Swimming and South Florida Aquatic Club each have one swimmer, both representing Jamaica.

St. Andrew’s 6-foot-2, 159-pound Sidrell Williams, 18, will compete in three events. They are the 50-meter butterfly (25.71), 100-meter butterfly (56.36) and 50-meter freestyle (24.21).

South Florida Aquatic Club’s 6-foot-2, 163-pound Timothy Wynter, 18, will swim the 50-meter backstroke (26.71), 100-meter backstroke (59.00) and 200-meter backstroke (2:10.61).

Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Ruta Meilutyte, 17, of Lithuania heads the field. The 5-foot-9, 168-pound 11-time national champion will compete in four events which she is the overwhelming favorite. She is entered in the 100-meter freestyle (54.94), 50-meter breaststroke (29.48), 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.35) and 200-meter individual medley (2:12.32). She is the youngest Lithuanian athlete in any sport to win an Olympic gold medal (100-meter breaststroke, 1:05.47).

The top men’s swimmer is University of Southern California sophomore Dylan Carter, 18, of Trinidad and Tobago. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound swimmer who frequently trains in South Florida after graduating from Plantation American Heritage, will compete in the 50-meter freestyle (23.01), 100-meter freestyle (49.93), 50-meter backstroke (25.99) and 50-meter butterfly (23.87).

One of the unusual storylines is Cuba sending two swimmers. Elisabeth Gamez Matos, 17, 5-foot-4, 115 pounds, will swim the 50- (26.79), 100- (57.56) and 200-meter freestyle (2:05.10) events. Luis Vega Torres, 16, 5-foot-11, 165-pounds will compete in the 400-meter freestyle (4:08.35) and 800-meter freestyle (8:32.49).

The United Kingdom is one of the few countries not sending a team to this year’s event.

The United States is competing in 23 disciplines across 21 sports, with a 94-athlete U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics.

During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will combine for 54.5 hours of coverage beginning with the Opening Ceremony and concluding with the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.
http:www.swim4soflo.com

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com