Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Starting Block... 1/22/2013

Local News Items From Around The Pool



It's the first starting block for 2013. There's been plenty of action in the local swimming scene. The FIT panthers are on the stretch run to the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) championship meet. Club teams are warming up for the short course season. There's plenty of news going on so let's go to the blocks.


Here are a few items from the blocks...



- YCF & TPA Nike Swim Team Challenge with, Swim Your Own Age Meet

A few of Brevard's club teams were in action this past weekend at the YCF & TPA Nike Swim Team Challenge/Swim Your Own Age Meet at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center. The Brevard Swim Club Breakers, Central Brevard Swimming Islanders, East Coast Swim Club, and Titusville Swim Team Orcas were in attendance. The top local scorer for the boys was Hayden Lester, from Titusville Swim Team, placing third in the Under 8 Boys age group with 113 points. The leading point total for the local girls was Grace Noah, from Brevard Swim Club, who placed twelfth in the 9 Year Old Girls age group with 48.5 points.

All Brevard County Individual Scores

Under 8 Girls - Individual Scores
16 - Christensen, Delaney, EAST - 29
31 - Gore, Maddie, EAST - 29

Under 8 Boys - Individual Scores
3 - Lester, Hayden, TST - 113

8 Year Olds Girls - Individual Scores
22 - Jones, Shaiel, TST - 12
24 - Risch, Emma, EAST - 11
25 - Eckhoff, Julia, TST - 10.5

8 Year Olds Boys - Individual Scores
22 - Spies, Alexander, BRSC - 21

9 Year Olds Girls - Individual Scores
12 - Noah, Grace, BRSC - 48.5
23 - Owl, Katelyn, EAST - 24
27 - Marcy, Reagan, BRSC - 14

9 Year Olds Boys - Individual Scores
12 - Jacobson, Colin, TST - 49
18 - Christensen, Chase, EAST - 24

10 Year Olds Girls - Individual Scores
27 - Rust, Saidee, CBS - 3

10 Year Olds Boys - Individual Scores
16 - Pike, Alex, EAST - 49
17 - Cone, Garrett, BRSC - 47
20 - Fortin, Tyler, EAST - 28
26 - Bramblett, Kyle, TST - 11

11 Year Olds Girls - Individual Scores
18 - Edelmann, Jessica, TST - 34
37 - Alderman, Sarah, TST - 1

11 Year Olds Boys - Individual Scores
22 - Fields, Luke, EAST - 12
25 - Everingham, Tyler, EAST - 2

12 Year Olds Girls - Individual Scores
26 - Rust, Delainee, CBS - 13

12 Year Olds Boys - Individual Scores
15 - Kravchenko, Lucas, CBS - 42
20 - Clark, Bailey, BRSC, 22
22 - Hanson, Ander, BRSC - 12
23 - Gilbert, William, BRSC -12
29 - Clements, Tanner, TST - 2

Complete Results YCF & TPA Nike Swim Team Challenge with, Swim Your Own Age Meet Provided By Fast Swim Results



- Daytona State College Cuts Swim Program

On January 15th Daytona State College announced it was cutting it's men's and women's swimming programs. This comes after the college cut it's diving program last year. The program had been resurrected in 2008 after being cut in 1986. The reason for eliminating the program was based on budget constraints at the school and within the Florida State School system. This comes as no surprise based on the recent financial concerns effecting Brevard County public schools. This is a let down for area swimmers as this provided another option for swimmers looking to swim at the college level.

Link To Swimming World Magazine Story Via Daytona Beach News Journal Article



- Florida Tech Prepares For Sunshine State Conference

The Florida Tech Panthers men and women swimming team has wrapped it's regular season meets and heads for Clearwater and the SSC championship. The Panther men went 4 - 3 on the season, while the ladies were 2 - 8. The SSC Swimming Championship will be held at the Long Center in Clearwater, February 13th through the 16th. This will be the team's second appearance in the conference finale. Good luck to the team at the big meet!



- 2013 Arena Grand Prix Series Orlando

Swim fans have an opportunity for a very special treat. February 14-16, 2013 at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, the Arena Grand Prix Series Comes to town. The Arena Grand Prix Series provides an opportunity to see some of the world's best swimmers in action. It will offer qualifying participants the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in events for each meet in the Series.

$150,000 in overall prize money will be awarded throughout the Arena Grand Prix Series. At this competition, $500 will be awarded for each first place finish, $300 for second, and $100 for third in all individual Olympic-distance events. Event winners will also be able to choose from a wide selection of gift cards provided by the local host.

Tickets:
Single-session admission including a Heat Sheet: $15.00
Children under eight: $5.00
Additional Heat Sheets: $5.00
Psych Sheets: $10.00
Psych Sheets will be available in electronic format at www.orlandograndprix.org
All-Session Pass, including Heat Sheets for all sessions: $65.00

Complete Information on the Arena Grand Prix Series, Orlando



- Local Swimmers And Divers Moving On To College

The pool deck has been quiet with news regarding local high school swimmers and divers moving on to swim in college. I have heard of a couple of swimmers looking for opportunities but no official word yet. If anyone has any information on Brevard County swimmers and divers moving on to swim or dive in college please let us know. You can post a comment or send an email to outside.smoker@gmail.com.



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Saturday, January 19, 2013

FIT Men’s Swim Team Earns Victory in Final Meet of Regular Season

Men’s and women’s teams to compete next at Sunshine State Conference Championship

WINTER PARK, Fla. (Men’s and Women’s Swimming) – In the final regular-season meet for the Florida Tech men’s and women’s swim teams, the men’s side pulled out a closely contested victory, 116-89, on the road at Rollins. The women’s squad fell to the Tars, 138-66.

The men got off to a quick start, taking a win in the opening event, the 200 yard medley relay. Kaikea Nakachi, Brian Dumont, Steven Moodie and Trevor Eastin combined for a time of 1:39.79 to out-touch Rollins by just .2 seconds.

Freshman Zac Paryzek followed with a convincing win in the 1000 yard freestyle. Paryzek touched the wall in a school-record time of 9:58.11 to earn a nearly 20 second victory. He would go on to add another win in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:00.66, five seconds faster than his competition.

The Panthers added other victories in the 50 yard freestyle, where Moodie led the field, and the 200 yard backstroke, where Sam Trible, Dumont and Nakachi combined to finish first, second and third, respectively.

The women’s team picked up its lone individual victory in the 200 yard backstroke, when freshman Laura Holty touched the wall first in a time of 2:19.53. The team grabbed a win in the final event of the meet, the 200 yard freestyle relay. A combination of Liana Soileau, Madison Hart, Shelby Pearce and Kristen Jones earned the win.

The Panthers will now look toward nearly a month of training for the Sunshine State Conference Championship. The conference meet is set to begin Feb. 13 in Clearwater, Fla. The meet will mark the final chance for members of FIT to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship in Birmingham, Ala.

Complete Results - FIT vs Rollins College 1/19/2013



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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Panthers Close Out Home Schedule against Saint Leo, Lynn

Women’s team defeats Lynn, men and women fall to Saint Leo on Senior Day

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s and Women’s Swimming) – In its final home meet of the 2012-13 season, Florida Tech women’s swim team earned its second victory of the season, defeating conference foe Lynn 103-69 at the Panther Aquatic Center. The women were unable to overcome another conference opponent in Saint Leo, who defeated the Panthers 119-68. The men’s squad fell to Saint Leo, as well, 114-73.

“The team had a great meet today against two members of our conference,” head coach Jeni Ritter said. “Saint Leo always fields a strong squad, and it is great to see that we are beginning to become more competitive against them. Lynn, like us, is young and continuing to build a successful program.”

The final home meet of the season meant the last for the Panthers’ lone senior, Daphne Laino. The Grant-Valkaria, Fla. native put together a career day, notching personal best times in both the 100 and 200 yard freestyles.

“I have to mention Daphne, who went two personal best times today on her senior day,” Ritter said. “She could not have done better in front of our home crowd.”

The women’s team also grabbed a victory in the 200 yard butterfly, where freshman Shelby Pearce recorded a time of 2:11.67 to take a four-second win. The men’s side was just as successful in the event as freshmen Zac Paryzek and Ross Hudson finished first and second, respectively, just one second apart.

Freshman Carmen Montalvo added another first place finish for the women’s side in the 500 yard freestyle, where her time of 5:24.42 was good enough for a six-second victory.

The Panthers now have just one more meet, a Jan. 19 matchup at Rollins, before beginning final preparations for the Sunshine State Conference Championship. The conference meet is a four-day event in Clearwater, Fla. set to begin on Feb. 13.

Complete Results - FIT, Lynn University, and Saint Leo University 1/12/2012



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Monday, January 7, 2013

FIT Men’s Team Earns Victory, Women Drop Heartbreaker to Mount Union

Squads break four school records in first home meet since Nov. 17

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s and Women’s Swimming) – Holding a seven-point lead heading into the final race of the day, Florida Tech’s women’s swim team broke a school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay, but were unable to touch the wall first, dropping a heartbreaking two-point loss to Mount Union College Sunday afternoon at the Panther Aquatic Center. The men’s team, however, was more fortunate, coasting to a 138-67 victory over the Raiders.

Both teams kicked things off with victories to open the meet in the 200 yard medley relay. Shelby Pearce, Schelli Linz, Liana Soileau and Kristen Jones took home the win for the women’s side in a time of 1:56.76. The men’s squad was just as successful as Kaikea Nakachi, Brian Dumont, Steven Moodie and Trevor Eastin combined to earn the victory in 1:40.81.

The men’s team would go on to win nine of 11 events on the day, including setting a pair of school records. Zac Paryzek earned both of those in the 500 and 1000 yard freestyle races. The freshman earned victories in both, swimming the two races in times of 4:50.68 and 9:58.02, respectively. His time in the 1000 freestyle was the first in school history to break the 10-minute mark.

Other key victories for the men came in the 100 yard freestyle, where Moodie out-touched his opponent by less than a half-second, and the 100 yard breaststroke, where Dumont, Ross Donatelli and Ben Hoerlein finished in the top three spots.

The women’s side was nearly as successful, earning victories in seven of 11 races. The squad was, unfortunately, unable to overcome the depth of a Mount Union team which has yet to lose a dual meet this season. The Panthers broke a pair of records on the day, including the 200 freestyle relay. The combination of Carmen Montalvo, Daphne Laino, Laura Holty and Madison Hart registered a time of 1:48.73 to grab the record.

Linz added an individual record in the 100 yard breaststroke. The freshman narrowly reached the wall first, defeating her opponent by four hundredths of a second at 1:10.59.

“Today’s meet was a great way to finish off our winter training,” head coach Jeni Ritter said. “The team has competed three meets this week as well as a heavy training week. The rest of the season will move fairly quickly, and I know the team is excited for the conference championship in mid-February.”

The squad will return to action in six days at the Panther Aquatic Center. FIT will face off against Saint Leo in the final home meet of the season on Saturday at 12 p.m. One week later, the Panthers will head to Winter Park, Fla. for the team’s final meet before the Sunshine State Conference Championship.

Complete Results - Mount Union College 1/6/2012



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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Panthers Close Training Trip at FIU Sprint Invitational

Men finish fourth, women fifth in South Florida

MIAMI (Men’s and Women’s Swimming) – Florida Tech men’s and women’s swim teams closed out a one-week training trip to South Florida at the FIU Sprint Invitational on Saturday. The men’s team scored 197 points to grab a fourth place finish, while the women’s squad scored 50.5 to finish fifth.

The teams competed against several NCAA Division I programs in the meet, as Texas Christian University, Eastern Michigan and Florida International swam among other stiff competition. FIU earned the overall victory on the women’s side, while TCU took home the title for the men.

The men’s team kicked things off with a seventh place finish in the 200 yard medley relay as Kaikea Nakachi, Brian Dumont, Zac Paryzek and Steven Moodie recorded a time of 1:40.04.

Moodie and Dumont shined brightly in the meet, recording a combined six top-10 finishes. Each swimmer grabbed three top-10 spots.

Dumont recorded a top-five finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, finishing fifth with a time of 1:00.92. Moodie followed with a strong showing in the 50 yard butterfly, with a fourth place finish. Moodie would add his other two top-10s in the 50 yard freestyle, where he finished seventh, and the 100 yard butterfly, where he came in ninth.

Dumont continued his strong performance in the 50 yard breaststroke, where he finished eighth in a time of 29.00, and finished with a seventh place finish in the 100 yard individual medley.

The women’s team grabbed its first top-15 mark when Shelby Pearce finished in a tie for 14th in the 50 yard backstroke. The freshman completed the race in a time of 29.66. Freshman Laura Holty added a top-20 finish in the 100 yard backstroke, where a time of 1:06.89 earned her a place in 20th.

Freshman Schelli Linz added a pair of top-20 times for the Panthers, as well. Linz recorded her first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:13.61 to finish 19th. Linz took her second top-20 in the 50-yard breaststroke, where she recorded a time of 34:99.

The Panthers now face their quickest turnaround of the season, returning to Melbourne to host Mount Union College at the Panther Aquatic Center on Sunday. The home meet, which will be the first since Nov. 17, is set to begin at 3 p.m.

Complete Results - FIU Sprint Invitational 1/5/2012



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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Florida Tech Closes Out 2012 At Ed Kennedy Invitational

Panthers Swim Team Ends Year On A Positive Note At Relay Meet


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Men’s and Women’s Swimming) – Florida Tech men’s and women’s swim teams bid a final farewell to 2012 at the Ed Kennedy Invitational on Monday. The Panthers enjoyed more than a one-month layoff before the New Year’s Eve meet.

“The meet was a lot of fun for the team,” head coach Jeni Ritter said. “It was an opportunity to do some fun sprint relays in a long course meter pool, which is not usually how we train.”

The meet was the first of two events for the Panthers during a two-week training trip to South Florida. The women’s team competed in five races during the meet, while the men’s team participated in six.

FIT kicked things off with the 200 Medley Relay where Shelby Pearce, Schelli Linz, Liana Soileau and Kristen Jones swam a time of 2:13.50. The men followed in the same event with a time of 1:56.23 as Sam Trible, Ross Donatelli, Zac Paryzek and Tyler Hemingway took to the pool.

The rest of the events included 200 and 150-meter relays of varying strokes including the 150 breaststroke relay and 150 butterfly relay.

The meet closed with the 400 freestyle relay, where Pearce, Laura Holty, Carmen Montalvo and Soileau made up the women’s team. The group finished with a time of 4:27.13.

The men closed things out as Hemingway, Sean Kohn, Paryzek and Trevor Eastin broke the four-minute mark with a time of 3:57.70.

“We hope that this week provides an opportunity for the team to not only get in some quality training, but also to come together as a team and get ready for the next several weeks of training in preparation for the Sunshine State Conference meet in February,” Ritter said.

The Panthers will return to action in 2013 with the FIU Sprint Invitational on Jan. 5. The meet, in Miami, FL, will begin at 12 p.m. FIT will return to Melbourne the following day to play host to Mount Union at Panther Aquatic Center. This will be the first home meet since Nov. 17.

More information, including official results, from Monday’s meet will be made available on Jan. 1. Check Florida Tech Sports tomorrow for the final results.



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