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Davie Nadadores swimmers use Lauderdale meet to warm up for worlds in Rome

Nadadores use meet as warm-up ahead of world championships

Sharon Robb Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE – The FLA Senior Challenge at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex served as a dress rehearsal for the Davie Nadadores.
Thirteen members will compete in the FINA World Aquatics Championships, which are already under way in Rome with diving and water polo. The swimming events are July 26-Aug. 2.
The year-old program, based at the Nova Southeastern University Athletic Center, will have swimmers from Barbados, Colombia, Paraguay, Slovakia and Venezuela competing against the world’s best teams, including the United States and Australia.
Veteran coaches Tomas Victoria, a former University of Florida swimmer from Venezuela, and Alex Pussieldi of Brazil are building the foundation for what they hope will be “one of the most competitive teams in the Florida Gold Coast,” and international training base, Victoria said.
“This is the most kids we have going from this team,” Victoria said. “It’s amazing and really exciting. The world championships are big. It’s always a very fast meet. They break so many world records at this meet.
“The kids look great going into this week. They had a great meet this weekend. It was a tuneup meet for them, swimming short events to see where they are.”
Cypress Bay graduate Jenny Marquez and Daniela Victoria, a St. Thomas Aquinas graduate, former Sun Sentinel Swimmer of the Year and Tomas Victoria’s daughter, will represent Venezuela in their second world championships.
“It’s nice to be part of a new team that is trying to build something,” said Daniele Tirabassi, 20, of Venezuela, one of four Olympians on the team. “I feel like I am one of the first people to start a new team that may be one of the best in South Florida.”
Tirabassi will be joined by Julio Galo, Carolina Colorado, Juanita Barreto, Jorge Murillo, Juan Cambindo, Kate Milly, Genaro Prono, Renato Prono, Favio Persano and Vaughn Forsythe.
“For our younger kids these swimmers are huge role models and gives them hope for the future,” Victoria said.
Sunday, the Nadadores’ Jorge Ospina, 20, won the 200 butterfly (2:03.72) and Leo Martins, 26, won the 200 breaststroke.
Other highlights on the final day of the four-day meet:
Sophie Morgan, 20, of North Palm Beach, won the 200-meter butterfly (2:19.30); Lauren Driscoll, 15, FLA, 100 freestyle (57.06), 50 butterfly (28.64); Andy Bushnell, 21, Pine Crest, 100 freestyle (52.09), 50 butterfly (25.22); Kate Alyabyeva, 20, FLA, 200 breaststroke (2:38.10).

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July 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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