UANA Federation News Around the Americas

PHOENIX, Arizona, January 6 THE Following countries submitted information for the UANA newsletter

A finalist from the 1st FINA Youth Swimming Championships 2006 in Rio de Janeiro has re-emerged on the scene after setting a national record at home recently at the Argentina Long Course Championships (December 8, at Mar del Plata). Andres Gonzales (who finished sixth in the 200m butterfly at the 2006 competition with a time of 2:05.28), has now smashed the 200m butterfly national record with a time of 2:00.84. The record was previously held by Gaston Rodriguez with a time of 2:02.26 set in 2005. Several other records fell at the meet. Manuela Morano beat her own national standard in the 50m butterfly by lowering her time of 28.77 (set in 2004), to 28.44. Kristel Kobrich of Chile cut nearly a second off her South American record in the 800 freestyle, which she set at the 2004 Athens Olympics with a time of 8:40.41, by registering a time of 8:39.88. Kobrich is also the current South American record holder for the 1500m freestyle, which she set at the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne 2007. She currently trains with Daniel Garimaldi, who has coached the likes of Georgina Bardach (Olympian and South American record holder in the 200m butterfly and the 200 and 400m I.M.), as well as Jose Meolans (three-time Olympian, gold medal winner for 50m freestyle at the 2002 FINA Short Course World Championships, and bronze medal winner at the 2006 FINA Short Course World Championships in the 100m freestyle).

Results from the Argentina Nationals (trials for the 2008 South American Championships) held in Mar del Plata, can be found online here:

The meet summons for the 2008 CARIFTA Championships can
be found at the link below. The meet is in Savaneta, ARUBA on March 27-30, 2008.

The Meet Summons and information about the 2008 Barbados Long
Course Nationals, February 19-24 in Bridgetown, has been posted on the
Barbados Amateur Swimming Association's website at the link below. The
meet is an Olympic qualifying meet, and is open to teams from overseas.
Entry deadline is February 1, 2008.

Results from the Barbados Short Course 25m Nationals, featuring age group and masters competition held December 4-9 have been posted on the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association's website here:

McKayla Lightbourn won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke for Booker High School at the FHSAA Class 2A Finals at the Central Florida International YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. She won 11 gold medals representing the Bahamas and was the #1 point scorer in the 13-14-year-old division at this year's Carifta Games in Jamaica. She swam in five individual events and one relay team for the Bahamas in this year's Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She placed seventh in the 200 individual medley and qualified for the semifinals of the 200 backstroke and breaststroke and the 400 individual medley. Lightbourn will compete in Aruba in March at the Olympic Trials in hopes of making the Bahamian Olympic Team for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

Algernon Cargill will return as President of The Bahamas Swimming Federation for a third consecutive term following November 10, 2007 elections at the Federations Biennial General Congress Meeting. The Federation's future goals include an increase in registered swimmers to 1000, a national learn to swim initiative in partnership with the Government of The Bahamas, and the possibility of a relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Results from the Bermuda Winter Age Group Championships held
this past weekend can be found online here:

Swimming (results) – As reported by the Brazilian Swimming Federation, several South American records fell at the Brazilian Championships held in Sao Paulo, Brazil this weekend. Fabiola Molina broke a pair of South American records with times of 28.50 in the 50m backstroke and 1:01.75 in the 100m backstroke. Meanwhile, Monique Ferreira took down the South American record in the 200m (with 2:01.10) and 400m (with 4:13.03) freestyle events. Further South American records went to Guilherme Guido (for 50m backstroke with a time of 25.14), Gabriella Silva (for 100m butterfly with a time of 1:00.47) and the Pinheiros 200m freestyle relay of Nicholas Santos, Cesar Cielo, Fernando Silver and Jader Souza, which finished with a time of 1:28.39

The Brazilian swimming federation, Confederação Brasileira de
Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA), announced its teams from three 2008
events: the Olympic Test event in Beijing at the beginning of next
month, April's Short Course Worlds, and March's South American Games.

Further information, including the team roster for the Copa Latina in
San Marino in April that was also announced, is available from CDBA [in
Portuguese] here:

Thiago Pereira was named Brazil's Male Olympic Athlete of the Year for 2007 at the Brazilian Olympic Awards ceremony Monday. Pereira broke the world record in the 200m freestyle event at the Short Course World Cup. More information is available on the Brazilian Olympic Committee's website:

The 2008 South American Championships in March have been moved from Rio de Janeiro to
San Pablo by the Brazilian swimming federation, Confederação Brasileira
de Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA). CBDA had originally intended to host the
Championships in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Complex, where this summer's Pan
American Games where swum.

As reported by the Brazilian Swimming Federation, several South American records fell at the Brazilian Championships held in Sao Paulo, Brazil this weekend. Fabiola Molina broke a pair of South American records with times of 28.50 in the 50m backstroke and 1:01.75 in the 100m backstroke. Meanwhile, Monique Ferreira took down the South American record in the 200m (with 2:01.10) and 400m (with 4:13.03) freestyle events. Further South American records went to Guilherme Guido (for 50m backstroke with a time of 25.14), Gabriella Silva (for 100m butterfly with a time of 1:00.47) and the Pinheiros 200m freestyle relay of Nicholas Santos, Cesar Cielo, Fernando Silver and Jader Souza, which finished with a time of 1:28.39.

The Brazilian Junior and Senior Championships begin
tomorrow and continue through Sunday (December 13-16) in São Paulo. The
meet is an Olympic qualifying event, and is also one of 8 events the
Brazilians are using to select their 2008 Olympic team. Further
information, including results, is available online [in Portuguese] here:

Analysis of the top-3 finishers of each event from the Brazilian Championships & Open in São Paulo have been posted online by the Brazilian swimming federation, Confederação Brasileira de
Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA). The analyses are available online here:


Swimming (awards) – The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest national newspaper (circulation two million), has listed Pierre Lafontaine, Swimming Canada's CEO and National Coach, as among its 25 Most Influential figures in Canadian sport for his contributions to Canadian swimming in 2007.

Swimming Canada has announced that the Canadian Junior and Youth
Team is headed to two European meets this month: this weekend's Geneva
International meet in Switzerland, and next weekend's Euro Meet in
Luxembourg. Team members are:

Girls: Genevieve Cantin, Vanessa Charron, Marrissa Davies, Alexandra
Gabor, Julie Harrison, Brenna Maclean, Deanna Matthews, Heather MacLean,
Bobbie Mielnichuk, Rachel Nicol, Bronwyn Pasloski, Amanda Reason, Sinead
Russell, Chelsea Salli, Paige Schultz and Lindsay Seeman.

Boys: Jeremy Bagshaw, Christopher Bezeau, Wayland Chang, Zack Chetrat,
Jason Dacosta, Brent Dillon, Graham Hawes, Willem Hergesheimer, Thomas
Jobin, Andre Kubada, Curtis Lutsch, Andres McIntyre, Julian Monk, Austin
Rockett, Matthew Swanston and Kyle Troskot.

Staff: Deryk Snelling (National Junior Coach), Tom Hainey (Coach), Brian
Metcalfe (Coach), Brad Mori (Coach), Marek Poplawski (Coach), Ken
Radford (Team Leader), Ollie Currie (Manager) and Suzanne White (Manager).
Eighteen of Canada's top Olympic swimming prospects compete this weekend against Europe's best at the 2007 Swimcup Championship in Eindhoven. The group includes freestyle star Brent Hayden, who was a 2004 Olympian, dual-silver medallist at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, and gold medallist at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne. He is currently the Canadian record holder in the 50, 100, and 200m freestyle. Hayden spoke recently about his rigorous training schedule and the benefits of travelling to Europe to gain wider competitive and expert exposure, as he will be able to challenge some of the best sprint freestyle specialists in Eindhoven. Also, following the recent Bell Grand Prix at home in Toronto, he flew to Estonia with several teammates to train with world renowned Sports Bio Mechanic Technician Reine Halgund. "We flew directly to Europe after the Bell Grand Prix to continue training and work on fine tuning some elements in my stroke, starts, and turns. I have been training very hard the last couple of months without any rest periods. The goal is to come in and race fast without tapering." National team members who will accompany Hayden include fellow Olympian Keith Beavers, as well as Kelly Stefanyshyn and Tanya Hunks, both of whom had solid performances at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal.

Bill Hogan has been appointed President of the Aquatic Federatio of Canada replacing Linda Cuthbert following her 4 year term. Bill is a FINA international referee since 2001 and has represented Canada as a Technical Official for several major internationla events such as the Olympic Games, FINA World Championships and Pan Am Games.

Synchronised Swimming – Synchro Canada has announced that swimmers Marie-Pier Boudeau-Gagnon and Isabelle Rampling will join forces for a third consecutive season to represent Canada in the duet event on the international stage. Along with alternate Dominika Kopcik, these athletes will attend and compete at the 2008 Olympic Qualifying event in Beijing this April. Boudeau-Gagnon and Rampling hope to add another medal to their impressive partnership resume, which includes a 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal and a 2007 Pan American Games silver medal. They will be coached by Denise Sauve of Montreal, Quebec. These swimmers are also three of the twelve Synchro athletes named last week to the Canadian National A Team that will go on to compete in the team event throughout the 2008 season, under the direction of Head Coach Susan Kemper. Captain of the Canadian team, which has been among the world's leaders since its first appearance at the Olympic Games as an exhibition event in 1984, is Marie-Pierre Gagne of Montreal. Gagne was a member of the 2004 Olympic team and has been member of Canada's top synchro team since 2002.

The Colombian Interleague Nationals begin today and
continue through Sunday in Cartagena. The meet is an Olympic qualifying event.

In elections held on December 8th the following people were elected as the new officers of the Federación Dominicana de Natación:
-President: Rafael Radhames Taverez
-Vice President: Miguel Angel Gomez
-Secretary: Arturo Ramirez
-Treasurer: Yubelkys Ramirez

Cap. Jorge Delgado Panchana has been re-elected as President for the Federacion Ecuatoriana de Natacion. Other main officers for the Federation include AB. Johnny Wong Leon, who acts as Secretary, and Ing. Victor Tapia Valle, Treasurer.

The Guyana Nationals began this weekend and continue next
weekend (swimming on both Saturdays and both Sundays). A report on the
first day of the meet can be found online here:

The Jamaican Parliament currently is reviewing legislation that will strengthen its anti-doping organization within the country. Part of the legislation is the creation of an anti-doping unit within the government, as well as policies regarding the sanctioning of athletes who test positive. Parliament is expected to review the items by the end of March.

A total of 8 Mexican Records have been set at the Mexican Short Course Nationals in Tijuana, Baja California:
-women's 50 free: 25.89, Liliana Ibáñez
– women's 800 free: 8:31.82, Patricia Castañeda
-women's 100 back: 1:01.80, Fernanda González
-women's 200 back: 2:12.36, Fernanda González
-women's 50 breaststroke: 32.54, Adriana Marmolejo
-women's 100 breaststroke: 1:09.66, Adriana Marmolejo
-men's 50 fly: 23.85, Manuel Sotomayor
-men's 800 Free Relay: 7:24.08, Jalisco (Iván López, Juan Yeh, Gerardo
Bañuelos, Alejandro Mendiola)
-men's 400 Free Relay,3:23.42, Jalisco ( I NEED THE NAMES )

The meet served as the Mexican trials for their National Olympics as well as
this year's Youth Worlds, which Mexico will host in Monterrey, Nuevo León.

Full results from the meet are available online here:

Results from this past weekend's Puerto Rican Short Course
Nationals, as well as the Central American and Caribbean Scholar Games
held in mid-November, can be found on the results page of the Puerto
Rican Swimming Federation, Federación Puertorriqueña de Natación (FPN),

Edmond Pouchet was named Coach of the Year for 2007
by the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago (ASATT), at
their annual awards last week. George Bovell and Donna Marie Wickham
were named the Male and Female Athlete of the Year. Further information
and additional awards are available online here:
Annual age group invitational meet of the Amateur Swimming Association
of Trinidad & Tobago. Participating teams from Aruba, Barbados,
Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica and St. Lucia; as well as the host country.
Results can be found in this article are:,69942.html

The National Olympic Committee of Uruguay, whose President is Dr. Julio Cesar Maglione (IOC Member and FINA Honorary Treasurer), has just set up a national anti-doping commission in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Sport. This Commission, which is only the second in South America (after the one established in Argentina), will function under the aegis of the national sports department of the Ministry. On the Commission will be a representative of the NOC, a representative for the Ministry of Public Health, and a representative of the National Drug Bureau.

The FINA Honorary Treasurer Dr Julio Maglione has received another important award in recognition of his tireless and prestigious commitment for Sport. On December 4, 2007 he received from the City of Montevideo, the capital of his country Uruguay, the title of "Illustrious Citizen". The Uruguayan authorities highlighted his "major role and influence in the national and international instances of the Sport". Dr Maglione, who is also President of Uruguay's Olympic Committee and IOC member, says he considers this distinction "as one of the most touching moments" of his life.

In anti-doping related news, FINA has a report that the Uruguay Olympic Committee, Comité Olímpico Uruguayo (COU), and the country's Government have established a national anti-doping commission in the country.

Katie Hoff Named USOC SportsWoman of the Year
AMONG various other awards selected by the United States Olympic Committee in 2007, Katie Hoff picked up the USOC SportsWoman of the Year award. Meanwhile, Michael Phelps picked up an Outstanding Performance Award.

"As Team USA enters its final preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing, we have seen outstanding achievements from many of our athletes this past year. And these individuals have truly demonstrated the strength and character of our athletes who will represent the United States in China," said USOC Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr. "We are proud to announce this year's recipients of SportsMan, SportsWoman, Paralympian, and Team of the Year."

Randall Bal's Next Target: 2008 Olympic Games
The 2007 FINA World Cup men's champion Randall Bal (USA) earned the $100,000 first prize money by sweeping all 21 backstroke events at the seven world cup events. Bal posted 186 points, 85 points ahead of Stefan Nystrand's (SWE) who set two world records in the 50 and 100 free. Thiago Pereira (BRA) scored 96 points to place third. Bal posted the fastest time in the world in the 50 backstroke in 2007 and is also the new owner of two FINA World Cup records.
The 27-year-old Bal began swimming competitively in California in 1985 and can point to many positive performances in 2007 in international competition. In June he bettered the 2000 Olympic champion Lenny Krayzelburg's American record in the 50m (long course) backstroke and he took the time down even further at the Paris Open in August. His 24.84 time was the fastest in the world in 2007 and ranks him third on the all time performance list.
Bal is a seven time member of the USA Swimming national team and won two gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games in the 100m back and as a member of the 4x100m medley relay. Bal was the world champion in the 50m back at 2001 FINA World Championships, earned a silver in the 100m back at the 2005 FINA World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2006 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). He was recently named to the US team that will be competing at the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Manchester (GBR).
"Qualifying for the US Olympic team will be one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced."

For the better part of the past two years the Speedo-sponsored athlete has been his own coach and has often trained alone or sometimes with masters swimmers. Bal is both amused and extremely modest when asked how to talk about how good of a coach Randall Bal is when coaching Randall Bal. "Things have been working for me and I am very pleased about my performances. "I have swum the fastest times of my life in 2007 and this is just the beginning of something great. I believe that I have great momentum going into the 2008 US Olympic Trials and hopefully for the Beijing Olympic Games."

Bal graduated from Stanford University in 2003 and has been in residence since September in Ispra, Italy located about 20 minutes from the Swiss border. Bal is part of the contingent of international stars training together in the A.D.N. Project under the leadership of Andrea Di Nino (ITA) the head coach of Ispra Nuoto-Swim Planet. Bal is enthusiastic about his new environment: "I am confident that my new coach will take me to the next level in the sport. His passion, knowledge and commitment level to all of his athletes is nothing less than exceptional. I'm excited to have the opportunity to train in Italy and I have already seen positive results."

Bal is adamant that he will continue to train and compete after the 2008 Olympics but is extremely focused on what he must do at the US Olympic Trials in order to secure a spot on his first Olympic team. "Qualifying for the US Olympic team will be one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced."

Bal was fourth at the 2004 US Olympic Trials and in 2008 he is likely to be competing against his compatriots Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol and Ryan Lochte in the finals of the 100m backstroke in Omaha, Nebraska next July, all battling for just two spots on the US team. "American's dominate this event right now and the time just to qualify will probably be a medal winning performance in Beijing" offers Bal. "I am sure that the final heat will swim faster than 54.0 – Peirsol's gold medal wining time in Athens. My goal is to swim a 52 plus in Omaha."

Bob Bowman who coaches Michael Phelps at the University of Michigan offers his praise of Bal: "Randall has always impressed me as very talented individual who is very diligent in the pursuit of his goals. He is truly concerned about teammates and helping others do their best. Randall is a tenacious competitor and has maintained a high motivation level in some difficult circumstances; his dedication is now paying off." Gregg Troy, Ryan Lochte's coach at the University of Florida, offers a similar assessment; "Randall has been one of the real class acts on USA national teams. He is dependable, fun to be around and a true team player. Bal is also intelligent and personable and is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet."
"There is nothing standing in the way of me reaching my potential. I am having a tremendous amount of fun in the sport and I absolutely love what I do."

He is extremely popular not only with fans, but also with his competitors and coaches who point to him as a role model for younger swimmers. Coach Michael Schmidt of the Seoul American High School is also a big fan: "I hope Randall can nail a great 100 back at the US Olympic Trials next summer! He's been so close so many times! He came to Daejon, Korea for the World Cup a few years ago, and I took my swimmers from Seoul American High School to watch him swim and the kids were in awe of Randall's turnover!! For me, it was more fun to watch the expressions on their face."

Ben Wildman-Tobriner, a double-gold medal winner at the 2007 FINA World Championships and June 2007 Stanford University graduate in biomechanical engineering, have been chosen by the NCAA Honors Committee as recipients of this year's NCAA Top VIII Award. The award recognises student-athletes for their athletics success, academic achievement and community service. As such, Wildman-Tobriner, along with seven other students, will be recognised at the NCAA Honours Celebration on Sunday, January 13, at the 2008 NCAA Convention in Nashville.

In addition to his success at the FINA World Championships, Wildman-Tobriner was named the 2007 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year. (Pac-10 is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States and participates in the NCAA's Division I). A 2007 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and 2007 academic All-American, he was recognised as Stanford's most outstanding student-athlete and received a Pac-10 Medal, the conference's most prestigious honour. He has worked as a swim camp assistant, volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and was a research associate for neurosurgery at the Stanford Medical Centre.

Also one of the eight NCAA Top VIII Award winning students is diver Jamie Wolf, a molecular biology student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Wolf is a seven-time Division II National Champion and eight-time All-American. She was also named the 2007 Division II Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. An NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, she is a three-time Division II NCAA Female Diver of the Year and three-time Clarion University Female Athlete of the Year. Graduating in May 2007 with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Wolf was a 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year award finalist.

Water Polo – Robert Lynn, a 2000 Olympian and widely recognised water polo tactician, has been named assistant coach for the USA Men's National Team by Head Coach Terry Schroeder. Lynn will join Schroeder and assistant coach Ryan Brown as the brain trust for Team USA's Olympic effort in 2008. "Robert has a great water polo mind," said Schroeder. "He brings a lot of international experience too, having played for our Olympic team, and having played professionally in Europe. Robert has also played under some of the best coaches in our sport. He is very strong on the game's fundamentals, which is something I want to stress as we build our team for the Olympics next year." Lynn was head coach of USA Water Polo's Youth National Team in 2006 and 2007, as well as Head Coach for swimming and water polo programmes at several high schools in recent years. A long-time member of the Men's National Team program, he played from 1989 to 2001. During that time he was also a professional water polo player in countries such as Croatia, Italy, Greece, and France. His playing career spanned more than a decade running from 1991 to 2003. "I'm excited to be on board going into Beijing. I want to support Terry 100 percent and give what I can to prepare them for success," said Lynn. The Men's Senior National Team will convene for training camp from December 26-31, 2007 in Chula Vista, California. From this camp they will derive their Olympic training roster with residential training starting in early January in Thousand Oaks, California.

USA Swimming held the Open Water World Championship trials in late-October, which determined the composition of the U.S. Open Water World Championships Team that will compete at the FINA Open Water World Championships in Seville, Spain (May 2008). The event in Spain is a direct Olympic qualification competition, where swimmers must finish in the top ten or be continental champion in the 10km event to go to Beijing. For women, Micha Burden will swim the 10km and the 25km, joined by Kirsten Groome in the 10km and Erica Rose in the 25km. Mark Warkentin and Chip Peterson will swim the 10km for the men. John Kenny will join Warkentin in the 25km while Chloe Sutton, Kalyn Keller, Joe Kinderwater and Chad LaTourette will swim the 5km. Some of these swimmers have already seen success in international events. Erica Rose had three third place and one second place finishes during the 2007 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, and during the 2007 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series, both Mark Warkentin and Micha Burden had one bronze medal each, while Sutton won a silver and gold medal in races four and five, respectively.

The December issue of Swimming World published the 10 Best Performances of 2007 and the performance by Albert Subirats was considered but for inclusion. The University of Arizona standout was awesome at the NCAA Championships. Subirats set a collegiate record in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 44.57, and he dazzeles in the 100 back with a winning mark of 44.83.

Swimming (results) – The results from the National Swimming Championship of the Federacion Venezolana de Deportes Acuaticos, which was held from December 15-19, 2007 on the occasion of the Venezuelan XVII National Sport Games – Llanos 2007, indicate some promising performances. Beginning with the women's field, 16-year old Andreina Pinto won the 400m, 200m, 800m and 1500m freestyle, as well as the 200m butterfly. She also placed second in the 400m individual medley. Her closest competitor throughout the meet was Yanel Pinto, who placed second in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle, second in the 100m freestyle, and tied Andreina Pinto for first in the 200m freestyle. Other top swims in the women's events came from Elimar Barrios, who finished first in the 100m butterfly and second in the 50m butterfly, 50m and 200m backstroke, and third in the 100m backstroke. Daniela Victoria swept the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, while Jerserik Pinto won the women's 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke, placed second in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke, and placed third in the 200m backstroke. Erin Volcan also had an successful meet, winning the 200m and 400m individual medley, the 100m and 200m backstroke, and placing third in the 200m freestyle. In the men's field, several swimmers dominated. Octavio Alesi won the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle, and placed second in the 50m butterfly. Erwin Maldonado won the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle, while Albert Subirats won the 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, and finished second in the 50m freestyle. The performances of Victor Lugo also deserve recognition. He was second in the 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke and third in the100m and 200m backstroke. Finally, Rohan Pinto swept the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events, and placed second in the 200m individual medley. For more detailed results and information from this event, visit

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