SOFLO’s Fiorella Di Salvo Triple Winner At SOFLO Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

August 13, 2016—Fiorella Di Salvo of South Florida Aquatic Club was the top performer in her home pool Saturday at the SOFLO Sizzler at Academic Village Pool.

Di Salvo, 8, won three events in the 7-8 age group division in all best times and was third in another event, also a best time.

Di Salvo won the 25-yard butterfly in 17.72, 25-yard breaststroke in 20.44 and 25-yard freestyle in 15.18. Di Salvo was third in the 25-yard backstroke in a best time 20.57.

SOFLO teammate Giada Porven, 8, took three seconds places and one fourth, all in best times.

Porven was second in the 25-yard backstroke in 20.44, 25-yard breaststroke in 22.24 and 25-yard freestyle in 15.75. Porven was also fourth in the 25-yard butterfly in 19.12.

SOFLO also won the girls 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay in 1:09.95.

SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher was Eddie Oliver with two third and two fourth places.

SOFLO’s contingent featured Anjana Andapally, 8; Christian Baltar, 7; Fiorella Di Salvo, 8; Pilar Duranti, 8; Mason Jimenez, 8; Matthew Jimenez, 8; Joseph-Blake Natino, 7; Eddie Oliver, 8; Giada Porven, 8; and Sarah Vasquez, 8.

The events were the 6-and-under and 7-8 25-yard butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Makayla Montenegro, MAC 26.48, 2. Shelby Evans, CC 28.73, 3. Jordan Evans, CC 31.11; 7-8, 1. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 17.72, best time, 2. Julieta De Veer, YSF 18.94, 3. Tania Mantilla, YSF; SOFLO: 4. Giada Porven 19.12, best time, 6. Sarah Vasquez 22.74, 9. Pilar Duranti 24.66, 10. Anjana Andapally 26.19.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Makayla Montenegro, MAC 25.20, 2. Shelby Evans, CC 27.19, 3. Lauren Prigmore, YSF 30.48; 7-8, 1. Tania Mantilla, YSF 20.38, 2. Giada Porven, SOFLO 20.44, best time, 3. Fiorella DiSalvo 20.57, best time; SOFLO: 6. Anjana Andapally 22.44, 10. Sarah Vasquez 24.11, 12. Pilar Duranti 24.89, best time .

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Makayla Montenegro, MAC 26.55, 2. Shelby Evans, CC 28.60, 3. Jordan Evans, CC 34.03; 7-8, 1. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 20.44, best time, 2. Giada Porven 22.24, best time, 3. Tania Mantilla, YSF 22.27; SOFLO: 5. Sarah Vasquez 25.55, best time, 9. Anjana Andapally 26.54, 10. Pilar Duranti 27.08.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Makayla Montenegro, MAC 20.13, 2. Shelby Evans, CC 23.14, 3. Lauren Prigmore, YSF 24.33; 7-8, 1. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 15.18, best time, 2. Giada Porven, SOFLO 15.75, best time, 3. Tania Mantilla, YSF 15.90; SOFLO: 5. Sarah Vasquez 18.67, 7. Anjana Andapally 21.02, 14. Pilar Duranti 26.95.

100-yard freestyle relay: 8-and-under, 1. SOFLO 1:09.95 (No names provided), 2. YSF 1:17.66

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 30.63, 2. Gabriel Soto, CCPR 35.17, 3. Dante D’Alessandria, MAC 48.02; 7-8, 1. Sebastian Guio, YSF 16.85, 2. Matviy Karachun, YSF 16.86, 3. Eddie Oliver, SOFLO 18.28, best time; SOFLO: 5. Joseph-Blake Natino 23.59, best time, 6. Mason Jimenez 24.61, 9. Christian Baltar 28.01, best time, 11. Matthew Jimenez 30.99.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Aleandro Ruiz, MAC 24.97, 2. Enrique De Veer, YSF 29.53, 3. Gabriel Soto, CC 30.89; 7-8, 1. Sebastian Guio, YSF 18.24, 2. Matviy Karachun, YSF 21.35, 3. Matthew Jimenez, SOFLO 22.36; SOFLO: 4. Eddie Oliver, SOFLO 22.37, best time, 5. Christian Baltar 22.81, best time, 6. Joseph-Blake Natino 23.82, 7. Mason Jimenez 24.42.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 31.78, 2. Gabriel Soto, CC 40.32, 3. Dante D’Alessandria, MAC 44.06; 7-8, 1. Sebastian Gio, YSF 20.48, 2. Matviy Karachun, YSF 21.08, 3. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 24.08, best time; SOFLO: 4. Eddie Oliver 24.66, best time, 6. Christian Baltar 29.26, best time, 8. Matthew Jimenez 30.15, 11. Mason Jimenez 30.97.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Gabriel Soto, CC 23.84, 2. Alejandro Ruiz, MAC 25.48, 3. Enrique De Veer, YSF 26.68; 7-8, 1. Sebastian Guio, YSF 15.44, 2. Matviy Karachun, YSF 16.88, 3. Eddie Oliver, SOFLO 17.32, best time; SOFLO: 5. Joseph-Blake Natino 18.92, best time, 6. Christian Baltar 21.34, best time, 7. Mason Jimenez 22.44, 9. Matthew Jimenez 23.28.

100-yard freestyle relay:

1-YSF Barracudas 1:13.17, 2. SOFLO 1:25.77 (No names provided).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Sizzle In Home Pool


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s youngest swimmers will get the opportunity to swim in the friendly confines of their home pool Saturday at the SOFLO Sizzler at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO’s contingent features Anjana Andapally, 8; Christian Baltar, 7; Fiorella Di Salvo, 8; Pilar Duranti, 8; Mason Jimenez, 8; Matthew Jimenez, 8; Joseph-Blake Natino, 7; Eddie Oliver, 8; Giada Porven, 8; and Sarah Vasquez, 8.

The events include the 6-and-under and 7-8 25-yard butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle and 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay. The ten SOFLO swimmers will compete in all four individual events.

Other teams competing are Cooper City Cyclones, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami, SwimFast and YSF Barracudas.

IF YOU GO

What: SOFLO Sizzler

When: Saturday, 10 a.m., warm-up 9 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Manuel, Phelps Make History On Day 6 Of Olympic Games


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2016—-It was a historical night Thursday at the Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Stanford junior Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic title in swimming.

Manuel, 20, tied Canadian 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak in the 100-meter freestyle for the gold in an Olympic and American record of 52.70.

“This medal is not just for me,” a teary-eyed Manuel said. “It’s for a whole bunch of people that came before me and have been an inspiration to me. It’s for all the people after me, who believe they can’t do it. And I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it.”

Both Manuel and Oleksiak knocked off world record holder Cate Campbell of Australia.

Phelps continued his remarkable journey in his final Olympic appearance. Phelps became the first swimmer to win an individual event in four consecutive Olympics.

Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.66 for his 22nd career gold medal. Japan Kosuke Hagino took the silver in 1:56.61.

Phelps also became the most decorated gold medalist in Olympic history. He broke a 2,168-year-old record set by ancient Greek athlete Leonidas Rhodes. Phelps now has 13 individual gold medals, breaking Rhodes’ record of 12 in the hoplitodromos he set in 164 BC.

In what was built up as a much-anticipated showdown between Phelps and longtime rival Ryan Lochte, never materialized. Lochte faded to fifth after leading midway through the race.

“As a kid, I wanted to do something that no one had ever done before and I’m enjoying it,” said Phelps, 31. “I want to finish my career how I want to, so that’s what I’m doing.”

Lochte, who had qualified in only one individual event, said he isn’t ready to decide about his future in swimming. He did say he was moving to California.

“I can’t say this is over,” Lochte said. “If anything, I think especially that race, it helped motivate me. There are a lot of things I need to change in the next four years if I want to come back into the sport. But for right now I think I need a break mentally and physically.”

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy of University of California at Berkeley won his second gold medal with a win in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.62 to extend the United States’ remarkable 20-year dominance of the event.

Murphy, 21, took the lead at the 100-meter mark and pulled away from the field.

“The 200 back is an event that I really have to dig deep for,” Murphy said. “That’s the one I wanted really bad.”

In one of the biggest disappointments, world record holder and defending champion Missy Franklin failed to make the final eight in the 200-meter backstroke. She finished in 2:09.74, nearly six seconds slower than her record time.

Franklin, 21, has struggled to regain her winning form of the 2012 Olympics. Franklin broke down and cried in the pool after the backstroke and was comforted by teammate Maya DiRado. In 2012, she won four gold medals and a bronze.

“I really wish I could tell you,” Franklin said. “In my mind, I made the hardest sacrifices I’ve ever had to make this year. I’ve poured myself into this every single day for the whole year and three years leading up to that. For whatever reason it’s just not happening at this meet. ”

DAY 7: FRIDAY

AFTERNOON SESSION: Noon, Women’s 50-meter freestyle heats; 12:38 p.m., Men’s 1500-meter freestyle heats; 2:28 p.m., Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay heats; 2:46 p.m., Men’s 4×100-meter medley relay heats.

EVENING SESSION: 9:03 p.m., Women’s 200-meter backstroke final; 9:12 p.m., Men’s 100-meter butterfly final; 9:20 p.m., Women’s 800-meter freestyle final; 9:44 p.m., Men’s 50-meter freestyle final; 9:56 p.m., Women’s 50-meter freestyle semifinals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

International Swimmers Shine On Day Five Of Olympic Games


By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2016—-On a day where most of the U.S. swimmers were not in the spotlight, the rest of the international swimming world grabbed the attention on Wednesday at the Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Swimming in Lane 8, Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:07.46. The 21-year-old won his country’s first-ever medal in Olympic swimming history.

American Josh Prenot took the silver in 2:07.53 and Russian Anton Chupkov took the bronze in 2:07.70. 2012 Olympic champion Daniel Gyurta of Hungary failed to qualify in the prelims.

“This is the biggest honor and biggest thing I could have given to my country,” said an emotional Balandin. The last great swimmer from his country was Vlad Polyakov, a former Florida Gold Coast swimmer now coaching at Louisville University.

“I’m very happy that I am the first one,” Balandin said. “The tactics was quite simple, swim fast. I was in an outside lane so I couldn’t see my competitors. This helped me a lot to claim the medal. I haven’t quite processed all of this. This is a great beginning for my country.”

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte won her first Olympic gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:04.85. Aussie Madeline Groves took silver in 2:04.88 and 2015 world champion Natsumi Hoshi of Japan took bronze in 2:05.20.

“It was difficult to control everything during the final,” Belmonte said. “I was very nervous and I was dreaming a lot. I had to control my emotions and nerves. I will remember it for all my life. This is because of many days of training, working hard and many sacrifices.”

Aussie teenager Kyle Chalmers, 18, pulled off a shocker in the 100-meter freestyle winning the gold medal in his Olympic debut in 47.58. Canadian and Bolles alum Santo Condorelli went out too fast and paid dearly fading in the back half. Pieter Timmers of Belgium was second in 47.80 and defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of the U.S. had to settle for bronze in 47.85.

“It was pretty special when the Australian flag was raised and when I looked up and saw my family,” Chalmers said. “It was a very special moment I shared with them. I don’t think it has sunk in yet.”

American Katie Ledecky won her third gold and fourth Olympic medal overall anchoring the winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay that won in 7:43.03. Ledecky’s split was 1:53.74. She has won the 200 and 400 freestyles and earned silver on the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

On Thursday night, Michael Phelps, 31, and Floridian Ryan Lochte, 32, will renew their rivalry for the final time in the 200-meter individual medley championship. The rivals and friends will compete side by side.

DAY 6: THURSDAY

EVENING SESSION: 9 p.m., Men’s 50-meter freestyle semifinals; 9:17 p.m., Women’s 200-meter breaststroke final; 9:26 p.m., Men’s 200-meter backstroke final; 9:32 p.m., Women’s 200-meter backstroke semifinals; 10:01 p.m., Men’s 200-meter individual medley final; 10:18 p.m., Women’s 100-meter freestyle final; 10:31 p.m., Men’s 100-meter butterfly semifinals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Murillo-Valdes Ends Olympic Journey; Phelps, Ledecky, Team USA Come Up Big


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2016—-South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jorge Murillo-Valdes competed in his final event Tuesday at the Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Murillo-Valdes, 24, competed in the 200-meter breaststroke finishing 28th overall in 2:12.81.

Earlier in the week, he broke the Colombian national record in the 100-meter breaststroke and finished 14th in 59.93. It was the first time he ever advanced past the preliminary round.

“Today ends for me this great experience of my first Olympic Games,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “National record, semifinal and a lot of things to improve. Today I close my cycle. Rio 2016 opens up the new with very good expectations for Tokyo 2020.”

The United States continued to dominate particularly Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky.

In their first meeting since the 2012 London Olympic final of the 200-meter butterfly which Phelps lost to South African Chad Le Clos, Phelps reclaimed his gold medal in 1:53.36. Phelps led after the first 100 meters.

It was Phelps 20th gold medal and 24th Olympic medal overall since his debut in Athens, Greece as a teenager. It also his third victory in the event, also winning in 2004 and 2008. It was his first individual medal of the Games after opening with a relay victory.

Phelps, 31, held off Japan’s Masato Sakai who silvered in 1:53.40. Phelps also won another gold medal as a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay for his 21st gold and 25th medal overall.

The butterfly race was won by 4/100ths of a second, the smallest margin of victory ever in the history of the race.

“I was pretty far up after that individual race,” Phelps said. “It was the race I wanted back. I did everything to win the race. I don’t care about the time. I just wanted to win. That event was my bread and butter. That was the last time I’ll ever swim it.

“It was a challenging one tonight. It is mind blowing to talk about everything that Bob and I have achieved for the sport. I think we can call it mission accomplished.”

Phelps was joined on the winning 4×800 relay by Connor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte who won in 7:00.66.

“That was probably one of my most challenging doubles,” Phelps said. “Doing a double like that is a lot harder than it once was.”

After breaking her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle, Ledecky was pushed to the limit before winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:53.73 ahead of favorite Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.

Ledecky has yet to lose an international race since her debut at the 2012 Olympics.

“I just let it happen,” Ledecky said. “I saw I had the lead. I wasn’t going to let it go. I had to dig deep. That was the closest I have come to throwing up in a race. Every part of my body hurt at the end of the race.”

In other events:

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu withdrew from the 200-meter butterfly heats to save her energy for the 200-meter individual medley which paid off in another gold medal in 2:06.58, her third of the Games. American Maya DiRado took the bronze in 2:08.79.

“Amazing, I honestly can’t believe I have three golds,” Hosszu said. “I am very excited. I can’t believe I have three gold medals.”

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY

AFTERNOON SESSION: Noon, Women’s 100-meter freestyle heats; 12:23 p.m., Men’s 200-meter backstroke heats; 12:45 p.m., Women’s 200-meter breaststroke; 1:07 p.m., Men’s 200-meter individual medley; 1:29 p.m., Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

EVENING SESSION: 9:03 p.m., Men’s 200-meter breaststroke final; 9:09 p.m., Women’s 100-meter freestyle semifinals; 9:25 p.m., Men’s 200-meter backstroke semifinals; 954 p.m., Women’s 200-meter butterfly final; 10:03 p.m., Men’s 100-meter freestyle final; 10:08 p.m., Women’s 200-meter breaststroke semifinals; 10:55 p.m., Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Finishes Heart-Breaking Eighth In Olympic Final


By Sharon Robb

August 8, 2016—-After a poor start off the blocks, Alia Atkinson was never in the race.

In her fourth Olympic appearance for Jamaica, the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer left the pool deck Monday night at Olympic Aquatics Stadium without a medal.

Swimming in Lane 7, Atkinson, 27, finished a disappointing eighth in 1:08.10 in the final of the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event.

It was a heart-wrenching finish for the well-liked swimmer favored to medal and become her country’s first Olympic medalist in the sport.

American teenager Lilly King, 19, won the gold medal in an Olympic record 1:04.93, finishing ahead of Russian 2015 world champion Yulia Efimova, who tested positive twice for banned substances yet was inexplicably cleared to compete by the IOC and FINA on Saturday.

Efimova took the silver and American Katie Meilli won the bronze.

“Winning a gold medal, I hope I made a statement,” King said. “We can still compete clean and do well at the Olympic Games. That’s how it should be.

“This is incredible, I am speechless,” King said. “I told Katie in 15 minutes our lives were going to change.”

Reigning Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte was seventh.

There were three other Olympic medal finals.

China’s Sun Yang put in a surge in the final 25 meters to win the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:44.65 and second gold of the Games. South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, the early leader with incredible underwaters, took silver in 1:45.20 just out-touching American Conor Dwyer, who took bronze in a best time 1:45.23.

“I am just happy to get on the podium, it’s a relief,” Dwyer said.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu also won her second gold medal of the Games, winning the 100-meter backstroke in 58.45. American Kathleen Baker, 19, who battled back from Crohn’s disease to make the U.S. team, won the silver in 58.75. Canadian Kylie Masse and China’s Fu Yuanhui tied for the bronze in 58.76.

“This means the world to me,” Baker said. “I am going to cry if I keep talking about it. I couldn’t be happier. This is so cool.”

Jacksonville Bolles alum Ryan Murphy kept the U.S. tradition alive in the 100-meter backstroke winning in an Olympic record 51.97. It is the sixth consecutive Olympic Games the U.S. has won a gold medal in the event. American David Plummer, 30, the oldest swimmer on the team, took bronze in 52.40 in his Olympic debut.

“It means everything to me to be in that group of backstrokers that includes Aaron Piersol and Matt Grevers,” Murphy said. “To follow the path they set for us is really cool.”

Only 35/100ths of a second separated the top six swimmers in the backstroke field.

Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi and American Michael Phelps finished .16 seconds part in the second heat of the 200-meter butterfly semifinals. Reigning Olympic champion Chad Le Clos earned the fourth seed in 1:55.19 not long after winning silver in the 200 freestyle.

After swimming in the faster 200-meter freestyle semifinal, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum and American Katie Ledecky, world record holders and Olympic gold medalists already, will be seeded one-two for Tuesday night’s final. Only 6/100ths of a second separated them in the qualifier.

In one of the biggest disappointments of the night, 2012 Olympic darling Missy Franklin failed to make Tuesday night’s 200-meter freestyle final finishing eighth in the slower semifinal in 1:57.56. Franklin tied for 13th overall.

DAY 4: TUESDAY

AFTERNOON SESSION: Noon, Men’s 100-meter freestyle heats; 12:26 p.m., Women’s 200-meter butterfly heats; 12:48 p.m., Men’s 200-meter breaststroke heats; 1:15 p.m., 4×200-meter freestyle relay heats.

EVENING SESSION: 9 p.m., 100-meter freestyle semifinals; 9:19 p.m., Women’s 200-meter freestyle final; 9:28 p.m., Men’s 200-meter butterfly final; 9:34 p.m., Women’s 200-meter butterfly semifinals; 10 p.m., Men’s 200-meter breaststroke semifinals; 10:29 p.m., Women’s 200-meter individual medley final; 10:38 p.m., Men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay final.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Qualifies For Olympic Final; Wynter Breaks Own Jamaican National Record


By Sharon Robb

August 8, 2016—-South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson made it to Monday night’s Olympic final in the 100-meter breaststroke late Sunday night at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro.

And, this time around she didn’t need a swim-off to get there.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian, looking for her first Olympic medal, qualified fifth in 1:06.52, tying American Katie Meili.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Atkinson needed a swim-off to get into the final where she just missed a medal by placing fourth.

On Monday night Atkinson has a shot at history against a stellar field that includes 19-year-old American Lily King, the fastest qualifier, 2012 Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania and Russian 2015 world champion Yulia Efimova, who has tested positive twice for banned substances yet was cleared to compete by the IOC on Saturday.

SOFLO teammate Timothy Wynter of Jamaica, making his Olympic debut in the 100-meter backstroke, finished second in the opening heat in a national record 57.20. Wynter was in Lane 5 in the opening heat with a qualifying time of 57.47, his previous best and national record.

On Day Two, three more world records were broken and Michael Phelps won his 19th gold medal and 23rd medal overall as a member of the winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

After Caeleb Dressel’s opening leg of 48.10, a personal best, Phelps, in his Rio debut, swam the second leg in 47.12 to enable Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian to finish the task for the U.S. in 3:09.92. The win avenged its 2012 Olympic loss to France which finished second in 3:10.53 and favorite Australia in 3:11.37.

“We wanted to bring it back to American soil,” Phelps said. “That 2012 loss left a sour taste in my mouth. I wanted to try and do as much as I could. It felt good to get the last 400 free relay of my career and this thing around my neck.”

The first world record of the evening was broken by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. The three-time Olympian who had never won an Olympic medal, not only took gold, but broke her own world record in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.48. Her previous record was 55.64.

“Look at my smile, I am so happy with this,” Sjostrum said.

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, 21, broke his own world record and won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke in 57.13. Peaty now owns the seven fastest times in the world in the breaststroke. American Cody Miller broke the American record with his third place of 58.87. Defending Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa was second in 58.69.

As expected, American superstar Katie Ledecky, 19, broke her own world record to win the 400-meter freestyle in 3:56.46, improving her previous mark of 3:58.37.

“I felt so comfortable in the morning that I was really confident I would break it tonight,” Ledecky said. It was her third Olympic medal and second individual gold.

Defending Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer, sixteen months after the birth of her first child, got the medal she wanted, taking third in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.65, two seconds faster than she swam a nationals.

“I am so happy with it,” Vollmer said. “All I wanted was to get a medal. To be here again is exciting.”

DAY THREE, MONDAY

AFTERNOON SESSION: Noon, Women’s 200-meter freestyle heats; 12:32 p.m., Men’s 200-meter butterfly heats; 12:54 p.m., Women’s 200-meter individual medley.

EVENING SESSION: 9:12 p.m., Women’s 200-meter freestyle semifinals; 9:21 p.m., Men’s 200-meter freestyle final; 9:30 p.m., Women’s 100-meter backstroke final; 9:38 p.m., Men’s 100-meter backstroke final; 9:54 p.m., Women’s 100-meter breaststroke final; 10:07 p.m., Men’s 200-meter butterfly semifinals; 10:33 p.m., Women’s 200-meter individual medley.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com