SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins 5K Title At Swim Miami; Gulliver’s Alicia Mancilla Wins Mile Race


SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Wins 5K Title At Swim Miami; Gulliver’s Alicia Mancilla Wins Mile Race

By Sharon Robb

August 17, 2017—Mallory Schleicher of South Florida Aquatic Club won her first 5K open water overall title this past weekend.

Schleicher, 13, of Cooper City, won the 5K women’s race at Swim Miami at Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island.

Schleicher finished in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 42.36 seconds. Her mile pace was 21:50. She was the youngest swimmer in the women’s field. Maria Tupayachi Ortiz, 37, of Miami was second in 1:08:50.14.

At JO’s, Schleicher was fifth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 18:19.17 with a huge time drop of 18.55.

SOFLO age group coach George Mersinger, 64, of Miramar was the club’s second top finisher. He was 49th in 28:22.53.

Gina Grant, SOFLO’s newest masters swimmer, made her open water debut. She was 51st overall in 28:40

in the mile, won the female Special Olympics category and was fourth among the nine-swimmer Special Olympics field.

It was Grant’s second swimming event for SOFLO. She was a triple winner in the 1500 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay at the Special Olympics Florida-Broward Swimming County Games at Nova Southeastern.

In the 5K (3.1-miles) men’s race, former University of Alabama All-American Ricardo Valdivia, 52, held on to win the overall title in 55:57.62 just ahead of Blake Manganiello, 22, of Miami in 55:59.62. Both held 18:03 mile pace.

Alicia Mancilla of Gulliver Swim Club, fresh off her FINA World Championships debut in Budapest, Hungary, won the overall title in the Swim Miami Open Water Mile.

Mancilla, 17, topped a field of 160 men and women swimmers to win the race in 19:38.03. She was the only swimmer to crack 20 minutes. She defeated the closest male swimmer, Adam Madarassy, 32, of Miami who finished second in 21:58.95.

At Worlds, Mancilla, representing Guatemala, was the youngest swimmer in the 1500-meter freestyle. She won her heat in a best time 17:15.04 and finished 19th.

Swim Miami is part of the South Florida Swim Series.

SWIM MIAMI BEACH RESULTS

ONE MILE

OVERALL: 1. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver Swim Club 19:38.03, 2. Adam Madarassy, Miami 21:58.95, 3. Fabiana Pesce, Tamarac 22:14.42, 4. Sofia Avellaneda, Miami 22:25.61, 5. Cara Cannilla, Florham Park 22:32; SOFLO: 49. George Mersinger, Miramar 28:22; 51. Gina Grant 28:40.

5K RESULTS

OVERALL: 1. Ricardo Valdivia, Miami 55:57.62, 2. Blake Manganiello, Miami 55:59.62, 3. Nicolas Eymenier, Miami 58:09.37, 4. Roberto Marazzato, Tamarac 1:00:49.12, 5. Claude Lefante, Caracas 1:02.09.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http:www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Swims Back-To-Back Best Times On Final Day Of Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2017—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club posted back-to-back best times in the 200-meter individual medley on the fifth and final day of the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding, 16, lowered her previous best time of 2:17.69 in morning prelims in 2:17.62 and set herself up nicely for finals swimming the fastest prelim time and earning the top seed.

Golding lowered her new best time to 2:17.19 in the final and finished sixth against an impressive field. Swimming in Lane 5, Golding was never a threat in the race. Her prelim and final time drop was 0.50. She was seeded seventh in the event going into the meet.

Kate Douglas, 15, of Chelsea Piers Aquatic, the second fastest swimmer in prelims, won the race in 2:15.09.

Olivia Carter, 17, of Enfinity Aquatics, the third seed, was second in 2:15.12. Kristen Romano, 17, of Long Island Aquatics, seventh seed, was third in 2:15.15.

It was Douglas, Carter and Romano and fourth place finisher Lindsay Looney, who battled it out for most of the race.

In the opening butterfly leg Carter went out in 28.42 with Looney and Douglas close behind. Carter continued to attack the race in the backstroke and led the first half in 1:01.79. Carter pulled away in the breaststroke with Romano closing in and pulling even at 1:43.45 before Douglas overcame Carter in the freestyle by out-splitting the field by more than a second on the freestyle leg.

Golding was also 30th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.61.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, had qualified in six events.

SwimMAC won the combined team title with 441 points ahead of the Mason Manta Rays with 376. Jacksonville Bolles was the only Florida team in the Top 10 placing ninth with 152 points. SwimMAC also won the girls team title with 244 points, less than 10 points ahead of Magnolia. Bolles was sixth among girls’ teams with 120 points.

Mason Manta Rays won the boys team title with 327 points. Irvine Novaquatics was second with 197.

Saturday night event winners were:

Carson Foster of the Manta Rays won the 200-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 2:01.97 after taking the lead on the backstroke leg. He shaved nearly two seconds off his previous best. His older brother Jake, was second in 2:02.88.

Erica Sullivan of Sandpiper of Nevada led from wire-to-wire to win the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:21.74, dropping four seconds from her best time and winning by almost ten seconds.

Top qualifier Anya Goeders won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.26.

Sid Farber of PAC knocked off top seed Will Davis of Bolles in 22.89. Davis was second in 22.99.

Johannes Calloni of Scarlet Aquatics broke the meet record in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:01.63.

The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 1500-meter freestyle, eighth, 16:47.38, best time by 16.83 seconds.

Alessandro Xella, 18, Unattached, 200-meter individual medley, 38th, 2:09.07.

Jennifer Secrest, 16, North Palm Beach, 200-meter individual medley, 50th, 2:22.90; 50-meter freestyle, DQ.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 50-meter freestyle, 50th, 26.97

Adan Diaz, 17, Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter individual medley, 63rd, 2:10.96.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 200-meter individual medley, 78th, 2:24.77.

Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 50-meter freestyle, 81st, 24.93.

Nicole Gomez, 15, North Palm Beach, 50-meter freestyle, 94th, 27.76

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 441, 2. Mason Manta Rays 376, 3. Lakeside 317, 4. Magnolia 252.5, 5. Irvin Novaquatics 243, 6. Austin 195, 7. Carmel 162, 8. Sandpipers 156, 9. Bolles 152, 10. Terrapins 126.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 327, 2. tie, Irvin Novaquatics, SwimMAC 197, 4. Nitro 183.5, 5. Lakeside 137, 6. Bolles 120, 7. Terrapins 112.5, 8. Scarlet 111, 9. King Aquatics 109, 10. Pleasanton 93.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 244, 2. Magnolia 234.5, 3. Austin 193, 4. Lakeside 180, 5. Chelsea Piers 121.5, 6. Waves Bloomington 121, 7. Carmel 112, 8. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 110, 9. Sandpipers 106, 10. Fort Collins 93.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley: 1. Kate Douglass, CPAC 2:15.09, 2. Olivia Carter, EAC 2:15.12, 3. Kristen Romano, Lakeside 2:15.15.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Anya Goeders, MAKO 25.26, 2. Grace Ariola, BNY 25.38, 3. Kate Douglas, CPAC 25.54.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Erica Sullivan, SAND 16:21.74, 2. Taylor Ault, RMDA 16:31.55, 3. Kate Sandrson, CSST 16:33.48.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Waves Bloomington 4:09.53, 2. SwimMac 4:10.96, 3. Fort Collins 4:12.18.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, Manta Rays 2:01.97, 2. Jake Foster, Manta Rays 2:02.88, 3. Shaine Casas, Nitro 2:03.06.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Sid Farber, PAC 22.89, 2. Will Davis, Bolles 22.99, 3. Shaine Casas, Nitro 23.05.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Johannes Calloni, Scarlet Aquatics 8:01.63, 2. Alexander Zettle, Lakeside 8:03.30, 3. Lleyton Plattel, PLS 8:11.39.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:46.26, 2. Bolles 3:47.78, 3. King Aquatic Club 3:48.71.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Sjostrom Breaks Back-To-Back World Records; Atkinson Wins Second Gold At FINA World Cup Series In Eindhoven


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2017—Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke back-to-back world records and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won back-to-back gold medals to highlight the FINA World Cup Series in Eindhoven.

After breaking a world record on Friday, Sjostrom, the most dominant swimmer during the opening cluster of the series, broke her own world record of 1:50.78 in the 200-meter freestyle to win in 1:50.43, dropping .35 off her old mark to win. She also owns the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly short course meters world records.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte broke the second world record of the night in the 400-meter individual medley and knocked off Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu by six seconds. Belmonte won in 4:18.94 and was the first woman to dip below 4:19 in the short course 400 IM event.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, the world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle, won the sprint race in a national record 24.54 ahead of Sjostrom by 1/100th of a second.

After winning the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.84, off her world record of 28.64 set last year in Tokyo. It was her 27th World Cup career win in the sprint event and earned her another $1,500 for gold. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania was second in 29.57, the only other swimmer under 30 seconds.

In other races:

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.00. American Olivia Smoliga was second in 56.58. Hosszu was third in 58.11, off her morning swim of 56.95.

South African Chad Le Clos won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.96. Later on, Le Clos won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.09.

Russian Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:02.15.

Belarus swimmer and Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich won the 50-meter backstroke in a national record 22.84.

Norway’s Henrik Christiansen overtook Italy’s Gabriele Detti won the 1500-meter freestyle to win in 14:26.48 to 14:28.43.

The second cluster of the World Cup Series will feature only two meets, the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Hong Kong and Oct. 4-5 in Doha.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Golding Swims Final Two Events Saturday At Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2017—Headed into the fifth and final day of the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y., South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding will compete in her final two events.

Golding will swim the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle. She is seeded seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69 and 20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Golding turned in her best race of the meet so far on Friday in the 200-meter freestyle. She finished 12th in 2:02.28, dropping 0.10 off her morning time of 2:02.38. Her splits were 28.40, 31.02, 31.75 and 31.11. She was seeded 15th in the event.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, qualified in six events.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s one-woman team is 34th with 21 points among more than 70 teams.

Friday night winners were:

Easop Lee, 17, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.08.

Alexander Zettle, 17, of Lakeside Aquatic Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.13, the only swimmer to dip below 1:50.

Zoie Hartman, 16, of Crow Canyon won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.09 to sweep the breaststroke junior national titles.

Daniel Roy, 17, of King Aquatic Club won the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime best and meet record 2:11.25.

Isabelle Stadden, 15, of FAST won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.23.

Carson Foster, 15, of the Mason Manta Rays won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.61 for his third gold medal of the meet. He also won the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly.

Magnolia Aquatic Club (Lucie Nordmann, Monica Gumina, Kaitlynn Sims, Lillie Nordmann) won the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 8:10.64.

SwimMAC Carolina leads the combined team standings with 310 and look to be headed to clinching the title. Mason Manta Rays are second with 262. Mason Manta Rays lead the men’s team standings with 236 and Magnolia leads the women’s with 191 just ahead of SwimMac with 184.

The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Adan Diaz, 18, Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter breaststroke, 16th, 2:20.09.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 200-meter freestyle, 39th, 2:05.14; 100-meter backstroke, 80th, 1:07.70.

Alessandra Baldari, 17, Unattached, 200-meter freestyle, 43rd, 2:04.65, time drop.

Teo Darias, 17, Gulliver Swim Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 47th, 2:24.59.

Marcelo Lauzurique, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 57th, 2:26.06.

Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 200-meter freestyle, 77th, 1:57.12.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 310, 2. Mason Manta Rays 262, 3. Lakeside 233, 4. Magnolia 195, 5. Irvine Novaquatics 189, 6. Austin 151, 7. Carmel 131, 8. Terrapins 108.5, 9. Sandpipers 102, 10. Scarlet Aquatics 100.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 236, 2. Irvine Novaquatics 167, 3. Nitro Swimming 141.5, 4. SwimMAC 126, 5. Terrapins 94.5, 6. Lakeside 94, 7. Scarlet Aquatics 87, 8. King Aquatics 71, 9. Pleasanton 70, 10. Bolles 69, 77. Azura 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Magnolia 191, 2. SwimMAC 184, 3. Austin 149, 4. Lakeside 139, 5. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 101, 6. Carmel 99, 7. Sandpipers 72, 8. Long Island 67, 9. Waves Bloomington 64, 10. Chelsea Piers 60.5, 34. South Florida Aquatic Club 34, 40. AquaKids Sharks 14, 48. Gulliver Swim Club 12.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Easop Lee, NBAC 2:00.08, 2. Kenisha Liu, BREA 2:00.34, 3. Lauren Pitzer, LAC 2:00.39.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, CROW 2:28.09, 2. Claire Donan, TS 2:30.21, 3. Rachel Ramey, TFA 2:30.25.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Isabelle Stadden, FAST 1:01.23, 2. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 1:01.63, 3. Grace Haskett, IST 1:01.78.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Magnolia 8:10.64, 2. Austin 8:13.97, 3. SwimMAC 8:15.34.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Alexander Zettle, LAC 1:49.13, 2. Jack LeVant, NTN 1:50.25, 3. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:50.44.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, KING 2:11.25, 2. AJ Bornstein, RAC 2:13.96, 3. Jake Foster, RAYS 2:14.34.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 55.61, 2. Shaine Casas, Nitro 55.79, 3. Glen Coward, KATY 56.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Sjostrom Breaks SCM World Record; Hosszu, Belmonte, Morozov Double; SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold


By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2017—There was plenty of great racing on opening day of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series in Eindhoven.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.67, seventh fastest all-time performance. Her short course record is 1:02.36.

The women’s race featured the two fastest women of all-time in short course meters, Atkinson, the current short course meters world record holder, and Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the co-world record holder, tied in morning prelims in 1:04.75. Atkinson split 29.32 and 33.35 to win the final.

Meilutyte was second in 1:03.79 and American Breeja Larson was third in 1:04.81.

It was Atkinson’s eighth time dipping under 1:03 and fourth fastest in World Cup meets.

Atkinson was also 17th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.94.

Atkinson won $1,500 for the gold medal. She was fifth on the money list going into Eindhoven with $6,400. She earned $2,900 in Moscow and $3,500 in Berlin.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom continues to dominate the World Cup Series. She opened the meet breaking her own world record in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.77, dropping .19 off her previous record.

Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu won two gold medals. She won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.05, just off her world record of 1:59.23. She also won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:05.01. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis was close behind in second in 2:05.65.

Spain’s Olympic gold medalist Mireia Belmonte was also a double winner in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.02 and 800-meter freestyle in 8:07.47.

Russian Vlad Morozov won two gold medals in the 100-meter individual medley in 50.70, sixth fastest all-time performance, and 50-meter freestyle in 20.79.

Masaki Kaneko of Japan won the 100-meter backstroke in a national record time of 49.65. He is the first Japanese man to crack 50 seconds in the event.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:48.67, just .16 off his world record. American Tom Shields was second in 1:49.29, the third fastest time of his career.

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.63.

Russian Aleksandr Krasnykh won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:38.35.

The first cluster winds up on Saturday after meets in Moscow, Berlin and the Netherlands.

The second cluster has dropped Dubai as its first meet leaving only two city stops. The series will now open with Hong Kong, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and finish with Doha, Oct. 4-5.

Going into Eindhoven, Sjostrom led in prize money after two stops but Hosszu and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands were awarded $10,000 in bonus money for world records. Sjostrom leads with $30,500 followed by Hosszu with $21,500 and Kromowidjojo with $16,950.

In the men’s money standings, Chad Le Clos leads with $9,000 and Morozov is second with $6,700. There are 62 men and 71 women on the money list.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Golden Girl Jennifer Martin Takes Home Seven Gold Medals; Breaks Two More World Records On Her Final Day At World Police & Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club broke two more world records and added two more gold medals to her collection to bring home at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant broke world records in the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle Friday at Exposition Park Swim Stadium to finish her meet on a record-breaking, winning note.

Martin, 36, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 36.33, the only sub-40 swim, and 50-meter freestyle in 27.86, the only sub-30 swim in her 35-39 division.

Martin finished with seven gold medals, one silver and five world records after four days of open water and pool racing.

On Thursday, she won gold medals in the 50-meter backstroke and 200-meter medley relay that also broke a world record in 2:14 with teammates Lavina Brebu, 36, Ting-Yun Cheng, 32, and Richa Mishra, 33.

It was the same four 30-39 multi-national relay members from Romania, India, Taiwan and U.S. that shattered the 20-year-old world record in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:59.84. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997. Martin also won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.12.

On Wednesday, Martin won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She also won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of 30.83.

In Sunday’s 2-mile open water pier-to-pier swim, Martin was second in her division taking a silver medal in 1:08.44.

The competition features 8,000 police officers and firefighters from 70 countries competing in 65 different sports. The 11-day biennial Olympics-style competition is for finely-tuned active and retired police officers and firefighters.

Martin is a SOFLO masters swimmer and trains with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool. She is also a marathon runner.

The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Wins Two More Golds, Breaks Another World Record At World Police & Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club continued her winning and record-breaking ways Thursday at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant won gold medals in the 50-meter backstroke and 200-meter medley relay that also broke a world record in 2:14 with teammates Lavina Brebu, 36, Ting-Yun Cheng, 32, and Richa Mishra, 33, at Exposition Park Swim Stadium.

It was the same four 30-39 multi-national relay members from Romania, India, Taiwan and U.S. that shattered the 20-year-old world record in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:59.84. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997.

Martin won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.12. She was also a member of the fourth place 209 mixed freestyle relay that finished behind stacked teams from Russia, Hong Kong and China.

Martin now has five gold medals, one silver medal and three world records after three days of open water and pool swimming.

On Wednesday, Martin won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She also won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of in 30.83.

In Sunday’s 2-mile open water pier-to-pier swim, Martin was second in her division taking a silver medal in 1:08.44.

The competition features 8,000 police officers and firefighters from 70 countries competing in 65 different sports. The 11-day biennial Olympics-style competition is for finely-tuned active and retired police officers and firefighters.

Russia, with military members competing, had three women in the 18-24 50-meter butterfly finish in 27.64, 27.91 and 27.98. Several international Olympians are competing.

Martin is a SOFLO masters swimmer and trains with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool.

The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com