SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Bronze; Rojas Competes In Final Event Saturday At FINA Short Course World Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 9, 2016—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club settled for a bronze medal in the 100-meter individual medley behind Katinka Hosszu and Emily Seebohm Friday at the 13th FINA Short Course World Championships at WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario, Canada.

The Jamaican Olympian finished in 58.04. Hosszu of Hungary won in 57.14 and Seebohm of Australia in 57.97.

Atkinson, who has yet to win a gold medal, also qualified third in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals behind Americans Lilly King and Molly Hannis in 1:04.72.

SOFLO teammate Marc Rojas, making his international debut for the Dominican Republic, will compete in his final event on Saturday in the 50-meter breaststroke.

In other events:

Men’s 200-meter freestyle relay: Russia knocked off the U.S. team led by Tom Shields to win in 1:24.32-1:24.47. Both teams were fourth and fifth at the final turn.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen won in 24.92 ahead of American Kelsi Worrell in 25.27.

Men’s 100-meter individual medley: American Michael Andrew won his first world gold medal in 51.84. Japan’s Daiya Seto was second in 52.01.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly semifinals: American Tom Shields earned the top seed in the semifinals in 22.38 ahead of South African Chad Le Clos in 22.42 and American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago in 22.53.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: American Leah Smith won easily in 3:57.78. Hosszu was fourth in 3:59.89.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: The Netherlands’ Jesse Puts won his first world gold in a shocker in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.10. Russian Vlad Morozov was second in 21.14.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Japan’s Junya Koga won the 50-meter backstroke in 22.85. FSU alum Pavel Sankovich of Belarus was third in 23.03.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle relay: Russia again knocked off the U.S. for another relay gold in 6:52.10-6:53.34.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Triple Winner Rodriguez Leads SOFLO On Day One Of YCF Winter Classic


By Sharon Robb

December 9, 2016—Rafael Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club was a triple winner on opening day of the YCF Winter Classic at the Orlando YMCA.

Rodriguez, 14, won the 13-14 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:45.43; 100-yard butterfly in 53.25; and 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:06.92.

Rodriguez was also a member of SOFLO’s third-place 13-14 200-yard medley relay with teammates Lance Lesage, 14, Joseph Lee, 13, and Nicolas Rossi, 13.

Alessandro Pereira, 10, won the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 27.64. He was also second in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:11.05 and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 2:14.28.

Santiago Rivera, 19, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.36.

SOFLO boys’ 11-12 200-yard medley relay was third in 1:58.28 with Alex Golding, 12, Mark Andre De Gracia, 12, Juan Colmenares, 12, and Enrique Rodriguez, 12.

Top individual finisher for SOFLO girls was Kerry Cunningham, 10, third in the 10-and-under 100-yard individual medley in a best time 1:15.03. She was also third in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 6:17.49.

SOFLO’s 10-and-under 200-yard medley was second in 2:25.41 with Kerry Cunningham, 10, Mariann Catalasan, 10, Leah Pando, 10, and Kaitlyn Barrios, 10.

On Saturday and Sunday prelims begin 8:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. On Sunday, finals are 5 p.m.

The meet is an end-of-calendar year prelims and finals format meet. It was created as a replacement for the Gator meet which is not being held this year because of construction at the O’Connell Center at University of Florida.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, SYS 2:04.72; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Kerry Cunningham 2:24.27, best time, 5. Leah Pando 2:24.82, best time, 7. Kaitlyn Barrios 2:26.43, best time; 11-12, 1. Hanani Dona, SwimMAC 1:57.76; 13-14, 1. Savannah Barr, Sarasota 1:51.74; SOFLO TOP 10: 6. Paige Lane 1:56.65, best time; 15-16, 1. Madison Murtagh, Unattached 1:51.50; Open, 1. Peyton Palsha, SPA 1:49.47.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Emma Sundermeyer, STAR 36.46; SOFLO TOP 10: 9. Kaitlyn Barrios 40.79, 10. Mariann Catalasan 41.08; 11-12, 1. Alexander Breuer, BD 31.61.

100-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Gabby Donahue, Berkeley 1:06.06; SOFLO TOP 10: 3. Molly Golding 1:07.44, best time; 15-16, 1. Riggan Ayscue, SwimMAC 1:05.22; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Jennifer Rodriguez 1:07.30, best time; Senior: 1. Bethany Leap, Sarasota 1:03.11.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, SYS 30.43; 11-12, 1. Jordan Agliano, Highlander 27.27.

100-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Madeline Menkhaus, SwimMAC 57.17; SOFLO TOP 10: 9. Paige Lane 58.14, best time; 15-16, 1. Kristen Nutter, Sarasota 56.71; Open, 1. Isabella Penkwitz, Sarasota 57.49.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Ella Klyce, STAR 1:10.75; SOFLO TOP 10: 3. Kerry Cunningham 1:15.03, best time, 10. Leah Pando 1:19.89; 11-12, 1. Hanani Dona, SwimMAC 1:01.70.

400-yard individual medley:

13-14, 1. Sara Stotler, LA 4:28.94; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Molly Golding 4:42.33, best time.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Southwest Stars 2:18.11, 2. SOFLO A 2:25.41 (Kerry Cunningham, Mariann Catalasan, Leah Pando, Kaitlyn Barrios), 3. West Florida 2:29.91; 13-14, 1. Swim MAC 1:49.26, 2. SwimMAC B 1:52.14, 3. Bolles 1:52.30, 4. SOFLO 1:52.64.

400-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. Sarasota YMCA 3:54.99, 2. SwimMAC A 3:56.15, 3. SwimMAC B 3:56.94.

200-yard butterfly:

1.Isabella Sealey, YCF 2:13.15.

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Addie Sauickie, SYS 5:32.66; SOFLO TOP 10: 3. Kerry Cunningham 6:17.49, best time, 5. Leah Pando 6:25.53, best time, 9. Giada Porven 6:39.14, best time.

BOYS

200-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 2:10.20; SOFLO TOP 11: 4. Alessandro Pereira 2:14.28, best time, 11. Javier Colmenares 2:21.88, best time; 11-12, 1. Riley Sampson, CF 1:52.28; SOFLO TOP 10: 7. Juan Colmenares 2:00.97; 13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:45.43, best time; SOFLO TOP 10: 8. Lance Lesage 1:53.41; 15-16, 1. Lucas Kravchenko, CBS 1:40.35; Open, 1. Grant Sanders, SPA 1:36.46.

50-yard breaststroke:

10-and-under, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 27.64, best time; 11-12, 1. Parker Rosenthal, GRSC 31.69; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Mark Andre De Gracia 33.58.

100-yard breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Tim Connery, SwimMAC 59.08; SOFLO TOP 10: 7. Joseph Lee 1:05.73, best time; 15-16, 1. Markus Wennborg, SwimMAC 59.64; SOFLO TOP 10: 8. Tyler Bland 1:03.56; Open, 1. Santiago Rivera, SOFLO 57.36.

50-yard butterfly:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 29.74; SOFLO TOP 10: 9. Javier Colmenares 33.84, best time; 11-12, 1. Andrew Christensen, BD 27.21; SOFLO TOP 10: 2. Juan Colmenares 27.47.

100-yard butterfly:

13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 53.25; SOFLO TOP 10: 8. Joseph Lee 56.67; 15-16, 1. Boyd Poelke, SwimMAC 49.48; Open, 1. Thomas Heinzel, BD 51.85.

100-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Aidan Clements, SWIM 1:09.34; SOFLO TOP 10: 2. Alessandro Pereira 1:11.05; 11-12, 1. Ryan Reynolds, BD 1:03.49; SOFLO: 8. Mark Andre De Gracia 1:06.46, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

13-14, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:06.92, best time; SOFLO TOP 10: 6. Joseph Lee 4:27.64.

200-yard butterfly:

11-12, 1. Charles Plaisted, SYS 2:10.76; SOFLO TOP 10: 4. Juan Colmenares 2:13.89, best time.

200-yard medley relay:

10-and-under, 1. Sarasota YMCA 2:16.92, 2. Gulf Coast 2:37.90; 11-12, 1. Blue Dolphins 1:54.63, 2. Sarasota 1:54.69, 3. SOFLO 1:58.28 (Alex Golding, Mark Andre De Gracia, Juan Colmenares, Enrique Rodriguez); 13-14, 1. SwimMAC 1:41.43, 2. SwimMAC B 1:42.00, 3. SOFLO 1:43.55 (Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez, Joseph Lee, Nicolas Rossi).

400-yard medley relay:

1.SwimMAC 3:32.14, 2. Sarasota YMCA 3:34.14, 3. Bolles 3:35.64, 9. SOFLO 3:46.58 (Leonardo Mateus, Tyler Bland, Juan Serna, Santiago Rivera).

500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Henry Shoemaker, SYS 5:45.91; SOFLO TOP 10: 5. Javier Colmenares 6:06.60, best time.

IF YOU GO

What: YCF Winter Classic

When: Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals.

Where: YMCA of Central Florida, International Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando.

Admission: $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Makes Second “B” Final, Back-To-Back Bests At Junior East Nationals


By Sharon Robb

December 9, 2016—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club made her second “B” final appearance Friday at the four-day Speedo Winter Junior National East Championships at Ohio State in Columbus.

Golding, 16, swam back-to-back best times in the 400-yard individual medley and finished second in the “B” final and tenth overall in 4:14.46.

In prelims, Golding swam 4:15.87 bettering her previous best of 4:20.07.

On Thursday, the Cooper City High School sophomore made the “B” final in the 200 IM and finished sixth in 2:00.37.

Golding was also 28th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.09, just off her best time of 1:49.46.

Golding has scored all ten of SOFLO’s team points.

The four-day meet ends on Saturday. Golding has the 100 freestyle, where she is seeded 19th in 50.25 and 200 breaststroke, seeded 61st in a long course time of 2:40.05, remaining.

FRIDAY RESULTS

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Bolles 297, 2. Carmel 197, 3. SwimMAC 184.5.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. SwimMAC 345, 2. Nashville 257, 3. Gator Swim Club 250.

GIRLS

400-yard individual medley: 1. Brooke Ford, Lakeside 4:02.51, 2. Samantha Burchill, Carmel 4:11.16, 3. Kelly Pash, Carmel 4:11.66; SOFLO: 10. Kathleen Golding 4:14.46, best time; 4:15.87, best time, prelims; FGC: 55. Victoria Miyamoto, PC 4:27.95, best time, 71. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 4:32.72.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Isabel Ivey, Gator SC 52.61, 2. Olivia Carter, Enfinity 52.65, 3. Jessica Nava, PC 52.91, best time; FGC: 8. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 54.38, 11. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 54.35, best time, 54.62, best time, prelims; 38. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 55.71, best time, 55. Erica Temperino, EC 55.92, 64. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 56.21.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Isabel Ivey, Gator SC 1:43.64, 2. Morgan Tankersley, Tampa 1:44.39, 3. Brooke Ford, Lakeside 1:45.68; SOFLO: 28. Kathleen Golding 1:50.09; FGC: 10. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:47.40, 30. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 1:50.31, best time, 75. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 1:52.40, 79. Andrea Santander, PC 1:52.55, 91. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:53.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alexandra Walsh, Nashville 58.80, 2. Emily Weiss, Cardinal 1:00.34, 3. Allison Raab, Nashville 1:00.63; SOFLO: 77. Jessica Rodriguez 1:05.59; FGC: 32. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:03.52, best time, 62. Shayna Fetes, SA 1:04.95.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alexandra Walsh, Nashville 52.32, 2. Julia Menkhaus, SwimMAC 52.64, 3. Madeline Cohen, SwimAtlanta 53.21; SOFLO: 96. Kelley Heron 57.55; 18. Jessica Nava, PC 54.71, 67. Emily Cordovi, Gulliver 56.55, 95. Alexa Rivera, NPB 57.47.

BOYS

400-yard individual medley: 1. Reece Whitley, Penn Charter 3:47.15, 2. Carson Foster, Mason 3:48.09, 3. Kieran Smith, Ridgefield 3:49.19; SOFLO: 64. Ervin Marin 4:08.42, best time; FGC: 6. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 3:51.68, best time, 3:52.20, best time, prelims; 33. Patrick Groters, PC 3:59.99, 47. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 4:02.33, 54. Nicholas Sharp, SA 4:03.98.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Camden Murphy, Kingfish 46.84, 2. Noah Lens, Ohio State 46.91, 3. Nicolas Albiero, Cardinal Aquatics 47.15; FGC: 18. Cason Wilburn, EC 48.56, best time, 38. Seggio Bernardina, EC 49.91, 56. Tyler Zuyus, PB 50.44, 70. Trahern Gribble, Gulliver 50.66.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kibler, Carmel 1:33.40, 2. John Walker, SwimMAC 1:33.73, 3. Grant House, Countryside YMCA 1:35.27; FGC: 19. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:39.07, 47. Jayme Rezende, Azura 1:40.61, 62. Cason Wilburn, EC 1:41.03, 77. Daniel Jacobs, PC 1:41.51, 90. Tyler Zuyus, PB 1:42.25.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Reece Whitley, Penn Charter 52.95, 2. James Daugherty, Bolles 54.27, 3. Jason Mathews, Ohio State 54.54; SOFLO: 89. Ervin Marin 58.54, best time; FGC: 10. Izaak Bastian, SA 55.62, 18. Adan Diaz, Azura 55.83, 50. Jose Pascual, CSSC 57.43, 56. Marcelo Lauzurique, Gulliver 57.61, 96. Teolio Darias, Gulliver 58.93.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Zachary Poti, Bolles 47.74, 2. Nicolas Albiero, Cardinals 48.03, 3. Clark Beach, QSTS 48.13; FGC: 46. Patrick Groters, PC 50.69, 61. Trahern Gribble, Gulliver 51.33, 69. Fernando Alatorre, Azura 51.48, best time, 76. Nicholas Sharp, SA 51.84, 82. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 52.15, 86. Tyler Zuyus, PB 52.18.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Hit The Road For Season-Ending Meet


By Sharon Robb

December 9, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will enjoy the final travel meet of the year at the three-day YCF Winter Classic that begins Friday at the Orlando YMCA.

With the cold front this weekend, swimmers, coaches and parents are happy the competitive meet is indoors.

SOFLO swimmers will get the opportunity to swim against several northern teams including Sarasota, Bolles and STAR in addition to SwimMAC. SOFLO is one of only two Florida Gold Coast teams competing in the prestigious meet.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Alessandro Pereira, 10, 50-yard breaststroke, 38.85.

Santiago Rivera, 19, 100-yard breaststroke, 57.65.

Rafael Rodriguez, 14, 100-yard butterfly, 53.99; 200-yard individual medley, 1:59.57; 200-yard butterfly, 2:00.41.

SOFLO has 38 swimmers competing (19 boys and 19 girls) including current TYR Swimmer of the Month Jena Legaspi. They are: Kaitlyn Barrios, 10; Tyler Bland, 15; Mariann Catalasan, 10; Maya Coffey, 15; Javier Colmenares, 10; Juan Colmenares, 12; Kayla Cunningham, 13; Kerry Ann Cunningham, 10; Daniela Curbelo, 14; Mark De Gracia, 12; Katrina Del Vecchio, 13; Mia Escudero, 12; Alex Golding, 12; Molly Golding, 13; Logan Gonzalez, 11; Kalin Hubbard, 12; Paige Lane, 14; Jie Hoon Lee, 13; Jena Legaspi, 12; Lance Lesage, 14; Rebekah Ling, 14; Jacqueline Lugo, 14; Alejandro Mateus, 11; Leonardo Mateus, 15; Nicolas Munoz, 13; Leah Pando, 10; Giada Porven, 8; Enrique Rodrigues, 12; Jennifer Rodriguez, 16; Nicolas Rossi, 13; Mallory Schleicher, 13; Juan Serna, 15; Christian Tijero, 11; Emma Twombly, 12; and Aldo Zepeda, 11.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday prelims begin 8:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. On Sunday, finals are 5 p.m.

The meet is an end-of-calendar year prelims and finals format meet. It was created as a replacement for the Gator meet which is not being held this year because of construction at the O’Connell Center at University of Florida.

IF YOU GO

What: YCF Winter Classic

When: Friday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals.

Where: YMCA of Central Florida, International Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando.

Admission: $5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Wins Heat, Swims Best Time For Second National Record At FINA Short Course World Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 8, 2016—Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club had another impressive day at the 13th FINA Short Course World Championships Thursday at WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario, Canada.

Making his international debut for the Dominican Republic, Rojas swam a best time in the 200-meter breaststroke and broke his second national record.

Rojas won his heat and finished 34th out of 59 swimmers in 2:15.12, just one place behind Colombia’s Jorge Murillo in 2:14.66 and Aruba’s Jordy Groters, 30th in 2:12.68.

“It was inspiring watching him win the heat,” said his longtime coach, SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson.

Rojas also swam the 100-meter individual medley, finishing 47th out of 84 in 57.29. His splits were 26.39 and 30.90.

Rojas has the 50-meter breaststroke remaining on Saturday.

SOFLO teammate Alia Atkinson of Jamaica was second fastest qualifier behind world record holder Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in the 100-meter individual medley semifinal round, 57.53-58.54.

In other events:

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Marco Koch of Germany broke the meet record and won his second gold medal of the meet in 2:01.21 ahead of Andrew Willis of Great Britain in 2:02.71.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Aussie Brittany Elmslie won in 51.81.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won in 2:00.79 ahead of Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine in 2:02.24.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: South African Chad Le Clos broke his own world and meet records by 0.36 seconds in 48.08. American Tom Shields was second in 49.04.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Junya Koga of Japan won in 22.81, the only swimmer under 23 seconds. Belarus and FSU alum Pavel Sankovich was second in 23.07.

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: American Leah Smith held off teammate Ashley Twichell to win in 8:10.17. Twichell, also an open water swimmer, finished in 8:11.95.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Goes Best Time, Makes “B” Final At Junior East Nationals


By Sharon Robb

December 8, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding swam a best time and made the “B” final of the 200-yard individual medley Thursday at the four-day Speedo Winter Junior National East Championships at Ohio State in Columbus.

Golding, 16, turned in the 13th fastest time in morning prelims in a best time 2:00.18, lowering her previous best of 2:00.34. She finished sixth in the “B” final in 2:00.37.

Golding, a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and two-time high school state champion, was also 32nd in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 23.48.

Golding is competing in six events over three days. She will also swim the 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.

SOFLO teammate Luke Lezotte, 15, making his junior nationals debut, finished the 50-yard freestyle in 21.24 in his first short course national race. His best time in long course is 24.10.

Ervin Marin, 17, went 1:55.17 in the 200-meter individual medley. His long course best is 2:09.38. He will also swim the 400 IM and 100 breaststroke bonus races.

Kelley Heron, 17, went 2:05.37 in the 200 IM. She will also compete in the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

Still to swim are SOFLO’s Max Asnis in the 200 butterfly and Jessica Rodriguez in the 200 breaststroke bonus race and 100 breaststroke. It is the largest contingent to represent SOFLO at the national level.

THURSDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Morgan Tankersley, Greater Tampa 4:38.13, 2. Madison Homovich, Raleigh Marlins 4:40.90, 3. Erica Laning, Tennessee Aquatics 4:46.16; FGC: 9. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:46.12, best time, 26. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 4:52.62.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Alexandra Walsh, Nashville 1:54.48, 2. Brooke Forde, Lakeside 1:55.55, 3. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 1:57.19; SOFLO: 14. Kathleen Golding 2:00.37, 82. Kelley Heron 2:05.37; FGC: 27. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 2:02.10, 86. Alexa Rivera, NPB 2:05.52, 92. Hannah Virgin 2:05.80, best time, 97. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:06.16, 114. Victoria Miyamoto, PC 2:07.49, 118. Andrea Santander, PC 2:07.76, 120. Brooke Ellis, Gulliver 2:07.89, 130. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:09.27.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Katherine Douglass, Westchester 22.04, NAG record, 2. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 22.44, 3. Grace Countie, Raleigh Marlins 22.54; SOFLO: 32. Kathleen Golding 23.48, best time; FGC: 18. Jessica Nava, PC 23.12, best time, 87. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 24.18, 100. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 24.31, best time.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kibler, Carmel 4:15.36, NAG record, 2. Robert Freeman, Baylor 4:16.99, 3. Jake Sannem, Upper Dublin 4:19.34; FGC: 55. Daniels Jacobs, PC 4:33.73.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Reece Whitley, Penn Charter 1:43.93, 2. Nicolas Alberto, Cardinal Aquatics 1:45.63, 3. Ariel Spektor, Bolles 1:46.57; SOFLO: 100. Ervin Marin 1:55.17, best time; FGC: 7. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 1:48.55; 10./16. Patrick Groters, PC 1:48.28, best time, 1:49.80 prelims, 69. Nicholas Sharp, SA 1:53.51, best time, 73. Adan Diaz, Azura 1:53.67, 79. Trahern Gribble, Gulliver 1:54.23, best time, 102. Marcelo Lauzurique, Gulliver 1:55.57, 117. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 1:58.22.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kibler, Carmel 19.70, 2. Jack Franzman, Zionsville 19.81, 3. Willie Davis, Bolles 19.92; SOFLO: 55. Luke Lezotte 21.24, best time; FGC: 18. Cason Wilburn, East Coast 20.67, FGC: 31. Patrick Groters, PC 20.98, best time, 38. Nico Ferrara, PC 21.07, 43. Izaak Bastian SA 21.10, 63. Jayme Rezende, Azura 21.31, 64. Seggio Bernardina, East Coast 21.32.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

King Upsets SOFLO’s Atkinson At FINA Short Course World Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 7, 2016—Lilly King broke her own American record and knocked off world record holder Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club in the 50-meter breaststroke Wednesday at the FINA Short Course World Championships at WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario, Canada.

King improved upon the record she set on Tuesday by cracking 29 seconds for the first time in her career. King won in an impressive 28.92, fourth fastest all-time performance and eighth fastest swim in history.

Heavily-favored Atkinson, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, was the top seed after prelims and semifinals and was hoping to break her own world record of 28.64 set in October in Tokyo during the FINA World Cup Series. She had to settle for second in 29.11. American Molly Hannis was third in 29.58.

King was also a member of the world-record breaking 200-meter medley relay that won in 1:43.27 with Ali DeLoof, Kelsi Worrell and Katrina Konopka. The previous world record of 1:44.24 set by Denmark in 2014.

SOFLO teammate Marc Rojas, making his international debut for the Dominican Republic, will compete in two events on Thursday. After swimming the 100 breaststroke on Tuesday, he will swim the 100-meter individual medley and 200-meter breaststroke heats.

In other events:

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Aussie Mitch Larkin poured it on down the stretch to overtake the field to defend his title and win in 49.65.

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian Katina Hosszu, showing no signs of letting up despite her Herculean scheduled of 12 events, won her second gold medal of the meet in 2:02.15. Hosszu held off American Kelsi Worrell, second in 2:02.89.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Germany’s Mario Koch won his country’s first medal of the meet in 56.77. Russian Vladimir Morozov was second in 57.00. At one point in the race, all eight swimmers were within 0.41 of each other.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Korea’s Park Tae Hwan knocked off South African Chad Le Los, 1:41.03-1:41.64 in an exciting race. Dylan Carter, after setting a national record for Trinidad and Tobago in the morning to earn the top seed, faded to fourth.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle semifinals: Aussie Brittany Elmsilie earned the top seed in 52.19 but don’t count Canadians Penny Oleksiak and Sandrine Mainville, who train at various times at Pine Crest, out of the medal hunt tonight.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly semifinals: Great Britain’s Adam Barrett earned the top seed in 49.21 ahead of American Tom Shields in 49.46 and Le Clos.

JUNIOR NATIONALS

SOFLO’s talented group begins competing Thursday at the four-day U.S. Winter East Junior Nationals that began Wednesday with relays at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier Kathleen Golding leads SOFLO’s six-swimmer contingent. Golding, 16, is seeded 17th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.34. The IM is one of six events Golding is qualified in. She will also swim the 50 freestyle, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.

Joining Golding are SOFLO teammates Max Asnis in the 200 butterfly; Kelley Heron in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM and 200 backstroke bonus races; Luke Lezotte in the 50 freestyle; Ervin Marin in the 200 IM and 400 IM and 100 breaststroke bonus races; and Jessica Rodriguez in the 200 breaststroke bonus race and 100 breaststroke. It is one of the largest contingents to represent SOFLO at the national level.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com