SOFLO Swimmers End On Good Note On Final Day Of Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, June 21, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, despite a little bad weather, got in some good racing and even better results at the three-day Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

On Monday, SOFLO swimmers dominated the events, winning all but three in the girls competition and all but five in the boys competition.

The morning 12-and-under prelims were rained out. After the rain let up, they returned to the pool for timed finals. The 13-and-over swimmers were able to get prelims and finals racing in.

SOFLO 11-12 girls swept the top four spots in the 100-meter backstroke including winner Amanda Grubbs, 12, in a best time 1:17.73, dropping 3.07 seconds off her previous best.

SOFLO 11-12 boys took the top three spots in the 50-meter breaststroke with all best times including winner Juan Vallmitjana, 12, in 39.91, dropping 4.34 seconds and dipping below 40 seconds for the first time.

The 11-12 boys also swept the top three places in the 400-meter individual medley with two best times including winner Vallmitjana in 5:27.23, shaving 10.78 seconds off his previous best.

The 13-14 boys took all five spots in the 200-meter backstroke including winner Jaden Amores, 14, in 2:29.41.

The 13-14 girls swept the top three places in the 200-meter freestyle including winner Gabriella DeLuna, 14, in 2:16.85.

Among SOFLO winners were:

Gabriella DeLuna, 14, 200-meter backstroke, 2:28.69, time drop 1.98; 200-meter freestyle, 2:16.85, time drop 3.07; 100-meter breaststroke 1:20.13, time drop 7.85.

Elena Dinehart, 16, 200-meter backstroke, 2:24.91; 200-meter freestyle 2:12.89.

Olivia Dinehart, 100-meter breaststroke 1:16.87.

Jemma Baldwin, 100-meter backstroke, 1:24.79, time drop 0.88; 50-meter breaststroke 47.74, time drop 7.62; 200-meter individual medley 2:56.74.

Amanda Grubbs, 12, 100-meter backstroke, 1:17.73, time drop 3.07; 400-meter individual medley, 5:46.69, time drop 1:01.32.

Sofia Rodriguez, 10, 200-meter freestyle, 2:51.33.

Jaden Amores, 14, 200-meter backstroke, 2:29.41, time drop 4.26.

Lance Bergeron-Menard, 10, 100-meter backstroke, 1:31.47; 200-meter individual medley, 3:09.28.

Joshua Menezes, 12, 100-meter backstroke, 1:20.46, time drop 9.93.

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, 200-meter freestyle, 2:14.00, time drop 1.90; 50-meter breaststroke, 39.91, time drop 4.34; 400-meter individual medley, 5:27.23, time drop 10.78.

Ricardo Roche, 21, 200-meter freestyle, 2:00.93, time drop 6.82.

Felipe Rodriguez, 13, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:18.96, time drop 0.90.

Daniel Chaussky, 10, 50-meter breaststroke, 49.16, time drop 3.65.

SOFLO had 95 swimmers (51 boys and 44 girls) racing in 519 individual events.

In addition to SOFLO and host Boca Raton Swim Team, four other Florida Gold Coast teams competed including Florida Keys Swim Club, Tsunamis Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale and PAQ. The meet was capped at 350.

Meet organizers observed strict COVID-19 guidelines. Hand sanitation stations were available throughout the facility. Face coverings had to be worn while at the facility including swimmers unless they were swimming.

MONDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Corley Smith, FKSC 18:46.99, 2. Katherine Voet, SFTL 19:01.34, 3. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 19:01.51, time drop 19.67, SOFLO: 4. Amelie Bicerne, SOFLO 19:18.29, time drop 38.04; 5. Sarah Vasquez 19:44.31, 9. Elise Dinehart 20:10.95, 10. Kat Gembicki 20:20.55.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:28. 69, 2. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 2:36.80, 3. Dylan Morris, SFTL 2:40.20; SOFLO: 4. Kat Gembicki 2:40.85, 6. Gabriela Avila 2:52.89; 15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:24.91, 2. Mira Marino, Unattached 2:31.80, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 2:37.62; SOFLO: 4. Mariann Catalasan 2:38.73.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:24.79, time drop 0.88, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:28.37, time drop 16.64, 3. Skyla McDowell, TSU 1:43.84; 11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:17.73, time drop 3.07, 2. Sofia Lugo, SOFLO 1:19.40, time drop 3.00, 3. Alexandra Strong, SOFLO 1:20.77, time drop 0.45; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Gomez 1:21.93, time drop 3.85, 7. Mikhel Martin 1:25.95, time drop 3.32.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:51.33; 11-12, 1. Da’jah German, SFTL 2:24.73, 2. Sofia Lugo, SOFLO 2:27.82, time drop 1.35, 3. Alexandra Strong, SOFLO 2:30.06, time drop 2.36; SOFLO: 5. Sofia Gomez 2:32.74, time drop 6.46 7. Sophia Avila 2:43.48, time drop 4.88, 8. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 2:46.25; 13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:16.85, 2. Sarah Vasquez, SOFLO 2:20.66, 3. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 2:22.54; SOFLO: 5. Gabriela Avila 2:24.41, 6. Pilar Duranti 2:25.09, 8. Kat Gembicki 2:28.56; 15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:12.89, 2. Corley Smith, FKSC 2:13.99, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:15.03; SOFLO: 4. Nat Gembicki 2:19.97.

100-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 1:20.13, 2. Dahlia Hirsh, SOFLO 1:24.97, 3. Summer Poling, SFTL 1:26.82; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 1:27.32, 5. Elise Dinehart 1:30.89, 8. Gabriela Avila 1:40.64; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:16.87, 2. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 1:21.35, 3. Mira Marino, Unattached 1:23.16; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Grubbs 1:23.67, 5. Maria Legaspi 1:24.48, 8. Sabrina Osorio 1:26.49.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 47.74, time drop 7.62, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 48.59, time drop 6.03, 3. Skyla McDowell, TSU 49.93; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Duranti 57.63, time drop 4.39, 5. Gabriella Ordonez 1:02.20; 11-12, 1. Emma Lewis, BRST 43.62, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 43.82, 3. Da’jah German, SFTL 45.01; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Wilson 45.48, time drop 0.22, 5. Sofia Lugo 46.05, 6. Sofia Gomez 46.21, time drop 1.51.

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 2:56.74.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 5:46.69, time drop 1:01.32.

BOYS
1500-meter freestyle:
13-and-over, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 17:05.47, 2. Andy Brantmeyer, SFTL 17:37.80, 3. Grant Voet, SFTL 17:30.10; SOFLO: 4. Ivan Grass, SOFLO 17:39.98, 5. Hashan Ekanayake 18:12.59, time drop 26.93, 6. Felix Gonzalez, SOFLO 18:20.48, time drop 56.81, 7. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 18:45.70, time drop 36.31; SOFLO: 8. Nathaniel Garrick 18:55.97, 10. Felipe Rodriguez 19:47.02.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 2:29.41, 2. Andres Tejada, SOFLO 2:34.53, 3. Ethan McPeek, SOFLO 2:36.93; SOFLO: 4. Marvan Ekanayake 2:43.94, 5. Carlos Salas 2:45.18; 15-and-over, 1. Myles Felt, SFTL 2:26.36, 2. Jacques Sonnier, BRST 2:26.96, 3. Cade Needham, FKSC 2:43.47.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 1:31.47, 2. Bryce Powers, BRST 1:52.56, 3. Theo Goriunov, BRST 1:57.23; 11-12, 1. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 1:20.46, time drop 9.93, 2. Ian Barrios, SOFLO 1:20.94, time drop 6.07, 3. Alistair Bass, SFTL 1:23.38; SOFLO: 4. Ryan Harries 1:23.77, time drop 2.35, 7. Dylan McVeigh 1:39.77.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Liam Lewis, BRST 2:49.31, 2. Ryan Siogrove, SFTL 2:49.74, 3. David Gonzalez, SOFLO 3:12.36; 11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:14.00, time drop 1.90, 2. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 2:28.91, time drop 9.10, 3. Alistair Bass, SFTL 2:32.12; SOFLO: 4. Ian Barrios 2:27.95, time drop 5.62, 7. Martin Petkov 2:46.49, 8. Dylan McVeigh 3:08.55; 13-14, 1. Renato Corrales, SFTL 2:11.05, 2. Andres Tejada, SOFLO 2:12.33, 3. Felipe Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:15.81; SOFLO: 4. Derek Hau 2:16.36, 5. Jaden Amores 2:17.23, 6. Carlos Salas 2:23.37, 7. Matt McVeigh 2:27.06; 15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:00.93, 2. Thomas Powers-Hammond, SFTL 2:01.35, 3. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:01.46; SOFLO: 6. Ivan Grass 2:10.70.

100-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Felipe Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:18.96, 2. Ryan Davis, TSU 1:20.15, 3. Ethan McPeek, SOFLO 1:12.75; SOFLO: 5. Abraham Penaloza 1:27.48, 6. Matt McVeigh 1:28.11, 7. Luke Mercier 1:30.85; 15-and-over, 1. Carter Carlson, TSU 1:11.38, 2. Christopher Hau, SOFLO 1:12.16, 3. Jacques Sonnier, BRST 1:12.69; SOFLO: 4. Adrian Hernandez 1:13.94.

50-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 49.16, time drop 3.65, 2. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 50.18, 3. Liam Lewis, BRST 51.31; SOFLO: 7. Toma Petkov 57.38, time drop 1.38, 8. Luis Escobar 57.90, time drop 4.63; 11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 39.91, time drop 4.34, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 40.82, time drop 0.05, 3. Martin Petkov, SOFLO 46.29, time drop 1.99; SOFLO: 5. Dylan McVeigh 50.14, time drop 1.03.

200-meter individual medley:
10-and-under, 1. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 3:09.28, 2. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 3:10.38, time drop 29.63, 3. Liam Lewis, BRST 3:14.61.

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 5:27.23, time drop 10.78, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 5:49.61, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 5:51.60, time drop 35.41.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Simone Manuel Rebounds To Make Second Olympic Team On Final Night Of Olympic Swimming Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 20, 2021—The final night belonged to Simone Manuel at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center.

In her final shot to make her second Olympic team, the four-time Olympic medalist won the 50-meter freestyle in an emotionally-charged race. Her time was 24.29, just 1/100ths ahead of Abbey Weitzeil in 24.30.

The 24-year-old Manuel of Alto Swim Club missed making the team in the 100-meter freestyle which she is defending Olympic gold medalist. She said earlier in the week that she had been battling a condition known as “overtraining syndrome” leading up to Trials which caused her to take three weeks off away from the pool in April because of mental and physical exhaustion.

After the semifinals, Manuel said “I desperately want to be on the team. I feel like I have so much to give this sport, not just in the pool but out of the pool. I just want to see whatever I’ve got. I want to walk away with my head held high at the end of this meet. I am the person who fights to the end. Hopefully, it gets me a ticket to Tokyo, but if it doesn’t, I’m proud of myself.”

On Sunday night, Manuel did punch her ticket to Tokyo in dramatic fashion. Weitzeil was the first to climb over the lane line to congratulate her after the race. The visibly emotional Manuel covered her face and started to cry happy tears and slapped the water.

“More than anything I’m relieved,” Manuel said. “I’m just so happy I accomplished part of my goal. Plans don’t always go as you want them to go, but I’m glad I can walk away with my head held high.

“This year has been difficult, especially the last couple of months. But before I dove in, I felt like it was my moment. Today may have been the longest day of my life. That 50 was the longest 50 of my life. I’m just glad to have it over and be able to regroup and get ready for the Olympics. Hopefully, I can swim faster so I can win a medal for Team USA.”

Added Weitzeil, “I’m literally so excited for Simone right now. I don’t even care about the times. I looked at the board and saw she got first and I was so excited. I don’t even care about my race. She is just an amazing person. I was really rooting for her in that race. During the race, I saw her right there and I was like, ‘yes, let’s go, come on.’ That’s what I was thinking the whole time.”

Not to be overshadowed, Caeleb Dressel of the Gator Swim Club won his third individual event while tying his American record in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.04, fastest time in the world this year.

Dressel’s reaction time was .60 off the blocks. Michael Andrew was second in 21.48, just 25/100ths of a second ahead of sentimental favorite Nathan Adrian, who was attempting to make his fourth Olympic team but finished in 21.73.

“This was really a tough field,” Dressel said. “I’m really glad I got to descend the meet, starting with the 200, then a couple of 100s and ending it with the 50. I’m super happy and hope to go fast in a month.”

Said Adrian, “Those two guys beat me. That’s how this sport works. They are going to be good and going to give Team USA our best shot at getting the most medals as possible. I am now their biggest fan. I’m excited to watch from home and cheer like crazy.”

In the final and longest event of the evening, Clearwater’s Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg Aquatics and University of Florida, led from wire-to-wire to win the 1500-meter freestyle. Finke, who already won the 800, won the 1500 in 14:46.06, his best time by more than 2 1/2 seconds and third fastest time in the world. Michael Brinegar, 800 free runner-up, was second in 15:00.87.

“The time means a lot,” Finke said. “I’ve been waiting to drop in that race for a couple years now. I’m just honored to go to Tokyo and try to improve my time.”

With the U.S. team finalized, there are 26 women and 23 men traveling to training camp in Hawaii before heading to Tokyo.

In addition to Dave Durden (men) and Greg Meehan (women), the remaining coaching staff announced are Gregg Troy, Anthony Nesty, Peter Andrew, Teri McKeever, Todd DeSorbo, Bob Bowman, Jack Bauerle and Ray Looze. The open-water coach is Catherine Kase.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
Fort Lauderdale High alum Philippe Marcoux swims his first race while brother Raphael swims his second event on Monday, both in the 50-meter freestyle. Raphael is seeded fifth in 22.58 and Philippe is seeded ninth in 22.89.

SUNDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

50-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, ALTO 24.29, 2. Abbey Weitzeil, CAL 24.30, 3. Torri Huske, AAC 24.46.

MEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club 21.04, 2. Michael Andrew, RPC-SI 21.48, 3. Nathan Adrian, CAL 21.73.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, SPA 14:46.06, 2. Michael Brinegar, MVN 15:00.87, 3. Jordan Wilimovsky, KSWM 15:05.29.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Dominate Day Two At Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite; Jemma Baldwin, Jaden Amores Triple Winners


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, June 20, 2021–Mother Nature obviously did not get the memo about the three-day Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

Unfortunately, inclement weather cancelled Sunday night’s finals and top qualifying swimmers were unable to get two races in.

However, meet organizers were able to get the 12-and-under and 13-and-over prelims which will be considered timed finals since finals will not be made up.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had another good day dominating the prelims in both age group divisions. SOFLO girls won every event except for four. SOFLO boys won all but four events.

Among SOFLO top morning qualifiers, now event winners were:

Jemma Baldwin, 100-meter freestyle, 1:13.05; 100-meter butterfly, 1:24.46; 50-meter backstroke, 39.68, time drop 1.66.

Amanda Grubbs, 100-meter freestyle, 1:06.25, time drop 0.60; 50-meter backstroke, 37.64, time drop 0.86.

Olivia Dinehart, 50-meter freestyle, 28.82; 200-meter individual medley. 2:33.12.

Gabriella DeLuna, 200-meter butterfly, 2:33.99; 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.63.

Elena Dinehart, 200-meter butterfly, 2:30.86.

Lance Bergeron-Menard, 100-meter freestyle, 1:18.46; 50-meter backstroke, 40.55, time drop 1.00.

Juan Vallmitjana, 100-meter freestyle, 1:02.97; 50-meter backstroke, 35.42, time drop 5.04.

Derek Hau, 50-meter freestyle, 27.18, time drop 5.53.

Ryan Harries, 100-meter butterfly, 1:12.88, time drop 12.13.

Jaden Amores, 200-meter butterfly, 2:22.59; 100-meter backstroke, 1:08.96; 200-meter individual medley 2:32.58, time drop 1.38.

Dominic Bono, 100-meter backstroke, 1:05.17.

Ricardo Roche, 200-meter individual medley, 2:15.34, time drop 7.03.

SOFLO has 95 swimmers (51 boys and 44 girls) competing in 519 individual events.

In addition to SOFLO and host Boca Raton Swim Team, four other Florida Gold Coast teams are competing including Florida Keys Swim Club, Tsunamis Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale and PAQ. The meet was capped at 350.

The meet continues on Monday. Weather permitting, the schedule is:

Monday, Session Seven, 13-14, 15-and-over, 8-10:05 a.m.
Monday, Session Eight, 10-and-under, 11-12, 11 a.m.-12:13 p.m.
Monday, Session Nine, all ages 5-6:46 p.m.

Heat sheets are available on Meet Mobile.

Meet organizers are observing strict COVID-19 guidelines. Hand sanitation stations are available throughout the facility. Face coverings must be worn while at the facility including swimmers unless they are swimming.

SUNDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:13.05, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:16.71, time drop 0.48, 3. Skyla McDowell, TSU 1:20.46; 11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 1:06.25, time drop 0.60, 2. Emma Lewis, BRST 1:07.97, 3. Da’jah German, SFTL 1:08.10.

50-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Ella Bethke, BRST 29.67, 2. Katherine Voet, SFTL 30.78, 3. Kat Gembicki, SOFLO 30.00; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 28.82, 2. Elizabeth Sikes, BR 29.27, 3. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 29.52.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:24.46, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:33.75, time drop 18.26, 3. Daniela Carvatta, BRST 1:53.99; 11-12, 1. Isabel Torres Mendoza, TSU 1:14.25, 2. Gabriela Marin, SOFLO 1:38.75.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:33.99, 2. Gabriela Avila, SOFLO 2:46.88, time drop 0.82, 3. Isabella Montes, SOFLO 2:57.76, time drop 0.93; 15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:30.86, 2. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 2:41.61.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 39.68, time drop 1.66, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 41.33, time drop 7.53, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 45.30; 11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SFLO 37.64, time drop 0.86, 2. Alexandra Strong, SOFLO 38.69, 3. Da’jah German, SFTL 39.10.

100-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 1:12.63, 2. Dylan Morris, SFTL 1:16.08, 3. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 1:16.86; 15-and-over, 1. Katie Minnich, SFTL 1:05.34, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:10.26, 3. Mira Marino, Unattached 1:10.42.

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Sophia Figueredo, FKSC 2:43.15, 2. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 2:47.24, 3. Kimoni Elliott, SFTL 2:56.33; 13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 2:33.84, 2. Katherine Voet, SFTL 2:42.93, 3. Abigail Santos, SFTL 2:43.57; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:33.12, 2. Corley Smith, FKSC 2:39.83, 3. Mira Marino, Unattached 2:40.82.

BOYS
100-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 1:18.46, 2. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 1:19.47, time drop 3.34, 3. Liam Lewis, BRST 1:21.88; 11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:02.97, 2. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 1:07.05, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:09.07, time drop 1.60.

50-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Derek Hau, SOFLO 27.18, time drop 5.53, 2. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 27.91, 3. Carlos Rincon, SOFLO 28.13; 15-and-over, 1. Carter Carlson TSU 24.63, 2. Thomas Powers-Hammond, SFTL 26.39, 3. Aldo Zepeda, SOFLO 26.52.

100-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Liam Lewis, BRST 1:39.47, 2. David Gonzalez, SOFLO 1:59.26; 11-12, 1. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:12.88, time drop 12.13, 2. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 1:13.08, 3. Ian Barrios, SOFLO 1:23.34, time drop 2.67.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 2:22.59, 2. Andres Tejada, SOFLO 2:28.75, 3. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 2:37.15; 15-and-over, 1. Rodrigo Azpurua, BRST 2:15.28, 2. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 2:15.59, 3. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:18.20.

50-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 40.55, time drop 1.00, 2. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 44.25, time drop 1.98, 3. Liam Lewis, BRST 46.13; 11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 35.42, time drop 5.04, 2. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 36.29, time drop 0.28, 3. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 37.04, time drop 0.52.

100-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:08.96, 2. Derek Hau, SOFLO 1:09.90, 3. Andres Tejada, SOFLO 1:2.68; 15-and-over, 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 1:05.17, 2. Aldo Zepeda, SOFLO 1:05.21, time drop 4.74, 3. Jack Faulkner, SFTL 1:05.58.

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Alistair Bass, SFTL 2:56.65, 2. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 2:57.67, time drop 1.41, 3. Martin Petkov, SOFLO 3:05.08; 13-14, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 2:32.58, time drop 1.38, 2. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 2:36.20, time drop 11.02, 3. Renato Corrales, SFTL 2:38.53; 15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:15.34, time drop 7.03, 2. Rodrigo Azpurua, BRST 2:24.10, 3. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 2:24.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Ledecky, Dressel, White Win On Day Seven Of Olympic Trials; Erica Pelaez Top FGC Finisher


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 19, 2021—Katie Ledecky closed out her third U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials with a win in her signature event Saturday night at CHI Health Center.

Ledecky, 24, of Nation’s Capital Swim Club won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:14.62, her fourth win of the Trials. She also won the 200, 400 and 1500 freestyles breaking the women’s record for most Olympic Trials wins. Ledecky will now try to become the first woman to win three Olympics gold medals in the 800 event.

“I haven’t been super happy with my times, but I still feel like I am in a good spot,” Ledecky said. “The Trials have been fine this week. I am just so excited about this team that’s coming together and getting to be on the team with somebody like Katie (Grimes).”

Ledecky is undefeated in the 800 event since winning the 2012 Olympics at age 15. She has the Top 23 times in the world in the event.

Ledecky will be the fifth U.S. woman to swim in four individual events at an Olympics after Shirley Babashoff, Summer Sanders, Katie Hoff (who did five in 2008) and Missy Franklin.

Ledecky will also be part of the 4×200-meter free relay in Tokyo, giving her the chance to become the first American woman to win five golds at a single Olympics in any sport.

At 15, Katie Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada became the youngest to make the Olympic team after finishing second in 8:20.36. Swimming in Lane 8, she dropped 11 seconds off her previous best with the third best swim in history for 15-16 year-olds behind Ledecky and Janet Evans.

Coming home in the final 50 meters, 9/100ths of a second separated Grimes with veteran open water swimmer Haley Anderson, third in 8:20.51.

For Ledecky, it was like looking in a mirror. She made her first Olympic team at age 15 in 8:19.78 at Trials. After her race, Ledecky swam over to Grimes’ lane to congratulate her.

Added Grimes, still in a state of disbelief, “I’m just speechless,” Grimes said. “I know I’m only 15, but it’s a lot of work.”

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel, 22, of Gator Swim Club shook off a tough double, winning the 100-meter butterfly in 49.87 and then coming back 30 minutes later to earn the top seed for Sunday night’s 50-meter freestyle final.

Dressel, who holds the world record in 49.50, was on world record pace until the final 20 meters.

Olympian Tom Shields was second in 51.19. Shields was the second fastest qualifier on Friday with his fastest time in five years. In December 2019 he talked about his suicide attempt in 2018 and credited his wife for turning his life around.

In the 50-meter semifinals, Dressel qualified in 21.51 followed by Michael Andrew in 21.55 and sentimental favorite and Olympian Nathan Adrian in 21.78.

Anthony Ervin, at 40 the oldest swimmer at Trials, was eliminated in morning prelims in 22.61 for 23rd place. He won the event at the 2000 and 2016 Olympics.

In the biggest upset of the Trials, 19-year-old world record holder and reigning world champion Regan Smith was knocked out of a spot in the 200-meter backstroke by two 18-year-olds, who were swimming on each side of her.

Rhyan White of Alabama won in 2:05.73 and Phoebe Bacon of Wisconsin Aquatics was second in 2:06.46. Smith was third in 2:06.79. Tokyo will be their first international meet. Smith was already qualified in two events but the 200 backstroke was her best event.

“I just tried to stay focused on my own race,” White said. “I’m excited.”

Added Bacon, “There is a lot of pressure but I raced her before so to me it was just another race.”

In the women’s 50-meter semifinals, Abbey Weitzeil of Cal was top qualifier in 24.27 followed by Torri Huske in 24.45 and Simone Manuel was third in 24.50 and has one final shot to make the team.

In her final event at the Trials, Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics was 20th in the 50-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 25.57, bettering her previous best of 25.83.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Sunday’s events are: (Evening session only), men’s 50-meter freestyle final, women’s 50-meter freestyle final and men’s 1500-meter freestyle.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
On opening day of Swimming Canada’s Olympic Trials at the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre, former Fort Lauderdale High and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Raphael Marcoux was tenth in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.96 after going 54.59 in prelims.

SATURDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter backstroke: 1. Rhyan White, BAMA 2:05.73, 2. Phoebe Bacon, WA 2:06.46, 3. Regan Smith, RIPT 2:06.79.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP 8:14.62, 2. Katie Grimes, Sandpipers 8:20.36, 3. Haley Anderson, MVN 8:20.51.

MEN
100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club 49.87, 2. Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics 51.19, 3. Luca Orlando, DART 51.64.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Wins Nine Gold Medals, Breaks Five Records At U.S. Police & Fire Championships


By Sharon Robb
SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2021—After the meet was cancelled last year because of the pandemic, Jennifer Martin was eager to get back to the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant assigned to the Traffic Unit more than made up for lost time on Saturday capturing nine gold medals and five new records, including breaking three 20-year-old records at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

In the last three U.S. Police & Fire Games meets, she has won 27 gold medals and broken ten records.

On Saturday, Martin, 40, won five gold medals in individual events and four on relays in the 40-49 age group.

Her individual medals were:

50-yard breaststroke in 32.13, previous record 37.17 from 2000 by E. Wimer.

50-yard freestyle in 24.53, previous record 27.10 from 2000 by E. Wimer.

50-yard butterfly 27.87, previous record 30.74 from 2004 by O. Moore.

100-yard freestyle 57.32, previous record 1:01.99 by E. Wimer 2000.

50-yard backstroke 31.07, previous record 34.66 from 2009 by K.Clifford.

Her relay medals were:

Mixed 200-yard Medley Relay, 2:25.32 new record, no previous record. Teammates Carrie Nordyke, Jennifer Valosek and Jim Schiller.

Women 200-yard Medley Relay 2:29.18, Teammates Carrie Nordyke, Jennifer Valosek and Marcela Rueda.

Women 200-yard Freestyle Relay 2:10.62, Teammates Carrie Nordyke, Jennifer Valosek and Marcela Rueda.

Mixed 200-yard Freestyle Relay 1:58.06, Teammates Carrie Nordyke, Jennifer Valosek and Jim Schiller.

The eight-day United States Police & Fire Championships is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

The Championships started June 10 with athletes competing in 50 different sports at 35 venues. It ends on Monday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Have Successful Opening Day At Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, June 19, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers dominated opening day action at the Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite Saturday at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

SOFLO swept several events during the day-long meet featuring prelims and finals. Most of the swimmers had at least one best time and got in some good racing.

SOFLO 11-12 boys took six of the top eight places in the 50-meter freestyle including top seed Jose Rincon, 12, who won in a best time, 29.23, the first time he dipped under 30 seconds, bettering his previous best of 30.45, first in prelims in 29.80 and again in finals.

The 11-12 boys also took the top five spots in the 100-meter breaststroke and top three places in the 50-meter butterfly.

SOFLO 13-14 boys swept the three top spots in the 100-meter freestyle. The 13-14 boys also took the five top spots in the 100-meter butterfly. The 13-14 boys finished in the top five of the 400-meter individual medley.

SOFLO 10-and-under girls swept the top three spots in the 50-meter freestyle including top seed Jemma Baldwin, 10, who won in 33.44. The 10-and-under girls finished in the top three of the 100-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly.

SOFLO girls won 13 out of events 14 events. The only non-SOFLO winner was Summer Poling of Swim Fort Lauderdale in the 13-14 200-meter breaststroke in 3:04.19. SOFLO boys won 10 of 14 events.

Other SOFLO winners were:

Amanda Grubbs, 12, 50-meter freestyle, 30.11, time drop 1.56; 50-meter butterfly, 33.10, time drop 0.30. She has six events left to swim.

Gabriella DeLuna, 14, 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.92, time drop 1.85; 100-meter butterfly, 1:08.42; 400-meter individual medley, 5:23.65.

Elena Dinehart, 16, 100-meter freestyle, 1:01.51; 100-meter butterfly 1:06.32.

Christie Ann Lumsden, 9, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:38.93, time drop 4.68.

Ainsley Miller, 12, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:33.14.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:45.02; 400-meter individual medley, 5:18.09.

Jemma Baldwin, 10, 50-meter butterfly, 37.63, time drop 0.22.

Lance Bergeron-Menard, 10, 50-meter freestyle, 34.58, time drop 1.01.

Jose Rincon, 12, 50-meter freestyle 29.23, time drop 1.22; 50-meter butterfly 31.37, time drop 0.69.

Hashan Ekanayake, 14, 100-meter freestyle, 58.39, time drop 1.09.

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:23.39, time drop 8.62.

Adrian Hernandez, 15, 200-meter breaststroke 2:40.93, time drop 0.81.

Daniel Chaussky, 10, 50-meter butterfly, 38.45, time drop 4.00.

Jaden Amores, 14, 100-meter butterfly 1:04.23, time drop 3.26.

Felix Gonzalez, 14, 400 IM, 5:13.50, time drop 39.83. His entry time was 5:53.33.

Dominic Bono, 17, 400 IM, 4:54.14.

SOFLO has 95 swimmers (51 boys and 44 girls) competing in 519 individual events.

In addition to SOFLO and host Boca Raton Swim Team, four other Florida Gold Coast teams are competing including Florida Keys Swim Club, Tsunamis Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale and PAQ. The meet was capped at 350.

The meet continues through Monday. The schedule is:

Sunday, Session Four, 13-14, 15-and-over, 8 a.m.-9:51 a.m.
Sunday, Session Five, 10-and-under, 11-12, 11 a.m.-11:54 a.m.
Sunday, Session Six, all ages 5-6:11 p.m.
Monday, Session Seven, 13-14, 15-and-over, 8-10:05 a.m.
Monday, Session Eight, 10-and-under, 11-12, 11 a.m.-12:13 p.m.
Monday, Session Nine, all ages 5-6:46 p.m.

The meet is being live streamed. Heat sheets are available at http://www.brswim.com and Meet Mobile.

Meet organizers are observing strict COVID-19 guidelines. Hand sanitation stations are available throughout the facility. Face coverings must be worn while at the facility including swimmers unless they are swimming.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 33.44, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 34.10, 3. Gianna Martin, SOFLO 34.36; SOFLO: 8. Sofia Duranti 47.07; 11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 30.11, 2. Da’jah German, SFTL 30.12, 3. Kimonti Elliott, SFTL 30.70; SOFLO: 6. Sofia Lugo 31.40, 8. Alexandra Strong 35.78.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 1:03.92, 2. Katherine Voet, SFTL 1:06.08, 3. Ella Bethke, BRST 1:06.32; SOFLO: 5. Dahlia Hirsh 1:06.74, 6. Kat Gembicki 1:07.04, 7. Izzy Wilson 1:07.52, 8. Elise Dinehart 1:10.48; 15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.51, 2. Corley Smith, FKSC 1:02.65, 3. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 1:03.13; SOFLO: 4. Nat Gembicki 1:03.72, 7. Sophia Grubbs 1:08.06.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 1:38.93, 2. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 1:43.80, 3. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 1:47.17; 11-12, 1. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 1:33.14, 2. Emma Lewis, BRST 1:34.99, 3. Mikhel Martin, SOFLO 1:46.98; SOFLO: 4. Gabriela Marin 1:49.19.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Summer Poling, SFTL 3:04.19, 2. Dahlia Hirsh, SOFLO 3:10.40, 3. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 3:13.80; SOFLO: 4. Fiorella Di Salvo 3:15.81, 5. Cai Harries 3:21.10; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:45.02, 2. Mariann Catalasan, SOFLO 2:55.48, 3. Sabrina Osorio, SOFLO 2:56.07.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 37.63, 2. Sofia Rodriguez, SOFLO 38.90, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 42.87; SOFLO: 5. Gianna Martin 45.56; 11-12, 1. Amanda Grubbs, SOFLO 33.10, 2. Isabel Torres Mendoza, TSU 33.11, 3. Sofia Lugo, SOFLO 33.99; SOFLO: 7. Ainsley Miller 38.01.

100-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 1:08.42, 2. Gabriela Avila, SOFLO 1:10.26, 3. Ella Bethke, BRST 1:14.25; SOFLO: 4. Izzy Wilson 1:14.93, 6. Isabella Montes 1:18.00, 7. Fiorella DiSalvo 1:18.71, 8. Dahlia Hirsh 1:26.09; 15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:06.32, 2. Elizabeth Sikes, BRST 1:07.60, 3. Paige Gelenski, BRST 1:11.05; SOFLO: 4. Nat Gembicki 1:13.92, 6. Sophia Grubbs 1:16.67, 7. Sofia Osorio 1:16.97.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Gabriella DeLuna, SOFLO 5:23.65, 2. Dylan Morris, SFTL 5:38.84, 3. Summer Poling, SFTL 5:46.40; SOFLO: 4. Pilar Duranti 5:47.03, 6. Elise Dinehart 6:00.88, 7. Gabriela Avila 6:20.07; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 5:18.09, 2. Nat Gembicki, SOFLO 5:32.92, 3. Paige Gelenski, BRST 5:40.82, SOFLO: 4. Mariann Catalasan 5:45.04, 5. Sofia Osorio 5:50.67.

BOYS
50-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 34.58, 2. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 35.35, 3. Liam Lewis, BRST 35.61; SOFLO: 8. David Gonzalez 41.77; 11-12, 1. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 29.23, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 29.33, 3. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 31.13; SOFLO: 4. Ian Barrios 31.16, 5. Ryan Harries 31.87; SOFLO: 8. Maximiliano Remmele 33.31.

100-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 58.39, 2. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:00.72, 3. Carlos Rincon, SOFLO 1:01.39; SOFLO: 5, Felix Gonzalez 1:01.66, 8. Ethan McPeek 1:04.71; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 54.44, 2. Dylan Felt, SFTL 54.79, 3. Thomas Powers-Hammond, SFTL 554.85; SOFLO: 4. Aldo Zepeda 56.01, 5. Austin Nelson 57.93.

100-meter breaststroke:
10-and-under, 1. Liam Lewis, BRST 1:50.67, 2. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 2:01.50, 3. Bryce Powers, BRST 2:02.77; 11-12, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:23.39, 2. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 1:27.66, 3. Ryan Harries, SOFLO 1:28.68; SOFLO: 4. Maximilliano Remmele 1:31.24, 5. Dylan McVeigh 1:52.84.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Adam Kastmark, PAQ 3:22.26; 15-and-over, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 2:40.93, 2. Diego Lopez, BRST 2:44.80, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO 2:54.50.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Daniel Chaussky, SOFLO 38.45, 2. Liam Lewis, BRST 39.20, 3. Lance Bergeron-Menard, SOFLO 40.71; SOFLO: 5. Toma Petkov 52.10, 6. David Gonzalez 52.99; 11-12, 1. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 31.37, 2. Ian Barrios, SOFLO 33.80, 3. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 35.06; SOFLO: 5. Ryan Harries 36.29, 7. Maximiliano Remmele 39.66, 8. Martin Petkov 41.03.

100-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:04.23, 2. Andres Tejada, SOFLO 1:06.33, 3. Hashan Ekanayake, SOFLO 1:08.20; SOFLO: 4. Marvan Ekanayake 1:09.04, 5. Ethan McPeek 1:10.80, 7. Armando Bertea 1:12.57; 15-and-over, 1. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 57.86, 2. Rodrigo Azpurua, BRST 1:01.71, 3. AJ Martinez, SFTL 1:01.98; SOFLO: 6. Adrian Hernandez 1:02.93, 8. Christian Tijero 1:04.90.

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Felix Gonzalez, SOFLO 5:13.50, 2. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 5:23.10, 3. Andres Tejada, SOFLO 5:27.00; SOFLO: 4. Felipe Rodriguez 5:41.62, 5. Armando Bertea 5:48.35; 15-and-over, 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 4:54.14, 2. Rodrigo Azpurua, BRST 5:05.94, 2. Diego Lopez, BRST 5:21.55.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Lazor, Andrew, Murphy, Weitzeil Win; Lochte’s Bid For Fifth Olympics Ends With Seventh Place; Julia Podkoscielny Top FGC Finisher On Day Six Of Olympic Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 18, 2021—In an emotional storybook ending in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, training partners Annie Lazor and Lilly King finished first and second Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center.

It was one race King didn’t mind losing.

Lazor’s father David died two months ago unexpectedly at home. It was King who not only drove five hours to his funeral but promised Lazor’s mother she would look after her, motivate her and do everything it took to get her on the Olympic team.

The two trained together in Bloomington with King’s coach Ray Looze leading up to the Trials. Before stepping on the blocks, King, who had already won the 100 breaststroke and Lazor just missing a spot finishing third, looked over at Lazor and told her she loved her and let’s go get it.

Lazor broke open a close race to win in 2:21.07 and King finished second in 2:21.75. The two immediately hugged and slapped the water in jubilation.

At 26, Lazor is the oldest American woman to qualify for her first Olympic team in 17 years.

“I knew what her plan was and she knew what my plan was and we just wanted to do it together,” a teary-eyed Lazor said. “I’m just overcome with emotion. It’s been a long couple of months for me and I just couldn’t have done it without this girl. She pulled me through practice every day. I am so thankful for her.

“I knew she was going to be out fast. I knew if I could just hang with her and be within striking distance at the 100 I had a chance. It couldn’t have gone any better.”

Added King, “We’re family. Your teammates are always your family especially with the year we’ve been through and last couple of months for her. You have two of the top 200 breaststrokers training every day in practice so good things are going to happen.”

On the other end of the emotional spectrum, world record holder Ryan Lochte, looking to make his fifth Olympic team, saw his hopes end with a seventh place finish in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.67.

Lochte was second fastest qualifier in 1:58.48 in prelims and sixth fastest in 1:58.65 in semis but was unable to put the race together that he wanted.

“I really wanted to be on this Olympic team,” Lochte said. “This is probably my most important swim meet that I’ve ever had in my entire career, the one that meant the most to me. So falling short and feeling like I let everyone down was one of the hardest things.

“This ain’t the end of the road, there is a lot more I want to accomplish in swimming whether it’s in the pool or outside the pool making swimming better,” Lochte said. “I’m enjoying it, I’m having fun teaching these kids everything I’ve learned. I’m going to go be a dad now and go hug my kids.”

Michael Andrew, 22, of MA Academy controlled the 200 IM from start to finish to win in 1:55.44. He went out quickly in the butterfly in a 23.77 split and was on world record pace until the final 50. Chase Kalisz was second in 1:56.97.

“The goal this evening was to edge a little closer to the world record,” Andrew said. “I don’t know if it was fatigue or race strategy. I think I was out too fast, and it hurt me on the back end. I was really trying to drive the line, but my arms were shot. In this race, my strategy wasn’t really good. I was just thinking about how far they were behind. It got very sloppy at the finish, all things we can be working on.”

World record holder and reigning Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy, 25, of California Aquatics, swept the backstroke events after winning Friday’s men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.20.

The Bolles alum was 55.31 at the 100 and just blew off the 150-meter wall to extend his lead. It was the second fastest time in the world this year. Bryce Medford of Sierra Marlins was second in 1:54.79. Former Sarasota swimmer Austin Katz of Longhorn Aquatics was third in 1:55.86.

“I accomplished my goals,” Murphy said. “I am so excited to be going back to the Olympics in the 100 and 200 back. I’m obviously ecstatic to make another team in both races but I don’t think the times are necessarily reflective of where I’ve been in practice.

Asked where he is at right now compared to five years ago before going to Rio, Murphy said, “I think I’m certainly better at training. The details are a little sloppy right now but that’s nice. I know exactly where I can improve over these next five weeks to be a little bit better in Tokyo.”

In the women’s 100-meter freestyle, Abbey Weitzeil, 25, found her back speed to win her first Trials event in 53.53. Erica Brown, swimming in Lane 8 after knocking out Simone Manuel for that eighth spot in finals, was second in 53.59. The pair will be joined by Olivia Smoliga (53.63) and Natalie Hinds (53.84) on the 4×100 relay. For Hinds, Tokyo will be her first international trip.

“It means everything,” Weitzeil said. “I was nervous. Taming your nerves is definitely person by person in how you do that. This is the most nervewracking meet I have ever been to. It’s a different meet. Being more confident helps. I’ve learned to get past the negative thoughts.”

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming was 43rd in the 200 backstroke in 2:18.07 in her final event of the Trials.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics will swim the 50-meter freestyle on Saturday.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Saturday’s events are: (Morning Session), men’s 50 freestyle prelims, women’s 50 freestyle prelims, men’s 1,500 freestyle prelims; (Evening session) men’s 100 butterfly final, women’s 200 backstroke final, women’s 800 freestyle final, men’s 50 freestyle semifinal, women’s 50 freestyle semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
The five-day meet, which begins Saturday, at Toronto’s Pan Am Sports Centre will determine who competes for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics. No fans are allowed in the venue. The meet had been delayed in April and again in May because of pandemic-related restrictions. It is the first time the entire Canadian team has gathered in one place since the 2019 World Championships in South Korea. Five women and one man were named to the Canadian team in January to compete in their best event(s): Kylie Masse (100 and 200 backstroke), Maggie MacNeil (100 butterfly), Penny Oleksiak (200 freestyle), Sydney Pickrem (200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley), Taylor Ruck (100 freestyle) and Markus Thormeyer (200 backstroke).

FRIDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Annie Lazor, Mission Viejo 2:21.07, 2. Lilly King, Indiana Swim Club 2:21.75, 3. Emily Escobedo, COND 2:22.64.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal 53.53, 2. Erika Brown, Tennessee Aquatics, 3. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 53.63, 4. Natalie Hinds, Athens Bulldogs 53.84.

MEN
200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Cal 1:54.20, 2. Bryce Mefford, Sierra Marlins Swim Team 1:54.79, 3. Austin Katz, Longhorn Aquatics 1:55.86.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Michael Andrew, MA Swim Academy 1:55.44, 2. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:56.97, 3. Kieran Smith, UFlorida 1:57.23.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Heads Field For Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite This Weekend


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, June 18, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club heads the field for the six-team Boca Raton Swim Team Phoenix Invite Saturday through Monday at Boca Raton High School Aquatic Center.

SOFLO will have 95 swimmers (51 boys and 44 girls) competing in 519 individual events.

In addition to SOFLO and host Boca Raton Swim Team, four other Florida Gold Coast teams are competing including Florida Keys Swim Club, Tsunamis Swim Team, Swim Fort Lauderdale and PAQ. The meet was capped at 350.

SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian headed to her fifth Olympics appearance in Tokyo, is getting in extra racing in preparation for next month’s Olympic Games. The 32-year-old is seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle in 55.35 and 100-meter butterfly in 59.94.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:

Jemma Baldwin, 10, 50-meter freestyle, 33.17; 50-meter butterfly, 37.47; 100-meter freestyle, 1:12.63; 50-meter backstroke 41.34; 100-meter backstroke, 1:25.67; 200-meter individual medley, 2:56.20.

Lance Bergeron-Menard, 10, 50-meter freestyle, 35.25; 100-meter freestyle 1:18.01; 50-meter backstroke 41.55; 100-meter backstroke, 1:30.36; 50-meter breaststroke, 48.15.

Amanda Grubbs, 12, 50-meter freestyle, 31.67; 50-meter butterfly, 33.40; 100-meter freestyle 1:06.85; 200-meter individual medley, 2:44.87; 100-meter backstroke, 1:20.80; 400-meter individual medley, 6:48.01.

Jose Rincon, 12, 50-meter freestyle, 30.45; 50-meter butterfly, 32.06; 100-meter butterfly, 1:13.77; 50-meter backstroke, 36.57.

Hashan Ekanayake, 14, 100-meter freestyle, 59.48; 50-meter freestyle 27.85.

Ainsley Miller, 12, 100-meter breaststroke 1:32.97.

Juan Vallmitjana, 12, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:32.01; 400-meter freestyle, 4:38.08; 100-meter freestyle, 1:02.16; 200-meter freestyle, 2:15.90; 400-meter individual medley, 5:38.01; 50-meter breaststroke, 44.25.

Luca Hincapie, 14, 200-meter breaststroke, 3:05.01; 100-meter butterfly, 1:06.54.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:34.85; 400-meter individual medley, 5:03.91; 200-meter individual medley, 2:23.24; 100-meter breaststroke, 1:12.54.

Elena Dinehart, 16, 200-meter butterfly, 2:29.31; 200-meter freestyle, 2:07.49; 200-meter backstroke, 2:17.97.

Gianna Martin, 10, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:34.18; 50-meter breaststroke, 52.39.

Gabriella DeLuna, 14, 100-meter butterfly, 1:07.91; 400-meter individual medley, 5:22.58; 100-meter backstroke, 1:10.26; 200-meter butterfly, 2:33.73; 200-meter individual medley 2:32.29; 200-meter backstroke, 2:30.67; 200-meter freestyle, 2:19.92.

Alexandra Strong, 12, 400-meter freestyle, 5:18.97; 50-meter backstroke, 38.36.

Jaden Amores, 14, 400-meter individual medley, 5:22.36; 200-meter butterfly 2:27.06; 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.78; 200-meter individual medley, 2:33.96.

Dominic Bono, 17, 400-meter individual medley, 4:38.46; 200-meter individual medley 2:12.36; 100-meter backstroke, 1:02.34.

Sofia Rodriguez, 10, 100-meter butterfly, 1:52.01; 200-meter freestyle, 2:48.06.

Oliver Andres Tejada, 14, 200-meter backstroke, 2:32.00; 200-meter freestyle, 2:11.48.

Felipe Rodriguez, 13, 100-meter breaststroke 1:19.86.

Nat Gembicki, 16, 1500-meter freestyle, 19:21.18.

Ivan Grass, 16, 1500-meter freestyle, 17:13.58.

The schedule is:
Saturday, Session One, 13-14 and 15-and-over, 8 a.m.-9:52 a.m. prelims.
Saturday, Session Two, 10-and-under, 11-12, 11 a.m.-11:56 a.m. prelims.
Saturday, Session Three, all ages, 5-6:15 p.m. finals.
Sunday, Session Four, 13-14, 15-and-over, 8 a.m.-9:51 a.m.
Sunday, Session Five, 10-and-under, 11-12, 11 a.m.-11:54 a.m.
Sunday, Session Six, all ages 5-6:11 p.m.
Monday, Session Seven, 13-14, 15-and-over, 8-10:05 a.m.
Monday, Session Eight, 10-and-under, 11-12, 11 a.m.-12:13 p.m.
Monday, Session Nine, all ages 5-6:46 p.m.

The meet will be live streamed. Heat sheets are available at http://www.brswim.com and Meet Mobile.

Meet organizers will observe strict COVID-19 guidelines. Hand sanitation stations are available throughout the facility. Face coverings must be worn while at the facility including swimmers unless they are swimming.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, Hali Flickinger, Nic Fink Win Spots On U.S. Team; Josh Zuchowski Top FGC Finisher On Day Five Of Olympic Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 17, 2021—Caeleb Dressel of the Gator Swim Club, the next big Olympic star in men’s swimming, qualified for his second Olympics Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials at CHI Health Center.

Dressel, 24, a Clay High School and Bolles Club alum won the glamour event 100-meter freestyle in a U.S. Open and pool record 47.39, second fastest time in the world this year. He was .60 off the blocks and 22.46 after the opening 50 meters.

Dressel, a two time world champion and Olympic gold medalist, is setting himself up nicely for the Tokyo Olympics where he could potentially win seven medals in one Olympics following in the footsteps of Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi.

“It’s a huge weight off my shoulders,” Dressel said. “I’m excited to get the job done and move forward. It certainly doesn’t get any easier. That hurt real bad but I’m happy with it. My goal was to get my hand on the wall first here so I got the job done.

“You can’t win five, six or seven medals if you don’t qualify for the events. I’m focused on qualifying right now.”

A giant picture of Dressel is on the outside of the downtown arena where the trials are being held.

“All the fluff that comes with it, your name on the building, is cool,” Dressel said. “But it adds a little bit different pressure to it.”

Joining Dressel on the 4×100 relay will be Zach Apple of Mission Viejo, who finished second in 47.72, Blake Pieroni third in 48.16 and newcomer Brooks Curry, 20, of LSU Tigers in 48.19. The top four automatically qualify for the relay.

In the new Olympic men’s event 800-meter freestyle, Bobby Finke, 21, of Clearwater left no doubt controlling the race and winning in 7:48.22 to make his first Olympic team. Michael Brinegar, 21, whose mom Jennifer made the Olympic team 45 years ago, competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, came on in the last 50 to surge ahead of Ross Dant to finish second in 7:49.94.

“I don’t even know how this feels to be an Olympian, I can’t come to terms with it yet,” Finke said. “I am so thankful for my friends and my family. This distance is a sprint and I don’t like sprints. It is what it is and it’s part of the program now.”

In a close men’s 200-meter breaststroke, Nic Fink, 27, of Athens Bulldogs won in a best time 2:07.55. Fink has been 17th and seventh in his last two Olympic Trials. Club teammate Andrew Wilson was second in 2:08.32.

“It’s something I can’t really describe,” Fink said. “Relief is only the beginning of what I’m feeling right now. It’s a long journey to come here. This is such an incredible meet with high ups and low downs. I’ve had so much support and help. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and to come back after getting third in the 100.”

In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, world silver medalist Hali Flickinger, 26, won in a best time 2:05.85, a U.S. Open and pool record. She turned on the jets and went 33.1 in the final stretch. She’s joined on the Olympic team by 19-year-old Regan Smith, already on the team in the 100 backstroke. They are the second and fourth fastest times in the world this year.

“I was just having so much fun,” Flickinger said. “Regan and I race each other all the time. It’s always fun to be there with her. We had a race plan in mind and all I wanted to do was execute it for him (her coach Bob Bowman).”

In one of the biggest surprises of the Trials, defending Olympic and world champion Simone Manuel failed to make it out of the 100-meter freestyle semifinals, the event she won a gold medal in at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Manuel was out of the pool for three weeks in April for various reasons including the Black Life Matters movement and pandemic. She finished in 54.17 for ninth, 2/100ths of a second from the finals. Manuel has one more chance to qualify in the 50.

World record holder Ryan Lochte, 36, looking to make his fifth Olympics team, was second fastest qualifier in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:58.48 behind Michael Andrew in 1:56.25 in prelims. He was third in his semifinal heat in 1:58.65 and qualified sixth for Friday’s final. Lochte scratched from the 200-meter backstroke to focus on the 200 IM.

“I know I have a faster swim in me 100 percent,” Lochte said after his semifinal race. “There’s no such thing as perfect races. There’s a lot I have to improve on, especially that race. That was just not a good one. I messed up in a lot of places. I’ll be better.”

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST swims was 24th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.53, off his qualifying time of 2:00.76.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics was 38th in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.19, off her best of 55.51. She has the 50 freestyle left to swim.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming swims Friday in the 200 backstroke.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter will have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Friday’s events are: (Morning Session), women’s 800 freestyle prelims, men’s 100 butterfly prelims, women’s 200 backstroke prelims; (Evening session) women’s 200 breaststroke final, men’s 200 backstroke final, women’s 200 backstroke semifinal, men’s 200 IM final, women’s 100 freestyle final, men’s 100 butterfly semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

THURSDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hali Flickinger, Sun Devils 2:05.85, 2. Regan Smith, RIPT 2:06.99, 3. Charlotte Hook, TAC Titans 2:07.92.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, St. Petersburg Aquatics 7:48.22, 2. Michael Brinegar, Mission Viejo 7:49.94, 3. Ross Dant, N.C. State 7:50.66.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Nic Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:07.55, 2. Andrew Wilson, Athens Bulldogs 2:08.32, 3. Will Lincon, Texas Longhorns 2:08.50.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club 47.39, 2. Zach Apple, MVN 47.72, 3. Blake Pieroni, SAND 48.16.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Katie Ledecky Wins Historic Double; Alex Evdokimov Top FGC Finisher On Day Four Of Olympic Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 16, 2021—The bell lap never sounded so good to Katie Ledecky who made history Wednesday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials at CHI Health Center.

In front of a standing ovation, Ledecky, 24, of Nation’s Capital Swim Club, completed a grueling double, first winning the 200-meter freestyle against a stacked field in 1:55.11 and finishing the night with another win, this time in the newest Olympic women’s event 1,500-meter freestyle in a pool record 15:40.50, bettering her previous pool record of 15:43.10 set in prelims.

Twenty nine minutes after winning the 200, she was on the podium getting her medal and 67 minutes later she was on the blocks for the 1,500.

“It went well,” Ledecky said. “It was good I had the morning off to rest up and take care of business tonight. I told our heat in there we were making history tonight. I think we were all just so fired up that we finally got this chance.”

Three-time Olympic champion and former four-time world record holder Debbie Meyer texted Ledecky the night before her races. Meyer was the first woman to win the 800-meter freestyle when it became an Olympic event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

“She was saying how cool it was for her when she was the first one to win the 800,” Ledecky said. “She said it was so cool to look back at the event to see she was the first. I just tried to cherish the moment. The 1,500 has been a long time coming. I’m so glad we are finally here.”

Erica Sullivan, 21, of Sandpipers of Nevada held off clubmate Katie Grimes to finish second in 15:51.18 to make her first Olympic team.

Ledecky won the first final of the night, the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.11. Allison Schmitt, 31, of Sun Devil Swimming made her fourth Olympic team with a second place in 1:56.79. After her swim, Schmitt got a big hug on the pool deck from good friend and former teammate Michael Phelps.

After the first 50 and 100 Ledecky was second behind Schmitt. After the 150, Ledecky put it another gear to lead by almost a second. Schmitt finished 1/100ths of a second ahead of University of Virginia’s Paige Madden.

In her 1500 race, Ledecky went out in 59.22 for the first 100 and by 150 meters she had a full body length lead and went through the 400 at 4:07.77.

The only negative was NBC cutting away for commercials after the 400. Come on NBC, seriously? The coverage resumed at 650-meters and she had extended her lead by three body lengths. She went through 1,000 at 10:25. She was seven seconds and four body lengths ahead with 300 meters to go.

“She is a true competitor, she is so tough,” said U.S. Olympic women’s and Stanford coach Greg Meehan. “She embraces training. She just loves the sport. She loves to swim. She loves being in the water. She loves being with her teammates. Every day she wants to be better.”

In the women’s 200-meter individual medley, a pair of teenagers will be going to Tokyo. Alex Walsh, 19, of Nashville Aquatic Club won by 2/100ths of a second in 2:09.32 and Kate Douglass of University of Virginia was second in 2:09.32. Favorite Madisyn Cox finished 2/100ths of a second out of second.

“I just wanted it so badly,” Walsh said. “I just put my head down. That was the hardest 15 meters. I kept thinking about all my teammates and the hard work I put in this season. I couldn’t believe I touched first. I was so happy and so excited to represent the U.S.”

Zach Harting of the Louisville Cardinals won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in hopes of filling Michael Phelps’ shoes in the event. “Those are pretty big shoes,” Harting said with a smile.

Harting won in 1:55.06 and Gunnar Bentz of Dynamo Swim Club was second in 1:55.34. Harting broke open a tight race and surged in the final meters in a lifetime-best. Harting was emotional after the race and took four bows to the crowd. Bentz threw a kiss to the scoreboard.

“A lot of people work their whole lives. They get told they can have a dream when they’re children and then they’re told that’s not the way it works when they grow up,” Harting said. “For me, ever since I was 7 and started swimming my dream was to represent the U.S. at the Olympics. Not all of us get to turn their dreams into reality. I’m really grateful for that. I worked my butt off every day for that. You can do it. This is dreams coming true.”

Reigning world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel made his Trials debut and had no problem making tonight’s 100-meter freestyle final as the top seed in 47.77. Nathan Adrian, 32, going for his fourth Olympic team came up short placing 13th in 48.92. It was the first time since 2008 he didn’t make the 100. Adrian was coming back from two bouts of testicular cancer. He still has a shot in the 50 freestyle.

Alex Evdokimov, 25, of Pinnacle Racing (VA) and formerly Coral Springs Swim Club, was ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke prelims in a lifetime-best 2:11.54 (previous best was 2:12.10) to advance into the semifinals where he finished fifth in another best time of 2:11.39 swimming in Lane 2. He was second off the blocks in 0.67.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers remaining each have one final race.

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST swims Thursday in the 200 backstroke.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming swims Friday in the 200 backstroke.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics swims Saturday in the 50 freestyle.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter will have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Thursday’s events are: (Morning Prelims Session), women’s 100 freestyle prelims, men’s 200 backstroke prelims, women’s 200 breaststroke prelims, men’s 200 individual medley prelims; (Evening Session), men’s 800 freestyle final, men’s 200 breaststroke final, women’s 100 freestyle semifinal, men’s 200 backstroke semifinal, women’s 200 butterfly final, men’s 100 freestyle final, women’s 200 breaststroke semifinal, men’s 200 individual medley semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

WEDNESDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP 1:55.11, 2. Allison Schmitt, SUN 1:56.79, 3. Paige Madden, UVA 1:56.80.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, NAC 2:09.30, 2. Kate Douglass, UVA 2:09.32, 3. Madisyn Cox, TXLA 2:09.34.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP 15:40.50, 2. Erica Sullivan, SAND 15:51.18, 3. Katie Grimes, SAND 15:52.12.

MEN
200-meter butterfly: 1. Zach Harting, CARD 1:55.06, 2. Gunnar Bentz, DYNA 1:55.34, 3. Luca Orlando, DART 1:55.43.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com