Eleven SOFLO Swimmers Headed To All-Star Meet This Weekend


By Sharon Robb
FORT PIERCE, March 21, 2023—South Florida Aquatic Club has eleven swimmers and one coach on the Florida Gold Coast All-Star team for this weekend’s All-Star dual meet against Florida Swimming at Indian River State College’s Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO has seven girls and four boys on the team for the three-day meet that runs from Friday night to Sunday morning.

The girls who qualified are Catalina Akpabio, 10, Jenesys Amores, 14, Jianna Amores, 12, Jemma Baldwin, 12, Elise Dinehart, 14, Laila Harran, 13, and Ellie Jackson, 12.

The boys who qualified are Connor Jimenez, 13, Mason Jimenez, 14, Ethan Phan, 10, and Maximiliano Remmele, 13.

SOFLO age group coach Isidro (Issy) Planell is head coach.

A fun and exciting new four-team meet format has been developed that mixes the top athletes from both Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast via a draft format. The All-Star meet will be a winner-take-all, and one team will have bragging rights until next year. This year’s four teams are the Rays, Barracudas, Gators, and Sharks.

The top six finishers at the FGC 14&Under Age Group Championships in Coral Springs qualified for the team. Several FGC swimmers turned down spots because of spring break vacations.

The full FGC All-Star roster has yet to be posted on the Florida Gold Coast website.

IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast vs. Florida Swimming All-Star Dual Meet

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Session I, Friday 5:30-8 p.m.; Session II, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, Session III, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, Session IV, 9 a.m.-noon, awards, noon.

Where: Indian River State College, Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.

Of note: Admission is $5. The River Rats Swim Team and Indian River State College are hosting the meet. For more information call 772-462-7760.

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

SOFLO Sweeps Combined, Men, Women Team Titles To Capture Ninth Title At FGC Short Course Swimming Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 19, 2023—South Florida Aquatic Club rose to the occasion on the fourth and final day of the Florida Gold Coast Short Course Swimming Senior Championships Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO swept the combined, men and women’s team titles and captured its ninth combined team title in the team’s history.

Already leading the combined and women’s categories after three days, the men’s team overtook early leader Azura Florida Aquatics on the final day to make it a clean sweep.

SOFLO, with talent and depth, won the combined with 1,981 points. Azura was second with 1,033. They were the only teams to crack the 1,000-point barrier.

SOFLO women won with 1,101, the only team to break 1,000 points. FAST was runnerup with 721.

In the closest team competition, SOFLO men came up big to win with 880 points ahead of Azura with 862.

Among SOFLO top finishers on Sunday were:

Maddie Smutny won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.85. Elena Dinehart was third in 2:04.61.

Olivia Dinehart won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.87 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:13.94. She was also second in the 100-yard individual medley in 51.03.

Elena Dinehart was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.36.

Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.26 just ahead of Giulian Martin of Hurricanes Swimming in 2:00.95. Javier Colmenares was third in 2:02.91. Horrego was also second in the 100 IM in 50.20.

Ricardo Roche was third in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.14. Austin Nelson was fourth in 1:52.46.

There were several other standout swims by top Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Dylan Smiley of Miami Country Day was a double winner in the 200-yard buttrfly in 1:46.25 and 100-yard IM in 49.56.

Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.97.

Ekaterina Malyshev of Wahoos of Wellington won the 100-yard individual medley in 50.87.

Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics won the 100-yard freestyle in a 15-16 national age group record 41.96.

Yeziel Morales of Azura won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:44.13.

SOFLO was among 33 teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days. In addition to host SOFLO, FGC teams competing are: Azura, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton, Bravo, Coral Springs, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Gulliver, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hialeah, Hurricane Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day, Miami Swimming, Midtown Weston, North Miami, North Palm Beach, Olympus, PAQ, Pine Crest, Plantation, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Ransom Everglades, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sunrise Swimming, Swim Fort Lauderdale, TS Aquatics and Wellington.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,981, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,033, 3. FAST 922, 4. Pine Crest 728.5, 5. Eagle Aquatics 710, 6. TS Aquatics 696.5, 7. Plantation 478.5, 8. Ransom Everglades 424, 9. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 353, 10. Wellington 331.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 880, 2. Azura 862, 3. Eagle Aquatics 539.5, 4. Ransom Everglades 353, 5. Hurricane Aquatics 329.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,101, 2. FAST 721, 3. Pine Crest 643, 4. TS Aquatics 446.5, 5. Wellington 272.

WOMEN
200-yard butterfly: 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:02.85, 2. Emma Herrera, FAST 2:02.98, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:04.61; SOFLO: 5. Michelle Marinheiro 2:08.04, 6. Gabriella DeLuna 2:08.38, 16. Tania Mantilla 2:24.11.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 50.87, 2. Alyssa Bozzuto, FAST 51.03, 3. Erin Miller, PC 52.02; SOFLO: 10. Natalie Gembicki 53.37, 15. Maddie Smutny 53.06, 19. Ana Villamil 54.23.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:13.94, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:14.35, 3, Ekaterina Malyshev, WOW 2:16.11; SOFLO: 9. Sophia Grubbs 2:27.94, 11. Ana Villamil 2:24.43, 15. Sabrina Osorio 2:30.63.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:55.97, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:02.36, 3. Erin Miller, PC 2:07.01; SOFLO: 8. Gabriella DeLuna 2:09.42, 9. Izzy Wilson 2:11.59.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Ekaterina Malyshev, WOW 50.87, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 51.03, 3. Alyssa Bozzuto, FAST 52.02; SOFLO: 7. Gabriella DeLuna 52.86, 8. Natalie Gembicki 52.87, 14. Sophia Grubbs 1:01.74, 16. Valerie Vank 1:02.02, 24. Izzy Wilson 1:04.05.

MEN
200-yard butterfly: 1. Dylan Smiley, MCD 1:46.25, 2. Yeziel Morales, AZ 1:47.23, 3. Davidson Vincent, AZ 1:48.82; SOFLO: 9. Alejandro Mateus 1:56.84, 12. Wisthon Rendon 1:55.34, 14. Enrique Rodriguez 1:56.87.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 41.96, 2. Leif Bouwman, JDST 44.64, 3. Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, EA 45.89.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:00.26, 2. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:00.95, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:02.91; SOFLO: 7. Manny Melendez 2:06.53, 19. Stephen Kim 2:14.39, 23. Derek Hau 2:16.13, 25. Abraham Penaloza 2:18.20.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZ 1:44.13, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:45.91, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:49.14; SOFLO: 4. Austin Nelson 1:52.46, 9. Wisthon Rendon 1:55.19, 10. Jaden Amores 1:57.99, 18. Alejandro Mateus 2:01.55, 25. Nicholas Pelaez 2:01.52.

100-yard individual medley: 1. Dylan Smiley, MCD 49.56, 2. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 50.20, 3. Finn Winkler, EA 50.63; SOFLO: 6. Luciano Gonzalez 52.62, 10. Ricardo Roche 53.24, 14. Javier Colmenares 52.91, 18. Manny Melendez 53.79, 22. Derek Hau 55.71.

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

Virginia Cavaliers Three-Peat NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming And Diving Championships


By Sharon Robb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Was there really any doubt about University of Virginia’s powerhouse team?

The Cavaliers, coached by Todd DeSorbo, dominated the field over four days to win their third consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

The Cavaliers won with a 127-point cushion. Virginia had 541.5 points, just 10 points fewer than in last year’s victory. Texas finished second with 414.5 points and Stanford was third at 333. University of Florida was ninth with 179 points.

The Cavaliers won 11 events and broke six NCAA records to officially reach the level of dynasty.

Virginia iced the win with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:05.84, a NCAA and American record with Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Maxine Parker and Gretchen Walsh.

For first time since 2018, a team swept all five relays at NCAAs. The 800 free relay win on the opening night was an upset over Stanford. Only three other teams have accomplished the feat in the history of the NCAA Women’s Championships.

Virginia is now the sixth women’s team to win the national championship in at least three consecutive seasons, joining Texas (five consecutive from 1984 to 1988), Stanford (five from 1992 to 1996), Georgia (three from 1991 to 2001), Auburn (three from 2002 to 2004) and the most recent Stanford team (three from 2017 to 2019).

“So cool,” Virginia swimmer Ella Nelson said. “After our first year, it was a terrible time with COVID taking it away from us. We were kind of the underdogs since we had never won it before my second year, and then last year, we had a big target on our back. It was a lot of pressure. This year, we have just been having so much fun. Obviously, it’s been showing in the pool that we haven’t let the pressure get to us, but we’ve just been having so much fun.”

Gretchen Walsh, the last swimmer off the block, won the Cavaliers’ first event of the evening, the 100-yard freestyle in a pool record 45.61, winning the event for the second straight year.

Teammate Katie Douglass followed with a win in the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.29. In her final individual college swim of her career, Douglass broke her own NCAA and American records. It is the third time she has broken the American record this season. She finished the meet winning all three of her individual events.

Alex Walsh was second in the 200 butterfly in 1:50.23.

Here is the complete list of 11 NCAA titles Virginia won this week:

200-yard medley relay: Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo, Kate Douglass [NCAA and American record]
800-yard freestyle relay: Aimee Canny, Alex Walsh, Reilly Tiltmann, Ella Nelson [school and pool record]
200-yard individual medley: Kate Douglass [NCAA and American record]
200-yard freestyle relay: Kate Douglass, Gretchen Walsh, Lexi Cuomo, Maxine Parker [meet record]
400-yard individual medley: Alex Walsh [program record]
100-yard butterfly: Kate Douglass [NCAA and American record]
100-yard backstroke: Gretchen Walsh [NCAA and American record]
400-yard medley relay: Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass, Aimee Canny [pool record]
100-yard freestyle: Gretchen Walsh [pool record]
200-yard breaststroke: Kate Douglass [NCAA and American record]
400-yard freestyle relay: Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Maxine Parker, Gretchen Walsh [NCAA and American record]

SATURDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS:
1. Virginia 541.5, 2. Texas 414.5, 3. Stanford 333, 4. Louisville 288, 5. NC State 263, 6. Ohio State 223, 7. Indiana 219, 8. Tennessee 214, 9. Florida 179, 10. UNC 152, 22. Miami 36, 32. Florida State 11, 38. Florida International 4.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Kensey McMahon, ALA 15:43.84, 2. Ching Hwee Gan, IU 15:46.28, 3. Paige McKenna, WIS 15:48.71, 13. Emma Weyant, UF 16:01.59, 24. Anna Auld, UF 16:10.61, 30. Blair Stoneburg, WIS 16:15.44.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Claire Curzan, STAN 1:47.64, 2. Phoebe Bacon, WIS 1:49.28, 3. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 1:49.38.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, VA 45.61, 2. Torri Huske, STAN 46.46, 3. Maggie MacNeil, LSU 46.58.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Kate Douglass, VA 2:01.29, 2. Anna Elendt, TEX 2:03.26, 3. Ella Nelson, VA 2:04.33.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Emma Sticklen, TEX 1:49.95, 2. Alex Walsh, VA 1:50.23, 3. Kelly Pash, TEX 1:51.89.

Platform diving: 1. Delaney Schnell, ARI 352.65, 2. Montserrat Lavenant, LSU 347.00, 3. Viviana Del Angel, MINN 344.55, 14. Maha Gouda, FIU 257.05.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 3:05.84 (Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Maxine Parker, Gretchen Walsh), 2. Stanford 3:08.54, 3. Louisville 3:09.57, 8. Florida 3:12.62.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine At FGC Swimming Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 18, 2023—South Florida Aquatic Club is sitting pretty going into the fourth and final day of the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool.

With one day to go, South Florida Aquatic Club has all but clinched its ninth combined team title in team history.

SOFLO has pulled away with 1,461 points, the only team to crack 1,000. Azura Florida Aquatics is second with 830 and Flood Aquatics Swim Team (FAST) with 728.

SOFLO women lead with 803 points followed by FAST with 579 and Pine Crest Swim Team with 490.

SOFLO men are second with 658 behind Azura with 683 and Eagle Aquatics is third with 379.5. At one point Saturday night, Azura and SOFLO were tied at 554 points.

SOFLO’s talent and depth has had the swimmers shining throughout the meet.

Among SOFLO top finishers on Saturday were:

Olivia Dinehart was second in the 200 IM in 2:03.01 and was third in the 500 freestyle in 4:59.21. Dinehart was among four swimmers in the Top 10 of the 200 IM.

Ana Villamil was fourth in the 50 freestyle in 24.11 and fifth in the 200 IM in 2:08.02.

Elena Dinehart was third in the 100 backstroke in 57.06 and fifth in the 500 freestyle in 5:02.48.

Maddie Smutny was fourth in the 500 freestyle in 5:01.67. SOFLO has five swimmers in the Top 11 in the 500.

SOFLO women were second in the 4×100-yard freestyle relay in 3:29.60 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny and Natalie Gembicki.

SOFLO men were also second in the 4×100-yard freestyle relay in 3:01.57 with Ricardo Roche, Aldo Zepeda, Luciano Gonzalez and Julio Horrego.

Ricardo Roche was third against a strong 100 backstroke field in 50.16.

Javier Colmenares was third in the 200 IM in 1:51.94.

Julio Horrego was second in the 50 freestyle in 20.19 and Luciano Gonzalez was third in 20.38

There were several standout swims by top Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics won three individual events and anchored the winning 4×100-yard freestyle relay with a 42.33 split. Winkler won the 100 backstroke in 48.95, 50-yard freestyle in 19.44 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:23.95, illustrating the U.S. junior national team swimmer’s wide range of versatility.

University of Florida-bound Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming was a back-to-back double winner and anchored Pine Crest’s winning 4×100-yard freestyle that won in 3:28.32 with teammates Erin Miller, Sara Lin and Riley Botting.

Podkoscielny won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.68 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.73.

Other individual winners were Alyssa Bozzuto of FAST in the 50 freestyle in 23.36; Botting in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.39; and Yeziel Morales of Azura in the 200 IM in 1:47.91.

The meet concludes Sunday with another day of full scheduled events. Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

SOFLO is among thirty-three teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days. In addition to host SOFLO, FGC teams competing are: Azura, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton, Bravo, Coral Springs, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Gulliver, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hialeah, Hurricane Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day, Miami Swimming, Midtown Weston, North Miami, North Palm Beach, Olympus, PAQ, Pine Crest, Plantation, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Ransom Everglades, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sunrise Swimming, Swim Fort Lauderdale, TS Aquatics and Wellington.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED:
1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,461, 2. Azura 830, 3. FAST 728, 4. TS Aquatics 595.5, 5. Pine Crest 566.5, 6. Eagle Aquatics 489, 7. Plantation 410.5, 8. Ransom Everglades 344, 9. St. Andrew’s 274, 10. Hurricane Aquatics 260.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 683, 2. SOFLO 658, 3. Eagle Aquatics 379.5, 4. Ransom Everglades 278, 5. Hurricane Aquatics 260.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 803, 2. FAST 579, 3. Pine Crest 490, 4. TS Aquatics 376.5, 5. Wahoos of Wellington 185.

WOMEN
100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 53.68, 2. Ava Fasano, FAST 55.81, 3. Elena Dinehart, PC 57.08; SOFLO: 11. Gabriella DeLuna 59.57, 14. Maddie Smutny 1:00.95, 23. Izzy Wilson 1:02.53, 29. Tania Mantilla 1:03.35.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:59.73, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:03.01, 3. Emma Herrera, FAST 2:04.20; SOFLO: 5. Ana Villamil 2:08.02, 6. Natalie Gembicki 2:08.79, 10. Gabriella DeLuna 2:10.45, 18. Sophia Grubbs 2:12.37.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alyssa Bozzuto, FAST 23.36, 2. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 23.65, 3. Ava Fasano, FAST 23.85; SOFLO: 4. Ana Villamil 24.11, 12. Natalie Gembecki 24.36, 20. Maddie Smutny 25.30.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Riley Botting, PC 4:54.39, 2. Erin Miller, PC 4:58.32, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 4:59.21; SOFLO: 4. Maddie Smutny 5:01.67, 5. Elena Dinehart 5:02.48, 6. Izzy Wilson 5:02.66, 11. Natalie Gembicki 5:05.32, 15. Michelle Marinheiro 5:08.12, 21. Amelie Bicerne 5:17.63, 24. Tania Mantilla 5:20.98, 27. Sarah Vasquez 5:25.54.

4×100-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:28.32 (Julia Podkoscielny, Erin Miller, Sara Lin, Riley Botting) 3:28.32, 2. SOFLO 3:29.60 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki), 3. TS Aquatics 3:30.40, 7. SOFLO B 3:36.42 (Ana Villamil, Michelle Marinheiro, Sophia Grubbs, Gabriella DeLuna).

MEN
100-yard backstroke: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 48.95, 2. Noah Smith, FAST 49.90, 3. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 50.16; SOFLO: 5. Aldo Zepeda 50.90, 12. Austin Nelson 52.25, 13. Wisthon Rendon 52.34, 16. Jaden Amores 52.88, 19. Alejandro Mateus 53.51.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZU 1:47.91, 2. Finn Winkler, EA 1:50.69, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 1:51.94; SOFLO: 18. Enrique Rodriguez 1:58.45, 19. Wisthon Rendon 1:58.52, 30. Jaden Amores 2:04.52.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 19.44, 2. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 20.19, 3. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 20.38; SOFLO: 13. Aldo Zepeda 21.43.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 4:23.85, 2. Yeziel Morales, AZ 4:29.10, 3. Diego Dulieu, AZ 4:29.45; SOFLO: 8. Austin Nelson 4:38.91, 15. Enrique Rodriguez 4:45.91, 16. Felix Gonzalez 4:46.84, 17. Manny Melendez 4:47.17.

4×100-yard freestyle relay: 1. Eagle Aquatics 3:00.01 (Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula, Finn Winkler, Peyton Selts, Kaii Winkler, 42.33 split), 2. SOFLO 3:01.57 (Ricardo Roche, Aldo Zepeda, Luciano Gonzalez, Julio Horrego), 3. Azura 3:02.18, 7. SOFLO B 3:11.29 (Javier Colmenares, Luis Salazar Del Campo, Wisthon Rendon, Manny Melendez).

IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships.

When: Sunday.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 SW 171st Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

Timeline: Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 5 p.m., 3:30 p.m. warmup.

Admission: $5. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool deck only with the barricaded areas.

Of note: SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club are hosting the meet. The meet is being live streamed. The pool deck and parking lot is being monitored by security. For more information or questions call 954-538-3721 or go to SoFloMeets@swim4soflo.com.

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

Virginia Cavaliers Poised To Win Three-Peat Tonight At NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships


By Sharon Robb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Virginia is one day away from being crowned champions of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

The rivalry showdown between Virginia and Texas never really materialized but the teams are headed to a one-two finish over a field of 35 teams.

After winning the 400-yard medley relay Friday night the Cavaliers are looking to sweep the relays on Saturday, the final night of competition in the 400 freestyle.

The foursome of Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass and Aimee Canny won in 3:22.39. With that win, Virginia finished 374.5 points and still lead 102 points ahead of Texas and expected to clinch their third consecutive title for a three-peat.

“I think for us, the relay sweep is a huge accomplishment for us,” Alex Walsh said. “I was talking to Maddie Donahoe yesterday, and she said the last time a team has put together this multi-year performance was the legendary Stanford team when they had [Katie] Ledecky, Lia Neal, Simone [Manuel] and Ella Eastin. Thinking that we are kind of on the same level as that is pretty shocking because I think we’ve all looked up to those people throughout our whole middle school and high school careers. It’s pretty awesome to think about that accomplishment in the context of history.”

Other winners for Virginia were Alex Walsh in the 400 IM in 3:57.24, Kate Douglass in the 100 butterfly in 48.46 and Gretchen Walsh in the 100 backstroke in 48.26.

University of Miami senior Mia Vallee was fifth in 3-meter springboard with 355.65 points.

ESPN+ is providing live digital coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday. Tape-delayed coverage of the women’s championships will be on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. EST on March 29.

MEET SCHEDULE
Saturday, prelims 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, Platform dive, 1650 free, 400 free relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Virginia 374.5, 2. Texas 272.5, 3. Stanford 239, 4. Louisville 191.5, 5. NC State 190; STATE SCHOOLS: 7. Florida 146, 19. Miami 36, 30. Florida State 7, 35. Florida International 1.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, VA 3:57.24, 2. Ella Nelson, VA 3:59.54, 3. Emma Weyant, UF 4:03.50; 15. Paige MacEachern, UCLA prelims, 4:07.46, finals 4:09.76, 26. Kathleen Golding, UF 4:12.09, 34. Anna Auld, UF 4:14.30.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kate Douglass, VA 48.46, 2. Maggie MacNeil, LSU 48.51, 3. Torri Huske, STAN 48.96.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Ruck, STAN 1:42.36, 2. Brooklyn Douthwright, TENN 1:42.41, 3. Aimee Canny, VA 1:42.50; 29. Blair Stoneburg, WIS 1:45.94

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Lydia Jacoby, TEX 57.03, 2. Mona McSharry, TENN 57.16, 3. Anna Elendt, TEX 57.29; 16. Christie Chue, FIU, prelims 59.10, 59.59.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Gretchen Walsh, VA 48.26, 2. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 49.13, 3. Claire Curzan, STAN 50.08.

3-meter diving: 1. Aranza Vazquez Montano, UNC 385.80, 2. Anne Fowler, IU 369.90, 3. Brooke Schultz, SCAR 364.25, 5. Mia Vallee, Miami 355.65.

400-yard medley relay: 1. Virginia 3:22.39 (Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass, Aimee Canny), 2. NC State 3:24.66, 3. Texas 3:25.18, 7. Florida 3:28.36.

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

Smutny, Dinehart, Horrego Win; SOFLO Leads Combined, Women’s Teams At FGC Swimming Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 17, 2023—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club, looking for its ninth title, continues to lead the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool.

After two days of competition, SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 910.5 points ahead of Azura with 587 and FAST with 460.

The women’s team leads with 499 points ahead of FAST with 361 and Pine Crest with 300. The men’s team is second with 411.5 behind Azura with 470 points.

Maddie Smutny, Olivia Dinehart and Julio Horrego came up big for SOFLO on Friday against a strong field of Florida Gold Coast swimmers.

Smutny, 17, won the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:49.92, dropping 2.96. It was the first time she dipped under 1:50. She bettered her entry time of 1:52.88 in prelims in 1:50.73 and went faster at night finishing ahead of Alyssa Bozzuto of FAST in 1:50.33. Smutny was also fifth in the 100 butterfly in 57.05.

Dinehart, 18, won the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:01.87 ahead of Bozzuto in 1:02.34. Dinehart dropped 0.42 seconds. She was also fourth in the 400 IM in 4:24.48.

Horrego, 24, won his signature event, the 100-yard breaststroke in 53.77.

SOFLO was second in the women’s 4×100-yard medley relay in 3:50.21 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny and Natalie Gembicki.

SOFLO was third in the men’s 4×100-yard medley relay in 3:23.02 with Ricardo Roche, Julio Horrego, Alejandro Mateus and Aldo Zepeda.

Javier Colmenares was fifth in the 400 IM in a best time 4:03.94, dropping 3.75.

Elena Dinehart, 18, was third in the 100 butterfly in 56.18 and fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:51.24.

Pine Crest won three girls events. Julianne McCranie won the 100 butterfly in 55.20 and Julia Podkoscielny won the 400 IM in 4:11.23. Pine Crest won the 4×100-yard medley relay in 3:46.61 with Podkoscielny, Sara Lin, McCranie and Erin Miller.

Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics was a double winner in the 200 freestyle in 1:33.28 and 100 butterfly in 46.94. He was also a member of the men’s winning medley relay.

Yeziel Morales of Azura won the 400 IM in 3:54.02.

The meet continues Saturday with another day of full scheduled events. Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 6 p.m.

SOFLO is among thirty-three teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days. In addition to host SOFLO, FGC teams competing are: Azura, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton, Bravo, Coral Springs, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Gulliver, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hialeah, Hurricane Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day, Miami Swimming, Midtown Weston, North Miami, North Palm Beach, Olympus, PAQ, Pine Crest, Plantation, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Ransom Everglades, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sunrise Swimming, Swim Fort Lauderdale, TS Aquatics and Wellington.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED:
1. South Florida Aquatic Club 910.5, 2. Azura 587, 3. FAST 460, 4. TS Aquatics 392, 5. Pine Crest 358.5.
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 470, 2. SOFLO 411.5, 3. Hurricane Aquatics 191, 4. Eagle Aquatics 171, 5. Ransom Everglades 169.
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 499, 2. FAST 361, 3. Pine Crest 300, 4. TS Aquatics 253, 5. Plantation 127.

WOMEN
200-yard freestyle: 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:49.92, 2. Alyssa Bozzuto, FAST 1:50.33, 3. Emma Herrera, FAST 1:50.44; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 1:51.24, 13. Natalie Gembicki 1:53.77, 17. Michelle Marinheiro 1:55.53, 23. Izzy Wilson 1:56.31.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:01.87, 2. Alyssa Bozzuto, FAST 1:02.34, 3. Sara Lin, PC 1:04.02; SOFLO: 7. Ana Villamil 1:04.52, 14. Sophia Grubbs 1:06.65, 24. Mariann Catalasan 1:09.80.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Julianne McCranie, PC 55.20, 2. Ekaterina Malyshev, WOW 56.07, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 56.18; SOFLO: 5. Maddie Smutny 57.05, 13. Gabriella DeLuna 57.83, 14. Natalie Gembicki 57.99, 17. Michelle Marinheiro 59.35, 20. Ana Villamil 1:00.07.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:11.23, 2. Riley Botting, PC 4:20.02, 3. Emma Herrera, FAST 4:22.83; SOFLO: 4. Olivia Dinehart 4:24.48, 7. Gabriella DeLuna 4:34.05, 9. Ana Villamil 4:42.12, 11. Izzy Wilson 4:38.16, 22. Sarah Vasquez 4:54.16, 25. Mariann Catalasan 5:02.27.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:46.61 (Julia Podkoscielny, Sara Lin, Julianne McCranie, Erin Miller), 2. SOFLO A 3:50.21 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki), 3. FAST 3:51.68, 6. SOFLO B 3:59.63 (Gabriella DeLuna, Sophia Grubbs, Michelle Marinheiro, Ana Villamil).

MEN
200-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:33.28, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:37.58, 3. Leif Bouwman, JDST 1:39.14; SOFLO: 7. Ricardo Roche 1:41.19, 28. Jaden Amores 1:47.49.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 53.77, 2. Giulian Martin, CANE 55.44, 3. Brandon Moran, AZ 55.69; SOFLO: 5. Javier Colmenares 56.04, 10. Manny Melendez 57.80, 25. Derek Hau 1:01.29, 27. Abraham Penaloza 1:02.54.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 46.94, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 47.46, 3. Davidson Vincent, AZ 48.32; SOFLO: 4. Luciano Gonzalez 48.58, 18. Alejandro Mateus 52.07.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZ 3:54.02, 2. Giulian Martin, CANE 4:00.15, 3. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 4:02.28; SOFLO: 5. Javier Colmenares 4:03.94, 10. Enrique Rodriguez 4:10.47, 11. Alejandro Mateus 4:12.32, 14. Stephen Kim 4:19.14, 16. Felix Gonzalez 4:19.50, 19. Jaden Amores 4:26.35, 29. Carlos Salas 4:37.59.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Eagle Aquatics 3:17.80 (Finn Winkler, Nikita Efimov, Kaii Winkler, Marcoaurelio Lopez-Casula), 2. Azura 3:19.14, 3. SOFLO A 3:23.02 (Ricardo Roche, Julio Horrego, Alejandro Mateus, Aldo Zepeda), 5. SOFLO B 3:30.46 (Wisthon Rendon, Manny Melendez, Javier Colmenares, Enrique Rodriguez).

IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships.

When: Saturday-Sunday.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 SW 171st Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

Timeline: Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 6 p.m., 4:30 p.m. warmup; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 5 p.m., 3:30 p.m. warmup.

Admission: $5. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool deck only with the barricaded areas.

Of note: SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club are hosting the meet. The meet is being live streamed. The pool deck and parking lot is being monitored by security. For more information or questions call 954-538-3721 or go to SoFloMeets@swim4soflo.com.

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

Two-Time Defending Champion Virginia Leads After Day Two Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships


By Sharon Robb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Start polishing the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship trophy for two-time defending champion University of Virginia. They are that good.

On Day One, the Cavaliers quickly grabbed the lead with 208.5 points Thursday at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. And the best is yet to come!

Kate Douglass won Virginia’s first event in style smashing the NCAA and American record in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:48.37 ahead of Stanford’s Torri Huske in 1:50.06. Defending champion Alex Walsh of Virginia was third in 1:50.07.

Alabama’s fifth-year senior and No. 23 seed Kensey McMahon was a surprise winner in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:36.62. Favorite Erica Sullivan of Texas was fourth in 4:37.28. Florida’s Emma Weyant of Sarasota was sixth in 4:38.46.

LSU’s Maggie MacNeil won the 50-yard freestyle in an NCAA record 20.79. Virginia’s Gretchen Walsh was second in 20.85.

University of Miami senior diver Mia Vallee finished third on 1-meter with 338.10 points. North Carolina’s Aranza Vazquez Montano won with 358.75.

Virginia finished Day One winning another event in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a meet and pool record 1:24.51 with Kate Douglass leading off followed by Gretchen Walsh, Lexi Cuomo and Maxine Parker.

On Wednesday, Virginia swept the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays.

ESPN+ is providing live digital coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday. Tape-delayed coverage of the women’s championships will be on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. EST on March 29.

MEET SCHEDULE
Friday, prelims 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter dive, 400 medley relay.
Saturday, prelims 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, Platform dive, 1650 free, 400 free relay.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
200-yard medley relay: 1. Virginia 1:31.51, 2. NC State 1:32.42, 3. Texas 1:33.22, 17. Florida State 1:36.93, Florida DQ.
800-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 6:49.82, 2. Stanford 6:50.77, 3. Texas 6:55.55, 6. Florida 6:57.72.

THURSDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 208.5, 2. Texas 162, 3. Louisville 117, 4. Stanford 106, 5. Ohio State 93, 7. Florida 76, 20. Miami 16, 26. Florida State 7.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kensey McMahon, ALA 4:36.62, 2. Abby Carlson, WIS 4:36.96, 3. Olivia Bray, TEX 4:37.02, 6. Emma Weyant, UF 4:38.46, 34. Blair Stoneburg, WIS 4:42.60, 42. Anna Auld, UF 4:44.36, 62. Paige MacEachern, UCLA 4:47.41.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kate Douglass, VA 1:48.37, 2. Torri Huske, STAN 1:50.06, 3. Alex Walsh. VA 1:50.07, 44. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:58.05.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Maggie MacNeil, LSU 20.79, 2. Gretchen Walsh, VA 20.85, 3. Gabi Albiero, LOUIS 21.30.

1-meter diving: 1. Aranza Vazquez Montano, UNC 358.75, 2. Delaney Schnell, ARIZ 340.05, 3. Mia Vallee, UM 338.10.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 1:24.51, 2. Stanford 1:25.70, 3. Louisville 1:25.73, 7. Florida 1:27.31.

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

Wilson Leads SOFLO On Day One Of FGC Swimming Senior Championships; SOFLO Leads Combined, Women’s Teams


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 16, 2023—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club got off to a good start in its title defense Thursday at the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO’s Izzy Wilson, 16, got the ball rolling winning the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 16:58.71, shaving 12.32 off her previous best and dipping below 17 minutes for the first time. Her previous best was 17:11.03.

Felix Gonzalez, 16, was SOFLO boys top finisher in the 1,650, placing seventh in a best time of 16:31.51, dropping 3.21 seconds.

The SOFLO men’s and women’s relays picked up valuable points.

While Pine Crest swept the women’s relays and Azura swept the men’s relays, SOFLO women finished second (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki) and sixth (Gabriella DeLuna, Sophia Grubbs, Michelle Marinheiro, Maddie Smutny) in the 4×50-yard medley relay and third (Gembicki, Olivia Dinehart, Smutny, Ana Villamil) and ninth (Elena Dinehart, Grubbs, Tania Mantilla, Marinheiro) in the 4×50-yard freestyle relay.

SOFLO men were second (Richaro Roche, Julio Horrego, Luciano Gonzalez, Aldo Zepeda) and third (Enrique Rodriguez, Javier Colmenares, Wisthon Rendon, Luis Salazar Del Campo) in the 4×50-yard medley relay and second (Horrego, Zepeda, Roche, Gonzalez) and fourth Carlos Salas, Rendon, Rodriguez, Colmenares) in the 4×50-yard freestyle relay.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 300 points and Azura is second. SOFLO also leads the women’s standings with 153 points ahead of FAST with 139. Azura leads the men’s with 180 and SOFLO is second with 147 points.

The meet continues Friday with a full scheduled of events. Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 6 p.m.

SOFLO is among thirty-three teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days. In addition to host SOFLO, FGC teams competing are: Azura, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton, Bravo, Coral Springs, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Gulliver, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hialeah, Hurricane Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day, Miami Swimming, Midtown Weston, North Miami, North Palm Beach, Olympus, PAQ, Pine Crest, Plantation, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Ransom Everglades, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sunrise Swimming, Swim Fort Lauderdale, TS Aquatics and Wellington.
THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED
: 1. SOFLO 300, 2. Azura 233, 3. FAST 163, 4. Plantation Swim Team 128, 5. TS Aquatics 122.
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 180, 2. SOFLO 147, 3. Plantation 74, 4. Ransom Everglades 62, 5. Hurricane Aquatics 60.
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 153, 2. FAST 139 3. TS Aquatics 84, 4. Pine Crest 80, 5. Plantation 54.
WOMEN
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 16:58.71, time drop 12.32, 2. Emma Herrera, FAST 17:19.11, 3. Fatima Portillo, Azura 17:24.81; SOFLO: 7. Michelle Marinheiro 17:40.89, time drop 2.59, 11. Sarah Vasquez 18:16.62, time drop 3.56, 12. Amelie Bicerne 18:20.10.

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:43.55 (Julia Podkoscielny, Sara Lin, Julianne McCranie, Riley Botting), 2. SOFLO A 1:44.76 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki), 3. FAST 1:46.92, 6. SOFLO B 1:49.53 (Gabriella DeLuna, Sophia Grubbs, Michelle Marinheiro, Maddie Smutny).

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:35.77 (Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Erin Miller, Julianne McCranie), 2. FAST 1:36.11, 3. SOFLO A 1:36.44 (Natalie Gembicki, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Ana Villamil), 9. SOFLO B 1:40.83 (Elena Dinehart, Sophia Grubbs, Tania Mantilla, Michelle Marinheiro).

MEN
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Diego Dulieu, Azura 15:20.18, 2. Sauod Alshamroukh, CSSC 15:42.77, 3. Maximiliano Paccot, Azura 16:09.54; SOFLO: 7. Felix Gonzalez 16:31.15, time drop 3.21, .12. Nicholas Pelaez 17:07.29

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. Azura 1:29.68 (Yeziel Morris, Kito Campbell, Davidson Vincent, Jayhan Odlum-Smith), 2. SOFLO A 1:29.91 (Ricardo Roche, Julio Horrego, Luciano Gonzalez, Aldo Zepeda), 3. SOFLO B (Enrique Rodriguez, Javier Colmenares, Wisthon Rendon, Luis Salazar Del Campo), 1:35.88.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Azura 1:22.94 (Salvatore Lanzafame, Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Yeziel Morales, Davidson Vincent), 2. SOFLO A 1:23.66 (Julio Horrego, Aldo Zepeda, Ricardo Roche, Luciano Gonzalez), 3. Hurricane Aquatics 1:26.91, 4. SOFLO B 1:27.30 (Carlos Salas, Wisthon Rendon, Enrique Rodriguez, Javier Colmenares).

IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships.

When: Friday-Sunday.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 SW 171st Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

Timeline: Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 6 p.m., 4:30 p.m. warmup; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 6 p.m., 4:30 p.m. warmup; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 5 p.m., 3:30 p.m. warmup.

Admission: $5. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool deck only with the barricaded areas.

Of note: SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club are hosting the meet. The meet is being live streamed. The pool deck and parking lot is being monitored by security. For more information or questions call 954-538-3721 or go to SoFloMeets@swim4soflo.com.

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

SOFLO Hosts FGC Swimming Senior Championships; SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Challenge For Ninth Title


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 15, 2023—Defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club will host the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships Thursday through Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO is among thirty-two teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days.

Thursday timed finals begin at 4 p.m. and feature the 1,650-yard freestyle for men and women, 4×50-yard medley relay and 4×50-yard freestyle relay.

The remainder of the meet will have prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. except on Sunday when finals are 5 p.m.

After a year’s hiatus for the meet in 2020 because of the pandemic, SOFLO won the 2021 short course combined team title and last year repeated the feat, sweeping the combined, women’s and men’s team titles with a record 2,048 points in combined.

This year SOFLO will be going after its ninth senior championship title. SOFLO qualified 45 swimmers (26 boys and 19 girls) in individual events. There are also 16 relay teams entered.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:
Women’s 4×50 freestyle relay, 1:37.95
Women’s 4×50 medley relay, 1:46.35
Julio Horrego, 100 breaststroke, 53.07, 200 breaststroke 1:58.54, 100 IM 49.93
Women’s 4×100 medley relay, 3:47.41
Men’s 4×100 medley relay, 3:20.10
Maddie Smutny, 200 butterfly 2:02.95
Women 4×100 freestyle relay 3:29.56
Olivia Dinehart, 200 breaststroke 2:14.70, 100 IM 57.50
Elena Dinehart, 200 backstroke 1:59.04

The meet also features some of the Florida Gold Coast top swimmers including Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming; Kaii Winkler and Nikita Efimov of Eagle Aquatics, Alyssa Bozzuto of FAST, Dylan Smiley of Miami Country Day Aquatics and Yeziel Morales of Azura.

In addition to host SOFLO, FGC teams competing are: Azura, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton, Bravo, Coral Springs, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Gulliver, Heritage Aquatic Team, Hialeah, Hurricane Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Martin County, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day, Miami Swimming, Midtown Weston, North Miami, North Palm Beach, Olympus, PAQ, Pine Crest, Plantation, Pompano Beach Piranhas, Ransom Everglades, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sunrise Swimming, Swim Fort Lauderdale, TS Aquatics and Wellington.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

IF YOU GO
What: Florida Gold Coast Swimming Senior Championships.

When: Thursday-Sunday.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 SW 171st Avenue, Pembroke Pines.

Timeline: Thursday, 4 p.m. 2:30 p.m. warmup; Friday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 6 p.m., 4:30 p.m. warmup; Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 6 p.m., 4:30 p.m. warmup; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., 7 a.m. warmup and finals 5 p.m., 3:30 p.m. warmup.

Admission: $5. Admission allows spectators to enter the pool deck only with the barricaded areas.

Of note: SOFLO and Comets Swim Team Booster Club are hosting the meet. The meet will be live streamed. The pool deck and parking lot will be monitored by security. For more information or questions call 954-538-3721 or go to SoFloMeets@swim4soflo.com.

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

Kathleen Golding Heads Talented Local Contingent At NCAA Division I Women’s Championships That Begin Wednesday


By Sharon Robb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships get underway Wednesday at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

University of Florida senior Kathleen Golding leads a talented local contingent from South Florida.

Golding will compete in the 200 IM (1:56.49) and 400 IM (4:07.83). She will be joined by Gator teammate Anna Auld of St. Andrew’s Aquatics and West Palm Beach in the 500 freestyle (4:40.32), 1,650 freestyle (16:09.52) and 400 IM (4:10.36). Transfer Emma Weyant of Sarasota will also compete for the Gators in the 1,650 (16:08.24) and 400 IM (4:01.18).

Golding, Auld and Weyant are among 17 individual swimmers and diver and five relays from University of Florida that will compete.

Auld, Golding, Weyant. Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk, Camille DeBoer, Zoe Dixon, Nina Kucheran, Katie Mack, Tylor Mathieu, Hayden Miller, Ekaterina Nikonova, Olivia Peoples, Amanda Ray, Aris Runnels and Mabel Zavaros qualified for the big dance based on season-best times in 11 different events.

Florida’s 16 swimmers selected are the second-most swimmers among the nation, only behind back-to-back national champion Virginia (17). There are only nine schools in the country with double-digit swimmers to qualify, and only three SEC programs.

Maha Amer joined the Gators group after qualifying in the NCAA Diving Zones early last week. Amer, who won silver in the 1-meter at the SEC Championships last month, will compete in all three events.

The Gators also qualified five relays, with the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay all hitting the qualifying standard.

UCLA sophomore Paige MacEachern, a Boca Raton High School alum and Pine Crest club swimmer, will compete in the 400 IM (4:06.17).

University of Wisconsin freshman Blair Stoneburg, a Jensen Beach High alum and Treasure Coast Aquatics club swimmer, will compete in the 500 freestyle (4:40.38).

Florida International University’s Christie Choe qualified in the 200 breaststroke (2:08.73) and 100 breaststroke (59.28). University of Miami will be represented by diver Mia Vallee.

Florida State will have four swimmers at the meet: sophomore Madeline Huggins, 200 breaststroke (2:09.55), sophomore Edith Jernstedt, 200 butterfly (1:55.78), freshman Julia Mansson, 200 breaststroke (2:09.68) and grad assistant Daniela Anna Metzler, 400 IM (4:10.18).

No. 1 ranked University of Virginia is on the verge of a three-peat national championship. Alex Walsh, Gretchen Walsh and Kate Douglass are expected to lead the Cavaliers. Nineteen swimmers and divers qualified in 42 events.

Last year Virginia won its second-straight national title, claiming 11 events and four out of the five relays along the way, and finished with 551.5 team points, nearly 150 points ahead of the rest of the field. They may even top that this week.

Texas, Stanford and Florida are in the mix to finish among the top five.

A total of 281 swimmers from 56 colleges qualified for the four-day meet. Swimmers qualified for the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events which they entered. Divers were determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving Championships.

ESPN+ will provide live digital coverage for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday. Tape-delayed coverage of the women’s championships will be on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. EST on March 29.

MEET SCHEDULE
Wednesday, 6 p.m., 200 medley relay,800 free relay.
Thursday, prelims, 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter dive, 200 free relay.
Friday, prelims 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter dive, 400 medley relay.
Saturday, prelims 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, Platform dive, 1650 free, 400 free relay.


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