Written by Sharon Robb

August 1, 2013

Californian Scott Weltz of UCD Aquatics broke the meet record in the 200-meter breaststroke Wednesday night at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.

Weltz, 26, a 2012 Olympian, won in 2:10.36, just off his London swim of 2:09.02.

“I have put in a lot of hard work this year and I am really happy with the win,” Weltz said.

California-Berkeley-bound Ryan Murphy, 18, of Bolles won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:55.87, finishing ahead of Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin.

“It was a great race against Arkady,” Murphy said. “I’m very happy with my swim. I felt really relaxed going in and I think that showed.”

North Baltimore’s Gillian Ryan won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:07.87. It was her second win of the meet.

“I would like to get a little better at the beginning of races, but I’m swimming well right now and that’s a great feeling,” Ryan said.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher on Wednesday was University of Teas-bound Tasija Karosas, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming. Karosas won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.48.



400-meter freestyle: 1. Gillian Ryan, North Baltimore 4:07.87.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Taylor McKeown, Australia 2:24.92.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Sarah Denninghoff, Longhorn Aquatics 2:09.14.


400-meter freestyle: 1. Jeremy Bagshaw, Island Swimming 3:51.09.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Scott Weltz, UCD Aquatics 2:10.36, meet record.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Bolles 1:55.87.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Stanford Swimming 3:19.88.


Men’s 400-meter freestyle: 24. Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:58.20, 39. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 4:00.33.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 67. Luke Torres 2:22.45.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 9. Tasija Karosas, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:13.48.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 39. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 2:04.55, 40. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:04.60.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com