August 26, 2013

South Florida Heat’s Clara Smiddy and University of Southern California-bound Dylan Carter, both Florida Gold Coast swimmers, were among top swimmers for the United States on opening day of the FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai.

Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks, the only FGC swimmer representing the U.S. and junior national champion, finished third in the 100-meter backstroke semifinals (1:01.35) on Monday to advance into Tuesday’s championship final at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex.

Earlier in the morning, Smiddy, 17, swam 1:01.94 to earn the fifth seed for semifinals.

Smiddy will also swim Tuesday morning’s 4×100-meter mixed medley relay prelims.

Carter of American Heritage and Davie Nadadores representing Trinidad and Tobago, qualified fifth in the 100-meter backstroke prelims and third in the semifinals in 55.64.

Other FGC results on Day One:

Pine Crest’s Tyla Martin of Trinidad and Tobago, 50th, 100 backstroke, 1:08.29, best time.

Titan Aquatics’ Daniela Veloza of Colombia, 34th, 400-meter individual medley, 5:18.76, best time.

Metro Aquatics’ Brienne Renfrum, Suriname, 53rd, 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.67.

Davie’s Jordy Groters of Aruba, 27th, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:04.28, best time.

Metro Aquatics’ Wayne Denswil of Suriname, 52nd, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:08.52.

On opening day, the U.S. team won two gold and two silver medals.

Clearwater’s Becca Mann took a silver in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:40.26 behind U.S. teammate and Californian Ella Eastin in 4:40.02. Canadian Sydney Pickrem, who also swims for Clearwater, was sixth in 4:46.07.

Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel swam anchor leg on the 400-meter freestyle relay with a 48.29 split, which would have ranked him 11th in the world. The U.S. relay took the silver behind the Aussies in 3:19.21 with Paul Powers, Brett Ringgold, Kyle Gorney and Dressel.

The U.S. women won the 800-meter freestyle relay with a meet record 7:59.42 with relay members Quinn Carrozza, Kathryn McLaughlin, Katherine Drabot and Cierra Runge.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com