Atkinson Breaks Jamaican National Record; Golding Shines On Final Night Of Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

February 14, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers made a lasting impression on the final night of the Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

SOFLO’s three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 26, broke the Jamaican national record in the 100-meter freestyle on Saturday night.

Atkinson finished fifth in 56.06. She went out in 27.11 and came home in 28.95. Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the event in 55.38.

“Wow, that’s a sweet 100 free,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding had an outstanding final day. Golding qualified for two events on the final night.

“That is huge,” Anderson said. “She had solid swims.”

Golding, 14, seeded in 2:21.43, swam 2:25.41 and came back at night to swim 2:23.71 in the “C” final of the 200-meter individual medley to finish fifth.

In the 100-meter freestyle, Golding, seeded 58.65, qualified for the “D” final in 59.24 and came back to swim 59.05 in the final.

Bermuda national champion Lisa Blackburn swam 2:29.60 in the 200-meter individual medley. It was her best time in the past year.

Jamaican Timothy Wynter of SOFLO was ill and scratched from his final day events.

After missing the first two days of meet, Ryan Lochte swam his first race on Saturday.

Lochte, 31, an 11-time Olympic medalist earned the top seed after swimming 2:03.08 in the morning and came back to win the event in 2:00.52, off his second-ranked season best of 1:58.57 he swam at the BHP Super Series in Australia.

Lochte looked at the scoreboard and shook his head as he took his cap off, even thought it was the fastest he’s ever been in the 200 IM in February.

Lochte opened up a body-length lead on the backstroke leg ahead of challenger Cody Miller of Badger Swim Club and never relinquished it. Former Gator Swim Club training partner Conor Dwyer was second in 2:01.31 and Miller was third in 2:02.72.

Lochte arrived late to the meet because of travel problems. Weather delays prevented him from getting home from Australia to Charlotte, where he lives and trains, until mid-week.

Suriname’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde of Florida State broke a 14-year-old national record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.87. “I’m pretty happy about it,” Van Leeuwaarde said. The record of 1:05.24 was held by Ansel Tjin-A-Tam, who swam at Florida. He swam the time at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Fifteen-year-old Robert Finke of St. Petersburg was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in a career-best time of 15:46.39, bettering his previous best of 15:55.73.

Sarasota YMCA was third in the 400-meter medley relay in 4:26.31 with Sophie Cattermole, 17, Nancy Hu, 17, Madison Jean, 17, and Ellie Berdusco, 18.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Venezuelan national champion Andreina Pinto, 23, of Gator Swim Club pulled away late in the race to win in 8:37.57. Pinto is the South American record holder in the 400 and 800 freestyle.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Caitlin Leverenz, 23, of Cal Aquatics, the top morning seed, won in 2:11.40. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, eighth fastest qualifier, was second in 2:11.68 and Scotland’s Hannah Miley, coming off the 800 freestyle, completed a tough double finishing third in 2:13.55.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Dominique Bouchard, 23, of Team Ontario led from wire-to-wire to win in 2:08.99. Hilary Caldwell, 23, of Pacific Sea Wolves was a distant second in 2:12.06.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Arkady Vyatchanin, 30, of New York Athletic Club won in 1:58.28. Bolles’ Omar Pinzon, 25, was fourth in 2:02.01 and Matias Lopez, 19, of Azura was eighth in 2:08.14.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: Joao De Lucca, 29, of Cardinal Aquatics pulled away from a close men’s race in the opening 50 meters to win in 49.34.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Michael McBroom, 23, of The Woodlands led from wire-to-wire to win in 15:16.82. Michael Klueh, 27, of Club Wolverine was second in 15:39.97.

Women’s 400-meter medley relay: Great Britain won in 4:11.15 with Lauren Quigley, Abbie Wood, Amelia Clynes and Chloe Tutton. Sarasota YMCA was third in 4:26.31 with Sophie Cattermole, 17, Nancy Hu, 17, Madison Jean, 17, and Ellie Berdusco, 18.

Men’s 400-meter medley relay: Great Britain swept the relays with the men winning in 3:46.45 with Luke Greenbank, 17, Calum Tait, 20, Craig Bowman, 18, and Duncan Scott, 17. Azura was fourth in 3:56.14 with Mateo Gonzalez, 18, Marco Guarente, 17, Rais Tjon-A-Joe, 17, and Carlos Herrera, 20, and Sarasota YMCA was fifth in 4:03.05 with Matthew Garcia, 16, Campbell Lee, 17, Keanan Dols, 16, and Austin Katz, 15.

The meet was the third stop on the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series. Swimmers competed for $1,000 and five points for first, $600 for second and three points and $200 for third and one point. A total of $300,000 in prize money is being offered.



800-meter freestyle: 1. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 8:37.57, 2. Kriste Kobrich, Chile 8:39.13, 3. Hannah Miley, Garioch 8:40.83; FLORIDA: 6. Kendall Brent, Swim Florida 8:51.39, 9. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 8:54.07, 12. Summer Finke, St. Petersburg 8:57.53, 13. Sophie Cattermole, Sarasota 8:58.59, 15. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 8:59.65, 16. Kahra Williams, Gator Swim Club 9:00.95, 19. Hannah Burns, Gator Swim Club 9:05.07, 20. Katie Duggan, Highlander 9:05.43, 21. Tome-Hernandez, Sarasota 9:05.60, 22. Kat Kilpatrick, Central Florida 9:06.63, 25. Peyton Palsha,St. Petersburg 9:08.53.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatics 2:11.40, 2. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:11.68, 3. Hannah Miley, Garioch 2:13.55; FLORIDA: 5. Katie Hoff, Hurricane Aquatics 2:15.44, 9. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 2:15.96, 12. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:18.90, 17. Hannah Burns, Gator Swim Club 2:19.25, 18. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 2:19.90, 21. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:23.71, 24. Carley Lowe, Highlander 2:26.95.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Dominique Bouchard, Team Ontario 2:08.99, 2. Hilary Caldwell, Pac Sea Wolves 2:12.06, 3. Charlotte Evans, Great Britain 2:14.25; FLORIDA: 12. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 2:18.92, 14. Katie Duggan, Highlander 2:19.98, 16. Abi Wilder, Bolles 2:20.69, 18. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 2:19.59, 20. Morgan Tankersley, Greater Tampa Swimming 2:21.49, 22. Amanda Tipton, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:21.73, 24. Valero Watson, Bolles 2:23.97

100-meter freestyle: 1. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Swim MAC 55.38, 2. Amanda Weir, SwimAtlanta 55.70, 3. Victoria Poon, Canada 55.72; FLORIDA: 5. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 56.06, 11. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.82, 17. Svetlana Khakhlova, Club Seminole 57.96, 20. Sophie Cattermole, Sarasota YMCA 58.36, 22. Alena Kraus, Makos Aquatics 58.73, 24. Kasey Schmidt, Bolles 59.30, 27. Abby Burke, Highlanders 58.46, 28. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 58.49, 29. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 59.05, 31. Lindsey Trematerra, Gator Swim Club 59.11.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Great Britain, 4:11.15, 2. Mexico 4:23.06, 3. Sarasota YMCA 4:26.31.


200-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 2:00.52, 2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 2:01.31, 3. Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club 2:02.72; FLORIDA: 7. Marcin Cieslak, Gator Swim Club 2:06.12, 9. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminole 2:02.88, 13. Mateo Gonzalez, Azura 2:08.33, 14. Matias Lopez, Azura 2:09.33, 16. Wesley McGovern, Tampa Bay 2:10.84, 20. Eli Wong, Bolles 2:11.88, 23. Konstan Shmyga, Gator Swim Club 2:13.45, 25. Andrea Vergani, Bolles 2:08.36, 28. Cri Tapia-Vera, Bolles 2:10.98, 31. Rio Kurihara, Bolles 2:11.87.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 1:58.28, 2. Gri Tarasevich, University of Louisville 1:59.57, 3. Luke Greenbank, Great Britain 2:00.89; FLORIDA: 4. Omar Pinzon, Bolles 2:02.01, 8. Matias Lopez, Azura 2:08.14, 10. Austin Katz, Sarasota 2:02.88, 14. Mateo Gonzalez, Azura 2:08.74, 15. Wesley McGovern, Tampa Bay 2:09.15, 17. Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 2:09.37, 20. Alex Goerzen, Bolles 2:10.44,21. Matthew Garcia, Sarasota 2:11.52, 23. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 2:14.18, 25. Jake Gibbons, Bolles 2:10.58, 26. Keanan Dols, Sarasota 2:12, 28. Alberto Gomez, Miami Dade County 2:14.06, 29. Zie Sokolowski, Bolles 2:15.19.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Joao De Lucca, Cardinal Aquatics 49.34, 2. Geoff Cheah, Club Wolverine 49.70, 3. Ma Chierighini, Auburb Aquatics 50.27; FLORIDA: 10. Adam Ritter, Unattached 51.16, 14. Carlos Herrera, Azura 51.89, 24. Steffen Mount, Greater Pensacola 52.48, 27. Alexander Forbes, Central Florida 52.35.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael McBroom, The Woodlands 15:16.82, 2. Michael Klueh, Club Wolverine 15:39.97, 3. Robert Finke, St. Petersburg 15:46.39; FLORIDA: 4. Alex Gomez, Gator Swim Club 15:48.15, 5. Zane Grothe, Club Seminole 15:49.31, 8. Carter Page, Sarasota 15:58.55, 10. Matt DeAngulo, Club Seminole 15:58.67, 12. Drew Clark, Sarasota YMCA 16:13.11, 13. Franco Lupoli, Azura 16:16.24, 15. Dan Erlenmeyer, Sarasota 16:25.81, 17. Santi Corredor, Swim Florida 16:31.28.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Great Britain 3:46.45, 2. Mexico 3:51.83, 3. Ajax 3:54.06, 4. Azura 3:56.14, 5. Sarasota YMCA 4:03.05.

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