SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Third; Marinheiro Finishes Well On Final Day Of Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

June 22, 2015—Olympian Alia Atkinson, rising star Jorge Murillo Valdes and up-and-coming national team swimmer Melissa Marinheiro led South Florida Aquatic Club on the fourth and final day of the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Sunday at George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Alia Atkinson, 26, took third in the 50-meter breaststroke against a fast field that featured winner Yulia Efimova and Jessica Hardy.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder, finished in 31.01, slower than her 30.54 Charlotte swim that ranks her third in the world.

Atkinson also swam the 200-meter individual medley in 2:23.86, failing to make any 200 IM final.

SOFLO teammate Jorge Murillo Valdes of Colombia was fifth in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 28.56.

SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson was impressed with Melissa Marinheiro’s racing. The Florida Gulf Coast-bound swimmer, who is getting back into serious training, finished 21st in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:08.14 on the final day.

In other Sunday championship finals:

Women 800-meter freestyle:

Denmark Olympian Lotte Friis, 26, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club pulled away early in the race and went on to win in 8:25.33. North Baltimore had four swimmers in the final including runner-up Sierra Schmidt, 17, in a best time 8:28.91 and former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, also training at North Baltimore, third in 8:30.02. Friis and several of her teammates now head to Colorado Springs for altitude training before the World Championships in Kazan.

Women 200-meter individual medley:

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, 26, who has been training in South Florida, led after the backstroke leg and was one second under her U.S. Open record pace early in the race. She won in 2:09.19, second fastest time in the world this year and just missing her own U.S. Open record. Caitlin Leverenz, 24, of Cal Aquatics was second in 2:11.52 and Yulia Efimova, 23, of Trojan Swim Club was third in 2:12.91.

Men 200-meter individual medley:

Michael Phelps, 29, of North Baltimore won his second event of the meet in 1:59.39. He was the only swimmer to crack 2 minutes. Josh Prenot, 21, of Cal Aquatics was second in 2:00.43 and Chase Kalisz, 21, of North Baltimore was third in 2:02.33. Phelps led after the backstroke with a half-body length lead and was at 1:31.08 headed into freestyle. It was the 22-time Olympic medalist’s first of three events of the day. “The hard work is paying off, I’m happy,” Phelps said. “It was a good weekend for me to build confidence this summer. I had some goals I wanted to hit. I hit one, I guess one is better than none. I can see a lot of little improvements now.”

Women 200-meter backstroke:

Katinka Hosszu held off Maya DiRado, 22, of Stanford Swimming in the final 20 meters to win her second event of the night in 2:07.93. DiRado finished second in 2:08.50 and Missy Franklin, coming off a three-month absence from racing, was third in 2:09.84. Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado of South Florida Aquatic Club was forced to scratch from the event because of illness.

“I haven’t raced this tired in a long time,” Franklin said. “Overall, I am really happy where I am right now. My strokes felt strong but there wasn’t a lot of speed there.”

Men’s 200-meter backstroke

Bolles alum and California junior Ryan Murphy continued his domination of the backstroke events. After winning the 100 backstroke, Murphy blew past the field in the 200-meter backstroke winning by nearly a full body-length in 1:57.06. His 100 split was 56.89.

Murphy, ranked ninth in the world (1:56.91), now returns to training for three weeks before heading to the World Championships in Kazan with his U.S. teammates.

“It was good to race in a meet setting, I didn’t expect to go that fast,” Murphy said. “I have been racing these guys for a while. This was reassurance that I can compete with these guys.”

Tyler Clary of SwimMAC was second in 1:59.32 and Cal teammate Jacob Pebley was third in 1:59.82. The trio was the only swimmers to go under 2 minutes.

Michael Phelps, after winning the 200-meter individual medley, was ninth in 2:04.11. Phelps competed in three events on the final day.

Women 50-meter breaststroke:

Yulia Efimova, 23, of Trojan Swim Club, coming off a 16-month doping suspension, won in 30.37, second fastest time in the world this year. Jessica Hardy, 28, of Trojan Swim Club was second in 30.94. It was Efimova swept all three breaststroke events. “I am so happy to be coming back, it is so exciting, no pressure,” Efimova said.

Men 50-meter breaststroke:

Brazilian Felipe Lima, 30, of Fiat Minas, won in 27.65 ahead of Glenn Snyders in 28.11 and Chuck Katis in 28.32. SOFLO’s Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, was fifth in 28.56.

Women 100-meter freestyle:

Olympian Femke Heemskerk, 27, of the Netherlands won in 53.64. Simone Manuel, 18, of Stanford Swimming was second in 54.29 and Allison Schmidt, 25, of North Baltimore was third in 54.85. Franklin was sixth in 55.49.

Men 100-meter freestyle:

Vladimir Morozov, 23, of Trojan Swim Club won in 49.28 just ahead of Argentine Federico Grabich in 49.50 and Brazilian Nicolas Oliveira was third in 49.60.

Men 1500-meter freestyle:

Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine pulled away from Michael McBroom, 24, of The Woodlands to win in 14:56.43. McBroom’s time was 15:02.56 and Tunisian Ous Mellouli was third in 15:18.02. Gator Swim Club’s True Sweetser, 17, was fifth in 15:26.20.

The four-day meet was the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

The meet served as a final tune-up for several major meets this summer including the Pan American Games, World Championships, World University Games, USA Nationals and Los Angeles Invitational.

The top three finishers earned $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, three and one points for points standings.

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hosszu clinched the series titles for the second consecutive year. Each won $10,000 as series points leaders. Dwyer finished with $12,200 in race earnings and 61 points. Hosszu won $18,600 and totaled 93 points. Caitlin Leverenz won the BMW lease for a year since she is a U.S. citizen. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel finished third with $7,700 and 38.5 points. Atkinson finished with $1,800 in prize money.

SUNDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Lotte Friis, Denmark/North Baltimore 8:25.33, 2. Sierra Schmidt, North Baltimore 8:28.91, 3. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 8:30.02; FLORIDA: 5. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 8:32.94, 21. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 9:08.14, 24. Daniella Van den Berg, Azura Florida Aquatics 9:11.82.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:09.19, 2. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatics 2:11.52, 3. Yulia Efimova, Trojan Swim Club 2:12.91; FLORIDA: 45. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:23.86,

200-meter backstroke:

1.Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:07.93, 2. Maya DiRado, Stanford 2:08.50, 3. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 2:09.84; FLORIDA: 16. Tasija Karosas, Longhorn Aquatics 2:16.36.

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Yulia Efimova, Trojan Swim Club 30.37, 2. Jessica Hardy, Trojan Swim Club 30.94, 3. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 31.01.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands 53.64, 2. Simone Manuel, Stanford 54.29, 3. Allison Schmitt, North Baltimore 54.85.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Argentina 4:12.72, 2. Mexico 4:13.05, 3. Palo Alto Stanford 4:20.55.

MEN

200-meter individual medley:

1.Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 1:59.39, 2. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:00.43, 3. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 2:02.33; FLORIDA: 25. Marco Guarente, Azura Florida Aquatics 2:08.90.

200-meter backstroke:

1.Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 1:57.06, 2. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 1:59.32, 3. Jacob Pebley, Cal Aquatics 1:59.82; FLORIDA: 54. Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:11.74

50-meter breaststroke:

1.Felipe Lima, Fiat Minas 27.65, 2. Glenn Snyders, Trojan Swim Club 28.11, 3. Chuck Katis, Cal Aquatics 28.32; FLORIDA: 5. Jorge Murillo Valdes, South Florida Aquatic Club 28.56, 26. Marco Guarente, Azura Florida Aquatics 30.09.

100-meter freestyle:

1.Vladimir Morozov, Trojan Swim Club 49.28, 2. Federico Grabich, Argentina 49.50, 3. Nicolas Oliveira, Fiat Minas 49.60; FLORIDA: 7. Dylan Carter, Trojan Swim Club 49.81, 47. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 51.66, 67. Mitch D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 52.70, 84. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 53.31, 92. Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club 53.57, 112. Julien Pinon, South Florida Aquatic Club 54.22.

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 14:56.43, 2. Michael McBroom, The Woodlands 15:02.56, 3. Ous Mellouli, Trojan Swim Club 15:18.02; FLORIDA: 5. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 15:26.20, 7. Marcelo Acosta, Azura Florida Aquatics 15:29.22, 20. Franco Lupoli, Azura Florida Aquatics 15:53.72.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Argentina 3:45.44, 2. Mexico 3:48.27, 3. Fiat Minas 3:50.44.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Breaks Jamaican National Record On Day Three Of Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

June 20, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson broke another national record at the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Saturday at George F. Haines International Swim Center.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder broke her national record in the 50-meter butterfly with a career-best 26.65. Her previous mark was 28.06 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in 2008.

Atkinson broke it first in prelims in 27.22, going under the Kazan World Championships B standard of 27.47 and bettered it in the final.

In the 200-meter breaststroke, Atkinson won her morning heat in 2:31.94, her third fastest time of the season and also under the B standard of 2:33.30, and came back with a 2:31.47 to finish a disappointing seventh in the final.

Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes of SOFLO was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.30.

SOFLO teammate and two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, nursing a cold, scratched from the final after going 1:03.45 in prelims.

It was a good day for a former Florida Gold Coast swimmer.

Rhi Jeffrey, 28, of Phoenix Swimming, in the midst of a comeback, made her Olympic trial cut in the 50-meter freestyle in the C final in 26.13.

Jeffrey, an Olympic gold medalist at age 17 on the 4×200 freestyle relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics, stopped competing in 2007 but resumed in 2012. The Delray Beach Atlantic alum was one of Florida’s winningest swimmers, state champion and record holder. She is now living in the Boston area.

In other Saturday championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly:

In the first of her three finals, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu went out fast for a half-body length and won in 2:09.77. Teenagers Emily Overholt, 17, of Vancouver was second in 2:10.75 and Lauren Case of Chattahoochee, 16, was third in 2:11.06.

“I always try to give my best each time I race,” Hosszu said. “I try not to think about my next races at all, but that’s not always easy.”

Men’s 200-meter butterfly:

Michael Phelps, world record holder in the event, went out fast in 55.56 and despite crunching his turn and struggling in his last 50 got to the wall first to win in 1:57.62. Training partner Chase Kalisz was second in 1:58.06 and Tom Shields was third in 1:58.28. Phelps is coming off distance training camp in Colorado Springs.

“I would have liked to finish better,” Phelps said. “The first 100 was what I wanted. We have been doing things in workout I haven’t done in a long time. I am getting my confidence back which has helped. I came in tonight wanting to do 1:57 and I did it. I am happy to be able to do that, it will help me a lot in the 100. Whether I swim this next year no one knows.” Phelps last won a 200 butterfly race at the 2012 Olympic trials and said he would not swim the event again when he came out of retirement last year.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle:

In a close race, Simone Manuel, 18, of Stanford Swimming out-touched Dutch Olympian Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands to win by 4/100ths in 24.75. U.S. Olympian Natalie Coughlin was third in 24.97.

“It feels pretty good, I am still trying to get used to this race,” Manuel said. “It was a pretty good swim. School is over and I am excited to focus only on swimming.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle:

In a furious finish, Cal Aquatics’ Nathan Adrian won by 5/100ths over Brazilian Bruno Fratus in a season-best 21.97. Fratus’ time was 22.02. American Anthony Ervin, 34, who is going to worlds, was ffth in 22.43.

“It was just about execution here,” Adrian said. “That was a phenomenal field, so just to get my hand on the wall first it’s a good one. This helps my mental attitude. Any time you pop under 22 it’s good.”

Women’s 100-meter backstroke:

After a 20-minute rest, Hosszu pulled away from the field to win her second event of the night in 59.69. Elizabeth Pelton was second in 1:00.31 and Missy Franklin, who has not competed since the NCAA Championships in March, was third in 1:00.65.

“I am taking it one day at a time and luckily it worked out,” said Pelton, Franklin’s former California teammate and training mate. “I was focusing on my technique and strategies I do in practice. It’s always fun to swim against a good field.”

St. Andrew’s Swimming alum Tasija Karosas, 19, of Longhorn Aquatics was ninth in 1:02.56 after going 1:02.55 in prelims.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 19, knocked off a star-studded field to win in 53.83. The field featured former international medalists David Plummer, Matt Grevers and Nick Thoman. Murphy was out quick in 26.2. Matt Grevers was challenging late in the race but was hugging the lane line and ended up hitting his hand and finished second in 54.45.

“I am happy getting under 54,” Murphy said. “It is my mom’s birthday today so that was a nice present. It was a good motivation for me to go out there and try to win that for her.”

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke:

Russian Yulia Efimova, coming off a 16-month drug suspension, won her second event of the meet in 2:23.64. Iceland Olympian Hilda Luthersdottir of Gator Swim Club was second in 2:25.61.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke:

In a two-man race, fast-rising Cody Miller, 23, of Badger Swim Club edged Josh Prenot, 21, of Cal Aquatics by 2/100ths of a second to win in a career-best 2:09.71. It was the first time he broke 2:10.

“Any time you go a best time you got to be happy,” Miller said. “It’s not quite as fast as I want to be, but feel pretty good about it. It helped me swimming against Josh, he pushed me through it. He is a really great competitor and I knew he had that back-end speed. I went out a little too easy because I had a lot left coming home. It was definitely a race. I knew we were next to each other.”

Women’s 50-meter butterfly:

Egypt’s Farida Osman, 20, of Cal Aquatics won in 26.08 and broke the African and Egyptian national records in personal best 26.08. She bettered her own record of 26.12 she swam at the 2013 World Championships.

“I swim this a lot, it’s my favorite race and I like it a lot,” Osman said.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly:

With a great start and .58 reaction time, Giles Smith, 23, of Phoenix Swim Club led from wire-to-wire to win in a career-best 23.30, fourth best time in the world this year. American Heritage alum Dylan Carter, 19, of Trojan Swim Club and Trinidad and Tobago was fifth in 24.01.

“It felt good,” Smith said. “I was happy to hit my dive. I just tried to stay long and execute my plan. I tried to feel each stroke instead of spinning too hard like I did last year.”

Women’s 400-meter freestyle:

Denmark’s Lotte Friis, 26, training at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, topped a good field in 4:07.17, just ahead of Emily Overholt in 4:07.93. Hosszu was fourth in 4:08.77. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann was sixth in 4:11.07.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle:

In an exciting race, Michael McBroom, 24, of The Woodlands slipped past Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine at the finish to win in 3:48.59-3:48.75.

The final day of the meet is being webcast at usaswimming.org. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time. The events are women’s 800 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, men’s 1500 freestyle and 400 medley relay.

The four-day meet is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

The top three finishers earn $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, three and one points for points standings.

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hosszu have already clinched the series titles for the second consecutive year. Each won $10,000 as series points leaders.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly:

1.Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:09.77, 2. Emily Overhold, West Vancouver 2:10.75, 3. Lauren Case, Chattahochee 2:11.06; FLORIDA: 9. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 2:13.46, 34. Yee Ching Wong, Swim Florida 2:21.79, Becca Mann, North Baltimore, DQ.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Simone Manuel, Stanford Swimming 24.75, 2. Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands 24.79, 3. Natalie Coughlin, Cal Aquatics 24.97; FLORIDA: 22. Rhi Jeffrey, Phoenix Swimming 26.13.

100-meter backstroke:

1.Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 59.69, 2. Elizabeth Pelton, Cal Aquatics 1:00.31, 3. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 1:00.65; FLORIDA: 9. Tasia Karosas, Longhorn Swimming 1:02.56, 14. Kira Toussaint, Swim Florida 1:02.92, 16. Carolina Colorado, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:03.45.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Yulia Efimova, Trojan Swim Club 2:23.64, 2. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 2:25.61, 3. Laura Sogar, Bluefish 2:27.04; FLORIDA: 7. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:31.47.

50-meter butterfly:

1.Farida Osman, Cal Aquatics 26.08, 2. Daynara De Paula, Sesi 26.37, 3. Ivy Martin, Wisconsin 26.42; FLORIDA: 5. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 26.65, 42. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 28.83, 45. Yee Ching Wong, Swim Florida 29.06

400-meter freestyle:

1.Lotte Friis, North Baltimore 4:07.17, 2. Emily Overholt, west Vancouver 4:07.93, 3. Cierra Runge, North Baltimore 4:08.38; FLORIDA: 6. Becca Mann, North Baltimore, 4:11.07, 10. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 4:13.83, 33 Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 4:25.93, 53. Daniella Van den Berg, Azura 4:31.60.

4×200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Palto Alto Stanford 8:17.36, 2. Mexico 8:20.50, 3. Wisconsin 8:27.49.

MEN

200-meter butterfly

1.Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 1:57.62, 2. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 1:58.06, 3. Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics 1:58.28; FLORIDA: 27. Maximiliano Abreu, Bolles 2:05.53.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 21.97, 2. Bruno Fratus, Auburn Aquatics 22.02, 3. Vladimir Morozov, Trojan Swim Club 22.27; FLORIDA: 12. Renzo Tjon A Joe, Auburn Aquatics 22.76, 18. Dylan Carter, Trojan Swim Club 23.21, 28. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 23.80, 62. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 24.31.

100-meter backstroke:

1.Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 53.83, 2. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford Deal 54.45, 3. David Plummer, New York Athletics; FLORIDA: 9. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 55.93, 42. Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club 58.51, 45. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 58.80.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club 2:09.71, 2. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:09.91, 3. Thiago Pereira, Fiat Minas 2:14.11; FLORIDA: 6. Jorge Murillo Valdes, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:17.30, 31. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:22.37.

50-meter butterfly:

1.Giles Smith, Phoenix Swim Club 23.30, 2. Henrique Martins, Fiat Minas 23.57, 3. Masa Kishida, Tucson Ford 23.92; FLORIDA: 31. Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club 25.49, 48. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 25.89, 57. Jorge Murillo Valdes, South Florida Aquatic Club 26.37.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Michael McBroom, The Woodlands 3:48.59, 2. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 3:48.75, 3. Mads Glaesner, Trojan Swim Club 3:49.51; FLORIDA: 7. Mitch D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 3:52.82, 11. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 3:54.19, 15. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 3:56.24, 28. Franco Lupoli, Azura 3:58.17.

4×200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Fiat Minas 7:28.43, 2. Mexico 7:32.77, 3. Argentina 7:34.30.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’S Pelaez, Pereira Sweep Four Events At June Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

June 20, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Erika Pelaez and Alessandro Pereira went four-for-four Saturday in the Florida Gold Coast SOFLO Sizzler at Academic Village Pool.

Pelaez, 8, and Pereira, 8, won the 25-yard freestyle, 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard butterfly in their home pool.

Pelaez had best times in the 25-yard freestyle in 13.68, 25-yard backstroke in 15.41 and 25-yard butterfly in 14.07.

All four of Pereira’s times were best times. He went 16.46 in the 25-yard butterfly, 18.69 in the 25-yard backstroke, 20.67 in the 25-yard breaststroke and 15.98 in the 25-yard freestyle.

Charlie Russo, 6, of YBC Barracudas was a double winner in the 6-and-under 25-yard backstroke in 27.58 and 25-yard freestyle in 24.84.

In a fun atmosphere, swimmers from around the Florida Gold Coast competed in all four strokes—25-yard butterfly, 25-backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle relay.

SATURDAY SIZZLER RESULTS

GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, None; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, South Florida Aquatic Club 14.07, best time, 2. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 19.85, 3. Gabriella DeLuna, YBC 20.92.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Abigail Pendrak, SwimFast 32.07; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 15.41, best time, 2. Gioia Balzano, MCDA 20.90, 3. Gabriella DeLuna, YBC 21.01.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. None; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 19.79, 2. Fiorella DiSalvo, SOFLO 22.37, 3. Gabriella DeLuna, YBC 24.88.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Emma Sullivan, MCDA 27.50, 2. Abigail Pendrak, SwimFast 38.76; 7-8, 1. Erika Pelaez, SOFLO 13.68, best time, 2. Fiorella DiSalvo, SOFLO 16.44, 3. Giada Porven, SOFLO 18.59.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. YBC A 1:23.17, 2. YBC B 1:36.60.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:

6-and-under, None; 7-8, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 16.46, best time, 2. Luke Weingard, YBC 19.25, 3. Marvan Ekanayake, SwimFast 19.30.

25-yard backstroke:

6-and-under, 1. Charlie Russo, YBC 27.58, 2. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 27.80, 3. Joshua Scarpnato, SwimFast 35.02; 7-8, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 18.69, best time, 2. Marvan Ekanayake, SwimFast 18.83, 3. Hashan Ekanayake, SwimFast 19.70.

25-yard breaststroke:

6-and-under, 1. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 31.12; 7-8, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 20.67, best time, 2. Luke Weingard, YBC 23.03, 3. Tyler Fortson, YBC 23.19.

25-yard freestyle:

6-and-under, 1. Charlie Russo, YBC 24.84, 2. Joseph-Blake Natino, SOFLO 24.85, 3. Joshua Scarpinato, SwimFast 31.61; 7-8, 1. Alessandro Pereira, SOFLO 15.98, best time, 2. Marvan Ekanayake, SwimFast 16.27, 3. Tyler Fortson, YBC 17.19.

100-yard freestyle relay:

8-and-under, 1. YBC A 1:10.61, 2. SOFLO A 1:12.94.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Atkinson Top SOFLO Finisher; Marinheiro Swims Best Time On Day Two Of Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

June 19, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had a good night at the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

On the second day of competition, three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson was top Florida finisher placing third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.21 against a strong field.

Top-seed Russian Yulia Efimova of Trojan Swim Club went out in 31.4 to win easily in 1:06.13, third fastest in the world this year. American record holder Jessica Hardy was second in 1:07.5.

During morning prelims Efimova, coming off a 16-month drug suspension, made up a second on Atkinson in the last 30 meters of their heat.

Florida Gulf Coast-bound Melissa Marinheiro, 18, turned in a lifetime-best in the 50-meter backstroke in 32.36 in the “D” final. She bettered her prelim time of 32.75.

Colombian Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, was fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.13.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 27, was eighth in the “B” final in 29.77 after going 29.71 in prelims.

Teammate Timothy Wynter, 19, Jamaican national record holder in the 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 and senior categories in the 50-meter backstroke, turned in a season-best 26.89 in the “C” final of the sprint event.

Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Katinka Hosszu broke the only records of the day.

During morning prelims, Hosszu broke the U.S. Open record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:31.07, breaking Katie Hoff’s previous record of 4:31.12 by 5/100ths of a second.

Hosszu now holds both the 200 and 400 IM U.S. Open records.

Ironically, Hosszu, a world and European champion and reigning FINA World Swimmer of the Year, has yet to win an Olympic medal in her three appearances in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Coughlin, 32, swam a career-best to break the American and U.S. Open records and win the 50-meter backstroke despite hitting the lane line.

Coughlin won in 27.51, third fastest time in the world and best time by 58/100ths. Top-seed Rachel Bootsma was second in 27.68. Missy Franklin finished eighth in 29.33.

“I had a great start,” Coughlin said. “At first I thought the announcers were talking about another lane. It’s nice to swim a best time at this stage.”

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hosszu have clinched the series titles for the second consecutive year. Each won $10,000 as series points leaders.

Dwyer has $12,200 in race earnings and 61 points. Tyler Clary is second with $8,200 and 41 points.

Hosszu has $14,600 in prize money and 73 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title. Caitlin Leverenz is second with $8,000 and 40 points and will get the car keys.

In Friday’s other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle:

In a talent-laden final, Femke Heemskerk, 27, of the Netherlands won in 1:55.68 ahead of Katinka Hosszu in 1:56.88 and Missy Franklin in 1:57.02. Heemskerk went out in 56.55 for the first 100 meters and pulled away in the final 50 for a body- length lead. It was the fastest time in the world this year. “After being in Barcelona last week, this was a good race for me against such a strong field,” Heemskerk said. “The crowd was great cheering. We don’t see the sun a lot in the Netherlands so this is great to be swimming here.”

Men’s 200-meter freestyle:

In a furious finish, Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine, more known for his distance racing and fourth fastest qualifier after morning prelims (1:49.51), turned it on in the final 50 to win in 1:48.66. Top qualifier Nikita Lobintsev was second in 1:48.86 and Michael Phelps was third in 1:49.03. “I am still trying to figure the 200 race a little bit,” Jaeger said. “It’s exciting to be a part of the race.”

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke:

Cody Miller of Badger Swim Club made a statement with his win in an event that is wide open on the national scene. Miller, the top morning qualifier, went out in 28.12 and pulled away from the field to win in a career-best time 59.51, third fastest in the world this year and third ever sub-minute 100 breaststroke. Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Felipe Lima of Brazil was second in 1:00.66 and Josh Prenot was third in 1:01.21.

“I was very happy with that,” Miller said. “I wanted to be 59.49 so I was seconds away. It’s still early in the summer, but I’m glad to go my best time. I’m on the right track.”

Men’s 50-meter backstroke:

In a close race, Japan’s Junya Koga won in 25.02 after out-touching Russian sprinter Vlad Morozov in 25.19. Koga was top qualifier in 24.87, the only swimmer under 25. David Plummer edged out 6-foot-8 Matt Grevers, 30, for third place in 25.33. Teenager Michael Andrew, 16, of Indie Swimming won the “B” final in a best time 25.72. Andrew was one of two 16-year-olds in the field.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly:

Brazilian Daynara DePaula, 25, of Sesi won in 58.98 ahead of Farida Osman of Cal Aquatics in 59.05 and Felicia Lee of Stanford Swimming was third in 59.51.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly:

Without Michael Phelps in the event, the race was wide open and won by Tom Shields by 5/100ths of a second in 52.22. Early leader and top morning qualifier Giles Smith tightened up at the end of the race and finished second in 52.27.

“I’ve been working on my touch really trying to get to the wall first,” Shields said.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley:

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu pulled away from the field to win in 4:34.04, fourth fastest in the world. Emily Overholt of West Vancouver was second in 4:39.47, just ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, third in 4:39.55. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann was fourth in 4:42.10.

“The morning I felt great but tonight I felt a little jet lag,” Hosszu said. “I just try to race and not make any excuses.”

Men’s 400-meter individual medley:

Top seed Gunnar Bentz overcame early leader Tyler Clary on the breaststroke leg and went on to win in 4:17.73. Max Williamson was second in 4:18.22 and Clary was third in 4:20.54.

“A lot of training this summer and hard sets has gotten me here,” Bentz said.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Saturday. The entire meet is also being webcast at usaswimming.org. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.

The four-day meet is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

The top three finishers earn $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, three and one points for points standings.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter freestyle:

1.Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands 1:55.68, 2. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 1:56.88, 3. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 1:57.02; FLORIDA: 83. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:08.60, 91. Daniella Van den Berg, Azura Florida Aquatics 2:10.22.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Yulia Efimova, Trojan Swim Club 1:06.13, 2. Jessica Hardy, Trojan Swim Club 1:07.53, 3. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:08.21; FLORIDA: 4. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 1:08.40.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Natalie Coughlin, Cal Aquatics 27.51, 2. Rachel Bootsma, Cal Aquatics 28.05, 3. Etiene Medeiros, Sesi 28.20; FLORIDA: 17. Carolina Colorado, South Florida Aquatic Club 29.77, 36. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 32.75.

100-meter butterfly

1.Daynara De Paula, Sesi 58.98, 2. Farida Osman, Cal Aquatics 59.05, 3. Felicia Lee, Stanford Swimming 59.51; FLORIDA: 37. Hilda Luthersdottir, Gator Swim Club 1:02.62, 74. Yee Ching Wong, Swim Florida 1:05.14.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:34.04, 2. Emily Overholt, West Vancouver 4:39.47, 3. Caitlin Leverenz 4:39.55; FLORIDA: 4. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 4:42.10.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:

1.Mexico 3:50.04, 2. Hong Kong 3:51.29, 3. Palo Alto Stanford 3:51.40.

MEN

200-meter freestyle:

1.Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 1:48.66, 2. Nikita Lobintsev, Trojan Swim Club 1:48.86, 3. Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 1:49.03; FLORIDA: 7. Mitch D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 1:49.92, 9. Ryan Murphy, California Aquatics 1:50.59, 33. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 1:53.09, 41. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 1:53.32, 43. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 1:53.37, 51. Franco Lupoli, Azura 1:53.91, 108. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 1:58.05, 110. Julien Pinon, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:58.16.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club 59.51, 2. Felipe Lima, Fiat Minas 1:00.66, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 1:01.21; FLORIDA: 5. Jorge Murillo, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:02.13, 30. Marco Guarente, Azura 1:05.18.

50-meter backstroke:

1.Junya Koga, Club Wolverine 25.02, 2. Vladimir Morozov, Trojan Swim Club 25.19, 3. David Plummer, New York Athletic Club 25.33; FLORIDA: 5, Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 25.61, 11. Corey Main, Gator Swim Club 26.00, 22. Timothy Wynter, South Florida Aquatic Club 26.89, 31. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 27.67.

100-meter butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics 52.22, 2. Giles Smith, Phoenix Swim Club 52.27, 3. Henrique Martins, Fiat Minas 52.56; FLORIDA: 22. Dylan Carter, Trojan Swim Club 54.33, 58. Maximiliano Abreu, Bolles 56.64, 92. Julien Pinon, South Florida Aquatic Club 58.42, 100. Bayley Main, Gator Swim Club 59.51.

400-meter individual medley:

1.Gunnar Bentz, Dynamo Swim Club 4:17.73, 2. Max Williamson, Stanford Swimming 4:18.22, 3. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 4:20.54; FLORIDA: 33. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 4:35.19, 49. Marco Guarente, Azura 4:44.35.

4×100-meter freestyle relay

1.Argentina 3:21.88, 2. Fiat Minas 3:24.61, 3. Mexico 3:28.62.

ELSEWHERE

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue went 58.9 in the 100-meter butterfly in the Tennessee Aquatics Invitational in Knoxville.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

 

Boyle, McBroom Win At Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series; Marinheiro Competes For SOFLO


By Sharon Robb

June 18, 2015—Lauren Boyle of New Zealand and American Michael McBroom won the opening distance events of the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Thursday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Boyle, 27, won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16 minutes, 33.74 seconds, third-fastest time in the world this year.

Boyle took the lead early and led by half a pool length at the 800-meter mark.

Gillian Ryan, 19, of Club Wolverine overtook Madison Homovich, 15, of North Carolina Aquatics in the final 200 meters to finish second in 16:33.74 and Homovich was third in 16:37.16.

In a close men’s race, Michael McBroom, 24, of The Woodlands out-touched Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine, 7:54.21-7:54.47 to win what started out as a three-man race. Both times moved them in the Top 20 in the field. Tunisian Ous Mellouli, 31, of Trojan Swim Club was third in 7:56.00.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro, 18, finished 17th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:33.46 in her first race.

SOFLO teammates Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo and Julien Pinon compete in their opening races on Friday.

A full schedule of racing, featuring Missy Franklin making her pro debut, and Michael Phelps begins Friday with the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Franklin, 20, announced on Thursday she signed her first endorsement deal with Speedo. The four-time Olympic gold medalist is scheduled to swim five events: 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 100 and 200-meter freestyle.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet Friday and Saturday. The entire meet is also being webcast at usaswimming.org. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.

The four-day meet is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu are the series leaders headed into the final meet.

Hosszu has 63 points ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, 39 points, and Beisel, 38.5 points. Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas and SwimMAC is fourth with 37 points.

Dwyer has 61 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title.

The top three finishers earn $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, tree and one points for the points standings.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Lauren Boyle, New Zealand 16:03.73, 2. Gillian Ryan, Club Wolverine 16:33.74, 3. Madison Homovich, North Carolina Aquatics 16:37.16; FLORIDA: 17. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:33.46.

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Michael McBroom, The Woodlands 7:54.21, 2. Connor Jaeger, 24, Club Wolverine 7:54.47, 3. Ous Mellouli, Trojan Swim Club 7:56.00; FLORIDA: 7. Marcelo Acosta, Azura Florida Aquatics 8:04.97, 9. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 8:07.74, 18. Franco Lupoli, Azura Florida Aquatics 8:14.39, best time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Hosts Saturday Sizzler At Academic Village Pool


By Sharon Robb

June 17, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will host the Florida Gold Coast Sizzler on Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

The meet begins at 10 a.m. Warm-up is 9:30 a.m.

Erika Pelaez, 8, one of the hottest swimmers at the monthly sizzlers, heads a field of twelve SOFLO swimmers. Pelaez is coming off a four-win sweep at the June 6 Azura Sizzler.

Pelaez is seeded first in all four events.

Pelaez will be joined by teammates Gabriel Campanioni, 8; Fiorella DiSalvo, 7; Matthew Escudero, 8; Armando Morillo, 8; Abigail Natino, 8; Joseph Natino, 6; Antonia Ortiz, 7; Alessandro Pereira, 8; Giada Porven, 7; Owen Smith, 8; and Sarah Vasquez, 7.

Joseph Natino and Pereira are SOFLO’s other top seeds.

Swimmers from around the FGC will compete in all four strokes—25-yard butterfly, 25-backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle relay.

IF YOU GO

What: South Florida Aquatic Club Sizzler

When: Saturday, warm-up 9:30 a.m., start 10 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $2, heat sheets $2. For more information call 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Sends Large Contingent To Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

June 17, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s top pro and national team swimmers will compete against most of the nation’s top swimmers at the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series.

The four-day meet, that begins Thursday, is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

For many swimmers, including South Florida Aquatic Club teammates Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo and Timothy Wynter, the meet will serve as a final tuneup for next month’s Pan American Games in mid-July in Toronto.

The pro swimmers will be joined by SOFLO national team members Melissa Marinheiro and Julien Pinon.

“We are looking forward to some great racing this week,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said. “This is our final fine tuning meet before Pan Ams. We are looking forward to having a good meet.”

SOFLO pro Lisa Blackburn is not competing in Santa Clara but was one of two swimmers recently named to the Bermuda national team for the Pan American Games. It will be her third Pan American Games appearance. At the 2003 Games, she won two silver medals and one bronze.

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu are the series leaders headed into the final meet.

Hosszu has 63 points ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, 39 points, and Beisel, 38.5 points. Dwyer has 61 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title.

Swimmers are also fine tuning for the July 3-14 World University Games in South Korea and July 19-Aug. 2 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Olympic gold medalists and world record holders Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin will be among fifty USA Swimming National Team swimmers in the field.

It is Franklin’s first meet since turning pro after leaving University of California-Berkeley to train and focus on the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. It will also be her first meet since the NCAA Championships in March. She will get the chance to race against Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands, the world’s top-ranked 200-meter freestyler as well as Hosszu in the backstroke events. Franklin is entered in five events: 50, 100 and 200 backstrokes and 100 and 200 freestyles.

It will be Phelps last major racing opportunity before the USA Swimming Nationals in six weeks. Phelps, who is not competing in the world championships, is entered in five events. Phelps is not entered in the 100-meter butterfly, his best event, in favor of the 200-meter backstroke.

The racing begins Thursday with the timed final distance events at 4 p.m. PDT.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet Friday and Saturday. The entire meet will also be webcast at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com