By Sharon Robb
January 15, 2016—Kathleen Golding, the youngest member of South Florida Aquatic Club’s contingent, led the team Friday at the Arena Pro Swim Series at University of Texas Lee & Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
Golding, 15, a freshman at Cooper City High School, swam a best time in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.43, bettering her previous best of 59.49.
She also went 4:26.97 in the 400-meter freestyle, just off her best time of 4:26.30.
Golding has the 200 and 400 individual medley events left to swim.
Four of SOFLO’s ProFlo group competed on opening day, with two of its Olympians making finals.
Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 27, was seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke final in 2:29.77, slower than her morning swim of 2:29.18 that earned her the No. 6 seed. She was also 73rd in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.67.
Atkinson has four events remaining: the 100 breaststroke; 50 and 200 freestyle; and 200 individual medley.
2012 U.S. Olympian Claire Donahue, 27, was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.44. She was seeded seventh after going 59.89 in prelims. Donahue will also compete in the 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle.
Two-time Colombian Carolina Colorado was 39th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.05.
Colorado is also swimming the 100 and 200 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 200 individual medley.
Kile Aukerman was 50th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.82, just off his best time. He had four events remaining: 100 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley and 50 freestyle.
Bermuda national champion Lisa Blackburn, who scratched from the 200 breaststroke, is scheduled to swim the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
In other championship finals:
Sarah Sjostrom, 22, of Sweden won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.12, the first of two U.S. Open records for the night and outsprinting Katie Ledecky, 18, of Nation’s capital in 53.75. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was fourth in 54.37. Sjostrom also won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.38 followed by Dana Vollmer in 57.61 and Noemie Thomas (58.38).
Californian Nathan Adrian topped a loaded men’s field including top-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Stravius to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.91. Most of the field (Jimmy Feigen, Santo Condorelli, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Matt Grevers, Michael Chadwick) could end up being the U.S. Olympic Trials final lineup.
Laura Sogar of Bluefish won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.69.
Josh Prenot, 22, swimming unattached, came up with a big win in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.26.
Michael Phelps poured it on in the last 25 meters to win the 100-meter butterfly in 51.94 against a stacked field that included rival Ryan Lochte of SwimMAC, fifth in 52.73.
Teenager Katie Ledecky, 18, of Nation’s Capital, on world record pace during her swim, won the 400-meter freestyle in a pool record 3:59.54, fifth fastest time ever.
In a close race, Frenchman Jordan Pothain, 21, won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:50.06, just ahead of Michael McBroom, 24, in 3:50.17.
The three-day meet resumes Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.
The meet will be televised on same-day delay on Universal HD Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-11 p.m. EST. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the Jan. 16-17 finals. A live webcast of both the prelims and finals will be at the usaswimming.org website.
Austin is the second stop in the seven-meet series. The series offers $350,000 in prize money. Each meet winner earns $1000, runners-up $600 and third place $200. A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the overall male and female series winners. Ledecky and Conor Dwyer lead the series after the first meet.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden 53.12, 2. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital 53.75, 3. Abby Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic 54.00; SOFLO: 91. Kathleen Golding, 58.43, best time.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Laura Sogar, Bluefish 2:24.69, 2. Molly Hannis, Tennessee Aquatics 2:26.73, 3. Anna Belousova, Nation’s capital 2:26.76; SOFLO: 7. Alia Atkinson 2:29.77.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden 56.38, 2. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 57.61, 3. Noemie Thomas, California 58.38; SOFLO: 7. Claire Donahue 59.44.
400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital 3:59.54, 2. Leah Smith, Unattached 4:04.74, 3. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 4:07.09; SOFLO: 66. Kathleen Golding 4:26.97.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 48.91, 2. Jeremy Stravius, France 48.96, 3. Jimmy Feigen, NY Athletic Club 49.20.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Josh Prenot, unattached 2:10.26, 2. Nic Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:10.51, 3. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 2:10.63; SOFLO: 50. Kile Aukerman 2:23.82.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Phelps, North Baltimore 51.94, 2. Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics 52.39, 3. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 52.61.
400-meter freestyle: 1. Jordan Pothain, France 3:50.06, 2. Michael McBroom, Woodlands 3:50.17, 3. Madsen Glaesner, Trojan Swim Club 3:50.81.
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