By Sharon Robb
April 16, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers finished a successful road trip on the third and final day of the Arena Pro Swim Series Saturday at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Arizona.
Max Asnis was SOFLO’s top finisher qualifying for the “D” final in the 200-meter butterfly. In morning prelims he was 27th in 2:09.49 and finished second in the “D” final in 2:08.69.
Kathleen Golding was 38th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:25.76 and 50th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:17.89.
Kelley Heron was second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:07.20.
Rafael Rodriguez was 11th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:50.74 in the slower heat and finished 19th overall.
Ricardo Roche was 14th in the 1500-meter freestyle in the slower heat in 17:11.20 and finished ranked 22nd overall.
The fun road trip was successful for the SOFLO swimmers who return to training this week. The Mesa trip featured dryland and pool training, hiking, bonding and sightseeing not to mention some great racing despite not being shaved or tapered.
In Saturday night’s finals:
Women 200-meter butterfly: Kelsi Worrell of the Louisville Cardinals won in 2:09.04. Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks was fifth in 2:14.04.
Men 200-meter butterfly: Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in 1:55.82 ahead of Tom Shields in 1:59.09.
Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: Katie Meili of New York Athletic Club won in 1:06.37.
Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Kevin Cordes, swimming unattached, won in 1:00.78.
Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Ali Deloof of Club Wolverine won in 59.43.
Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford won in 54.15 and swung back at folks who were suggesting he should retire from the sport. He fell short of qualifying for his third Olympics in 2016 but has chosen to continue his competitive swimming career. Grevers said that being in the water “was my happy place.” He is also enjoying being a father for the first time. His daughter Skylar was born on Nov. 9.
Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Madisyn Cox, swimming unattached out-touched Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg, 2:11.14-2:11.20.
Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in 1:57.71 to complete an impressive double with two best times on the final night.
Women’s 800-meter freestyle: It wasn’t even close as Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Katie Ledecky won in a world-leading 8:15.44. Leah Smith was a distant second in 8:27.55.
Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Azura’s Marcelo Acosta of the University of Florida won the distance event in 15:24.19. Acosta pulled away from the field in the back half of the race and won by six seconds.
The third stop of the pro meet series featured 500 swimmers including Olympic, national and collegiate champions. Prize money was awarded. First place received $500, second place $300 and third place $100. The next stop is May 4-7 at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
Daiya Seto and Josh Prenot are tied with 32 points for the lead in the men’s series. Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg is on top of the women’s series with 28 points.
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