SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Ready For Speedo Junior National Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2017—It’s show time for Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club.

The talented swimmer will take on an ambitious schedule of six events at the Speedo Junior National Championships that begin Tuesday at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, will be among a strong field of up-and-coming national caliber swimmers. She will compete in her six events over four days.

First up on Wednesday are the 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley; on Thursday, 100-meter butterfly; on Friday, the 200-meter freestyle and on Saturday, the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle.

Golding is seeded 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.31. Isabel Ivey, 16, of Gator Swim Club is seeded first in 54.95 and Morgan Tankersley, 18, of Greater Tampa Swimming, eighth in 56.06.

Golding is seeded sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.65, the only Florida swimmer seeded in the Top 10.

Her other seedings are:

32nd in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.74.

15th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.99.

Seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69.

20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Other top swimmers entered are Dakota Luther of Austin Swim Club, coming off the FINA World Championships competing in the 200-meter butterfly; Eva Merrell of Aquazot Swim Club and High School Swimmer of the Year Reece Whitley.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing are: Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks; Emily Cordovi and Teo Darias, Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Marcelo Lauzurique of Gulliver Swim Club; Adan Diaz of Azura Florida Aquatics; and Nicole Gomez of North Palm Beach.

No more than four swimmers per event will be selected for the 2017-2018 U.S. national junior team. The roster will have a minimum of 26 men and 26 woman and maximum of 40 men and 40 women.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at

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Two World Records Fall At FINA World Cup Series; SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold

By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2017—Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands took down two world records Monday at the FINA World Cup Series in Berlin.

Kromowidjojo became the first woman to break the 23-second mark in the 50-meter freestyle. The Olympian broke the world short course record in 22.93, breaking the record of 23.10 set five days ago by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the Moscow series opener. Sjostrom also swam under her world record in 23.00.

It is the third time the Dutchwoman has set or tied the world record since 2013.

Hosszu broke the 100-meter individual medley in 56.51, breaking her own world record of 56.67 set in 2015. Hosszu owns all IM world records in short and long course meters.

After breaking the world record, Hosszu won two more golds in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.37 and 100-meter butterfly in 55.86 against a stacked field including Sjostrom.

Also on Day Two, with none of the world’s top breaststrokers in the field, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of South Florida Aquatic Club breezed to a win in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.16. Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen was second in 1:04.56.

Atkinson also won a bronze medal in the 100-meter individual medley in 58.12 behind Hosszu (56.51) and Sjostrom (57.30).

Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.08 just nipping American Tom Shields in 1:49.26.

South African teammate Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.49.

Hungary’s Kominik Kozma won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.03.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 100-meter backstroke in 49.97, the only male to break 50 seconds. Florida State alum Pavel Yankovich of Belarus took bronze in 50.70.

Mireia Belmonte of Spain won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:57.79, the only sub-4 minute swim in the field.

Philip Heintz of Germany won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:05.16, just ahead of Italy’s Federico Turin in 4:05.73.

Next up will be the third leg of the first cluster, Aug. 11-12 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold On Day One Of FINA World Cup Series In Berlin

By Sharon Robb

August 6, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won the 200-meter breaststroke Sunday in the FINA World Cup Series second stop opener in Berlin.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won in 2:18.96. Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen was second in 2:19.52 and Fanny Lecluyse of Belgium was second in 2:19.96 against a less than stellar field.

Atkinson, 28, was second seed (2:22.35) behind Pedersen (2:21.87) going into finals.

Atkinson was also 14th in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.45.

World Cup meet records in the men’s 100-meter freestyle and women’s 400-meter individual medley fell on Day One of the meet.

Russian Vladimir Morozov lowered the meet record and national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 45.23. His splits were 21.34 and 23.89. Chad Le Clos was second in 45.78, the first South African to crack 46 seconds. Le Clos came back and won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.32.

Hungarian Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu broke the meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.82. She broke her own meet record of 4:20.83.

In other championship finals:

Kirill Prigoda of Russia out-touched South African Cameron Van Der Burgh to win the 100-meter breaststroke, 56.35-56.38.

Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden won the first of two events in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.57, one of only two swimmers to crack the 25-second barrier. She came back and won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.56. She leads the points money list with 109.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.20.

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.15.

Italian Gabriele Detti won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:18.33.

Germany’s Philip Heintz won the 200-meter individual medley in front of hometown fans in 1:52.64.

The two-day meet continues on Monday.

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SOFLO Has Top 10 Finish; Heron, Roche Lead Team On Final Day Of Futures Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 6, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club enjoyed its best national finish in club history at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Centennial Sportsplex Tracy Caulkins Competition Pool in Nashville, Tenn.

After four days of competition, SOFLO finished tenth among a field of 84 teams in the combined team standings. The men’s team placed sixth overall and was the best finish by a Florida Gold Coast men’s team.

“I am excited about the combined score and our participation,” said SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson now headed to New York for USA Swimming Junior Nationals with Kathleen Golding.

“It was nice to have this many swimmers at a national meet and to have relays competing was pretty exciting. It was a nice cap to the summer. It was a very successful summer for SOFLO.”

Kelley Heron, 17, was SOFLO’s top finisher on the fourth and final day of competition.
Heron, seeded fourth in 2:22.88 after morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke. She came back and bettered her time in 2:20.95 to finish fourth. She shaved 0.77 off her previous best of 2:21.72.

Ricardo Roche, 17, was eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.06. He went a best time of 2:08.44 in prelims. His previous best was 2:09.44 for a 1.00 time drop. Roche was also ninth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:28.96 with a time drop of 0.05.

The championship meet was open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and achieved the time standards in one or more events. The summer meet provides swimmers with a new stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals. Some refer to the Futures meet as a “junior” Junior Nationals.

It was one of four Futures meets held across the country. The other three were in Santa Clara, Calif., Lewisville, Tex. and Geneva, Ohio.

Several Florida teams were among the field including Gator Swim Club, Pine Crest Swimming, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatics and Blue Wave Swimming.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 540, 2. Tennessee Aquatics 405, 3. Dynamo 378, 4. Marlins of Raleigh 377, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 316, 6. East Coast Aquatic Club 245, 7. Area Tallahassee 224, 8. Highlander 207, 9. Cardinal Aquatics 187, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 157.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 282, 2. Tennessee Aquatics 219, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 195, 4. Dynamo 191, 5. Area Tallahassee 186, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 112.5, 7. Tampa Bay 103, 8. Ensworth 87, 9. Kentucky Aquatics, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 82.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 258, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 234, 3. Highlanders 204, 4. Dynamo 187, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 186, 6. Marlins of Raleigh 182, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 176, 8. T2 Aquatics 133, 9. Saline Swim Team 118, 10. Cardinal Aquatics 116, 19. SOFLO 45.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 57.22, 2. Mary Arsenault, GOLD 57.62, 3. Ella Marlow, GTSA 58.07; SOFLO: 102. Jessica Rodriguez 1:04.26, time drop.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Brooke Zettel, TAC 2:18.09, 2. Elizabeth Broshears, BOON 2:19.29, 3. Alexandra Massey, ENSW 2:20.33, 4. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:20.95, time drop.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Brooke Zettel, TAC 2:19.98, 2. Emma Feehery, T2 2:21.23, 3. Sara Sotler, LA 2:21.58; SOFLO: 67. Jennifer Rodriguez 2:38.22

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, CFM 17:00.46, 2. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:05.78, 3. Noa Heron, WFLA 17:13.72, 14. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:49.98.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SwimMAC 4:19.88, 2. Cardinal Aquatics 4:22.73, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 4:23.92, 13. SOFLO 4:36.77 (Kelley Heron, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Rodriguez, Melissa Marinheiro).


100-meter freestyle: 1. Nolan Briggs, BC 51.40, 2. Ethan Long, AAC 51.63, 3. Matthew Lattin, ENSW 51.82; SOFLO: 44. Luke Lezotte 54.70, 45. Juan Serna 54.75, time drop, 55. Kevin Porto 55.11.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Joseph Licht, TBAY 2:05.28, 2. Conor Lynch, NTCA 2:05.49, 3. Campbell Auerbach, DYNA 2:06.10, 8. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 2:10.06; SOFLO: 37. Juan Diaz 2:16.74.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Dillon Hall, GCAT 2:07.85, 2. Brett Riley, SYS 2:08.10, 3. James McGuire, DYNA 2:08.49; SOFLO: 55. Samuel Quintero 2:17.28, 61. Luis Villanueva 2:18.78.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Ilis Sibirsev, FSLA 8:22.39, 2. Alfonso Mestre, CAT 8:22.47, 3. Cole Forbes, ATAC 8:23.91, 9. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 8:28.96, time drop, 13. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:33.24, time drop.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SwimMAC 3:55.42, 2. Dynamo 3:56.19, 3. Tennessee Aquatics 3:57.10, 12. SOFLO 4:02.54 (Ricardo Roche, Samuel Quintero, Max Asnis, Luke Lezotte).

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