Sjostrom Breaks Back-To-Back World Records; Atkinson Wins Second Gold At FINA World Cup Series In Eindhoven

By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2017—Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke back-to-back world records and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won back-to-back gold medals to highlight the FINA World Cup Series in Eindhoven.

After breaking a world record on Friday, Sjostrom, the most dominant swimmer during the opening cluster of the series, broke her own world record of 1:50.78 in the 200-meter freestyle to win in 1:50.43, dropping .35 off her old mark to win. She also owns the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly short course meters world records.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte broke the second world record of the night in the 400-meter individual medley and knocked off Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu by six seconds. Belmonte won in 4:18.94 and was the first woman to dip below 4:19 in the short course 400 IM event.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, the world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle, won the sprint race in a national record 24.54 ahead of Sjostrom by 1/100th of a second.

After winning the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.84, off her world record of 28.64 set last year in Tokyo. It was her 27th World Cup career win in the sprint event and earned her another $1,500 for gold. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania was second in 29.57, the only other swimmer under 30 seconds.

In other races:

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.00. American Olivia Smoliga was second in 56.58. Hosszu was third in 58.11, off her morning swim of 56.95.

South African Chad Le Clos won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.96. Later on, Le Clos won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.09.

Russian Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:02.15.

Belarus swimmer and Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich won the 50-meter backstroke in a national record 22.84.

Norway’s Henrik Christiansen overtook Italy’s Gabriele Detti won the 1500-meter freestyle to win in 14:26.48 to 14:28.43.

The second cluster of the World Cup Series will feature only two meets, the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Hong Kong and Oct. 4-5 in Doha.

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SOFLO’s Golding Swims Final Two Events Saturday At Speedo Junior National Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2017—Headed into the fifth and final day of the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y., South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding will compete in her final two events.

Golding will swim the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle. She is seeded seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69 and 20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Golding turned in her best race of the meet so far on Friday in the 200-meter freestyle. She finished 12th in 2:02.28, dropping 0.10 off her morning time of 2:02.38. Her splits were 28.40, 31.02, 31.75 and 31.11. She was seeded 15th in the event.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, qualified in six events.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s one-woman team is 34th with 21 points among more than 70 teams.

Friday night winners were:

Easop Lee, 17, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.08.

Alexander Zettle, 17, of Lakeside Aquatic Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.13, the only swimmer to dip below 1:50.

Zoie Hartman, 16, of Crow Canyon won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.09 to sweep the breaststroke junior national titles.

Daniel Roy, 17, of King Aquatic Club won the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime best and meet record 2:11.25.

Isabelle Stadden, 15, of FAST won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.23.

Carson Foster, 15, of the Mason Manta Rays won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.61 for his third gold medal of the meet. He also won the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly.

Magnolia Aquatic Club (Lucie Nordmann, Monica Gumina, Kaitlynn Sims, Lillie Nordmann) won the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 8:10.64.

SwimMAC Carolina leads the combined team standings with 310 and look to be headed to clinching the title. Mason Manta Rays are second with 262. Mason Manta Rays lead the men’s team standings with 236 and Magnolia leads the women’s with 191 just ahead of SwimMac with 184.

The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Adan Diaz, 18, Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter breaststroke, 16th, 2:20.09.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 200-meter freestyle, 39th, 2:05.14; 100-meter backstroke, 80th, 1:07.70.

Alessandra Baldari, 17, Unattached, 200-meter freestyle, 43rd, 2:04.65, time drop.

Teo Darias, 17, Gulliver Swim Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 47th, 2:24.59.

Marcelo Lauzurique, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 57th, 2:26.06.

Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 200-meter freestyle, 77th, 1:57.12.

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


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 310, 2. Mason Manta Rays 262, 3. Lakeside 233, 4. Magnolia 195, 5. Irvine Novaquatics 189, 6. Austin 151, 7. Carmel 131, 8. Terrapins 108.5, 9. Sandpipers 102, 10. Scarlet Aquatics 100.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 236, 2. Irvine Novaquatics 167, 3. Nitro Swimming 141.5, 4. SwimMAC 126, 5. Terrapins 94.5, 6. Lakeside 94, 7. Scarlet Aquatics 87, 8. King Aquatics 71, 9. Pleasanton 70, 10. Bolles 69, 77. Azura 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Magnolia 191, 2. SwimMAC 184, 3. Austin 149, 4. Lakeside 139, 5. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 101, 6. Carmel 99, 7. Sandpipers 72, 8. Long Island 67, 9. Waves Bloomington 64, 10. Chelsea Piers 60.5, 34. South Florida Aquatic Club 34, 40. AquaKids Sharks 14, 48. Gulliver Swim Club 12.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Easop Lee, NBAC 2:00.08, 2. Kenisha Liu, BREA 2:00.34, 3. Lauren Pitzer, LAC 2:00.39.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, CROW 2:28.09, 2. Claire Donan, TS 2:30.21, 3. Rachel Ramey, TFA 2:30.25.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Isabelle Stadden, FAST 1:01.23, 2. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 1:01.63, 3. Grace Haskett, IST 1:01.78.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Magnolia 8:10.64, 2. Austin 8:13.97, 3. SwimMAC 8:15.34.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Alexander Zettle, LAC 1:49.13, 2. Jack LeVant, NTN 1:50.25, 3. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:50.44.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, KING 2:11.25, 2. AJ Bornstein, RAC 2:13.96, 3. Jake Foster, RAYS 2:14.34.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 55.61, 2. Shaine Casas, Nitro 55.79, 3. Glen Coward, KATY 56.19.

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