SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Makes B Final On Day One Of TYR Pro Swim Series Opener In Austin

By Sharon Robb

January 11, 2018—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club made the B final against a strong field in the women’s 400-meter individual medley Thursday in the TYR Pro Swim Series at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center.

Golding, 17, seeded 16th in the event, qualified 16th in 4:55.68 and finished 16th in 4:53.90. Her best time is 4:50.65. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, 26, won the event in 4:37.43.

Golding was also 45th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.23 off her best time of 1:01.74. Amanda Kendall, 26, swimming unattached for Cal, won the butterfly in 58.29.

It was the first two of seven events Golding is entered in. On Friday she opens with the 100-meter freestyle. She is also swimming the 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.

Mary Smutny, 17, of AquaKids Sharks was third in the B consolation of the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.22. Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta, 21, was second in the B final of the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.78.

The TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin is the first of six stops for the series and will be swum in long course meters. Prelims will begin 9 a.m. CST through Saturday with finals beginning at 5:40 p.m. CST on Friday and Saturday.

TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club.

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin on live television on NBC Sports Network on Friday and Olympic Channel on Saturday. Each finals broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET. A live webcast of prelims will be available online at

AquaKids Sharks Hailey Jerew, 17, and Mary Smutny, 17; Azura Florida Aquatic’s Patricia Casellas, 27, Luis Flores, 23, Edson Lima, 23, Daniel Torres, 26, and Gonzalo Vegas, 20 are also competing for the Florida Gold Coast. Florida Gold Coast college swimmers Marcelo Acosta and Rachael Bradford Feldman are competing for University of Louisville.

Other meet stops are Atlanta, Mesa, Ariz., Indianapolis, Santa Clara, Columbus and U.S. Nationals.


400-meter individual medley: 1. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:37.43, best time, 2. Madisyn Cox, TXLA 4:42.22, 3. Hannah Moore, NCS 4:47.40, 9. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, UOFL 4:47.14, 16. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:53.90.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Amanda Kendall, Unattached Cal 58.29, 2. Yufei Zhang, China 58.39, 3. Rebecca Smith, HPCO 58.72.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Xuwei Peng, China 2:08.17, 2. Regan Smith, RIPT 2:08.64, 3. Taylor Ruck, HPCO 2:08.90.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Chloe Tutton, SW 2:23.92, 2. Emily Escobedo, COND 2:25.94, 3. Breeja Larson, NYAC 2:28.34.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Bingjie Li, China 1:56.96, 2. Melanie Margalis, SPA 1:58.23, 3. Taylor Ruck, HPCO 1:50.26, 11. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 2:02.22.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay: 1. Texas A&M 3:49.85, 2. New York Athletic Club 3:52.05, 3. Condors 3:55.04.


400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, ABSC 4:10.80, pool record, 2. Anton Oerskov Ipsen, NCS 4:19.27, 3. Tristan Cote, UOFC 4:20.93.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jack Conger, NCAP 51.80, 2. Tripp Cooper, TXLA 53.02, 3. Masayuki Umemoto, RQ 53.09.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, CAL 1:56.11, 2. Jacob Pebley, CAL 1:56.40, 3. Carson Foaster, RAYS 2:00.73.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Yan Zibei, China 2:10.33, 2. Joshua Prenot, CAL 2:10.91, 3. Chase Kalisz, ABSC 2:11.21.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, Unattached-Cal 1:48.18, 2. Clark Smith, TXLA 1:49.34, 3. Matias Koski, ABSC 1:49.91, 10. Marcelo Acosta UOFL 1:51.78.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

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