SOFLO’s Golding Swims Second Lifetime-Best Time, Makes “C” Final At USA Swimming Phillips 66 Nationals


By Sharon Robb

IRVINE, Calif., July 27, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding swam back-to-back lifetime-bests Friday at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships.

Golding, 17, was 21st in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:49.23, dropping 1.42. She finished fifth in the “C” final.

In morning prelims she went 4:49.84, dropping 0.81 off her previous best of 4:49.84. She also swam a best time Thursday in the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.25) dropping 0.03.

It was the third of five events she entered. Golding swims the 200-meter individual medley (2:17.19) and 50-meter freestyle (26.35) on Sunday before competing in next week’s Junior Nationals in the same pool.

In other races:

Defending world champion Lilly King touched out Molly Hannis, 29.82-30.07 in the 50-meter breaststroke after missing the Pan Pacs team in the 200-meter breaststroke. The world record holder had no problem winning. She was the only swimmer to dip under 30 seconds.

Ally McHugh of Penn State was a surprise winner in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:34.80, finishing ahead of Brooke Ford, Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg and favorite and defending champion Leah Smith. She reeled in Smith and Forde on the freestyle leg.

After tying her own American record in the 50 butterfly, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.83 as expected. Dahlia came from behind in the back half to win. She has secured her spot at both Pan Pacs and Worlds.

American record holder Olivia Smoliga held off Ali Deloof to win the 50-meter backstroke in 27.70 and will return to worlds.

Favorite Chase Kalisz won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:08.25, nearly a two-second margin of victory. Kalisz surged on the back half to win by more than a body length.

Caeleb Dressel, representing Bolles, won the 100-meter butterfly in 50.50, earning a spot on the Pan Pacs team.

Nineteen-year-old Michael Andrew, already qualified in the 50-meter butterfly, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a U.S. Open record 26.84. He swam just 23 minutes after swimming a lifetime best in the 100 butterfly.

Olympic backstroke champion Ryan Murphy of Cal, coming off a year off in 2017, won the 50-meter backstroke in an American record, U.S. Open and meet records in 24.24.

Missy Franklin made an early exit from nationals failing to qualify for two of the biggest international swim meets leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The four-time 2012 Olympic gold medalist did not final in her 100 and 200-meter freestyle events. She was working her way back from surgeries on both shoulders 18 months ago.

The senior championship meet is one of the biggest meets of the summer. The meet is the selection trials for the Aug. 9-12 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The U.S. 2019 FINA World Championship team will be chosen based on combined results from nationals and Pan Pacs.

It’s also a selection meet for Junior Pan Pacs, Pan American Games and World University Games.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time, three hours behind South Florida.

The meet will be shown on the webcast of usaswimming.org, the Olympic Channel at nbcsports.com, NBC and NBC Sports Network.

TV SCHEDULE

Saturday — Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 4, Olympic Channel (10 p.m.)

Sunday — Day 4, NCBCSN (1 a.m.); Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 5, Olympic Channel (9 p.m.)

Monday — Day 5, NBCSN (6 p.m.)

Stream: NBCSports.com or NBC Sports app

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Ally McHugh, Unattached 4:34.80, 2. Brooke Forde, STAN 4:35.09, 3. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:35.50; FGC: 12. Kelly Fertel, GSC 4:46.58/15, 4:48.64, 24. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:49.84, time drop 0.81/21. 4:49.23

100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, CARD 56.83, 2. Katie McLaughlin, CAL 57.51, 3. Kendyl Stewart, TE 57.70; FGC: 84. Mary Smutny, AKS 1:01.86.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, IU 29.82, 2. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 30.07, 3. Katie Meili, NYAC 30.72; FGC: None.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC 27.70, 2. Ali Deloof, CW 27.88, 3. Elisa Haan, NCS 27.90; FGC: 48. Megan Moroney, CAV 29.58.

MEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, ABSC 4:08.25, 2. Jay Litherland, DYNA 4:10.21, 3. Sean Grieshop, CAL 4:12.72; FGC: 31. Miguel Cancel 4:24.77/28. 4:24.97, time drop 3.62.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 50.50, 2. Jack Conger, NCAP 51.11, 3. Michael Andrew, RPC 51.68; FGC: None.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, RPC 26.84, 2. Devon Nowicki, MILA 27.12, 3. Ian Finnerty, IU 27.19; FGC: 46. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 28.97.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, CAL 24.24, 2. Justin Ress, NCS 24.31, 3. Ryan Held, NCS 24.60; FGC: None.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Boys Fifth After Day One Of FGC Senior Long Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, July 27, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club is among Top 10 teams after the opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO boys are fifth with 98 points, the girls are eighth with 82.50 and combined team is ninth with 180.50.

As expected, defending champion Azura Florida Aquatics got off to a strong start and leads combined with 425.50 and boys with 324. Pine Crest leads the girls with 283.

Melissa Marinheiro and CJ Kopecki were SOFLO’s top finishers.

Marinheiro, 21, was fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:36.52. She was also a member of the 11th-place 400-meter freestyle relay and 12th place 200-meter freestyle relay.

Kopecki, 19, after qualifying fourth in 2:12.49 in the 200-meter butterfly, was sixth in finals in 2:16.01. He was also a member of the 200- and 400-meter freestyle relay that finished out of the Top 10 and 32nd in the 100-meter freestyle. John Paul Handal was ninth in the butterfly event in a best time 2:16.37 with an impressive time drom of 5.43

Robert Wilson, 15, was seventh in the 100-meter freestyle in 55.46 followed by Michael Arias, 15, eighth in 55.51.

Leonardo Mateus, 16, was eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:19.64.

The field features 42 Florida Gold Coast teams including defending champion Azura, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Gulliver Swim Club, Jupiter Dragons, Pine Crest Swimming, Westminster Academy, Boca Raton Swim Team and East Coast Aquatic Club.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic 425.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 392.50, 3. Gulliver Swimming 348, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 340, 5. East Coast Aquatic Club 280.50, 9. SOFLO 180.50.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 324.50, 2. Metro Aquatics 264, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 126, 4. Westminster Academy 102, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 98, 8. BRST 80.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Pine Crest Swimming 283, 2. Gulliver 256, 3. East Coast Aquatic Club 217.50, 4. North Palm Beach 149.50, 5. Metro Aquatics 128.50, 8. SOFLO 82.50.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:48.38, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:51.38, 3. Gulliver Swim Club 1:51.50, 12. SOFLO A 1:57.65 (Kylie Herman, Melissa Marinheiro, Abby Oyetunji, Maya Coffey), 20. SOFLO B 2:00.61 (Kyana Castro, Daniela Curbelo, Michelle Marinheiro, Alana Acevedo).

200-meter backstroke:
1. Amanda Kopas, Azura 2:25.74, 2. Madison Schain, AKS 2:30.10, 3. Hanna Smith, PC 2:30.11; Open, 1. Allison Kopas, Unattached 2:19.49, 2. Roxanne Yu, CANE 2:21.87, 3. Megan Schimansky, CSSC 2:29.22.

100-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Delaney Biro, TSA 59.79, 2. Claudia Acosta, HSC 1:00.05, 3. Mariangela Cincotti, Unattached 1:00.06; Open: 1. Jessica Nava, PC 58.36, 2. Carmen San Nicolas-Martinez, CANE 58.76, 3. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 58.91.

200-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Jocelyn Ruiz, BMHG 2:24.41, 2. Valerie Barreto, GRSC 2:25.89 3. Valeria Strohmeier, GRSC 2:28.67; Open, 1. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 2:17.61, 2. Victoria Miyamoto, PCS 2:21.29, 3. Alexandra Paz, MAC 2:23.53; SOFLO: 10. Kylie Herman 2:35.46.

50-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Ryan Flynn, ECAC 35.26, 2. Hanna Smith, PCS 36.41, 3. tie, Michaela Avedisian, ECAC 36.53 and Naomi Eaton, SOFLO 36.53; Open, 1. Evita Leter, MAC 33.34, 2. Savannah Yates, PCS 34.52, 3. Emily Santos, Unattached 34.87.

400-meter freestyle:
Open, 1. Erin Tague, NPB 4:38.27, 2. Erika Wesch, NPB 4:29.75, 3. Rachel Contich, PCS 4:33.65; SOFLO: 4. Melissa Marinheiro 4:36.52.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. East Coast Aquatic Club 4:03.63, 2. Gulliver 4:05.02, 3. Metro Aquatics 4:08.72, 11. SOFLO A 4:20.22 (Kylie Herman, Melissa Marinheiro, Kyana Castro, Maya Coffey), 15. SOFLO B 4:25.52 (Michelle Marinheiro, Daniela Curbelo, Abby Oyetunji, Alana Acevedo).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 1:35.90, 2. Metro Aquatics 1:36.19, 3. Performance Aquatics 1:36.23; 12. SOFLO A 1:41.79, 22. SOFLO B 1:47.77 (Jonathan Farah, John Paul Handal, Juan Colmenares).

200-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Gavin Smith, NPB 2:07.72, 2. Eduardo Abal, Unattached 2:12.62 3. Jose Ochoa, Unattached 2:13.36; SOFLO: 8. Leonardo Mateus 2:19.64; Open, 1. Lucas Duarte, Unattached 2:10.76, 2. Jose Diaz, PCS 2:13.03, 3. Drew Dickson, WA 2:14.50; SOFLO: 13. Alejandro Mateus 2:33.00.

100-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Reese Branzell, LLL 52.95, 2. Varis Monroe, NPB 54.05, 3. Carlos Nava, MAC 54.07; SOFLO: 7. Robert Wilson 55.46, 8. Michael Arias 55.51; Open, 1. Phillippe Marcoux, SFTL 51.57, 2. Pedro Chiancone, Azura 51.60, 3. Nikita Tretyakov, SFTL 51.78.

200-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Caleb Petrancuk, JDST 2:07.49, 2. Michael Fernandez, HSC 2:11.22, 3. Isiah Jimenez, GRSC 2:12.23; SOFLO: 9. John Paul Handal 2:16.37, time drop 5.43; Open, 1. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 2:07.68, time drop 0.34, 2. Edson Lima, Unattached 2:11.13, 3. Brayan Perez, BM 2:11.56; SOFLO: 6. CJ Kopecki 2:16.01.

50-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Raphael Windmuller, NMST 29.98, 2. Carlos Nava, MAC 30.77, 3. Cameron Brown, Azura 31.13; Open, 1. Davion Conley, WA 28.63, 2. Teolio Darias, GRSC 29.95, 3. Adan Diaz, Azura 30.34; SOFLO: 13. Jonathan Farah 31.61.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:31.48, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:33.93, 3. Performance Aquatics 3:37.00, 11. SOFLO A 3:45.98 (Robert Wilson, CJ Kopecki, Jonathan Farah, Heath Brames), 18. SOFLO B 3:55.80.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships

When: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m., warm-ups 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.

Timelines: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:19 p.m., 5-7:37 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-1:16 p.m., 5-8:03 p.m.

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg School of Champions, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs.

Of note: In last year’s meet, Azura won the combined team title with 1,295.50 followed by Gulliver with 1,245 and Metro Aquatics with 930…Admission $5 per session for prelims and $3 per session for finals…Concession stand will be available…For information call 954-345-2121 or 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com