Peaty Breaks World Record; Ledecky Finishes Second; SOFLO, Florida Gold Coast Swimmers See Action On Day One Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships

By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 21, 2019—The opening day of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships on Sunday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre crowned its first four world champions with some stunning surprises.

Brit Adam Peaty cracked the 57-second barrier to become the first swimmer to do so when he broke the world record in the semifinals. Peaty finished in an astounding 56.88, breaking his own world record by 0.22 sconds. He was on world record pace midway through the race. He will now go after the gold medal Monday night.

“There’s no real words, except for incredible,” Peaty said. “Obviously, I’ve been chasing that for years now. As soon as I touched that wall in Rio, I was like, ‘I could go faster’. It’s a very special journey that we’ve had and hopefully we’ll go a lot faster tomorrow. I said to all these guys down there, it’s still a semi-final. It would be a bit embarrassing to go world record and then not come away with a world title.”

Katie Ledecky, 22, opened worlds with a rare second-place finish. The American superstar lost for the first time on a major international stage, finishing second in the 400-meter freestyle. Aussie teenager Ariarne Titmus reeled her in on the final lap to knock off the five-time Olympic champion.

“I want to try to take it in,” Titmus told reporters, “because that’s not something that happens every day. Before the race my coach said to me just fight. I never thought I would find myself in a situation where I’d be mowing Katie down. She’s such a champion.”

The world record holder in the event was second in one of her strongest events in 3:59.76, 0.21 seconds behind the 18-year-old. She had won every major race at that distance since the 2013 worlds. U.S. teammate Leah Smith was third in 4:01.29.

“Obviously this stings a little,” Ledecky said. “It’s unfamiliar and different. But I need to rebound from this, and I need to get my fight back. I just need to continue to do the things I know I’m prepared to do. I’m prepared to swim fast at this meet. Tonight wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be.”

In the men’s 400-meter freestyle, China’s Olympic champion Sun Yang won gold in 3:42.44, a record fourth gold medal at worlds. Aussie Mack Horton was second in 3:43.17 and Italian Gabriele Detti was third in 3:43.23. American Zane Grothe was eighth in 3:45.78.

The U.S. won the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay in a championship record 3:09.06. Relay members included Clay High School and Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel, Blake Peroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian. Dressel swam lead-off in 47.63. Russia was second in 3:09.97 and Australia was third in 3:11.22.

Dressel also broke the American and championship records in the 50-meter butterfly qualifier in 22.57.

Australia won the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle in 3:30.21 with Cate Campbell, Brianna Throssell, Madison Wilson and Bronte Campbell. The U.S. was second in 3:31.02 with Allison Schmitt, Abbey Weitzeil, Margo Greer ad Lia Neal. Canada ws third in 3:31.78.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Nguyen Vien of Vietnam opened worlds with a 26th place finish in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.79 and 19th place in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:13.35.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmers: Aruba’s Daniel Jacobs was 40th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:00.69. Venezuela’s Isabella Paez was 36th in 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.27. Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador was 31st in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:55.06. Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was eighth in the 50-meter butterfly opener in 23.33 and 13th in 23.37 in semifinals to end his finals hope. Joseph Schooling of Singapore failed to qualify in the 50 butterfly finishing 20th in 23.73. Colombia’s Jorge Murillo was 33rd in 1:01.45. Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas was 58th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.60. Will Pisani was 13th in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay swimming for Canada in 3:15.06.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

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SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Makes First Summer Jr. National Cut; SOFLO Leads After Day Three Of Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

By Sharon Robb

STUART, July 20, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club moved into all three category leads headed into the fourth and final day of the Florida Gold Coast 14&Under Long Course Summer Junior Olympics Saturday at Sailfish Splash Water Park.

The defending champion leads the combined (392.50), girls (214) and boys 178.50) team standings among a field of 32 Florida Gold Coast teams.

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart is leaving a lasting impression in her final 14&Under JOs.

Dinehart, 14, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:38.00 to make her first Summer Junior national qualifying standard. She trimmed 4.91 off her previous best (2:42.91) to break 2:40 for the first time to make her cut.

Dinehart was also a member of the third place 400-meter medley relay that finished in 4:38.43 along with Elena Dinehart, Madeline Smutny and Hartley Pitters-Hinds.

Dinehart is third in girls’ high point with 30 points behind Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest (45) and Aspen Gersper of St. Andrew’s (41).

Fiorella Di Salvo was third in the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:14.50 with a time drop of 4.05.

Elena Dinehart was third in the 13-14 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:06.26 with a time frop of 1.73.

SOFLO boys won two 10-and-under relays with a dynamic foursome and had one individual champion.

Alejandro Mateus won the 13-14 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:02.30, dropping 12.39.

SOFLO boys won the 200-meter medley relay in 2:34.70 with Oleksii Viazmetinov, Ryan Harries, Juan Vallmitjana and Connor Jimenez.

SOFLO boys also won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 2:16.23 again with Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries, Oleksii Viazmetinov and Juan Vallmitjana.

Juan Colmenares was second in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 5:05.19 with a time drop of 10.91.

Christopher Hau was third in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:40.50 with a time drop of 8.52.

Connor Jimenez was third in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:19.58 and time drop of 6.73.

The four-day meet concludes Sunday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO looks to be in the driver’s seat to captrure its tenth consecutive JO long course team title and 11th overall in club history. SOFLO has also won back-to-back short and long course JO titles six times.

In March, SOFLO won the FGC 14&Under Short Course JOs for a record tenth overall combined in the club’s 19-year history. SOFLO won the boys title with 524 points ahead of runnerup FAST (401). SOFLO girls finished runnerup by just 18 points behind Pine Crest.

Among top teams in the meet are Pine Crest, Azura, FAST, Jupiter, Hialeah, Swim Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise.

1. South Florida Aquatic Club 392.50, 2. St. Andrew’s 335, 3. Jupiter Dragons 274, 4. Metro Aquatics 262.50, 5. Azura 218, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 201, 7. Gulliver 191, 8. Pine Crest 181, 9. Midtown Weston 178, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 165.

BOYS TEAM RESULTS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 178.50, 2. St. Andrew’s 170, 3. tie, Metro Aquatics 150, Jupiter Dragons 150, 5. Azura 148, 6. City of Hialeah 114, 7. Sunrise 84, 8. Wahoos of Wellington 60, 9. FAST 57, 10. TS Aquatics 56.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 214, 2. Gulliver 167.50, 3. St. Andrew’s 165, 4. Pine Crest 144, 5. Coral Springs Swim Club 142, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 141, 7. Midtown Weston 136, 8. Jupiter Dragons 124, 9. Metro Aquatics 112.5, 10. North Palm Beach 94.

200-meter medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. Jupiter 2:31.09; 5. SOFLO A 2:39.67 (Isabella Perry, Shelby Evans, Lydia Smutny, Sofia Lugo), 11. SOFLO B 2:54.28 (Alexandra Strong, Alessandra Gendarmi, Francesca Perry, Sophia Avila).

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Bianca Nieto, GRSC 2:49.51; 13-14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:38.00, time drop 4.91.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 2:27.81; SOFLO: 10. Sofia Lugo 2:41.33; 11-12, 1. Emma Herrera, JUP 2:13.33; SOFLO: 5. Isabelle Wilson 2:20.00, time drop 1.52, 7. Anastasia Lutz 2:23.20, time drop 2.58; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:05.28; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 2:11.35, time drop 3.22; 6. Madeline Smutny 2:11.41.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 32.83; 11-12, 1. Sidney Anton, Azura 30.48; 13-14, 1. Aspen Gersper, SAS 29.03; SOFLO: 7. Madeline Smutny 30.53.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Alera Hurwitz, WOW 1:19.86; 11-12, 1. Gabriella Deluna, MWA 1:12.08; SOFLO: 3. Fiorella DiSalvo 1:14.50, time drop 4.05, 8. Anastasia Lutz 1:17.22; 13-14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:04.60; SOFLO: 3. Elena Dinehart 1:06.26, time drop 1.73.

200-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. Wahoos of Wellington 2:13.01; 5. SOFLO A 2:23.97 (Alessandra Gendarmi, Isabella Perry, Sophia Avila, Sofia Lugo), 10. SOFLO B 2:32.67 (Lydia Smutny, Francesca Perry, Shelby Evans, Alexandra Strong).

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Coral Springs Swim Club 4:57.71; 4. SOFLO A 5:07.84 (Fiorella Di Salvo, Anastasia Lutz, Gabriela Avila, Isabelle Wilson), 15. SOFLO B 5:27.98 (Sarah Vasquez, Dahila Hirsch, Mariana Pinto, Genesis Escobar); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 4:30.43; 3. SOFLO A 4:38.43 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Madeline Smutny, Hartley Pitters-Hinds).

400-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Emma Herrera, JUP 5:17.27; SOFLO: 8. Isabelle Wilson 5:48.00, time drop 3.55, 9. Fiorella Di Salvo 5:48.94, time drop 1.46, 10. Mariana Pinto 5:49.16, time drop 8.11; 13-14, 1. Giovanna Musiello, GRSC 5:19.55; SOFLO: 14. Sabrina Osorio 5:46.37.

200-meter medley relay:
10-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:34.70 (Oleksii Viazmetinov, Ryan Harries, Juan Vallmitjana, Connor Jimenez); 11-12, 1. Azura 2:12.69, 6. SOFLO A 2:17.98 (Ethan McPeek, Alexander Miller, Luca Hincapie, Kevin Moya), 10. SOFLO B 2:25.20 (Alessio Mazzi, Benjamin Kim, Marvan Ekanayake, Hashan Ekanayake); 13-14, 1. St. Andrew’s 1:55.38; 4. SOFLO A 2:00.26 (Alejandro Mateus, Logan Gonzalez, Diego Nazario-Vasquez, Zackary Harris), 9. SOFLO B 2:04.35 (Aldo Zepeda, Javier Colmenares, Samuel Bullen, Nathaniel Garrick).

200-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:41.96; 13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 2:29.45; SOFLO: 3. Christopher Hau 2:40.50, time drop 8.52, 4. Javier Colmenares 2:40.53, time drop 5.48, 5. Logan Gonzalez 2:43.17.

200-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 2:21.24; SOFLO: 4. Juan Vallmitjana 2:29.21, time drop 1.86, 10. Oleksii Viazmetinov 2:40.46, time drop 9.96; 11-12, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 2:09.35; SOFLO: 6. Hashan Ekanayake 2:16.59, time drop 3.79, 7. Kevin Moya 2:17.19, time drop 7.67; 13-14, 1. Agustin Rodriguez, HSC 1:59.58.

50-meter butterfly:
10-and-under, 1. William Domokos-Murphy, SAS 32.88; SOFLO: 9. Connor Jimenez 36.07, time drop 3.12, 10. Juan Vallmitjana 36.62, time drop 0.72; 11-12, 1. Riley Brisco, LLL 30.22; 13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 26.45.

100-meter backstroke:
10-and-under, 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 1:18.65; SOFLO: 3. Connor Jimenez 1:19.58, time drop 6.73, 10. Oleksii Viazmetinov 1:27.54, time drop 3.70; 11-12, 1. Carlos Viada-Coroba, CM 1:10.39; 13-14, 1. Hudson Bishop, ECAC 1:01.13.

200-meter freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 2:16.23 (Connor Jimenez, Ryan Harries, Oleksii Viazmetinov, Juan Vallmitjana).

400-meter individual medley.
11-12, 1. Alessandro Pereira, Azura 5:08.32; SOFLO: 4. Ethan McPeek 5:41.35, time drop 17.16, 9. Stefano Mazzi 5:51.27, time drop 10.91, 11. Felix Gonzalez 5:53.33, time drop 10.94; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO 5:02.30, time drop 12.39; SOFLO: 2. Juan Colmenares 5:05.19, time drop 10.91.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Azura 4:49.57, 4. SOFLO A 5:04.53 (Ethan McPeek, Alexander Miller, Kevin Moya, Hashan Ekanayake); 13-14, 1. Hialeah 4:19.60, 4. SOFLO A 4:25.59 (Logan Gonzalez, Christopher Hau, Alejandro Mateus, Zackary Harris), 5. SOFLO B 4:29.96 (Aldo Zepeda, Javier Colmenares, Diego Nazario-Vazquez, Nathaniel Garrick).


What: 14&Under Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, prelims, 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke, Stuart.

Defending 2018 champions: Combined, SOFLO; Boys, FAST (Flood Aquatics Swim Team); Girls, Pine Crest.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets will not be sold and will be available at Martin County Swimming and North Palm Beach Swim Club are co-hosting the meet. Results will be available on Meet Mobile or For more information call Jim McCombs, 772-485-3239.

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