Dressel Wins Three Titles In One Night, SOFLO’s Atkinson Makes Final On Day Seven Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 27, 2019—Caeleb Dressel pulled off a hat trick on Day Seven of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Saturday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

The 22-year-old swimming sensation defended his 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly titles and was a member of the winning mixed 4×100-meter freestyle that broke a world record in 3:19.40.

Dressel, a University of Florida, Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum, is the first swimmer to win at least six gold medals at two world championships.

“It wasn’t easy tonight,” Dressel said. “I don’t want it to be easy, I really don’t.”

Dressel won the 50-meter freestyle breaking his own American record in 21.04 and 100-meter butterfly in 49.66 after breaking the world record in the semifinals in 49.50.

“It doesn’t just come together by accident,” Dressel said. “It’s just about getting in every day and learning event to event, practice to practice.

“But I’m glad it’s over. I certainly don’t want to swim any more than this tonight. Dressel could pocket a seventh gold and eighth medal of the week in Sunday’s 4x100m mixed medley. He also took silver in the 4×100-meter mixed medley.

“Tomorrow I will be ready to swim one more, and one more fast.”

Olympian and world record holder Katie Ledecky, 22, salvaged her world championships with a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle for her fourth consecutive title in the event. It was Ledecky’s 15th world title.

“I got to the pool this morning to warm up and felt a little nauseous again which wasn’t great,” Ledecky said. “I had a brief moment of doubt there, but pulled it together and made it happen today.

“Last night after watching all the fast swimming I said (to my coach) I so, so badly want to go have a good swim tomorrow. Just watching those records tumble… really fired me up.”

After scratching from two events because of illness, Ledecky came from .18 seconds behind to overtake leader Simona Quadarella of Italy and win in 8:13.58.

“I took it out like I usually do, and just kind of relied on my training to bring me home,” Ledecky said. “Simona was having a great race and pulled up right next to me, and when she did that, I kind of felt like I could stick with her and rely on my speed. I just tried to stay calm and relaxed from the 500 to the 750, and decided in the last 100 when I was going to make a move. I just put my legs into it and got my hand on the wall.”

A night after setting a world record in the semi-finals of the women’s 200 backstroke, 17-year-old American Regan Smith returned to win the final.

The only world title to escape the Americans on Saturday was the women’s 50-meter butterfly, won by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, her first of the meet.

“I’m very happy that I could win another medal especially after such a tough program I’ve been having,” said the Olympic 100 butterfly champion, who had needed an oxygen mask after winning bronze in the 200 freestyle.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club made her first final in the 50-meter breaststroke. She is the fifth fastest qualifier after semifinals in 30.61. She was the silver medalist in the event in 2015. American Lilly King is top qualifier in 29.84.

SOFLO teammate and Vietnam Olympian Vien Nguyen will compete in her third and final event, the 400-meter individual medley on Sunday.

Among other former or current Florida Gold Coast swimmer results: 50-meter freestyle, 47. Cathy Cooper, Panama 26.88, 49. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 27.13, 51. Lauren Hew, Cayman Islands 27.26; 50-meter breaststroke, 4. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica 30.53, 5. Atkinson, 30.61.

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.

TV Schedule: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/07/17/swimming-world-championships-tv-stream-schedule/

Live Results: http://omegatiming.com

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

Dressel, Smith Break World Records, Manuel Sets American Record On Day Six Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 26, 2019—Caeleb Dressel continued his historic run on Day Six of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Friday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

The University of Florida and Bolles Sharks Club alum pursuit of history continued when he broke one of Michael Phelps’ 10-year old world records, this time in the 100-meter butterfly semifinals in 49.50. Phelps record was 49.82 set in 2009. Dressel now owns six of the 10 fastest time in history.

Dressel came back to earn the top seed after the 50-meter freestyle semifinals in 21.18, just 3/100ths of his American record.

Another world record was broken in the semifinals of the women’s 200-meter backstroke. Seventeen-year-old teenager Regan Smith broke Missy Franklin’s record of 2:04.06 set when Franklin was also 17 at the 2012 London Olympics. The high school senior broke the record in 2:03.35.

“I don’t know how to put it into words,” said Smith during her on-deck interview.

Defending champion Simone Manuel held on to win the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and set an American record swimming in Lane 1. Manuel won in 52.04. Aussie Cate Campbell took silver in 52.43 and world record holder Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden was the bronze medalist in 52.46. Manuel is only the second woman to repeat as a champion in this event.

Russian Yuliya Efimova won the 200-meter breaststroke to become the first woman to three-peat in 2:20.17. South African Tatiana Schoenmaker was second in 2:22.52 and Canadian Sydney Pickrem was third in 2:22.90.

Russian Evgeny Rylov knocked off three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy to win the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.40. The Bolles alum took silver in 1:54.12 and Brit Luke Greenbank was bronze medalist in 1:55.85.

Russia won its third goal medal of the night when Anton Chupkov won the 200-meter breaststroke in a world record 2:06.12. Aussie Matthew Wilson, who had broken the world record at 2:06.67 in semis, was second in 2:06.68 and Japan’s Ippei Watanabe was third in 2:06.73.

Australia won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:00.85. Russia took silver in 7:01.81 and the U.S. hung on for the bronze in 7:01.96.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club was 36th in the 50-meter butterfly 27.49.

U.S. Olympian and world record holder Katie Ledecky, still not 100 percent, qualified second in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:17.42 behind teammate Leah Smith in 8:17.23.

Among other former or current Florida Gold Coast swimmer results: 50-meter freestyle, 21. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, Suriname 22.33; 41. Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago 22.65, 82. Jorge Depassier, Chile 24.29; 50-meter butterfly, 41. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 28.45.

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.

TV Schedule: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/07/17/swimming-world-championships-tv-stream-schedule/

Live Results: http://omegatiming.com

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

A Day Of Firsts For South Florida Aquatic Club On Day One Of Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, July 26, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers came up big on opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Rafael Rodriguez. 17, qualified for his first USA Swimming Junior National qualifying standard in the 200-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 2:03.26. He shaved 2.79 off his previous best of 2:06.05.

Juan Mora, 15, made his first USA Swimming Futures Championship cut time in the 100-meter freestyle. After swimming prelims in 55.44 for 19th place, he came back in a time trial to qualify in 53.75. Mora was also fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 31.10 with a time drop of 1:08.

Rodriguez and Mora were also members of the fourth-place 200-meter freestyle relay with Robert Wilson and Miguel Sierra.

Dominic Bono, 16, was SOFLO’s only individual champion in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:09.80. He was fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.81, dropping 4.90 off his previous best. He came back and bettered his best for a total drop of 6.91.

Juan Colmenares, 15, was third in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:15.50 with a time drop of 6.32.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, was fouth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:09.14 with a time drop of 1.46. He was fifth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:13.86.

Sarah Acevedo, 15, and Kelley Heron, 19, were SOFLO’s top girls finishers. Acevedo was second in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:25.04. She was also sixth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:35.13. Heron was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:24.87.

Lucy Smutny was fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:39.51 with a time drop of 13.87.

After opening day action, two-time defending champion Azura leads the combined team standings with 322 points. SOFLO is eighth with 133. SOFLO boys are fifth with 76 and girls are eighth with 133.

The three-day meet continues Saturday with prelims and finals, weather permitting.

SOFLO has 45 swimmers in 191 individual events and 18 relays trying to improve on last year’s eighth place finish among combined teams with 481 points.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 322, 2. Metro Aquatics 297, 3. TS Aquatics 249, 4. Gulliver 220, 5. East Coast Aquatic 198, 6. St. Andrew’s 157, 7. Flood Aquatics 135, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 133, 9. Westminster Academy 126, 10. Boca Raton Swim Team 118.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 183, 2. Gulliver 151, 3. Azura 136, 4. tie, TS Aquatics 101 and St. Andrew’s Swimming 101, 6. FAST 91, 7. North Palm Beach 79, 8. Metro Aquatics 76, 9. Westminster Academy 70, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 57.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 221, 2. Azura 186, 3. TS Aquatics 148, 4. Boca Raton 114, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 76, 6. Wahoos of Wellington 70, 7. Gulliver 69, 8. tie, Westminster Academy 56 and St. Andrew’s 56. 10. City of Hialeah 47.

GIRLS
200-meter freestyle relay:
Open, 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:50.55, 2. Gulliver 1:50.58, 3. Azura 1:50.60, 14. SOFLO A 1:55.40 (Hailey Jerew, Kelley Heron, Michelle Marinheiro, Sarah Acevedo); 22. SOFLO B 1:59.29 (Jennamarie Brames, Lucy Smutny, Leeann Russell, Jena Legaspi).

200-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Rylie Noe, T2 2:27.57, 2. Faith Mutschler, WOW 2:28.97, 3. Adrianna Gooding, PC 2:30.12; SOFLO: 6. Sarah Acevedo 2:35.13, 7. Lucy Smutny 2:36.67, time drop 8.57, 11. Jena Legaspi 2:35.66, time drop 1.17, 13. Jennamarie Brames 2:36.74, time drop 4.81; Open, 1. Solana Capalbo, Azura 2:21.50, 2. Marta Tassara, Unattached 2:24.37, 3. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:24.87.

100-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 58.87, 2. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 59.02, 3. Claudia Acosta, HSC 59.12; Open, 1. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 58.37, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 58.74, 3. Victoria Fonville, WA 59.19.

200-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 2:24.39, 2. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:25.04, 3. Jocelyn Ruiz, BM 2:26.61; Open, 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:21.71, 2. Adrianna Barone, SAS 2:24.95, 3. Erika Wesch, NPB 2:28.15.

50-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 33.60, 2. Stella Urness, Unattached 34.87, 3. Chloe Hernandez, GRSC 35.23; Open, 1. Cailey Friel, NSU 32.99, 2. Victoria Fonville, WA 33.44, 3. Michelle Fernandez, HSC 33.54; SOFLO: 11. Hailey Jerew 35.69, 13. Naomi Eaton 36.01.

400-meter freestyle:
1. 15-16, 1. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 4:28.26, 2. Michaela Avedisian, Unattached 4:29.05, 3. Lydia Lanahan, TSA 4:39.02; SOFLO: 4. Lucy Smutny 4:39.51, time drop 13.87, 9. Michelle Marinheiro 4:43.86, 18. Jennamarie Brames 4:51.81; Open, 1. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 4:28.15, 2. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 4:30.71, 3. Rachel Whitaker, GPA 4:32.25; SOFLO: 10. Melissa Marinheiro 4:40.35, 26. Naomi Eaton 4:58.50.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 4:00.44, 2. Gulliver 4:01.47, 3. East Coast Aquatic 4:03.05, 10. SOFLO B 4:12.63 (Hailey Jerew, Jennamarie Brames, Melissa Marinheiro, Naomi Eaton), 15. SOFLO A 4:17.18 (Michelle Marinheiro, Lucy Smutny, Sarah Acevedo, Leeann Ranalli).

BOYS
200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Westminster Academy 1:36.10, 2. Metro Aquatics 1:38.82, 3. TS Aquatics 1:38.88, 4. SOFLO A 1:39.14 (Robert Wilson, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez, Juan Mora), 20. SOFLO B 1:44.29 (Michael Arias, Brennan Binder, Juan Colmenares, Jonathan Gonzalez).

200-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 2:09.80, time drop 6.91, 2. Wisthon Rendon Sequera, MWA 2:14.76, 3. Juan Colmenares, SOFLO 2:15.50, time drop 6.32; SOFLO: 7. Nicolas Munoz 2:18.54, 11. Alex Golding 2:20.53, time drop 8.69, 14. Yannai Michael 2:22.88; Open, 1. Ricardo Martinez, SAS 2:05.93, 2. Jose Ochoa, Unattached 2:10.56, 3. Boleck Depawlikowski, MAC 2:11.20.

100-meter freestyle:
15-16, tie, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 51.76 and Reese Branzell, LLL 51.76, 3. Raphael Santos, PC 52.79; SOFLO: 6. Robert Wilson 54.48, 9. Michael Arias 54.24, time drop 0.36; Open, 1. Antoine Khazne, Unattached 51.51, 2. Carlos Bernotti, BRST 51.99, 3. Sidrell Williams, Azura 52.33.

200-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 2:04.98, 2. Caleb Petranchuk, JUP 2:07.47, 3. Miguel Sierra, SOFLO 2:09.06, time drop 4.71; SOFLO: 4. Philopatier Ibrahim 2:09.14, time drop 1.46, 7. John Paul Handael 2:12.70; Open, 1. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 2:05.56, 2. Alexander Arrieta, MAC 2:05.97, 3. Brandon Vives, MAC 2:06.00.

50-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Raphael Windmuller, NMST 28.84, 2. Victora Valdes, HSC 30.49, 3. Jose Hermida, MAC 30.59; SOFLO: 5. Juan Mora 31.10, time drop 1.08; Open, 1. Marcelo Lauzurique, Unattached 29.43, 2. Jonathan Sikes, JUP 30.43, 3. Teolio Darias, GRSC 30.45.

400-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 4:08.37, 2. Phillip Moldovanu, WOW 4:10.67, 3. Trenton Edwards, FAST 4:10.91; SOFLO: 5. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:13.86, 9. Juan Colmenares 4:16.98, time drop 7.23, 19. Michael Arias 4:27.25; Open, 1. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Azura 4:09.02, 2. Rodolfo Falcon, Azura 4:09.74, 3. Luis Bucaro, TSA 4:11.26; SOFLO: 26. Nicholas Chaimowicz 4:33.24, time drop 27.36.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 3:32.53, 2. Metro Aquatics 3:33.95, 3. TS Aquatics 3:37.18, 5. SOFLO A 3:38.89 (Michael Arias, Brennan Binder, Juan Colmenares, Philopatier Ibrahim), 9. SOFLO B 3:42.51 (Robert Wilson, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodrigues, Juan Mora).

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior LCM Championships.

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, prelims 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

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

Of note: Admission is $5 per session for prelims and $3 per session for finals. Concession stand will be available. Forty-eight teams are entered and 16 unattached teams. Azura Florida Aquatics is defending champion.

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