Dressel, Manuel, Hosszu Make History; SOFLO’s Atkinson Misses Medal On Final Day Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships

By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 28, 2019—Caeleb Dressel, Simone Manuel and Katinka Hosszu set medal records on the eighth and final day of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Sunday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

Dressel, a University of Florida, Clay High School and Bolles Club alum, Dressel became the first man to win eight medals at a championship. Dressel won gold in all four of his individual events, six golds and two silver medals overall, and one world record.

Sjostrum won five medals, one gold, two silvers and two bronze medals, tying Missy Franklin for the most medals in world championship history.

For the second consecutive world championships, Dressel and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum were named Swimmers of the Meet. Dressel had 22 points and Sjostrum had 15 points.

Manuel is the first American woman to sweep the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events and became the first woman to win seven medals in a single world championship. She won the 50 on Sunday in 24.05. Sjostrum was second in 24.07.

Hosszu became the first woman and only the second after Michael Phelps to win five world titles in the same event when she won gold in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:32.07. She was 20 when she won her first 400IM in 2009 in Rome.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, the 2015 silver medalist, left worlds without a medal. Her best finish was fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.34 on the final day.

SOFLO teammate and Vietnamese Olympian Vien Nguyen was 19th in 4:47.96 in her third and final event at worlds.

Canada, with former Lake Lytal Lightning and Florida State swimmer Will Pisani, enjoyed its best worlds. After winning a bronze medal and setting a national record in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay, Canada finished with a record two gold and six bronze medals, all in Olympic events. Swimmers reached 19 finals, two more than in Budapest in 2017 and most finals since 1978.

South African Zane Wadell was an upset winner in the men’s 50-meter backstroke by 0.06 seconds in 24.43 ahead of Russian favorites Evgeny Rylov in 24.49 and Kliment Kolesnikov in 24.51. It was his first world title.

American Lilly King crushed the women’s 50-meter breaststroke field by 0.16 seconds to defend her title in 29.84, the only swimmer to crack 30 seconds. Italy’s 14-year-old sensation Benedetta Pilato was second in 30.00 and Russian Yuliya Efimova was third in 30.15.

“I didn’t know if it was happy tears or sad tears,” King said. “She’s 14, it doesn’t really matter what kind of tears they were, but I was like, ‘It’s OK, you did fine.”’

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 14:36.54. Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine was second in 14:37.63 and Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri was third in 14:38.75.

Japan’s Daiya Seto reclaimed the 400-meter individual medley title in 4:08.95. American Jay Litherland was second in 4:09.22 and Lewis Clareburt of New Zealand was third in 4:12.07.

Kelsi Worrell led the U.S. to a world record and gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay along with 17-year-old Regan Smith, Lilly King and Simone Manuel. The foursome won in 3:50.40, bettering the previous record by more than a second.

Great Britain won the 400-meter medley relay in 3:28.10 knocking off the U.S. men’s team with Dressel at anchor in 3:28.45. Russia was third in 3:28.81.

It was the U.S. team’s 14th gold medal for the week. They also had eight silver and five bronze, less than their 2017 showing. There were ten world records broken, 17 championship records, five junior world records, three African, 12 American, six Asian, five European and seven Oceanian records.

Smith’s opening split of 57.57 set a world record and made her the first woman to go under 58 seconds in the 100 backstroke.

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.

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Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Wilson Makes First Futures Cut; Golding Wins On Day Two Of Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships

By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, July 27, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers had another good day despite Mother Nature at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Long Course Championships Saturday at the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

Robert Wilson, 16, made his first qualifying standard in a 50-meter freestyle time trial for the USA Swimming Futures Championships. Wilson went a lifetime-best 24.51 despite racing with his slipped-off goggles in his mouth.

The morning prelim results were turned into timed finals when Mother Nature intervened wiping out the championship finals.

Sally Golding, 15, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:51.22, shaving 0.18 off her previous best of 2:51.40. Golding was also a member of the fourth place 800-meter freestyle relay.

Other Top 10 SOFLO finishers were:

Alana Deo, 15, 200-meter breaststroke, eighth 2:57.70, time drop 4.48.

SOFLO’s girls 800-meter freestyle relay was fourth in 9:04.07 with Lucy Smutny, Melissa Marinheiro, Jennamarie Brames and Sally Golding.

Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, 200-meter freestyle, sixth, 1:58.81, 0.75 time drop; 100-meter butterfly, ninth, 1:00.05, time drop, 0.69.

Juan Colmenares, 15, 50-meter backstroke, seventh, 28.94, time drop 0.48.

John Paul Handal, 16, 200-meter breaststroke, eighth, 2:36.59, time drop 1.74; 400-meter individual medley, sixth, 4:53.14, time drop 5.61.

Leonardo Mateus, 17, 400-meter individual medley, sixth, 4:46.70, time drop 2.70.

The three-day meet concludes Sunday 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. Azura Florida Aquatics is two-time defending champion.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 571, 2. Metro Aquatics 528, 3. Gulliver 413, 4. TS Aquatics 387, 5. East Coast Aquatic 322. 6. St. Andrew’s 288.50, 7. FAST 214, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club 209, 9. Boca Raton Swim Team 184.50, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 157.50.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. East Coast Aquatic Club 301, 2. Gulliver 268, 3. Azura 245, 4. St. Andrew’s 186.50, 5. TS Aquatics 146, 6. Metro Aquatics 144, 7. FAST 140, 8. North Palm Beach 124, 9. Pine Crest Swimming 113.50, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 95.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 384, 2. Azura 326, 3. TS Aquatics 241, 4. Boca Raton Swim Team 173.50, 5. Gulliver 145, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 114, 7. St. Andrew’s 102, 8. Wahoos of Wellington 95, 9. Jupiter 89.50, 10. FAST 74.

200-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Michaela Avedisian, Unattached 2:10.81, 2. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 2:11.13, 3. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:11.23; SOFLO: 13. Lucy Smutny 2:16.30, time drop 5.64, 17. Jennamarie Brames 2:17.14, time drop 1.91; Open, 1. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 2:07.75, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 2:09.60, 3. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:09.98, 12. Melissa Marinheiro 2:14.13.

50-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Claudia Acosta, HSC 31.50, 2. Simone Vale, PC 31.53, 3. Isabella Chambers, PC 31.77; SOFLO: 13. Jena Legaspi 33.57, time drop 0.11; Open, 1. Melannie Vargas, GPA 30.80, 2. Solana Capalbo, Azura 31.07, 3. Anne Fletcher, FAST 31.08.

200-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Sally Golding, SOFLO 2:51.22, time drop, 0.18, 2. Michaela Avedisian, Unattached 2:51.46, 3. Caitlyn Coe, MAC 2:55.22; SOFLO: 8. Alana Deo 2:57.70, time drop 4.48; Open, 1. Taylor Grabenhorst, BD 2:35.11, 2. Cailey Friel, NSU 2:43.62, 3. Adrianna Barone, SAS 2:45.37; SOFLO: 14. Sophia Grubbs 2:55.44, time drop 2.72.

100-meter butterfly:
1. 15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:04.34, 2. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 1:04.71, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 1:05.19; Open, 1. Emily Cordovi, GRSC 1:02.10, 2. Madison Cummings, ECAC 1:02.54, 3. Eriana Temperino, ECAC 1:03.50.

400-meter individual medley:
15-16, 1. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 5:09.83, 2. Giulianna Garcia, TSA 5:10.25, 3. Gaith Mutschler, WOW 5:13.17; Open, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 4:58.88, 2. Adrianna Barone, SAS 5:06.63, 3. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 5:07.26.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 8:53.21, 2. Gulliver 8:56.25, 3. Metro Aquatics 9:02.82, 4. SOFLO A 9:04.07 (Lucy Smutny, Melissa Marinheiro, Jennamarie Brames, Sally Golding).

200-meter freestyle:
15-16, 1. Varis Monroe, NPB 1:56.09, 2. Trenton Edwards, FAST 1:57.51, 3. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 1:58.10; SOFLO: 6. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:58.81, time drop 0.75, 11. Michael Arias 2:01.78, time drop 4.26; Open, 1. Carlos Bernotti, BRST 1:56.23, 2. Julian Enrique Iturbe, Azura 1:57.81, 3. Ricardo Martinez, SAS 1:58.48.

50-meter backstroke:
15-16, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 26.35, 2. Raphael Santos, PC 27.84, 3. Alex Marrero, Azura 28.40; SOFLO: 7. Juan Colmenares 28.94, time drop 0.48; Open, 1. Christian Cioffi, WOW 27.65, 2. Hernan Gonzalez, Azura 27.90, 3. Benjamin Wilson, MCDA 28.37; SOFLO: 16. Alejandro Mateus 30.30, time drop 1.43.

200-meter breaststroke:
15-16, 1. Raphael Windmuller, NMST 2:22.88, 2. Wilson Ward, CSSC 2:29.64, 3. Jose Hermida, AC 2:30.39; SOFLO: 8. John Paul Handal 2:36.59, time drop 1.74; Open, 1. Marcelo Lauzurique, Unattached 2:25.93, 2. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:28.24, 3. Samuel Brettmann, NSU 2:29.21.

100-meter butterfly:
15-16, 1. Reese Branzell, LLL 57.38. 2. Caleb Petranchuk, JUP 57.76, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 58.67; SOFLO: 9. Philopatier Ibrahim 1:00.05, time drop 0.69, 15. John Paul Handal 1:01.02, time drop 2.07, 17. Juan Colmenares 1:01.21, time drop 0.98; Open, 1. Brandon Vives, MAC 56.11, 2. Miguel Bernotti, BRST 56.32, 3. Yhonny Rios, TSA 56.33.

400-meter individual medley:
15-16, 1. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 4:25.79, 2. Jacon Wienants, GRSC 4:46.73, 3. Jose Hermida, MAC 4:50.10; SOFLO: 6. John Paul Handal 4:53.14, time drop 5.61, 11. Juan Colmenares 4:58.91, time drop 2.20, 13. Alex Golding 4:59.51; Open, 1. Samuel Brettmann, NSU 4:37.69, 2. Caleb Fell, Unattached 4:41.16, 3. Juan Zapata 4:43.02; SOFLO: 6. Leonardo Mateus 4:46.70, time drop 2.70, 18. Nicholas Chaimowicz 5:17.93.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Metro Aquatics 7:47.33, 2. Azura 7:56.29, 3. TS Aquatics 7:58.42, 7. SOFLO A 8:12.24 (Philopatier Ibrahim, John Paul Handal, Juan Colmenares, Michael Arias).


What: Florida Gold Coast Senior LCM Championships.

When: Sunday

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

Where: Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Michael Lohberg Pool 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 two-time defending champion.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com