Peaty Breaks World Short Course Record; SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins, Roar Advances To ISL Final

By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 15, 2020—It was a good day for London Roar breaststrokers.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, a four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder, owned the 100-meter breaststroke which she won in 1:02.66

Atkinson led the race from start to finish, opening in 29.62 and closing in 33.04 to finish with her fastest time of the season. The time is the only sub-1:03 of the season and is quicker Olympic champion Lilly King of Cali Condors has been, with the American holding the former best of the season in 1:03.16.

Atkinson’s fastest of the season entering this race was 1:03.53. On Sunday she was just .3 outside the world record. She picked up 15 jackpot points.

Italian teen Benedetta Pilato of Energy Standard was second, nearly a second back in 1:03.55 for seven points and national record for the Italian.

Reigning Olympic champion Adam Peaty of London Roar broke the world short course record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 55.49. He broke the 11-year-old record of South African Cameron van der Burgh, 55.61 set on Nov. 15 at the 2009 World Cup in Berlin.

Peaty also won the 50-meter breaststroke skins contest to pick up 14 points.

In other notable results:

Siobhan Haughey of Energy Standard won the 100-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 51.12. She also won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.36.

Teammate Florent Manaudou won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 45.92.

Chad le Clos, also of Energy Standard, won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.64.

London Roar’s Kira Toussaint won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.90.

Michael Andrew of New York Breakers won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.66 for his first win of the season.

After Day Two, Energy Standard was on top 580.0 followed by London Roar, 517.5, Tokyo Frog Kings, 380.5 and New York Breakers, 239.0.

The Match ended the season for first-year team Tokyo Frog Kings and New York Breakers while Energy Standard and London Roar advanced to the final. Two more finalists will be determined after Monday’s second semifinal.

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Pine Crest Girls Defend FHSAA State 2A Crown; Mendez Wins Record Fifth Diving Title; SOFLO’s Rodriguez, Robaina Win State Relay

By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 15, 2020—Pine Crest’s challenging journey through the pandemic ended with a girls state title and boys runner-up finish Saturday at the FHSAA State 2A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

The Panthers won their second consecutive girls state title and 29th overall with 338 points ahead of Gulliver Prep with 186.5.

Tampa Jesuit captured the boys team title with 277 points ahead of defending champion Pine Crest with 185. In 2017, Jesuit became the first Hillsborough County School to capture a state championship in 71 years, and did it again in 2018.

“It is difficult to compare this year to last but I would say the one that gives me more satisfaction is this year,” said Pine Crest head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. “It was the hurdles and amount of stress. Here we are driving to states and every time your phone rings you are thinking to yourself ‘is this it.’ It’s very difficult to look past today when you are dealing with all of that. Today could be the last time we swim. When we went to regions, it was the first time in a long time we suit up everybody. Even though we didn’t have to, it was just because we didn’t know if we would get an opportunity to go to states.

“There was such a relief after prelims. The kids were finally starting to see that this was really happening and we might actually end the season and end it well.

“When you go through the whole season with such an emotional roller coaster, when it’s all said and done, I don’t know how to figure out the emotion–the relief that you did it or excitement and joy that you did it. I think it’s more a relief than anything else.”

In an emotionally-charged meet, the girls team was led by double winner Julia Podkoscielny and winning 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. All but one swimmer scored for the Panthers in the championship final for the first time in 15 years.

Podkoscielny won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.14 and 100-yard backstroke in 54.29, both automatic All-American times.

Podkoscielny was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in an automatic All-American time of 1:44.00 with teammates Riley Botting, Esther Lin and Hanna Smith.

Podkoscielny, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting and Hanna Smith won the 200-yard freestyle relay in an All-American consideration time of 1:35.60.

Smith was also second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.99 and third in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.01. Botting was second in the 500-yard freestyle in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.95, an All-American consideration time, and second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.61.

The Panthers were also able to win it without their 400-yard freestyle relay that was disqualified in the district meet.

Podkoscielny was forced to quarantine for more than a week after being exposed to a classmate who tested positive for COVID-19. She tested negative but per school pandemic protocol had to train in a private pool away from her teammates leading up to the state meet where she swam a grueling eight races in one day as opposed to four at district and region’s timed finals. Saturday was the first day she was allowed to be with the team.

Just competing at the state meet was a major accomplishment for Pine Crest which thought its 2020 high school season was cancelled because of the pandemic. The Panthers were given a reprieve by its school administration and allowed to compete in district, region and state meets after holding time trials at its own pool for qualifying times. Because of pandemic uncertainty, the swimmers competed like every meet was their last.

“Words can’t express my feelings, gratitude…lucky,” Podkoscielny said. “We started the season knowing that we weren’t going to have a season.

“We were given a green light to go only to districts, regions and states and then we were getting swimmers going into quarantine and missing out. We had a lot of those little things happening.

“We were walking on eggshells trying to get to the finish line. At any point in time this could have ended. Being able to do it and being able to do it well is just amazing.”

The defending champion boys team, after graduating several key scorers, finished second behind team top scorers Joshua Hanks and diver Kevin Mendez.

Mendez made history capturing a record fifth consecutive 1-meter state title with 560.45. He was the only diver to crack the 500-point barrier. He was tied for first going into the meet with the most diving titles. Pine Crest had four divers finish in the Top 11 (Mendez, Allen Levitis, fifth, Danyal Ghadiali, seventh, and Ashton Jacobi, 11th.

Hanks won the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.65, an automatic All-American time, and second in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.61, an All-American consideration time.

“We graduated a lot of points, three guys who scored top three in two events each and we won three relays last year,” Podkoscielny said. “We have a lot of young swimmers. It was great to have Josh for another year, he did a phenomenal job for us. And our hats off to our divers and (Coach) Janet Gabriel, who does a great job with our diving program. We are definitely in a rebuilding state so for us to finish second was phenomenal.”

Stanton Prep freshman Rylie Darkatsh won the girls 1-meter diving title with 378.70. Pine Crest picked up valuable points from runnerup Kaylee Greenberg, 370.10, Ava Anderson, third, 345.45 and Sarrah Ghadiali, eighth, 325.55.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Anthony Robaina and Agustin Rodriguez were key to Mater Lakes Academy finishing third among boys teams, highest finish in the school’s history.

The duo were members of Mater Lakes Academy’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:27.84 with teammates Daniel Quijada and Ronny Rueda.

Robaina and Rodriguez were also members of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay with Anthony Martinez and Quijada that finished in 1:37.31.

American Heritage Plantation senior Joseph Lee swam back-to-back best times to finish fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.77 and back-to-back best times in the 100-yard breaststroke for another fifth place in 59.39. He broke 1 minute for the first time in prelims in 59.59 and bettered it at night.

Lee and SOFLO teammate Nicolas Rossi were also members of American Heritage’s fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay.

In other SOFLO results:

Agustin Rodriguez was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in a best time 1:42.75 and seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.74. He finished with 26 points.

Robaina was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.93 and 21st in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.95.

Enrique Rodriguez of Somerset was ninth in 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.34 and remains the county leader in the distance event.

Senior Juan Camilo Rivero of Monsignor Pace was 13th fastest in a best time 54.68 in the 100-yard butterfly (0.79 drop) and lowered it to 54.58. He was also 19th in the 100-yard backstroke, also a best time in 56.26 (0.94 drop).

Sophomore Sabrina Osorio-Gomez of Somerset was 21st in 2:21.87 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Somerset sophomore Sofia Osorio-Gomez was 24th in 1:05.09 in the 100-yard backstroke.


  1. Pine Crest 338, 2. Gulliver Prep 186.5, 3. Jensen Beach 177, 4. Academy of Holy Names 173, 5. Robinson 154, 6. Cape Coral 150, 7. Montverde 119, 8. Eastside 111.5, 9. Stanton 94, 10. Clay 88, 11. Rockledge 68, 12. Estero 68, 13. Arnold 60, 14. Lake Wales 40, 15. Cardinal Gibbons 36, 16. Mater Lakes 34, 17. McKeel 33, 18. Pensaola 32, 19. tie, Astronaut, Atlantic 27, 21. Bishop Kenny 25, 22. Satellite 24, 23. tie, Titusville, Eustis 23, 25. tie, Northeast, Rickards, American Heritage Plantation 21.
    200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:44.00 AA-A (Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Esther Lin, Hanna Smith), 2. Academy of Holy Names 1:49.34, 3. Cape Coral 1:50.29, 7. Gullive Prep 1:51.82, 9. Cardinal Gibbons 1:55.15.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JB 1:44.63 AA-A, 2. Brooke Beede, ROB 1:52.02, 3. Claire Han, PENS 1:53.21, 9. Haley Cisewski, PC 1:52.95, time drop, 11. Lauren Balfour, PC 1:59.08, time drop.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:59.14 AA-A, 2. Sara Stotler, CLAY 2:01.32 AA-A, 3. Cassidy Neely, HNMS 2:06.48, 10. Lara Jones, PC 2:13.15, time drop, 14. Sara Lin, PC 2:15.69, time drop, 21. Sabrina Osorio-Gomez, SOM 2:21.87.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Hardman, LW 23.88, 2. Chloe Hernandez, GP 23.90, 3. Hanna Smith, PC 24.01, 4. Cassandra Kraft, GP 24.36, 12. Olivia Mason, AHP 25.14.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sara Stotler, CLAY 53.35 AA-A, 2. Avery Hawker, ROB 56.12, 3. Hannah Ahn, ESID 56.51, 7. Chloe Hernandez, GP 58.64, 10. Esther Lin, PC 58.60, time drop, 11. Simone Vale, PC 59.13, time drop, 12. Madison Kozel, PC 59.68.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Hardman, LW 51.49, 2. Hanna Smith, PC 51.99, 3. Claire Han, PENS 52.70, 12. Nadya Yanova, PC 55.44, 14. Cassandra Kraft, GP 55.75.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Blair Stoneburg, JEN 4:39.10 AA-A, 2. Riley Botting, PC 4:53.95 AA-C, time drop, 3. Cadence Fort, ESTO 4:58.57, 7. Haley Cisewski, PC 5:08.43, 10. Aria Torretta, GP 5:10.12, 13. Giovana Musiello, GP 5:15.60.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:35.60 AA-C (Julia Podkoscielny, Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting, Hanna Smith), time drop, 2. Jensen Beach 1:36.63 AA-C, 3. Gulliver Prep 1:38.34, 11. Cardinal Gibbons 1:44.07, 14. American Heritage Plantation 1:44.79.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 54.29, AA-A, 2. Brooke Beede, ROB 57.34, 3. Isabelle Sealey, SATE 57.47, 4. Simone Vale, PC 58.54, 11. Jaclyn Nelson, CG 1:01.07, 24. Sofia Osorio-Gomez, SOM 1:05.09.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Michelle Fernandez, MAT 1:04.59, 2. Riley Botting, PC 1:04.61, time drop, 4. Emily Santos, MONT 1:05.71, 6. Esther Lin, PC 1:06.85, 9. Sara Lin, PC 1:07.13, time drop, 10. Lara Jones, PC 1:09.00, 13. Elyse Wood, GP 1:09.65.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jensen Beach 3:29.55 AA-C (Brynn Stoneburg, Madeline Kohs, Emily Miller, Blair Stoneburg), 2. Gulliver Prep 3:34.11 (Alissa Pascual, Cassandra Kraft, Giovana Musiello, Chloe Hernandez), 3. Robinson 3:34.87, 12. American Heritage Plantation 3:49.14.

1-meter diving: 1. Rylie Darkatsh, STAN 378.70, 2. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 370.10, 3. Ava Anderson, PC 345.45, 8. Sarah Ghadiali, PC 325.55


  1. Tampa Jesuit 277, 2. Pine Crest 185, 3. Mater Lakes Academy 164, 4. Arnold 135, 5. Stanton Prep 125, 6. Bishop Kenny 120, 7. Gulliver Prep 98, 8. American Heritage Plantation 89, 9. Lincoln Park 85, 10. Montverde 82, 11. River Ridge 62, 12. Cape Coral 56, 13. Rockledge 51, 14. Lemon Bay 50, 15. Cocoa 48, 16. Eastside 44, 17. tie, Estero, Chamberlain 40, 19. tie, Cypress Creek, Tavares 36, 21. Baker 35, 22. Atlantic 33, 23. Bishop Moore 32, 24. tie, Crystal River, Avon Park, 30, 37. Somerset 9, 42. Cardinal Gibbons 5, 44. Monsignor Pace 4.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Jesuit 1:35.82 (Nicholas Shaffer, Liam Schindler, Erick Magalhaes, Sam Prabhakaran), 2. Mater Lakes 1:37.31 (Anthony Martinez, Anthony Robaina, Agustin Rodriguez, Daniel Quijada), 3. Arnold 1:38.26, 6. Gulliver Prep 1:39.86, 11. Pine Crest 1:43.29 (Wyatt Denhard, Erick Zepeda, Colin Nealy, Luc Ferrara).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jose Medina, OPRK 1:44.89, 2. Ryan Finster, JES 1:46.51, 3. Armando Destrade, JES 1:47.29.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nicholas Shaffer, JES 1:50.83 AA-C, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 1:53.01, 3. Tristan Ide, ATPO 1:54.42, 14. Daniel Watson, AHP 2:03.03.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Chance Tirheimer, CHBL 20.34 AA-A, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 20.61 AA-C, 3. Charles Wilson, CRIV 21.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Braeden Knight, BCHS 51.01, 2. Josh Farless, AVPK 51.82, 3. Reese Hawker, ROB 52.47, 5. Joseph Lee, AHP 53.77, 9. Luc Ferrara, PC 54.03, time drop, 11. Colin Nealy, PC 54.50, time drop, 12. Marcus Szarbo, CG 54.57, 13. Juan Camilo Rivero, MP 54.58.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Chance Tirheimer, CHBL 44.70 AA-A, 2. Brennan Muramatsu, MONT 46.59, 3. Shane McEliece, ARNO 47.12.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Eliot Weisel, ROCK 4:34.24, 2. Mehdi Elaoufir, STAN 4:37.02, 3. Sam Prabhakaran, JES 4:38.18, 6. Isaiah Jimenez, GP 4:43.69, 7. Agustin Rodriguez, MATE 4:43.74, 9. Enrique Rodriguez, SOM 4:49.34, time drop.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater Lakes 1:27.84 (Daniel Quijada, Ronny Rueda, Anthony Robaina, Agustin Rodriguez), 2. Pine Crest 1:28.02 (Joshua Hanks, Luc Ferrara, Erick Zepeda, Victor Lago), 3. Jesuit 1:28.78, 5. American Heritage Plantation 1:31.97, 10. Gulliver Prep 1:32.29.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jake Sciscente, LP 50.31 AA-C, 2. Brennan Muramatsu, MONT 51.07, 3. Nicholas Shaffer, JES 51.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Joshua Hanks, PC 55.65 AA-A, 2. Tristan Ide, ATP 57.87, 3. Colin McEliece, ARNO 58.03, 5. Joseph Lee, AHP 59.39, time drop, 6. Anthony Robaina, MATE 59.93, 8. Bruno Rebessi, GP 1:01.45, 13. Parker Rosenthal, GP 1:01.55, 14. Wyatt Denhard, PC 1:01.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Jesuit 3:10.22 (Sam Prabhakaran, Geoffrey Trieloff, Liam Schindler, Nicholas Shaffer), 2. Stanton Prep 3:15.43, 3. Pine Crest 3:15.76 (Joshua Hanks, Victor Lago, Luc Ferrara, Roman Ferrara), 5. American Heritage Plantation 3:20.14 (Kirill Prikhodko, Nicolas Rossi, Rithvik Marri, Benjamin Gomez del Campo), 9. Gulliver Prep 3:21.10, 10. Mater Lakes 3:22.34.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 560.45, 2. Elisha Dees, EDWH 480.60, 3. Nicholas Tolento, LWAL 452.00

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SOFLO’s Miguel Cancel Wins, Julio Horrego, Lance Lesage Have Top 10 Finishes Against Sarasota Field On Final Day Of Toyota U.S. Open

By Sharon Robb
SARASOTA, November 14, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Miguel Cancel, Julio Horrego and Lance Lesage got in some good racing on the third and final day of the Toyota U.S. Open Saturday at Selby Aquatic Center.

Cancel, 21, of University of Florida won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:01.58 and finished 15th overall. He dropped 1.13 off his previous best.

Horrego, 22, was seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.25 and 60th overall.

Lesage, 18, was tenth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.22 and 63rd overall.

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte was noticeably upset after competing “in my worst meet that I’ve ever had.”

Lochte, 36, finished third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.05 on Friday, behind winner Chase Kalisz in 1:59.72 after all nine meet results were combined.

Lochte was also 26th in the 200 freestyle and 51st in the 100 backstroke. Lochte was 24th in the 200 backstroke on Saturday and scratched from the 100 freestyle.

“I do not like swimming this bad,” said Lochte, seeking to make his fifth Olympic team. “When I get back home, I’m going to start turning it up again. I need to be racing at least once a month with really good competitors. I don’t want to lose that confidence. I don’t know if I’m mentally tired. I know I’m physically tired. I love getting on those blocks and racing again.”

Aspen Gersper of St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.43. She will also compete in Sunday’s FHSAA State 1A Meet in Stuart. The meet was moved from Friday because of Tropical Storm Eta.

The Toyota USA Open was the first major U.S. meet since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down swimming in mid-March.

Because of COVID-19 travelling and group size restrictions, the U.S. Open was held at nine different sites across the United States. The U.S. Open was originally scheduled for Atlanta in December.

Each site hosted a small group of swimmers and followed the same format. Results were combined from all nine sites (which are listed below).

In addition to Sarasota, other sites were Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, Ore.; Wellmark YMCA of Des Moines, Iowa; Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina; Huntsville Aquatics Center in Alabama; Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis; William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., Swim RVA in Richmond, Va.; and North East ISD Blossom Athletic Complex in San Antonio, Texas.

For COVID-19 safety reasons the venues had limited capacity.


1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:51.97, 2. Maria Victoria Yegres, Azura 17:15.94, 3. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:20.51.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:13.77, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:13.83, 3. Jordan Agliano, HIGH 2:15.21.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Micayla Cronk, BD 55.97, 2. Ella Bathurst, TEAM 56.46, 3. Marina Spadoni, Unattached 56.66, 4. Aspen Gersper, SA 57.43.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:32.85, 2. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:34.04, 3. Eliza Brown, Unattached 2:37.23.

200-meter butterfly: 1.Addison Reese, LAKR 2:15.91, 2. Isabel Traba, MIA 2:17.26, 3. Lockett Bowley, BD 2:17.26.

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 15:09.14, 2. Liam Custer, SYS 15:35.69, 3. Brennan Gravley, UF 15:36.65, 6. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:13.64.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Clark Beach, UF 2:00.21, 2. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:01.68, 3. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 2:03.41, 5. Ryan Lochte, GSC 2:03.83, 6. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:04.23, time drop (1.91), 10. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:08.22.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Jan Friese, UF 49.91, 2. Kieran Smith, UF 49.93, 3. Brett Fraser, NYAC 50.73, 7. Andrea DiArrigo, GSC 51.46, 16. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 53.19, Ryan Lochte, NS.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Nils Wich-Glasen, GSC 2:15.49, 2. Amro Al-Wir, UF 2:16.10, 3. Kevin Vargas, UF 2:16.50, 7. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:23.25.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:01.58, 2. Mason Laur, T2 2:01.59, 3. Victor Rosado, SPA 2:02.49, 4. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.85.


800-meter freestyle: 1. Arabella Sims, Nevada Sandpipers 8:27.01, trials time.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Emma Weyant, Sarasota Sharks 4:10.38, trials cut; 62. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:27.96.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Madisyn Cox, Longhorn Aquatics 2:10.49, trials cut.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club 24.65, trials cut.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:40.84, 44. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:59.87.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Clair Curzan, TAC 56.61, 38. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 1:01.58.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Paige Madden, UVA 1:57.64.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Anna Elendt, TEX 1:07.50, 80. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 1:13.88.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 59.82.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Erica Sullivan, SAND 16:04.37, 29. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:20.51.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Phoebe Bacon, Unattached 2:09.16, 10. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:13.83.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Victoria Huske, AAC 54.04.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Madisyn Cox, TXLA 2:27.55.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, RIPT 2:08.61.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Marwan El Kamash, Indiana Swim Club 7:52.19.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Kiernan Smith, Florida 3:48.78, trials cut.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:59.72, trials cut.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Santo Condorelli, Dolphins Swim team 22.27.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, TEX 4:16.51, 16. Miguel Cancel, UF 4:28.00.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Luis Martinez, Unattached 51.50.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Kieran Smith,UF 1:47.29.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Andrew Wilson, Athens Bulldogs 59.58, 3. Ilya Evdokimov, PRVT 1:00.47, 5. Jorge Murillo, TAC 1:00.85, 51. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:04.60.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Aikins, SA 54.59, 51. Ryan Lochte, GSC 57.41, 70. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 58.29.

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 15:09.14, 33. Marcelo Acosta, CARD 16:07.97, 40. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:13.64.

200-meter backstroke: 1. William Grant, VS 1:59.52, 24. Ryan Lochte, GSC 2:03.83, 32. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:04.23, time drop, 63. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:08.22.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrej Barna, CARD 48.75, 59. Andrea D’Arrigo, GSC 51.46.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Andrew Wilon, ABSC 2:09.83, 6. Jorge Murillo, TAC 2:14.92, 15. Ilya Evdokimov, PRVT 2:16.81, 60. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:23.25.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Zach Harting, CARD 1:57.82, 15. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:01.58, time drop.

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SOFLO’s Atkinson Breaks National Record, Takes Two Seconds; Toussaint Breaks World Record In ISL Semifinal

By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 14, 2020–In the International Swimming League’s opening semifinal Saturday at Duna Arena, SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson of the London Roar broke a national record and notched two second places.

The 31-year-old four-time Jamaican Olympian broke her own national short course record in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.13 and finished seventh among the field. Her previous record was 57.21 she set, also in an ISL race, on Nov. 9.

Atkinson was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.30, her second fastest time of the year. She was 0.44 out of first won by Benedetta Pilato of the Energy Standard in a best time 28.86.

Atkinson was also a member of the runner-up 4×100-meter medley relay that finish in 3:46.59. Her breaststroke leg was 1:03.73.

The London Roar’s Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands broke the world record in the 50-meter backstroke in 25.60. The record was 25.67 held by Etiene Medeiros of Brazil for six years.

“I have a cue for every part of the race,” Toussaint said after tge race. “For the start, I say ‘jump.’ Underwater, the word for me is ‘attack.’ And then for the breakout, I tell myself to relax. For every part of the race, I have a word. And for the last five meters, I try to stay big. I learned this in 2016 at University of Tennessee.”

In other notable races:

Brit Adam Peaty of London Roar won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 25.50.

Tokyo’s Ryosuke Irie won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:49.02.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.44. Energy teammate Chad Le Clos won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 49.14.

Florent Manaudou of Energy Standard won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.63.

After opening day, ISL reigning champion Energy Standard leads with 291 followed by London Roar, 270, Tokyo Frog Kings, 208 and New York Breakers 114.

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