Molly Golding Top SOFLO Finisher On Day One Of USA Swimming Futures Championships

By Sharon Robb
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 28, 2021—Molly Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club was top finisher on opening day of the USA Swimming Futures Championships.

The University of Florida-bound 18-year-old was fifth in the “D” final and finished 26th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.15, just off her entry time of 1:14.01. In prelims she went 1:14.44.

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Javier Colmenares, 15, 50th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.70.

Sophia Grubbs, 16, 54th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:16.47.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was University of Miami’s Aino Otava, 22, of Finland, fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:58.89. Gulliver’s Kyle Korvick, 17, was 18th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.72, a best time with an 0.26 drop.

Atlanta-based Dynamo Swim Club dominated opening day action and leads the combined (193) and women’s (79) team points. Bolles School Sharks leads the men’s team standings with 79 points, just two points ahead of Dynamo.

An estimated 1,000 swimmers are competing. The Aquatic Center has two Olympic-size pools with 1,400 seats.

The meet continues Thursday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The four-day meet ends on Saturday.

: 1. Dynamo Swim Club 193, 2. TAC Titans 125.5, 3. Bolles 81, 4. Club Wolverine 75.5, 5. Lakeside 43.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 79, 2. Dynamo 77, 3. Lakeside 36, 4. TAC Titans 32, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 31.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 116, 2. TAC Titans 93.5, 3. Club Wolverine 53.5, 4. Y-Spartaquatics 40, 5. Blue Dolfins 29.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 2:02.54, 2. Keelan Cotter, TAC 2:02.82, 3. Catherine Choate, DYN 2:02.94.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alicia Henry, DYN 1:09.72, 2. Katie Christopherson, USAC 1:10.29, 3. Jordyn Libler, CW 1:11.28; SOFLO: 26. Molly Golding 1:14.15, fifth in D final.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 2:09.80, 2. Hannah Bellard, CW 2:10.40, 3. Avery Bargeron, DYN 2:14.02.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Hannah Bellard, CW 8:38.84, 2. Summer Cardwell, TBAC 8:55.09, 3. Keelan Cotter, TAC 8:58.64; FGC: 4. Aino Otava 8:58.89, 21. Mariana Cote, MWA 9:20.39.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Owen McDonald, DYN 1:51.56, 2. Zachary Kohm, Unattached 1:52.16, 3. Kenneth Carter, SPAC 1:53.10; FGC: 18. Kyle Korvick, GULL 1:54.72.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Arie Voloschin, DYN 1:02.42, 2. William Heck, BSS 1:02.69, 3. Will Scholtz, LAK 1:02.70; FGC: 30. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:06.56, 31. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:06.58, 32. Jacques Sonnier, BRST 1:06.93.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Mullen, BSS 2:00.32, 2. Jackson Mussler, LAK 2:01.68, 3. Spencer Carol, MLA 2:02.62; FGC: 21. Hector Paz, MAC 2:08.16.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Christensen, BD 16:12.93, 2. Raymond Prosinski, LA 16:26.35, 3. Keith Williams, TAC 16:27.97.

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Defending Champion SOFLO, Azura, Jupiter, St. Andrew’s Among Favorites For FGC Senior Championships

By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, July 28, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club will be trying to win its eighth title against a strong field when the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships begin Friday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Azura Florida Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons and St. Andrew’s Aquatics will also challenge for the team titles.

After a year’s absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SOFLO won its seventh title in March at its home pool. SOFLO swept the combined (2,007 points), women (1,013.50) and men (993.50) team titles.

Prelims are 8:30 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. each day. On Sunday, the men’s and women’s 1500 freestyle distance finals are 11:25 a.m. with the remaining finals at 5 p.m.

For the three-day long course meet in the Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, 41 SOFLO swimmers, ages 15-and-over, (26 men and 15 women) have qualified for 174 individual and eight relay events.

SOFLO has no top seeds in individual or relay events. Several of its top swimmers are competing in the USA Swimming Futures Championships Wednesday through Saturday in Huntsville, Ala.

SOFLO will be led by Gaby Banks, 18, of Florida State, who represents Jamaica internationally; Venezuela national team member and Drexel-bound Mariangela Cincotti, 18; Sebastian Lares, 17; Michelle Marinheiro, 18; Alejandro Mateus, 16; Sara Quintero, 17; Alex Golding, 17; Enrique Rodriguez, 16; Rafael Rodriguez, 19; and Robert Wilson, 18.

The field features Poland 2012 Olympian Marcin Cieslak, 29, of Swim Fort Lauderdale. The University of Florida alum and butterflier is a member of the International Swimming League’s Cali Condors. Cieslak is seeded first in the 100 butterfly in 53.33.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Katie Minnich, 21, of Swim Fort Lauderdale heads the women’s field. After the 2020 season, the backstroker transferred from Michigan to Florida. She is seeded first in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.56.

Other top seeds include Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST, 200 backstroke, 2:00.22, 100 backstroke, 55.91, 200 IM, 2:04.52; Solana Capalbo, 20, of Azura, 2:20.99; Heidi Smithwick, 17, of Jupiter Dragons, 100 freestyle, 56.95, 50 freestyle, 25.90, 200 IM, 2:22.81 and 100 butterfly, 1:00.48; Reese Branzell, 18, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics, 100 freestyle, 50.23, 50 freestyle, 23.10 and 200 freestyle, 1:51.30; Gabriel Arraya, 22, Azura, 2:00.42; and Micaela Sierra, 16, Azura, 200 breaststroke, 2:34.27 and 100 breaststroke, 1:12.13.

The meet will be live streamed. The link will be posted online at Everyone is encouraged to wear face coverings or face masks while at the facility. Hand sanitation stations will be available throughout the facility.

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Ledecky Bounces Back, Wins Gold In First-Ever Women’s 1500 At Olympics; SOFLO’s Horrego Swims Final Event In Olympic Debut

By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, July 27, 2021–Less than 90 minutes after swimming the 200-meter freestyle, Katie Ledecky won the first-ever women’s 1500-meter freestyle Olympic final Tuesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

After finishing fifth in the 200 earlier, Ledecky, 24, left little doubt in the mile leading by as many as four seconds before winning the historic event in 15:37.34.

It was Ledecky’s first gold of the Games after taking silver in the 400 freestyle. The world record holder was emotional after her race leaning against a lane line trying to hold back tears.

“I just wanted to get the job done tonight,” Ledecky said. “I wanted to get my mind ready. I knew it would be tough. I’m so glad we could do it in the best possible way.”

U.S. teammate Erica Sullivan, 20, was second in 15:41.41. Germany’s Sarah Kohler was third in 15:42.91.

Ledecky dominated the heats in the women’s 1500 on Monday night setting the first-ever Olympic record in 15:35.35. Ledecky owns the 11 fastest times in history.

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego of Honduras was sixth in his 200-meter breaststroke heat in 2:17.51 in his second and final Olympic event. Horrego fought through adversity after being quarantined for five days and unable to work out with his Coach Chris Anderson before his 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Local swimmers results:

Azura’s Julimar Avila of Honduras was the first Universality swimmer and Honduras swimmer to make it out of prelims into the semifinal round of 16 swimmers for the 200-meter butterfly. She swam a lifetime-best and national record time of 2:15.36 to finish 16th. She went on to finish eighth in the semis in 2:16.38.

University of Miami’s Remedy Rule of the Philippines was sixth in her heat and 15th overall in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:12.23 and also qualified for the semifinals. Rule was the first Philippine swimmer to make it out of prelims at the Olympics. She was eighth in semis in 2:12.89.

Azura’s Andrew Fowler of Guyana was fourth in his 100-meter freestyle heat in 55.23.

Azura’s Stefano Mitchell of Antigua & Barbuda was fourth in his 100-meter freestyle heat in 51.64.

NSU University School/Pine Crest Swimming Club alum Mikel Schreuders of Aruba was fourth in his 100-meter freestyle heat in 49.31.

Plantation American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was third in his 100-meter freestyle heat in 48.66.

St. Andrew’s Swimming and Florida State’s Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas was fifth in his 200-meter breaststroke heat in 2:17.40.

Azura’s Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador was second in his 800-meter freestyle heat in 8:03.01.

In other championship medal finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle:
With 15 meters left, Aussie Ariarne Titmus surged ahead of the field to win her second gold medal in an Olympic record 1:53.50. Early leader Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong, a former Michigan swimmer, won her country’s first-ever medal in swimming placing second in an Asian record 1:53.92. Canadian Penny Oleksiak was third in 1:54.70. Katie Ledecky was never in the race and finished out of the medals in fifth in 1:55.21.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian world record holder Kristof Milak, 21, won his country’s first medal in the event in an Olympic record 1:51.25, third-fastest time in history. Japan’s Tomoru Honda took silver in 1:53.73 and Italian Federico Burdisso was third in 1:54.45. South African Chad Le Clos was fifth in 1:54.93.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Japan’s Yui Ohashi swept the IM events, winning her second gold in the 2:08.52 after winning the 400IM. Longtime friends and U.S. teammates Alex Walsh was second in 2:08.65 and Kate Douglass was third in 2:09.04. Hungarian world record holder Katinka Hosszu was never in it and placed seventh in 2:12.38.

Men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay: Powerhouse Great Britain knocked off defending champion U.S., winner of the last four Olympic gold medals with Michael Phelps, to win in a European record 6:58.58. Russia was second in 7:01.81 and Australia third in 7:01.84. The U.S. was fourth in 7:02.43.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Ariarne Titmus, AUS 1:53.50, 2. Siobhan Haughey, HKG 1:53.92, 3. Penny Oleksiak, CAN 1:54.70.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Yui Ohashi, JPN 2:08.52, 2. Alex Walsh, U.S. 2:08.65, 3. Kate Douglass, U.S. 2:09.04.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, U.S. 15:37.34, 2. Erica Sullivan, U.S. 15:41.41, 3. Sarah Kohler, GER 15:42.91.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Kristof Milak, HUN 1:51.25, 2. Tomoru Honda, JPN 1:53.73, 3. Federico Burdisso, ITA 1:54.45.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Great Britain 6:58.58, 2. Russia 7:01.8, 3. Australia 7:01.84.

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