SOFLO’s Atkinson, Horrego Race Monday; U.S. Men Break American Relay Record At FINA Short Course World Championships


By Sharon Robb
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson redeemed herself and will have one last shot at a medal in her final career 100-meter breaststroke race on Monday.

The five-time Jamaican Olympian, after being disqualified earlier in the week in the 50-meter breaststroke semifinals, earned the fourth fastest seed in the semifinals Sunday at the 15th FINA Short Course World Championships at Etihad Arena.

Atkinson, 33, qualified fourth in 1:04.26 behind China’s Qianting Tang (1:03.99), Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (1:04.17) and Ireland’s Mona McSharry (1:04.22).

SOFLO teammate Julio Horrego, representing Honduras, will also swim on Monday in the 50-meter breaststroke prelims.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum, swam the third fastest time in the semifinals of the 50-meter butterfly in a national time 22.18 and is in medal contention going into the final.

In championship final action:

The U.S. men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay broke the American record to win gold in 6:47.00 with relay members Kieran Smith, Trenton Julian, Carson Foster and Ryan Held. Julian had the fastest split of 1:41.35. The previous record was 6:49.58 set in 2010.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 24.44, second fastest women’s 50 butterfly of all-time. American 17-year-old Claire Curzan broke the world junior record in 24.55 and took the bronze.

Kliment Kolesnikov of the Russian Swimming Federation won his first gold medal of the meet, winning the 100-meter individual medley in 51.09. Less than a hour later, he won the 50-meter backstroke in 22.66. Christian Diener of Germany and Lorenzo More of Italy tied for the silver in 22.90.

Israeli teenager Anastasia Gorbenko continued her outstanding meet winning her second gold medal in the 100-meter individual medley in a best time 57.80. She overtook the lead on the breaststroke and led for the remainder of the race.

China’s Li Bingjie won her second gold of the meet in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:55.83, a day after winning the 800 freestyle.

Great Britain’s Ben Proud won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.45, just 0.05 shy of his national record.

In a hotly-contested race, Italy won the 4×50-meter men’s freestyle relay in 1:23.61, just ahead of the Russian Swimming Federation in 1:23.75 and the Netherlands in 1:23.78.

The five-day meet continues Monday with the pool competition and ends Tuesday.

FINA is offering a prize money pool of $2.8 million, a 50 percent increase in prize money for individual swimmers. There is also be a $50,000 bonus for any swimmer who breaks a world record.

The top eight individual payoffs for first through eighth place are $10,000, $8,000, $7,000, $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

There are 943 swimmers from 183 countries competing. The swimming is part of the Aquatics Festival which includes open water swimming, high diving and diving team competition.

Final sessions of the pool swimming will be streamed on NBC Sports’ Olympic Channel. Eurovision Sport’s All Aquatics will air the heats.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Shine On Day Two Of Holiday Champs


By Sharon Robb
SUNRISE, December 18, 2021—Several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got the chance to swim prelims and finals on Day Two of the Holiday Champs Saturday at Sunrise Civic Center Pool.

Most of the swimmers who qualified for finals had at least one career-best time.

SOFLO’s 7-10 boys’ 200-yard medley relay won in 2:41.05 with David Gonzalez, Ethan Phan, Toma Petkov and Ale Suarez Cabrera. The boys’ 11-12 relay was second in 2:09.93 with Dmitri Berezin, Joseph-Blake Natino, David Valdiviezo and Daniel Chaussky.

SOFLO’s 7-10 girls 200-yard medley relay was third in 2:43.86 with Joanna Valdiviezo, Didia Miccolis, Sofia Durant and Valentina Remmele.

Other SOFLO top three finishers were:

Ainsley Miller, 100-yard breaststroke, second, best time 1:15.35, time drop 3.41.

Kaylee Del Rio, 200-yard butterfly, second, best time 2:32.58, time drop 3.91.

David Gonzalez, 200-yard freestyle, second, best time 1:26.80, time drop 6.79.

Toma Petkov, 50-yard butterfly, second, best time 37.02, time drop 1.83; 100-yard breaststroke, second, best time 1:30.97, time drop 3.19; 100-yard individual medley, second, best time time 1:21.79, time drop 3.33.

Diego Reveron, 50-yard butterfly, second, best time 30.60, time drop 1.81.

Genesis Escobar, 50-yard freestyle, third, best time 26.81, time drop 0.41.

Joseph-Blake Natino, 50-yard butterfly, third, best time 32.25, time drop 2.50.

Ale Suarez Cabrera, 100-yard breaststroke, third, best time 1:35.24, time drop 10.98.

David Valdiviezo, 100-yard individual medley, third, best time 1:10.65, time drop 4.08.

SOFLO heads the field with 62 swimmers (35 boys and 27 girls) in 306 individual events and 12 relays.

Age group breakdown is 7-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-and-over. The meet is for swimmers who achieved a “B” time standard in at least one event.

In addition to SOFLO, other teams competing are Coral Springs Swim Club, Cyclones, Florida Keys, Hurricane Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning, Rockwood, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, TS Aquatics, Turks & Caicos Aquatic Club and host Sunrise Swimming.

Meet organizers will be running a closed deck. Parents may sit on the south side of the pool by the bleachers. Parents are allowed to bring chairs. Swimmers will be on the north and west side of the pool.

The three-day meet concludes Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, cash only. Heat sheets are free and available at sunriseswimming.com or on Meet Mobile.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-yard medley relay:
7-10, 1. Coral Springs 2:25.60, 2. Sunrise 2:29.61, 3. SOFLO 2:43.86 (Joanna Valdiviezo, Didia Miccolis, Sofia Durant, Valentina Remmele).
11-12, 1. Coral Springs 2:07.43, 2. Lake Lytal Lightning 2:09.62, 3. Sunrise Swimming 2:19.83.
13-and-over, 1. Coral Springs 1:52.85, 2. Sunrise Swimming 1:54.66, 3. Lake Lytal Lightning 1:55.28, 6. SOFLO 2:01.86 (Isabel Schlicht, Ainsley Miller, Kaylee Del Rio, Genesis Escobar).

200-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Kiana Young, LLL 2:20.97; SOFLO: 5. Didia Miccolis 2:37.49, time drop 3.48.
11-12, 1. Makayla Shepley, LLL 2:09.48.
13-14, 1. Mariana Montes, CSSC 2:01.07.
15-and-over, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, Sunrise 1:56.95.

100-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Addison Scott, SF 1:14.61; SOFLO: 4. Joanna Valdiviezo 1:22.98, time drop 4.03.
11-12, 1. Carly Chin, CSSC 1:10.05; SOFLO: 6. Sophie Szutkowski 1:20.25, time drop 2.46.
13-14, 1. Carlin Hughes, LLL 1:02.41.
15-and-over, 1. Kaitlyn Jorgensen, SUN 1:00.54.

50-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Kira Perry, SUN 32.25; SOFLO: 5. Didia Miccolis 38.27, time drop 3.43.
11-12, 1. Makayla Shepley, LLL 30.02.
13-14, 1. Sophia El Chantiry, CSSC 28.21; SOFLO: 4. Kaylee Del Rio 29.23, time drop 3.32.
15-and-over, 1. Riley McCormick, CSSC 26.74.

100-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Addison Scott, SF 1:20.73; SOFLO: 4. Sofia Duranti 1:43.88, 5. Amber Connor 1:49.37, time drop 5.20.
11-12, 1. Lydia Wagne, LLL 1:18.09.
13-14, 1. Neika Gayle, SUN 1:15.05; SOFLO: 2. Ainsley Miller 1:15.35, time drop 3.41, 8. Cali Harries 1:20.83.
15-and-over, 1. Kate Kaplan, CCPR 1:06.93.

50-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Kira Perry, Sunrise 29.67.
11-12, 1. Manuella Lima, CSSC 27.40.
13-14, 1. Carley Kaplan, CCPR 25.94; SOFLO: 3. Genesis Escobar 26.81, time drop 0.41.
15-and-over, 1. Cassia Flynn, CSSC 25.17.

200-yard butterfly:
11-12, 1. Makayla Shepley, LLL 2:26.47.
13-14, 1. Darly Young, SF 2:24.78; SOFLO: 2. Kaylee Del Rio 2:32.58, time drop 3.91, 4. Mikhel Martin 2:41.30, time drop 2.67.
15-and-over, 1. Camila Garcia, LLL 2:20.46.

100-yard individual medley:
13-and-over, 1. Mariano Montes, CSSC 1:06.05; SOFLO: 5. Anjana Andapaly 1:08.94, time drop 4.23, 8. Genesis Escobar 1:12.85, time drop 2.54.

BOYS
200-yard medley relay:
7-10, 1. SOFLO 2:41.05 (David Gonzalez, Ethan Phan, Toma Petkov, Ale Suarez Cabrera), 2. Sunrise 2:46.70.
11-12, 1. Coral Springs 2:03.30, 2. SOFLO 2:09.93 (Dmitrii Berezin, Joseph-Blake Nation, David Valdiviezo, Daniel Chaussky).
13-and-over, 1. Sunrise Swimming 1:42.93.

200-yard freestyle:
7-10, Ryan Slogrove, SFTL 2:23.21; SOFLO: 4. David Gonzalez 2:42.33, 5.01 time drop, 5. Michael Barber 2:43.04, time drop 2.89.
11-12, 1. John Albornoz, CCSC 2:02.00; SOFLO: 4. David Valdiviezo 2:15.82, time drop 7.15.
13-14, 1. Lucas Young, CANE 1:54.19; SOFLO; 8. Aleksander Chaussky 2:08.62, time drop 6.50.
15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 1:42.21.

100-yard backstroke:
7-10, 1. Will McAndrews, CSSC 1:21.23; SOFLO: 2. David Gonzalez 1:26.80, time drop 6.79.
11-12, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 1:04.47.
13-14, 1. Lucas Franchak, CANE 57.53; SOFLO: 5. Matt McVeigh 1:07.71, 6. Victor Valdiviezi 1:08.94, time drop 1.72.
15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 51.26.

50-yard butterfly:
7-10, 1. Luca Pichardo, CCPR 35.07; SOFLO: 2. Toma Petkov 37.02, time drop 1.83, 5. Ethan Phan 37.81, time drop 1.94.
11-12, 1. Jayden Davis, TSA 27.19; SOFLO: 3. Joseph-Blake Natino 32.25, time drop 2.50, 7. Daniel Chaussky 34.29, 0.97 time drop.
13-14, 1. Piero Tordecilla, TSA 26.71; SOFLO: 2. Diego Reveron 30.60, time drop 1.81.
15-and-over, 1. Alejandro Alvarez, CSSC 24.16.

100-yard breaststroke:
7-10, 1. Mason Shepley, LLL 1:30.85; SOFLO: 2. Toma Petkov 1:30.97, time drop 3.19, 3. Ale Suarez Cabrera 1:35.24, time drop 10.98, 4. Zachary Snigur 1:36.09, time drop 8.65, 6. Leonardo Zuluaga 1:49.04.
11-12, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 1:12.03; SOFLO: 3. Joseph-Blake, Natino 1:16.04, time drop 2.78, 6. Vedant Pant 1:28.32, 1.19 time drop.
13-14, 1. Lucas Franchak, CANE 1:00.85; SOFLO: 8. Matt McVeigh 1:18.66, time drop 0.47.
15-and-over, 1. Victor Gil, LLL 1:03.43.

50-yard freestyle:
7-10, 1. Ryan Slogrove, SFTL 30.76; SOFLO: 6. Zachary Sniguer 33.47, time drop 0.51, 8. Jake Rezende 35.00.
11-12, 1. Brian Hamilton, CSSC 24.59; SOFLO: 5. David Valdiviezo 28.92, time drop 1.87.
13-14, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 223.41.
15-and-over, 1. Patrick Doyle, SUN 22.13.

200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Antoine Sharp, LLL 2:07.72; SOFLO: 4. Victor Valdiviezo 2:42.51, time drop 0.78.
15-and-over, 1. Grant Aran, CSSC 2:07.76.

100-yard individual medley:
7-10, 1. Mason Shepley, LLL 1:21.70; SOFLO: 2. Toma Petkov 1:21.79, time drop 3.33, 5. Ethan Phan 1:25.02, 6. Ale Suarez Cabrera 1:25.08, time drop 2.43, 7. Jake Rezenda 1:28.77, time drop 9.98.
11-12, 1. Daniel Ella, SUN 1:03.89; SOFLO: 3. David Valdiviezo 1:10.65, time drop 4.08, 6. Joseph-Blake Natino 1:11.80, time drop 5.62.

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