Virginia Wins Back-To-Back NCAA Division I Women’s Championship Titles; FGC’s Jessica Nava Leaves With Two Rings


ATLANTA, March 20, 2022—University of Virginia defended its title in style winning back-to-back national championships Saturday at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers won with 551.5 points, more than 100 ahead of Texas with 406 after a dominating performance throughout the meet.

In the final event of the day, Virginia set an American record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:06.91.

“Being able to come here and do stuff like this is amazing,” Virginia freshman Gretchen Walsh said. “We all proved something to ourselves at this meet. It couldn’t have gone better. It is just a matter of time before we do something that is history in the making.”

The Cavaliers racked up 11 event championships – seven individual and four relays – in rolling to the title. Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh each captured three individual titles.

Douglass set American records in each of her national championships. She won the 50-yard freestyle (20.84), 100-yard butterfly (49.04) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.19).

Walsh won the 200-yard individual medley in an American-record time of 1:50.08, 200-yard butterfly in 1:50.79 and 400-yard IM in 3:57.25. Her younger sister, Gretchen, won the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday night in a time of 46.05, while N.C. State’s Katharine Berkoff was third (46.95).

The Cavaliers also won the 200-yard medley relay (1:32.16), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.96), 400-yard medley relay (3:22.34, matching their American record, set at the 2022 ACC Championships) and 400-yard freestyle relay (an American- and NCAA-record time 3:06.91).

Berkoff won her second straight NCAA title in the 100 backstroke in an American-record time of 48.74, finishing just ahead of Gretchen Walsh (49.00).

Miami’s Mia Vallee won the 1-meter diving title with a meet-record score of 365.75. North Carolina’s Aranza Vazquez earned the bronze medal with a score of 354.75. Vallee also was the ACC’s top finisher in the 3-meter event, tying for fourth place with a total score of 376.20.

The top finishers in the final day’s seven events were:

1650-yard free: Paige McKenna, Wisconsin: 20 points.

200-yard backstroke: Regan Smith, Stanford: 20 points.

100-yard freestyle: Gretchen Walsh, Virginia: 20 points.

200-yard breaststroke: Kate Douglass, Virginia: 20 points.

200 yard butterfly: Alex Walsh, Virginia: 20 points.

Platform diving: Tarrin Gilliland, Indiana: 20 points.

400-yard freestyle relay: Virginia: 40 points.

Two Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed in their final event .

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 33rd in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:20.09.

In her final collegiate race, University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 22nd in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.16.

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

The men’s championships will be held March 23-26, also in Atlanta.

SATURDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 551.5, 2. Texas 406, 3. Stanford 399.5, 4. Alabama 288, 5. N.C. State 279, 6. Louisville 196.5, 7. Michigan 184.5, 8. California 180, 9. Ohio State 165, 10. Tennessee 127, 13. Florida 115, 22. Miami 41.5, 36. Florida International 3.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, STAN 1:47.76, 2. Phoebe Bacon, WIS 1:49.29, 3. Rhyan White, ALA 1:49.36.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 46.05, 2. Morgan Scott, ALA 46.78, 3. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 46.95.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 2:02.19, 2. Anna Elendt, TEX 2:04.31, 3. Sophie Hansson, NCS 2:04.76.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 1:50.79, 2. tie, Olivia Carter, MICH 1:51.19 and Regan Smith, STAN 1:51.19.

Platform diving: 1. Tarrin Gilliland, IU 372.95, 2. Delaney Schnell, ARIZ 345.10, 3. Jordan Skillken, TEX 315.45

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 3:06.91 (Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Reilly Tiltmann, Gretchen Walsh), 2. Stanford 3:08.97, 3. Alabama 3:09.07, 7. Florida 3:11.07, 22. Florida State 3:15.70.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Clinches Eighth FGC Senior Championship With One Day To Go


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 19, 2022–With two sessions to go, South Florida Aquatic Club has already clinched the combined, women’s and men’s team titles of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool.

Buoyed by depth, talent and home pool advantage, SOFLO has compiled 1,621.5 points in the combined team standings. TS Aquatics is second with 802 and Metro Aquatics is third with 591.5.

The women’s team has 871.5 points followed by TS Aquatics with 463 and Midtown Weston with 436.5.

The men’s team has 750 points followed by Metro Aquatics with 405.5 and Plantation Swim Team with 345.

SOFLO is on track to break its 2021 short course combined team total record of 2,007 points.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher won the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:20.88, dropping 1.92 seconds. Teammate Olivia Dinehart was second in 4:24.70.

Olivia Dinehart won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:15.14.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-yard freestyle was second in 3:30.49 with Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny and Olivia Dinehart. TS Aquatics added another impressive win with its relay going 3:25.92 with Maria Morales, Keianna Moss, Jillian Crooks and Tawannah McLemore.

Alex Golding, Javier Colmenares and men’s 400-yard freestyle relay were SOFLO’s top men’s finishers.

Golding was second in the 400 IM in a best time 4:05.72, dropping 3.18 seconds. Colmenares was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:03.93, dropping 0.75.

SOFLO’s relay was second in 3:06.78 with Sebastian Lares, Agustin Rodriguez, Golding and Ricardo Roche. TS Aquatics won its second relay of the night in 3:05.81 with Joshua Cajuste, Zarek Wilson, Mason Green and Eddy Marin.

SOFLO won the title with 53 swimmers (32 boys and 21 girls) competing in 301 individual events and 16 relay teams entered.

SOFLO is among thirty-seven teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days.

The meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Also on Sunday, the mixed 1,650-yard freestyle is 3 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,621.5, 2. TS Aquatics 802.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 591.5, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 531.5, 5. Gulliver 519, 6. Midtown Weston 440.5, 7. St. Andrew’s 421. 8. Plantation 390, 9. Swim Fort Lauderdale 346, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 287.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 871.5, 2. TS Aquatics 463, 3. Midtown Weston 436.5, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 397.5, 5. Gulliver 306.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 750, 2. Metro Aquatics 405.5, 3. Plantation 345, 4. TS Aquatics 339.5, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 337.

WOMEN
400-yard individual medley: 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:20.88, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 4:24.70, 3. Mariana Cote, MWA 4:25.00; SOFLO: 7. Isabelle Wilson 4:41.53, 12. Sophie Grubbs 4:49.19, 14. Ana Villamil 4:52.34, 20. Sofia Osorio 5:01.26.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jillian Crooks, TSA 1:49.49, 2. Erin Miller, SAS 1:50.62, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 1:51.62; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 1:52.76, 9. Natalie Gembicki 1:54.07, 11. Maddy Smutny 1:52.88.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:15.14, 2. Riley Botting, PC 2:17.22, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:20.76; SOFLO: 9. Sophia Grubbs 2:26.49, 10. Ana Villamil 2:32.67, 14. Sabrina Osorio 2:28.05, 16. Sally Golding 2:28.21.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Lismar Lyon, MWA 54.31, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 54.62, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 54.99; SOFLO: 9. Maddy Smutny 57.53, 10. Mallory Schleicher 57.81, 12. Elena Dinehart 56.99.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Midtown Weston 1:45.69 (Kendra Gomez, Victoria Torres, Lismar Lyon, Mariana Cote), 2. Pine Crest 1:45.77, 3. TS Aquatics 1:47.07, 4. SOFLO A 1:48.37 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Mallory Schleicher), 5. SOFLO B 1:51.15 (Gabriella DeLuna, Sophia Grubbs, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki).

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. TS Aquatics 3:25.92 (Maria Morales, Keianna Moss, Jillian Crooks, Tawannah McLemore), 2. SOFLO A 3:30.49 (Mallory Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Olivia Dinehart), 3. Pine Crest 3:31.02, 5. SOFLO B 3:34.32 (Ana Villamil, Michelle Marinheiro, Sally Golding, Natalie Gembicki).

MEN
400-yard individual medley: 1. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 4:00.65, 2. Alex Golding, SOFLO 4:05.72, time drop 3.18, 3. Giulian Martin, CANE 4:06.89; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 4:07.69, time drop 0.81, 5. Adrian Hernandez 4:08.73, 6. Enrique Rodriguez 4:09.39, 14. Alejandro Mateus 4:20.63, 16. Felix Gonzalez 4:25.13, 19. Stephen Kim 4:28.16.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:35.41, 2. Dylan Felt, SFTL 1:38.94, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 1:40.50; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:40.66, 8. Sebastian Lares 1:40.97.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:01.80, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:03.93, 3. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:06.00; SOFLO: 4. Alex Golding 2:07.17, 6. Javier Roman 2:09.29, 9. Manuel Melendez 2:21.34.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 47.81, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 48.03, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 48.05; SOFLO: 16. Wisthon Rendon 51.70.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Metro Aquatics 1:35.27, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:35.44, 3. Plantation 1:35.46, 4. SOFLO A 1:35.56 (Ricardo Roche, Javier Colmenares, Javier Roman, Sebastian Lares), 7. SOFLO B 1:37.95 (Aldo Zepeda, Manuel Melendez, Wisthon Rendon, Agustin Rodiguez).

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. TS Aquatics 3:05.81 (Joshua Cajuste, Zarek Wilson, Mason Green, Eddy Marin), 2. SOFLO A 3:06.78 (Sebastian Lares, Agustin Rodriguez, Alex Golding, Ricardo Roche), 3. Metro Aquatics 3:08.52.

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