Podkoscielny Finishes Sixth At U.S. World Championship Trials; Will Compete At Junior Pan Pacs

By Sharon Robb
Greensboro, N.C., April 28, 2022—Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley Thursday at the U.S. World Championship Trials at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Podkoscielny, 17, was sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.57. The University of Florida commit was seventh fastest in prelims in 4:48.82. It was the top finish by a Florida Gold Coast swimmer so far in the meet. She will represent the U.S. Junior team at the Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii in August.

On Wednesday she was 14th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.88 after going 2:13.30 in prelims.

Katie Grimes, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada pulled away from the field on the freestyle leg to win the 400 IM in a best time 4:36.17. Olympic silver medalist Emma Weyant of Sarasota was second in 4:37.22 to also secure a spot on the world championship team.

“It just all goes back to my training,” Grimes said after her race. “Everybody who has seen me train for that race in practice knows that was a long time coming. The past times I’ve swum that race, it really hasn’t worked out like I wanted it to, but it all really came together very nicely. I’ve always loved the 400 IM. I think it’s a really fun race. I think it’s really interesting to watch. There are so many different components that go into it. It’s just a really cool race.”

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmer results:

Josh Zuchowski, 18, of FAST was seventh in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 1:58.44. He went 1:58.94 in prelims, cracking 2 minutes and bettering his entry time of 2:00.22.

Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics was 22nd in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.04.

Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was 20th in the 100-meter freestyle im 49.95.

In other Thursday races:

Men 400 IM: 1. Carson Foster, Texas 4:09.33, 2. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 4:10.50.
Women 100 butterfly: 1. Torri Huske, Unattached 56.28, 2. Claire Curzan, TAC Titans 56.35.
Men 100 butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club 50.20, 2. Michael Andrew, MA Swim Academy 50.88.
Women 50 breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana Swim Club 29.76, 2. Kaitlyn Dobler, Unattached 30.34.
Men 50 breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, MA Swim Academy 26.52, 2. Nic Fink, MAAC 26.55.
Women 50 backstroke: 1. Katharine Berkoff, NC State 27.12, 2. Regan Smith, Unattached 27.25.
Men 50 backstroke: 1. Hunter Armstrong, Ohio State 23.71, world record in non-Olympic event, 2. Justin Ress, Mission Viejo 23.92.

The International Team Trials that got under way on Tuesday, are serving as the qualifying meet for the 2022 FINA World Championships, Junior Pan Pacific Championships and Mel Zajac Jr. Invitational.

USA Swimming’s qualifying criteria for the 2022 World Championships in Budapest are:

Top-four finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, along with the top-two finishers in the other Olympic events qualify for the U.S. team, as long as they both meet the FINA A standard and maximum roster size isn’t exceeded.

From there, winners of the stroke 50s and fifth and sixth-place finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyles will qualify.

The maximum U.S. roster size for the World Championships is 26 men and 26 women.

The Olympic Channel is live streaming the championship finals on Friday night. CNBC will broadcast Saturday night’s finals session. USA Swimming is streaming all prelims on their website.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Will Compete In Rescheduled FGC Swimming Open Water Championships On Friday

By Sharon Robb
POMPANO BEACH, April 28, 2022–Two weeks after rough water conditions postponed the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Open Water Championships, event organizers will try again on Friday, weather and race conditions permitting.

South Florida Aquatic Club will have 18 swimmers compete in either the 5K or 2K races off Pompano Beach Pier. The 100- and 500-meter races were cancelled.

Swimmers ages 11-12 who want to be considered for FGC Open Water Zones will compete in the 2K.

Swimmers ages 13 and over who want to be considered for FGC Open Water Zones will compete in the 5K.

SOFLO swimmers entered are:
Jaden Amores, 15, 5,000
Gabriela Avila, 16, 5,000
Jemma Baldwin, 12, 2,000
Amelie Bicerne, 15, 5,000
Kaylee Del Rio, 15, 2,000
Hashan Ekanayake, 16, 5,000
Garrett Garcia-Studdard, 16, 5,000
Natalie Gembicki, 17, 5,000
Ivan Grass, 17, 5,000
Ryan Harries, 13, 5,000
Derek Hau, 15, 5,000
Adrian Hernandez, 17, 5,000
Dahlia Hirsh, 16, 5,000
Alexander Miller, 16, 5,000
Abraham Penaloza, 15, 5,000
Mallory Schleicher, 19, 2,000
Rose Seniuk, 13, 2,000
Juan Vallmitjana, 13, 5,000

Due to covid-19 guidelines complimentary hospitality will not be available to competitors, officials, or volunteers, only water will be available.

Results will be posted on the Pompano Piranhas website within 24 hours of the meet’s conclusion at Pompanopiranhas.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com