By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, February 28, 2023—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center.
The four-day long course meters meet that begins Wednesday at the $48 million newly-refurbished pool has attracted a national-caliber field led by world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky of Gator Swim Club.
Other elite swimmers entered are: Dylan Carter, Katie Grimes, Abbey Weitzell, Bobby Finke, Shane Casas, Michael Andrew, Lilly King, Regan Smith, Summer McIntosh, Annie Lazor, Nic Fink, Natalie Hinds, Ryan Murphy, Leah Smith, Chase Kalisz, Yeziel Morales and Kieran Smith.
SOFLO has seven swimmers entered in the meet. They are:
Javier Colmenares, 100 breaststroke 55.92Y; 50 breaststroke 30.76Y; 50 butterfly 27.80LB.
Elena Dinehart, 50 backstroke 31.39LB; 50 butterfly 32.11LB; 200 backstroke 2:17.97L.
Olivia Dinehart, 100 breaststroke 1:12.10L; 50 breaststroke 33.81L; 400 IM 4:59.47L; 200-meter breaststroke 2:34.53L.
Luciano Gonzalez, 50 butterfly 24.50L; 50 freestyle 23.51L.
Julio Horrego, 100 breaststroke 1:01.18L; 50 breaststroke 27.81L; 200 breaststroke 2:17.35L.
Ricardo Roche, 50 backstroke 27.82L; 200 backstroke 2:07.11L; 100 backstroke 58.71L.
Maddie Smutny, 200 butterfly 2:14.37L; 400 freestyle 4:21.40L; 200 freestyle 2:04.14L; 50 butterfly 31.14L.
The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented as well with several top swimmers including Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming, Riley Botting of Pine Crest Swimming, Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics, Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics, Aspen Gersper of St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sofia Jorge of Metro Aquatics and Dylan Smiley of Miami Country Day.
On Wednesday the distance session begins 5 p.m. and on Saturday the 800s begin 3:20 p.m. For the rest of the meet prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
The meet was capped at 600 swimmers. Prize money is being offered: $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third.
Meet parking is limited around the venue and restricted to available parking lots. Meet tickets range from $12.24 to $75.89.
Action is being shown on YouTube and also on Peacock (March 2-3, 6 p.m.), CNBC (March 4-5, 10:30 a.m. tape delay). Finals on Wednesday and Saturday along with all prelim sessions will be streamed on usaswimming.org.
SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.
The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.
9:00 AM: Prelims Thursday – Saturday, March 2-4, Thursday: 100fr/100br/50ba/200fly/400fr Friday: 200fr/50br/50fly/200ba/400IM Saturday: 800fr/100ba/200br/100fly/200IM/50fr
6:00 PM: Finals Thursday – Saturday, March 2-4.
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