Dylan Carter Wins, Breaks Own National Record; Kaii Winkler Breaks NAG Record On Day Two Of TYR Pro Swim Series Fort Lauderdale

By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, March 2, 2023—Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago lowered his own national record and won the 100-meter freestyle Thursday at the TYR Pro Swim Series Fort Lauderdale at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center.

Carter, 27, a Plantation American Heritage alum, won in a best time 48.28, dropping 0.02 seconds and breaking his own national record of 48.30 set at the 2022 World Championships. In morning prelims, he was fourth fastest in 48.84. He pocketed $1,500 in prize money.

In the men’s 100-meter freestyle, Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics swam the third fastest time in prelims in a best time 48.81, breaking the National Age Group 15-16 record. He finished fourth in finals in 49.11. It is the first time the NAG has dipped under 49 seconds.

In the women’s 50-meter backstroke, Eagle Aquatics teammate Erika Pelaez swam the fifth fastest time in prelims in 28.68 to make her second A final and finished sixth in finals in 29.02. Pelaez was also fifth seed in the 100-meter freestyle in 55.12 and finished eighth in 55.16.

University of Florida commit Julia Podkoscielny, 18, of Pine Crest Swimming was ninth in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 29.47, dropping 0.16. She was 29th in the 400 freestyle in 4:29.57. She has the 200 backstroke, 400 IM, 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM left to swim.

Eagle Aquatics’ Finn Winkler, 18, was 16th in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.98. He qualified 16th in prelims in 26.69.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher was Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego, 14th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.95. Horrego just missed finals by two spots in prelims in 1:02.52.

SOFLO Thursday prelim results:
Julio Horrego, 24, 100-meter breaststroke, 10. 1:02.52.
Maddie Smutny, 200-meter butterfly, 17. 2:25.03.
Olivia Dinehart, 18, 100-meter breaststroke, 20. 1:12.18.
Elena Dinehart, 18, 50-meter backstroke, 28. 31.23, time drop 0.16.
Ricardo Roche, 23, 50-meter backstroke, 39. 28.61.
Javier Colmenares, 16, 100-meter breaststroke, 51. 1:06.74.

SOFLO’s swimmers have the following events left to swim: Javier Colmenares, 50 breaststroke 30.76Y; 50 butterfly 27.80LB; Elena Dinehart, 50 butterfly 32.11LB; 200 backstroke 2:17.97L; Olivia Dinehart, 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, 50 breaststroke 27.81L; 200 breaststroke 2:17.35L; Ricardo Roche, 200 backstroke 2:07.11L; 100 backstroke 58.71L; Maddie Smutny, 400 freestyle 4:21.40L; 200 freestyle 2:04.14L; 50 butterfly 31.14L.

Canadian Summer McIntosh of Sarasota Sharks broke her own world junior record in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.05, bettering her previous mark of 2:05.20.

On opening day Wednesday, reigning 400 freestyle Olympic gold medalist Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui of Tunisia won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:00.24 ahead of Egypt’s Marwan El Kamash in 15:01.26 and Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg in 15:02.54. In the women’s 1500, Sandpipers swept the top three spots with Katie Grimes winning in 15:56.27.

Prize money is being offered: $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day. 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 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.


1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 15:56.27, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 16:19.29, 3. Claire Weinstein, SAND 16:26.50, 4. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:29.88.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Ahmed Ayoub Fahnaoui, Tunisia 15:00.24, 2. Marwan El Kamash, Egypt 15:01.26, 3. Bobby Finke, SPA 15:02.54.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Abbey Weitzeil, CAL 53.38, 2. Katie Ledecky, GSC 54.01, 3. Erika Brown, TNAQ 54.39, 8. Erika Pelaez, EA 55.16.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, ISC 1:06.28, 2. Kara Hanlon, GBR 1:06.93, 3. Imogen Clark, GB 1:07.85.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 27.55, 2. Lauren Cox, GBR 27.91, 3. Medi Harris, WAL 28.03, 6. Erika Pelaez, EA 29.02, 9. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 29.47.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Summer McIntosh, SYS 2:05.05, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 2:09.89, 3. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, MEX 2:11.00, 8. Katie Ledecky, GSC 2:17.19

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 4:05.18, 2. Siobhan Haughey, HKG 4:05.84, 3. Claire Weinstein, SAND 4:06.24.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Dylan Carter, Indiana SC 48.28, 2. Matthew Richards, WAL 48.48, 3. Hunter Armstrong, CAL 48.95, 4. Kaii Winkler, EA 49.11.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Nic Fink, MAAC 59.97, 2. Michael Andrew, MASA 59.98, 3. Cody Miller, SAND 1:00.12, 14. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:02.95.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ress, MVN 24.73, 2. Hunter Armstrong, CAL 24.95, 3. Shaine Casas, TXLA 25.20, 16. Finn Winkler, EA 26.98.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Jay Litherland, SUN 2:01.76, 2. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:01.93, 3. Felipe Baffico, SYS 2:02.14, 6. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:03.10.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui, Tunisia 3:46.02, 2. Marwan El Kamash, EGY 3:47.34, 3. Kieran Smith, RAC 3:48.02.

9:00 AM: Prelims, 6 PM Finals Friday – Saturday
Friday: 200fr/50br/50fly/200ba/400IM

Saturday: 800fr/100ba/200br/100fly/200IM/50fr

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Klein, Paccot Win Distance Events; Amelie Bicerne Top SOFLO Finisher At Piranhas Senior Invite

By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 2, 2023—Neala Klein of Bolles Sharks and Maximiliano Paccot of Azura Florida Aquatics won opening day distance events Thursday at the Piranhas Senior Invite at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Klein, 15, won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:06.38, with a time drop of 3.51.

Paccot, 26, of Uruguay, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:44.36 ahead of Azura teammate Daniel Gonzalez-Jimenez, 16, in 16:47.32.

Amelie Bicerne, 15, of South Florida Aquatic Club was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:52.90. Bicerne is one of 25 SOFLO swimmers competing in the four-day meet.

The meet continues through Sunday with prelims at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Neala Klein, Bolles 9:06.38, 2. Brittany Corbett, EAST 9:10.18, 3. Fatima Portillo, Azura 9:21.60; SOFLO: 7. Amelie Bicerne 9:52.90.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Plantation Swim Team 9:45.11 (Sidney Anton, Anastasia Lutz, Georgina Henriquez, Paola Escobar).

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Maximilian Paccot, Azura 16:44.36, 2. Daniel Gonzalez Jimenez, Azura 16:47.32, 3. Nicholas Kwan, Bolles 16:51.40.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura 7:56.43 (Davidson Vincent, Leon Seaton, Justin Pale, Diego Dulieu), 2. Plantation Swim Team 8:12.12.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com