Florida Gators Win Season Opener Against Nova Southeastern, Arkansas; Golding Takes Two Seconds, Anchors Winning Relay


By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, September 23, 2022—If Friday’s season-opener at the Stephen O’Connell Center Natatorium is any indication, University of Florida men’s and women’s teams are in for a great season.

The Gators’ women’s team defeated Nova Southeastern, 244-44, and Arkansas, 219-79, in a double-dual, while the men’s team topped Nova Southeastern, 252-42.

The Gators finished with seven B-cuts and won every event but one.

South Florida Aquatic Club alum and Gators team captain Kathleen Golding finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.19 and second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.24.

Golding also anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:20.56 with teammates Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk and Ekaterina Nikonova.

Florida started off sweeping the 200 medley relays to open the meet. The men had four relay teams finish in the top five, while the women claimed 13 points on first and third place finishes.

Gainesville native and senior Talia Bates won four events, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay.

In his first college start, Joshua Liendo was three for three in first place finishes. The Canadian Olympian swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay in his first college race, before winning the 50 freestyle in 19.69, earning a B-cut, and winning the 100 butterfly in 48.06.

In the 1000 free, Hayden Miller swam a 9:53.52, over 13 seconds ahead of the field in her college debut. The freshman from Houston also won the 500 freestyle in 4:51.10.

Nina Kucheran won three events in her Florida debut, winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 200 medley relay.

Carina Lumia swept the women’s diving competition, winning at the 1-meter and 3-meter, while Anton Svirskyi swept the 1-meter and 3-meter.

WOMEN
Florida 244, Nova Southeastern 44
Florida 219, Arkansas 79

3-meter diving: 1. Carina Lumia, UF 291.00, 2. Grace Walker, ARK 272.48, 3. Elettra Neroni, UF 248.93.

1-meter diving: 1. Carina Lumia, UF 286.80, 2. Elettra Neroni, UF 284.10, 3. Grace Walker, ARK 262.73.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida B 1:40.72 (Katie Mack, Nina Kucheran, Olivia Peoples, Talia Bates), 2. Arkansas A 1:40.99, 3. Florida A 1:43.84.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Miller, UF 9:53.52, 2. Anna Auld, UF 10:06.77, 3. Camille DeBoer, UF 10:15.37.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Mathieu, UF 1:49.36, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:50.19, 3. Kobie Melton, ARK 1:51.59. 11. Sara Quintero, NSU 2:04.47, EXH: Mallory Schleicher, UF 1:58.07.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Talia Bates, UF 54.23, 2. Andrea Sansores, ARK 54.78, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 55.92, 4. Celina Marquez, NSU 56.83.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, UF 1:02.09, 2. Vanessa Herrmann, ARK 1:02.88, 3. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:03.32; EXH: Molly Golding, UF 1:07.18.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Luciana Thomas, ARK 1:59.01, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 1:59.12, 3. Betsy Wizard, ARK 2:00.44.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 22.45, 2. Katie Mack, UF 22.56, 3. Bella Cothern, ARK 22.93, 10. Solana Capalbo, NSU 24.79.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 48.95, 2. Katie Mack, UF 49.65, 3. Micayla Cronk, UF 50.61.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:56.92, 2. Zoe Dixon, UF 2:00.63, 3. Kobie Melton, ARK 2:02.24, 9. Solana Capalbo, NSU 2:12.79, EXH: Amanda Kopas, NSU 2:20.52.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, UF 2:15.76, 2. Vanessa Herrmann, ARK 2:15.84, 3. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:17.20; EXH: Molly Golding, UF 2:25.66.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Miller, UF 4:51.10, 2. Elise Bauer, UF 4:51.93, 3. Luciana Thomas, ARK 5:00.06, 10. Sara Quintero, NSU 5:26.19; EXH: Anna Auld, UF 4:58.61, Mallory Schleicher, UF 5:11.90.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Talia Bates, UF 53.84, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.53, 3. Betsy Wizard, ARK 54.89, 9. Amanda Kopas, NSU 1:00.76.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:01.21, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 2:02.24, 3. Nina Kucheran, UF 2:04.81.

400-yard freestyle: 1. Florida A 3:20.56 (Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk, Ekaterina Nikonova, Kathleen Golding), 2. Arkansas A 3:24.36, 3. Florida B 3:24.59.

MEN
Florida 252, Nova Southeastern 42

1-meter diving: 1. Anton Svirskyi, UF 367.43, 2. Elisha Dees, UF 320.78, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 289.13.

3-meter diving: 1. Anton Svirskyi,UF 380.40, 2. Elisha Dees, UF 319.65, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 272.10.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:28.04 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Josh Liendo, Alberto Mestre), 2. Florida B 1:30.84, 3. Florida C 1:32.81.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Brennan Gravely, UF 9:09.98, 2. Eric Brown, UF 9:11.61, 3. Jack VanDeusen, UF 9:12.22.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, UF 1:37.56, 2. Jake Mitchell, UF 1:37.57, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:37.59.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 48.45, 2. Cam Abaqueta, UF 50.49, 3. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 50.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 55.30, 2. Aleksas Savicka, UF 55.51, 3. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 56.12.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Billy Jones, UF 1:49.00, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:51.12, 3. Tyler Watson, UF 1:51.51.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Liendo, UF 19.69, 2. Alberto Mestre, UF 19.97, 3. Eric Friese, UF 20.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, UF 43.53, 2. Alberto Mestre, UF 44.31, 3. Trey Freeman, UF 44.47.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 1:49.11, 2. Kevin Vargas, UF 1:49.67, 3. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:51.19.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:00.13, 2. Aleksas Savickas, UF 2:00.56, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 2:01.89.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Mitchell, UF 4:24.92, 2. Eric Brown, UF 4:27.46, 3. Giovanni Linscheer, UF 4:32.52.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Josh Liendo, UF 48.06, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 48.36, 3. Alfonso Mestre, UF 49.96.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kevin Vargas, UF 1:46.80, 2. Julian Smith, UF 1:48.97, 3. Billy Jones, UF 1:51.53.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Brennan Gravely, UF 3:55.29, 2. Jack Van Deusen, UF 4:01.11, 3. Wesley Hyde, UF 4:06.06.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida C 2:59.41 (Oskar Lindholm, Alfonso Mestre, Ed Fullum-Hout, Trey Freeman) , 2. Nova Southeastern A 3:06.78, 3. Florida B 3:07.44.

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

Florida Gators Announce 2022-23 Schedule; SOFLO Alum Kathleen Golding Named Team Captain


By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, September 14, 2022—University of Florida will open its 2022-23 men’s and women’s schedule at home against Nova Southeastern and Arkansas on Sept. 23 at the O’Connell Center Natatorium.

The season-opener is one of four home meets. Arkansas has only a women’s team. NSU has both a men’s and women’s team.

After a month of training, the Gators head to Virginia to swim defending women’s national champion Cavaliers on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Charlottesville.

Florida will then swim conference opponents on back-to-back weeks, at Georgia in Athens, Ga. on Friday, Oct. 28 in its annual rivalry before returning to Gainesville to host Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Gators end the 2022 calendar year with three straight invitationals: Georgia Invite, Nov. 17-19, U.S. Open, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Greensboro, N.C. before diving ends 2022 at the Auburn Invitational, Dec. 16-20.

The 2023 part of the schedule opens at home Florida Atlantic University, Jan. 14, before hosting a diving invitational Jan. 20-21, while simultaneously swimming Florida State on Jan. 20 in Ocala, in its final dual meet. Two weeks later, the Gators will swim in the Feb. 3-5 Auburn Last Chance Invitational.

The Gators begin the post-season at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 14-16 in College Station, Tex. The men will go for their 11th straight conference titles, before the Bulldog Last Chance Meet from Feb. 24-25 in Athens. Qualified divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Zones from Mar. 5-8.

The season ends at the NCAA Swimming National Championships, with the women’s meet in Knoxville, Tenn., March 15-18 and men’s meet in Minneapolis, Minn., March 22-25.

One of the highlights of the season is South Florida Aquatic Club alum Kathleen Golding will serve as one of the Gators’ team captains for the 2022-23. The two-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier is a senior and three-time All-American. Her marquis events are the 200 and 400 IM though she swims several other events, both sprint and distance.

Golding’s younger sister, Molly, also a SOFLO alum, will begin her sophomore season in the IM and breaststroke events.

Other Gators with South Florida and Florida Gold Coast ties are sophomore Anna Auld of West Palm Beach, who is coming off an outstanding summer; and freshman Mallory Schleicher, another SOFLO alum.

Florida’s men’s and women’s head coach Anthony Nesty was recently named the 2022 American Swimming Coaches Association George Haines Coach of the Year at the ASCA World Clinic Sept. 8 in Las Vegas. Nesty joins former Florida coaches Gregg Troy and Randy Reese as the only coaches in Gators history to win the award.

The award is annually given to the individual whose coaching contributed the most towards American swimming excellence at the world level. Nesty was one of six finalists who coached athletes that won gold medals at the FINA World Championships last June in Budapest, Hungary.

Nesty coached multiple gold medalists in Budapest, including Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, Kieran Smith and UF volunteer Coach Katie Ledecky. The four combined for eight gold medals, the most golds coached by any finalist for the award the year.

Six current Gators, four former Gators and volunteer coach Katie Ledecky were named to the 2022-23 U.S. National Team.

Anna Auld, Emma Weyant, Natalie Hinds, and Katie Ledecky were selected for the women’s team, and Brennan Gravley, Jacob Mitchell, Trey Freeman, Kevin Vargas, Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, and Kieran Smith were named on the men’s roster. Florida has 11 athletes on the team, tied with Texas/Longhorn Aquatics for most-represented club/college. Auld and Gravley were both selected as open water athletes in May 2022, and are active through October 31, 2022.

2022-23 UF Men’s, Women’s Schedule
Sept. 23, Nova Southeastern, Arkansas, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22, at Virginia, 10 a.m.
Oct. 28, at Georgia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5, Tennessee, 10 a.m.
Nov. 17-19, at Georgia Invite
Nov. 30-Dec. 3, U.S. Open, Greensboro, N.C.
Greensboro, NC
Dec. 16-20, Auburn Invitational, Diving
Jan. 14, Florida Atlantic, 2 p.m.
Jan. 20-21, UF Diving Invitational
Jan. 20, Florida State at Ocala, 2 p.m.
Feb. 3-5, Auburn Last Chance
Feb. 14-18, SEC Championships, College Station, Tex.
Feb. 24-25, Bulldogs Last Chance Meet, Athens, Ga.
Mar. 5-8, NCAA Diving Zones – TBD
Mar. 15-18, Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mar. 22-25, Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Minneapolis

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

FSU Seminoles Win Quad Meet; Izaak Bastian, SOFLO’s Gaby Banks Top Three Finishers


By Sharon Robb
TALLAHASSEE, October 30, 2021—Florida State swept North Florida, West Florida and Florida Southern Saturday in its annual “Paint It Pink” Meet.

Sponsored by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the meet supports the fight against breast cancer.

“This meet is always a lot of fun,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It’s great to get some other Florida teams here for us and to mix it up a little. It’s a great opportunity for the athletes that did not travel last week to show us what they have.”

The No. 15 Seminoles picked up a combined four wins at Morcom Aquatics Center.

The 15th-ranked men’s team (3-0, 1-0 ACC) defeated Florida Southern 196.50-65.50.

The women’s team (4-1, 1-0 ACC) picked up three victories, defeating UWF 240-59, North Florida 248-45 and the Mocs 244-49.

“It was good to see some different events out of people today,” Studd said. “We saw some people step up and help us in areas where we go against SEC and ACC teams.”

The Seminoles won a combined 26 events, with 19 sweeps including the both the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks, a sophomore who competes for Jamaica internationally, was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.40, 11th in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.75 and was a member of the 200-yard medley relay that finished second in 1:47.40.

Senior Izaak Bastian, a St. Andrew’s alum and member of the Bahamian national team, was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.18 and was a member of the third place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:24.73.

In the women’s meet, Nina Kucheran (1:52.35), Ashley Zettle (1:52.97) and Tania Quaglieri (1:55.87) swept the 200 freestyle and Jaden Herbet was first in the 100 backstroke in 57.24.

FSU added another sweep in the 100 breaststroke, led by Maddy Huggins (1:03.04) followed by Hannah Womer (1:03.37) and Nora Woods (1:07.08).

Edith Jernstedt (2:03.75) won the 200 butterfly and Pia Murray (2:08.77) followed was second.

Gloria Muzito won the 50 freestyle in 24.08 followed by Aryanna Fernandes in 24.18.

Herbet won her second event of the day, leading a sweep of the 200 backstroke in 2:05.29, followed by Murray in 2:07.62 and Natalie Peterson in 2:08.53.

Katherine Baker was first in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.51) ahead of Rachel Moran (2:24.20) and Woods (2:24.66).

FSU took the top three places in the 500 freestyle with Phoebe Griffiths (4:59.23), Kucheran (5:03.89) and Zettle (5:08.72).

Womer added a win in the 100 butterfly (55.15) ahead of Murray (56.64) and Huggins in third (57.97).

The women added another sweep in the 400 individual medley led by Syd VanOvermeiren (4:24.81) followed by Sydney Boals (4:28.22) and Olivia Sapio (4:31.67).

FSU took first in the 200 freestyle relay by Muzito, Zsofia Kurdi, Quaglieri and Womer in 1:36.09.

Samantha Vear (284.18) won the 1-meter diving ahead of teammates Victoria Cervantes (280.65) and Isabel Gregersen (278.40). On 3-meter, Cervantes (314.70) edged Gregersen (302.03) and Vear (281.93) for first-place.

After the sweep of the 200 medley relay in the men’s meet, Nick Mason came back with a win in the 1000 freestyle in 9:26.05 followed by Zach Smith in (9:27.54).

FSU swept the 200 freestyle with Yordan Yanchev (1:39.95), Sam Budd (1:40.52) and David Quirie (1:42.23).

Florida Southern’s Brandon Dyck won the 100 backstroke. FSU’s Peter Varjasi won the 100 breaststroke in 55.08.

FSU had a one-two finish in the 200 butterfly with Brennan Hammond (1:51.97) and Auben Nugent (1:52.27).

Max McCusker (20.48), Jakub Ksiazek (20.71) and Ian Cooper (20.75) combined for the sweep of the 50 freestyle before the break.

Adrian Aguilar won the 100 freestyle in 45.84. Arijus Pavlidi (1:50.16) won the 200 backstroke before FSU swept the 500 freestyle with Yanchev (4:29.89), Aziz Ghaffari (4:31.78) and Jason Brzozowski (4:35.66).

Mason Herbet won the 100 butterfly in 48.56 ahead of Varjasi (49.35) and Budd (49.36).

Nick Mason won the 400 individual medley (4:00.23) five seconds ahead of Brzozowski (4:05.50) and Tanker Speck (4:06.12).

The men finished the meet with a sweep in the 200 freestyle relay led by the ‘A’ team of Blake Moran, Mason Herbet, Varjasi and McCusker.

The Seminoles’ next meet is Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. against Florida at Morcom Aquatics Center for the Mental Health Awareness meet.

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

Florida Gators Sweep Georgia Bulldogs In Season Home Opener; Kathleen Golding Takes Two Seconds; Katie Ledecky Swims Men’s Exhibition 200, 500


By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, October 29, 2021–Florida and Georgia renewed their longtime rivalry in a dual meet Thursday and Friday at the O’Connell Center.

The Gator women defeated the Bulldogs, 153-147, and the men’s team won, 180-120.

Florida leads the all-time series with an overall record of 62-19-3 including 8-4-1 in the last eleven dual meets.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, a junior, was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02, third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.09 and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.17. She also swam anchor on the Gators’ runnerup 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:18.48.

Freshman Molly Golding was seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:22.09.

Freshman Anna Auld, another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:53.26 and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.76.

Senior Miguel Cancel, who trains summers at SOFLO, was third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.68, fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:48.36 and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.05.

Several of the Gators big guns including Olympians Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke did not compete.

Ten-time Olympic medalist and 15-time World Champion medalist Katie Ledecky, now training in Gainesville and working as a volunteer coach, competed in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

Ledecky swam against the men in the 500 and finished in 4:30.55 in an exhibition, which would have easily won the women’s event. One of the most decorated swimmers in history also swam 1:42.80 in the 200.

The diving competition was held Thursday.

Florida heads next to Tallahassee to meet Florida State on Friday, Nov. 5.

The men’s team is ranked third and women ranked ninth in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) preseason poll.

WOMEN
Florida 153, Georgia 147

3-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 350.05, 2. Maha Amer, UF 304.73, 3. Carina Lumia, UF 282.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 315.83, 2. Maha Amer, UF 292.73, 3. Meghan Wenzel, UG 292.13.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Georgia A 1:39.72, 2. Florida A 1:40.08 (Aris Runnels, Olivia Peoples, Amanda Ray, Gabrielle Hillis), 3. Georgia B 1:41.22.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:43.77, 2. Abigail McCulloh, UG 9:47.89, 3. Anna Auld, UF 9:53.26.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Dune Coetzee, UG 1:47.52, 2. Micayla Cook, UF 1:47.75, 3. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:48.09.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Talia Bates, UF 54.01, 2. Eboni McCarty, UG 54.38, 3. Millie Sansome, UG 55.08.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, UG 1:00.76, 2. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:01.78, 3. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:02.18.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Dakota Luther, UG 1:57.00, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 1:57.83, 3. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:58.51.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 22.63, 2. Gabi Fa’Amausilli, UG 22.81, 3. Gabrielle Hillis, UF 23.12.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 48.82, 2. Maxine Parker, UG 49.96, 3. Micayla Cronk, UF 50.33.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:56.64, 2. Millie Sansome, UG 1:58.28, 3. Lain Shaboz, UF 2:00.33.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, UG 2:12.25, 2. Danielle Dellatorre, UG 2:14.02, 3. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:14.17, 7. Molly Golding, UF 2:22.09.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Abigail McCulloh, UG 4:45.38, 2. Nikki Miller, UF 4:49.18, 3. Elise Bauer, UF 4:49.57, 5. Anna Auld, UF 4:49.76, 6. Kathleen Golding, UF 4:51.17.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Dakota Luther, UG 53.51, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 53.75, 3. Amanda Ray, UF 54.09.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Zoie Hartman, UG 1:59.27, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 2:02.00, 3. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:02.02.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Georgia A 3:18.20, 2. Florida A 3:18.48 (Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk, Gabrielle Hillis, Kathleen Golding), 3. Georgia B 3:23.88.

MEN
Florida 180, Georgia 120

1-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 330.90, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 309.30, 3. Nolan Lewis, UG 283.20.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 394.65, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 335.55, 3. Timothy Fagan, UG 285.68.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:25.71 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Will Davis), 2. Georgia A 1:26.48, 3. Georgia B 1:29.65.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, UG 8:55.24, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 8:58.58, 3. Brennan Graveley, UF 9:03.30.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 1:34.41, 2. Gerry Quinn, UF 1:37.1, 3. Jake Magahey, UG 1:37.35, 6. Jorge Depassier, UF 1:39.49.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 47.23, 2. Wesley Ng, UG 47.81, 3. Ian Grum, UG 48.43.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 54.82, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 55.38, 3. Julian Smith, UF 56.02.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Luca Urlando, UG 1:42.09, 2. Andrew Abruzzo, UG 1:45.77, 3. Jace Crawford, UF 1:47.13, 5. Miguel Cancel, UF 1:48.36.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Will Davis, UF 19.83, 2. Eric Friese, UF 19.99, 3. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.02.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gerry Quinn, UF 44.02, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 44.14, 3. Zach Hils, UG 44.22, 6. Jorge Depassier, UF 45.64.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Ian Grum, UG 1:43.49, 2. Bradley Dunham, UG 1:46.15, 3. Mitchell Norton, UG 1:47.48, 5. Miguel Cancel, UF 1:48.05.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 2:00.31, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:00.46, 3. Kevin Vargas, UF 2:00.68.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, UG 4:16.95, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 4:19.01, 3. Trey Freeman, UF 4:21.43; Exhbition, Katie Ledecky, UNA-UF 4:30.55.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Luca Urlando, UG 45.61, 2. Eric Friese, UF 46.65, 3. Wesley Ng, UG 48.31.

200-yard individual medley:

  1. Luca Urlando, UG 1:45.12, 2. Zach Hils, UG 1:47.64, 3. Miguel Cancel, UF 1:49.68.

400-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Florida A 2:55.67 (Eric Friese, Adam Cheny, Will Davis, Alfonso Mestre), 2. Florida B 2:58.20, 3. Georgia A 2:58.99.

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

Florida State Seminoles Win Season-Opening TYR Fall Classic; Izaak Bastian Picks Up Five Wins


By Sharon Robb
NORTH MIAMI, October 10, 2021—Florida State won the TYR Fall Classic Saturday at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus and extended its’ streak to 13 in season-opening wins.

The Seminoles won the women’s title with 437 points, the men’s title with 517.5 points and combined team title with 954.5 points.

The two-day, eight-team meet featured state schools Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Lynn University and Keiser University.

“We had an awesome day today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “The ladies turned a small lead overnight into a huge win. They were outstanding today [Saturday] and dominated the competition. The men carried the momentum from yesterday [Friday] and had some great performances.”

St. Andrew’s School alum Izaak Bastian, 20, a 2020 Olympian and national record holder on the Bahamas national team won two individual events and was a member of three winning relays.

Bastian won the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.34 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:01.33. He also swam on the winning 200- and 400-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

Heading into the second and final day of competition, FSU women’s team (217) had a four-point lead over FIU (213) after Friday’s session.

With two swimmers in each race only allowed to score points in their entered heat, the women won seven of the 16 heats in order to clinch the team title.

The men’s team won seven of the nine events on Saturday, starting with the 200-yard medley relay behind Mason Herbet, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker, and Blake Moran with a time of 1:38.51. Bastian followed with a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.33) and Herbet touched first in the 200 backstroke (1:48.35).

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

  1. Florida State 954.5, 2. Texas Christian 619.5, 4. Pittsburgh 618, 4. Missouri State 536, 5. Florida Atlantic 524, 6. Florida International 408, 7. Keiser 362.5, 8. Lynn University 357.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS

  1. Florida State 437, 2. Florida International 408, 3. Pittsburgh 306, 4. Texas Christian 298.5, 5. Missouri State 247, 6. Florida Atlantic 246, 7. Lynn 176, 8. Keiser 159.5.

WOMEN RESULTS

400-yard medley relay: 1. FIU 3:42.66, 2. FSU 3:42.74, 3. Pittsburgh 3:48.09.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Hultquist, TCU 1:50.19, 2. Nina Kucheran, FSU 1:51.69, 3. Christie Chue, FIU 1:51.81.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 4:15.70, 2. Ginevra Molino, FSU 4:22.57, 3. Daisy Anderson, PITT 4:28.22.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 55.36, 2. Jenny Halden, FSU 55.74, 3. Sami Roemer, MOST 57.24.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Anna Miller, MOST 23.34, 2. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 23.35, 3. Elinah Phillip, FIU 23.55.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, FSU 1:01.88, 2. Christie Chue, FIU 1:02.60, 3. Tatum Detwiler, PITT 1:03.68.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Francesca Pasquino, TCU 56.01, 2. Julia Miranda, FIU 56.17, 3. Daisy Anderson, PITT 56.93.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU 1:32.72, 2. FIU 1:33.19, 3. TXCU 1:35.59.

3-meter diving: 1. Maha Gouda, FIU 308.70, 2. Kayleigh Clark, FSU 294.00, 3. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 285.35.

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU 1:41.23, 2. FIU 1:42.85, 3. Pittsburgh 1:43.04.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 4:58.30, 2. Ginevra Molino, FSU 5:03.00, 3. Jill Berger, PITT 5:03.81.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, FSU 2:15.29, 2. Christie Chue, FIU 2:15.30, 3. Alessia Puleo, MOST 2:20.52.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Daisy Anderson, PITT 2:00.89, 2. Maddie McDonald, FSU 2:01.42, 3. Francesca Pasquino, TCU 2:02.73.

1-meter diving: 1. Mandy Song, FIU 323.45, 2. Samantha Vear, FSU 295.50, 3. Amy Read, PITT 285.15.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 51.06, 2. Anna Miller, MOST 51.12, 3. Olivia Rhodes, TCU 52.04.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Hannah Womer, FSU 2:01.39, 2. Dolores Margni, FAU 2:03.24, 3. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 2:03.38.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nina Kucheran, FSU 2:03.94, 2. Daisy Anderson, PITT 2:03.99, 3. Ewa Osiniak, LYNN 2:08.07.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. FIU 3:24.51, 2. FSU 3:24.54, 3. TCU 2:38.86.

MEN TEAM TOTALS

  1. Florida State 517.5, 2. Texas Christian 321, 3. Pittsburgh 312, 4. Missouri State 289, 5. Florida Atlantic 278, 6. Keiser 203, 7. Lynn 181.5.

MEN’S RESULTS
400-yard medley relay: 1. FSU 3:13.66, 2. TCU 3:20.52, 3. Missouri State 3:21.30.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Peter Varjasi, FSU 1:38.25, 2. Geremia Freri, TCU 1:38.58, 3. Arthur Cury, MOST 1:40.16.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Nick Mason, FSU 3:57.41, 2. Luke Dimiceli, TCU 3:58.76, 3. Dylan Moffatt, MOST 4:04.33.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Max McCusker, FSU 48.11, 2. Serhil Ahadzhanian, PITT 48.71, 3. Piotr Sadlowski, TCU 49.30.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Peter Varjasi, FSU 20.41, 2. Flynn Crisci, PITT 20.86, 3. Raphael Paiva Da, TCU 21.03.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. tie, Izaak Bastian, FSU and Cooper Van Der Laan, PITT 54.34, 3. Vitauts Silins, TCU 55.87.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mason Hebert, FSU 47.61, 2. Robbie Hill, MOST 50.45, 3. Stefan Vargas, TCU 50.70.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU 1:21.46, 2. FAU 1:22.48, 3. TCU 1:22.85.

1-meter diving: 1. David Ekdahl, TCU 326.30, 2. Cameron Cash, PITT 304.60, 3. Darwin Nolasco, FSU 303.05.

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU 1:28.51, 2. TCU 1:30.68, 3. Pittsburgh 1:31.61.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Geremia Freri, TCU 4:29.19, 2. Pawel Krawczyk, MOST 4:31.40, 3. Sam Budd, FSU 4:33.79.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, FSU 2:01.33, 2. Cooper Van Der Laan, PITT 2:03.24, 3. Vitauts Silins, TCU 2:03.80.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Mason Hebert, FSU 1:48.35, 2. Marcin Goraj, PITT 1:49.24, 3. Stefan Varga, TCU 1:50.87.

3-meter diving: 1. Jesco Helling, FSU 343.55, 2. Dylan Reed, PITT 335.30, 3. David Ekdahl, TCU 331.90.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Peter Varjasi, FSU 44.87, 2. Raphael Paiva Da, TCU 45.51, 3. Jackson Kirk, FAU 46.38.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Adam Mahler, PITT 1:48.89, 2. Rateb Hussein, FAU 1:49.31, 3. Pawel Krawczyk, MOST 1:50.51.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mason Herbert, FSU 1:48.68, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 1:51.54, 3. Luke Dimicelli, TCU 1:52.30.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU 3:00.98, 2. TCU 3:01.18, 3. FAU 3:02.37.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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University of Miami Women’s Team Wins Season-Opener Against Florida International


By Sharon Robb
MIAMI—University of Miami women’s swimming and diving team won its season-opener with a 162.5-137.5 victory over cross-town rival Florida International Saturday at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

“It was a very good meet today on both sides, with lots of great racing and lots of back and forth,” Miami head coach Andy Kershaw said. “That’s what it’s all about. I’m very proud of our women and how they responded. It was definitely a team effort.”

UM redshirt sophomore Adrianna Cera, 20, won three events including the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:17.78 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:58.78. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:25.67.

Veteran Carmen San Nicolas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.64. Sophomore Emma Sundstrand (1:03.20) and freshman Giulia Carvalho (1:03.23) finished one-two in 100-yard breaststroke.

“It’s such a credit to the vibe they’ve created and the bond they’re creating, even this early in the season,” Kershaw said. “They’re all there for each other, all cheering for each other, racing for each other, getting to the wall for the betterment of the team.”

Freshman Jacey Hinton was second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.04) in her college debut. San Nicolas (51.82) and Hinton (52.39) had top-two finishes two events later in the 100-yard freestyle to maintain the lead.

Kershaw was pleased with his team’s camaraderie.

“That’s what we talked about going in, and that’s what we executed,” Kershaw said. “That was true whether they had great races. Even the people who weren’t happy with their races still celebrated with the team.

“Certainly, we have things to work on, but I’m very happy with the culture and foundation that is being put in place by this group of women.”

Giulia Carvalho earned her first college win in the 100-yard butterfly (55.49).

The Hurricanes capped their opening meet with a win the 400-yard freestyle relay with Hinton, San Nicolas, veteran Sydney Knapp and Cera in 3:25.67.

“Hats off to FIU, they had some great races and a lot of great detail out of their team,” Kershaw said. “It was another great battle, and we’re happy to come out on top this time. I’m looking forward to continuing this great rivalry that we have.”

One of Miami’s leading -scorers was second-year diver Emma Gullstrand, who swept the 1-meter springboard (360.83) and 3-meter springboard (327.23). Gullstrand represented Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics this past summer.

Miami next competes at the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas from Oct. 8-9.

WOMEN
Miami 162.5, FIU 137.5

200-yard medley relay: 1. FIU 1:42.76, 2. UM A 1:43.31, 3. UM B 1:48.18.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:17.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 10:22.52, 3. Aino Otava, UM 10:32.15.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 1:50.64, 2. Christie Chue, FIU 1:52.48, 3. Sydney Knapp, UM 1:54.70.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 56.51, 2. Kelsie Campbell, FIu 57.11, 3. Danika Huizinga, UM 58.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Emma Sundstrand, UM 1:03.20, 2. Giulia Carvalho, UM 1:03.223, 3. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 1:04.10.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 2:03.71, 2. Isabel Traba, UM 2:05.02, 3. Aino Otava, UM 2:05.85.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Elinah Phillip, FIU 23.97, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 24.04, 3. tie, Helga Fodor, FIU 24.71 and Sydney Knapp, UM 24.71.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 51.82, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 52.39, 3. Elinah Phillip, FIU 52.92.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:03.73, 2. Danika Huizinga, UM 2:06.30, 3. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:08.07.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:17.58, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:20.87, 3. Delaine Goll, FIU 2:21.97.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 4:58.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 5:03.03, 3. Aino Otava, UM 5:09.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Giulia Carvalho, UM 55.49, 2. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 56.3, 3. Kelsie Campbell, FIU 56.58.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:06.09, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:06.14, 3. Christie Chue, FIU 2:06.23.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UM A 3:25.67, 2. FIU A 3:26.30, 3. FIU B 3:34.97.

1-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 360.83, 2. Mia Vallee, UM 318.30, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 311.10.

3-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 327.23, 2. Maha Gouda, FIU 320.10, 3. Mia Vallee, UM 310.05.

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

Golding Sisters Compete First Time Together For Florida Gators In Season-Opener; Florida Gold Coast’s Anna Auld Picks Up First College Win


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 2, 2021–University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2021-22 collegiate season with impressive wins over Florida Atlantic University Saturday morning at FAU Aquatic Center.

Veteran UF swimmer Kathleen Golding was joined by younger sister Molly Golding making her collegiate debut.

Kathleen Golding, 20, swam anchor leg on the third place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:48.04 with teammates Katherine Minnich, Eleanor Hatton and Kenady Bell. She also swam an exhibition 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.74.

The sisters teamed up as members of the Gators “C” 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:34.74 with teammates Aris Runnels and Mabel Zavaros. Kathleen led off and Molly swam second leg.

Molly Golding, 18, swam anchor on the Gators’ D 200-yard medley relay that finished fourth in 1:48.21 with teammates Celismar Guzman, Ellie Zweifel and Georgia Bates. She also picked up three points finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.50. She also swam an exhibition 100-yard freestyle in 55.61.

Another swimmer with SOFLO connection, Miguel Cancel, 22, was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.28 and fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.02). He also swam exhibitions in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.59 and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:04.48.

The women won all 16 events while the men won 15 out of 16 events. The Gators swept 13 out of the 32 events.

Freshman Raphael Rached Windmuller, Anna Auld, Oliva Peoples and Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero all picked up their first collegiate win at FAU. Transfer Maha Amer, won the 3-meter, earning her first win as a Gator.

Auld, a Forest Hill High School alum from West Palm Beach, trained and competed with East Coast Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s Swimming during her FGC club career. She won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.39.

Olympians Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith, fresh off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, got back in competitive waters. Finke, double Olympic gold medalist, won the 200 backstroke in 1:46.88 and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay. Smith, an Olympic bronze medalist, won the 100 backstroke in 49.26.

“Today was a good start to the season.” said Gators head coach Anthony Nesty. “This gives us a baseline that we needed to work from. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we will continue to focus on our team objectives daily.

“This meet gave the freshmen their first opportunity to travel and experience competition on the road. On Monday, we will be back to work. Many thanks to our dedicated staff who remain committed and focused on team goals. Thank you also to our Administration who greatly support our program with passion.”

The Gators next meet is Oct. 29 against Georgia at home.

WOMEN
Florida 655.8, Florida Atlantic 572.8

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:43.73, 2. Florida B 1:44.51, 3. Florida C 1:48.04.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:59.17, 2. Anna Auld, UF 10:06.10, 3. Leah DeGeorge, UF 10:12.25.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:49.32, 2. Nikki Miller, UF 1:50.34, 3. Gabriella Hillis, UF 1:52.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 56.47, 2. Katherine Minnich, UF 56.73, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 57.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Cecilia Porter, UF 1:03.31, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:04.72, 3. Molly Golding, UF 1:06.50.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:01.23, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 2:01.58, 3. Nikki Miller, UF 2:03.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 23.06, 2. Gabrielle Hillis, UF 23.59, 3. Georgia Bates, UF 23.89.

1-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 324.15, 2. Maha Amer, UF 297.75, 3. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 286.27.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nikki Miller, UF 51.68, 2. Kasia Sziek, FAU 53.90, 3. Michaela Bernard, FAU 55.07.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 2:01.90, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:05.77, 3. Kirsty Hobson, FAU 2:08.57.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:14.58, 2. Mary Adam, FAU 2:27.28, 3. Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, FAU 2:28.93.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Anna Auld, UF 4:51.39, 2. Maggie Casey, FAU 5:08.31, 3. Kasia Sziek, FAU 5:16.38.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.91, 2. Grace Molinaro, FAU 56.77, 3. Dolores Margni, FAU 57.85.

3-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 315.90, 2. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 294.60, 3. Elizabeth Perez, UF 287.40.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:05.16, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:11.64, 3. Grace Molinaro, FAU 2:15.41.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 3:28.63, 2. FAU A 3:35.46, 3. FAU B 3:41.67.

MEN
Florida 685.9, Florida Atlantic 589.9

200-yard medley relay: 1. UF A 1:27.95, 2. UF B 1:30.65, 3. FAU A 1:32.88.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Hernandez-Tome, UF 9:15.80, 2. Tyler Watson, UF 9:17.91, 3. Jack Van Deusen, UF 9:20.24.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 1:36.82, 2. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:39.04, 3. Adam Cheney, UF 1:40.39.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kieran Smith, UF 49.26, 2. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 51.50, 3. Dillon Hills, UF 51.58.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Eric Friese, UF 55.25, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 56.50, 3. Mateusz Dubas, UF 56.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Jace Crawford, UF 1:48.42, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:48.53, 3. Rateb Hussein, FAU 1:50.54.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Will Davis, UF 20.22, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.36, 3. Kieran Smith, UF 20.46.

1-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 351.90, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 280.87, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 257.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Eric Friese, UF 43.87, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 45.75, 3. Jackson Kirk, FAU 47.24.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 1:46.88, 2. Max Ahumada Valdovinos, FAU 1:54.63, 3. Taylor Eaton, FAU 1:55.31.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:02.11, 2. Nick Shaffer, FAU 2:09.50, 3. Quinn Lacoursiere, FAU 2:12.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Brennan Gravley, UF 4:29.97, 2. Timo Paisley, FAU 4:41.23, 3. Logan Thornsberry, FAU 4:47.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rateb Hussein, FAU 48.92, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 49.13, 3. Jake Blair, FAU 52.39.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 379.80, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 341.02, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 254.70.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:50.91, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 1:51.43, 3. Nick Shaffer, FAU 1:54.85.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 2:58.56, 2. FAU A 3:06.53, 3. FAU B 3:11.65.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Florida State Seminoles Announce 2021-22 Schedule; SOFLO’s Gaby Banks Returns


By Sharon Robb
TALLAHASSEE, August 28, 2021—Five home meets highlight the 2021-22 Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedule.

The dual meet schedule features meets against four Southeastern Conference teams including University of Florida, which is the most for the Seminoles in a single season since 2011-12.

Atlantic Coast Conference mates Georgia Tech and University of Miami women are also on the schedule. Among the 11 teams on the schedule, nine scored points at the 2021 NCAA Championships, with six finishing in the Top 25.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks returns this season for her sophomore year. The Cypress Bay alum will compete in the freestyle and relay events.

“We are excited to get another season started,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “This is one of the most challenging schedules we have put together, but this will give us the opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best in the nation.”

“We have a very good team this year. We want to be prepared and at our best for championship season and this schedule will help us do that.”

The Seminoles open the season with five consecutive weekends of competition, starting with the Oct. 8-9 FIU TYR Fall Classic on the road in Miami. In addition to FSU and host Florida International, Pitt, Florida Atlantic, Missouri State and TCU are also in the field.

FSU will return to host Auburn (Oct.15) before heading out on its first of five trips to Atlanta on Oct. 23 to face Georgia Tech.

West Florida, North Florida and Florida Southern will head to Tallahassee on Oct. 30 for a quad meet, before the Seminoles host rival Florida on Nov. 5.

The first half of the schedule concludes at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Following December holiday training, FSU will host Texas A&M on Jan. 6. The Seminoles last hosted both squads in January of 1994. The FSU women’s team also hosted the Aggies in a tri-meet in February of 2009 along with Auburn.

FSU travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a dual against LSU on Jan. 15 and the women will swim University of Miami in Coral Gables on Jan. 21.

The Seminoles wrap up the regular season hosting Tampa on Jan. 28 on Seniors Day.

FSU will send a group to compete at the Auburn First Chance Invite from Feb. 3-5 before both teams compete together at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Atlanta at the McAuley Aquatic Center; the site of the 1996 Olympic Games, from Feb. 15-19.

The divers will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championship from March 7-9 in Atlanta.

Qualified swimmers and divers return to Atlanta to compete at the NCAA Championships. The women will compete from March 16-19 and the men will follow March 23-26.

Before the start of the regular season, the Seminoles will host the annual Garnet vs. Gold exhibition on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. The meet also highlights Alumni Weekend.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, fans are expected to be allowed to attend all meets at the Morcom Aquatics Center in 2021-22. Admission is free.

Other South Florida swimmers joining Banks on the roster are:

Brooke Goedel, Boca Raton alum, Boca Raton

Adrian Aguilar, Doral alum, Miami

Cameron Taddonio, Boca Raton High alum, Boca Raton

Elvis Kotikovski, Pine Crest, Sunny Isles

Izaak Bastian, St. Andrew’s alum, Bahamas

Kyle DiMatteo, Park Vista, Boynton Beach

FSU 2021-22 SCHEDULE
Sept. 24, Garnet-Gold Meet, 2 p.m.
Oct. 8-9, FIU TYR Fall Classic, Miami, 10 a.m., 5 p.m.
Oct. 15, Auburn, 2 p.m.
Oct. 23, at Georgia Tech, 11 a.m.
Oct. 30, UWF,UNF, FSC, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5, Florida, 2 p.m.
Nov. 18-20, Georgia Tech Invite
Jan. 6, Texas A&M, 2 p.m.
Jan. 15, at LSU, 11 a.m.
Jan. 21, at University of Miami women, 3 p.m.
Jan.28, Tampa, 2 p.m.
Feb. 3-5, Auburn First Chance
Feb. 26-27, UGA Last Chance
March 5-9, NCAA Zone B Diving, Atlanta
March 16-19, NCAA Women’s Championships, Atlanta
March 23-26, NCAA Men’s Championships, Atlanta

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Florida Gators Announce 2021-22 Schedule; SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Miguel Cancel Ready For Season


By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, August 19, 2021—Six home meets highlight the 2021-22 University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedule.

Gators head men’s and women’s swimming coach Anthony Nesty is excited about the upcoming season. He is coming off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he was Team USA assistant coach and watched his UF swimmers Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith win two gold medals and one bronze.

“The experience for me was a good one because now I’m on the other side,” Nesty said. “Obviously, I was a swimmer at the Olympics. I’ve been to several Olympics as a coach, but being there with your own athletes that you’ve coached throughout college, going to the Olympics and swimming well and getting to represent the United States is a great achievement. I’m very blessed.”

The Gators open the season Oct. 2 in Boca Raton when they swim Florida Atlantic University at 10 a.m.

The Gators’ open their home meet schedule on Oct. 29 against the Georgia Bulldogs.

On Nov. 5, the Gators will swim Florida State in Tallahassee then head to Atlanta on Nov. 18-20 for the Georgia Tech Invitational.

To end 2021, some Gators will head to Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 1-4 for the US Open. Florida divers will head to the University of Auburn for the Auburn Invitational on Dec. 17-21.

In January, the Gators have four home meets beginning with Texas A&M on Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. On Jan. 22, Florida swims Auburn at 10 a.m., then on the 29th, the Gators will host Tennessee at 10 a.m.

In February, there are two last chance meets with the first at the Auburn Last Chance Invitational on Feb. 4-6, while the second is back at home during the end of February (date and time are TBA).

Both the men’s and women’s teams will head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the SEC Championships on Feb. 15-19.

The divers will start off the month of March competing at the NCAA Diving Zones on March 6-9 in Atlanta, Ga. The women will head to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on March 16-19. The men follow on March 23-26, both held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented on the Gators’ roster. Miguel Cancel, a Gulliver Prep alum, will begin his senior season. Kathleen Golding, a Cooper City alum, will start her junior season and younger sister Molly Golding, also a Cooper City alum, will begin her collegiate career as a freshman.

Other South Florida swimmers on the roster are:

Dylan Brisco, senior, Suncoast alum, Wellington.

Jorge Depassier, senior, Cypress Bay alum, Weston.

Anna Auld, freshman, Forest Hill alum, West Palm Beach.

Micayla Cronk, freshman, Flagler Palm Coast, Wellington.

Chade Nersicio, redshirt junior, Trinity Christian, Lake Worth.

The college opened its fall semester with in-person classes, reversing itself within hours of telling students that the term might begin online because of the state’s renewed COVID-19 outbreak.

2021-22 UF SCHEDULE
Oct. 2, at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 29, Georgia
Nov. 5, at Florida State
Nov. 18-20, Georgia Tech Invite
Dec. 1-4, U.S. Open, Greensboro, N.C.
Dec. 17-21, Auburn Diving Invitational
Jan. 8, Texas A&M
Jan. TBA, Diving Invitational at UF
Jan. 22, Auburn
Jan. 29, Tennessee
Feb. 4-6, Auburn Last Chance Invitational
Feb. TBA, Last Chance Meet, Gainesville
Feb. 15-19, SEC Championships, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mar. 6-9, NCAA Diving Zones, Atlanta
Mar. 16-19, NCAA Women’s Championship, Atlanta
Mar 23-26, NCAA Men’s Championship, Atlanta

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

St. Thomas Aquinas Alum Vlad Polyakov Named Auburn Associate Head Swim Coach


By Sharon Robb
AUBURN, Ala., May 11, 2021–Three-time Olympian and former world champion Vlad Polyakov was hired as associate head swimming coach at Auburn University.

Polyakov, a St. Thomas Aquinas and Alabama alum, will join head coach Ryan Wochomurka’s staff this fall. He spent nine years at Louisville as an assistant coach and men’s recruiting coordinator.

Polyakov will coach with Wochomurka for the second time in his career. Wochomurka was associate head coach at Louisville when he was hired in 2012.

Polyakov, 37, grew up in South Florida competing at St. Thomas Aquinas where he was a state breaststroke champion and in the Florida Gold Coast for Coral Springs Swim Club, where he was mentored by six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg. He is married to another former FGC swimmer, Mhyria Miller, who competed for Florida Keys Swim Club and is a former All-American at Georgia. They have two sons.

“I am very excited to welcome Vlad, Mhyria, Liam and Maksim to the Auburn family,” Wochomurka said. “Vlad brings an unequalled positive energy to the pool deck and is one the most genuinely well-liked and respected individuals in the industry.

“He is one of the brightest and most innovative technical coaches I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He also brings a tenacious and studious approach to recruiting and is one of the very best at identifying talent domestically and internationally. Vlad’s experience as an elite level athlete on the SEC, NCAA, and international stage allows him a unique opportunity to guide our student-athletes in their own elite level pursuits.”

In Polyakov’s nine seasons at Louisville, the Cardinals earned eight top-10 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, five women and three men. The Cardinals had 12 individual titles and one relay title at the NCAA Championships in his tenure, and three swimmers combined for six selections as ACC Swimmer of the Year. The 2020-21 season saw Louisville’s men match their program-best finish with a fifth-place showing at NCAAs and won the ACC Championship for the first time.

“My family and I are very excited to become part of the Auburn family,” Polyakov said. “Auburn swimming and diving was an undisputed standard of excellence during my college years. Auburn athletes that I raced against were tough and fierce competitors, and Auburn coaches of that era are still considered some of the greatest coaches in the world of swimming today.

“Auburn’s legacy is undeniable. I am honored to have the opportunity to be associated with one of the richest traditions in swimming and diving history. I share Ryan’s vision for the program and look forward to empowering our Auburn athletes to perform at the highest level of their ability both academically and athletically.”

Polyakov has extensive international experience and a long list of accomplishments in college and pro swimming. The 2007 Alabama alum and Hall of Famer was a five-time SEC Champion, two-time NCAA Champion and two-time US National Champion. He competed professionally for five years.

Polyakov was named Academic All-SEC four times and was also a four-time Coaches Association Academic All-American. In 2005, 2006, and 2007 he was named to the ESPN Academic All-American At-Large Team. He was given an Individual Academic All-American Award by the CSCAA in 2005. Polyakov was given the “Most Valuable” Award for Most Dedicated Student-Athlete of the Year in 2005 and 2006. During the 2006 season Polyakov was named the SEC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also received the Coaches Award from the Crimson Tide team.

He was a three-time Olympian having swam in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and 2012 Olympics in London for his native Kazakhstan. In 2004, he was a finalist in the 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke. In other international competition, Polyakov was a 2004 FINA World Championship bronze medalist in the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes and in 2006 was a FINA World Championship gold medalist in the 200-meter breaststroke.

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