FSU Swimmer, Former St. Andrew’s Swimmer, Water Polo Standout McKenna Keith Diagnosed With Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


By Sharon Robb

TALLAHASSEE, September 6, 2018—McKenna Keith, a St. Andrew’s School All-American swimmer and now a Florida State senior, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The disease is a cancer of the lymphatic system. She is undergoing chemotherapy through December and hopes to return after her treatment is complete.

Keith, whose family lives in Boca Raton, lettered in swimming and water polo for four years at St. Andrew’s in Boca Raton. She was a three-time All-American in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays and 400-yard medley relay.

Keith transferred to FSU last season after starting her collegiate career at South Carolina where she swam her freshman and sophomore seasons, competed in four events and had six Top 10 finishes during the regular season. As a freshman she was the team’s top sprinter. She was named to the 2017 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Her FSU teammates have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for her rent payments. Keith has a lease at her school apartment and is responsible for rent in addition to medical expenses.

The page reads “on top of all of the medical costs she is already facing, we do not want rent and utilities to be an extra burden for her family.

“We want McKenna to be able to come back and be able to live in her room in our apartment without any worry about violating or cancelling the lease. The Seminole family is behind her every step of the way as we anticipate her healthy return next semester.”

As of Thursday, $6,175 has been raised.

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

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Louisville’s Acosta, Bradford-Feldman Top FGC Finishers On Day Two Of TYR Pro Swim Series In Austin; SOFLO’s Golding Races Twice


By Sharon Robb

January 12, 2018—Marcelo Acosta and Rachel Bradford-Feldman, both of the University of Louisville were top Florida Gold Coast finishers Friday in the TYR Pro Swim Series at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center.

Acosta, 21, was fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:01.14. His seed time was 7:55.70. Zane Grothe, swimming unattached for Mission Viejo, won the event in 7:56.69. Acosta was also 10th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.78 on Thursday night.

Acosta, a junior and El Salvador native, trains with Azura Florida Aquatics. Acosta redshirted to prepare for the 2016 Olympics. He became the first swimmer from El Salvador to qualify for the OLympics with an “A” cut. He also qualified for the 2017 World Championships in Hungary.

Louisville’s Rachel Bradford-Feldman, 20, a former St. Andrew’s swimmer, was fifth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.92.

Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club had two prelim races on Friday. Golding, 17, finished 19th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.35. She was seeded 24th. Her best time is 2:17.19. In the 100-meter freestyle she was 34th in 57.76. Her best time is 56.20.

Golding has completed four of her seven events she is entered in. She has the 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly left to swim.

In the most exciting race of the night, veteran swimmer and Olympian Matt Grevers, 32, of Tucson Ford edged Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 22, of Cal Aquatics in the 100-meter backstroke, 53.73-53.99.

2016 Olympian Tom Shields returned home to Berkley, Calif. after complaining of back and health issues. Shields posted a photo on his Instagram page undergoing cupping at his chiropracter’s office. He has been recovering from a couple of long-needed surgeries and was worn down after training camp.

The TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin is the first of six stops for the series and will be swum in long course meters. Prelims will begin 9 a.m. CST through Saturday with finals beginning at 5:40 p.m. CST on Saturday.

TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club.

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin on live television on Olympic Channel on Saturday. Each finals broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET. A live webcast of prelims will be available online at usaswimming.org.

AquaKids Sharks Hailey Jerew, 17, and Mary Smutny, 17; Azura Florida Aquatic’s Patricia Casellas, 27, Luis Flores, 23, Edson Lima, 23, Daniel Torres, 26, and Gonzalo Vegas, 20 are also competing for the Florida Gold Coast. Florida Gold Coast college swimmers Marcelo Acosta and Rachael Bradford Feldman are competing for University of Louisville.

Other meet stops are Atlanta, Mesa, Ariz., Indianapolis, Santa Clara, Columbus and U.S. Nationals.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Bingjie Li, China 8:28.98, best time, 2. Kriste Kobrich, China 8:35.65, 3. Hannah Moore, NC State 8:36.87.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, Riptide 59.38, pool record, 2. Taylor Ruck, HPCO 1:00.18, 3. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 1:00.23, 83. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:09.31.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Alys Thomas, Wales 2:09.50, 2. Yufei Zhang, China 2:10.22, 3. Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldogs 2:10.37, 24. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:18.31.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Katie Meili, New York Athletic Club 1:06.49, 2. Rachel Nicol, UCSC 1:07.70, 3. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 1:07.93, 36. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, UOFL 1:14.10, 46. Patricia Casellas, Azura 1:15.91, 55. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 1:20.54.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Taylor Ruck, HPCO 53.51, 2. Margo Geer, MVN 53.74, 3. Kayla Sanchez, HPCO 54.71, 34. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 57.76, 47. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 57.97, 100. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.77.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M 2:09.92, pool record, 2. Melanie Margalis, SPA 2:10.66, 3. Madisyn Cox, Longhorn Aquatics 2:10.98, 5. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, Louisville 2:14.92, 19. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:19.35.

MEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, MV 7:56.69, 2. Anton Ipsen, NC State 7:57.64, 3. Clark Smith, Longhorn Aquatics 8:00.70, 5. Marcelo Acosta, Louisville 8:01.14.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford 53.73, 2. Ryan Murphy, California Aquatis 53.99, 3. Justin Ress, NC State 54.43, 27. Daniel Torres, Azura 57.83.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:55.63, 2. Masayu Umemoto, RQ 1:57.64, 3. Jack Conger, Nation’s Capital 1:58.09.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zibei Yan, China 59.84, 2. Andrew Wilson, Longhorn Aquatics 1:00.90, 3. Nic Fink, Athens Bulldogs 1:01.40.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 48.75, 2. Ryan Held, NC State 49.35, 3. Daniel Krueger, McFarland Spartans 49.77, 31. Daniel Torres, Azura 52.59, 40. Jhonny Perez, Azura 53.03.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:57.50, 2. Will Licon, Longhorn Aquatics 2:01.08, 3. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays 2:01.46,

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

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas “Living The Dream” At Florida State


By Sharon Robb

November 28, 2014—Marc Rojas came home for Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with family, friends, teammates and coaches at South Florida Aquatic Club.

Rojas, 20, is enjoying his first season competing in NCAA Division I swimming at Florida State.

Now a junior, Rojas spent his first two seasons at national champion Indian River State College. He was an NJCAA national champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 2013 posting a career-best 15:38.80.

In high school, he was the first sophomore ever to win a state high school title at Pembroke Pines Charter in 2009.

Now he hopes to add to his swimming resume over the next two seasons working with second-year FSU head coach Frankie Bradley, a former St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Pine Crest club swimmer, Florida State swimmer and former Auburn associate head coach and Indian River head coach.

FSU is a Division I program on the rise and back in the college swimming spotlight under Bradley’s guidance.

The transition from club and his first two years of college swimming to a Division I team took time, Rojas admitted.

“I really just got adjusted maybe three weeks ago,” Rojas said. “It took me a while training-wise. The program is really tough and it challenges you. I love that stuff.

“It’s a new environment, new coaches and I am learning things every day,” Rojas said. “My swimming is improving.”

In the Seminoles’ recent 168-119 victory over Florida Southern, Rojas was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.24 with a 1:01.83 split.

“I am definitely excited about the future,” Rojas said. “I knew I wanted to go to Florida State. I took my trip there and I told myself this is the place. This is the place where I feel I am going to excel the most. I love it there. I am so thankful to be there. I worked very hard and it’s all paying off.

“It is a dream come true.”

Rojas is enjoying the perks that come with being a college athlete including the athletic cafeteria with healthy food geared toward elite athletes. “I go for the yogurt, fruit and bagels between classes all the time,” he said with a smile.

Rojas is competing in his specialty breaststroke and freestyle events and relays.

“I want to see what I can do,” Rojas said. “It’s great training with all these quality athletes along with the pros like (FSU alum) Pavel Sankovich (of Belarus) and Jared Pike (of the United Kingdom).

“It’s cool when you see the pros coming here to train with Frank. Being around those athletes you can see the way they train. We can train with them and it makes you better.”

The Seminoles next meet is the Dec. 5-7 Georgia Invite in Athens, Ga. FSU also has a training trip scheduled at Indian River.

The biggest meets of the season Rojas is looking forward to are the Feb. 25-28 Men’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Atlanta and March 26-28 Men’s NCAA Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.

“This is a top tier team and we have big goals for ourselves,’ Rojas said. “We don’t mess around, we don’t play any games. This is the real deal. This is what I have been looking for. This is where greatness happens.”

Rojas returns to Tallahassee this weekend. He was happy to get a chance to see his SOFLO teammates and SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson and age group coach Rose Lockie of Pembroke Pines Charter, who made a huge difference in his life.

“The relationships I built here are going to last forever,” Rojas said.

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

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Second For Florida State, Seminoles Sweep Florida Southern


By Sharon Robb

November 7, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Marc Rojas, competing in his first season for Florida State, was second in the 200-yard breaststroke to help lead the Seminoles to a 168-119 victory over Florida Southern during Homecoming Weekend in Tallahassee.

Rojas, a junior, was second in 2:08.24 behind teammate Storm Hewitt in 2:06.62. His 100 split was 1:01.83.

Rojas was also a member of the 400-yard medley “B” relay that finished second in 3:22.47 and 200-yard medley “B” relay that finished third in 1:33.91.

The Seminoles combined to win 12 events.

FSU women’s team, honoring its Paint it Pink campaign, also defeated Florida Southern 171-114. Both teams are 1-2.

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

American Heritage Sweeps David Posnack JCC In Dual Meet; SOFLO’s Pinon, Kopecki, Rossi Score


By Sharon Robb

October 7, 2014—In a more relaxing atmosphere, American Heritage got the opportunity to swim most of its swimmers in its meet against David Posnack JCC.

American Heritage won the combined, 259-68; girls, 120-40 and boys, 139-28, team titles.

Because of Posnack’s lack of depth, American Heritage swept the top three places in several events and swept all three boys and girls relays.

The boys won every individual event and swept all three relays.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon and Fernando Bohorquez were double winners.

Pinon won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.71 and 100-yard freestyle in 48.06.

Bohorquez won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.75 and 100-yard butterfly in 53.12.

SOFLO teammate CJ Kopecki won his first event in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:57.29, the only swimmer to dip under 5 minutes. Kopecki was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

SOFLO’s Cristian Rossi was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.39 and was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team.

In the girls races, American Heritage won every event except the 100-yard breaststroke won by Posnack’s Maddie Sumkin in 1:22.03.

Catharine Cooper, Alexandra Pacitti and Lindsay Hay were double winners. Cooper won off-events in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.90 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:27.21.

Pacitti won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.71 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.65.

Hay won the 100-yard freestyle in 56.90 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.53.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS

American Heritage 259, David Posnack JCC 68

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

American Heritage 120, David Posnack JCC 40

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage “A” 2:02.31 (Lindsay Hay, Gabrianna Banks, Catharine Cooper, Alexandra Pacitti), 2. American Heritage “B” 2:17.20, 3. David Posnack 2:32.06.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AH 2:02.90, 2. Zoe Abovitz, DP 2:19.84, 3. Tiana Brannan, AH 2:21.71.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Lindsay Hay, AH 2:19.53, 2. Marissa Brannan, AH 2:21.78, 3. Maddie Sumkin, DP 2:52.37.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Madison Parelle, AH 29.93, 2. Rachel Levy, DP 30.25, 3. Jenifer Prine, AH 31.21.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alexandra Pacitti, AH 1:06.71, 2. Gabrianna, AH 1:10.68, 3. Rachel Levy, DP 1:17.31.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Lindsay Hay, AH 56.90, 2. Marissa Brannan, AH 58.53, 3. Anna Rogers, AH 1:14.31.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Catharine Cooper, AH 5:27.21, 2. Zoe Abovitz, DP 6:00.43, 3. Gabrianna Banks, AH 6:01.59.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage “A” 1:57.15 (Marissa Brannan, Tiana Brannan, Sumera Subzwari, Lindsay Hay), 2. American Heritage “B” 2:08.56, 3. David Posnack “A” 2:24.66.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alexandra Pacitti, AH 1:06.65, 2. Tiana Brannan, AH 1:14.43, 3. Kassidy Kadosh, AH 1:35.16.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Maddie Sumkin, DP 1:22.03, 2. Madison Parelle, AH 1:25.03, 3. Anna Rogers, AH 1:33.00.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage “A” (Gabrianna Banks, Alexandra Pacitti, Catharine Cooper, Jenifer Prine), 2. David Posnack “A” 4:43.68, 3. American Heritage “B” 5:29.34.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

American Heritage 139, David Posnack JCC 28

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. American Heritage “C” 1:51.81 (Jacob Rogatinsky, Diego Rodriguez, CJ Kopecki, Steffen Willem), 2. American Heritage “B” 1:52.03, 3. David Posnack “A” 2:05.46.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julien Pinon, AH 1:45.71, 2. Carlos Rodriguez, AH 1:55.50, 3. Jonathan Farah, AH 1:58.15.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 2:00.75, 2. Nico Medina, AH 2:10.53, 3. Elad Fraiman, DP 2:20.32.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sebastian Vargas, AH 23.84, 2. Marcos Serur, AH 24.40, 3. Diego Rodriguez, AH 24.84.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Fernando Bohorquez, AH 53.12, 2. Chris Garcia, AH 53.21, 3. Cristian Rossi, AH 1:01.39.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julien Pinon, AH 48.06, 2. Jonathan Farah, AH 52.43, 3. Carlos Rodriguez, AH 52.96.

500-yard freestyle: 1. CJ Kopecki, AH 4:57.29, 2. Sebastian Vargas, AH 5:06.34, 3. Taylor Eaddy, AH 5:07.25.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage “A” 1:39.09 (Alejandro Lombo, Marcos Serur, Cristian Rossi, Steffen Willem), 2. David Posnack “A” 1:51.28, 3. American Heritage “C” 2:11.15.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jacob Rogatinsky, AH 1:03.56, 2. Nicholas Pacitti, AH 1:05.71, 3. Luis Cortez, AH 1:12.09.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Taylor Eaddy, AH 1:06.53, 2. Elad Fraiman, DP 1:11.66, 3. Ian Olsson, AH 1:12.34.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. American Heritage “C” 3:24.19 (CJ Kopecki, Chris Garcia, Taylor Eaddy, Steffen Willem), 2. American Heritage “A” 3:30.59, 3. American Heritage “B” 3:31.00.

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

SWIM ROUNDUP: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Ends Swimming Career As FSU’s Most Valuable Swimmer

SWIM ROUNDUP: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver Ends Swimming Career As FSU’s Most Valuable Swimmer


By Sharon Robb

April 22, 2014

Longtime Comets and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer Tiffany Oliver ended one chapter of her life and is about to embark on a new journey in law school.

The Florida State Senior and four-year swimmer for the Seminoles was honored at the team’s recent banquet as one of three Most Valuable Swimmers.

Oliver shared honors with Madison Jacobi and Pavel Sankovich.

Oliver’s college legacy includes school records in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02 and 100-yard freestyle in the 100-yard freestyle. Her best time in the 200-yard freestyle was 1:46.72.

She was also the first Seminole in history to defend her sprint titles at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and three NCAA Championship meets.

Oliver, an honors student, was accepted into FSU’s law school.

“I thought we had a great season,” FSU first-year coach Frankie Bradley said. “All our award winners were picked by the coaching staff and they were very deserving. These athletes had an impact on our program this year.”

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers and divers honored were Mikey Lewark, Jason Coombs, Connor Knight and Jason McCormick.

SOFLO SWIMMER SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Amber Hunter of West Broward High School was among athletes from south area high schools to be honored recently by the Broward County Athletic Association Scholar Athletes Monday at the Signature Grand in Davie.

FLORIDA GULF COAST SWIMMER HONORED

Freshman Kira Toussaint of Florida Gulf Coast was named Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year. During her first season she broke eight FGCU records including four individual and four relays and also four CCSA records. Toussaint, an All-American, is a teammate of SOFLO swimmer Marcella Marinheiro, who also finished her freshman season.

BOLLES HOSTS TYR JAX 50

George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago heads the field for this weekend’s fifth annual TYR JAX 50. All proceeds benefit Planet Swim Foundation with the goal of providing learn-to-swim lessons to in-need children in the Jacksonville area. On Friday night the 100s and 200 individual medley events will be held. Saturday morning the 50s will be held to determine the Top 8 qualifiers in each age group for the three-race bracket challenge. It will be live-streamed by Florida Swim Network.

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

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships


By Sharon Robb

March 29, 2014

The University of California Bears came to swim Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

By the third event on the final night of competition, the Bears knew the title was theirs.

Headed into the championship finals at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, only six points separated leader Texas and California but that all changed quickly after the first two events.

After a perfect dual-meet season and second consecutive conference title, California won its third team title in four years and fifth overall in the program’s history with 468.5 points.

Texas was second with 417.5 followed by Florida with 387 and defending champion Michigan fourth with 310. Florida State under first year coach Frankie Bradley finished 14th with 105 and University of Miami was 25th with 26 points, all in diving.

Cal had seven swimmers in the “A” finals and two in consolations. Texas had five in the “A” finals and five in consolations.

California freshman Ryan Murphy, 18, swept the backstroke events winning his second NCAA title in the 200-yard backstroke in an NCAA record 1:37.35, all but clinching the national title.

The Bolles alum and race favorite led from the start and was ahead of American record pace by half a second until the final five yards. Murphy also re-broke his 17-18 national age group record of 1:38.15.

Cal teammate Jacob Pedley was fourth in 1:39.59. Murphy and Pedley earned 35 points for the Bears. After the backstroke and mile, the Bears led Texas, 364.54-349.5.

“It’s all about the team title,” Murphy said. “We did everything we could do to contribute to the team. It was a great start to the evening. I hope we can keep rolling. It would be awesome if we did make a difference for the team title in this race.”

Arizona’s Kevin Cordes stole a little of California’s thunder with his second American record of the meet.

Cordes won the 200-yard breaststroke in an American, NCAA and U.S. Open record 1:48.66, breaking the record by 2/100ths of a second.

It was Cordes 11th American short course record in the last two years.

After the first 50, Cordes was a second ahead of American record pace, taking five strokes per 25. With clean walls and perfect streamline, he built a three-body length lead over some of the best breaststrokers in the world.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Cordes said. “It hasn’t really set in yet. I just go out there every day and try to improve. It’s just about different strategies, learning to swim and execute.”

After the breaststroke, Cal had a 412.5-370.5 lead.

In other championship races:

1,650-yard freestyle: Defending champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan led from wire-to-wire to win in a pool record 14:29.27. Cal senior Jeremy Bagshaw, who swam in an earlier heat, finished second in 14:39 to score 17 points for the Bears in their title run. After the event, California led Texas by 11, 329.5-318.5. Florida sophomore Arthur Frayler was third in 14:43.08.

100-yard freestyle: Brazilian Joao De Lucca of Louisville fought off fellow Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini of Auburn to win in 41.70. He is the first swimmer to sweep the 100 and 200 freestyle titles since Gustavo Borges accomplished the feat in 1995. Florida State senior and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray was 20th in 42.70. Chierighini had broken the pool record in prelims in 41.52. Cal’s lead was 385.5-365.5 over Texas.

200-yard butterfly: South African Dylan Bosch, a sophomore at Michigan, knocked off Florida’s Marcin Cieslak to win in an NCAA and U.S. Open record of 1:39.33. Cieslak was second in 1:40.19. Florida State junior Connor Knight, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, won the “B” final in 1:42.25.

“I had a pretty good feeling I could get it,” Bosch said. “This is the fastest meet in the world. It is crazy. I always thought I had a chance to get the record. I wanted to do it for my teammates. We all train together so well. Records are there to be broken. Just to be in the books and written into history is a great feeling.”

10-meter platform diving: Defending champion Nick McCrory of Duke nailed his final dive to make history as the only diver ever to win four consecutive NCAA platform titles. The Olympic bronze medalist finished with 454.85 that included a 10 on his final dive. Rafael Quintero of Arizona was second with 452.40 points.

“I was up there doing the math in my head what scores I had to average, I knew it was a tall order,” said McCrory, who scratched from 3-meter with an injury. “I tried to do my best. It was better than I thought when I hit the water. For me this is huge. I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out at Duke.”

400-yard freestyle relay: With two freshmen duking it out on the anchor leg for Auburn and N.C. State, Auburn, led by freshman Kyle Darmody knocked off a stacked field to win the final event of the night in a meet record 2:48.33. Cal was second in 2:49.48 and N.C. State, with freshman Areas Schiellerup on anchor leg, was third in 2:49.50.

In all, 56 schools and 270 participants—235 swimmers and 35 divers—competed in the three-day meet.

For those who would like to again watch the NCAA Men and Women Swimming and Diving Championships, ESPNU is re-broadcasting the women’s meet on April 2 at 9 p.m., April 3 at 11 p.m. and April 11 at 10 p.m. The men’s meet will be re-broadcast on April 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at two times, 1 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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