Gina Grant Makes SOFLO Masters Debut At NSU


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2017—Gina Grant got off to a great start as the newest member of the South Florida Aquatic Club masters team.

Grant, who joined SOFLO six weeks ago, was a triple winner at the Special Olympics Florida-Broward Swimming County Games at Nova Southeastern University.

Grant won the 1,500 freestyle and 400-yard individual medley. She was also a member of the winning 400 medley relay team.

Special Olympics Florida-Broward provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem and life skills necessary to be productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

Founded in 1972, Special Olympics Broward County serves more than 4,100 athletes and offers competition in 23 different team and individual sports. The athletes are trained by certified coaches and supported and encouraged by more than 1,000 volunteers.

For more information or to volunteer with Special Olympics Broward County call 954-262-2150 or go to http://www.specialolympicsbroward.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Competes Friday In 200 Freestyle At Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2017—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club has three events remaining in the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding will swim the 200-meter freestyle on Friday and 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Golding is seeded 15th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.99; seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69 and 20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

On Thursday morning, Golding finished 28th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.95, just 0.21 off her best time. She was seeded 32nd in the event.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, qualified in six events.

Thursday night winners were:

Taylor Ault, 18, of La Mirada Armada won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.62, just 0.05 her best time.

Alexander Zettle, 17, of Lakeside Aquatic won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:51.44.

Dakota Luther, 17, of Austin Swim Club won the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best and junior national meet record in 58.59 with a time drop of 1.20.

Shaine Casas, 17, of Nitro and Alexei Sancov, 17, of Terrapins tied in the 100-meter butterfly in 53.24. Sancov broke the Moldavia national record in the event. In prelims and finals it was the first times he cracked 54 seconds. Casas posted a best time by 2.04.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher were:

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 400-meter freestyle, 24th, 4:21.10 prelims, 24th 4:22.31; 100-meter butterfly, 25th, 1:01.75.

Alessandra Baldari, 17, Unattached, 100-meter butterfly, 27th, 1:01.83.

Jennifer Secrest, 16, North Palm Beach, 100-meter butterfly, 31st, 1:02.14

Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 400-meter freestyle, 45th, 4:24.83.

Emily Cordovi, 16, Gulliver Swim Club, 100-meter butterfly, 49th, 1:02.81.

Alessandro Xella, 18, Unattached, 100-meter butterfly, 94th, 58.06.

Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 100-meter butterfly, 100th, 58.62.

SwimMAC continues to lead the combined team standings with 221 points, 13 points ahead of the Mason Manta Rays with 208, the only teams with 200-plus points. Mason Manta Rays leads the men standings with 182 and Magnolia Aquatic Club leads the women with 125.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 221, 2. Mason Manta Rays 208, 3. Irvine Novaquatics 157, 4. Lakeside 153, 5. Carmel 105, 6. Sandpipers 102, 7. Terrapins 97.5, 8. Scarlet Aquatics 90, 9. Austin Swim Club 85, 10. Pleasanton Seahawks 83.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 182, 2. Irvin Novaquatics 141, 3. SwimMAC 126, 4. Nitro Swimming 100.5, 5. Terrapins 94.5, 7. Scarlet Aquatics 87, 8. Pleasanton 67, 9. Bolles 63, 10. North Texas, Delaware 51.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Magnolia Aquatic Club 125, 2. SwimMAC 95, 3. Austin Swim Club 83, 4. Lakeside 79, 5. Carmel 75, 6. Sandpipers 72, 7. North Baltimore 59, 8. Nation’s Capital 57, 9. Metroplex 46, 10. Chelsea Piers 45.5.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle: 1. Taylor Ault, RMDA 4:11.62, 2. Erica Sullivan, SAND 4:12.92, 3. Lauren Pitzer, LAC 4:13.29.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Dakota Luther, ASC 58.59, 2. Olivia Carter, EAC 59.38, 3. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 1:00.13.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle: 1. Alexander Zettle, LAC 3:51.44, 2. Tal Davis, TG 3:52.26, 3. Jack LeVant, NTN 3:52.86.

100-meter butterfly: 1. tie, Shaine Casas, NTRO 53.24, Alexei Sancov, TERA 53.24, 3. Jake Johnson, DST 53.80.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Irvine Novaquatics 7:31.63, 2. Mason Manta Rays 7:32.40, 3. Terrapins Swim Team 7:35.55.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Wins Three Golds, Breaks Two World Records At World Police & Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

August 9, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club dominated the opening day of the swimming competition at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant has won three golds and one silver medal and broke two world records after two days of competition in open water and pool events.

On opening day of pool swimming on Wednesday at the Exposition Park Swim Stadium, Martin, 36, competing in the 35-39 age group, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She bettered her 2015 bronze medal swim of 1:27.8.

Defending 30-34 butterfly champion won another gold medal in the 35-39 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of in 30.83.

Martin, competing on a multi-national 200-meter freestyle relay with swimmers from Romania, India and Taiwan, broke a 20-year-old world record in 1:59. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997.

In Sunday’s 2-mile open water pier-to-pier swim, Martin was second in her division taking a silver medal in 1:08.44 bettering her 2015 bronze medal place.

The World Police & Fire Games feature 8,000 police officers and firefighters from 70 countries competing in 65 different sports. The 11-day biennial Olympics-style competition is for finely-tuned active and retired police officers and firefighters.

Martin is a SOFLO masters swimmer and trains with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool.

The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Wins “B” Final At Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb
August 9, 2017—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club won the “B” final of the 100-meter freestyle Wednesday at the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, was first in the “B” final and ninth overall in a lifetime-best 56.20, a time drop of 0.11. She was seeded 11th in 56.31.

In her second event, Golding, the sixth seed, was second in the “B” final and tenth overall in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:51.87. Before the race, the swimmer next to Golding moved on her block affecting Golding’s start.

Golding has four events remaining. On Thursday she will swim the 100-meter butterfly.

Wednesday night winners were:

Lucie Nordman, 17, of Magnolia Aquatic Club won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.99.

Carson Foster, 15, of Mason Manta Rays won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.40.

Kenisha Liu, 18, of Brea Aquatics won the 100-meter freestyle in 55.36. Her opening split was 26.7.

Alexei Sancov, 17, of Terrapins Swim Club won the 100-meter freestyle in 49.78, the only sub-50 second finish among the field.

Lindsay Looney, 16, of Metroplex Aquatics won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.42 in the race of the night. Kristen Romano of Long Island Aquatic Club finished closely behind in second in 4:47.47. Favorite Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatic Club was disqualified for a dolphin kick on the breaststroke.

Jake Foster, 16, of Mason Manta Rays came from behind in the breaststroke to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.40.

In the 4×100-meter freestyle relays Austin Swim Club won the girls race in 3:47.87 and Mason Manta Rays won the boys race in 3:25.46.

The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Alessandra Baldari, 17, Unattached, 400-meter individual medley, 27th, 4:58.98; 100-meter freestyle, 57th, 58.11.

Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver, 400-meter individual medley, 34th, 4:59.96.

Alessandro Xella, 18, Unattached, 400-meter individual medley, 40th, 4:36.29.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 100-meter freestyle, 63rd, 58.23.

Nicole Gomez, 15, North Palm Beach, 100-meter freestyle, 88th, 59.23.

Jennifer Secrest, 16, North Palm Beach, 100-meter freestyle, 89th, 59.30.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 170, 2. Mason Manta Rays 154, 3. Lakeside 107, 4. Sandpipers of Nevada, 85, 5. Irvine Novaquatics 77, 6. Carmel 71, 7. Austin 65, 8. Bolles 64, 9. tie, Terrapins, Scarlet Aquatics 47, 28. Gulliver, SOFLO, AquaKidsSharks 0.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 128, 2. SwimMAC 81, 3. Irvine Novaquatics 61, 4. Nitro 56, 5. Bolles 50, 6. Terrapins, Lakeside, Scarlet Aquatics 44, 9. Pleasanton Seahawks 43, 10. King Aquatic Club 36.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Magnolia Aquatic Club 93, 2. SwimMAC 89, 3. tie, Austin Swim Club, Lakeside 63, 5. Carmel 59, 6. Sandpipers 55, 7. North Baltimore 46, 8. Chelsea Piers 45.5, 9. Waves Bloomington 39, 10. Metroplez Aquatics 37, 24. South Florida Aquatic Club 16, 32. AquaKids Sharks 14, 34. Gulliver 12.

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke: 1. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 2:10.99, 2. Sinclair Larson, SwimMAC 2:12.92, 3. Isabelle Stadden, FAST 2:13.79.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Kenisha Liu, BREA 55.36, 2. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 55.76, 3. Kelly Pash, CSC 56.05; FGC: 9. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 56.20, 57. Alessandra Baldari, Unattached 58.11, 63. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 58.23, 88. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 59.23, 89. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 59.30.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Lindsay Looney, MTRO 4:47.42, 2. Kristen Romano, LIAC 4:47.47, 3. Katie Glavinovich, AZOT 4:47.60; FGC: 10. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:51.87, 27. Alessandra Baldari, Unattached 4:58.98, 34. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 4:59.96.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Austin 3:47.87, 2. SwimMAC 3:47.90, 3. Lakeside 3:48.26.

BOYS

200-meter backstroke: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:59.40, 2. Ethan Harder, BAC 2:00.12, 3. Chris Thames, MAAC 2:01.44.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Alexei Sancov, TERA 49.78, 2. Destin Lasco, PVA 50.46, 3. Alexander Zettle, LAC 50.52.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Jake Foster, RAYS 4:19.40, 2. Jack LeVant, NTN 4:22.11, 3. Jarod Arroyo, FORK 4:22.30; FGC: 40. Alessandro Xella, Unattached 4:36.29

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:25.46, 2. SwimMAC 3:26.53, 3. Irvine Novaquatics 3:26.79.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Olivia Carter Wins On Day One Of Speedo Junior Nationals; SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Competes Wednesday


By Sharon Robb

August 8, 2017—Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatics knocked off Dakota Luther to win the 200-meter butterfly on opening day of the Speedo Junior National Championships Tuesday at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Carter, 17, won in a meet record 2:09.02 out-touching Luther, the only World Championships qualifier in the meet. Luther was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.40, out-touching Luther, the only World Championships qualifier in the meet. Luther was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.40. Both Luther and Carter will be teammates at University of Georgia in the fall.

Other winners were:

Carson Foster, 15, of Mason Manta Rays, 200-meter butterfly, lifetime best 1:58.47.

Zoie Hartman, 16, of Crow Canyon, 100-meter breaststroke, best time 1:08.65.

Daniel Roy, 17, of King Aquatic Club, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:01.42. High school Swimmer of the Year Reece Whitley, the event favorite, declared a false start.

Erica Sullivan, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada, 800-meter freestyle, 8:33.49, lifetime best by one second.

Johannes Calloni, 17, of Scarlet Aquatics, 1500-meter freestyle, 15:18.44. Calloni is Stanford-bound.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks. Smutny was fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.87. Smutny has seven events remaining. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, of Gulliver Swim Club was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 8:47.72, a time drop of 6.9 seconds.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, begins competing on Wednesday.

She will swim the first two of six events, the 100-meter freestyle (seeded 11th) and 400-meter individual medley (seeded 6th).

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

TUESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sandpipers of Nevada, 59, 2. King Aquatic Club 38, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 32, 4. tie, SwimMAC and Nation’s Capital 28.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays, 48, 2. King Aquatic Club 36, 3. Sandpipers 30, 4. Scarlet Aquatics 29, 5. SwimMAC 23.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club 30.5, 2. Sandpipers of Nevada 29, 3. tie, Magnolia and Lakeside, 26, 5. tie, Crow Canyon County, Enfinity Aquatic Club 20, 15. AquaKids Sharks 14.

GIRLS

800-meter freestyle: 1. Eric Sullivan, SAND 8:33.49; FGC: 7. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 8:47.72, time drop.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Olivia Carter, EAC 2:09.02; FGC: 5. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:13.87, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, CROW 1:08.65.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Johannes Calloni, SCAR 15:18.44.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:58.47.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, KING 1:01.42.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Ready For Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2017—It’s show time for Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club.

The talented swimmer will take on an ambitious schedule of six events at the Speedo Junior National Championships that begin Tuesday at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, will be among a strong field of up-and-coming national caliber swimmers. She will compete in her six events over four days.

First up on Wednesday are the 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley; on Thursday, 100-meter butterfly; on Friday, the 200-meter freestyle and on Saturday, the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle.

Golding is seeded 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.31. Isabel Ivey, 16, of Gator Swim Club is seeded first in 54.95 and Morgan Tankersley, 18, of Greater Tampa Swimming, eighth in 56.06.

Golding is seeded sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.65, the only Florida swimmer seeded in the Top 10.

Her other seedings are:

32nd in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.74.

15th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.99.

Seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69.

20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Other top swimmers entered are Dakota Luther of Austin Swim Club, coming off the FINA World Championships competing in the 200-meter butterfly; Eva Merrell of Aquazot Swim Club and High School Swimmer of the Year Reece Whitley.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing are: Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks; Emily Cordovi and Teo Darias, Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Marcelo Lauzurique of Gulliver Swim Club; Adan Diaz of Azura Florida Aquatics; and Nicole Gomez of North Palm Beach.

No more than four swimmers per event will be selected for the 2017-2018 U.S. national junior team. The roster will have a minimum of 26 men and 26 woman and maximum of 40 men and 40 women.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Two World Records Fall At FINA World Cup Series; SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold


By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2017—Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands took down two world records Monday at the FINA World Cup Series in Berlin.

Kromowidjojo became the first woman to break the 23-second mark in the 50-meter freestyle. The Olympian broke the world short course record in 22.93, breaking the record of 23.10 set five days ago by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the Moscow series opener. Sjostrom also swam under her world record in 23.00.

It is the third time the Dutchwoman has set or tied the world record since 2013.

Hosszu broke the 100-meter individual medley in 56.51, breaking her own world record of 56.67 set in 2015. Hosszu owns all IM world records in short and long course meters.

After breaking the world record, Hosszu won two more golds in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.37 and 100-meter butterfly in 55.86 against a stacked field including Sjostrom.

Also on Day Two, with none of the world’s top breaststrokers in the field, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of South Florida Aquatic Club breezed to a win in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.16. Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen was second in 1:04.56.

Atkinson also won a bronze medal in the 100-meter individual medley in 58.12 behind Hosszu (56.51) and Sjostrom (57.30).

Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.08 just nipping American Tom Shields in 1:49.26.

South African teammate Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.49.

Hungary’s Kominik Kozma won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.03.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 100-meter backstroke in 49.97, the only male to break 50 seconds. Florida State alum Pavel Yankovich of Belarus took bronze in 50.70.

Mireia Belmonte of Spain won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:57.79, the only sub-4 minute swim in the field.

Philip Heintz of Germany won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:05.16, just ahead of Italy’s Federico Turin in 4:05.73.

Next up will be the third leg of the first cluster, Aug. 11-12 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com