SOFLO’s Atkinson, Nguyen Make “A” And “B” Finals On Day Three Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 15, 2019–Against a small, but strong field, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen got in more racing Friday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

On Day Three, Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, finished a disappointing eighth in the 50-meter butterfly final in 27.85. In morning prelims, Atkinson had the fifth-fastest time in the event in 27.62.

Atkinson was also 14th in 50-meter freestyle in 26.63. In the “B” final, she was slower finishing seventh in 26.88.

Atkinson will wind up with the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was also in an “A” and “B” final.

In morning prelims, Nguyen had the seventh-fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.91. In finals, she was also seventh but faster in 2:18.12.

Nguyen also had the 16th-fastest time in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:44.10. She was fifth in the “B” final in 2:41.10.

Nguyen has two events left: the 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

In the first of three swims, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of Cardinal Aquatics won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.69. She led from start-to-finish. Texas teammates Remedy Rule was second in 2:11.56 and Lauren Case in 2:12.13.

Seventeen-year-old Luca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:53.84, a new boys 17-18 national age group record. He lowered Michael Phelps 2003 record of 1:53.93. Justin Wright of Tucson Ford, the 2018 U.S. national champion, was second in 1:58.61.

Catie DeLoof of Team Elite, swimming unattached, won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in a best time 24.99, her first time under 25 seconds. In her second of three events, Dahlia was fourth in 25.28.

South African Bradley Tandy of Phoenix Swim Club, the morning’s top qualifier, won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.17.

Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 59.71. It was the first time she broke the minute barrier. She won in the final 50 meters with a split of 30.42. Early leader Ali DeLoof of Team Elite was second in 1:00.59.

Olympian Matt Grevers of Ford Tucson won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 53.59 ahead of Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite and Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver.

Canadian national champion Sydney Pickrem of Texas A&M and swimming unattached, won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in an exciting race in 2:25.52. Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was right behind her in 2:25.54.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Roy of Alto Swim Club, came from behind to win the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.43.

Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 26.35. Dahlia, in her third and final race, was second in 26.38.

Peter Holoda of Phoenix Swim Club won the men’s 50-meter butterfly in 23.78. His teammate Giles Smith was second in 23.95.

Erica Sullivan of the Sandpipers of Nevas won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:10.36, her second fastest swim of her career. Evie Pfeifer of Texas was second in 4:11.77 and 14-year-old Claire Tuggle of Clovis Swim Club was third in 4:14.77.

University of Florida freshman Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.16 winning with a huge lead over Egypt’s Akaram Mahmoud in 3:53.94.

Dylan Carter of Team Elite and Trinidad and Tobago had the fourth-fastest time in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.53. He finished fourth in finals in 54.72.

Carter and Atkinson are building up for both the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The four-day meet ends Saturday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….it is a long course meet.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Third, Vien Nguyen Fourth On Day Two Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 14, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen saw their first action Thursday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, faded to third after a slow start in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. She lost ground in the first 25 meters and finished in 1:08.00.

Canadian record holder Sydney Pickrem won in the last 25 meters in 1:07.20 and Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was second in 1:07.32. Pickrem bettered her personal best from the 2019 Canadian Championships.

In morning prelims, Atkinson led a tight field in 1:09.14 to earn the top seed. Three other swimmers were within a half second behind her: Melissa Rodriguez of Mexico in 1:09.23, Breeja Larson of New York Aquatic Club in 1:09.24 and Pickrem in 1:09.61.

Atkinson has four events left: the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly on Friday and 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was fourth in the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.33. Pickrem won her second event in 4:40.64 and Overholt was second in 4:44.23.

Nguyen was fourth fastest in the 400-meter individual medley prelims in 4:52.42. The top seed was Evie Pfeifer of Texas in 4:46.86 who finished third in 4:44.51.

Nguyen also swam the 200-meter freestyle and finished 15th in 2:05.32 and qualified for the “B” final. She came back at night to finish second in the “B” final in 2:02.16.

Nguyen has four events left: the 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

Leah Smith of Tucson Ford Aquatics, women’s 200-meter freestyle, 1:57.40, just ahead of Mallory Comerford of Louisville in 1:57.93 and Emily Overholt of HPC Vancouver in 1:57.97.

Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.00. Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver was second in 1:49.33 and Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia was third in 1:49.83.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Team Elite was fourth in 1:50.01. Carter is building up for the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Thirty-year-old Brandon Fischer of Livermore won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59.86. He was the only swimmer to break 1 minute. Devon Nowicki of Michigan Lakeshore was second in 1:00.97 and Miguel de Lara Ojeda of Mexico was third in 1:01.15.

Ali DeLoof of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter backstroke in 28.05 followed by Amy Bilquist of Scottsdale Aquatics in 28.44 and Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets in 28.64.

Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.05 followed by Olympian Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford Aquatics in 25.21 and Chris Staka of Aptos Cabrillo in 25.57.

Louise Hansson of Trojan Swim Club won the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 57.36, just ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of the Cardinal Aquatics in 57.45 and Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite in 58.35.

Gianluca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 52.20. Giles Smith of Phoenix Swim Club was second in 52.63 and Ryan Coetzee of Tennessee Aquatics was third in 53.57.

Puerto Rico’s Jarod Arroyo of Pitchfork Aquatics won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:21.65. Erick Gordillo of Guatemala was second in 4:27.00 and Brodie Young of UBC Thunderbirds was third in 4:28.18.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 14, noon and 8 p.m., EST, usaswimming.org; 8 p.m., nbcsports.com; June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….it is a long course meet.

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

Smith, Mahmoud Win On Day One Of TYR Pro Swim Series; Atkinson, Nguyen Swim Thursday


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 13, 2019–Leah Smith of Ford Aquatics and Akram Mahmoud of Egypt won on opening day of the TYR Pro Swim Series Wednesday at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Smith won the women’s 800-meter freestyle against a small field of ten swimmers. Smith won in 8:22.87. Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada was second in 8:27.06. The two were the only ones under 8:30 and were 30 seconds ahead of the remaining finishers.

Mahmoud won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.86, ahead of Chris Wieser of Dart in 8:01.98. There were only eight swimmers in the men’s field.

The meet resumes Thursday with prelims and finals. South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen will both swim.

Nguyen, 22, of Vietnam is entered in the 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday, 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly on Friday and 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Among other notable Florida Gold Coast swimmers are Dylan Carter of Team Elite and Trinidad and Tobago and Cathy Cooper of Panama, swimming unattached. Among top name swimmers are Matt Grevers, Townley Haas, Sydney Pickrem, Leah Smith and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 13, noon, EST, usaswimming.org; June 13, 8 p.m. EST, nbcsports.com and usaswimming.org; June 14, noon and 8 p.m., EST, usaswimming.org; 8 p.m., nbcsports.com; June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….the 800 and 1500 freestyle events are timed finals….it is a long course meet.

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

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Michael Phelps Coming To South Florida, Key Note Speaker At Best Of Preps Banquet On May 24


By Sharon Robb

WEST PALM BEACH—Swimming great Michael Phelps is making a rare South Florida appearance next month.

The most decorated Olympic athlete in history with 28 medals, including a record 23 gold, will be keynote speaker at the Palm Beach Post’s first Best of the Preps banquet, Friday, May 24 at Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Phelps, who competed at five Summer Olympics, will hold a question-and-answer session during his appearance.

The Palm Beach Post and Phelps will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 high school student-athletes at the inaugural Best of Palm Beach County Preps awards banquet.

The Palm Beach Post is the only newspaper in South Florida to honor its high school athletes at a banquet with a keynote speaker of such stature.

“Mark your calendars now. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime evening that our high school athletes, families and coaches will never forget,” Palm Beach Post Publisher Tim Burke said in a recent story in the popular newspaper.

The Best of the Preps banquet is sponsored by Florida Crystals, Keiser University and Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline. It will honor Palm Beach County high school athletes who earned first-team honors for the fall, winter and spring sports. The male and female athletes of the year in each sport will be announced that night as well as the overall Male and Female Athletes of the Year and Coach of the Year.

The banquet will also feature a sit-down dinner.

Since his retirement from swimming in August 2016, the Baltimore native started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. He recently has been focusing on mental health issues, specifically working with teenagers on bullying on social media and dealing with severe depression and anxiety and has been quite candid with sharing his own experiences with depression. He also has partnered his foundation with KidsHealth.org to launch a mental health program for at-risk youth.

The 33-year-old Phelps and his wife Nicole, the parents of two boys, 2-year-old Boomer and 14-month old Beckett, are expecting their third child. They now reside in the Arizona desert in Paradise Valley.

If asked about coming out of retirement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Phelps will shoot that idea down.

“For me, there’s no way. Just because I don’t have any goals. I have no goals I want to accomplish in the pool,” Phelps said. “If I did, I think it would be fun to come back, but it’s time to keep turning the page.

“We have a ton of stuff going on and stuff I’m really excited about, being able to talk about water conservation and being able to talk about mental health,” Phelps said. “There’s so many things that are big passions of mine and that keep me going.”

The event is Friday, May 24, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at the link http://palmbeachpost.com/pbcpreps.
Deadline to purchase tickets is May 17th unless it sells out earlier. The general admission ticket includes dinner, the awards ceremony and Phelps. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, right off I-95.

ATKINSON WINS GOLD

After a slow start, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian won a gold medal on her final day of competition in the recent TYR Pro Swim Series at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond, Va. The 30-year-old won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.58, fourth fastest time in the world and under the World Championships “A” standard of 31.22.

MARCOUX GETS TRIALS CUT

Florida Gold Coast and Yale swimmer Philippe Marcoux made his Olympic trial cut in the 50-meter freestyle recently at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The Canadian and Fort Lauderdale High graduate swam a career-best 23.15 at the April 7 Canadian Swimming Trials. It was one of six events he swam. He also went 59.11 in the 100 backstroke, 24.69 in the 50 butterfly, 50.77 in the 100 freestyle, 56.14 in the 100 butterfly and 1:56.37 in the 200 freestyle.

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

Atkinson, Smutny Get In Some Racing At TYR Richmond Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

RICHMOND, Va., April 13, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Mary Smutny are getting in some racing against a strong field in the TYR Richmond Pro Swim Series at Collegiate School Aquatics Center.

The 30-year-old Atkinson’s best finish has been two ninth places in the 100-meter breaststroke in a season-best 1:08.55 and 50-meter butterfly in 27.53 in the B finals.

In the breaststroke, her splits were 32.36 and 36.19 easily winning the B event that would have placed her fifth in the championship final.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian also bettered the Pan American Games A standard time of 1:11.11 and was under the World Championships B standard of 1:09.79.

She was also 28th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.53 and 46th in the 50-meter freestyle in 31.72.

Smutny, entered in six events, will swim her final two on Saturday, the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle.

Earlier in the meet, Smutny, 18, was 25th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.38; 28th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.96; tenth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:15.42 and 13th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:19.61.

Among winners on Friday night: Hali Flickinger, 200-meter butterfly, 2:07.03; Bulgarian Antani Ivanov, 200-meter butterfly, 1:56.34; Olivia Smoglia, 50-meter freestyle, 24.83 and 100-meter backstroke, 58.73; Caeleb Dressel, 50-meter freestyle, 21.69; Ryan Murphy, 100-meter backstroke, 53.47; Annie Lazor, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:23.22; Josh Prenot, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:11.51; Farida Osman, 50-meter butterfly, 25.65; Caleb Dressel, 50-meter butterfly, 23.43; Katie Ledecky, 400-meter freestyle, 4:01.50; and Anton Ipsen, 400-meter freestyle, 3:48.22.

The four-day meet ends on Saturday. Atkinson’s final event is the 50-meter breaststroke. The action is being live streamed on USA Swimming’s website (prelims and finals) and NBC Sports (finals).

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

Atkinson Wins Third Event On Day Three Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 9, 2019—Alia Atkinson won her third event of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Saturday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.00. Teammate Olivia Dinehart was fifth in the event in 34.59.

Atkinson was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.14 behind top seed Marie Wattel of LA College Aquatic Team in 26.40. Atkinson leads the women’s high point with 124 points. SOFLO teammate Mallory Schleicher, 15, is also in the Top 10, tenth with 86 points.

SOFLO’s Mary Smutny was second in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:19.34 and Schleicher was eighth in 4:28.08.

SOFLO boys 400-meter medley relay was fourth in 3:59.10 with Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez and Robert Wilson.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus of Coral Springs Swim Club, coming off fall shoulder surgery, looked strong winning the 50-meter freestyle in 22.15.

South Florida Aquatic Club girls remained in third place with 652 points behind Sarasota YMCA with 1,018.5 and East Coast Aquatic Club with 820.5.

South Florida Aquatic Club boys dropped to fourth place with 515 points behind Azura Florida Aquatics with 835.5, Sarasota YMCA with 584 and Colorado Stars with 533.

Sarasota YMCA and Azura Florida Aquatics have all but clinched the team titles.

SOFLO has 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA 1,018.5, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 820.5, 3. South Florida Aquatic Cub 652, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 467, 5. Blue Dolfins 452.5.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 835.5, 2. Sarasota YMCA 584, 3. Colorado Stars 533, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 515, 5. Gator Swim Club 378.

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 1:01.96, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:04.64, 3. Emily Crane, LCLA 1:05.37.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.00, 2. Patricia Casellas, Azura 33.88, 3. Shayna Fetes, SA 34.00; SOFLO: 5. Olivia Dinehart 34.59, 16. Hailey Jerew 35.89, 18. Victoria Torres 35.32.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Marie Wattel, LCLA 26.40, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 27.14, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 27.38; SOFLO: 19. Mary Smutny 29.42, 20. Kathleen Golding 29.64.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:17.80, 2. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:21.13, 3. Shayna Fetes, SA 2:21.96; SOFLO: 12. Mallory Schleicher 2:26.46, 21. Olivia Dinehart 2:29.53.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Emily Barclay, LCLA 25.78, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 26.10, 3. Allyson Ponson, Unattached 26.46.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:14.54, 2. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 4:19.34, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:20.73; SOFLO: 8. Mallory Schleicher 4:28.08.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Sarasota YMCA 4:23.65 (Naomi Chance, Emma Weyant, Isabel Traba, Savannah Barr), 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 4:25.75, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 4:26.22, 7. SOFLO A 4:30.53 (Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding, Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding), 12. SOFLO B 4:35.89 (Jena Legaspi, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Gaby Banks).

BOYS

100-meter backstroke
1. Griffin O’Leary, BSC 57.21, 2. Dan Cross, LCLA 58.42, 3. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 58.43; SOFLO: 7. Lance Lesage 59.76.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Lukas Macek, Unattached 29.76, 2. Jacob Budnitz, SPAC 29.82, 3. Arnold Luk, STAR 30.06; SOFLO: 10. Juan Pablo Pineda 30.86, 13. Marc Rojas 31.13, 20. Juan Mora 32.18.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 24.86, 2. Luciano Gonzalez, Azura 25.01, 3. Kent Olsen-Stavrakes, STAR 25.11.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Gabriel Parnell, Unattached 2:04.85, 2. Santiago Corredor, GSC 2:06.43, 3. Kamal Muhammad, Unattached 2:08.06.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Bruno Fratus, CSSC 22.15, 2. Tom Fannon, LCLA 22.86, 3. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 23.45; SOFLO: 19. Robert Wilson 25.16.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 3:57.97, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 4:04.27, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 4:05.13; SOFLO: 14. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:15.30.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Colorado Stars 3:54.83, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 3:55.40, 3. Spartan 3:49.07, 4. SOFLO A 3:59.10 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson), 12. SOFLO B 4:12.85 (Juan Colmenares, Juan Mora, Miguel Sierra, Michael Arias).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson Double Winner; SOFLO Third Among Teams On Day Two Of Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 8, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club men’s and women’s teams are third after Day Two of the of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Friday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The women’s team is third with 393 points. Sarasota YMCA leads with 630 and East Coast Aquatic Club is second with 461 points.

The men’s team is also third with 355 points. Azura Florida Aquatics is first with 485 and Sarasota YMCA is second with 370.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder Alia Atkinson, 30, won two events. Atkinson won her signature event 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.79. She also won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.38 just ahead of Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club in 1:01.42. Atkinson has 64 points in high point.

Mary Smutny, 18, finished third in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.16. She was third fastest in morning prelims in 2:05.48. Smutny has 42 points in high point.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.27. He was second fastest in morning prelims in 4:39.05. He has 65 points in high points.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, posted back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:11.74, she went 2:10.64 in morning prelims and 2:07.69 in finals for a 4.05 time drop.

Schleicher also has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. She went 5:06.74 in morning prelims and came back at night in 5:04.62. She was seeded in 5:07.59. Schleicher has 49 points in high points.

Robert Wilson, 16, swam back-to-back best times in the 200-meter freestyle. Seeded 2:01.18, he went 2:00.61 in prelims and 2:00.22 in finals for an 0.96 time drop. He has four points in high point.

Lance Lesage, 16, broke 2 minutes in the 200-meter freestyle and had back-to-back best times. Seeded 2:02.67, he lowered it first in morning prelims in 2:01.18 and broke 2 minutes in finals in 1:59.78 for a total time drop of 2.89. Lesage has 20 points in high point.

Juan Pablo Pineda, 16, had back-to-back best times in the 100-meter breaststroke. Seeded in 1:08.50, he lowered it in morning prelims in 1:08.50 and bettered in finals in 1:07.92 for an 0.77 time drop. He has 15 points in high point.

Javier Roman, 15, has back-to-back best times in the 400-meter individual medley. Seeded 4:56.25, he went 4:54.75 in morning prelims and bettered it in 4:52.33 for a 3.92 time drop. He has four points in high point.

SOFLO has 35 qualified swimmers compete in 155 individual events and 12 relay events race in the long course meet.

A large field is competing over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Coral Springs Swim Club, Sunrise, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team. Bolles, Sarasota and Pensacola are top Florida teams.

The four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota YMCA 630, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 461.5, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 393, 4. Barrington Swim Club 334.5, 5. Azura Florida Aquatics 285.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 485, 2. Sarasota YMCA 370, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 355, 4. Metro Aquatics 272, 5. Colorado Stars 269.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:01.97, 2. Nikki Miller, Unattached 2:03.38, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:04.16; SOFLO: 25. Mallory Schleicher 2:07.69, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:08.79, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:13.99, 3. Micaela Sierra, CSSC 1:15.60; SOFLO: 12. Molly Golding 1:16.85.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 28.92, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 30.16, 3. Megan Murphy, ECAC 30.22.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:01.38, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 1:01.42, 3. Abigail Gibbons, BD 1:01.47; SOFLO: 12. Mary Smutny 1:05.12.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Sumner Chmielweski, SYS 4:55.06, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:56.36, 3. Michelle Morgan, PS 4:56.69; SOFLO: 5. Mallory Schleicher 5:04.62, time drop, 6. Kathleen Golding 5:06.96.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota YMCA A 8:27.30, 2. East Coast Aquatic Club 8:36.35, 3. Sarasota YMCA B 8:40.73, 5. SOFLO A 8:42.62 (Mary Smutny, Mallory Schleicher, Olivia Dinehart, Kathleen Golding), 14. SOFLO B 9:05.32 (Sarah Acevedo, Sara Quintero, Elena Dinehart, Molly Golding).

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Santiago Corredor, GSC 1:52.33, 2. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 1:53.62, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 1:53.79; SOFLO: 21. Robert Wilson 2:00.22, time drop, 25. Lance Lesage 1:59.78, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Ryaan Hatoum, BERK 1:05.20, 2. Lukas Macek, Unattached 1:05.29, 3. Hector Rodriguez, BD 1:06.54; SOFLO: 12. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.92, time drop.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Steven Aimable, Unattached 27.16, 2. Payton Plumb, SUSA 27.50, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 27.58; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 27.88, time drop.

100-meter butterfly:
1. Gabriel Araya, Unattached 55.63, 2. Kamarl Muhammad, Unattached 55.63, 3. Blake Wilton, STAR 55.82; SOFLO: 11. Rafael Rodriguez 57.71.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Alexander Gusev, SYS 4:30.94, 2. Joshua Zuchowski, FAST 4:39.01, 3. Matheo Mateos, Azura 4:39.13; SOFLO: 4. Rafael Rodriguez 4:39.27, 18. Leonardo Mateus 4:49.78, 20. Dominc Bono 4:50.46, 21. Javier Roman 4:52.33.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Azura 7:58.36 (Matheo Mateos, Franco Lupoli, Sidrell Williams, Juan Zapata), 2. Sarasota YMCA 7:59.40, 3. Metro Aquatics 8:01.45, 4. SOFLO A 8:02.50 (Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson, Philopatier Ibrahim, Lance Lesage), 12. SOFLO B 8:19.80 (Nicolas Rossi, Michael Arias, Leonardo Mateus, Dominic Bono).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5. For more information call 954-452-2526.

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