Paltrinieri, Cunha Capture 10K National Championship Titles; SOFLO’s Schleicher, Bono Compete Saturday In 5K Junior National Championships At Miami Marine Stadium

By Sharon Robb

May 3, 2019—Jordan Wilimovsky, David Heron, Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson were the top U.S. finishers Friday in the USA Swimming National Open Water 10K Championship.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, 24, won the men’s race in 1:49:25 followed by Wilimovsky, 25, in 1:50:57, Mario Sanzullo, 25, of Italy in 1:51:41 and Heron, 24 in 1:52:22 among a field of 35 swimmers.

Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, 27, won the women’s race in 2:00:00.17 followed by Twichell, 29, in 2:00:00.67 and Anderson, 27, in 2:00:01 among a field of 21 swimmers. Former Florida swimmer Becca Mann, 21, was sixth in 2:00:14. Anna Auld of East Coast Aquatic Club was 16th in 2:11.47.

The top two U.S. men and women in the 10K races qualified for the 18th FINA World Championships in July in Gwangju, South Korea where they can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a Top 10 finish. The 10K has been an Olympic event since 2008.

On Saturday, SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher and Dominic Bono will compete in the 5K Junior National Championships 16-and-under races. The boys race is 8 a.m. and girls race at 8:05 a.m.

The 5K national championships are Sunday. The men’s race is 7:30 a.m. and women’s race is 7:35 a.m.

On Sunday, Swim Miami 2019 returns to Miami Marine Stadium. The course is an amazing pristine, generally calm water environment that will definitely allow all ages and abilities to enjoy the open water event.

Four races will be held in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2019: 800-meters, Miami Mile, 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). There is also the K-9 Krawl World Championships, a human and dog duathlon where owner and dog swim 200 yards and run 400 yards.

Swim Miami is the longest-standing open water swim on the East Coast and one of the largest in the U.S.

SOFLO has entered 24 age group swimmers (17 girls and 7 boys) and three masters swimmers.

The age group swimmers are Sophia Bedoya, 16, mile; Alexander Blandon, 17, mile; Alexis Christensen, 13, mile; Elena Dinehart, 14, 5K; Elise Dinehart, 10, mile; Olivia Dinehart, 14, 5K; Pilar Duranti, 11, 800; Genesis Escobar, 11, 800; Sophia Grubbs, 14, 5K; Anastasia Lutz, 12, mile; Alejandro Mateus, 13, mile; Leonardo Mateus, 17, mile; Sabrina Osorio, 14, mile; Sofia Osorio, 14, mile; Martin Petkov, 10, 800; Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 5K; Lucy Smutny, 16, 5K; Lydia Smutny, 10, mile; Madeline Smutny, 13, 5K; Ventura Torres, 17, mile; Victoria Torres, 14, mile; Juan Vallmitjana, 10, 800; Olivia Ware, 15, 10K; and Isabelle Wilson, 12, 5K.

The masters swimmers are Emmanuel Butmankiewicz, 33, in the mile; Hawaii Ironman Evelyn Salama, 45, 5K; and Kristen Vlaun, 46, 10K.

SOFLO coach Chris Anderson will also be involved in the event. His boat will serve as the officials’ boat for every race throughout the weekend.

The course is one lap for the mile, three laps for the 5K and six laps for the 10K.

The finish time limits are: 10K Swim: 4 hours; 5K Swim: 2 hours; Miami Mile: 1 hour and 800 meters: 30 minutes.

Proceeds benefit the H2Os Foundation. The H2Os Foundation through grants, generous donations, events, and strategic corporate partnerships offers children and youth a unique opportunity to learn a lifesaving skill, and more importantly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Live coverage of each race from Miami will be available each morning at The webcast schedule is Friday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

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Cunha Wins Third 25K Open Water Gold Medal; UM Diver Dinsmore Advances To Saturday Final At FINA World Aquatics Championships

By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 21, 2017—In the last and most grueling of six open water races, defending champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won the women’s 25K open water race for her third world title on Day 8 of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships Friday at Lake Balaton.

Cunha, who has frequently trained in South Florida and won the Fort Lauderdale Roughwater event, finished in 5 hours, 21 minutes and 58 seconds, a two-second margin of victory.

She is only the second woman to win three world golds. Dutch swimmer Edith van Dijk won four.

Cunha also won gold at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai and 2015 in Kazan. Cunha has two silver medals and four bronze medals from past world championships. She has made the podium in every individual open water event.

“When it starts, I think of nothing, but toward the end I knew I was the only one in the leading three that had done the 25K course before,” Cunha said. “So I know the pain that would arrive at the end. This experience made the difference.”

Olympic 10K gold medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands was second in 5:22:00. Arianna Bridi of Italy took the bronze in 5:22:08.

American Becca Mann, a former Clearwater (CAT) swimmer, was seventh in 5:27:06.

France continued its dominance in open water with Axel Reymond winning the men’s 25K by just 6/10ths of a second.

Swimming for more than five hours, the Frenchman defeated Matteo Furlan of Italy (5:02:47).

“When there are 200 meters left, all you think about is touching the board,” Reymond said.

Russian Evgenii Drattcev took bronze in 5:02:49. American Chip Peterson was fifth in 5:03:43.

There were 44 finishers in the race. Five were unable to finish the race. Warm temperatures were also a challenge. The water temp was 75 degrees.


University of Miami redshirt sophomore David Dinsmore finished fourth in men’s 10-meter platform semifinals to qualify for Saturday’s final for Team USA.

Dinsmore, the NCAA national platform champion as a freshman, scored 483.10 points to qualify for his first worlds final.

Dinsmore is ranked behind Aleksandr Bondar of Russia (509.10), Tom Daley of Great Britain (498.65) and Chen Aisen of China (488.55) and will be in the medal hunt on Saturday.

“It’s really exciting,” Dinsmore said. “Last time I had a good meet but there was tough competition and it didn’t work out. Especially this year after the Olympic year, I wanted to come out and dive as best I could and things worked out.”

At the 2015 World Championships, Dinsmore finished 15th in the semifinals. Earlier in the week, Dinsmore earned a bronze medal in the mixed 3-meter/10-meter team event with Krysta Palmer.

Fort Lauderdale’s Jordan Windle finished 26th in the 10-meter prelims in his first worlds competing in an individual event.

Olympic gold medalist Shi Tingmao led China to a one-two finish in the women’s 3-meter springboard final. Shi, the defending champion and Monday’s 3-meter synchro winner, finished first with 383.50 points followed by teammate Wang Han (359.40) to capture China’s ninth consecutive gold medal in the event and seventh in 11 diving events in Budapest. Canadian Jennifer Abel took the bronze medal with 3:51.55 for the second worlds in a row.

“I need to work harder in order to achieve a higher score and win more gold medals,” Shi said.

Chinese divers have won 20 of the last 21 Olympic and world titles in the 3-meter springboard since 1986.

The last two diving finals are scheduled for Saturday.


Russia won the team free title winning its sixth gold medal. Twelve teams were in the final. Russia has been the title holder of the team title since 2007. Russia scored 97.300 points. China took the silver and Ukraine took bronze.


The U.S., Italy, Hungary and Greece all advanced into the women’s quarterfinal round. Italy has won three straight games and earned an automatic berth.

In the men’s tournament, Croatia reached the quarterfinals as expected. Croatia has beaten the U.S., Russia and Japan.


In the medal tally, China leads with 16 total medals including seven golds, Russia has 13, Italy had 8 and France has 7. The U.S. has 5 medals including only one gold.

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 227: Pedraza, Cunha Win ISHOF Rough Water Swim

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 227: Pedraza, Cunha Win ISHOF Rough Water Swim

By Sharon Robb

January 5, 2013

World champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil and Joey Pedraza of Davie won the women’s and men’s overall titles Saturday at the 45th annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Fort Lauderdale Rough Water Mile Swim.

Cunha outsprinted U.S. national team member Emily Brunemann in the last five meters to win the women’s division in 21 minutes and 57.7 seconds.

Pedraza, a Pine Crest and University of Florida alum, won the men’s race in 20:42.4.

Cunha and Pedraza were tuning up for the 50th annual Travessia Mar

Grande Salvador 15K in Brazil on Jan. 13. Cunha, the defending overall champion, is an overwhelming favorite for the coastal swim.

Pedraza will represent the USA Swimming national team along with U.S. teammate Lexie Kelly.

The complete results for the ISHOF events will be released this week at

Orange Bowl Swimming

University of Michigan swept the men’s and women’s titles at the annual Orange Bowl Swimming Classic in Key Largo.

It was the fifth consecutive men’s title for the Wolverines ranked among the nation’s top teams.

Michigan swimmers won all 24 events and broke fifteen individual and two men’s and two men’s Orange Bowl meet records at Jacobs Aquatic Center.

West Virginia was second and George Mason finished third among the eight-team field.


Olympians Ryan Lochte and Connor Dwyer and the University of Florida men’s swim team trained with the 920th Guardian Angels para-rescuers Friday at Patrick Air Force Base. The 10-week training regimen the para-rescuers go through is some of the most grueling conditioning in the armed forces. It included CrossFit training, kettlebell shuttling, group push-ups in sand, pull-ups, beach running and underwater swimming. Lochte told reporters afterwards it was one of the toughest workouts he has ever gone through. “That was officially my hardest workout I have ever done. The hardest part for me was the running, I don’t do much running,” Lochte said. “The whole spraying water in our face, we’re not used to. But the yelling? We get a lot of that with our coach. I knew it was going to be hard. It’s teamwork. I’m used to a lot of the stuff, but some of it was new. This is something I definitely might look into when swimming is all said and done.”…

Olympian Katie Hoff, who is currently taking classes at University of Miami, has made it clear she has not retired from competitive swimming. After her former coach Paul Yetter of T2 Aquatics in Naples told Swimming World Magazine that Hoff’s move to Miami signals the end of her swimming career, Hoff got on Twitter and tweeted, “To clarify, I am not retired. I am taking some time to go to school at the University of Miami and focus on my studies…

Chase Kalisz made a successful college debut Saturday winning three events for Georgia in the Bulldogs’ wins over North Carolina State and Savannah in Savannah, Ga. The No. 12-ranked Bulldogs men’s team (5-1) defeated N.C. State, 144-112 and Savannah, 206-46. The women’s team also swept the tri-meet to improve to 7-0. The No. 3-ranked women defeated N.C. State, 151-99 and Savannah, 178-73. Kalisz won the 200 butterfly in 1:50.33, 200 breaststroke in 1:59.58 and 200 individual medley in 1:48.61. Georgia will meet Texas on Jan. 12 in its final dual meet of the season…

Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin were named Swimmers of the Year by FINA, the sport’s international governing body. It was the second straight year Franklin earned the honors. Wu Minxia and Ilya Zakharov were named Divers of the Year. Stanford’s Maggie Steffens, a member of the 2012 Olympic gold medal water polo team and MVP at the London Games, was named the Best Female Water Polo Player of 2012 by FINA. The freshman scored 21 goals in the Olympic Games including five in the gold medal match. Josip Pavic was named Men’s Player of the Year. 10K Olympian champions Ous Mellouli and Eva Risztov were named Open Water Swimmers of the Year…Aussie Ian Thorpe who failed to qualify for his 2012 Olympic team after coming out of retirement is continuing his training for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. “I enjoy what I have been doing, I intend to continue,” Thorpe told reporters.

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