Caeleb Dressel Shines On Final Night Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships; Hosszu, Le Clos Named FINA Swimmers Of The Year

By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 16, 2018—On the sixth and final night of the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships, Caeleb Dressel saved his best for last.

The Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum won the 100-meter freestyle in an exciting finish against Russian Vlad Morozov, 45.62-45.64. Dressel used his closing speed to out-touch Morozov. South African Chad le Clos took the bronze in 45.89.

It was Dressel’s first individual gold medal and short course world title. He also broke his own American record of 45.66 he set earlier in the meet as leadoff leg of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

“I actually feel alright right now,” Dressel said. “It was a long meet, but I’ve had meets where I was a lot more tired. This went smoothly. I’m happy to be done, don’t get me wrong, but it was a great performance all around from everyone on the team and it was really exciting to be a part of that.”

Dressel was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay with a split of 48.28. The U.S. men won in a championship record 3:19.98 breaking the old U.S. record of 3:20.99 set in 2010. Russia was second in 3:20.61 and Japan was third in 3:21.07. Dressel was joined by teammates Ryan Murphy, a Bolles alum, Andrew Wilson and Ryan Held.

“I feel like I’m in really good shape,” Dressel said. “They (his swims) were pretty sloppy to be honest, a lot of them. I feel like I got better as the meet went on because that was faster than the first day of the meet tonight, so I think I was getting better every day. The speed was not quite there, but like I said I think I’m in really good shape. My last 50 was really good in the fly and the free, so I’m not worried about anything and it will be fun year next year at Worlds.”

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and South Africa’s Chad le Clos were named 2018 FINA Swimmers of the Year. Hosszu’s new coach, Arpad Petrov, was named the top women’s coach and former Coral Springs Swim Club coach Andrea di Nino and coach of Le Clos, was named men’s coach of the year. They were honored at the FINA World Aquatics Gala on Sunday night.

In the other Sunday finals:

The U.S. women’s 4×50-meter freestyle relay team of Madison Kennedy, Mallory Comerford, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Erika Brown won in a championship record 1:34.03 ahead of world record holder Netherlands (1:34.55) and Australia (1:36.34).

Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine overtook early leader and world record holder Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy in the final 25 meters of the 1,500-yard freestyle to win in a championship record 14:09.14. Paltrinieri finished in 14:09.87 and Norway’s Henrik Christiansen was third in 14:19.39.

American Annie Lazor won a three-woman race in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.32 ahead of teammate Bethany Gelat in 2:18.62 and Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse in 2:18.85.

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov surged in the final 50 meters to knock off American and Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 1:47.02-1:47.34. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki and Aussie Mitch Larkin tied for the bronze in 1:48.25.

American Kelsi Worrell Dahlia won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.01, just a half second off her world record. U.S. teammate Kendyl Stewart was second in 56.22 and Brazil’s Daiene Dias was third in 56.31.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in a championship record 25.41 to sweep the breaststroke events. The Olympic gold medalist and world record holder announced his retirement following the meet. Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus took silver in 25.77 and former championship record holder Felipe Lima of Brazil was third in 25.80.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 50-meter freestyle in a championship record of 23.19. Teammate Femke Heemskerk was second in 23.67. Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros was third in 23.76.

The U.S. women’s relay team of Olivia Smoliga, Katie Meili, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford won the 4×100-meter medley relay in a championship record 3:45.58. China was second in 3:48.80 and Italy was third in a national record 3:51.38.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only events where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

A field of 960 swimmers, with several top names missing, from 178 countries competed for 46 world titles over six days at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Tennis Centre. The center is uniquely shaped like a lotus bowl with an 8,000-seat capacity.

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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 165: Michael Lohberg’s Legacy Lives On Through His Former Coach

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 165: Michael Lohberg’s Legacy Lives On Through His Former Coach


June 13, 2012

Andrea Di Nino, one of Michael Lohberg’s former swim coaches at Coral Springs Swim Club, has made history.

Di Nino, 39, was named one of the Russian Swimming Federation’s national team coaches for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Di Nino is the Italian founder and head coach of the ADN Swim Project, a squad sponsored by ARENA. He is the first foreigner to be appointed as an Olympic coach of the Russian swimming team.

Di Nino coached at the 2004 Olympic Games for Trinidad and Tobago’s team that included current SOFLO swimmer Sharntelle McLean. He is well-respected in international circles and coaches several foreign swimmers including ADN swimmers Evgeny Korotyshkin and Sergey Fesikov of Russia and Jason Dunford of Kenya. He also coached Milorad Cavic of Serbia until recently when he returned to the United States.

Di Nino has an academic background in biomedical science and technology and he been coaching for nearly twenty years.

Di Nino spent three years with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex as his assistant. His experience with Lohberg inspired him to start the ADN Swim Project in 2005.

“This is one of the greatest honors I could receive as a coach,” Di Nino said after the announcement was made by the Russian Federation.

“I am honored by the fact that the Swimming Federation has chosen an Italian coach. To participate in the Olympics is already the biggest dreams of all coaches. Imagine doing it as the coach of Russia, one of the historic powers of world swimming. It’s a satisfaction that I would like to share with my athletes and all the staff members of ADN.”

Di Nino was one of the most well-liked coaches while at Coral Springs. Lohberg’s wife, Biggi, gave Di Nino one of her husband’s stopwatches during a memorial for Lohberg at the pool.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 158: SOFLO’s Sharntelle McLean Competes This Weekend In Trinidad

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 158: SOFLO’s Sharntelle McLean Competes This Weekend In Trinidad


May 30, 2012

Two-time Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Sharntelle McLean, who has been training at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, will compete this weekend in the ASATT National Open Long Course Championships in her native country.

McLean, one of the more experienced swimmers in the field, is going after her FINA Olympic qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle.

Dylan Carter, also of Trinidad and Tobago, who has trained in Coral Springs with Keegan Boisson-Yates, is also going after his first Olympic berth.

At 16, Carter is just 1.40 and 1.60 seconds shy of qualifying in the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly.

The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting the last meet on its local soil for Olympic hopefuls.

The meet is also serving as a qualifier for next month’s Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Aruba.

The meet begins Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Marlins Swimming Pool in Port of Spain.

West Florida Adds Women’s Swimming

University of West Florida has added a women’s swimming and diving team beginning in the fall of 2013.

A national search for a head coach is under way.

The Division II program in Pensacola has a student body of 12,000 students and 14 varsity sports.

The new team already has a 50-meter indoor pool that underwent a $4.5 million renovation in 2011. The pool already hosts USA Swimming and high school meets.

More college news

College coaches are considering new criteria for NCAA qualifiers that could change the way relays will qualify for future NCAA championships. Currently, entire relays make the national meet by times which means not all of the best swimmers in the country are competing at nationals. A new measure being proposed by the coaches is to limit all relays at nationals to only those who qualify for the meet and the relays would be selected from that talent pool. Most coaches seem to be in favor of the change even though it means that the strongest programs in the national will benefit the most. If the new rule is passed, it would go into effect the 2014-15 season.


Brothers Jason and David Dunford of Kenya are training with Italian coach Andrea Di Nino and ADN Swim Project. Di Nino worked with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex before moving back to Italy. His swimmers have been training at an altitude camp in Sierra Nevada before heading to the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum Tour, Sette Colli Meet in Rome, Aspria Cup in Milan and Paris Open. The brothers have qualified for London and after graduating from Stanford’s Masters program plane to work in Silicon Valley after the Olympics…

SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski of Arizona State, on a training trip in Scandinavia, has shin splits from walking around Denmark….Newly-minted U.S. Olympians Laura Reback Bennett of North Palm Beach and Manny Huerta of Miami, both former Florida Gold Coast swimmers, compete Saturday in the Dallas ITU Pan American Cup. The event is draft-legal and features a 1500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Both Bennett and Huerta will race for the first time since qualifying for the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic teams.

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