Florida Gators Announce 2022-23 Schedule; SOFLO Alum Kathleen Golding Named Team Captain

By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, September 14, 2022—University of Florida will open its 2022-23 men’s and women’s schedule at home against Nova Southeastern and Arkansas on Sept. 23 at the O’Connell Center Natatorium.

The season-opener is one of four home meets. Arkansas has only a women’s team. NSU has both a men’s and women’s team.

After a month of training, the Gators head to Virginia to swim defending women’s national champion Cavaliers on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Charlottesville.

Florida will then swim conference opponents on back-to-back weeks, at Georgia in Athens, Ga. on Friday, Oct. 28 in its annual rivalry before returning to Gainesville to host Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Gators end the 2022 calendar year with three straight invitationals: Georgia Invite, Nov. 17-19, U.S. Open, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Greensboro, N.C. before diving ends 2022 at the Auburn Invitational, Dec. 16-20.

The 2023 part of the schedule opens at home Florida Atlantic University, Jan. 14, before hosting a diving invitational Jan. 20-21, while simultaneously swimming Florida State on Jan. 20 in Ocala, in its final dual meet. Two weeks later, the Gators will swim in the Feb. 3-5 Auburn Last Chance Invitational.

The Gators begin the post-season at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 14-16 in College Station, Tex. The men will go for their 11th straight conference titles, before the Bulldog Last Chance Meet from Feb. 24-25 in Athens. Qualified divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Zones from Mar. 5-8.

The season ends at the NCAA Swimming National Championships, with the women’s meet in Knoxville, Tenn., March 15-18 and men’s meet in Minneapolis, Minn., March 22-25.

One of the highlights of the season is South Florida Aquatic Club alum Kathleen Golding will serve as one of the Gators’ team captains for the 2022-23. The two-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier is a senior and three-time All-American. Her marquis events are the 200 and 400 IM though she swims several other events, both sprint and distance.

Golding’s younger sister, Molly, also a SOFLO alum, will begin her sophomore season in the IM and breaststroke events.

Other Gators with South Florida and Florida Gold Coast ties are sophomore Anna Auld of West Palm Beach, who is coming off an outstanding summer; and freshman Mallory Schleicher, another SOFLO alum.

Florida’s men’s and women’s head coach Anthony Nesty was recently named the 2022 American Swimming Coaches Association George Haines Coach of the Year at the ASCA World Clinic Sept. 8 in Las Vegas. Nesty joins former Florida coaches Gregg Troy and Randy Reese as the only coaches in Gators history to win the award.

The award is annually given to the individual whose coaching contributed the most towards American swimming excellence at the world level. Nesty was one of six finalists who coached athletes that won gold medals at the FINA World Championships last June in Budapest, Hungary.

Nesty coached multiple gold medalists in Budapest, including Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, Kieran Smith and UF volunteer Coach Katie Ledecky. The four combined for eight gold medals, the most golds coached by any finalist for the award the year.

Six current Gators, four former Gators and volunteer coach Katie Ledecky were named to the 2022-23 U.S. National Team.

Anna Auld, Emma Weyant, Natalie Hinds, and Katie Ledecky were selected for the women’s team, and Brennan Gravley, Jacob Mitchell, Trey Freeman, Kevin Vargas, Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, and Kieran Smith were named on the men’s roster. Florida has 11 athletes on the team, tied with Texas/Longhorn Aquatics for most-represented club/college. Auld and Gravley were both selected as open water athletes in May 2022, and are active through October 31, 2022.

2022-23 UF Men’s, Women’s Schedule
Sept. 23, Nova Southeastern, Arkansas, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22, at Virginia, 10 a.m.
Oct. 28, at Georgia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5, Tennessee, 10 a.m.
Nov. 17-19, at Georgia Invite
Nov. 30-Dec. 3, U.S. Open, Greensboro, N.C.
Greensboro, NC
Dec. 16-20, Auburn Invitational, Diving
Jan. 14, Florida Atlantic, 2 p.m.
Jan. 20-21, UF Diving Invitational
Jan. 20, Florida State at Ocala, 2 p.m.
Feb. 3-5, Auburn Last Chance
Feb. 14-18, SEC Championships, College Station, Tex.
Feb. 24-25, Bulldogs Last Chance Meet, Athens, Ga.
Mar. 5-8, NCAA Diving Zones – TBD
Mar. 15-18, Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mar. 22-25, Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Minneapolis

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Verbally Commits To University Of Florida

By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, October 12, 2021–Julia Podkoscielny, one of the nation’s most sought after high school swimmers, verbally committed to the University of Florida.

The Pine Crest junior, ranked among the top 10 in the nation, will join the Class of 2027 and is expected to make an immediate impact.

The 2000 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier will be coached by women’s head coach and 1988 Suriname Olympic gold medalist Anthony Nesty and train in the same pool as seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, a UF volunteer swim coach training with Nesty for the July 26-August 11 2024 Paris Olympics.

“I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of Florida,” Podkoscielny announced on social media.

“Thank you to my coaches, friends and family who have been with me to this point. I can’t wait to be a Gator. I love the team, coaches and their philosophy. Can’t wait to be on campus and fully experience being a Gator.”

Podkoscielny, a two-time Swimmer of the Year, is a member of the girls’ two-time state 2A champion Pine Crest Panthers.

In 2020, she won 2A state and region titles in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.14/1:59.00) and 100-yard backstroke (54.29/53.76). In October, she was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American team.

In 2019, she won 2A state and region titles in the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.46/2:04.73) and 100-yard backstroke (54.76/56.16).

Podkoscielny is one of the county’s most versatile swimmers. She is ranked in six individual events, including four as No. 1, and two relays in the weekly Broward County Honor Roll.

She is a three-time champion at the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Greensboro. She won the 200-meter backstroke (2:15.07), 200-meter individual medley (2:18.24) and 400-meter individual medley (4:50.42) and was third in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.46).

In 2018, she won six individual events and had two seconds in the 28th Speedo Winter Championships. She was a finalist in the 1A state championships and won a region title in the 100-yard backstroke as an eighth grader.

She broke some impressive Florida Gold Coast records in 2020. In the 400 individual medley she went 4:12.91 to break current UF swimmer and SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding’s 2016 record of 4:14.46. In the 200-yard backstroke she broke a 9-year-old record in 1:55.39, lowering St. Andrew’s alum Tasija Karosas’ previous mark by 0.94 seconds.

Fast swimming is in her DNA. Her father and Pine Crest head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny, is a two-time Olympian for Poland (1988 and 1992). At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Podkoscielny finished fifth in both the 400-meter and 1500-meter freestyles. He set an Olympic Record during the prelims heats of the 400 free, but it was later broken in finals by East Germany’s Uwe Dassler. Her mother, Dagmara, is a former Polish national team member.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Golding Sisters Compete First Time Together For Florida Gators In Season-Opener; Florida Gold Coast’s Anna Auld Picks Up First College Win

By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 2, 2021–University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2021-22 collegiate season with impressive wins over Florida Atlantic University Saturday morning at FAU Aquatic Center.

Veteran UF swimmer Kathleen Golding was joined by younger sister Molly Golding making her collegiate debut.

Kathleen Golding, 20, swam anchor leg on the third place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:48.04 with teammates Katherine Minnich, Eleanor Hatton and Kenady Bell. She also swam an exhibition 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.74.

The sisters teamed up as members of the Gators “C” 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:34.74 with teammates Aris Runnels and Mabel Zavaros. Kathleen led off and Molly swam second leg.

Molly Golding, 18, swam anchor on the Gators’ D 200-yard medley relay that finished fourth in 1:48.21 with teammates Celismar Guzman, Ellie Zweifel and Georgia Bates. She also picked up three points finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.50. She also swam an exhibition 100-yard freestyle in 55.61.

Another swimmer with SOFLO connection, Miguel Cancel, 22, was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.28 and fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.02). He also swam exhibitions in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.59 and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:04.48.

The women won all 16 events while the men won 15 out of 16 events. The Gators swept 13 out of the 32 events.

Freshman Raphael Rached Windmuller, Anna Auld, Oliva Peoples and Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero all picked up their first collegiate win at FAU. Transfer Maha Amer, won the 3-meter, earning her first win as a Gator.

Auld, a Forest Hill High School alum from West Palm Beach, trained and competed with East Coast Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s Swimming during her FGC club career. She won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.39.

Olympians Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith, fresh off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, got back in competitive waters. Finke, double Olympic gold medalist, won the 200 backstroke in 1:46.88 and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay. Smith, an Olympic bronze medalist, won the 100 backstroke in 49.26.

“Today was a good start to the season.” said Gators head coach Anthony Nesty. “This gives us a baseline that we needed to work from. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we will continue to focus on our team objectives daily.

“This meet gave the freshmen their first opportunity to travel and experience competition on the road. On Monday, we will be back to work. Many thanks to our dedicated staff who remain committed and focused on team goals. Thank you also to our Administration who greatly support our program with passion.”

The Gators next meet is Oct. 29 against Georgia at home.

Florida 655.8, Florida Atlantic 572.8

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:43.73, 2. Florida B 1:44.51, 3. Florida C 1:48.04.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:59.17, 2. Anna Auld, UF 10:06.10, 3. Leah DeGeorge, UF 10:12.25.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:49.32, 2. Nikki Miller, UF 1:50.34, 3. Gabriella Hillis, UF 1:52.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 56.47, 2. Katherine Minnich, UF 56.73, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 57.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Cecilia Porter, UF 1:03.31, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:04.72, 3. Molly Golding, UF 1:06.50.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:01.23, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 2:01.58, 3. Nikki Miller, UF 2:03.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 23.06, 2. Gabrielle Hillis, UF 23.59, 3. Georgia Bates, UF 23.89.

1-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 324.15, 2. Maha Amer, UF 297.75, 3. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 286.27.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nikki Miller, UF 51.68, 2. Kasia Sziek, FAU 53.90, 3. Michaela Bernard, FAU 55.07.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 2:01.90, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:05.77, 3. Kirsty Hobson, FAU 2:08.57.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:14.58, 2. Mary Adam, FAU 2:27.28, 3. Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, FAU 2:28.93.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Anna Auld, UF 4:51.39, 2. Maggie Casey, FAU 5:08.31, 3. Kasia Sziek, FAU 5:16.38.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.91, 2. Grace Molinaro, FAU 56.77, 3. Dolores Margni, FAU 57.85.

3-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 315.90, 2. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 294.60, 3. Elizabeth Perez, UF 287.40.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:05.16, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:11.64, 3. Grace Molinaro, FAU 2:15.41.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 3:28.63, 2. FAU A 3:35.46, 3. FAU B 3:41.67.

Florida 685.9, Florida Atlantic 589.9

200-yard medley relay: 1. UF A 1:27.95, 2. UF B 1:30.65, 3. FAU A 1:32.88.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Hernandez-Tome, UF 9:15.80, 2. Tyler Watson, UF 9:17.91, 3. Jack Van Deusen, UF 9:20.24.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 1:36.82, 2. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:39.04, 3. Adam Cheney, UF 1:40.39.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kieran Smith, UF 49.26, 2. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 51.50, 3. Dillon Hills, UF 51.58.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Eric Friese, UF 55.25, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 56.50, 3. Mateusz Dubas, UF 56.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Jace Crawford, UF 1:48.42, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:48.53, 3. Rateb Hussein, FAU 1:50.54.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Will Davis, UF 20.22, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.36, 3. Kieran Smith, UF 20.46.

1-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 351.90, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 280.87, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 257.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Eric Friese, UF 43.87, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 45.75, 3. Jackson Kirk, FAU 47.24.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 1:46.88, 2. Max Ahumada Valdovinos, FAU 1:54.63, 3. Taylor Eaton, FAU 1:55.31.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:02.11, 2. Nick Shaffer, FAU 2:09.50, 3. Quinn Lacoursiere, FAU 2:12.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Brennan Gravley, UF 4:29.97, 2. Timo Paisley, FAU 4:41.23, 3. Logan Thornsberry, FAU 4:47.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rateb Hussein, FAU 48.92, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 49.13, 3. Jake Blair, FAU 52.39.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 379.80, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 341.02, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 254.70.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:50.91, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 1:51.43, 3. Nick Shaffer, FAU 1:54.85.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 2:58.56, 2. FAU A 3:06.53, 3. FAU B 3:11.65.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Florida Gators Announce 2021-22 Schedule; SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Miguel Cancel Ready For Season

By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, August 19, 2021—Six home meets highlight the 2021-22 University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedule.

Gators head men’s and women’s swimming coach Anthony Nesty is excited about the upcoming season. He is coming off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he was Team USA assistant coach and watched his UF swimmers Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith win two gold medals and one bronze.

“The experience for me was a good one because now I’m on the other side,” Nesty said. “Obviously, I was a swimmer at the Olympics. I’ve been to several Olympics as a coach, but being there with your own athletes that you’ve coached throughout college, going to the Olympics and swimming well and getting to represent the United States is a great achievement. I’m very blessed.”

The Gators open the season Oct. 2 in Boca Raton when they swim Florida Atlantic University at 10 a.m.

The Gators’ open their home meet schedule on Oct. 29 against the Georgia Bulldogs.

On Nov. 5, the Gators will swim Florida State in Tallahassee then head to Atlanta on Nov. 18-20 for the Georgia Tech Invitational.

To end 2021, some Gators will head to Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 1-4 for the US Open. Florida divers will head to the University of Auburn for the Auburn Invitational on Dec. 17-21.

In January, the Gators have four home meets beginning with Texas A&M on Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. On Jan. 22, Florida swims Auburn at 10 a.m., then on the 29th, the Gators will host Tennessee at 10 a.m.

In February, there are two last chance meets with the first at the Auburn Last Chance Invitational on Feb. 4-6, while the second is back at home during the end of February (date and time are TBA).

Both the men’s and women’s teams will head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the SEC Championships on Feb. 15-19.

The divers will start off the month of March competing at the NCAA Diving Zones on March 6-9 in Atlanta, Ga. The women will head to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on March 16-19. The men follow on March 23-26, both held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented on the Gators’ roster. Miguel Cancel, a Gulliver Prep alum, will begin his senior season. Kathleen Golding, a Cooper City alum, will start her junior season and younger sister Molly Golding, also a Cooper City alum, will begin her collegiate career as a freshman.

Other South Florida swimmers on the roster are:

Dylan Brisco, senior, Suncoast alum, Wellington.

Jorge Depassier, senior, Cypress Bay alum, Weston.

Anna Auld, freshman, Forest Hill alum, West Palm Beach.

Micayla Cronk, freshman, Flagler Palm Coast, Wellington.

Chade Nersicio, redshirt junior, Trinity Christian, Lake Worth.

The college opened its fall semester with in-person classes, reversing itself within hours of telling students that the term might begin online because of the state’s renewed COVID-19 outbreak.

Oct. 2, at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 29, Georgia
Nov. 5, at Florida State
Nov. 18-20, Georgia Tech Invite
Dec. 1-4, U.S. Open, Greensboro, N.C.
Dec. 17-21, Auburn Diving Invitational
Jan. 8, Texas A&M
Jan. TBA, Diving Invitational at UF
Jan. 22, Auburn
Jan. 29, Tennessee
Feb. 4-6, Auburn Last Chance Invitational
Feb. TBA, Last Chance Meet, Gainesville
Feb. 15-19, SEC Championships, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mar. 6-9, NCAA Diving Zones, Atlanta
Mar. 16-19, NCAA Women’s Championship, Atlanta
Mar 23-26, NCAA Men’s Championship, Atlanta

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK: Let The Games Begin, Opening Ceremonies Friday Morning

By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, July 22, 2021—Rise and shine. Wake up early Friday morning if you want to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games.

Because of the time difference of 13 hours, Olympic fans in South Florida will have to tune in at 6:55 a.m. (which is 8 p.m. in Tokyo) to watch on NBC and its supporting platforms. An edited version will be replayed in prime time at 7:30 p.m.

The broadcast will focus on Team USA, the Parade of Nations and performances at the event. In addition to TV coverage, they will also be streamed on the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com.


Here is a cheat sheet to help you keep track of the time the difference between Florida and Tokyo, which is 13 hours ahead of us.
8 a.m….9 p.m.
10 a.m….11 p.m.
Noon….1 a.m. next day
4 p.m…..5 a.m. next day
7 p.m….8 a.m. next day


After waiting 16 months, five current and three former University of Florida swimmers, will compete in the Olympics.

The current swimmers are Americans Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke; Amro Al-Wir of Jordan, Eric Friese of Germany and Alfonso Mestre of Venezuela. The former Gators are American Caeleb Dressel, a Clay High School and Bolles Club alum; Enzo Martinez-Scarpe of Uruguay and American Natalie Hinds.

Overall, 31 Gators from 15 different countries will compete in eight different sports (baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and track and field.

In addition, UF head coach Anthony Nesty and former Gator head coach Gregg Troy of Gator Swim Club are U.S. men’s swimming assistant coaches. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel is a member of the NBC broadcasting team with Rowdy Gaines, Dan Hicks and Michael Phelps.


Designer Ralph Lauren has included air conditioners in Team USA’s uniforms to help athletes during Japan’s hot and humid summer.

The parade uniform features a new wearable technology it calls “RL Cooling.” The team’s jackets are designed with a self-regulating temperature cooling device, basically, a personal air-conditioner to wear during what is expected to be one of the hottest-ever Games.

According to the brand, the device monitors and optimizes the wearer’s temperature, activating a system when the wearer is overheated that creates a “cooling sensation” that is long-lasting, regardless of the outside temperature. The battery-powered device is placed on the back of the jacket, blasting the wearer’s neck with cold air in a similar way to how computers are kept cool.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Earns CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors

By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, July 7, 2021—University of Florida’s Kathleen Golding was named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American team for the 2020-21 season.

The award recognizes students who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at the national championship.

Golding, majoring in civil engineering, was one of 13 Gator women named to the team. Teammates Taylor Ault, Kirschtine Balbuena, Leah Braswell, Gabrielle Hillis, Madison Kolessar, Katie Mack, Tylor Mathieu, Nikki Miller, Katie Minnich, Vanessa Pearl, Amanda Ray and Lain Shahboz were also named.

Florida’s men’s and women’s teams also earned Scholar All-American honors as a team. On the men’s side, 39 Gators combined for a 3.31 GPA and on the women’s side, 36 Gators combined for a 3.40 GPA.

“Coach Anthony Nesty continues to set the standard for success both in the pool and the classroom,” CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart said. “These are some of the best ambassadors of Florida and Athletic Director Stricklin, President Fuchs, and Dr. Mike Sagas (Faculty Athletic Representative) can and should be proud of these 75 men and women.”

Highlighting the team awards were CSCAA Diver-of-the-Year Ammar Hassan (Colorado Mesa), Swimmers-of-the-Year Maggie MacNeil (Michigan) and Fabio Dalu (McKendree), and newly-named Olympians Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin) and Brooks Curry (Louisiana State) and Drew Kibler (Texas).

The award-winners studied a multitude of subjects ranging from A (Accounting) to Z (Zoology). More than a third (35%) of all award-winners are pursuing a major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. Business majors were the second-most represented with 23% of recipients followed by the social sciences (13%). The most popular majors were biology, exercise science, psychology, business administration, mechanical engineering, and finance.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), is the nation’s first organization of college coaches. The mission of the CSCAA is to advance the sport of swimming and diving with coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, Miguel Cancel Earn Second Team All-SEC Honors; Florida’s Anthony Nesty Three-peats Men’s Coach Of The Year

By Sharon Robb
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 14, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding and Miguel Cancel of University of Florida earned second team All-Southeastern Conference Swimming honors.

The Southeastern Conference announced its annual men’s and women’s swimming and diving awards for the 2020-21 season.

Golding was also named to the All-Freshman team.

For the All-SEC Teams, the first team consists of the top finisher in each event at the SEC Championships, and second team consists of the second- and third-place finishers in each event.

The All-Freshman Teams consist of any redshirt or true freshman who finished either in the top eight or is the highest scoring freshman of each event at the SEC Championships, excluding relay events.

Shaine Casas of Texas A&M was selected as the Male Swimmer of the Year, and Jake Magahey of Georgia was voted the Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year.

Juan Celaya-Hernandez of LSU was named Male Diver, while Bryden Hattie of Tennessee was named the Male Freshman Diver of the Year.

Anthony Nesty of Florida was chosen as Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year, and Ted Hautau of Kentucky earned the Men’s Diving Coach of the Year award.

“I am humbled to receive the SEC Coach of the Year Award this year,” Nesty said. “It is special to be honored in this way by your peers in the conference who also work tirelessly to reach the pinnacles in the sport.

“I am extremely proud of our men and what they have been able to achieve this past year despite the countless obstacles they encountered. They are a special group of men and it is has been an absolute pleasure and honor to coach them.”

Nesty led the Gators to their ninth SEC title in a row and 42nd title overall. At the NCAA Championships the Gators took third with 367 points, making it their best finish since 2017.

Before Nesty, former UF coach Gregg Troy won the honor the previous six times to make this the ninth consecutive coach of year honors for the Gators.

Rhyan White of Alabama was named as the Female Swimmer of the Year, and Mona McSharry of Tennessee was chosen the Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year.

Charlye Campbell of Texas A&M was voted Female Diver of the Year, while Montserrat Guiterrez Lavenant of LSU was tabbed as Female Freshman Diver of the Year.

Lars Jorgensen of Kentucky was voted Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, and Jay Lerew of Texas A&M was named Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.

MEN: Matt King, Alabama; Jonathan Berneburg, Alabama; Sam DiSette, Alabama; Colton Stogner, Alabama; Adam Cheney, Florida; Will Davis, Florida; Bobby Finke, Florida; Eric Friese, Florida; Dillon Hillis, Florida; Kieran Smith, Florida; Javi Acevedo, Georgia; Jake Magahey, Georgia; Camden Murphy, Georgia; Luca Urlando, Georgia; Juan Celaya-Hernandez, LSU; Lyubomir Epitropov, Tennessee; Bryden Hattie, Tennessee; Clayton Bobo, Texas A&M; Kaloyan Bratanov, Texas A&M; Shaine Casas, Texas A&M; Kurtis Mathews, Texas A&M; Mark Theall, Texas A&M.

Women: Kalia Antoniou, Alabama; Cora Dupre, Alabama; Flora Molnar, Alabama; Morgan Scott, Alabama; Rhyan White, Alabama; Kaila Wong, Alabama; Ashley McCool, Florida; Gabi Fa’Amausili, Georgia; Courtney Harnish, Georgia; Zoie Hartman, Georgia; Dakota Luther, Georgia; Maxine Parker, Georgia; Riley Gaines, Kentucky; Izzy Gati, Kentucky; Lauren Poole, Kentucky; Sophie Sorenson, Kentucky; Kaitlynn Wheeler, Kentucky; Savana Trueb, Missouri; Kristen Stege, Tennessee; Charlye Campbell, Texas A&M.

MEN: Derek Maas, Alabama; Matthew Menke, Alabama; Miguel Cancel, Florida; Clark Beach, Florida; Trey Freeman, Florida; Jack Dalmolin, Georgia; Dillon Downing, Georgia; Bradley Dunham, Georgia; Ian Grum, Georgia; Zach Hils, Georgia; Greg Reed, Georgia; Mingli Zhang, Kentucky; Brooks Curry, LSU; Jack Dahlgren, Missouri; Takuto Endo, Missouri; Kyle Leach, Missouri; Danny Kovac, Missouri; Carlo Lopez, Missouri; Ben Patton, Missouri; Grant Reed, Missouri; Freddie Rindshoej, Missouri; Michael Houlie, Tennessee; Jace Brown, Texas A&M; Tanner Olson, Texas A&M.

WOMEN: Tanesha Lucoe, Alabama; Kensey McMahon, Alabama; Diana Petkova, Alabama; Peyton Palsha, Arkansas; Brooke Schultz, Arkansas; Talia Bates, Florida; Kathleen Golding, Florida; Katelyn Mack, Florida; Nikki Miller, Florida; Vanessa Pearl, Florida; Jillian Barczyk, Georgia; Danielle Della Torre, Georgia; Callie Dickinson, Georgia; Bailey Bonnett, Kentucky; Caitlin Brooks, Kentucky; Gillian Davey, Kentucky; Kyndal Knight, Kentucky; Amy Feddersen, Missouri; Megan Keil, Missouri; Alex Moderski, Missouri; Meredith Rees, Missouri; Sarah Thompson, Missouri; Molly Winer, Missouri; Bailey Grinter, Tennessee; Kaitlin Harty, Tennessee; Mona McSharry, Tennessee; Tjasa Pintar, Tennessee; Trude Rothrock, Tennessee; Megan Sichterman, Tennessee; Natalie Ungaretti, Tennessee; Alexis Yager, Tennessee; Taylor Pike, Texas A&M; Chloe Stepanek, Texas A&M; Aimee Wilson, Texas A&M.

MEN: Matt King, Alabama; Eric Stelmar, Alabama; Amro Al-Wir, Florida; Adam Chaney, Florida; Jace Crawford, Florida; Leonardo Garcia, Florida; Tommy-Lee Camblong, Georgia; Jake Magahey, Georgia; Luca Urlando, Georgia; Sam Duncan, Kentucky; Zane Rosely, Kentucky; Mitchell Mason, LSU; Takuto Endo, Missouri; Freddie Rindshoej, Missouri; Bryden Hattie, Tennessee.

WOMEN: Gracie Felner, Alabama; Diana Petkova, Alabama; Maia Goldstein, Auburn; Kensley Merritt, Auburn; Hannah Ownbey, Auburn; Elise Bauer, Florida; Kathleen Golding, Florida; Cecilia Porter, Florida; Amanda Ray, Florida; Maxine Parker, Georgia; Torie Buerger, Kentucky; Montserrat Lavenant, LSU; Mona McSharry, Tennessee; Chloe Stepanek, Texas A&M.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Anthony Nesty Adds Women’s Head Coach Duties To University Of Florida Resume

By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, April 13, 2021–University of Florida women’s swimming and diving team has a familiar face as its new head coach.

Anthony Nesty, 53, after three successful seasons as the men’s swimming and diving head coach at Florida, Nesty will add women’s head coaching duties, Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin announced Tuesday.

Nesty replaces Jeff Poppell, women’s head coach from 2018-21, who left to coach South Carolina’s men’s and women’s programs.

The men’s program has won the Southeastern Conference championship all three seasons under Nesty and finished third at the 2021 NCAA Championships. With Nesty helping lead the way, the men’s team has won nine consecutive SEC titles.

Nesty will be coaching South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding and soon her sister Molly. SOFLO teammate Mallory Schleicher has also verbally committed to UF.

“I am honored and excited to be entrusted with the women’s swimming and diving program,” Nesty said. “The men’s and women’s teams have worked closely throughout my time at Florida, and I appreciate the opportunity to lead both programs. We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards and push ourselves to be excellent in everything we do.”

The women’s team finished second at the SEC Championships and 17th at NCAA Championships in 2021.

Nesty swam at Florida and was a gold medalist in the 100-meter butterfly at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1998 and UF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

Nesty has been on staff with the Florida swimming and diving program since joining as an assistant coach in 1999. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2006 and stepped in as men’s head coach in 2018 following Gregg Troy, who retired from collegiate coaching.

Florida was a combined program under Troy. Only Texas A&M and Tennessee now have men’s and women’s teams coached by different head coaches in the Southeastern Conference.

“Anthony has proven himself to be an elite head coach with his success, and I know he’ll bring the same passion and abilities to overseeing Florida women’s program as he has the men’s,” Stricklin said in a school news release.

“He has a long and proven track record of bringing out the best in Gator student-athletes and helping them reach their potential athletically, academically and as people. He is the right person to lead our women’s team and push them to achieve at the highest levels.”

Nesty, born in Trinidad & Tobago, remains a legendary national hero in Suriname, a former Dutch colony on the northeast coast of South America. He returned home after the Olympics to receive his nation’s highest honor, the Commander of the Yellow Star. The national indoor 50-meter swimming stadium and national DC-8 airplane were named after him. The Surinam government commemorated him on a stamp and on gold and silver coins.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Atkinson Among World Cup Field Racing For Prize Money; Florida Gators Open In South Florida; Poppell, Nesty Make College Head Coaching Debuts

By Sharon Robb

September 27, 2018—After missing the opening cluster, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will join the 2018 FINA World Cup Series for its second cluster Friday through Sunday in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Both the men’s and women’s fields are larger than the small turnout in Kazan and Doha. The field features 185 swimmers from around the world.

Other swimmers expected to compete are Brazil’s Felipe Lima and Eteine Medeiros, Americans Michael Andrew, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, Molly Hannis, Melanie Margalis and Kathleen Baker, Mitch Larkin, Mack Horton and Emily Seebohm of Australia, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, Yulia Efimova of Russia, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte, Japan’s Daiya Seto and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos.

Twelve events will be raced on each of the three days in Eindhoven.

Atkinson will be joined by women’s series leader Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden and men’s leader Anton Chupkov of Russia. Sjostrum earned the maximum points and earned the $50,000 Cluster One bonus after the first two stops of the short course meters series.


After intrasquad and alumni meets the past two weeks, the college dual meet season opens Thursday through Saturday across the nation including South Florida.

University of Florida men’s and women’s teams open their season Thursday at Florida Atlantic in the first meet of the season. The Gators women’s team head further south on Friday to swim University of Miami. The Gators then head to Florida Gulf Coast also on Saturday.

The women’s team begins its first season under head coach Jeff Poppell, former Gulliver Prep head coach and aquatics director. Poppell has been at Florida since 2016 serving as an associate head coach.

The Gators women’s team returns 27 letter winners including All-Americans Sherridon Dressel and Brooke Madden. The Gator men feature 14 freshmen. Anthony Nesty makes his debut as first-year head men’s coach. Nesty has spent the last 20 seasons with the Gators.

Florida International University women’s team heads to University of Miami on Saturday. Florida State is holding an intrasquad meet on Saturday in Tallahassee. Florida Atlantic will host Gardner-Webb and North Florida on Saturday.


Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, 23, is engaged to fellow swimmer Hayes Johnson. Johnson proposed at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Georgia. Johnson swam at University of Texas and was a member of the 2010 NCAA champion team. “Thank you for making this the easiest answer to any question I’ve ever been asked,” Franklin posted on Instagram.


South African Olympic medalist Cameron van der Burgh has relocated to London to train for his fifth FINA World Short Course Championship in Hangzhou, China, Dec. 11-16. Burgh said after 30 years in South Africa it was time to start a new journey. He will continue to compete internationally for South Africa…

American Heritage Plantation alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was awarded the Hummingbird Silver Award from the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago at this year’s Republic Day National Awards Function. Carter was honored for bringing national attention to the tiny island and for putting aquatics at the forefront. Carter was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games and won three gold medals at CAC. He is the first and only swimmer to medal at both the Youth Olympic Games and FINA World Junior Swimming Championships…

The 2020 Olympic Trials date were officially set for June 21-28. The Trials will be hosted by Omaha, Nebraska for the fourth time. The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo five weeks after the Trials. The Trials cuts were announced by USA Swimming during Thursday’s U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville and they are all faster than the 2016 cuts. The men’s 800 and women’s 1500 freestyle events will make their debut at the 2020 Trials. The 2018 Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. in late November will be the first meet where swimmers can get their Trials cuts.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 34: UF’s Troy Re-Works Staff; Gators Associate Head Coach Wilby Visits Coral Springs

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 34: UF’s Troy Re-Works Staff; Gators Associate Head Coach Wilby Visits Coral Springs


May 18, 2011

University of Florida coach Gregg Troy spread the coaching wealth on his staff to allow him more time to plan as U.S. Olympic men’s head coach beginning with this summer’s World Championships in Shanghai, China.

The veteran coach named Martyn Wilby and Anthony Nesty associate head coaches while removing the men’s and women’s titles because they have always worked with both genders.

The pair have also been given some of Troy’s administrative responsibilities.

“The timing of the whole issue is something we needed for the whole program,” Troy said. “It allows me as Olympic head coach a little more time to plan. It gives me more time to be on deck with the athletes personally and cover new things that will come up as part of being the Olympic head coach.”

Wilby was in South Florida this past week visiting swim clubs and coaching staffs including a stop at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

Troy said “we’re fortunately blessed with maybe the best staff in the country.”

Steve Jungbluth, former head coach at Colgate, was added to the staff last year. While the entire staff is still involved with recruiting, Jungbluth will do all the logistical work for recruiting, which is one of his strengths.

Nesty was recently named assistant coach for Team USA at the Aug. 12-23 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. It is Nesty’s first selection on a staff for a U.S. international team. The swimming events are set for Aug. 14-19.

High schools

The Florida High School Activities Association, the state’s governing body for high school sports, is cracking down on club sports connections. One of the biggest problems the FHSAA has is when an athlete transfers after competing in a club sport. Any student-athlete who plays a club sport and then switches schools to join the school coach that also coached their club will be ineligible at the new high school for 365 days. An FHSAA proposal on the table for a June vote would require coaches to confirm they have made athletes they work with on clubs aware of the policy.


SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski left Wednesday to train in Canada for the World University Games. The Arizona State sophomore born in Montreal, Canada will represent Canada in the swimming events Aug. 14-19 in Shenzhen, China. She will probably bump into Michael Phelps who plans to compete in both the Montreal Open and Canada Cup….San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, a 13-year NBA pro, was recently inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame in Winston-Salem, N.C. Before Duncan was a basketball player, he was a butterfly swimmer in St. Croix and worked with six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at the Malo Institute in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where he was born. His sister Tricia, a backstroker, was a member of the Virgin Islands Olympic team. Lohberg coached the national team. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo decimated the island including the swim club’s pool. A year later, Duncan turned to basketball and never returned to swimming. What a shame for swimming. At 6-foot-10, his wingspan is 7-3 and he would have been compared to West Germany’s “The Albatross”, 6-6 Michael Gross who had a 7-4 5/8 wing span and for ten years dominated the sport as a world record holder and Olympic gold medalist….Also in Duncan’s induction class was Olympian and Florida triathlete Hunter Kemper. Kemper, a three-time Olympian and USA Triathlon National team member, was just named the USOC’s April Male Athlete of the Month following a victory at the Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup….Former Canadian Olympic champion swimmer Alex Baumann is being treated for prostate cancer. The 47-year-old underwent recent surgery in Montreal. Baumann won two gold medals and set two world records at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Baumann oversees Canada’s elite athletes in international sport…Miami’s Special Olympics swimmer Andy Miyares, well-known at local  swim meets, is featured swimming butterfly on a Coca-Cola display in Greece grocery stores to publicize the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens June 25-July 4. He has been swimming competitively in USA Swimming and Special Olympics events since age 6.

Water polo

Stanford won the women’s water polo national title at the NCAA Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The No. 1 ranked Cardinals (28-1) defeated No. 2 California (26-5), 9-5, in the final. Stanford has 30 consecutive victories against Cal since 2000. It was Stanford’s second national title. In the semifinals, University of Southern California lost to Stanford 8-4 and UCLA Bruins lost to California, 7-4. The Bruins battled to a 4-4 tie near the end of the third quarter but the Golden Bears came up with a buzzer-beater to change the momentum. UC-Irvine won its consolation game, 15-4 over Iona College.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com