SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes First, Second On Day One Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 29, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson opened the UANA Tokyo Qualifier with a first and second in sprint events on Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Atkinson, 32, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win on U.S. soil. She has not lost the event since May 2016.

She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03 behind third-seeded 16-year-old Athena Meneses Kovacs of Mexico in a lifetime-best and 27.01.

Atkinson competes in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday. She is seeded second in her signature event behind Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swim Team tied Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, 14, of Club De Regatas Lima for second in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.59.

Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached-Florida State was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.22.

Other winners were:
Kate Beavon, 21, Unattached-Boilermaker Aquatics, 1,500-meter freestyle, 16:55.59.

McKenna DeBever, 24, Tennessee Aquatics 50-meter backstroke, 29.52, lifetime-best after being seeded 11th in 30.82.

Top-seeded Bobby Finke, 21, Unattached-University of Florida, 800-meter freestyle, 7:55.05.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico 24.00, lifetime-best and national record, 50-meter butterfly.

Top-seeded Adam Chaney, 19, Unattached-University of Florida, 50-meter backstroke 26.10.

Josue Dominguez, 24, Dominican Republic, 50-meter breaststroke, 27.98, lifetime-best and national record.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Friday’s events are: men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley.

The meet is being shown on the Pan Am Sports TV channel available on an app which can be downloaded for free on various devices.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Beavon, Unattached 16:55.59, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 17:03.70, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 17:06.14.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EMEX 27.01, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 27.03, 3. Jenny Holden, Unattached 27.20.

50-meter backstroke: 1. McKenna DeBever, TINAQ 29.52, 2. tie, Julia Podkoscielny, PC 29.59 and Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, RL 29.59.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.69, 2. Melissa Rodriguez-Villanueva, BDD 31.83, 3. Emily Santos, MVAC 32.77.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, Unattached 7:55.05, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached 7:56.94, 3. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, EMEX 8:03.20.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, EMEX 24.00, 2. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 24.15, 3. Isaac Davis, Unattached 24.18; 26. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 25.89, time drop 1.66.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, Unattached 26.10, 2. Yeziel Morales, Azura 26.13, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, OLYM 26.26, 4. Patrick Groters 26.41, time drop 0.19, 16. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 27.44, time drop 0.17, 23. Juan Colmenares, VEN 28.83, time drop 0.11.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Josue Dominguez, DOM 27.98, 2. Izaak Bastian, Unattached FSU 28.22, 3. Edgar Crespo, SA 28.23, 19. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 30.39, time drop 3.07, 26. Javier Colmenares, VEN 31.14.

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

Former Fort Lauderdale Diver Jordan Windle Wins 1-Meter; California Takes Lead At NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 25, 2021–Defending champion California overtook opening day leader and chief rival Texas Thursday in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Cal Bears lead with 230 points followed by Texas with 203 and University of Florida with 161 points. University of Miami is 19th with 19 points and Florida State is 20th with 18.5.

Texas senior Jordan Windle, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, won the 1-meter springboard title with 435.60 points, bettering his prelim total of 379.30. It was Texas’ first 1-meter title since 2012. Longhorns freshman teammate Noah Duperre was second with 405.45. The pair totaled 37 points. University of Miami sophomore Brodie Scapens was seventh with 337.15 points and freshman teammate Jack Matthews was tenth with 342.65 points.

Defending national champion California opened the night with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record 1:14.36 with relay members Bjorn Seeliger, Ryan Hoffer, Daniel Carr and Nate Biondi, oldest son of 11-time Olympic medalist and one of Cal’s most accomplished athletes, Matt Biondi.

Top-seed Florida was second in 1:14.48 with Adam Chaney, Will Davis, Kieran Smith and Eric Friese, who had an 18.38 anchor split and nearly reeled in Biondi. Florida State was 15th in 1:17.07 with Peter Varjasi, Kuba Ksiazek, Mason Herbet and Max McCusker.

Georgia freshman Jake Magahey won the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record 4:07.97. He was the only freshman in the Top 16. The previous mark was 4:08.19 set by Townley Haas of Texas in 2019.

Smith, a junior, came back after the relay to finish second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:08.07, also breaking the meet record. Gator teammates Bobby Finke was sixth in 4:11.11, Trey Freeman was 11th in 4:12.21 and Alfonso Mestre was 14th in 4:14.97 for 39 total points.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:39.53. Cal junior Hugo Gonzalez was second in 1:39.99 and Bears freshman teammate Destin Lasco was third in 1:40.01. The top three finishers all dipped below the previous pool record of 1:40.61 set in prelims by Lasco.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.33, breaking his own pool record of 18.43 set in morning prelims. Cal freshman Bjorn Seeliger was second in 18.71 and Florida freshman Adam Chaney was third in 18.88.

In the final event of the night, Texas edged California in the 400-yard medley relay. The Longhorns won in a pool record 3:00.23 with Chris Staka, Caspar Corbeau, Alvin Jiang and Daniel Krueger. The Bears were a close second in 3:00.73 with Destin Lasco, Reece Whitley, Ryan Hoffer and Bjorn Seeliger. Florida was third in 3:01.51 with Adam Cheney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and workhorse Smith. Florida State was 11th in 3:04.83 with St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian swimming the second leg in a 51.31 split.

Bastian, a Bahamian national team member, will compete in the 100 breaststroke on Friday.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams are competing. California is defending champion and Texas was runner-up in 2019. No NCAAs were held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, Texas won it four consecutive years with California runner-up those four years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s championships looks a lot different, much like last week’s women’s NCAAs.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators were not allowed to attend the meet including parents, family members and friends.

There is no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals were assigned seating in the grandstand seating area.

The meet is airing on ESPN3 for both preliminary and finals sessions.

Friday’s events are: 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and 3-meter diving.

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

NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championships Begin Wednesday; St. Andrew’s Izaak Bastian Among Field; Miami Sends Four Divers


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 23, 2021–University of California and Texas are expected to battle it out again for the men’s title at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Wednesday and run through Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The meet is expected to come down to the final relay and diving which is the Longhorns’ strength with Fort Lauderdale diver Jordan Windle, a Team USA, NCAA champion and six-time All-American.

Texas has the most qualifiers with 18, California has 15 qualifiers and seeded to score the most points. N.C. State has 14, Georgia, 13 and University of Florida, 12.

Florida’s Kieran Smith is seeded first in the 200- (1:29.48) and 500- (4:06.32) yard freestyle relay. Teammates Bobby Finke is seeded first in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:12.18) and Adam Chaney is seeded first in the 50-yard freestyle (18.76). Florida is seeded first in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:15.21.

University of Miami has the most divers qualified with four: Zach Cooper, Maxwell Flory, Jack Matthews and Brodie Scapens.

According to scoring projections, California has 449, Texas 428 and Florida 323.5 points.

Florida State has eight swimmers competing including St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, a junior, who represents the Bahamas internationally. He will compete in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams are competing. California is defending champion and Texas was runner-up in 2019. Before that, Texas won it four consecutive years with California runner-up those four years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s championships will look a lot different, much like last week’s women’s NCAAs.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators will not be allowed to attend the meet including parents, family members and friends.

There will be no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals will be assigned seating in the grandstand seating area. A team seating selection process will be conducted to allow the top 15 teams from the 2019 championship to select their seating in the grandstands.

The meet will air on ESPN3 for both preliminary and finals sessions.

Thursday’s event is the 800-yard freestyle relay at 6 p.m.

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

Auburn, Florida State Split Dual Meet; Locals Gaby Banks, Izaak Bastian, Cam Taddonio Compete


By Sharon Robb
AUBURN, Ala., January 22, 2021—Florida State men’s swim team won its first dual meet against Auburn in school history on the road Wednesday at James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

The Seminole men, ranked 15th in the nation, defeated Auburn, 180-120.

FSU’s women’s team, featuring South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks and ranked No. 21 in the nation, dropped a 186-114 decision to Auburn.

FSU men’s team remains unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“It was, of course, amazing to get the men’s first win over Auburn,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had so many of our top guys out, so this win was even more special because it was a real team effort.”

Florida State won 13 of the 16 events competed, starting off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay behind the team of freshman Mason Herbet along with juniors Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Jakub Ksiazek in 1:28.08.

Auburn women won 10 of 16 events.

“The ladies swam great today,” Studd added. “It made for an awesome day. I am one proud coach tonight.”

Florida State will return to the Morcom Aquatics Center on Jan. 27 for a meet against North Florida and Tampa at 2 p.m.

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks, who represents Jamaica internationally, was a member of the Seminoles’ fourth place 400-yard freestyle relay and fifth place 200-yard medley relay, sixth in the 50 freestyle in 23.89 and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.26.

Former St. Andrew’s swimmer Izaak Bastian, who represents the Bahamas internationally, had three firsts and one second place for the Seminoles. He won the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.56 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.13. He was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay and second place 400-yard freestyle relay,

In one of the closest women’s races, Auburn freshman Emma Steckiel won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.54, just ahead of teammate Claudia Thamm in 50.67 and FSU’s Rebecca Moynihan in 50.69.

WOMEN
Auburn 186, Florida State 114

200-yard medley relay: 1. Auburn A 1:40.35, 2. FSU A 1:40.56, 3. FSU B 1:41.65.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Averee Preble, AUB 10:01.71, 2. Colby Hurt, AUB 10:16.42, 3. Maggie Emary, FSU 10:20.32.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Hetzer, AUB 1:49.59, 2. Claudia Thamm, AUB 1:50.51, 3. Kertu Alnek, FSU 1:50.59.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emma Terebo, FSU 53.87, 2. Maddie McDonald, FSU 54.36, 3. Tania Quaglieri, FSU 54.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Carly Cummings, AUB 1:02.24, 2. Brynn Curtis, AUB 1:03.35, 3. Hanna Newby, AUB 1:04.4.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Averee Preble, AUB 2:01.73, 2. ELysse Pardus, AUB 2:02.05, 3. Hannah Womer, FSU 2:02.79.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 23.27, 2. Emma Steckiel, AUB 23.38, 3. Abigail Gibbons, AUB 23.47, 6. Gaby Banks 23.89.

3-meter diving: 1. Samantha Vear, FSU 312.75, 2. Ashlynn Sullivan, AUB 312.00, 3. Gretchen Wensuc, AUB 291.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Samantha Vear, FSU 300.00, 2. Gretchen Wensuc, AUB 266.85, 3. Maia Goldstein, AUB 265.50.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Steckiel, AUB 50.54, 2. Claudia Thamm, AUB 50.67, 3. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 50.69, 8. Gaby Banks, FSU 52.26.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Kensley Merritt, AUB 1:59.94, 2. Maddie McDonald, FSU 2:00.90, 3. Meghan Lee, AUB 2:01.25.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Carly Cummings, AUB 2:14.32, 2. Brynn Curtis, AUB 2:14.97, 3. Val Tarazi, AUB 2:16.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Hetzer, AUB 4:50.80, 2. Averee Preble, AUB 4:52.17, 3. Hannah Ownbey, AUB 4:57.71.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jenny Halden, FSU 52.66, 2. Jewels Harris, AUB 54.94, 3. Abigail Gibbons, AUB 55.02.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Hannah Ownbey, AUB 4:18.10, 2. Colby Hurt, AUB 4:21.83, 3. Meghan Lee, AUB 4:22.52.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU A 3:22.47, 2. Auburn A 3:23.71, 3. Auburn B 3:27.06, 4. FSU B 3:29.43 (Gaby Banks, Elise Olsen, Tania Quaglieri, Maddie McDonald).

MEN
Florida State 180, Auburn 120

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU A 1:28.08 (Mason Herbet, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker, Kuba Ksiazek), 2. Auburn A 1:29.54, 3. FSU B 1:30.41.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Michael Bonson, AUB 9:15.65, 2. Samuel Oliver, AUB 9:23.02, 3. David Quirie, FSU 9:23.31, 7. Cam Taddonio, FSU 9:44.54.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mikkel Gadgaard, AUB 1:36.63, 2. Santi Corredor, FSU 1:38.96, 3. Ryan Husband, AUB 1:39.75.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mason Herbet, FSU 48.09, 2. Jackson Lucas, FSU 49.25, 3. Christian Ginieczki, AUB 49.59.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian FSU 54.56, 2. Reid Mikuta, AUB 54.62, 3. Alejandro Flores, AUB 55.23.

200-yard butterfly: None

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kuba Ksiazek, FSU 20.58, 2. Thomas Heinzel, AUB 20.79, 3. Blake Moran, FSU 20.84.

1-meter diving: 1. Joshua Davidson, FSU 327.15, 2. David Vargas Garcia, AUB 325.80, 3. Logan Andrews, AUB 309.08.

3-meter diving: 1. Joshua Davidson, FSU 377.70, 2. Hunter Kebler, AUB 323.10, 3. Jesco Helling, FSU 323.03.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Max McCusker, FSU 44.40, 2. Mikkel Gadgaard, AUB 44.80, 3. Kuba Ksiazek, FSU 44.95.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Nick Vance, FSU 1:47.76, 2. Mason Herbert, FSU :48.64, 3. Elliott Jones, AUB 1:49.91.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, FSU 2:00.13, 2. Reid Mikuta, AUB 2:00.29, 3. Ty Babinec, AUB 2:03.79.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Santi Corredor, FSU 4:27.86, 2. Michael Bonson, AUB 4:28.36, 3. Samuel Oliver, AUB 4:35.22.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Max McCusker, FSU 48.11, 2. Rush Clark, FSU 49.14, 3. Christian Ginieczki, AUB 49.39.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Nick Vance, FSU 3:53.60, 2. Mikkel Gadgaard, AUB 3:53.65, 3. Santi Corredo, FSU 4:00.51, 9. Cam Taddonio, FSU 4:11.40.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Auburn A 3:02.12, 2. FSU B 3:03.80 (Izaak Bastian, Santi Corredo, Rush Clark, David Quirie), 3. Auburn B 3:04.59.

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

Team USA Shines; Bastian, Vale, Banks Finish Among Top 61 On Day Four Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 23, 2019—Team USA collected 10 more medals including four gold) and broke another World Junior Relay Record and two Championships Records on Day Four of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Friday at state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

The day started with a thrilling final in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. Japan’s Shoma Sato, the top seed in the semifinals, controlled the race until the last few meters when American Josh Matheny took the lead to win the gold medal in 2:09.40, a new Championship Record, and only 0.01 slower than the Junior WR). Sato settled for second in 2:09.56.

In the women’s 50-meter butterfly, American Torri Huske won in 25.70 ahead of top semifinal seed Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus in 25.77. It was the first medal in the meet for the small country. It was Huske’s third medal after winning a relay gold and silver in the 100-meter freestyle.

Czech swimmer Jan Cejka (CZE) won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.08. After narrowly missing the final of the 100-meter backstroke he gave his country its first medal in the competition.

Russian Evgeniia Chikunova came from behind to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.93 for her third gold medal.

After winning the 800-meter freestyle Aussie Lani Pallister had no problem winning the 400-meter freestyle final in 4:05.42, a new Championships Record.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, Vladyslav Bukhov gave Ukraine its first gold and medal in 22.13, slightly better than the fastest of the heats.

The third U.S. title of the day went to Justina Kozan in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. The 15-year-old won in 2:11.55, slightly slower than the Championship Record of 2:11.03, dating back to 2015. It was the first individual title for the U.S. swimmer.

The fourth day in Budapest concluded with the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and another (the fourth) victory for the U.S. delegation. Relay members were Jake Magahey, Luca Urlando, Jake Mitchell and Carson Foster, broke the junior world and championship record in 7:08.37.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

29. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s, Florida State, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:18.92.

46. Nicolas Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest, 50-meter butterfly, 25.83.

61. Gaby Banks, Jamaica, SOFLO, Cypress Bay, 200-meter individual medley, 2:40.05; DQed in 50-meter backstroke.

Around 800 young promising swimmers ages between 15-17 (women) 14-18 (men) are competing in the six-day competition, which has produced many of today’s swimming stars.

A total of 125 National Federations are represented at Duna Arena, the venue that staged the 17th FINA World Championships in July 2017 and has been the background to many FINA high-profile competitions since then such as the FINA Champions Swim Series and Swimming World Cup.

Daily heat sessions are at 9:30 a.m while semifinals and finals are at 5:30 p.m. The championships end on Sunday.

All sessions are being live streamed on FINAtv and daily news reports will be available on FINA website. Results are available immediately after each event on FINA website and on FINA mobile app.

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

Florida State-Bound Izaak Bastian Wins Gold Medal On Day Two Of UANA Swimming Cup


By Sharon Robb

CORAL SPRINGS, January 20, 2018—Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.23 to highlight action on Day Two of the UANA Swimming Cup at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.

The Florida State-bound sprinter has trained with St. Andrew’s Swimming since his freshman year. He has represented the Bahamas since he was 11 at CARIFTA, CCCAN, Commonwealth Youth Games, Junior Pan Pacs and FINA Junior World Championships.

The Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher won the 100-yard breaststroke title in 54.54 in his final high school state meet appearance. He set county and school records in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.19, second-fastest in state history. He was state runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.50.

Bastian has his sights set on the 2020 Summer Olympics.

“It’s the pinnacle, a great opportunity to show what the Bahamas has to offer,” Bastian said. “We’re not just a small group of islands, we can produce world-class athletes. To make it would just mean the world.”

Bastian has two events remaining on the third and final day of the UANA Swimming Cup, the 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke.

Another top FGC finisher was Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming who took a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:56.85. He has the 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle left to swim. Vale was also seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.91, ninth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.20 and 13th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.49.

Other Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago, Azura, sixth, 400-meter individual medley, 5:27.73; 19th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:19.73; 10th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:11.49. Gooding was a member of the eight place 4-x100 meter freestyle relay that finished in 4:34.58 with teammates Regan Allen, Brianna Bocage and DeNicha Lewis.

Ireyra Tamayo, Panama, Azura, sixth, 100-meter butterfly, 1:05.44; eighth, 100-meter backstroke, 1:07.93, time drop of 1.10.

Chade Nersicio, Curacao, East Coast Aquatic Club, eighth, 100-meter butterfly, 1:05.97; fifth, 50-meter breaststrke, 35.37.

Annabella Lyn, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 10th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:7.50; 11th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:14.69.

Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago, Pine Crest Swimming, 13th, 400-meter individual medley, 5:47.59; 11th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:07.98; 30th, 100-meter backstroke 1:17.61.

Gaby Banks, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club, 17th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:11.34, time drop of 0.12; 13th, 50-meter breaststroke, 37.68.

Simone Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 18th, 100-meter butterfly, 1:11.51; 25th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:24.55; 11th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.84.

Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador, Plantation Swim Team, 22nd, 200-meter freestyle, 2:20.72, time drop of 1.48; 19th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:12.76.

Sebastian Lares, Panama, South Florida Aquatic Club, ninth, 400-meter individual medley, 5:14.78; 17th, 100-meter backstroke, 1:09.82.

Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, TS Aquatics, ninth, 200-meter freestyle, 1:58.70, time drop of 0.05; 20th, 100-meter backstoke, 1:05.70.

Daniel Jacobs, Aruba, Pine Crest Swimming, 15th, 200-meter freestyle, 2:01.16.

Annabella Lyn and Gaby Banks were teammates on Jamaica’s fourth-place 4×100-meter freestyle relay that finished in 4:07.34 along with Britney Williams and Shaun Jackson.

Ireyra Tamayo led off Panama’s fifth-place 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 4:08.62 with teammates Larissa Bueno, Marialuisa Avila and Mariana Navarrete.

Racine Ross was a member of Trinidad & Tobago’s eighth-place 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 4:21.87 with teammates Jada Chatoor, Deshor Edwards and Danielle Williams.

Mexico and Brazil remain in the top two spots after two days of competition. Mexico leads with 278 points followed by Brazil with 173. Argentina is third with 154.

The inaugural Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) meet is an international age group meet featuring swimmers competing in 2,325 individual events and 140 relays. The format is a dual meet between Central America, South America and Caribbean. Neither North Americans or Canadians are allowed to compete.

Each country is limited to a maximum of six girl and six boy swimmers per age group. Swimmers have no limit in event entries but only two swimmers from each country can score.

Swimmers are competing in 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 boys and girls age group categories.

The meet is also serving as one of the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games, Pan American Games and FINA World Championships. UANA is the regional governing body for aquatic sports in the Americas and has been in existence since 1948.

The countries participating are Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and St. Vincent.

The three-day meet concludes Sunday with timed finals beginning at 10:20 a.m. followed by time trials at 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TOP 10 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 278, 2. Brazil 173, 3. Argentina 154, 4. Colombia 53.50, 5. Peru 53, 6. Barbados 51.50, 7. Trinidad & Tobago 43, 8. Honduras 38, 9. Bahamas 31, 10. Caman Islands 30.

GIRLS

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Selene Alborzen, Argentina 5:00.86, 2. Ana Hussman, Argentina 5:04.83, 3. Paulina Sansores Vega, Mexico 5:16.68; FGC: 6. Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago 5:27.73; 15-17, 1. Marie Ximena Conde Merlos, Mexico 5:00.79, 2. Andrea Marcel Hurtado, Peru 5:02.89, 3. Delfina Dini, Argentina 5:10.60; FGC: 13. Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago 5:47.59.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Sofia Desiree Laureano Perez, Mexico 1:06,76, 2. Dahlia Divana Jimenez Saldana, Mexico 1:09.19, 3. Ariana Martins, Brazil 1:09.48; 13-14, 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:02.65, 2. Celia Del Rocio Pulido Ortiz, Mexico 1:04.73, 3. Emily MacDonald, Jamaica 1:05.86; FGC: 18. Simone Vale, Jamaica 1:11.51; 15-17, 1. Valentina Becerra Quintanilla, Colombia 1:01.82, 2. Lyon Lismar, Venezuela 1:01.85, 3. Karen Durango Restrepo, Colombia 1:05.04; FGC: 6. Ireyra Tamayo, Panama 1:05.44, 8. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 1:05.97, 10. Annabella Lyn, Jamaica 1:07.50, 11. Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago 1:07.98, 17. Gaby Banks, Jamaica 1:11.34, time drop.

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Luiza Lima, Brazil 2:15.27, 2. Tania Jaqueline Naranjo Carballeda, Mexico 2:15.38, 3. Belem Santaolaya Tivera, Mexico 2:16.87; 13-14, 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 2:08.70, 2. Ana Hussman, Argentina 2:08.93, 3. Daniela Arely Flores Bautista, Mexico 2:09.34; FGC: 19. Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago 2:19.73, 25. Simone Vale, Jamaica 2:24.55; 15-17, 1. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 2:06.86, 2. Delfina Dini, Argentina 2:07.94, 3. Delahi Meza Coronado, Mexico 2:08.30; FGC: 11. Annabella Lyn, Jamaica 2:14.69, 22. Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador 2:20.72, time drop.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Emily Santos, Panama 35.15, 2. Astrid Caballero, Paraguay 35.44, 3. Perola Santos, Brazil 35.47; 13-14, 1. Selene Alborzen, Argentina 34.03, 2. Orenella Copes, Argentina 35.53, 3. Jamilah Hepburn, Bahamas 35.65; 15-17, 1. Maria Fernanda Jimenez Peon, Mexico 32.90, 2. Valenina Marcantonio, Argentina 32.92, 3. Julieta Lema, Argentina 33.82; FGC: 5. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 35.37, 13. Gaby Banks, Jamaica 37.68.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Luna Torre Ayala, Mexico 1:11.38, 2. Emilia Julieta Gutierrez Merino, Mexico 1:11.62, 3. Keianna Moss, Bahamas 1:12.50; 13-14, 1. Celia Del Rocio Pulido Ortiz, Mexico 1:06.07, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:06.23, 3. Nicole Ximena Casariego, Peru 1:08.27; FGC: 10. Adriana Gooding, Trinidad & Tobago 1:11.49, 11. Simone Vale, Jamaica 1:12.84; 15-17, 1. Andea Marcel Hurtado, Peru 1:05.10, 2. Valentina Arce Paez, Argentina 1:05.12, 3. Laura Melo Barrera, Colombia 1:05.31l FGC: 8.Ireyra Tamayo, Panama 1:07.93, time drop, 19. Victoria Abad Wood, Ecuador 1:12.76, 30. Racine Ross, Trinidad & Tobago 1:17.61.

4×50-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Brazil 1:55.90, 2. Mexico 1:57.68, 3. Virgin Islands 2:05.25.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Mexico 4:04.94, 2. Argentina 4:11.25, 3. Peru 4:18.66; 15-17, 1. Argentina 4:00.63, 2. Mexico 4:03.74, 3. Colombia 4:04.91.

BOYS
400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Maximiliano Vega Cuevas, Mexico 4:46.10, 2. Roan Baker, Barbados 4:56.55, 3. Manolo Rodriguez, Argentina 4:58.47; FGV: 9. Sebastian Lares, Panama 5:14.78; 15-17, 1. Jose David Solis, Costa Rica 4:36.22, 2. Nicolas Weigandt, Argentina 4:37.32, 3. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 4:56.85.

100-meter butterfly:

11-12, 1. Joao Pierre Campos, Brazil 1:02.02, 2. Nigel Forbes, Bahamas 1:03.34, 3. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 1:03.48; 13-14, 1. Gustavo Saldo, Brazil 57.61, 2. Gabriel Dias, Brazil 58.09, 3. Manuel Carrasco, Argentina 59.32; 15-17, 1. Guillermo Ruben Cruz Zuniga, Mexico 56.01, 2. Alvaro Octavio Ibarra Reyes, Mexico 56.21, 3. Kael Yoke, Trinidad & Tobago 56.53; FGC: 7. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 57.91.

200-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Joao Pierre Campos, Brazil 2:04.05, 2. Emiliano Moreno Viera, Mexico 2:07.13, 3. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 2:09.05; 13-14, 1. Gustavo Saldo, Brazil 1:58.56, 2. Maximiliano Vega Cuevas, Mexico 2:01.13, 3. Jesus Antonio Del Rosal Marquez, Mexico 2:02.10; 15-17, 1. Juan Morales Restrepo, Colombia 1:52.43, 2. Joaquin Daniel Vargas, Peru 1:55.22, 3. Lucas Alba, Argentina 1:55.69; FGC: 9 Luis Bucaro, Guatemala 1:58.70, time drop, 13. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 1:59.49, 15. Daniel Jacobs, Aruba 2:01.16.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Nigel Forbes, Bahamas 34.20, 2. Juan David Valverde Sanchez, Mexico 35.56, 3. Nathaniel Ochoa Neuroth, Mexico 35.70; 13-14, 1. Juan Bautista Carroccia, Argentina 30.74, 2. Rafael Rached, Brazil 30.85, 3. McCallum Clarke, Barbados 31.74; 15-17, 1. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas 29.23, 2. Guillermo Ruben Cruz Zuniga, Mexico 29.33, 3. Andres Martijena Diaz, Dominican Republic 30.19.

100-meter backstroke
11-12, 1. Zarek Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago 1:07.63, 2. Jose Miguel Nangullasmu Arellane, Mexico 1:08.80, 3. Simon Bermudez, Colombia 1:11.08; 13-14, 1. Gabriel Nascimento, Brazil 1:02.12, 2. Tristan Pragnell, Barbados 1:02.23, 3. Ramiro Faya, Argentina 1:02.38; FGC: 17. Sebastian Lares 1:09.82; 15-17, 1. Jack Kirby, Barbados 56.34, 2. Guillermo Ruben Cruz Zuniga, Mexico 58.80, 3. Anthony Rincon Velasco, Colombia 59.25; FGC: 9. Nicholas Vale, Jamaica 1:01.20, 20. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala 1:05.70.

4×50-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Brazil 1:48.13, 2. Mexico 1:54.80, 3. Honduras 1:58.26.

4×100-meter freestyle relay:
13-14, 1. Brazil 3:43.29, 2. Mexico 3:45.65, 3. Argentina 3:49.10.

IF YOU GO

What: UANA Swimming Cup.

When: Sunday, 10:20 am timed finals. Warm-ups 8:30 a.m.

Where: Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, 12441 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs

Of note: Swimmers from the Central American & Caribbean (CCCAN) and South American Swimming Confederations (CONSANAT) will compete and try to qualify for various major meets including the Pan American Games. For more information, call 954-340-5032.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Hosszu, Vanderpool-Wallace Double Winners At Charlotte Arena Grand Prix

Hosszu, Vanderpool-Wallace Double Winners At Charlotte Arena Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

May 17, 2014

Hungarian Olympian Katinka Hosszu, top qualifier in three events on Day Three of the Charlotte Arena Grand Prix, showed why her nickname is the Iron Lady.

After winning the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley on Friday night at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, Hosszu, 25, won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.66 and 100-meter backstroke in 59.64 and finished eighth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:12.86.

Hosszu now has four wins over two days.

Bahamian two-time Olympian and national record holder Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of SwimMAC won both the sprint events, the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.

After missing her heat in the morning, she qualified from the B flight during prelims and won the 50 freestyle in 24.65. She came back to win the 50-meter butterfly against an impressive field in 26.28.

Olympic superstar Michael Phelps, who won his first race Friday since coming out of retirement 18 months ago, made it back to Baltimore on Saturday in time to watch California Chrome win the Preakness.

Phelps made it to the winners’ circle again winning a trifecta during the day of racing. Phelps and his longtime coach Bob Bowman own race horses together.

In other championship finals Saturday night:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, 25, swimming the first of three events she qualified for Saturday night, won by a body length in 2:09.66. Clearwater’s Becca Mann of North Baltimore was second in 2:11.61, a two-second margin of victory. Andreina Pinto of Gainesville Swim Club was fifth in 2:13.05. Canadian Katarine Savard won the “B” final in 2:10.91, that would have placed her second in the “A” final. “I was trying to take it one at a time, I wasn’t thinking about the next race,” Hosszu said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: In a close race, 17-year-old Andrew Seliskar of Nation’s Capital turned it on in the last 50 (30.5 split) to win his first Grand Prix race in 1:57.40. Former NCAA champion Dylan Bosch was second in 1:58.34. Bolles’ Joseph Schooling, 18, was eighth in 2:03.06. “I felt pretty strong at the last turn, I pushed it under water at the last wall,” Seliskar said. “It’s really cool. You never get used to it, you come to this meet a little star struck.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 24, of SwimMAC won in 24.65, seventh fastest in the world this year and only 1/100th of a second off her best time. Training mate Madison Kennedy, 26, of SwimMAC was second in a best time 24.78 and Olympian Jessica Hardy was third in 26.46. “I didn’t feel that kind of swim coming on, I was just excited to race last night,” she said. “I just gave it all I had in my heart. I am very happy with that time.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: In an amazing race, Josh Schneider, buoyed by a great start, won the splash-and-dash and knocked off No. 2 world ranked Brazilian Bruno Fratus by 1/100th of a second in 22.17. Anthony Ervin was fourth in 22.49 and Cullen Jones was fifth in 22.81. “I have been working on my start with the weight coaches, trying to do a lot more outside of the pool,” Schneider said. “I was glad to see that come together. I just wanted to get a win after coming in second and third lots of times. I wanted to get the element of racing back and get the W.”

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Trailing going into the turn, Katinka Hosszu came off the wall hard, took the lead and built on it to win her second event of the night in a season-best 59.64, fourth fastest time in the world this year. It was just 30 minutes after her opening race. It was her fourth individual win of the meet.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Arkady Vyatchanin, 30, of the New York Athletic Club just out-touched training mate David Plummer, 28, to win in 53.81 to Plummer’s 53.86. Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich was eighth in 56.12.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Allison Schmitt, 23, of North Baltimore won in 4:08.65 ahead of training mate Gillian Ryan in 4:09.10. Becca Mann was sixth in 4:10.82. “I just wanted to see where I was in my racing,” Schmitt said. “I am really motivated and ready to train for the next two years.” Hosszu competed just 17 minutes after winning the backstroke and finished eighth in 4:12.86. Five of the eight swimmers in the final train at North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Connor Jaeger, 23, of Club Wolverine overtook early leader Conor Dwyer, 25, of North Baltimore and pulled away to win by a body length in 3:48.89. Dwyer was second in 3:50.23. “I didn’t see how fast he went out, luckily I didn’t see him, I think I would have freaked out,” Jaeger said. “I couldn’t see anyone, I wore my clear goggles. I am definitely very happy with that time after a few disappointing races.”

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: In front of her home crowd, Micah Lawrence, 23, of SwimMAC won in a season-best 2:24.68, just missing a Top 10 ranking by 1/10th of a second. Melanie Margalis, 22, of St. Petersburg was second in 2:28.39. “My 100 gave me a lot of confidence coming into the 200 because it felt so smooth,” Lawrence said. “I have been working on getting back my stroke, it hasn’t been easy.”

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Iceland’s Anton McKee, 20, of University of Alabama overcame early leader Mike Alexandrov, 29, to win in 2:13.06. Alexandrov was second in 2:13.92 and Chase Kalisz, 20, was third in 2:14.34.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas and SwimMAC won her second sprint race of the night in 26.28. Kelsi Worrell, 19, was second in 26.56. Bolles’ Carolina Colorado was eighth in 27.65.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: Venezuelan two-time Olympian Albert Subirats, 27, of Auburn Aquatics won in 24.00. Singapore Olympian Joseph Schooling of Bolles was second in 24.11.

The meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Both sessions will be live-streamed at usaswimming.org.

The Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte is the fifth stop on the six-event circuit and is loaded with Olympians and swimmers from 53 countries.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Aruba’s Patrick Groters Top Florida Finisher In CARIFTA Open Water, Bahamas Wins Team Title

Aruba’s Patrick Groters Top Florida Finisher In CARIFTA Open Water; Bahamas Wins Team Title


By Sharon Robb

April 27, 2014

Anthony Rechal of Guadeloupe had the fastest time in the open water competition at Sabana Basora, Aruba Saturday in the 29th CARIFTA Swimming Championships.

Rechal, 17, won the boys 15-17 5K event in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 12 seconds for 3.1 miles. Matthew Lyn, 16, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming was eighth in 1:13:32.

Karl Fabry, 14, of Guadeloupe won the 13-14 5K title in 1:07:51. Patrick Groters, 14, of Aruba and Pine Crest Swimming finished out an outstanding meet just missing another medal placing fourth in 1:12:11.

In the girls 15-17 competition, Joanna Evans, 16, of the Bahamas won in 1:14:34.

Ingrid Champrobert, 14, of Martinique won the 13-14 race in 1:14:51. Annabella Lyn, 13, of Jamaica and Pine Crest Swimming was seventh in 1:23:21.

Bahamas won the team title with 736 points. Aruba finished runner-up with 618 points for the first time in the country’s history. Guadeloupe was third with 540 followed by Martinique, 474, Trinidad and Tobago, 446, Barbados, 437, Jamaica 403, Suriname, 347, Curacao, 193 and Cayman Islands, 170.

Groters older brother Jordy, a member of the Aruba national team since age 11, and Pine Crest Swimming completed his seventh and final CARIFTA meet.

The University of Missouri-bound Groters won four individual gold medals and one silver, another silver with his relay, broke two meet records and posted four career-best times. Groters and Daniella van den Berg of Azura Florida Aquatics were co-captains of Aruba’s team that made history by finishing second.

“Throughout these seven years I have met and raced so many people and I am so grateful for them to have made me a better swimmer and person through the races we’ve swum and the friendships we’ve made,” Groters wrote on his Facebook after the meet.

“Above all, I am thankful to have had this opportunity to represent my home Aruba and I definitely will continue to do so on bigger scales. Aruba Swimming’s future looks great and I can’t wait to hear the success stories that follow.”

The Caribbean Free Trade Association-sponsored meet, which featured most of the top junior age group swimmers in the Caribbean, is a qualifier for both the Youth Olympic Games and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com