2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games Two-Year Countdown Kicked Off Tuesday


By Sharon Robb
PARIS, France, July 26, 2022—Let the countdown begin for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Because of the year’s delay to Tokyo 2020 caused by the pandemic, it seems like only yesterday when Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were tearing it up in the pool. Now the spectacle returns in only two years when the best athletes in the world, including several from South Florida, compete on one of the world’s biggest sports stages beginning July 26.

A hundred years after last hosting the Olympics, the French capital will again host the Olympics and Paralympic Games. Many events will take place in iconic locations in the heart of the city including the Opening Ceremony along the River Seine when athletes will be paraded on boats down the river as an expected 600,000 spectators witness the event.

“The DNA of Paris 2024 is about sport, it is athlete-centered,” said Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet. “We want to offer the best sporting conditions to our community of athletes.”

Thirty-two sports, featuring 329 events, will be held over 18 days of competition through August 11th.

Olympic officials announced the official Paris 2024 slogan which they said reflects a new era of the Olympic Games. The official slogan is “Games Wide Open.”

Estanguet released the slogan on Monday as part of the kickoff.

“Games Wide Open” is the shared slogan for both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,” he said. “Above all, since the beginning of this adventure, it is the ambition that drives us and inspires each of our actions.

“It is an invitation to the world to come and experience new emotions together. Our Games are the commitments of new experiences and big thrills. New disciplines, outdoor competitions in the heart of Paris, a unique Opening Ceremony on the Seine, the Marathon for all so that everyone can run this iconic Olympic event like the athletes.

“It’s a power. The power to open our hearts and minds, to stop seeing differences as obstacles. The power to write the greatest collective story of a whole generation, through everyone’s contribution, by giving room for everyone: all the territories, the expertise, and all those who wish to join us.

“To deliver inspiring Games that will help take the Olympic and Paralympic Movement into a new era. Bold and creative Games that dare to take a step outside the box, to challenge the current models, our ways of seeing things, our paradigms; to give us the opportunity to come together, to be proud together, to experience together. Quite simply a Games wide open.”

The official launch of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ticketing, including the full price list, will take place in December 2022.

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

Marchand, U.S. Women’s Relay Win; Dressel Drops Out Of Meet; Azura’s Morales Top FGC Finisher At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 22, 2022–It was a crazy day at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships Wednesday at Duna Arena.

In the biggest news of the day, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Caeleb Dressel withdrew from the rest of his events on the fifth day of the eight-day meet, a day after scratching out of the 100 freestyle for unspecified medical grounds.

“After conferring with Caeleb, his coaches and medical staff, a decision has been made to withdraw him from the FINA World Championships,” according to a USA Swimming. “Our priority is and will always be the health of our athletes and we will continue to give Caeleb the assistance he needs to recover quickly.”

Dressel, a Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum and 15-time world champion who won five golds at the Tokyo Olympics, scratched out of Tuesday’s 100 freestyle semifinals. He was also expected to race in Tuesday’s mixed 4×100 medley relay final before withdrawing. He didn’t have any events scheduled Wednesday.

Now, Dressel will also miss the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle, events that start Thursday, and two more relays he was expected to be a part of (mixed 4×100 free and men’s 4×100 medley).

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Azura’s Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico. He was 16th in 1:59.77 in the 200-meter backstroke morning prelims to advance into the semifinal round where he finished eighth in 2:01.47 in his semi and 16th overall. Swimming in Lane 8, Morales had the second fastest start (0.54) in the first semifinal.

In her world championship debut, Cayman Islands national record holder Jillian Crooks, who turns 16 on June 27, tied for 29th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.24 with Peru’s Rafaela Erazo. The home schooler and TS Aquatics swimmer has the 50 freestyle left to swim on Friday.

There are 23 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

FGC swimmers who competed on Wednesday:

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba (NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina), 200 backstroke, 28th, 2:05.90.

Michaela Sierra, 17, Uruguay (South Florida Heat, Azura), 200 breaststroke, 27th, 2:39.05.

Jillian Crooks, 15, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 100 freestyle, tied for 29th, 57.24.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, (Azura), 200 backstroke, 16th, 1:59.77 in prelims; in the semifinals he was eighth in 2:01.47 and 16th overall.

FGC swimmers competing on Thursday are:

Olympic bronze medalist Bruno Fratus, 32, Brazil, (Coral Springs Swim Club), 50 freestyle.

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, (Plantation American Heritage, USC), 50 freestyle.

Esteban Nunez de Prado, 18, Bolivia, (Azura), 100 butterfly.

Jenebi Benoit, 19, Grenada, (Azura), 100 butterfly.

Leon Seaton, 18, Guyana (Azura), 50 freestyle.

Jordan Crooks, 20, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 50 freestyle.

Steven Aimable, 23, Senegal, (Azura), 100 butterfly.

In Wednesday night’s final events:

200 WOMEN’S BUTTERFLY: Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 15, topped three Olympic medalists and broke her own world junior record to win in 2:05.20. She is the first Canadian to win the event at worlds. American Hali Flickinger was second in 2:06.08 and reigning Olympic champion Zhang Yufei was third in 2:06.32.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE: Romanian teenager David Popovici, 17, won in 47.58 out-touching Frenchman Maxime Grousset in 47.64 and Canadian Josh Liendo was third in 47.71. It was his second win of the meet.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE: In a tight finish Canadian national record holder Kylie Masse won gold in 27.31. American Katharine Berkoff took silver in 27.39 for her first world medal. Frenchwoman Analia Pigree was third n 27.40, the first-ever French woman medalist in the event. American Regan Smith was fifth. 16/100ths of a second separated the top six swimmers.

MEN’S 200 IM: Frenchman Leon Marchand, 20, of Arizona State, swept the medley events, winning in a best time and national record 1:55.22. He also won the 400 IM earlier in the week. Marchand was third going into the breaststroke where he overtook the early leaders. American Carson Foster was second in 1:55.71 and Japan’s 2019 world champion Daiya Seto was third in 1:56.22.

“It’s a dream for me because five years ago, I was watching this race, and I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s amazing,'” Marchand said. “And now, I can win two titles, so it’s amazing.”

WOMEN’S 4×200 FREE RELAY: With two veterans and two youngsters, the U.S. women’s team pulled off an upset win in a championship record 7:41.45. Katie Ledecky swam third leg to pick up her 18th worlds gold medal, the most of any woman in meet history. Bella Sims, 16, swam anchor leg. Claire Weinstein, 15, and Leah Smith swam the first two legs. Australia was second in 7:43.86 and Canada third in 7:44.76.

“I think we always find a way to be in the mix,” Ledecky said. “I knew that going into tonight that no matter who’s going to be on that relay, no matter who makes those spots, they’re going to step up and swim well. This was awesome. It’s so easy to get up for these relays, to not think and go. I had so much trust in these three. I think we’re always counted out, and we always deliver so I’m proud of this group.”

In the 200 breaststroke semifinals, middle schooler Sua Moon of Korea was 16th in the semis in 2:26.64. The 13-year-old also swam 1:08.50 in the 100 breaststroke heats.

Thursday prelim events are men’s 100 butterfly, women’s 200 backstroke, men’s 50 freestyle, women’s 50 butterfly, women’s 800 freestyle and men’s 4×200 free relay.

The U.S. added four more medals to its tally of 11 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze for 26. Australia is second with eight total (2 golds, 5 silver, 1 bronze).

The swimming runs through Saturday with the pool events. The aquatics championships that also features diving, water polo, high diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming end July 3.

The Olympic Channel and Peacock, on the NBC platform, is televising the finals at noon each day. A highlights show will be on NBC at noon on June 26. The FINA facebook page is also posting competition news. Canada’s CBC will also broadcast the swimming.

There are huge cheers for any Hungarian swimmers from spectators at Duna Arena. FINA, the sport’s governing body, has asked fans each day to clap rather than cheer as a precaution against coronavirus infections. There were no other requests or restrictions.

FINALS SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 23: 100 women’s freestyle, 200 women’s breaststroke, 200 men’s backstroke, 200 men’s breaststroke, 4×200 men’s freestyle relay.

Friday, June 24: 50 women’s fly, 50 men’s free, 100 men’s fly, 200 women’s back, 800 women’s free, 4×100 mixed free relay.

Saturday, June 25: 50 men’s back, 50 women’s breast, 1500 men’s free, 50 women’s free, 400 women’s IM, 4×100 men’s and women’s medley relay.

Sunday, June 26: Open water, 6K team relay.

Monday, June 27: Open water, men’s and women’s 5K.

Wednesday, June 29: Open water, men’s and women’s 10K.

Thursday, June 30: Open water, men’s and women’s 25K.

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

Milak Shatters World Record; Finke Breaks American Record; TS Aquatics’ Jillian Crooks Makes Debut Wednesday At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 21, 2022–In front of an electric hometown crowd, Hungarian Kristof Milak broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday night at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Duna Arena.

It was Hungary’s first gold medal of the world championships.

The Olympic gold medalist set a blistering pace breaking his own world record in 1:50.34. His splits were 24.19, 27.70, 28.62 and 29.83.

“Now it hurts a lot. I can’t feel my legs,” Milak said. “I enjoyed it though, especially after the race, the atmosphere and how the fans reacted.”

Milak’s previous mark was 1:50.73 set at the 2019 World Championships. The only other swimmer to break 1:52 was Michael Phelps in 2009 (1:51.51). Milak, 22, now has eight of the 12 fastest times in event history.

“I can’t really recall my swim,” Milak said. “I think I pushed a bit harder over the first 100 meters. That’s why it was so painful at the end, but I really wanted this world record, more than anything. I mean, this is my home, my pool. I train here. I race here, lane four belongs to me. I really wanted to show something big for these fantastic people. The Olympic gold means a lot, but winning here, with a new world record, in front of 4,000 people, that eclipses everything. I was driven today by the crowd.”

Frenchman Leon Marchand of Arizona State was second in a national record 1:53.37 and Japan’s Tomoru Honda was third in 1:53.61.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and University of Florida senior Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg, in his textbook comeback fashion, turned it on in the final 50 meters to win the 800-meter freestyle breaking his own American record in 7:39.36. Finke, in fourth place at the final turn, is the first American male to win the event at world championships.

“I was peeking to see how far Romanchuk was the last 100 because he started picking it up a little bit and I knew if I was going to run someone down I had to at least know kind of where they were,” Finke said.

“I was just happy I was able to hold on to a little position I had, enough room to get by them on the last 50. I think it’s just really that kind of mentality going into the last finish.”

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock was second in a national record 7:39.63.

Mykhailo Romanchuk of war-torn Ukraine took the bronze in 7:40.05 in an emotional moment for his country. During the medal ceremony, Romanchuk fought back tears and kept patting his heart.

“I hope this medal means a lot for Ukrainians because of the hard times and I show to all Ukrainians, to all people, that Ukrainians will fight to the end,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what the situation, we will fight to the end and it doesn’t matter what will happen next.”

Cayman Islands national record holder Jillian Crooks, who turns 16 on June 27, makes her world championship debut in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday. The home schooler and TS Aquatics swimmer competed in the 100 freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she finished 41st.

At the April 2022 CARIFTA meet she broke four Cayman records in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly and now owns six individual national records including the 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly. She also is a member of four women’s relay national records. Her older brother Jordan, tied for 21st in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.79 in Tuesday’s prelims.

Plantation American Heritage and USC alum Dylan Carter, 26, of Trinidad & Tobago was unable to get past the 100 freestyle semifinals on Tuesday but was still the top Florida Gold Coast finisher. Carter was 11th in 48.40 in prelims and finished 14th in a best time and national record 48.30 in the semifinals.

There are 23 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

Other FGC swimmers who competed on Tuesday were:

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba, (NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina), 200 IM, 28th, 2:04.58.

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, (Plantation American Heritage), 100 freestyle, tied with Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders for 11th, 48.40 in prelims and finished 14th in 48.30 in semifinals.

Esteban Nunez del Prado, 18, Bolivia, (Azura), 200 IM, disqualified.

Jayhan Odlum-Smith, 20, St. Lucia, (Azura), 100 freestyle, 61st 51.87.

Jenebi Benoit, 19, Grenada, (Azura) 100 freestyle, 89th, 57.03.

Julimar Avila, 25, Honduras, (Azura), 200 butterfly, 22nd, 2:17.40.

Leon Seaton, 18, Guyana, (Azura), 100 freestyle, 85th, 55.09.

Matheo Mateos, 21, Paraguay, (Azura), 200 IM, 30th, 2:04.73.

Steven Aimable, 23, Senegal, (Azura), 100 freestyle, 69th, 52.80.

Jordan Crooks, 20, Cayman Islands, (TS Aquatics, Tennessee), 100 freestyle, tied for 21st 48.79 with Carter Swift of New Zealand.

FGC swimmers competing on Wednesday:

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba (NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina), 200 backstroke.

Michaela Sierra, 17, Uruguay (South Florida Heat, Azura), 200 breaststroke.

Jillian Crooks, 15, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 100 freestyle.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, (Azura), 200 backstroke.

In Tuesday night’s final events:
WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE: China picked up two medals in the event. Yang Junxuan won gold in 1:54.92 and Tang Muhan took bronze in 1:56.25. Aussie teenager Mollie O’Callaghan, 18, took silver in 1:55.22.

MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE: American Nic Fink pulled off a stunning victory in an American record 26.45. Italian Nicolo Martenenghi was second in 26.48 and American Michael Andrew won his second world individual medal placing third in 26.72. Fink is the first American to win a world title in the event.

MIXED 400 MEDLEY RELAY: The U.S. relay of Hunter Armtstrong, Nic Fink, Torri Huske and Claire Curzan won in 3:38.79. Australia was second in 3:41.34 and the Netherlands was third in 3:41.54.

In the men’s 100-meter semifinals, Roumanian teenager David Popvici, 17, broke a second world junior record in 47.13.

In the women’s 200-meter butterfly semifinals Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 15, broke the world junior record in 2:05.79.

Two-time defending champion Caeleb Dressel withdrew from the 100-meter freestyle semifinals for “medical grounds” according to Team USA officials.

According to an official statement, “A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Caeleb, his coach, and the team’s medical staff for him to withdraw from the 100-meter freestyle event on medical grounds. The team will determine his participation in the events later in the week.” He has the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly left to swim.

Wednesday prelim events are women’s 100 freestyle, men’s 200 backstroke, women’s 200 breaststroke, men’s 200 breaststroke and women’s 4×200 relay.

The swimming runs through June 25 with the pool events. The aquatics championships that also features diving, water polo, high diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming end July 3.

The Olympic Channel and Peacock, on the NBC platform, is televising the finals at noon each day. A highlights show will be on NBC at noon on June 26. The FINA facebook page is also posting competition news. Canada’s CBC will also broadcast the swimming.

There are huge cheers for any Hungarian swimmers from spectators at Duna Arena. FINA, the sport’s governing body, has asked fans each day to clap rather than cheer as a precaution against coronavirus infections. There were no other requests or restrictions.

FINALS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 22: 200 women’s fly, 100 men’s free, 50 women’s back, 200 men’s IM, 4×200 women’s free relay.

Thursday, June 23: 100 women’s free, 200 women’s breast, 200 men’s back, 200 men’s breast, 4×200 men’s free relay.

Friday, June 24: 50 women’s fly, 50 men’s free, 100 men’s fly, 200 women’s back, 800 women’s free, 4×100 mixed free relay.

Saturday, June 25: 50 men’s back, 50 women’s breast, 1500 men’s free, 50 women’s free, 400 women’s IM, 4×100 men’s and women’s medley relay.

Sunday, June 26: Open water, 6K team relay.

Monday, June 27: Open water, men’s and women’s 5K.

Wednesday, June 29: Open water, men’s and women’s 10K.

Thursday, June 30: Open water, men’s and women’s 25K.

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

Dressel Wins Second Gold Medal; Carter Breaks Own National Record; SOFLO’s Horrego Swims Monday At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 19, 2022–Caeleb Dressel won his 15th world championship gold medal Sunday night at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Duna Arena.

The 25-year-old Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum led from start to finish with 18 strokes to win the 50-meter butterfly in 22.57, defending his title in the event.

“It was good,” Dressel said. “I knew I had to hit it. If I hit 18 strokes, I knew I had a chance to win it. I was right at 18. I was a little long on the finish, but I didn’t want to jam it. Not a perfect plan, but the best race plan I had for tonight.”

The 50 butterfly is not an Olympic event.

“It’s not an event I really train for,” Dressel said. “It just kind of comes from my 100 fly training. It’s a tricky one. My stroke is pretty long for the 50, but it worked.”

It was Dressel’s 17th world championship medal overall, the fourth most medals at worlds behind Michael Phelps (26), Ryan Lochte (18) and Katie Ledecky (17) and second gold at this meet. He also won gold leading off the winning 4×100 relay.

Ageless Brazilian Nicholas Santos, 42, was second in 22.78. American Michael Andrew was third in 22.79, winning his first long course individual championship medal.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter, swimming in Lane 7, just missed a medal placing fourth in a best time, breaking his own national record for the second time in the meet in 22.85.

Carter was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on Day Two. The Plantation American Heritage and USC alum started out strong in the event with the fastest prelim in a then best time and national record 22.87. It was the first time Carter broke 23 seconds. He came back in a fast semifinal to qualify sixth in 22.98 for the final.

South Florida Aquatic Club Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego, 23, 32nd in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.07, will swim the 50-meter breaststroke on Monday, his final event at worlds.

There are 21 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

Other swimmers who competed on Sunday with Florida Gold Coast ties are:

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, 50-meter butterfly final, Plantation American Heritage, fourth, 22.85.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, 100-meter backstroke, Azura, 32nd, 56.52.

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba, 100-meter backstroke, NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina, 37th, 57.37.

Nicole Frank, 18, Uruguay, 100-meter breaststroke, Azura, 32nd, 1:10.48.

FGC swimmers competing on Monday are:
Izaak Bastian, 21, Bahamas (St. Andrew’s, Florida State), 50 breaststroke.

Kito Campbell, 19, Jamaica (Azura), 50 breaststroke.

In Sunday night’s final events:
MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE: Italian Nicolo Martinenghi turned it on in the back half with a 30.87 split to win gold in 58.26. Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands was second in 58.62 and American Nic Fink, 28, was third in 58.65, winning his first long course world medal. British Olympic champion Adam Peaty is not competing in the meet because of a foot injury.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY: American Torri Huske, 19, flirted with the world record while breaking her own American record to win her first world title in 55.64. She was the only swimmer to crack 56 seconds and first U.S. woman to win gold in the event since five-time Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer in 2011. Marie Wattel of France was second in 56.14 and China’s Yufei Zhang was third in 56.41. American Claire Curzan was fifth in 56.74.

WOMEN’S 200 IM: American Alex Walsh went out faster than she thought she would to lead from start to finish to win gold in 2:07.13, fifth fastest swim in history. Sixteen year old Leah Hayes was third in a Junior world record in 2:08.91. Aussie Kaylee McKeown took second in 2:08.57.

Team USA won six more medals for a two-day total of 12.

Monday prelim events are men’s 50 breaststroke, women’s 200 freestyle, men’s 200 butterfly and men’s 800 freestyle.

The swimming runs through June 25 with the pool events. The aquatics championships that also features diving, water polo, high diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming end July 3.

The Olympic Channel and Peacock, on the NBC platform, is televising the finals at noon each day. A highlights show will be on NBC at noon on June 26. The FINA facebook page is also posting competition news. Canada’s CBC will also broadcast the swimming.

There were huge cheers for any Hungarian swimmers from spectators at Duna Arena. FINA, the sport’s governing body, appealed for fans to clap rather than cheer as a precaution against coronavirus infections. There were no other requests or restrictions.

Finals Schedule
Sunday, June 19: 100 men’s breaststroke, 100 women’s butterfly, 50 men’s fly, 200 women’s IM.

Monday, June 20: 200 men’s free, 1500 women’s free, 100 women’s and men’s backstroke, 100 women’s breast.

Tuesday, June 21: 800 men’s free, 200 women’s free, 200 men’s fly, 50 men’s breast, 4×100 mixed medley relay.

Wednesday, June 22: 200 women’s fly, 100 men’s free, 50 women’s back, 200 men’s IM, 4×200 women’s free relay.

Thursday, June 23: 100 women’s free, 200 women’s breast, 200 men’s back, 200 men’s breast, 4×200 men’s free relay.

Friday, June 24: 50 women’s fly, 50 men’s free, 100 men’s fly, 200 women’s back, 800 women’s free, 4×100 mixed free relay.

Saturday, June 25: 50 men’s back, 50 women’s breast, 1500 men’s free, 50 women’s free, 400 women’s IM, 4×100 men’s and women’s medley relay.

Sunday, June 26: Open water, 6K team relay.

Monday, June 27: Open water, men’s and women’s 5K.

Wednesday, June 29: Open water, men’s and women’s 10K.

Thursday, June 30: Open water, men’s and women’s 25K.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Competes Saturday At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 17, 2022–Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club competes in his first event Saturday at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Duna Arena.

Horrego, 23, will swim the prelims of the 100-meter breaststroke. It is the first of two events he will compete in. He will also swim the 50-meter breaststroke on Monday.

Horrego competed in the 2019 World Championships in South Korea, 2019 Pan American Games in Peru and 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan and was flagbearer for his country in the opening parade of nations ceremony.

Horrego is one of 21 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages. At 15, TS Aquatics’ Jillian Crooks of the Cayman Islands is the youngest local swimmer to compete at worlds. She will swim the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Other swimmers competing on opening day with Florida Gold Coast ties are:

Izaak Bastian, 21, Bahamas, 100 breaststroke. (St. Andrew’s School and Florida State)

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, 50 butterfly. (Plantation American Heritage)

Jayhan Odlum-Smith, 23, St. Lucia, 50 butterfly. (Azura)

Julimar Avila, 25, Honduras, 100 butterfly. (Azura)

Kito Campbell, 19, Jamaica, 100 breaststroke. (Azura)

Matheo Mateos, 21, Paraguay, 400 IM. (Azura)

Nicole Frank, 18, Uruguay, 200 IM. (Azura)

After twice being postponed, Budapest stepped in to host the 19th edition. Now, 130 days later, at the opening press conference on Friday, FINA President Husain Al-Musallam said these championships will show the world “that sport is back and sport brings hope.”

After the original 19th FINA World Championships were twice postponed (first, to avoid overlapping with the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, and again, in January 2022 when highly contagious Covid-19 variants extended the global health crisis), 2022 was shaping up to be a year without a major aquatic championship. Until Budapest stepped in.

The U.S. team, heavy favorites to dominate, will have several stories to follow.

No male swimmer has won three consecutive world championships in the same three events. Michael Phelps, a 23-time Olympic gold medalist, won the 100- and 200-meter butterfly in three consecutive world championships from 2007 to 2011, but never the three same individual events in three consecutive worlds.

Caeleb Dressel has that chance in his third worlds appearance. He is the two-time defending champion in the men’s 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly. He is also the defending world champ in the 50 fly. The Clay High School and Bolles Club alum is coming off the Olympics where he won five gold medals, including the 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly.

Claire Weinstein, a 15-year-old from White Plains, New York, is the youngest among a contingent of American teenagers on the women’s roster. She will compete in the 200-meter freestyle. Joining her are a pair of 16-year-olds, Katie Grimes of Las Vegas, and Leah Hayes of Sugar Grove, Illinois. Also in the teen group are 17-year-olds Bella Sims of Henderson, Nevada, and Claire Curzan of Cary, North Carolina.

Two-time Olympians Ryan Murphy and Dressel were among the five team captains selected for the 41-member U.S. team. They were also team captains at the Tokyo Games. Natalie Hinds, a 2020 Olympian, and Lilly King, a two-time Olympian, will make their debuts as captains for the women’s team. Also named as captain was 2016 Olympian Leah Smith, who served in the same role for the 2019 world championships.

The swimming runs through June 25 with the pool events. The aquatics championships that also features diving, water polo, high diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming end July 3.

The preliminary rounds of synchronized swimming got under way on Friday.

The Olympic Channel and Peacock, on the NBC platform, will televise the finals at noon each day. A highlights show will be on NBC at noon on June 26. The FINA facebook page will show the other competitions. Canada’s CBC will also broadcast the swimming.

Saturday’s opening day prelim events are: women’s 200 IM, men’s 400 freestyle, women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 50 butterfly, women’s 400 freestile, men’s 100 breaststroke, men’s 400 IM and women’s and men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Finals will be held in the men’s and women’s 400 freestyle, men’s 400 IM and relays. The opening ceremony will also be held.

Finals Schedule
Saturday, June 18: Opening Ceremony, 400-meter men’s and women’s freestyle, 400 men’s IM, 4×100 men’s and women’s free relays.

Sunday, June 19: 100 men’s breaststroke, 100 women’s butterfly, 50 men’s fly, 200 women’s IM.

Monday, June 20: 200 men’s free, 1500 women’s free, 100 women’s and men’s backstroke, 100 women’s breast.

Tuesday, June 21: 800 men’s free, 200 women’s free, 200 men’s fly, 50 men’s breast, 4×100 mixed medley relay.

Wednesday, June 22: 200 women’s fly, 100 men’s free, 50 women’s back, 200 men’s IM, 4×200 women’s free relay.

Thursday, June 23: 100 women’s free, 200 women’s breast, 200 men’s back, 200 men’s breast, 4×200 men’s free relay.

Friday, June 24: 50 women’s fly, 50 men’s free, 100 men’s fly, 200 women’s back, 800 women’s free, 4×100 mixed free relay.

Saturday, June 25: 50 men’s back, 50 women’s breast, 1500 men’s free, 50 women’s free, 400 women’s IM, 4×100 men’s and women’s medley relay.

Sunday, June 26: Open water, 6K team relay.

Monday, June 27: Open water, men’s and women’s 5K.

Wednesday, June 29: Open water, men’s and women’s 10K.

Thursday, June 30: Open water, men’s and women’s 25K.

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

Olympic Swimmers Caeleb Dressel, Lydia Jacoby Bobbleheads Unveiled


By Sharon Robb
MILWAUKEE, Wisc., February 25, 2022–The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled its limited-edition bobbleheads featuring swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Lydia Jacoby.

Dressel, a Clay High School, Bolles and University of Florida alum, is a seven-time Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder in three events.

Jacoby won a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke as a 17-year-old at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The first bobbleheads of Dressel and Jacoby are being produced by the Museum.

The smiling and wide-eyed Dressel bobblehead, with water up to his waist, is raising his index fingers on both hands over his head, signaling No. 1 after a gold-medal performance in the 100-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics. The base, which bears his name, is transparent.

Wearing a white USA warmup jacket and pants, the smiling Jacoby bobblehead has a gold medal around her neck. With her arms extended over her head, she is holding flowers in her right hand as she celebrates her victory in the 100-meter breaststroke in Tokyo. She is standing on a patriotic base bearing her name in metallic gold.

Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,020 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads, which are expected to ship in July, are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

Dressel left the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the world’s most dominant swimmer. The 25-year-old Florida native won gold medals in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. He was also a member of the 400 freestyle and 400 medley gold-medal relays to become only the fifth American swimmer to win five gold medals in a single Olympic Games since 1970, joining Phelps, Mark Spitz, Eric Heiden, and Matt Biondi. He also became the first swimmer in the history of swimming at the modern Olympic Games to win gold medals in the 50 and 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the same Olympics. That pushed his total to seven golds after winning his first two in Rio de Janeiro in the 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays.

A member of the Cali Condors in the International Swimming League, Dressel holds world records in the 100 butterfly (long course and short course), 50 freestyle (short course) and 100 individual medley (short course). Dressel won 10 NCAA titles at Florida (2015-18).

Also known for his tattoos, Dressel’s bobbleheads will include the face of an alligator on his left forearm, an eagle with the flag of America on his left shoulder, a bear on his upper left arm, and the American flag on his left forearm.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Jacoby became the first swimmer from Alaska to qualify for an Olympic Games when she qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the 100-meter breaststroke. The 17-year-old was one of 11 teenage female swimmers to make the team.

After ranking third overall after the semifinals with a time of 1:05.72, Jacoby had a winning time of 1:04.95 in the final to garner Team USA’s first gold medal. It was the first medal won by an Alaskan-born swimmer at an Olympic Games. Her time also set a new National Age Group record for American girls in the 17-18-year-old age group. On the final day of competition, Jacoby won a silver medal as part of the 400-meter medley relay.

After the Olympics, Jacoby competed in the 2021 FINA Swimming World Cup and was the overall highest scoring female American competitor in the international competition. She won silver medals in the 50-meter breaststroke in Berlin and Budapest and in the 100-meter breaststroke in Budapest. She also won a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke in Berlin. A graduate of Seward High School in Seward, Alaska, Jacoby committed to University of Texas starting in the fall of 2022.

“I am excited to partner with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in the hopes of bringing fans and fellow swimmers a smile,” Jacoby said.

Said National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar, “We are excited to release these bobbleheads of Caeleb Dressel and Lydia Jacoby who have both shined on the world’s biggest staged and inspired so many across the globe. We think these fans will love these new bobbleheads featured two swimming superstars.”

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It opened to the public on February 1, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country.

For more information call 1-800-414-1482 or email info@bobbleheadhall.com. The bobbleheads are only available in its online store.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Wins On Day Two Of USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 11, 2022—Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club had no problem winning his signature event Friday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Tokyo Olympian for Honduras, won in 1:02.23 ahead of Luca Pfyffer, 26, swimming unattached in 1:03.48 and Dario Martin, 17, of Olympus Swimming Club in 1:04.43. Like Katie Ledecky, he also swam faster then he did in Tokyo where he went 1:02.45 in the early heats.

On opening day, Horrego was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.42 behind U.S. Olympians Michael Andrew (27.79) and Caeleb Dressel (28.22). He has the 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke left to swim.

SOFLO teammates Olivia Dinehart finished eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.60 and Mallory Schleicher was ninth in the 400 IM in 5:01.34. Enrique Rodriguez, 17, had a nice drop of 4.73 seconds in the 400-meter individual medley to finish 15th in 4:46.53. His previous best was 4:51.26.

In only her second meet since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Katie Ledecky did it again. Ledecky, 24, swimming unattached for Gainesville Swim Club where she trains and coaches, swam and won the 200-meter freestyle in a faster time than she did at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After going 1:56.09 in morning prelims, she went 1:54.66 in finals. Her Olympic finish was 1:55.21. Ledecky also won the 400 IM in 4:39.68, her first appearance in the event since 2019.

Ledecky has the 400 and 1500 freestyle left to swim.

In other finals:
Olympian Caeleb Dressel won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.96 and 100-meter butterfly in 51.95. It was his first time swimming the events since Tokyo.

Virginia-bound Zoe Skirboll won the 100-meter breaststoke in 1:10.47 just ahead of Azura’s Nicole Frank in 1:10.87.

In her only event of the meet, Canadian Olympian Summer McIntosh won the 100-meter butterfly in 59.28, the only swimmer to go under 1 minute. It was her first time cracking 1 minute.

Bolles’s Michael Mullen led from start-to-finish to win the 400 IM in 4:29.68.

Sarasota Sharks won the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay in a meet record 8:20.60 with Gracie Weyant, Addison Sauickie, Michaela Mattes and Bailey O’Regan. SOFLO was fifth in 8:41.58 with Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny and Mallory Schleicher. Bolles won the men’s relay in 7:45.42 ahead of Azura in 7:48.11.

The Speedo Championship Series four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m., time trials at 1:30 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO has 34 swimmers qualified in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

Defending champion SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 1:54.66, 2. Natalie Hinds, UN 2:00.60, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 2:00.91; SOFLO: 18. Maddy Smutny 2:06.99; FGC: 5. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 2:03.33, 7. Ella Martinez, SAS 2:04.65, 13. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:06.40, 19. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 2:07.68, 21. Brynn Stoneburg, TCA 2:08.72, 22. Mariana Cote, MWA 2:09.46.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoe Skirboll, RXA 1:10.47, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 1:10.87, 3. Gracie Weyant, SYS 1:11.87; SOFLO: 8. Olivia Dinehart 1:14.60; FGC: 5. Micaela Sierra, Azura 1:12.94, 17. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 1:15.26, 21. Kate Kaplan, CC 1:16.85.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Summer McIntosh, Canada 59.28, 1. Addison Reese, LAK 1:01.08, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 1:01.36; SOFLO: 21. Elena Dinehart 1:04.94; FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.68, 11. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 1:03.79, 12. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:04.10.

400 IM: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 4:39.68, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:48.33, 3. Megan Wheeler, NKB 4:50.22; SOFLO: 9. Mallory Schleicher 5:01.34, 21. Olivia Dinehart 5:12.78; FGC: 7. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 4:59.12, 10. Mariana Cote, MWA 5:03.88.

800 freestyle relay: 1. Sarasota Sharks 8:20.60, 2. Bolles 8:37.63, 3. Nepean Kanata Barracudas 8:38.62, 4. Azura 8:41.36, 5. SOFLO 8:41.58, 15. SOFLO B 9:07.43.

MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, GSC 1:49.96, 2. Andres Cabrera, Bolles 1:52.51, 3. Kayden Lancaster, Bolles 1:54.45; FGC: 11. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:57.02, 19. Landon Kyser, HAT 1:57.00, 22. Kyle Korvick, GRSC 1:58.14, 23. Esteban Del Prado, Azura 2:00.70.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:02.23, 2. Luca Pfyffer, UN 1:03.48, 3. Dario Martin OSC 1:04.43; SOFLO: 15. Javier Colmenares 1:08.03; FGC: 5. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:05.06, 16. Chase Foulds, SAS 1:08.07.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, GSC 51.95, 2. Mitchell Ledford, TCS 54.35, 3. Martin Espernberger, Bolles 54.63; FGC: 4. Davidson Vincent, Azura 55.14, 6. Yeziel Morales, Azura 55.60, 8. Esteban Del Prado, Azura 59.20, 9. Leif Bouwman, UN 56.18, 10. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 56.26, 12. Gabriel Araya, Azura 57.07, 18. Landon Kyser, HAT 58.06.

400-meter IM: 1. Michael Mullen, Bolles 4:29.68, 2. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 4:30.57, 3. Mark Szarnek, GSC 4:31.30; SOFLO: 15. Enrique Rodriguez 4:46.53, 4.73 time drop, 22. Adrian Hernandez 4:53.05, 23. Javier Colmenares 4:53.07; FGC: 4. Dario Martin, OSC 4:33.36, 10. Alessandro Pereira, Azura 4:41.11, 21. Nikita Efimov, OSC 4:52.63.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 7:45.42, 2. Azura 7:41.11, 3. Trinity Prep 7:51.08, 9. SOFLO A 8:11.21 (Alex Golding, Wisthon Rendon, Javier Roman, Enrique Rodriguez) 11. SOFLO B 8:18.31 (Aldo Zepeda, Adrian Hernandez, Austin Nelson, Ivan Grass).

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

Ledecky Swims Faster Than She Did At Olympics; Horrego, Roche Top SOFLO Finishers At Southern Zone South Sectionals


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 10, 2022—Julio Horrego and Ricardo Roche were South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finishers Thursday at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Olympian for Honduras, was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.42 behind U.S. Olympians Michael Andrew (27.79) and Caeleb Dressel (28.22).

Horrego has the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke left to swim.

Roche, 22, was sixth in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 27,82, dropping 0.18. He has the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM and 200 backstroke remaining.

In only her second meet since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Katie Ledecky took center stage. Ledecky, 24, swimming unattached for Gainesville Swim Club where she trains and coaches, is showing she can get faster than she did at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:11.83, shaving 0.74 off her previous best and 7/10ths faster than the 8:12.57 she swam for Olympic gold. She negative split the race in 4:05.98 and 4:05.85.

Ledecky is the only woman to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 800 and only American woman to three-peat in any Olympic swimming event.

Ledecky has the 200, 400 and 1500 freestyle and 400 IM left to swim.

A pair of 17-year-olds were among the top three finishers. Michaela Mattes of Sarasota Sharks was second in a best time 8:44.22, dropping 3.57. Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast was third in 8:48.70.

Isabelle Wilson, 15, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing 16th in a best time 9:17.24, dropping an impressive 8.43 seconds.

Stanford-bound Liam Custer, 17, of Sarasota Sharks won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:06.79, dropping 2.90 seconds.

Enrique Rodriguez, 17, was SOFLO’s top finisher in 19th place in a best time 8:49.89, dropping 5.54.

Florida Gold Coast’s top finishers were individual champions and Azura teammates Nicole Frank Rodriguez in the 50-meter breaststroke in 32.63 and Yeziel Morales in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.72.

In other finals:

Olympian Natalie Hinds, 28, won the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 26.35, dropping 0.82. Azura’s Sirena Rowe, 23, was second in 27.28, also a best time, dropping 0.23. Metro Aquatics’ Sofia Judge, 13, was third in 27.61. Jorge is now the second-fastest 13-year-old American in history behind Olympian Dana Vollmer who swam 27.42 at age 13.

Olympic teammates Caeleb Dressel and Michael Andrew went head-to-head with Dressel winning the 50-meter butterfly, 23.44-23.68 and in the 50-meter breaststroke with Andrew winning, 27.79-28.22.

University of Cincinnati-bound Grace Gavin of Loggerhead Aquatics won the 50-meter backstroke in 29.87.

The Speedo Championship Series four-day meet continues Friday with prelims at 9 a.m., time trials at 1:30 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO has 34 swimmers qualified in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

Defending champion SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, UN 8:11.83, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 8:44.22, 3. Blair Stoneburg, TCA 8:48.70; SOFLO: 16. Isabelle Wilson 9:17.24, time drop 8.43, 25. Mallory Schleicher 9:32.05; FGC: 10. Mariana Cote, MWA 9:08.54, 11. Brynn Stoneburg, TCA 9:10.11; 24. Britta Schwengle, Azura 9:30.17, 34. Fatima Portillo, Azura 9:48.48, 35. Samira Zambrano, MWA 9:49.47.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Natalie Hinds, UN 26.35, 2. Sirena Rowe, Azura 27.28, 3. Sofia Jorge, Metro Aquatics 27.61; FGC: 5. Julimar Avila 28.14, 9. Nicole Aguilar 28.72, 18. Riley McCormick, CSSC 29.41, 25. Leorah Rotchin, WOW 29.73, 32. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 30.23, 33. Kiara Caamano, JUP 30.24, 34. Teresa Landron, SUN 30.26, 36. Kate Kaplan, CC 30.29, 41. Reese Andres, SAS 30.42, 45. Isabel Kauppi, JUP 30.77, 46. Natalia Ortiz, MWA 30.79, 48. Cassia Flynn, CSSC 30.88, 49. Brianna Hernandez, MWA 30.91, 50. Samira Zambrano, MWA 30.92, 58. Maria Perez, MWA 31.24.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Grace Gavin, LA 29.87, 2. Taylor Schwenk, SRQ 29.94, 3. Annie Wohlgemuth, PSA 30.22; FGC: 9. Carolyn Powell, CSSC 31.11, 17. Samantha Schoenborn, SAS 31.86, 22. Nicol Bellardi, MWA 32.34, 23. Britta Schwengle, Azura 32.43, 24. Cassia Flynn, CSSC 32.51, 32. Amber Candido, CSSC 32.85.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 32.63, 2. Michaela Sierra, Azura 32.84, 3. Zoe Skirboll, RXA 32.89;SOFLO: 11. Ana Villamil 34.70, time drop 1.24, 12. Sophia Grubbs 34.71, time drop 0.27, 43. Mariann Catalasan 36.91, time drop 1.30, 45. Sabrina Osorio 36.94, time drop 0.82, 66. Dahlia Hirsh 38.10, 71. Sally Golding 38.50, 81. Elise Dinehart 39.46; FGC: 6. Kate Kaplan, CC 33.84, 9. Victoria Torres, MWA 34.03, 10. Reese Andres, SAS 34.45, 34. Leslie Dame, CANE 36.13, 41. Corina Wong, MWA 36.82, 44. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 37.15, 50. Brianna Hernandez 37.21, 65. Hope Suther, CSSC 37.98, 67. Faith Suther, OSC 38.27.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Liam Custer, SYS 8:06.79, 2. Aryan Nehra, UN 8:17.04, 3. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 8:17.89; SOFLO: 19. Enrique Rodriguez 8:49.89, time drop 5.54;FGC: 17. Alessandro Pereira 8:46.44; 24. Max Fermayer, Azura 8:57.96.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, GSC 23.44, time drop 0.54, 2. Michael Andrew, MASA 23.68, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 24.85; SOFLO: 44. Manuel Melendez 27.62; FGC: 6. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 25.16, 9. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 25.43, 12. Gabriel Araya, Azura 25.64, 21. Nikita Efimov, OSC 26.58, 39. Jenebi Benoit, Azura 27.48, 42. Alfredo Dominguez, BMHG 27.54, 46. Gustavo Tunon, MWA 27.82, 47. Alejandro Alvarez, CSSC 27.93, 48. Chase Foulds, SAS 27.95, 51. Leon Seaton, Azura 28.49.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 26.72, 2. Luigi Franco, TPA 27.10, 3. Felipe Costa, TPA 27.51; SOFLO: 6. Ricardo Roche 27.82, time drop 0.18, 12. Aldo Zepeda 28.51, 16. Wisthon Rendon 29.07; FGC: 8. Patrick Doyle, SUN 28.10, 19. Michele Vandenbossche, Azura 29.44, 21. Alejandro Alvarez, CSSC 29.70.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, MASA 27.79, 2. Caeleb Dressel, GSC 28.22, 3. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 28.42; SOFLO: 15. Javier Colmenares 31.28, 27. Manuel Melendez 32.03, time drop 0.94, 30. Alex Golding 32.19, time drop 1.77, 31. Lucas Young, CANE 32.34, 40. Derek Hau 33.20, 41. Javier Roman 33.21; FGC: 5. Dario Martin, OSC 30.25, 7. Joshua Gluzman, SAS 30.41, 10. Pete Pokatragool, SAS 30.76, 22. Chase Foulds, SAS 31.59, 29. Daniel Gertsik, SAS 32.13, 33. Wilson Ward, CSSC 32.61, 44. Daniel Shipman 33.30, 60. Diego Villalonga, MWA 34.48.

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

SOFLO Heads To USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships To Race Star-Studded Field


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 8, 2022—Two-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club continues the championship season at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships.

The Speedo Championship Series four-day meet begins Thursday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Two sessions will open the meet with the combined 800-meter freestyle with a 3:15 p.m. start and 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke with a 6 p.m. start.

SOFLO has 34 swimmers qualified in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

The field features a Who’s Who in swimming with U.S. Olympians Katie Ledecky, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Natalie Hinds, Brazilian Olympian Bruno Fratus and Haitian Olympian Davidson Vincent heading the field.

In a fun opening matchup in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky, swimming unattached for Gainesville Swim Club (8:12.57) where she now trains and coaches, will go head-to-head with Swimmer of the Year Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast Aquatics (8:45.23). University of Florida-bound Mallory Schleicher of SOFLO is seeded seventh in 9:03.34. Ledecky and Stoneburg will go at it again in the 1500 freestyle.

SOFLO’s Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego is seeded second (27.81) behind U.S. Olympian Michael Andrew (26.84) in the 50-meter breaststroke. Horrego is seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.18.

SOFLO’s Maddy Smutny, 16, is seeded first in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.37 ahead of Azura’s Julimar Avila, 25, in 2:15.36. Schleicher is seeded third in the 400 IM in 4:53.96 and fifth in the 400 freestyle in 4:21.95. Elena Dinehart was seeded fourth in the 200 backstroke in 2:17.97. Olivia Dinehart is seeded fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:34.85.

Other SOFLO swimmers qualified are: Mariano Catalasan, 15; Javier Colmenares, 15; Gabriella DeLuna, 15; Elena Dinehart, 17; Elise Dinehart, 13; Olivia Dinehart, 17; Hashan Ekanayake, 15; Natalie Gembicki, 16; Alex Golding, 17; Sally Golding, 17; Ivan Grass, 16; Sophia Grubbs, 16; Zackary Harris, 17; Derek Hau, 14; Adrian Hernandez, 16; Dahlia Hirsh, 15; Stephen Kim, 16; Alejandro Mateus, 16; Manuel Melendez, 18; Alexander Miller, 15; Austin Nelson, 16; Sabrina Osorio, 17; Sara Quintero, 18; Wisthon Rendon, 17; Ricardo Roche, 22; Enrique Rodriguez, 17; Javier Roman, 18; Nicolas Sachade, 15; Ana Villamil, 16; Isabelle Wilson, 15; and Aldo Zepeda, 16.

Other top teams competing are Bolles, Azura Florida Aquatics, Gainesville Swim Club, Clearwater Aquatic Team, Flood Aquatics Swim Team, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sarasota Sharks and Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team.

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

Energy Standard Captures Second International Swimming League Title


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, December 4, 2021—Energy Standard knocked off defending champion Cali Condors to win its second International Swimming League title in three years Saturday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

Energy Standard, 19-point leaders after the opening day, clinched the title with 534 points. Cali Condors were runner-up with 522 followed by London Roar with 393.5 and LA Current with 305.5.

SOFLO five-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of London Roar was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.85. Cali Condors’ Lilly King won in 1:03.75. It was King’s 18th ISL win in her specialty event.

London teammate Dylan Carter, two-time Olympian for Trinidad & Tobago, was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 46.45. He split 23.89 on the back half. He was also third in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.36.

Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard was selected the ISL MVP for the second time in three years. She was also the championship finals MVP. The Swedish Olympian won $120,000 in MVP prize money ($100,000 for the season and $20,000 for the finals). She scored 61 points in the match and 511.5 points for the entire season.

Other winners were:
Siobhan Haughey of Energy Standard became the first woman to break 51 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, winning in 50.79, an Asian and ISL record. Teammate Sarah Sjostrom was second in 51.26.

Kyle Chalmers of London Roar came from behind to win the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 45.73.

Hali Flickinger of Cali Condors won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.73. She also won the 400 individual medley in 4:29.92.

Teppei Morimoto of London Roar won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.44 just ahead of Chad Le Clos of Energy Standard in 1:50.97.

Ingrid Wilm of LA Current won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.73.

Evgeny Rylov of Energy Standard won the 100-meter backstroke in 48.94.

Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard won the 100-meter individual medley in 57.46, fastest time of the season.

Caeleb Dressel of Cali Condors won the 100-meter individual medley in 50.74.

Cali Condors’ Nic Fink won the 100-meter breaststroke in 55.56 breaking his own American short course record by 6/10ths of a second.

Kelsi Dahlia of Cali Condors won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.86.

Ben Proud of Energy Standard won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.18 ahead of LA Current’s Tom Shields in 22.27.

Siobhan Haughey of Energy Standard won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.04.

Townley Haas of Cali Condors won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:42.18.

Energy Standard won the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay in an ISL record 3:30.94 with Evgeny Rylov, Ilya Shymanovich, Anastasiya Shkurdai and Sarah Sjostrom. It is an unofficial world record since FINA does not keep world records for short course mixed medley relays.

Duncan Scott of London Roar won the men’s 400 individual medley in 4:03.24.

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