California Bears Win NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship; Florida’s Bobby Finke Wins; Miami’s Zach Cooper Second


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 26, 2022—California dethroned rival and defending champion Texas to win the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Cal Bears won with 487.5 points followed by Texas with 436.5 and Florida with 374 points. Cal pulled away after scoring 53 points in the 200 backstroke for a comfortable margin of victory.

Cal has now won seven NCAA men’s titles, five under head coach Dave Durden. The Bears have finished in the top two every year except 2009 and 2009 and no lower than fourth in other seasons under Durden.

University of Florida senior and two-time Olympic gold medalist Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:22.08, the fifth fastest time ever and his second consecutive 1,650 NCAA title.

“I’ll be honest, that race was one of the sloppiest miles I’ve ever done, so I’m not really happy with how it went,” Finke said after the race. “I’m glad I got the win and the points for the Gators, but individually, I don’t think it’s the best performance I could have had.”

University of Miami senior diver Zach Cooper was second on 10-meter platform with 443.05 points just behind Purdue freshman Tyler Downs with 447.20. Cooper missed his sixth dive and had to settle for second. Florida junior Leonardo Garcia was fourth with 406.05.

In other individual events:

Cal sophomore Destin Lasco, fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:37.71 and was his team’s only individual winner on the final night.

LSU junior sprinter Brooks Curry won the 100-yard freestyle in 40.84 to complete his sweep.

Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:48.20 just ahead of Minnesota’s Max McHugh in 1:48.76 for his second title of the meet.

Brendan Burns of Indiana won the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:38.71, ahead of Georgia’s Luca Urlando in 1:38.82 to become the first Indiana swimmer to win the event since 1973 when Gary Hall Sr. did it. Before that it was Mark Spitz in 1971 and 1972. It was Burns first NCAA title.

In a thrilling final event, Texas, buoyed by anchor Danny Krueger, won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:46.03 ahead of Arizona State in 2:46.40 and California in 2:46.42.

ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

SATURDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS:
1. California 487.5, 2. Texas 436.5, 3. Florida 374, 4. N.C. State 291, 5. Indiana 265, 6. Arizon State 236, 7. Stanford 231, 8. Georgia 194, 9. Ohio State 165, 10. Virginia 154.5, 23. University of Miami 31.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 14:22.28, time drop 5.42, 2. Will Gallant, NC State 14:31.34, 3. Ross Dant, NC State 14:31.72.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Destin Lasco, CAL 1:37.71, 2. Carson Foster, TEX 1:38.77, 3. Daniel Carr, CAL 1:39.06, 4. Kieran Smith, UF 1:39.39.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Brooks Curry, LSU 40.84, 2. Bjorn Seeliger, CAL 41.00, 3. Andrei Minakov, STAN 41.09.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Leon Marchand, ASU 1:48.20, 2. Max McHugh, MINN 1:48.76, 3. Matt Fallon, PENN 1:49.16.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Brendan Burns, IU 1:38.71, 2. Luca Urlando, UGA 1:38.82, 3. Nicolas Albiero, LOU 1:38.88.

Platform diving: 1. Tyler Downs, PUR 447.20, 2. Zach Cooper, UM 443.05, 3. Bryden Hattie, TENN 418.70, 4. Leonardo Garcia, UF 406.05.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Texas 2:46.03 (Drew Kibler, Cameron Auchinachie, Caspar Corbeau, Danny Krueger), 2. Arizona State 2:46.40, 3. California 2:46.42, 6. Florida 2:47.39 (Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Macguire McDuff, Kieran Smith), 17. Florida State 2:50.99.

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

Florida Gators Third After Day Three Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 25, 2022—University of Florida dropped to third place after Friday’s action at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Gators, buoyed by their relay performances, are third with 272 points. California moved into is first from third with 320.5 followed closely by early leader Texas with 313.

Florida was third behind California and Indiana in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:01.00 with Adam Cheney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and Kieran Smith.

Cal senior Hugo Gonzalez won the 400-yard individual medley in 3:32.88, an NCAA record, meet record, U.S. Open and pool records. Arizona State freshman sensation Leon Marchand was second in 3:34.08 after winning the 200 IM in the fastest time ever.

Stanford freshman Andrei Minakov, fastest swimmer in the morning, won the 100-yard butterfly in a pool record 43.71.

Texas senior and top seed Drew Kibler came on in the second half of the 200-yard freestyle to win in a pool record 1:30.68. Defending champion Kieran Smith faltered to fifth in 1:31.27.

Minnesota senior Max McHugh won the 100-yard breaststroke in a pool record 49.90. He was the only swimmer to dip under 50 seconds.

After finishing second last year, N.C. State junior Kacper Stokowski rallied late in the race to stun the field and win the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 44.04. Indiana’s Brendan Burns, top seed after morning prelims, was second in 44.15.

Texas A&M senior Kurtis Mathews won the 3-meter springboard diving title with 466.85 points.

Individual event competition concludes on Saturday. The top 16 advance from morning prelims to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

ESPN3 is providing digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1,650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

FRIDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. California 320.5, 2. Texas 313, 3. Florida 272, 4. N.C. State 214, 5. Indiana 183, 6. Arizona State 167, 7. Stanford 159, 8. Georgiua 150, 9. tie, Louisville, Ohio State 108.
400-yard individual medley: 1. Hugo Gonalez, CAL 3:32.88, 2. Leon Marchand, ASU 3:34.08, 3. Carson Foster, TEX 3:35.09, 4. Bobby Finke, UF 3:36.83.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Andrei Minakov, STAN 43.71, 2. Luca Urlando, UGA 43.80,3. Youssef Ramadan, VT-VA 43.90.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kiblar, TEX 1:30.28, 2. Grant House, ASU 1:30.68, 3. Matthew Sates, UGA 1:30.72, 5. Kieran Smith, UF 1:31.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Max McHugh, MINN 49.90, 2. Caspar Corbeau, TEX 50.49, 3. Liam Bell, CAL 50.50. 6. Dillon Hillis, UF 51.24.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kacper Stokowski, NCS 44.04, 2. Brendan Burns, IU 44.15, 3. Adam Chaney, UF 44.35.

3-meter diving: 1. Kurtis Mathews, TAM 466.85, 2. Andrew Capobianco, IU 462.10, 3. Juan Hernandez, LSU 459.20

400-yard medley relay: 1. California 3:00.36,2. Indiana 3:00.76, 3. Florida 3:01.00 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Kieran Smith), 27. Florida State 3:07.63 (Mason Hebert, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker, Peter Varjasi).

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

Freshmen Steal Spotlight, Florida Wins Second Relay On Day Two Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 24, 2022—Freshmen swimmers took center stage Thursday at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Georgia freshman Matthew Sates broke the meet and pool record in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:06.61. Sophomore teammate Jake Magahey was second in 4:07.39 and Texas freshman Luke Hobson was third in 4:08.42. Olympian and early leader Kieran Smith of Florida was fourth in 4:08.68.

Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand became the first swimmer to go under 1:38 in the 200-yard individual medley. He won in 1:37.69 breaking Caeleb Dressel’s U.S. Open record of 1:38.13. His splits were 21.42, 24.32, 28.41 and 23.54.

Purdue freshman diver Tyler Downs won the 1-meter springboard title with 383.65 points.

LSU junior Brooks Curry won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.56, 3/100ths of a second ahead of Bjorn Seeliger of California in 18.59.

In a thrilling final event, Florida won the 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record 1:14.11 ahead of California (1:14.36) and Texas (1:14.41). The Gator relay swimmers were Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Will Davis and Smith swimming anchor in 18.59. It was the Gators’ second relay win of the meet.

Individual event competition continues Friday morning. The top 16 advance to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

ESPN3 is providing digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.

Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

THURSDAY RESULTS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Matthew Sates, UGA 4:06.61,2. Jake Magahey, UGA 4:07.39, 3. Luke Hobson, TEX 4:08.42, 4. Kieran Smith, UF 4:08.68, 7. Alfonso Mestre, UF 4:11.98, 10. Bobby Finke, UF 4:11.74, 11. Trey Freeman, UF 4:12.70.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Leon Marchand, ASU 1:37.69, 2. Destin Lasco, CAL 1:38.21, 3. Luca Urlando, UGA 1:39.22.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Brooks Curry, LSU 18.56, 2. Bjorn Seeliger, CAL 18.59, 3. Jordan Crooks, TENN 18.60, 9. Adam Chaney, UF 18.75, 11. Will Davis, UF 18.99.

1-meter diving: 1. Tyler Downs, PUR 383.65, 2. Jordan Rzepka, PUR 372.60, 3. Conor Casey, STAN 370.55.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida 1:14.11 (Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Will Davis, Kieran Smith), 2. California 1:14.36, 3. Texas 1:14.41.

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

Texas Longhorns Win NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 27, 2021–On an exciting final day, Texas knocked off defending champion California to win the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Texas, leading by 42 points going into the fourth and final day, took back the title with 595 points. It was the Longhorns and head coach Eddie Reese’s 15th national championship in the program’s history and sixth in the last 11 years.

Reese, the most decorated coach in NCAA history, is in his 43rd season coaching the Longhorns. He has now won a national title in five different decades.

Texas is the first team since Auburn in 2006 to win the men’s national title without winning an individual swimming event. But all 20 of its swimmers scored points in every individual and relay event.

California finished in the top two with 568 points for the 11th consecutive year. 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.

Rounding out the top five teams on Saturday night, University of Florida was third with 367 for its first top four finish since 2017; Georgia was fourth with 268 for its first top four finish since 1997; and Louisville fifth with 211 for the second consecutive year. University of Miami was 19th with 54 points. Florida State was 23rd with 32.5.

Florida junior Bobby Finke won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a meet and pool record 14:12.52. The meet record was 14:22.41 set by Clark Smith of Texas in 2017. The pool record was 14:23.52 set by Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine in 2014.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:35.75, breaking the pool record of 1:37.19 set in morning prelims by Cal’s Destin Lasco, who finished second in finals in 1:35.99.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer won the 100-yard freestyle in a pool record 40.89 breaking his own pool record set in prelims in 40.90. Florida’s Kieran Smith was sixth in 41.89.

Minnesota junior Max McHugh won the 200-yard breaststroke in a pool record 1:49.02. The previous pool record was 1:49.87 set by Cal’s Reece Whitley, second at night in 1:49.54.

Florida State junior Izaak Bastian, a St. Andrew’s alum and Bahamas national team member, was 36th in the 200 breaststroke in 1:56.50.

Louisville senior Nicolas Albiero, son of Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero, won the 200-yard butterfly in a pool record 1:38.64. He broke his own pool record set in prelims in 1:38.65.

In the men’s platform diving, Purdue senior Brandon Loschiavo won with 469.05 points. Miami’s Zach Cooper was third with 442.65. Former Fort Lauderale diver Jordan Windle of Texas was fourth with 422.75 points. Windle scored the most points for the Longhorns with 52.

With Texas leading 37 points going into the relay, California (Bjorn Seeliger, Ryan Hoffer, Destin Lasco, Hugo Gonzalez) came from behind to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:46.60. Florida (Adam Cheney, Kieran Smith, Eric Friese, Trey Freeman) was second in 2:46.88. Texas (Daniel Krueger, Chris Staka, Jake Sannem, Drew Kibler) finished fourth in 2:48.28.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams competed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s championships looked 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 was no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals were assigned seating in the grandstand seating area.

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

Texas Regains Lead After Day Three Of NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 26, 2021–Defending champion California and Texas are still locked in a battle after three days of competition in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Texas regained the lead with 414 points. All 16 of its swimmers have made at least one final and scored. Defending national champion California dropped to second with 372 points. University of Florida is third with 282.

University of Miami is tied with Tennessee for 18th with 38 points. Florida State is 23rd with 24.5.

Florida State junior Izaak Bastian, a St. Andrew’s alum and Bahamas national team member, was 19th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 52.29, off his best time of 51.84.

Indiana diver Andrew Capobianco knocked off former Fort Lauderdale diver Jordan Windle of Texas for the 3-meter springboard title. Capobianco finished with 505.20 points and Windle had 484.60. Miami sophomore Brodie Scapens was fifth with 413.75. Miami freshman teammate Jack Matthews was 121th with 389.85.

In swimming action, Florida junior Bobby Finke opened with a win in the 400-yard individual medley in a pool record 3:36.90. The pool record was first broken in prelims by Texas freshman Carson Foster in 3:37.79.

California senior Ryan Hoffer won the 100-yard butterfly in 44.25, his second win of the meet.

Florida junior Kieran Smith won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:30.10 just ahead of Texas junior Drew Kibler in 1:30.39.

Minnesota junior Max McHugh won the 100-yard breaststroke in a pool record 50.87. McHugh is a great comeback story after recovering from a gunshot injury in 2019.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 100-yard backstroke in 44.20 ahead of N.C. State sophomore Kacper Stokowski in 44.37.

Louisville pulled off a win in the 200-yard medley relay in a pool record 1:22.11 with Mitchell Whyte, Evgeni Somov, Nicolas Albiero and Haridi Sameh.

Florida was second in 1:22.41 with Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and Will Davis. Chaney had a 20.55 opening split.

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.

Saturday’s events are: 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving, 1,650-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay.

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

Texas Opens NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship With A Relay Win


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 23, 2021–University of Texas got on the scoreboard first Wednesday in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Longhorns won the 800-yard freestyle relay in a pool record 6:07.25 with Drew Kibler, Austin Katz, Carson Foster and Jake Sannem.

Defending national champion California was second in 6:08.68 with Trenton Julian, Daniel Carr, Destin Lasco and Bryce Mefford. Texas A&M was third in 6:10.79.

University of Florida was fourth in 6:10.91 with Kieran Smith, Troy Freeman, Alfonso Mestre and Bobby Finke.

The top four teams all finished under the previous pool record of 6:11.84 set in 2019 by Louisville.

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 are 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.

Thursday’s events are 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 1-meter diving and 400-yard medley relay.

ELSEWHERE

ST. PETERSBURG—Six-time Olympian Ryan Lochte held off Caeleb Dressel in the 200-meter individual medley and won the 100-meter backstroke in the ISCA TYR International Senior Cup Wednesday at North Shore Aquatic Complex.

Lochte, 36, training for his fifth Olympic Games, won the 200 IM in 1:59.72 ahead of Gator Swim Club teammates Dressel was second in 2:00.50. He won the 100 backstroke in 55.92.

Dressel won the 50-meter butterfly in 23.98 and Singapore Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling tied Will Davis for second in 24.08.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics won the 16-and-under 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.88. Cornell grad Ilya Evdokimov, 25, of Pinnacle (Va.) Racing won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.04. Evdokimov is a Florida Gold Coast swimmer who competed for Taravella High School and Coral Springs Swim Club.

SOFLO will compete in the ISCA East Elite Showcase Classic March 31-April 3.

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

Virginia Leads NCAA Division I Women’s Championships After Day One; SOFLO’s Golding Swims Opening Event


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 17, 2021—Meet favorite University of Virginia opened with a win on Day One of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Virginia won the 800-yard freestyle in 6:52.56 with Gulliver Prep alum Kyla Valls, Paige Madden, Ella Nelson and Alex Walsh. The Cavaliers were one of just three teams with four 1:45 splits.

Kentucky was second in 6:57.02 with Izzy Gati, Riley Gaines, Sophie Sorenson and Kaitlyn Wheeler.

California was third in 6:57.06 with Robin Neuman, Ayla Spitz, Rachel Klinker and Alicia Wilson.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding opened with the first of her four events, swimming anchor leg for the University of Florida.

The Gators finished ninth in 7:01.43. Golding had the second fastest split (1:45.62). Her relay teammates were Talia Bates, Katie Mack and Nikki Miller.

Golding, a sophomore All-American, is seeded 28th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.93) and 18th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:08.43). She will also swim the 400-yard freestyle relay. Her first individual event, the 200 IM, is Thursday.

Virginia leads with 40 points followed by Kentucky with 34 and Cal with 32. Florida is ninth with 18 points.

All sessions are being televised by ESPN3. Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. ESPNU will also air a two-hour highlight show at 7 p.m. on April 6.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic it is the first Division I NCAAs in two years.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators are not being allowed to attend the meet including parents or family members.

There were no more than four teams in each heat to comply with social distancing guidelines, as will be the case in relays to come.

2021 MEET SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard Medley Relay, One-meter diving.
FRIDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 400-yard Individual Medley, 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke, Three-meter Diving, 200-yard Medley Relay.
SATURDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 1,650-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, Platform Diving, 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Nguyen Make “A” And “B” Finals On Day Three Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 15, 2019–Against a small, but strong field, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen got in more racing Friday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

On Day Three, Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, finished a disappointing eighth in the 50-meter butterfly final in 27.85. In morning prelims, Atkinson had the fifth-fastest time in the event in 27.62.

Atkinson was also 14th in 50-meter freestyle in 26.63. In the “B” final, she was slower finishing seventh in 26.88.

Atkinson will wind up with the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was also in an “A” and “B” final.

In morning prelims, Nguyen had the seventh-fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.91. In finals, she was also seventh but faster in 2:18.12.

Nguyen also had the 16th-fastest time in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:44.10. She was fifth in the “B” final in 2:41.10.

Nguyen has two events left: the 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

In the first of three swims, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of Cardinal Aquatics won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.69. She led from start-to-finish. Texas teammates Remedy Rule was second in 2:11.56 and Lauren Case in 2:12.13.

Seventeen-year-old Luca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:53.84, a new boys 17-18 national age group record. He lowered Michael Phelps 2003 record of 1:53.93. Justin Wright of Tucson Ford, the 2018 U.S. national champion, was second in 1:58.61.

Catie DeLoof of Team Elite, swimming unattached, won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in a best time 24.99, her first time under 25 seconds. In her second of three events, Dahlia was fourth in 25.28.

South African Bradley Tandy of Phoenix Swim Club, the morning’s top qualifier, won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.17.

Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 59.71. It was the first time she broke the minute barrier. She won in the final 50 meters with a split of 30.42. Early leader Ali DeLoof of Team Elite was second in 1:00.59.

Olympian Matt Grevers of Ford Tucson won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 53.59 ahead of Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite and Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver.

Canadian national champion Sydney Pickrem of Texas A&M and swimming unattached, won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in an exciting race in 2:25.52. Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was right behind her in 2:25.54.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Roy of Alto Swim Club, came from behind to win the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.43.

Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 26.35. Dahlia, in her third and final race, was second in 26.38.

Peter Holoda of Phoenix Swim Club won the men’s 50-meter butterfly in 23.78. His teammate Giles Smith was second in 23.95.

Erica Sullivan of the Sandpipers of Nevas won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:10.36, her second fastest swim of her career. Evie Pfeifer of Texas was second in 4:11.77 and 14-year-old Claire Tuggle of Clovis Swim Club was third in 4:14.77.

University of Florida freshman Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.16 winning with a huge lead over Egypt’s Akaram Mahmoud in 3:53.94.

Dylan Carter of Team Elite and Trinidad and Tobago had the fourth-fastest time in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.53. He finished fourth in finals in 54.72.

Carter and Atkinson are building up for both the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The four-day meet ends Saturday with prelims and finals.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….it is a long course meet.

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