Mallory Schleicher Posts Huge Time Drop As SOFLO’s Top Finisher On Day One Of Gulliver Summer Invitational

By Sharon Robb

May 19, 2017—-Mallory Schleicher was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher during opening day action of the Gulliver Summer Invitational Friday at Gulliver Prep Aquatic Center.

Schleicher, 13, was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:46.96. Seeded 13th, Schleicher shaved 37.23 seconds off her previous best of 10:24.19. It was the first time she dipped under 10 minutes in the long course distance event.

It was the first of seven events for the teenager.

SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher in the 1500-meter freestyle was Nicolas Rossi, 14, placing 16th in 19:07.44.

Alejandro Mateus, 12, was 22nd in 19:59.65 with a drop of 32.68 seconds. Chris Vasquez, 13, was 23rd in 20:13.24.

Metro Aquatics swept the distance events. Venezuela national record holder Andreina Pinto, 25, won the women’s 800 freestyle in 9:10.17 just ahead of Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks in 9:11.29. Pinto, who trained with the Gator Swim Club, competed in the 2008 Olympics.

Carlos Omana, 24, won the men’s 1500 freestyle in 16:31.27. The Belen Jesuit and University of Florida alum also competes for Venezuela internationally.

SOFLO’s full squad of more than 100 swimmers begin competing on Saturday during the first full day of schedule of events.

SOFLO has 59 boys and 53 girls entered in 569 individual events over the three-day meet.

All events are timed finals.

In addition to SOFLO and host Gulliver Swim Club, other Florida Gold Coast teams competing include AquaKids Sharks, Azura, Miami Swimming, Metro Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Swim Fort Lauderdale, FIU, Hurricanes, Sunrise and North Miami.



800-meter freestyle:

1.Andreina Pinto, Metro Aquatics 9:10.17, 2. Mary Smutny, AK Sharks 9:11.29, 3. Alicia Mancilla, Gulliver 9:18.96; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 9:46.96, time drop.


1500-meter freestyle:

1.Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 16:31.27, 2. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 16:53.07, 3. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 17:03.38; SOFLO: 16. Nicolas Rossi 19:07.44, 22. Alejandro Mateus 19:59.65, 23. Chris Vasquez 20:13.24.


What: Gulliver Summer Invitational

When: Saturday-Sunday. All timed finals.

Schedule: Saturday, Session 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Session 3, 2:45-6:40 p.m. p.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-1:35 p.m., Session 5, 2:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Where: Gulliver Prep Aquatics Complex, 6575 North Kendall Drive, Pinecrest.

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets available free at For information call 305-666-7937, ext. 1465.

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Lochte Goes For Gold At XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 5, 2015—Ryan Lochte is out for redemption at the XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships at Kazan Arena.

In Wednesday morning heats, Lochte of Daytona Beach and SwimMAC was top qualifier in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.90. Florida alum Conor Dwyer was fourth-fastest qualifier in 1:58.63. Venezuela’s Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics was 24th in 2:03.54.

Lochte went on to claim the No. 1 seed for Thursday’s final, going 1:56.81 in semifinals and set himself up for a four-peat in the 200 IM. Poland’s Marcin Cieslak of Gator Swim Club was sixth fastest in 1:58.20.

“I probably used too much legs on the backstroke instead of my arms,” Lochte said. “I felt it towards the last four or five strokes of breaststroke. But I just stopped swimming the last 25 meters of freestyle. I know there’s more left, so I’ll save it for tomorrow night. Once I saw I had that lead I just shut it down and tried to save as much energy as possible.”

Lochte is trying to redeem himself after missing a medal in the 200-meter freestyle.

“It wasn’t my day last night,” Lochte said. “I did everything I could and it just didn’t work out. But what I do best, no matter what, is forget about what happened and move on. I am excited to see what I can do. It should be a good race.”

Dwyer tied for eighth in 1:58.54 with Brit Roberto Pavoni forcing a swim-off which Dwyer won, 1:58.18-1:58.26 to earn the eighth spot in the 200 IM finals.

Lochte is stoked he will be joined by three former Gators in the final.

“That’s pretty cool that our background and where we’ve been training at paid off,” Lochte said.

Bolles alum Santo Condorelli of Canada was 11th in the 100-meter freestyle heats in 48.77 and qualified for semifinals. Condorelli qualified for Thursday’s final placing eighth in 48.49 after Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov, who had the fastest time in the world coming into the meet, was disqualified for a false start in semis, bumping Condorelli into the final.

Condorelli is Canada’s first finalist in the event since Brent Hayden in 2011 when he took a silver medal.

“This gives me another shot, hopefully I can put it to good use and not disappoint,” Condorelli said.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was 24th in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.40.

In Wednesday’s other championship final:

World record holder Adam Peaty of Great Britain won the gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.51. South African Cameron van der Burgh took silver in 26.66 and American Kevin Cordes took bronze in 26.86. Brazil’s Felipe Lima, who has trained in South Florida, just missed a medal placing fourth in 26.87. Peaty was also a member of the world-record 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:41.71 with teammates Chris Walker-Hebborn, Siobhan O’Connor and Fran Halsall.
With world record holder Adam Peaty, Great Britain came back and broke the world record in 3:41.71. Peaty was joined by Chris Walker-Hebborn, Siobhan O’Connor and Fran Halsall for the gold medal performance.

Hungarian Laszlo Cseh won his first world title in ten years when he knocked off favorite Chad Le Clos in South Africa to win the 200-meter butterfly. Cseh turned in a blistering split in the final 100 meters to overtake Le Clos, the early leader, 1:53.48-1:53.68. It was Cseh’s second world title and first since he won the 400 IM in 2005.
University of Florida’s Jan Switkowski of Poland took the bronze medal in the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.10 behind Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh of Hungary (1:53.48) and Chad Le Clos of South Africa (1:53.68). Switkowski worked his way from eighth, seventh and sixth before surging to third.
China’s Yan Sun came from behind to win the 800-meter freestyle in 7:39.96 for his third 800 world title. Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri was second in a European record 7:40.81, taking two seconds off the previous record, and Aussie Mack Horton was third in 7:44.02. Canadian Ryan Cochrane failed to qualify for finals.

Midway through the swimming competition, Great Britain leads the gold medal count with four and seven overall; Team USA has eight medals overall with three gold, four bronze and one silver and Australia has six medals including three gold.

Thursday’s men’s events are: 200-meter backstroke heats and semifinals; 200-meter breaststroke heats and semifinals; 200-meter individual medley final; and 100-meter freestyle.

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Florida Gold Coast Has Strong Presence At NCAA Men’s Championships

Florida Gold Coast Has Strong Presence At NCAA Men’s Championships

By Sharon Robb

March 26, 2014

A week after the women were in the spotlight, the men will take their turn at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Thursday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center at the University of Texas in Austin.

In what’s expected to come down to the final event, Florida is seeded first based on the psych sheet followed by Michigan, North Carolina State and University of California at Berkeley.

Florida State is seeded 11th with first-year coach Frankie Bradley, a former Florida Gold Coast swimmer, making his NCAA Championship coaching debut with the Seminoles.

The Florida, Michigan, N.C. State and Cal seedings are based on the Top 16 swimmers if they finished where they are seeded in the psych sheet, which of course, rarely happens, but then that’s why they have meets.

Florida has 391 points and Michigan, which spends time at The Race Club in the Keys training and fishing during holiday breaks, has 376 points. Florida State has 133 points.

If ever there was a year the Gators have a shot at another team title, it’s this year.

The Gators qualified 14 swimmers men and five powerful relays that features four seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

Leading the Gators is Metro Aquatic Club’s Carlos Omana, one of the mainstays on the team.

Omana will be joined by Arthur Frayler, Sebastien Rousseau, Mitch D’Arrigo, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Marcin Cieslak, Connor Signorin, Corey Main, Matt Elliott, Pawel Werner, Dan Wallace, Matt Curby, Brad deBorde and Jack Blyzinskyj. Christian-Paul Homer will travel with the team as a relay alternate.

The Gators are coming off their second consecutive SEC Championship title.

The Seminoles are led by two-time defending ACC Swimmer of the Meet Pavel Sankovich of Belarus. Sankovich will score most of FSU’s points in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke and individual medley as well as the free relays.

The No. 17-ranked Seminoles will have eight swimmers competing in individual events and relays including Florida Gold Coast swimmers Paul Murray, Connor Knight, Jason McCormick and Jason Coombs.

The Wolverines are led by sprinter Bruno Ortiz and Michael Wynalda.

There will be a strong Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast presence at the three-day meet.

Also entered in the meet are Dylan Carter of Southern California and Trinidad and Tobago, who trains in South Florida extensively and competes in Florida Gold Coast meets.

Cal’s Ryan Murphy, a Bolles alum, could score 40 to 50 points on relays and in the backstroke events.

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

Prelims are 11 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Both sessions will be live streamed at

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SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships

SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships

By Sharon Robb

February 20, 2014

Florida State’s Tiffany Oliver is making her final appearance at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships a memorable one.

Oliver and her 200-yard medley relay teammates Bianca Spinazzola, Sami Pochowski and Chelsea Britt swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time and school record on Wednesday, the opening night of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Oliver, a senior competing in her final conference meet, anchored the relay that finished in 1:37.97 breaking the 2006 school record of 1:38.59. The Seminoles finished sixth in the race.

Oliver also led off the 800-yard freestyle relay that finished third with Kaitlyn Dressel, Julia Henkel and Madison Jacobi swam the Seminoles’ second NCAA “A” cut and school record time of 7:06.56.

On Thursday, Oliver competed in her third relay and individual sprint event.

Oliver led off the Seminoles 200-yard freestyle relay that finished second in 1:29.25, another NCAA “A” cut. Kaitlyn Dressel, Bianca Spinazzola and McKayla Lightbourn were also on the relay.

Oliver, first at the turn, accelerated off the wall to defend her title and win the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02, an NCAA “B” cut. Oliver was second fastest qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17, lowering her seed time of 22.44.

The Seminoles are in third place after two days of competition. Reigning champion Virginia leads with more than 500 points.


LSU freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman swam the fifth fastest time in LSU history in the 400-yard individual medley at the Southeastern Conference Championships. Goldman finished in 3:51.55, an NCAA “B” cut. Goldman has the 100 backstroke on Friday and 200 backstroke on Saturday. He went 1:49.34 in the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday.

Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel won her fourth consecutive conference title in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:59.26. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Lauren Driscoll of Tennessee was seventh in 4:12.60, an NCAA “B” cut.

Florida’s Carlos Omana was seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:45.95, an NCAA “B” cut.

Georgia leads the women’s team standings with 879 and Florida is second with 642. Florida leads the men’s with 773.5 and Auburn is second with 721.5.

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Stacked Field Entered In This Weekend’s Arena Grand Prix

Stacked Field Entered In This Weekend’s Arena Grand Prix

By Sharon Robb

January 15, 2014

There will be plenty of world-class swimmers competing this weekend when the Arena Grand Prix Series resumes at the University of Texas Lee and Joe Jamail Aquatic Center in Austin.

The three-day meet that begins on Friday will be the first long course meet of the series.

A field of 423 athletes are entered including forty USA Swimming National Team swimmers and thirty Olympic gold medalists.

Heading the field are Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers and Allison Schmidt.

Canadian Olympian Martha McCabe was forced to withdraw from the meet with a stress fracture in her clavicle.

Even though he is on the psych sheet for Austin, Ryan Lochte, training full-time with SwimMAC after being sidelined after a freak MCL knee injury, will not be ready until the Feb. 13-15 Orlando stop, SwimMAC coach Dave Marsh said.

Universal Sports Network will have live coverage on Friday and Saturday. There will also be a live webcast streamed on

A total of $150,000 in prize money is available in the six-meet series. First place earns $500, second is $300 and third is $100.

Connor Dwyer and Megan Romano are currently leading the Arena Grand Prix Series standings after the first of six meets.


Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman, a St. Thomas Aquinas alum, won three events to lead LSU men’s team to a 185-112 victory over SMU. Goldman, a freshman, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:49.95, 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.34 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.10…LSU also defeated Oklahoma Baptist, 51-26. Oklahoma Baptist is coached by Sam Freas, former executive director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Florida Gold Coast coach…

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana of the University of Florida, was named the first Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Week for 2014. Omana won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:08.26 and 400-yard individual medley in 3:54.69 in the Gators’ 180-118 win over Florida…Florida Southern’s Luis Rojas and Lauren Reynolds won the Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Week honors…

North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt among others to Olympic gold, is writing a book that is expected to come out in late 2015 or early 2016. While some of his swimming experiences will be included, the book will dwell more on goal-setting, business and personal development.

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Rousseau, Shields Break Meet Records, Omana Places Fifth At U.S. Open

Rousseau, Shields Break Meet Records, Omana Places Fifth At U.S. Open


August 2, 2013

Sebastien Rousseau of South Africa and Tom Shields of Huntington Beach, Calif. broke meet records Thursday at the U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif.

Rousseau won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:11.11, the fourth best time in the world this year and meet record. Itw as Rousseau’s second meet record.

Shields won the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best and meet record 51.65, fourth fastest time in the world this year.

“It’s been a tough couple of months with the transition from college to pro swimming,” Shields said. “I feel like this swim was me teaching myself how to handle a different kind of pressure.

“I used to practice in this pool so to do this in my own community feels great,” Shields said.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was University of Florida’s Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics placing fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:20.73. His best time is 4:18.59.

The U.S. Open ends on Saturday and two days later on Monday, the Speedo Junior National Championships, with several FGC swimmers, will be held at the same facility, the Willia Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.



400-meter individual medley: 1. Kery McMaster, Australia 4:39.37.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Felicia Lee, Stanford Swimming 58.94.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Longhorn Aquatics 8:00.48.


400-meter individual medley: 1. Sebastian Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 4:11.11, meet record.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Tom Shields, California Aquatics 51.65, meet record.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Stanford Swimming “A” 7:24.26.


Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 16. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:55.38.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 37. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:01.59, 63. Megan Moroney 1:02.79.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 5. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 4:20.73, 43. Ryan Rosenbaum 4:32.08.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 19. David Knight, North Palm Beach 53.96, 48. Luke Torres 55.37, 68. Julian Ballestas 56.10.

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Franklin, Lochte Sweep Monster Doubles At World Trials

Franklin, Lochte Sweep Monster Doubles At World Trials


June 26, 2013

The scenario couldn’t have been any more exciting or painful Wednesday night at the Phillips 66 National Championships/World Championship Trials in Indianapolis at Indiana University Natatorium.

Two monster swimmers, two monster doubles, four victories in the books. Olympians Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte took turns pulling off tough doubles to highlight action on the second day of competition.

Franklin, 18, of Colorado Stars and Lochte, 28, of Daytona Beach Swimming each won the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke events to add to their national title resumes.

“I don’t want to go through that pain again,” Lochte said. “As I get older, it doesn’t get any easier. But I like the challenge and I love to race. A lot of people didn’t think I would be here, but I am a racer.”

Lochte has scratched from Thursday’s 400 IM and 50 backstroke.

Franklin became the first female swimmer ever to go under 2:06 in the 200-meter backstroke (2:05.68) on U.S. soil.

“That hurt a lot,” Franklin said.

Florida Gold Coast swimmers also had a banner night with Clara Smiddy of AK Sharks qualifying for “A” finals in the 200-meter backstroke; University of Florida sophomore Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics for the “B” final in the 200-meter backstroke; and Emily Kopas, 16, swimming unattached for Sharks Aquatics, in the “C” final in the 200-meter breaststroke. All three swam lifetime-bests against fast fields.

In the championship finals:

Women 200-meter freestyle:

In a race where the top three seeds were Olympic gold medalists, top seed Missy Franklin made it look so easy. She went out in 27.04, 3/10ths of a second under world record pace. By the 100 split (55.96) she had a full body length and cruised for the win in 1:55.56, the second fastest time in the world. The battle was more exciting for second. Teenager Katie Ledecky, 16, of Nation’s Capital, surged for second in 1:57.63 and Shannon Vreeland was third 1:58.13. “I have been focusing on this event a lot, more on the little things and it’s paid off,” Franklin said.

Men 200-meter freestyle:

Lochte is getting close to his old self and it’s beginning to show. He wanted to take the race out fast and did splitting 24.64 for the first 50 meters. He led by a half-body length after 100 at 51.65 and held on despite Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens bearing down. Lochte worked his legs to hold off the field and win in 1:45.97, fifth fastest time in the world. Dwyer was second in 1:46.25, seventh fastest time in the world this year and Matt McLean was third. “That was a tough race,” Lochte said. “I knew if I went out fast I had a good shot so that’s what I did. I have two more weeks of training to get ready for worlds.” Lochte was one six Olympians in the 200 field.

Women 200-meter breaststroke:

Olympic gold medalist and American record holder Breeja Larson, 21, of Aggie Swim Club got a brief scare from Laura Sogar, 22, of Bluefish, who led after the 50 (32.54) and 100 (1:09.01), less than a second off world record pace. Larson made her move on the third 50 with a 36.52 split to take the lead at 1:46.22 and pulled away for the win in 2:23.44, third fastest time in the world this year. Micah Lawrence, 22, of SwimMAC was second in 2:24.69. Sogar was third in 2:24.86. “It feels pretty good to make the team,” Larson said. “I really tried to focus on the 200, work on pacing and cardio more. It definitely paid off. I just swam my own race. I have a tendency to get overexcited in the finals so I just put on my horse blinders and just swam my race.”

Men 200-meter breaststroke:

In the same pool where he dominated the NCAA Championships and broke the American short course record, Kevin Cordes, 19, of Tucson Ford, Cordes qualified with the third fastest time in the world in prelims (2:09.16) and came back to win in 2:08.34, the fastest time in the world this year. He went out fast in 28.91 and at the 100 was 1:01.22, under world record pace. The crowd was on its feet as he split 33.03 to remain on record pace (1:34.25) but just missed the world and American records. BJ Johnson, 26, of Palo Alto was second in 2:10.09. “I could hear the crowd, they brought me home,” Cordes said. “This race gave me more confidence going into Barcelona.”

Women 200-meter backstroke:

Franklin, the world record holder and Olympic champion in this event, had plenty left after her freestyle. She took the lead (29.74 split) and opened up a half-body length (1:01.15) with a 31.41 split. With Liz Pelton bearing down, Franklin held for the win in 2:05.68, a U.S. Open record and second fastest time in the world. “The doubles are really rough, I’m not going to lie,” Franklin said. “It hurt a lot, but it’s good for me. It is so much fun. I love doing doubles, they are so energizing. I love having one race and getting right back up and doing another one.” AK Sharks 17-year-old Clara Smiddy was eighth in the race in 2:12.27 after swimming a lifetime-best 2:11.53 in prelims.

Men 200-meter backstroke:

Lochte followed in Franklin’s footsteps with the same strategy, going out fast, building a lead and holding on for the win in 1:55.16, third-fastest time in the world. Tyler Clary, 24, of Club Wolverine, the Olympic champion and top morning seed, was second in 1:55.58. Bolles 17-year-old Ryan Murphy was third in 1:56.37, a lifetime-best. Murphy took it out fast for the lead at 26.98 but Lochte came right back with a 28.55 split to lead after 100. He extended his lead at the 150 and then held off Clary. “I just wanted to get out there, get a lead and hold on for dear life,” Lochte said. “The last 50 I knew they were going to be closing in. I like being up in front and going from there. That’s a pretty good time considering my workouts haven’t been there this year. The hardest thing this year was trying to get back into the training mode.”

Women 50-meter butterfly:

With less than a second between the top three morning seeds in the event’s national debut, the race was expected to be close and it was. Third-seed Christine Magnuson, 27, of Tucson Ford won in 26.08, second fastest time in the world, and Kendyl Stewart, 18, of North Coast Aquatics was second in 26.19. Claire Donahue, 24, of Western Kentucky, despite the quickest start, was third in 26.23. “This is awesome, I am so happy to punch my ticket to Barcelona,” Magnuson said. “I wanted to clean up my breakout from this morning. There is still room for improvement. It was just about setting up my stroke for the first two and building from there.”

Men 50-meter butterfly:

Eugene Godsoe, 25, of Stanford Swimming knocked off top seed and favorite Matt Grevers to win in 23.29 and make his first world team with the ninth fastest time in the world this year. Grevers was second in 23.50. Grevers was quicker off the block but Godsoe had great finishing speed in the last 20 meters. “I made my first national team in Indy in 2005, it’s been a long time for me,” Godsoe said. “I am really excited. It was just a matter of hitting everything right without losing my stroke. Tonight I was in control of myself.”

Swimmers have to finish in the top two in FINA-qualified times to earn an individual spot on the U.S. team for Barcelona.

The four highest finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyles will make the U.S. team for relay help and winner in each of the non-Olympic events will qualify.

The World Championships are July 19-Aug. 4.

Florida Gold Coast Wednesday Results

200-meter breaststroke: 2. “C” Final, Emily Kopas, Unattached/Shark Aquatics 2:32.58, best time, dropping from 2:33.80, 23. 2:35.77 in prelims.

200-meter backstroke: 8. “A” Final, Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:12.27, 7. 2:11.53, best time in prelims dropping from 2:13.33.

200-meter backstroke: 4. “B” Final, Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:00.60 best time; 12. 2:01.25, best time, prelims, dropping from 2:04.01.

World Trials On TV

NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports is televising seven hours of the June 25-29 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, which are also serving as the World Championship trials for the U.S. team.

The schedule is: Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m., Universal; Wednesday, June 26, 6-8:30 p.m., Universal; Saturday, June 29, 1-2:30 p.m., NBC and 11 p.m.-midnight, NBC Sports Network.

USA Swimming will also offer a live webcast of the entire meet on its website, prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

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Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships

Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 27, 2013

Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships that get underway Thursday at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Nicholas Schwab, a senior at Indiana and 2012 Olympian, will compete in the 500-yard freestyle. He is seeded 29th in 4:18.70 and will swim in the opening event on Thursday.

Southern Cal sophomore Cristian Quintero is seeded first in 4:13.37.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana, a sophomore at University of Florida, is seeded 28th in 4:18.66.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers entered in the meet are Florida State senior John Jessell and junior teammate Paul Murray.

A field of 235 swimmers from 51 teams will compete over three days.

Michigan is the overwhelming favorite to win the team title. The Wolverines have 510 seeded points. Based on its seeding, the Wolverines have a 211-point advantage over the rest of the field.

Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Texas and University of Florida are the top challengers.

Florida is led by redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau who has returned to the team, and top freshman Pavel Werner.

The Gators qualified 14 swimmers and divers, including eight from last year’s meet, for NCAAs. The Gators have finished in the Top 10 for 12 consecutive years and earned 27 All-American honors in 2012.

Florida State may be the meet’s surprise team with the mid-season addition of Pavel Sankovich. The Seminoles relays have also been impressive this season and most recently at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Louisville, led by Joao de Lucca, may be another surprise and finish in the Top 10 for the second consecutive year. Former FGC swimmer and three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov is finishing up his first season as assistant coach at Louisville.

In addition to the 500 freestyle, other Thursday events are 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 1-meter diving and 400-yard medley relay.

ESPN3 is streaming the event live on Friday and Saturday. Live results can also be found at

Sharon Robb can be reached at

California, Stanford Neck-And-Neck After Day One Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving

California, Stanford Neck-And-Neck After Day One Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving


March 22, 2012

In what was expected to be a close, competitive meet, was true to form on the opening night of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday in Federal Way, Wash.

California won three titles, capped by an impressive victory in the men’s 400-yard medley relay.

Relay members Mathias Gydesen, Nolan Koon, Tom Shield and Tyler Messerschmidt led the Golden Bears to their third consecutive victory in the event in 3:03.24.

Marcin Tarczynski came from behind to win the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.97. Florida’s Marcin Cieslak was second in 1:42.26.

Texas sprinter Jimmy Feigen won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.01. Feigen also swam leadoff (19.05) on the Longhorns’ winning 200-yard freestyle in 1:16.58 in the meet’s opening event.

Michigan sophomore Connor Jaeger won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:13.78. Florida State’s Mateo DeAngulo was tenth in 4:17.10. Florida freshman Carlos Omana was 42nd in 4:29.71. It was the NCAA debut for the Miami Metro Aquatics swimmer.

Texas teammate Drew Livingston won the 1-meter springboard title with 448.10 points. It was his second NCAA title after winning as a freshman.

California finished the night in the lead with 157.5 points and Stanford was second with 140 points. Texas, Arizona and Auburn rounded out the top five. University of Florida is eighth with 58 followed by Louisville with 46.

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Now It’s The Men’s Turn: NCAA Division I Swimming And Diving Championships Begin Thursday

Now It’s The Men’s Turn: NCAA Division I Swimming And Diving Championships Begin Thursday


March 21, 2012

Veteran University of Texas coach Eddie Reese probably summed up the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship the best.

“This meet is shaping up to be a meet like I’ve never seen before,” said the 71-year-old three-time Olympic coach, who has seen his fair share of meets during his lifetime.

“This has been the strangest year I’ve ever seen. It seems like almost everybody was holding back all year long for this meet. I think it’s going to be one of the most exciting meets we’ve had. It’s going to be won by a half second.”

Texas, Arizona, California and Stanford share the favorites’ role when the meet begins Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

And, it could come down to the final relay event on Saturday night.

A field of 235 swimmers from 42 teams are entered. Stanford has won eight NCAA titles and finished second ten times.

Florida State will have seven swimmers and divers competing including sophomore Paul Murray, a former American Heritage Delray Beach Swimmer of the Year and Florida Gold Coast swimmer.

Murray will compete on the 200-yard freestyle relay (school record 1:17.73) and 400-yard freestyle relay (2:52.65). Murray will also compete in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.

Two other Florida Gold Coast swimmers will compete. Brendon Andrews, a senior at No. 10-ranked Louisville and Lake Lytal Lightning swimmer, will compete in five events (200-yard freestyle relay 1:17.74, 400-yard medley relay 3:08.84, 200-yard medley relay 1:25.97, 100-yard backstroke 46.29, and 400-yard freestyle relay, 2:52.58).

Florida freshman Carlos Omana of Miami Metro Aquatics was an added addition for the No. 8-ranked Gators in the 400-yard individual medley (3:47.41), selected off the alternate’s list.

Florida is sending one of its youngest teams ever to the NCAA meet. The Gators qualified 12 swimmers and diver Mikey Lewark of Davie. Lewark is the first Gator diver in six years to qualify. Last year the Gators won two events.

“We’re going to get a lot of experience here this weekend,” said Gators and U.S. Olympic men’s coach Gregg Troy. “This is one of the best fields ever. It’s deep. A lot of new faces and I don’t think it’s as clearcut as you would think.

“There are four whole, complete teams then a whole bunch of the rest of us, kind of chasing. We don’t have all the pieces.”

Florida Gold Coast top official Jay Thomas is working the three-day meet.

The 500-yard freestyle, 200 IM, 50-yard freestyle and 1-meter springboard diving are all scheduled for Thursday.

ESPN3 will have a live stream of Friday’s and Saturday’s events beginning at 10 p.m. and air a tape-delay on Sunday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

NOTES: Ohio State’s Bianca Alvarez of Miami was named Big Ten Diver of the Year.


1.Texas, Arizona, tie, 3. California, 4. Stanford, 5. Michigan, 6. Auburn, 7. Southern California, 8. Florida, 9. Ohio State, 10. Louisville, 11. Georgia, 12. Indiana, 13. Texas A&M, 14. Penn State, 15. Florida, State, 16. Virginia, 17. Iowa, 18. Tennessee, 19. North Carolina, 20. Minnesota, 21. Princeton, 22. Wisconsin, 23. Harvard, 24. Pursue, 25. Alabama.


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