SOFLO Heads Strong Field For This Weekend’s FGC Senior Championships


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, March 21, 2018—Defending champion and host South Florida Aquatic Club heads a strong field for this weekend’s Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

SOFLO will have 43 swimmers in 262 individual events and 18 relays in 10 relay events compete during the three-day meet that begins Friday at Academic Village Swimming Pool.

SOFLO is defending champions in the combined and boys team titles. Pine Crest Swimming is defending girls champion.

Last weekend SOFLO won the FGC Junior Olympics for the eighth consecutive year and ninth overall. SOFLO is now trying to make a little more history by winning both seniors and JO titles in the same short course season for the sixth time in the team’s 18-year history.

With a strong field including Gulliver Swim Club, East Coast Aquatic Club, Azura Florida Aquatic, Metro Aquatics and Pine Crest Swimming, SOFLO will have their work cut out for them.

Among SOFLO top seeds are:

Kathleen Golding, 17, 100-yard freestyle, 49.43; 100-yard individual medley, 56.58; 400-yard individual medley, 4:14.46; 50-yard butterfly, 24.98; 50-yard freestyle, 22.98; and 200-yard individual medley, 1:59.72.

Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.69; 100-yard individual medley, 55.17; 500-yard freestyle, 4:37.27; and 400-yard individual medley, 4:02.78.

At 30, two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado of Montverde Academy (MVAC) is the oldest swimmer in the meet and top seed in the 50- and 200-yard backstroke and second seed in the 100-yard backstroke.

Among other top seeds are Miguel Cancel, swimming unattached, Elvis Kotikovski, Alexandra Meszaros and Andrea Santander of Pine Crest Swimming, Philippe Marcoux of Swim Fort Lauderdale, Chade Nersicio of East Coast Aquatic Club and Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships.

When: Friday-Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m., finals 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Estimated Timelines: Friday, prelims 8:30-11:42 a.m., finals 5-8:05 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 8:30-11:35 a.m., finals 5-7:20 p.m.; Sunday, prelims 8:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m., finals 4-7:04 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are free and will be available online at soflomeets.info/seniorchamps and on Meet Mobile. Timed finals for the 500-yard freestyle are Friday and 400-yard individual medley on Saturday. For information call the swim office, 954-538-3721.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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South Florida Aquatic Club Hosts FGC Senior Championships This Weekend, Looking To Four-Peat


By Sharon Robb

March 16, 2015—It’s show time again for South Florida Aquatic Club.

After two successful weeks at the Junior Olympics in Coral Springs and Speedo Southern Sectionals in Plantation, SOFLO will host the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Friday through Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO returns as defending champions in the combined, men’s and women’s team competition. It was the first time in the team’s history SOFLO swept all three team titles last year.

For the third year in a row, SOFLO won the combined and women’s team titles and for the first time the men’s team title.

This weekend SOFLO hopes to four-peat, winning both the Junior Olympics and Senior Championships in the short course season.

The meet features most of the Florida Gold Coast teams including Gulliver Prep, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics, Wahoos of Wellington, Coral Springs Swim Club, AquaKids Sharks, Boca Raton Swim Team, Plantation Swim Team and Metro Aquatics. Non-FGC team T2 Aquatics is also entered.

Among SOFLO’s top seeds are:

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 28, 200-yard backstroke, 1:56.23; 50-yard backstroke, 25.07; 100-yard backstroke, 53.72.

Kathleen Golding, 15, who has two U.S. Olympic trials cuts, 100-yard freestyle, 50.25; 100-yard individual medley, 58.67; 200-yard freestyle, 1:49.64; 400-yard individual medley, 4:17.41.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 27, 50-yard breaststroke, 26.86; 100-yard individual medley, 54.01; 200-yard breaststroke, 2:05.63; 100-yard butterfly, 52.62; 50-yard butterfly, 23.95; 100-yard breaststroke, 57.29

Former world champion Megan Romano, 25, 200-yard freestyle, 1:46.92

Kelley Heron, 16, 100-yard backstroke, 57.09

SOFLO is also seeded first in the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay (1:33.26); 400-yard freestyle relay (3:21.44); 800-yard freestyle relay (7:14.16); 200-yard medley relay (1:41.00) and 400-yard medley relay (3:36.21).

SOFLO has 54 swimmers in the meet and will also have 20 relay teams.

Other SOFLO qualifiers including the club’s ProFlo contingent are: Alana Acevedo, 14; Monica Alvarez, 27; Max Asnis, 16; Sam Asnis, 17; Kile Aukerman, 23; Lisa Blackburn, 44; Tyler Bland, 14; Alexandra Crespo, 15; Daniela Curbelo, 13; Katherine DeBarros, 15; Matthew Delvalle, 18; Juan Diaz, 16; Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 16; Claire Donahue, 27; Tyler Gibson, 16; Ksen Golovkina, 26; Annita Huang, 14; Wyatt Jennessee, 16; CJ Kopecki, 16; Elise Larin, 14; Rebekah Ling, 13; Jacqueline Lugo, 13; Raquel Lugo, 16; Ervin Marin, 16; Leonardo Mateus, 14; Catalina Mendieta, 26; Matthew Menocal, 16; Stephanie Mlujeak, 17; Michelle Ordonez, 13; Emmanuel Ortiz, 17; Abby Oyetunji, 16; Emiliana Pelaez, 17; Tomas Pelaez, 14; Delanie Perez, 15; Kevin Porto, 16; Samuel Quintero, 15; Santiago Rivera, 19; Ricardo Roche, 16; Jessica Rodriguez, 17; Rafael Rodriguez, 14; Alina Schulhofer, 21; Marianna Serrao, 14; Isabel Shashaty, 15; Carly Swanson, 18; Jiovanni Tapia, 13; Natasha Testa, 17; Kellie Wilcox, 15; and Alejandro Zambrano, 21.

IF YOU GO

What: Florida Gold Coast Senior Championship

When: Friday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Admission: $3 per session, heat sheets $3.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Leads Southern Zone Sectional Championships After Day One


By Sharon Robb

March 10, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club opened the Speedo Southern Zone Sectional Championships Thursday night at Plantation Aquatic Complex with a top five world-ranked time.

The women’s 200-meter medley relay of Carolina Colorado, Alia Atkinson, Claire Donahue and Kathleen Golding won in 1:54.38, the fourth fastest time in the world this year.

The foursome finished ahead of the Colorado Stars relay that finished second in 1:57.70. The relay featured Olympic four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin going head-to-head with SOFLO’s Jamaican three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson.

SOFLO’s “B” relay of Kelley Heron, Ksen Golovkina, Catalina Mendieta and Alina Schulhofer was third in 2:00.29.

Atkinson, Donahue, Colorado and Mendieta finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:46.35.

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez, 14, was third in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:46.04. Rodriguez was the youngest among the top 10 finishers. Marcelo Acosta of Azura won in 8:06.67, a 30-second margin of victory.

Rodriguez was one of three SOFLO swimmers in the Top 10. Max Asnis, 16, was fifth in 8:49.20 and Ricardo Roche, 16, was ninth in a best time 8:52.63.

SOFLO’s men’s relay of Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Kile Aukerman, Juan Diaz and Ryan Capote was third in the 200-meter medley relay in 1:50.50.

SOFLO’s mixed 200 medley relay of Heron, Marc Rojas, Golding and Ryan Capote was third in 1:55.55.

SOFLO leads the combined with 302 points and women’s team standings with 134 after Day One. The men’s team is second with 108.

The four-day meet, which has attracted 750 swimmers and 80 teams, continues on Friday with prelims and finals.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 302, 2. Colorado Stars 262, 3. Blue Dolfins 216, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 204, 5. Seacoast Swimming 179, 6. Gator Swim Club 154, 7. Swim Fort Lauderdale 116, 8. Metro Aquatics 96, 9. Bluefish Swim Club 92, 10. Colorado Springs 90.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 134, 2. Seacoast 111, 3. Colorado Stars 84, 4. Gator Swim Club 62, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 58.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 130, 2. SOFLO 108, 3. Metro Aquatics 96, 4. Colorado Stars 62, 5. Blue Dolfins 60.

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Kate Magill, SSA 17:29.99, 2. tie, Irena Putikova, AZAC 17:41.75 and Audrey Mason, PC 17:41.75.

200-meter medley relay:

1.SOFLO A 1:54.38 (Carolina Colorado, Alia Atkinson, Claire Donahue, Kathleen Golding), 2. Colorado Stars 1:57.70, 3. SOFLO B 2:00.29 (Kelley Heron, Ksen Golovkina, Catalina Mendieta, Alina Schulhofer).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Colorado Stars 1:44.15, 2. SOFLO A 1:46.35 (Alia Atkinson, Claire Donahue, Carolina Colorado, Catalina Mendieta), 3. Gator Swim Club 1:46.87, 5. SOFLO B 1:51.21 (Kathleen Golding, Ksen Golovkina, Alina Schulhofer, Kelley Heron).

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:

1.Colorado Stars 1:52.64, 2. Gator Swim Cub 1:52.89, 3. SOFLO A 1:55.55 (Kelley Heron, Marc Rojas, Kathleen Golding, Ryan Capote).

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Colorado Stars 1:39.58, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:41.68, 3. Blue Dolfins 1:44.15, 5. SOFLO A 1:46.67 (Marc Rojas, Emiliana Pelaez, Carly Swanson, Ryan Capote).

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Marcelo Acosta, Azura 8:06.67, 2. Matthew Strickland, SWIM 8:42.79, 3. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 8:46.04; SOFLO: 5. Max Asnis 8:49.20, 9. Ricardo Roche 8:52.63, best time, 13. Juan Diaz 8:58.03, best time, 14. Leonardo Mateus 8:58.06, best time, 21. Sam Asnis 9:06.31.

200-meter medley relay:

1.Azura 1:46.60, 2. Blue Dolfins 1:49.03, 3. SOFLO 1:50.50 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Kile Aukerman, Juan Diaz, Ryan Capote), 11. SOFLO 1:53.53 (Kevin Porto, Marc Rojas, Alejandro Zambrano, Ervin Marin).

200-meter freestyle relay:

1.Azura 1:35.41, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:36.76, 3. Colorado Stars 1:37.18, 9. SOFLO 1:40.41 (Ryan Capote, Marc Rojas, Alejandro Zambrano, Ervin Marin), 17. SOFLO B 1:44.19 (Max Asnis, Kevin Porto, Ricardo Roche, Rafael Rodriguez).

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Southern Zone Sectional Championships

When: Friday-Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Admission: $5 per session, heat sheets $3. For information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Austin Arena Pro Swim Series Begins Olympic Countdown


By Sharon Robb

January 13, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s top swimmers will start off the New Year at the Arena Pro Swim Series at University of Texas’ Lee & Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

SOFLO will have six swimmers competing at the three-day meet that begins on Friday. The field features 600 swimmers including 70 members of the USA Swimming national team.

The ProFlo group is headed by three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado and 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue.

The star-studded trio will be joined by Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, post-grad Kile Aukerman and teenager Kathleen Golding, a member of SOFLO’s national group.

Atkinson and Colombian national record holder Jorge Murillo, who is not competing, have already qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August. Newest ProFlo member and world champion Megan Romano is staying home to train.

Atkinson is entered in six events: 100 and 200 breaststroke; 50 and 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

Colorado is swimming the 100 and 200 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

Donahue will compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

Aukerman is swimming five events: 100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley and 50 freestyle.

Blackburn will swim three events in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

Golding, a freshman at Cooper City High School, is entered in four events: 200 and 400 individual medley and 100 and 400 freestyle.

The field is star-studded headed by Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte.

Former Bolles coach Sergio Lopez, now national head coach of the Singapore national team, has entered a contingent including Americans Kevin Cordes and Rex Tullius, who are training with Lopez. The 12-swimmer contingent recently wrapped up training camp in Jacksonville. Singapore’s Olympic Trials are in March.

Hungary’s “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu is also among the elite field.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

The meet will be televised on same-day delay on Universal HD Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-11 p.m. EST. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the Jan. 16-17 finals. A live webcast of both the prelims and finals will be at the usaswimming.org website.

Austin is the second stop in the seven-meet series. The series takes on added importance with U.S. swimmers trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials and international swimmers trying to make their time standards for various countries.

The series offers $350,000 in prize money. Each meet winner earns $1000, runners-up $600 and third place $200. A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the overall male and female series winners. Ledecky and Conor Dwyer lead the series after the first meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Wraps Up AT&T Winter National Championships; Swimmers Resume Training For Trials, Rio Olympics


By Sharon Robb

December 6, 2015—The most decorated Olympian ever said it best at the conclusion of the AT&T Winter National Championships late Saturday night at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

“It seems like a long time before Olympic trials, but it will be here before you know it,” said Michael Phelps, who took home his third national title in the 200-meter butterfly on the final night of competition.

Phelps won the event in 1:56.11 ahead of North Baltimore Aquatic Club training partner Chase Kalisz in 1:57.19. Phelps also won the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.

Phelps now has 62 national titles in his career.

Phelps and Missy Franklin earned the national high point awards. Phelps finished with 60 points and Franklin totaled 72 points.

Two of SOFLO’s three pros at the meet competed on the final day of competition.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was 23rd in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:16.15.

Kile Aukerman was 41st in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.57.

In other championship finals:

Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:07.87, her second national title of the meet.

Simone Manuel won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.98.

Reigning Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson of Trojan Swim Club won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:29.32 and 200-meter butterfly.

Lily King won the 200-meter breaststroke and broke the 15-year-old 17-18 national age group record in 2:24.47. The previous record was held by Amanda Beard.

Michael McBroom won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:10.31, an eight-second margin of victory.

Matt Grevers won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.24, holding off Patrick Mulcare in 1:57.34.

Bolles alum and Canadian Santo Condorelli knocked off Nathan Adrian in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.05. Adrian finished third in 48.60.

The meet was a FINA-approved competition where swimmers could achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter backstroke: 1. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 2:07.87, 2. Maya DiRado, STAN 2:08.28, 3. Hilary Caldwell, ISC 2:10.05.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, Unattached 53.98, 2. Lia Neal, STAN 54.01, 3. Abbey Weitzeil, CANY 54.11.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lily King, IU 2:24.47, 2. Kierra Smith, UN 2:24.60, 3. Molly Hannis, TNA 2:25.81.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Haley Anderson, Trojan 2:10.85, 2. Andreina Pinto, GSC 2:10.95, 3. Taylor Pike, HAWG 2:11.52.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Haley Anderson, Trojan SC 8:29.32, 2. Lindsay Vrooman, BAD 8:29.70, 3. Gillian Ryan, MICH 8:31.97.

MEN

200-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, FORD 1:57.24, 2. Patrick Mulcare, UN 1:57.34, 3. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC 1:57.43.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Santo Condorelli, CANY 48.05, 2. Vladimir Morozov, Trojan 48.51, 3. Nathan Adrian, CAL 48.60.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Carlos Claverie, VEN 2:11.53, 2. Nick Schafer, UN 2:12.23, 3. sam Tierney, UN 2:12.49.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Phelps, NBAC 1:56.11, 2. Chase Kalisz, NBAC 1:57.19, 3. Dakota Hodgson, NAC 1:59.09.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael McBroom, TWST 15:10.31, 2. PJ Ransford, MICH 15;18.46, 3. True Sweetser, GSC 15:26.57.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Donahue Takes Second On Day Two Of AT&T Winter National Championships


 

By Sharon Robb

December 4, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue turned in one of her best swims of the year Friday at the AT&T Winter National Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Donahue, 26, a 2012 Olympic relay gold medalist, finished second behind Olympic reigning champion Dana Vollmer in 58.37, just off her seed time of 58.08.

Vollmer came from behind in the final 25 meters to win in 57.95. It was the first time Vollmer went under 58 seconds since the 2013 World Championships. The time puts her at No. 16 in the world rankings.

Donahue went out fast and led at the turn in 26.68 ahead of Noemie Thomas, who finished fourth, and the 28-year-old Vollmer, coming back after the birth of her son following the 2012 London Olympics.

Donahue swam the second fastest time in morning prelims in 58.47 just behind Vollmer in 58.06.

“I went in to race,” Vollmer said. “I have been working on my back half and coming off the wall well.”

In other championship finals:

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: In an exciting race, Maya DiRado of Stanford held off Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel of BlueFish in 4:36.85. Beisel finished in 4:37.01. “I really couldn’t see anybody until I turned at freestyle,” DiRado said. “I just kept my head down and used my legs. It is so nice to have her there, she has taught me so much. She has been with me in all these championship finals.”

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Chase Kalisz, now training in Tempe, Ariz. with Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt, led from wire-to-wire to win in 4:12.80. Max Williamson, swimming unattached, was second in 4:20.86. “I think the time is all right for now, it’s a process of putting together the pieces,” Kalisz said.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: Michael Phelps won his second national title of the meet in 51.38 ahead of Tom Shields in 51.41. “I’m happy with the swim, I am taking that time,” Phelps said. “I can’t complain. I have never been under 52 in more than a year and did it twice in one day today. I think it’s a good sign.”

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Allison Schmitt of North Baltimore Aquatic Club came from behind to win in 1:56.77. “I wanted to take it out and finish hard and race the rest of the field,” Schmitt said.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Florida alum Conor Dwyer of Trojan Swim Club won in 1:46.62. “I have been pretty honest with my training and I think I am in a good place right now,” Dwyer said.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: Russian Yulia Efimova of Trojan Swim Club won in 1:06.17 just ahead of Lilly King of Indiana University in 1:06.43. Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale and Michigan was tenth in 1:09.14. “I am pretty happy with my swim, I am just working through this meet,” Efimova said.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Sam Tierney of Missouri won his first national title in 1:00.15 just ahead of deaf swimmer Marcus Titus of Tucson Ford in 1:00.55. “It’s nice to get a win under my belt, it feels really good,” Tierney said. “This is just one more stop in the road. This is a big meet and I want to thank my coaches and friends. My dad is probably up there balling his eyes out right now.”

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: In an exciting race, Olympian Missy Franklin turned it on in the final five meters to win in 1:00.03 ahead of Ali Deloof of Michigan in 1:00.10. Less than a half second separated the top six finishers. Clara Smiddy of Michigan and AquaKids Sharks was seventh in 1:00.49. “I saw that everyone was right there after I flipped from the wall, I knew everybody was going to be right there in the final 50,” Franklin said. “There is so much I am learning. Every single race I learn something and that’s the most important part.”

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Olympian Matt Grevers blew past the field to win in 52.54, his fastest swim this year. He was the only swimmer under 53 seconds. “This is my baby so I wanted to do well,” said Grevers, training for his fifth U.S. Olympic trials.

In addition to Donahue, two other South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers competed on Day Two.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was 26th in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.86 and 27th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.34. On Saturday, Colorado finishes with the 200-meter backstroke.

Kile Aukerman was 37th among a field of 75 in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.52. On Saturday he competes in the 200-meter breaststroke.

The meet is a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Saturday’s events are: 200-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter butterfly, women’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s 1500-meter freestyle.

The three-day meet is being broadcast on NBC Universal. NBC will also air the meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. Check local listings for times in your area. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org. The meet concludes on Saturday.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Maya DiRado, Stanford 4:36.85, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, ABF 4:37.01, 3. Sarah Henry, AGS 4:40.01.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Dana Vollmer, CAL 57.95, 2. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 58.37, 3. Kendyl Stewart, Unattached 58.45.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Allison Schmitt, NBAC 1:56.77, 2. Missy Franklin, STARS 1:57.30, 3. Siobhan Haughey, MICH 1:58.48.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Yulia Efimova, Russia 1:06.17, 2. Lilly King, IU 1:06.43, 3. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 1:07.51.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Missy Franklin, STARS 1:00.03, 2. Ali Deloof, Michigan 1:00.10, 3. Rachel Bootsma, CAL 1:00.25.

MEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore Aquatic Club 4:12.80, 2. Max Williamson, Unattached 4:20.86, 3. Dan Wallace, GSC 4:21.03.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Phelps, NBAC 51.38, 2. Tom Shields, CAL 51.41, 3. Luis Martinez, AU 52.35.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 1:46.62, 2. Michael Weiss, WA 1:47.85, 3. Matias Koski, Unattached 1:47.96.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Sam Tierney, Missouri 1:00.15, 2. Marcus Titus, Tucson Ford 1:00.55, 3. Nick Schafer, Unattached 1:00.71.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford 52.54, 2. Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville 53.80, 3. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC 54.12.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Phelps Wins First Event; Three SOFLO Swimmers Compete On Day One Of AT&T Winter National Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 3, 2015—Fifteen years after making his Federal Way, Wash. debut at age 15, Michael Phelps took a trip down memory lane Thursday at the AT&T Winter National Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Phelps, swimming in Lane 6, won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.61. Phelps led the race from start-to-finish going out in 25.44.

Phelps is a three-time Olympic champion in the 200 IM.

“The time was fine, for right now I think it’s really good,” Phelps said. “I dropped two seconds since the Minneapolis meet. The biggest thing is being able to move forward during the season. I think I am in a good place.

“I think back when I was 15 it was different because I was racing with so many older guys and the thing that made me so hungry was wanting to beat every single one of them,” Phelps said. “Now I’m the old man.”

Phelps has the 100 butterfly on Friday and 200 butterfly on Saturday remaining.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Allison Schmitt, 25, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the first event of the meet in 4:06.88. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel was sixth in 4:10.21. “I am happy with where I am at right now, we’ve been working really hard,” Schmitt said. “That is my fastest time since London.”

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Florida alum Conor Dwyer of Trojan Swim Club won in 3:48.11. “I watched Allison kill it and wanted to go out like her,” said Dwyer, who has been altitude training. “I felt great this morning and went out hard tonight.” Finland’s Matias Koski broke his own national record in 3:49.37 to win the B final.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Maya DiRado of Stanford won in 2:11.10 holding off a charging Caitlin Leverenz of Cal Aquatics who finished in 2:11.79. “I had to work my breaststroke since it’s always my weakest point,” DiRado said. “I felt strong on freestyle coming home so that was really encouraging. The time excites me moving forward with my training.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Sprinter Simone Manuel, the only American to be ranked in the Top 10 this year in the event, came from behind to win by 3/100ths of a second in 24.83. Abbey Weitzeil was second in 24.86. Veteran Natalie Coughlin, an early leader after a great start, was fifth in 25.27. Six of the top eight U.S. Olympic trials qualifiers were in the field. “I was most focused on my start because I was shaky this morning,” Manuel said.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: American record holder Nathan Adrian of Cal Aquatics, after a poor start, won in 21.76, sixth fastest time in the world. Canadian and Bolles alum Santo Condorelli was third in 22.04. Adrian was the fifth slowest off the blocks. “I tried to start fast and finish as fast as possible,” Adrian said. “My confidence level is good. These races are all snapshots on our way to the Olympic trials.”

All three South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers also competed on opening day.

SOFLO’s U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue swam the 50-meter freestyle in 26.30. She swims her signature event, the 100-meter butterfly, on Friday.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado competed in the first of her four events. She finished the 50-meter freestyle in 26.52. She swims the 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke on Friday; and 200-meter backstroke on Saturday.

Kile Aukerman swam the 200-meter individual medley in 2:07.16. He swims the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday and 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday.

The meet is a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Friday’s events are 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter backstroke.

The three-day meet will be broadcast on NBC Universal. NBC will also air the meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. Check local listings for times in your area. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org. The meet concludes on Saturday.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Allison Schmitt, NBAC 4:06.88, 2. Haley Anderson, Trojan Swim Club 4:08.38, 3. Sarah Henry, AGS 4:08.86.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Maya DiRado, STAN 2:11.10, 2. Caitlin Leverenz, CAL 2:11.79, 3. Kathleen Baker, CAL 2:12.13.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, Unattached 24.83, 2. Abbey Weitzeil, CANY 24.86, 3. Farida Osman, CAL 25.22.

MEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, Trojan Swim Club 3:48.11, 2. Ryan Cochrane, Canada, 3:50.15, 3. Michael McBroom, TWST 3:50.50.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Michael Phelps, NBAC 1:57.61, 2. Chase Kalisz, NBAC 1:58.77, 3. Eduardo Solaeche, GSC 2:00.14.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 21.76, 2. Brad Tandy, FORD 21.87, Santo Condorelli, CANY 22.04.

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