Nova Southeastern Takes Combined, Women’s Team Titles Against Florida Southern; NSU’s Marquez, Flower Double Winners; NSU Named CSCAA All-American Team

By Sharon Robb
January 26, 2022—-Nova Southeastern University won the combined and women’s team titles in a college meet against Florida Southern.

NSU defeated FSC, 293-232 in combined and 173-89 in the women’s competition. FSC’s men’s team won 143-120.

Celina Marquez, 22, a 2020 Olympian for El Salvador, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.56 and 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.87.

Flower, 22, of the United Kingdom, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.75 and 100-yard freestyle in 45.56.

COMBINED: Nova Southeastern 293, Florida Southern 232
WOMEN: Nova Southeastern 173, Florida Southern 89
MEN: Florida Southern 143, Nova Southeastern 120

200-yard medley relay: 1. NSU A 1:45.51, 2. NSU B 1:46.39, 3. FSC 1:49.78.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Estelle Bauer, NSU 10:26.55, 2. Olivia Miles, FSC 10:28.26, 3. Victoria Ortiz, NSU 10:42.46.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Celina Marquez, NSU 1:53.56, 2. Maja Eriksson, FSC 1:54.22, 3. Erin McCann, FSC 1:57.18, 4. Solana Capalbo, NSU 1:59.49.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Cassie Wright, NSU 56.07, 2. Allison Kopas, NSU 59.12, 3. Teagan Michaelek, FSC 59.48, 6. Isa DiSalvo, NSU 1:05.52.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Savanna Best, NSU 1:03.63, 2. Claire Gass, NSU 1:06.88, 3. Alizee Pelletier, FSC 1:06.97, 7. Amanda Kop,as NSU 1:11.44.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Aleksandra Maslova, NSU 203.79, 2. Brady Estrada, NSU 2:09.79, 3. Allie Brinton, FSC 2:10.31.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jazzy Hoffman, FSC 24.26, 2. Solana Capalbo, NSU 24.55, 3. Rachel Cunningham, FSC 24.73.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Cassie Wright, NSU 52.71, 2. Jazzy Hoffman, FSC 53.10, 3. Maja Eriksson, FSC 53.17.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, NSU 2:00.87, 2. May Lowy, NSU 2:04.53, 3. Solana Capalbo, NSU 2:11.57, 8. Isa DiSalvo, NSU 2:22.19.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Savanna Best, NSU 2:19.31, 2. Emily Peck, FSC 2:23.55,. 3. Alizee Pelletier, FSC 2:24.84.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Estelle Bauer, NSU 5:08.21, 2. Olivia Miles, FSC 5:08.72, 3. Victoria Ortiz, NSU 5:12.17.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Aleksandra Maslova, NSU 55.95, 2. Allie Brinton, FSC 58.76, 3. Amanda Kopas, NSU 58.96.

200-yard individual medley: 1. May Lowy, NSU 2:06.69, 2. Allison Kopas, NSU 2:11.32, 2. Emily Peck, FSC 2:11.37.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. NSU A 3:32.78, 2. NSU B 3:33.97, 3. FSC A 3:34.74.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Luca Alessandrini, NSU 9:30.13, 2. Keith Peristeridis, FSC 9:33.74, 3. Elder Oliveira, FSC 9:36.65.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Thomas Flower, NSU 1:39.75, 2. Jarryd Baxter, NSU 1:41.83, 3. Gus Pastros, NSU 1:45.98.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Brandon Dyck, FSC 48.68, 2. Brandon Wilson, FSC 51.68, 3. Steven Aimable, NSU 52.22.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matteo Zampese, FSC 55.72, 2. Ludovico Viberti, FSC 56.40, 3. Ludwig Mueller, FSC 57.37.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Miguel Bernotti, FSC 1:53.29, 2. Alessandro Xella, NSU 1:53.46, 3. JJ Saslo, FSC 1:54.55, 6. Juan Zapata, NSU 1:57.33.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kyle Micallef, FSC 20.32, 2. Michael Fernandez, FSC 21.40, 3. Anton Mueller, NSU 21.42.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Thomas Flower, NSU 45.56, 2. Kyle Micallef, FSC 47.22, 3. Kaden Mackey, NSU 49.89.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Brandon Dyck, FSC 1:48.63, 2. Jarryd Baxter, NSU 1:48.65, 3. Alessandro Xella, NSU 1:55.11.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Matteo Zampese, FSC 2:03.43, 2. Ludovico Viberti, FSC 2:04.16, 3. Ludwig Mueller, FSC 2:06.81.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Luca Alessandrini, NSU 4:32.17, 2. Elder Oliveira, FSC 4:32.63, 3. Keith Peristeridis, FSC 4:42.27.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Steven Aimable, NSU 49.68, 2. Juan Zapata, NSU 51.00, 3. Miguel Bernotti, FSC 51.30.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Matteo Zampese, FSC 1:52.16, 2. Jarryd Baxter, NSU 1:52.33, 3. Alessandro Xella, NSU 1:53.35.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. NSU A 3:04.37, 2. FSC A 3:07.22, 3. NSU B 3:10.42.

In other NSU news:

Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s swimming teams were selected by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as a Scholar All-American team. The Sharks men and women posted GPAs of 3.33 and 3.45 to earn the honor.

NSU head coach Ben Hewitt said, “This is an awesome job by our Sharks in the classroom this past semester. They have clearly dedicated themselves to pursuing excellence and their work continues to pay off. I’m proud of our team and the tradition we’ve set in our studies.”

Thirty-nine student-athletes finished the fall semester with grade-point averages over 3.0. For the NSU men’s swimming team, along with posting the highest team GPA in program history, three student-athletes earned 4.0 GPAs, while six were named to the Director’s List (GPA 3.80 or above), and 14 ended the semester with a 3.25 or higher.

On the women’s side, three held 4.0 GPAs, seven were named to the Director’s List and 17 student-athletes finished the semester with a 3.25 or higher.

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Aussie Ariarne Titmus Knocks Off Katie Ledecky; Peaty, MacNeil, Dressel Win Gold

By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, July 25, 2021–In a thrilling showdown, Ariarne Titmus of Australia knocked off defending champion and world record holder Katie Ledecky Sunday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Swimming side-by-side in the 400-meter freestyle, the Tasmanian-born Titmus, 20, closed the gap to 2/10ths of a second at the 300-meter mark and pulled ahead in the final 50 meters to win in 3:56.69, an Oceanic women’s record and second fastest time in history.

Titmus, ranked No. 1 in the world, handed Ledecky, 24, her first individual Olympic loss. The American finished in 3:57.36, her second fastest career time. China’s Bingjie Li was third in an Asian record 4:01.88.

“I can’t believe it, I’m trying to contain my emotions,” Titmus said. “This past year I don’t know whether it’s gone fast or slow, but to get here was a relief. To come here and do the job, I’m over the moon.

“I thanked her, I wouldn’t be here without her. She set this incredible standard. I’ve been trying to chase her, it’s really exciting now we have this battle going. It’s really fun to race.

“I tried to stay as composed as I could. Then just tried to stick to my race plan. I can’t believe I pulled it off.”

The Ledecky-Titmus matchup was one of the most anticipated and talked-about Olympic races. Titmus had defeated Ledecky at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea in the 400 freestyle but Ledecky had a severe stomach virus. In June, Titmus had flirted with Ledecky’s world record of 3:56.46 when she went 3:56.90 at her country’s Olympic trials.

Titmus won the first individual gold medal for Australia since Stephanie Rice in 2008.

“I looked at the 300 and saw she was right there,” Ledecky said. “I knew it would be a fight to the finish. I can’t be disappointed. I did my best, I fought tooth and nail. She said she couldn’t have done it without me and I think she pushed me.”

Titmus’ coach Dean Boxall was emotional and animated after watching his swimmer touch first, running and gyrating in the stands.

It ended Ledecky’s quest to win the first of five possible gold medals. The two will meet again in the 200 and 800 freestyles and 4×200 freestyle relay.

In the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay final, anchor leg Zach Apple pulled away with a 46.6 split for a 9/10ths of a second lead to clinch the win for the U.S. in 3:08.97. Italy was second in 3:10.11 and Australia third in 3:10.22.

Floridian Caeleb Dressel led off in 47.2 followed by Blake Pieroni in 47.5 and Bowen Becker in 47.4 who led by 2/10ths after the third leg.

“We knew there was a huge target on our back,” said Dressel, a Clay High School, Bolles Club and Florida alum. “I’d say we dominated that pretty well. We’re never going to doubt ourselves, that’s not how the U.S. team works. We had a couple people rule us out in that event. We’re never going to take that so it feels nice to dominate and have it back on home soil.”

The U.S. men have won two of the last three Olympic 400 relays.

Local swimmers results:

Azura’s Celina Marquez of El Salvador, fifth in her heat of the 100-meter backstroke in 1:03.75.

Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders, an NSU University School/Pine Crest Club alum, second in his heat of the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.43.

Azura’s Joaquin Vargas of Peru, third in his heat of the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.93.

In other championship medal finals:

Women’s 100-meter butterfly:
Canadian Maggie MacNeil, in the outside lane, swam the second fastest time in history to win the gold medal in 55.59 ahead of China’s Yufei Zhang in 55.64 and Aussie Emma McKeon in 55.72. American 18-year-old Stanford-commit Torri Huske o f Arlington, Va. missed the podium by 1/100ths in 55.73. MacNeil, World and Pan Pac champion who swims at University of Michigan, is the first Canadian to win the gold medal in the event. Swimming without her contact lenses, it took her a while to focus on the scoreboard and realize she was listed first. World and Olympic record holder Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden, who bounced back from a shattered elbow sustained slipping on ice, was seventh in 56.91.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Defending champion, world record holder and heavy favorite Adam Peaty of Great Britain won back-to-back Olympic gold in 57.37 ahead of Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands in 58.00, the first medal in the event for his country and Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy in 58.33. American medal favorite Michael Andrew finished out of the medals placing fourth in 58.84.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Maggie MacNeil, CAN 55.59, 2. Yufei Zhang, CHINA 55.64, 3. Emma McKeon, AUS 55.72.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ariarne Titmus, AUS 3:56.69, 2. Katie Ledecky, US 3:57.36, 3. Bingjie Li, CHINA 4:01.08.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Adam Peaty, GBR 57.37, 2. Arno Kamminga, Netherlands 58.00, 3. Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA 58.33.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. United States 3:08.97, 2. Italy 3:10.11, 3. Australia 3:10.22.

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SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Makes Olympic Debut; Alia Atkinson Begins Medal Quest Sunday; Kalisz, Hafnaoui, Ohashi Win Gold

By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, July 24, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego had his first Olympic moment Saturday.

Despite no fans in the 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Horrego, 22, swimming the 100-meter breaststroke in Lane 5 in Heat 2, was fourth in his heat and 43rd overall in 1:02.45. He was 29.09 at the turn. Horrego has the 200-meter breaststroke remaining.

SOFLO teammate Alia Atkinson, 32, of Jamaica will make her fifth and final Olympic appearance when she competes in the heats of the 100-meter breaststroke Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. EST. The short course world champion and national record holder’s mantra for her final Summer Games has been “last swim, fast swim.”

Other local swimmers results:

Former St. Andrew’s Swimming and Florida State’s Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas was eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke heat and 40th overall in 1:01.87.

Peru’s Joaquin Vargas of Azura Florida Aquatics was 25th overall in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:52.94. Vargas competes Sunday in the 200 freestyle and Azura teammate Celina Marquez of El Salvador and Nova Southeastern competes in the 100 backstroke in the opening heats.

University of Miami’s Remedy Rule of the Philippines was 25th in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.68.

In the championship medal finals:

Men’s 400 individual medley: Americans Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland finished one-two. Kalisz, 27, of Bel Air, Md., a silver medalist in 2016, won gold in 4:09.42. Kalisz pulled away from the field in the breaststroke and was 2.5 seconds ahead going into the freestyle. Litherland came on in the freestyle to clinch the silver in 4:10.28.

“This means the world to me,” said Kalisz, obviously in pain after leaving it all in the pool. “This was the last thing I really wanted to accomplish in my swim career. It’s something that was a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I can’t believe it…I really can’t believe it.”

Men’s 400 freestyle: In a shocker, teenager Ahmed Hafnaoui, 18, of Tunisia, swimming in Lane 8 won his country’s first Olympic medal in the event and only fifth medal in any sport. With an insane kick at the finish, the youngest swimmer in the final won in 3:34.36, out-touching Aussie Jack McLoughlin in 3:43.52. The Tunisian had only qualified eighth by 8/100ths of a second (3:45.68). He is only the second swimmer from Tunisia to make a final. The son of former Tunisia national basketball player, Mohamed Hafnaoui was 12 when he joined Tunisia’s national swimming program. University of Florida junior Kieran Smith, making his Olympic debut, hung on to take the bronze in 3:43.94.

“I just can’t believe it, it is amazing, I am Olympic champion now,” Hafnaoui said. “I don’t know how I did it, I just put my head to the water. I just can’t believe it. “This is a dream that came true.”

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Japan’s Yui Ohashi won her country’s first gold medal in 4:32.08. She had a two-body length lead during the breaststroke leg. American Emma Weyant, 19, of Sarasota Sharks, fourth going into the backstroke, came back to take silver in her Olympic debut in 4:32.76. U.S. teammate Hali Flickinger was third in 4:34.90. Reigning Olympic, world and European champion and world record holder Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, at 32 the oldest in the field, faded to fifth in 4:35.98. Weyant top seed in the 400 IM after prelims in 4:33.55.

“This is my first (major) international meet,” said Weyant after prelims. “It was really cool to be in the Olympics. I was really just trying to set myself up well for tomorrow morning and execute my race.”

After the final, Weyant said, “I think my mom and dad just fainted. This is just crazy to be a silver medalist and race the best in the world.”

Women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay: Australia broke the first world record in swimming blowing away the field in 3:29.69 with Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris. Canada was second in 3:32.78 and the U.S., with Simone Manuel on anchor leg, was third in 3:32.81.

In the biggest upset of the day, world champion and local hero Daiya Seto of Japan missed the final in the 400-meter individual medley, an event he was the heavy favorite. He had the fastest time (4:09.02) of the year. He was fifth in his heat and ninth overall missing the final by 0.32 seconds. After 300 meters he was a full body length ahead and then let it slip away on the freestyle leg. Seto still has the 200 IM left, which he is defending world champion.

Among the limited audience was First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Members of the U.S. swimming team cheered and chanted from the stands for Dr. Biden, who sat across the pool and waved as swimming kicked off.

Without fans, masked teams had ample room to spread out in socially distanced seats above the deck. The U.S. contingent waved tiny American flags and pounded red-white-and-blue Thunderstix, while the Germans spread their large-sized flag over two rows of seats.

NBC is hosting watch parties for parents of Olympians in Orlando.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Yui Ohashi, Japan 4:32.08, 2. Emma Weyant, US 4:32.76, 3. Hali Flickinger, US 4:34.90.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Australia 3:29.69, 2. Canada 3:32.78, 3. United States 3:32.81.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, US 4:09.42, 2. Jay Litherland, US 4:10.28, 3. Brendon Smith, AUS 4:10.38.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ahmed Hafnaoui, Tunisia 3:43.36, 2. Jack McLoughlin, AUS 3:43.52, 3. Kieran Smith, US 3:43.94.

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SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Honduras Flag Bearer In Opening Ceremonies, Competes Saturday In Olympic Debut

By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, July 23, 2021—In one of the biggest moments for an Olympic athlete, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego of Honduras carried his country’s flag during Friday night’s Opening Ceremonies’ Parade of Nations.

After a rollercoaster week, it was a fresh jolt of energy he will need to carry him through the pandemic-delayed 32nd edition of the Summer Olympics.

The 22-year-old former Mater Academy and Florida State swimmer will make his Olympic debut Saturday in the opening heats of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke on Day One of the swimming competition.

The five-time national champion has not been able to fully train in the Olympic pool since Saturday after being isolated in his Olympic Village room for Covid-19 contact tracing.

Horrego will compete Saturday morning at 6 a.m. EST hoping to advance into the semifinals at 9:30 p.m. In 2019, he represented Honduras at the Pan American Games in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and finished 12th in both.

Another familiar Florida Gold Coast face was Celina Marquez of Azura Florida Aquatics, carrying the flag of her native El Salvador. NBC prime time host Mike Tirico gave her college Nova Southeastern University and Fort Lauderdale a shoutout during the broadcast.

Swimmers dominated the flagbearer honor for their countries.

Chad Le Clos, who won Olympic gold in the 200 butterfly in 2012 upsetting Michael Phelps, was flag bearer for South Africa. Le Clos has trained at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex in the past.

Other swimmer flag bearers were: Florida International University junior Elinah Phillip of the British Virgin Islands; Cate Campbell of Australia; Ronald Forbes of Cayman Islands; Yakov Toumarkin of Israel; Boston College volunteer assistant coach and Barbados swimmer Alex Sobers; Issa Al-Adawi of Oman; Mireia Belmonte of Spain; Hwang Sun-Wood of South Korea; Laszlo Cseh of Hungary; Gabriel Castillo of Bolivia; and Robert Glinta of Romania.

Horrego’s SOFLO teammate Alia Atkinson, making her fifth and final Olympic appearance, competes Sunday in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at 6 a.m. in her final quest for an Olympic medal.

For the first time in her Olympic appearances, Atkinson marched in the Parade of Nations along with Jamaican swimmer Keanan Dols of Sarasota.

In front of an audience of less than 1,000 dignitaries and other invited guests including First Lady Jill Biden in the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium, the opening ceremony featured masked athletes, dancers, singers and musicians for nearly three hours in 90-degree heat. The show’s theme was “United By Emotion.” Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who will compete for host Japan, lit the Olympic cauldron to cap the festivities.

Many of the nations’ contingents were reduced to preserve social distancing. Although some events already started earlier this week, it was the official start for more than 11,000 athletes from 205 countries set to compete in 33 sports over the next two weeks.

The absence of spectators, which will be the case at 97 percent of competitions, is an unprecedented occurrence at the Olympics, with “virtual cheering” and a screen for fans to send in selfies and messages being used instead.

An edited version of the Opening Ceremonies will be re-broadcast Friday night at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC.

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Estado de Mexico Wins Combined Team Title, Azura Finishes Second; Sanes Earns Olympic Trip On Final Day Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier

By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 2, 2021—Adriel Sanes of the Virgin Islands was all smiles as he climbed out of the pool after his final time trial on the fourth and final day of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier at Orlando Health National Training Center.

In Sunday’s 200-meter breaststroke time trial, the 22-year-old St. Croix native punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics with a qualifying time and national record of 2:12.59. He had just missed the FINA “B”cut by .02 in Saturday’s final.

“I was convinced to do the time trial since I was so close to it and been swimming at a high level at this meet with all best times,” Sanes said.

Sanes holds three other national records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 50 butterfly. Sanes has been training in Denver and is coached by Todd Schmitz of Colorado Stars, who also coached Missy Franklin.

Sanes said he wanted to thank the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee for “everything they’ve done for me and their continued support.” He also said Schmitz “has done a phenomenal job training me as you can see in my results.”

Estado de Mexico, dominant since opening day, won the combined (225 points) and men’s team titles (141). Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics (111) won the women’s team title. Host Azura Florida Aquatics was second in combined (204), men’s (120) and women’s (84.55) team totals.

Individual high point winners were Athena Kovacs Meneses, 16, (36 points)and Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, both of Estado de Mexico (38 points).

On Sunday night, Azura had three individual champions. El Salvador’s Celina Marquez, 21, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.99. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 25, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.90. El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.41.

Other Sunday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 100-meter freestyle, 56.57, national record.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 2:10.37.

Kate Hurst, 15, of Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics, 800-meter freestyle, 8:53.49 followed by teammate Chloe Kim, 13, in 8:58.76.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, of Mexico, 100-meter freestyle, 49.61.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico, 200-meter butterfly, 1:58.76.

The successful four-day meet was hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming. It featured 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race. For many swimmers, it was their first long course meet of the season.

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

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

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 225, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 204.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 123, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Club Libanes Potosino 45, 7. Gator Swim Club 40, 8. Aruba 39, 9. Virgin Islands 37, 10. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 18. Bolles 21, 21. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 141, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 120, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 37, 5. Olympus 25, 6. Aruba 24, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. Colorado Stars 21, 9. Zacatecas 19, 10. tie, Caan Rosarito, Texas A&M 13, 19. St. Andrew’s 8, 24. Pine Crest 5, 27. Bolles 4.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 111, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 84.5, 3. Mexico 84, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 7. Club Libanes Potosino 33, 8. Bermuda 32, 9. Seleccion de Venezuela 23, 10. Montverde 22, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club 20, 14. Bolles 17, 23. Jamaica 12.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 56.57, 2. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 57.06, 3. Liliana Ibanez, Swim Uphill 57.61; SOFLO: 19. Andrea Santander 59.92; FGC: 14. Elinah Phillip, Unattached 59.00, 15. Colleen Fergeson, Azura 59.17, 26. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:00.45, 27. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:00.48, 30. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 1:02.93.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:14.99, 2. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 2:16.63, 3. Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, Club De Regatas Lima 2:17.30; FGC: 15. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:24.46, 18. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 2:31.15.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:10.37, 2. Diana Luna Sanchez, Puebla 2:16.37, 3. Junseo Kim, SCAR 2:16.53FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:20.73.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Hurst, SCAR 8:53.49, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 8:58.76, 3. Kate Beavon, Unattached 9:01.57; FGC: 5. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 9:09.46.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 49.61, 2. Alberto Mestre, Azura 49.98, 3. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.04; FGC: 5. Daniel Ramierz, Westminster Academy 50.30, 6. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 50.75, 8. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 52.20, 9. Steven Aimable, Azura 52.32, 10. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 52.63, 12. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 51.74, 21. Kohen Kerr, Azura 52.99, 26. Kerry Olliviere, Azura 54.36.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:00.90, 2. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:02.83, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus 2:03.02; FGC: 6. Lance Lesage, Unattached Pine Crest 2:04.85, 14. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s 2:10.04, 26. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:20.50; SOFLO: 27. Leo Mateus 2:21.41.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 1:58.76, 2. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 1:59.47, 3. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:01.61; FGC: 4. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.32, 10. Abbas Qali, Azura 2:21.60, 23. Sidrell Williams, Azura 2:13.34.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 15:22.41, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 15:37.95, 3. Brennan Gravley, Unattached-UF 15:40.22; FGC: 7. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:09.97, 17. Enrique Rodriguez, Venezuela 17:14.14.

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Aruba’s Patrick Groters Breaks Second National Record; El Salvador’s Celina Marquez Of Azura Breaks National Record; Carter Takes Bronze Day Three Of XVIII Pan American Games

By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 9, 2019—Patrick Groters of Aruba continued to make history for his country with a second national record Thursday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional Aquatic Center.

The former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming alum just missed his second final, placing ninth in the men’s 100-meter backstroke and making “B” final but did break his second national record for Aruba in a personal-best 56.20. He broke his own record of 57.17 set in 2017 at the CARIFTA Championships.

In an exciting “B” final race, Groters was second in another best time and lowering his national record in 55.82 just 4/100ths of a second behind Azura’s Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico in 55.78. Groters is being coached by his older brother Jordy.

Morales finished fourth in his heat in 56.53. He finished fifth overall in 200-meter backstroke on Wednesday in 2:00.27.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Celina Marquez, 20, of El Salvador swam a national record in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.92. Her previous best was 1:02.92 in April at the Puerto Rico Open. She also swam 1:02.96 at the recent FINA World Aquatic Championships. She earned the fifth-fastest time. Her splits were 29.96 and 31.96, breaking the national record by more than two and a half seconds. In finals, she finished seventh in 1:03.07.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago 100-meter won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke final in 54.42.

Groters’ Aruba teammate Mikel Schreuders, 20, swam the fastest time in his career to break a national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.08. His splits were 23.74 and 25.34 to earn the third seed for final. His previous best was 49.17 swam at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games. He came back at night to finish sixth in 49.21.

Azura’s Allyson Ponson of Aruba won the “B” final in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.06. In prelims she was ninth in 57.28 to make “B” final.

Former SOFLO swimmer Jorge Murillo won the “B” final in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.59 after going 2:14.09 in his heat. He was also a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in 3:55.22.

Renzo Tjon-A-Joe of Surinam was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle heats in 49.73.

Azura and Cypress Bay alum Marco Guarente, now at Florida, qualified for the “A” final of 200-meter breaststroke, where he finished seventh in 2:14.40.

Azura alum Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, now at Louisville, was fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.98.

Mateo Gonzalez of Mexico, a Sagemont and Azura alum qualified for the “B” final on Wednesday in 100-meter butterfly and finished second in 54.09.

Azura alum Luis Martinez won a silver medal in 100-meter butterfly in 51.63 behind American Tom Shields in 51.59 Wednesday night.

Azura alum Jose Angel Martinez of Mexico, now at Texas A&M, was fifth in 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.23 Wednesday night.

Azura’s Julio Horrego of Honduras was fourth in the “B” final of 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.90 after going 2:18.21 in his heat.

Doral alum Isabella Paez was a member of Venezuela’s mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fourth in its heat in 4:03.18.

American Heritage alum Cathy Cooper of Panama was a member of the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished fifth in its heat in 4:06.11 and sixth in finals in 3:58.10.

Individual winners on Thursday night:

American Margo Greer, top qualifier, led from start-to-finish to win the 100-meter freestyle in 54.17.

Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini outsprinted American Nathan Adrian to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.09 and snap the Americans win streak. Adrian finished in 48.17.

American Anne Lazor won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record 2:21.40.

American William Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in a Pan Am record of 2:07.62.

American Phoebe Bacon won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.47, the only swimmer under 1 minute.

American Daniel Carr won the 100-meter backstroke in 53.50.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello continues to dominate the distance events winning the 800-meter freestyle in 8:29.42. American Mariah Denigan was second in 8:34.18. U.S. teammate Becca Mann, a former Clearwater swimmer, was fifth in 8:38.25.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.70.

Brazil won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:48.61. The U.S. team of Anne Lazor, Kendyl Stewart, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian was disqualified for an illegal second dolphin kick on Miller’s breaststroke.

The U.S. won 11 medals including six gold on Day 3 and broke two Pan American records.

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Patrick Groters Makes History For Aruba, Several Local Swimmers Shine On Day Two Of XVIII Pan American Games

By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 7, 2019—Former NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters made history Wednesday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional.

Groters became the first swimmer from his country to make an “A” final in a Pan American Games competition.

Groters was eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:03.65. He qualified eighth in morning prelims in 2:02.32, fourth in his heat. It was a national record and lifetime-best time.

In the finals, Groters went out fast and had the early lead at 50 meters with a 27.68 split. Groters faded on the back half.

Aruba teammate Mikel Schreuders, also shared the historical moment with Groters. He was third in the 200-meter freestyle heat in 1:49.48, just missing the national record and was seventh in the final in 1:49.92.

There were several familiar faces competing on Wednesday.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Celina Marquez of El Salvador won the “B” final of the 200-meter backstroke with more than a three-second drop in 2.14.76 and setting a new national record.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago won his heat in the 200-meter freestyle morning prelims in 1:49.08. He came back at night to finish fourth in a national record 1:47.78.

Isabella Paez of Venezuela was third in her 100-meter butterfly heat in 1:01.44 and was fourth in the “B” final in 1:01.85.

St. Andrew’s alum Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands was seventh in her heat of the 200-meter freestyle in 2:14.50.

TS Aquatics alum and Penn State swimmer Carlos Vasquez, representing Honduras, was a “B” finalist in the 200-meter butterfly and swam a best time 2:02.74. He also swam a best time in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.01.

Individual winners on Wednesday night:

Americans Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab finished one-two in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.64 and 1:58.70.

Brazilians Fernando Muhlenberg Scheffer and Breno Martins Correia were one-two in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.68 and 1:47.78.

American Kendyl Stewart won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.49.

American Tom Shields bounced back to win the 100-meter butterfly in 51.59 just ahead of Guatemala’s Luiz Martinez in 51.63.

American Alex Walsh won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.30.

American Daniel Carr won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:58.13.

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