SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins In London Roar Pro Season Opener; Carter Finishes Fourth


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 2, 2021–After finishing seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke, SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson roared back with a win in the 50-meter breaststroke in her first pro meet of the ISL’s third season for the London Roar.

Atkinson, 32, of Jamaica won the sprint event in 29.73 ahead of Benedetta Pilato of Energy Standard in 29.80 and picked up 15 points for her team. It was her sixth career 50 breaststroke win. Atkinson was seventh in the 200 breaststroke in 2:23.97.

London teammate and American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was fourth in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.46.

After Day One of the four-team meet, Energy Standard, led by Chad le Clos, leads with 341 followed by London Roar with 214, Iron with 181.5 and New York Breakers with 160.5.

The four teams will resume competing Friday at 2 p.m. EST in the ISL’s fourth match of the season.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Caeleb Dressel Shines On Final Night Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships; Hosszu, Le Clos Named FINA Swimmers Of The Year


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 16, 2018—On the sixth and final night of the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships, Caeleb Dressel saved his best for last.

The Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum won the 100-meter freestyle in an exciting finish against Russian Vlad Morozov, 45.62-45.64. Dressel used his closing speed to out-touch Morozov. South African Chad le Clos took the bronze in 45.89.

It was Dressel’s first individual gold medal and short course world title. He also broke his own American record of 45.66 he set earlier in the meet as leadoff leg of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

“I actually feel alright right now,” Dressel said. “It was a long meet, but I’ve had meets where I was a lot more tired. This went smoothly. I’m happy to be done, don’t get me wrong, but it was a great performance all around from everyone on the team and it was really exciting to be a part of that.”

Dressel was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay with a split of 48.28. The U.S. men won in a championship record 3:19.98 breaking the old U.S. record of 3:20.99 set in 2010. Russia was second in 3:20.61 and Japan was third in 3:21.07. Dressel was joined by teammates Ryan Murphy, a Bolles alum, Andrew Wilson and Ryan Held.

“I feel like I’m in really good shape,” Dressel said. “They (his swims) were pretty sloppy to be honest, a lot of them. I feel like I got better as the meet went on because that was faster than the first day of the meet tonight, so I think I was getting better every day. The speed was not quite there, but like I said I think I’m in really good shape. My last 50 was really good in the fly and the free, so I’m not worried about anything and it will be fun year next year at Worlds.”

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and South Africa’s Chad le Clos were named 2018 FINA Swimmers of the Year. Hosszu’s new coach, Arpad Petrov, was named the top women’s coach and former Coral Springs Swim Club coach Andrea di Nino and coach of Le Clos, was named men’s coach of the year. They were honored at the FINA World Aquatics Gala on Sunday night.

In the other Sunday finals:

The U.S. women’s 4×50-meter freestyle relay team of Madison Kennedy, Mallory Comerford, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Erika Brown won in a championship record 1:34.03 ahead of world record holder Netherlands (1:34.55) and Australia (1:36.34).

Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine overtook early leader and world record holder Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy in the final 25 meters of the 1,500-yard freestyle to win in a championship record 14:09.14. Paltrinieri finished in 14:09.87 and Norway’s Henrik Christiansen was third in 14:19.39.

American Annie Lazor won a three-woman race in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.32 ahead of teammate Bethany Gelat in 2:18.62 and Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse in 2:18.85.

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov surged in the final 50 meters to knock off American and Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 1:47.02-1:47.34. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki and Aussie Mitch Larkin tied for the bronze in 1:48.25.

American Kelsi Worrell Dahlia won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.01, just a half second off her world record. U.S. teammate Kendyl Stewart was second in 56.22 and Brazil’s Daiene Dias was third in 56.31.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in a championship record 25.41 to sweep the breaststroke events. The Olympic gold medalist and world record holder announced his retirement following the meet. Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus took silver in 25.77 and former championship record holder Felipe Lima of Brazil was third in 25.80.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 50-meter freestyle in a championship record of 23.19. Teammate Femke Heemskerk was second in 23.67. Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros was third in 23.76.

The U.S. women’s relay team of Olivia Smoliga, Katie Meili, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford won the 4×100-meter medley relay in a championship record 3:45.58. China was second in 3:48.80 and Italy was third in a national record 3:51.38.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only events where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

A field of 960 swimmers, with several top names missing, from 178 countries competed for 46 world titles over six days at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Tennis Centre. The center is uniquely shaped like a lotus bowl with an 8,000-seat capacity.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Two More World Records Fall, Le Clos Knocks Off Dressel On Day Three Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships; Atkinson Goes For Second Gold On Day Four


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 13, 2018—Swimmers from Russia and United States broke world records Thursday on Day Three of the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships.

Kirill Prigoda of Russia won the 200-meter breaststroke in a world and championship record 2:00.16. The previous record was 2:00.44 set by Germany’s Marco Koch in November 2016. Prigoda’s best finish before his record performance was a bronze in Doha in 2014.

Prigoda’s record swim was only the second individual world record of the meet.

“I didn’t think about breaking the world record before the competition,” Prigoda said. “When I was standing in front of the pool, my mind was clear and my eyes focused on the water. I just wanted to swim faster and faster. I am happy that my parents were both swimmers and that I am their son. But during the day-to-day training, I just try to swim fast. I think this is why I am here, why I am in swimming, and why I will be here tomorrow and next year”.

The U.S. mixed 4×50-meter medley team broke the second world record. The team of Olivia Smoliga, Michael Andrew, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Caeleb Dressel broke the previous U.S. world record of 1:37.17 in 1:36.40. The Netherlands was second in 1:37.05 and Russia was third in 1:37.33.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club qualified third for the 100-meter individual medley final in 58.20. Hungarian world and championship record holder Katinka Hosszu is seeded first in 57.69 and Japan’s Runa Umai is second in 58.04. In addition to the 100IM, Atkinson also has the 100-meter breaststroke on Day Four.

In other Thursday finals:

In a thrilling showdown, South African Chad le Clos won his fourth consecutive gold medal beating American Caeleb Dressel in the 100-meter butterfly in 48.50. Dressel never challenged Le Clos to place second in 48.71. China’s Li Zhuhao was third in 49.25.

“It was the biggest race of my short course career,” Le Clos said. “I was up against the best field by far and this was the main event of the whole week. I am very grateful I got the gold, it was a tough race. I was anxious because I was waiting the whole day for this, the whole week and the past three months because I knew this one could come.

“After the first night, people thought I was winded and I have always told them that is the biggest mistake they can make because after I have lost I come back much stronger. Tonight was important. I needed the win tonight”.

Without American Katie Ledecky in the field, China’s Wang Jianjiahe breeze to the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:04.35. The 16-year-old was under world record pace until the 350-meter mark. Simona Quadarella of Italy was second in 8:08.03 and American Leah Smith was third in 8:08.75.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in a championship record 51.14. Teammate Femke Heemskerk, the fastest qualifier, was second in 51.60. American Mallory Comerford was third in 51.63.

While Hungarian Katinka Hosszu faltered to fourth in the 200-meter backstroke, Americans Lisa Bratton (2:00.71) and Kathleen Baker (2:00.79) finished one-two. Aussie Emily Seebohm was third in 2:01.37.

“It is my first World Short Course Championships, I was nervous,” Bratton said. “After having to adjust my body from the long travel, I do feel good this week and expected to win a medal. I felt very excited tonight. I took these championships as an important experience to learn from those big names and to learn how to swim in short course”.

Other Florida swimmer results:

14. Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago, American Heritage Plantation, 50-meter backstroke, 23.73; 34. 50-meter freestyle, 21.98.

30. Patrick Groters, Aruba, NSU University School/Pine Crest Swimming, 100-yard individual medley, 56.56.

55. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, Surinam, Metro Aquatics, 50-meter freestyle, 22.52.

61. Jhonny Perez, Dominican Republic, Azura alum, 50-meter freestyle, 23.00.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only events where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

A field of 960 swimmers, with several top names missing, from 178 countries are competing for 46 world titles over six days at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Tennis Centre. The center is uniquely shaped like a lotus bowl with an 8,000-seat capacity.

Prelims are 9 a.m. in China, 8:30 p.m. EST in the U.S. Finals are 7 p.m. in China and 6 a.m. EST in the U.S.

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

FINA World Cup Series Final Leg In Singapore This Weekend; SOFLO’s Rojas Competes Saturday At Speedo Winter Championships


By Sharon Robb

November 17, 2017—Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden are expected to clinch the overall titles going into this weekend’s final leg of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series in Singapore.

Both have huge leads and favored to clinch at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. If they clinch, they will be awarded $150,000.

Le Clos, a four-time Olympic medalist, leads the men’s standings with 402 points, a 129-point cushion.

Sjostrom, who won three gold medals at the Budapest World Championships, has 578 points, 132 points ahead of three-time Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the defending World Cup Series overall champion. It is the first time Sjostrom has done the entire World Cup circuit.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO is among the women’s field. Atkinson is coming off a win in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:19.58 and 50-meter breaststroke. She has won 51 World Cup medals overall including 11 gold medals this year.

SPEEDO WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 23, will compete in one event Saturday at the 27th annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatics Complex.

Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.70 among 25 swimmers in the open field.

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

FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series Continues Tuesday In Tokyo; Sjostrom, Le Clos Lead Series


By Sharon Robb

November 13, 2017—-Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and Chad Le Clos of South Africa continue to lead the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup rankings going into the seventh leg Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Sjostrom leads the women’s standings with 515 points followed by Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, 404, and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (227).

Le Clos leads the men’s series with 360 points ahead of Vladimir Morozov of Russia with 237 and Kirill Prigoda of Russia with 210.

On the second and final day of the Beijing, China leg on Saturday, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of SOFLO won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:19.58 against a less than stellar field. On Friday, she won the 50 breaststroke in 29.57.

It was her second gold medal of the meet. She has won 11 gold medals this year and 51 World Cup gold medals overall.

Also in Beijing, Le Clos won three gold medals over two days. Sjostrom also won three events.

American Michael Andrew broke a world junior record in the 100-meter individual medley in 51.86 and was second overall behind Morozov in 50.36, just .06 off his own world record.

The finals of the seventh leg in Tokyo will be live streamed on FINAtv. The series ends Nov. 18-19 in Singapore.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Four Double Winners On Day One Of FINA World Cup In Beijing; Atkinson Wins Sprint Event


By Sharon Robb

November 11, 2017—On the opening day of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Friday in Beijing, China, four swimmers each won two gold medals.

In front of their hometown fans at the National Aquatic Center Water Cube, China’s Xu Jiayu and Zhang Yuei were double winners. World champions Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Olympic gold medalist Chad Le Clos of South Africa also were double winners.

Xu won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.09 just ahead of Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich of Belarus in 23.11. He was also a member of the winning 4×50-meter medley relay.

Le Clos won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.81 and 100-meter butterfly in 49.18.

Hosszu, the Olympic and world champion, won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.34 and 100-meter individual medley in 57.50.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of SOFLO won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.57. It was her fifth consecutive win in the event this season. In her second and final event of Day One, she went 1:02.06 in the 100-meter individual medley and failed to medal.

Fifteen-year-old Wang Jianjiahe of China set a world junior record in the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:59.69.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.40.

Daiya Seto of Japan broke the meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in 3:58.20. The previous record was 3:58.69.

The 2017 World Cup Series features eight stops with Beijing being the sixth. The last two stops are Tokyo and Singapore. The Beijing competition continues on Saturday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Sarah Sjostrom, Chad Le Clos Stars Of FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup; Atkinson Takes Gold, Silver On Final Day


By Sharon Robb

October 6, 2017—Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos continue to lead the point standings after the second and last leg of Cluster Two of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Sjostrom now leads with 446 points and Le Clos has 312. Both finished the second cluster with impressive wins.

Le Clos picked up an added $50,000 for winning Cluster Two along with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu who won five gold medals.

Sjostrom won five races over two days, the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle and 50- and 100-meter butterfly.

Sjostrom also earned the best female performance of the meet with her 23.28 50-meter freestyle (994 points).

Le Clos won four races, the 200-meter freestyle and 50-, 100- and 200-meter butterfly.

The top three World Cup Leaders are Sjostrom, Hosszu and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands for the women and Le Clos, Kirill Prigoda of Russia and Russian teammate Vladimir Morozov.

Cluster Three begins in November in Beijing, China, Nov. 10-11; Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 14-15; and Singapore, Nov. 18-19.

In other events at the Hamad Aquatic Centre:

On the final day, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO won a gold and silver medal on the final day. Atkinson, 28, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.42 and was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.10 behind Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen.

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the 100-meter breaststroke in 56.11 just ahead of Kirill Prigoda of Russia.

Hosszu won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.27 ahead of Aussie Emily Seebohm in 56.40.

Germany’s Christian Diener won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.58 and 200-meter backstroke in 1:50.96.

China’s Zhang Yufei won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.43.

Prigoda won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.57.

China’s Wang Jianjiahe, who set the first world junior record in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, won the 400 freestyle in 4:02.42.

Russian Vladimir Morozov won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.98.

Hosszu won the 100-meter individual medley in 57.26 and finished winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4:27.94.

Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 14:41.84.

The Netherlands won another relay, the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:32.20 in Tom De Boer, Kyle Stalk, Maaike De Waard and Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Hosszu, Sjostrom, Le Clos Shine On Final Day Of FINA World Cup Series; Missouri Tigers Dominate Show-Me Showdown


By Sharon Robb

October 1, 2017—Hungarian Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu just missed the 100-meter individual medley world record on Day Two of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series in Hong Kong.

The final session featured some of the world’s best swimmers and series leaders including Hosszu, Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos.

In the race of the night, Hosszu pulled away from Sjostrom to win the 100 individual medley in 56.97, off her world record of 56.51 and ahead of Sjostrom in 58.62. The two have been the stars of the series.

Hosszu also won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.20 ahead of Aussie Emily Seebohm in 56.71.

Hosszu finished the meet with a win in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.55, pulling away from South African Jessica Whelan in 4:50.24.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO won her second gold medal of the meet in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.26. She also took third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.70; was fourth in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.57; and fifth in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.32. Atkinson automatically qualified for finals and did not have to swim prelims.

On Saturday she won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.09. It was her seventh gold medal of the 2017 series. She has also taken three bronze medals after three of the eight series stops.

Other winners were:

Sjostrom won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.99 ahead of Ranomi Kromowidjojo in 52.53. She also won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.62 just missing the world record of 24.38.

Le Clos won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.88 ahead of American Tom Shields in 1:43.58. Le Clos also won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.28, again ahead of Shields in 50.82.

Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.43.

Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich of Belarus won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.03. It was his first win of the weekend meet.

China’s Zhang Yufei won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.64.

Russian Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.81 just out-touching Hong Kong’s Kenneth To in 1:54.83.

Femke Heemskerk won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:04.30.

Russian Vladimir Morozov won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.91, the only sub-21 in the final. Le Clos was second in 21.48.

Canadian Kierra Smith led from start to finish to win the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.48.

Christian Diener of Germany won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:51.25.

China’s Qiu Ziao knocked off 800 world champion Gabriele Detti of Italy in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:44.09. Detti took silver in 14:46.44.

Netherlands won the 4×50 freestyle mixed relay in 1:32.11 with Thom de Boer (22.04), Kyle Stolk (21.69), Femke Heemskerk (24.21) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.17).

Next up is Doha, Qatar Oct. 4-5.

FINA has increased the prize money for the top reward among overall series winners from $100,000 to $150,000 for first, $100,000 for second and $50,000 for third. The increase in prize has not attracted more top level swimmers for the remainder of the series. Most of the world’s top swimmers from national teams are not competing.

Coaches and swimmers are planning to start a new pro tour in 2018. It features the concept of a pledge to pay 49 percent of all revenue generated to athletes. FINA’s spend on swimmers amount to less than five percent of available funds.

COLLEGE SWIMMING

Missouri men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted the 12th annual Show-Me Showdown, competing against teams from all over the state. The Tigers won 21 combined events on both the men’s and women’s sides.

The women’s team had 700 points and men’s team, led by NSU University School and Pine Crest Swimming Club alum Jordy Groters of Aruba this season, finished with 676 points. Groters, a senior, is one of six returning All-Americans, along with junior Mikel Schreuders, also Aruban. Schreuders won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.00 and was a member of the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Both Groters and Schreuders are coming off this summer’s FINA World Championships.

The Tigers next meet is Oct. 14 at home. The men will swim SEC foe South Carolina and women will battle South Carolina and Arkansas.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Donahue Gets Second Medal On Day Two Of FINA World Cup Series In Moscow


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2015—Claire Donahue of South Florida Aquatic Club added another medal Wednesday in the FINA World Cup Series opening stop in Moscow.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist added a bronze medal to her 100-meter butterfly gold after placing third in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.20 on Day Two.

Donahue totaled $1,750 for two days of work.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu is already on her way to defending her FINA World Cup crown with $7,500 and 75 total points after two days of competition.

South African Cameron van der Burgh leads the men’s standings with $3,000 and 48 points.

Swimmers are competing for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third in addition to a $10,000 bonus check for a world record performance. A prize purse of $92,000 is being offered at each FINA stop.

The second leg of the opening cluster is this weekend in Paris-Chartres where three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club will join the team. Also competing are SOFLO’s Carolina Colorado and Jorge Murillo of Colombia.

The FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup comprises eight legs distributed over three clusters with eight different events held separately in Moscow, Paris-Chartres, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Doha and Dubai. The event has attracted 250 swimmers in 32 events.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 54.10, 2. Natalia Lovtcova, Russia 54.62, 3. Veronika Popova, Russia 54.73.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Katie Meili, USA 30.76, 2. Breeja Larson, USA 30.84, 3. Melanie Margalis, USA 31.44.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Emily Seebohm, Australia 58.88, 2. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 59.46, 3. Mie Oe Nielsen, Denmark 1:00.52; FLORIDA: 6. Carolina Colorado, Colombia/South Florida Aquatic Club 1:02.26.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Cammile Adams, USA 2:06.33, 2. Franziska Hentke, Germany 2:06.51, 3. Madeline Groves, Australia 2:07.67.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Yiwen Shao, China 4:07.30, 2. Diletta Carli, Italy 4:08.12, 3. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:08.28; FLORIDA: 15. Nguyen Vien, Vietnam/St. Augustine 4:24.77.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Vitaline Simonova, Russia 2:22.94, 2. Tessa Wallace, Australia 2:23.97, 3. Mariia Astashkina, Russia 2:26.06.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark 25.51, 2. Svetlana Chimrova, Club 5 26.14, 3. Claire Donahue, USA/South Florida Aquatic Club 26.20; FLORIDA: 9. Carolina Colorado, Colombia/South Florida Aquatic Club 27.36.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:36.25, 2. Nguyen Vien, Vietnam 4:40.79, 3. Lara Grangeon, France 4:41.54.

MEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Danila Izotov, Russia 1:46.93, 2. Myles Brown, South Africa 1:47.80, 3. Nikita Lobintsev, Russia 1:47.83.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Cameron Van Der Burgh, South Africa 59.27, 2. Nic Fink, USA 59.52, 3. Cody Miller, USA 1:00.07; FLORIDA: 10. Jorge Murillo, Colombia 1:01.71.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Tom Shields, USA 51.36, 2. Chad Le Clos, South Africa 51.45, 3. Tim Phillips, USA 51.75; FLORIDA: 16. Pavel Sankovich, Poland/Florida State 53.69.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Camille Lacourt, France 24.67, 2. Zheng Wen Quah, Singapore 25.13, 3. Grigory Tarasevich, Russia 25.14; FLORIDA: 4. Pavel Sankovich, Poland/Florida State 25.28.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Philip Heintz, Germany 1:58.46, 2. Chase Kalisz, USA 1:59.40, 3. Hiromasa Fujimori, Japan 1:59.57.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Josh Schneider, USA 21.80, 2. Evgeny Sedov, Club 20 21.84, 3. Andrii Govorov, Ukraine 22.10.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Ashley Delaney, Australia 1:58.41, 2. Shun Wang, China 1:58.68, 3. Benjamin Stasiulis, France 1:59.20.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy 14:55.06, 2. Joris Bouchaut, France 15:09.21, 3. Evgeny Drobotov, Russia 15:49.22.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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South Florida Aquatic Club Swimmers’ World Travels Continue At FINA World Cup Series


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2015—Fresh off the XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships that ended on Sunday, South Florida Aquatic Club’s pro swimmers will compete in FINA World Cup Series that opens in Moscow on Tuesday.

SOFLO teammates Claire Donahue, U.S. Olympic gold medalist; Carolina Colorado, two-time Colombian Olympian; and Jorge Murillo of Colombia will compete on the first two stops of the series in Moscow on Tuesday and Wednesday and Paris-Chartres on Aug. 15-16. The trio is among the Top 10 seeds in their events.

Murillo will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststoke events. Colorado will swim the 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstrokes. Donahue will compete in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will join her teammates for the Paris-Chartres leg. SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson will coach his swimmers at both stops and return home Aug. 17 to prepare for the fall age group and high school seasons.

This year’s series is starting in Europe to take advantage of the swimmers’ presence because of the world championships. FINA officials were hoping to attract the top names. The Middle East stops in Doha and Dubai will now be held at the end of the series.

Prize money has significantly increased to $2 million to attract more top level athletes. There have also been several additions. The series stops will be held exclusively in 50-meter pools. All legs will serve as qualifying events for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Paris-Chartres has also been added as a new site for the series.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the 2013 and 2014 men’s and women’s winners of the series, return to defend their titles.

While Moscow and Paris is the first cluster of cities, the second cluster is Sept. 25-26 Hong Kong, Sept. 29-30 Beijing and Oct. 3-4 Singapore; and third cluster is Oct.28-29 Tokyo, Nov. 2-3 Doha and Nov. 6-7 Dubai.

ELSEWHERE

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Lisa Blackburn, a national record holder for Bermuda, won the 200-meter individual medley age group title at U.S. Masters Summer National Championships in Geneva, Ohio. Blackburn, 44, won the 40-44 in 2:25.81. She also won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:46.74, 100-meter breaststroke in 1:15.07, 50-meter breaststroke in 34.64 and was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.44.

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