SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Third On Final Day Of Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 15, 2016—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club placed third in the 50-meter breaststroke Sunday on the fourth and final day of the Arena Pro Swim Series at the newly-renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The 27-year-old three-time Jamaican Olympian was the third fastest qualifier in 31.33 and lowered that time to 30.77 in the final.

Lilly King set a meet and pool record winning the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.34, lowering Atkinson’s previous record of 30.54.

Atkinson was also 47th in 100-meter freestyle in 59.33.

SOFLO teammate Jorge Murillo Valdes of Colombia, eighth in prelims in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.38, finished eighth again in finals in 28.75.

In Sunday’s other action:

World record holder Ryan Lochte, 31, won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:58.97, just shy of his 2016 world best of 1:58.43.

Cody Miller, 24, of Badger completed a breaststroke sweep winning the 50-meter breaststroke in a pool record 27.39 to lower the existing record of 27.71 set by Mike Alexandrov in 2013.

Leah Smith, 21, swimming unattached won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:27.79, her fastest time of the year.

Caitlin Leverenz, 25, of Cal Aquatics won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.44. She led from wire-to-wire.

Canadian Dominique Bouchard won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.14.

Arkady Vyatchanin beat Tyler Clary in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.09. Clary finished in 1:59.25. The two swam stroke-for-stroke for most of the race.

Canadian Penny Oleksiak won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.41.

Canadian Santo Condorelli won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.41.

Connor Jaeger won the 1500-meter freestyle with a 13-second cushion in 14:59.13.

The top three finishers win $1,000, $600 and $200. The meet was also a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the Olympics.

Only two Arena Pro Swim Series meets remain including Santa Clara and Indianapolis.

SUNDAY’S EVENTS

WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Unattached 8:27.79, 2. Ashley Twichell, Unattached 8:30.45, 3. Lindsay Vrooman, Badger 8:32.94.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatics 2:12.72, 2. Karlee Bispo, Unattached 2:13.96, 3. Siobhan Haughey, Michigan 2:14.60.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Dominique Bouchard, Swimming Canada 2:09.14, 2. Erin Voss, Unattached 2:10.37, 3. Clara Smiddy, Michigan 2:11.22.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 30.35, 2. Katie Meilli, SwimMAC 30.42, 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 30.77.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Penny Oleksiask, Swimming Canada 53.41, 2. Chantal Van Landeghem, Swimming Canada 54.13, 3. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 54.19; SOFLO: 47. Alia Atkinson 59.33.

MEN

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 14:59.13, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 15:13.29, 3. Ricardo Vargas, Mexico 15:14.18.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:58.97, 2. Connor Dwyer, Trojan SC 2:00.90, 3. Norbert Szabo, Unattached 2:01.56.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 1:59.09, 2. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 1:59.25, 3. Carter Griffin, UMIZ 1:59.86.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Cody Miller, Badger 27.53, 2. Jason Block, Swimming Canada 27.64, 3. Nic Eriksson, QU 27.96; SOFLO: 8. Jorge Murillo Valdes 28.75, 32. Marc Rojas 31.00.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada 48.41, 2. Jimmy Feigen, NYAC 49.56, 3. Yuri Kisil, Swimming Canada 49.60.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Bolles Alum Condorelli Wins Again At Arena Pro Swim Series; Murillo, Atkinson Among Top 10


By Sharon Robb

May 14, 2016—Jacksonville Bolles alum Santo Condorelli won his second event Saturday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series at the newly-renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Condorelli, competing for Canada, won the 50-meter butterfly in 23.82, the only swimmer to crack 24 seconds. In morning prelims, he went 23.77 to earn the top seed.

On Friday, Condorelli, 21, posted the lone sub-53 second time to win the 100-meter butterfly in 52.53.

“I’m working on specific things at this event and trying to fine-tune my performance in preparing for the Olympics,” Condorelli said.

South Florida Aquatic Club three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson scratched from the C final of the 200-meter breaststroke to focus on the B final of the 50 butterfly.

Atkinson finished 10th in the 50-meter butterfly final in 27.17. In morning prelims, Atkinson finished 22nd in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:36.26. In morning prelims, she was 16th in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.92.

SOFLO teammate Jorge Murillo, 24, of Colombia was eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.68.

In Saturday’s other action:

Cammile Adams won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.14, her best time of the year.

Mexico’s Jonathan Gomez won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:57.36.

Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.43.

Kylie Masse of Canada turned in the only sub-minute 100-meter backstroke to win in 59.98.

Arkady Vyatchanin won the 100-meter backstroke in 54.80 ahead of Ryan Lochte, second in 55.22.

Anne Lazor won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.96.

Cody Miller won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.22.

Dana Vollmer, looking stronger than ever, won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.87 just ahead of Penny Oleksiak in 25.97.

Leah Smith won the 400-meter freestyle in a pool record in 4:05.21. The four-year record was held by Allison Schmidt in 4:05.40.

Conor Dwyer, training in altitude the last two months, led from wire to wire to win the 400-meter freestyle in 3:47.37.

Anthony Ervin, who recently relocated to SwimMAC, won the 50-meter freestyle in the only sub-22 in 21.98. Condorelli was second in 22.15.

The field features 30 national team members and more than 500 swimmers. The top three finishers win $1,000, $600 and $200. The meet is also a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the Olympics.

A full schedule of long course events are scheduled for Sunday, the meet’s final day, with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Only three Arena Pro Swim Series meets remain including this weekend’s event in Charlotte, Santa Clara and Indianapolis.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Sunday’s final sessions live. NBC Sports Network will air tape-delayed television coverage of the meet from noon to 3 p.m. The entire meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

SATURDAY’S EVENTS

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 2:08.14, 2. Jen Marrkand, Unattached 2:09.89, 3. Hannah Saiz, SSTY 2:10.75.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Chantal Van Landeghem, Swimming Canada 24.43, 2. Madison Kennedy, SwimMAC 24.53, 3. Farida Osman, Unattached 25.00

100-meter backstroke: 1. Kylie Masse, Swimming Canada 59.98, 2. Kirsty Coventry, SwimMAC 1:00.12, 3. Ali Deloof, Michigan 1:00.41.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Anne Lazor, AU 2:24.95, 2. Kierra Smith, Swimming Canada 2:25.06, 3. Lilly King, Indiana 2:25.13; SOFLO: 22. Alia Atkinson 2:36.26.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 25.87, 2. Penny Oleksiak, Swimming Canada 25.97, 3. Farida Osman, Unattached 26.11; SOFLO: 10. Alia Atkinson 27.17.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Unattached 4:05.21, 2. Lindsay Vrooman, Badger 4:07.71, 3. Gillian Ryan, Michigan 4:10.33.

MEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Jonathan Gomez, SCAR 1:57.36, 2. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 1:58.68, 3. Zach Harting, Louisville 1:59.68.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Anthony Ervin, Unattached 21.98, 2. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada 22.15, 3. Josh Schneider, NYAC 22.16.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Javier Acevedo, Swimming Canada 56.38, 2. Markus Thormeyer, Swimming Canada 56.41, 3. Carter Griffin, UMIZ 56.45.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Cody Miller, Badger 2:12.22, 2. Mauro Castillo Luna, TAMU 2:15.28, 3. Luis Jasso, Mexico 2:15.48; SOFLO: 8. Jorge Murillo 2:20.68, 37. Marc Rojas 2:34.68.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada 23.82, 2. Matthew Josa, SwimMAC 24.10, 3. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 24.12.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Connor Dwyer, Trojan SC 3:47.37, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 3:48.40, 3. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 3:48.62.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Atkinson, Murillo, Rojas Compete Friday At Arena Pro Series


By Sharon Robb

May 12, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will begin competing Friday in the Arena Pro Swim Series at the newly-renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Atkinson opens with the 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly.

Atkinson has the world’s 13th best time in the 100-meter breaststroke this year. Katie Meili is the top seed in the event. At last summer’s Pan American Games, Meili took gold while Atkinson settled for the silver.

Atkinson has an ambitious schedule with six events over three days. She will also compete in the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle.

Colombian Jorge Murillo and Marc Rojas swim the 100-meter breaststroke. Both are also entered in the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Atkinson and Murillo are already qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Rojas is trying to make his U.S. Olympic trials cut.

In Thursday opening day distance action:

Marcelo Acosta, 19, of Azura Florida Aquatics was top Florida Gold Coast finisher, placing third in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:05.79.

Connor Jaeger, 25, of Club Wolverine won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.49.

Ashley Twichell, 26, ofCal Aquatics won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:11.19.

Cammile Adams, 24, of SwimMAC won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:33.79. She was also sixth in the 1500 in 16:44.84.

The field features 30 national team members and more than 500 swimmers.

A full schedule of long course events begin on Friday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Only three Arena Pro Swim Series meets remain including this weekend’s event in Charlotte, Santa Clara and Indianapolis.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Saturday’s and Sunday’s final sessions live. NBC Sports Network will air tape-delayed television coverage of the meet from noon to 3 p.m. The entire meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

THURSDAY’S EVENTS

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Ashley Twichell, Cal Aquatics 16:11.19, 2. Kristel Kobrich, CHI 16:16.15, 3. Gillian Ryan, Michigan 16:32.21.

800-meter freestyle:

1.Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 8:33.79, 2. Verity Abel, Duke 8:49.52.

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 7:54.49, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 7:57.00, 3. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 8:05.79.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins On Final Night Of Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 17, 2015—-Still looking for a confidence-building swim, Alia Atkinson got one on the final night of the 31st annual Arena Pro Swim Series at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder from South Florida Aquatic Club stepped up and won in convincing fashion to close out the four-day meet on a good note Sunday in front of a sellout crowd and national television audience.

Atkinson, 26, won her first event of the meet in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.54, second fastest time in the world this year and just 7/100ths of a second ahead of Olympian Jessica Hardy.

Atkinson had the fastest start off the blocks and broke the water first with a quick turnover to finish strong by out-touching Hardy.

Hardy was closing in fast but was short on the finish as Atkinson had the momentum going into the wall. Hardy finished in 30.61, fourth fastest time in the world.

“It’s a pretty good time considering my 100 and 200 breaststrokes were a bit iffy,” Atkinson said. “I am glad I could turn out a good 50. I am looking forward to a good summer and will see if I can do both the Pan American Games and World Championships.”

Atkinson also made the “C” final of the 100-meter freestyle where she finished eighth in 58.42 and 24th overall. Her prelims time was 57.49.

Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado, 27, of SOFLO was eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.99 after going 2:14.53 in prelims. Colombian teammate Jorge Murillo Valdes, 23, was seventh in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.47 bettering his prelim time of 28.63.

Bermuda national champion and SOFLO teammate Lisa Blackburn, at 43 the oldest swimmer in the field, won the “C” final in an impressive 33.96 after going 34.12 in prelims.

Timothy Wynter, 19, was sixth in the “D” final of the 200-meter backstroke and 30th overall in 2:11.15.

After watching Michael Phelps win the “B” final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.25 in a “statement swim” Olympian Ryan Lochte came back with his own “statement swim” to win the “A” final in 1:57.20.

Lochte, 30, looked like the old Ryan Lochte taking out the race with powerful strokes to finish with the third fastest time in the world this year in the event he holds the world record in.

“It’s definitely a confidence-booster,” Lochte said. “We were watching Michael’s race in the ready room and he was out like a bullet. I knew he was going to put up a good time. I wish he was in our heat, but when it counts he will be there.

“That swim helps my confidence. Last year was a little rocky. Now I’m back training and feeling good in the water. Things are getting better for my overall confidence and attitude. I feel great.”

In the “B” final, Phelps won by more than a body length in 2:00.25 after swimming 2:03.06 in the morning. Had he done that time in the morning it would have been the fastest qualifying time for the final and would have placed him sixth overall in the final.

Less than 20 minutes later after the 200 IM, Lochte was challenged with the second half of a tough double and managed to finish third in the 200 backstroke in 1:58.96, six seconds off his best time, despite dying in the last 50 meters.

“The coaches said they could see my face for the last 15 meters of the backstroke and I was like crying in my goggles,” Lochte said. “I was in so much pain. I watched the video, I could just see my stroke fall apart at the end. But the time was still good. I felt like I had a good meet.”

Three other swimmers with Florida ties did well on the final night.

Although overshadowed by Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in the 200-meter individual medley, Melanie Margalis, 23, of St. Petersburg had a great swim to finish second in 2:10.57.

Clara Smiddy, 19, of Club Wolverine and AquaKids Sharks was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:12.27, the top American finisher in the event.

Two-time Bahamian Olympian and Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 25, of SwimMAC just missed sweeping the sprint freestyles, finishing second and just 7/100ths of a second behind 32-year-old veteran Natalie Coughlin in 54.31.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Denmark’s Lotte Friis pulled away early in the race and went on to win in 8:25.07, the sixth best time in the world this season. Friis returned to the Top 10 in the world for the first time this year. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann finished two body lengths behind her in second in 8:28.82.

“I was consistent, that is my specialty my coach calls me a Swiss clock,” Friis said. “I felt comfortable. My goal was to do better than last season here and I did so I am happy.”

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu won her best event in 2:08.66, a full second faster than the fastest time in the world this year and her fifth win in the meet. Mann, 17, gets the Iron Girl award for finishing the 800 and less than five minutes later returning to the blocks for the second race of the night. Swimming in Lane 4, Mann was among the early leaders and had a great final 50 to tie for third in 2:16.32.

“I just tried to be aggressive and see where I am at right now with my training,” Hosszu said. “I am really, really happy with this time. It is definitely a really good time for me and I am really excited. This gives me a lot of confidence heading into the summer. I am excited to go back and train.”

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Just fifteen minutes after winning the 200 IM, Hosszu went a best time 2:07.79 to win. It was the third fastest time in the world this year. Even Hosszu was surprised at her time on the scoreboard, throwing her arms up in disbelief.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Arkady Vyatchanin of Serbia and New York Athletic Club won his second event of the meet sweeping the backstroke events in a Serbian record 1:56.31, fourth fastest time in the world this season. Defending Olympic champion Tyler Clary was second in 1:58.43. Carlos Omana, 22, of Metro Aquatics was fourth in the “B” final.

“I had the same approach and same goal in the 100, I wanted everything faster than Mesa so it is good because it happened,” Vyatchanin said. “It is a good time for me. Of course, I am motivated by great racing with these guys and doing this. They are great competitors. The fact I was a little bit faster gives me a little more motivation. I am taking baby steps in the right direction.”

Men 50-meter breaststroke: Brazil’s Felipe Lima, who used to train in South Florida, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.72.

“This meet is part of practice for the Pan American Games and World Championships, two big meets ahead,” Lima said. “I am very happy with this time. Now I can go back home and start working next week. I am very confident with myself. I am training hard every day to achieve my goals. I am really happy with results here at this meet.”

Women 100-meter freestyle: Olympic veteran Natalie Coughlin, 32, of Cal Aquatics closed in on early leader Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of SwimMAC to win in 54.24, just 7/100ths of a second ahead of the Bahamian Olympian.

“I have Santa Clara next and then Pan Ams which I am super excited about,” Coughlin said. “I still love this. I love the process of it. I get to work with amazing people. I have great teammates and coach. I love training, the day to day struggle.”

Men 100-meter freestyle: Top qualifier Nathan Adrian, 26, of Cal Aquatics out-touched Italian Marco Orsi to win in 48.85.

“That second 50 I need to be a lot faster, at least a full second faster,” Adrian said. “I will take this time tonight since we are in some tough training now. This summer it will be about execution. If I can execute a race the way I want to then the time will take care of itself. This is the first time I raced in a while so I’m happy.”

Phelps tied for third in “B” final in 49.96. Brazilian Cesar Cielo, seventh fastest qualifier in morning prelims, scratched from the final.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine made it look easy, winning in 14:58.13, third fastest time in the world. Egypt’s Ahmed Akaram, 18, swimming unattached, broke the national record.

The Arena Pro Swim Series wraps up in Santa Clara, Calif. June 18-21 where SOFLO is expected to send another large contingent.

SUNDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

800-meter: 1. Lotte Friis, Denmark 8:25.07, 2. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 8:28.82, 3. Leah Smith, Cavalier Swimming 8:29.28; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 19. Casey Francis, Unattached 9:03.49.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:08.66, 2. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:10.57, 3. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal Aquatucs 2:11.84; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 24. Emily Kopas, Michigan/Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:22.80, 72. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 2:28.07

200-meter backstroke: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:07.79, 2. Dominique Bouchard, Team Ontario 2;10.25, 3. Clara Smiddy, Club Wolverine 2:12.27; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 8. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 2:15.99.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 30.54, 2. Jessica Hardy, Trojan Swim Club 30.61, 3. Breeja Larson, Unattached 31.01; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 11. Emily Kopas, Michigan/Swim Fort Lauderdale 33.14, 14. Evita Leter, Metro Aquatics 33.41, 17. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 33.96.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Natalie Coughlin, Cal Aquatics 54.24, 2. Arianna Wallace-Vanderpool, SwimMAC 54.31, 3. Chatal Van Landeghem, Canada 54.65; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 24. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 58.42, 79. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 59.78.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SwimMAC 4:07.07, 2. Team Ontario 4:12.27, 3. Canada 4:13.81.

MEN

200-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:57.20, 2. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 1:58.98, 3. Thiago Pereira, Brazil 1:59.51; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 15. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:05.99, 18. Juan Sequera, Metro Aquatics 2:06.04.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 1:56.31, 2. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 1:58.43, 3. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:58.96; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 12. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:03.47, 30. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 2:11.15.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Felipe Lima, Brazil 27.72, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 27.95, 3. Brendan McHugh, Greater Philadelphia 28.01; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 7. Jorge Murillo Valdes, SOFLO 28.47, 25. Juan Sequera, Metro Aquatics 29.84.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 48.85, 2. Marco Orsi, Italy 49.06, 3. Joao De Lucca, Brazil 49.21; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 102. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 53.77.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 14:58.13, 2. Ahmed Akaram, Egypt 15:07.84, 3. Ryan Feeley, Badger 15:38.09.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Brazil 3:38.62, 2. SwimMAC 3:42.44, 3. Team Ontario 3:49.52.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Sends Fab Five To Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 13, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the fifth stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series that begins Thursday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte, N.C.

Five SOFLO swimmers will be among an impressive field of 600 swimmers from around the world. SOFLO is the largest Florida Gold Coast team entered in the elite meet.

SOFLO is led by Alia Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder. She is looking to fine tune for the July 14-18 Pan American Games and July 24-Aug. 9 World Championships.

Atkinson will be joined by teammates Lisa Blackburn, Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo Valdes and Timothy Wynter.

Atkinson is entered in six events: 100 breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly on Friday; 200 breaststroke on Saturday and 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle on Sunday.

Blackburn will swim four events: 100 breaststroke on Friday, 50 butterfly on Saturday and 200 IM and 50 breaststroke on Sunday.

Colorado will swim five events: 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly on Friday; 100 backstroke and 50 butterfly on Saturday; and 200 backstroke on Sunday.

Murillo Valdes will swim four events: 100 breaststroke on Friday; 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly on Saturday; and 50 breaststroke on Sunday.

Wynter will swim five events: 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly on Friday; 100 backstroke on Saturday; and 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle on Sunday.

“This will be a good test for our swimmers,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “I’m looking forward to it and to watching them swim fast.

“For us this worked into our training schedule,” Anderson said. “They got a little bit of rest in. I am really planning on them swimming a lot better than they did in Arizona. I’m really like to see them race and start approaching their best times.”

During the four-day meet, all eyes will be on Olympians Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Both are in the middle of hard training but adding to the excitement is the fact that it will probably be the last time the two will meet this year since Lochte, 30, of Daytona Beach is competing in the World Championships and Phelps, 29, is not.

The two are entered in the same five events: 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

An impressive international lineup will also compete including Olympic gold medalist Cesar Cielo of Brazil, entered in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 and 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.

The men’s 800-meter freestyle and women’s 1500-meter freestyle distance events will kick off the three-day meet with timed finals at 4 p.m.

Gator Swim Club’s Elizaberth Beisel, a Florida alum, leads the women’s series standings with 38.5 points. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, Katie Ledecky and Caitlin Leverenz are tied for second with 35 points.

With Ledecky not in the meet, Hosszu is expected to dominate and overtake Beisel in the series standings. Hosszu is entered in all seventeen events.

Conor Dwyer leads the men’s series standings with 53 points followed by Tyler Clary with 37 and Nathan Adrian and Michael McBroom tied with 21 points.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the fifth of six stops of the 2014-15 series schedule. The series provides swimmers with the opportunity for competitive racing and twice the prize money as last season on the line.

Swimmers earn five points and $1,000 for a win, three and $600 for second and one and $200 for third place in the Olympic distance events only. Overall male and female winners of the series earn a $10,000 bonus.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 6 p.m. The meet will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. with color analyst Rowdy Gaines.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com