Florida Swimmers Take Center Stage On Day Two Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2017—Ryan Murphy and Caeleb Dressel, who grew up swimming in Florida, won national titles Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Murphy, the Olympic champion, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.30 while Dressel won his first national title in the 50-meter butterfly in a national meet record 23.05 and qualified for his second world championship event after earning a spot in the 100-meter freestyle.

Dressel, a double Olympic gold medalist on relays in Rio, won an hour after finishing sixth in the 200-meter freestyle final.

Murphy graduated from Jacksonville Bolles and trained with the club team. Dressel graduated from Clay High School and trains with the club team.

Other Wednesday winners were:

Lilly King won the 200-meter breaststroke to set up a showdown with Russian rival Yulia Efimova at next month’s world championships. King won in a best time 2:21.83, dropping 2.2 seconds off her previous best. They will meet for the first time at worlds.

Katie Ledecky beat her best time in the world this year by a half second winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.84. Ledecky has the 400 freestyle left to swim on Friday.

“Certainly growing in confidence in that race,” said Ledecky, who won the 800 freestyle the night before. “It’s right on or faster than what I was at Trials last year (1:54.88).

Kathleen Baker won the 200-meter backstroke by 2:17 seconds in 2:06.38, the fastest time in the world this year. Teenager Regan Smith, 15, was second and will be the youngest American to race in an individual event at worlds since Elizabeth Beisel in 2007.

Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell of Louisville won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.69.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

The five day meet continues Thursday. Thursday’s events are: 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter backstroke.

The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 60. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:04.04.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 71. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:54.32.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 21. Rachel Bradford Feldman, Louisville 2:31.21, 23. Emily Kopas, Michigan 2:31.83.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 14. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs SC 2:14.72/B Final, 4. Alex Evdokimov 2:14.00.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 14. Clara Smiddy, Michigan 2:11.94, 75. Darby Goodwin, VILL 2:18.59; B Final, 8. Clara Smiddy, 2:13.10.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 45. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 27.91, 64. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 28.55.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 1:54.84, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 1:56.68, 3. Melanie Margalias, St. Petersbrg 1:56.90.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 1:45.03, 2. Blake Pieroni, Indiana 1:46.30, 3. Zane Grothe, Badger 1:46.39.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 2:21.83, 2. Bethany Galat, TAMU 2:22.24, 3. Miranda Tucker, Club Wolverine 2:25.82.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 2:07.41, 2. Nicolas Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:08.63, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:08.72.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 2:06.38, 2. Regan Smith, RIP 2:08.55, 3. Asia Seidt, Lakeside 2:08.99.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 1:54.30, 2. Jacob Pebley, Cal Aquatics 1:54.78, 3. Robert Owen, Hoki 1:57.17.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Cardinals 25.69, 2. Hellen Moffitt, NCAC 26.19, 3. Kendyl Stewart, Trojan 26.24.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 23.05, 2. Cullen Jones, Wolfpack 23.27, 3. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 23.37.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Donahue Comes Up Short At U.S. Olympic Trials; SOFLO’s Golding Competes In Second Event On Tuesday


By Sharon Robb

June 27, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue gave it all she had but fell short in her first attempt at making her second Olympic team Monday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Swimming in Lane One, Donahue went out fast with the field in the opening 50 meters but was unable to maintain her sprinter speed in the back half of the race.

Donahue, 27, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist making her third Trials appearance, finished fifth in 58.81 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Her prelim time was 59.61 and semifinal time was 58.76.

Donahue has another shot when she competes in the opening round of the 200-meter butterfly on Wednesday morning.

Former University of Miami swimmer Kelsi Worrell, who transferred to University of Louisville, won the 100 butterfly and became the Cardinals’ first American Olympian in the program’s history.

Worrell, the American short course record holder, won in a lifetime-best 56.48, bettering her previous best by 4/10ths of a second. It was the second fastest time in the world this year and fifth-fastest all-time.

Vollmer, 28, defending Olympic gold medalist, American record holder, and new mother, was second in 57.21.

Vollmer and Worrell were one-two at the turn, but Worrell had a great turn off the wall and blew past Vollmer down the stretch. Even more amazing is Worrell, the oldest of six siblings, was 37th in 2012.

“This is a dream come true,” Worrell said. “I am in shock for sure. I was not expecting that to happen.”

WOMEN’S 400-METER FREESTYLE:

With the crowd on its’ feet, Katie Ledecky, 19, on world record pace for most of the race, fell short of breaking her own record but won the race and trip to Rio. Ledecky finished in 3:58.98 and Leah Smith was second in a best time 4:00.65, dropping two seconds.

“My coach just told me to go, just race, get up there and go,” Ledecky said. “I couldn’t be happier, I am so happy for Leah. We are going to crush it in Rio.”

Among Ledecky’s incredible credentials is the fact she is 15-for-15 in races for gold medals.

MEN’S 100-METER BREASTSTROKE:

The lights flickered and dimmed as the swimmers took off, but it didn’t seem to bother Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller, two more first-time Olympians. Cordes, who has been working with legendary coach Sergio Lopez in Singapore and training trip at South Florida Aquatic Club, won in 59.18. Miller was second in 59.26.

“I can’t believe it happened, I am so thankful,” Cordes said. “This is a dream come true. I have been working at it for a long time.”

Also in the breaststroke final, teenager Michael Andrew again lowered his national age group and world junior record with a fourth place finish in 59.82.

In the 200-meter freestyle semifinals, Ryan Lochte was third behind Connor Dwyer and Clark Smith in his heat and earned the fifth seed overall in 1:47.58.

Lochte, who missed a berth in the 400 IM on Sunday, had some incredible underwaters to compensate for a pulled groin which he had a pain shot for before he raced.

Dwyer, who is already on the team in the 400 freestyle, earned the top seed in 1:46.96. Jack Conger is the second seed in 1:47.15.

American short course record holder Lilly King earned the top seed for tonight’s 100-meter breaststroke final in 1:05.94. 2012 Olympian Breeja Larson was ninth in 1:07.62 and missed the final.

In the men’s 100-meter backstroke, David Plummer is the top seed for tonight’s final in 52.12, the fastest time in the world this year. Lochte won his semifinal race in 52.28 and is seeded second.

Olivia Smoglia is the No. 1 seed in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 59.16. Michigan’s Clara Smiddy, longtime Florida Gold Coast swimmer for AquaKids Sharks, is fifth seed in 1:00.11 ahead of Olympic backstroke gold medalist Missy Franklin, seventh in 1:00.45 and 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin in 1:00.46. Former St. Andrew’s swimmer Tasija Karosas missed making finals, placing tenth in 1:00.79. “I didn’t expect to make semis let alone finals,” Smiddy said. “I just wanted to come in and go best times, enjoy the moment and have fun.”

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding will compete in the 200-meter individual medley prelims on Tuesday, her second event of the Trials.

Tuesday’s events are women’s 200-meter freestyle prelim and semifinal; men’s 200-meter butterfly prelim and semifinal; women’s 200-meter individual medley prelims and semifinal; men’s 200-meter freestyle final; men’s 100-meter backstroke final; and women’s 100-meter breaststroke final.

NBC is broadcasting finals every night at 8 p.m. EST. USA swimming is live streaming prelims and finals at usaswimming.org.

MONDAY FINAL RESULTS

WOMEN

100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville 56.48, 2. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 57.21, 3. Kendyl Stewart, NCA 58.22; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 6. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 58.81, 35. Harper Bruens, Tenn/BRSC 1:00.28; 54. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest Swimming 1:00.78, 78. Angela Algee, Hurricanes Swimming 1:01.22

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital 3:58.98, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 4:00.65, 3. Cierra Runge, North Baltimore 4:07.04; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 47. Megan Moroney, CAV/St. Andrew’s 4:16.91, 95. Niki Urquidi, Gulliver 4:24.57, 98. Casey Francis, PSU/Pine Crest 4:26.20.

MEN

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Foxcatcher 59.18, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 59.26, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 59.81; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 10. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 1:01.14/12. 1:01.14; 61. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 1:03.00, best time.

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

Michigan-Bound Moore Wins Gold On Final Day Of Youth Olympics, Five Junior World Records Smashed

Michigan-Bound Moore Wins Gold On Final Day Of Youth Olympics, Five Junior World Records Smashed


By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2014—-American Hannah Moore won Team USA’s third gold medal on the final day of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Friday at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

In a close race, Moore won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.05 just ahead of Thailand’s Sarisa Suwannachet in 4:11.23 and Germany’s Kathrin Demler in 4:11.25.

Moore, headed off to Michigan with teammate Clara Smiddy, who also won gold earlier in the week, took off early in a 2:03.70 split and held off the field in the final 50 meters.

Florida State-bound Daniella Van Den Berg of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won her heat in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.14. She was also second in her heat and 15th

overall in the 800-meter freestyle in a best tie 8:59.38, a 13-second time drop.

On Thursday, Azura teammate Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador broke another national record when he won his heat and finished fifth overall in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:02.69, a six-second time drop from his lifetime-best.

St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was fifth in her 400-meter freestyle heat in 4:16.65.

Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter withdrew from the 200-meter backstroke.

On the sixth and final day, five junior world records were broken.

Host China finished with finished with 17 medals including ten gold medals to lead the medal count. Russia followed with 13 medals including six gold. Team USA was fifth with four medals including three gold. Australia was shut out of gold medals. Thirty-one countries earned at least one medal.

Florida had nine swimmers compete, eight from the Florida Gold Coast and one from Florida Swimming.

In other finals:

Rozaliya Naretdinova of Russia won the 50-meter freestyle in a junior world record time of 24.88. Aussie Ami Matsuo took silver and Russian Daria Ustinova was third in 26.39. Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks was top U.S. finished placing 16th in the semifinals in 26.39.

Li Guangyuan of China won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in a junior world record of 1:56.94. Russian Evgeny Rylov was second in 1:57.08. Brit Like Greenbank was third in 1:59.03.

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won the 100-meter butterfly in a junior world record and national record 58.34 to continue her country’s domination in the stroke.

Brazilian Matheus Santana broke the junior world record in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.25. His back-half split was 24.90.

Anastasiya Malyavina of the Ukraine won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.43. Korea’s Jiwon Yang took silver in 2:27.31 and Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics took bronze in 2:27.66.

Hungary went one-two in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with Tamas Kenderesi winning in a junior world record time of 1:55.95 and Benjamin Gratz finishing second in 1:57.71. Italian Giacomo Carini was third in 1:58.14.

Nikola Obrovac of Croatia won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 27.83, just missing a junior world record. Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie took silver in 27.94.

China won the final event of the meet, the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:49.33. Russia took silver in 3:50.86 and Australia bronze in 3:52.45.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

With 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees, the 13-day competition continues with 31 sports.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are showing 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag. For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

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

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record


By Sharon Robb

August 21, 2014—-Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Jordy Groters of Aruba, the future of international swimming, made history on Day Five of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Thursday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum and frequent trainer in South Florida, won his country’s first medals in swimming at the Games.

The country’s top junior swimmer took a silver medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.81, just behind China’s Yu Hexin in 23.69 and added a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.53.

After a great start, Carter led the freestyle until the final 20 meters when China’s Yu Hexin surged to win in a junior world record of 22.00. Brazil’s top junior sprinter Matheus de Santana was second in 22.43.

Carter had qualified with a 22.49 in semifinals and got out of the heats with a 24.01.

Missouri-bound Groters of Pine Crest Swimming swam back-to-back lifetime-bests and broke Aruba’s national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in the semifinals.

Groters first broke the national record in his heat in 29.03 and bettered it in the semifinal in 28.90, cracking the 29-second barrier for the first time in his career. He fell short of making it into the final and finished 11th overall.

Groters was happy with his Youth Olympics debut.

He wrote on his Facebook: “Youth Olympic semifinal was a great experience. I am very proud to have been able to represent my home Aruba at such a big stage. I swam another best time and Aruban national record (28.90) and it is the first time I go sub-29. Ended up in 11th place

and was .06 away from a spot in finals. Very satisfied with these results! Thank you everyone for your support.”

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy tied for fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.91. She tied Canadian Danielle Hanus. The top five finishers were just 55/100ths of a second apart. Smiddy was also fifth in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 26.42 and eighth in her semifinal in 26.39.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was third in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 27.66.

Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in hi 100-meter freestyle heat in 52.70.

In other finals:

China’s women’s team won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:41.19.

Egypt won its first medal of the Games when Akram Ahmed won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.29.

Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.36.

Host China continues to lead the medal count with 13 medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) followed by Russia (6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and Italy (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Team USA is sixth with two gold medals and one bronze.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends on Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

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

Team USA’s Clara Smiddy Goes For Second Gold At Youth Olympics; Carter Takes Bronze

Team USA’s Clara Smiddy Goes For Second Gold At Youth Olympics; Carter Takes Bronze


By Sharon Robb

August 20, 2014—In one of the meet’s biggest showdowns between three top sprinters, China’s Yu Hexin broke his own junior world record to win the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle on Day Four of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Wednesday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Yu won in 22.00 outsprinting Brazil’s Matheus Santana, second in 22.43 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, third in 22.53. Yu broke his record of 22.01 set in the semifinals.

The sprint titans will clash again in the 100-meter freestyle.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum who trains frequently in South Florida and is a sophomore at USC, was also fastest qualifier in his 50-meter butterfly heat in 24.01 and second fastest qualifier in the semifinals in 24.04 behind Yu.

As expected, world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.39, more than two seconds ahead of silver medalist Yun He of China in 1:07.49. Anastasiya Malyavino of the Ukraine was third in 1:08.16. It was the Lithuanian’s second gold medal. She is the first swimmer in the sport’s history to win a gold medal in the same event at the Olympics and Youth Olympics.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was sixth in her 200-meter freestyle heat in 2:07.96 and will compete Thursday in the 50-meter freestyle heats with a seed time of 27.56.

Swimming in the same 50-meter backstroke heat, AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy of Team USA was second in 29.15. St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam was fifth in 29.54. Both advanced into the semifinals where Smiddy, finished third in 29.11 and qualified for finals and will go after her second gold medal. Vien placed eighth in29.57.

In the men’s 50-meter butterfly, Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams of St. Andrew’s Swimming was seventh in his heat in 26.29; Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in25.08.

In other finals:

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe took the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:11.31, out-touching University of Louisville-bound Carlos Claverie of Venezuela took silver in 2:11.74 and Anton Chupkov of Russia took bronze in 2:11.87.

Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova won the 50-meter butterfly in a junior world record in 26.26. Svenja Stoffel of Switzerland was second in 26.62. Nastja Govejsek of Slovakia was third in 26.70.

Evgeny Rylov of Russia won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.09. Apostolos Christou of Greece was second in 25.44. Simone Sabbioni of Italy was third in 25.47.

Duo Shen and Yuhan Qiu of China finished one-two in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.12 and 1:56.82. Brianna Throssell of Australia was third in 1:58.57.

With China not in the field after being disqualified, Russia won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:38.02. Germany was second in 3:39.30 and Australia was third in 3:40.68. Despite a protest, Brazil was not allowed to compete because its coaches’ staff failed to confirm the relay’s participation an hour before the race. Team USA, the slowest qualifier in prelims, scratched the final.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

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

Host China Breaks Junior World Record, Leads Medal Count

Host China Breaks Junior World Record, Leads Medal Count


By Sharon Robb

August 19, 2014—China’s Duo Shen broke the junior world record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle on Day Three of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Tuesday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Duo won in 53.84, breaking the previous mark of 54.47 set in 2013 by countrywoman Siobhan Bernadette Haughey.

After three days of racing, China is pulling away in the medal count after picking up two more gold medals.

China has seven medals (four gold, one silver, two bronze). Italy has five medals (four golds, one silver). Hungary is third with four medals (two gold, two bronze).

Team USA is fourth in the medal count with two gold medals including AquaKids Sharks Clara Smiddy and one bronze medal.

Four Florida swimmers competed on Tuesday but were shut out of medals.

Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams of St. Andrew’s Swimming was sixth in his 50-meter freestyle heat in 24.40.

Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was eighth in his 50-meter freestyle heat in 23.99. Pigot was also fifth in the 100-meter butterfly heat in 55.19 and seventh in the semifinal in 55.09.

Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter of South Florida Aquatic Club was eighth in his 50-meter backstroke in 27.61.

St. Augustine’s Ngyuen Vien of Vietnam just missed her second medal placing fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.13.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, who frequently trains in South Florida, had the third-fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle semifinal in 22.49. He went 22.65 in his heat.

In other finals:

American Hannah Moore and Italy’s Ambra Esposito tied for the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.42. Spain’s Africa Zamarano Sanz took the bronze in 2:11.94.

Italy’s Simona Quadrella won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:35.39, swimming in the slower heats. Spain’s Jimena Perez Blanco took silver in 8:36.95 and Bahamian Joana Evans was third in 8:39.75.

China’s Li Zhuhao out-touched Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikovto win the 100-meter butterfly 52.94-52.97. Australia’s Nicholas Brown took bronze in 53.18.

Great Britain won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:21.19 with Duncan Scott, Miles Munro, Martyn Walton and Luke Greenbank. Italy took second in 3:22.89 and Germany was third in 3:22.93.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

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

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy Wins Gold At Youth Olympic Games

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy Wins Gold At Youth Olympic Games


By Sharon Robb

August 18, 2014—Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks won the first gold medal for Team USA at the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Monday night in Nanjing, China.

In a thrilling race, Smiddy, 18, won the 100-meter backstroke by 1/100ths of a second out-touching Great Britain’s Jessica Fullalove in 1:02.22.

It was the closest race of the night with Fullalove placing second in 1:02.23 and New Zealand’s Bobbi Gichard third in 1:02.25.

“She is swimming fast and she won and that’s what’s important at that level of competition,” said her longtime AquaKids Sharks coach Lou Manganiello.

Smiddy, 18, is coming off the Phillips 66 National Championships. She scratched from two events for an extra day’s rest and left immediately for China.

“We didn’t rest the whole way for seniors,” Manganiello said. “I knew she was capable of this. The win is more important than time at this level of competition with the pressure of competing in a major international meet.”

Because of her whirlwind travel schedule, her AquaKids teammates were unable to host a send-off party for her. After seniors she immediately left for China and after the Youth Olympics she heads to University of Michigan where she will be a freshman.

“We didn’t get to do a big send-off so we got the team in the water and did a “Go Clara Cheer” and texted it to her,” Manganiello said.

Smiddy was also fifth in her heat of the 100-meter freestyle in 57.38.

“I think she is swimming well and I think she has plenty left in her,” Manganiello said.”She didn’t swim very fast in the 100 free but that worked out to her advantage in the back the way the schedule is set up.”

Smiddy has the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and relays remaining.

In the men’s 200-meter freestyle, Azura Florida Aquatics’ Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador, silver medalist in the 400-meter freestyle, was second in his heat in 1:52.50.

Smiddy and Acosta are among eight Florida Gold Coast swimmers and one Florida Swimming athlete competing in the weeklong meet.

In other finals:

World record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.14, missing her lifetime-best by more than half a second.

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Italy’s Simone Sabbioni tied for the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke in 54.24.

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:06.59.

Italy’s Nicolangelo di Fabio won the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.58.

Hungary’s Benjamin Gratz won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.08.

China broke the junior world record in the 4×100-medley relay winning in 4:03.58.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

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