Katie Ledecky Wins Fourth Event On Final Day Of Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 3, 2022—Katie Ledecky of Gator Swim Club won her fourth and final event Saturday night at the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Olympian ended her 2022 long course season successfully with a win in the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:44.13 to add to her wins in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles.

During the summer Ledecky, a grad assistant at University of Florida, won world titles in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles in Budapest.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego finished his U.S. Open swims with a 22nd place in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.05. The 24-year-old 2020 Honduran Olympian finished with three long course swims in the meet. He will now turn his focus to the Dec. 13-18 World Short Course Championships in Australia.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics finished her U.S. Open with a fifth place finish in the 100-meter freestyle in 55.80. Her best finish in her four events was second in the 50 freestyle in a best time and Olympic Trials cut time of 25.29. She also earned 18-and-under national champion in the event. She finished with 58.5 points.

Eagle Aquatics teammate Kaii Winkler, 16, finished sixth in the 100-meter freestyle in a best time 49.45 earning him 18-and-under national champion honors in the event. It was his second final of the meet.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 15:44.13, 2. Beatriz Dizotti, Brazil 16:18.40, 3. Michaela Morris, SYS 16:34.75.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 2:05.28, U.S. Open record, 2. Summer McIntosh, SYS/Canada 2:07.15, 3. Josephine Fuller, TENN 2:09.77, 9. Emma Weyant, UN 2:14.52.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Gabi Albiero, LOU 54.90, 2. Beata Nelson, WA 54.94, 3. Camille Spink, NCAP 55.47, 5. Erika Pelaez, EA 55.80, 7. Addison Sauickie, SYS 56.09.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gillian Davey, UKY 2:27.06, 2. Mona McSharry, Ireland 2:27.59, 3. Ashleigh Oberekar, NSW 2:28.34, 15. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:35.05.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 2:07.30, 2. Lindsay Looney, UN 2:10.25, 3. Charlotte Hook, STAN 2:10.64.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Alfonso Mestre, Florida/Venezuela 15:16.51, national record, 2. Padro Farias, Brazil 15:20.12, 3. Eric Brown, Florida 15:26.67.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Daniel Diehl, CUY 1:56.41, 2. Nico Garcia, VT 1:59.49, 3. Baylor Nelson, TAM 2:00.98.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrej Barna, CARD 48.45, 2. Josh Liendo, Florida 48.97, 3. Matt King, UVA 49.05, 6. Kaii Winkle, EA 49.45.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Aleksas Savickas, Florida 2:09.68, 2. Chase Kalisz, SUN 2:10.10, 3. Lyubomir Epitropov, TENN 2:11.74.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Nicolas Albiero, CARD, 1:56.32, 2. Zach Harting, CARD 1:57.06, 3. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, AGS 1:59.63.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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McIntosh Breaks Junior World Record; Winkler Wins B Final; SOFLO’s Horrego Sixth In B Final At Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 2, 2022—Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club finished sixth in the B final of the 100-meter breaststroke Friday night at the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The 24-year-old 2020 Honduran Olympian got in two long course races for the day. Swimming in Lane 6, he was third at the turn just 0.08 off the leader and finished in 1:03.05. He was 12th in prelims in 1:02.81, the fastest he has been in a while in long course.

Horrego is using the meet as a tuneup for the Dec. 13-18 World Short Course Championships in Australia.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.51, off her best time of 59.23. She went 1:00.02 in prelims. She was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.64 after going 1:00.95 in prelims.

Eagle Aquatics teammate Kaii Winkler, 16, won the B final in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:50.26, just off his best time of 1:50.07. He was 11th in prelims in 1:50.97. Winkler, a member of the U.S. junior national team, is coming off an outstanding short course season. “He’s going to be a good one,” said veteran announcer Rowdy Gaines.

Earlier in the meet, Winkler was 32nd in the 200 IM in 2:07.71 and 17th in the 50 freestyle in 22.82. He has the 100 freestyle left to swim on Saturday.

In other highlights:

400 IM: Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 16, set a world junior record of 4:28.61, third fastest performance of all time. She pulled away on the opening butterfly leg in 59.40. After the backstroke at 2:08.82, she was on world record pace and then leveled off in the breaststroke and cruised to the win. She was one of five teenagers 17-and-under in the final. “It’s still pretty early on in season so I didn’t know what to expect,” McIntosh said. “It was my first race of the long course season. I’m really happy with it.”

200 freestyle: Olympian Katie Ledecky of Gator Swim Club had an off night and Erin Gemmell nipping at her heels, but still managed to win her third event of the meet in 1:57.70. She also won the 800 and 400 and has the 1500 left to swim.

The four-day meet, which ends on Saturday, has attracted both U.S. and international swimmers and has been one of the most competitive. The finals are being televised by NBC Peacock with Rowdy Gaines calling the action.

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Summer McIntosh, Canada/Sarasota Sharks 4:28.61, WJR, meet record; 2. Emma Weyant, UN 4:41.85, 3. Kathryn Hazle, NCA 4:47.56, 6. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:51.65, 11. Gracie Weyant, SYS 4:50.69.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 57.65, 2. Beata Nelson, WA 58.93, 3. Gabi Albiero, LOU 59.06, 4. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 59.51.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 1:56.74, 2. Erin Gemmell, NCAP 1:57.16, 3. Addison Sauickie, SYS 1:59.76.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Mona McSharry, IRE 1:07.06, 2. Kaelyn Gridley, DUKE 1:08.46, 3. Ana Carolina Veira, BRA 1:08.50.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 57.95, 2. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 59.87, 3. Josephine Fuller, TENN 1:00.00.

MEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, SUN 4:10.09, meet record, 2. Baylor Nelson, TAM 4:18.38, 3. Landon Driggers, TENN 4:20.85.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Zach Harting, CARD 51.99, 2. Luke Miller, NCS 52.38, 3. Nicolas Albiero, CARD 52.51.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Jake Mitchell, Florida 1:48.22, 2. Guilherme Costa, Brazil 1:48.79, 3. Zane Grothe, BCH 1:49.12.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Aleksas Savickas, Florida 1:00.54, 2. Lyubomir Epitropov, Tennessee 1:00.94, 3. Reid Mikuta, AU 1:00.96.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Daniel Diehl, CUY 53.07, 2. Evangelos Makrygiannis, UN 54.41, 3. Tommy Janton, ND 54.96.

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

Ledecky, Costa Win Second Events, Pelaez Takes Second, Gets Olympic Trials Cut On Day Two Of Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships; SOFLO’s Horrego Competes Friday


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 1, 2022—The rematch between Katie Ledecky and Summer McIntosh lived up to the hype Thursday night at the Toyota U.S. Open Swimming Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Ledecky successfully avenged her narrow loss (.08 seconds) to the Canadian teenager in the 400-meter freestyle at the World Cup Series meet in Toronto last month.

Ledecky, the top qualifier in 4:021.51, edged out McIntosh by 8/100ths in 3:59.71. Her final split was 28.99 to move into the lead for good. McIntosh, 16, finished in 3:59.79 and Sarasota Sharks training mate Michaela Mattes, 17, was third in 4:09.53.

It was Ledecky’ second win of the meet. On opening night, she easily won the 800 freestyle.

Brazil’s Guilherme Costa, 24, also won his second event in the 400 freestyle in 3:48.13 ahead of Florida’s Alfonso Mestre, 21, of Venezuela in 3:49.63.

N.C. State’s David Curtiss, 20, won the 50-meter freestyle despite swimming blind for the entire race. He said his goggles filled up with water after the start and he relied on muscle memory to get him to the wall.

N.C. State-bound and U.S. junior national team member Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was second in the 50 freestyle in 25.29 behind Louisville’s Gabi Albiero in 25.06. She was seeded sixth after prelims in 25.75. She has the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle left to swim.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s 2020 Olympian Julio Horrego begins competing on Friday. The 24-year-old Honduran and national record holder will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday and 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday. Horrego is using the meet as a tuneup for the Dec. 13-18 World Championships in Australia.

The four-day meet has attracted both U.S. and international swimmers and is expected to be one of the most competitive. The finals are being televised by Peacock with Rowdy Gaines calling the action.

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 3:59.71, 2. Summer McIntosh, SYS 3:59.79, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:09.53, 4. Emma Weyant, UN 4:10.12.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 2:10.40, 2. Leah Hayes, TIDE 2:10.67, 3. Zoe Dixon, Florida 2:14.37.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Gabi Albiero, LOU 25.06, 2. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.29, 3. Camille Spink, NCAP 25.36.

MEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Guilherme Costa, Brazil 3:48.13, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Florida 3:49.63, 3. Jake Mitchell, Florida 3:49.65.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, SUN 1:56.52, 2. Baylor Nelson, TAM 1:59.14, 3. Daniel Diehl, CUY 1:59.89.

50-meter freestyle: 1. David Curtiss, NCS 21.92, 2. Josh Liendo, Florida 21.99, 3. Victor Alcara, Brazil 22.11.

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

Florida Gold Coast’s Pelaez, Winkler, Zuchowski Named To 2022-23 Junior National Team


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, September 20, 2022—Erika Pelaez, Kaii Winkler and Josh Zuchowski were named to the USA Swimming 2022-23 National Junior Team.

USA Swimming recently announced the 72-member team. Most of it is comprised of swimmers that helped the U.S. team win 19 gold medals and 46 total medals at last month’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Sixty-one 61 clubs from 26 states are represented. California leads with nine swimmers and City of Richardson (Tex.) Swim Team leads among clubs with three swimmers (Giovanni Linscheer, Levi Sandidge and Campbell Chase).

Of the 72 athletes, 47 have represented the U.S. internationally; 43 are first-timers. Five swimmers – Lucy Bell, Keaton Jones, Justina Kozan, Claire Tuggle and Natalie Manion – have been on the National Junior Team for at least the last three years. Kozan and Maximus Williamson are the only swimmers to qualify in four events each.

Among the team’s top names are Junior Pan Pacs standouts Thomas Heilman, Anna Moesch, Zhier Fan and Maggie Wanazek. A total of 45 swimmers qualified for Olympic Trials in 2021.

“We are very excited to welcome the infusion of up-and-coming talent into the National Junior Team Program,” said Erik Posegay, USA Swimming National Junior Team Program Director.

“The ‘22-’23 team features numerous medalists from our 2022 Mel Zajac and Junior Pan Pacific Championships teams, as well as some fresh faces ready to make an impact this coming year. It will be exciting to build off our first full year returning to international competition and using that experience to propel us forward to next summer. It was great to see 12 National Junior Team members from the ‘21-’22 squad move on to the National Team this year, and we hope to see that number continue to grow year after year.”

Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics and South Florida Heat is among 35 girls from around the nation named to the team. She qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyles and 100 backstroke.

Pelaez is coming off the July 26-30 Phillips 66 National Championships where she was a two-time finalist in the 100 backstroke (sixth, 1:00.33) and 100 freestyle (seventh, 54.69).

Winkler, 16, also of Eagle Aquatics and South Florida Heat, is coming off an outstanding Junior Pan Pacs performance. He qualified for the junior national team in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Winkler won two relay gold medals. He swam anchor leg on the U.S. boys’ winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in world junior record of 3:15.79. Winkler’s split was 48.95, second fastest on the relay. It was the only world junior record of the meet.

Winkler also won the “B” final in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 53.94. Winkler anchored the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that finished in a Junior Pan Pac record 3:36.65. He also tied in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.50 to win his first individual silver medal in a best time.

U.S. teammate Josh Zuchowski of FAST qualified for the national junior team in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and 200 IM.

Zuchowski, beginning his freshman year at Stanford, won two silver medals at Junior Pan Pacs. He was second in the 200-meter backstroke and was top American in a best time 1:58.16. He also won silver in the 100 backstroke in a best time 54.51.

The National Junior Team roster was picked based on long course meter times achieved between January 1, 2022 through and including August 31, 2022. Only times loaded into the USA Swimming SWIMS Database from a USA Swimming-sanctioned competition, a FINA-approved competition, or an international competition between January 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. Relay lead-offs, time trials and intermediate splits were not considered.

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

Winkler Wins Second Relay Gold, Ties For Silver Sprint Medal; Podkoscielny Wins Second “B” Final; Team USA Sweeps Team Titles


By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 28, 2022—Kaii Winkler of Team USA left a lasting impression at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

On the fourth and final day on Saturday, Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics, won his second gold relay medal of the meet on the 4×100-meter medley relay. Winkler anchored the winning relay that finished in a Junior Pan Pac record 3:36.65 with teammates Daniel Diehl, Zhier Fan and Thomas Heilman just edging the Aussies who finished in 3:36.96. His 100 freestyle split was 49.18. He held off Aussie anchor Flynn Southam who turned in a 47.87 final split.

On Friday, Winkler swam anchor leg on the U.S. boys’ winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in world junior record of 3:15.79. Winkler’s split was 48.95, second fastest on the relay. It was the only world junior record of the meet. Winkler also won the “B” final in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 53.94.

Also on Saturday, Winkler tied U.S. teammate Diggory Dillingham in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.50 to win his first individual silver medal in a best time. Aussie Flynn Southam won in 22.36. Winkler swam back-to-back best times, 22.74 in prelims, bettering his previous time of 23.03, dropping 0.53 and dipping below 23 seconds for the first time.

U.S. teammate Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, won her second “B” final of the meet in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.79, just off her best time of 2:15.08. She went 2:16.54 in prelims and came back to win the “B” final and finish ninth overall. She also won the 400 IM “B” final in 4:47.34.

Josh Zuchowski of FAST, two-time silver medalist, was second in the “B” final and tenth overall in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:02.88 after going 2:03.09 in prelims off his best time of 2:01.92. The Stanford-bound Zuchowski, 18, swept the 100 and 200 backstrokes for silver.

The talented trio represented the U.S. internationally for the first time and were among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) and other non-European teams New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Singapore.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS: 1. USA 235, 2. Japan 171, 3. Australia 148, 4. Canada 112, 5. New Zealand 33, 6. Singapore 23, 7. Fiji 8.
BOYS: 1. USA 224, 2. Australia 171, 3. Japan 162.5, 4. Canada 102.5, 5. Singapore 39, 6. New Zealand 17, 7. Fiji 4.

GIRLS
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Mattes, US 16:24.02, 2. Ruka Takezawa, JPN 16:25.19, 3. Tiana Kritzinger, AUS 16:26.63.
200-meter individual medley: 1. Mio Narita, JPN 2:11.22, 2. Ashley McMillan, CAN 2:13.31, 3. Gracie Weyant, US 2:14.36, 9. Julia Podkoscielny, US 2:15.79.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Milla Jansen, AUS 25.19, 2. Anna Moesh, USA 25.32, 3. Erin Gemmell, USA 25.46.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Kotomi Kato, JPN 2:26.55, 2. Yuri Matsumoto, JPN 2:27.46, 3. Piper Enge, USA 2:27.93, 4. Gracie Weyant, USA 2:32.21.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. USA 4:02.14 (Maggie Wanezek, Piper Enge, Alex Shackell, Erin Gemmell), 2. Japan 4:04.01, 3. Australia 4:05.84.

BOYS
800-meter freestyle: 1. Joshua Staples, AUS 7:56.29, 2. Hiroyoshi Miyaki, JPN 7:57.64, 3. Alec Enyeart, US 8:02.92.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Maximus Williamson, USA 1:59.01, 2. Tomoyuki Matsushita, JPN 2:00.64, 3. William Petric, AUS 2:00.82, 10. Josh Zuchowski, USA 2:02.88.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Flynn Southam, AUS 22.36, 2. tie, Diggory Dillingham, USA and Kaii Winkler, USA 22.50.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Asahi Kawashima, JPN 2:11.81, 2. Yamato Okadome, JPN 2:12.19, 3. Nicholas Mahabir, SGP 2:12.50.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. USA 3:36.65 (Daniel Diehl, Zhier Fan, Thomas Heilman, Kaii Winkler), 2. Australia 3:36.96, 3. Japan 3:40.35

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

Winkler Wins Relay Gold, Breaks World Junior Record; Zuchowski Wins Second Silver Medal On Day Three Of Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 27, 2022—Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics turned in a world-record performance Friday at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships at Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

Winkler, 16, swam anchor leg on the U.S. boys’ winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in world junior record time of 3:15.79 with teammates Thomas Heilman, Henry McFadden and Daniel Diehl.

Winkler’s split was 48.95, second fastest on the relay. Diehl had the fastest in 48.66. It was the first world junior record of the meet. The previous record was 3:15.80.

Winkler also won the “B” final in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 53.94 after finishing ninth in prelims in 54.36. His previous best was 54.18. Winkler has the 50 freestyle, his specialty event, left to swim.

U.S. teammate Josh Zuchowski of FAST won his second silver medal for the U.S. The Stanford-bound Zuchowski, 18, finished second in the 200-meter backstroke and was top American in a best time 1:58.16. He dropped 0.26 off his previous best of 1:58.42. Earlier in the week, Zuchowski also won silver in the 100 backstroke in a best time 54.51. He went 1:58.98 in prelims. Japan’s Hidek Takehara won in a Junior Pan Pac record 1:57.00, breaking American Jack Conger’s 2012 record of 1:57.20. Zuchowski has the 200 IM left to swim on the final day.

U.S. teammate Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, was 19th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.68. She has the 200 IM left to swim on Saturday.

The talented trio are representing the U.S. internationally for the first time and are among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) during the competitive four-day meet. In addition to the four charter nations, other select non-European Swimming League (LEN) are competing including New Zealand, Fiji and Singapore.

Competition concludes on Saturday with prelims at 3 p.m. EST and finals at 11 p.m. EST. All sessions will be streamed at http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

Saturday events are: 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 4×100 medley relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS: 1. U.S. 168, 2. Japan 117, 3. Australia 111, 4. Canada 78, 5. New Zealand 20, 6. Singapore 12, 7. Fiji 8.
BOYS: 1. U.S. 164, 2. Australia 122, 3. Japan 104.5, 4. Canada 77.5, 5. Singapore 22, 6. New Zealand 16, 7. Fiji 7.

GIRLS
400-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, US 4:05.07, 2. Jamie Perkins, AUS 4:06.64, 3. Jillian Cox, US 4:06.84.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Alex Shackell, US 58.58, 2. Airi Mitsui, JPN 58.67, 3. Bailey Hartman, US 58.71.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Yuzuki Mizuno, JPN 2:09.17, 2. Mio Narita, JPN 2:09.67, 3. Kennedy Noble, US 2:11.32.
4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. U.S. 3:37.99 (Kayla Wilson, Anna Moesch, Erin Gemmell, Alex Shackell), 2. Australia 3:39.04, 3. Canada 3:40.90.

BOYS
400-meter freestyle: 1. Joshua Staples, AUS 3:48.36, 2. Rex Maurer, US 3:49.86, 3. Alec Enyeart, US 3:51.07.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Thomas Heilman, US 51.98, 2. Jesse Coleman, AUS 52.23, 3. Tomoyuki Matsushita, JPN 53.38.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Hidekazu Takehara, JPN 1:57.00, 2. Josh Zuchowski, US 1:58.16, 3. Keaton Jones, US 1:58.98.
4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. U.S. 3:15.79 (Thomas Heilman, Henry McFadden, Daniel Diehl, Kaii Winkler), world junior record, 2. Australia 3:18.06, 3. Japan 3:19.94.

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

Podkoscielny, Zuchowski, Winkler Represent U.S. At Junior Pan Pacs That Begin Wednesday


By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 23, 2022—The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented when the Junior Pan Pacific Championships begin Wednesday at the K. Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming, Josh Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics Swim Team (FAST) and Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics are among 41 athletes representing the U.S. It has been called the best team USA Swimming has ever sent to the meet.

The talented trio, representing the U.S. internationally for the first time, will be among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) on display during the competitive four-day meet.

In addition to the four charter nations, other select non-European Swimming League (LEN) will also compete including New Zealand, China, Fiji, Singapore, South Korea and Ecuador. The meet is for countries that border the Pacific Ocean.

The event is the marquis junior international event on the 2022 calendar for the U.S.

USA Swimming’s selection process was the fastest 18 & unders (born in 2004 or later) from the U.S. International Trials in April. They were limited to 20 boys and 20 girls on the roster, though the roster wound up with 20 girls and 21 boys.

Podkoscielny, headed into her senior season at Pine Crest School, is an early University of Florida commit for the fall of 2023.

Podkoscielny tuned up for Pan Pacs at the USA Swimming Futures Championship in Cary, N.C. where she won two events, the 200 backstroke (2:13.86) and 400 individual medley (4:46.37); was second in the 100 backstroke (1:02.31) and 200 IM (2:15.08) and third in the 200 breaststroke (2:34.32). She also got in some racing at the Speedo Sectionals in Plantation where she competed in the 200 IM (2:16.45) and 400 IM (5:00.21).

Podkoscielny was ranked ninth on SwimSwam’s Way Too Early Recruit Ranks for the class of 2023. As an eighth grader, she was already one of Florida’s top high school swimmers.

Zuchowski, headed to Stanford on Sept. 6, fine tuned at the Speedo Junior National Championships where he made three finals. He won the 200 backstroke (1:58.42), was third in the 100 backstroke (55.18) and third in the 200 IM (2:01.92). He also won the 200 backstroke (2:01.13) and 200 IM (2:05.37) and was second in the 100 butterfly (54.69) at the FGC Long Course Senior Championships. At Speedo Sectionals, he won the 100 backstroke (56.34), 200 backstroke (2:02.98) and 50 backstroke (27.09).

Zuchowski is an 11-time national age group record holder, eight-time high school state champion and state 200 IM record holder for King’s Academy.

Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics (100 freestyle) is a junior with the South Florida Heat. He is ranked ranked first in the state and seventh in the nation among 2024 recruits. He was a state 1A runner-up in the 200 freestyle in 1:36.78.

At the USA Swimming Futures Championship, he was third in the 100 freestyle (49.75). At Speedo Sectionals, he won the 100 freestyle (50.47) and 200 freestyle (1:52.19). He was also third in the 50 freestyle (23.58) and 200 IM (2:07.46) and third in the 50 butterfly (25.18).

Podkoscielny is entered in the 400 IM; Zuchowski in the 100 and 200 backstroke and Winkler the 100 freestyle although they may be added to other events and relays by the coaching staff.

Two other Floridians are on the roster: Michaela Mattes of Sarasota Sharks (800/1500 freestyle); and Gracie Weyant of Sarasota Sharks (200 breaststroke).

Headlining the U.S. roster are National Age Group record holders Erin Gemmell (Potomac, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) and Thomas Heilman (Crozet, Va./Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA). Sixteen swimmers are members of this year’s National Junior Team including Podkoscielny and Zuchowski.

The Junior Pan Pacific Championships coaching staff features head coach Brent Arckey (Sarasota Sharks) and assistant coaches Chuck Batchelor (SwimMAC Carolina), Tom Kleiboeker (Tsunami Swim Team of K.C.), Ginny Nussbaum (Long Island Aquatic Club), Chris Plumb (Carmel Swim Club) and Gary Taylor (Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA).

Competition will take place through Saturday with prelims at 3 p.m. ET and finals at 11 p.m. ET. All sessions will be streamed at http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

Wednesday’s events are: 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter butterfly, men’s 1500-meter freestyle, women’s 800-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter mixed medley relay.

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

Kathleen Golding Makes Third B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 30, 2022—Kathleen Golding had a successful finish at the Phillips 66 National Championships Saturday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club, qualified for her third B final of the week in the 200-meter individual medley.

In prelims, Golding qualified 13th in 2:15.99 to make the B final and finished fifth in the B final and 13th overall in 2:15.96. Earlier in the week, Golding also made the A final in the 400 IM and finished seventh in 4:45.35. She finished the meet with 24.5 points.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was second in the B final and tenth overall in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 25.31. dropping 0.07. Pelaez scored all 39 points for her team.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 283.5, 2. Cal Aquatics 249, 3. Gator Swim Club 201.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 157, 5. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont 143.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 176.5, 2. Indiana Swim Club 120.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 115, 4. Mission Viejo 72.5, 5. SwimMAC 70.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 163, 2. Gator Swim Club 152.5, 3. Long Island 118, 4. Nashville 112, 5. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont 99, 16. Eagle Aquatics 39.

WOMEN
200-meter individual medley: 1. Leah Smith, TXLA 2:11.67, 2. Zoie Hartman, ABSC 2:12.04, 3. Beata Nelson, WA 2:12.46, 13. Kathleen Golding, GSC 2:15.96.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 24.17, 2. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 24.47, 3. Claire Curzan TAC 24.74, 10. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.31.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Maddy Gough, AUS 16:07.34, 2. Mariah Denigan, ISC 16:12.44, 3. Kensey McMahon, BAMA 16:16.22, 17. Anna Auld, SAS 16:45.99, 21. Blair Stoneburg, UN-WIS 16:57.60.

MEN
200-meter individual medley: 1. Shaine Casas, TXLA 1:55.24, 2. Grant House, SUN 1:59.03, 3. Baylor Nelson, MAC 1:59.13.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Matt King, CA 21.83, 2. Justin Ress, MV 22.01, 3. Jack Alexy, CAL 22.18.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, SPA 7:51.21, 2. Will Gallant, WOLF 7:53.34, 3. David Johnston, TST 7:54.60

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Kathleen Golding Makes Second B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 29, 2022—Kathleen Golding made her second B final at the Phillips 66 National Championships Friday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club was fourth in the B final and 13th overall in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:14.56, just 0.80 off her best time. Golding has made one A final and two B finals during the meet. Golding has the 200 IM left to swim on Saturday, the final day of the meet.

Wisconsin-bound Blair Stoneburg, 18, was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:13.82, dropping 1.53 seconds off her previous best.

Erin Gemmell, 17, of Nation’s Capital won the 400 free in a best time 4:06.17, dropping 3.64 seconds. Her previous best was 4:09.81. Gemmell led from start to finish and was never challenged.

Florida Gold Coast top finisher and U.S. junior national team member Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:00.33, dropping 0.62 seconds.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 180.5, 2. Gator Swim Club 160, 3. Cal Aquatics 153.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 117, 5. Long Island 84.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 110, 2. Indiana Swim Club 81.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 54, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 50, 5. Ridgefield 47.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 131, 2. Indiana Swim CLub 99, 3. Long Island 75, 4. Nashville, Longhorn Aquatics 67, 20. Eagles Aquatics 19.

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, NCAP 4:06.17, 2. Cavan Gormsen, LIAC 4:08.38, 3. Kensey McMahon, BAMA 4:08.57, 9. Blair Stoneburg, Unattached-Wisconsin 4:13.82, 13. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:14.56; TCA: 11. Blair Stoneburg, Unattached 4:15.58, prelims, 16. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:16.73, prelims.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kaitlyn Dobler, TRO 1:06.88, 2. Olivia Anderson, AQJT 1:07.85, 3. Talara-Jade Dixon, AUS 1:08.15.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Rhyan White, ALA 58.91, 2. Kira Toussaint, TA 59.24, 3. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 59.55; FGC: 6. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:00.33, 43. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EA 1:03.12.

MEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, SA 3:46.36, 2. Jake Mitchell, UN 3:46.59, 3. Kieran Smith, RAC 3:48.48.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Josh Matheny, ISC 59.44, 2. Caspar Corbeau, UN 59.91, 3. Kevin Houseman, WILD 1:00.24.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ress, MV 53.55, 2. Adam Chaney, RAYS 53.68, 3. Jack Aikins, SA 53.75; FGC: 38. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 56.46.

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Podkoscielny, Crooks, Winkler Top FGC Finishers On Day Two Of USA Swimming Futures Championship


By Sharon Robb
CARY, N.C., July 28, 2022—It was another fast night of swimming at the USA Swimming Futures Championship Thursday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher was its women’s 800-meter freestyle relay, placing 14th in 8:39.90 with Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki and Olivia Dinehart. SOFLO women are 16th among 52 teams.

Other Thursday SOFLO results:
Javier Colmenares, 16, 100 breaststroke time trial, 3. 1:07.43.
Elena Dinehart, 17, 100 backstroke, 26. 1:05.80, prelims; 25. 1:05.09.
Natalie Gembicki, 17, 100 freestyle, 102. 1:00.86.
Alex Golding, 18, 100 backstroke time trials, 1. 1:02.18; 400 IM, 48. 4:46.90.
Sophia Grubbs, 17, 100 freestyle time trial 1:03.38.
Ricardo Roche, 22, 100 backstroke, 18. 58.71, 0.95 drop.
Rafael Rodriguez, 20, 100 freestyle, 97. 54.40.
Mallory Schleicher, 18, 400 IM, 28. 5:07.91 prelims; 25. 4:45.92, finals.
Izzy Wilson, 15, 100 freestyle time trial, 1:03.61.

SOFLO has thirteen swimmers (seven girls and six boys) competing in 48 individual events and one relay.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmer highlights:

Julia Podkoscielny, 17, prepping for next month’s Junior Pan Pacs, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:46.37. She was second fastest in prelims in 4:52.36. In an exciting 100 meter backstroke race, she finished second in 1:02.31, dropping 1.10. Lily Cleason, 17, of Club Wolverine won in 1:02.25. Podkoscielny was third fastest in 1:03.18, dropping 0.23. Pine Crest Swimming is eighth among women’s teams with 37 points, all scored by Podkoscielny.

Jillian Crooks, 16, of TS Aquatics was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.56, dropping 0.29 seconds. Addison Sauickie, 16, of Sarasota Sharks won in 55.66.

Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.75. Macguire McDuff, 19, of Bolles won in 49.06 and Michael Cotter, 19, of TAC Titans was second in 49.65.

The Futures Championship is designed as an intermediate step between Sectional Championships and Junior Nationals or National Championships, and open to swimmers of all ages who have time standards. The seventh edition of Futures is one of five around the nation.

Swimmers from the following LSCs are eligible to compete including Florida Gold Coast, Florida Swimming, Southeastern, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Indiana.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. TAC Titans 596, 2. Sarasota Sharks 382, 3. Club Wolverine 285.5, 4. Bolles 268, 5. Chattahoochee Gold 124, 13. TS Aquatics 43, 16. Pine Crest Swimming, 22. Eagle Aquatics 28, 32. SOFLO 15, 36. Treasure Coast 11, 36. Miami Country Day 11, 39. Metro Aquatics 7, 45. Midtown Weston 4.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. TAC Titans 339, 2. Bolles 229, 3. Sarasota Sharks 111, 4. Club Wolverine 101, 5. Dynamo 53, 13. Eagle Aquatics 28, 14. TS Aquatics 26, 27. Miami Country Day 11.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 271, 2. TAC Titans 257, 3. Club Wolverine 184.5, 4. Chattahoochee Gold 112, 5. Blue Dolfins 76.5, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 37, 15. TS Aquatics 17, 16. SOFLO 15, 24. Treasure Coast 11, 25. Metro Aquatics 7, 33. Midtown Weston 4.

WOMEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, SYS 55.66, 2. Jillian Crooks, TS Aquatics 56.56, 3. Meredith Whelehan, TAC 56.92; FGC: 18. Gioia Balzano, EA 58.06.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming 4:46.37, 2. Hannah Bellard, CW 4:47.67, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:48.13; SOFLO: 25. Mallory Schleicher 4:58.92, time drop 0.13; FGC: 26. Riley Botting, PC 5:00.19.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Lily Cleason, CW 1:02.25, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 1:02.31, time drop 1.10, 3. Taylor Morris, TAC 1:02.90; SOFLO: 25. Elena Dinehart 1:05.09.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Sarasota Sharks A 8:10.77, 2. TAC Titans 8:17.61, 3. Club Wolverine 8:22.57, 14. SOFLO 8:39.90 (Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki, Olivia Dinehart).

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Macguire McDuff, Bolles 49.06, 2. Michael Cotter, TAC 49.65, 3. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 49.75, 25. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 52.14, 27. Finn Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 52.75.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Michael Mullen, Bolles 4:21.50, 2. Lance Norris, TAC 4:22.59, 3. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 4:26.16.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Matthew Menke, HA 55.50, 2. Derek Maas, MLA 56.32, 3. Braeden Haughey, TAC 56.82; FGC: 14. Kaii Winkler, EA 58.76, 21. Finn Winkler, EA 59.09.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. TAC Titans A 7:27.72, 2. Bolles 7:36.93, 3. TAC Titans B 7:37.74, 10. TS Aquatics 7:51.48.

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