SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold, Bronze Medals, Just Misses World Record; Bovell, Beisel Take Bronze In Singapore


By Sharon Robb

November 1, 2014—Alia Atkinson won another gold medal and just missed a world record on the opening night of the final stop of the FINA/MASTBANK World Cup Series Saturday in Singapore.

Atkinson, 25, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, won her sixth 100-meter breaststroke title in a lifetime-best 1:02.54, just .18 off the world short course record, missing out on a $10,000 bonus check.

Atkinson did break her own Jamaican national record she set this past week in Tokyo.

It was the second time Atkinson finished ahead of world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, who was second in 1:03.05. American Katie Meili was third in 1:05.47.

Atkinson also finished third in the 200-meter individual medley in a season-best 2:08.17 behind Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in 2:06.01 and Brit Siobhan-Marie O’Connor in 2:07.69.

“Tonight was about executing a plan to get faster each leg, mission accomplished,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

“When she is totally rested for worlds, she will be ready to break the 1:02 barrier,” Anderson said.

In other final events:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Spain’s world record holder Mireia Belmonte won her fifth race in the series event in 8:10.61. Hosszu was second in 8:11.26. American Elizabeth Beisel was fourth in 8:20.63.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Daiya Seto of Japan won his third straight title in the event in 4:04.07.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: Against a weak field, Russian Sergei Fesikov won in 47.02.

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Katinka Hosszu won her first event of the night in 1:53.63. It was her first event sweep of the 2014 World Cup and first career sweep of the 200 freestyle.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: Roland Schoeman of South Africa won his fifth sprint race in 25.86, fastest time in the world this year. Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago took third in 26.81.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 56.08, her sixth victory in the event. Hosszu was second in 56.33.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: American Eugene Godsoe won his second consecutive 100 backstroke title in 50.59.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: American Felicia Lee won her first World Cup race in 26.48, second fastest time by an American in history.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Chad le Clos of South Africa won in 1:48.88 just missing his own world record by .32.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her second race in 2:06.01 all but clinching the series. It was her 16th straight World Cup win in the event.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Aussie David McKeon won his first event of the series in 3:38.54.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Brit Fran Halsall won in 23.80.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Hungarian Daniel Gyurta easily won in 2:02.30 against a less than stellar field. Gyurta won by more than three seconds.

Men’s 100-meter individual medley: Former world record holder Sergei Fesikov won in 52.09.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Hosszu took her third and final event of the night in 2:03.07. Six of the eight finalists were Team USA swimmers. Elizabeth Beisel took the bronze in 2:05.00.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: Chad le Clos of South Africa won in 21.98 and just missed another world record.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay: Russia won in 1:43.26. The U.S. junior relay was second in 1:46.03 and Singapore was third in 1:46.17.

The World Cup Series ends on Sunday. Atkinson will swim the 50 and 200 breaststroke.

Swimmers are racing for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. There is also a $10,000 bonus offered for a world record performance swim. A prize purse of $300,000 in prize money will be awarded to the sixth highest ranked men and women swimmers.

After the Singapore leg, the men’s and women’s World Cup winners will earn $100,000, second place $50,000 and third place $30,000.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Gold, Breaks Own National Record On Day One Of FINA/MASTBANK World Cup In Tokyo


By Sharon Robb

October 28, 2014—Alia Atkinson knocked off world record holder Ruta Meilutyte, just missing her world record by a half-second, on Day One of the FINA/MASTBANK World Cup Series Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 100-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best short course time and Jamaican national record in 1:02.86.

It was also the first time Atkinson, now ranked No. 2 on the all-time short course list, had beaten the Lithuanian in any breaststroke event. She earned another $1,500 for the victory.

Meilutyte, coming off a layoff, is returning to heavy training and competition in preparation for the upcoming world championships.

Atkinson was joined by her longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson for the two-day Tokyo meet and final stop in Singapore.

“She swam well tonight but is still hungry to improve,” Anderson said. “I am looking forward to some fast breaststroke swimming in the next few days.”

Atkinson was coming off a two gold, one bronze medal and $3,500 performance on the opening leg in Beijing. She is zeroing in on the $30,000 third place spot on the leading points and money list.

Great Britain, which sent a contingent to Tokyo, had one national record broken. Fran Halsall broke the 50-meter backstroke record in 26.42, shaving .03 off the previous mark set in December by Lizzie Simmonds. Halsall now has six national short course records.

In other final events:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Spain’s Mireia Belmonte-Garcia won in 8:08.57 for her fourth win in the distance event over six stops. She outsprinted Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who was second in 8:09.27. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel took a bronze in 8:19.32 and $500 in 8:19.32.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Daiya Seto of Japan won his second consecutive World Cup race in the event against a good field in 3:59.91, the only swimmer to break the 4-minute mark.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: Without Chad le Clos of South Africa in the field, the race was wide open and slow. Katsumi Nakamura of Japan won in 47.30, edging Russian Sergei Fesikov (47.31) and German Steffen Deibler (47.35).

Women’s 200-meter fresstyle: Hosszu won her first race of the night and 111th World Cup overall win, in 1:52.45. She has not lost a 200 race since last September.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: South African Roland Schoeman won in 26.02 edging Hungarian Daniel Gyurta (26.60). Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago was fourth in 26.85.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 56.11. Hosszu was second in 56.94.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: American Eugene Godsoe won in 50.49 for his first World Cup win of the season.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: South African Chad le Clos won in 1:49.20 ahead of Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:49.68).

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Hosszu, who has already clinched the top money spot, won her second event of the night in 2:05.18. American Caitlin Leverenz was second in 2:06.15. Beisel was fifth in 2:08.55.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: South African Myles Brown won in 3:37.96.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Brit Fran Halsall upset Inge Dekker to win in 23.80. Dekker was second in 23.89.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won in 2:02.12.

Men’s 100-meter individual medley: Japan’s Kosuke Hagino won in 52.03. Bovell was fifth in 52.89.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: If anyone thinks Iron Lady is running out of gas, guess again. Hosszu won her third event in 2:01.97, just a second off her national record. Beisel was sixth in 2:05.77.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: Chad le Clos won his second event in 22.20 ahead of Roland Schoeman in 22.66.

Mixed 200-meter medley relay: Japan clubs swept the top four places with the winning time in 1:40.51.

The competition continues for one more day in Tokyo.

This is the sixth leg of the tour that started in Doha and Dubai in August. The final stop is Singapore (Nov. 1-2).

Swimmers are racing for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. There is also a $10,000 bonus offered for a world record performance swim.

The stakes are high with $300,000 in prize money offered to the sixth highest ranked men and women swimmers.

After the Singapore leg, the men’s and women’s World Cup winners will be awarded $100,000, second place $50,000 and third place $30,000.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold, Bovell Takes Silver; Beisel Makes Debut On Day One Of FINA/MASTBANK World Cup In Beijing


By Sharon Robb

October 24, 2014—Alia Atkinson is now trying to play catch-up at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup Friday in Beijing, China.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian of the South Florida Aquatic Club got off to a good start on Friday.

Atkinson, 25, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.11 and picked up 12 points against a week women’s field. She attacked the first 50 in sub-30 in 29.98 and won the race by more than a second picking up $1500 for the win.

Atkinson is fourth overall in money earnings with $44,500. After not competing in Russia, Atkinson is 21 points behind (171 points) Spain’s Mireia Belmonte of Spain (189 points) and $72,000 in the overall series standings.

Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago took second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.91 behind Roland Schoeman in 26.87.

Bovell won his second silver medal of the night in the 100-meter individual medley in 52.43 and earned $1,000 per medal.

Local fans had something to cheer about after watching China’s Lu Ying and Xu Jiayu break national records in back-to-back races.

Lu Ying lowered her national record in the 100-meter butterfly in 55.95 after knocking off favorite Inge Dekker of the Netherlands. Lu is the first Chinese woman to go under 56 seconds.

Xu Jiayu broke the men’s national record in the 100-meter backstroke in 50.14, shaving 8/10ths off the previous mark set by Sun Xiaolei in 2011.

Most of the Chinese swimming in the meet competed in the Asian Games in late September and national championships in mid-October.

In other final events:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu took up where she left off in the second cluster. She won the distant event in a national record and career-best 8:08.41. “Compared with training, I like competition better because it is easier and more relaxed than training,” she said.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Daiya Seto of Japan won by nearly five seconds in 4:04.84.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: South African Chad le Clos had no problem winning in 46.81. He led from start to finish.

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Hosszu picked up her second win of the day. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, making her World Cup finals debut, was seventh in 1:57.28. It was only her second short course meters event.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: China went one-two with Fu Yuanhui winning in 26.43 and Qiu Yuhan in 26.64.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Le Close picked up his second victory in 1:49.73 including 28.9 in the last 50 meters.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Hosszu picked up her third gold medal of the night in 2:02.13. American Caitlin Leverenz took silver in 2:07.88.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: China’s 2012 Olympic champion Sun Yang won in 3:37.10, the fastest time in the world this year. “It is my first Beijing World Cup meet, I am excited,” Sun said. “I am not in my best shape.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 23.97.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Hungarian Daniel Gyurta won easily in 2:03.40. He led from start to finish after 50 meters.

Men’s 100-meter individual medley: Russian Sergei Fesikov won with a season-best 52.30.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Hosszu won her fourth gold medal in 2:02.71, just edging Aussie Madison Wilson who finished in 2:02.81.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: Le Clos won his third gold medal in 22.03, second fastest time in the world this year.

4×50-meter mixed medley relay: China won in 1:40.10 followed by Russia and Japan.

This is the fifth leg of the tour that started in Doha and Dubai in August. The final stops are Beijing, Tokyo, Japan (Oct. 28-29) and Singapore (Nov. 1-2).

The Beijing meet has attracted 300 swimmers from 32 countries. Swimmers are racing for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. There is also a $10,000 bonus offered for a world record performance swim.

The stakes are high with $300,000 in prize money offered to the sixth highest ranked men and women swimmers. After the Singapore leg, the men’s and women’s World Cup winners will earn $100,000, second place $50,000 and third place $30,000.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Ledecky Breaks World Record; Phelps, Clary Win Gold At Pan Pacs; Murphy, Beisel Grab Roster Spots On World Team

Ledecky Breaks World Record; Phelps, Clary Win Gold At Pan Pacs; Murphy, Beisel Grab Roster Spots On World Team


By Sharon Robb

August 23, 2014—On another dreary weather night in Southport, Australia, Team USA had another big night Saturday at the Pan Pacific Championships at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Teenage sensation Katie Ledecky, 17, broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle with a blistering 29.30 final split.

The Stanford-bound swimmer took another half second off her world record time of 3:58.86 she swam at nationals earlier this month to win the gold medal in 3:58.37. U.S. teammate Cierra Runge was second in 4:04.55.

Both Ledecky and Runge qualified for the world team.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took the bronze in 4:05.33. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto of Gator Swim Club was fifth in 4:07.51.

Ledecky now holds at least two of the fastest times in history in the 400, 800 and 1500-meter freestyles. It was Ledecky’s fourth gold medal of the meet.

“It never really gets old, it’s a great feeling,” Ledecky said. “I have some long-term goals. We’re not quite there yet, but we’ll get there. “

Ledecky still has the 1500 to swim.

Eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps won his first international gold medal since the 2012 London Olympics in the 100-meter butterfly. It was also his first win since his comeback.

Phelps, 29, won in 51.29 ahead of Ryan Lochte, who finished second in 51.67. Tom Shields did not swim the event, however his time from nationals will hold up and he and Phelps will make the world team.

“It definitely feels good to have that sort of confidence back to be able to do it in an individual event,” Phelps said. “What it does is really just guarantee me a spot on the world championship team next summer. That’s the biggest thing and most important thing.”

The weather has been the biggest topic of conversation during the four-day meet. Even Phelps called it “crazy, sideways rain.”

“There’s no rain underwater so it doesn’t really bother me,” Phelps said with a smile. Phelps has the 200-meter individual medley left to swim on Sunday.

“I know there’s a lot that can happen in a year with training,” Phelps said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Tyler Clary won the 200-meter backstroke holding off Japan’s top-seed Ryosuke Irie to win in 1:54.91. Irie’s time was 1:55.14. Aussie Mitchell Larkin was third in 1:55.27. Clary kept the U.S. tradition alive, with U.S. swimmers never losing the 200 backstroke at twelve Pan Pacs.

Along with Clary, Bolles alum Ryan Murphy qualified for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia with a fourth-place finish time of 1:56.17.

Lochte scratched from the final heat of the men’s 200-meter backstroke after qualifying second in morning prelims.

In other championships finals on a night that featured hail, wind, rain and lots of plastic raincoats in the stands:

Aussie Alicia Coutts won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.64 ahead of China’s Ying Lu in 57.76. American Kendyl Stewart took the bronze in 57.82. Despite a disappointing sixth place in 58.31, Claire Donahue will join Stewart on the worlds team.

Korea’s Park Taehwan won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:43.15. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino took silver in 3:44.56 and American Connor Jaeger took the bronze in 3:45.31.

Aussie Belinda Hocking just missed the meet record in the 200-meter backstroke by .01 seconds winning in 2:07.49. Teammate Emily Seebohm was second in 2:07.61.

University of Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel won the bronze in 2:08.33 and knocked Kathleen Baker off the world team to earn a roster spot. It was a much-needed redemption swim for Beisel who slipped off the start at nationals.

Franklin, still nursing back spasms, was fourth in 2:08.82. Beisel and Missy Franklin will represent the U.S. at worlds.

Australia swept the 4×100-meter freestyle relay gold medals.

The Aussie women’s relay of Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie, Melanie Schlanger and Bronte Campbell won in a meet record 3:32.46. The U.S. relay of Simone Manuel, Missy Franklin, Abbey Weitzeil and Shannon Vreeland was second in 3:34.23 and Japan took the bronze in 3:39.06.

The Aussie men’s relay of Tommaso D’Orsogna, James Magnussen, Matthew Abood and Cameron McEvoy won in 3:12.80 ahead of the U.S. team of Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Lochte in 3:13.36 and Brazil in 3:13.59. McEvoy’s anchor split of 47.60 clinched the win over Lochte’s 48.20.

The U.S. picked up three more golds and has 11 for the meet. Australia has eight gold medals.

For those following the Pan Pacs and enjoy being sleep-deprived on the East Coast, prelims are 8 p.m. and finals 5 a.m.

NBC will broadcast highlight races from the Pan Pacs today and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. In Australia the entire meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au).

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

Beisel Wins Gold, Team USA Dominates Day Two Of Pan Pacific Championships

Beisel Wins Gold, Team USA Dominates Day Two Of Pan Pacific Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2014—On a cold, wet, winter night in Australia, Elizabeth Beisel held off teammate Maya DiRado in an exciting race to win the 400-meter individual medley Friday at the Pan Pacific Championships at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

The University of Florida alum dominated the women’s field to defend her 2010 title, winning in a Pac Pacs record of 4:31.99. DiRado was second in 4:35.37 and Aussie Keryn McMaster took bronze in 4:38.84.

In the women’s 400-meter individual medley “B” final, Team USA swept the top four places including former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann finishing second in 4:39.93 and St. Peterburg’s Melanie Margalis placing fourth in 4:40.94.

Beisel, 22, scratched from the 400-meter freestyle for Day Three to focus on the 200-meter backstroke for her second event at world championships.

After getting shut out in the 100-meter freestyle, Michael Phelps was all smiles after helping Team USA to a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:05.17 with teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte (fastest split of 1:45.57) and Matt McLean. It is the 29-year-old’s first international meet since coming out of retirement.

“Being able to get back on the podium, it feels amazing,” Phelps said after the race. “It’s a good first day. Good first international meet back.

“There’s no better way to finish this lovely, rainy night then being able to step up with your teammates and win a gold medal,” Phelps said.

Phelps was fourth in his first final event, the 100-meter freestyle in 48.51, but then swam second leg on the winning relay. “I don’t think the 100 was terrible, I am learning all the time,” said the 18-time Olympic gold medalist.

Phelps’ time bumped him ahead of Ryan Lochte for the second individual 100 freestyle spot for world championships.

Aussie Cameron McEvoy won the 100-meter freestyle in 47.82 competing in pouring rain. Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian of Team USA was second in 48.30 and two-time world champion James Magnussen of Australia was third in 48.36.

“I just felt great the whole way,” McEvoy said. “It was an honor to be in a race with such great men, so much those guys have accomplished. What more could I ask for?”

In the women’s 100-meter freestyle, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia, coming off the Commonwealth Games, finished one-two. Cate Campbell won in 52.72. Bronte Campbell finished in 53.45. Simone Manuel of Team USA took the bronze in 53.71, her first international medal and junior world record, after holding off teammate Missy Franklin, still nursing back spasms, who was fourth in 53.87.

American women won two more gold medals to end the night. Jessica Hardy held off a hard-charging Kanako Watanabe of Japan to win the 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.74-1:06.78. American Breeja Larson took bronze in 1:06.99, failing to swim under 1:06.51, unable to make the world championships in the event.

Teenager Katie Ledecky, 17, anchored the winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay with a come-from-behind surge that clinched the win in a meet record 7:46.40 with teammates Shannon Vreeland, Franklin and Leah Smith. Ledecky’s anchor split was 1:54.36.

It was Ledecky’s third gold medal after winning the 200- and 800-meter freestyle double on opening night. She has the 400 and 1500 remaining.

“This is the best feeling ever,” Ledecky said. “It’s great to be here with these girls. This atmosphere, it’s kind of like a classic environment like Friday Night Lights, rain and a relay, so it was pretty fun.”

Japan won two gold medals in the men’s events. At only 5-foot-9, 150-pounds, Kosuke Hagino finessed his way to a win in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:08.31, ahead of Americans Tyler Clary in 4:09.03 and Chase Kalisz in 4:09.62. The medal stand was a sight with Hagino, 6-1 Clary and 6-4 Kalisz.

Yasuhiro Koseki won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.62. Felipe Silva of Brazil took the silver in 59.82 and Glenn Snyders of New Zealand took bronze in 1:00.18. American Kevin Cordes was disqualified for pulling his water-filled goggles off at the turn. Cordes was the top seed in the event.

Coaches and swimmers from all countries are in agreement that the poor weather is slowing down times. However, Team USA has won eight out of 16 gold medals and 20 of 30 medals overall after two days, midway point of the four-day meet.

Host Australia has already matched its 2010 total of four gold medals and has 13 overall. Japan also has four gold and eight overall.

For those following the Pan Pacs and enjoy being sleep-deprived on the East Coast, prelims are 8 p.m. and finals 5 a.m.

NBC will broadcast highlight races from the Pan Pacs on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. In Australia the entire meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au).

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

Beisel Bounces Back With Win At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Second Event On Saturday

Beisel Bounces Back With Win At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Second Event On Saturday


By Sharon Robb

August 8, 2014—It didn’t take long for Elizabeth Beisel to bounce back with a vengeance at the Phillips 66 National Championships Friday in front of a packed house at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

Beisel, 21, of Bluefish Swim Club won the women’s 400-meter individual medley, her best event, in 4:32.98 to earn a spot on the Pan Pacific Championship team.

The University of Florida alum shook off the disappointment of her unexpected backstroke start slip on Thursday night to swim the world’s fourth fastest time this year. She pulled away on the backstroke leg and was under American record pace until the final 50 meters of the breaststroke but still managed to win by nearly a full body-length.

Stanford’s Maya DiRado, the defending champion in the event, took second in 4:35.75. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis was third in a lifetime-best 4:37.84, dropping two seconds off her previous best. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, already on the team in the open water event, was fourth in 4:41.44.

“I don’t think any 400 IMer ever feels good after the race, it felt pretty rough at end,” Beisel said. “I am definitely glad I made the Pan Pac team. The pressure is off now and I can enjoy the rest of the meet. By the time I touched the wall last night I was pretty much over the slip. I knew I had to move on and focus on the next race.”

Olympic great Michael Phelps made the Pac Pac team, but not exactly the way he had hoped. For the second time, his wall work did him in and was forced to settle for second, just 1/100ths behind winner Tom Shields.

Phelps, 29, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, was long on the turn. He drifted into the wall and was seventh coming off the turn. It ended up costing him a few tenths in the final stretch.

Shields, 23, of Cal won in a best time 51.29, second fastest time in the world. Phelps finished in 51.30 and Tim Phillips, 23, of SwimMAC was third in 51.54. Ryan Lochte, 30, of SwimMAC was fifth in 52.21.

“This was really fun,” said an emotionally-charged Shields. “After prelims I was so stoked. This is a dream come true, I grew up watching these guys swim and to do this in front of a hometown crowd is great.”

In morning prelims, Phelps swam the fastest time in the world this year in 51.14.

“This has been my kind of event, the event I love swimming the most,” Phelps said after prelims. “When I have had my best races I have been 16 strokes out and 18 strokes back. This morning I was 16 out and 17 back.”

Also in prelims, Brendan McHugh, 24, of Greater Philadelphia Aquatics and Penn alum broke U.S. open and meet records in the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.10, sixth fastest time in the world rankings. The previous mark was 27.26.

McHugh had planned on retiring after breaking his arm after the 2012 Olympic Trials to focus on law school but returned to the pool while juggling law school.

McHugh came back in the final to knock off Kevin Cordes, 20, of Tucson Ford to win the national title in 27.24. Cordes was second in 27.33 and Zach Hayden of Club Wolverine was third in 27.69.

Marcus Titus, 28, of Tucson Ford, one of the top deaf swimmers in the world, qualified fourth in the breaststroke in 27.86 and finished fourth in the final in 27.76.

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy and his Cal-Berkeley teammate Jacob Pebley scratched from the “A” final of the 50-meter backstroke.

On Saturday from 4-6 p.m. EST, taped highlights of the meet will air on NBC. Check your local listings.

In other championship finals:

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: In the biggest surprise of the night, top-seeded Tyler Clary, 25, of SwimMAC won in a lifetime-best 4:09.51, second fastest time in the world this year. The Olympic gold medalist had already made the team in the backstroke.

Clary knocked off favorite and two-time NCAA champion Chase Kalisz, 20, of University of Georgia and North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Kalisz, the defending champion, tried to reel in Clary during the back half of the race. Both were tied going into the freestyle but Clary pulled away for a body length lead.

“That is the most painful race, you just have to put the pain out of your mind and swim,” Clary said. “I’m pretty happy with that swim. I knew what I had to do early in the race.”

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: For the second night in a row, Kendyl Stewart, 19, of North Coast Aquatics turned it on in the last 25 meters, to win her second national title in a best time 57.98. She won the 50 butterfly the night before. Favorite and top-seed Claire Donahue, 25, of Western Kentucky took it out fast with a 26.67 split, 3/10ths faster than she went in prelims, but got out-touched and finished second in 58.03. Felicia Lee, 22, of Stanford Swimming was third in 58.14.

“I am surprised and happy, it’s been since last summer since I went a best time,” Stewart said. “I really tried to keep my head down in the last 25 and stick the finish.”

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: Jessica Hardy, 27, of Trojan Aquatics was first off the blocks and pulled ahead quickly for the win in a meet record 30.12 to qualify for the world championship team. Hardy showed no ill effects from a shoulder injury that is hampering her freestyle stroke. Breeja Larson, 22, of Aggies Swimming was second in 30.64 and Katie Meili, 23, of SwimMAC and clubmate Micah Lawrence, 24, tied for third in 31.00. Michigan-bound Emily Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was second in the “C” final in 32.38 and finished 18th overall.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: Cal Aquatics’ Rachel Bootsma, 20, despite hugging the lane line for the last half of the race, won in 28.35. Cheyenne Coffman, 25, of Fresno State Bulldogs was second in 28.42 and Olivia Smoliga, 19, of Athens Bulldogs was third in 28.49. “This morning I hit it four or five times,” Bootsma said of the lane line. “I was really close tonight. Racing outdoors for a backstroker is pretty challenging but we are making the best of it this week. It’s pretty much luck.” Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks won the “B” final and was ninth overall with a great finish in 28.95.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: David Plummer, 28, of New York Athletic Club earned a trip to the world championships winning in 24.82. Only 15/100ths of a second separated the top three finishers. Nick Thoman, 28, of SwimMAC was second in 24.91 and Shane Ryan, 20, swimming unattached was third in 24.97.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle relay: North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in 8:01.75 with Becca Mann, Cierra Runge, Heidi Miller and Gillian Ryan. It was a national 16-18 age group record time. Sarasota YMCA was seventh in 8:21.70 with Ashlee Linn, Taylor Katz, Danielle Valley and Bethany Leap.

Florida State-bound Marc Rojas, 20, of South Florida Aquatic Club went 30.03 in the 50-meter breaststroke, the first of two events he is swimming. On Saturday, he swims the 100-meter breaststroke.

After Day Three, SwimMac Carolina continues to lead the men’s (240 points) and women’s team (247) standings. North Baltimore (176) is second among men’s teams and Cal Aquatics (212) is second among women’s teams.

The five-day meet is the USA National Team’s selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, 2015 World Championships, 2015 World University Games and 2015 Pan American Games.

The next meet for swimmers to make a national team is the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Saturday’s events are 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and men’s and women’s 400-meter medley relay.

The television schedule for swimming this month is:

Saturday, Aug. 9, 4-6 p.m. EST, NBC (Taped), Phillips 66

Sunday, Aug. 10, 4-6 p.m. EST, NBC (Taped), Phillips 66

Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 p.m.-12 a.m., NBCSUN (Taped), Phillips 66

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m., NBC (Taped), Pan Pacs

Sunday, Aug. 24, 1-2:30 p.m., NBC (Taped), Pan Pacs

FLORIDA GOLD COAST/FLORIDA SWIMMING RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 3. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 4:37.84, best time, 22. Lauren Driscoll, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:51.08, best time, 26. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:51.42, best time, 31. Shaun Casey, DBS 4:52.48, 45. Danielle Valley, SYS 4:57.72, 55. Hannah Burns, GSC 5:01.34, 56. Ashlee Linn, SYS 5:02.42.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 14. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 4:21.92, 30. Sam Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 4:24.85, 31. Adam Bull, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:25.14, 33. William Silva, GSC 4:26.28, best time, 54. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club/LSU 4:30.51, 57. Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:30.95.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 53. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:01.40.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 18. Connor Knight, North Palm Beach 53.19, best time, 60. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 55.54.

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 18. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 32.38, 51. Bethany Leap, SYS 33.40, best time.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 64. Greg Penny, Westminster Academy 29.91, best time, 67. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 30.02, 68. Marc Rojas, South Florida Aquatic Club 30.03.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 9. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 28.95, 35. Ashlee Linn, SYS 29.84, best time, 46. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 30.15, best time, 56. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, ATAC 30.46, best time.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: 6. Ryan Murphy, CAL 25.43, 28. Matt Curby, Blue Dolphins 26.47, best time, 37. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club/LSU, 26.80, best time.

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

Another Night Of The Unexpected At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Competes Friday

Another Night Of The Unexpected At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Competes Friday


By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2014—A day after Michael Phelps missed the wall in the 100-meter freestyle, U.S. Olympic teammate Elizabeth Beisel slipped at the start of the 200-meter backstroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

The University of Florida graduate slipped going straight down from the blocks and was forced to start the race from a dead standstill. She tried to dig herself out of a hole and make up the lost time, but finished sixth in 2:12.37, missing her first shot at making the Pan Pac team.

Missy Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics, coming off her runner-up finish to Katie Ledecky earlier in the 200-meter freestyle, pulled away early and won her fourth consecutive national title in the event in 2:08.38.

“I saw on the first 50 she was way behind and thought that’s not like Beisel,” Franklin said. “I knew she slipped and my heart went out to her.”

Said TV commentator Rowdy Gaines, “I have seen it before at World Championships a couple times and seen a lot of people do that at other meets, but never to that degree to a dead stop in the water. I feel so bad for her.”

After finishing her race, Beisel tossed her cap on the pool deck and looked over to Franklin who asked ‘where were you?’ With a disgusted look on her face, Beisel shook her head and shrugged.

Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks was third in the “B” final and 11th overall in 2:13.07.

In the men’s 200-meter backstroke, Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 19, of Cal Aquatics finished second in 1:55.99 and was Florida’s top male finisher.

Trailing seventh-seed Ryan Lochte early in the race, Tyler Clary, 25, of SwimMAC surged in the final 50 after a great turn off the wall to win the backstroke in 1:54.73.

Clary was emotional after the race beating his chest and clenching his fist. Lochte struggled in the final stretch and finished third in 1:56.47. There were five teenagers in the men’s final.

“My strategy was don’t lose,” Clary said with a smile. “I knew I wouldn’t have that great a position at the 100. My out speed I still need to work on.”

University of Florida’s Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics was 14th in 2:01.38, off his best time of 2:00.60.

The top Florida women’s finisher was Melanie Margalis, 22, of St. Petersburg Aquatics third in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:25.27, dropping 1.79 off her previous best of 2:27.06.

Margalis, a Countryside alum from Clearwater and Academic All-American at Georgia, helped to lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA team titles her junior and senior seasons.

A day after swimming a best time 55.79 in the 100-meter freestyle, Katie Hoff of Hurricane Aquatics scratched from the 200-meter freestyle prelims. She is also entered in the 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.

According to her coach Andy Kershaw, “Katie is dealing with an injury she has been trying to fight through. It escalated after yesterday’s 100. We are getting treatment and looking out for her health first and foremost. She is eager to get back to the pool and will be swimming again as soon as it is appropriate.”

Also scratching from the 200 freestyle final were Beisel and Lochte.

Florida State-bound Marc Rojas, 20, of South Florida Aquatic Club competes Friday in the 50-meter breaststroke. It is the first of two events he is entered in. On Saturday he will swim the 100-meter breaststroke.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: In their only head-to-head race of the meet, 17-year-old Katie Ledecky outraced Missy Franklin to win in a lifetime-best 1:55.16, second-fastest time in the world this year. Ledecky’s halfway split was 56.64. She pulled away after the final turn to win by a half-body length. It was her first national title in the event and sixth overall in her career. She also broke her own junior world record.

Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics was second in 1:56.40 and Leah Smith, 19, of Cavaliers Aquatics was third in 1:57.57. “You never know you’re going to win with Missy in the race,” Ledecky said.

“It was a tough race. Missy is a great person. She makes everyone on the USA team better. It’s just an honor being on the team with her.”

Said Franklin, “It’s so special watching Katie in the 800 and 1500 and a treat for everyone. To actually get to race her is awesome. She just makes me better.”

The average age of the finalists is 19. Olympian Allison Schmitt, 24, of North Baltimore won the “B” final in 1:58.36. St. Andrew’s alum Tasija Karosas of Texas Aquatics was 24th overall in

2:02.15 after going a best time of 2:02.07 in prelims.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Matt McLean, 26, of North Baltimore broke open a close three-way race in the final stretch to knock off an impressive field that included training mate Connor Dwyer, 25. McLean finished in 1:46.93. Dwyer was second in 1:47.35 and Reed Malone, 19, swimming unattached, was third in 1:47.41.

“Racing these guys I knew it was going to be a very tactical race,” McLean said. “I swam to my strengths and executed it properly even though the times weren’t what we were expecting. Connor and I train together and lay it down every day. We push each other every day. I knew he would be there for the whole race.”

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Micah Lawrence, 24, of SwimMAC started reeling in early leader Breeja Larson, 22, of Aggies Swim Club in the final 50 meters and pulled ahead in the final five meters to win in 2:23.05, second fastest time in the world this year. Larson finished in 2:24.16 and Melanie Margalis, 22, of St. Petersburg Aquatics was third in a lifetime-best 2:25.27, shaving 1.79 off her previous best.

“I just stuck to the plan in the last 50, that’s all it was,” Lawrence said. “She did throw me off a bit going out so fast. The first 150 was harder than it should have been but that’s the nature of the game, you got to race.”

A week after winning her first junior national title, Emily Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won the “C” final in 2:29.63, just off her best time of 2:29.53 she won the junior title with. Kopas turned it on in the last 50 meters to pull away from the field.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Arizona senior Kevin Cordes, 20, of Arizona Ford out-touched Nicolas Fink, 21, of Athens Bulldogs to win in 2:09.48. Fink’s time was 2:09.62. Josh Prenot, 21, of Cal Aquatics was third in 2:10.43. During morning prelims, Cordes broke the U.S. Open record in a lifetime-best 2:07.86, breaking two-time Olympian Eric Shanteau’s record of 2:08.01. His personal best was 2:08.34.

“I am really happy I made the team. I just did what I had to do tonight,” Cordes said. “I tried to be as efficient as possible.”

Just before the final, the live stream went down for a minute prompting Shanteau to tweet, “Did the live feed seriously just go down?” he asked Twitter followers.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Kendyl Stewart, 19, of North Coast out-touched Claire Donahue to win in 25.99, eighth fastest time in the world this year, and earned a berth on her first world championship team for Russia next year.

“I am really excited, it’s going to be a blast,” Stewart said. “The 50 fly is the most fun event for me. I am pretty slow off the blocks so I tried to work my underwaters.”

At 25, Donahue was the oldest swimmer in the final, finishing second in 26.11.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: At 29, 6-foot-8 Matt Grevers, the oldest swimmer in the field, won a close race with the help of his long arms by 8/100ths of a second in 23.50.

The non-Olympic 50-meter butterfly events were not a qualifying event for the Pan Pacific Championships but were for the 2015 World Championships.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle relay: In an exciting race, North Baltimore Club edged Wisconsin Aquatics, 7:24.49-7:24.99 to win with relay members Frank Dyer, Tom Luchsinger, Thomas Duvall and Austin Surhoff.

After Day Two, SwimMAC leads the men’s team standings with 156 points. Club Wolverine is second with 147. SwimMAC also leads the women’s team totals with 145. California Aquatics is second with 132.

The five-day meet is the USA National Team’s selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, 2015 World Championships, 2015 World University Games and 2015 Pan American Games.

The next meet for swimmers to make a national team is the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Friday’s events are the 400-meter individual medley 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke and women’s 400-meter freestyle relay.

In one of the funnier Twitter messages of the evening, Rowdy Gaines tweeted “We’ve got the Goodyear Blimp! We have arrived!”

The television schedule for swimming this month is:

Saturday, Aug. 9, 4-6 p.m. EST, NBC (Taped), Phillips 66

Sunday, Aug. 10, 4-6 p.m. EST, NBC (Taped), Phillips 66

Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 p.m.-12 a.m., NBCSUN (Taped), Phillips 66

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m., NBC (Taped), Pan Pacs

Sunday, Aug. 24, 1-2:30 p.m., NBC (Taped), Pan Pacs

FLORIDA GOLD COAST/FLORIDA SWIMMING RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 29. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 2:02.15,(2:02.07, best time in prelims), 36. Shaun Casey, DBS 2:02.82, 74. Kahra Williams, GSC 2:05.26, Katie Hoff, Hurricane Aquatics and Melanie Margalis, SPA, scratch.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 24. True Sweetser, GSC 1:52.00, best time, 25. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 1:50.06, best time, 28. Zane Grothe, Club Seminoles 1:50.60, 34. Matt Curby, Blue Dolphins 1:51.05, 53. Michael Flach, Bolles 1:52.27, 71. Grant Sanders, CAT 1:53.59, 75. Alex Katz, SYS 1:54.02, 83. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 1:55.74.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg Aquatics 2:25.27, 17. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:29.63, best time, 30. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:34.13, 39. Bethany Leap, SYS 2:35.07, 61. Hannah Burns, GSC 2:37.78; Swim-off, 2. Bethany Leap, SYS 2:33.92, best time.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Alex Evdokimv, Coral Springs Swim Club, DQ.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 11. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:13.07, 17. Ashlee Lin, SYS 2:13.64, 30. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 2:15.49, 31. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, ATAC 2:15.56, 36. Lauren Driscoll, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:16.19, 61. Maddie Hess, BW 2:19.58.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 14. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:01.38, 32. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club/LSU 2:03.50, best time, 40. Alex Dehner, ATAC 2:04.38, 71. Alex Katz, SYS 2:07.77.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: None

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: 7. Santo Condorelli, Unattached 24.01, 13. Bradley Deborde, PA 24.10, best time, 15. Connor Knight, North Palm Beach 24.26, best time, 18. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 24.49, best time.

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

Beisel Steals Phelps, Franklin Thunder; SOFLO Relay Finishes 11th At Santa Clara Grand Prix

Beisel Steals Phelps, Franklin Thunder; SOFLO Relay Finishes 11th At Santa Clara Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

June 21, 2014—-Two-time Olympian and University of Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel pulled off an incredible double Saturday at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at George Haines International Aquatic Center.

Beisel, 21, of BlueFish Swim Club dominated the women’s 400-meter individual medley to win in 4:33.52, the fourth fastest time in the world this year.

Forty-five minutes later, Beisel topped another impressive field to win the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.11, the sixth fastest time in the world, finishing ahead of Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Pelton.

Color commentator Rowdy Gaines called Beisel’s 400 IM the Swim of the Night.

“I am pretty excited about that,” Beisel said after the 400 IM. “That was my best in-season time by six seconds. I felt good this morning so I knew tonight was going to be good. I think things are beginning to come together for me which is a relief. I want to make the Pan Pac time.”

She was even happier after the backstroke.

“I am pretty tired right now,” Beisel said with a smile. “At least I know the training is working. It was pretty rough. I’m glad it’s over. I am thrilled with this double. It’s definitely a big confidence-booster. It’s nice to know I have these times going into nationals under my belt because it’s going to be a big summer.”

Beisel is one of the most decorated UF student-athletes with two NCAA titles, nine SEC titles and 18 All-American honors.

Texas sophomore-to-be and St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Tasija Karosas, 18, won the 200-meter backstroke “B” final in 2:12.85 to finish tenth overall. She was the Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher.

South Florida Aquatic Club was second in its 800-meter freestyle relay heat in 8:53.57 and finished 11th overall with Melissa Marinheiro, Olivia Katcher, Jessica Rodriguez and Marcella Marinheiro.

Rodriguez, 15, went 5:29.72 in the 400-meter individual medley. Melissa Marinheiro, 17, went 2:07.93 and Katcher, 18, went 2:12.03 in the 200-meter freestyle. Katcher went 29.30 in the 50-meter freestyle. Melissa Marinheiro also went 2:30.62 in the 200-meter backstroke. Rodriguez went 2:42.03 in the 200-meter backstroke.

Other top Florida Gold Coast results: Megan Moroney, 17, St. Andrew’ Swimming, 200-meter freestyle, 2:04.78 and 200-meter backstroke, 2:22.27; Jennifer Marquez, 23, Azura, 200-meter freestyle, 2:06.03 and 50-meter freestyle, 27.21.

In the championship finals:

Women’s 400-meter individual medley:

Beisel dominated the women’s field to win in 4:33.52, dropping 8.38 seconds from her morning swim. Beisel overtook butterfly leader Caitlin Leverenz on the backstroke and pulled away in the breaststroke by two body lengths. Her time was the fourth fastest time in the world this year. The race was for second between former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Caitlin Leverenz, 23, of Cal Aquatics. Mann pulled ahead in the final 50-meters of freestyle to finish second in 4:39.78, just 2/100ths off her personal best. Leverenz was third in 4:43.05. Andreina Pinto, 22, of Gainesville Swim Club was ninth in 4:52.54.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley:

Following Beisel’s dominance, Chase Kalisz, 20, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club pulled away for a body length lead during the breaststroke to dominate the men’s race for a victory in 4:11.71, fifth fastest in the world this year and just 2 ½ seconds off his best time. Sebastien Rousseau, 23, of Gainesville Swim Club was second in 4:17.49 and Jay Litherland, 18, of Dynamo was third in 4:18.29. Diego Decarvalho, 26, of Gainesville Swim Club was ninth in 4:27.96.

“I kind of had an idea of where I wanted to be,” Kalisz said. “I wanted to be a little faster but that’s good for now. I am not really that disappointed. I just came down from heavy training in high altitude. That is the hardest race in swimming. It feels good to come down from altitude after training for it and getting some satisfaction.”

Women’s 200-meter freestyle:

Competing in her first long course Grand Prix of the season, American record holder Missy Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics won by half a body length in 1:56.96. She led from wire-to-wire (27.86, 57.42, 1:27.18). Cierra Runge, 18, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club was second in a best time 1:58.35 and Stanford-bound Simone Manuel, 17, of First Colony was third in a personal best 1:59.01. Reigning Olympic champion Allison Schmitt, 24, also of North Baltimore, was seventh in 2:00.66.

“The swim actually felt pretty good,” Franklin said. “Nationals are coming up so quickly. Everyone is swimming really well and looking really great. It is going to shape up to be a really great summer.”

Men’s 200-meter freestyle:

In an exciting three-man race between three North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers, reigning Olympic champion Yannick Agnel, 22, of France won in 1:46.99. Michael Phelps, 28, was second in 1:48.20 and Conor Dwyer, 25, was third in 1:48.36. It was Phelps first 200 free final he has swum in a competition since his comeback. All three were coming off altitude training. The field featured six Olympians. Agnel was fifth in the 100 freestyle on Friday in 49.94

“The difference between by 100 and 200 was I had a good night of sleep after the 100,” Agnel said. “I am mastering this event more than the 100. This was like a training session against Michael in practice.”

Said Phelps: “I got left standing still in the last 50 against this guy. It felt good to get my first 200 under my belt. The work in altitude is showing here.”

Women’s 200-meter backstroke:

Beisel overtook the lead on the final 50-meters with a strong kick to win in 2:09.11. Cal’s Elizabeth Pelton, 20, was second in 2:09.73. Fifteen minutes after winning the freestyle, Franklin was third after fading in the last 50 in 2:09.86.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke:

Russian Arkady Vyatchanin of the New York Athletic Club led after the first 100 meters by half a body length and went on to extend his streak in 1:55.30, fifth best time in the world this year. It was only a half second off his best time. Vyatchanin is undefeated in the 200 back in four consecutive grand prix meets since January. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary, 25, swimming unattached was second in 1:58.41. Clary had scratched from the 200 freestyle “B” final to be fresh for the final. Connor Green, 18, of BlueFish was third in 1:59.26. Omar Pinzon, 25, of Bolles was eighth in 2:03.15.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle:

Fresno’s Cheyenne Coffman, 24, of DOGS won in 25.12, a best time by 4/100ths of a second. Madison Kennedy, 26, of SwimMAC was second in 25.32 and 16-year-old Amy Bilquist of Carmel Swim Club was third in 25.32. Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Olympian Rhi Jeffrey of Bernal’s Gators was 14th overall in 26.21.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle:

Brazilian Bruno Fratus, 24, after a great start, won the splash-and-dash in 22.03. Olympian Anthony Ervin, 33, was second in 22.58. Josh Schneider, 26, of the New York Athletic Club was third in 22.63. Olympian George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago won the “B” final in 22.71 that would have tied him fourth in the final.

“I am pretty happy,” Fratus said. “I won’t lie, I miss Nathan Adrian and Cesar Cielo. I was very excited to come to California and race those guys. Anthony gave me a good race. I just have to work hard this summer. There is no secret, no magic, just work hard and keep doing what my coaches tell me, taper for Pan Pacs and visualize touching the wall first.”

Women’s 800-meter freestyle relay:

Mexico won in 8:16.99 with Lilliana Ibanez Lopez, Charetzenl Escobar, Maria Richaud Leyva and Natalia Jaspeado Becerra. Cal Aquatics was second in 8:20.47 and Wisconsin was third in 8:24.23.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle relay:

Wisconsin Aquatics won in 7:31.94 with Cannon Clifton, Brett Pinfold, Nicholas Caldwell and Matthew Hutchins. Mexico was second in 7:36.33 and Santa Clara was third in 7:40.69.

On the fourth and final day, Sunday’s events are the 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 1500-meter freestyle and medley relay.

The final stop on the Grand Prix six-meet circuit is a final dress rehearsal for this summer’s National Championships and Selection Trials for Pan Pacs in August and 2015 World Championships in Russia, on Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.

USA Swimming.org will live stream both the prelims and finals. Universal Sports will also televise the meet on June 21-22 starting at 8 p.m.

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

SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships

SOFLO’s Oliver Qualifies For NCAA Championships In Opening Three Relays, Wins 50 Gold At ACC Championships


By Sharon Robb

February 20, 2014

Florida State’s Tiffany Oliver is making her final appearance at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships a memorable one.

Oliver and her 200-yard medley relay teammates Bianca Spinazzola, Sami Pochowski and Chelsea Britt swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time and school record on Wednesday, the opening night of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Oliver, a senior competing in her final conference meet, anchored the relay that finished in 1:37.97 breaking the 2006 school record of 1:38.59. The Seminoles finished sixth in the race.

Oliver also led off the 800-yard freestyle relay that finished third with Kaitlyn Dressel, Julia Henkel and Madison Jacobi swam the Seminoles’ second NCAA “A” cut and school record time of 7:06.56.

On Thursday, Oliver competed in her third relay and individual sprint event.

Oliver led off the Seminoles 200-yard freestyle relay that finished second in 1:29.25, another NCAA “A” cut. Kaitlyn Dressel, Bianca Spinazzola and McKayla Lightbourn were also on the relay.

Oliver, first at the turn, accelerated off the wall to defend her title and win the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02, an NCAA “B” cut. Oliver was second fastest qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17, lowering her seed time of 22.44.

The Seminoles are in third place after two days of competition. Reigning champion Virginia leads with more than 500 points.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

LSU freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman swam the fifth fastest time in LSU history in the 400-yard individual medley at the Southeastern Conference Championships. Goldman finished in 3:51.55, an NCAA “B” cut. Goldman has the 100 backstroke on Friday and 200 backstroke on Saturday. He went 1:49.34 in the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday.

Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel won her fourth consecutive conference title in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:59.26. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Lauren Driscoll of Tennessee was seventh in 4:12.60, an NCAA “B” cut.

Florida’s Carlos Omana was seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:45.95, an NCAA “B” cut.

Georgia leads the women’s team standings with 879 and Florida is second with 642. Florida leads the men’s with 773.5 and Auburn is second with 721.5.

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

Lochte, Beisel, Davie’s Silva Win Big On Day Two Of Sectionals In Gainesville

Lochte, Beisel, Davie’s Silva Win Big On Day Two Of Sectionals In Gainesville


July 8, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Olympians Ryan Lochte and Elizabeth Beisel along with Davie Nadadores’ Evandro Silva looked impressive on Day Two of the Speedo Champion Series’ Southern Zone Sectional Championships Friday night at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

Lochte, 26, fine tuning for world championships, led a Gainesville top four sweep in the men’s 200-meter freestyle.

Lochte won the event in 1:49.09, just 4/10ths off his season best time. Peter Vanderkaay was second in 1:49.41 and Conor Dwyer was third in 1:49.61. All three at the University of Florida and all are members of the 800-meter freestyle relay for worlds.

Shaune Fraser, 23, of Gainesville Swim Club was fourth in 1:51.41.

Beisel swam a career-best won the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.17 bettering her previous best of 2:00.19.

Davie Nadadores’ Evandro Silva, 19, out-touched teammate Renato Prono, 20, to win the 100-meter breaststroke in an exciting race, 1:04.82 to 1:04.98.

Fort Lauderdale Aquatics 800-meter freestyle relay team of Briana Emig, Damaris Iriondo, Olivia Katcher and Lauren Driscoll finished second in 8:28.83.

SOFLO’s Taylor McKnight, 18, was first alternate in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:05.85 and finished 30th in 1:05.87. SOFLO teammate Tyler Sell, 19, was 53rd in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.56.

The four-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims and finals.

Other Friday local results:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 12. Damaris Iriondo, FLA 2:05.70, 15. Lauren Driscoll, FLA 2:06.40, 17. Alison Templin, Lake Lytal 2:05.53, 19. Alina Schulhofer, DANA 2:06.23, 28. Olivia Katcher, FLA 2:07.79, 33. Carmen Cianci, DANA 2:08.60, 36. Olivia Katcher, FLA 2:08.92, 45. Victoria Ho, Lake Lytal 2:09.35, 49. Ana Anaya, MAC 2:09.70, 55. Lani Cabrera, DANA 2:10.03, 58. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:10.37, 65. Rebecca Aiello, FLA 2:10.87, 69. Harper Bruens, FLA 2:11.31, 74. Amanda Ford, SAS 2:11.56, 76. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:11.60, 78. Julie Suarez, Lake Lytal 2:11.71, 80. Mariangela Macchiavello, GPA 2:11.80, 86. Daniela Vega Monroy, Lake Lytal 2:12.16, 93. Flavia Segatto, FLA 2:12.61, 94. Alejandra Gonzalez, Unattached 2:12.67, 98. Rose Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:13.18, 103. Alexandra Ladd, NPB 2:13.62, 112. Carla Robles, MAC 2:14.26, 114. Khamai Simpson, AK Sharks 2:14.43, 118. Carolyn Lee, Lake Lytal 2:15.06, 124. Natalie Campillo, MAC 2:15.53, 127. Zoie Balthazar, DANA 2:15.91, 130. Brenna Ruth, SAS 2:16.79, 131. Maggie Holling, Lake Lytal 2:16.89, 139. Colleen Williams, FLA 2:18.40, 141. Lorena Guercio, DANA 2:18.74, 144. Ali Offerdahl, SF 2:19.76.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Lysistrati Halkides, Unattached 1:10.44, 3. Mhyria Miller, FK 1:12.78, 5. Daniela Victoria, Unattached 1:13.52, 12. Ekaterina Alyabyeva, DANA 1:15.69, 14. Briana Emig, FLA 1:16.27, 27. Rachel Hirsch, Lake Lytal 1:18.04, 28. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:18.32, 29. Evita Leter, MAC 1:18.81, 32. Hannah Vandersluis, NPB 1:19.14, 35. Evita Leter, MAC 1:19.31, 39. Chase Harris, Jupiter 1:19.52, 40. Mallory McKeon, PC 1:19.56, 42. Ashley Bransford, SA 1:19.61, 47. Julia Corley, Lake Lytal 1:20.43, 49. Kelly Fertel, RWY 1:20.43, 50. Chelsea Britt, FLA 1:20.71, 61. Kristina Figueroa, DANA 1:22.54, 64. Christina Herfuth, Lake Lytal 1:23.41, 70. Francesca Vandersluis, NPB 1:24.50, 71. Marie Borrelli, DANA 1:24.64, 78. Peyton Brown, NPB 1:25.32,  81. Hannah Coombs, SAS 1:27.13.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 4. Ana Anaya, MAC 1:02.82, 6. Chelsea Britt, FLA 1:03.12, 17. Isabella Paez, MAC 1:03.79, 19. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:04.72, 30. Taylor McKnight, SOFLO 1:05.87, 32. Christina Herfuth, Lake Lytal 1:06.12, 46. Alexandra Paz, MAC 1:06.73, 47. Harper Bruens, FLA 1:06.83, 52. Lacey Bobo, Lake Lytal 1:06.93, 57. Veronica Greulach, FLA 1:07.10, 61. Olivia Katcher, FLA 1:07.39, 62. Alexandra Ladd, NPB 1:07.42, 64. Diana Chang, DANA 1:07.47, 67. Kristina Reyno, MAC 1:07.64, 72. Daniela Vega Monroy, Lake Lytal 1:08.08, 80. Khamai Simpson, AKS 1:08.89, 86. Chelsea Onstott, FLA 1:09.18, 87. Alexia Royal-Eatmon, DANA 1:09.21, 88. Amanda King, SAS 1:09.40, 95. Carolyn Lee, Lake Lytal 1:10.07, 97. Julia Corley, Lake Lytal 1:10.42, 99. Macarena Marcos, FLA 1:10.55, 102. Carla Robles, MAC 1:10.68, 104. Ana Rodriguez, Unattached 1:11.10, 105. Shelby Pearce, Jupiter 1:11.25, 112. Jennifer Zislin, FLA 1:11.88, 115. Ali Offerdahl, SF 1:12.24.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 4. Lauren Driscoll, FLA 5:00.79, 6. Lysistrati Halkides, Unattached 5:01.85, 7. Briana Emig, FLA 5:02.77, 10. Ekaterina Alyabyeva, DANA 4:59.61, 17. Rebecca Aiello, FLA 5:04.91, 22. Mallory McKeon, PC 5:09.77, 27. Isabella Paez, Mac 5:12.35, 28. Rose Smiddy, AKS 5:12.43, 35. Rose Smiddy, AKS 5:14.30, 51. Lani Cabrera, DANA 5:20.30, 52. Kelly Fertel, RWY 5:20.80, 56. Flavia Segatto, FLA 5:21.38, 57. Lindsey Swartz, PCS 5:22.54, 59. Veronica Greulach, FLA 5:22.96, 61. Geena Squartino, SF 5:23.44, 64. Amanda King, SAS 5:24.59, 68. Chelsea Onstott, FLA 5:26.82, 69. Shelby Pearce, Jupiter 5:26.97.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 5. Fernando Ernesto Santos, Unattached 1:52.88, 6. Aaron Dsouza, DANA 1:53.43, 14. Jesus Marin, DANA 1:55.83, 23. Juan Sequera, RWY 1:56.79, 25. Julian Ballestas, MAC 1:56.14, 31. Juan Olano, RWY 1:59.04, 35. David Jegerlehner, DANA 1:57.98, 36. Miguel Robles Castro, DANA 1:57.99, 39. Juan Olano, RWY 1:58.44, 47. Stephen Lichtner, MAC 1:58.98, 48. William Purnell, FLA 1:59.03, 53. Tyler Sell, SOFLO 1:59.56, 55. Ruben Izarra, DANA 1:59.90, 56. Nicholas Coard, FLA 2:00.10, 61. Yousef Alaskara, DANA 2:00.54, 64. Michael Zislin, FLA 2:00.76, 66. Richard Andrews, Lake Lytal 2:00.80, 71. Samuel Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:01.05, 72. Derek Chait, AK Sharks 2:01.13, 81. Max Abreu, Unattached 2:01.76, 82. Arturo Castro, FLA 2:01.83, 89. Alexander Tarr, SA 2:02.19, 98. Lance Rutkin, FLA 2:03.19, 100. Michael Christian, Jupiter 2:03.20, 102. David Knight, NPB 2:03.66, 104. Jason McCormick, FLA 2:03.84, 107. Jordan Taylor, FLA 2:04.60, 120. Giovanni Perez, MAC 2:12.71.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Evandro Silva, DANA 1:04.82, 2. Renato Prono, DANA 1:04.98, 7. Nicholas Manousos, Unattached 1:07.76,  9. Scott Neuman, FLA 1:06.78, 10. Armin Hornikel, SA 1:07.57, 11. Francisco Souza, DANA 1:07.80, 17. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 1:06.97, 21. Kameron Sipowski, Jupiter 1:10.15, 26. Quinn Cassidy, SAS 1:09.42, 42. Cheyenne Rodriguez, FLA 1:11.85, 45. Javier Diaz, MAC 1:12.19, 49. Jonathan Key, SA 1:12.43, 50. Steven Vergona, FLA 1:12.49, 52. Juan Olano, RWY 1:12.72, 54. Jordan Taylor, FLA 1:13.03, 56. Austin Coleman, Lake Lytal 1:13.16, 62. Adrian Soos, Unattached 1:13.61, 79. Nicolas Morales, DANA 1:16.16, 81. Joshua Asseraf, FLA 1:16.53, 84. Jason McCormick, FLA 1:17.63, 88. Joseph Yakymiw, DANA 1:19.12.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 8. Armin Hornikel, SA 59.06, 11. Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira, DANA 57.34, 13. Joel Kempter, DANA 57.76, 14. Santiago Pombo, DANA 57.81, 15. David Knight, NPB 57.83, 16. Stephen Lichtner, MAC 58.39, 17. Brendon Andrews, Lake Lytal 57.51, 18. Gabruel Huen, DANA 57.69, 23. Juan Sequera, RWY 58.48, 26. Austin Manganiello, AKS 58.27, 28. Charles Williams, FLA 58.92, 29. Julian Ballestas, MAC 58.97, 38. Austin Manganiello, AKS 59.48, 43. Julian Radice, MAC 59.69, 44. Marcio Pinto, DANA 59.74, 47. Daniel Roa, DANA 1:00.02, 48. Gonzalo DeLeon, FLA 1:00.03, 51. Arvin Moradi, DANA 1:00.34, 60. Yousef Alaskari, DANA 1:00.90, 63. Derek Chait, AKS 1:01.07, 64. Aaron Tam, MAC 1:01.13, 66. Alexander Lilley, DANA 1:01.16, 71. Darren Rubenchik, SA 1:01.49, 72. Boleck Depawlikowski, RWY 1:01.52, 74. Michael Zislin, FLA 1:01.56, 78. Javier Diaz, Mac 1:01.76, 79. Parker Gullage, MAC 1:01.79, 80. Richard Andrews, Lake Lytal 1:01.82, 82. Michael Christian, Jupiter 1:01.98, 87. Lance Rutkin, FLA 1:02.36, 93. Samuel Smiddy, AKS 1:02.79, 95. Arturo Castro, FLA 1:02.94, 97. Nicholas Coard, FLA 1:03.04, 99. Wali Toulson, SAS 1:03.19, 102. Giovanni Perez, MAC 1:03.66, 105. Evin Zekthi, Unattached 1:03.81, 106. Johnny Szerdi, Lake Lytal 1:03.83, 108. Joshua Zarrabeitia, FLA 1:04.59, 109. Steven Vergona, FLA 1:04.69.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 2. William Purnell, FLA 4:30.20, 8. Evandro Silva, DANA 4:40.79, 14. Julian Radice, MAC 4:42.43, 15. Daniel Roa, DANA 4:46.82, 16. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 4:48.77, 26. Austin Manganiello, AKS 4:43.81, 31. Boleck Depawlikowski, RWY 4:52.67, 36. Boleck Depawlikowski, RWY 4:52.23, 37. Nicholas Manousos, Unattached 4:52.52, 40. Adrian Soos, Unattached 4:53.76, 50. Gonzalo De Leon, FLA 4:55.29, 51. Ronald Santos, RWY 4:55.94, 52. David Tagliaferro, DANA 4:56.09, 58. Shawn Warner, SAS 4:58.96, 62. Jonathan Key, SA 5:01.77, 64. Alejandro Hernandez, Unattached 5:04.19, 65. Aaron Tam, MAC 5:04.35, 68. Evin Zekthi, Unattached 5:07.69. 

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