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


By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

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

Other Wednesday winners were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs


Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs

By Sharon Robb

August 31, 2014—University of Michigan-bound Emily Kopas is headed to college with a suitcase full of memories after an outstanding summer.

After winning her first junior national title in California, Kopas won her first major international medal on the final night of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Saturday night at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.47. She was the top U.S. finisher.

As expected, Japan’s 14-year-old sensation Runa Imai won the gold medal in 2:26.04 and teammate Manami Chida took silver in 2:28.47.

Kopas was the fourth fastest swimmer in morning prelims in 2:31.79.

U.S. teammate and Cornell-bound Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club, eighth-fastest qualifier in a best time 2:17.70, dropping from 2:21.77, finished eighth in the championship final in 2:18.45.

Canadian Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatics was the 12th fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.74. She scratched from the final to swim the 1500-meter freestyle which she finished seventh in 16:46.28.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, finished tenth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:07.09, bettering his previous best of 2:07.33.

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles, qualified 16th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.79 but was disqualified in the “B” final.

Gonzalez and Song An also were members of the seventh place 4×100-meter medley relay team that finished seven in 3:53.82. Song An led off the relay and Gonzalez swam third leg.

Team USA dominated the final night of pool competition late Saturday. U.S. swimmers won eight out of ten gold medals with Japan winning the other two gold medals.

Team USA finished with 478.50 points followed by Japan, 289; Australia, 258; Canada, 235.50; China, 80; New Zealand, 62; Mexico, 44; Fiji Islands, 18; and South Korea, 8.

American Andrew Seliskar was named Male Swimmer of the Meet for his junior world record-breaking 200-meter butterfly performance (1:55.92). Seliskar won four gold medals and one silver.

U.S. teammate Sierra Schmidt was awarded Female Swimmer of the Meet for her 800-meter freestyle swim (8:34.71). She also won the 1500-meter title in 16:26.81.

Team USA dominated the medal count, winning 47 of 62 available medals including 27 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez coached the girls’ team.

Japan was second with 21 medals (5 gold, 8 silver, 8 bronze).

In Saturday night’s other finals:

Michigan-bound Paul Powers broke the U.S. national age group record in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.20. The previous record of 22.22 was held by Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel since last summer.

American Ella Eastin won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.12. Teammate Kim Williams took bronze in 2:14.18.

Seliskar won another gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.81. Teammate Curtis Ogren took silver in 2:02.21.

American Amy Bilquist won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.04.

Japan’s Ryuya Mura won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.55.

Americans Townley Haas (8:00.99) and Liam Egan (8:04.06) finished one-two in the 800-meter freestyle.

The U.S. swept the men’s and women’s 400-meter medley relay.

In Sunday’s open water competition, American Brendan Casey won the gold medal in 1:58.00. Canadian Jon McKay took silver in 1:58.01 and Aussie Lachlan Colquhorn took bronze in 1:58.35.

Japan’s Yukimi Moriyama won the women’s race in 2 hours. Aussie Grace Hull was second in 2:03.13 and American Regan Kology was third in 2:03.25.

Pan Pacs Open Water

American Andrew Gemmell won the rescheduled men’s open water 10K title at the Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.

Gemmell covered the 6-loop, 1.66 kilometer triangle course in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 11 seconds. Aussie Jarrod Poort took silver in 1:52.12 and New Zealand’s Kane Radford took bronze in 1:52.13.

Haley Anderson made it a U.S. sweep winning the women’s gold medal in 1:59.51, just edging U.S. teammate Eva Fabian in 1:59.52. Aussie Chelsea Gubecka took the bronze in 1:59.54.

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

Clearwater’s Aitchison Takes Bronze; Kopas, Evdokimov Make “A” Final At Junior Pan Pacs

Clearwater’s Aitchison Takes Bronze; Kopas, Evdokimov Make “A” Final At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 30, 2014—After just missing two medals, Canadian Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatics won her first major international medal Friday night at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Aitchison won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:11.16. She lowered her previous best time of 4:13.33. Aitchison qualified sixth in morning prelims in 4:15.42.

In the final women’s event of the night, Aitchison anchored her country’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay that finished fourth in 3:45.79.

Aitchison is having a good meet for Canada. She just missed a medal in the 200-meter freestyle placing fourth in a lifetime-best 2:00.81. She was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.90, another lifetime-best.

Aitchison also qualified for the 100-meter freestyle “B” final (57.91) and 400-meter individual medley “A” final (4:55.08) but scratched for her team in order to swim the 800-meter freestyle relay where she swam leadoff for the relay that finished in 8:12.75.

In Saturday morning prelims, Aitchison was the 12th fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 26.74, dropping from 26.84 and will swim the “B” final. Aitchison is also the fifth seed in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Also in morning prelims, Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Emily Kopas was the fourth fastest swimmer in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.79 and will swim late Saturday night in the “A” final. She was the second U.S. qualifier.

U.S. teammate Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club also made the “A” final, qualifying eighth in a best time 2:17.70, dropping from 2:21.77.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, finished eighth in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.71, another lifetime-best. He qualified in 55.03, lowering his previous best of 55.24.

It was Gonzalez second appearance in the championship finals.

Gonzalez also qualified for the 100-meter backstroke final on opening night in 58.71 and finished eighth in finals in 58.04.

Both Song An and Gonzalez were members of Mexico’s seventh place 4×100-meter freestyle relay team (3:30.82).

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles was sixth in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:04.37. Song An had qualified sixth in morning in a then lifetime-best 2:04.66, bettering his previous best time of 2:05.25.

In Thursday’s prelims, Song An was 18th in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.25. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle which finished seventh in 7:53.56.

In Saturday’s prelims, Gonzalez qualified tenth and Song An 16th in the 200-meter individual medley.

In Friday night’s finals,

American Courtney Harnish overtook early leader Tamsin Cook of Australia to win the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:09.36, dropping from 4:12.20. Cook took silver in 4:10.91.

Liam Egan of Team USA, winner of the 1500 freestyle on opening night, won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:52.59. He moved ahead of China’s early leader Li Yongwei. American Aidan Burns took silver in 3:53.10 and Aussie Joshua Parrish won bronze in 3:53.85.

Top-seed Suzuka Hasegawa of Japan won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.91. Aussie Christina Licciardi took silver in 59.36 and Japan’s Rikako Ikee took the bronze in 59.50.

American Alex Valente won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.60, just missing the junior world record. U.S. teammate Andrew Seliskar was second in 53.14 and New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby was third in 53.81.

Japan’s Rio Shirai and Rika Yuhara went one-two in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.67 and 2:12.51 respectively. Korea’s Dalin Lee took the brone in 2:13.24.

Americans Connor Green and Corey Okubo went one-two in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.60 and 2:01.17. Canadian Markus Thormeyer took the bronze in 2:01.55.

The Aussie women and U.S. men won the 4×100-meter freestyle relays.

The five-day meet continues late Saturday night with the final schedule for pool events. The 10K open water events are Sunday. The Pan Pacific Championships open water events will also be held after being postponed in Australia because of bad weather condition.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Finals are 11 p.m. east coast time. The open water events begin 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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

Swim FTL’s Kopas Wins “B” Final; Azura’s Gonzalez, Clearwater’s Aitchison, Bolles Song An Make Finals At Junior Pan Pacs

Swim FTL’s Kopas Wins “B” Final; Azura’s Gonzalez, Clearwater’s Aitchison, Bolles Song An Make Finals At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 29, 2014—It was a great day for Florida swimmers in the international spotlight at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale, competing in her first major international meet for Team USA, won the “B” final of the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.35, lowering her seed time of 1:09.94. Her time would have placed her fourth in the championship final.

Kopas was fourth fastest qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke in prelims but was dropped into the “B” final after two of her teammates, Lilly King and Jorie Caneta, qualified first and third respectively. Only the top two from each country qualifies for the championship finals. King (1:07.98 meet record) and Caneta (1:08.68) finished 1-2 in the finals late Thursday night.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, qualified for the 100-meter backstroke final on opening night in 58.71 and finished eighth in finals in 58.04.

On Friday morning, Gonzalez qualified for his second final in the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 55.03, lowering his previous best of 55.24.

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles qualified sixth in Friday morning’s prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 2:04.66, bettering his previous best time of 2:05.25.

In Thursday’s prelims, Song An was 18th in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.25. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle which finished seventh in 7:53.56.

Canada’s Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatic Team (CAT) just missed a medal in the 200-meter freestyle placing fourth in a lifetime-best 2:00.81. She was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.90, another lifetime-best.

Aitchison also qualified for the 100-meter freestyle “B” final (57.91) and 400-meter individual medley “A” final (4:55.08) but scratched in order to compete for the 800-meter freestyle relay. Aitchison swam leadoff leg for the relay that finished in 8:12.75.

On Friday morning, Aitchison qualified sixth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:15.42.

In Thursday’s night finals, Team USA continued its assault in the medal race winning seven of eight gold medals for the second consecutive night.

After the first two days, Team USA has 14 of 16 gold medals, six of 16 silver and five of 16 bronze medals. No other team is even close to the Americans.

In the girls’ 100-meter freestyle, Aussie Shayna Mack came from behind to win in 54.82 ahead of China’s Menghu Zhu.

In the boys’ 100-meter freestyle, Paul Powers and Blake Pieroni went one-two in the final for Team USA and teammate Townley Haas went best-time 49.55 in the “B” final to earn the anchor leg assignment on the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Connor Hoppe of Team USA won the boys 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.68. He was fifth at the turn but negative split 29.49 on the final 50.

U.S. team captain Ella Eastin won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:43.13. She led from wire-to-wire.

In the boys 400-meter individual medley, Andrew Seliskar and Curtis Ogren finished one-two in the final. Seliskar won in a best time 4:16.05 followed by Ogren in a best time 4:17.70. Team USA also swept the top two places in the “B” final with Sean Grieshop and Corey Okubo.

Team USA swept the girls and boys 4×200-meter freestyle relays.

The five-day meet continues late Friday night.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

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

Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Kopas Fourth Fastest, Makes “B” Final; Bolles Song An Seventh At Junior Pan Pacs

Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Kopas Fourth Fastest, Makes “B” Final; Bolles Song An Seventh At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 28, 2014—University of Michigan-bound Emily Kopas, competing in her first major international meet for the U.S., was the fourth fastest swimmer in the 100-meter breaststroke Thursday morning at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale, despite qualifying fourth in 1:10.92, slipped into the “B” final after two of her U.S. teammates, Lilly King and Jorie Caneta, qualified first and third respectively.

Only the top two from each country qualify for the championship finals so Kopas will swim the consolation final late Thursday night.

Alex Evdokimov, 18, of Coral Springs Swim Club, finished 19th in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.95, just off his seed time of 1:03.34.

In Wednesday’s opening night finals:

Bolles Andy Song An of Mexico finished seventh in the 100-meter backstroke finals in 57.52 after going 57.16 in prelims.

The U.S. team cleaned up, winning seven of eight gold medals and 15 of 16 possible medals. The girls team is being coached by Bolles head coach Sergio Lopez. Gator Swim Club’s Jaime Lewis is an assistant coach.

The only event the U.S. team did not win was the women’s 200-meter butterfly won by Japan’s Haruno Ito in 2:09.02.

The other event the U.S. did not win the maximum two medals was the girls’ 100-meter backstroke. Three of the best U.S. junior swimmers went to the Youth Olympics including Kopas’ future University of Michigan teammate Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks.

Katie Drabot of Ouzakee Aquatics won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.73.

Townley Haas of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics broke the meet record in the 200-meter freestyle winning in 1:48.32.

Amy Bilquist of Carmel Swim Club won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.00.

Connor Green of Bluefish Swim Club won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.08 and Michael Andrew of Indie Swimming was second in 55.81.

Top-seed Andrew Seliskar of Nation’s Capital Swimming won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 1:55.92.

Sierra Schmidt of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:34.71.

Liam Egan of Crimson Aquatics won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:15.53.

The five-day meet continues late Thursday night with finals. Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

Kopas and Evdokimov, headed to Cornell, are the only Florida Gold Coast swimmers on the team.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers, Bolles Coach Ready For Junior Pan Pacs

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers, Bolles Coach Ready For Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 26, 2014—Before leaving for their first year of college, breaststrokers Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale and Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club will represent the United States at the Junior Pac Pacific Championships.

The five-day meet begins Wednesday at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The meet is for swimmers age 13-18 from non-European federations.

Like last week’s Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, Team USA is expected to dominate the medal count based on the psych sheet.

The rules mirror the Pan Pacs with only two swimmers from each country allowed to advance into the championship final and three for the “B” finals.

Team USA has 23 men and 23 women. They gathered in Los Angeles before leaving for Hawaii.

Bolles coach and Olympian Sergio Lopez is coaching the women’s team. Jaime Lewis of Gator Swim Club is an assistant coach.

Kopas and Evdokimov are the only Florida swimmers on the team.

Kopas, 18, a University School of Nova alum, headed for the University of Michigan, is the fifth seed (1:09.94) in the 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday. U.S. teammate Lilly King of Newburgh Sea Creatures is top seed in 1:08.12.

Kopas is seeded fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.53 on Saturday. Japan’s Runa Imai, only 13, is seeded first in 2:24.00. Last year as a 12-year-old she swam 2:25.14. She is one of the youngest swimmers in the meet.

Kopas recently won her first major national title at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships in the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:29.53. It was the first time the junior national team member, high school state champion and All-American cracked the 2:30 barrier.

Cornell-bound Evdokimov, 18, a Taravella graduate, is seeded 12th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.34. American Connor Hoppe, 17, of Clovis Swim Club is seeded first in 1:01.84. Evdokimov is seeded 14th in 2:21.77. U.S. teammate Cody Taylor, 18, of Donner Swim Club is seeded first in 2:12.73.

At senior nationals, Evdokimov was 24th in 1:04.17 in the final after going a best time 1:03.34 in morning prelims. He was disqualified in the 200 breaststroke and was 67th in the 50 breaststroke in 30.02.

Lopez is one of the nation’s top USA Swimming club and high school coaches. He joined the Bolles staff in 2007. He had 17 swimmers with Bolles ties at the 2012 London Olympics and has coached the high school teams to national and high school titles.

The Pan Pacs 10K, postponed in Southport, Australia because of high levels of E.coli in the water, will be held on the final day of the meet along with the Jr. Pan Pacs events on Sunday at 2 p.m. east coast time. Clearwater’s Becca Mann will compete in the rescheduled Pan Pac women’s race and is a medal favorite after an extra week’s rest.

Wednesday’s events are 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter butterfly, 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle.

For those swim fans who wish to remain sleep-deprived after watching last week’s Pan Pacs live-streamed from Australia, the Jr. Pan Pacs will also be live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile.

Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

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

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Wins Speedo Junior National Title

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Wins Speedo Junior National Title


By Sharon Robb

August 2, 2014—Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale won her first major national title Saturday at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

The University of Michigan bound 18-year-old captured the 200-meter breaststroke title in a lifetime-best 2:29.53, shaving 2.08 seconds off her previous best of 2:31.61.

It was the first time the high school state champion and All-American had cracked the 2:30-barrier and she couldn’t have picked a better stage.

Kopas led from wire-to-wire taking it out fast with a 34.06 opening split. She continued to lead a tight race at the halfway mark (1:12.27, 38.21 split) and continued to look smooth and fast in the water. After turning at 1:50.40 (38.13 split), Kopas held off the field with a 39.13 split for the impressive win.

“That was the plan to go out fast,” Kopas said. “I went out like I did this morning and instead of backing off the second 50 I continued my stroke rate. At the end it was just survival mode.

“I am really happy with the race. I am really thankful I have such a great coach (Dave Gibson). I was very nervous before the race and he was there for me. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates, my dad and mom and my sisters.

“It’s a really nice set up for senior nationals and my first season at Michigan.”

Kopas was ranked second in the state of Florida behind future Michigan teammate Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks and 29th in the Class of 2014 recruits. She is following in the footsteps of her father Bill and uncle Brice, who both swam for the Wolverines.

At the 2013 Speedo Junior Nationals she went 1:09.93 in the 100-meter breaststroke shortly after swimming 2:32.58 in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. National Championships.

“I think I have finally gained the confidence and starting to gain the strength and mentality to train with more advanced swimmers instead of being a little kid,” Kopas said.

Kopas, a junior national team member, will compete in this week’s senior nationals before leaving for Michigan on August 27th.

“It’s all happening so fast and getting closer to college,” Kopas said. “I am really excited about the future.”

Swim Fort Lauderdale Coach Dave Gibson gave out the awards for the women’s 200-meter breaststroke.

It was a good night for Florida Gold Coast and Florida Swimming swimmers in the national spotlight.

Elise Haan, 16, of T2 Aquatics was third in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:01.67, dropping 0.49 seconds.

Megan Moroney, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming was sixth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:00.83, dropping 0.73 seconds.

Cece Williams, 18, of Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club, using a strong kick, won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:01.12, dropping 1.58 seconds.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will wrap up the week in distance events. Melissa Marinheiro will compete in the 1500-meter freestyle and Kathleen Golding, at 13, one of the youngest in the meet, will time trial the 800 freestyle.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Stanzi Moseley, 16, of Roadrunner Aquatics won her first national title in a lifetime-best 1:59.88, cracking the 2-minute barrier for the first time. She was the only swimmer in the field to dip under 2 minutes.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Townley Haas of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics won his third freestyle national title in 1:48.75, just off the meet record. It was the sixth fastest time in his age group.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: University of Louisville-bound Todd Owen won his first title in 2:16.25. Owen swims for the college’s club team and has the benefit of working with three-time Olympic breaststroker Vlad Polyakov. The former football player had a lifetime-best 2:23 before this summer.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Amy Bilquist, 16, of Carmel Swim Club won in 1:01.04 for her second title of the meet.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Michael Andrew, 15, of Indie Swimming, won his first junior national title in 55.73. It was a lifetime best for the pro swimmer.

Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay: North Baltimore Aquatic Club won by nearly three seconds in 8:13.33 with Mary Pelton (Liz’s little sister), Maddie Runge (younger sister of Cal recruit Cierra), Princeton recruit Heidi Miller and 14-year-old sensation Easop Lee.

Carmel Swim Club leads the combined and women’s team standings and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics leads the men’s team standings.

Sunday’s events are women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relay.

The meet, both prelims and finals, is being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. The five-day meet concludes on Sunday.

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

Three-Time Olympian Alia Atkinson, SOFLO Teammates Head To Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

Three-Time Olympian Alia Atkinson, SOFLO Teammates Head To Speedo Zone Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

July 8, 2014–Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will use this week’s Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships in Orlando as her final tuneup before the July 24-August 2 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The four-day Orlando meet will serve as a gauge for her longtime South Florida Aquatic club coach Chris Anderson and Atkinson before they leave Monday for training camp in Corby, England where Anderson is national team coach of the six-swimmer Jamaican contingent.

Atkinson, 25, is seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.79 ahead of University of Michigan-bound Emily Kopas, 17, of Swim Fort Lauderdale (1:09.94).

Atkinson is also entered in the 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle and will compete on three relays (800 freestyle, 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays). At the Commonwealth Games she will focus solely on the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

“Alia has been working hard,” Anderson said. “We still have a scheduled lifting program Thursday and Sunday of this week. I know where she is training, but we want to see if she is on the right track with certain splits (50 breast and 200 free in relays). We want to see where she is at.

“It’s not only a tuneup for the Commonwealth Games, it is going to be an awesome team event for us,” Anderson said. “It’s also a tuneup for junior nationals and senior southern zones.”

Atkinson will be joined by 26 of her SOFLO teammates. They are Florida State-bound Marc Rojas, 20; Florida Gulf Coast sophomore Marcella Marinheiro, 19; Xavier Brown, 19; Ryan Capote, 16; Jordan Colon, 17; Esteban Diaz-Velasco, 15; Kathleen Golding, 13; Matthew Gonzalez, 19; Kylie Herman, 16; Kelley Heron, 14; Amber Hunter, 18; Olivia Katcher, 18; CJ Kopecki, 14; Florida International University-bound Maria Lopez, 18; Juan Lucas, 15; Ervin Marin, 14; Melissa Marinheiro, 17; Alfredo Mesa, 15; Delanie Perez, 13; Jessica Rodriguez, 15; Ronald Santos, 18; Jonathan Strod, 15; Bowie Suen, 18; Carly Swanson, 16; Liz Arlet Travieso, 15; Gustavo Valery, 16; and Alejandro Zambrano, 19.

The field features a good mix of Olympian, world and national champions, college and age group swimmers. Atkinson isn’t the only swimmer using it as a tuneup meet. Several swimmers are looking to gauge their training for upcoming meets including senior and junior nationals.

Elizabeth Beisel, Katie Hoff, Arkady Vyatchanin, Mitch D’Arrigo, Brad DeBorde, Sebastian Rousseau, Cristian Quintero, Arthur Frayler, Dan Wallace, Marcin Cieslak, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez and Pavel Sankovich are among the field.

Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, 25, a frequent training partner of Atkinson’s during holiday breaks at SOFLO, is seeded first in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.42.

Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks, is seeded first in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.51 and second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.69.

Kopas is seeded first in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:32.58 just ahead of Hoff, 25, of Hurricane Aquatics in 2:32.64.

University of Florida’s Carlos Omana, 21, of Metro Aquatics is the highest seeded Florida Gold Coast male swimmer seeded third in the 400-meter individual medley.

In addition to SOFLO, Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented by 20 teams among the 79-team field of 776 swimmers.

Other FGC teams entered are AquaKids Sharks, Azura Florida Aquatics, Blue Marlins, Boca Raton, Hurricane Aquatics, Coral Springs Swim Club, Golden Panther Aquatics, Gulliver, Hialeah Storm, Jupiter Dragons, Lake Lytal Lightning, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, North Palm Beach, Oxbridge, Pine Crest Swimming, Plantation Swim Team, Rockway, St. Andrew’s Swimming and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Thursday-Sunday

Schedule: Thursday, timed finals 5 p.m.; Friday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 4 p.m. finals.

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Webcast: Florida Swim Network will live stream the meet Friday through Sunday at FloridaSwimNetwork.com or tune in to its livestream channel.

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

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Atkinson, Golding Shine; Relay Takes Silver At Orlando Arena Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Atkinson, Golding Shine; Relay Takes Silver At Orlando Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

February 14, 2014

It was another big night for the South Florida Aquatic Club Friday night on Day Two of the Orlando Arena Grand Prix at the YMCA Aquatic Center.

“It is the hard work paying off and it is nice to see,” SOFLO veteran coach Chris Anderson said.

“They are getting a lot more confidence and understand that they can start performing at the major meets. It’s their time. They are very familiar with this atmosphere and performing well.”

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, had a breakthrough swim in one of her favorite distance events. The Brazilian teenager swam a lifetime-best in the 400-meter freestyle prelims in 4:21.25, dropping from 4:22.78 and qualified for the “B” final.

Marinheiro then came back in finals to drop even more time for another best in 4:20.69 to finish third in her race and 11th overall. Marinheiro was the top Florida Gold Coast qualifier in the event.

“I jumped in and gave it everything I had,” Marinheiro said. “I put in a lot of work in December and over New Year’s. It is nice to see the time drops.

“I remember my first juniors I would freak out but now I focus on my race and I know what I am doing,” Marinheiro said. “It’s awesome to have my teammates here, we have our own cheering spot.”

Marinheiro also led off SOFLO’s 800-meter freestyle relay that finished second in 8:30.02 with teammates Olivia Katcher, 18, Alia Atkinson, 25, and Kathleen Golding, 13. Atkinson moved SOFLO into second place on her third leg. The time bettered their seed time of 8:32.93.

In the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, Atkinson, broke her own Jamaican national record with her third-place finish in a lifetime-best time of 2:28.34, dropping from 2:28.77. The three-time Olympian was just outside the Top 10 in the world.

Atkinson had a solid middle 100 meters but Micah Lawrence, 23, of SwimMAC pulled away from the field in the final 20 meters to win in a meet record 2:25.97, sixth fastest time in the world. Laura Sogar, 22, was second in 2:28.32.

It was one of seven meet records that were broken.

“I just had to swim my own race,” Lawrence said. “I was patient. I relied on my own stroke and went for it. I didn’t think I would go that fast.”

Golding, 13, swam two more best times of the meet in the 100-meter backstroke. She swam 1:12.68 dropping from 1:13.35.

Golding also swam a best time in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:34.38, dropping from 4:40.98.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Michigan-bound swimmer Emily Kopas is not competing in the Grand Prix. She is recovering from a sprained ankle and bruised knee after slipping in the rain on a speed bump.

Three-time Olympian Ryan Lochte managed to get out of Charlotte on Friday despite the snow storms. Lochte got to the pool Friday afternoon, did a workout and took time out for an interview with Rowdy Gaines on Universal Network.

Lochte will compete on Saturday morning in the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke prelims.

Lochte and his SwimMAC coach David Marsh said it was important for Lochte to get back into racing after a freak knee injury sidelined him late last year.

On Saturday, the third and final night, the meet will be streamed live by usaswimming.org.

In other Friday night race finals:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, seeded second, won her third event of the meet in a meet record 2:08.47 finishing ahead of Canada’s top seed Audrey Lacroix and teammate Katerine Savard. “I have been working on my walls, so I am glad they looked better,” she said.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Hungarian David Verraszto won his second event of the meet in 1:59.59. American Tyler Clary, despite a tweaked back, finished second by 4/100ths of a second. Eighteen-year-old Olympian Joseph Schooling of Bolles and Singapore was third by 6/100ths of a second. The field featured seven different countries. “My second half was really great,” he said. “The finish was so close. The last turn I could see those guys, that was important to know where they were.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Bahamian national record holder Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 23, of SwimMAC won the splash and dash in 25.55. Top seed Amanda Kendall was second in 25.68. “That’s a pretty good time, I am happy with it,” she said. “We are working on a few things. I tried to work on my power to get to the wall.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Against a loaded men’s field, Brazilians Bruno Fratus, 24, and Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo battled it out to the wall with Fratus winning in a meet record 22.00 to Cielo’s 22.15. Fratus’ time was the third fastest time in the world this year. “It feels like Brazil is training,” Fratus said. “That is my best time pre-season. I can say I am pretty much happy. That is amazing time for this time of the season.”

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Brit top-seed Lizzie Simmons took it out fast and hugged the lane line to win in 1:01.26. Hosszu, trying to go four-for-four, finished second after being seventh at the turn in 1:01.55. “That was great to race against these girls, I am really pleased with that time,” Simmons said.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Russian Arkady Vyatchanin, 29, of the New York Athletic Club and second seed in the race, easily won in a meet record 54.07.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: U.S. Olympian and top-seed Chloe Sutton led from start-to-finish and held off Hosszu to win in a meet record 4:10.11. Hosszu had seven minutes between the backstroke and distance event but still managed to finish second in 4:10.50. “I have made a ton of changes to my stroke lately, I was just trying to keep it together and enjoy it,” Sutton said. “It was definitely a great race tonight. I don’t know how Katinka does it, props to her.”

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Canadian Ryan Cochrane dominated the field to win in a meet record 3:49.83, fastest time in the world this year. “I was really excited to come in and race,” he said. “I have had an up and down year.”

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: American Sean Mahoney edged out Bolles teammate Melquides Alvarez Caraballo to break the meet record in 2:14.03 to 2:14.57. It was the only race not televised live by Universal since they ended their broadcast at 7:30.

Individual winners were awarded $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: 6. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:14.99, 2:16.07, prelims; 9. Alessandra Polieri, AZ 2:14.33, 2:18.35 prelims, 15. Taylor Lorda, SWMFTL 2:20.69, 31. Jessica Nava, PC 2:24.82, 42. Amanda Tipton, SWMFTL 2:27.14, 46. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 2:27.66, 47. Tyla Martin, PAQ 2:27.85, 49. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 2:28.53, 55. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 2:30.26, 58. Allison Kopas, CSSC 2:31.71, 59. Alex Kalandiak, MS 2:34.01.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: 6. Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira, AZ 2:04.84, 15. Boleck De Pawlikowski, MAC 2:06.58, 16. Luis Martinez, AZ 2:07.85.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 7. Fernanda Delgado, AZ, 26.02, 26.26 prelims, 10. Arlene Semeco, CSSC 26.27, 26.60 prelims, 16. Marta Ciesla, PC 26.97, 26.66 prelims, 25. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 27.20, 47. Isabella Paez, MAC 27.74, 50. Brenna Ruth, SAS 27.83, 51. Dorothy Morgan, MS 27.87, 64. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 28.25, 70. Emma Lincoln, CSSC 28.51, 80. Miriyam Ghali, PC 28.88, 81. Cybele Jung, SAS 28.91, 85. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 29.26, 88. Alex Kalandiak, MS 29.46, 90. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 29.67, 91. Carlotta Verita, MS 29.86.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 8. Renzo Tjon A Joe, 23.27, 22.98 prelims, prelims, 20. Thiago Sickert, AZ 23.70, 21. Zuhayr Pigot, MAC 23.74, prelims, 23. Carlo Herrera, AZ 23.79, 23. Joshua Romany, AZ 23.79, 36. Fabi Scozzoli, AZ 24.04, 40. Gage Kohner, SAS 24.17, 45. Diguan Pigot, MAC 24.25, 46. Albert Morales, AZ 24.39, 52. Jabari Baptiste, AZ 24.55, 54. Jordy Groters, PC 24.57, 61. Marco Guarente, AZ 24.74, 72. Brody Heck, SAS 24.92, 75. Gabriel Perez, AZ 24.97, 78. Arvin Moradi, AZ 25.02, 82. Wayne Denswil, MAC 25.11, 84. Sidrell Williams, SAS 25.13, 94. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 25.34, 108. Luke Hayhoe, SAS 25.60, 109. Hank Contich, PC 25.64, 114. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 25.97, 116. Kyle Desrosiers, CSSC 26.00, 117. Kent Haeffner, PC 26.04.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 15. Carlotta Fiordoro, AZ 1:04.29, 1:03.98 prelims, 19. Megan Moroney, SAS 1:04.86, 29. Darby Goodwin, SAS 1:06.84, 35. Ferna Delgado, AZ 1:07.50, 37. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 1:07.57, 45. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 1:08.24, 46. Amanda Tipton, SWMFTL 1:08.26, 53. Brenna Ruth, SAS 1:08.65, 85. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 1:12.68, best time, 86. Miriyam Ghali, PC 1:12.72, 88. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 1:13.21, 90. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 1:13.61.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 13. Mateo Gonzalez, AZ 58.69, 59.11 prelims, 15. Vicente Andrade, SWMFTL 59.80, 59.37 prelims, 21. Fab Guimares, AZ 59.84, 23. Rodrigues Peres, AZ 59.91, 24. Carlos Herrera, AZ 59.95, 32. Jabari Baptiste, AZ 1:00.53, 47. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 1:01.91, 64. Luke Hayhoe, SA 1:04.21, 70. Rob Ballestas, MAC 1:04.60, 71. Matthew Lyn, AZ 1:04.73, 78. Enzo Pazos, SWMFTL 1:06.32, 79. Alex Evenson, PC 1:06.52, 80. Brody Heck, SAS 1:06.93, 81. Nicholas Conrad, SAS 1:07.31,

Women 400-meter freestyle: 11. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:20.69, best time and 4:21.45, best time, prelims, 12. Megan Moroney, SAS 4:22.05, 4:23.40, prelims, 31. Danielle Vandenburg, AZ 4:29.04, 43. Arianna Noya, MAC 4:31.25, 55. Florencia Melo, MAC 4:33.39, 60. Kathleen Golding SOFLO 4:34.38, 62. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 4:34.69, 67. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 4:35.66, 74. Angel Cicenia, AZ 4:39.52, 83. Alina Schulhofer, PAQ 4:48.27, 84. Caroline Nava, PC 4:58.37.

Men 400-meter freestyle: 11. Marcel Acosta, AZ 4:02.53, 23. Marco Hosfeld, SWMFTL 4:07.65, 32. Luis Martinez, AZ 4:08.97, 33. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 4:09.00, 46. Kent Haeffner, PC 4;12.50, 47, Julien Pinon, SOFLO 4:13.01, 50. Nico Medina, AZ 4:13.77, 52. Alex Berggren, PC 4:14.07, 59. Miguel Basalo, MAC 4:16.18, 68. Brody Heck, SAS 4:18.11, 81. Matthew Lyn, AZ 4:27.23, 83. Manuel Avila, PAQ 4:30.73.

Women 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:28.34, 2:34.70, prelims, 12. Lindsey Swartz, PC 2:39.56, 2:40.40, prelims, 16. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, SAS 2:49.18, 2:41.45, prelims, 20. Caitlin Ahern, SWMFTL 2:44.83, 29. Anna Valls, MS 2:50.56, 31. Allison Kopas CSSC 2:50.95,40. Carlotta Verita, MS 2:56.24, 41. Cybele Jung, SAS 2:59.21.

Men 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Felipe Lima, AZ 2;18.42, prelims, 17. Marco Guarente, AZ 2:23.96, 25. Alex Morgan, AZ 2:26.87, 27. HIA 2:27.55, 42. Daniel Pereira, AZ 2:31.87, 45. Jordy Groters, PC 2:33.84, 47. Brian Arnaud, CSSC 2:34.09, 53. Hank Contich, PC 2:36.44,

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