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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen Golding Makes Third B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen Golding Makes Second B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFLO Captures Girls Team Title, Runner-up In Combined; Wilson, Dinehart Sisters, Relays Shine At Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, July 10, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club kicked off the championship season in style at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

On Sunday, SOFLO girls captured the girls team title and finished runner-up in the combined team standings.

SOFLO won the girls’ team title with 517.5 points ahead of Planet Swim Aquatics (428) and Azura Florida Aquatics (326.5).

Azura won the combined team title with 1,020 ahead of SOFLO with 833.5 and Academy Aquatic Club (599). Azura also won the boys’ team title with 693.5 and SOFLO was fourth (316).

Olivia Dinehart, 17, won her second event of the meet sweeping the breaststroke events. After winning the 100 in 1:12.79 earlier in the meet, she came back to win the 200 in 2:39.82 on the final night. She finished with 72 points.

Izzy Wilson, 15 was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:49.12, her best finish of the meet.

Elena Dinehart, 17, was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.17. She finished with 52 points.

The Dinehart sisters were also members of the second place 400-meter medley relay team with Maddie Smutny and Natalie Gembicki that finished in 4:26.55. SOFLO’s B relay was sixth in 4:33.62 with Mallory Schleicher, Sophia Grubbs, Gabriella DeLuna and Michelle Marinheiro.

Roche, 22, was the top boys’ finisher placing fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.73. He was also a member of the boys’ 400-meter medley relay that was fourth in 4:03.08 with Javier Colmenares, Wisthon Rendon and Alex Golding.

Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics won two more events in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.93 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:19.85. The U.S. junior national team member won all six of her events. She finished with 120 of her girls team’s 136 points.

SOFLO had 29 swimmers (16 girls and 13 boys) compete in 131 individual events (77 girls and 54 boys) and 10 relays.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1,020, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 833.5, 3. Academy Aquatic Club 599, 4. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 581, 5. Planet Swim Aquatics 537, 6. Sarasota Tsunami 444, 7. Golden Panther Aquatics 261, 8. FAST 260.5, 9. Eagle Aquatics 250, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 244.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 693.5, 2. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 406, 3. Academy Aquatic Club 385, 4. SOFLO 316, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 251.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 517.5, 2. Planet Swim Aquatics 428, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 326.5, 4. Golden Panther Aquatics 261, 5. Academy Aquatic Club 214.

WOMEN
400-meter medley relay: 1. Planet Swim Aquatics 4:24.14, 2. SOFLO A 4:26.55 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki), 3. Azura A 4:29.31, 6. SOFLO B 4:33.62 (Mallory Schleicher, Sophia Grubbs, Gabriella DeLuna, Michelle Marinheiro).

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Mariana Cote, MWA 17:34.40, 2. Brynn Stoneburg, Treasure Coast 17:37.27, 3. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 17:49.12.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Sumner Chmielewski, SRQ 2:17.34, 2. Isabel Traba, CANE 2:20.72, 3. Sophia Diaz, MAC 2:22.41; SOFLO: 11. Gabriella DeLuna 2:26.50, 12. Michelle Marinheiro 2:26.56.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 57.93, 2. Aspen Gersper, SAS 58.41, 3. Kelsie Campbell, GPA 58.96; SOFLO: 17. Maddie Smutny 1:00.52, 23. Natalie Gembicki 1:00.78, 27. Mallory Schleicher 1:01.07.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:39.82, 2. Sophie Cox, BD 2:42.65, 3. Peyton Powell, STAR 2:42.99; SOFLO: 10. Mallory Schleicher 2:46.61, 12. Molly Golding, GSC 2:47.35, 19. Sophia Grubbs 2:50.71, 28. Mariann Catalasan 2:55.29, time drop 0.19, 33. Sally Golding 2:56.69.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:19.85, 2. Alexandra Stern, RATS 2:22.90, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:23.17; SOFLO: 18. Gabriella DeLuna 2:32.24.

MEN
400-meter medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 3:54.60, 2. Azura 3:54.65, 3. Sarasota Tsunami 4:02.95, 4. SOFLO A 4:03.08 (Ricardo Roche, Javier Colmenares, Wisthon Rendon, Alex Golding), 10. SOFLO B 4:09.16 (Aldo Zepeda, Manuel Melendez, Agustin Rodriguez, Austin Nelson).

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Philip Moldovanu, WOW 16:06.87, 2. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 16:38.74, 3. William Johnson, RATS 16:39.42.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Diego Balbi, SAS 2:05.86, 2. Mitchell Ledford, Treasure Coast 2:06.30, 3. Carlos Vasquez, TSA 2:08.66; SOFLO: 11. Wisthon Rendon 2:13.71.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 50.47, 2. Zarek Wilson, TSA 51.61, 3. Rob Alexy, UN 51.93.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:21.13, 2. Dario Martin, OSC 2:28.55, 3. William Heary, SRQ 2:28.72; SOFLO: 10. Javier Colmenares 2:31.12, 22. Manuel Melendez 2:37.90, 32. Alexander Miller 2:43.68.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:02.98, 2. Landon Kyser, HAT 2:09.90, 3. Mariano Sosa, Azura 2:10.17; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 2:13.73, 9. Austin Nelson 2:15.27, 23. Alex Golding 2:19.37.

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

SOFLO Girls Continue To Lead; Maddie Smutny Top SOFLO Finisher On Day Three Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, July 9, 2022—For the second consecutive day, South Florida Aquatic Club leads the girls team standings at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO leads the 33-team girls field with 280 points followed by Planet Swim Aquatics with 262.5 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 181.5.

SOFLO is also second in the combined team standings with 441 points, behind Azura with 598. Azura also leads the men’s 32-team field with 416.5 points. SOFLO is fourth with 161.

Maddie Smutny, 17, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing second in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:23.98, dropping 0.74. University of Florida freshman Anna Auld, 19, won her third event of the meet in the 400 in 4:17.74, just a week after competing in open water at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships. It was her third win. Auld has 76 points.

SOFLO teammate Elena Dinehart, 17, was fourth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:06.30.

Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics won two more events in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.42 and 50-meter freestyle in 25.86. The U.S. junior national swim team member has won four events. She has scored all 80 points for the girls team which is 12th.

SOFLO also took fifth and sixth in the women’s 200-meter freestyle relay.

University of Florida commit Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming and U.S. junior national team, won her first event of the meet in the 200 IM in 2:16.45.

Stanford commit Josh Zuchowski, 18, of FAST won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.34 and was second in the 200 IM in 2:06.59. He also won the 50 backstroke in a best time 27.09 on opening day.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 8 a.m., 1500-meter freestyle distance events 3:15 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO has 29 swimmers (16 girls and 13 boys) qualified in 131 individual events (77 girls and 54 boys) and 10 relays.

Some of the top teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatics, St. Petersburg Swimming, Treasure Coast Swimming, Flood Aquatics, Sarasota Tsunami, Pine Crest Swimming, Eagle Aquatics and Gulliver Swim Club.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 598, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 441, 3. Academy Aquatics 337, 4. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 336, 5. Planet Swim Aquatics 332.5, 6. Sarasota Tsunami 223, 7. FAST 221.5, 8. Pine Crest 186, 9. Eagle Aquatics 168, 10. Hurricane Aquatics 133.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 416.5, 2. Academy Aquatics 224, 3. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 207, 4. SOFLO 161, 5. FAST 119.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 280, 2. Planet Swim Aquatics 262.5, 3. Azura 181.5, 4. Pine Crest 132, 5. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 129.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Planet Swim Aquatics 1:48.56, 2. Golden Panther Aquatics 1:50.17, 3. Academy Aquatic 1:50.17, 5. SOFLO A 1:51.09 (Ana Villamil, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Gaby Banks), 6. SOFLO B 1:52.77 (Natalie Gembicki, Mallory Schleicher, Katelyn Gembicki, Maddie Smutny).

100-meter backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:01.42, 2. Annie Wohlgemuth, PSA 1:05.84, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 1:05.90; SOFLO: 4. Elena Dinehart 1:06.30, 28. Gabriella DeLuna 1:09.53.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:16.45, 2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:17.63, 3. Anna Auld, SAS 2:19.96; SOFLO: 7. Mallory Schleicher 2:24.05, 10. Olivia Dinehart 2:24.87, 22. Gabriella DeLuna 2:29.01.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.86, 2. Jacey Hilton, CANE 26.86, 3. Kelsie Campbell, GPS 27.00; SOFLO: 9. Gaby Banks 27.24, 25. Natalie Gembicki 27.71, time drop 0.43, 26. Ana Villamil 27.84, time drop 0.45.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Anna Auld, SAS 4:17.74, 2. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 4:23.98, time drop 0.74, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, SRQ 4:24.11; SOFLO: 15. Izzy Wilson 4:36.45, 24. Olivia Dinehart 4:32.59, 26. Elena Dinehart 4:33.76.

MEN
200-meter freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1:35.61, 2. Azura A 1:36.06, 3. Azura B 1:38.56, 8. SOFLO A 1:41.36 (Alex Golding, Aldo Zepeda, Wisthon Rendon, Agustin Rodriguez), 13. SOFLO B 1:44.12 (Alexander Miller, Javier Colmenares, Alejandro Mateus, Enrique Rodriguez).

100-meter backstroke: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 56.34, 2. Noah Smith, FAST 58.70, 3. Aitor Arrese-Igor, SAS 59.85; SOFLO: 7. Ricardo Roche 1:00.25, 12. Aldo Zepeda 1:01.04, time drop 1.39, 14. Wisthon Rendon 1:01.23, 26. Austin Nelson 1:02.15, time drop 1.36, 27. Alejandro Mateus 1:02.17.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Matheo Mateos, Azura 2:05.88, 2. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:06.59, 3. Kaii Winkler, EA 2:07.46; SOFLO: 13. Ricardo Roche 2:14.37, 14. Javier Colmenares 2:14.39, 18. Alex Golding 2:15.46, 27. Alejandro Mateus 2:21.08, time drop 1.33.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 23.28, 2. Maximilian zum Tobel, SAS 23.55, 3. Kaii Winkler, EA 23.58.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 3:59.65, 2. Ryan Warmbier, Unattached 4:02.23, 3. Joao Lapagesse, Academy Aquatic 4:03.33

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

Olivia Dinehart Wins, SOFLO Leads Women’s Teams After Day Two Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, July 8, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club leads the women’s team standings after two days of competition at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

SOFLO, led by individual winner Olivia Dinehart, overtook the women’s lead on Friday night with 218 points. Planet Swim Aquatics is second with 205.5 and Azura Florida Aquatics is third with 126.

SOFLO is also second among combined teams with 352 behind Azura Florida Aquatics with 443.5 points. Azura also leads the men’s teams with 317.5 and SOFLO is fourth with 134.

Dinehart, 17, an Auburn University commit, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.79. She was also ninth in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:07.68.

Dinehart also swam two relays. She was a member of the third place 200-meter medley relay (2:02.73) with teammates Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny and Gaby Banks. She was also a member of the fourth place (4:01.57) 400-meter freestyle relay with Banks, Mallory Schleicher and Smutny.

Dinehart has the 200 IM, 400 freestyle and 200 breaststroke left to swim. She has 45 points for high point.

Javier Colmenares, 15, was SOFLO’s top boys finisher placing fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.65.

U.S. national junior team swimmer Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics was a double winner in the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.10) and 100-meter butterfly (1:01.02). Pelaez has the 100 and 200 backstrokes and 50 and 100 freestyles.

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld, 19, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics continued her Herculean efforts, winning her second event, the 400 IM in 4:51.34. Auld, who has scored 40 points, had the 200 IM, 400 freestyle and 1500 freestyle.

The four-day meet continues on Saturday with prelims at 8 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. On Sunday, prelims are 8 a.m., 1500-meter freestyle distance events 3:15 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO has 29 swimmers (16 girls and 13 boys) qualified in 131 individual events (77 girls and 54 boys) and 10 relays.

Some of the top teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatics, St. Petersburg Swimming, Treasure Coast Swimming, Flood Aquatics, Sarasota Tsunami, Pine Crest Swimming, Eagle Aquatics and Gulliver Swim Club.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Azura Florida Aquatics 443.5, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 352, 3. Academy Aquatic Club 275.5, 4. Planet Swim 270.5, 5. St. Andrew’s 227, 6. Sarasota Tsunami 156, 7. FAST 147.5, 8. Pine Crest 136, 9. Berkeley 111, 10. Metro Aquatics 106.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura 317.5, 2. Academy Aquatic Club 179.5, 3. St. Andrew’s 151, 4. SOFLO 134, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 85.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 218, 2. Planet Swim 205.5, 3. Azura 126, 4. Golden Panther 101, 5. Pine Crest 98.
WOMEN
200-meter medley relay: 1. Planet Swim Aquatics 2:00.51, 2. Azura 2:02.38, 3. SOFLO A 2:02.73 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Gaby Banks), 8. SOFLO B 2:05.78 (Gabriella DeLuna, Sophia Grubbs, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki).

200-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:02.10, 2. Adrianna Cera, CANE 2:04.66, 3. Sumner Chmielewski, SRQ 2:06.20; SOFLO: 9. Maddie Smutny 2:06.31, 12. Elena Dinehart 2:08.64.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:12.79, 2. Peyton Powell, STAR 1:13.11, 3. Alyssa Bozzuto, FAST 1:13.80; SOFLO: 5. Molly Golding, GSC 1:14.77, 8. Sophia Grubbs 1:16.18, 10. Ana Villamil 1:16.10, time drop 0.46.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:01.02, 2. Isabel Traba, CANE 1:02.86, 3. Sophia Diaz, MAC 1:03.03; SOFLO: 13. Molly Golding 1:04.89, 16. Mallory Schleicher 1:05.19, 17. Elena Dinehart 1:04.46.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Anna Auld, SAS 4:51.34, 2. Sumner Chmielewski, SRQ 4:53.59, 3. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 4:54.13; SOFLO: 9. Olivia Dinehart 5:07.68, 12. Gabriella DeLuna 5:12.47, time drop 1.37.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Planet Swim Aquatics 3:58.19, 2. Golden Panther Aquatics 3:59.38, 3. Azura 4:00.81, 4. SOFLO A 4:01.57 (Gaby Banks, Olivia Dinehart, Mallory Schleicher, Maddie Smutny), 5. SOFLO B 4:01.99 (Michelle Marinheiro, Ana Villamil, Elena Dinehart, Natalie Gembicki).

MEN
200-meter medley relay: 1. Azura 1:44.72, 2. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1:47.58, 3. Academy Aquatic Club 1:49.30, 6. SOFLO A 1:50.61 (Ricardo Roche, Javier Colmenares, Wisthon Rendon, Agustin Rodriguez), 9. SOFLO B 1:53.25 (Aldo Zepeda, Manuel Melendez, Alejandro Mateus, Alex Golding).

200-meter freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:52.19, 2. Ryan Warmbler, UN 1:52.55, 3. Dylan Felt, SFTL 1:54.12; SOFLO: 21. Enrique Rodriguez 1:58.31, 22. Ricardo Roche 1:59.25.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kito Campbell, Azura 1:04.87, 2. Daniel Baytin, XCEL 1:05.90, 3. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:06.06; SOFLO: 5. Javier Colmenares 1:07.65, 11. Manuel Melendez 1:08.84.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Mitchell Ledford, Treasure Coast 53.81, 2. Steven Aimable, Azura 55.36, 3. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 55.61; SOFLO: 12. Wisthon Rendon 58.37, 27. Alejandro Mateus 59.79, time drop 0.50.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Dario Martin, OSC 4:37.18, 2. Alessandro Pereira, Unattached 4:40.54, 3. Mariano Sosa, Azura 4:41.39; SOFLO: 11. Enrique Rodriguez 4:51.31, 13. Javier Colmenares 4:53.83, 15. Alex Golding 4:54.06.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Azura A 3:30.62, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:34.09, 3. Azura B 3:34.29, 10. SOFLO A 3:42.89 (Agustin Rodriguez, Alex Golding, Wisthon Rendon, Aldo Zepeda), 13. SOFLO B 3:46.39 (Javier Colmenares, Enrique Rodriguez, Alejandro Mateus, Nathaniel Garrick).

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

Teenager Katie Grimes Steals The Show At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 4, 2022–Teenager Katie Grimes is making her name known at the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatics Center.

Grimes, who first stepped into the spotlight during the 2020 Summer Olympics where she finished fourth in the 800-meter freestyle as the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team at 15, continues to make a name for herself at age 16.

On Saturday, Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada won her fourth event in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:27.72, her final event of the meet. She also had wins in the 400 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 IM.

In other finals:
Egyptian Olympian Marwan Aly El Kamash, who won the 1500, came back to win the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.74. He led for most of the race.

Isabelle Stadden of Cal won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.21. Her splits were 29.38 and 30.03.

Justin Ress of Mission Viejo led from start to finish to win the 100-meter backstroke in 53.80.

Isabelle Odgers of USC won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.68.

Texas Longhorn Will Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.28, winning by more than six seconds ahead of Ethan Hansen.

Turkish national record holder Viktoria Gunes, swimming unattached won the 200 IM in 2:13.80.

Grant House of Sun Devil Swimming won the 200 IM in 1:59.84, the only swimmer under 2 minutes.

Poland’s Kasia Wasick of Team Rebel Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.70.

David Curtiss of Wolfpack Elite won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.80.

Julio Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian will use this meet as a learning experience. He was disqualified for the second time in the meet in the prelims of the 200-meter breaststroke where he was seeded fourth in 2:17.35. He was disqualified for fly kick under the water. Next up for Horrego will be the world championships in Hungary.

Also on Saturday, SOFLO teammate Ricardo Roche, 22, swam another 100-meter backstroke time trial finishing in 1:00.98. His first time trial was 1:00.84.

On Sunday the meet will be televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada:

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, 15, a member of the USA Swimming Junior National team, picked up two more wins. In the 50-meter backstroke, Pelaez was the fastest qualifier in 28.34 and won in 28.37. In the 50-meter freestyle, she was fastest qualifier in 25.85 and won in 25.78. She was also a member of the third place 800-meter freestyle relay that finished in 8:17.81.

Treasure Coast Aquatics’ Blair Stoneburg, 18, was fastest qualifier in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:18.44 and finished third in 4:16.74. She was also tenth in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.80. She was also on the third-place 800 free relay.

Treasure Coast teammate Mitchell Ledford, 17, was second fastest qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.92and came back to win in 54.31. He was also on the second place 800 freestyle relay.

Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie, 16, was 19th in the 100-meter butterfly and sixth in the 400-meter freestyle 4:18.90 after going 4:22.20 in prelims. She was also on the third-place 800 free relay with Pelaez and Stoneburg.

SATURDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 8:27.72, 2. Erica Sullivan, TEX 8:47.54, 3. Olivia McMurray, TEX 8:54.20.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 1:00.21,2. Bella Sims, SAND 1:01.33, 3. Teagan O’Dell, NOVA 1:01.46.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Isabelle Odgers, TRO 2:28.68, 2. Katja Pavicevic, TAC 2:29.81, 3. Kaitlyn Dobler, TRO 2:31.10.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Viktoria Gunes, UN 2:13.80, 2. Justina Kozan, UN 2:14.72, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:16.15.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 24.70, 2. Kyla Leibel, TEX 25.47,3. Anicka Delgado, EVO 25.95.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Marwan Aly El Kamash, ISC 8:00.74, 2. Brice Barrieault, SAND 8:05.59, 3. Ilya Kharun, SAND 8:08.49.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ross, MV 53.80, 2. Colby Mefford, UN 55.99, 3. Mikita Tsmyh, UN 57.01.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Will Licon, TEX 2:12.28, 2. Ethan Hansen, SUN 2:18.53, 3. Brandon Fischer, UN 2:19.25.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Grant House, SUN 1:59.84, 2. Ilya kharun, SAND 2:04.43, 3. Tyler Kopp, UN 2:05.09.

50-meter freestyle: 1. David Curtiss, WOLF 21.80, 2. Ryan Held, NYAC 22.08, 3. Artyom Machekin, SDSA 22.43.

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

Grimes, Julian Double Winners; SOFLO’s Roche Makes B Final At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 3, 2022–Katie Grimes of Sandpipers Nevada continued to dominate and show her versatility the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series Friday night at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

The 16-year-old won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.77 just 20 minutes after swimming a best time of 2:09.52 to win the 200-meter backstroke. It was her third first place finish of the meet after winning the 400 freestyle.

“I’m still sticking with distance freestyle for now [as my favorites], but I think it’s important to do [the 400 IM] while I’m young because it’s easier to do it when you have the energy,” Grimes said during her post-race interview.

Grimes is coming off last week’s FINA Marathon Swim World Series where she finished eighth in the women’s 10K and qualified for Team USA’s world championship open water team.

In other finals:
Sandpipers Nevada teammates Claire Weinstein (1:58.31) and Bella Sims (1:58.97) finished 1-2 in the 200-meter freestyle. They finished ahead of the field by more than a second.

Trenton Julian, swimming unattached, won the first of two final events, in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.01. He came from behind in the final 100 with a 55.64 split to win by a body length. Julian also won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.78.

Jack Dolan of Arizona State led from start to finish to win the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.90.

David Johnston won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.54. He took the lead on the breaststroke leg and led the rest of the way.

Justina Kozan, swimming unattached, came from behind the second half of the race to win the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.01.

SOFLO’s Ricardo Roche, 22, finished 14th in morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.05 to make the “B” final. He finished fifth in the final in 2:14.55, dropping 0.50 from his prelim time and 13th overall. Roche also did a time trial Thursday in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.84.

Also on Friday, SOFLO teammate Julio Horrego swam 1:03.39 in the 100-meter breaststroke time trial. The time would have placed him third in Thursday’s final had he not been disqualified in prelims.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will swim Saturday in the 200-meter breaststroke where he is seeded fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his final tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

On Saturday and Sunday the meet is being televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Saturday at noon ET) as well as Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, 15, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, won the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 26.98, dropping 0.74; was second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:13.54, dropping 1.02 and swam lead-off leg on the runner-up 400-meter freestyle relay (3:46.63) Friday at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

Treasure Coast Aquatics Blair Stoneburg, 18, was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:52.31; sixth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:02.48, dropping 0.14 and was a member of the fifth place relay.

Treasure Coast teammate Mitchell Ledford, 17, was third in the 50-meter butterfly in 24.78; 14th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.51; and swam anchor leg on the winning 400-meter free relay (3:24.90)

Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie, 16, was fifth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.93 and was a member of the runner-up 400-meter free relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Claire Weinstein, SAND 1:58.31, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 1:58.97, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:00.03.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 2:09.52, 2. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 2:09.59, 3. JoJo Ramey, FAST 2:14.51.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 4:36.77, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 4:43.46, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 4:44.12.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Justina Kozan, UN 1:00.01, 2. Krystal Lara, BAD 1:00.24, 3. Isabelle Odgers, TROJ 1:00.74.

MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 1:48.01, 2. Patrick Sammon, SUN 1:48.43, 3.Grant House, SUN 1:48.44.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Dolan, SUN 2:01.90, 2. David Echeverri, UN 2:04.68, 3. Harry Homans, UN 2:05.03.

400-meter individual medley: 1. David Johnston, TST 4:19.54, 2. Ilya Kharun, SAND 4:24.31, 3. Tyler Kopp, UN 4:27.03.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 51.78, 2. Ryan Held, NYAC 52.44, 3. Gabriel Jett, UN 52.50.

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

SOFLO’s Horrego, Roche Compete This Week At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 31, 2022–The fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series meet of the 2022 season begins Wednesday at the newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego and Ricardo Roche will compete in the four-day meet that ends Saturday.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. He is seeded third in the 100 in 1:01.18 and fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his last tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

Roche, 22, will compete in the 200-meter backstroke and is seeded 21st in his yards time of 1:48.24.

The field also features U.S. Olympians, U.S. National Team members and U.S. National Junior Team members. The final day of the meet overlaps with the day that Team USA’s world championship team departs for Croatia for a training camp.

The meet will be televised on the Olympic Channel Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday it will be televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Wednesday-Saturday at noon ET) as well as Wednesday and Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

The meet was capped at 500 swimmers. Mask mandates will follow local guidelines. Everyone attending the event as a participant, coach, staff, or contractor must take a COVID test within 72 hours prior to arriving at the venue. Anyone testing positive should not enter the venue. Anyone representing USA Swimming (i.e. staff, contractors, and officials) must be vaccinated).

FLORIDA SWIMMERS HEAD MEET

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, will compete in the 57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet Friday through Sunday at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada. She will swim the 100-meter backstroke.

Pelaez is one of 19 U.S. swimmers who qualified. Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie will compete in the 200-meter freestyle. Treasure Coast Aquatics Blair Stoneburg will swim the 800- and 1500-meter freestyles and club teammate Mitchell Ledford will swim the 100-meter butterfly.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

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

Martin, Pelaez Double Winners Again In Third Session Of FIU Spring LCM Invite


By Sharon Robb
NORTH MIAMI, May 22, 2022–For the second day in a row, Erika Pelaez and Dario Martin each won two events at the FIU Spring Invite Sunday at the Biscayne Bay campus pool.

Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics won the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:22.86, dropping 0.01 and 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:45.86, dropping 8.27.

On Saturday, she won the 100 breaststroke (1:16.54) and 200 butterfly (2:20.85). She scratched from the 400 IM and 400 freestyle.

Martin, 17, of Olympus Swim Club won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:04.01, dropping 3.34 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.70.

On Saturday, Martin won the 200 butterfly (2:07.15) and 400 IM (4:40.19).

SOFLO had 59 swimmers (31 boys and 28 girls) entered in 308 individual events in the two 12-and-under sessions.

In addition to SOFLO and host Golden Panther Aquatics, other Florida Gold Coast teams that competed were Eagle Aquatics, Hialeah Swim Club, Metro Aquatics, Miami Country Day Aquatics and Olympus Swim Club.

SOFLO also had 99 other swimmers compete in the Canes Long Course Invite at University of Miami but official results have not posted.

SESSION THREE RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter individual medley: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:22.86, 2. Mia Zahab, GPA 2:26.12, 3. Eriana Temperino, GPA 2:29.05.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Gioia Balzano, EA 1:10.66, 2. Paola Negrin, MAC 1:11.88, 3. Hannah Webb, MCDA 1:16.82.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Kelsie Campbell, GPA 58.48, 2. Eriana Temperino, GPA 1:00.03, 3. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:00.15.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 2:45.86, 2. Isabel Viera, MAC 2:46.68, 3. Annamarie Munroe, UN 2:59.91.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Sofia Jorge, MAC 1:04.24, 2. Mia Zahab, GPA 1:04.38, 3. Anelis Roque, GPA 1:04.78.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ryan Flynn, GPA 4:44.20, 2. Sophie Hampson, GPA 4:44.89, 3. Fiorella DiSalvo, EA 5:05.00.

BOYS
200-meter individual medley: 1. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:14.16, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 2:16.28, 3. Juan Abella, MAC 2:22.09.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:04.01, 2. Richard Navarro, MAC 1:06.25, 3. Carlos Viada-Coroba, MAC 1:06.57.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Ricardo Alvarez, MAC 54.51, 2. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 56.30, 3. Marco Aurelio Lopez-Casula, EA 57.79.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Dario Martin, OSC 2:25.70, 2. Nikita Efimov, OSC 2:32.09, 3. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 2:32.49.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Ricardo Alvarez, MAC 1:00.90, 2. Luis Salazar, HSC 1:03.35, 3. Dylan Ferguson, UN 1:03.65.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Lucas Fernandez-Chung, MAC 4:29.42, 2. Robert Alvarez, MAC 4:29.49, 3. Liam Lesentier, EA 4:37.41.

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