Peaty, Dressel, Hosszu Among Gold Medalists; SOFLO’s Atkinson Finishes 11th On Day Two Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships

By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 22, 2019—A day after breaking his own world record, Adam Peaty of Great Britain sealed the deal by winning the 100-meter breaststroke at the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships on Monday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

Peaty, 24, made history on opening day as the first man to break 57 seconds in an astounding 56.88, breaking his own world record by 0.22 sconds. He came back in Monday’s finals to win the gold medal in 57.14, fourth fastest swim in history. Peaty is the first male swimmer to win five world championship medals in the breaststroke events.

Brit teammate James Wilby took silver in 58.46 and China’s Yan Zibei won bronze in 58.63.

In the women’s semifinals, Russian Yuliya Efimova(1:05.56), the fastest woman in the world this year, and Amerian Lilly King (1:05.66) are the top two qualifiers for the 100-meter breaststroke.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ali Atkinson of Jamaica failed to make it into finals tying for 11th in 1:07.11. The four-time Olympian was a bronze medalist in the event in 2015. Atkinson is also entered in the 50-meter butterfly and 50-meter breaststroke.

Canadian Maggie MacNeil knocked off Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum in the 100-meter butterfly. MacNeil, fifth at the turn, found another gear to win in 55.83. Sjostrum was second in 56.22 and Aussie Emma McKeon was third in 56.61. American Kelsi Dahlia was sixth in 57.11.

Sjostrum saw her win streak snapped. She held all 10 of the all-time top 10 times and was the second woman ever to break 56. Her last defeat dates back to December, 2012. MacNeil is now the second fastest woman in history.

Clay High School, Bolles Sharks and University of Florida alum Caeleb Dressel won the 50-meter butterfly in an American and meet record 22.35. Dressel is the first American man to win this event at the world championships. It was his second gold medal of worlds.

“That’s faster than two years ago and a better place than two years ago,” Dressel said. “It’s good, good for Team USA and I’m glad I can be a part of keeping that ball rolling.”

Russian Oleg Kostin was second in a national record 22.70 and Nicholas Santos of Brazil, at age 39, was third in 22.79.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu started her gold medal campaign with defending her title in the 200-meter individual medley. Hosszu was clocked in 2:07.53 and became the first woman to win four straight titles in an event.

China’s 2012 Olympic champion Ye Shiwen was second in 2:08.60, her first medal since 2011 and best time since 2012. Canadian Sydney Pickrem was third in 2:08.70. American Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg was fourth in 2:08.91.

Among past or current local swimmers results: 100-meter backstroke, 16. Dylan Carter, Trinidad& Tobago 54.03; 100-meter breaststroke, 11. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica 1:07.11; 200-meter freestyle, 53. Jorge Depassier, Chile 1:53.62.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

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Florida’s Dressel Wins First Individual Gold Medal At 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 27, 2017—On the fifth day of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championship, University of Florida senior Caeleb Dressel won his third goal medal overall and first individual medal Thursday at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

Dressel, a Clay High School alum who trained with Bolles Club, won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in an American record and best time 47.17. Nathan Adrian was second in 47.87. Mehdy Metella of France was third in 47.89.

The 20-year-old won Team USA’s first gold medal in the 100 since Anthony Ervin won in 2001. Dressel won his other two gold medals on relays.

“Anybody who has followed Caeleb is not surprised by this,” Adrian said. “They know the sky is absolutely the limit.”

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Dressel was sixth in the 100 freestyle. Dressel’s splits were 22.31 and 24.86.

“I’m very excited about it, but more importantly America won two medals and that’s more exciting,” Dressel said. “That’s what I always want to see on the board. I’m very happy with my best time.”

Dressel competes in Friday’s prelims in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

In other races:

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte, the 2016 Olympic champ, knocked off Katinka Hosszu in the 200-meter butterfly despite the hometown crowd cheering Hosszu home. It was her first gold medal at worlds after three silvers and one bronze. Germany’s Franziska Hentke took second in 2:05.39 and Hosszu faded to third in 2:06.02.

“It is incredible to swim here,” Belmonte said. “The pool is amazing and the crowd is very loud. All the Hungarians cheering was great.

“I still don’t believe this is true. It was a difficult race with a lot of good swimmers in every lane. I never won a title like this so it is important. It feels different than an Olympic medal but I can’t explain why.”

Said Hosszu, “I am absolutely satisfied with the bronze medal. It was a really good competition. The time was encouraging. It was an unbelievable feeling to swim a final in front of such an audience. You can hear the cheering from inside, even from the water.”

Brazilian Etiene Medeiros gave her country its first women’s gold medal in worlds history by winning the 50-meter backstroke in 27.14. China’s Fu Yuanhui took silver in 27.15 and Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia took bronze in 27.13.

“To win a long course championship medal is inspiring,” Medeiros said. “It has a huge meaning for my country, my friends, my coach and my teammates. Brazilian swimming is getting stronger.”

American Chase Kalisz won the U.S. team’s eighth consecutive title in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.56. Michael Phelps won three titles and Ryan Lochte won four with Kalisz filling the void. Kosuke Hagino took silver in 1:56.01 and China’s Wang Shun took bronze in 1:56.28.

“Lochte and Phelps will never be replaced and they have always been my idols since I was a kid,” Kalisz said. “To see the U.S. stay on top is a dream come true. I never even thought I could make the team to come to worlds. And I definitely didn’t think I would be sitting here tonight.”

The U.S. team of Leah Smith, Mallory Comerford, Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg and Katie Ledecky won the gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle in 7:43.39. It was Ledecky’s 13th gold medal. It was the fourth consecutive gold medal in the event for the U.S.

Aussie Emma McKeon swam her way into the record books when Australia took the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay bronze medal. McKeon collected her fifth medal equalling the record of Libby Trickett and Alicia Coutts. She has four silvers and one bronze after 11 races.


Gulliver Swim Club’s Alicia Mancilla, competing for Guatemala, was the youngest swimmer in the 1500-meter freestyle. She won her heat in a best time 17:15.04 and finished 19th. “This has been a great experience for her and for me,” said Gulliver coach Chris George.

Day 6 prelims are Friday at 3:30 a.m. EST.


Croatia defeated Serbia for the first time in seven years to reach the finals. Croatia won with a 12-11 victory Thursday night.

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

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

By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (

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California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships

By Sharon Robb

March 29, 2014

The University of California Bears came to swim Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

By the third event on the final night of competition, the Bears knew the title was theirs.

Headed into the championship finals at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, only six points separated leader Texas and California but that all changed quickly after the first two events.

After a perfect dual-meet season and second consecutive conference title, California won its third team title in four years and fifth overall in the program’s history with 468.5 points.

Texas was second with 417.5 followed by Florida with 387 and defending champion Michigan fourth with 310. Florida State under first year coach Frankie Bradley finished 14th with 105 and University of Miami was 25th with 26 points, all in diving.

Cal had seven swimmers in the “A” finals and two in consolations. Texas had five in the “A” finals and five in consolations.

California freshman Ryan Murphy, 18, swept the backstroke events winning his second NCAA title in the 200-yard backstroke in an NCAA record 1:37.35, all but clinching the national title.

The Bolles alum and race favorite led from the start and was ahead of American record pace by half a second until the final five yards. Murphy also re-broke his 17-18 national age group record of 1:38.15.

Cal teammate Jacob Pedley was fourth in 1:39.59. Murphy and Pedley earned 35 points for the Bears. After the backstroke and mile, the Bears led Texas, 364.54-349.5.

“It’s all about the team title,” Murphy said. “We did everything we could do to contribute to the team. It was a great start to the evening. I hope we can keep rolling. It would be awesome if we did make a difference for the team title in this race.”

Arizona’s Kevin Cordes stole a little of California’s thunder with his second American record of the meet.

Cordes won the 200-yard breaststroke in an American, NCAA and U.S. Open record 1:48.66, breaking the record by 2/100ths of a second.

It was Cordes 11th American short course record in the last two years.

After the first 50, Cordes was a second ahead of American record pace, taking five strokes per 25. With clean walls and perfect streamline, he built a three-body length lead over some of the best breaststrokers in the world.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Cordes said. “It hasn’t really set in yet. I just go out there every day and try to improve. It’s just about different strategies, learning to swim and execute.”

After the breaststroke, Cal had a 412.5-370.5 lead.

In other championship races:

1,650-yard freestyle: Defending champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan led from wire-to-wire to win in a pool record 14:29.27. Cal senior Jeremy Bagshaw, who swam in an earlier heat, finished second in 14:39 to score 17 points for the Bears in their title run. After the event, California led Texas by 11, 329.5-318.5. Florida sophomore Arthur Frayler was third in 14:43.08.

100-yard freestyle: Brazilian Joao De Lucca of Louisville fought off fellow Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini of Auburn to win in 41.70. He is the first swimmer to sweep the 100 and 200 freestyle titles since Gustavo Borges accomplished the feat in 1995. Florida State senior and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray was 20th in 42.70. Chierighini had broken the pool record in prelims in 41.52. Cal’s lead was 385.5-365.5 over Texas.

200-yard butterfly: South African Dylan Bosch, a sophomore at Michigan, knocked off Florida’s Marcin Cieslak to win in an NCAA and U.S. Open record of 1:39.33. Cieslak was second in 1:40.19. Florida State junior Connor Knight, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, won the “B” final in 1:42.25.

“I had a pretty good feeling I could get it,” Bosch said. “This is the fastest meet in the world. It is crazy. I always thought I had a chance to get the record. I wanted to do it for my teammates. We all train together so well. Records are there to be broken. Just to be in the books and written into history is a great feeling.”

10-meter platform diving: Defending champion Nick McCrory of Duke nailed his final dive to make history as the only diver ever to win four consecutive NCAA platform titles. The Olympic bronze medalist finished with 454.85 that included a 10 on his final dive. Rafael Quintero of Arizona was second with 452.40 points.

“I was up there doing the math in my head what scores I had to average, I knew it was a tall order,” said McCrory, who scratched from 3-meter with an injury. “I tried to do my best. It was better than I thought when I hit the water. For me this is huge. I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out at Duke.”

400-yard freestyle relay: With two freshmen duking it out on the anchor leg for Auburn and N.C. State, Auburn, led by freshman Kyle Darmody knocked off a stacked field to win the final event of the night in a meet record 2:48.33. Cal was second in 2:49.48 and N.C. State, with freshman Areas Schiellerup on anchor leg, was third in 2:49.50.

In all, 56 schools and 270 participants—235 swimmers and 35 divers—competed in the three-day meet.

For those who would like to again watch the NCAA Men and Women Swimming and Diving Championships, ESPNU is re-broadcasting the women’s meet on April 2 at 9 p.m., April 3 at 11 p.m. and April 11 at 10 p.m. The men’s meet will be re-broadcast on April 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at two times, 1 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Three American Records Fall At NCAA Championships; Murphy Wins First NCAA Title As Freshman

Three American Records Fall At NCAA Championships; Murphy Wins First NCAA Title As Freshman

Three American Records Fall At NCAA Men’s Championships; Murphy Wins First NCAA Title As Freshman

By Sharon Robb

March 28, 2014

On an amazing night of fast swimming, three American records were shattered Friday night at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Headed into the third and final night of competition at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, Texas leads with 318.5 followed by California with 312.5, Florida with 279 and Michigan with 225. Florida State is tenth with 96.

Three American records, two individual and one relay, fell on Friday night.

In the 400-yard individual medley, defending champion and top-seed Chase Kalisz of Georgia pulled away from the field to win in an American, NCAA, U.S. Open and pool record of 3:34.50, taking nearly two seconds off the previous record.

After a solid first half, the 6-foot-4 Kalisz came on strong in the back half on the breaststroke and freestyle legs to post the fastest time in the event’s history.

“The whole season I was looking at that record,” Kalisz said. “I told my coach that’s what I wanted to get. We worked on my front half. I got it done today. I couldn’t be happier.”

Florida junior Dan Wallace was second in 3:38.17. Florida teammate Carlos Omana, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer for Metro Aquatics, was 36th in 3:49.69.

Two-time defending champion Kevin Cordes of Arizona blistered his own American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100-yard breaststroke to win his third NCAA title in the event in 50.04, winning by nearly a second and a half. He went out in 23.58, his fastest first half ever.

Cordes has now broken the record seven times in the last two years.

Cordes first broke his own American, NCAA and U.S. Open record during morning prelims in 50.55. The junior’s splits were 23.95 and 26.60. His previous best was 50.70.

Cordes now has the four fastest times in the history of the event.

In the 200-yard medley relay, California, which barely made it into the final, held off Texas and Arizona in an exciting battle to win in an American and pool record 1:22.83, lowering its own 2013 record of 1:23.17.

Bolles alum and freshman Ryan Murphy gave the Bears an early lead on the opening leg. Other relay members were Chuck Katis, Tony Cox and Tyler Messerschmidt with a quick anchor leg to the wall.

Texas was second in 1:23.30. Florida State with Pavel Sankovich, Jared Pike and Florida Gold Coast swimmers Connor Knight and Paul Murray was fourth in 1:24.57 and earned All-America honors, edging fifth-place Florida in 1:24.82 with Christian-Paul Homer, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Marcin Cieslak and Bradley deBorde. Arizona was disqualified for an early takeoff on its second exchange.

With a great back-half surge, Murphy won his first individual NCAA title as a freshman in the 100-yard backstroke.

The PAC-12 champion, top-seed and youngest in the field at 18, won in a best time 44.63.

Murphy also lowered his own national age group record he had set on Thursday’s leadoff medley relay leg.

Before Murphy’s race, California and Texas were tied in the team standings. After his swim, the Bears moved ahead of Texas, 286.5-270.5. Florida was third with 245 and Michigan fell out of contention with 195.

“Going into the last turn I was hurting pretty bad but all the practice paid off there,” Murphy said. “Obviously, the team title is our goal and to help contribute to that makes it all that much better.”

Defending backstroke champion and junior David Nolan of Stanford was fourth in 45.21.

Heading into Friday night’s finals, Texas had a one-point lead over California with Florida and Michigan close behind.

Defending NCAA diving champion Nick McCrory was forced to withdraw from the 3-meter springboard competition after failing his third dive. Minnesota Matt Barnard hit his right heel on the board and was taken to the hospital with a splint on his right leg.

University of Florida was dealt a blow on the second day, losing 17 points from its seeds including fifth-seeded Sebastien Rousseau unable to make the “A” final in the 400-yard individual medley. Rousseau came back to win the “B” final by a best time by half a second in 3:40.77.

The Gators are not without their loyal teammates who did not qualify for NCAAs including Florida Gold Coast swimmers Luke Torres and Ryan Rosenbaum, painted with orange and blue Gator colors and hard to miss in the stands.

“The coaches were really excited about us coming,” said Torres, who drove to Texas with several of his teammates.

Michigan lost valuable points when its fourth-seeded 200-yard medley relay dropped to ninth place and lost its projected 30 points.

There have been 16 disqualifications in the relays after two days. ESPN analyst Rowdy Gaines said he has never seen anything like it in his 30 years of coming to the NCAA meet.

In other championship races:

100-yard butterfly: Florida senior Marcin Cieslak attacked the final wall to knock off an impressive field to win his second NCAA title in a best time 44.87, seventh fastest time in history. He also won the 200 IM earlier in the meet.

“I just tried to go as hard and fast as I could,” Cieslak said. “There is not a lot of time to think in the 100 fly. Every race counts at this meet. I just tried to stay relaxed.”

Florida State senior Pavel Sankovich was second in 45.00, also a best time. Top seed Tim Phillips, looking for Ohio State’s first NCAA title since 1965, was third in 45.10. FSU teammate and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Connor Knight was 19th in 46.42.

200-yard freestyle: Defending champion Joao de Lucca of Louisville defended his title in 1:31.96. Top seed Michael Wynalda of Michigan was third in 1:32.58.

“I knew those guys were coming for me, but I was so in my zone, I just did my race,” said de Lucca, who works with assistant coach and three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, a former Florida Gold Coast swimmer.

Also in the 100-yard breaststroke, Florida State freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jason Coombs was 20th in 53.26.

3-meter springboard diving: Texas freshman Michael Hixon nailed his final dive for more than 90 points to win his second NCAA title in two days with 457.20 for six rounds and gave the Longhorns another 20 points and put them back in the lead with 290.5 points to the Cal Bears’ 286.5. Hixon finished with 40 points for the Longhorns.

Stanford’s defending champion Kris Ipsen was fourth with 394.90. University of Miami fifth-year senior Zach Nees finished fifth with 386 points.

“The best thing to do was stay in the dive and take it one dive at a time,” Hixon said. “Our goal is to win a national championship and I am just trying to do everything I can do to help that.”

800-yard freestyle relay: University of Southern California, with a strong leg from Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, won in 6:13.09. Other relay members were Cristian Quintero, Reed Malone and Dimitri Colupaev. Defending champion Florida was second in 6:14.74. Michigan’s U.S. open record-holding relay was looking for its first title of 2014, was third in 6:16.37.

Saturday’s events are 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 10-meter platform diving and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Prelims are 11 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Both sessions will be live streamed at

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Florida Gators Off To Good Start At NCAA Men’s Championships

Florida Gators Off To Good Start At NCAA Men’s Championships

By Sharon Robb

March 27, 2014

In an electrifying atmosphere, University of California-Berkeley won the final event of the night to trail Texas by one point on the opening night of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

The 400-yard medley relay, with a blistering backstroke split of 44.91 from Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, won by a two-body length lead for a pool record 3:02.66. Other relay members were Chuck Katis, Marcin Tarcynski and Seth Stubblefield.

Murphy’s opening split was a national 17-18 age group record for the 18-year-old.

The previous pool record of 3:02.94 was held by Olympians Aaron Piersol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Neil Walker.

As expected, it looks like a four-team battle for the national title between Texas with 146 points, Cal-Berkeley with 145, Florida with 137 and Michigan with 109 at the Lee and Joe Jamil Swimming Center at the University of Texas in Austin.

Florida State is 12th with 38 points and University of Miami is 20th with 12 points.

The Gators had plenty of star power on Thursday night.

Florida senior Marcin Cieslak won the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best time of 1:40.58, third fastest performer in history and fourth fastest of all-time. Cieslak broke Ryan Lochte’s pool record of 1:40.97.

Murphy, a freshman at California, was eighth in the 200 IM 1:43.91 after going 1:42.24 in prelims. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jason Coombs, a freshman at Florida State, was 40th in 1:46.09.

Gator teammate Brad deBorde, seeded first after morning prelims, was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 18.98, the last swimmer under 19 seconds in finals.

Florida junior Dan Wallace was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:11.62. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Carlos Omana, a junior at Florida, was 37th in 4:20.58.

Florida’s 200-yard freestyle relay was fifth in 1:16.98 with Brad deBorde, Sebastien Rousseau, Corey Main and Matt Curby.

In other championship races:

Southern Cal junior Cristian Quintero won the 500-yard freestyle in a pool record 4:10.02. Quintero took it out fast and led from wire-to-wire. Defending champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan was third in 4:12.67.

Alabama freshman Kristian Gkolomeev and Arizona junior Brad Tandy tied for the NCAA title in the 50-yard freestyle in 18.95. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray, a senior at Florida State, was seventh in 19.14 after going 19.08 in prelims. Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, a freshman at Southern Cal, was 42nd in 19.93.

Top-seed California opened the evening with a win in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:15.27, just missing the American record by .01. The relay came from behind with an anchor leg split of 18.4 from Seth Stubblefield. Other relay members were Tyler Messerschmidt, Ryan Murphy and Tony Cox. Texas was second in 1:15.53.

Texas freshman Michael Hixon topped a strong field to win the 1-meter springboard diving title with 443.50 points. Stanford junior Kris Ipsen was second with 436.55. University of Miami junior Samuel Dorman was seventh with 379.00.

Friday’s events are 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 800-yard freestyle relay and 3-meter springboard diving.

Prelims are 11 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Both sessions will be live streamed at

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SOFLO’s Oliver Makes Final ACC Championship Appearance; Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Compete Around The Country

SOFLO’s Oliver Makes Final ACC Championship Appearance; Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Compete Around The Country

By Sharon Robb

February 17, 2014

Tiffany Oliver, one of South Florida Aquatic Club’s best-known college swimmers, will make her final appearance at this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center.

The Florida State senior is winding down a successful college career.

Oliver holds the school records in the 50-yard freestyle (22.17), 100-yard freestyle (48.17) and 200-yard freestyle (1:46.72) and been a leadoff and anchor swimmer on the relays.

The All-American qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and last two NCAA Championships. Oliver is also a returning ACC champion.

The women’s competition begins Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the relays and ends on Saturday. The men’s competition begins a week later on Feb. 26.

Other FGC swimmers competing in ACCs are Chelsie Britt, Paul Murray, Dylan Marsolek, Kevin Matheus, Jason McCormick, SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez, Juan Sequera and Phillip Sims.

FSU is coached by former FGC swimmer Frankie Bradley.


The SEC Championships begin Tuesday at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium.

University of Florida’s top-ranked men (8-0) and No. 8-ranked women (5-3) are expected to dominate the five-day meet.

The men are favored to defend their title and the women will battle it out with four-time defending champion Georgia and Texas A&M.

The Gators return eight SEC champions who have combined for 25 conference titles including seniors Marcin Cieslak and Elizabeth Beisel.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Gators coach Gregg Troy. “Championship season is always big in swimming. Everything counts the rest of the way.”

Florida Gold Coast swimmers Lindsey McKnight, Luke Torres, Ryan Rosenbaum, Austin Manganiello, Blake Manganiello, Carlos Omana, Daniel Spas, Thomas Veale and Quinn Cassidy are members of the Gators squads.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m. The meet will air live on on Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. The relays and diving begin on Tuesday and individual events get under way on Wednesday.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman, a freshman at LSU, will make his debut at the conference meet. Goldman has been a bright spot on the LSU men’s team in the backstroke and individual medley events.

Goldman swam the 400-yard individual medley at the Texas A&M Invite that was the tenth fastest time in LSU history. He also finished sixth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 backstroke in NCAA “B” cut times. Last season the men finished sixth at SECs.

“We are going to go out and do our best,” LSU swim coach Dave Geyer said. “The men and women know what they need to do as a team and individuals to perform at their highest levels. There’s some tough competition but we expect to see personal bests.”


Louisville will host the inaugural meet for the newly-formed conference. Louisville is expected to sweep the team titles and top the field that also includes SMU, Cincinnati, Houston, Rutgers and Connecticut.

Former University of Miami swimmer Kelsi Worrell, now at Louisville, is favored in the 100-yard freestyle. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Chinyere Pigot, a junior sprint, will compete for Connecticut. Three-time Olympian and former FGC Swimmer of the Year Vlad Polyakov is an assistant coach at Louisville.


St. Leo College swimmer Bianca Muniz, a senior, will make her final appearance at the SSC meet at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and Pembroke Pines Charter alum and her teammates will begin competing on Wednesday.

Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University, Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Tampa and Rollins swim teams will also compete in the meet.

Lynn University’s women’s team will compete in the meet in its second year of existence. Last year, under new coach Niki Alvarez, the Knights finished sixth at the conference meet with six swimmers and 26th at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Florida Gold coast swimmers Thomas Aycart, Jared Fish and Cheyenne Rodriguez will compete for the NSU men’s team.


Five-time defending champion Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s team will defend its title when the meet begins on Wednesday and ends Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro, a freshman and West Broward alum, will make her conference debut. Othe FGC swimmers on the roster are Victoria Ho, Maggie Holding, Evita Leter, Lindsey Meeder, and Claudia Reyes. Conference Coach of the Year Neal Studd is a former Florida Atlantic University and FGC coach.


Florida International University is preparing for the meet scheduled for Feb. 26-March 1 hosted in Atlanta. FGC swimmers Melissa Moreno and Hannah Vandersluis are on the women’s roster. SOFLO’s Maria Lopez will be joining the team in the fall.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

COLLEGE SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Florida Sweeps Florida State In Dual Meet

COLLEGE SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Florida Sweeps Florida State In Dual Meet

By Sharon Robb

January 4, 2014

In front of a packed house at the Stephen O’Connell Center in Gainesville, the No. 3-ranked University of Florida men and No. 5-ranked Gator women’s teams swept Florida State Saturday to start the New Year off right in the state’s top collegiate swimming rivalry.

The Gator men (5-0), led by Florida Gold Coast swimmer Carlos Omana (Metro Aquatics), topped the Seminoles, 180-118, for their 20th consecutive dual meet victory.

The Gator women (3-2), led by Olympian Elizabeth Beisel and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Lindsey McKnight, defeated the Seminoles, 153-147.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver, a senior at FSU, was second in both her specialty events, 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Oliver had been training with her SOFLO teammates during holiday break.

It was the Gators first meet since November. They were coming off their best week of training collectively according to Florida head coach Gregg Troy, who said he was looking forward to swimming against a good opponent.

It was also a good gauge for Troy and FSU head coach Frankie Bradley with the SEC and ACC Championships in February and NCAA Championships in March.

“We have not competed since the end of November,” Troy said. “We are real tired because we trained very well in December. This meet gives us a chance to see where we are after training hard for six weeks.”

Florida men lead FSU in their all-time series with a 52-23-1 record. The Gator women also lead their series with a 39-3 record.

Florida swept the opening medley relay event, the women winning in 3:42.27 and men winning in 3:15.09.

Alicia Mathieu of Florida won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:55.24, leading a Gator sweep of the top four places.

Omana, who grew up in Miami working with MAC coach Kirk Peppas, led from start-to-finish to win the 1,000-yard freestyle and had a four-body length lead to win in 9:08.26.

Omana came from behind with a surge on the freestyle leg to win the 400-yard individual medley in 3:54.69.

McKnight, who also grew up in South Florida, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.53, finishing ahead of teammate Sinead Russell.

Gator Mitch D’Arrigo won the men’s 200-yard freestyle after a late surge in 1:38.36. Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jemal Legrand of FSU was eighth.

Beisel, although broken down from heavy training, looked great winning the 100-yard backstroke in 55.60 and 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.49. She was also second in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Florida State’s Pavel Sankovich of Belarus won the men’s 100-yard backstroke in 47.33 and 100-yard butterfly in 46.49.

Florida senior Hilda Luthersdottir of Iceland won the 100-yard breaststroke with her touch in 1:02.96 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.09.

The Gators swept the breaststroke event with Matt Elliott winning the men’s race in 55.01. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Luke Torres of Florida was eighth in 58.85 and was also sixth in the 100 butterfly.

Florida State got its first women’s individual title from Chelsea Britt in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.

South African Sebastien Rousseau picked up another win for the Gator men in the 200-yard butterfly. He led the entire race from start to finish in 1:46.67.

Florida State’s Kaitlyn Dressel outsprinted her teammate, Tiffany Oliver to win the 50-yard freestyle, 22.90. Oliver finished in 23.14. It was a repeat performance for Dressel in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.49. Oliver was second in 50.84.

Florida’s Brad deBorde won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.05 and 100-yard freestyle in 44.93.

Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:59.91.

Early leader Madison Jacobi of Florida State won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.94 to keep the Seminoles within 10 points of Florida.

D’Arrigo won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:25.27 and three other teammates placed for points to extend the Gator men’s lead.

Ellese Zalewski won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.51.

Julia Henkel of Florida State won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:22.38.

FSU women won the 200-yard freestyle with Oliver swimming leadoff (23.21) in 1:32.97. The Gator men just out-touched FSU to win the men’s relay in 1:21.12.

The meet was broadcast live on Florida Swim Network and attracted a good webcast crowd. FSN has replays of the meet on its website.


With Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Michigan-bound swimmer Emily Kopas of University School and her entire family watching and decked out in Wolverine garb, University of Michigan swept the men’s and women’s team titles at the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic in Key Largo.

Michigan set six Orange Bowl records during Friday’s meet at the Jacobs Aquatic Center.

“It was fun for the coaching staff to watch the teams swim tired but still be excited, to make choices during the races and make mistakes, but correct those mistakes and get better,” Michigan coach Mike Bottom said. “That is the theme of our training trip, to get better.”

Florida International University, where SOFLO’s Maria Lopez is headed this fall, was second in the men’s team standings during the seven-team meet. FIU was coming off a seven-day training camp in Key Largo.

It was the sixth straight Orange Bowl win for the Michigan men, defending NCAA champions and second straight for the women’s team.


No. 3-ranked Stanford defeated No. 8 Texas, 154-146. Stanford led by only three points (143-140) going into the final event but clinched the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Texas freshman Tasija Karosas was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.17 and second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.21…No. 6-ranked University of Tampa men’s team was second and No. 13-ranked women’s team was third at the Tampa Relay Carnival. Dartmouth College swept the men’s and women’s team titles in the six-team meet.


Georgia coach Jack Bauerle, just one win away from his 500th career victory, and his swimmer Chase Kaliscz were both suspended from Saturday’s home meet against N.C. State because the school is conducting an “academic eligibility review” of Kalisz. Bauerle has won five NCAA titles, 10 SEC titles and has 499 wins including 293 with the women…

Florida Gulf Coast, with SOFLO’s Marcella Marinheiro doing well her freshman year, and five-time defending Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association champions, has been forced to cancel two of its home meets (against women’s power Liberty and Radford) in January because of five leaks in its 50-meter pool. The pool will have to be emptied and patched before their next home meet, Jan. 25 against Florida International. If the pool is still not ready for that meet, an alternative pool will be used.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American, U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 29, 2013

Kevin Cordes, a sophomore at Arizona, broke the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Cordes has been working with Matt Grevers, Eric Hansen and other members of the Arizona coaching staff and it showed in front of a near-capacity crowd on its feet cheering him home.

Cordes won his first NCAA title in a record time of 50.74. His splits were 23.87 and 26.87. It was the third time this season Cordes improved his own American record. He had first lowered it in morning prelims in 50.93.

Michigan continues to lead the team standings headed in Saturday’s third and final day of competition. The Wolverines have 336 points, ahead of California with 301.5 and Arizona with 234.5. Florida jumped to fifth with 196.5 points.

In the biggest upset of the night, David Nolan knocked off two-time defending champion Tom Shields to win the 100-yard backstroke in 44.99. Shields was second in 45.21.

Stanford’s Tom Kremer broke a 26-year-old national age group record in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:33.07. Troy Dalbey held the record in 1:33.28. Kremer, a freshman, finished third in the “A” final. Kremer has dual citizenship but competes for Israel internationally. Joao De Lucca of Louisville won in 1:31.51.

Michigan won its first NCAA event title in the 200-yard medley in 1:22.27 with Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zach Turk. The old record of 1:22.36 was held by Auburn. Since the Ortiz brothers are citizens of Spain, Japan and Brazil the Wolverines could not be credited with an American record.

Florida qualified seven swimmers for finals, including two into the “A” finals. Sophomore Carlos Omana of Miami, the top Florida Gold Coast finisher, just missed the finals in the 400-yard individual medley finishing 17th in 3:45.87 and was first alternate. Florida teammate Sebastien Rousseau was disqualified in the IM for the back to breast turn.

Stanford’s Kris Ipsen defended his 3-meter diving title with a come-from-behind victory. Ipsen overtook leader Nick McCrory of Duke on the final dive to win with 450.60 points.

In the final event of the evening, Florida knocked off Michigan to win the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:13.27 with freshman Pawel Werner, Sebastian Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak and Dan Wallace.

On Thursday’s opening night, Vlad Morozov had a 17.86 50-yard freestyle split on the 200-yard freestyle relay. It was the first time any swimmer has split under 18 seconds in a 50 freestyle in any kind of suit at any level. Even more amazing was that it was on USC’s third relay leg.

While being interviewed by local TV stations during the NCAA, USA Swimming national team director Frank Busch supported merging the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I meets and keeping them in Indianapolis.

“I believe Indianapolis should be the Omaha of college swimming,” said Busch, referring to the College World Series annually held in Omaha, Nebraska. “I believe the meet should be combined and the meet should be at Indianapolis every year.”


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Michigan 336, 2. California 301.5, 3. Arizone 234.5, 4. Southern California 212, 5. Florida 196.5, 6. Texas 192, 7. Stanford 169, 8. Auburn 167.5, 9. Indiana 151, 10. Georgia 106, 17. Louisville 44, 19. Florida State.

200-yard medley relay:

1.Michigan 1:22.27, 2. California 1:23.17, 3. Arizona 1:23.23, 10. Florida State 1:25.80, 13. Florida 1:26.02.

400-yard individual medley:

1.Chase Kalisz, Georgia 3:38.05, 2. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin 3:39.61, 3. Dan Wallace, Florida 3:39.87, 17. Carlos Omana, Florida 3:45.87, Sebastian Rousseau, Florida, DQ.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, California 44.59, 2. Marcin Cieslak, Florida 45.35, 3. Sean Fletcher, Michigan 45.54.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Joao De Lucca, Louisville 1:31.51, 2. Dimitry Colupaev, Southern Cal 1:32.74, 3. Tom Kremer, Stanford 1:33.07.

100-yard breaststroke

1.Kevin Cordes, Arizona 50.74, 2. Kevin Steel, Arizona 51.69, 3. Richard Funk, Michigan 51.84, 32. Renato Prono, Tennessee 54.14.

100-yard backstroke:

1.David Nolan, Stanford 44.99, 2. Tom Shields, California 45.21, 3. Eric Ress, Indiana 45.31.

3-meter springboard diving:

1.Kris Ipsen, Stanford 450.60, 2. Nick McCrory, Duke 440.40, 3. Darian Schmidt, Indiana 425.50.

800-yard freestyle relay:

1.Florida 6:13.27 (Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak, Dan Wallace), 2. Michigan 6:15.54, 3. Southern California 6:15.94.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

California, Stanford Neck-And-Neck After Day One Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving

California, Stanford Neck-And-Neck After Day One Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving


March 22, 2012

In what was expected to be a close, competitive meet, was true to form on the opening night of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday in Federal Way, Wash.

California won three titles, capped by an impressive victory in the men’s 400-yard medley relay.

Relay members Mathias Gydesen, Nolan Koon, Tom Shield and Tyler Messerschmidt led the Golden Bears to their third consecutive victory in the event in 3:03.24.

Marcin Tarczynski came from behind to win the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.97. Florida’s Marcin Cieslak was second in 1:42.26.

Texas sprinter Jimmy Feigen won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.01. Feigen also swam leadoff (19.05) on the Longhorns’ winning 200-yard freestyle in 1:16.58 in the meet’s opening event.

Michigan sophomore Connor Jaeger won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:13.78. Florida State’s Mateo DeAngulo was tenth in 4:17.10. Florida freshman Carlos Omana was 42nd in 4:29.71. It was the NCAA debut for the Miami Metro Aquatics swimmer.

Texas teammate Drew Livingston won the 1-meter springboard title with 448.10 points. It was his second NCAA title after winning as a freshman.

California finished the night in the lead with 157.5 points and Stanford was second with 140 points. Texas, Arizona and Auburn rounded out the top five. University of Florida is eighth with 58 followed by Louisville with 46.

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