Jacksonville Bolles Sweeps State 1A Team Titles; SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Repeats As State Champion; Kaii Winkler Breaks NAG Record


By Sharon Robb
STUART, November 18, 2022–Cutler Bay High School senior Olivia Dinehart left a lasting impression Friday night at the FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championship at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center.

The South Florida Aquatic Club and Auburn-bound swimmer defended her title in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 1:01.60, an automatic All-American time with a 0.88 time drop. Last year she won in 1:02.18.

Dinehart was also sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.26 and was a member of the sixth place 200-yard medley and seventh place 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

Jacksonville Bolles swept the boys and girls team titles and continued its unmatched winning streaks.

Bolles topped a field of 40 boys teams with 546 points. South Florida Heat was runnerup with 182 points followed by St. Andrew’s (172.5) and Pine Crest (162).

Bolles, with only one relay win but plenty of depth, won the girls title among a 43-team field with 374 points. King’s Academy was second with 237 and St. Andrew’s was third with 229 points.

Bolles has won every boys state championship since 1988 and every girls title since 1991, and with decades of tradition on the line, Bolles kept the streak going. Bolles has now won a record 35 boys titles and 32 girls titles to continue as the state’s all-time high school swimming dynasty.

Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest finished her illustrious high school career with a state title in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.81, a time drop of 4.48 seconds and automatic All-American time. The University of Florida-bound swimmer finished with six individual state titles (10 overall including four relays). She was also second in the 100 backstroke in 54.56.

The only other individual event Broward state champion was double winner Erika Pelaez of South Florida Heat in the 100-yard butterfly in 52.12 and 100-yard backstroke in 52.30, both automatic All-American times. The North Carolina State commit also led off the state champion 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:24.30 with teammates Alanis Santiago, Mia Patton and Gioia Balzano.

Top-seeded Bolles (1:25.12) was disqualified in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay final opening the door for second-seeded Pine Crest (1:27.92) to rise to the occasion and capture the state title in 1:26.56 with Colin Nealy (21.56), Lucas Opperman (21.57), Kingsley Bailey (21.46) and Roman Ferrara (21.97). The relay dropped 1.13 seconds off its entry time of 1:27.69.

Kaii Winkler, 16, of South Florida Heat was a double winner in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle in 1:34.18, a time drop of 5.09 seconds, breaking Caeleb Dressel’s state high school record of 1:34.69. He also won the 100-yard freestyle in 42.52, his first sub-43 breaking the 15-16 national age group record of Ryan Hoffer’s 42.67 set in 2014 and breaking Ryan Murphy’s state high school record of 42.95. His splits were 20.57 and 21.95. He also split 18.98 on his freestyle split to open the meet in the 200-yard medley relay.

Pine Crest boys diving was shut out of a state title after dominating the event for six consecutive years by Kevin Mendez, one of the state’s most decorated athletes. Pine Crest’s Allen Levitis finished second with 476.75 points behind Lake Highland Prep’s Jack Bessire with 515.45.

It was evident the week delay imposed by the FHSAA because of Hurricane Nicole affected several athletes while a handful were out of the country on planned field trips including Pine Crest top diver Ava Andersen. The host meet facility was not damaged and teams were able to travel last weekend, the meet’s original date.

The FHSAA State 2A concludes the high school season on Saturday with prelims and finals. SOFLO swimmers competing are: Natalia Sibug, Sofia Hernandez, Sofia Osorio, Sabrina Osorio, Sebastian Fernandez, Felix Gonzalez, Giorgio Rusconi, Enrique Rodriguez, Aldo Zepeda and Carlos Salas.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

  1. Bolles 374, 2. King’s Academy 237, 3. St. Andrew’s 229, 4. South Florida Heat 190, 5. Cutler Bay 148, 6. Pine Crest 143, 7. Montverde Academy 115, 8. PK Yonge 111, 9. Episcopal 94, 10. Berkeley Prep 74; Other local teams: 13. FAU High 47, 19. Benjamin 19, 25. Carrollton 14, 26. Ransom Everglades 13, 27. NSU University School 12, 28. tie, Westminster Academy, Coral Springs Charter 11, 36. Oxbridge 6, 37. Miami Country Day 5.
    GIRLS RESULTS
    1-meter diving: 1. Elle Jacobsen, HTRN 466.10, 2. Lana Schmadeke, EDWD 394.70, 3. Alexiya Downer, BOLL 383.20, 8. Mackenzie Blake, WA 351.25.

200-yard medley relay: 1. King’s Academy 1:42.41 (Ava Fasano, Alyssa Bozzuto, Emma Herrera, Julianna Bell), 2. Bolles 1:42.49, 3. South Florida Heat 1:43.82 (Samantha Schoenborn, Erika Pelaez, Anais Gedeon, Gioia Balzano).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Lillian Nesty, PKYO 1:46.65, 2. Bella Ekk, MAC 1:48.18, 3. Emma Sundermeyer, FOU 1:49.00, 7. Maddie Smutny, CB 1:53.44.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:58.81, time drop 4.48, 2. Michaela Mattes, CM 1:59.27, 3. Gwen Shahboz, PKYO 2:02.07, 5. Riley Botting, PC 2:02.26, 6. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:04.26, 8. Samantha Schoenborn, SFH 2:06.62, 11. Sara Lin, PC 2:08.05.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Alyssa Bozzuto, KA 22.69, 2. Aspen Gersper, STA 22.79, 3. Katherine Meyers-Labenz, BOLL 23.27, 11. Riley McCormick, CSCS 24.32, 13. Natalie Gembicki, CB 24.44, time drop 0.01.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 52.12, 2. Julia Murphy, BOLL 54.93, 3. Aubrey Finn, EPIS 54.94, 8. Elena Dinehart, CB 56.40, time drop 0.11, 12. Riley McCormick, CSCS 57.83.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Aspen Gersper, STA 49.15, 2. Bella Ekk, MAC 50.11, 3. Gioia Balzano, SFH 50.31., 15. Natalie Gembicki, CB 53.19, 16. Alanis Santiago, SFH 53.52.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, CM 4:43.80, 2. Adele Sands, CAR 4:53.00, 3. Riley Botting, PC 4:56.80, 4. Maddie Smutny, CB 4:57.72, 7. Izzy Wilson, CAR 5:02.87.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:32.82 (Simany Lee, Katherine Meyers-Labenz, Julia Murphy, Lila Higgo), 2. King’s Academy 1:33.64, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:34.92, 4. Pine Crest 1:37.22, 11. Cutler Bay 1:41.43 (Sophia Grubbs, Lydia Smutny, Elise Dinehart, Katelyn Gembicki).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, SFH 52.30, time drop 0.50, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 54.56, 3. Alexia Sotomayor, STA 54.59, 8. Samantha Schoenborn, SFH 56.26, 10. Elena Dinehart, CB 56.56.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:01.60, time drop 0.88, 2. Alyssa Bozzuto, KA 1:01.72, 3. Emily Santos, MON 1:02.60, 4. Sara Linn, PC 1:03.67, 15. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:07.14.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. South Florida Heat 3:24.30 (Erika Pelaez, Alanis Santiago, Mia Patton, Gioia Balzano), 2. Bolles 3:26.03, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:26.15, 7. Cutler Bay 3:32.49 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Natalie Gembicki, Maddie Smutny).

BOYS TEAM SCORES

  1. Jacksonville Bolles 546, 2. South Florida Heat 182, 3. St. Andrew’s 172.5, 4. Pine Crest 162, 5. King’s Academy 133.5, 6. Out of Door Academy 96, 7. Montverde 94.5, 8. Episcopal 77, 9. Windermere 66, 10. Trinity Prep 49; Other locals: 11. LaSalle 45, 15. Miami Country Day 38, 21. Westminster Academy 31, 24. tie, Cutler Bay, NSU University School 24, 26. Ransom Everglades 21, 29. FAU High 15, 30. Oxbridge 14.
    BOYS RESULTS
    1-meter diving: 1. Jack Bessire, LH 515.45, 2. Allen Levitis, PC 476.75, 3. Jordan Green, FSU 427.60.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:28.05 (Carter Lancaster, William Heck, Aidan Paro, Andrew Heck), 2. South Florida Heat 1:30.85 (Finn Winkler, Giulian Martin, Nikita Efimov, Kaii Winkler), 3. Pine Crest 1:37.98, 16. Cutler Bay 1:42.76 (Austin Nelson, Nicolai Ross, Jaden Amores, Nicholas Pelaez).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, SFH 1:34.18, time drop 5.09, 2. Kayden Lancaster, BOLL 1:36.43, 3. Felipe Baffico Balharry, OUT 1:37.90, 15. Kingsley Bailey, PC 1:46.03.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Carter Lancaster, BOLL 1:45.02, 2. Aidan Paro, BOLL 1:46.54, 3. Wiliam Heck, BOLL 1:47.18, 7. Nikita Efimov, SFH 1:54.25, 9. Giulian Martin, SFH 1:54.69, 10. Salvatore Lanzafame, NSU 1:55.40, 16. Jake Jones, PC 2:00.34.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Andrew Kravchenko, BOLL 20.41, 2. Seth Tolentino, BOLL 20.48, 3. Adam Varga, SPCA 20.81, 16. Christian Clark, WA 22.23.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Dylan Smiley, MCD 47.15, 2. Diego Balbi, STA 47.36, 3. Aidan Paro, BOLL 47.52, 9. Colin Nealy, PC 49.60.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, SFH 42.52, 1.42 time drop, 2. Andrew Kravchenko, BOLL 44.68, 3. Seth Tolentino, BOLL 44.86, 5. Finn Winkler, SFH 46.14, 16. Lucas Opperman, PC 48.32.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kayden Lancaster, BOLL 4:25.74, 2. Victor Derani, BOLL 4:30.21, 3. T.J. Froster, BS 4:30.50, 8. Austin Nelson, CB 4:41.75, time drop 6.44, 15. Freddy Rosenthal, PC 4:51.81.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:26.56 (Colin Nealy, Lucas Opperman, Kingsley Bailey, Roman Ferrara), 2. Windermere 1:27.42, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:28.04, Bolles DQ.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Landon Kyser, BOLL 49.02, 2. Noah Smith, KA 49.59, 3. Finn Winkler, SFH 50.25, 16. Austin Nelson, CB 54.55.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. William Heck, BOLL 53.60, 2. Wyatt Porch, BOLL 54.01, 3. Dylan Smiley, MCD 54.51, 5. Giulian Martin, SFH 57.16, 6. Salvatore Lanzafame, NSU 57.82, 9. Nikita Efimov, SFH 58.21, 13. Ronin Jones, PC 59.06

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 2:58.05 (Seth Tolentino, Carter Lancaster, Anthony Whittall, Kayden Lancaster), 2. South Florida Heat 3:03.74, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:05.95, 9. Pine Crest 3:16.33, 12. Cutler Bay 3:19.21 (Nicolai Ross, Austin Nelson, Nicholas Pelaez, Jaden Amores).

SOFLO SWIMMERS PRELIM RESULTS
GIRLS
200-yard medley relay: 5. Cutler Bay 1:46.17, time drop 0.66 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki).
200-yard freestyle: 5. Maddie Smutny, CB 1:51.46, time drop 1.76.
200-yard individual medley: 4. Olivia Dinehart, CB 2:04.80, 22. Sophia Grubbs, CB 2:12.47.
50-yard freestyle: 12. Natalie Gembicki, CB 24.51, 22. Katelyn Gembicki, CB 25.00.
100-yard butterfly: 7. Elena Dinehart, CB 56.44, time drop 0.07.
100-yard freestyle: 13. Natalie Gembicki, CB 52.61, time drop 0.67.
500-yard freestyle: 6. Maddie Smutny, CB 5:00.78, 8. Izzy Wilson, CAR 501.51, time drop 4.00.
200-yard freestyle relay: 14. Cutler Bay 1:42.09, time drop 0.34 (Sophia Grubbs, Lydia Smutny, Elise Dinehart, Katelyn Gembicki).
100-yard backstroke: 10. Elena Dinehart, CB 56.56, time drop 0.18.
100-yard breaststroke: 3. Olivia Dinehart, CB 1:02.79, 15. Sophia Grubbs, CB 1:06.56.
400-yard freestyle relay: 3. Cutler Bay 3:30.35, time drop 2.51 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Natalie Gembicki, Maddie Smutny).
BOYS
200-yard medley relay: 16. Cutler Bay 1:43.50 (Austin Nelson, Nicolai Ross, Jaden Amores, Nicholas Pelaez).
100-yard butterfly: 21. Jaden Amores, CB 54.63, time drop 0.25.
500-yard freestyle: 8. Austin Nelson, CB 4:41.83, time drop 6.36, 21. Nicolai Ross, CB 4:57.14.
100-yard backstroke: 14. Austin Nelson, CB 53.78, time drop 0.39, 19. Jaden Amores, CB 55.72, time drop 0.40.
400-yard freestyle relay: 11. Cutler Bay 3:19.76, time drop 1.80 (Nicolai Ross, Austin Nelson, Nicholas Pelaez, Jaden Amores).

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

Florida Gators Win Season Opener Against Nova Southeastern, Arkansas; Golding Takes Two Seconds, Anchors Winning Relay


By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, September 23, 2022—If Friday’s season-opener at the Stephen O’Connell Center Natatorium is any indication, University of Florida men’s and women’s teams are in for a great season.

The Gators’ women’s team defeated Nova Southeastern, 244-44, and Arkansas, 219-79, in a double-dual, while the men’s team topped Nova Southeastern, 252-42.

The Gators finished with seven B-cuts and won every event but one.

South Florida Aquatic Club alum and Gators team captain Kathleen Golding finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.19 and second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.24.

Golding also anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:20.56 with teammates Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk and Ekaterina Nikonova.

Florida started off sweeping the 200 medley relays to open the meet. The men had four relay teams finish in the top five, while the women claimed 13 points on first and third place finishes.

Gainesville native and senior Talia Bates won four events, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay.

In his first college start, Joshua Liendo was three for three in first place finishes. The Canadian Olympian swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay in his first college race, before winning the 50 freestyle in 19.69, earning a B-cut, and winning the 100 butterfly in 48.06.

In the 1000 free, Hayden Miller swam a 9:53.52, over 13 seconds ahead of the field in her college debut. The freshman from Houston also won the 500 freestyle in 4:51.10.

Nina Kucheran won three events in her Florida debut, winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 200 medley relay.

Carina Lumia swept the women’s diving competition, winning at the 1-meter and 3-meter, while Anton Svirskyi swept the 1-meter and 3-meter.

WOMEN
Florida 244, Nova Southeastern 44
Florida 219, Arkansas 79

3-meter diving: 1. Carina Lumia, UF 291.00, 2. Grace Walker, ARK 272.48, 3. Elettra Neroni, UF 248.93.

1-meter diving: 1. Carina Lumia, UF 286.80, 2. Elettra Neroni, UF 284.10, 3. Grace Walker, ARK 262.73.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida B 1:40.72 (Katie Mack, Nina Kucheran, Olivia Peoples, Talia Bates), 2. Arkansas A 1:40.99, 3. Florida A 1:43.84.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Miller, UF 9:53.52, 2. Anna Auld, UF 10:06.77, 3. Camille DeBoer, UF 10:15.37.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Mathieu, UF 1:49.36, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:50.19, 3. Kobie Melton, ARK 1:51.59. 11. Sara Quintero, NSU 2:04.47, EXH: Mallory Schleicher, UF 1:58.07.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Talia Bates, UF 54.23, 2. Andrea Sansores, ARK 54.78, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 55.92, 4. Celina Marquez, NSU 56.83.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, UF 1:02.09, 2. Vanessa Herrmann, ARK 1:02.88, 3. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:03.32; EXH: Molly Golding, UF 1:07.18.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Luciana Thomas, ARK 1:59.01, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 1:59.12, 3. Betsy Wizard, ARK 2:00.44.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 22.45, 2. Katie Mack, UF 22.56, 3. Bella Cothern, ARK 22.93, 10. Solana Capalbo, NSU 24.79.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 48.95, 2. Katie Mack, UF 49.65, 3. Micayla Cronk, UF 50.61.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:56.92, 2. Zoe Dixon, UF 2:00.63, 3. Kobie Melton, ARK 2:02.24, 9. Solana Capalbo, NSU 2:12.79, EXH: Amanda Kopas, NSU 2:20.52.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, UF 2:15.76, 2. Vanessa Herrmann, ARK 2:15.84, 3. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:17.20; EXH: Molly Golding, UF 2:25.66.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Miller, UF 4:51.10, 2. Elise Bauer, UF 4:51.93, 3. Luciana Thomas, ARK 5:00.06, 10. Sara Quintero, NSU 5:26.19; EXH: Anna Auld, UF 4:58.61, Mallory Schleicher, UF 5:11.90.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Talia Bates, UF 53.84, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.53, 3. Betsy Wizard, ARK 54.89, 9. Amanda Kopas, NSU 1:00.76.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:01.21, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 2:02.24, 3. Nina Kucheran, UF 2:04.81.

400-yard freestyle: 1. Florida A 3:20.56 (Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk, Ekaterina Nikonova, Kathleen Golding), 2. Arkansas A 3:24.36, 3. Florida B 3:24.59.

MEN
Florida 252, Nova Southeastern 42

1-meter diving: 1. Anton Svirskyi, UF 367.43, 2. Elisha Dees, UF 320.78, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 289.13.

3-meter diving: 1. Anton Svirskyi,UF 380.40, 2. Elisha Dees, UF 319.65, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 272.10.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:28.04 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Josh Liendo, Alberto Mestre), 2. Florida B 1:30.84, 3. Florida C 1:32.81.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Brennan Gravely, UF 9:09.98, 2. Eric Brown, UF 9:11.61, 3. Jack VanDeusen, UF 9:12.22.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, UF 1:37.56, 2. Jake Mitchell, UF 1:37.57, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:37.59.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 48.45, 2. Cam Abaqueta, UF 50.49, 3. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 50.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 55.30, 2. Aleksas Savicka, UF 55.51, 3. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 56.12.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Billy Jones, UF 1:49.00, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:51.12, 3. Tyler Watson, UF 1:51.51.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Liendo, UF 19.69, 2. Alberto Mestre, UF 19.97, 3. Eric Friese, UF 20.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, UF 43.53, 2. Alberto Mestre, UF 44.31, 3. Trey Freeman, UF 44.47.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 1:49.11, 2. Kevin Vargas, UF 1:49.67, 3. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:51.19.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:00.13, 2. Aleksas Savickas, UF 2:00.56, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 2:01.89.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Mitchell, UF 4:24.92, 2. Eric Brown, UF 4:27.46, 3. Giovanni Linscheer, UF 4:32.52.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Josh Liendo, UF 48.06, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 48.36, 3. Alfonso Mestre, UF 49.96.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kevin Vargas, UF 1:46.80, 2. Julian Smith, UF 1:48.97, 3. Billy Jones, UF 1:51.53.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Brennan Gravely, UF 3:55.29, 2. Jack Van Deusen, UF 4:01.11, 3. Wesley Hyde, UF 4:06.06.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida C 2:59.41 (Oskar Lindholm, Alfonso Mestre, Ed Fullum-Hout, Trey Freeman) , 2. Nova Southeastern A 3:06.78, 3. Florida B 3:07.44.

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

California Bears Win NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship; Florida’s Bobby Finke Wins; Miami’s Zach Cooper Second


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 26, 2022—California dethroned rival and defending champion Texas to win the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Cal Bears won with 487.5 points followed by Texas with 436.5 and Florida with 374 points. Cal pulled away after scoring 53 points in the 200 backstroke for a comfortable margin of victory.

Cal has now won seven NCAA men’s titles, five under head coach Dave Durden. The Bears have finished in the top two every year except 2009 and 2009 and no lower than fourth in other seasons under Durden.

University of Florida senior and two-time Olympic gold medalist Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:22.08, the fifth fastest time ever and his second consecutive 1,650 NCAA title.

“I’ll be honest, that race was one of the sloppiest miles I’ve ever done, so I’m not really happy with how it went,” Finke said after the race. “I’m glad I got the win and the points for the Gators, but individually, I don’t think it’s the best performance I could have had.”

University of Miami senior diver Zach Cooper was second on 10-meter platform with 443.05 points just behind Purdue freshman Tyler Downs with 447.20. Cooper missed his sixth dive and had to settle for second. Florida junior Leonardo Garcia was fourth with 406.05.

In other individual events:

Cal sophomore Destin Lasco, fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:37.71 and was his team’s only individual winner on the final night.

LSU junior sprinter Brooks Curry won the 100-yard freestyle in 40.84 to complete his sweep.

Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:48.20 just ahead of Minnesota’s Max McHugh in 1:48.76 for his second title of the meet.

Brendan Burns of Indiana won the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:38.71, ahead of Georgia’s Luca Urlando in 1:38.82 to become the first Indiana swimmer to win the event since 1973 when Gary Hall Sr. did it. Before that it was Mark Spitz in 1971 and 1972. It was Burns first NCAA title.

In a thrilling final event, Texas, buoyed by anchor Danny Krueger, won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:46.03 ahead of Arizona State in 2:46.40 and California in 2:46.42.

ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

SATURDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS:
1. California 487.5, 2. Texas 436.5, 3. Florida 374, 4. N.C. State 291, 5. Indiana 265, 6. Arizon State 236, 7. Stanford 231, 8. Georgia 194, 9. Ohio State 165, 10. Virginia 154.5, 23. University of Miami 31.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 14:22.28, time drop 5.42, 2. Will Gallant, NC State 14:31.34, 3. Ross Dant, NC State 14:31.72.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Destin Lasco, CAL 1:37.71, 2. Carson Foster, TEX 1:38.77, 3. Daniel Carr, CAL 1:39.06, 4. Kieran Smith, UF 1:39.39.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Brooks Curry, LSU 40.84, 2. Bjorn Seeliger, CAL 41.00, 3. Andrei Minakov, STAN 41.09.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Leon Marchand, ASU 1:48.20, 2. Max McHugh, MINN 1:48.76, 3. Matt Fallon, PENN 1:49.16.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Brendan Burns, IU 1:38.71, 2. Luca Urlando, UGA 1:38.82, 3. Nicolas Albiero, LOU 1:38.88.

Platform diving: 1. Tyler Downs, PUR 447.20, 2. Zach Cooper, UM 443.05, 3. Bryden Hattie, TENN 418.70, 4. Leonardo Garcia, UF 406.05.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Texas 2:46.03 (Drew Kibler, Cameron Auchinachie, Caspar Corbeau, Danny Krueger), 2. Arizona State 2:46.40, 3. California 2:46.42, 6. Florida 2:47.39 (Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Macguire McDuff, Kieran Smith), 17. Florida State 2:50.99.

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

Florida Gators Third After Day Three Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 25, 2022—University of Florida dropped to third place after Friday’s action at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Gators, buoyed by their relay performances, are third with 272 points. California moved into is first from third with 320.5 followed closely by early leader Texas with 313.

Florida was third behind California and Indiana in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:01.00 with Adam Cheney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and Kieran Smith.

Cal senior Hugo Gonzalez won the 400-yard individual medley in 3:32.88, an NCAA record, meet record, U.S. Open and pool records. Arizona State freshman sensation Leon Marchand was second in 3:34.08 after winning the 200 IM in the fastest time ever.

Stanford freshman Andrei Minakov, fastest swimmer in the morning, won the 100-yard butterfly in a pool record 43.71.

Texas senior and top seed Drew Kibler came on in the second half of the 200-yard freestyle to win in a pool record 1:30.68. Defending champion Kieran Smith faltered to fifth in 1:31.27.

Minnesota senior Max McHugh won the 100-yard breaststroke in a pool record 49.90. He was the only swimmer to dip under 50 seconds.

After finishing second last year, N.C. State junior Kacper Stokowski rallied late in the race to stun the field and win the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 44.04. Indiana’s Brendan Burns, top seed after morning prelims, was second in 44.15.

Texas A&M senior Kurtis Mathews won the 3-meter springboard diving title with 466.85 points.

Individual event competition concludes on Saturday. The top 16 advance from morning prelims to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

ESPN3 is providing digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1,650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

FRIDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. California 320.5, 2. Texas 313, 3. Florida 272, 4. N.C. State 214, 5. Indiana 183, 6. Arizona State 167, 7. Stanford 159, 8. Georgiua 150, 9. tie, Louisville, Ohio State 108.
400-yard individual medley: 1. Hugo Gonalez, CAL 3:32.88, 2. Leon Marchand, ASU 3:34.08, 3. Carson Foster, TEX 3:35.09, 4. Bobby Finke, UF 3:36.83.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Andrei Minakov, STAN 43.71, 2. Luca Urlando, UGA 43.80,3. Youssef Ramadan, VT-VA 43.90.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kiblar, TEX 1:30.28, 2. Grant House, ASU 1:30.68, 3. Matthew Sates, UGA 1:30.72, 5. Kieran Smith, UF 1:31.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Max McHugh, MINN 49.90, 2. Caspar Corbeau, TEX 50.49, 3. Liam Bell, CAL 50.50. 6. Dillon Hillis, UF 51.24.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kacper Stokowski, NCS 44.04, 2. Brendan Burns, IU 44.15, 3. Adam Chaney, UF 44.35.

3-meter diving: 1. Kurtis Mathews, TAM 466.85, 2. Andrew Capobianco, IU 462.10, 3. Juan Hernandez, LSU 459.20

400-yard medley relay: 1. California 3:00.36,2. Indiana 3:00.76, 3. Florida 3:01.00 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Kieran Smith), 27. Florida State 3:07.63 (Mason Hebert, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker, Peter Varjasi).

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

Freshmen Steal Spotlight, Florida Wins Second Relay On Day Two Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 24, 2022—Freshmen swimmers took center stage Thursday at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Georgia freshman Matthew Sates broke the meet and pool record in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:06.61. Sophomore teammate Jake Magahey was second in 4:07.39 and Texas freshman Luke Hobson was third in 4:08.42. Olympian and early leader Kieran Smith of Florida was fourth in 4:08.68.

Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand became the first swimmer to go under 1:38 in the 200-yard individual medley. He won in 1:37.69 breaking Caeleb Dressel’s U.S. Open record of 1:38.13. His splits were 21.42, 24.32, 28.41 and 23.54.

Purdue freshman diver Tyler Downs won the 1-meter springboard title with 383.65 points.

LSU junior Brooks Curry won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.56, 3/100ths of a second ahead of Bjorn Seeliger of California in 18.59.

In a thrilling final event, Florida won the 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record 1:14.11 ahead of California (1:14.36) and Texas (1:14.41). The Gator relay swimmers were Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Will Davis and Smith swimming anchor in 18.59. It was the Gators’ second relay win of the meet.

Individual event competition continues Friday morning. The top 16 advance to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

ESPN3 is providing digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.

Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

THURSDAY RESULTS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Matthew Sates, UGA 4:06.61,2. Jake Magahey, UGA 4:07.39, 3. Luke Hobson, TEX 4:08.42, 4. Kieran Smith, UF 4:08.68, 7. Alfonso Mestre, UF 4:11.98, 10. Bobby Finke, UF 4:11.74, 11. Trey Freeman, UF 4:12.70.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Leon Marchand, ASU 1:37.69, 2. Destin Lasco, CAL 1:38.21, 3. Luca Urlando, UGA 1:39.22.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Brooks Curry, LSU 18.56, 2. Bjorn Seeliger, CAL 18.59, 3. Jordan Crooks, TENN 18.60, 9. Adam Chaney, UF 18.75, 11. Will Davis, UF 18.99.

1-meter diving: 1. Tyler Downs, PUR 383.65, 2. Jordan Rzepka, PUR 372.60, 3. Conor Casey, STAN 370.55.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida 1:14.11 (Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Will Davis, Kieran Smith), 2. California 1:14.36, 3. Texas 1:14.41.

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

Florida Wins Opening Event, Second On Day One Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 24, 2022—Texas and University of Florida took turns flexing their relay muscles on opening day of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Florida won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:21.13, faster than its’ qualifying time of 1:22.06. It was an NCAA record, meet record, U.S. Open record and pool record.

Adam Chaney led off with a 20.19 split followed by Dillon Hillis at 23.20, Eric Friese at 19.36 and Will Davis at 18.38 picking up 40 first place relay points. Friese’s split tied him with Joseph Schooling for fastest butterfly split of all time.

Texas was second in 1:21.36, also under the former NCAA and U.S. Open record. Cal and N.C. State tied for third in 1:21.69. Four of the fastest five 200 medley relays in history were produced by the field.

Florida State, with St. Andrew’s alum and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Izaak Bastian of the Bahamas, was 20th in 1:23.84, slower than its qualifying time of 1:23.15. Bastian’s split was 23.78. He was joined on the relay by Mason Herbet (20.88), Max McCusker (20.25) and Peter Varjasi (18.93). Top seed Louisville was seventh in 1:22.29.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Texas broke the American record, NCAA record, meet record, U.S. Open record of 6:05.08 and pool record of 6:08.03 winning in 6:30.89. Georgia was second in 6:05.59 and Stanford third in 6:06.90.

Florida was seventh in 6:09.01 with Olympian Kieran Smith, Trey Freeman, Oskar Lindholm and Alfonso Mestre. Smith’s split was 1:30.66.

Florida State finished 25th in 6:23.93 with Yordan Yanchev, Peter Varjasi, Jakub Ksiazek and Max McCusker.

After opening night action, Texas leads the team standings with 74 points, 10 points ahead of Florida with 64.

Individual event competition gets under way Thursday morning. The top 16 advance to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.
Day 2, Thursday, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, 200 freestyle relay (finals only).

Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

THURSDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Texas 74, 2. Florida 64, 3. California 61, 4. N.C. State 57, 5. tie, Arizona State, Stanford 54, 7. Louisville 46, 8. Georgia 34, 9. Alabama 30, 10. Virginia Tech 28.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida 1:21.13 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Will Davis), 2. Texas 1:21.36, 3. California 1:21.69, 20. Florida State 1:23.84 (Mason Hebert, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker, Peter Varjasi).

800-yard freestyle relay: 1. Texas 6:03.89, 2. Georgia 6:05.59, 3. Stanford 6:06.83, 7. Florida 6:09.01, 25. Florida State 6:23.93.

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

NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Begins Wednesday; St. Andrew’s Alum, FGC Swimmer Izaak Bastian Makes Third NCAA Appearance


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 23, 2022—University of Florida is among favorites to dominate the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Seventeen Gator swimmers and divers are competing in the four-day meet. Adam Chaney, Jace Crawford, Will Davis, Bobby Finke, Trey Freeman, Nicholas Hernandez-Tome, Dillon Hillis, Mason Laur, Oskar Lindholm, Macguire McDuff, Alfonso Mestre, Kieran Smith, Kevin Vargas and Tyler Watson advanced to the national championships based on their season-best times in 12 different events.

Leonardo Garcia and Anton Svirskyi joined the group after qualifying at NCAA Diving Zones the first week of March. Garcia will compete in all three events. Svirskyi qualified on both the 3-meter springboard and platform.

All five relays also qualified for the NCAA Championships: 200 free relay (1:15.18), 400 free relay (2:46.91), 800 free relay (6:08.00), 200 medley relay (1:22.06) and 400 medley relay (3:02.61).

The Gators have NCAA experience to the meet, with Chaney, Davis, Finke, Freeman, Friese, Hillis, Mestre, Smith, Vargas and Watson all having competed at the championships in their careers.

FLORIDA STATE
Florida Gold Coast swimmer and St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, a national record holder for the Bahamas, will make his third NCAA appearance.

Bastian, a team captain, will compete on the medley relays.

He helped secure bronze at ACCs behind a school record and he was also a part of the 200 medley relay in 2019 that placed seventh at the NCAA Championships. Bastian placed 10th in the 100 breaststroke (52.38) and was 17th in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.36) at ACCs.

The No. 23rd-ranked Seminoles will compete in the 200 medley relay followed by the 800 free relay on Wednesday.

“We are excited for the men’s meet this week,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We have all five relays going with a shot at scoring, so that is a little extra special. It should be a great week for us.”

Prelims will start on Thursday at 10 a.m. with FSU’s three individual qualifiers, Max McCusker, Yordan Yanchev and Mason Herbet competing. The top 16 advance to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Hurricanes platform diver Zach Cooper is among favorites. Cooper will be joined Max Flory, who won the platform event and also qualified in both springboard events at the NCAA qualifier. Cooper is a three-time NCAA All-America and two-time ACC gold medalist.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.
Day 1, Wednesday, 200 medley relay (Finals only); 800 free relay (Finals only).

Day 2, Thursday, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, 200 freestyle relay (finals only).

Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

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

Florida Gators Defend SEC Men’s Swimming And Diving Title; Tennessee Wins Women’s Crown; Patrick Groters Breaks USC School Record


By Sharon Robb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., February 20, 2022—University of Florida men’s team won its tenth consecutive Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday night at Jones Aquatics Center.

The Gators won with 1,414 points, a 476-point cushion over Tennessee and Alabama. It was the fourth time in team history the Gators cracked 1,400 points.

And the Gators did it without defending SEC champions Bobby Finke and Dillon Hillis, both scratched from the meet because of COVID-19 protocols.

The Gators swept all the men’s relays. In individual events, Olympian and senior Kieran Smith led the Gators’ winning the 400-yard individual medley. Sophomore Adam Chaney won the 100-yard backstroke, breaking Ryan Lochte’s school record in 44.51.

The Gators dominated the final day of competition taking seven of the top nine spots in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

Winning for the Gators were:
200-yard medley relay: Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Alberto Mester, 1:22.06, SEC record.

800-yard freestyle relay: Kieran Smith, Trey Freeman, Oskar Lindholm, Alfonso Mestre, 6:08.00, SEC record.

200-yard freestyle relay: Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Kieran Smith, Macguire McDuff, 1:15.18, SEC record.

400-yard individual medley: Kieran Smith, Senior, 3:39.33.

400-yard medley relay: Adam Chaney, Amro Al-Wir, Eric Friese, Kieran Smith, 3:02.61.

1650-yard freestyle: Trey Freeman, Junior, 14:39.74.

200-yard backstroke: Kieran Smith, Senior, 1:39.51.

400-yard freestyle relay: Macguire McDuff, Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Kieran Smith, 2:46.91.

It was the 43rd overall title for the Gators. Florida is now primed for the March 23-26 NCAA Men’s Championships in Atlanta.

In the women’s competition, Tennessee won its second women’s title in three years. The Volunteers won with 1,313.5 points ahead of Kentucky with 1,043 and Alabama, 1,038. The Gators were fifth with 905 points. It was Tennessee’s highest point total in team history.

Freshman Ellen Walshe became the third woman in the team’s history to win three individual events in a single SEC Championships.

Walshe won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:01.53, second fastest in NCAA history this season, and 100-yard butterfly in 50.34. She also won the 200 IM in 1:52.97. She was a member of the winning 800-yard freestyle relay.

The Vols also picked up a win from freshman Julia Mrozinski in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:35.95, third fastest in the NCAA this season.

The Volunteers won the 800-yard freestyle relay and finished runner-up in the remaining relays. All five relays were under NCAA A cuts.

Other Tennessee winners were:
800-yard freestyle relay: Julia Mrozinski, Ellen Walshe, Trude Rothrock, Tjasa Pintar – 6:56.81, pool record.

100-yard breaststroke: Mona McSharry, 57.50.

1650-yard freestyle: Kristen Stege, 15:42.37.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmer results:

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, a junior at University of Florida, competed in three events. She was 18th in the 200 IM in a best time 1:57.63, seventh in the 400 IM in 4:11.14 and 21st in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:27.95. She dropped 1.32 second off her previous 1:58.95 200 IM.

Florida freshman Anna Auld was 33rd in the 500 freestyle in 4:48.87; 11th in the 400 IM in a best time 4:11.02 and 10th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time 16:16.87, dropping 10.25 seconds.

SOFLO’s Molly Golding and Miguel Cancel did not compete.

In his SEC debut for University of South Carolina, Aruba’s Patrick Groters competed in three events. The former NSU University School and Pine Crest swimmer broke the school record in the 200 IM C-final with a best time of 1:43.77. The previous school record was 1:44.00 by Tomas Peribonio in 2018. Groters finished first in the C-final and was bumped up from 17th to 15th place after two swimmers were disqualified from the A-final. He was 18th in the 400 IM in a best time 3:47.17, dropping 1.12 and 13th in the 200 backstroke in 1:43.24, also a best time dropping 1.93.

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

Florida Sweeps Auburn In SEC Dual Meet, Kathleen Golding Wins 200 IM


GAINESVILLE, January 24, 2022— University of Florida men’s and women’s teams swept the Auburn Tigers Saturday in a dual meet at the O’Connell Center.

The men’s team won 201-99 and women’s team won 184-116 in the Gators’ final home meet of the season. Florida won 23 out of 32 events and had 13 athletes gain B-cuts.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, a junior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.28. She was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.77 and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.23.

Senior and two-time Olympic gold medalist Bobby Finke won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:46.25. Gulliver Prep alum Miguel Cancel was sixth.

Olympian Kieran Smith won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:18.16.

The Gators swept the men’s 100 butterfly. Eric Friese was first in 47.56; Isaac Davis second in 47.99 and Jace Crawford third in 48.01.

Newcomer Alberto Mestre took his first win as a Gator in the 100 freestyle in 44.38. Mestre was third in the 50 freestyle.

“We had a good meet today against Auburn,” Florida coach Anthony Nesty said. “We are thankful for Auburn making the trip to compete with us. We are three weeks from Conference and we still have quite a bit of work to do. We will continue to press forward toward our goals and try our best to remain healthy in the process.

“Today was a special day as we celebrated Senior Day. It was a very emotional time for our seniors especially since it was their last home meet.

“The entire team certainly has demonstrated tremendous resilience over the past couple of years and I am extremely proud of each one them.”

The Gators head to Auburn, Ala. for the Auburn Last Chance Invitational on February 4-6 for their last meet before the SEC Championships on February 15-19.

WOMEN’S RESULTS
Florida 184, Auburn 116

3-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 343.65, 2. Carina Lumia, UF 307.05, 3. Elettra Neroni, UF 302.78.

1-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 284.55, 2. Elettra Neroni, UF 280.50, 3. Carina Lumia, UF 275.85.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Auburn B 1:40.25, 2. Florida B 1:40.62, 3. Auburn A 1:40.90.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:49.61, 2. Anna Auld, UF 9:49.67, 3. Lain Shahboz, UF 10:00.83.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 1:46.61, 2. Micayle Cronk, UF 1:46.69, 3. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:48.77.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Talia Bates,UF 53.74, 2. Ellie Waldrep, AUB 53.99, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 55.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Anastasia Makarova, AUB 1:00.41, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:02.52, 3. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:02.58.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Amanda Ray, UF 1:58.42, 2. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:59.02, 3. Nikki Miller, UF 2:00.64.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 22.68, 2. Lexie Mulvihill, AUB 22.83, 3. Katie Mack, UF 22.96.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 48.60, 2. Mykenzie Leehy, AUB 49.88, 3. Katie Mack, UF 50.34, 4. Kathleen Golding, UF 51.23.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Meghan Lee, AUB 1:56.48, 2. Rosie Zavaros, UF 1:57.23, 3. Ellie Waldrep, AUB 1:59.07.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Anastasia Makarova, AUB 2:14.20, 2. Olivia Peopls, UF 2:15.62, 3. Carly Cummings, AUB 2:15.88.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Tyler Mathieu, UF 4:46.61, 2. Elise Bauer, UF 4:49.78, 3. Lain Shahboz, UF 4:52.83.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.26, 2. Lexie Mulvihill, AUB 54.54, 3. Avery Bargeron, AUB 54.65.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, UF 2:00.28, 2. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:00.29, 3. Meghan Lee, AUB 2:02.76.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Auburn A 3:23.20, 2. Florida B 3:25.23, 3. Auburn B 3:26.94.

MEN’S RESULTS
Florida 201, Auburn 99

1-meter diving: 1. Conner Pruitt, AUB 372.83, 2. Leonardo Garcia, UF 315.83, 3. Hunter Kebler, AUB 311.85.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 413.03, 2. Conner Pruitt, AUB 397.58, 3. Anton Svirskyi, UF 332.93.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:27.50, 2. Auburn A 1:27.56, 3. Florida C 1:28.26.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 8:55.93, 2. Bobby Finke, UF 8:56.58, 3. Jack Vandeusen, UF 9:10.42.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kieran Smith, UF 1:32.96, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:36.25, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:38.21.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Aidan Stoffle, AUB 48.15, 2. Nathaniel Stoffle, AUB 48.31, 3. Adam Chaney, UF 48.65.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Reid Mikuta, AUB 53.39, 2. tie, Raphael Windmuller, UF and Julian Smith, UF 55.22.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Mason Laur, UF 1:46.68, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 1:47.70, 3. Mason Mathias, AUB 1:48.88.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.01, 2. Will Davis, UF 20.17, 3. Alberto Mestre, UF 20.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Alberto Mestre, UF 44.38, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 44.51, 3. Trey Freeman, UF 44.62.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 1:46.25, 2. Lleyton Smith, AUB 1:46.44, 3. Andrew Simmons, AUB 1:46.65.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Reid Mikuta, AUB 1:58.79, 2. Raphael Windmuller, UF 1:59.64, 3. Peter Bretzmann, UF 2:00.28.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kiernan Smith, UF 4:18.16, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 4:20.65, 3. Michael Bonson, AUB 4:27.89.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Eric Friese, UF 47.56, 2. Isaac Davis, UF 47.99, 3. Jace Crawford, UF 48.01.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julian Smith, UF 1:48.81, 2. Seth Maschmeier, AUB 1:50.34, 3. Reid Mikuta, AUB 1:50.45.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida A 2:57.07, 2. Florida 2:57.17, 3. Auburn 2:59.63.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Takes Home Second Medal On Final Day Of Toyota U.S. Open


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 4, 2021–Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming finished a great week of swimming with another medal at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

She closed out her impressive U.S. Open debut with a third place in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:12.42, shaving 1.74 seconds off her previous best of 2:14.16. She was fifth fastest qualifier in 2:13.87, first dropping 0.29 off her previous best. She was also 27th in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.40.

The University of Florida commit and U.S. national junior team member also took a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:43.57, dropping 1.26 off her previous best.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Yeziel Morales was fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.29.

Blair Stoneburg, 17, of Treasure Coast Aquatics, another member of the U.S. Junior National team, was eighth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:56.05. She was 24th in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.46.

University of Florida’s Kathleen Golding, 21, was 19th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.61.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego scratched from the 200-meter breaststroke. He sustained a strained groin during the start of the 100-meter breaststroke.

Other notables and local swimmers in action were:

World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, competing unattached for Florida, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:45.32.

Florida’s two-time Olympic champion Bobby Finke pulled away late in the race for a two-body length lead to win in 15:04.77.

Stanford freshman Regan Smith, swimming unattached won the 200-meter backstroke in a U.S. Open record 2:07.09 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.58. The backstroke time was the second oldest U.S. Open record, 2:08.42 set by Hayley McGregory in 2008. Smith is world record holder in the event.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Unattached-Florida 15:45.32, 2. Sierra Schmidt, Scottsdale Aquatic Club 16:21.56, 3. Elise Bauer, Florida 16:32.55, 8. Blair Stoneburg, Treasure Coast Aquatics 16:56.05.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, Unattached 2:07.09, 2. Leah Smith, Texas 2:11.26, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming 2:12.42, best time dropping 1.74, her previous best was 2:14.16.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Mallory Comerford, Cardinals 54.74, 2. Arina Openysheva, Louisville 55.23, 3. Camille Spink, Nation’s Capital 55.44.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Ahryoung Kim, Korea 2:29.86, 2. Abby Hay. Louisville 2:30.51, 3. Tylor Mathieu, Florida 2:32.73.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, Unattached 2:10.58, 2. Leah Gingrich, Hurricanes 2:11.02, 3. Amanda Ray, Florida 2:11.51.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, Florida 15:04.77, 2. Charlie Clark, Ohio State 15:07.53, 3. Trey Freeman, Florida 15:24.83.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Vaggelis Makrygiannis, Unattached 2:00.48, 2. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 2:00.85, 3. Richie Stokes, UCSC 2:01.24.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrej Barna, Cardinals 48.44, 2. Gus Borges, PRVT 49.40, 3. Tate Jackson, NITRO 49.52

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Brandon Fischer, Unattached 2:13.21, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, Florida 2:15.92, 3. Marcus Mok, Unattached 2:16.80.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Minseop Kim, Korea 1:59.30, 2. Junheon Hwangbo, Korea 1:59.33, 3. Thomas Heilman, Cal State 1:59.87.

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