Kathleen Golding Makes Third B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Kathleen Golding Makes Second B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Kathleen Golding Makes A Final; Katie Ledecky Wins Third Event; Gator Swim Club Leads Women’s Teams At Phillips 66 National Championships

By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 28, 2022—Kathleen Golding made the most of her second chance at the Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club, finished seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:45.35, shaving 2.59 seconds off her previous best.

Golding was originally disqualified after swimming 4:46.93 in the early heats. The disqualification was overturned shortly after the conclusion of the event and Golding advanced into the “A” final as fifth seed.

GSC teammate and grad assistant coach Katie Ledecky, 25, won her third event of the meet. She overtook top seed Leah Smith on the final freestyle leg to win the 400 IM in 4:35.77, her best time in four years. Ledecky also has the 800 and 200 freestyle titles.

Mitchell Ledford of Treasure Coast was fourth in the B final and 12th overall of the 100-meter butterfly in 52.85. He was 11th in prelims, also in 52.85.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics, was second in the B final of the 100-meter butterfly in 59.23, just 2/100ths behind winner Lillie Nordmann of Alto. Pelaez was 16th in prelims in 59.97.

Josh Zuchowski was 46th in the 100 butterfly in 54.77 to make D final. Anna Auld of Gator Swim Club was 18th in the 400 IM prelims in 4:50.85 to make the C final and was 23rd in 4:52.23.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 180.5, 2. Gator Swim Club 160, 3. Cal Aquatics 153.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 117, 5. Long Island Aquatic Club 84.
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 110, 2. Indiana Swim Club 81.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 54, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 50, 5. Ridgefield 47.
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 131, 2. Indiana Swim Club 99, 3. Long Island 75, 4. tie, Nashville, Longhorn Aquatics 67.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 4:35.77, 2. Leah Smith, TXLA 4:36.66, 3. Felicia Pasadyn, OSU 4:42.79, 7. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:45.35.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 57.44, 2. Gabi Albiero, UF 57.82, 3. Dakota Luther, TXLA 59.39.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Kevin Vargas, RMDA 4:11.45, 2. Max Litchfield, DVSC 4:13.08, 3. Kieran Smith, RAC 4:14.04.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Shaine Casas, TXLA 50.40, 2. Shaun Champion, AUS 51.54, 3. Gabriel Jett, CAL 52.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Floridians Finke, Dressel Win Gold For Team USA On Historical Night At Tokyo Olympics

By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, July 28, 2021–In one of the most exciting nights in the history of Florida swimming, Caeleb Dressel and Bobby Finke won gold medals for Team USA Wednesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

It was Dressel’s first individual gold medal and fourth overall (three others on relays in two Olympic Games) against the world’s fastest final field ever assembled in the event.

Dressel was emotional after the race, trying to hold back tears that kept coming while watching his parents, wife and sister on NBC’s coverage of the watch party in Orlando.

“I don’t know if this has set in yet,” Dressel said. “Right now I’m kind of hurting. It’s been a really tough year, it was really hard, so to have the results show up really makes me some kind of happy.”

Finke, 21, of University of Florida and St. Petersburg Aquatics, won the first-ever men’s 800-meter freestyle in an American record 7:41.87. Reigning world champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy was second in 7:42.11 and Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk was third in 7:42.33.

Looking out of medal contention for most of the race in fifth place, Finke found another gear after the final turn with a 26.3 split and reeled in four swimmers in the final 25 meters to win his first Olympic final.

“Oh yeah,” Finke said, when asked if he had surprised himself with his performance. “My best time going into this was (7:47). And then in prelims, I dropped down to (7:42). And then here I dropped another second. So I had no idea that I was going to do that, honestly.”

The gold is the first for an American male swimmer in an Olympic distance race since 1984.

“The pain kind of goes away once you just start,” Finke said. “Your mind just kind of disappears, and you’re just kind of blacking out a little bit. I just wanted to get my hand on the wall. I am so happy that I was able to switch it into another gear. This means a lot. Coming into this there was a lot of doubt behind American distance.”

Local swimmers results:

Azura’s Colleen Furgeson of the Marshall Islands was fifth in her 100-meter freestyle heat in 58.71.

Azura has four swimmers competing Thursday. They are Abbas Qali of Kuwait, 100 butterfly; Davidson Vincent of Haiti, 100 butterfly; Steven Aimable, 100 butterfly; and Celina Marquez of El Salvador, 200 backstroke.

In other championship medal finals:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: No one was going to catch China’s Yufei Zhang who won in an Olympic record 2:03.86, the fastest time in 12 years. China has won three of the last four gold medals in the event. The U.S. took silver and bronze with Regan Smith in 2:05.30 and Hali Flickinger in 2:05.65.

Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay:
China upset Australia for the gold medal and Katie Ledecky turned in on with her 1:53 anchor leg to give the U.S. a silver medal. Heavy favorite Australia took the bronze. All three teams swam under the old world record of 7:41.50. China won in a world record 7:40.33, the U.S. took silver in an American record 7:40.73 and Australia third in an Oceanic record 7:41.29. Ledecky has now won three Olympics medals including one gold. She can win one more Saturday in the 800 freestyle.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Aussie Izaac Stubblety-Cook surged in the final 50 meters to win in an Olympic record 2:06.38. Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands was second in 2:07.01 just ahead of Finland’s Matti Mattsson in 2:07.13.


200-meter butterfly: 1. Yufei Zhang, CHN 2:03.86, 2. Regan Smith, US 2:05.30, 3. Hali Flickinger, US 2:05.65.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. China 7:40.33, 2. United States 7:40.73, 3. Australia 7:41.29.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, US 7:41.87, 2. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy 7:42.11, 3. Mykailo Romanchuk, UKR 7:42.33.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Izaac Stubblety-Cook, AUS 2:06.38, 2. Arno Kamminga, NED 2:07.01, 3. Matti Mattsson, FIN 2:07.13.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, US 47.02, 2. Kyle Chalmers, AUS 47.08, 3. Kliment Kolesnikov, ROC 47.44.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Olympic Coach Gregg Troy Inspires South Florida Aquatic Club Swimmers, Coaches

By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, May 7, 2020—If anyone knows how to accomplish goals, take on challenges and overcome adversity, it’s Olympic coach Gregg Troy.

Troy has worked with some of the greatest swimmers in the world and has pretty much seen and heard everything a swimmer has gone through at the age group, high school, college and international level.

His resume speaks for itself. He was head coach of University of Florida men’s swimming and diving teams from 1999 to 2018, and head coach of the women’s team from 1998 to 2018. Before joining the Gators in 1998, he was head coach at Bolles for 20 years.

Under his guidance, UF athletes won 43 individual national championships, 177 SEC titles and earned 1,145 All-America honors. He also coached 47 Gator Olympians, who had 78 appearances at the last five Olympic Games. Those athletes won 23 medals, including 11 gold.

Troy served as head coach of Team USA at the 2012 London Olympic Games and Team Thailand in 1992, with his other two Olympic stints as assistant coach (1996, 2008).

He now works with individual swimmers for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as high performance coach for the Gator Swim Club. And, of course, waiting patiently to get back on the pool deck with his swimmers.

Recently, Troy spent more than an hour talking with SOFLO swimmers and coaches on the Zoom platform. He covered a multitude of topics from staying in touch with people and reading Richard Bach’s inspiring Jonathan Livingston Seagull to doing various core workouts during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Troy talked about several of his swimmers including Ryan Lochte, Caleb Dressel, Gustavo Borges, Trina Jackson and Elizabeth Beisel and the common thread they shared in swimming.

“They had a tremendous ability to accept challenges through dedication and consistency,” Troy said. He pointed out that Lochte’s first national time standard was in the 1,650 freestyle.

“He made challenges for himself by racing other guys in practice,” Troy said. “He was always trying to look for ways to get better. He was finding ways of making practice exciting and would fall behind teammates five to seven seconds only to catch them. When he got really good the second part of his career, he was always great at the end of his races because of those challenges he gave himself.

“The really great athletes I worked with always liked challenges. ‘What do I need to be better?’ athletes would ask. Those challenges are an important part of what you are doing and right now is a gigantic challenge.

“Were they perfect or great every day at practice? No. But they found ways to make practice fun and stayed focused on what they were doing.

“The really good swimmers had a tremendous sense of resiliency. They took their ups and downs during their journey from age group to college and on. Every one of them had challenges.”

Whether it was distance or sprints, his swimmers shared a common bond.

“It didn’t matter what they worked on in practice, they would challenge themselves,” Troy said. “I told age groupers I work with, all these ingredients–sprinting, breath control, turns, strokes–those are all challenges.

“Everyone has the same ingredients. There are no miracles. The best swimmers in the world have bad swims and best coaches in world have bad swim meets. Every thing you do at practice is important, some things more than others, you choose what’s important.”

Troy talked about how swimmers can choose to communicate with their coach.

“All the great ones would communicate with me,” Troy said. “The more honest they became, the more we got out of practices. It wasn’t quite the same when they were younger. But the older ones gave me the ability to take practice and refine it more and tailor it to them. The time to go and talk to your coach is at the conclusion of a practice or better than that, make an appointment and sit down with your coach. ”

Troy emphasized the three key people in a swimmer’s life.

“Who is the most important person or most invested person in your life? Troy asked. “Some will say their coach or parents but the most important person is you. You are the one most invested in what you do at practice or anything extra you do.

“The next most invested are your parents. They love you immensely. They want the best for you. They don’t know nearly as much as your coach but they love you.

“The third most invested is your coach. Why would anyone want to fight with their coach is a mystery to me. Your coach wants you to do well. It’s his job. It makes no sense to argue with your coach.”

Troy had some suggestions for swimmers while they are in quarantine.

“No. 1, the most important is to get a routine,” Troy said. “Some are better than others but it keeps you from getting bored. The absolute tool of swimming fast is the mind. Mentally practice skills, visualization, where’s our next journey, your first meet back, go to old meets, re-rehearse those and be a better student of the sport. The mind is the most important tool.

“Ride a bike hard for 15 minutes, forcing your heart rate up is really good. Any exercise, dryland, stretching. Take them and make them your own.

“Reading is important. Read about the sport. Keep a log book. The importance of keeping a log book is that it’s a map of where you are going on this journey, where you’ve been and set up where you are going.

“Set two goals for yourself for the week. Your coaches will help with that. Two goals that will make you a better person that also relate to being a better athlete. I have found that what college coaches are looking for is changing more and more in today’s world–good attitude, coach’s recommendation and good grades. They are still looking for swim ability but they want that person who is the best to work with, that’s fun to be around. Those are the real priorities.”

Troy said when he was recruiting college prospects, he would watch to see who showed up early or on time to practice and who was there until the end of practice. On home visits, he would observe how recruits treated their parents. He would look for the most intrinsic values that made for better teammates.

The final subject Troy touched upon were hitting plateaus in swimming. He pointed out that even the great ones like Michael Phelps hit a plateau. From 2004 in Athens until January 2007, Phelps did not swim a best time in any of his best events.

“Then he had a tremendous meet at World Championships in Australia and everything took off again,” Troy said.

“The first thing you realize is that swimming is one of the hardest sports, it’s very unforgiving. The plateaus are part of the sport. You have got to find ways to get off that plateau which takes us back to challenging yourself in practice, what you do, how you do it, watch your nutrition. This is why it is important to keep a log book.

“It’s so important to do things right when you were instructed the first time. As you get older and faster the law of physics work against you. As you get faster, the mistakes you make will hold you back. That’s why people reach plateaus. They got so good doing the wrong things that as they got older they refused to make the necessary changes. It takes time, but stay after making that change.

“It goes back to talking to your coach,” Troy said. “There are very few things your coach tells you that you can not improve.

“When we come out of this (COVID-19), go back to practice and be so excited. Don’t be really good for two or three weeks and then become normal again. You don’t want to be normal. You want to challenge yourself. ”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Ready For This Week’s Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 10, 2018—The championship season continues Thursday for the South Florida Aquatic Club Sharks.

After months of training and competing in local meets, SOFLO’s talented swimmers have a packed schedule of top meets in July and August.

First up is the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Thursday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

After this week’s four-day meet there is the July 18-21 FGC Junior Olympics, July 26-28 FGC Senior Championships and Aug. 1-4 USA Swimming Futures Championships.

Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Lance Lesage and Rafael Rodriguez lead SOFLO’s 23-swimmer contingent at sectionals. SOFLO will also field 24 relay teams.

Smutny, 18, will swim five events: 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle.

Golding, 18, will swim five events: 50-meter backstroke, 400-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 400- and 800-meter freestyle.

Lesage, 16, will swim six events: 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke.

Rodriguez, 17, will swim six events: 800-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter butterfly.

Other SOFLO qualifiers are: Sarah Acevedo, 15, Dominic Bono, 16, Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, Juan Colmenares, 15, Molly Golding, 16, Sally Golding, 15, Kelley Heron, 19, Philopatier Ibrahim, 16, Paige Lane, 16, Sebastian Lares, 15, Jacqueline Lugo, 17, Leonardo Mateus, 17, Juan Pablo Pineda, 17, Sara Quintero, 15, Mallory Schleicher, 15, Miguel Sierra, 16, and Robert Wilson, 16.

Alex Golding, 15, and Alejandro Mateus, 14, will swim relays only.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

Among top elite swimmers entered are Santiago Corredor, Andrea D’Arrigo, Marco Guarente, Evita Leter and Corey Main.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.


What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, LCM

When: Thursday-Sunday

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

Where: University of Florida, Stephen O’Connell Center Pool, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. The tournament was capped at 650 swimmers. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-338-9300.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Kathleen Golding Top SOFLO Finisher On Day Three Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 8, 2018—Kathleen Golding was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher on Day Three of the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Sunday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool in Gainesville.

Golding, 17, was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:18.34 behind future Cal Bear Isabel Ivey in 2:17.47. It is her highest finish of the meet. She was also 11th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.05. Golding has 97 points.

The only other SOFLO girl swimmer to finish in the Top 10 was Jessica Rodriguez, 19, sixth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 35.19. She has 46 points.

SOFLO’s top boys’ finisher Lance Lesage, 15, was eighth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.09 with a time drop of 0.59. He has 42 points.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-meter medley relay was fifth in 4:31.64 with Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding and Paige Lane.

In the most exciting race of the evening between Florida Gold Coast swimmers, Davion Conley, 21, of Westminster Academy outsprinted Azura’s 21-year-old Marco Guarente, 28.63-28.67.

After three days, SOFLO is fifth in combined with 881 points. Host Gator Swim Club has already clinched the combined team title with 2,456 points. East Coast Aquatic Club is the highest Florida Gold Coast team, third with 1,007 points.

SOFLO is fourth among men’s teams with 413 points and fifth among women’s teams with 390. Gator Swim Club leads both categories with more than 1,000 points.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA Sharks, AquaKids Sharks, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

The Speedo Sectionals Series display some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones. The full results can be found on Meet Mobile which has improved its speed on posting results. The four-day meet concludes Monday with prelims and finals.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 2,456, 2. Bolles 1,227, 3. East Coast Aquatic 1,007.5, 4. Swim Florida 922.5, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 881.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,010, 2. Bolles 623, 3. Metro Aquatics 584, 4. SOFLO 413, 5. Westminster Academy 354.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,274, 2. East Coast Aquatic 610.5, 3. Bolles 604, 4. Swim Florida 556.5, 5. SOFLO 390.


100-meter backstroke:
1. Isabel Ivey, Unattached 1:02.25, 2. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 1:03.02, 3. Emma Ball, GSC 1:03.71; SOFLO: 15. Kelley Heron 1:07.58.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Nicole Hunnewell, GPA 33.35, 2. Evita Leter, MAC 33.39, 3. Ryan Flynn, ECAC 34.63; SOFLO: 6. Jessica Rodriguez 35.19, 14. Jennifer Rordiguez 35.65, 23. Molly Golding 36.54.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Grace Redding, SWIM 27.32, 2. Talia Bates, GSC 27.40, 3. Letizia Bertelli, GPA 27.56; SOFLO: 19. Paige Lane 29.57, time drop 0.24.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Isabel Ivey, Unattached 2:17.47, 2. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:18.34, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 2:18.66.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 26.41, 2. Mary Smutny, AKS 26.50, 3. Chloe Grimme, PS 26.51; SOFLO: 11. Kathleen Golding 27.05.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 4:16.07, 2. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:17.28, 3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:17.48.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 4:18.58 (Caitlin Brooks, Juliana Lopez, Talia Bates. Sydney King), 2. East Coast Aquatic 4:24.58, 3. Swim Florida 4:26.02, 5. SOFLO A 4:31.64 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane).


100-meter backstroke:
1. Ethan Beach, QSTS 56.80, 2. Miguel Cancel, AKS 57.93, 3.Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 58.16; SOFLO: 8. Lance Lesage 1:02.09, time drop 0.59, 23. Ricardo Roche 1:03.96.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Davion Conley, WA 28.63, 2. Marco Guarente, Azura 28.67, 3. Jared Pike, PS 29.30; SOFLO: 12. Marc Rojas 31.07, 13. Juan Pineda 31.24, time drop 0.92, 26. Samuel Quintero 32.16.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Jan Switkowski, GSC 24.37, 2. Isaac Davis, MAAC 24.51, 3. Runar Borgen, PAQ 24.54; 30. Juan Serna 27.31.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Mark Szaranek, GSC 2:03.32, 2. Grant Sanders, TBAY 2:03.55, 3. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:05.91; SOFLO: 16. Rafael Rodriguez 2:15.77, time drop 2.35.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Enzo Martinez Scarpe, GSC 23.07, 2. Khader Baqlah, GSC 23.27, 3. David Lambert, WA 23.33.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Jan Switkowski, GSC 3:51.31, 2. Khader Baqlah, GSC 3:56.70, 3. Clark Beach, QSTS 3:57.84; SOFLO: 31. Rafael Rodriguez 4:16.34, 32. Ricardo Roche 4:17.41.

400-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:53.40 (Trevor McGovern, Dylan Brisco, Mason Wilby, Alec Dawson), 2. Bolles 3:56.36, 3. Westminster Academy 3:59.90, 10. SOFLO A 4:08.92 (Ricardo Roche, Juan Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Robert Wilson), 12. SOFLO B 4:10.15 (Jonathan Farah, Samuel Quintero, CJ Kopecki, Juan Serna).


What: Speedo Champions Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championship

When: Monday

Schedule: Monday, 9 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals.

Where: University of Florida, O’Connell Center Pool, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-375-4683, ext. 4545.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Di Salvo, Lowe, Rossi Lead SOFLO On Day One Of XX FLA International Cup

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, June 21, 2018—Fiorella Di Salvo, Reagan Lowe and Nicolas Rossi were top finishers for South Florida Aquatic Club on Day One of the XX FLA International Cup at Academic Village Swimming Pool.

During the marathon night of racing, Di Salvo, 10, was second in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 5:29.16, with an impressive time drop of 6.85. Di Salvo picked up 10 points in high point.

Lowe, 12, was second in the 400-meter individual medley in 6:16. Lowe had 10 points in high point.

Rossi, 15, was second in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:26.36. Rossi has 10 points for high point.

Other SOFLO swimmers with time drops were:

Kaitlyn Consuegra, 12, 400-meter freestyle, 5:24.52, time drop 4.36.

Sofia Gonzalez, 12, 400-meter freestyle, 5:30.56, time drop 3.50.

Gabriella Lissa, 12, 400-meter freestyle, 5:57.16, time drop 21.66, first time cracked 6 minutes in the distance event.

Daniela Rodriguez, 15, 800-meter freestyle, 11:22.06, another impressive time drop 21.16.

Hashan Ekanayake, 11, 400-meter freestyle, 5:19.82, time drop 2.46.

Favorite Gator Swim Club leads the combined and men’s team totals. Aiken-Augusta leads the women’s team totals. SOFLO is fifth among combined and women team totals and sixth in the men’s team standings.

The four-day meet continues Friday with three sessions.

FLA is hosting the meet in SOFLO’s home pool. All sessions are timed finals. The meet features 31 teams from Florida Gold Coast, the Caribbean and out-of-state.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 164, 2. Aiken-Augusta 146, 3. Southwest Stars 83, 4. Eagle Aquatics 57, 5. tie, Los Angeles Del Centro 53, SOFLO 53.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 107, 2. Aiken-Augusta 48, 3. Southwest Stars 35, 4. Eagle Aquatics 29, 5. Heritage Aquatic Team, 27, 6. SOFLO 25.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Aiken-Augusta 98, 2. Gator Swim Club 57, 3. Southwest Stars 48, 4. Los Angeles Del Centro 32, 5. tie, SOFLO, Eagle Aquatics, Midtown Weston 28.

400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Gioia Balzao, EA 5:06.21; SOFLO: 2. Fiorella Di Salvo 5:29.16, time drop 6.85; 11-12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 4:42.01; SOFLO: 7. Kaitlyn Consuegra 5:24.52, time drop 4.36, 11. Sofia Gonzalez 5:30.56, time drop 3.50, 20. Gabriella Lissa 5:57.16, time drop 21.66.

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Jacy Hoffman, BGSC 6:15.41; SOFLO: 2. Reagan Lowe 6:16.00; 13-and-over, 1. Mariana Cote, Unattached 5:23.20; 15-16, 1. Anna Summers, ASL 5:23.44; 17-and-over, 1. Helina Reyes, LACES 5:44.24.

800-meter freestyle:
12-and-under, 1 Ella Klyce, STAR 10:03.39; 13-14, 1. Amy Riordan, ASL 9:49.50; 15-16, 1. Erin Day, ASL 10:08.56; SOFLO: 4. Michelle Marinheiro 10:29.18, 8. Daniela Rodriguez 11:22.06, time drop 21.16; 17-and-over, 1. Ashley Williamson, ASL 9:42.68.


400-meter freestyle:
10-and-under, 1. Nohan Gomez, CM 5:34.72; SOFLO: 3. Stefano Mazzi 5:59.26; 11-12, 1. Landon Kyser, HAT 4:43.53; SOFLO: 6. Hashan Ekanayake 5:19.82, time drop 2.46, 10. Marvan Ekanayake 5:34.63, 16. Alessio Mazzi 6:10.39.

400-meter individual medley:
12-and-under, 1. Nicholas Cecchi, STAR 5:15.49; 13-and-over, 1. Chuli Martin, OSC 5:06.68; 15-16, 1. Manuel Lopez, Unattached 4:53.47; 17-and-over, 1. Mike Jeschke, ASL 4:45.82.

800-meter freestyle:
12-and-under, 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 9:33.75; 13-14, 1. Matvey Ivanov, BGSC 9:13.51; 15-16, 1. Sasha Shashkov, BGSC 9:05.00; SOFLO: 2. Nicolas Rossi, 9:26.36, 4. Nicholas Munoz 9:37.74; 17-and-over, 1. Andrew Matejka, BGSC 8:33.84.


What: XX FLA International Cup.

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday, Session 2A, 4 p.m., Session 2B, 5:20 p.m., Session 2C, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Session 3, 8 a.m.; Sunday, Session 4, 5 p.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines.

Of note: Admission is $5 per sesssion. Heat sheets are free online. For information call 954-593-8552 or go to http://www.FLAswim.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Ready For Speedo Champion Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships That Begin Thursday In Plantation

By Sharon Robb

PLANTATION, March 7, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships that begin Thursday at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Kathleen Golding, Kelley Heron, Paige Lane, Mallory Schleicher, Luke Lezotte, Heath Brames and CJ Kopecki head SOFLO’s contingent that will be tested by an impressive field that includes several post-grads and Olympians including Ryan Lochte of the Gator Swim Club.

Gator Swim Club, led by the 33-year-old Olympian, Andrea D’Arrigo, 22, Isabel Ivey, 17, Mason Wilby, 18, and Talia Bates, 17, heads the competitive field.

After opening his racing season at the Florida Area Championships last weekend in Jacksonville, Lochte has entered seven events in the Plantation meet: 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle.

Lochte will be joined by Corey Main, who also trains with the Gator Swim Club along with Florida State alums Jared Pike and SOFLO’s Marc Rojas and Bruno Fratus.

Rojas, 24, is entered in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events. Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.61. Heron is seeded second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.33. Golding is seeded second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.19 and third in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Other SOFLO swimmers competing are: Alana Acevedo, Michael Arias, Kyana Castro, Maya Coffey, Katrina Del Vecchio, Juan Diaz, Molly Golding, John Paul Handal, Jie Hoon Lee, Lance Lesage, Jacqueline Lugo, Leonardo Mateus, Nicolas Munoz, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kevin Porto, Sara Quintero, Ricardo Roche, Jennifer Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Nicolas Rossi, Juan Serna and Luis Villanueva.

SOFLO is seeded first in the women’s 200-meter medley relay and mixed 200-meter medley relay.

A field of more than 600 swimmers from 60 teams and 20 unattached teams will compete over four days in one of four designated USA Swimming zones. The others are Eastern, Central and Western Zone Sectionals. The meet attracts some of the top swimming talent from across the United States and internationally.

Among Florida Gold Coast teams entered are Azura Florida Aquatic, AquaKids Sharks, East Coast Aquatic Club, Boca Raton Swim Team, Pine Crest Swimming, North Palm Beach, Martin County, Hurricane Swim Club, TS Aquatics, and host Plantation Swim Team.

Out-of-state teams include North Andover YMCA, Arizona Aquatic Club, City of Lafayette Aquatics, Elmwood Sharks, Falfins Swimming, Franco’s Fins, Peddie Aquatics and Oro Valley Swim Team.

What: Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Thursday-Sunday

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

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street.

Of note: Admission is $5 and heat sheets are $3 per session. For more information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Continues To Do Well At Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

SOFLO Continues To Do Well At Speedo Zone Sectional Championships

By Sharon Robb

July 12, 2014—Swimming against some of the nation’s top clubs is bringing out the best in South Florida Aquatic Club at the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at the Orlando YMCA.

“We are holding our own with these very good clubs and doing a good job,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Going into the fourth and final day, SOFLO’s women’s team is fourth overall. SOFLO is seventh in the combined team standings.

Among SOFLO’s top performers on Saturday was Melissa Marinheiro.

Marinheiro, 17, posted a best time in the 100-meter backstroke during morning prelims in 1:07.98 dropping 3.58 seconds. She came back in the final dropping more time in 1:06.70, another 1.28-second drop to finish 26th overall.

Marinheiro also qualified for the “A” final of the 400-meter freestyle. She finished eighth in 4:22.25. In prelims she went 4:20.88, just off her best time of 4:20.69.

Kathleen Golding won the “C” final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:24.41, just off her best time. She also won the “C” heat of the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.30.

Ronald Santos made his second swim in the 400-meter freestyle and finished the “D” final in 4:12 after going 4:10.66 in prelims.

Three-time Olympian Alia Atkinson swam the breaststroke in the 50-meter freestyle event to work on her stroke count in the sprint event. It is one of three events she will be swimming in the Commonwealth Games later this month and it was an opportunity to get in another fine tuning race.

With the men’s team winning four of five events including the final relay, the Gator Swim Club is pulling away in the combined teams race.

On the third day of action, the Gator Swim Club leads with 682 points ahead of first-day leader Scarlet Aquatics of New Jersey with 472 and St. Andrew’s Swimming with 366.

South Florida Aquatic Club is seventh overall with 223 points.

The Gator Swim Club has all but clinched the men’s team title with 468 points. Scarlet Aquatics is a distant third with 198 and Club Seminole is third with 180. Scarlet Aquatics leads the women’s team standings with 274 just 60 points ahead of Gator Swim Club. St. Andrew’s Swimming is third with 207.

Sebastien Rousseau, 23, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, 20, and Dan Wallace, 21, won individual events for the Gator Swim Club.

Rousseau won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 55.33, lowering his previous best of 57.49.

Solaeche-Gomez won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.74.

Wallace won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:53.03 ahead of teammates Andrea D’Arrigo, 19, in 3:53.40.

Jian Wang, Solaeche-Gomez, Marcin Cieslak and Pawel Werner combined to win the 400-meter medley relay in 3:44.44.

Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher was Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks winning the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.69, just off her best time of 1:00.51 and ahead of two-time Olympian Katie Hoff, 25, of Hurricanes Swimming in 1:02.50.

Other individual winners were:

Justine Bowker, 27, of T2 Aquatics won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.70 finishing ahead of Olympian Elizabeth Beisel, 21, of Bluefish in 2:16.35.

Natalie Hinds, 20, the 2013 SEC Female Freshman of the Year at University of Florida from City of Midland Swim Team won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.42. Katie Hoff was third in a best time 26.21, bettering her previous best of 27.11.

Florida alum Bradley deBorde, 22, of Patriot Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.98.

Stephanie Peacock, 22, of SWIM won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:12 just ahead of Jessica Thielman, 20, of Gator Swim Club in 4:12.09.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 4 p.m.

Sunday’s events are the women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 1500-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter freestyle relays.


COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 682, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 472, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 366, 4. T2 Aquatics 314, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 288, 6. Club Seminole 282, 7. South Florida Aquatic Club 223, 8. Swim Florida 205, 9. Metro Aquatics 192, 10. Tampa Bay Aquatics 185.

MEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 468, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 198, 3. Club Seminole 180, 4. Blue Dolfins 166, 5. St. Andrew’s Swimming 159, 25. SOFLO 19.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 274, 2. Gator Swim Club 214, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 207, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 204, 5. T2 Aquatics 191.


100-meter backstroke:

1.Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.69, 2. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 1:02.50, 3. Sviatlana Khakhlova 1:02.51; SOFLO: 26. Melissa Marinheiro 1:06.70, best time, 27. Marcella Marinheiro 1:07.54, 65. Kelley Heron 1:10.31, 71. Amber Hunter 1:10.56, 112. Jessica Rodriguez 1:13.37, 119. Maria Lopez 1:13.84, 131. Carly Swanson 1:15.83, 133. Liz Travieso 1:16.50.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Justin Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:15.70, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, Bluefish 2:16.35, 3. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:17.63; SOFLO: 19. Kathleen Golding 2:24.41, 54. Jessica Rodriguez 2:30.58, 67. Kelley Heron 2:32.60, 91. Olivia Katcher 2:36.18.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Natalie Hinds, COM 25.68, 2. Sviatlana Khakhlova, Club Seminole 25.99, 3. Katie Hoff, Hurricanes 26.35; SOFLO: 68. Maria Lopez 28.36, 76. Amber Hunter 28.52, 128. Marcella Marinheiro 29.34, 159. Liz Travieso 30.25, 161. Carly Swanson 30.46, 164. Alia Atkinson 31.34.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Stephanie Peacock, SWIM 4:12.00, 2. Jessica Thielman, Gator Swim Club 4:12.09, 3. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 4:14.05; SOFLO: 8. Melissa Marinheiro 4:22.25 (4:20.88 prelims), 17. Kathleen Golding 4:26.30, best time, 57. Olivia Katcher, SOFLO 4:41.43.

400-meter medley relay:

1.T2 Aquatics 4:16.19, 2. Scarlet Aquatics 4:19.25, 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:19.92, 9. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 4:28.66 (Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Maria Lopez, Kathleen Golding), 13. SOFLO “B” 4:36.26 (Marcella Marinheiro, Kelley Heron, Amber Hunter, Olivia Katcher).


100-meter backstroke:

1.Sebastien Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 55.33, 2. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminole 55.68, 3. Tristan Sanders, PYP 56.39; SOFLO: 62. Juan Lucas 1:04.58, 62. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 1:04.58, best time, 76. Gustavo Valery 1:05.19, 85. Alfredo Mesa 1:05.73, 91. Ryan Capote 1:06.06.

200-meter individual medley:

1.Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Gator Swim Club 2:00.74, 2. Diago Decarvalho, Gator Swim Club 2:02.58, 3. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:03.36; SOFLO: 78. Ervin Marin 2:18.46, 80. Marc Rojas 2:18.55, 95. Jordan Colon 2:20.40, 110. Matthew Gonzalez 2:22.29, 113. Jonathan Strod 2:22.75.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Bradley Deborde, PA 22.98, 2. Jason McCormick, Boca Raton 23.05, 3. Logan Lassley, Westminster Academy 23.19; SOFLO: 69. Ryan Capote 25.19, 85. Marc Rojas 25.58, 135. Ervin Marin 26.47.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Dan Wallace, Gator Swim Club 3:53.03, 2. Andrea D’Arrigo, Gator Swim Club 3:53.40, 3. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 3:57.66; SOFLO: 31. Ronald Santos 4:12.

400-meter medley relay:

1.Gator Swim Club 3:44.44, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:53.72, 3. St. Andrew’s Swimming 3:55.06, 19. South Florida Aquatic Club “A” 4:09.98 (Juan Lucas, Marc Rojas, Matthew Gonzalez, Ryan Capote), 21. SOFLO “B” 4:16.16 (Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Jordan Colon, Ronald Santos, Gustavo Valery).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com