SOFLO Swimmers Head To USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships East


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 6, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club will send three swimmers to the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships East Wednesday through Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships will be split into two short course yards meets.

Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin will host the West. Both meets will be scored separately and geography determines which teams will compete in East and West.

Timed finals begin 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The remainder of the week prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

SOFLO will be well-represented by four talented swimmers: Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart and Maddie Smutny.

Elena Dinehart is entered in three events: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart is qualified in five events: 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.

Maddie Smutny is entered in three events: 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.

The men’s and women’s East field will be fast.

Thomas Heilman, who set six 13-14 National Age Group records last week at the Toyota U.S. Open heads the men’s field. The 14-year-old from Cavalier Aquatics will race six events: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

U.S. junior national team member Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST is also among top-seeded swimmers: first in the 200-yard backstroke, second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 IM. He is also competing in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.

Top seeds in the East include Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle), Sarasota’s Liam Custer (500 freestyle), SwimMAC’s Baylor Nelson (200 individual medley, 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley), Carmel’s Gretchen Lueking (200 freestyle), Dynamo’s Rye Ulett (200 backstroke) and Mitchell Ledford of Treasure Coast (100 butterfly).

Other local swimmers entered are: Kyle Korvick, Gulliver; Ava Fasano, FAST; Maximilian zum Tobel, St. Andrew’s Aquatics; Giulian Martin, Hurricane Aquatics; and Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics.

The meet will be live streamed. Results can be found on Meet Mobile.

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

SOFLO Fab Five Ready For This Week’s Speedo Summer Championships; Schleicher, Smutny Race Tuesday


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., August 2, 2021—The summer championship season comes to a close for some of South Florida Aquatic Club’s top swimmers at this week’s Speedo Summer Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

USA Swimming has divided the meet into East and West sites, hosting athletes from respective geographic locations and having results specific to each site.

The long course meters meet is the first senior-level, domestic competition on USA Swimming’s national events calendar following June’s U.S. Olympic trials.

SOFLO will be well-represented at the meet with five swimmers: Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Juan Mora, Mallory Schleicher and Maddie Smutny.

Elena Dinehart, 16, swims the 200-meter backstroke (seeded 25th) on Wednesday and 100-meter backstroke (seeded 44th) on Friday.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, swims the 200-meter breaststroke (seeded seventh) on Wednesday, 400-meter individual medley (seeded 40th) on Thursday; 100-meter breaststroke (seeded 15th) on Friday and 200-meter individual (seeded 42nd) on Saturday.

Juan Mora, 17, swims the 200-meter breaststroke (seeded 16th) on Wednesday; 100-meter breaststroke (seeded 23rd) on Friday and both the 200-meter individual medley (seeded 67th) and 50-meter freestyle (seeded 46th) on Saturday.

Mallory Schleicher, 17, opens the meet on Tuesday in the 800-meter freestyle (seeded 22nd); 400-meter individual medley (seeded 13th) on Thursday and 400-meter freestyle (seeded 25th) on Friday.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Maddie Smutny, 16, will also race on opening day in the 200-meter butterfly (seeded eighth) and 100-meter butterfly (seeded 48th) on Thursday.

The only other Florida Gold Coast teams with qualifiers are St. Andrew’s Aquatics (Joey Carbone), North Palm Beach (Tr’v Monroe), Eagle Aquatics (Erika Pelaez) and Sunrise Swimming (Patrick Doyle).

The five-day meet begins Tuesday with the men’s and women’s 200-meter butterfly, men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, women’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s 1500-meter freestyle.

The City of Greensboro extended its protocols requiring all vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals to wear a mask while indoors. All athletes, coaches, spectators, officials, staff and volunteers must bring and wear a mask in any indoor space at the venue.

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

NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championships Begin Wednesday; St. Andrew’s Izaak Bastian Among Field; Miami Sends Four Divers


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 23, 2021–University of California and Texas are expected to battle it out again for the men’s title at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Wednesday and run through Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The meet is expected to come down to the final relay and diving which is the Longhorns’ strength with Fort Lauderdale diver Jordan Windle, a Team USA, NCAA champion and six-time All-American.

Texas has the most qualifiers with 18, California has 15 qualifiers and seeded to score the most points. N.C. State has 14, Georgia, 13 and University of Florida, 12.

Florida’s Kieran Smith is seeded first in the 200- (1:29.48) and 500- (4:06.32) yard freestyle relay. Teammates Bobby Finke is seeded first in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:12.18) and Adam Chaney is seeded first in the 50-yard freestyle (18.76). Florida is seeded first in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:15.21.

University of Miami has the most divers qualified with four: Zach Cooper, Maxwell Flory, Jack Matthews and Brodie Scapens.

According to scoring projections, California has 449, Texas 428 and Florida 323.5 points.

Florida State has eight swimmers competing including St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, a junior, who represents the Bahamas internationally. He will compete in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams are competing. California is defending champion and Texas was runner-up in 2019. Before that, Texas won it four consecutive years with California runner-up those four years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s championships will look a lot different, much like last week’s women’s NCAAs.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators will not be allowed to attend the meet including parents, family members and friends.

There will be no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals will be assigned seating in the grandstand seating area. A team seating selection process will be conducted to allow the top 15 teams from the 2019 championship to select their seating in the grandstands.

The meet will air on ESPN3 for both preliminary and finals sessions.

Thursday’s event is the 800-yard freestyle relay at 6 p.m.

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

Virginia Leads NCAA Division I Women’s Championships After Day One; SOFLO’s Golding Swims Opening Event


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 17, 2021—Meet favorite University of Virginia opened with a win on Day One of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Virginia won the 800-yard freestyle in 6:52.56 with Gulliver Prep alum Kyla Valls, Paige Madden, Ella Nelson and Alex Walsh. The Cavaliers were one of just three teams with four 1:45 splits.

Kentucky was second in 6:57.02 with Izzy Gati, Riley Gaines, Sophie Sorenson and Kaitlyn Wheeler.

California was third in 6:57.06 with Robin Neuman, Ayla Spitz, Rachel Klinker and Alicia Wilson.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding opened with the first of her four events, swimming anchor leg for the University of Florida.

The Gators finished ninth in 7:01.43. Golding had the second fastest split (1:45.62). Her relay teammates were Talia Bates, Katie Mack and Nikki Miller.

Golding, a sophomore All-American, is seeded 28th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.93) and 18th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:08.43). She will also swim the 400-yard freestyle relay. Her first individual event, the 200 IM, is Thursday.

Virginia leads with 40 points followed by Kentucky with 34 and Cal with 32. Florida is ninth with 18 points.

All sessions are being televised by ESPN3. Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. ESPNU will also air a two-hour highlight show at 7 p.m. on April 6.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic it is the first Division I NCAAs in two years.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators are not being allowed to attend the meet including parents or family members.

There were no more than four teams in each heat to comply with social distancing guidelines, as will be the case in relays to come.

2021 MEET SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard Medley Relay, One-meter diving.
FRIDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 400-yard Individual Medley, 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke, Three-meter Diving, 200-yard Medley Relay.
SATURDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 1,650-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, Platform Diving, 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

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

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Will Swim Four Events In NCAA Women’s Championships That Begin Wednesday


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 16, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding is one of 16 University of Florida swimmers at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Wednesday.

Golding, a sophomore All-American, is seeded 28th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.93) and 18th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:08.43). She will also swim the 400-yard freestyle and 800-yard freestyle relays.

UF has qualified more swimmers than any other Division I team entered, not including relays or diving. Tennessee has 15, Virginia, 14, Kentucky, 14, Georgia, 13, and N.C. State, 13. UF also qualified two divers. Stanford is three-time defending champion.

Virginia, N.C. State and California are the top three favorites. Florida is projected to finish 13th.

Florida State will be represented by three swimmers: senior Emma Terebo, sophomore Tania Quaglieri and freshman Jenny Halden.

The four-day meet will be held at North Carolina State’s Greensboro Aquatic Center. The meet ends Saturday. All seven sessions will be televised by ESPN3. Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m.

ESPNU will also air a two-hour highlight show at 7 p.m. on April 6.

The meet opens Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the timed finals of the 800-yard freestyle relay. Golding’s first individual event, the 200 IM, is Thursday.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic it is the first Division I NCAAs in two years. This year’s event will look a lot different because of stringent pandemic safety guidelines.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators will not be allowed to attend the meet including parents or family members.

There will be no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals will be assigned seating in the grandstand seating area. A team seating selection process will be conducted to allow the top 15 teams from the 2019 championship to select their seating in the grandstands.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the meet. Swimmers qualified for NCAAs by meeting the established minimum time for the events which they entered.

PSYCH SHEET TOP SEEDS
50 freestyle: Kate Douglass, Virginia, 21.42
100 freestyle: Kate Douglass, Virginia, 46.83
200 freestyle: Paige Madden, Virginia, 1:42.39
500 freestyle: Paige Madden, Virginia, 4:33.09
1,650 freestyle: Paige Madden, Virginia, 15:45.45
100 backstroke: Rhyan White, Alabama, 50.20
200 backstroke: Rhyan White, Alabama, 1:48.55
100 breaststroke: Zoie Hartman, Georgia, 57.40
200 breaststroke: Sophie Hansson, NC State, 2:04.87
100 butterfly: Maggie MacNeil, Michigan, 49.68
200 butterfly: Olivia Bray, Texas, 1:52.03
200 individual medley: Alex Walsh, Virginia, 1:51.53
400 individual medley: Brooke Forde, Stanford, 4:02.57
RELAYS
200 Free: Virginia, 1:26.54
400 Free: Virginia, 3:10.14
800 Free: Virginia, 6:54.31
200 Medley: Virginia, 1:32.93
400 Medley: Virginia, 3:26.25

2021 MEET SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, 6 p.m., 800-yard Freestyle Relay.
THURSDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard Medley Relay, One-meter diving.
FRIDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 400-yard Individual Medley, 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke, Three-meter Diving, 200-yard Medley Relay.
SATURDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 1,650-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, Platform Diving, 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

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

SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Takes Second At Speedo Winter Junior National East Meet; SOFLO Women 15th Among 55 Teams


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 7, 2018–For the second year in a row, Mary Smutny of South Florida Aquatic Club finished runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle Friday at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Coming off her stunning first-place performance in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, Smutny, 18, came back to finish second in a close race in 1:45.75.

In an exciting finish, Smutny finished just behind Cora Dupre of Mason Manta Rays in 1:45.27. Dupre went out hard hammering the first half in 50.81 and held on in the back half for the win.

In prelims, Smutny was eighth fastest in 1:47.57. Dupre was third fastest in 1:46.86.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding, 18, was 12th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:18.06. She was tenth fastest in morning prelims in 4:12.46.

South Florida Aquatic Club women’s team is 15th among a field of 55 teams with 48 points.

Nashville Aquatic Club continues to lead with 297 points. Mason Manta Rays have all but clinched the men’s title with 409 points and lead the combined with 549 points ahead of SwimMAC with 474.5.

SOFLO has six swimmers competing during the four-day meet: Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Rafael Rodriguez, Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny.

Two more meet records and one national age group record were broken on Day 3.

In a battle of brothers, Carson Foster of Mason Manta Rays won the 400-yard individual medley in a meet record 3:40.86. The previous record was 3:43.64. Jake Foster was second in 3:43.64.

Sterling Crane of Episcopal AmberJax won the 100-yard butterfly in 47.22 ahead of Jean-Pierre Khousam of Dayton Raiders in 47.26.

Chelsea Piers won the 4×50-yard freestyle relay in 1:29.04, both national age group and meet records. Relay members were Bridget Semenuk, Sophia Moore, Maxine Parker and Kate Douglass. The previous record was 1:30.09 by SwimMac set in 2015.

South Florida Aquatic Club was 15th in 1:34.13, second highest finish among Florida teams, with relay swimmers Hailey Jerew, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny and Gaby Banks finishing ahead of Laker Swim, Bolles, East Coast Aquatic Club, Blue Dolfins, Greater Tampa and St. Andrew’s.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship are competing at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming. The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, are being webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Saturday, the fourth and final day, prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 549, 2. SwimMAC 474.5, 3. Dynamo 308.5, 4. Carmel 216.5, 5. Michigan Lakeshore 215; FLORIDA TEAMS: 6. Gator Swim Club 196, 17. Sarasota Tsunami 28, 22. Bolles 8.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 409, 2. SwimMAC 230.5, 3. Dynamo 208.5, 4. Enfinity 177, 5. SwimAtlanta 141; FLORIDA TEAMS: 10. Gator Swim Club 97, 14. Episcopal AmberJac 40, 18. East Coast Aquatic 26.5, 25. Sarasota Tsunami 15, 26. North Florida 14, 30. Gator Swim Club 13, 39. Bolles 6, 56. tie, Trinity Prep 1, Area Tallahassee 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 297, 2. SwimMAC 244, 3. TAC Titans 209, 4. Chelsea Piers 197.5, 5. Mason Manta Rays 140; FLORIDA TEAMS: 8. Gator Swim Club 99, 13. Laker Swim 75, 15. South Florida Aquatic Club 48, 31. Sarasota Tsunami 13, 34. Greater Tampa 11, 42. North Palm Beach 6, 46. tie, Sarasota YMCA 4 and Blue Dolfins 4, 53. Bolles 2.

WOMEN

400-yard individual medley: 1. Grace Sheble, NOVA 4:06.35, 2. Kathryn Ackerman, MLA 4:07.79, 3. Isabel Gormley, AGUA 4:08.80; SOFLO: 12. Kathleen Golding 4:18.06; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 15. Summer Stanfield 4:19.73, 22. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:20.48.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Claire Curzan, TAC 51.92, 2. Kate Douglass, CPAC 51.95, 3. Gabi Albiero, CARD 51.97; SOFLO: 26. Mary Smutny 55.00; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 4. ISabel Ivey, LAKR 52.11, 6. Talia Bates, GSC 53.05, 13. Abby Gibbons, BD 54.02, 15. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 54.53, 20. Caroline Cooper, HIGH 54.73.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Cora Dupre, RAYS 1:45.27, 2. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 1:45.75, 3. Kelly Pash. CSC 1:46.21; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 6. Ryley Ober, SRQ 1:46.97, 7. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 1:47.98, 13. Ella Bathurst, GTSA 1:48.76, 21. Savannah Barr, SYS 1:48.70, 24. Adair Sand, BOLLES 1:52.58.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Taylor Steele, CAC 1:00.54, 2. Sophia Zhang, AGUA 1:00.83, 3. Janessa Mathews, OSSC 1:00.90; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 10. Ella Bathurst, GTSA 1:02.19; SOFLO: 112. Molly Golding 1:07.08, 117. Hailey Jerew 1:08.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alex Walsh, NAC 50.88, 2. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 51.75, 3. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 52.19; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 5. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 52.70, 8. Talia Bates, GSC 53.68, 22. Mary Kate Kelley, EAJ 55.14.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Chelsea Piers 1:29.04 (Bridget Semenuk, Sophia Moore, Maxine Parker, Kate Douglas), 2. Nashville Aquatic Club 1:30.25, 3. SwimMAC 1:31.47; 15. SOFLO 1:34.13 (Hailey Jerew, Kathleen Golding, Mary Smutny, Gaby Banks); FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 12. Gator Swim Club 1:33.79, 17. Laker Swim 1:34.38, 18. Bolles 1:34.41, 24. East Coast Aquatic Club 1:35.04, 26. Blue Dolfins 1:35.08, 30. Greater Tampa 1:35.80, 33. St. Andrew’s 1:36.77, 39. Highlander 1:37.86, 41. Sarasota YMCa 1:38.70, 42. Storm 1:38.89, 43. Loggerhead Aquatics 1:39.02.

MEN

400-yard individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 3:40.86, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 3:43.64, 3. Owen Conley, DR 3:46.25; SOFLO: 115. Rafael Rodriguez 4:06.66; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 5. Tyler Watson, NFS 3:51.03, 22. Mason Laur, T2 3:59.09.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Sterling Crane, EAJ 47.22, 2. Jean-Pierre Khouzam, DR 47.26, 3. Max Edwards, EAC 47.47; SOFLO: 102. Rafael Rodriguez 51.31; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 16. Ryland Sun, ATAC 49.65, 21. Luke Uttley, TPA 49.25.

200-yard freestyle: 1. John Walker, MAC 1:34.16, 2. Julian Hill, GSC 1:35.14, 3. Jack Wright, ANSC 1:35.43; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 12. Peyton Werner, GSC 1:37.61, 16. Luke Uttley, TPA 1:39.08, 24. Trevor McGovern, GSC 1:42.86.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Josh Matheny, PEAQ 52.89, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 53.20, 3. Paul Degrado, EAJ 54.06.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, RAYS 47.26, 2. Wyatt Davis, CSC 47.41, 3. Jacob Eismann, OSSC 47.71; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 16. Hayden Kwan, USC 49.12, 18. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 49.08.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 1:19.98 (Carson Foster, Noah Young, Jake Foster, Adam Chaney), 2. Dynamo 1:21.93, 3. SwimMAC 1:22.00; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 12. Gator Swim Club 1:23.77, 25. Bolles 1:25.97, 26. Patriot Aquatics 1:26.37, 30. Sarasota Tsunami 1:27.15, 32. Bolles 1:27.98.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 4×100-yard freestyle relay

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

SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Wins Speedo Winter Junior National East Title


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 6, 2018–Mary Smutny added another title to her impressive swimming resume.

Making her competitive debut for South Florida Aquatic Club, Smutny, 18, won the 500-yard freestyle Thursday at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Smutny, seeded first, was the fastest qualifier in morning prelims in 4:44.72 and came back to win in finals with a best time of 4:42.45. Her previous best was 4:42.80. Her time drop was 0.35.

Smutny jumped out to an early lead and led by nearly a body length at the 200-yard mark. She extended her lead over the next 200 yards and coasted to the victory.

At the 2017 Winter Juniors East, she swam four personal bests. She was second in the 200 freestyle, third in the 500 freestyle, tenth in the 100 butterfly and 18th in the 100 free. She also swam the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 IM.

Smutny is coming off an impressive high school state meet for Cutler Bay. The senior won the school’s first state championship in any sport. Smutny is home schooled and swims for Cutler Bay. At the 1A state meet, she won the 200-yard freestyle and was second in the 100-yard freestyle. Smutny has committed to swim her collegiate career at University of Texas.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding was 15th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.97 and 52nd in the 50-yard freestyle 23.61. She went 2:00.65 in morning prelims.

Hailey Jerew, 18, also making her SOFLO competitive debut, dropped 2.14 seconds off her 50-yard freestyle in 24.01. Her previous best was 26.15.

South Florida Aquatic Club is 17th among the women’s teams with 22 points. Nashville Aquatic Club leads the women’s field with 184 points and Mason Manta Rays led the men’s teams with 255 points.

Three meet records were broken on Day Two.

Defending champion Alex Walsh of Nashville Aquatic Club broke her own meet record to win the 200-yard individual medley in 1:53.69. Her previous mark was 1:54.02. Walsh also led off the winning 400-yard medley relay that won in 3:35.23.

Mason Manta Rays swept the top two spots in the men’s 200-yard individual medley. Carson Foster won in a meet record 1:42.54, breaking Michael Andrew’s record of 1:42.77 set in 2015. His brother Jake Foster was second in 1:44.57. The Foster brothers also swam the first two legs of the winning 400-yard medley relay team that won in a meet record 3:11.11.

SOFLO has six swimmers competing during the four-day meet: Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Rafael Rodriguez, Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship are competing at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming.

The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, are being webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Friday prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. On Saturday prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 343, 2. SwimMAC 271, 3. Dynamo 223, 4. Michigan Lakeshore 133, 5. Gator Swim Club 116; FLORIDA TEAMS: 13. Bolles 8.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 255, 2. Dynamo 146, 3. SwimMAC 106, 4. Enfinity Aquatic Club 87, 5. Dayton 86; FLORIDA TEAMS: 10. Gator Swim Club 65, 17. Sarasota Tsunami 15, 23. Gator Swim Club 9, 29. Bolles 6, 35. Episcopal AmberJax 4.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 184, 2. SwimMAC 165, 3. Chelsea Piers 116, 4. TAC Titans 111, 5. Mason Manta Rays 88; FLORIDA TEAMS: 10. Gator Swim Club 51, 17. South Florida Aquatic Club 22, 31. tie, Sarasota YMCA 4, North Palm Beach 4, 37. Bolles 2.

WOMEN

500-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 4:42.45, time drop, 2. Ellie Marquardt, ATOM 4:43.76, 3. Kelly Pash, CSC 4:44.78; Florida Swimmers: 14. Michele Morgan, PS 4:50.28, 17. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:48.09, 20. Ryley Ober, SRQ 4:49.19.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, NAC 1:53.69, 2. Kate Douglass, CPAC 1:56.09, 3. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 1:56.13, FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 13. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:00.57, 17. Ella Bathurst, GTSA 1:59.76; SOFLO: 15. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:00.97.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 21.82, 2. Kate Douglass, CPAC 21.95, 3. Claire Curzan, TAC 22.06; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 5. Isabel Ivey, LAKR 22.27, 10. Talia Bates, GSC 22.54, 19. Chade Nersicio, ECAC 23.05; SOFLO: 52. Kathleen Golding 23.61, 116. Hailey Jerew 24.01, 143. Gaby Banks 24.25.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Nashville Aquatic Club 3:36.23 (Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt, Gretchen Walsh), 2. TAC Titans 3:38.47, 3. SwimMAC 3:39.57; FLORIDA TEAMS: 6. Gator Swim Club 3:40.43, 26. Laker Swim 3:48.14, 28. Bolles 3:48.24, 32. East Coast Aquatic Club 3:49.43, 37. St. Andrew’s 3:51.26.

MEN

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, SA 4:14.61, 2. John Walker, MAC 4;15.02, 3. Julian Hill, GSC 4:18.80; FLORIDA SWIMMERS: 8. Payton Werner, GSC 4:26.01, 12. Arik Katz, SRQ 4:25.41, 17. Jack Vandeusen, BSS 4:26.52, 22. Jace Crawford, EAJ 4:29.52; SOFLO: 88. Rafael Rodriguez 4:40.05.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:42.54, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 1:44.57, 3. Zach Hils, LEXD 1:46.03.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Adam Chaney, RAYS 19.87, 2. Noah Hendrson, STAR 19.90, 3. David Curtiss, HACY 19.96; FLORIDA TEAMS: 23. Patryk Pilkowski, FE 20.83.

4×100-yard medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:11.11 (Carson Foster, Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald, Adam Chaney) 2. Dynamo 3:16.69, 3. Michigan Lakeshore 3:16.77; FLORIDA TEAMS: 13. Gator Swim Club 3:21.15, 15. Episcopal AmberJax 3:21.83, 24. Bolles 3:24.48, 28. Patriot Aquatics 3:25.85, 34. Blue Dolfins 3:28.02, 37. Bolles 3:31.47.

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

Men and women 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and 4×50-yard freestyle relay.

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

Relays Kick Off Speedo Winter Junior Nationals-East Meet With National Age Group, Meet Records; SOFLO Competes In First Relay


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 5, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club got its first race under its belt Wednesday at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The foursome of Kathleen and Molly Golding, Mary Smutny and Gaby Banks competed in the 4×200-yard freestyle relay and finished in 7:39.25 and was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher.

Nashville Aquatic Club swept the women’s 4×50-yard medley relay and 4×200-yard freestyle relay with the same foursome of Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt and Gretchen Walsh. The 4×50 won in 1:38.32 and 4×200 won in 7:11.69.

In the men’s relay competition, the Mason Manta Rays broke the 15-18 national age group record in the 4×200-yard freestyle by nearly seven seconds in 6:23.97 with brothers Carson and Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald and Adam Chaney. The previous record was 6:28.25.

The Mason Manta Rays also won the 50-yard medley relay in a meet record 1:26.52 with the same foursome. The previous record was 1:27.11.

SOFLO has six swimmers competing in the four-day meet. Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding and Rafael Rodriguez head the contingent. Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny will swim unattached for SOFLO.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship are competing at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming.

The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, are being webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Thursday and Friday prelims are 9.m. and finals 5 p.m. On Saturday prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMac 192, 2. Mason Manta Rays 166, 3. Dynamo 124, 4. SwimAtlanta 65, 5. Michigan Lakeshore 66; Florida Teams: 7. Gator Swim Club 48, 9. Bolles 8.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 112, 2. Dynamo 84, 3. SwimMAC 80, 4. SwimAtlanta 46, 5. Dayton Raiders 42; Florida Teams: 10. Gator Swim Club 30, 13. Sarasota Tsunami 10, 16. Bolles 6.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 112, 2. Nashville Aquatic Club 80, 3. Mason Manta Rays 54, 4. Dynamo 40, 5. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics 36; Florida Teams: 14. Gator Swim Club 18, 19. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 4, 20. Bolles 2.

WOMEN

4×50-yard medley relay:
1. Nashville Aquatic Club 1:38.32 (Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt, Gretchen Walsh), 2. TAC Titans 1:39.53, 3. Chelsea Piers 1:39.53, 19. Bolles B 1:44.00, 22. Blue Dolfins 1:44.34, 27. Greater Tampa 1:44.72, 30. East Coast Aquatic Club (Megan Murphy, Paige Maceachern, Madison Cummings, Chade Nersicio), 35. St. Andrew’s 1:46.16 (Aspen Gersper, Shayna Fetes, Emily Trieschmann, Lucy Miller).

4×200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Nashville Aquatic Club 7:11.69 (Gretchen Walsh, Ella Nelson, Lauren Hurt, Alex Walsh), 2. SwimMAC B 7:16.42, 3. SwimMAC 7:16.59, 15. Sarasota YMCA 7:28.38, 16. Bolles 7:28.40, 17. Gator Swim Club 7:28.89, 31. Greater Tampa 7:38.05, 32. SOFLO Unattached 7:39.25 (Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Mary Smutny, Gaby Banks), 36. East Coast Aquatic Club 7:43.56 (Ella Martinez, Madison Cummings, Paige Maceachern, Anna Auld).

MEN

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 1:26.52 (Carson Foster, Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald, Adam Chaney), 2. Enfinity Aquatic Club 1:29.06, 3. Michigan Lakeshore 1:29.88; Florida Teams: 16. Gator Swim Club 1:32.46, 24. Bolles 1:34.12, 31. Blue Dolfins 1:35.80, 33. Bolles B 1:36.42

4×200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 6:23.97, 2. Carmel Swim Club 6:30.94, 3. SwimMAC 5:35.02; Florida Teams: 5. Gator Swim Club 6:37.19, 12. Sarasota Tsunami 6:45.38, 14. Bolles A 6:46.36, 27. Bolles B 7:00.83.

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

Men’s and women’s 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 4×100-yard medley relay.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Ready To Race At Speedo Winter Junior Nationals-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

GREENSBORO, N.C., December 4, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championship Wednesday through Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

SOFLO has qualified six swimmers for the four-day meet.

Gaby Banks, Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding and Rafael Rodriguez head the contingent. Hailey Jerew and Mary Smutny will swim unattached for SOFLO.

Kathleen Golding, 18, is seeded sixth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:12.46. Golding is entered in six events. In addition to the 400 IM, she will also swim the 200 IM (seeded 11th in 1:58.58), 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle (seeded 11th in 49.38) and 200 butterfly.

Rafael Rodriguez is qualified in five events: 500 freestyle, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 1,650 freestyle and 200 butterfly.

Molly Golding is entered in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events. Gaby Banks will swim the 50 freestyle.

Smutny, 18, seeded first in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.80. She is seeded third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.36 and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.48. She will also swim the 100 (seeded 12th in 53.81) and 200 butterfly (seeded fifth in 1:56.93) events.

Jerew will swim the 50 and 100 freestyles and 100 breaststroke.

SOFLO will also compete in five relay events.

In addition to SOFLO, among clubs competing are SwimMAC, Nashville Aquatics, Gator Swim Club, Pine Crest Swimming, Swim Florida, NOVA of Virginia, Dynamo, East Coast Aquatic Club, North Palm Beach and Bolles.

Swimmers competing in the winter junior championship must compete at the specific location (East or West) as determined by the LSC in which they are registered with USA Swimming.

The West meet is being hosted at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The East meet, both prelims and finals, will be webcast live at usaswimming.org. On Wednesday relay action begins 6 p.m. On Thursday and Friday prelims at 9.m. and finals 5 p.m. On Saturday prelims are 9 a.m., 1,650-yard freestyle at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

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