SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes First, Second On Day One Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 29, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson opened the UANA Tokyo Qualifier with a first and second in sprint events on Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Atkinson, 32, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win on U.S. soil. She has not lost the event since May 2016.

She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03 behind third-seeded 16-year-old Athena Meneses Kovacs of Mexico in a lifetime-best and 27.01.

Atkinson competes in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday. She is seeded second in her signature event behind Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swim Team tied Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, 14, of Club De Regatas Lima for second in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.59.

Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached-Florida State was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.22.

Other winners were:
Kate Beavon, 21, Unattached-Boilermaker Aquatics, 1,500-meter freestyle, 16:55.59.

McKenna DeBever, 24, Tennessee Aquatics 50-meter backstroke, 29.52, lifetime-best after being seeded 11th in 30.82.

Top-seeded Bobby Finke, 21, Unattached-University of Florida, 800-meter freestyle, 7:55.05.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico 24.00, lifetime-best and national record, 50-meter butterfly.

Top-seeded Adam Chaney, 19, Unattached-University of Florida, 50-meter backstroke 26.10.

Josue Dominguez, 24, Dominican Republic, 50-meter breaststroke, 27.98, lifetime-best and national record.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Friday’s events are: men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley.

The meet is being shown on the Pan Am Sports TV channel available on an app which can be downloaded for free on various devices.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Beavon, Unattached 16:55.59, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 17:03.70, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 17:06.14.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EMEX 27.01, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 27.03, 3. Jenny Holden, Unattached 27.20.

50-meter backstroke: 1. McKenna DeBever, TINAQ 29.52, 2. tie, Julia Podkoscielny, PC 29.59 and Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, RL 29.59.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.69, 2. Melissa Rodriguez-Villanueva, BDD 31.83, 3. Emily Santos, MVAC 32.77.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, Unattached 7:55.05, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached 7:56.94, 3. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, EMEX 8:03.20.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, EMEX 24.00, 2. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 24.15, 3. Isaac Davis, Unattached 24.18; 26. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 25.89, time drop 1.66.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, Unattached 26.10, 2. Yeziel Morales, Azura 26.13, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, OLYM 26.26, 4. Patrick Groters 26.41, time drop 0.19, 16. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 27.44, time drop 0.17, 23. Juan Colmenares, VEN 28.83, time drop 0.11.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Josue Dominguez, DOM 27.98, 2. Izaak Bastian, Unattached FSU 28.22, 3. Edgar Crespo, SA 28.23, 19. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 30.39, time drop 3.07, 26. Javier Colmenares, VEN 31.14.

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

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Michael Phelps Documentary Streaming On NBC Universal’s Peacock; Locals Bastian, Nava, Valls Earn All-ACC Academic Honors


By Sharon Robb
NEW YORK, April 14, 2021—To mark Wednesday’s 100-Day Tokyo Olympics Countdown, “Michael Phelps: Medals, Memories & More” is streaming exclusively for free on Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service.

Fans can revisit some of Phelps’ most exciting races in Olympic history.

The three-episode documentary features Phelps talking about the most dramatic races and pivotal moments in a career that earned him 28 Olympic medals, including 23 golds.

Joining him are NBC Sports swimming commentators Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines.

Episode 1: “Greatness Begins,” revisits Phelps’ Olympic debut at age 15 in Sydney, Australia.

Episode 2: “Eight Golden Races,” focuses on his races at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Episode 3: “London to Lasting Legacy,” looks at Phelps’ last two Olympics, his personal struggles and his decision to retire.

“The opportunity to revisit each of my Olympic races with Rowdy Gaines and Dan Hicks was filled with a lot of laughs and emotions,” Phelps said in a press release.

“The sport of swimming has come a long way over the years, and I’m excited to share some memories and insights from my Olympic career as the world looks forward to the upcoming Tokyo Games this summer.”

You can watch it on Peacock, the streaming service that offers hundreds of movies, binge-worthy TV shows, sports, news, and culture for free at any time.

Another sports documentary still streaming is “In Deep with Ryan Lochte.” Both are worth watching whether you swim or not.

ACC ANNOUNCES ALL-ACC ACADEMIC TEAMS; BASTIAN, NAVA, VALLS NAMED

NCAA champions Paige Madden of Virginia and Nicolas Albiero of Louisville highlight the 2021 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Swimming and Diving Teams as the Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Madden was named the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second season in a row. The Mobile, Ala. native majors in kinesiology with a minor in health and well being and has a 3.703 career GPA. She achieved a GPA of 4.0 in the Fall 2020 semester, is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and was a 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-American.

The senior Cavalier led Virginia to the ACC’s first-ever NCAA Championship in swimming in diving, earning three individual national titles in the process. She is the 2021 ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, was the Most Valuable Swimmer at the 2021 ACC Championships and five-time All-American at the NCAA Championships.

Albiero was selected as the ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. The senior from Louisville, Ky. majors in Exercise Science and has a 3.96 career GPA. Albiero is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and was a 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-American.

The reigning NCAA Champion in the 200 butterfly, Albiero helped the Cardinals to their first-ever ACC Championship. The senior was part of Louisville’s 200 medley relay team that won the Cardinals’ first NCAA relay title. Albiero is a member of the USA National Team, was the 2021 ACC Swimmer of the Year and was a seven-time All-American at the NCAA Championships.

Madden and Albiero are two of the seven total four-time All-ACC Academic honorees on the list. NC State’s Julia Poole and Eric Knowles, Florida State’s Josh Davidson, Louisville’s Nikolaos Sofianidis and Virginia’s Keefer Barnum have all been named to four All-ACC Academic Teams in their careers.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jessica Nava, a Westminster Academy alum and member of the reigning NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers, earned the honor for the second year. The junior is majoring in Commerce.

Another FGC swimmer, Kyla Valls, a Gulliver Prep alum and also a member of the Virginia Cavaliers, secured the honor for a third year. She is majoring in Media Studies.

Florida State junior Izaak Bastian, a St. Andrew’s alum and Bahamas national team member, earned the honor for the third year. He is majoring in Athletic Training.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.

CHLORINATED WATER CAN KILL COVID-19

There is now concrete evidence that swimming pools can be safe and secure environments if appropriate measures are taken.

The proper operation of public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds (such as at an apartment complex or owned by a community) and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

A study out of London backs that up saying chances of getting the COVID-19 virus from a swimming pool are “negligible.”

In a study commissioned by Swim England and Water Babies Swim School, with support from the Royal Life Saving Society, virologists from Imperial College London studied what effect varying concentrations of chlorine in water have on the coronavirus.

“By mixing the virus with swimming pool water that was delivered to us by the Water Babies team, we could show that the virus does not survive in swimming pool water, it was no longer infectious,” Wendy Barclay of Imperial College London told the Daily Mail. “That, coupled with the huge dilution factor of virus that might find its way into a swimming pool from an infected person, suggests the chance of contracting COVID-19 from swimming pool water is negligible.”

Although the water should be safe, precautions should still be taken when using a public pool, the CDC said, including wearing a mask and social distancing in addition to not sharing goggles, pool noodles and other equipment with anyone not in your household.

CHLORINE TABLETS SHORTAGE EXPECTED

Chlorine tablets commonly used in backyard swimming pools to keep the water clean may be facing a shortage this summer, which means higher prices for pool owners because of the high demand.

The expected shortage is due in part to a fire destroying a Louisiana factory which accounted for about 80 percent of the nation’s supply.

Now, pool experts say a bucket of chlorine could cost about $200 more than it did this time last year.

Retailers are working on importing chlorine tablets from foreign vendors in China and Europe to keep up with the demand, but customers should still expect a high price tag.

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

Texas Longhorns Win NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 27, 2021–On an exciting final day, Texas knocked off defending champion California to win the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Texas, leading by 42 points going into the fourth and final day, took back the title with 595 points. It was the Longhorns and head coach Eddie Reese’s 15th national championship in the program’s history and sixth in the last 11 years.

Reese, the most decorated coach in NCAA history, is in his 43rd season coaching the Longhorns. He has now won a national title in five different decades.

Texas is the first team since Auburn in 2006 to win the men’s national title without winning an individual swimming event. But all 20 of its swimmers scored points in every individual and relay event.

California finished in the top two with 568 points for the 11th consecutive year. Texas was runner-up in 2019. No NCAAs were held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, Texas won it four consecutive years with California runner-up those four years.

Rounding out the top five teams on Saturday night, University of Florida was third with 367 for its first top four finish since 2017; Georgia was fourth with 268 for its first top four finish since 1997; and Louisville fifth with 211 for the second consecutive year. University of Miami was 19th with 54 points. Florida State was 23rd with 32.5.

Florida junior Bobby Finke won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a meet and pool record 14:12.52. The meet record was 14:22.41 set by Clark Smith of Texas in 2017. The pool record was 14:23.52 set by Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine in 2014.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:35.75, breaking the pool record of 1:37.19 set in morning prelims by Cal’s Destin Lasco, who finished second in finals in 1:35.99.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer won the 100-yard freestyle in a pool record 40.89 breaking his own pool record set in prelims in 40.90. Florida’s Kieran Smith was sixth in 41.89.

Minnesota junior Max McHugh won the 200-yard breaststroke in a pool record 1:49.02. The previous pool record was 1:49.87 set by Cal’s Reece Whitley, second at night in 1:49.54.

Florida State junior Izaak Bastian, a St. Andrew’s alum and Bahamas national team member, was 36th in the 200 breaststroke in 1:56.50.

Louisville senior Nicolas Albiero, son of Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero, won the 200-yard butterfly in a pool record 1:38.64. He broke his own pool record set in prelims in 1:38.65.

In the men’s platform diving, Purdue senior Brandon Loschiavo won with 469.05 points. Miami’s Zach Cooper was third with 442.65. Former Fort Lauderale diver Jordan Windle of Texas was fourth with 422.75 points. Windle scored the most points for the Longhorns with 52.

With Texas leading 37 points going into the relay, California (Bjorn Seeliger, Ryan Hoffer, Destin Lasco, Hugo Gonzalez) came from behind to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:46.60. Florida (Adam Cheney, Kieran Smith, Eric Friese, Trey Freeman) was second in 2:46.88. Texas (Daniel Krueger, Chris Staka, Jake Sannem, Drew Kibler) finished fourth in 2:48.28.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams competed.

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

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

There was no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals were assigned seating in the grandstand seating area.

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

Texas Regains Lead After Day Three Of NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 26, 2021–Defending champion California and Texas are still locked in a battle after three days of competition in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Texas regained the lead with 414 points. All 16 of its swimmers have made at least one final and scored. Defending national champion California dropped to second with 372 points. University of Florida is third with 282.

University of Miami is tied with Tennessee for 18th with 38 points. Florida State is 23rd with 24.5.

Florida State junior Izaak Bastian, a St. Andrew’s alum and Bahamas national team member, was 19th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 52.29, off his best time of 51.84.

Indiana diver Andrew Capobianco knocked off former Fort Lauderdale diver Jordan Windle of Texas for the 3-meter springboard title. Capobianco finished with 505.20 points and Windle had 484.60. Miami sophomore Brodie Scapens was fifth with 413.75. Miami freshman teammate Jack Matthews was 121th with 389.85.

In swimming action, Florida junior Bobby Finke opened with a win in the 400-yard individual medley in a pool record 3:36.90. The pool record was first broken in prelims by Texas freshman Carson Foster in 3:37.79.

California senior Ryan Hoffer won the 100-yard butterfly in 44.25, his second win of the meet.

Florida junior Kieran Smith won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:30.10 just ahead of Texas junior Drew Kibler in 1:30.39.

Minnesota junior Max McHugh won the 100-yard breaststroke in a pool record 50.87. McHugh is a great comeback story after recovering from a gunshot injury in 2019.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 100-yard backstroke in 44.20 ahead of N.C. State sophomore Kacper Stokowski in 44.37.

Louisville pulled off a win in the 200-yard medley relay in a pool record 1:22.11 with Mitchell Whyte, Evgeni Somov, Nicolas Albiero and Haridi Sameh.

Florida was second in 1:22.41 with Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and Will Davis. Chaney had a 20.55 opening split.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams are competing. California is defending champion and Texas was runner-up in 2019. No NCAAs were held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 looks a lot different, much like last week’s women’s NCAAs.

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

There is no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals were assigned seating in the grandstand seating area.

The meet is airing on ESPN3 for both preliminary and finals sessions.

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

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

Former Fort Lauderdale Diver Jordan Windle Wins 1-Meter; California Takes Lead At NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 25, 2021–Defending champion California overtook opening day leader and chief rival Texas Thursday in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Cal Bears lead with 230 points followed by Texas with 203 and University of Florida with 161 points. University of Miami is 19th with 19 points and Florida State is 20th with 18.5.

Texas senior Jordan Windle, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, won the 1-meter springboard title with 435.60 points, bettering his prelim total of 379.30. It was Texas’ first 1-meter title since 2012. Longhorns freshman teammate Noah Duperre was second with 405.45. The pair totaled 37 points. University of Miami sophomore Brodie Scapens was seventh with 337.15 points and freshman teammate Jack Matthews was tenth with 342.65 points.

Defending national champion California opened the night with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record 1:14.36 with relay members Bjorn Seeliger, Ryan Hoffer, Daniel Carr and Nate Biondi, oldest son of 11-time Olympic medalist and one of Cal’s most accomplished athletes, Matt Biondi.

Top-seed Florida was second in 1:14.48 with Adam Chaney, Will Davis, Kieran Smith and Eric Friese, who had an 18.38 anchor split and nearly reeled in Biondi. Florida State was 15th in 1:17.07 with Peter Varjasi, Kuba Ksiazek, Mason Herbet and Max McCusker.

Georgia freshman Jake Magahey won the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record 4:07.97. He was the only freshman in the Top 16. The previous mark was 4:08.19 set by Townley Haas of Texas in 2019.

Smith, a junior, came back after the relay to finish second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:08.07, also breaking the meet record. Gator teammates Bobby Finke was sixth in 4:11.11, Trey Freeman was 11th in 4:12.21 and Alfonso Mestre was 14th in 4:14.97 for 39 total points.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:39.53. Cal junior Hugo Gonzalez was second in 1:39.99 and Bears freshman teammate Destin Lasco was third in 1:40.01. The top three finishers all dipped below the previous pool record of 1:40.61 set in prelims by Lasco.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.33, breaking his own pool record of 18.43 set in morning prelims. Cal freshman Bjorn Seeliger was second in 18.71 and Florida freshman Adam Chaney was third in 18.88.

In the final event of the night, Texas edged California in the 400-yard medley relay. The Longhorns won in a pool record 3:00.23 with Chris Staka, Caspar Corbeau, Alvin Jiang and Daniel Krueger. The Bears were a close second in 3:00.73 with Destin Lasco, Reece Whitley, Ryan Hoffer and Bjorn Seeliger. Florida was third in 3:01.51 with Adam Cheney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and workhorse Smith. Florida State was 11th in 3:04.83 with St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian swimming the second leg in a 51.31 split.

Bastian, a Bahamian national team member, will compete in the 100 breaststroke on Friday.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams are competing. California is defending champion and Texas was runner-up in 2019. No NCAAs were held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 looks a lot different, much like last week’s women’s NCAAs.

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

There is no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals were assigned seating in the grandstand seating area.

The meet is airing on ESPN3 for both preliminary and finals sessions.

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

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

Louisville Wins First Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Title By Two Points; Florida State Finishes Fifth


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., February 28, 2021–For the first time in school history, the University of Louisville won a thrilling Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Cardinals, coached by Arthur Albiero since 2003, broke five school records, had eight first place swims and won in the closest margin of victory in ACC history.

Louisville finished with 1,181 points and edged North Carolina State by two points in the meet. N.C. State was second with 1,179 and Virginia Tech was third with 1,085.

Florida State, with St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, finished fifth with 740 points.

Louisville needed to finish in the top three of the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final race of the meet, to win the championship. The teams were separated by 10 points going into the relay.

The Louisville relay team of Haridi Sameh, Nicolas Albiero, Michael Eastman and Tanner Cummings delivered, finishing second to N.C. State (2:48.19) with a time of 2:48.37.

“What a meet all around,” Albiero said. “I am proud to be part of this conference. It has been a crazy year for all of us. I am so proud of the guys. They found a way to be resilient.

“Plenty of things weren’t pretty but this group has so much fight. I love their passion and pride. We are who we are because of the people who came before us.

“This is such a special group. We do it the Louisville way, with heart and with not dwelling on past mistakes.”

Louisville’s score marked the highest point total in program history, bettering the previous mark of 1,178 set in 2015 during its first year in the ACC.

The win snapped N.C. State’s winning streak.

The Cardinals return to the Greensboro Aquatic Center for the NCAA Championships on March 24-27.

Vlad Polyakov, a St. Thomas Aquinas and Coral Springs Swim Club alum, has been a member of the Louisville coaching staff and men’s recruiting coordinator since September 2012. He is a three-time Olympian and world champion for Kazakhstan and NCAA champion for Alabama, where Albiero was on the swim coaching staff at the time.

In early January, Albiero was forced to watch his team’s Missouri meet on his home computer because of COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.

Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland was named the Most Valuable Swimmer after becoming the first men’s swimmer since 2018 to win three individual events. Hoagland won the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle.

North Carolina’s Anton Down-Jenkins was voted the Most Valuable Diver last week after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.

University of Miami swept the podium for the men’s platform diving competition. The Hurricanes’ Zach Cooper won the event after taking silver in 2020 with a score of 421.50, extending the Hurricanes’ streak to five straight titles in the event. Max Flory (416.05) and Brodie Scapens (380.70) rounded out the top three.


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

Auburn, Florida State Split Dual Meet; Locals Gaby Banks, Izaak Bastian, Cam Taddonio Compete


By Sharon Robb
AUBURN, Ala., January 22, 2021—Florida State men’s swim team won its first dual meet against Auburn in school history on the road Wednesday at James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

The Seminole men, ranked 15th in the nation, defeated Auburn, 180-120.

FSU’s women’s team, featuring South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks and ranked No. 21 in the nation, dropped a 186-114 decision to Auburn.

FSU men’s team remains unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“It was, of course, amazing to get the men’s first win over Auburn,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We had so many of our top guys out, so this win was even more special because it was a real team effort.”

Florida State won 13 of the 16 events competed, starting off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay behind the team of freshman Mason Herbet along with juniors Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker and Jakub Ksiazek in 1:28.08.

Auburn women won 10 of 16 events.

“The ladies swam great today,” Studd added. “It made for an awesome day. I am one proud coach tonight.”

Florida State will return to the Morcom Aquatics Center on Jan. 27 for a meet against North Florida and Tampa at 2 p.m.

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks, who represents Jamaica internationally, was a member of the Seminoles’ fourth place 400-yard freestyle relay and fifth place 200-yard medley relay, sixth in the 50 freestyle in 23.89 and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.26.

Former St. Andrew’s swimmer Izaak Bastian, who represents the Bahamas internationally, had three firsts and one second place for the Seminoles. He won the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.56 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.13. He was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay and second place 400-yard freestyle relay,

In one of the closest women’s races, Auburn freshman Emma Steckiel won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.54, just ahead of teammate Claudia Thamm in 50.67 and FSU’s Rebecca Moynihan in 50.69.

WOMEN
Auburn 186, Florida State 114

200-yard medley relay: 1. Auburn A 1:40.35, 2. FSU A 1:40.56, 3. FSU B 1:41.65.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Averee Preble, AUB 10:01.71, 2. Colby Hurt, AUB 10:16.42, 3. Maggie Emary, FSU 10:20.32.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Hetzer, AUB 1:49.59, 2. Claudia Thamm, AUB 1:50.51, 3. Kertu Alnek, FSU 1:50.59.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Emma Terebo, FSU 53.87, 2. Maddie McDonald, FSU 54.36, 3. Tania Quaglieri, FSU 54.46.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Carly Cummings, AUB 1:02.24, 2. Brynn Curtis, AUB 1:03.35, 3. Hanna Newby, AUB 1:04.4.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Averee Preble, AUB 2:01.73, 2. ELysse Pardus, AUB 2:02.05, 3. Hannah Womer, FSU 2:02.79.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 23.27, 2. Emma Steckiel, AUB 23.38, 3. Abigail Gibbons, AUB 23.47, 6. Gaby Banks 23.89.

3-meter diving: 1. Samantha Vear, FSU 312.75, 2. Ashlynn Sullivan, AUB 312.00, 3. Gretchen Wensuc, AUB 291.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Samantha Vear, FSU 300.00, 2. Gretchen Wensuc, AUB 266.85, 3. Maia Goldstein, AUB 265.50.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Steckiel, AUB 50.54, 2. Claudia Thamm, AUB 50.67, 3. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 50.69, 8. Gaby Banks, FSU 52.26.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Kensley Merritt, AUB 1:59.94, 2. Maddie McDonald, FSU 2:00.90, 3. Meghan Lee, AUB 2:01.25.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Carly Cummings, AUB 2:14.32, 2. Brynn Curtis, AUB 2:14.97, 3. Val Tarazi, AUB 2:16.44.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Hetzer, AUB 4:50.80, 2. Averee Preble, AUB 4:52.17, 3. Hannah Ownbey, AUB 4:57.71.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jenny Halden, FSU 52.66, 2. Jewels Harris, AUB 54.94, 3. Abigail Gibbons, AUB 55.02.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Hannah Ownbey, AUB 4:18.10, 2. Colby Hurt, AUB 4:21.83, 3. Meghan Lee, AUB 4:22.52.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU A 3:22.47, 2. Auburn A 3:23.71, 3. Auburn B 3:27.06, 4. FSU B 3:29.43 (Gaby Banks, Elise Olsen, Tania Quaglieri, Maddie McDonald).

MEN
Florida State 180, Auburn 120

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU A 1:28.08 (Mason Herbet, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker, Kuba Ksiazek), 2. Auburn A 1:29.54, 3. FSU B 1:30.41.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Michael Bonson, AUB 9:15.65, 2. Samuel Oliver, AUB 9:23.02, 3. David Quirie, FSU 9:23.31, 7. Cam Taddonio, FSU 9:44.54.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mikkel Gadgaard, AUB 1:36.63, 2. Santi Corredor, FSU 1:38.96, 3. Ryan Husband, AUB 1:39.75.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mason Herbet, FSU 48.09, 2. Jackson Lucas, FSU 49.25, 3. Christian Ginieczki, AUB 49.59.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian FSU 54.56, 2. Reid Mikuta, AUB 54.62, 3. Alejandro Flores, AUB 55.23.

200-yard butterfly: None

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kuba Ksiazek, FSU 20.58, 2. Thomas Heinzel, AUB 20.79, 3. Blake Moran, FSU 20.84.

1-meter diving: 1. Joshua Davidson, FSU 327.15, 2. David Vargas Garcia, AUB 325.80, 3. Logan Andrews, AUB 309.08.

3-meter diving: 1. Joshua Davidson, FSU 377.70, 2. Hunter Kebler, AUB 323.10, 3. Jesco Helling, FSU 323.03.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Max McCusker, FSU 44.40, 2. Mikkel Gadgaard, AUB 44.80, 3. Kuba Ksiazek, FSU 44.95.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Nick Vance, FSU 1:47.76, 2. Mason Herbert, FSU :48.64, 3. Elliott Jones, AUB 1:49.91.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, FSU 2:00.13, 2. Reid Mikuta, AUB 2:00.29, 3. Ty Babinec, AUB 2:03.79.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Santi Corredor, FSU 4:27.86, 2. Michael Bonson, AUB 4:28.36, 3. Samuel Oliver, AUB 4:35.22.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Max McCusker, FSU 48.11, 2. Rush Clark, FSU 49.14, 3. Christian Ginieczki, AUB 49.39.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Nick Vance, FSU 3:53.60, 2. Mikkel Gadgaard, AUB 3:53.65, 3. Santi Corredo, FSU 4:00.51, 9. Cam Taddonio, FSU 4:11.40.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Auburn A 3:02.12, 2. FSU B 3:03.80 (Izaak Bastian, Santi Corredo, Rush Clark, David Quirie), 3. Auburn B 3:04.59.

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

Florida State, Georgia Tech Split; SOFLO’s Gabby Banks Takes Two Seconds


By Sharon Robb


TALLAHASSEE, November 6, 2020—Florida State split with Georgia Tech Friday in an Atlantic Coast Conference dual meet at Morcom Aquatic Center.

Georgia Tech picked up its first dual meet win over the Seminoles since 2014, 176-124, while the Seminoles men’s team edged Georgia Tech, 152-147.

It was only the second win for Georgia Tech women in their 17 all-time match-ups. The women won 12 of 16 events.

The Seminoles were without about a third of their roster because of COVID-19 protocols.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gabby Banks, a freshman at Florida State, took two seconds and one sixth in individual events and third place on a relay.

Banks, who totaled eight points, was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.84 and second in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.46.

Banks was also a member of FSU’s third-place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:45.30. She was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.72.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Izaak Bastian, a junior at Florida State, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.40 and second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.23. He was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay and fifth place 400-yard freestyle relay. He totaled 13 points.

No spectators were allowed at the meet under strict COVID-19 guidelines.

WOMEN
Georgia Tech 176, Florida State 124


200-yard medley relay: 1. Georgia Tech 1:44.28, 2. FSU A 1:45.15, 3. FSU B 1:45.30 (Madeline Cohen, Kile Carriger, Elise Olsen, Gabby Banks).

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Maria Schramm Seifer, GT 10:12.01, 2. Maggie Emary, FSU 10:18.52, 3. Sydney Cole, FSU 10:19.85.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Rei Kuramoto, GT 1:51.56, 2. Phoebe Griffiths, FSU 1:51.60, 3. Maria Schramm Seifer, GT 1:53.65, 6. Gabby Banks, FSU 1:57.72.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Allie Paschal, GT 55.48, 2. Pia Murray, FSU 56.02, 3. Maddie McDonald, FSU 57.29.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Catriona MacGregor, GT 1:04.29, 2. Nicole Williams, GT 1:04.75, 3. Claudia Butterfield, GT 1:04.90.

200-yard butterfly: 1. McKenzie Campbell, GT 2:00.33, 2. Hannah Womer, FSU 2:03.34, 3. Ginerva Molino, FSU 2:05.41.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 23.56, 2. Gabby Banks, FSU 23.84, 3. Emily Graham, GT 24.11.

1-meter diving: 1. Samantha Vear, FSU 253.30, 2. Carmen Woodruff, GT 249.83, 3. Anna Bradescu, GT 239.55.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 51.73, 2. Gabby Banks, FSU 52.46, 3. Emma Terebo, FSU 52.53.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Allie Paschal, GT 1:59.83, 2. Pia Murray, FSU 2:01.94, 3. Astrid Dirkzwager, GT 2:02.79.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Julia Shuford, GT 2:20.07, 2. Claudia Butterfield, GT 2:20.36, 3. Nicole Williams, GT 2:21.65.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Maria Schramm seifer, GT 4:57.11, 2. Phoebe Griffiths, FSU 4:57.12, 3. McKenzie Campbell 4:59.70.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rei Kuramoto, GT 56.59, 2. Lindsey Merk, GT 56.66, 3. Hannah Womer, FSU 56.99.

3-meter diving: 1. Carmen Woodruff, GT 266.63, 2. Anna Bradescu, GT 263.25, 3. Samantha Vear, FSU 247.57.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Catriona MacGregor, GT 2:04.77, 2. McKenzie Campbell, GT 2:06.54, 3. Hannah Womer, FSU 2:06.94.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU A 3:28.32 (ana Zortea, Phoebe Griffiths, Emma Terebo, Rebecca Moynihan), 2. Georgia Tech A 3:29.17, 3. Georgia Tech B 3:36.33.

MEN
Florida State 152, Georgia Tech 147


200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida State A 1:29.01 (Mason Hebert, Izaak Bastian, Domen Demsar, Kuba Ksiazek), 2. Florida State B 1:31.62, 3. Georgia Tech 1:32.97.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. David Quirie, FSU 9:25.31, 2. Zachary Smith, FSU 9:25.80, 3. Caleb Blischke, GT 9:28.30.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Caio Pumputis, GT 1:37.32, 2. Aziz Ghaffari, FSU 1:39.38, 3. Josh Cohen, GT 1:39.56.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Mason Hebert, FSU 48.20, 2. Jackson Lucas, FSU 50.28, 3. LeonWarnakulasuriya, GT 51.51, exhibition, Elvis Kotikovski, FSU 53.57.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, FSU 55.40, 2. Daniel Kertesz, GT 55.89, 3. Paxton Rhoads, FSU 57.25.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Christian Ferraro, GT 1:46.41, 2. Nick Vance, FSU 1:48.88, 3. Tommy Eaton, FSU 1:50.13.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kuba Ksiazek, FSU 20.69, 2. Domen Demsar, FSU 20.87, 3. Grant Allison, GT 21.05.

1-meter diving: 1. Joshua Davidson, FSU 325.50, 2. Ruben Lechuga, GT 319.20, 3. Jesco Helling, FSU 273.53.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Ferraro, GT 45.02, 2. Max McCusker, FSU 45.41, 3. Grant Allison, GT 45.77.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Nick Vance, FSU 1:48.57, 2. Leon Warnakulasuriya, GT 1:51.92, 3. Noah Young, FSU 1:54.03.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Caio Pumputis, GT 1:56.70, 2. Izaak Bastian, FSU 2:04.23, 3. Tanner Doan, GT 2:07.26.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Cohen, GT 4:31.40, 2. Dylan Scott, GT 4:32.27, 3. Aziz Ghaffari, FSU 4:35.21, exhibition Daniel Jacobs, GT 4:40.06, Cam Taddonio, 4:52.96.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Christian Ferraro, GT 47.74, 2. Max McCusker, FSU 48.56, 3. Mason Hebert, FSU 48.75.

3-meter diving: 1. Ruben Lechuga, GT 328.58, 2. Jacob Kreider, GT 286.95, 3. Joshua Davidson, FSU 276.75.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Caio Pumputis, GT 1:48.92, 2. Nick Vance, FSU 1:49.76, 3. Mason Hebert, FSU 1:51.66. exhibition, Elvis Kotikovski, FSU 2:02.42.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Georgia Tech A 2:58.69, 2. Florida State A 2:59.87, 3. Georgia Tech B 3:03.11.

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

Greek Swimmer Papastamos Breaks World Junior Record; Izaak Bastian, Gaby Banks Post Highest Finishes On Day Five Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 24, 2019—Apostolos Papastamos of Greece broke the world junior and championship records in the 400-meter individual medley on Day Five of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Saturday at state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

Papastamos dominated the field and dropped eight seconds from his prelim time to win in 4:11.93. It was also a Greek national record breaking the previous mark of 4:14.41.

The U.S. won its first gold medal in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:37.61 with Gretchen Walsh, Torri Huske, Grace Cooper and Amy Tang. The time was just a second-and-a-half off the world junior and championship record.

Other individual winners:

Aussie teenager Lani Pallister, 17, won the 1500-meter freestyle in a championship record 15:58.86. She won the mile by 16 seconds and completed her hat trick after also winning the 400- and 800-meter freestyles.

Italian Thomas Ceccon won his second gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.27 just ahead of Russian Andrei Minakov in 23.29.

Australia won its second gold of the night with Bronte Job in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.87. Jade Hannah of Canada and Daria Vaskina of Russia tied for the silver in 27.91.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

7. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s, Florida State, 50-meter breaststroke, 28.25/semifinals, 9. 28.39, reserve.

19. Jamaica, women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay, 4:00.09, Zaneta Alvaranga, Sabrina Lyn, Gaby Banks, Emily MacDonald.

35. Gaby Banks, Jamaica, Cypress Bay/SOFLO, 50-meter freestyle, 26.87.

78. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics, 100-meter freestyle, 54.59.

86. Nicolas Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest Swimming, 100-meter freestyle, 55.40.

“My swims this meet haven’t been great, but I have learned a lot from Junior Worlds, seeing all these fast people swim and all these fast times and how difficult it is to make it to semi-finals and finals,” Vale said.

“It definitely motivates me more to train harder and work more on my details and my techniques and based on what I have learned from the faster swimmers, there are details in my stroke that I can work on.

Around 800 young promising swimmers ages between 15-17 (women) 14-18 (men) are competing in the six-day competition, which has produced many of today’s swimming stars.

A total of 125 National Federations are represented at Duna Arena, the venue that staged the 17th FINA World Championships in July 2017 and has been the background to many FINA high-profile competitions since then such as the FINA Champions Swim Series and Swimming World Cup.

Daily heat sessions are at 9:30 a.m while semifinals and finals are at 5:30 p.m. The championships end Sunday.

All sessions are being live streamed on FINAtv and daily news reports will be available on FINA website. Results are available immediately after each event on FINA website and on FINA mobile app.

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