Julia Podkoscielny Wins Second Event At UANA Tokyo Qualifier; Alia Atkinson Scratches Second Final


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 1, 2021—Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swim Team won her second event of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier Saturday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Podkoscielny, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best time 4:20.11, shaving 5.87 seconds off her previous best of 4:25.98. She first bettered her time in prelims in 4:25.31, second fastest qualifying time.

Podkoscielny also was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:38.51, dropping a whopping 14.57 seconds off her previous best.

On Friday, the U.S. Olympic trials qualifier won her first event, the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.15.

Podkoscielny has the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke left to swim on Sunday, the fourth and final day of the FINA meet.

For the second day, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 32, scratched from a final, the 100-meter butterfly, after qualifying second in morning prelims in 1:01.73. She also scratched from the 100-meter breaststroke final. Atkinson, already qualified for her fifth Olympics, is nursing a quad strain and did not want to risk further injury with two swims in one day.

On opening day, Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win in the sprint event in the U.S. She has not lost in the event on U.S. soil since May 2016. She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03.

Venezuela’s Andrea Santander, 19, racing for the first time with SOFLO, finished the 50-meter freestyle in 27.49. She has the 100-meter freestyle to swim on Sunday.

Other Saturday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 50-meter freestyle, 25.95. Moore was named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year in March.

Mexico national record holder Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:28.49.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 100-meter butterfly, 59.66.

Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, 25, of Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:13.97, new national record.

Gabe Castano, 23, Penn State, 50-meter freestyle, 22.21.

St. Croix native and national record holder Adriel Sanes, 22, Virgin Islands, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:14.45.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico, 100-meter butterfly, 52.84.

Puerto Rico’s Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-Florida, 400-meter freestyle, 3:51.65.

Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, 23, Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:01.46, new national record.

Mexico continues to dominate leading the combined, men’s and women’s team standings. Azura Florida Aquatics is second in all three categories.

Pine Crest, with 41.5 points from Podkoscielny, is fourth among combined teamw with 66.5 points and fourth in the women’s team standings with 61.5.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate are 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.

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

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Mexico 183, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 154.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 74, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Gator Swim Club 40, 7. tie, Virgin Islands 31, Britania Desert Dragons 31, 9. Aruba 29, 10. Club Libanes Potosino 27, 16. South Florida Aquatic 20, 43. Jamaica 3.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 106, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 86, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 31, 5. Dominican Republic 22, 6. Colorado Stars 21, 7. Zacatecas 19, 8. Olympus 17, 9. Aruba 15, 10. Texas A&M 13, 20. Pine Crest 5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 77, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 68.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 68, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 31, 7. tie, Montverde 22, Club Libanes Potosino, 22, 9. Bermuda Swim Team 21, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

WOMEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 25.95, 2. Jeserik Pinto, Venezuela 25.95, 3. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 26.01; SOFLO: 22. Andrea Santander 27.49; FGC: 21. Colleen Furgeson, Azura 27.37, 23. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 27.64, 24. Samantha Roberts, Azura 27.71.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, Britania Desert Dragons 2:28.49, 2. Michaela Sierra, Azura 2:34.27, 3. Kristia Jurado, Waterproof Swim Academy 2:35.21; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:36.76, 6. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 2:38.51, time drop 14.57.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 59.66, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:00.60, 3. Addison Reese, Windermere Lakers 1:01.32; FGC: 4. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:02.00, 8. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.74, 29. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:10.53.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 4:20.11, time drop, 2. Paige MacEachern, Pine Crest 4:20.59, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 4:21.19.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, Mexico 2:13.97, 2. McKenna DeBeverm Tennessee Aquatics 2:16.89, 3. Destiny Nelson Texas Ford Aquatics 2:18.97; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:20.51, 19. Isabella Chambers, Pine Crest 2:32.69, 20. Sophia Perez, Gulliver 2:34.10.

MEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Gabe Castano, Unattached-PSU 22.21, 2. Matej Dusa, Unattached-Queens 22.59, 3. Alberto Mestre, Azura 22.65; FGC: 14. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 23.37, 15. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 23.53, 19. Kohen Kerr, Azura 23.80, 27. Kerry Ollivierre, Azura 24.14.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Adriel Sanes, Virgin Islands Swimming 2:14.45, 2. Nils Wich-Glasen, Gator Swim Club 2:15.95, 3. Tyler Christianson, Unattached-Irish Aquatics 2:16.58; FGC: 5. Izaak Bastian, Unattached-FSU 2:17.78, 7. Matteo Zampese, Azura 2:20.74, 13. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 2:23.50, 16. Kevin De Grijze, Venezueka 2:25.67, 17. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:27.09; SOFLO: 23. Javier Colmenares 2:30.62

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 52.84, 2. Abbas Qali, Azura 54.45, 3. Alvaro Octavio Ibarra Reyes, Aguascalientes 54.55; FGC: 5. Steven Aimable, Azua 55.14, 9. Gabriel Araya, Azura 55.25, 14. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 55.62, 15. Yeziel Morales, Azura 56.09, 18. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.42, 24. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.90.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-FL 3:51.65, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 3:52.07, 3. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 3:52.18; FGC: 8. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 3:59.11, 14. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 4:02.71, 29. Max Fermayer, Azura 4:16.30.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 2:01.46, 2. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 2:02.45, 3. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:04.58; SOFLO: 11. Miguel Cancel, Unattached-UF 2:05.02, time drop 0.87; FGC: 25. Kevin De Grijze, Venezuela 2:14.05, 26. Diego Balbi 2:14.98.

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

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Wins First Event; SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Scratches Final On Day Two Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 30, 2021—After swimming the second fastest time in morning prelims, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson scratched from the 100-meter breaststroke final in the UANA Tokyo Qualifier Friday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

The 32-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, already qualified for her fifth Olympic appearance in her signature event, strained her quad and decided to play it safe instead of risking further injury.

Atkinson was seeded second in 1:11.54 behind eventual winner Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, in 1:10.60. Atkinson is expected to swim the 100-meter butterfly prelims on Saturday.

On opening day, Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win in the sprint event in the U.S. She has not lost in the event on U.S. soil 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 27.01.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swim Team won her first event of the meet in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.15 ahead of teammate Paige MacEachern in 4:48.09.

Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached for Florida State, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.33.

Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cancel, 21, who trains with SOFLO during the summer and is swimming unattached for Florida, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.07.

Other winners were:

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:01.16.

Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.11.

Great Britain’s Pia Murray, 19, swimming unattached for Florida State, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.94.

Jordanian Olympian Khader Baqlah, 22, of Gator Swim Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.10.

Josue Dominguez, 24, of the Dominican Republic won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.25 breaking his own national record.

Clark Beach, 21, swimming unattached for Florida, won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.70.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:19.01.

Mexico has been the most dominant team after two days. Mexico leads the combined, men and women’s team standings.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race.

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. Saturday’s events are: men’s and women’s

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Mexico 103, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 81.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 48, 4. Pine Crest 41.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. Gator Swim Club 25, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club, Olympus, Britania Desert Dragons 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 103, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 81.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 48, 4. Pine Crest 41.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. Gator Swim Club 25, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club, Olympus, Britania Desert Dragons 20.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 49, 2. Scarlet Aquatic 44, 3. Pine Crest 36.5, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 35.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club, Britania Desert Dragons 20, 8. Montverde Aquatic Club 16.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:01.16, best time, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 2:04.08, 3. Giulia Grasso, Unattached Queens, NC 2:04.45; FGC; 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:05.99, 8. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:07.02, 22. Lauren Hew, Cayman Island 2:09.06.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, Britania Desert Dragons 1:09.11, 2. Micaela Sierra, Azura Florida Aquatics/Uruguay 1:12.13, national record, 3. Emily Santos, Montverde Aquatic Club 1:12.22; FGC: 9. Riley Botting, PC 1:15.13.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 1:02.94, 2. McKenna DeBever, Tennessee Aquatics 1:02.99, 3. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:03.46; FGC: 4. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:03.79, 5. Julia Podkoscielny 1:03.81, 20. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 1:08.48, 21. Colleen Furgeson, Azura 1:07.33, 22. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:07.68, 26. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:10.27, 27. Simone Vale, PC 1:10.47, 28. Sophia Perez, GULL 1:11.69.

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:47.15, 2. Paige MacEachern, PC 4:48.09, 3. Ginevra Molino, UNATT-FSU 4:54.80; FGC: 7. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 5:03.30, 12. Riley Botting, PC 5:05.68, 18. Sophia Perez, GULL 5:20.42.

MEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Khader Baqlah, Gator Swim Club 1:48.10, 2. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 1:48.40, 3. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached UF 1:49.84; FGC: 5. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 1:50.19, 10. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:53.22, 13. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 1:53.20, 14. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 1:53.58.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Josue Dominguez, Dominican Republic 1:01.25, national record holder, 2. Nills Wich-Glasen, Gator Swim Club 1:01.90, 3. Izaak Bastian, Unattached FSU 1:02.33; FGC: 7. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:03.64, 10. Matteo Zampese, Azura 1:04.09, 19. Brandon Moran, Azura 1:06.56; SOFLO: 28. Javier Colmenares, Venezuela 1:09.01.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Clark Beach, Unattached-UF 55.70, 2. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus Swim Team 55.76, 3. Yeziel Morales, Azura 56.11; FGC: 4. Lance Lesage, Unattached-PC 56.45, 10. Will Taner, PC 1:00.71, 19. Steven Aimable, Azura 1:00.04, 25. Diego Balbi, SAS 59.96

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 4:19.01, best time, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 4:21.20, 3. Kieran Smith, Unattached-UF 4:22.00; SOFLO: 5. Miguel Cancel, Unattached-UF 4:33.07, 24. Javier Colmenares, Venezuela 4:51.83, 27. Leo Mateus 5:02.89; FGC: 10. Patrick Groters, Aruba 4:30.72, 28. Jake Wienants, GULL 5:03.81.

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

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads Field For UANA Tokyo Qualifier That Begins Thursday In Clermont


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 28, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson heads a fast field for the UANA Tokyo Qualifier that gets under way Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

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 Championships in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

“The UANA Tokyo Qualifier is a significant opportunity for swimmers throughout the world to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Dale Neuberger, newly-named FINA Treasurer. “With athletes from over 60 countries competing, the state of Florida has established itself as an important and desirable location for international competition.”

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

Recently, Atkinson was named an an athlete member to the UANA Technical Committee for swimming through 2023.

Atkinson, 32, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, has already qualified for her fifth Olympics in Tokyo in her signature 100-meter breaststroke event.

In addition to the 100-meter breaststroke, Atkinson is also entered in the 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly. She is seeded first in the 50-meter butterfly (26.61) and breaststroke (30.58) events, second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.00) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:00.87).

She will be joined by four other SOFLO teammates: Mariangela Cincotti Serafini, 17, and Andrea Santander, 19, both of Venezuela; Julio Horrego, 22, of Honduras and Leo Mateus, 19, of Colombia.

All five swimmers are representing SOFLO.

Horrego is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events and is an Olympic hopeful. Horrego represented Honduras at the Central American and Caribbean Games where he was fifth in the 200 breast in 2:16.40 and eighth in the 200 IM in 2:05.40. At the 2018 CCCAN meet he won the 100 breast (1:03.30); 200 breaststroke (2:20.87) and 200 IM (2:04.85). He was a two-time high school state champion at Mater Academy and former Florida State swimmer.

Cincotti Serafini, headed to Drexel University in the fall, will swim the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. She will graduate from Nova Southeastern University School where she qualified for the state meet as a junior and broke school records in the 200 and 500 freestyles. She is a member of Venezuela’s national team and has competed in the Pan American and South American Games. In 2018, she qualified for the Open Water Junior World Championships in Eilat. She is a member of two Venezuelan national age group relay records.

Santander, a former Broward County High School Swimmer of the Year and state champion for Pine Crest, earned a scholarship to University of Southern California her senior year. As a junior, she represented Venezuela in international meets including the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires at age 16. She has competed in five international meets, her first three 17-18 meets and junior worlds. Santander is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyles and 200-meter individual medley.

Mateus, an Everglades High School alum currently enrolled at Yale, swims for the Colombian Swimming Federation and has limited international experience. He is entered in the 200-meter backstroke and breaststroke events and 200- and 400-meter individual medleys.

Miguel Cancel, who trains at SOFLO when he’s not attending and swimming at University of Florida, is competing unattached for Florida. Cancel, a Gulliver Prep alum where he won four individual state titles, has competed on the international scene for Puerto Rico. Among his events are the 50 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke sprints and 200 and 400 IM.

Also competing are SOFLO’s Juan Colmenares, 17, and Javier Colmenares, 14, representing Venezuela and competing for international meet experience.

There will be several other familiar faces with Florida ties in the meet.

Aruba’s Patrick Groters, 22, coached by his brother Jordy, is a NSU University School alum. Their mother is UANA President Maureen Croes.

“I am extremely pleased with the event that UANA, together with Azura, Montverde, Orlando Health National Training Center and Greater Orlando Sports Commission, put together in a very short time,” Croes said.

“Organization of any sporting event during the pandemic is very challenging and requires more attention to details to ensure our athletes and coaches are able to do what they do best safely. I am grateful to all involved, as cooperation and willingness to support has been beyond my wildest dreams.”

Pine Crest will have a talented group of swimmers led by 16-year-old U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny.

Host Azura has a large contingent entered led by El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24. He was the first swimmer from El Salvador to qualify for the Olympics with an “A” cut in 2016.

St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached for Florida State, is representing the Bahamas as a member of the national team and national record holder.

On Thursday timed finals session begins 5 p.m. Events are women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s and women’s 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke. Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

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.

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

100-Day Countdown To Tokyo Summer Olympics Begins Wednesday


By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, April 13, 2021—The 100-day countdown for the long-awaited, much-anticipated 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games begins Wednesday.

The 32nd edition of the Summer Olympics were delayed from 2020 to 2021 despite growing worry over the pandemic. A cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the Olympics after a number of Japanese regions have reported a spike in coronavirus cases since the public health emergency was lifted on March 22.

In Tokyo and five other regions authorities have limited the number of spectators in sporting venues to a maximum of 5,000 and reduced the opening hours of bars and restaurants. Several Olympic test events have been postponed until early May and late June or cancelled.

Officials have gone ahead planning for the Games this summer despite objections from many fans, media and Japanese citizens.

The Olympics are scheduled to begin July 23 with the Opening Ceremony and last until Aug. 8.

On Tuesday the Olympic torch relay ran through a mostly empty Osaka City Park. Officials re-routed the relay off city streets and barred the public.

The torch relay began three weeks ago in northeastern Japan, attempting to navigate around the pandemic with a total of 10,000 runners across the country and ending at the opening ceremony.

After last year’s postponement, organizers talked of cancelling the relay to save money. But it was never really considered because of the IOC’s largest sponsors including Coca-Cola and Toyota.

The top sponsors paid the International Olympic Committee $1 billion in the last full Olympic cycle (2013-2016). That number is expected to double when the next cycle is completed with the postponed Tokyo Games.

According to a recent Kyodo News poll, 72 percent of Japanese want the Games cancelled or postponed because of the ongoing pandemic and country’s slow vaccine rollout. In a recent Wall Street Journal story, only one percent of Japan’s population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Olympic organizers have already taken unprecedented measures including not allowing fans to travel to Japan to watch the Games.

Still, the Olympics and Paralympics are expected to attract 15,400 athletes and thousands of judges, officials, judges, coaches and media even though numbers are expected to be scaled back.

Officials released a 33-page playbook detailing the health and safety protocols that will be in place. There are many guidelines in place for athletes, including tracking, tests and mask mandates. Fans will not be allowed to cheer or sing loudly because of the airborne virus, but are allowed to clap.

Officials have asked that athletes get vaccinated before participating, but say they will not require a vaccination before attending.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 31, has already qualified for her fifth Olympics in her signature event, 100-meter breaststroke. She will be accompanied by her longtime coach, SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson, who will also coach the Jamaican swim contingent which features Sarasota resident and Gator Swim Club’s Keanan Dols.

Dols, 22, recently surpassed the “B” qualifying standard of 2:03.26 and set a new national record of 2:02.15 in the men’s 200-meter individual medley at the Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo, California. In addition to outpacing the Olympic “B” standard, Dols broke his previous national record of 2:03.74 that he set at the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) Senior Cup in St. Petersburg on March 24. His time of 2:02.15 ranks as the sixth-fastest time in the event from the Carifta region.

OLYMPIC NEWS CORNER

Aussies Adjusting Body Time Clocks
When Australia’s top swimmers compete in their national championships that begin on Wednesday, the meet will look just like the Olympic format. The meet begins at night with heats in eight disciplines, followed by finals on Thursday morning. The meet ends with finals on Sunday morning. The swimmers are learning to adjust their routines and body clocks looking ahead to the Olympics.

The morning-final, evening-heat pattern is being used in Tokyo. The distinctive format is a demand of American broadcaster NBC, which wants blockbuster medal races scheduled for prime time in the United States (the same approach was taken for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing).

Aussie officials said the format is crucial. The rest of the world is doing the same format in various sports preparing for the time changes. The swim race times posted at this week’s meet will factor into team selection for the Aussies. The country’s Olympic trials are still scheduled for June in Adelaide unless the pandemic plays a role.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Anyone? Yes Please

The perennial chocolate and peanut butter powerhouse is partnering with three of the greatest U.S. Olympic athletes, Team USA and swimming: Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel.

Phelps, Ledecky and Dressel are joining forces to support Big Orange and form the Ultimate Team Reese’s.

Starting with Phelps, a 23-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Reese’s lover, will be the face of the Reese’s brand this summer appearing in a new ad campaign highlighting the newest member of the Reese’s family, Reese’s Ultimate Lovers Cup, a new peanut buttery candy version of Peanut Butter Cups without the chocolate.

“As America’s number one chocolate brand, we couldn’t settle for anything other than the best and that’s exactly why we’ve partnered with these legendary U.S. Olympians,” said Margo McIlvaine, Reese’s Brand Manager. “These three know exactly what it takes to be the ultimate, and we welcome them to the Ultimate Team Reese’s.”

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

Overseas Spectators Will Not Be Allowed To Attend 2021 Tokyo Olympics


By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, March 20, 2021—It’s now official. After months of tossing around the idea, it was announced on Saturday no overseas spectators will be allowed to attend the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

During a virtual meeting, representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), Organising Committee Tokyo 2020 and Government of Japan made the tough decision because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

As with the events this summer, the number of local spectators will be limited.

The decision was key in keeping the Summer Olympics from not being cancelled. According to some polls though, nearly 80 percent of the public wants the Olympics postponed or cancelled altogether.

SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, already qualified, and her coach Chris Anderson, coach of the Jamaican team, are among a handful of South Floridia athletes and coaches attending.

Regardless of the opposition, officials plan to officially kick off the countdown to the Games Thursday with the torch relay starting in Fukushima.

Tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded and will be informed shortly of the refund mechanism.

Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still apparent and number of variant strains are emerging. International travel remains severely restricted globally.

Accredited Games participants coming to Japan this summer will continue to be required to follow the Tokyo 2020 Playbooks. A second version will be released by the end of April.

“In many ways the Tokyo 2020 Games will be completely different to any previous Games,” said Tokyo 2021 organizing committee President Hashimoto Selko.

“However, the essential of the Games will remain unchanged, as athletes give their utmost and inspire the world with transcendent performances. We are currently working on specific plans to share support remotely from around the world and help bring people together in ways suited to our current times. Even if you are no longer able to come to Japan this summer, we hope very much that you will continue to support the Tokyo 2021 Games.”

IOC President Thomas Bach has encouraged national organizing committees to secure vaccines for athletes. He announced this month that China had offered to provide vaccinations for participants who required one ahead of the Games.

Not all local spectators will have the chance to be inoculated before the Olympics open on July 23. In Japan, where the vaccine rollout has been relatively slow, the population will not be close to fully vaccinated by the time the Games start.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Horrego, Relays Win On Day 3 Of Piranhas Senior Invitational


By Sharon Robb
PLANTATION, March 6, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club is sitting pretty going into the fourth and final day of the Piranhas Senior Invitational.

SOFLO remains in the lead of the combined, women and men team standings after third-day action Saturday at rain-soaked Plantation Aquatic Center and have all but clinched the team titles.

SOFLO leads the combined team standings with 2,727 points ahead of Phoenix Swimming with 1,863.50 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 951.

SOFLO leads the women’s field with 1,483 points ahead of Phoenix Swimming with 1,210.50 and Pine Crest with 431.

SOFLO leads the men’s field with 1,040 points. Colorado Stars are a distant second with 698.50 and Azura is third with 577.

SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson was a double winner. Atkinson, 32, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.25 and 50-meter butterfly in 26.97. Atkinson has won five events.

Atkinson is tied with Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics for high point with 128 points.

SOFLO teammate Julio Horrego, 22, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 28.35, dropping 0.46 seconds. His previous best was 28.81.

For the second day in a row, SOFLO swept the relays. The women’s team won in 4:25.90 and the B relay was third in 4:46.20. The men’s team won in 3:58.43 and its B relay was second in 4:08.37. No relay names were listed in the official results or Meet Mobile.

Other top four SOFLO finishers were:

Margaux McDonald, 18, 100 backstroke, third, 1:04.52.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, 50 breaststroke, second, 33.81.

Sophia Grubbs, 15, 50 breaststroke, fourth, 35.14.

Paige Lane, 18, 50 butterfly, third, 28.51.

Jessica Yeager, 19, 200 IM, fourth, 2:21.56.

Mallory Schleicher, 17, 400-yard freestyle, second, 4:26.06.

Maddie Smutny, 15, 400-yard freestyle, fourth, 4:30.43.

Lance Lesage, 18, 100 backstroke, second, 58.22, best time, 1.49 time drop.

Miguel Sierra, 17, 50 butterfly, fourth, 25.96, best time, 0.40 time drop.

Dominic Bono, 17, 200 IM, fourth, 2:15.25 after going a best time 2:12.36 in prelims, dropping 1.87.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The top 24 swimmers from prelims qualify for A, B, and C finals.

Sunday’s events are: 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle relay, women’s 800 freestyle and men’s 1,500 freestyle.

SOFLO has 49 (27 male, 22 female) athletes competing in 218 individual events and 12 relays.

In addition to SOFLO and host Plantation Swim Team 30 teams are entered. They are: Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, Coastal Maine Aquatics, Colorado Stars, Coral Springs Swim Club, Delray Stingers, Eagle Aquatics, FAST, Aruba Giants Aquatics, Hurricane Aquatics, Inspire Swim Team, Metro Aquatics, Midtown Weston, North Palm Beach, PAQ, Phoenix (N.H.) Swimming, Pine Crest, Race (Ky.) Aquatics, Revolution Aquatics, Riptide, St. Andrew’s, Seal Beach (Calif.) Swim Club, Southern Maine Aquatic Club, Swim Fort Lauderdale, SwimFast, Webbs Tornadoes and Wahoos of Wellington.

Under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols, no spectators are allowed on deck. Only coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and athletes are allowed on deck. Those entering the pool deck must wear masks, maintain six feet in social distancing and have their temperature checked.

The meet is being live streamed at live.pstpiranhas.com.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,727, 2. Phoenix Swimming 1,863.50, 3. Azura Florida Aquatics 951, 4. Colorado Stars 727.50, 5. Plantation Swim Team 631, 6. FAST 477.50, 7. Webb Tornadoes 470, 8. Pine Crest 431, 9. Metro Aquatics 376, 10. Eagle Aquatics 305.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,483, 2. Phoenix Swimming 1,210.50, 3. Pine Crest 431, 4. Webbs Tornadoes 381, 5. Azura 246, 6. Plantation 185, 7. Wellington Wahoos 143, 8. Eagle Aquatics 141, 9. Inspire Swim Team 126, 10. FAST 119.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 1,040, 2. Colorado 698.50, 3. Azura 577, 4. Phoenix Swimming 495, 5. Plantation 398, 6. Metro Aquatics 265, 7. Revolution Aquatics 255, 8. FAST 248.50, 9. Eagle Aquatics 164, 10. Coastal Maine 146.

WOMEN
100-meter backstroke: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:01.85, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:04.49, 3. Margaux McDonald, SOFLO 1:04.52; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 1:06.66, 8. Mallory Schleicher 1:08.69, 15. Lucy Smutny 1:11.84, 21. Gabriella DeLuna 1:11.88

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.25, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 33.81, 3. Michael Sierra 34.35; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Grubbs 35.14, 5. Molly Golding 35.90, 15. Sabrina Osorio 38.77, 18. Sally Golding 38.97.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 26.97, 2. Michaela Chokureva, PHOE 28.29, 3. Paige Lane, SOFLO 28.51; SOFLO: 11. Lucy Smutny 30.76.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:17.22, 2. Destiny Nelson, Unattached 2:19.13, 3. Paige Maceachern, PC 2:20.71; SOFLO: 4. Jessica Yeager 2:21.56, 9. Olivia Dinehart 2:23.93, 12. Maddie Smutny 2:28.81, 14. Molly Golding 2:30.11, 15. Liza Whitmire 2:30.14, 18. Sally Golding 2:32.72, 20. Sara Quintero 2:34.18, 24. Gabriella DeLuna 2:37.63.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.84, 2. Naeleah Hadford, ISWM 26.64, 3. Michaela Chokureva, PHX 26.81; SOFLO: 10. Nathalie Valdman 27.90, 12. Paige Lane 28.20.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Megan Reich, PHX 4:23.86, 2. MAllory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:26.06, 3. Faith Mutschler, WOW 4:29.80; SOFLO: 4. Maddie Smutny 4:30.43, 6. Olivia Dinehart 4:33.59, 8. Elena Dinehart 4:37.80; SOFLO: 9. Nathalie Valdman 4:33.01, 12. Lucy Smutny 4:40.43, 15. Alexis Christensen 4:47.15, 17. Mariangela Cincotti 4:41.15, 18. Michelle Marinheiro 4:44.06.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SOFLO A 4:25.90, 2. Phoenix Swimming 4:30.96, 3. SOFLO B 4:46.20. (No relay names in official results).

MEN
100-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, AZURA 56.19, 2. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 58.22, 3. Kaii Winkler, EA 58.81; SOFLO: 8. Miguel Sierra 1:03.50, 14. Alejandro Mateus 1:04.90, 15. Juan Colmenares 1:05.18, 19. Alex Golding 1:05.57, 20. Adrian Hernandez 1:05.58, 21. Austin Nelson 1:06.39, 22. Leonardo Mateus 1:06.88.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFO 28.35, 2. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 29.12, 3. Adriel Sanes, Unattached 29.49; SOFLO: 6. Juan Mora 30.30, 15. Javier Roman 33.34, 19. Anthony Robaina 33.45, 20. Alex Golding 33.96, 22. Garrett Oliver 34.34.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 24.64, 2. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, AZURA 25.18, 3. Davidson Vincent, AZURA 25.45; SOFLO: 4. Miguel Sierra 25.96; SOFLO: 24. Michael Arias 28.17.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:04.52, 2. Luke Shourds, RACE 2:11.09, 3. John Key. RAST 2:12.92; SOFLO: 4. Dominic Bono 2:15.25, 10. Javier Roman 2:19.38, 12. Leonardo Mateus 2:19.76, 18. Juan Colmenares 2:23.04, 20. Enrique Rodriguez 2:24.57.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Bruno Fratus, CSSC 22.33, 2. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 23.05, 3. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, CSSC 23.18; SOFLO: 14. Juan Mora 24.75, 15. Miguel Sierra 24.81, 17. Michael Arias 24.68.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Joaquin Vargas, AZURA 3:57.53, 2. Marcelo Acosta, AZURA 4:00.77, 3. Gabriel Araya, AZURA 4:04.82; SOFLO: 8. Dominic Bono 4:22.65, 15. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:25.36, 18. Enrique Rodriguez 4:21.04.

400-meter medley relay: 1. SOFLO A 3:58.43, 2. SOFLO B 4:08.37, 3. Revolution Aquatics 4:12.17. (No relay names in official results).

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson, Schleicher, Lesage, Horrego Win On Day One Of SZ South Sectionals In Coral Springs; SOFLO Leads Combined


By Sharon Robb
CORAL SPRINGS, February 11, 2021—With several outstanding swims and time drops, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers set the tone for the next three days of the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Thursday at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex Michael Lohberg Pool of Champions.

“I think we did well,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “We definitely had a good session. There were a lot of best times. I know a lot of our kids are going to get second swims. This is exactly what we need in our training right now.

“I definitely knew we were going to be a lot better than we were last week. I am excited by the fact that we are going best times. They were nice and relaxed. I really think it’s going to set the tone for the rest of the meet. But it’s really going to make them have a lot of confidence for our Plantation meet the first weekend of March.”

The meet, split between two sites, is also being held at (Site 1) Sarasota’s Selby Aquatic Center. The top 24 places in finals in the combined results will be scored from both sites.

South Florida Aquatic Club leads the combined team standings with 343 points ahead of Gator Swim Club with 311.5 and St. Andrew’s Swimming with 206. SOFLO also leads the women’s standings with 248, Sarasota Sharks are second with 120 and Bolles is third with 99.5. Gator Swim Club leads the men’s with 282.5, Azura is second with 158 and SOFLO is fourth with 95 points.

On opening night in Coral Springs, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson was a double winner. Atkinson, 32, won the 50-meter butterfly in 26.61, her best time in the last two years. She shaved 0.53 off her seed time of 27.14. She was the only swimmer to crack 27 seconds.

Atkinson also won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.45 followed by teammate Olivia Dinehart, 16, in a best time 33.53, dropping 0.48. Atkinson won both events overall.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher, 17, lived up to her top seeding in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, winning in a lifetime-best 9:03.34, shaving 5.04 seconds off her previous best of 9:08.38. Schleicher finished second overall when results from Site 1 were combined. She finished second behind Michelle Morgan 16, of Pipeline Swimming in 8:55.86. Schleicher has five events left to swim.

Lance Lesage, 18, won the 50-meter backstroke in 27.69, ahead of St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Joshua Balbi, 18, in 28.10. Lesage was third overall behind Ryan Lochte in 27.02 and Tomas Pribinio in 27.16, both from Gator Swim Club.

Julio Horrego, 22, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 28.81, dropping 0.74. Teammate Juan Mora, 16, was second in a best time 30.68, dropping 0.42. Horrego just finished second overall behind Jared Pike of TIDE in 28.71.

SOFLO is among 28 teams in the field. Other top teams competing are Azura Florida Aquatics, Clearwater Aquatic Team, Flood Aquatics Swim Team, St. Andrew’s Aquatics and Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team.

SOFLO has the largest contingent of 41 swimmers (21 male and 20 female) competing in 173 individual events and four relays.

Meet organizers are observing all COVID-19 safety protocols and social distancing. Athletes are required to wear masks. If athletes and coaches do not follow protocols they will be asked to leave.

“They did a really good job of keeping everyone socially distanced,” Anderson praised. “They are doing a good job of paying attention to details.”

No spectators are allowed at the meet. Only coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers are allowed to attend. The meet are being live streamed on Coral Springs Swim Club’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX53T7S1NmE_qL6es58wypg

Friday’s events are men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley and 200-meter freestyle relay. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 5 p.m.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 9:03.34, time drop 5.04; 2. Erin Miller, SAS 9:07.69, 3. Alexandra Stern RATS 9:09.15; SOFLO: 9. Mariangela Cincotti 9:59.60.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 26.61, time drop 0.53, 2. Kathryn Giuffrida, HCTY 27.73, 3. Heidi Smithwick, JUP 28.22; SOFLO: 4. Paige Lane 28.36, time drop 1.75, 6. Julianne McCranie, 28.88, time drop 0.37, 9. Jessica Yeager 29.11, time drop 1.68, 24. Sara Quintero 31.16.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Annie Wohlgemuth, PSA 30.56, 2. Celina Marquez, Unattached Azure 30.97, 3. Eliza Whitmire, SOFLO 31.30; SOFLO: 4. Elise Dinehart 31.60, time drop 0.33, 14. Julianne McCranie 32.83, 21. Sara Quintero 34.08.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.45, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 33.3, time drop 0.48, 3. Micaela Sierra, Unattached 33.74; SOFLO: 4. Sophia Grubbs 34.98, time drop 0.86, 7. Jessica Yeager 35.80, time drop 0.81, 21. Sabrina Osorio 38.09.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Unattached Azura 8:18.40, 2. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 8:28.30, 3. Gabriel Araya, Azura 8:31.59; SOFLO: 6. Enrique Rodriguez 9:02.90.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 24.86, 2. Davidson Vincent, Azura 25.41, 3. Reese Branzell, Unattached 25.52; SOFLO: 7. Juan Mora 26.01, time drop 0.59, 20. Matthew Tarafa 27.81, 22. Manuel Melendez 28.01, 27. Robbie Wilson 29.18, 28. Anthony Robaina 29.97.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 27.69, 2. Joshua Balbi, SAS 28.10, 3. Reese Branzell, Unattached 28.46; SOFLO: 12. Matthew Tarafa 30.13.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 28.81, time drop 0.74, 2. Juan Mora, SOFLO 30.68, time drop 0.42, 3. Maximilian Zum Tobel, SAS 30.87; SOFLO: 10. Manuel Melendez 32.97, time drop 0.43, 14. Javier Roman 33.35, 16. Anthony Robaina 33.97.

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

Alia Atkinson, Dylan Carter Named CAC Athletes Of The Year


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, December 31, 2020–Alia Atkinson and Dylan Carter were named Central American and Caribbean Female and Male Athletes of the Year.

The honors were mainly based on the swimmers’ International Swimming League second season performances, one of the few international competitions held because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Atkinson, 32, of South Florida Aquatic Club, a four-time Jamaican Olympian and former Sportswoman of the Year for Jamaica, was selected for the sixth year. Atkinson also earned the honor in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Atkinson, 32, ended her pro season ranking in the ISL as No. 15 on the prize money list. She was also No. 21 on the high point list.

At the ISL final in November in Budapest, Hungary, Atkinson, racing for the London Roar for the first year, finished the 100-meter breaststroke just under the world record of 1:02.36 with a time of 1:02.66 to win the first semifinal. Her time broke the league record and was the second fastest time in 2020. Atkinson finished second behind American Lilly King, who won in a record 1:02.50.

Atkinson was also a third-place finisher in the 50-meter breaststroke in the final at the ISL with 28.88 seconds giving her four of the 10 fastest times in race history. She also competed in the 100-meter butterfly in the first semifinal, setting a Jamaican national record in 57.13 seconds.

She ended the season ranked second in the world in the 100 short course meters breaststroke in 1:02.66 and third in the world in the 50 short course meters breaststroke in 28.88. She has the top-two fastest performances of all time in the 50.

Atkinson ended up earning more than $62,000 not including team bonuses, stipends and perks.

Carter, 24, a Plantation American Heritage and USC alum who represents Trinidad and Tobago internationally, also had a successful ISL season for the LA Current helping them make the final. He earned $17,169 in prize money not including team bonuses, stipends and perks.

Carter, a 2016 Olympian, set national records for Trinidad and Tobago in the 100 backstroke (49.91), 100 freestyle (46.56) and 100 butterfly (50.70), now giving him seven national records in short course meters and nine long course meters.

With a playoff berth hanging in the balance, Carter swam well in the regular-season finale, going 50.11 in the 100 backstroke to help the LA Current take a 1-2 finish. Known more as a butterflyer and freestyler, Carter continued to do well in the backstroke, going 23.28, 23.93 and 24.99 in the 50 backstroke skin race to highlight a 1-2 sweep for his team.

The LA Current finished fourth overall in the ISL final.

Carter, a Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games medalist, was also named Sportsman of the Year at the 2020 ceremony, held virtually because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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