Virginia Wins Back-To-Back NCAA Division I Women’s Championship Titles; FGC’s Jessica Nava Leaves With Two Rings


ATLANTA, March 20, 2022—University of Virginia defended its title in style winning back-to-back national championships Saturday at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers won with 551.5 points, more than 100 ahead of Texas with 406 after a dominating performance throughout the meet.

In the final event of the day, Virginia set an American record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:06.91.

“Being able to come here and do stuff like this is amazing,” Virginia freshman Gretchen Walsh said. “We all proved something to ourselves at this meet. It couldn’t have gone better. It is just a matter of time before we do something that is history in the making.”

The Cavaliers racked up 11 event championships – seven individual and four relays – in rolling to the title. Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh each captured three individual titles.

Douglass set American records in each of her national championships. She won the 50-yard freestyle (20.84), 100-yard butterfly (49.04) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.19).

Walsh won the 200-yard individual medley in an American-record time of 1:50.08, 200-yard butterfly in 1:50.79 and 400-yard IM in 3:57.25. Her younger sister, Gretchen, won the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday night in a time of 46.05, while N.C. State’s Katharine Berkoff was third (46.95).

The Cavaliers also won the 200-yard medley relay (1:32.16), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.96), 400-yard medley relay (3:22.34, matching their American record, set at the 2022 ACC Championships) and 400-yard freestyle relay (an American- and NCAA-record time 3:06.91).

Berkoff won her second straight NCAA title in the 100 backstroke in an American-record time of 48.74, finishing just ahead of Gretchen Walsh (49.00).

Miami’s Mia Vallee won the 1-meter diving title with a meet-record score of 365.75. North Carolina’s Aranza Vazquez earned the bronze medal with a score of 354.75. Vallee also was the ACC’s top finisher in the 3-meter event, tying for fourth place with a total score of 376.20.

The top finishers in the final day’s seven events were:

1650-yard free: Paige McKenna, Wisconsin: 20 points.

200-yard backstroke: Regan Smith, Stanford: 20 points.

100-yard freestyle: Gretchen Walsh, Virginia: 20 points.

200-yard breaststroke: Kate Douglass, Virginia: 20 points.

200 yard butterfly: Alex Walsh, Virginia: 20 points.

Platform diving: Tarrin Gilliland, Indiana: 20 points.

400-yard freestyle relay: Virginia: 40 points.

Two Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed in their final event .

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 33rd in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:20.09.

In her final collegiate race, University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 22nd in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.16.

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

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

The men’s championships will be held March 23-26, also in Atlanta.

SATURDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 551.5, 2. Texas 406, 3. Stanford 399.5, 4. Alabama 288, 5. N.C. State 279, 6. Louisville 196.5, 7. Michigan 184.5, 8. California 180, 9. Ohio State 165, 10. Tennessee 127, 13. Florida 115, 22. Miami 41.5, 36. Florida International 3.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, STAN 1:47.76, 2. Phoebe Bacon, WIS 1:49.29, 3. Rhyan White, ALA 1:49.36.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 46.05, 2. Morgan Scott, ALA 46.78, 3. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 46.95.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 2:02.19, 2. Anna Elendt, TEX 2:04.31, 3. Sophie Hansson, NCS 2:04.76.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 1:50.79, 2. tie, Olivia Carter, MICH 1:51.19 and Regan Smith, STAN 1:51.19.

Platform diving: 1. Tarrin Gilliland, IU 372.95, 2. Delaney Schnell, ARIZ 345.10, 3. Jordan Skillken, TEX 315.45

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 3:06.91 (Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Reilly Tiltmann, Gretchen Walsh), 2. Stanford 3:08.97, 3. Alabama 3:09.07, 7. Florida 3:11.07, 22. Florida State 3:15.70.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Virginia Extends Lead On Day Three Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; Berkoff, Douglass Break American Records


ATLANTA, March 18, 2022—University of Virginia is sitting pretty to defend its title after third day action at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers have all but clinched the title going into the fourth and final day of competition. They lead with 386.5 points ahead of Stanford with 276 and Texas with 257.

Katharine Berkoff of N.C. State broke the 100-yard backstroke American record in 48.74 en route to her second consecutive 100 backstroke NCAA title. She broke Regan Smith’s American record of 49.16 by more than four tenths. Berkoff also broke Beata Nelson’s NCAA record of 49.18. There are now 10 swimmers who have been under the 50-second barrier.

Virginia’s Kate Douglass won the 100-yard butterfly in 49.04, winning her second individual NCAA title of the meet and setting her second American record. Torri Huske of Stanford was second in 49.17, also under the previous American record set by Claire Curzan (49.24).

Stanford’s Taylor Ruck, a two-time Olympian for Canada who returned to Stanford this season after a two-year hiatus, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.12 just ahead of Cal’s Isabel Ivey in 1:41.59. It was Ruck’s first individual NCAA title.

Virginia sophomore Alex Walsh led from start to finish to win the 400-yard individual medley in 3:57.25, the only swimmer under 4 minutes. It was the first time she raced the 400 IM at a major championship. Virginia freshman and Sarasota’s Emma Weyant was fourth in 4:03.17.

Sarah Bacon, a redshirt senior for Minnesota, won her fifth career NCAA title with 409.25 points on the 3-meter board for the second consecutive year.

Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers also competed.

University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding was 29th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:12.10. She has the 1,650-yard freestyle left to swim on Saturday.

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 40th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:15.09. She will also swim the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday.

University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 15th in the 100-yard butterfly morning prelims in 51.79. She came back at night to place 14th in 51.88. Nava has the 200-yard butterfly left to swim on Saturday.

The competition concludes Saturday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

SCHEDULE
Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

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

FRIDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 386.5, 2. Stanford 276, 3. Texas 257, 4. NC State 193, 5. Alabama 177, 6. California 136, 7. Ohio State 131, 8. Louisville 130, 9. Michigan 126, 10. Tennessee 107, 11. Florida 85, 20. Miami 41.5.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 3:57.25, 2. Brooke Forde, STAN 4:00.41, 3. Ella Nelson, UVA 4:02.45, 4. Emma Weyant, UVA 4:03.17.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 49.04, 2. Torri Huske, STAN 49.17, 3. Maggie MacNeil, MICH 49.18, 14. Jessica Nava, UVA 51.88.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Ruck, STAN 1:41.12, 2. Isabel Ivey, CAL 1:41.59, 3. Kelly Pash, TEX 1:42.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kaitlyn Dobler, USC 56.93, 2. Alexis Wenger, UVA 56.97, 3. Sophie Hansson, NCS 57.01.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 48.74, 2. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 49.00, 3. Regan Smith, STAN 49.96.

3-meter diving: 1. Sarah Bacon, MINN 409.25, 2. Kristen Hayden, IU 397.20, 3. Tarrin Gilliand, IU 382.00, 4. Mia Vallee, UM 376.20

400-yard medley relay: 1. Virginia 3:22.34 (Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass), 2. NC State 3:23.29, 3. Stanford 3:25.63, 20. Florida State 3:31.96, 21. Florida 3:33.03.

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Virginia Remains In Lead After Day Two Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; Miami Diver Mia Vallee Wins 1-Meter Title, Breaks NCAA Record


ATLANTA, March 17, 2022—Two individual and one relay win enabled defending champion University of Virginia to pull away from the field Thursday on Day Two of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

Virginia leads with 210 points ahead of Texas with 128 and Stanford with 123. University of Florida is tenth with 62 and University of Miami, led by individual champion diver Mia Vallee, is 16th with 27 points.

Vallee, a junior, won the 1-meter springboard title with an NCAA record 365.75 points. UM sophomore teammate Emma Gullstrand was tenth with 328.50 to earn All-American honors.

After breaking the NCAA and American record in the prelims, Virginia’s Kate Douglass came back and did it again to win the 50-yard freestyle.

After breaking the record in 20.87 during prelims, dropping 0.13, Douglass went 20.84 to re-break her own record and gave the Cavaliers their second consecutive NCAA record after Alex Walsh broke the 200 IM record in 1:50.08. The previous 50 freestyle record was 20.90 set by Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil in 2019. Virginia teammate Gretchen Walsh was also sub-21 and finished second in 20.95.

Virginia’s 200-yard freestyle relay won in 1:24.96 with Douglass on leadoff, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo and Gretchen Walsh.

Sarasota’s Emma Weyant, a freshman at University of Virginia, was second in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:34.99, dropping 2.24 seconds off her previous best of 4:37.23.

Penn swimmer Lia Thomas became the first known transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title. She won the 500 freestyle in 4:33.24.

Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed.

University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding was 37th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.50, a time drop of 0.13 from her previous best 1:57.63. She will compete in the 400 IM on Friday.

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 32nd in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:44.37, a time drop of 1.12 from her previous best of 4:45.49. She will also swim the 400 IM on Friday.

University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 55th in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.69. She competes Friday in the 100-yard butterfly.

The competition continues Friday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

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

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

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


THURSDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 210, 2. Texas 128, 3. Stanford 123, 4. Alabama 120, 5. NC State 99, 6. Louisville 95, 7. California 89, 8. Ohio State 83, 9. Michigan 66, 10. Florida 62, 16. University of Miami 27.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lia Thomas, PENN 4:33.24, 2. Emma Weyant, UVA 4:34.99, 3. Erica Sullivan, TEX 4:35.92.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 1:50.08, 2. Torri Huske, STAN 1:51.81, 3. Isabel Ivey, CAL 1:53.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 20.84, 2. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 20.95, 3. Maggie MacNeil, MICH 21.38.

1-meter diving: 1. Mia Vallee, UM 365.75, 2. Sarah Bacon, MINN 356.60, 3. Aranza Vasquez Montano, UNC 354.75, 7. Maha Amer, UF 316.70, 10. Emma Gullstrand, UM 328.50.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 1:24.96 (Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo, Gretchen Walsh), 2. Alabama 1:25.47, 3. NC State 1:26.37, 9. Florida 1:27.16 (Ekaterina Nikonova, Talia Bates, Katie Mack, Micayla Cronk).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Defending Champion Virginia Leads After Day One Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; FGC Swimmers Golding, Auld, Nava Compete Thursday


ATLANTA, March 16, 2022—University of Virginia got off to a great start Wednesday on Day One of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers broke their own NCAA record in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:32.16 with Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Lexi Cuomo and Kate Douglass , the same foursome that broke the NCAA record at the ACC Championships last month. This time broke the NCAA meet record of 1:33.11 set by Stanford in 2018 (Allie Howe, Kim Williams, Janet Hu and Simone Manuel).

“At ACCs, we exceeded expectations for this relay,” Douglass said. “Coming into this meet, we wanted to go faster if we could, but our goal was to win our team’s first relay title in this event.”

Walsh split a 22.81 on the backstroke leading off, Wenger went 26.08 in the breaststroke, Cuomo split 22.72 in the butterfly and Douglass anchored a 20.55 freestyle split.

Stanford won the 800-yard freestyle relay with a star-studded lineup. The all-Olympian group of Torri Huske (1:41.93), Taylor Ruck (1:40.49), Regan Smith (1:43.35) and Brooke Forde (1:42.53) combined to swim 6:48.30, more than five seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

“It is really special to start like this and do it with a couple of veterans like Taylor and Brooke,” Huske said.

Stanford won its 12th national title in NCAA history in this relay, four more than any other school in history. It’s also the third time Forde has been a member of the winning relay after swimming the third leg of the 2018 relay and anchoring the Cardinals to a win in 2019. Ruck was also part of the squad in 2019 in her only previous appearance at NCAAs, while Huske and Smith both made their NCAA Championships debut.

Katharine Berkoff of N.C. State became the top performer of all-time in the 50 backstroke posting a 22.76 leading off NC State’s runner-up 200 medley relay.

Berkoff was the third fastest performer in history and topped Gretchen Walsh’s 22.82 backstroke split from the ACC Championships last month.

With first and second places in the relays, Virginia took an early lead with 74 points. Texas is second with 58 and California is third with 56 points.

Individual races Thursday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

All three Florida Gold Coast swimmers compete Thursday. University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding swims the first of three events, the 200 IM. Teammate Anna Auld will swim the 500 freestyle. Jessica Nava of Virginia swims the 50 freestyle.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

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

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

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

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

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 74, 2. Texas 58, 3. California 56, 4. Stanford 54, 5. Louisville 46, 6. NC State 44, 7. tie, Ohio State, Alabama 38, 9. tie, Georgia, Tennessee 34, 11. Florida 26.

200-yard medley relay:

  1. Virginia 1:32.16 (Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Lexi Cuomo, ate Douglass), 2. NC State 1:32.96, 3. Ohio State 1:33.16, 19. Florida State 1:36.28 (Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden, Rebecca Moynihan).

800-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Stanford 6:48.30 (Torri Huske, Taylor Ruck, Regan Smith, Brooke Forde) 2. Virginia 6:53.47, 3. California 6:53.52, 6. Florida 6:56.96 (Talia Bates, Ekaterina Nikonova, Micayla Cronk, Tylor Mathieu).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Begin Wednesday; Florida Gold Coast’s Golding, Auld, Nava Among Field


ATLANTA, March 15, 2022—Eleven University of Florida swimmers and divers including locals Kathleen Golding and Anna Auld and University of Virginia’s Jessica Nava will compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Wednesday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The meet begins Wednesday with timed finals of the 200 medley and 800 free relays. Individual races will start on Thursday, with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims will start at 10 a.m., with finals following at 6 p.m.

Florida Gold Coast swimmers Kathleen Golding and Anna Auld; Talia Bates, Elise Bauer, Leah DeGeorge, Tylor Mathieu, Ekaterina Nikonova, Amanda Ray and Mabel Zavaros will compete in the national championships based on their season-best times in seven different events.

Golding, a junior, will compete in the 200 IM and 400 IM. Auld, a freshman, will swim the 500 and 1,650 freestyles and 400 IM.

Westminster Academy alum Jessica Nava will make her final appearance for defending NCAA champion University of Virginia. The senior will compete in the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly.

Maha Amer and Carina Lumia joined the Gators group after qualifying at NCAA Diving Zones. Amer will compete in all three events. Lumia qualified on 3-meter springboard.

Four Gator relays will also compete with the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay hitting the qualifying standard. Both the 800 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay qualified with provisional standard times.

The Gators bring NCAA experience to the meet with Golding, Bates, Bauer, Mathieu and Ray all having competed at the championships in previous seasons.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday.

FLORIDA STATE
The Seminoles qualified three swimmers in individual events in addition to its 200 medley relay.

Nina Kucheran, Tania Quaglieri and Edith Jernstedt will compete in individual events. Rebecca Moynihan, Zsofia Kurdi, Jenny Halden and Gloria Muzito will contribute as relay swimmers.

“We’re excited to get started tomorrow,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We have a great group of ladies here and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can achieve.

“I always feel like having relays is the key to success and it’s a sign of a strong team. This year, it’s a little special having three relays competing.”

MEET SCHEDULE
Day 1, Wednesday, 200 medley relay (Finals only); 800 free relay (Finals only).

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

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

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

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

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

Virginia Captures First-Ever NCAA Division 1 Women’s Swimming and Diving Title; SOFLO’s Golding Competes In Final Event


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The University of Virginia Cavaliers women’s team are national champions.

For the first time in the program’s history, the Cavaliers won the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Among the field of 37 teams, the Cavaliers finished with 491 points, 137 points ahead of closest competitor N.C. State with 354 and Texas with 344.5. Defending champion Stanford was ninth with 159 points.

Head Coach Todd DeSorbo, now in his fourth year at Virginia, led the Cavaliers to its ACC title this season.

“I’m so proud of this group,” DeSorbo said. “They have been on a mission all year and just been grinding and excited for it. They just performed at a really high level all week.

“It is an exciting time for our program and our conference. To put someone in the ‘A’ Final in every single event is pretty impressive. It just shows overall depth. I think it takes a full team to win a national title and these ladies brought it every minute of every day.”

Virginia senior Paige Madden was named the MVP of the meet with three individual titles (500-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, and 1650-yard freestyle) and one relay title.

It’s also the first swimming title for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both Virginia and N.C. State are ACC teams. In the past 20 years, national titles have gone to Pac-12 and SEC Conference teams.

The only Florida team to finish among the Top 20 was University of Florida, 17th with 84.5 points. University of Miami was 23rd with 42 points, all from its divers; and Florida Gulf Coast was 32nd with six points.

Two Florida Gold Coast and former South Florida high school swimmers are members of the NCAA champion. They are Gulliver Prep alum Kyla Valls, a senior, and Westminster Academy alum Jessica Nava, a junior. Valls was a member of the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Final night winners were:

Virginia senior Paige Madden, 1,650-yard freestyle, best time 15:41.86.

Wisconsin freshman Phoebe Bacon, 200-yard backstroke, 1:48.32.

Michigan junior Maggie MacNeil, 100-yard freestyle, 46.02. Cal junior Isabel Ivey was third in 46.95. Virginia senior Kayla Valls was 54th in 50.03. Florida International’s Jasmine Nocentini scratched from the event.

N.C. State junior Sophie Hansson, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:03.86.

Michigan junior Olivia Carter, 200-yard butterfly, 1:51.33. Virginia junior Jessica Nava, 17th, 1:55.71.

Indiana freshman Tarrin Gilliland won the women’s platform diving title with 338.40 points. Florida International junior Maha Gouda was 21st with 244.10 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding of University of Florida competed in her fourth and final event, anchoring the Gators’ 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 19th in 3:15.99 with teammates Talia Bates, Gabrielle Hillis and Katie Mack.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships are March 24-27, also at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

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

Pine Crest Sweeps District 11-1A Team Titles; Next Up Region 4-A Meet


By Sharon Robb

DAVIE, October 20, 2017–Pine Crest dominated the District 11-1A Swimming and Diving Championships Friday with talent and depth at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center.

It was the girls’ fifth consecutive district crown and 30th in the last 31 years. For the boys, it was their fourth consecutive district title and 29th in the last 31 years.

The Panthers started their journey to the FHSAA State 1A Meet in Stuart winning the girls title with 689 points and boys title with 469 points.

Calvary Christian was girls runner-up with 283 points and Westminster Academy was boys runner-up with 275.

The Panther girls swept all three relays and won six individual events.

Andrea Santander and Hannah Virgin were double winners. Santander won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.60 and 100-yard freestyle in 52.11. Virgin won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.86 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.94.

Individual event winners were Rachel Botting in the 50-yard freestyle and Marissa Brannan in the 500-yard freestyle.

Defending state champion Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy was a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.14 and 100-yard backstroke in 59.28. Nava, a 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, committed to University of Virginia earlier this month.

Maia Goldstein of NSU University School won the girls’ 1-meter springboard diving title with 473.45 points in a close contest with Pine Crest’s 465.50.

Pine Crest swept the top two spots in boys’ diving. Kevin Mendez won the title with 504.20 points and Lyle Hayes-Macaluso was second with 463.30.

There was more parity in the boys’ competition.

Pine Crest swept the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays while NSU University School won the 400-yard freestyle relay.

In addition to diving, Pine Crest won three individual titles. Nicholas Vale won the 100-yard butterfly in 51.65; Nico Ferrara won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.94 and Matthew Petreski won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.60.

NSU University School teammates Patrick Groters and Daniel Jacobs were double winners. Groters, the defending state champion, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.44 and 100-yard backstroke in 52.86.

Jacobs, who recently committed to Georgia Tech, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.49 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.07.

In a fun sprinters’ rivalry, Chase Perry of Westminster Academy won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.40 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.38. and Nico Ferrara won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.94 and was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.96.

Ten teams competed to qualify swimmers for the Oct. 27 Region 4-1A meet at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center at 10 a.m.

DISTRICT 11-1A RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM SCORES

1. Pine Crest 689, 2. Calvary Christian 283, 3. NSU University School 280, 4. Westminster Academy 255, 5. South Florida Heat 160, 6. Sagemont 149, 7. North Broward Prep 103, 8. Chaminade-Madonna 73, 9. Posnack 41, 10. Coral Springs Christian 9.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:52.32 (Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Esther Lin Rachel Botting), 2. Westminster Academy 1:54.16, 3. Calvary Christian 1:56.03.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 1:51.60, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:55.61, 3. Annabella Lyn, PC 1:57.92.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 2:11.86, 2. Emily Weiss, PC 2:14.37, 3. Lara Jones, PC 2:14.90.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Rachel Botting, PC 25.18, 2. Marissa Brannan, PC 25.29, 3. JoJo Richter, WA 25.89.

1-meter diving: 1. Maia Goldstein, NSUS 473.45, 2. Ishani Singh, PC 465.50, 3. Shiraz Shiff, PC 384.85.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 56.14, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 57.55, 3. Molly See, PC 1:00.72.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 52.11, 2. Rachel Botting, PC 54.89, 3. Annabella Lyn, PC 55.68.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Marissa Brannan, PC 5:08.24, 2. Rachel Contich, CC 5:15.89, 3. Molly See, PC 5:20.81.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:40.17 (Rachel Botting, Alexandra Meszaros, Marissa Brannan, Andrea Santander), 2. Calvary Christian 1:44.02, 3. Westminster Academy 1:44.75.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 59.28, 2. JoJo Richter, WA 1:00.53, 3. Daniela Gomez, PC 1:00.92.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:07.94, 2. Emily Weiss, PC 1:08.55, 3. Esther Lin, PC 1:08.80.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:37.95 (Alexandra Meszaros, Annabella Lyn, Marissa Brannan, Andrea Santander), 2. NSU University School 3:47.08, 3. South Florida Heat 4:12.06.

BOYS TEAM SCORES

1. Pine Crest 469, 2. Westminster Academy 275, 3. NSU University School 267, 4. Calvary Christian 246, 5. Sagemont 191, 6. Chaminade-Madonna 145, 7. North Broward Prep 140, 8. South Florida Heat 103, 9. Posnack 65, 10. Coral Springs Christian 31.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:40.13 (Elvis Kotikovski, Jacob Silberman, Nicholas Vale, Nico Ferrara), 2. Sagemont 1:42.88, 3. Calvary Christian 1:48.63.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 1:44.49, 2. Connor Marks, CSC 1:50.56, 3. Antony Novak, PC 1:51.26.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 1:56.44, 2. Sam Quintero, SAGE 2:00.15, 3. Joshua Hanks, PC 2:01.54.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Chase Perry, WA 21.40, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 21.96, 3. Christian Carlson, CC 22.55.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 504.20, 2. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 463.30, 3. Blake Shaw, WA 404.05.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.65, 2. Luis Villanueva, SAGE 54.89, 3. Samuel Cesin-Salazar, SAGE 56.49.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 46.94, 2. Chase Perry, WA 47.38, 3. Diego Jose Darquea-Juris, NSUS 50.85.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, NSUS 4:49.07, 2. Christian Tortola, CM 4:58.81,3 . Antony Novak, PC 5:04.51.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:29.20 (Nico Ferrara, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Joshua Hanks), 2. NSU University School 1:30.85, 3. Calvary Christian 1:33.37.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 52.86, 2. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 53.59, 3. Nicholas Valem PC 53.62.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:00.60, 2. Cameron Brown, SAGE 1:00.67, 3. Sam Quintero, SAGE 1:00.74.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. NSU University School 3:18.94 (Patrick Groters, Daniel Jacobs, Diego Jose Darquea-Juris, Renato Franchi-Filho), 2. Pine Crest 3:26.44, 3. Sagemont 3:26.98.

DISTRICT 12-1A AT RANSOM EVERGLADES

Ransom Everglades swept the boys and girls District 12-1A team titles Wednesday at Jacobs Aquatic Center.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

1. Ransom Everglades 451, 2. Miami Country Day 269, 3. Carrollton 230, 4. Westminster Christian 219, 5. LaSalle 204, 6. Cutler Bay 200, 7. Marathon 134, 8. Riviera Prep 113, 9. Doctor’s Charter 108, 10. Coral Shores 100, 11. SLAM 21, 12. Monsignor Pace 12.

GIRLS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cutler Bay 2:04.95.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Pamela Torres, WC 2:04.62.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Emma Ballestas, CAR 2:14.80.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Hailey Jerew, CB 24.30.
1-meter springboard diving: 1. Jackqueline Goggins, LAS 315.75.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Gaby Antonini, LAS 1:00.70.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Paloma Sanchez, LAS 56.11.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Kathleen Hutchinson, RE 5:49.04.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Ransom Everglades 1:47.79.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Gaby Antonini, LAS 1:01.13.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hailey Jerew, CB 1:08.30.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Ransom Everglades 3:53.32.

BOYS TEAM SCORES

1. Ransom Everglades 406, 2. Riviera Prep 318, 3. Miami Country Day 271, 4. Coral Shores 218, 5. SLAM 170, 6. La Salle 168, 7. Cutler Bay 164, 8. Archimedean 118, 9. Monsignor Pace 74.5, 10. Westminster Christian 72.5, 11. Doctor’s Charter 64, 12. Marathon 38.

BOYS RESULTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Riviera prep 1:51.12.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Josten Medina, SLAM 1:53.03.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Felipe Urrutia, RE 2:04.00.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Benjamin Wilson, DC 22.87.
1-meter diving: 1. Tyler Arnold, CS 303.85.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Miguel Sierra, CB 55.51.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Josten Medina, SLAM 50.90.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Sebastian Sierra, SLAM 5:19.49.
200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Miami Country Day 1:35.10.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Pedro Beron Vera, LAS 59.32.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Felipe Urrutia, RE 1:04.01.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Ransom Everglades 3:30.81.

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

Pine Crest Sweeps Westminster Academy In Battle Of Class A Teams


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, September 28, 2017–Pine Crest boys and girls swim teams are working themselves back into shape after being out of the pool because of Hurricane Irma.

The Panthers swept Westminster Academy in a dual meet between Class A teams in a home meet.

The girls team won, 231-75, and boys team won 196-110.

The Panthers won all three girls’ relays and six of nine individual events.

Daniela Munoz and Esther Lin were double winners for Pine Crest. Munoz won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.92 and 100-yard freestyle in 57.77. Lin won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.56 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.54.

Jessica Nava was a double winner for Westminster Academy in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:15.64 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:20.64 ahead of teammate JoJo Richter in second in 5:26.45. Richter won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.44.

Nicholas Vale won two events for the Panthers. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.87 and 100-yard backstroke in 54.65 and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay.

The Panthers swept all three boys’ relays and won every individual event.

Pine Crest swept the 1-meter diving titles. Ishani Singh, coming off her Woodson win, won with 245.18 points. Kevin Mendez, also a Woodson winner, won the boys event with 274.57 points.

GIRLS
Pine Crest 231, Westminster Academy 75

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:58.21 Simone Vale, Esther Lin, Lauren Noyola, Nadya Yanova), 2. Pine Crest C 2:04.03, 3. Pine Crest B 2:04.84.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Daniela Munoz, PC 2:05.92, 2. Flora Beleznay, PC 2:09.30, 3. Daniela Gomez, PC 2:10.15.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 2:15.64, 2. Lara Jones, PC 2:18.65, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:20.27.

50-yard freestyle: 1. JoJo Richter, WA 26.44, 2. Hannah Fowler, PC 27.00, 3. Alana van Woerkom, PC 27.53.

1-meter diving: 1. Ishani Singh, PC 245.18, 2. Shiraz Shiff, PC 227.55, 3. Kaylee Greenberg, PC 201.53.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Esther Lin, PC 1:02.56, 2. Lauren Noyola, PC 1:08.73, 3. Emmy Foltz, PC 1:09.19.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Daniela Munoz, PC 57.77, 2. Nadya Yanova, PC 1:00.25, 3. Julia Morrissey, PC 1:04.37.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 5:20.64, 2. JoJo Richter, WA 5:26.45, 3. Anna Montgomery, PC 5:28.31.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:47.18 (Esther Lin, Brooke Cordoba, Nadya Yanova, Daniela Munoz), 2. Westminster Academy A 1:48.93, 3. Pine Crest C 1:51.55.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Simone Vale, PC 1:03.89, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:05.99, 3. Alana van Woerkom, PC 1:07.94.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Esther Lin, PC 1:10.54, 2. Sara Lin, PC 1:11.22, 3. Madison Sipowski, WA 1:18.77.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 3:29.37 (Nico Ferrar, Jimmy Hart, Antony Novak, Jacob Silberman), 2. Westminster Academy 3:50.19, 3. Pine Crest B 3:53.28.

BOYS
Pine Crest 196, Westminster Academy 110

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:43.19 (Nicholas Vale, Jacob Silberman, Matthew Petreski, Antony Novak), 2. Pine Crest B 1:45.54, 3. Westminster Academy 1:49.81.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Nico Ferrara, PC 1:56.72, 2. Christian Henderson, WA 2:06.39, 3. Erick Zepeda, PC 2:10.38.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 2:01.47, 2. Matthew Petreski, PC 2:09.23, 3. Jimmy Hart, PC 2:09.70.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 22.87, 2. Noah Sipowski, WA 24.25, 3. Trenton Shaw, WA 25.51.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 274.57, 2. Blake Shaw, WA 237.22, 3. Adam Shiff, PC 163.65.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jacob Silberman, PC 54.79, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 54.90, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 58.38.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Antony Novak, PC 51.77, 2. Victor Lago, PC 1:01.76, 3. Sam Rosenthal, PC 1:06.49.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jimmy Hart, PC 5:19.12, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 5:24.24, 3. Jacob Silberman, PC 5:26.35.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 1:35.01 (Elvis Kotikovski, Jimmy Hart, Joshua Hanks, Matthew Petreski), 2. Westminster Academy A 1:38.57, 3. Westminster Academy B 2:27.90.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 54.65, 2. Antony Novak, PC 59.48, 3. Adam Warters, WA 1:11.82.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Matthew Petreski, PC 1:05.53, 2. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:05.54, 3. Noah Sipowski, Wa 1:10.01.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest A 3:29.37 (Nico Ferrara, Jimmy Hart, Antony Novak, Jacob Silberman), 2. Westminster Academy A 3:50.19, 3. Pine Crest B 3:53.28.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Jacksonville Bolles Sweeps Team Titles At 54th Woodson Invitational; Groters, Nava Named Swimmers Of The Meet


By Sharon Robb

FORT LAUDERDALE, September 24, 2017—Defending state 1A champion Jacksonville Bolles swept the boys and girls team titles Saturday at the 54th annual Woodson Invitational at Pine Crest.

Bolles, led by distance swimmer James Kim, won the boys title with 372 points. Bolles swept all three boys relays. Bolles won only one individual event but relied on its depth and relay prowess.

Illustrating the parity in boys’ competition this season, there were six different winners in individual events.

Bolles girls won with 329.50 points after capturing only the 200-yard medley relay and also relying on its depth.

Pine Crest was second among boys with 229 and third in the girls competition with 255 just behind Boca Raton St. Andrew’s (263.50).

The boys’ team was led by junior Nicholas Vale, who won the 100-yard butterfly in 51.79 and eighth grade diver Kevin Mendez who won the 1-meter title. With three other third places, Vale finished with 28 points among high point leaders.

The Panthers’ Andrea Santander won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.39 and anchored the winning girls 400-yard freestyle relay with Alexandra Meszaros, Annabella Lyn and Marissa Brannan in 3:31.22 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.14. Santander totaled 29 points.

Despite it being mid-season, most of the teams were competing in only their second meet of the season because of Hurricane Irma. Swimmers missed practice time and were out of the pool for two weeks. Most had dryland workouts to maintain fitness. With the high level of quality competition, the meet served as a good gauge.

Boca Raton looked impressive as the top public school finisher, sweeping the fourth place girls and boys spots.

“Now we just have to start putting the pieces together and figure out what will work for districts,” said Boca Raton head coach Eric Hill. “It is difficult because this is the middle of the season, but then it affected everybody in the state of Florida. We are just getting started.”

Patrick Groters of NSU University School and Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy were named the meet’s Most Valuable Swimmers.

Groters, a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.43 and 100-yard backstroke in 51.77 and totaled 32 points to earn the Andy Coan Award. It was the second time in three years he earned the honor.

Nava, also a senior, finished with 32 points after winning the 50-yard freestyle in 23.84 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.07 to earn the Ann Marshall Award.

World record holder Andy Coan, a highly decorated Pine Crest swimmer before going on to make his mark at Tennessee and national and international stage, passed away in a Boca Raton hospice earlier this year in March at age 60 after losing his battle with liver cancer. His 13-year-old son Richard presented both MVP awards to Groters and Nava.

Bolles was led by a team effort including Florida State-commit breaststroker Katherine Baker. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay, placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststoke and ninth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Westminster Academy senior Chase Perry was also a double winner in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.58 and 100-yard freestyle in 47.22.

St. Andrew’s senior Lauren Hew won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.99 but may have suffered a broken finger when she touched the wall.

Mendez, the defending state champion coming off a broken thumb that kept him off the board for six weeks, won the boys 1-meter event with 497.95. He has been training for less than a week. Junior Ishani Singh won her first major invitational title with 477.25 points.

ELSEWHERE

On Sunday (Sept.24) at 8 p.m. on ABC-Channel 10, USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors Elizabeth Beisel and Nathan Adrian along with teammates David Plummer, Allison Schmitt and Connor Jaeger will team up to play against USA Gymnastics on Celebrity Family Feud…At the All-Florida Invite, University of Florida freshman and Gulliver alum Kelly Fertel, 19, was second in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:18.17. The Gators swept the top three places in the event…Suncoast alum Will Pisani, 20, of Florida State was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 49.77 after going 49.38 in prelims. The four-time high school MVP and Scholastic All-American won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly at the Canadian Nationals this past summer.

54TH WOODSON INVITATIONAL RESULTS
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS

1. Bolles 329.50, 2. St. Andrew’s 263.50, 3. Pine Crest 255, 4. Boca Raton 103, 5. Winter Park 94, 6. Westminster Academy 76, 7. NSU University School 63, 8. Benjamin School 61, 9. Calvary Christian 38, 10. American Heritage Delray Beach 34, 11. South Florida Heat 7.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:48.19, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:49.86, 3. Pine Crest 1:51.68.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Alessandra Baldari, BENJ 1:51.84, 2. Lauren Hew, SAS 1:54.06, 3. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 1:54.26.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Andrea Santander, PC 2:04.39, 2. Shayna Fetes, SAS 2:07.93, 3. Amanda Kopas, NSUS 2:10.39.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 23.84, 2. Emily MacDonald, Bolles 24.38, 3. Hannah Trieschmann, SAS 24.79.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Caroline Cooper, WP 55.53, 2. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 57.29, 3. Kate Wilkerson, Bolles 59.51.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 51.07, 2. Andrea Santander, PC 51.14, 3. Emily MacDonald, Bolles 53.87.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Alessandra Baldari, BENJ 4:57.21, 2. Emily Trieschmann, SAS 5:02.95, 3. Leah DeGeorge, Bolles 5:06.77, 9. Victoria Miyamoto, BR 5:19.64.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:37.55, 2. Pine Crest 1:39.41, 3. Winter Park 1:41.42.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Lauren Hew, SAS 56.99, 2. Caroline Cooper, WP 57.03, 3. Mary Kate Kelley, Bolles 59.51.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Shayna Fetes, SAS 1:05.56, 2. Esther Lin, PC 1:06.87, 3. Lucy Miller, SAS 1:08.03.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:31.22, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:32.09, 3. Bolles 3:35.40.

1-meter diving: 1. Ishani Singh, PC 477.25, 2. Kaleigh Dundov, BR 432.60, 3. Lisa Fischer, SAS 392.40.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS

1. Bolles 372, 2. Pine Crest 229, 3. St. Andrew’s 189, 4. Boca Raton 160, 5. Winter Park 120, 6. NSU University School 86, 7. Westminster Academy 76, 8. Calvary Christian 68, 9. American Heritage Delray Beach 35, 10. Cooper City 10, 11. Chaminade-Madonna 3.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:35.69, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:36.17, 3. Pine Crest 1:37.88, 5. Boca Raton 1:45.36 (Tadas Seniuta, Cameron Taddonio, Jose Garcia, Kyle Tatton).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tomas Piza, SAS 1:43.74, 2. Noah Emerson, Bolles 1:46.50, 3. Hector Rodriguez, WP 1:48.16.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 1:51.43, 2. Ariel Spektor, Bolles 1:51.69, 3. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:57.11.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Chase Perry, WA 21.58, 2. John Pate, Bolles 21.84, 3. Izaak Bastian, SAS 21.87.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Nicholas Vale, PC 51.79, 2. Ariel Spektor, Bolles 51.90, 3. Jose Garcia, BR 52.89.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Chase Perry, WA 47.22, 2. Nico Ferrara, PC 47.71, 3. John Pate, Bolles 48.33.

500-yard freestyle: 1. James Kim, Bolles 4:50.68, 2. Neo Garcia Nohra, Bolles 4:52.30, 3. Miles Herman, Bolles 4:55.53.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:27.35, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:29.24, 3. Pine Crest 1:30.06.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, NSUS 51.77, 2. Joshua Balbi, SAS 53.27, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 54.69.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, SAS 57.94, 2. Paul DeGrado, Bolles 58.92, 3. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:00.24.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:13.64, 2. St. Andrew’s 3:17.76, 3. Boca Raton 3:22.53.

1-meter diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 497.95, 2. Blake Shaw, WA 447.45, 3. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 437.90.

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