Bolles Alum Condorelli Wins Again At Arena Pro Swim Series; Murillo, Atkinson Among Top 10


By Sharon Robb

May 14, 2016—Jacksonville Bolles alum Santo Condorelli won his second event Saturday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series at the newly-renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Condorelli, competing for Canada, won the 50-meter butterfly in 23.82, the only swimmer to crack 24 seconds. In morning prelims, he went 23.77 to earn the top seed.

On Friday, Condorelli, 21, posted the lone sub-53 second time to win the 100-meter butterfly in 52.53.

“I’m working on specific things at this event and trying to fine-tune my performance in preparing for the Olympics,” Condorelli said.

South Florida Aquatic Club three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson scratched from the C final of the 200-meter breaststroke to focus on the B final of the 50 butterfly.

Atkinson finished 10th in the 50-meter butterfly final in 27.17. In morning prelims, Atkinson finished 22nd in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:36.26. In morning prelims, she was 16th in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.92.

SOFLO teammate Jorge Murillo, 24, of Colombia was eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.68.

In Saturday’s other action:

Cammile Adams won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.14, her best time of the year.

Mexico’s Jonathan Gomez won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:57.36.

Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.43.

Kylie Masse of Canada turned in the only sub-minute 100-meter backstroke to win in 59.98.

Arkady Vyatchanin won the 100-meter backstroke in 54.80 ahead of Ryan Lochte, second in 55.22.

Anne Lazor won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.96.

Cody Miller won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.22.

Dana Vollmer, looking stronger than ever, won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.87 just ahead of Penny Oleksiak in 25.97.

Leah Smith won the 400-meter freestyle in a pool record in 4:05.21. The four-year record was held by Allison Schmidt in 4:05.40.

Conor Dwyer, training in altitude the last two months, led from wire to wire to win the 400-meter freestyle in 3:47.37.

Anthony Ervin, who recently relocated to SwimMAC, won the 50-meter freestyle in the only sub-22 in 21.98. Condorelli was second in 22.15.

The field features 30 national team members and more than 500 swimmers. The top three finishers win $1,000, $600 and $200. The meet is also a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the Olympics.

A full schedule of long course events are scheduled for Sunday, the meet’s final day, with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Only three Arena Pro Swim Series meets remain including this weekend’s event in Charlotte, Santa Clara and Indianapolis.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Sunday’s final sessions live. NBC Sports Network will air tape-delayed television coverage of the meet from noon to 3 p.m. The entire meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

SATURDAY’S EVENTS

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 2:08.14, 2. Jen Marrkand, Unattached 2:09.89, 3. Hannah Saiz, SSTY 2:10.75.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Chantal Van Landeghem, Swimming Canada 24.43, 2. Madison Kennedy, SwimMAC 24.53, 3. Farida Osman, Unattached 25.00

100-meter backstroke: 1. Kylie Masse, Swimming Canada 59.98, 2. Kirsty Coventry, SwimMAC 1:00.12, 3. Ali Deloof, Michigan 1:00.41.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Anne Lazor, AU 2:24.95, 2. Kierra Smith, Swimming Canada 2:25.06, 3. Lilly King, Indiana 2:25.13; SOFLO: 22. Alia Atkinson 2:36.26.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 25.87, 2. Penny Oleksiak, Swimming Canada 25.97, 3. Farida Osman, Unattached 26.11; SOFLO: 10. Alia Atkinson 27.17.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Unattached 4:05.21, 2. Lindsay Vrooman, Badger 4:07.71, 3. Gillian Ryan, Michigan 4:10.33.

MEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Jonathan Gomez, SCAR 1:57.36, 2. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC 1:58.68, 3. Zach Harting, Louisville 1:59.68.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Anthony Ervin, Unattached 21.98, 2. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada 22.15, 3. Josh Schneider, NYAC 22.16.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Javier Acevedo, Swimming Canada 56.38, 2. Markus Thormeyer, Swimming Canada 56.41, 3. Carter Griffin, UMIZ 56.45.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Cody Miller, Badger 2:12.22, 2. Mauro Castillo Luna, TAMU 2:15.28, 3. Luis Jasso, Mexico 2:15.48; SOFLO: 8. Jorge Murillo 2:20.68, 37. Marc Rojas 2:34.68.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada 23.82, 2. Matthew Josa, SwimMAC 24.10, 3. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 24.12.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Connor Dwyer, Trojan SC 3:47.37, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 3:48.40, 3. Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 3:48.62.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Third At Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 13, 2016—Alia Atkinson finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke to lead South Florida Aquatic Club Friday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series at the newly-renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The three-time 27-year-old Jamaican Olympian finished in 1:07.81 behind NCAA breaststroke star Lilly King in 1:05.73, second fastest time in the world this year, and Katie Meili in 1:06.54.

Atkinson’s morning prelim time was 1:08.10. Atkinson swam 1:06.84 last month in Mesa for 13th in the world rankings. Atkinson was 36th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.70.

Atkinson has four more events over two days. She will also compete in the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle.

Colombian Jorge Murillo, 24, of SOFLO placed sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.41. Teammate Marc Rojas was 31st in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.35. Both will swim Sunday in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Atkinson and Murillo are already qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

In Friday’s other action:

Leah Smith, 21, swimming unattached won the 200-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:57.26.

Conor Dwyer, 27, of Trojan Swim Club, led the 200-meter freestyle from start to finish to win in 1:46.68.

Cody Miller, 24, of Badger Swim Club, surged in the back half of the race to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.66.

Ali Deloof, 21, of Club Wolverine won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.03.

Bryce Bohman, 25, swimming unattached and one of the top morning seeds, won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.60.

Dana Vollmer, 28, of Cal Aquatics, just 14 months after giving birth to her first child, led from wire-to-wire to win the 100-meter butterfly in 57.23.

Bolles alum Santo Condorelli, 21, representing Swimming Canada, won the 100-meter butterfly in the only sub-53 second time. He won in 52.53. Condorelli earned his nomination to the Olympic team for Rio at last month’s Canadian swim trials in Toronto going 48.16 in the 100-meter freestyle.

Cammile Adams won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:38.97, nearly an 8-second cushion ahead of second place finished Rose Bi in 4:46.55. St. Andrew’s alum Rachael Bradford-Feldman was sixth in 4:49.40.

Ryan Lochte won the 400-meter individual medley by two seconds in 4:16.92.

The field features 30 national team members and more than 500 swimmers.

A full schedule of long course events are scheduled for Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Only three Arena Pro Swim Series meets remain including this weekend’s event in Charlotte, Santa Clara and Indianapolis.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Saturday’s and Sunday’s final sessions live. NBC Sports Network will air tape-delayed television coverage of the meet from noon to 3 p.m. The entire meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

FRIDAY’S EVENTS

WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Unattached 1:57.26, 2. Taylor Ruck, Swimming Canada 1:58.84, 3. Siobhan Haughey, Club Wolverine 1:58.90.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 1:05.73, 2. Katie Meili, SwimMAC 1:06.54, 3. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 1:07.81.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Ali Deloof, Club Wolverine 28.03, 2. Kylie Masse, Swimming Canada 28.11, 3. Kirsty Coventry, SwimMAC 28.24.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Dana Vollmer, Cal Aquatics 57.23, 2. Penny Oleksiak, Swimming Canada 58.25, 3. Kelsi Worrell, Unattached 58.37.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 4:38.97, 2. Rose Bi, Club Wolverine 4:46.55, 3. Lindsey Clary, Ohio State 4:46.75.

MEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, Trojan SC 1:46.68, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 1:48.22, 3. Anders Lie Nielsen, Club Wolverine 1:49.18.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Cody Miller, Badger 1:00.66, 2. Miguel De Lara Ojeda, Mexico 1:00.99, 3. Youssef El Kamash, Grand Canyon 1:01.39.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Bryce Bohman, Unattached 25.60, 2. Paul Le, Missouri State 25.75, 3. Bob Glover, Indiana 25.84.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada 52.53, 2. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 52.83, 3. Matthew Josa, SwimMAC 53.43.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 4:16.92, 2. Tom Peribonio, Ecuador 4:18.92, 3. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin 4:21.81.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Atkinson, Murillo, Rojas Compete Friday At Arena Pro Series


By Sharon Robb

May 12, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will begin competing Friday in the Arena Pro Swim Series at the newly-renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Atkinson opens with the 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly.

Atkinson has the world’s 13th best time in the 100-meter breaststroke this year. Katie Meili is the top seed in the event. At last summer’s Pan American Games, Meili took gold while Atkinson settled for the silver.

Atkinson has an ambitious schedule with six events over three days. She will also compete in the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle.

Colombian Jorge Murillo and Marc Rojas swim the 100-meter breaststroke. Both are also entered in the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Atkinson and Murillo are already qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Rojas is trying to make his U.S. Olympic trials cut.

In Thursday opening day distance action:

Marcelo Acosta, 19, of Azura Florida Aquatics was top Florida Gold Coast finisher, placing third in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:05.79.

Connor Jaeger, 25, of Club Wolverine won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.49.

Ashley Twichell, 26, ofCal Aquatics won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:11.19.

Cammile Adams, 24, of SwimMAC won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:33.79. She was also sixth in the 1500 in 16:44.84.

The field features 30 national team members and more than 500 swimmers.

A full schedule of long course events begin on Friday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Only three Arena Pro Swim Series meets remain including this weekend’s event in Charlotte, Santa Clara and Indianapolis.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Saturday’s and Sunday’s final sessions live. NBC Sports Network will air tape-delayed television coverage of the meet from noon to 3 p.m. The entire meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

THURSDAY’S EVENTS

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Ashley Twichell, Cal Aquatics 16:11.19, 2. Kristel Kobrich, CHI 16:16.15, 3. Gillian Ryan, Michigan 16:32.21.

800-meter freestyle:

1.Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 8:33.79, 2. Verity Abel, Duke 8:49.52.

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Connor Jaeger, Club Wolverine 7:54.49, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 7:57.00, 3. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 8:05.79.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Countdown To Rio Summer Olympics: 100 Days To Go


By Sharon Robb

April 27, 2016—It just got real for fourteen South Florida Aquatic Club elite swimmers and other athletes around the world training for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Wednesday marked the 100-day countdown for the Aug. 5-21 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, the first time the multi-sport event will be held in South America at a cost of $7.4 billion.

SOFLO already has two swimmers who qualified for the Olympics and several others working toward the same goal.

Jamaican Alia Atkinson qualified for her fourth Olympic appearance in the 100-meter breaststroke. The world record holder has competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and has yet to medal.

Colombian Jorge Murillo qualified for his Olympic debut in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Four other international swimmers training at SOFLO are potential Rio qualifiers: Lisa Blackburn, Bermuda, 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; Alina Schulhofer, Austria, 800 freestyle relay; Raiz Tjon-A-Joe, Suriname, 50 and 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; and Monica Alvarez, Colombia, 100-meter breaststroke.

Three SOFLO swimmers have qualified for the U.S. trials in Omaha: teenager Kathleen Golding, 200 and 400 individual medleys; 2012 Olympic relay gold medalist; Claire Donahue, 100 and 200 butterfly; and former world champion Megan Romano, 50, 100 and 200 freestyles; 100 and 200 backstroke.

Four other SOFLO swimmers are working on trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials: Marc Rojas, 100 and 200 breaststroke; Kile Aukerman, 100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 individual medley; Ksen Golovkina, 100 breaststroke and Catalina Mendieta.

Approximately 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected to compete for 306 medals over 17 days. The Rio Olympics will feature 136 women’s medal events, 161 men’s events and nine mixed events.

Rugby and golf are the two new sports added to this summer’s Games. The last time golf was included in the Olympics Games was 112 years ago. Rugby was last included in 1924 and the United States won gold that year.

The only sports that have been included in every Summer Olympics are swimming, track and field, cycling, fencing and gymnastics.

American Michael Phelps, who first competed in the 2004 Olympics, holds the record for most medals won by any man or woman with 22, including 18 gold medals. He also set a record for most gold medals won at one Olympics with eight in 2008.

Nine different venues will comprise the Olympic Park, seven of which will be maintained after the Games.

A total of 7.5 million tickets are available. Tickets to the more popular events, like swimming, start at $100 and can run up to $350 for finals. According to NBC, the most popular tickets sold so far have been soccer, basketball, volleyball and handball.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets to the Games can go to CoSport.com. Tickets are available individually or in packages with hotel bookings and hospitality offerings.

The Olympic torch relay began April 21 in Olympia, Greece, the Games’ birthplace. The torch will begin its 95-day journey through Brazil on May 3. The Rio Olympic torch will travel through 329 Brazilian towns and cities.

While Rio Olympics publicity has focused on raw sewage, dirty water, the Zika virus, political unrest and building delays, the Games main focus will always be the athletes and will go on and are still the greatest sporting event ever to be involved in.

PUERTO RICAN NATIONALS

SOFLO’s Lisa Blackburn, a Bermuda national record holder training to make her Olympic cuts, competed in the recent nationals in Puerto Rico. Blackburn won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.19, was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.95 and fourth in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.40.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Keeps Building On Success, Celebrates 2015 Accomplishments


By Sharon Robb

January 1, 2016—As we celebrate the New Year on Friday, it’s always fun to look back to see what South Florida Aquatic Club accomplished over twelve months.

From world-class international meets to sizzlers, the hard work and dedication of swimmers and coaches was never more evident during another successful year.

Success is never taken for granted at SOFLO. After outstanding 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons, SOFLO improved again across the board enjoying success at every level.

With talent, depth and excellent coaching, the largest team in the Florida Gold Coast never lost sight of the importance of the team concept which has become its trademark.

As we ring in the New Year with new goals and resolutions, let’s reflect on some of the highlights.

SOFLO’s Top 16 Moments Countdown for 2015 were:

16. SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez and Alana Acevedo win age group titles at Open Water Festival.

15. SOFLO makes team history at Speedo Sectional Championships with a runner-up girls and fourth place combined finish, highest in team history.

14. SOFLO won the combined team title for first time at Swim Fort Lauderdale Sharks International Classic.

13. SOFLO sent a record 49 swimmers to the high school state meets including Kathleen Golding of Cooper City and CJ Kopecki of American Heritage Plantation, which defended its state 2A boys’ team title.

12. SOFLO qualified four swimmers for the USA Swimming Speedo Junior Winter Nationals in Federal Way, Wash.

11. Freshman Kathleen Golding becomes one of the youngest state high school champions in meet history winning a Class 4A title in the 200-yard individual medley, the first state champion in 19 years at Cooper City High School.

10. For the third consecutive year, SOFLO won back-to-back short and long course titles the same year.

9. SOFLO three-peats, sweeps team titles at FGC Summer Long Course 14&Under Junior Olympics.

8. SOFLO three-peats at FGC Senior Championships, sweeps all three team titles for first time.

7. TYR, one of the nation’s top manufacturers of recreational and competitive swimwear, signs South Florida Aquatic Club.

6. Three-time Jamaican Olympian and world short course record holder Alia Atkinson makes the 1:05 club in the 100-meter breaststroke in a national record 1:05.93 during the FINA World Cup Series stop in Dubai.

5. SOFLO earns USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal Club Excellence Award.

4. U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue joins SOFLO to train with the pro group.

3. Colombian Jorge Murillo qualifies for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the July 2015 Pan American Games and later in the year breaks two national records in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke.

2. Alia Atkinson becomes the first Jamaican to win a medal at the World Aquatic Championships in Kazan. She won silver and bronze medals.

1. At age 14, Kathleen Golding makes her first U.S. Olympic cut for the 2016 U.S. trials.

Now entering its 16th year, the first ten as Comets Swim Team and sixth year as SOFLO, swimmers, coaches, office staff, parents and volunteers are looking forward to raising the bar even higher in 2016, the year of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Happy New Year!!!

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Boyle, McBroom Win At Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series; Marinheiro Competes For SOFLO


By Sharon Robb

June 18, 2015—Lauren Boyle of New Zealand and American Michael McBroom won the opening distance events of the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series Thursday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Boyle, 27, won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16 minutes, 33.74 seconds, third-fastest time in the world this year.

Boyle took the lead early and led by half a pool length at the 800-meter mark.

Gillian Ryan, 19, of Club Wolverine overtook Madison Homovich, 15, of North Carolina Aquatics in the final 200 meters to finish second in 16:33.74 and Homovich was third in 16:37.16.

In a close men’s race, Michael McBroom, 24, of The Woodlands out-touched Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine, 7:54.21-7:54.47 to win what started out as a three-man race. Both times moved them in the Top 20 in the field. Tunisian Ous Mellouli, 31, of Trojan Swim Club was third in 7:56.00.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro, 18, finished 17th in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:33.46 in her first race.

SOFLO teammates Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo and Julien Pinon compete in their opening races on Friday.

A full schedule of racing, featuring Missy Franklin making her pro debut, and Michael Phelps begins Friday with the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Franklin, 20, announced on Thursday she signed her first endorsement deal with Speedo. The four-time Olympic gold medalist is scheduled to swim five events: 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 100 and 200-meter freestyle.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet Friday and Saturday. The entire meet is also being webcast at usaswimming.org. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.

The four-day meet is the sixth and final stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

Defending series champions Conor Dwyer, a Florida alum, and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu are the series leaders headed into the final meet.

Hosszu has 63 points ahead of Caitlin Leverenz, 39 points, and Beisel, 38.5 points. Bolles alum Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas and SwimMAC is fourth with 37 points.

Dwyer has 61 points. Because she is not American, Hosszu is not eligible to earn the BMW lease for winning the series title.

The top three finishers earn $1,000, $600 and $200 in prize money and five, tree and one points for the points standings.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Lauren Boyle, New Zealand 16:03.73, 2. Gillian Ryan, Club Wolverine 16:33.74, 3. Madison Homovich, North Carolina Aquatics 16:37.16; FLORIDA: 17. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:33.46.

MEN

800-meter freestyle:

1.Michael McBroom, The Woodlands 7:54.21, 2. Connor Jaeger, 24, Club Wolverine 7:54.47, 3. Ous Mellouli, Trojan Swim Club 7:56.00; FLORIDA: 7. Marcelo Acosta, Azura Florida Aquatics 8:04.97, 9. True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 8:07.74, 18. Franco Lupoli, Azura Florida Aquatics 8:14.39, best time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Friis, Jaeger Win On Day One Of Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series; SOFLO Swimmers Compete Friday


By Sharon Robb

May 14, 2015—The fifth stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series got under way on Thursday with a light schedule at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte, N.C.

Becca Mann, former Clearwater Aquatics Team (CAT) swimmer now with North Baltimore Aquatic Club, was second in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16:05.42, the third fastest time in the world this year.

Mann, 17, nearly reeled in winner and top-seeded Lotte Friis, 26, of Denmark who finished in 16:00.82, the second fastest time in the world this year.

In the men’s 800-meter freestyle, top seed Connor Jaeger, 24, of Club Wolverine won in 8:00.23. He led from wire-to-wire. It was the third straight year he has won the event in Charlotte. Kevin Litherland was second in 8:04.8 and Ryan Feeley was third in 8:05.25.

South Florida Aquatic Club, the largest Florida Gold Coast contingent in the meet, begins competing on Friday with five swimmers.

Alia Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder, looking to fine tune for the July 14-18 Pan American Games and July 24-Aug. 9 World Championships, will open the meet in the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly, the first three of six events she is entered in.

Atkinson will be joined by teammates Lisa Blackburn of Bermuda, Carolina Colorado and Jorge Murillo Valdes, both of Colombia, and Timothy Wynter of Jamaica.

Blackburn and Murillo Valdes will swim the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday. Colorado and Wynter have the 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Earlier in the day, Michael Phelps again confirmed during a press conference that he will relocate to Tempe, Ariz. to continue his training with longtime coach Bob Bowman, recently hired as men’s and women’s head coach at Arizona State.

“It’s going to be different,” Phelps said. “I get my Vitamin D year-round which is nice. I get to be tan all year, which is also nice. I’m somebody who loves changes. If we do the same thing in training month after month, I get sick of it.”

Phelps will move with his fiancé Nicole Johnson.

“It’s 12 months of being on the golf course,” Phelps said. “I’m not nervous about it. I think I’m more excited about it. It’s sort of a new beginning.”

Phelps, entered in six events, will start competing on Friday. Rival Ryan Lochte could face Phelps in as many as five events during the four-day meet.

“I would like to challenge myself to see how much I can put on the line, how much I can force my body to hurt and see what happens,” Phelps said. “What do I have to lose here? Nothing.”

Gator Swim Club’s Elizaberth Beisel, a Florida alum, leads the Arena women’s series standings with 38.5 points. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, Katie Ledecky and Caitlin Leverenz are tied for second with 35 points.

Conor Dwyer leads the men’s series standings with 53 points followed by Tyler Clary with 37 and Nathan Adrian and Michael McBroom tied with 21 points.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the fifth of six stops of the 2014-15 series schedule. The series provides swimmers with the opportunity for competitive racing and twice the prize money as last season on the line.

Swimmers earn five points and $1,000 for a win, three and $600 for second and one and $200 for third place in the Olympic distance events only. Overall male and female winners of the series earn a $10,000 bonus.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 6 p.m. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org. Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. with color analyst Rowdy Gaines.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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South Florida Aquatic Club Sends Fab Five To Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

May 13, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the fifth stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series that begins Thursday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte, N.C.

Five SOFLO swimmers will be among an impressive field of 600 swimmers from around the world. SOFLO is the largest Florida Gold Coast team entered in the elite meet.

SOFLO is led by Alia Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder. She is looking to fine tune for the July 14-18 Pan American Games and July 24-Aug. 9 World Championships.

Atkinson will be joined by teammates Lisa Blackburn, Carolina Colorado, Jorge Murillo Valdes and Timothy Wynter.

Atkinson is entered in six events: 100 breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly on Friday; 200 breaststroke on Saturday and 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle on Sunday.

Blackburn will swim four events: 100 breaststroke on Friday, 50 butterfly on Saturday and 200 IM and 50 breaststroke on Sunday.

Colorado will swim five events: 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly on Friday; 100 backstroke and 50 butterfly on Saturday; and 200 backstroke on Sunday.

Murillo Valdes will swim four events: 100 breaststroke on Friday; 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly on Saturday; and 50 breaststroke on Sunday.

Wynter will swim five events: 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly on Friday; 100 backstroke on Saturday; and 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle on Sunday.

“This will be a good test for our swimmers,” SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson said. “I’m looking forward to it and to watching them swim fast.

“For us this worked into our training schedule,” Anderson said. “They got a little bit of rest in. I am really planning on them swimming a lot better than they did in Arizona. I’m really like to see them race and start approaching their best times.”

During the four-day meet, all eyes will be on Olympians Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Both are in the middle of hard training but adding to the excitement is the fact that it will probably be the last time the two will meet this year since Lochte, 30, of Daytona Beach is competing in the World Championships and Phelps, 29, is not.

The two are entered in the same five events: 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

An impressive international lineup will also compete including Olympic gold medalist Cesar Cielo of Brazil, entered in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 and 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.

The men’s 800-meter freestyle and women’s 1500-meter freestyle distance events will kick off the three-day meet with timed finals at 4 p.m.

Gator Swim Club’s Elizaberth Beisel, a Florida alum, leads the women’s series standings with 38.5 points. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, Katie Ledecky and Caitlin Leverenz are tied for second with 35 points.

With Ledecky not in the meet, Hosszu is expected to dominate and overtake Beisel in the series standings. Hosszu is entered in all seventeen events.

Conor Dwyer leads the men’s series standings with 53 points followed by Tyler Clary with 37 and Nathan Adrian and Michael McBroom tied with 21 points.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the fifth of six stops of the 2014-15 series schedule. The series provides swimmers with the opportunity for competitive racing and twice the prize money as last season on the line.

Swimmers earn five points and $1,000 for a win, three and $600 for second and one and $200 for third place in the Olympic distance events only. Overall male and female winners of the series earn a $10,000 bonus.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals are 6 p.m. The meet will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Universal Sports Network will televise the meet on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. with color analyst Rowdy Gaines.

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