Winkler Wins Second Relay Gold, Ties For Silver Sprint Medal; Podkoscielny Wins Second “B” Final; Team USA Sweeps Team Titles


By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 28, 2022—Kaii Winkler of Team USA left a lasting impression at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

On the fourth and final day on Saturday, Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics, won his second gold relay medal of the meet on the 4×100-meter medley relay. Winkler anchored the winning relay that finished in a Junior Pan Pac record 3:36.65 with teammates Daniel Diehl, Zhier Fan and Thomas Heilman just edging the Aussies who finished in 3:36.96. His 100 freestyle split was 49.18. He held off Aussie anchor Flynn Southam who turned in a 47.87 final split.

On Friday, Winkler swam anchor leg on the U.S. boys’ winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in world junior record of 3:15.79. Winkler’s split was 48.95, second fastest on the relay. It was the only world junior record of the meet. Winkler also won the “B” final in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 53.94.

Also on Saturday, Winkler tied U.S. teammate Diggory Dillingham in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.50 to win his first individual silver medal in a best time. Aussie Flynn Southam won in 22.36. Winkler swam back-to-back best times, 22.74 in prelims, bettering his previous time of 23.03, dropping 0.53 and dipping below 23 seconds for the first time.

U.S. teammate Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, won her second “B” final of the meet in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.79, just off her best time of 2:15.08. She went 2:16.54 in prelims and came back to win the “B” final and finish ninth overall. She also won the 400 IM “B” final in 4:47.34.

Josh Zuchowski of FAST, two-time silver medalist, was second in the “B” final and tenth overall in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:02.88 after going 2:03.09 in prelims off his best time of 2:01.92. The Stanford-bound Zuchowski, 18, swept the 100 and 200 backstrokes for silver.

The talented trio represented the U.S. internationally for the first time and were among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) and other non-European teams New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Singapore.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS: 1. USA 235, 2. Japan 171, 3. Australia 148, 4. Canada 112, 5. New Zealand 33, 6. Singapore 23, 7. Fiji 8.
BOYS: 1. USA 224, 2. Australia 171, 3. Japan 162.5, 4. Canada 102.5, 5. Singapore 39, 6. New Zealand 17, 7. Fiji 4.

GIRLS
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Mattes, US 16:24.02, 2. Ruka Takezawa, JPN 16:25.19, 3. Tiana Kritzinger, AUS 16:26.63.
200-meter individual medley: 1. Mio Narita, JPN 2:11.22, 2. Ashley McMillan, CAN 2:13.31, 3. Gracie Weyant, US 2:14.36, 9. Julia Podkoscielny, US 2:15.79.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Milla Jansen, AUS 25.19, 2. Anna Moesh, USA 25.32, 3. Erin Gemmell, USA 25.46.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Kotomi Kato, JPN 2:26.55, 2. Yuri Matsumoto, JPN 2:27.46, 3. Piper Enge, USA 2:27.93, 4. Gracie Weyant, USA 2:32.21.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. USA 4:02.14 (Maggie Wanezek, Piper Enge, Alex Shackell, Erin Gemmell), 2. Japan 4:04.01, 3. Australia 4:05.84.

BOYS
800-meter freestyle: 1. Joshua Staples, AUS 7:56.29, 2. Hiroyoshi Miyaki, JPN 7:57.64, 3. Alec Enyeart, US 8:02.92.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Maximus Williamson, USA 1:59.01, 2. Tomoyuki Matsushita, JPN 2:00.64, 3. William Petric, AUS 2:00.82, 10. Josh Zuchowski, USA 2:02.88.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Flynn Southam, AUS 22.36, 2. tie, Diggory Dillingham, USA and Kaii Winkler, USA 22.50.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Asahi Kawashima, JPN 2:11.81, 2. Yamato Okadome, JPN 2:12.19, 3. Nicholas Mahabir, SGP 2:12.50.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. USA 3:36.65 (Daniel Diehl, Zhier Fan, Thomas Heilman, Kaii Winkler), 2. Australia 3:36.96, 3. Japan 3:40.35

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

Winkler Wins Relay Gold, Breaks World Junior Record; Zuchowski Wins Second Silver Medal On Day Three Of Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 27, 2022—Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics turned in a world-record performance Friday at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships at Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

Winkler, 16, swam anchor leg on the U.S. boys’ winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in world junior record time of 3:15.79 with teammates Thomas Heilman, Henry McFadden and Daniel Diehl.

Winkler’s split was 48.95, second fastest on the relay. Diehl had the fastest in 48.66. It was the first world junior record of the meet. The previous record was 3:15.80.

Winkler also won the “B” final in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 53.94 after finishing ninth in prelims in 54.36. His previous best was 54.18. Winkler has the 50 freestyle, his specialty event, left to swim.

U.S. teammate Josh Zuchowski of FAST won his second silver medal for the U.S. The Stanford-bound Zuchowski, 18, finished second in the 200-meter backstroke and was top American in a best time 1:58.16. He dropped 0.26 off his previous best of 1:58.42. Earlier in the week, Zuchowski also won silver in the 100 backstroke in a best time 54.51. He went 1:58.98 in prelims. Japan’s Hidek Takehara won in a Junior Pan Pac record 1:57.00, breaking American Jack Conger’s 2012 record of 1:57.20. Zuchowski has the 200 IM left to swim on the final day.

U.S. teammate Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, was 19th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.68. She has the 200 IM left to swim on Saturday.

The talented trio are representing the U.S. internationally for the first time and are among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) during the competitive four-day meet. In addition to the four charter nations, other select non-European Swimming League (LEN) are competing including New Zealand, Fiji and Singapore.

Competition concludes on Saturday with prelims at 3 p.m. EST and finals at 11 p.m. EST. All sessions will be streamed at http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

Saturday events are: 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 4×100 medley relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS
GIRLS: 1. U.S. 168, 2. Japan 117, 3. Australia 111, 4. Canada 78, 5. New Zealand 20, 6. Singapore 12, 7. Fiji 8.
BOYS: 1. U.S. 164, 2. Australia 122, 3. Japan 104.5, 4. Canada 77.5, 5. Singapore 22, 6. New Zealand 16, 7. Fiji 7.

GIRLS
400-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, US 4:05.07, 2. Jamie Perkins, AUS 4:06.64, 3. Jillian Cox, US 4:06.84.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Alex Shackell, US 58.58, 2. Airi Mitsui, JPN 58.67, 3. Bailey Hartman, US 58.71.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Yuzuki Mizuno, JPN 2:09.17, 2. Mio Narita, JPN 2:09.67, 3. Kennedy Noble, US 2:11.32.
4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. U.S. 3:37.99 (Kayla Wilson, Anna Moesch, Erin Gemmell, Alex Shackell), 2. Australia 3:39.04, 3. Canada 3:40.90.

BOYS
400-meter freestyle: 1. Joshua Staples, AUS 3:48.36, 2. Rex Maurer, US 3:49.86, 3. Alec Enyeart, US 3:51.07.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Thomas Heilman, US 51.98, 2. Jesse Coleman, AUS 52.23, 3. Tomoyuki Matsushita, JPN 53.38.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Hidekazu Takehara, JPN 1:57.00, 2. Josh Zuchowski, US 1:58.16, 3. Keaton Jones, US 1:58.98.
4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. U.S. 3:15.79 (Thomas Heilman, Henry McFadden, Daniel Diehl, Kaii Winkler), world junior record, 2. Australia 3:18.06, 3. Japan 3:19.94.

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

Podkoscielny Wins “B” Final; Winkler Finishes In Top 10 On Day Two Of Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 26, 2022—U.S. teammates Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming and Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics got in more racing against some of the world’s best swimmers Thursday at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships at Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.34. She swam 4:52.27 in prelims. She has the 200 backstroke and 200 IM left to swim.

U.S. teammate Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was second in the B final and tenth overall in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.12 after going a best time 49.47 in prelims, dropping 0.21 from his previous best of 49.68. He also anchored the 4×200-meter freestyle “B” relay with a 1:51.27 split that finished seventh in 7:22.66. Winkler has the 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle left to swim.

The talented trio of Josh Zuchowski of FAST, Podkoscielny and Winkler, representing the U.S. internationally for the first time, are among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) during the competitive four-day meet. Zuchowski, already a silver medalist, swims the 200 backstroke on Friday.

In addition to the four charter nations, other select non-European Swimming League (LEN) will also compete including New Zealand, China, Fiji, Singapore, South Korea and Ecuador.

Competition is through Saturday with prelims at 3 p.m. EST and finals at 11 p.m. EST. All sessions will be streamed at http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

Friday events are: 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 4×100 free relay.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS: 1. US 109, 2. Australia 80, 3. Japan 70, 4. Canada 50, 5. New Zealand 12, 6. Singapore 6, 7. Fiji 4.
BOYS: 1. US 106, 2. Australia 80, 3. Japan 70.5, 4. Canada 47.5, 5. Singapore 16, 6. New Zealand 7.
GIRLS
100-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, US 54.13, 2. Milla Jansen, AUS 54.36, 3. Olivia Wunsch, AUS 54.50.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Piper Enge, US 1:08.58, 2. Kotomi Kato, JPN 1:09.10, 3. Isabella Johnson, AUS 1:09.36.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Mio Narita, JPN 4:36.79, 2. Kayla Han, US 4:43.60, 3. Ayami Suzuki, JPN 4:43.70, 9. Julia Podkoscielny, US 4:47.34.
4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. US 7:54.70 (Kayla Wilson, Jillian Cox, Cavan Gormsen, Erin Gemmell), 2. Australia 7:55.85, 3. Japan 8:01.38.
BOYS
100-meter freestyle: 1. Flynn Southam, AUS 48.23, 2. Thomas Heilman, US 49.34, 3. Jamie Mooney, AUS 50.19, 10. Kaii Winkler, US 50.12.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zhier Fan, US 1:00.74, 2. Yamato Okadome, JPN 1:01.35, 3. Nicholas Mahabir, SGP 1:01.78.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Ei Kamikawabata, JPN 4:15.23, 2. Maximus Williamson, US 4:17.58, 3. Riki Abe, JPN 4:17.96.
4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Australia 7:13.07 (Flynn Southam, Anders McAlpine, Marcus Da Silva, Joshua Staples), 2. US 7:15.18, 3. Japan 7:22.26.

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

Josh Zuchowski Takes Silver, Julia Podkoscielny, Kaii Winkler Swim Best Times On Day One Of Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb
HONOLULU, Hawaii, August 25, 2022—Josh Zuchowski is living his dream of representing the U.S. on the international stage.

It got even better Wednesday when the Stanford-bound swimmer from West Palm Beach-based Flood Aquatics Swim Team (FAST) won one of his country’s first medals at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships at Mark Takai Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

Zuchowski, 18, a King’s Academy alum, finished second in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 54.51, dropping 0.67. He first lowered his previous best of 55.18 in morning prelims in 54.70, where he earned the second seed, and lowered it in the final. U.S. teammate Daniel Diehl, the top seed, won in a meet record and national age group record 53.27, also a best time dropping 0.32. Zuchowski also swam lead-off on the 4×100-meter medley “B” relay that finished in 3:50.42.

Zuchowski has the 200 backstroke and 200 IM left to swim.

U.S. teammate Julia Podkoscielny, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming also turned in a best time in her opening event, the 100-meter backstroke. She went 1:02.01, bettering her previous best of 1:02.31. She was the fifth American finisher in the field and could not swim in the “A” final. Each nation is limited to two athletes in the scored “A” final and two in the “B” final. On Thursday she swims her specialty event, the 400 IM. She will also swim the 200 backstroke and 200 IM.

U.S. teammate Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was tenth in the 200-meter freestyle prelims in a best time 1:50.07, bettering his previous best of 1:50.79. He finished 12th in finals in 1:50.81.

The talented trio, representing the U.S. internationally for the first time, are among emerging stars from four Pan Pac charter nations (U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia) during the competitive four-day meet. In addition to the four charter nations, other select non-European Swimming League (LEN) will also compete including New Zealand, China, Fiji, Singapore, South Korea and Ecuador.

Competition is through Saturday with prelims at 3 p.m. EST and finals at 11 p.m. EST. All sessions will be streamed at http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

Thursday events are: 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 400 IM and 4×200 free relay.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. US 56, 2. Australia 40, 3. Japan 30, 4. Canada 21, 5. New Zealand 1.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. US 57, 2. Australia 34, 3. Japan 30, 4. Canada 25, 5. New Zealand, Singapore 1.


GIRLS
200-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, US 1:56.15, 2. Jamie Perkins, AUS 1:57.34, 3. Kayla Wilson, US 1:58.42.
100-meter backstroke: 1. Maggie Wanezek, US 59.96, 2. Iona Anderson, AUS 1:00.39, 3. Kennedy Noble, US 1:01.03.
200-meter butterfly: 1. Airi Mitsui, JPN 2:07.82, 2. Yasuki Fujimoto, JPN 2:09.63, 3. Alex Shackell, US 2:09.71.
Mixed 4×100-meter medley relay: 1. US 3:46.83, 2. Australia 3:50.51, 3. Japan 3:50.81.
BOYS
200-meter freestyle: 1. Flynn Southam, AUS 1:47.11, 2. Maximus Williamson, US 1:48.21, 3. Adam Wu, CAN 1:48.26.
100-meter backstroke: 1. Daniel Diehl, US 53.27, 2. Josh Zuchowski, US 54.51, 3. Hidekazu Takehara, JPN 55.51.
200-meter butterfly: 1. Aaron Shackell, US 1:55.81, 2. Thomas Heilman, US 1:56.52, 3. Ei Kamikawabata, JPN 1:58.32.

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

Podkoscielny, Winkler, Zuchowski Named To USA Swimming Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, May 15, 2022—Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers were named to the USA Swimming Junior Pan Pacific Championship team, it was announced Monday.

Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming, Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics and Josh Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics Swim Team (FAST) qualified for the Aug. 24-27 Junior Pan Pacs in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The trio is among 41 of the nation’s top junior swimmers.

Podkoscielny of Fort Lauderdale will swim the 400-meter individual medley. Winkler of Miami will be entered in the 100-meter freestyle and Zuchowski of Jupiter will swim the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events. The events listed are what they qualified in but swimmers will also be allowed to choose additional events. It will be the first international team trip for all three swimmers.

Brent Arckey of the Sarasota Sharks will coach the U.S. team. Arckey coached 2020 Olympic medalist Emma Weyant in the 400 IM. Two members of his team, Gracie Weyant (200 breaststroke) and Michaela Mattes (800/1500 freestyle) also qualified for Pan Pacs.

The only other Florida swimmer named was Kayla Wilson of Tide Swimming and Virginia Beach, Fla. She will swim the 100 and 200 freestyle.

The team is regarded as the best the U.S. will be sending to the meet. USA Swimming’s selection criteria chose the fastest 18-and-unders from the U.S. International Trials in April. The roster features 20 girls and 21 boys.

At the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs, the U.S. led the medal count with 54, including 27 gold medals in 35 events. Australia, Japan, Canada, China and New Zealand were also medalists.

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

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs


Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Medals On Final Day Of Junior Pan Pacs

By Sharon Robb

August 31, 2014—University of Michigan-bound Emily Kopas is headed to college with a suitcase full of memories after an outstanding summer.

After winning her first junior national title in California, Kopas won her first major international medal on the final night of the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Saturday night at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.47. She was the top U.S. finisher.

As expected, Japan’s 14-year-old sensation Runa Imai won the gold medal in 2:26.04 and teammate Manami Chida took silver in 2:28.47.

Kopas was the fourth fastest swimmer in morning prelims in 2:31.79.

U.S. teammate and Cornell-bound Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club, eighth-fastest qualifier in a best time 2:17.70, dropping from 2:21.77, finished eighth in the championship final in 2:18.45.

Canadian Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatics was the 12th fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.74. She scratched from the final to swim the 1500-meter freestyle which she finished seventh in 16:46.28.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, finished tenth in the 200-meter individual medley in a best time 2:07.09, bettering his previous best of 2:07.33.

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles, qualified 16th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.79 but was disqualified in the “B” final.

Gonzalez and Song An also were members of the seventh place 4×100-meter medley relay team that finished seven in 3:53.82. Song An led off the relay and Gonzalez swam third leg.

Team USA dominated the final night of pool competition late Saturday. U.S. swimmers won eight out of ten gold medals with Japan winning the other two gold medals.

Team USA finished with 478.50 points followed by Japan, 289; Australia, 258; Canada, 235.50; China, 80; New Zealand, 62; Mexico, 44; Fiji Islands, 18; and South Korea, 8.

American Andrew Seliskar was named Male Swimmer of the Meet for his junior world record-breaking 200-meter butterfly performance (1:55.92). Seliskar won four gold medals and one silver.

U.S. teammate Sierra Schmidt was awarded Female Swimmer of the Meet for her 800-meter freestyle swim (8:34.71). She also won the 1500-meter title in 16:26.81.

Team USA dominated the medal count, winning 47 of 62 available medals including 27 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez coached the girls’ team.

Japan was second with 21 medals (5 gold, 8 silver, 8 bronze).

In Saturday night’s other finals:

Michigan-bound Paul Powers broke the U.S. national age group record in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.20. The previous record of 22.22 was held by Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel since last summer.

American Ella Eastin won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.12. Teammate Kim Williams took bronze in 2:14.18.

Seliskar won another gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.81. Teammate Curtis Ogren took silver in 2:02.21.

American Amy Bilquist won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.04.

Japan’s Ryuya Mura won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.55.

Americans Townley Haas (8:00.99) and Liam Egan (8:04.06) finished one-two in the 800-meter freestyle.

The U.S. swept the men’s and women’s 400-meter medley relay.

In Sunday’s open water competition, American Brendan Casey won the gold medal in 1:58.00. Canadian Jon McKay took silver in 1:58.01 and Aussie Lachlan Colquhorn took bronze in 1:58.35.

Japan’s Yukimi Moriyama won the women’s race in 2 hours. Aussie Grace Hull was second in 2:03.13 and American Regan Kology was third in 2:03.25.

Pan Pacs Open Water

American Andrew Gemmell won the rescheduled men’s open water 10K title at the Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.

Gemmell covered the 6-loop, 1.66 kilometer triangle course in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 11 seconds. Aussie Jarrod Poort took silver in 1:52.12 and New Zealand’s Kane Radford took bronze in 1:52.13.

Haley Anderson made it a U.S. sweep winning the women’s gold medal in 1:59.51, just edging U.S. teammate Eva Fabian in 1:59.52. Aussie Chelsea Gubecka took the bronze in 1:59.54.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Clearwater’s Aitchison Takes Bronze; Kopas, Evdokimov Make “A” Final At Junior Pan Pacs

Clearwater’s Aitchison Takes Bronze; Kopas, Evdokimov Make “A” Final At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 30, 2014—After just missing two medals, Canadian Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatics won her first major international medal Friday night at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Aitchison won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:11.16. She lowered her previous best time of 4:13.33. Aitchison qualified sixth in morning prelims in 4:15.42.

In the final women’s event of the night, Aitchison anchored her country’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay that finished fourth in 3:45.79.

Aitchison is having a good meet for Canada. She just missed a medal in the 200-meter freestyle placing fourth in a lifetime-best 2:00.81. She was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.90, another lifetime-best.

Aitchison also qualified for the 100-meter freestyle “B” final (57.91) and 400-meter individual medley “A” final (4:55.08) but scratched for her team in order to swim the 800-meter freestyle relay where she swam leadoff for the relay that finished in 8:12.75.

In Saturday morning prelims, Aitchison was the 12th fastest qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 26.74, dropping from 26.84 and will swim the “B” final. Aitchison is also the fifth seed in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Also in morning prelims, Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Emily Kopas was the fourth fastest swimmer in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.79 and will swim late Saturday night in the “A” final. She was the second U.S. qualifier.

U.S. teammate Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club also made the “A” final, qualifying eighth in a best time 2:17.70, dropping from 2:21.77.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, finished eighth in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.71, another lifetime-best. He qualified in 55.03, lowering his previous best of 55.24.

It was Gonzalez second appearance in the championship finals.

Gonzalez also qualified for the 100-meter backstroke final on opening night in 58.71 and finished eighth in finals in 58.04.

Both Song An and Gonzalez were members of Mexico’s seventh place 4×100-meter freestyle relay team (3:30.82).

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles was sixth in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:04.37. Song An had qualified sixth in morning in a then lifetime-best 2:04.66, bettering his previous best time of 2:05.25.

In Thursday’s prelims, Song An was 18th in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.25. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle which finished seventh in 7:53.56.

In Saturday’s prelims, Gonzalez qualified tenth and Song An 16th in the 200-meter individual medley.

In Friday night’s finals,

American Courtney Harnish overtook early leader Tamsin Cook of Australia to win the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:09.36, dropping from 4:12.20. Cook took silver in 4:10.91.

Liam Egan of Team USA, winner of the 1500 freestyle on opening night, won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:52.59. He moved ahead of China’s early leader Li Yongwei. American Aidan Burns took silver in 3:53.10 and Aussie Joshua Parrish won bronze in 3:53.85.

Top-seed Suzuka Hasegawa of Japan won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.91. Aussie Christina Licciardi took silver in 59.36 and Japan’s Rikako Ikee took the bronze in 59.50.

American Alex Valente won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.60, just missing the junior world record. U.S. teammate Andrew Seliskar was second in 53.14 and New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby was third in 53.81.

Japan’s Rio Shirai and Rika Yuhara went one-two in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.67 and 2:12.51 respectively. Korea’s Dalin Lee took the brone in 2:13.24.

Americans Connor Green and Corey Okubo went one-two in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.60 and 2:01.17. Canadian Markus Thormeyer took the bronze in 2:01.55.

The Aussie women and U.S. men won the 4×100-meter freestyle relays.

The five-day meet continues late Saturday night with the final schedule for pool events. The 10K open water events are Sunday. The Pan Pacific Championships open water events will also be held after being postponed in Australia because of bad weather condition.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Finals are 11 p.m. east coast time. The open water events begin 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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

Swim FTL’s Kopas Wins “B” Final; Azura’s Gonzalez, Clearwater’s Aitchison, Bolles Song An Make Finals At Junior Pan Pacs

Swim FTL’s Kopas Wins “B” Final; Azura’s Gonzalez, Clearwater’s Aitchison, Bolles Song An Make Finals At Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 29, 2014—It was a great day for Florida swimmers in the international spotlight at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale, competing in her first major international meet for Team USA, won the “B” final of the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.35, lowering her seed time of 1:09.94. Her time would have placed her fourth in the championship final.

Kopas was fourth fastest qualifier in the 100-meter breaststroke in prelims but was dropped into the “B” final after two of her teammates, Lilly King and Jorie Caneta, qualified first and third respectively. Only the top two from each country qualifies for the championship finals. King (1:07.98 meet record) and Caneta (1:08.68) finished 1-2 in the finals late Thursday night.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Mateo Gonzalez, representing Mexico, qualified for the 100-meter backstroke final on opening night in 58.71 and finished eighth in finals in 58.04.

On Friday morning, Gonzalez qualified for his second final in the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 55.03, lowering his previous best of 55.24.

Mexican teammate Andy Song An of Bolles qualified sixth in Friday morning’s prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 2:04.66, bettering his previous best time of 2:05.25.

In Thursday’s prelims, Song An was 18th in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.25. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle which finished seventh in 7:53.56.

Canada’s Alexandra Aitchison of Clearwater Aquatic Team (CAT) just missed a medal in the 200-meter freestyle placing fourth in a lifetime-best 2:00.81. She was fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.90, another lifetime-best.

Aitchison also qualified for the 100-meter freestyle “B” final (57.91) and 400-meter individual medley “A” final (4:55.08) but scratched in order to compete for the 800-meter freestyle relay. Aitchison swam leadoff leg for the relay that finished in 8:12.75.

On Friday morning, Aitchison qualified sixth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:15.42.

In Thursday’s night finals, Team USA continued its assault in the medal race winning seven of eight gold medals for the second consecutive night.

After the first two days, Team USA has 14 of 16 gold medals, six of 16 silver and five of 16 bronze medals. No other team is even close to the Americans.

In the girls’ 100-meter freestyle, Aussie Shayna Mack came from behind to win in 54.82 ahead of China’s Menghu Zhu.

In the boys’ 100-meter freestyle, Paul Powers and Blake Pieroni went one-two in the final for Team USA and teammate Townley Haas went best-time 49.55 in the “B” final to earn the anchor leg assignment on the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Connor Hoppe of Team USA won the boys 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.68. He was fifth at the turn but negative split 29.49 on the final 50.

U.S. team captain Ella Eastin won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:43.13. She led from wire-to-wire.

In the boys 400-meter individual medley, Andrew Seliskar and Curtis Ogren finished one-two in the final. Seliskar won in a best time 4:16.05 followed by Ogren in a best time 4:17.70. Team USA also swept the top two places in the “B” final with Sean Grieshop and Corey Okubo.

Team USA swept the girls and boys 4×200-meter freestyle relays.

The five-day meet continues late Friday night.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The Jr. Pan Pacs are being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile. Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

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

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers, Bolles Coach Ready For Junior Pan Pacs

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers, Bolles Coach Ready For Junior Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 26, 2014—Before leaving for their first year of college, breaststrokers Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale and Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club will represent the United States at the Junior Pac Pacific Championships.

The five-day meet begins Wednesday at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The meet is for swimmers age 13-18 from non-European federations.

Like last week’s Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, Team USA is expected to dominate the medal count based on the psych sheet.

The rules mirror the Pan Pacs with only two swimmers from each country allowed to advance into the championship final and three for the “B” finals.

Team USA has 23 men and 23 women. They gathered in Los Angeles before leaving for Hawaii.

Bolles coach and Olympian Sergio Lopez is coaching the women’s team. Jaime Lewis of Gator Swim Club is an assistant coach.

Kopas and Evdokimov are the only Florida swimmers on the team.

Kopas, 18, a University School of Nova alum, headed for the University of Michigan, is the fifth seed (1:09.94) in the 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday. U.S. teammate Lilly King of Newburgh Sea Creatures is top seed in 1:08.12.

Kopas is seeded fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.53 on Saturday. Japan’s Runa Imai, only 13, is seeded first in 2:24.00. Last year as a 12-year-old she swam 2:25.14. She is one of the youngest swimmers in the meet.

Kopas recently won her first major national title at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships in the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:29.53. It was the first time the junior national team member, high school state champion and All-American cracked the 2:30 barrier.

Cornell-bound Evdokimov, 18, a Taravella graduate, is seeded 12th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.34. American Connor Hoppe, 17, of Clovis Swim Club is seeded first in 1:01.84. Evdokimov is seeded 14th in 2:21.77. U.S. teammate Cody Taylor, 18, of Donner Swim Club is seeded first in 2:12.73.

At senior nationals, Evdokimov was 24th in 1:04.17 in the final after going a best time 1:03.34 in morning prelims. He was disqualified in the 200 breaststroke and was 67th in the 50 breaststroke in 30.02.

Lopez is one of the nation’s top USA Swimming club and high school coaches. He joined the Bolles staff in 2007. He had 17 swimmers with Bolles ties at the 2012 London Olympics and has coached the high school teams to national and high school titles.

The Pan Pacs 10K, postponed in Southport, Australia because of high levels of E.coli in the water, will be held on the final day of the meet along with the Jr. Pan Pacs events on Sunday at 2 p.m. east coast time. Clearwater’s Becca Mann will compete in the rescheduled Pan Pac women’s race and is a medal favorite after an extra week’s rest.

Wednesday’s events are 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter butterfly, 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle.

For those swim fans who wish to remain sleep-deprived after watching last week’s Pan Pacs live-streamed from Australia, the Jr. Pan Pacs will also be live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile.

Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

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