Kathleen Golding Heads Talented Local Contingent At NCAA Division I Women’s Championships That Begin Wednesday

By Sharon Robb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships get underway Wednesday at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

University of Florida senior Kathleen Golding leads a talented local contingent from South Florida.

Golding will compete in the 200 IM (1:56.49) and 400 IM (4:07.83). She will be joined by Gator teammate Anna Auld of St. Andrew’s Aquatics and West Palm Beach in the 500 freestyle (4:40.32), 1,650 freestyle (16:09.52) and 400 IM (4:10.36). Transfer Emma Weyant of Sarasota will also compete for the Gators in the 1,650 (16:08.24) and 400 IM (4:01.18).

Golding, Auld and Weyant are among 17 individual swimmers and diver and five relays from University of Florida that will compete.

Auld, Golding, Weyant. Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk, Camille DeBoer, Zoe Dixon, Nina Kucheran, Katie Mack, Tylor Mathieu, Hayden Miller, Ekaterina Nikonova, Olivia Peoples, Amanda Ray, Aris Runnels and Mabel Zavaros qualified for the big dance based on season-best times in 11 different events.

Florida’s 16 swimmers selected are the second-most swimmers among the nation, only behind back-to-back national champion Virginia (17). There are only nine schools in the country with double-digit swimmers to qualify, and only three SEC programs.

Maha Amer joined the Gators group after qualifying in the NCAA Diving Zones early last week. Amer, who won silver in the 1-meter at the SEC Championships last month, will compete in all three events.

The Gators also qualified five relays, with the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay all hitting the qualifying standard.

UCLA sophomore Paige MacEachern, a Boca Raton High School alum and Pine Crest club swimmer, will compete in the 400 IM (4:06.17).

University of Wisconsin freshman Blair Stoneburg, a Jensen Beach High alum and Treasure Coast Aquatics club swimmer, will compete in the 500 freestyle (4:40.38).

Florida International University’s Christie Choe qualified in the 200 breaststroke (2:08.73) and 100 breaststroke (59.28). University of Miami will be represented by diver Mia Vallee.

Florida State will have four swimmers at the meet: sophomore Madeline Huggins, 200 breaststroke (2:09.55), sophomore Edith Jernstedt, 200 butterfly (1:55.78), freshman Julia Mansson, 200 breaststroke (2:09.68) and grad assistant Daniela Anna Metzler, 400 IM (4:10.18).

No. 1 ranked University of Virginia is on the verge of a three-peat national championship. Alex Walsh, Gretchen Walsh and Kate Douglass are expected to lead the Cavaliers. Nineteen swimmers and divers qualified in 42 events.

Last year Virginia won its second-straight national title, claiming 11 events and four out of the five relays along the way, and finished with 551.5 team points, nearly 150 points ahead of the rest of the field. They may even top that this week.

Texas, Stanford and Florida are in the mix to finish among the top five.

A total of 281 swimmers from 56 colleges qualified for the four-day meet. Swimmers qualified for the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events which they entered. Divers were determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving Championships.

ESPN+ will provide live digital coverage for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday. Tape-delayed coverage of the women’s championships will be on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. EST on March 29.

Wednesday, 6 p.m., 200 medley relay,800 free relay.
Thursday, prelims, 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter dive, 200 free relay.
Friday, prelims 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter dive, 400 medley relay.
Saturday, prelims 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m., 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, Platform dive, 1650 free, 400 free relay.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Florida Gators Sweep SEC Championships, Make History; Miami’s Max Flory ACC Championships Men’s Most Valuable Diver

By Sharon Robb
COLLEGE STATION, Tex., February 19, 2023—University of Florida’s swim program made a little more history at the Southeastern Conference Championships Saturday at the Rec Center Natatorium.

The Gators are the first college to win the men’s and women’s titles at the same meet since Auburn accomplished the feat in 2008. It is the ninth time the programs have won in the same year but first since 1993.

The men’s team, powered by depth and talent, won its 11th consecutive and 44th SEC title with 1,488.5, the highest in league history. The Gators won three of five relays: 200 freestyle, 400 medley and 800 freestyle.

Florida freshman Aleksas Savickas of Lithuania won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:50.08, breaking Nic Fink’s 2015 SEC record by .72 seconds.

The women’s team returned to the top five since 2007 by winning the women’s title with 1,255 points ahead of defending champion Tennessee with 950.5. It was the seventh highest score in SEC history. SOFLO’s and UF girls team captain Kathleen Golding played a role with her 56 points scoring in the 200 and 400 IMs and 200 butterfly, all with best times.

The Gator women won the 800 freestyle, were second in the 400 freestyle relay and finished no worse than third in the other relays.

It was also Gator coach Anthony Nesty’s fifth consecutive conference title in five years as the Gator men’s coach and yes, he was thrown into the pool twice by his winning teams after the meet.

Kentucky freshman Levi Sandidge won the 1,650-yard freestyle and is the first Wildcat male swimmer to win an SEC title in 17 years. He won in a best time 14:31.37, dropping more than 18 seconds.

“I had a thought in the back of my mind that there was a chance I would win this,” Sandidge said. “We’re still hoping to go to NCAAs. I did not expect to go a 14:31.”

Jordan Crooks of Tennessee outsprinted Florida’s Josh Liendo to win the 100-yard freestyle in 41.19-41.24. The Cayman Islands swimmer is the first Tennessee swimmer to win the event since former Pine Crest swimmer Ricky Busquets in 1996.

UF’s Anna Auld of West Palm Beach was 13th in the 1,650-yard freestyle, dropping 2.12 seconds.

In the men’s 200-yard backstroke, South Carolina senior Patrick Groters, was 24th in 1:44.55.

North Carolina State men and Virginia women won ACC team titles Saturday at the 2022 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Pavilion. NC State won its 31st ACC title, including its seventh in the last eight years. Virginia earned its third straight ACC championship and 18th in program history.

NC State men won with 1,501.5 points, most in ACC Championships history. Louisville (1,192.5), Virginia Tech (1,054) and Virginia (1,041) finished second through fourth, respectively. FSU was sixth with 676 points.

With two first-place finishes and a third, Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan of Egypt was named the ACC Championships Men’s Most Valuable Swimmer by vote of the head coaches. Miami’s Max Flory was chosen as the ACC Championships Men’s Most Valuable Diver.

Virginia women won with 1418.5 points. NC State was second with 1347 points, while Louisville was third with 1136.5 and North Carolina was fourth with 760. Florida State women were eighth with 549 and University of Miami were ninth with 411.

After winning three individual events, Virginia’s Alex Walsh earned the ACC Championships Women’s Most Valuable Swimmer after winning three individual events, while Duke’s Margo O’Meara was named ACC Championships Women’s Most Valuable Diver.

: 1. Florida 1,255, 2. Tennessee 950.5, 3. Kentucky 946, 4. Alabama 791, 5. LSU 775, 6. Georgia 756, 7. Auburn 688, 8. South Carolina 587, 9. Texas A&M 583.5, 10. Arkansas 530, 11. Missouri 418, 12. Vanderbilt 169.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Kensey McMahon, ALA 15:47.02, 2. Aly Breslin, TENN 15:52.71, 3. Kristen Stege, TENN 15:53.47, 13. Anna Auld 16:09.52.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Ella Varga, LSU 1:51.74, 2. Josephine Fuller, TENN 1:52.21, 3. Caitlin Brooks, KY 1:52.38, 7. Emma Weyant, UF 1:54.06.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Maggie MacNeil, LSU 46.27, 2. Kalia Antoniou, ALA 47.46, 3. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 47.97.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Mona McSharry, TENN 2:05.11, 2. Zoie Hartman, GA 2:05.48, 3. Avery Wiseman, ALA 2:05.85.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. LSU 3:10.57, 2. Florida 3:10.83 (Ekaterina Nikonova, Talia Bates, Katie Mack, Micayla Cronk), 3. Arkansas 3:13.60.

Platform diving: 1. Montserrat Lavenant, LSU 293.50, 2. Kyndal Knight, KY 285.45, 3. Maggie Buckley, LSU 268.45.

400-yard medley relay: 1. Alabama 3:28.46, 2. Tennesee 3:28.78, 3. Florida 3:29.98 (Aris Runnels, Nina Kucheran, Olivia Peoples, Micayle Cronk).

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 1,488.5, 2. Auburn 1,089.5, 3. Tennessee 1,035.5, 4. Texas A&M 1,018, 5. Georgia 828.5, 6. Missouri 725.5, 7. Alabama 667, 8. Kentucky 514, 9. South Carolina 458.5, 10. LSU 337.

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Levi Sandidge, KY 14:31.47, 2. Jake Magahey, GA 14:38.45, 3. Tyler Watson, UF 14:38.50.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Bradley Dunham, GA 1:39.27, 2. Baylor Nelson, TAMU 1:39.79, 3. Jack Dahlgren, MISS 1:39.80, 24. Patrick Groters, SC 1:44.55.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jordan Crooks, TENN 41.19, 2. Josh Liendo, UF 41.24, 3. Guilherme Santos, TENN 41.55.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Aleksas Savicka, UF 1:50.08, 2. Dillon Hillis, UF 1:51.44, 3. Lyubomir Epitropov, TENN 1:51.83.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Tennessee 2:46.25, 2. Florida 2:46.42 (Macguire McDuff, Josh Liendo, Adam Chaney, Julian Smirh), 3. Georgia 2:49.06.

Platform diving: 1. Bryden Hattie, TENN 457.10, 2. Manny Vazquez Bas 432.75, 3. Leonardo Garcia, UF 418.65.

400-yard medley relay: 1. Florida 2:59.48 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Josh Liendo, Macguire McDuff), 2. Tennessee 3:02.51, 3. Auburn 3:03.03.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Finishes Meet In Style; Florida Gators On Way To Sweeping SEC Championships

By Sharon Robb
COLLEGE STATION, Tex., February 17, 2023—University of Florida’s Kathleen Golding had another good night at the Southeastern Conference Championships Friday at the Rec Center Natatorium.

Golding broke 2 minutes twice in the 200-yard butterfly and finished 13th in a best time 1:56.98, dropping 3.95 seconds.

In prelims, she first broke 2 minutes in 1:58.38 to qualify 16th for a 2.55-second improvement. Her entry time was 2:00.93.

Golding finished with 56 points after also finishing fifth in the 400 IM and tenth in 200 IM in all best times.

Jenna Bridges of LSU won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.18. Bridges surged with five strokes left to out-touch Callie Dickinson of Georgia (1:54.63) and Sara Stotler of Tennessee (1:54.88). She is the first SEC champion from LSU since 1986.

Alabama’s Rhyan White won the 100-yard backstroke in 50.92, just off her season-best 50.84.

Adam Chaney of Florida won the 100-yard backstroke in 44.18, fastest time in the NCAA this season.

The Gator men picked up another win the 100-yard breaststroke with Dillon Hillis in 51.02 and teammate Aleksas Savickas was second in 51.07.

Heading into the final day of competition, Florida has huge leads in both the men and women’s divisions and expected to sweep.


200-yard butterfly: 1. Jenna Bridges, LSU 1:54.18, 2. Callie Dickinson, GA 1:54.63, 3. Sara Stotler, TENN 1:54.88, 13. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:56.98, time drop 3.95.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Rhyan White, ALA 50.92, 2. Josephine Fuller, TENN 51.26, 3. Eboni McCarty, GA 51.35.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Mona McSharry, TENN 57.25, 2. Zoie Hartman, GA 58.65, 3. Avery Wiseman, ALA 58.71.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Clement Secchi, UMIZ 1:41.07, 2. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:41.37, 3. Mason Wilby, KY 1:41.59.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 44.18, 2. Nathaniel Stoffle, AUB 45.04, 3. Michael Laitarovsky, SC 45.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 51.02, 2. Aleksas Savickas, UF 51.07, 3. Reid Mikuta, AUB 51.22.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Takes Fifth On Day Three Of SEC Championships; Florida Remains In Lead

By Sharon Robb
COLLEGE STATION, Tex., February 16, 2023—University of Florida’s Kathleen Golding finished fifth in the 400-yard individual medley at the Southeastern Conference Championships Thursday at the Rec Center Natatorium.

Golding, a junior and team captain, finished in a best time 4:07.83, dropping 1.35 seconds. She was fifth fastest in prelims in 4:08.88. Her finals splits were 56.36 (butterfly), 1:03.45 (backstroke), 1:11.40 (breaststroke) and 56.62 (100 freestyle. Golding has the 200 butterfly left to swim.

Florida teammate Emma Weyant of Sarasota won the 400 IM in 4:01.18.

South Carolina senior Patrick Groters was disqualified in the 400 IM finals after going 3:51.02 in prelims. It was his final event of the meet.

South Carolina freshman Kyle Korvick of Miami was 41st in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:37.42.

University of Florida continues to pull away from the field and getting closer to sweeping the meet titles. The Gator women have 760 points. Defending champion Tennessee is second with 483. The Gator men, on course to defend their title, lead with 810.5 and Texas A&M is second with 628.

: 1. Florida 760, 2. Tennessee 483, 3. Kentucky 452, 4. LSU 439, 5. Georgia 391, 6. South Carolina 385, 7. Alabama 364, 8. Auburn 326, 9. Texas &M 319, 10. Arkansas 245, 11. Missouri 217, 12. Vanderbilt 94.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Emma Weyant, UF 4:01.18, 2. Lauren Poole, KY 4:04.62, 3. Giulia Goerigk, TAMU 4:06.84, 5. Kathleen Golding, UF 4:07.83, 10. Anna Auld, UF 4:10.36.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Maggie MacNeil, LSU 48.99, SEC, meet record, 2. Meghan Lee, AUB 51.01, 3. Rhyan White, BAMA 51.47.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Brooklyn Douthwright, TENN 1:42.64, 2. Chloe Stepanek, TAMU 1:43.37, 3. Micayla Cronk, US 1:43.77.

1-meter diving: 1. Brooke Schultz, SC 345.05, 2. Maha Amer, UF 337.85, 3. Chiara Pellacani, LSU 330.95.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 810.5, 2. Texas A&M 628, 3. Auburn 560, 4. Tennessee 537, 5. Georgia 424.5, 6. Alabama 354, 7. Missouri 297.5, 8. South Carolina 270.5, 9. Kentucky 266, 10. LSU 177.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Baylor Nelson, TAMU 3:38.14, 2. Anze Fers Erzen, TAMU 3:40.10, 3. Ian Grum, GA 3:40.32.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Josh Liendo, UF 44.11, 2. Jordan Crooks, TENN 44.37, 3. Clement Secchi, UMIZ 45.08.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Charlie Hawke, BAMA 1:31.20, 2. Jack Dahlgren, UMIZ 1:31.34, 3. Macguire McDuff, UF 1:32.34.

3-meter diving: 1. Bryden Hattie, TENN 429.20, 2. Victor Povzner, TAMU 412.65, 3. Takuto Endo, TAMU 400.35.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Florida Leads Men’s, Women’s Team Standings After Day Two Of SEC Championships; Crooks Swims Sub-18

By Sharon Robb
COLLEGE STATION, Tex., February 15, 2023—University of Florida leads the men’s and women’s fields after the second day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Championships Wednesday at the Rec Center Natatorium.

The Gators lead the women with 502 and LSU is second with 378. The men lead with 542.5 points and Auburn is second with 380.

Florida won the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:14.19 with Macguire McDuff, Josh Liendo, Adam Chaney and Alberto Mestre. South Carolina was eighth in 1:17.43 with Patrick Groters swimming anchor leg in 19.12, the fastest of the foursome.

Groters, making his final SEC appearance, was 13th in the 200-yard individual medley prelims in a best time 1:44.09, dropping 1.04 seconds.

In a huge turnaround, LSU won the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:26.70 with Katarina Milutinovich, Maggie MacNeil, Peyton Curry and Michaela De Villiers. LSU had not sent a relay to the NCAAs in 2016 but have now qualified five in two days.

MacNeil broke her own SEC record to win the 50-yard freestyle in 20.98. She is only the fourth woman to go under 21 seconds.

In the men’s 50, Jordan Crooks of Tennessee won in 17.93, only the second swimmer to go under 18 seconds. He broke Caeleb Dressel’s SEC record of 18.23 set in 2016. Florida’s Josh Liendo (18.39) and Adam Chaney (18.71) were second and third.

In the women’s 500-meter freestyle, it was a sister showdown. Georgia’s Rachel Stege beat her older sister Kristen Stege of Tennessee by just 0.04 seconds, 4:36.31-4:36.35. Sarasota’s Emma Weyant of Florida was third in 4:37.96 and teammate Anna Auld of West Palm Beach was tenth in 4:40.32.

Florida men had four swimmers in the top five of the 500-yard freestyle with Gator Jake Mitchell winning in 4:09.85.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding of Florida finished ninth in the 200-yard individual medley prelims in 1:57.27, just off her entry time of 1:57.26. In the final, she finished tenth in 1:56.49, dropping 0.78.

Miami’s Kyle Korvick, a freshman at South Carolina, was 34th in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:25.69, dropping 6.46.

Florida’s Anna Auld of West Palm Beach was tenth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:40.32, dropping 2.79 off her entry time of 4:43.11.

: 1. Florida 502, 2. LSU 378, 3. Tennessee 375, 4. Georgia 329, 5. Alabama 306, 6. Kentucky 300, 7. South Carolina 286, 8. Texas A&M 226, 9. Auburn 222, 10. Arkansas 205, 11. Missouri 177, 12. Vanderbilt 94.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. LSU 1:26.70 (Katarina Milutinovich, Maggie MacNeil, Peton Curry, Michaela De Villiers), 2. Alabama 1:27.21, 3. Florida 1:27.28 (Ekaterina Nikonova, Katie Mack, Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk).

500-yard freestyle: 1. Rachel Stege, UGA 4:36.31, 2. Kristen Stege, TENN 4:36.35, 3. Emma Weyant, UF 4:37.96, 10. Anna Auld, UF 4:40.32.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Zoie Hartman, GA 1:53.58, 2. Josephine Fuller, TENN 1:55.01, 3. Lauren Poole, KY 1:55.12, 10. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:56.49.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Maggie MacNeil, LSU 20.98, 2. Mona McSharry, TENN 21.74, 3. Kalia Antoniou, BAMA 21.75.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida 542.5, 2. tie, Texas A&M 380 and Auburn 380, 4. Tennessee 347, 5. Georgia 268.5, 6. Alabama 249, 7. Missouri 214.5, 8. South Carolina 203.5, 9. Kentucky 162, 10. LSU 131.


200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida 1:14.19 (Macguire McDuff, Josh Liendo, Adam Chaney, Alberto Mestre) 2. Tennessee 1:15.34, 3. Auburn 1:15.94.

    500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Mitchell, UF 4:09.85, 2. Jake Maghey, GA 4:10.03, 3. Alfonso Mestre, UF 4:10.15.

    200-yard individual medley: 1. Baylor Nelson, TAMU 1:40.86, 2. Koko Bratanov, TAMU 1:42.50, 3. Ben Patton, UMIZ 1:42.98, 4. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:43.09.

    50-yard freestyle: 1. Jordan Crooks, TENN 17.93, 2. Josh Liendo, UF 18.39, 3, Adam Chaney, UF 18.71.

    Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

    Gators Sweep 800 Free Relays On Day One Of SEC Championships; Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented

    By Sharon Robb
    COLLEGE STATION, Tex., February 14, 2023—University of Florida opened with two relay wins Tuesday in the Southeastern Conference Championships at the Rec Center Natatorium.

    What’s expected to be a showdown between defending women’s champion Tennessee and Florida for the women’s title, the Gators got the ball rolling in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

    Florida women won the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:57.11 with Ekaterina Nikonova, Talia Bates, Emma Weyant and Micayla Cronk while Tennessee was second in 6:58.26.

    The Gators were also second in the women’s 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.76 just behind Alabama in 1:34.20 with Aris Runnels, Nina Kucheran, Olivia Peoples and Katie Mack.

    Defending men’s champion Florida also won the 800 free relay in 6:08.64 with Macguire McDuff, Julian Smith, Alfonso Mestre and Jake Mitchell. Auburn was second in 6:12.39.

    Florida men were also runners-up in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:21.73 with Adam Chaney, Aleksas Savickas, Eric Friese and Josh Liendo.

    In diving, Brooke Schultz of South Carolina won the 3-meter springboard with 356.35 points and Victor Povzner of Texas A&M won the 1-meter with 375.50.

    The Florida Gold Coast is well-represented with qualifiers. They are sisters Kathleen and Molly Golding of Florida, Anna Auld of Florida, Patrick Groters and Kyle Korvick of South Carolina.

    : 1. LSU 178, 2. Florida 150, 3. Kentucky 149, 4. South Carolina 142, 5. Tennessee 136.
    200-yard medley relay: 1. Alabama 1:34.20 (Rhyan White, Avery Wiseman, Emily Jones,Kalia Antoniou), 2. Florida 1:34.76 (Aris Runnels, Nina Kucheran, Olivia Peoples, Katie Mack), 3. Tennessee 1:35.53.

    3-meter diving: 1. Brooke Schultz, SC 356.35, 2. Sophie Verzyl, SC 349.65, 3. Chaira Pellacani, LSU 341.85.

    800-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida 6:57.11 (Ekaterina Nikonova, Talia Bates, Emma Weyant, Micayla Cronk), 2. Tennessee 6:58.26, 3. Georgia 6:58.90.

    MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Texas A&M 229, 2. Auburn 166, 3. Tennessee 159, 4. Florida 138, 5. Missouri 126.
    1-meter diving: 1. Victor Povzner, TAMU 375.50, 2. Bryden Hatties, TENN 364.40, 3. Rhett Hensley, TAMU 343.60.

    200-yard medley relay: 1. Tennessee 1:21.43 (Bjoern Kammann, Michael Houlie, Jordan Crooks, Guilherme Santos), 2. Florida 1:21.73 (Adam Chaney, Aleksas Savickas, Eric Friese, Josh Liendo), 3. Auburn 1:22.98.

    800-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida 6:08.64 (Macguire McDuff, Julian Smith, Alfonso Mestre, Jake Mitchell), 2. Auburn 6:12.39, 3. Alabama 6:12.46.

    Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

    Florida Gators Win Season Opener Against Nova Southeastern, Arkansas; Golding Takes Two Seconds, Anchors Winning Relay

    By Sharon Robb
    GAINESVILLE, September 23, 2022—If Friday’s season-opener at the Stephen O’Connell Center Natatorium is any indication, University of Florida men’s and women’s teams are in for a great season.

    The Gators’ women’s team defeated Nova Southeastern, 244-44, and Arkansas, 219-79, in a double-dual, while the men’s team topped Nova Southeastern, 252-42.

    The Gators finished with seven B-cuts and won every event but one.

    South Florida Aquatic Club alum and Gators team captain Kathleen Golding finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.19 and second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.24.

    Golding also anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:20.56 with teammates Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk and Ekaterina Nikonova.

    Florida started off sweeping the 200 medley relays to open the meet. The men had four relay teams finish in the top five, while the women claimed 13 points on first and third place finishes.

    Gainesville native and senior Talia Bates won four events, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay.

    In his first college start, Joshua Liendo was three for three in first place finishes. The Canadian Olympian swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay in his first college race, before winning the 50 freestyle in 19.69, earning a B-cut, and winning the 100 butterfly in 48.06.

    In the 1000 free, Hayden Miller swam a 9:53.52, over 13 seconds ahead of the field in her college debut. The freshman from Houston also won the 500 freestyle in 4:51.10.

    Nina Kucheran won three events in her Florida debut, winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 200 medley relay.

    Carina Lumia swept the women’s diving competition, winning at the 1-meter and 3-meter, while Anton Svirskyi swept the 1-meter and 3-meter.

    Florida 244, Nova Southeastern 44
    Florida 219, Arkansas 79

    3-meter diving: 1. Carina Lumia, UF 291.00, 2. Grace Walker, ARK 272.48, 3. Elettra Neroni, UF 248.93.

    1-meter diving: 1. Carina Lumia, UF 286.80, 2. Elettra Neroni, UF 284.10, 3. Grace Walker, ARK 262.73.

    200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida B 1:40.72 (Katie Mack, Nina Kucheran, Olivia Peoples, Talia Bates), 2. Arkansas A 1:40.99, 3. Florida A 1:43.84.

    1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Miller, UF 9:53.52, 2. Anna Auld, UF 10:06.77, 3. Camille DeBoer, UF 10:15.37.

    200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Mathieu, UF 1:49.36, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:50.19, 3. Kobie Melton, ARK 1:51.59. 11. Sara Quintero, NSU 2:04.47, EXH: Mallory Schleicher, UF 1:58.07.

    100-yard backstroke: 1. Talia Bates, UF 54.23, 2. Andrea Sansores, ARK 54.78, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 55.92, 4. Celina Marquez, NSU 56.83.

    100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, UF 1:02.09, 2. Vanessa Herrmann, ARK 1:02.88, 3. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:03.32; EXH: Molly Golding, UF 1:07.18.

    200-yard butterfly: 1. Luciana Thomas, ARK 1:59.01, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 1:59.12, 3. Betsy Wizard, ARK 2:00.44.

    50-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 22.45, 2. Katie Mack, UF 22.56, 3. Bella Cothern, ARK 22.93, 10. Solana Capalbo, NSU 24.79.

    100-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 48.95, 2. Katie Mack, UF 49.65, 3. Micayla Cronk, UF 50.61.

    200-yard backstroke: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:56.92, 2. Zoe Dixon, UF 2:00.63, 3. Kobie Melton, ARK 2:02.24, 9. Solana Capalbo, NSU 2:12.79, EXH: Amanda Kopas, NSU 2:20.52.

    200-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, UF 2:15.76, 2. Vanessa Herrmann, ARK 2:15.84, 3. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:17.20; EXH: Molly Golding, UF 2:25.66.

    500-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Miller, UF 4:51.10, 2. Elise Bauer, UF 4:51.93, 3. Luciana Thomas, ARK 5:00.06, 10. Sara Quintero, NSU 5:26.19; EXH: Anna Auld, UF 4:58.61, Mallory Schleicher, UF 5:11.90.

    100-yard butterfly: 1. Talia Bates, UF 53.84, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.53, 3. Betsy Wizard, ARK 54.89, 9. Amanda Kopas, NSU 1:00.76.

    200-yard individual medley: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:01.21, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 2:02.24, 3. Nina Kucheran, UF 2:04.81.

    400-yard freestyle: 1. Florida A 3:20.56 (Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk, Ekaterina Nikonova, Kathleen Golding), 2. Arkansas A 3:24.36, 3. Florida B 3:24.59.

    Florida 252, Nova Southeastern 42

    1-meter diving: 1. Anton Svirskyi, UF 367.43, 2. Elisha Dees, UF 320.78, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 289.13.

    3-meter diving: 1. Anton Svirskyi,UF 380.40, 2. Elisha Dees, UF 319.65, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 272.10.

    200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:28.04 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Josh Liendo, Alberto Mestre), 2. Florida B 1:30.84, 3. Florida C 1:32.81.

    1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Brennan Gravely, UF 9:09.98, 2. Eric Brown, UF 9:11.61, 3. Jack VanDeusen, UF 9:12.22.

    200-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, UF 1:37.56, 2. Jake Mitchell, UF 1:37.57, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:37.59.

    100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 48.45, 2. Cam Abaqueta, UF 50.49, 3. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 50.53.

    100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 55.30, 2. Aleksas Savicka, UF 55.51, 3. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 56.12.

    200-yard butterfly: 1. Billy Jones, UF 1:49.00, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:51.12, 3. Tyler Watson, UF 1:51.51.

    50-yard freestyle: 1. Josh Liendo, UF 19.69, 2. Alberto Mestre, UF 19.97, 3. Eric Friese, UF 20.47.

    100-yard freestyle: 1. Julian Smith, UF 43.53, 2. Alberto Mestre, UF 44.31, 3. Trey Freeman, UF 44.47.

    200-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 1:49.11, 2. Kevin Vargas, UF 1:49.67, 3. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:51.19.

    200-yard breaststroke: 1. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:00.13, 2. Aleksas Savickas, UF 2:00.56, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 2:01.89.

    500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Mitchell, UF 4:24.92, 2. Eric Brown, UF 4:27.46, 3. Giovanni Linscheer, UF 4:32.52.

    100-yard butterfly: 1. Josh Liendo, UF 48.06, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 48.36, 3. Alfonso Mestre, UF 49.96.

    200-yard individual medley: 1. Kevin Vargas, UF 1:46.80, 2. Julian Smith, UF 1:48.97, 3. Billy Jones, UF 1:51.53.

    400-yard individual medley: 1. Brennan Gravely, UF 3:55.29, 2. Jack Van Deusen, UF 4:01.11, 3. Wesley Hyde, UF 4:06.06.

    400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida C 2:59.41 (Oskar Lindholm, Alfonso Mestre, Ed Fullum-Hout, Trey Freeman) , 2. Nova Southeastern A 3:06.78, 3. Florida B 3:07.44.

    Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

    Florida Gators Announce 2022-23 Schedule; SOFLO Alum Kathleen Golding Named Team Captain

    By Sharon Robb
    GAINESVILLE, September 14, 2022—University of Florida will open its 2022-23 men’s and women’s schedule at home against Nova Southeastern and Arkansas on Sept. 23 at the O’Connell Center Natatorium.

    The season-opener is one of four home meets. Arkansas has only a women’s team. NSU has both a men’s and women’s team.

    After a month of training, the Gators head to Virginia to swim defending women’s national champion Cavaliers on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Charlottesville.

    Florida will then swim conference opponents on back-to-back weeks, at Georgia in Athens, Ga. on Friday, Oct. 28 in its annual rivalry before returning to Gainesville to host Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 5.

    The Gators end the 2022 calendar year with three straight invitationals: Georgia Invite, Nov. 17-19, U.S. Open, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Greensboro, N.C. before diving ends 2022 at the Auburn Invitational, Dec. 16-20.

    The 2023 part of the schedule opens at home Florida Atlantic University, Jan. 14, before hosting a diving invitational Jan. 20-21, while simultaneously swimming Florida State on Jan. 20 in Ocala, in its final dual meet. Two weeks later, the Gators will swim in the Feb. 3-5 Auburn Last Chance Invitational.

    The Gators begin the post-season at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 14-16 in College Station, Tex. The men will go for their 11th straight conference titles, before the Bulldog Last Chance Meet from Feb. 24-25 in Athens. Qualified divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Zones from Mar. 5-8.

    The season ends at the NCAA Swimming National Championships, with the women’s meet in Knoxville, Tenn., March 15-18 and men’s meet in Minneapolis, Minn., March 22-25.

    One of the highlights of the season is South Florida Aquatic Club alum Kathleen Golding will serve as one of the Gators’ team captains for the 2022-23. The two-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier is a senior and three-time All-American. Her marquis events are the 200 and 400 IM though she swims several other events, both sprint and distance.

    Golding’s younger sister, Molly, also a SOFLO alum, will begin her sophomore season in the IM and breaststroke events.

    Other Gators with South Florida and Florida Gold Coast ties are sophomore Anna Auld of West Palm Beach, who is coming off an outstanding summer; and freshman Mallory Schleicher, another SOFLO alum.

    Florida’s men’s and women’s head coach Anthony Nesty was recently named the 2022 American Swimming Coaches Association George Haines Coach of the Year at the ASCA World Clinic Sept. 8 in Las Vegas. Nesty joins former Florida coaches Gregg Troy and Randy Reese as the only coaches in Gators history to win the award.

    The award is annually given to the individual whose coaching contributed the most towards American swimming excellence at the world level. Nesty was one of six finalists who coached athletes that won gold medals at the FINA World Championships last June in Budapest, Hungary.

    Nesty coached multiple gold medalists in Budapest, including Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, Kieran Smith and UF volunteer Coach Katie Ledecky. The four combined for eight gold medals, the most golds coached by any finalist for the award the year.

    Six current Gators, four former Gators and volunteer coach Katie Ledecky were named to the 2022-23 U.S. National Team.

    Anna Auld, Emma Weyant, Natalie Hinds, and Katie Ledecky were selected for the women’s team, and Brennan Gravley, Jacob Mitchell, Trey Freeman, Kevin Vargas, Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, and Kieran Smith were named on the men’s roster. Florida has 11 athletes on the team, tied with Texas/Longhorn Aquatics for most-represented club/college. Auld and Gravley were both selected as open water athletes in May 2022, and are active through October 31, 2022.

    2022-23 UF Men’s, Women’s Schedule
    Sept. 23, Nova Southeastern, Arkansas, 10 a.m.
    Oct. 22, at Virginia, 10 a.m.
    Oct. 28, at Georgia, 10 a.m.
    Nov. 5, Tennessee, 10 a.m.
    Nov. 17-19, at Georgia Invite
    Nov. 30-Dec. 3, U.S. Open, Greensboro, N.C.
    Greensboro, NC
    Dec. 16-20, Auburn Invitational, Diving
    Jan. 14, Florida Atlantic, 2 p.m.
    Jan. 20-21, UF Diving Invitational
    Jan. 20, Florida State at Ocala, 2 p.m.
    Feb. 3-5, Auburn Last Chance
    Feb. 14-18, SEC Championships, College Station, Tex.
    Feb. 24-25, Bulldogs Last Chance Meet, Athens, Ga.
    Mar. 5-8, NCAA Diving Zones – TBD
    Mar. 15-18, Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Knoxville, Tenn.
    Mar. 22-25, Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Minneapolis

    Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

    Kathleen Golding Makes Third B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships

    By Sharon Robb
    IRVINE, Calif., July 30, 2022—Kathleen Golding had a successful finish at the Phillips 66 National Championships Saturday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

    Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club, qualified for her third B final of the week in the 200-meter individual medley.

    In prelims, Golding qualified 13th in 2:15.99 to make the B final and finished fifth in the B final and 13th overall in 2:15.96. Earlier in the week, Golding also made the A final in the 400 IM and finished seventh in 4:45.35. She finished the meet with 24.5 points.

    Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was second in the B final and tenth overall in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 25.31. dropping 0.07. Pelaez scored all 39 points for her team.

    COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 283.5, 2. Cal Aquatics 249, 3. Gator Swim Club 201.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 157, 5. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont 143.5.

    MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 176.5, 2. Indiana Swim Club 120.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 115, 4. Mission Viejo 72.5, 5. SwimMAC 70.5.

    WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 163, 2. Gator Swim Club 152.5, 3. Long Island 118, 4. Nashville 112, 5. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont 99, 16. Eagle Aquatics 39.

    200-meter individual medley: 1. Leah Smith, TXLA 2:11.67, 2. Zoie Hartman, ABSC 2:12.04, 3. Beata Nelson, WA 2:12.46, 13. Kathleen Golding, GSC 2:15.96.

    50-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 24.17, 2. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 24.47, 3. Claire Curzan TAC 24.74, 10. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.31.

    1500-meter freestyle: 1. Maddy Gough, AUS 16:07.34, 2. Mariah Denigan, ISC 16:12.44, 3. Kensey McMahon, BAMA 16:16.22, 17. Anna Auld, SAS 16:45.99, 21. Blair Stoneburg, UN-WIS 16:57.60.

    200-meter individual medley: 1. Shaine Casas, TXLA 1:55.24, 2. Grant House, SUN 1:59.03, 3. Baylor Nelson, MAC 1:59.13.

    50-meter freestyle: 1. Matt King, CA 21.83, 2. Justin Ress, MV 22.01, 3. Jack Alexy, CAL 22.18.

    800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, SPA 7:51.21, 2. Will Gallant, WOLF 7:53.34, 3. David Johnston, TST 7:54.60

    Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

    Kathleen Golding Makes Second B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships

    By Sharon Robb
    IRVINE, Calif., July 29, 2022—Kathleen Golding made her second B final at the Phillips 66 National Championships Friday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

    Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club was fourth in the B final and 13th overall in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:14.56, just 0.80 off her best time. Golding has made one A final and two B finals during the meet. Golding has the 200 IM left to swim on Saturday, the final day of the meet.

    Wisconsin-bound Blair Stoneburg, 18, was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:13.82, dropping 1.53 seconds off her previous best.

    Erin Gemmell, 17, of Nation’s Capital won the 400 free in a best time 4:06.17, dropping 3.64 seconds. Her previous best was 4:09.81. Gemmell led from start to finish and was never challenged.

    Florida Gold Coast top finisher and U.S. junior national team member Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:00.33, dropping 0.62 seconds.

    COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 180.5, 2. Gator Swim Club 160, 3. Cal Aquatics 153.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 117, 5. Long Island 84.

    MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 110, 2. Indiana Swim Club 81.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 54, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 50, 5. Ridgefield 47.

    WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 131, 2. Indiana Swim CLub 99, 3. Long Island 75, 4. Nashville, Longhorn Aquatics 67, 20. Eagles Aquatics 19.

    400-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, NCAP 4:06.17, 2. Cavan Gormsen, LIAC 4:08.38, 3. Kensey McMahon, BAMA 4:08.57, 9. Blair Stoneburg, Unattached-Wisconsin 4:13.82, 13. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:14.56; TCA: 11. Blair Stoneburg, Unattached 4:15.58, prelims, 16. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:16.73, prelims.

    100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kaitlyn Dobler, TRO 1:06.88, 2. Olivia Anderson, AQJT 1:07.85, 3. Talara-Jade Dixon, AUS 1:08.15.

    100-meter backstroke: 1. Rhyan White, ALA 58.91, 2. Kira Toussaint, TA 59.24, 3. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 59.55; FGC: 6. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:00.33, 43. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EA 1:03.12.

    400-meter freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, SA 3:46.36, 2. Jake Mitchell, UN 3:46.59, 3. Kieran Smith, RAC 3:48.48.

    100-meter breaststroke: 1. Josh Matheny, ISC 59.44, 2. Caspar Corbeau, UN 59.91, 3. Kevin Houseman, WILD 1:00.24.

    100-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ress, MV 53.55, 2. Adam Chaney, RAYS 53.68, 3. Jack Aikins, SA 53.75; FGC: 38. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 56.46.

    Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com