Lochte Wins National Title, SOFLO’s Golding Swims Final Race At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 5, 2019—Ryan Lochte is definitely back.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist, coming off a 14-month suspension, won the 200-meter individual medley on the final day of the Phillips 66 USA National Championships Sunday at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center.

Lochte, 35, won in 1:57.76, nearly four seconds slower than his world record set eight years ago. It was his 27th national title.

“This was a lot easier 10 years ago,” said Lochte, who finished 1.07 seconds ahead of silver medalist Shalne Casas. “I’ve got a long ways to go for 2020. This younger generation of swimmers are fast. They are young and I am definitely getting older, but I’m up for the challenge.”

Lochte gave his gold medal to a young fan, saying “I don’t know half the swimmers I’m swimming against. As rewarding as it is for me to win races, I get more satisfaction out of seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when I give them my medals.”

Lochte was pleased with his comeback meet but admitted he wasn’t in top form.

“It didn’t feel good at all,” Lochte said with a laugh. “I just remember years ago it feeling so much easier, but I mean it’s a starting point for me. Especially since my daughter has been born, the past five and a half to six weeks, I haven’t really been at the pool.”

In other championship finals:

Madisyn Cox won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.00 ahead of Vanessa Pearl in 2:12.40. Former Gulliver swimmer Kelly Fertel won the “B” final in 2:13.27.

A day after making her first U.S. Olympic Trials cut in the 400-meter freestyle, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 18, swam the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.46 in her fourth and final event of senior nationals.

Erika Brown won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in 24.71. Gretchen Walsh was second in 24.85.

Ryan Held won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 21.87. Bowe Becker and Robert Howard tied for second in 22.00.

Ally McHugh won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16:05.98. McHugh took the lead at 1100 and had a two-body length going into the 1300-mark.

Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg Spa won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 7:47.58 ahead of Zane Grothe in 7:50.47.

MORE SWIMMING NEWS

Dan Kesler has been named associate head coach with the Florida State swimming program. He replaces Ozzie Quevedo who left for the same position at Alabama. Kesler has coached the last seven seasons at Arizona State. He will work with head coach Neal Studd….

Swim sensation Caeleb Dressel, a Florida, Clay High School and Bolles Swimming Club alum, made a special appearance on NBC’s Today Show to talk about his success at the FINA World Aquatics Championships. Dressel talked about how he reacted to such a successful meet at Worlds, saying the medals were “just pieces of metal.” Dressel also talked about his post-Worlds meals where he was finally able to indulge himself with some unhealthy foods and how he is going to refocus to sustain his success next year for the Olympic Games in Tokyo…

Eleven World Cup records were broken in Tokyo, site of the FINA World Cup Series. The series resumes Thursday in Jinan, China. South Florida Aquatic Club veteran swimmer Alia Atkinson of Jamaica will compete. She won the 50-meter breaststroke in the series opener.

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

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Makes First U.S. Olympic Trials Cut, Makes “C” Final At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 3, 2019—Kathleen Golding is living her dream.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer rose to the occasion with what her coach Chris Anderson called “a spectacular swim” Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships at Avery Aquatic Center.

Golding, 18, competing in only her second senior national championship, made her first U.S. Olympic Trials cut in the 400-meter freestyle in morning prelims.

“This is a dream come true,” said Golding, headed to the University of Florida this fall. “It’s what you work for. I am looking forward to going to college and what’s to come.”

Golding swam a lifetime-best 4:15.31 to earn a trip to the June 2020 Trials and chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

Her previous best was 4:18.14. She was seeded 67th going into the race. She was 24th in prelims and qualified for the “C” final. She dropped 2.83 off her previous best.

And then, to top it off she found another gear and came back at night to better her cut time in 4:14.38 and finish 21st. Her total time drop was 3.76.

“I felt really good and strong in the morning,” Golding said. “I was really surprised it didn’t hurt that bad. I was just trying to win my heat. I wasn’t focused on the time. When I touched the wall I was surprised. I didn’t think I was going to get the Trials cut. It gave me confidence for tonight.

“I tried to come back even faster and work on my back half of the race,” Golding said. “I used my confidence from the morning to swim even faster.”

Even more satisfying was the fact Golding made the Olympic Trials qualifying standard with her longtime coach.

“I’m happy I got it with Coach, he was really happy,” Golding said. “He is the reason I am as good as I am. He’s been with me every single day at practice. It means a lot to get the cut with him.

“I had a little bit of a rough spring season, but over the summer I put in a lot of hard training and had a good section meet. It built my confidence for this meet.”

Her biggest accomplishment came less than a day after getting disqualified in the 400-meter individual medley, one of her signature events. Golding has the 200-meter individual event left to swim on Sunday.

“I honestly didn’t feel like I got disqualified,” Golding said. “I was surprised when they pulled me. It does happen and I just had to put it behind me, not think about it and focus on my other races.”

In her fourth and final event at nationals, SOFLO teammate Mary Smutny, 18, was 58th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:21.28. Smutny is headed to University of Texas this fall.

In other Saturday races:

Ally McHugh surprised the field that featured early leaders Allison Schmitt and Sierra Schmidt to win the 400-meter freestyle in 4:07.08. McHugh pulled off a 29.77 on her final 50-meter split to reach the wall first after being fourth for most of the race.

Elijah Winnington won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:47.39 to complete his sweep of the middle distance freestyles.

Breeja Larson won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.78, her fastest time since 2014.

Devon Nowicki surged in the final 50 meters to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.69, just 1/10th of a second ahead of Craig Benson.

Amy Bilquist won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.64, the only swimmer in the final to break one minute.

Shaine Casas won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 52.72, fifth fastest time in the world this year.

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

Dahlia, Weyant, Finke, Rooney Come Up Big On Day Three Of Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships


By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 3, 2019–It was a short but exciting night of racing on Day Three of the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships Friday at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatics Center.

Emma Weyant came from behind midway through the race and held on to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:35.47, best time in the U.S. this year. Weyant put in a final surge in the last 50 meters to edge Brooke Ford, second in 4:36.06.

Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg Aquatics won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:13.15, just edging out Carson Foster in 4:13.39, a world junior record. Finke reeled in Foster in the final 50.

Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, in sixth place at the 50-meter mark, won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.35 ahead of Amanda Kendall in 57.51.

Maxime Rooney went out fast and held on to win the 100-meter butterfly in 51.09. Jack Conger was second in 51.70.

Sixteen-year-old Torri Huske broke one of the oldest national age group records in the books. Huske finished just off the podium in 57.80, splitting 26.80/31.00, and breaking Mary Meagher‘s record of 57.93 from 1981.

Dana Vollmer, a seven-time Olympic medalist, swam the final race of her career Friday. She finished 32nd overall in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries, clocking a time of 59.94 and failing to advance to the final.

The 31-year-old mother of two had announced that the race would be her last. She remains the American record holder in her signature event. Vollmer will retire with 10 long-course and six short-course World Championships medals in addition to her seven Olympic medals.

On an unusual day for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, both Kathleen Golding, 18, and Mary Smutny, 18, were disqualified in their events during morning prelims.

Golding was disqualified in the 400-meter individual medley for two butterfly kicks on her breaststroke pullout and Smutny was disqualified in the 100-meter butterfly. Both will swim the 400-meter freestyle on Saturday.

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

Ryan Lochte Returns To Swimming At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Golding, Smutny Swim First Races


By Sharon Robb

STANFORD, Calif., August 2, 2019—Olympic champion Ryan Lochte returned to the competitive spotlight Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center.

On opening day, Lochte swam the fourth-fastest time by an American in the 200-meter individual medley during a time trial and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1:57.88. The time is only 3.88 seconds off his world record time.

“I’m back, woo,” Lochte told reporters after his race. “It’s been a long three years but it’s good to be back, get on those blocks and race again.”

Lochte, 35, a father of two, is coming off a 14-month suspension for receiving an infusion of vitamin B-12 above the allowed limit. During his suspension, he checked himself into a rehab center in Florida for six weeks to fight alcohol abuse.

“I don’t do that much anymore,” Lochte said. “I’ve been splotchy with my swimming. Family trumps everything. Swimming has been my second priority. Nationals, for me, is a stepping stone to see where I’m at in the swimming world. It’s a long journey to next year to see what I can do.”

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny and Kathleen Golding got in their first swims on Wednesday.

Smutny, 18, was 49th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:15.74. Golding, 18, was 97th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.56.

Wednesday night opening winners were:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle, Ally McHugh, 22, WA 8:26.04.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle, Bobby Finke, 19, St. Petersburg Aquatics 14:51.15.

Women’s and men’s 200-meter butterfly, Regan Smith, RIPT 2:07.26; Luca Urlando, 17, DART 1:54.92.

Women’s and men’s 100-meter freestyle, Abbey Weitzell, CAL 43.18; Ryan Held, NYAC 47.39, third fastest time this year.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Ends Successful Southern Zone South Sectional Championships With Highest Finish, More Time Standards


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 14, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club had its most successful Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships in team history at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

On Sunday, the Sharks finished third among combined teams, third (682 points) among men’s teams and fifth (576 teams) among women’s teams in the four-day, 61-team meet. South Florida Aquatic Club was the highest Florida Gold Coast finisher. Host Gator Swim Club defended its titles.

Lance Lesage, 16, picked up his second Summer Junior National qualifying standard. On Saturday, he got his first junior national cut in the 100-meter backstroke in 58.60 and on Sunday he made his 200-meter backstroke cut with a fifth-place finish in a lifetime-best time of 2:06.42, shaving 2.77 seconds off his previous best of 2:09.19. He finished with 68 points in high point.

Mallory Schleicher, 15, earned her time standard in the 200-meter backstroke to qualify for the USA Swimming Futures Championships in 2:24.54, dropping 3.30 seconds. Schleicher finished with 65 points in high point.

Kathleen Golding, 18, won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 8:49.37, dropping 18.78 seconds. She finished with 83 points in high point.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

SOFLO’s 400-meter freestyle relay was second in 3:56.87 with Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane and Mallory Schleicher.

Mary Smutny, 18, was third in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:16.36. She finished with 80.5 points in high point.

Schleicher was also fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:08.45, dropping 4.92 off her previous best of 9:13.37.

Rafael Rodriguez, 17, was ninth in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:06.05, dropping 1.20 seconds off his previous best of 2:07.25.

Molly Golding, 16, was 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:43.75. She finished 31 points in high point.

Dominic Bono, 16, dropped 13.74 seconds off his 1500-meter freestyle time in 16:38.08. His previous best was 16:51.80.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered were host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

SUNDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,724, 2. Bolles 726, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 682, 4. Metro Aquatics 596, 5. St. Petersburg Aquatics 502, 8. St. Andrew’s Swimming 319.5, 12. Azura Florida Aquatics 218, 19. FAST 122, 20. TS Aquatics 116, 35. YMCA of SOuth Florida 52, 41. East Coast Aquatic Club 35, 52. Jupiter 17, 57. Wahoos of Wellington 11.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 1,562, 2. Blue Dolfins 949.5, 3. Sarasota Sharks 934.5, 4. Bolles 601, 5. South Florida Aquatic Club 576, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 310, 11. Hurricane Aquatics 231, 13. Metro Aquatics 209.5, 14. St. Andrew’s 186, 22. TS Aquatics 101, 23. Azura 97, 26. North Palm Beach 86, 27. Gulliver 76, 32. Eagle Aquatics 54, 35. Jupiter 42, 52. Golden Panthers Aquatics 15, 57. FAST 9, 60. Wahoos of Wellington 2.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Nikki Miller, GSC 2:14.88, 2. Caroline Cooper, HIGH 2:16.22, 3. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 2:16.36, 27. Sarah Acevedo, SOFLO 2:26.97.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 56.43, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 56.47, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 56.98, 14. Mary Smutny 59.04, 25. Paige Lane, SOFLO 1:00.13.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 2:32.05, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:36.36, 3. Adrianna Deboer, GSC 2:37.54, 11. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:43.75, 28. Sally Golding, SOFLO 2:51.40, time drop 0.64.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 2:11.32, 2. Rosie Zavaros, Unattached 2:14.31, 3. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:15.84, 19. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 2:24.54, time drop 3.30.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:56.40, 2. SOFLO A 3:56.87 (Mary Smutny, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Mallory Schleicher), 3. Blue Dolfins 3:57.09, 18. SOFLO B 4:18.89 (Jacqueline Lugo, Molly Golding, Sara Quintero, Sarah Acevedo).

800-meter freestyle:
1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 8:49.37, time drop 18.78, 2. Savanna Faulconer, GSC 8:56.06, 3. Alixandra Roy, HIGH 9:04.83, 5. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 9:08.45, time drop 4.92.

MEN’S RESULTS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Sterling Crane, EAJ 2:01.08, 2. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 2:02.71, 3. Mason Laur, T2 2:04.35, 9. Rafael Rodriguez. SOFLO 2:06.95, time drop 1.02.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 56.43, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 56.47, 3. Talia Bates, GSC 56.98, 14. Mary Smutny, SOFLO 59.04, 25. Paige Lane 1:00.13.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 2:32.05, 2. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:36.36, 3. Adrianna Deboer, GSC 2:37.54, 11. Molly Golding, SOFLO 2:43.75, 28. Sally Golding 2:51.40, time drop 0.64.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Kiernan Smith, RA 2:02.38, 2. Brett Saunders, TEAM 2:05.05, 3. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 2:05.08, 5. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:06.42, time drop 2.77, 19. Marco Cabrera Duarte, SOFLO 2:10.94.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 3:30.43, 2. Bolles 3:32.44, 3. Metro Aquatics 3:35.64, 7. SOFLO A 3:39.07 (Robert Wilson, Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage, Miguel Sierra), 13. SOFLO B 3:43.53 (Philopatier Ibrahim, Sebastian Lares, Juan Colmenares, Marco Cabrera Duarte).

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Nicholas Sweetser, GSC 15:30.27, 2. Arik Katz, SRQ 15:33.92, 3. Matthew Anderson, GSC 15:49.40, 16. Dominic Bono, SOFLO 16:38.08, time drop 13.74.

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

SOFLO Men Remain Second; Golding, Lesage Top Finishers After Day Two Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 12, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club men’s team remained in second place after competition heated up on Day Two of the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Friday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

SOFLO is second among a field of 52 men’s teams with 311 points. Defending champion Gator Swim Club is leading with 664 and pulling away.

SOFLO women are fourth among a field of 48 women’s teams with 232 points. Gator Swim Club also leads the women’s standings with 619 points followed by the Sarasota YMCA Sharks with 552 and Blue Dolfins with 444.

Kathleen Golding and Lance Lesage led SOFLO in second day action.

Florida-bound Golding, 18, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:52.51. She has 25 points in high point.

Lesage, 16, was ninth in the 50-meter backstroke in a best time 27.70 with a time drop of 0.18. He has 20 points in high point.

Dominic Bono, 16, had a nice time drop of 6.93 seconds in the 400-meter individual medley to finish 14th in 4:39.34, the first time Bono has cracked 4:40 in the event. He first bettered his previous best of 4:46.27 in prelims in 4:40.96 and then dropped even more time in finals.

SOFLO’s men’s 800-meter freestyle relay was fifth in 8:00.21 with Lesage, Philopatier Ibrahim, Rafael Rodriguez and Miguel Sierra. The women’s relay was seventh in 8:49.18 with Paige Lane, Kathleen Golding, Mallory Schleicher and Sarah Acevedo.

Venezuelan Marco Guarente, an Azura Florida Aquatics alum and Cypress Bay High School graduate, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.81. Guarente is a junior at University of Florida.

SOFLO has 23 swimmers competing in the meet.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

FRIDAY RESULTS
MEN TEAM TOTALS:
1. Gator Swim Club 664, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 311, 3. Metro Aquatics 309, 4. Blue Dolfins 256, 5. Bolles 201, 9. St. Andrew’s 146, 15. Azura 95, 17. TS Aquatics 71, 25. FAST 44, 26. YMCA of South Florida 40.

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 619, 2. Sarasota Sharks 553, 3. Blue Dolfins 444.5, 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 232.5, 5. Bolles 216, 7. East Coast Aquatic Club 143, 9. Metro Aquatics 128, 11. St. Andrew’s 123, 14. Hurricane Aquatics 71, 20. TS Aquatics 48, 23. Azura 38, 26. North Palm Beach 34, 28. Gulliver 30.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:01.96, 2. Micayla Cronk, BD 2:02.09, 3. Isabella Garofalo, GSC 2:02.50.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 1:10.34, 2. Taylor Grabenhorst, BD 1:12.12, 2. Madison Koutavas, BSS 1:13.34; SOFLO: 21. Molly Golding 1:16.41.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Caitlin Brooks, GSC 28.67, 2. Ella Bathurst, Unattached 30.03, 3. Carmen Marquez, Azura 30.22; SOFLO: 23. Kelley Heron 32.34.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:44.12, 2. Vanessa Pearl, Unattached 4:49.64, 3. Savanna Faulconer, GSC 4:50.44; SOFLO: 5. Kathleen Golding 4:52.51, 11. Mallory Schleicher 5:02.90, time drop, 1.72, 19. Molly Golding 5:11.72, time drop, 0.33.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Sarasota Sharks 8:25.04, 2. Bolles 8:37.53, 3. Blue Dolfins 8:40.19, 7. SOFLO A 8:49.18 (Paige Lane, Kathleen Golding, Mallory Schleicher, Sarah Acevedo), 12. SOFLO B 9:22.35 (Jacqueline Lugo, Sara Quintero, Molly Golding, Sally Golding).

MEN’S RESULTS

200-meter freestyle:
1. Andrea D’Arrigo, GSC 1:50.67, 2. Gerry Quinn, GSC 1:50.71, 3. Lucas Cote, SPA 1:53.11.

100-meter breaststroke:
1. Marco Guarente, Unattached 1:02.81, 2. Grant Sanders, Unattached 1:03.87, 3. Jared Pike, TIDE 1:04.00; SOFLO: 15. Juan Pablo Pineda 1:07.95.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Dakota Mahaffey, Unattached 26.44, 2. Ethan Beach, Unattached 26.53, 3. Conor Lynch, YCF 26.79; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 27.70, time drop, 0.18, 16. Marco Cabrera Duarte 29.75, 23. Sebastian Lares 29.55, 24. Juan Colmenares 29.76

100-meter butterfly:
1. William Davis, GSC 54.12, 2. Willie Davis, GSC 55.09, 3. Sterling Crane, EAJ 55.23; SOFLO: 16. Rafael Rodriguez 58.13.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Kiernan Smith, RA 4:17.26, 2. Miguel Cancel, Unattached 4:27.48, 3. Grant Sanders, Unattached 4:31.89; SOFLO: 14. Dominic Bono 4:39.34, time drop, 6.93, 29. Philopatier Ibrahim 4:49.22.

800-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 7:44.40, 2. Metro Aquatics 7:51.11, 3. Bolles 7:55.19, 5. SOFLO A 8:00.21 (Lance Lesage, Philopatier Ibrahim, Rafael Rodriguez, Miguel Sierra), 14. SOFLO B 8:15.37 (Robert Wilson, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Sebastian Lares, Leonardo Mateus).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, LCM

When: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, finals 4 p.m.

Where: University of Florida, Stephen O’Connell Center Pool, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. The tournament was capped at 650 swimmers. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-338-9300.

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

SOFLO Mixed Relay Wins; Rafael Rodriguez Drops Time; SOFLO Men Take Second On Day One Of Southern Zone South Sectional Championships


By Sharon Robb

GAINESVILLE, July 11, 2018—South Florida Aquatic Club had a big opening night at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships Thursday at University of Florida’s O’Connell Center Pool.

SOFLO men’s team is second with 165 points and SOFLO women’s team is tied for sixth with 104 among a field of 29 teams. SOFLO has 23 swimmers competing in the meet.

SOFLO’s mixed 200-meter medley relay team won big in 1:54.15 ahead of St. Andrew’s in 1:56.32. The relay of Lance Lesage (27.20), Juan Pablo Pineda (30.11), Kathleen Golding (29.09) and Paige Lane (27.75) dropped 0.36 seconds off its entry time of 1:54.51.

SOFLO’s men’s 200-meter medley relay was second in 1:48.17, dropping 3.79 off its entry time of 1:51.96. The relay of Lance Lesage (27.01), Juan Pablo Pineda (30.44), Miguel Sierra (26.01) and Rafael Rodriguez (24.71).

SOFLO men also finished sixth in the 200-meter freestyle relay with Robert Wilson, Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez and Miguel Sierra in 1:40.35.

SOFLO women also had eighth and 12th place relay finishes.

Rodriguez opened the meet with a best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:38.11, shaving 2.08 seconds off his previous best of 8:40.19. His opening split was 1:00.31 and closing split 1:03.51.

In addition to SOFLO, other top teams entered are host and defending champion Gator Swim Club, Bolles, Sarasota YMCA, Azura, Gulliver Swim Club, Club Seminole, Westminster Academy, Trinity Prep, Metro Aquatics, Swim Florida, Highlander and Hurricane Aquatics.

At last year’s event, SOFLO finished fifth (1,050 points) among combined teams behind host Gator Swim Club (3,007), Bolles (1,453), East Coast Aquatic Club (1,169) and Swim Florida (1,061) among 60 teams. SOFLO men finished fourth (481) and women (491) were fifth.

The Speedo Sectionals Series showcases some of the top swimming talent across the U.S. The series has several stops in various zones.

THURSDAY RESULTS

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Metro Aquatics 172, 2. South Florida Aquatic Club 165, 3. Gator Swim Club 147, 4. Blue Dolfins 142, 5. Tampa Bay Aquatic 138, 6. St. Andrew’s 118, 10. TS Aquatics

WOMEN’S TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 276, 2. Blue Dolfins 241, 3. Gator Swim Club 127, 4. T2 Aquatics 111, 5. Planet Swim Aquatics 106, 6. tie, South Florida Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s 104, 9. East Coast Aquatics 96, 10. Metro Aquatics 83, 12. TS Aquatics 48, 13. Hurricane Aquatics 46.

WOMEN’S RESULTS
1500-meter freestyle:
1. Emma Weyant, SYS 16:37.65, 2. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:51.78, 3. Georgia Darwent, GSC 16:58.52; SOFLO: 31. Sarah Acevedo 18:26.97.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Blue Dolfins 1:58.96, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:59.29, 3. Planet Swim 2:02.09; 8. SOFLO A 2:04.01 (Kelley Heron, Molly Golding, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane), 17. SOFLO B 2:09.91 (Mallory Schleicher, Sally Golding, Sara Quintero, Jacqueline Lugo).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Blue Dolfins A 1:48.01, 2. Blue Dolfins B 1:48.85, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:49.90, 12. SOFLO A 1:52.67 (Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane, Kelley Heron, Mallory Schleicher), 19. SOFLO B 1:58.44 (Sara Quintero, Molly Golding, Sally Golding, Jacqueline Lugo).

MEN’S RESULTS

800-meter freestyle:
1. Kieran Smith, RA 8:00.20, 2. Brendan Driscoll, Unattached 8:14.98, 4. Matthew Anderson, GSC 8:15.19; SOFLO: 23. Rafael Rodriguez 8:38.11, time drop 2.08.

200-meter medley relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:46.75, 2. SOFLO A 1:48.17 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Miguel Sierra, Rafael Rodriguez), 3. St. Andrew’s 1:50.56, 11. SOFLO B 1:53.73 (Marco Cabrera Duarte, Juan Colmenares, Philopatier Ibrahim, Robert Wilson).

200-meter freestyle relay:
1. St. Andrew’s 1:37.77, 2. Gator Swim Club 1:37.99, 3. Metro Aquatics 1:38.75, 6. SOFLO A 1:40.35 (Robert Wilson, Lance Lesage, Rafael Rodriguez, Miguel Sierra), 13. SOFLO B 1:43.02 (Juan Colmenares, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Juan Pablo Pineda, Sebastian Lares).

Mixed 200-meter medley relay:
1. SOFLO A 1:54.15 (Lance Lesage, Juan Pablo Pineda, Kathleen Golding, Paige Lane), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:56.32, 3. Gator Swim Club 1:57.86, SOFLO B, DNF.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay:
1. Gator Swim Club 1:41.54, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:43.01, 3. Berkeley Aquatics 1:43.27, 7. SOFLO A 1:48.75 (Paige Lane, Marco Cabrera Duarte, Mallory Schleicher, Juan Colmenares), 9. SOFLO B 1:49.22 (Robert Wilson, Jacqueline Lugo, Sara Quintero, Miguel Sierra).

IF YOU GO

What: 2019 Speedo Championship Series: Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, LCM

When: Friday-Sunday

Schedule: Friday-Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. prelims, finals 4 p.m.

Where: University of Florida, Stephen O’Connell Center Pool, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville.

Of note: Gator Swim Club is hosting the four-day meet. The tournament was capped at 650 swimmers. Admission is $5. For more information call 352-338-9300.

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