By Sharon Robb
FORT LAUDERDALE, March 4, 2023—The TYR Pro Swim Series Fort Lauderdale came to a successful end Saturday at the $48 million Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center.
In front of the largest crowd of the meet, world record holder Katie Ledecky of Gator Swim Club did not disappoint, winning the 800-meter freestyle in 8:14.70, more than 25 meters ahead of the field.
Canadian Summer McIntosh, training with the Sarasota Sharks, broke another world junior record, this time in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.08. She led from start to finish.
Regan Smith was a double winner in the 100-meter backstroke in 57.92 and 100-meter butterfly in 56.60.
Abbey Weitzeil won her third event of the meet in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.40 after winning the 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly. Poland Olympian Kasia Wasick was second in 24.68.
South Florida Aquatic Club Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego, 24, finished 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.19, improving his 11th place time of 2:17.93 in prelims. SOFLO teammate Olivia Dinehart was 18th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:40.00.
After winning two events, Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.27.
Florida Gold Coast swimmers had a good showing throughout the meet in front of hometown family and friends.
On the final day, Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics was fourth in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:00.12. Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming was 12th in 1:02.94. Aspen Gersper of St. Andrew’s Aquatics was 12th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.04. Podkoscielny was 15th in the 200 IM in 2:19.66. Pelaez was eighth in the 50 freestyle in 25.53. Kaii Winkler of Eagle Aquatics was sixth in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 52.64, dropping 1.30. Winkler was also ninth in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.49.
SOFLO Saturday prelim results:
Julio Horrego, 24, 200-meter breaststroke, 11. 2:17.93.
Luciano Gonzalez, 29, 50-meter freestyle, 41. 23.81
Olivia Dinehart, 18, 200-meter breaststroke, 27. 2:43.07.
Ricardo Roche, 23, 100-meter backstroke, 32. 100.84.
SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology. The company’s mission statement is starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.
800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 8:14.70, 2. Claire Weinstein, SAND 8:33.16, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 8:39.61.
100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 57.92, 2. Olivia Smoliga, SUN 59.71, 3. Medi Harris, WAL 1:00.05, 4. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:00.12, time drop 0.21, 12. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:02.94
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, ISC 2:23.33, 2. Kelsey Wog, CAN 2:25.49, 3. Annie Lazor, ISC 2:26.96.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, SUN 56.60, 2. Katerine Savard, CAN 58.63, 3. Ella Jansen, CAN 58.93, 12. Aspen Gersper, SAS 1:01.04.
200-meter individual medley: 1. Summer McIntosh, SYS 2:08.08, 2. Maria Sophie Harvey, CAN 2:11.94, 3. Katie Grimes, SAN 2:12.66, 15. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 2:19.66.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Abbey Weitzeil, CAL 24.40, 2. Kasia Wasick, TRA 24.68, 3. Siobhan Bernadette Haughey, HKG 24.85, 8. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.53.
800-meter freestyle: 1. Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui, Tunisia 7:48.50, 2. Marwan El Kamash, Egypt 7:50.38, 3. Daniel Jervis, WAL 7:51.93.
100-meter backstroke: 1. Hunter Armstrong, CAL 52.95, 2. Ryan Murphy, CAL 53.33, 3. Justin Ross, MVN 53.63.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Will Licon, TXLA 2:10.77, 2. Anton McKee, PRVT 2:10.86, 3. Chase Kalisz, SUN 2:12.26, 11. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:17.19.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Shaine Casas, TXLA 50.80, 2. Ilya Kharun, SAND 51.54, 3. Michael Andrew MASA 51.80, 6. Kaii Winkler, WA 52.64, time drop 1.30.
200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, SUN 1:58.32, 2. Kieran Smith, RAC 2:00.13, 3. Finlay Knox, CAN 2:01.02.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Alberto Mestre, Florida 22.04, 2. Michael Andrew, MASA 22.06, 3. Ryan Held, NYAC 22.19, 5. Dylan Carter, ISC 22.27, 9. Kaii Winkler, EA 22.49.
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