Aussies Continue To Dominate XXII Commonwealth Games; Dylan Carter Competes Tuesday


By Sharon Robb
BIRMINGHAM, England, August 1, 2022—After four days of competition, Australia owns the XXII Commonwealth Games at Sandwell Aquatic Center.

Kyle Chalmers won the Aussies’ first gold medal to open Monday night action in the 100-meter freestyle in 47.51. Brit Tom Dean took silver in 47.89 and Scotland’s Duncan Scott took bronze in 48.27. It was Scott’s 10th career medal, making him the most decorated Games athlete for Scotland. Chalmers had already broken the Games record in semis in 47.36.

Aussie teammate and reigning Olympic and world champion Kaylee McKeown won the 200-meter backstroke in a Games record in 2:05.60 followed by Canadian Kylie Masse in 2:07.81 and Scot Katie Shanahan in 2:09.22.

Aussie Emma McKeon won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.90. South African Erin Gallagher and Aussie Holly Barratt tied for second in 26.05. It was McKeon’s 12th Commonwealth gold medal.

The Aussies ended the evening with a Games record 7:04.96 to win the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay with Elijah Winnington, Flynn Southam, Zac Incerti and Mack Horton. It was the Aussies’ 13th win in 14 years of the Commonwealth Games. England took silver in 7:07.50 and Scotland took bronze in 7:09.33.

Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 15, won her second gold medal of her debut Games after winning the 200-meter individual medley in a best time and world junior record 2:08.70, just ahead of Aussie Kaylee McKeown by 0.82 seconds. Brit Abbie Wood was third in 2:10.68. Earlier, McIntosh won the 400 IM in a Games record.

New Zealand’s Andrew Jeffcoat won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.65 followed by South African Pieter Coetze in 24.77 and Canadian Javier Acevedo in 24.97.

Two-time Olympian and Plantation American Heritage alum Dylan Carter, 25, of Trinidad and Tobago will compete in the 50-meter freestyle heats on Tuesday.

The meet continues Tuesday with prelims at 5:30 a.m. EST and finals 2 p.m. EST.

SPEEDO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

IRVINE, Calif.—U.S. junior national team member and Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski of FAST was fifth fastest qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.71 Monday at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Zuchowski is coming off senior nationals. He is prepping for Junior Pan Pacs later this month in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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ISL’s London Roar Wins Match Six; Atkinson Takes Third In Breaststroke


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 13, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson helped the London Roar knock off defending ISL champion Cali Condors Sunday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

On the second day of competition during Match Six, the five-time Jamaican Olympian was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.05. Lilly King of the Cali Condors won the event in 1:03.54 and Arianna Castiglioni of the Aqua Centurions was second in 1:03.90.

Atkinson, 32, was also a member of the winning 400-meter medley relay with Guilherme Guido, Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers in 3:35.57. Atkinson picked up another $3,700 in prize money.

London teammate Dylan Carter was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.42. Carter won $3,875.

Caeleb Dressel did not compete on the second day of competition. Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers returned to the London lineup which added some muscle.

Emma McKeon won the 100-meter freestyle in 51.47. London teammate Duncan Scott won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 46.53.

London Roar led the final team standings with 529.5 points followed by the Cali Condors with 478.5, Aqua Centurions with 379.5 and Tokyo Frog Kings with 376.5.

“We all came together,” said Roar Coach Ben Higson. “We race hard and we use each match as a stepping stone for the next match.”

The London Roar next competes on Sept. 18-19 against Energy Standard, LA Current and Tokyo Frog Kings.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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