SOFLO’s Donahue, Wynter Win, Blackburn Swims Best Times At Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 21, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue was a double winner Saturday night at the Validus Bermuda National Long Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Hamilton.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.28 and 50-meter butterfly in 28.33.

Jamaican Timothy Wynter won the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:06.69.

Kile Aukerman was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.93.

Bermuda six-time long course national record holder Lisa Blackburn, 44, was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.52. She swam back-to-back best times in prelims (59.00) and finals. Her previous best was 1:00.12, a 1.60-second drop.

Blackburn was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:11.93, also a best time. Her seed time was 1:12.11. She holds the national record in the event in 1:11.27.

At 44, Blackburn is the oldest swimmer in the four-day meet that concludes on Sunday.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Swimmers from Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria, El Salvador, Venezuela and U.S. are expected to compete. Nine swim clubs are entered.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 4:26.54, 2. Octavia Lau, Canada 4:26.66, 3. Jessica Luo, Canada 4:40.07.

100-meter freestyle:

1. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 57.14, 2. Rebecca Heyliger, Sharks 57.58, 3. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 58.52, best time.

200-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 2:18.28, 2. Maria Far Nunez, LaSalle Swim Team 2:19.29.

200-meter backstroke:

1. Jade Hannah, Canada 2:17.41, 2. Shannon Hassell, Sharks 2:31.09, 3. Emily Quarterly, HASC 3:02.86.

50-meter butterfly:

1. Claire Donahue. SOFLO 28.33, 2. Madelyn Moore, Sharks 29.12, 3. Vanessa Esposito, HASC 30.25.

100-meter breaststroke:

1. Faith Knelson, Canada 1:09.95, 2. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 1:11.93, best time, 3. Pilar Shimizu, MSC 1:20.06.

MEN

400-meter freestyle:

1. Ruslan Gaziev, Canada 4:12.04, 2. Mackenzie Flowers, Canada 4:14.25, 3. Joshua Young, Canada 4:16.89.

200-meter backstroke:

1. Timothy Wynter, SOFLO 2:06.69, best time, 2. Brett Smith, HASC 2:24.16, 3. Tai Long Singh, Canada 2:26.75.

100-meter breaststroke:

1. Azad Al-Barazi, Trojan Swim Club 1:01.15, 2. Julian Fletcher, Sharks 1:02.47, 3. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 1:04.93.

50-meter backstroke:

1. Jesse Washington, Sharks 29.46, 2. Evan Farrow, HASC 32.76. 3. Vaughn Rowse, Sharks 32.91.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO Swimmers Headed To Validus Bermuda National Championships


By Sharon Robb

May 17, 2016—Five South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, led by Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, will compete in the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association Validus National Long Course Championships Thursday through Sunday at the National Aquatic Centre.

The meet has been sanctioned by FINA, the sport’s international governing body, as one of the last few qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and will also serve as a final qualifier for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.

Blackburn, 44, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, is trying to reach the Olympic B standard in the breaststroke events for Bermuda. She is also a masters world age group record holder.

Blackburn is second seed in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.11. She is seeded third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:26.90 and eighth in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.12.

Blackburn is coming off the Mayaguez International Swimming Open in Puerto Rico, where she swam a best time 58.95 in the 100-meter freestyle and finished third. She also won the 100-meter breaststroke in a season-best 1:13.19, the first time she has been under 1:14 in a year.

“I am really encouraged by my results,” Blackburn said. “Anything is possible regardless of age. It’s always special to represent Bermuda and I take a lot of pride in being able to do so.”

Joining Blackburn are 2012 U.S. Olympic relay gold medalist Claire Donahue, Kile Aukerman, Alina Schulhofer and Timothy Wynter.

Wynter, 20, of Jamaica, is top seed in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.89 and 100-meter backstroke in 57.66. He is second seed in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:07.60. He is 11th seed in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.98.

Donahue, 27, is top seed in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.31, 100-meter butterfly in 58.86 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.28. She is fifth seed in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.03.

Schulhofer, 21, of Austria, is second seed in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:05.73, third in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.16 and fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:05.40.

Aukerman, 23, trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, is seeded third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.75, third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.95 and fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.54.

Countries expected to compete are Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Guam, Syria, Jamaica, Austria and Venezuela.

The competition begins Thursday night at 6 p.m.

ELSEWHERE

U.S. Olympic hopeful and American record holder Kelsi Worrell has turned pro and signed with TYR, sponsor of South Florida Aquatic Club and leading manufacturer of competitive swim and triathlon gear. Worrell is the nation’s top butterflyer. At Louisville, she won three NCAA career titles in the butterfly and set American and NCAA records.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Kelsi to the TYR family,” said Matt DiLorenzo, TYR CEO. “She has proven to be a rising star in the sport, and we have complete confidence that her already extraordinary career has only just begun.”

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Romano, Blackburn Join Star-Studded Lineup For Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

March 1, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Megan Romano and Lisa Blackburn, both in heavy training, will compete in the Arena Pro Swim Series that begins Thursday in Orlando.

Romano and Blackburn will join a star-studded lineup that features most of the nation’s top swimmers and several international standouts.

Romano, a former world champion, is training for the U.S. Olympic trials and hopes to make the U.S. Olympic women’s team which she barely missed in 2012.

Romano, 25, opens the competition on Thursday with the 200-meter freestyle. She is seeded 11th in 1:58.99.

Romano is also seeded in the 100-meter backstroke, 15th in 1:01.83 and 100-meter freestyle, 12th in 54.79.

Blackburn, a national record holder for Bermuda, hopes to compete for the tiny island at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

At 44, Blackburn is the oldest swimmer in the meet. She opens on Thursday with the 100-meter breaststroke. She is seeded 36th in 1:12.86. She is also entered in the 50-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin of the Colorado Stars is a late addition to the meet. Franklin has entered five events: 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter backstroke.

Franklin will be among forty U.S. national team members competing. Heading the field are Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps. Also in the field are Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers, Allison Schmitt, Elizabeth Beisel and Conor Dwyer.

The men’s sprint events features Italian Luca Dotto, Nathan Adrian, Bruno Fratus, Cesar Cielo and Caeleb Dressel, at 19 currently the hottest swimmer in the pool after breaking American records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles at the recent Southeastern Conference Championships in Missouri.

Several Florida Gold Coast swimmers are competing including Pine Crest’s top sprinter Marta Ciesla and Marcelo Acosta of Azura Florida Aquatics. Most of Brazil’s national team is competing in Orlando. Cal swimmers Ryan Murphy, a Bolles alum, Josh Prenot, Jacob Pebley and Jeremie DeZwirek are also competing in the meet opting to forego the Pac-12 Championships. All four swimmers already have their cut times for the NCAA Championships.

Ledecky (34 points) and Adrian (20 points) currently lead the Arena Pro Swim Series points standings. The overall leaders win $10,000 in bonus money and the use of a BMW for a year.

Prize money is being awarded throughout the series. First place finishers earn $1,000, second place $600 and third place is $200.

IF YOU GO

What: Arena Pro Swim Series

When: Thursday-Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Broadcasts: Television coverage will air on same-day delay Friday, 10-11:30 p.m. on Universal HD and Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream Friday and Saturday finals. The entire meet will be webcast at usaswimming.org.

Of note: This is the third stop of the Arena series. It will serve as a FINA-approved competition where foreign swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Olympic Games. The meet was capped at 600 swimmers. Florida Swimming, Inc. is host club. The meet is long course meters. The remaining Arena meets are April 14-16 in Mesa, Ariz., May 12-15 in Charlotte, N.C., June 3-5 in Indianapolis and June 3-5 in Santa Clara.

Admission: $20 general admission, VIP single sessions $50-$65, general admission all-session pass $80. Heat sheets $5. For questions call 407-363-1911.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Austin Arena Pro Swim Series Begins Olympic Countdown


By Sharon Robb

January 13, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club’s top swimmers will start off the New Year at the Arena Pro Swim Series at University of Texas’ Lee & Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

SOFLO will have six swimmers competing at the three-day meet that begins on Friday. The field features 600 swimmers including 70 members of the USA Swimming national team.

The ProFlo group is headed by three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado and 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue.

The star-studded trio will be joined by Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn, post-grad Kile Aukerman and teenager Kathleen Golding, a member of SOFLO’s national group.

Atkinson and Colombian national record holder Jorge Murillo, who is not competing, have already qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August. Newest ProFlo member and world champion Megan Romano is staying home to train.

Atkinson is entered in six events: 100 and 200 breaststroke; 50 and 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

Colorado is swimming the 100 and 200 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

Donahue will compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

Aukerman is swimming five events: 100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley and 50 freestyle.

Blackburn will swim three events in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

Golding, a freshman at Cooper City High School, is entered in four events: 200 and 400 individual medley and 100 and 400 freestyle.

The field is star-studded headed by Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte.

Former Bolles coach Sergio Lopez, now national head coach of the Singapore national team, has entered a contingent including Americans Kevin Cordes and Rex Tullius, who are training with Lopez. The 12-swimmer contingent recently wrapped up training camp in Jacksonville. Singapore’s Olympic Trials are in March.

Hungary’s “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu is also among the elite field.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

The meet will be televised on same-day delay on Universal HD Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-11 p.m. EST. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the Jan. 16-17 finals. A live webcast of both the prelims and finals will be at the usaswimming.org website.

Austin is the second stop in the seven-meet series. The series takes on added importance with U.S. swimmers trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials and international swimmers trying to make their time standards for various countries.

The series offers $350,000 in prize money. Each meet winner earns $1000, runners-up $600 and third place $200. A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the overall male and female series winners. Ledecky and Conor Dwyer lead the series after the first meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Lisa Blackburn Swims Lifetime-Best On Day Two Of Minneapolis Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

November 14, 2015—Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn of South Florida Aquatic Club swam a lifetime-best during second day action in the Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Blackburn, at 43, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, turned in a 26.77 in the 50-meter freestyle. Her seed time was 27.50. It was the first time she broke 27.1. She has now turned in three lifetime-bests this year.

Blackburn is one of two 43-year-olds in the meet. Erika Braun of Marlins of Raleigh is the other.

Several other Florida swimmers did well during the meet.

Marcelo Acosta, 19, of Azura Florida Aquatics was among top finishers, placing second in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:53.57 after going 3:54.84 in prelims, which earned him the second seed.

Florida alum Conor Dwyer won the 400-meter freestyle by two body lengths in 3:53.47. True Sweetser, 18, of Gator Swim Club tied for sixth in 3:58.19. Joey Pedraza of RallySport Aquatics was 16th in 4:07.43 after going 4:02.83 in prelims.

Canadian and Bolles alum Santo Condorelli was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.24 behind Nathan Adrian in 21.56. Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago was fourth in 22.44 and Elvis Burrows of Trinity Prep was eighth in 22.86.

Gator Swim Club’s Arkady Vyatchanin was third in the 100-meter backstroke in 54.45. SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach was fourth in 55.24 after going 55.02 in prelims. Former American Heritage swimmer Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was 16th in 56.97 after going 56.82 in prelims.

St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, 23, one of the early leaders, finished fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:27.73.

St. Andrew’s alum Rachael Bradford-Feldman, 18, a freshman at Louisville, finished tenth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:32.55, slower than her prelim time of 2:32.49, both Olympic Trials cut times.

Andreina Pinto, 24, of Gator Swim Club was fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.87 after going 2:14.28 in prelims.

In other finals:

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: Cammile Adams of SwimMAC pulled away in the final 50 meters to win in 2:08.16. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann of North Baltimore was fourth in 2:11.16.

50-meter freestyle: Brazilian Etien Medeiros broke open a close three-woman race to win in 24.92. She broke the pool record in prelims in 24.73.

100-meter backstroke: Olympian Missy Franklin reeled in the early leaders to win in 1:00.18. Early leader Rachel Bootsma faded to fourth in 1:01.02. Thirteen-year-old Regan Smith of Riptide Swim Team won the “B” final in 1:01.49 holding off Kendyl Stewart of Trojan Swim Club in 1:01.95.

200-meter breaststroke: Minnesota’s Kierra Smith came from behind to win in 2:24.73. Minnesota’s Haley Spencer was second in 2:26.92.

400-meter freestyle: Teenage world record holder Katie Ledecky, 18, of Nation’s Capital had no problem winning by more than a body length in 4:02.67.

MEN

200-meter butterfly: Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore won after trailing 18-time Olympic gold medalist and training mate Michael Phelps for most of the race until the final 20 meters. Kalisz won in 1:58.07 and Phelps was second in 1:58.38. The pair were swimming stroke for stoke in the final 20 meters.

50-meter freestyle: California’s Nathan Adrian pulled away early to win in 121.56.

100-meter backstroke: David Plummer, 30, of New York Athletic Club won in 52.85. Plummer went out in 25.59.

200-meter breaststroke:

University of Louisville’s Carlos Claverie of Venezuela held off Nick Fink of Athens Bulldogs to win in 2:10.86. Fink was second in 2:10.93.

On the third and final day, Saturday’s events are: 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 1500 freestyle.

Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the first of seven stops. The circuit will award a record $350,000 in total prize money. The top three finishers in each event win $1,000, $600 and $200. The overall point series winners will earn an additional $10,000 in bonus money and one-year lease for a BMW.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly:

1.Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 2:08.16, 2. Hannah Saiz, SSTY 2:10.37, 3. Haley Anderson, TROJ 2:10.77; FLORIDA: 13. Andreina Pinto, GSC 2:14.87, 23. Vien Nguyen, STA 2:18.93, 35. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 2:20.02, 43. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 2:22.81.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Etiene Medeiros, Brazil 24.92, 2. Simone Manuel, Unattached 24.94, 3. Abbey Weitzell, CANY 25.07; FLORIDA: 18. Sveta Khakhlova, Club Seminole 25.73, 21. Chin Pigot, Unattached 26.04, 30. Rhi Jeffrey, APEX 26.41, 50. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.77, 53. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 26.86, 66. Stephanie Peacock, MV 27.06, 68. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 27.15, 87. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 28.72, 88. Michel Konkoly, T2 Aquatics 29.24.

100-meter backstroke:

1.Missy Franklin, STAR 1:00.18, 2. Kylie Masse, UTS 1:00.31, 3. Dominique Bouchard, OAK 1:00.66; FLORIDA: 40. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 1:05.35.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Kierra Smith, Unattached 2:24.36, 2. Haley Spencer, MINN 2:26.92, 3. Martha McCabe, TSC 2:17.23; FLORIDA: 5. Melanie Margalis, SPA 2:27.73, 9. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:30.85, 10. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, LOU 2:32.55, 45. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 2:45.03.

400-meter freestyle:

1.Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital 4:02.67, 2. Leah Smith, Unattached 4:04.67, 3. Becca Mann, NB 4:07.67; FLORIDA: 5. Stephanie Peacock, MV 4:08.23, 10. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:11.52, 14. Vien Nguyen, SA 4:16.15, 23. Andreina Pinto, GSC 4:22.94.

MEN

200-meter butterfly:

1.Chase Kalisz, NBAC 1:58.07, 2. Michael Phelps, NBAC 1:58.38, 3. Grant Shoults, MVN 2:00.41; FLORIDA: 10. Sebastian Rousseau, GSC 2:02.10, 32. Dan Wallace, GSC 2:09.61.

50-meter freestyle:

1.Nathan Adrian, CAL 21.56, 2. Santo Condorelli, CANY 22.24, 3. Brad Tandy, FORD 22.27; FLORIDA: 4. George Bovell, CW 22.44, 8. Elvis Burrows, TP 22.86, 13. Renzo Tjon A Joe, Unattached 22.98, 53. Teo D’Alessandro, Princeton 23.84, 90. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 25.00.

100-meter backstroke:

1.David Plummer,NYAC 52.85, 2. Grigory Tarasevich, LOU 54.28, 3. Arkady Vyatchanin,NYAC 54.45; FLORIDA: 4. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 55.24, 16. Dylan Carter, Unattached 56.97, 31. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminole 57.96, 37. Niki Denisyako, GSC 58.48, 50. Sebastien Rousseau, GSC 59.68.

200-meter breaststroke:

1.Carlos Claverie, LOU 2:10.86, 2. Nicolas Fink, ABSC 2:10.93, 3. Cody Miller, BAD 2:13.91; FLORIDA: 41. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, GSC 2:25.98, 45. Matt Limbacher, T2 Aquatics 2:27.19, 47. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 2:27.35, 54. Nick D’Innocenzo, GSC 2:29.28.

400-meter backstroke:

1.Conor Dwyer, TROJ 3:48.11, 2. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 3:53.57, 3. Connor Jaeger, CW 3:55.23; FLORIDA: 6. True Sweetser, GSC 3:58.19, 16. Joey Pedraza, RACE 4:07.43, 19. Dan Wallace, GSC 4:03.49, 43. Carlos Omana, GSC 4:08.46, 44. Alex Gomez, GSC 4:08.49.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Margalis, Dwyer Win; SOFLO’s Donahue Seventh On Opening Day Of Minneapolis Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

November 12, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly on opening day of the Arena Pro Swim Series Thursday at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Donahue, 26, went out fast in her signature event and led the field in 26.89 but faded in the back half in 32.25 to finish in 59.14, off her morning time of 59.07.

SOFLO’s Lisa Blackburn, 43, national record holder for Bermuda, finished the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.67. SOFLO teammate Kile Aukerman, 22, finished the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.99. Teammate Carolina Colorado finished the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.29.

Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg and Florida alum Conor Dwyer were top Florida finishers. Margalis, 23, of St. Petersburg started off strong and held off Micah Lawrence down the final stretch to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.44. Margalis was also fifth in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.11.

Dwyer, now swimming for Trojan Swim Club, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.88.

Other Top 8 finishers with Florida connections were:

Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach and SwimMAC was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.66 after nearly catching Dwyer in the final 50 meters.

Bolles alum and Canadian Santo Condorelli was second in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.58. Condorelli went out fast to grab the early lead in 24.4 but was reeled in by Giles Smith in the final 10 meters in 52.57, just 1/100th of a second ahead of Condorelli. Michael Phelps, coming off three weeks of high altitude training in Colorado Springs, was third in 52.99.

The men’s 100-meter butterfly featured two other swimmers with Florida ties. Pavel Sankovich of Club Seminole was fourth in 53.25. Lochte was disqualified.

South African Sebastien Rousseau of Gator Swim Club was fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:25.93. Training mate Dan Wallace of Great Britain was tenth in 4:27.29.

Vietnam’s Vien Nguyen of St. Augustine was eighth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:45.15.

Olympian Elizabeth Beisel of Gator Swim Club was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley before being disqualified.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue of South Florida Aquatic Club was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.14. Donahue went out fast in 26.89 for the first 50 to lead in but faded down the stretch.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Teenager Katie Ledecky of Nation’s Capital topped an impressive women’s field to win in 1:55.37. Missy Franklin of Colorado Stars was second in 1:56.73 and Allison Schmitt of North Baltimore was third in 1:57.28

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Sam Tierney, 22, won in 1:00.82. Cody Miller of Badger was second in 1:00.86. Brazilian Felipe Lima was fifth in 1:01.35.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Kelsi Worrell won in a Louisville school record 57.91 . U.S. Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Dana Vollmer, back in the pool after the birth of her first child, was second in 58.07.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann of North Baltimore pulled away from Olympian Caitlin Leverenz to win in a pool record 4:37.04. Leverenz was second in 4:39.10.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in 4:18.50. Tyler Clary of SwimMAC was second in 4:21.01.

Friday’s events are: 200 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 freestyle.

Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the first of seven stops. The circuit will award a record $350,000 in total prize money. The top three finishers in each event win $1,000, $600 and $200. The overall point series winners will earn an additional $10,000 in bonus money and one-year lease for a BMW.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NC 1:55.37, 2. Missy Franklin, STARS 1:56.73, 3. Allison Schmitt, NBAC 1:57.28; FLORIDA: 5. Melanie Margalis, SPA 1:58.11, 13. Becca Mann, NBAC 2:00.21, 32. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 2:06.92, 35. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 2:03.89, 40. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 2:04.31, 97. Chin Pigot, Unattached 2:10.14.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Melanie Margalis, SPA 1:07.44, 2. Micah Lawrence, MAC 1:07.45, 3. Andee Cottrell, KY 1:08.14; FLORIDA: 11. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:09.9141. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 1:14.67.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, KY 57.91, 2. Dana Vollmer, CAL 58.07, 3. Noemie Thomas, CAL 58.23; FLORIDA: 7. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 59.14, 28. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:01.84, 32. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 1:02.29, 34. Rhi Jeffrey, Apex 1:02.35, 66. Svetlana Khakhlova, Club Seminoles 1:04.94, 71. Chin Pigot, Unattached 1:06.40.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Becca Mann, NBAC 4:37.04, 2. Caitlin Leverenz, CAL 4:39.10, 3. Katie Ledecky, NC 4:39.18; FLORIDA: 5. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 4:43.12, 9. Vien Nguyen, STA 4:45.15, 35. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 5:01.41.

MEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, TROJ 1:47.88, 2. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:48.66, 3. Joao De Lucca, CARD 1:49.06; FLORIDA: 39. Teo D’Alessandro, Bolles/Princeton 1:54.76, 55. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Gator Swim Club 1:55.83, 77. Niki Denisyako, Gator Swim Club 1:57.35, 79. Arkady Vyatchanin, Gator Swim Club/New York Athletic Club 1:57.48, 101. Alex Gomez, Gator Swim Club 2:00.20, 110. Carlos Omana, Gator Swim Club 2:01.02.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Sam Tierney, Unattached 1:00.82, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 1:00.86, 3. Carlos Claverie, LOU 1:01.19; FLORIDA: 40. George Bovell, Bolles/Club Wolverine 1:05.56, 43. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Gator Swim Club 1:06.26, 53. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 1:06.99, 56. Nick D’Innocenzo, Gator Swim Club 1:07.77.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Giles Smith, PHOE 52.57, 2. Santo Condorelli, CA 52.58, 3. Michael Phelps, NBAC 52.99; FLORIDA: 4. Pavel Sankovich, SEM 53.25, 38. Arkady Vyatchanin, Gator Swim Club/New York Athletic Club 56.43, 47. Niki Denisyako, Gator Swim Club 57.13.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, NBAC 4:18.50, 2. Tyler Clary, MAC 4:21.01, 3. Corey Okubo, PRIN 4:23.89; FLORIDA: 4. Sebastien Rousseau, GSC 4:25.93, 10. Dan Wallace, GSC 4:27.29, 18. Carlos Omana, GSC 4:34.41, 20. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, GSC 4:35.39, 35. Joey Pedraza, RallySport Aquatics 4:42.89, 36. Nicholas Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 4:43.81.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Olympic Gold Medalist Claire Donahue Leads SOFLO Contingent At Minneapolis Arena Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

November 11, 2015—A Who’s Who in swimming will compete at the 2015-16 Arena Pro Swim Series opener Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue of South Florida Aquatic Club will be joined by Elizabeth Beisel, Hilda Luthersdottir, Dan Wallace and Arkady Vyatchanin of Gator Swim Club, Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach, St. Augustine’s Vien Nguyen, Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg, Pavel Sankovich of Club Seminole and Bolles alum George Bovell as part of a strong Florida contingent.

Olympic champions Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian, among 50 national team swimmers, make the three-day meet one of the most attended by top name swimmers.

An added bonus for international swimmers training for the Rio Summer Olympics is that the meet is a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Olympic Games including SOFLO’s Lisa Blackburn, a national record holder for Bermuda. At 43, Blackburn is the oldest swimmers in the field. Erika Erndl, 37, of T2 Aquatics is also entered.

Blackburn will compete in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.

Donahue, who has been training well at her new training base in South Florida, will swim the 50-meter freestyle and 100- and 200-meter butterfly events.

Also entered in the 100 butterfly is 2012 Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Dana Vollmer, who has returned to the pool after giving birth to her first child.

SOFLO swimmer Kile Aukerman, 22, will compete in four events: 50-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke races and 200-meter individual medley.

Phelps is scheduled to compete in six events over three days. He is entered in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 100- and 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke.

Among his events, Lochte, 31, is entered in the 400-meter freestyle, an off-event for the SwimMAC swimmer.

Thursday’s events are the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley.

Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meet will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

The Arena Pro Swim Series is the first of seven stops. The circuit will award a record $350,000 in total prize money. The top three finishers in each event win $1,000, $600 and $200. The overall point series winners will earn an additional $10,000 in bonus money and one-year lease for a BMW.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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