HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE SWIMMING NOTEBOOK: Jerew, Virgin Commit; Nick Dworet Stroke Clinic Coming Up; Bolles Coach Stepping Down

By Sharon Robb

September 11, 2108—Two top high school and club swimmers, Hannah Virgin and Hailey Jerew, have made verbal college commitments.

Jerew of AquaKids Sharks and recent USA Swimming Futures champion in the 50-meter freestyle, verbally committed to Florida Gulf Coast.

Jerew, a senior at Cutler Bay Academy, a Class 1A school. She is a U.S Open qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle and has a junior national cut in the 100-meter breaststroke. She was a seven-time finalist at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in March.

Florida Gulf Coast won its fourth straight and ninth overall CCSA crown last season. Jerew is expected to compete in the sprint and breaststroke events in college.

Hannah Virgin, a two-time defending state 1A champion in the 100-yard breaststroke at Pine Crest, verbally committed to Virginia Tech. She won a state title as a sophomore in 1:04.06 and junior in 1:03.89.

Virgin competes year-round with Pine Crest. As a club swimmer, Virgin has a U.S. Open time standard in the 100 breaststroke. She competed in both breaststroke events and 200 individual medley at the 2017 Speedo Winter Juniors East meet.

At the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in 2017, she won the 200 breast (2:15.53) and was the runner-up in the 100 (1:04.65). She has dual citizenship competes for Sweden internationally. She is a Swedish age group championship medalist.


The inaugural Swim 4 Nick free swim stroke clinic will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The clinic is for novice and intermediate middle and high school swimmers. Participants should know all four strokes. Registration ends Sept. 25 at http://www.swim4nick.org. The clinic is open to all swimmers from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach to bring swimmers together for a day of learning and help keep Nick’s legacy alive.

The clinic, sponsored in part by Triton Insurance Group and presented by The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund, Inc., is a 501c (3) Charity and benefits the fund.

Dworet was killed Feb. 14, 2018 in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. Dworet started swimming at age 7 and had a scholarship waiting for him at University of Indianapolis this fall and hopes of swimming in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Dworet was always helping friends and teammates. In his memory, a swim clinic is being held in his honor for swimmers who want to improve through hard work and dedication just as Dworet did through the years.

High school and club coaches will be on hand to work with swimmers. There will be giveaways and raffles.


Pine Crest alum Marta Ciesla is more than ready for her sophomore season at University of Southern California. In the recent Cardinal vs. Gold intraquad exhibition meet, she went 36.40 in a 75-meter race, winning by more than a body length…Clearwater’s Becca Mann, also of USC, earned Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors. Mann, eligible for the award for the first time as a sophomore, earned first team honors with a 3.80 GPA. The U.S. national team open water swimmer, who has already written a book, is majoring in writing for screen and television.


Jon Sakovich, a former All-American at Florida, is stepping down as head coach of Jacksonville Bolles in December. He has been at Bolles for 18 years. Sakovich said he is seeking new opportunities. Bolles is beginning a national search for a head coach and aquatics director replacement immediately.

In a prepared statement, Sakovich said: “I am very thankful to The Bolles School for allowing me this amazing opportunity for the last eighteen years and I could not ask for a better place to work. It is time for me to seek a change in my career direction and look for new ways to expand my professional horizons. I am committed to the continued growth and success of our student-athletes and I look forward to working with them through the fall.

“The Bolles School and Bolles Swim Programs will always have a special place in my heart. Without this opportunity, I would not be the person, father and coach I am today,” Sakovich said.

The Bolles boys and girls swimming and diving teams have reached a combined total of 14 national titles. Fifty-nine Bolles students, alumni or Sharks have participated in every Olympics since 1972, representing 28 countries and claiming 20 medals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Sjostrum, Hosszu Steal Spotlight On Day One Of FINA World Cup In Hong Kong; Carter, Tretyakov, Ciesla Win For USC

By Sharon Robb

September 30, 2017—Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and Katinka Hosszu took center stage, each winning three events on opening day of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series Saturday in Hong Kong.

Sjostrum won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.77, more than a second ahead of Femke Heemskerk at Victoria Park Swimming Pool.

Sjostrum also won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.32 and 50-meter freestyle in 23.42, virtually unchallenged in those events.

Hosszu won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.24, 200-meter individual medley in 2:05.29 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:03.14, a 2.76-second margin of victory.

Sjostrum leads the series point standings with 90 points ahead of Hosszu. In the men’s standings, Chad Le Clos leads Vladimir Morozov and Kirill Prigoda.

The tour’s second cluster has more entries (six) per event because of the cancellation of the Dubai stop trimming the meets from three to two.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO won the 100-meter breaststroke against a less than stellar field in 1:04.09, off her best time of 1:02.36. She was also third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.62. The field featured several club swimmers from Japan.

Other winners were:

Vladimir Morozov won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.91 ahead of Le Clos in 46.10. Morozov won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.64.

American Tom Shields won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.62. Le Clos came back to win the 50-meter butterfly in 22.52 ahead of Shields.

Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:04.02.

Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.80.

Germany’s Christian Diener won the 100-meter backstroke in 51.44.

Italy’s Gabrielle Detti won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:43.11.

China’s Li Bingjie won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:27.29.

Ayrton Sweeney of South Africa won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:07.76.

The Netherlands won the mixed 200-meter medley relay in 1:40.75 with Ranomi Kromowidjojo splitting 25.63 on the butterfly leg.

The second day of the meet continues on Sunday.


Senior Dylan Carter and freshman Nikita Tretyakov led University of Southern California men’s team to its second road win within 24 hours, 153-141, over Cal Poly on Saturday.

Carter, an American Heritage Plantation alum and Trinidad and Tobago national team member, won the 50-yard butterfly in 20.36. Carter won the 100-yard butterfly in 47.10, a NCAA B cut. Carter was also a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay.

Tretyakov was third in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:51.26.

In USC’s season-opening win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Carter was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays. Carter also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.66 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.14.

Tretyakov, who swims with Swim Fort Lauderdale in the Florida Gold Coast, was second in the 100-yard butterfly in 49.55.

USC’s first home meet is Oct. 6. against Cal State Bakersfield…

Another top Florida Gold Coast swimmer and Pine Crest alum, Marta Ciesla wasted little time establishing herself her freshman year of college swimming for USC.

USC women’s team won its season-opener, 136-106, at San Diego. Ciesla won two events. Ciesla won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.86 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.92 in her Trojan debut.

Florida International University women’s team, with senior Maria Lopez, a SOFLO alum, knocked off crosstown rival University of Miami, 164.5-115.5 in FIU’s season-opener at home. FIU did not post results online at CollegeSwimming, Meet Mobile or team website after the meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


Ledecky, Adrian Wins Highlight Day One Of World Team Trials

By Sharon Robb

June 28, 2017—Less than an hour after finishing sixth in the 100-meter freestyle, Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle to make the U.S. team for next month’s FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The two-time defending Olympic champion pulled ahead of the field early and went on to win in 8:11.50, just shy of her national meet record of 8:10.32 and winning by nearly nine seconds at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials on Tuesday at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Ledecky, 20, has won every 800 freestyle she has raced since she made her international debut five years ago.

“I didn’t rest too much for this,” Ledecky said. “Compared to other trials and selection meets, this might be the least tapered I have been over the past couple of years,” Ledecky told reporters after her swim.

“I am getting in and racing,” Ledecky said. “I have confidence from training that I can get up and go times like that.”

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian got all he could handle from Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel holding him off by 0.01 to win n 47.96, third fastest time in the world this year.

Adrian, at 28, the oldest swimmer in the final, came home in 24.69. Dressel went out in 22.81. It was the third time Dressel cracked 48 seconds.

“That’s kind of what we have built into my nervous system,” Adrian said. “I’ve always tried to go out and bring it back in the back half. Now maybe we can figure out what to do in the front half.”

In the 100-meter freestyle, Mallory Comerford of Louisville broke the meet record in the prelims and came back in final to win in 52.81, 4/10ths faster than her morning swim. It was back-to-back meet records and U.S. Open record. Stanford’s Simone Manuel (53.05) and Lia Neal (53.59) were second and third.

Hali Flickinger led from start-to-finish to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.60. In the men’s event, Jack Conger held off Pace Clark and Chase Kalisz to win the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.47.

Stanford’s True Sweetser reeled in early leader Robert Finke of St. Petersburg in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:59.73.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

By winning, Ledecky has already given herself the option to compete in the 1,500 at Budapest without having to swim the event on Saturday.

The five day meet continues Wednesday. Wednesday’s events are: men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly.

The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.


Women 200-meter butterfly: 28. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:15.23, 44. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 2:16.92: C Final, 3. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:13.28.

Men 200-meter butterfly: 24. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.39, 50. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:04.87.

Women 100-meter freestyle: 72. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 57.27, 79. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 57.49.


Women 200-meter butterfly: 1. Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldogs 2:07.60, 2. Dakota Luther, ASC 2:08.71, 3. Sarah Gibson, TAMU 2:08.75.

Men 200-meter butterfly: 1. Jack Conger, NCA 1:54.47, 2. Pace Clark, Athens Bulldogs 1:54.58, 3. Chase Kalisz, North Baltiomore 1:54.79; C Final: 4. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.49.

Women 100-meter freestyle: 1. Mallory Comerford, Louisville 52.81, CR, US record; 2. Simone Manuel, Stanford 53.05, 3. Lia Neal, Stanford 53.59.

Men 100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 47.96, 2. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 47.97, 3. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 48.20.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 8:11.50, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 8:20.46, 3. Hannah Moore, Wolfpack 8:27.58.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. True Sweetser, Stanford 14:59.73, 2. Robert Finke, St. Petersburg 15:01.31, 3. PJ Ransford, Michigan 15:01.82.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Max Asnis Makes Two Consolations, Swims Best Time; Pine Crest Girls Finish Second; Bolles Sweeps Again

By Sharon Robb

November 11, 2016—University School senior Max Asnis competed in his final high school meet Friday night at the FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championship in Stuart.

In the state’s fastest meet and one of the nation’s most competitive, the South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer qualified for consolations in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

Asnis, seeded in 1:45.62, finished 15th in prelims in a best time 1:44.63. He lowered that time in consolations in 1:43.80, placing fifth in consolations and 13th overall.

In the 500-yard freestyle, he was 16th in prelims in 4:44.05 and finished 16th again in consolations in 4:45.71. He was seeded in 4:43.59.

Asnis was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 13th in prelims in 3:21.66 with Renato Filho, Daniel Jacobs and Patrick Groters and
ninth in 3:16.09. Asnis swam leadoff leg.

On a night where Pine Crest, the county’s top team, was favored to win its first girls state crown in more than 20 years, Jacksonville Bolles showed why it has dominated the state meet for nearly three decades.

Pine Crest came within 10 points, but Bolles prevailed to win with 270 points. Pine Crest finished second with 260. The only other Broward team in the Top 10 was South Florida Heat, seventh with 102 points.

Bolles won its 26th girls’ state title. Bolles boys team had no problem winning its 29th consecutive team title with 384 points. Tampa Berkeley Prep was second with 209. Pine Crest, led by state champion diver Kevin Mendez, was third with 202.

The Panthers came up short in a few events they were favored to win or place in the top three.

Isabel Ivey of Gainesville Oak Hall won back-to-back titles in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.31, an automatic All-American time, and 50-yard freestyle in 22.51, also an automatic All-American time.

With only 12 minutes between races, Ivey knocked off favorite Marta Ciesla of Pine Crest, runner-up in 22.61, also an automatic All-Ameican time. Ivey also made it official announcing she is transferring to Gainesville Buchholz.

Ivey said she did not shave for the meet and rested for only two days. She is aiming for nationals in December.

Ciesla bounced back to win the 100-yard freestyle in 49.67, another automatic All-American time.

“I was tired after the 50, I didn’t warm down after the medal ceremony,” said Ciesla, who is competing in the short course world championships in December in Canada. “I had to get my hand on the wall. I had to come back. We have a great team and to be this close and have a shot at winning was amazing.”

University School junior Patrick Groters was unable defend his state title in the 200-yard individual medley with Bishop Verot’s Santiago Corredor winning in 1:47.63. Groters was second in 1:48.52.

However, Groters came back to win his first state title in the 100-yard backstroke in 49.19 ahead of Bolles’ Matt Serra in 50.30.

“I knew it was going to be a tough race,” Groters said. “I went easier in the morning and took it out fast tonight.”

Ransom Everglades’ Kyla Valls won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.96, an automatic All-American time.

“I just wanted to go out fast from the beginning, that’s how I hold on to the lead if I am leading,” Valls said. “I held on for the last 100.”

Westminster Academy junior Jessica Nava was the standout of the night. She broke her own state record for the second time in two weeks in the 100-yard butterfly to defend her state title in 53.45, an automatic All-American time.

Nava also won the 100-yard backstroke in 54.55, also an automatic All-American time. She was also a member of the ninth place 200-yard medley relay team (1:51.54) and led off the 16th place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:44.05).

On Saturday, several SOFLO swimmers will compete in the fourth and final state meet over two weekends. The Class 2A meet features defending boys state champion American Heritage led by Kevin Porto and CJ Kopecki, both SOFLO swimmers.


Girls 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:55.77.

Boys 200-yard medley relay, American Heritage, 9th seed, 1:41.92; Mater Lakes, 11th, 1:42.43.

Boys 200-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, second seed 1:43.56, CJ Kopecki, AH, 10th seed, 1:45.64, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 14th 1:46.19.

Boys 200-yard individual medley, Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 6th seed, 1:56.43.

Boys 500-yard freestyle, Kevin Porto, AH, 6th seed, 4:42.89; CJ Kopecki, AH 13th seed, 4:48.83.

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay: American Heritage, 15th seed, 1:45.74.

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay: Mater Lakes, 15th seed, 1:32.70.

Boys 100-yard backstroke, Esteban Diaz-Velasco, Somerset, 8th seed, 54.78.

Girls 100-yard breaststroke: Elise Larin, Somerset, 12th seed, 1:08.56.

Boys 100-yard breaststroke: Ervin Marin, Mater Lakes, 5th seed, 1:00.18.

Girls 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, 10th seed, 3:44.48.

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay, American Heritage, third seed, 3:14.40.


at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Center, Stuart

Class 2A: Saturday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Jacksonville Bolles 270, 2. Pine Crest 260, 3. Lake Highland Prep 256, 4. Montverde 144, 5. St. Andrew’s 130, 6. Trinity Prep 120, 7. South Florida Heat and Trinity Christian 102, 9. Oxbridge 81, 10. Community School Napes 73, 11. Benjamin 70, 12. Westminster Academy 60, 14. University School 53, 15. Ransom Everglades, 20. King’s Academy 26, 23. Calvary Christian 21, 32. Sagemont 12.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Jacksonville Bolles 384, 2. Berkeley Prep 209, 3. Pine Crest 202, 4. St. Andrew’s 177, 5. Trinity Prep 147, 6. Tampa Prep 138, 7. Bishop Verto 112, 8. Trinity Christian 108, 9. University School 91, 10. Episcopal 87, 14. Ransom Everglades 47, 18. Westlake Prep 30, 21. Westminster Academy 25, 26. Miami Country Day 13, 31. Sagemont 7.5, 32. South Florida Heat and Calvary Christian, 6.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Lake Highland Prep 1:44.09, AA-A, 2. Bolles 1:44.60, AA-A, 3. Trinity Prep 1:44.81, AA-A, 4. Pine Crest 1:47.64 (Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Andrea Santander, Jamie Flores).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kyla Valls, RE 1:45.96, AA-A, 2. Mary Smutny, SFH 1:46.62, AA-A, 3. Kaitlyn Schorr, MONT 1:49.07.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Isabel Ivey, OAK 1:57.31, AA-A, 2. Carley Lowe, LH 1:59.65, AA-A, 3. Christin Rockway, TC 2:00.24, AA-A.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Isabel Ivey, OAK 22.51, AA-A, 2. Marta Ciesla, PC 22.61, AA-A, 3. Chade Nercisio, TC 22.96, AA-A.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 53.45, state record, AA-A, 2. Alessandra Baldari, BEN 53.59, state record, AA-A, 3. Claire Maiocco, TP 53.84, AA-A.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 49.67, AA-A, 2. Kaitlyn Schorr, MONT 49.74, AA-A, 3. Kyla Valls, RE 49.98, AA-A.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emma Feehery, CSNA 4:49.00, AA-A, 2. Christin Rockway, TC 4:50.50, 3. Carley Lowe, LH 4:53.66

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:35.13 (Andrea Santander, Alexandra Meszaros, Jamie Flores, Marta Ciesla), AA-C, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:37.20, 3. Montverdae 1:37.42.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 54.55, 2. Abi Wilder, JB 55.03, 3. Lauren Hew, STA 55.29.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:04.06, 2. Katherine Baker, JB 1:04.92, 3. Adrianna DeBoer, COBC 1:05.02.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Lake Highlands 3:26.95, 2. Pine Crest 3:27.02 (Alexandra Meszaros, Annabella Lyn, Hannah Virgin, Marta Ciesla), 3. Bolles 3:30.32.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Nicole Stambo, BERK 507.95, 2. Maia Goldstein, US 457.30, 3. Emma Whitner, 455.80.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:29.36, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:33.21, 3. Trinity Prep 1:35.12, 4. Pine Crest 1:35.80 (Elvis Kotikovski, Matthew Petreski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Hayden Curry, LH 1:39.04, 2. Stanislav Van Genderen, BV 1:39.16, 3. Daniel Jacobs, US 1:39.67.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Santiago Corredor, BV 1:47.63, 2. Patrick Groters, US 1:48.52, 3. Van Cates, TP 1:50.50

50-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Cecil, BERK 20.73, 2. Izaak Bastian, SA 20.75, 3. Nico Ferrara, PC 20.97.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Ariel Spektor, JB 47.84, 2. Matt Serra, JB 48.82, 3. Cole Crane, EPIS 49.89.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Robert Cecil, BERK 45.07, 2. Gabi Gomez Treig, JB 45.42, 3. Matthew Nutter, CM 45.80.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Santiago Corredor, BV 4:23.90, 2. Hayden Curley, LH 4:26.70, 3. Stanislav Van Genderen, BV 4:29.75, 4. Daniel Jacobs, US 4:30.64.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 1:23.45, 2. Trinity Prep 1:24.91, 3. Berkeley Prep 1:25.96, 5. Pine Crest 1:26.04, AA-C (Nico Ferrara, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Christian Soderberg).

100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, US 49.19, 2. Matt Serra, JB 50.30, 3. Thiago Ferreira, MON 50.78.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. James Daugherty, JB 54.38, 2. Paul DeGrado, JB 55.56, 3. Izaak Bastian, STA 55.68.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Bolles 3:03.01, 2. Berkeley 3:07.83, 3. Pine Crest 3:08.04 (Christian Soderberg, Elvis Kotikovski, Nicholas Vale, Nico Ferrara).

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 494.50, 2. Jesse Potts, BERK 463.45, 3. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 446.15.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


Max Asnis Top SOFLO Finisher At Region 4-1A Meet; Pine Crest Girls Win Team Title

By Sharon Robb

November 5, 2016—Max Asnis of University School was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher Friday at the Region 4-1A Swimming and Diving Championships at Nova Southeastern Aquatic Center.

Asnis, a senior, was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.62, a drop of 2.71 seconds, and third in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.59, a drop of 7.34 seconds.

Asnis was also a relay member of the fourth place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:40.73 with teammates Patrick Groters, Renato Filho and Daniel Jacobs. Asnis led off the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished fourth in 3:17.48 with Jacobs, Filho and Groters.

SOFLO’s Samuel Quintero of Sagemont was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.55 and was tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.84.

The region meet is considered the toughest region competition in the state.

Groters and Jacobs were double winners for University School. Groters won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.68 and 100-yard backstroke in 50.68.

Jacobs won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.75 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:37.74. Groters and Jacobs represent Aruba internationally.

Pine Crest won the girls’ team title by more than 100 points and was led by USC-bound Marta Ciesla, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 23.09 and 100-yard freestyle in 50.25. Pine Crest boys team were second with 298 points and led by Nico Ferrara, winner of the 100-yard freestyle in 46.90 and third in the 50-yard freestyle and diving champion Kevin Mendez. Pine Crest swept the top three spots in diving.

Jessica Nava of Westminster Academy was a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.64 and 100-yad backstroke in 55.02.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Pine Crest 441, 2. St. Andrew’s 295.5, 3. South Florida Heat 189.5, 4. Trinity Christian 142, 5. Benjamin 140, 6. University School 127, 7. King’s Academy 124, 8. Oxbridge 120, 9. Westminster Academy 107, 10. Ransom Everglades 99, 11. Carrollton 83, 12. Calvary Christian 81, 13. LaSalle 70.5, 14. Cutler Bay 66, 15. North Broward Prep 42, 16. Westminster Christian 37, 17. Sagemont 24, 18. Miami Country Cay 23.5, 19. Florida Atlantic 21, 20. Riviera Prep 15, 21. Grandview Prep 13.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. St. Andrew’s 350, 2. Pine Crest 298, 3. Ransom Everglades 199.5, 4. Trinity Christian 184, 5. American Heritage Delray Beach 183, 6. University School 177, 7. Westminster Academy 100, 8. Miami Country Day 95, 9. King’s Academy, Calvary Christian 75, 11. South Florida Heat 72.5, 12. Sagemont 63, 13. Oxbridge 62, 14. Westlake Prep 50, 15. Chaminade-Madonna 44, 16. Pope John Paul II 43, 17. Florida Atlantic 41, 18. Riviera Prep, Posnack 34, 20. Coral Shores 31.


200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:48.22, 2. Pine Crest 1:48.63, 3. Benjamin 1:51.20.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Mary Smutny, SFHL 1:47.95, 2. Kyla Valls, RE 1:48.00, 3. Nicole Gomez, TC 1:51.60.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alessandra Baldari, BEN 2:01.87, 2. Allison Kopas, US 2:03.44, 3. Jen Secrest, OXB 2:04.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 23.09, 2. Chade Nercisio, TC 23.40, 3. Hailey Jerew, CB 23.80.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Maia Goldstein, PC 473.05, 2. Ishani Singh, PC 464.20, 3. Ali Watson, PC 459.10.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 53.64, 2. Alessandra Baldari, BEN 54.76, 3. Alexandra Meszaros, PC 56.43.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, PC 50.25, 2. Mary Smutny, SFHL 50.37, 3. Kyla Valls, RE 50.82.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Nicole Gomez, TC 5:00.69, 2. Rachel Contich, CC 5:00.70, 3. Marissa Brannan, PC 5:09.43.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 1:37.13 (Andrea Santander, Alexandra Meszaros, Marissa Brannan, Marta Ciesla), 2. St. Andrew’s 1:37.42, 3. South Florida Heat 1:38.50.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jessica Nava, WA 55.02, 2. Lauren Hew, STA 55.89, 3. Allison Kopas, US 56.12.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Hailey Jerew, CB 1:05.11, 2. Hannah Virgin, PC 1:05.70, 3. Shayna Fetes, STA 1:05.70.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 3:31.61 (Alexandra Meszaros, Marissa Brannan, Annabella Lyn, Marta Ciesla), 2. South Florida Heat 3:33.89, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:34.37.


200-yard medley relay: 1. St. Andrew’s 1:34.95, 2. American Heritage Delray 1:36.63, 2. Pine Crest 1:37.59, 4. University School 1:40.73 (Patrick Groters, Renato Filho, Max Asnis, Daniel Jacobs).

200-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, US 1:42.75, 2. Tom Piza, STA 1:44.61, 3. Max Asnis, US 1:45.62.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Patrick Groters, YS 1:52.68, 2. Adan Diaz-Vazquez, WEST 1:55.04, 3. Nicholas Sharp, STA 1:55.09, 7. Samuel Quintero, SAGE 2:02.55.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Noah Zhang, OX 21.61, 2. Izaak Bastian, STA 21.64, 3. Nicolas Ferrara, PC 21.65.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Kevin Mendez, PC 480.20, 2. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso, PC 447.15, 3. Dane Gailitis, PC 359.05.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Seggio Bernardina, TC 50.77, 2. Jesse Marsh, STA 51.12, 3. Kiwi Goya, MC 52.00.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nicolas Ferrara, PC 46.90, 2. Sean McCauley, AH 47.00, 3. Chase Perry, WA 47.52.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Jacobs, US 4:37.74, 2. Carson Fregosi, STA 4:43.55, 3. Max Asnis, US 4:43.59.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Trinity Christian 1:27.00, 2. Pine Crest 1:27.28, 3. St. Andrew’s 1:27.32, 9. Sagemont 1:36.27.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Patrick Groters, US 50.68, 2. Nicholas Sharp, STA 52.06, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 52.28.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Izaak Bastian, STA 57.32, 2. Adan Diaz-Vazquez, WEST 57.38, 3. Quinn Lacoursiere, AHD 57.95, 10. Samuel Quintero, SAGE 1:01.84.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Trinity Christian 3:09.47, 2. Pine Crest 3:11.01, 3. St. Andrew’s 3:11.35, 4. University School 3:17.48 (Max Asnis, Daniel Jacobs, Renato Filho, Patrick Groters).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.


SOFLO’s Golding, Rodriguez Swim First Events; Ciesla Top FGC Finisher On Day Two Of Speedo East Winter Junior Nationals

By Sharon Robb

December 10, 2015—Kathleen Golding and Jessica Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club competed in their first event on Day Two of the Speedo East Winter Junior National Championships Thursday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Golding, 15, and Rodriguez, 16, both competed in the 200-yard individual medley.

Golding finished in 2:05.02 and Rodriguez turned in a 2:11.21.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Marta Ciesla, 17, was the Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher winning the 50-yard freestyle, her signature event, in a best time 22.52. Her seed time was 22.56.

In other events:

Hannah Cox, 17, of Upper Valley Aquatics won the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record 4:37.82. The previous record was 4:38.89 set in 2008 by Amber McDermott of Salmon Bay.

Walker Higgins, 15, of Tennessee Aquatics won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:18.40. Santi Corredor, 16, of Swim Florida was seventh in 4:25.18.

Alex Walsh, 14, of Nashville Aquatics won the girls 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.20.

Jacob Montague, 17, of Grosse Pointe, Ga. won the boys 200-yard individual medley in 1:46.72.

Michael Jensen, 17, of Upper Dublin won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.85, the only swimmer to break 20 seconds. Brody Heck of St. Andrew’s was third in 20.19 and Raiz Tjon-A-Joe of Azura Florida Aquatics was fourth in 20.36. Cody Cline of Wahoos of Wellington won the B final in 20.35.

SwimMAC broke the meet record in the girls’ 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:11.88 with Erika Brown, Alyssa Marsh, Christina Lappin and Jessica Merritt. SwimMAC also won the girls’ 200-yard medley relay.

Bolles won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:28.64 with Andy Song An, James Daugherty, Ariel Spektor and Tyler Rice. Upper Dublin won the 800 free relay in 6:33.56.

For the remainder of the meet, Golding will also swim the 100-yard butterfly (55.18), 200-yard freestyle (1:51.58) and 100-yard freestyle (51.22).

Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.63), in which she is seeded 34th, and 200-meter breaststroke (2:17.38).

Friday’s events are the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.

Golding and Rodriguez will also swim in Sunday’s time trials. Golding will swim the 400-meter individual medley in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session Two. Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter butterfly in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session Two.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org.

The Speedo West Winter Junior National Championships are being held simultaneously this week at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.



500-yard freestyle: 1. Hannah Cox, Upper Valley 4:37.82, meet record; 2. Lauren Case, Chattahoochee 4:40.28, 3. Paige Madden, City of mobile 4:43.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, Nashville 1:56.20, 2. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 1:57.04, 3. Tatum Wade, Nashville 1:57.70; 45. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:05.02; 112. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:11.21

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 22.52, 2. Grace Countie, Marlins 22.67, 3. Alyssa Marsh, SwimMAC 22.69.

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. SwimMAC A 1:39.75, 2. Nashville Aquatics 1:39.84, 3. SwimMAC B 1:40.10, 16. Pine Crest 1:44.31.

4×200-yard freestyle relay; 1. SwimMAC A 7:11.88, 2. Nashville Aquatics 7:12.64, 3. Gator Swim Club 7:13.66.


500-yard freestyle: 1. Walker Higgins, Tennessee Aquatics 4:18.40, 2. Trey Freeman, Baylor SC 4:18.82, 3. Jake Sannem, Upper Dublin 4:22.42.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jacob Montague, Grosse Pointe 1:46.72, 2. Daniel Chang, Barracuda SC 1:46.82, 3. Dean Farris, Metro Atlanta 1:47.84.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Michael Jensen, Upper Dublin 19.85, 2. Drew Kibler, Carmel SC 20.02, 3. Brody Heck, SA 20.19.

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:28.64, 2. Upper Dublin 1:29.36, 3. Nova of Virginia 1:29.89, 17. Azura 1:33.13, 21. St. Andrew’s 1:33.62, 29. Pine Crest 1:35.10.

4×200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Upper Dublin 6:33.56, 2. Nova of Virginia 6:34.17, 3. Bolles 6:35.11, 13. Bolles 6:45.50.


For the fourth time, Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach will lead Team USA against Team Europe at the seventh Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Friday through Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. USA Swimming will live stream the event. The only other Floridian competing is St. Petersburg Aquatics’ Melanie Margalis. Among Team Europe swimmers are Katinka Hosszu, Yuliya Efimova, Lotte Friis, Hilda Luthersdottir, Laszlo Cseh, Daniel Gyurta, Vlad Morozov, Florida alum Dan Wallace, FSU alum Pavel Sankovich and Arkady Vyatchanin.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold, Joins 1:05 Club, Breaks National Record On Day One At FINA/Airweave World Cup Series In Dubai

By Sharon Robb

November 6, 2015—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club saved her best for last.

The 26-year-old Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke in a Jamaican national record and joined the 1:05 Club in 1:05.93 on opening night of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series in Dubai, the final stop on the series.

It was the first time Atkinson cracked 1:06 in her pro career. Atkinson moves up to second in the world rankings. Her 50 split tied her season’s best and is a world-leading time.

Seeded first after prelims, Atkinson was the only breaststroker to crack 1:06 in the final. Her previous national mark was 1:06.21 she swam at the World Championship semifinals this past summer.

American Molly Hannis was second in 1:06.60. Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes, the second seed making her World Cup debut, was third in 1:06.96.

Atkinson, who missed gold medals in her last two 100 breaststroke races in Tokyo and Doha, attacked the race off the blocks. She went out in 30.55 and finished in 35.38. Her 1:05.93 was the 16th fastest performance of all time.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Marta Ciesla, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming, competing against a world-class field in only her second international meet, finished second in the 50-meter freestyle to take home a silver medal in 25.31. It is the fastest time in the world for an 18-and-under swimmer.

Ciesla was seeded fifth (25.07) in the 50-meter freestyle. She also competed in Doha where she finished sixth in her international debut.

Ciesla is representing the U.S. as a member of USA Swimming’s 14-member 18-and-under squad. The junior defending state champion for Pine Crest, decided not to compete in Friday’s FHSAA State 1A Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday to represent her country.

In other championship finals:

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu broke the national record in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.41. She shaved 4/10ths of a second off her previous record. It is the fifth fastest time this year.

Frenchman Jeremy Stravius overtook early leader Chad le Clos of South Africa to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.34, 1/100th of a second ahead of Le Clos. Both times were under this year’s top time of 48.55.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.77 ahead of Brit Adam Peaty in 27.16.

American Felicia Lee won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.57.

Aussie Mitch Larkin lowered his own national and Commonwealth record in the 100-meter backstroke winning in 52.11, fastest time in the world this year, topping Bolles alum Ryan Murphy’s 52.18.

Emily Seebohm of Australia won the 50-meter backstroke in 27.49. Hosszu was second in 27.99, another of her national records (28.16).

Denmark’s Viktor Bromer won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.98, overtaking early leader Quah Zheng Wen of Singapore and Le Clos.

Hosszu continued to pile up the medals and cash winning the 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.61.

Great Britain’s James Guy won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:46.91.

Aussie Melanie Wright won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.72, third in the world this year.

Hungarian Daniel Gyurta won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.43.

Seebohm overtook Hosszu in the final 50 meters to win the 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.94. Hosszu finished in 2:07.13.

Le Clos won his first gold of the day in the 50-meter butterfly in a season-best 23.31.

Lauren Boyle of New Zealand won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:25.96.

Hungarian David Verraszto won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.71.

Dubai is hosting the World Cup for the fifth time. The field features 440 international swimmers and 350 club swimmers from 56 nations according to host officials.

Prelims are 3 a.m. EST and finals 11 a.m. EST.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 among the top six.

The World Cup events are being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com