SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Makes “A” Final, Top FGC Finisher With Fourth Place On Day Three Of U.S. Olympic Trials Wave 1; Teammate Liza Whitmire Swims Monday


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 6, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I at CHI Health Center.

Smutny, 20, finished fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:18.04, off her entry time of 4:16.77. Swimming in Lane 6, she qualified fifth, winning her heat in 4:18.35. She was trailing for most of the prelim race but came on strong in the final 50 meters.

Another FGC swimmer, Heidi Smithwick, 17, of Jupiter Dragons, finished second in the “B” final of the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.56, off her entry time of 1:00.48. She was the top seed going into the “B” final in 1:00.64 after just missing the A final by 2/100ths of a second.

In Sunday’s finals:

Sally Tafuto of Ohio State took the lead in the final 100 to win the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 4:13.98, bettering her previous best of 4:16.05. Malla Rausch of Austin Swim Club made her second Wave II event, placing second in 4:15.04. Rausch pulled ahead of Sarasota Sharks 15-year-old Addie Sauickie in the final 100. Rausch won the 200 freestyle on Saturday.

Top-seed Ivan Kurakin, 17, of TAC Titans won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:56.17. Sandpipers’ Brice Barrieault was second in 3:56.61. For the first time at the Wave I meet, the “B” final winner, Louisville commit Eli Shoyat of Northern Kentucky Clippers had the fastest time of the event in 3:55.75, the only swimmer to break 3:56.

Nikki Venema of Tide (Va.) Swimming won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 59.24, the only swimmer in the field to break 1 minute. University of Virginia’s Lexi Cuomo an NCAA finalist, was second by just 0.03 seconds in 1:00.06.

In a close race, Micah Slaton of Team Triumph won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 53.02 just ahead of Aaron Sequeira of Cincinnati Marlins second in 53.08. In the “B” final, Sebastian High School sophomore Mitchell Ledford, 16, of Treasure Coast Swimming won in a best time 53.58, a Top 10 national 15-16 age group time.

Dynamo’s Sophie Brison overtook top seed Bayley Stewart after the first 50 meters to win the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:13.08. Stewart was second in 2:13.35, also a best time.

Colby Mefford of Sierra Marlins Swim Team won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.85, the only swimmer to crack 2 minutes. Blake Hanna of Bearcats Aquatics was second in 2:00.11.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the June 13-20 Wave II Trials.

SOFLO has one final swimmer competing on Monday. Liza Whitmire, 19, seeded sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.49 will swim. Whitmire is a member of the Princeton swim team and has been training along with three other teammates with South Florida Aquatic Club for the Trials.

SOFLO’s Hector Acevedo and Kathy Fish, well-respected officials in the Florida Gold Coast, are working their first U.S. Olympic Trials.

FGC swimmers still to swim on Monday:

Aspen Gersper, 15, St. Andrew’s Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 25.95.

Max Zum-Tobel, 17, St. Andrew’s Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 23.16.

Reese Branzell, 18, St. Andrew’s Swimming, 50-meter freestyle, 23.10.

Heidi Smithwick, 17, Jupiter Dragons, 50-meter freestyle, 25.90.

A total of 1,565 swimmers qualified for the trials. In Wave I there were 907 swimmers that qualified with 675 competing (232 swimmers declined to compete). In Wave II, 658 swimmers qualified.

The qualified swimmers are competing in Wave I of the Trials in a wildcard bid to reach Wave II of the event and get a chance to make the U.S. Olympic Team.

The Wave I meet is a shorter, four-day meet using a modified version of the Pan Pacs meet order with a prelims/finals format and no semifinals. Prelims are 11 a.m. EST and finals 8 p.m.

Monday’s events are 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke and 1500-meter freestyle.

Cable network NBC Sports is televising the finals of the Wave 1 Trials on Olympic Channel at 8 p.m. EST each night. The prelims are live streaming on usaswimming.org. All TV coverage is also live streaming on NBCSports.com and NBC Sports app. Two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel are serving as analyst for the live coverage along with Patrick Kinas.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Sally Tafuto, OSU 4:13.98, 2. Malla Rausch, ASC 4:15.04, 3. Addie Sauickie, SYS 4:16.19.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Nikki Venema, TIDE 59.24, 2. Lexi Cuomo, UVA 1:00.06, 3. Gigi Johnson, SA 1:00.09.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Sophie Brison, Dynamo 2:13.08, 2. Bayley Stewart, Unattached-CO 2:13.35, 3. Margaret Guanci, WA 2:14.51.

MEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Ivan Kurakin, TAC 3:56.17, 2. Brice Barrieault, SAND 3:56.61, 3. Curtis Wiltsey, NCS 3:56.72.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Micah Slaton, TRI 53.02, 2. Aaron Sequeira, CM 53.08, 3. Carl Bloebaum, RAYS 53.36.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Colby Mefford, SMST 1:59.85, 2. Blake Hanna, CATS 2:00.11, 3. Bradley Dunham, SA-GA 2:00.96.

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SOFLO Fab Five Ready For U.S. Olympic Trials; Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented With Talented Swimmers, Officials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 2, 2021—Five South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will get the opportunity of a lifetime when they compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials Friday through Monday at CHI Health Center.

The qualified swimmers will compete in Wave I of the Trials in a wildcard bid to reach Wave II of the event and get a chance to make the U.S. Olympic Team.

The four-day Wave I Trials competition features many of the country’s rising talent, with the top two swimmers of every event moving to Wave II.

Three of SOFLO’s swimmers are seeded among the Top 11 in their events. They are:

Liza Whitmire, 19, is seeded sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16.49. She competes Monday.

Margaux McDonald, 19, is seeded eighth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.17. She competes Friday.

Whitmire and McDonald are members of the Princeton swim team and have been training with South Florida Aquatic Club for the Trials.

Luke Smutny, 22, is seeded 11th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.54. He competes Friday.

Rounding out the SOFLO contingent are Luke’s younger sisters, Maddie, 16, in the 200-meter butterfly (2:14.37), who competes Friday and Mary, 20, in the 400-meter freestyle (4:16.77), who competes Sunday.

SOFLO’s Hector Acevedo will make his U.S. Olympic trials official debut along with Kathy Fish, both top and well-respected officials in the Florida Gold Coast.

A total of 1,565 swimmers qualified for the trials. In Wave I there were 907 swimmers that qualified with 675 competing (232 swimmers declined to compete). In Wave II, 658 swimmers qualified.

USA Swimming and the Omaha Sports Commission are hosting the U.S. Olympic trials under a revised plan with the Trials divided into two competitions. Wave I is Friday through Monday and Wave II is June 13-20. Wave II is the sole qualifier for the U.S. Olympic team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and given the current environment, there was a need to address concerns related to over-crowding in the athlete areas, warm-up pool and athlete seating areas which resulted in dividing the Trials.

“We undertook a thorough and methodical evaluation of the Trials over the last several months and factored in several critical considerations in our decision,” USA Swimming Chief Operating Officer Mike Unger said. “Our number one priority was to find a way to host Trials in the safest possible environment while also giving the athletes the best opportunity to succeed.

“While selecting the Olympic Team for Tokyo is a critical goal for the Trials, it is important to note that the experience gained at Trials by some of the lower seeded athletes has historically provided a great experience for future Olympic Trials and Games, which fueled our desire to host two events.”

The Wave II order is unchanged from the original Trials plan. The Wave I meet is a shorter, four-day meet using a modified version of the Pan Pacs meet order with a prelims/finals format and no semifinals. Prelims are 10 a.m. CST and finals 7 p.m. CST.

Any swimmer with a Wave II cut can swim any other events with a Wave I cut at the Wave II meet such as SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding of University of Florida, who was a Wave II cut in the 400 IM and Wave I cut in the 400 freestyle; Pine Crest Swimming’s Julia Podkoscielny, who has a Wave II cut in the 400 IM and Wave I cuts in the 200-meter backstroke and 200 IM and FAST’s Josh Zuchowski, who has a Wave II cut in the 200-meter backstroke and Wave I cuts in the 100-meter backstroke and 400 IM.

All coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers are subject to the COVID-19 testing process announced by USA Swimming regardless of their vaccination status before the event.

Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented. St. Andrew’s Swimming has four swimmers qualified including top-seeded Megan Moroney, who has been called a “Swimmer to Watch” by several swimming experts including Swim Swam.

Moroney, 24, qualified in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.40 and 200-meter backstroke which she is seeded first in 2:13.16. The former Virginia Cavalier has a lifetime-best of 2:10.53, which she swam at the 2018 Summer Nationals meet. She will swim the 200 backstroke for the first time since 2019.

Moroney is seeded 24th in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.40. Her lifetime best is 1:01.80, which she swam at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Moroney has yet to swim the event this year.

Other St. Andrew’s swimmers are:

Reese Branzell, 18, 50-meter freestyle, 23.10; 100-meter freestyle, 50.23.

Aspen Gersper, 15, 100-meter freestyle, 56.24; 100-meter backstroke, 1:02.52; 50-meter freestyle 25.95.

Maximilian Zum-Tobel, 17, 50-meter freestyle, 23.16.

Other FGC swimmers are:

Paige MacEachern, 18, Pine Crest Swimming, top-seeded in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:48.09.

Lance Lesage, 18, Pine Crest Swimming, 100-meter backstroke, 56.45.

Alaina Skellet, 22, Hurricanes Swim Club, 100-meter backstroke, 1:02.35.

Heidi Smithwick, 17, Jupiter Dragons, 50-meter freestyle, 25.90 and 100-meter butterfly, 1:00.48.

Friday events are men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke and 800-meter freestyle.

Cable network NBC Sports will televise finals of the Wave 1 Trials on Olympic Channel at 8 p.m. EST each night. The prelims will live stream on usaswimming.org. All TV coverage will also live stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel will serve as analyst for the live coverage along with Patrick Kinas.

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

Texas Tops Rival Texas A&M; SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Takes Two Thirds


By Sharon Robb


AUSTIN, Texas, November 1, 2020–The University of Texas women’s team, ranked eighth in the nation, defeated No. 17 Texas A&M, 170-125, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

The Longhorns won 14 of the 16 events during the dual meet season-opener for both teams.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny finished third in both distance events for the Longhorns.

Smutny, 20, was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:12.30 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:00.74.

Sophomore Kelly Pash won the 100-yard freestyle (49.53) and 200-yard freestyle (1:46.42) and swam the fastest time in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.75).

Junior Julia Cook won the 100-yard backstroke (53.09) and 200-yard backstroke (1:57.96), and senior Evie Pfeifer took the top spot in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.75) and 1,000-yard freestyle (9:52.83).

Freshman Anna Elendt won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.82) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.85). Sophomore Bridget Semenuk (50-yard freestyle), freshman Emma Sticklen (100-yard butterfly) and freshman Bridget O’Neil (1-meter diving) also added individual victories.

The Longhorns swept the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Texas will compete next at the Nov. 12-14 Toyota U.S. Open in San Antonio.

WOMEN’S RESULTS
Texas 170, Texas A&M 125

200-yard medley relay:

  1. Texas A 1:37.87 (Julia Cook, Anna Elendt, Olivia Bray, Bridget Semenuk), 2. Texas B 1:42.34, 3. Texas A&M 1:42.98.

1,000-yard freestyle:

  1. Evie Pfeifer, TEX 9:52.83, 2. Camryn Toney, A&M 9:58.27, 3. Mary Smutny, TEX 10:12.30.

200-yard freestyle:

  1. Kelly Pash, TEX 1:46.42, 2. Chloe Stepanek, A&M 1:47.10, 3. Bridget Semenuk, TEX 1:47.41.

100-yard backstroke:

  1. Julia Cook, TEX 53.09, 2. Sydney Silver, TEX 56.35, 3. Kara Eisenmann, A&M 56.60.

100-yard breaststroke:

  1. Anna Elendt, TEX 1:00.82, 2. Emme Nelson, A&M 1:03.21, 3. Charlotte Longbottom, A&M 1:03.82.

200-yard butterfly:

  1. Jing Quah, A&M 1:57.85, 2. Emma Sticklen, TEX 1:58.29, 3. Taylor Pike, A&M 1:58.57.

50-yard freestyle:

  1. Bridget Semenuk, TEX 22.70, 2. Chloe Stepanek, A&M 23.17, 3. Grace Cooper, TEX 23.49.

1-meter diving:

  1. Bridget Oneil, TEX 325.35, 2. Paola Pineda, TEX 324.23, 3. Jordan Skilken, TEX 303.75.

100-yard freestyle:

  1. Kelly Pash, TEX 49.53, 2. Chloe Stepanek, A&M 49.85, 3. Kyla Leibel, TEX 50.99.

200-yard backstroke:

  1. Julia Cook, TEX 1:57.96, 2. Sydney Silver, TEX 2:02.74, 3. Kara Eisenmann, A&M 2:03.07.

200-yard breaststroke:

  1. Anna Elendt, TEX 2:12.85, 2. Emme Nelson, A&M 2:16.65, 3. Desire Mangaoang, A&M 2:18.12.

500-yard freestyle:

  1. Evie Pfeifer, TEX 4:43.75, 2. Camryn Toney, A&M 4:56.02, 3. Mary Smutny, TEX 5:00.74.

100-yard butterfly:

  1. Emma Sticklen, TEX 53.59, 2. Olivia Bray, TEX 53.62, 3. Jing Quah, A&M 54.84.

3-meter diving:

  1. Charlye Campbell, A&M 369.08, 2. Bridget Oneil, TEX 358.20, 3. Paola Pineda, TEX 352.73.

200-yard individual medley:

  1. Jing Quah, A&M 2:01.64, 2. Camryn Toney, A&M 2:05.56, 3. Emme Nelson, A&M 2:05.92.

400-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Texas A&M B 3:33.39 (Jade Hallum, Olivia Theall, Ashley Conrad, Mollie Wright), 2. Texas A&M A 3:33.45, 3. Texas A&M C 3:36.45.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Mary Smutny Wins First Conference Title As Texas Women Take Eighth Straight Big 12 Title


By Sharon Robb

MORGANTOWN, W. Va., March 1, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny won her first Big 12 Conference title.

The University of Texas freshman won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:52.73, three seconds faster than the second-place mile finisher, Saturday at West Virginia University.

The No. 10 nationally-ranked Longhorns women’s swimming team won its eighth straight Big 12 Conference title. The women won with 1,012 points. Kansas was a distant second with 831 points.

University of Texas men’s swimming and diving team won its 21st straight conference title. The men won with 1,127 points.

Former Fort Lauderdale diver Jordan Windle of Texas won the Big 12 title, his third straight platform win with 520.40 points. He also won the 3-meter springboard title.

Sarasota’s Austin Katz won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:39.17.

Texas finished with 18 event wins during the meet.

Texas coach Carol Capitani was named Big 12 Coach of the Meet.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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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
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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
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Olympian Allison Schmitt Returns In Winning Form; SOFLO’s Smutny Races Second Event


By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif.—After nearly a two-year hiatus, three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt is back in the water and looking good.

The eight-time Olympic medalist won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.97 at the Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center.

It was 1.3 seconds faster than she swam at world championships where she placed a disappointing 14th. Thursday’s swim was her fastest since August 2018.

Ever since I decided I was going to get back into the pool, eyes were set on 2020,” said Schmitt. “It’s definitely still a day-by-day process, has its ups and downs. But, as a whole, it’s been a good journey, and like I said, I’m really looking forward to this upcoming year.”

Schmitt, at 29, is the only woman left from the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team who is going for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Her American record from winning the 200-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Games remains one of the few marks that Katie Ledecky hasn’t crushed.

Also in the women’s 200-meter freestyle, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny, 18, went 2:03.92.

In other Thursday events:

Madisyn Cox won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.84, a personal best by 1.78 seconds.

Cal sophomore Reece Whitley, at 6-foot-9 one of the sport’s tallest swimmers, won his first national 200-meter breaststroke title in a personal-best 2:09.69.

Texas junior Austin Katz won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:55.72, which would have earned a bronze medal at worlds.

Asia Seidt won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.90. Regan Smith, the 17-year-old who broke the world record at worlds, did not to race this event at nationals.

Aussie teenager Elijah Winnington won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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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
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SOFLO’s Smutny, Mateus Top 20 Finishers On Day Two Of Southern Zone Age Group Championships


By SHARON ROBB

CARY, N.C., August 2, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Maddie Smutny and Alejandro Mateus finished among the Top 20 Wednesday at the Southern Zone Age Group Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Smutny, 14, finished 16th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:12.86, 12th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.78 and was a member of the Florida Gold Coast’s seventh-place 400-meter medley relay in 4:35.41 with teammates Nicol Bellardi, Michelle Fenandez and Mariana Cote.

Mateus, 14, was 17th in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:02.67 with a time drop 0.67.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Ellery Eward, NCS 2:09.18; FGC: 5. Emma Herrera 2:12.80, time drop, 0.53; 13-14, 1. Kaylee Wu, STX 2:06.58; 15-18, 1. Amy Riordan, GA 2:07.59.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Savannah Branon, FL 35.42.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Delaney Franklin, SC 2:39.69; 15-18, 1. Isbella Gaskey, NCS 2:42.08.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Ella Freeman, NTX 1:05.89; FGC: 3. Sidney Araton 1:07.26, time drop 1.56, 8. Emma Herrera 1:08.43; 13-14, 1. Ava Whitaker, NTX 1:02.72; 15-18, 1. Payton Smith, GA 1:04.26.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. North Texas 4:31.66, 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:46.94 (Carolyn Powell, Bianca Nieto, Emma Herrera, Sidney Anton); 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 4:26.07, 7. Florida Gold Coast 4:35.41 (Nicol Bellardi, Michelle Fernandez, Maddie Smutny, Mariana Cote); 15-18, 1. North Carolina 4:29.84.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Maximus Williamson, NTX 2:04.71; 13-14, 1. Colton Rasmussen, FL 1:57.20; 15-18, 1. Nicholas Eunice, FL 1:56.70.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Ruihan Zhu, NTX 33.24; FGC: 3. Giulan Martin 33.47, 0.75 time drop, 8. Alessandro Pereira 35.47, 3.56 time drop.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Britton Spann, 2:28.39; FGC: 5. Dylan Smiley 2:32.79, time drop 2.52; 15-18, 1. Jackson Bates, GA 2:22.26.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Max Osman, NCS 1:03.82; FGC: 5. Lucas Bailey 1:06.75, time drop 0.48; 13-14, 1. Andrew Bleuez, GA 57.82; 15-18, 1. Lucas Thomas, KY 58.26.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. North Texas 4:24.92, 5. Florida Gold Coast 4:36.72 (Dylan Ferguson, Giulian Martin, Lucas Bailey, Riley Brisco); 13-14, 1. South Texas 4:05.87, 4. Florida Gold Coast 4:10.77 (Hudson Bishop, Dylan Smiley, Agustin Rodriguez, Mason Taylor); 15-18, 1. Team Georgia 4:02.32.

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