SOFLO Heads To USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships To Race Star-Studded Field


By Sharon Robb
ORLANDO, February 8, 2022—Two-time defending champion South Florida Aquatic Club continues the championship season at the USA Swimming Southern Zone South Sectional Championships.

The Speedo Championship Series four-day meet begins Thursday at Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Two sessions will open the meet with the combined 800-meter freestyle with a 3:15 p.m. start and 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke with a 6 p.m. start.

SOFLO has 34 swimmers qualified in 151 individual events and has 20 relay teams in 10 relay events.

SOFLO made club history in 2021 winning back-to-back Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. In February, SOFLO won the combined team title, was second among women and third among men. In July, SOFLO won the combined team title and boys team titles and girls were second.

The field features a Who’s Who in swimming with U.S. Olympians Katie Ledecky, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Natalie Hinds, Brazilian Olympian Bruno Fratus and Haitian Olympian Davidson Vincent heading the field.

In a fun opening matchup in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky, swimming unattached for Gainesville Swim Club (8:12.57) where she now trains and coaches, will go head-to-head with Swimmer of the Year Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast Aquatics (8:45.23). University of Florida-bound Mallory Schleicher of SOFLO is seeded seventh in 9:03.34. Ledecky and Stoneburg will go at it again in the 1500 freestyle.

SOFLO’s Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego is seeded second (27.81) behind U.S. Olympian Michael Andrew (26.84) in the 50-meter breaststroke. Horrego is seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.18.

SOFLO’s Maddy Smutny, 16, is seeded first in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.37 ahead of Azura’s Julimar Avila, 25, in 2:15.36. Schleicher is seeded third in the 400 IM in 4:53.96 and fifth in the 400 freestyle in 4:21.95. Elena Dinehart was seeded fourth in the 200 backstroke in 2:17.97. Olivia Dinehart is seeded fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:34.85.

Other SOFLO swimmers qualified are: Mariano Catalasan, 15; Javier Colmenares, 15; Gabriella DeLuna, 15; Elena Dinehart, 17; Elise Dinehart, 13; Olivia Dinehart, 17; Hashan Ekanayake, 15; Natalie Gembicki, 16; Alex Golding, 17; Sally Golding, 17; Ivan Grass, 16; Sophia Grubbs, 16; Zackary Harris, 17; Derek Hau, 14; Adrian Hernandez, 16; Dahlia Hirsh, 15; Stephen Kim, 16; Alejandro Mateus, 16; Manuel Melendez, 18; Alexander Miller, 15; Austin Nelson, 16; Sabrina Osorio, 17; Sara Quintero, 18; Wisthon Rendon, 17; Ricardo Roche, 22; Enrique Rodriguez, 17; Javier Roman, 18; Nicolas Sachade, 15; Ana Villamil, 16; Isabelle Wilson, 15; and Aldo Zepeda, 16.

Other top teams competing are Bolles, Azura Florida Aquatics, Gainesville Swim Club, Clearwater Aquatic Team, Flood Aquatics Swim Team, St. Andrew’s Aquatics, Sarasota Sharks and Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team.

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

What A Finish! Dressel, Finke, U.S. Men’s Relay Win Gold, Breaks World Record


By Sharon Robb
TOKYO, Japan, July 31, 2021–In an exciting finish to the eight-day swimming competition, the U.S. men came up big Saturday at the Olympic Aquatics Centre.

Caeleb Dressel, 24, won his fifth gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics joining the elite group of Michael Phelps, Matt Biondi and Mark Spitz as the only U.S. swimmers to win five gold medals in a single Olympic Games.

Dressel won the 50-meter freestyle in an Olympic record 21.07 and rallied the underdog 4×100-meter medley relay team to a gold medal and world record 3:26.78 to keep the U.S. team’s undefeated streak alive at 15. Dressel also won gold medals in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 4×100 free relay earlier in the week.

After strong relay legs from Ryan Murphy (52.31 split) and Michael Andrew (58.49 split), Dressel gave anchor leg Zach Apple (46.95 split) a half-second lead going into the freestyle leg. Dressel’s relay leg of 49.03 was the fastest in history. The U.S. had never lost the relay but were considered underdogs to Great Britain after barely qualifying for the final by 3/10ths of a second and ending up in Lane One for the final.

The relay broke a 12-year-old world record held by a U.S. team that included Phelps and Aaron Piersol at the 2009 World Championships.

Before the relay, Dressel won his sixth gold overall (in two Olympics) and fourth in Tokyo. With the second-fastest start (0.63), Dressel held off Frenchman Florent Manaudou, who had the quickest start (0.61), to win in 21.07. Manaudou took silver in 21.55.

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus, who trains at Coral Springs Swim Club, took the bronze in 21.57 for his first career Olympic medal at age 32. It was the 91st time Fratus has broken 22 seconds, more than any other swimmer in history.

St. Petersburg’s Bobby Finke did it again. Just as he did in the 800-meter freestyle to win gold, the University of Florida senior turned on the after jets in the final 50 with a 25.7 split to win the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:39.65.

It was the first time a U.S. male won the 1500 event since Mike O’Brien of Mission Viejo 37 years ago at the 1984 Olympic Games.

“This means the world to me,” Finke said. “I was just trying to hold on and get my hand on the wall.”

In the women’s championship medal finals:

Women’s 50-meter freestyle:
Aussie Emma McKeon, 27, won her sixth medal of the Games with an Olympic record time of 23.81 and another gold in the medley relay to become the most decorated Aussie swimmer in a single Olympics. She had the slowest start (0.70) but turned it on in the final 10 meters. Sweden’s world record holder Sarah Sjoestroem, 27, overcame a fractured elbow sustained in February when she slipped on ice, to take home the silver medal in 24.07 and her fourth Olympic medal of her career. She had the second fastest start (0.63). Denmark’s Pernille Blume, who had the fastest start (0.62) and was defending champion after winning in Rio, won the bronze in 24.21. Only 3/10ths of a second separated the field of eight women that had won 28 combined Olympic medals.

Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay: Three teenagers Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby and Torri Huske and Olympian Abbey Weitzeil, swimming anchor leg, just missed a gold medal by 3/100ths of a second. Australia won in an Olympic record 3:51.60, the eighth gold medal for the Aussies. The U.S. finished in 3:51.73. Canada was third in 3:52.60. The U.S. women had won 10 of the last 14 relay titles.

With the open water events still to come this week, the U.S. finished with 30 medals (11 gold, 10 silver, 9 bronze)and Australia earned 20 (9 gold, 3 silver, 8 bronze). Great Britain was third with 8 medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze). Twenty one nations managed to win at least one medal in Olympic swimming.

SATURDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

50-meter freestyle: 1. Emma McKeon, AUS 23.81, OR, 2. Sarah Sjoestroem, SWE 24.07, 3. Pernille Blume, DEN 24.21.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Australia 3:51.60, OR, 2. U.S. 3:51.73, 3. Canada 3:52.60.

MEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, US 21.07, OR, 2. Florent Manaudou, FRA 21.55, 3. Bruno Fratus, BRA 21.57.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, US 14:39.65, 2. Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR 14:40.66, 3. Florian Wellbrook, GER 14:40.91.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. US 3:26.78, WR, 2. Great Britain 3:27.51, ER, 3. Italy 3:29.17.

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

Lazor, Andrew, Murphy, Weitzeil Win; Lochte’s Bid For Fifth Olympics Ends With Seventh Place; Julia Podkoscielny Top FGC Finisher On Day Six Of Olympic Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 18, 2021—In an emotional storybook ending in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, training partners Annie Lazor and Lilly King finished first and second Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center.

It was one race King didn’t mind losing.

Lazor’s father David died two months ago unexpectedly at home. It was King who not only drove five hours to his funeral but promised Lazor’s mother she would look after her, motivate her and do everything it took to get her on the Olympic team.

The two trained together in Bloomington with King’s coach Ray Looze leading up to the Trials. Before stepping on the blocks, King, who had already won the 100 breaststroke and Lazor just missing a spot finishing third, looked over at Lazor and told her she loved her and let’s go get it.

Lazor broke open a close race to win in 2:21.07 and King finished second in 2:21.75. The two immediately hugged and slapped the water in jubilation.

At 26, Lazor is the oldest American woman to qualify for her first Olympic team in 17 years.

“I knew what her plan was and she knew what my plan was and we just wanted to do it together,” a teary-eyed Lazor said. “I’m just overcome with emotion. It’s been a long couple of months for me and I just couldn’t have done it without this girl. She pulled me through practice every day. I am so thankful for her.

“I knew she was going to be out fast. I knew if I could just hang with her and be within striking distance at the 100 I had a chance. It couldn’t have gone any better.”

Added King, “We’re family. Your teammates are always your family especially with the year we’ve been through and last couple of months for her. You have two of the top 200 breaststrokers training every day in practice so good things are going to happen.”

On the other end of the emotional spectrum, world record holder Ryan Lochte, looking to make his fifth Olympic team, saw his hopes end with a seventh place finish in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.67.

Lochte was second fastest qualifier in 1:58.48 in prelims and sixth fastest in 1:58.65 in semis but was unable to put the race together that he wanted.

“I really wanted to be on this Olympic team,” Lochte said. “This is probably my most important swim meet that I’ve ever had in my entire career, the one that meant the most to me. So falling short and feeling like I let everyone down was one of the hardest things.

“This ain’t the end of the road, there is a lot more I want to accomplish in swimming whether it’s in the pool or outside the pool making swimming better,” Lochte said. “I’m enjoying it, I’m having fun teaching these kids everything I’ve learned. I’m going to go be a dad now and go hug my kids.”

Michael Andrew, 22, of MA Academy controlled the 200 IM from start to finish to win in 1:55.44. He went out quickly in the butterfly in a 23.77 split and was on world record pace until the final 50. Chase Kalisz was second in 1:56.97.

“The goal this evening was to edge a little closer to the world record,” Andrew said. “I don’t know if it was fatigue or race strategy. I think I was out too fast, and it hurt me on the back end. I was really trying to drive the line, but my arms were shot. In this race, my strategy wasn’t really good. I was just thinking about how far they were behind. It got very sloppy at the finish, all things we can be working on.”

World record holder and reigning Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy, 25, of California Aquatics, swept the backstroke events after winning Friday’s men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.20.

The Bolles alum was 55.31 at the 100 and just blew off the 150-meter wall to extend his lead. It was the second fastest time in the world this year. Bryce Medford of Sierra Marlins was second in 1:54.79. Former Sarasota swimmer Austin Katz of Longhorn Aquatics was third in 1:55.86.

“I accomplished my goals,” Murphy said. “I am so excited to be going back to the Olympics in the 100 and 200 back. I’m obviously ecstatic to make another team in both races but I don’t think the times are necessarily reflective of where I’ve been in practice.

Asked where he is at right now compared to five years ago before going to Rio, Murphy said, “I think I’m certainly better at training. The details are a little sloppy right now but that’s nice. I know exactly where I can improve over these next five weeks to be a little bit better in Tokyo.”

In the women’s 100-meter freestyle, Abbey Weitzeil, 25, found her back speed to win her first Trials event in 53.53. Erica Brown, swimming in Lane 8 after knocking out Simone Manuel for that eighth spot in finals, was second in 53.59. The pair will be joined by Olivia Smoliga (53.63) and Natalie Hinds (53.84) on the 4×100 relay. For Hinds, Tokyo will be her first international trip.

“It means everything,” Weitzeil said. “I was nervous. Taming your nerves is definitely person by person in how you do that. This is the most nervewracking meet I have ever been to. It’s a different meet. Being more confident helps. I’ve learned to get past the negative thoughts.”

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming was 43rd in the 200 backstroke in 2:18.07 in her final event of the Trials.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics will swim the 50-meter freestyle on Saturday.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Saturday’s events are: (Morning Session), men’s 50 freestyle prelims, women’s 50 freestyle prelims, men’s 1,500 freestyle prelims; (Evening session) men’s 100 butterfly final, women’s 200 backstroke final, women’s 800 freestyle final, men’s 50 freestyle semifinal, women’s 50 freestyle semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
The five-day meet, which begins Saturday, at Toronto’s Pan Am Sports Centre will determine who competes for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics. No fans are allowed in the venue. The meet had been delayed in April and again in May because of pandemic-related restrictions. It is the first time the entire Canadian team has gathered in one place since the 2019 World Championships in South Korea. Five women and one man were named to the Canadian team in January to compete in their best event(s): Kylie Masse (100 and 200 backstroke), Maggie MacNeil (100 butterfly), Penny Oleksiak (200 freestyle), Sydney Pickrem (200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley), Taylor Ruck (100 freestyle) and Markus Thormeyer (200 backstroke).

FRIDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Annie Lazor, Mission Viejo 2:21.07, 2. Lilly King, Indiana Swim Club 2:21.75, 3. Emily Escobedo, COND 2:22.64.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal 53.53, 2. Erika Brown, Tennessee Aquatics, 3. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 53.63, 4. Natalie Hinds, Athens Bulldogs 53.84.

MEN
200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Cal 1:54.20, 2. Bryce Mefford, Sierra Marlins Swim Team 1:54.79, 3. Austin Katz, Longhorn Aquatics 1:55.86.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Michael Andrew, MA Swim Academy 1:55.44, 2. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:56.97, 3. Kieran Smith, UFlorida 1:57.23.

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

Ledecky, Huske, Andrew Win Spots On Olympic Team; Erika Pelaez Top FGC Finisher On Day Two Of Olympic Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 14, 2021—Katie Ledecky made her third consecutive Olympic team Monday night in front of an electrifying crowd of 8,000 at CHI Health Center.

The only time Ledecky trailed in the women’s 400-meter freestyle was coming off the blocks in third place. After that it was all Ledecky. By the halfway mark she was more than a full body length ahead with a 1:57.64 split.

Ledecky, 24, went on to win in 4:01.27. Paige Madden of NCAA women’s champion University of Virginia was second in 4:04.86.

“I was in the ready room and I had this moment, it was surreal that we are even here,” Ledecky said referring to the year’s delay because of the pandemic. “It was a great feeling to be here and lock in my spot.

“I thought I was a lot faster so I was a little surprised at the time, again it was my first race here. It’s just good to check the box and hopefully have some good swims the rest of the week.”

While the world record holder will be one of the veterans of the U.S. team, two new fresh teenage faces will compete in the 100-meter butterfly in Tokyo.

Torri Huske, 18, of Arlington Aquatic Club won the butterfly in an American, U.S. Open and course record 55.66, just off the world record of 55.48, set at the 2016 Rio Olympics by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. It was the second time in two days Huske lowered the American record. Huske’s swim was the third fastest performance in history and fastest time in the world this year. Huske went out in 25.65.

Claire Curzan, 16, of TAC Titans (N.C.), who scratched from the 100 backstroke heats to rest for the 100 butterfly final, was second in 56.43 and is the youngest on the U.S. team so far. Four months ago she won a state high school title in the same event.

“It was just so exciting,” Huske said. “This is something I wanted. I can’t even explain it with words. I was way more excited to race than I was nervous. This is just so surreal. I feel like it’s more than a dream come true. I can’t believe it’s really happening.”

After unprecedented back-to-back American records in prelims and semifinals, Michael Andrew, 22, of Race Pace Club finally lived up to expectations since he turned pro at age 14, winning the 100-meter breaststroke and landing a spot on his first Olympic team.

Andrew won a close race in 58.73, 1/100th of a second ahead of Andrew Wilson. Andrew led after the first 50 in 26.90 but then it came down to a sprint and touch at the end.

“We did it,” Andrew said. “I didn’t do it alone. I wouldn’t be here without my mom, my dad, my coach, my sister. We have been through a hectic season. To have my team here is a dream come true.”

Andrew is believed to be the first to ever set an American record in both the prelim and semifinal rounds at a U.S. Olympic Trials.

“It’s surreal,” Andrew said about making the team. “It’s one of those things that I have been waiting five years for this moment to come back and get to swim. I am blessed, I don’t deserve it. It’s God’s grace and I’m just so grateful to be here. We worked hard for it. It’s hard to put into words. I’m just so grateful.

Six-time Olympic champion Ryan Lochte, 36, failed to qualify for the semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle. He finishied 25th in 1:49.23. Lochte scratched from the 100 backstroke. His best shot most likely will be the 200 IM later this week.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics was top Florida Gold Coast finisher. She won her heat and finished 23rd overall in the 100 backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.36. She moved from 15th to ninth in the 13-14 national age group rankings. She has the 50-and 100 freestyles left to swim. She is one of the youngest swimmers at Trials.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 20, of University of Florida was 35th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:17.51, off her best time of 4:14.38. She has the 200 IM left to swim.

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST, 41st in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 55.91, bettering his previous best of 55.99. He has the 200 backstroke left to swim.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming has the 200 IM on Tuesday and 200 backstroke remaining and Alex Evdokimov, 25, of Pinnacle Racing (VA) and formerly Coral Springs Swim Club, has the 200 breaststroke left to swim.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter will have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Tuesday’s events are: (Morning Prelims Session), Women’s 200 freestyle prelims; men’s 200 butterfly prelims; women’s 200 individual medley prelims; women’s 1,500 freestyle prelims; (Evening Session), Women’s 200 freestyle semifinal; men’s 200 freestyle final; women’s 100 backstroke final; men’s 100 backstroke final; women’s 100 breaststroke final; men’s 200 butterfly semifinal; women’s 200 individual medley semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

MONDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

100-meter butterfly: 1. Torri Huske, AAC 55.66, 2. Claire Curzan, TAC 56.43, 3. Kate Douglass, UVA 56.56.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP 4:01.27, 2. Paige Madden, UVA 4:04.86, 3. Leah Smith, CLCK 4:06.27.

MEN
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, RPC-SI 58.73, 2. Andrew Wilson, ABSC 58.74, 3. Nic Fink, ABSC 58.80.

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

Kalisz, Smith, Weyant Win On Opening Night Of U.S. Olympic Trials; Alex Evdokimov Top FGC Finisher


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 13, 2021—Chase Kalisz became the first swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic team Sunday night at the Olympic Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center.

Trailing by three seconds in the 400-meter individual medley going into the breaststroke, Kalisz, 27, of Athens Bulldogs powered his way back to win in 4:09.09, second fastest time in the world this year, and make his second consecutive Olympic team.

Training mate Jay Litherland, a dual U.S. and Japan citizen, reeled in early leader Carson Foster in the final 20 meters to finish second in 4:10.33.

Kalisz was hugged by good friend and legendary Michael Phelps after he climbed out of the pool.

“This is the Olympic Trials, times don’t matter, it’s all about racing,” Kalisz said. “I knew where I needed to be. I made my move right where I needed to make my move and I’m happy how it played out.

“It’s been a rough year, I guess a tough two years, but to make the Olympic team with my teammate Jay who I get to train with every single day, that’s the coolest part.”

In the second final of the night, Kiernan Smith, 21, of University of Florida, not only had to win but had the pressure of having to swim FINA’s “A” qualifying time of 3:46.78. He did just that, winning in a personal-best 3:44.86, fastest time in the world this year. No other swimmer in the field made the qualifying cut.

Smith took it out hard in the first half of the race and had at least a body length lead and was on American record pace for the first 200 meters.

“I knew there was a little pressure to make that time considering no Americans had made it so far this year,” Smith said. “I was confident with myself after a pretty relaxed morning swim. I really just wanted to pounce on the first 200 and stay out there and make it a one-man race if I could.

“All that was going through my head in the last 100 was I am about to be an Olympian,” Smith said. “It sounds incredible to make my first Olympic team. I couldn’t imagine that five years ago when I was first here.”

In a thrilling women’s 400-meter individual medley race, 19-year-old Emma Weyant of Sarasota Sharks making her Trials debut, came on strong in the final 50 meters against two veterans to pull off the shocker and win in a best time 4:33.81 and earn a spot on the team.

Flickinger led after the butterfly and backstroke legs with Weyant in striking distance. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, down five seconds, surged back into contention after the breaststroke leg. All three were even on the final 50 turn with 1/10th of a second separating them. Weyant turned it on in the final 20 meters with Flickinger just behind her.

“I just put my head down in the last 50, it hurt a lot but having all those amazing girls to race was awesome,” said Weyant, who deferred going to school at Virginia for a year to train for the Trials in Sarasota. “I had to learn about making a race plan and today was just about racing. To hear I am an Olympian is crazy, I can’t even believe it.”

In the women’s 100-meter butterfly semifinal, 18-year-old Torri Huske of Arlington Aquatics broke the American record in 55.78, erasing Dana Vollmer’s mark of 55.98.

In a span of eight hours, Michael Andrew, 22, broke the American record twice in prelims and semifinals of the 100-meter breaststroke. With two explosive starts, Andrew broke Kevin Cordes’ 2017 American record of 58.64 by nearly a half second in 58.19, in morning prelims. He came back at night to break it again in the semifinals in 58.14.

Four of the five qualified Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed on opening day with only one advancing into the semifinals.

In the morning prelims of the 100-meter breaststroke, Alex Evdokimov, 25, of Pinnacle Racing (VA) and formerly Coral Springs Swim Club, finished eighth in a best time 1:00.22 to qualify for the semifinals where he finished fifth in 1:00.64 and failed to make finals by two spots placing tenth. He was seeded tenth in 1:00.47. He has the 200 breaststroke left to swim.

In other Florida Gold Coast results:

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 20, of University of Florida was 21st in the 400 IM in 4:47.94 off her best time of 4:46.12. She has the 400 freestyle and 200 IM left to swim.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming, was 25th in the 400 IM in 4:48.72, off her best time of 4:44.83. She has the 200 IM and 200 backstroke remaining.

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST, was 37th out of a field of 38 swimmers in 4:32.24, off his best time of 4:25.79. He has the 100 and 200 backstroke events left to swim.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics will start racing on Monday. She has qualified in the 100 backstroke, 50-and 100 freestyles.

Before Sunday’s prelims, 36-year-old Ryan Lochte scratched from the 400 IM. It is the first time since 2000 he has not competed in the event.

Two surprises in morning prelims were Zane Grothe (400 freestyle) and Madisyn Cox (400 freestyle) failing to make finals. Grothe had competed in the event in two World Championships and under 3:46. He struggled to a 3:50.80 to place 11th. Cox was 10th in 4:44.36, off her best time of 4:36.61, that would have placed her second seed in finals.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter will have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Monday’s events are: (Morning Prelims Session), women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 breaststroke, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 400 freestyle; (Evening Session), women’s 100 butterfly final, men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 breaststroke semifinal, men’s 100 breaststroke final, women’s 400 freestyle final, men’s 100 backstroke semifinal and women’s 100 backstroke semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING TRIALS
Ten months after her father died from a brain tumor, Kaylee McKeown, 19, broke the women’s 100-meter backstroke world record in 57.45. The previous mark was 57.57 set by Regan Smith in 2019. Emily Seebohm, 29, swimming next to her, was second in 58.59 and qualified for her fourth Olympic team.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Emma Weyant, Sarasota Sharks 4:33.81, 2. Hali Flickinger, SUN 4:33.96, 3. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:34.08.

MEN
400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs Swim Club 4:09.09, 2. Jay Litherland, Dynamo 4:10.33, 3. Carson Foster, RAYSOFH 4:10.86.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Kiernan Smith, UFlorida 3:44.86, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 3:48.17, 3. Ross Dant, NCS 3:48.30.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Two More World Records Fall, Le Clos Knocks Off Dressel On Day Three Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships; Atkinson Goes For Second Gold On Day Four


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 13, 2018—Swimmers from Russia and United States broke world records Thursday on Day Three of the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships.

Kirill Prigoda of Russia won the 200-meter breaststroke in a world and championship record 2:00.16. The previous record was 2:00.44 set by Germany’s Marco Koch in November 2016. Prigoda’s best finish before his record performance was a bronze in Doha in 2014.

Prigoda’s record swim was only the second individual world record of the meet.

“I didn’t think about breaking the world record before the competition,” Prigoda said. “When I was standing in front of the pool, my mind was clear and my eyes focused on the water. I just wanted to swim faster and faster. I am happy that my parents were both swimmers and that I am their son. But during the day-to-day training, I just try to swim fast. I think this is why I am here, why I am in swimming, and why I will be here tomorrow and next year”.

The U.S. mixed 4×50-meter medley team broke the second world record. The team of Olivia Smoliga, Michael Andrew, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Caeleb Dressel broke the previous U.S. world record of 1:37.17 in 1:36.40. The Netherlands was second in 1:37.05 and Russia was third in 1:37.33.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club qualified third for the 100-meter individual medley final in 58.20. Hungarian world and championship record holder Katinka Hosszu is seeded first in 57.69 and Japan’s Runa Umai is second in 58.04. In addition to the 100IM, Atkinson also has the 100-meter breaststroke on Day Four.

In other Thursday finals:

In a thrilling showdown, South African Chad le Clos won his fourth consecutive gold medal beating American Caeleb Dressel in the 100-meter butterfly in 48.50. Dressel never challenged Le Clos to place second in 48.71. China’s Li Zhuhao was third in 49.25.

“It was the biggest race of my short course career,” Le Clos said. “I was up against the best field by far and this was the main event of the whole week. I am very grateful I got the gold, it was a tough race. I was anxious because I was waiting the whole day for this, the whole week and the past three months because I knew this one could come.

“After the first night, people thought I was winded and I have always told them that is the biggest mistake they can make because after I have lost I come back much stronger. Tonight was important. I needed the win tonight”.

Without American Katie Ledecky in the field, China’s Wang Jianjiahe breeze to the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:04.35. The 16-year-old was under world record pace until the 350-meter mark. Simona Quadarella of Italy was second in 8:08.03 and American Leah Smith was third in 8:08.75.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in a championship record 51.14. Teammate Femke Heemskerk, the fastest qualifier, was second in 51.60. American Mallory Comerford was third in 51.63.

While Hungarian Katinka Hosszu faltered to fourth in the 200-meter backstroke, Americans Lisa Bratton (2:00.71) and Kathleen Baker (2:00.79) finished one-two. Aussie Emily Seebohm was third in 2:01.37.

“It is my first World Short Course Championships, I was nervous,” Bratton said. “After having to adjust my body from the long travel, I do feel good this week and expected to win a medal. I felt very excited tonight. I took these championships as an important experience to learn from those big names and to learn how to swim in short course”.

Other Florida swimmer results:

14. Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago, American Heritage Plantation, 50-meter backstroke, 23.73; 34. 50-meter freestyle, 21.98.

30. Patrick Groters, Aruba, NSU University School/Pine Crest Swimming, 100-yard individual medley, 56.56.

55. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, Surinam, Metro Aquatics, 50-meter freestyle, 22.52.

61. Jhonny Perez, Dominican Republic, Azura alum, 50-meter freestyle, 23.00.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only events where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

A field of 960 swimmers, with several top names missing, from 178 countries are competing for 46 world titles over six days at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Tennis Centre. The center is uniquely shaped like a lotus bowl with an 8,000-seat capacity.

Prelims are 9 a.m. in China, 8:30 p.m. EST in the U.S. Finals are 7 p.m. in China and 6 a.m. EST in the U.S.

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

Andrew Steals Spotlight Again; Bastian, Groters, Santander Top FGC Finishers On Day Five Of FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 27, 2017—After an impressive triple the night before, American Michael Andrew had enough left in the tank for an encore on Day Five of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Sunday at Indiana University Natatorium.

Andrew swam a lifetime-best 23.22 in the 50-meter butterfly to break his own world junior and meet record (23.27). He is now tied with Brazilian Cesar Cielo for seventh fastest time in the world this year.

Among top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Izaak Bastian, representing the Bahamas was 22nd in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.14.

Aruba’s Patrick Groters of Pine Crest Swimming and University School was 26th in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.34.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander of Venezuela tied for 31st in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.82.

Azura Florida Aquatic’s Jorge Depassier of Chile was 42nd in the 100-meter freestyle heats in 51.81.

Azura’s Jose Diaz of Honduras tied for 74th in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.86.

Among Sunday’s other meet performances:

Canada continued to dominate the relay competition winning the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay in a world junior and meet record in 3:36.19 with Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak, Rebecca Smith and Kayla Sanchez, ahead of the U.S. in 3:39.69. It was Canada’s fourth relay gold medal.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello, 17, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:59.51 with a 16-second margin of victory. She broke the world record by six seconds. It is the fourth fastest swim in the world this year behind Katie Ledecky, Mireia Belmonte and Simona Quadarella.

Canada’s Jade Hannah and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai tied for the gold medal in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.93.

Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez won the 400-meter individual medley in a meet record 4:14.65.

The six-day meet, held every two years, features 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries. The meet concludes on Monday.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on nbcsports.com. The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.

SUNDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 15:59.61, meet record; 2. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 16:15.68, 3. Gestido Cons, Spain 16:17.84.

50-meter backstroke: 1. tie, Jade Hannah, Canada 27.93 and Natsumi Sakai, Japan 27.93, 3. Grace Ariola, USA 28.11.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Canada 3:36.19, (Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak, Rebecca Smith, Kayla Sanchez), world junior, meet record, 2. USA 3:39.69, 3. Japan 3:40.59.

MEN

50-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Andrew, USA 23.22, world junior, meet record, 2. Andrel Minakov, Russia 23.53, 3. Kristof Milak, Hungary 23.72.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 4:14.65, meet record, 2. Marton Barta, Hungary 4:15.65, 3. Balazs Hollo, Hungary 4:16.78.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

American Michael Andrew Triples And Takes Center Stage On Day Four Of FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 26, 2017—Michael Andrew, the youngest male in U.S. Swimming history to turn pro at age 14, is making a name for himself four years later.

On Day Four of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Saturday at Indiana University Natatorium, Andrew broke one world junior record and tied two more.

He won the 50-meter backstroke, tying his own world junior and meet record in 24.63.

In the 50-meter butterfly semifinal, he swam 23.27, another world junior record. He also broke his own meet record of 23.48 he swam in prelims.

Thirty minutes after his first swim, he won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.75, tying his world junior and meet record he swam in Friday’s semifinals.

In Florida Gold Coast swims:

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander of Venezuela was 32nd in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:22.70

Miami Columbus senior Brandon Vives of the Dominican Republic was 57th in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.96.

St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Izaak Bastian, 16, representing the Bahamas was 27th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:21.09.

Azura Florida Aquatic’s Amarsanaa Ganbaatar of Mongolia was 54th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:47.16.

Among Saturday’s top meet performances:

Hungary knocked off favorite USA by 0.01 seconds in a world junior and meet record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Ajna Kesely of Hungary won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:06.72.

Ireland’s Mona McSharry knocked off top-seed Faith Knelson of Canada to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.10.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee broke her own world and meet record (25.51) to win the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 25.46.

Miku Kojima of Japan won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.42.

The six-day meet, held every two years, features 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries. The meet concludes on Monday.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on nbcsports.com. The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

50-meter butterfly: 1. Rikako Ikee, Japan 25.46, world junior and meet record, 2. Sara Junevik, Sweden 26.18, 3. Rebecca Smith, Canada 26.22.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Mona McSharry, Ireland 1:07.10, 2. Faith Knelson, Canada 1:07.47, 3. Zoe Bartel, USA 1:07.63.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 4:06.72, 2. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 4:08.33, 3. Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, Russia 4:08.73.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Miku Kojima, Japan 2:12.42, 2. Kayla Sanchez, Canada 2:12.64, 3. Cyrielle Duhamel, France 2:13.31.

MEN

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, USA 2:10.77, 2. Reece Whitley, USA 2:10.82, 3. Zac Stubblety-Cook, Australia 2:10.90.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Michael Andrew, USA 24.63, world junior and meet record, 2. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 25.30, 3. Kacper Stokowski, Poland 25.38.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Andrew, USA 21.75, 2. Maxime Grousset, France 22.25, 3. Leonardo Deplano, Italy 22.31.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Hungary 7:10.95 (Richard Marton, Kristof Milak, Balazs Hollo, Nandor Nemeth), world junior, meet record, 2. USA 7:10.96, 3. Russia 7:11.39.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Andrew Breaks Third National Age Group Record; Azura Wins Combined Team Title

Andrew Breaks Third National Age Group Record; Azura Wins Combined Team Title


By Sharon Robb

March 16, 2014

Michael Andrew broke a 27-year-old national age group record Sunday night to close out the Speedo Championships Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Andrew, 14, who had already broken the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly national 13-14 age group records earlier in the meet, broke the 100-meter freestyle record in 51.30 and finished fourth.

He broke the 27-year-old mark of 51.59 set by Noel Strauss in 1987. At the time, Strauss was 13 and junior national champion.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks won another event, this time the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.71.

Pine Crest Swimming won the 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:02.23 with Caroline Nava, Marta Ciesla, Hannah Veale and Jessica Nava.

Azura swept the men’s top two spots in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Azura Florida Aquatic captured the combined team title and men’s team title. Blue Dolfins won the women’s team titles.

Even though South Florida Aquatic Club only competed the first two days, the women’s team was third overall and the team finished sixth in the combined team standings.

Next up for Florida Gold Coast teams will be the March 21-23 Senior Championships hosted by South Florida Aquatic Club.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic 857.5, 2. Blue Dolfins 721.5, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 508.5, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 405, 5. Loyola Blakefield 370, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club 343, 7. Club Wolverine 290, 8. Gator Swim Club 249, 9. Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club 249, 10. Toronto Swim Club 212.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Blue Dolfins 349, 2. Pine Crest 299.5, 3. SOFLO 271, 4. Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club 242, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 195.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic 690.5, 2. Blue Dolfins 372.5, 3. Loyola Blakefield 251, 4. Club Wolverine 214, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 210, 13. SOFLO 72.

WOMEN RESULTS

200-meter butterfly: 1. Kahra Williams, Gator Swim Club 2:19.22, 2. Josefina Lorda Taylor, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:19.71, 3. Mary Clancy, Loyola Blakefield 2:21.38.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Patricia Castro Ortega, SwimMAC 56.44, 2. Theresa Michalak, Unattached 56.83, 3. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 57.34.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Martha McCabe, TSC 2:30.69, 2. Emily Kopas, Unattached 2:35.70, 3. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:38.29.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:14.71, 2. Fernando Gonzalez Ramirez, Gator Swim Club 2:17.89, 3. Georgia-Mae Hohmann, Unattached 2:22.28.

400-meter freestyle relay: 1. Pine Crest 4:02.23 (Caroline Nava, Marta Ciesla, Hannah Veale, Jessica Nava), 2. Blue Dolfins 4:03.54, 3. Azura 4:07.80.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Emily Brunemann, Club Wolverine 8:57.23, 2. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 9:17.30, 3. Daniella Vandenberg, Azura 9:20.69.

MEN RESULTS

200-meter butterfly: 1. Zack Chetrat, TSC 2:02.50, 2. Luke Torres, Unattached 2:03.37, 3. Luis Martinez, Azura 2:07.40.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Miguel Ortiz, Club Wolverine 50.72, 2. Thiago Sickert, Unattached 51.12, 3. Mario Todorovic, Bolles 51.26, 4. Michael Andrew, Indie Swimming 51.30.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Anton Lobanov, Bolles 2;17.66, 2. Julio Horrego, Hialeah 2:24.76, 3. Marco Guarente, Azura 2:24.83.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club 2:01.73, 2. Matt Myers, TSC 2:04.91, 3. Matthew Swanson, Newmarket 2:05.25.

400-meter freestyle relay; 1. Azura “A” 3:34.73 (Carlos Herrera, Luis Martinez, Mateo Gonzalez, Joshua Romany), 2. Azura “B” 3:40.50 (Marco Guarente, Nico Medina, Fernando Alatorre, Arvin Moradi), 3. Swim Fort Lauderdale 3:42.49.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Klueh, Club Wolverine 15:32.62, 2. Marcelo Acosta, Unattached 15:35.73, 3. Joey Pedraza, Azura 15:56.53.

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

Michael Andrew Breaks Second National Age Group Record At Speedo Sectionals In Plantation

Michael Andrew Breaks Second National Age Group Record At Speedo Sectionals In Plantation


By Sharon Robb

March 15, 2014

Teenage sensation Michael Andrew broke his second national age group record in two days on Saturday at the Speedo Championships Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships at Plantation Aquatic Complex.

Andrew, 14, bettered his own national 13-14 age group record in the 100-meter backstroke in 56.83 and became the first 14-year-old to go under 57 seconds in the event in U.S. swimming history. His splits were 27.97 and 28.86.

His previous record was 57.13 he set at the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando last month.

Andrew finished third in the event behind winner Junya Koga of Club Wolverine (54.78) and Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin of the New York Athletic Club in 55.83.

Andrew also broke the national age group record in the 100-meter butterfly on Friday.

Andrew has four events remaining on Sunday, the 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 backstroke.

The Florida Gold Coast had two individual champions and one relay winner on Saturday night.

University of Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.35, second in the 400-meter freestyle and was third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:20.96.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Marta Ciesla, 15, won the 50-meter freestyle in 26.14 against a good field.

Azura Florida Aquatic swept the top two spots in the 400-meter medley relay. The “A” team of Mateo Gonzalez, Alex Morgan, Luis Martinez and Joshua Romany won in 3:54.91 and “B” team of Fabio Guimaraes, Marco Guarente, Arvin Moradi and Carlos Herrera won 3:56.22.

Azura Florida Aquatic leads the combined and men’s team standings. South Florida Aquatic Club remains the women’s leader with 271 points even though it competed only the first two days of the meet.

The four-day meet concludes on Sunday with prelims and finals.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic 598, 2. Blue Dolfins 528, 3. South Florida Aquatic Club 383, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 346, 5. Loyola Blakefield Aquatics 264, 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 251, 7. Guelph Marin Aquatic Club 249, 8. Club Wolverine 205, 9. Toronto Swim Club 154, 10. FLA 154.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 271, 2. Blue Dolfins 257, 3. Guelph Marin Aquatic Club 242, 4. Pine Crest 192, 5. Azura 110.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic 488, 2. Blue Dolfins 271, 3. Loyola Blakefield 178, 4. Pine Crest 154, 5. Club Wolverine 149.

WOMEN’S EVENTS

100-meter backstroke: 1. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:02.35, 2. Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez, GSC 1:02.76, 3. Hannah Gouger, LBA 1:05.48, 4. Emma Ball, GMAC 1:06.31, 5. Abbey Duncan, CAT 1:06.46.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Theresa Michaelak, Unattached 2:14.92, 2. Samantha Stratford, GMAC 2:20.06, 3. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:20.96, 4. Barbara Caraballo, Unattached 2:21.97, 5. Vanessa Treasure, TSC 2:22.55.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 26.14, 2. Patricia Castro Ortega, MAC 26.87, 3. Paige Schultz, TSC 26.93, 4. Catalina Mendieta, PAQ 27.04, 5. Rebecca Smith, RDSC 27.26.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Emily Brunemann, Club Wolverine 4:21.56, 2. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 4:26.30, 3. Jenna Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 4:22.03, 4. Patricia Castro Ortega, MAC 4:34.44, 5. Geena Squartino, SwimFast 4:34.63.

400-meter medley relay: 1. GMAC 4:22.75, 2. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:28.82, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 4:31.57, 4. Blue Dolfins 4:35.58, 5. Loyola Blakefield 4:37.54.

MEN’S EVENTS

100-meter backstroke: 1. Junya Koga, Club Wolverine 54.78, 2. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC 55.83, 3. Michael Andrew, IS 56.83, 4. Matthew Swanston, NSC 57.27, 5. Thiago Sickert, Unattached 57.81.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Nikita Denisyako, GSC 2:03.93, 2. Luke Torres, Unattached 2:07.28, 3. Quinn Cassidy, Unattached 2:07.46, 4. Colin Roddy, LBA 2:11.38, 5. Carlos Herrera, Azura 2:11.81.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Miguel Ortiz, Club Wolverine 22.91, 2. Zachary Hayden, Club Wolverine 22.99, 3. Renzo Tjon A Joe, Unattached 23.08, 4. Mario Todorovic, Bolles 23.16, 5. Thiago Sickert, Unattached 23.41, 6. Michael Andrew, IS 23.45

400-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Klueh, Club Wolverine 3:55.24, 2. Frank Despond, TSC 3:59.79, 3. Nicholas Alexiou, Unattached 4:02.70, 4. Joey Pedraza, Azura 4:05.41, 5. Logan Samuelson, SWIM 4:06.08.

400-meter medley relay: 1. Azura Florida Aquatic “A” 3:54.91, 2. Azura Florida Aquatic “B” 3:56.22, 3. Blue Dolfins 4:02.23, 4. Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:06.71, 5. Loyola Blakefield 4:07.31.

IF YOU GO

What: Speedo Championships Series Southern Zone South Sectional Championships

When: Sunday

Schedule: Sunday, prelims 9 a.m., finals 5 p.m.

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second Street, Plantation

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For information call 954-452-2526.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com