Michael Phelps Shares Advice About Mental Health Of Athletes During COVID-19 Lockdown


By Sharon Robb

April 3, 2020—Michael Phelps, one of the greatest athletes of all-time, has great insight and first-hand experience when it comes to athletes’ mental health.

The world record holder and Olympic gold medalist has been a public advocate for mental health and has talked openly about his own struggles.

Phelps said the coronavirus lockdown is hard for anyone, but for athletes including swimmers, there is an extra mental strain to go from a highly active lifestyle of training and competing to isolation and boredom.

The most decorated athlete in Olympic history had a mentally tough time after the 2012 London Olympics Games. He was arrested for drunk driving and ended up battling depression and anxiety. He was suspended by USA Swimming and he spent nearly two months in rehab.

Phelps, 34, married with two sons, is now involved with several business ventures and swimwear company.

“Your whole life is based on the play and then you get an unexpected turn of events,” Phelps said. “Mental health is of the utmost importance.

“As athletes, we’re so regimented,” Phelps said. “At this point, all the work is done. We’re just fine-tuning the small things to get to this point. Now it’s like, ‘Oh … we’re not competing.’ All these emotions start flaring up. I really think mental health is so important right now.”

Phelps said the key is keeping things as simple as possible.

“Just control what you can control,” he said. “We’re in such uncharted waters. We’re getting all these big questions thrown at us: What if? What if? What if? It’s so hard to understand. We’re having a hard time just wrapping our head around it.”

While stay-at-home orders in effect across the country can take their toll on swimmers and other athletes of all ages, experts recommend athletes stick to routines, focus on what can be controlled and use their extra time for a hobby or online virtual training with their coaches and trainers to maintain their mental health.

Phelps also feels for Olympians and Olympic hopefuls who had their dream of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics put on hold and now rescheduled for 2021.

“There’s such a wave of emotions,” Phelps said. “Honestly, my first thought was I was relieved (about the postponement). Now, there’s more of a chance that we can beat this thing and do what we need to do to save as many lives as possible.”

Phelps is also among some of the world’s greatest athletes that have joined together to create “Athletes For Relief” raising money for COVID-19 response efforts.

Phelps has joined Steph Curry, Simone Biles, Jack Nicklaus, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Hawk and more than 100 athletes for disaster philanthropy to support those impacted by the pandemic.

The athletes and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have launched AthletesRelief.org. The athletes have donated signed memorabilia for fans to bid on through May 1.

Unlike a typical auction, all fans who donate a minimum of $25 for an item will be entered into a raffle at the end of the campaign. All proceeds will go to Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is supporting frontline healthcare workers and clinics, food security, and distribution of needed products, with a focus on assistance to vulnerable communities.

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

Dressel, Smith Break World Records, Manuel Sets American Record On Day Six Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 26, 2019—Caeleb Dressel continued his historic run on Day Six of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Friday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

The University of Florida and Bolles Sharks Club alum pursuit of history continued when he broke one of Michael Phelps’ 10-year old world records, this time in the 100-meter butterfly semifinals in 49.50. Phelps record was 49.82 set in 2009. Dressel now owns six of the 10 fastest time in history.

Dressel came back to earn the top seed after the 50-meter freestyle semifinals in 21.18, just 3/100ths of his American record.

Another world record was broken in the semifinals of the women’s 200-meter backstroke. Seventeen-year-old teenager Regan Smith broke Missy Franklin’s record of 2:04.06 set when Franklin was also 17 at the 2012 London Olympics. The high school senior broke the record in 2:03.35.

“I don’t know how to put it into words,” said Smith during her on-deck interview.

Defending champion Simone Manuel held on to win the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and set an American record swimming in Lane 1. Manuel won in 52.04. Aussie Cate Campbell took silver in 52.43 and world record holder Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden was the bronze medalist in 52.46. Manuel is only the second woman to repeat as a champion in this event.

Russian Yuliya Efimova won the 200-meter breaststroke to become the first woman to three-peat in 2:20.17. South African Tatiana Schoenmaker was second in 2:22.52 and Canadian Sydney Pickrem was third in 2:22.90.

Russian Evgeny Rylov knocked off three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy to win the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.40. The Bolles alum took silver in 1:54.12 and Brit Luke Greenbank was bronze medalist in 1:55.85.

Russia won its third goal medal of the night when Anton Chupkov won the 200-meter breaststroke in a world record 2:06.12. Aussie Matthew Wilson, who had broken the world record at 2:06.67 in semis, was second in 2:06.68 and Japan’s Ippei Watanabe was third in 2:06.73.

Australia won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:00.85. Russia took silver in 7:01.81 and the U.S. hung on for the bronze in 7:01.96.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club was 36th in the 50-meter butterfly 27.49.

U.S. Olympian and world record holder Katie Ledecky, still not 100 percent, qualified second in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:17.42 behind teammate Leah Smith in 8:17.23.

Among other former or current Florida Gold Coast swimmer results: 50-meter freestyle, 21. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, Suriname 22.33; 41. Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago 22.65, 82. Jorge Depassier, Chile 24.29; 50-meter butterfly, 41. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 28.45.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

TV Schedule: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/07/17/swimming-world-championships-tv-stream-schedule/

Live Results: http://omegatiming.com

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

Hungarian Teenager Breaks Phelps World Record On Day Four Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 24, 2019—Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak broke Michael Phelps’ 10-year-old record in the 200-meter butterfly by nearly 8/10ths of a second Wednesday on Day Four of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

In front of a deafening crowd on its feet, Milak, 19, won in 1:50.73 to highlight world championship action. Milak had already won his semifinal in 1:52.96 and last year he swam 1:51.71 so he was poised to flirt with the record.

Phelps’ record was 1:51.51 at the 2009 World Championships in Rome during the era of the high-tech super suits.

Milak had the same first half split as Phelps did in 52.88 and went a full 0.78 on the back half after a great turn at the wall to blow away the field. Milak slapped the water in jubilation after he touched.

Milak is the first teenager to win a world title in the event since Phelps at age 18 in 2003.

“It is an amazing feeling,” said Milak who climbed out of the pool to a standing ovation and bowed twice in gratitude. “When I turned back and saw the time, all the pressure, all the tension just got off my back and all the joys came out.

“I tried to switch off everything, and I tried not to think of swimming at all before the race. It’s a tremendous honor to set such a great record.”

“There was a lot of chatter on the deck but this kid is 19…19 years old,” said NBC commentator Rowdy Gaines in a state of disbelief.

Milak’s 3.13-second margin of victory also overtakes Phelps for the largest in history. At the 2007 Championships in Melbourne, Phelps won by 3.04 seconds in 1:52.09 (which broke the world record by 1.62 seconds).

Phelps was asked about the world record performance after the race and said “Records are made to be broken.

“As frustrated as I am to see that record go down, I couldn’t be happier to see how he did it,” Phelps said. “That kid’s last 100 meters was incredible. He put together a great 200 fly from start to finish.”

Phelps owned the world record since 2001. His streak of 18 years was the longest for one men’s event in swimming.

Japan’s Daiya Seto was second in 1:53.86 and South African Chad Le Clos took bronze in 1:54.15. Le Clos was out under world record pace through the first lap before Milak overtook the lead after 150 meters.

“Unbelievable race, really,” Le Clos said. “Probably one of the greatest races ever.”

Phelps, 34, still holds world records in the 100-meter butterfly, which he broke in 2009, and the 400-meter individual medley, which he set in 2008.

In other finals:

Italian Federica Pellegrini, at 31 the oldest swimmer in the final, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.22. Without Katie Ledecky in the field, the only swimmer in her way was Aussie 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus. It was her fourth career gold and record eighth consecutive medal in her signature event. Pellegrini is training to make her fifth Olympic team in Tokyo next year.

“I am too old for this,” Pellegrini joked after the race.

Titmus, who knocked off Ledecky earlier in the week, took silver in 1:54.66 and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was third in 1:54.78. Sjostrum was administered oxygen on the pool deck after the race and later said she had a headache.

Australia came from behind to win the mixed 4×100 medley relay, with Cate Campbell reeling in American Simone Manuel on the final lap.

Mitch Larkin, Matthew Wilson, Emma McKeon and Campbell won in 3:39.08. Caeleb Dressel swam a blistering butterfly leg to haul the Americans from fourth to first before turning it over to Manuel for the anchor leg. But she couldn’t hold off a charging Campbell.

Ryan Murphy, Lilly King, Dressel and Manuel took silver in 3:39.10.

The crowd clapped along to the Italian national anthem for a second time when Gregorio Paltrinieri won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:39.27. Henrik Christiansen of Denmark earned silver and David Aubry of France took bronze.

Brit Adam Peaty cruised to a win in the 50-meter breaststroke, a non-Olympic event. He won in 26.06 seconds, adding to his 100 breast gold medal. Brazilians Felipe Lima and Joao Gomes Junior took silver and bronze.

Among past or current local swimmers results: 100-meter freestyle, 16. Dylan Carter, Trinidad & Tobago 48.77; 39. Renzi Tjon-A-Joe, Suriname 49.85; 200-meter individual medley, 47. Julio Horrego, Honduras 2:11.10 and 48. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:11.38.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

TV Schedule: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/07/17/swimming-world-championships-tv-stream-schedule/

Live Results: http://omegatiming.com

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

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Michael Phelps Coming To South Florida, Key Note Speaker At Best Of Preps Banquet On May 24


By Sharon Robb

WEST PALM BEACH—Swimming great Michael Phelps is making a rare South Florida appearance next month.

The most decorated Olympic athlete in history with 28 medals, including a record 23 gold, will be keynote speaker at the Palm Beach Post’s first Best of the Preps banquet, Friday, May 24 at Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Phelps, who competed at five Summer Olympics, will hold a question-and-answer session during his appearance.

The Palm Beach Post and Phelps will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 high school student-athletes at the inaugural Best of Palm Beach County Preps awards banquet.

The Palm Beach Post is the only newspaper in South Florida to honor its high school athletes at a banquet with a keynote speaker of such stature.

“Mark your calendars now. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime evening that our high school athletes, families and coaches will never forget,” Palm Beach Post Publisher Tim Burke said in a recent story in the popular newspaper.

The Best of the Preps banquet is sponsored by Florida Crystals, Keiser University and Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline. It will honor Palm Beach County high school athletes who earned first-team honors for the fall, winter and spring sports. The male and female athletes of the year in each sport will be announced that night as well as the overall Male and Female Athletes of the Year and Coach of the Year.

The banquet will also feature a sit-down dinner.

Since his retirement from swimming in August 2016, the Baltimore native started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. He recently has been focusing on mental health issues, specifically working with teenagers on bullying on social media and dealing with severe depression and anxiety and has been quite candid with sharing his own experiences with depression. He also has partnered his foundation with KidsHealth.org to launch a mental health program for at-risk youth.

The 33-year-old Phelps and his wife Nicole, the parents of two boys, 2-year-old Boomer and 14-month old Beckett, are expecting their third child. They now reside in the Arizona desert in Paradise Valley.

If asked about coming out of retirement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Phelps will shoot that idea down.

“For me, there’s no way. Just because I don’t have any goals. I have no goals I want to accomplish in the pool,” Phelps said. “If I did, I think it would be fun to come back, but it’s time to keep turning the page.

“We have a ton of stuff going on and stuff I’m really excited about, being able to talk about water conservation and being able to talk about mental health,” Phelps said. “There’s so many things that are big passions of mine and that keep me going.”

The event is Friday, May 24, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at the link http://palmbeachpost.com/pbcpreps.
Deadline to purchase tickets is May 17th unless it sells out earlier. The general admission ticket includes dinner, the awards ceremony and Phelps. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, right off I-95.

ATKINSON WINS GOLD

After a slow start, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian won a gold medal on her final day of competition in the recent TYR Pro Swim Series at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond, Va. The 30-year-old won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.58, fourth fastest time in the world and under the World Championships “A” standard of 31.22.

MARCOUX GETS TRIALS CUT

Florida Gold Coast and Yale swimmer Philippe Marcoux made his Olympic trial cut in the 50-meter freestyle recently at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The Canadian and Fort Lauderdale High graduate swam a career-best 23.15 at the April 7 Canadian Swimming Trials. It was one of six events he swam. He also went 59.11 in the 100 backstroke, 24.69 in the 50 butterfly, 50.77 in the 100 freestyle, 56.14 in the 100 butterfly and 1:56.37 in the 200 freestyle.

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

Olympic Great Michael Phelps Shares His Greatest Weakness On Sunday Morning Radio Show


By Sharon Robb

September 8, 2018—-Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will share his most intimate weakness on Sunday at 7 a.m. on radio station 102.7 FM, The Beach.

Along with a star-studded lineup of artists and celebrities, Phelps will take part in the “I’m Listening” broadcast dedicated to ending the stigma of talking about mental health.

Phelps is no stranger to stress, anxiety and depression. He will share his story in a candid, honest and eye-opening conversation about how he has struggled over the years and how in 2014 he began to seek help and discover tools to help him address his mental health concerns.

“There are so many people that go through the same exact things that I do,” Phelps said. “It makes me human. There have been a lot of bumpy points through my life. But that’s what makes me me.”

Phelps won 23 gold medals including eight in Beijing, six in Athens, five in Rio de Janeiro and four in London. While it seemed like Phelps was on top of the world, he had to deal with some very dark moments.

After years of battling depression, Phelps credits finally being able to talk about what he had been storing away as ultimately saving his life.

Phelps recently announced a partnership with Talkspace, which helps connect those in need with therapists through a computer, tablet or smartphone, to help to remove some of the stigma associated with mental health, especially for those who are reluctant to seek-out help in person or may not have the financial means.

Entercom is helping to raise awareness in mental health and suicide prevention with the two-hour live commercial-free broadcast as part of its multi-platform “I’m Listening” campaign.

The broadcast will air across all of the company’s stations nationwide Sunday at 7 a.m. and via their livestreams on Radio.com to mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week.

Listeners will have the opportunity to participate via a live call-in option and interactive website.

“I’m Listening” is one of our Signature Productions meant to save lives, while simultaneously creating awareness for this truly lethal silent threat,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “The number of people impacted by mental health issues is staggering. The effect it has on their lives, and lives of their friends and families is devastating. If we help save just one life or help remove the stigma around mental illness, our time will have been well spent. We can’t solve this issue during one program, but we can be part of a vast network working every day to help and serve those affected.”

The year-long campaign also includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and a dedicated website with information and resources to end the stigma around mental health discussions.

Other panelists and guests are Grammy winning singer Alessia Cara; Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder; singer songwriter Brantley Gilbert; Halestorm founder and singer Lzzy Hale; Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins; Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves; Dr. Chris Nowinski; singer Charlie Puth; pop star Bebe Rexha; former pro football player Barret Robbins; radio host BJ Shea; the band Shinedown; Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda; Stone Temple Pilots; Sugarland and psychologist Dr. Ursula Whiteside.

If someone you know is going through a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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

Manuel, Phelps Make History On Day 6 Of Olympic Games


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2016—-It was a historical night Thursday at the Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Stanford junior Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic title in swimming.

Manuel, 20, tied Canadian 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak in the 100-meter freestyle for the gold in an Olympic and American record of 52.70.

“This medal is not just for me,” a teary-eyed Manuel said. “It’s for a whole bunch of people that came before me and have been an inspiration to me. It’s for all the people after me, who believe they can’t do it. And I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it.”

Both Manuel and Oleksiak knocked off world record holder Cate Campbell of Australia.

Phelps continued his remarkable journey in his final Olympic appearance. Phelps became the first swimmer to win an individual event in four consecutive Olympics.

Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.66 for his 22nd career gold medal. Japan Kosuke Hagino took the silver in 1:56.61.

Phelps also became the most decorated gold medalist in Olympic history. He broke a 2,168-year-old record set by ancient Greek athlete Leonidas Rhodes. Phelps now has 13 individual gold medals, breaking Rhodes’ record of 12 in the hoplitodromos he set in 164 BC.

In what was built up as a much-anticipated showdown between Phelps and longtime rival Ryan Lochte, never materialized. Lochte faded to fifth after leading midway through the race.

“As a kid, I wanted to do something that no one had ever done before and I’m enjoying it,” said Phelps, 31. “I want to finish my career how I want to, so that’s what I’m doing.”

Lochte, who had qualified in only one individual event, said he isn’t ready to decide about his future in swimming. He did say he was moving to California.

“I can’t say this is over,” Lochte said. “If anything, I think especially that race, it helped motivate me. There are a lot of things I need to change in the next four years if I want to come back into the sport. But for right now I think I need a break mentally and physically.”

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy of University of California at Berkeley won his second gold medal with a win in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.62 to extend the United States’ remarkable 20-year dominance of the event.

Murphy, 21, took the lead at the 100-meter mark and pulled away from the field.

“The 200 back is an event that I really have to dig deep for,” Murphy said. “That’s the one I wanted really bad.”

In one of the biggest disappointments, world record holder and defending champion Missy Franklin failed to make the final eight in the 200-meter backstroke. She finished in 2:09.74, nearly six seconds slower than her record time.

Franklin, 21, has struggled to regain her winning form of the 2012 Olympics. Franklin broke down and cried in the pool after the backstroke and was comforted by teammate Maya DiRado. In 2012, she won four gold medals and a bronze.

“I really wish I could tell you,” Franklin said. “In my mind, I made the hardest sacrifices I’ve ever had to make this year. I’ve poured myself into this every single day for the whole year and three years leading up to that. For whatever reason it’s just not happening at this meet. ”

DAY 7: FRIDAY

AFTERNOON SESSION: Noon, Women’s 50-meter freestyle heats; 12:38 p.m., Men’s 1500-meter freestyle heats; 2:28 p.m., Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay heats; 2:46 p.m., Men’s 4×100-meter medley relay heats.

EVENING SESSION: 9:03 p.m., Women’s 200-meter backstroke final; 9:12 p.m., Men’s 100-meter butterfly final; 9:20 p.m., Women’s 800-meter freestyle final; 9:44 p.m., Men’s 50-meter freestyle final; 9:56 p.m., Women’s 50-meter freestyle semifinals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Murillo-Valdes Ends Olympic Journey; Phelps, Ledecky, Team USA Come Up Big


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2016—-South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jorge Murillo-Valdes competed in his final event Tuesday at the Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Murillo-Valdes, 24, competed in the 200-meter breaststroke finishing 28th overall in 2:12.81.

Earlier in the week, he broke the Colombian national record in the 100-meter breaststroke and finished 14th in 59.93. It was the first time he ever advanced past the preliminary round.

“Today ends for me this great experience of my first Olympic Games,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “National record, semifinal and a lot of things to improve. Today I close my cycle. Rio 2016 opens up the new with very good expectations for Tokyo 2020.”

The United States continued to dominate particularly Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky.

In their first meeting since the 2012 London Olympic final of the 200-meter butterfly which Phelps lost to South African Chad Le Clos, Phelps reclaimed his gold medal in 1:53.36. Phelps led after the first 100 meters.

It was Phelps 20th gold medal and 24th Olympic medal overall since his debut in Athens, Greece as a teenager. It also his third victory in the event, also winning in 2004 and 2008. It was his first individual medal of the Games after opening with a relay victory.

Phelps, 31, held off Japan’s Masato Sakai who silvered in 1:53.40. Phelps also won another gold medal as a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay for his 21st gold and 25th medal overall.

The butterfly race was won by 4/100ths of a second, the smallest margin of victory ever in the history of the race.

“I was pretty far up after that individual race,” Phelps said. “It was the race I wanted back. I did everything to win the race. I don’t care about the time. I just wanted to win. That event was my bread and butter. That was the last time I’ll ever swim it.

“It was a challenging one tonight. It is mind blowing to talk about everything that Bob and I have achieved for the sport. I think we can call it mission accomplished.”

Phelps was joined on the winning 4×800 relay by Connor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte who won in 7:00.66.

“That was probably one of my most challenging doubles,” Phelps said. “Doing a double like that is a lot harder than it once was.”

After breaking her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle, Ledecky was pushed to the limit before winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:53.73 ahead of favorite Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.

Ledecky has yet to lose an international race since her debut at the 2012 Olympics.

“I just let it happen,” Ledecky said. “I saw I had the lead. I wasn’t going to let it go. I had to dig deep. That was the closest I have come to throwing up in a race. Every part of my body hurt at the end of the race.”

In other events:

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu withdrew from the 200-meter butterfly heats to save her energy for the 200-meter individual medley which paid off in another gold medal in 2:06.58, her third of the Games. American Maya DiRado took the bronze in 2:08.79.

“Amazing, I honestly can’t believe I have three golds,” Hosszu said. “I am very excited. I can’t believe I have three gold medals.”

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY

AFTERNOON SESSION: Noon, Women’s 100-meter freestyle heats; 12:23 p.m., Men’s 200-meter backstroke heats; 12:45 p.m., Women’s 200-meter breaststroke; 1:07 p.m., Men’s 200-meter individual medley; 1:29 p.m., Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

EVENING SESSION: 9:03 p.m., Men’s 200-meter breaststroke final; 9:09 p.m., Women’s 100-meter freestyle semifinals; 9:25 p.m., Men’s 200-meter backstroke semifinals; 954 p.m., Women’s 200-meter butterfly final; 10:03 p.m., Men’s 100-meter freestyle final; 10:08 p.m., Women’s 200-meter breaststroke semifinals; 10:55 p.m., Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com