Florida Sweeps Auburn In SEC Dual Meet, Kathleen Golding Wins 200 IM


GAINESVILLE, January 24, 2022— University of Florida men’s and women’s teams swept the Auburn Tigers Saturday in a dual meet at the O’Connell Center.

The men’s team won 201-99 and women’s team won 184-116 in the Gators’ final home meet of the season. Florida won 23 out of 32 events and had 13 athletes gain B-cuts.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, a junior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.28. She was also third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.77 and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.23.

Senior and two-time Olympic gold medalist Bobby Finke won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:46.25. Gulliver Prep alum Miguel Cancel was sixth.

Olympian Kieran Smith won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:18.16.

The Gators swept the men’s 100 butterfly. Eric Friese was first in 47.56; Isaac Davis second in 47.99 and Jace Crawford third in 48.01.

Newcomer Alberto Mestre took his first win as a Gator in the 100 freestyle in 44.38. Mestre was third in the 50 freestyle.

“We had a good meet today against Auburn,” Florida coach Anthony Nesty said. “We are thankful for Auburn making the trip to compete with us. We are three weeks from Conference and we still have quite a bit of work to do. We will continue to press forward toward our goals and try our best to remain healthy in the process.

“Today was a special day as we celebrated Senior Day. It was a very emotional time for our seniors especially since it was their last home meet.

“The entire team certainly has demonstrated tremendous resilience over the past couple of years and I am extremely proud of each one them.”

The Gators head to Auburn, Ala. for the Auburn Last Chance Invitational on February 4-6 for their last meet before the SEC Championships on February 15-19.

WOMEN’S RESULTS
Florida 184, Auburn 116

3-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 343.65, 2. Carina Lumia, UF 307.05, 3. Elettra Neroni, UF 302.78.

1-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 284.55, 2. Elettra Neroni, UF 280.50, 3. Carina Lumia, UF 275.85.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Auburn B 1:40.25, 2. Florida B 1:40.62, 3. Auburn A 1:40.90.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:49.61, 2. Anna Auld, UF 9:49.67, 3. Lain Shahboz, UF 10:00.83.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 1:46.61, 2. Micayle Cronk, UF 1:46.69, 3. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:48.77.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Talia Bates,UF 53.74, 2. Ellie Waldrep, AUB 53.99, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 55.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Anastasia Makarova, AUB 1:00.41, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:02.52, 3. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:02.58.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Amanda Ray, UF 1:58.42, 2. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:59.02, 3. Nikki Miller, UF 2:00.64.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Ekaterina Nikonova, UF 22.68, 2. Lexie Mulvihill, AUB 22.83, 3. Katie Mack, UF 22.96.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 48.60, 2. Mykenzie Leehy, AUB 49.88, 3. Katie Mack, UF 50.34, 4. Kathleen Golding, UF 51.23.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Meghan Lee, AUB 1:56.48, 2. Rosie Zavaros, UF 1:57.23, 3. Ellie Waldrep, AUB 1:59.07.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Anastasia Makarova, AUB 2:14.20, 2. Olivia Peopls, UF 2:15.62, 3. Carly Cummings, AUB 2:15.88.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Tyler Mathieu, UF 4:46.61, 2. Elise Bauer, UF 4:49.78, 3. Lain Shahboz, UF 4:52.83.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.26, 2. Lexie Mulvihill, AUB 54.54, 3. Avery Bargeron, AUB 54.65.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Kathleen Golding, UF 2:00.28, 2. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:00.29, 3. Meghan Lee, AUB 2:02.76.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Auburn A 3:23.20, 2. Florida B 3:25.23, 3. Auburn B 3:26.94.

MEN’S RESULTS
Florida 201, Auburn 99

1-meter diving: 1. Conner Pruitt, AUB 372.83, 2. Leonardo Garcia, UF 315.83, 3. Hunter Kebler, AUB 311.85.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 413.03, 2. Conner Pruitt, AUB 397.58, 3. Anton Svirskyi, UF 332.93.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:27.50, 2. Auburn A 1:27.56, 3. Florida C 1:28.26.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 8:55.93, 2. Bobby Finke, UF 8:56.58, 3. Jack Vandeusen, UF 9:10.42.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kieran Smith, UF 1:32.96, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:36.25, 3. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:38.21.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Aidan Stoffle, AUB 48.15, 2. Nathaniel Stoffle, AUB 48.31, 3. Adam Chaney, UF 48.65.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Reid Mikuta, AUB 53.39, 2. tie, Raphael Windmuller, UF and Julian Smith, UF 55.22.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Mason Laur, UF 1:46.68, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 1:47.70, 3. Mason Mathias, AUB 1:48.88.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.01, 2. Will Davis, UF 20.17, 3. Alberto Mestre, UF 20.21.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Alberto Mestre, UF 44.38, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 44.51, 3. Trey Freeman, UF 44.62.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 1:46.25, 2. Lleyton Smith, AUB 1:46.44, 3. Andrew Simmons, AUB 1:46.65.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Reid Mikuta, AUB 1:58.79, 2. Raphael Windmuller, UF 1:59.64, 3. Peter Bretzmann, UF 2:00.28.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Kiernan Smith, UF 4:18.16, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 4:20.65, 3. Michael Bonson, AUB 4:27.89.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Eric Friese, UF 47.56, 2. Isaac Davis, UF 47.99, 3. Jace Crawford, UF 48.01.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julian Smith, UF 1:48.81, 2. Seth Maschmeier, AUB 1:50.34, 3. Reid Mikuta, AUB 1:50.45.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Florida A 2:57.07, 2. Florida 2:57.17, 3. Auburn 2:59.63.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads Large Florida Gold Coast Contingent At FINA Short Course World Championships; Big Prize Money On The Line


By Sharon Robb
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, December 13, 2021–World record holder Alia Atkinson is expected to take her final bow this week at the 15th FINA Short Course World Championships at Etihad Arena.

The five-day meet begins Thursday and ends Tuesday, Dec. 21. Etihad Arena is Yas Island’s new multi-purpose arena set on the stunning waterfront at Yas Bay.

Atkinson will be joined by SOFLO teammate and 2020 Olympian Julio Horrego, representing Honduras.

Atkinson, a five-time Jamaican Olympian who turned 33 on Dec. 11, is expected to retire from the sport at the end of the year. She recently completed her International Swimming League season with the London Roar, that finished third in the final playoffs.

Atkinson competed in her fifth Olympics in Tokyo where she finished third in her 100-meter breaststroke heat and failed to qualify for the semifinals. She did final in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016 where she finished fourth and eighth respectively.

She told the Jamaica Observer, “If you see me next year, then ask me what happened because that’s not the plan right now.”

Atkinson announced after Tokyo it was her final Olympic appearance.

“It’s funny, looking back the years went by so fast and before I realized it I was looking at the end of it,” Atkinson said. “I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything.”

Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2014 FINA Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She tied the World Record and gave Jamaica its first swimming gold medal at World Championships. She also took silver in the 50-meter breaststroke in Doha.

The following August, she became the first Jamaican swimmer to win a long course worlds medal when she took bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke and silver in the 50-meter breaststroke at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan.

Atkinson broke her own world record (28.64) in the 50-meter breaststroke (28.56) at the short course meters 2018 World Cup. Later that year she added two more World Championship gold medals in the 50- and 100-meter breaststrokes and bronze in the 100-meter individual medley.

FINA announced the prize money pool for the meet is more than $2.8 million, including a 50 percent increase in prize money for individual swimmers. There will also be a $50,000 bonus for any swimmer who breaks a world record.

The top eight individual payoffs for first through eighth place are $10,000, $8,000, $7,000, $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

In addition to Atkinson and Horrego, the Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented.

Azura Florida Aquatics is sending eight swimmers. They are Steven Aimable, Senegal; Julimar Avila, Honduras; Nicole Frank, Uruguay; Yeziel Morales, Puerto Rico; Maria Fe Munoz, Peru; Kerry Ollivierre, Grenada; Joaquin Vargas, Peru; and Sidrell Williams, Jamaica.

American Heritage Plantation alum and two-time Olympian Dylan Carter will represent Trinidad and Tobago.

St. Andrew’s alum and Florida State swimmer Izaak Bastian will represent the Bahamas.

Gulliver Prep alum and University of Florida senior Miguel Cancel, who trains summers at SOFLO, will represent Puerto Rico.

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

Florida Gators Sweep Georgia Bulldogs In Season Home Opener; Kathleen Golding Takes Two Seconds; Katie Ledecky Swims Men’s Exhibition 200, 500


By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, October 29, 2021–Florida and Georgia renewed their longtime rivalry in a dual meet Thursday and Friday at the O’Connell Center.

The Gator women defeated the Bulldogs, 153-147, and the men’s team won, 180-120.

Florida leads the all-time series with an overall record of 62-19-3 including 8-4-1 in the last eleven dual meets.

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, a junior, was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02, third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.09 and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.17. She also swam anchor on the Gators’ runnerup 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:18.48.

Freshman Molly Golding was seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:22.09.

Freshman Anna Auld, another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:53.26 and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.76.

Senior Miguel Cancel, who trains summers at SOFLO, was third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.68, fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:48.36 and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.05.

Several of the Gators big guns including Olympians Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke did not compete.

Ten-time Olympic medalist and 15-time World Champion medalist Katie Ledecky, now training in Gainesville and working as a volunteer coach, competed in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

Ledecky swam against the men in the 500 and finished in 4:30.55 in an exhibition, which would have easily won the women’s event. One of the most decorated swimmers in history also swam 1:42.80 in the 200.

The diving competition was held Thursday.

Florida heads next to Tallahassee to meet Florida State on Friday, Nov. 5.

The men’s team is ranked third and women ranked ninth in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) preseason poll.

WOMEN
Florida 153, Georgia 147

3-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 350.05, 2. Maha Amer, UF 304.73, 3. Carina Lumia, UF 282.15.

1-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 315.83, 2. Maha Amer, UF 292.73, 3. Meghan Wenzel, UG 292.13.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Georgia A 1:39.72, 2. Florida A 1:40.08 (Aris Runnels, Olivia Peoples, Amanda Ray, Gabrielle Hillis), 3. Georgia B 1:41.22.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:43.77, 2. Abigail McCulloh, UG 9:47.89, 3. Anna Auld, UF 9:53.26.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Dune Coetzee, UG 1:47.52, 2. Micayla Cook, UF 1:47.75, 3. Kathleen Golding, UF 1:48.09.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Talia Bates, UF 54.01, 2. Eboni McCarty, UG 54.38, 3. Millie Sansome, UG 55.08.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, UG 1:00.76, 2. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:01.78, 3. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:02.18.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Dakota Luther, UG 1:57.00, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 1:57.83, 3. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:58.51.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 22.63, 2. Gabi Fa’Amausilli, UG 22.81, 3. Gabrielle Hillis, UF 23.12.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 48.82, 2. Maxine Parker, UG 49.96, 3. Micayla Cronk, UF 50.33.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 1:56.64, 2. Millie Sansome, UG 1:58.28, 3. Lain Shaboz, UF 2:00.33.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, UG 2:12.25, 2. Danielle Dellatorre, UG 2:14.02, 3. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:14.17, 7. Molly Golding, UF 2:22.09.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Abigail McCulloh, UG 4:45.38, 2. Nikki Miller, UF 4:49.18, 3. Elise Bauer, UF 4:49.57, 5. Anna Auld, UF 4:49.76, 6. Kathleen Golding, UF 4:51.17.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Dakota Luther, UG 53.51, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 53.75, 3. Amanda Ray, UF 54.09.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Zoie Hartman, UG 1:59.27, 2. Kathleen Golding, UF 2:02.00, 3. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:02.02.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Georgia A 3:18.20, 2. Florida A 3:18.48 (Talia Bates, Micayla Cronk, Gabrielle Hillis, Kathleen Golding), 3. Georgia B 3:23.88.

MEN
Florida 180, Georgia 120

1-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 330.90, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 309.30, 3. Nolan Lewis, UG 283.20.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 394.65, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 335.55, 3. Timothy Fagan, UG 285.68.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:25.71 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Will Davis), 2. Georgia A 1:26.48, 3. Georgia B 1:29.65.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, UG 8:55.24, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 8:58.58, 3. Brennan Graveley, UF 9:03.30.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 1:34.41, 2. Gerry Quinn, UF 1:37.1, 3. Jake Magahey, UG 1:37.35, 6. Jorge Depassier, UF 1:39.49.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, UF 47.23, 2. Wesley Ng, UG 47.81, 3. Ian Grum, UG 48.43.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 54.82, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 55.38, 3. Julian Smith, UF 56.02.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Luca Urlando, UG 1:42.09, 2. Andrew Abruzzo, UG 1:45.77, 3. Jace Crawford, UF 1:47.13, 5. Miguel Cancel, UF 1:48.36.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Will Davis, UF 19.83, 2. Eric Friese, UF 19.99, 3. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.02.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gerry Quinn, UF 44.02, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 44.14, 3. Zach Hils, UG 44.22, 6. Jorge Depassier, UF 45.64.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Ian Grum, UG 1:43.49, 2. Bradley Dunham, UG 1:46.15, 3. Mitchell Norton, UG 1:47.48, 5. Miguel Cancel, UF 1:48.05.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Dillon Hillis, UF 2:00.31, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:00.46, 3. Kevin Vargas, UF 2:00.68.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, UG 4:16.95, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 4:19.01, 3. Trey Freeman, UF 4:21.43; Exhbition, Katie Ledecky, UNA-UF 4:30.55.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Luca Urlando, UG 45.61, 2. Eric Friese, UF 46.65, 3. Wesley Ng, UG 48.31.

200-yard individual medley:

  1. Luca Urlando, UG 1:45.12, 2. Zach Hils, UG 1:47.64, 3. Miguel Cancel, UF 1:49.68.

400-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Florida A 2:55.67 (Eric Friese, Adam Cheny, Will Davis, Alfonso Mestre), 2. Florida B 2:58.20, 3. Georgia A 2:58.99.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Golding Sisters Compete First Time Together For Florida Gators In Season-Opener; Florida Gold Coast’s Anna Auld Picks Up First College Win


By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, October 2, 2021–University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2021-22 collegiate season with impressive wins over Florida Atlantic University Saturday morning at FAU Aquatic Center.

Veteran UF swimmer Kathleen Golding was joined by younger sister Molly Golding making her collegiate debut.

Kathleen Golding, 20, swam anchor leg on the third place 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:48.04 with teammates Katherine Minnich, Eleanor Hatton and Kenady Bell. She also swam an exhibition 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.74.

The sisters teamed up as members of the Gators “C” 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:34.74 with teammates Aris Runnels and Mabel Zavaros. Kathleen led off and Molly swam second leg.

Molly Golding, 18, swam anchor on the Gators’ D 200-yard medley relay that finished fourth in 1:48.21 with teammates Celismar Guzman, Ellie Zweifel and Georgia Bates. She also picked up three points finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.50. She also swam an exhibition 100-yard freestyle in 55.61.

Another swimmer with SOFLO connection, Miguel Cancel, 22, was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.28 and fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.02). He also swam exhibitions in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.59 and 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:04.48.

The women won all 16 events while the men won 15 out of 16 events. The Gators swept 13 out of the 32 events.

Freshman Raphael Rached Windmuller, Anna Auld, Oliva Peoples and Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero all picked up their first collegiate win at FAU. Transfer Maha Amer, won the 3-meter, earning her first win as a Gator.

Auld, a Forest Hill High School alum from West Palm Beach, trained and competed with East Coast Aquatic Club and St. Andrew’s Swimming during her FGC club career. She won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:51.39.

Olympians Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith, fresh off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, got back in competitive waters. Finke, double Olympic gold medalist, won the 200 backstroke in 1:46.88 and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay. Smith, an Olympic bronze medalist, won the 100 backstroke in 49.26.

“Today was a good start to the season.” said Gators head coach Anthony Nesty. “This gives us a baseline that we needed to work from. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we will continue to focus on our team objectives daily.

“This meet gave the freshmen their first opportunity to travel and experience competition on the road. On Monday, we will be back to work. Many thanks to our dedicated staff who remain committed and focused on team goals. Thank you also to our Administration who greatly support our program with passion.”

The Gators next meet is Oct. 29 against Georgia at home.

WOMEN
Florida 655.8, Florida Atlantic 572.8

200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida A 1:43.73, 2. Florida B 1:44.51, 3. Florida C 1:48.04.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Elise Bauer, UF 9:59.17, 2. Anna Auld, UF 10:06.10, 3. Leah DeGeorge, UF 10:12.25.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 1:49.32, 2. Nikki Miller, UF 1:50.34, 3. Gabriella Hillis, UF 1:52.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 56.47, 2. Katherine Minnich, UF 56.73, 3. Aris Runnels, UF 57.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Cecilia Porter, UF 1:03.31, 2. Olivia Peoples, UF 1:04.72, 3. Molly Golding, UF 1:06.50.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:01.23, 2. Amanda Ray, UF 2:01.58, 3. Nikki Miller, UF 2:03.15.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Talia Bates, UF 23.06, 2. Gabrielle Hillis, UF 23.59, 3. Georgia Bates, UF 23.89.

1-meter diving: 1. Elizabeth Perez, UF 324.15, 2. Maha Amer, UF 297.75, 3. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 286.27.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nikki Miller, UF 51.68, 2. Kasia Sziek, FAU 53.90, 3. Michaela Bernard, FAU 55.07.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Celismar Guzman, UF 2:01.90, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:05.77, 3. Kirsty Hobson, FAU 2:08.57.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Tylor Mathieu, UF 2:14.58, 2. Mary Adam, FAU 2:27.28, 3. Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, FAU 2:28.93.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Anna Auld, UF 4:51.39, 2. Maggie Casey, FAU 5:08.31, 3. Kasia Sziek, FAU 5:16.38.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Olivia Peoples, UF 54.91, 2. Grace Molinaro, FAU 56.77, 3. Dolores Margni, FAU 57.85.

3-meter diving: 1. Maha Amer, UF 315.90, 2. Alicia Mora Herencia, FAU 294.60, 3. Elizabeth Perez, UF 287.40.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Mabel Zavaros, UF 2:05.16, 2. Riley Trout, FAU 2:11.64, 3. Grace Molinaro, FAU 2:15.41.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 3:28.63, 2. FAU A 3:35.46, 3. FAU B 3:41.67.

MEN
Florida 685.9, Florida Atlantic 589.9

200-yard medley relay: 1. UF A 1:27.95, 2. UF B 1:30.65, 3. FAU A 1:32.88.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Nicholas Hernandez-Tome, UF 9:15.80, 2. Tyler Watson, UF 9:17.91, 3. Jack Van Deusen, UF 9:20.24.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, UF 1:36.82, 2. Oskar Lindholm, UF 1:39.04, 3. Adam Cheney, UF 1:40.39.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kieran Smith, UF 49.26, 2. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 51.50, 3. Dillon Hills, UF 51.58.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Eric Friese, UF 55.25, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 56.50, 3. Mateusz Dubas, UF 56.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Jace Crawford, UF 1:48.42, 2. Alfonso Mestre, UF 1:48.53, 3. Rateb Hussein, FAU 1:50.54.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Will Davis, UF 20.22, 2. Macguire McDuff, UF 20.36, 3. Kieran Smith, UF 20.46.

1-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 351.90, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 280.87, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 257.47.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Eric Friese, UF 43.87, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 45.75, 3. Jackson Kirk, FAU 47.24.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 1:46.88, 2. Max Ahumada Valdovinos, FAU 1:54.63, 3. Taylor Eaton, FAU 1:55.31.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Raphael Rached Windmuller, UF 2:02.11, 2. Nick Shaffer, FAU 2:09.50, 3. Quinn Lacoursiere, FAU 2:12.70.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Brennan Gravley, UF 4:29.97, 2. Timo Paisley, FAU 4:41.23, 3. Logan Thornsberry, FAU 4:47.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Rateb Hussein, FAU 48.92, 2. Jace Crawford, UF 49.13, 3. Jake Blair, FAU 52.39.

3-meter diving: 1. Leonardo Garcia, UF 379.80, 2. Nicholas Lydon, UF 341.02, 3. Brandon Wegner, UF 254.70.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero, UF 1:50.91, 2. Alec Peckmann, FAU 1:51.43, 3. Nick Shaffer, FAU 1:54.85.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UF A 2:58.56, 2. FAU A 3:06.53, 3. FAU B 3:11.65.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Florida Gators Announce 2021-22 Schedule; SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding, Molly Golding, Miguel Cancel Ready For Season


By Sharon Robb
GAINESVILLE, August 19, 2021—Six home meets highlight the 2021-22 University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedule.

Gators head men’s and women’s swimming coach Anthony Nesty is excited about the upcoming season. He is coming off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he was Team USA assistant coach and watched his UF swimmers Bobby Finke and Kieran Smith win two gold medals and one bronze.

“The experience for me was a good one because now I’m on the other side,” Nesty said. “Obviously, I was a swimmer at the Olympics. I’ve been to several Olympics as a coach, but being there with your own athletes that you’ve coached throughout college, going to the Olympics and swimming well and getting to represent the United States is a great achievement. I’m very blessed.”

The Gators open the season Oct. 2 in Boca Raton when they swim Florida Atlantic University at 10 a.m.

The Gators’ open their home meet schedule on Oct. 29 against the Georgia Bulldogs.

On Nov. 5, the Gators will swim Florida State in Tallahassee then head to Atlanta on Nov. 18-20 for the Georgia Tech Invitational.

To end 2021, some Gators will head to Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 1-4 for the US Open. Florida divers will head to the University of Auburn for the Auburn Invitational on Dec. 17-21.

In January, the Gators have four home meets beginning with Texas A&M on Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. On Jan. 22, Florida swims Auburn at 10 a.m., then on the 29th, the Gators will host Tennessee at 10 a.m.

In February, there are two last chance meets with the first at the Auburn Last Chance Invitational on Feb. 4-6, while the second is back at home during the end of February (date and time are TBA).

Both the men’s and women’s teams will head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the SEC Championships on Feb. 15-19.

The divers will start off the month of March competing at the NCAA Diving Zones on March 6-9 in Atlanta, Ga. The women will head to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on March 16-19. The men follow on March 23-26, both held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented on the Gators’ roster. Miguel Cancel, a Gulliver Prep alum, will begin his senior season. Kathleen Golding, a Cooper City alum, will start her junior season and younger sister Molly Golding, also a Cooper City alum, will begin her collegiate career as a freshman.

Other South Florida swimmers on the roster are:

Dylan Brisco, senior, Suncoast alum, Wellington.

Jorge Depassier, senior, Cypress Bay alum, Weston.

Anna Auld, freshman, Forest Hill alum, West Palm Beach.

Micayla Cronk, freshman, Flagler Palm Coast, Wellington.

Chade Nersicio, redshirt junior, Trinity Christian, Lake Worth.

The college opened its fall semester with in-person classes, reversing itself within hours of telling students that the term might begin online because of the state’s renewed COVID-19 outbreak.

2021-22 UF SCHEDULE
Oct. 2, at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 29, Georgia
Nov. 5, at Florida State
Nov. 18-20, Georgia Tech Invite
Dec. 1-4, U.S. Open, Greensboro, N.C.
Dec. 17-21, Auburn Diving Invitational
Jan. 8, Texas A&M
Jan. TBA, Diving Invitational at UF
Jan. 22, Auburn
Jan. 29, Tennessee
Feb. 4-6, Auburn Last Chance Invitational
Feb. TBA, Last Chance Meet, Gainesville
Feb. 15-19, SEC Championships, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mar. 6-9, NCAA Diving Zones, Atlanta
Mar. 16-19, NCAA Women’s Championship, Atlanta
Mar 23-26, NCAA Men’s Championship, Atlanta

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

SOFLO’s Javier Colmenares, Enrique Rodriguez Swim Best Times, Finish Runners-up On Day Four Of CCCAN Championships; Puerto Rico Leads Team Standings


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 26, 2021–Venezuela’s Javier Colmenares of South Florida Aquatic Club turned in another best time at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships Saturday at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

Colmenares, 14, was second in the 13-14 400-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 4:48.76, shaving 3.07 seconds off his previous best of 4:51.83. Colmenares has had best times in every event he has competed in.

Colmenares has the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly left to swim on Sunday.

Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cancel, 21, of University of Florida and SOFLO had the fastest qualifying time in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:21.26, lowering his entry time of 4:28 by 6.74 seconds. He finished second in finals in 4:21.91.

SOFLO’s Enrique Rodriguez, 16, of Venezuela was second in the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:12.56, dropping 1.81 seconds.

SOFLO’s Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela was sixth in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.21 after going 27.08 in morning prelims.

Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 24, of Azura Florida Aquatics won the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 55.09, under the FINA Olympic “B” cut of 55.47 and meet record. Venezuela’s Alfonso Mestre, 19, of University of Florida earned the FINA Olympic “A” cut in the 800-meter freestyle (7:54.31) in 7:50.81, an official split time off the 1500 meters and also broke his own national record.

In other notable swims, Puerto Rico’s Jarod Arroyo set a national record in the 200 IM in 2:00.61. Xavier Ruiz of Puerto Rico set a national record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.53.

After Saturday night’s individual events, Puerto Rico has a huge lead in the team standings with 1,202 points. Venezuela is second with 516.5.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960. In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

CCCAN SATURDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Ihanelys Massini, PUR 5:24.49; 15-17, 1. Mariana Cote, VEN 5:07.64; 18-and-over, None.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Riley Miller, ISV 28.53; 13-14, 1. Christanya Shirley, JAM 27.33; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 26.42; FGC: 5. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 27.96; 18-and-over, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 25.82; SOFLO: 6. Andrea Santander, VEN 27.21.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 1:08.61; 13-14, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez, DOM 1:05.54; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 1:03.90; FGC: 2. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 1:07.28; 18-and-over, 1. Celismar Guzman, PUR 1:04.12.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Fatima Cuellar, GUA 2:35.04; 13-14, 1. Gabi Paredes, VEN 2:29.82; 15-17, 1. Julianna Penner, VEN 2:22.10; 18-and-over, 1. Michella Ramirez, HON 2:17.32.

MEN
400-meter individual medley:
13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 4:37.02; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares 4:48.76, time drop 3.07; 15-17, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 4:37.60; 18-and-over, 1. Jarod Arroyo, PUR 4:17.94; SOFLO: 2. Miguel Cancel, PUR 4:21.91; FGC: 4. Marcelo Acosta 4:39.10.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Omar Oyuela, HON 27.21; 13-14, 1. Jaydon Croes, Aruba 24.40; 15-17, 1. Derek Correa, PUR 23.59; FGC: 2. Renato Herran, VEN 24.15, 3. Omar Fathallah, PUR 24.20; 18-and-over, 1. Louis Ortiz, PUR 22.82.

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Daryan Maynard, VI 1:07.64; 13-14, 1. Siul Araya, PUR 1:02.38; 15-17, 1. Max Wilson, VI 57.52; FGC: 4. Wisthon Rendon, VEN 1:01.20; 18-and-over, 1. Yeziel Morales, PUR 55.09.

200-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Omar Oyuela, HON 2:21.14; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 2:07.38; 15-17, 1. Josean Massucco, PUR 2:06.43; SOFLO: 2. Enrique Rodriguez, VEN 2:12.56; 18-and-over, 1. Victor Rosado, PUR 2:01.74.

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

SOFLO’s Crespo, Cancel, Colmenares, Cincotti, Santander Top 4 Finishers On Day Two At CCCAN Championships


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 24, 2021–Three-time Panama Olympian Edgar Crespo of South Florida Aquatic Club won the 100-meter breaststroke but fell short of the Olympic qualifying standard Thursday at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

Crespo, 33, won in 1:02.02, dropping 0.29 off his entry time of 1:02.31, but fell short of the FINA A standard of 59.93 and FINA B standard of 1:01.73.

Crespo will make one final attempt at the Bahamas National Championships on Sunday, the final day of FINA’s qualification period for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Miguel Cancel, 21, of Puerto Rico was second in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.63. His entry time of 2:02.49 had already dipped below the 2:03.26 “B” standard. The “A standard is 1:59.67.

Javier Colmenares, 14, of Venzuela, had two runner-up finishes with best times in his events in the 13-14 age group. After earning the top seed in 2:16.87, he finished second in a best time 2:13.31, dropping 2.68 off his previous best of 2:15.99.

Colmenares was also second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.76, another best time by 2.21 seconds bettering his previous best of 1:08.97. He was fifth fastest in morning prelims in 1:10.69.

Mariangela Cincotti, 17, of Venezuela was third in the 15-17 200-meter freestyle in 2:13.03, off her entry time of 2:07.85.

Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela finished fourth in the 200 IM in 2:25.02. She has the 100 and 50 freestyles left to swim.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960. In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 2:28.51; 13-14, 1. Eva Ogden, PAN 2:31.57; 15-17, 1. Isabella Alas, ESA 2:21.84; FGC: 3. Nicol Bellardi, VEN 2:24.68; 18-and-over, 1. Kristen Romano, PUR 2:12.86; SOFLO: 4. Andrea Santander, VEN 2:25.02.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Riley Miller, ISV 30.60; 13-14, 1. Elizabeth Jimenez, DOM 28.74; 15-17, 1. Miriam Sheehan, PUR 27.57; 18-and-over, 1. Madelyn Moore, BER 27.12.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Melissa Diego, GUA 1:19.09; 13-14, 1. Andrea Perea, PUR 1:17.41; 15-17, 1. Krista Jurado, GUA 1:14.25; 18-and-over, 1. Marissa Lugo, PUR 1:13.66.

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Nicole Mack, GUA 2:12.75; 13-14, 1. Lucero Mejia, GUA 2:08.36; 15-17, 1. Isabella Alas, ESA 2:06.96; SOFLO: 3. Mariangela Cincotti, VEN 2:13.03; 18-and-over, 1. Julimar Avila, HON 2:06.15.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Puerto Rico 4:51.92; 13-14, 1. Puerto Rico 4:44.61; 15-17, 1. Venezuela (Nicol Bellardi, Fabiana Pesce, Julianna Penner, Mariana Cote) 4:33.65; 18-and-over, 1. Puerto Rico 4:28.57.

MEN
200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Dany Papadia, VEN 2:26.23; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 2:11.49; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares, VEN 2:13.31; 15-17, 1. Max Wilson, ISV 2:10.75; 18-and-over, 1. Jarod Arroyo, PUR 2:00.95; SOFLO: 2. Miguel Cancel, PUR 2:01.63.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Christian Jerome, HAI 28.43; 13-14, 1. Nelson Denny, JAM 26.46; 15-17, 1. Kaheem Lozer, JAM 25.49; FGC: 4. Renato Herran, VEN 25.84; 18-and-over, 1. Davidson Vincent, HAI 24.74.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Gamal Kabchi, VEN 1:12.92; 13-14, 1. Xavier Ruiz, PUR 1:04.53; SOFLO: 2. Javier Colmenares, VEN 1:06.76; 15-17, 1. Alexandre Grand’Pierre, HAI 1:03.72; 18-and-over, 1. Edgar Crespo, PAN 1:02.02.

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Dany Papadia, VEN 2:06.88; 13-14, 1. Caleb Romero, PUR 1:59.97; 15-17, 1. Jaden Ficklen Berrios, PUR 1:54.09; 18-and-over, 1. Mikel Schreuders, ARU 1:53.16, FGC: 2. Marcelo Acosta, ESA 1:53.28.

400-meter medley relay:
13-14, 1. Puerto Rico 4:07.53; 15-17, 1. Puerto Rico 3:58.24; 18-and-over, 1. Puerto Rico 3:51.31.

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

Seven SOFLO Swimmers Head To CCCAN And Bahamas National Championships


By Sharon Robb
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 22, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by six swimmers at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships at San Juan Aquatic Complex.

The five-day FINA-sanctioned meet gets under way on Wednesday.

Among SOFLO’s six-swimmer contingent representing various countries are three-time Olympian Edgar Crespo, 33, of Panama; Miguel Cancel, 21, of Puerto Rico; Mariangela Cincotti, 17, of Venezuela; Javier Colmenares, 14, of Venezuela; Enrique Rodriguez, 16, of Venezuela; and Andrea Santander, 19, of Venezuela.

Events and seedings are:

Crespo, seeded second 100 breaststroke, 1:02.31.

Cancel, seeded second in 200 IM, 2:02.49; first 200 butterfly, 2:00.12; third 50 breaststroke, 29.56.

Cincotti, seeded second 200 freestyle, 2:07.85; and third 400 freestyle, 4:28.26.

Colmenares, seeded second 200 IM, 2:16.92; third 100 breaststroke, 1:08.97; second 200 breaststroke, 2:30.62; second 400 IM, 4:51.83; third 50 breaststroke, 31.14; and fourth 100 butterfly, 1:00.12.

Rodriguez, seeded 11th 1500 freestyle, 17:06.91; second 200 butterfly, 2:14.37; and sixth 400 freestyle, 4:15.30.

Santander, seeded second 200 IM, 2:19.47; first 200 freestyle; second 100 freestyle, 56.64; and sixth 50 freestyle, 26.57.

The CCCAN Championships are a biennial aquatics championship for countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The name of the event comes from the event’s organizers: the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation, whose abbreviated name is CCCAN.

The CCCAN Championships are held every odd year, and began in 1960.

In addition to CCCAN members, South American countries which border on the Caribbean also participate in the championships, including Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela. There are 28 federations.

In addition to swimming, open water events will be held at Laguna Del Condado.

BAHAMAS NATIONALS
SOFLO’s Julio Horrego of Honduras, already qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke for the Tokyo Olympics, will try and qualify in the 200-meter breaststroke at the June 24-27 Bahamas National Swimming Championships at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex in Nassau.

The four-day meet that begins Thursday is a FINA-sanctioned meet for both the Tokyo Olympics and 2021 Short Course Meters World Championships.

Horrego’s 200 entry time is 2:15.32. He is also seeded second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.77 and third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.35.

Also competing in the meet are two Florida Gold Coast swimmers and former local high school swimmers: NSU University School alum Patrick Groters, 21, of Aruba, seeded first in the 400 IM (4:27.69), first in the 100-meter backstroke (55.82), first in the 200-meter backstroke (2:02.32), second in the 200 IM (2:01.62), third in the 50-meter backstroke (26.32); and St. Andrew’s alum and Florida State’s Izaak Bastian, 19, representing the Bahamas, seeded third in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:16.07), fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke (28.83) and fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:01.92). Another local swimmer, Renzo Tjon A Joe, 25, of Suriname is seeded first in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.18.

Meet officials will follow strict COVID-19 protocols. Spectators will not be allowed in the stands.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
Fort Lauderdale High School alums, Florida Gold Coast swimmers and brothers Philippe and Raphael Marcoux qualified for the final of the 50-meter freestyle but fell short of qualifying for the Canadian Olympic team Monday at the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre. Philippe was seventh in the final in 22.87 after qualifying eighth in prelims in 22.99. Raphael was eighth in 22.98 after qualifying seventh in prelims in 22.97. In Tuesday’s prelims, Philippe was 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 50.32, bettering his seed time of 50.47, and just missing his second final. Raphael was 16th in 51.75, off his seed time of 50.46.

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

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego Sweeps Breaststroke Events With All Best Times; Miguel Cancel Wins At Puerto Rico International Swimming Open


By Sharon Robb
SALINAS, Puerto Rico, May 23, 2021–Honduran Olympic hopeful Julio Horrego of South Florida Aquatic Club made it a clean sweep at the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open Sunday at Albergue Olimpico German Rieckehoff.

On the fourth and final day of the international meet, Horrego, 22, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:02.25, dropping 0.03. He was seeded second with an entry time of 1:02.28 going into prelims and was fourth fastest in 1:05.38 after prelims.

Horrego also won the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events on Friday and Saturday.

Horrego, seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke, won in a best time 27.84, lowering his previous best of 28.81 and dropping 0.97. He first lowered his best time in prelims in 28.46, the fastest time in morning prelims.

Horrego also won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:17.46, dropping 1.05 from his previous best of 2:18.51. He went 2:27.45 in prelims to earn the sixth seed for finals.

Horrego was one of three swimmers representing Honduras. The others were Julimar Avila, 23, and Fernando Estrada, 18. On Sunday, Avila won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.38.

SOFLO’s Miguel Cancel, 21, of Puerto Rico won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:00.12, dropping 1.46. He was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:02.21.

Cancel also swam a best time 2:02.49 in a 200-meter individual medley time trial, dropping 1.24. He swam the 50-meter breaststroke prelim only in a best time 29.56, dropping 0.83.

Other Florida Gold Coast winners:

Marcelo Acosta, 24, Azura, 1500-meter freestyle, 15:47.92.

Micaela Sierra, 16, Azura, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:12.19.

Yeziel Morales, 24, Azura, 100-meter backstroke, 54.99.

Forty seven countries and club teams including Azura Florida Aquatics (20 swimmers), Montverde Aquatic Club and Swim Atlanta competed.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads Field For UANA Tokyo Qualifier That Begins Thursday In Clermont


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 28, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson heads a fast field for the UANA Tokyo Qualifier that gets under way Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championships in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

“The UANA Tokyo Qualifier is a significant opportunity for swimmers throughout the world to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Dale Neuberger, newly-named FINA Treasurer. “With athletes from over 60 countries competing, the state of Florida has established itself as an important and desirable location for international competition.”

UANA (Union Americana de Natación) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Recently, Atkinson was named an an athlete member to the UANA Technical Committee for swimming through 2023.

Atkinson, 32, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, has already qualified for her fifth Olympics in Tokyo in her signature 100-meter breaststroke event.

In addition to the 100-meter breaststroke, Atkinson is also entered in the 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly. She is seeded first in the 50-meter butterfly (26.61) and breaststroke (30.58) events, second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.00) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:00.87).

She will be joined by four other SOFLO teammates: Mariangela Cincotti Serafini, 17, and Andrea Santander, 19, both of Venezuela; Julio Horrego, 22, of Honduras and Leo Mateus, 19, of Colombia.

All five swimmers are representing SOFLO.

Horrego is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events and is an Olympic hopeful. Horrego represented Honduras at the Central American and Caribbean Games where he was fifth in the 200 breast in 2:16.40 and eighth in the 200 IM in 2:05.40. At the 2018 CCCAN meet he won the 100 breast (1:03.30); 200 breaststroke (2:20.87) and 200 IM (2:04.85). He was a two-time high school state champion at Mater Academy and former Florida State swimmer.

Cincotti Serafini, headed to Drexel University in the fall, will swim the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. She will graduate from Nova Southeastern University School where she qualified for the state meet as a junior and broke school records in the 200 and 500 freestyles. She is a member of Venezuela’s national team and has competed in the Pan American and South American Games. In 2018, she qualified for the Open Water Junior World Championships in Eilat. She is a member of two Venezuelan national age group relay records.

Santander, a former Broward County High School Swimmer of the Year and state champion for Pine Crest, earned a scholarship to University of Southern California her senior year. As a junior, she represented Venezuela in international meets including the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires at age 16. She has competed in five international meets, her first three 17-18 meets and junior worlds. Santander is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyles and 200-meter individual medley.

Mateus, an Everglades High School alum currently enrolled at Yale, swims for the Colombian Swimming Federation and has limited international experience. He is entered in the 200-meter backstroke and breaststroke events and 200- and 400-meter individual medleys.

Miguel Cancel, who trains at SOFLO when he’s not attending and swimming at University of Florida, is competing unattached for Florida. Cancel, a Gulliver Prep alum where he won four individual state titles, has competed on the international scene for Puerto Rico. Among his events are the 50 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke sprints and 200 and 400 IM.

Also competing are SOFLO’s Juan Colmenares, 17, and Javier Colmenares, 14, representing Venezuela and competing for international meet experience.

There will be several other familiar faces with Florida ties in the meet.

Aruba’s Patrick Groters, 22, coached by his brother Jordy, is a NSU University School alum. Their mother is UANA President Maureen Croes.

“I am extremely pleased with the event that UANA, together with Azura, Montverde, Orlando Health National Training Center and Greater Orlando Sports Commission, put together in a very short time,” Croes said.

“Organization of any sporting event during the pandemic is very challenging and requires more attention to details to ensure our athletes and coaches are able to do what they do best safely. I am grateful to all involved, as cooperation and willingness to support has been beyond my wildest dreams.”

Pine Crest will have a talented group of swimmers led by 16-year-old U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny.

Host Azura has a large contingent entered led by El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24. He was the first swimmer from El Salvador to qualify for the Olympics with an “A” cut in 2016.

St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached for Florida State, is representing the Bahamas as a member of the national team and national record holder.

On Thursday timed finals session begins 5 p.m. Events are women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s and women’s 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke. Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

The meet is being shown on the Pan Am Sports TV channel available on an app which can be downloaded for free on various devices.

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