Grimes, Julian Double Winners; SOFLO’s Roche Makes B Final At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 3, 2022–Katie Grimes of Sandpipers Nevada continued to dominate and show her versatility the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series Friday night at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

The 16-year-old won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.77 just 20 minutes after swimming a best time of 2:09.52 to win the 200-meter backstroke. It was her third first place finish of the meet after winning the 400 freestyle.

“I’m still sticking with distance freestyle for now [as my favorites], but I think it’s important to do [the 400 IM] while I’m young because it’s easier to do it when you have the energy,” Grimes said during her post-race interview.

Grimes is coming off last week’s FINA Marathon Swim World Series where she finished eighth in the women’s 10K and qualified for Team USA’s world championship open water team.

In other finals:
Sandpipers Nevada teammates Claire Weinstein (1:58.31) and Bella Sims (1:58.97) finished 1-2 in the 200-meter freestyle. They finished ahead of the field by more than a second.

Trenton Julian, swimming unattached, won the first of two final events, in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.01. He came from behind in the final 100 with a 55.64 split to win by a body length. Julian also won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.78.

Jack Dolan of Arizona State led from start to finish to win the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.90.

David Johnston won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.54. He took the lead on the breaststroke leg and led the rest of the way.

Justina Kozan, swimming unattached, came from behind the second half of the race to win the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.01.

SOFLO’s Ricardo Roche, 22, finished 14th in morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.05 to make the “B” final. He finished fifth in the final in 2:14.55, dropping 0.50 from his prelim time and 13th overall. Roche also did a time trial Thursday in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.84.

Also on Friday, SOFLO teammate Julio Horrego swam 1:03.39 in the 100-meter breaststroke time trial. The time would have placed him third in Thursday’s final had he not been disqualified in prelims.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will swim Saturday in the 200-meter breaststroke where he is seeded fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his final tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

On Saturday and Sunday the meet is being televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Saturday at noon ET) as well as Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, 15, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, won the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 26.98, dropping 0.74; was second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:13.54, dropping 1.02 and swam lead-off leg on the runner-up 400-meter freestyle relay (3:46.63) Friday at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

Treasure Coast Aquatics Blair Stoneburg, 18, was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:52.31; sixth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:02.48, dropping 0.14 and was a member of the fifth place relay.

Treasure Coast teammate Mitchell Ledford, 17, was third in the 50-meter butterfly in 24.78; 14th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.51; and swam anchor leg on the winning 400-meter free relay (3:24.90)

Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie, 16, was fifth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.93 and was a member of the runner-up 400-meter free relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Claire Weinstein, SAND 1:58.31, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 1:58.97, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:00.03.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 2:09.52, 2. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 2:09.59, 3. JoJo Ramey, FAST 2:14.51.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 4:36.77, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 4:43.46, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 4:44.12.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Justina Kozan, UN 1:00.01, 2. Krystal Lara, BAD 1:00.24, 3. Isabelle Odgers, TROJ 1:00.74.

MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 1:48.01, 2. Patrick Sammon, SUN 1:48.43, 3.Grant House, SUN 1:48.44.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Dolan, SUN 2:01.90, 2. David Echeverri, UN 2:04.68, 3. Harry Homans, UN 2:05.03.

400-meter individual medley: 1. David Johnston, TST 4:19.54, 2. Ilya Kharun, SAND 4:24.31, 3. Tyler Kopp, UN 4:27.03.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 51.78, 2. Ryan Held, NYAC 52.44, 3. Gabriel Jett, UN 52.50.

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

Teenager Katie Grimes Wins; SOFLO’s Ricardo Roche Swims Friday At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 2, 2022–Teenager Katie Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada won the 400-meter freestyle Thursday night at the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

Grimes, 16, pushed by teammates Bella Sims and Claire Weinstein, won in a best time 4:05.77. Sims was second in 4:07.54 and Weinstein third in 4:13.53.

Egyptian Olympian Marwan El Kamash won the men’s 400 freestyle in 3:51.12.

In other finals:
Polish national record holder Katarzyna Wasick, 30, won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.57. She went out fast in 26.27 and led the entire race. Olympic silver medalist Bella Sims was second in a best time 55.18.

Ryan Held of New York Athletic Club won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.64 just ahead of Mission Viejo’s Justin Ress in 48.90.

Kailtyn Dobler, 20, of Trojan Swim Club led from start to finish to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.60.

Will Licon of Texas Longhorns overtook early leader Brandon Fischer in the last 10 meters to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.46.

Arizona State’s Lindsay Looney won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.86. ASU teammate Leon Marchand won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:56.54. Both led the races from start to finish.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego got off to a rough start in prelims where he was disqualified in his first event, the 100-meter breaststroke for fly kick under water at both walls. He was seeded third in the 100 in 1:01.18 and one of the pre-meet favorites. He will time trial the event on Friday.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will also swim Saturday in the 200-meter breaststroke where he is seeded fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his final tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

Horrego is joined by teammate Ricardo Roche, 22, who will compete in the 200-meter backstroke on Friday. Roche did a time trial Thursday in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.84.

The meet is being televised on the Olympic Channel Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday it will be televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Friday-Saturday at noon ET) as well as Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 54.57, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 55.18, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 55.55.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kaitlyn Dobler, TROJ 1:07.60, 2. Viktoria Gunes, UN 1:09.38, 3. Isabelle Odgers, TROJ 1:09.56.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:08.86, 2. Justina Kozan, UN 2:11.38, 3. Lainey Mullins, SSC 2:12.08.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 4:05.77, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 4:07.54, 3. Claire Weinstein, SAND 4:13.43.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Ryan Held, NYAC 48.64, 2. Justin Ress, MV 48.90, 3. Carter Swift, SUN 49.51.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Will Licon, TEX 1:01.46, 2. Brandon Fischer, UN 1:01.79, 3. Ethan Hansen, SUN 1:03.59.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Leon Marchand, SUN 1:56.54, 2. Ilya Kharun, SAND 1:58.70, 3. Colby Mefford, UN 1:59.98.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Marwan El Kamash, ISC 3:51.12, 2. Gabriel Jett, UN 3:53.05, 3. Rex Maurer, UN 3:54.07.

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

SOFLO’s Horrego, Roche Compete This Week At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 31, 2022–The fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series meet of the 2022 season begins Wednesday at the newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego and Ricardo Roche will compete in the four-day meet that ends Saturday.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. He is seeded third in the 100 in 1:01.18 and fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his last tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

Roche, 22, will compete in the 200-meter backstroke and is seeded 21st in his yards time of 1:48.24.

The field also features U.S. Olympians, U.S. National Team members and U.S. National Junior Team members. The final day of the meet overlaps with the day that Team USA’s world championship team departs for Croatia for a training camp.

The meet will be televised on the Olympic Channel Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday it will be televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Wednesday-Saturday at noon ET) as well as Wednesday and Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

The meet was capped at 500 swimmers. Mask mandates will follow local guidelines. Everyone attending the event as a participant, coach, staff, or contractor must take a COVID test within 72 hours prior to arriving at the venue. Anyone testing positive should not enter the venue. Anyone representing USA Swimming (i.e. staff, contractors, and officials) must be vaccinated).

FLORIDA SWIMMERS HEAD MEET

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, will compete in the 57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet Friday through Sunday at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada. She will swim the 100-meter backstroke.

Pelaez is one of 19 U.S. swimmers who qualified. Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie will compete in the 200-meter freestyle. Treasure Coast Aquatics Blair Stoneburg will swim the 800- and 1500-meter freestyles and club teammate Mitchell Ledford will swim the 100-meter butterfly.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

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

Erica Sullivan, David Heron Win USA Swimming 10K National Championships; East Coast Aquatic Club’s Anna Auld Finishes 12th


By Sharon Robb
FORT MYERS BEACH, April 16, 2021—David Heron and Erica Sullivan won the USA Swimming Open Water National Championship 10K titles Friday.

In a thrilling men’s race, Heron, 26, of Mission Viejo Nadadores, who finished fourth in 2019, won in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 24 seconds just one second ahead of University of Florida’s Brennan Gravley, 20, who finished in 2:05:25. Heron took the lead going into the sixth and final lap and held on for the win.

Heron, a 2017 graduate of University of Tennessee where he was an All-American, is a two-time open water national champion in 2012 and 2017 and competed in two World Championships (2015, 2017).

Gravley is an open water specialist and trained year-round with Sandpipers of Nevada before signing with Florida. He was a member of the 2018-19 U.S. national team for open water earning a spot after finishing sixth in the 10K nationals in 1:48:21.

Sullivan, 20, of Sandpipers of Nevada won the women’s title in 2:02:43. Three-time defending champion Ashley Twichell, 31, of TAC Titans, who already has a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, was runner-up in 2:03:01 and Olympic teammate Haley Anderson, 29, of Mission Viejo was third in 2:05:21.

Sullivan, a 2017 junior national 5K champion and 2018 5K national champion, led from start to finish and dominated the women’s field of 17 swimmers over the Olympic-distance 10K.

Sandpipers of Nevada’s Katie Grimes, 15, finished fourth to take the 18-and-under national title in 2:05:25. Tennessee’s Joey Tepper was fourth in 2:06:29 to win the 18-and-under national title.

Florida Gold Coast was well-represented with Anna Auld, 17, of East Coast Aquatic Club finishing 12th in 2:16.30.

The waves and wind conditions picked up for the men’s race that began at the end of the women’s race.

The event is serving as a selection meet for the U.S. National team that offers perks and funding. The top 5 in the 10K earn 2021 National Team status through October. Athletes who have already been named (Haley Anderson, Ashley Twichell, Jordan Wilimovsky) to compete in the 10k at the 2021 Olympic Games secure a spot on both rosters automatically. They secured Olympic spots from their placings at the 2019 World Championships.

This meet is also serving as a selection event for the 2021 World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, set for August 13-15 in Victoria, Seychelles. The two highest-placing finishers within the age bracket will qualify for the World Juniors 10K.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

  1. Erica Sullivan, Sandpipers of Nevada 2:02:43, 2. Ashley Twichell, TAC Titans 2:03:01, 3. Haley Anderson, Mission Viejo Nadadores 2:05:21, 4. Kathryn Grimes, Sandpipers of Nevada 2:05:25, 5. Blair Stoneburg, Treasure Coast Aquatics 2:11:39, 6. Cadence Fort, Gulf Coast Swim Team 2:11:49, 7. Julissa Arzave, Tritons Aquatic Club 2:12:27, 8. Carlie Rose, Blue Dolfins 2:13:11, 9. Arabella Sims, Sandpipers of Nevada 2:13:14, 10. Mary McKenna, Long Island Express 2:15:25, 11. Paige Kuwata, Sandpipers of Nevada 2:15:45, 12. Anna Auld, East Coast Aquatic Club 2:16:40, 13. Sanna Peterson, Nova of Virginia 2:17:40, 14. Maggie Wallace, Indiana Swim Club 2:18:33, 15. Jacqueline Tinneny, University of Pittsburgh 2:20:57, 16. Mattea Sokolow, Team Santa Monica 2:25:53, 17. Abby Licht, University of Pittsburgh 2:31:51.

MEN’S RESULTS

  1. David Heron, Mission Viejo Nadadores 2:05:24, 2. Brennan Gravely, Unattached UFlorida 2:05:24, 3. Theodore Smith, University of Louisville 2:06:25, 4. Joseph Tepper, Unattached 2:06:29, 5. Dylan Gravely, Sandpipers of Nevada 2:07:33, 6. William Roberts, Unattached 2:09:05, 7. Joshua Brown, Highlander Aquatic Club 2:11:41, 8. Simon Lamar, Fast Swim Team 2:11:54, 9. Ivan Puskovitxh, USA Aquatics 2:12:02, 10. Kieran Smith, Unattached UFlorida 2:12:32, 11. Brice Barrieault, Sandpipers of Nevada 2:12:32, 12. David Forsythe, Alamo Area Aquatics 2:12:40, 13. Brandon Miller, North Carolina Aquatic Club 2:16.46, 14. William Mullen, Unattached NCAP 2:17:10, 15. Noah Smith, Gulf Coast Swim Team 2:19:23, 16. Charles Clark, Unattached 2:21:18, 17. James Miller, Fast Swim Team 2:22:17, 18. Dylan Becker, Unattached 2:24:54, 19. Ryan Schonbachler, University of Pittsburgh 2:28:47, 20. Jibran Himsieh, Mars Swimming 2:31:19, 21. Max Oberg, Magnolia Aquatic Club 2:33:00.

OPEN WATER RACE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY: 5K Junior National Championships (16-U Age Group), men’s 8 a.m., women’s 8:05 a.m.

SUNDAY: 5K National Championships (Open), men’s 7:30 a.m., women’s race 7:35 a.m.; 7.5K Junior National Championships (17-18 Age Group), men’s 11 a.m., women 11:05 a.m.

USA Swimming is live streaming and re-playing all events on its website.

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