Teenager Katie Grimes Steals The Show At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 4, 2022–Teenager Katie Grimes is making her name known at the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatics Center.

Grimes, who first stepped into the spotlight during the 2020 Summer Olympics where she finished fourth in the 800-meter freestyle as the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team at 15, continues to make a name for herself at age 16.

On Saturday, Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada won her fourth event in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:27.72, her final event of the meet. She also had wins in the 400 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 IM.

In other finals:
Egyptian Olympian Marwan Aly El Kamash, who won the 1500, came back to win the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.74. He led for most of the race.

Isabelle Stadden of Cal won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.21. Her splits were 29.38 and 30.03.

Justin Ress of Mission Viejo led from start to finish to win the 100-meter backstroke in 53.80.

Isabelle Odgers of USC won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.68.

Texas Longhorn Will Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.28, winning by more than six seconds ahead of Ethan Hansen.

Turkish national record holder Viktoria Gunes, swimming unattached won the 200 IM in 2:13.80.

Grant House of Sun Devil Swimming won the 200 IM in 1:59.84, the only swimmer under 2 minutes.

Poland’s Kasia Wasick of Team Rebel Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.70.

David Curtiss of Wolfpack Elite won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.80.

Julio Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian will use this meet as a learning experience. He was disqualified for the second time in the meet in the prelims of the 200-meter breaststroke where he was seeded fourth in 2:17.35. He was disqualified for fly kick under the water. Next up for Horrego will be the world championships in Hungary.

Also on Saturday, SOFLO teammate Ricardo Roche, 22, swam another 100-meter backstroke time trial finishing in 1:00.98. His first time trial was 1:00.84.

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

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 at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada:

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, 15, a member of the USA Swimming Junior National team, picked up two more wins. In the 50-meter backstroke, Pelaez was the fastest qualifier in 28.34 and won in 28.37. In the 50-meter freestyle, she was fastest qualifier in 25.85 and won in 25.78. She was also a member of the third place 800-meter freestyle relay that finished in 8:17.81.

Treasure Coast Aquatics’ Blair Stoneburg, 18, was fastest qualifier in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:18.44 and finished third in 4:16.74. She was also tenth in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.80. She was also on the third-place 800 free relay.

Treasure Coast teammate Mitchell Ledford, 17, was second fastest qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.92and came back to win in 54.31. He was also on the second place 800 freestyle relay.

Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie, 16, was 19th in the 100-meter butterfly and sixth in the 400-meter freestyle 4:18.90 after going 4:22.20 in prelims. She was also on the third-place 800 free relay with Pelaez and Stoneburg.

SATURDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 8:27.72, 2. Erica Sullivan, TEX 8:47.54, 3. Olivia McMurray, TEX 8:54.20.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 1:00.21,2. Bella Sims, SAND 1:01.33, 3. Teagan O’Dell, NOVA 1:01.46.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Isabelle Odgers, TRO 2:28.68, 2. Katja Pavicevic, TAC 2:29.81, 3. Kaitlyn Dobler, TRO 2:31.10.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Viktoria Gunes, UN 2:13.80, 2. Justina Kozan, UN 2:14.72, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:16.15.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 24.70, 2. Kyla Leibel, TEX 25.47,3. Anicka Delgado, EVO 25.95.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Marwan Aly El Kamash, ISC 8:00.74, 2. Brice Barrieault, SAND 8:05.59, 3. Ilya Kharun, SAND 8:08.49.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ross, MV 53.80, 2. Colby Mefford, UN 55.99, 3. Mikita Tsmyh, UN 57.01.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Will Licon, TEX 2:12.28, 2. Ethan Hansen, SUN 2:18.53, 3. Brandon Fischer, UN 2:19.25.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Grant House, SUN 1:59.84, 2. Ilya kharun, SAND 2:04.43, 3. Tyler Kopp, UN 2:05.09.

50-meter freestyle: 1. David Curtiss, WOLF 21.80, 2. Ryan Held, NYAC 22.08, 3. Artyom Machekin, SDSA 22.43.

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

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


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

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

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

In Sunday’s finals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FGC swimmers still to swim on Monday:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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