U.S., Brazil, Argentina Win Gold, Pine Crest’s Santander Swims First Relay On Day One Of XVIII Pan American Games

By Sharon Robb

LIMA, Peru, August 7, 2019—The U.S., Brazil and Argentina shared the gold medal podium on opening day of swimming Tuesday at the XVIII Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional.

Pine Crest’s Andrea Santander swam her first event for Venezuela. The relay of Jeserik Andrein Pinto Sequera, Carla Gonzalez, Santander and Fabiana Antonel Pesce Flores finished fourth in 3:53.89 behind the U.S., Brazil and Canada.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello, with her fingernails painted with her country’s light blue and white nails, won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:10.86. She led for most of the race.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:48.41 after taking the lead at the 300-meter mark. Colombia’s Santiago Corredo was eighth in 3:56.00.

American Annie Lazor, swimming from Lane 7, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.94.

Brazil’s Joao Gomes knocked off American Cody Miller to out-touch him and win the 100-meter breaststroke 59.51-59.57. American Kevin Cordes was third in 1:00.27. Colombia’s Jorge Murillo, a former SOFLO swimmer, was fifth in 1:00.91.

Argentina’s Virginia Bardach Martin won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.87. American Meghan Small was third in 2:12.51.

Brazil’s Leonardo de Deus won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.85 to win his third consecutive gold medal in the event at Pan Ams. American Sam Pomajevich was second in 1:57.35. Early leader Tom Shields faded to eighth in 2:06.65.

The U.S. team overtook Brazil at the 200-meter mark to win the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay to take the gold in 3:39.59 with Margo Geer, Lia Neal, Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab. Brazil was second in 3:40.39.

Brazil came back and knocked off the U.S. to win the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Nathan Adrian anchored the relay with the second fastest split of 47.70.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Ledecky, Adrian Wins Highlight Day One Of World Team Trials

By Sharon Robb

June 28, 2017—Less than an hour after finishing sixth in the 100-meter freestyle, Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle to make the U.S. team for next month’s FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The two-time defending Olympic champion pulled ahead of the field early and went on to win in 8:11.50, just shy of her national meet record of 8:10.32 and winning by nearly nine seconds at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials on Tuesday at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Ledecky, 20, has won every 800 freestyle she has raced since she made her international debut five years ago.

“I didn’t rest too much for this,” Ledecky said. “Compared to other trials and selection meets, this might be the least tapered I have been over the past couple of years,” Ledecky told reporters after her swim.

“I am getting in and racing,” Ledecky said. “I have confidence from training that I can get up and go times like that.”

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian got all he could handle from Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel holding him off by 0.01 to win n 47.96, third fastest time in the world this year.

Adrian, at 28, the oldest swimmer in the final, came home in 24.69. Dressel went out in 22.81. It was the third time Dressel cracked 48 seconds.

“That’s kind of what we have built into my nervous system,” Adrian said. “I’ve always tried to go out and bring it back in the back half. Now maybe we can figure out what to do in the front half.”

In the 100-meter freestyle, Mallory Comerford of Louisville broke the meet record in the prelims and came back in final to win in 52.81, 4/10ths faster than her morning swim. It was back-to-back meet records and U.S. Open record. Stanford’s Simone Manuel (53.05) and Lia Neal (53.59) were second and third.

Hali Flickinger led from start-to-finish to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.60. In the men’s event, Jack Conger held off Pace Clark and Chase Kalisz to win the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.47.

Stanford’s True Sweetser reeled in early leader Robert Finke of St. Petersburg in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:59.73.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

By winning, Ledecky has already given herself the option to compete in the 1,500 at Budapest without having to swim the event on Saturday.

The five day meet continues Wednesday. Wednesday’s events are: men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly.

The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.


Women 200-meter butterfly: 28. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:15.23, 44. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 2:16.92: C Final, 3. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:13.28.

Men 200-meter butterfly: 24. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.39, 50. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:04.87.

Women 100-meter freestyle: 72. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 57.27, 79. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 57.49.


Women 200-meter butterfly: 1. Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldogs 2:07.60, 2. Dakota Luther, ASC 2:08.71, 3. Sarah Gibson, TAMU 2:08.75.

Men 200-meter butterfly: 1. Jack Conger, NCA 1:54.47, 2. Pace Clark, Athens Bulldogs 1:54.58, 3. Chase Kalisz, North Baltiomore 1:54.79; C Final: 4. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.49.

Women 100-meter freestyle: 1. Mallory Comerford, Louisville 52.81, CR, US record; 2. Simone Manuel, Stanford 53.05, 3. Lia Neal, Stanford 53.59.

Men 100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 47.96, 2. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 47.97, 3. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 48.20.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 8:11.50, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 8:20.46, 3. Hannah Moore, Wolfpack 8:27.58.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. True Sweetser, Stanford 14:59.73, 2. Robert Finke, St. Petersburg 15:01.31, 3. PJ Ransford, Michigan 15:01.82.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


Big Night Of Swimming On Day One Of Phillips 66 National Championships

Big Night Of Swimming On Day One Of Phillips 66 National Championships

By Sharon Robb

August 6, 2014—In an opening day shocker, Nathan Adrian pulled away from a star-studded field including Michael Phelps at the Phillips 66 National Championships Wednesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

The shocker wasn’t top-seeded Adrian winning the 100-meter freestyle, but Phelps finishing a disappointing seventh failing to make the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team for Pan Pacs.

“I don’t think I have seen anything like this on the national scene, I am taking a picture of the TV monitor,” said color commentator Rowdy Gaines.

“It’s something you are not going to see often, it’s just so odd to see,” Gaines said. “He’ll be back, he has several events left. No need to panic quite yet.”

Gaines said he couldn’t remember the last time Phelps finished seventh on the national scene.

Adrian, 25, of Cal Aquatics won in 48.31. Florida alum Ryan Lochte, 30, of SwimMac, testing his knee and swimming in Lane 8, was second in 48.96 and Jimmy Feigen, 24, of the New York Athletic Club was third in 48.98.

Phelps, swimming in Lane 3, was seventh in 49.17, off his seed time of 48.80 and prelim time of 48.77.

After the start, Phelps stayed under water longer than Nathan, who went out in 22.85. Phelps had a bad push off at the wall and was not only slow off the turn, but last off the turn, while Adrian pulled away with 15 meters left.

It was his first attempt to qualify for his first international meet since the London Games. The top four earn berths to the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia later this month (Aug 21-25).

Phelps was visibly upset, pulling his goggles off, shaking his head looking at the scoreboard and leaning on the lane line. It’s Phelps first national meet since coming out of retirement and biggest meet since the 2012 Olympics.

“It’s not a great time for me, but it’s all about qualifying,” Adrian said. “Against a field like that, it’s always important to get your hand on the wall first.

“It’s really important not to abandon my race strategy,” Adrian said. “I worked all year with a certain strategy in mind and I tried my best to execute it. The third 25 I took off a bit and tried to hold on at the end. I just need to get faster and rest for Pan Pacs.”

Lochte, testing his on-again, off-again ailing knee, looked solid in the water.

“I just wanted to go out there and have fun,” Lochte said. “This year has been the biggest rollercoaster of my life. I wanted to go out there and race tough. I was in Lane 8, so I couldn’t see the rest of the field. I just had to put my head down and hope for the best.”

The star-studded men’s field featured seven Olympians and five gold medalists.

In morning prelims, Phelps looked like he wasn’t in the race. But he came home with a split of 24.79 to qualify for finals with the third fastest time of the morning.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly:

2012 Olympian Cammile Adams, 22, of Cypress, Tex., and SwimMAC won in 2:07.12, off her best time of 2:06.75, but was the sixth fastest time in the world this year. She was 1:01.61 at the first 100 meters. Early leader Katie McLaughlin, 17, of Mission Viejo was second in 2:08.74 with an opening split of 28.85 and Hali Flickinger, 20, of Athens Bulldogs was third in 2:08.77. “I really believe in that back half,” Adams said. “I just kept believing in myself in that last 50 meters. I am really excited about Australia. I think I am just growing more as a swimmer with the more national meets I do. I couldn’t be more excited.” The average age of the finalists was 19 years old. At 14, Cassidy Bayer of Nation’s Capital was the youngest in the field, finishing eighth in 2:12.30.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly:

Swimming in Lane 2, Tom Shields, 23, born in Panama City, Fla. and now living in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Cal-Berkeley swimmer hung on to knock off an impressive field including Olympian Tyler Clary to win in a lifetime best by more than two seconds in 1:55.09, third fastest time of the year. Shields led from wire-to-wire with splits of 25.38, 28.84, 29.90 and 30.97, despite tightening up in the last 20 meters. “We were really thinking about hitting the walls and using my weapons,” Shields said. “I thought the field was really even after this morning. All eight lanes had a shot. I just told myself don’t look around, just swim your race.” Clary, 25, of SwimMAC was second in 1:56.00 and Chase Kalisz, 20, of North Baltimore was third in 1:56.50.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle:

Smiling and looking relaxed before her race, swimming sensation Missy Franklin, 19, turned it on in the last 50 meters and out-touched top-seed Simone Manuel to win in 53.43. Stanford-bound Manuel, 18, who led after the turn in 25.64, was second in 53.66. Shannon Vreeland, 22, of Athens Bulldogs was third in 54.14. “I knew Simone was right next to me and she always goes out soooo fast,” Franklin said. “I knew I had to come home hard, so I just put my head down and swam fast.” At 33, Olympian Natalie Coughlin was the oldest swimmer in the final and swam in Lane 8. She faded in the last 50 and finished seventh in 54.52. Olympian Allison Schmitt of North Baltimore won the “B” final in 54.74

Women’s 800-meter freestyle:

World record holder Katie Ledecky, 17, of Nation’s Capital on world record pace early in the race, won her third consecutive national title in 8:18.47. Cierra Runge, 18, of North Baltimore was second in 8:24.69, making her first national team. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, of North Baltimore was third in 8:26.64. “I really focused on making the Pac Pacs team,” Ledecky said. “I am happy with that. This just comes from the training and settling in to a good pace. I have had a great summer so far and looking forward to seeing what’s next. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Australia.”

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle:

Connor Jaeger, 23, of Club Wolverine led from wire-to-wire and turned it on during the bell lap to win in 14:51.06, seventh fastest time in the world this year. Michael McBroom, 23, of The Woodlands, who pushed Jaeger for 1200 meters, held on for second in 14:56.17 and Jordan Wilimovsky, 20, of Team Santa Monica was third in 14:56.34. “You train and train and train and think about having a good race like we did there,” Jaeger said. “I just tried to stay in the race and figure out how much I had left. I’m happy I made the team now that I am finished with college and a pro.”

Women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay:

SwimMac won by 1/100ths of a second in 3:44.31 with Katie Meili, Madison Kennedy, Melissa Gates and Nora McCullagh. California Aquatics was second in 3:44.32 with Rachael Acker, Kelly Naze, Rachel Bootsma and Kaylin Bing. New Florida Gold Coast team Boca Raton Swim Team, swimming unattached qualified for its first national final and placed sixth in 3:48.78 with Faith Johnson, Mary Griffith, Erica Laning and Harper Bruens. Sarasota YMCA was tenth in 3:52.97.

Men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay:

In another close battle, SwimMAC swept the relay titles in 3:21.31 with Dax Hill, Paul Powers, Michael Chadwick and Mark Weber. Stanford was second in 3:21.38 and Ohio State was third in 3:21.97.

After Day One, Club Wolverine leads SwimMac by one point, 85-84 in the men’s team race. SwimMac leads the women’s team with 95 followed by California Aquatics.

The five-day meet is the USA National Team’s selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, 2015 World Championships, 2015 World University Games and 2015 Pan American Games.

Darian Townsend of South Africa, who recently became an American citizen, earned the second seed in the 100-meter freestyle “B” final and finished in 49.53

Pine Crest Swimming’s Casey Francis, 19, had a nice time drop in the 800-meter freestyle going a lifetime-best 9:00.59, shaving 7:23.77 off her previous best.

Florida State-bound Marc Rojas, 20, of South Florida Aquatic Club competes Friday in the 50-meter breaststroke and Saturday in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Thursday’s events are 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly.

Teenager Katie Ledecky, 17, is entered in every women’s freestyle event this week: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500. She is the only swimmer in the meet to do so. On Wednesday, Ledecky scratched from the “B” final of the 100-meter freestyle to focus on the 800.

During Tuesday’s media day, Missy Franklin admitted she is no longer Justin Bieber’s biggest fan. “I don’t agree with all of his life decisions lately, so I’ve moved on a little from that,” said the former Bielieber.

The television schedule for swimming this month is:

Saturday, Aug. 9, 4-6 p.m. EST, NBC (Taped), Phillips 66

Sunday, Aug. 10, 4-6 p.m. EST, NBC (Taped), Phillips 66

Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 p.m.-12 a.m., NBCSUN (Taped), Phillips 66

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m., NBC (Taped), Pan Pacs

Sunday, Aug. 24, 1-2:30 p.m., NBC (Taped), Pan Pacs


Women’s 200-meter freestyle:

29. Taylor Katz, SYS 2:13.95, 37. Isabella Paez, MAC 2:14.76, 45. Shaun Casey, DBS 2:15.45, 59. Tasija Karosas, TEX/SAS 2:17.05.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle:

37. Connor Knight, NPB 2:01.83, 40. Michael Flach, Bolles 2:01.93, 42. Adam Bull, SFTL 2:02.14, best time, 50. Luke Torres, SFTL 2:03.17, 52. Joey Carbone, Bolles 2:03.20, 65. Alex Katz, SYS 2:06.02.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle:

27. Katie Hoff, Hurricane Aquatics 55.79, best time, 57. Kaitlyn Dressel, Club Seminole 56.81, 60. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 56.86, 72. Harper Bruens, Unattached, Boca Raton Swim Team 57.31, 73. Kasey Schmidt, Bolles 57.34, best time, 81. Maddie Hess, BW 57.61.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle:

16. Santo Condorelli, Unattached 50.51, 24. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 51.30, (49.93 prelims), 33. Brad Deborde, PA 50.00, 45. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 50.32, 54. Matt Curby, BD 50.76, 61. Logan Heck, SAS 51.09.

Women’s 800-meter freestyle:

12.Danielle Valley, SYS 8:39.79, 18. Danielle Valley, SYS 8:39.79, 22. Stephanie Peacock, SWIM 8:41.55, 34. Kendall Brent, SWIM 8:48.02, 35. Summer Finke, SPA 8:48.31, 44. Kahra Williams, GSC 8:50.95, 53. Autumn Finke, SPA 8:56.87, 57. Casey Francis, Pine Crest 9:00.59, best time.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle:

9.Arthur Frayler, FL 15:16.28, 13. True Sweetser, GSC 15:18.64, 27. Zane Grothe, Club Seminoles 15:33.35, 33. Calvin Bryant, SPA 15:42.65, best time, 39. Ryan Rosenbaum, SFTL 15:44.84, 41. Blake Manganiello, AquaKids Sharks 15:45.91, 52. William Silva, GSC 15:58.29.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Ledecky, Adrian, Manuel Win On Opening Night Of Arena Grand Prix

Ledecky, Adrian, Manuel Win On Opening Night Of Arena Grand Prix

By Sharon Robb

January 17, 2014

It came as no surprise when U.S. national team members dominated the awards podium on opening night of the Arena Grand Prix in Austin, Tex.

Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian and Simone Manuel were among winners Friday night.

Ledecky, swimming’s distance queen, won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:04.46, nearly five seconds ahead of Lotte Friis of Denmark.

“It’s a little different than it used to be, not going for best times,” Ledecky told reporters after the meet.

“Now I am just getting up and racing and finding ways to improve, working on little things like race strategy, saving my legs, those kind of things.”

Adrian dominated the men’s field in the 100-meter freestyle. He led from start-to-finish to win in 48.26 ahead of Yannick Agnel of France (49.31) and U.S. Olympian and top morning seed Conor Dwyer (49.39).

“It’s a good start to the long course season,” Adrian said.

Manuel won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.38, nearly a half second ahead of Olympian Allison Schmitt in 54.86. Schmitt is returning to competition after a disappointing 2013 season.

Megan Romano and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace tied for third in 54.94.

Other individual winners were:

Micah Lawrence, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.73.

Tom Shields, 100-meter butterfly in 52.72.

Ross Murdoch of Great Britain, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.15.

Frenchman Yannick Agnel, 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.78.

Canadian Noemie Thomas, 100-meter butterfly in 58.54.

Most of the swimmers are using the three-day meet as a gauge for training, looking ahead to the competitive summer season. No Florida Gold Coast teams are entered in the meet.

The meet continues today with prelims and finals, both being live webcast at http://www.usaswimming.org. The finals are also being televised by Universal Network with Rowdy Gaines.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Stacked Field Entered In This Weekend’s Arena Grand Prix

Stacked Field Entered In This Weekend’s Arena Grand Prix

By Sharon Robb

January 15, 2014

There will be plenty of world-class swimmers competing this weekend when the Arena Grand Prix Series resumes at the University of Texas Lee and Joe Jamail Aquatic Center in Austin.

The three-day meet that begins on Friday will be the first long course meet of the series.

A field of 423 athletes are entered including forty USA Swimming National Team swimmers and thirty Olympic gold medalists.

Heading the field are Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers and Allison Schmidt.

Canadian Olympian Martha McCabe was forced to withdraw from the meet with a stress fracture in her clavicle.

Even though he is on the psych sheet for Austin, Ryan Lochte, training full-time with SwimMAC after being sidelined after a freak MCL knee injury, will not be ready until the Feb. 13-15 Orlando stop, SwimMAC coach Dave Marsh said.

Universal Sports Network will have live coverage on Friday and Saturday. There will also be a live webcast streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org.

A total of $150,000 in prize money is available in the six-meet series. First place earns $500, second is $300 and third is $100.

Connor Dwyer and Megan Romano are currently leading the Arena Grand Prix Series standings after the first of six meets.


Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman, a St. Thomas Aquinas alum, won three events to lead LSU men’s team to a 185-112 victory over SMU. Goldman, a freshman, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:49.95, 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.34 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.10…LSU also defeated Oklahoma Baptist, 51-26. Oklahoma Baptist is coached by Sam Freas, former executive director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Florida Gold Coast coach…

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana of the University of Florida, was named the first Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Week for 2014. Omana won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:08.26 and 400-yard individual medley in 3:54.69 in the Gators’ 180-118 win over Florida…Florida Southern’s Luis Rojas and Lauren Reynolds won the Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Week honors…

North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt among others to Olympic gold, is writing a book that is expected to come out in late 2015 or early 2016. While some of his swimming experiences will be included, the book will dwell more on goal-setting, business and personal development.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Competing; Adrian Meet Record, Two Upsets Highlight Santa Clara Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Competing; Adrian Meet Record, Two Upsets Highlight Santa Clara Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Competing; Adrian Meet Record, Two Upsets Highlight Santa Clara Grand Prix


May 31, 2013

Alia Atkinson got in her first racing of the meet Friday at the Santa Clara Grand Prix at George F. Haines International Swim Center.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian, fine tuning for the World Championships in July, is entered in six events.

Atkinson, 24, opened the meet in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing 49th in 57.93, just off her best time of 57.47.

She finished 45th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.93, off her best time of 1:10.17.

Atkinson was 20th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:36.03. Her seed time was 2:28.77.

On Saturday, Atkinson swims the 50-meter freestyle which she is seeded 28th and on Sunday she competes in her marquis event, the 100-meter breaststroke, where she is seeded second behind Jessica Hardy, and 200-meter individual medley in which she is seeded 13th.

In the championship finals Friday night:

Nathan Adrian, who said he isn’t training consistently, broke a meet record in the 100-meter freestyle to win in 48.08, fourth fastest time in the world this tear.

Olympian Ryan Lochte, working his way back into to shape a month away from world trials, made the “A” final of the 100-meter freestyle wearing jammers for the first time this season. He earned the sixth seed in 50.05 and finished second in the final in 49.53.

Lochte came back to win the 100-meter butterfly in 52.29, edging Tyler McGill in 52.42.

In one of the upsets of the night, North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s Gillian Ryan, 17, won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.83 in an exciting finish. She was sixth in Lane 7 at the 350-meter mark. Alexa Komarnycky was second in 4:11.93 and Allison Schmitt was third in 4:11.97.

In another upset, Canadian Katerine Savard knocked off Olympic champion Dana Vollmer in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.83. Vollmer was second in 58.90.

Texas Laura Sogar won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.53. Micah Lawrence was second in 2:27.32.

Kevin Cordes, 19, making his long course debut this year, won the 200-meter breaststroke by two body lengths to finish in 2:10.95, seventh fastest in the world. New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders, training at USC, was second in 2:13.63. Cordes went out in 1:02.9.

Connor Jaeger won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:46.93. Conor Dwyer was second in 3:48.20, eighth fastest time in the world this season.

Megan Romano, 22, of Athens Bulldogs won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.16. Olympian Natalie Coughlin, 30, was second in 54.33 and Missy Franklin was third in 54.56.

A field of more than 500 swimmers is competing in the sixth and final stop on USA Swimming’s 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series that awards prize money to top finishers.

Saturday’s finals will air live on Universal Sports Network, 8-9:30 p.m. EST and live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed live online at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Quintero Top Finisher On Day One Of GCST Winter Invitational

SOFLO’s Quintero Top Finisher On Day One Of GCST Winter Invitational


January 18, 2013

Samuel Quintero of South Florida Aquatic Club was the team’s top finisher Friday night on the opening day of the GCST Winter Invitational at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Quintero, 12, was second in the 400-yard individual medley in 5:08.13. Teammate Brandon Moran was fourth in a best time 5:13.95, dropping from 5:22.01.

Abolade Oyetunji, 13, lowered her best time in the 500-yard freestyle, dropping from 6:08.85 to 5:56.20 and finished 18th. Natasha Testa, 14, was 22nd in a best time 6:07.06, dropping from 6:07.68.

Sara Quintero, 9, was eighth in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:54.13, dropping from 2:59.18.

Kevin Porto, 13, was eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.78.

The meet, SOFLO’s first of 2013, ends on Sunday. SOFLO has 21 swimmers competing against some of the state’s top teams and swimmers.

Friday Results


500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Christina Walch, SWIM 5:58.89; 12-and-under, 1. Jessica Walsh, GCST 5:29.76; 13-14, 1. Savannah Bowser, GCST 5:06.76; SOFLO: 18. Abolade Oyetunji 5:56.20, best time, 22. Natasha Testa 6:07.06, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 4:59.39.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Christina Walch, SWIM 2:31.98; SOFLO: 8. Sara Quintero 2:54.13, best time.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Jessica Walsh, GCST 5:04.20; 13-14, 1. Savannah Bowser, GCST 4:40.42; 15-and-over, 1. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 4:31.99.


500-yard freestyle:

10-and-under, 1. Conor Cranfield, SWIM 5:50.10; 11-12, 1. Fernando Rodriguez, Metro Aquatics 5:25.01; 13-14, 1. Santiago Corredor, SWIM 4:57.04; SOFLO: 8. Kevin Porto 5:14.78; 15-and-over, 1. Matt Nielsen, GCST 4:40.32.

200-yard individual medley:

10-and-under, 1. Andres Wong, Metro Aquatics 2:32.75.

400-yard individual medley:

11-12, 1. Adrian Aguilar, Metro Aquatics 4:58.73; SOFLO: 2. Samuel Quintero 5:08.13, 4. Brandon Moran 5:13.95, best time; 13-14, 1. Alejandro Carriazo, Metro Aquatics 4:25.47; 15-and-over, 1. Boleck DePawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 4:07.74.

Austin Grand Prix

Olympians Nathan Adrian and Missy Franklin took up where they left off in 2012 by winning on the opening night of the Arena Austin Grand Prix at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

In the marquis event of the meet, Adrian won 100-meter freestyle in a pool record 48.32 against a stacked field.

Adrian of Bremerton, Wash. finished ahead of locals Ricky Berens (49.35), the morning’s top seed, and Jimmy Feigen (50.01) while breaking the 25-year-old pool record of Matt Biondi (48.42). Anthony Ervin was fifth in 50.49.

Ryan Lochte won the B final of the 100-meter freestyle in 51.09. Lochte was also fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.14.

Missy Franklin of Centennial, Colo. cruised to victory in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.68. Simone Manuel was second in 55.52 and Nathalie Lindborg was third in 56.16. Franklin was also fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:12.56.

Other individual winners:

Rachel Nicol of SMU won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.79.

B.J. Johnson of Palo Alto, Calif. won the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.02 finishing ahead of favorite Clark Burckle in 2:13.36.

Eugene Godsoe won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 53.54.

Noemie Thomas won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.88.

Canada’s two-time Olympian Ryan Cochrane won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:52.07.

Chloe Sutton won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:09.35.

More than $30,000 was earned on the opening night of finals of the Arena Grand Prix Tour event, the second of six stops. Franklin won $3,000 but will turn it down to protect her college eligibility at California next fall.

Because of the collegiate season and other swimmers in the midst of heavy training, the meet has less than 600 swimmers competing.

“It’s not a big meet,” said Texas men’s coach Eddie Reese. “There’s not a whole lot of people but there are big people in the meet. Staying out of the water does not make you a better swimmer. It’s good that the best swimmers are getting back in so soon.”

The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org and televised live on Universal Sports 7-8:30 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com