Kathleen Golding Makes Third B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 30, 2022—Kathleen Golding had a successful finish at the Phillips 66 National Championships Saturday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club, qualified for her third B final of the week in the 200-meter individual medley.

In prelims, Golding qualified 13th in 2:15.99 to make the B final and finished fifth in the B final and 13th overall in 2:15.96. Earlier in the week, Golding also made the A final in the 400 IM and finished seventh in 4:45.35. She finished the meet with 24.5 points.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was second in the B final and tenth overall in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 25.31. dropping 0.07. Pelaez scored all 39 points for her team.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 283.5, 2. Cal Aquatics 249, 3. Gator Swim Club 201.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 157, 5. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont 143.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 176.5, 2. Indiana Swim Club 120.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 115, 4. Mission Viejo 72.5, 5. SwimMAC 70.5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 163, 2. Gator Swim Club 152.5, 3. Long Island 118, 4. Nashville 112, 5. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont 99, 16. Eagle Aquatics 39.

WOMEN
200-meter individual medley: 1. Leah Smith, TXLA 2:11.67, 2. Zoie Hartman, ABSC 2:12.04, 3. Beata Nelson, WA 2:12.46, 13. Kathleen Golding, GSC 2:15.96.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 24.17, 2. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 24.47, 3. Claire Curzan TAC 24.74, 10. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.31.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Maddy Gough, AUS 16:07.34, 2. Mariah Denigan, ISC 16:12.44, 3. Kensey McMahon, BAMA 16:16.22, 17. Anna Auld, SAS 16:45.99, 21. Blair Stoneburg, UN-WIS 16:57.60.

MEN
200-meter individual medley: 1. Shaine Casas, TXLA 1:55.24, 2. Grant House, SUN 1:59.03, 3. Baylor Nelson, MAC 1:59.13.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Matt King, CA 21.83, 2. Justin Ress, MV 22.01, 3. Jack Alexy, CAL 22.18.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, SPA 7:51.21, 2. Will Gallant, WOLF 7:53.34, 3. David Johnston, TST 7:54.60

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Kathleen Golding Makes Second B Final At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 29, 2022—Kathleen Golding made her second B final at the Phillips 66 National Championships Friday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club was fourth in the B final and 13th overall in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:14.56, just 0.80 off her best time. Golding has made one A final and two B finals during the meet. Golding has the 200 IM left to swim on Saturday, the final day of the meet.

Wisconsin-bound Blair Stoneburg, 18, was ninth in the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:13.82, dropping 1.53 seconds off her previous best.

Erin Gemmell, 17, of Nation’s Capital won the 400 free in a best time 4:06.17, dropping 3.64 seconds. Her previous best was 4:09.81. Gemmell led from start to finish and was never challenged.

Florida Gold Coast top finisher and U.S. junior national team member Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:00.33, dropping 0.62 seconds.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 180.5, 2. Gator Swim Club 160, 3. Cal Aquatics 153.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 117, 5. Long Island 84.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 110, 2. Indiana Swim Club 81.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 54, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 50, 5. Ridgefield 47.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 131, 2. Indiana Swim CLub 99, 3. Long Island 75, 4. Nashville, Longhorn Aquatics 67, 20. Eagles Aquatics 19.

WOMEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Erin Gemmell, NCAP 4:06.17, 2. Cavan Gormsen, LIAC 4:08.38, 3. Kensey McMahon, BAMA 4:08.57, 9. Blair Stoneburg, Unattached-Wisconsin 4:13.82, 13. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:14.56; TCA: 11. Blair Stoneburg, Unattached 4:15.58, prelims, 16. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:16.73, prelims.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kaitlyn Dobler, TRO 1:06.88, 2. Olivia Anderson, AQJT 1:07.85, 3. Talara-Jade Dixon, AUS 1:08.15.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Rhyan White, ALA 58.91, 2. Kira Toussaint, TA 59.24, 3. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 59.55; FGC: 6. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:00.33, 43. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EA 1:03.12.

MEN
400-meter freestyle: 1. Jake Magahey, SA 3:46.36, 2. Jake Mitchell, UN 3:46.59, 3. Kieran Smith, RAC 3:48.48.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Josh Matheny, ISC 59.44, 2. Caspar Corbeau, UN 59.91, 3. Kevin Houseman, WILD 1:00.24.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ress, MV 53.55, 2. Adam Chaney, RAYS 53.68, 3. Jack Aikins, SA 53.75; FGC: 38. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 56.46.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Kathleen Golding Makes A Final; Katie Ledecky Wins Third Event; Gator Swim Club Leads Women’s Teams At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 28, 2022—Kathleen Golding made the most of her second chance at the Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Golding, 21, of Gator Swim Club, finished seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:45.35, shaving 2.59 seconds off her previous best.

Golding was originally disqualified after swimming 4:46.93 in the early heats. The disqualification was overturned shortly after the conclusion of the event and Golding advanced into the “A” final as fifth seed.

GSC teammate and grad assistant coach Katie Ledecky, 25, won her third event of the meet. She overtook top seed Leah Smith on the final freestyle leg to win the 400 IM in 4:35.77, her best time in four years. Ledecky also has the 800 and 200 freestyle titles.

Mitchell Ledford of Treasure Coast was fourth in the B final and 12th overall of the 100-meter butterfly in 52.85. He was 11th in prelims, also in 52.85.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics, was second in the B final of the 100-meter butterfly in 59.23, just 2/100ths behind winner Lillie Nordmann of Alto. Pelaez was 16th in prelims in 59.97.

Josh Zuchowski was 46th in the 100 butterfly in 54.77 to make D final. Anna Auld of Gator Swim Club was 18th in the 400 IM prelims in 4:50.85 to make the C final and was 23rd in 4:52.23.

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Indiana Swim Club 180.5, 2. Gator Swim Club 160, 3. Cal Aquatics 153.5, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 117, 5. Long Island Aquatic Club 84.
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Cal Aquatics 110, 2. Indiana Swim Club 81.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 54, 4. Longhorn Aquatics 50, 5. Ridgefield 47.
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Gator Swim Club 131, 2. Indiana Swim Club 99, 3. Long Island 75, 4. tie, Nashville, Longhorn Aquatics 67.

WOMEN
400-meter individual medley: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 4:35.77, 2. Leah Smith, TXLA 4:36.66, 3. Felicia Pasadyn, OSU 4:42.79, 7. Kathleen Golding, GSC 4:45.35.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Gretchen Walsh, NAC 57.44, 2. Gabi Albiero, UF 57.82, 3. Dakota Luther, TXLA 59.39.

MEN
400-meter individual medley: 1. Kevin Vargas, RMDA 4:11.45, 2. Max Litchfield, DVSC 4:13.08, 3. Kieran Smith, RAC 4:14.04.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Shaine Casas, TXLA 50.40, 2. Shaun Champion, AUS 51.54, 3. Gabriel Jett, CAL 52.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Katie Ledecky Wins Second Event At Phillips 66 National Championships; Golding Makes B Final


By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 27, 2022—Olympic gold medalist and top seed Katie Ledecky won her second event at the Phillips 66 National Championships Wednesday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Ledecky, 25, of Gainesville Swim Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.50. On Tuesday Ledecky won the 800 freestyle in 8:12.03.

Gainesville Swim Club teammate Kathleen Golding, 21, was fifth in the B final of 200 freestyle in 2:00.49. In morning prelims, Golding qualified 12th in 2:00.42.

Treasure Coast’s Blair Stoneburg, competing unattached for Wisconsin, was 33rd in the 200 freestyle in 2:02.81. On Tuesday, Stoneburg was 14th in the 800 freestyle in 8:46.05 and Anna Auld was 19th in 8:47.56

Mitchell Ledford of Treasure Coast was 51st in the 200 freestyle in 1:52.41. On Tuesday, he was 45th in the 200 butterfly in 2:04.30 and 70th in the 100 freestyle in 52.85.

Erika Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was 20th in the 200 backstroke prelims in a best time 2:13.96, dropping 0.60. She finished 19th in finals in 2:13.03, a 1.53 time drop.

On Tuesday, the opening day of the meet, Erika Pelaez was seventh in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.69 after going lifetime best 54.65. Natalie Hinds of Gainesville Swim Club won in 53.53.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, GSC 1:54.50, 2. Erin Gemmell, NCAP 1:56.14, 3. Claire Tuggle, CA 1:58.34; FGC: 13. Kathleen Golding 2:00.49, time drop 1.13.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Mackenzie Looze, ISC 2:25.35, 2. Anna Keating, CA 2:25.82, 3. Ella Nelson, NAC 2:27.40.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 2:07.29, 2. Rhyan White, BAMA 2:07.51, 3. Reilly Tiltmann, CA 2:09.61.
MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Luke Hobson, UN 1:46.14, 2. Kieran Smith, RAC 1:46.32, 3. Jake Magahey, SA 1:46.62.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Matt Fallon, ABSC 2:07.91, 2. Jake Foster, RAYS 2:09.00, 3. Caspar Corbeau, UN 2:09.03
200-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Aikins, SA 1:57.52, 2. Ian Grum, DYNA 1:57.59, 3. Nick Simons, LOSC 1:57.70.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Olympian Allison Schmitt Returns In Winning Form; SOFLO’s Smutny Races Second Event


By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif.—After nearly a two-year hiatus, three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt is back in the water and looking good.

The eight-time Olympic medalist won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.97 at the Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center.

It was 1.3 seconds faster than she swam at world championships where she placed a disappointing 14th. Thursday’s swim was her fastest since August 2018.

Ever since I decided I was going to get back into the pool, eyes were set on 2020,” said Schmitt. “It’s definitely still a day-by-day process, has its ups and downs. But, as a whole, it’s been a good journey, and like I said, I’m really looking forward to this upcoming year.”

Schmitt, at 29, is the only woman left from the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team who is going for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Her American record from winning the 200-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Games remains one of the few marks that Katie Ledecky hasn’t crushed.

Also in the women’s 200-meter freestyle, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny, 18, went 2:03.92.

In other Thursday events:

Madisyn Cox won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.84, a personal best by 1.78 seconds.

Cal sophomore Reece Whitley, at 6-foot-9 one of the sport’s tallest swimmers, won his first national 200-meter breaststroke title in a personal-best 2:09.69.

Texas junior Austin Katz won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:55.72, which would have earned a bronze medal at worlds.

Asia Seidt won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.90. Regan Smith, the 17-year-old who broke the world record at worlds, did not to race this event at nationals.

Aussie teenager Elijah Winnington won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Ryan Lochte Returns To Swimming At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Golding, Smutny Swim First Races


By Sharon Robb

STANFORD, Calif., August 2, 2019—Olympic champion Ryan Lochte returned to the competitive spotlight Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center.

On opening day, Lochte swam the fourth-fastest time by an American in the 200-meter individual medley during a time trial and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1:57.88. The time is only 3.88 seconds off his world record time.

“I’m back, woo,” Lochte told reporters after his race. “It’s been a long three years but it’s good to be back, get on those blocks and race again.”

Lochte, 35, a father of two, is coming off a 14-month suspension for receiving an infusion of vitamin B-12 above the allowed limit. During his suspension, he checked himself into a rehab center in Florida for six weeks to fight alcohol abuse.

“I don’t do that much anymore,” Lochte said. “I’ve been splotchy with my swimming. Family trumps everything. Swimming has been my second priority. Nationals, for me, is a stepping stone to see where I’m at in the swimming world. It’s a long journey to next year to see what I can do.”

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny and Kathleen Golding got in their first swims on Wednesday.

Smutny, 18, was 49th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:15.74. Golding, 18, was 97th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.56.

Wednesday night opening winners were:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle, Ally McHugh, 22, WA 8:26.04.

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle, Bobby Finke, 19, St. Petersburg Aquatics 14:51.15.

Women’s and men’s 200-meter butterfly, Regan Smith, RIPT 2:07.26; Luca Urlando, 17, DART 1:54.92.

Women’s and men’s 100-meter freestyle, Abbey Weitzell, CAL 43.18; Ryan Held, NYAC 47.39, third fastest time this year.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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South Florida Aquatic Club Swimmers Hit The Road For Top-Caliber Swim Meets Across The Nation


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, July 30, 2019—The hard work and fast swims paid off for South Florida Aquatic Club enjoying the best summer in club history.

SOFLO qualified a record eighteen swimmers for various meets across the nation that begin Tuesday night.

Over the next two weeks, the championship season continues for SOFLO in four USA Swimming meets from North Carolina to California.

SOUTHERN ZONES

SOFLO’s Maddie Smutny, 14, and Alejandro Mateus, 14, will compete with several Florida Gold Coast All-Stars at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C. Tuesday through Aug. 3.

The field features 13 zones including Florida Gold Coast and Florida Swimming.

The meet features prelims and finals except for Tuesday which has timed finals in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles and 200-meter medley relays. Swimmers ages 11-18 qualified for one of USA Swimming’s prestigious meets.

SENIOR NATIONALS

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding and Mary Smutny will flex their muscles at the Phillips 66 National Championships Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif. Wednesday through Aug. 4. Each will swim in four events.

Golding, headed to University of Florida in the fall, will compete in the 100-meter freestyle (Wednesday), 400-meter individual medley (Aug. 2), 400-meter freestyle (Aug. 3) and 200-meter individual medley Aug. 4).

Smutny, bound for University of Texas this fall, will swim the 200-meter butterfly (July 31), 200-meter freestyle (Aug. 1), 100-meter butterfly (Aug. 2) and 400-meter freestyle (Aug. 3).

FUTURES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Twelve SOFLO swimmers will compete in the Aug. 1-4 USA Futures Championships, Greensboro, N.C.

Representing SOFLO are Gaby Banks, Dominic Bono, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Molly Golding, Paige Lane, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Mallory Schleicher, Miguel Sierra, Juan Mora and Robert Wilson.

The Futures series was launched in 2015, and in 2016 was expanded from three to four regions. The event was designed to add another stepping stone to the developmental pathway between Sectional Championships (which fall roughly along LSC boundaries) and Junior National Championships.

JUNIOR NATIONALS

SOFLO will have two swimmers in the Aug. 8-10 USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships, also at Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford, Calif.

The qualifiers are Lance Lesage in the 200-meter backstroke (Aug. 7) and 100-meter backstroke (Aug. 9) and Rafael Rodriguez in the 200-meter backstroke (Aug. 7) and 100-meter backstroke (Aug. 9).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Golding Makes Second “C” Final, Swims Best Time On Final Day Of USA Swimming Phillips 66 Nationals


By Sharon Robb

IRVINE, Calif., July 29, 2018—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club closed out senior nationals with another best time and “C” final Sunday at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships.

Golding, 17, was fifth in the “C” final of the 200-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 2:15.61 after going 2:16.50 in prelims for 23rd place. She shaved 1.58 off her previous best of 2:17.19. She was also 74th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.73.

In the five events she qualified in, Golding had three lifetime-bests.

After a day off, Golding will return to the pool to compete in the USA Swimming Junior Nationals where she will compete in the 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley on Aug. 1 before returning home.

In other senior national races:

With world record holder Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith scratching from the 1500-meter freestyle, the race was wide open. Open water swimmer Ashley Twichell of Trojan Swim Club jumped out to a big lead and never relinquished it. She won the mile in a best time 15:55.68, dropping 13 seconds from her previous best.

Newly-crowned 100-meter backstroke world record holder Kathleen Baker broke the U.S. Open and meet records to win the 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.32, her third individua title. She led from start to finish. Baker broke the world record on Saturday in 58.00. St. Petersburg’s Olympic medalist Melanie Margalis was second in the 200 IM in 2:09.43 and made Pan Pacs in her last chance event.

Chase Kalisz won his second national title in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.73, just 2/10ths off his best time and the fastest time in the world this year. It was his best swim of the meet.

Zane Grothe also won his second national title in the 800-meter freestyle in a U.S. Open record of 7:44.57, fastest time in the world this year.

Simone Manuel swept the sprint events in a U.S. Open and meet record 24.10 in the 50-meter freestyle. It was her third fastest career time and fourth fastest American performance in history.

Michael Andrew, enjoying his biggest breakthrough meet, knocked off Caeleb Dressel to win the 50-meter freestyle in a best time by 2/10ths in 21.49. Dressel was second in 21.67 and Nathan Adrian third in 21.85. Dressel had the fastest start but Andrew turned on the after burners down the stretch. It was his third national title in the 50s events.

The senior championship meet was one of the biggest meets of the summer. The meet served as selection trials for the Aug. 9-12 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The U.S. 2019 FINA World Championship team will be chosen based on combined results from nationals and Pan Pacs.

It was also a selection meet for Junior Pan Pacs, Pan American Games and World University Games.

SUNDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter individual medley:
1. Kathleen Baker, TE 2:08.32, US, CR records; 2. Melanie Margalis, SPA 2:09.43, 3. Ella Eastin STAN 2:10.84; FGC: 21. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:15.61, time drop 1.58, 34. Kelly Fertel, GSC 2:17.37.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Simone Manuel 24.10, 2. Abbey Weitzeil 24.56, 3. Margo Greer 24.79; FGC: 74. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 26.73.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Ashley Twichell, TAC 15:55.68, 2. Ally McHugh, Unattached 16:02.56, 3. Erica Sullivan, SAND 16:02.88; FGC: None.

MEN

200-meter individual medley:
1. Chase Kalisz, ABSC 1:55.73, 2. Abrahm Devine, STAN 1:57.41, 3. Gunnar Bentz, CAL 1:58.23; FGC: 43. Miguel Cancel, AKS 2:04.38.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Michael Andrew 21.49, 2. Caeleb Dressel 21.67, 3. Nathan Adrian 21.85; FGC: None.

800-meter freestyle:
1. Zane Grothe, MVN 7:44.57, 2. Jordan Willimovsky, TSM 7:47.51, 3. Robert Finke, SPA 7:51.45.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Golding Swims Second Lifetime-Best Time, Makes “C” Final At USA Swimming Phillips 66 Nationals


By Sharon Robb

IRVINE, Calif., July 27, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding swam back-to-back lifetime-bests Friday at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships.

Golding, 17, was 21st in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:49.23, dropping 1.42. She finished fifth in the “C” final.

In morning prelims she went 4:49.84, dropping 0.81 off her previous best of 4:49.84. She also swam a best time Thursday in the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.25) dropping 0.03.

It was the third of five events she entered. Golding swims the 200-meter individual medley (2:17.19) and 50-meter freestyle (26.35) on Sunday before competing in next week’s Junior Nationals in the same pool.

In other races:

Defending world champion Lilly King touched out Molly Hannis, 29.82-30.07 in the 50-meter breaststroke after missing the Pan Pacs team in the 200-meter breaststroke. The world record holder had no problem winning. She was the only swimmer to dip under 30 seconds.

Ally McHugh of Penn State was a surprise winner in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:34.80, finishing ahead of Brooke Ford, Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg and favorite and defending champion Leah Smith. She reeled in Smith and Forde on the freestyle leg.

After tying her own American record in the 50 butterfly, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.83 as expected. Dahlia came from behind in the back half to win. She has secured her spot at both Pan Pacs and Worlds.

American record holder Olivia Smoliga held off Ali Deloof to win the 50-meter backstroke in 27.70 and will return to worlds.

Favorite Chase Kalisz won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:08.25, nearly a two-second margin of victory. Kalisz surged on the back half to win by more than a body length.

Caeleb Dressel, representing Bolles, won the 100-meter butterfly in 50.50, earning a spot on the Pan Pacs team.

Nineteen-year-old Michael Andrew, already qualified in the 50-meter butterfly, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a U.S. Open record 26.84. He swam just 23 minutes after swimming a lifetime best in the 100 butterfly.

Olympic backstroke champion Ryan Murphy of Cal, coming off a year off in 2017, won the 50-meter backstroke in an American record, U.S. Open and meet records in 24.24.

Missy Franklin made an early exit from nationals failing to qualify for two of the biggest international swim meets leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The four-time 2012 Olympic gold medalist did not final in her 100 and 200-meter freestyle events. She was working her way back from surgeries on both shoulders 18 months ago.

The senior championship meet is one of the biggest meets of the summer. The meet is the selection trials for the Aug. 9-12 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The U.S. 2019 FINA World Championship team will be chosen based on combined results from nationals and Pan Pacs.

It’s also a selection meet for Junior Pan Pacs, Pan American Games and World University Games.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time, three hours behind South Florida.

The meet will be shown on the webcast of usaswimming.org, the Olympic Channel at nbcsports.com, NBC and NBC Sports Network.

TV SCHEDULE

Saturday — Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 4, Olympic Channel (10 p.m.)

Sunday — Day 4, NCBCSN (1 a.m.); Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 5, Olympic Channel (9 p.m.)

Monday — Day 5, NBCSN (6 p.m.)

Stream: NBCSports.com or NBC Sports app

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Ally McHugh, Unattached 4:34.80, 2. Brooke Forde, STAN 4:35.09, 3. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:35.50; FGC: 12. Kelly Fertel, GSC 4:46.58/15, 4:48.64, 24. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:49.84, time drop 0.81/21. 4:49.23

100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, CARD 56.83, 2. Katie McLaughlin, CAL 57.51, 3. Kendyl Stewart, TE 57.70; FGC: 84. Mary Smutny, AKS 1:01.86.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, IU 29.82, 2. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 30.07, 3. Katie Meili, NYAC 30.72; FGC: None.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC 27.70, 2. Ali Deloof, CW 27.88, 3. Elisa Haan, NCS 27.90; FGC: 48. Megan Moroney, CAV 29.58.

MEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, ABSC 4:08.25, 2. Jay Litherland, DYNA 4:10.21, 3. Sean Grieshop, CAL 4:12.72; FGC: 31. Miguel Cancel 4:24.77/28. 4:24.97, time drop 3.62.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 50.50, 2. Jack Conger, NCAP 51.11, 3. Michael Andrew, RPC 51.68; FGC: None.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, RPC 26.84, 2. Devon Nowicki, MILA 27.12, 3. Ian Finnerty, IU 27.19; FGC: 46. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 28.97.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, CAL 24.24, 2. Justin Ress, NCS 24.31, 3. Ryan Held, NCS 24.60; FGC: None.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Ledecky Opens USA Swimming Phillips 66 Nationals With A Win; SOFLO’s Golding Swims First Event


By Sharon Robb

IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2018–Stanford’s Katie Ledecky won her opening event Wednesday at the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships.

Ledecky, 21, under world record pace early in the race, won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:11.98. Leah Smith of Tuscon Ford Aquatics was second in 8:22.79.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist is looking for her 15th career world record. She is also entered in the 200, 400 and 1500-meter freestyles. She scratched from the 100 freestyle to focus on the 800.

In other races:

Simone Manuel swam the fastest 100-meter freestyle on American soil to win in a U.S. Open record 52.54. Her opening split was 25.62 and back end was 26.92.

Cal’s Nathan Adrian had his eight-year national title streak broken by Mission Viejo’s Blake Pieroni, 22, in a lifetime-best 48.08. Adrian, 29, was second in 48.25. It was the first time he lost the race in 2009.

Jordan Willimovsky, 24, won the 1500-meter freestyle in a life-time best 14:48.89, shaving 20.09 seconds off his previous best. St. Petersburg’s Robert Finke was second in 14:55.34.

In the 200-meter butterfly, Hali Flickinger, 24, of Athens Bulldogs won in 2:06.14 and Justin Wright, 22, of Tucson Ford won in 1:54.63.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 17, finished 62nd in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.57, 0.37 off her best time. It was the first of five events she entered.

Golding swims the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.28) on Thursday, 400-meter individual (4:50.65) on Friday and 200-meter individual medley (2:17.19) and 50-meter freestyle (26.35) on Sunday.

The senior championship meet is one of the biggest meets of the summer. The meet is the selection trials for the Aug. 9-12 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The U.S. 2019 FINA World Championship team will be chosen based on combined results from nationals and Pan Pacs.

It’s also a selection meet for Junior Pan Pacs, Pan American Games and World University Games.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time, three hours behind South Florida.

The meet will be shown on the webcast of usaswimming.org, the Olympic Channel at nbcsports.com, NBC and NBC Sports Network.

Thursday — Day 2, Olympic Channel (9 p.m), NBCSN (11 p.m.)

Friday — Day 3, Olympic Channel (9 p.m.), NBCSN (11 p.m.)

Saturday — Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 4, Olympic Channel (10 p.m.)

Sunday — Day 4, NCBCSN (1 a.m.); Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 5, Olympic Channel (9 p.m.)

Monday — Day 5, NBCSN (6 p.m.)

Stream: NBCSports.com or NBC Sports app

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hali Flickinger, ABSC 2:06.14, 2. Katie Drabot, STAN 2:07.18, 3 Regan Smith, RIP 2:07.42; FGC: 44. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:14.97.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, STAN 52.54, 2. Mallory Comerford, LOUIS 53.09, 3. Margo Geer, MVN 53.44; FGC: 43. Megan Moroney, CAV 55.98, 62. Kathleen Golding 56.57, 87. Kyla Valls, CAV 57.35, 93. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks.

800-meter freestyle:
1. Katie Ledecky, STAN 8:11.98, 2. Leah Smith, FORD 8:22.79, 3. Haley Anderson, TRO 8:24.13.

MEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Justin Wright, FORD 1:54.63, 2.Zach Harting, LOUIS 1:55.11, 3. Jack Conger, NCAP 1:55.21; FGC: 33. Luke Smutny, PITT 2:00.24, time drop 0.15.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Blake Pieroni, MVN 48.08, 2. Nathan Adrian, CAL 48.25, 3. Townley Hess, NOVA 48.30; FGC: None.

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Jordan Willimovsky, TSM 14:48.89, 2. Robert Finke, SPA 14:55.34, 3. Zane Grothe MVN 15:00.85.

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