Dressel, Manuel Win On Final Day Of World Team Trials; Team USA Selection Complete


By Sharon Robb

July 2, 2017—The 50-meter freestyles took center stage on the final night of the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

With the quickest start, Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel went on to win in 21.53 ahead of American record holder Nathan Adrian in 21.87 and Cullen Jones in 21.89. It was his third win of the meet. Dressel qualified for up to seven events including a mixed relay for worlds.

“It feels good [to win] especially with good company,” Dressel said. “There’s a lot of really fast guys in that heat.”

Earlier in the week, Dressel, 20, of the University of Florida, was also second in the 100-meter freestyle just behind 28-year-old Nathan Adrian by 1/100th of a second.

Simone Manuel won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in 24.27, just 0.2 seconds shy of Dara Torres’ American record set in 2008 and third fastest in the world this year.

“I was happy with that swim,” Manuel said. “I was surprised with a 24.2 based on how I have been feeling in the water.”

In other Saturday night races:

Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg won the 200-meter individual medley followed by Madisyn Cox. Two-time NCAA champion Ella Eastin did not qualify for the world team.

Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:56.51.

Leah Smith won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16:01.02. Katie Ledecky will claim the other spot at worlds after winning the 800 freestyle earlier in the week.

Clark Smith won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:50.54 just ahead of Zane Grothe of Badger Swim Club in 7:50.97.

The men’s 800 freestyle and women’s 1500 freestyle were recently added to the Olympics for 2020. However, the addition came too close to nationals for USA Swimming to change its selection criteria so the men’s 800 and women’s 1500 will be treated as non-Olympic events for worlds, junior world and World University Games qualifying.

Top high point scorers of the meet were: Leah Smith, 91; Caeleb Dressel, 90; Katie Ledecky, 73; Michael Andrew 72; and Kelsi Worrell, 70. Stanford, Cal Aquatics and Athens Bulldogs were the top three club finishers.

Ledecky, despite taking two days off, received the Phillips 66 Performance Award.

On the final day, St. Andrew’s alum Rachael Bradford-Feldman was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher, making Top 8 in the 200-meter individual medley. She was eighth in finals in 2:14.54 after going 2:13.97 in prelims.

With a nice blend of new faces and veteran swimmers, Team USA will take 24 men and 21 women to Budapest at this month’s world championships. The women’s team will be coached by Greg Meehan of Stanford and Dave Durden of Cal-Berkeley will coach the men’s team.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Prelims, 7. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Louisville 2:13.97; A Final, 8. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Louisville 2:14.54.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: 62. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:08.26.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Prelims, 24. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 25.82; C Final, 4, tie, Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 25.76.

SATURDAY RESULTS

Women’s 1500-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 16:01.02, 2. Hannah Moore, Wolfpack 16:08.68, 3. Ashley Twichell, NCAC 16:10.63.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: 1. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:09.57, 2. Madisyn Cox, TXL 2:09.69, 3. Ella Eastin, Stanford 2:10.89.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 1:56.51, 2. Abraham Devine, Stanford 1:56.79, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 1:57.14.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle: 1. Clark Smith, TEX 7:50.43, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 7:50.97, 3. True Sweetser, Stanford 7:55.29.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, Stanford 24.27, 2. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal Aquatics 24.74, 3. Lia Neal, Stanford 24.77.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 21.53, 2. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 21.87, 3. Cullen Jones, Wolfpack 21.89.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Cordes Breaks Three Records On Day Four Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

July 1, 2017—Kevin Cordes swept the breaststroke events after breaking the American, U.S. Open and meet records in the 100-meter breaststroke Friday night at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials on at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Cordes, swimming unattached, won the event in 58.74 lowering Cody Miller’s American record of 58.87 and Adam Peaty’s U.S. Open record of 58.86. He also broke his own meet record of 58.94.

“I’m just happy that I get the chance to swim it again and represent the U.S. at the World Championships,” Cordes said.

“I think I’ll take everything I learned from this meet, the good and the bad, and work through it the next couple of weeks, get ready and get excited again.”

Cordes, who also won the 200-meter breaststroke, is now ranked second in the world.

Cordes is being coached by Sergio Lopez, now coaching at Auburn. Cordes had travelled to Singapore to train with Lopez when he was coaching the Singapore national team before getting the Auburn job.

“What a great meet for Kevin Cordes,” Lopez posted on his Facebook page. “I am very proud of Kevin for staying the course and being able to stay calm through this meet.

“Personally, I am very thankful that he is trusting the process and allowing me to learn as we move forward. Also very thankful to my boss Brett Hawke for giving us this chance to be part of the amazing Auburn family.

“Kevin took three good steps forward to Tokyo 2020 and a good boost of confidence for the next challenge in a couple of weeks at FINA Worlds in Budapest.”

Coral Springs Swim Club’s Alex Evdokimov of Louisville was eighth in the B Final in 1:02.39 after going 1:01.82 in prelims. He was the highest Florida Gold Coast finisher.

Other Friday winners were:

Katie Ledecky won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:58.44, the third fastest time ever and meet and U.S. Open records

Zane Grothe, training in Indiana, won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:44.43.

Lilly King added the 100-meter breaststroke win to her 50- and 200-meter breaststroke victories in a meet record 1:04.95.

Kathleen Baker won her second event, the 100-meter backstroke in a U.S. open and course record-breaking time of 58.57, breaking Missy Franklins’ records of 58.67 set in 2013.

Fan favorite and veteran Olympian Matt Grevers, 32, knocked off Ryan Murphy to win the 100-meter backstroke in 52.71. Murphy was 0.31 seconds behind in 53.02.

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

The five day meet concludes on Saturday. Saturday’s events are: women’s 1500 meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, women’s and men’s 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyles. NBC is broadcasting a tape-delay show on Sunday, 1-3 p.m., with Rowdy Gaines.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: 52. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:19.86.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: 57. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:02.82.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 21. Emily Kopas, Michigan 1:10.34.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 12. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 1:01.82; B Final, 8. Alex Evdokimov 1:02.39.

FRIDAY RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 3:58.44, meet, U.S. Open records, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 4:03.77, 3. Sierra Schmidt, Club Wolverine 4:07.92.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, Badger 3:44.43, 2. Clark Smith, Texas 3:45.91, 3. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatic 3:46.41.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 1:04.95, 2. Katie Meili, New York Athletic Club 1:05.51, 3. Bethany Galat, Texas A&M 1:06.72.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 58.74, meet, U.S. Open, American records, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 59.11, 3. Nicolas Fink, Athens Bulldogs 59.40.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 58.57, 2. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 59.17, 3. Hannah Stevens, UMIZ 59.74.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford 52.71, 2. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 53.02, 3. Justin Ress, Wolfpack 53.38.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel Wins Again On Day Three Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2017—Caeleb Dressel is showing just how versatile he is in the pool.

The Bolles swimmer won the 100-meter butterfly Thursday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Dressel won in 50.87, the fastest time in the world this year and first swimmer to break 51 seconds this year. Dressel swept the butterfly events.

“I was happy with the butterfly races and I couldn’t ask for more,” Dressel told reporters. “I’m definitely a speed guy, that’s how I swim most of my races. But I just want to swim a smart race.

“I don’t want to be labeled as a sprinter that goes out wicked fast and just dies,” Dressel said. “I want to be a speed guy that controls his races.”

Dressel, who beat Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling at this year’s NCAAs, will have another showdown with the superstar at the world championships.

Other Thursday winners were:

Kelsi Worrell of Louisville won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.38. It was the third event she qualified for world championship schedule.

Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz, who finished his college swimming career at Georgia this past season, swam the fastest time in the world this year to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:06.99.

Leah Smith of Cavalier won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.86. Elizabeth Beisel was second in 4:38.55. Bethany Galat and Ella Eastin were both disqualified.

Justin Ress of Wolfpack knocked off Ryan Murphy of Cal Aquatics to win the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 24.41. Murphy was second in 24.64 and Matt Grevers was third in 24.67.

Hannah Stevens won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 27.33.

Lilly King of Indiana won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.66, the only swimmer to dip under 30 seconds. It was a meet, U.S. Open and American record.

Kevin Cordes won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 26.88, the only swimmer under 27 seconds.

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

The five day meet continues Friday. Friday’s events are: women’s and men’s 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter backstroke.

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.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 10. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Louisville, 4:45.16, prelims; B Final, 4. Bradford-Feldman, 4:46.32.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 52. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:36.86.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 48. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:01.05, 61. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.52.

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 21. Emily Kopas, Michigan 32.21.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 23. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 28.75.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 72. Darby Goodwin, VILL 30.23, 89. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 31.20, Clara Smiddy, Michigan, DNS.

THURSDAY RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 1. Leah Smith, Cavalier 4:33.86, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, ABF 4:38.55, 3. Brooke Ford, Lakeside 4:39.19.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 4:06.99, 2. Jay Litherland, Dynamo 4:09.31, 3. Gunnar Bentz, Athens Bulldogs 4:11.66.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville 57.38, 2. Sarah Gibson, TAMU 57.96, 3. Mallory Comerford, Louisville 57.97.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 50.87, 2. Tim Phillips, Swim MAC 51.30, 3. Jack Conger, NCA 51.33.

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 29.66, 2. Katie Meili, NYAC 31.11, 3. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 30.24.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 26.88, 2. Andrew Wilson, TXL 27.18, 3. Cody Miller, Badger 27.24.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 1. Hannah Stevens, UMI 27.63, 2. Kathleen Baker, TE 27.69, 3. Ali Deloof, Club Wolverine 27.89.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ress, Wolfpack 24.41, 2. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 24.64, 3. Matt Grevers, Ford 24.67.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Florida Swimmers Take Center Stage On Day Two Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2017—Ryan Murphy and Caeleb Dressel, who grew up swimming in Florida, won national titles Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Murphy, the Olympic champion, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.30 while Dressel won his first national title in the 50-meter butterfly in a national meet record 23.05 and qualified for his second world championship event after earning a spot in the 100-meter freestyle.

Dressel, a double Olympic gold medalist on relays in Rio, won an hour after finishing sixth in the 200-meter freestyle final.

Murphy graduated from Jacksonville Bolles and trained with the club team. Dressel graduated from Clay High School and trains with the club team.

Other Wednesday winners were:

Lilly King won the 200-meter breaststroke to set up a showdown with Russian rival Yulia Efimova at next month’s world championships. King won in a best time 2:21.83, dropping 2.2 seconds off her previous best. They will meet for the first time at worlds.

Katie Ledecky beat her best time in the world this year by a half second winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.84. Ledecky has the 400 freestyle left to swim on Friday.

“Certainly growing in confidence in that race,” said Ledecky, who won the 800 freestyle the night before. “It’s right on or faster than what I was at Trials last year (1:54.88).

Kathleen Baker won the 200-meter backstroke by 2:17 seconds in 2:06.38, the fastest time in the world this year. Teenager Regan Smith, 15, was second and will be the youngest American to race in an individual event at worlds since Elizabeth Beisel in 2007.

Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell of Louisville won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.69.

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

The five day meet continues Thursday. Thursday’s events are: 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter backstroke.

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.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 60. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:04.04.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 71. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:54.32.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 21. Rachel Bradford Feldman, Louisville 2:31.21, 23. Emily Kopas, Michigan 2:31.83.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 14. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs SC 2:14.72/B Final, 4. Alex Evdokimov 2:14.00.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 14. Clara Smiddy, Michigan 2:11.94, 75. Darby Goodwin, VILL 2:18.59; B Final, 8. Clara Smiddy, 2:13.10.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 45. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 27.91, 64. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 28.55.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 1:54.84, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 1:56.68, 3. Melanie Margalias, St. Petersbrg 1:56.90.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 1:45.03, 2. Blake Pieroni, Indiana 1:46.30, 3. Zane Grothe, Badger 1:46.39.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 2:21.83, 2. Bethany Galat, TAMU 2:22.24, 3. Miranda Tucker, Club Wolverine 2:25.82.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 2:07.41, 2. Nicolas Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:08.63, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:08.72.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 2:06.38, 2. Regan Smith, RIP 2:08.55, 3. Asia Seidt, Lakeside 2:08.99.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 1:54.30, 2. Jacob Pebley, Cal Aquatics 1:54.78, 3. Robert Owen, Hoki 1:57.17.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Cardinals 25.69, 2. Hellen Moffitt, NCAC 26.19, 3. Kendyl Stewart, Trojan 26.24.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 23.05, 2. Cullen Jones, Wolfpack 23.27, 3. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 23.37.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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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.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

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.

TUESDAY DAY ONE FINAL RESULTS

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

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Margalis, Lochte Win, Valley Takes Second On Final Night Of Phillips 66 National Championships

Margalis, Lochte Win, Valley Takes Second On Final Night Of Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2014—It was a great finishing night for Florida swimmers at the Phillips 66 National Championships Sunday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

Melanie Margalis, 22, of St. Petersburg Aquatics, seeded second after morning prelims, topped an impressive field to win the 200-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 2:10.20, bettering her previous best of 2:10.71.

It is the fastest time in the U.S. and third best in the world this year and the Clearwater Countryside alum’s first national title.

Maya DiRado, 21, of Stanford Swimming, the leader after the backstroke, was second in 2:10.57 and Caitlin Leverenz, the early leader after the butterfly, was third in 2:11.05. University of Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, 21, was fifth in 2:12.46.

“I am speechless right now,” Margalis said. “I have to let it soak in right know. I am really excited.”

Margalis splits were 28.60, 32.93, 37.52 and 31.15.

During the week, Margalis finished third in the 400-meter individual medley (4:37.84) and third in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:25.27). She will compete in all three at Pan Pacs.

Margalis will be part of a 60-swimmer contingent the U.S. is sending to Australia for the Pan Pacific Championships.

Florida alum Ryan Lochte, 30, of Daytona Beach and SwimMAC went out fast and held on to win his first individual event of the meet in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:56.50.

Lochte led from wire-to-wire and held off a charging Michael Phelps, 29, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, who finished 5/100ths of a second behind Lochte in 1:56.55. It was the second and third fastest times in the world this year. Tyler Clary, 25, of SwimMAC was third in 1:57.94.

“I didn’t really want to go out fast, I was trying to hold back,” Lochte said with a smile. “This year has been up and down. I’m glad I got a win. It’s been both mentally and physically draining for me. The mental part was knowing I haven’t done the work I wanted to and physically because of my knee.”

Said Phelps who couldn’t see Lochte in Lane 2, “I saw nothing. I knew we were going out fast. That race was pretty painful in the end. I’m just happy being back in the water and to be able to finish like that is good. We do enjoy racing each other and we both hate to lose.”

Bradenton’s Danielle Valley, 19, of Sarasota YMCA, leading for most of the race, finished second in the 1500-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 16:19.83, bettering her previous best of 16:24.44. The 2012 Olympic Trials finalist is in the process of transferring from University of Florida.

By virtue of his “B” final victory in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.50, Bolles’ Caleb Dressel, 18, won the 18-and-under national title.

SwimMAC Carolina swept the combined (756 points), men’s (384) and women’s (372) team titles. California Aquatics was second in combined (566) and women’s (307) and North Baltimore Aquatic Club was third overall (522) and was second (305) among men’s teams.

Individual high point award winners were Missy Franklin of Cal Aquatics and Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford.

Katie Ledecky of Nation’s Capital won the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her world record performance in the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky scratched from Sunday’s 1500.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 1500-meter freestyle: Swimming in Lane 8, Katy Campbell, 20, of Palo Alto came from behind to win in a lifetime-best 16:17.59, bettering her previous best of 16:44.70 and fastest time in the world this year.

“I just really trusted my coach,” Campbell said. “We have been working on this all year. I just went for it.”

Men’s 800-meter freestyle: Michael McBroom, 23, of The Woodlands Swim Team pulled away to win his second national title of the week in 7:49.66, third fastest in the world this year. He also won the 400 freestyle title and was second in the 1500. Matt McLean, 26, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club was second in 7:55.78 and Michael Klueh, 27, of Club Wolverine was third in 7:58.13.

“I just wanted to get out there, race and win to get the national title,” McBroom said. “I think this sets me up for Pan Pacs and a faster time. The second 400 it was starting to hurt. I tried my best to ignore it.”

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Simone Manuel, 18, of First Colony won in a best time 24.56, fastest time by an American this year and national age group record. Ivy Martin, 21, of Wisconsin Aquatics was second in 24.72 and Madeline Locus, 21, of First Colony Swim Team was third in 24.81. Olympic veteran Natalie Coughlin, 31, of Cal Aquatics, in her last shot to make the Pan Pacs, did not qualify finishing in 24.97.

Coughlin, Allison Schmitt and Katie Hoff of Hurricane Aquatics are the biggest names who were unable to make the top three in any individual event or top four for a relay. Hoff was injured and scratched after her first event. Between the three, they have won 51 Olympic and World Championship medals. It is the first time the trio will not compete in a major international meet since 2000.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been to a meet before where I could say I did everything in my power to be ready and I did,” said Coughlin, who was stricken with food poisoning last week. “There’s always going to be stumbles along the way.”

Manuel leads the new generation of U.S. women sprinters.

“I told myself to have a good finish,” Manuel said. “I really wanted to stick my finish. In the 50 free you have to have everything as perfect as possible. Every time I focus on the blocks I try to focus on doing the best that I can.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Crowd favorite Anthony Ervin, 33, of Cal Aquatics swimming in Lane 5, topped a stacked field to win in 21.55, third fastest time in the world this year and secured his spot on the Pan Pacs team. Favorite Nathan Adrian, 25, and Ervin’s training partner at Cal, was second in 21.69 and Cullen Jones, 30, of SwimMAC was third in 21.83. Florida State alum Mark Weber of SwimMAC was eighth in 22.62. Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel won the “B” final

The five-day meet served as 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. The next meet for swimmers to make a national team is the 2016 Olympic Trials.

The television schedule for the remainder of the month is:

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

FLORIDA GOLD COAST/FLORIDA SWIMMING RESULTS

Women’s 1500-meter freestyle: 2. Danielle Valley, Sarasota YMCA 16:19.83, best time, 22. Summer Finke, SPA 16:53.66, 25. Autumn Finke, SPA 17:02.56, 27. Taylor Katz, SYS 17:04.35, 29. Kahra Williams, GSC 17:06.12, 32. Casey Francis, Pine Crest Swimming 17:09.49.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: 1. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:10.20, best time, 5. Elizabeth Beisel, Bluefish 2:12.46, 14. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:14.97, 31. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:18.20, 41. Ashlee Linn, SYS 2:18.90, 46. Shaun Casey, DBS 2:19.76, 49. Hannah Burns, GSC 2:20.47, 71. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 2:23.18.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:56.50, 26. Matt Curby, Blue Dolphins 2:03.41, 27. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:03.55, 57. Grant Sanders, CAT 2:06.51, 60. Teo D’Alessandro, Bolles 2:06.84.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle: 4. Arthur Frayler, Unattached Florida 8:01.38, 17. True Sweetser, GSC 8:06.77, best time, 32. Adam Bull, Swim Fort Lauderdale 8:14.67, 36. Calvin Bryant, SPA 8:17.14, best time, 37. Blake Manganiello, AquaKids Sharks 8:18.23, best time, Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale, DFS.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 31. Kaitlyn Dressel, Club Seminole 26.01, 67. Harper Bruens, Boca Raton Swim Team 26.66.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 9. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 22.50, 11. Bradley Deborde, PA 22.37, best time, 38. Logan Lassley, Westminster Academy 23.07, 38. Eric McGinnis, TPA 23.07, 64. Logan Heck, Unattached 23.57.

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

Teenager Katie Ledecky Breaks World Record; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Last Event; Hoff Scratches Remainder Of Meet

Teenager Katie Ledecky Breaks World Record; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Last Event; Hoff Scratches Remainder Of Meet


By Sharon Robb

August 9, 2014—On another exciting night at the Phillips 66 National Championships, teenager Katie Ledecky broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle Saturday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

Ledecky, 17, of Nation’s Capital is the first swimmer since American distance star Janet Evans to own the 400, 800 and 1500-meter freestyle world records. Evans held the records from 1988 through 2006.

With the packed crowd on its feet for the entire race, Ledecky won in 3:58.86, bettering the previous mark of 3:59.15 set at the 2009 World Championships by Italy’s Federica Pellegrini. Ledecky was so excited after looking at the scoreboard that she pulled her white Speedo cap off and threw it in her lane.

Ledecky was on world record pace from her opening 100-meter split of 57.74. She was a full second-and-a-half under world record pace at the 200-meter mark with a split of 59.88 and two body-length lead on the field.

After 300 meters and split of 1:00.68, Ledecky was still on record pace, losing her rhythm ever-so slightly but was able to maintain and bring it home with a final split of 1:00.46.

“I didn’t think about the record too much,” Ledecky said. “I was thinking about putting together a good swim and getting a best time which I did so I am pretty happy.

“It’s hard not to have the record on my mind, but I didn’t have it in the forefront,” Ledecky said. “I didn’t let it get to me. I tried to stay relaxed, have fun and swim well. It’s always been in me. I like to train hard and swim fast. I’m glad the training is all paying off.”

Leah Smith, 19, of Cavaliers was second in 4:06.90 and Cierra Runge, 18, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club was third in 4:07.58. University of Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, 21, was fifth in 4:08.07 and former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, was sixth in 4:09.89.

The talk of a world record started after morning prelims when Ledecky broke the U.S. Open, U.S. national meet and junior world records in 3:59.89 and flirted with both the American and world records. It was the third fastest time in history.

Her jaw-dropping world record swim came just days after breaking the junior world record in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.16 and posting an 8:18.47 to win the 800-meter freestyle.

Said men’s 400-meter freestyle winner Michael McBroom of The Woodlands Swim Team: “We were all watching and talking about her world record before the race. We were saying that she may beat some of us. We were trying to stay ahead of that time. Hats off to her, that was a really awesome swim.”

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 19, of Cal Aquatics made the “A” final in the 100-meter backstroke in a best-time 53.20, sixth fastest time in the world this year and came back at night to finish second in 53.21. Murphy was also second in the 200 backstroke in 1:55.99. The U.S. national team member has the 50-meter freestyle remaining on Sunday.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Marc Rojas went 1:06.56 in the 100-meter breaststroke, his second and final event of the meet. Rojas is now headed to Florida State where he will compete for the Seminoles this fall.

Katie Hoff of Hurricane Aquatics scratched from the remainder of the meet because of a nagging intercostal strain she has been dealing with. The intercostal muscles are several groups of muscles that run between the ribs and help form and move the chest wall.

Hoff was entered in the 100 and 200 freestyle events and 200-meter individual medley. It was her first U.S. national championship since making her comeback.

According to her coach Andy Kershaw, Hoff, 25, was dealing with the injury and had been trying to fight through it, but it escalated after the 100 freestyle prelims. She was receiving treatment.

Spruce Creek alum Ryan Lochte scratched from the 100-meter backstroke on Saturday. Earlier in the week, he also scratched from the 200-meter freestyle. On Sunday he is scheduled to race the 200-meter individual medley and is expected to go head-to-head with Michael Phelps.

During a Saturday afternoon press conference, USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch explained the thinking behind the two-year selection process that USA Swimming uses two years before the Olympics.

“When you look at the quad (4-year training plan), you have two years with championship meets in early July,” Busch explained. “The year after the Olympics and then the year of the Olympics. In the middle years, we want our athletes to be able to train all the way through the end of summer into August.

“It’s important that swimmers get the most long course training out of the middle two years as they can. There are coaches that agree and disagree with that opinion, but it is what we believe is best.”

Pan Pac coaches Bob Bowman and Teri McKeever also added that this is a good opportunity for older star swimmers to re-evaluate where they are as athletes and either make some changes in their training or retire.

On Sunday from 4-6 p.m. EST, taped highlights of the meet will air on NBC. Check your local listings.

In other championship finals:

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Michael McBroom, 23, of The Woodlands Swim Team surged in the last five meters to win in a lifetime-best 3:47.19. Matt McLean, 26, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club was second in 3:47.30 and Connor Jaeger, 23, of Club Wolverine was third in 3:49.42.

“I just wanted to have a competitive race,” McBroom said. “I have been working hard all year. I was trying to even split it, that’s generally my strategy.”

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: Jessica Hardy, 27, of Trojan Aquatics and Micah Lawrence, 24, of SwimMAC tied for the title in 1:06.51, sixth fastest time in the world this year and second win of the meet for both. Hardy went out fast in 30.63 and looked to be ahead but Lawrence got her hand on the wall at the same time. Three-time NCAA champion Breeja Larson of Aggies Swimming was third in 1:06.73. SwimMAC had three finalists in the field.

“I knew they would be closing fast, I just kept the blinders on,” Hardy said.

Said Lawrence, “I knew everyone would be a lot faster than me going out, I just told myself to be patient.”

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Indiana alum Cody Miller, 22, of BAD turned in the swim of his career to top an impressive field winning in a lifetime best 59.91, breaking a minute for the first time. Nick Fink 21, of Athens Bulldogs was second in 1:00.38 and Kevin Cordes, of Tucson Ford was third in 1:00.63. Miller was so he excited that he punched the water and hit his head against the wall.

“I was surprised because my goggles started filling up the last 15 meters and I wasn’t sure where I was,” Miller said. “I was a little surprised I won. This is overwhelming. I am still kind of in shock. I can’t believe this, it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Missy Franklin, despite a poor start, kicked it into high gear in the back half of the race to win in 59.38 for her fifth national title in the event. It was the third fastest time in the world this year. It was a 1-2-3 Cal sweep with teammates Rachel Bootsma second in 1:00.71 and Elizabeth Pelton third in 1:00.76. Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks was sixth in 1:01.37.

“I knew the rest of the field was going to be really fast so I knew I had to bring it home really strong,” Franklin said. “My teammates are seriously my second family and to finish 1-2-3 is the best.”

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Matt Grevers, 29 , of Tucson Ford used every inch of his 6-foot-8 frame to hold off Bolles alum Ryan Murphy in the last five meters to win in 52.75 and secure a spot on the Pan Pacs team. Murphy was second in 53.21 and Nick Thoman, 28, of SwimMAC was third in 53.46. Michael Phelps, last at the turn and after hitting the lane line, finished sixth in 53.95.

“This was good, I was about 25/100ths off where I wanted to be,” Grevers said.

Women’s 400-meter medley relay: Longhorn Aquatics won its first relay of the meet in 4:07.73 with Sarah Denninghoff, Gretchen Jaques, Kelsey Leneave and Lisa Boyce.

Men’s 400-meter medley relay: SwimMac Carolina won its second men’s relay of the week in 3:38.51 with Ryan Lochte, Nic Eriksson, Tim Phillips and Dax Hill.

Sunday’s events are men’s 800-meter freestyle, women’s 1500-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle.

After four days of competition, SwimMac Carolina extended its lead in the combined team standings with 647 points, men’s (306) and women’s (341).

The five-day meet, that concludes Sunday, 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. The next meet for swimmers to make a national team is the 2016 Olympic Trials.

The television schedule for swimming this month is:

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

FLORIDA GOLD COAST/FLORIDA SWIMMING RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: 5. Elizabeth Beisel, Bluefish 4:08.07, 6. Becca Mann, NBAC 4:09.89, 16. Danielle Valley, SYS 4:13.12, 26. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:15.45, best time, 41. Taylor Katz, SYS 4:18.35, best time, 50. Kahra Williams, GSC 4:19.96, 53. Lauren Driscoll, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:21.25, 56. Summer Finke, SPA 4:21.51.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: 9. Zane Grothe, Club Seminole 3:51.45, best time, 21. True Sweetser, GSC 3:53.90, best time, 24. Arthur Frayler, Unattached 3:54.61, best time, 32. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 3:56.58, best time, 49. Grant Sanders, CAT 3:58.94, best time, 60. Calvin Bryant, SPA 4:00.12, 72. Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:01.57, 73. William Silva, GSC 4:01.90.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 20. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:09.60, 21. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:09.98, 58. Bethany Leap, SYS 1:12.70.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 39. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 1:03.34, best time, 74. Greg Penny, Westminster Academy 1:05.52, 77. Marc Rojas, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:06.56.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 6. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.37, 13. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 1:02.25 (1:02.10, best time, prelims), 26. Ashlee Linn, SYS 1:02.72, best time, 50. Maddie Hess, BW 1:03.80, 53. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, ATAC 1:04.18.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 2. Ryan Murphy, Cal/Bolles 53.21, 15. Matt Curby, BD 55.75, best time, 40. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club/LSU 57.01, best time.

Women’s 400-meter medley relay: Sarasota YMCA Sharks was ninth in 4:13.71 with Ashlee Linn, Bethany Leap, Taylor Katz and Danielle Valley.

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

Beisel Bounces Back With Win At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Second Event On Saturday

Beisel Bounces Back With Win At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Rojas Swims Second Event On Saturday


By Sharon Robb

August 8, 2014—It didn’t take long for Elizabeth Beisel to bounce back with a vengeance at the Phillips 66 National Championships Friday in front of a packed house at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

Beisel, 21, of Bluefish Swim Club won the women’s 400-meter individual medley, her best event, in 4:32.98 to earn a spot on the Pan Pacific Championship team.

The University of Florida alum shook off the disappointment of her unexpected backstroke start slip on Thursday night to swim the world’s fourth fastest time this year. She pulled away on the backstroke leg and was under American record pace until the final 50 meters of the breaststroke but still managed to win by nearly a full body-length.

Stanford’s Maya DiRado, the defending champion in the event, took second in 4:35.75. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis was third in a lifetime-best 4:37.84, dropping two seconds off her previous best. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann, 16, already on the team in the open water event, was fourth in 4:41.44.

“I don’t think any 400 IMer ever feels good after the race, it felt pretty rough at end,” Beisel said. “I am definitely glad I made the Pan Pac team. The pressure is off now and I can enjoy the rest of the meet. By the time I touched the wall last night I was pretty much over the slip. I knew I had to move on and focus on the next race.”

Olympic great Michael Phelps made the Pac Pac team, but not exactly the way he had hoped. For the second time, his wall work did him in and was forced to settle for second, just 1/100ths behind winner Tom Shields.

Phelps, 29, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, was long on the turn. He drifted into the wall and was seventh coming off the turn. It ended up costing him a few tenths in the final stretch.

Shields, 23, of Cal won in a best time 51.29, second fastest time in the world. Phelps finished in 51.30 and Tim Phillips, 23, of SwimMAC was third in 51.54. Ryan Lochte, 30, of SwimMAC was fifth in 52.21.

“This was really fun,” said an emotionally-charged Shields. “After prelims I was so stoked. This is a dream come true, I grew up watching these guys swim and to do this in front of a hometown crowd is great.”

In morning prelims, Phelps swam the fastest time in the world this year in 51.14.

“This has been my kind of event, the event I love swimming the most,” Phelps said after prelims. “When I have had my best races I have been 16 strokes out and 18 strokes back. This morning I was 16 out and 17 back.”

Also in prelims, Brendan McHugh, 24, of Greater Philadelphia Aquatics and Penn alum broke U.S. open and meet records in the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.10, sixth fastest time in the world rankings. The previous mark was 27.26.

McHugh had planned on retiring after breaking his arm after the 2012 Olympic Trials to focus on law school but returned to the pool while juggling law school.

McHugh came back in the final to knock off Kevin Cordes, 20, of Tucson Ford to win the national title in 27.24. Cordes was second in 27.33 and Zach Hayden of Club Wolverine was third in 27.69.

Marcus Titus, 28, of Tucson Ford, one of the top deaf swimmers in the world, qualified fourth in the breaststroke in 27.86 and finished fourth in the final in 27.76.

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy and his Cal-Berkeley teammate Jacob Pebley scratched from the “A” final of the 50-meter backstroke.

On Saturday from 4-6 p.m. EST, taped highlights of the meet will air on NBC. Check your local listings.

In other championship finals:

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: In the biggest surprise of the night, top-seeded Tyler Clary, 25, of SwimMAC won in a lifetime-best 4:09.51, second fastest time in the world this year. The Olympic gold medalist had already made the team in the backstroke.

Clary knocked off favorite and two-time NCAA champion Chase Kalisz, 20, of University of Georgia and North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Kalisz, the defending champion, tried to reel in Clary during the back half of the race. Both were tied going into the freestyle but Clary pulled away for a body length lead.

“That is the most painful race, you just have to put the pain out of your mind and swim,” Clary said. “I’m pretty happy with that swim. I knew what I had to do early in the race.”

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: For the second night in a row, Kendyl Stewart, 19, of North Coast Aquatics turned it on in the last 25 meters, to win her second national title in a best time 57.98. She won the 50 butterfly the night before. Favorite and top-seed Claire Donahue, 25, of Western Kentucky took it out fast with a 26.67 split, 3/10ths faster than she went in prelims, but got out-touched and finished second in 58.03. Felicia Lee, 22, of Stanford Swimming was third in 58.14.

“I am surprised and happy, it’s been since last summer since I went a best time,” Stewart said. “I really tried to keep my head down in the last 25 and stick the finish.”

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: Jessica Hardy, 27, of Trojan Aquatics was first off the blocks and pulled ahead quickly for the win in a meet record 30.12 to qualify for the world championship team. Hardy showed no ill effects from a shoulder injury that is hampering her freestyle stroke. Breeja Larson, 22, of Aggies Swimming was second in 30.64 and Katie Meili, 23, of SwimMAC and clubmate Micah Lawrence, 24, tied for third in 31.00. Michigan-bound Emily Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was second in the “C” final in 32.38 and finished 18th overall.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: Cal Aquatics’ Rachel Bootsma, 20, despite hugging the lane line for the last half of the race, won in 28.35. Cheyenne Coffman, 25, of Fresno State Bulldogs was second in 28.42 and Olivia Smoliga, 19, of Athens Bulldogs was third in 28.49. “This morning I hit it four or five times,” Bootsma said of the lane line. “I was really close tonight. Racing outdoors for a backstroker is pretty challenging but we are making the best of it this week. It’s pretty much luck.” Michigan-bound Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks won the “B” final and was ninth overall with a great finish in 28.95.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: David Plummer, 28, of New York Athletic Club earned a trip to the world championships winning in 24.82. Only 15/100ths of a second separated the top three finishers. Nick Thoman, 28, of SwimMAC was second in 24.91 and Shane Ryan, 20, swimming unattached was third in 24.97.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle relay: North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in 8:01.75 with Becca Mann, Cierra Runge, Heidi Miller and Gillian Ryan. It was a national 16-18 age group record time. Sarasota YMCA was seventh in 8:21.70 with Ashlee Linn, Taylor Katz, Danielle Valley and Bethany Leap.

Florida State-bound Marc Rojas, 20, of South Florida Aquatic Club went 30.03 in the 50-meter breaststroke, the first of two events he is swimming. On Saturday, he swims the 100-meter breaststroke.

After Day Three, SwimMac Carolina continues to lead the men’s (240 points) and women’s team (247) standings. North Baltimore (176) is second among men’s teams and Cal Aquatics (212) is second among women’s teams.

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.

The next meet for swimmers to make a national team is the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Saturday’s events are 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and men’s and women’s 400-meter medley relay.

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

FLORIDA GOLD COAST/FLORIDA SWIMMING RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 3. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 4:37.84, best time, 22. Lauren Driscoll, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:51.08, best time, 26. Lindsey McKnight, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:51.42, best time, 31. Shaun Casey, DBS 4:52.48, 45. Danielle Valley, SYS 4:57.72, 55. Hannah Burns, GSC 5:01.34, 56. Ashlee Linn, SYS 5:02.42.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 14. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 4:21.92, 30. Sam Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 4:24.85, 31. Adam Bull, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:25.14, 33. William Silva, GSC 4:26.28, best time, 54. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club/LSU 4:30.51, 57. Ryan Rosenbaum, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:30.95.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 53. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:01.40.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 18. Connor Knight, North Palm Beach 53.19, best time, 60. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 55.54.

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 18. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 32.38, 51. Bethany Leap, SYS 33.40, best time.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 64. Greg Penny, Westminster Academy 29.91, best time, 67. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 30.02, 68. Marc Rojas, South Florida Aquatic Club 30.03.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 9. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 28.95, 35. Ashlee Linn, SYS 29.84, best time, 46. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 30.15, best time, 56. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, ATAC 30.46, best time.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: 6. Ryan Murphy, CAL 25.43, 28. Matt Curby, Blue Dolphins 26.47, best time, 37. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club/LSU, 26.80, best time.

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

Another Night Of The Unexpected At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Competes Friday

Another Night Of The Unexpected At Phillips 66 National Championships; SOFLO’s Marc Rojas Competes Friday


By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2014—A day after Michael Phelps missed the wall in the 100-meter freestyle, U.S. Olympic teammate Elizabeth Beisel slipped at the start of the 200-meter backstroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

The University of Florida graduate slipped going straight down from the blocks and was forced to start the race from a dead standstill. She tried to dig herself out of a hole and make up the lost time, but finished sixth in 2:12.37, missing her first shot at making the Pan Pac team.

Missy Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics, coming off her runner-up finish to Katie Ledecky earlier in the 200-meter freestyle, pulled away early and won her fourth consecutive national title in the event in 2:08.38.

“I saw on the first 50 she was way behind and thought that’s not like Beisel,” Franklin said. “I knew she slipped and my heart went out to her.”

Said TV commentator Rowdy Gaines, “I have seen it before at World Championships a couple times and seen a lot of people do that at other meets, but never to that degree to a dead stop in the water. I feel so bad for her.”

After finishing her race, Beisel tossed her cap on the pool deck and looked over to Franklin who asked ‘where were you?’ With a disgusted look on her face, Beisel shook her head and shrugged.

Clara Smiddy, 18, of AquaKids Sharks was third in the “B” final and 11th overall in 2:13.07.

In the men’s 200-meter backstroke, Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 19, of Cal Aquatics finished second in 1:55.99 and was Florida’s top male finisher.

Trailing seventh-seed Ryan Lochte early in the race, Tyler Clary, 25, of SwimMAC surged in the final 50 after a great turn off the wall to win the backstroke in 1:54.73.

Clary was emotional after the race beating his chest and clenching his fist. Lochte struggled in the final stretch and finished third in 1:56.47. There were five teenagers in the men’s final.

“My strategy was don’t lose,” Clary said with a smile. “I knew I wouldn’t have that great a position at the 100. My out speed I still need to work on.”

University of Florida’s Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics was 14th in 2:01.38, off his best time of 2:00.60.

The top Florida women’s finisher was Melanie Margalis, 22, of St. Petersburg Aquatics third in the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:25.27, dropping 1.79 off her previous best of 2:27.06.

Margalis, a Countryside alum from Clearwater and Academic All-American at Georgia, helped to lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA team titles her junior and senior seasons.

A day after swimming a best time 55.79 in the 100-meter freestyle, Katie Hoff of Hurricane Aquatics scratched from the 200-meter freestyle prelims. She is also entered in the 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.

According to her coach Andy Kershaw, “Katie is dealing with an injury she has been trying to fight through. It escalated after yesterday’s 100. We are getting treatment and looking out for her health first and foremost. She is eager to get back to the pool and will be swimming again as soon as it is appropriate.”

Also scratching from the 200 freestyle final were Beisel and Lochte.

Florida State-bound Marc Rojas, 20, of South Florida Aquatic Club competes Friday in the 50-meter breaststroke. It is the first of two events he is entered in. On Saturday he will swim the 100-meter breaststroke.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: In their only head-to-head race of the meet, 17-year-old Katie Ledecky outraced Missy Franklin to win in a lifetime-best 1:55.16, second-fastest time in the world this year. Ledecky’s halfway split was 56.64. She pulled away after the final turn to win by a half-body length. It was her first national title in the event and sixth overall in her career. She also broke her own junior world record.

Franklin, 19, of Cal Aquatics was second in 1:56.40 and Leah Smith, 19, of Cavaliers Aquatics was third in 1:57.57. “You never know you’re going to win with Missy in the race,” Ledecky said.

“It was a tough race. Missy is a great person. She makes everyone on the USA team better. It’s just an honor being on the team with her.”

Said Franklin, “It’s so special watching Katie in the 800 and 1500 and a treat for everyone. To actually get to race her is awesome. She just makes me better.”

The average age of the finalists is 19. Olympian Allison Schmitt, 24, of North Baltimore won the “B” final in 1:58.36. St. Andrew’s alum Tasija Karosas of Texas Aquatics was 24th overall in

2:02.15 after going a best time of 2:02.07 in prelims.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Matt McLean, 26, of North Baltimore broke open a close three-way race in the final stretch to knock off an impressive field that included training mate Connor Dwyer, 25. McLean finished in 1:46.93. Dwyer was second in 1:47.35 and Reed Malone, 19, swimming unattached, was third in 1:47.41.

“Racing these guys I knew it was going to be a very tactical race,” McLean said. “I swam to my strengths and executed it properly even though the times weren’t what we were expecting. Connor and I train together and lay it down every day. We push each other every day. I knew he would be there for the whole race.”

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Micah Lawrence, 24, of SwimMAC started reeling in early leader Breeja Larson, 22, of Aggies Swim Club in the final 50 meters and pulled ahead in the final five meters to win in 2:23.05, second fastest time in the world this year. Larson finished in 2:24.16 and Melanie Margalis, 22, of St. Petersburg Aquatics was third in a lifetime-best 2:25.27, shaving 1.79 off her previous best.

“I just stuck to the plan in the last 50, that’s all it was,” Lawrence said. “She did throw me off a bit going out so fast. The first 150 was harder than it should have been but that’s the nature of the game, you got to race.”

A week after winning her first junior national title, Emily Kopas, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won the “C” final in 2:29.63, just off her best time of 2:29.53 she won the junior title with. Kopas turned it on in the last 50 meters to pull away from the field.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Arizona senior Kevin Cordes, 20, of Arizona Ford out-touched Nicolas Fink, 21, of Athens Bulldogs to win in 2:09.48. Fink’s time was 2:09.62. Josh Prenot, 21, of Cal Aquatics was third in 2:10.43. During morning prelims, Cordes broke the U.S. Open record in a lifetime-best 2:07.86, breaking two-time Olympian Eric Shanteau’s record of 2:08.01. His personal best was 2:08.34.

“I am really happy I made the team. I just did what I had to do tonight,” Cordes said. “I tried to be as efficient as possible.”

Just before the final, the live stream went down for a minute prompting Shanteau to tweet, “Did the live feed seriously just go down?” he asked Twitter followers.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Kendyl Stewart, 19, of North Coast out-touched Claire Donahue to win in 25.99, eighth fastest time in the world this year, and earned a berth on her first world championship team for Russia next year.

“I am really excited, it’s going to be a blast,” Stewart said. “The 50 fly is the most fun event for me. I am pretty slow off the blocks so I tried to work my underwaters.”

At 25, Donahue was the oldest swimmer in the final, finishing second in 26.11.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: At 29, 6-foot-8 Matt Grevers, the oldest swimmer in the field, won a close race with the help of his long arms by 8/100ths of a second in 23.50.

The non-Olympic 50-meter butterfly events were not a qualifying event for the Pan Pacific Championships but were for the 2015 World Championships.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle relay: In an exciting race, North Baltimore Club edged Wisconsin Aquatics, 7:24.49-7:24.99 to win with relay members Frank Dyer, Tom Luchsinger, Thomas Duvall and Austin Surhoff.

After Day Two, SwimMAC leads the men’s team standings with 156 points. Club Wolverine is second with 147. SwimMAC also leads the women’s team totals with 145. California Aquatics is second with 132.

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.

The next meet for swimmers to make a national team is the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Friday’s events are the 400-meter individual medley 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke and women’s 400-meter freestyle relay.

In one of the funnier Twitter messages of the evening, Rowdy Gaines tweeted “We’ve got the Goodyear Blimp! We have arrived!”

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

FLORIDA GOLD COAST/FLORIDA SWIMMING RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 29. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 2:02.15,(2:02.07, best time in prelims), 36. Shaun Casey, DBS 2:02.82, 74. Kahra Williams, GSC 2:05.26, Katie Hoff, Hurricane Aquatics and Melanie Margalis, SPA, scratch.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 24. True Sweetser, GSC 1:52.00, best time, 25. Nicholas Alexiou, SPA 1:50.06, best time, 28. Zane Grothe, Club Seminoles 1:50.60, 34. Matt Curby, Blue Dolphins 1:51.05, 53. Michael Flach, Bolles 1:52.27, 71. Grant Sanders, CAT 1:53.59, 75. Alex Katz, SYS 1:54.02, 83. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 1:55.74.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 3. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg Aquatics 2:25.27, 17. Emily Kopas, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:29.63, best time, 30. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:34.13, 39. Bethany Leap, SYS 2:35.07, 61. Hannah Burns, GSC 2:37.78; Swim-off, 2. Bethany Leap, SYS 2:33.92, best time.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Alex Evdokimv, Coral Springs Swim Club, DQ.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 11. Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks 2:13.07, 17. Ashlee Lin, SYS 2:13.64, 30. Tasija Karosas, Texas Aquatics/St. Andrew’s 2:15.49, 31. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, ATAC 2:15.56, 36. Lauren Driscoll, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:16.19, 61. Maddie Hess, BW 2:19.58.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 14. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 2:01.38, 32. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club/LSU 2:03.50, best time, 40. Alex Dehner, ATAC 2:04.38, 71. Alex Katz, SYS 2:07.77.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: None

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: 7. Santo Condorelli, Unattached 24.01, 13. Bradley Deborde, PA 24.10, best time, 15. Connor Knight, North Palm Beach 24.26, best time, 18. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 24.49, best time.

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

FLORIDA GOLD COAST/FLORIDA SWIMMING RESULTS

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
http://www.swim4soflo.com