Curzan Breaks Second NAG Record, Foster Sets 17-18 Mark, Pine Crest Relay In Top 10 With Team Record On Day Three Of Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 13, 2019–Claire Curzan broke her second national age group record and Carson Foster moved to second all-time in the 400-yard individual medley to highlight action Friday night at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East at McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Curzan of TAC Titans broke the 15-16 NAG and meet records in the 100 butterfly and became the first female age group swimmer to break 51 seconds in the event in 50.87.

Foster of the Mason Manta Rays moved to second all-time in the 17-18 400 individual medley in 3:38.65, breaking his own meet record.

With one day remaining in the meet, SOFLO swimmers got in more racing on Friday.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was 45th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.23. She has the 200-yard breaststroke left to swim.

Rafael Rodriguez, 18, was 95th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:07.66 and 87th in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.12. He has the 200-yard butterfly remaining.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, was 42nd in the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:30.24. She has the 1,650-yard freestyle left.

Miguel Sierra, 16, was 74th in the 100-yard buttefly in 50.67. He has the 200 butterfly left.

Lance Lesage, 17, was 66th in the 100-yard backstroke in 50.77. He has the 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle left.

Pine Crest Swimming’s boys’ 4×50-yard freestyle was tenth in a team record 1:22.92 with Will Taner, Joshua Hanks, Raphael Santos and Jimmy Hart. Hanks also took fourth in the “C” final for the 100 breaststroke.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics are the only other Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles among other teams from around the east.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships are being held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Prelims of the meet are being held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals are being staged in one pool. The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org at 9 a.m. for prelims and 5 p.m. finals.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. SwimMAC 523.5, 2. SwimAtlanta 448, 3. Dynamo 371, 4. Carmel 364, 5. Mason Manta Rays 334.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 299, 2. SwimAtlanta 256, 3. Mason Manta Rays 254, 4. Carmel 239, 5. Upper Dublin 155.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 271, 2. SwimMAC 224.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 193, 4. Club Wolverine 167, 5. Cardinal Aquatics 154.

GIRLS

400-yard individual medley:
1. Kathryn Ackerman, MLA 4:09.62, 2. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:14.66, 3. Isabella Paoletti, DST 4:17.34.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 50.87, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 52.01, 3. Gabi Albiero, CARD 52.64.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Micayla Cronk, BD 1:44.67, 2. Ella Bathurst, TEAM FL 1:46.41, 3. Paige Hetrick, BRAD 1:47.02.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Abby Arens, MOR 59.82, 2. Letitia Sim, TNT 1:00.44, 3. Alicia Henry, DYNA 1:00.69.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 51.55, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 52.76, 3. Rye Ulett, DYNA 52.87.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mecklenberg 1:31.45, 2. Cardinal Aquatics 1:32.08, 3. Blue Dolfins 1:32.54.

BOYS

400-yard individual medley:
1. Carson Foster, RAYS 3:38.65, 2. Jake Magahey, SA 3:45.37, 3. Tyler Christianson, NAAC 3:46.90

100-yard butterfly:
1. Tim Connery, MAC 46.73, 2. Tristan Dewitt, FORT 47.16, 3. Boyd Poelke, MAC 47.22.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:34.58, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 1:34.95, 3. Jake Magahey, SA 1:35.36.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Josh Matheny, PEAQ 52.56, 2. Tim Connery, MAC 53.19, 3. Reid Mikuta, SGSA 53.26.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Wyatt Davis, CSC 45.80, 2. Adam Cheney, RAYS 47.16, 3. Nathaniel Stoffle, SPAC 47.27.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. SwimAtlanta 1:19.45, 2. Spartan AC 1:21.29, 3. Mason Manta Rays 1:21.45, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 1:22.92 (Will Taner, Joshua Hanks, Raphael Santos, Jimmy Hart).

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

Claire Curzan Lowers U.S. NAG Record; Pine Crest Relay Breaks Team Record On Day Two Of Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 12, 2019–Claire Curzan lowered the 15-16 national age group record in the 50-yard freestyle to highlight action Thursday night at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East at McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Curzan, 15, of TAC Titans won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.77, lowering the old mark of 21.82 set by Gretchen Walsh last year. It was her second sub-22 career performance. Curzan is a high school sophomore.

After earlier week time trial swims, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers raced on the first full day of events against some of the best swimmers in the eastern U.S.

Gaby Banks, 17, was 56th in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.76.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was 52nd in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.35.

Rafael Rodriguez, 18, was 110th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.61.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, was 64th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.20.

Miguel Sierra, 16, opens his list of events on Friday in the 100-yard butterfly.

Lance Lesage, 17, begins racing on Friday in the 100-yard backstroke.

Pine Crest Swimming’s boys 400-yard medley relay of Raphael Santos, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner and Jimmy Hart broke a team record in 3:22.59.

After Day Two, SwimMAC leads combined team standings with 342 points and men’s team standings with 176 points. Dynamo leads the women’s field with 187 points.

In addition to SOFLO, Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics are the only other Florida Gold Coast teams competing.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships are being held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Prelims of the meet are being held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals are being staged in one pool. The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org at 9 a.m. for prelims and 5 p.m. finals.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. SwimMAC 342, 2. Swim Atlanta 278, 3. Dynamo 257, 4. Carmel 215, 5. Mason Manta Rays 184, 6. Lakeside 167, 7. Mecklenburg 144, 8. Club Wolverine 125, 9. TAC Titans 73, 10. Bolles 60.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 176, 2. Carmel 147, 3. SwimAtlanta 145, 4. Mason Manta Rays 136, 5. Upper Dublin 113.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 187, 2. SwimMAC 166, 3. SwimAtlanta 133, 4. Club Wolverine 107, 5. Cardinal Aquatics 91.

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
1. Abigail McCulloh, SA 4:41.53, 2. Kaylee Williams, CW 4:45.62, 3. Olivia McMurray, Swim Florida 4:46.75.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Abby Arena, MOR 1:56.48, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 1:56.54, 3. Kiley Wilhelm, MAC 1:56.95.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 21.77, NAG, 2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM 22.33, 3. Lexie Mulvihill, TEAM 22.57.

4×100-yard medley relay:
1. Dynamo 3:37.00 (Rye Ulett, Alicia Henry, Tristen Ulett, Abby Pilkenton), 2. SwimMAC 3:38.56, 3. TAC Titans 3:40.88.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:
1. Jake Magahey, SA 4:12.72, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 4:15.03, 3. Nathan Borges, SVY 4:22.38.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:42.43, 2. Tim Connery, MAC 1:44.05, 3. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:44.62.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Jack Aikins, SA 19.86, 2. Jake Magahey, SA 19.95, 3. William Cole, LAK 20.09.

4×100-yard medley relay:
1. Mason Manta Rays 3:13.47 (Carson Foster, Ansel Froass, Carl Bloebaum, Ian Van Gorp), 2. SwimMAC 3:14.21, 3. Carmel 3:14.34, 17. Pine Crest 3:22.59.

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

Nordman, Urlando, Foster Win Gold For U.S.; Locals Vale, Bucaro Get In More Racing On Day Two Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 21, 2019—It was a good day for Team USA on Day Two of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Wednesday at the state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

Lillie Nordmann, Luca Urlando and Carson Foster won gold medals for the U.S.

Nordmann took the lead at the 150-meter mark and went on to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.24 finishing ahead of Hungary’s Blanka Berecz in 2:08.93.

Urlando dominated the men’s field to win the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.97, just missing his best time by a half a second. Sweden’s Robin Hanson was second in 1:47.03.

Foster led from start-to-finish to win the 200-meter individual medley in a championship record 1:58.46, breaking the previous record by .57. Canadian Finlay Knox was second in 1:59.44.

Other individual champions were:

Italy’s Tomas Ceccon won the 100-meter backstroke in a championship record 53.46 ahead of Russian Nikolay Zuev in 53.50.

Italian teammate and event favorite Benedetta Pilato won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.60. She led from start-to-finish.

Swimming in Lane 7, Russian Vladislav Gerasimenko won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.97, the only swimmer in the final to break 1 minute.

Canadian Jade Hannah won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.63. She was the only sub-minute backstroke in prelims, semis and finals.

Aussie Lani Pallister pulled away from the field early to win the 800-meter freestyle in a championship record 8:22.49.

The U.S. mixed 4×100-meter medley relay team had no trouble winning the gold in a junior world and championship reord 3:44.84. Relay members were Will Grant, Josh Matheny, Torri Huske and Gretchen Walsh. Russia was a distant second in 3:48.06.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming was 49th in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.71. He was also 66th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.91.

Guatemala’s Luis Bucaro (Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics) was 49th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:57.09.

Around 800 young promising swimmers ages between 15-17 (women) 14-18 (men) are competing in the six-day competition, which has produced many of today’s swimming stars.

A total of 125 National Federations are represented in the state-of-the-art Duna Arena, the venue that staged the 17th FINA World Championships in July 2017 and has been the background to many FINA high-profile competitions since then such as the FINA Champions Swim Series and Swimming World Cup.

Daily heat sessions are at 9:30 a.m while semifinals and finals are at 5:30 p.m. All sessions are being live streamed on FINAtv and daily news reports will be available on FINA website. Results are available immediately after each event on FINA website and on FINA mobile app.

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

U.S. Relay Breaks First World Record On Day One Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships; Pine Crest’s Vale Makes History


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 20, 2019—The U.S. men’s team broke the junior world record in the 4×100-meter freestyle Tuesday on opening night of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships at Duna Arena.

The foursome of Jake Magahey (49.51), Luca Urlando (48.73), Adam Chaney (48.64) and Carson Foster (48.92) won in 3:15.80, bettering the previous record by 1.16 seconds. It was also a championship record. Russia was second in 3:16.26 and Italy was third in 3:16.29.

Other individual champions were:

Hungary’s hometown favorite Gabor Zombori, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in a championship record 3:46.06.

Spain’s Alba Ruiz Vasquez, sixth at the back-to-breast turn, won the 400-meter individual medley in a world junior and championship record 4:38.53. The previous record was 4:39.01. American Isabel Gormley was second in 4:39.15.

The U.S. won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:55.49. Winning relay members were Lillie Nordmann, Erin Gemmell, Justina Kozan and Claire Tuggle.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Nicholas Vale of Jamaica got in two races on opening day and made history as the first Jamaican to compete in the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

Vale was 57th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:16.02. He also swam third leg on Jamaica’s 4×100 freestyle relay that was 15th in 3:39.20.

Bahamian Izaak Bastian of Florida State and St. Andrew’s alum, was 14th in the 100-meter breaststroke prelims in 1:02.55 but failed to get out of semifinals, placing 11th in 1:01.99.

Other Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

50. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics, 400-meter freestyle, 4:09.81.

Around 800 young promising swimmers ages between 15-17 (women) 14-18 (men) are competing in the six-day competition, which has produced many of today’s swimming stars.

A total of 125 National Federations are represented in the state-of-the-art Duna Arena, the venue that staged the 17th FINA World Championships in July 2017 and has been the background to many FINA high-profile competitions since then such as the FINA Champions Swim Series and Swimming World Cup.

Daily heat sessions are at 9:30 a.m while semifinals and finals are at 5:30 p.m. All sessions are being live streamed on FINAtv and daily news reports will be available on FINA website. Results are available immediately after each event on FINA website and on FINA mobile app.

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

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks, Pine Crest’s Nicholas Vale Will Compete For Jamaica In FINA World Junior Championships That Begin Tuesday


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, August 19, 2019—Gaby Banks of South Florida Aquatic Club and Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming are among Jamaica’s eight-swimmer contingent in the seventh FINA World Junior Swimming Championships that begin Tuesday.

The six-day meet will feature the world’s best under-18 swimmers competing at the state-of-the-art Danube Arena.

Banks, 16, will compete in four events: 50-meter freestyle (26.65), 200-meter freestyle (2:15.05), 50-meter backstroke (34.29) and 200-meter individual medley.

Banks will be a senior at Cypress Bay High School when the swim season begins.

Vale will compete in five events: 100-meter freestyle (53.87); 200-meter freestyle (1:57.03); 400-meter freestyle (4:14.61); 50-meter butterfly (25.41); and 100-meter butterfly (57.95).

Vale, 18, will be a freshman at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Other past and present Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing are:

Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s alum: 50-meter freestyle (23.18); 50-meter breaststroke (28.20); 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.41); and 200-meter breaststroke (2:18.03).

Rodolfo Falcon, Cuba, Azura: 400-meter freestyle (4:06.27); 800-meter freestyle (8:24.40); and 1500-meter freestyle (16:00.80).

Luis Bucaro, Guatemale, Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics: 50-meter freestyle (26.24); 100-meter freestyle (55.01); 200-meter freestyle (1:57.84); and 400-meter freestyle (4:10.61).

Alex Joachim, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Azura: 50-meter freestyle (26.08); 100-meter freestyle (54.96); 50-meter backstroke (29.35); 50-meter breaststroke (31.44); 200-meter breaststroke (NTA); 50-meter butterfly (NTA); 100-meter butterfly (NTA); and 200-meter butterfly (2:18.15).

The U.S. team features 45 talented swimmers from 39 clubs across 19 different states.

Emerging talents such as U.S. National Team members Luca Urlando (Sacramento, California./DART Swimming) and Chase Travis (Warren, N.J./Somerset Valley YMCA) will look to showcase their talents on the world stage. Urlando and National Junior Team teammate Carson Foster (Montgomery, Ohio/Mason Manta Rays) will have the largest schedule of events competing in five races each.

“As we look at the teams we put together, we see swimmers that are already close to or breaking world junior records,” Team USA men’s head coach Billy Doughty said. “The youth coming up through United States swimming is pretty exciting.”

Added Team USA women’s head coach Crystal Keelan: “There’s a lot of fast kids out there, but some of the swims [by junior athletes] have been a little bit shocking and pretty exciting. We’re looking forward to seeing what they can do in international competition against the world’s best.”

TOP SEEDS:

MEN: 50 Free: David Curtiss, USA, 22.25; 100 Free: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 48.50; 200 Free: Luca Urlando, USA, 1:46.51; 400 Free: Jake Mitchell, USA, 3:48.09; 800 Free: Aleksandr Egorov, RUS, 7:52.04; 1500 Free: Franko Grgic, CRO, 14:56.55; 50 Back: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 25.16; 100 Back: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 53.60; 200 Back: Jan Cejka, CZE, 1:57.51; 50 Breast: Vladislav Gerasimenko, RUS, 27.77; 100 Breast: Alexander Zhigalov, RUS, 1:00.75; 200 Breast: Shoma Sato, JPN, 2:09.42; 50 Fly: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 23.46; 100 Fly: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 50.83; 200 Fly: Luca Urlando, USA, 1:53.84; 200 IM: Carson Foster, USA, 1:58.69; 400 IM: Carson Foster, USA, 4:13.39; 4×100 free: Russia, 3:18.11; 4×200 free: United States, 7:16.42; 4×100 medley: Russia, 3:35.17.

WOMEN: 50 Free: Gretchen Walsh, USA, 24.85; 100 Free: Gretchen Walsh, USA, 54.13; 200 Free: Claire Tuggle, USA, 1:58.21; 400 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 4:06.57; 800 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 8:25.66; 1500 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 16:06.84; 50 Back: Daria Vaskina, RUS, 27.51; 100 Back: Daria Vaskina, RUS, 59.46; 200 Back: Rye Ulett, USA, 2:09.70; 50 Breast: Benedetta Pilato, ITA, 29.98; 100 Breast: Kayla van der Merwe, GBR, 1:07.12; 200 Breast: Evgeniia Chikunova, RUS, 2:21.07; 50 Fly: Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 25.87; 100 Fly: Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 57.39; 200 Fly: Lillie Nordmann, USA, 2:07.43; 200 IM: Anastasia Gorbenko, ISR, 2:11.92; 400 IM: Alba Vazques Ruiz, ESP, 4:40.64; 4×100 free: United States, 3:40.20; 4×200 free: China, 7:52.30; 4×100 medley: Russia, 4:01.83.

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

SOFLO’s Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage Swim Best Times On Their Final Day At USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 9, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Rafael Rodriguez and Lance Lesage ended their first USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships on a great note Friday at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center.

Rodriguez, 17, swam a lifetime-best 2:09.80 in a 200-meter individual time trial with a big time drop under :02.00.

Lesage, 16, also swam a lifetime-best in the 100-meter backstroke in 58.29 to finish 40th and dropped 0.31 seconds.

Other Florida Gold Coast results:

Anna Auld, 16, East Coast Aquatic Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 70. 2:42.36.

Kevin Degrijze, 17, East Coast Aquatic Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 58. 2:24.52.

Julia Podkoscielny, 14, Pine Crest Swimming, 100-meter backstroke, 60. 1:04.71.

Individual winners were:

Justina Kozan, 15, of Brea Aquatics cracked 2 minutes to win the 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.48. She was the only swimmer under 2 minutes.

Jack Walker of SwimMac won the 200-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:49.69.

Emma Weyant, 15, of Denver Hilltoppers, runner-up in the 100-meter breaststroke, came back and won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.90.

Dylan Rhee, 17, of Asphalt Green won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.54.

Kennedy Noble of YMCA Silver Fina won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.25.

Hunter Armstrong, 18, of Canton City Schools won the 100-meter backstroke in 54.97

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

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


By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Wins Again On Final Day Of TYR Elite Showcase Classic


By Sharon Robb

ST. PETERSBURG, April 15, 2019–Olivia Dinehart of South Florida Aquatic Club closed out an outstanding meet Saturday on the final day of the TYR NASA (National Age Group Swimming Association) Elite Showcase Classic Saturday at North Shore Aquatic Complex.

Dinehart, 14, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.54, bettering her prelim time of 1:05.90. She ended up sweeping the breaststroke events, winning the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:19.19 earlier in the meet.

Dinehart finished with 59 points for SOFLO girls who finished with 99 points among girls teams.

Dinehart was also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.97.

SOFLO teammate Stefano Mazzi, 10, was ninth in the 200-yard individual medley in a best time 2:33.49, dropping 0.75 seconds.

North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the combined team title with 1,005.5 points, the only team to crack 1,000 points. Pine Crest Swimming was the highest Florida Gold Coast team finisher placing eighth with 371. South Florida Aquatic Club was 34th with 101 points.

North Baltimore Aquatic Club also won the boys team title with 631 points. The Fish won the women’s team title with 490.5 points. Pine Crest was fifth with 284 and SOFLO was 24th with 99 points, tied with the Jupiter Dragons and Azura Florida Aquatics.

SOFLO, a TYR-sponsored team, had nine swimmers compete in the single age group swimming championship. With 92 teams entered, it was the largest meet SOFLO competed in.

SOFLO was one of six Florida Gold Coast teams that have swimmers entered including Azura Florida Aquatics, Eagles Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons and Pine Crest Swimming.

Among out-of-state teams were Tide Swimming, Virginia Gators, The Fish, Black Marlins, Delaware Swim Team, Lake Shore, Dolphin Swim Club, Poseidon Swimming, North Penn, Rose Bowl Aquatics, Ohio State Swim Club, Trident Aquatic Club, Jersey Wahoos, North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Potomac Marlins.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 1,005.5, 2. Delaware 699.5, 3. The Fish 655.5, 4. Virginia 607, 5. Team Pittsburgh 414.5, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 371, 10. Bolles 301.5, 18. Eagle Aquatics 240, 26. Jupiter Dragons 130, 27. Azura 128, 33. Heritage Aquatic 102, 34. South Florida Aquatic Club 101, 56. East Coast 43.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. The Fish 490.5, 2. Delaware 404, 3. North Baltimore 374.5, 4. Virginia 321, 5. Pine Crest Swimming 284, 8. Eagle Aquatics 182, 24. tie, South Florida Aquatic Club, Azura Florida Aquatics and Jupiter Dragons 99, 28. Bolles 94.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore 631, 2. Trident Aquatic Club 331.5, 3. Delaware 295.5, 4. Virginia 286, 5. Team Pittsburgh 251, 6. Bolles 207.5, 19. Heritage Aquatic Team 102, 21. Pine Crest Swimming 87, 32. Eagle Aquatics 58, 38. East Coast Aquatic Club 43, 44. Jupiter 31, 45. Azura 29, 69. South Florida Aquatic 2.

GIRLS

200-yard individual medley:
9-and-under, 1. Ayelet Nishikawa-Geitheim, CRIM 2:27.91; 10, 1. Elzaibeth Gregory, WAC 2:23.53.

100-yard butterfly:
9-and-under, 1. Audrey Derivaux, JW 1:08.49; 10, 1. Emerson Callis, QSTS 1:04.74.

50-yard butterfly:
11, 1. Renee Bak, JW 27.59; 12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 25.95; 13, 1. Georgia Colborn, DST 25.24; 14, 1. Megan Dunnigan, FVYT 25.70.

100-yard breaststroke:
11, 1. Nora Sherman, FISH 1:11.79; 12, 1. Emma Redman, FISH 1:05.86; 13, 1. Maggie Papanicholas, AA 1:04.57; 14, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:04.54, time drop.

50-yard freestyle:
9-and-under, 1. Sarah Stegall, H4S 28.90; 10, 1. Alyse Block, OCSC 26.70.

200-yard freestyle:
11, 1. Dara Duffy, TIDE 2:03.30; 12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 1:52.67; 13, 1. Lainey Mullins, SSC 1:50.92; 14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:49.71, 8. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:54.97.

400-yard individual medley:
11, 1. Nora Sherman, FISH 4:59.53; SOFLO: 5. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 5:12.61, time drop; 12, 1. Erika Pelaez, EA 4:30.99; 13, 1. Lainey Mullins, SSC 4:22.87; 14, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:19.40, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 4:27.48, time drop.

400-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. North Baltimore 4:19.61.

BOYS

400-yard individual medley:
11, 1. Tristan Furlow, NBAC 4:45.17; 12, 1. Jack Haley, NCY 4:21.71; 1. 13, 1. Jude Winnington, DST 4:16.93; 14, 1. James Ewing, FISH 4:04.04.

400-yard freestyle relay:
10-and-under, 1. North Baltimore 4:08.91.

200-yard individual medley:
9-and-under, 1. Spencer Belbot, NBAC 2:31.65; 10, 1. Andrew Perez, PEAQ 2:19.35, 9. Stefano Mazzi, SOFLO 2:33.49.

100-yard butterfly:
9-and-under, 1. Kai McMeeking, H4S 1:10.03; 10, 1. Daniel Branon, NBAC 1:01.99.

50-yard butterfly:
11, 1. Aidan Levine, TRI 27.09; 12, 1. Cohen Osborn, EDWY 25.11; 13, 1. Alexander Karahalis, DST 24.01; 14, 1. Ryan Merani, NBAC 23.89.

100-yard breaststroke:
11, 1. Louis Joos, BSS 1:09.41; 12, 1. Finnley Conklin, OCSC 1:04.16; 13, 1. Arie Loselevich, TRI 1:00.85; 14, 1. Alexander Doerwaldt, CAC 59.88.

50-yard freestyle:
9-and-under, 1. Spencer Belbot, NBAC 28.69; 10, 1. Daniel Branon, NBAC 26.79.

200-yard freestyle:
11, Azariah Mamousette, ICMY 2:01.44; 12, 1. Jack Haley, NCY 1:48.71; 13, 1. Alexander Karahalis, DST 1:48.77; 14, 1. Ryan Merani, NBAC 1:44.25.

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

Olivia Dinehart Top SOFLO Finisher On Day One Of TYR Elite Showcase Classic


By Sharon Robb

ST. PETERSBURG, April 10, 2019–Olivia Dinehart led South Florida Aquatic Club on Day One of the TYR NASA (National Age Group Swimming Association) Elite Showcase Classic Wednesday at North Shore Aquatic Complex.

Dinehart, 14, was third in the 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 29.90. She was fastest qualifier after prelims in 29.91. She was also 11th in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 24.87, dropping 0.14.

SOFLO swimmers also had three swimmers with sixth place finishes.

Fiorella Di Salvo, 11, was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:20.98, a best time by 0.80 seconds. Her previous best was 2:21.78.

Isabelle Wilson, 12, was sixth in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a best time 11:07.21 with a time drop of 27.11

Elena Dinehart, 14, was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.92.

Pine Crest Swimming was the only Florida Gold Coast team to win both relays and individual events. The girls 13-14 200-yard medley won in 1:46.92 with Julia Podkoscielny, Riley Botting, Lara Jones and Isabella Chambers.

Podkoscielny, 14, also won two individual events with two best times in the 13-14 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.59 (1.03 drop) and 50-yard freesyle in 23.47.

Sara Lin, 13, won the 50-yard breaststroke in 29.73, dropping 0.54 seconds. In the 14-year-old division, SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart was third in 29.90 dropping 0.01.

SOFLO, a TYR-sponsored team, has nine swimmers competing in the single age group swimming championship. With 95 teams entered, it is the largest meet SOFLO has competed in.

SOFLO is one of six Florida Gold Coast teams that have swimmers entered including Azura Florida Aquatics, Eagles Aquatics, Heritage Aquatics, Jupiter Dragons and Pine Crest Swimming.

Among out-of-state teams competing are Tide Swimming, Virginia Gators, The Fish, Black Marlins, Delaware Swim Team, Lake Shore, Dolphin Swim Club, Poseidon Swimming, North Penn, Rose Bowl Aquatics, Ohio State Swim Club, Trident Aquatic Club, Jersey Wahoos, North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Potomac Marlins.
WEDNESDAY SOFLO RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 246, 2. Virginia Gators 160, 3. Delaware 158, 4. The Fish 130.5, 5. Team Pittsburgh 110, 6. Pine Crest Swimming 106, 30. South Florida Aquatic Club 23.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Delaware 114, 2. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 94, 3. The Fish 90.5, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 84, 5. Virginia Gators 75, 19. South Florida Aquatic Club 23.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 152, 2. Trident 86.5, 3. Virginia Gators 85, 4. Team Pittsburgh 70, 5. All Star Aquatics, Occoquan 49, 20. Pine Crest Swimming 22.

GIRLS

200-yard medley relay: 11-12, 1. All Star Aquatics 1:55.81, 16. SOFLO 2:04.67 (Anastasia Lutz, Natalia Sibug, Fiorella Di Salvo, Isabelle Wilson).

1,000-yard freestyle:
12-year-olds, 1. Penelope Lazar, GYWD 10:32.44, 6. Isabelle Wilson, SOFLO 11:07.21.

200-yard backstroke:
11-year-olds, 1. Campbell Chandler, NBAC 2:12.51, 6. Fiorella Di Salvo, SOFLO 2:20.98; 14-year-olds, 1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 1:58.59, 6. Elena Dinehart 2:04.92, time drop.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-year-olds, 1. Sara Lin, PC 29.73; 14-year-olds, 1. Riley Bridgman, QSTS 29.37, 3. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 29.90, time drop 0.01.

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

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander Competes For Venezuela In Youth Olympic Games Sunday And Monday; NBC Will Televise


By Sharon Robb

BUENOS AIRES, October 5, 2018—Andrea Santander has the best of both worlds.

The Pine Crest swimmer will represent Venezuela when the Youth Olympic Games begin Saturday with the Opening Ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Santander, 16, will compete Sunday in the 200-meter individual medley (2:06.32) prelims at 10 a.m. EST. The final is 6:45 p.m.

On Monday, she will swim the 100-meter freestyle (52.53) at 10 a.m. The semifinal round is 6:45 p.m. and final on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. With only two swimmers competing, Venezuela will not field a relay.

Santander will return in time to finish out the remainder of the high school season including the Oct. 13 Woodson Invitational before District 11-1A, Region 4-1A and 1A state championship for the Panthers (7-0 overall, 4-0 district).

“I am kind of just training through the Youth Olympics because states are not that far from now,” Santander said. “I am not tapered but I have done pretty well before not being tapered.”

Santander, competing internationally for the fifth time, qualified for the Youth Olympic Games at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia, her first major meet against older elite swimmers. Her first three international meets were 17-18 and under meets.

NBC Olympics will televise more than 60 hours of coverage over the 13-day event exclusively on the Olympic Channel beginning with Opening Ceremonies Saturday at 7 p.m. EST.

In addition, U.S. viewers will have access to 24/7 live streaming on OlympicChannel.com’s “YOG Channel,” NBC Sports and Olympic Channel digital platforms.

Santander will be among 4,000 athletes from 206 nations, between ages 14 and 18, competing in 32 sports and 36 disciplines.

Santander said she is proud to compete for Venezuela, currently in the midst of financial and political crisis.

“I am really excited to compete for Venezuela,” Santander said. “I love being able to represent my country. It’s not just about making my family happy, it’s about making people in Venezuela happy. My country is not in great condition right now so if I can bring happiness to the country it gets me excited.”

Santander has her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is one of Venezuela’s top swimmers and Olympic hopeful.

“My goal is the Olympics,” Santander said. “The Youth Olympics is going to be a great experience for me. It will be a little preview for me. It will help me get a feel for the atmosphere of a higher level competition, staying at the Olympic Village and being treated like a big league athlete. I will get to meet athletes from other countries.”

Santander is enjoying her finest high school season under first-year head coach Marius Podkoscielny. She is being recruited by more than 40 Division I schools including University of Southern California where she has already toured with former Pine Crest standout Marta Ciesla, USC’s top sprinter.

“Mariusz is such a great coach,” Santander said. “He helps you go to meets when you obviously are not shaved or tapered. He tells you to go in with the mentality that it’s a state championship meet. Even when you know you are not physically ready to go best times, he gets you mentally ready and in the mindset of a champion.”

Santander is one of the Broward County’s most dominant high school swimmers. Unlike last year when she competed at junior worlds and had only three days off before high school season, this year after the Central American and Caribbean Games she had a longer break of two weeks before competing in high school meets.

“I had never had that long a break and I think it helped,” she said. “I took one college recruiting trip but I am holding back on the others until after states. I want to focus on the rest of the high school season.”

Only one other Florida Gold Coast swimmer is competing. Izaak Bastian, 17, will represent the Bahamas. The national team member will compete in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. The Florida State freshman has been a boarder and swimmer at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton since he was 13.

USA Swimming is sending four boys and four girls to the Youth Olympics. They are Will Barao, Ethan Dang, Ethan Harder, Jake Johnson, Madelyn Donohoe, Kate Douglass, Kaitlynn Sims and Rhyan White.

The Youth Olympics are an International Olympic Committee event and scaled down version of the Olympic Games organized every four years for young athletes.

The “Sports Lab” concept was launched at the 2014 Nanjing Games where roller sports, skateboarding, sport climbing and wushu were featured. Since then, skateboarding and sport climbing have been added to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Horse polo and squash have been added to this year’s Youth Games.

It is the third Summer Youth Olympics to be held after the 2010 Singapore and 2014 Nanjing Games. The previous Games hosted 3,600 athletes over 13 days of competition.

Access to the four Youth Olympic Games venue parks will be free to attract more fans and allow more youth to experience elite sport competition. Local youth will have the opportunity to access some of the Youth Olympic Games fields of play and competitions and free “Train With Champion” sessions will be offered with Olympians.

Sports initiation, organized in 30 sports, will also enable youth to try out the sports.

Buenos Aires is also bidding against Santiago, Chile for the right to host the Pan American Games in 2023.

“Buenos Aires 2018 will have an innovative and modern approach,” 2018 Buenos Aires Chairman Gerardo Werthein told reporters.

“Instead of waiting for young people to come to the sport, the Games will aim to bring the sport, culture and education to millennials and get them involved through interactive activities.

“It will be an open event for everyone to enjoy and will have a strong focus on sustainability.”

IOC officials believe the model will act as a testing ground for the Olympic Movement as the program is shifting toward a more youth-focused and urban setting.

Argentina is also considering a possible Olympic Games bid after completing the Youth Olympics, according to Argentina president Mauricio Macri. He said the Youth Games have introduced innovations that could be implemented in other events.

“Obviously once this wonderful event is finished we will have the chance to start thinking about trying to organize the Olympic Games,” Macri said.

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