By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 3, 2021–It was another great day of racing for Florida Gold Coast swimmers at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships Friday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego, 23, competing in his first meet since representing Honduras at the Tokyo Olympics, was eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke finals in 1:03.79. He was fifth fastest in prelims in 1:02.67.
Pine Crest Swimming’s Julia Podkoscielny, 17, is making her U.S. Open debut a memorable one.
The University of Florida commit and U.S. national junior team member finished second in the 400-meter individual medley final in a best time and team record 4:43.57, dropping 1.26. Her previous best was 4:44.83. She was second fastest in morning prelims in 4:47.63
After falling behind in the opening butterfly and backstroke legs, she worked her way back into contention moving up on her breaststroke leg, just 2.57 behind leader Leah Smith of Texas and came home strong on the final freestyle leg.
Podkoscielny was also 11th in the 100-meter backstroke prelims in a best time of 1:03.41, a time drop of 0.40 off her previous best of 1:03.81. She scratched from consos.
University of Florida’s Kathleen Golding, 21, of SOFLO, won the B consolation of the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.55. Golding was also fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:49.82. She was eighth fastest in prelims in 4:53.68 to make her first A final of the meet. She has the 200- and 100-meter freestyle events left to swim.
Blair Stoneburg, 17, of Treasure Coast Aquatics, another member of the U.S. Junior National team, was fourth in the B consolation in the 200-meter freestyle and 12th overall in 2:03.24. She has the 1500 and 100-meter freestyles left to swim.
Azura Florida Aquatics had two swimmers in the B consolation of the men’s 100-meter butterfly. Kuwait two-time Olympian Abbas Qali was second in consos and tenth overall in 54.58 and Haitian Olympian Davidson Vincent was sixth in consos and 14th in 55.45.
Yeziel Morales of Azura was fifth in the 100-meter backstroke finals in 56.11. Azura teammate Rashed Al-Tarmoom wass fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke consos in 1:04.30.
Other notables and local swimmers in action were:
Seven-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky, swimming unattached for Florida, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.47, her third U.S. Open meet record of the week. She broke the meet record first in morning prelims in 1:56.06.
With his blazing closing speed, University of Florida’s Bobby Finke overcame early leader Baylor Nelson to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:17.39. Nelson finished in 4:17.61.
The final day of the meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can be found on Meet Mobile
400-meter individual medley: 1. Leah Smith, Texas Longhorns 4:38.89, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming 4:43.57, 3. Ella Jansen, Etobicoke 4:44.11, 5. Kathleen Golding, Florida 4:49.82.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Mabel Zavaros, Florida 1:00.05, 2. Autumn D’Arcy, Cal State Bakersfield 1:00.24, 3. Sydney Lu, Pleasanton Seahawks 1:00.39.
200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Unattached-Florida 1:55.47, 2. Erin Gemmell, Nation’s Capital 1:58.61, 3. Julia Mrozinski, Tennessee 1:59.85.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Hannah Bach, Ohio State 1:09.01, 2. tie, Jinq En Phee, Malaysia 1:10.28 and Tylor Mathieu, Florida 1:10.28.
100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, Unattached 58.69, 2. Kobie Melton, Arkansas 1:01.91, 3. Anya Mostek, Phoenixville YMCA 1:01.93.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Bobby Finke, Florida 4:17.39, 2. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 4:17.61, 3. Collyn Gagne, Simon Fraser 4:19.43.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Eric Friese, Florida 52.56, 2. Thomas Heilman, Cavalier Aquatics 53.27, 3. Lago Moussalem Amaral, Unattached 53.59.
200-meter freestyle: 1. Trey Freeman, Florida 1:47.90, 2. Hoe Yean Khiew, Malaysia 1:49.00, 3. Oskar Lindholm, Florida 1:50.63.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Reid Mikuta, Auburn 1:01.35, 2. Noah Nichols, Virginia 1:01.41, 3. Brandon Fischer, Unattached 1:02.26, 8. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:03.79.
100-meter backstroke: 1. Vaggelis Makrygiannis, Unattached 54.06, 2. Sam Stewart, Club Kick Start 54.70, 3. Adam Chaney, Florida 55.43.
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