SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Another Gold In FINA World Cup First Leg Finale


By Sharon Robb

SINGAPORE, August 17, 2019–Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club added another gold medal on the third and final stop of the opening cluster of the FINA World Cup Swimming Cup.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in a season-best 30.31 which moves her up to fifth in the world. She also won the 100 breaststroke on the same stop in 1:07.35. American Breeja Larson was second in 30.98.

The 30-year-old Atkinson swam faster than her fourth place time in the event at the FINA World Championships last month.

Atkinson finished seventh in point standings with 60 points. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Russian Vladimir Morozov each finished with 156 points.

Hosszu and Morozov were crowned Asian cluster champions. In addition to winning $1,500 each for her three wins in Singapore, the 30-year-old also earned $50,000 bonus for being the cluster champion.

Morozov, 27, won $1,500 each for his nine gold medals across three stops and $50,000 in bonus money.

“It feels amazing, words can’t really describe it,” Morozov said. “That was the plan the whole way, to lead with the first cluster and clinch that win. It wasn’t easy.

“It’ll probably get more difficult (as the series progresses) because a lot of athletes are taking a break now after the world championships, so there’s probably going to be a bit more competition at the European stops. But that’s good, it means we’ll go faster.”

The seven-leg World Cup resumes on October 4-6 in Budapest, Hungary. All legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 act as qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold On Day Two Of FINA Swimming World Cup


By Sharon Robb

SINGAPORE, August 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson held off a surging American Breeja Larson to win the 100-meter breaststroke Friday on Day Two of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won her signature event in 1:07.35 ahead of Larson in 1:07.55. Atkinson was slower than last week’s 1:07.0 in China. Both are Texas A&M alums and NCAA champions.

She was seeded second after prelims behind top seed Larson, 1:07.53-1:09.19.

Atkinson is already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 100 breaststroke. She qualified by .01. The qualifying standard is 1:07.06.

Russian Vladimir Morozov broke two world records in the 50-meter backstroke in 24.40 that would have won gold at the FINA World Championships and 100-meter freestyle in 47.88

Atkinson competes Saturday in the 50-meter breaststroke on the third and final day and third and final leg of the opening series cluster. A total of $314,000 in bonuses is available as the cluster ends in Singapore. Atkinson is fifth in the point standings with 36.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Two More World Records Fall, Le Clos Knocks Off Dressel On Day Three Of FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships; Atkinson Goes For Second Gold On Day Four


By Sharon Robb

HANGZHOU, China, December 13, 2018—Swimmers from Russia and United States broke world records Thursday on Day Three of the 14th FINA World Short Course Championships.

Kirill Prigoda of Russia won the 200-meter breaststroke in a world and championship record 2:00.16. The previous record was 2:00.44 set by Germany’s Marco Koch in November 2016. Prigoda’s best finish before his record performance was a bronze in Doha in 2014.

Prigoda’s record swim was only the second individual world record of the meet.

“I didn’t think about breaking the world record before the competition,” Prigoda said. “When I was standing in front of the pool, my mind was clear and my eyes focused on the water. I just wanted to swim faster and faster. I am happy that my parents were both swimmers and that I am their son. But during the day-to-day training, I just try to swim fast. I think this is why I am here, why I am in swimming, and why I will be here tomorrow and next year”.

The U.S. mixed 4×50-meter medley team broke the second world record. The team of Olivia Smoliga, Michael Andrew, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Caeleb Dressel broke the previous U.S. world record of 1:37.17 in 1:36.40. The Netherlands was second in 1:37.05 and Russia was third in 1:37.33.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club qualified third for the 100-meter individual medley final in 58.20. Hungarian world and championship record holder Katinka Hosszu is seeded first in 57.69 and Japan’s Runa Umai is second in 58.04. In addition to the 100IM, Atkinson also has the 100-meter breaststroke on Day Four.

In other Thursday finals:

In a thrilling showdown, South African Chad le Clos won his fourth consecutive gold medal beating American Caeleb Dressel in the 100-meter butterfly in 48.50. Dressel never challenged Le Clos to place second in 48.71. China’s Li Zhuhao was third in 49.25.

“It was the biggest race of my short course career,” Le Clos said. “I was up against the best field by far and this was the main event of the whole week. I am very grateful I got the gold, it was a tough race. I was anxious because I was waiting the whole day for this, the whole week and the past three months because I knew this one could come.

“After the first night, people thought I was winded and I have always told them that is the biggest mistake they can make because after I have lost I come back much stronger. Tonight was important. I needed the win tonight”.

Without American Katie Ledecky in the field, China’s Wang Jianjiahe breeze to the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:04.35. The 16-year-old was under world record pace until the 350-meter mark. Simona Quadarella of Italy was second in 8:08.03 and American Leah Smith was third in 8:08.75.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in a championship record 51.14. Teammate Femke Heemskerk, the fastest qualifier, was second in 51.60. American Mallory Comerford was third in 51.63.

While Hungarian Katinka Hosszu faltered to fourth in the 200-meter backstroke, Americans Lisa Bratton (2:00.71) and Kathleen Baker (2:00.79) finished one-two. Aussie Emily Seebohm was third in 2:01.37.

“It is my first World Short Course Championships, I was nervous,” Bratton said. “After having to adjust my body from the long travel, I do feel good this week and expected to win a medal. I felt very excited tonight. I took these championships as an important experience to learn from those big names and to learn how to swim in short course”.

Other Florida swimmer results:

14. Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago, American Heritage Plantation, 50-meter backstroke, 23.73; 34. 50-meter freestyle, 21.98.

30. Patrick Groters, Aruba, NSU University School/Pine Crest Swimming, 100-yard individual medley, 56.56.

55. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, Surinam, Metro Aquatics, 50-meter freestyle, 22.52.

61. Jhonny Perez, Dominican Republic, Azura alum, 50-meter freestyle, 23.00.

The short course worlds are swum in short course meters and held in the years when FINA does not hold its world championships (currently this means in even years). The short course championship is swimming-only events where world championships feature all five aquatic disciplines.

A field of 960 swimmers, with several top names missing, from 178 countries are competing for 46 world titles over six days at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Tennis Centre. The center is uniquely shaped like a lotus bowl with an 8,000-seat capacity.

Prelims are 9 a.m. in China, 8:30 p.m. EST in the U.S. Finals are 7 p.m. in China and 6 a.m. EST in the U.S.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Nikita Tretyakov Medals On Final Day Of FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 28, 2017—Nikita Tretyakov of Swim Fort Lauderdale won silver and bronze medals on the sixth and final day of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Monday at Indiana University Natatorium.

The Russian national record holder, seeded fourth (2:00.21) after morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke, placed third in a lifetime-best 1:58.72.

Tretyakov went out fast and was first at 100 meters and remained in medal contention down the stretch before being overtaken by American Carson Foster in the final 50 to finish in 1:57.87. Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez won gold in 1:56.69.

Tretyakov also led off Russia’s 4×100-meter medley relay that finished second in 3:36.30 behind Team USA that won in 3:36.15. Both teams broke the previous world junior and meet record of 3:36.44.

Also in the 200-meter backstroke, Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters of Aruba and University School, was 24th in 2:06.81.

Belen Jesuit junior Aitor Fungairino of Venezuela and Metro Aquatics was 27th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.72.

Azura’s Jose Diaz of Honduras was 36th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:19.38.

Miami Colombus senior Brandon Vives of the Dominican Republic and Metro Aquatics was 27th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.74.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Andrea Santander of Venezuela was 32nd in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:05.75.

Among Monday’s other meet final performances:

Canada won the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay in a world junior and meet record 3:58.38. It was another come-from-behind win as the Canadians went three-for-three in relay victories.

Russian Ivan Girev won the 100-meter freestyle in a meet record 48.33. The previous record of 48.47 was set by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Chalmers.

Team USA placed one-two in the 200-meter breaststroke with Zoe Bartel in 2:25.68 and Ella Nelson in 2:27.04.

In her first of three swims, Japan’s Rikako Ikee won the 100-meter butterfly in a meet record 57.25. She also won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.59, another meet record.

American Andrew Abruzzo won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:06.48 followed by teammate Michael Brinegar in 15:09.00.

Hungary’s Kristof Milak won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 1:53.87. He went out in 53.29.

Italian Nicolo Martinenghi won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.10.

Canadian Taylor Ruck won the 200-meter freestyle in a meet record 1:57.08.

The U.S. men’s team won the 4×100-meter medley relay in a meet record 3:36.15.

The six-day meet, held every two years, featured 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries.

Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin, 22, made an appearance at the meet, signed autographs and posed for selfies. The former Cal swimmer is coming off shoulder surgery.

“I’m not exactly sure where I’m at, but I’m perfectly ok with that,” Franklin told reporters. “I really enjoy getting back in the water and getting back to training again.”

MONDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoe Bartel, USA 2:25.68, 2. Ella Nelson, USA 2:27.04, 3. Annabel Guye-Johnson, Great Britain 2:27.42.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Rikako Ikee, Japan 57.25, meet record, 2. Rebecca Smith, Canada 58.07, 3. Suzuka Hasegawa, Japan 58.60.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Rikako Ikee, Japan 24.59, meet record, 2. Grace Ariola, USA 24.82, 3. Sayuki, Ouchi, Japan 25.07.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Taylor Ruck, Canada 1:57.08, meet record, 2. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 1:57.10, 3. Irina Krivonogova, Russia 1:58.51.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Canada 3:58.38, world junior, meet record (Jade Hannah, Faith Knelson, Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck), 2. USA 3:59.19, 3. Japan 3:59.97.

MEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Ivan Girev, Russia 48.33, 2. Nandor Nemeth, Hungary 48.95, 3. Matthew Willenbring, USA 49.17.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 1:56.69, 2. Carson Foster, USA 1:57.87, 3. Nikita Tretyakov, Russia 1:58.72.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Kristof Milak, Hungary 1:53.87, world junior, meet record, 2. Yuya Sakamoto, Japan 1:57.05, 3. Antani Ivanov, Bulgaria 1:57.54.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Abruzzo, USA 15:06.48, 2. Michael Brinegar, USA 15:09.00, 3. Iaroslav Potapov, Russia 15:09.18.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy 27.10, 2. Alessandro Pinzuti, Italy 27.19, 3. Michael Andrew, USA 27.39.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. USA 3:36.15, world junior, meet record (Drew Kibler, Reece Whitley, Cody Bybee, Matthew Willebring), 2. Russia 3:36.30, 3. Italy 3:36.44.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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FGC Swimmers Nikita Tretyakov Finishes Eighth; Patrick Groters Makes Top 16 On Day Two Of FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

INDIANAPOLIS, August 24, 2017— Russian Nikita Tretyakov of Swim Fort Lauderdale was eighth in the final of the 100-meter backstroke on Day Two of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Thursday at Indiana University Natatorium.

Tretyakov, 18, finished in 55.57. His splits were 26.66 and 28.91.

The Russian junior national champion had placed third in the 100-meter backstroke prelims in a lifetime-best 55.14 and seventh in the semifinals in 55.45 to advance into Thursday’s final. His previous best was 56.58.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters of Aruba made the Top 16 in the 200-meter individual medley prelims. Groters placed 14th in 2:04.73. It was just off his lifetime-best 2:04.69 which he was on pace to better at the 150-meter mark.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers:

Belen Jesuit senior Aitor Fungairino of Metro Aquatics representing Venezuela was 16th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:50.60.

Andrea Santander, a sophomore at Pine Crest School and member of Pine Crest Swimming club team representing Venezuela, was 31st in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.93.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Jorge Depassier of Chile was 38th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.55.

Miami Columbus senior Brandon Vives, representing the Dominican Republic, was 36th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.13. He was also 41st in the 100-meter butterfly in 56.95.

Tuesday’s lineup featured eleven events. Among top performances:

American Regan Smith broke the world and meet record (59.28) set in the semifinals by Canadian Taylor Ruck to win in 59.11. The much-anticipated final had five swimmers breaking a minute. Ruck was second in 59.23.

Russian Ivan Girov broke the world junior (1:47.00) and meet record (1:47.55) in the 200-meter freestyle to win in 1:46.40.

Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez broke the meet record of 54.30 in the 100-meter backstroke to win in 54.27.

Emily Large of Great Britain won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 2:07.74. The previous record was 2:08.10 set in 2008 by Japan’s Natsuki Akiyama.

Germany’s Johannes Hintze lowered the meet record of 1:59.44 set by American Gunnar Bentz in 2013 to win the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.03.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello won the 800-meter freestyle in a meet record 8:25.22. The previous mark was 8:27.55.

American Emily Weiss won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.78.

The six-day meet, held every two years, features 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on nbcsports.com. The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.

THURSDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Emily Large, Great Britain 2:07.74, championship record; 2. Suzuka Hasegawa, Japan 2:08.29, 3. Keanna MacInnes, Great Britain 2:09.64.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Emily Weiss, USA 30.78, 2. Faith Knelson, Canada 30.91, 3. Mona Lucille McSharry, Ireland 30.97.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, USA 59.11, world junior, championship records; 2. Taylor Ruck, Canada 59.23, 3. Jade Hannah, Canada 59.62.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Delfina Pignatiello, Argentina 8:25.22, championship record; 2. Ajna Kesely, Hungary 8:30.62, 3. A. Gestido Cons, Spain 8:30.85.

Mixed medley 4×100-meter relay: 1. Canada 3:46.36, 2. USA 3:46.80, 3. Russia 3:48.32.

MEN

100-meter backstroke: 1. Hugo Gonzalez, Spain 54.27, championship record; 2. Conor Ferguson, Ireland 54.51, 3. Daniel Martin, Romania 54.55.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Ivan Girev, Russia 1:46.40, world junior, championship record; 2. Nandor Nemeth, Hungary 1:46.79, 3. Elijah Winnington, Australia 1:46.81.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy 59.58, 2. Reece Whitley, USA 1:00.08, 3. Michael Andrew, USA 1:00.37.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Johannes Hintze, Germany 1:59.03, world junior and championship records; 2. Kleran Smith, USA 1:59.56, 3. Marton Barta, Hungary 2:00.14.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Florida Gold Coast Swimmers Shine On International Stage: Patrick Groters Breaks National Record; Nikita Tretyakov Advances Into Final At FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 23, 2017—Pine Crest Swimming’s Patrick Groters of Aruba broke a national record on opening day of the sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Wednesday at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

In his opening event, Groters broke his own national record in the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 57.02 that ranks him 17th in the world. His
previous best was 57.17. His splits were 27.53 and 29.49.

Groters finished fifth in his heat of the 100-meter backstroke and just missed the Top 16 and semifinal swim.

Two years ago at junior worlds in Singapore, Groters finished 44th in 59.88 with splits of 28.86 and 31.02.

Groters, a senior, is headed into his final high school season at University School. Last year he was a state champion in the 100-yard backstroke and runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley.

Russian Nikita Tretyakov of Swim Fort Lauderdale finished third in the 100-meter backstroke prelims in a lifetime-best 55.14 and seventh in the semifinals in 55.45 to advance into Thursday’s finals. His previous best was 56.58. The Russian junior national champion is headed to University of Southern California after the meet.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Jose Diaz of Honduras finished 42nd in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:04.34. His splits were 30.48 and 33.86. He has the 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle remaining.

Andrea Santander, a sophomore at Pine Crest School, member of Pine Crest Swimming Club team and representing Venezuela was 27th in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:03.11.

The six-day meet, held every two years, features 630 of the best boys, ages 14-17 and girls, ages 15-18, from 93 different countries.

Two individual and two relay final events were held Wednesday in addition to semifinals for the women’s 50-meter breaststroke, men’s and women’s 100-meter backstroke, men’s 100-meter breaststroke.

Canada (Kayla Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak, Rebecca Smith, Taylor Ruck) broke the junior world and championship records in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:51.47. The previous record was 7:56.68 set by Australia in 2015.

Hungary won the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:17.99. Poland took the silver in 3:18.53.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing are:

Azura Florida Aquatics Jorge Depassier of Chile is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle.

Amarsanaa Ganbaatar of Mongolia will swim the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke.

Morning heats are 9:30 a.m. and semifinals and finals 6 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are being broadcast by the Olympic Channel via the NBC Sports App at 6 p.m. each day and webcast on nbcsports.com. The FINA live stream is not available in the U.S. and several other countries.

WEDNESDAY FINAL RESULTS

WOMEN

400-meter individual medley: 1. Miku Kojima, Japan 4:39.14, 2. Anna Sasaki, Japan 4:40.99, 3. Anja Crevar, Serbia 4:42.24.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Canada 7:51.47, 2. Russia 7:57.33, 3. Japan 8:02.09.

MEN

400-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Abruzzo, USA 3:49.19, 2. Balasz Hollo, Hungary 3:49.97, 3. Trey Freeman, USA 3:50.14.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Hungary 3:17.99, 2. Poland 3:18.53, 3. Australia 3:18.55.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Katie Ledecky Wins Fourth Gold Medal On Day Five Of XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships; SOFLO’s Atkinson, Colorado Compete Friday


By Sharon Robb

August 6, 2015—Teenager Katie Ledecky added to her gold medal haul Thursday at the XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships at Kazan Arena.

After winning the 200, 400 and 1500-meter freestyle individual events, Ledecky, 18, anchored Team USA’s winning 800-meter freestyle relay.

It was the team’s third straight 800 relay world title, aided mostly by lead-off swimmer Missy Franklin and Ledecky, joined by Leah Smith and Katie McLaughlin.

“We went in and we knew the field would be so-so tough,” Franklin said. “I think we have a lot of confidence in this relay, having this been our third time winning it. We are so grateful and so honored. There was an incredible race out there tonight.”

Ledecky had the fastest split of 1:55.64 to enable Team USA to win by three seconds in 7:45.37. It was Ledecky’s eighth career world title.

Italy took the silver medal in 7:48.41 thanks to a 1:54.73 anchor leg by Federico Pellegrini. China earned the bronze in 7:49.10.

Franklin equaled Katie Hoff’s record of three gold medals in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Franklin also qualified for the final in the 100-meter freestyle securing the eighth and final spot in 53.92 just ahead of Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem in 53.93.

In performances by swimmers with Florida-ties:

Iceland’s Hilda Luthersdottir of Gator Swim Club tied for eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.06 to force a swim-off with China’s Shi Jinglin to advance into finals. Jinglin won the swim-off, 2:23.75-2:25.11.

In championship finals:

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi won her first world title in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.56, third-fastest time in the world. Hoshi teetered between third and fourth for most of the race until she surged down the final stretch. American Cammile Adams won her first world medal, taking second in a best time 2:06.40. China’s Zhang Yufei took the bronze in 2:06.51, also a best time bettering her own world junior record. American Katie McLaughlin, 18, finished sixth in 2:06.95, a new 17-18 U.S. national age group record.

China’s Fu Yuanhui won the gold medal in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.11. She came close to breaking the world record but bumped into the lane line at the finish. Brazilian Etiene Medeiros took the silber in 27.26, a Brazilian and South American record. China’s Liu Xiang took the bronze in 27.58.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, three-time Jamaican Olympian, will go for her second medal when she competes in the 50-meter butterfly heats. SOFLO teammate Carolina Colorado of Colombia and Kenya’s Talisa Lanoe of PAQ will compete in the 200-meter backstroke heats.

Friday women’s events are: 50-meter butterfly heats and semifinals; 200-meter backstroke heats and semifinals; 800-meter freestyle heat; 100-meter freestyle final; and 200-meter breaststroke final.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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