Simone Manuel Rebounds To Make Second Olympic Team On Final Night Of Olympic Swimming Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 20, 2021—The final night belonged to Simone Manuel at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center.

In her final shot to make her second Olympic team, the four-time Olympic medalist won the 50-meter freestyle in an emotionally-charged race. Her time was 24.29, just 1/100ths ahead of Abbey Weitzeil in 24.30.

The 24-year-old Manuel of Alto Swim Club missed making the team in the 100-meter freestyle which she is defending Olympic gold medalist. She said earlier in the week that she had been battling a condition known as “overtraining syndrome” leading up to Trials which caused her to take three weeks off away from the pool in April because of mental and physical exhaustion.

After the semifinals, Manuel said “I desperately want to be on the team. I feel like I have so much to give this sport, not just in the pool but out of the pool. I just want to see whatever I’ve got. I want to walk away with my head held high at the end of this meet. I am the person who fights to the end. Hopefully, it gets me a ticket to Tokyo, but if it doesn’t, I’m proud of myself.”

On Sunday night, Manuel did punch her ticket to Tokyo in dramatic fashion. Weitzeil was the first to climb over the lane line to congratulate her after the race. The visibly emotional Manuel covered her face and started to cry happy tears and slapped the water.

“More than anything I’m relieved,” Manuel said. “I’m just so happy I accomplished part of my goal. Plans don’t always go as you want them to go, but I’m glad I can walk away with my head held high.

“This year has been difficult, especially the last couple of months. But before I dove in, I felt like it was my moment. Today may have been the longest day of my life. That 50 was the longest 50 of my life. I’m just glad to have it over and be able to regroup and get ready for the Olympics. Hopefully, I can swim faster so I can win a medal for Team USA.”

Added Weitzeil, “I’m literally so excited for Simone right now. I don’t even care about the times. I looked at the board and saw she got first and I was so excited. I don’t even care about my race. She is just an amazing person. I was really rooting for her in that race. During the race, I saw her right there and I was like, ‘yes, let’s go, come on.’ That’s what I was thinking the whole time.”

Not to be overshadowed, Caeleb Dressel of the Gator Swim Club won his third individual event while tying his American record in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.04, fastest time in the world this year.

Dressel’s reaction time was .60 off the blocks. Michael Andrew was second in 21.48, just 25/100ths of a second ahead of sentimental favorite Nathan Adrian, who was attempting to make his fourth Olympic team but finished in 21.73.

“This was really a tough field,” Dressel said. “I’m really glad I got to descend the meet, starting with the 200, then a couple of 100s and ending it with the 50. I’m super happy and hope to go fast in a month.”

Said Adrian, “Those two guys beat me. That’s how this sport works. They are going to be good and going to give Team USA our best shot at getting the most medals as possible. I am now their biggest fan. I’m excited to watch from home and cheer like crazy.”

In the final and longest event of the evening, Clearwater’s Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg Aquatics and University of Florida, led from wire-to-wire to win the 1500-meter freestyle. Finke, who already won the 800, won the 1500 in 14:46.06, his best time by more than 2 1/2 seconds and third fastest time in the world. Michael Brinegar, 800 free runner-up, was second in 15:00.87.

“The time means a lot,” Finke said. “I’ve been waiting to drop in that race for a couple years now. I’m just honored to go to Tokyo and try to improve my time.”

With the U.S. team finalized, there are 26 women and 23 men traveling to training camp in Hawaii before heading to Tokyo.

In addition to Dave Durden (men) and Greg Meehan (women), the remaining coaching staff announced are Gregg Troy, Anthony Nesty, Peter Andrew, Teri McKeever, Todd DeSorbo, Bob Bowman, Jack Bauerle and Ray Looze. The open-water coach is Catherine Kase.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
Fort Lauderdale High alum Philippe Marcoux swims his first race while brother Raphael swims his second event on Monday, both in the 50-meter freestyle. Raphael is seeded fifth in 22.58 and Philippe is seeded ninth in 22.89.

SUNDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

50-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, ALTO 24.29, 2. Abbey Weitzeil, CAL 24.30, 3. Torri Huske, AAC 24.46.

MEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club 21.04, 2. Michael Andrew, RPC-SI 21.48, 3. Nathan Adrian, CAL 21.73.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, SPA 14:46.06, 2. Michael Brinegar, MVN 15:00.87, 3. Jordan Wilimovsky, KSWM 15:05.29.

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Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke, Hali Flickinger, Nic Fink Win Spots On U.S. Team; Josh Zuchowski Top FGC Finisher On Day Five Of Olympic Trials


By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 17, 2021—Caeleb Dressel of the Gator Swim Club, the next big Olympic star in men’s swimming, qualified for his second Olympics Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials at CHI Health Center.

Dressel, 24, a Clay High School and Bolles Club alum won the glamour event 100-meter freestyle in a U.S. Open and pool record 47.39, second fastest time in the world this year. He was .60 off the blocks and 22.46 after the opening 50 meters.

Dressel, a two time world champion and Olympic gold medalist, is setting himself up nicely for the Tokyo Olympics where he could potentially win seven medals in one Olympics following in the footsteps of Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi.

“It’s a huge weight off my shoulders,” Dressel said. “I’m excited to get the job done and move forward. It certainly doesn’t get any easier. That hurt real bad but I’m happy with it. My goal was to get my hand on the wall first here so I got the job done.

“You can’t win five, six or seven medals if you don’t qualify for the events. I’m focused on qualifying right now.”

A giant picture of Dressel is on the outside of the downtown arena where the trials are being held.

“All the fluff that comes with it, your name on the building, is cool,” Dressel said. “But it adds a little bit different pressure to it.”

Joining Dressel on the 4×100 relay will be Zach Apple of Mission Viejo, who finished second in 47.72, Blake Pieroni third in 48.16 and newcomer Brooks Curry, 20, of LSU Tigers in 48.19. The top four automatically qualify for the relay.

In the new Olympic men’s event 800-meter freestyle, Bobby Finke, 21, of Clearwater left no doubt controlling the race and winning in 7:48.22 to make his first Olympic team. Michael Brinegar, 21, whose mom Jennifer made the Olympic team 45 years ago, competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, came on in the last 50 to surge ahead of Ross Dant to finish second in 7:49.94.

“I don’t even know how this feels to be an Olympian, I can’t come to terms with it yet,” Finke said. “I am so thankful for my friends and my family. This distance is a sprint and I don’t like sprints. It is what it is and it’s part of the program now.”

In a close men’s 200-meter breaststroke, Nic Fink, 27, of Athens Bulldogs won in a best time 2:07.55. Fink has been 17th and seventh in his last two Olympic Trials. Club teammate Andrew Wilson was second in 2:08.32.

“It’s something I can’t really describe,” Fink said. “Relief is only the beginning of what I’m feeling right now. It’s a long journey to come here. This is such an incredible meet with high ups and low downs. I’ve had so much support and help. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and to come back after getting third in the 100.”

In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, world silver medalist Hali Flickinger, 26, won in a best time 2:05.85, a U.S. Open and pool record. She turned on the jets and went 33.1 in the final stretch. She’s joined on the Olympic team by 19-year-old Regan Smith, already on the team in the 100 backstroke. They are the second and fourth fastest times in the world this year.

“I was just having so much fun,” Flickinger said. “Regan and I race each other all the time. It’s always fun to be there with her. We had a race plan in mind and all I wanted to do was execute it for him (her coach Bob Bowman).”

In one of the biggest surprises of the Trials, defending Olympic and world champion Simone Manuel failed to make it out of the 100-meter freestyle semifinals, the event she won a gold medal in at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Manuel was out of the pool for three weeks in April for various reasons including the Black Life Matters movement and pandemic. She finished in 54.17 for ninth, 2/100ths of a second from the finals. Manuel has one more chance to qualify in the 50.

World record holder Ryan Lochte, 36, looking to make his fifth Olympics team, was second fastest qualifier in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:58.48 behind Michael Andrew in 1:56.25 in prelims. He was third in his semifinal heat in 1:58.65 and qualified sixth for Friday’s final. Lochte scratched from the 200-meter backstroke to focus on the 200 IM.

“I know I have a faster swim in me 100 percent,” Lochte said after his semifinal race. “There’s no such thing as perfect races. There’s a lot I have to improve on, especially that race. That was just not a good one. I messed up in a lot of places. I’ll be better.”

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST swims was 24th in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.53, off his qualifying time of 2:00.76.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics was 38th in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.19, off her best of 55.51. She has the 50 freestyle left to swim.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming swims Friday in the 200 backstroke.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter will have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Friday’s events are: (Morning Session), women’s 800 freestyle prelims, men’s 100 butterfly prelims, women’s 200 backstroke prelims; (Evening session) women’s 200 breaststroke final, men’s 200 backstroke final, women’s 200 backstroke semifinal, men’s 200 IM final, women’s 100 freestyle final, men’s 100 butterfly semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

THURSDAY FINAL RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hali Flickinger, Sun Devils 2:05.85, 2. Regan Smith, RIPT 2:06.99, 3. Charlotte Hook, TAC Titans 2:07.92.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, St. Petersburg Aquatics 7:48.22, 2. Michael Brinegar, Mission Viejo 7:49.94, 3. Ross Dant, N.C. State 7:50.66.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Nic Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:07.55, 2. Andrew Wilson, Athens Bulldogs 2:08.32, 3. Will Lincon, Texas Longhorns 2:08.50.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club 47.39, 2. Zach Apple, MVN 47.72, 3. Blake Pieroni, SAND 48.16.

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Dressel, Manuel, Hosszu Make History; SOFLO’s Atkinson Misses Medal On Final Day Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 28, 2019—Caeleb Dressel, Simone Manuel and Katinka Hosszu set medal records on the eighth and final day of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Sunday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

Dressel, a University of Florida, Clay High School and Bolles Club alum, Dressel became the first man to win eight medals at a championship. Dressel won gold in all four of his individual events, six golds and two silver medals overall, and one world record.

Sjostrum won five medals, one gold, two silvers and two bronze medals, tying Missy Franklin for the most medals in world championship history.

For the second consecutive world championships, Dressel and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum were named Swimmers of the Meet. Dressel had 22 points and Sjostrum had 15 points.

Manuel is the first American woman to sweep the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events and became the first woman to win seven medals in a single world championship. She won the 50 on Sunday in 24.05. Sjostrum was second in 24.07.

Hosszu became the first woman and only the second after Michael Phelps to win five world titles in the same event when she won gold in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:32.07. She was 20 when she won her first 400IM in 2009 in Rome.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, the 2015 silver medalist, left worlds without a medal. Her best finish was fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.34 on the final day.

SOFLO teammate and Vietnamese Olympian Vien Nguyen was 19th in 4:47.96 in her third and final event at worlds.

Canada, with former Lake Lytal Lightning and Florida State swimmer Will Pisani, enjoyed its best worlds. After winning a bronze medal and setting a national record in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay, Canada finished with a record two gold and six bronze medals, all in Olympic events. Swimmers reached 19 finals, two more than in Budapest in 2017 and most finals since 1978.

South African Zane Wadell was an upset winner in the men’s 50-meter backstroke by 0.06 seconds in 24.43 ahead of Russian favorites Evgeny Rylov in 24.49 and Kliment Kolesnikov in 24.51. It was his first world title.

American Lilly King crushed the women’s 50-meter breaststroke field by 0.16 seconds to defend her title in 29.84, the only swimmer to crack 30 seconds. Italy’s 14-year-old sensation Benedetta Pilato was second in 30.00 and Russian Yuliya Efimova was third in 30.15.

“I didn’t know if it was happy tears or sad tears,” King said. “She’s 14, it doesn’t really matter what kind of tears they were, but I was like, ‘It’s OK, you did fine.”’

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 14:36.54. Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine was second in 14:37.63 and Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri was third in 14:38.75.

Japan’s Daiya Seto reclaimed the 400-meter individual medley title in 4:08.95. American Jay Litherland was second in 4:09.22 and Lewis Clareburt of New Zealand was third in 4:12.07.

Kelsi Worrell led the U.S. to a world record and gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay along with 17-year-old Regan Smith, Lilly King and Simone Manuel. The foursome won in 3:50.40, bettering the previous record by more than a second.

Great Britain won the 400-meter medley relay in 3:28.10 knocking off the U.S. men’s team with Dressel at anchor in 3:28.45. Russia was third in 3:28.81.

It was the U.S. team’s 14th gold medal for the week. They also had eight silver and five bronze, less than their 2017 showing. There were ten world records broken, 17 championship records, five junior world records, three African, 12 American, six Asian, five European and seven Oceanian records.

Smith’s opening split of 57.57 set a world record and made her the first woman to go under 58 seconds in the 100 backstroke.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

Live Results: http://omegatiming.com

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Dressel, Smith Break World Records, Manuel Sets American Record On Day Six Of 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb

GWANGJU, South Korea, July 26, 2019—Caeleb Dressel continued his historic run on Day Six of the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships Friday at Nambu International Aquatics Centre.

The University of Florida and Bolles Sharks Club alum pursuit of history continued when he broke one of Michael Phelps’ 10-year old world records, this time in the 100-meter butterfly semifinals in 49.50. Phelps record was 49.82 set in 2009. Dressel now owns six of the 10 fastest time in history.

Dressel came back to earn the top seed after the 50-meter freestyle semifinals in 21.18, just 3/100ths of his American record.

Another world record was broken in the semifinals of the women’s 200-meter backstroke. Seventeen-year-old teenager Regan Smith broke Missy Franklin’s record of 2:04.06 set when Franklin was also 17 at the 2012 London Olympics. The high school senior broke the record in 2:03.35.

“I don’t know how to put it into words,” said Smith during her on-deck interview.

Defending champion Simone Manuel held on to win the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and set an American record swimming in Lane 1. Manuel won in 52.04. Aussie Cate Campbell took silver in 52.43 and world record holder Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden was the bronze medalist in 52.46. Manuel is only the second woman to repeat as a champion in this event.

Russian Yuliya Efimova won the 200-meter breaststroke to become the first woman to three-peat in 2:20.17. South African Tatiana Schoenmaker was second in 2:22.52 and Canadian Sydney Pickrem was third in 2:22.90.

Russian Evgeny Rylov knocked off three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy to win the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.40. The Bolles alum took silver in 1:54.12 and Brit Luke Greenbank was bronze medalist in 1:55.85.

Russia won its third goal medal of the night when Anton Chupkov won the 200-meter breaststroke in a world record 2:06.12. Aussie Matthew Wilson, who had broken the world record at 2:06.67 in semis, was second in 2:06.68 and Japan’s Ippei Watanabe was third in 2:06.73.

Australia won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:00.85. Russia took silver in 7:01.81 and the U.S. hung on for the bronze in 7:01.96.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club was 36th in the 50-meter butterfly 27.49.

U.S. Olympian and world record holder Katie Ledecky, still not 100 percent, qualified second in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:17.42 behind teammate Leah Smith in 8:17.23.

Among other former or current Florida Gold Coast swimmer results: 50-meter freestyle, 21. Renzo Tjon-A-Joe, Suriname 22.33; 41. Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago 22.65, 82. Jorge Depassier, Chile 24.29; 50-meter butterfly, 41. Chade Nersicio, Curacao 28.45.

The world championships has brought together a record 2,620 athletes from 194 countries and territories around the world with 76 sets of medals up for grabs in pool swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

The meet will be streamed and televised by the Olympic Channel and live timing will be available.

TV Schedule: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/07/17/swimming-world-championships-tv-stream-schedule/

Live Results: http://omegatiming.com

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Ledecky Opens USA Swimming Phillips 66 Nationals With A Win; SOFLO’s Golding Swims First Event


By Sharon Robb

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

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

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

In other races:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday — Day 5, NBCSN (6 p.m.)

Stream: NBCSports.com or NBC Sports app

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

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

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

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

MEN

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

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

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

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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.

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Manuel, Phelps Make History On Day 6 Of Olympic Games


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2016—-It was a historical night Thursday at the Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Stanford junior Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic title in swimming.

Manuel, 20, tied Canadian 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak in the 100-meter freestyle for the gold in an Olympic and American record of 52.70.

“This medal is not just for me,” a teary-eyed Manuel said. “It’s for a whole bunch of people that came before me and have been an inspiration to me. It’s for all the people after me, who believe they can’t do it. And I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it.”

Both Manuel and Oleksiak knocked off world record holder Cate Campbell of Australia.

Phelps continued his remarkable journey in his final Olympic appearance. Phelps became the first swimmer to win an individual event in four consecutive Olympics.

Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:54.66 for his 22nd career gold medal. Japan Kosuke Hagino took the silver in 1:56.61.

Phelps also became the most decorated gold medalist in Olympic history. He broke a 2,168-year-old record set by ancient Greek athlete Leonidas Rhodes. Phelps now has 13 individual gold medals, breaking Rhodes’ record of 12 in the hoplitodromos he set in 164 BC.

In what was built up as a much-anticipated showdown between Phelps and longtime rival Ryan Lochte, never materialized. Lochte faded to fifth after leading midway through the race.

“As a kid, I wanted to do something that no one had ever done before and I’m enjoying it,” said Phelps, 31. “I want to finish my career how I want to, so that’s what I’m doing.”

Lochte, who had qualified in only one individual event, said he isn’t ready to decide about his future in swimming. He did say he was moving to California.

“I can’t say this is over,” Lochte said. “If anything, I think especially that race, it helped motivate me. There are a lot of things I need to change in the next four years if I want to come back into the sport. But for right now I think I need a break mentally and physically.”

Bolles alum Ryan Murphy of University of California at Berkeley won his second gold medal with a win in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.62 to extend the United States’ remarkable 20-year dominance of the event.

Murphy, 21, took the lead at the 100-meter mark and pulled away from the field.

“The 200 back is an event that I really have to dig deep for,” Murphy said. “That’s the one I wanted really bad.”

In one of the biggest disappointments, world record holder and defending champion Missy Franklin failed to make the final eight in the 200-meter backstroke. She finished in 2:09.74, nearly six seconds slower than her record time.

Franklin, 21, has struggled to regain her winning form of the 2012 Olympics. Franklin broke down and cried in the pool after the backstroke and was comforted by teammate Maya DiRado. In 2012, she won four gold medals and a bronze.

“I really wish I could tell you,” Franklin said. “In my mind, I made the hardest sacrifices I’ve ever had to make this year. I’ve poured myself into this every single day for the whole year and three years leading up to that. For whatever reason it’s just not happening at this meet. ”

DAY 7: FRIDAY

AFTERNOON SESSION: Noon, Women’s 50-meter freestyle heats; 12:38 p.m., Men’s 1500-meter freestyle heats; 2:28 p.m., Women’s 4×100-meter medley relay heats; 2:46 p.m., Men’s 4×100-meter medley relay heats.

EVENING SESSION: 9:03 p.m., Women’s 200-meter backstroke final; 9:12 p.m., Men’s 100-meter butterfly final; 9:20 p.m., Women’s 800-meter freestyle final; 9:44 p.m., Men’s 50-meter freestyle final; 9:56 p.m., Women’s 50-meter freestyle semifinals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Ledecky, Adrian, Manuel Win On Opening Night Of Arena Grand Prix

Ledecky, Adrian, Manuel Win On Opening Night Of Arena Grand Prix


By Sharon Robb

January 17, 2014

It came as no surprise when U.S. national team members dominated the awards podium on opening night of the Arena Grand Prix in Austin, Tex.

Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian and Simone Manuel were among winners Friday night.

Ledecky, swimming’s distance queen, won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:04.46, nearly five seconds ahead of Lotte Friis of Denmark.

“It’s a little different than it used to be, not going for best times,” Ledecky told reporters after the meet.

“Now I am just getting up and racing and finding ways to improve, working on little things like race strategy, saving my legs, those kind of things.”

Adrian dominated the men’s field in the 100-meter freestyle. He led from start-to-finish to win in 48.26 ahead of Yannick Agnel of France (49.31) and U.S. Olympian and top morning seed Conor Dwyer (49.39).

“It’s a good start to the long course season,” Adrian said.

Manuel won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.38, nearly a half second ahead of Olympian Allison Schmitt in 54.86. Schmitt is returning to competition after a disappointing 2013 season.

Megan Romano and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace tied for third in 54.94.

Other individual winners were:

Micah Lawrence, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.73.

Tom Shields, 100-meter butterfly in 52.72.

Ross Murdoch of Great Britain, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.15.

Frenchman Yannick Agnel, 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.78.

Canadian Noemie Thomas, 100-meter butterfly in 58.54.

Most of the swimmers are using the three-day meet as a gauge for training, looking ahead to the competitive summer season. No Florida Gold Coast teams are entered in the meet.

The meet continues today with prelims and finals, both being live webcast at http://www.usaswimming.org. The finals are also being televised by Universal Network with Rowdy Gaines.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com