Team USA Shines; Bastian, Vale, Banks Finish Among Top 61 On Day Four Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 23, 2019—Team USA collected 10 more medals including four gold) and broke another World Junior Relay Record and two Championships Records on Day Four of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Friday at state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

The day started with a thrilling final in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. Japan’s Shoma Sato, the top seed in the semifinals, controlled the race until the last few meters when American Josh Matheny took the lead to win the gold medal in 2:09.40, a new Championship Record, and only 0.01 slower than the Junior WR). Sato settled for second in 2:09.56.

In the women’s 50-meter butterfly, American Torri Huske won in 25.70 ahead of top semifinal seed Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus in 25.77. It was the first medal in the meet for the small country. It was Huske’s third medal after winning a relay gold and silver in the 100-meter freestyle.

Czech swimmer Jan Cejka (CZE) won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.08. After narrowly missing the final of the 100-meter backstroke he gave his country its first medal in the competition.

Russian Evgeniia Chikunova came from behind to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.93 for her third gold medal.

After winning the 800-meter freestyle Aussie Lani Pallister had no problem winning the 400-meter freestyle final in 4:05.42, a new Championships Record.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, Vladyslav Bukhov gave Ukraine its first gold and medal in 22.13, slightly better than the fastest of the heats.

The third U.S. title of the day went to Justina Kozan in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. The 15-year-old won in 2:11.55, slightly slower than the Championship Record of 2:11.03, dating back to 2015. It was the first individual title for the U.S. swimmer.

The fourth day in Budapest concluded with the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and another (the fourth) victory for the U.S. delegation. Relay members were Jake Magahey, Luca Urlando, Jake Mitchell and Carson Foster, broke the junior world and championship record in 7:08.37.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

29. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s, Florida State, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:18.92.

46. Nicolas Vale, Jamaica, Pine Crest, 50-meter butterfly, 25.83.

61. Gaby Banks, Jamaica, SOFLO, Cypress Bay, 200-meter individual medley, 2:40.05; DQed in 50-meter backstroke.

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 at 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. The championships end on Sunday.

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

Team USA Breaks Another Junior World Record; Pine Crest’s Vale, SOFLO’s Banks Make History On Jamaica’s Mixed Relay On Day Three Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 22, 2019—Team USA broke another junior world relay record on Day Three of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Thursday at the state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

The foursome of Luca Urlando (49.66), Adam Chaney (48.25), Amy Tang (54.18)and Gretchen Walsh (53.83) broke the world junior and championship records in the mixed 4×100-meter freestyle in 3:25.92. The previous record was 3:26.65 set by Canada in August 2017.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Nicholas Vale, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Gaby Banks and their Jamaican teammates continue to make history.

In another significant milestone for Jamaica’s first mixed relay at a world event, Vale, Kyle Sinclair, Emily MacDonald and Banks were 18th in the mixed 4×100-meter freestyle prelims in 3:47.04. Vale’s lead-off split was 54.27 and Banks anchor split was 59.91.

Earlier in the week, Nathaniel Thomas, Vale, Cameron Brown and Kyle Sinclair combined for its first milestone fielding the first Jamaican relay team to compete in a global event of any kind. In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, the foursome finished seventh in their heat with a time of 3:39.20 against a fast field.

Other individual champions:

Canadian Jade Hannah won another gold medal, this time in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.28. U.S. swimmers did not make the medal stand. Earlier in the week Hannah had won the 100-meter backstroke. She led the 200 backstroke from start to finish.

Russian Andrei Minakov won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.25. The U.S. again failed to medal in the event.

The U.S. team bounced back when Gretchen Walsh won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.74. She led from start to finish. U.S. teammate Torri Huske took the silver in 54.54.

Croatia’s Franko Grgic won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:45.92.

In other highlights:

Singapore’s Jonathan Tan, 17, broke Joseph Schooling’s 50-meter freestyle national record by 0.01 second. He finished 22.46 in his heat where he finished third.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

33. Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s alum, Florida State, 50-meter freestyle, 23.60.

37. Rodolfo Falcon, Cuba, Azura Florida Aquatics, 800-meter freestyle, 8:34.24.

83. Luis Bucaro, Guatemala, Cypress Bay alum, TS Aquatics, 50-meter freestyle, 25.46.

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 at 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

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

Baldwin, Pando, Hernandez Top SOFLO Performers At SOFLO & TYR Back To School Meet


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, August 17, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers got the chance to get in a little racing after summer break and turned in some good results at the SOFLO & TYR Back To School Developmental Meet Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Jemma Baldwin swept all four events she entered and posted four lifetime-bests.

Baldwin, 8, won the 25-yard butterfly in 17.26 with a time drop of 0.59 seconds; 25-yard backstroke in 19.36 with a time drop of 0.88; 25-yard breaststroke in 22.28 with a time drop of 0.79 and 25-yard freestyle in 15.51 with a time drop of 0.76.

Leah Pando, 13, won three events and finished second in another. She won the 50-yard butterfly in 32.52 with a 2.26 time drop; 50-yard backstroke in 34.49; and 100-yard individual medley in 1:11.65. She was also second in the 50-yard breaststroke in 38.50 with a time drop of 0.22.

Adrian Hernandez, 13, also won three events. He won the 50-yard butterfly in 28.94 with a time drop of 1.90; 50-yard freestyle in 26.14 with a time of 0.72; and 100-yard individual medley in 1:04.84 with a time drop of 2.81. He was also second in the 50-yard backstroke in 31.04 with a time drop of 1.52.

Cherill Royalty, 8, had four second place finishes all with best times.

Isabella Perry, 10, finished second in the 50-yard butterfly in 33.63 with a nice time drop of 4.45 seconds. She was also a member of the winning 100-yard freestyle relay that won in 58.32.

Noah Mejias, 8, had three second place finishes all with best times including a 7.28 seconds in the 25-yard breaststroke.

SOFLO had 64 swimmers (38 boys, 26 girls) in 242 individual events and three relays in the meet.

The meet was for those 14-and-under swimmers who do not have a “B” time in their selected events yet.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under: 1. Abigail Rhett, MWA 28.02; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 17.26, time drop 0.59; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 18.19, time drop 1.79, 4. Danielle Brancati 24.99, 5. Christie Ann Lumsden 26.33.

50-yard butterfly:
9-14, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 32.52, time drop 2.26; TOP FIVE SOFLO: 2. Isabella Perry 33.63, time drop 4.45, 3. Dahlia Hirsh 35.08, time drop 0.20, 4. Genesis Escobar 35.37, 5. Francesca Perry 36.03, time drop 1.56.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Abigial Rhett, MWA 28.72; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 19.36, time drop 0.88; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 21.47, time drop 0.55, 3. Hayeon Song 21.66. time drop 5.67, 4. Danielle Brancati 21.99.

50-yard backstroke:
9-14, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 34.49; SOFLO: 2. Ahana Thakur 36.38, time drop 1.41, 3. Pilar Duranti 36.61, time drop 2.65, 4. Isabella Perry 36.92, time drop 1.41, 5. Alexandra Strong 37.32, time drop 2.14.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Abigail Rhett, MWA 34.24; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 22.28, time drop 0.79; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 24.28, time drop 1.85, 3. Hayeon Song 24.81, time drop 10.25, 4. Danielle Brancasti 28.13, 5. Christie Ann Lumsden 28.38.

50-yard breaststroke:
9-14, 1. Dahlia Hirsh, SOFLO 36.84; SOFLO: 2. Leah Pando 38.50, time drop 0.22, 3. Genesis Escobar 42.12, 4. Jordyn Henry 42.32, 5. Alessandra Gendarmi 43.17, time drop 1.25.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Abigail Rhett, MWA 24.80; 7-8, 1. Jemma Baldwin, SOFLO 15.51, time drop 0.76; SOFLO: 2. Cherill Royalty 16.35, time drop 0.84, 3. Hayeon Song 18.76, time drop 3.45, 4. Danielle Brancati 19.75.

50-yard freestyle:
9-14, 1. Dahlia Hirsh, SOFLO 30.09, time drop 1.39; SOFLO: 2. Genesis Escobar 30.13, 3. Pilar Duranti 30.62, time drop 1.95, 4. Isabella Perry 30.95, time drop 1.53, 5. Sarah Bedoya 31.11, time drop 2.13.

100-yard individual medley:
9-14, 1. Leah Pando, SOFLO 1:11.65; SOFLO: 2. Dahlia Hirsh 1:14.53, time drop 4.79, 3. Genesis Escobar 1:20.09, 4. Isabella Perry 1:21.35, time drop 4.65, 5. Alexandra Strong 1:21.78, time drop 13.90.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. Midtown Weston 1:37.44; 9-14, 1. SOFLO B 58.32, 2. SOFLO A 59.60, 3. SOFLO C 1:01.30.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluage, MWA 31.73; 7-8, 1. Santiago Guio, MWA 17:29; TOP FIVE SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 17.52, time drop 2.77, 6. Daniel Chaussky 21.14, time drop 1.59, 7. Eric Ferrer 21.49, time drop 0.51, 8. Julian Sibug 23.85, time drop 0.35.

50-yard butterfly:
9-14, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 28.94, time drop 1.90; SOFLO: 2. Luca Hincapie 29.41, 3. Austin Nelson 31.20, time drop 2.35, 4. Will Cunningham 31.23, 5. Hashan Ekanayake 31.25, time drop 0.62, 6. Benjamin Kim 32.95, time drop 1.76.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluaga, MWA 30.65; 7-8, 1. Santiago Guio, MWA 18.80; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 20.32, time drop 3.59, 3. Daniel Chaussky 20.98, time drop 2.38, 7. Eric Ferrer 23.36, time drop 1.85.

50-yard backstroke:
9-14, 1. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 30.59; SOFLO: 2. Adrian Hernandez 31.04, time drop 1.52, 3. Hashan Ekanayake 31.96, time drop 0.06, 4. Marvan Ekanayake 33.47, 5. Benjamin Kim 33.90, time drop 1.60.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluage, MWA 28.87; 7-8, 1. Jayden Park, MWA 21.16; SOFLO: 2. Noah Mejias 21.85, time drop 7.28, 8. Eric Ferrer 26.35, 9. Daniel Chaussky 26.53, 11. Julian Sibug 27.42, 12. Luis Escobar 27.62, time drop 1.57.

50-yard breaststroke:
9-14, 1. Will Cunningham, SOFLO 35.22, time drop 4.58; SOFLO: 2. Abraham Penaloza 38.16, 3. Benjamin Kim 38.65, 4. Felipe Rodriguez 39.45, time drop 1.83, 5. Bruno Martins 42.49, time drop 5.33, 6. Connor Jimenez 42.65.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Leonardo Zuluaga, MWA 26.06; 7-8, 1. Santiago Guio, MWA 15.80; SOFLO: 4. Noah Mejias 17.60, time drop 1.81, 5. Daniel Chaussky 17.93, time drop 1.33, 7. Eric Ferrer 18.78, time drop 0.59.

50-yard freestyle:
9-14, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 26.14, time drop 0.72; SOFLO: 2. Marvan Ekanayake 27.43, time drop 1.29, 3. Austin Nelson 27.55, time drop 0.75, 4. Will Cunningham 27.94, time drop 0.25, 5. Luca Hincapie 28.01, time drop 0.09.

100-yard individual medley:
9-14, 1. Adrian Hernandez, SOFLO 1:04.84, time drop 2.81; SOFLO: 2. Austin Nelson 1:09.41, time drop 8.30, 3. Luca Hincapie 1:09.60, 4. Hashan Ekanayake 1:09.80, time drop 5.34, 5. Will Cunningham 1:11.56, time drop 2.51.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. Midtown Weston 1:09.34, 2. SOFLO A 1:13.95, 3. Midtown Weston 1:14.21; 9-14, 1. SOFLO C 55.16, 2. SOFLO B 57.02, 3. SOFLO A 59.51, 3. SOFLO D 1:03.71.

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

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
http://www.swim4soflo.com