SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Swims Back-To-Back Best Times, Makes “C” Final At Speedo East Winter Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 12, 2015—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club lowered her personal best twice in the 100-yard freestyle Saturday at the Speedo East Winter Junior National Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Golding, 15, broke 51 seconds for the first time in morning prelims in 50.48, bettering her previous best time of 51.22.

Golding came back in the “C” final to lower it again in 50.25 to finish third in the “C” final and 19th overall.

Golding has turned in three best times during her third junior national meet appearance. After a slow start earlier in the week, she warmed up quickly. On Friday, she lowered her 200-yard freestyle time in 1:49.64.

Golding will swim Sunday’s time trials. Golding will swim the 400-meter individual medley (4:55.80), trying to get her second U.S. Olympic cut, in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke (2:47.70) in Session Two.

SOFLO teammate Jessica Rodriguez, 16, will also swim time trials on Sunday in the 100-meter butterfly (1:09.52) and 200-meter individual medley (2:29.15).

Marta Ciesla, 17, of Pine Crest Swimming was among Florida Gold Coast’s top finishers. After winning her second junior national title in the 50, she came back and finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 48.97. She was seeded second going into finals.

Raiz Tjon-A-Joe, 18, of Azura Florida Aquatics was second in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 44.03, dropping from 45.05. He was seeded sixth going into finals.

In other events:

Madison Homovich, 15, of Raleigh Marlins led from start to finish to win the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:09.63, nearly a nine-second margin of victory.

Taylor Delk, 18, of SwimAtlanta won the men’s 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:16.42.

Kaitlin Harty, 18, swimming unattached won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:51.27.

Michael Taylor, 16, of Dynamo won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:41.94.

Isabel Ivey, 15, of Gator Swim Club won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.44.

Michael Jensen, 17, of Upper Dublin won the 100-yard freestyle in 43.64.

Allie Raab, 15, of Nashville Aquatics broke the meet record in the 200-yard breaststroke to win in 2:09.69. The previous record was 2:10.03 set in 2010 by Mary Olsen of Sun Devil Aquatics.

Charles Vaughan, 17, of Carmel won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:58.25.

Grace Oglesby, 17, of Cardinal Aquatics won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.39.

Camden Murphy, 16, of Kingfish won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:44.31.

SATURDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Madison Homovich, Marlins of Raleigh 16:09.63, 2. Kendall Brent, Swim Florida 16:18.52, 3. Madelyn Donohoe, The Fish 16:21.09.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Kaitlin Harty, Unattached 1:51.27, 2. Alex Walsh, Nashville 1:52.07, 3. Asia Seidt, Lakeside 1:53.79.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Isabel Ivey, Gator SC 48.44, 2. Erika Brown, SwimMAC 48.94, 3. Marta Ciesla, PC 48.97; 19. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 50.25, best time.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Allie Raab, Nashville 2:09.69, 2. Brooke Forde, Lakeside 2:11.29, 3. Kennedy Lohman, Lakeside 2:11.72.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Grace Oglesby, Cardinal Aquatics 1:55.39, 2. Hannah Kukurugy, Crown Point 1:55.64, 3. Lauren Case, Chattahoochee 1:56.12.

BOYS

1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Delk, SwimAtlanta 15:16.42, 2. T.C. Smith, Sarasota 15:16.96, 3. Trey Freeman, Baylor 15:19.65.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Michael Taylor, Dynamo 1:41.94, 2. Ethan Taylor, Carpet Capital 1:43.52, 3. Nathan Murray, SwimMAC 1:44.13.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Michael Jensen, Upper Dublin 43.64, 2. Raiz Tjon-A-Joe, Azura 44.03, 3. Tyler Rice, Bolles 44.22.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Charles Vaughan, Carmel 1:58.25, 2. Matthew Otto, Delaware 1:58.27, 3. Jacob Montague, Grosse Pointe 1:58.66.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Camden Murphy, Kingfish 1:44.31, 2. Nicolas Albiero, Cardinal 1:46.35, 3. Aaron Schultz, Nova 1:46.58.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Golding, Rodriguez Swim First Events; Ciesla Top FGC Finisher On Day Two Of Speedo East Winter Junior Nationals


By Sharon Robb

December 10, 2015—Kathleen Golding and Jessica Rodriguez of South Florida Aquatic Club competed in their first event on Day Two of the Speedo East Winter Junior National Championships Thursday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Golding, 15, and Rodriguez, 16, both competed in the 200-yard individual medley.

Golding finished in 2:05.02 and Rodriguez turned in a 2:11.21.

Pine Crest Swimming’s Marta Ciesla, 17, was the Florida Gold Coast’s top finisher winning the 50-yard freestyle, her signature event, in a best time 22.52. Her seed time was 22.56.

In other events:

Hannah Cox, 17, of Upper Valley Aquatics won the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record 4:37.82. The previous record was 4:38.89 set in 2008 by Amber McDermott of Salmon Bay.

Walker Higgins, 15, of Tennessee Aquatics won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:18.40. Santi Corredor, 16, of Swim Florida was seventh in 4:25.18.

Alex Walsh, 14, of Nashville Aquatics won the girls 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.20.

Jacob Montague, 17, of Grosse Pointe, Ga. won the boys 200-yard individual medley in 1:46.72.

Michael Jensen, 17, of Upper Dublin won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.85, the only swimmer to break 20 seconds. Brody Heck of St. Andrew’s was third in 20.19 and Raiz Tjon-A-Joe of Azura Florida Aquatics was fourth in 20.36. Cody Cline of Wahoos of Wellington won the B final in 20.35.

SwimMAC broke the meet record in the girls’ 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:11.88 with Erika Brown, Alyssa Marsh, Christina Lappin and Jessica Merritt. SwimMAC also won the girls’ 200-yard medley relay.

Bolles won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:28.64 with Andy Song An, James Daugherty, Ariel Spektor and Tyler Rice. Upper Dublin won the 800 free relay in 6:33.56.

For the remainder of the meet, Golding will also swim the 100-yard butterfly (55.18), 200-yard freestyle (1:51.58) and 100-yard freestyle (51.22).

Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.63), in which she is seeded 34th, and 200-meter breaststroke (2:17.38).

Friday’s events are the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.

Golding and Rodriguez will also swim in Sunday’s time trials. Golding will swim the 400-meter individual medley in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session Two. Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter butterfly in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session Two.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org.

The Speedo West Winter Junior National Championships are being held simultaneously this week at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

THURSDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Hannah Cox, Upper Valley 4:37.82, meet record; 2. Lauren Case, Chattahoochee 4:40.28, 3. Paige Madden, City of mobile 4:43.31.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, Nashville 1:56.20, 2. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 1:57.04, 3. Tatum Wade, Nashville 1:57.70; 45. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:05.02; 112. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:11.21

50-yard freestyle: 1. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 22.52, 2. Grace Countie, Marlins 22.67, 3. Alyssa Marsh, SwimMAC 22.69.

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. SwimMAC A 1:39.75, 2. Nashville Aquatics 1:39.84, 3. SwimMAC B 1:40.10, 16. Pine Crest 1:44.31.

4×200-yard freestyle relay; 1. SwimMAC A 7:11.88, 2. Nashville Aquatics 7:12.64, 3. Gator Swim Club 7:13.66.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle: 1. Walker Higgins, Tennessee Aquatics 4:18.40, 2. Trey Freeman, Baylor SC 4:18.82, 3. Jake Sannem, Upper Dublin 4:22.42.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Jacob Montague, Grosse Pointe 1:46.72, 2. Daniel Chang, Barracuda SC 1:46.82, 3. Dean Farris, Metro Atlanta 1:47.84.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Michael Jensen, Upper Dublin 19.85, 2. Drew Kibler, Carmel SC 20.02, 3. Brody Heck, SA 20.19.

4×50-yard medley relay: 1. Bolles 1:28.64, 2. Upper Dublin 1:29.36, 3. Nova of Virginia 1:29.89, 17. Azura 1:33.13, 21. St. Andrew’s 1:33.62, 29. Pine Crest 1:35.10.

4×200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Upper Dublin 6:33.56, 2. Nova of Virginia 6:34.17, 3. Bolles 6:35.11, 13. Bolles 6:45.50.

ELSEWHERE

For the fourth time, Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach will lead Team USA against Team Europe at the seventh Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Friday through Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. USA Swimming will live stream the event. The only other Floridian competing is St. Petersburg Aquatics’ Melanie Margalis. Among Team Europe swimmers are Katinka Hosszu, Yuliya Efimova, Lotte Friis, Hilda Luthersdottir, Laszlo Cseh, Daniel Gyurta, Vlad Morozov, Florida alum Dan Wallace, FSU alum Pavel Sankovich and Arkady Vyatchanin.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Golding, Rodriguez Ready For Speedo East Winter Junior National Championships


 

By Sharon Robb

December 8, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s dynamic duo is ready to take on the some of the nation’s best swimmers at the Speedo East Winter Junior National Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

Kathleen Golding, 15, and Jessica Rodriguez, 16, will represent SOFLO in the elite meet.

The four-day meet begins Wednesday with the 200-medley and 800 freestyle relays and ends on Saturday. Bonus long course meter time trials are Sunday.

Golding and Rodriguez begin competing on Thursday in the 200-yard individual medley. Golding is seeded seventh in her signature event in 2:00.40. Rodriguez is seeded 112th in 2:08.07. Tatum Wade, 17, of Nashville Aquatics is top seed in 1:57.53.

Golding, the TYR August Swimmer of the Month, got her first U.S. Olympic trials cut at age 14 in the 200-meter individual medley IM in 2:18.67 during the USA Swimming Futures Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

Golding, a high school state champion as a freshman, will also swim the 100-yard butterfly (55.18), 200-yard freestyle (1:51.58) and 100-yard freestyle (51.22).

In the 200 IM, Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.63), in which she is seeded 34th, and 200-meter breaststroke (2:17.38).

The pair will also swim in Sunday’s time trials. Golding will swim the 400-meter individual medley in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session two.

Rodriguez will swim the 100-meter butterfly in Session One and 200-meter breaststroke in Session Two.

The Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented. Among the higher seeds are Marta Ciesla of Pine Crest Swimming, Raiz Tjon-A-Joe and Marco Guarente of Azura Florida Aquatics, Cody Cline of Wahoos of Wellington and Brody Heck of St. Andrew’s Swimming.

Bolles, SwimMAC, Swim Atlanta and Spartaquatics and Gator Swim Club are among top teams.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

The Speedo West Winter Junior National Championships are being held simultaneously this week at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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