SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Swims Back-To-Back Best Times On Final Day Of Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2017—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club posted back-to-back best times in the 200-meter individual medley on the fifth and final day of the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding, 16, lowered her previous best time of 2:17.69 in morning prelims in 2:17.62 and set herself up nicely for finals swimming the fastest prelim time and earning the top seed.

Golding lowered her new best time to 2:17.19 in the final and finished sixth against an impressive field. Swimming in Lane 5, Golding was never a threat in the race. Her prelim and final time drop was 0.50. She was seeded seventh in the event going into the meet.

Kate Douglas, 15, of Chelsea Piers Aquatic, the second fastest swimmer in prelims, won the race in 2:15.09.

Olivia Carter, 17, of Enfinity Aquatics, the third seed, was second in 2:15.12. Kristen Romano, 17, of Long Island Aquatics, seventh seed, was third in 2:15.15.

It was Douglas, Carter and Romano and fourth place finisher Lindsay Looney, who battled it out for most of the race.

In the opening butterfly leg Carter went out in 28.42 with Looney and Douglas close behind. Carter continued to attack the race in the backstroke and led the first half in 1:01.79. Carter pulled away in the breaststroke with Romano closing in and pulling even at 1:43.45 before Douglas overcame Carter in the freestyle by out-splitting the field by more than a second on the freestyle leg.

Golding was also 30th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.61.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, had qualified in six events.

SwimMAC won the combined team title with 441 points ahead of the Mason Manta Rays with 376. Jacksonville Bolles was the only Florida team in the Top 10 placing ninth with 152 points. SwimMAC also won the girls team title with 244 points, less than 10 points ahead of Magnolia. Bolles was sixth among girls’ teams with 120 points.

Mason Manta Rays won the boys team title with 327 points. Irvine Novaquatics was second with 197.

Saturday night event winners were:

Carson Foster of the Manta Rays won the 200-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 2:01.97 after taking the lead on the backstroke leg. He shaved nearly two seconds off his previous best. His older brother Jake, was second in 2:02.88.

Erica Sullivan of Sandpiper of Nevada led from wire-to-wire to win the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:21.74, dropping four seconds from her best time and winning by almost ten seconds.

Top qualifier Anya Goeders won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.26.

Sid Farber of PAC knocked off top seed Will Davis of Bolles in 22.89. Davis was second in 22.99.

Johannes Calloni of Scarlet Aquatics broke the meet record in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:01.63.

The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 1500-meter freestyle, eighth, 16:47.38, best time by 16.83 seconds.

Alessandro Xella, 18, Unattached, 200-meter individual medley, 38th, 2:09.07.

Jennifer Secrest, 16, North Palm Beach, 200-meter individual medley, 50th, 2:22.90; 50-meter freestyle, DQ.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 50-meter freestyle, 50th, 26.97

Adan Diaz, 17, Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter individual medley, 63rd, 2:10.96.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 200-meter individual medley, 78th, 2:24.77.

Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 50-meter freestyle, 81st, 24.93.

Nicole Gomez, 15, North Palm Beach, 50-meter freestyle, 94th, 27.76

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 441, 2. Mason Manta Rays 376, 3. Lakeside 317, 4. Magnolia 252.5, 5. Irvin Novaquatics 243, 6. Austin 195, 7. Carmel 162, 8. Sandpipers 156, 9. Bolles 152, 10. Terrapins 126.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 327, 2. tie, Irvin Novaquatics, SwimMAC 197, 4. Nitro 183.5, 5. Lakeside 137, 6. Bolles 120, 7. Terrapins 112.5, 8. Scarlet 111, 9. King Aquatics 109, 10. Pleasanton 93.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 244, 2. Magnolia 234.5, 3. Austin 193, 4. Lakeside 180, 5. Chelsea Piers 121.5, 6. Waves Bloomington 121, 7. Carmel 112, 8. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 110, 9. Sandpipers 106, 10. Fort Collins 93.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley: 1. Kate Douglass, CPAC 2:15.09, 2. Olivia Carter, EAC 2:15.12, 3. Kristen Romano, Lakeside 2:15.15.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Anya Goeders, MAKO 25.26, 2. Grace Ariola, BNY 25.38, 3. Kate Douglas, CPAC 25.54.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Erica Sullivan, SAND 16:21.74, 2. Taylor Ault, RMDA 16:31.55, 3. Kate Sandrson, CSST 16:33.48.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Waves Bloomington 4:09.53, 2. SwimMac 4:10.96, 3. Fort Collins 4:12.18.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, Manta Rays 2:01.97, 2. Jake Foster, Manta Rays 2:02.88, 3. Shaine Casas, Nitro 2:03.06.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Sid Farber, PAC 22.89, 2. Will Davis, Bolles 22.99, 3. Shaine Casas, Nitro 23.05.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Johannes Calloni, Scarlet Aquatics 8:01.63, 2. Alexander Zettle, Lakeside 8:03.30, 3. Lleyton Plattel, PLS 8:11.39.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:46.26, 2. Bolles 3:47.78, 3. King Aquatic Club 3:48.71.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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SOFLO’s Golding Swims Final Two Events Saturday At Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 11, 2017—Headed into the fifth and final day of the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y., South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding will compete in her final two events.

Golding will swim the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle. She is seeded seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69 and 20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Golding turned in her best race of the meet so far on Friday in the 200-meter freestyle. She finished 12th in 2:02.28, dropping 0.10 off her morning time of 2:02.38. Her splits were 28.40, 31.02, 31.75 and 31.11. She was seeded 15th in the event.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, qualified in six events.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s one-woman team is 34th with 21 points among more than 70 teams.

Friday night winners were:

Easop Lee, 17, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.08.

Alexander Zettle, 17, of Lakeside Aquatic Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.13, the only swimmer to dip below 1:50.

Zoie Hartman, 16, of Crow Canyon won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.09 to sweep the breaststroke junior national titles.

Daniel Roy, 17, of King Aquatic Club won the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime best and meet record 2:11.25.

Isabelle Stadden, 15, of FAST won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.23.

Carson Foster, 15, of the Mason Manta Rays won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.61 for his third gold medal of the meet. He also won the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly.

Magnolia Aquatic Club (Lucie Nordmann, Monica Gumina, Kaitlynn Sims, Lillie Nordmann) won the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 8:10.64.

SwimMAC Carolina leads the combined team standings with 310 and look to be headed to clinching the title. Mason Manta Rays are second with 262. Mason Manta Rays lead the men’s team standings with 236 and Magnolia leads the women’s with 191 just ahead of SwimMac with 184.

The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Adan Diaz, 18, Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter breaststroke, 16th, 2:20.09.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 200-meter freestyle, 39th, 2:05.14; 100-meter backstroke, 80th, 1:07.70.

Alessandra Baldari, 17, Unattached, 200-meter freestyle, 43rd, 2:04.65, time drop.

Teo Darias, 17, Gulliver Swim Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 47th, 2:24.59.

Marcelo Lauzurique, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 200-meter breaststroke, 57th, 2:26.06.

Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 200-meter freestyle, 77th, 1:57.12.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 310, 2. Mason Manta Rays 262, 3. Lakeside 233, 4. Magnolia 195, 5. Irvine Novaquatics 189, 6. Austin 151, 7. Carmel 131, 8. Terrapins 108.5, 9. Sandpipers 102, 10. Scarlet Aquatics 100.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 236, 2. Irvine Novaquatics 167, 3. Nitro Swimming 141.5, 4. SwimMAC 126, 5. Terrapins 94.5, 6. Lakeside 94, 7. Scarlet Aquatics 87, 8. King Aquatics 71, 9. Pleasanton 70, 10. Bolles 69, 77. Azura 1.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Magnolia 191, 2. SwimMAC 184, 3. Austin 149, 4. Lakeside 139, 5. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 101, 6. Carmel 99, 7. Sandpipers 72, 8. Long Island 67, 9. Waves Bloomington 64, 10. Chelsea Piers 60.5, 34. South Florida Aquatic Club 34, 40. AquaKids Sharks 14, 48. Gulliver Swim Club 12.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Easop Lee, NBAC 2:00.08, 2. Kenisha Liu, BREA 2:00.34, 3. Lauren Pitzer, LAC 2:00.39.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, CROW 2:28.09, 2. Claire Donan, TS 2:30.21, 3. Rachel Ramey, TFA 2:30.25.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Isabelle Stadden, FAST 1:01.23, 2. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 1:01.63, 3. Grace Haskett, IST 1:01.78.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Magnolia 8:10.64, 2. Austin 8:13.97, 3. SwimMAC 8:15.34.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Alexander Zettle, LAC 1:49.13, 2. Jack LeVant, NTN 1:50.25, 3. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:50.44.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, KING 2:11.25, 2. AJ Bornstein, RAC 2:13.96, 3. Jake Foster, RAYS 2:14.34.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 55.61, 2. Shaine Casas, Nitro 55.79, 3. Glen Coward, KATY 56.19.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Competes Friday In 200 Freestyle At Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2017—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club has three events remaining in the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding will swim the 200-meter freestyle on Friday and 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Golding is seeded 15th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.99; seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69 and 20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

On Thursday morning, Golding finished 28th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.95, just 0.21 off her best time. She was seeded 32nd in the event.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, qualified in six events.

Thursday night winners were:

Taylor Ault, 18, of La Mirada Armada won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.62, just 0.05 her best time.

Alexander Zettle, 17, of Lakeside Aquatic won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:51.44.

Dakota Luther, 17, of Austin Swim Club won the 100-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best and junior national meet record in 58.59 with a time drop of 1.20.

Shaine Casas, 17, of Nitro and Alexei Sancov, 17, of Terrapins tied in the 100-meter butterfly in 53.24. Sancov broke the Moldavia national record in the event. In prelims and finals it was the first times he cracked 54 seconds. Casas posted a best time by 2.04.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher were:

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 400-meter freestyle, 24th, 4:21.10 prelims, 24th 4:22.31; 100-meter butterfly, 25th, 1:01.75.

Alessandra Baldari, 17, Unattached, 100-meter butterfly, 27th, 1:01.83.

Jennifer Secrest, 16, North Palm Beach, 100-meter butterfly, 31st, 1:02.14

Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 400-meter freestyle, 45th, 4:24.83.

Emily Cordovi, 16, Gulliver Swim Club, 100-meter butterfly, 49th, 1:02.81.

Alessandro Xella, 18, Unattached, 100-meter butterfly, 94th, 58.06.

Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 100-meter butterfly, 100th, 58.62.

SwimMAC continues to lead the combined team standings with 221 points, 13 points ahead of the Mason Manta Rays with 208, the only teams with 200-plus points. Mason Manta Rays leads the men standings with 182 and Magnolia Aquatic Club leads the women with 125.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 221, 2. Mason Manta Rays 208, 3. Irvine Novaquatics 157, 4. Lakeside 153, 5. Carmel 105, 6. Sandpipers 102, 7. Terrapins 97.5, 8. Scarlet Aquatics 90, 9. Austin Swim Club 85, 10. Pleasanton Seahawks 83.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 182, 2. Irvin Novaquatics 141, 3. SwimMAC 126, 4. Nitro Swimming 100.5, 5. Terrapins 94.5, 7. Scarlet Aquatics 87, 8. Pleasanton 67, 9. Bolles 63, 10. North Texas, Delaware 51.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Magnolia Aquatic Club 125, 2. SwimMAC 95, 3. Austin Swim Club 83, 4. Lakeside 79, 5. Carmel 75, 6. Sandpipers 72, 7. North Baltimore 59, 8. Nation’s Capital 57, 9. Metroplex 46, 10. Chelsea Piers 45.5.

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle: 1. Taylor Ault, RMDA 4:11.62, 2. Erica Sullivan, SAND 4:12.92, 3. Lauren Pitzer, LAC 4:13.29.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Dakota Luther, ASC 58.59, 2. Olivia Carter, EAC 59.38, 3. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 1:00.13.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle: 1. Alexander Zettle, LAC 3:51.44, 2. Tal Davis, TG 3:52.26, 3. Jack LeVant, NTN 3:52.86.

100-meter butterfly: 1. tie, Shaine Casas, NTRO 53.24, Alexei Sancov, TERA 53.24, 3. Jake Johnson, DST 53.80.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Irvine Novaquatics 7:31.63, 2. Mason Manta Rays 7:32.40, 3. Terrapins Swim Team 7:35.55.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Wins “B” Final At Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb
August 9, 2017—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club won the “B” final of the 100-meter freestyle Wednesday at the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, was first in the “B” final and ninth overall in a lifetime-best 56.20, a time drop of 0.11. She was seeded 11th in 56.31.

In her second event, Golding, the sixth seed, was second in the “B” final and tenth overall in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:51.87. Before the race, the swimmer next to Golding moved on her block affecting Golding’s start.

Golding has four events remaining. On Thursday she will swim the 100-meter butterfly.

Wednesday night winners were:

Lucie Nordman, 17, of Magnolia Aquatic Club won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.99.

Carson Foster, 15, of Mason Manta Rays won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.40.

Kenisha Liu, 18, of Brea Aquatics won the 100-meter freestyle in 55.36. Her opening split was 26.7.

Alexei Sancov, 17, of Terrapins Swim Club won the 100-meter freestyle in 49.78, the only sub-50 second finish among the field.

Lindsay Looney, 16, of Metroplex Aquatics won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.42 in the race of the night. Kristen Romano of Long Island Aquatic Club finished closely behind in second in 4:47.47. Favorite Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatic Club was disqualified for a dolphin kick on the breaststroke.

Jake Foster, 16, of Mason Manta Rays came from behind in the breaststroke to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.40.

In the 4×100-meter freestyle relays Austin Swim Club won the girls race in 3:47.87 and Mason Manta Rays won the boys race in 3:25.46.

The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:

Alessandra Baldari, 17, Unattached, 400-meter individual medley, 27th, 4:58.98; 100-meter freestyle, 57th, 58.11.

Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver, 400-meter individual medley, 34th, 4:59.96.

Alessandro Xella, 18, Unattached, 400-meter individual medley, 40th, 4:36.29.

Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 100-meter freestyle, 63rd, 58.23.

Nicole Gomez, 15, North Palm Beach, 100-meter freestyle, 88th, 59.23.

Jennifer Secrest, 16, North Palm Beach, 100-meter freestyle, 89th, 59.30.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 170, 2. Mason Manta Rays 154, 3. Lakeside 107, 4. Sandpipers of Nevada, 85, 5. Irvine Novaquatics 77, 6. Carmel 71, 7. Austin 65, 8. Bolles 64, 9. tie, Terrapins, Scarlet Aquatics 47, 28. Gulliver, SOFLO, AquaKidsSharks 0.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 128, 2. SwimMAC 81, 3. Irvine Novaquatics 61, 4. Nitro 56, 5. Bolles 50, 6. Terrapins, Lakeside, Scarlet Aquatics 44, 9. Pleasanton Seahawks 43, 10. King Aquatic Club 36.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Magnolia Aquatic Club 93, 2. SwimMAC 89, 3. tie, Austin Swim Club, Lakeside 63, 5. Carmel 59, 6. Sandpipers 55, 7. North Baltimore 46, 8. Chelsea Piers 45.5, 9. Waves Bloomington 39, 10. Metroplez Aquatics 37, 24. South Florida Aquatic Club 16, 32. AquaKids Sharks 14, 34. Gulliver 12.

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke: 1. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 2:10.99, 2. Sinclair Larson, SwimMAC 2:12.92, 3. Isabelle Stadden, FAST 2:13.79.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Kenisha Liu, BREA 55.36, 2. Lucie Nordmann, MAC 55.76, 3. Kelly Pash, CSC 56.05; FGC: 9. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 56.20, 57. Alessandra Baldari, Unattached 58.11, 63. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 58.23, 88. Nicole Gomez, North Palm Beach 59.23, 89. Jennifer Secrest, North Palm Beach 59.30.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Lindsay Looney, MTRO 4:47.42, 2. Kristen Romano, LIAC 4:47.47, 3. Katie Glavinovich, AZOT 4:47.60; FGC: 10. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:51.87, 27. Alessandra Baldari, Unattached 4:58.98, 34. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 4:59.96.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Austin 3:47.87, 2. SwimMAC 3:47.90, 3. Lakeside 3:48.26.

BOYS

200-meter backstroke: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:59.40, 2. Ethan Harder, BAC 2:00.12, 3. Chris Thames, MAAC 2:01.44.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Alexei Sancov, TERA 49.78, 2. Destin Lasco, PVA 50.46, 3. Alexander Zettle, LAC 50.52.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Jake Foster, RAYS 4:19.40, 2. Jack LeVant, NTN 4:22.11, 3. Jarod Arroyo, FORK 4:22.30; FGC: 40. Alessandro Xella, Unattached 4:36.29

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:25.46, 2. SwimMAC 3:26.53, 3. Irvine Novaquatics 3:26.79.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Ready For Speedo Junior National Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2017—It’s show time for Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club.

The talented swimmer will take on an ambitious schedule of six events at the Speedo Junior National Championships that begin Tuesday at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, will be among a strong field of up-and-coming national caliber swimmers. She will compete in her six events over four days.

First up on Wednesday are the 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley; on Thursday, 100-meter butterfly; on Friday, the 200-meter freestyle and on Saturday, the 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle.

Golding is seeded 11th in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.31. Isabel Ivey, 16, of Gator Swim Club is seeded first in 54.95 and Morgan Tankersley, 18, of Greater Tampa Swimming, eighth in 56.06.

Golding is seeded sixth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.65, the only Florida swimmer seeded in the Top 10.

Her other seedings are:

32nd in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.74.

15th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.99.

Seventh in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:17.69.

20th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.24.

Other top swimmers entered are Dakota Luther of Austin Swim Club, coming off the FINA World Championships competing in the 200-meter butterfly; Eva Merrell of Aquazot Swim Club and High School Swimmer of the Year Reece Whitley.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing are: Mary Smutny of AquaKids Sharks; Emily Cordovi and Teo Darias, Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Marcelo Lauzurique of Gulliver Swim Club; Adan Diaz of Azura Florida Aquatics; and Nicole Gomez of North Palm Beach.

No more than four swimmers per event will be selected for the 2017-2018 U.S. national junior team. The roster will have a minimum of 26 men and 26 woman and maximum of 40 men and 40 women.

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Swims Best Time At Speedo Junior Nationals

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro Swims Best Time At Speedo Junior Nationals


By Sharon Robb

July 30, 2014

Florida Gold Coast swimmers flexed their muscles on the national stage Wednesday on Day One of the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

Duke University-bound Isabella Paez, 18, of Metro Aquatics finished third in the 200-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 2:11.94, a 1.71-second drop from her previous best of 2:13.65.

Melissa Marinheiro, 17, of South Florida Aquatic Club also swam a lifetime-best in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:56.42, dropping 1.47 seconds to finish 36th. Her previous best was 8:57.89.

SOFLO teammate Kathleen Golding will swim the 400-meter individual medley on Thursday. Her best time is 4:57.67. Golding is seeded 45th.

Marinheiro has three events remaining the rest of the week. She will swim the 400-meter freestyle (4:20.69), 200-meter freestyle bonus (2:05.69) and 1500-meter freestyle (17:04.87).

In other championship finals:

Girls 800-meter freestyle: Maryland swimmer Sierra Schmidt, 16, swimming unattached, won in a best time 8:34.58, dropping 4.70 from her previous best.

Girls 200-meter butterfly: Easop Lee, 14, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in a best time 2:10.40. She led at the midway mark with a 1:02.22 split. Her winning time was the third fastest all-time for 13-14 age group

Boys 200-meter butterfly: In front of his hometown crowd, Corey Okubo, 18, of Aquazot came from behind in the last 50-meters to win in a best time 1:58.30, seventh all-time fastest in the 15-16 age group.

Girls 100-meter breaststroke: Lauren Barber, 17, of the Jewish Community Center won in a best time 1:09.72.

Boys 100-meter breaststroke: Connor Hoppe, 18, of Clovis came from behind to win in 1:02.17, ranking ninth in 17-18 age group. Ge overtook Peter Kropp who has ahead by nearly a body-length. Reece Whitley, 14, of Penn Charter Aquatic Club crushed the 13-14 national age group record by a half second in the “B” final in 1:03.23. Whitley is one of the nation’s top African-American age group swimmers.

Boys 1500-meter freestyle: Sam Magnan of Parkland Aquatic Club won in a best time 15:28.58, shaving 27.98 seconds off his previous best. His time from the afternoon heats held up after the fastest heat was finished.

Thursday’s events are the 200-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter individual medley and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

The meet, both prelims and finals, is being live-streamed at usaswimming.org.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 34, 2. King Aquatic Club 30, 3. Canyons AC, Aquazot 29, 5. North Carolina AC 28, 6. Pleasanton Seahawks 22, 7. Parkland, Palo Alto, Clovis, Jewish Community Center 20, 17. Metro Aquatics 16, 28. Swim Florida 14, 41. Sarasota YMCA 11.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Aquazot 29, 2. Palo Alto, Clovis, Parkland, 20, 5. Arizona Gold 19.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. North Carolina Aquatic Club 28, 2. North Baltimore, Jewish Community Center 20, 4. King Aquatic Club, Chattahoochee Gold 17, Metro Aquatics 16.

GIRLS

800-meter freestyle:

1.Sierra Schmidt, Unattached MD 8:34.58, 2. Madison Homovich, NCAC 8:36.82, 3. Amanda Nunan, SEA 8:42.84, 5. Kendall Brent, SWIM 8:43.27, 18. Katie Duggan, HIGH 8:49.03, 31. Ellie Berdusco, SYS 8:55.12, 35. Hannah Burns, GSC 8:56.07, 36. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 8:56.42, 39. Cameron Davis, SYS 8:56.83, 43. Sophie Cattermole, SYS 8:57.36, 51. Lara Hernandez-Tome, SYS 9:01.43, 52. Emma Layton, ATAC 9:02.10, 53. Kensey McMahon, Bolles 9:02.56, 55. Tierney Shimansky, GSC 9:02.89, 64. Kaitlyn Hauser, T2 Aquatics 9:05.40.

200-meter butterfly:

1.Easop Lee, NBAC 2:10.40, 2. Lauren Case, GOLD 2:11.60, 3. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:11.94, best time, 11. Christian Rockway, TBAY 2:14.24, 21. Nancy Hu, SYS 2:14.73; FGC: 42. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:17.26, best time.

100-meter breaststroke:

1.Lauren Barber, JCC 1:09.72, 2. Carolyn McCann, KING 1:09.84, 3. Jorie Caneta, RA 1:09.88; FGC: 63. Lindsey Swartz, PC 1:13.71, best time.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Sam Magnan, PAAC 15:28.58, 2. Taylor Abbott, NTRO 15:29.88, 3. Adam Linker, MOR 15:30.79, 8. Carter Page, SYS 15:44.23; FGC: 21. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 15:54.64, best time, 24. Robert Finke, SPA 15:55.73, 33. T.C. Smith, SRQ 16:01.73, 35. Eric Geunes, GSC 16:02.54.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Corey Okubo, AZOT 1:58.30, 2. Michael Thomas, UDAC 1:59.11, 3. Maxime Rooney, PLS 1:59.26; FGC: 58. Bolko De Pawlikowski, Metro Aquatics 2:04.89, best time, 68. Luis Martinez, Azura 2:05.38.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Connor Hoppe, CLOV 1:02.17, 2. Peter Kropp, CANY 1:02.32, 3. Chandler Bray, ACST 1:02.87; FGC: 47. Marco Guarente, Azura 1:05.40, best time, 88. Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:07.16.

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

Marinheiro, Pinon Lead SOFLO At Speedo Junior Nationals That Begin Monday

Marinheiro, Pinon Lead SOFLO At Speedo Junior Nationals That Begin Monday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 4, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented by two outstanding swimmers when the Speedo Junior National Swimming Championships begin on Monday in Irvine, Calif.

Melissa Marinheiro and Julien Pinon, two rising swimmers in the sport, will compete among the nation’s best at the week-long meet at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, the same venue that hosted the U.S. Open last week.

Pinon, coming off Southern Senior Zones in Plantation after spending the past two months overseas training and competing in international meets, qualified in the 200-meter freestyle. His long course meters best time is 1:55.32.

Marinheiro will compete in four events. They are the 400-meter freestyle (4:22.89), 200-meter freestyle (2:06.22), 1500-meter freestyle (17:04.87) and 800-meter freestyle (9:04.32). Marinheiro will open with the 800 on Monday.

SOFLO age group coach Megan Garland will coach the pair during the meet.

SOFLO will be joined by other Florida Gold Coast teams St. Andrew’s Swimming, Pine Crest Swimming, Metro Aquatics, AK Sharks and Swim Fort Lauderdale.

Among top Floridians competing are Becca Man, 15, and Grant Sanders, 16, of Clearwater Aquatics and Caeleb Dressel, 16, and Santo Condorelli, 18, of Bolles and Alexander Katz, 17, of Sarasota YMCA.

It will be the last summer age group meet of the season for the pair before they turn their focus to the 2013 high school swimming season. Pinon competes for Plantation American Heritage and Marinheiro for West Broward High School.

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