Aussies Continue To Dominate XXII Commonwealth Games; Dylan Carter Competes Tuesday


By Sharon Robb
BIRMINGHAM, England, August 1, 2022—After four days of competition, Australia owns the XXII Commonwealth Games at Sandwell Aquatic Center.

Kyle Chalmers won the Aussies’ first gold medal to open Monday night action in the 100-meter freestyle in 47.51. Brit Tom Dean took silver in 47.89 and Scotland’s Duncan Scott took bronze in 48.27. It was Scott’s 10th career medal, making him the most decorated Games athlete for Scotland. Chalmers had already broken the Games record in semis in 47.36.

Aussie teammate and reigning Olympic and world champion Kaylee McKeown won the 200-meter backstroke in a Games record in 2:05.60 followed by Canadian Kylie Masse in 2:07.81 and Scot Katie Shanahan in 2:09.22.

Aussie Emma McKeon won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.90. South African Erin Gallagher and Aussie Holly Barratt tied for second in 26.05. It was McKeon’s 12th Commonwealth gold medal.

The Aussies ended the evening with a Games record 7:04.96 to win the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay with Elijah Winnington, Flynn Southam, Zac Incerti and Mack Horton. It was the Aussies’ 13th win in 14 years of the Commonwealth Games. England took silver in 7:07.50 and Scotland took bronze in 7:09.33.

Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 15, won her second gold medal of her debut Games after winning the 200-meter individual medley in a best time and world junior record 2:08.70, just ahead of Aussie Kaylee McKeown by 0.82 seconds. Brit Abbie Wood was third in 2:10.68. Earlier, McIntosh won the 400 IM in a Games record.

New Zealand’s Andrew Jeffcoat won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.65 followed by South African Pieter Coetze in 24.77 and Canadian Javier Acevedo in 24.97.

Two-time Olympian and Plantation American Heritage alum Dylan Carter, 25, of Trinidad and Tobago will compete in the 50-meter freestyle heats on Tuesday.

The meet continues Tuesday with prelims at 5:30 a.m. EST and finals 2 p.m. EST.

SPEEDO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

IRVINE, Calif.—U.S. junior national team member and Stanford-bound Josh Zuchowski of FAST was fifth fastest qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.71 Monday at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Zuchowski is coming off senior nationals. He is prepping for Junior Pan Pacs later this month in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Swimmers Hit The Road For Top-Caliber Swim Meets Across The Nation


By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, July 30, 2019—The hard work and fast swims paid off for South Florida Aquatic Club enjoying the best summer in club history.

SOFLO qualified a record eighteen swimmers for various meets across the nation that begin Tuesday night.

Over the next two weeks, the championship season continues for SOFLO in four USA Swimming meets from North Carolina to California.

SOUTHERN ZONES

SOFLO’s Maddie Smutny, 14, and Alejandro Mateus, 14, will compete with several Florida Gold Coast All-Stars at the USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C. Tuesday through Aug. 3.

The field features 13 zones including Florida Gold Coast and Florida Swimming.

The meet features prelims and finals except for Tuesday which has timed finals in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles and 200-meter medley relays. Swimmers ages 11-18 qualified for one of USA Swimming’s prestigious meets.

SENIOR NATIONALS

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding and Mary Smutny will flex their muscles at the Phillips 66 National Championships Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif. Wednesday through Aug. 4. Each will swim in four events.

Golding, headed to University of Florida in the fall, will compete in the 100-meter freestyle (Wednesday), 400-meter individual medley (Aug. 2), 400-meter freestyle (Aug. 3) and 200-meter individual medley Aug. 4).

Smutny, bound for University of Texas this fall, will swim the 200-meter butterfly (July 31), 200-meter freestyle (Aug. 1), 100-meter butterfly (Aug. 2) and 400-meter freestyle (Aug. 3).

FUTURES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Twelve SOFLO swimmers will compete in the Aug. 1-4 USA Futures Championships, Greensboro, N.C.

Representing SOFLO are Gaby Banks, Dominic Bono, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Molly Golding, Paige Lane, Juan Pablo Pineda, Rafael Rodriguez, Mallory Schleicher, Miguel Sierra, Juan Mora and Robert Wilson.

The Futures series was launched in 2015, and in 2016 was expanded from three to four regions. The event was designed to add another stepping stone to the developmental pathway between Sectional Championships (which fall roughly along LSC boundaries) and Junior National Championships.

JUNIOR NATIONALS

SOFLO will have two swimmers in the Aug. 8-10 USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships, also at Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford, Calif.

The qualifiers are Lance Lesage in the 200-meter backstroke (Aug. 7) and 100-meter backstroke (Aug. 9) and Rafael Rodriguez in the 200-meter backstroke (Aug. 7) and 100-meter backstroke (Aug. 9).

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

Olivia Carter Wins On Day One Of Speedo Junior Nationals; SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Competes Wednesday


By Sharon Robb

August 8, 2017—Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatics knocked off Dakota Luther to win the 200-meter butterfly on opening day of the Speedo Junior National Championships Tuesday at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Carter, 17, won in a meet record 2:09.02 out-touching Luther, the only World Championships qualifier in the meet. Luther was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.40, out-touching Luther, the only World Championships qualifier in the meet. Luther was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.40. Both Luther and Carter will be teammates at University of Georgia in the fall.

Other winners were:

Carson Foster, 15, of Mason Manta Rays, 200-meter butterfly, lifetime best 1:58.47.

Zoie Hartman, 16, of Crow Canyon, 100-meter breaststroke, best time 1:08.65.

Daniel Roy, 17, of King Aquatic Club, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:01.42. High school Swimmer of the Year Reece Whitley, the event favorite, declared a false start.

Erica Sullivan, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada, 800-meter freestyle, 8:33.49, lifetime best by one second.

Johannes Calloni, 17, of Scarlet Aquatics, 1500-meter freestyle, 15:18.44. Calloni is Stanford-bound.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks. Smutny was fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.87. Smutny has seven events remaining. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, of Gulliver Swim Club was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 8:47.72, a time drop of 6.9 seconds.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, begins competing on Wednesday.

She will swim the first two of six events, the 100-meter freestyle (seeded 11th) and 400-meter individual medley (seeded 6th).

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.

TUESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sandpipers of Nevada, 59, 2. King Aquatic Club 38, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 32, 4. tie, SwimMAC and Nation’s Capital 28.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays, 48, 2. King Aquatic Club 36, 3. Sandpipers 30, 4. Scarlet Aquatics 29, 5. SwimMAC 23.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club 30.5, 2. Sandpipers of Nevada 29, 3. tie, Magnolia and Lakeside, 26, 5. tie, Crow Canyon County, Enfinity Aquatic Club 20, 15. AquaKids Sharks 14.

GIRLS

800-meter freestyle: 1. Eric Sullivan, SAND 8:33.49; FGC: 7. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 8:47.72, time drop.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Olivia Carter, EAC 2:09.02; FGC: 5. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:13.87, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, CROW 1:08.65.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Johannes Calloni, SCAR 15:18.44.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:58.47.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, KING 1:01.42.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Golding Makes Debut; Moroney, Rice Lead Florida Swimmers On Day Two Of Speedo Junior Nationals

Golding Makes Debut; Moroney, Rice Lead Florida Swimmers On Day Two Of Speedo Junior Nationals


By Sharon Robb

July 31, 2014–Megan Moroney of St. Andrews Swimming and Tyler Rice of Bolles were the top Florida finishers Thursday at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

Moroney, 17, was seventh in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.74, just 0.23 off her best time.

Rice, 16, making his junior summer nationals debut, was eighth in the final of the 100-meter freestyle in 51.73. He went 51.13 in prelims.

Carmel girls team broke the meet record and 15-18 national age group record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay to win in 3:44.88 with Rachel Hayden, Veronica Burchill, Claire Adams and Amy Bilquist. The previous record was 3:45.50 set by the Colorado Stars with Missy Franklin on anchor leg in 2010. Bolles was fourth in 3:50.43 with Claire Rasmus, Kasey Schmidt, Mckenna Debever and Christi Riley.

Upper Dublin Swim Club boys broke the 15-16 national age group record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:29.18 with Jake Sannem, Wyatt Amdor, Michael Thoas and Michael Jensen to finish fifth overall.

South Florida Aquatic Club Kathleen Golding, making her junior national debut, was 38th in the 400-meter individual medley 4:58.69, 1.02 off her best time. At 13, she was the youngest among the field of 83 swimmers. She was seeded 45th in 4:57.67.

SOFLO teammate Melissa Marinheiro, 17, after swimming a lifetime-best in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:56.42, will swim the 400-meter freestyle (4:20.69) on Friday. It is the second of four events she is entered in. She also has the 200- and 1500-meter freestyle.

Matthew Klotz, 18, of the Sierra Marlins broke the deaf world record in his 200-meter backstroke heat in 2:04.51. It was the third time in just over 12 months where he has lowered the mark.

In other championship finals:

Girls 200-meter backstroke: Top seed Allie Szekely of Central Bucks Swim Team led from wire-to-wire to win in 2:11.29, ninth fastest national time in her age group.

Boys 200-meter backstroke: Patrick Conaton of Badger Swim Club surged in the final 50 meters to win in 1:59.67.

Girls 100-meter freestyle: Stanzi Moseley and Amy Bilquist of Carmel Swim Club were stroke-for-stroke in the last five meters with Bilquist getting her hand on the wall first in 54.85. Moseley’s time was 55.04. All eight finalist were 16-years-old.

Boys 100-meter freestyle: Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia used his back-half speed to win the race in 50.12.

Girls 400-meter individual medley: Kim Williams of Bellevue Club Swim Team had a half-body length on the breaststroke leg and pulled away on the final freestyle leg to win by a body length in 4:43.18.

Boys 400-meter individual medley: Curtis Ogden of Palo Alto Stanford was on meet record pace until the freestyle leg and won in 4:18.02.

Boys 4×100-meter freestyle relay: Indiana University Swim Team won in 3:24.62, nearly 3 seconds ahead of Tennessee Aquatics in 3:27.41. Bolles was seventh in 3:29.37 with Luke Georgiadis, Tyler Rice, Wesley Olmstead and Joey Carbone.

Friday’s events are the 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

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

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel 123, 2. Palo Altero 113, 3. Aquazot 84, 4. North Baltimore 73, 5. Dynamo 66, 6. Bolles 65.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Aquazot 78, 2. Palo Alto 70, 3. Upper Dublin 63, 4. Nitro Swimming 53, 5. Indiana 51.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel 123, 2. Y-Spartaquatics 62, 3. North Baltimore 55, 4. Central Bucks 48, 5. Palo Alto 43.

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke: 1. Allie Szekely, CBST 2:11.29, 14. Elise Haan, T2 Aquatics 2:16.00, 23. Lexy Aitchison, CAT 2:18.01, best time, 31. Mckenna Debever, Bolles 2:18.67, best time, 33. Katie Duggan, HIGH 2:18.86, 33. Christian Rockway TBAY 2:18.86, 45. Morgan Carr, SYS 2:19.81, 66. Abi Wilder, Bolles 2:21.05, 74. Tierney Shimansky, GSC 2:21.55, 88. Abbey Duncan, CAT 2:23.45, 98. Ashley Boddiford, BD 2:25.18.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Amy Bilquist, CSC 54.85, 7. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.74, 32. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 57.17, best time, 41. Claire Rasmus, Bolles 57.36, 43. Lexy Aitchison, CAT 57.39, 46. Sophire Cattermole, SYS 57.45, 52. Kasey Schmidt, Bolles 57.56, best time, 64. Cece Williams, ATAC 57.69, 124. Elise Haan, T2 Aquatics 59.75.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Kim Williams, BC 4:43.18, 8. Christin Rockway, Tampa Bay 4:52.28, 19. Hannah Burns, GSC 4:51.43, 18. Hannah Burns 4:55.18, 32. Sophie Cattermole, SYS 4:57.61, 38. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:58.69, 39. Summer Finke, SPA 4:59.14, 49. Carley Lowe, HIGH 5:00.42, 78. Allison Kopas, SFTL 5:05.72.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Carmel Swim Club 3:44.88, 2. Palo Alto 3:48.49, 3. North Baltimore 3:49.51, 4. Bolles 3:50.43.

BOYS

200-meter backstroke: 1. Patrick Conaton, BAD 1:59.67, 6. Austin Katz, Sarasota YMCA 2:02.45, 18. Matthew O’Donnell, Sarasota YMCA 2:03.90, 49. Wesley McGovern, TBAY 2:06.38, 52. Dakota Mahaffey, Bolles 2:06.46, 57. Luis Martinez, Azura Florida Aquatics 2:06.94, best time, 64. Zachary Poti, BD 2:07.32, 71. Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s 2:07.68, 76. Jake Gibbons, Bolles 2:08.04, 101. Boleck De Pawlikowski, MAC 2:09.57, 111. Matthew Garcia, SYS 2:10.52, 116. Alex Pena, HIGH 2:10.83.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, NOVA 50.12, 8. Tyler Rice, Bolles 51.73, 11. Gage Kohner, St. Andrew’s Swimming 51.29, best time, 14. Joshua Romany, Trinidad & Tobago 51.59, 26. Noah Harasz, SPA 51.76, 41. William Pisani, Lake Lytal Lightning 52.08, best time, 41. Luke Georgiadis, Bolles 52.08, 54. Viktor Toth, DBS 52.44, 54. Ryan Peters, TBAY 52.44, 78. Wesley Olmsted, Bolles 53.00.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Curtis Ogren, PASA 4:18.02, 27. Riley Springman, HIGH 4:29.39, 38. Boleck DePawlikowski, MAC 4:31.65, 63. Quinn Poti, BD 4:34.80, 81. Campbell Lee, SYS 4:38.44, 84. Jake Gibbons, Bolles 4:40.70.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Indiana University 3:24.62, 2. Tennessee Aquatics 3;27.41, 3. Swim Atlanta 3:27.90, 7. Bolles 3:29.37.

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

SOFLO’s Golding, Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Ready For Speedo Junior Nationals

SOFLO’s Golding, Marinheiro, FGC Swimmers Ready For Speedo Junior Nationals


By Sharon Robb

July 29, 2014

Melissa Marinheiro and Kathleen Golding will compete at the Speedo Junior National Championships that get under way Wednesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

Golding will compete in the 400-meter individual medley. Her best time is 4:57.67.

Marinheiro will swim four events: 800-meter freestyle (8:57.89), 400-meter freestyle (4:20.69), 200-meter freestyle bonus (2:05.69) and 1500-meter freestyle (17:04.87).

Marinheiro will swim the 800 on opening day. She is seeded 39th.

The remaining Wednesday events are 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke and men’s 1500-meter freestyle.

Golding is seeded 45th in the 400 IM which she will swim on Thursday.

The duo will be joined by SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson, who returned to the states after coaching the Jamaican national team including SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and training camp in Corby, England.

The junior meet will highlight the up-and-coming swimmers from around the nation.

Several Florida Gold Coast clubs will be well-represented including Pine Crest Swimming, St. Andrew’s Swimming, Azura Florida Aquatics, Lake Lytal Lightning and Swim Fort Lauderdale. Bolles, Swim Florida, Clearwater Aquatics and Trinity Prep head the Florida Swimming teams.

The meet is open to foreign athletes. Trinidad and Tobago’s Josh Romany heads the international contingent. He will compete in the 100 butterfly and 50, 100 and 200 freestyles.

The meet will be live-streamed at usaswimming.org.

The venue will also host Senior Nationals one week later. Florida State-bound Marc Rojas of SOFLO will compete.

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

SwimMAC, Dynamo Win Team Titles At Speedo Junior Nationals

SwimMAC, Dynamo Win Team Titles At Speedo Junior Nationals


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 10, 2013

The future of swimming looks bright with so many talented junior age group swimmers including the Florida Gold Coast’s newest champion, Clara Smiddy of AK Sharks.

The Speedo Junior National Championships that ended on Friday in Irvine, Calif. will go down as one of the fastest in meet history.

More than a dozen meet records and national age group records fell during the five-day meet.

Among the impressive NAGs broken was Michael Phelps’ 15-16 200-meter individual medley record set in 2001 in 2:00.86. Andrew Seliskar, 16, of Nations’ Capital, the youngest swimmer in the final heat, won in 2:00.26.

Michael Andrew, 14, the youngest pro swimmer in USA Swimming, broke the 13-14 NAG record in the 200 IM in 2:05.13, breaking Phelps’ record of 2:06.50 that stood since 2000.

Andrew also broke the age group record in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.38, breaking the old record of 23.50 held by Bolles Caeleb Dressel since 2011.

SwimMAC Carolina won the girls team title with 262 points followed by Dynamo Swim Club with 219. AK Sharks was the top Florida Gold Coast girls finisher, placing 24th with 37 points.

Dynamo Swim Club won the boys team title with 320 points followed by Nation’s Capital with 225. Bolles was fourth with 132. Metro Aquatics was the top FGC team, placing 68th with 6 points. Dynamo won the combined team title.

High point winners were Kathryn McLaughlin, 16, of Mission Viejo with 74 points and Joseph Bentz, 17, of Dynamo with 108 points.

One more record fell on the fifth and final day in the boys’ 4×100-meter medley relay. Nation’s Capital “B” relay won in a meet record 3:46.23, lowering the 2008 record of 3:47.75 held by Schroeder YMCA.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Zuhayr Pigot, 16, of Metro Aquatics, 12th in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.86, slower than his prelim time of 23.61, a lifetime-best. His previous best was 24.22.

In her fourth event of the meet, SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro was 54th in th 1500-meter freestyle in 17:23.31.

FRIDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

1500-meter freestyle:

1.Danielle Valley, Sarasota YMCA 16:24.44; FGC: 54. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 17:23.31.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Ella Eastin, Socal Aquatics 2:13.66; FGC: 53. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:22.26, 72. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:23.12, 129. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:25.30.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Abbigail Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatics 25.27; FGC: 89. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 27.10.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. SwimMAC 4:10.32.

BOYS

800-meter freestyle:

1.Alex Katz, Sarasota YMCA 8:04.77; FGC: 36. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 8:22.69, 41. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest Swimming 8:23.76, 49. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 8:24.69, best time.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Andrew Seliskar, Nation’s Capital 2:00.21; FGC: 87. Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:10.23.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Santi Condorelli, Bolles 22.32; FGC: 12. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 23.86, 23.61 prelims, best time, 31. Julian Ballestas, Metro Aquatics 23.92, 46. Gage Kohner, St. Andrew’s Swimming 24.00, 60. Quinn Casssidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming 24.12.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Nation’s Capital 3:46.23, meet record.

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

Florida Gold Coast Has First Champions At Speedo Junior Nationals, Makes World Team


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 9, 2013

Clara Smiddy of AK Sharks was at her best Thursday at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif.

Smiddy, 17, of South Florida Heat and member of one of South Florida’s popular swimming families, won the 100-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:00.51.

Smiddy’s time is the ninth fastest time in the nation this year, third fastest in the 18-and-under rankings and 26th in the world.

Smiddy will represent her team, the United States and Florida Gold Coast at the World Junior 18-and-Under Championships in Dubai, Aug. 26-31.

She first lowered her previous best of 1:01.67 in morning prelims in 1:01.61.

Smiddy is coached by longtime Florida Gold Coast head coach and program director Lou Manganiello who was all smiles presenting Smiddy her gold medal on the awards podium.

After eleven meet records in the first three days, no records dropped in Thursday’s prelims. There were three swimmers who each qualified for two finals.

However, during championship finals, three more meet records went down.

York YMCA broke the meet record in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:10.13, breaking the previous mark of 8:12.15 set by North Baltimore Aquatic Club last year.

In a rare occurence in the “B” final of the 200-meter freestyle, Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel, 16, broke the meet record in 1:48.64, faster than the championship winner Joseph Bentz, 17, of Dynamo in 1:49.57. Dressel’s splits were 25.17, 27.48, 27.68 and 28.31.

“I’m a little kid, gotta be a little risky,” Dressel said.
Carston Vissering, 16, of Nation’s Capital broke the meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.94, lowering the previous record of 1:02.29 set by Christian Higgins of New Canaan YMCA in 2009.

The other top Florida Gold Coast swimmer was Emily Kopas, swimming unattached, fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:09.94. Her previous best was 1:10.11. Kopas was ranked No. 1 in the world junior rankings in the event.

SOFLO’s Melissa Marinheiro will swim her fourth and final event on Friday, the 1500-meter freestyle. Her seed time is 17:04.87.

THURSDAY RESULTS
GIRLS
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200-meter freestyle: 1. Quinn Carrozza, Longhorn Aquatics 1:58.31; FGC: 22. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:03.46, best time and 2:03.67, best time, prelims, 162. Olivia Katcher, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:08.30, 172. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:08.81, 178. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:09.78.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Bethany Galat, South Bend Swimming 1:09.14; FGC: 5. Emily Kopas, Unattached 1:09.94, best time, 96. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, St. Andrew’s swimming 1:15.41.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 1:00.51, best time, 1:01.61, prelims, best time; FGC: 31. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:04.00, 108. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:05.93.

4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. York YMCA 8:10.13, meet record.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Joseph Bentz, Dynamo Swim Club 1:49.57; FGC: 16. Julian Ballestas, Metro Aquatics 1:53.43 and 1:52.48, best time, 100. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:55.76, 101. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:55.81, best time, 114. Julien Pinon 1:55.99, 148. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest Swimming 1:56.76.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Carsten Vissering, Nation’s Capital 1:01.94, meet record.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Harty, Greenwood Memorial 56.05.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST TIME TRIALS
Girls 50-meter freestyle: 1. Brenna Ruth, St. Andrew’s Swimming 27.02, best time; Girls 400-meter freestyle: 2. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:22.98; 100-meter breaststroke: 7. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest Swimming 1:16.90; 100-meter butterfly: 9. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:04.89, 15. Caroline Nava 1:05.26; 100-meter freestyle: 12. Julien Pinon, SOFLO 54.61; 400-meter freestyle: 20. Gage Kohner, St. Andrew’s Swimming 4:13.65, best time; 200-meter backstroke: 8. Luke Hayhoe, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:11.96.

MASTERS /strong>MEET

Louis “Dewey” Slater, 65, of Fig Garden Swim Team in Fresno, Calif. suffered a cardiac arrest while swimming the 1500-meter freestyle during the U.S. Masters Summer Nationals at Mission Viejo. He was treated on the pool deck but was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Clark Burckle, 25, of Arizona, who will speak at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex on Aug. 17th during the FGC Swimposium, broke a masters world record in his first event of the meet. Burckle won the 25-29 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.18, breaking the previous world record of 1:02.65 set in 2007 by Brit Christopher Jones.

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

Three More Records Fall At Speedo Junior Nationals; SOFLO’s Marinheiro Swims Best Time

Three More Records Fall At Speedo Junior Nationals; SOFLO’s Marinheiro Swims Best Time


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 8, 2013

At one of the fastest Speedo Junior Nationals in meet history, more records tumbled on Wednesday night in Irvine, Calif.

After seven meets were broken on Monday and Tuesday, three more were shattered on the third day of the weeklong competition.

Justin Lynch rebroke his own meet record in the 100-meter butterfly. Lynch won the event in 52.91. Bolles Caeleb Dressel was second in a best time 53.31.

Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia broke the men’s 400-meter freestyle record in 3:51.99, breaking the previous mark of Nicholas Caldwell’s 2010 record of 3:52.32.

Dynamo broke another meet record in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 7:30.87.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro dropped time in the 400-meter freestyle, swimming a best time 4:22.78, dropping from 4:22.89.

On Thursday Marinheiro will swim the girls 200-meter freestyle and teammate Julien Pinon will swim the boys 200-meter freestyle.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Megan Moroney of St. Andrew’s Swimming, 20th in the 400-meter freestyle. She went a best time 4:18.35 in prelims and came back with a 4:18.59 in finals.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

400-meter freestyle: 1. Danielle Valley, Sarasota YMCA 4:10.55; FGC: 20. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 4:18.59 (4:18.35, best time); 62. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:22.78, best time, 117. Olivia Katcher, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:28.96.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Katie McLaughlin, Mission Viejo 59.07; FGC: 39. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:02.05, 59. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:02.56, 159. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:05.02.

BOYS

400-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova of Virginia 3:51.99, meet record; FGC: 32. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:00.60, best time, 37. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:01.22, 87. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest 4:04.73, best time.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Justin Lynch, Terrapins 52.91, meet record; FGC: 24. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 56.58 (55.55, best time), Juan Ballestas, Metro Aquatics, DQ.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Dynamo Swim Club 7:30.87, meet record, 2. Swim Atlanta 7:34.27, 3. Dayton Raiders 7:34.50.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Meet Records Fall; FGC’s Kopas Sixth On Day One Of Speedo Junior Nationals

Meet Records Fall; FGC’s Kopas Sixth On Day One Of Speedo Junior Nationals


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 5, 2013

Two meet records were broken on opening night of the Speedo Junior Nationals at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, Calif.

Andrew Seliskar, 16, of Nation’s Capital and Joseph Bentz, 17, of Dynamo Swim Club broke boys meet records on Monday night.

Seliskar, the fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet record 1:56.54, breaking the 2009 meet record of 1:56.95 set by Kyle Whitaker of Duneland.

Seliskar earned the top seed in 1:57.26, bettering his previous best of 1:57.48.

Bentz, the second fastest morning qualifier in 2:15.52, won the 200-meter breaststroke in a meet record 2:12.88. The previous record was 2:14.35 set by Christian Higgins of Wilton Y in 2010.

Jonathan Roberts, 17, of North Texas won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:24.82.

Mission Viejo’s Katie McLaughlin, 16, the top seed in the morning, won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:09.68. Clearwater’s Becca Mann, 15, qualified seventh in 2:12.83 but scratched from finals to swim the 800 which she won in 8:36.72.

SwimMAC’s Maija Roses, 17, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.77. She had the fastest qualifying time of 2:31.87.

Emily Kopas, 17, swimming unattached, was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher.

Kopas was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.23. Kopas had the fourth fastest time in prelims in 2:33.90.

Kopas is ranked fourth in the world junior rankings (2:32.58) and is ranked first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.11.

The early heats of the girls 800 and boys 1500 were also held.

South Florida Aquatic Club also began competing on Monday.

Melissa Marinheiro, 16, swam a best time in the 800-meter freestyle in 9:02.30, dropping from 9:04.32. It was the first of four events she is entered in. Julien Pinon will swim the 200-meter freestyle.

MONDAY RESULTS

GIRLS

200-meter butterfly: 1. Katie McLaughlin, Mission Viejo 2:09.68; FGC: 16. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:15.63, 40. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 2:17.55, best time.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Maija Roses, SwimMAC 2:31.77; FGC: 6. Emily Kopas, Unattached 2:33.23, 54. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest 2:38.67, 61. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, St. Andrew’s 2:39.45.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Becca Mann, Clearwater 8:36.72; FGC: 27.Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 8:52.89, best time, 67. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 9:02.30, best time, 96. Olivia Katcher, Swim Fort Lauderdale 9:17.56.

BOYS

200-meter butterfly: 1. Andrew Seliskar, Nation’s Capital 1:56.54, meet record; FGC: Julian Ballestas, Metro Aquatics. DQ

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Joseph Bentz, Dynamo Swim Club 2:12.88, meet record.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Jonathan Roberts, North Texas 15:24.82; FGC: 25. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest 15:52.59, 37. Marco Hosfeld 15:59.70, 38. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 16:00.33, 93. Blake Manganiello, AK Sharks 16:29.71.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Rojas Going The Distance On Final Day Of Speedo Junior Nationals

SOFLO’s Marinheiro, Rojas Going The Distance On Final Day Of Speedo Junior Nationals


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 16, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro and Marc Rojas will compete in their final events Friday on the fifth and final day of the USA Swimming Speedo Junior Nationals at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Marinheiro, 15, competing in her first junior nationals, will compete in the 1500-meter freestyle. On Thursday, she swam 1:08.00 in a 100-meter butterfly time trial.

Rojas, 18, appearing in his second junior nationals, will swim the 800-meter freestyle. He tuned up in Thursday’s 200-meter freestyle prelims in 2:00.37.

Brandon Goldman of the Coral Springs Swim Club swam his third and fourth career-best times in three days.

Goldman, 17, swam 58 seconds for the first time in his swimming career in the 100-meter backstroke. Goldman swam 58.91 bettering his previous best time of 59.26 in morning prelims. His splits were 28.78 and 30.13. In a 200-meter individual medley time trial, he also swam a best time 2:11.42.

In championship finals on Thursday night:

Gillian Ryan, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the top seed in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.29 just off her best of 2:00.95, went on to win the event, her third of the week, in a best time 1:59.22. She was the only swimmer to break 2 minutes. She also won the 400- and 800-meter freestyles and took a second in the 100 freestyle.

In the final event, Ryan also helped her teammates lower the meet record 8:12.40.in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:12.15. The previous record was

Asphalt Green’s Michael Domagala was the only boy to crack 1:50 in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:49.88, just missing the meet record of 1:49.37. It is the fastest time by a 16-year-old this year.

Allie Szekely, 14, also won her third event of the week in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.62, fastest time by a 14-year-old in the nation this year. She was eighth after the first 50 meters. Earlier in the week, she won the 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter individual medley.

Carsten Vissering, 15, of Curl Burke won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.44. The top five swimmers finished within .36 seconds of each other.

Hannah Weiss, 16, of King Aquatic Club won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.22.

Taylor Dale of Carpet Capital Aquatics won the boys’ 100-meter backstroke in 55.98, missing the meet record of 55.46.

Heading into the final day of the meet, SwimMAC leads the boys’ team race with 259 points, just 31 points ahead of the Pleasanton Seahawks. North Baltimore is the girls’ leader in team standings.

Thursday Night Final Results

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Gillian Ryan, North Baltimore 1:59.22.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Michael Domagala, Asphalt Green 1:49.88.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Allie Szekely, Central Bucks 1:10.62.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Carsten Vissering, CUBU 1:03.44.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Hannah Weiss, King Aquatics 1:02.22.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Taylor Dale, Carpet Capital 55.98.

Women 4×200-meter freestyle relay: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 8:12.15, meet record.

Women’s team totals: 1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 196, 2. Sarasota YMCA Sharks 164, 3. Pleasanton Seahawks 143, 4. Mission Viejo 117, 5. SwimMAC Carolina 114, 6. York YMCA 97, 7. Irvine Novaquatics 81.5, 8. King Aquatics 76.5, 9. Central Bucks 72, 10. Santa Clara 54.

Men’s team totals: 1. SwimMAC Carolina 145.5, 2. Dayton Raiders 138, 3. Orinda Aquatics 112, 4. Tualatin Hills 110, 5. Cubu 89, 6. Pleasanton Seahawks 85, 7. King Aquatics 84.5, 8. Terrapins 81.5, 9. Mission Viejo 77, 10. Crimson Aquatics 68, 12. Davie Nadadores 60, 25. AK Sharks 31, 36. Swim Fort Lauderdale 17.

Day Four Florida Gold Coast Results

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 52. Olivia Katcher, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:06.96.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 37. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 1:55.47, 47. Franco Lupoli, Davie Nadadores 1:55.88, 52. Miguel Davila 1:56.14, 114. Marc Rojas, South Florida Aquatic Club 2:00.37.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 59. Jordy Groters, Davie Nadadores 1:07.37.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 47. Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Team 58.91, best time.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly time trials: Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:08.00.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Brandon Goldman, Coral Springs Swim Club 2:11.42.

DIVING

Gracia Leydon-Mahoney was in first place after the women’s 3-meter springboard semifinals and Toby Stanley was leading the men’s 10-meter platform semifinals on Day 3 of the AT&T USA Diving National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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