Matheny Breaks Meet Record, Curzan Wins Two More, SwimAtlanta Wins Combined Title On Final Day Of Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 15, 2019–Josh Matheny broke a meet record in the 200-yard breaststroke and Claire Curzan won two more events on the final day of the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Saturday at McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Matheny, 17, of Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics shaved nearly three seconds off his lifetime best to win the 200-yard breaststroke in a meet record 1:52.12 and breaking him into the Top 5 in the 17-18 age group.

Curzan finished out an outstanding meet with the first of two wins in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.85. It was her second time under the 48-second barrier. Curzan also won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.36.

SwimAtlanta won the combined team title with 684 points ahead of SwimMAC with 644.4. SwimAtlanta also won the men’s team title with 388 and Dynamo won the women’s team title with 429.

On the fourth and final day , SOFLO swimmers finished their week of time trials and racing and headed back to race in Sunday’s 29th Speedo Winter Championships in Plantation.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was 33rd in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.31 in her third and final event.

Rafael Rodriguez, 18, was 53rd in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.37.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, finished the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:11.62 in her third event.

Miguel Sierra, 16, was 60th in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.90 in his second event.

Lance Lesage, 17, was 58th in the 200-yard backstoke in 1:49.81 and 96th in the 100-yard feresyle in 49.01.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics were the only other Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing.

The East field featured swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles among other teams from around the east.

The short course yards meet was one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships were held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. SwimAtlanta 684, 2. SwimMAC 644.4, 3. Dynamo 562, 4. Carmel 494, 5. Mason Manta Rays 459.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimAtlanta 388, 2. SwimMAC 369, 3. Mason Manta Rays 357, 4. Carmel 331, 5. Upper Dublin 200.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 429, 2. SwimAtlanta 296, 3. SwimMAC 286.5, 4. Club Wolverine 251, 5. Atom 194.5.

GIRLS

1,650-yard freestyle:
1. Abigail McCulloh, SA 16:09.55, 2. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 16:12.75, 3. Caroline Pennington, BAD 16:29.74.

200-yard backstroke:
1. Rye Ulett, DYNA 1:53.68, 2. Sophia Tuinman, CW 1:55.19, 3. Annabel Crush, LAK 1:55.89.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 47.85, 2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM 48.56, 3. Micayla Cronk, BD 48.75.

200-yard breaststroke:
1. Abby Arens, MOR 2:09.49, 2. Grace Rainey, MAC 2:10.78, 3. Letitia Sim, TNT 2:11.03.

200-yard butterfly:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 1:54.36, 2. Megan Deuel, PACK 1:55.70, 3. Gabi Albiero, CARD 1:55.82.

4×100-yard freestyle relay:
1. Atom 3:18.70, 2. Dynamo 3:19.59, 3. Carmel 3:20.75.

BOYS

1,650-yard freestyle:
1. Jake Maghey, SA 14:51.76, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 14:57.92, 3. Charlie Clark, VSC 15:07.84.

200-yard backstroke:
1. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:40.85, 2. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:41.54, 3. Jack Aikens, SA 1:42.63.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 47.85, 2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM 48.56, 3. Micayla Cronk, BD 48.75.

200-yard breaststroke:
1. Josh Matheny, PEAQ 1:52.12, 2. Matt Fallon, SVY 1:54.18, 3. Tyler Christianson, NAAC 1:56.01.

200-yard butterfly:
1. Matthw Fenlon, BAD 1:42.53, 2. JAce Crawford, EAJ 1:45.92, 3. Evan McInerny, SA 1:46.23.

4×100-yard freestyle relay:
1. SwimAtlanta 2:56.76, 2. Carmel 2:58.34, 3. SwimMAC 2:59.00.

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

Curzan Breaks Second NAG Record, Foster Sets 17-18 Mark, Pine Crest Relay In Top 10 With Team Record On Day Three Of Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 13, 2019–Claire Curzan broke her second national age group record and Carson Foster moved to second all-time in the 400-yard individual medley to highlight action Friday night at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East at McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Curzan of TAC Titans broke the 15-16 NAG and meet records in the 100 butterfly and became the first female age group swimmer to break 51 seconds in the event in 50.87.

Foster of the Mason Manta Rays moved to second all-time in the 17-18 400 individual medley in 3:38.65, breaking his own meet record.

With one day remaining in the meet, SOFLO swimmers got in more racing on Friday.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was 45th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.23. She has the 200-yard breaststroke left to swim.

Rafael Rodriguez, 18, was 95th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:07.66 and 87th in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.12. He has the 200-yard butterfly remaining.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, was 42nd in the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:30.24. She has the 1,650-yard freestyle left.

Miguel Sierra, 16, was 74th in the 100-yard buttefly in 50.67. He has the 200 butterfly left.

Lance Lesage, 17, was 66th in the 100-yard backstroke in 50.77. He has the 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle left.

Pine Crest Swimming’s boys’ 4×50-yard freestyle was tenth in a team record 1:22.92 with Will Taner, Joshua Hanks, Raphael Santos and Jimmy Hart. Hanks also took fourth in the “C” final for the 100 breaststroke.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics are the only other Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles among other teams from around the east.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships are being held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Prelims of the meet are being held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals are being staged in one pool. The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org at 9 a.m. for prelims and 5 p.m. finals.

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. SwimMAC 523.5, 2. SwimAtlanta 448, 3. Dynamo 371, 4. Carmel 364, 5. Mason Manta Rays 334.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 299, 2. SwimAtlanta 256, 3. Mason Manta Rays 254, 4. Carmel 239, 5. Upper Dublin 155.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 271, 2. SwimMAC 224.5, 3. SwimAtlanta 193, 4. Club Wolverine 167, 5. Cardinal Aquatics 154.

GIRLS

400-yard individual medley:
1. Kathryn Ackerman, MLA 4:09.62, 2. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 4:14.66, 3. Isabella Paoletti, DST 4:17.34.

100-yard butterfly:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 50.87, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 52.01, 3. Gabi Albiero, CARD 52.64.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Micayla Cronk, BD 1:44.67, 2. Ella Bathurst, TEAM FL 1:46.41, 3. Paige Hetrick, BRAD 1:47.02.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Abby Arens, MOR 59.82, 2. Letitia Sim, TNT 1:00.44, 3. Alicia Henry, DYNA 1:00.69.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 51.55, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 52.76, 3. Rye Ulett, DYNA 52.87.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mecklenberg 1:31.45, 2. Cardinal Aquatics 1:32.08, 3. Blue Dolfins 1:32.54.

BOYS

400-yard individual medley:
1. Carson Foster, RAYS 3:38.65, 2. Jake Magahey, SA 3:45.37, 3. Tyler Christianson, NAAC 3:46.90

100-yard butterfly:
1. Tim Connery, MAC 46.73, 2. Tristan Dewitt, FORT 47.16, 3. Boyd Poelke, MAC 47.22.

200-yard freestyle:
1. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:34.58, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 1:34.95, 3. Jake Magahey, SA 1:35.36.

100-yard breaststroke:
1. Josh Matheny, PEAQ 52.56, 2. Tim Connery, MAC 53.19, 3. Reid Mikuta, SGSA 53.26.

100-yard backstroke:
1. Wyatt Davis, CSC 45.80, 2. Adam Cheney, RAYS 47.16, 3. Nathaniel Stoffle, SPAC 47.27.

4×50-yard freestyle relay: 1. SwimAtlanta 1:19.45, 2. Spartan AC 1:21.29, 3. Mason Manta Rays 1:21.45, 10. Pine Crest Swimming 1:22.92 (Will Taner, Joshua Hanks, Raphael Santos, Jimmy Hart).

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

Claire Curzan Lowers U.S. NAG Record; Pine Crest Relay Breaks Team Record On Day Two Of Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 12, 2019–Claire Curzan lowered the 15-16 national age group record in the 50-yard freestyle to highlight action Thursday night at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East at McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Curzan, 15, of TAC Titans won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.77, lowering the old mark of 21.82 set by Gretchen Walsh last year. It was her second sub-22 career performance. Curzan is a high school sophomore.

After earlier week time trial swims, South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers raced on the first full day of events against some of the best swimmers in the eastern U.S.

Gaby Banks, 17, was 56th in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.76.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was 52nd in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.35.

Rafael Rodriguez, 18, was 110th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:54.61.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, was 64th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.20.

Miguel Sierra, 16, opens his list of events on Friday in the 100-yard butterfly.

Lance Lesage, 17, begins racing on Friday in the 100-yard backstroke.

Pine Crest Swimming’s boys 400-yard medley relay of Raphael Santos, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner and Jimmy Hart broke a team record in 3:22.59.

After Day Two, SwimMAC leads combined team standings with 342 points and men’s team standings with 176 points. Dynamo leads the women’s field with 187 points.

In addition to SOFLO, Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics are the only other Florida Gold Coast teams competing.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships are being held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Prelims of the meet are being held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals are being staged in one pool. The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org at 9 a.m. for prelims and 5 p.m. finals.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. SwimMAC 342, 2. Swim Atlanta 278, 3. Dynamo 257, 4. Carmel 215, 5. Mason Manta Rays 184, 6. Lakeside 167, 7. Mecklenburg 144, 8. Club Wolverine 125, 9. TAC Titans 73, 10. Bolles 60.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 176, 2. Carmel 147, 3. SwimAtlanta 145, 4. Mason Manta Rays 136, 5. Upper Dublin 113.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 187, 2. SwimMAC 166, 3. SwimAtlanta 133, 4. Club Wolverine 107, 5. Cardinal Aquatics 91.

GIRLS

500-yard freestyle:
1. Abigail McCulloh, SA 4:41.53, 2. Kaylee Williams, CW 4:45.62, 3. Olivia McMurray, Swim Florida 4:46.75.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Abby Arena, MOR 1:56.48, 2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA 1:56.54, 3. Kiley Wilhelm, MAC 1:56.95.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 21.77, NAG, 2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM 22.33, 3. Lexie Mulvihill, TEAM 22.57.

4×100-yard medley relay:
1. Dynamo 3:37.00 (Rye Ulett, Alicia Henry, Tristen Ulett, Abby Pilkenton), 2. SwimMAC 3:38.56, 3. TAC Titans 3:40.88.

BOYS

500-yard freestyle:
1. Jake Magahey, SA 4:12.72, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 4:15.03, 3. Nathan Borges, SVY 4:22.38.

200-yard individual medley:
1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:42.43, 2. Tim Connery, MAC 1:44.05, 3. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:44.62.

50-yard freestyle:
1. Jack Aikins, SA 19.86, 2. Jake Magahey, SA 19.95, 3. William Cole, LAK 20.09.

4×100-yard medley relay:
1. Mason Manta Rays 3:13.47 (Carson Foster, Ansel Froass, Carl Bloebaum, Ian Van Gorp), 2. SwimMAC 3:14.21, 3. Carmel 3:14.34, 17. Pine Crest 3:22.59.

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

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart Swims Career-Best At Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 11, 2019–Olivia Dinehart of South Florida Aquatic Club was red hot in a time trial at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East at Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center.

Dinehart, 14, dropped .43 in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:13.44. Her previous best was 1:13.87. She was the fastest swimmer in the five-swimmer time trial field.

Dinehart also swam a time trial in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:39.31, off her seed time of 2:38.00.

On Thursday, Dinehart will swim the 200-yard individual medley at 9:49 a.m. She is also entered in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke.

SOFLO has five other swimmers competing in the four-day meet: Rafael Rodriguez, Lance Lesage, Mallory Schleicher, Gaby Banks and Miguel Sierra.

Other SOFLO time trial results: Lance Lesage, 59.78 100-meter backstroke; 2:09.50, 200-meter backstroke; Rafael Rodriguez, 57.84, 100-meter butterfly; 2:09.42, 200-meter butterfly.

The meet started Wednesday with timed finals relay competition. Carmel won both the boys 4×50-yard medley relay and 4×200-yard freestyle relay in a meet record 6:23.21. The previous mark was 6:23.97. Dynamo won the girls 4×50-yard medley relay and SwimMAC won the girls 4×200-yard freestyle relay.

Pine Crest Swimming was 16th in the 4×50-yard medley relay in 1:32.64 with Raphael Santos, Joshua Harris, Will Taner and Jimmy Hart.

In addition to SOFLO, Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics are the only other Florida Gold Coast teams competing.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships are being held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Prelims of the meet are being held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals are being staged in one pool. The meet is being webcast on usaswimming.org at 9 a.m. for prelims and 5 p.m. finals.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 186, 2. Dynamo 136, 3. SwimAtlanta 132, 4. Carmel 126, 5. Lakeside 100, 6. Mason Manta Rays 92, 7. Mecklenburg 72, 8. Club Wolverine 66, 9. Bolles 28.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 98, 2. Carmel 80, 3. Swim Atlanta, Upper Dublin, Mason Manta Rays 58, 11. Bolles 18, 18. Pine Crest Swimming 2.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 90, 2. SwimMAC 88, 3. SwimAtlanta 74, 4. Club Wolverine 60, 5. Lakeside 54, 2. Bolles 20.

GIRLS

4×50-yard medley relay:
1. Dynamo 1:39.51 (Rye Ulett, Alicia Henry, Tristen Ulett, Peyton Curry), 2. Cardinal Aquatics 1:40.17, 3. SwimMAC 1:40.60.

4×200-yard freestyle relay:
1. SwimMac 7:12.97 (Elizabeth Sowards, Kiley Wilhelm, Morgan Razewski, Kensley Merritt), 2. Dynamo 7:14.20, 3. Club Wolverine 7:156.37.

BOYS

4×50-yard medley relay:
1. Carmel 1:28.66 (Wyatt Davis, Ryan Malicki, Griffin Hadley, Jake Mitchell), 2. SwimMAC 1:29.70, 3. Spartan Aquatic Club 1:30.00, 16. Pine Crest Swimming 1:32.64 (Raphael Santos, Joshua Hanks, Will Taner, Jimmy Hart).

4×200-yard freestyle relay:
1. Carmel 6:23.21 (Wyatt Davis, Gus Rothrock, Griffin Hadley, Jake Mitchell), 2. SwimMAC 6:25.50, 3. SwimAtlanta 6:27.89.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Head To Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet This Week


By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 8, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club will have six swimmers at this week’s Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East meet.

The four-day meet begins Wednesday at Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center and ends Saturday.

SOFLO has qualified six swimmers (three boys and three girls). All six are coming off successful high school seasons.

Rafael Rodriguez qualified for the most events with four. He is entered in the 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly.

Olivia Dinehart, Lance Lesage and Mallory Schleicher each qualified for three events.

Dinehart will swim the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke.

Lesage qualified in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle.

Mallory Schleicher will swim the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle.

Miguel Sierra will compete in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly and Gaby Banks will swim the 50-yard freestyle.

The East field features swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles.

The boys’ field is led by high school senior Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays. The University of Texas-bound swimmer will compete in six events. He is coming off the U.S. Open where he was second in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley and broke a meet record in the 200 IM prelims.

The girls’ field is led by Claire Curzan, 15, of TAC Titans. She is also entered in six events where she is the top seed in all of them.

The short course yards meet is one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. The west junior championships will be held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Athletes must be 18 or younger on the first day of the meet to compete.

The racing begins with relays and distance events on Wednesday night. A full schedule of events will be held Thursday through Saturday.

Prelims of the meet will be held in two pools for the boys and girls. The finals will be held in one pool.

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