Florida Gold Coast’s Pelaez, Winkler, Zuchowski Named To 2022-23 Junior National Team


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, September 20, 2022—Erika Pelaez, Kaii Winkler and Josh Zuchowski were named to the USA Swimming 2022-23 National Junior Team.

USA Swimming recently announced the 72-member team. Most of it is comprised of swimmers that helped the U.S. team win 19 gold medals and 46 total medals at last month’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Sixty-one 61 clubs from 26 states are represented. California leads with nine swimmers and City of Richardson (Tex.) Swim Team leads among clubs with three swimmers (Giovanni Linscheer, Levi Sandidge and Campbell Chase).

Of the 72 athletes, 47 have represented the U.S. internationally; 43 are first-timers. Five swimmers – Lucy Bell, Keaton Jones, Justina Kozan, Claire Tuggle and Natalie Manion – have been on the National Junior Team for at least the last three years. Kozan and Maximus Williamson are the only swimmers to qualify in four events each.

Among the team’s top names are Junior Pan Pacs standouts Thomas Heilman, Anna Moesch, Zhier Fan and Maggie Wanazek. A total of 45 swimmers qualified for Olympic Trials in 2021.

“We are very excited to welcome the infusion of up-and-coming talent into the National Junior Team Program,” said Erik Posegay, USA Swimming National Junior Team Program Director.

“The ‘22-’23 team features numerous medalists from our 2022 Mel Zajac and Junior Pan Pacific Championships teams, as well as some fresh faces ready to make an impact this coming year. It will be exciting to build off our first full year returning to international competition and using that experience to propel us forward to next summer. It was great to see 12 National Junior Team members from the ‘21-’22 squad move on to the National Team this year, and we hope to see that number continue to grow year after year.”

Pelaez, 16, of Eagle Aquatics and South Florida Heat is among 35 girls from around the nation named to the team. She qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyles and 100 backstroke.

Pelaez is coming off the July 26-30 Phillips 66 National Championships where she was a two-time finalist in the 100 backstroke (sixth, 1:00.33) and 100 freestyle (seventh, 54.69).

Winkler, 16, also of Eagle Aquatics and South Florida Heat, is coming off an outstanding Junior Pan Pacs performance. He qualified for the junior national team in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Winkler won two relay gold medals. He swam anchor leg on the U.S. boys’ winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in world junior record of 3:15.79. Winkler’s split was 48.95, second fastest on the relay. It was the only world junior record of the meet.

Winkler also won the “B” final in the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 53.94. Winkler anchored the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that finished in a Junior Pan Pac record 3:36.65. He also tied in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.50 to win his first individual silver medal in a best time.

U.S. teammate Josh Zuchowski of FAST qualified for the national junior team in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and 200 IM.

Zuchowski, beginning his freshman year at Stanford, won two silver medals at Junior Pan Pacs. He was second in the 200-meter backstroke and was top American in a best time 1:58.16. He also won silver in the 100 backstroke in a best time 54.51.

The National Junior Team roster was picked based on long course meter times achieved between January 1, 2022 through and including August 31, 2022. Only times loaded into the USA Swimming SWIMS Database from a USA Swimming-sanctioned competition, a FINA-approved competition, or an international competition between January 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. Relay lead-offs, time trials and intermediate splits were not considered.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Virginia Extends Lead On Day Three Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; Berkoff, Douglass Break American Records


ATLANTA, March 18, 2022—University of Virginia is sitting pretty to defend its title after third day action at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers have all but clinched the title going into the fourth and final day of competition. They lead with 386.5 points ahead of Stanford with 276 and Texas with 257.

Katharine Berkoff of N.C. State broke the 100-yard backstroke American record in 48.74 en route to her second consecutive 100 backstroke NCAA title. She broke Regan Smith’s American record of 49.16 by more than four tenths. Berkoff also broke Beata Nelson’s NCAA record of 49.18. There are now 10 swimmers who have been under the 50-second barrier.

Virginia’s Kate Douglass won the 100-yard butterfly in 49.04, winning her second individual NCAA title of the meet and setting her second American record. Torri Huske of Stanford was second in 49.17, also under the previous American record set by Claire Curzan (49.24).

Stanford’s Taylor Ruck, a two-time Olympian for Canada who returned to Stanford this season after a two-year hiatus, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.12 just ahead of Cal’s Isabel Ivey in 1:41.59. It was Ruck’s first individual NCAA title.

Virginia sophomore Alex Walsh led from start to finish to win the 400-yard individual medley in 3:57.25, the only swimmer under 4 minutes. It was the first time she raced the 400 IM at a major championship. Virginia freshman and Sarasota’s Emma Weyant was fourth in 4:03.17.

Sarah Bacon, a redshirt senior for Minnesota, won her fifth career NCAA title with 409.25 points on the 3-meter board for the second consecutive year.

Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers also competed.

University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding was 29th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:12.10. She has the 1,650-yard freestyle left to swim on Saturday.

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 40th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:15.09. She will also swim the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday.

University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 15th in the 100-yard butterfly morning prelims in 51.79. She came back at night to place 14th in 51.88. Nava has the 200-yard butterfly left to swim on Saturday.

The competition concludes Saturday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

SCHEDULE
Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

FRIDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 386.5, 2. Stanford 276, 3. Texas 257, 4. NC State 193, 5. Alabama 177, 6. California 136, 7. Ohio State 131, 8. Louisville 130, 9. Michigan 126, 10. Tennessee 107, 11. Florida 85, 20. Miami 41.5.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 3:57.25, 2. Brooke Forde, STAN 4:00.41, 3. Ella Nelson, UVA 4:02.45, 4. Emma Weyant, UVA 4:03.17.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 49.04, 2. Torri Huske, STAN 49.17, 3. Maggie MacNeil, MICH 49.18, 14. Jessica Nava, UVA 51.88.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Taylor Ruck, STAN 1:41.12, 2. Isabel Ivey, CAL 1:41.59, 3. Kelly Pash, TEX 1:42.38.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Kaitlyn Dobler, USC 56.93, 2. Alexis Wenger, UVA 56.97, 3. Sophie Hansson, NCS 57.01.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 48.74, 2. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 49.00, 3. Regan Smith, STAN 49.96.

3-meter diving: 1. Sarah Bacon, MINN 409.25, 2. Kristen Hayden, IU 397.20, 3. Tarrin Gilliand, IU 382.00, 4. Mia Vallee, UM 376.20

400-yard medley relay: 1. Virginia 3:22.34 (Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass), 2. NC State 3:23.29, 3. Stanford 3:25.63, 20. Florida State 3:31.96, 21. Florida 3:33.03.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Defending Champion Virginia Leads After Day One Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; FGC Swimmers Golding, Auld, Nava Compete Thursday


ATLANTA, March 16, 2022—University of Virginia got off to a great start Wednesday on Day One of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers broke their own NCAA record in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:32.16 with Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Lexi Cuomo and Kate Douglass , the same foursome that broke the NCAA record at the ACC Championships last month. This time broke the NCAA meet record of 1:33.11 set by Stanford in 2018 (Allie Howe, Kim Williams, Janet Hu and Simone Manuel).

“At ACCs, we exceeded expectations for this relay,” Douglass said. “Coming into this meet, we wanted to go faster if we could, but our goal was to win our team’s first relay title in this event.”

Walsh split a 22.81 on the backstroke leading off, Wenger went 26.08 in the breaststroke, Cuomo split 22.72 in the butterfly and Douglass anchored a 20.55 freestyle split.

Stanford won the 800-yard freestyle relay with a star-studded lineup. The all-Olympian group of Torri Huske (1:41.93), Taylor Ruck (1:40.49), Regan Smith (1:43.35) and Brooke Forde (1:42.53) combined to swim 6:48.30, more than five seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

“It is really special to start like this and do it with a couple of veterans like Taylor and Brooke,” Huske said.

Stanford won its 12th national title in NCAA history in this relay, four more than any other school in history. It’s also the third time Forde has been a member of the winning relay after swimming the third leg of the 2018 relay and anchoring the Cardinals to a win in 2019. Ruck was also part of the squad in 2019 in her only previous appearance at NCAAs, while Huske and Smith both made their NCAA Championships debut.

Katharine Berkoff of N.C. State became the top performer of all-time in the 50 backstroke posting a 22.76 leading off NC State’s runner-up 200 medley relay.

Berkoff was the third fastest performer in history and topped Gretchen Walsh’s 22.82 backstroke split from the ACC Championships last month.

With first and second places in the relays, Virginia took an early lead with 74 points. Texas is second with 58 and California is third with 56 points.

Individual races Thursday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

All three Florida Gold Coast swimmers compete Thursday. University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding swims the first of three events, the 200 IM. Teammate Anna Auld will swim the 500 freestyle. Jessica Nava of Virginia swims the 50 freestyle.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

SCHEDULE
Day 2, Thursday, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, 200 free relay (finals only).

Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 74, 2. Texas 58, 3. California 56, 4. Stanford 54, 5. Louisville 46, 6. NC State 44, 7. tie, Ohio State, Alabama 38, 9. tie, Georgia, Tennessee 34, 11. Florida 26.

200-yard medley relay:

  1. Virginia 1:32.16 (Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Lexi Cuomo, ate Douglass), 2. NC State 1:32.96, 3. Ohio State 1:33.16, 19. Florida State 1:36.28 (Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden, Rebecca Moynihan).

800-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Stanford 6:48.30 (Torri Huske, Taylor Ruck, Regan Smith, Brooke Forde) 2. Virginia 6:53.47, 3. California 6:53.52, 6. Florida 6:56.96 (Talia Bates, Ekaterina Nikonova, Micayla Cronk, Tylor Mathieu).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 181: SOFLO Lands Record Fifteen Swimmers On FGC Zone Team

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 181:SOFLO Lands Record Fifteen Swimmers On FGC Zone Team


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

July 3, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club had fifteen swimmers and two coaches selected for the Florida Gold Coast Zone Team.

It’s the most swimmers the young club has had in its nearly three-year history. Last year SOFLO placed 12 swimmers on the team.

The swimmers will compete against some of the nation’s top swimmers at the July 31-Aug. 4 Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Rockwall, Texas.

The zone championships feature regional swimmers at the senior and age group levels who qualify for these meets within the four designated zones: southern, eastern, central and western.

SOFLO girls selected to the team are:

11-12: Catharine Cooper, Kelley Heron, Isabella Pittinger, Bianca Monti, Megan Schimansky.

13-14: Steph Campo, Jessica Rodriguez.

15-18: Maria Lopez, Melissa Marinheiro, Marcella Marinheiro.

SOFLO boys selected to the team are:

11-12: Kevin Porto, Ricardo Roche.

13-14: Julien Pinon, Gustavo Valery, Alfredo Mesa Jr.

SOFLO age group coaches Megan Garland and Josh Laban are members of the Zone All-Star coaching staff.

U.S. Trials Leftovers

On Saturday, the entire U.S. Olympic swim team will head to Knoxville, Tenn. for the team’s domestic training camp before leaving for London. On July 12 the team will hold an open practice…The Olympic pool competition is July 28-Aug. 4 at the London Aquatic Centre. The men’s and women’s 10K is Aug. 9-10 at the Serpentine at Hyde Park…Davis Tarwater, 28, was a late addition to the team when Michael Phelps scratched from the 200-meter freestyle and Ricky Berens moved into the individual event slot. Tarwater, after missing the team in three events, will swim the 800-meter freestyle relay. When Tarwater returned to Omaha on Tuesday, he sought out Phelps and said “I owe you dinner. Dinner seems like the least I can do. I mean, what do you do in that situation?”…Berens found out he made the Olympic team in an individual event when Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman told him on Twitter…When Ryan Lochte returned home to Florida, a new Nissan 370Z was waiting for him in his driveway. “I think I gotta get this baby in gold next,” Lochte tweeted. Nissan is among several of his high profile sponsors…Michael Phelps is featured in a cover story in the August issue of Details Magazine….In a survey taken by ESPN’s Sportsnation Nokia Poll, basketball was the top Olympic sport selected by fans as being the most exciting at 42 percent followed by swimming, 24 percent, track and field, 23 percent and gymnastics, 12 percent…In TV ratings, The Bachelorette (7.4 million) edged the U.S. Olympic swimming trials (7.3 million)…How perfect is this? The most predominant Zodiac sign of swimmers on this year’s Olympic team is Pisces, The Fish with 13 of the 49 swimmers….25 percent of the U.S. swim team has University of Michigan ties.

U.S. Olympic Tweets

“A nice surprise awaited us when we landed. Thanks to all the swimmers and parents of SwimMAC. I’m shocked, we completely didn’t expect this. We will make you proud.”—Cullen Jones

“Less than 12 hours after our race, training away with Kara Lynn Joyce.”—Jessica Hardy

“Got some interesting looks in the gym today lifting with Peter Vanderkaay and both having shaved bodies.”—Conor Dwyer

“My pizza has broccoli on it that means I’m healthy right?”—Nathan Adrian

“USA Swimming made the right call letting us come home for a few days of much-needed R&R.”—Eric Shanteau

“Dara Torres, what a memorable journey. Had the best time of my life working with the best female athlete of all time.”—Bruno Darzi

“I guess it’s time to figure out what I wanna do when I grow up!”—Dara Torres

SOFLO’s Martin At U.S. Masters Nationals

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jennifer Martin, a Pembroke Pines police officer, will be among a national-caliber field including Olympians Brooke Bennett, 32, and Misty Hyman of Phoenix at the July 5-8 Marriott U.S. Masters Summer Nationals at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The four-day meet is being held in the same venue the U.S. trials were held in this past week.

Martin, 32, is seeded first in the 30-34 50-meter freestyle (28.57) and 50-meter breaststroke (38.12), second in the 100-meter freestyle (1:02.99) and third in the 50-meter butterfly (31.21).  

Ann Stewart, 42, David McIntyre, 75, Andrew Cole, 49, Eric Jackwin, 23, and Timothy Shead, 60, of GOLD are also entered. Swim Fort Lauderdale is among team favorites. The meet is timed finals. 

Miscellaneous

Stanford women’s head coach Lea Maurer has resigned her position  after seven seasons to make more time for her family, she said. The athletes were told on Monday. Stanford has finished in the top five at NCAA’s during her tenure. Men’s head coach Skip Kenney had retired earlier this summer.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

 http://www.swim4soflo.com

California, Stanford Neck-And-Neck After Day One Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving

California, Stanford Neck-And-Neck After Day One Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 22, 2012

In what was expected to be a close, competitive meet, was true to form on the opening night of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday in Federal Way, Wash.

California won three titles, capped by an impressive victory in the men’s 400-yard medley relay.

Relay members Mathias Gydesen, Nolan Koon, Tom Shield and Tyler Messerschmidt led the Golden Bears to their third consecutive victory in the event in 3:03.24.

Marcin Tarczynski came from behind to win the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.97. Florida’s Marcin Cieslak was second in 1:42.26.

Texas sprinter Jimmy Feigen won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.01. Feigen also swam leadoff (19.05) on the Longhorns’ winning 200-yard freestyle in 1:16.58 in the meet’s opening event.

Michigan sophomore Connor Jaeger won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:13.78. Florida State’s Mateo DeAngulo was tenth in 4:17.10. Florida freshman Carlos Omana was 42nd in 4:29.71. It was the NCAA debut for the Miami Metro Aquatics swimmer.

Texas teammate Drew Livingston won the 1-meter springboard title with 448.10 points. It was his second NCAA title after winning as a freshman.

California finished the night in the lead with 157.5 points and Stanford was second with 140 points. Texas, Arizona and Auburn rounded out the top five. University of Florida is eighth with 58 followed by Louisville with 46.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored

Stanford, Adrian Break ARs On Day One Of NCAA Championships; Jay Fitzgerald To Be Honored


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 24, 2011

Stanford broke an American record twice, Nathan Adrian rewrote the record book and University of Texas took the lead on Day One of the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Stanford started off the day with an American record in the 200-yard freestyle in morning prelims.

Stanford’s Alex Coville (19.28), Aaron Wayne (18.95), Jakob Allen (18.88) and Austin Staab (18.73) broke the American record in 1:15.84, breaking the 1:15.90 set by Texas in 2009.

The Cardinals came back in finals to break their own record to win the relay in 1:15.26. The win gave Stanford its NCAA-record ninth win in the event.

Matt McLean of Virginia, the top seed after morning prelims, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:10.15. Defending champion Conor Dwyer of Florida finished a disappointing third in 4:13.98.

Stanford’s Austin Staab, the fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:41.57.

Olympic hopeful Nathan Adrian of California-Berkeley reclaimed the 50-yard freestyle with an American record in 18.66, bettering his national record of 18.71 set in 2009 when he last won the NCAA title in the event. Adrian also anchored California’s winning 400-yard medley relay that won in 3:02.28. Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic and Tom Shields were also relay members.

Purdue’s David Boudia defended his 1-meter springboard title with 461 points.

University of Texas leads after Day One with 139 points followed by Stanford, 136; California, 134; Auburn, 110.5 and Arizona, 99.

No. 5-ranked University of Florida is seventh with 70 points. The Gators picked up All-American honors in four events.

“We had some good performances today,” Gators coach Gregg Troy said. “We raced really well. We had a couple of disappointments with some races we thought we would be better in, but by the same token, Cieslak and Rousseau did tremendous in the 200 IM.”

Freshman Marcin Cieslak was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best 1:43.69, earning All-American honors. Sophomore Sebastien Rousseau was tenth in a career-best 1:44.24.

Dwyer failed to defend his title in the 500-yard freestyle with his third place in 4:13.98 after winning last year in 4:13.64.

“Conor in the finals maybe overswam the front-end of the race a little bit,” Troy said.

Florida took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:06.81 with Marco Loughran, Dwyer, Cieslak and Brett Fraser.

“We are going to put the pieces back together and get it started back again tomorrow,” Troy said.

Florida State senior diver Landon Marzullo finished 15th on one-meter springboard with 340.00 for six dives and earned honorable mention All-American. Senior diver Michael Neubacher finished 25th with 298.20 points. Florida State is 25th with two points.

On Saturday, Pine Crest Swimming veteran coach Jay Fitzgerald will be honored with the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

Fitzgerald will be honored during the annual NISCA Conference held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Championships. The names of the recipients of the prestigious award will be displayed in the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.

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Lochte, Phelps Will Go Head-To-Head At Indianapolis Grand Prix

Lochte, Phelps Will Go Head-To-Head At Indianapolis Grand Prix


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

March 2, 2011

One of the most fun and friendliest rivalries in men’s swimming today will be renewed when the Indianapolis Grand Prix begins Thursday at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Floridian Ryan Lochte, the most dominant swimmer who stole Michael Phelps’ thunder in 2010, will compete against Phelps in four events.

Lochte is coming off some “killer” training in Gainesville. Phelps, 14-time Olympic gold medalist, is coming out of three weeks of altitude training in Colorado Springs.

On Thursday the two will mix it up in the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly and on Saturday the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle.

Phelps will compete in a fifth event, the 200 butterfly, on Friday.

The 200 IM will be the best showdown between the two. Phelps held the world record in the event for six years until Lochte lowered his mark at the 2009 World Championships. Since then Lochte has owned the event including a big win over Phelps at the 2010 Nationals, the first time he had ever beaten Phelps in an IM final at a major meet.

Both will use the meet to gauge where they are in training for this summer’s world championships.

Phelps would like to redeem himself after his last Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Lochte topped Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley at the January meet in 1:59.26. Phelps finished third in his worst swim of a disappointing meet.

“Hopefully, I will be able to swim a little faster than I did in Texas,” Phelps said.

“I feel like I’m making steps forward, I feel like I am heading in the right direction over the last couple months.”

Phelps is still fine tuning some technical aspects of his racing that were missing last year.

“I have some times that I want to hit in mind,” Phelps said. “This is a chance to see where I stand for worlds. That’s the biggest thing.”

Phelps and Lochte won’t be the only swimmers in town.

More than 30 members of the U.S. National Team are expected to compete including Olympians Jason Lezak, Matt Grevers, Katie Hoff, Cullen Jones, Dana Vollmer, Peter Vanderkaay and Kate Ziegler as well as 2012 Olympic hopeful teenager Missy Franklin, who currently leads the series point standings.

The field will also have international swimmers including Japanese Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima, Austrian Olympic silver medalist Markus Rogan, South African Olympian Darian Townsend and Swiss Olympian Dominick Meichtry.

The meet, the fourth stop in the seven-meet series, will be broadcast on Universal Sports on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday 9-11 p.m. A live webcast of both prelims and finals will be shown on usaswimming.org.

The USA Swimming Grand Prix Series is a chance for swimmers to race in preparation for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China as well as the 2011 Conoco Phillips National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. as well as other Grand Prix stops in Ann Arbor, Mich., Charlotte, N.C. and Santa Clara, Calif.

Stanford Men Pac-10 Favorites

Stanford coach Skip Kenney will go for his 30th consecutive conference men’s titles this weekend at the Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif. It is the longest streak in Pac-10 history.

Stanford, ranked second in the nation, have the momentum after knocking off No. 1 ranked California in the Big Splash last week.

It will be tough to beat the Cardinals with swimmers who scored in 44 individual swims in that meet, returns the bulk of their relay swimmers and already had four divers score in nine places. Diving was held last week during the women’s meet in Federal Way, Wash.

Since taking over the program Kenney has been selected Pac-10 Coach of the Year 21 times.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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College roundup: Stanford, Texas Remain No. 1 In College Rankings

College roundup: Stanford, Texas Remain No. 1 In College Rankings


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

January 13, 2011

Stanford University women and University of Texas men remain No. 1 in the latest TYR/College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I Swimming and Diving national poll.

Tennessee men and women made the biggest leap into the Top 10 rankings after knocking off No. 14 Arizona.

The college dual meet season is heating up heading into the final stretch toward the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

In the days to come, No. 2 Georgia will meet No. 3 Texas women this weekend and No. 1 Stanford will swim No. 7 Arizona women next weekend. In the men’s competition, No. 1 Texas will face No. 2 Arizona.

University of Florida men’s (3-2, 2-0) and women’s (3-3, 0-1) swimming and diving teams remained at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively. The Gator women are the only team in the nation to compete in five dual meets against Top 25 opponents.

Florida State, led by SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver and Ashley Hicks, both freshmen, is ranked No. 25 with 96 votes. FSU men’s team, led by SOFLO’s Tyler Sell, is ranked No. 18 with 224 points.

Florida Gulf Coast University earned nine Top 25 votes in the women’s rankings and is listed as also receiving votes ahead of South Carolina, Nebraska and Villanova. FGCU is the only Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association school to receive votes.

In the Division II rankings, Drury University men’s and women’s teams remain No. 1 and in the Division III rankings, Emory women moved into No. 1 while Kenyon College remained No. 1.

The next poll will be released February 17.

Men’s Top 10: 1. Texas, 2. Arizona, 3. Stanford, 4. California, 5. Florida, 6. Auburn, 7. Southern California, 8. Ohio State, 9. North Carolina, 10. Tennessee.

Women’s Top 10: 1. Stanford, 2. Georgia, 3. Texas, 4. Southern California, California, 6. Florida, 7. Arizona, 8. Texas A&M, 9. Virginia, 10. Tennessee.

Gators Top-Ranked In Avidasports Rankings

University of Florida men’s swimming team was ranked No. 1 and Gator women No. 3 in the latest Avidasports rankings.

The Michigan-based Avidasports Performance Index rates teams on two equally-weighted metrics, a team’s rate of improvement over their season-best times and their overall ranking among other NCAA programs.

The Gator men moved into first place and women improved to third after swimming several season-best times in their meet against Georgia Tech. Since API measures improvement of season-best times, Florida improved on its previous ranking after swimming several off-events in wins over the Yellow Jackets.

SOFLO’s Taylor McKnight is a freshman on the UF women’s team.

Men’s Top 10: 1. Florida, 2. Indiana, 3. Tennessee, 4. UNLV, West Virginia, 6. Virginia, 7. TCU, Navy, 9. Cornell, South Carolina, Yale.

Women’s Top 10: 1. Tennessee, 2. UCLA, 3. Florida, 4. Michigan, Utah, 6. Arizona State, 7. Hawaii, 8. South Carolina, 9. Virginia, 10. Indiana, TCU, Toledo.

Gators Dwyer, Dodson Honored By SEC Conference

University of Florida senior Conor Dwyer was named Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Year and senior Monica Dodson was selected SEC Female Diver of the Week.

Dwyer is the only swimmer to earn the honor four times in the same season. Former Gator Ryan Lochte and Auburn swimmers Cesar Cielo and Adam Brown earned the honor four times in their career.

Dwyer won each of his four events this past weekend with NCAA “B” cuts. The U.S. national team member has now won a team-leading 29 events this season (19 individual and 10 relays).

Dodson was named Diver of the Week for the second time in her career after winning two events this past weekend at the Tennessee Diving Invitational and Georgia Tech dual meet.

Dwyer and eight other UF men swimmers will travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic on Friday and Saturday while Dodson and remaining women’s and men’s team will host Florida Atlantic University on Saturday.

2008 Olympian Transfers To FGCU

Sophomore Eva Lehtonen of Rochester Hills, Mich. has transferred from University of Florida to Florida Gulf Coast University. She will be eligible to compete for the Eagles in the 2011-12 season. Lehtonen, who represents Finland internationally, is a distance freestyler. She competed in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and holds five national records for Finland including the 1500-meter freestyle. 

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