HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE SWIMMING NOTEBOOK: Jerew, Virgin Commit; Nick Dworet Stroke Clinic Coming Up; Bolles Coach Stepping Down

By Sharon Robb

September 11, 2108—Two top high school and club swimmers, Hannah Virgin and Hailey Jerew, have made verbal college commitments.

Jerew of AquaKids Sharks and recent USA Swimming Futures champion in the 50-meter freestyle, verbally committed to Florida Gulf Coast.

Jerew, a senior at Cutler Bay Academy, a Class 1A school. She is a U.S Open qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle and has a junior national cut in the 100-meter breaststroke. She was a seven-time finalist at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in March.

Florida Gulf Coast won its fourth straight and ninth overall CCSA crown last season. Jerew is expected to compete in the sprint and breaststroke events in college.

Hannah Virgin, a two-time defending state 1A champion in the 100-yard breaststroke at Pine Crest, verbally committed to Virginia Tech. She won a state title as a sophomore in 1:04.06 and junior in 1:03.89.

Virgin competes year-round with Pine Crest. As a club swimmer, Virgin has a U.S. Open time standard in the 100 breaststroke. She competed in both breaststroke events and 200 individual medley at the 2017 Speedo Winter Juniors East meet.

At the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in 2017, she won the 200 breast (2:15.53) and was the runner-up in the 100 (1:04.65). She has dual citizenship competes for Sweden internationally. She is a Swedish age group championship medalist.


The inaugural Swim 4 Nick free swim stroke clinic will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The clinic is for novice and intermediate middle and high school swimmers. Participants should know all four strokes. Registration ends Sept. 25 at http://www.swim4nick.org. The clinic is open to all swimmers from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach to bring swimmers together for a day of learning and help keep Nick’s legacy alive.

The clinic, sponsored in part by Triton Insurance Group and presented by The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund, Inc., is a 501c (3) Charity and benefits the fund.

Dworet was killed Feb. 14, 2018 in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. Dworet started swimming at age 7 and had a scholarship waiting for him at University of Indianapolis this fall and hopes of swimming in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Dworet was always helping friends and teammates. In his memory, a swim clinic is being held in his honor for swimmers who want to improve through hard work and dedication just as Dworet did through the years.

High school and club coaches will be on hand to work with swimmers. There will be giveaways and raffles.


Pine Crest alum Marta Ciesla is more than ready for her sophomore season at University of Southern California. In the recent Cardinal vs. Gold intraquad exhibition meet, she went 36.40 in a 75-meter race, winning by more than a body length…Clearwater’s Becca Mann, also of USC, earned Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors. Mann, eligible for the award for the first time as a sophomore, earned first team honors with a 3.80 GPA. The U.S. national team open water swimmer, who has already written a book, is majoring in writing for screen and television.


Jon Sakovich, a former All-American at Florida, is stepping down as head coach of Jacksonville Bolles in December. He has been at Bolles for 18 years. Sakovich said he is seeking new opportunities. Bolles is beginning a national search for a head coach and aquatics director replacement immediately.

In a prepared statement, Sakovich said: “I am very thankful to The Bolles School for allowing me this amazing opportunity for the last eighteen years and I could not ask for a better place to work. It is time for me to seek a change in my career direction and look for new ways to expand my professional horizons. I am committed to the continued growth and success of our student-athletes and I look forward to working with them through the fall.

“The Bolles School and Bolles Swim Programs will always have a special place in my heart. Without this opportunity, I would not be the person, father and coach I am today,” Sakovich said.

The Bolles boys and girls swimming and diving teams have reached a combined total of 14 national titles. Fifty-nine Bolles students, alumni or Sharks have participated in every Olympics since 1972, representing 28 countries and claiming 20 medals.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series Continues Tuesday In Tokyo; Sjostrom, Le Clos Lead Series

By Sharon Robb

November 13, 2017—-Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and Chad Le Clos of South Africa continue to lead the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup rankings going into the seventh leg Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Sjostrom leads the women’s standings with 515 points followed by Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, 404, and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (227).

Le Clos leads the men’s series with 360 points ahead of Vladimir Morozov of Russia with 237 and Kirill Prigoda of Russia with 210.

On the second and final day of the Beijing, China leg on Saturday, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of SOFLO won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:19.58 against a less than stellar field. On Friday, she won the 50 breaststroke in 29.57.

It was her second gold medal of the meet. She has won 11 gold medals this year and 51 World Cup gold medals overall.

Also in Beijing, Le Clos won three gold medals over two days. Sjostrom also won three events.

American Michael Andrew broke a world junior record in the 100-meter individual medley in 51.86 and was second overall behind Morozov in 50.36, just .06 off his own world record.

The finals of the seventh leg in Tokyo will be live streamed on FINAtv. The series ends Nov. 18-19 in Singapore.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Sarah Sjostrom, Chad Le Clos Stars Of FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup; Atkinson Takes Gold, Silver On Final Day

By Sharon Robb

October 6, 2017—Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos continue to lead the point standings after the second and last leg of Cluster Two of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Sjostrom now leads with 446 points and Le Clos has 312. Both finished the second cluster with impressive wins.

Le Clos picked up an added $50,000 for winning Cluster Two along with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu who won five gold medals.

Sjostrom won five races over two days, the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle and 50- and 100-meter butterfly.

Sjostrom also earned the best female performance of the meet with her 23.28 50-meter freestyle (994 points).

Le Clos won four races, the 200-meter freestyle and 50-, 100- and 200-meter butterfly.

The top three World Cup Leaders are Sjostrom, Hosszu and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands for the women and Le Clos, Kirill Prigoda of Russia and Russian teammate Vladimir Morozov.

Cluster Three begins in November in Beijing, China, Nov. 10-11; Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 14-15; and Singapore, Nov. 18-19.

In other events at the Hamad Aquatic Centre:

On the final day, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO won a gold and silver medal on the final day. Atkinson, 28, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.42 and was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.10 behind Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen.

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the 100-meter breaststroke in 56.11 just ahead of Kirill Prigoda of Russia.

Hosszu won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.27 ahead of Aussie Emily Seebohm in 56.40.

Germany’s Christian Diener won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.58 and 200-meter backstroke in 1:50.96.

China’s Zhang Yufei won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.43.

Prigoda won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.57.

China’s Wang Jianjiahe, who set the first world junior record in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, won the 400 freestyle in 4:02.42.

Russian Vladimir Morozov won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.98.

Hosszu won the 100-meter individual medley in 57.26 and finished winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4:27.94.

Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 14:41.84.

The Netherlands won another relay, the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:32.20 in Tom De Boer, Kyle Stalk, Maaike De Waard and Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com