SWIMMING NOTEBOOK: Canadian Taylor Ruck Knocks Off Katie Ledecky At Pan Pacs; Atkinson Honored In Jamaica


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 9, 2018—Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck knocked off five-time Olympian champion Katie Ledecky on opening night of the Pan Pacific Championships at Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

Ruck, 18, won the 200-meter freestyle in a meet record 1:54.44 breaking Ledecky’s 2014 record by 1.3 seconds. Japan’s Rikako Ikee was second in 1:54.85 and Ledecky settled for third place in 1:55.15.

“I was nervous before the race,” Ruck told reporters. “It’s the name. She is the fastest woman on the planet in a lot of races. My coach saw I was nervous and told me to focus on my lane and my race.”

Ledecky lowered the meet record in the 200 prelims in 1:55.16 before Ruck broke it.

Earlier in the day, Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:09.13, fifth fastest time in the world and fifth time she dipped under 8:10.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” Ledecky said. “It’s a tough double. I’ve done it a number of times but it’s always a difficult thing. I really put in a lot of work into not having that happen again. But I still have two more years to go until the Big Show here in Tokyo.”

In other races:

American Olympic champion Lilly King won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.44. King has not lost this event since 2015.

Other U.S winners were Jordan Wilimovsky in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:46.93; Townley Haas in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:45.56 and Chase Kalisz in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:07.95.

Japan had two champions. Yasuhiro Koseki won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59.08 and Yui Ohashi won the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.77.

Austrailia’s only win was in the mixed medley relay in 3:38.91 ahead of Japan and U.S. with Kathleen Baker, Michael Andrew, Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel.

The meet runs through Aug. 14 and features the following federations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Oman, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.

ATKINSON HONORED IN JAMAICA

Four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson, 29, was among 171 Jamaicans honored recently with the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander. She joined Gracie Jones, Harry Belafonte and Winston Barnes among others. They were honored for their contributions and achievements on National Heroes Day. Atkinson was coming off the CAC Games where she won three gold and two bronze medals.

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

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ECAC’s Anna Auld Wins Title; Kelley Heron Leads SOFLO On Final Day Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

CARY, N.C., August 5, 2018—Anna Auld of East Coast Aquatic Club was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on the final day of the USA Swimming Futures Championships Sunday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Auld, 15, won the 1500-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 17:02.20, shaving 3.58 off her previous best of 17:05.78. Auld finished with 55 points.

Daniella Van Den Berg, 22, of Club Seminole was third in a best time 17:07.88. She dropped 30.55 off her previous best of 17:38.43. She finished with 27 points. They were the only Florida Gold Coast swimmers in the women’s field.

The Florida Gold Coast’s top boys finisher was Elvis Kotikovski, 16, third in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:05.49, dropping 1.30. He finished with 32 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher was Kelley Heron. Michigan State-bound Heron, 18, a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, finished fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:20.58, dropping 0.37. Heron finished with 14 points.

SOFLO’s top boys finisher was Rafael Rodriguez, 16, 22nd in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:44.63. Rodriguez competed in five events and one time trial. He finished with 10 points.

Dynamo Swim Club of Atlanta swept the combined (793), men’s (413) and women’s (380)team titles. East Coast Aquatic Club was the only Florida Gold Coast team in the Top 10 placing ninth with 157.5 ahead of Bolles in tenth with 145.

The meet is one of four Futures meets held across the country. The championships are open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and have achieved the time standards in one or more events. The summer meet provides swimmers with a new stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals. Some call the Futures meet a “junior” Junior Nationals.

Several Florida teams competed including Gator Swim Club, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, Pine Crest Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and Blue Wave Swimming.

SUNDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 793, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 585, 3. TAC Titans 564, 4. Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg 493, 5. SwimMAC 312, 6. Cardinal Aquatics 195, 7. Baylor Swim Club 172, 8. Blue Dolfins 163, 9. East Coast Aquatic Club 157.5, 10. Bolles 145, 30. Pine Crest Swimming 46, 31. SOFLO 31, 50. AquaKids Sharks 20 58. Boca Raton Swim Team 15.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 413, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 319, 3. TAC Titans 282, 4. Mecklenburg 235, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 127, 23. Pine Crest 32, 37. Boca Raton Swim Team 15, 46. SOFLO 10.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 380, 2. TAC Titans 282, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 266, 4. Mecklenburg 258, 5. SwimMAC 192, 18. SOFLO 35, 28. AquaKids Sharks 20, 35. Pine Crest 14.

GIRLS

400-meter medley relay:
1. Baylor Swim Club 4:18.10, 2. Dynamo 4:19.41, 3. Marlins of Raleigh 4:19.57, 24. SOFLO 4:34.30 (Kelley Heron, Molly Golding, Jessica Rodriguez, Gaby Banks).

1500-meter freestyle:
1. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:02.20, time drop 3.58, 2. Alixandra Roy, HIGH 17:07.53, 3. Daniella Van Den Berg, CS 17:07.88.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Leah Gingrich, HURR 57.32, 2. Elizaveta Susorova, CARD 57.49, 3. Abigail Pilkenton, DYN 58.09; FGC: 11. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EA 58.71.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Eliza Whitmire, ATOM 2:18.04, 2. Katie Rauch, ATOM 2:18.67, 3. Mary Kelley, Unattached 2:19.08; FGC: 4. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:19.80, 9. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EA 2:19.31; SOFLO: 5. Kelley Heron, SOFLO 2:20.58, time drop 0.37.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Brooke Zettel, TAC 2:18.62, 2. Katharine Ward, DYN 2:21.27, 3. Elena Dry, TAC 2:21.45.

BOYS

400-meter medley relay:
1. Dynamo 3:49.40, 2. Mecklenburg 3:54.00, 3. TAC Titans 3:54.56.

800-meter freestyle:
1. Noah Smith, CFM 8:24.48, 2. Joshua Legge, MOR 8:26.41, 3. Neal Wolfram, RACE 8:29.57; SOFLO: 22. Rafael Rodriguez 8:44.63.

100-meter freestyle:
1. Matthew Nutter, SRQ 51.23, 2. Wen Zhang, DDST 51.43, 3. Ethan Long, AAC 51.78.

200-meter backstroke:
1. Braeden Haughey, TAC 2:04.30, 2. William McCloud, TCSC 2:05.21, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 2:05.49; FGC: 14. Lucas Duarte 2:09.70.

200-meter individual medley:
1. Tyler Watson, NFS 2:07.30, 2. Scott Piper, MMA 2:07.74, 3. Phillip Meffert, MMA 2:08.22.

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

Florida Gold Coast Finishes Sixth On Final Day Of Southern Zones Championships; Schleicher Top SOFLO Swimmer


By Sharon Robb

MIDLAND, Tex., August 5, 2018—Florida Gold Coast, one of the meet underdogs, finished among the Top 10 on the fifth and final day of Southern Zones Age Group Championships Saturday at FMH Foundation Natatorium.

Florida Gold Coast swept sixth place in combined (385.5), boys (180.5) and girls (187) team categories.

Florida Swimming swept the combined (1,432), boys (679.5) and girls (700.5) team titles.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher, who enjoyed her finest week of swims at a national-caliber meet, was SOFLO’s top finisher placing ninth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.43.

Schleicher, 14, finished with 29 points after competing in seven events which included a title in the 400-meter individual medley.

SOFLO teammates Valerie Vank and Christian Tijero competed on the 11-12 girls and boys 200-meter freestyle relays that finished in the Top 7. Vank, 12, had three points and competed in 11 events. Tijero, 12, competed in eight events.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 1,432, 2. Georgia 1,313.5, 3. Southeastern 1,217.5, 4. North Carolina 1,155, 5. South Texas 581.5, 6. Florida Gold Coast 385.5, 7. North Texas 335, 8. Kentucky 231, 9. Louisiana 192, 10. Border Swimming 156.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 679.5, 2. Southeastern 672.5, 3. Georgia 573, 4. North Carolina 515.5, 5. South Texas 262.5, 6. Florida Gold Coast 180.5.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 700.5., 2. Georgia 680.5, 3. North Carolina 585.5, 4. Southeastern 507, 5. South Texas 295, 6. Florida Gold Coast 187.

GIRLS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Gracie Weyant, FL 2:25.34, 2. Sasha Dauletau, STX 2:26.58, 3. Addison Reese, FL 2:27.59; 13-14, 1. Emily Campbell, NCS 2:26.70, 2. Sonia Vaishnani, STX 2:26.80. 3. Isabelle Sealey, FL 2:27.51; FGC: 9. Mallory Schleicher 2:30.43; 15-18, 1. Letitia Sim, SES 2:23.24, 2. Katie Wong, GA 2:24.59, 3. Sarah Brown, GA 2:26.43.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Gaby Van Brunt, GA 27.14,2. Addison Sauickie, FL 27.80, 3. Lily Welsh, NCS 27.94; 13-14, 1. Blair Stomeburg, FL 26.83, 2. Karen Zhao, GA 26.95, 3. Madeline Smith, NCS 27.23; FGC: 8. Isabella Chambers 28.26, 9. Kiara Caamano 28.28; 15-18, 1. Bethany Tart, NCS 27.41, 2. Summer Eaker, NCS 27.59, 3. Anna Summers, GA 27.66.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Gaby Van Brunt, GA 28.93, 2. Sasha Dauletau, STX 29.11, 3. Addison Reese, FL 29.26.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Blair Stoneburg, fL 2:21.95, 2. Usabelle Sealey,FL 2:23.54, 3. Jenna Taylor, GA 2:25.08; FGC: 8. Rebecca Montero 2:30.15; 15-18, 1. Tori Rucker, GA 2:19.82, 2. Jordan Edwards, GA 2:25.08, 3. Mary Miller Goldberg, SES 2:26.47.

200-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Florida Swimming 1:50.78, 2. Team Georgie 1:52.21, 3. South Texas 1:52.90, 7. Florida Gold Coast 1:59.45 (Sara Lin, Sidney Anton, Giovanna Musiello, Valerie Vank); 13-14, 1. Georgia 1:49.79, 2. Florida Swimming 1:49.82, 3. North Carolina 1:51.17, 5. Florida Gold Coast 1:52.01 (Kiara Caamano, Isabella Chambers, Lydia Lanahan, Nicole Aguilar); 15-18, 1. North Carolina 1:49.96, 2. Southeastern 1:50.30, 3. Georgia 1:50.50.

BOYS

200-meter individual medley:
11-12, 1. Andrew Li, NCS 2:21.34, 2. Max Hatcher, NTX 2:24.16, 3. Isaac Lee, SES 2:24.34; 13-14, 1. Riley Sampson, FL 2:14.40, 2. Logan Ingerick, FL 2:14.78, 3. Spencer Freeman, NCS 2:16.05; 15-18, 1. Noah Evans, FL 2:12.08, 2. Thomas Nagle, FL 2:13.33, 3. Ethan Bevill, SES 2:15.18.

50-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Michael Robinson, MS 25.59, 2. River Paulk, WT 25.93, 3. Lucca Battaglini, NCS 26.76; 13-14, 1. Sage Sungail, FL 24.57, 2. Cash Woolsey, LA 24.81, 3. Reid Miller, NCS 24.84; FGC: 10. Matthew Tarafa 25.72; 15-18, 1. Tucker Schroer, GA 24.78, 2. Reid Chafin, GA 24.89, 3. Samuel Tiblier, SES 24.90.

50-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Michael Robinson, MS 28.02, 2. Lucca Battaglini, NCS 28.44, 3. Troy Keen, NCS 28.60.

200-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Sage Sungali, FL 2:08.60, 2. Spencer Freeman, NCS 2:09.42, 3. Tais Brown, SES 2:10.20; FGC: 6. Angelo Martinez 2:18.41; 15-18, 1. Mason Mathias, SES 2:10.21, 2. Max Ransom, SES 2:11.32, 3. Jackson Caudill, KY 2:14.26.

200-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. North Carolina 1:47.31, 2. Southeastern 1:49.42, 3. Florida Swimming 1:51.29, 7. Florida Gold Coast 1:53.85 (Evan Pelletier, Christian Tijero, Makar Goncharov, Landon Kyser); 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 1:39.44, 2. North Carolina 1:41.46, 3. Georgia 1:41.64, 6. Florida Gold Coast 1:44.08 (Victor Valdes, Nicolas Gallego, Aiden Kohanyi, Matthew Tarafa); 15-18, 1. Southeastern 1:39.15, 2. Florida Swimming 1:39.33, 3. Georgia 1:39.50.

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

Jerew Wins For AK Sharks; Golding, Rodriguez SOFLO’s Top Finishers On Day Three Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

CARY, N.C., August 4, 2018—Hailey Jerew of AquaKids Sharks was the only Florida Gold Coast winner Saturday at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Jerew, 17, won the 50-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 26.15, dropping 0.50. Two other FGC swimmers finished in the Top 8 of the sprint event. Rachel Botting, 16, of Pine Crest was fifth in 26.97 after going 26.85 in prelims. Athena Meneses-Kovacs, 13, of East Coast Aquatic Club was eighth in 27.11 after going 27.07 in prelims.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher was Molly Golding in the 200-meter breaststroke. Golding, 15, was ninth in a lifetime-best 2:39.79, shaving 2.12 off her previous best of 2:41.91.

SOFLO teammate Rafael Rodriguez, 16, was the top boys finisher, placing 14th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.17.

The meet is one of four Futures meets held across the country. The championships are open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and have achieved the time standards in one or more events. The summer meet provides swimmers with a new stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals. Some call the Futures meet a “junior” Junior Nationals.

The four-day meet ends Sunday with prelims and finals. Several Florida teams are competing including Gator Swim Club, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, Pine Crest Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and Blue Wave Swimming.

SATURDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 586, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 446, 3 Aquatic Team of Meckelnburg 324, 4. TAC Titans 317, 5. SwimMAC 226, 6. Bolles 133, 7. Baylor Swim Club 132, 8. Cardinal Aquatics 120, 9. East Coast Aquatic Club 114.5, 10. Blue Dolfins 97, 29. South Florida Aquatic Club 31.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 316, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 243, 3. TAC Titans 167, 4. Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg 163, 5. Bolles 103, 41. South Florida Aquatic Club 10.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 270, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 203, 3. Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg 161, 4. TAC Titans 150, 5. SwimMAC 145, 22. South Florida Aquatic Club 21.

GIRLS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Leah Gingrich, HURR 2:14.47, 2. Ashley Worden, MOR 2:15.13, 3. Chloe Hampson, BD 2:17.75; FGC: 8. Madison Cummings, ECAC 2:22.07.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 26.15, 2. Elizaveta Susorova, CARD 26.26, 3. Leah Gingrich, HURR 26.32; FGC: 5. Rachel Botting, PCS 26.97/26.85, 8. Athena Meneses Kovacs, ECAC 27.11/27.07; 23. Megan Murphy, ECAC 27.59/27.30; 71. Chloe Hernandez, GRSC 28.27; 86. Josefine Richter, PC 28.46; 106 Esther Lin, PC 29.46; SOFLO: 18. Gaby Banks 26.65, time drop 0.08/27.49.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Alicia Henry, DYNA 2:35.06, 2. Sophie Anderson, TAC 2:35.53, 3. Brooke Zettel, TAC 2:38.40; SOFLO: 9. Molly Golding 2:39.79, time drop 2.12, 2:42.58; 27. Jessica Rodriguez 2:46.37; FGC: 23. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:43.82/2:44.54, 25. Olivia Dinehart, AKS 2:45.64, 35. Emily Weiss, PC 2:48.12, 39. Ryan Flynn, ECAC 2:49.31, 43. Emily Santos, Unattached 2:50.01.

100-meter backstroke:
1. Ellie Waldrep, BAY 1:03.15, 2. Brooke Zettel, TAC 1:04.25, 3. Mary Kelley, Unattached 1:04.80; FGC: 5. Athena Meneses Kovacs, ECAC 1:05.47/1:05.25, 6. Madison Commings, ECAC 1:05.93/1:05.36; 46. Megan Murphy, ECAC 1:07.35; 64. Kayla Kraft, GRSC 1:08.27; 76. Josefine Richter, PC 1:08.64; 106. Amanda Kopas, Azura 1:10.64; SOFLO: 43. Kelley Heron 1:07.31

400-meter freestyle:
1. Abigail Pilkenton, DY 4:20.48, 2. Adrianna Cera, MOR 4:22.31, 3. Katie Rauch, ATOM 4:23.43; FGC: 4. Anna Auld, ECAC 4:26.12/4:25.58, 11. Paige Maceachern, ECAC 4:27.02/4:27.86; 30. Daniella Van Den Berg, CS 4:32.05, 50. Olivia Hernandez, GRSC 4:37.77, 54. Olivia Dinehart, AKS 4:39.45.

BOYS

200-meter butterfly:
1. Tyler Watson, NFS 2:02.72, 2. Scott Piper, MMA 2:04.61, 3. Mason Laur, T2 2:04.80; SOFLO: 14. Rafael Rodriguez 2:08.17/2:08.90; FGC: 17. Carlos Vasquez, TSA 2:06.08/2:09.26, 33. Sebastian Silva, Unattached 2:11.94.

50-meter freestyle:
1. Wen Zhang, DSDST 23.34, 2. Dawson Joyce, SA 23.51, 3. Jacob Rauch, ATOM 23.64; FGC: 23. Diego Mas, Unattached 24.58/ 24.39, 33. Diego Machado, TSA 24.77, 62. Nicholas Vale, PC 25.30, 81. Elvis Kotikovski, PC 26.20.

200-meter breaststroke:
1. Owen Downs, DYN 2:19.22, 2. Connor Dalbo, MOR 2:20.35, 3. Cameron Luarde, SWAC 220.70; SOFLO: 25. Samuel Quintero 2:28.65, time drop 0.01; FGC: 43. Alejandro Panting, Unattached 2:31.24, 48. Jimmy Hart, PC 2:31.91, 54. Jacob Silberman, PC 2:32.84.

100-meter backstroke:

1. Joseph Licht, TBAC 57.74, 2. Jacob Rauch, ATOM 57.78, 3. Elvis Kotikovski, PCS 58.04/58.64; SOFLO: 39. Lance Lesage 1:01.18, time drop 0.49; FGC: 60. Diego Mas, Unattached 1:02.56, 64. Nicholas Vale, PC 1:03.04.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Braeden Haughey, TAC 4:00.46, 2. John Vandeusen, Bolles 4:01.91, 3. Noah Smith, CFM 4:04.03; FGC: 26. Luis Bucaro, TSA 4:10.61, 42. Cameron Taddonio, BRST 4:13.01; SOFLO: 49. Rafael Rodriguez 4:14.97.

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

ECAC’s Madison Cummings Wins, Rafael Rodriguez Top SOFLO Finisher On Day Two Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb

CARY, N.C., August 3, 2018—Madison Cummings of Delray Beach-based East Coast Aquatic Club was the first Florida Gold Coast winner Friday at the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Cummings, 17, won the 100-meter butterfly in a best time 1:01.39. She bettered her previous best of 1:01.84 by 0.45. She was the second fastest qualifier in prelims in 1:02.87.

In his final Futures event, Rafael Rodriguez, 16, was South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher, placing 14th in 4:40.31 in the 400-meter individual medley after going 4:38.77 in prelims. He was also 13th in the 1500 in 16:29.05 on opening day.

South Florida Aquatic Club is 15th with 19 points.

The four-day meet continues Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

It is one of four Futures meets held across the country. The championships are open to swimmers who are USA Swimming members and have achieved the time standards in one or more events. The summer meet provides swimmers with a new stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals. Some call the Futures meet a “junior” Junior Nationals.

Several Florida teams are competing including Gator Swim Club, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Highlander, Area Tallahassee, TS Aquatics, East Coast Aquatic, Pine Crest Swimming, Boca Raton Swim Team and Blue Wave Swimming.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 396, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 297, 3. Mecklenburg 227, 4. TAC Titans 198, 5. SwimMAC 195, 6. Bolles 112, 7. Blue Dolfins 81, 8. Cardinal Aquatics 73, 9. Sarasota Tsunami 60, 10. Area Tallahassee 43, 15. South Florida Aquatic Club 19.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 221, 2. Marlins of Raleigh 153, 3. Mecklenberg 119, 4. TAC Titans 109, 5. Bolles 84, 35. SOFLO 7.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 175, 2 Marlins of Raleigh 144, 3. SwimMAC 128, 4. Mecklenburg 108, 5. TAC Titans 89, 25. SOFLO 12.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Addison Smith, BAY 2:02.76, 2. Abigail Pikenton, DYN 2:03.01, 3. Madison Duracinsky, MOR 2:03.65; FGC: 18. Paige MacEachern, ECAC 2:07.61, 41. Anna Auld, ECAC 2:10.84, 53. Rachel Botting, PCS 2:12.51.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alicia Henry, DYN 1:11.45, 2. Cecilia Porter, BAY 1:11.47, 3. Erin Szara, SLA 1:11.92; FGC: 2. Hailey Jerew, AKS 1:16.19, 35. Ryan Flynn, ECAC 1:17.03, 38. Olivia Hernandez, GRSC 1:17.39, 42. Olivia Dinehart, AKS 1:17.64. 54. Emily Weiss, PC 1:18.29, 60. Esther Lin, PCS 1:18.79, 68. Chloe Hernandez 1:19.37, 74. Emily Santos, Unattached 1:19.94.
SOFLO: 18. Jessica Rodriguez 1:14.91, 20. Molly Golding 1:15.28, 46. Kelley Heron 1:17.73, time drop 0.49, 85. Gaby Banks 1:26.21.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Madison Cummings, ECAC 1:01.39, 2. Addison Smith, BAY 1:02.01, 3. Katie Mitchell, Unattached 1:02.08; FGC: 55. Amanda Kopas, Azura 1:05.91, 103. Kayla Kraft, GRSC 1:09.02, 108. Esther Lin, PCS 1:11.14.

400-meter individual medley:
1. Alixandra Roy, HIGH 4:54.34, 2. Brooke Zettel, TAC 4:56.06, 3. Keri Golden, TG 4:57.57; FGC: 6. Anna Auld, ECAC 5:01.46.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. SwimMAC 3:53.18, 2. Mecklenburg 3:53.45, 3. Cardinal Aquatics 3:54.32, 11. East Coast Aquatic 4:00.44, 20. SOFLO 4:05.30 (Kelley Heron, Gaby Banks, Molly Golding, Jessica Rodriguez), 23. Pine Crest 4:06.81.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle: 1. Matthew Nutter, SRQ 1:52.18, 2. John Vandeusen, Bolles 1:53.26, 3. Tate Callahan 1:53.83; FGC: 29. Carlos Vasquez, TS Aquatics 1:57.40, 35. Luis Bucaro, TS Aquatics, 36. Diego Machado, TS Aquatics 1:57.91, 42. Nicholas Vale, PCS 1:58.50, 53. Cameron Taddonio 1:59.59; SOFLO: 76. Lance Lesage 2:02.96.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Jacob Rauch, ATOM 1:04.18, 2. Jacob Queen, CVAC 1:04.97, 3. Ryaan Hatoum, BERK 1:05.21; FGC: 26. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:07.73, 41. Alejandro Panting, Unattached 1:08.86, 41 Jimmy Hart, PC 1:08.86, 53. Jacob Silberman, PC 1:09.94; SOFLO: 46. Samuel Quintero 1:09.20, time drop 0.20.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Campbell Auerbach, DYN 55.02, 2. Kamal Muhammad, DYN 55.46, 3. Ryan Pilkington, Unattached 55.65; FGC: 11./15. Carlos Vasquez, TS Aquatics 57.15/57.21, 22./24. Nicholas Vale, PC 57.57/58.63, 48. Lucas Duarte, Unattached 59.00, 58. Sebastian Silva, Unattached 59.32, 68. Diego Machado, TS Aquatics 59.66.

400-meter individual medley: 1. John Vandeusen, Bolles 4:27.19, 2. Tyler Watson, NFS 4:28.93, 3. Scott Piper, MMA 4:33.31; SOFLO: 14./16. Rafael Rodriguez 4:40.31/4:38.77; FGC: 67. Sebastian Silva, Unattached 4:53.47.

400-meter freestyle relay:
1. Dynamo 3:29.11, 2. TAC Titans 3:30.70, 3. Sarasota Tsunami 3:31.76, 18. Pine Crest 3:40.17.

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

Florida Gold Coast Comes Up Big On Day Four Of Southern Zones Championships; SOFLO’s Schleicher Takes Sixth, Vank Eighth


By Sharon Robb

MIDLAND, Tex., August 3, 2018—Florida Gold Coast swimmers enjoyed their finest night of the Southern Zones Age Group Championships Friday at FMH Foundation Natatorium.

Landon Kyser, 12, of Heritage Aquatic Team won the 11-12 100-meter backstroke in 1:06.58. Kyser has totaled 21.5 points in high point.

Aiden Kohanyi, 13, of TS Aquatics won the 13-14 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.97. Kohanyi has 22 points.

Riley Botting, 13, of Pine Crest Swimming was second in the 13-14 100-meter breaststroke in 1:15.23. Botting has 21 points.

Victor Valdes, 14, of Hialeah Swim Club was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.25. Parker Rosenthal was tenth in 1:13.83. Valdes has 15 points.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mallory Schleicher, 14, continued her great week with a sixth-place finish in the 13-14 400-meter freestyle in 4:34.12. Schleicher has 27 points. Kiara Caamano, 14, of North Palm Beach was tenth in 4:42.14. She has one point.

SOFLO teammate Valerie Vank, 12, finished eighth in the 11-12 100-meter breaststroke in 1:20.53. Vank has three points.

FGC’s 13-14 boys 200-meter medley relay was third in 1:52.53 with Hudson Bishop, Aiden Kohanyi, Matthew Tarafa and Nicolas Gallego.

FGC’s 11-12 boys 200-meter medley relay was sixth in 2:07.79 with Landon Kyser, Makar Goncharov, Lucas Bailey and Evan Pelletier.

FGC’s 11-12 200-meter medley relay was sixth in 2:08.77 with Julianne McCranie, Sara Lin, Sidney Anton and Vank. The 13-14 relay was fifth in 2:04.31 with Rebecca Montero, Riley Botting, Giuliana Garcia and Nicole Aguilar.

Florida Swimming leads the combined (1,088.5), boys (510.5) and girls (526). Florida Gold Coast is sixth in combined (331.5), sixth in boys (156.5) and sixth in girls (157).

The meet concludes Saturday with prelims and finals.

FRIDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 1,088.5, 2. Georgia 983, 3. Southeastern 941, 4. North Carolina 862, 5. South Texas 435.5, 6. Florida Gold Coast 331.5, 7. North Texas 257.5, 8. Kentucky 186, 9. Louisiana 144, 10. West Texas 129.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 510.5, 2. SES 509, 3. Georgia 442, 4. North Carolina 367, 5. South Texas 199.5, 6. Florida Gold Coast 156.5.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 526, 2. Georgia 481, 3. North Carolina 441, 4. SES 394, 5. South Texas 212, 6. Florida Gold Coast 157.

GIRLS

100-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Gaby Van Brunt, GA 1:05.28, 2. Lily Welsh, NCS 1:06.83, 3. Abby Dunford, LA 1:07.70; 13-14, 1. Madeline Smith, NCS 1:06.02, 2. Ellie Taliaferro, SES 1:06.77, 3. Katherine Woodall, KY 1:06.90; 15-18, 1. Grayson Payne, SES 1:04.16, 2. Anna Summers, GA 1:05.09, 3. Letitia Sim, SES 1:06.31.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Gracie Weyant, FL 1:15.03, 2. Sara Lin, PC 1:15.49, time drop, 0.49, 3. Katie Christopherson, GA 1:17.43, 8. Valerie Vank, FGC 1:20.53; 13-14, 1. Kelly Wetteland, SES 1:15.19, 2. Riley Botting, FGC 1:15.23, 3. Alex Wayner, GA 1:16.28; 15-18, 1. Letitia Sim, SES 1:11.99, 2. Sarah Brown, GA 1:14.70, 3. Katie Wong, GA 1:16.21.

400-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Emma Hastings, NCS 4:26.48, 2. Blair Stoneburg, FL 4:28.08, 3.ISabella Lojewski, FL 4:30.87; FGC: 6. Mallory Schleicher 4:34.12, 10. Kiara Caamano 4:42.14; 15-18, 1. Carlie Rose, FL 4:28.66, 2. Summer Eaker, NCS 4:28.83, 3. Emily Knorr, NCS 4:29.07.

200-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Florida Swimming 2:04.21, 2. Georgia 2:05.03, 3. North Carolina 2:06.66, 6. FGC 2:08.77 (Julianne McCranie, Sara Lin, Sidney Anton, Valerie Vank); 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 2:02.14, 2. Southeastern Swimming 2:02.90, 3. Georgia 2:03.27, 5. FGC 2:04.31 (Rebecca Montero, Riley Botting, Giuliana Garcia, Nicole Aguilar); 15-18, 1. SES 2:00.85, 2. Georgia 2:02.15, 3. Florida Swimming 2:03.13.

BOYS

100-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Landon Kyser, FGC 1:06.58, 2. Nicholas Cecchi, FL 1:06.72, 3. Lucca Battaglini, NCS 1:06.93; 13-14, 1. Aaron Seymour, GA 1:01.16, 2. Sam Powe, SES 1:0173, 3. Hudson Bishop, FGC 1:02.19; 15-18, 1. Noah Evans, FL 1:00.98, 2. Jacob Estroff, GA 1:01.52, 3. Omar Torres, BD 1:01.55.

100-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Wyatt Porch, FL 1:13.76, 2. Andrew Li, NCS 1:14.06, 3. David Masneri, NCS 1:14.52; 13-14, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, FGC 1:07.97, 2. Colin Mceliece, SES 1:08.60, 3. Victor Valdes, FGC 1:09.25; FGC: 10. Parker Rosenthal 1:13.83.

400-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Riley Sampson, FL 4:06.76, 2. Sage Sungail, FL 4:09.25, 3. Sebastien Sergile, GA 4:15.71; 15-18, 1. Mason Mathias, SES 4:10.20, 2. Nathan Keller, WT 4:15.70, 3. Jackson Caudill, KY 4:17.85.

200-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Florida Swimming 2:00.41, 2. North Carolina 2:00.44, 3. SES 2:02.60, 6. FGC 2:07.79 (Landon Kyser, Makar Goncharov, Lucas Bailey, Evan Pelletier); 13-14, 1. Florida Swiming 1:52.09, 2. SES 1:52.47, 3. Florida Gold Coast 1:52.53 (Hudson Bishop, Aiden Kohanyi, Matthew Tarafa, Nicolas Gallego); 15-18, 1. Georgia 1:50.22, 2. SES 1:50.79, 3. Florida Swimming 1:51.89.

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

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher Leads Florida Gold Coast All-Stars On Day Three Of Southern Zones Championships


By Sharon Robb

MIDLAND, Tex., August 2, 2018—For the second time in three days, Mallory Schleicher led the Florida Gold Coast All-Stars at the Southern Zones Age Group Championships Thursday at FMH Foundation Natatorium.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 13-14 400-meter individual medley in 5:08.00, just 0.41 off her best time of 5:07.59. She qualified in 5:14.24, second fastest time in prelims. Her splits were 1:11.05 (butterfly), 1:18.33 (backstroke), 1:30.73 (breaststroke) and 1:07.89 (freestyle).

Schleicher was also a member of the fourth-place 13-14 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:02.39 with teammates Nicole Aguilar, Isabella Chambers and Kiara Caamano. Her split was 1:01.52.

Schleicher, 14, has totaled 22 points for her girls team.

SOFLO teammates Alexis Christensen and Valerie Vank were members of the 11-12 girls seventh place 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:19.61 with teammates Giovanna Musiello and Julianne McCranie. Vank (1:04.25) and Christensen (1:04.79) had the fastest relay splits.

SOFLO’s Christian Tijero was a member of the sixth place 11-12 400-meter freestyle relay that finished in 4:11.11 along with teammates Landon Kyser, Makar Goncharov and Evan Pelletier.

For the third day in a row, Florida Swimming leads the combined (768) and girls (379). Southeastern leads the boys (358). Florida Gold Coast is sixth in combined (217.5), seventh in boys (91.5) and sixth in girls (108).

The meet continues Friday with prelims and finals.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 768, 2. Georgia 704, 3. North Carolina 653, 4. Southeastern 650, 5. South Texas 314.5, 6. Florida Gold Coast 217.5, 7. North Texas 186, 8. Kentucky 135, 9. Louisiana 94, 10. West Texas 88.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Southeastern 358, 2. Florida Swimming 337, 3. Georgia 309, 4. North Carolina 279, 5. South Texas 140.5, 7. Florida Gold Coast 91.5.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 379, 2. Georgia 335, 3. North Carolina 320, 4. Southeastern 254, 5. South Texas 150, 6. Florida Gold Coast 108.

GIRLS

200-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Grace Ciaramitaro, SES 2:21.23, 2. Harleigh Mobley, GA 2:24.32, 3. Reagan Hurt, SES 2:26.29; FGC: 7. Mallory Schleicher 2:28.99; 15-18, 1. Grayson Payne, SES 2:19.30, 2. Emily Knorr, NCS 2:22.21, 3. Anna Summers, GA 2:22.80.

50-meter backstroke:
11-12, 1. Lily Welsh, NCS 31.10, 2. Levenia Sim, SES 31.43, 3. Abby Dunford, LA 31.93; FGC: 10. Julianne McCranie 33.24.

100-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Gaby Van Brunt, GA 58.50, 2. Addison Reese, FL 59.24, 3. Addison Sauickie, FL 59.44; 13-14, 1. Blair Stoneburg, FL 58.20, 2. Karen Zhao, GA 58.60, 3. Nicole Aguilar, FGC 59.35; 15-18, 1. Bethany Tart, NCS 58.88, 2. Summer Eaker, NCS 59.04, 3. KC Harper, GA 59.14.

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Mallory Schleicher, FGC 5:08.00, 2. Isabelle Sealey, FL 5:08.19, 3. Alexandra Breuer, FL 5:12.37; FGC: 9. Riley Botting 5:20.43; 15-18, 1. Jordan Edwards, GA 5:06.67, 2. Letitia Sim, SES 5:08.53, 3. Emily Knorr, NCS 5:09.69.

400-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. Florida 4:01.84, 2. South Texas 4:06.50, 3. North Carolina 4:14.02, 7. Florida Gold Coast 4:19.61 (Alexis Christensen, Giovanna Musiell, Julianne McCranie, Valerie Vank); 13-14, 1. Georgia 3:59.11, 2. Florida Swimming 3:59.56, 3. North Carolina 4:02.33, 4. Florida Gold Coast 4:02.39 (Nicole Aguilar, Mallory Schleicher, Isabella Chambers, Kiara Caamano); 15-18, 1. Georgia 3:58.82, 2. North Carolina 3:59.48, 3. Southeastern 4:02.06.

BOYS

200-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Ben Grottle, GA 2:11.98, 2. Cooper Cook, GA 2:13.01, 3. Sam Powe, SES 2:14.30; FGC: 6. Hudson Bishop 2:16.47, time drop 1.44; 15-18, 1. Noah Evans, FL 2:10.86, 2. Ferry, SES 2:12.63, 3. Matthew Winfield, SES 2:13.79.

50-meter backstroke:

11-12, 1. Andrew Li, NCS 30.95, 2. Lucca Battaglini, NCS 31.07, 3. Landon Kyser, FGC 31.07.

100-meter freestyle:

11-12, 1. Michael Robinson, MS 56.56, 2. River Paulk, WT 57.57, 3. Andrew Li, NCS 58.93; 13-14, 1. Ryan Warmbier, FL 54.09, 2. Sage Sungail, FL 54.56, 3. Roman Valdez, GA 54.77; 15-18, 1. Samuel Tiblier, SES 53.81, 2. Max Ransom, SES 54.02, 3. Reid Chafin, GA 54.29.

400-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Sebastien Sergile, GA 4:48.09, 2. Levi Sandridge, NTX 4:50.59, 3. Hunter Cioci, KY 4:50.61; 15-18, 1. Noah Evans, FL 4:43.46, 2. Mason Mathias, SES 4:44.38, 3. Thomas Nagles, FL 4:47.05.

400-meter freestyle relay:
11-12, 1. North Carolina 3:56.27, 2. Southeastern 4:01.89, 3. Florida Swimming 4:03.51, 6. Florida Gold Coast 4:11.11 (Landon Kyser, Makar Goncharov, Christian Tijero, Evan Pelletier); 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 3:38.69, 2. Georgia 3:41.12, 3. North Carolina 3:43.27, 5. Florida Gold Coast 3:46.70 (Aiden Kohanyi, Victor Valdes, Nicolas Gallego, Matthew Tarafa); 15-18, 1. Southeastern 3:36.38, 2. Georgia 3:38.28, 3. North Carolina 3:38.95.

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