Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy Finish Pan Pacs With More Gold Medals


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 12, 2018—Ryan Murphy won two more gold medals and Caeleb Dressel took gold and silver on the fourth day of the Pan Pacific Championships at Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The Bolles Swim Club alums combined for a win for the U.S. on the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay team in the final race of the meet.

Murphy, Andrew Wilson, Dressel and Nathan Adrian won in 3:30.20, just 5/100ths of a second ahead of Japan.

Earlier in the day, Murphy ended up sweeping the backstroke events by sweeping the 200-meter backstroke in a meet record 1:53.57. His margin of victory was nearly two seconds ahead of Ryosuke Irie of Japan and U.S. teammate Austin Katz of Sarasota.

Dressel was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.93 behind U.S. teenager Michael Andrew in 21.46.

Murphy finished with three gold medals and Dressel finished with two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

The U.S. won six of the eight available gold medals and men’s 4×100-meter relay to finish on top of the medals table with 18 golds on the final day of the pool events. Australia was second with eight and Japan had six gold medals.

In other races:

Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck took silver in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.41 and finished with a historic fifth medal, breaking the record for most medals won by a Canadian at Pan Pacs. American Kathleen Baker won gold in the 200 backstroke in a meet record 2:06.14.

Katie Ledecky, 21, won her third gold medal of the meet running away with the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:38.97, more than an 11-second margin of victory.

U.S. teammate Micah Lawrence Sumrall won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:21.88 ahead of teammate and double Olympic champion Lilly King in 2:22.12.

American Zane Grothe won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 7:43.74.

World record holder Ippei Watanabe of Japan won the 200-meter breaststroke in a meet record 2:07.75 just hours after American Josh Prenot had lowered the meet record in 2:08.02.

Aussie Cate Campbell broke her own meet record to win gold in the 50-meter freestyle in 23.81 lowering her own record of 23.96. Campbell later added a fifth gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Australia won the women’s 400-meter medley relay in a meet record in 3:52.74 ahead of the U.S. in 3:53.21. Japan was third in a national record in 3:55.03.

The 10K open water races will end the Pan Pacs on Tuesday.

The meet featured 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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Dressel Wins Gold, Breaks Phelps Meet Record On Day Three Of Pan Pacs; U.S. Relay Disqualified For Relay List Blunder


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 11, 2018—Caeleb Dressel won his first gold medal in style on Day Three of the Pan Pacific Championships at the Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The Bolles Club and Clay High School alum won the 100-meter butterfly and broke the meet record of Michael Phelps in 50.75. Phelps record was 50.86 set in 2010. U.S. teammate Jack Conger was second in 51.32. It was Dressel’s third medal of Pan Pacs. On Sunday, he will swim the 50-meter freestyle abd possibly the 400-meter medley relay.

Dressel would have won a second gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay had they not been disqualified. Dressel, Blake Peroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian set a meet record and won in a meet record 3:11.67 but was disqualified for swimming out of order. According to meet officials, the relay received the wrong relay order from coaches. The U.S. foursome got the news unfortunately after the medal ceremony. Brazil got bumped up to gold in 3:12.02.

Other than that embarrassing moment, it was a good day for the U.S. winning eight medals.

In other races:

Katie Ledecky won her second gold medal of the meet in the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:58.30, breaking her previous record of 3:58.37. Ledecky was under world record pace until the final 100 meters. Aussie teenager Ariarne Titmus, 17, kept it close finishing second in 3:59.66, breaking the 4-minute barrier for the first time and becoming the third woman to ever break 4 minutes.

Chase Kalisz won gold in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.40. Aussie Mitch Larkin was second in 1:56.21.

Aussie teammates Jack McLoughlin and Mack Horton finished one-two in the 400-meter freestyle. American Zane Grothe was third in 3:45.37.

Australia, with Cate Campbell swimming a 51.36 anchor leg, won the women’s 400-meter freestye relay in 3:31.58. The U.S. took silver in 3:33.45

Japan’s Rikako Ikee won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.08 ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia in 56.44.

Japan teammate Yui Ohashi won the women’s 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.16.

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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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
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Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson Breaks World Record


By Sharon Robb

October 26, 2016—After a disappointing finish at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Alia Atkinson of Jamaica broke a world short course record in the 50-meter breaststroke Wednesday at the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series in Tokyo.

Atkinson, 27, of South Florida Aquatic Club, who shares the 100-meter breaststroke short course world record with Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte broke the previous record of 28.80 held by American Jessica Hardy since 2009, in 28.64, shaving 16/100ths off the record. Atkinson is the first Jamaican swimmer to solely own a world record.

Atkinson is one of only three women swimmers who have cracked the 29-second barrier.

She topped a less than stellar field including Russian Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis and finished as the top female scorer in Tokyo.

Atkinson is coached by SOFLO’s Chris Anderson, who has coached her to four Olympic Games since she was a teenager at Flanagan High School.

Atkinson was a favorite to medal in Rio in the 100-meter breaststroke on the sport’s biggest world stage but faltered to eighth place in the final.

Atkinson earned a $10,000 bonus from FINA for breaking a world record along with 20 points toward her cluster bonus. She also picked up $35,000 for finishing second in the Cluster Two competition behind Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and now is fifth overall with $54,000 behind Hosszu, Jeanette Ottesen, Daryna Zevina and Efimova.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com for results and questions.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Settles For Silver On Day Two Of FINA/Airweave World Cup Series In Tokyo


By Sharon Robb

October 29, 2015—Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club returned to the medal podium on Day Two of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series Thursday at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian, after failing to make the 100-meter breaststroke final, placed second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.79. Atkinson was the top seed after morning prelims in 30.86.

American Molly Hannis, winner of the 100 breaststroke and second seed in the sprint event in 30.93, won in 30.63. Aussie Leiston Pickett was third in 30.88.

In the 50-meter butterfly, Atkinson tied for eighth in 27.55 with Japan age group swimmer Asuka Kobayashi. Atkinson chose not to swim the swim-off.

In other championship finals:

Japan’s Rikako Ikee and Miki Uchida finished one-two in the 100-meter freestyle in 54.14 and 54.24 respectively. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was third in 54.39. Ikee and Uchida also went one-two in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.17, a new junior world record, and 26.23.

Japan swept the top three spots in the men’s 200-meter freestyle with top seed Yuuki Kobori winning in 1:47.59.

South African Cameron Van der Burgh continued to dominate the breaststroke events by winning the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.97. American Kevin Cordes was fourth in 1:01.35.

Aussie Christopher Wright won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.77. American Tom Shields was third in 52.83, just .01 out of second.

Emily Seebohm of Australia won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.37. It was her eighth consecutive World Cup win in the event and her second-fastest time this year. Hosszu was second in 1:00.01.

American David Plummer won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.58, third fastest time in the world this year. U.S. swimmer Michael Andrew was third in 25.30.

Japan world champion Natsumi Hoshi won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.13.

Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.76 to lead another top three sweep by Japan swimmers.

Hosszu picked up her first win of the day in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:08.87.

Japanese national record holder Katsumi Nakamura won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.15. American Anthony Ervin was third in 22.56.

Rie Kaneto of Japan won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.01.

World champion Mitch Larkin of Australia won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.34, both a national and Commonwealth record.

Japan dominated the men’s 1500-meter freestyle with Ayatsugu Hirai winning in 15:16.39 followed by Syogo Takeda in 15:16.76 and Yousuke Miyamoto in 15:20.69.

Hosszu won her second gold medal of the day in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:37.26.

This is the third and final cluster that finishes in Doha and Dubai next week. The Doha event is No. 2-3 and Dubai is Nov. 6-7.

Pine Crest All-American swimmer Marta Ciesla will represent the U.S. in the final two meets in the Middle East. She is foregoing this week’s region and next week’s state meets to represent her country.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics to attract a larger entry of star swimmers.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 among the top six.

The World Cup events are being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Fails To Make FINA World Cup Series Final On Day One In Tokyo


By Sharon Robb

October 28, 2015—In one of the biggest surprises of opening day action, three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson failed to make the final in her signature event on opening day of the FINA World Cup Series in Tokyo.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer finished a disappointing tenth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.86, failing to make the final for the first time on the FINA World Cup Series. She was the top seed in 1:06.21.

American Molly Hannis was the top seed in 1:07.12 and came back to win in 1:07.71 followed by Japan’s Runa Imai in 1:07.87 and Aussie Leiston Pickett in 1:07.96.

Atkinson, fifth on the FINA World Cup points list, is the only Florida swimmer in the field. On Thursday, Atkinson is entered in the 50-meter breaststroke (30.11) and 50-meter butterfly (26.65).

In other championship finals:

Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 49.17.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.67.

South African Cameron Van Der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.18 ahead of training partner Giulio Zorzi in 27.93. American Michael Andrew was sixth in 28.20.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee won the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 57.56.

Aussie Mitch Larkin won the 100-meter backstroke in 52.48. American David Plummer was third in 53.39.

Emily Seebohm of Australia won the 50-meter backstroke in 27.49. U.S. Olympian Natalie Coughlin was second in 28.25, shaving .19 seconds off her prelims time of 28.44.

Japan’s Masato Sakai won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.75.

Hosszu won her second event in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:09.85. American Caitlin Leverenz took second in 2:11.26.

Japan’s Yousuke Miyamoto won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.68.

Aussie Melanie Wright won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.92. Coughlin was seventh in 25.44.

Yukihiro Takahashi won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:09.50. American Kevin Cordes, who is training in Singapore, was eighth in 2:12.82.

Seebohm won her second event in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.08. Hosszu was second in 2:10.11.

American Giles Smith won the 50-meter butterfly in 23.68. Michael Andrew was third in 23.94.

Yukimi Moriyama won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:40.98. Hosszu was second in 8:42.87.

Hungarian David Verraszto won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:15.60.

This is the third and final cluster. The sixth stop begins in Tokyo and finishes in Doha and Dubai next week.

Pine Crest All-American swimmer Marta Ciesla will represent the U.S. in the final two meets in the Middle East. She is foregoing this week’s region and next week’s state meets to represent her country.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics to attract a larger entry of star swimmers.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 among the top six.

Prelims are 9:30 p.m. and finals at 6 a.m. EST. The World Cup action is being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Resumes FINA World Cup Series In Tokyo


By Sharon Robb

October 27, 2015—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will be the lone Florida swimmer competing when the FINA World Cup Series resumes Wednesday in Tokyo.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer will open the two-day meet in the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event. She is seeded first in 1:06.21. American Laura Sogar and Aussie Leiston Pickett will be her top challengers.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, Aussies Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm, Sweden’s Jennier Johansson along with Americans Anthony Ervin, Michael Andrew, Tom Shields, Kevin Cordes, Caitlin Leverenz, Kate Ziegler and Natalie Coughlin are the top name swimmers entered.

The majority of the meet has attracted Japanese swimmers including Natsumi Hoshi and Kanako Watanabe.

Hosszu, 26, three-time World Cup overall winner, is in the driver’s seat to win her fourth title in 2015.

“For me, being a winner so many times comes from not over-obsessing,” Hosszu said during the pre-meet press conference on Tuesday.

“I’m not afraid to fail and to challenge myself, I try to push the limits,” Hosszu said. “It’s mostly mental. I don’t think I do anything special to recover physically. It’s more about working hard and being mentally ready for that challenge on your body.”

This is the World Cup’s third and final cluster. The sixth stop begins in Tokyo and finishes in Doha and Dubai in November.

Pine Crest All-American swimmer Marta Ciesla will represent the U.S. in the final two meets in the Middle East. She is foregoing this week’s region and next week’s state meets to represent her country.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics to attract a larger entry of star swimmers.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 through the top six.

Prelims are 9:30 p.m. and finals at 6 a.m. EST. The World Cup action is being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com