Dressel Wins Second Gold Medal; Carter Breaks Own National Record; SOFLO’s Horrego Swims Monday At FINA World Aquatics Championships

By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 19, 2022–Caeleb Dressel won his 15th world championship gold medal Sunday night at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Duna Arena.

The 25-year-old Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum led from start to finish with 18 strokes to win the 50-meter butterfly in 22.57, defending his title in the event.

“It was good,” Dressel said. “I knew I had to hit it. If I hit 18 strokes, I knew I had a chance to win it. I was right at 18. I was a little long on the finish, but I didn’t want to jam it. Not a perfect plan, but the best race plan I had for tonight.”

The 50 butterfly is not an Olympic event.

“It’s not an event I really train for,” Dressel said. “It just kind of comes from my 100 fly training. It’s a tricky one. My stroke is pretty long for the 50, but it worked.”

It was Dressel’s 17th world championship medal overall, the fourth most medals at worlds behind Michael Phelps (26), Ryan Lochte (18) and Katie Ledecky (17) and second gold at this meet. He also won gold leading off the winning 4×100 relay.

Ageless Brazilian Nicholas Santos, 42, was second in 22.78. American Michael Andrew was third in 22.79, winning his first long course individual championship medal.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter, swimming in Lane 7, just missed a medal placing fourth in a best time, breaking his own national record for the second time in the meet in 22.85.

Carter was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on Day Two. The Plantation American Heritage and USC alum started out strong in the event with the fastest prelim in a then best time and national record 22.87. It was the first time Carter broke 23 seconds. He came back in a fast semifinal to qualify sixth in 22.98 for the final.

South Florida Aquatic Club Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego, 23, 32nd in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.07, will swim the 50-meter breaststroke on Monday, his final event at worlds.

There are 21 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

Other swimmers who competed on Sunday with Florida Gold Coast ties are:

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, 50-meter butterfly final, Plantation American Heritage, fourth, 22.85.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, 100-meter backstroke, Azura, 32nd, 56.52.

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba, 100-meter backstroke, NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina, 37th, 57.37.

Nicole Frank, 18, Uruguay, 100-meter breaststroke, Azura, 32nd, 1:10.48.

FGC swimmers competing on Monday are:
Izaak Bastian, 21, Bahamas (St. Andrew’s, Florida State), 50 breaststroke.

Kito Campbell, 19, Jamaica (Azura), 50 breaststroke.

In Sunday night’s final events:
MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE: Italian Nicolo Martinenghi turned it on in the back half with a 30.87 split to win gold in 58.26. Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands was second in 58.62 and American Nic Fink, 28, was third in 58.65, winning his first long course world medal. British Olympic champion Adam Peaty is not competing in the meet because of a foot injury.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY: American Torri Huske, 19, flirted with the world record while breaking her own American record to win her first world title in 55.64. She was the only swimmer to crack 56 seconds and first U.S. woman to win gold in the event since five-time Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer in 2011. Marie Wattel of France was second in 56.14 and China’s Yufei Zhang was third in 56.41. American Claire Curzan was fifth in 56.74.

WOMEN’S 200 IM: American Alex Walsh went out faster than she thought she would to lead from start to finish to win gold in 2:07.13, fifth fastest swim in history. Sixteen year old Leah Hayes was third in a Junior world record in 2:08.91. Aussie Kaylee McKeown took second in 2:08.57.

Team USA won six more medals for a two-day total of 12.

Monday prelim events are men’s 50 breaststroke, women’s 200 freestyle, men’s 200 butterfly and men’s 800 freestyle.

The swimming runs through June 25 with the pool events. The aquatics championships that also features diving, water polo, high diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming end July 3.

The Olympic Channel and Peacock, on the NBC platform, is televising the finals at noon each day. A highlights show will be on NBC at noon on June 26. The FINA facebook page is also posting competition news. Canada’s CBC will also broadcast the swimming.

There were huge cheers for any Hungarian swimmers from spectators at Duna Arena. FINA, the sport’s governing body, appealed for fans to clap rather than cheer as a precaution against coronavirus infections. There were no other requests or restrictions.

Finals Schedule
Sunday, June 19: 100 men’s breaststroke, 100 women’s butterfly, 50 men’s fly, 200 women’s IM.

Monday, June 20: 200 men’s free, 1500 women’s free, 100 women’s and men’s backstroke, 100 women’s breast.

Tuesday, June 21: 800 men’s free, 200 women’s free, 200 men’s fly, 50 men’s breast, 4×100 mixed medley relay.

Wednesday, June 22: 200 women’s fly, 100 men’s free, 50 women’s back, 200 men’s IM, 4×200 women’s free relay.

Thursday, June 23: 100 women’s free, 200 women’s breast, 200 men’s back, 200 men’s breast, 4×200 men’s free relay.

Friday, June 24: 50 women’s fly, 50 men’s free, 100 men’s fly, 200 women’s back, 800 women’s free, 4×100 mixed free relay.

Saturday, June 25: 50 men’s back, 50 women’s breast, 1500 men’s free, 50 women’s free, 400 women’s IM, 4×100 men’s and women’s medley relay.

Sunday, June 26: Open water, 6K team relay.

Monday, June 27: Open water, men’s and women’s 5K.

Wednesday, June 29: Open water, men’s and women’s 10K.

Thursday, June 30: Open water, men’s and women’s 25K.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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.

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.

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

SOFLO Swimmers Wrap Up Final Day Of Speedo Summer Championships; FGC’s Erika Pelaez Wins First Event; Ohio State Sweeps Team Titles

By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., August 7, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club’s five-swimmer contingent completed five days of racing against some of the nation’s best swimmers Saturday at the Speedo Summer Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, was fourth in the “D” final and 28th overall in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:22.11. She was 29th in prelims in 2:24.25 to qualify for the “D” final.

Juan Mora, 17, was 52nd in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.98. He was also 58th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.86.

Florida Gold Coast swimmer results:

Top-seed Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics won her first event of the meet in the 50-meter freestyle in a lifetime best 25.42. She was top morning qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.66, just off her previous best time of 25.57.

Pelaez was the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer to win an event in the meet. She is No. 19 all-time in the 15-16 age group and now tied with Olympian Torri Huske for eighth among all U.S. 15-year-olds.

Tr’v Monroe, 18, of North Palm Beach was second in the “C” final in 23.77. He was 24th in morning prelims in 24.03, off his best time of 23.49.

Ohio State University swept the combined team title (808.5), men (382.5) and women’s (426) team titles. Eagle Aquatics was the top Florida Gold Coast team finisher placing 15th with 57 points, all scored by Pelaez.

USA Swimming divided the meet into East and West sites, hosting athletes from respective geographic locations and having results specific to each site.

The long course meters meet was the first senior-level, domestic competition on USA Swimming’s national events calendar following June’s U.S. Olympic trials.

: 1. Ohio State 808.5, 2. SwimMAC 565, 3. Carmel Swim Club 480, 4. Indiana Swim Club 411.5, 5. Club Wolverine 397.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Ohio State 382.5, 2. SwimMAC 372, 3. Indiana Swim CLub 286.5, 4. Club Wolverine 281, 5. University of Pittsburgh 169, 53. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 1

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Ohio State 426, 2. Carmel Swim Club 321, 3. Long Island Aquatic Club 317, 4. SwimMAC 193, 5. Jersey Wahoos 182, 15. Eagle Aquatics 57, 36. South Florida Aquatic Club 12.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Cavan Gormsen, Long Island Aquatics 16:38.39, 2. Maya Geringer, Ohio State 16:48.96, 3. Maddie Waggoner, Jersey Wahoos 16:50.10.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Mackenzie Looze, Indiana Swim Club 2:14.41, 2. Sara Stotler, Planet Swim Aquatics 2:16.08; SOFLO: 28. Olivia Dinehart 2:22.11.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 25.42, 2. Amy Fulmer, Ohio State 25.76, 3. Lindsay Flynn, Mecklenburg 25.89.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Ohio State 4:07.41, 2. Carmel Swim Club 4:09.02, 3. Ohio State 4:11.07.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Sam Stewart, YMCA Hub Fins 1:58.60, 2. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 2:01.08, 3. Jared Daigle, Club Wolverine 2:02.09; SOFLO: 58. Juan Mora 2:14.86.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Charlie Clark, Ohio State 7:58.87, 2. Eli Shoyat, Northern KY Clip 8:07.24, 3. Andrew Taylor, Tampa Bay Aquatics 8:10.93

50-meter freestyle: 1. Jack Franzman, Indiana Swim Club 22.29, 2. Kevin Gillooly, Unattached 22.60, 3. Josh Fleagle, Unattached 22.98; FGC: 18. Tr’v Monroe, North Palm Beach 23.77; SOFLO: 52. Juan Mora 24.98.

4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Ohio State 3:42.55, 2. Club Wolverine 3:43.47, 3. SwimMAC 3:44.09.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Ledecky, Huske, Andrew Win Spots On Olympic Team; Erika Pelaez Top FGC Finisher On Day Two Of Olympic Trials

By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 14, 2021—Katie Ledecky made her third consecutive Olympic team Monday night in front of an electrifying crowd of 8,000 at CHI Health Center.

The only time Ledecky trailed in the women’s 400-meter freestyle was coming off the blocks in third place. After that it was all Ledecky. By the halfway mark she was more than a full body length ahead with a 1:57.64 split.

Ledecky, 24, went on to win in 4:01.27. Paige Madden of NCAA women’s champion University of Virginia was second in 4:04.86.

“I was in the ready room and I had this moment, it was surreal that we are even here,” Ledecky said referring to the year’s delay because of the pandemic. “It was a great feeling to be here and lock in my spot.

“I thought I was a lot faster so I was a little surprised at the time, again it was my first race here. It’s just good to check the box and hopefully have some good swims the rest of the week.”

While the world record holder will be one of the veterans of the U.S. team, two new fresh teenage faces will compete in the 100-meter butterfly in Tokyo.

Torri Huske, 18, of Arlington Aquatic Club won the butterfly in an American, U.S. Open and course record 55.66, just off the world record of 55.48, set at the 2016 Rio Olympics by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. It was the second time in two days Huske lowered the American record. Huske’s swim was the third fastest performance in history and fastest time in the world this year. Huske went out in 25.65.

Claire Curzan, 16, of TAC Titans (N.C.), who scratched from the 100 backstroke heats to rest for the 100 butterfly final, was second in 56.43 and is the youngest on the U.S. team so far. Four months ago she won a state high school title in the same event.

“It was just so exciting,” Huske said. “This is something I wanted. I can’t even explain it with words. I was way more excited to race than I was nervous. This is just so surreal. I feel like it’s more than a dream come true. I can’t believe it’s really happening.”

After unprecedented back-to-back American records in prelims and semifinals, Michael Andrew, 22, of Race Pace Club finally lived up to expectations since he turned pro at age 14, winning the 100-meter breaststroke and landing a spot on his first Olympic team.

Andrew won a close race in 58.73, 1/100th of a second ahead of Andrew Wilson. Andrew led after the first 50 in 26.90 but then it came down to a sprint and touch at the end.

“We did it,” Andrew said. “I didn’t do it alone. I wouldn’t be here without my mom, my dad, my coach, my sister. We have been through a hectic season. To have my team here is a dream come true.”

Andrew is believed to be the first to ever set an American record in both the prelim and semifinal rounds at a U.S. Olympic Trials.

“It’s surreal,” Andrew said about making the team. “It’s one of those things that I have been waiting five years for this moment to come back and get to swim. I am blessed, I don’t deserve it. It’s God’s grace and I’m just so grateful to be here. We worked hard for it. It’s hard to put into words. I’m just so grateful.

Six-time Olympic champion Ryan Lochte, 36, failed to qualify for the semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle. He finishied 25th in 1:49.23. Lochte scratched from the 100 backstroke. His best shot most likely will be the 200 IM later this week.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics was top Florida Gold Coast finisher. She won her heat and finished 23rd overall in the 100 backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:01.36. She moved from 15th to ninth in the 13-14 national age group rankings. She has the 50-and 100 freestyles left to swim. She is one of the youngest swimmers at Trials.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 20, of University of Florida was 35th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:17.51, off her best time of 4:14.38. She has the 200 IM left to swim.

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST, 41st in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 55.91, bettering his previous best of 55.99. He has the 200 backstroke left to swim.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming has the 200 IM on Tuesday and 200 backstroke remaining and Alex Evdokimov, 25, of Pinnacle Racing (VA) and formerly Coral Springs Swim Club, has the 200 breaststroke left to swim.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter will have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Tuesday’s events are: (Morning Prelims Session), Women’s 200 freestyle prelims; men’s 200 butterfly prelims; women’s 200 individual medley prelims; women’s 1,500 freestyle prelims; (Evening Session), Women’s 200 freestyle semifinal; men’s 200 freestyle final; women’s 100 backstroke final; men’s 100 backstroke final; women’s 100 breaststroke final; men’s 200 butterfly semifinal; women’s 200 individual medley semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.


100-meter butterfly: 1. Torri Huske, AAC 55.66, 2. Claire Curzan, TAC 56.43, 3. Kate Douglass, UVA 56.56.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP 4:01.27, 2. Paige Madden, UVA 4:04.86, 3. Leah Smith, CLCK 4:06.27.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, RPC-SI 58.73, 2. Andrew Wilson, ABSC 58.74, 3. Nic Fink, ABSC 58.80.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Kalisz, Smith, Weyant Win On Opening Night Of U.S. Olympic Trials; Alex Evdokimov Top FGC Finisher

By Sharon Robb
OMAHA, Neb., June 13, 2021—Chase Kalisz became the first swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic team Sunday night at the Olympic Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center.

Trailing by three seconds in the 400-meter individual medley going into the breaststroke, Kalisz, 27, of Athens Bulldogs powered his way back to win in 4:09.09, second fastest time in the world this year, and make his second consecutive Olympic team.

Training mate Jay Litherland, a dual U.S. and Japan citizen, reeled in early leader Carson Foster in the final 20 meters to finish second in 4:10.33.

Kalisz was hugged by good friend and legendary Michael Phelps after he climbed out of the pool.

“This is the Olympic Trials, times don’t matter, it’s all about racing,” Kalisz said. “I knew where I needed to be. I made my move right where I needed to make my move and I’m happy how it played out.

“It’s been a rough year, I guess a tough two years, but to make the Olympic team with my teammate Jay who I get to train with every single day, that’s the coolest part.”

In the second final of the night, Kiernan Smith, 21, of University of Florida, not only had to win but had the pressure of having to swim FINA’s “A” qualifying time of 3:46.78. He did just that, winning in a personal-best 3:44.86, fastest time in the world this year. No other swimmer in the field made the qualifying cut.

Smith took it out hard in the first half of the race and had at least a body length lead and was on American record pace for the first 200 meters.

“I knew there was a little pressure to make that time considering no Americans had made it so far this year,” Smith said. “I was confident with myself after a pretty relaxed morning swim. I really just wanted to pounce on the first 200 and stay out there and make it a one-man race if I could.

“All that was going through my head in the last 100 was I am about to be an Olympian,” Smith said. “It sounds incredible to make my first Olympic team. I couldn’t imagine that five years ago when I was first here.”

In a thrilling women’s 400-meter individual medley race, 19-year-old Emma Weyant of Sarasota Sharks making her Trials debut, came on strong in the final 50 meters against two veterans to pull off the shocker and win in a best time 4:33.81 and earn a spot on the team.

Flickinger led after the butterfly and backstroke legs with Weyant in striking distance. St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, down five seconds, surged back into contention after the breaststroke leg. All three were even on the final 50 turn with 1/10th of a second separating them. Weyant turned it on in the final 20 meters with Flickinger just behind her.

“I just put my head down in the last 50, it hurt a lot but having all those amazing girls to race was awesome,” said Weyant, who deferred going to school at Virginia for a year to train for the Trials in Sarasota. “I had to learn about making a race plan and today was just about racing. To hear I am an Olympian is crazy, I can’t even believe it.”

In the women’s 100-meter butterfly semifinal, 18-year-old Torri Huske of Arlington Aquatics broke the American record in 55.78, erasing Dana Vollmer’s mark of 55.98.

In a span of eight hours, Michael Andrew, 22, broke the American record twice in prelims and semifinals of the 100-meter breaststroke. With two explosive starts, Andrew broke Kevin Cordes’ 2017 American record of 58.64 by nearly a half second in 58.19, in morning prelims. He came back at night to break it again in the semifinals in 58.14.

Four of the five qualified Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed on opening day with only one advancing into the semifinals.

In the morning prelims of the 100-meter breaststroke, Alex Evdokimov, 25, of Pinnacle Racing (VA) and formerly Coral Springs Swim Club, finished eighth in a best time 1:00.22 to qualify for the semifinals where he finished fifth in 1:00.64 and failed to make finals by two spots placing tenth. He was seeded tenth in 1:00.47. He has the 200 breaststroke left to swim.

In other Florida Gold Coast results:

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 20, of University of Florida was 21st in the 400 IM in 4:47.94 off her best time of 4:46.12. She has the 400 freestyle and 200 IM left to swim.

Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swimming, was 25th in the 400 IM in 4:48.72, off her best time of 4:44.83. She has the 200 IM and 200 backstroke remaining.

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST, was 37th out of a field of 38 swimmers in 4:32.24, off his best time of 4:25.79. He has the 100 and 200 backstroke events left to swim.

Erika Pelaez, 14, of Eagle Aquatics will start racing on Monday. She has qualified in the 100 backstroke, 50-and 100 freestyles.

Before Sunday’s prelims, 36-year-old Ryan Lochte scratched from the 400 IM. It is the first time since 2000 he has not competed in the event.

Two surprises in morning prelims were Zane Grothe (400 freestyle) and Madisyn Cox (400 freestyle) failing to make finals. Grothe had competed in the event in two World Championships and under 3:46. He struggled to a 3:50.80 to place 11th. Cox was 10th in 4:44.36, off her best time of 4:36.61, that would have placed her second seed in finals.

The top two finishers of most events will most likely become 2021 US Olympians. Relay only spots go to places 3-6 (though not completely guaranteed for 6th place) of 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. The maximum roster size for Team USA is 26 men and 26 women.

All races 200 meters or shorter will have three stages at Trials: a prelim in the morning, followed by a semifinal that evening. The final of the top-8 qualifier will take place on the following night.

Monday’s events are: (Morning Prelims Session), women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 breaststroke, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 400 freestyle; (Evening Session), women’s 100 butterfly final, men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 breaststroke semifinal, men’s 100 breaststroke final, women’s 400 freestyle final, men’s 100 backstroke semifinal and women’s 100 backstroke semifinal.

Daily finals coverage will be broadcast across NBC channels. Along with live finals coverage, 24 hours of preliminaries will be available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports App.

For prelims, today through June 19, 11 a.m. on NBC Stream and 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN. For finals, today through June 16 on NBC at 8 p.m., June 17 NBC at 10 p.m. and NBCSN at 8 p.m., June 18-19 NBC at 9 p.m. and June 20 NBC at 8:15 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time for South Florida.

Ten months after her father died from a brain tumor, Kaylee McKeown, 19, broke the women’s 100-meter backstroke world record in 57.45. The previous mark was 57.57 set by Regan Smith in 2019. Emily Seebohm, 29, swimming next to her, was second in 58.59 and qualified for her fourth Olympic team.


400-meter individual medley: 1. Emma Weyant, Sarasota Sharks 4:33.81, 2. Hali Flickinger, SUN 4:33.96, 3. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:34.08.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs Swim Club 4:09.09, 2. Jay Litherland, Dynamo 4:10.33, 3. Carson Foster, RAYSOFH 4:10.86.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Kiernan Smith, UFlorida 3:44.86, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 3:48.17, 3. Ross Dant, NCS 3:48.30.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com