Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Takes Home Second Medal On Final Day Of Toyota U.S. Open


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 4, 2021–Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swimming finished a great week of swimming with another medal at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

She closed out her impressive U.S. Open debut with a third place in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:12.42, shaving 1.74 seconds off her previous best of 2:14.16. She was fifth fastest qualifier in 2:13.87, first dropping 0.29 off her previous best. She was also 27th in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.40.

The University of Florida commit and U.S. national junior team member also took a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:43.57, dropping 1.26 off her previous best.

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Yeziel Morales was fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.29.

Blair Stoneburg, 17, of Treasure Coast Aquatics, another member of the U.S. Junior National team, was eighth in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:56.05. She was 24th in the 100-meter freestyle in 58.46.

University of Florida’s Kathleen Golding, 21, was 19th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.61.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego scratched from the 200-meter breaststroke. He sustained a strained groin during the start of the 100-meter breaststroke.

Other notables and local swimmers in action were:

World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, competing unattached for Florida, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:45.32.

Florida’s two-time Olympic champion Bobby Finke pulled away late in the race for a two-body length lead to win in 15:04.77.

Stanford freshman Regan Smith, swimming unattached won the 200-meter backstroke in a U.S. Open record 2:07.09 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.58. The backstroke time was the second oldest U.S. Open record, 2:08.42 set by Hayley McGregory in 2008. Smith is world record holder in the event.

WOMEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Unattached-Florida 15:45.32, 2. Sierra Schmidt, Scottsdale Aquatic Club 16:21.56, 3. Elise Bauer, Florida 16:32.55, 8. Blair Stoneburg, Treasure Coast Aquatics 16:56.05.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, Unattached 2:07.09, 2. Leah Smith, Texas 2:11.26, 3. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming 2:12.42, best time dropping 1.74, her previous best was 2:14.16.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Mallory Comerford, Cardinals 54.74, 2. Arina Openysheva, Louisville 55.23, 3. Camille Spink, Nation’s Capital 55.44.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Ahryoung Kim, Korea 2:29.86, 2. Abby Hay. Louisville 2:30.51, 3. Tylor Mathieu, Florida 2:32.73.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, Unattached 2:10.58, 2. Leah Gingrich, Hurricanes 2:11.02, 3. Amanda Ray, Florida 2:11.51.

MEN
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, Florida 15:04.77, 2. Charlie Clark, Ohio State 15:07.53, 3. Trey Freeman, Florida 15:24.83.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Vaggelis Makrygiannis, Unattached 2:00.48, 2. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 2:00.85, 3. Richie Stokes, UCSC 2:01.24.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrej Barna, Cardinals 48.44, 2. Gus Borges, PRVT 49.40, 3. Tate Jackson, NITRO 49.52

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Brandon Fischer, Unattached 2:13.21, 2. Raphael Rached Windmuller, Florida 2:15.92, 3. Marcus Mok, Unattached 2:16.80.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Minseop Kim, Korea 1:59.30, 2. Junheon Hwangbo, Korea 1:59.33, 3. Thomas Heilman, Cal State 1:59.87.

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

SOFLO’s Miguel Cancel Wins, Julio Horrego, Lance Lesage Have Top 10 Finishes Against Sarasota Field On Final Day Of Toyota U.S. Open


By Sharon Robb
SARASOTA, November 14, 2020–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Miguel Cancel, Julio Horrego and Lance Lesage got in some good racing on the third and final day of the Toyota U.S. Open Saturday at Selby Aquatic Center.

Cancel, 21, of University of Florida won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:01.58 and finished 15th overall. He dropped 1.13 off his previous best.

Horrego, 22, was seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.25 and 60th overall.

Lesage, 18, was tenth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.22 and 63rd overall.

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte was noticeably upset after competing “in my worst meet that I’ve ever had.”

Lochte, 36, finished third in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.05 on Friday, behind winner Chase Kalisz in 1:59.72 after all nine meet results were combined.

Lochte was also 26th in the 200 freestyle and 51st in the 100 backstroke. Lochte was 24th in the 200 backstroke on Saturday and scratched from the 100 freestyle.

“I do not like swimming this bad,” said Lochte, seeking to make his fifth Olympic team. “When I get back home, I’m going to start turning it up again. I need to be racing at least once a month with really good competitors. I don’t want to lose that confidence. I don’t know if I’m mentally tired. I know I’m physically tired. I love getting on those blocks and racing again.”

Aspen Gersper of St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.43. She will also compete in Sunday’s FHSAA State 1A Meet in Stuart. The meet was moved from Friday because of Tropical Storm Eta.

The Toyota USA Open was the first major U.S. meet since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down swimming in mid-March.

Because of COVID-19 travelling and group size restrictions, the U.S. Open was held at nine different sites across the United States. The U.S. Open was originally scheduled for Atlanta in December.

Each site hosted a small group of swimmers and followed the same format. Results were combined from all nine sites (which are listed below).

In addition to Sarasota, other sites were Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, Ore.; Wellmark YMCA of Des Moines, Iowa; Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina; Huntsville Aquatics Center in Alabama; Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis; William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., Swim RVA in Richmond, Va.; and North East ISD Blossom Athletic Complex in San Antonio, Texas.

For COVID-19 safety reasons the venues had limited capacity.


SATURDAY FINAL SESSION RESULTS
WOMEN

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Michaela Mattes, SYS 16:51.97, 2. Maria Victoria Yegres, Azura 17:15.94, 3. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:20.51.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:13.77, 2. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:13.83, 3. Jordan Agliano, HIGH 2:15.21.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Micayla Cronk, BD 55.97, 2. Ella Bathurst, TEAM 56.46, 3. Marina Spadoni, Unattached 56.66, 4. Aspen Gersper, SA 57.43.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Gracie Weyant, SYS 2:32.85, 2. Emma Weyant, SYS 2:34.04, 3. Eliza Brown, Unattached 2:37.23.

200-meter butterfly: 1.Addison Reese, LAKR 2:15.91, 2. Isabel Traba, MIA 2:17.26, 3. Lockett Bowley, BD 2:17.26.

MEN
1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 15:09.14, 2. Liam Custer, SYS 15:35.69, 3. Brennan Gravley, UF 15:36.65, 6. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:13.64.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Clark Beach, UF 2:00.21, 2. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:01.68, 3. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 2:03.41, 5. Ryan Lochte, GSC 2:03.83, 6. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:04.23, time drop (1.91), 10. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:08.22.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Jan Friese, UF 49.91, 2. Kieran Smith, UF 49.93, 3. Brett Fraser, NYAC 50.73, 7. Andrea DiArrigo, GSC 51.46, 16. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 53.19, Ryan Lochte, NS.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Nils Wich-Glasen, GSC 2:15.49, 2. Amro Al-Wir, UF 2:16.10, 3. Kevin Vargas, UF 2:16.50, 7. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:23.25.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:01.58, 2. Mason Laur, T2 2:01.59, 3. Victor Rosado, SPA 2:02.49, 4. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.85.

COMBINED RESULTS
WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Arabella Sims, Nevada Sandpipers 8:27.01, trials time.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Emma Weyant, Sarasota Sharks 4:10.38, trials cut; 62. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:27.96.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Madisyn Cox, Longhorn Aquatics 2:10.49, trials cut.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club 24.65, trials cut.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Emma Weyant, SYS 4:40.84, 44. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:59.87.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Clair Curzan, TAC 56.61, 38. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 1:01.58.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Paige Madden, UVA 1:57.64.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Anna Elendt, TEX 1:07.50, 80. Heidi Smithwick, Jupiter 1:13.88.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 59.82.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Erica Sullivan, SAND 16:04.37, 29. Anna Auld, ECAC 17:20.51.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Phoebe Bacon, Unattached 2:09.16, 10. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:13.83.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Victoria Huske, AAC 54.04.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Madisyn Cox, TXLA 2:27.55.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Regan Smith, RIPT 2:08.61.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Marwan El Kamash, Indiana Swim Club 7:52.19.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Kiernan Smith, Florida 3:48.78, trials cut.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:59.72, trials cut.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Santo Condorelli, Dolphins Swim team 22.27.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, TEX 4:16.51, 16. Miguel Cancel, UF 4:28.00.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Luis Martinez, Unattached 51.50.

200-meter freestyle: 1. Kieran Smith,UF 1:47.29.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Andrew Wilson, Athens Bulldogs 59.58, 3. Ilya Evdokimov, PRVT 1:00.47, 5. Jorge Murillo, TAC 1:00.85, 51. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:04.60.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Aikins, SA 54.59, 51. Ryan Lochte, GSC 57.41, 70. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 58.29.

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 15:09.14, 33. Marcelo Acosta, CARD 16:07.97, 40. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:13.64.

200-meter backstroke: 1. William Grant, VS 1:59.52, 24. Ryan Lochte, GSC 2:03.83, 32. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:04.23, time drop, 63. Lance Lesage, SOFLO 2:08.22.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Andrej Barna, CARD 48.75, 59. Andrea D’Arrigo, GSC 51.46.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Andrew Wilon, ABSC 2:09.83, 6. Jorge Murillo, TAC 2:14.92, 15. Ilya Evdokimov, PRVT 2:16.81, 60. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 2:23.25.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Zach Harting, CARD 1:57.82, 15. Miguel Cancel, UF 2:01.58, time drop.

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

Emma Weyant, Robert Finke Win On Opening Night Of Toyota U.S. Open; SOFLO’s Trio Swims Friday


By Sharon Robb
SARASOTA, November 12, 2020–University of Virginia’s Emma Weyant and University of Florida’s Robert Finke swept the 800-meter freestyle events Thursday on opening night of the Toyota U.S. Open at Selby Aquatic Center.

Weyant, 18, who is taking a gap year in 2020 to train for the U.S. Olympic trials, won the distance event in 8:34.93 in her Sarasota Sharks’ home pool.

Blair Stoneburg, 16, of Treasure Coast Aquatics was second in a best time 8:45.23.

Michaela Mattes, 15, of Sarasota Sharks was third in 8:47.79, also a best time. Mattes got a break when the FHSAA State 1A meet was pushed back to Sunday because of Tropical Storm Eta.

The Cardinal Mooney Catholic sophomore can now compete in the 400 freestyle and 400 individual medley on Friday before heading to Stuart. She will also swim the 200 freestyle.

Anna Auld, 17, the only Florida Gold Coast swimmer in the final, was seventh in 8:58.87. Auld recently committed to University of Florida. After verbally committing in November, 2019, she is the first official signee for the 2021-22 season.

Finke, 21, won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 7:53.05, the nation’s fastest time this season.

Finke also has the nation’s top time in the 400 IM, 3:50.33, he swam in the season-opener at Georgia. Florida swept the top three spots with Kieran Smith, 20, in 8:00.05 and Alfonso Mestre, 19, 8:00.49.

Joaquin Vargas, 18, of Azura, the only FGC men’s swimmer in the final, was ninth in 8:20.14.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will begin competing Friday in timed final events.

SOFLO’s Julio Horrego, Lance Lesage and Mallory Schleicher will swim. Teammate Olivia Dinehart was forced to scratch from the U.S. Open because of the rescheduling of the State 1A meet from Friday to Sunday because of bad weather.

The Toyota USA Open is the first major U.S. meet since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down swimming in mid-March.

Horrego, 22, will swim the 200-meter individual medley; 100-meter breaststroke; and 200-meter breaststroke.

Lesage, 18, coming off last weekend’s state 3A runner-up finish, is entered in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke.

Schleicher, 17, will compete in the 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley.

University of Florida and SOFLO’s Miguel Cancel, 21, who represents Puerto Rico internationally, is also in the men’s field.

Because of COVID-19 travelling and group size restrictions, the USA Open will be held at nine different sites across the United States. The USA Open was originally scheduled for Atlanta in December.

Each site will host a small group of swimmers and will follow the same format. With Thursday’s session complete, there are two sessions on Friday, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and one session on Saturday at 9 a.m. Results will be combined from all nine sites.

In addition to Sarasota, other sites are Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, Ore.; Wellmark YMCA of Des Moines, Iowa; Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina; Huntsville Aquatics Center in Alabama; Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis; William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., Swim RVA in Richmond, Va.; and North East ISD Blossom Athletic Complex in San Antonio, Texas. For COVID-19 safety reasons the venues will have limited capacity.

The USA Open will be aired on television. The schedule is Friday, 10 a.m. on NBCSN and 6 p.m., Olympic Channel; Saturday, 10 a.m., Olympic Channel and Sunday, 3 p.m., delayed tape, NBC.

THURSDAY’S SARASOTA RESULTS
GIRLS

800-meter freestyle: 1. Emma Weyant, Sarasota Sharks 8:34.93, 2. Blair Stoneburg, Treasure Coast Aquatics 8:45.23, 3. Michaela Mattes, Sarasota Sharks 8:44.79, 7. Anna Auld, East Coast Aquatic Club 8:58.87.
BOYS
800-meter freestyle:
1 . Robert Finke, Florida 7:53.05, 2. Kiernan Smith, Florida 9:00.05, 3. Alfonso Mestre, Florida 8:00.49, 9. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 8:20.14.

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