Jenesys Amores Leads SOFLO In Session Four Of TYR SOFLO Open; Older Swimmers Shine On Final Day


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 22, 2023—Jenesys Amores led South Florida Aquatic Club on the third and final day of the TYR SOFLO Open Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

Amores, 14, won four events and finished with 98 points for the meet.

Amores won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.19; 50-yard backstroke in 31.28; 200-yard backstroke in 2:17.56; and 100-yard freestyle in 58.29.

In another exciting relay race, SOFLO A’s girls 200-yard freestyle relay of Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki, Carley Kaplan and Olivia Dinehart won in 1:40.12, edging out TS Aquatics in 1:40.65 with Tawannah McLemore, Brianna Hernandez, Kendra Gomez and Nati Ortiz.

Juan Vallmitjana and Nicolai Ross were double winners for SOFLO boys.

Vallmitjana won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.62 and 200-yard butterfly in 2:05.28.

Ross won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.65 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.63.

TS Aquatics knocked off SOFLO A’s boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay (Javier Colmenares, Derek Hau, Jaden Amores and Aldo Zepeda), 1:29.58-1:31.96 with Miles Green, Mason Green, RJ Martin and Mekhi Dawkins.

Individual SOFLO winners were: Natalie Gembicki, Lydia Smutny, Maddie Smutny, Elise Dinehart, Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Mason Jimenez, Maximilian Remmele, Jaden Amores and Luciano Gonzalez.

In addition to host SOFLO, among Florida Gold Coast swim teams that competed were SwimFast, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, Sunrise Swimming, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Speed World Swimming, TS Aquatics, Mar JCC Swim Team, College of Florida Keys and Boca Raton.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is “starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.”

SESSION FOUR RESULTS
GIRLS
200-yard freestyle relay:

  1. SOFLO A 1:40.12 (Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki, Carley Kaplan, Olivia Dinehart), 2. TS Aquatics 1:40.65, 3. SOFLO B 1:42.94.

200-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:02.19, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:06.23, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 2:06.97, time drop 0.92.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, UNFG 1:55.89, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:57.45, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 1:57.49.

50-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 31.28, 2. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 31.48, 3. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 32.50, time drop 1.49, 4. Angelica Forsyth, SOFLO 3.64, time drop 0.21.
15-and-over, 1. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 29.03, time drop 1.66, 2. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 29.13, time drop 0.54, 3. Ainnara Lazzaro, UNFG 29.42.

200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:21.06.
15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 2:12.21, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:12.97, 3. Michelle Marinheiro, SOFLO 2:13.33.

100-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 1:16.65, 2. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 1:16.88, 3. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:18.02.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, UNFG 1:06.47, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:06.62, 3. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 1:06.73.

200-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 2:17.56, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:25.51, 3. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 2:27.37, time drop 0.13.
15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 2:08.08, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:13.55, time drop 1.26, 3. Kendra Gomez, TSA 2:15.56.

50-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Emma Lewis, BR 29.07, 2. Rachel Miller, SUN 30.38, 3. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 31.75.
15-and-over, 1. Sahara Idler, UNFG 27.34, 2. Nati Ortiz, TSA 27.53, 3. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 27.56, time drop 3.63.

100-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 58.29, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 59.20, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 59.22, time drop 0.37.
15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 53.70, 2. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 53.78, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 54.84.

BOYS
200-yard freestyle relay:

  1. TS Aquatics 1:29.58 (Miles Green, Mason Green, RJ Martin, Mekhi Dawkins), 2. SOFLO A 1:31.96, 3. SOFLO B 1:34.22.

200-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 1:51.62, 2. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 1:55.56, 3. Zane Samms, TSA 1:56.00, 4. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 1:59.28, time drop 0.29.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 1:41.18, 2. Anthony Pineiro, UNFG 1:43.47, 3. Mason Green, TSA 1:44.38.

50-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 28.21, 2. Daniel Ella, SUN 28.40, 3. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 28.83, time drop 0.37.
15-and-over, 1. Marcelo Mansur, UNFG 24.64, 2. Miles Green, TSA 26.09, 3. Derek Hau, SOFLO 26.80, time drop 1.12.

200-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:05.28, 2. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 2:14.00, time drop 5.22.
15-and-over, 1. Mason Green, TSA 2:01.33, 2. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 2:01.55, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:02.34, 4. Manny Melendez, SOFLO 2:03.37, time drop 21.54.

100-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 1:08.59, time drop 3.00, 2. Chris DeAngulo, MS 1:10.11, 3. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 1:10.30, 4. Joshua Menezes, SOFLO 1:10.48, time drop 0.34.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 59.14, 2. Robert Alvarez, MAC 1:00.98, 3. Oscar Rios, HSC 1:01.34.

200-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 2:06.65, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:07.88, 3. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:16.60, time drop 1.38.
15-and-over, 1. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 1:59.19, 2. Robert Alvarez, MAC 2:03.30, 3. Sean Doyle, SUN 2:05.73.

50-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Jorvir Tigrero, HSC 25.63, 2. Daniel Ella, SUN 26.32, 3. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 26.77, time drop 6.42.
15-and-over, 1. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 21.79, 2. Miles Green, TSA 23.27, 3. George Gonzalez, UNFG 23.40.

100-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 51.63, 2. Jorvir Tigrero, HSC 52.08, 3. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 53.69, time drop 0.47.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 46.64, 2. Mason Green, TSA 47.00, 3. Anthony Pineiro, UNFG 47.00,

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

Triple Winner Carley Kaplan Leads SOFLO In Session Two Of TYR SOFLO Open


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 21, 2023—Carley Kaplan, a triple winner, was among several SOFLO swimmers who turned in a great day of racing at the TYR SOFLO Open Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

Kaplan, 14, of West Broward High School Class of 2026 won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:38.29; 50-yard freestyle in 25.09 and 50-yard breaststroke in a best time 32.86, dropping 1.78 seconds from her previous best. She was also a member of the third place 200-yard medley relay.

In an exciting girls’ 200-yard medley relay race, TS Aquatics’ foursome of Kendra Gomez, Brianna Hernandez, Tawannah McLemore and Nati Ortiz) knocked off SOFLO A’s team (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki), 1:51.42-1:51.45.

SOFLO had five boys and girls double winners: Luciano Gonzalez, Jenesys Amores, Olivia Dinehart, Juan Vallmitjana and Ricardo Roche.

Gonzalez, 28, won the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 49.28, dropping 2.35. He also won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.83 ahead of teammate Julio Horrego in a best time 20.94. At a recent meet in Clearwater, the ProFlo swimmer finished close to his best time of 21.7 in the 50 butterfly in the short course prelims and swam a best time and SOFLO record 24.50 in the long course final.

Amores, 14, won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.06 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:27.61.

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart, 18, won the 100-yard butterfly in 59.02 and 200 IM in 2:09.86. She was also second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.63 and 200 breaststroke in 2:22.53.

Juan Vallmitjana, 13, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:21.78, dropping 2.68 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:41.30, also a best time dropping 3.57. He was also second in the 100 butterfly in 58.11.

Ricardo Roche, 23, won the 100-yard backstroke in 52.77 and 200 IM in 1:53.49.

SOFLO’s boys A 200-yard medley relay won in 1:39.82 just ahead of TS Aquatics in 1:40.39 with Alejandro Mateus, Javier Colmenares, Manny Melendez and Aldo Zepeda.

Individual winners were Elena Dinehart, Laila Harran, Natalie Gembicki, Maddie Smutny, Mackenzie McPherson, Connor Jimenez and Maximiliano Remmele.

The three-day age group meet continues Sunday with two sessions. The first session begins 8:30 a.m. and afternoon sessions will start approximately 1 1/4 hours following the conclusion of the morning sessions.

In addition to host SOFLO, among Florida Gold Coast swim teams competing are SwimFast, Metro Aquatics, Miami Swimming, Sunrise Swimming, Cooper City Cyclones, Hialeah, Speed World Swimming, TS Aquatics, Mar JCC Swim Team, College of Florida Keys and Boca Raton.

Admission is $5 per session. Heat sheets are available free of charge online (SoFloMeets@swim4soflo.com) or Meet Mobile. For more information call 954-538-3721.

SOFLO sponsor TYR is an American designer, developer and manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories and one of the nation’s top companies. TYR, created by athletes, is named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

The company’s mission statement is “starting from, powered by and made for athletes, we strive to create and re-imagine technologies that enhance experience and performance at every level.”

SESSION TWO RESULTS
GIRLS
200-yard medley relay:

13-and-over, 1. TS Aquatics 1:51.42 (Kendra Gomez, Brianna Hernandez, Tawannah McLemore, Nati Ortiz), 2. SOFLO A 1:51.45, 3. SOFLO B 1:54.30, 4. SOFLO C 1:57.57.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Carley Kaplan, SOFLO 2:38.39, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 2:41.50, 3. Laila Harran, SOFLO 2:46.57, 4. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 2:52.12.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, UNFG 2:21.52, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:22.53, 3. Brianna Hernandez, TSA 2:31.25.

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 1:03.06, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 1:08.03, 3. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 1:08.24, 4. Angelica Forsyth, SOFLO 1:08.52, time drop 0.10.
15-and-over, 1. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 59.90, 2. Kendra Gomez, TSA 1:01.06, 3. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 1:01.23, 4. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 1:03.98.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Carley Kaplan, SOFLO 32.86, time drop 1.78, 2. Ainsley Miller, SOFLO 34.86, 3. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 35.13, 4. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 37.40.
15-and-over, 1. Paola Gonzalez, UNFG 31.33, 2. Brianna Hernandez, TSA 31.57, 3. Mercedes Pelayes, UNFG 31.78, 4. Sophia Grubbs, SOFLO 31.83.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Laila Harran, SOFLO 1:03.71, 2. Emma Lewis, BR 1:04.07, 3. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 1:04.99, 4. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 1:05.24.
15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 59.02, 2. Tawannah McLemore, TSA 59.05, 3. Maddie Smutny, SOFLO 59.58, 4. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 1:00.04.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Carley Kaplan, SOFLO 25.09, 2. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 27.10, 3. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 27.43, time drop 0.10.
15-and-over, 1. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 25.64, 2. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 25.65, 3. Ella Bethke, BR 25.94.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Mackenzie McPherson, SOFLO 2:24.50, 2. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 2:28.03, 3. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 2:30.39.
15-and-over, 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:09.86, 2. Paola Gonzalez, UNFG 2:10.07, 3. Natalie Gembicki, SOFLO 2:15.21, 4. Ana Villamil, SOFLO 2:15.24.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Jenesys Amores, SOFLO 5:27.61, 2. Lydia Smutny, SOFLO 5:37.78, time drop 0.05, 3. Elise Dinehart, SOFLO 5:38.95, 4. Sofia Gomez, SOFLO 5:45.26.
15-and-over, 1. Maddie Smutney, SOFLO 5:10.41, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 5:14.63, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 5:17.52, 4. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 5:18.32.

BOYS
200-yard medley relay:

13-and-over, 1. SOFLO A 1:39.82 (Alejandro Mateus, Javier Colmenares, Manuel Melendez, Aldo Zepeda), 2. TS Aquatics 1:40.39, 3. SOFLO B 1:41.96, 4. SOFLO C 1:45.14.

200-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 2:21.78, time drop 2.68, 2. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 2:26.25, 3. Maximilano Remmele, SOFLO 2:28.68.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 2:10.95, 2. Anthony Pineiro, UNFG 2:15.16, 3. Abraham Penaloza, SOFLO 2:20.07, 4. Stephen Kim, SOFLO 2:24.29.

100-yard backstroke:
13-14, 1. Connor Jimenez, SOFLO 1:00.07, time drop 0.15, 2. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 1:00.35, time drop 6.54, 3. Jorvir Tigrero, HSC 1:01.31.
15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 52.77, 2. Mason Green, TSA 54.39, 3. Jaden Amores, SOFLO 56.29, 4. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 56.34.

50-yard breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Chris DeAngulo, MS 31.56, 2. Brennan Mair, UNFG 31.85, 3. Richard Justo, SWS 34.18.
15-and-over, 1. George Gonzalez, UNFG 27.32, 2. Oscar Rios, HSC 27.75, 3. Manuel Melendez, SOFLO 28.06.

100-yard butterfly:
13-14, 1. Jorvir Tigrero, HSC 56.57, 2. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 58.11, 3. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 58.83, time drop 3.74, 4. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 58.85.
15-and-over, 1. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 49.28, time drop 2.35, 2. Mason Green, TSA 50.38, 3. Richardo Roche, SOFLO 52.20, time drop 5.99, 4. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 53.50.

50-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Jorvir Tigrero, HSC 23.26, 2. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 24.02, 3. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 24.45.
15-and-over, 1. Luciano Gonzalez, SOFLO 20.83, 2. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 20.94, time drop 0.30, 3. George Gonzalez, UNFG 21.45.

200-yard individual medley:
13-14, 1. Maximiliano Remmele, SOFLO 2:14.08, time drop 1.27, 2. Jose Rincon, SOFLO 2:17.16, time drop 1.74, 3. Frank Vincze, SUN 2:18.58, 4. David Valdiviezo, SOFLO 2:19.55.

15-and-over, 1. Ricardo Roche, SOFLO 1:53.49, 2. George Gonzalez, UNFG 1:56.03, 3. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 1:58.19, 4. Manuel Melendez, SOFLO 2:01.49, time drop 2.88.

500-yard freestyle:
13-14, 1. Juan Vallmitjana, SOFLO 4:41.30, time drop 3.57, 2. Nicolai Ross, SOFLO 5:09.62, 3. Mason Jimenez, SOFLO 5:11.59, time drop 0.66.
15-and-over, 1. Anthony Pineiro, UNFG 4:37.89, 2. Wisthon Rendon, SOFLO 4:54.03, 3. Ivan Grass, SOFLO 4:54.66, 4. Austin Nelson, SOFLO 4:55.24.

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

SWIMMING ROUNDUP: USA Swimming Makes Sweeping Rule Changes


By Sharon Robb
COLORADO SPRINGS, October 4, 2022—USA Swimming’s Rules and Regulations Committee approved several rule changes at its recent House of Delegates meeting. Some will take effect immediately and others on Jan. 1, 2023.

USA Swimming has eliminated the use of the terminology Junior Olympics for Age Group Championship meets. In some LSCs including the Florida Gold Coast, their Age Group Championship has historically been named Junior Olympics. LSCs are no longer allowed to call the meets Junior Olympic or JOs.

The biggest rule change is the “120 Day Rule,” which has a swimmer waiting 120 days after switching clubs to compete for his or her new club. The requirement was trimmed to 60 days after their last competition with their former team. The rule is is effective immediately.

There are also rules changes surrounding minimum requirements for officiating at LSC-sanctioned meets. At a minimum LSC’s must now require one referee, one starter, three timers per lane (unless automatic timing system is being used, in which case only one timer per lane is required), one clerk of course (if applicable), one place judge (two are preferred), two stroke judges and two turn judges or two stroke and turn judges, relay take-off judges (if applicable), one administrative official, one announcer (if applicable), and two marshals, at least one of each gender. The minimum officiating requirements are less strict for development, dual, and intrasquad meets.

There are also changes with reporting process for world and USA Swimming records. For World Records, supporting evidence must now be filed on official FINA World Record application forms, which must be submitted to the Executive Director of FINA within 14 days after the performance instead of 21 days.

For USA Swimming records, one of the key changes is that for LSC and local records, official split times may be used, provided those splits are taken with a fully automatic timing system. The record application form must be filled out, signed by the designated officials, and sent in along with the completion of pool measurement within 30 days.

PARMENTER, BOSTIC HONORED
Jimmy Parmenter, former Plantation Swim Team coach for 27 years and St. Thomas Aquinas coach now coaching in Nebraska at BT Aquatics and Brownell Talbot College Prep School, received the U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O’Brien Coaches Award, originally named the Grassroots Coaching Award. The award, established in 2008, recognizes a USMS coach who builds masters membership in his or her community…Palm Beach Masters Swimming and Wahoo Triathlon Club founder and coach Linda Irish Bostic was named U.S. Masters Swimming 2022 Coach of the Year. Swimmer John Potts called her “a legend of adult swimming.”….

CROOKS SEC SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Tennessee’s Jordan Crooks, a sophomore from George Town, Cayman Islands who trains with TS Aquatics, earned SEC Swimmer of the Week honors. Crooks had two wins during the Volunteers’ season-opener at UNC Wilmington. Crooks won the 50 freestyle in 19.36, top time in the nation this season. He also won the 100 butterfly in 46.81 mark, second in the SEC and third in the nation. Crooks was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay. His sister Jillian also trains with Total Swimmer (TS) Aquatics. The siblings represented the Cayman Islands at the FINA World Championships…

Florida Gulf Coast University, located in Lee County, cancelled its season-opener against Campbell scheduled for October 14-15 in Fort Myers. The athletic director said a “lack of hotel availability” for the cancellation after Hurricane Ian devastated the area. The damage left many homes destroyed in Fort Myers, forcing local residents into hotels….The Osprey Invite hosted by the University of North Florida with Florida State and Georgia Southern, was also rescheduled for Oct. 7.

THANK YOU SOFLO COACHES
This week is ASCA Swimming Coach Appreciation Week. It’s a time to show your coaches some love for their dedication to you, your parents and the sport. Coaches are at the pool before you get there and after you leave. So go ahead SOFLO swimmers don’t be shy, give them a pat on the back, high five or thank you for being there for you. The week lasts through Oct. 8. You have five more days to show your appreciation.

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

Podkoscielny, Crooks, Winkler Top FGC Finishers On Day Two Of USA Swimming Futures Championship


By Sharon Robb
CARY, N.C., July 28, 2022—It was another fast night of swimming at the USA Swimming Futures Championship Thursday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finisher was its women’s 800-meter freestyle relay, placing 14th in 8:39.90 with Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki and Olivia Dinehart. SOFLO women are 16th among 52 teams.

Other Thursday SOFLO results:
Javier Colmenares, 16, 100 breaststroke time trial, 3. 1:07.43.
Elena Dinehart, 17, 100 backstroke, 26. 1:05.80, prelims; 25. 1:05.09.
Natalie Gembicki, 17, 100 freestyle, 102. 1:00.86.
Alex Golding, 18, 100 backstroke time trials, 1. 1:02.18; 400 IM, 48. 4:46.90.
Sophia Grubbs, 17, 100 freestyle time trial 1:03.38.
Ricardo Roche, 22, 100 backstroke, 18. 58.71, 0.95 drop.
Rafael Rodriguez, 20, 100 freestyle, 97. 54.40.
Mallory Schleicher, 18, 400 IM, 28. 5:07.91 prelims; 25. 4:45.92, finals.
Izzy Wilson, 15, 100 freestyle time trial, 1:03.61.

SOFLO has thirteen swimmers (seven girls and six boys) competing in 48 individual events and one relay.

Among Florida Gold Coast swimmer highlights:

Julia Podkoscielny, 17, prepping for next month’s Junior Pan Pacs, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:46.37. She was second fastest in prelims in 4:52.36. In an exciting 100 meter backstroke race, she finished second in 1:02.31, dropping 1.10. Lily Cleason, 17, of Club Wolverine won in 1:02.25. Podkoscielny was third fastest in 1:03.18, dropping 0.23. Pine Crest Swimming is eighth among women’s teams with 37 points, all scored by Podkoscielny.

Jillian Crooks, 16, of TS Aquatics was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.56, dropping 0.29 seconds. Addison Sauickie, 16, of Sarasota Sharks won in 55.66.

Kaii Winkler, 16, of Eagle Aquatics was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.75. Macguire McDuff, 19, of Bolles won in 49.06 and Michael Cotter, 19, of TAC Titans was second in 49.65.

The Futures Championship is designed as an intermediate step between Sectional Championships and Junior Nationals or National Championships, and open to swimmers of all ages who have time standards. The seventh edition of Futures is one of five around the nation.

Swimmers from the following LSCs are eligible to compete including Florida Gold Coast, Florida Swimming, Southeastern, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Indiana.

THURSDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. TAC Titans 596, 2. Sarasota Sharks 382, 3. Club Wolverine 285.5, 4. Bolles 268, 5. Chattahoochee Gold 124, 13. TS Aquatics 43, 16. Pine Crest Swimming, 22. Eagle Aquatics 28, 32. SOFLO 15, 36. Treasure Coast 11, 36. Miami Country Day 11, 39. Metro Aquatics 7, 45. Midtown Weston 4.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. TAC Titans 339, 2. Bolles 229, 3. Sarasota Sharks 111, 4. Club Wolverine 101, 5. Dynamo 53, 13. Eagle Aquatics 28, 14. TS Aquatics 26, 27. Miami Country Day 11.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sarasota Sharks 271, 2. TAC Titans 257, 3. Club Wolverine 184.5, 4. Chattahoochee Gold 112, 5. Blue Dolfins 76.5, 8. Pine Crest Swimming 37, 15. TS Aquatics 17, 16. SOFLO 15, 24. Treasure Coast 11, 25. Metro Aquatics 7, 33. Midtown Weston 4.

WOMEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Addison Sauickie, SYS 55.66, 2. Jillian Crooks, TS Aquatics 56.56, 3. Meredith Whelehan, TAC 56.92; FGC: 18. Gioia Balzano, EA 58.06.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest Swimming 4:46.37, 2. Hannah Bellard, CW 4:47.67, 3. Michaela Mattes, SYS 4:48.13; SOFLO: 25. Mallory Schleicher 4:58.92, time drop 0.13; FGC: 26. Riley Botting, PC 5:00.19.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Lily Cleason, CW 1:02.25, 2. Julia Podkoscielny, PCS 1:02.31, time drop 1.10, 3. Taylor Morris, TAC 1:02.90; SOFLO: 25. Elena Dinehart 1:05.09.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Sarasota Sharks A 8:10.77, 2. TAC Titans 8:17.61, 3. Club Wolverine 8:22.57, 14. SOFLO 8:39.90 (Elena Dinehart, Maddie Smutny, Natalie Gembicki, Olivia Dinehart).

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Macguire McDuff, Bolles 49.06, 2. Michael Cotter, TAC 49.65, 3. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 49.75, 25. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 52.14, 27. Finn Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 52.75.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Michael Mullen, Bolles 4:21.50, 2. Lance Norris, TAC 4:22.59, 3. Amadeusz Knop, SYS 4:26.16.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Matthew Menke, HA 55.50, 2. Derek Maas, MLA 56.32, 3. Braeden Haughey, TAC 56.82; FGC: 14. Kaii Winkler, EA 58.76, 21. Finn Winkler, EA 59.09.

800-meter freestyle relay: 1. TAC Titans A 7:27.72, 2. Bolles 7:36.93, 3. TAC Titans B 7:37.74, 10. TS Aquatics 7:51.48.

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

Katie Ledecky Five-Peats At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 24, 2022–Katie Ledecky, the greatest woman swimmer of all time, won her fifth consecutive gold medal in the 800 freestyle Friday night at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Duna Arena.

Ledecky, 25, swimming in her “favorite event” is the first swimmer in history to win five straight world titles in the same event.

Ledecky, a grad assistant coach at University of Florida where she trains with Anthony Nesty, pulled away early in the race to win in 8:08.04, winning by nearly 11 seconds. It was the fifth fastest time in the event.

Aussie Kiah Melverton was second in 8:18.77 and Simona Quadarella of Italy was third in 8:19.00.

It was Ledecky’s 19th gold medal at world championships, moving her ahead of Ryan Lochte just behind leader Michael Phelps with 26 gold medals.

“I’m happy with it, I can’t complain,” Ledecky said. “I thought it was a little faster than that, but that’s the fastest I’ve been in a while, so really thrilled with that and really excited about the future as well.

“Year after year it’s really hard work,” Ledecky said. “In London I won my first gold ten years ago, back then they said I was a one-hit wonder and here we are, ten years later and I have another gold.

“It was a great week, probably the most fun I’ve had in a meet in a long time,” Ledecky said. “And the results showed. It’s just a really special team, and I know we’re not finished.”

There are 23 Florida Gold Coast swimmers wrapping up their swims on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

Other FGC swimmers who competed on Friday were:

Michaela Sierra, 17, Uruguay, (Azura, South Florida Heat, Auburn), 50 breaststroke, 43rd, 34.25.

Jahir Lopez, 17, Ecuador, (Azura) 1500 freestyle, 23rd, 16:57.92.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, (Azura), 50 backstroke, 33rd, 26.23.

Jillian Crooks, 15, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 50 freestyle, 41st, 26.75.

No FGC swimmers are scheduled to compete on Saturday.

Four swimmers, including University of Florida’s Anna Auld of West Palm Beach, are entered in open water events which begin on Sunday with the 6K team relay (4×1500) off Lupa Beach. The 5K is Monday, 10K on Wednesday and 25K on Thursday.

In Friday night’s final events:
WOMEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY: Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden won the event for a record fourth consecutive time in 24.95. She also won the 50 fly in 2015, 2017 and 2019. She tied Michael Phelps with a record eight gold medals in butterfly events at worlds. Melanie Henique of France took silver in 25.31 and China’s Zhang Yufeli took bronze in 25.32. Americans Claire Curzan (25.43) and Torri Huske (25.45) were fifth and sixth.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE: In a wide open race with Caeleb Dressel and Bruno Fratus out of the field, Brit veteran sprinter Ben Proud, 27, dominated the field to win his first long course world gold medal in 21.32, 9/100ths ahead of Michael Andrew in 21.41, the American’s third individual world and fourth overall medal. Frenchman Maxime Grousset, who knocked Fratus out of a swim-off for the eighth spot in finals, was third in 21.57.

Proud had the best reaction time off the blocks in 0.57. Proud is the first British swimmer to ever win a world title in the event.

“This medal today, gold, silver, bronze, no matter what it was, it was always going to be for my brilliant team around me this year,” Proud said. “So I’m really chuffed to be able to bring something home. Big disappointment after the 50 fly. I really made a big mistake in that, but that fired me up for today and I’m much happier to be leaving a freestyle world champion.”

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY: Even though Hungarian Kristof Milak and American Michael Andrew turned together at the 50, it was Milak who turned it on to win his second gold medal of the meet in 50.14. Japan’s Naoki Mizunuma was second in 50.94 and Canadian Josh Liendo was third in 50.97. Andrew faltered to fourth in 51.11.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE: In an exciting finish, Aussie Kaylee McKeown won gold in 2:05.08 just out-touching Americans Phoebe Bacon (2:05.12) and Rhyan White (2:06.96). It was the first time the U.S. won two medals in the event.

MIXED 4X100 FREESTYLE RELAY: With Mollie O’Callaghan swimming anchor, Australia broke the world record in 3:19.38 to dethrone the U.S., winners of the past three worlds since 2015. Jack Cartwright, Kyle Chalmers and Madison Wilson joined O’Callaghan on the relay. The Aussies shaved 2/100ths of a second off the 2019 record held by the U.S. Canada was second in 3:20.61 and the U.S. was third in 3:21.09.

Saturday prelim events are women’s 400IM, men’s 4×100 medley relay and women’s 4×100 medley relay. It is the final day of pool swimming.

The U.S. added five more medals to its tally of 15 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze for 37. Australia is second with 15 total (6 golds, 8 silver, 1 bronze).

The aquatics championships that also feature 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.

FINALS SCHEDULE
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
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Marchand, U.S. Women’s Relay Win; Dressel Drops Out Of Meet; Azura’s Morales Top FGC Finisher At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 22, 2022–It was a crazy day at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships Wednesday at Duna Arena.

In the biggest news of the day, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Caeleb Dressel withdrew from the rest of his events on the fifth day of the eight-day meet, a day after scratching out of the 100 freestyle for unspecified medical grounds.

“After conferring with Caeleb, his coaches and medical staff, a decision has been made to withdraw him from the FINA World Championships,” according to a USA Swimming. “Our priority is and will always be the health of our athletes and we will continue to give Caeleb the assistance he needs to recover quickly.”

Dressel, a Clay High School and Bolles Swim Club alum and 15-time world champion who won five golds at the Tokyo Olympics, scratched out of Tuesday’s 100 freestyle semifinals. He was also expected to race in Tuesday’s mixed 4×100 medley relay final before withdrawing. He didn’t have any events scheduled Wednesday.

Now, Dressel will also miss the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle, events that start Thursday, and two more relays he was expected to be a part of (mixed 4×100 free and men’s 4×100 medley).

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Azura’s Yeziel Morales of Puerto Rico. He was 16th in 1:59.77 in the 200-meter backstroke morning prelims to advance into the semifinal round where he finished eighth in 2:01.47 in his semi and 16th overall. Swimming in Lane 8, Morales had the second fastest start (0.54) in the first semifinal.

In her world championship debut, Cayman Islands national record holder Jillian Crooks, who turns 16 on June 27, tied for 29th in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.24 with Peru’s Rafaela Erazo. The home schooler and TS Aquatics swimmer has the 50 freestyle left to swim on Friday.

There are 23 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

FGC swimmers who competed on Wednesday:

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba (NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina), 200 backstroke, 28th, 2:05.90.

Michaela Sierra, 17, Uruguay (South Florida Heat, Azura), 200 breaststroke, 27th, 2:39.05.

Jillian Crooks, 15, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 100 freestyle, tied for 29th, 57.24.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, (Azura), 200 backstroke, 16th, 1:59.77 in prelims; in the semifinals he was eighth in 2:01.47 and 16th overall.

FGC swimmers competing on Thursday are:

Olympic bronze medalist Bruno Fratus, 32, Brazil, (Coral Springs Swim Club), 50 freestyle.

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, (Plantation American Heritage, USC), 50 freestyle.

Esteban Nunez de Prado, 18, Bolivia, (Azura), 100 butterfly.

Jenebi Benoit, 19, Grenada, (Azura), 100 butterfly.

Leon Seaton, 18, Guyana (Azura), 50 freestyle.

Jordan Crooks, 20, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 50 freestyle.

Steven Aimable, 23, Senegal, (Azura), 100 butterfly.

In Wednesday night’s final events:

200 WOMEN’S BUTTERFLY: Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 15, topped three Olympic medalists and broke her own world junior record to win in 2:05.20. She is the first Canadian to win the event at worlds. American Hali Flickinger was second in 2:06.08 and reigning Olympic champion Zhang Yufei was third in 2:06.32.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE: Romanian teenager David Popovici, 17, won in 47.58 out-touching Frenchman Maxime Grousset in 47.64 and Canadian Josh Liendo was third in 47.71. It was his second win of the meet.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE: In a tight finish Canadian national record holder Kylie Masse won gold in 27.31. American Katharine Berkoff took silver in 27.39 for her first world medal. Frenchwoman Analia Pigree was third n 27.40, the first-ever French woman medalist in the event. American Regan Smith was fifth. 16/100ths of a second separated the top six swimmers.

MEN’S 200 IM: Frenchman Leon Marchand, 20, of Arizona State, swept the medley events, winning in a best time and national record 1:55.22. He also won the 400 IM earlier in the week. Marchand was third going into the breaststroke where he overtook the early leaders. American Carson Foster was second in 1:55.71 and Japan’s 2019 world champion Daiya Seto was third in 1:56.22.

“It’s a dream for me because five years ago, I was watching this race, and I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s amazing,'” Marchand said. “And now, I can win two titles, so it’s amazing.”

WOMEN’S 4×200 FREE RELAY: With two veterans and two youngsters, the U.S. women’s team pulled off an upset win in a championship record 7:41.45. Katie Ledecky swam third leg to pick up her 18th worlds gold medal, the most of any woman in meet history. Bella Sims, 16, swam anchor leg. Claire Weinstein, 15, and Leah Smith swam the first two legs. Australia was second in 7:43.86 and Canada third in 7:44.76.

“I think we always find a way to be in the mix,” Ledecky said. “I knew that going into tonight that no matter who’s going to be on that relay, no matter who makes those spots, they’re going to step up and swim well. This was awesome. It’s so easy to get up for these relays, to not think and go. I had so much trust in these three. I think we’re always counted out, and we always deliver so I’m proud of this group.”

In the 200 breaststroke semifinals, middle schooler Sua Moon of Korea was 16th in the semis in 2:26.64. The 13-year-old also swam 1:08.50 in the 100 breaststroke heats.

Thursday prelim events are men’s 100 butterfly, women’s 200 backstroke, men’s 50 freestyle, women’s 50 butterfly, women’s 800 freestyle and men’s 4×200 free relay.

The U.S. added four more medals to its tally of 11 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze for 26. Australia is second with eight total (2 golds, 5 silver, 1 bronze).

The swimming runs through Saturday 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 are huge cheers for any Hungarian swimmers from spectators at Duna Arena. FINA, the sport’s governing body, has asked fans each day to clap rather than cheer as a precaution against coronavirus infections. There were no other requests or restrictions.

FINALS SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 23: 100 women’s freestyle, 200 women’s breaststroke, 200 men’s backstroke, 200 men’s breaststroke, 4×200 men’s freestyle 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
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Milak Shatters World Record; Finke Breaks American Record; TS Aquatics’ Jillian Crooks Makes Debut Wednesday At FINA World Aquatics Championships


By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 21, 2022–In front of an electric hometown crowd, Hungarian Kristof Milak broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday night at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships at Duna Arena.

It was Hungary’s first gold medal of the world championships.

The Olympic gold medalist set a blistering pace breaking his own world record in 1:50.34. His splits were 24.19, 27.70, 28.62 and 29.83.

“Now it hurts a lot. I can’t feel my legs,” Milak said. “I enjoyed it though, especially after the race, the atmosphere and how the fans reacted.”

Milak’s previous mark was 1:50.73 set at the 2019 World Championships. The only other swimmer to break 1:52 was Michael Phelps in 2009 (1:51.51). Milak, 22, now has eight of the 12 fastest times in event history.

“I can’t really recall my swim,” Milak said. “I think I pushed a bit harder over the first 100 meters. That’s why it was so painful at the end, but I really wanted this world record, more than anything. I mean, this is my home, my pool. I train here. I race here, lane four belongs to me. I really wanted to show something big for these fantastic people. The Olympic gold means a lot, but winning here, with a new world record, in front of 4,000 people, that eclipses everything. I was driven today by the crowd.”

Frenchman Leon Marchand of Arizona State was second in a national record 1:53.37 and Japan’s Tomoru Honda was third in 1:53.61.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and University of Florida senior Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg, in his textbook comeback fashion, turned it on in the final 50 meters to win the 800-meter freestyle breaking his own American record in 7:39.36. Finke, in fourth place at the final turn, is the first American male to win the event at world championships.

“I was peeking to see how far Romanchuk was the last 100 because he started picking it up a little bit and I knew if I was going to run someone down I had to at least know kind of where they were,” Finke said.

“I was just happy I was able to hold on to a little position I had, enough room to get by them on the last 50. I think it’s just really that kind of mentality going into the last finish.”

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock was second in a national record 7:39.63.

Mykhailo Romanchuk of war-torn Ukraine took the bronze in 7:40.05 in an emotional moment for his country. During the medal ceremony, Romanchuk fought back tears and kept patting his heart.

“I hope this medal means a lot for Ukrainians because of the hard times and I show to all Ukrainians, to all people, that Ukrainians will fight to the end,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what the situation, we will fight to the end and it doesn’t matter what will happen next.”

Cayman Islands national record holder Jillian Crooks, who turns 16 on June 27, makes her world championship debut in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday. The home schooler and TS Aquatics swimmer competed in the 100 freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she finished 41st.

At the April 2022 CARIFTA meet she broke four Cayman records in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly and now owns six individual national records including the 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly. She also is a member of four women’s relay national records. Her older brother Jordan, tied for 21st in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.79 in Tuesday’s prelims.

Plantation American Heritage and USC alum Dylan Carter, 26, of Trinidad & Tobago was unable to get past the 100 freestyle semifinals on Tuesday but was still the top Florida Gold Coast finisher. Carter was 11th in 48.40 in prelims and finished 14th in a best time and national record 48.30 in the semifinals.

There are 23 Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing on one of swimming’s biggest international stages.

Other FGC swimmers who competed on Tuesday were:

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba, (NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina), 200 IM, 28th, 2:04.58.

Dylan Carter, 26, Trinidad & Tobago, (Plantation American Heritage), 100 freestyle, tied with Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders for 11th, 48.40 in prelims and finished 14th in 48.30 in semifinals.

Esteban Nunez del Prado, 18, Bolivia, (Azura), 200 IM, disqualified.

Jayhan Odlum-Smith, 20, St. Lucia, (Azura), 100 freestyle, 61st 51.87.

Jenebi Benoit, 19, Grenada, (Azura) 100 freestyle, 89th, 57.03.

Julimar Avila, 25, Honduras, (Azura), 200 butterfly, 22nd, 2:17.40.

Leon Seaton, 18, Guyana, (Azura), 100 freestyle, 85th, 55.09.

Matheo Mateos, 21, Paraguay, (Azura), 200 IM, 30th, 2:04.73.

Steven Aimable, 23, Senegal, (Azura), 100 freestyle, 69th, 52.80.

Jordan Crooks, 20, Cayman Islands, (TS Aquatics, Tennessee), 100 freestyle, tied for 21st 48.79 with Carter Swift of New Zealand.

FGC swimmers competing on Wednesday:

Patrick Groters, 23, Aruba (NSU University School, Pine Crest Swim Club, University of South Carolina), 200 backstroke.

Michaela Sierra, 17, Uruguay (South Florida Heat, Azura), 200 breaststroke.

Jillian Crooks, 15, Cayman Islands (TS Aquatics), 100 freestyle.

Yeziel Morales, 26, Puerto Rico, (Azura), 200 backstroke.

In Tuesday night’s final events:
WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE: China picked up two medals in the event. Yang Junxuan won gold in 1:54.92 and Tang Muhan took bronze in 1:56.25. Aussie teenager Mollie O’Callaghan, 18, took silver in 1:55.22.

MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE: American Nic Fink pulled off a stunning victory in an American record 26.45. Italian Nicolo Martenenghi was second in 26.48 and American Michael Andrew won his second world individual medal placing third in 26.72. Fink is the first American to win a world title in the event.

MIXED 400 MEDLEY RELAY: The U.S. relay of Hunter Armtstrong, Nic Fink, Torri Huske and Claire Curzan won in 3:38.79. Australia was second in 3:41.34 and the Netherlands was third in 3:41.54.

In the men’s 100-meter semifinals, Roumanian teenager David Popvici, 17, broke a second world junior record in 47.13.

In the women’s 200-meter butterfly semifinals Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh, 15, broke the world junior record in 2:05.79.

Two-time defending champion Caeleb Dressel withdrew from the 100-meter freestyle semifinals for “medical grounds” according to Team USA officials.

According to an official statement, “A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Caeleb, his coach, and the team’s medical staff for him to withdraw from the 100-meter freestyle event on medical grounds. The team will determine his participation in the events later in the week.” He has the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly left to swim.

Wednesday prelim events are women’s 100 freestyle, men’s 200 backstroke, women’s 200 breaststroke, men’s 200 breaststroke and women’s 4×200 relay.

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

FINALS SCHEDULE

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
http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club Captures Eighth Florida Gold Coast Senior Championship Title; Horrego Double Winner On Final Day


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 20, 2022–South Florida Aquatic Club added another chapter in its team history after winning the combined, women’s and men’s team titles of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO topped a field of 36 teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade to win the combined team title with a record 2,048 points topping its previous record of 2,007 set at last year’s short course championships.

TS Aquatics finished runner-up with 946 points for its best finish in a major championship meet. Pine Crest Swimming was third with 673.5.

SOFLO won the women’s team title with 1,072.5, also a record, ahead of TS Aquatics with 579.5 and Pine Crest Swimming with 530.

SOFLO won the men’s team title with 976 points ahead of Metro Aquatics with 465 and Azura Florida Aquatics with 421.

SOFLO won the title with 53 swimmers (32 boys and 21 girls) competing in 301 individual events and on 16 relay teams.

SOFLO’s and University of Florida-bound Mallory Schleicher won girls’ high point with 132 points and Olivia Dinehart was runner-up with 128 points and Elena Dinehart was fourth with 117.

Izzy Wilson saved her best for last winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:20.11. SOFLO’s Michelle Marinheiro, 19, broke 18 minutes in the 1,650-yard freestyle to finish fifth in a best time 17:43.48.

Honduran Olympian Julio Horrego was a double winner in the 100-yard breaststroke in a best time 53.07, dropping 0.78 seconds and 200-yard individual medley in 1:48.78.

Former SOFLO swimmer Juan Mora was second behind Horrego in the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.82 in his final Florida Gold Coast meet appearance before participating in Doral’s graduation ceremonies in May and heading off to the Naval Academy in June.

SOFLO’s Olivia Dinehart was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.64.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. South Florida Aquatic Club 2,048.5, 2. TS Aquatics 946.5, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 673.5, 4. Azura 668, 5. Metro Aquatics 651, 6. Gulliver 620, 7. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 521, 8. Midtown Weston 520.5, 9. Plantation 450, 10. Swim Fort Lauderdle 425.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,072.5, 2. TS Aquatics 579.5, 3. Pine Crest 530.5, 4. Midtown Weston 513.5, 5. Gulliver 374.5, 6. St. Andrew’s 270, 7. Azura 247, 8. Pompano Beach Piranhas 188, 9. Metro Aquatics 186, 10. Coral Springs Swim Club 157.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 976, 2. Metro Aquatics 465, 3. Azura 421, 4. Plantation 405, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 400, 6. TS Aquatics 367, 7. Eagle Aquatics 269.5, 8. St. Andrew’s 251, 9. Gulliver 245.5, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 147.

TOP 20 HIGH POINT AWARDS
WOMEN: 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 132; SOFLO: 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 128, 4. Elena Dinehart 117, 8. Natalie Gembicki 91, 14. Maddy Smutny 69, 16. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 65.
MEN: 1. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 138; SOFLO: 6. Javier Colmenares 102, 10. Julio Horrego 93, 14. Alex Golding 73, 22. Javier Roman 45, 23. Sebastian Lares 44, 24. Enrique Rodriguez 42, 28. tie, Wisthon Rendon 37 and Austin Nelson, 37.

WOMEN
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Izzy Wilson, SOFLO 17:20.11, 2. Britta Schwengle, Azura 17:27.16, 3. Jessica Smith, WOW 17:36.66; SOFLO: 5. Michelle Marinheiro 17:43.48, time drop 18.02.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Jillian Crooks, TSA 55.26,2. Sirena Rowe, Azura 55.36, 3. Elena Dinehart, SOFLO 56.71; SOFLO: 20. Sara Quintero 1:00.66, 21. Gabriella DeLuna 1:00.11.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 1:01.72, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 1:03.64, 3. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:03.67; SOFLO: 10. Sophia Grubbs 1:07.43, 13. Ana Villamil 1:06.89, 22. Sally Golding 1:09.01, 23. Sabrina Osorio 1:09.41.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Sirena Rowe, Azura 23.00, 2. Lismar Lyon, MWA 23.05, 3. Jillian Crooks, TSA 23.06; SOFLO: 9. Natalie Gembicki 24.32, 14. Ana Villamil 24.68, 20. Maddy Smutny 25.08, 24. Gabriela Avila 25.17.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:01.13, 2. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:01.34, 3. Riley Botting, PC 2:03.08; SOFLO: 4. Mallory Schleicher 2:04.44, 5. Olivia Dinehart 2:05.92, 7. Natalie Gembicki 2:07.99, 10. Elena Dinehart 2:08.85, 15. Maddy Smutny 2:10.29, 19. Gabriella DeLuna 2:11.96, 23. Sally Golding 2:11.60.

MEN
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Gabriel Araya, Azura 15:36.16, 2. Dylan Felt, SFTL 1:46.78, 3. Sauod Alshamroukh, Azura 16:06.16; SOFLO: 10. Ivan Grass 16:34.61, 15. Hashan Ekanayake 16:48.81, 17. Felix Gonzalez 16:50.66, 20. Nicholas Pelaez 17:13.97.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 48.60, 2. Landon Kyser, HAT 49.05, 3. Alex Marrero, PST 49.41; SOFLO: 7. Ricardo Roche 50.63, 9. Sebastian Lares 51.00, 10. Aldo Zepeda 52.18, 15. Enrique Rodriguez 52.81, 16. Austin Nelson 52.94, 19. Alejandro Mateus 53.81.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 53.07, 2. Juan Mora, UN 54.82, 3. Kito Campbell, UN 56.62; SOFLO: 5. Javier Colmenares 56.84, 11. Manuel Melendez 59.50, 14. Alex Golding 1:00.48, 21. Javier Roman 1:01.08.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 20.22, 2. Sidrell Williams, Azura 20.60, 3. Zarek Wilson, TSA 20.80; SOFLO: 25. Agustin Rodriguez 22.01.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, SOFLO 1:48.78, 2. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 1:49.24, 3. Landon Kyser, HAT 1:51.48; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:52.09, 6. Javier Colmenares 1:53.96, 11. Alex Golding 1:54.27, 13. Enrique Rodriguez 1:56.36, 14. Javier Roman 1:57.24, 22. Wisthon Rendon 1:59.33, 27. Adrian Hernandez 2:00.86, 28. Alejandro Mateus 2:02.26.

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

South Florida Aquatic Club Clinches Eighth FGC Senior Championship With One Day To Go


By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, March 19, 2022–With two sessions to go, South Florida Aquatic Club has already clinched the combined, women’s and men’s team titles of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships at Academic Village Pool.

Buoyed by depth, talent and home pool advantage, SOFLO has compiled 1,621.5 points in the combined team standings. TS Aquatics is second with 802 and Metro Aquatics is third with 591.5.

The women’s team has 871.5 points followed by TS Aquatics with 463 and Midtown Weston with 436.5.

The men’s team has 750 points followed by Metro Aquatics with 405.5 and Plantation Swim Team with 345.

SOFLO is on track to break its 2021 short course combined team total record of 2,007 points.

SOFLO’s Mallory Schleicher won the 400-yard individual medley in a best time 4:20.88, dropping 1.92 seconds. Teammate Olivia Dinehart was second in 4:24.70.

Olivia Dinehart won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:15.14.

SOFLO’s women’s 400-yard freestyle was second in 3:30.49 with Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny and Olivia Dinehart. TS Aquatics added another impressive win with its relay going 3:25.92 with Maria Morales, Keianna Moss, Jillian Crooks and Tawannah McLemore.

Alex Golding, Javier Colmenares and men’s 400-yard freestyle relay were SOFLO’s top men’s finishers.

Golding was second in the 400 IM in a best time 4:05.72, dropping 3.18 seconds. Colmenares was second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a best time 2:03.93, dropping 0.75.

SOFLO’s relay was second in 3:06.78 with Sebastian Lares, Agustin Rodriguez, Golding and Ricardo Roche. TS Aquatics won its second relay of the night in 3:05.81 with Joshua Cajuste, Zarek Wilson, Mason Green and Eddy Marin.

SOFLO won the title with 53 swimmers (32 boys and 21 girls) competing in 301 individual events and 16 relay teams entered.

SOFLO is among thirty-seven teams from Broward, Palm Beach and Metro-Dade competing over four days.

The meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 8:40 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Also on Sunday, the mixed 1,650-yard freestyle is 3 p.m.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 1,621.5, 2. TS Aquatics 802.5, 3. Metro Aquatics 591.5, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 531.5, 5. Gulliver 519, 6. Midtown Weston 440.5, 7. St. Andrew’s 421. 8. Plantation 390, 9. Swim Fort Lauderdale 346, 10. Pompano Beach Piranhas 287.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 871.5, 2. TS Aquatics 463, 3. Midtown Weston 436.5, 4. Pine Crest Swimming 397.5, 5. Gulliver 306.5.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 750, 2. Metro Aquatics 405.5, 3. Plantation 345, 4. TS Aquatics 339.5, 5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 337.

WOMEN
400-yard individual medley: 1. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 4:20.88, 2. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 4:24.70, 3. Mariana Cote, MWA 4:25.00; SOFLO: 7. Isabelle Wilson 4:41.53, 12. Sophie Grubbs 4:49.19, 14. Ana Villamil 4:52.34, 20. Sofia Osorio 5:01.26.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jillian Crooks, TSA 1:49.49, 2. Erin Miller, SAS 1:50.62, 3. Mallory Schleicher, SOFLO 1:51.62; SOFLO: 5. Elena Dinehart 1:52.76, 9. Natalie Gembicki 1:54.07, 11. Maddy Smutny 1:52.88.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Dinehart, SOFLO 2:15.14, 2. Riley Botting, PC 2:17.22, 3. Paola Gonzalez, MAC 2:20.76; SOFLO: 9. Sophia Grubbs 2:26.49, 10. Ana Villamil 2:32.67, 14. Sabrina Osorio 2:28.05, 16. Sally Golding 2:28.21.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Lismar Lyon, MWA 54.31, 2. Heidi Smithwick, JDST 54.62, 3. Nicole Aguilar, WOW 54.99; SOFLO: 9. Maddy Smutny 57.53, 10. Mallory Schleicher 57.81, 12. Elena Dinehart 56.99.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Midtown Weston 1:45.69 (Kendra Gomez, Victoria Torres, Lismar Lyon, Mariana Cote), 2. Pine Crest 1:45.77, 3. TS Aquatics 1:47.07, 4. SOFLO A 1:48.37 (Elena Dinehart, Olivia Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Mallory Schleicher), 5. SOFLO B 1:51.15 (Gabriella DeLuna, Sophia Grubbs, Ana Villamil, Natalie Gembicki).

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. TS Aquatics 3:25.92 (Maria Morales, Keianna Moss, Jillian Crooks, Tawannah McLemore), 2. SOFLO A 3:30.49 (Mallory Schleicher, Elena Dinehart, Maddy Smutny, Olivia Dinehart), 3. Pine Crest 3:31.02, 5. SOFLO B 3:34.32 (Ana Villamil, Michelle Marinheiro, Sally Golding, Natalie Gembicki).

MEN
400-yard individual medley: 1. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 4:00.65, 2. Alex Golding, SOFLO 4:05.72, time drop 3.18, 3. Giulian Martin, CANE 4:06.89; SOFLO: 4. Javier Colmenares 4:07.69, time drop 0.81, 5. Adrian Hernandez 4:08.73, 6. Enrique Rodriguez 4:09.39, 14. Alejandro Mateus 4:20.63, 16. Felix Gonzalez 4:25.13, 19. Stephen Kim 4:28.16.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Kaii Winkler, EA 1:35.41, 2. Dylan Felt, SFTL 1:38.94, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 1:40.50; SOFLO: 4. Ricardo Roche 1:40.66, 8. Sebastian Lares 1:40.97.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Giulian Martin, CANE 2:01.80, 2. Javier Colmenares, SOFLO 2:03.93, 3. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:06.00; SOFLO: 4. Alex Golding 2:07.17, 6. Javier Roman 2:09.29, 9. Manuel Melendez 2:21.34.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Esteban Nunez Del Prado, Azura 47.81, 2. Kaii Winkler, EA 48.03, 3. Davidson Vincent, Azura 48.05; SOFLO: 16. Wisthon Rendon 51.70.

200-yard medley relay: 1. Metro Aquatics 1:35.27, 2. St. Andrew’s 1:35.44, 3. Plantation 1:35.46, 4. SOFLO A 1:35.56 (Ricardo Roche, Javier Colmenares, Javier Roman, Sebastian Lares), 7. SOFLO B 1:37.95 (Aldo Zepeda, Manuel Melendez, Wisthon Rendon, Agustin Rodiguez).

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. TS Aquatics 3:05.81 (Joshua Cajuste, Zarek Wilson, Mason Green, Eddy Marin), 2. SOFLO A 3:06.78 (Sebastian Lares, Agustin Rodriguez, Alex Golding, Ricardo Roche), 3. Metro Aquatics 3:08.52.

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

New Book, Soul Of A Swimmer, Tells The Story of Nicholas Dworet


By Sharon Robb
PARKLAND, January 10, 2022—A new book on the life of swimmer Nicholas Dworet has been released.

Dworet, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, was among 17 students, teachers and coaches who were slain by a mass shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February 14, 2018 massacre. Dworet was 17.

The book, by author Carla Albano, traces the life of the champion swimmer and shares his inspiring journey “as a competitive swimmer in South Florida and that of his mother, Annika, born in Sweden, whom he wanted to represent at the 2020 Olympic Games, ” according to a press release from the book publisher CG Sports Publishing.

Soul of a Swimmer “is the story of how a community comes together to support a child with raw talent and tracks Nick’s evolution into an accomplished and ambitious competitive swimmer,” said the editor.

Albano, also a competitive swimmer who lives in Hollywood, learned of the shootings when she was training for an open water swim in the Keys. When she learned a swimmer was one of the victims, she wanted to tell his story. She painstakingly interviewed his parents, coaches, friends and teammates.

The story details his life from taking swimming lessons as a baby, training at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex and later TS Aquatics, to leading the Douglas swim team and signing a letter of intent with the University of Indianapolis.

CG Sports Publishing has also published Elizabeth Beisel’s Silver Lining, Katie Hoff’s Blueprint and McKenzie Coan’s Breaking Free.

Proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Nicholas Dworet Memorial Trust.

“The money will be used to support swim lessons, swim clinics, and scholarships for swimmers to attend college, so that Nick’s legacy lives on in the pool and beyond,” the publisher said.

Soul of a Swimmer is available from Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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