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

Nordman, Urlando, Foster Win Gold For U.S.; Locals Vale, Bucaro Get In More Racing On Day Two Of The 7th FINA World Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 21, 2019—It was a good day for Team USA on Day Two of the 7th FINA World Junior Championships Wednesday at the state-of-the-art Duna Arena.

Lillie Nordmann, Luca Urlando and Carson Foster won gold medals for the U.S.

Nordmann took the lead at the 150-meter mark and went on to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.24 finishing ahead of Hungary’s Blanka Berecz in 2:08.93.

Urlando dominated the men’s field to win the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.97, just missing his best time by a half a second. Sweden’s Robin Hanson was second in 1:47.03.

Foster led from start-to-finish to win the 200-meter individual medley in a championship record 1:58.46, breaking the previous record by .57. Canadian Finlay Knox was second in 1:59.44.

Other individual champions were:

Italy’s Tomas Ceccon won the 100-meter backstroke in a championship record 53.46 ahead of Russian Nikolay Zuev in 53.50.

Italian teammate and event favorite Benedetta Pilato won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.60. She led from start-to-finish.

Swimming in Lane 7, Russian Vladislav Gerasimenko won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.97, the only swimmer in the final to break 1 minute.

Canadian Jade Hannah won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.63. She was the only sub-minute backstroke in prelims, semis and finals.

Aussie Lani Pallister pulled away from the field early to win the 800-meter freestyle in a championship record 8:22.49.

The U.S. mixed 4×100-meter medley relay team had no trouble winning the gold in a junior world and championship reord 3:44.84. Relay members were Will Grant, Josh Matheny, Torri Huske and Gretchen Walsh. Russia was a distant second in 3:48.06.

Florida Gold Coast past and present swimmers:

Jamaica’s Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming was 49th in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.71. He was also 66th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.91.

Guatemala’s Luis Bucaro (Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics) was 49th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:57.09.

Around 800 young promising swimmers ages between 15-17 (women) 14-18 (men) are competing in the six-day competition, which has produced many of today’s swimming stars.

A total of 125 National Federations are represented in the state-of-the-art Duna Arena, the venue that staged the 17th FINA World Championships in July 2017 and has been the background to many FINA high-profile competitions since then such as the FINA Champions Swim Series and Swimming World Cup.

Daily heat sessions are at 9:30 a.m while semifinals and finals are at 5:30 p.m. All sessions are being live streamed on FINAtv and daily news reports will be available on FINA website. Results are available immediately after each event on FINA website and on FINA mobile app.

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

SOFLO’s Gaby Banks, Pine Crest’s Nicholas Vale Will Compete For Jamaica In FINA World Junior Championships That Begin Tuesday


By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, August 19, 2019—Gaby Banks of South Florida Aquatic Club and Nicholas Vale of Pine Crest Swimming are among Jamaica’s eight-swimmer contingent in the seventh FINA World Junior Swimming Championships that begin Tuesday.

The six-day meet will feature the world’s best under-18 swimmers competing at the state-of-the-art Danube Arena.

Banks, 16, will compete in four events: 50-meter freestyle (26.65), 200-meter freestyle (2:15.05), 50-meter backstroke (34.29) and 200-meter individual medley.

Banks will be a senior at Cypress Bay High School when the swim season begins.

Vale will compete in five events: 100-meter freestyle (53.87); 200-meter freestyle (1:57.03); 400-meter freestyle (4:14.61); 50-meter butterfly (25.41); and 100-meter butterfly (57.95).

Vale, 18, will be a freshman at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Other past and present Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing are:

Izaak Bastian, Bahamas, St. Andrew’s alum: 50-meter freestyle (23.18); 50-meter breaststroke (28.20); 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.41); and 200-meter breaststroke (2:18.03).

Rodolfo Falcon, Cuba, Azura: 400-meter freestyle (4:06.27); 800-meter freestyle (8:24.40); and 1500-meter freestyle (16:00.80).

Luis Bucaro, Guatemale, Cypress Bay/TS Aquatics: 50-meter freestyle (26.24); 100-meter freestyle (55.01); 200-meter freestyle (1:57.84); and 400-meter freestyle (4:10.61).

Alex Joachim, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Azura: 50-meter freestyle (26.08); 100-meter freestyle (54.96); 50-meter backstroke (29.35); 50-meter breaststroke (31.44); 200-meter breaststroke (NTA); 50-meter butterfly (NTA); 100-meter butterfly (NTA); and 200-meter butterfly (2:18.15).

The U.S. team features 45 talented swimmers from 39 clubs across 19 different states.

Emerging talents such as U.S. National Team members Luca Urlando (Sacramento, California./DART Swimming) and Chase Travis (Warren, N.J./Somerset Valley YMCA) will look to showcase their talents on the world stage. Urlando and National Junior Team teammate Carson Foster (Montgomery, Ohio/Mason Manta Rays) will have the largest schedule of events competing in five races each.

“As we look at the teams we put together, we see swimmers that are already close to or breaking world junior records,” Team USA men’s head coach Billy Doughty said. “The youth coming up through United States swimming is pretty exciting.”

Added Team USA women’s head coach Crystal Keelan: “There’s a lot of fast kids out there, but some of the swims [by junior athletes] have been a little bit shocking and pretty exciting. We’re looking forward to seeing what they can do in international competition against the world’s best.”

TOP SEEDS:

MEN: 50 Free: David Curtiss, USA, 22.25; 100 Free: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 48.50; 200 Free: Luca Urlando, USA, 1:46.51; 400 Free: Jake Mitchell, USA, 3:48.09; 800 Free: Aleksandr Egorov, RUS, 7:52.04; 1500 Free: Franko Grgic, CRO, 14:56.55; 50 Back: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 25.16; 100 Back: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 53.60; 200 Back: Jan Cejka, CZE, 1:57.51; 50 Breast: Vladislav Gerasimenko, RUS, 27.77; 100 Breast: Alexander Zhigalov, RUS, 1:00.75; 200 Breast: Shoma Sato, JPN, 2:09.42; 50 Fly: Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 23.46; 100 Fly: Andrei Minakov, RUS, 50.83; 200 Fly: Luca Urlando, USA, 1:53.84; 200 IM: Carson Foster, USA, 1:58.69; 400 IM: Carson Foster, USA, 4:13.39; 4×100 free: Russia, 3:18.11; 4×200 free: United States, 7:16.42; 4×100 medley: Russia, 3:35.17.

WOMEN: 50 Free: Gretchen Walsh, USA, 24.85; 100 Free: Gretchen Walsh, USA, 54.13; 200 Free: Claire Tuggle, USA, 1:58.21; 400 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 4:06.57; 800 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 8:25.66; 1500 Free: Lani Pallister, AUS, 16:06.84; 50 Back: Daria Vaskina, RUS, 27.51; 100 Back: Daria Vaskina, RUS, 59.46; 200 Back: Rye Ulett, USA, 2:09.70; 50 Breast: Benedetta Pilato, ITA, 29.98; 100 Breast: Kayla van der Merwe, GBR, 1:07.12; 200 Breast: Evgeniia Chikunova, RUS, 2:21.07; 50 Fly: Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 25.87; 100 Fly: Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 57.39; 200 Fly: Lillie Nordmann, USA, 2:07.43; 200 IM: Anastasia Gorbenko, ISR, 2:11.92; 400 IM: Alba Vazques Ruiz, ESP, 4:40.64; 4×100 free: United States, 3:40.20; 4×200 free: China, 7:52.30; 4×100 medley: Russia, 4:01.83.

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

Lin, Kohanyi Win For Florida Gold Coast All-Stars On Day Two Of Southern Zones


By Sharon Robb

MIDLAND, Tex., August 1, 2018—Sara Lin and Aiden Kohanyi won individual events Wednesday on Day Two of the Southern Zones Age Group Championships at FMH Foundation Natatorium.

Sara Lin, 12, of Pine Crest Swimming won the 50-meter breaststroke in 34.82 with a time drop of 0.76.

Aiden Kohanyi, 13, of TS Aquatics won the 13-14 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.77 with a time drop of 1.94.

Valerie Vank, 12, and Alexis Christensen, 12, were South Florida Aquatic Club’s top finishers. Vank was 11th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 37.92 and Christensen placed 14th in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:18.57.

Vank anchored the fifth-place 11-12 400-meter medley relay that finished in 4:45.15 with other relay members Julianne McCranie, Sara Lin and Bella Egizi.

Florida Gold Coast 13-14 boys were third in the 400-meter medley relay in 4:06.29 with Hudson Bishop, Aiden Kohanyi, Matthew Tarafa and Nicolas Gallego.

For the second day in a row, Florida Swimming leads the combined (482) and girls (231). Southeastern leads the boys (205). Florida Gold Coast is sixth in combined (134), seventh in boys (56) and sixth in girls (60).

The meet continues Thursday with prelims and finals.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 482, 2, Team Georgia 391, 3. Southeastern 374, 4. North Carolina 370, 5. South Texas 200, 6. Florida Gold Coast 134, 7. North Texas 112, 8. Kentucky 87, 9. Louisiana 59, 10. Mississippi 55.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Southeastern 205, 2. Florida Swimming 199, 3. Georgia 158, 4. North Carolina 145, 5. South Texas 83, 7. Florida Gold Coast 56.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Florida Swimming 231, 2. Georgia 173, 3. North Carolina 171, 4. Southeastern 131, 5. South Texas 93, 6. Florida Gold Coast 60.

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Addison Sauickie, FL 2:06.65, 2. Gaby Van Brunt, GA 2:08.34, 3. Addison Reee, FL 2:08.54; FGC: 14. Alexis Christensen 2:18.57, 33. Giovanna Musiello 2:25.21, time drop 6.00; 13-14, 1. Blair Stoneburg, FL 2:06.20, 2. Emma Hastings, NCS 2:08.35, 3. Karen Zhao, GA 2:08.44; FGC: 6. Nicole Aguilar 2:09.88, time drop 1.01, 17. Riley Botting 2:14.94, 22. Isabella Chambers 2:15.71, 23. Rebecca Montero 2:15.81, 28. Kiara Caamano 2:16.37, 34. Giuliana Garcia 2:18.70, 35. Lydia Lanahan 2:18.82; 15-18, 1. Summer Eaker, NCS 2:07.37, 2. KC Harper, GA 2:08.30, 3. Carlie Rose, FL 2:08.50; FGC: None.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. Sara Lin, FGC 34.82, 2. Gracie Weyant, FL 35.31, 3. Campbell Chase, NTX 35.48; FGC: 11. Valerie Vank 37.92, 21. Sidney Anton 39.00, time drop 0.62, 24. Bella Egizi 39.19.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. tie, Riley Botting, FGC 2:42.80, time drop 3.21, Alexander Breuer, FL 2:42.80, 3. Kelly Wetteland, SES 2:43.94; FGC: None; 15-18, 1. Letitia Sim, SES 2:38.45, 2. Sarah Brown, GA 2:45.37, 3. Jordan Edwards, GA 2:45.79; FGC: None.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Gaby Van Brunt, GA 1:04.27, 2. Addison Reese, FL 1:05.00, 3. Sasja Dauletau, STX 1:06.08; FGC: 14. Bella Egizi 1:11.62, 15. Sidney Anton 1:11.70, 17. Julianne McCranie 1:11.74, 27. Sara Lin 1:14.86; 13-14, 1. Isabelle Sealey, FL 1:03.18, 2. Blair Stoneburg, FL 1:03.97, 3. Lauren Godfrey, KY 1:04.86; FGC: 14. Giuliana Garcia 1:07.41, 16. Nicole Aguilar 1:07.79, 18. Rebecca Montero 1:07.87, 27. Kiara Caamano 1:10.84, time drop 0.91; 15-18, 1. Tori Rucker, GA 1:03.05, 2. Katie Wong, GA 1:04.05, 3. Letitia Sim, SES 1:04.40; FGC: None.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. Florida Swimming 4:32.29, 2. North Carolina 4:39.74, 3. Georgia 4:40.73. 5. Florida Gold Coast (Julianne, Sara Lin, Bella Egizi, Valerie Vank) 4:45.15; 13-14, 1. Florida Swimming 4:29.04, 2. Georgia 4:30.18, 3. Southeastern 4:30.50, 5. Florida God Coast (Isabella Chambers, Riley Botting, Giuliana Garcia, Nicole Aguilar) 4:34.53; 15-18, 1. Southeastern 4:24.68, 2. Georgia 4:26.63, 3. North Carolina 4:34.30.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
11-12, 1. Michael Robinson, MS 2:03.53, 2. Andrew Li, NCS 2:06.30, 3. Max Hatcher, NTX 2:06.45; FGC: 17. Landon Kyser 2:15.27, 20. Makar Goncharov 2:16.03, 23. Christian Tijero 2:16.61, time drop 0.17, 28. Evan Pelletier 2:17.65, time drop 1.64, 38. Lucas Bailey 2:21.71; 13-14, 1. Riley Sampson, FL 1:56.74, 2. Sage Sungail, FL 1:57.01, 3. Ryan Warmbier, FL 1:59.33; FGC: 15. Nicolas Gallego 2:03.41, 18. Matthew Tarafa 2:03.66, 23. Aiden Kohanyi 2:05.96, 31. Hudson Bishop 2:09.08, time drop 4.70; 15-18, 1. Samuel Tiblier, SES 1:57.81, 2. Max Ransom, SES 1:58.03, 3. Nathan Keller, WT 1:58.33; FGC: None.

50-meter breaststroke:
11-12, 1. David Masneri, NCS 34.06, 2. Wyatt Porch, FL 34.15, 3. Walker Young, GA 34.32; FGC: None.

200-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Aiden Kohanyi, FGC 2:28.77, 2. Colin McEliece, SES 2:29.88, 3. Jonathan Kim, FL 2:31.98; FGC: 4. Victor Valdes 2:32.16, time drop 1.76, 10. Parker Rosenthal 2:38.52, prelims/2:40.29, finals, 17. Anthony Martinez 2:42,89, time drop 1.55; 15-18, 1. Thomas Nagle, FL 2:29.26, 2. Alexander Lynch, STX 2:30.93, 3. Caleb Brandon, FL 2:33.02; FGC: None.

100-meter butterfly:
11-12, 1. Michael Robinson, MS 1:01.78, 2. Isaac Lee, SES 1:02.74, 3. Lucca Battaglini, NCS 1:03.14; FGC: 9. Landon Kyser 1:07.34, 17. Lucas Bailey 1:09.61, time drop 0.38, 25. Makar Goncharov 1:10.77, time drop 1.77, 26. Christian Tijero 1:10.88; 13-14, 1. Tais Brown, SES 58.73, 2. Sage Sungail, FL 58.87, 3. Spencer Freeman, NCS 58.90; FGC: 7. Matthew Tarafa 1:00.93, 9. Nicolas Gallego 1:01.23, time drop 0.12, 15. Angelo Martinez 1:02.78, 17. Anthony Martinez 1:03.58, time drop 0.10, 38. Parker Rosenthal 1:07.87, time drop 0.94; 15-18, 1. Ethan Bevill, SES 57.77, 2. Jacob Estroff, GA 58.12, 3. Max Ransom, SES 58.24; FGC: None.

400-meter medley relay:
11-12, 1. North Carolina 4:26.06, 2. Florida Swimming 4:29.68, 3. Southeastern 4:33.11, 6. Florida Gold Coast (Landon Kyser, Makar Goncharov, Lucas Bailey, Evan Pelletier) 4:41.91; 13-14, 1. Georgia 4:04.89, 2. Southeastern 4:05.62, 3. Florida Gold Coast (Hudson Bishop, Aiden Kohanyi, Matthew Tarafa, Nicolas Gallego) 4:06.29; 15-18, 1. Southeastern 4:03.65, 2. Florida Swimming 4:04.52, 3. Georgia 4:08.34.

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