Teenager Katie Grimes Steals The Show At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 4, 2022–Teenager Katie Grimes is making her name known at the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatics Center.

Grimes, who first stepped into the spotlight during the 2020 Summer Olympics where she finished fourth in the 800-meter freestyle as the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team at 15, continues to make a name for herself at age 16.

On Saturday, Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada won her fourth event in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:27.72, her final event of the meet. She also had wins in the 400 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 IM.

In other finals:
Egyptian Olympian Marwan Aly El Kamash, who won the 1500, came back to win the 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.74. He led for most of the race.

Isabelle Stadden of Cal won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.21. Her splits were 29.38 and 30.03.

Justin Ress of Mission Viejo led from start to finish to win the 100-meter backstroke in 53.80.

Isabelle Odgers of USC won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.68.

Texas Longhorn Will Licon won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.28, winning by more than six seconds ahead of Ethan Hansen.

Turkish national record holder Viktoria Gunes, swimming unattached won the 200 IM in 2:13.80.

Grant House of Sun Devil Swimming won the 200 IM in 1:59.84, the only swimmer under 2 minutes.

Poland’s Kasia Wasick of Team Rebel Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.70.

David Curtiss of Wolfpack Elite won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.80.

Julio Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian will use this meet as a learning experience. He was disqualified for the second time in the meet in the prelims of the 200-meter breaststroke where he was seeded fourth in 2:17.35. He was disqualified for fly kick under the water. Next up for Horrego will be the world championships in Hungary.

Also on Saturday, SOFLO teammate Ricardo Roche, 22, swam another 100-meter backstroke time trial finishing in 1:00.98. His first time trial was 1:00.84.

On Sunday the meet will be televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada:

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, 15, a member of the USA Swimming Junior National team, picked up two more wins. In the 50-meter backstroke, Pelaez was the fastest qualifier in 28.34 and won in 28.37. In the 50-meter freestyle, she was fastest qualifier in 25.85 and won in 25.78. She was also a member of the third place 800-meter freestyle relay that finished in 8:17.81.

Treasure Coast Aquatics’ Blair Stoneburg, 18, was fastest qualifier in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:18.44 and finished third in 4:16.74. She was also tenth in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.80. She was also on the third-place 800 free relay.

Treasure Coast teammate Mitchell Ledford, 17, was second fastest qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly in 54.92and came back to win in 54.31. He was also on the second place 800 freestyle relay.

Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie, 16, was 19th in the 100-meter butterfly and sixth in the 400-meter freestyle 4:18.90 after going 4:22.20 in prelims. She was also on the third-place 800 free relay with Pelaez and Stoneburg.

SATURDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 8:27.72, 2. Erica Sullivan, TEX 8:47.54, 3. Olivia McMurray, TEX 8:54.20.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 1:00.21,2. Bella Sims, SAND 1:01.33, 3. Teagan O’Dell, NOVA 1:01.46.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Isabelle Odgers, TRO 2:28.68, 2. Katja Pavicevic, TAC 2:29.81, 3. Kaitlyn Dobler, TRO 2:31.10.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Viktoria Gunes, UN 2:13.80, 2. Justina Kozan, UN 2:14.72, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:16.15.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 24.70, 2. Kyla Leibel, TEX 25.47,3. Anicka Delgado, EVO 25.95.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Marwan Aly El Kamash, ISC 8:00.74, 2. Brice Barrieault, SAND 8:05.59, 3. Ilya Kharun, SAND 8:08.49.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ross, MV 53.80, 2. Colby Mefford, UN 55.99, 3. Mikita Tsmyh, UN 57.01.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Will Licon, TEX 2:12.28, 2. Ethan Hansen, SUN 2:18.53, 3. Brandon Fischer, UN 2:19.25.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Grant House, SUN 1:59.84, 2. Ilya kharun, SAND 2:04.43, 3. Tyler Kopp, UN 2:05.09.

50-meter freestyle: 1. David Curtiss, WOLF 21.80, 2. Ryan Held, NYAC 22.08, 3. Artyom Machekin, SDSA 22.43.

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

Grimes, Julian Double Winners; SOFLO’s Roche Makes B Final At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 3, 2022–Katie Grimes of Sandpipers Nevada continued to dominate and show her versatility the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series Friday night at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

The 16-year-old won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.77 just 20 minutes after swimming a best time of 2:09.52 to win the 200-meter backstroke. It was her third first place finish of the meet after winning the 400 freestyle.

“I’m still sticking with distance freestyle for now [as my favorites], but I think it’s important to do [the 400 IM] while I’m young because it’s easier to do it when you have the energy,” Grimes said during her post-race interview.

Grimes is coming off last week’s FINA Marathon Swim World Series where she finished eighth in the women’s 10K and qualified for Team USA’s world championship open water team.

In other finals:
Sandpipers Nevada teammates Claire Weinstein (1:58.31) and Bella Sims (1:58.97) finished 1-2 in the 200-meter freestyle. They finished ahead of the field by more than a second.

Trenton Julian, swimming unattached, won the first of two final events, in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.01. He came from behind in the final 100 with a 55.64 split to win by a body length. Julian also won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.78.

Jack Dolan of Arizona State led from start to finish to win the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.90.

David Johnston won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.54. He took the lead on the breaststroke leg and led the rest of the way.

Justina Kozan, swimming unattached, came from behind the second half of the race to win the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.01.

SOFLO’s Ricardo Roche, 22, finished 14th in morning prelims of the 200-meter backstroke in 2:15.05 to make the “B” final. He finished fifth in the final in 2:14.55, dropping 0.50 from his prelim time and 13th overall. Roche also did a time trial Thursday in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.84.

Also on Friday, SOFLO teammate Julio Horrego swam 1:03.39 in the 100-meter breaststroke time trial. The time would have placed him third in Thursday’s final had he not been disqualified in prelims.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will swim Saturday in the 200-meter breaststroke where he is seeded fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his final tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

On Saturday and Sunday the meet is being televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Saturday at noon ET) as well as Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, 15, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, won the 50-meter butterfly in a best time 26.98, dropping 0.74; was second in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:13.54, dropping 1.02 and swam lead-off leg on the runner-up 400-meter freestyle relay (3:46.63) Friday at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

Treasure Coast Aquatics Blair Stoneburg, 18, was third in the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:52.31; sixth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:02.48, dropping 0.14 and was a member of the fifth place relay.

Treasure Coast teammate Mitchell Ledford, 17, was third in the 50-meter butterfly in 24.78; 14th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.51; and swam anchor leg on the winning 400-meter free relay (3:24.90)

Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie, 16, was fifth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.93 and was a member of the runner-up 400-meter free relay.

FRIDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

200-meter freestyle: 1. Claire Weinstein, SAND 1:58.31, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 1:58.97, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:00.03.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 2:09.52, 2. Isabelle Stadden, CAL 2:09.59, 3. JoJo Ramey, FAST 2:14.51.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 4:36.77, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 4:43.46, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 4:44.12.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Justina Kozan, UN 1:00.01, 2. Krystal Lara, BAD 1:00.24, 3. Isabelle Odgers, TROJ 1:00.74.

MEN
200-meter freestyle: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 1:48.01, 2. Patrick Sammon, SUN 1:48.43, 3.Grant House, SUN 1:48.44.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Jack Dolan, SUN 2:01.90, 2. David Echeverri, UN 2:04.68, 3. Harry Homans, UN 2:05.03.

400-meter individual medley: 1. David Johnston, TST 4:19.54, 2. Ilya Kharun, SAND 4:24.31, 3. Tyler Kopp, UN 4:27.03.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Trenton Julian, UN 51.78, 2. Ryan Held, NYAC 52.44, 3. Gabriel Jett, UN 52.50.

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

Teenager Katie Grimes Wins; SOFLO’s Ricardo Roche Swims Friday At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., June 2, 2022–Teenager Katie Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada won the 400-meter freestyle Thursday night at the fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series at newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

Grimes, 16, pushed by teammates Bella Sims and Claire Weinstein, won in a best time 4:05.77. Sims was second in 4:07.54 and Weinstein third in 4:13.53.

Egyptian Olympian Marwan El Kamash won the men’s 400 freestyle in 3:51.12.

In other finals:
Polish national record holder Katarzyna Wasick, 30, won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.57. She went out fast in 26.27 and led the entire race. Olympic silver medalist Bella Sims was second in a best time 55.18.

Ryan Held of New York Athletic Club won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.64 just ahead of Mission Viejo’s Justin Ress in 48.90.

Kailtyn Dobler, 20, of Trojan Swim Club led from start to finish to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.60.

Will Licon of Texas Longhorns overtook early leader Brandon Fischer in the last 10 meters to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.46.

Arizona State’s Lindsay Looney won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.86. ASU teammate Leon Marchand won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:56.54. Both led the races from start to finish.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego got off to a rough start in prelims where he was disqualified in his first event, the 100-meter breaststroke for fly kick under water at both walls. He was seeded third in the 100 in 1:01.18 and one of the pre-meet favorites. He will time trial the event on Friday.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will also swim Saturday in the 200-meter breaststroke where he is seeded fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his final tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

Horrego is joined by teammate Ricardo Roche, 22, who will compete in the 200-meter backstroke on Friday. Roche did a time trial Thursday in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.84.

The meet is being televised on the Olympic Channel Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday it will be televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Friday-Saturday at noon ET) as well as Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

100-meter freestyle: 1. Katarzyna Wasick, TRA 54.57, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 55.18, 3. Lindsay Looney, SUN 55.55.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kaitlyn Dobler, TROJ 1:07.60, 2. Viktoria Gunes, UN 1:09.38, 3. Isabelle Odgers, TROJ 1:09.56.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Lindsay Looney, SUN 2:08.86, 2. Justina Kozan, UN 2:11.38, 3. Lainey Mullins, SSC 2:12.08.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Grimes, SAND 4:05.77, 2. Bella Sims, SAND 4:07.54, 3. Claire Weinstein, SAND 4:13.43.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Ryan Held, NYAC 48.64, 2. Justin Ress, MV 48.90, 3. Carter Swift, SUN 49.51.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Will Licon, TEX 1:01.46, 2. Brandon Fischer, UN 1:01.79, 3. Ethan Hansen, SUN 1:03.59.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Leon Marchand, SUN 1:56.54, 2. Ilya Kharun, SAND 1:58.70, 3. Colby Mefford, UN 1:59.98.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Marwan El Kamash, ISC 3:51.12, 2. Gabriel Jett, UN 3:53.05, 3. Rex Maurer, UN 3:54.07.

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

SOFLO’s Horrego, Roche Compete This Week At TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 31, 2022–The fourth and final TYR Pro Swim Series meet of the 2022 season begins Wednesday at the newly-renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julio Horrego and Ricardo Roche will compete in the four-day meet that ends Saturday.

Horrego, 23, a 2020 Honduran Olympian, will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. He is seeded third in the 100 in 1:01.18 and fourth in the 200 in 2:17.35. It is his last tuneup meet before the 19th FINA World Championships, June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

Roche, 22, will compete in the 200-meter backstroke and is seeded 21st in his yards time of 1:48.24.

The field also features U.S. Olympians, U.S. National Team members and U.S. National Junior Team members. The final day of the meet overlaps with the day that Team USA’s world championship team departs for Croatia for a training camp.

The meet will be televised on the Olympic Channel Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday it will be televised on CNBC taped-delay at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. In addition to Olympic Channel and CNBC’s coverage from Mission Viejo, daily prelims (Wednesday-Saturday at noon ET) as well as Wednesday and Saturday’s live finals can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org/watch.

The meet was capped at 500 swimmers. Mask mandates will follow local guidelines. Everyone attending the event as a participant, coach, staff, or contractor must take a COVID test within 72 hours prior to arriving at the venue. Anyone testing positive should not enter the venue. Anyone representing USA Swimming (i.e. staff, contractors, and officials) must be vaccinated).

FLORIDA SWIMMERS HEAD MEET

Eagle Aquatics’ Erika Pelaez, a member of the USA Swimming junior national team, will compete in the 57th Mel Zajac Junior International Swim Meet Friday through Sunday at the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver, Canada. She will swim the 100-meter backstroke.

Pelaez is one of 19 U.S. swimmers who qualified. Sarasota Sharks’ Addison Sauickie will compete in the 200-meter freestyle. Treasure Coast Aquatics Blair Stoneburg will swim the 800- and 1500-meter freestyles and club teammate Mitchell Ledford will swim the 100-meter butterfly.

SOFLO is sponsored by TYR, a USA manufacturer of recreational and competitive swimwear, caps, goggles, triathlon gear and accessories. One of the nation’s top companies, TYR was created by athletes and named for the Norse god of warriors in Germanic mythology.

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

Northern Michigan Sweeps Team Titles At Orange Bowl Swim Classic


By Sharon Robb
KEY LARGO, January 4, 2022—Northern Michigan University dominated the annual Orange Bowl Swim Classic Monday at Jacobs Aquatic Center.

The Wildcats won all 24 events to sweep the combined, women’s and men’s team titles.

The meet is held annually and is an integral part of the month-long Orange Bowl festivities, highlighted by the nationally-televised Orange Bowl Football Classic.

The teams entered in the day-long meet are winter training in Key Largo.

The women’s team finished in commanding fashion, grabbing first with 273 points ahead of Valparaiso with 97.

Northern Michigan men’s team finished with 263 points. Valparaiso was a distant second with 58.

NMU finished with a combined score of 536 ahead of Valparaiso University (155), Colby-Sawyer College (63), and The College of the Florida Keys (31).

ELSEWHERE
Florida State cancelled its’ Thursday home swimming and diving meet against Texas A&M because of the recent spike in COVID-19.

“We’re disappointed Texas A&M won’t be traveling,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It would have been a great match-up, but traveling safely is so tough right now. Hopefully, we can schedule a dual next year.”

The No. 18-ranked Seminoles will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. (ET).

Also cancelled due to COVID-related reasons was the Jan. 12-15 TYR Pro Swim Series event in Knoxville, Tenn.

It was USA Swimming’s decision to cancel its first major meet of 2022. The Colorado-based national governing body said Monday it wanted to prioritize the health and safety of its athletes, staff and event volunteers.

The next scheduled stop in the Pro Swim Series is Des Moines, Iowa, March 2-5. Last year, USA Swimming was forced to cancel three of the Pro Swim Series meets because of the coronavirus pandemic.

ORANGE BOWL SWIM CLASSIC RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Northern Michigan 536, 2. Valparaiso 155, 3. Colby-Sawyer 63, 4. College of the Florida Keys 31.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Northern Michigan 273, 2. Valparaiso 97, 3. Colby-Sawyer 63, 4. College of the Florida Keys 12.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Northern Michigan 263, 2. Valparaiso 58, 3. College of the Florida Keys 19.

WOMEN
200-meter medley relay: 1. Northern Michigan A 2:00.66, 2. Northern Michigan B 2:07.78, 3. Valparaiso 2:13.49.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Maria Arakelian, NMU 4:46.23, 2. Erin VanderSchaaf, NMU 4:47.55, 3. Keleigh Hoffer, NMU 4:47.93.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Heidi Billings, NMU 29.85, 2. Donna Hannig, NMU 30.27, 3. Mallory Irelan, NMU 30.65.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Camilla Carbone, NMU 1:05.79, 2. Faith Sill, NMU 1:08.02, 3. Jenna Joerger, NMU 1:08.89.

50-meter breaststroke: 1.Zoe DeKievit, NMU 34.95, 2. Briana Arnold, NMU 36.55, 3. Sara Strauss, VAL 37.55.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Donna Hannig, NMU 59.88, 2. Paige Whaley, NMU 1:06.76, 3. Kenzie Conn, VAL 1:08.67.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Michaela Nelson, NMU 1:06.48, 2. Faith Sill, NMU 1:09.91, 3. Kelsey Brown, Colby-Sawyer 1:10.05.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Camilla Carbone, NMU 29.86, 2. Mia Strazny, NMU 31.74, 3. Jules Engesser, NMU 33.52.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoe DeKievit, NMU 1:15.19, 2. Briana Arnold, NMU 1:21.89, 3. Franny Gastrow, NMU 1:23.68.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Becca Burrows, NMU 27.56, 2. Jasper Bunker, NMU 28.55, 3. Sara Strauss, VAL 29.34.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Heidi Billings, NMU 2:25.74, 2. Ella Houwers, NMU 2:26.22, 3. Jenna Joerger, NMU 2:4.50.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Northern Michigan A 1:50.57, 2. Northern Michigan B 2:01.55, 3. Valparaiso 2:07.34.

MEN
200-meter medley relay: 1. Northern Michigan A 1:45.14, 2. Northern Michigan B 1:52.34, 3. Valparaiso 1:59.36.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Patrick Andrews, NMU 4:21.02, 2. Grant Combs, NMU 4:25.96, 3. Jackson Cotter, NMU 4:28.28.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Ryan Lund, NMU 26.21, 2. Felipe Lemos, NMU 27.28, 3. Spencer Adamson, NMU 27.80.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Thibault Auger, NMU 1:00.17, 2. Erikas Kapocius, NMU 1:02.75, 3. Graham Murza, CFK 1:03.88.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Freddie DeWeesem NMU 30.79, 2. Nathan True, NMU 33.95.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Ivan Amillo-Escobedo, NMU 53.86, 2. Conor Graydon, NMU 55.98, 3. Grant Combs, NMU 56.81.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Ryan Lund, NMU 59.83, 2. Luke Pettinger, NMU 1:00.86, 3. Spencer Adamson, NMU 1:01.54.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Thibault Auger, NMU 27.81, 2. Levi Lewis, NMU 30.03, 3. Logan Boynton, NMU 32.30.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Freddie Weese, NMU 1:08.03, 2. Andrew Berzai, VAL 1:12.63, 3. Nathan True, NMU 1:15.37.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Ezra Billings, NMU 23.51, 2. Marty Wolmarans, NMU 23.96, 3. Ivan Amillo-Escobedo, NMU 24.54.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Erikas Kapocius, NMU 2:16.01, 2. Patrick Andrews, NMU 2:19.75, 3. Levi Lewis, NMU 2:22.51.

200-meter freestyle relay: 1. Northern Michigan A 1:37.33, 2. Valparaiso 1:40.42, 3. Northern Michigan B 1:46.97.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins, Nguyen Makes Two “B” Finals On Final Day Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 16, 2019–After a few disappointing finishes, Alia Atkinson won her first race Saturday on the fourth and final day of the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.69, off her best time of 30.58, that ranks her seventh in the world. She pocketed $1,500 in the race that offered prize money for top three finishes.

Against a less than stellar field, Danielle Hermann of Clovis was second in 31.55 and Melissa Rodriguez of Mexico was third in 31.86.

Atkinson was also eighth in the “B” final of the 100-meter freestyle in 58.47.

SOFLO teammate Vietnamese Olympian Vien Nguyen, 22, was fourth in the “B” final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:21.31 and seventh in the “B” final of the 200-meter backstroke in 2:24.76.

Other event winners were:

Eighteen-year-old Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada won the 1500-meter freestyle timed final in 15:55.25, nearly a minute ahead of Mackenzie Padington of HPC Vancouver in 16:56.58. It was a career-best time for the teenager and first time she cracked 16 minutes.

Egypt’s Akaram Mahmoud pulled away in the final 100 meters to win the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:26.12. Chris Weiser of Dart Swimming was second in 15:29.67.

Canadian Sydney Pickrem won her fourth event of the meet, this time in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.78. She won her signature event by nearly two seconds. Emily Overholt of HPC Vancouver was second in 2:13.45.

Teenager Luca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.12, a lifetime-best. Another teenager, Jarod Arroyo, was a distant second in 2:03.29.

Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Stadden of Aqua Jets won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.67 ahead of Pickrem in 2:13.17.

Canadian Trials champion Markus Thormeyer won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.24, the only swimmer below 2 minutes. Andy Song of Mexico was second in 2:02.73.

Brandon Fischer of Livermore Aquatics won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.26, second fastest time for a U.S. swimmer this year. It was his third lifetime-best.

Mallory Comerford of Louisville won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.90. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of the Cardinals was second in 54.56.

Michael Chadwick of Team Elite won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.70 ahead of Cristian Quintero of Trojan Swim Club in 49.43.

Cody Miller and Olivia Smoliga won the 2019 Pro Swim Series title winning $10,000 each for the top FINA point swims of the tour. Michael Andrew led all money winners during the series with $25,750. Atkinson was 44th on the list with $3,500.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It was the second year TYR was the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offered prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earned $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500. All prize money was distributed by USA Swimming.

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

Smith, Mahmoud Win On Day One Of TYR Pro Swim Series; Atkinson, Nguyen Swim Thursday


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 13, 2019–Leah Smith of Ford Aquatics and Akram Mahmoud of Egypt won on opening day of the TYR Pro Swim Series Wednesday at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Smith won the women’s 800-meter freestyle against a small field of ten swimmers. Smith won in 8:22.87. Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada was second in 8:27.06. The two were the only ones under 8:30 and were 30 seconds ahead of the remaining finishers.

Mahmoud won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:00.86, ahead of Chris Wieser of Dart in 8:01.98. There were only eight swimmers in the men’s field.

The meet resumes Thursday with prelims and finals. South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen will both swim.

Nguyen, 22, of Vietnam is entered in the 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday, 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly on Friday and 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Among other notable Florida Gold Coast swimmers are Dylan Carter of Team Elite and Trinidad and Tobago and Cathy Cooper of Panama, swimming unattached. Among top name swimmers are Matt Grevers, Townley Haas, Sydney Pickrem, Leah Smith and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia.

SOFLO is a TYR-sponsored club. It is the second year TYR is the title sponsor of the pro series. It was the Arena Pro Swim Series for the first three years.

The series offers prize money for first, second and third place finishes. First place earns $1,500, second $1,000 and third place $500.

Cash prizes were increased by at least 50 percent for each prize and a new prelim swim bonus of $1,500 was added for the top swim in prelims for both a male and female. All prize money is distributed by USA Swimming.

JUST THE FACTS

What: TYR Pro Swim Series

When: Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals, PST.

Where: Clovis North Aquatics Complex, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, Calif.

TV/Webcast schedule: June 13, noon, EST, usaswimming.org; June 13, 8 p.m. EST, nbcsports.com and usaswimming.org; June 14, noon and 8 p.m., EST, usaswimming.org; 8 p.m., nbcsports.com; June 15, noon, EST, usaswimming.org and 8 p.m., usaswimming.org or nbcsports.com.

Of note: This is the fifth and final meet in the 2019 series….the meet is sanctioned by USA Swimming….the meet is capped at 450 swimmers….the 800 and 1500 freestyle events are timed finals….it is a long course meet.

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

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Takes Third On Final Day Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

January 13, 2018—In a wild version of the 200-meter individual medley race, Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club was third in the TYR Pro Swim Series at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center.

In a departure from the usual 200 IM order, the women’s and men’s mystery 200-meter individual medley featured swimmers drawing their lane assignments where the order of the strokes were hidden under a cardboard TYR flag next to each lane.

Golding, 17, drew Lane 4 where the order was breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly and backstroke. Golding and other swimmers in the field were all swimming various strokes on various legs in a chaotic scene.

Golding finished third in 2:18.83, bettering her entry time of 2:19.35, based on her 200 IM 19th place prelim finish of 2:19.35 earlier in the meet. Her splits were 35.2, 32.1, 35.7 and 36.6.

Her career-best time in a regulation 200 IM is 2:17.19.

Madisyn Cox, 22, of Texas won the event in 2:16.12 and Alicia Wilson, 17, of Great Britain was third in 2:16.81.

Even the NBC announcers were caught off-guard trying to call the race. Rowdy Gaines called it organized chaos.

“The crowd’s jaws just dropped, what did I just watch here? Gaines said.

“Your strategy is all mixed around,” said Madisyn Cox. “Putting the butterfly up front is kind of brutal. That was painful. At least I got the fly over with, I got over the pain.”

Golding, 17, completed all seven events she entered and an additional one with the mystery 200 IM. On her final day of competition on Saturday, she was 36th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.83, 20th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:21.84, and 31st in the 50-meter butterfly in 28.20.

In the men’s 200-meter mystery individual medley, 16-year-old Carson Foster of the Manta Rays of Ohio won in 2:03.18.

“I couldn’t tell where everyone else was,” Foster said. “It was a little bit stressful starting with breaststroke.”

The meet concludes on Sunday with timed finals in the men’s and women’s 1500-meter freestyle.

The TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin was the first of six stops for the series. Other meet stops are Atlanta, Mesa, Ariz., Indianapolis, Santa Clara, Columbus and U.S. Nationals. TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

50-meter freestyle:
1. Margo Geer, Unattached 24.91, 2. Yufei Zhang, China 25.25, 3. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Wolfpack 25.42, 4. Ky-lee Perry, N.C. State 25.48; Final, 1. Margo Geer, Unattached 24.90, 2. Yufei Zhang, China 24.99.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 27.98, 2. Regan Smith, RIPT 28/07, 3. Jade Hannah. ISC 28.60, 4. Xuwei Peng, China 28.71; Final, 1. Regan Smith, RIPT 27.85, 2. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 27.89.

400-meter freestyle:
1. Bingjie Li, China 4:06.87, 2. Hannah Moore, NC State 4:11.48, 3. Sophie Cattermole, UOFL 4:12.04, 16. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:21.17, 20. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:21.84.

50-meter breaststroke:
1 Molly Hannis, Unattached 30.35, 2. Katie Meili, NYAC 30.77, 3. Rachel Nicol, UCSC 30.92, 4. Breeja Larson, NYAC 31.23; Final, 1. Molly Hannis, Unattahced 29.71, 2. Katie Meili, NYAC 30.87.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Yufei Zhang, China 26.23, 2. Amanda Kendall, Unattached 26.31, 3. Hellen Moffitt, Unattached 26.42, 4. Harriet Jones, Swim Wales 26.63; Final, 1. Amanda Kendall, Unattahced 26.07, 2. Yufei Zhang, China 26.21.

200-meter individual medley mystery:
1. Madisyn Cox, TXLA 2:16.12, 2. Alicia Wilson, Great Britain 2:16.81, 3. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:18.83.

MEN

400-meter freestyle:
1. Zane Grothe, Unattached 3:48.59, 2. Anton Oerskov Ipsen, NC State 3:50.43, 3. Clark Smith, TXLA 3:52.56, 6. Marcelo Acosta, UOFL 3:55.92

50-meter freestyle:
1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 22.08, 2. Michael Andrew, RPC 22.09, 3. Ryan Held, NC State 22.48, 4. Matias Koski, Athens Bulldogs 22.62; Final, 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 22.21, 2. Michael Andrew, RPC 22.34.

50-meter backstroke:
1. Justin Ress, NC State 25.10, 2. Matt Greveers, Tucson Ford 25.11, 3. Nicholas Pyle, Great Britain 25.41, 4. Jacob Pebley, Cal 25.46; Final, 1. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford 24.81, 2. Justin Ress, NC State 25.04.

50-meter breaststroke:
1. Andrew Wilson, TXLA 27.43, 2. Nic Fink, Athens Bulldogs 27.59, 3. Yan Zibei, China 27.63, 4. Alexander Milanovich, ESWI 27.93; Final, 1. Nic Fink, Athlens Bulldogs 27.44, 2. Andrew Wilson, Longhorn Aquatics 27.47.

50-meter butterfly:
1. Michael Andrew, RPC 23.59, 2. Jack Conger, NCAP 23.59, 3. Ryan Held, NCS 23.90, 4. Paul Le, MSU 24.16; Final, 1. Jack Conger, NCAP 23.37, 2. Michael Andrew, RPC 23.43.

200-meter individual medley mystery:
1. Carson Foster, Manta Rays 2:03.18, 2. Brodie Williams, Great Britain 2:04.06, 3. Andreas Vazaios, NC State 2:04.22.

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

Louisville’s Acosta, Bradford-Feldman Top FGC Finishers On Day Two Of TYR Pro Swim Series In Austin; SOFLO’s Golding Races Twice


By Sharon Robb

January 12, 2018—Marcelo Acosta and Rachel Bradford-Feldman, both of the University of Louisville were top Florida Gold Coast finishers Friday in the TYR Pro Swim Series at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center.

Acosta, 21, was fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:01.14. His seed time was 7:55.70. Zane Grothe, swimming unattached for Mission Viejo, won the event in 7:56.69. Acosta was also 10th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.78 on Thursday night.

Acosta, a junior and El Salvador native, trains with Azura Florida Aquatics. Acosta redshirted to prepare for the 2016 Olympics. He became the first swimmer from El Salvador to qualify for the OLympics with an “A” cut. He also qualified for the 2017 World Championships in Hungary.

Louisville’s Rachel Bradford-Feldman, 20, a former St. Andrew’s swimmer, was fifth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.92.

Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club had two prelim races on Friday. Golding, 17, finished 19th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.35. She was seeded 24th. Her best time is 2:17.19. In the 100-meter freestyle she was 34th in 57.76. Her best time is 56.20.

Golding has completed four of her seven events she is entered in. She has the 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly left to swim.

In the most exciting race of the night, veteran swimmer and Olympian Matt Grevers, 32, of Tucson Ford edged Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 22, of Cal Aquatics in the 100-meter backstroke, 53.73-53.99.

2016 Olympian Tom Shields returned home to Berkley, Calif. after complaining of back and health issues. Shields posted a photo on his Instagram page undergoing cupping at his chiropracter’s office. He has been recovering from a couple of long-needed surgeries and was worn down after training camp.

The TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin is the first of six stops for the series and will be swum in long course meters. Prelims will begin 9 a.m. CST through Saturday with finals beginning at 5:40 p.m. CST on Saturday.

TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club.

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin on live television on Olympic Channel on Saturday. Each finals broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET. A live webcast of prelims will be available online at usaswimming.org.

AquaKids Sharks Hailey Jerew, 17, and Mary Smutny, 17; Azura Florida Aquatic’s Patricia Casellas, 27, Luis Flores, 23, Edson Lima, 23, Daniel Torres, 26, and Gonzalo Vegas, 20 are also competing for the Florida Gold Coast. Florida Gold Coast college swimmers Marcelo Acosta and Rachael Bradford Feldman are competing for University of Louisville.

Other meet stops are Atlanta, Mesa, Ariz., Indianapolis, Santa Clara, Columbus and U.S. Nationals.

FRIDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Bingjie Li, China 8:28.98, best time, 2. Kriste Kobrich, China 8:35.65, 3. Hannah Moore, NC State 8:36.87.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, Riptide 59.38, pool record, 2. Taylor Ruck, HPCO 1:00.18, 3. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 1:00.23, 83. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:09.31.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Alys Thomas, Wales 2:09.50, 2. Yufei Zhang, China 2:10.22, 3. Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldogs 2:10.37, 24. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:18.31.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Katie Meili, New York Athletic Club 1:06.49, 2. Rachel Nicol, UCSC 1:07.70, 3. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 1:07.93, 36. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, UOFL 1:14.10, 46. Patricia Casellas, Azura 1:15.91, 55. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 1:20.54.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Taylor Ruck, HPCO 53.51, 2. Margo Geer, MVN 53.74, 3. Kayla Sanchez, HPCO 54.71, 34. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 57.76, 47. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 57.97, 100. Hailey Jerew, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.77.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M 2:09.92, pool record, 2. Melanie Margalis, SPA 2:10.66, 3. Madisyn Cox, Longhorn Aquatics 2:10.98, 5. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, Louisville 2:14.92, 19. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 2:19.35.

MEN

800-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, MV 7:56.69, 2. Anton Ipsen, NC State 7:57.64, 3. Clark Smith, Longhorn Aquatics 8:00.70, 5. Marcelo Acosta, Louisville 8:01.14.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford 53.73, 2. Ryan Murphy, California Aquatis 53.99, 3. Justin Ress, NC State 54.43, 27. Daniel Torres, Azura 57.83.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:55.63, 2. Masayu Umemoto, RQ 1:57.64, 3. Jack Conger, Nation’s Capital 1:58.09.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zibei Yan, China 59.84, 2. Andrew Wilson, Longhorn Aquatics 1:00.90, 3. Nic Fink, Athens Bulldogs 1:01.40.

100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 48.75, 2. Ryan Held, NC State 49.35, 3. Daniel Krueger, McFarland Spartans 49.77, 31. Daniel Torres, Azura 52.59, 40. Jhonny Perez, Azura 53.03.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs 1:57.50, 2. Will Licon, Longhorn Aquatics 2:01.08, 3. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays 2:01.46,

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

SOFLO’s Kathleen Golding Will Compete In TYR Pro Swim Series Opener In Austin


By Sharon Robb

January 11, 2018—After a break from competition, Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club will compete against some of the world’s best at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas.

The meet begins on Thursday at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center and will continue through Sunday.

The TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin is the first of six stops for the series and will be swum in long course meters. Prelims will begin 9 a.m. CST Thursday through Saturday with finals beginning at 6 p.m. CST on Thursday and 5:40 p.m. CST on Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday and Friday will be conducted in the traditional prelims-finals format with the top 16 swimmers from prelims advancing to the ‘A’ and ‘B’ finals.

On Saturday, the 400 freestyle will have two heats of finals with the addition of a “shoot-out style final” for the 50 meter events. The competition concludes on Sunday at 8 a.m. CST with the timed finals of the men’s and women’s 1500 meter freestyle.

Golding, 17, a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, opens Thursday with the 400-meter individual medley in which she is seeded 16th in 4:50.65. It is the first of seven events for the talented swimmer.

Golding is also entered in the 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.

SOFLO teammates Marc Rojas, 23, Rafael Rodriguez, 16, and Kelley Heron, 18, were entered but opted not to compete.

The meet will also feature the newly-created SwimSquad Battles that will be featured during the entire series. Four retired Olympians (Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, Natalie Coughlin and Caitlin Sandeno), drafted the entire U.S. National Team along with a few 2016 Olympians. Four squads of six swimmers each will compete for points and prize money that will be awarded to a charity of their choice at the en of the series.

TYR is the official outfitter for South Florida Aquatic Club.

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin on the NBC Sports App on Thursday, and on live television on NBC Sports Network on Friday and Olympic Channel on Saturday. Each finals broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET. A live webcast of prelims will be available online at usaswimming.org.

AquaKids Sharks Hailey Jerew, 17, and Mary Smutny, 17; and Azura Florida Aquatic’s Patricia Casellas, 27, Luis Flores, 23, Edson Lima, 23, Daniel Torres, 26, and Gonzalo Vegas, 20 will also compete for the Florida Gold Coast.

Florida Gold Coast college swimmers Marcelo Acosta and Rachael Bradford Feldman will compete for University of Louisville.

Acosta has two swims that rank in the top-10 of Division I. Acosta owns the fifth-ranked time in the 1,000 freestyle (8:57.04), as well as the sixth-ranked time in the 1650 freestyle (14:45.42). Rachael Bradford-Feldman already has an 800-yard freestyle relay NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 6:58.41, also a school record.

Other meet stops are Atlanta, Mesa, Ariz., Indianapolis, Santa Clara, Columbus and U.S. Nationals.

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