Estado de Mexico Wins Combined Team Title, Azura Finishes Second; Sanes Earns Olympic Trip On Final Day Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 2, 2021—Adriel Sanes of the Virgin Islands was all smiles as he climbed out of the pool after his final time trial on the fourth and final day of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier at Orlando Health National Training Center.

In Sunday’s 200-meter breaststroke time trial, the 22-year-old St. Croix native punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics with a qualifying time and national record of 2:12.59. He had just missed the FINA “B”cut by .02 in Saturday’s final.

“I was convinced to do the time trial since I was so close to it and been swimming at a high level at this meet with all best times,” Sanes said.

Sanes holds three other national records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 50 butterfly. Sanes has been training in Denver and is coached by Todd Schmitz of Colorado Stars, who also coached Missy Franklin.

Sanes said he wanted to thank the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee for “everything they’ve done for me and their continued support.” He also said Schmitz “has done a phenomenal job training me as you can see in my results.”

Estado de Mexico, dominant since opening day, won the combined (225 points) and men’s team titles (141). Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics (111) won the women’s team title. Host Azura Florida Aquatics was second in combined (204), men’s (120) and women’s (84.55) team totals.

Individual high point winners were Athena Kovacs Meneses, 16, (36 points)and Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, both of Estado de Mexico (38 points).

On Sunday night, Azura had three individual champions. El Salvador’s Celina Marquez, 21, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:14.99. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, 25, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.90. El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.41.

Other Sunday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 100-meter freestyle, 56.57, national record.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 2:10.37.

Kate Hurst, 15, of Scarlet (N.J.) Aquatics, 800-meter freestyle, 8:53.49 followed by teammate Chloe Kim, 13, in 8:58.76.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, of Mexico, 100-meter freestyle, 49.61.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico, 200-meter butterfly, 1:58.76.

The successful four-day meet was hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming. It featured 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race. For many swimmers, it was their first long course meet of the season.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who competed were eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

SUNDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 225, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 204.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 123, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Club Libanes Potosino 45, 7. Gator Swim Club 40, 8. Aruba 39, 9. Virgin Islands 37, 10. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 18. Bolles 21, 21. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 141, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 120, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 37, 5. Olympus 25, 6. Aruba 24, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. Colorado Stars 21, 9. Zacatecas 19, 10. tie, Caan Rosarito, Texas A&M 13, 19. St. Andrew’s 8, 24. Pine Crest 5, 27. Bolles 4.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Scarlet Aquatics 111, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 84.5, 3. Mexico 84, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 54, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 36, 7. Club Libanes Potosino 33, 8. Bermuda 32, 9. Seleccion de Venezuela 23, 10. Montverde 22, 12. South Florida Aquatic Club 20, 14. Bolles 17, 23. Jamaica 12.

WOMEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 56.57, 2. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 57.06, 3. Liliana Ibanez, Swim Uphill 57.61; SOFLO: 19. Andrea Santander 59.92; FGC: 14. Elinah Phillip, Unattached 59.00, 15. Colleen Fergeson, Azura 59.17, 26. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:00.45, 27. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:00.48, 30. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 1:02.93.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Celina Marquez, Azura 2:14.99, 2. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 2:16.63, 3. Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, Club De Regatas Lima 2:17.30; FGC: 15. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:24.46, 18. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 2:31.15.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:10.37, 2. Diana Luna Sanchez, Puebla 2:16.37, 3. Junseo Kim, SCAR 2:16.53FGC: 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:20.73.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Hurst, SCAR 8:53.49, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 8:58.76, 3. Kate Beavon, Unattached 9:01.57; FGC: 5. Mariana Cote, Venezuela 9:09.46.

MEN
100-meter freestyle: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 49.61, 2. Alberto Mestre, Azura 49.98, 3. Andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 50.04; FGC: 5. Daniel Ramierz, Westminster Academy 50.30, 6. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 50.75, 8. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 52.20, 9. Steven Aimable, Azura 52.32, 10. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 52.63, 12. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 51.74, 21. Kohen Kerr, Azura 52.99, 26. Kerry Olliviere, Azura 54.36.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Yeziel Morales, Azura 2:00.90, 2. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:02.83, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus 2:03.02; FGC: 6. Lance Lesage, Unattached Pine Crest 2:04.85, 14. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s 2:10.04, 26. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:20.50; SOFLO: 27. Leo Mateus 2:21.41.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 1:58.76, 2. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 1:59.47, 3. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:01.61; FGC: 4. Gabriel Araya, Azura 2:02.32, 10. Abbas Qali, Azura 2:21.60, 23. Sidrell Williams, Azura 2:13.34.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 15:22.41, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 15:37.95, 3. Brennan Gravley, Unattached-UF 15:40.22; FGC: 7. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 16:09.97, 17. Enrique Rodriguez, Venezuela 17:14.14.

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

Julia Podkoscielny Wins Second Event At UANA Tokyo Qualifier; Alia Atkinson Scratches Second Final


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, May 1, 2021—Julia Podkoscielny of Pine Crest Swim Team won her second event of the UANA Tokyo Qualifier Saturday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Podkoscielny, 16, won the 400-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best time 4:20.11, shaving 5.87 seconds off her previous best of 4:25.98. She first bettered her time in prelims in 4:25.31, second fastest qualifying time.

Podkoscielny also was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:38.51, dropping a whopping 14.57 seconds off her previous best.

On Friday, the U.S. Olympic trials qualifier won her first event, the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.15.

Podkoscielny has the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke left to swim on Sunday, the fourth and final day of the FINA meet.

For the second day, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 32, scratched from a final, the 100-meter butterfly, after qualifying second in morning prelims in 1:01.73. She also scratched from the 100-meter breaststroke final. Atkinson, already qualified for her fifth Olympics, is nursing a quad strain and did not want to risk further injury with two swims in one day.

On opening day, Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win in the sprint event in the U.S. She has not lost in the event on U.S. soil since May 2016. She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03.

Venezuela’s Andrea Santander, 19, racing for the first time with SOFLO, finished the 50-meter freestyle in 27.49. She has the 100-meter freestyle to swim on Sunday.

Other Saturday night winners were:

Madelyn Moore, 20, of Bermuda, 50-meter freestyle, 25.95. Moore was named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year in March.

Mexico national record holder Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:28.49.

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino, 100-meter butterfly, 59.66.

Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, 25, of Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:13.97, new national record.

Gabe Castano, 23, Penn State, 50-meter freestyle, 22.21.

St. Croix native and national record holder Adriel Sanes, 22, Virgin Islands, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:14.45.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico, 100-meter butterfly, 52.84.

Puerto Rico’s Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-Florida, 400-meter freestyle, 3:51.65.

Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, 23, Mexico, 200-meter individual medley, 2:01.46, new national record.

Mexico continues to dominate leading the combined, men’s and women’s team standings. Azura Florida Aquatics is second in all three categories.

Pine Crest, with 41.5 points from Podkoscielny, is fourth among combined teamw with 66.5 points and fourth in the women’s team standings with 61.5.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate are eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Sunday prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Sunday’s events are: men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Mexico 183, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 154.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 74, 4. Pine Crest Swim Team 66.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Gator Swim Club 40, 7. tie, Virgin Islands 31, Britania Desert Dragons 31, 9. Aruba 29, 10. Club Libanes Potosino 27, 16. South Florida Aquatic 20, 43. Jamaica 3.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 106, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 86, 3. Gator Swim Club 40, 4. Virgin Islands 31, 5. Dominican Republic 22, 6. Colorado Stars 21, 7. Zacatecas 19, 8. Olympus 17, 9. Aruba 15, 10. Texas A&M 13, 20. Pine Crest 5.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 77, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 68.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 68, 4. Pine Crest 61.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 42, 6. Britania Desert Dragons 31, 7. tie, Montverde 22, Club Libanes Potosino, 22, 9. Bermuda Swim Team 21, 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 20.

WOMEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Madelyn Moore, Bermuda 25.95, 2. Jeserik Pinto, Venezuela 25.95, 3. Fresh Sathianchokwisan, Bolles 26.01; SOFLO: 22. Andrea Santander 27.49; FGC: 21. Colleen Furgeson, Azura 27.37, 23. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 27.64, 24. Samantha Roberts, Azura 27.71.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, Britania Desert Dragons 2:28.49, 2. Michaela Sierra, Azura 2:34.27, 3. Kristia Jurado, Waterproof Swim Academy 2:35.21; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:36.76, 6. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 2:38.51, time drop 14.57.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 59.66, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:00.60, 3. Addison Reese, Windermere Lakers 1:01.32; FGC: 4. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:02.00, 8. Julimar Avila, Azura 1:02.74, 29. Hanna Elks Smith, Pine Crest 1:10.53.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest 4:20.11, time drop, 2. Paige MacEachern, Pine Crest 4:20.59, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 4:21.19.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo, Mexico 2:13.97, 2. McKenna DeBeverm Tennessee Aquatics 2:16.89, 3. Destiny Nelson Texas Ford Aquatics 2:18.97; FGC: 4. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:20.51, 19. Isabella Chambers, Pine Crest 2:32.69, 20. Sophia Perez, Gulliver 2:34.10.

MEN
50-meter freestyle: 1. Gabe Castano, Unattached-PSU 22.21, 2. Matej Dusa, Unattached-Queens 22.59, 3. Alberto Mestre, Azura 22.65; FGC: 14. Stefano Mitchell, Azura 23.37, 15. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 23.53, 19. Kohen Kerr, Azura 23.80, 27. Kerry Ollivierre, Azura 24.14.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Adriel Sanes, Virgin Islands Swimming 2:14.45, 2. Nils Wich-Glasen, Gator Swim Club 2:15.95, 3. Tyler Christianson, Unattached-Irish Aquatics 2:16.58; FGC: 5. Izaak Bastian, Unattached-FSU 2:17.78, 7. Matteo Zampese, Azura 2:20.74, 13. Joshua Hanks, Pine Crest 2:23.50, 16. Kevin De Grijze, Venezueka 2:25.67, 17. Brandon Moran, Azura 2:27.09; SOFLO: 23. Javier Colmenares 2:30.62

100-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 52.84, 2. Abbas Qali, Azura 54.45, 3. Alvaro Octavio Ibarra Reyes, Aguascalientes 54.55; FGC: 5. Steven Aimable, Azua 55.14, 9. Gabriel Araya, Azura 55.25, 14. Jayhan Odlum-Smith, Azura 55.62, 15. Yeziel Morales, Azura 56.09, 18. Joey Carbone, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.42, 24. Diego Balbi, St. Andrew’s Swimming 56.90.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached-FL 3:51.65, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 3:52.07, 3. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 3:52.18; FGC: 8. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 3:59.11, 14. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 4:02.71, 29. Max Fermayer, Azura 4:16.30.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Jose Angel Martinez Gomez, Mexico 2:01.46, 2. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 2:02.45, 3. Patrick Groters, Aruba 2:04.58; SOFLO: 11. Miguel Cancel, Unattached-UF 2:05.02, time drop 0.87; FGC: 25. Kevin De Grijze, Venezuela 2:14.05, 26. Diego Balbi 2:14.98.

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

Pine Crest’s Julia Podkoscielny Wins First Event; SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Scratches Final On Day Two Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 30, 2021—After swimming the second fastest time in morning prelims, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson scratched from the 100-meter breaststroke final in the UANA Tokyo Qualifier Friday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

The 32-year-old South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, already qualified for her fifth Olympic appearance in her signature event, strained her quad and decided to play it safe instead of risking further injury.

Atkinson was seeded second in 1:11.54 behind eventual winner Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, in 1:10.60. Atkinson is expected to swim the 100-meter butterfly prelims on Saturday.

On opening day, Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win in the sprint event in the U.S. She has not lost in the event on U.S. soil since May 2016. She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03 behind third-seeded 16-year-old Athena Meneses Kovacs of Mexico in a lifetime-best 27.01.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swim Team won her first event of the meet in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:47.15 ahead of teammate Paige MacEachern in 4:48.09.

Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached for Florida State, was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.33.

Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cancel, 21, who trains with SOFLO during the summer and is swimming unattached for Florida, was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.07.

Other winners were:

Maria Jose Mata Cocco, 27, of Club Libanes Potosino won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:01.16.

Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.11.

Great Britain’s Pia Murray, 19, swimming unattached for Florida State, won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.94.

Jordanian Olympian Khader Baqlah, 22, of Gator Swim Club won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.10.

Josue Dominguez, 24, of the Dominican Republic won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.25 breaking his own national record.

Clark Beach, 21, swimming unattached for Florida, won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.70.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, 23, of Mexico won the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:19.01.

Mexico has been the most dominant team after two days. Mexico leads the combined, men and women’s team standings.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations along with U.S. club and college swimmers looking for a fast meet to race.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Saturday’s events are: men’s and women’s

FRIDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS:
1. Mexico 103, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 81.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 48, 4. Pine Crest 41.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. Gator Swim Club 25, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club, Olympus, Britania Desert Dragons 20.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 103, 2. Azura Florida Aquatics 81.5, 3. Scarlet Aquatic 48, 4. Pine Crest 41.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. Gator Swim Club 25, 7. Dominican Republic 22, 8. South Florida Aquatic Club, Olympus, Britania Desert Dragons 20.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mexico 49, 2. Scarlet Aquatic 44, 3. Pine Crest 36.5, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 35.5, 5. Tennessee Aquatics 26, 6. South Florida Aquatic Club, Britania Desert Dragons 20, 8. Montverde Aquatic Club 16.

WOMEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Maria Jose Mata Cocco, Club Libanes Potosino 2:01.16, best time, 2. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 2:04.08, 3. Giulia Grasso, Unattached Queens, NC 2:04.45; FGC; 6. Julimar Avila, Azura 2:05.99, 8. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 2:07.02, 22. Lauren Hew, Cayman Island 2:09.06.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, Britania Desert Dragons 1:09.11, 2. Micaela Sierra, Azura Florida Aquatics/Uruguay 1:12.13, national record, 3. Emily Santos, Montverde Aquatic Club 1:12.22; FGC: 9. Riley Botting, PC 1:15.13.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Pia Murray, Unattached FSU 1:02.94, 2. McKenna DeBever, Tennessee Aquatics 1:02.99, 3. Athena Meneses Kovacs, Mexico 1:03.46; FGC: 4. Celina Marquez, Azura 1:03.79, 5. Julia Podkoscielny 1:03.81, 20. Hanna Elks Smith, PC 1:08.48, 21. Colleen Furgeson, Azura 1:07.33, 22. Nicol Bellardi, Venezuela 1:07.68, 26. Isabella Chambers, PC 1:10.27, 27. Simone Vale, PC 1:10.47, 28. Sophia Perez, GULL 1:11.69.

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Julia Podkoscielny, PC 4:47.15, 2. Paige MacEachern, PC 4:48.09, 3. Ginevra Molino, UNATT-FSU 4:54.80; FGC: 7. Nicole Frank Rodriguez, Azura 5:03.30, 12. Riley Botting, PC 5:05.68, 18. Sophia Perez, GULL 5:20.42.

MEN
200-meter freestyle:

  1. Khader Baqlah, Gator Swim Club 1:48.10, 2. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, Mexico 1:48.40, 3. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached UF 1:49.84; FGC: 5. Joaquin Vargas, Azura 1:50.19, 10. Gabriel Araya, Azura 1:53.22, 13. Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Azura 1:53.20, 14. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 1:53.58.

100-meter breaststroke:

  1. Josue Dominguez, Dominican Republic 1:01.25, national record holder, 2. Nills Wich-Glasen, Gator Swim Club 1:01.90, 3. Izaak Bastian, Unattached FSU 1:02.33; FGC: 7. Joshua Hanks, PC 1:03.64, 10. Matteo Zampese, Azura 1:04.09, 19. Brandon Moran, Azura 1:06.56; SOFLO: 28. Javier Colmenares, Venezuela 1:09.01.

100-meter backstroke:

  1. Clark Beach, Unattached-UF 55.70, 2. Diego Camacho Salgado, Olympus Swim Team 55.76, 3. Yeziel Morales, Azura 56.11; FGC: 4. Lance Lesage, Unattached-PC 56.45, 10. Will Taner, PC 1:00.71, 19. Steven Aimable, Azura 1:00.04, 25. Diego Balbi, SAS 59.96

400-meter individual medley:

  1. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz, Mexico 4:19.01, best time, 2. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, Mexico 4:21.20, 3. Kieran Smith, Unattached-UF 4:22.00; SOFLO: 5. Miguel Cancel, Unattached-UF 4:33.07, 24. Javier Colmenares, Venezuela 4:51.83, 27. Leo Mateus 5:02.89; FGC: 10. Patrick Groters, Aruba 4:30.72, 28. Jake Wienants, GULL 5:03.81.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes First, Second On Day One Of UANA Tokyo Qualifier


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 29, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson opened the UANA Tokyo Qualifier with a first and second in sprint events on Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

Atkinson, 32, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.69 for her tenth consecutive win on U.S. soil. She has not lost the event since May 2016.

She was also second in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.03 behind third-seeded 16-year-old Athena Meneses Kovacs of Mexico in a lifetime-best and 27.01.

Atkinson competes in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday. She is seeded second in her signature event behind Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva, 26, of Britania Desert Dragons.

U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny, 16, of Pine Crest Swim Team tied Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, 14, of Club De Regatas Lima for second in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.59.

Bahamian national team member Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached-Florida State was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.22.

Other winners were:
Kate Beavon, 21, Unattached-Boilermaker Aquatics, 1,500-meter freestyle, 16:55.59.

McKenna DeBever, 24, Tennessee Aquatics 50-meter backstroke, 29.52, lifetime-best after being seeded 11th in 30.82.

Top-seeded Bobby Finke, 21, Unattached-University of Florida, 800-meter freestyle, 7:55.05.

Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, 24, Mexico 24.00, lifetime-best and national record, 50-meter butterfly.

Top-seeded Adam Chaney, 19, Unattached-University of Florida, 50-meter backstroke 26.10.

Josue Dominguez, 24, Dominican Republic, 50-meter breaststroke, 27.98, lifetime-best and national record.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championship in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

UANA (Union Americana de Natación or Swimming Union of the Americas) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m. Friday’s events are: men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley.

The meet is being shown on the Pan Am Sports TV channel available on an app which can be downloaded for free on various devices.

THURSDAY RESULTS
WOMEN

1,500-meter freestyle: 1. Kate Beavon, Unattached 16:55.59, 2. Chloe Kim, SCAR 17:03.70, 3. Kate Hurst, SCAR 17:06.14.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Athena Meneses Kovacs, EMEX 27.01, 2. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 27.03, 3. Jenny Holden, Unattached 27.20.

50-meter backstroke: 1. McKenna DeBever, TINAQ 29.52, 2. tie, Julia Podkoscielny, PC 29.59 and Alexia Patricia Sotomayor, RL 29.59.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 31.69, 2. Melissa Rodriguez-Villanueva, BDD 31.83, 3. Emily Santos, MVAC 32.77.

MEN
800-meter freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, Unattached 7:55.05, 2. Alfonso Mestre, Unattached 7:56.94, 3. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo, EMEX 8:03.20.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Jorge Andres Iga Cesar, EMEX 24.00, 2. Kent Olsen-Stavrakas, STAR 24.15, 3. Isaac Davis, Unattached 24.18; 26. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 25.89, time drop 1.66.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Adam Chaney, Unattached 26.10, 2. Yeziel Morales, Azura 26.13, 3. Diego Camacho Salgado, OLYM 26.26, 4. Patrick Groters 26.41, time drop 0.19, 16. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 27.44, time drop 0.17, 23. Juan Colmenares, VEN 28.83, time drop 0.11.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Josue Dominguez, DOM 27.98, 2. Izaak Bastian, Unattached FSU 28.22, 3. Edgar Crespo, SA 28.23, 19. Miguel Cancel, Unattached Florida 30.39, time drop 3.07, 26. Javier Colmenares, VEN 31.14.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Heads Field For UANA Tokyo Qualifier That Begins Thursday In Clermont


By Sharon Robb
CLERMONT, April 28, 2021—Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson heads a fast field for the UANA Tokyo Qualifier that gets under way Thursday at Orlando Health National Training Center.

The four-day meet, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and Montverde Academy Swimming, has attracted 300 swimmers and 74 teams from 60 nations.

As a FINA-approved event, swimmers who participate will be eligible to qualify for the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games; Sept. 9-19 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia; Dec. 15-20 FINA SCM World Championships in Abu Dhabi and May 13-29, 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

“The UANA Tokyo Qualifier is a significant opportunity for swimmers throughout the world to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Dale Neuberger, newly-named FINA Treasurer. “With athletes from over 60 countries competing, the state of Florida has established itself as an important and desirable location for international competition.”

UANA (Union Americana de Natación) is the international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics. UANA is one of five continental regions within FINA.

Recently, Atkinson was named an an athlete member to the UANA Technical Committee for swimming through 2023.

Atkinson, 32, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, has already qualified for her fifth Olympics in Tokyo in her signature 100-meter breaststroke event.

In addition to the 100-meter breaststroke, Atkinson is also entered in the 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly. She is seeded first in the 50-meter butterfly (26.61) and breaststroke (30.58) events, second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.00) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:00.87).

She will be joined by four other SOFLO teammates: Mariangela Cincotti Serafini, 17, and Andrea Santander, 19, both of Venezuela; Julio Horrego, 22, of Honduras and Leo Mateus, 19, of Colombia.

All five swimmers are representing SOFLO.

Horrego is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events and is an Olympic hopeful. Horrego represented Honduras at the Central American and Caribbean Games where he was fifth in the 200 breast in 2:16.40 and eighth in the 200 IM in 2:05.40. At the 2018 CCCAN meet he won the 100 breast (1:03.30); 200 breaststroke (2:20.87) and 200 IM (2:04.85). He was a two-time high school state champion at Mater Academy and former Florida State swimmer.

Cincotti Serafini, headed to Drexel University in the fall, will swim the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. She will graduate from Nova Southeastern University School where she qualified for the state meet as a junior and broke school records in the 200 and 500 freestyles. She is a member of Venezuela’s national team and has competed in the Pan American and South American Games. In 2018, she qualified for the Open Water Junior World Championships in Eilat. She is a member of two Venezuelan national age group relay records.

Santander, a former Broward County High School Swimmer of the Year and state champion for Pine Crest, earned a scholarship to University of Southern California her senior year. As a junior, she represented Venezuela in international meets including the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires at age 16. She has competed in five international meets, her first three 17-18 meets and junior worlds. Santander is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyles and 200-meter individual medley.

Mateus, an Everglades High School alum currently enrolled at Yale, swims for the Colombian Swimming Federation and has limited international experience. He is entered in the 200-meter backstroke and breaststroke events and 200- and 400-meter individual medleys.

Miguel Cancel, who trains at SOFLO when he’s not attending and swimming at University of Florida, is competing unattached for Florida. Cancel, a Gulliver Prep alum where he won four individual state titles, has competed on the international scene for Puerto Rico. Among his events are the 50 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke sprints and 200 and 400 IM.

Also competing are SOFLO’s Juan Colmenares, 17, and Javier Colmenares, 14, representing Venezuela and competing for international meet experience.

There will be several other familiar faces with Florida ties in the meet.

Aruba’s Patrick Groters, 22, coached by his brother Jordy, is a NSU University School alum. Their mother is UANA President Maureen Croes.

“I am extremely pleased with the event that UANA, together with Azura, Montverde, Orlando Health National Training Center and Greater Orlando Sports Commission, put together in a very short time,” Croes said.

“Organization of any sporting event during the pandemic is very challenging and requires more attention to details to ensure our athletes and coaches are able to do what they do best safely. I am grateful to all involved, as cooperation and willingness to support has been beyond my wildest dreams.”

Pine Crest will have a talented group of swimmers led by 16-year-old U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Julia Podkoscielny.

Host Azura has a large contingent entered led by El Salvador Olympian Marcelo Acosta, 24. He was the first swimmer from El Salvador to qualify for the Olympics with an “A” cut in 2016.

St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, 20, swimming unattached for Florida State, is representing the Bahamas as a member of the national team and national record holder.

On Thursday timed finals session begins 5 p.m. Events are women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s and women’s 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke. Friday through Sunday, prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 5 p.m.

The meet is being shown on the Pan Am Sports TV channel available on an app which can be downloaded for free on various devices.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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