Hurricanes Win Season-Opener Against Florida International University, Head To SMU Classic This Weekend


By Sharon Robb
CORAL GABLES, October 3, 2022—University of Miami women’s swimming and diving team recently opened its season successfully with a win over cross-town rival Florida International University at Whitten Center Pool.

The Hurricanes defeated the Panthers, 196-103, in their first dual meet of the season.

“It was a good meet, lots of good energy,” UM head coach Andy Kershaw said. “The things I love about this is it really gives us a chance to evaluate the things we are doing well and what we can improve on. There are things to improve on, but we did a lot of things really well.”

One of Miami’s top-point scorers was junior diver and reigning NCAA national champion Mia Vallée, who won the 3-meter springboard with 308.93 points and finished second on 1-meter with 307.13. UM teammate and sophomore diver Emma Gullstrand won 1-meter springboard with 326.03 and second on 3-meter with 297.90 points.

Redshirt junior Adrianna Cera was a double winner in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:21.09 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.20. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:25.93.

Captain and veteran Zorry Mason won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.39 was second in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. She was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay.

Sophomore Jacey Hinton was also a double winner for the Hurricanes in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.26 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.01.

Miami’s next meet will be the Oct. 7-8 SMU Classic in Dallas.

“The SMU Classic is certainly very special,” Kershaw said. “It’s also challenging because we have a very limited travel squad, so I’m looking forward to going to that competition, but also have some mixed emotions since we’re going to have some people here in Miami. It’s always great to get a chance to get on the bus and race.”

The Hurricanes were ranked No. 22 in the SwimSwam pre-season power rankings. In addition to the return of Vallee, several veteran swimmers who helped combine for 25 Top-10 performances in school history last season return to the lineup.

“We’re super excited about the season,” Kershaw said. “The team seems to have a hunger to them. Swimming can be very focused towards March and the postseason, but our team is eager to play the game.

“Our sport can get so driven on practice, we really kind of emphasize the importance of letting the game drive the practices, and they have really embraced it.

“The Top 10s and success last year, it seemed to only make them more hungry. Sometimes you go through that and you feel a lot of satisfaction. In this situation, it put them on the doorstop and had them very hungry to complete that process.”

The meet also marked the debut of South Florida Aquatic Club lead age group coach Kyle Cormier, a volunteer assistant at FIU.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING
University of Miami 196, Florida International 103

200-yard medley relay: 1. Miami A 1:41.68, 2. Miami B 1:43.76, 3. FIU A 1:44.26.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:21.09, 2. Aino Otava, UM 10:23.16, 3. Kate Sommerstad, UM 10:27.71.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Harliai Curthoys-Davies, FIU 1:51.91, 2. Jane Fitzgerald, UM 1:52.01, 3. Savannah Barr, UM 1:52.23, 5. Eriana Temperino, FIU 1:54.64.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Zorryonna Mason, UM 56.39, 2. Celina Kuehne, UM 56.94, 3. Gia Pergolini, FIU 57.53.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 1:02.58, 2. Tara Vovk, UM 1:03.31, 3. Giulia Carvalho, UM 1:03.49.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Mia Zahab, FIU 2:06.49, 2. Kaitlyn Bitting, UM 2:06.80, 3. Isabel Traba, UM 2:07.16.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Jacey Hinton, UM 23.26, 2. Hailiai Curthoys-Davies, FIU 23.88, 3. Hana Spaulding, UM 24.04, 7. Delaney Biro, FIU 25.84.

1-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 326.03, 2. Mia Vallee, UM 307.13, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 299.25.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Jacey Hilton, UM 51.01, 2. Jane Fitzgerald, UM 51.99, 3. Hana Spaulding, UM 52.47.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Sarah Sensenbrenner, UM 2:02.48, 2. Kate Sommerstad, UM 2:04.19, 3. Celina Kuehner, UM 2:07.29., 4. Anelis Roque, FIU 2:08.52.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:16.31, 2. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:19.24, 3. Tara Vovk, UM 2:19.27.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 5:02.20, 2. Harliai Curthoys-Davies, FIU 5:05.07, 3. Aino Otava, UM 5:05.23.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Giulia Carvalho, UM 56.01, 2. Mia Zahab, FIU 57.29, 3. Savannah Barr, UM 57.66, 7. Delaney Biro, FIU 1:00.72.

3-meter diving: 1. Mia Vallee, UM 308.93, 2. Emma Gulstrand, UM 297.90, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 295.95.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:04.11, 2. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:05.69, 3. Eriana Temperino, FIU 2:09.58.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Miami A 3:25.93, 2. FIU A 3:28.48, 3. FIU B 3:41.49.

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

SOFLO Heads Field For Canes Spring Long Course Invitational That Begins Friday


By Sharon Robb
CORAL GABLES, May 19, 2022—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will get in some long course racing at the Canes Spring Long Course Invitational at University of Miami.

The three-day meet begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the 50s events and 800-meter freestyles. The timed final event is expected to end at 9 p.m.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday 9 a.m.-1:47 p.m. and concludes Sunday 9 a.m.-12:35 p.m. All events are timed finals.

Other Florida Gold Coast teams competing are Coral Springs Swim Club, Midtown Weston and host Hurricane Aquatics.

SOFLO has the largest contingent with 99 swimmers (60 boys and 39 girls) in 666 individual events.

SOFLO’s top seeds include:
Ricardo Roche, 22, 50-meter backstroke 27.82; 100-meter backstroke 59.66.
Julio Horrego, 23, 50-meter breaststroke 28.35.
Agustin Rodriguez, 17, 200 IM 2:16.35; 400-meter freestyle 4:13.99.
Enrique Rodriguez, 17, 200-meter butterfly 2:11.99; 400 IM 4:46.53.
Wisthon Rendon, 17, 200-meter backstroke 2:10.52.

Admission is $4 per session, cash only. Heat sheets will not be sold at the meet and are expected to be posted on Meet Mobile and http://www.teamunify.com/fgha which they were not as of 8 p.m. Thursday night.

Masks are encouraged but not required inside all buildings on the University of Miami campus including walking through the Whitten Center to access the pool. Spectators are allowed at the turn end of the pool deck and not the Fate Bridge to watch the meet.

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

California Bears Win NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship; Florida’s Bobby Finke Wins; Miami’s Zach Cooper Second


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 26, 2022—California dethroned rival and defending champion Texas to win the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Cal Bears won with 487.5 points followed by Texas with 436.5 and Florida with 374 points. Cal pulled away after scoring 53 points in the 200 backstroke for a comfortable margin of victory.

Cal has now won seven NCAA men’s titles, five under head coach Dave Durden. The Bears have finished in the top two every year except 2009 and 2009 and no lower than fourth in other seasons under Durden.

University of Florida senior and two-time Olympic gold medalist Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:22.08, the fifth fastest time ever and his second consecutive 1,650 NCAA title.

“I’ll be honest, that race was one of the sloppiest miles I’ve ever done, so I’m not really happy with how it went,” Finke said after the race. “I’m glad I got the win and the points for the Gators, but individually, I don’t think it’s the best performance I could have had.”

University of Miami senior diver Zach Cooper was second on 10-meter platform with 443.05 points just behind Purdue freshman Tyler Downs with 447.20. Cooper missed his sixth dive and had to settle for second. Florida junior Leonardo Garcia was fourth with 406.05.

In other individual events:

Cal sophomore Destin Lasco, fastest morning qualifier, won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:37.71 and was his team’s only individual winner on the final night.

LSU junior sprinter Brooks Curry won the 100-yard freestyle in 40.84 to complete his sweep.

Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:48.20 just ahead of Minnesota’s Max McHugh in 1:48.76 for his second title of the meet.

Brendan Burns of Indiana won the 200-yard butterfly in a best time 1:38.71, ahead of Georgia’s Luca Urlando in 1:38.82 to become the first Indiana swimmer to win the event since 1973 when Gary Hall Sr. did it. Before that it was Mark Spitz in 1971 and 1972. It was Burns first NCAA title.

In a thrilling final event, Texas, buoyed by anchor Danny Krueger, won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:46.03 ahead of Arizona State in 2:46.40 and California in 2:46.42.

ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

SATURDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS:
1. California 487.5, 2. Texas 436.5, 3. Florida 374, 4. N.C. State 291, 5. Indiana 265, 6. Arizon State 236, 7. Stanford 231, 8. Georgia 194, 9. Ohio State 165, 10. Virginia 154.5, 23. University of Miami 31.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1,650-yard freestyle: 1. Bobby Finke, UF 14:22.28, time drop 5.42, 2. Will Gallant, NC State 14:31.34, 3. Ross Dant, NC State 14:31.72.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Destin Lasco, CAL 1:37.71, 2. Carson Foster, TEX 1:38.77, 3. Daniel Carr, CAL 1:39.06, 4. Kieran Smith, UF 1:39.39.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Brooks Curry, LSU 40.84, 2. Bjorn Seeliger, CAL 41.00, 3. Andrei Minakov, STAN 41.09.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Leon Marchand, ASU 1:48.20, 2. Max McHugh, MINN 1:48.76, 3. Matt Fallon, PENN 1:49.16.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Brendan Burns, IU 1:38.71, 2. Luca Urlando, UGA 1:38.82, 3. Nicolas Albiero, LOU 1:38.88.

Platform diving: 1. Tyler Downs, PUR 447.20, 2. Zach Cooper, UM 443.05, 3. Bryden Hattie, TENN 418.70, 4. Leonardo Garcia, UF 406.05.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Texas 2:46.03 (Drew Kibler, Cameron Auchinachie, Caspar Corbeau, Danny Krueger), 2. Arizona State 2:46.40, 3. California 2:46.42, 6. Florida 2:47.39 (Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Macguire McDuff, Kieran Smith), 17. Florida State 2:50.99.

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

NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Begins Wednesday; St. Andrew’s Alum, FGC Swimmer Izaak Bastian Makes Third NCAA Appearance


By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 23, 2022—University of Florida is among favorites to dominate the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Seventeen Gator swimmers and divers are competing in the four-day meet. Adam Chaney, Jace Crawford, Will Davis, Bobby Finke, Trey Freeman, Nicholas Hernandez-Tome, Dillon Hillis, Mason Laur, Oskar Lindholm, Macguire McDuff, Alfonso Mestre, Kieran Smith, Kevin Vargas and Tyler Watson advanced to the national championships based on their season-best times in 12 different events.

Leonardo Garcia and Anton Svirskyi joined the group after qualifying at NCAA Diving Zones the first week of March. Garcia will compete in all three events. Svirskyi qualified on both the 3-meter springboard and platform.

All five relays also qualified for the NCAA Championships: 200 free relay (1:15.18), 400 free relay (2:46.91), 800 free relay (6:08.00), 200 medley relay (1:22.06) and 400 medley relay (3:02.61).

The Gators have NCAA experience to the meet, with Chaney, Davis, Finke, Freeman, Friese, Hillis, Mestre, Smith, Vargas and Watson all having competed at the championships in their careers.

FLORIDA STATE
Florida Gold Coast swimmer and St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian, a national record holder for the Bahamas, will make his third NCAA appearance.

Bastian, a team captain, will compete on the medley relays.

He helped secure bronze at ACCs behind a school record and he was also a part of the 200 medley relay in 2019 that placed seventh at the NCAA Championships. Bastian placed 10th in the 100 breaststroke (52.38) and was 17th in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.36) at ACCs.

The No. 23rd-ranked Seminoles will compete in the 200 medley relay followed by the 800 free relay on Wednesday.

“We are excited for the men’s meet this week,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We have all five relays going with a shot at scoring, so that is a little extra special. It should be a great week for us.”

Prelims will start on Thursday at 10 a.m. with FSU’s three individual qualifiers, Max McCusker, Yordan Yanchev and Mason Herbet competing. The top 16 advance to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Hurricanes platform diver Zach Cooper is among favorites. Cooper will be joined Max Flory, who won the platform event and also qualified in both springboard events at the NCAA qualifier. Cooper is a three-time NCAA All-America and two-time ACC gold medalist.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.
Day 1, Wednesday, 200 medley relay (Finals only); 800 free relay (Finals only).

Day 2, Thursday, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, 200 freestyle relay (finals only).

Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

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

Virginia Remains In Lead After Day Two Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; Miami Diver Mia Vallee Wins 1-Meter Title, Breaks NCAA Record


ATLANTA, March 17, 2022—Two individual and one relay win enabled defending champion University of Virginia to pull away from the field Thursday on Day Two of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

Virginia leads with 210 points ahead of Texas with 128 and Stanford with 123. University of Florida is tenth with 62 and University of Miami, led by individual champion diver Mia Vallee, is 16th with 27 points.

Vallee, a junior, won the 1-meter springboard title with an NCAA record 365.75 points. UM sophomore teammate Emma Gullstrand was tenth with 328.50 to earn All-American honors.

After breaking the NCAA and American record in the prelims, Virginia’s Kate Douglass came back and did it again to win the 50-yard freestyle.

After breaking the record in 20.87 during prelims, dropping 0.13, Douglass went 20.84 to re-break her own record and gave the Cavaliers their second consecutive NCAA record after Alex Walsh broke the 200 IM record in 1:50.08. The previous 50 freestyle record was 20.90 set by Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil in 2019. Virginia teammate Gretchen Walsh was also sub-21 and finished second in 20.95.

Virginia’s 200-yard freestyle relay won in 1:24.96 with Douglass on leadoff, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo and Gretchen Walsh.

Sarasota’s Emma Weyant, a freshman at University of Virginia, was second in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:34.99, dropping 2.24 seconds off her previous best of 4:37.23.

Penn swimmer Lia Thomas became the first known transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title. She won the 500 freestyle in 4:33.24.

Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed.

University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding was 37th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.50, a time drop of 0.13 from her previous best 1:57.63. She will compete in the 400 IM on Friday.

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 32nd in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:44.37, a time drop of 1.12 from her previous best of 4:45.49. She will also swim the 400 IM on Friday.

University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 55th in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.69. She competes Friday in the 100-yard butterfly.

The competition continues Friday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

SCHEDULE
Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.


THURSDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 210, 2. Texas 128, 3. Stanford 123, 4. Alabama 120, 5. NC State 99, 6. Louisville 95, 7. California 89, 8. Ohio State 83, 9. Michigan 66, 10. Florida 62, 16. University of Miami 27.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lia Thomas, PENN 4:33.24, 2. Emma Weyant, UVA 4:34.99, 3. Erica Sullivan, TEX 4:35.92.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 1:50.08, 2. Torri Huske, STAN 1:51.81, 3. Isabel Ivey, CAL 1:53.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 20.84, 2. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 20.95, 3. Maggie MacNeil, MICH 21.38.

1-meter diving: 1. Mia Vallee, UM 365.75, 2. Sarah Bacon, MINN 356.60, 3. Aranza Vasquez Montano, UNC 354.75, 7. Maha Amer, UF 316.70, 10. Emma Gullstrand, UM 328.50.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 1:24.96 (Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo, Gretchen Walsh), 2. Alabama 1:25.47, 3. NC State 1:26.37, 9. Florida 1:27.16 (Ekaterina Nikonova, Talia Bates, Katie Mack, Micayla Cronk).

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

Florida State Women Top University Of Miami In ACC Dual Meet


By Sharon Robb
CORAL GABLES, January 22, 2022–The Florida State Seminoles dominated University of Miami for a 197-103 victory Friday.

The Seminoles, coming off the holiday break, are undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference (2-0) and 5-1 overall. UM is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

FSU won 12 of the 16 events at the Norman Witten Pool.

“This team is special,” said FSU coach Neal Studd. “It was an awesome performance. We had some NCAA cuts, some best times and some solid stuff all around.

“This was a big win and we put up times that should easily be ranked within the Top 20 in the country. We’re excited to fine-tune some things and be great in the post season. I’m really proud of the ladies today.”

FSU has a 31-15 advantage over the Hurricanes and have won 19 of their last meets against UM. The teams have been competing since 1971.

FSU’s Nina Kucheran won the 100 breaststroke in a career-best at 59.46, an NCAA B standard. The performance ranks third in FSU history.

FSU hosts Tampa on Friday.

FSU 193, UM 107
200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU A 1:37.55, 2. FSU B 1:39.42, 3. UM 1:39.97.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Aino Otava, UM 9:58.89, 2. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:02.38, 3. Sydney Cole, FSU 10:05.39.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 1:47.99, 2. Emily Trieschmann, FSU 1:48.98, 3. Sydney Knapp, UM 1:49.70.

100-yard baskstroke: 1. Tania Quaglieri, FSU 53.85, 2. Maddie McDonald, FSU 53.96, 3. Pia Murray, FSU 53.97.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, FSU 59.46, 2. Maddy Higgins, FSU 1:02.06, 3. Emma Sundstrand, UM 1:02.12.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Hannah Womer, FSU 1:57.74, 2. Aryanna Fernandes, FSU 1:58.10, 3. Isabel Trava, UM 1:59.84.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 22.77, 2. Jenny Halden, FSU 23.15, 3. Jaceu Hinton, UM 23.18.

1-meter diving: 1. Mia Vallee, UM 317.18, 2. Emma Gullstrand, UM 308.93, 3. Millie Haffety, UM 290.48.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Rebecca Moynihan, FSU 49.74, 2. Zsofia Kurdi, FSU 50.03, 3. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 50.47.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Pia Murray, FSU 1:56.93, 2. Maddie McDonald, FSU 1:58.19, 3. Sydney Cole, FSU 1:59.33.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Nina Kucheran, FSU 2:10.90, 2. Maddy Huggins, FSU 2:14.71, 3. Giulia Carvalho, UM 2:15.69.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Emily Trieschmann, FSU 4:50.91, 2. Aino Otava, UM 4:52.60, 3. Adrianna Cera, UM 4:53.85.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Jenny Halden, FSU 52.77, 2. Aryanna Fernandes, FSU 53.04, 3. Edith Jernstedt. FSU 53.29.

3-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 362.93, 2. Mia Vallee, UM 347.18, 3. Millie Haffety, UM 334.20.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Nina Kucheran, FSU 1:59.33, 2. Edith Jernstedt, FSU 2:00.00, 3. Hannah Womer, FSU 2:00.90.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU A 3:18.39, 2. UM A 3:20.23, 3. FSU B 3:23.85.

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

University of Miami Women’s Team Wins Season-Opener Against Florida International


By Sharon Robb
MIAMI—University of Miami women’s swimming and diving team won its season-opener with a 162.5-137.5 victory over cross-town rival Florida International Saturday at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

“It was a very good meet today on both sides, with lots of great racing and lots of back and forth,” Miami head coach Andy Kershaw said. “That’s what it’s all about. I’m very proud of our women and how they responded. It was definitely a team effort.”

UM redshirt sophomore Adrianna Cera, 20, won three events including the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:17.78 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:58.78. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:25.67.

Veteran Carmen San Nicolas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.64. Sophomore Emma Sundstrand (1:03.20) and freshman Giulia Carvalho (1:03.23) finished one-two in 100-yard breaststroke.

“It’s such a credit to the vibe they’ve created and the bond they’re creating, even this early in the season,” Kershaw said. “They’re all there for each other, all cheering for each other, racing for each other, getting to the wall for the betterment of the team.”

Freshman Jacey Hinton was second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.04) in her college debut. San Nicolas (51.82) and Hinton (52.39) had top-two finishes two events later in the 100-yard freestyle to maintain the lead.

Kershaw was pleased with his team’s camaraderie.

“That’s what we talked about going in, and that’s what we executed,” Kershaw said. “That was true whether they had great races. Even the people who weren’t happy with their races still celebrated with the team.

“Certainly, we have things to work on, but I’m very happy with the culture and foundation that is being put in place by this group of women.”

Giulia Carvalho earned her first college win in the 100-yard butterfly (55.49).

The Hurricanes capped their opening meet with a win the 400-yard freestyle relay with Hinton, San Nicolas, veteran Sydney Knapp and Cera in 3:25.67.

“Hats off to FIU, they had some great races and a lot of great detail out of their team,” Kershaw said. “It was another great battle, and we’re happy to come out on top this time. I’m looking forward to continuing this great rivalry that we have.”

One of Miami’s leading -scorers was second-year diver Emma Gullstrand, who swept the 1-meter springboard (360.83) and 3-meter springboard (327.23). Gullstrand represented Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics this past summer.

Miami next competes at the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas from Oct. 8-9.

WOMEN
Miami 162.5, FIU 137.5

200-yard medley relay: 1. FIU 1:42.76, 2. UM A 1:43.31, 3. UM B 1:48.18.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:17.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 10:22.52, 3. Aino Otava, UM 10:32.15.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 1:50.64, 2. Christie Chue, FIU 1:52.48, 3. Sydney Knapp, UM 1:54.70.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 56.51, 2. Kelsie Campbell, FIu 57.11, 3. Danika Huizinga, UM 58.17.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Emma Sundstrand, UM 1:03.20, 2. Giulia Carvalho, UM 1:03.223, 3. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 1:04.10.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 2:03.71, 2. Isabel Traba, UM 2:05.02, 3. Aino Otava, UM 2:05.85.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Elinah Phillip, FIU 23.97, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 24.04, 3. tie, Helga Fodor, FIU 24.71 and Sydney Knapp, UM 24.71.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 51.82, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 52.39, 3. Elinah Phillip, FIU 52.92.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:03.73, 2. Danika Huizinga, UM 2:06.30, 3. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:08.07.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:17.58, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:20.87, 3. Delaine Goll, FIU 2:21.97.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 4:58.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 5:03.03, 3. Aino Otava, UM 5:09.78.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Giulia Carvalho, UM 55.49, 2. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 56.3, 3. Kelsie Campbell, FIU 56.58.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:06.09, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:06.14, 3. Christie Chue, FIU 2:06.23.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UM A 3:25.67, 2. FIU A 3:26.30, 3. FIU B 3:34.97.

1-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 360.83, 2. Mia Vallee, UM 318.30, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 311.10.

3-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 327.23, 2. Maha Gouda, FIU 320.10, 3. Mia Vallee, UM 310.05.

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

Molly Golding Top SOFLO Finisher On Day One Of USA Swimming Futures Championships


By Sharon Robb
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 28, 2021—Molly Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club was top finisher on opening day of the USA Swimming Futures Championships.

The University of Florida-bound 18-year-old was fifth in the “D” final and finished 26th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.15, just off her entry time of 1:14.01. In prelims she went 1:14.44.

Other SOFLO finishers were:

Javier Colmenares, 15, 50th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.70.

Sophia Grubbs, 16, 54th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:16.47.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was University of Miami’s Aino Otava, 22, of Finland, fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:58.89. Gulliver’s Kyle Korvick, 17, was 18th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.72, a best time with an 0.26 drop.

Atlanta-based Dynamo Swim Club dominated opening day action and leads the combined (193) and women’s (79) team points. Bolles School Sharks leads the men’s team standings with 79 points, just two points ahead of Dynamo.

An estimated 1,000 swimmers are competing. The Aquatic Center has two Olympic-size pools with 1,400 seats.

The meet continues Thursday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The four-day meet ends on Saturday.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS
: 1. Dynamo Swim Club 193, 2. TAC Titans 125.5, 3. Bolles 81, 4. Club Wolverine 75.5, 5. Lakeside 43.


MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 79, 2. Dynamo 77, 3. Lakeside 36, 4. TAC Titans 32, 5. Sarasota Tsunami 31.


WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 116, 2. TAC Titans 93.5, 3. Club Wolverine 53.5, 4. Y-Spartaquatics 40, 5. Blue Dolfins 29.


GIRLS
200-meter freestyle: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 2:02.54, 2. Keelan Cotter, TAC 2:02.82, 3. Catherine Choate, DYN 2:02.94.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alicia Henry, DYN 1:09.72, 2. Katie Christopherson, USAC 1:10.29, 3. Jordyn Libler, CW 1:11.28; SOFLO: 26. Molly Golding 1:14.15, fifth in D final.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Charlotte Hook, TAC 2:09.80, 2. Hannah Bellard, CW 2:10.40, 3. Avery Bargeron, DYN 2:14.02.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Hannah Bellard, CW 8:38.84, 2. Summer Cardwell, TBAC 8:55.09, 3. Keelan Cotter, TAC 8:58.64; FGC: 4. Aino Otava 8:58.89, 21. Mariana Cote, MWA 9:20.39.

BOYS
200-meter freestyle: 1. Owen McDonald, DYN 1:51.56, 2. Zachary Kohm, Unattached 1:52.16, 3. Kenneth Carter, SPAC 1:53.10; FGC: 18. Kyle Korvick, GULL 1:54.72.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Arie Voloschin, DYN 1:02.42, 2. William Heck, BSS 1:02.69, 3. Will Scholtz, LAK 1:02.70; FGC: 30. Dylan Smiley, MCDA 1:06.56, 31. Giulian Martin, CANE 1:06.58, 32. Jacques Sonnier, BRST 1:06.93.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Mullen, BSS 2:00.32, 2. Jackson Mussler, LAK 2:01.68, 3. Spencer Carol, MLA 2:02.62; FGC: 21. Hector Paz, MAC 2:08.16.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Andrew Christensen, BD 16:12.93, 2. Raymond Prosinski, LA 16:26.35, 3. Keith Williams, TAC 16:27.97.

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

Former Fort Lauderdale Diver Jordan Windle Wins 1-Meter; California Takes Lead At NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 25, 2021–Defending champion California overtook opening day leader and chief rival Texas Thursday in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Cal Bears lead with 230 points followed by Texas with 203 and University of Florida with 161 points. University of Miami is 19th with 19 points and Florida State is 20th with 18.5.

Texas senior Jordan Windle, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, won the 1-meter springboard title with 435.60 points, bettering his prelim total of 379.30. It was Texas’ first 1-meter title since 2012. Longhorns freshman teammate Noah Duperre was second with 405.45. The pair totaled 37 points. University of Miami sophomore Brodie Scapens was seventh with 337.15 points and freshman teammate Jack Matthews was tenth with 342.65 points.

Defending national champion California opened the night with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a pool record 1:14.36 with relay members Bjorn Seeliger, Ryan Hoffer, Daniel Carr and Nate Biondi, oldest son of 11-time Olympic medalist and one of Cal’s most accomplished athletes, Matt Biondi.

Top-seed Florida was second in 1:14.48 with Adam Chaney, Will Davis, Kieran Smith and Eric Friese, who had an 18.38 anchor split and nearly reeled in Biondi. Florida State was 15th in 1:17.07 with Peter Varjasi, Kuba Ksiazek, Mason Herbet and Max McCusker.

Georgia freshman Jake Magahey won the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record 4:07.97. He was the only freshman in the Top 16. The previous mark was 4:08.19 set by Townley Haas of Texas in 2019.

Smith, a junior, came back after the relay to finish second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:08.07, also breaking the meet record. Gator teammates Bobby Finke was sixth in 4:11.11, Trey Freeman was 11th in 4:12.21 and Alfonso Mestre was 14th in 4:14.97 for 39 total points.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:39.53. Cal junior Hugo Gonzalez was second in 1:39.99 and Bears freshman teammate Destin Lasco was third in 1:40.01. The top three finishers all dipped below the previous pool record of 1:40.61 set in prelims by Lasco.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer won the 50-yard freestyle in 18.33, breaking his own pool record of 18.43 set in morning prelims. Cal freshman Bjorn Seeliger was second in 18.71 and Florida freshman Adam Chaney was third in 18.88.

In the final event of the night, Texas edged California in the 400-yard medley relay. The Longhorns won in a pool record 3:00.23 with Chris Staka, Caspar Corbeau, Alvin Jiang and Daniel Krueger. The Bears were a close second in 3:00.73 with Destin Lasco, Reece Whitley, Ryan Hoffer and Bjorn Seeliger. Florida was third in 3:01.51 with Adam Cheney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and workhorse Smith. Florida State was 11th in 3:04.83 with St. Andrew’s alum Izaak Bastian swimming the second leg in a 51.31 split.

Bastian, a Bahamian national team member, will compete in the 100 breaststroke on Friday.

A total of 235 swimmers from 41 teams are competing. California is defending champion and Texas was runner-up in 2019. No NCAAs were held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, Texas won it four consecutive years with California runner-up those four years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s championships looks a lot different, much like last week’s women’s NCAAs.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators were not allowed to attend the meet including parents, family members and friends.

There is no participant seating on the pool deck. All teams and individuals were assigned seating in the grandstand seating area.

The meet is airing on ESPN3 for both preliminary and finals sessions.

Friday’s events are: 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and 3-meter diving.

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

Virginia Poised To Win Its First NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Title; SOFLO’s Golding Swims Fourth Event On Final Day


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 19, 2021—University of Virginia continues to lead the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with few challengers Friday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Heavy favorite Virginia leads with 344 points followed by N.C. State with 241 and Texas with 224. Florida is 15th with 74.5 points. University of Miami is 19th with 42 points.

Virginia is trying to win its first NCAA title in school history and first for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding of University of Florida just missed making her second “B” final of the meet, finishing 17th in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:10.07. She was seeded 18th in 4:08.43.

Golding wraps up her four-event schedule with the 400-yard freestyle relay on Saturday.

Florida International University sophomore Jasmine Nocentini competes in her final event, 100-yard freestyle. She is seeded 51st in 49.07.

In Friday’s events:

Stanford senior Brooke Ford won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:01.57.

Michigan junior Maggie MacNeil won the 100-yard butterfly in 48.89, breaking the NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA meet record. Cal junior Isabel Ivey was fourth in 50.68. Virginia junior Jessica Nava was 15th in 52.15.

Virginia senior Paige Madden won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.35. Senior teammate Kyla Valls was 13th in 1:45.63.

N.C. State junior Sophie Hansson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.23.

N.C. State Katharine Berkoff won the 100-yard backstroke in 49.74, the only swimmer to break 50 seconds. Cal junior Isabel Ivey was fourth in 50.85.

Minnesota senior Sarah Bacon won the 3-meter diving title with 408.60 points. University of Miami freshman Emma Gullstrand was fourth with 355.30 points.

N.C. State won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:33.18 ahead of Virginia in 1:34.13. N.C. State sophomore and leadoff leg Katharine Berkoff had one of the fastest 50 backstroke splits in 23.27.

All sessions are being televised by ESPN3. Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. ESPNU will also air a two-hour highlight show at 7 p.m. on April 6.

Due to the mass gathering restrictions in place in North Carolina, spectators are not being allowed to attend the meet including parents or family members.

2021 MEET SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 1,650-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, Platform Diving, 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

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