Eagle Aquatics’ Pelaez, Winkler Top FGC Finishers; Bolles Sharks Win Boys’ Title On Final Day Of USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 11, 2021–Eagle Aquatics teammates Erika Pelaez and Kaii Winkler wrapped up a successful meet on the fourth and final day of the USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Pelaez, 15, took home her second silver medal after finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle in a best time 48.62, dropping 0.23 from her previous best of 48.85. She won her first silver in the 100 backstroke in 52.26, another best time.

Kaii Winkler, 15, was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 43.71, a best time dropping 1.11 seconds off his previous best of 44.79. The top four finishers in the race all were under 44 seconds. It was his best finish in five events he qualified in.

Jacksonville Bolles Sharks captured the boys’ team title with 427 points ahead of SwimMAC with 418. Carmel Swim Club, after winning every girls relay, won the girls team title with 511 points ahead of Dynamo Swim Club with 290.5. Carmel won the combined with 659 points and SwimMAC was runner-up with 617.5.

Thomas Heilman of Cavaliers broke the 13-14 NAG record in the 200 butterfly prelims for his 14th NAG in 11 days and came back to win the event in 1:42.77.

Olympian Katie Grimes, 15, of Sandpiper won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a meet record 15:34.74. She lowered the record by more than 21 seconds. Teammate Claire Weinstein, 14, was second in 15:52.84, a new National Age Group record. The previous record was 15:54.46 set by former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Becca Mann of St. Andrew’s Aquatics in 2012.

Cal Berkeley-bound Matthew Chai, 18, of FAST won the 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time by more than 17 seconds in 14:45.37.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s top trio of elite swimmers competed in their final events of the meet.

Olivia Dinehart, 16, was 48th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.17. It was her fifth event.

Maddie Smutny, 16, was 57th in 200-yard butterfly in 2:06.26 in her third event.

SOFLO’s Elena Dinehart, 16, was 56th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:01.56.

SATURDAY RESULTS
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 607.5,2. Carmel Swim Club 589, 3. Bolles Sharks 467.5, 4. Dynamo Swim Club 466.5, 5. Mason Manta Rays 338.5, 15. Eagle Aquatics 77.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel Swim Club 511, 2. Dynamo 290.5, 3. Sarasota Sharks 252, 4. SwimMAC 199.5, 5. Lakeside 173, 18. Eagle Aquatics 49.

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles Sharks 427, 2. SwimMac 418, 3. SwimAtlanta 276, 4. Mason Manta Rays 250, 5. Dynamo Swim Club 190, 23. Eagle Aquatics 28.

GIRLS

1,650-yard freestyle:

  1. Katie Grimes, Sandpipers of Nevada 15:34.74, 2. Claire Weinstein, Sandpiper 15:52.84, 3. Hayden Miller, CFSU 16:02.22.

200-yard backstroke:

  1. Jo Jo Ramey, FAST 1:52.42, 2. Rye Ulett, DYN 1:53.04, 3. Sophie Brison, DYN 1:53.29; FGC: 17. Erika Pelaez 1:56.29.

100-yard freestyle:

  1. Anna Moesch, Unattached 47.90, 2. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 48.62, time drop 0.23, 3. Katherine Helms, MAKO 48.84.

200-yard breaststroke:

  1. Grace Rainey, SwimMAC 2:10.23, 2. Gracie Weyant, Sarasota Sharks 2:11.98, 3. Avery Klamfoth, SwimMAC 2:12.63.

200-yard butterfly:

  1. Alex Shackell, CSC 1:54.26, 2. Hannah Bellard, Club Wolverine 1:55.23, 3. Bella Answeeney, TV 1:57.34.

4×100-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Carmel Swim Club A 3:17.25, 2. Phoenix Swimming 3:20.06, 3. Sarasota Sharks 3:22.26, 4. Carmel Swim Club B 3:22.34.

BOYS
1,650-yard freestyle:

  1. Matthew Chai, FAST 14:45.37, 2. Alec Enyeart, TST 14:56.69, 3. Brice Barrieault, SAND 14:59.83.

200-yard backstroke:

  1. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 1:41.89, 2. Jonny Marshall, FAST 1:41.99, 3. Sam Powe, MCC 1:42.37; FGC: 11. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 1:44.40.

100-yard freestyle:

  1. Daniel Diehl, CUY 43.37, 2. andres Dupont Cabrera, Bolles 43.68, 3. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 43.71, time drop 1.11; FGC: 9. Maximilian zum Tobel, St. Andrew’s Aquatics 44.29, time drop 0.15.

200-yard breaststroke:

  1. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 1:54.83, 2. Matthew Lucky, Unattached 1:55.94, 3. Will Heck, Bolles 1:57.24.

200-yard butterfly:

  1. Thomas Heilman, Cavaliers 1:42.77, 2. Carl Bloebaum, Manta Rays 1:42.94, 3. Gibson Holmes, Manta Rays 1:42.95.

4×100-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Bolles 2:56.11 (Miguel Rojas Newman, Andres Dupont Cabrera, Drew Salts, Carter Lancaster), 2. SwimMAC 2:56.70, 3. New Albany 2:56.94.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Erika Pelaez Takes Silver; Thomas Heilman Breaks Two NAG Records At USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 10, 2021–Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher on Day Three of the USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships Friday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Pelaez, 15, was second in the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 52.26. She bettered her previous best of 52.91 by 0.65 seconds. Berit Berglund of Carmel Swim Club won the event in 51.32, also a best time, dropping 0.77.

Thomas Heilman, 14, of Cavalier Aquatics broke two National Age Group records in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle within 20 minutes in morning prelims. He won in 45.81 bettering his 46.42 prelim record swim.

Heilman also broke his own NAG record in the 200-yard freestyle. He was second in 1:34.68, bettering his morning record of 1:35.28.

Heilman has now broken twelve NAG records in the last ten days.

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart, 16, had a busy morning of racing competing in three events. She was 54th in the 400-yard IM in 4:28.47; 89th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.53; and 65th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.90. She has the 200-yard breaststroke left to swim on Saturday.

Maddie Smutny, 16, was 107th in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.37. She has the 200-yard butterfly left to swim.

SOFLO’s Elena Dinehart, 16, was 81st in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.21 and 90th in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.46. She has the 200-yard backstroke remaining on the final day of competition.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The meet is being live streamed. Results can be found on Meet Mobile.

Friday Results
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel Swim Club 505, 2. SwimMAC 440.5, 3. Bolles 349.5, 4. Dynamo 321.5, 5. New Albany 249.5, 15. Eagle Aquatics 44.
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel Swim Club 380, 2. Dynamo 192.5, 3. Sarasota Sharks 178, 4. SwimMAC 136.5, 5. Lakeside 130, 16. Bolles 40.5, 22. Eagle Aquatics 32.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bolles 309, 2. SwimMAC 304, 3. SwimAtlanta 192, 4. Mason Manta Rays 165, 5. New Albany 138, 23. Flood Aquatics 16, 26. St. Andrew’s Aquatics 15, 30. Eagle Aquatics 12.

GIRLS
400-yard individual medley: 1. Elizabeth Tilt, Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club 4:12.01, 2. Haley McDonald, Lakeside Swim Team 4:12.26, 3. Grace Rainey, SwimMAC 4:12.88;

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alex Shackell, Carmel Swim Club 51.21, 2. Charlotte Crush, Lakeside Swim Team 52.52, 3. Anna Boemer, Solo Aquatics 52.84; FGC: 17. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 52.74, time drop 0.70.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Anna Moesch, Unattached 1:45.87, 2. Addison Sauickie, Sarasota Sharks 1:46.50, 3. Natalie Mannion, Commonwealth Swimming 1:46.76.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Devon Kitchel, Carmel Swim Club 1:00.53, 2. Mackenzie Headley, Farmington Valley YMCA 1:00.87, 3. Jessey Li, Manta Rays 1:00.90.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Berit Berglund, Carmel Swim Club 51.32, 2. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 52.26, time drop 0.65 3. Levenia Sim, TNT Swimming 52.39.

BOYS
400-yard individual medley: 1. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 3:42.78, 2. Kyle Ponsler, Fishers Area Swimming Tigers 3:47.75, 3. Jackson Millard, Kentucky Aquatics 3:48.41.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Thomas Heilman, Cavaliers Y 45.81, 2. Carl Bloebaum, Manta Rays 46.06, 3. Tate Bacon, Unattached 46.47; Locals: 4. Mitchell Ledford, Treasure Coast 46.64, time drop 0.22.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Daniel Diehl, Cumberland YMCA 1:33.68, 2. Thomas Heilman, Cavaliers Y 1:34.68, 3. Sebastian Sergile, Swim Atlanta 1:35.19; Locals: 9. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 1:37.08, time drop 2.23, 24. Kyle Korvick, Gulliver 1:40.47.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Will Scholtz, Lakeside Swim Team 53.67, 2. Will Heck, Bolles 53.71, 3. Ethan Maloney, Bolles 53.97.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Will Modglin, Zionsville Swim Club 45.90, 2. Jonny Marshall, Firestone Akron Swim Team 46.87, 3. Sam Powe, MCC 47.09; FGC: 13. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 48.03.

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

Pelaez, Zum Tobel, Zuchowski Top FGC Finishers On Day Two Of USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships


By Sharon Robb
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 9, 2021–Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers finished in the Top 10 on Day Two of the USA Swimming East Speedo Winter Junior Championships Thursday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Erika Pelaez, 15, of Eagle Aquatics was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in a best time 22.40, a time drop of 0.12. She was sixth fastest in prelims in 22.72.

Maximilian zum Tobel, 18, of St. Andrew’s Aquatics was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.06. He was sixth fastest in prelims in 20.27.

Josh Zuchowski, 17, of FAST was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:46.95. He was sixth fastest in prelims in 1:46.92.

Two South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers also saw action.

Maddie Smutny, 16, was 46th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:00.42. She has the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events left to swim.

Auburn-bound Olivia Dinehart, 16, was 102nd in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.67. She has four events left to swim: 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.

SOFLO’s Elena Dinehart, 16, will compete in three events: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.

In other action among the nation’s best:

Baylor Nelson, 18, of SwimMAC won the 200 IM in a meet record 1:42.01.

Thomas Heilman, of Cavalier Aquatics 14, just missed the 50-yard freestyle national age group record winning the sprint in 19.83.

Anna Moesch, 16, swimming unatatched won the women’s 50-yard freestyle in 22.33.

Devon Kitchel, 17, of Carmel Swim Club won the 200 IM in 1:56.39.

Michaela Mattes, 16, of Sarasota Sharks won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.06, winning by three seconds.

Logan Zucker, 18, of SwimMAC won the men’s 500 freestyle in 4:19.46, winning by two seconds.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. The meet is being live streamed. Results can be found on Meet Mobile.

Thursday Results
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel Swim Club 284, 2. SwimMAC 240, 3. Dynamo 200, 4. Bolles 172.5, 5. Sarasota Sharks 154, 17. Eagle Aquatics 18.
GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Carmel Swim Club 223, 2. Dynamo 138, 3. Sarasota Sharks 114, 4. Club Wolverine 101, 5. SwimMAC 79, 24. Eagle Aquatics 15.
BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 284, 2. SwimMAC 240, 3. Dynamo 200, 4. Bolles 172.5, 5. Sarasota Sharks 154, 17. Eagle Aquatics 18.

GIRLS
500-yard freestyle:

  1. Michaela Mattes, Sarasota Sharks 4:42.06, 2. Hannah Bellard, Club Wolverine 4:45.18, 3. Natalie Mannion, Commonwealth Swimming 4:45.20.

200-yard individual medley:

  1. Devon Kitchel, Carmel Swim Club 1:56.39, 2. Alex Shackell, Carmel Swim Club 1:57.78, 3. Emily Thompson, Greater Somerset County YMCA 1:58.29.

50-yard freestyle:

  1. Anna Moesch, Unattached 22.33, 2. Alex Shackell, Carmel Swim Club 22.34, 3. Katherine Helms, Mason Makos 22.39; FGC: 4. Erika Pelaez, Eagle Aquatics 22.40, time drop 0.12.

4×100-yard medley relay:

  1. Carmel Swim Club 3:33.88, 2. Dynamo 3:39.53, 3. TAC Titans 3:39.97.

BOYS
500-yard freestyle:

  1. Logan Zucker, MAC 4:19.46, 2. Lance Norris, TAC Titans 4:21.42, 3. Liam Custer, Sarasota Sharks 4:21.52.

200-yard invidual medley:

  1. Baylor Nelson, SwimMAC 1:42.01, 2. Will Modglin, Zionsville Swim Club 1:45.39, 3. Gibson Holmes, Manta Rays 1:45.50; FGC: 7. Josh Zuchowski, FAST 1:46.95.

50-yard freestyle:

  1. Thomas Heilman, Cavaliers 19.83, 2. Lucca Battaglini, Unattached 19.96, 3. Brendon Whitfield, Lynchburg YMCA 20.01; FGC: 4. Maxiilian zum Tobel, St. Andrew’s 20.06, 14. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics 20.46.

4×100-yard medley relay:

  1. SwimMAC 3:12.14, 2. Mason Manta Rays 3:12.66, 3. Lakeside 3:14.12.

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