SOFLO’s Atkinson, Nguyen Make “A” And “B” Finals On Day Three Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 15, 2019–Against a small, but strong field, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen got in more racing Friday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

On Day Three, Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, finished a disappointing eighth in the 50-meter butterfly final in 27.85. In morning prelims, Atkinson had the fifth-fastest time in the event in 27.62.

Atkinson was also 14th in 50-meter freestyle in 26.63. In the “B” final, she was slower finishing seventh in 26.88.

Atkinson will wind up with the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was also in an “A” and “B” final.

In morning prelims, Nguyen had the seventh-fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.91. In finals, she was also seventh but faster in 2:18.12.

Nguyen also had the 16th-fastest time in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:44.10. She was fifth in the “B” final in 2:41.10.

Nguyen has two events left: the 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

In the first of three swims, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of Cardinal Aquatics won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:10.69. She led from start-to-finish. Texas teammates Remedy Rule was second in 2:11.56 and Lauren Case in 2:12.13.

Seventeen-year-old Luca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:53.84, a new boys 17-18 national age group record. He lowered Michael Phelps 2003 record of 1:53.93. Justin Wright of Tucson Ford, the 2018 U.S. national champion, was second in 1:58.61.

Catie DeLoof of Team Elite, swimming unattached, won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in a best time 24.99, her first time under 25 seconds. In her second of three events, Dahlia was fourth in 25.28.

South African Bradley Tandy of Phoenix Swim Club, the morning’s top qualifier, won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.17.

Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 59.71. It was the first time she broke the minute barrier. She won in the final 50 meters with a split of 30.42. Early leader Ali DeLoof of Team Elite was second in 1:00.59.

Olympian Matt Grevers of Ford Tucson won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 53.59 ahead of Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite and Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver.

Canadian national champion Sydney Pickrem of Texas A&M and swimming unattached, won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in an exciting race in 2:25.52. Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was right behind her in 2:25.54.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Roy of Alto Swim Club, came from behind to win the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.43.

Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 26.35. Dahlia, in her third and final race, was second in 26.38.

Peter Holoda of Phoenix Swim Club won the men’s 50-meter butterfly in 23.78. His teammate Giles Smith was second in 23.95.

Erica Sullivan of the Sandpipers of Nevas won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:10.36, her second fastest swim of her career. Evie Pfeifer of Texas was second in 4:11.77 and 14-year-old Claire Tuggle of Clovis Swim Club was third in 4:14.77.

University of Florida freshman Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.16 winning with a huge lead over Egypt’s Akaram Mahmoud in 3:53.94.

Dylan Carter of Team Elite and Trinidad and Tobago had the fourth-fastest time in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.53. He finished fourth in finals in 54.72.

Carter and Atkinson are building up for both the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The four-day meet ends Saturday with prelims and finals.

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: 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 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….it is a long course meet.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Third, Vien Nguyen Fourth On Day Two Of TYR Pro Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

CLOVIS, Calif., June 14, 2019–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Vien Nguyen saw their first action Thursday in the TYR Pro Swim Series Long Course Meet at Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Atkinson, 30, a four-time Olympian for Jamaica, faded to third after a slow start in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. She lost ground in the first 25 meters and finished in 1:08.00.

Canadian record holder Sydney Pickrem won in the last 25 meters in 1:07.20 and Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was second in 1:07.32. Pickrem bettered her personal best from the 2019 Canadian Championships.

In morning prelims, Atkinson led a tight field in 1:09.14 to earn the top seed. Three other swimmers were within a half second behind her: Melissa Rodriguez of Mexico in 1:09.23, Breeja Larson of New York Aquatic Club in 1:09.24 and Pickrem in 1:09.61.

Atkinson has four events left: the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly on Friday and 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Vietnamese Olympian Nguyen, 22, was fourth in the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:50.33. Pickrem won her second event in 4:40.64 and Overholt was second in 4:44.23.

Nguyen was fourth fastest in the 400-meter individual medley prelims in 4:52.42. The top seed was Evie Pfeifer of Texas in 4:46.86 who finished third in 4:44.51.

Nguyen also swam the 200-meter freestyle and finished 15th in 2:05.32 and qualified for the “B” final. She came back at night to finish second in the “B” final in 2:02.16.

Nguyen has four events left: the 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Other event winners were:

Leah Smith of Tucson Ford Aquatics, women’s 200-meter freestyle, 1:57.40, just ahead of Mallory Comerford of Louisville in 1:57.93 and Emily Overholt of HPC Vancouver in 1:57.97.

Trey Freeman of Baylor Swim Club won the men’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.00. Markus Thormeyer of HPC Vancouver was second in 1:49.33 and Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia was third in 1:49.83.

American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Team Elite was fourth in 1:50.01. Carter is building up for the July 12-19 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and July 26-Aug. 11 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Thirty-year-old Brandon Fischer of Livermore won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59.86. He was the only swimmer to break 1 minute. Devon Nowicki of Michigan Lakeshore was second in 1:00.97 and Miguel de Lara Ojeda of Mexico was third in 1:01.15.

Ali DeLoof of Team Elite won the women’s 50-meter backstroke in 28.05 followed by Amy Bilquist of Scottsdale Aquatics in 28.44 and Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets in 28.64.

Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.05 followed by Olympian Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford Aquatics in 25.21 and Chris Staka of Aptos Cabrillo in 25.57.

Louise Hansson of Trojan Swim Club won the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 57.36, just ahead of Kelsi Worrell Dahlia of the Cardinal Aquatics in 57.45 and Kendyl Stewart of Team Elite in 58.35.

Gianluca Urlando of Dart Swimming won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 52.20. Giles Smith of Phoenix Swim Club was second in 52.63 and Ryan Coetzee of Tennessee Aquatics was third in 53.57.

Puerto Rico’s Jarod Arroyo of Pitchfork Aquatics won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:21.65. Erick Gordillo of Guatemala was second in 4:27.00 and Brodie Young of UBC Thunderbirds was third in 4:28.18.

The four-day meet continues Friday with prelims and finals.

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: Friday-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 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….it is a long course meet.

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

Samuel Quintero Double Winner In Opening Session Of NPB Summer Kickoff


By Sharon Robb

June 1, 2019—Samuel Quintero was a double winner in the first session of the 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff Saturday at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex.

Swimming unattached for South Florida Aquatic Club after three great weeks of training at Academic Village Pool, Quintero, 18, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:54.72, nearly five seconds ahead of Patrick Doyle, 16, of Sunrise in 4:59.88. Only Quintero and Doyle cracked five minutes.

Quintero also won the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:08.83, shaving 0.57 off his previous best of 1:09.40.

SOFLO teammate Marco Cabrera Duarte, 18, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.82 followed by runner-up and teammate Lance Lesage, 16, in 2:12.84

Heath Brames was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.82. Austin Nelson was fifth in the 200-meter backstroke in a best time 2:26.29.

SOFLO’s top women’s finisher was Vien Nguyen, 22. The Vietnamese Olympian and national record holder was second in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:28.58; third in the 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:21.37, dropping 0.39; and fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.61.

Kelley Heron was third in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:29.88. Melissa Marinheiro was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:18.43.

SOFLO has the largest team with 83 swimmers entered in 394 time final races.

The meet, one of the Florida Gold Coast’s top summer meets, has attracted some of the Florida Gold Coast’s top teams including Azura, Boca Raton Swim Team, SwimFast, Martin County, Swim Fort Lauderdale, Miami Swimming and hosts North Palm Beach and Plantation Swim Team.

Session Two for the younger age group swimmers is scheduled to get underway 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

SATURDAY SESSION ONE RESULTS
GIRLS

200-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Riley MacVane, NPB 2:20.37; 15-and-over, 1. Mariangela Cincotti, Azura 2:12.40; SOFLO: 4. Melissa Marinheiro 2:18.43.

100-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Rafaella Araujo, Azura 1:19.55; 15-and-over, 1. Olivia Hernandez, GRSC 1:17.75; SOFLO: 3. Vien Nguyen 1:21.37, time drop.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Rylie Barnhardt, SFTL 2:36.98; 15-and-over, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 2:27.86; SOFLO: 2. Vien Nguyen 2:28.58, 3. Kelley Heron 2:29.88.

100-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 1:07.78; 15-and-over, 1. Mariel Mencia, Azura 1:05.19; SOFLO: 4. Vien Nguyen 1:08.61.

50-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Julianne McCranie, Azura 29.78; 15-and-over, 1. Mariel Mencia, Azura 27.52; SOFLO: 12. Kelley Heron 30.09.

400-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Jennifer Secrest, NPB 5:10.36; SOFLO: 9. Izzy Wilson 5:51.55, 12. Anastasia Lutz 6:01.78.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Dylan Felt, SFTL 2:03.87; SOFLO: 7. Adrian Hernandez 2:16.57, time drop, 14. Austin Nelson 2:27.43; 15-and-over, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 1:57.80; SOFLO: 4. Heath Brames 2:03.82, 8. CJ Kopecki 2:07.51.

100-meter breaststroke:
13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:11.20; 15-and-over, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 1:08.83, time drop.

200-meter backstroke:
13-14, 1. Daniel Givskov, SFTL 2:27.53; SOFLO: 5. Austin Nelson 2:26.29, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Marco Cabrera Duarte, SOFLO 2:10.82; SOFLO: 2. Lance Lesage 2:12.84.

100-meter butterfly:
13-14, 1. Dario Martin, OSC 1:00.56; SOFLO: 11. Adrian Hernandez 1:11.96, time drop, 20. Austin Nelson 1:21.84, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Steven Aimable, Azura 56.95; SOFLO: 6. CJ Kopecki 1:02.53.

50-meter freestyle:
13-14, 1. Eddy Chen, GRSC 27.80; SOFLO: 17. Adrian Hernandez 29.70, time drop; 15-and-over, 1. Runar Borgen, PAQ 23.95; SOFLO: 9. Lance Lesage 25.93, 10. Heath Brames 26.09, 11. Marco Cabrera Duarte 26.17, 17. CJ Kopecki 26.96.

400-meter individual medley:
Open, 1. Samuel Quintero, SOFLO 4:54.72.

IF YOU GO

What: 11th annual North Palm Beach Long Course Summer Kickoff

When: Sunday

Where: Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex, 9141 NW Second Street, off Broward Blvd.

Schedule: Sunday, Session One 9 a.m.-1:37 p.m., Session Two 2-5:29 p.m.

Of note: Plantation Swim Team and City of Plantation are hosting the meet…North Palm Beach Swim Club staff is running the meet for the seventh consecutive year…Admission is $5 each session, heat sheet $2 each session. Meet directors are Alf Aguirre, 305-773-6060 and Dick Cavanah 561-762-7261…Time lines, psych sheets and results are posted at http://www.npbswimming.com and Meet Mobile.

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