Dressel, Manuel Win On Final Day Of World Team Trials; Team USA Selection Complete


By Sharon Robb

July 2, 2017—The 50-meter freestyles took center stage on the final night of the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

With the quickest start, Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel went on to win in 21.53 ahead of American record holder Nathan Adrian in 21.87 and Cullen Jones in 21.89. It was his third win of the meet. Dressel qualified for up to seven events including a mixed relay for worlds.

“It feels good [to win] especially with good company,” Dressel said. “There’s a lot of really fast guys in that heat.”

Earlier in the week, Dressel, 20, of the University of Florida, was also second in the 100-meter freestyle just behind 28-year-old Nathan Adrian by 1/100th of a second.

Simone Manuel won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in 24.27, just 0.2 seconds shy of Dara Torres’ American record set in 2008 and third fastest in the world this year.

“I was happy with that swim,” Manuel said. “I was surprised with a 24.2 based on how I have been feeling in the water.”

In other Saturday night races:

Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg won the 200-meter individual medley followed by Madisyn Cox. Two-time NCAA champion Ella Eastin did not qualify for the world team.

Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:56.51.

Leah Smith won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16:01.02. Katie Ledecky will claim the other spot at worlds after winning the 800 freestyle earlier in the week.

Clark Smith won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:50.54 just ahead of Zane Grothe of Badger Swim Club in 7:50.97.

The men’s 800 freestyle and women’s 1500 freestyle were recently added to the Olympics for 2020. However, the addition came too close to nationals for USA Swimming to change its selection criteria so the men’s 800 and women’s 1500 will be treated as non-Olympic events for worlds, junior world and World University Games qualifying.

Top high point scorers of the meet were: Leah Smith, 91; Caeleb Dressel, 90; Katie Ledecky, 73; Michael Andrew 72; and Kelsi Worrell, 70. Stanford, Cal Aquatics and Athens Bulldogs were the top three club finishers.

Ledecky, despite taking two days off, received the Phillips 66 Performance Award.

On the final day, St. Andrew’s alum Rachael Bradford-Feldman was the top Florida Gold Coast finisher, making Top 8 in the 200-meter individual medley. She was eighth in finals in 2:14.54 after going 2:13.97 in prelims.

With a nice blend of new faces and veteran swimmers, Team USA will take 24 men and 21 women to Budapest at this month’s world championships. The women’s team will be coached by Greg Meehan of Stanford and Dave Durden of Cal-Berkeley will coach the men’s team.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Prelims, 7. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Louisville 2:13.97; A Final, 8. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Louisville 2:14.54.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: 62. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:08.26.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Prelims, 24. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 25.82; C Final, 4, tie, Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming 25.76.

SATURDAY RESULTS

Women’s 1500-meter freestyle: 1. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 16:01.02, 2. Hannah Moore, Wolfpack 16:08.68, 3. Ashley Twichell, NCAC 16:10.63.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: 1. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 2:09.57, 2. Madisyn Cox, TXL 2:09.69, 3. Ella Eastin, Stanford 2:10.89.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 1:56.51, 2. Abraham Devine, Stanford 1:56.79, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 1:57.14.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle: 1. Clark Smith, TEX 7:50.43, 2. Zane Grothe, Badger 7:50.97, 3. True Sweetser, Stanford 7:55.29.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, Stanford 24.27, 2. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal Aquatics 24.74, 3. Lia Neal, Stanford 24.77.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 21.53, 2. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 21.87, 3. Cullen Jones, Wolfpack 21.89.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Cordes Breaks Three Records On Day Four Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

July 1, 2017—Kevin Cordes swept the breaststroke events after breaking the American, U.S. Open and meet records in the 100-meter breaststroke Friday night at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials on at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Cordes, swimming unattached, won the event in 58.74 lowering Cody Miller’s American record of 58.87 and Adam Peaty’s U.S. Open record of 58.86. He also broke his own meet record of 58.94.

“I’m just happy that I get the chance to swim it again and represent the U.S. at the World Championships,” Cordes said.

“I think I’ll take everything I learned from this meet, the good and the bad, and work through it the next couple of weeks, get ready and get excited again.”

Cordes, who also won the 200-meter breaststroke, is now ranked second in the world.

Cordes is being coached by Sergio Lopez, now coaching at Auburn. Cordes had travelled to Singapore to train with Lopez when he was coaching the Singapore national team before getting the Auburn job.

“What a great meet for Kevin Cordes,” Lopez posted on his Facebook page. “I am very proud of Kevin for staying the course and being able to stay calm through this meet.

“Personally, I am very thankful that he is trusting the process and allowing me to learn as we move forward. Also very thankful to my boss Brett Hawke for giving us this chance to be part of the amazing Auburn family.

“Kevin took three good steps forward to Tokyo 2020 and a good boost of confidence for the next challenge in a couple of weeks at FINA Worlds in Budapest.”

Coral Springs Swim Club’s Alex Evdokimov of Louisville was eighth in the B Final in 1:02.39 after going 1:01.82 in prelims. He was the highest Florida Gold Coast finisher.

Other Friday winners were:

Katie Ledecky won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:58.44, the third fastest time ever and meet and U.S. Open records

Zane Grothe, training in Indiana, won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:44.43.

Lilly King added the 100-meter breaststroke win to her 50- and 200-meter breaststroke victories in a meet record 1:04.95.

Kathleen Baker won her second event, the 100-meter backstroke in a U.S. open and course record-breaking time of 58.57, breaking Missy Franklins’ records of 58.67 set in 2013.

Fan favorite and veteran Olympian Matt Grevers, 32, knocked off Ryan Murphy to win the 100-meter backstroke in 52.71. Murphy was 0.31 seconds behind in 53.02.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

The five day meet concludes on Saturday. Saturday’s events are: women’s 1500 meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, women’s and men’s 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyles. NBC is broadcasting a tape-delay show on Sunday, 1-3 p.m., with Rowdy Gaines.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: 52. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:19.86.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: 57. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 4:02.82.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 21. Emily Kopas, Michigan 1:10.34.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 12. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 1:01.82; B Final, 8. Alex Evdokimov 1:02.39.

FRIDAY RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 3:58.44, meet, U.S. Open records, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 4:03.77, 3. Sierra Schmidt, Club Wolverine 4:07.92.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, Badger 3:44.43, 2. Clark Smith, Texas 3:45.91, 3. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatic 3:46.41.

Women’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 1:04.95, 2. Katie Meili, New York Athletic Club 1:05.51, 3. Bethany Galat, Texas A&M 1:06.72.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 58.74, meet, U.S. Open, American records, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 59.11, 3. Nicolas Fink, Athens Bulldogs 59.40.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 58.57, 2. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldogs 59.17, 3. Hannah Stevens, UMIZ 59.74.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford 52.71, 2. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 53.02, 3. Justin Ress, Wolfpack 53.38.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel Wins Again On Day Three Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2017—Caeleb Dressel is showing just how versatile he is in the pool.

The Bolles swimmer won the 100-meter butterfly Thursday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Dressel won in 50.87, the fastest time in the world this year and first swimmer to break 51 seconds this year. Dressel swept the butterfly events.

“I was happy with the butterfly races and I couldn’t ask for more,” Dressel told reporters. “I’m definitely a speed guy, that’s how I swim most of my races. But I just want to swim a smart race.

“I don’t want to be labeled as a sprinter that goes out wicked fast and just dies,” Dressel said. “I want to be a speed guy that controls his races.”

Dressel, who beat Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling at this year’s NCAAs, will have another showdown with the superstar at the world championships.

Other Thursday winners were:

Kelsi Worrell of Louisville won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.38. It was the third event she qualified for world championship schedule.

Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz, who finished his college swimming career at Georgia this past season, swam the fastest time in the world this year to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:06.99.

Leah Smith of Cavalier won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.86. Elizabeth Beisel was second in 4:38.55. Bethany Galat and Ella Eastin were both disqualified.

Justin Ress of Wolfpack knocked off Ryan Murphy of Cal Aquatics to win the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 24.41. Murphy was second in 24.64 and Matt Grevers was third in 24.67.

Hannah Stevens won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 27.33.

Lilly King of Indiana won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.66, the only swimmer to dip under 30 seconds. It was a meet, U.S. Open and American record.

Kevin Cordes won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 26.88, the only swimmer under 27 seconds.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

The five day meet continues Friday. Friday’s events are: women’s and men’s 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter backstroke.

The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 10. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Louisville, 4:45.16, prelims; B Final, 4. Bradford-Feldman, 4:46.32.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 52. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:36.86.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 48. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:01.05, 61. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.52.

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 21. Emily Kopas, Michigan 32.21.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 23. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 28.75.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 72. Darby Goodwin, VILL 30.23, 89. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 31.20, Clara Smiddy, Michigan, DNS.

THURSDAY RESULTS

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 1. Leah Smith, Cavalier 4:33.86, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, ABF 4:38.55, 3. Brooke Ford, Lakeside 4:39.19.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 4:06.99, 2. Jay Litherland, Dynamo 4:09.31, 3. Gunnar Bentz, Athens Bulldogs 4:11.66.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville 57.38, 2. Sarah Gibson, TAMU 57.96, 3. Mallory Comerford, Louisville 57.97.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 50.87, 2. Tim Phillips, Swim MAC 51.30, 3. Jack Conger, NCA 51.33.

Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 29.66, 2. Katie Meili, NYAC 31.11, 3. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 30.24.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 26.88, 2. Andrew Wilson, TXL 27.18, 3. Cody Miller, Badger 27.24.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 1. Hannah Stevens, UMI 27.63, 2. Kathleen Baker, TE 27.69, 3. Ali Deloof, Club Wolverine 27.89.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ress, Wolfpack 24.41, 2. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 24.64, 3. Matt Grevers, Ford 24.67.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Florida Swimmers Take Center Stage On Day Two Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2017—Ryan Murphy and Caeleb Dressel, who grew up swimming in Florida, won national titles Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Murphy, the Olympic champion, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.30 while Dressel won his first national title in the 50-meter butterfly in a national meet record 23.05 and qualified for his second world championship event after earning a spot in the 100-meter freestyle.

Dressel, a double Olympic gold medalist on relays in Rio, won an hour after finishing sixth in the 200-meter freestyle final.

Murphy graduated from Jacksonville Bolles and trained with the club team. Dressel graduated from Clay High School and trains with the club team.

Other Wednesday winners were:

Lilly King won the 200-meter breaststroke to set up a showdown with Russian rival Yulia Efimova at next month’s world championships. King won in a best time 2:21.83, dropping 2.2 seconds off her previous best. They will meet for the first time at worlds.

Katie Ledecky beat her best time in the world this year by a half second winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.84. Ledecky has the 400 freestyle left to swim on Friday.

“Certainly growing in confidence in that race,” said Ledecky, who won the 800 freestyle the night before. “It’s right on or faster than what I was at Trials last year (1:54.88).

Kathleen Baker won the 200-meter backstroke by 2:17 seconds in 2:06.38, the fastest time in the world this year. Teenager Regan Smith, 15, was second and will be the youngest American to race in an individual event at worlds since Elizabeth Beisel in 2007.

Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell of Louisville won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.69.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

The five day meet continues Thursday. Thursday’s events are: 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter backstroke.

The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 60. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:04.04.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 71. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:54.32.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 21. Rachel Bradford Feldman, Louisville 2:31.21, 23. Emily Kopas, Michigan 2:31.83.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 14. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs SC 2:14.72/B Final, 4. Alex Evdokimov 2:14.00.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 14. Clara Smiddy, Michigan 2:11.94, 75. Darby Goodwin, VILL 2:18.59; B Final, 8. Clara Smiddy, 2:13.10.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 45. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 27.91, 64. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 28.55.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 1:54.84, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 1:56.68, 3. Melanie Margalias, St. Petersbrg 1:56.90.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 1:45.03, 2. Blake Pieroni, Indiana 1:46.30, 3. Zane Grothe, Badger 1:46.39.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 2:21.83, 2. Bethany Galat, TAMU 2:22.24, 3. Miranda Tucker, Club Wolverine 2:25.82.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 2:07.41, 2. Nicolas Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:08.63, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:08.72.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 2:06.38, 2. Regan Smith, RIP 2:08.55, 3. Asia Seidt, Lakeside 2:08.99.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 1:54.30, 2. Jacob Pebley, Cal Aquatics 1:54.78, 3. Robert Owen, Hoki 1:57.17.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Cardinals 25.69, 2. Hellen Moffitt, NCAC 26.19, 3. Kendyl Stewart, Trojan 26.24.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 23.05, 2. Cullen Jones, Wolfpack 23.27, 3. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 23.37.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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Ledecky, Adrian Wins Highlight Day One Of World Team Trials


By Sharon Robb

June 28, 2017—Less than an hour after finishing sixth in the 100-meter freestyle, Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle to make the U.S. team for next month’s FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The two-time defending Olympic champion pulled ahead of the field early and went on to win in 8:11.50, just shy of her national meet record of 8:10.32 and winning by nearly nine seconds at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials on Tuesday at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Ledecky, 20, has won every 800 freestyle she has raced since she made her international debut five years ago.

“I didn’t rest too much for this,” Ledecky said. “Compared to other trials and selection meets, this might be the least tapered I have been over the past couple of years,” Ledecky told reporters after her swim.

“I am getting in and racing,” Ledecky said. “I have confidence from training that I can get up and go times like that.”

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian got all he could handle from Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel holding him off by 0.01 to win n 47.96, third fastest time in the world this year.

Adrian, at 28, the oldest swimmer in the final, came home in 24.69. Dressel went out in 22.81. It was the third time Dressel cracked 48 seconds.

“That’s kind of what we have built into my nervous system,” Adrian said. “I’ve always tried to go out and bring it back in the back half. Now maybe we can figure out what to do in the front half.”

In the 100-meter freestyle, Mallory Comerford of Louisville broke the meet record in the prelims and came back in final to win in 52.81, 4/10ths faster than her morning swim. It was back-to-back meet records and U.S. Open record. Stanford’s Simone Manuel (53.05) and Lia Neal (53.59) were second and third.

Hali Flickinger led from start-to-finish to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.60. In the men’s event, Jack Conger held off Pace Clark and Chase Kalisz to win the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.47.

Stanford’s True Sweetser reeled in early leader Robert Finke of St. Petersburg in the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:59.73.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

By winning, Ledecky has already given herself the option to compete in the 1,500 at Budapest without having to swim the event on Saturday.

The five day meet continues Wednesday. Wednesday’s events are: men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly.

The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS

Women 200-meter butterfly: 28. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:15.23, 44. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 2:16.92: C Final, 3. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:13.28.

Men 200-meter butterfly: 24. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.39, 50. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 2:04.87.

Women 100-meter freestyle: 72. Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest 57.27, 79. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 57.49.

TUESDAY DAY ONE FINAL RESULTS

Women 200-meter butterfly: 1. Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldogs 2:07.60, 2. Dakota Luther, ASC 2:08.71, 3. Sarah Gibson, TAMU 2:08.75.

Men 200-meter butterfly: 1. Jack Conger, NCA 1:54.47, 2. Pace Clark, Athens Bulldogs 1:54.58, 3. Chase Kalisz, North Baltiomore 1:54.79; C Final: 4. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:00.49.

Women 100-meter freestyle: 1. Mallory Comerford, Louisville 52.81, CR, US record; 2. Simone Manuel, Stanford 53.05, 3. Lia Neal, Stanford 53.59.

Men 100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 47.96, 2. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 47.97, 3. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 48.20.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 8:11.50, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 8:20.46, 3. Hannah Moore, Wolfpack 8:27.58.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. True Sweetser, Stanford 14:59.73, 2. Robert Finke, St. Petersburg 15:01.31, 3. PJ Ransford, Michigan 15:01.82.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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