FINA World Championships Predictions: Women’s 200 IM

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At the 2015 FINA World Championships, Katinka Hosszu won gold in the women’s 200 IM by more than two seconds. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the margin was just three tenths of a second.

Hosszu did go a touch slower in Rio, but only four tenths of a second. The big difference: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor dropping almost two seconds in the span of a year, becoming just the third woman ever to crack the 2:07-barrier.

O’Connor, at 21 years old, is more than six years younger than Hosszu, but she will have to deal with the partisan Hungarian crowd when the two face off again in Budapest.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Women’s 200 IM

Current Records:

World Record: Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2015) — 2:06.12
Championship Record: Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2015) — 2:06.12
American Record: Ariana Kukors (2009) — 2:06.15

2015 World Champion: Katinka Hosszu, HUN — 2:06.15
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist: Katinka Hosszu, HUN — 2:06.58
2017 World No. 1: Katinka Hosszu, HUN — 2:08.49

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Katinka Hosszu, HUN
Silver: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, GBR
Bronze: Melanie Margalis, USA

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Katinka Hosszu, HUN
Silver: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, GBR
Bronze: Melanie Margalis, USA

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Katinka Hosszu, HUN
Silver: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, GBR
Bronze: Sydney Pickrem, CAN

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FINA World Championships Predictions: Men’s 50 Fly

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The first of the stroke 50 finals of the World Championships will be missing a key name in defending World Champion Florent Manaudou. Manaudou is better known for his freestyle, but his powerful butterfly got him the win at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan.

In his absence, it’s wide open as far as finding a favorite for gold. So far this year, three swimmers have broken 23 seconds: 36-year-old Brazilian Nicolas Santos, 22-year-old Brit Ben Proud and another Brazilian, Henrique Martins.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Men’s 50 Fly

Current Records:

World Record: Rafael Munoz, ESP (2009) — 22.43
Championship Record: Milorad Cavic, SRB (2009) — 22.67
American Record: Bryan Lundquist (2009) — 22.91

2015 World Champion: Florent Manaudou, FRA — 22.97
2017 World No. 1: Nicholas Santos, BRA — 22.61

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Nicholas Santos, BRA
Silver: Ben Proud, GBR
Bronze: Caeleb Dressel, USA

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Andrey Govorov, UKR
Silver: Nicholas Santos, BRA
Bronze: Ben Proud, GBR

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Ben Proud, GBR
Silver: Caeleb Dressel, USA
Bronze: Nicholas Santos, BRA

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Swimming World Presents “Around the Table with Michael Andrew”

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Nutrition: Around the Table with Michael Andrew

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Have you ever wondered how you can eat like a pro athlete? The “Around The Table” feature in Swimming World Magazine gives you access to how some of the best swimmers in the world are filling up. The world of nutrition can be murky and contradictory, so pull up a chair at this table of champions to understand why swim stars take food seriously.

This month’s “Around the Table” centers on swimming’s youngest athlete to go pro: Michael Andrew. Now, at the age of 18, Andrew has set a stunning 78 National Age Group (NAG) records and last summer became the first 17-year-old male to swim the 100-meter breaststroke under one minute.

Andrew described himself to Swimming World’s Annie Grevers as a “picky eater” as a kid, but explained that, “I really notice a difference in training when I go in fueled or do not.”

To learn more about Andrew and a sample of his daily menu, check out the July 2017 issue of Swimming World, available now!


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Joseph Schooling Delivers 50.96 100 Fly, Rockets to Second in World Rankings

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The third night of the 2017 Austin Speedo Sectionals saw some fast times thrown down, especially by Joseph Schooling of Longhorn Aquatics. Schooling flew to a sizzling 50.96 in the men’s 100 fly, improving upon his 2017 best and rocketing him up to second in the world rankings.

Women’s 100 Back

Kendall Shields of Austin Swim Club grabbed a narrow victory in the women’s 100 back, finishing .31 seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 1:03.01.

Kaitlin Harty, swimming unattached, was second overall with a time of 1:03.32, while Victoria Edwards, also swimming unattached, was third with a 1:04.28.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Kendall Shields        17 Austin Swim Club  1:03.42    1:03.01   20  
             30.60      1:03.01 (32.41)
  2 Kaitlin Harty          19 Un-St             1:03.77    1:03.32   17  
             30.88      1:03.32 (32.44)
  3 Victoria Edwards       18 Un-St             1:04.33    1:04.28   16  
             31.07      1:04.28 (33.21)
  4 Samantha Siebenaller   18 Aggie Swim Club   1:04.41    1:04.39   15  
             31.80      1:04.39 (32.59)
  5 Katherine Smith        18 Un-La             1:04.99    1:04.48   14  
             31.47      1:04.48 (33.01)
  6 Laine Reed             21 Un-St             1:05.13    1:04.71   13  
             31.56      1:04.71 (33.15)
  7 Kaitlyn Swinney        21 Rice Aquatics     1:05.04    1:04.73   12  
             31.63      1:04.73 (33.10)
  8 Sara Metzsch           19 Aggie Swim Club   1:04.36    1:04.97   11  
             31.53      1:04.97 (33.44)

Men’s 100 Back

Aggie Swim Club’s Brock Bonetti took home gold in the men’s 100 back with a top showing of 55.64, finishing well ahead of the competition.

Iegor Lytvenok of Streamline Aquatics picked up second with a time of 57.46, followed by Longhorn Aquatics’ Samuel Stewart’s 57.89.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Brock Bonetti          21 Aggie Swim Club     55.40      55.64   20  
             26.83        55.64 (28.81)
  2 Iegor Lytvenok         23 Streamline Aquat    57.85      57.46   17  
             27.41        57.46 (30.05)
  3 Samuel Stewart         20 Longhorn Aquatic    58.48      57.89   16  
             28.01        57.89 (29.88)
  4 Andrii Nikishenko      28 Streamline Aquat    57.89      58.26   15  
             28.19        58.26 (30.07)
  5 Isaac Gwin             17 Nitro Swimming      58.18      58.77   14  
             28.08        58.77 (30.69)
  6 Earl Kilbride          20 Lost Creek Aquat    58.73      58.99   13  
             28.38        58.99 (30.61)
  7 Coby Carrozza          16 Longhorn Aquatic    58.99      59.07   12  
             28.36        59.07 (30.71)
  8 Miguel Velasquez       17 Austin Swim Club    58.74      59.52   11  
             28.56        59.52 (30.96)

Women’s 100 Breast

Marie-Claire Schillinger of Rice Aquatics turned in the top time of the evening in the women’s 100 breast, stopping the clock at a time of 1:10.92.

Longhorn Aquatics’ Brooke Hansen touched second overall with a 1:11.66, followed closely by Aggie Swim Club’s Monika Gonzalez-Hermos‘ 1:11.71.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Marie-Claire Schillin  20 Rice Aquatics     1:11.73    1:10.92   20  
    r:+0.65  33.27      1:10.92 (37.65)
  2 Brooke Hansen          20 Longhorn Aquatic  1:13.79    1:11.66   17  
    r:+0.77  33.61      1:11.66 (38.05)
  3 Monika Gonzalez-Hermo  21 Aggie Swim Club   1:13.95    1:11.71   16  
    r:+0.74  34.18      1:11.71 (37.53)
  4 Lauren Savoy           18 Lakeside Aquatic  1:14.46    1:13.41   15  
    r:+0.78  35.23      1:13.41 (38.18)
  5 Victoria Roubique      19 Cypress Fairbank  1:14.21    1:13.59   14  
    r:+0.84  35.02      1:13.59 (38.57)
  6 Emma Garfield          17 Lakeside Aquatic  1:14.55    1:13.67   13  
    r:+0.65  35.20      1:13.67 (38.47)
  7 Jadyn Jannasch         15 Un-Nt             1:14.56    1:13.78   12  
    r:+0.76  35.18      1:13.78 (38.60)
  8 Catriona Macgregor     18 Austin Swim Club  1:15.01    1:14.50   11  
    r:+0.72  34.63      1:14.50 (39.87)

Men’s 100 Breast

Aggie Swim Club’s Mauro Castillo Luna posted the fastest time of the evening in the men’s 100 breast, delivering a gold-medal time of 1:02.94.

Casey Melzer of Longhorn Aquatics grabbed second with a time of 1:03.12 and Teo D’Alessandro, swimming unattached, was third with a 1:03.28.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Mauro Castillo Luna    21 Aggie Swim Club   1:05.04    1:02.94   20  
    r:+0.67  29.83      1:02.94 (33.11)
  2 Casey Melzer           20 Longhorn Aquatic  1:03.86    1:03.12   17  
    r:+0.72  29.45      1:03.12 (33.67)
  3 Teo D'Alessandro       23 Un-Nt             1:04.45    1:03.28   16  
    r:+0.69  29.20      1:03.28 (34.08)
  4 Benjamin Walker        19 Aggie Swim Club   1:04.04    1:04.46   15  
    r:+0.73  29.94      1:04.46 (34.52)
  5 Jared Butler           21 RACE              1:05.82    1:04.89   14  
    r:+0.76  30.26      1:04.89 (34.63)
  6 Arthur Cheng           18 Coastal Bend All  1:06.06    1:06.01   13  
    r:+0.69  30.83      1:06.01 (35.18)
  7 Andrew Riebel          20 Un-Gu             1:06.07    1:06.31   12  
    r:+0.79  31.36      1:06.31 (34.95)
  8 Cameron Karkoska       19 Austin Swim Club  1:05.74    1:06.33   11  
    r:+0.77  31.11      1:06.33 (35.22)

Women’s 400 Free

Joanna Evans, swimming unattached, added to her medal collection with a dominating win in the women’s 400 free. Evans turned in a final time of 4:10.86, more than five seconds ahead of the competition.

Lakeside Aquatics’ Lauren Pitzer finished second overall with a 4:15.94, while Aggie Swim Club’s Kathryn Portz took third with a 4:18.21.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Joanna Evans           19 Un-St             4:17.45    4:10.86   20  
    r:+0.77  29.06      1:00.20 (31.14)
        1:31.90 (31.70)     2:03.53 (31.63)
        2:35.17 (31.64)     3:07.27 (32.10)
        3:39.68 (32.41)     4:10.86 (31.18)
  2 Lauren Pitzer          18 Lakeside Aquatic  4:18.24    4:15.94   17  
    r:+0.74  29.12      1:00.64 (31.52)
        1:32.67 (32.03)     2:05.06 (32.39)
        2:37.53 (32.47)     3:10.93 (33.40)
        3:43.64 (32.71)     4:15.94 (32.30)
  3 Kathryn Portz          19 Aggie Swim Club   4:19.02    4:18.21   16  
    r:+0.73  29.42      1:01.23 (31.81)
        1:34.07 (32.84)     2:06.67 (32.60)
        2:39.74 (33.07)     3:12.65 (32.91)
        3:45.93 (33.28)     4:18.21 (32.28)
  4 Karling Hemstreet      19 Aggie Swim Club   4:18.80    4:19.98   15  
    r:+0.74  30.27      1:02.90 (32.63)
        1:35.47 (32.57)     2:08.24 (32.77)
        2:40.79 (32.55)     3:13.71 (32.92)
        3:46.67 (32.96)     4:19.98 (33.31)
  5 Logan Shiller          17 Un-St             4:24.62    4:21.01   14  
    r:+0.74  30.10      1:02.82 (32.72)
        1:35.70 (32.88)     2:08.84 (33.14)
        2:41.87 (33.03)     3:15.15 (33.28)
        3:48.27 (33.12)     4:21.01 (32.74)
  6 Haley Yelle            18 Mansfield Aquati  4:22.38    4:21.64   13  
    r:+0.77  29.84      1:01.80 (31.96)
        1:34.54 (32.74)     2:07.96 (33.42)
        2:41.05 (33.09)     3:14.90 (33.85)
        3:48.91 (34.01)     4:21.64 (32.73)
  7 Sara Metzsch           19 Aggie Swim Club   4:22.71    4:21.99   12  
    r:+0.71  29.93      1:02.11 (32.18)
        1:34.94 (32.83)     2:08.15 (33.21)
        2:41.37 (33.22)     3:14.99 (33.62)
        3:48.85 (33.86)     4:21.99 (33.14)
  8 Carson Kaufmann        15 Cypress Fairbank  4:22.99    4:24.72   11  
    r:+0.74  29.98      1:02.46 (32.48)
        1:36.32 (33.86)     2:09.99 (33.67)
        2:44.07 (34.08)     3:18.03 (33.96)
        3:52.29 (34.26)     4:24.72 (32.43)

Men’s 400 Free

Jeffrey Newkirk, swimming unattached, delivered the only sub-four minute swim in the men’s 400 free, touching first in a time of 3:57.91.

Joshua Artmann, also swimming unattached, took second in the men’s race with a final time of 4:01.94, just ahead of Aggie Swim Club’s Felipe Rizzo and his time of 4:02.18.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Jeffrey Newkirk        20 Un-St             4:05.72    3:57.91   20  
    r:+0.71  27.00        56.10 (29.10)
        1:26.04 (29.94)     1:56.14 (30.10)
        2:26.27 (30.13)     2:56.88 (30.61)
        3:27.78 (30.90)     3:57.91 (30.13)
  2 Joshua Artmann         18 Un-St             4:06.29    4:01.94   17  
    r:+0.69  27.37        56.97 (29.60)
        1:27.11 (30.14)     1:58.26 (31.15)
        2:29.11 (30.85)     3:00.44 (31.33)
        3:31.54 (31.10)     4:01.94 (30.40)
  3 Felipe Rizzo           19 Aggie Swim Club   4:02.59    4:02.18   16  
    r:+0.74  28.10        58.18 (30.08)
        1:28.98 (30.80)     1:59.88 (30.90)
        2:31.05 (31.17)     3:02.46 (31.41)
        3:32.97 (30.51)     4:02.18 (29.21)
  4 Riley Dafoe            17 Cypress Fairbank  4:03.91    4:03.09   15  
    r:+0.74  27.98        58.49 (30.51)
        1:29.84 (31.35)     2:01.08 (31.24)
        2:32.09 (31.01)     3:03.23 (31.14)
        3:34.16 (30.93)     4:03.09 (28.93)
  5 William Karau          18 North Texas Nada  4:04.99    4:04.94   14  
    r:+0.80  28.28        58.36 (30.08)
        1:29.15 (30.79)     2:00.24 (31.09)
        2:31.27 (31.03)     3:03.11 (31.84)
        3:34.44 (31.33)     4:04.94 (30.50)
  6 Mason Nyboer           16 Tiger Aquatics    4:07.74    4:07.14   13  
    r:+0.73  28.77        59.48 (30.71)
        1:30.89 (31.41)     2:02.41 (31.52)
        2:33.07 (30.66)     3:05.00 (31.93)
        3:36.09 (31.09)     4:07.14 (31.05)
  7 Benjamin Walker        19 Aggie Swim Club   4:06.76    4:08.98   12  
    r:+0.72  27.98        58.01 (30.03)
        1:28.64 (30.63)     1:59.66 (31.02)
        2:30.87 (31.21)     3:03.19 (32.32)
        3:36.28 (33.09)     4:08.98 (32.70)
  8 Samuel Kline           19 Longhorn Aquatic  4:06.70    4:10.25   11  
    r:+0.71  27.98        58.20 (30.22)
        1:29.69 (31.49)     2:01.53 (31.84)
        2:33.95 (32.42)     3:05.89 (31.94)
        3:38.56 (32.67)     4:10.25 (31.69)

Women’s 100 Fly

Beryl Gastaldello of Aggie Swim Club flew to victory in the women’s 100 fly, grabbing the gold medal by over two seconds. Her time of 59.46 was the only sub-minute time in the field.

El Paso Aqua’s Miriam Guevara delivered a second place time of 1:01.64, followed by Aggie’s Natasha Gvakharia’s 1:02.22.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Beryl Gastaldello      22 Aggie Swim Club   1:01.26      59.46   20  
    r:+0.66  27.48        59.46 (31.98)
  2 Miriam Guevara         16 El Paso Aqua Pos  1:01.78    1:01.64   17  
    r:+0.73  28.72      1:01.64 (32.92)
  3 Natasha Gvakharia      20 Aggie Swim Club   1:02.44    1:02.22   16  
    r:+0.75  29.00      1:02.22 (33.22)
  4 Lauren Pitzer          18 Lakeside Aquatic  1:01.94    1:02.49   15  
    r:+0.74  29.37      1:02.49 (33.12)
  5 Kornkarnjana Sapianch  20 Aggie Swim Club   1:03.13    1:02.62   14  
    r:+0.67  29.45      1:02.62 (33.17)
  6 Katherine Zenick       15 Lakeside Aquatic  1:03.25    1:03.11   13  
    r:+0.73  29.18      1:03.11 (33.93)
  7 Hannah Feng            17 Un-St             1:02.79    1:03.16   12  
    r:+0.64  28.91      1:03.16 (34.25)
  8 Cassandra Phillips     17 Aquatex Swim Tea  1:02.76    1:03.56   11  
    r:+0.73  28.95      1:03.56 (34.61)

Men’s 100 Fly

Joseph Schooling of Longhorn Aquatics turned up the heat in the men’s 100 fly, posting a final time of 50.96. Schooling’s time improves upon his 2017 best of 51.82 and rockets him to second in the world rankings behind fellow NCAA ace Caeleb Dressel (50.87).

Fellow Longhorn’s James Cooper and Bryce Bohman were second and third with times of 52.13 and 53.08.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Joseph Schooling       22 Longhorn Aquatic    53.12      50.96   20  
    r:+0.60  23.76        50.96 (27.20)
  2 James Cooper           24 Longhorn Aquatic    53.16      52.13   17  
    r:+0.70  24.32        52.13 (27.81)
  3 Bryce Bohman           27 Longhorn Aquatic    53.46      53.08   16  
    r:+0.70  24.97        53.08 (28.11)
  4 Brock Bonetti          21 Aggie Swim Club     54.43      54.55   15  
    r:+0.68  25.63        54.55 (28.92)
  5 Brett Ringgold         22 North Texas Nada    55.20      54.76   14  
    r:+0.71  25.49        54.76 (29.27)
  6 Jacob Huerta           19 Longhorn Aquatic    55.03      54.96   13  
    r:+0.73  25.27        54.96 (29.69)
  7 Matthew Willenbring    17 Austin Swim Club    55.56      55.05   12  
    r:+0.73  25.71        55.05 (29.34)
  8 Mateo Gonzalez         20 Aggie Swim Club     55.44      55.30   11  
    r:+0.61  25.72        55.30 (29.58)

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Hoosier Women Earn Another Verbal Commitment: Pennsylvania State Champ Morgan Scott

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NEW COMMIT: The Indiana University Class of 2022 has added another verbal commitment. Pennsylvania’s Morgan Scott will be joining the Hoosiers in the fall of 2018. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American joins a quickly growing class of verbal commitments which includes Julia WolfNoelle PeplowskiChristin Rockway and Ileah Doctor.

Scott does her club swimming with Central Bucks Swim Team. She’s a very strong freestyler and backstroker. Her best times are:

  • 100 Back 53.94
  • 50 Free 22.85
  • 100 Free 49.43
  • 200 Free 1:46.77

The rising senior at Pennridge High School in Perkasie was a two time state champion at the 2017 Pennsylvania AAA state championships. She dominated the 200 freestyle in 1:46.77 before pulling out a narrow victory in the 100 freestyle (49.43).

She said in her announcement on Instagram,

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to Indiana University! I can’t wait to further my education and swimming career as a Hoosier!!!”

Scott should be able to score a number of points for the Hoosiers at the Big 10 Conference meet. At the 2017 Championship she would have been a 100 backstroke and 100 and 200 freestyle B finalist. She would have been in this year’s 50 freestyle C final with her lifetime best.

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Main Remains Golden on Night Three of Southern Zone South Sectionals

Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

Southern Zone South Sectionals swimmers were back in the water this evening for night three of the championships. The top-32 swimmers in each event swam for the second time, after qualifying in this morning’s preliminaries.

The women’s 100-meter backstroke was dominated by Gator Swim Club’s Caitlin Brooks, who overtook the field by two seconds by turning in a time of 1:02.21. FSU swimmer Shelly Drodza was able to hold of Patriot Aquatic’s Abigail Marshall by swimming a 1:04.47, to Marshall’s 1:04.78.

The Main brothers tried their hand at backstroke again this evening, after successfully securing two podium spots in the 50-meter backstroke last night. Corey Main took the gold with a time of 55.39, while his younger brother, Bayley Main, was able to get the silver in 57.52. Keanan Dols, a Jamaican national teamer out of Sarasota YMCA, swam a 58.37, good enough for bronze.

Alia Atkinson has been lighting up the pool each time she dives in this weekend. She swam away with another victory this evening, this time in the 50-meter breaststroke. Atkinson finished almost three full seconds ahead of the silver medal swimmer, in a 30.98, which is astonishing, considering how short the race is. That silver medal swimmer was Swim Florida’s Vanessa Rivas who came in as a 33.62 and The Bolles School’s Katherine Baker snuck in for the bronze with a 33.87.

Jared Pike is also attempting the breaststroke sweep this weekend and so far he is two for two, after his 28.66 gold medal performance in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke. Former FSU teammate Juan Sequera touched second in 28.78 while Westminster Swimming’s David Lambert touched third in 29.41.

The sprinting continued in Orlando this evening with the women’s 50-meter butterfly. Alia Atkinson pulled off yet another double victory, which marks her as undefeated thus far at this competition. Talia Bates snuck onto the silver medal spot on the podium with her 27.31, that’s her second podium appearance so far this meet. Leila Johnston from FSU swam a 27.55, good enough for bronze.


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The men entered the tank next with their version of the 50-meter butterfly. Jan Switkowski from Gator Swim Club took his second gold of the meet in a time of 24.21. He was followed closely by William Pisani out of FSU and Austin Katz from the Sarasota YMCA who turned in times of 24.44 and 24.99, respectively.

It was again the night of the young stars this evening as 15-year old Emma Weyant swam away with her first gold of the meet in the women’s 200-meter IM. She did so in a time of 2:20.17. Highlander’s Carley Lowe, was able to sneak in for the silver with her time of 2:21.20, while 14-year old Junseo Kim earned the bronze with a 2:22.28.

Grant Sanders, coming off a solid performance at U.S. World Championship Trials last week, is continuing his success in Orlando. Sanders touch in 2:01.74, almost three full seconds ahead of FSU’s Juan Sequera who turned in a time of 2:04.08. Keanan Dols earned his second podium appearance this weekend with a 2:05.87 third place finish.

FSU continues to duke it out with the other universities in the state, this time they became victorious in the women’s 50-meter freestyle. FSU’s Nicole Blank won the event in 25.76. She was followed by Isabella Garofolo, out of Saint Andrew’s Swim Team, who turned in a time of 25.94. Westminster’s Victoria Fonville earned a bronze with her 25.99.

FSU remained on top of the podium yet again this evening, this time with Chad Mylin taking the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.83, the only swimmer to break 23-seconds. Gator Swim Club’s Enzo Martinez Scarpe swam a 23.08 for the silver and Clearwater Aquatic Team’s Alberto Mestre was right behind in 23.10.

Miami Metro’s Andreina Pinto earned her second podium appearance of the meet with her gold medal time of 4:16.91 in the women’s 400-meter freestyle. Gulliver’s Marcella Rupert-Gomez touched second in 4:20.69. Noa Heron out of West Florida Lightning swam a 4:21.94, good enough for bronze.

In the men’s 400-meter freestyle Scarlet Aquatics’ Johannes Calloni obliterated the field in a 3:57.83, making him the only man to break 4:00 in the A-final. Brendan Driscoll out of TBAY finished second in 4:00.98 while Highlander’s Hayden Curley earned his bronze medal by turning in a time of 4:01.10. Interestingly enough, GSC’s Khader Baqlah swam a 3:56.29 in the B-final, a swim that would have earned him the gold medal, had he qualified in the top eight in the preliminaries.

It was relay time yet again in Orlando. The 400 meter medley relay was the only relay event contested this evening and both the men and women took their turn in the pool. Gator Swim Club put together another gold medal relay performance with the time of 4:16.08. Four seconds behind was South Florida Aquatic Club at 4:20.14 and  East Coast Aquatics earned a bronze in 4:23.68.

The men’s relay squads dove in the pool for the final time this evening with Gulliver Swim Club winning in a time of 3:56.32. Scarlet Aquatics gave them a battle though, with their final time of 3:58.14 while Metro Aquatic Club of Miami swam a 3:59.37 for the bronze.

Tomorrow’s events include the 800-meter freestyle for the women, the 1500-meter freestyle for the men, the men’s and women’s 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter backstroke and the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Full Results are available on Meet Mobile as Southern Zone South Sectional Championship.

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Paolo Barelli Pens Response to AASF FINA Election Endorsements

Dear National Federations Presidents, Dear FINA Family Members, Dear Friends,

The letter of 6 July 2017 sent by Mr. Virenda Nanayati, Sr. Vice President AASF, to the FINA Members, is extremely surprising and bewildering.

Such letter aims at justifying the candidacy of Mr. Husain Al Musallam as both AASF Bureau and FINA 1st Vice President, as well as that of Mr. Sheikh Khalid Al Bader Al Sabah as AASF President.

I do not believe I need to once again highlight the reasons for the ineligibility of the two above mentioned individuals. The irregularity of their candidature is abundantly clear from both a political and regulatory standpoint.

It is worth reminding that Kuwait Swimming has been suspended by FINA since 2015 and that the current Kuwait Federation has not endorsed such candidatures.

Nonetheless, I must intervene regarding the fact that the representative of AASF, Mr. Virendra Nanavati, has mentioned my name twice in his letter, trying to make me part of the (wrong) decision taken by FINA allowing the candidacy of two members of the suspended Federation of Kuwait.

I have always considered this irregular and in complete contrast with the current FINA rules regarding the candidature to FINA positions (or to one of its Continental Organizations, AASF) by any individual who is part of a National Federation suspended by FINA.

I believe that the procedures put in place by FINA to allow such irregular candidatures are in contrast with the current FINA Constitutional rules, and, this was also confirmed by the legal representatives of FINA during official proceedings.

My point of view on this matter is very clear: the lack of good governance within FINA is indeed the reason that led me to put forward my candidacy to the Presidency of FINA.

This in order to promote an absolutely necessary change of behaviour, inspired by transparency and in full respect of the rules.

The most serious fact included in the letter sent by the representative of AASF, Mr. Virendra Nanavati, and that I want to strongly denounce, appears in the second to last paragraph “…in addition to the recommendation Asia has extended in respect of Mr. Vladimir Salnikov (RUS) e Mr. Erik Van Heijningen (NLD) for FINA Bureau membership Europe – World at large”.

It must be clear that LEN, the FINA European Organization, has already decided with regards to the two candidates of Europe for the at large positions: they are Mr. Fernando Carpena (ESP) and Mrs. Christa Thiel (GER).

The vocation of some Continental FINA Officials and Officers to politically interfere is already universally known, and this, in total disregard of the principles of neutrality and hence acting irregularly. I think that Mr. Virendra Nanavati, has once again shown and confirmed this attitude with his letter.

How is it possible that a FINA Continental Organization (which is a part of FINA!!!) takes the liberty to interfere in the choices of the representatives of another Continent to be voted for to the FINA Bureau? How is it possible that such nasty behaviours, which we have already experienced in the past and were denounced one year ago, can still happen, and even worse, are still allowed to happen?

Perhaps Mr. Virendra Nanavati is not fully aware of the content and the implications of the letter he signed. Possibly, he only put his signature on this letter, perhaps written by someone else above him, who wants to take over the World of Aquatics, whilst choosing to remain in the shadows.

I am sure that each individual National Federations of AASF does not really know the details of this matter, and I deem their behaviour to be absolutely correct.

However, the invitation to vote in this manner, officially promoted by the leadership of AASF, is a blatant and very serious case of interference. It shows, once again, that within FINA we are missing a responsible leader who can keep things under control and lead our Aquatic Family with authority and clarity.

It is important that all Member Federations reflect over this serious problem. This is seriously jeopardizing the success reached over the years by FINA, mainly thanks to the great and irreplaceable commitment of the National Federations, the Athletes and the Coaches.

For any additional information on my electoral programme, please also visit my website

Paolo Barelli

Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN)
Italian Swimming Federation (FIN)
Candidate for the FINA Presidency

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FINA World Championships Predictions: Women’s 100 Fly

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2017 has been the best year of Sarah Sjostrom’s career so far, and this is someone who is already a three-time World Champion and Olympic gold medalist in the 100 fly. She enters this year’s FINA World Championships as a heavy favorite for gold in four different events.

But the 100 fly is her baby and the one in which she should be the most dominant. She won the 2015 World title in the event by 1.41 seconds and the 2016 Olympic gold medal by just under a second. Already this year, she has been more than a second quicker than anyone else.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Women’s 100 Fly

Current Records:

World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2016) — 55.48
Championship Record: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2015) — 55.64
American Record: Dana Vollmer (2012) — 55.98

2015 World Champion: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 55.64
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 55.48
2017 World No. 1: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 55.76

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Penny Oleksiak, CAN
Bronze: Kelsi Worrell, USA

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Penny Oleksiak, CAN
Bronze: Rikako Ikee, JPN

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Emma McKeon, AUS
Bronze: Rikako Ikee, JPN

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Choosing Goggles: Where to Start

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By Joe Buchanan, Swimming World College Intern.

Choosing goggles can be intimidating for any new swimmer. Many swimmers settle for whatever goggles they can find within their price range at their local sports store without doing any research into what would work best for them.

While all swimming goggles do the same thing, keep water out of your eyes, different types of goggles have different types of bulkiness, visibility, and durability. By choosing the right type of goggles, swimmers can become more effective during their time in the water.

There are five different types of goggles available to swimmers; competitive, practice, recreational, masks, and Swedish.


The competitive goggles are slim, low profile goggles. They often have low peripheral vision, but most feature mirrored tint on the lenses to purvey a psychological advantage. The nose bridge is replaceable, there are rubber gaskets along the lenses, and the straps are adjustable. These goggles are the least comfortable and durable, however, they provide the least amount of drag, meaning swimmers move faster through the water. Because of this, they are usually reserved exclusively for competition.

Examples of these types of goggles are Speedo’s Fastskin3 Elite

Speedo Fastskin3 Elite

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or Arena’s Cobra Core

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The practice goggles are slightly bulkier than competitive goggles, yet are still relatively low profile. While they provide more drag than competitive goggles, they are also more comfortable and durable, making them perfect for consistent daily usage. They offer a replaceable nose bridge, rubber gaskets on the lenses, and adjustable straps. These goggles are built to survive through the toughest practice schedules.

Examples of these types of goggles include Dolfin’s Charger

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or FINIS’ Circuit

Finis Circuit

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The recreational goggles are much bulkier than practice goggles. They provide much more drag, but are the most comfortable of any of the goggles discussed before. They usually involve a large flat lens surrounded by durable silicon rubber or plastic. These goggles have adjustable thick rubber straps, and have rubber gaskets along the lenses, making them less prone to slipping on the swimmer’s face. These goggles offer wide peripheral vision, very durable designs, and often have anti-glare coating making them ideal for open water or triathlon swimming.

Examples of these types of goggles include Finis’ Surge

Finis Surge

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and Tyr’s Nest Pro

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The swim masks are the bulkiest goggles on the market and as such aren’t ideal for training. They often take up most of the swimmer’s face and provide the strongest seal of any types of goggles. The wide lenses offer near-complete vision around the swimmer. As such, these masks are perfect for expeditionary swimming such as snorkeling or diving. Lower-profile masks are also used by open water swimmers who prefer the extra visibility for their longer swims.

Examples of these types of masks include Speedo’s Oculus Prime

Speedo Oculus Prime Mask

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or Tyr’s Magna

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The Swedish goggles are the smallest goggles on the market and provide the most visibility of any type. They are very similar to competitive goggles, but feature less frills. They have no rubber gasket along the lenses and as such, the clear plastic sits flush on the swimmer’s face, making them more prone to slip. These goggles are worn and loved by many swimmers at every level, but swimmers must first put in the time and effort to assemble the goggles and adjust the fit to their face.

Examples of these types of goggles include Arena’s Swedix

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and Dolfin’s Bungee Swede

Dolfin Bungee Swede

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The tint that goggles have also make a difference.

No Tint: used in low light environments to naturally increase visibility,

Blue Tint: often used in swimming pools and open water to increase visibility,

Lighter Colored Tint (Yellow, Orange, Amber): used to make brighten up low light environments,

Mirror Tint: Used as an anti-glare tint or to give swimmers a psychological advantage in races.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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Zack Kundel Named Head Coach At Smith College

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Smith College Director of Athletics and Recreation, Kristin Hughes, has announced that Zack Kundel M.S. ’17 has been hired as the head coach of the women’s swimming team. Kundel takes over for Kim Bierwert who is stepping down after 40 years leading the Pioneers.

“Zack is a promising young coach who will work hard to maintain the success that Kim Beirwert has built here at Smith,” said Hughes. “His strong technical skills combined with his belief in Smith College will allow him to lead this program in a way that will be significant.”

Said Kundel: “I could not be more excited to be named the next head coach of Smith College Swimming. I want to thank Kristin Hughes, Kim Bierwert, the current student-athletes and alumnae, the Athletic and ESS departments, and the college for their support and confidence in me. I have immense respect for the Wild Bunch and I am honored to be able to add to the storied history of excellence and success of Smith College Swimming and Diving.”

Kundel spent the last two years as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Smith College while earning his Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies. While at Smith, he assisted in all aspects of collegiate coaching, including recruiting,  arranging team travel, managing the social media accounts, fundraising, and practice planning and implementation. Additionally, he was an assistant coach of the Smith College U.S. Masters Swimming program.

Prior to Smith, Kundel worked with the Boston College swimming and diving team and was the assistant aquatics director at Charles River Aquatics. In July of 2016, he was an assistant coach at the Stanford Nike Swim Camp.

At Ithaca College, Kundel was a four-year member of the swimming and diving team, setting three school records and earning three All-America Honorable mentions. He was named the Ithaca College Male Senior Athlete of the Year after his final season.

Press Release courtesy of Smith Athletics. 

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