Weekend Update: Floridians Compete Nationwide
Orlando, FL—This weekend Floridans were all over the place, including all Florida meets, Southern Zone Open Water Championships, Longhorn invite, SwimMac “Road to Rio Meet”, Arena Pro Swim Series in California and the Tennessee Aquatic June Invite.
Southern Zone Open Water Championships
The Southern Zone Open Water Championships were held in Fort Myers this weekend. The All Stars were selected to represent their LSC and came ready to compete. See the start list here for a list of all competitors.
The Florida Gold Coast ended up winning the event. Final results will be up soon! See FloridaSwimNetwork.com article.
It seems like it crunch time with meets all over the United States, so the Texas Longhorns decided to have their Longhorn Invite. Many of the top swimmers in the country were there including Michael Phelps, Allison Schmidt, Missy Franklin, Jack Conger, Joseph Schooling, Ryan Murphy, Pavel Sankovich and many others. Some of Florida’s swimmers, Joseph Schooling, Tasija Karosas, and Pavel Sankovich did quite well, Schooling even beat Phelps in one of his best events, the 100 Butterfly with a 51.52. Phelps ended up with 51.65 and Schooling’s teammate swam a 51.72. Interview from SWIM91523 on YouTube.com.
SwimMac Road to Rio Meet
The Road to Rio Meet had Ryan Lochte competing a final tune up for before the Olympic Trials and looking good in some events and needed to rest in others. A couple notable time for Lochte was his 200 Freestyle 1:49.17 and his 100 Breaststroke, 1:02.19. Still unsure about his events, however, we are betting the 4oo Individual Medley will be in his arsenal. Here is a interview Swimming World did this weekend of Daytona Beach’s Ryan Lochte.
Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara and Indianapolis
Ryan Murphy had a good couple of events out west in at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara. The 100 backstroke was Saturday and Murphy swam a 52.76 just a little behind David Plummer’s best to date swim of 52.41, which will prove to be a huge event in Omaha at the Olympic Trials with Matt Grevers and a few others. In his 200 Backstroke tonight, Murphy was in a tough race with his California Bear teammate, Jacob Pebley, and Aussie Mitchell Larkin. Larkin prove to be the best today with a 1:55.38 and a huge last 25, while Murphy was second, 1:56.10 and Pebley third with a 1:56.38. See all the Santa Clara results here.
In Indianapolis, Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics) pulled away on the breaststroke length to win the women’s 200-meter individual medley easily, touching in 2 minutes, 11.25 seconds. She also claimed the 100m and 200m breaststroke titles in Indianapolis and was second in the women’s 200m free. Arianna Vanderpool Wallace of the Bahamas in the women’s 100m free in 54.18. Santo Condorelli of Canada (Bolles) in the men’s 100m free in 48.34. Indianapolis results here.
Tennessee Aquatic June Invite
Floridians who swim at Auburn University, University of Florida, Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club and South Florida Aquatic Club all participated in the 3-day meet.
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