LSU’s Brandon Goldman Gets Third U.S. Olympic Trial Cut On Day One Of Phillips 66 National Championships
Brandon Goldman

St. Thomas Aquinas High School alum Brandon Goldman Gets Third U.S. Olympic Trial Cut On Day One Of Phillips 66 National Championships

True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club, gets 5th in the 400 Freestyle with a  3:49.33


By Sharon Robb

August 6, 2015—-St. Thomas Aquinas High School alum Brandon Goldman earned his third U.S. Olympic Trials cut on opening day of the Phillips 66 National Championships Thursday at Northside Swim Center in San Antonio, Tex.

During a time trial in the 200-meter individual medley, the Lousiana State University junior-to-be competing for Tiger Aquatics went 2:04.09, well below the 2:05.09 cut and long course LSU team record.

Goldman also has his Trial cuts in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke. He hopes to swim another time trial this week in the 400 IM.

It will be Goldman’s U.S. Olympic Trials debut, a dream he shared with his mentor, Hall of Fame and six-time Olympic coach Michael Lohberg at Coral Springs Swim Club, his former club. Lohberg died on April 4, 2011 after a lengthy battle with aplastic anemia.

Goldman, 20, who trained with Dave Gibson and Swim Fort Lauderdale during holiday break and his college club team over the summer, is enjoying an outstanding collegiate and club career.

“I would like to think I am swimming better than ever,” Goldman said Thursday night.

“I definitely had a great swim today, I am super shocked to get this one today,” Goldman said. “It made me feel really good. I was disappointd with SECs and had a hard time coming back from that. It’s nice to turn it around.

“I am excited about going to Olympic trials,” Goldman said. “It’s going to be so awesome. I want to swim fast and see what happens.”

Highlighting open night action in the finals:

Michael Andrew, 16, of Indie Swimming re-broke his own national age group record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.68. His previous 15-16 record was 1:01.00 set in mid-July. Andrew won the “B” final.

Japan’s Junya Koga, 28, of Club Wolverine broke the U.S. Open record in a 50-meter backstroke time trial in 24.36, breaking his own record of 24.50.

True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club, raced to a fast fifth place finish in the 400 Freestyle with a 3:49.33.

Friday’s events are: women’s and men’s 100-meter backstroke, women’s and men’s 200-meter freestyle, men’s 200-meter butterfly and women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The meet will be live streamed at NBC will also air taped showson Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Aug. 16, 1-3 p.m.



100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, UKY 57.27, 2. Felicia Lee, STAN 58.54, 3. Christina Bechtol, UKY 58.74; FLORIDA: 47. Justin Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:01.13, 63. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:01.64. 74. Christin Rockway, Tampa Bay 1:02.05, 83. Angela Algee, Hurricanes 1:02.43.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Caitlin Leverenz, CAL 2:10.70, 2. Madisyn Vox, TXLA 2:10.75, 3. Bethany Galat, AGS 2:12.13; FLORIDA: 8. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:14.21, 27. Ashlee Linn, Sarasota YMCA Sharks 2:16.49, 50. Christin Rockway, Tampa Bay 2:18.51, 65. Georgia-Mae Hohmann, Gator Swim Club 2:19.54, 87. Hannah Burns, Gator Swim Club 2:20.78, 103. MacKenzie Stumpf, Clearwater 2:23.22.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Lindsay Vrooman, BAD 4:07.88, 2. Hali Flickinger, ABSC 4:07.93, 3. Courtney HArnish, YY 4:08.22; FLORIDA: 19. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 4:14.30, 22. Ariel Finke, St. Petersburg 4:16.12, 36. Cece Williams, Area Tallahasse 4:16.76, 37. Ariel Finke, St. Petersburg 4:16.85, 38. Taylor Katz, Sarasota YMCA Sharks 4:16.90, 57. Katie Duggan, Highlander 4:19.27, 61. Sophie Cattermole, Sarasota YMCA Sharks 4:19.64.


400-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, BAD 3:45.98, 2. Clark Smith, TXLA 3:47.10, 3. Townley Haas, NOVA 3:48.69; FLORIDA: 5. Nicholas Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 3:49.33, 29. Arthur Frayler, Gator Swim Club 3:56.37, 42. Nicholas Alexiou, St. Petersburg 3:58.42, 48. Robert Fine, St. Petersburg 3:59.13, 53. Austin Manganiello, AquaKids Sharks 4:00.19, 54. Eric Geunes, Gator Swim Club 4:00.23, 73. Ludovico Boscaino, Clearwater 4:03.22.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Andrew Wilson, TXLA 59.65, 2. Craig Benson, SCOT 1:00.13, 3. Brad Craig, TNA 1:00.63; FLORIDA: 27. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 1:02.26, 42. Jared Pike, Club Seminole 1:02.99, 48. Jason Coombs, Club Seminole 1:03.15, 49. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 1:03.17, 65. Rio Kurihara, Bolles 1:03.99.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Joseph Bentz, DYNA 4:14.16, 2. Travis Mahoney, AUS 4:17.00, 3. Sean Grieshop, NITRO 4:17.02; FLORIDA: 18. Grant Sanders, Clearwater 4:22.46, 33. Christian Carbone, Bolles 4:25.43, 48. Arthur Frayler, Gator Swim Club 4:28.26, 51. Robert Finke, St. Petersburg 4:29.44.

4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. California Aquatics 3:18.53, 2. Auburn Swim Club 3:19.96, 3. Wisconsin Aquatics 3:20.74; FLORIDA: 18. Bolles 3:26.78 (Tyler Rice, Teo D’Alessandro, Ariel Spektor, Joey Carbone), 19. Clearwater 3:30.91 (Nazareno Boscaino, Grant Sanders, Ludovico Boscaino, Cameron Newton).

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