Michigan-Bound Moore Wins Gold On Final Day Of Youth Olympics, Five Junior World Records Smashed


By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2014—-American Hannah Moore won Team USA’s third gold medal on the final day of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Friday at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

In a close race, Moore won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.05 just ahead of Thailand’s Sarisa Suwannachet in 4:11.23 and Germany’s Kathrin Demler in 4:11.25.

Moore, headed off to Michigan with teammate Clara Smiddy, who also won gold earlier in the week, took off early in a 2:03.70 split and held off the field in the final 50 meters.

Florida State-bound Daniella Van Den Berg of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won her heat in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.14. She was also second in her heat and 15th

overall in the 800-meter freestyle in a best tie 8:59.38, a 13-second time drop.

On Thursday, Azura teammate Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador broke another national record when he won his heat and finished fifth overall in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:02.69, a six-second time drop from his lifetime-best.

St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was fifth in her 400-meter freestyle heat in 4:16.65.

Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter withdrew from the 200-meter backstroke.

On the sixth and final day, five junior world records were broken.

Host China finished with finished with 17 medals including ten gold medals to lead the medal count. Russia followed with 13 medals including six gold. Team USA was fifth with four medals including three gold. Australia was shut out of gold medals. Thirty-one countries earned at least one medal.

Florida had nine swimmers compete, eight from the Florida Gold Coast and one from Florida Swimming.

In other finals:

Rozaliya Naretdinova of Russia won the 50-meter freestyle in a junior world record time of 24.88. Aussie Ami Matsuo took silver and Russian Daria Ustinova was third in 26.39. Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks was top U.S. finished placing 16th in the semifinals in 26.39.

Li Guangyuan of China won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in a junior world record of 1:56.94. Russian Evgeny Rylov was second in 1:57.08. Brit Like Greenbank was third in 1:59.03.

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won the 100-meter butterfly in a junior world record and national record 58.34 to continue her country’s domination in the stroke.

Brazilian Matheus Santana broke the junior world record in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.25. His back-half split was 24.90.

Anastasiya Malyavina of the Ukraine won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.43. Korea’s Jiwon Yang took silver in 2:27.31 and Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics took bronze in 2:27.66.

Hungary went one-two in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with Tamas Kenderesi winning in a junior world record time of 1:55.95 and Benjamin Gratz finishing second in 1:57.71. Italian Giacomo Carini was third in 1:58.14.

Nikola Obrovac of Croatia won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 27.83, just missing a junior world record. Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie took silver in 27.94.

China won the final event of the meet, the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:49.33. Russia took silver in 3:50.86 and Australia bronze in 3:52.45.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

With 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees, the 13-day competition continues with 31 sports.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are showing 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag. For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Beisel Wins Gold, Team USA Dominates Day Two Of Pan Pacific Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2014—On a cold, wet, winter night in Australia, Elizabeth Beisel held off teammate Maya DiRado in an exciting race to win the 400-meter individual medley Friday at the Pan Pacific Championships at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

The University of Florida alum dominated the women’s field to defend her 2010 title, winning in a Pac Pacs record of 4:31.99. DiRado was second in 4:35.37 and Aussie Keryn McMaster took bronze in 4:38.84.

In the women’s 400-meter individual medley “B” final, Team USA swept the top four places including former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann finishing second in 4:39.93 and St. Peterburg’s Melanie Margalis placing fourth in 4:40.94.

Beisel, 22, scratched from the 400-meter freestyle for Day Three to focus on the 200-meter backstroke for her second event at world championships.

After getting shut out in the 100-meter freestyle, Michael Phelps was all smiles after helping Team USA to a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:05.17 with teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte (fastest split of 1:45.57) and Matt McLean. It is the 29-year-old’s first international meet since coming out of retirement.

“Being able to get back on the podium, it feels amazing,” Phelps said after the race. “It’s a good first day. Good first international meet back.

“There’s no better way to finish this lovely, rainy night then being able to step up with your teammates and win a gold medal,” Phelps said.

Phelps was fourth in his first final event, the 100-meter freestyle in 48.51, but then swam second leg on the winning relay. “I don’t think the 100 was terrible, I am learning all the time,” said the 18-time Olympic gold medalist.

Phelps’ time bumped him ahead of Ryan Lochte for the second individual 100 freestyle spot for world championships.

Aussie Cameron McEvoy won the 100-meter freestyle in 47.82 competing in pouring rain. Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian of Team USA was second in 48.30 and two-time world champion James Magnussen of Australia was third in 48.36.

“I just felt great the whole way,” McEvoy said. “It was an honor to be in a race with such great men, so much those guys have accomplished. What more could I ask for?”

In the women’s 100-meter freestyle, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia, coming off the Commonwealth Games, finished one-two. Cate Campbell won in 52.72. Bronte Campbell finished in 53.45. Simone Manuel of Team USA took the bronze in 53.71, her first international medal and junior world record, after holding off teammate Missy Franklin, still nursing back spasms, who was fourth in 53.87.

American women won two more gold medals to end the night. Jessica Hardy held off a hard-charging Kanako Watanabe of Japan to win the 100-meter breaststroke, 1:06.74-1:06.78. American Breeja Larson took bronze in 1:06.99, failing to swim under 1:06.51, unable to make the world championships in the event.

Teenager Katie Ledecky, 17, anchored the winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay with a come-from-behind surge that clinched the win in a meet record 7:46.40 with teammates Shannon Vreeland, Franklin and Leah Smith. Ledecky’s anchor split was 1:54.36.

It was Ledecky’s third gold medal after winning the 200- and 800-meter freestyle double on opening night. She has the 400 and 1500 remaining.

“This is the best feeling ever,” Ledecky said. “It’s great to be here with these girls. This atmosphere, it’s kind of like a classic environment like Friday Night Lights, rain and a relay, so it was pretty fun.”

Japan won two gold medals in the men’s events. At only 5-foot-9, 150-pounds, Kosuke Hagino finessed his way to a win in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:08.31, ahead of Americans Tyler Clary in 4:09.03 and Chase Kalisz in 4:09.62. The medal stand was a sight with Hagino, 6-1 Clary and 6-4 Kalisz.

Yasuhiro Koseki won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.62. Felipe Silva of Brazil took the silver in 59.82 and Glenn Snyders of New Zealand took bronze in 1:00.18. American Kevin Cordes was disqualified for pulling his water-filled goggles off at the turn. Cordes was the top seed in the event.

Coaches and swimmers from all countries are in agreement that the poor weather is slowing down times. However, Team USA has won eight out of 16 gold medals and 20 of 30 medals overall after two days, midway point of the four-day meet.

Host Australia has already matched its 2010 total of four gold medals and has 13 overall. Japan also has four gold and eight overall.

For those following the Pan Pacs and enjoy being sleep-deprived on the East Coast, prelims are 8 p.m. and finals 5 a.m.

NBC will broadcast highlight races from the Pan Pacs on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. In Australia the entire meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Carter Wins Trinidad’s First Medals; Groters Breaks Aruban National Record


By Sharon Robb

August 21, 2014—-Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago and Jordy Groters of Aruba, the future of international swimming, made history on Day Five of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Thursday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum and frequent trainer in South Florida, won his country’s first medals in swimming at the Games.

The country’s top junior swimmer took a silver medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.81, just behind China’s Yu Hexin in 23.69 and added a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.53.

After a great start, Carter led the freestyle until the final 20 meters when China’s Yu Hexin surged to win in a junior world record of 22.00. Brazil’s top junior sprinter Matheus de Santana was second in 22.43.

Carter had qualified with a 22.49 in semifinals and got out of the heats with a 24.01.

Missouri-bound Groters of Pine Crest Swimming swam back-to-back lifetime-bests and broke Aruba’s national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in the semifinals.

Groters first broke the national record in his heat in 29.03 and bettered it in the semifinal in 28.90, cracking the 29-second barrier for the first time in his career. He fell short of making it into the final and finished 11th overall.

Groters was happy with his Youth Olympics debut.

He wrote on his Facebook: “Youth Olympic semifinal was a great experience. I am very proud to have been able to represent my home Aruba at such a big stage. I swam another best time and Aruban national record (28.90) and it is the first time I go sub-29. Ended up in 11th place

and was .06 away from a spot in finals. Very satisfied with these results! Thank you everyone for your support.”

AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy tied for fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.91. She tied Canadian Danielle Hanus. The top five finishers were just 55/100ths of a second apart. Smiddy was also fifth in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 26.42 and eighth in her semifinal in 26.39.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was third in her 50-meter freestyle heat in 27.66.

Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in hi 100-meter freestyle heat in 52.70.

In other finals:

China’s women’s team won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:41.19.

Egypt won its first medal of the Games when Akram Ahmed won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:54.29.

Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.36.

Host China continues to lead the medal count with 13 medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) followed by Russia (6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and Italy (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Team USA is sixth with two gold medals and one bronze.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends on Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Bolles Alum Ryan Murphy Takes Bronze At Pan Pacs


By Sharon Robb

August 21, 2014–The opening night of the Pan Pacific Championships was a mixed bag of results Thursday at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport, Australia.

Ryan Murphy, a Pan Pacs U.S. national team rookie and Bolles alum won his first medal in the 100-meter backstroke, taking bronze in 53.27.

It was the Cal-Berkeley sophomore’s fifth international medal. He took a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, gold and bronze medals at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships and bronze at 2011 Junior World Championships.

With Missy Franklin still nursing back spasms, Olympic silver medalist Emily Seebohm of Australia avenged her loss to Franklin at the 2012 Olympics by winning the 100-meter backstroke in a Pan Pacs record of 58.84, fastest time in the world this year.

Aussie teammate Belinda Hocking was second in 59.78 and Franklin was third in 1:00.30. Franklin had won the event at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships, beating Seebohm each time.

“I felt pretty comfortable in the first 50 meters,” Seebohm said. “Seeing where Missy was out of the corner of my eye, it definitely gave me a bit more on the back 50 which was exactly what I needed.

“I haven’t beaten Franklin and that gives me confidence going through,” Seebohm said. “A win is a win and sometimes you don’t feel fantastic and have to get out there and do your best.”

Franklin struggled through morning prelims. She failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final but made it to the backstroke championship final.

“I was able to get out there and race which is what I wanted to do,” Franklin said. “There’s definitely some discomfort still, but it’s getting much, much better day by day. I’m definitely keeping my head high.”

Despite a miserable weather night at the new outdoor pool at Southport, (cold, windy and scattered showers), it was a great opening night for host Australia.

World-ranked Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia topped an impressive field in the 200-meter freestyle to win gold in 1:45.98 ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 1:46.08. Aussie Cameron McEvoy took the bronze in 1:46.36.

Americans Connor Dwyer (1:46.45) and Ryan Lochte (1:46.75) were shut out of medals.

“I definitely wanted to go faster, I am still learning to swim this,” Lochte said.

American teenager Katie Ledecky lived up to expectations winning the 200- and 800-meter freestyles in meet record times while again flirting with her own world record in the 800.

Ledecky opened the night winning the 200-meter freestyle by nearly two seconds in 1:55.74. She broke Franklin’s Pan Pac record of 1:56.04 Franklin had just swam to win the “B” final. Aussie Bronte Barratt was second in 1:57.22 and American Shannon Vreeland was third in 1:57.38.

The 17-year-old then won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:11.35, breaking Janet Evans’ meet record of 8:16.22, set in 1989.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took the silver in 8:18.87 and Canadian Brittany Maclean was third in 8:20.02. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann was fourth in 8:22.45. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto of Gator Swim Club was sixth in 8:30.66.

Cammile Adams won Team USA’s second gold medal of the night in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:06.61. Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi was second in 2:06.78 and American Katie McLaughlin was third in 2:07.08.

Matt Grevers came through for the American men. After breaking the Pan Pacs record in the 100-meter backstroke during prelims, Grevers took a silver in 53.09, just getting out-touched by Japan’s Ryosuke Irie in 53.02.

With American Tom Shields not in the final after being disqualified in prelims, Japan’s Daiya Seto won the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.92. Brazilian Leonardo de Deus was second in 1:55.28 and American Tyler Clary was third in 1:55.42. Japan had four of the top six finishers in morning prelims.

In an exciting distance race, American Connor Jaeger won the men’s team’s first gold medal, winning the 1500-meter freestyle just out-touching Canadian Ryan Cochrane, 14:51.79-14:51.97. Aussie Mack Horton was third in 14:52.78.

For those following the Pan Pacs on the East Coast, prelims are 8 p.m. and finals 5 a.m.

NBC will broadcast highlight races from the Pan Pacs on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. In Australia the four-day meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia is live streaming the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au).

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Phelps Returns To International Stage, Franklin’s Back Is Questionable At Pan Pacific Championships


By Sharon Robb

August 20, 2014—The Pan Pacific Championships, boasting several top swimmers from Florida including Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, St. Petersburg Aquatics’ Melanie Margalis and former University of Florida swimmers Elizabeth Beisel and Ryan Lochte, begins Thursday at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport, Australia (Wednesday in Florida) with several big question marks.

The biggest shocker from Down Under is the status of Missy Franklin.

The U.S. team got a brief scare when the four-time Olympic gold medalist had back spasms during Tuesday’s practice. Team doctors and therapists worked on her and she was feeling better hours later. She has been resting and rehabbing at the team hotel.

On Wednesday afternoon she tested her back in a local pool and had very little discomfort.

“It was very therapeutic and felt great being back in the water,” Franklin said. “I am praying that I will be ready to race tomorrow. I am feeling drastically better every hour.”

Her status for the scheduled 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke will be determined prior to prelims on Thursday morning.

Michael Phelps, 22-time Olympic medalist will return to international competition after his comeback in the U.S.

The four-day Pan Pacific Championships, created by the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan as an alternative to the European Championships which have already gotten under way, is Phelps first international meet since he won six medals, including four gold, at the London Olympics.

“I’ve really enjoyed competing in Australia,”Phelps said. “The stands and the crowd are always going to be an interesting scene. There’s always so much excitement. I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what’s going to happen. The goal for this summer was to make Pan Pacs, and we’ll go from there and see what happens.”

The weather could be a factor since the venue is an outdoor pool and cold and rain is expected.

“I’m used to it,” Lochte said. “Growing up in Florida, I swam outside in the rain, so I don’t really have to worry about that. The biggest thing to overcome is probably the wind especially when you are doing the backstroke in an outside pool. You don’t have the ceiling to really focus on.”

Australia, Canada and the U.S. will duke it out in the Pacific Rim meet in a country that loves its swimming and is considered Australia’s national pastime.

In a poll conducted in Australia after the 2012 London Olympics, swimming and soccer were the most popular participation sports among Aussies ages 5-14.

However, Team USA has dominated the medal count in each of the last 11 Pan Pacs and hope to continue the streak.

Murphy and Margalis are among eight men and 12 women who are National Team rookies.

For those following the Pan Pacs on the East Coast, prelims are 8 p.m. beginning Wednesday on the East Coast and finals 5 a.m.

NBC will broadcast highlight races from the Pan Pacs on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. In Australia the entire meet is being televised live.

Swimming Australia will live stream the meet on its website (www.swimming.org.au) beginning 8 p.m. with prelims and 5 a.m. finals (on the East Coast) each day.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Team USA’s Clara Smiddy Goes For Second Gold At Youth Olympics; Carter Takes Bronze


By Sharon Robb

August 20, 2014—In one of the meet’s biggest showdowns between three top sprinters, China’s Yu Hexin broke his own junior world record to win the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle on Day Four of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Wednesday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Yu won in 22.00 outsprinting Brazil’s Matheus Santana, second in 22.43 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, third in 22.53. Yu broke his record of 22.01 set in the semifinals.

The sprint titans will clash again in the 100-meter freestyle.

Carter, a Plantation American Heritage alum who trains frequently in South Florida and is a sophomore at USC, was also fastest qualifier in his 50-meter butterfly heat in 24.01 and second fastest qualifier in the semifinals in 24.04 behind Yu.

As expected, world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.39, more than two seconds ahead of silver medalist Yun He of China in 1:07.49. Anastasiya Malyavino of the Ukraine was third in 1:08.16. It was the Lithuanian’s second gold medal. She is the first swimmer in the sport’s history to win a gold medal in the same event at the Olympics and Youth Olympics.

Jordan’s Lydia Musleh of Pine Crest Swimming was sixth in her 200-meter freestyle heat in 2:07.96 and will compete Thursday in the 50-meter freestyle heats with a seed time of 27.56.

Swimming in the same 50-meter backstroke heat, AquaKids Sharks’ Clara Smiddy of Team USA was second in 29.15. St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam was fifth in 29.54. Both advanced into the semifinals where Smiddy, finished third in 29.11 and qualified for finals and will go after her second gold medal. Vien placed eighth in29.57.

In the men’s 50-meter butterfly, Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams of St. Andrew’s Swimming was seventh in his heat in 26.29; Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was sixth in25.08.

In other finals:

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe took the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:11.31, out-touching University of Louisville-bound Carlos Claverie of Venezuela took silver in 2:11.74 and Anton Chupkov of Russia took bronze in 2:11.87.

Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova won the 50-meter butterfly in a junior world record in 26.26. Svenja Stoffel of Switzerland was second in 26.62. Nastja Govejsek of Slovakia was third in 26.70.

Evgeny Rylov of Russia won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.09. Apostolos Christou of Greece was second in 25.44. Simone Sabbioni of Italy was third in 25.47.

Duo Shen and Yuhan Qiu of China finished one-two in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.12 and 1:56.82. Brianna Throssell of Australia was third in 1:58.57.

With China not in the field after being disqualified, Russia won the 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:38.02. Germany was second in 3:39.30 and Australia was third in 3:40.68. Despite a protest, Brazil was not allowed to compete because its coaches’ staff failed to confirm the relay’s participation an hour before the race. Team USA, the slowest qualifier in prelims, scratched the final.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Host China Breaks Junior World Record, Leads Medal Count


By Sharon Robb

August 19, 2014—China’s Duo Shen broke the junior world record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle on Day Three of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Tuesday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

Duo won in 53.84, breaking the previous mark of 54.47 set in 2013 by countrywoman Siobhan Bernadette Haughey.

After three days of racing, China is pulling away in the medal count after picking up two more gold medals.

China has seven medals (four gold, one silver, two bronze). Italy has five medals (four golds, one silver). Hungary is third with four medals (two gold, two bronze).

Team USA is fourth in the medal count with two gold medals including AquaKids Sharks Clara Smiddy and one bronze medal.

Four Florida swimmers competed on Tuesday but were shut out of medals.

Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams of St. Andrew’s Swimming was sixth in his 50-meter freestyle heat in 24.40.

Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was eighth in his 50-meter freestyle heat in 23.99. Pigot was also fifth in the 100-meter butterfly heat in 55.19 and seventh in the semifinal in 55.09.

Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter of South Florida Aquatic Club was eighth in his 50-meter backstroke in 27.61.

St. Augustine’s Ngyuen Vien of Vietnam just missed her second medal placing fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.13.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, who frequently trains in South Florida, had the third-fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle semifinal in 22.49. He went 22.65 in his heat.

In other finals:

American Hannah Moore and Italy’s Ambra Esposito tied for the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.42. Spain’s Africa Zamarano Sanz took the bronze in 2:11.94.

Italy’s Simona Quadrella won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:35.39, swimming in the slower heats. Spain’s Jimena Perez Blanco took silver in 8:36.95 and Bahamian Joana Evans was third in 8:39.75.

China’s Li Zhuhao out-touched Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikovto win the 100-meter butterfly 52.94-52.97. Australia’s Nicholas Brown took bronze in 53.18.

Great Britain won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:21.19 with Duncan Scott, Miles Munro, Martyn Walton and Luke Greenbank. Italy took second in 3:22.89 and Germany was third in 3:22.93.

For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends Friday.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com