Future Looks Bright In USA Swimming, Meet Records Fall On Final Day Of Speedo Junior Nationals

Future Looks Bright In USA Swimming, Meet Records Fall On Final Day Of Speedo Junior Nationals


August 13, 2010

The future of swimming looks bright in the United States for quite a few years to come after several outstanding performances this past week at the Speedo Junior National Long Course Championships in Irvine, Calif.

On the fifth and final day, Jasmine Tosky, 16, of Palo Alto Stanford won her fourth event in the women’s 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:13.02 Friday night, just missing the meet record.

She was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay team, was third in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.96 and helped lead her team to the women’s team title.

Swim Torrance’s Vlad Morozov, 18, continued his remarkable run in the meet with a victory in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.13, both a meet record and career-best. He twice lowered the meet record, first in prelims in 22.23.

It was the final meet record of the individual events.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s remaining two swimmers made their final juniors appearance before heading off the college.

Florida State-bound Tiffany Oliver, 17, finished 60th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.26. SOFLO teammate and Texas A&M-bound Melissa Cooper, 18, was 98th in 27.66.

In the team competition, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics captured the women’s team title with 304 points. Terrapins Swim Team moved ahead of Parkland Aquatic Club for second, 134-127.

Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, led by junior national team member Lauren Driscoll, 16, finished 14th with 68 points.

SwimMAC Carolina won men’s team title 210 points. City of Plano Swimmers finished second with 190 and Santa Clara Swim Club was third with 133. Metro Aquatics finished tenth with 66 points, one of its highest finishes in team history.

Other Florida Gold Coast results:

Women 1500-meter freestyle: 10. Damaris Iriondo, 17, FLA 16:56.72, career-best.

Women 200-meter individual medley: 5. Lauren Driscoll, FLA 2:17.52, career-best; Lindsey McKnight, Unattached, DFS.

Men 200-meter individual medley: 50. Lukas Grabl, 18, FLA 2:09.92.

Men 800-meter freestyle: 2. Carlos Omana, 17, Metro Aquatics 8:09.63 career-best; 47. Lukas Grabl, 18, FLA 8:28.53; 95. Samuel Smiddy, 16, AK Sharks 8:38.41; Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA DFS.

Individual Speedo Junior National champion winners were:

Women 1500-meter freestyle: Rachel Zilinskas, 15, Fox Chapel 16:37.96, career-best.

Women 200-meter individual medley: Jasmine Tosky, 16, Palo Alto Stanford 2:13.02, career-best.

Women 50-meter freestyle: Madeline Schaefer, 17, Palo Alto Stanford 25.37 career-best.

Women 4×100-meter medley relay: Palo Alto Stanford (Howe, Liang, Tosky, Schaefer) 4:13.52.

Men 200-meter individual medley: Evan Noble, 18, Clayton Shaw 2:04.15, career-best.

Men 50-meter freestyle: Vlad Morozov, 18, Swim Torrance, 22.13 meet record and career-best.

Men 800-meter freestyle: Nicholas Caldwell, 17, Sarasota YMCA 8:06.01 career-best.

Men 4×100-meter medley relay: SwimMAC Carolina (Ke. Darmody, Fleming, Brumm, Ky. Darmody) 3:49.86.

The meet served as a selection meet for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships held later this month in Maui, Hawaii (Aug. 26-30) and the USA Swimming Youth Team.

The third and final meet in Irvine this month will be the Pan Pacific Championships which get under way on Wednesday and pits the U.S. against China, Australia and Canada in addition to several other countries.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com



Rouault Goes The Distance At Len European Swimming Championships

Rouault Goes The Distance At Len European Swimming Championships


August 13, 2010

Frenchman Sebastien Rouault won his second gold medal in meet record time Friday night at the 30th LEN European Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Rouault won the 800-meter freestyle in 7 minutes, 48.28 seconds, breaking the previous meet record of 7:51.94 set by Gergo Kis of Hungary in March, 2008.

It was the fastest time in the world this year.

Rouault was leading midway through the race but then dropped off the pace until the final lap when he retook the lead.

Rouault said he felt “a bit tired” after winning the 1500-meter freestyle on Wednesday and finishing fifth in the 400 freestyle on Monday.

Christian Kubusch of Germany took the silver in a German national record of 7:49.12 and Samuel Pizzetti of Italy took the bronze in 7:49.94. Kis finished fourth in 7:51.93.

All four swimmers dipped under the meet record.

Also at the Alfred Hajos Pool Complex, Russian Anastasia Chaun won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in a meet record 2:23.50 breaking the previous record of 2:24.09 set by Russian Yuliya Efimova in March 2008 in the Netherlands.

Sara Nordenstam of Norway took the silver in 2:24.42 and Rikke Moeller Pedersen of Denmark took the bronze in 2:24.99.

World record holder Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden won the women’s 100-meter butterfly in 57.32. Fran Halsall of Great Britain was second in 57.40, a British national record, and Therese Alshammar was third in 57.80.

It was Halsall’s third medal at the championships and 13th for Great Britain enjoying its best medal haul with two days remaining in the meet.

“Losing by eight-hundredths of a second, I’ll feel that for the next year’s training, that will be a lot of motivation,” Halsall said. “Just missing the gold is annoying.”

In the men’s 100-meter freestyle, Frenchman Alain Bernard outsprinted Russian Evgeny Lagunov down the stretch to win in 48.49 in the closest race of the meet by just 0.03 seconds. Lagunov finished second in 48.52 and William Meynard of France was third in 48.56.

“I was very strained during the heats and the semifinals and surprisingly not at all before the final,” Bernard said. “To win the race, you also need a certain luck.”

Annika Saarnak, a University of Miami senior swimmer and Estonia national record holder, will compete in her fourth and final event on Saturday in the 50-meter freestyle.

Semifinal top qualifiers were Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland in the 200-meter backstroke, 1:57.84; Italy’s Federico Pellegrini in the 200-meter freestyle, 1:56.53; Joeri Verlinden of the Netherlands in the 100-meter butterfly, 51.96; Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus in the 50-meter backstroke, 27.98 and Lennart Stekelenburg of the Netherlands in he 50-meter breaststroke, 27.44.

A record-high 591 swimmers from 43 European countries are competing for 61 titles in the championships that end on Sunday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.