Adlington Breaks 14-Year-Old Record At Commonwealth Games, Aussies Continue To Rule

Adlington Breaks 14-Year-Old Record At Commonwealth Games, Aussies Continue To Rule


October 8, 2010

Reigning Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington of England broke the 14-year-old meet record in the 400-meter freestyle Friday at the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Adlington won her second event of the Games in 4:05.68, breaking the previous mark of 4:07.68 set in 1986 by England’s Sarah Hardcastle.

Adlington,  ranked second in the world in a career-best 4:04.55, was one of the few bright spots for England as Australia continued its domination in the pool.

Australia’s Kylie Palmer took silver in 4:07.85 and Wales’ Jazmin Carlin grabbed bronze in 4:08.22.

In other Friday championship events at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex in Talkatore Gardens:

Aussie Olympic gold medalist Leisel Jones became the first woman to win the 100 and 200 breaststroke events in three consecutive Commonwealth Games when she won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.84.

Jones is ranked second in the world in the event in 1:05.66.

Aussie teammate Samantha Marshall took silver in 1:07.97 and England’s Kate Haywood took bronze in 1:08.29.

In the women’s 50-meter freestyle, Aussie Yolane Kukla became only the second 15-year-old to win a gold medal at the Games. Ian Thorpe was the first.

Kukla won the event in 24.86, just off her career-best of 24.74. England’s Fran Halsall, coming back from Delhi Belly, took silver in 24.98 and New Zealand’s Hayley Palmer took bronze in 25.01.

The Aussies continued their domination in the women’s 200-meter backstroke final with Meagan Nay winning gold in a meet record 2:07.56 and moving into third place in the world rankings.

It was an emotional victory for Nay whose brother Amos was killed in a car accident last year. Her father, Robert, a 1972 Olympian, had also died in a car accident when she was 4.

“I knew that my dad and my brother were definitely pushing me through that,” Nay said. “This is a dream come true. It’s kind of proof that you can come out the other side.”

England’s Elizabeth Simmonds took silver in 2:07.90 and Aussie Emily Seebohm took bronze in 2:08.38.

Aussie world record holder Sophie Edington won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 28.00, breaking Seebohm’s record of 28.03 she set in Thursday’s semifinals. England’s Gemma Spofforth took silver in 28.03. Seebohm and Wales’ Georgia Davies tied for the bronze medal in 28.33.

Australia won the 400-yard freestyle relay in a meet record 3:36.36 with Alicia Coutts, Marieke Guehrer, Felicity Galvez and Seebohm. Canada lost the silver when it was disqualified for early takeoff. England moved into second and New Zealand was third.

Coutts now has four gold medals and Seebohm two golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

The Australian men won their share of gold as well.

Aussie Geoff Huegill won his third 100-meter butterfly Commonwealth Games gold medal, breaking his own meet record and completing an amazing comeback that began more than a year ago when he battled depression and weight problems.

Huegill, 31, won in a career-best 51.69, lowering his meet record of 52.36. It is the second fastest time this year behind Michael Phelps and was his sixth gold medal of his career.

Olympian Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea and Antony James of England tied for the silver medal in 52.50. Aussie Christopher Wright and Jason Dunford tied for fourth in 52.66.

World record holder Cameron Van der Burgh of South Africa swam a world best time of 27.18 to win the 50-meter breaststroke. Aussie’s Brenton Rickard and New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders tied for the silver medal in 27.67.

In the men’s 100-meter backstroke, England’s Liam Tancock defended his title in a meet record 53.59 to win his second gold medal of the Games. He also won the 50 backstroke.

New Zealand’s Daniel Bell took silver in 54.43 and Aussie Ashley Delaney took bronze in 54.51. Delany won bronze medals in all three backstroke events.

James Goddard of England became the first swimmer to dip under 2 minutes in the 200-meter individual medley in a meet record 1:58.10. Teammate Joseph Roebuck was second in 1:59.86 and Aussie Leith Brodie was third in 2:00.00.

In other Commonwealth Games news, federation chief Mike Fennell said after extensive testing on all three swimming pools being used during the Games show no problems with water quality. Tests were conducted at the village, practice and competition pools. Doctors said the illness may have been caused by “a number of things.”

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Florida State Sweeps, SOFLO’s Oliver, Sell Win

Florida State Sweeps, SOFLO’s Oliver, Sell Win


October 8, 2010

BOCA RATON–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver and Tyler Sell continued their strong starts to the collegiate season on Friday.

The Florida State freshmen won individual events in the Seminoles’ successful dual meet season opener against Florida Atlantic and Florida International University at FAU’s on-campus pool.

Buoyed by depth, FSU women defeated Florida Atlantic, 226-72 and Florida International, 245-55. FIU defeated FAU, 165-129.

The Seminoles men’s team, led by the divers taking the top five positions in the 1- and 3-meter springboard events, topped FAU, 163-137.

Despite a long bus ride from Tallahassee, the women improved to 2-0 and men 1-0.

Oliver, 18, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.75 seconds ahead of teammate Brittany Selts, 21, in 23.95. Oliver also led off the Seminoles’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:36.24.

Oliver was also second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.11 behind teammate Julia Henkel (1:53.25).

Sell, 18, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:36.47 ahead of teammate Jack Deedrick, also a freshman, who finished in 9:42.31. Sell was also sixth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.44 and swam third leg on FSU’s third place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:29.18.

Other SOFLO swimmers results:

Freshman Ashley Hicks, 18, of FSU was second in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.90. She was also fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:13.26. Hicks led off the Seminoles second-place 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in 1:40.17 .

Danielle (DJ) Sneir, 21, of FIU was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.68.

Paul Murray, 18, swam a strong anchor leg on FSU’s winning 200-yard medley relay that out-touched FAU, finishing in 1:35.59 and swam third leg on FSU’s runner-up 200 yard freestyle relay. He was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.11 and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.25.

Anthony Fermin, 20, swam anchor leg on FAU’s runner-up 200-yard medley relay that finished in 1:35.78 and led off the Owls’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1:26.06. He was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.94 and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.90.

Rafael Pena, 21, of FAU was fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:37.34, fifth in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:52.44 and seventh in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:19.35.

“I think we had an okay meet,” said FSU coach Neil Harper. “The women competed very well in their second and third best events today and I was happy with their performance. That’s what it’s going to take for the girls to have success. We have a lot of talent and a lot of depth. We had a lot of people get firsts and seconds. We are a very well-rounded team right now.

“On the men’s side we are not necessarily strong enough to take teams lightly. We will take the win but there’s a lot to learn.”

On Saturday, FSU travels to Nova Southeastern University for an 11 a.m. dual meet before Saturday night’s UM-FSU football game at Sun Life Stadium.


Florida State 226, Florida Atlantic 72

Florida State 245, Florida International 55

Florida International 165, Florida Atlantic 129

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU (McKayla Lightbourn, Kendall Sieron, Brittany Selts, Hannah Wilson) 1:47.76, 2. FAU 1:50.58, 3. FIU (DJ Sneir, Kristine Metka, Yesica Rojas, Mariange Macchiavello) 1:50.96.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Marissa Harrington, FSU 10:24.86, 2. Corey Allison, FSU 10:29.76, 3. Caroline Smith, FSU 10:30.16.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Julia Henkel, FSU 1:53.25, 2. Tiffany Oliver, FSU 1:54.11, 3. Holly Mills, FSU 1:54.46.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Stephanie Sarandos, FSU 57.16, 2. Ashley Hicks, FSU 58.90, 3. DJ Sneir, FIU 59.68.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Eszter Bucz, FAU 1:04.54, 2. Kristine Polley, FSU 1:07.07, 3. Kendall Sieron, FSU 1:07.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. C.J.  Hendry, FSU 2:05.73, 2. Julia Henkel, FSU 2:08.08, 3. Katie Coleman, FSU 2:08.46.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Tiffany Oliver, FSU 23.75, 2. Brittany Selts, FSU 23.95, 3. Jonna Nyback, FAU 25.10.

3-meter springboard diving: 1. Katherine Adham, FSU 311.25, 2. Kelsey Goodman, FSU 309.70, 3. Sabrina Beaupre, FIU 254.90.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Holly Mills, FSU 52.97, 2. Hannah Wilson, FSU 53.52, 3. Kayla Derr, FIU 53.78.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Jessica Sabotin, FSU 2:04.83, 2. Caroline Smith, FSU 2:06.45, 3. Brittany Selts, FSU 2:07.58.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Kristine Polley, FSU 2:21.48, 2. Julia Henkel, FSU 2:28.23, 3. Kendall Sieron, FSU 2:28.37.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Eszter Bucz, FAU 4:59.31, 2. Stephanie Sarandos, FSU 5:03.06, 3. McKayla Lightbourn, FSU 5:05.60.

100-yard butterfly: 1. C.J. Hendry, FSU 57.65, 2. Katie Coleman, FSU 59.45, 3. Anastasia Ivanova, FAU 59.86.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Kelsey Goodman, FSU 285.55, 2. Katherine Adham, FSU 281.45, 3. Sabrina Beaupre, FIU 263.40.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Eszter Bucz, FAU 4:27.66, 2. Caroline Smith, FSU 4:34.39, 3. Charlotte Broadbent, FSU 4:37.42.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. FSU (Tiffany Oliver, Brittany Selts, C.J. Hendry, Holly Mills) 1:36.24, 2. FSU (Ashley Hicks, Sara McMahon, McKayla Lightbourn, Jessica Sabotin) 1:40.17, 3. FSU 1:40.72.


Florida State 163, Florida Atlantic 137

200-yard medley relay: 1. FSU (Brad Morrison, Matt Shead, Danny Nguyen, Paul Murray) 1:35.59, 2. FAU (Tyler Griffith, Alan Forbes, Eric Williams, Anthony Fermin) 1:35.78, 3. FAU B 1:37.78.

1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Tyler Sell, FSU 9:36.47, 2. Jack Deedrick, FSU 9:42.31, 3. Michael Shimansky, FAU 9:47.45.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Adam Corbin, FAU 1:41.89, 2. Mateo De Angulo, FSU 1:41.92, 3. Trice Bailey, FSU 1:45.88.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Brad Morrison, FSU 52.21, 2. Tyler Griffith, FAU 53.32, 3. Mike Thomas, FSU 53.83.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Alan Forbes, FAU 1:04.54, 2. Csaba Pek, FAU 1:07.07, 3. Matt Shead, FSU 1:07.86.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Danny Nguyen, FSU 1:52.59, 2. Mikolaj Czarnecki, FAU 1:52.77, 3. Mark Cox, FSU 1:55.58.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Mark Weber, FSU 21.39, 2. Eric Williams, FAU 21.43, 3. Trice Bailey, FSU 21.84.

1-meter springboard diving: 1. Landon Marzullo, FSU 366.60, 2. Mike Neubacher, FSU 340.60, 3. Tom Neubacker, FSU 315.55.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Trice Bailey, FSU 47.02, 2. Matt Shead, FSU 47.28, 3. Anthony Fermin, FAU 47.94.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Csaba Pek, FSU 1:54.13, 2. Adam Corbin, FAU 1:54.53, 3. David Rudolf, FAU 1:55.41.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Alan Forbes, FAU 2:28.23, 2. Jesse Gambrell, FAU 2:29.53, 3. Taylor Harris, FSU 2:33.07.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Jack Deedrick, FSU 4:43.39, 2. Trevor Lowe, FAU 4:47.17, 3. Jay Van Zee, FAU 4:48.29.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Matt Shead, FSU 51.12, 2. Mikolaj Czarnecki, FAU 51.81, 3. Eric Williams, FAU 52.48.

3-meter springboard diving: 1. Mike Neubacher, FSU 363.30, 2. Tom Neubacher, FSU 354.60, 3. Landon Marzullo, FSU 333.45.

400-yard individual medley: 1. Adam Corbin, FAU 4:02.74, 2. Csaba Pek, FAU 4:03.25, 3. Mike Thomas, FSU 4:08.02.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. FAU (Anthony Fermin, John Walsh, Eric Williams, Mikolaj Czarnecki) 1:26.06, 2. FSU A (Mark Weber, Trice Bailey, Paul Murray, Matt Taylor) 1:26.31, 3. FSU B (Mateo DeAngulo, Robert Swanbeck, Tyler Sell, Stephen Pendleton) 1:29.18.

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