SOFLO’s Kuczynski Wins Relay Gold, Phelps Swims World Best At Canada Cup

SOFLO’s Kuczynski Wins Relay Gold, Phelps Swims World Best At Canada Cup


July 3, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Canadian Caroline Kuczynski walked away with a gold medal at the Canada Cup in Montreal.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer was a member of Pointe-Claire’s winning 400-meter medley relay that won in 4:13.76. She was joined by club mates Samantha Cheverton, Ashley McGregor and Alyson Ackman.

Her splits were 28.67 and 1:01.75.

Kuczynski was also fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.32.

Kuczynski, 20, tweeted “Swam 100 fly this morning at prelims, 1:01.60, not too bad, kinda hurt the last 25, haha….400-meter medley relay won gold, yayyy!! Not too great of a finals swim, 1:01.32, fifth place, exactly ten seconds slower than PhelpsTheFish (51.32).

Olympic superstar Michael Phelps stole the show on the final night of competition by winning the 100-meter butterfly in 51.32, fastest time in the world this year.

It was just the confidence-booster Phelps, 26, competing for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club was looking for heading into the FINA World Championships later this month in Shanghai, China.

Phelps time bettered the previous world best of 51.65 swam by Benjamin Starke last month. He said he is beginning to feel like his old self.

“I’m really happy with that and I know I need to do more training in the 200-meter races,” Phelps said.

“It’s races like these that I think help me more mentally than anything else. Being able to still see that I can pop a good race here and there gives me a little bit of confidence.”

Other winners were Canadian Katerine Savard in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.68, her third victory of the meet; Matthew Swanston in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.64; Gabrielle Soucisse in the 50-meter backstroke in 29.77; Scott Dickens in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:15.70; Ashley McGregor in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.29; Brent Hayden of Vancouver, one of Canada’s top swimmers, in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.59; and Ann Fittin in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.61.

Carter, McLeod Win Gold On Final Day Of CCCAN

Dylan Carter, 14, of Trinidad and Tobago won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly and broke a national and CCCAN record in 25.35 on the sixth and final day of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Teammates Joshua McLeod, 20, won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.25 and 100-meter backstroke in 59.81.

Trinidad and Tobago finished third among countries with 622 points and a record 22 gold medal haul. Puerto Rico won with 1,029.50 and Mexico was second with 997.50.

Trinidad and Tobago also earned the respect of fellow swimmers after the adversity the team went through during the weeklong meet.

The swim team had to be relocated twice during its stay in Puerto Rico. When they originally arrived on Sunday, the accommodations were poor and the team was relocated to a hotel. They were located again when the hotel was booked for the weekend because of July Fourth, forcing them to relocate to Cecader.

Ironman Record Broken

Marino Vanhoenacker won Ironman Austria in a world record time, beating the previous 14-year-old mark by nearly four and a half minutes. Vanhoenacker, 35, finished in 7 hours, 45 minutes and 58 seconds to break the record set by his Belgian countryman Luc Van Lierde in 1997 (7:50.27). American Mary Beth Ellis won the women’s race in a course record 8:43.34 and fastest Ironman debut in history. Race weather, 75 degrees and partly cloudy, was ideal race conditions.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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