September 4, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
On the final day of the Jose Finkel Trophy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cecilia Biagioli, Cesar Cielo, Inke Dekker and Fabiola Martin took turns on the medal stand.
Biagioli of Argentina broke the second meet record of the week won the 1500 meters in 16:46.68, breaking the previous record o 17:00.56 setby Poliana Okimoto, who finished second.
Argentina swept the distance events when Juan Pereyra won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:05.75.
Brazilian Cesar Cielo, the world champion in the 50-meter butterfly, showed why when he won the event in a close race in 23.48. Glauber Silva was second in 23.65. Nicholas dos Santos was third.
The Netherland’s Inge Dekker won the women’s 50-meter butterfly in 26.56 for her second win of the meet. Daynara de Paula of Brazil was second in 27.01.
Gabriel Mangabeira won the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 55.48 for his second victory of the meet. Brazil’s top backstroker, Guilherme Guido was sixth in 56.52.
Fabiola Molina won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.33. Her victory clinched high point award of the meet with 141 points and four wins. Thiago Pereira won the men’s high point award with 135 points and three wins and one second place.
Minas took the team title by nearly 700 points with 2,493.5 points. Pinheiros was second with 1,799 and Glamengo was third with 1,478.
Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago, who spent a few weeks at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex training and competing with Keegan Boisson-Yates, is among the field of top boys swimmers at the Commonwealth Youth Games that begin this week on the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland within the British Isles…Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps served as Grand Marshall of Sunday’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix…..Bucknell men’s water polo team ended its 22-game losing streak with a 16-10 victory over No. 11-ranked St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Navy Labor Day Open in Annapolis, Md. Bucknell’s last win was on Sept. 5, 1998, ironically over St. Francis. Alex Nowlin and Brian Barron led scoring with four goals each…..Swimming New Zealand, the sport’s national governing body, has lost its second high-profile administrator. Jan Cameron resigned her position as general manager after a critical report of the country’s national swim program. Her departure follows that of Swimming New Zealand chairman Murray Coulter, who resigned on Friday…Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Laura Reback Bennett of Colorado and North Palm Beach was fifth at Sunday’s Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa. She finished in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 50 seconds. Former University of Florida swimmer turned pro triathlete Sara McLarty of Deland led after the 1.5K swim and finished in 2:09:23 for 19th place. McLarty recently lost her father Brent, 62, who was killed when he was hit by a van while cycling near his home in Deland on Aug. 24. McLarty wrote on her Facebook page: “My dad was an amazing man. He loved life, adventures, solving problems, creating masterpieces and breaking a good sweat! He died today on a bike ride…doing something he loved.”
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