October 19, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Shaking off the after-effects of a cold, SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco of Venezuela won a bronze medal Wednesday night on Day Five of the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Swimming in Lane One after a disappointing morning swim, the two-time Olympian and defending Pan Ams champion in the 100-meter freestyle, battled back to finish third in 55.43. Her splits were 26.77 and 28.66.
It was Venezuela’s seventh medal of the Games.
Americans Amanda Kendall and Erika Erndl of Naples, competing in her first international meet, finished one-two in 54.75 and 55.04. At 33, Erndl is the oldest U.S. medalist.
Also in the 100-meter freestyle “B” final, Bolivia’s Karen Torrez of Davie Nadadores was fourth in 58.84 and Miami Metro Aquatics swimmer Chinyere Pigot of Surinam was fifth in 59.03.
Semeco will compete again Friday in the 50-meter freestyle, in which she is also defending champion. SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke, her fourth and final event, on Thursday.
In other final championships:
Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Brazilian Thiago Pereira, who went out hard, won in 1:58.07 and captured his tenth gold medal in the history of the Pan American Games. American Conor Dwyer made up some ground in the final 50 meters but was never close enough to challenge and took the silver in 1:58.64. Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues was third in 2:03.41. American Tyler Harris was eighth in 2:08.25. In the men’s “B” final, Miami Metro Aquatics’ Diguan Pigot of Surinam was fourth in 2:15.11.
Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Chile’s Kristel Kobrich knocked off American Ashley Twichell to win in 8:34.71, just missing the meet record by only .06 seconds. Twichell was second in 8:38.38 and Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto was third in 8:44.55.
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Americans Kim Vandenberg and Lyndsay DePaul go one-two in 2:10.54 and 2:12.34 but it was Mexico’s 5-foot-4 Rita Medrano who got the biggest ovation after taking the bronze medal in 2:12.43.
Men’s 4×200-meter freestyle: Conor Dwyer came back to lead off the U.S. men’s winning relay along with Douglas Robinson, Charles Houchin and Matt Patton that won in 7:15.07. Brazil, with Pereira on anchor, took the silver medal in 7:21.96 and Venezuela, with Davie Nadadores’ Daniele Tirabassi on lead-off leg, took bronze in 7:23.41. Davie swimmers have won three medals at the Games.
With three days left in swimming, Team USA has 33 medals including 15 golds, 14 silvers and four bronze. Brazil has 18 medals with seven gold, six silver and five bronze.
GULF COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
SOFLO’s Zain Qali of Kuwait and Loai Tashkandi of Saudi Arabia took turns on the medal stand at the inaugural GCC Games at the Shaikh Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain.
Qali won the 50 butterfly in 25.40.
Loai Tashkandi won the 200 individual medley in 2:10 and was third in the 50 breaststroke in 30.20.
FINA/ARENA WORLD CUP SERIES
It was Missy Franklin 4, Michael Phelps 2 as the final night of the FINA/Arena World Cup Series stop wrapped up in Moscow.
Franklin, USA Swimming’s rising star, won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.39 and 100-meter freestyle in 52.80, second fastest time in the world this year.
Phelps got knocked off by Germany’s Paul Biedermann in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:43.15-1:43.31 and then came back to win the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.24. Phelps was in fourth place at the 150-meter mark.
Other winners were:
Stefan Sorak, Serbia won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:04.07.
Valentina Artemyeva of Russia won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.23.
Japan’s Naoya Tomita won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 58.81.
Izumi Kato of Japan won the women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:34.00.
Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin edged American Tyler McGill to win the 100-meter butterfly , 50.72-50.86.
Russia’s Vitaly Borisov won the 50-meter backstroke, oddly in an all-Russian final in 24.22.
China’s Gong Jie won the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.91.
South African and series money leader Chad Le Clos won the 200-meter individual medley in 1:55.26 to push his series prize money earnings to $18,500.
American Allison Schmitt won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:02.23, just edging Russian Elena Sokolova in 4:02.35.
Canadian Brent Hayden won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.65.
Japan’s Kanako Watanabe won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.94.
Canadian won the 100-meter individual medley in 1:00.57.
Sweden’s Therese Alshammar won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.06.
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