AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 97: Teenager Missy Franklin Breaks World Record In Berlin

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 97: Teenager Missy Franklin Breaks World Record In Germany

October 22, 2011


Teenager Missy Franklin, on the fast track to the 2012 London Olympics, broke her first world short course record Saturday during the FINA/Arena World Cup in Berlin.

Franklin, 16, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.03. Her splits were 28.64, 30.22, 30.75 and 30.42. The previous record was 2:00.18 set by Japan’s Shiho Sakai set at the same meet in 2009.

It was the first world record of the season and first by a woman in a short course or long course event since the high-tech suits were banned Jan. 1, 2010.

It was also the first world record for Franklin’s coach Todd Schmitz of Colorado Stars, who has coached Franklin since she was 7.

“It’s such a great pool, such a great time, it’s just incredible,” Franklin told reporters.

Only three other women have cracked 2:01: Shiho, Olympic champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe and Elizabeth Simmonds of Great Britain, but all were wearing the high-tech suits.

Franklin, protecting her soon-to-be NCAA eligibility, had to decline the $10,000 bonus money for a world record and $1,500 for the win. Her total prize money is $17,750 for both the Moscow and Berlin stops.

In other championship finals:

American Allison Schmitt broke the American record in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:52.08, breaking Katie Hoff’s mark of 1:52.91 set in Dubai last December. Missy Franklin was third in the race in 1:53.26.

Lotte Friis of Denmark won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:16.99, fourth fastest time in the world this year.

Canadian Brent Hayden won the 100-meter freestyle in 47.06 topping a field that included Sweden’s Stefan Nystrand, 47.08 and Aussie Matthew Abood, 47.39.

Glenn Snyders of New Zealand won the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.88.

Jennie Johansson of Sweden won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.60 just edging Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark in 1:05.64.

Michael Phelps won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:01.49, fastest time in the world this year. The U.S. superstar said he retired from swimming the 400 IM long course event since Beijing but never ruled out short course. Phelps also won the 100-meter individual medley in a career-best 51.65.

Ageless Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.62 and won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.67, improving her prize money total to $11,500.

Aschwin Wildeboer of Spain won the 100-meter backstroke in 50.23 following his 51.70 morning prelim time, the two fastest times in the world this year.

Aussie Rachel Goh won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.80.

South African teenager Chad Le Clos won his tenth gold medal of the series winning the 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.15, fastest time in the world this year. After winning $1,500 for the win, he leads in prize money with $20,000.

Erica Morningstar of Canada won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:06.97.

German Paul Biedermann won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:41.19.

Marco Koch of Germany won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:04.61.

Geoff Huegill of Australia won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.70.

Canadian, Argentine Win Open Water Titles

One day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Fran Crippen in a FINA-sanctioned open water 10K event in United Arab Emirates, Canada’s Richard Weinberger and Argentina’s Cecilia Biagioli won the 10K open water titles Saturday at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Weinberger just edged American Arthur Frayler, 1:57:31.0 to 1:57:31.3 for the gold medal. Guillermo Bertola of Argentina took the bronze in 1:57:33.9.

Biagioli won the women’s title in 2:04:11.5. Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto took silver in 2:05:51 and American Christine Jennings took the bronze in 2:05:52. U.S. teammate Eva Fabian was fourth in 2:05:54.8.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

Four Records Broken On Final Day, SOFLO’s Semeco Falls Short At XVI Pan American Games

Four Records Broken On Final Day, SOFLO’s Semeco Falls Short At XVI Pan American Games

October 21, 2011


On the final day of pool swimming at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, four meet records fell including three in the four championship finals.

SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco of Venezuela was shut out of a medal in the women’s 50-meter freestyle in which she was defending champion and meet record holder.

Semeco finished fifth in 25.57 seconds.

American Lara Jackson, seeded second after morning prelims, won the event with a Pan American Games record in 25.09, breaking Semeco’s Pan Am record of 25.14 set in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro

Semeco also swam anchor on Venezuela’s seventh-place 4×100-meter medley relay that finished in 4:18.76. St. Thomas alum Daniela Victoria of Davie Nadadores was also a relay member.

Brazil’s Thiago Pereira won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.19, breaking his own Pan American Games record of 1:58.42 set in 2007. It was Pereira’s fourth individual gold medal of the Games and ninth fastest time in the world this year.

Jacksonville Bolles’ Ryan Murphy, the youngest member of the U.S. national team, swam an amazing 1:58.50 in the 200-meter backstroke to take the bronze medal.

The U.S. women’s 4×100-meter medley relay broke back-to-back Pan American Games record in prelims (4:04.52) and finals (4:01.00) with Rachel Bootsma, Annie Chandler, Claire Donahue and Amanda Kendall.

With Cesar Cielo swimming an anchor leg of 47.28, Brazil won the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay won in 3:34.58 to close out the night. Cielo was joined by Guilherme Guido, Felipe Franca and Gabriel Mangabeira. The U.S. men were second in 3:37.17.

The men’s and women’s open water 10K races begin 9 a.m. on Saturday.

FINA/Arena World Cup Series

Heading into the fourth event of the seven-leg FINA World Cup Series in Berlin, South African teenager Chad Le Clos leads the points and prize money standings.

The 19-year-old leads with 61 points, 11 points ahead of Japan’s Hidemasa Sano. Le Clos has already posted four Olympic qualifying times this year and is using the World Cup as preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.

On the final stop of the European leg, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin will each compete in five events. The German National Team and several British swimmers along with several U.S. swimmers are in the field.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy Wins Three In Season-Opener For Seton Hall

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOFLO’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy Wins Three In Season-Opener For Seton Hall

October 21, 2011


Seton Hall junior Ryan O’Shaughnessy got off to a good start for the 2011-12 college season.

O’Shaughnessy, 20, won three events to lead Seton Hall to a 173-126 victory over Rider in their season-opener in South Orange, N.J.

The SOFLO swimmer won the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes and 200-yard individual medley. He won the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.86, 200-yard breaststroke in 2:10.66 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.51.

O’Shaughnessy was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team that won in 1:35.78.

In addition to starting the season with a win, O’Shaughnessy also punched his ticket to the Big East Championships with qualifying times.

His next meet is Oct. 29 in Baltimore against Drexel, Lafayette and host Loyola.


SOFLO’s Caroline Kuzynski and her Arizona State teammates will open the season on Saturday against University of Las Vegas at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Ariz. “So pumped,” Kuczynski tweeted. The NCAA Division I qualifier and her teammates are ranked sixth in the pre-season Pac-10 poll. Last season Kuczynski qualified for NCAAs in the 100-yard butterfly (52.52) and 200-yard butterfly (1:56.78).


SOFLO’s Dana Hatic, a senior breaststroker, and her University of Miami teammates won nine events to defeat previously unbeaten Houston, 136.5-103.5 to spoil the Cougars’ home opener at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Hatic was a member of the 200-yard medley that won in a season-best 1:46.51, an NCAA “B” qualifying time, one of nine cut times. Hatic was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.00, also an NCAA “B” cut and was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:14.47. The Hurricanes will take on Rice on Saturday morning in Houston…

SOFLO’s Nick Schwab and Brittney Phelan of Indiana open the season on Saturday when they compete against Kentucky and Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn….Iona College sophomore Justin Grigull and his teammates open the season and Boston College’s Brittany Williford, both of SOFLO, compete on Friday night at the Northeast Catholic Invitational in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The meet concludes on Saturday…. Bucknell, with freshman Gina Gautieri of SOFLO, will host George Washington University in its first scored meet of the season. Gautieri, a high school All-American, is expected to make an immediate impact on the women’s team…Penn State opens the season on Saturday when the Nittany Lions host West Virginia and former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kyle Bandy, a junior freestyler and butterflyer, at McCoy Natatorium in University Park, Pa…Les Moore of Tampa was fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.47) and sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.37) in his team’s 104-101 win over Florida Southern.


University of Florida won its second women’s dual meet in less than a week with a 173-125 win over Arkansas Thursday night. The undefeated Gators lead the series against the Razorbacks, 5-0. The women combined to win 12 of the 16 events and turned in seven NCAA “B” cut times. Senior Sarah Bateman and sophomore Elizabeth Beisel each won two individual events and were members of winning relays. The women are competing in this weekend’s Dallas Classic.

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