WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
April 24, 2012
Brazilian Daniel Orzechowski swam the fastest time in the world in the 50-meter backstroke Tuesday at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Orzechowski won the sprint race in 24.44 moving into the No. 1 spot in the world rankings and breaking the previous meet record of 24.49. American Eugene Godsoe was third in 25.01, sixth fastest in the world.
Danish world champion Lotte Friis broke the meet record in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.65. The previous record was 1:59.78. Friis also won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:11.76.
Brazilian Joao de Lucca, a sophomore at the University of Louisville, broke the only other meet record of the day in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.26. American Charlie Houchin, who started his own pro team, IX3 and is training in Jacksonville, was third in 1:48.83.
Other individual winners were:
Brazilian Tales Cerdeira, nursing a pulled right thigh muscle, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:12.40 ahead of Felipe Lima in 2:12.82. He swam 2:10.37 in prelims, the only swimmer to dip under the FINA A qualifying standard of 2:11.74 for the Olympics.
Fabiola Molina won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.74 ahead of Laure Manaudou in 28.81.
Pamela Souza won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.66.
The meet is serving as another qualifying meet for Brazil’s Olympic team.
Top German breaststroker Hendrik Feldwehr may miss next month’s Berlin Olympic trials because of a recent dryland training injury. Feldwehr has a serious hip injury and is not training three weeks out from the team selection trials for London. Feldwehr injured his adductor muscle in his left hip while lifting weights.
California’s Tom Shields broke a 26-year-old pool record in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.90 at the TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Championships in Mission Viejo, Calif. Shields broke the record of 53.35 set by Olympian Pablo Morales. In other key races, Eric Shanteau won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.47; Chloe Sutton won the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:35.38 edging Ashley Twichell in 16:35.70. Lyndsay DePaul of Trojan Swim Club won the 100-meter butterfly in 59.84. Chad La Tourette of Mission Viejo won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:59.31. Rebecca Soni won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.43. After swimming 1:07.93 in prelims, Jessica Hardy scratched from the final denying fans of a long awaited matchup.
Also at the meet, Steve West, 40, of Novaquatics broke a FINA masters world age group record and pool meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.68. The record is unsanctioned because the meet is not sanctioned by U.S. Masters Swimming. At 39, West became the oldest man to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.65…Janet Evans, a 40-year-old mother of two, finished third in the 400-meter freestyle consolation final in 4:19.40. She barely missed making the final by 2/100ths of a second. She finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle. “I’m very pleased with the meet and where I am in my progress,” Evans told reporters.
University of Texas hired former Georgia assistant coach Carol Capitani as head women’s swimming and diving coach. Capitani replaces Kim Brackin, who was dismissed earlier this month after six seasons. Capitani has spent 14 years at Georgia, serving most recently as associate head coach the last two seasons. Capitani signed a five-year contract with the Longhorns…Head coach Cristina Teuscher is leaving Yale after two seasons as women’s coach. She has taken a position in the corporate world in New York City.
American Heritage senior Yousef Alaskari, who trains with the Davie Nadadores and competes for Kuwait internationally, signed a letter of intent to swim for the University of Georgia. Alaskari was the top high school swimmer in Broward County this season.
University of South Carolina had the top GPA ranking of 3.62 among women’s teams in the NCAA Division I Scholar All-America team rankings and Yale edged Villanova, 3.59-3.58 among men’s teams.
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