WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
April 25, 2012
Reigning world and Olympic champion Cesar Cielo came close to swimming the world’s fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle in a textile suit Wednesday night at the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Brazilian won the men’s event in 21.38 seconds, nearly breaking Fred Bousquet’s world textile best of 21.36. Cielo owns the world record of 20.91. Bousquet was also in the field, placing third in 21.79.
Cielo did swim faster than his World Championships time of 21.52 to move into the No. 1 spot in the world rankings.
In other finals:
In an upset, Joanna Maranho won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:14.63, edging Mireia Belmonte of Spain in 2:14.66.
Brazilian Thiago Pereira won the men’s 200-meter individual medley in a textile-best 1:57.11, the second fastest time in the world this year behind Michael Phelps’ 1:56.32.
Denmark’s Jeannette Ottesen won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.06 after qualifying in 24.98 in morning prelims. Ottesen also won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.64.
Brazilian Henrique Silva won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.46.
Luiz Arapiraca won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:22.73 just ahead of Lucas Kanieski in 15:22.95.
Gators Take Honors
Thirty-four University of Florida swimmers and divers were named to the 2011-12 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll. The Gators had 20 women and 14 men. Seniors Teresa Crippen and Brian Howell were among honorees. Diver Mikey Lewark of Davie was also on the honor roll.
Lurz, Cunha Win Open Water Titles
Thomas Lurz of Germany and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, former winner of the ISHOF Roughwater Swim, won the overall men’s and women’s titles at the FINA World Cup in Cancun, Mexico. Lurz won in 1:57.16. Cunha won in 2:09:14. Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli, who trains at Southern California, made his open water debut. The 2008 Olympic champion in the 1500 meters finished 11th, in 1:57.32, just 16 seconds behind the winner.
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