WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
July 5, 2012
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett of Tampa won the 1500-meter freestyle on opening day of the Marriott U.S. Masters Summer Nationals at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Bennett, 32, won the 30-34 age group title by more than three minutes in 17:54.28 in the same pool that was the host venue for last week’s U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Bennett swam a personal best time for her 800-meter split of the 1500 by four seconds in 9:23.
“Not warming down after a 1500,” Bennett tweeted on Twitter. “This flight home is going to hurt. But swimming in the Olympic Trials pool is a memory to last a lifetime.”
Bennett, who has returned to competitive swimming with a four-year plan, is swimming in two open water races in two weeks and on Aug. 11.
Bennett won the women’s 800 freestyle at the 1996 Olympics at age 16 and won the 400 and 800 freestyles in Sydney in 2000.
Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, 32, of South Florida Aquatic Club was second in the 800-meter freestyle in 11:48.81, off her seed time of 11:40.00. On Friday, Martin competes in the 50-meter freestyle, in which she is the fastest seeded swimmer in her heat. She also is anchor swimmer on the 200-meter freestyle.
Luane Rowe of Tri Valley Masters broke the only masters record on Thursday in the 1500-meter freestyle in 17:22.39 for the 18-24 age group. The previous mark was 17:27.74.
Also at masters nationals, Kristin Volz, 39, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was fourth in 25:38.06; Swim Fort Lauderdale masters coach Marty Hendrick, 54, was sixth in the 1500 in a best time 20:28; Bruce Meintjies, 71, of FLA was seventh in the 1500 in 30:49.
Jamie Marks, 24, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won the 800-meter freestyle in a best time 9:28.30; Katharine Wenzel, 29, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was sixth in a best time 10:54; Siobhan Murphy, 26, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was tenth in a best time 11:29.77; Kristin Larson, 46, of Lake Lytal Lightning was tenth in a best time 12:49; Sherie Berk, 59, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was seventh in a best time 14:45; Eric Jackwin, 23, of GOLD was second in the 800 in 9:34.29; Robert Pardo, 39, was fourth in 10:23.48; Graeme Fiser, 46, of Swim Fort Lauderdale was sixth in 10:15; Adrian Legaspi, 60, was tenth in 14:37
Sixteen-year-old Lochie Hinds of Sydney, Australia successfully completed the English Channel Swim becoming the youngest Aussie male to complete one of the world’s most prestigious open water swims. It took Hinds 12 hours and 22 minutes to swim the 34-kilometer swim from the French city of Calais to Dover, England in 12-degree water. Hinds has been open water swimming since he was 9. “People ask why I would think of swimming the English Channel and my only answer is because it’s my dream.”…In a final tally of U.S. Olympic swimming trials ratings on NBC, the trials had six of the Top 20 spots last week.
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