AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 200: Hosszu Dominates World Cup: Masters Swimming Coming Up This Weekend

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 200: Hosszu Dominates World Cup; Masters Swimming Coming Up This Weekend


October 7, 2012

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu just kept winning on the final day of the 2012 FINA World Cup Series stop in Doha to finish with seven gold and one bronze medal.

She won the 400-meter individual medley (4:30.03) and 200-meter butterfly (2:09.31) before pulling away from Melissa Ingram to win her third event in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:04.24. She also won the 100-meter individual medley in 59.74.

Hosszu anchored the winning mixed 200-meter freestyle relay that topped Hong Kong in 1:35.56. Hosszu was joined by Krisztian Takacs, Laszlo Cseh and Zsuzsanna Jakabos on the relay.

After two series stops, Hosszu has won $22,000. To illustrate her impressive and furious pace, last year, South African Chad LeClos won $45,000 for all eight of the 2011 series meets.

A field of 115 swimmers from 30 nations competed in the two-day meet. The next stop is Oct. 13-14 in Stockholm, Sweden.

American Anthony Ervin and George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago are now 19th and 20th all-time in world rankings. Against a well-stacked field, Ervin won the 50-meter freestyle in a lifetime best 21.02 and Bovell swam a lifetime-best and national record 21.06.

Germany’s Britta Steffen won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.40 for the second straight meet.

Sweden’s Therese Alshammar won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.62. Sweden’s Jennie Johansson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.69.

South African Darian Townsend won the 200-meter individual medley with a close win over Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh by 0.1 in 1:53.75. Tommaso D’Orsogna knocked off Townsend in the 200-meter freestyle, 1:43.84-1:43.95.

Olympic gold medalist Chad LeClos won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.60, seventh fastest all-time.

Stanislav Donets won the 50-meter backstroke race for the second meet in a row in 23.49 just ahead of Aussie Bobby Hurley in 23.55.

Daryna Zevina won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.90 for her second win of the meet.

China’s Wang Kechang won the 1500-meter freestyle, finishing ahead of Daiya Seto in 14:43.83. Seto was second in 14:48.97.

Radoslaw Kawecki won the 200-meter backstroke for the second consecutive meet.

Japan’s Fumiko Kawanabe won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.59. Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke and cracked 58 seconds in 57.22.

College swimming

Former British and U.S. national team director Dennis Pursley started a new era at Alabama on Saturday as the Crimson Tide’s new head coach watched his team win its season-opener over Delta State. The women swept all 16 events to win, 190-85 and the men won 14 of 16 events to win, 192-98. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jenna Gallo, a senior, won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.35 and 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:26.09. “There are some rough edges that we need to work on but overall it was a good start for us,” Pursley said…British Olympic swimmer and former Gator Gemma Spofforth was hired as an assistant volunteer coach at University of Florida. She is a seven-time NCAA champion and 25-time All-American. She is currently the world record holder in the 100-meter backstroke and finished fifth in the event at the London Olympics.

High school swimming

Daniel Spas of American Heritage has verbally committed to University of Florida. Last season he swam four All-American times at the State 1A meet, finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle. He was also on the Patriots’ third-place relays for the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. His best time was 20.64 as a junior. At this year’s Woodson Meet he earned most outstanding male athlete. He will join several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers including Lindsey and Taylor McKnight, Ryan Rosenbaum, Carlos Omana and Luke Torres.

Masters swimming

Several swimmers from South Florida will compete in the Oct. 12-14 fourth annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center. Gaines is also giving a free swim clinic during the three-day meet on Saturday after the second session of events. Several Olympians are entered including Brooke Bennett, SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson of Jamaica and Martin Zubero. World and national age group masters champion Cav Cavanaugh of Fort Lauderdale will compete at age 77 along with Lee Childs, 64, Deven Christopher, 38, Celia Devaney, 55, Barbara Protzman,  58, and Biggi Lohberg, 47, of Coral Springs Masters and GOLD and Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, who trains with SOFLO and competes for Swim Fort Lauderdale. The event is 25-meter timed finals…Olympian Brooke Bennett finished the Tropical Splash Open Water 5K in 1:08:28 to win the women’s race and finished 15 seconds behind overall winner and former Alabama All-American Ricardo Valdivia of South Miami in 1:08:13. Carlos Lloreda of South Miami won his age group in 1:27:16. Dale LeClair of Boca Raton was second in her age group in 1:28:11. David Boudreau of Fort Lauderdale was second in his age group in 1:23:12.

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