Written By Sharon Robb
November 22, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, teammate Endi Babi and Coach Chris Anderson spent Thanksgiving Day travelling to Canada for the Canada Cup that gets under way on Friday.
The two-day meet is being hosted by Etobicoke Swim Club and features 13 of Canada’s 2012 Olympic swimmers among a field of 325 Canadian swimmers.
The short course meet will include 34 events split evenly over two days at the Olympium. A total of 63 clubs are entered.
Atkinson, a three-time Olympian for Jamaica, will compete in eight events in preparation for next month’s World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey (Dec. 12-16).
Atkinson, 23, will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke; 50- and 100-yard butterfly, 100- and 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle.
Atkinson will have some good competition to fine tune against. Entered in the meet are Olympians Savannah King, Brittany MacLean, Samantha Cheverton, Sinead Russell, Julia Wilkinson and Katerine Savard.
Babi, 24, will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard butterfly events.
Samuel Quintero In Colombia
SOFLO age grouper Samuel Quintero will compete Friday through Sunday in Colombia in the XXXVI Festival National Age Group Championships in Cartagena. It is Quintero’s first international swim meet.
A week after breaking the world record in the 400 freestyle, French Olympian Yannick Agnel won the event in 3:37.54, five seconds slower than his record of 3:32.25 Thursday on the opening day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships. Italians Gabriele Detti was second in 3:41.66 and Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo third in 3:42.32.
In other opening day events:
Poland’s Radowslaw Kaweck won the 200 backstroke in a European and Polish national record of 1:48.51.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, coming off the grueling FINA World Cup Series where she swam 39 events (104 swims including 42 heats and 62 finals), won the first of her seven events in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.78. Britain’s Hannah Miley was second in 2:06.21. Fifteen minutes later, Hosszu won the 200 butterfly in 2:05.78.
Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh won the 200 individual medley in a national record 1:52.74, breaking his own national record of 1:52.85 he set in 2009.
Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France, top morning qualifier, won the 50 freestyle in 20.70.
France leads the medal table with six medals including three gold. Hungary is second with five.
Olympian Missy Franklin has been nominated for Sports Illustrated’s Most Inspiring Performer for 2012. At 17, Franklin won four gold and one bronze medals in her Olympic debut in London. She is among 15 candidates selected by Sports Illustrated’s editors. The award will be decided by an online fan votes on SI’s facebook page. The voting ballot is open until Nov. 28. The winner will be featured in the Dec. 17 issue of the magazine…Floridian Ryan Lochte and his dog Carter, a 5-year-old Doberman Pinscher, were featured in People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. Lochte called him his lady magnet. “He is a good wingman because he’s a beautiful dog,” Lochte told People. “Girls come up to me and go, oh my God, where’s Carter, he’s so good-looking.” Lochte spent Thanksgiving in Spain on a promotional visit…
British Swimming withdrew its financial support from the annual Speedo Splash Awards after a disappointing performance at the 2012 London Olympics. The Brits won only three medals. The awards ceremony, equivalent to USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles, honor the achievements of Britain’s top swimmers. Swim officials also envision a lack of funding for the next four years leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. British Swimming is also set to review the team’s poor performance and expects a major shakeup next month on how the sport is run and scheduled…Australia, another swim federation suffering the after-effects of a sub-par Olympic performance, lost its swimming association’s CEO Kevin Neil who resigned. The Aussies, who had their worst Olympic performance in 20 years, are looking at their administrative, sporting and business direction and expect to find a replacement within four months.
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