Written by Sharon Robb
July 31, 2013
Sebastian Rousseau of Gator Swim Club broke an 11-year-old meet record to win the 200-meter butterfly to highlight opening day action Tuesday at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.
While most of the world’s attention is on the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Rousseau, 22, was making a few waves in Irvine, Calif.
Rousseau, a 2012 South African Olympian, won in 1:55.64. The previous meet record was 1:55.66 set by Tom Malchow of Club Wolverine in 2002.
It was the ninth fastest time in the world and would have qualified him third for the world championship final.
The top Florida Gold Coast finisher on opening day was St. Andrew’s Swimming’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.
The foursome of Tasija Karosas, 17, Caroline Nava, 16, Darby Goodwin, 16, and Megan Moroney, 16, finished 15th in 3:53.30,
slower than their seed time of 3:52.67.
200-meter butterfly: 1. Tilly Gray, NCYY 2:09.83.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Yolane Kukla, Australia 54.87.
800-meter freestyle: 1. Gillian Ryan, North Baltimore 8:25.57.
4×100-meter freestyle relay: 1. Australia 3:42.38, meet record.
200-meter butterfly: 1. Sebastian Rousseau, Gator Swim Club 1:55.64, meet record.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Daniel Tucker, Boilermaker Aqua 49.11.
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Zane Grothe, Auburn 15:13.39.
FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: 30. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 2:15.87.
Women’s 100-meter freestyle: 60. Rhi Jeffrey, Bernal’s Gators 57.85.
Women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay: 15. St. Andrew’s Swimming (Tasija Karosas, Caroline Nava, Darby Goodwin, Megan Moroney).
Men’s 200-meter butterfly: 28. David Knight, North Palm Beach 2:01.64, 30. Austin Manganiello, AK Sharks 2:01.79, 33. Luke Torres, Swim Fort Lauderdale 2:02.31.
Men’s 100-meter freestyle: 38. Roberto Gomez, Davie 50.82, 66. Luke Torres 51.64, 70. Charles Harrington, FLA 51.68
Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: 17. Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA 15:40.20.
RYAN LOCHTE HEADED DOWN UNDER
For the first time in ten years, Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach will start training in Australia after he finishes competing at world championships.
Lochte plans to train for four months with veteran coach Denis Cotterell, coach of Chinese world record holder Sun Yang and several other elite swimmers.
Lochte emphasized that Florida’s Gregg Troy is still his coach in Gainesville. But he plans on mixing it up as far as training sites and cutting back his heavy mileage regimen. He would like to train in two-to-six week intervals overseas as well as train with Dave Marsh at SwimMAC, who has a large group of pros training.
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