By Sharon Robb

December 20, 2013

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte won two events on opening night of the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool to give the Europe All-Stars a 68-54 lead over Team USA Friday in Glasgow, Scotland.

Belmonte won the 400-meter individual medley and 400-meter freestyle at the Tollscross International Swimming Centre.

The two-day, short-course meters competition concludes Saturday at 9 a.m. with 16 events remaining and $120,000 in prize money on the line.

Five U.S. swimmers won individual events:

Conor Dwyer, 400-meter individual medley, 4:01.76.

Eugene Godsoe, 200-meter backstroke, 1:52.14.

Micah Lawrence, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:19.15.

Tom Shields, 100-meter butterfly, 49.80.

Michael Klueh, 400-meter freestyle, 3:39.94.

Despite finishing third, Kevin Cordes broke the American short course record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:02.38. Brit Michael Jamieson won in 2:01.83.

Belmonte got her team fired up from the opening event. Belmonte won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:24.58 and teammate Aimee Willmott of Great Britain took the silver in 4:26.80.

Michelle Coleman of Sweden won the women’s 100-meter freestyle in 52.65.

The Europe All-Stars went one-two in the men’s 100-meter freestyle with Yannick Agnel of France winning in 47.13 and Adam Brown of Great Britain second in 47.24.

Europe had another one-two finish in the 200-meter backstroke with the Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina first in 2:01.62 and Simona Baumrtova of the Czech Republic second in 2:04.06 to give Europe a 30-15 lead at one point.

Jeanette Ottesen-Gray of the Netherlands won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.78, just .05 ahead of American Claire Donahue, who will be training with the South Florida Aquatic Club after the holiday.

Belmonte won her second title in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:57.65, followed by Spanish teammate Melani Costa in 3:59.14.

Going into the 400-meter medley relays, Europe lead, 61-47 and remained in the lead by 14 points after the two teams split.

BIG TV WEEKEND FOR SWIMMING

Swimming will get some national television exposure on Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22 on NBC-TV.

The AT&T Winter Senior Nationals highlight show will be televised Saturday at 5-6 p.m.

The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool will be on Sunday at 4-6 p.m.

AROUND THE FLORIDA GOLD COAST

Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago, now a freshman at Southern California, broke the national short course record in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:50.05 at his country’s Short Course Trials. He broke the 15-17 record held by Josh Romany (3:58.41) and national record set by 2000 Olympian Sebastien Paddington (3:55.89). The national record was 17-years-old. Carter was coming off the Winter National Championships…Rachael Bradford-Feldman of St. Andrew’s Swimming, coming off Winter Junior Nationals, underwent thumb surgery.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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