SOFLO’s Claire Donahue Ties For Gold In FINA World Cup Series Opener

By Sharon Robb

August 10, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue bounced back from a disappointing XVI FINA World Championships to tie for a gold medal Tuesday in the FINA World Cup Series opener in Moscow.

The U.S. Olympic gold medalist tied Aussie Madeline Groves in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.08, 19th fastest time in the world this year. Donahue was leading with 10 meters to go but Groves put in a late surge and Donahue held on to tie. Each pocketed $1,250 in prize money.

SOFLO’s Carolina Colorado of Colombia finished out of the medal table finishing eighth in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:17.64.

SOFLO teammate Jorge Murillo, also of Colombia, was 12th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.22.

Swimmers are competing for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third in addition to a $10,000 bonus check for a world record performance. A prize purse of $92,000 is being offered at each FINA stop.

Second-day action in Moscow continues on Wednesday before moving to Paris-Chartres this weekend to conclude the first cluster.



200-meter freestyle: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 1:56.83, 2. Bronte Barratt, Australia 1:57.15, 3. Melanie Margalis, USA 1:58.30; FLORIDA: 19. Nguyen Vien, Vietnam 2:02.45

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Katie Meili, USA 1:06.68, 2. Breeja Larson, USA 1:07.19, 3. Vitalina Simonova, Russia 1:07.51.

100-meter butterfly: 1. tie, Claire Donahue, USA/SOFLO and Madeline Groves, Australia 58.08, 3. Natalia Lovtcova, Russia 58.42.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Emily Seebohm, Australia 27.90, 2. Mie Oe Nielsen, Denmark 28.05, 3. Daria Ustinova, Russia 28.52.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:10.68, 2. Zsuzsanna Jakobos, Hungary 2:12.15, 3. Nguyen Vien, Vietnam/St. Augustine 2:12.33.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark 24.62, 2. Dar’Ya Stepanyuk, Ukraine 25.10, 3. Natalia Lovtcova, Russia 25.17.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Daria Ustinova, Russia 2:08.21, 2. Emily Seebohm, Australia 2:09.61, 3. Daryna Zevina, Ukraine 2:11.78; FLORIDA: 8. Caroline Colorado, Colombia/SOFLO 2:17.64.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Yuhan Zhang, China 8:30.60, 2. Diletta Carli, Italy 8:32.12, 3. Martina Caramignoli, Italy 8:37.03.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Chad Le Clos, South Africa 48.16, 2. Nikita Lobintsev, Russia 48.58, 3. Jeremy Stravius, Russia 48.93.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Cameron Van Der Burgh, South Africa 26.96, 2. Peter Stevens, Slovakia 27.46, 3. Brendan McHugh, USA 27.71; FLORIDA: 12. Jorge Murillo, Colombia 28.22

100-meter backstroke: 1. Camille Lacourt, France 53.44, 2. Grigory Tarasevich, Russia 54.01, 3. Zheng Wen Quah, Singapore 54.03; FLORIDA: 7. Pavel Sankovich, Belarus/FSU 55.57.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Viktor Bromer, Denmark 1:55.03, 2. Aleksandr Kudashev, Russia 1:57.09, 3. Chase Kalisz, USA 1:57.66.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Myles Brown, South Africa 3:48.52, 2. Jordan Pothain, France 3:49.66, 3. Damien Joly, France 3:50.55.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Marco Koch, Germany 2:08.77, 2. Cody Miller, USA 2:09.08, 3. Nic Fink, USA 2:09.51.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Andrii Govoroz, Ukraine 23.30, 2. Tim Phillips, USA 23.55, 3. Evgeny Sedov, Club 20 23.59.

400-meter individual medley: 1. David Verraszto, Hungary 4:14.89, 2. Federico Turrini, Italy 4:15.10, 3. Alexander Osipenko, Russia 4:16.98.

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