By Sharon Robb
December 8, 2016—Marc Rojas of South Florida Aquatic Club had another impressive day at the 13th FINA Short Course World Championships Thursday at WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario, Canada.
Making his international debut for the Dominican Republic, Rojas swam a best time in the 200-meter breaststroke and broke his second national record.
Rojas won his heat and finished 34th out of 59 swimmers in 2:15.12, just one place behind Colombia’s Jorge Murillo in 2:14.66 and Aruba’s Jordy Groters, 30th in 2:12.68.
“It was inspiring watching him win the heat,” said his longtime coach, SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson.
Rojas also swam the 100-meter individual medley, finishing 47th out of 84 in 57.29. His splits were 26.39 and 30.90.
Rojas has the 50-meter breaststroke remaining on Saturday.
SOFLO teammate Alia Atkinson of Jamaica was second fastest qualifier behind world record holder Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in the 100-meter individual medley semifinal round, 57.53-58.54.
In other events:
Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Marco Koch of Germany broke the meet record and won his second gold medal of the meet in 2:01.21 ahead of Andrew Willis of Great Britain in 2:02.71.
Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Aussie Brittany Elmslie won in 51.81.
Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won in 2:00.79 ahead of Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine in 2:02.24.
Men’s 100-meter butterfly: South African Chad Le Clos broke his own world and meet records by 0.36 seconds in 48.08. American Tom Shields was second in 49.04.
Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Junya Koga of Japan won in 22.81, the only swimmer under 23 seconds. Belarus and FSU alum Pavel Sankovich was second in 23.07.
Women’s 800-meter freestyle: American Leah Smith held off teammate Ashley Twichell to win in 8:10.17. Twichell, also an open water swimmer, finished in 8:11.95.
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