AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 98: SOFLO’s Kuczynski, Grigull Win In College Weekend Meets

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 98: SOFLO’s Kuczynski, Grigull Win In College Weekend Meets

October 23, 2011


Caroline Kuczynski of Arizona State and Justin Grigull of Iona College played key roles in their college teams’ wins over the weekend.

Arizona State women’s team defeated University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 197-100, leaving UNLV winless, in the Sun Devils’ season-opener.

Kuczynski, 20, a junior, swam third leg on the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:42.20.

The Canadian Olympic hopeful also won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.46 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.42. She was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.73.

The Sun Devils host Big 10 opponent Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 5.

At the New England Catholic Invitational hosted by Boston College, sophomore Justin Grigull of Iona College won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.10. He also anchored the second place 200-yard medley relay (22.22 split, 1:40.34) and third place 400-yard medley relay (49.74 split, 3:39.86). He was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.75 and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.41.

At the same meet, SOFLO’s Boston College freshman Brittany Williford was 27th in the 100-yard freestyle in 59.93; 24th in the 500-yard freestyle

in 5:38.10 and was a member of the Eagles “C” 400-yard freestyle relay (3:56.35).

Against Rice, University of Miami senior Dana Hatic was a member of the Hurricanes third place 400-yard medley relay that finished in 4:03.71. She was third in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.93 and fifth in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:44.71.

Rice won the dual meet, 131-74, in the Hurricanes second meet in as many days. The Hurricanes return to the pool on Friday, Nov. 4 when they host Indian River State College

Against George Washington University, Bucknell freshman Gina Gautieri, 18, was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.30 and sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:33.64. Bucknell won, 169-124.

University of Texas won the team title at the SMU Classic in Dallas finishing with 350 points, 20 points ahead of runner-up Florida. SMU, Virginia, Louisville and Wisconsin were also in the field. Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel won four events: 400 IM (4:10.79), 100 backstroke (54.65), 200 backstroke (1:54.44) and 200 IM (1:58.77).


U.S. swim star Michael Phelps is returning home on Monday after two confidence-building meets on the FINA/Arena World Cup tour stops in Moscow and Berlin.

On Sunday, the final day of the Berlin meet, Phelps qualified for the finals in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

“I’m here to test out myself and so far I am satisfied,” said Phelps, after winning the 200-meter IM (1:51.89) and 200-meter backstroke (1:50.34) to bring his two-day total to four gold medals, all in world-best times this year.

“I’m quite happy with the way things are going,” Phelps said. “I am in good shape and feel a lot stronger than I was a year ago. Now, it’s a case of keeping the training going and putting the work in.”

Phelps, 26, scratched from the 100-meter butterfly final after qualifying with the second fastest time.

Newly crowned world record holder Missy Franklin continue her success with a win in the 100-meter freestyle in 52.09 and 100-meter backstroke in 56.73. Franklin has totaled $20,750 but is not accepting it to preserve her college eligibility.

New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders broke his own national record to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 57.82 and became the first New Zealand breaststroker to break the 58-second barrier.

Great Britain’s Fran Halsall won the 100-meter individual medley in 58.73 and James Goddard broke a British national record in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:52.27 to finish second behind Phelps.

Other individual winners were: Therese Alshammar of Sweden, 50-meter butterfly in 25.18 to push her winnings to $13,000; Kanako Watanabe of Japan, women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.03; Sergei Fesikov of Russia, 50-meter freestyle in 21.45; American Allison Schmitt, 400-meter freestyle in 3:59.71; Choi Hye Ra, women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:04.48; China’s Cheng Feiyi, men’s 50-meter freestyle in 23.79; Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia, 100-meter butterfly in 50.04; Japan’s Izumi Kato, women’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:31.93; Russia’s Valentina Artemyeva, 50-meter breaststroke in 30.04; Germany’s Paul Biedermann, 200-meter freestyle in 1:42.42 and Sebastien Rouault of France, 1500-meter freestyle in 14:48.31.

The FINA World Cup now moves to Asia in Singapore, Nov. 4-5; Beijing, Nov. 8-9 and Tokyo, Nov. 12-13.


Miami’s Manny Huerta won a silver medal in the Pan American Games Triathlon in his first major international competition on Sunday. Huerta finished seven seconds out of first place in 1:48:09 behind Brazilian Reinaldo Colucci.

“I was able to keep that U.S. streak of winning medals at the Pan Am Games,” Huerta said. “We came here to win but today Colucci was stronger than me. I gave everything I had so when I go to sleep tonight I know that it was 110 percent. My teammates did 200 percent, and I think they even sacrificed their races to get me that podium spot.”

Huerta trailed Colucci by seven seconds in the final 200 meters of the run but could not reel him in.

USA Triathlon National team member Sarah Haskins of Colorado Springs won the women’s race and gold medal in 1:57:37. Clermont’s Sara McLarty was 13th in 2:05:49.

The triathlon course was a 1,500-meter swin, 40K bike and 10K run in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


Lance Armstrong faded from second to 23rd on the running portion of the

XTERRA World Championships in Kapalua, Hawaii on Sunday.

Armstrong finished in 2:36:59. The seven-time Tour de France winner faded badly on the run where temperatures reached 90 degrees. It was his second triathlon in 22 years.

Aussie Michael Weiss won the men’s race in 2:27.

The course was an ocean mile swim, 18.3-mile mountain bike ride and 6.1-mile trail run.

“I don’t remember the last time I cracked a helmet,” Armstrong said. “In fact, I don’t remember much.”

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