Florida Gold Coast Swimmers, Bolles Coach Ready For Junior Pan Pacs

Florida Gold Coast Swimmers, Bolles Coach Ready For Junior Pan Pacs

By Sharon Robb

August 26, 2014—Before leaving for their first year of college, breaststrokers Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale and Alex Evdokimov of Coral Springs Swim Club will represent the United States at the Junior Pac Pacific Championships.

The five-day meet begins Wednesday at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Team USA leads a field of eight countries that includes Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The charter nations are the U.S., Australia, Japan and Canada.

The meet is for swimmers age 13-18 from non-European federations.

Like last week’s Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, Team USA is expected to dominate the medal count based on the psych sheet.

The rules mirror the Pan Pacs with only two swimmers from each country allowed to advance into the championship final and three for the “B” finals.

Team USA has 23 men and 23 women. They gathered in Los Angeles before leaving for Hawaii.

Bolles coach and Olympian Sergio Lopez is coaching the women’s team. Jaime Lewis of Gator Swim Club is an assistant coach.

Kopas and Evdokimov are the only Florida swimmers on the team.

Kopas, 18, a University School of Nova alum, headed for the University of Michigan, is the fifth seed (1:09.94) in the 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday. U.S. teammate Lilly King of Newburgh Sea Creatures is top seed in 1:08.12.

Kopas is seeded fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.53 on Saturday. Japan’s Runa Imai, only 13, is seeded first in 2:24.00. Last year as a 12-year-old she swam 2:25.14. She is one of the youngest swimmers in the meet.

Kopas recently won her first major national title at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships in the 200-meter breaststroke in a lifetime-best 2:29.53. It was the first time the junior national team member, high school state champion and All-American cracked the 2:30 barrier.

Cornell-bound Evdokimov, 18, a Taravella graduate, is seeded 12th in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.34. American Connor Hoppe, 17, of Clovis Swim Club is seeded first in 1:01.84. Evdokimov is seeded 14th in 2:21.77. U.S. teammate Cody Taylor, 18, of Donner Swim Club is seeded first in 2:12.73.

At senior nationals, Evdokimov was 24th in 1:04.17 in the final after going a best time 1:03.34 in morning prelims. He was disqualified in the 200 breaststroke and was 67th in the 50 breaststroke in 30.02.

Lopez is one of the nation’s top USA Swimming club and high school coaches. He joined the Bolles staff in 2007. He had 17 swimmers with Bolles ties at the 2012 London Olympics and has coached the high school teams to national and high school titles.

The Pan Pacs 10K, postponed in Southport, Australia because of high levels of E.coli in the water, will be held on the final day of the meet along with the Jr. Pan Pacs events on Sunday at 2 p.m. east coast time. Clearwater’s Becca Mann will compete in the rescheduled Pan Pac women’s race and is a medal favorite after an extra week’s rest.

Wednesday’s events are 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter butterfly, 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle.

For those swim fans who wish to remain sleep-deprived after watching last week’s Pan Pacs live-streamed from Australia, the Jr. Pan Pacs will also be live-streamed at usaswimming.org. Results can also be found on Meet Mobile.

Prelims are 3 p.m. and finals are 11 p.m. east coast time.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Michigan-Bound Moore Wins Gold On Final Day Of Youth Olympics, Five Junior World Records Smashed

Michigan-Bound Moore Wins Gold On Final Day Of Youth Olympics, Five Junior World Records Smashed

By Sharon Robb

August 22, 2014—-American Hannah Moore won Team USA’s third gold medal on the final day of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Friday at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.

In a close race, Moore won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.05 just ahead of Thailand’s Sarisa Suwannachet in 4:11.23 and Germany’s Kathrin Demler in 4:11.25.

Moore, headed off to Michigan with teammate Clara Smiddy, who also won gold earlier in the week, took off early in a 2:03.70 split and held off the field in the final 50 meters.

Florida State-bound Daniella Van Den Berg of Aruba and Azura Florida Aquatics won her heat in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:26.14. She was also second in her heat and 15th

overall in the 800-meter freestyle in a best tie 8:59.38, a 13-second time drop.

On Thursday, Azura teammate Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador broke another national record when he won his heat and finished fifth overall in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:02.69, a six-second time drop from his lifetime-best.

St. Augustine’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was fifth in her 400-meter freestyle heat in 4:16.65.

Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter withdrew from the 200-meter backstroke.

On the sixth and final day, five junior world records were broken.

Host China finished with finished with 17 medals including ten gold medals to lead the medal count. Russia followed with 13 medals including six gold. Team USA was fifth with four medals including three gold. Australia was shut out of gold medals. Thirty-one countries earned at least one medal.

Florida had nine swimmers compete, eight from the Florida Gold Coast and one from Florida Swimming.

In other finals:

Rozaliya Naretdinova of Russia won the 50-meter freestyle in a junior world record time of 24.88. Aussie Ami Matsuo took silver and Russian Daria Ustinova was third in 26.39. Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks was top U.S. finished placing 16th in the semifinals in 26.39.

Li Guangyuan of China won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in a junior world record of 1:56.94. Russian Evgeny Rylov was second in 1:57.08. Brit Like Greenbank was third in 1:59.03.

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won the 100-meter butterfly in a junior world record and national record 58.34 to continue her country’s domination in the stroke.

Brazilian Matheus Santana broke the junior world record in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.25. His back-half split was 24.90.

Anastasiya Malyavina of the Ukraine won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.43. Korea’s Jiwon Yang took silver in 2:27.31 and Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics took bronze in 2:27.66.

Hungary went one-two in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with Tamas Kenderesi winning in a junior world record time of 1:55.95 and Benjamin Gratz finishing second in 1:57.71. Italian Giacomo Carini was third in 1:58.14.

Nikola Obrovac of Croatia won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 27.83, just missing a junior world record. Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie took silver in 27.94.

China won the final event of the meet, the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay in 3:49.33. Russia took silver in 3:50.86 and Australia bronze in 3:52.45.

The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.

With 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees, the 13-day competition continues with 31 sports.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are showing 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag. For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Wins Speedo Junior National Title

Michigan-Bound Emily Kopas Wins Speedo Junior National Title

By Sharon Robb

August 2, 2014—Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale won her first major national title Saturday at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California.

The University of Michigan bound 18-year-old captured the 200-meter breaststroke title in a lifetime-best 2:29.53, shaving 2.08 seconds off her previous best of 2:31.61.

It was the first time the high school state champion and All-American had cracked the 2:30-barrier and she couldn’t have picked a better stage.

Kopas led from wire-to-wire taking it out fast with a 34.06 opening split. She continued to lead a tight race at the halfway mark (1:12.27, 38.21 split) and continued to look smooth and fast in the water. After turning at 1:50.40 (38.13 split), Kopas held off the field with a 39.13 split for the impressive win.

“That was the plan to go out fast,” Kopas said. “I went out like I did this morning and instead of backing off the second 50 I continued my stroke rate. At the end it was just survival mode.

“I am really happy with the race. I am really thankful I have such a great coach (Dave Gibson). I was very nervous before the race and he was there for me. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates, my dad and mom and my sisters.

“It’s a really nice set up for senior nationals and my first season at Michigan.”

Kopas was ranked second in the state of Florida behind future Michigan teammate Clara Smiddy of AquaKids Sharks and 29th in the Class of 2014 recruits. She is following in the footsteps of her father Bill and uncle Brice, who both swam for the Wolverines.

At the 2013 Speedo Junior Nationals she went 1:09.93 in the 100-meter breaststroke shortly after swimming 2:32.58 in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. National Championships.

“I think I have finally gained the confidence and starting to gain the strength and mentality to train with more advanced swimmers instead of being a little kid,” Kopas said.

Kopas, a junior national team member, will compete in this week’s senior nationals before leaving for Michigan on August 27th.

“It’s all happening so fast and getting closer to college,” Kopas said. “I am really excited about the future.”

Swim Fort Lauderdale Coach Dave Gibson gave out the awards for the women’s 200-meter breaststroke.

It was a good night for Florida Gold Coast and Florida Swimming swimmers in the national spotlight.

Elise Haan, 16, of T2 Aquatics was third in the 100-meter backstroke in a best time 1:01.67, dropping 0.49 seconds.

Megan Moroney, 17, of St. Andrew’s Swimming was sixth in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:00.83, dropping 0.73 seconds.

Cece Williams, 18, of Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club, using a strong kick, won the “B” final and finished ninth overall in the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 2:01.12, dropping 1.58 seconds.

South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers will wrap up the week in distance events. Melissa Marinheiro will compete in the 1500-meter freestyle and Kathleen Golding, at 13, one of the youngest in the meet, will time trial the 800 freestyle.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Stanzi Moseley, 16, of Roadrunner Aquatics won her first national title in a lifetime-best 1:59.88, cracking the 2-minute barrier for the first time. She was the only swimmer in the field to dip under 2 minutes.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Townley Haas of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics won his third freestyle national title in 1:48.75, just off the meet record. It was the sixth fastest time in his age group.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: University of Louisville-bound Todd Owen won his first title in 2:16.25. Owen swims for the college’s club team and has the benefit of working with three-time Olympic breaststroker Vlad Polyakov. The former football player had a lifetime-best 2:23 before this summer.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Amy Bilquist, 16, of Carmel Swim Club won in 1:01.04 for her second title of the meet.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Michael Andrew, 15, of Indie Swimming, won his first junior national title in 55.73. It was a lifetime best for the pro swimmer.

Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay: North Baltimore Aquatic Club won by nearly three seconds in 8:13.33 with Mary Pelton (Liz’s little sister), Maddie Runge (younger sister of Cal recruit Cierra), Princeton recruit Heidi Miller and 14-year-old sensation Easop Lee.

Carmel Swim Club leads the combined and women’s team standings and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics leads the men’s team standings.

Sunday’s events are women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relay.

The meet, both prelims and finals, is being live-streamed at usaswimming.org. The five-day meet concludes on Sunday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships

California Wins Team Title, Cordes Breaks Second American Record, Murphy Wins Second Title At NCAA Championships

By Sharon Robb

March 29, 2014

The University of California Bears came to swim Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

By the third event on the final night of competition, the Bears knew the title was theirs.

Headed into the championship finals at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, only six points separated leader Texas and California but that all changed quickly after the first two events.

After a perfect dual-meet season and second consecutive conference title, California won its third team title in four years and fifth overall in the program’s history with 468.5 points.

Texas was second with 417.5 followed by Florida with 387 and defending champion Michigan fourth with 310. Florida State under first year coach Frankie Bradley finished 14th with 105 and University of Miami was 25th with 26 points, all in diving.

Cal had seven swimmers in the “A” finals and two in consolations. Texas had five in the “A” finals and five in consolations.

California freshman Ryan Murphy, 18, swept the backstroke events winning his second NCAA title in the 200-yard backstroke in an NCAA record 1:37.35, all but clinching the national title.

The Bolles alum and race favorite led from the start and was ahead of American record pace by half a second until the final five yards. Murphy also re-broke his 17-18 national age group record of 1:38.15.

Cal teammate Jacob Pedley was fourth in 1:39.59. Murphy and Pedley earned 35 points for the Bears. After the backstroke and mile, the Bears led Texas, 364.54-349.5.

“It’s all about the team title,” Murphy said. “We did everything we could do to contribute to the team. It was a great start to the evening. I hope we can keep rolling. It would be awesome if we did make a difference for the team title in this race.”

Arizona’s Kevin Cordes stole a little of California’s thunder with his second American record of the meet.

Cordes won the 200-yard breaststroke in an American, NCAA and U.S. Open record 1:48.66, breaking the record by 2/100ths of a second.

It was Cordes 11th American short course record in the last two years.

After the first 50, Cordes was a second ahead of American record pace, taking five strokes per 25. With clean walls and perfect streamline, he built a three-body length lead over some of the best breaststrokers in the world.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Cordes said. “It hasn’t really set in yet. I just go out there every day and try to improve. It’s just about different strategies, learning to swim and execute.”

After the breaststroke, Cal had a 412.5-370.5 lead.

In other championship races:

1,650-yard freestyle: Defending champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan led from wire-to-wire to win in a pool record 14:29.27. Cal senior Jeremy Bagshaw, who swam in an earlier heat, finished second in 14:39 to score 17 points for the Bears in their title run. After the event, California led Texas by 11, 329.5-318.5. Florida sophomore Arthur Frayler was third in 14:43.08.

100-yard freestyle: Brazilian Joao De Lucca of Louisville fought off fellow Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini of Auburn to win in 41.70. He is the first swimmer to sweep the 100 and 200 freestyle titles since Gustavo Borges accomplished the feat in 1995. Florida State senior and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray was 20th in 42.70. Chierighini had broken the pool record in prelims in 41.52. Cal’s lead was 385.5-365.5 over Texas.

200-yard butterfly: South African Dylan Bosch, a sophomore at Michigan, knocked off Florida’s Marcin Cieslak to win in an NCAA and U.S. Open record of 1:39.33. Cieslak was second in 1:40.19. Florida State junior Connor Knight, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, won the “B” final in 1:42.25.

“I had a pretty good feeling I could get it,” Bosch said. “This is the fastest meet in the world. It is crazy. I always thought I had a chance to get the record. I wanted to do it for my teammates. We all train together so well. Records are there to be broken. Just to be in the books and written into history is a great feeling.”

10-meter platform diving: Defending champion Nick McCrory of Duke nailed his final dive to make history as the only diver ever to win four consecutive NCAA platform titles. The Olympic bronze medalist finished with 454.85 that included a 10 on his final dive. Rafael Quintero of Arizona was second with 452.40 points.

“I was up there doing the math in my head what scores I had to average, I knew it was a tall order,” said McCrory, who scratched from 3-meter with an injury. “I tried to do my best. It was better than I thought when I hit the water. For me this is huge. I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out at Duke.”

400-yard freestyle relay: With two freshmen duking it out on the anchor leg for Auburn and N.C. State, Auburn, led by freshman Kyle Darmody knocked off a stacked field to win the final event of the night in a meet record 2:48.33. Cal was second in 2:49.48 and N.C. State, with freshman Areas Schiellerup on anchor leg, was third in 2:49.50.

In all, 56 schools and 270 participants—235 swimmers and 35 divers—competed in the three-day meet.

For those who would like to again watch the NCAA Men and Women Swimming and Diving Championships, ESPNU is re-broadcasting the women’s meet on April 2 at 9 p.m., April 3 at 11 p.m. and April 11 at 10 p.m. The men’s meet will be re-broadcast on April 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at two times, 1 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American, U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 29, 2013

Kevin Cordes, a sophomore at Arizona, broke the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Cordes has been working with Matt Grevers, Eric Hansen and other members of the Arizona coaching staff and it showed in front of a near-capacity crowd on its feet cheering him home.

Cordes won his first NCAA title in a record time of 50.74. His splits were 23.87 and 26.87. It was the third time this season Cordes improved his own American record. He had first lowered it in morning prelims in 50.93.

Michigan continues to lead the team standings headed in Saturday’s third and final day of competition. The Wolverines have 336 points, ahead of California with 301.5 and Arizona with 234.5. Florida jumped to fifth with 196.5 points.

In the biggest upset of the night, David Nolan knocked off two-time defending champion Tom Shields to win the 100-yard backstroke in 44.99. Shields was second in 45.21.

Stanford’s Tom Kremer broke a 26-year-old national age group record in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:33.07. Troy Dalbey held the record in 1:33.28. Kremer, a freshman, finished third in the “A” final. Kremer has dual citizenship but competes for Israel internationally. Joao De Lucca of Louisville won in 1:31.51.

Michigan won its first NCAA event title in the 200-yard medley in 1:22.27 with Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zach Turk. The old record of 1:22.36 was held by Auburn. Since the Ortiz brothers are citizens of Spain, Japan and Brazil the Wolverines could not be credited with an American record.

Florida qualified seven swimmers for finals, including two into the “A” finals. Sophomore Carlos Omana of Miami, the top Florida Gold Coast finisher, just missed the finals in the 400-yard individual medley finishing 17th in 3:45.87 and was first alternate. Florida teammate Sebastien Rousseau was disqualified in the IM for the back to breast turn.

Stanford’s Kris Ipsen defended his 3-meter diving title with a come-from-behind victory. Ipsen overtook leader Nick McCrory of Duke on the final dive to win with 450.60 points.

In the final event of the evening, Florida knocked off Michigan to win the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:13.27 with freshman Pawel Werner, Sebastian Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak and Dan Wallace.

On Thursday’s opening night, Vlad Morozov had a 17.86 50-yard freestyle split on the 200-yard freestyle relay. It was the first time any swimmer has split under 18 seconds in a 50 freestyle in any kind of suit at any level. Even more amazing was that it was on USC’s third relay leg.

While being interviewed by local TV stations during the NCAA, USA Swimming national team director Frank Busch supported merging the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I meets and keeping them in Indianapolis.

“I believe Indianapolis should be the Omaha of college swimming,” said Busch, referring to the College World Series annually held in Omaha, Nebraska. “I believe the meet should be combined and the meet should be at Indianapolis every year.”


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Michigan 336, 2. California 301.5, 3. Arizone 234.5, 4. Southern California 212, 5. Florida 196.5, 6. Texas 192, 7. Stanford 169, 8. Auburn 167.5, 9. Indiana 151, 10. Georgia 106, 17. Louisville 44, 19. Florida State.

200-yard medley relay:

1.Michigan 1:22.27, 2. California 1:23.17, 3. Arizona 1:23.23, 10. Florida State 1:25.80, 13. Florida 1:26.02.

400-yard individual medley:

1.Chase Kalisz, Georgia 3:38.05, 2. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin 3:39.61, 3. Dan Wallace, Florida 3:39.87, 17. Carlos Omana, Florida 3:45.87, Sebastian Rousseau, Florida, DQ.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, California 44.59, 2. Marcin Cieslak, Florida 45.35, 3. Sean Fletcher, Michigan 45.54.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Joao De Lucca, Louisville 1:31.51, 2. Dimitry Colupaev, Southern Cal 1:32.74, 3. Tom Kremer, Stanford 1:33.07.

100-yard breaststroke

1.Kevin Cordes, Arizona 50.74, 2. Kevin Steel, Arizona 51.69, 3. Richard Funk, Michigan 51.84, 32. Renato Prono, Tennessee 54.14.

100-yard backstroke:

1.David Nolan, Stanford 44.99, 2. Tom Shields, California 45.21, 3. Eric Ress, Indiana 45.31.

3-meter springboard diving:

1.Kris Ipsen, Stanford 450.60, 2. Nick McCrory, Duke 440.40, 3. Darian Schmidt, Indiana 425.50.

800-yard freestyle relay:

1.Florida 6:13.27 (Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak, Dan Wallace), 2. Michigan 6:15.54, 3. Southern California 6:15.94.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships

Florida Gold Coast Well-Represented At NCAA Division I Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 27, 2013

Florida Gold Coast will be well-represented at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships that get underway Thursday at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Nicholas Schwab, a senior at Indiana and 2012 Olympian, will compete in the 500-yard freestyle. He is seeded 29th in 4:18.70 and will swim in the opening event on Thursday.

Southern Cal sophomore Cristian Quintero is seeded first in 4:13.37.

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana, a sophomore at University of Florida, is seeded 28th in 4:18.66.

Other Florida Gold Coast swimmers entered in the meet are Florida State senior John Jessell and junior teammate Paul Murray.

A field of 235 swimmers from 51 teams will compete over three days.

Michigan is the overwhelming favorite to win the team title. The Wolverines have 510 seeded points. Based on its seeding, the Wolverines have a 211-point advantage over the rest of the field.

Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Texas and University of Florida are the top challengers.

Florida is led by redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau who has returned to the team, and top freshman Pavel Werner.

The Gators qualified 14 swimmers and divers, including eight from last year’s meet, for NCAAs. The Gators have finished in the Top 10 for 12 consecutive years and earned 27 All-American honors in 2012.

Florida State may be the meet’s surprise team with the mid-season addition of Pavel Sankovich. The Seminoles relays have also been impressive this season and most recently at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Louisville, led by Joao de Lucca, may be another surprise and finish in the Top 10 for the second consecutive year. Former FGC swimmer and three-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov is finishing up his first season as assistant coach at Louisville.

In addition to the 500 freestyle, other Thursday events are 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 1-meter diving and 400-yard medley relay.

ESPN3 is streaming the event live on Friday and Saturday. Live results can also be found at ncaa.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Phelps Learns From “Wake-Up Calls” At Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix

Phelps Learns From “Wake-Up Calls” At Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix


April 10, 2011

Michael Phelps is learning his lessons well even if it means taking a few lumps along the way.

After losing his signature event, the 200-meter butterfly Saturday night for the first time in nearly ten years, he lost two other races on Sunday, the final night of the Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix at University of Michigan’s Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor.

Phelps, 25, finished second to Tunisian Ous Mellouli, 27, of Trojan Swim Club in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.63.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist had the lead going into the final 50 meters but Mellouli out-touched Phelps in a pool record 1:59.42, one of five pool records on the third and final day. It was his first loss in the event since 2002.

Phelps was also second in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.48 to Brazilian Cesar Cielo, 24, who won in a pool record 49.12.

“It was a matter of time before not training would catch up and it did,” Phelps said. “I hate losing, no matter what event, no matter how out of shape, tired, broken down, you can say whatever you want. I don’t care, I hate it.

“What I’m looking to do now is put it behind me and move forward,” Phelps said. “There are a lot of things on the to-do list, there are a lot of things that need to change.

“The small things are what are going to add up to the big picture at the end of the road and that’s what I need to get in my head and put them into use and not just talk about them any more.”

In other championship finals:

Katie Hoff, 21, of FAST won the 800-meter freestyle in a pool record 8:35.51.

Ariana Kukors, 21, of FAST won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.24.

Theresa Svendsen, 22, of Southern Methodist won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.08.

Tyler Clary, 22, of FAST won the 200-meter backstroke in a pool record 1:56.61, finishing ahead of Ryan Lochte, second in 2:00.21.

In a close race, Dana Vollmer, 23, of California Aquatics won the 100-meter freestyle in a pool record 54.52 followed by Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin in 54.93.

Arthur Frayler, 17, of Germantown Academy won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:18.56. Michael Klueh, 24, of FAST was second in 15:24.63.

T2 Aquatics won the women’s 400-meter medley relay in 4:19.51 with Katharine Anton, Haley Fournier, Anne-Marie Botek and Erika Erndl.

Club Wolverine won the men’s 400-meter medley relay in 3:57.28 with Adrian Law, Joshua Ehrman, David Boland and Stephen Sobczak.

The next USA Swimming Grand Prix event is May 12-15 with the Charlotte Ultraswim in Charlotte, N.C. It is the sixth stop of the seven-meet series.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com