WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
April 27, 2012
Despite bad weather, Brazilian Felipe Silva swam a textile-best to win the 50-meter breaststroke Friday at the rain-soaked Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The reigning world champion won the non-Olympic sprint event in 26.87 seconds, bettering the previous best of 26.90 by Cameron van der Burgh at last year’s World Championships.
Silva has 11 of the fastest swims in the history of the event.
Weather continued to deteriorate throughout the day at the outdoor Maria Lenk Stadium contributing to slower-than-usual times in the championship meet which is serving as an Olympic qualifier for Brazil.
In other championship finals:
Ana Carvalho won the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.78.
Juan Pereira of Argentina won the 800-meter freestyle in 7:58.40, an Argentine national record.
Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.37 for her second victory of the meet. Daynara de Paula was second in 55.47, her fastest time since 2009.
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte avenged her loss in the 200-meter individual medley by winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.41, two seconds faster than she swam last year. Joanna Maranhao, winner of the 200 IM, was second in 4:42.32.
Brazilian Thiago Pereira won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:13.48, moving him into the world’s Top 10 in the event. Pereira swept the IM events.
Cesar Cielo, the swimmer of the meet, went virtually unchallenged to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.28, sixth fastest in the world this year. Marcelo Chierighini was second in 49.05.
Legendary Coach “Sticks” Ballatore Dies
As University of Florida swimmer Elizabeth Beisel put it, “the swimming world lost an amazing coach, friend and father today.” Hall of Fame swim coach Ron “Sticks” Ballatore, head men’s coach of NCAA champion UCLA (1977-1994) died of cancer Friday in a Gainesville hospice. The five-time Olympic coach was 71. Ballatore also coached at University of Florida (1996-1999).
State high school water polo
The FHSAA State Water Polo Tournament continues Saturday at Ransom Everglades. In the boys’ semifinals, Winter Park plays St. Thomas Aquinas at noon. Lake Nona plays the winner of Gulliver Prep-St. Andrew’s game at 1:30 p.m. In the girls’ bracket, Winter Park plays Westminster Academy at 9 a.m. and host Ransom Everglades plays Lake Nona at 10:30 a.m. The state final is 4 p.m. In early games, Westminster Academy girls (20-0) defeated Oviedo, 17-9, behind Caroline Israels’ 11 goals. Hollywood Hills girls lost to Winter Park, 19-6. Winter Park boys defeated Cypress Bay 20-12. St. Thomas Aquinas (21-3) eliminated Oviedo, 19-5 behind RJ Moore’s nine goals and Eric Goldenberg’s six goals.
The game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” celebrates American Pride Week this week (April 30-May 4 and May 7) with a special series devoted to celebrating everything that makes America great including Olympians. Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Dara Torres, Florida’s Ryan Lochte and gymnasts Dominique Dawes and Jonathan Horton will compete on two-person teams on Friday, May 4 and Monday, May 7. Their winnings will be donated to the U.S. Olympic Committee…Synchro de Mayo is National Synchronized Swimming Week, May 1-6.
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