Written by Sharon Robb
March 5, 2003
Caroline Kuczynski and her Arizona State teammates finished sixth at the always-tough PAC-12 Swimming and Diving Women’s Championship last week in Federal Way, Washington.
Kuczynski, 22, the Sun Devils senior team captain who frequently trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club, made her final appearance a lasting memory.
After a long week of racing on the final day of competition Kuczynski finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in a lifetime-best of 1:56.38 which beat the NCAA “B” cut. Kuczynski is ranked 17th in the event on the NCAA Division I Championship psych sheet.
Earlier in the meet, Kuczynski, an All-American, swam another NCAA “B” cut winning the “B” final of the 100-yard butterfly in a best time 52.48, ranked 23rd on the psych sheet.
Kuczynski and her teammates finished fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA “B” cut of 1:39.06, third best time in the program’s history. Kuczynski was also a member of the fifth place 400-yard medley relay in 3:35.47, an NCAA “B” cut.
Kuczynski was third in the “C” final of the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.38, also an NCAA “B” cut.
The Sun Devils finished with 786.5 points. Stanford won the women’s team title with 1,439.5 followed by Southern California with 1,418.5 and California with 1,333.5.
The NCAA women’s meet will feature 322 women (281 swimmers and 41 divers), scheduled for March 21-23 in Indianapolis.
In another month, Kuczynski, a 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful, will compete at the world championship trials, April 3-6.
Torres Swims Best Time, NCAA “B” Cut At Last Chance Meet
University of Florida freshman and Florida Gold Coast swimmer Luke Torres swam a best time 20.62 in the 50-yard freestyle at this past weekend’s Bulldog Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. On the final day of the meet, Torres swam an NCAA “B” cut and best time of 1:47.43 in the 200-yard butterfly.
O’Shaughnessy Leads Seton Hall
Competing in his final Big East Championships, Seton Hall senior Ryan O’Shaughnessy, another FGC swimmer, placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a lifetime-best 56.67. On the same night, he was a member of the Pirates’ eighth-place on the 400-yard medley relay in a season-best 3:25.31.
O’Shaughnessy was a member of Seton Hall’s seventh place 200-yard medley relay that finished in a season-best 1:34.33.
He also finished 17th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.29, missing a spot in the consolation final by just .12 seconds. It was his best time of the season in the event by more than one second. He was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished eighth in 3:06.61.
Grigull Shines At MAAC Championships
Justin Grigull of Iona College, a FGC swimmer, finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.98 at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. Grigull came on in the last 25 yards for the bronze medal. Grigull broke an Iona record in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:34.50 to finish third. He also was third in the 200-yard freestyle in a lifetime best of 1:40.80. Iona finished ninth among men’s teams and Grigull qualified for the ECAC “A”.
Jacksonville has withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 Olympic swimming trials. Jacksonville was the only Florida bid city. City officials decided that the planned venue, Jacksonville Veterans Arena, would not provide ample seating for spectators. The arena sits 15,000 but with a temporary pool, at least 3,000 seats would be eliminated. Omaha, the 2012 trials site, has enough room for the pool and 15,000 spectators. Bolles coach Sergio Lopez had been spearheading the bid drive. Other bidders still in the hunt are Greensboro, N.C., Indianapolis, St. Louis, Omaha and San Antonio…However, Jacksonville is a finalist to host the FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships this fall. Sarasota, Martin County, Orlando and Ransom Everglades are other finalists. Orlando has hosted the meet for the last six years…
Missy Franklin is a finalist for the 2012 Sullivan Award which honors the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Several swimmers have won the award in past years including John Naber, Tracy Caulkins, Janet Evans and Michael Phelps…
Ryan Lochte’s six-episode reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, debuts on April 21 on E at 10 p.m. Lochte has been taping every day up until 11 p.m. each night. The filming has been affecting his training and it has affected his meets particularly the Orlando Grand Prix. His longtime coach, Gregg Troy is not included in the show at Troy’s insistence. It’s no secret the veteran Olympic coach is not happy about Lochte doing the show and missing workouts. “I didn’t realize they were going to be pulling me in different directions all the time,” Lochte said. “I’m stronger than I’ve ever been outside the pool, but in the pool I haven’t been able to train on a consistent basis.” A few early reviews have not been favorable with the focus on Lochte’s abs and his catchword Jeah.
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