Meghan Lynch’s Record Guides Greenwich to Fourth Connecticut Girls Open Championship Title

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The 2018 Connecticut Girls Open Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Nov. 17 at the Kiphuth Pool on Yale Universty’s campus.

Sophomore Megan Lynch set a new Connecticut Open mark in the 200 IM after breaking the State record at the Class LL Championships last week to guide Greenwich to a 15-point victory over runner-up Cheshire (439). This is Greenwich’s fourth-straight team title.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Greenwich – 454
2. Cheshire – 439
3. Weston – 417
4. Ridgefield – 385
5. Staples – 301

The meet began as Weston’s Alexa PappasIsabella Gary, Charlotte Proceller and Katherine Linell won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:44.28, about a second ahead of runner-up Greenwich (1:45.15) and Staples (1:46.95).

Florida commit Tylor Mathieu of RHAM cruised to first in the 200 free for the win, doing so in a swift 1:50.80 to hold off a charging Anna Turner of Ridgefield who was second in 1:51.01. Cheshire’s Julia Stevens took third in 1:52.13.

Lynch found herself with an individual gold in the 200 IM as the only swimmer in the field under the two-minute mark, getting her hand to the wall six seconds faster than anyone else in 1:59.57. Her time broke her own CT Open mark and she still owns the overall State record in 1:59.30. Wethersfield’s Abigail Francis was second in 2:05.39 and North Haven’s Angela Gambardella wound up third in 2:05.74.

Cheshire’s Sophie Murphy sprinted her way to a 50 free gold medal, splashing and dashing her way to a final time of 23.51. Staples’ Marissa Healy was about two-tenths back in 23.70 while Seymour’s Sierra Cripps was third in 23.86.

Not too long after taking second in the 50 free, Healy grabbed an individual gold in the 100 fly, where she flew to first place with a time of 55.47. 50 free bronze medalist Cripps finished second in 56.04 as Maggie Mantz of Hall placed third in 56.56.

Murphy added a victory in the 100 free to match her 50 free gold from earlier. The sophomore won by a little over half a second, racing to the wall in 51.36. Wilton’s Katherine Stevenson took the silver in 51.98 and Pappas grabbed the bronze in 52.22.

Mathieu was back in the water after winning the 200 free to earn the State title in the 500 free, claiming victory by four seconds with a final time of 4:55.12. Also sneaking under the five-minute mark was Turner, who again took second with a time of 4:59.79. Lauralton Hall’s Claire Kehley was third in 5:00.39.

Immac-Bathel’s Farrah Volpintesta dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score of 530.55 for first place. Watertown’s Kelsey DeJesus posted a score of 588.10 for second while Brookfield’s Emma Gravgaard finished third with 463.05 points.

Staples’ Esme Hunter, Anne BowensMorgan Lenoce and Healy combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:36.75. Ridgefield was a bit behind in 1:37.07 for the silver while Wethersfield grabbed the bronze in 1:37.20.

After leading off Weston’s victorious medley relay, Pappas found herself on top of the podium yet again after winning the 100 back by over a full second in 55.48. Winning 4×50 free relay leadoff Hunter was the runner-up in 56.59 while Daniel Hand’s Kayla Mendonca was third in 57.25.

Lynch added the 100 breast title to her 200 IM victory, getting her hands to the wall first in 1:02.75 for the win. Gambardella swam to second in 1:03.25 while Weston’s Samantha Kim stopped the clock in 1:03.89 for third.

Greenwich secured their team title as the quartet of Lynch, Jenna Handali, Emily Warner and Hannah Seward won the 4×100 free relay in 3:28.24. The runner-up position went to Ridgefield in 3:26.67 and Chesire took a close third in 3:29.93.

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Megan Deuel Wins Four as Pittsford Claims New York Girls State Title

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The 2018 New York Federation Girls Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Nov. 17 at the Aquatics Pavilion on Ithaca College’s campus.

Backed by junior Megan Deuel who won two individual events and was part of a pair of winning relays, Pittsford earned their fifth-straight NYSPHSAA title with 222 points, narrowly edging out Sleepy Hastings Edgemont who took second with a score of 219. Northport junior Chloe Stepanek was named Outstanding Swimmer for winning both the 100 free and 200 free.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Pittsford – 222
2. Sleepy Hastings Edgemont – 219
3. Sacred Heart – 161
4. Bethlehem – 135.5
5. Brighton – 124

The meet began as Pittsford’s Linnea BraunSarah Cooper, Deuel and Nora Smillie won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:45.09, about a second ahead of runner-up Ward Melville (1:46.12) and Sleepy Hastings (1:46.23).

Stepanek cruised to first in the 200 free as the only swimmer in the field under the 1:50 mark, doing so in a swift 1:47.66 to defend her title and just three-tenths shy of the state record. Horace Greeley’s Kristin Cornish was second in 1:50.35 while Pittsford’s Molly Brennan took third in 1:50.77.

Port Jefferson’s Kyra Sommerstad found herself with an individual gold in the 200 IM, posting a narrow victory in 2:02.89 to dethrone last year’s champion Josephine Panitz (2:03.07) of Ursuline. Benjamin N. Caardozo’s Vanessa Chong wound up third in 2:03.75.

The Mary Louis’ Maggie Donlevy sprinted her way to a narrow 50 free gold, doing so in a swift 23.32. Oceanside’s Catherine Stanford took a close second in 23.38 while Fonda Johnstown’s Alayna Gray was a tenth behind for third in 23.48.

Not too long after helping her team to win in the medley relay, Deule grabbed an individual gold in the 100 fly, where she flew to first place with a time of 53.83 to defend her title. Chong finished second in 54.55 as Morgan Rinn of Oceanside placed third in 55.85.

Stepanek added a victory in the 100 free to match her 200 free gold from earlier. The junior was the only swimmer in the field under the 50-second barrier, racing to the wall in 49.64. Stanford again took the silver in 50.96 and Gray grabbed the bronze in 51.48.

Cornish was back in the water after taking second in the 200 free to earn the State title in the 500 free, claiming victory by two seconds with a final time of 4:51.26. Bronxville Tickahoe’s Emily Gjertsen (4:53.12) and Sacred Heart’s Lauryn Johnson (4:53.82) finished second and third, respectively.

Brighton’s Hannah Butler dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score of 530.60 for first place. Pelham’s Jennifer Bell posted a score of 522.70 for second while Greece’s Alaina Kosko finished third with 485.20 points.

Sleep Hastings’ Ava Franks, Kate HoesteryMikayla Klein and Theresa Milio combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:35.56. Bethlehem was over a second and a half behind in 1:37.08 for the silver while Sacred Heart grabbed the bronze in 1:37.27.

Not too long after winning gold in the 100 fly, Deuel found herself on top of the podium yet again after winning the 100 back to successfully defend her title; she dropped over a second from her prelims time to win in 54.86. 200 IM champion Sommerstad was the runner-up in 55.95 while North Rockland’s Lauren Aylmer was third in 56.12.

Great Neck South senior Jessica Whang got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast, stopping the clock in 1:02.55 for the win. Panitz swam to second in 1:03.25 while Milio touched the wall third in 1:03.86.

Pittsford concluded the meet just as they started, as relay champions: the quartet of Meghan Corby, Cooper, Brennan and Deuel won the 4×100 free relay in 3:30.40, holding off runner-up Sacred Heart (3:30.56). Clarks town was third in 3:31.33.

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Michael Bonson Breaks 500 Free Record as Jesuit Boys, St. Joseph’s Girls Win Louisiana 5A Titles

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The 2018 Louisiana State 5A Swimming Championships took place on Nov. 17 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur, La.

Senior Charles Korndorffer won two individual events and was a member of a pair of winning relays to lead the Jesuit boys to successfully defend their State championship crown. On the girls’ side St. Joseph’s used their impressive depth to secure their eighth-straight title.

Northshore junior Michael Bonson set the lone 5A and LHSAA State record of the meet in the 500 free en route to being named boys’ Swimmer of the Meet. Mount Carmel sophomore Emily Schexnayder earned the accolade on the girls’ side.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. St. Joseph’s – 349
2. Mandeville – 237
3. Mount Carmel – 235
4. Dominican – 202
5. Northshore – 165

The meet began as the Mandeville quartet of Kimberly DobieSarah McFieldEllie Fritscher and Claire Collins won the 4×50 medley relay in 1:51.86, about a half-second ahead of runner-up Northshore (1:52.28).

Barbe’s Natalie Stump dominated the 200 free, winning the event by four seconds in a swift 1:54.45. Dominican’s Hannah Morris knocked off nearly five seconds from her prelims time to win the 200 IM in 2:08.17 and Mount Carmel’s Leah Wortmann won the 500 free in 5:34.67.

Mount Carmel’s Caeleigh Miller splashed and dashed her way to victory in the 50 free, stopping the clock in 24.82 as the only swimmer under the 25-second mark. West Monroe’s Zoe Mekus got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast, shaving off over a second from her prelims swim to win in 1:04.99.

Schexnayder flew to first in the 100 fly, getting her hands to the wall in 58.30. Also sneaking under the minute-mark was St. Joseph’s Amanda Andrews (59.05). Shortly after, Schexnayder found herself on top of the podium for the second time after winning the 100 free in 54.13. Lafayette freshman Anni Thompson won the 500 free by three seconds in 5:04.08.

St. Joseph’s Julia Brinson, Claire Bass, Anna Webre and Andrews combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:42.47, about a half-second faster than runner-up Mount Carmel (1:43.08). St. Joseph’s Kirby Black was the only swimmer to sneak under a minute in the 100 back, getting her hand to the wall the fastest in 58.57.

Just like the meet began, it concluded with a Mandeville victory: Fritscher, Dobie, Rachel Fontan and Collins combined to with the 4×100 free relay in 3:41.23, just over two seconds ahead of second-place finishers St. Joseph’s (3:43.47).

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Jesuit – 448
2. Catholic – 405
3. Dutchtown – 147
4. St. Paul’s – 138
5. East Ascension – 124

The boys’ meet began as Jesuit’s Philip EndomDavis Edwards, Korndorffer and Joel Guerra combined to win the 4×50 medley relay in 1:36.28, three seconds ahead of Catholic (1:39.07).

Northshore’s Michael Bonson was the only swimmer to break the 1:40 barrier in the 200 free, getting his hand to the wall first in 1:39.17. West Monroe’s Connor Widemeier sprinted home to a win in the 50 free, grabbing the gold in 21.23. Also under the 22-second mark was Jesuit’s Connor Schwartz (21.52).

Dropping 12 seconds from his prelims time, Bonson won the 500 free by three seconds ahead of Catholic’s Mason Nyboer (4:31.93). Bonson’s time of 4:28.18 set a new LHSAA State record, breaking the previous one of 4:29.61 set by Robert Looney in 2006.

East Ascension’s David Boylan knocked off three seconds from his prelims swim to win the 200 IM in 1:51.58. Boylan, who will attend LSU next fall, later won the 100 breast after getting his hands to the wall first in 57.88. Auburn commit Davis Edwards of Jesuit finished second in both the 200 IM (1:53.09) and 100 breast (58.42).

Not too long after helping his relay team to victory, Korndorffer claimed an individual gold in the 100 fly in 49.31 as the only swimmer in the field under 50 seconds. He is still the LHSAA record-holder in the event with the 49.13 he swam last year. The Notre Dame commit then went on to win the 100 back in 49.99, again as the only person to crack the 50-second barrier but just off his own State record of 49.72.

Hahnville’s Joey Richard won the 500 free in 5:09.26 and Jesuit’s Mike Foley led the charge in the 100 free, powering his way to the win in 45.67. Foley then joined teammates Conner Daigle, Guerra and Schwartz in the 4×50 free relay as they posted a three-second victory in 1:25.62 ahead of Catholic (1:28.57).

Jesuit secured their team victory and relay sweep as Korndorffer, Daigle, Schwartz and Foley concluded the meet with a 4×100 free relay win in 3:09.48, seven seconds ahead of Catholic (3:16.37). Jesuit was just shy of the LHSAA record of 3:09.22 set in 2013.

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ATP Finals: Roger Federer beaten by Alexander Zverev in semi-finals

Alexander Zverev

Roger Federer must wait until 2019 for another chance to reach 100 career titles after semi-final defeat by Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals.

Zverev, 21, tipped by many as a future Grand Slam champion, triumphed 7-5 7-6 (7-5) at London’s O2 Arena.

The German claimed victory in the tie-break with a wonderful backhand winner.

He will face Novak Djokovic or Kevin Anderson, who play later on Saturday (20:00 GMT) in a re-run of this year’s Wimbledon final.

Zverev faced boos at the end of the match after he had – legitimately – stopped a point in the tie-break when a ballboy dropped a ball.

In scenes reminiscent of Naomi Osaka’s victory speech at the US Open when her win was overshadowed by Serena Williams’ outbursts, Zverev was left apologising to both the crowd and Federer after one of the biggest wins in his career.

“I apologised to Roger at the net already, he said it is OK and it is in the rules,” the world number five said.

“I’m sorry this happened. I didn’t mean to upset anybody.”

More to follow.

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Diver Megan Phillip Crushes State Record to Lead Edina to Third-Straight Minnesota Class AA Title

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The 2018 Minnesota Class AA Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Nov. 16 at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota’s campus.

Backed by junior diver Megan Phillip who broke a 21-year-old Minnesota State record on the 1-meter diving board, Edina used impressive depth to secure their third-consecutive title with 365 points. Minnetonka took second with 231 points as Wayzata posted a score of 186 for third.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Edina – 365
2. Minnetonka – 231
3. Wayzata – 186
4. Eden Prairie – 178.5
5. Robbinsdale Armstrong – 131

The meet began as Eden Prairie’s Chloe SkoggKylie Rydland, Grace Logue and Grace Witherspoon won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:44.15, about a second ahead of runner-up Wayzata (1:45.02) and St. Michael-Albertville (1:45.77).

Edina’s Claudia Chang cruised to first in the 200 free as the only swimmer in the field under the 1:50 mark, doing so in 1:49.49. Robbinsdale Armstrong’s Sierra Smith was second in 1:50.58 while Eastview’s Claudia Dougan took third in 1:52.45.

Anoka’s Reese Dehen found herself with an individual gold in the 200 IM, posting a seven-tenth victory in 2:02.10 over Wayzata’s Jordan McGinty (2:02.83). Stillwater’s Sydney Rogness wound up third in 2:03.52.

Edina’s Lily Gremmels sprinted her way to a narrow 50 free gold, doing so in a swift 23.66. Her teammate Nora Clarkowski took a close second in 23.68 while Andover’s Emily Pawlaski finished third in 23.76.

Phillip dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score of 517.00 for first place to defend her title for the third-straight year. Her score broke a 21-year-old Minnesota State record of 507.00 set by Jaime Sanger in 1997. St. Cloud Tech’s Meredith Matchinsky posted a score of 406.85 for second while Minnetonka’s Faith Robinson finished third with 389.25 points.

Minneapolis Southwest’s Peyton D’Emanuele grabbed an individual gold in the 100 fly, where she flew to first place with a time of 54.45. Molly Meland of Hopkins finished second in 55.10 as Emma Lezer of St. Michael Albertville placed third in 55.56.

After taking second in the 50 free, McGinty found herself on top of the podium in the 100 free with a time of 50.54. 200 free runner-up Smith was again second in 50.81 as Dougan rounded out the podium in 51.07.

Chang was back in the water after winning the 200 free to earn the State title in the 500 free, claiming victory by three seconds with a final time of 4:54.64. Also sneaking under the five-minute barrier were Robbinsdale Armstrong’s Zoe Bresnahan (4:57.80) for second and Minneapolis Southwest’s Elle Niebuhr (4:59.08) for third.

Edina’s Brecken Merkel, Chang, Nora Clarkowski and Gremmels combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:34.43. Eden Prairie was over a second behind in 1:35.75 for the silver while Minnetonka grabbed the bronze in 1:35.78.

After leading off the winning 4×50 medley relay, Skogg cruised to a victory in the 100 back. Her time of 54.47 was about seven-tenths faster than her teammate Katelyn Pennell (55.24) and Edina’s Katie Murphy swam a time of 56.20 for third place.

Lezer got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast, stopping the clock in 1:01.98 for the win and successful State title defense. Dehen swam to second in 1:02.72 while Rydland touched the wall third in 1:03.53.

The Edina quartet of Merkel, Gremmels, Chang and Clarkowski concluded the meet with a bang as champions in the 4×100 free relay, besting the field by four seconds in 3:26.73. Minnetonka (3:30.11) and Wayzata (3:31.39) finished second and third, respectively.

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Vladimir Morozov and Sarah Sjostrom Claim 2018 FINA World Cup Titles

The FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 concluded tonight, November 17, in Singapore (SGP) as Russia’s Vladimir Morozov and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the overall Series title with 402 and 339 points respectively, both pocketing the prize money available of US$ 150,000.

Russian Olympian and World Record holder Morozov finished the 2018 circuit on a high, adding an extra four golds to his already impressive tally. He won the 50/100m freestyle (20.48, 44.95), the 50m fly (22.17) and the 100m IM (50.31) in Singapore.

Behind him in the overall ranking, in the second position with 231 points, is fellow Russian Kirill Prigoda, while Australia’s Mitch Larkin takes the third position with 222 points.

China’s Xu Jiayu, second in Cluster #3 ranking with 159 points, took the three backstroke events gold medals at stake. He touched home in 22.71 in the 50m, 48.98 in the 100m and 1:48.93 in the 200m. Teammate Li Zhuhao was the fastest in the 100/200m fly in 49.64 and 1:50.96 respectively. Yan Zibei and Wang Shun were the other Chinese winners of the Singapore meet as Yan clocked 56.34 in the 100m breast and Wang respectively 1:51.84 (200m IM) and 3:59.99 (400m IM).

The 200m free victory went to USA’s Blake Pieroni (1:41.15), 5th in the 2018 overall ranking, and Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) topped the 50m breast in 25.95.

Australia’s Mack Horton took the 400m and 1500m freestyle victories in 3:41.44 and 14:44.22.

The competition for the overall title was much tougher on the women’s side as Sjostrom and Hosszu were very close until the end with their respective points. Despite the Swedish star winning the title eventually, the Hungarian Olympic and World champion took the Cluster #3 victory. She was ahead with 141 points (against 135 for Sjostrom). Hosszu earned an additional three golds in Singapore, namely: the 200/400 IM (2:04.79 and 4:24.02) and the 200m fly in 2:02.86.

Sjostrom celebrated wins in the following races: 50m free (23.21), 100m free (51.13), 50m fly (24.63), 100m IM (57.49).

Kira Toussaint, Femke Heemskerk (NED), and breaststroke queen Alia Atkinson (JAM) were double winners in Singapore as they respectively took gold in the 50m and 100m back, 200m and 800m freestyle and 50m and 100m fly for the Jamaican.

Reva Foos (GER) and Yulia Efimova (RUS) also stepped on the highest podium place in Singapore with wins in the 400m free (4:07.07) and 200m breast (2:16.05).

Despite not winning any races this weekend, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) holds the third position in both the overall ranking with 255 points and Cluster #3 with 126 points.

Australia’s mixed relay team crushed the two relay events in 1:31.57 (4x50m freestyle) and 1:39.69 (4x50m medley) respectively.

The two overall 2018 Series winners received a US$ 150,000 cheque. Morozov also bags an additional US$ 50,000 bonus for winning Cluster #3, while Katinka Hosszu of Hungary gets the last Cluster’s reward (US$ 50,000). Check out the prize money distribution here.

The FINA Swimming World 2019 will kick-off in August in Tokyo, Japan (see calendar below).

Winners in Tokyo (JPN):

50m free: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 20.48; Women – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 23.21
100m free: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 44.95; Women – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 51.13
200m free: Men – Blake Pieroni (USA) 1:41.15; Women – Femke Heemskerk (NED) 1:52.57
400m free: Men – Mack Horton (AUS) 3:41.44; Women – Reva Foos (GER) 4:07.07
800m free: Women – Femke Heemskerk (NED) 8:33.00
1500m free: Men – Mack Horton (AUS) 14:44.22
50m back: Men – Xu Jiayu (CHN) 22.71; Women – Kira Toussaint (NED) 26.04
100m back: Men – Xu Jiayu (CHN) 48.98; Women – Kira Toussaint (NED) 55.92
200m back: Men – Xu Jiayu (CHN) 1:48.93; Women – Emily Seebohm (AUS) 2:01.60
50m breast: Men – Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 25.95; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM) 28.93
100m breast: Men – Yan Zibei (CHN) 56.34; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM) 1:02.74
200m breast: Men – Anton Chupkov (RUS) 2:01.73; Women – Yulia Efimova (RUS) 2:16.05
50m fly: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 22.17; Women – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 24.63
100m fly: Men – Li Zhuhao (CHN) 49.64; Women – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 55.73
200m fly: Men –Li Zhuhao (CHN) 1:50.96; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:02.86
100m IM: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.31; Women – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 57.49
200m IM: Men – Wang Shun (CHN) 1:51.84; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:04.79
400m IM: Men – Wang Shun (CHN) 3:59.99; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:24.02

4x50m free mixed: Australia 1:31.57
4x50m medley mixed: Australia 1:39.69

Top-3 overall ranking and prize money


  1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 402 points, US $150,000
  2. Kirill Prigoda (RUS) 231 points, US $100,000
  3. Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 222 points, US $50,000


  1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 339 points, US $150,000
  2. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 303 points, US $100,000
  3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 255 points, US $50,000

Top-3 Cluster #3 and prize money


  1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 184 points, US $50,000
  2. Xu Jiayu (CHN) 159 points, US $35,000
  3. Kirill Prigoda (RUS) 123 points, US $30,000


  1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 141 points, US $50,000
  2. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 135 points, US $35,000
  3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 126 points, US $30,000

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The Road to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Tournament: Conference Tournament 1st Day Results

Skyler Munatones hopes to lead UC San Diego to a WWPA title. Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Day One of NCAA men’s varsity conference tournament play went almost entirely as expected, with a couple of upset wins and a few close calls by favored teams.



Luke Pavillard—back-to-back GCC Player of the Year—leads Pacific. Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Play in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) tournament also (mostly) advanced according to seeding, with top seeds UC San Diego and UC Davis advancing. The Tritons easily handled the host Sun Birds of Fresno Pacific, taking an 11-4 win to advance to today’s semifinal, a 12 p.m. (PST) match against Air Force. The Falcons—the #5 seed in the bracket—surprised #4 Cal Baptist, knocking off the Lancers 6-5 for Head Coach Ryan Brown’s first-ever post-season win.



Will this man still be smiling come Sunday? Photo Courtesy: Harvard Athletics

In the East, top-seed Harvard and #2 seed St. Francis had byes into semifinal matches for the Northeast Water Polo Conference. Brown, the tournament’s fourth seed and host, needed a last-second goal from Matt Simko to rally past fifth-seeded MIT. In other first-round action, #3 Princeton handily beat Iona 16-7; the Tigers will play the Terriers today at 3 p.m. while the Bears will face fellow Ivy Harvard at 5 p.m. The Crimson are looking for a third-straight NEWPC crown in the first three years of the conference existence; Brown is the only conference team to beat them this season. All action can be found at this link.

Fordham is hosting the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference tournament; a first for the Rams in more than three decades. They opened the 2018 edition is grand fashion, beating Navy 15-8. Waiting for the Rams in the second round is top-seed Bucknell, a 21-6 winner over La Salle; that match will take place at 4:30 p.m. today.

link see how GW, Wagner, Bucknell and Fordham fare today.

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Fleetwood fades from Race to Dubai running

Tommy Fleetwood

Third-round leaderboard
-14 Willett (Eng), Reed (US); -13 Smith (Eng); -12 Westwood (Eng), Burmester (Rsa), Wallace (Eng)
Selected others: -11 Lewis (Eng), Otaegui (Spa); -9 McIlroy (NI); -6 Fleetwood (Eng)

Tommy Fleetwood’s chances of retaining his Race to Dubai title are all but over after he carded a third round of 74 at the DP World Tour Championship.

The Englishman, 27, had played himself into contention at the halfway stage with a five-under 67.

But he fell eight shots behind leaders Danny Willett and Patrick Reed, who are on 14 under with one round to play.

“It’s just golf, but it does hurt when you have days like that,” Fleetwood said.

“Today pretty much summed up the second half of the season. I’ll go home and I’ll spend time with my son tonight.

“I feel the adrenaline might have gone now. I think you kind of know when your time’s up. I lasted within two days of the [end of the] season and it was always a stretch trying to win it.”

Fleetwood needs to win at the Jumeirah Golf Estates course to overhaul Ryder Cup team-mate and Open champion Francesco Molinari, who leads the Race to Dubai.

Sheffield’s Willett is chasing his first title since he won his debut major at Augusta in April 2016.

The 31-year-old, whose season has been troubled by injury, said: “I’m not going to lie – it would be an amazing thing to win, but regardless of what happens, just looking more in the long-term of my career, really, is pretty good.”

Overnight leader Matt Wallace, who is chasing his fourth title of 2018, fell down the field after hitting a third-round score of 71.

His compatriot Jordan Smith is third on 13 under, while Lee Westwood, who is seeking back-to-back wins following his victory in Sun City, is two shots off the lead, alongside Wallace and South Africa’s Dean Burmester.

Rory McIlroy is five adrift after a 71 which included a double bogey on the 17th.

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Blake Pieroni Narrowly Misses Ryan Lochte’s American Record in 200 Free on Last Night of FINA World Cup in Singapore

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Russia’s Vladimir Morozov and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the overall World Cup titles for 2018 as the FINA World Cup came to a close in Singapore on Saturday.

Men’s 400 IM

China’s Wang Shun started the day with a 3:59.99 to just dip under four minutes for a new Chinese Record in the event. Wang was not on the top 25 all-time list and he moved to 20th with that swim in Singapore.

Wang won comfortably ahead of Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori (4:03.54) and Hungary’s David Verraszto (4:04.21).

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Women’s 800 Free

Femke Heemskerk won the 800 free in a weak field that did not include any of the previous World Cup winners in the event. Heemskerk swam an 8:33.00 to win ahead of Hong Kong’s Ho Nam Wai (8:35.38) and Cuba’s Elisbet Gamez (8:41.88).

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Women’s 100 Fly

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won yet another World Cup title in the 100 fly with a 55.73 on the last stop in Singapore. Sjostrom has already indicated she is out of the World Short Course Championships in December, and with the cancellation of the Energy for Swim meet, will most likely not have another meet until 2019. Sjostrom was the overall World Cup winner for 2018.

South Africa’s Taylor Lovemore, also a former Florida State swimmer, finished second in 56.95, while China’s Lin Xintong (58.29) finished in third place.

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Men’s 50 Fly

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov, the overall World Cup winner in 2018, won the 50 fly on the last night of action from Singapore with a 22.17. That swim moved him up to seventh all-time in the 50 fly in a tie with France’s Fred Bousquet from 2009.

Michael Andrew broke the American Record in the 50 fly with his silver medal winning performance with a 22.32, moving him to 14th all-time in the event, just ahead of Spain’s Rafael Munoz and Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin (22.33). Andrew broke Tom Shields’s American Record of 22.38 from 2016.

Joseph Schooling won the bronze medal with a 22.40 in front of his home fans.

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Women’s 200 Back

Australia’s Emily Seebohm won the 200 back final on the last night of World Cup action in Singapore. Seebohm showed some consistency with a 2:01.60 in the 200 back final after a long World Cup series spanning two months. Seebohm was a little off her 1:59.49 best time but she will have a chance next month at the World Short Course Championships in December in China.

Seebohm finished ahead of Australian teammate Minna Atherton (2:02.20), while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (2:03.43) muscled her way on to the podium for third place, out-touching Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands (2:03.59).

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Men’s 100 Back

China’s Xu Jiayu, fresh off a new world record in the 100 backstroke last week, narrowly broke it again with a 48.98 on the last day of action from the 2018 FINA World Cup in Singapore. Xu was a 48.88 last week in Tokyo as he was out under his own world record at the 50 again tonight. He could not hold on over the last 25, but he showed consistency with that sub-49 second swim again. Xu could have a chance to re-break the world record next month at the World Short Course Championships in his home country.

Xu got some pressure from Australia’s Mitch Larkin, who finished second in 49.38 while fellow Aussie Travis Mahoney was third in 51.17.

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Women’s 50 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won the 50 breast with a 28.93 on the last day in Singapore. Russia’s Yulia Efimova drew a disqualification in the race as she gave up a medal to Australia’s Emily Seebohm (30.25) and Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (31.11).

Atkinson is coming off a strong World Cup circuit where she broke the world record in Budapest in the 50 breast.

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Men’s 200 Breast

Russia’s Anton Chupkov and Kirill Prigoda had a good duel in the 200 breast final in Singapore with a 2:01.73 for Chupkov for the win. Chupkov ran down his countryman Prigoda in the last 50 as the latter finished second in 2:01.85.

Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori (2:03.45) finished with the bronze just holding off Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus (2:03.49).

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Women’s 100 Free

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won her second final of the night in Singapore with a 51.13 in the 100 free in front of a stacked field. Sjostrom held off the veteran Dutch duo of Ranomi Kromowidjojo (51.29) and Femke Heemskerk (51.56) as both swimmers were not far off their best times with Kromowidjojo coming in with a 50.95 from last year and Heemskerk coming in with a 51.29 from earlier this year.

Denmark’s Pernille Blume notably placed off the podium with a fourth place finish at 52.04.

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Men’s 200 Free

American Blake Pieroni won the 200 free final from start to finish as he came away with a 1:41.15 in Singapore. Pieroni narrowly missed Ryan Lochte’s American Record of 1:41.08 from the 2010 World Championships in Dubai, as Pieroni moved up to 12th all-time in the event, moving ahead of Conor Dwyer (1:41.30) and sitting behind legend Ian Thorpe (1:41.10).

Pieroni finished ahead of Australian Kyle Chalmers, who finished second in a strong 1:41.50. The time is a best time for Chalmers as he moved up to 15th all-time in the event, moving ahead of Russia’s Nikita Lobintsev (1:41.52, 2009).

Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic (1:43.32) finished with the bronze medal.

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Women’s 200 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu closed out her World Cup circuit with a win in the 200 IM with a 2:04.79. She won going away with Australia’s Emily Seebohm (2:06.95) and Britain’s Siobhan O’Connor (2:07.95) finishing second and third.

China’s 2012 Olympic Champion Ye Shiwen finished notably in fourth place with a 2:10.70.

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ATP Finals: Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lose in doubles semi-finals

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares

Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares must continue their wait for an ATP Finals title after they lost to American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock in the semi-finals.

Murray and Soares were beaten 6-3 4-6 10-4 at London’s O2 Arena to go out at this stage for the third straight year.

Bryan and Sock only started playing together earlier this year when Bryan’s twin brother Bob was injured.

The fifth seeds will find out their final opponents later on Saturday.

French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut face Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah at 18:00 GMT.

Sock reached the ATP Finals in the singles last year but, after dropping dramatically down the rankings, has found more success alongside 18-time Grand Slam champion Bryan.

“This is extremely special,” Sock said.

“My singles year wasn’t spectacular, there have been some low moments mentally, so to have success in doubles with a friend has been great.”


BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

Mike Bryan and Jack Sock have proved themselves a formidable team since pairing up mid-season when Mike’s twin brother Bob needed hip surgery.

They have won both Wimbledon and the US Open. Mike has more Grand Slam men’s doubles titles than anyone in history, and Sock – who has had an awful year in singles – is an unpredictable and richly talented doubles player.

His forehand, packed with power and spin, made the difference in this match. Murray and Soares, despite the disappointment of a third successive semi-final defeat, may feel they could not have done much more.

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