Swim Poll of the Week: Should the Next USA Swimming National Team Director Be Hired Before the New Executive Director?

This is the Swim Poll Of The Week for Wednesday, March 11, 2017, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Should the next USA Swimming National Team Director be hired before the new Executive Director?

The results are in, and…

Here are the answers:

Hire Before (28%)

Hire After (72%)

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‘The Giro d’Italia will leave its mark on Nairo Quintana’

Insiders say that attempting to win the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in one season is just not possible, and comment on how the attempt may affect Nairo Quintana

The Giro d’Italia, and the possible win, will leave its mark on Nairo Quintana (Movistar) when the Tour de France starts one month later say cycling insiders.

The Colombian is trying to win the Giro/Tour this year after already being successful in all three Grand Tours. However, it has been 19 years – since 1998 – that anyone has been able to pull off the double. Some say that it is now impossible in modern cycling.

“Physiology says that you can have two peaks in one year, but it’s not possible in the Giro/Tour time frame, maybe between the Giro and the Vuelta [a España], yes,” trainer for Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Paolo Slongo told Cycling Weekly.

“Or you just have one peak of 100 per cent over that three-month period. If Quintana wants to race the Giro and the Tour, maybe he shouldn’t be at 100 per cent for the Giro so that he can do so at the Tour.”

The Giro starts on May 5 in Sardinia and ends on May 28 in Milan. The Tour de France begins 34 days later on July 1.

The Giro d’Italia organiser has been successful in attracting an all-star cast to its 100th edition this year. Every major classification star but Chris Froome (Sky), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Romain Bardet (Ag2r) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) will be in Sardinia.

And they will race immediately, with the Giro featuring its first summit finish on Mount Etna on stage four.

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“Last year, going for the double would’ve been ideal because the Giro became harder near the end so that you could have good form towards the end of the Giro and take it all the way to the Tour,” Slongo said.

“This year, to have form to handle the Giro right off on stage four, I think it’s impossible to maintain that winning form through the Tour as well.”

Chris Froome (right) and Nairo Quintana during the 2016 Tour de France. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

BMC Racing’s Max Sciandri will direct the team with Rohan Dennis and Tejay van Garderen in the Giro this May.

“I don’t want to say nothing’s impossible, but given how the races are designed…” said Sciandri. “The Giro is difficult with the two islands to start off with, demanding roads… It’s not easy.

“You can have two peaks. But when you have a peak and win the Giro, it leaves a mark on you. Yes, OK you won, but it takes something away from that second peak. That’s how I see it, but nothing’s impossible.”

Quintana placed second in his first Tour de France in 2013 behind Froome. He went to Italy the following year and won the 2014 Giro, the first Colombian to do so. He returned to the Tour, but placed second in 2015 and third in 2016. In the 2016 Vuelta, seven weeks after the Tour ended in Paris, he toppled Froome for the Spanish title.

Movistar said that if all goes as planned in the Giro, he will remain in Europe before the Tour. He will stay at his home in Monaco, perhaps spend some time at an altitude training camp, and preview some Tour stages.

“We need to see,” Movistar general manager Eusebio Unzué said when asked if a rider can have two peaks in fitness so close together. “That’s what we are going to try to do, but let’s see what happens. Normally, yes because we’ve done it with the Tour and Vuelta.

“He’ll come to the Giro in good shape. 100 per cent? Well, given the roads and stages, he can’t not come in 100 per cent because if he drops his guard the race will slip away from him.”


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Jess Varnish considering legal action against British Cycling

Former British track sprinter Jess Varnish considering action against British Cycling for breach of contract as details emerge of independent report in culture at the organisation

Jess Varnish’s lawyer is preparing to take legal action against British Cycling after it has emerged that the independent review into the culture at the organisation found that her dismissal from the Olympic programme was “an act of retribution” against “a trouble maker”.

Varnish was dropped from the World Class Performance Programme last April ahead of the Rio Olympics and shortly after said she had been subject to sexism and discrimination by then British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton.

Her complaint was later upheld in part but it led to a wider review of the culture at the organisation, which is yet to be published.

However, on Friday the Daily Mail published excerpts of what it said is a leaked draft version of the report, which said: “In the situation involving Jess Varnish the panel did not find explanations convincing from coaching staff that she could go from being a borderline Olympian (in fact, potentially an Olympic medallist) to not being good enough . . . within a week.

“An athlete would have to have been given a warning and also a reasonable period to improve before removal. Varnish was not given a warning or any period of time to improve. She was simply removed.”

It adds: “The panel did not view her removal as an act of discrimination but in the panel’s view it was on balance an act of retribution and also not contractual due process.”

Speaking to the BBC on Friday, Varnish said that she has instructed her lawyer to pursue the possibility of legal action for breach of contract.

Jess Varnish with Victoria Pendleton at the 2012 Track World Cup. Photo: Andy Jones

“It is something I’ve asked my lawyers to take a really close look at,” Varnish said. “Until the main report is released that’s all we can do, take a look at it. It’s never been about money for me, it’s just about doing the right thing.”

The track sprinter signed an British Cycling Podium Programme Athlete Agreement in November 2015, just months before she was dropped, which said British Cycling would “ensure the highest ethical and professional standards from all staff”.

Simon Fenton, partner at law firm Irwin Mitchell, who represents Varnish said: “It [the athlete agreement she signed] is a bit vague but basically it says we will treat you with fairness and respect. And it does appear that the investigation has uncovered a lack of fairness and respect and seems to suggest, from what I’ve seen, that she was removed from the programme for reasons unrelated to her performance.

“That has denied her the real possibility of winning an Olympic medal, and obviously there would be ongoing sponsorship opportunities from that, for reasons that are simply unfair.”

Fenton added that nothing would happen until him and Varnish had seen the full report but that based on what he had seen the national body should expect “a writ fairly soon afterwards”.

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He added: “At the moment it looks pretty overwhelming… It will take a strong court to go against the conclusions of a long thorough investigation they would have good reason to decide the UK Sport investigation was wrong.”

Varnish told the BBC that she feels as though she has been ‘thrown under the bus’ by British Cycling, but is relieved that the contents of the leaked report support her allegations.

“I feel vindicated in a way that the truth is coming out but you obviously can’t turn back the clock,” Varnish said. “All I want is the truth to be out there because it’s the truth and that’s what people should know.

“I’ve been pulled from pillar to post. Just to get this stage and see that it’s a cover-up is huge.”

She continued: “I think the facts say it for themselves. If they’re overturning facts just to protect themselves and to protect the look of British Cycling. It’s a lot easier for them to throw me under the bus rather than the whole of British Cycling and for the actual truth to come out.”

Varnish has previously said that she wishes to return to the Olympic programme.

British Cycling has been contacted for comment for this article.


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Mariska Breland – Cadillac Workout (40 mins) – Level 2/3

What You’ll Need:

Cadillac, Reformer Box

Enjoy Reformer exercises on the Cadillac in this workout by Mariska Breland. She starts immediately with creative movements that will challenge your body in a new way. She includes variations to exercises like the Hundred, Cat, Parakeet, and so much more!

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Columbia Sectionals: Kate McCarville, Michael Andrew Lead the Way on Night 2

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Katie Wingert, Swimming World College Intern. 

Even the efforts of Michael Andrew were dwarfed by an upstart 13-year-old, Kate McCarville, on the second night Speedo Sectionals in Columbia, MO. In a night marked by close finishes, McCarville attacked the 400 IM and Andrew came away with a gold and a silver to kickstart a jam-packed session.

The evening started with a textbook victory from the University of Missouri’s Aurore Jacolin in the 200 freestyle. Facing 16-year-old Alana Palmer of Lincoln Select, Jacolin swam a conservative first hundred. She was four tenths behind Palmer’s 52.55, but Jacolin then chose to attack her second hundred in 55.01. The strategy paid off for gold and for a 1:47.96–a mere four hundredths ahead of Palmer. Meanwhile, Katherine Sullivan of Kansas City Blazers pounded out the fastest final hundred in the pool. She was ultimately unable to pass Palmer or Jacolin, but her 1:48.13 did top her closest competitor, SwimTulsa’s Liberty Howell (1:49.29), who touched out Sullivan in the 1000 last night.

The men’s race was more clear-cut in its decision. Kevin Callan of Trident Aquatics took out the race in a 45.88, a choice that established a gap too big for his competitors to close before he clocked in at 1:34.06. Callan’s closest competitor, Rockwood Swim Club’s Jack Dolan, finished in a solid 1:35.68, while Jordan Portela of Lawrence Aquahawks took bronze in 1:38.97.

With all eyes turned back on the women, the 100 breaststroke did not disappoint. Columbia Swim Club’s Nicole Williams and American Energy’s Hanna Newby hit the fifty-yard mark in a perfect tie of 29.48. It was Williams (1:01.68) who ultimately edged out Newby (1:01.74), but only by six hundredths of a second. Williams’ teammate, Elma Zweifel, claimed third in 1:03.33.

The men’s 100 breaststroke was exciting, but in a different way. Race Pace Club’s Andrew raced the clock in the event and crushed his competition. His time of 51.92 was just shy of his personal best of 51.75 and of the National Age Group Record for 17- and 18-year-olds. Nick Staver of the University of Missouri was the next top finisher in 54.48. He was followed by Fernando Morillas of Oklahoma Baptist University, swimming unattached, in 55.06.

The 100 butterfly on the women’s side continued the chain of fast, close races; the top five finished within seven tenths of one another. Kansas City’s Cailey Grunhard attacked the first fifty yards of the race in a 24.57, which brought her the gold and a 54.16. Karisa Franz of Parkway and Kylie Dahlgren of the University of Missouri made significant gains in the second fifty but failed to overcome Grunhard. The 15-year-old Franz nabbed the bronze in 54.33, while Dahlgren hit the touchpad just behind her, in 54.35.

On the men’s side, Andrew faced a challenging turnaround from 100 breast to 100 fly. Jacob Molacek of Greater Omaha established himself in the fly with an impressive 45.59. Andrew was unable to muster up his back-half speed in the fly, but he landed well ahead of the pack, in second, with a serviceable 46.54. Meanwhile, Dolan faced his second third-place finish of the night to the meet’s male giants, finishing in 47.76.

The meet’s most shocking event by far proved to be the women’s 400 IM. The top seed, Caroline Theil, scratched the event in favor of the 100 breaststroke, and 13-year-old Kate McCarville, who went into the night as the fourth seed, snatched the opportunity for glory. McCarville annihilated the field in the front half with a daring fly leg (57.57) and a strong back leg (1:07.21) McCarville lost considerable ground as veteran Williams exploded into the breaststroke leg, but even Williams could not get her hand in for the gold. Williams took the silver in 4:21.75, while the Tideriders’ Alexis Daniels settled into third with a 4:22.97.

The men’s race followed a more predictable trajectory. Columbia Swim Club’s Dane Florea  came away with gold, thanks to an all-around solid 3:52.03. His next closest competitor turned out to be teammate Zachary Lorson (3:56.62). Lorson’s backstroke and breaststroke legs made all the difference in separating him from Oklahoma Baptist’s Kristijan Stunkovic, who took third with a 3:58.25.

The 800 relays finished off the session in style as some of the meet’s top competitors combined their talents for team accolades. The CSP Tideriders, anchored by Daniels, brought home gold in 7:26.11. The Kansas City Blazers, led off by by Sullivan (swimming a near-match of her earlier 200 freestyle, with a 1:48.57), posted a 7:27.21 and earned the second spot on the podium. The rest of the field lagged far behind, but Parkway grabbed third in 7:37.31.

The men’s race produced a tighter field. With a 6:49.21, Rockwood Swim Club, anchored by Dolan, ultimately came away the victor. Oklahoma Baptist University followed with a well-rounded squad that was good for 6:50.07. The bronze went to Kansas City Blazers (6:51.21), who remained tight with OBU until the third leg.

The competition in Columbia will continue tomorrow with the 200 IM, 50 free, 200 breast, 100 back, 500 free, and 400 medley relay.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 Speedo Sectionals Championship Series

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Queens Ends Third Night With Another NCAA Relay Record

Photo Courtesy: Kyle Staggs

Women’s 800 Free Relay

Wingate improved from the 3rd place finish at last year’s meet to the top of the podium this year, with the team of Hanna Van Horen (1:49.61), Abby Kosic (1:49.11), Maria Madsen (1:49.75), and Alexis Divelbiss (1:47.90) coming together to touch in 7:16.37. Queens was 2nd in 7:18.75, while Nova Southeastern was 3rd in 7:22.72.

Wingate and Queens touched only .02 apart heading into the last leg, but Divelbiss’ anchor leg got them out to a lead at the 650 mark and didn’t let up. With that event win Queens will head into the final day of the meet with a 45 point lead over Drury, who finished 9th in the event.

 Event 30  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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  Division II: R 7:14.69  3/13/2015 Queens (NC)
                          Castro Ortega, Gordy, Stevens, Arakelian
    School                                 Seed     Finals Points 
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  1 Wingate                             7:19.50    7:16.37   40  
     1) Hanna Van Horen SO            2) r:0.22 Abby Kosic FR         
     3) r:0.14 Maria Madsen SO        4) r:0.21 Alexis Divelbiss JR   
             25.65        53.36 (53.36)
      1:21.58 (1:21.58)   1:49.61 (1:49.61)
        2:14.74 (25.13)     2:42.22 (52.61)
      3:10.20 (1:20.59)   3:38.72 (1:49.11)
        4:03.03 (24.31)     4:30.55 (51.83)
      4:59.42 (1:20.70)   5:28.47 (1:49.75)
        5:52.23 (23.76)     6:19.11 (50.64)
      6:47.41 (1:18.94)   7:16.37 (1:47.90)
  2 Queens (NC)                         7:19.90    7:18.75   34  
     1) Mckenzie Stevens JR           2) r:0.35 Josephina Lorda SO    
     3) r:0.51 Georgia DaCruz FR      4) r:0.42 Linda Baron JR        
             25.56        53.24 (53.24)
      1:21.54 (1:21.54)   1:49.28 (1:49.28)
        2:14.54 (25.26)     2:41.98 (52.70)
      3:09.46 (1:20.18)   3:37.12 (1:47.84)
        4:02.66 (25.54)     4:30.72 (53.60)
      4:59.60 (1:22.48)   5:28.45 (1:51.33)
        5:53.86 (25.41)     6:21.26 (52.81)
      6:49.80 (1:21.35)   7:18.75 (1:50.30)
  3 Nova S'eastern                      7:23.13    7:22.72   32  
     1) Brooke Munion SR              2) r:0.55 Georgina Allin SR     
     3) r:0.36 Malin Westman JR       4) r:0.20 Emma Wahlstrom SR     
             25.96        54.26 (54.26)
      1:22.99 (1:22.99)   1:51.46 (1:51.46)
        2:17.29 (25.83)     2:45.62 (54.16)
      3:14.83 (1:23.37)   3:43.19 (1:51.73)
        4:09.08 (25.89)     4:37.40 (54.21)
      5:06.13 (1:22.94)   5:34.91 (1:51.72)
        5:59.76 (24.85)     6:27.18 (52.27)
      6:54.75 (1:19.84)   7:22.72 (1:47.81)
  4 Bridgeport                          7:25.73    7:24.59   30  
     1) Annagrazia Bonsanti JR        2) r:0.42 Oksana Marchuk FR     
     3) r:0.45 Nina Stegu SO          4) r:0.42 Rebeka Repman JR      
             26.44        54.59 (54.59)
      1:23.25 (1:23.25)   1:51.97 (1:51.97)
        2:16.46 (24.49)     2:43.76 (51.79)
      3:12.90 (1:20.93)   3:41.59 (1:49.62)
        4:07.00 (25.41)     4:35.43 (53.84)
      5:04.47 (1:22.88)   5:33.46 (1:51.87)
        5:58.93 (25.47)     6:27.09 (53.63)
      6:56.05 (1:22.59)   7:24.59 (1:51.13)
  5 Grand Valley                        7:21.39    7:24.75   28  
     1) Samantha Postmus JR           2) r:0.17 Melina Goebel FR      
     3) r:0.37 Megan Shaughnessy SO   4) r:0.40 Leonie Van Noort SR   
             25.69        53.88 (53.88)
      1:23.51 (1:23.51)   1:52.71 (1:52.71)
        2:18.05 (25.34)     2:45.95 (53.24)
      3:14.84 (1:22.13)   3:43.60 (1:50.89)
        4:09.31 (25.71)     4:37.91 (54.31)
      5:07.28 (1:23.68)   5:36.39 (1:52.79)
        6:01.39 (25.00)     6:29.06 (52.67)
      6:57.24 (1:20.85)   7:24.75 (1:48.36)
  6 Delta State                         7:22.70    7:24.97   26  
     1) Caroline Jouisse SO           2) r:0.35 Chloe Bennett SR      
     3) r:0.51 Melanie Tombers SR     4) r:0.38 Maria Santis FR       
             25.91        54.19 (54.19)
      1:23.35 (1:23.35)   1:51.75 (1:51.75)
        2:16.97 (25.22)     2:45.45 (53.70)
      3:14.38 (1:22.63)   3:42.82 (1:51.07)
        4:09.10 (26.28)     4:37.57 (54.75)
      5:06.17 (1:23.35)   5:34.25 (1:51.43)
        5:59.30 (25.05)     6:27.78 (53.53)
      6:56.76 (1:22.51)   7:24.97 (1:50.72)
  7 Lindenwood                          7:23.03    7:25.11   24  
     1) Morgan Fischer SO             2) r:0.42 Simone de Rijcke SO   
     3) r:0.40 Bethany Steffes SR     4) r:0.16 Kamila Kunka FR       
             26.03        54.14 (54.14)
      1:22.31 (1:22.31)   1:50.82 (1:50.82)
        2:16.08 (25.26)     2:43.84 (53.02)
      3:12.56 (1:21.74)   3:41.08 (1:50.26)
        4:06.48 (25.40)     4:35.12 (54.04)
      5:03.83 (1:22.75)   5:32.34 (1:51.26)
        5:59.02 (26.68)     6:26.90 (54.56)
      6:56.15 (1:23.81)   7:25.11 (1:52.77)
  8 UCSD                                7:28.72    7:25.67   22  
     1) Haley Murphy JR               2) r:0.32 Reagan Eickert SO     
     3) r:0.37 Julia Toronczak JR     4) r:0.45 Natalie Tang SR       
             25.56        53.38 (53.38)
      1:22.14 (1:22.14)   1:51.43 (1:51.43)
        2:17.36 (25.93)     2:45.81 (54.38)
      3:15.06 (1:23.63)   3:43.98 (1:52.55)
        4:09.36 (25.38)     4:37.73 (53.75)
      5:06.64 (1:22.66)   5:35.20 (1:51.22)
        6:00.41 (25.21)     6:28.52 (53.32)
      6:57.18 (1:21.98)   7:25.67 (1:50.47)
  9 Drury                               7:28.65    7:27.23   18  
     1) Zuzanna Chwadeczko JR         2) r:0.29 Erica Dahlgren FR     
     3) r:0.47 Chrysoula Karamanou FR 4) r:0.34 Ella Bryan FR         
             25.72        53.73 (53.73)
      1:22.47 (1:22.47)   1:51.05 (1:51.05)
        2:16.74 (25.69)     2:44.67 (53.62)
      3:13.42 (1:22.37)   3:42.18 (1:51.13)
        4:08.04 (25.86)     4:36.30 (54.12)
      5:05.53 (1:23.35)   5:35.10 (1:52.92)
        6:00.51 (25.41)     6:28.57 (53.47)
      6:57.99 (1:22.89)   7:27.23 (1:52.13)
 10 West Chester                        7:27.03    7:28.00   14  
     1) Theresa Hayward SR            2) r:0.50 Sydney Wareham SO     
     3) r:0.14 Meghan Keithly FR      4) r:0.38 Georgia Wright FR     
             25.78        54.16 (54.16)
      1:23.19 (1:23.19)   1:51.68 (1:51.68)
        2:17.22 (25.54)     2:45.04 (53.36)
      3:13.89 (1:22.21)   3:43.09 (1:51.41)
        4:08.39 (25.30)     4:36.90 (53.81)
      5:05.78 (1:22.69)   5:33.67 (1:50.58)
        5:59.95 (26.28)     6:29.09 (55.42)
      6:58.69 (1:25.02)   7:28.00 (1:54.33)
 11 Cal Baptist                         7:29.13    7:28.43   12  
     1) Alexandra Wolf JR             2) r:0.33 Mackenzie Mergel FR   
     3) r:0.25 Grace Oeser SO         4) r:0.31 Christina Halverson JR
             26.69        54.94 (54.94)
      1:23.14 (1:23.14)   1:51.36 (1:51.36)
        2:17.34 (25.98)     2:45.44 (54.08)
      3:14.69 (1:23.33)   3:43.80 (1:52.44)
        4:09.52 (25.72)     4:38.00 (54.20)
      5:07.25 (1:23.45)   5:37.01 (1:53.21)
        6:02.52 (25.51)     6:30.50 (53.49)
      6:59.30 (1:22.29)   7:28.43 (1:51.42)
 12 Carson-Newman                       7:29.18    7:28.78   10  
     1) Maggie Melhorn JR             2) r:0.36 Nancy Claire Smith SR 
     3) r:0.27 Lexy Raybon JR         4) r:0.16 Margaret Stansberry JR
             26.51        55.25 (55.25)
      1:24.36 (1:24.36)   1:53.27 (1:53.27)
        2:18.95 (25.68)     2:47.06 (53.79)
      3:16.33 (1:23.06)   3:46.97 (1:53.70)
        4:12.47 (25.50)     4:40.82 (53.85)
      5:09.73 (1:22.76)   5:38.84 (1:51.87)
        6:03.92 (25.08)     6:31.96 (53.12)
      7:00.61 (1:21.77)   7:28.78 (1:49.94)
 13 Cal State East B                    7:33.56    7:28.89    8  
     1) Morgan McClure JR             2) r:0.33 Madison Gail-Haaino SR
     3) r:0.27 Vivy Hua SO            4) r:0.45 Shelby Parker JR      
             26.31        55.51 (55.51)
      1:23.13 (1:23.13)   1:51.18 (1:51.18)
        2:16.13 (24.95)     2:43.92 (52.74)
      3:12.97 (1:21.79)   3:42.17 (1:50.99)
        4:07.54 (25.37)     4:35.84 (53.67)
      5:04.96 (1:22.79)   5:34.53 (1:52.36)
        6:00.19 (25.66)     6:28.56 (54.03)
      6:58.21 (1:23.68)   7:28.89 (1:54.36)
 14 Florida Southern                    7:35.47    7:31.46    6  
     1) Peyton Breault JR             2) r:0.43 Jacinda Whittenburg JR
     3) r:0.32 Krystal Karas SO       4) r:0.37 Rebeka Dics SO        
             26.19        54.43 (54.43)
      1:23.32 (1:23.32)   1:52.65 (1:52.65)
        2:18.56 (25.91)     2:46.81 (54.16)
      3:16.00 (1:23.35)   3:45.29 (1:52.64)
        4:11.40 (26.11)     4:39.72 (54.43)
      5:08.42 (1:23.13)   5:37.60 (1:52.31)
        6:03.03 (25.43)     6:31.44 (53.84)
      7:01.13 (1:23.53)   7:31.46 (1:53.86)
 15 Henderson St.                       7:33.41    7:32.65    4  
     1) Lindsey Butler SO             2) r:0.20 Eleonora Unanova SO   
     3) r:0.26 Jordan Adkins SO       4) r:0.28 Anastasiia Manakova FR
             26.23        55.27 (55.27)
      1:24.36 (1:24.36)   1:53.02 (1:53.02)
        2:18.89 (25.87)     2:47.94 (54.92)
      3:17.93 (1:24.91)   3:47.95 (1:54.93)
        4:14.79 (26.84)     4:44.24 (56.29)
      5:14.29 (1:26.34)   5:43.97 (1:56.02)
        6:08.81 (24.84)     6:36.72 (52.75)
      7:05.25 (1:21.28)   7:32.65 (1:48.68)
 16 Truman State                        7:30.23    7:33.19    2  
     1) Nicole Sisson JR              2) r:+0.38 Jamie Fitzpatrick JR 
     3) r:+0.46 Kortney Betz JR       4) r:+0.00 Emma Barnett SO      
             26.56        55.27 (55.27)
      1:23.86 (1:23.86)   1:51.98 (1:51.98)
        2:18.25 (26.27)     2:47.20 (55.22)
      3:16.05 (1:24.07)   3:45.18 (1:53.20)
        4:11.47 (26.29)     4:40.20 (55.02)
      5:09.85 (1:24.67)   5:39.81 (1:54.63)
        6:05.70 (25.89)     6:34.37 (54.56)
      7:03.98 (1:24.17)   7:33.19 (1:53.38)

Men’s 800 Free Relay

The team from Queens University of Charlotte ended the night by demolishing the NCAA record in the 800 free relay, taking 5 seconds off of the team’s 2016 record. The foursome of Dion Dreesens (1:33.62), Paul Pijulet (1:35.36), Marius Kusch (1:34.15), and Nick Arakelian (1:35.33) finished in 6:18.46, blasting through the record and finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. Drury was second in 6:29.81 while Nova Southeastern was 3rd in 6:30.30.

Notably, Dion Dreesens lead-off leg was faster than his time in winning the individual event. All four members of that relay have already won an individual NCAA title at this meet.

 Event 31  Men 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
  Division II: R 6:23.62  3/11/2016 Queens (NC)
                          Dreesens, Taylor, Arakelian, Cook-Weeks
    School                                 Seed     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Queens (NC)                         6:25.36    6:18.46R  40  
     1) Dion Dreesens SR              2) r:0.42 Paul Pijulet JR       
     3) r:0.48 Marius Kusch SO        4) r:0.25 Nicholas Arakelian JR 
             21.81        45.65 (45.65)
      1:09.50 (1:09.50)   1:33.62 (1:33.62)
        1:55.35 (21.73)     2:19.59 (45.97)
      2:44.52 (1:10.90)   3:08.98 (1:35.36)
        3:30.26 (21.28)     3:53.77 (44.79)
      4:18.10 (1:09.12)   4:43.13 (1:34.15)
        5:04.61 (21.48)     5:28.93 (45.80)
      5:53.55 (1:10.42)   6:18.46 (1:35.33)
  2 Drury                               6:33.91    6:29.81   34  
     1) Joan Casanovas FR             2) r:0.41 Konrad Stepien FR     
     3) r:0.23 Alexandre Reinbecht JR 4) r:0.36 Daniel Rzadkowski SR  
             21.91        46.36 (46.36)
      1:11.47 (1:11.47)   1:35.76 (1:35.76)
        1:58.02 (22.26)     2:22.71 (46.95)
      2:47.53 (1:11.77)   3:12.48 (1:36.72)
        3:35.36 (22.88)     3:59.80 (47.32)
      4:25.55 (1:13.07)   4:51.86 (1:39.38)
        5:12.92 (21.06)     5:37.03 (45.17)
      6:02.96 (1:11.10)   6:29.81 (1:37.95)
  3 Nova S'eastern                      6:30.97    6:30.30   32  
     1) Marco Aldabe SR               2) r:+0.41 Thiago Sickert SR    
     3) r:+0.23 Victor Tarin SR       4) r:+0.23 Franco Lupoli JR     
             23.00        47.52 (47.52)
      1:12.70 (1:12.70)   1:38.25 (1:38.25)
        2:00.01 (21.76)     2:24.26 (46.01)
      2:49.05 (1:10.80)   3:14.23 (1:35.98)
        3:35.70 (21.47)     4:00.17 (45.94)
      4:25.78 (1:11.55)   4:52.29 (1:38.06)
        5:14.51 (22.22)     5:39.55 (47.26)
      6:05.01 (1:12.72)   6:30.30 (1:38.01)
  4 Wingate                             6:33.22    6:30.45   30  
     1) Lennart Queiss SO             2) r:0.18 Niklas Martin SO      
     3) r:0.27 Ben Evans FR           4) r:0.26 Leif-Henning Klever SR
             22.07        46.54 (46.54)
      1:11.37 (1:11.37)   1:36.53 (1:36.53)
        1:58.75 (22.22)     2:23.71 (47.18)
      2:49.50 (1:12.97)   3:15.49 (1:38.96)
        3:38.25 (22.76)     4:03.59 (48.10)
      4:29.76 (1:14.27)   4:55.56 (1:40.07)
        5:16.67 (21.11)     5:40.27 (44.71)
      6:05.08 (1:09.52)   6:30.45 (1:34.89)
  5 Simon Fraser                        6:35.99    6:30.81   27  
     1) Adrian VanderHelm JR          2) r:0.68 Rolando Hernandez FR  
     3) r:0.36 Mackenzie Hamill SO    4) r:0.41 Gabriel Lee JR        
             22.51        46.73 (46.73)
      1:11.44 (1:11.44)   1:36.20 (1:36.20)
        1:57.89 (21.69)     2:22.45 (46.25)
      2:48.99 (1:12.79)   3:15.51 (1:39.31)
        3:37.89 (22.38)     4:02.64 (47.13)
      4:28.06 (1:12.55)   4:53.00 (1:37.49)
        5:15.73 (22.73)     5:40.51 (47.51)
      6:05.76 (1:12.76)   6:30.81 (1:37.81)
  5 Missouri S & T                      6:31.38    6:30.81   27  
     1) Kevin McPherson SO            2) r:0.47 Eirik Nielsen JR      
     3) r:0.43 Morgan Meyer FR        4) r:0.31 Jonathan Glaser SR    
             23.06        48.21 (48.21)
      1:13.51 (1:13.51)   1:38.93 (1:38.93)
        2:01.52 (22.59)     2:26.61 (47.68)
      2:51.82 (1:12.89)   3:17.09 (1:38.16)
        3:39.65 (22.56)     4:04.59 (47.50)
      4:29.91 (1:12.82)   4:55.16 (1:38.07)
        5:16.45 (21.29)     5:40.81 (45.65)
      6:05.96 (1:10.80)   6:30.81 (1:35.65)
  7 Indy                                6:36.29    6:33.85   23  
     1) Guilherme Zavaneli SO         2) r:0.45 Vitor Botana SO       
     3) r:0.28 Romano Hoffman SR      4) r:0.20 Rodrigo Codo Berti SO 
             22.09        46.60 (46.60)
      1:11.54 (1:11.54)   1:36.45 (1:36.45)
        1:59.24 (22.79)     2:23.55 (47.10)
      2:49.15 (1:12.70)   3:15.16 (1:38.71)
        3:37.35 (22.19)     4:02.19 (47.03)
      4:28.45 (1:13.29)   4:55.68 (1:40.52)
        5:17.62 (21.94)     5:42.44 (46.76)
      6:07.81 (1:12.13)   6:33.85 (1:38.17)
  7 Florida Southern                    6:33.55    6:33.85   23  
     1) Luka Matacin JR               2) r:0.48 Nico Campbell SO      
     3) r:0.34 Matthew Holmes SO      4) r:0.75 Luka Planinc SO       
             22.43        47.08 (47.08)
      1:12.41 (1:12.41)   1:38.39 (1:38.39)
        2:01.42 (23.03)     2:26.67 (48.28)
      2:51.91 (1:13.52)   3:17.17 (1:38.78)
        3:40.66 (23.49)     4:05.73 (48.56)
      4:30.66 (1:13.49)   4:56.20 (1:39.03)
        5:18.61 (22.41)     5:43.36 (47.16)
      6:08.52 (1:12.32)   6:33.85 (1:37.65)
  9 Cal Baptist                         6:32.00    6:35.52   18  
     1) Alexis Ohmar JR               2) r:0.41 Bernardo Valentim JR  
     3) r:0.22 Adrien Deloffre JR     4) r:-0.65 Justin Quiroga SO    
             22.76        47.23 (47.23)
      1:12.55 (1:12.55)   1:38.43 (1:38.43)
        2:00.79 (22.36)     2:25.69 (47.26)
      2:51.38 (1:12.95)   3:17.59 (1:39.16)
        3:39.78 (22.19)     4:04.32 (46.73)
      4:30.18 (1:12.59)   4:56.63 (1:39.04)
        5:18.65 (22.02)     5:43.76 (47.13)
      6:09.50 (1:12.87)   6:35.52 (1:38.89)
 10 Bridgeport                          6:38.45    6:36.52   14  
     1) Erik Hren FR                  2) r:0.40 Wilmar Du Plessis SO  
     3) r:0.47 Ivan Sangines SR       4) r:0.24 Didac Matsuyama SR    
             23.32        48.31 (48.31)
      1:13.86 (1:13.86)   1:38.92 (1:38.92)
        2:01.87 (22.95)     2:26.97 (48.05)
      2:52.61 (1:13.69)   3:18.29 (1:39.37)
        3:41.23 (22.94)     4:06.50 (48.21)
      4:32.09 (1:13.80)   4:57.76 (1:39.47)
        5:20.04 (22.28)     5:45.18 (47.42)
      6:11.16 (1:13.40)   6:36.52 (1:38.76)
 11 Colorado Mesa                       6:32.44    6:36.77   12  
     1) Samuel Bryant JR              2) r:0.32 Ryan Gifford SR       
     3) r:0.33 Jerry Veneris FR       4) r:0.41 Joshua Bedford JR     
             22.73        47.81 (47.81)
      1:13.55 (1:13.55)   1:38.76 (1:38.76)
        2:01.33 (22.57)     2:26.46 (47.70)
      2:52.06 (1:13.30)   3:17.60 (1:38.84)
        3:40.57 (22.97)     4:05.63 (48.03)
      4:31.45 (1:13.85)   4:58.11 (1:40.51)
        5:20.55 (22.44)     5:45.14 (47.03)
      6:10.66 (1:12.55)   6:36.77 (1:38.66)
 12 Florida Tech                        6:35.87    6:37.14   10  
     1) Emanuele Rossi SO             2) r:0.29 Harry Sale SO         
     3) r:0.42 Victor Rocha Futado SO 4) r:0.27 Thomas Steenberg JR   
             23.04        48.32 (48.32)
      1:14.28 (1:14.28)   1:40.19 (1:40.19)
        2:02.20 (22.01)     2:27.15 (46.96)
      2:52.89 (1:12.70)   3:19.12 (1:38.93)
        3:41.26 (22.14)     4:06.12 (47.00)
      4:32.13 (1:13.01)   4:58.70 (1:39.58)
        5:20.61 (21.91)     5:45.22 (46.52)
      6:10.91 (1:12.21)   6:37.14 (1:38.44)
 13 Lindenwood                          6:40.49    6:37.48    8  
     1) Haoning Chen SO               2) r:0.26 Felix Eigel SR        
     3) r:0.33 Cristian Vasquez SO    4) r:0.49 Gustavo Silva Santa SR
             23.07        48.31 (48.31)
      1:14.35 (1:14.35)   1:40.35 (1:40.35)
        2:02.87 (22.52)     2:28.35 (48.00)
      2:54.07 (1:13.72)   3:19.22 (1:38.87)
        3:42.14 (22.92)     4:07.07 (47.85)
      4:32.24 (1:13.02)   4:57.88 (1:38.66)
        5:20.91 (23.03)     5:46.00 (48.12)
      6:11.62 (1:13.74)   6:37.48 (1:39.60)
 14 NMU                                 6:40.12    6:38.76    6  
     1) Ryan Leonard SO               2) r:0.17 Jonas Reinhold FR     
     3) r:0.13 Janne Roovers SO       4) r:0.23 Lajos Budai FR        
             23.22        48.87 (48.87)
      1:14.64 (1:14.64)   1:40.30 (1:40.30)
        2:02.65 (22.35)     2:28.07 (47.77)
      2:54.45 (1:14.15)   3:20.29 (1:39.99)
        3:43.77 (23.48)     4:10.10 (49.81)
      4:36.14 (1:15.85)   5:01.55 (1:41.26)
        5:23.37 (21.82)     5:48.23 (46.68)
      6:12.95 (1:11.40)   6:38.76 (1:37.21)
 15 McKendree                           6:45.57    6:39.85    4  
     1) Luca Simonetti FR             2) r:0.37 Cole Morgan FR        
     3) r:0.20 Daniel Buijs SO        4) r:0.52 Matija Pucarevic FR   
             23.32        48.51 (48.51)
      1:14.06 (1:14.06)   1:38.78 (1:38.78)
        2:02.85 (24.07)     2:28.74 (49.96)
      2:55.17 (1:16.39)   3:20.80 (1:42.02)
        3:43.37 (22.57)     4:09.36 (48.56)
      4:36.23 (1:15.43)   5:02.20 (1:41.40)
        5:24.46 (22.26)     5:49.08 (46.88)
      6:14.62 (1:12.42)   6:39.85 (1:37.65)
 16 Limestone                           6:43.09    6:39.92    2  
     1) Alan Parsons SR               2) r:0.24 Homayoun Haghigadid JR
     3) r:0.24 Matey Rezashki FR      4) r:0.20 Emil Moller JR        
             23.19        48.31 (48.31)
      1:13.44 (1:13.44)   1:39.34 (1:39.34)
        2:02.67 (23.33)     2:28.73 (49.39)
      2:54.92 (1:15.58)   3:21.30 (1:41.96)
        3:44.24 (22.94)     4:10.14 (48.84)
      4:36.25 (1:14.95)   5:02.03 (1:40.73)
        5:24.54 (22.51)     5:49.29 (47.26)
      6:14.49 (1:12.46)   6:39.92 (1:37.89)

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Michalak Lowers NCAA Record In 100 Breast En Route To Third Event Title

Photo Courtesy: West Florida Athletics

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

West Florida senior Theresa Michalak grabbed her third individual NCAA title of this meet tonight and added a second NCAA record when she touched first in the 100 breaststroke in 59.51. That makes her the first Division II athlete to swim under a minute in the event and defended her title in this event from last year’s meet.

Michalak was out fast in 28.18 and didn’t look back, but Drury’s Bailee Nunn was right behind the whole way, also swimming under a 1:00 to go 59.69 in a personal best time. The two were light years ahead of the field, with 3rd place going to Nova Southeastern’s Malin Westman. For reference for how fast this event was this year, Westman and Drury’s Zuzanna Chwadeczko both posted times that would have won the event at last year’s meet.

 Event 25  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 1:00.54  3/10/2017 Bailee Nunn, Drury
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Theresa Michalak       SR West Florida      1:01.31      59.51R  20  
             28.18        59.51 (31.33)
  2 Bailee Nunn            FR Drury             1:00.54      59.69R  17  
             28.25        59.69 (31.44)
  3 Malin Westman          JR Nova S'eastern    1:01.64    1:00.94   16  
             28.62      1:00.94 (32.32)
  4 Zuzanna Chwadeczko     JR Drury             1:00.99    1:00.97   15  
             28.40      1:00.97 (32.57)
  5 Manuela Ferreira       SR Wayne State       1:02.01    1:01.78   14  
             28.87      1:01.78 (32.91)
  6 Emily Heitchue         SR Wayne State       1:01.71    1:02.16   13  
             29.75      1:02.16 (32.41)
  7 Michelle Prayson       SO Queens (NC)       1:01.88    1:02.25   12  
             28.96      1:02.25 (33.29)
  8 Jaimie Bryan           SR UCSD              1:01.90    1:02.29   11  
             29.33      1:02.29 (32.96)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Jessika Weiss          SR Wingate           1:02.92    1:01.64    9  
             28.96      1:01.64 (32.68)
 10 Athina Konstantinidi   FR Indy              1:02.55    1:01.97    7  
             29.48      1:01.97 (32.49)
 11 Olga Kosheleva         SR Wingate           1:02.08    1:02.37    6  
             29.21      1:02.37 (33.16)
 12 Maggie Melhorn         JR Carson-Newman     1:02.32    1:02.49    5  
             29.90      1:02.49 (32.59)
 13 Ewa Dymarek            JR Lindenwood        1:02.31    1:02.63    4  
             29.53      1:02.63 (33.10)
 14 Daria Belova           JR Fresno Pacific    1:02.29    1:02.77    3  
             29.38      1:02.77 (33.39)
 15 Jade Arganbright       SR CALU-PA           1:02.44    1:02.99    2  
             29.87      1:02.99 (33.12)
 16 Anshanika Phetbenjaku  JR UCSD              1:02.84    1:03.41    1  
             29.65      1:03.41 (33.76)

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Nova Southeastern’s Anton Lobanov won the men’s 100 breaststroke in a blistering 51.76, just a hair off of his own NCAA record from 2015. The junior was out controlled in 24.65 before coming home in a quick 27.11, almost a second faster than anyone else in the field.

Fresno Pacific junior Maksim Shcherbakov finished about a second back in 52.74, and Queens senior Rostyslav Fedyna finished in 3rd in 53.30 after leading at the 50 mark. That is Lobanov’s third straight win in the 100 breaststroke at NCAA’s.

 Event 26  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 51.63  3/13/2015 Anton Lobanov, Nova S'eastern
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Anton Lobanov          JR Nova S'eastern      53.47      51.76   20  
             24.65        51.76 (27.11)
  2 Maksim Shcherbakov     JR Fresno Pacific      53.21      52.74   17  
             24.84        52.74 (27.90)
  3 Rostyslav Fedyna       SR Queens (NC)         53.19      53.30   16  
             24.59        53.30 (28.71)
  4 Alexander Peach        JR Delta State         53.89      53.59   15  
             25.38        53.59 (28.21)
  5 Sasha Palazzo          FR Wayne State         53.72      53.73   14  
             25.06        53.73 (28.67)
  6 Matteo Fraschi         SR Delta State         53.54      53.82   13  
             25.15        53.82 (28.67)
  7 Andrea Bazzoli         SO Drury               53.58      53.99   12  
             25.04        53.99 (28.95)
  8 Tobias Feigl           SR Limestone           53.56      54.10   11  
             25.33        54.10 (28.77)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Eric Usbeck            SR Bloomsburg          54.04      53.98    9  
             25.07        53.98 (28.91)
 10 Marius Mikalauskas     SO Grand Valley        54.07      54.15    7  
             25.55        54.15 (28.60)
 11 Miguel Chavez          SR Missouri S & T      54.09      54.41    6  
             25.75        54.41 (28.66)
 12 Luis Jasso             JR Florida Southern    54.15      54.42    5  
             25.31        54.42 (29.11)
 13 Jesus Flores           SO Drury               55.02      54.43    4  
             25.59        54.43 (28.84)
 14 Eric Tolman            FR Cal Baptist         54.66      54.59    2.5
             25.74        54.59 (28.85)
 14 Michael Oliver         SR West Chester        54.51      54.59    2.5
             25.70        54.59 (28.89)
 16 Bartosz Zarzecki       SR Indy                54.34      54.67    1  
             25.86        54.67 (28.81)

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Helm Wins First NCAA Title While Pijulet Collects Another

Photo Courtesy: Queens Athletics

Women’s 100 Backstroke

Northern Michigan freshman Rachel Helm pulled somewhat of an upset in the women’s 100 back, out-touching top seed Yekaterina Rudenko from Drury, 53.79 to 53.83. The two were neck and neck the entire race, with Rudenko going out a few-hundredths faster and Helm coming back exactly one tenth faster.

Queens senior Hannah Peiffer was just behind in 53.91, the last woman in the field under 54 seconds. She was out identical to Rudenko, but was just out-touched down the stretch.

 Event 23  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 52.45  3/14/2014 Mary Hanson, Cal Baptist
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Rachel Helm            FR NMU                 54.13      53.79   20  
             26.15        53.79 (27.64)
  2 Yekaterina Rudenko     JR Drury               54.05      53.83   17  
             26.09        53.83 (27.74)
  3 Hannah Peiffer         SR Queens (NC)         54.18      53.91   16  
             26.09        53.91 (27.82)
  4 Brenna Gabrielson      SR Wayne State         54.53      54.36   15  
             26.20        54.36 (28.16)
  5 Anastasia Klyarovskay  SR Delta State         55.19      54.41   14  
             26.60        54.41 (27.81)
  6 Cecilia Hake           JR MSU Mankato         54.86      54.48   13  
             26.09        54.48 (28.39)
  7 Viktoriya Arkhipova    SR Wingate             54.81      54.52   12  
             26.63        54.52 (27.89)
  8 Meri Cizmar            SR Findlay             54.22      54.85   11  
             26.55        54.85 (28.30)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Aleksandra Tomala      FR Lindenwood          55.27      55.99    9  
             27.07        55.99 (28.92)
 10 Karis Fuller           SO LIU Post            55.76      56.08    7  
             27.35        56.08 (28.73)
 11 Emma Wahlstrom         SR Nova S'eastern      55.50      56.15    6  
             27.04        56.15 (29.11)
 12 Morgan McClure         JR Cal State East B    56.11      56.20    5  
             27.30        56.20 (28.90)
 13 Mary Saiz              SR Colorado Mesa       55.71      56.21    4  
             27.13        56.21 (29.08)
 14 Amanda Thielen         SO Saginaw Valley      55.60      56.64    3  
             27.63        56.64 (29.01)
 15 Lindsay McNall         SR St. Michael's       56.13      56.67    2  
             27.47        56.67 (29.20)
 16 Hannah Nicks           SR Truman State        56.11      56.78    1  
             27.48        56.78 (29.30)

Men’s 100 Backstroke

Queens junior Paul Pijulet followed up on his 100 butterfly win from yesterday to take the 100 backstroke tonight in 46.58. That is just 3-tenths off of the NCAA record in the event. Lindenwood junior Serghei Golban, who won the 50 free on the first night, was the only other man in the field under 47.0, finishing 2nd in 46.89.

NCAA record holder Marco Palacios finished out the podium with a 3rd place finish of 47.03.

 Event 24  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 46.27  3/10/2016 Marco Palacios, Florida Southern
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Paul Pijulet           JR Queens (NC)         46.98      46.58   20  
             22.30        46.58 (24.28)
  2 Serghei Golban         JR Lindenwood          47.41      46.89   17  
             22.16        46.89 (24.73)
  3 Marco Palacios         SR Florida Southern    47.91      47.03   16  
             22.28        47.03 (24.75)
  4 Lajos Budai            FR NMU                 47.65      47.14   15  
             22.69        47.14 (24.45)
  5 Zach Bunner            JR Queens (NC)         47.50      47.23   14  
             22.57        47.23 (24.66)
  6 Dmytro Drobnych        SO Wayne State         47.94      47.64   13  
             23.04        47.64 (24.60)
  7 Rodrigo Codo Berti     SO Indy                47.81      48.01   12  
             23.44        48.01 (24.57)
  8 Jake Minasi            JR Limestone           48.23      48.75   11  
             23.48        48.75 (25.27)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Harry Shalamon         FR Grand Valley        48.29      48.32    9  
             23.37        48.32 (24.95)
 10 Diego Gimenez          SR Florida Southern    48.23      48.72    7  
             23.32        48.72 (25.40)
 11 Evan Coleman           SR Florida Southern    48.91      48.78    6  
             23.39        48.78 (25.39)
 12 Mads Knoblauch         JR Lewis               49.31      48.79    5  
             23.43        48.79 (25.36)
 13 Sebastian Holmberg     JR Wingate             48.76      48.83    4  
             23.06        48.83 (25.77)
 14 Michael Cohn           FR UCSD                49.22      48.88    2.5
             24.02        48.88 (24.86)
 14 Dmytro Sydorchenko     FR Queens (NC)         48.82      48.88    2.5
             23.31        48.88 (25.57)
 16 Milosz Mikicin         JR Saint Leo           48.27      49.74    1  
             22.95        49.74 (26.79)

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Nine-Time Olympic Medalist Leisel Jones Elected to ISHOF in Class of 2017

Photo Courtesy: Jerry Lai

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced that Australia’s Leisel Jones will join 17 others as honorees who will enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. Jones is the fifteenth member of the class to be named for ceremonies to be held August 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale.

Previously, Open water swimmer Maarten Van Der Weijden, swimmers Wu Chuanyu (CHN) and Takeshi “Halo” Hirose (USA) Georges Vallerey, Jr. (FRA), Alain Bernard (FRA), diver Zhang Xiuwei(CHN) and Laura Wilkinson (USA), long distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (USA), water polo players Osvaldo Codaro (ARG), András Bodnár (HUN), and Bridgette Gusterson (AUS), , synchronized swimmer Anastasia Davydova (RUS), coach Dick Jochums (USA) and photojournalist Heinz Kluetmeier have been announced.

When Leisel Jones qualified for the London Olympic Games in 2012, she became the first Australian swimmer to compete in four Olympic Games.  Along with Ian Thorpe, she holds the record for the most Olympic medals (9) won by any Australian, in addition to winning seven FINA world championships.

Leisel Marie Jones was born on August 30, 1985. As a ten year-old Brisbane school girl, she watched Samantha Riley win the bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Less than four years later, she ousted her idol from the Australian Team by winning the 100 breaststroke at the 2000 Australian Olympic trials at the age of 14. Shortly after her fifteenth birthday, she swam the race of her life to win claim the silver medal in the 100 breaststroke and added another silver in the 400 medley relay at the Sydney Olympic Games.

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For the next eight years, Leisel was the most dominating female breaststroker in the world, setting 6 world records, 3 in the 100m and 3 at 200. Named world swimmer of the year in 2005 & 2006, the pinnacle of her career came with her individual gold medal in the 100 breaststroke, silver medal in the 200 and a second gold medal in the 400 medley relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Nicknamed “Diesel”and “Lethal Leisel,” she candidly recounts in her 2015 autobiography, Body Lengths, that her achievements were not without their challenges. In her book she tells what it was like to be thrust into the limelight so young and under constant pressure from an early age to be perfect — from coaches, from the media and from herself. Despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered depression, and at one time planned to take her own life.

In London, she was criticized in the media for her weight, but she handled herself with great composure. She has emerged with maturity and good humor, having finally learnt how to be herself and live with confidence.  She also hopes that by telling her story, other female athletes will understand they are not alone.

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ABOUT ISHOF

The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children.  It accomplishes this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to preserving the history of swimming, the memory and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world. For more information contact Bruce Wigo at 954-462-6536 ext. 201, or by email bwigo@ishof.org.

Press release courtesy of ISHOF.

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Johanna Konta beats Heather Watson in Indian Wells second round

Heather Watson and Johanna Konta

British number one Johanna Konta beat her compatriot Heather Watson 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Konta, ranked 11th to Watson’s 108th, struggled for rhythm in the first set but dominated the second to lead 5-1.

British number two Watson served nine double faults before fighting back but 25-year-old Konta finally came through.

Konta, who had a first-round bye, goes on to face Caroline Garcia or Evgeniya Rodina in round three in California.

“It was definitely a brilliant experience for both of us as Fed Cup team-mates and I am very happy to have come through it,” said Konta, who was playing her first match in a month after a foot injury.

It was the first meeting on the WTA Tour between Britain’s two leading women.

Their only previous contest was at a second-tier tournament in Barnstaple in 2013 when Watson retired after losing the first four games.

Konta’s class tells in the end

Watson broke serve first but then gifted the advantage back as she made three double faults in the third game.

With both players making errors, the pair traded serves again before Konta struck the decisive blow by winning the ninth game.

She went on to hold her serve to love to take the first set.

Konta won eight points without reply at the start of the second set and looked on course for a quick victory.

Watson, who threw her racquet in frustration after making three more double faults in the sixth game, found herself 5-1 down before she rallied.

Konta served two double faults in the seventh game and won only two points as Watson, 24, won three consecutive games.

But the 11th seed composed herself to seal her place in the next round after 94 minutes.

Fellow Britons Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans play their opening matches in the men’s event later on Friday.

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