Swimming World Presents “Technique Misconceptions: Training Distance”

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Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Training Distance

Many people believe that it is worth copying the technique of the fastest swimmers. In reality, even the fastest swimmers have technique limitations, but they offset them with strength and conditioning. The purpose of this series of articles is to address scientifically the technique misconceptions that have become “conventional wisdom,” and to present options that are more effective.

This month’s misconception is that “total training distance” is the best indicator of the value of a training session. In reality, the total distance typically includes many strokes executed with a less than optimal technique that do not comply with the coach’s instructions. Does it make more sense to track total distance or the distance swum with effective technique? One option is for the coach to total the distance swum with effective technique.

Dr. Rod Havriluk is a sports scientist and consultant who specializes in swimming technique instruction and analysis. His unique strategies provide rapid improvement while avoiding injury. Learn more at the STR website, or contact Rod through info@swimmingtechnology.com.

To read more about the misconceptions on training distance, check out the April issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!



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Masters 2017: Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Thomas Pieters & Charley Hoffman share Augusta lead

Sergio Garcia

Masters second-round leaderboard
-4 Hoffman (US), Garcia (Spa), Fowler (US), Pieters (Bel); -2 McGirt (US); -1 Moore (US), Rahm (Spa), Couples (US), Rose (Eng); Level Scott (Aus), Spieth (US), Mickelson (US),
Selected others: +1 McIlroy (NI); +2 Matsuyama (Jpn), Kaymer (Ger); +3 Els (SA), Westwood (Eng); +5 Sullivan (Eng), Fitzpatrick (Eng); +6 Day (Aus); +7 Willett (Eng), Wood (Eng), Lowry (Ire); +8 Knox (Sco)

Charley Hoffman’s overnight advantage was wiped out as Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters pegged him back for a four-way tie at the halfway stage of the Masters at Augusta.

American Hoffman, 40, carded a three-over 75 to drop to four under overall, before Spain’s Garcia, 37, shot a 69.

Belgium’s Pieters hit a 68, while American Fowler shot a day’s best 67.

Rory McIlroy (73) is one over as he seeks a career Grand Slam but defending champion Danny Willett missed the cut.

Englishman Willett ended one over the cut line on seven over after shooting 78 in blustery winds that made conditions tricky at the Georgia course, although most players did find scoring easier than on the opening day.

Only two players – Hoffman and compatriot William McGirt – shot under 70 on Thursday, but seven men managed the same feat in the second round – including Garcia, Fowler and Pieters.

“I felt like I played great, I felt like I hit the ball better than the first day,” said Garcia, the world number 11.

“The course is still very difficult, and I made a couple of stupid mistakes but I can be happy because of the way the course is playing,” he added.

Garcia in contention after score mix-up

Garcia has been one of the game’s leading players since bursting onto the European Tour scene as a teenager, consistently hovering in and around the world’s top 10 and challenging for leading honours.

But his failure to win one of the four majors, after several near misses in 22 top-10 finishes, is a blemish on an otherwise stellar career.

Two impressive rounds at a blustery Augusta have left him well-placed to shake off the unwanted tag of being one of golf’s most famous ‘nearly men’.

Garcia made a flying start to his second round with birdies on the first three holes before dropping his first shot of the tournament on the fourth.

Then came total confusion after a mistake on the Masters scoring system.

Garcia scored a bogey on the par-four 10th, but it was changed on the scoring system to a triple-bogey seven – dropping him down the leaderboard.

The mistake was eventually rectified by tournament officials about an hour later, moving him back into tied second and two behind Hoffman.

Two more birdies at the 15th and 17th wiped out Hoffman’s lead, although the Ryder Cup stalwart missed a six-foot birdie putt on the last to take the outright clubhouse lead.

“I’ve shown myself many times that I can contend and I truly feel I can not only win one major, but more than one,” said Garcia.

On the scorecard mix-up, he added: “I saw it on the leaderboard on the 13th but the main thing was I knew where I stood.”

Hoffman holds on under pressure

Hoffman, 40, caused a shock when he shot a stunning seven-under 65 to lead on Thursday but, unsurprisingly, the Californian was unable to replicate this remarkable feat.

His round was ruined by five bogeys in six holes around the turn, although he recovered to birdie the 13th and stay in the hunt.

“Any time this place firms up, it plays its hardest just because it’s hard to control your golf ball,” said Hoffman, who has only previously claimed one top-25 finish at a major.

Belgium’s Pieters – considered one of the rising stars on the European Tour – moved into contention with another impressive showing on his Augusta debut.

The 25-year-old began the day level and, after bogeying the first, stormed back with three birdies and an eagle on the 15th.

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Fowler, two groups behind Pieters, set the tone by holing his bunker shot for an eagle on the par-five second and adding a birdie on the next. He rolled in three more birdies to record the day’s lowest round.

Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth birdied three of his last six holes to finish level par alongside two other former Masters champions, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson.

In three appearances at the Masters, American Spieth has finished second, first, tied for second.

Battling McIlroy still in contention

World number two McIlroy, 27, is aiming to become only the sixth man to win all four majors – at his third time of trying at Augusta.

McIlroy, who has three consecutive top-10 finishes in Georgia, is seeking a first Masters title following victories at the US Open and the Open Championship and two US PGA Championship titles.

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He shot a scrappy level-par 72 on Thursday and followed up with a similarly-scruffy round on Friday.

He struggled to find rhythm in a card littered with five bogeys, salvaging four birdies to keep him within touching distance.

However, McIlroy felt aggrieved to walk off the 18th with a bogey after his approach shot hit the flagstick and bounced off the green.

“The shot at the last looked like a tap-in birdie and I made five. I got two bad breaks with hitting the pin and the wind then caught me out on the putt as well,” he said.

“It was another day where you had to battle, make a lot of pars and pick off the odd birdie here and there.

“I feel I can put a 31 or 32 together a couple of times over the weekend and get closer to the leaders.

“Hopefully these are the toughest conditions we have played in and hopefully I can go a lot lower over the weekend.”

Willett misses the cut

Willett was visibly frustrated when carding an eight on the opening hole

England’s Danny Willett became the first Briton to win the Masters in 20 years when he claimed his first major 12 months ago – this time there was no cause to celebrate ending another barren run.

The Yorkshireman, 29, is the first defending champion to miss the cut since Canada’s Mike Weir in 2004.

Willett began the day at one over par, but his second round got off to a shocking start when he recorded a quadruple-bogey eight on the first.

Two more bogeys arrived at the fourth and 11th holes, in addition to a solitary birdie at the 10th, leaving him perilously close to missing the projected cut of six over.

And a bogey on the 18th pushed him to seven over par.

“We’ve had two fabulous years and then you have a little bit of a downturn and it feels like the world is coming to an end,” Willett said.

“Playing Augusta at the weekend would be nice with the good weather coming in, but we had that in our own hands and unfortunately we let that slip.”

Other big names who missed the cut include reigning Open champion Henrik Stenson, plus former Masters winners Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.

Seven other Britons – Chris Wood, Tommy Fleetwood, Russell Knox, Ian Woosnam, Tyrrell Hatton, Sandy Lyle and amateur Scott Gregory, plus Ireland’s Shane Lowry – also failed to make the weekend.

Couples rolls back the years

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Twelve months after Bernhard Langer rolled back the years at Augusta, another veteran former champion is dreaming of a fairytale finish.

Fred Couples, who won the Masters in 1992, is three shots behind the leading group after shooting a two-under-par 70.

The 57-year-old former world number one is now ranked 1,893, but showed that experience counts for everything at Augusta.

The American carded six birdies during a round punctured by a double bogey and two bogeys, and almost holed his approach on the 18th but walked off with a tap-in birdie.

“I feel like I can play the course well but in conditions like this I feel I have a better chance than if it was sunny and less windy,” he said.

“It would be hard for me to shoot a 68 like some of the better players. In bad weather I feel I could battle.

“The only real disappointment was my second on 17 which led to a bad bogey.”

Another former winner, 58-year-old Larry Mize, became the oldest player to make the cut at six over par on the 30th anniversary of his 1987 victory.

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Matt Hayman: ‘If I beat Boonen in Paris-Roubaix again, I’ll retire on Sunday’

Australian Mathew Hayman says that he may consider hanging up his wheels on the spot if he wins Paris-Roubaix for a second consecutive year

Thirty-eight-year-old Paris-Roubaix title holder Mathew Hayman has said he may retire on Sunday if he beats Belgian classics legend Tom Boonen to victory a second time.

The Australian bagged the biggest win of his career at the Hell of the North last year when he led out a sprint finish and Boonen, one of a group of four contesting the win, was unable to come around him.

Boonen himself has said he will hang up his wheels after this Sunday’s race.

Speaking ahead of the 2017 edition, Hayman told Cycling Weekly: “I did tell everybody at the start of Flanders that if I beat Boonen again on Sunday then I’ll retire with him.”

>>> Paris-Roubaix 2017: Latest news and race info

However, the wily cobbles specialist added: “I might change my mind though.”

Hayman also said that there is a “pretty fair chance” he won’t win again on Sunday. “Out of my 15 years I’ve been pretty disappointed most times,” he said.

Matt Hayman with his coveted Paris-Roubaix cobble. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

The Orica-Scott rider admitted that he did consider making retirement plans around the time his wife gave birth to twins over the winter. “It’s a job that requires a lot of dedication and you have to be fairly selfish. Having the twins was a bit of a hurdle like, what is that going to do to us?

“My wife has been tremendous at supporting me and the whole family. It [continuing riding] seems doable,” he said.

He added that while there are aspects of the sport “travelling, getting dropped, riding in the rain,” that he often dislikes the positives of working with a group of motivated young riders outweigh the negatives.

>>> This is the Quick-Step line-up that will try and help Tom Boonen to a final Paris-Roubaix victory

“I look forward to not being tired, maybe I’ll be more tired chasing three kids around than training. I’ve been fatigued for the last however many years but there’s a funny thing in the back of my mind that sees me racing next year.”

Hayman, who suffered a broken arm just weeks before last year’s race, which compromised his preparation, said he still has “a bit of disbelief” that he has won Paris-Roubaix, even a year after he crossed the velodrome’s line in first place.

“I was fully aware I needed everything to come right. It’s a pretty unbelievable story, that you make the breakaway and win after coming here with no racing,” he said.

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Orica-Scott go into Sunday’s race with several possible options for the win, while Hayman as defending champion is the obvious one Belgian Jen Keukeleire is another option ad Australian Luke Durbridge is a third.

Both Keukeleire and Durbridge have enjoyed stand-out classics campaigns this year. Keukeleire was second at Ghent-Wevelegem and Durbridge scored top 10s in E3 Harelbeke, Dwars Door Vlaanderen and Strade Bianche.

Durbridge, who is 25-years-old, said he has had a “great” classics campaign with “consistent” results. “I think I’ve set a new benchmark of what this time of year means, that its possible to get podiums and wins,” he said.

He added: “I think I wanted it to be my thing for a couple of years now but I didn’t have the results on the board… I’ve worked hard to get here.”

“Next season I want to podium in Flanders.”

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Pro bike: Peter Sagan’s custom S-Works Roubaix with suspension (video)

Peter Sagan’s bike for Paris-Roubaix is this custom painted Specialized S-Works Roubaix with a future shock, but the disc brakes removed
– Photos by Dan Gould

Current world road race champion, Peter Sagan will take to the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix on Sunday aboard a new custom painted bike, fitted with Specialized’s ‘future shock’ suspension.

The bike is a new Specialized Roubaix, which has been changed to accommodate standard calliper brakes instead of the disc brakes it was originally designed with. Tom Boonen of Quick-Step Floors has a similar frame too, with his own custom paint job.

Peter Segan Specialized Roubaix

Sagan’s bike also features a dampener at the rear

Sagan’s bike has some really neat touches and details, so let’s begin with the cockpit. Sagan uses a Zipp Sprint stem on most of his bikes and has done for a while. This is not inline with sponsors, so we can see that the team mechanics have covered up the logos with electrical tape.

Peter Segan Specialized Roubaix

You can also see the ‘FutureShock’ which is intended to provide relief on the rough surfaces. Having tested it ourselves on cobbles we were impressed. Sagan is using an aluminium bar wrapped with a single roll of his favourite SupaCaz bar tape – no double wrapping to dampen the cobbles.

Peter Segan Specialized Roubaix

Sagan’s tape of choice – Supacaz

Having been quickly redesigned to accommodate caliper brakes instead of discs, it is interesting to see that Specialized has opted for direct mount brakes over standard single mount calipers. Something that should mean the caliper cant be knocked to one side on the pavé.

Peter Sagan’s Specialized Roubaix has direct mount brakes front and rear

Peter Segan Specialized Roubaix

Wheels are Roval CLX 50’s with Specialized Tubular tyres

Sagan’s wheels of choice are Specialized Roval CLX 50’s fitted with 28mm S-Works Turbo Tubulars. In previous editions of Roubaix, he has opted for shallower rims, to improve comfort, so it will be interesting to see what he uses on the day.

Peter Segan Specialized Roubaix

Bora-Hansgrohe have been using this dual sided 4iiii power meter all season

Sagan’s power meter is the prototype 4iiii dual sided meter, while his chain rings are 53-44t. It is common for riders to use a larger 44t inner ring for Roubaix and we suspect this and the power meter is the reason why Sagan does not have the new Dura-Ace chainset fitted.

Peter Segan Specialized Roubaix

Sagan is once again opting for mechanical gears for Roubaix

For Paris-Roubaix, Sagan insists on running mechanical Dura-Ace over the Di2 he normally runs. He did this last year too, with Fabian Cancellara also famous for insisting on mechanical gears.

Peter Segan Specialized Roubaix

note the grip tape on the cage

Sagan’s iridescent down tube looks stunning when it catches the light. Also note the added grip tape on the inside of the bottle cages to help hold the bottles.

Sagan’s saddle choice? A Specialized Romin Pro, mounted on the PRO seatpost.

Upon its launch, Specialized originally said that the new Roubaix model would be disc specific, and that they will not be releasing a rim brake version of the bike. When asked of this contradiction in reference to Boonen’s bike, Specialized replied:

“In a time where bikes with disc brakes have not yet been adopted by all teams, there exists a discrepancy in mechanical assistance along the course.

“For these technical and strategic reasons, working closely with our teams and riders, we’ve decided to supply Tom Boonen (for whom Paris-Roubaix will be the last race of his career), and all of our riders competing at both Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, with Roubaix bikes that have traditional rim brakes.”

I am glad they did, as Sagan’s bike looks absolutely stunning. Is this the bike that will deliver victory on the pavé on Sunday? We can’t wait to see.

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Monterrey Open: Heather Watson beaten by Angelique Kerber

Heather Watson

Heather Watson’s Monterrey Open title defence ended in the quarter-finals as she lost 6-4 6-4 to world number one Angelique Kerber.

The 24-year-old British world 125 could not convert any of her eight break points and lost in one hour 23 minutes.

Kerber seized upon her only break point of the first set to lead 4-3 and again in the opening game of the second.

The German now plays Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, while Caroline Garcia plays Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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Brazilian Swimmers Craft Letter Calling For Reformation From the CBDA

Photo Courtesy: Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports Images

Brazilian swimmers, both past and present, recently signed an open letter in which they called for reformation from the Brazilian Swimming Federation (CBDA).

The CBDA has been in scrutiny after the previous president Coarcy Nunes was arrested and they lost their most trusted sponsor, the national postal service Correios.

The letter, composed in Portuguese, is addressed to the Brazilian president and Brazilian Olympic Committee. In it, athletes both past and present ask for support from their government and the Olympic Committee so that Brazil’s aquatic athletes can continue to compete despite the condition of the federation.

Some of the things asked for were that scheduled competitions be guaranteed, a new president be put in charge of the CBDA, and basic funds for the athletes continue so that they can continue to inspire future generations.

Olympian Bruno Fratus posted the letter on to his official Facebook page on April 7th. Among the signees were Cesar CieloEtine MedeirosThiago Pereira, Poliana Okimoto, and Fernando Scherer, among others.

Read the letter (in Portuguese) on Fratus’ Official Facebook Page:

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Trek-Segafredo 14:26:00   21 Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 14:27:00   22 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky 14:28:00   23 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:29:00   24 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 14:30:00   25 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 14:31:00   26 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott 14:32:00   27 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 14:33:00   28 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 14:34:00   29 Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 14:35:00   30 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:36:00   31 Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14:37:00   32 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 14:38:00   33 Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14:39:00   34 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 14:40:00   35 Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:41:00   36 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 14:42:00   37 Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 14:43:00   38 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky 14:44:00   39 Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott 14:45:00   40 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac 14:46:00   41 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 14:47:00   42 Cedric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 14:48:00   43 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 14:49:00   44 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 14:50:00   45 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida 14:51:00   46 Ben King (USA) Dimension Data 14:52:00   47 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 14:53:00   48 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 14:54:00   49 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 14:55:00   50 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 14:56:00   51 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-Scott 14:57:00   52 Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14:58:00   53 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team 14:59:00   54 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ 15:00:00   55 Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 15:01:00   56 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15:02:00   57 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 15:03:00   58 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 15:04:00   59 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:05:00   60 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 15:06:00   61 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky 15:07:00   62 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 15:08:00   63 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:09:00   64 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 15:10:00   65 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 15:11:00   66 Valerio Conti (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 15:12:00   67 Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data 15:13:00   68 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:14:00   69 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 15:15:00   70 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb 15:16:00   71 Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data 15:17:00   72 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 15:18:00   73 Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 15:19:00   74 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ 15:20:00   75 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin 15:21:00   76 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:22:00   77 Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin 15:23:00   78 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:24:00   79 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 15:25:00   80 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 15:26:00   81 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 15:27:00   82 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 15:28:00   83 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15:29:00   84 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 15:30:00   85 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 15:31:00   86 Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott 15:32:00   87 André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo 15:33:00   88 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin 15:34:00   89 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 15:35:00   90 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott 15:36:00   91 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 15:37:00   92 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 15:38:00   93 Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 15:39:00   94 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb 15:40:00   95 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida 15:41:00   96 Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team 15:42:00   97 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 15:43:00   98 Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 15:44:00   99 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb 15:45:00   100 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 15:46:00   101 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15:47:00   102 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team 15:48:00   103 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15:49:00   104 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott 15:50:00   105 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 15:51:00   106 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:52:00   107 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 15:53:00   108 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida 15:54:00   109 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 15:55:00   110 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 15:56:00   111 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 15:57:00   112 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 15:58:00   113 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 15:59:00   114 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ 16:00:00   115 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 16:01:00   116 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 16:02:00   117 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 16:03:00   118 Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 16:04:00   119 Primoz Roglic 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Three YMCA National Records Crushed on Night 5; York, Sarasota Claim Team Titles

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On the final night of the 2017 YMCA Short Course National Championships three more YMCA National Records fell. York won a tight women’s title while the Sarasota men dominated the team standings.

The oldest short course YMCA National Record fell tonight as two swimmers finished under the men’s 200 butterfly mark. J. Cramer posted a 1:45.58 in 2001. Tonight Soundview’s Corey Gambardella was first to the wall in 1:44.76. Also clearing the old mark, though touching second was Upper Main Line’s Brendan Burns in 1:45.24. Burns is only 15, giving him time to claim the mark in coming seasons. Sarasota’s Austin Katz touched third with a 1:46.93.

Another mark, the men’s 200 IM was also obliterated. After cruising through prelims, Eau Claire’s Paul DeLakis posted a 1:45.76 tonight. That time crushed Woody Joyce‘s 2009 National record of 1:47.09. Also blowing by the previous National Standard was Countryside’s Grant House with a 1:46.35. Keanan Dols of Sarasota was also under 1:50 in 1:49.36.

Hickory’s Ross Dant knocked ten seconds off the men’s 1650 National Record. The 16 year old posted a 14:57.03. Drew Clark held the record, a 15:07.83 from 2015. Somerset Valley’s Ryan Waters dropped nine seconds to edge Sarasota’s Arik Katz, who chopped 20 seconds off his previous best. The two posted times of 15:17.16 and 15:17.86, respectively.

Bath Area’s Caitlin Tycz swept the butterfly events this week. The senior headed to USC in the fall stopped the clock in 1:56.65 to dominate tonight’s 200. Western North Carolina’s Mary O Soule and Phoneixville’s Emma Seiberlich tied for second, both touching in 1:58.45.

After challenging in other events throughout the week, Westport Weston’s Sarah Grinalds finally got her National Title. It came in the 100 freestyle. The 16 year old touched in 48.85, just three tenths shy of Katrina Konopka‘s 48.50 National Record. Bradford’s Paige Hetrick was runner up, also clearing 50 with a 49.72. Camryn Forbes earned bronze in 50.07.

Thomas Roark of Boise took home 100 freestyle gold with a 44.36. Katz was on the podium again with a 44.47. Matthew Novinski of Grand Island took third in 44.96.

The 200 IM finish was a close one with the top three women touching within two tenths. Sunbury’s Abigail Doss got her hand to the wall first, stopping the clock in 2:00.35. Springfield’s Kaitlynn Wheeler (2:00.40) and Cheshire’s Brooke Perrotta (2:00.54) followed.

York’s Leah Braswell dropped a second to win the 1650 in 16:17.01. Swimming from lane one, Wilton’s Catherine Buroker dropped nearly thirty seconds to finish second. The 17 year old touched in 16:28.90. Sarasota’s Emma Weyant placed third with a 16:31.47.

York ended the meet with a relay victory. Marisa Gingerich, Braswell, Marget Shelly, and Courtney Harnish posted a 3:22.30, a second faster than Spartanburg’s Maegan RudolphSydney BakerMaddie Baker, and Jessi Snover in 3:23.75. Boise’s Sol JorunnardottirCharity PittardSamantha Kraus, and Eva Suggs finished third (3:24.31).

The men from Sarasota ended the meet with one last relay victory. Dols, Austin Katz, Matt Nutter, and Brett Riley swam a 3:01.44. Somerset Valley’s Riley PestoriusRyan WatersJoshua Franco, and Michael Macchia were runners up in 3:02.49. Picking up third was Countryside with the team of Austin TheobaldNoah YoungBrice Dixon, and House in 3:03.51.

In the end, the women’s team race was a tight one. York and York County ended the week with 303 points, just five more than Greater Spartanburg’s 298. Boise was not far behind, totaling 269 points.

Sarasota dominated the men’s race, with a total of 508 points. Wilton finished second with 260 points and Upper Main Line’s 238 points earned third place.

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