NCAA Division I Women's Championships: Indiana's Kate Fesenko Upsets Florida's Gemma Spofforth for 200 Back Title -- March 20, 2010
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 20. IN one of the first monumental upsets of the night, Indiana's Kate Fesenko just had way too much off the walls for three-time defending champion Gemma Spofforth of Florida.
Fesenko clocked a time of 1:49.92 for the win, breaking the meet record of 1:50.54 set by Kirsty Coventry back in 2005. The performance moved Fesenko into lofty heights as one of just three swimmers to have broken 1:50 behind Spofforth (1:48.34) and Natalie Coughlin (1:49.52). The 1:49.92 also is the fifth fastest time of all time, crushing Fesenko's previous best time of 1:51.32. Fesenko became the first Hoosier to win the 200 back, and just the fourth Hoosier to ever win a national title. Notably, she is the first female Hoosier to ever win a swimming title as the three other NCAA wins for IU came from divers.
"It was my goal of this year," Fesenko said. "I was training to try to win the NCAA title, so I'm really happy right now. It's hard to say anything about my feelings because I still have one more race, but I'm really happy I got my goal accomplished. I have done a lot of hard training and now it has paid off."
Spofforth touched second in 1:50.24, the sixth-best effort ever, coming up short of becoming the first swimmer to ever win the 200 back four straight year. Meanwhile, teammate Teresa Crippen turned in a 1:50.99 for third – the 15th-fastest effort all time.
Arizona went 7-8-11-12-14 with Caitlin Iversen (1:54.14), Ana Agy (1:54.54), Erin Campbell (1:54.46), Jennifer Forster (1:54.48) and Hannah Ross (1:54.90) helping Arizona to a top team tally of 303.5 points.
Georgia stood second with 289.5 points, while Florida (281), California (272) and Stanford (266.5) making up the rest of the top five.
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March 20, 2010 That's friggin sick... Deja vu or what?! Spofforth is the 2nd swimmer after Coughlin to come up just short of 4 titles in a row in the 200 back! Maybe this is the highest mountain to climb of all! :)
Being fiercely anti-suits, I'm very pleasantly surprised to see all the fast times at women's NCAA's... Anyone have explanations, theories or suggestions? And don't give me any "hard work" BS. There's more to it. Submitted by: JakedBadForYou
March 20, 2010 No. There's less to it. You were wrong about the suits. Admit it. Submitted by: fluidg
March 20, 2010 It's all in the head. The swimmers got a "feel" for fast with the rubber suits and now truly believe that they can do it without the suits. the human mind can accomplish anything. Submitted by: paddles
March 20, 2010 Nice backtracking Paddles. Aren't you on the record decrying how the suits distorted the sport beyond all recognition? Records are being broken on every level this year...as usual. The "advantage" of the suits was always overblown, distorted, and misunderstood. Submitted by: fluidg
March 20, 2010 Yes, I disliked the suits, fluidg, but they still gave the swimmers a feel for what it felt like to go faster. My point is that this then allowed them to believe this could be done without the rubber aid. Seriously, my point was pretty easy to understand without having to dig up the past. The same came from the use of steroids once the DDR was no more. Humans can do anything on their own as long as they BELIEVE it can be done without outside assistance. You can believe what you want, fluidg. Makes no difference to me. Submitted by: paddles
March 20, 2010 Suis SCHMOOTS!
As Jack Nelson opined a few moons ago, "Access to success is through the mind!"
But trick suits don'[t hurt none either! Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 20, 2010 What am I supposed to admit?? I hate this kind of gibberish heroic nonsense... The mind can NOT achieve anything! Why can't I go 16 in the 50 free? Because I don't REALLY believe it? Why can't Nathan Adrian? Is he a non-believer too? The suits obviously did something. If you keep turning a blind eye to 255 world records in two years (which has never happened before), you're delirious. The suits benefitted some more than others. Some (Kate Fesenko mayhaps?) might've had a bad/mediocre year last year. You might care to explain why the women's 50 free was won almost a SECOND slower than last year? Wasn't just because Lara Jackson graduated, was it? God, I hate this kind of arguing... 255 world records and people still think it was just a shift in the way swimmers THINK Submitted by: JakedBadForYou
March 20, 2010 The mind can achieve ANYTHING and it AIN'T the suit on the swimmer but the SWIMMER in the suit!
How'd Usain Bolt set wrs in 6he 100-200 dashes @ Beijing -- marks that were thought to stand for years -- and then come right back last summer and break BOTH again @ the World Championships?