Szigeti, Meolans, Abal Win on Day 3 of Argentina Nationals -- September 30, 2001
By Jorge Aguado
SANTA FE, Argentina, Sept. 29. FLORENCIA Szigeti, Jose Meolans and Pablo Abal continued to dominate competition on the third day of the Argentinian National Short Course Championships, being held in the picturesque riverfront city of Santa Fe. The meet also serves as the Trials for next year's Short Course world Championships in Moscow.
Szigeti (rhymes with "spaghetti"), who swims for Coach Mike Chasson's Arizona State Sun Devils, set her second national record of the meet, clocking 56.19 in the 100m free. She was pushed, though, as Maria Garrone finished a strong second in 56.80.
On Thursday, Szegeti broke the two-minute barrier in clocking a national record 1:59.43 in the 200 meters.
Garrone won the 100m back today in 1:04.83.
Jose Meolans, Argentina's internationally best known swimmer, won his fourth event in three days when he cruised to victory in the 200m free, touching in 1:47.11. His nearest pursuer was 4.7 seconds in arrears. Meolans hold the national mark at 1:45.85.
Pablo Abal, another ASU Sun Devil, won two events tonight, taking the 100 fly in 55.74 after clocking a World Championships-qualifying 53.97 in prelims, then coming back half an hour later to take the 50 back in 24.68. Eduardo Otero also made the WC cut with his 25.23.
Sergio Ferreyra took the men's 100m breast in 1:02.34
Mirna Vago, the likely Rookie of the Meet, has already set five national age group records. She swims for Club Regatas Rosario and is 13 years old. Her coach is Liliana Hasenbein (wife of Edmundo Fossa Huergo former president of the National Federation, who died last year on the last night of the short course nationals.
Results: Argentina National Short Course Championships