PHOENIX, Arizona, October 8. THIS past weekend was a busy one in swimming, as records fell in high school swimming and competition heated up at the FINA World Cup meet in Doha. Let's start in Florida, where the Bolles School broke the overall national high school records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays on Saturday at the Florida Swimming Pool Association High School Invitational. The team of Ryan Murphy, Joseph Schooling, Santo Condorelli and Josh Booth started off with a 1:20.88 in the 200 freestyle relay, breaking Hershey High School's overall mark of 1:21.01 set in 2011, and the former independent schools national record that had been around since 1992. Then, the same four went a 2:58.58 in the 400 free relay, breaking New Trier's record set last season. Bolles also owns the overall national high school record in the 200 medley relay, likely making them the first school to own all three relay records at once since the 200 free relay was added to the high school program in 1991. Murphy, now a senior at Bolles, is the only swimmer to be on all three record-setting relays. You can watch the full video of both races by going to our high school channel at swimmingworld.com.
Over in Doha, Qatar, Katinka Hosszu repeated her performances from Dubai with another seven golds and a bronze to double her winnings so far to $22,000. The only event she has been unable to win is the 200 backstroke, which has been dominated by Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine. With the World Cup overall grand prize of $100,000 determined by the top swim of each meet and not the total number of wins, Hosszu and Zevina are now tied at 45 points each in the women's race. Kenneth To of Australia leads on the men's side with 50 points after posting two stellar 100 freestyle races in Dubai and Doha. Chad Le Clos is still doing well in the World Cup, breaking the South African record in the 100 fly for the second straight meet with a 49.60. That time would have won the 2010 short course world championships and puts Le Clos in line as the favorite in that event in December. Anthony Ervin did well in Doha, winning the 50 free in a lifetime best 21.02 and placing third in the 100 free. The series takes a few days off for travel to Sweden, where the third leg of the series resumes Saturday in Stockholm.
College swimming featured a lot of dual meets and invitationals last weekend, and Dennis Pursley opened his first season at Alabama with a win over Delta State for his men's and women's teams. And one day before putting on the Michigan Water Carnival, the University of Michigan men's and women's team raced against Minnesota, with the men beating the Gophers and the women losing a close battle. North Carolina State won the first annual All-North Carolina Invitational and in a great Division II in-state battle, Wingate University beat Queens University in the first of many competitions between the two schools.
High school seniors made some major college announcements last weekend. Georgia got two big swimmers for their women's team. Middle distance swimmer Rachel Zilinskas of Germantown Academy in Pittsburgh made a verbal commitment to attend Georgia, as did backstroker Olivia Smoliga. Georgia and California are doing very well in getting top swimmers to their schools, and on the surface, it looks like the two are even in terms of verbal commitments this recruiting season.
And finally today, Michael Phelps wrapped up a headline-making tournament in Scotland at the Alfred Dunhill Links tournament last weekend, placing in a tie for 80th place with golfing partner Paul Casey. On Friday, we told you about that epic 53-yard putt that Phelps sank, and the following day, the two continued to climb up the rankings to finish in the top 100. Unfortunately, Phelps and Casey were unable to get an invitation to play in the final round, but Phelps said he was beyond excited to be able to play in the tournament.
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