PHOENIX, Arizona, October 17. KATINKA Hosszu only managed to win $3,500 today in Moscow at the FINA World Cup, a bit lower from her $5,500 average she's been accumulating on the circuit. She found herself battling a few U.S. national junior team members in a couple of races, especially in the 800 freestyle, where she finished fifth. That race was won by Leah Smith, who touched just a tenth ahead of Becca Mann to start the meet off well. Their 8:19s are the fastest times swum on the circuit this year.
The junior team wasn't able to get any more wins today, but Kylie Stewart managed a second place finish in the 200 back just behind New Zealand's Melissa Ingram.
Jessica Hardy had a tough day today, getting disqualified in the 100 breast prelims for not properly executing the dolphin kick on the underwater pull, a call that Hardy vehemently denied on Twitter. She did come back to place second in the 50 free. Anthony Ervin finally broke out of his third-place string of finishes in the 100 free with a tie for second in 47.43.
Go to swimmingworld.com to get a complete recap of day one in Moscow.
The family of the late Fran Crippen has filed a summons in Philadelphia County Court today as a first step in a possible lawsuit against FINA and USA Swimming in Crippen's death in an open water race two years ago. The summons allows the Crippens the ability to continue investigating the findings from FINA's and USA Swimming's panels on open water safety without worrying about the statute of limitations.
Missy Franklin, Jessica Long and Maggie Steffens will be representing aquatic sports tonight at the Women's Sports Foundation's annual awards gala in New York City. Franklin and Long are nominated in the individual athlete category, while Steffens is in the team athlete category. You'll remember that Franklin won five Olympic medals in London, while Long won eight Paralympic medals. Steffens was the MVP of the Olympic water polo tournament, helping the United States women win their first Olympic gold medal in the sport.
The Georgia Bulldogs start their season today with a meet against Georgia Tech. Allison Schmitt's return to collegiate swimming will be the story of the day, but Georgia has plenty more stars on their roster that will help guide them to a great season. There's Shannon Vreeland, who won a gold medal in the 800 free relay in London, and Megan Romano, the American record holder in the 200 freestyle. Canada's Brittany MacLean made the final of the 400 free at the Olympics as well. On the men's side, Olympian Andrew Gemmell will kick off his junior year and double NCAA champion Martin Grodski begins defense of his 500 and 1650 freestyle wins from last March. The men's squad will be without Chase Kalisz, who, as Swimming World reported a couple of weeks ago, is sitting out this semester to fulfill some academic requirements. He should be on campus in Athens in January, ready to contribute for the Bulldogs.
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