PHOENIX, Arizona, October 3. LATE Friday afternoon here in the United States, we learned that Australian swimmer Kenrick Monk had not been involved in a hit-and-run accident while riding a bicycle in Brisbane, but in fact fell off his skateboard on his way to workout.
Monk retracted his original statement to the police and the media Friday, apologizing often and expressing regret over the situation, and even shedding a few tears. What this does for Monk’s place on the Australian national team has not been decided yet, but he’s definitely out of the pool for a few weeks while the bones he broke in his elbow heal. Monk said the decision to lie about the fall was entirely his, and no one else – not teammates Stephanie Rice, Nick D’Arcy and Nick McKendry or coach Michael Bohl – was involved in the cover-up.
Germany is on top on the open water world cup circuit, with Thomas Lurz and Angela Maurer securing their overall series wins in Hong Kong on Sunday. Lurz won the men’s 10K race over fellow German Christian Reichert and South African Chad Ho, while Maurer settled for second place behind Emily Brunemann, who won her second-straight 10K world cup race. Lurz amassed 114 points in the world cup series, well ahead of the rest of the pack, while Maurer led a 1-2-3 ranking on the women’s side. Lurz and Maurer each pick up $20,000 for their victories.
Stanford athletics had a big day in the pool last weekend, with the men’s water polo team beating top-ranked reigning national champion Southern Cal and number two team California in the SoCal tournament. The wins were a reversal from two weeks ago, when the Trojans and Golden Bears beat Stanford at the NorCal tournament. Stanford beat Cal 6-4 in the semifinal game, then needed an overtime victory from Alex Bowen to beat USC 10-9.
The men’s and women’s swim teams from Stanford took down their dual meet opponents with very little difficulty. The Cardinal men beat Santa Cruz handily, with freshmen David Nolan and Thomas Stephens capturing their first individual dual meet wins of their college careers, and 500 free NCAA runner-up Bobby Bollier took home two surprising wins in the 100 back and 50 free. The Stanford women easily beat San Jose State on the strength of two wins by freshman Maddy Schaefer and sophomore Andie Taylor.
On Friday I mentioned that Stanford was the only major Division I swim team competing this weekend, and clearly I did not see that the University of Tennessee’s women’s team was racing against UNC-Wilmington on Friday. Senior Jenny Connolly, who had very little time to adjust from her big summer at nationals and the World University Games, won the 200 fly and 200 back. Lindsay Gendron, just a sophomore, won three events: the 100 free, 100 fly and 200 IM. The Lady Vols won the meet by 89 points.
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