PHOENIX, Arizona, June 7. WE'RE set to cover a lot of great swim meets around the world this weekend, and we wanted to highlight a couple of them on today's show. I already mentioned the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo on yesterday's show, and that meet started out very well, with Ryan Cochrane setting a meet record of 15:03.14 in the 1500 freestyle. It's just four seconds off his best time of the season, which he did in March at the Canadian world championship trials. Cochrane had no problem with Australian Mack Horton, who finished second in 15:16.64. Chloe Sutton won the women's 800 free with an 8:28.19, using a 1:02-high final 100 to secure the win. Sutton and Cochrance were back in the pool for prelims today and will try to go for their second wins each in the 400 freestyle. This meet features some swimmers that we'll see next month at the world championships, including Australia's Emily Seebohm, Russia's Yulia Efimova and Canada's Alec Page. NCAA champions Tom Shields and Caitlin Leverenz will be coming down to the meet to race a few times before their final preps for the US world championship trials.
One of the top European meets of the year is always the Mare Nostrum circuit, a three-meet tour of Monaco, Barcelona and Canet that lasts nine days. Many teams use this meet as final race prep before the big meet of the year, which is the world championships this summer. Olympic champion Chad Le Clos will be a highlight of the series, as will Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, racing in his first big meet since the Olympics. Katinka Hosszu will be racing a lot, as usual, and expect her to pick up a lot of money through the next week.
If you've never been involved with the production of a feature film, you may not know that many hours of filmed footage never makes the final cut. That's what happened to Missy Franklin's cameo that she filmed last fall for the comedy film “The Internship,” which opens today in the United States. Franklin's cameo involved meeting stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who are pictured here with Franklin and the film's director, Shawn Levy, on the campus of the Google headquarters, where the two comedians work as unpaid interns. Maybe the DVD release of the film will feature this much-anticipated cameo appearance.
Tropical Storm Andrea wreaked havoc on the first couple of days of pool swimming competition at the Pan American Masters championships in Sarasota, Florida. The wind and rain got so bad yesterday that the meet was halted for more than three hours. Winds were still strong when the meet resumed, which might have affected a few performances. Things picked up today, when three world records fell. The first went to 80-year-old Bumpy Jones, who swam a 3:16.22 in the 200 back to set his first world record in the 80-84 age group. Just a few minutes later, Brazil's Eduardo Marocco posted a 2:11.56, a new record for the 45-49 age group, and the fastest swim in the event across all age groups. Matt McGinnis, a former freestyle standout at the University of Texas, broke a 13-year-old world record today in the 100 free with a 50.45 for a new mark in the 25-29 age group. This was only the third of eight days of competition in Sarasota, so things are just getting started down in Florida.