PHOENIX, Arizona, November 7. LAST night, it was announced that president Obama would return for another four-year term as president of the United States. Many Americans stayed up late last night to watch the final election results, and if they weren't too exhausted from the media coverage, a fair number of World Cup fans in the US decided to extend their late night by tuning into the final session in Tokyo.
The United States' Michael Klueh, the 1500 freestyle winner at the Beijing stop of the world cup circuit, and the 400 freestyle winner on the first night of the Tokyo finals, responded when Swimming World tweeted:
– Michael Klueh (@mklueh) November 7, 2012
Klueh ended up delivering on his promise. He reeled in early leader Youhei Takiguchi of Japan with 400 meters left in the race, winning the title with the fastest time so far on the World Cup circuit.
Other notable swims from the night include Jessica Hardy's 50 breaststroke win, clocking a World Cup circuit and personal textile best in the event; a double victory from Katinka Hosszu in the 400 IM and 200 butterfly; Australia's Rachel Goh racing to silver behind compatriot Grace Loh in the women's 100 backstroke after battling food poisoning on the first night of finals; and Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell winning the men's 50 freestyle over the United States' Anthony Ervin. Bovell won the race in sub-21 seconds, the fifth time he has accomplished the feat.
Japan's Daiya Seto and Yuki Shirai both broke Japanese records last night. Daiya set a new 200 IM mark by over a second, bettering the record previously held by Kosuke Hagino. Yuki broke Ryosuke Irie's 200 backstroke record by several hundredths.
The 2012 World Cup circuit is quickly coming to a close, with the final stop in Singapore this weekend, November 10th and 11th.
In college news, a new set of collegiate rankings was released last night from the College Swim Coaches Association of America for men's Division I schools. Michigan overtook Florida for the top spot in the rankings, after easily beating top 10 Texas and Indiana over the weekend. Although Florida dropped to second in the rankings, they still remain a dominant force, and are undefeated alongside Michigan. Stanford takes third in the rankings. Although the Cardinals have only competed against Wisconsin, the speed and depth of their men's team keeps them high on the list. The full top-25 rankings list is available on the Swimming World homepage, and will be updated with each weekly poll.