PHOENIX, Arizona, January 28. LAST weekend saw a host of great competition in the collegiate ranks, with two dual meets in particular really standing out. On Friday, Tom Shields made his return to collegiate racing in a meet against the University of Arizona, winning both butterfly events. Shields took the fall season off to race internationally at the FINA World Cup and short course world championships, and will be looking to help Cal win a third-straight team championship in his senior year.
Tennessee hosted SEC rival Georgia on Saturday, and the Volunteers won both the men's and women's dual meets over the Bulldogs. Tennessee's relays played a big part in negating Georgia's Chase Kalisz's three wins in the men's meet, while Kelsey Floyd and Lindsay Gendron were the key players in the victory on the women's side.
Arizona, who currently shares the top spot in the CSCAA poll of Division I men's teams, lost to Pac-12 rivals Cal and Stanford this weekend. Michigan, who is also ranked as the top men's team, had the weekend off. USC, the top women's team at this point in the season according to the CSCAA, also had the weekend off from competition.
The University of Florida men's and women's teams traveled to Auburn to race in dual meet action, with the Florida men easily beating the Tigers, though Auburn's women had the depth needed to take down Florida. Marcelo Chierighini was one of the top swimmers despite the loss on the men's side, posting a 43.33 in leading off Auburn's 400 free relay. Marcin Cieslak and Elizabeth Beisel won three events for Florida: Cieslak in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM, with Beisel taking the 200 fly, 200 back and 200 IM.
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Jack Conger put up some fast times this weekend at the national Catholic high school swimming championships in Baltimore with a 1:48.18 in the 200 IM and 44.27 in the 100 freestyle. Conger's big push at his championship meet next month will be the 500 freestyle and that 29-year-old national high school record held by Jeff Kostoff, and likely a couple other national marks.
Speaking of records, we got word of a Masters world record on Sunday in Italy by Alberto Montini, who swam a 2:22.53 in the short course meters 200 breast. The time broke Glenn Mills' world record and gave Montini his first world record in the 45-49 age group. Montini doesn't turn 45 until September, so he was able to take advantage of a FINA rule that determines a person's age in a particular calendar year on December 31.
The first leg of the 2013 FINA 10K World Cup saw Americans Emily Brunnemann and Eva Fabian take the top two spots in the race in Santos, Brazil on Sunday. Brunnemann won the race by 30 seconds. On the men's side, Frenchman Romain Beraud won in a close finish with two Italians in his first international open water victory. Thomas Lurz of Germany competed in the race, but was disqualified, and American Olympian Alex Meyer finished well out of the race in 37th place.