PHOENIX, Arizona, November 5. IT was an exciting weekend in the world of aquatics. The last leg of the FINA World Cup circuit kicked off in Beijing this Friday. Over the course of the two-day finals, Katinka Hosszu raced her way to a remarkable 30th individual gold medal, and cleared the $50 thousand mark in race winnings. Another notable race came from the United State's Michael Klueh. Although Beijing was his first circuit appearance, Kleuh made his presence known in the 1500, blasting the circuit's current fastest event time by over twelve seconds on his way to gold. And we can't forget to mention China's Ye Shiwen, who came away with a 200, 400 medley sweep in her homeland.
World Cup fans may have wondered why the athletes were conspicuously silent over Social Media for the course of the meet. This is because the Chinese government places a filter on all social media sites. Anthony Ervin voiced his opinion on the restriction when he took to Twitter on November 4, posting:
O sweet #Freedom!!! Finally away from the Great Firewall of China!
— Anthony Ervin (@AnthonyErvin) November 4, 2012
Don't worry, World Cup fans, the athletes will be in full force on Twitter when they compete in the next World Cup meet in Tokyo, Japan, November 6 and 7.
There were a number of high-caliber collegiate dual meets over the weekend. The weekend kicked off with the women of number 3 ranked Cal winning 10 out of 16 events in a match up against number 7 Texas. Across the country, the Florida Gator men and women took on the Texas A&M Aggies. Although number one ranked Florida men crushed the Aggies 197-98, the Gator women saw a loss.
In Big Ten news, Minnesota's men's and women's swim and dive teams defeated rival Iowa Friday night, winning 10 of 16 events. The women are so far undefeated in dual meets. This weekend, the Gophers are looking forward to hosting and competing in the Minneapolis Grand Prix. It is the first meet in the Grand Prix circuit and a number of National team members will be competing, including Dagny Knutson, who is returning to competition after taking nearly a year-long break to recover from an eating disorder.
One of the most exciting college dual meets came in a match-up between the women of number 7 ranked Texas and number 5 ranked Stanford. The Texas women were behind Stanford by 25 points after the Cardinals took first, second and fourth in the 100 freestyle and one-two in the 200 backstroke. Texas slowly cut Stanford's lead and was 6 points behind heading in to the final relay. The Longhorn women rallied, taking first and third in the event, and upset the Cardinals for the final meet win.
In popular news, five-time Olympic diving medalist Greg Louganis is slated to judge ABC's new celebrity diving series, Celebrity Splash, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The series is formatted around celebrities performing dives of increasing complexity and varying heights after being coached by a professional diving instructor. We certainly hope it's not a flop. Louganis will be one of three judges rating the celebrity's dives in the reality competition series.
That will conclude Streamlined News. Thank you for watching and have a great Monday.