PHOENIX, Arizona, July 6. WORLD records and the start of the USA Swimming world championship trials highlight today's news segment on The Morning Swim Show. Following is the complete transcript of the segment, hosted by Peter Busch.
The big meet of the week is the USA Swimming world championship trials, which start tomorrow in Indianapolis. Twenty-eight US Olympians will be there, including Michael Phelps, who is planning to simplify things. Phelps is only scheduled to swim the 100 and 200 free and 100 and 200 fly.
The year after the Olympics we often find out who will be the breakout star for the next 3 years In 2001 it was Natalie Coughlin and Brendan Hansen. In 2005, Kate Ziegler and Jessica Hardy became household names.
We already know that Dagny Knutson is primed to be one of the leaders of the women's team in the next three years, and on the men's side, lots of underdogs have the chance to make their mark with Phelps changing events and Jason Lezak opting out of the meet.
Swimnetwork.com and Universal Sports will stream the meet live all week, and NBC will show highlights on tape delay this weekend. And of course, we at Swimming World will have plenty of results and video interviews from the deck shortly after each finals session.
Elsewhere in the world, a couple of world records fell at the Mediterranean Games last week. Federica Pelligrini inched closer to the four-minute barrier in the 400 free with a 4:00.41 to take Joanne Jackson's 4:00.66 off the books. And in the last event of the meet, Spain's Aschwin Wildeboer broke Aaron Peirsol's world record of 52.54 with a 52.38 leading off Spain's medley relay. Wildeboer had won the 100 back earlier with a 52.87.
A few of the top swimmers you'll see vying for medals at the world championships are using the World University Games as a final test before heading to Rome. Ryosuke Irie made a run at Wildeboer's new world record in the finals of the 100 back, winning with a 52.60. Germany's Helge Meeuw went under the 53-second barrier for the first time with a 52.94.
Some of the top collegiate swimmers from the US are swimming well in Serbia. Ava Ohlgren, who will be a senior at Auburn University in the fall, won the women's 400 IM with a 4:40.61 and later contributed to the winning 400 free relay for the United States.
China took a rare loss in diving at the World University Games, with Mexico's Paola Milagros Espinosa beating China's Chen Ni by just 15 points in the women's 10 meter platform.
And finally, the race for gold in the 100 fly at worlds officially got two more names added to the list. Milorad Cavic, who was second in the 100 fly in Beijing by one-hundredth of a second, out-touched Australia's Andrew Lauterstein at a meet in Italy by the same margin. Cavic swam a 50.92. Lauterstein broke through the 51-second barrier for the first time with a 50.93. That puts four men under 51 seconds heading into Rome: Rafael Munoz, Michael Phelps, Cavic and Lauterstein.
That's the news for today, thanks to our sponsor the Fitter and Faster Tour. Be sure to catch our Morning Swim Show interviews tomorrow with Lara Jackson, who's bouncing back from the tragedy of her father's unexpected death.We'll also bring you an interview I did with Australian coach Leigh Nugent, who is leading the Aussie team in Serbia at the World University Games. That's Tuesday on the morning swim show interview segment.
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