Americans Lenny Krayzelburg, Neil Walker and Jenny Thompson each set a short course world record on the second, and final day of competition of the FINA World Cup meet in College Park, Maryland.
Krayzelburg blasted the 200m backstroke in 1:52.47, just squeaking by the old mark of 1:52.51 set by Spain’s Martin Lopez-Zubero in October 1991. “I knew it would be fast,” said Krayzelburg. “I was very confident this was going to be very close [to the record] or even break it.”
Walker, who has swum fast consistently throughout the two-day meet, broke the 50m backstroke mark by the smallest margin possible–one one-hundredth of a second. Walker stroked the two-lapper in 24.12 seconds, erasing the mark of 24.13 set by Germany’s Thomas Rupprath a year ago and tied by Australia’s Matt Welsh last February. “I had a great swim,” said Walker. “I think I did everything right.”
Another swimmer who did everything right was Thompson, whose 26.00 for the women’s 50m fly shaved .05 sec off the mark she set last December. “The excitement [after Krayzelburg’s record] really pumped me up and I really wanted a world record, too,” said Thompson, who is completing her pre-med studies at Mills College.
Thompson finished the meet with five victories, three of them last night. In addition to her world record in the 50 fly, the 26-year-old Stanford grad took the 100m free in 53.49, just off hr American record of 53.34, and the 100m I.M. in 1:01.00. Both wins came against top-notch competition: In the free, Thompson edged comebacking teammate Dara Torres (54.07) and Slovakia’s Martina Moravcova (55.06), winner of the 200; in the medley, Moravocova finished a strong runner-up.
B.J. Bedford won the women’s 100m backstroke in a swift 59.27, completing her sweep of the three dorsal events. Second place in the 100 back went to Samantha Arsenault, a 17-year-old from Massachusetts better known as a freestyler.
Kristine Quance-Julian, another comebacker, finally struck gold in the 200 breast, clocking a solid 2:26.49 to edge Germany’s Anna Poleska and Australia’s Brooke Hanson. Earlier in the evening, the USC grad finished a strong second in the 400 IM, her third silver medal in the two day meet.
The winner of the 400 IM was Romania’s Beatrice Caslaru, with a very fast 4:34.43. The previous evening Caslaru took the 200 medley.
Lindsay Benko, another USC grad, won the 400m free in 4:07.66, two seconds ahead of Sweden’s Josefin Lillhage.
Stanford’s Shelly Ripple was the surprise winner of the 200 fly with a solid 2:10.02, more than a second ahead of Canada’s Jennifer Button with 1998 US national champion, Molly Freedman, in third.
Germany’s Janne Schaefer took the 50 breast in 31.79, a stroke ahead of SMU grad Katie McClelland.
Ed Moses, a sophomore at the University of Virginia, won the men’s 100m breast in 1:00.18, completing his sweep of all three breaststroke races. Finland’s Jani Sievinen also completed a hat trick, taking the 200 IM in 1:58.83 to go with his victories in the 100 and 400 medley races the night before.
Stanford grad Sabir Muhammad, now training in Hawaii, took the 100m fly in 52.39 seconds, a hair off his own American mark of 52.25. Former teammate Dod Wales, the American record-holder for 100 yards, was second, just ahead of Australia’s Adam Pine.
Jason Lezak, who a day earlier had tied Muhammad’s American record in the 100 free (48.19) took the 50 in 22.05, with Muhammad second and Walker third.
Chad Carvin won the 1500m freestyle by a pool length over Spain’s Frederick Hviid, touching in 15:05.43. A day earlier, the Arizona grad had broken a 16-year-old American record in winning the 400 free (3:42.16).
Hungary’s Bela Szabados, training at the Trojan Swim Club, won the 200 free in 1:46.15, edging Carvin and Josh Davis, the American record-holder in the event (1:45.24).
The World Cup meet in Maryland was the first of 12 stops on the World Cup tour for 1999-2000. The next meet takes place in Edmonton, Canada this weekend.