PHOENIX, Arizona, January 14. IT was a big weekend for swimming, in and out of the pool. College dual meets continued to produce outstanding times in the lead-up to the championship season, and some teenagers made their mark in New Jersey at the CeraVe Invitational. And in Los Angeles, several Olympians met movie stars as part of the festivities surrounding the Golden Globe awards.
Let's start with college swimming. Vladimir Morozov took the fall season off from competing for the USC Trojans, representing Russia at the European and world championships. Last weekend in a meet against Wisconsin, Morozov posted a 19.57 in the 50 free, his only swim of the meet and the fourth-fastest swim in the collegiate ranks this season. Over in College Station, Texas, Morozov's potential sprint freestyle rival Marcelo Chierighini put up a 19.83 in the 50 free against Texas A&M.
At that same meet, Breeja Larson raced Olympic teammate Micah Lawrence in the breaststroke events, with Larson winning both of them.
The Georgia women continued their amazing streak of home victories, beating the University of Texas on Saturday. With the meet being the last home meet of this season, Georgia's streak now runs at 82 straight wins over 17 years. Allison Schmitt made the most of her final home meet, winning the 200 free and placing third in the 500 free. Chase Kalisz, now a fully-established freshman at Georgia, won the 200 fly, 200 breast and 400 IM for the second-straight time, in just his second meet at Georgia.
Plenty more college dual meets took place last weekend, and we have recaps posted for you on our college channel at swimmingworld.com.
Swimming World was in New Jersey last weekend streaming the CeraVe Invitational live on our website. If you watched the live stream, you saw Olympians Katie Ledecky and Lia Neal win a few events, as well as witnessing Paralympic gold medalist Ian Silverman break an American record. Ledecky won her signature event, the 800 free, in a close race with Gillian Ryan, while Neal won the 50 and 100 freestyles. Silverman, the winner of the 400 free in London, took down his American records in the 800 and 1500 free over the weekend.
If you missed our live stream, you can check out race footage on swimmingworld.tv. Just click the Events link and you will find the CeraVe Invitational landing page.
Out of the pool this weekend, swimmers rubbed elbows with movie stars at a couple of parties before the Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles. Six Olympic champions -- Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Eric Shanteau, Ricky Berens and Nathan Adrian -- gathered at a special event hosted by Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban that brought sport and entertainment together for an afternoon. That night, Olympians gathered at the cast party for Les Miserables, getting to meet stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Berens, Adrian and Franklin were just a few of the Olympians who got to walk the red carpet yesterday in Beverly Hills, where they met even more celebrities. Now it's back in the pool for a few of them, as they get ready for the Arena Grand Prix in Austin this coming weekend.
Earlier today, UC-Berkeley sophomore Tyler Messerschmidt posted on his Facebook page that he was taking time away from school in Berkeley to work on improving his grades. He's moving back to Arizona, where he mentioned he'll attend community college for about a year, then hopefully return to Berkeley to help the Bears win more national titles. Information received by Swimming World indicates that Messerschmidt will take this season as a redshirt season.