Florencia Szigeti Breaks South American Record in 200 Free, Cracks 2 Minutes

By Jorge Aguado

SANTA FE, Argentina, Sept. 27. FLORENCIA Szigeti (rhymes with "spaghetti") from Mendoza (Argentina), who is training and studying at Arizona State University, set a new South American record for the 200 meter free (short course) during the first night of the Argentinian Short Course Nationals being held in Santa Fe, September 27-30.

Szigeti, who is coached in Artgentina by Claudio Capezzone, clocked 1:59.43 for the double century and won a trip to Moscow in 2002 for the Short Course World Championships.

Jose Meolans clocked 48.22 for the 100 meter free and also will be in Moscow. Maria Virginia Garrone, from Cordoba, and coached by Daniel Garimaldi, established a new national standard in 100 m butterfly with 1.02.20.

Agustín Fiorilli, from Arroyo Seco set a national record in the 400 IM with his 4.22.56. Pablo Abal (also training and studying at ASU) won the 100 back with 54.02, with Eduardo Otero from Necochea touching in second place in 54.31. Both swimmers achieved the quaifying standard for Moscow 2002.

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