Kate Ziegler Remains on Fire at TYR Swim Meet of Champions

MISSION VIEJO, California, June 16. KATE Ziegler notched another meet record during the third day of long course meter competition at the TYR Swim Meet of Champions held in Mission Viejo, Calif., from June 14-17. This time, she clocked a 1:58.50 in the women's 200 free for another meet and pool standard.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Soni clocked a 2:27.10 in the women's 200 breast and Germany's Britta Steffen touched in 25.89 in the women's 50 free to account for the other two meet standards set on the day.

Women's 200 freestyle
Kate Ziegler of The Fish continued her remarkable meet with another meet and pool standard. This time she clocked a 1:58.80 to hack two seconds off Maki Mika's time of 2:00.25 set in 2000. Ziegler's in-season time sat just two seconds shy of Natalie Coughlin's American record of 1:56.43, and demonstrates her desired evolution into a relay contender.

Germany's Meike Freitag claimed a distant silver in 2:02.46, while Rachel Komisarz of Lakeside touched just behind for bronze in 2:02.47.

Men's 200 freestyle
Germany's Paul Biedermann finished just off the meet record with a winning time of 1:49.90.

Meanwhile, Robert Margalis of St. Petersburg took silver in 1:51.94, while Tucson Ford's Adam Ritter earned bronze in 1:51.95.

Women's 200 breaststroke
Trojan Swim Club swept the top two spots as Rebecca Soni shot down Amanda Beard's meet and pool record with a time of 2:27.10 for the win. Beard had held the standards with a 2:27.57 set in 2004.

Soni's teammate Keri Hehn took second in 2:27.88, while North Coast's Jessie Schmitt, 16, placed third in 2:33.77.

Men's 200 breaststroke
John Criste picked up the men's 200 breaststroke title in 2:18.38, while Matt Smith of Santa Clara took second in 2:19.15. Sean Mahoney of the Terrapins wrapped up third place in 2:19.88.

Women's 50 freestyle
Germany dominated the women's splash-and-dash with a 1-2-3-5 effort. Britta Steffen touched in a meet-record time of 25.89 to win and surpass the 25.90 set by Jenny Thompson in 1997.

Meanwhile, Petra Dallmann (26.18), Antje Buschschulte (26.25) and Daniela Schreiber (26.45) finished second, third and fifth, respectively.

Jessica Hardy of the Trojan Swim Club finished fourth in 26.41 to stop a top-four sweep by the German contingent.

Men's 50 freestyle
Nick Brunelli of Sun Devil Aquatics touched out Gabe Woodward of Bakersfield, 22.70 to 22.79 to claim the men's 50 free title.

Meanwhile, Tucson Ford's duo of Roland Schoeman (22.94) and Lyndon Ferns (22.97) grabbed third and fourth, respectively.

Women's 400 IM
Lyndsay DePaul walked away with a comfortable victory in the women's long-distance medley when she touched in 4:52.28. 14-year-old Noelle Tarazona of Claremont and Tucson Ford's Jenny Forster provided the fireworks in the race as the battle for second came down to the touch. Tarazona placed second in 4:55.65, while Forster wound up third in 4:55.69.

Men's 400 IM
Robert Margalis of St. Petersburg won the men's 400 IM going away with a time of 4:22.48.

16-year-old Charlie Rimkus of Mission Viejo touched out Alex Wold of Minnesota in another intense battle for second place that came down to the slimmest of margins. Rimkus touched in 4:31.45, while Wold clocked a third-place 4:31.46. Russell Payne was also in the mix with a fourth-place 4:31.50.

Tucson Ford swept its second night of relays, this time in the 800 freestyle.

Anna Turner, Leone Vorster, Whitney Myers and Lacey Nymeyer clocked an 8:26.69 to win the women's event, while Jean Basson, Nicolas Oliveira, Albert Subirats and Adam Ritter touched in 7:36.59 to win the men's distance relay.