FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships - Dubai, UAE

The 10th World Short Course Swimming Championships ran from Wednesday, December 15, through to Sunday, December 19, 2010, in Dubai, UAE. Canada attended with a relatively small team, four of them from SwimBC. Annamay Pierse (UBCD), Martha McCabe (UBCD), Alexandra Gabor (WGB), and Jake Tapp (LOSC) wore the maple leaf in the pool, while on the deck, Joseph Nagy (NSC-Vancouver) and Tom Rushton (UBCD) represented as members of the four-person coaching staff.
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SwimBC Time Standards for 2010-2011 Season

Following an extensive review and much discussion among SwimBC, its Technical Advisory Committee, and the BC Swim Coaches Association, SwimBC is pleased to have the support of the aforementioned groups for the 2010-2011 time standards, as well as the general format for SwimBC AA and AAA Championships.
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Day 2 Finals (Part 2)

Annamay PierseRyan Cochrane

Had to take a little break while Pierse and Cochrane dropped by our seating area to chat with some of our sponsors.  

These two do such a great job of really doing their part to sell the sport - they were two of the marquee names signing autographs earlier in the meet for the general public as well.

6:58pm. "B" final of women's 400 IM. Hunks (UBCD) finishes third in 4:46.38; Dodds (LOSC) fifth in 4:49.64.

7:05pm. Women's "A" final 400 IM. Canucks again in the outside lanes with Komarnycky in lane 1 and Lindsay Seeman in Lane 8. Beisel and Leverenz (USA) have to be the heavy favorites here as they dominated this am.
Hamill (AUS) first at the 100 in 1:02.58, and then isn't giving much back over the backstroke. Beisel comes back on second 50 of the backstroke, thgough. 2:12.22 to 2:12.61 at the 200m mark.
Beisel has over 1.5 seconds halfway through the breastroke and really has this race under control. Leverenz has come back stronly on Hamill, and has second at the 300m mark.
Final 50m an Beisel has 5m clear on everyone while Hamill has made up ground on Leverenz.
At the finish, Beisel wins easily in 4:34.69, while Hamill came back to take second in 4:37.84 over Leverenz's 4:38.03.
Komarnycky was sixth in 4:42.25, while Seeman was eighth in 4:45.36.

7:21pm. Jordan Hartney is lone Canadian in "B" final of men's 400 IM. Swimming lane 3, he's first at the 100m and then also through 200m. Margalis took the lead on the breastroke, though, and with 50m to go, had just over a second.
Gemmel makes a strong push over the final 50m as well, but Margalis holds on to win in 4:17.28 with Hartney taking second in 4:19.04.
7:25pm. "A" final of men's 400 IM. Just like with the women, the Yanks have to be the favourites here, with no one else coming close to the sub-4:10 swims of Clary and Lochte.
Johns in Lane 2.
Lochte's long loping fly stroke has him out in 25.5 at the 50m. Has a body length at the 100m in 54.98 - UNDER world record pace!!
Lochte has clear water at the 200m mark. 1:46.73, almost 3 sec. ahead of Clarey. Johns back in fourth behind Pereira.
Lochte falls off world record pace in the breastroke, but still has clear water over the field.
At the finish, Lochte first in new PanPacs record of 4:07.59 with Clary second in 4:09.55. Pereira faded on the free and finished third in 4:12.09, and Horihata came from behind to pass Johns in final 5m to take fourth in 4:15.99. Johns' time was 4;16.21 for fifth.
7:35pm. So, for those keeping score at home, in the Olympic events tonight, the Americans went five for six in gold medals. Kitijima's win the 100 breast was the only non-USA win.

And with that, we're going to call it a night. Battery is way low and the Verizon MiFi connection I'm using is getting really sketchy.
Touch-ups will come later tonight, along with results from the 4x200 Free relays.

Post-meet wrap-up:

Women:  Solid swims by Canadians, being within half a second of first place for the first half of the race.  USA and AUS gradually pulled ahead, though over the final 200m, though, with the Americans winning in 7:51.21.  Australia second in 7:53., and Canada third in 7:54.??

Men:  USA clearly the class of the field here, with Phelps putting a body length on the field on the first leg and then the three other guys (Vanderkaay, Berens, and Lochte) putting more and more distance on every other team.  There was a close battle for second and third between Japan, AUS, and Canada through the entire race, with Australia pulling away on the third segment of the race.  Japan and Canada were separated by less than a tenth for third with 100m and then 50m to go.  But the Japanese swimmer put in a monstrous final 50m to go past Canada, and then even the Aussies.  

At the end:  USA - 7:03.84; Japan - 7:11.01; Australia - 7:11.06; Canada - 7:12.66

So, at the halfway point of the meet, the overall medal standings are as follows:

  1. USA - 23
  2. Australia - 13
  3. Japan - 5
  4. Canada - 3
  5. Korea - 1 

Which means that my brilliant (to me) notion of making this meet into a "USA Takes on the Rest of Pacific Rim" pseudo-dual meet, would be pretty cool.  Under the current rules (two per country limit in the "A" final), USA would have 23 medals to 25 for the other countries in attendance.  And if the rules were adjusted to allow a max. of FOUR swimmers from one country into the "A" final (or even, just eliminate that provision altogether).....you're telling me that this wouldn't increase the competitiveness, excitement, and interest in and of this meet for spectators, broadcasters, swimmers, sponsors, etc?  Really?  

Tell me why this wouldn't be absolutely fantastic for this meet.  You can't, can you? :)

Day 2 at PanPacs

Panoramic view of Woollett Aquatic Centre in Irvine

We'll see how this goes tonight, posting from the iPad. I was going to do one of those CoverItLive things, but it doesn't work on the iPad, and with it being roughly 33C out in the sun, the thought of trying to write with a scalding-hot Macbook on my lap just wasn't all that appealing.

Prelims for Day 2 at PanPacs was much better for the Canadian team, as the group really seemed to get some inspiration from Cochrane's over-powering win last night in the men's 1500 Free. Last night saw nine swimmers in finals, but only two of those had performances that placed them in the top 8 in prelims, whereas Thursday saw a number of performances that resulted in top8 performances, including a number by BC swimmers:

Brent Hayden (UBCD) - third in 100 Free
Brian Johns (UBCD) - sixth in 400 IM
Julia Wilkinson (IS) - seventh in 50 Back

Just to quickly review the qualification rules here at PanPacs: While there is no limit to the number of swimmers a country can enter in a given event, a maximum of TWO swimmers per country are allowed to qualify through to the "A" final, and no more than THREE swimmers per country can be in the "A" and "B" finals combined. So if you're the fourth-fastest swimmer in an event, and also happen to be the fourth-fastest swimmer from your country, guess what - you're watching finals from the bleachers.

This has made the Americans really stand up and perform in prelims, as witnessed most notably in the men's 400 IM this morning, where Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary both delivered sub-4:10 performances, relegating the third-fastest swimmer in prelims - one Michael Frederick Phelps - to the "B" final (assuming no scratches).

One of the other notable Canadian results from Thursday prelims was Victoria Poon (CAMO, I think) who just about won her heat from Lane 1, and ended up fifth overall. After the "two per country" removals, she'll be seeded fourth in the final. Hayden will be seeded third; Annamay Pierse squeaked into the women's 100 Breast final (lane 8); Alexa Komarnycky did likewise in the women's 400 IM (lane 1); Phelps is apparently a scratch in the men's 400 IM, with Johns drawing Lane 5.

6:08pm. Women 100 free final. V. Poon of Montreal in lane 6. Coughlin out quick and turns first at the 50m mark; Poon in fourth. Coughlin blows everyone away in the final 50m, and wins handily in 5367. Seebohm and Vollmer tie for second in 53.96. Poon was fifth in 54.45.
6:14pm. One of the interesting things at these meets is seeing the Japanese swimmers marching out to their races. Even before they're introduced (whether heats or finals), they politely bow to the crowd - both sides of the pool. Totally cool!
6:16pm. Garrentt Weber-Gale wins the "B" final in a nice 48.73. Without the two-per country limit, I think the Americans would've had four swimmers in the final.
6:20pm. Men's 100 Free final> Hayden in Lane 3. Talk about a stacked final. The other finalists: Ferns and Moor e of RSA; Sullivan and Richardson (AUS); Adrian and ezak (USA); and sprint demon Cesar Cielo (BRA).
I predict SPEED!
Hayden off to a really good start. Cielo out like a rocket, though, in lane 8. At the turn, Cielo first in a scary 22.74; Hayden third in 23.03.
Cielo pulling ahead over the third 25m, but then holy crap - Adrian and Hayden close like a freight train in final 15m.
Adrian FIRST in 48.15. Hayden second in 48.19!! Cielo third in 48.48.
Awesome swim by Hayden. Announcer just said that Adrian's time was fastest in the world this year. That means Hayden is most likely top 3 in the world with his swim.

6:25pm. Let's remember here that I'm watching races, cheering, taking pictures, and typing on a little keyboard, so you're probably be more surprised if the times I"m quoting here are 100% accurate.
Placings I should be able to nail on the head, as they're leaving placings on the board for a while, but for official times, be sure to check out www.omegatiming.com.
6:30pm. "B" final of women's 100 breast. Chelsey Salli (LOSC) takes third in 1:08.15.
6:33pm. Women's 100 Breast "A" final. Canadians in outside lanes. Tyler in Lane 1; Pierse in Lane 8. Amanda Beard, Leisel Jones, Rebecca Soni in lanes 2, 3, 4, respectively.
Soni out stupid-fast in 30.96, with Jones just a tenth back in 31.06. Pierse 32.3 at the turn.
Soni pulls ahead over the final 50m, touching first in 1:04.93. Jones second in 1:05.66 - both well over a second ahead of the rest of the field with Katsoulis third in 1:07.04. Pierse was sixth in 1:07.90 with a strong finish. Tyler was eighth.

6:43pm. Men's "B" final 100 Breast. Scott Dickens in lane 6. Third at the 50. Third at the finish in 1:00.79. Race won by Alexandrov (USA) in 1:00.58.
6:47pm. "A" Final men's 100 breast. Kitajima was freaky-fast this morning. Had a body length on the field with 25m to go, and then just went on to cruise to the finish, and still had the fastest swim of the morning by a second or so.
At the 50, Kitajima is first by a little less than a tenth (27.99 - wow!). Over the final 50m, though, he pulls away from the field and leaves a close battle for second place behind him.
Kitajima: 59.35 (a little slower than his 59.04 this morning). Everyone else: 1:00.18 to 1:00.90. Sprenger (AUS) second with that 1:00.18 and Gangloff (USA) third in 1:00.24.