US Open Finals Day 3 Recap

US Open Finals Day 3 Recap

Post by Josh Jeffre » Thu, 12 Dec 1996 04:00:00

The last night of the US Open may well have been the most awaited night
of all. Certainly one of the most exciting. The women's 800 free put
Brooke Bennett up against Jessica Foschi yet again. Again, Jessica
couldn't hold Brooke off and she won in a time of 8:26.07, with Foschi
in 8:28.10. Both were under the old meet record, which was held by
Bennett, of 8:28.98. Martina Moravcova served warning to the 100/200
freestylers who would be the one to beat at NCAAs with her 100 free
performance of 54.69, to Lindsay Farella's second-place 55.68. The
men's 100 free winner, also won the 50. 23-year old Sion Brinn of
Jamaica and Bengal Tiger took it again in 49.41, with NCAA and US Open
200 free champ Bela Szabados second in 50.20. The best races of the
night though, had to go the the 200 ***stroke.. Kristine Quance must
like swimming by herself, because she did in both IMs, and this event
was no exception. Quance raced the clock for 2 minutes, 25.97 seconds,
barely missing her American record of 2:25.84 from 93. The next
finisher was Kristin Macgregor, 2:31.00, a full 5 seconds back. The
men's 200 *** was the nail-biter of the day, with Ian Johnston
edging out Valerys Kalmikovs, 2:12.84 to 2:12.87. Though the
***strokes were the best races of the night, the most awaited was
the women's 200 fly. In prelims, Moravcova was first over Hyman by a
second. Could she take the finals and steal Misty's thunder? No. Misty
silenced all critics with her win, in 2:09.85, Oberstar was second in
2:10.82, and Moravcova took THIRD 2:11.55. Though she's a full 4
seconds from Mary T's SC standard of 2:05.65, as far as I know, she's
unshaved and untapered, and has an extremely bright future. Both Hyman
and Oberstar were under the old meet record of 2:11.52, and Moravcova
barely missed it by 3-hundredths. The men's 200 fly was taken by Jeff
Julian over Ugur Taner, NCAA 200 fly champ, 1:58.74 to 1:59.90.
Folks...Either Dolan is hurt, in really heavy training, or thought he
was too good for this meet. His win in the 1500 free certainly didn't
impress me, 15:29.02 to 17-year old Jeremy Kane's 15:30.80, a full 40
seconds off the American record 14:50. The men's 400 free relay was a
surprise though, as an unheralded team from Texas A&M University took
the win and a US open meet record in 3:22.50, over USC, also under the
old record, 3:22.78. The women's 400 free relay was taken by USC, in
3:49.54, over a young team from Walnut Creek, 3:50.56.

Meet Summary: Some new stars emerged in this meet, Nicholas Kaschik,
Michala Kwasny, and Lia Oberstar, while Kristine Quance, Jeremy Linn,
and Misty Hyman proved their speed yet again. The swim of the meet has
to go to Misty's 100 fly. It was a 58.69, one hundredth from the old
world record <hers is still FINA pending>, and a new American, US Open,
and meet record. Other swimmers such as Szabados, Oberstar, and
Moravcova let everyone know they would be the ones to beat at NCAAs.
Overall, considering there were not alot of "stars" at this meet, it
was a very fast meet. Looks like 1997 is going to be a very fast and
exciting year for American swimming! Look for fast times at Senior
Nationals! I hope you have enjoyed these recaps as much as I have
enjoyed doing them for you. Can't wait for Seniors!!

----Josh----