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Scozzoli's Beyond-Breaststroke Test

Jan 29, 2013

News Round-Up:

Italy: In local meets Fabio Scozzoli, world s/c champion over 100m breastststoke, tested himself beyond his comfort zone, clocking 1:51.20 and 4:00.70 over 200 and 400m free; 2:01.20 in the 200m butterfly and 55.00 over 100m backstroke, short-course. In other meets, a s/c gathering in Milan had Switzerland's Dominik Meistry winning the 100, 200 and 400m in 49.80, 1:48.20 and 3:51.30; in Genoa, teenager Federico Brumana won the 400m free in 3:51.95; in Rome, Lorenzo Benatti took the 100m free in 49.10.

USA: Dagny Knutson, one of America's most promising swimmers of recent years, is taking a break from the sport after losing funding. No article on or coverage of a great talent who has used her experience to the benefit of others has done a better job than this one by Karen Crouse at the New York Times.

Switzerland: at the 22nd International s/c Meeting in Uster, Olympic champion Daniel Gyurta (HUN) clocked 2:11.93 and 2:05.33 in heats and final of the 200m breaststroke and went 1:00.54 and 58.51 over 100m breaststroke. His teammate and world cup champion Katinka Hosszu also set new meet marks whenever she swam at what is mainly a domestic meet, clocked (heats/finals) times of 2:10.35 and 2:09.93 in the 200m medley; 2:09.20 and 2:07.94 in the 200m butterfly; 4:37.34 and 4:34.60 in the 400m medley; and 58.82 and 58.27 in the 100m butterfly.