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Academic Exercise For Belmonte/Costa & Co

Apr 4, 2013  - Craig Lord

News Round-Up:

Spain: Some of Spain's leading names are engaging in a little academic exercise at the Spanish University Championships in Murcia over two days this week. Double Olympic silver medallist Mireia Belmonte clocked 8:40.85 for a solid training set and victory in the 800m freestyle and swam a 2:13.02 for a second gold in the 200m butterfly this morning. The closest opponent was UCATMU teammate Margarita Dominguez, on 8:58.46. World s/c 400m free champion Melanie Costa, also UCATMU, took the 100m free in 56.33. Belmonte, Costa and Dominguez then joined forces with Jessica Vall for a 1:49.12 Spanish Unis record at the helm of the 4x50m freestyle. Miguel Rando, having won the 200m back in 2:06, brought the men's 4x50m free relay home for the UCATMU quartet with a 22.63 split that left his team celebrating a 1:33.37 Spanish Unis record. In the afternoon session, Costa clocked 2:01.13 to win the 200m freestyle and 2:20.76 to win the 200m backstroke, Belmonte took the 400m freestyle in 4:12.81, Vall clocked 1:10.92 at the helm of the 100m breaststroke and Rando took the 100m backstroke in 55.87. Teenager Carlos Peralta, UCOPMA, took the 200m butterfly in 2:01.19. The meet concludes tomorrow.

USA: catching up on events at Coral Springs in the US - two years after his death, the legacy of six-time Olympic and Coral Springs Swim Club head coach Michael Lohberg lives on. The City of Coral Springs, Coral Springs Aquatic Complex and Coral Springs Swim Club will honor Lohberg on April 13th with a pool dedication ceremony and swim-a-thon featuring fun, food and music. You can read all about it in this article by reporter Sharon Robb, who broke the news last month.

Netherlands: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) clocked 57.66 to win the 100m butterfly and Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) claimed the 50m free in 24.30 at the Eindhoven SwimCup today. The meet, which runs for four days, suffered a breakdown in its online server.  We'll bring you a fuller report when the technical world catches up with the swimmers.