Olympic Journey - 2008
Silver Helps U.S. Set a Relay Record
It's been a strong showing for Kitsap swimmers at the FINA World Short Course swimming championships this week.
Earlier in the week, Bremerton native Nathan Adrian was part of the men's 400-meter freestyle relay team that set a world record.
Bainbridge Island native Emily Silver had a part in another record Saturday.
Silver, a senior at California, was part of the women's 400 relay team that set an American record in 3 minutes, 34.96 seconds. The Americans, which included Jessica Hardy, Rachel Komisarz and Kara Denby, finished in fifth place. The Netherlands won the event in 3:29.42 to claim gold and set a world record, followed by Australia which won silver in 3:32.00 and Great Britain earned the bronze in 3:32.88.
Silver also finished eighth in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.90.
Adrian also qualified for the finals of today's 100 free, swimming a 48.19 in Saturday's semifinals. Adrian is .59 seconds behind leader Duje Draganja of Croatia in 47.60. Adrian and Draganja swam last season at California and both train for The Race Club in Florida. The club is under the direction of former Cal assistant coach Mike Bottom and the sprint coaches are 10-time Olympian Gary Hall Jr. and his father.
Kirsty Coventry also broke the world's oldest short-course record on Saturday.
The Zimbabwean continued her spectacular week in the Manchester pool by winning her fourth gold, this time in the 200 IM.
Coventry established her third world mark of the world short-course championships in 2 minutes, 6.13 seconds. The previous mark of 2:07.79 had been held by Allison Wagner of the U.S.
Coventry wore an LZR Racer, the Speedo swimsuit that has been helping swimmers rewrite the record books since it was introduced in February.
Nineteen long-course world marks have been set in the LZR. Twelve more world marks have been established through three days at these championships. All but one of the records have fallen to swimmers wearing the LZR.
"Everyone is going out of their minds now," Coventry said. "It's been a busy week. I haven't had a chance to settle down and think about it.
"I've only got the 50 back tomorrow, so in the afternoon and I can settle down and take it all in. I hope I can go to Beijing and keep the ball rolling."
Ryan Lochte continued his winning streak with a world record in the 100 individual medley semifinal.
The American, who had already set a mark in the 200 version and bagged the 400 title, led qualifying for today's final in 51.25. Liam Tancock of Britain was 0.02 behind.
Jessica Hardy of America finished in 1:04.22 to better the championship record she set in the semifinals in the 100 breaststroke. Jade Edmistone of Australia was second in 1:04.93 and Suzaan Van Biljon of South Africa was third in 1:05.38.
Hardy also broke the world record in the 50 breast and was part of the U.S. team that set a world mark in the 400 medal relay.
Kitsap Sun, April 12, 2008.
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