August 14, 1991 |
Martin Zubero shattered the oldest men's world record and Mike Barrowman lowered his world mark at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships on Tuesday. Zubero, 22, of Spain, had a time of 1:57.30 in the 200-meter backstroke, breaking the record of 1:58.14 set by Igor Poliansky of the Soviet Union in 1985. Barrowman, the world champion, posted his fifth world record in the final of the 200-meter breaststroke at 2:10.60, surpassing his mark of 2:11.23.
February 23, 1989 |
The rap against UCLA's Craig Oppel is that he is good. Very good. But not great. Sure, he won a gold medal in swimming at the Seoul Olympics. But he won it as an alternate on the U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay team and did not swim in the finals. And at last year's National Collegiate Athletic Assn. championship meet, he scored 27 points, yet failed to win an individual event for the third consecutive year.
August 18, 1989 |
Janet Evans, who took three gold medals at the Seoul Olympics, easily won the 400-meter individual medley at the Pan Pacific swimming championships today, then helped the United States to victory in the 800-meter freestyle relay. The American swimmers continued to dominate the competition, winning six of nine events for the second day in a row. In the individual medley, Evans beat runner-up Lin Li of China by about 10 meters and set a meet record with a clocking of 4 minutes, 39.
March 24, 1990 |
Texas extended its lead over USC at the NCAA swimming and diving championships when Doug Gjertsen passed Dan Jorgensen in the last leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay Friday. After two days, Texas leads USC, 360-291. Stanford is third with 231 points. UCLA is sixth with 175. Texas led the relay until the 600-yard mark, when Dave Wharton of USC passed Matt Stahlman of Texas. Wharton made up more than one second on his leg. But Gjertsen was waiting.
January 7, 1991 |
Hungary's Norbert Rozsa tied the world record of 1 minute 1.49 seconds in the men's 100 breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships Monday. It was the third time the record had been equaled in the last year, and the swimmer who set it in 1989 and tied it twice, Britain's Adrian Moorhouse, chased Rozsa to the line in 1:01:88. Rozsa, ranked 14th in the world with a previous best of 1:02.93, reached the turn in 28.74 seconds, .
January 12, 1991 |
Mike Barrowman has lowered his world record again and paid off a debt that had been weighing him down for more than two years. A junk-food junkie intent on atoning for his poor showing in the 1988 Olympics, Barrowman lowered the mark in the men's 200-meter breaststroke to 2 minutes 11.23 seconds at the World Swimming Championships Friday night. It was a wire-to-wire victory, with Barrowman leading the fastest field in the history of the event. And the Potomac, Md.
June 25, 1990 |
Longhorn Aquatics of Austin, Tex., pulled away from the field on the final day of the Charlotte UltraSwim competition as it won the men's, women's and combined titles. The nearest team in each category was East Germany's squad for the Goodwill Games. Longhorn won the men's competition, 960-558, over East Germany, 960-558; the women's, 1,181-731; and the combined, 2,141-1,289. The meet featured the full 22-member East German team and 15 members of the U.S.
March 16, 1992 |
In his book "Green Cathedrals," a historical treatment of all major league and Negro League ballparks, author Philip Lowry revealed some unusual facts: --Rocky Point Park in Warwick, R.I., home of the National League Boston Pilgrims in 1903 was the only park in major league history where the entire outfield was surrounded by the ocean. All home runs went into the water. --Comiskey Park, Chicago: One day, White Sox shortstop Luke Appling heard his spikes hit metal.
March 23, 1990 |
By the time Doug Gjertsen began the anchor leg of Texas's 400-yard medley relay, the Longhorns were far enough ahead of the field that Gjertsen could have coasted through his swim. Instead, the Longhorn senior extended his lead and touched in an American, NCAA and U.S. Open record time of 3:09.70. The Texas time broke Stanford's record of 3:10.92 which was set in 1985.
August 19, 1989 |
Janet Evans, a triple gold-medal winner in the Seoul Olympics, scored two victories Friday as the United States continued to dominate the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Tokyo. Evans won the women's 400-meter individual medley in meet-record time, then pushed the 800-meter freestyle relay team to a meet-record victory. For the second consecutive day, the U.S. team won six of nine events in the 50-meter Yoyogi National Olympic swimming pool. Australia, China and Canada each won one race.