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.
March 29, 1991 |
Despite a broken left wrist that limited his training to kicking, Stanford junior Jeff Rouse shattered the American record in the 100-yard backstroke Thursday night at the NCAA Division I Championships at Texas Swim Center. Florida senior Martin Zubero, a citizen of the United States and Spain, also turned in a record-setting 1:44.01 swim in the 200 individual medley, but he was denied an American record because he competes internationally for Spain.
August 1, 1992 |
The race is about to begin. Ron Karnaugh walks out wearing a straw hat. The race is on. His college teammate, Roque Santos, from the Cal days, calls loudly: "Let's go, Big Ron!" The race is almost over. His mom, Jean Karnaugh, who speaks through a voice box, is unable to speak. She is crying. The race is over. His coach, Terry Stoddard, from Mission Viejo, also is fighting to hold it together. He says: "I guess you could call this a different kind of Olympic dream." The unfair kind.
January 21, 1992 |
The fastest 50-meter freestyle swimmers in the world last year were Americans Matt Biondi, Tom Jager and Steve Crocker. But only two of them will advance from the Olympic trials, March 1-6 in Indianapolis, to the Olympic Games, starting July 25 in Barcelona, Spain. In response to U.S. swimming dominance, FINA, the world governing body of the sport, decreased the number of entrants allowed each country from three per event to two in 1980. Other international meets followed suit.
July 8, 1993 |
Barcelona Olympic gold-medal swimmers Janet Evans, Martin Zubero, Nicole Haislett and Jeff Rouse are the top entrants in the Janet Evans Invitational today through Sunday at USC. Silver medalist Greg Burgess, U.S. record-holder Royce Sharp and four-time national champion Kristine Quance of Northridge are also in the field of 630 swimmers. The 22nd annual meet, previously known as the Los Angeles Invitational, was renamed this year.
July 1, 1996 |
The daily practice battles between USC teammates Brad Bridgewater and Lenny Krazelburg have managed to push both swimmers to faster times almost every time they show up at a meet. It was never more evident than Sunday when Bridgewater recorded the sixth-fastest time in the world this year, winning the 200-meter backstroke in 1 minute 59.69 seconds at the Santa Clara International Invitational. Krazelburg was second in 2:00.