Ami Matsuo and Cameron Simpson finish on a high at Oceania Championships
Hosts New Zealand claimed the overall honours for number of wins in a tight battle with Australia on the final night of the Mayfair Pools Oceania Championships in Auckland.
Starting the night locked on 16 wins each, the Kiwis won three of the last four events for the 21-19 final scoreline.
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 3: USA and Japan register tight wins after penalties
Game #1 Venezuela vs Australia 0-17
Venezuela battled Australia in the first game of the day. Australia was strong offensively and won 17-0. Australia was locked in defensively forcing turnovers and making Venezuela pay for their mistakes. It was a solid performance by Australian player Rowie Webster who totaled four goals for the afternoon. Lillian Hedges and Kelsey Wakefield split time in goal for the Australians. Hedges made 5 saves while Wakefield made 3. In goal for Venezuela was Lorena Godoy and Angela Calvo who also split time in the goal. Godoy made 7 saves for the Venezuelans while Calva made 2.
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 2: Team USA defeats Kazakhstan 16-5
Game #1: Venezuela vs China 6-24
China and Venezuela kicked off day 2 of the FINA Intercontinental Women's Water Polo tournament today. Venezuela came out strong but could not hold off China's aggressive play. China led the first half 12-4 with a dominating offense. China's goalie Lin Peng played the entire game as well as Venezuela's goalie Angela Calvo. China went on to win the game 24-6.
The Chinese offense was led by Dong Lun Song scored 5 goals. Other scorers for China included: Li Shu Jin (2), Sun Yu Jun (3), Chew Hui Li (2), Zhang Cong (1), Zhao Zi Han (4), Tian Jia Ning (1), Wang Xin Yan (1). Venezuela's offense was lead by Yineldy Araujo with 3 goals. Other scorers included: Jeisnaimil Agelvis (2), Dulce Hernandez (1),Sun Ya Ting (5).
Women's Intercontinental Tournament, Day 1: Australia upsets defending World League champion China
Game #1 Brazil vs Venezuela 12-2
Brazil and Venezuela kicked off the FINA Intercontinental Women's Water Polo tournament today May 20, 2014. Brazil won the game with a final score of 12-2. They led the game the whole time with a dominating offensive and solid play by both goalie's: Tess Oliveria who played 3 quarters and Victoria Chamarro who remained in goal for the rest of the game. Both goalies for Brazil allowed 1 goal each.
The Brazilian offense was lead by Mirella Coutinlo and Izabella Chiappini who scored 3 goals a piece. Other scorers for Brazil included Mailina Canetti (2), Mailina Zablith (1), Amanda Oliveria (1), Melani Dias (1), and Diana Abla (1). Venezuela's offense was lead by Ana Balsero who scored both goals for the team. Lorena Godoy was in goal for the whole game for Venezuela.
Kiwi Stanley and Kent finish 1-2 in 200m free at Oceania Swimming Champs
Competition is good, even among friends as Commonwealth Games teammates found out on the opening night of finals at the Mayfair Pools Oceania Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, on May 20, 2014.
National record holder Matthew Stanley came from behind to pip the fastest qualifier Steven Kent by just six hundredths of a second in the final of the 200m freestyle at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson.
Hungary's Hosszu claims six victories in Charlotte Grand Prix
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu was a double winner for the third straight night, picking up victories in the 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke, and U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) earned his third win of the meet in the men's 1500m freestyle.
Six-time Olympic medallist Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) sprinted to victory in the 100m freestyle and fellow gold medallist Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) earned a tie in the same event to lead the USA Swimming National Team members in action Sunday at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Phelps wins 100m fly in Charlotte, hungry for more
There's something to be said for consistency after a long layoff. Michael Phelps, in the only final we'll see from him this week at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix, won the men's 100m butterfly in a 52.13. That ties his sixth-best-in-the-world time from the Mesa Grand Prix in April, as he's now gone identical times in both of his 100m fly finals swims since returning from retirement. This was Phelps' first win since his return to competition.
While the final time was the same, Phelps swam a very different race in Charlotte than he did in Mesa. With a fast-starting Belarusian Pavel Sankovich next to him, Phelps went after the first 50 to the tune of a 24.3 front-half split. That's a significant four-tenths better than he was in his first 50 in Mesa, where he was next to Ryan Lochte, who like Phelps is not known as a fast-starter in the 100m fly.
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 3: China dominates 10m platform events
The final day of the fourth stage of FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS) on May 2-4, featured the most thrilling event on the competition programme, the men’s 10m platform, with Victor Minibaev (RUS) on-hand.
Among women, Liu Huixia (411.40 points) and Chen Ruolin (397.45) topped the podium well ahead of Ukranian Yulia Prokopchuk (380.10). Liu Huixia, satisfied with her performance, said on her result: "The evening session dives were much better than in the preliminary round. So I’m quite happy."
DV GP 2014, Gatineau day 4: First international win for Abel and Ware
Jennifer Abel of Laval and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., won their first international gold medal topping the women’s 3m synchro event on Sunday at the Canadian leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2014.
Roseline Filion of Laval and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal added silver and bronze respectively on women’s 10m platform. Canada ended the four-day competition with five medals (one gold, three silver and a bronze).
DWS 2014, Moscow Day 2: Second gold for Kuznetsov (RUS)
On the second day of the fourth leg of the FINA/NVC Diving Word Series, held in Moscow (RUS), everybody was awaiting the new Chinese-Russian battle, now on the men’s 3m springboard. After Kuznetsov/Zakharov first synchro triumph in their career on Day 1, it was interesting to watch if two Russians, both qualified for the final, could break Chinese hegemony one more time. It is Iliya Zakharov, who upset Qin Kai's bid for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
Unfortunately, Qin Kai pulled out from the tournament, after getting the second result in the morning session. He Chong finished seventh in the qualification but he didn’t replace his compatriot and teammate. There was no official information from the Chinese team regarding this situation.
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