WPWL 2010 (Women): Penalty shootouts dominate second day of Super Finals
An amazing three penalty shootouts occurred on the second day of the women’s water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California today. Firstly, Greece and Russia provided some spark on a cold, gloomy day with an exciting final quarter in which nine goals were scored, forcing a penalty shootout. Greece came through 4-2 in the rotation and a 17-15 margin after the game was locked at 13-13. The points rules give just two points for a shootout win and a lone point to the losing team. The second shootout went one further when it was won in sudden-death penalty shootout. Hungary gave up a four-goal lead early to see the Olympic champion Netherlands come back to 8-all before going to the penalty line.
WPWL 2010 (Women): China upsets on opening day of Super Finals
China scored a big upset on the opening day of the women's water polo FINA World League Super Finals at La Jolla, California today. China turned over Olympic champion the Netherlands 7-5 in what is being touted as the strongest women¹s competition of the year. Featuring the top eight teams in the world, the week promises to provide plenty of action as day one showed. China's return from a disappointing 2009 proves that Spanish coach Juan Jane's influence is beginning to reap benefits. World No 2 Canada is working toward a peak for the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand in August while the European teams have the European Championships to contend with.
Switzerland - Lausanne Natation - Head Coach wanted
Lausanne Natation, a well-established Swiss synchronized swimming club with a successful track record in competitions, has a Head Coach position opening in September 2010.
The successful candidate for this paid position will be an individual with a strong background in synchronized swimming, have leadership qualities, and have good interpersonal and organizational skills. Sound knowledge of French is a pre-requisite, length of contract 2 years minimum.
Pellegrini offers her club its fifth "Scudetto"
For the fourth year in-a-row, the Aniene Rowing Club won the Italian club championships. Rome’s most prestigious club dragged by an explosive Federica Pellegrini (winner of the 200 and 400 freestyle), who recently gave up the 200 freestyle at the Seven Hills meet in order to be fresh and bright for this event, takes home her fifth “Scudetto”, beating the Ispra Swim Planet from Brembilla and Marin (absent for a minor knee injury) and Larus Swimming of a fierce Filippo Magnini (winner of the 100 and 200 freestyle), dragging his team especially in the crucial relay.
Seven Hills, Day 3: Sullivan shines in the 100 freestyle, upsetting a "reborn" Magnini
During the closing day of the Seven Hills meet, which gives the trophy to Italy, Eamon Sullivan (AUS), who is training at the Australian Intitute of Sport (AIS) of Varese (ITA), won the most anticipated race of the programme: the Aussie, already world record holder, imposed himself in 49.25, rejecting the attacks of a “reborn” Filippo Magnini. Dunford (KEN) completed the podium.
Seven Hills, Day 2: Pellegrini doubles, the 800 freestyle is hers too
The spotlight of the Seven Hills meet, day 2, was pointed on the duel between Italian stars in the 800 freestyle. But there was no duel. Pellegrini, who already established her mark in the 400 freestyle, led the race from the first stroke, while Filippi could not do anything to upset her. The two-time world champion, author of a half-step slow because of her race, left Wendy Trott (RSA) at 200 meters from the finish, touching the wall in 8:28.40. The third place was awarded to Martina Caramignoli while an unrecognisable Alessia Filippi ended fourth.
Seven Hills, Day 1: Pellegrini claims the 400 freestyle, Sullivan and Alshammar shine too
PESCARA – in the swimming pool where she established the seventh world record of her career, the queen from Rome 2009 Federica Pellegrini won the 400 freestyle in 4:03.12, improving her performance from the national championships and her season’s first world performance.
“I’m very happy with this time improvement; I came down the mountain five days ago and despite the intense training, I had good feelings. I am very optimistic for the coming European championships in Budapest. At the Seven Hills meet I will still compete in the 800 while I still don’t know about the 200: I’d like to be on top also for the Italian club championships on Sunday.”
Big stars to attend Italian meet
Tomorrow until Saturday will be contested in Pescara, Italy, in the same swimming pool which hosted last year’s “Giochi del Mediterraneo” (Games of the Mediterannean), the “Settecolli” Trophy, an international event traditionaly hosted in Rome’s “Stadio del Nuoto” (pool of the 2009 World Championships).
The complete Italian team will line up at the event: the “sprinters” are back from a training camp in Auburn (Illinois), USA, with two-time world champion Cesar Cielo while the long-distance swimmers returned a few days ago from a three-week “escape” in high altitude in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
8th Oceania Swimming Championships upcoming in Samoa
The 8th Oceania Swimming Championships will be held at the National Aquatic Centre, Apia, Samoa from 21 – 26 June this year. Competition will take place in Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming.
Over 120 Swimmers from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii (by invitation), Marshall Islands, New Caledonia (by invitation), New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga (by invitation) will participate in the Championships.
Alongside the competitions, FINA Technical Clinics for Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Synchronised Swimming will be held with the assistance of the FINA Development Program.
The Oceania Swimming Association is most grateful to the Samoa Swimming Federation for hosting the Championships and look forward to a great week of competition in Apia next month.
(Samoa Swimming Federation Press Release)
WPWL 2010 (Women): Greece and Russia take the lead in Europe’s groups
Greece and Russia are the provisional leaders of the European groups of the 2010 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League, after the first round of the preliminaries, held in Athens (GRE) and Budapest (HUN), from June 9-13. In the Hellenic capital, the home team totalled four wins out of four matches played and finished the tournament with 11 points (one of the triumphs, against Spain, was by penalty shootout). The Netherlands are second with three victories and one loss, while Spain finished this round with two triumphs and two defeats. France had a 1-3 outcome, while South Africa is the last of the group, only with losses. These same teams will now travel to Nancy (FRA), where the second preliminary round of the group will be organised from June 16-20. The first two ranked teams of the group will be qualified for the Super Final of the competition.
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