Melanie Margalis Earns PB in 100 Breast; Junya Koga Grabs U.S. Open Mark in 50 Back

Melanie Margalis’ personal best of 1:07.35 in the 100 breaststroke and Junya Koga’s U.S. Open record of 24.50 in the 50 backstroke headlined action at the Athens Sectionals.

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Melanie Margalis’ personal best of 1:07.35 in the 100 breaststroke and Junya Koga’s U.S. Open record of 24.50 in the 50 backstroke headlined action at the Athens Sectionals.

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for33

Too bad Mr. Koga was not selected for World’s at Kazan. He was once the preferred backstroke swimmer in Japan’s 4×100 m medley relay. Is Mr. Koga a University student in the US? If not, I’d be interested to know why is he training in the US, as opposed to staying in Japan. Is it because training outside Japan is better for sprinters? The recent move to Italy by Mr. Shioura is interesting, but it might not be enough to indicate a pattern.

Ger

A very good meet for Margalis, especially her breaststroke time, being as it’s such a critical element of the I.M., and she may have an important role to play in the 4×200.
Is it possible for Koga to be added to the Japanese team?
Also, I think it would be better if competitors announced beforehand that they were swimming prelims only. It would be more considerate to spectators who otherwise expect to see them in finals.

aswimfan

I agree with Ger.

It would be bad the spectators paid for seat in the finals expecting to see top swimmers and then denied due to swimmers’ indiscretion to pull out from final just because they don’t feel like swimming it.

So the solution proposed by Ger is good.

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