Worlds Continue This Week; Nathan Back in Pool Tuesday

I think I’m still coming off Monday’s high of watching Nathan Adrian swim that incredible anchor leg in the 400 free relay. Read what the rest of the country (and the world) thought of the relay swim by checking out these media outlets; Manila (Philippines) Bulletin, SwimNetwork.com, New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and  CNN.com.

Nathan won’t be swimming again until Tuesday in the 100 free. He has a preliminary heat Tuesday morning and semifinals in the evening (Rome). The finals are Wednesday.

In the shocker of the day, American backstroker Aaron Piersol failed to qualify for the finals of his signature event, the 100 backstroke. Piersol is the world record-holder in that event. You can read about it here. More world records fell on Monday. American Rebecca Soni broke Australian Leisel Jones’ record in the 100 breaststroke, while Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom set the mark in the 100 butterfly. Check out the story here.  American Ariana Kukors, of Auburn and King Aquatic Club/University of Washington, swam a brilliant race in the 200 individual medley to win her first world title in 2:06.15. The Northwest native destroyed the old record by a near second and left the former champion Stephanie Rice of Australia in her wake. Rice swam a personal best in 2:07.03.

In other news, the U.S. diving team left Rome for the States Sunday but had a bit of an in-flight scare.

They smelled smoke in the back of the airplane, and the crew dumped 40,000 pounds of fuel and prepared for an emergency landing in Shannon Ireland. They landed with emergency crews standing by, waited a few hours, then flew to London and team left for the States again this morning. There was a 9-year-old American girl who was pretty shaken up over the whole incident, and members of the diving team introduced her around, signed autographs, walked her around the plane and took pictures with her to calm her down.