Ress Wins 200 Back Title at Paris Open
June 30, 2010
PARIS, France - Competing against some of the top swimmers in the world, including Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Indiana University sophomore Eric Ress won the 200-meter backstroke at the EDF French Open held June 26-27 at de Bologne Park in Paris.
Ress, who holds dual American/French citizenship and was competing for France, won the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:00.95. That was 3/100ths of a second slower than his preliminary swim of 2:00.92. It marks Ress' second title this season as he also won the 200 backstroke at the 2010 French National Championships and will compete for France at European National Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 4-15. Ress currently holds the seven fastest times in school history in the 200-meter backstroke.
Ress also competed in the 100 backstroke, finishing seventh with a time of 55.86. He placed ninth in the 50 backstroke, clocking in at 26.45, and was 46th in the 100 freestyle (52.45).
Also a dual American/French citizen, IU junior Margaux Farrell represented France at the same meet, posting identical 12th-place finishes in the 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle. Her time of 57.14 in the 100-meter freestyle is the fourth-fastest time in school history. She touched the wall in 2:04.03 in the 200-meter freestyle. Farrell will compete for France at the European National Championships in Budapest, Hungary this summer in the 4x200 freestyle relay.
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