Indiana Swimmers Open Olympic Action
Aug. 9, 2008
BEIJING - Indiana University junior Kate Zubkova and IU alumnus Sergiy Fesenko opened competition at the 2008 Olympics, kicking off the swimming events at the Water Cube Saturday night. Both Zubkova and Fesenko are representing their native Ukraine.
Zubkova competed in the preliminaries of the women's 100-meter butterfly where she finished sixth in Heat 4 with a time of 58.99. That is a new Indiana record, breaking her previous mark of 59.11 set at the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational in June. Zubkova did not advance to the semifinals.
On the men's side, Fesenko swam in the prelims of the 400-meter freestyle, placing sixth in Heat 5 with a time of 3:47.75. Australian Grant Hackett, the silver medalist in the event in 2004, won the heat in a time of 3:44.03, followed by American Peter Vanderkaay (3:44.22). Fesenko did not advance to the finals.
Swimming action continues Sunday for Zubkova with the preliminaries of the 100-meter backstroke, slated for 6:33 a.m. ET. Zubkova is the Big Ten record holder in the 100-yard back and finished third in the event at the 2008 NCAA Championships.
A total of seven athletes with Indiana ties are competing at the 2008 Olympic Games. In addition to Zubkova, Hoosier senior Christina Loukas will compete in the three-meter diving competition on Aug. 15.
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