Sept. 3, 2001
Brisbane, Australia - The Americans won six events and were second in six others, while posting eight third-place finishes, but it wasn't enough to hold off the host country Australia at the 2001 Goodwill Games. The Aussies claimed a 93.5-55.5 win in the men's opening dual meet.
"We saw some good stuff out of the team tonight," said men's head coach Dave Salo. "We got out-touched in some close races. There were a few mistakes here and there and some places where we can pick up points in the later meets. Our goal is to get to the gold medal round, and if we can do that, I think we can give Australia a run for their money. It will still be a tough meet, but we have a shot. We had some young guys step up tonight and our veterans will wake up a little bit as the week goes on. We didn't show all our cards tonight."
Dan Westcott and Jarrod Marrs each captured two wins tonight. Westcott took the 50m and 100m back, while Marrs won the breaststroke sprints. Also winning events were team captains Tom Malchow (200m fly, Goodwill Games record: 1:55.27) and Tom Wilkens (400m IM). The U.S. went 1-2 in the 100m back and 200m fly with Jayme Cramer and Eric Donnelly taking runner-up honors, respectively.
Australia immediately jumped on top by winning the opening relay, the 400m medley, and built a 32.5-19.5 lead after six events. Strong U.S. showings in the 100m breast and 200m fly brought the Americans within five points at 37.5-32.5, but that was the closest they would get. Australia clinched the meet after the 50m back, the 14th of 17 events in the meet.
courtesy of USA Swimming