Liquification 2008 – Wrap Up

Grand Cayman – Yesterday Liquification 2008 came to a close with Matt Charlton of Canada and Jessica Wilson of the United States claiming the honor of most points scored in the Men’s and Women’s categories respecively.

Anticipation for national records and world records on the last day of the event was great. Junko Kitahama summed up her Sunday experience:

“For me, I had trouble with my left ear, and could not equalize. I will try to make new NR for CWT next time. The good news is that Rob King from USA made a new PB 70m. He showed amazing improvement in this competition.”

Rob King also accomplished a new USA National Record of 55m CNF. And the skilled but extremely humble Junko Kitahama achieved a Japanese National Record of 57m FIM, in addition to her NR of 43m CNF earlier in the week.

As for the Women’s CWT world record, that still belongs to Sara Campbell of the UK. “I guess the flu had a bigger impact than any of us wanted to admit… “, said Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, who unfortunately suffered a perforation to the tympanic membrane and a tracheal squeeze. Mandy-Rae actually did make it to the depth of 91 meters on Sunday but sheblacked-out near the surface. USA team member Craig Gentry tells DeeperBlue that Mandy is in great spirits and doing well; both Kirk and Mandy departed earlier today for Chicago for their appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show which will be an hour long episode on April 30th.

Mandy’s next WR remains within her reach.

To see all of the results click here.

An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency scuba instructor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at DeeperBlue.com. You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.

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