Controversy continues to shadow D Arcy
Controversy continues to shadow D'Arcy

Controversy continued to court Nick D'Arcy in his Olympic preparation in California where he easily won the 200m butterfly in a meet record 1min 57.16sec at Irvine.

D'Arcy was the only swimmer to go under two minutes on Sunday but his approach wasn't ideal due to illness the previous day.

"For the kind of pressure we're under at the moment training-wise, it's a pretty good swim," D'Arcy said.

"It's about where I expected to be at."

D'Arcy missed the 100m butterfly final on Saturday because he was sick so he went out hard for the first 100m on Sunday to get some idea of his sprint performance.

"We're over here to get in some good racing, but I did a time trial instead and went a 53.7 which is a good time for me, so I was still pretty happy about that."

His mood changed when a reporter turned to the topic of his controversial selection in the Australian team in the wake of his assault on former swimmer Simon Cowley in Sydney in 2008.

D'Arcy was ordered to pay $181,000 in damages, but declared bankruptcy.

When asked about the ethics of the case and his selection D'Arcy told the reporter, "Careful."

He then brushed past, saying, "Yeah, thanks for your time."

American veteran Janet Evans finished sixth in the 800m freestyle, in the former Olympic champion's final warmup meet before the Olympic trials next month when she'll try to make the US team at age 40.

Haley Anderson won the race in 8:33.65 while Evans finished in 8:49.36.

She stayed close to the top three in the early stages of the 16-lap race before fading in the second half.

Evans was the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic titles in the 800 in 1988 and '92.

"It was a little disappointing, but I think she's tired from training," said her longtime coach Mark Schubert.

The West Australian

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