~By Rachel Cohen
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Phelps is following up his record performance at the Beijing Olympics by changing some of the swimming technique that carried him to eight gold medals.
Hasn't he ever heard of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? But Phelps isn't chasing the same old goals. As he shifts to focusing on shorter races, he hopes the new freestyle technique will increase his sprinting speed.
"You'll all have to see. I'm not saying anything until we unveil it," Phelps said with a grin when asked how he's tweaked the stroke. "It's a significant change. You'll be able to tell exactly what I did as soon as I take my first stroke."
Read on at The Associated Press
Fred Bousquet Becomes First Human Under 21 Seconds in 50 Free
MONTPELLIER, France, April 26. FRED Bousquet threw down an insane time in the men's 50 free, becoming the first human under 21 seconds.
He obliterated Eamon Sullivan's world record of 21.28 from the Australian Olympic Trials with an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, stupidly fast time of 20.94. Alain Bernard was also under the previous record with a 21.23. Amaury Leveaux took third in 21.59, and Fabien Gilot was fourth in 21.65.
Read on at Swimming World Magazine
"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them."
~Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924), author, publisher
Plato thought men who did not know how to swim were uneducated.
"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity."
~W. Clement Stone (1902-2002); author, businessman
Stepping up to the blocks again 25 years after winning Olympic swimming gold three times, Rowdy Gaines will arrive in Ft. Lauderdale on April 17 to compete in his signature events at the 2009 YMCA Masters National Swim Meet being held in the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. Gaines, who turned 50 in February, will join a strong age group field that includes several swimming world record holders, for three events: the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle.
Read on at Mat's Swimming Blog (About.com)
"Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never - in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."
~Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner
Mauro Giaconia 37, swam for more than 100km (62 miles) in 24 hours. Mauro won a place in Guinness World Records for the longest swim in a lagoon. The record was set on December 24, 2008.
"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919); poet, writer
~By John Nash
WILTON -- For John Craig, a 54-year-old Wilton resident, swimming competitively at the Master's level isn't about winning races, setting world records or raking in the glory.
In fact, as he'll remind any inquisitor, it's more about the people you meet, the friends you make and the stories you get to tell -- even when you set your goals high and try to do something nobody has ever done before.
Read on at The Hour Online
The London Olympics in 1908 was the first time a swimming pool (100 m) was used for swimming events. Prior to that, the site for the swimming events were the ocean (1896), the River Seine (1900), and a little lake in St. Louis, USA (1904).