~New York Times, Karen Crouse
CONCORD, Mass. -- Wading into Walden Pond, Alex Meyer did not exactly find an idyllic sanctuary, a spot where one's solitude is broken only by birdsong. Meyer was waist-deep in the 65-degree water and about to shove off on a two-hour training swim when a pot-bellied man in a pair of stretched-out trunks plodded in after him and challenged him to a sprint.
Read on at The New York Times
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~By Gary Hall Sr., The Race Club
Last week, the world lost one of its finest distance and open water swimmers, Fran Crippen. His body was apparently discovered submerged just 400 meters or so from the finish line, hours after the completion of the FINA open water race near Dubai.
The water was allegedly very warm for competition, with temperatures reported at 84 degrees Fahrenheit or higher by others. The air temperature was allegedly near 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Several athletes ended up in the hospital after the race from dehydration or heat exhaustion. I don't know too many other details about the race other than it was a circuit course of around 2 miles and that there were some race supervisors on jetskis, but exactly how many, I do not know.
When I first learned of Fran's death, my first thought was 'this should not have happened'. Open water swimming has its inherent risks. One of the mystiques and intrigues about this fast growing sport is that one has to deal with a wide range of conditions; warm water, cold water, wind, waves, current, poor visibility, jelly fish, sharks, seaweed...just to name a few. Somehow, I cannot bring myself to believe that when considering this particular race, involving young talented swimmers among the most physically fit on the planet, that death by drowning should be one of the risks.
~By Sheryl Watkins
Almost 2000 athletes, ages 18 and over, competed over the course of the four day Championship at the 2010 US Masters Short Course Nationals at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (GTAC) in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Masters Nationals with 1,977 swimmers ranging from 18 to 93 years swimming over the course of the four-day event that took place May 20-23, 2010. The GTAC facility was the site of all swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competition as well as the swimming portion of the modern pentathlon during the Centennial Olympic Games in the summer of 1996. For the masters competition, the 50-meter pool was divided into 2, 10-lane competition pools and the diving well served as the warm-up pool. Odd and even heats were run for each event simultaneously. This was a must, with almost 2,000 swimmers and a total of 46 events (individual and relay). The most popular event, the men's 100 yd freestyle, contained 59 heats. That's almost 600 swimmers' in one event!
A total of 47 states and 8 countries were represented at the meet, so it was a true national and international event. Included were over 150 Florida swimmers making the pilgrimage, including 3 swimmers from Palm Coast's masters swim team, Dynoswim Masters and 7 swimmers from the Daytona Beach Masters Team. Dynoswimmers Glenn Partelow (62), Kate Sussman (52) and Sheryl Watkins (45) competed in a total of 12 events and brought home a total of 4 metals: Glenn took 7th place in the 200 yd Butterfly, 7th place in the 1,650 yd Freestyle (yes, that is 1 mile!), and 9th place in the 500 yd Freestyle. Sheryl brought home a 7th place in the 200 yd Backstroke. Metals were given out for the top 10 swimmers for each event and each age group. Age groups are, in general, defined by 5 year increments (i.e. 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, starting at 18 and ending at 90 and above). Glenn and Sheryl coach Dynoswim Masters, which practices at the Frieda Zamba Pool year round. Dynoswim member ages have ranged from 15 to 84, with ranging goals: fitness, triathlon training, and competitive swimming. Practices focus on technique and endurance building and are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Frieda Zamba from 6-7:45 pm.
Among the entrants were a number of Olympians, including Rowdy Gaines, Cullen Jones, Mark Gangloff, Josh Davis, Roque Santos, David Sims, Sue Walsh, Chris Stevenson, Jeff Farrell, David Wharton, Ryan Papa and Bumpy Jones. In addition, Swimming World's 2009 World Masters Swimmers of the Year Rich Burns, Laura Val, Michael Mann, and Mike Ross also competed. There were an amazing 103 individual and 19 relay record-breaking performances at the meet.
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~By Karen Crouse
Breaststrokers are fish of a different school, with styles straight out of Dr. Seuss: flat strokes, surge strokes, high strokes, low strokes.
At the moment, the quirkiest -- and quickest -- breaststroke among the women belongs to Rebecca Soni, the American-record holder for the 200-meter event and the fastest in the world this year in the 100 and the 200.
On the final night of the Pan Pacific Championships, Soni came within a half-second of her world record in the 200 breaststroke -- an event in which she owns the six fastest times this year -- with a clocking of 2 minutes 20.69 seconds. Earlier in the week, she defeated the deepest 100-meter breaststroke field of the summer at the event.
Read on at the New York Times
~By Bob Schaller
The columns about the pending end of the career of the world's greatest all-time swimmer certainly draw attention. And they are legitimate news items, a discussion worth having because it is something not imagined or blown out of proportion: A scaled down 2012 and retirement before 2016. Regardless, at some point, the comet that is Michael Phelps has lit up the swimming universe for far longer than many might have expected, and it's brought with it an illumination of the sport that will be hard to replace.
Read on at Swimnetwork.com
~By Mike Gustafson
Whenever anyone familiar with the world of swimming hears the name "Ryan Lochte" they grin, like they know him personally. Whatever image the name "Ryan Lochte" brings to mind--the point is, you have one. He is a character in the story of swimming, whether you know him personally or not. At first glimpse, Ryan Lochte is not a rehearsed enigma like Michael Phelps and he's not perfectly manicured like Natalie Coughlin. Instead, Ryan Lochte feels like an old friend to us, a Holden Caulfield man-child character walking amongst us on the pool deck. But there's another side to Lochte, the side not frequently reported on, since it's less glamorous and glitzy than his all-white tuxedo he once wore to a Golden Goggles ceremony. Ryan Lochte, philanthropist.
Read On at Swimnetwork.com
Last week in Copenhagen, the IOC awarded the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Rio defeated Madrid in the final round. Tokyo was eliminated in the second round. Chicago, expected to be a finalist with Rio, was eliminated in the first round.
~By John Lohn
CRANBURY, New Jersey. August 17. The medal detector so successfully used by Brendan Hansen during his international swimming career has been in his garage for a year. And considering the state of the sport, with record-breaking that has been a sham at all levels, Hansen has no regrets about taking 2009 away from the pool.
Read on at Swimming World Magazine
The United States capped the 2009 FINA World Championships Sunday with a gold medal and world record in the men's 400m medley relay, the team of Aaron Peirsol, Eric Shanteau, Michael Phelps and David Walters turning in a time of 3:27.28.
Read on at SwimNetwork.com
A note from John Leonard, American Swimming Coaches Association
A number of people have told me that we need a simple primer on why we consider the swimsuit issue (at all levels of American and World Swimming) to be important, and that needs to be addressed to parents of swimmers, who may well not have the background in our sport to understand the issue and be confused. The attached link is direct to such an article. If it will be of help to you with your parents, I encourage each of you to reproduce this in any way you wish IN WHOLE, (please don't cut and clip and choose pieces of it.) and distribute it as you wish.
I hope you find it helpful. Be confident that our ASCA staff and Board leadership have worked diligently for the past 18 months to get the world of swimming into the solution that has now been found and voted for by 168 nations, as part of our advocacy for our beloved sport.
~By John Leonard, Executive Director, American Swimming Coaches Association
Over the past 18 months, the swimming world has been a frenzy of controversy over the emergence of technology in swimsuits. At the recent World Championships in Rome, the constant and overwhelming refrain about suits, echoed the volume and intensity of the last time we were in Rome for a World Championships, when the topic was doping....drugs distorting our sport...in 1994. Fifteen years later, the emotional topic was the new high tech suits that have swept through the sport from the World Championship level down to the local park district championships in the summer league. The parallels were impossible to miss.
This month's crackdown on slick swimsuits marks a rare retreat in the technological arms race (and legs race) that has dominated international sports - but it doesn't mean the multimillion-dollar quest for a high-tech edge is over.
"We've already started to think about what kinds of things we'll be doing for 2012," said Rick Sharp, an exercise physiologist at Iowa State University who has played a key role in the swimsuit wars. Then he added with a chuckle, "I can't tell you what those are."
Read on at MSNBC
Michael Phelps was answering a question when the roar of the crowd at the Foro Italico drowned out his voice. Phelps turned to the television screen that was showing the second semifinal of the men's 200-meter freestyle at the world championships and a cloud scudded across his face. His expression darkened.
Read on at the New York Times
Bowman says swimmer might not race until FINA bans high-tech bodysuits
ROME - Michael Phelps' coach has threatened to withhold the swimmer from international meets until FINA bans high-tech bodysuits.
Read on at NBC Sports
Hi-tech suits led to 108 world records being set last year, 30 so far this year
ROME - Record-setting bodysuits were banned by FINA on Friday, with swimming's governing body taking a major step to limit technology in the pool.
FINA has come under criticism for its failure to regulate the rapid advances in swimsuit technology that have led to 108 world records last year and nearly 30 so far this year.
Read on at NBC Sports
~By Charles Davis
Jonathan Heider needs a rival. The 16-year-old is expected to win all six races he enters at the National Junior Disability Championships in St. Louis. It would be an incredible accomplishment for anyone, but especially for Jonathan because he was born without any arms or legs. Many athletes boast that they are so good, they don't have any competition, but that's actually the case for Jonathan.
Read on at the Greenbay Pressgazette
~By Vicki Michaelis
At the world swimming championships, which begin July 26 in Rome, Michael Phelps won't tackle as ambitious a competition program as the one that gave him worldwide celebrity and a place in Olympic history in last year's Beijing Games. Phelps' results still could be spectacular, based on his performance in the U.S. championships, which ended Saturday in Indianapolis.
That would be in stark contrast with the last time Phelps competed in worlds the year after winning a passel of Olympic medals. He won six gold and two bronze in the 2004 Athens Games, then, in the 2005 worlds, failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle final and finished seventh in the 100 freestyle.
Read on at USA Today
~By Sharon Robb
Dara Torres was inspired by the crowd sticking around for time trials after the USA Swimming National Championships had officially ended late Saturday in Indianapolis. After nearly two days of rest, the five-time Olympian from Parkland broke the U.S. record in the 50-meter butterfly for the second time in four weeks.
Torres, 42, wanted to do a time trial to see if she could make her second event for the world championships later this month. She swam the world's third all-time fastest in 25.50 seconds and may add that to her 50 freestyle schedule in Rome. She was just .13 off the world record.
Read on at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
~By Karen Crouse
There is no road map for Dagny Knutson's journey. There are no footprints to trace, no MapQuest or G.P.S. to direct her from swimming's hinterlands to its heights.
Knutson, a 17-year-old from Minot, N.D., sweeps into this week's USA Swimming World Championship Trials as if on the tail of a chinook wind. In the winter and spring, she posted times in the 200-meter freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 400 individual medley that would have placed her among the top eight at the Beijing Olympics last year.
Read on at The New York Times
Jimi Flowers, passed away on July 10 from a tragic climbing accident. Jimi was a former competitive swimmer, who went on to coach at Auburn University, work at USA Swimming, and most recently, serve as the Paralympic Coach. Jimi was someone the swimming community looked to for smiles, positive statements, and a caring heart.
Read more about Jimi Flowers at GoSwim.tv
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. Get all of the stories, results and video interviews from the recently completed USA Nationals.
Check it out at SwimmingWorldMagazine.com
From Sports Illustrated: Watch over the next few years to see how far their dreams will carry them--to college stardom, professional titles or Olympic gold.
Lia Neal, 14 (Photo)
Lukas Verzbicas, 16 (Photo)
The nation's best swimmers will cut through the chlorine in Indianapolis the next five days at the National Championships and World Championship Trials. Those who make the team -- the top finisher in each event and likely the runner-up, too -- will compete in the World Championships in Rome from July 17 to Aug. 2.
Read on at the Courier-Journal
Coach Teri McKeever talks about the qualities of a good coach -- male or female -- and how Natalie Coughlin has been keeping fit during her break. Olympian Kate Ziegler talks about the pressures she faced leading up to the Olympics after breaking the world record in the 1500 free in 2007.
US swimming star Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly in a sizzling 50.48sec, flirting with the world record as he continued his 2009 World Championship build-up at the Canada Cup.
Phelps, who won an unprecedented eight Olympic gold medals at the Beijing Games last August, was just eight-hundredths outside the world record of 50.40 held by compatriot Ian Crocker, in Saturday's competition.
He also improved on his personal best time of 50.58sec, set in winning gold at Beijing.
Read on at AFP
...to Win Men's 100 Freestyle Gold at Santa Clara Grand Prix
June 15, 2009
SANTA CLARA, California, June 15. WORLD champion Brent Hayden of Vancouver beat American superstar Michael Phelps to win the men's 100-metre freestyle on Sunday at the Santa Clara Grand Prix swimming competition.
Read on at Swimming World Magazine
~By Brian Davis
Richard Quick, an icon in the swimming world who grew up in Dallas and became the most successful coach in collegiate swimming, died late Wednesday in Austin after a six-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 66.
A Highland Park graduate, Quick helped start the SMU women's swimming program and captured 12 NCAA titles as the head coach at Texas and Stanford. He also led the Auburn men's program to an NCAA title last year.
Doctors discovered the tumor last December. Soon after, the Richard Quick Endowment was established by Swim Across America to help raise money and awareness for cancer research.
~By Jason Marsteller
PHOENIX, Arizona, June 3. LAST summer, the International Olympic Committee amended Rule 45 of its rules regulating participation in each of the Olympic Games. The new addition states that anyone being suspended for more than six months for a doping-related offense would also be banned from the Olympic Games following the conclusion of the suspension.
read on at Swimming World Magazine
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 22. IT didn't take long for Dara Torres to progress her American record in the women's 50 fly at the Texas Senior Circuit meet. Torres blasted a 25.72 during finals of the sprint event over long course meters at the College Station-based event.
Read on at Swimming World Magazine
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Competitive swimming's dirty little secret
~By Mark Starr - GlobalPost Columnist
What was always sexy about the sport -- in a healthy rather than a salacious way -- was the great bodies that reflected the extraordinary dedication of these athletes. There were long and lean ones, short and stocky ones and pretty much everything in between.
Now all the bodies are hidden behind the same space-age fabrics. So when you've seen one swimmer, you've seen them all. They actually resemble boats more than human beings. However, if we want to watch boat races, there's far more beauty and pageantry in the America's Cup.
The good news is that I'm hardly the only one who has noticed that technology in the pool is a turnoff. FINA, the international swimming federation, commissioned a study of the new body suits earlier this year and is considering new regulations on swim gear at its meeting this week in Switzerland. For starters, it rejected 10 swimsuit models outright and is requiring modification of another 136 models (out of 348 swimsuits from 21 manufacturers studied by its committee).
~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
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)
U.S. Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau cuts through the water like a hot knife through butter. There's not much that can slow him down, not even cancer. Shanteau was diagnosed with testicular cancer one week before the Olympic trials in 2008. He decided to defer treatment for testicular cancer until after his Olympic competition back in Beijing. Although no one can put themselves in another person's position, the consequence of this decision could not be greater. But fortunately for Shanteau, his cancer was detected early on.
Read on at News 8 Austin
Tom Dolan was 11 when he broke his arm and his mother told him he had to avoid swimming. He was a teenager when doctors diagnosed him with asthma, then a narrow windpipe, and explained that these things gave him a poor capacity for oxygen intake, and an even poorer chance at swimming success. Dolan only swam harder, vanquishing the exhaustion, and the dizziness, and the occasional blackouts.
Tom Dolan was also America's first 1996 Olympic gold medalist, when he edged training partner and fellow American Eric Namesnik to win the 400-meter individual medley in a time of 4 minutes 14.90 seconds.
Vintage swimming footage from the Japan 1933, Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960 and Munich 1972 Olympics.
Australian swimmers 18 years and under will be banned from wearing full bodysuits in competition under new bylaws passed by the board of Swimming Australia. The board also agreed with other leading swimming nations, including the United States, to ask the governing body FINA not to approve any further swimsuits and ban the use of "multilayer" suits after some competitors at the Beijing Olympics wore several suits to help with buoyancy. The rules will come into effect in April, just before the Australian age-group championships in Sydney.
Amaury Leveaux's 50 Free video! He also cleared the 45 mark (44.94 to be exact) in the 100 Free (SCM), marking the 100th World Record set in 2008!
RIJEKA, Croatia, December 11. THE first night of finals at the European Short Course Championships held in Rijeka, Croatia started off with a bang as Amaury Leveaux of France clocked a world record during the men's 50 free semifinal round.
Read about it at SwimmingWorldMagazine.com
A meeting will take place in Lausanne in February that will contribute significantly to the future direction of swimming. Sound minds will be present, so too will be people who show us why the current chaos in the sport must be sunk without a trace.
Read on at SwimNews.com
TORONTO (AFP) -- Julia Smit of the United States broke the short course world record in the women's 400m individual medley on Friday with a time of 4min 25.87sec at the Canada Cup swimming meeting.
Smit, winner of two relay medals - silver and bronze - at the Beijing Games, eclipsed the previous record of 4:26.52 set by Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe on April 9 of this year.
Make sure you watch to the very end...
Mel: (In a funny voice) "Who wants to see a gold medal?"
Kids: "Oooooh! Aaaaaaaah!"
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- For Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau, the last two months have been a whirlwind. "Full of the best moments and the scariest moments of my life," says the 24-year-old Olympic swimmer.
Read on at CNN.com
Dean, You may remember my friend Chris Jacobs -- the Olympian -- check out this article... Jean
Yeah, But Can Michael Phelps Handle LIBOR?
Chris Jacobs swam with Dara Torres and Matt Biondi as a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1988. Now he swims with the sharks as a buyer of distressed debt.
Read on at the Wall St. Journal
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~By Jen Kaido, Wednesday - August 20, 2008
Family and Friends,
As most of you probably already know, we came in fifth in the final. Honestly, it wasn't a great race and it wasn't our best race. I'm not sure what happened or went wrong. We knew we had to go out and be aggressive the whole way down the course, and I feel we were doing that, but it still wasn't enough. A couple times I could feel us getting closer to Germany, but then they would walk away. It's weird....I'm glad the racing is over with, but I'm not really happy. I know it's an accomplishment to just be in the Olympics and representing my country, but when I see girls that I have been training with and working just as hard as, win Olympic Gold, it hurts. Each event is different and certain countries usually dominate certain events. Although, our women's single sculler Michelle Guerette won silver which is amazing and fantastic for American sculling!
~By Nate McBride
Well the first week of the Olympics is now over and if you didn't know better, you may have thought that the only two sports at the Olympics were swimming and volleyball, oh, and the occasional boxing match. You may also have realized that the two largest sponsors of the Olympics, Budweiser and McDonalds, provoke a sense of only the deepest irony. While I, like most athletes, enjoy a few Big Macs and Budweisers between sets, I have to go out on a limb and speculate that NO athletes at the games, except maybe the Hammer throwers, eat McDonalds or chase their McNuggets with a Budweiser tall boy. But that is only speculation and maybe, as a coach, I am behind the times on training diets. I will immediately begin a thorough investigation.
While I am glad that Michael Phelps won all of his events, I find it unfortunate that the great coverage team at NBC decided to neglect everyone else that kicked butt or in some way had a compelling swim.
Note: I'm a huge fan of Natalie du Toit.
BEIJING, China (AP) -- Natalie du Toit looked like any other athlete when she walked into the Bird's Nest, carrying the South African flag at the opening ceremonies.
Read on at CNN.com
Check it out at Sports Illustrated
~By Diana Wolf
For some reason every swim event in this Olympics is a record smasher. And it isn't just Michael Phelps who's seconds ahead of that daunting green world record line. Curious what's making this year's athletes so much faster? Here are 6 possible answers.
Read on at Mental Floss
~By Karen Crouse
Published: August 5, 2008, New York Times
The rectangular space where many swimming medals will be won or lost at the Beijing Olympics has no lane lines or starting blocks. It has no water, unless the competitors bring their own.
Immediately before they race in the 50-meter pool at the Olympic aquatics arena, the Water Cube, the swimmers will be required to spend up to 30 minutes at rest in the ready room. It is like a television studio green room, except instead of hospitality, there is usually a strong whiff of hostility.
In thirty years, we may still be talking about Phelps (and Spitz).
Read previous entries regarding this series and see some photos:
~By Jen Kaido - Saturday, August 9, 2008
Family and Friends,
It is the eve before racing. We (the quad) just had a boat meeting with our coach, Matt Madigan. We went over some logistics, such as what bus to catch to the race course, how much time we need for warm up, what time we meet with Matt before launching and when we launch. And once we launch, there's another 45 minutes of warm up on the water. All this for a six and a half minute race! We usually get to the race course 2 hours before a race. It allows time to warm up (about 20 minutes), stretch, chill, pee (multiple times), and nervously fidget for awhile. I like to just lay down for 5-10 minutes listening to music that will pump me up for the race.
By Erik Matuszewski and Dan Baynes
Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Phelps broke the career gold-medal record at the Olympics today as China improved to a Games-leading 17 titles and Georgia got its first two.
Read on at Bloomberg
Here are some great sites to help you stay on top of all the news coming out of the Summer Olympics, and figure out what time the various sports will be televised.
Note: More thoughts from olympic rower Jennifer Kaido. Jen is a current U.S.Olympic team member and friend and former teammate of Sharon Kriz. (Sharon will be a member of Dynoswim's 24 Hour Liechtenstein Relay in November.) (Photo: Lia Pernell, Lindsay Meyer, Margot Shumway, and Jen Kaido)
~By Jen Kaido, August 3, 2008
Family and Friends,
Racing begins in one week and the final is in two weeks. It seems so far away. That's okay, it just leaves more time to work on technique and adjust to the time difference. My boatmates and I feel pretty good right now, but the first week we were stiff and cranky from the traveling. There were a couple tense moments during practice and exchange of words but we have talked about it and everyone is getting along and putting up with each other. It's a hard time right now, because we have spent all summer together, in the same boat, traveling and rooming together, and tensions are running high (among everyone) now that we're at the Olympics. You can feel it at the course, in the boatbays, on the bus....people are stressed, anticipating racing and some get irritated easily. It's hard not to get caught up in everything but I think after the first week, we have found how to deal with it and not let it affect our practice and relationship with one another.
Note: Let's hear it! I know you all have plenty of opinions on this one:
BRIEF SUMMARY OF AUGUST 5 ARTICLE IX PROCEDURE
TO: USA Swimming Board of Directors / All Staff
Attached please find a brief summary of the Tara Kirk arbitration hearing that just recently was completed.
As you know, since Jessica Hardy's positive drug test became public, Tara Kirk has been demanding that she be placed on the Olympic Team and be given the opportunity to swim the 100m breaststroke in Beijing.. This came to a head when she filed a Demand for Arbitration with the American Arbitration Association on Monday morning August 4, claiming that USA Swimming's refusal to put her on the team was a violation of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. She also filed claims seeking monetary damages, costs and attorneys fees from USA Swimming, as well as an order that USA Swimming's Selection Procedures be changed in the future.
Note: I wanted to share some thoughts from olympic rower Jennifer Kaido. Jen is a current U.S.Olympic team member and friend and former teammate of Sharon Kriz. (Sharon will be a member of Dynoswim's 24 Hour Liechtenstein Relay in November.)
Although Jen is a rower, the perspective she's been so gracious to share is applicable to swimmers and all athletes of all levels.(Photo: Bronze medal winners Sharon Kriz and Jennifer Kaido - from the 2005 Munich World Cup)
~By Jennifer Kaido - July 29, 2008
Family and Friends,
I finally made it to China! I can't believe my feet are on top of Chinese soil...and I'm rowing on Olympic waters. We landed around 2pm Beijing time (which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time) on Sunday. The flight was a little over 11 hours long. I made a new friend during that time...Sydney, a little, restless, friendly 18 month old (maybe?) girl who enjoyed hanging out with us in the back of the plane. Most of our Team was up, walking/standing around and congregating through out the plane. When we landed, I had no idea we were even close to the ground due to all the fog in the air. It looked like we were still up in the clouds. All the reports of pollution and humidity are true. It just looked like a really foggy, rainy day, but it was actually smog. I have never seen anything like it. People have compared it to the pollution of LA. It was hard to see a quarter of a mile in front of me. The first step outside was a blanket of thick, warm air. It was weird, the air was warm and thick, but I wasn't sweating like I usually do back home. Since the sun doesn't shine through the smog so much, it didn't seem as warm. After a few hours of customs, baggage claim, waiting around, taking the bus to the hotel, more security, waiting around and a team meeting, we finally made it to our rooms at 7:45pm. I went to bed at 8pm and woke up the next morning at 7am....just in time for breakfast.
You can also read one of the latest articles on Michael Phelps here at ESPN.
US swimmer Hardy fails doping test: reports
Jessica Hardy, an American who qualified to swim the 50-metres freestyle and 100 breaststroke at the Beijing Olympics, has tested positive for a banned substance, Swimming World magazine reported.
read on at ABC News (Australia)
~By Glenn Mills
The other day, a coaching friend was telling me about a comment a swimmer had made. In trying to get a point across to an athlete, the coach related a story she had read about one of our current Olympic swimmers. The swimmer's response was, "But I don't WANT to be an Olympian."
Read on at GoSwim
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials are June 29-July 6 in Omaha, Neb. You could view the competition on NBC, NBCOlympics.com and Universal Sports TV. Check your local listings for the show times in your area. You can also check on the progress of your favorite swimmers via Omega Timing's meet results and live timing features.
We love watching other teams train; at all levels there's always something new to pick-up and learn, maybe even apply to your own workouts. Check out David Marsh, now at Mecklenburg (formerly Head Coach at Auburn), among the best coaches of our sport.
June 4, 2008 - After warmup, the MAC Elite group went through a pretty interesting circuit. As David explained it, it simulates a full race.
The following was provided by Jean Magnier, Masters swimmer and former Hoboken Crab. Jean says:
Hello fellow swimmers!
I thought you may enjoy this video on Dara Torres, the 41-year old who is going to Olympic trials. I was at this pool (Coral Springs) 2 years ago for Nationals and saw Dara there swimming with her then 3-week-old! Enjoy!
Talk about perseverance and determination, Natalie's an inspiration on a variety of levels, not only for overcoming the obstacles in her life, but also by overcoming the prejudices and insensitivities typically shown Paralympic athletes. I absolutely love the fact that she'll be swimming in the able-bodied field.
For those of you that don't already know, some paralympians have been denied the opportunity to compete in the traditional venues (able-bodied) despite being among the best in the world.
Read about Natalie Du Toit's latest success
Today's (May 6th) edition of ESPN's prime-time newsmagazine E:60 at 7 p.m., will feature a profile of Dara Torres as she trains for a U.S. record fifth Olympics at 41 and the mother of a two-year-old.