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From Walden Pond to the Olympics, Swimmer Thrives in Open Water

~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

Article referred to us by Kate Scully, thanks!

22 Oct 11 @ 1:29 PM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming | Elite Level Competition | Open Water Swimming category

Disabled swim star who wouldn't give up Olympic dream

22 May 11 @ 1:54 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

Reflecting on the Loss of Fran Crippen

~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.


4 Nov 10 @ 10:22 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Open Water Swimming | Swimmer Profiles category

2010 US Masters Swimming Championships

~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.


1 Nov 10 @ 9:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast | Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

U.S. Swimmer Found Dead

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U.S. swimmer dies during event in United Arab Emirates

25 Oct 10 @ 9:16 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

Breaststroke That Is Hard to Imitate and All but Impossible to Beat

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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

30 Aug 10 @ 4:45 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Swimmers Who Changed the Sport

~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

5 May 10 @ 1:34 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

The other side of Ryan Lochte

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~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

28 Apr 10 @ 4:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Rio de Janiero Wins 2016 Games

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.


7 Oct 09 @ 3:33 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Brendan Hansen Talks About Speedsuit Impact on Sport of Swimming

~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

25 Aug 09 @ 4:25 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Interesting Products category

Mark Spitz - Munich 1972

10 Aug 09 @ 4:43 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Team USA Breaks World Record in 400 Medley Relay

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

5 Aug 09 @ 2:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

For Swim Parents; The Big Deal About SwimSuits

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.


31 Jul 09 @ 1:15 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Interesting Products category

The Science Behind The Swimsuit War

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

30 Jul 09 @ 2:19 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Interesting Products category

More World Records in Swimming, With No End in Sight

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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

29 Jul 09 @ 4:05 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Coach threatens to pull Phelps out of meets

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

28 Jul 09 @ 6:30 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Interesting Products category

Record-setting swimming bodysuits banned

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

24 Jul 09 @ 2:32 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Interesting Products category

Disabled Swimmer, 16, Has Sights Set on 2012 Paralympics

~By Charles Davis

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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

22 Jul 09 @ 5:42 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Phelps cruises through nationals, shapes up for worlds


~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

15 Jul 09 @ 5:10 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Dara Torres breaks own U.S. record in 50-meter butterfly

~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

15 Jul 09 @ 5:06 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

North Dakota Swimmer Rises Far From Public Eye

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~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

15 Jul 09 @ 4:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Coach and Friend Jimi Flowers

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

15 Jul 09 @ 1:41 AM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming | Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

USA Nationals Wrap-up

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. Get all of the stories, results and video interviews from the recently completed USA Nationals.

Check it out at SwimmingWorldMagazine.com

14 Jul 09 @ 6:41 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Future Olympians

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)

10 Jul 09 @ 1:50 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles | Triathlon category

Up-and-Comers Will Test Stars at the USA Swimming National Championships

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

8 Jul 09 @ 4:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Teri McKeever and Kate Ziegler Interview

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.

7 Jul 09 @ 5:39 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Phelps clocks personal best in 100m butterfly victory

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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

24 Jun 09 @ 5:01 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Brent Hayden Beats Michael Phelps...

...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

23 Jun 09 @ 7:01 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Legendary college swim coach Richard Quick dies

~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.

Read on at the Dallas News

17 Jun 09 @ 2:27 AM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming | Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

IOC Rule 45 Amendment Needs Amending

~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

9 Jun 09 @ 5:38 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Dara Torres Lowers American Record Again

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

26 May 09 @ 4:20 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

What's really inside those swimsuits?

Controversial subject and article. Please chime in and share your opinion by using the below comments section.

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).

Read on

21 May 09 @ 3:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Health and Nutrition | Interesting Products category

Phelps trying out new freestyle technique

~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

29 Apr 09 @ 2:28 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

World Record 50 Free

28 Apr 09 @ 4:42 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

French Long Course Championships

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

28 Apr 09 @ 4:37 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Olympic Swimmer Rowdy Gaines to Swim in 2009 YMCA Masters Nationals

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)

15 Apr 09 @ 5:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Olympic swimmer wouldn't let cancer stop him

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

18 Mar 09 @ 4:01 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Swimmer Profiles category

Did you know...?

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.

28 Jan 09 @ 1:01 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Fun Facts category

Historical Olympic Swimming

Vintage swimming footage from the Japan 1933, Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960 and Munich 1972 Olympics.

13 Jan 09 @ 5:40 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Did you know...?

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.

6 Jan 09 @ 6:45 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Fun Facts | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Amaury Leveaux Blasts 50 Free World Record

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

17 Dec 08 @ 4:41 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Unsuited For Swimming

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

9 Dec 08 @ 4:54 AM  | 3 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Smit breaks short course 400m IM record

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.

Photo of Julia Smit

3 Dec 08 @ 3:20 AM  | 2 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

World's Worst Olympic Swimming Trial

Comments anyone?

5 Nov 08 @ 6:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Ode To Gary Hall, Jr.

Thanks Swimnetwork.com!

Make sure you watch to the very end...


26 Sep 08 @ 9:54 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Scott Goldblatt Has More Fans Than Mel Stewart

Mel: (In a funny voice) "Who wants to see a gold medal?"

Kids: "Oooooh! Aaaaaaaah!"

18 Sep 08 @ 4:11 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Fun Facts category

Olympic swimmer wouldn't let cancer dash his dream

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

9 Sep 08 @ 6:36 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Health and Nutrition category

Olympic Swimming & Wall St.

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


26 Aug 08 @ 6:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Fifth Place

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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!


21 Aug 08 @ 3:49 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Olympics and Walls

~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.


20 Aug 08 @ 7:27 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

One-legged swimmer takes to Olympic waters

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

20 Aug 08 @ 1:23 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Open Water Swimming category

Phelps Frame-By-Frame

Check it out at Sports Illustrated

18 Aug 08 @ 6:51 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

6 Reasons Today's Olympic Swimmers are Breaking so many World Records

~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


14 Aug 08 @ 3:18 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Head Games Before the First Splash

~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.

Olympics 2008

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.


14 Aug 08 @ 2:25 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Phelps versus Spitz

In thirty years, we may still be talking about Phelps (and Spitz).

13 Aug 08 @ 8:01 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Racing Begins... **UPDATE**

Read previous entries regarding this series and see some photos:

Entry: I'm here! and Entry: Racing begins in one week...

~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.


13 Aug 08 @ 7:40 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Phelps Breaks Gold-Medal Mark as China Wins 17th Gold

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

13 Aug 08 @ 7:35 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Watching the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

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.

9 Aug 08 @ 10:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Olympic Minute: Let the Games Begin

8 Aug 08 @ 7:54 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Racing Begins in One Week...


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.


8 Aug 08 @ 6:50 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

USA Swimming: Summary of the Tara Kirk Arbitration Hearing

Note: Let's hear it! I know you all have plenty of opinions on this one:


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.


7 Aug 08 @ 1:14 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

I'm here!


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.


5 Aug 08 @ 6:01 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Outside The Lines: Gold Rush

You can also read one of the latest articles on Michael Phelps here at ESPN.

1 Aug 08 @ 6:56 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Please say it isn't so...

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)


25 Jul 08 @ 1:35 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Scenes from Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha

Just watch...

24 Jul 08 @ 4:36 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

I don't WANT to be an Olympian!

~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

15 Jul 08 @ 1:07 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Health and Nutrition category

U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials

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.

25 Jun 08 @ 10:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Saturday Morning at MAC : Speakers & Interviews

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.

12 Jun 08 @ 6:29 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Featured Workouts category

Dara Torres, Beijing 2008

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!


15 May 08 @ 6:24 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Du Toit, who lost leg in scooter accident, will swim in Beijing Games

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.

Go Natalie!

Read about Natalie Du Toit's latest success


9 May 08 @ 5:44 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Open Water Swimming category

Dara Torres on ESPN Tonight

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.

6 May 08 @ 1:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Ian Crocker And Michael Phelps 100 Butterfly Melbourne

Taken from the 12th FINA World Championships

22 Apr 08 @ 6:47 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

High-tech LZR Racer Swimsuit Making Waves

I certainly don't think this is technological doping...

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- FINA president Mustapha Larfaoui defended swimmers Wednesday who have broken world records in Speedo's new high-tech LZR Racer suit.

At the same time, though, Larfaoui is open to changing the rules if the swimsuit's ultra-lightweight technology, based on NASA intelligence, is deemed to give competitors an unfair advantage.

Read on at CNN.com

9 Apr 08 @ 7:11 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Interesting Products category

Watch Alain Bernard Set the 100 Free WR

Also, you could check out Alain Bernard's World Record 100 Free Statistics

7 Apr 08 @ 6:09 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

A Few Things

Also, for those of you in the Northeast and want to check out some fast swimming this weekend the Yale, Harvard, and Princeton tri-meet will be taking place at Yale University.

Friday, February 1: Men at 6pm
Saturday, February 2: Men at 12 noon, Women at 6pm
Sunday, February 3: Women at 12 noon

31 Jan 08 @ 11:00 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Big Pool Plans Coming Down Pipe In Florida

It seems like every day another community is struggling to either upgrade exisiting or build new aquatic facilities. I wonder how much of it is backlash against traditional swimming venues at the high school and University levels and their incentive to drop the swimming programs first: Talk to us, Dynoswimmers. anyone have any theories?

Big Pool Plans Coming Down Pipe In Florida; Bruce Wigo Talks on Swimming World Radio About ISHOF's Role

January 9, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, January 9. In a pair of articles emerging today from Florida, it looks like policy-setters in the area are looking to make some serious upgrades to the swimming infrastructure of the state.

Read on at Swimming World Magazine

17 Jan 08 @ 1:13 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Live Webcast of the 2007 USA Swimming Short Course National Championships

Sixteen U.S. Olympians and numerous 2008 Olympic hopefuls will compete in Atlanta this weekend in the last national U.S. swimming event prior to the 2008 Olympic Team Trials. For the first time ever the event will be available via live webcast at the newly-launched, Swimnetwork.com. All races during the finals sessions will begin at 6 p.m. ET and will be webcast from Thursday, Nov. 28 to Saturday, Dec. 1.

Continue reading at USA Swimming.

28 Nov 07 @ 10:19 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Arizona State High School Record of Olympian Gary Hall Jr. Falls

You have to love the underdog. I also sympathize with Adam Small, now he has to contend with all the pressure of being the next Gary Hall jr. (only better as some might say). It would have been great to see it, that's for sure. By the way, Dynoswimmers are huge fans of Gary

~By Brian Savard

TEMPE, Arizona, November 4. TEN Olympic medals. American record holder in the 50 meter freestyle. One of the most decorated sprinters in the history of U.S. swimming.

Thumbing through the accomplishments of Gary Hall Jr. causes one to reflect upon his impact as one of the fastest sprinters in history.

His accomplishments, then, make his records sacred, and whenever one is broken, it stands as a special event.

Read about it at Swimming World Magazine

6 Nov 07 @ 1:36 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

On Sportsmanship...

Generally speaking, I think swimmers tend to be good sports. You don't see too many after race victory dances and trash talking. But that might only be because participation in swimming is overshadowed by the traditional "three letter" sports.

We do have our share of idiots though, like back during the Sydney games when Amy van Dyken spat in Inge de Bruijn's lane before the 50 Free. Actually the whole U.S. team was a bit rowdy that year (2000) offending just about everyone with chants of "USA" and "Number 1!". It sounds harmless, but in the international venues it's important to remember that you truly represent your country and your actions will define the United States, its values, and citizens as a whole. In short: be on your best behavior - not just when you make it to the elite level, but when you're representing yourselves too.

I like the way Mike Gustafson describes his bout with cockiness as an 11 year-old in his Guide to Sportsmanship in this week's Timed Finals.

Anyone recall their most embarrassing unsportsmanlike experience?

22 Oct 07 @ 6:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Free Webcast of USA Swimming National Championships

USA Swimming will air a free webcast of the finals each night from the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, July 31-Aug. 4, in Indianapolis. Finals begin each night at 6 p.m. ET. Tune in at usaswimming.org.

31 Jul 07 @ 11:18 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Swimming on TV

Michael Phelps will appear on America’s top rated late night program, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” this Thursday, April 19 Friday, April 20, on NBC at 11:35 pm ET/PT.

The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool will be featured on NBC Saturday, April 21, from 2-3 p.m. (EST), and Sunday, April 22, from 4-6 p.m. (EST). Check your local listings for times in your area.

19 Apr 07 @ 8:26 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Watch Michael Phelps make History

Speedo has free videos of Michael Phelps winning each of his 7 Gold Medals at the 2007 FINA World Championships.

6 Apr 07 @ 7:53 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Melbourne 2007

Watch and learn from the best. Notice the fundamentals, walls, starts, and turns.

4 Apr 07 @ 6:07 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

World Swimming - U.S. Dominates

Photo expose from Sports Illustrated.

Sports Illustrated Photo Gallery

3 Apr 07 @ 9:26 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

12th FINA Swimming World Championships

The 12th FINA Swimming World Championships are taking place in Melbourne, Australia March 25 - April 1, 2007. Below are some links to follow the action:

23 Mar 07 @ 12:03 PM  | 4 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Gould Would Like Age Limit for Olympics

SYDNEY, Australia, January 30. Shane Gould, the Australian legend who won five Olympic medals during her illustrious career, told the Daily Telegraph that she would like to see athletes under the age of 18 deemed ineligible for the Olympic Games. Gould thinks a rule of that sort would prevent burnout at a young age.

The Australian Olympic Committee said it doesn't believe an age limit is necessary, but Gould believes youngsters in the spotlight are being placed under an enormous amount of pressure, sometimes causing them to leave the sport. Gould was 15 at the 1972 Games in Munich and retired a year later after feeling intense pressure from the Aussie public.

Read On

12 Mar 07 @ 7:58 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Q & A with Michael Phelps and Coach Bob Bowman

Swimming World Magazine has posted an article with a recap of a teleconference call with the media that took place after the Missouri Grand Prix. They discuss Michael's World Record swim in the 200m Butterfly, the new Speedo FS-Pro, the upcoming World Championships in Melbourne, AU, among other topics.

21 Feb 07 @ 10:45 PM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

How to Build a Temporary Pool

So exactly how will AstralPool build a temporary swimming pool that will be used for the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne from 17 March to 1 April 2007? Why not look at how they built the temporary 25-metre pool that was used at the 8th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in April this year.

Read On

24 Jan 07 @ 10:10 PM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

USA Swimming Golden Goggle Highlight video

Check out the YouTube highlight video of the third annual Golden Goggle Awards that took place on Sunday, November 19, at the world-famous Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

20 Dec 06 @ 8:13 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Five-time Olympic Champion Thorpe Calls it Quits

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe retired from competitive swimming Tuesday at the age of 24, saying breaking records "wasn't as inspiring as it should have been."

Sports Illustrated CNN

21 Nov 06 @ 6:04 AM  | 2 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Hi-Tech Pool to Boost Aussie Swimming at Beijing Olympics

SYDNEY (AFP) - One of the world's most technologically advanced pools was officially opened at Australia's renowned Sports Institute, in a bid to strengthen the country's chances at the 2008 Olympics.

Read On


18 Oct 06 @ 10:33 PM  | 2 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Thorpe and Hoogenband 200m Freestyle Video

Here is a great duel between Ian Thorpe and Pieter van den Hoogenband in the 200m freestyle in Athens 2004. Check out the technique, and the powerful and consistent kick they have throughout the race.

Tell us what you think...

17 Oct 06 @ 7:53 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Grant Hackett Swimming Videos

Australian swimmer, one of the best swimmers in the world, fastest in the 1500m freestyle, captain of the Australian swimming team.

Grant Hackett Swimming Videos

19 Sep 06 @ 7:09 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

USA Swimming National Championships TV schedule

Check out the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships TV schedule.

2 Sep 06 @ 8:49 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

13 Minutes of Alexander Popov

Video of competition, practice, various drills, and technique.

Swimming Science Popov Video

30 Aug 06 @ 7:34 PM  | 2 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

U.S.A. Swimming Championships

Copy of USA Swim.bmp

Check out the Sports Illustrated Photo Expose

19 Aug 06 @ 4:22 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Free Swimming World TV Segments

Check it out...

Swimming World TV

10 Aug 06 @ 4:28 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

2006 ConocoPhillips National Championships

The 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships will serve as the selection meet for five major international meets. The top performers will not only be National Champions, but will represent the United States on a global level as part of Team USA headed for one or more of the following meets: 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, 2007 FINA World Championships, 2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, 2007 World University Games and 2007 Pan American Games.

Meet Wrap-Ups and Much More

9 Aug 06 @ 12:45 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Germany Sets 800-Meter Swim Relay Record

The Associated Press, Thursday, August 3, 2006; 1:08 PM

oly_a_germany_275.jpg BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Germany set a world record in the women's 800-meter freestyle relay Thursday at the European Swimming Championships, finishing in 7 minutes, 50.82 seconds. The German team of Petra Dalmann, Daniela Samulski, Britta Steffen and Annika Liebs set the record despite racing during a steady rain. The previous record of 7:53.42 was held by the United States. The team of Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer and Kaitlin Sandeno set the mark at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Otylia Jedrzejczak had Poland on a world-record pace after the first 200 meters, but her team faded quickly and Germany took over the lead after 300 meters. Steffen finished the third leg just 0.07 seconds ahead of world-record pace, but Liebs swam the anchor leg in 1:55.64, the team's fastest performance, to seal the victory and the record.

"In the end I swam full speed despite the large lead, because I feared someone could catch me," Liebs said.

After three legs, Germany led Poland by 3.11 seconds. France finished third. On Monday, Dalmann, Steffen, Liebs and Daniela Goetz set a world record in the women's 400 freestyle relay. Steffen also set an individual world record Wednesday in the 100 freestyle.


4 Aug 06 @ 1:00 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Unorthodox Training

In an attempt to revolutionize swimming, Gary Hall Jr. formed The Race Club not only to prepare swimmers for the Olympic Games in Athens, but to create bigger and better opportunities for the next generation.

Read More

18 Jul 06 @ 12:14 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

USA Swimming to Deliver Nationals "Any Way You Want It"

USA Swimming has created more options than ever for fans to get information, results, video and entertainment...

Read More

12 Jul 06 @ 9:10 PM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

2006 World Cup New York

2006 World Cup-phelps-sm.jpgThis past weekend I attended the Fina World Cup finals session at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island, NY. It was great seeing some of the best swimmers in the world compete. I got to see Michael Phelps come from behind and win the 200m freestyle with a new American Record, and also win the 200m Individual Medley. Tara Kirk, Peter Marshall, and Frederick Bousquet all won their respective events as well. It was amazing to see how flawless and effortless everyone's stroke technique looked, yet they were swimming so fast!

This event will also be televised on Feb. 18 at 5 PM EST, on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).

6 Feb 06 @ 9:31 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

2005 FINA Swimming World Rankings

2005 FINA World Swimming Rankings (LCM). What do you think is the most impressive swim on the list?

16 Jan 06 @ 10:48 PM  | 2 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Ironman World Championship on TV this weekend

Don't miss the coverage of the Ford Ironman World Championship this Saturday at 4:30PM, EST on NBC.

11 Nov 05 @ 6:12 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

The Perfect Race: 2004 Olympic Games - Women's 800m Freestyle Relay

Want to know how great swims happen? Read this article from USA swimming:

2004 Olympic Games - Women's 800m Freestyle Relay

13 Oct 05 @ 8:07 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Swimming on TV

The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool: Australia vs. United States will be televised on WNBC at 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST on August 6th (Part 1) and 12:30 - 2:00 PM EST on August 7th (Part 2).

4 Aug 05 @ 8:14 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Check Out the Results from Day 1 of the Maccabiah Games

Pretty fast... Click Here for the Maccabiah Games

13 Jul 05 @ 11:29 PM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

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