Rafael Nadal beats Albert Ramos in Cincinnati Open for quarter-final place

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal moved into the Cincinnati Open quarter-finals with victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos.

Both players were wearing black ribbons on their shirts in memory of the victims of the attacks that took place in Barcelona and Cambrils on Thursday.

Nadal, 31, won 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 to set up a quarter-final tie with Australia’s Nick Kyrgrios.

Kyrgrios earlier beat Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Kyrgrios and Nadal will play their quarter-final match later on Friday (not before 00:00 BST on Saturday), because of the rain delays that affected Thursday’s schedule.

Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the tournament means Nadal will return to world number one for the first time since July 2014, taking over from Andy Murray who is also injured.

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Relay Records Galore At FINA World Masters Championships

Photo Courtesy: David Rieder

The records continued to fall at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Five new world records were set throughout the day of relays, with several championship records falling as well. Take a look at all the records that were broken at the meet below.

320-359 Age Group

The German men’s squad of Gunter Kallenbach, Jurgen Paul Schubert, Gottfried Klaring, Wolfgang Sieber set a new championship record in the 200 medley relay with a 2:59.09.

280-319 Age Group

The German team of Ruth Stubert, Monika Ingrid Senftleben, Angelika Radau, and Brigitte Merten set a new women’s world and championship record in the 200 free relay with a 2:29.53. That same team would also go on to set a new championship record in the 200 medley relay as well in 2:52.11.

The Hungarian men’s relay of Laszlo Csaba, Attila Banhidy, Jozsef Csikany, and Ferenc Erdelyi set a new championship record in the men’s 200 free relay with a 2:01.28. The Brazilian men’s team of 2:16.15 Jose Orlando Loro, Antonio Orselli, Paulo Motta, Jose Guisard Ferraz set a new championship and world record in the 200 medley relay with a 2:16.15.

United States team of Richard Burns, Laura Val, Nancy Ridout, and Tate Holt set a new world and championships record in the mixed 200 free relay with a 2:05.58. Val, Burns, and Ridout would then join Rick Meyerhoff to set a new championship record in the mixed 200 medley relay with a 2:25.50.

240-279 Age Group

The South African team of Tim Shead, Andre Steynberg, Roothman Andre Johan, and Graeme Fiser set a new championship record of 1:49.16 in the men’s 200 free relay and the men’s 200 medley relay (2:01.52).

200-239 Age Group

The Norwegian team of Lise Lothe, Anette Ekberg Sorensen, Janne Urdal Thornstensen, and Bente Rist set a new championship record in the 200 medley relay with a 2:11.41.

The German team of Michelle Ware, David Bryant, Mike Hodgson, and Lynda Coggins set a new world and championship record of 1:59.99 in the mixed 200 medley relay.

160-199 Age Group

The Russian Team of Aleksandr Shilin, Sergei Medvedev, Aleksei Manzhula, and Vladimir Predkin set a new world and championship record in both the 200 free relay (1:34.92) and 200 medley relay (1:45.47).

120-159 Age Group

The Brazilian team of Carla Horst Vaine, Karine Volpe, Estefania Milanez, and Marina Fructuozo set a new championship record in the 200 medley relay in 2:03.60.

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Rory McIlroy: World number four plans to defend FedEx Cup title

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy plans to play again this year after suggesting last week that he might not compete again in 2017 to aid his recovery from a rib injury.

McIlroy’s management confirmed in an email that the world number four intends to defend his FedEx Cup title.

The world number four, 28, shot a 68 to tie for 22nd in the US PGA on Sunday, and has now gone three years without a major victory.

“You might not see me until next year,” McIlroy had said after the US PGA.

The confirmation from his management followed a tweet from McIlroy announcing details of a competition to play with him in the pro-am before next month’s BMW Championship.

The BMW Championship is the third event in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play-offs series.

The Northern Irishman won the second play-offs event in 2016 before clinching a £7.8m bonus as he topped the FedEx Cup standings after triumphing at the Tour Championship.

Last year, McIlroy opted to miss the opening Barclays play-offs event before winning the Deutsche Bank Championship a week later.

McIlroy without a win in 2017

This year’s play-offs begin with the Northern Trust event in New York from 24-27 August before the Dell Technologies Championship takes place a week later in Boston.

After a week’s break, the series resumes with the BMW Championship in Illinois before the top 30 in the standings go forward to the concluding Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Following last week’s US PGA Championship, the world number four said that he wasn’t sure of his plans for the remainder of this season.

“You might see me in a couple of weeks’ time. It really depends,” said McIlroy, who suffered the injury testing equipment over the winter.

The US PGA was only McIlroy’s 13th tournament of a season in which he has not won.

“I can go out there and play and shoot decent scores, but when I come off the course I feel my left rhomboid going into spasm,” he added.

McIlroy took six weeks off after losing out in a play-off for the South African Open in January and also missed the PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Memorial Tournament.

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Rick Aronberg Joins Velocity Aquatics Swim Club As Head Coach

Photo Courtesy: Brian Honicky

Consistent with their commitment to excellence, the Velocity Aquatics Swim Club (www.VelocityAquatics.com) is excited to announce that they have hired Coach Rick Aronberg – former Head Coach of STAR Swimming – to serve as their Head Coach alongside Coach Ted Eimstad.

The four-time Division I All-American at Clemson University, will help oversee the progression & performance of the entire competitive program and its coaching staff, and lead the development of the Senior Program.

As an ASCA Level 5 Coach, Coach Aronberg is recognized amongst the very best USA Swim Club coaches in the country. In his past 13 years at STAR, he has lead them to 20 (short & long course combined) LSC Large Team Championships and has helped develop 7 Olympic Trial Qualifiers in the past 5 years alone.

Owner & Director of Velocity Aquatics, LLC, Flynn Burroughs noted,

“We are very excited to bring a coach of Rick Aronberg’s caliber to Velocity Aquatics. Beyond his coaching ability, he is beloved by his swimmers, families & staff. He’s a man of great character who will teach our athletes valuable lessons that will transcend well beyond the pool”.

The Velocity Aquatics Swim Club (VELO) is a year-round, competitive USA Swim Club providing professional, full-time coaching and an environment designed to assist a swimmer in achieving their greatest goals. VELO is the competitive wing of Michael Phelps Swim School-NY (www.MPSSny.com). Teaching 1000+ students/week, MPSSny is a swim school for students of all ages & abilities.

Press Release courtesy of Velocity Aquatics Swim Club. 

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Europe lead USA after opening Solheim Cup foursomes

Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist

Solheim Cup 2017
Venue: Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Iowa Dates: 18-20 August
Full scoreboard.

Europe have a 2½ – 1½ lead after the opening foursomes as they try to regain the Solheim Cup from the United States.

Mel Reid and Charley Hull were two up with two to play but tied with American duo Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson.

Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist beat Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst 3&1, but Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson lost narrowly to Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas.

Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher beat Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller.

The pair were two down after 10 holes in the anchor match, but won three of the back nine to win on the 18th.

With Europe looking to win back the trophy they lost in Germany in 2015, three of the opening four matches went to the final hole on a tight first morning at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.

The hosts got off to the perfect start as Kerr and Thompson eagled the first hole, but Reid and Hull won three holes on the front nine to take control at the turn.

The all-English pairing looked to be in control of the tie, but Kerr sank her birdie putt on the 18th as the American pair battled back to earn a half.

Sweden’s Nordqvist was the standout player for Europe, paired with 21-year-old debutant Hall, as they dispatched Creamer and Ernst in style.

In the anchor match, the experience of Matthew helped Europe to a slender lead going into the four fourball matches later on Friday.

The 47-year-old Scot – playing in her ninth Solheim Cup – was called up on Wednesday to replace the injured Suzann Pettersen.

Friday foursomes
Reid / Hull (Eur) v Kerr / Thompson (US) – halved
Ciganda / Masson (Eur) v Kang / Salas (US) – US won 1 up
Nordqvist / Hall (Eur) v Creamer / Ernst (US) – Europe won 3&1
Icher / Matthew (Eur) v Lewis / Piller (US) – Europe won 1 up

Europe: Charley Hull (England), Georgia Hall (England), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England), Mel Reid (England), Florentyna Parker, (England), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Karine Icher (France), Catriona Matthew (Scotland).

Wildcards: Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Caroline Masson (Germany), Emily Pedersen (Denmark), Madelene Sagstrom (Sweden).

USA: Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Lizette Salas.

Captain’s Picks: Austin Ernst, Angel Yin.

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Tyler Fenwick Joins Virginia as Associate Head Coach; Two Other Coaches Hired

Photo Courtesy: Tyler Fenwick

Tyler Fenwick, who spent the past five years as an associate coach at the University of Tennessee, has taken a job as the associate head coach at the University of Virginia. He joins head coach Todd DeSorbo, hired last week to replace Augie Busch at the helm of the Cavaliers.

“The opportunity to work with Todd DeSorbo, get back to Virginia, get closer to home, it’s exciting,” Fenwick told Swimming World. I spent a lot of time at the University of Virginia when I was in college and after college. A lot of my best friends are University of Virginia alums. I have a lot of love for University of Virginia swimming.”

Also joining the Virginia staff as assistant coaches are Wes Foltz and Blaire Bachman. Foltz previously worked with DeSorbo at NC State, serving as Director of Operations and an assistant coach in the sprint group, but he will now coach full-time. Bachmann spent the past year at Indiana after previously coaching at Dartmouth.

Fenwick, who specializes in coaching distance and open water swimmers, is currently in Southern California, where he is serving as head coach of the U.S. open water team heading to Taipei for the World University Games, but he has already officially started at Virginia.

Fenwick explained that the toughest part about his decision to go to Virginia was leaving Tennessee, and he will miss working alongside Vols head coach Matt Kredich.


Photo Courtesy: Tyler Fenwick

“I’m extremely grateful to Matt Kredich and the opportunity he gave me over the years,” Fenwick said. “Matt Kredich is the reason I went to Tennessee, first as a grad assistant and then as an assistant coach. He’s one of my closest friends and my biggest mentors.

Fenwick expects no shortage of enthusiasm on pool deck in Charlottesville with he and DeSorbo both on deck. “I’m excited about Todd’s vision for the program,” he said. “In terms of coaching philosophies, we want people who are constantly learning and discovering.”

One big reason why a job at Virginia attracted Fenwick: his longtime friendship with the late Fran Crippen. Crippen and Fenwick swam together at Germantown Academy in Philadelphia growing up, and Fenwick often visited when Crippen was in school at UVA.

“Fran’s a piece of this,” Fenwick said. “One of the seasons I coach open water is Fran Crippen. It’s my way to honor him. Being able to return to Charlottesville and be able to coach at the pool he trained at, it’s an exciting opportunity.”

Read the full press release from Virginia below:

The Virginia swimming and diving programs announced the addition of Tyler Fenwick, Blaire Bachman and Wes Foltz as assistant coaches on Friday (August 18).

“I am excited to announce the addition of three exceptional coaches joining me to complete the staff at UVA,” said head swimming and diving coach Todd DeSorbo. “All three mirror my philosophy and will provide great support to our student-athletes’ pursuit of excellence.”

Fenwick joins the coaching staff, as the associate head men’s and women’s coach, after serving as the associate head coach at Tennessee since 2012. During his time with the Volunteers, he coached four U.S. Olympians, 200 All-Americans and saw his student-athletes set 36 school records.

“Tyler Fenwick comes from a storied Tennessee program and led the distance group there to national prominence including success at the international level,” DeSorbo said. “His experiences with Team USA internationally will help direct our athletes to future NCAA and international success. He is well respected in the swimming community and has a great reputation for developing student-athletes at the highest levels. He is currently wrapping up a stint as part of Team USA’s coaching staff for the World University Games in Taiwan.”

Prior to Tennessee, Fenwick coached the men’s national team as a senior coach. While working with the U.S. national team, Fenwick coached two 2012 FINA world junior champions, the 2012 U.S. Open Water men’s national champion, one U.S. national champion and one U.S. junior national champion.

Fenwick served as the assistant coach for Germantown Academy Aquatic Club in Fort Washington, Pa., from 2004-07 and the assistant coach for the University of Tennessee aquatics program from 2007-09. He additionally was the U.S. head coach for the 2015 and 2017 World University Games and the 2017 UANA Pan American Championships. Fenwick served on the U.S. national team coaches list for five of the past six years.

Fenwick holds a bachelor’s degree in English from William and Mary and a master of science degree in sports management from Tennessee.

Bachman joins UVA after serving as the assistant swimming coach and women’s recruiting coordinator for Indiana since 2016. Her primary responsibility was to oversee the middle distance and distance training groups. With the Hoosiers, Bachman served as the primary coach for 2016 Olympic gold medalists Lilly King, Cody Miller and Blake Pieroni, as well as aiding the program’s 2017 World Championship and World University Games qualifiers.

“Blaire Bachman comes to UVA from the quick-rising Indiana program where she has been the key to their recent success in women’s recruiting,” DeSorbo said. “She has had the great opportunity to work directly with recent Olympic and world championship medalists, world record holders, and NCAA champions. Blaire will make an immediate impact with our program as she has five years of experience as a head coach, experience at a comparable Ivy League institution, as well as her most recent experience with a top-10 NCAA Program at IU.”

Prior to working at Indiana, Bachman spent a year as the assistant swimming coach and women’s recruiting coordinator for Dartmouth. From 2010-15, she worked as the head swimming coach at Brenau University administering year-round training. Bachman started her coaching career as a camp counselor and coach for the Georgia Bulldogs Swim Club (2012-2016).

Bachman received a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication from Georgia College and State University.

Rounding out the new additions to the Virginia coaching staff is Foltz. Foltz spent the last year as an assistant coach at NC State helping the program achieve one of its best performances in recent history. Foltz helped coach 34 male and 25 female All-American performances as well as aiding both programs to a top-10 NCAA finish. Additionally, he had a hand in the Pro Group Wolfpack Elite’s success over the last year including a World Championship title by Simonas Bilis and a third-place finish for Cullen Jones at the 2017 U.S. World Championship Trials.

“Wes Foltz previously coached alongside me at NC State. He brings youth, energy and expertise through working with some of college swimming’s best over the last five years,” DeSorbo said. “Prior to NC State, he spent his days coaching alongside legends Dave Salo and Jon Urbanchek at Southern California. Wes is one of the best, young, up-and-coming coaching minds in college swimming and brings an energy unmatched to the pool deck every day. He’s also worked with Olympic medalists, world championship medalist and NCAA champions.”

Prior to NC State, Foltz worked at Southern California (2014-16) as the assistant coach, helping the program record 64 All-American performances. During this time, the women’s program captured the 2016 Pac-12 conference championship and a sixth-place finish at the NCAAs. The men’s team recorded the conference title in 2015 in addition to finishing fourth at the NCAAs.

From 2012-15, Foltz was a volunteer assistant coach for NC State in addition to working with the Marlins of Raleigh swim team (2012-14) as an assistant coach.

“With the addition of these three to the UVA staff, along with mainstays Jason Glorius, our leader for the diving program, and Lizzy Lagasse, our director of operations, the UVA programs are poised for success,” DeSorbo said. “This staff is engineered to the exact specifications to meet the needs of championship athletes. The environment on the pool deck will be electric and our commitment to excellence will be uncompromising.”

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Held, Licon, Eastin, DeLoof Named Team USA Captains for World University Games

Ryan Held — Photo Courtesy: Swimming World

Ryan HeldWill LiconElla Eastin and Ali DeLoof have been voted captains of the American swim team at the World University Games in Taipei. The swimming competition begins Sunday, Aug. 20.

Held, an incoming senior at NC State, is the team’s only Olympian, and he swam alongside Caeleb DresselMichael Phelps and Nathan Adrian in the 400 free relay final at the Rio Games last year. He missed making the World Champs team by one spot and four hundredths, taking seventh in the 100 free at U.S. Nationals.

Licon recently completed his NCAA eligibility at the University of Texas, and he will swim the 200 breast and 200 IM in Taipei. He is a past NCAA champion in the yards versions of both events and was third in the 200 breast at Olympic Trials last summer.

Eastin, a junior-to-be at Stanford, originally finished second in the 400 IM at U.S. Nationals but was disqualified for a violation of the “Lochte rule” on her final turn. Because of the DQ, she cannot swim the 400 IM at WUGs, but she will have the 200 IM (in which she was third at Nationals) and 200 fly on her plate.

Eastin previously won silvers in both the 200 and 400 IM at the Short Course World Championships last December in Windsor.

The fourth captain is DeLoof, a former standout for the Michigan Wolverines, will swim the 50 and 100 back at WUGs, as well as (likely) the 400 free relay. She placed fourth in the 100 back at both Olympic Trials and this year’s World Championship Trials. DeLoof also swam at Short Course Worlds, where she collected golds in both the 200 and 400 medley relays.

The full U.S. roster for WUGs, led by head coaches Carol Capitani and Whitney Hite, can be found here.

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Jason Roberts Hired as Head Coach of Countryside YMCA

Photo Courtesy: Countryside YMCA

After an extensive search, Countryside YMCA (Lebanon, Ohio) is proud to announce Jason Roberts as its new director of competitive swimming/head coach for its nationally ranked Torpedo Swim Team.

“Jason was selected from a very impressive list of qualified coaching candidates,” said Countryside YMCA Aquatics Executive Director Holly Colon. “We selected him because Jason has demonstrated a very keep attention to detail; and clearly understands that a successful program produces not only great swimmers, but outstanding young people with strong character values as well.”

Roberts has been coaching swimming for more than 20 years. His career began as the head coach of the Kenton County YMCA Summer Team League. Since then, he spent seven years as the Head Age Group coach and 10 years as head coach at the Northern Kentucky Clippers Swim Team. His success with the Clippers included taking a locally competitive program in the Ohio LSC (a division of USA Swimming) to a nationally competitive program. Over the last two years, Roberts spent his time rebuilding the Foxjets Swim Team in Minnesota; growing that team over 320 swimmers this past winter.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to help continue and grow this longtime tradition at Countryside YMCA,” Roberts said of his new position. “I have always said that coaches are fortunate to work with and be a role model to other parents’ kids. Our sport teaches so many important life lessons. Through our Torpedo Swim Team, I want to instill in our athletes the character values they will need to be successful in their lives.”

The Countryside YMCA Torpedo Swim Team includes over 200 families and about 230 swimmers, ages 6 to 18. Historically, the Team has ranked among the top 5 YMCA teams across the country. In July, the Team won the YMCA Southwest Ohio Swim League Championships at Miami University. In 2014, the Team won the YMCA Long Course Combined National Championships. In 2017, 12 of 15 graduating teammates will be going to college on swimming scholarships.

Press release courtesy of Countryside YMCA.

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UCI strikes deal with teams to prevent boycott of World Championship team time trial

10 to 12 WorldTour teams expected to attend

Teams organisation AIGCP has struck a deal with the UCI to prevent a potential boycott of the team time trial at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway next month.

As was the case in the 2016 World Championships in Qatar, the UCI risked not having the WorldTour teams in the team time trial event with the teams asking for appropriate compensation and freedom of attendance.

“Last year it was a last-minute deal, but this year we found a solution which included two key principles for the teams,” Ivan Spekenbrink, president of the AIGCP told Cycling Weekly. “The teams wanted fair starting conditions and the freedom to chose to race or not.

“This year, the third pillar was that a solution needed to be found early enough for the teams to race, without it, it could have been possible the teams wouldn’t race.”

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The UCI re-introduced the team time trial in 2012 and enjoyed early success with a rivalry between teams Quick-Step Floors and BMC Racing.

However in 2016 teams balked at the long trip and huge costs involved. The UCI replied by agreeing to cover some costs and making attendance voluntary. Only 10 out of the 18 WorldTour teams ended up racing.

The situation did not reflect well on the UCI’s prized event and both sides wanted a better solution for 2017.

The governing body stopped saying that teams must attend and even gave more expense money for the teams that do race. Exact figures are difficult to come by, it should be in line with what teams receive for attending a WorldTour event.

WorldTour points will not be awarded. Of the WorldTour 18 teams, 10 to 12 should participate on September 17 in Bergen, alongside other teams from the lower ranks.

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Spekenbrink said that having all the WorldTour teams would be impossible this late in to the season.

“It requires time and an early agreement so you can plan and work towards it,” he added. “The teams needed a fair agreement in order to race. It makes a difference when you have an early agreement.

“We need to have an earlier agreement [for the 2018 Worlds in Austria] and the willingness to get that solution early. You need an early agreement and fair conditions so that the teams have time to prepare to be at their best on the start line.”

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