Shelby Newkirk Breaks Para World Record Twice At Canadian Trials

One Para-swimming world record was broken twice, and another was threatened Thursday during the second night of the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials.

Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk broke her own world record in the S7 100-metre backstroke in the morning preliminaries, then went even faster in the evening finals.

“I’m so excited about it all,” said the 22-year-old who has generalized dystonia, a progressive neurological disorder similar to Parkinson’s.

Newkirk began the day timed in one minute, 21.42 seconds, which knocked .01 off the world mark she set last year at the Para-swimming Canadian Open in Toronto. She returned in the evening and sliced another 1.29 seconds off the record.

“This morning I was really happy with my last 30 metres but the first bit I knew I could work on,” said Newkirk. “I knew if I could get that first 50 faster I would be able to beat it no problem. I’m going to keep training and try and go as fast as I can.”

Aurelie Rivard of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, served notice her world record in the S10 100-m freestyle is in her sights. Rivard, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, finished the multi-class 100-m freestyle in 1.00.42, just .35 off her world mark.

“Every since I broke (that record) three years ago I wanted to break it again,” said Rivard. “It’s on my mind every year. I would like to be break it. It’s been there long enough.”

Para-swimming legend Benoit Huot reached the podium twice. Huot was second in the multi-class 100-m freestyle in 57.73 seconds then returned to finish third in the multi-class 100-m backstroke in 1:05.01.

Huot, an S10 swimmer who has won 20 medals competing at five Paralympics, hasn’t decided how much longer he will swim.

“I’m not getting any younger,” said the 34-year-old, who is expecting the birth of his first child this fall and plans to pursue an executive MBA at Queen’s University.

“Life will definitely change in the next few weeks . . . with a little girl coming in the fall.

“After Rio I knew every moment I have the opportunity to swim and to race I need to embrace and enjoy because this could be it. I know that I’m close to the end. It’s been a great adventure. The only word that comes to mind right now is grateful.”

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Kenisha Liu Wins Twice on Day 1 of 2018 Santa Clarita Speedo Sectionals

The 2018 Santa Clarita Speedo Sectionals meet splashed into action today, hosted by Canyons Aquatics Club. Kenisha Liu of Brea Aquatics completed day one with two gold medals to her name, while Gordon Mason began his quest towards distance dominance.

Women’s 100 Free

Brea Aquatics swept the podium in the women’s 100 freestyle, led by 19-year-old Kenisha Liu. Liu delivered a final time of 55.39 to win the event, followed closely by teammate Samantha Pearson and her time of 55.74.

14-year-old Justina Kozan took third overall with a time of 57.21. Tonight’s time is the second fastest time Kozan has posted in the 100 with her fastest being a 56.75.

 Event 1  Women 100 LC Meter Freestyle
    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
                        === A - Final ===                         
  1 Liu, Kenisha R         19 Brea Aquatics-CA    56.28      55.39  
  2 Pearson, Samantha M    16 Brea Aquatics-CA    56.74      55.74  
  3 Kozan, Justina A       14 Brea Aquatics-CA    57.92      57.21  
  4 Sanchez, Catherine M   19 La Mirada Armada    57.70      57.36  
  5 Crage, Kira E          17 Rancho San Diegu    58.00      57.67  
  6 Lough, Marly D         15 Brea Aquatics-CA    57.95      57.68  
  7 Gharbaoui, Leanna      16 BAY-SI              58.57      57.78  
  8 Mazurek, Ella M        14 Quicksilver Swim    58.31      58.26

Men’s 100 Free

Terrapin teammates Andrei Minakov and Alexei Sancov sprinted to victory in the finals of the men’s 100 free. Minakov dipped below the 50-second mark to stop the clock at a time of 49.90, while Sancov touched second with a 50.65.

Felix Chiun, representing De Anza Cuptertino Aquatics, finished third overall with a time of 51.57.

 Event 2  Men 100 LC Meter Freestyle
    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
                        === A - Final ===                         
  1 Minakov, Andrei D      16 Terrapins-PC        51.48      49.90  
  2 Sancov, Alexei         18 Terrapins-PC        51.90      50.65  
  3 Chiun, Felix B         18 De Anza Cupertin    51.37      51.57  
  4 Brimer, Ryan M         19 Roadrunner Aquat    51.92      51.64  
  5 Cheney, Teagan M       19 Crow Canyon Coun    51.93      51.71  
  6 McIntyre, Zachary M    16 Marin Pirates-PC    52.16      51.88  
  7 Cogswell, Cole A       21 Stanford Swimmin    51.78      51.91  
  8 Wight, Gavin R         16 Diablo Aquatics-    52.68      52.18

Women’s 1500 Free

Catharyn Salladin of Fast Swim Team swam ahead of the competition in timed finals of the women’s 1500 free. Salladin stopped the clock at a 17:00.05, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of the competition.

Hayley Pike, swimming unattached, touched second with a time of 17:08.37, while third place went to La Mirada’s Noelle Fimbres and her time of 17:27.43.

 Event 3  Women 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed     Finals        
  1 Salladin, Cathryn G    18 Fast Swim Team-C 17:02.93   17:00.05  
  2 Pike, Hayley N         16 Una Fast-CA      17:15.55   17:08.37  
  3 Fimbres, Noelle M      18 La Mirada Armada 17:19.18   17:27.43  
  4 Santa Ana, Rosalee Mi  21 La Mirada Armada 17:31.88   17:35.55  
  5 Cushman, Sarah N       16 La Mirada Armada 17:55.37   17:43.19  
  6 Stiles, Nicole         15 Crow Canyon Coun 17:35.52   17:46.29  
  7 Zavala, Sabrina        20 Roadrunner Aquat 17:52.00   17:48.57  
  8 Ciobanu, Alice G       15 Tiger Aquatics-P 18:16.31   17:50.97

Women’s 200 Breast

Liu claimed her second victory of the night in dominating fashion in the women’s 200 breast. The 19-year-old powered to a top finish of 2:31.43, finishing close to four full seconds ahead of the competition.

Second place was picked up by Jayssielisa Haynes, representing Roadrunner Aquatics, and her time of 2:35.36. She ws followed by Terrapins’ Emily Lo‘s 2:36.29.

 Event 5  Women 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
                        === A - Final ===                         
  1 Liu, Kenisha R         19 Brea Aquatics-CA  2:34.31    2:31.43  
  2 Haynes, Jayssielisa G  20 Roadrunner Aquat  2:39.26    2:35.36  
  3 Lo, Emily Y            17 Terrapins-PC      2:37.49    2:36.29  
  4 Rodriguez, Brooke A    25 De Anza Cupertin  2:39.66    2:36.30  
  5 Judson, Caroline R     17 Brea Aquatics-CA  2:39.97    2:39.09  
  6 Suppiger, Shelby E     15 Crow Canyon Coun  2:41.08    2:40.03  
  7 Albright, Danielle S   15 Tule Nation Trit  2:42.16    2:42.44  
  8 Sebastian, Sophia I    16 Quicksilver Swim  2:41.31    2:42.51

Men’s 200 Breast

Michael Xu of Bay Clue Aquatics posted the fastest time of the evening in the men’s 200 breast, stopping the clock at a time of 2:20.32.

Crow Canyon’s Alex Suehiro finished second overall with a 2:21.97, just ahead of Santa Maria’s Austin Simpson’s 2:22.31.

Event 6  Men 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
                        === A - Final ===                         
  1 Xu, Michael W          17 BAY-SI            2:20.28    2:20.32  
  2 Suehiro, Alex N        18 Crow Canyon Coun  2:23.22    2:21.97  
  3 Simpson, Austin T      20 Santa Maria Swim  2:22.34    2:22.31  
  4 Ward, Sean H           18 Brea Aquatics-CA  2:23.01    2:22.37  
  5 Wang, David            18 La Mirada Armada  2:22.36    2:22.47  
  6 Buyers, Jackson M      20 Roadrunner Aquat  2:22.63    2:23.06  
  7 Marella, Daniel A      18 De Anza Cupertin  2:23.14    2:23.17  
  8 Shirakata, Aiichiroh   17 Beach Cities Swi  2:23.98    2:23.34

Men’s 800 Free

Gordon Mason of Team Santa Monica collected his first victory of the meet, touching first in the men’s 800 free with an 8:15.76.

Santa Maria’s Blake Simpson and Roadrunner’s Owen van Krimpen added second and third place finishes of 8:29.81 and 8:33.07 respectively.

 Event 8  Men 800 LC Meter Freestyle
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed     Finals        
  1 Mason, Gordon J        19 TSM-CA            8:15.72    8:15.76  
  2 Simpson, Blake C       16 Santa Maria Swim  8:28.99    8:29.81  
  3 Van Krimpen, Owen      21 Roadrunner Aquat  8:24.73    8:33.07  
  4 Marsalek, Wyatt D      18 Santa Maria Swim  8:30.44    8:35.62  
  5 Mitchell, Robert S     17 Terrapins-PC      8:39.48    8:35.67  
  6 Lee, Michael Y         18 La Mirada Armada  8:29.31    8:35.83  
  7 Carlton, Mason K       15 Quicksilver Swim  9:48.38Y   8:36.44  
  8 Meyer, Christian R     18 PST-CA            8:38.40    8:37.63

Women’s 200 Fly

La Mirada’s Catherine Sanchez flew to victory in the women’s 200 fly, clocking a final time of 2:12.84 to secure gold. Her time sits just off her personal best of 2:12.52, set at the 2017 edition of this meet.

16-year-old Zephanie Koh of Brea Aquatics delivered a 2:16.84 for second, while Diablo Aquatics’ Makenna Turner posted a 2:17.39 for third.

 Event 9  Women 200 LC Meter Butterfly
    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
                        === A - Final ===                         
  1 Sanchez, Catherine M   19 La Mirada Armada  2:13.63    2:12.84  
  2 Koh, Zephanie A        16 Brea Aquatics-CA  2:16.80    2:16.84  
  3 Turner, Makenna L      18 Diablo Aquatics-  2:19.62    2:17.39  
  4 Trieu, Emily           17 Brea Aquatics-CA  2:18.35    2:18.15  
  5 Kozan, Justina A       14 Brea Aquatics-CA  2:16.91    2:18.37  
  6 Lawrence, Maelynn M    17 La Mirada Armada  2:18.81    2:18.51  
  7 Lee, Maya R            16 Fast Swim Team-C  2:19.79    2:19.41  
  8 Santa Ana, Rosalee Mi  21 La Mirada Armada  2:20.90    2:24.21

Men’s 200 Fly

Results for the men’s 200 fly are unavailable at this time. 

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Minnesota Women, Kentucky Men Assert Their Dominance on Day One of Iowa City Speedo Sectionals

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Day one of the 2018 Speedo Sectionals at Iowa City is shaping up to be a collegiate showdown in the team race, with many swimmers from major Division I programs populating the A-Finals of every event.

Despite the representation of many elite schools, the University of Kentucky men and the University of Minnesota women established themselves as the most dominant teams on day one.


Women’s 100 Free

After coming out of this morning’s prelims seeded first, rising sophomore at the University of Iowa Sarah Schemmel led the race from start to finish in a final time of 57.04.

Schemmel was followed closely by Malorie Han of Northwestern University, who took second with a 57.39. 15-year old Mckenna Stone from Fox Valley Swim Club posted a 57.43 for third, making her the only non-collegiate swimmer to crack 58 in the finals.

University of Kentucky’s Riley Gaines (57.51), Ames Cyclone’s Sophia Sorenson (58.17), Elmbrook’s Kaylyn Schoof (58.19), and Delta Aquatics’s Jessica Davis make up tonight’s A-Final.

14 year old Reilly Tiltmann of Elmbrook Swim Club, who finished third in this morning’s prelims, was disqualified.

Men’s 100 Free

University of Kentucky junior Jason Head dominated the men’s 100 free, netting the win with a 50.46, the only swimmer in the field under 51.

The Wildcats punched in a 1-2 finish with Kentucky teammate John Mitchell out-touching Wisconsin junior Cameron Tysoe, 51.02 to 51.16.

University of Kentucky’s Shane Anderson (51.50), University of Iowa’s Joseph Myhre (51.60), Kentucky’s Peter Wetzlar (51.66), Elmbrook’s Michael Linnihan (51.79) and Iowa’s William Scott (52.06) complete tonight’s A-Final.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

The Minnesota women go 1-2 in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke, with fellow seniors Kaela Marcus and Nicky Ciavarella finishing virtually together in 2:36.57 and 2:36.86 respectively. The two Golden Gophers had almost identical splits.

Denying the Gophers a 1-2-3 finish was WEST Swim Club’s Sylvia Kobylak. The 16 year old touched for 3rd in 2:37.74, nearly a second ahead of Minnesota’s Olivia Johnston (2:38.68).

University of Kentucky’s Elizabeth Merriman (2:39.23), Badger Aquatic Club’s Alexandra Anagnostopoulos (2:39.41) and Minnesota’s Alexandra Preiss (2:41.54) round off the top eight.

Northwestern’s Emma Hruby, who was seeded first heading into tonight’s finals, was disqualified.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

University of Iowa’s Tanner Nelson won the Men’s 200m Breaststroke all the way from lane 7 with a swift 2:17.70, dropping almost four seconds off of his seed time. The outside smoke pushed his way ahead of the field on the second 50 – where he was the only member of the field to split under a 35 – and never looked back.

University of Kentucky’s Kyle Barker had the fastest second 100 of the field, which allowed him to claw back into second with a 2:18.33. Following Barker was Minnesota’s Brenner Hohenstein in 2:18.66, the only other swimmer in the final to break 2:20.

Also in tonight’s A-Final was Wisconsin’s Chris Willis (2:20.04) and Benjamin Attenberger (2:21.16), Hickory Willow’s Lucas Smiarowski (2:22.89), Unattached-Iowa’s Caleb Babb (2:23.47) and Minnesota’s Evan Yoder (2:23.75).

Women’s 200 Butterfly

Rising Kentucky Sophomore Riley Gaines took it out fast and held on all the way to the wall, touching first in 2:16.55, good for a two second drop off of her seed time.

Coming in second was Green Bay Swim Club’s Emma Lasecki with a 2:17.62. Iowa’s Kelsey Drake, who had the fastest time coming into the meet, came in third with a 2:18.06.

Rounding out the top eight was Elmbrook’s Kaylyn Schoof (2:19.92), Riptide Swim Team’s Lucia Rizzo (2:20.26) and Winter Craig (2:21.08), Madison Aquatic Club’s Katrina Marty (2:21.99)

Fox Valley’s Kayleigh Cannon, who finished prelims in 6th place, was disqualified.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

The Kentucky Wildcats are on a roll tonight, and Daniel Orcutt‘s 200 fly victory was the perfect way to cap off their night. The Kentucky Sophomore was absolutely dominant, winning by over three seconds in 2:01.42.

Coming in second was Elmbrook’s Michael Linnihan, sporting almost a nine second drop from his entry time after swimming the 100 free earlier in this session. WEST Swim Club’s Jeffrey Vitek almost kept it close with Orcutt through the first 100, but eventually faded to third, posting a 2:05.63.

Fox Valley’s Aayush Deshpande (2:05.79), Saint Charles’s Frank Niziolek (2:06.26), Aligator Aquatics’s Michael Balcerak (2:07.00), Wildkit’s Mark Auger (2:07.00) and Fox Valley’s Michael Schwers (2:08.27) also were represented in the A-Final.

Women’s 800 Free

Consistency was the name of the game in the Women’s 800m free, as Abbey Erwin cranked out 1:07s after 1:07s to dominate the event in 8:52.69. University of Kentucky’s Payton Neff was Erwin’s closest competitor, as she finished second with a 8:58.84. Rounding out the podium was Lakeside Aquatic Club’s Bryn Handley, who touched for third in 8:58.84.

The Barrington Swim Club distance troupe had a great showing in the women’s 800 free, boasting three top eight finishes with Maggie Graves in fourth (9:00.59), Jane Smith in fifth (9:03.63), and Jennifer Tokarz in seventh (9:08.22). Another Barrington swimmer, Bridget O’Leary, narrowly missed the top eight, swimming a 9:11.48 to take ninth.

The rest of the top eight includes Riptide Swim Team’s Katia Soudakova (9:04.70) who came in sixth, and University of Minnesota’s Olivia Johnston (9:10.69) who came in eighth.

Men’s 800 Free

It seemed that outside smoke Nicholas Smith of the Kentucky Wildcats was going to run away with the win at the halfway mark, flipping nearly six seconds ahead of his nearest competition. Two Minnesota Gophers, however, ended up running Smith down in the back-half, setting up a photo finish on the last 50.

The Gophers ended up narrowly clinching the 1-2 finish, with Michael Messner taking first in 8:19.69 followed by teammate Nicholas Pachinski in 8:19.72. Smith ended up barely settling for third with a 8:19.90.

The other swimmers in the top eight were Unattached-Iowa’s Tom Schab (8:22.93), Badger Aquatic Club’s Ben McDade (8:25.69), Unattached-Minnesota’s Matt Hedman, Dubuque Hurricane’s Benjamin Colin (8:27.58), and Riptide Swim Team’s Timothy (8:31.91).

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Ohio State Wins Six Events on Night One of Cleveland Speedo Sectionals

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The 2018 Speedo Sectionals Series – Cleveland kicked off today in Cleveland, Ohio. Co-hosted by the Firestone Akron Swim Team and the Hudson Explores Aquatic Team, the meet will run from July 19-22 at Cleveland State’s Busbey Natatorium.

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Women’s 800 Free

Club Wolverine’s Katie Duggan won the meet’s opening event, the women’s 800 free, in a time of 8:54.45. She knocked off over three seconds from her best time as the only swimmer under the nine-minute barrier.

Ohio State’s Natalia Jaspeado finished second in 9:04.99 while Nicole Swartz took third in 9:08.44.

Men’s 1500 Free

Ohio State’s Carson Burt dipped under the 16-minute mark in the men’s 1500 free, finishing with a time of 15:59.08. That marks a new personal best by just over 25 seconds.

Cincinnati Marlins’ Kellen Roddy dropped 40 seconds to earn a second-place showing in 16:19.03 while Utica Shelby’s Daniel Frederick was third in 16:21.78.

Women’s 200 Back

Ohio State’s Mikayla Murphy dropped over one second to win the women’s 200 back, finishing with a final time of 2:16.40.

Racing amongst talented college swimmers, 16-year-old Paige McCormick of Hudson Explorer finished second in a lifetime best of 2:17.20 while Firestone Akron’s Anna Nebraska took third in 2:18.15.

Men’s 200 Back

A trio of 16-year-olds swept the podium in the men’s 200 back, led by Northern Kentucky Clippers’ Ethan Hanna. He took the title in a time of 2:06.02.

Cincinnati Marlins’ Aaron Sequeira finished second in 2:06.50 and Firestone Akron’s Kaden Smesko finished third in 2:06.95. This marked new lifetime bests for all of the top three finishers.

Women’s 50 Free

Ohio State’s Freya Rayner, who finished fifth at this year’s Big Ten Championships in this event, won the women’s 50 free in 25.94 as the only swimmer under 26 seconds.

Second place went to Liquid Lightning’s Claire Abbasse in 26.37 while Ohio State’s Taylor Petrak took a close third in 26.40.

Men’s 50 Free

The men’s 50 free title went to Ohio State’s Mateo Chavezwho swam a new personal best of 22.68 to win the race by half a second.

Cincinnati Marlins’ Justin Grender sprinted his way to second in 23.18 while Hudson Explorer’s Jay Johnson powered home to a third-place finish in 23.54.

Women’s 200 Breast

Club Wolverine’s Delaney Duncan shaved off nearly four seconds from her previous best time to win the women’s 200 breast, getting her hands to the wall first in 2:32.65.

Lake Erie’s Laura Goettler wound up second in 2:33.38 and Club Wolverine’s Alexandra Hughes finished third in 2:33.99.

Men’s 200 Breast

Ohio State’s Alex Jahan won the men’s 200 breast by just under a second, touching the wall in 2:18.94 to achieve a new best time by over three seconds.

Firestone Akron’s Richard Kurlich finished second in 2:19.91 while Cincinnati Marlins’ Scott Soboleweski stopped the clock in 2:20.39 for third.

Women’s 4×200 Free Relay

The Ohio State quartet of Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa (2:06.08), Kerrigan Vargo, Murphy (2:05.56) and Maria Coy (2:07.84), dominated the evening’s final event, winning by over 15 seconds in 8:24.46.

Hudson Explorer finished second in 8:39.72 while Cincinnati Marlins took third in 8:42.81.

Prelims for the second day of competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST.

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Ian Thorpe’s Former Coach, Doug Frost, Assists Rising New Zealander Lewis Clareburt

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By Dave Crampton, Swimming World Contributor.

Doug Frost, coach of five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe, has travelled from Australia to New Zealand to work with Commonwealth Games medallist Lewis Clareburt prior to the Pan Pacific championships next month.

Clareburt, 19, is coached by Gary Hollywood, who will be the New Zealand coach at the Pan Pacific Championships. Both Clareburt and Hollywood received the 2018 swimmer and coach of the year awards respectively at a Swimming New Zealand awards presentation this month.

When Hollywood got in touch with his mentor Frost to see if he would coach Clareburt and the rest of his squad for a few weeks while on leave, it was a no-brainer.

“[Hollywood] asked, ‘will l come over’. I said, ‘when? I’ll be over whenever you need me’.” Frost said.

Frost, who lives on a golf course in Australia and coached Thorpe from the age of nine, still coaches part time, and also mentors several other coaches.

He believes Clareburt has the potential, and all the qualities to do well, at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But he doesn’t think much of the facilities in New Zealand. He is training swimmers in a 33m pool until Hollywood returns at the end of this month – but he believes Clareburt needs more time in a 50m pool.

“If you want to produce world champions you need to have the facilities.”

Hollywood has run a good programme since starting at the Capital Swimming Club in Wellington, just over two years ago, Frost says.

“His programme has developed considerably. I think the way it is going, there’s no reason why it cannot be the number one club in New Zealand.”

In 2002, after assisting with the coaching of Olympians Corey Main and Glenn Snyders, Hollywood left New Zealand owing to lack of adequate training facilities, in particular a 50m pool. He now has weekend access to a 50m pool.

Frost is currently working on Clareburt’s breaststroke, his backstroke, as well as the flow of his stroking, in preparation for the Pan Pacific championships. He says Clareburt may well be able to lower his 400m individual medley time of 4:14.42 set at the Commonwealth Games.

“With confidence, I think he can drop his best times.”

Clareburt is relishing an opportunity to be under the hand of Frost, who runs a similar programme to Hollywood in Australia. “He’s awesome- it’s a great opportunity, he’s pretty casual.”

“It’s just his presence, knowing that he has got so much knowledge coaching top swimming.”

But he is also clear what he wants to do.

“My goal is to get an Olympic medal.”

He is not the only one in New Zealand with that goal – Hollywood is also similarly focused.

“I`d like to bring an Olympic medal back to New Zealand – that’s the big focus for me with Lewis,” Hollywood said. “We are tracking well, we have got an opportunity, and we just want to see how fast we can have him swim – and hopefully that might mean a medal.”

If that hope turns into a reality, it will elevate Clareburt into swimming royalty in New Zealand. Just four New Zealanders have won an Olympic swimming medal in an individual event; the most recent 22 years ago.

Clareburt knows he has to drop his 400IM time to at least 4:09 to do it. That’s a five second drop – but he lowered his personal best by four seconds at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for bronze.

While Frost, 75, is enjoying coaching the young squad in New Zealand – Clareburt is one of the older ones – it means longer hours poolside than he is used to.

“I miss my golf – you just can’t walk off pool deck.”

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2018 Canadian Pan Pac Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

The Canadian Swimming Trials continued Thursday in Edmonton, Alberta.

Top swimmers in the country are vying for spots on the Pan Pac national team.

Follow along with what is happening in tonight’s finals:

Order of events

Women’s 100 Free
Men’s 100 Free
Women’s 100 Free Multi-Class
Men’s 100 Free Multi-Class
Women’s 200 Fly
Men’s 200 Fly
Women’s 100 Back
Men’s 100 Back
Women’s 100 Back Multi-Class
Men’s 100 Back Multi-Class
Men’s 1500 Free

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Washington State Adds Matt Leach To Lead Women’s Swimming and Diving

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Director of Athletics Patrick Chun announced Thursday the hiring of Matt Leach as the head coach of the Cougars’ Women’s Swimming program.

“We are excited to welcome Matt and Katie to the Cougar Family,” said Chun. “Matt is an exact fit for the next chapter of our swimming program as his vision and values will elevate our program on a new trajectory. The work Matt did at his past institution was remarkable and we look forward to having him at WSU!”

Leach joins WSU after spending the previous three years at Indiana State where he started the swimming and diving programs in 2015 and began competing in the 2016-17 season. In the program’s second season, Leach was named the 2017-18 Missouri Valley Coach of the Year after guiding the Sycamores to a 13-win campaign that featured a 10-dual match win streak and a record-setting team performance at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships where ISU set school records in every event, highlighted by the program’s first individual conference champion. Nine Sycamores earned All-MVC honors including a trio of first-team selections.

“I would like to thank President Schulz and Athletic Director Patrick Chun for this outstanding opportunity to lead the swimming program at Washington State,” said Leach. “As soon as my wife and I stepped on campus we could see ourselves being a part of such an outstanding university and athletic department. Anne McCoy and the entire staff at Washington State were so wonderful and welcoming to Katie and I, and we felt a part of the Cougar family right away. I am truly humbled and excited to help grow this program and I look forward to the challenge of representing Cougar nation. Go Cougs!”

Out of the pool, Leach saw his team earn CSCAA Scholar All-American honors for the third straight semester, including the highest team GPA in the Missouri Valley Conference. Six student-athletes earned MVC All-Academic honors this past season after five earned the same honor in 2016-17.

Prior to Indiana State, Leach spent six seasons at the University of Wyoming (2009-15), including the final four seasons as associate head coach and worked extensively with sprint swimmers. Leach helped rewrite the Cowgirl record books, as every sprint event school record was broke during his time on staff. He has also coached sprint swimmers to NCAA and Olympic trials competitions including two-time All-America selection Kelsey Conci who earned trips to the NCAA Championships in the 100 backstroke and the 50 and 100 freestyle, placing 10th in the 100 backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Championships and ninth at the 2012 championships.

Leach arrived at Wyoming from Louisiana State University where he began as a graduate assistant in 2004, and then as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons (2007-09). At LSU, Leach helped guide several athletes to the NCAA Championships, and a top-25 ranking for both the men’s and women’s teams. Leach also served as the head age group coach at Tiger Aquatics from 2006-09 where he was named the 2007 Louisiana State Age Group Coach of the Year for his efforts in his first season.

A native of Portland, Ore., Leach swam collegiately at Indiana University (2000-04), where he was a was a four-time All-American, helped the Hoosiers to a Big Ten Conference Championship in the 200 medley relay as a senior and still holds school records as a member of the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. Leach also performed on the national stage, as he took part in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Leach graduated from Indiana in December 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental management. He received his master’s degree, also in environmental planning and management, from LSU in May 2007.

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USA Swimming Roster Set for 2018 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

USA Swimming today announced a roster of 12 swimmers slated to represent the United States at the upcoming FINA World Junior Open Water Championships to be held Sept. 6-8 in Eilat, Israel.

The event features a 5-kilometer race for ages 14-15, a 7.5K for ages 16-17 and a 10K for ages 18-19.

Headlining the roster are National Team members Michael Brinegar (Columbus, Ind./Mission Viejo Nadadores) and Erica Sullivan (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), who each finished third in the 10K at the 2018 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. Both will compete in the 18-19 10K event in Israel.

Junior 7.5K national champions Ivan Puskovitch (West Chester, Pa./Episcopal Academy Aquatic Club) and Chase Travis (Newark, Del./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) will compete in the 16-17 7.5K race, while junior 5K champs Mariah Denigan (Walton, Ky./Northern Kentucky Clippers) and Jackson Carlile Fishers, Ind./Fishers Area Swimming Tigers) will race the 14-15 5K.

A complete U.S. roster for the event can be found here.

Ron Aitken (Sandpipers of Nevada) is the head coach for the team, while Norm Wright (Northern Kentucky Clippers) will serve as the assistant coach.

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SMU Hires Keith Dawley As Assistant Swim Coach

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SMU men’s swimming and diving head coach Eddie Sinnott has announced the hiring of Keith Dawley as the swimming assistant.

“We are excited to welcome Keith to the SMU staff,” Sinnott said. “He has a proven history of success at the Division I level, and is no stranger to the American Athletic Conference and Dallas area. He will no doubt be a great addition to the Mustang family and our commitment to continuing the great culture our program has established.”

Dawley joins the SMU staff after serving as the associate head coach and interim head coach at TCU for a year.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work at such a great University with such a strong tradition of success,” Dawley said. “I have always felt connected to SMU throughout my time in the swimming world and can’t wait to help get the program back to a conference champion level and work every day in the beautiful Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center.”

At TCU, Dawley was responsible for leading distance group practices, while also assisting with sprint groups and helped nearly 85 percent of the team set personal best times.

During his time at TCU, the Horned Frogs saw a 100-point improvement in the overall standings at the Big 12 Championships from 2017 to 2018. They also were runners-up in the 200-yard medley relay, set ten school records, had 31 All-Big 12 performers and 15 NCAA “B” cuts.

During the 2016-17 season, Dawley was an assistant coach at Miami University (OH). In his time there, the team excelled as Dawley played a pivotal role helping the RedHawks to two MAC individual event championships, nine school records, ten All-MAC performances, had the MAC Freshman of the year and produced 11 NCAA “B” cuts.

Prior to his time at Miami, Dawley spent 2015-16 at Virginia where he helped the Cavaliers to the fist No. 1 ranking by the CSCAA in school history and ninth consecutive ACC Championship. His student-athletes produced two NCAA records, six ACC Championship records and eight UVA school records. Virginia also had four Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, ten ACC Champions, eight individual NCAA “A” cuts and 91 individual NCAA “B” cuts.

Dawley coached two seasons at AAC-member Houston, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from October 2013 through December 2014 and interim head coach until June 2015. He coached the team to a 112 point improvement from 2014 to the 2015 AAC Championships, and also coached a student-athlete to her first spot on the Mexican National Team.

From 2009-13, he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina. While at ECU, he helped account for 20 school records, 96 all-time top-ten swims and three AAC Championships over three recruiting classes. He also helped directly mentor student-athletes that broke 15 school records and had nine NCAA “B” cuts.

Dawley swam collegiately for both Indiana and the South Carolina and is originally from Allen, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in sport and entertainment management from South Carolina in 2009.

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