Ella Eastin Takes 200 Fly on Night 2 of 2018 Fran Crippen Memorial SMOC

Friday was the first full day of action at the 2018 Fran Crippen Memorial SMOC and many of the west coast’s most popular names have collected victories. Among the victors for night two were Stanford’s Ella Eastin and Grant Shoults and international stars Li Bingjie, Kierra Smith, and Vladimir Morozov.

Women’s 200 Fly

Stanford’s Ella Eastin flew to victory in the 200 fly finals, posting a time of 2:09.82.

BREA’s Justina Kozan might have been the youngest in the field at 14, but she didn’t let that stop her from securing second place over many athletes older than her. Kozan powered to a 2:12.35, touching just ahead of Olympian Haley Anderson’s 2:12.39.

Men’s 200 Fly

Brendan Meyer of CLPR turned in the only sub-two minute swim of the men’s races, stopping the clock at a 1:59.36.

Irvine Novaquatics’ Andrew Koustik touched second overall with a time of 2:00.64, followed by Stanford’s Grant Shoults and his time of 2:00.81.

Women’s 100 Free

Cal’s Katie McLaughlin and China’s Yang Junxuan held a close race throughout the 100 free, but it was McLauglin who touched first with a time of 54.45. Yang was a close second with a time of 54.57.

Chinese national teammate Yanhan Al took third with a time of 55.38.

Men’s 100 Free

Vlad Morozov sprinted to the top of the podium in the men’s 100 free, posting the only 48-second swim. Morozov has been faster this calendar year, with his world leading time sitting at a 47.75 from the Russian National Championships.

Michael Chadwick posted a close second with a time of 49.01, while Blake Pieroni turned in a 49.51 for third.

Women’s 200 Breast

Canadian Olympian Kierra Smith powered to a strong victory in the women’s 200 breast, delivering a 2:25.93 for the win. Smith’s fastest time for 2018 is a 2:23.62 from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which currently ranks her seventh in the world.

Riley Scott of MP grabbed second overall with a time of 2:28.14, just ahead of New York Athletic Club’s Breeja Larson and her time of 2:28.64.

Men’s 200 Breast

Minnesota’s Conner McHugh and GTAC’s Sam Iida raced to a tight finish, with a shy .02 seconds separating their final times. McHugh turned up the heat in the final 50 meters, splitting a 35.08 over Iida’s 35.37 to finish with a time of 2:16.13 over Iida’s 2:16.15.

KISU’s Jaren LeFranc also posted a 2:16 time, turning in a 2:16.55 for third.

Women’s 400 Free

Chinese teen phenomenon Li Bingjie collected her second victory in two days, powering ahead of the competition to a final time of 4:06.26. Li’s best time of 2018 stands at a 4:05.37 from the Chinese National Championships.

Veteran distance swimmer Haley Anderson grabbed her second medal of the day with a time of 4:09.97.

Zhang Ke of China grabbed third with a time of 4:10.89.

Men’s 400 Free

Grant Shoults of Stanford added a gold medal from the 400 free to his collection, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 3:51.82.

China’s Qiu Ziao, last night’s 1500 free victor, finished second overall with a time of 3:54.27, followed closely by Stanford’s True Sweetser and his time of 3:54.35.

Women’s 50 Back

Minnesota’s Tevyn Waddell won the women’s 50 back shootout with a final time of 28.90, followed closely by Trojan’s Anika Apostalon’s 28.99.

PSC’s Emi Moronuki delivered a third place finish of 29.18.

Men’s 50 Back

Trojan teammates Siman SudartawaVladimir Morozov and Luca Spinazzola claimed the top three podium spots in the men’s 50 back shootout. Sudartawa was victorious with a 25.33, while Morozov picked up second with a 25.53.

Spinazzola rounded out the top three with a 26.11.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 CA MVN Fran Crippen Memorial SMOC. 

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Steve West Lowers Own 200 Breast Masters World & National Record

While swimming at the 2018 edition of the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions, Steve West unleashed a 2:19.44 to lower his own masters world and national record. West’s time earned him a ticket to the finals as the second place seed.

West, representing Irvine Novaquatics, posted his newest record in the preliminary heats of the meet. This is the second time the 46-year-old has broken the 200 breast masters world record for the 45-49 age group.

He has now lowered the world record more than four and a half seconds since he aged into the 45-49 age group. The previous record was a 2:22.46 set at the 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine, down from the 2:24 that Russia’s Vladislav Bragin.

West, who also serves on the ISHOF Board of Directors, has been named one of Swimming World’s World Masters Swimmers of the Year twice (2013 and 2015) and holds the 200 breast Masters World Record for the 40-44 age group at a 2:18.57.

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Stanford’s Simone Manuel Among Pac-12 Honda Sports Award Winners; Nominated for Honda Cup

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12 Honda Sports Award winners were awarded during the 2017-18 campaign and five are Pac-12 athletes. The Honda Sports Award acknowledges athletic achievement as well as scholastics and community involvement, and is given to female athletes in 12 different NCAA-sanctioned sports throughout the year. Each Honda Sports Award winner is recognized as the top collegiate female athlete in her sport, and the award is considered by many as one of the highest honors a female college athlete can receive in the nation.

Each of the 12 winners are finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup which will be announced live during the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Show presented by Honda on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 25, at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET, in downtown Los Angeles.

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA and the sport winners are chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools and among four finalists in each sport. The five Pac-12 Honda Sports Award winners in are:

Soccer: Andi Sullivan, Stanford (Lorton, Va.)

Sullivan is at two-time MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, leading Stanford to the 2017 NCAA title. The Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year was also named the Senior CLASS Award winner and is a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-American. The senior is a four-time All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region first-team selection, and a member of the U.S. National Team with seven caps. The three-year captain posted 20 career goals, 19 assists and eight game-winning goals at Stanford.

Swimming and Diving: Simone Manuel, Stanford (Sugar Land, Texas)

Manuel is a three-time Honda Award nominee and a 14-time NCAA Champion including six national titles at the 2018 NCAA Championship. The senior team captain is a 21-time All-American, earning seven All-America nods in 2018, and became the fifth woman to win three NCAA titles in the 100-free, winning each year she competed. She finished her career with six American records, seven NCAA records and seven school records, and was a member of two NCAA Championship teams and two Pac-12 Championship squads. She is also the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming and holds four Olympic medals after the 2016 games (two gold, two silver).

Gymnastics: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Lee led UCLA to the 2018 NCAA Championship title in a come-from-behind victory after needing a 9.975 on beam in the final routine and scoring a perfect 10 to secure the victory. She finished the Championship with two perfect 10s and captured the national championship on the balance beam. She is a nine-time All-American and was named the 2018 Pac-12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She finished the season with seven perfect 10s (five on balance beam and two on uneven bars) to end her career with 10 perfect 10s overall, which is third-most in UCLA history. Lee set a Pac-12 record with nine-career Pac-12 Specialist of the Week awards, including five in 2018.

Softball: Rachel Garcia, UCLA (Palmdale, Calif.)

Garcia was named USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Year, National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Player of the Year as well and ESPNW National Player of the Year. She is a NFCA first-team All-American and was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. She led the Bruins’ pitching staff with a 1.31 earned run average, a 29-4 record and 315 strikeouts in 208 innings, while adding a .339 batting average, while ranking fourth in the nation in strikeouts. A two-time NFCA and USA Softball Pitcher of the Week, she limited opponents to a .143 batting average. She is a member of the 2018 USA Softball National Team World Championship roster.

Track & Field: Maggie Ewen, Arizona State (St. Francis, Minn.)

Ewen was the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Champion in both the shot put and discus, becoming just the sixth woman in NCAA history to win both events in the same meet. She added a third national title winning the shot put during the indoor championship and is a four-time NCAA Champion overall. Her 2017 individual title in the hammer made her the only woman in NCAA history with a title in three throwing events. A two-time Honda Award nominee, she was named the Pac-12 Championship Field Athlete of the Meet and Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Overall, she is an 11-time first-team All-American.

For more information on the Honda Cup, visit www. collegiatewomensportsaward.com .

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A Preview of USA Men’s 200 Breaststroke at the 2018 Summer National Championships

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By Kevin Donnelly, Swimming World College Intern.

As the summer begins to heat up and taper season edges closer and closer, many American swimmers will be setting their sights on the 2018 Summer National Championships, which will serve as the qualifying meet for the Pan Pacific Championships later in the summer.

One of the more competitive events for Pan Pacs is looking to be the men’s 200 breaststroke, as a plethora of men have been challenging for the top spots throughout the Pro Swim Series and across all competition.

The Returning Favorites

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Last summer at the 2017 World Championships, Nic Fink and Kevin Cordes represented the U.S. internationally in the 200 breaststroke, with both of them advancing to the final. Fink took fifth with a strong 2:08.56, while Cordes was just behind in sixth at 2:08.68. Cordes also represented the U.S. at the 2016 Olympic Games, where he took eighth in a 2:08.34.

At those Olympic Games, Josh Prenot won the silver medal, just seven one-hundredths behind gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan, with a time of 2:07.53. Prenot is the current American record holder, with his best time being 2:07.17.

Will Licon – who narrowly missed out on a spot on the US Olympic Team in 2016 in the 200 breast – also looks to be in the mix once again. Licon is the current American record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke and holds the second-fastest time in the country this year with a 2:09.47.

The New Faces

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Andrew Wilson isn’t exactly a new face to the sport of swimming, but he is definitely an unconventional one. The former Emory University star and current Division III record-holder in the 200-yard breast now trains with the post-graduate program at Texas under coach Eddie Reese. Wilson won gold in both the 100 and 200 breast last summer at the World University Games and holds the fastest time in the country this year, clocking a 2:08.52 at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Atlanta.

Daniel Royan 18-year-old Washington native, broke the 17-18 NAG in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Indianapolis stop on the Pro Swim Series tour, beating out a strong field and cracking the 2:10 barrier for the first time with a time of 2:09.73.

Roy narrowly beat Chase Kalisz at the Indy Pro Swim Series, with Kalisz swimming a 2:09.90 to also crack the 2:10 barrier. Kalisz is better known for his prowess in the IM events but has a strong 200 breast that can compete with the country’s best; he may look to compete in this event at Nationals to potentially steal a spot for Pan Pacs.

The men’s 200 breast is one of the strongest events America has to offer; look for a great battle for gold at Nationals come July!

Commentary: All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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Tom Jager and Washington State University Cougars Part Ways

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Washington State University Director of Athletics Patrick Chun announced Friday that the university and swimming head coach Tom Jager have mutually agreed to part ways.

“We thank Tom, appreciate his years of service to Washington State University and wish him great success in his future endeavors” said Chun.

Jager, hired prior to the 2011-12 season, guided the Cougars for the past seven seasons, leading them to 32 dual victories while coaching 67 student-athletes to Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

A national search for WSU’s next head coach will begin immediately.

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BMW International Open: England's Aaron Rai two shots off lead in Germany

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BMW International Open, second round leaderboard
-6 S Hend (Aus); -5 N Geyger (Chi), H Sturehed (Swe); -4 A Rai (Eng), S Gros (Fra), M Kieffer (Ger), M Kaymer (Ger), N Cullen (Aus)
Selected others: -2 M Foster (Eng), M Wallace (Eng); -1 S Jamieson (Sco), C Syme (Sco), C Paisley (Eng), A Sullivan (Eng)

England’s Aaron Rai is two strokes off the lead after the second round of the BMW International Open in Germany.

The world number 217 carded a one-under-par 71 on Friday that included a hole-in-one at the par-three 16th to move to four under for the tournament.

Australia’s Scott Hend shot a five-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Chile’s Nico Geyger and Sweden’s Henric Sturehed in Pulheim.

Rai, 23, could have been better off but for a double bogey at the fourth.

The Wolverhampton-born golfer added three birdies and two bogeys after only dropping one shot in his opening round on Thursday.

Fellow Englishmen Matt Wallace and Mark Foster sit two shots further back in the European Tour event.

Scottish duo Scott Jamieson and Connor Syme and English pair Chris Paisley and Andy Sullivan are among a group of eight players on one under par.

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Flipping The Switch to End Child Sexual Abuse

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By McKenna Ehrmantraut, Swimming World College Intern. 

Sexual abuse of current and former athletes has made headlines throughout the swimming world recently. While the media has focused primarily on the horrific nature of the stories these brave individuals are sharing about their past ordeals, very little focus has been on how we can stop the abuse before it starts or recognize it if it’s happening to someone we know.

Nearly one in ten children suffer from sexual abuse before age 18, yet most are terrified to tell anyone about it for fear that the abuser may threaten them or someone they love. They may be ashamed of what has happened to them, they may be too young to understand what is happening, or they may believe they somehow deserve to be treated this way by an authoritative figure in their lives. There are dozens of reasons children don’t come forward about their abusers, but there are signs that everyone can learn to spot and prevent a child from being hurt.

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One of the campaigns available to teach people about sexual abuse prevention is Flip The Switch. Flip The Switch is a program that two time Olympic gymnast, Aly Raisman, started to provide everyone in youth sports with free training to spot and prevent sexual abuse in children. They partner with Darkness Into Light, which is currently the nation’s leading advocate in training for the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Raisman struggled with sexual abuse from her athletic doctor, and she is determined to stop all sexual abuse within the athletic community by teaching athletes, coaches, trainers, etc. to spot warning signs in children that could indicate sexual abuse. She believes if everyone in the community is able to spot these warning signs, we would be able to prevent any and all children from being hurt.

“To address this terrible problem, we all need to be willing to confront it head-on,” Raisman told Sports Illustrated. “Sexual abuse is something that needs to be discussed openly — especially now — given the challenges our sport is facing, and all adults should become educated as to how to prevent it. Ignoring the issue in hopes that it goes away is unacceptable. Athlete safety must be the highest priority.”

The program is a series of videos combined with written descriptions and a few short questions that focuses on the “five steps to protecting our children”.

The five steps are as follows:

  1. Learn the Facts
  2. Minimize Opportunity
  3. Talk About It
  4. Recognize The Signs
  5. React Responsibly
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During the training, you see videos of past victims tell, in painstaking detail, how it felt to be sexually abused as a young child. We also hear from a few of their family members and professionals involved in education, youth sports, mentoring, the faith community, child advocacy and law enforcement.

One of the victims in the video was Olympian, Margaret Hoelzer. Hoelzer competed in Athens and Beijing, setting a world record during the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 200 backstroke. However, behind all of the fame and glory, she was still struggling to prove herself as worthy to everyone, including herself. She grew up thinking she wasn’t good enough, so she strove for perfection in every aspect of her life; however, the horrors of being sexually abused by the father of one of her friends would continuously stay with her.

Many swim coaches across the nation are stepping up to help end sexual abuse within our sport by adding the Flip The Switch training program to their already intensive training via USA Swimming’s Safe Sport. USA Swimming was one of the first sports programs to mandate a program for coaches to learn about spotting and preventing sexual abuse.

While continuing to develop and improve their program, USA Swimming is focusing on making sure that adults within the swimming community are becoming educated to help protect young swimmers. If you would like more information about how the USA Swimming coaches are trained, go to https://www.usaswimming.org/Home/safe-sport .

While the swimming community is striving to reach the goal of no child being sexually abused, it still remains a problem. That is why Raisman, along with Hoelzer and other athletes such as Michael Phelps, are raising awareness regarding sexual abuse through the Flip The Switch campaign.

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If you want to learn more and be part of the solution to stopping sexual abuse within the swimming world, go to https://www.fliptheswitchcampaign.org . The program takes approximately two hours to complete and is free for all athletes, coaches, parents, etc. when you enter the coupon code FlipTheSwitch during checkout.

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Indiana Women’s Water Polo Team To Join Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

The Indiana University women’s water polo team’s pursuit of excellence took a landmark leap on Friday afternoon.

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced the addition of Indiana University as its seventh water polo affiliate, placing the Hoosiers against the best NCAA teams in the country and the world’s top young players.

“This is a huge day for Indiana University Water Polo,” said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. “We are thrilled to be joining the premier water polo conference in the nation, and excited about what this means for our program. For 25 years, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation has championed the growth of the sport nationally, and Indiana University is excited to be a part of that as we begin this new, exciting journey together.”

The transition will see Indiana enter league play with Arizona State University; the University of California, Berkeley; San Jose State University; Stanford University; the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and the University of Southern California (USC). The teams will begin competing alongside Indiana as conference foes in the 2019 spring season.

“It’s an exciting step in our history and a visionary move by our administration for our sport,” said Indiana head coach Ryan Castle. “Indiana water polo has grown tremendously over the last 22 years. We came from humble beginnings, but this move shows that our administration has faith in our potential. Moving to the MPSF is a huge challenge for us, but it signals where we want to be positioned in the national conversation.”

Castle, entering his third season at the helm of the program, will face one of the toughest tasks in program history this fall as the Hoosiers ready for the immense challenge presented by the MPSF. A member of the league has won all 18 NCAA titles since the sport gained varsity status in the 2001 season. In 17 of those seasons, the championship game saw two MPSF rivals face one another.

In the 2018 campaign, every league member landed in the final top-20 while occupying the top five spots in the polls.

“The MPSF is the toughest league in the world, far tougher than any professional leagues,” Castle said. “The teams we will face take water polo very seriously and have a strong history in the sport. It’s a daily challenge for us, and meeting these teams in a conference setting changes the dynamic, but we relish in the task at hand.”

The inter-region merger is a testament to the growth of water polo in Bloomington since the first club team took the pool in 1998. From the first NCAA championship year in 2001, the Hoosiers have 16 seasons with 20-plus wins and a trio of appearances at the NCAA Tournament. A perennial figure in the top-20 rankings, Indiana ended the 2018 season at No. 15 with a 25-9 record.

What does this mean for Hoosier fans in Bloomington and around the country? For starters, Indiana will host a handful of electric conference games in their upcoming season. In a league where the round robin includes defending champion USC, Stanford, UCLA, California, Arizona State, and San Jose State, the Hoosiers are bound to bring some of the world’s toughest opposition to the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. And after igniting a raucous crowd in two ranked home games last year, the Hoosiers are eager to show their new conference counterparts how the Midwest shows out for water polo.

“I’ve coached all around the world, and there’s no louder facility than the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center with the Crabb Band playing and the stands filled with fans,” Castle added.

The move also increases Indiana’s presence on the West Coast during the regular season, much to the delight of 11 Hoosiers on next year’s squad and the team’s vast alumni base in the Golden State. Of the 146 student-athletes who played water polo at IU over the last 20 years, 66 (45%) came to Bloomington from California.

But it won’t be enough for Castle and the Hoosiers to make the cut as a member of the fiercest league in women’s water polo, to be associated with the endless streak of NCAA Champions from the conference. They joined the MPSF to compete with the best, beat the best, and eventually bring the NCAA Championship trophy to Indiana.

That process began with the program’s foundation two decades ago and took a crucial step today.

“When I first arrived in Bloomington,” Castle added, “the athletes asked me how often we would be able to play against the best of the best. The kids that we brought here came here for a specific reason: they want a world class education, and they want to compete against the best. That’s what Hoosiers want.”

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Queen's Club: Novak Djokovic joins Nick Kyrgios and Marin Cilic in semi-finals

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2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBC
Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 18-24 June
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, the BBC Sport website and app.

Novak Djokovic beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Fever-Tree Championship at Queen’s Club.

Djokovic, 31, trailed Mannarino in the first set but the former world number one from Serbia went on to dominate.

The three-time Wimbledon champion will face France’s Jeremy Chardy or American Frances Tiafoe in the last four.

Top seed Marin Cilic of Croatia and Australian Nick Kyrgios will meet in the other semi-final on Saturday.

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Kyrgios hit 32 aces as he continued his impressive run by knocking out Spain’s 2017 champion Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3).

The 23-year-old also hit 32 aces in his second-round victory over Kyle Edmund.

“I can’t remember a specific time where I’ve served at this level back to back,” said the Australian world number 21.

Cilic, who reached last year’s Wimbledon final and was runner-up at this year’s Australian Open, beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

The 29-year-old hit 10 aces and won 91% of first-serve points to reach the semi-finals for the third year in a row.

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Celebrate Induction of Libby Trickett Into International Swimming Hall of Fame (Video)

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Relive the special night for Libby Trickett when the International Swimming Hall of Fame inducted the class of 2018 during ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale Florida on May 19th.

Watch This Exclusive Video Commemorating Libby Trickett

Lisbeth “Libby” Lenton, the youngest of four children, was born on January 28, 1985, in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, a seaside city with a rich swimming history. It was where, in the Tobruk Memorial Baths, the Australian team prepared for the 1956 Olympic Games and produced their country’s greatest Olympic success, winning eight of 13 events at the Melbourne Games.

Libby learned to swim at the age of one and joined her first team at four. By age ten, she was one of Queensland’s top age groupers.  Then, in 1995, her parents divorced and her mother, Marilyn, moved the family to Brisbane, where Libby started training under coach John Carew, mentor of Kieren Perkins and Hayley Lewis. But as a sprinter Libby felt like she needed to move into a different environment and program, and in early 2002, she started training under coach Stephan Widmar.

Her progress under Widmar was rapid and explosive. Suddenly, the 18-year old girl who had never reached the podium at the state level, stood on the top step four times, for the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly, at the Queensland Championships in January of 2003.  She followed that by winning gold and silver in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, and a bronze in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2003 Telstra Australian Champions in Sydney. This qualified her for the Australian Senior National Team.

She made her international debut in April at the inaugural Mutual of Omaha “Duel in the Pool” meet in Indianapolis.  She beat Hall of Famer, Jenny Thompson to win the 100-meter freestyle in 54.71 seconds. She finished first in the 50 free in 24.92 seconds, but she was disqualified for a false start. However, even though video could not be used to change the result, officials later ruled her start was fair and she was credited with setting a new Australian record and the first Australian to break 25 seconds.

At the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, she won a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle and another for the 4 x 100m freestyle relay.

In 2004, swimming In the preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle at the 2004 Australian Olympic Trials, Libby held both hands over her face in shock when she looked at the scoreboard and saw she had touched the wall in a time of 53.66 seconds, 0.11 of a second inside the world record set by Hall of Famer, Inge De Bruijn in the same pool four years earlier.  She was the first Australian woman to hold the record in this event since Shane Gould in 1973.

“I’m in absolute complete and utter shock”, she said after the race.  “I just went out there to have fun and ended up with the world record.”

Libby qualified for and swam in three events in Athens.  Unfortunately, she did not qualify for the 100-meter freestyle event finals, but she earned a bronze medal in the 50 free and her 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay team made up of: Libby, Petria ThomasJodie Henry and Alice Mills overtook Team USA on the final leg to win the gold in the event for the first time in 48 years!

Libby cemented her position among the world’s top swimmers in 2005. First at the Montreal FINA World Championships by reeling in gold in the 50-meter freestyle, silver in the 100-meter butterfly and two golds and a silver for the three relays. Then again, at the Duel in the Pool, she pulled in three more gold: the 100 free, the 200 free and in the 4 x100 free relay. Back in Australia, she twice broke the world record in the 100-meter freestyle at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships.

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In 2006, Libby won five gold medals, in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle as well as all three relays at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.  It was then on to Shanghai, for the Short Course World Championships, where she repeated her performance, winning five of Australia’s twelve gold medals, as well as being named “Leading Female Swimmer of the Meet”.

Libby won five more gold medals at the 2007 FINA World Championships, in Melbourne.  This time, three individual, the 50 and 100-meter freestyle and the 100 fly as well as two relays, with the 4 x 100 freestyle relay in a record-breaking time of 3:35.48. A week later, at the third USA-Australia “Duel in the Pool” in Sydney, she led off the 4 x 100 mixed relay against Michael Phelps.  Although Phelps beat her to the wall, her time of :52.99 broke the world record of Britta Steffens by nearly a third of a second.

“Before the race he said good luck, He’s a good competitor to race against and I will remember that for the rest of my life, that I raced against Michael Phelps,” she said.

Three days later, On April 7, Libby married longtime love and fellow Australian swimmer, Luke Trickett, at the Taronga Zoo on Sydney Harbor.  The couple reportedly sold the media rights for the wedding to a magazine for $100,000 and split the fee among three charities.

While on their honeymoon, Libby learned that FINA refused to recognize her record against Phelps because it was in an event not recognized by FINA. In March of 2008, competing under her new name Libby Trickett, she broke Steffen’s record of :53.30 with a time of :52.88 at the Australian Championships.

Her performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, brought her two gold, one silver and one bronze.  She was part of the world record winning relay team, the 4 x 100 medley relay, that brought home the gold, and her 4 x 100 freestyle relay team took bronze.  Individually, Trickett won a gold medal in the 100-meter fly and took silver in the 100-meter freestyle, placing just behind Britta Sheffen of Germany, despite the fact that she came in several tenths of a second above her own record.

Libby briefly retired from swimming in 2009, at the age of 24 but decided to return to competition in 2010 to be part of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay team at the 2012 London Olympic Games, winning yet another gold, her fourth and final Olympic gold medal of her career.

Libby retired in 2013 for the final time.

Libby received an OAM for her contributions to swimming in 2005 and was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame in 2016.  Her contributions to the community and the nation goes far beyond her efforts in the pool. In 2014, Libby became an Ambassador to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and more recently she has become lead ambassador for the RBC Race for the Kids.

Libby gave birth to daughter Poppy in 2015 and struggled with the transition to motherhood.  Trickett had struggled with depression throughout other times in her life as well.  She had worked with sports psychologists and by seeking that advice and guidance, Libby says, that “the biggest lesson she learnt was that it’s OK to ask for help and that help is really valuable.”  Libby Trickett became an Ambassador of beyondblue, an Australian sports organization that supports good mental health, tackles stigma and discrimination and provides support and information on anxiety, depression and suicide to everyone in Australia. Libby is currently Queensland’s Mental Health Ambassador.

Most recently, Libby and her husband Luke had their second daughter, Eddie on February 28, 2018.

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