Sean Conway Wins Two Races on Final Night at NCAP Invite

Photo Courtesy: Maddie Kyler

The Nation’s Capital Invitational wrapped up Sunday evening in College Park, Md., and Sean Conway of the host team was the top performer of the final night.

Conway picked up a win in the men’s 200 back (1:46.890 before later also winning the 200 IM (1:49.00). Elsewhere in the senior boys competition, Poseidon’s Phil Costin won the 100 free (45.55), while NOVA of Virginia’s David Cristoph Hellams finished first in the 1000 free (9:19.60).

NCAP’s Phoebe Bacon, who won the 100 fly Friday, added a win in the women’s 200 back, posting a time of 1:54.98, while teammate Chase Travis won the 1000 free in 9:42.32 to complete the 500-1000-1650 sweep.

Morgan Scott of the Central Bucks won her fourth event of the meet, taking the 100 free title in 49.87, while NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer added a win in the 200 IM (2:00.20) to her earlier victory in the 200 fly.

Grace Sheble, in the 13-14 girls age group, won her fourth and fifth events of the meet for NOVA. She took first in the 200 back in 2:00.19 and later grabbed a win in the 200 IM (2:00.53). Also in that age group, her NOVA teammate Olivia Erickson won the 100 free (51.10).

NCAP’s Brett Feyerick completed a six-for-six performance in the 13-14 boys’ competition, adding wins in the 200 back (1:51.44) and 100 free (47.49). NCAP’s Landon Gentry won the 13-14 boys’ 200 IM in 1:57.45.

For the 11-12s, NCAP’s Eleanor Sun tied Long Island’s Tess Howley for the win in the girls’ 100 fly, with both touching in 58.46. Additionally, Sunwon the 100 IM in 58.61, while Howley won the 200 free in 1:53.78. On the boys’ side, Long Island’s Alvin Tsai won the 100 IM (59.42), NCAP’s Michael Mullen won the 100 fly (57.22), and Long Island’s Matt Beehler came away on top in the 200 free (1:51.18).

Check out videos of all races and a recap from the evening session. Click on the icon in the top left-hand corner to find a list and pick which video you want to watch.

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Bold blocks of colour define 2018 WorldTour team kits

Long gone are the days of Johan Museeuw’s colourful montage of tiles on his Mapei shorts, Mario Cipollini’s zebra striped Domina Vacanze kit, or Bernard Hinault’s tastefully modern Mondrian-inspired La Vie Clair jersey. The 2018 WorldTour peloton will be more like Molteni than Banesto, if the first 10 designs are any indication, with many teams favouring bold blocks of colour over eye-popping patterns.

While EF Education First-Drapac brings neon pink, a colour not seen in the WorldTour since the demise of the Lampre squad, and Movistar lightens up its blue to a hue uncomfortably close to Astana‘s, Quick-Step Floors deepened its blue to dark navy.

Team Sky moved from black to white, putting a vertical blue stripe down the center and riders’ names prominently across the upper back.

Bora-Hansgrohe also went lighter, putting a triangular aquamarine fade on a white background below its black upper chest panel. Dimension Data swapped their black upper chest for white, moving their sponsor’s green colour to the lower part of the jersey.

While Lotto-Soudal added some lively spheres on the lower back, its jersey largely retains the same theme, albeit with more white on the lower half.

AG2R La Mondiale finally shook up its angular design which has been virtually unchanged since 2011, losing the brown and blue diamonds in favour of solid horizontal panels.

Finally, Katusha-Alpecin replaced the white upper half of the jersey with a light blue while keeping the rest of the mostly red kit with the large K on the back.

There are still eight WorldTour teams with kits to unveil, so there’s still time for some pizzazz. FDJ’s new sponsor Groupama has a promising green and orange logo that, mixed with FDJ’s red, white and blue could provide an interesting artistic direction.

Click through the gallery above to see what the first 10 teams will look like in 2018.

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A Voice for the Sport: The 10 Most Impactful People of 2017

Commentary by Brent Rutemiller, CEO of ISHOF and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine. 

Our sport is graced with great people. Some are public figures, others work behind the scenes. As appropriate for this time of year, Swimming World recognizes 10 people (in random order) who are making an impact in our sport. Thanks to the following people for their contributions and inspiration.

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         Paolo Barelli. As the president of the League of European Nations (LEN), Barelli ran an unsuccessful campaign to become president of FINA. He was a late candidate who brought many issues regarding changes in how aquatic sports should be governed. Although Barelli was not elected, his platform for more transparency, athlete representation, financial oversight and higher ethical standards became agenda items for future changes within FINA.

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         George Block. As current president of the World International Swim Coaches Association (WISCA), Block is an advocate for the sport of swimming on all levels. He has been on the ground floor of many initiatives that have shaped aquatics over the decades. In 2017, he was the force behind creating the World Swimming Association (WSA) and currently sits on its founding board. Parallel to the WSA, Block has been instrumental in starting the Professional Swimmers Association (PSA) this year.


          Bill Kent. As the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) board chairman, Kent oversaw every detail of the merger betweenSwimming World and ISHOF. Kent’s executive leadership and love of aquatics kept the process on track and focused—allowing for the first part of a three-phase merger to begin in November of this year.


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        Commit Swimming. Founded by three friends in 2015—Dan Crescimanno, Dan Dingman and Nico Gimenez—they have honed their web-based software to provide mobile solutions for coaches to write workouts, analyze training and record goals. Now in its third year, Commit Swimming hit stride.


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         Carol Zaleski. The most respected female leader in aquatic sports, Zaleski oversees FINA’s 20-member Technical Rules Committee as its chairman. Under her successful guidance, the committee ensures that swimming, water polo, artistic swimming and diving continue to evolve in ways that improve each sport. Some of these elements include rule changes, equipment upgrades and implementation, officiating standards and discipline procedures.


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        Stu Isaac. Made headlines this year as the consultant hired by USA Swimming to make recommendations on technical suit restrictions for age group swimmers. The issue got white-hot as parents, coaches, clubs and local swim committees voiced emotional and practical reasons for and against the use of technical swimwear by young swimmers. Isaac has been gathering information that will be used to form a national policy to hopefully end the controversy.


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       Cornel Marculescu. The long-time executive director of FINA continues to show his resiliency and power as he navigated the controversial election and governance issues of 2017. With many decades under his belt, Marculescu has mastered the politics of leadership in Olympic sports.


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         Eve Julian. As a rising star in high school swimming leadership, Julian has been a strong voice as the secretary/webmaster of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) in the United States. Her behind-the-scenes support of the association’s goal to recognize high school All-America athletes, lifetime coaching awards, rankings and communication mechanisms continues to reinforce the importance of NISCA in high school swimming.


Steven Locke – Photo Courtesy: TYR


Matt DiLorenzo – Photo Courtesy: TYR

        TYR Swimwear: Matt DiLorenzo and Steven Locke. The chief executive and operating officers of TYR Swimwear have invested heavily in the sport of aquatics, and their strategy paid off in 2017 with the signing of major athletes, sponsorship of governing bodies and taking over the naming rights to the TYR Pro Swim Series in the United States. The swimwear company has shown a steady and deliberate approach to the business side of aquatics.


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       Tristan Lehari. The CEO of TritonWear continues to develop the software and tools for coaches to analyze the technique, training and race performances of their swimmers. The tools allow for reviewing data that ultimately leads to better starts, turns, streamlines, tempos and power and strength applications for athletes. TritonWear articles breaking down the World Championship races in Budapest were a highlight of 2017.

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(Video Interview) Cassidy Bayer Looking Ahead After Worst Year of Her Career

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After coming close to making the Olympic team in the women’s 200 fly at the 2016 Olympic Trials, Cassidy Bayer dealt with what she called her worst year in swimming, dealing with injuries and then an untimely illness. Sunday morning at the Nation’s Capital Invitational, she reflected on everything in a sit-down with Swimming World’s David Rieder.

Bayer explained what went wrong health-wise over the summer, when she did not even make a final at U.S. Nationals and saw a swimmer her own age (Dakota Luther) make the World Championships team in the 200 fly. Bayer explained why it was a gut-punch as she lost to a swimmer her own age for the first time in years.

Bayer discussed what she and coach Jeff King have changed in training this season, which will be her last with Nation’s Capital before she heads west to swim at Cal-Berkeley. She looked towards the big goals she has for herself in swimming and discussed what she’s most looking forward to for a busy 2018.

Check out more coverage from the Nation’s Capital Invite here.

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(Video Interview) Phoebe Bacon Getting Accustomed to National Racing

15-year-old Phoebe Bacon swam in her first U.S. Winter Nationals final last week in Columbus, and this week she has popped up all across the board at the Nation’s Capital Invitational. After her Sunday morning swims at the NCAP meet, she sat down with Swimming World to discuss her ascendance to national prominence.

Bacon discussed her experience at Winter Nationals and what she gained out of racing someone like Olivia Smoliga, an Olympian who had been a role model for her, and she shared some of the topics the two discussed while at Nationals. Bacon also explained why she’s become more comfortable racing at major National-level meets since her experience at Olympic Trials in 2016.

She also explained how she feels different pressure when racing different events and how she has worked to improve in 200-yard and meter events this year. Bacon also revealed her ambition of qualifying for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships this summer and discussed what she will have to do to make it to Fiji.

Check out more coverage from the Nation’s Capital Invite here.

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Lefevere allows Kittel to wear Katusha kit to highlight UCI 'hypocrisy'

Quick-Step Floors team boss Patrick Lefevere has said that he gave Marcel Kittel permission to wear Katusha-Alpecin’s 2018 kit at their team presentation in Mallorca on Saturday. The Belgian said that he did it to show the hypocrisy of the current UCI system.

After two years on Lefevere’s squad, Kittel decided to move to Katusha-Alpecin for next season after it became clear that he might have to make way for Fernando Gaviria at the Tour de France. Kittel is at his new team’s training camp in Mallorca but is still technically under contract with Quick-Step Floors until December 31, due to the way that UCI contracts are done.

Riders moving teams are usually barred from wearing any kit or riding a bike from their new team before the start of the new year. If they break this rule, they can be docked pay by the team they are leaving. In the past, some riders have been banned from even appearing in training camp photos with their new teams, but Lefevere chose to allow Kittel to break with this tradition.

“I authorised him to participate to the @katushacycling photoshoot to prove the hypocrisy of the @uci_cycling system. We @quickstep_team have to pay until December 31,” Lefevere wrote on Instagram, captioning a picture of Kittel in the new Katusha-Alpecin team kit.

Kittel was not the only new signing to don the new team jersey. Nathan Haas, who is moving from Dimension Data, and Alex Dowsett, who joins from Movistar, were also on stage at the presentation in the new kit.

Katusha-Alpecin confirmed to Cyclingnews that the teams of all the new signings had allowed the riders to wear it for the team presentation. They will return to their respective Quick-Step Floors, Dimension Data and Movistar kits for the remainder of the training camp. The new additions will officially be able to wear the new team colours come January 1.

In addition to attending the team presentation, Cyclingnews was able to take a first look Kittel’s new bike for the 2018 season. Click here to look at Kittel’s Aeroad CF SLX.

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Ride With… Newport Shropshire CC

We weather the remnants of Storm Brian with a diverse group of riders from the Newport Shropshire Cycling Club
– Words: Sean Lacey / Photos: Andy Jones

Based: Newport, Shropshire
Formed: 1976
Members: 264
Meets: Sundays at 9.30am in the town square with A, B, B+ and C paced runs. Wednesdays also meeting in the square for a medium-paced shorter group ride.
Website: | Twitter: @NewportShropsCC

There was an awful lot of weather-checking going on leading up to this ride, as Storm Brian was set to potentially spoil the party on Sunday morning, but luck was with us as the worst had passed through on Saturday, leaving us with the wind but otherwise fair weather.

This was reflected by the huge turnout in the town square, the Newport Shropshire CC’s traditional meeting point in the centre of the ancient market town.

It was good to see that a large proportion of the riders in the square that morning were women too — the club has made great strides recently with a big push into the British Cycling-initiated Breeze scheme; women-only rides that encourage more women out on bikes.

Catering for all abilities, there were to be four groups out today. The C ride would take in around 25-30 miles at a slower pace, the B group a step up to around 40 miles, the B+ I would be joining going to 55 miles at a 16mph average, and the fast A group usually doing 60-plus miles.

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Charlie Fisher, who has been a member of the club for three years, had started out as a newbie 14-year-old, tentatively joining a Sunday run, and was about to go out with the A group: “I remember those early days, unsure of what to expect or whether I would manage. The encouragement and knowledge passed on was invaluable. I now race for the club on track and road, and have recently represented the West Midlands competing in the Junior Tour of Ireland.”

Perfect storm
With all of the groups on the road, our B+ group is led by Paul Evans and Steve Grice, who are feeling strong today, with directions called out by club chairman and group disciplinarian Nick Jeggo.

Under his guidance the group rides in perfect formation and at a nicely consistent pace, with hazards shouted out nice and early — it’s needed; the storm may have passed, but the debris and standing water were making themselves a nuisance on the lanes.

Jeggo has been chairman for a good few years now and has seen the club build in number dramatically: “Six years ago, we found we had just 49 members, few of them were female and only one member was under the age of 19. We decided to do something about it. We became a Go-Ride club in 2012 and this has helped to revive us. Now there are 103 members under the age of 19.”

The loop today takes us through some of Shropshire’s lovely countryside and we meet at the cafe stop, at Alderford Lake, after 28 miles.

With suitable hot food, sweet treats and drinks ordered, I speak to Alex Capstick who tells me he had retired a year ago: “I joined the club a few years back through a colleague who was a member. I had ridden for years on my own but since joining have completed sportives all over the country, ridden Land’s End to John o’ Groats, and now I have more time to come along on the Wednesday and Sunday rides if I’m not somewhere exotic!”

Also present is Graham Cook, who after joining the club wanted to give something back; his insurance company is now the club’s prime sponsor.

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During the morning’s ride, a bike in the group had caught my eye, a handsome steel frame with modern components; an unusual steed for a young rider. I rode with the owner, 16-year-old Oli Hulland, to find out a little more: “My school, Adams’ Grammar [whose alumni includes Jeremy Corbyn] have run a Design Technology course for the last couple of years where we design our custom-fit bikes using CAD, then follow through the complete manufacture of the bike in steel, selecting our own components to finish the build, resulting in a product we can own for a lifetime.”

With their youth and women’s contingent blooming, Newport certainly made an impression as a club that is widely diverse and benefiting from the changes going by the huge turnout today.


The club was formed in 1976 by the late Robert Prentice, a history teacher and cycling coach at the local Burton Borough School. It started out with its young members training locally and competing in circuit racing, time trials, grass track and hard track racing throughout the Midlands area.

The club still has strong links with the school as a Go-Ride accredited set-up, which coaches children as young as four up to junior racing age, and meets there on Saturday mornings, mirroring those early days.

In 1977 the club had its first Midlands area schools champion, when Richard Goddard (still an active member to this day and still racing too) won the under- 13s race at Birmingham. With increasing interest from parents and friends it was decided to open up the club to more like-minded people who enjoyed cycling; and so in 1977 the Newport (Salop) Cycling Club was formed.

In 2007 it was decided that the name of the club needed to be brought up to date and was renamed Newport Shropshire Cycling Club.

In the following years as cycling was in the spotlight much more, membership has swelled and the biggest increase has been with youngsters and women (who now form 37 per cent of the membership), partly due to the bike club influence and a flourishing Breeze Ride initiative, with Newport running the largest number of women-only rides in the area.


  • Brothers Ian and Simon Holt both started out with Newport, with Ian going on to be a criterium specialist and younger sibling Simon riding for various domestic pro teams.
  • Rob Lambton won multiple youth track National Championships and placed in the top three in a number of disciplines between 2007-2011.
  • Numerous members have completed LEJOG/JOGLE, some multiple times and in as short as four days, members even holding the relay record for a short time.
  • The Newport Nocturne, the UK’s first floodlit night race is still run by Michael and Nick Jeggo, Nick being the current chairman of the club.

Newport Shropshire club run

Ride highlights

1 Moreton Corbet
Crossing the River Roden into the village of Moreton Corbet provides a fine view of the Norman castle built around 1200AD. Although now a ruin, it’s still mightily impressive.

2 Wem
The historic town is a regular stop on the Newport runs, famous as the home of the sweet pea flowering plant, and the site of a couple of good cafes and a bike shop for rolling repairs.

3 Market Drayton
Another old town, but rather than the local attractions it’s the road out of town as it dips down into a fast descent, before turning sharply up into the woods for the testing climb of the day.

Favourite cafe
The club has a few cafes they like to visit in the area, but the favourite is the recently renamed Alderford Lake. It’s a popular destination for cyclists, with the added bonus of a 10 per cent discount if you arrive by bike. Alderford Lake, Tilstock Rd, Whitchurch SY13 3JQ.

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Sally Anderson – Class Programming (15 mins) – Level N/A

If you are a new teacher or looking for more structure in your Pilates classes, then this tutorial with Sally Anderson is great for you. She shares how her training organization, Pilates ITC, has a framework that they use so that their teachers can tailor a program to meet the specific needs for their clients. This allows them to stay within their scope of practice while also helping their clients achieve their goals.
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Nation’s Capital Invite Saturday Age Group Videos Now Available

Swimming World is once again broadcasting the afternoon and evening sessions of the Nation’s Capital Invitational, and all races from Saturday afternoon are now available to watch on demand.

Check out any race from the session, which included 11-12 preliminaries and 10-and-under timed finals. Click on the icon in the top left-hand corner to find a list and pick which race you want to watch.

Pool One (10-and-under boys, 11-12 girls):

Pool Two (10-and-under girls, 11-12 boys):

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