BYU’s Kent Fellows Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

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Kent Fellows was awarded a 2017-2018 Postgraduate Scholarship by the NCAA as he begins medical school at the University of Alabama.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program awards NCAA student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and are in their final year of competition. The awards are given out three times a year with 29 scholarships available for both men and women to use at an accredited graduate school.

BYU’s Kent Fellows is one of 27 other male athletes across the country who were awarded a scholarship for a winter season sport. The BYU senior graduated with a degree in exercise science and a 3.91 cumulative GPA. Fellows, a team captain for the 2017-18 season, will begin medical school at the University of Alabama this fall.

During his senior season on the BYU swim team, Fellows posted a new personal best in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.45 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in April. He also contributed to a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay and recorded a third place finish in the 100-yard freestyle against in-state rival Utah.

Eleven other men’s swim and dive athletes from other universities were awarded scholarships including student-athletes from Georgetown, Auburn, Alabama and Stanford.

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Plaza rues missed opportunity at Prato Nevoso

Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) threw everything he had at the Giro d’Italia‘s 18th stage on Thursday, infiltrating the day’s main breakaway and then surviving to be among the final three fighting for victory on the summit finish at the Prato Nevoso ski resort.

The 38-year-old Spaniard came up just short of adding a Giro d’Italia stage to his collection of Grand Tour stage wins, however, finishing second to winner Maximillian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) with a gritty performance that saw him twice come back to the leaders after losing the pace in the closing kilometres.

“I finished completely dead,” Plaza said after the line, still catching his breath from the effort.

Plaza previously won stages in the Vuelta a Espana and Tour de France, and he said before the race that he wanted to add a Giro win to his palmares, and he put in a mighty effort to keep the promise. Plaza had been fighting to stick with the slowly shrinking breakaway since the road began to climb after a long day of flat terrain, but he jumped from his rivals with 8.7km to go as the leaders’ advantage on the pink jersey group remained above 12 minutes.

Schachmann quickly put the clamps on Plaza’s first acceleration, bringing across a group of five that included Androni-Sidermac’s Mattia Cattaneo and Bora-Hansgrohe’s Christoff Pfingsten.

The Spanish rider’s second move only launched Schachmann and Cattaneo into a duo move, with the pair trading attacks but unable to drop one another. Plaza lingered just a few seconds back, but he wasn’t done yet.

“I know myself very well, and I knew I had to keep my own tempo on the climb,” Plaza said. “I tried twice to go alone, but two or three of the riders were super strong.”

Inside the final 2km, Cattaneo put in one last attack but could not shake Schachmann or distance Plaza any further. Plaza then summoned his strength one more time to try for the win, briefly digging into his pedals before Schachmann shut the door for good, attacking with 700 metres to go. Cattaneo dropped first, while Plaza stuck in for second as the Quick-Step rider pedalled away.

“I caught the two riders in the last kilometre, and then I tried to breathe a little bit, to recover and wait for the sprint, but when Schachmann attacked, to be honest, I couldn’t keep his wheel,” Plaza said. “I tried until the end. It’s an achievement for the team but, still, we wanted the win.”

Israel Cycling Academy had set a stage win as the goal for the team’s first-ever Grand Tour – and one that started in Israel, no less. So far over 18 stages the team has come up short of that goal, but Plaza came the closest. Now there are two climbing-stage opportunities on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday’s stage into Rome set up for a final sprint.

Despite Plaza coming up short on Thursday, Israel Cycling Academy manager Kjell Carlström was proud of his veteran rider’s effort.

“Ruben did a great race today,” Carlström said. “He was super motivated and gave his maximum effort, as you saw. This was what we had been talking about for a long time. We knew the last week of the Giro would be the best week for Ruben.”

Carlström hinted that Plaza could be on the attack again before the finish on Sunday.

“If he recovers well today, I think he’ll try again. Tomorrow? I don’t know, but maybe Saturday,” Carlström said. “Honestly, anything can happen in the last week of a Grand Tour, especially for a rider Iike Ruben. He’s a great professional.”

Plaza was more circumspect as he rued a missed opportunity to complete his Grand Tour collection with a Giro stage win.

“I didn’t win. The first of the losers,” he laughed before turning serious. “I lost a super good opportunity to win here at the Giro. Maybe I won’t get another chance.”


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2018 Swim Around Key West Adding 3 New Race Divisions

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Training to be the first mermaid or swimmer wearing a monofin to swim around the island of Key West?

The annual Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West, set for Saturday, June 30, is to include three new divisions: for mermaids swimming with tails, swim enthusiasts using a monofin — a single fin for both feet used in underwater sports such as free-diving — and Special Olympics swimmers.

In the only race around Key West that’s sanctioned, insured and U.S. Coast Guard permitted, individual athletes and relay teams are to attempt epic 12.5-mile open-water swims around the island.

Swimmers wearing mermaid tails can participate in competitions ranging from 800 yards to the 20k or 12.5 miles. A separate category for fins, allowing use of either one fin on each foot or a monofin, is included for each race. Special Olympics participants can swim in each event.

Swimmers with or without fins can register in teams of two to six people or as solo competitors. The event typically attracts about 250 athletes from the U.S., Canada and other nations to compete in age groups ranging from 12 and younger to 70 and older.

The 2018 event, sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, is to begin at 9 a.m.Saturday at Smathers Beach, 2601 S. Roosevelt Blvd. on the Atlantic Ocean, with check-in between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m.

The buoy-marked, clockwise course around the island encompasses open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The finish line is at Smathers Beach.

Each swimmer or team must provide a support crew and kayak or boat for safety support. Safety lifeguards and kayaks are to be positioned throughout the course.

Swimmers who prefer a shorter challenge can participate in 800-yard, 1- and 2-mile and 10k or 6.2-mile competitions off Smathers Beach. Shorter races are scheduled sequentially, beginning at 9:15 a.m.Saturday.

Participants must register by Friday, June 29, and check in from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the FKCC pool at 5901 College Road.

Entry fees for the 12.5-mile race are $110 per solo swimmer, $180 per two-person relay team, $270 per three-person team, $360 per four-person team, $450 per five-person team and $540 per six-person team. Per-person entry for the 10k race is $75 and each shorter race is $30. Discounts of $5 to $10 are available for United States Masters Swimming and USA Swimming members.

The Swim Around Key West benefits the FKCC swim program, Key West High School swim team and the Bone Island Swim Club of Key West.

A USA Swimming–sanctioned swim meet is scheduled at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 1, at the FKCC pool.

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Kickboxing: The Best Kept Training Secret for Swimmers

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By Michaela Morrison, Swimming World College Intern.

If you’re in between seasons but you don’t want to be back in a pool environment just yet, take a moment to consider adding kickboxing to your training regimen.

What is kickboxing?

At its core, kickboxing is a cardio sport with the intent of working your whole body. Sound familiar? There is an emphasis on power and agility, being able to exert your max amount of power coupled with speed for a defined length of time.

Kickboxing focuses on a type of training called High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), training comprised of short bursts of challenging combinations of kicks and punches and other agile movements. The two key points of kickboxing are the intensity at which you work and the length of time you are working.

For training to be considered HIIT, and for you to reap the benefits of this type of training, you’ll have to push yourself to your max every set.

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How will kickboxing help my swimming?

It is important for swimmers to be strong, and most high-level swimmers incorporate some weightlifting program into their mix to gain more muscle. But what benefit does strength gives us swimmers if we are not able to use that strength efficiently in the water? Being able to complete a 400-pound deadlift doesn’t necessarily translate to speed in the water.

The important distinction between strength and power is what translates your strength (or muscle) into power, and ultimately into speed. Kurt Jackson, Ph.D., an associate professor of neurology and rehab science at the University of Dayton explains: “Pure strength is what a weightlifter uses, but producing power is about both force and speed.” So hey, we’ve hit the jackpot with kickboxing!

The Journal of Muscle, Ligaments, and Tendons published a research study in which researchers examined the effects of kickboxing training on the physical fitness of a group of 30 track athletes. The athletes were randomly assigned to either a kickboxing or a non-kickboxing group, each with 15 members. Each group trained for one hour a day, three times per week for a five-week experiment period.

The results of the kickboxing group showed an improvement in upper-body power, aerobic power, anaerobic fitness, flexibility, speed, and agility. That’s a lot of boxes to check off and a lot of overlap with abilities required in swimming.

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After kickboxing, the athletes improved by over a second in their 50-meter dash. If the selected athletes for the experiment keep up with their kickboxing training, think of how much their sprinting would improve. Imagine what that over-a-second-improvement could mean for your 50-meter swim sprint. A second (or more) is a lot to bargain with!

What can I expect at a kickboxing class?

Fortunately, most sports practices follow the same structure of a warmup, main workout, and a cool down. Kickboxing is no different. Classes differ depending on which gym you attend, but most start with a warm-up focused on cardio drills and calisthenic-type exercises to help get your body moving. From there, you will put on your gloves and the instructor will guide you through two to three minute rounds for twenty to twenty-five minutes on a kickboxing bag.

There are periods of active rest between each set which can include any calisthenic activity from squat jumps to burpees. You are constantly moving your body, challenging it to adapt to new stimuli and increasing your cardio capacity all while maintaining your max amount of power.

During some rounds, the instructor will want you to solely focus on generating power, which requires the athlete to use slightly slower movements. Other rounds will be focused on speed, trying to generate that same power from before, only quicker.

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After the bags, your kickboxing instructor will call out different exercises for a ten-minute core workout. These ten-minutes may be the most painful ten minutes of your life, but your core is undoubtedly your best friend in swimming. If you have a strong core, you’ll be able to generate incredible amounts of power through your arms and legs. You’ll have those washboard abs in no time!

Just like in swimming, cooling down after the workout is crucial to helping your body recover. The last 10 minutes of the class is dedicated to stretching and helping your heart rate return to normal.

Tying it All Together

Remember: we are swimmers first and foremost. The training we do in the pool is the most important to see the best results in our races.

However, our minds and bodies have most likely grown accustomed to repetitive training over the years. Therefore, we are not allowing our bodies to be challenged in ways that encourage them to adapt and grow stronger.

Seeking out different training methods is a fun way to learn a new skill while supporting your swim training. So try something new this upcoming season – you’ll never unlock your full potential until you explore new options. Happy training!

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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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 10th Season to Open in Texas

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The World Series comes off a shocker of a 2017 season where Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes dethroned six-time champion Gary Hunt (GBR) on the 27m platform and returns to the Lone Star State of Texas for the fifth straight year to celebrate a decade of pushing the limits of what’s physically possible. In the women’s, the Texas results from 2017 were a harbinger of things to come as Australian Rhiannan Iffland cruised to her second straight overall title, winning four of the six tour stops including her second straight U.S. stop. Whether her dominance from 21m continues in the women’s fifth year and whether the brilliant Brit can find the right formula to reclaim the King Kahekili Trophy will soon be witnessed by throngs of fans flocking to Possum Kingdom Lake.

Jonathan Paredes of Mexico reacts after diving from the 27 metre platform during the fourth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, USA on September 3, 2017. // Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170904-02638 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

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Texas has been a good hunting ground for the 28-year-old Mexican diver, who’s not only been awarded the most tens from the judges for a single dive in this location, but also has a first and second place to his name in the past two seasons. After winning the thrilling finale in the waterfalls of Chile last October, the style master, who’s best known for his immaculate form in the air, looks forward to eager challengers in the men’s division; first and foremost the British duo Hunt and Blake Aldridge, with the former Olympian finishing 2017 as overall third.

American veterans Andy Jones, David Colturi and Steven LoBue, who finished fifth through seventh in the 2017 standings, will be supported by the enthusiastic fans on boats as they soar from heights the equivalent of six double-decker buses, twisting and flipping before they hit the water at over 85km/h.

On the women’s platform, Australia’s two-time champion could make it her 10th victory in 13 starts – her third in a row at Hell’s Gate – when the season swings into action in the venue where it all started for the women five years ago. However, the 26-year-old is not resting on her laurels as emerging talents like Adriana Jimenez (MEX), who won the Portugal stop in 2017, and Lysanne Richard will try and make a run for glory; the Canadian, who was runner-up to Iffland before she had to withdraw from the 2017 season due to injury, is one to watch out for at the first of five female division stops in 2018.

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Adriana Jimenez and Orlando Duque – Photo Courtesy: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

The kick-off into the World Series’ 10th year features not only 18 permanent divers but also four wildcards in both the men’s and women’s divisions. These talents, as young as 17 years in the women’s and 23 in the men’s, are expected to spice up the competition.

Wildcards (men, women): Nikita Fedotov (RUS), Miguel Garcia (COL), Sergio Guzman (MEX), Kyle Mitrione (USA); Jessica Macaulay (GBR), Maria Paula Quintero (COL), Eleanor Townsend Smart (USA), Irlanda Valdez (MEX).

As 2018 marks a special year in the history of cliff diving, the World Series is poised once again to hit oceans, rivers, and lakes while thousands of fans from all around the globe flock to see these elite athletes put on a display of athleticism and grace unrivaled in the world of diving.

While Gary Hunt wants to regain his crown after being toppled by Paredes last season, Rhiannan Iffland aims to make it three titles in a row, and a blazing start is expected as the world’s best 14 male and 10 female cliff divers begin the battle for the King Kahekili trophy all over again, with a tight fight in store right from the start.

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Chris Froome surprised to see ‘untouchable’ Yates unable to respond to attack at Giro d’Italia

Froome looks forward to explosive racing in the coming mountain stages

Chris Froome (Team Sky) says that he was “surprised” as he put time into Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on stage 18’s Giro d’Italia summit finish to Prato Nevoso.

Froome leveraged an earlier attack from Team Sky team-mate Wout Poels. Over the following two kilometres, Poels drove the pace to help Froome put 28 seconds into Yates while Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) followed.

Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won from the breakaway while the battle for the GC played out behind. Yataes now leads by just 28 seconds over 2017 race winner Dumoulin, 2-43 ahead of Pozzovivo and 3-22 ahead of Froome.

>>> SImon Yates loses time to Tom Dumoulin on Giro d’ITalia stage 18 as his pink jersey lead is halved

“[Yates] has been untouchable in this race so far, so it’s the first sign of any weakness that he showed so far,” Froome told Cycling Weekly after the stage.

“I had no idea that he was on the limit there. Only when I accelerated and turned around that I saw Pozzovivo and Dumoulin with me, but surprisingly not Simon.”

Froome has been on the back foot since day one of the 2018 Giro. He crashed in training ahead of the opening time trial in Jerusalem and again when the race was in Sicily – both times on his right side.

He won on Monte Zoncolan on stage 14, but lost time on other mountain days. On the road to Prato Nevoso, fans saw the Froome that they have seen win the Tour de France four times.


Watch: Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 18


Something seemed to be brewing when Team Sky sent Wout Poels up the road. That meant that Froome had a helper for an eventual move on the 13.9-kilometre climb in Italy’s northwest Piedmont region.

“That was something we decided to do on the last climb. Wout was feeling good and we agreed that he’d push on, and we’d see what would happen in the last few kilometres, if I could get across to him. It worked out really well actually,” Froome continued.

“I was just fallowing the wheels and I saw bit of an opportunity in the last kilometre or so just to push on a bit and test the waters. I didn’t expect Simon to be the one not able to follow wheels. That’s the first time in this race that he’s looked slightly vulnerable.”

Froome now has a realistic shot at the Giro d’Italia podium, 39 seconds behind Italian Domenico Pozzovivo. And if he continues with his upward trend and goes for a bold attack then he could perhaps even take the pink jersey.

>>> SImon Yates still confident of defending Giro d’Italia lead despite difficulties on stage 18

Two high-mountain days through the Alps remain before the race transfers south to Rome for a flat stage on Sunday. Stage 19 climbs to the Jafferau ski station with the gravel Colle delle Finestre and Sestriere being tackled beforehand. Stage 20 finishes at Cervinia after two first category passes.

“I imagine that the other guys will have sensed weakness [in Yates] and it’ll make for some very explosive racing in these next days now,” Froome added.

“Let’s see, the race is still on. Two extremely hard days are coming up now, a pretty cool climb tomorrow with Colle delle Finestre. There’s still a lot to race for.”

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Simon Yates still confident of defending Giro d’Italia lead despite difficulties on stage 18

Brit sees his lead halved to just 28 seconds

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) showed weakness for the first time at the 2018 Giro d’Italia on Thursday.. Deep into Piedmont, at the Prato Nevoso ski station, the pink jersey drifted after attacks by Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won the stage from an escape group while around two kilometres back down the 13.9-kilometre final climb, Team Sky‘s Chris Froome attacked to follow an earlier move by team-mate Wout Poels.

Yates suffered and was unable to respond. Dumoulin, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), and Froome – second, third, and fourth overall – put 28 seconds into Yates.

>>> SImon Yates loses time to Tom Dumoulin on Giro d’ITalia stage 18 as his pink jersey lead is halved

“I’m not worried. I’m not worried,” Yates said, after the stage and with two big mountain days left to defend his jersey before the final flat day in Rome on Sunday.

“Tomorrow suits me better. We’ll see what the other teams do. Tomorrow should suit me better. Today was one big massive effort. We lost a bit of time.

“Today is very different to the next few days – today was one big effort in the final, and tomorrow has many passes, and longer climbs suit me much more. I am much more confident about tomorrow and the next day than I was about today.”


Watch: Giro d’Italia stage 18 highlights


Stage 19 finishes at Jafferau, but climbs the Colle delle Finestre and Sestriere first. Stage 20 presents serious difficulties too, finishing at the Cervinia ski station after two category one climbs.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 race winner, is now only 28 seconds behind the pink jersey. Froome sits fourth at 3-22 minutes.

“Will I crack? Good question. I don’t know. I hope not,” Yates continued. “For sure today was not a super day for me, as in the parcours. The next few days suit me much more.

“Everyone is expecting Tom to lose time to me every climb because he is a time trialist. But he is a classy rider. I did not have the legs to follow.”

Yates had Froome’s former helper Mikel Nieve pacing him to the line in the last kilometre. He has been in the lead for 13 days, since Mount Etna but now the cracks are beginning to show in his pink jersey defence.

“After I couldn’t close the gap. I was really tired and I couldn’t respond to the attacks, that’s OK. Froome is still a long way down – I was watching Dumoulin,” added Yates.

“I feel really good. I was only bad for one kilometre, so that’s OK. I am still in the lead, I’m still in front. For me that’s OK.

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Williams to face Pliskova in Paris; Nadal drawn against Dolgopolov

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2018 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
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Three-time champion Serena Williams will play Czech Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the French Open.

The 36-year-old American is playing her first Grand Slam since giving birth in September and is unseeded.

British number one Johanna Konta faces Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, while Kyle Edmund – the leading British man as Andy Murray recovers from injury – meets young Australian Alex de Minaur.

Ten-time winner Rafael Nadal opens against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Two other British players are also in the singles draw at Roland Garros – Heather Watson will face France’s Oceane Dodin in the women’s and Cameron Norris meets Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the men’s.

The clay-court tournament – the second Grand Slam of the year – starts in Paris on Sunday.

Serena v Sharapova on the cards?

Former world number one Williams has only played four tour matches since returning to the sport, dropping to 453rd in the rankings as a result.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is able to play at Roland Garros by using her protected ranking from when she stopped playing before her daughter Alexis was born.

However, there is no protected seeding policy in place on the WTA Tour.

The WTA says it will review the rules – which players including Williams’ rivals Maria Sharapova and current world number one Simona Halep have questioned – ahead of 2019.

But it means Williams will face Pliskova – sister of former world number one Karolina and who is ranked 70th in the world – this year.

The American could then meet long-time rival Sharapova, who is seeded at a Slam for the first time since returning from a 15-month doping ban, or sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round.

Who do the Brits face?

Konta, 27, has never won a match in the Roland Garros main draw and the 22nd seed hopes to end that unwanted record against world number 93 Putintseva.

The British number one has beaten Putintseva in both of their meetings – and both came on clay.

British number two Watson has reached the second round on five occasions – without progressing any further – and comes into the tournament having ended a dismal run of eight straight defeats with a win in Lyon this week.

The 26-year-old plays the tall Dodin, ranked 60 places below Watson at 133rd, for the first time.

Edmund, 23, goes into his first Slam as the British number one on the back of a fabulous year that has seen him rise to 17th in the world.

The Yorkshireman could potentially meet third seed Marin Cilic, who beat him in the Australian Open semi-finals, in the last 16.

First he has to get past 19-year-old wildcard De Minaur, who has risen rapidly up the ranks to 106th over the past year but was just short of automatic qualification at Roland Garros.

Norrie, 22, has climbed to the verge of the top 100 to earn his place in the Roland Garros draw for the first time and is rewarded with a meeting against Gojowczyk.

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