2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals West: Day Four Finals Live Recap

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The final night of the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships will feature the finals of the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relays. The final session of the meet will begin at 5 p.m. CST in Austin, Texas at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

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Women’s 1650 Free

Men’s 1650 Free

Women’s 200 Back

Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 100 Free

Men’s 100 Free

Women’s 200 Breast

Men’s 200 Breast

Women’s 200 Fly

Men’s 200 Fly

Women’s 400 Free Relay

Men’s 400 Free Relay

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2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East: Day Four Finals Live Recap

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The final night of the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships will feature the finals of the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relays. The meet has been one for the record books with meet records falling from Carson Foster and Alex Walsh and NAG all-time lists being busted up all over the place.

Jake MagaheyLola MullJean-Pierre KhouzamGrace ShebleJake FosterGretchen WalshJack Alexy and Natalie Mannion are the top seeds on hand tonight in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Women’s 1650 Free

Men’s 1650 Free

Women’s 200 Back

Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 100 Free

Men’s 100 Free

Women’s 200 Breast

Men’s 200 Breast

Women’s 200 Fly

Men’s 200 Fly

Women’s 400 Free Relay

Men’s 400 Free Relay

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Cameron Van Der Burgh and Chad Le Clos Highlight Swimming South Africa’s World Short Course Championships Roster

Johannesburg, Saturday, 8th December 2018  – Olympians Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos will lead South Africa’s charge at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou, China from 11th to 16th December 2018.

The dynamic duo is among nine swimmers – six men and three women — that will be representing the country at the short-course Championships.

The pair will be making their fifth appearances at the competition, with Van der Burgh looking to add more silverware to his six medals, while Le Clos boasts an impressive 11 medals, nine of which are gold.

Le Clos will be looking to become the first male swimmer to win four consecutive 100m butterfly titles at the event, as well as his third 50m butterfly title.

Rio Olympian Brad Tandy will also fancy his chances of earning a podium place after winning the 50m freestyle silver medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games in April.

The team also includes the young and talented Rebecca Meder, who will be making her debut at the senior level, while Ryan Coetzee will be hoping to build on his success from the Commonwealth Games where he won bronze in the 50m butterfly.

South Africa finished fourth on the medal table at the 2016 World Championships in Canada where Le Clos won the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly gold medals and the 200m freestyle silver with Van der Burgh claiming the 50m breaststroke title.

South African team:


  • Ryan Coetzee
  • Douglas Erasmus
  • Chad le Clos
  • Ayrton Sweeney
  • Brad Tandy
  • Cameron van der Burgh


  • Erin Gallagher
  • Rebecca Meder
  • Emily Visagie.

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VIDEO: Zhao Qing High Diving Stadium Opens In China

Photo Courtesy: Helen Yang

The opening of the world’s first High Diving Stadium took place this week in Zhao Qing, China. The new facility features a permanent 27-meter high diving tower and the opening was kicked off with a ceremony featuring some of the world’s best divers, including reigning FINA World Champion Gary Hunt.

The stadium was the brain child of Ying Xiong Feng, an entrepreneur and diving promoter. Representing FINA at the opening and water show was International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Tom Gompf. In the world of High Diving, Chinese divers have been noticeably absent, but this facility could provide the resources to give the Chinese more of an impact on the global stage.

You can see video from the new facility provided to ISHOF by Helen Yang:

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Central Iowa Aquatics Hires Andy Pym as Coach

After an extensive national search, Central Iowa Aquatics (CIA) hired Andy Pym from Seattle, Washington as the club’s new head coach in September.

Pym is an ASCA Level 5 coach and has over 28 years of experience successfully coaching swimmers of all ages. He has coached a number of Summer Junior National Champions, multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers, Senior Sectional Champions, and National Junior team members. He has been selected as a National Junior team coach and has received multiple LSC coaching awards and distinctions.

Upon his hire, he said, “I am very excited for this new chapter in my life as I get to live in and explore a part of the country I have never resided in. Most importantly, I get the chance to work with amazing coaches, be supported by wonderful parents, and help develop some awesome swimmers.”

Pym has a “swimmers first” philosophy. He focuses on developing technique, growth mindset, leadership, and team. He said, “We are a Team! The deck environment will be positive and supportive for both the coaches and the swimmers.”

He strongly supports academic success and balance for swimmers. He is the coach of record for a phenomenal number of college swimmers ranging from the most elite Division I public universities to prestigious Ivy League schools, and beyond.

Pym was the head coach / senior coach with the Bellevue Club Swim Team in Seattle for 13 of his 28 years of coaching.

He wants the swimmers to set lofty goals and understand that there are no shortcuts to success. It takes commitment, swimming smart, and hard work to reach one’s potential. In a partnership between coaches and swimmers he says they will work together and hold each other accountable.

CIA’s board President, Steve Nadel said, “Our search committee had very high expectations that were quickly met and surpassed upon Andy’s arrival and a coach of this caliber will not only sustain the team’s success but will take it to new levels.”

Pym said, “CIA has a long history of success, so I know that the bar is set high for me upon arrival. With that in mind, I plan to work with the staff and members and see if we can take this team to even higher levels of success.”

Central Iowa Aquatics (CIA) is a Bronze Medal club with Level 3 USA Swimming club recognition. The club was founded in 1995 and is a year-round competitive swim team designed to improve the level of competitive swimming in the Central Iowa area. Families and swimmers are from the greater Des Moines area and surrounding communities. The club provides structured development, professional training, and competition for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Who is CIA?

A year-round competitive swim team designed to improve the level of competitive swimming in the central Iowa area. Families and swimmers are from the greater Des Moines area and surrounding communities. The club provides structured development, professional training, and competition for swimmers of all ages and abilities. CIA was founded in 1995 by a group of parent volunteers and is a private organization.

Located in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area, Central Iowa Aquatics (CIA) is a Bronze Medal club with Level 3 USA Swimming club recognition. CIA has produced several Senior National qualifiers and finalists, Junior National qualifiers and finalists. Each year we send a large team to Futures, Sectionals, and Zones. This past season there were many top ten nationally ranked swimmer.

— The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with CIA. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.

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Berkoff, Urlando Take Two Top Seeds Each During Day Four of Juniors West Prelims

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More fast swimming occurred this morning during day four prelims of the 2018 Junior National Championships West in Austin, Texas. Missoula Aquatics’ Katharine Berkoff had a strong showing and will be the top seed in the 200 back and 100 free tonight during finals while Gianluca Urlando is the top qualifier in the 200 back and 200 fly.

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Finals will begin tonight at 5:00 p.m. CST (6:00 p.m. EST). Tonight’s lineup will see finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 4×100 free relay as well as the top heat of the mile.

After winning the women’s 100 back in meet record-setting fashion last night, Missoula Aquatics’ Katharine Berkoff will aim to complete the backstroke sweep this weekend. She will be the top seed in the 200 back tonight after posting a time of 1:52.36 this morning

Aquajets’ Isabelle Stadden will be the second seed in 1:53.88 while Beach Cities Swimming’s Alexandra Crisera will be on the other side of Berkoff in 1:56.58.

Nitro Swimming’s Ana Herceg (1:57.02), YMCA Westside’s Kennedy Noble (1:57.27), Buenaventura’s Tea Laughlin (1:57.46), DART Swimming’s Zoe Cosgrove (1:57.49) and Lakeside Aquatics’ Natalie Whalen (1:57.50) will also complete in the top eight.

Event 27  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
     Jrs West: * 1:50.59  12/14/2013Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks
  SC Jrs Meet: # 1:50.59  12/14/2013Clara Smiddy, AquaKids Sharks-
    13-14 NAG:   1:51.07  2010      Missy Franklin
    15-16 NAG:   1:48.30  2018      Regan Smith
    17-18 NAG:   1:48.42  2013      Missy Franklin
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed    Prelims        
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Berkoff, Katharine     17 Missoula Aquatic  1:51.40    1:52.36  
             26.06        54.53 (28.47)
        1:23.33 (28.80)     1:52.36 (29.03)
  2 Stadden, Isabelle      16 Aquajets Swim Te  1:52.04    1:53.88  
             26.60        55.53 (28.93)
        1:25.41 (29.88)     1:53.88 (28.47)
  3 Crisera, Alexandra     17 Beach Cities Swi  1:54.44    1:56.58  
             27.76        57.45 (29.69)
        1:26.85 (29.40)     1:56.58 (29.73)
  4 Herceg, Ana            15 Nitro Swimming-S  1:58.84    1:57.02  
             28.02        57.51 (29.49)
        1:27.45 (29.94)     1:57.02 (29.57)
  5 Noble, Kennedy         14 YMCA Westside Si  1:57.54    1:57.27  
             27.74        56.96 (29.22)
        1:27.08 (30.12)     1:57.27 (30.19)
  6 Laughlin, Tea          16 Buenaventura Swi  1:58.57    1:57.46  
             27.12        56.81 (29.69)
        1:26.88 (30.07)     1:57.46 (30.58)
  7 Cosgrove, Zoe          17 DART Swimming-SN  1:59.80    1:57.49  
             27.65        56.91 (29.26)
        1:26.93 (30.02)     1:57.49 (30.56)
  8 Whalen, Natalie        17 Lakeside Aquatic  1:59.01    1:57.50  
             27.96        57.35 (29.39)
        1:27.27 (29.92)     1:57.50 (30.23)

After setting two 15-16 National Age Group records yesterday in the 100 fly and 100 back, DART Swimming’s Gianluca Urlando will have another chance for a Junior National title in the 200 back today. He swam a lifetime best of 1:42.11 for the middle lane tonight.

Edina’s Peter Larson dropped a second from his seed time to qualify second in 1:42.48 while Foothills Swim Team’s Gavin Olson will be third in 1:43.83.

Billings Aquatics’ Ethan Harder (1:44.27), Harrison Lierz (1:45.85), Seattle Metro’s Tyler Lu (1:45.88), Sierra Marlins’ Colby Mefford (1:46.25) and Wichita Swim Club’s Ben Patton (1:46.50) will also swim in the A-final.

Event 28  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
     Jrs West: * 1:40.79  12/10/2011Jacob Pebley, Corvallis Aquati
  SC Jrs Meet: # 1:40.79  12/10/2011Jacob Pebley, Corvallis Aquati
    13-14 NAG:   1:43.15  2014      Michael Andrew
    15-16 NAG:   1:40.90  2011      Ryan Murphy
    17-18 NAG:   1:37.35  2014      Ryan Murphy
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed    Prelims        
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Urlando, Gianluca      16 DART Swimming-SN  1:43.37    1:42.11  
             23.64        48.69 (25.05)
        1:14.66 (25.97)     1:42.11 (27.45)
  2 Larson, Peter          17 Edina Swim Club-  1:43.51    1:42.48  
             23.77        49.27 (25.50)
        1:16.02 (26.75)     1:42.48 (26.46)
  3 Olson, Gavin           17 Foothills Swim T  1:43.40    1:43.83  
             24.52        50.77 (26.25)
        1:17.51 (26.74)     1:43.83 (26.32)
  4 Harder, Ethan          18 Billings Aquatic  1:43.04    1:44.27  
             24.54        50.79 (26.25)
        1:17.58 (26.79)     1:44.27 (26.69)
  5 Lierz, Harrison        16 Una EA-CO         1:43.76    1:45.85  
             24.70        51.26 (26.56)
        1:18.48 (27.22)     1:45.85 (27.37)
  6 Lu, Tyler              15 Seattle Metropol  1:45.54    1:45.88  
             24.78        51.47 (26.69)
        1:18.23 (26.76)     1:45.88 (27.65)
  7 Mefford, Colby         17 Sierra Marlins S  1:47.80    1:46.25  
             24.61        51.44 (26.83)
        1:18.85 (27.41)     1:46.25 (27.40)
  8 Patton, Ben            18 Wichita Swim Clu  1:47.10    1:46.50  
             24.62        51.06 (26.44)
        1:18.22 (27.16)     1:46.50 (28.28)

It will be a busy night for Berkoff as she is also the top qualifier in the women’s 100 free. She swam a new lifetime best of 48.91 this morning as the only swimmer in the field to sneak under the 49-second barrier.

PRO Swimming’s Janelle Rudolph will try to chase Berkoff down as the second seed in 49.38 while Scottsdale Aquatics’ Ashley Strouse earned the third seed in 49.55.

Also vying for the Junior National title will be Arkansas’ Kobie Melton (49.57), Brea Aquatics’ Samantha Pearson (49.59), Longhorn Aquatics’ Quinn Schaedler (49.60), Bellevue’s Gracie Felner (49.73) and Crow Canyon’s Zoie Hartman (49.73).

Event 29  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
     Jrs West: * 46.29  12/13/2014Abbigail Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic
  SC Jrs Meet: # 46.29  12/13/2014Abbigail Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic
    13-14 NAG:   47.94  2010      Missy Franklin
    15-16 NAG:   47.73  2013      Simone Manuel
    17-18 NAG:   46.09  2015      Simone Manuel
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed    Prelims        
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Berkoff, Katharine     17 Missoula Aquatic    49.18      48.91  
    r:+0.75  23.83        48.91 (25.08)
  2 Rudolph, Janelle       16 PRO Swimming-PN     49.33      49.38  
    r:+0.72  23.64        49.38 (25.74)
  3 Strouse, Ashley        16 Scottsdale Aquat    49.24      49.55  
    r:+0.77  24.04        49.55 (25.51)
  4 Melton, Kobie          18 Univ Arkansas Sw    49.17      49.57  
    r:+0.66  23.73        49.57 (25.84)
  5 Pearson, Samantha      17 Brea Aquatics-CA    49.33      49.59  
    r:+0.75  23.86        49.59 (25.73)
  6 Schaedler, Quinn       16 Longhorn Aquatic    48.84      49.60  
    r:+0.73  23.86        49.60 (25.74)
  7 Felner, Gracie         17 Bellevue Club Sw    50.20      49.73  
    r:+0.74  23.90        49.73 (25.83)
  7 Hartman, Zoie          17 Crow Canyon Coun    49.92      49.73  
    r:+0.83  23.99        49.73 (25.74)

Houston Bridge Bats’ Jack Armstrong threw down a personal best by nearly a full second during prelims to earn the top spot in the men’s 100 free heading into tonight. He powered home in 43.68 as the only swimmer so far under 44 seconds.

Armstrong will face tough competition from Rockwood Swim Club’s Jack Dolan who took second in 44.16 as well as Lake Country’s Lucas Farrar who is third in 44.23.

Longhorn Aquatics’ Coby Carrozza (44.25), Santa Clara Swim Club’s Max Saunders (44.25), St. Charles Swim Club’s Will Myhre (44.26), Bellevue’s Matt King (44.30) and Chicago Wolfpack’s Bence Szabados (44.54) have qualified fourth through eighth, respectively.

Event 30  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
     Jrs West: * 41.23  12/12/2015Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale Aquat
  SC Jrs Meet: # 41.23  12/12/2015Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale Aquat
    13-14 NAG:   43.90  2014      Michael Andrew
    15-16 NAG:   42.67  2013      Ryan Hoffer
    17-18 NAG:   41.23  2015      Ryan Hoffer
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed    Prelims        
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Armstrong, Jack        17 Houston Bridge B    44.52      43.68  
             21.11        43.68 (22.57)
  2 Dolan, Jack            17 Rockwood Swim Cl    44.06      44.16  
             21.13        44.16 (23.03)
  3 Farrar, Lucas          18 Lake Country Swi    44.37      44.23  
             20.97        44.23 (23.26)
  4 Carrozza, Coby         17 Longhorn Aquatic    45.28      44.25  
             21.22        44.25 (23.03)
  4 Saunders, Max          17 Santa Clara Swim    44.15      44.25  
             21.38        44.25 (22.87)
  6 Myhre, Will            18 St Charles Swim-    52.66L     44.26  
             21.34        44.26 (22.92)
  7 King, Matt             16 Bellevue Club Sw    44.50      44.30  
             21.33        44.30 (22.97)
  8 Szabados, Bence        17 Chicago Wolfpack    45.23      44.54  
             21.54        44.54 (23.00)

Boise YMCA’s Charity Pittard knocked off over a second from her previous best time to earn the top seed for finals. She will get a second swim in the middle lane with a seed time of 2:12.08.

Fort Collins’ Coleen Gillilan is close behind in 2:12.18 for the second seed while Hartman posted the third fastest time of the morning in 2:12.36.

Central Iowa’s Gillian Davey (2:12.45), North Coast Aquatics’ Tegan Preston (2:14.50), Colorado Springs’ Edena Chen (2:14.76), The Dolphins Portland’s Kaitlyn Dobler (2:14.79) and Lakeside Aquatics’ Jenna Watson (2:14.92) rounded out the top eight.

Event 31  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
     Jrs West: * 2:07.44  12/9/2017 Zoe Bartel, Fort Collins Are
  SC Jrs Meet: # 2:07.44  12/9/2017 Zoe Bartel, Fort Collins
    13-14 NAG:   2:10.22  2012      Allie Szekely
    15-16 NAG:   2:06.45  2018      Alex Walsh
    17-18 NAG:   2:05.99  2013      Annie Zhu
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed    Prelims        
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Pittard, Charity       18 Boise YMCA Swim-  2:13.38    2:12.08  
    r:+0.71  30.27      1:03.59 (33.32)
        1:37.71 (34.12)     2:12.08 (34.37)
  2 Gillilan, Coleen       17 Fort Collins Are  2:09.77    2:12.18  
    r:+0.66  29.00      1:02.03 (33.03)
        1:36.32 (34.29)     2:12.18 (35.86)
  3 Hartman, Zoie          17 Crow Canyon Coun  2:08.60    2:12.36  
    r:+0.80  29.52      1:03.01 (33.49)
        1:37.54 (34.53)     2:12.36 (34.82)
  4 Davey, Gillian         17 Central Iowa Aqu  2:10.48    2:12.45  
    r:+0.78  30.45      1:03.80 (33.35)
        1:37.92 (34.12)     2:12.45 (34.53)
  5 Preston, Tegan         17 North Coast Aqua  2:17.25    2:14.50  
    r:+0.70  30.65      1:04.73 (34.08)
        1:39.00 (34.27)     2:14.50 (35.50)
  6 Chen, Edenna           17 Colorado Springs  2:15.87    2:14.76  
    r:+0.72  31.07      1:05.09 (34.02)
        1:39.46 (34.37)     2:14.76 (35.30)
  7 Dobler, Kaitlyn        16 The Dolphins Por  2:11.49    2:14.79  
    r:+0.73  30.40      1:04.89 (34.49)
        1:39.65 (34.76)     2:14.79 (35.14)
  8 Watson, Jenna          16 Lakeside Aquatic  2:19.43    2:14.92  
    r:+0.80  30.56      1:04.81 (34.25)
        1:39.25 (34.44)     2:14.92 (35.67)

It will be a close battle for the men’s 200 breast title tonight during finals as only 0.14 separate the top four qualifiers. Yesterday’s 100 breast champion Forrest Frazier of Eastern Iowa Swim Federation  demolished his best time by nearly four seconds to earn the top seed in 1:56.35. This was the first time the future Cal Bear has broke two minutes.

Sitting right behind Frazier in second is King Aquatic Club’s Ethan Dang in 1:56.37 while Sierra Marlins’ Ben Dillard is also right in the mix with the third seed in 1:56.38.

Team Rebel Aquatics’ AJ Pouch (1:56.49), Myhre (1:57.37), Aquajets’ Hayden Zheng (1:58.36), Phoenix Swim Club’s Zachary Tan (1:58.52) and Mission Viejo’s Jason Schreiber (1:58.95) also broke two minutes to make up the rest of tonight’s top heat.

Event 32  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
     Jrs West: * 1:55.08  12/9/2017 Zane Backes, Team Rebel Aquat
  SC Jrs Meet: # 1:52.37  12/10/2016Reece Whitley, Penn Charter  AC
    13-14 NAG:   1:55.52  2014      Reece Whitley
    15-16 NAG:   1:52.37  2016      Reece Whitley
    17-18 NAG:   1:51.43  2017      Reece Whitley
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed    Prelims        
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Frazier, Forrest       16 Eastern Iowa Swi  2:00.03    1:56.35  
             26.03        55.48 (29.45)
        1:25.56 (30.08)     1:56.35 (30.79)
  2 Dang, Ethan            16 King Aquatic Clu  1:55.56    1:56.37  
             26.21        55.85 (29.64)
        1:25.63 (29.78)     1:56.37 (30.74)
  3 Dillard, Ben           17 Sierra Marlins S  1:58.08    1:56.38  
             25.73        54.95 (29.22)
        1:25.09 (30.14)     1:56.38 (31.29)
  4 Pouch, AJ              18 Team Rebel Aquat  1:56.47    1:56.49  
             26.11        55.50 (29.39)
        1:25.63 (30.13)     1:56.49 (30.86)
  5 Myhre, Will            18 St Charles Swim-  1:59.73    1:57.37  
             26.07        55.64 (29.57)
        1:26.44 (30.80)     1:57.37 (30.93)
  6 Zheng, Hayden          15 Aquajets Swim Te  1:59.84    1:58.36  
             27.14        57.28 (30.14)
        1:27.32 (30.04)     1:58.36 (31.04)
  7 Tan, Zachary           15 Phoenix Swim Clu  2:00.55    1:58.52  
             26.91        56.68 (29.77)
        1:27.40 (30.72)     1:58.52 (31.12)
  8 Schreiber, Jason       17 Mission Viejo Na  1:59.65    1:58.95  
             26.98        57.31 (30.33)
        1:28.57 (31.26)     1:58.95 (30.38)

Riptide’s Regan Smith will be tonight’s top qualifier in the women’s 200 fly after posting a time of 1:54.87. If she can hang on to the lead, this would be her third win of the weekend after taking the gold in the 200 free and 500 free earlier.

Magnolia’s Lillie Nordmann is right behind her in 1:54.91 for second while Brea Aquatics’ Zephy Koh is seeded third with a time of 1:56.73.

Katy Aquatics’ Emma Sticklen (1:57.11), Metroplex Aquatics’ Lindsa Looney (1:57.58), Mission Viejo’s Katie Crom (1:58.89), Greater Des Moines’ Berit Quass (1:58.94) and Springfield Aquatics’ Kate McCarville (1:59.11) complete the top heat for finals.

Event 33  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
     Jrs West: * 1:54.37  12/13/2014Ella Eastin, SOCAL Aquatics A
  SC Jrs Meet: # 1:53.49  12/9/2017 Olivia Carter, Enfinity Aquatic
    13-14 NAG:   1:56.01  2013      Cassidy Bayer
    15-16 NAG:   1:52.99  1981      Mary T. Meagher
    17-18 NAG:   1:51.04  2016      Ella Eastin
    Name                  Age Team                 Seed    Prelims        
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Smith, Regan           16 Riptide-MN        1:53.50    1:54.87  
    r:+0.73  25.37        54.18 (28.81)
        1:24.06 (29.88)     1:54.87 (30.81)
  2 Nordmann, Lillie       16 Magnolia Aquatic  1:56.28    1:54.91  
    r:+0.74  25.90        55.19 (29.29)
        1:24.89 (29.70)     1:54.91 (30.02)
  3 Koh, Zephy             17 Brea Aquatics-CA  1:54.68    1:56.73  
    r:+0.74  26.15        55.49 (29.34)
        1:25.74 (30.25)     1:56.73 (30.99)
  4 Sticklen, Emma         16 Katy Aquatic Tea  1:54.88    1:57.11  
    r:+0.68  25.49        54.46 (28.97)
        1:24.56 (30.10)     1:57.11 (32.55)
  5 Looney, Lindsay        17 Metroplex Aquati  1:58.05    1:57.58  
    r:+0.76  26.39        56.70 (30.31)
        1:26.49 (29.79)     1:57.58 (31.09)
  6 Crom, Katie            15 Mission Viejo Na  1:56.00    1:58.89  
    r:+0.69  26.55        57.04 (30.49)
        1:28.13 (31.09)     1:58.89 (30.76)
  7 Quass, Berit           16 Greater Des Moin  2:00.84    1:58.94  
    r:+0.80  26.89        56.91 (30.02)
        1:27.17 (30.26)     1:58.94 (31.77)
  8 McCarville, Kate       15 Springfield Aqua  1:58.80    1:59.11  
    r:+0.72  26.46        56.66 (30.20)
        1:27.50 (30.84)     1:59.11 (31.61)

Urlando will have yet another chance for a gold medal, this time in the men’s 200 fly after taking the top seed during prelims. He stopped the clock in 1:44.84 this morning and will be chasing the 15-16 NAG record of 1:42.10 set by Michael Phelps in 2002.

Szabados dropped over four seconds from is previous lifetime best to grab the second seed in 1:46.12 while Tigard Tualatin’s Ben Miller is close behind in 1:46.19 for third.

Carrozza (1:46.70), Palo Alto Stanford’s Brooks Taner (1:46.96), Greater Omaha’s Rush Clark (1:47.28), Mission Viejo’s Noah Brune (1:47.32) and Parkway Swim Club’s Noah Scheuermann (1:47.73) complete the top eight qualifiers.

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2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East: Day Four Prelims Live Recap

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The final prelims session of the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships from Greensboro, North Carolina will feature the heats of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. It has been a very fast meet thus far with meet records and NAG records breaking left and right.

Caitlin BrooksGretchen WalshAlex WalshCarson FosterJack Wright and Jake Foster are the top seeds in their respective events this morning.

Women’s 200 Back

Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 100 Free

Men’s 100 Free

Women’s 200 Breast

Men’s 200 Breast

Women’s 200 Fly

Men’s 200 Fly

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Swimming World Presents “Vertical Kicking: The Sixth Stroke?”

Vertical Kicking: The Sixth Stroke?

Let’s agree that Joe Bernal and David Berkoff introduced us to the value of the underwater kick in the late 1980s. Then Bob Gillett and Misty Hyman sold us on it about 10 years later…so much so that we have taken to calling this extended underwater phenomenon the “fifth stroke.” So where might vertical kicking, a workout staple for many coaches, fall in the continuum?

Swimming World Magazine spoke with 3 coaches to get their perspective.

Bill Boomer, former swim coach at the University of Rochester and a globally recognized swim theorist and technician, believes vertical kicking has value, but is best employed with a scientific understanding. “There is a lot more to vertical kicking than just energy,” he says.

Ken Heis, of the Mason Manta Rays says, “While not a daily part of the Manta Ray regimen, vertical kicking has its place. The value is you can get a lot of kids in one or two lanes doing focused resistance work on their kick,” he says.

Eddie Reese, of the University of Texas says, ““Two years ago, we were doing vertical kicking—head out of the water—in relation to the fly kick. There are stages you have to go through to be a good fly kicker unless it’s a gift”.

So, is vertical kicking a good thing?

“Definitely. It introduces so much variety and addresses so many issues: among other things, constant communication with the athlete in the pool, breathing, sequencing and total harmonic work,” says Boomer. No one ever said vertical kicking was easy. “Some days, everything you do, swimmers view as punishment,” says Reese.

To learn more about how these coaches consider employing the vertical kick in training, the December 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine is available now!


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by Annie Grevers, David Rieder and Dan D’Addona
World: Katie Ledecky (Female American)
& Adam Peaty (Male European)
Female European: Sarah Sjostrom
Male American: Chase Kalisz
Pacific Rim: Cate Campbell & Sun Yang
African: Tatjana Schoenmaker & Chad le Clos

by David Rieder
This year’s list of the top 11 performances features world records, second-fastest performances in history and textile bests. The swims come primarily from the year’s biggest regional meets—the European Championships, Pan Pacific Championships and Asian Games.


by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott

by Rod Havriluk
Body size and shape, body rotation and head position as well as motion need to be controlled for optimizing swimming technique. All of these factors help to minimize resistance, but also help to make a stable “base of support” to maximize propulsion.

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott


by J.R. Rosania


by “Lois Lane” (aka Taylor Brien)



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Tom Shields, Michael Andrew, Katinka Hosszu Sue FINA for Antitrust Violations

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A trio of elite swimmers have filed a lawsuit against FINA in U.S. district court for its threat to sanction any athletes that competed in an International Swim League event. U.S. Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields, U.S. National champion Michael Andrew and Hungarian Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu are all plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, “the plaintiffs charge FINA with unlawfully restraining competition in the market for top-tier international swimming competitions.” The San Francisco-based law firms Farella Braun + Martel LLP and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP filed the suit. Simultaneously, the two firms filed a separate suit on behalf of the International Swim League, alleging anticompetitive conduct.

In a press release (copied below), the swimmers and ISL CEO Ali Khan explain why they are disappointed FINA has moved to block the first professional swim league. They criticize FINA for restricting swimmers’ opportunities to earn additional prize money, as well as FINA’s restrictions on distributing its profits to athletes.

These complaints echo other recent comments from Olympic gold medalists Cate Campbell and Adam Peaty.

Read the full press release below. Also check out the full lawsuits from Shields, Andrew and Hosszu and from the ISL.

A pair of top U.S. swimmers and a top Hungarian swimmer filed a class-action lawsuit today against Fédération Internationale de Natation (“FINA”), the international organization that controls access to the Olympic Games and World Championships, over its threats to ban swimmers from the Olympic Games if they compete in events that FINA does not pre-approve.

On behalf of elite swimmers around the world, the plaintiffs charge FINA with unlawfully restraining competition in the market for top-tier international swimming competitions. Their lawsuit follows FINA’s crackdown against a twoday competition that a new professional league planned to sponsor in Turin, Italy, in late December 2018. Organizers were forced to cancel that meet after FINA said it would ban from the Olympics any swimmer who swam in it. As result, swimmers lost the chance to compete for more prize money and were blocked from earning appearance fees.

The popularity of competitive swimming has soared over the last decade. Its athletes believe a professional league that will compensate its best athletes and better reward them for a lifetime’s worth of hard training and sacrifice is long overdue. Tom Shields, an Olympic gold medalist who, along with FINA World Champion swimmer Michael Andrew and Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszú, is a lead plaintiff in the proposed class-action lawsuit, said he joined the suit because he has dreamed for years of seeing the sport expand to include a professional league. “We are closer now than ever before to making that dream come true,” he said. “But that dream is being blocked by FINA.”

In a simultaneous filing, the International Swimming League (“ISL”) separately sued FINA for its anticompetitive conduct. The ISL was responsible for coordinating the Turin event that FINA blocked, and it has plans to roll out a series of matches in 2019 featuring approximately 300 of the world’s best swimmers. “Governing bodies and commercial enterprise co-exist in other sports and even work together for the betterment of the sport. But FINA’s priorities just are not aligned with those of the swimmers, and as a result the sport has not been allowed to evolve with the times,” ISL CEO Ali Khan said. “The ISL deserves a chance to offer swimmers more opportunity to compete and earn a living, and the swimmers deserve not to be shackled to FINA’s whim. And the laws here and in Europe require that ISL has that chance.”

Driven in significant part by swimming’s growing popularity, FINA earned about $118 million in gross revenues from all aquatics events in 2016 and 2017. It paid only 12.5 percent of that amount to athletes in the form of prize money.
“Very few select swimmers make a living swimming, while FINA is making a killing,” said Andrew, who in 2013 became the youngest swimmer to go pro. “FINA’s main consideration is not for swimmers. FINA set our sport back into the dark ages by blocking ISL’s request. They can co-exist.”

To prevent swimmers from participating in non-FINA events, and thereby maintain its control over swimmer-derived revenue, FINA recently rewrote its rules so that it could ban swimmers from competing in events even when they did so in their individual capacity or as part of a team that is not affiliated with any FINA member federation. FINA undertook that action only after the ISL refused to pay FINA a $50 million fee that FINA had demanded as the price for FINA’s approval of ISL events.

Through that and other measures, FINA effectively makes elite swimmers its world-wide indentured servants who can compete only in FINA events and who can earn only what FINA is willing to pay. FINA’s actions leading to the forced cancellation of the ISL events—initially to be in Las Vegas but which FINA pressure moved to Italy—have been met with universal international condemnation from swimmers. Those actions are now being met with forceful legal challenges, the first to be pursued against FINA’s iron-fisted grip over swimmers’ opportunities. “There is simply no justification for FINA’s efforts to prevent ISL from expanding opportunities for both swimmers and their millions of fans around the world,” ISL’s Khan said.

Neither of the two lawsuits challenge FINA’s authority to operate as the gatekeeper of the Olympic Games. Rather, they allege that FINA unlawfully wields that power to prohibit swimmers from participating in non-FINA events or in any events that FINA does not formally approve.

Katinka Hosszú, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time World Champion, said the lawsuit instead seeks to allow swimmers a fighting chance to earn their due. “My passion has always been to push swimming in the direction where swimmers are partners of the governing body, not just muppets,” she said.

“ISL takes swimmers seriously, not like FINA.”
The lawsuits state claims for violations of the Sherman Act, for tortious interference with contractual relations or prospective economic relations, for collusion to unreasonably restrict competition, and for monopoly. The lawsuits seek injunctive relief and monetary damages for the named plaintiffs and for all class members.

The class-action lawsuit is Shields, et al. v. FINA, Case No. 18-cv-07393. ISL’s lawsuit is International Swimming League, Ltd. v. FINA, Case No. 18-cv07394. Both suits are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Alabama Men’s Swimming and Diving Beats Auburn For First Time In Eight Seasons

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama swimming and diving men beat Auburn Friday afternoon, 160-140, in the Alabama Aquatic Center. It was the Crimson Tide men’s first win over the Tigers in dual meet competition since October 2010.


The men won seven of 14 individual events, and both relays, led by seniors Laurent Bams (100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle) and Robert Howard (50 and 200 freestyles). Also touching first for the men were junior Zane Waddell (100 backstroke) and freshmen Spencer Walker (200 backstroke) and Nicholas Perera (400 IM).

Waddell, Bams, senior Knox Auerbach and Howard opened the meet by winning the 400 medley relay and Waddell, Bams, sophomore Sam DiSette and Howard clinched the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

The Alabama women fell to the Tigers 188-110. Senior Justine Macfarlane led the Crimson Tide with wins in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. The Tide’s 400 medley relay of freshman Rhyan White, Macfarlane, sophomore Flora Molnar and freshman Kalia Antoniou opened the meet with a win.

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