Leslie Hasselbach Adams Named USA Diving High Performance Manager

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USA Diving has announced that Leslie Hasselbach Adams, a long-time diving coach and FINA judge, has been named the organization’s High Performance Manager.

Hasselbach Adams brings extensive diving knowledge to USA Diving after serving as head diving coach at Clemson University for 18 years and traveling the world representing the United States as a FINA judge.

“I am looking forward to working with Leslie. I’ve known her for over 18 years and think she is one of the most honest, loyal, organized and hard-working individuals you could possibly have on your staff,” said USA Diving High Performance Director Dan Laak. “We have worked alongside each other for years both on the pool deck and on committees, and I have turned to her for advice and help many times.”

While at Clemson, Hasselbach Adams served as the diving representative on the NCAA rules committee and was also a member of the NCAA Championships diving subcommittee. Her experience coaching and evaluating talent at the collegiate level along with her years as a judge will bring valuable insight to the High Performance Department. Her work ethic, organization skills, and personality will bode well in this role as USA Diving moves forward towards 2020 in Tokyo and beyond.

“I’m very excited to join the USA Diving staff. Dan (Laak) and I have worked well together in the past, and I look forward to the opportunity to make a difference in the development and success of USA’s athletes,” Hasselbach Adams said.

Hasselbach Adams assumed her new role in the High Performance Department August 1.

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European Tournaments Offer Testing Ground for Proposed FINA Water Polo Rule Changes

If FINA changes too much, what’s left to complain about? Photo Courtesy: Beeldboot.nlGertjan Kooij

By Michael Randazzo, Swimming World Contributor

Tangible outcomes of rule changes proposed at the FINA Water Polo Conference held last May in Hungary are now on display back where the changes were proposed. The 4th FINA World Men’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2018, being held August 11-19 in Szombathely, Hungary, is the first of three proposed testing opportunities to determine the viability of select changes.

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Consisting of 20 teams from all continents, FINA Youth Worlds includes eight teams from Europe, five from the Americas, three from Asia, two from Oceania and two from Africa.

This is an ideal starting point for FINA’s attempt to transform a sport which many believe is not spectator friendly enough to thrive in the new century. In fact, the conference in Budapest was keen to point out the many flaws—from indifferent marketing to indecipherable rules—plaguing the oldest Olympic team sport.

Some, including Ratko Rudic, Ricardo Azevedo and Adam Krikorian, are less concerned with rule changes than with providing more visibility for water polo, which has expereinced a popularity dip in Europe.

“Before we do anything, before we start trying to change all these things, let’s find out how good our sport is,” Krikorian said in an interview last May. “It’s impossible to know where your holes are when you’re not operating at close to 100 percent. We have an opportunity—70 percent we’re not maximizing. We get caught up in: We need to change 20 different rules.”

Is change quantifiable?

The most important change on trial is Rules Amendment #8 which impacts Rule WP 14.03. The existing rule has to do with a shot outside of 6 meters after an ordinary foul. In the past the attacker who was fouled could not fake; now—according to notes from FINA’s Technical Water Polo Committee (TWPC)—after the player visibly puts the ball in play, that player can fake and shoot or swim and shoot.

An endangered play? Photo Courtesy: AWFoto.nlGertjan Kooij

The other half of the proposed rule is: “Once the player visibly puts the ball into play, the defender can attack the player with the ball,” said the TWPC’s notes about the change. A defender can now react to a prospective shot, rather than giving the attacker an uncontested scoring opportunity.

Another key adjustment has to do with an attacker on a break. The trailing defender can no longer pull the player from behind without incurring a foul. In the old interpretation, the attacker needed to drop the ball to draw the exclusion, but the TWPC was clear that leaving this up to a referee’s interpretation was a mistake.

“If the defender contacts the arm, back or shoulder, a penalty must be awarded.” the TWPC wrote. “This will eliminate the potential decision and call of the referee that the ‘ball was in the hand’ that we saw in the past and which was incorrect in many cases.”

Rule Amendment #2 revises where free throws are taken; proposed is changing the location of the ball after a foul. Before—according to Rule AP 19.1, a free throw was taken where the foul was committed, pulling the ball back from an offensive opportunity. Now the free throw is taken from where the ball has travelled since the foul was committed—an important distinction in a fast-paced game.

Changing Rule WP 20.15 initially appears cosmetic—but it could have significant impact if approved. It cuts the time for an attacking team’s second or subsequent possession to 20 seconds no matter what the circumstances. According the TWPC: “The team is not to lose time as a result of the exclusion, nor is the offending team to benefit from a reduction in possession time.”

Too many whistles?! Photo Courtesy: FINA

This means that 10 seconds will be shaved off of the possession no matter if it’s a goalie save deflected out of play, a rebound picked up by the attacking team or an exclusion called during an offensive possession. This time reduction is also in effect for corner throws; those are now 20 seconds, rather than 30.

Not everything is changing

Some rule changes will not be tested at this tournament, including a decrease in halftime from five to three minutes, and the maximum number of players set at 13 (plus 2 substitutes). There’s no surprise here; a more informative testing opportunity comes next month at FINA’s Men’s Water Polo World Cup 2018 in Berlin, when the national teams of Australia, Croatia, Hungary, Japan, Serbia, South Africa, the U.S and host Germany will play under the new rules.

This trial period—including one additional opportunity later this month, at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships in Belgrade—will allow analysis before the Olympic qualification cycle, which begins next spring. Changes prior to the 2020 Olympics, including a reduced roster of 11 players for all men’s and women’s squads, and an increase of women’s teams from eight to 10, were already approved more than a year ago, generating much disagreement.

Krikorian is right; before making changes, clearly identify what’s working. But trying new things—especially if it makes the polo easier to understand—is also valuable.

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Victoria Duran: The Girl With a Dream

Photo Courtesy: Bailey Duran

Commentary by Bailey Duran, Swimming World Intern. 

Victoria Duran is an athlete who eats, sleeps, and breathes swimming. She trains nine times or more a week totaling over 20 hours. She comes up with her own dryland sets to do on her own time and is super strict with recovery and nutrition. She is a dreamer who is putting feet to those dreams.

The Early Years

When asked if she was always this passionate about swimming, Duran just laughs and says, “Absolutely not.” As a young child, she was passionate about dancing. She danced every night to “Lord of the Dance” on VCR and begged to be able to take dance lessons. “I loved river dance and watched it literally every night. I had the dances memorized and was convinced that I was going to be a professional dancer,” Duran says.

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Her parents put her in dance lessons at the same time her older sisters began swim team. After a few months of dance lessons, her parents decided that their energetic eight-year old daughter needed to do swim team as well as dance. “Torey was only dancing one night a week,” her mom Candi Duran says, “and I felt like she should join swim team for exercise. I never would have imagined that our little dancer would have become such an amazing swimmer.”

At first, Duran went to swimming just because her parents made her go. For the first couple of years, Duran says that she was the worst swimmer on the team: “I wanted to swim because my sisters did it. I was definitely the worst swimmer on the team. I was the oldest swimmer in my group and was getting destroyed.”

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Her first year of swimming, Duran didn’t even qualify for the league or seasonal state meet. Instead, she watched her sisters swim, sad that she wasn’t able to compete herself. Most people would give up; she, however, wasn’t deterred. She had been bit by the swimming bug at this point and was determined to become great. Duran quit dancing of her own accord and put her whole efforts into her swimming at ten years old.

At this time, she and her sisters switched to another team. Even though the coach didn’t want to take her, she made it onto the team nonetheless. She swam in her own lane with intervals much slower than the rest. She even remembers being lapped on 100s and 200s and would come home crying because of how far behind she was than the other swimmers. This didn’t stop her from dreaming big, though.

Photo Courtesy: Bailey Duran

Duran recalls the first time she told some of her teammates that she wanted to swim in college and even make it to the Olympics someday: “We were doing starts after practice one day, and the topic of the Olympics came up. I remember telling the other kids that someday I was going to swim at the Olympics. Some of the kids laughed at me and said it would never happen. I was so mad, but it lit a fire in me to work harder and to prove them wrong.”

Hard Work Pays Off

She began going to the pool with her family outside of practice. They gave her tips and cheered her on. With the help of her family and new coach Ian MacLaren, she slowly but surely began to see improvements. The very next year at 11 years old, she qualified for the league meet and for Colorado Seasonal State. A year later, Duran broke the Colorado Seasonal State record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:11.01 and got second place high-point.

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Duran kept making improvements and decided to become a year-round swimmer so that she could begin taking steps to realize her dreams of becoming an elite swimmer. The long days, hard practices, and early mornings began paying off at fourteen years old. At the Western Slope League meet, Duran qualified for the Colorado Long Course Championships and Arena Western Zones – the first year that she had qualified for a meet faster than Seasonal State. “We knew she was close to qualifying for long course state,” her dad Vic Duran said, “but we had no idea that she was even close to Zones. We were blown away.”

Despite the surprise, her family drove her to California to swim the four events that she had qualified for (1500 free, 800 free, 400 free, and 200 free). After cutting more than a minute, Duran placed fifty-fourth in the mile with a time of 19:08.96, when her time two weeks prior in that event was 20:20.11.

Photo Courtesy: Bailey Duran

Going to Zones gave her a taste of what it would be like to race at an elite level. The competition wasn’t like anything she had experienced before, and she wanted more. After talking to her parents, Duran made the hard but necessary decision to switch to the Durango Swim Club under Coach Alex Martinek, a more competitive club an hour away from her home in Cortez. “I decided that I wanted to be more competitive and take my swimming to the next level. At that point I was training by myself a lot on my other team, so I wanted training partners and a more competitive coach. It was definitely the right decision.”

Her first season there, she and her relay team qualified for Speedo Sectionals in Phoenix, Ariz. Duran swam on the 800 freestyle relay and was able to swim some time trials. In the 1650 free time trials, Duran had the race of her life and qualified for Sectionals the coming year. She also won the girls’ 13 & 14 200-yard backstroke at the 2017 MAValanche swim meet with a time of 2:15.58.

Photo Courtesy: Bailey Duran

Once she turned fifteen, Duran really took off. She started training like never before and knew what she had to do to reach her goals. Swimming has become her passion, and she loves every aspect of it.

Duran became the 2018 Western Slope League Champion in the 15 & Over girls 400 free and the 1500 free this summer. She qualified for seven events at Arena Western Zones and placed top 25 in the 800 free with a time of 9:34.72 after cutting 42 seconds. She finished top 18 in 1500 free with a time of 18:23.77. In addition, she has qualified for Speedo Sectionals in three events and is working hard to qualify for Futures this coming year.

Photo Courtesy: Bailey Duran

Looking Forward

Duran’s long-term goals are to swim in college (hopefully for Liberty University), qualify for Olympic Trials and just maybe the biggest meet in the world. Duran credits her success to her family, coaches, her teammates, and ultimately, to God.

“He gives me my strength and success,” she says, “and I pray that He’ll give me the opportunity to swim in college and if it’s His will, make it to some of the biggest meets in the world. I couldn’t do it without my faith.” She also hopes to be a positive role model to other young swimmers with big dreams.

What makes Duran different is her unmatched work ethic, positive attitude and her drive to never give up, even when things get tough. Because she had to fight her way from the very bottom, she knows what it’s like to have a dream and to work for it even when it seems nearly impossible.

Photo Courtesy: Bailey Duran

“I think it’s easier to really work for your dream when you come from the bottom and have to really work your way to the top, because you don’t know any different than working hard and fighting to be better every single day – whether that’s in practice or competition,” Duran says.

As a 15-year old high school freshman with such a fire inside of her, she can do anything she puts her mind to.

Dream big, no matter if you’re the slowest or fastest one in the pool. Put in the work, and someday you’ll amaze yourself by how far you’ve come.

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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Simon Fraser University Adds Maxime Marechal-McCoy, Dylan Roguski As Assistant Coaches

Simon Fraser University swimming and diving head coach Liam Donnelly has announced that Maxime Marechal-McCoy and Dylan Roguski will be joining the program as assistant coaches for the 2018-19 season.

Originally from Pointe Claire, QC, Marechal-McCoy received his Bachelor in Sports Science from the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay, France before returning to Canada to earn his Master’s in Kinesiology from the University of Montreal. A dual Canadian-French citizen, he spent a year as the head coach of the Marquette Swim Team in Montreal before moving to BC to take over the Okanagan-based Lumby Swim Club in 2015.

Marechal-McCoy comes to SFU after having spent the past three years as an assistant coach with the Delta Sungod swim club. As an athlete, he made four appearances at France’s National Championships (2003-2006) and also competed at the Canadian Interuniversity Championships (CIS) in 2011.

A Clan alumnus, Roguski was born in Edmonton, AB and joined the SFU team in 1996, leading them to a NAIA title in his sophomore year. He began his professional coaching career in 1999 with the Port Moody Aquarians swim club and after completing his degree in Kinesiology, rejoined his alma mater as SFU’s assistant swim coach as well as becoming the inaugural head age group coach of Simon Fraser Aquatics (SFA).

While with the SFU and SFA programs, Roguski coached several Provincial and National champions in a career highlighted by leading a group of athletes to the World Championship Trials in Montreal in 2004 where SFU placed two swimmers onto the Canadian World Championship Team.

Simon Fraser University is Canada’s only NCAA swim program. The SFU men finished 10th overall at the 2017 NCAA Championships, while the SFU women were 23rd.

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LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Cate Campbell Makes Big Statement In Tokyo

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Cate Campbell, who continued her impressive rise back to the top of the international ranks with a new best time in the 100 free at last week’s Pan Pacific Championships.

Campbell’s ascent back to the top of the world rankings has been well documented this year, and any doubters still out there had to be silenced this week after her performances at Pan Pacs. The 26-year-old Australian was the standout performer at last week’s meet in Tokyo, winning five gold medals and making history in the 100 free.

While Campbell’s first ever sub-51 second 100 free relay split is something to be celebrated (you can read more about here), she was able to back that up with the second fastest flat-start performance in history. Clocking in at 52.03, she broke her own Commonwealth Record of 52.06 that she set in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics. The video of her race is available below:

What makes Campbell’s performance even more impressive is that this was her second major international meet of the summer, and presumably her third major rest meet in the last four months.

And while Sarah Sjostrom still has the world record and remains the only woman to swim under 52 seconds in the event, Campbell did earn the top time in the world this year and swam almost a full second faster than Sjostrom’s winning time of 52.93 in the finals at European Championships just two days earlier.

Congratulations Cate Campbell on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

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Team USA Brings Home 65 Medals From Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships

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Team USA put on a show in Cairns, Australia, for the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, which was held Aug. 9-13. The team, comprised of 15 women and five men, took home 65 medals, including 33 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze. 

Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) kicked off the first day of competition in record-setting fashion, swimming to a new world record in the S12 400-meter freestyle. She finished the race in a time of 4:24.30 to win the gold medal. To complete a full sweep of her events, Meyers also won gold in the 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

The team’s performance was highlighted by Sophia Herzog (Fairplay, Colorado) who won gold in all six events she entered despite having knee surgery in April. She swam to first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke, 400 free, 100 breast, 200 IM, 50 fly and 50 free.

Julia Gaffney (Mayflower, Arkansas) and McClain Hermes (Dacula, Georgia) each return home with six medals, while Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) and Robert Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) earned five medals at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships. 

Five Team USA athletes swam to four medals: McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia), Ahalya Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Illinois), Lizzi Smith (Muncie, Indiana), Leanne Smith (Beverly, Massachusetts) and Colleen Young (St. Louis, Missouri). 

The meet featured athletes from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan and Singapore. Full results from the meet can be found here

Next up for Team USA is the California Classic in Yucaipa, California, from Sept. 15-16, followed by the Fred Lamback Disability Meet in Augusta, Georgia, from Oct. 20-21. The U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships will be held Dec. 14-16 in Tucson, Arizona.

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How Accurate Were the Women’s Pan Pac Medal Predictions?

Photo Courtesy: Swimming Canada/Irwin Wong

By Brian Palaschuk, Swimming World College Intern.

Back in May, we used World Junior Swimming Results to predict the medal table of the women’s Pan Pac meet, which can be viewed here. Now that the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships are over, how accurate were those predictions?

A Reminder of the Methodology

In order to predict the medal table, first, the ratio of the average medal totals from World Juniors in 2011 and 2013 to Pan Pac medals in 2014 was calculated. Next this ratio, alongside the average World Junior Championship medal totals from 2015 and 2017, was used in order to predict the medal table of the 2018 Women’s Pan Pac meet.

Using those rations, the medal table came out as follows:

Country 2015-2017 Average Junior Medal Total (Stroke 50’s Removed) 2014 Conversion Ratio Pan Pacs 2018 Predicted Medal Totals
Australia 4.5 2.67 12
Canada 9 1.11 10
China 1 1 1
Japan 8 1.11 8.89
United States 8 1.75 14

However, this medal table was adjusted according to some trends that were demonstrated elsewhere in the data set. In 2014, the home team of Australia converted at a much better rate than they had in previous years. Using this knowledge, the medal table was adjusted slightly in Japan’s favor. Additionally, New Zealand collected three medals in 2014 from Lauren Boyle, which was unlikely to occur in 2018.

Adjusting for these two factors, the medal table came out as follows:

Country Adjusted Prediction: 2018 Pan Pac Medal Totals
Australia 11
Canada 10
China 3
Japan 10
United States 17

Here is a comparison of the quantitative prediction, the adjusted prediction, and the actual 2018 results:

Country Quantitative Medal Prediction Adjusted Medal Prediction Actual Medal Totals
Australia 12 11 12
Canada 10 10 7
China 1 3 0
Japan 8.89 10 10
United States 14 17 22


Photo Courtesy: Swimming Australia/Delly Carr

Using Australia’s 2014 conversion ratio of 2.67, the model predicted them to finish the meet with 12 medals. However, despite Australia retaining a strong core of swimmers, it was predicted that they would convert slightly worse after losing the home field advantage.

Australia defied that expectation, once again converting their Junior medals into senior medals at a rate of 2.67 Pan Pac medals per World Junior medal and once again coming home with 12 medals.


Photo Courtesy: Swimming Canada/Irwin Wong

Canada tends to convert their Junior medals at a worse rate than their competitors. In 2014, they produced 1.1 Pan Pacific medal for every World Junior medal – half that of meet leading Australia’s 2.67. The model predicted Canada to perform similarly here and produce 10 medals.

Canada fell short of this expectation, producing only 7 medals, or a Pan Pac medal conversion ratio of 0.78 medals per World Junior medal. Although this conversion is much worse than in 2014, it falls in line with their usual junior to senior conversion performance relative to other nations.


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In 2014, Japan converted their World Junior medals at a ratio of 1.1 Pan Pac medal per World Junior one. In 2015 to 2017, Japan almost doubled their World Junior medal total from 2011 to 2013, going from 4.5 to 8 medals. Using their 1.1 conversion ratio from 2014, the model yielded nine Pan Pac medals to the Japanese in 2018. However, it was adjusted to 10 medals in attempt to account for the home field advantage.

At the 2018 Pan Pacs, Japan produced exactly 10 medals. This gave them a conversion ratio of 1.25 Pan Pac medals per World Junior medal, which is in line with the home field advantage expectation. This improved conversion ratio is still far behind the U.S. and Australia but much better than Canada’s 0.78 ratio.

United States

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Using the United States’ 2014 conversion ratio of 1.75 Pan Pac medals per World Junior medal, they were predicted to produce only 14 Pan Pac medals in 2018. This total is low for a team as strong as the United States, which was accounted for in the adjusted prediction, shifting non-charter medals to the United States’ total, giving them 17 predicted medals.

In 2018, the United States greatly outperformed this estimate, winning 22 medals. This yielded an incredible conversion ratio of 2.75 Pan Pac medals won per World Junior medal. This conversion ratio is due in part to an unusually low average medal total of only eight at the World Juniors in 2015-2017 compared to the 12 that they averaged from 2011-2013.

Also note that this model allowed China to win three medals, but they were largely a non-factor at the meet as they saved their top swimmers for the Asian Games. This, coupled with Canada’s under performance, helped the United States to their excellent medal total and 2.75 conversion ratio.


The meet turned out much like how the model predicted, and several trends previously established continued to ring true.

Canada and Japan perform very well at the junior level compared to the senior level.

In 2018, much like in 2014, Canada and Japan converted their Junior medals into few senior medals. While Japan was better in 2018 than 2014, their conversion ratio of 1.25 pales in comparison to the 2.6 and 2.7 of Australia and the United States respectively. Similarly, Canada’s average of nine World Junior medals yielded them only seven medals at the relatively less competitive Pan Pacs.

Australia and the United States are relatively better at the senior level.

This is especially true of the United States, who averaged only eight World Junior medals in 2015 to 2017 to Canada’s nine and Japan’s eight. This is in spite of the fact that they more than doubled both of their medal totals at the 2018 senior Pan Pacs. Australia converts poorly as well – their junior team managed to average only a paltry 4.5 medals, while their senior Pan Pac team was able to amass 12.

This methodology is certainty a useful measure for the overall development of swimmers across the Pan Pac nations, and swimming fans can use this technique to predict future senior championship meets, including the 2019 World Championships.

Swim Nerd Tid-Bit

World Junior Medalists played a large role in the medal race at the 2018 Pan Pacs. The 2015 to 2017 World Junior medalists contributed to 10 of the medals won at the 2018 Pan Pacs, and seven unique medalists went on to win a medal at the 2018 Pan Pacs.

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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West Virginia University Announces Schedule For 2018-19 Season

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West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced the 2018-19 men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedule on Monday. 

The schedule features three meets at the WVU Natatorium, which will serve as the home of the Mountaineers for the final time this season. WVU kicks off the campaign with the annual Gold-Blue Meet before hosting a regular-season competition against Seton Hall and Xavier, as well a Senior Day matchup against Big 12 Conference foe TCU. 

On the road, Mountaineer swimmers will travel to the West Virginia State Games and the Ohio State Invitational. The team also will compete in road dual-meets at Villanova, Pitt, Penn State (men only) and Iowa State (women only). 

Additionally, WVU divers will compete at the Navy Diving Invitational in preparation for the 2019 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in Annapolis, Maryland. 

“This year’s schedule gives the teams a good set of challenges each meet,” said WVU coach Vic Riggs, who is entering his 12th season at the helm in 2018-19. “October will give us the first opportunities to see how the teams are coming together with two road challenges. The Ohio State Invitational and Winter Nationals will help us prepare for NCAAs. 

“I’m excited to add Penn State for the men. That will give them a good opportunity to compete on the road against a strong team. Having Pitt, TCU and Iowa State is always exciting for our programs.”

The Mountaineers’ season opens with the Gold-Blue Meet on Saturday, Sept. 29. Regular-season action begins two weeks later with the West Virginia State Games, a two-day competition featuring swimming and diving programs from around the Mountain State, from Oct. 12-13, in Huntington, West Virginia.

WVU returns home for a tri-meet against Seton Hall and Xavier, from Oct. 19-20.

Following a trip to Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Mountaineers will split for two mid-season meets. For the second consecutive season, WVU swimmers will compete at the Ohio State Invitational, from Nov. 15-17, in Columbus, Ohio. The diving team heads to Annapolis to compete at the Navy Diving Invitational on the same dates.

USA Swimming’s Winter Nationals are set to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 1. Three Mountaineer swimmers, senior Jake Armstrong, junior Morgan Bullock and sophomore David Dixon, qualified for the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships in July.

As the calendar flips to January, WVU again hits the road to take on rival Pitt on Saturday, Jan. 5, in Pittsburgh. A week later, the teams return home for the final meet in WVU Natatorium history on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Mountaineers will host TCU for a Big 12 dual meet on Senior Day. 

From there, the Mountaineer men’s team travels to University Park, Pennsylvania, to battle Penn State in dual-meet action on Friday, Jan. 18. The women’s team concludes the regular season with a trip to Iowa State on Saturday, Jan. 26. WVU defeated the Cyclones in 2017-18, marking the program’s first win over Iowa State.

Postseason competition begins with the 2018 Big 12 Championship, from Feb. 27-March 2, in Austin, Texas. The Mountaineers will return to the conference meet after posting a pair of second-place team finishes last season. WVU also won a pair of individual Big 12 championships at the meet, as Armstrong defended his 100-breaststroke title, while redshirt senior Tristen Di Sibio won the 200 breaststroke. 

The 2019 NCAA Zone A Diving Championship is set for March 11-13, in Annapolis, Maryland, before the 2019 NCAA Women’s Championships commence from March 20-23, in Austin. The 2019 NCAA Men’s Championships are set for a week later, March 27-30, in Austin.

Two Mountaineers earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Meets last season, as Armstrong (100 breast) and Bullock (200 butterfly) each placed in the top 16 of their events.

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Missouri State Gets Verbal From Great Britain National Junior Team’s Ellie Southward

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NEW COMMIT: Ellie Southward will make her way from England to Missouri in the fall of 2019 after giving her verbal commitment to swim for Missouri State. She will join the Bears as part of the class of 2023.

Southward competes for the Ellesmere College Titans under head coach Alan Bircher and has represented Great Britain as a member of their National Junior Team. At the Scottish National Open Championships earlier this summer, she finished tenth in the 100m back (1:05.14) and 12th in the 50m back (30.73). She also earned the bronze medal in the 100m back at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival.

She told Swimming World:

“Missouri State offers me everything from great coaches, to an amazing team atmosphere, and impressive academics to say the least! I knew instantly that MSU was the place for me as I felt so welcomed by everyone. I trust Coach Dave in helping me achieve my full potential! I can’t wait for the next few years, go Bears!”

Her best times in LCM:

  • 100 back – 1:02.44
  • 200 back – 2:14.32
  • 100 fly – 1:02.65
  • 200 IM – 2:20.55

Her best times converted to SCY:

  • 100 back – 54.51
  • 200 back – 1:57.79
  • 100 fly – 55.57
  • 200 IM – 2:03.26

Her coach, Alan, told Swimming World:

“Ellie has some amazing qualities as a swimmer and individual which will serve her really well swimming for Missouri State. I’m extremely lucky to have coached her for all these years as she’s extremely hard working, skillful and passionate about the sport.”

Southward will be a huge addition to Missouri State’s roster for the 2019-20 season, and her converted SCY times rank her at the top of the Bears’ lineup. She will have one year to train with Sarah Allegri, who finished second in the 100 back and sixth in the 200 back and the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Missouri State is the reigning MVC champions for the past 14 seasons.

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U.S. Wins 14 Medals, 9 Golds at UANA Pan American Artistic Swimming Championships

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – U.S. athletes finished with 14 medals – including nine golds – at the UANA Pan American Artistic Swimming Championships, which ended Saturday.

The U.S. Senior National Team won the team free and team tech finals, and the 12 & Under National Team won the team free final at the championships.

Members of the U.S. 12U team added two more golds, as Elizabeth Fullen (Cincinnati, Ohio) won solo and Elle Santana (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Gianna Bonacorso (Rocklin, Calif.) won duet free. The U.S. also won the 13 and over combo free event.

U.S. Senior National Team members Yara Elian (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.) won the senior duet free. Remati and Nicole Goot (San Jose, Calif.)won silver in senior duet tech.

Swimmers from the U.S. 13-15 National Team added two more silver medals. They finished second in the team free final, and Chiara Steele (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Marilyn Weaver (San Jose, Calif.) took second in the duet final.

The La Mirada Aquabelles were well represented as well in the junior events, earning four medals. Noelle Song led the way, taking gold in solo tech, bronze in the solo free and teaming with Aivan Nguyen to earn another gold in the duet free final. Nguyen and Elizaveta Polyakova earned silver in duet tech.

U.S. Senior National Team members who competed at the championships include: Grace Alwan (Andover, Mass.), Paige Areizaga (Palm Coast, Fla.), Yara Elian (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Nicole Goot (San Jose, Calif.), Hannah Heffernan (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cassandra Neeley (Williamsville, N.Y.), Daniella Ramirez (Miami, Fla.), Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.), Abby Remmers (Sugar Land, Texas), Lindi Schroeder (Andover, Mass.) and Emmanuella Tchakmakjian (New Canaan, Conn.).


The U.S. 13-15 National Team includes: Miko Begossi (Alamo, Calif.), Yujin Chang (San Jose, Calif.), Emily Ding (Cupertino, Calif.), Marlena King (Clayton, Calif.), Olivia Li (New Canaan, Conn.), Chiara Steele (Santa Clara, Calif.), Megan Tappe (New Canaan, Conn.), Gabriella Terry (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Ashlyn Wang (Chandler, Ariz.) and Marilyn Weaver (San Jose, Calif.).

The U.S. 12U National Team includes: Gianna Bonacorso (Rocklin, Calif.), Perry Daniel (Santa Clara, Calif.), Elizabeth Fullen (Cincinnati, Ohio), Jennah Hafsi (Tampa, Fla.), Audrey Kwon (Bellevue, Wash.), Viola Li (New Canaan, Conn.), Elle Santana (Gilbert, Ariz.), Aubrey Shen (Cresskill, N.J.), Nathalia Valdez (Flower Mound, Texas) and Lillian Weber (Tampa, Fla.).

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