(Video Interview) Elizabeth Beisel Preparing to Hike Mount Everest

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After qualifying for the U.S. World Championships team this summer for her 12th straight year on the U.S. National team, Elizabeth Beisel was at Golden Goggles Sunday evening for the 12th straight year.

But that’s not nearly the most exciting destination on her schedule this month: Beisel is heading to Nepal to hike base camp at Mount Everest. She explained why she’s so excited about that upcoming adventure.

As for Golden Goggles, she discussed how much she enjoys being around her U.S. teammates now that her days as a competitive swimmer are winding down.

At one point in the video, Beisel hints at a role she would have in the Golden Goggles presentation, and that turned out to be auctioning off a signed poster of Michael Phelps for the USA Swimming Foundation.

Watch more video interviews from the red carpet at Golden Goggles.

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Division III Weekly Recap: Kenyon and Chicago Pave The Way For Post-Thanksgiving Invites

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With the first round of November invitationals finished, the Division III landscape is still very much the same. Kenyon and Chicago were the only top ten Division III swim teams in action at invitationals this past weekend as NYU and Johns Hopkins competed head to head in a duel meet, rather than an invite. The rest of the major Division III teams (Denison, Emory, MIT, Wash U) will be in action at invitationals after Thanksgiving.

The Kenyon men and women were in action at the Ohio State Invite in Columbus this past weekend where they were the only team outside of Division I at the meet. The Kenyon women had their best swims out of Crile HartJulia Wilson and Hannah Orbach-Mandel.

Hart put up the quickest time in Division III in the 200 IM (2:02.83), the 100 back (55.50) and the 200 back (1:58.90) as the freshman has continued her strong first season with the Lady Lords. Hart has been one of the main reasons the Lady Lords are a favorite to win their first national title since 2009.

Wilson is in her senior year for Kenyon and is one of the other big dogs for the women this season. She put up the second fastest 200 IM (2:04.06) behind Hart and swam strong breaststroke times (1:02.39, 2:16.04) as she ranks first in Division III in the 200. Orbach-Mandel had really good swims for Kenyon as well with a 1:49.89 in the 200 free and a 4:56.13 in the 500 to lead the nation in both. These three girls for Kenyon have created a strong nucleus that could propel them to a national title.

Despite the elite competition from NC State, Ohio State and Kentucky, Kenyon still had a good meet in Columbus. The men are coming off a loss to bitter rival Denison last week, but still swam well at their invite thanks to their freestylers.

The Kenyon men are still young, so they should not be counted out in future years. This past weekend they were led by sophomore Connor Rumpit, freshman Tim Hagemeister and junior Jon Zimdars. Rumpit and Hagemeister are first and third in Division III in the 500 so far with Rumpit (4:27.33) leading the way ahead of his freshman teammate (4:31.67). The two are also first and second in Division III in the mile with Rumpit (15:43.79) also leading the nation ahead of Hagemeister (15:51.53).

Junior Zimdars put up the number two time in the country in the 200 fly on the last day of the Ohio State Invite with a 1:49.70. He sits only behind Chicago’s Michael Todd (1:48.65).

Chicago won its own Phoenix Fall Classic ahead of a much improved DePauw team. Albert Litschgi was the high performer for Chicago with his massive 1:46.20 to lead the rest of Division III by three seconds. Litschgi won UAA Swimmer of the Week for his swims this weekend. Litschgi also swam a quick 100 back at 48.70 to lead Division III there as well.

Two of the fastest 100 breasts came out of the Phoenix Fall Classic as well with DePauw’s Sam McManus (54.31) and Chicago’s Reona Yamaguchi (54.98). McManus also had the fastest 200 of the season with his 1:59.86. Chicago had the next three fastest 200 breasts with Lance Culjat (2:02.10), Yamaguchi (2:02.37) and Alexander Qu (2:02.47) showing off some impressive breaststroke depth.

The Chicago women finished first in the Phoenix Fall Classic thanks to impressive swims by Nadia RedzaHadley Ackerman and Margaret Wolfson. Wolfson was UAA Swimmer of the Week thanks to her performance in the 200 breast (2:17.99), leaving her third in Division III.

Ackerman’s 100 fly (56.00) puts her at number two in the country while Redza leads the nation in the 400 IM (4:28.00).

Other fast times from the first round of invites:

  • 50 free: Emmie Mirus, Kenyon, 23.58
  • 100 free: Lindsay Hagmann, Trinity, 51.20
  • 100 back: Gillian Gagnard, Chicago, 56.06
  • 200 back: Gillian Gagnard, Chicago, 2:00.52
  • 100 breast: Rehgan Hartsell, Southwestern, 1:03.63
  • 200 free relay: Kenyon, 1:34.66
  • 400 medley relay: Kenyon, 3:45.40
  • 200 medley relay: Kenyon, 1:43.37
  • 800 free relay: Kenyon, 7:30.09
  • 400 free relay: Kenyon, 3:25.58
  • 50 free: Chris Schiavone, Franklin & Marshall, 20.61
  • 100 free: Jacob Davis, Saint Vincent, 44.85
  • 200 free: Taye Baldinazzo, Chicago, 1:39.07
  • 500 free: Taye Baldinazzo, Chicago, 4:28.44
  • 100 back: Ben Baturka, Kenyon, 49.37
  • 100 breast: Christian March, Frostburg State, 55.83
  • 200 breast: Christian March, Frostburg State, 2:02.96
  • 100 fly: Zuhayr Pigot, Whittier, 48.81
  • 200 IM: Noah Young, Birmingham Southern, 1:50.89
  • 400 IM: Patrick Dunne, Birmingham Southern, 3:59.53
  • 200 free relay: Chicago, 1:22.59
  • 400 medley relay: Chicago, 3:16.87
  • 200 medley relay: Chicago, 1:31.09
  • 800 free relay: Kenyon, 6:42.35
  • 400 free relay: Chicago, 3:03.15

November 13 recap

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October 30 recap

October 23 recap

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Psych Sheets Released For 2017 Texas Invitational

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The psych sheet for the 2017 Texas Invitational was released today, giving a preview of what looks like to be one of the premier winter college invitationals this NCAA season. Hosted by the University of Texas, the meet will take place Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center and will feature both Longhorn teams.

Check out the full psych sheet for the Texas Invite.

Several top-tier teams will be traveling down to Texas for the meet, including USC, the University of Arizona, Harvard University, the Stanford men’s team, and the Arizona State men’s team among others. You can see a full list of participating teams on the Longhorns athletics page here.

The meet will be a chance for the Longhorn women to shine, with the team going into the meet with a #2 ranking and undefeated in dual meets so far this year. The meet will also be a major indicator for the men’s Texas team, who have only won one dual meet so far this year and was ranked just ninth in the latest CSCAA Coaches Poll despite being the defending NCAA Champions.

Expect a showdown in the men’s 200 free, with three of history’s fastest entered in the event: Texas’ Townley Haas, Arizona State’s Cameron Craig, and Harvard’s Dean Farris. Others to watch will be Texas senior Joseph Schooling, USC junior Riley Scott, and a slew of post-grads competing. Competing among the college swimmers will be Olympians Matt Grevers and Leah Smith in addition to a star studded Texas post-grad group that includes Madisyn Cox, Jack Conger, Will Licon and Clark Smith.

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NC State’s Andreas Vazaios and Elise Haan Sweep ACC Swimmer of the Week Honors

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NC State’s Andreas Vazaios has been selected as the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week, and Florida State’s Cameron Thatcher has been tabbed as the Diver of the Week. On the women’s side, Elise Haan of NC State has been selected as the ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week, and Pittsburgh’s Meme Sharp has been named the Diver of the Week.

Vazaios turned in a stellar weekend for the Wolfpack, helping his team place first at the Ohio State Invite. The senior from Athens, Greece, swam in eight different races, touching the wall first in the 100 back, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 free relay, 800 free relay and the 200 medley relay. Vazaios recorded an NCAA A cut in the 200 fly (1:41.07), and was a part of the teams that posted qualifying standards in the 400 free relay (2:48.75) and 800 free relay (6:19.60).

Thatcher helped Florida State to a first-place finish at the Georgia Tech Invite. The sophomore from Toledo, Ohio, placed first on the 1-meter with a score of 384.90. Thatcher also placed fourth in the 3-meter competition (349.20) and fifth on the platform (315.45).

Haan was key in the NC State women’s second-place finish at the Ohio State Invite. The junior from Naples, Florida, had top-two finishes in six of her events, including wins in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay. Haan’s 200 free relay squad posted an NCAA A cut time of 1:28.52.

Sharp also had a strong showing at the Ohio State Invite. The senior from Noblesville, Indiana, placed second on the 1-meter with a score of 288.85, and second on the 3-meter by posting a 315.00.

Press release courtesy of the ACC.

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2015 ISHOF Honor Coach Don Watson Passes Away

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Don Watson, who coached five Olympic swimmers in the 1960s and 1970s at Hinsdale Central High School and later worked at the University of Texas, has passed away. He was 87 years old.

Watson grew up swimming alongside the great Doc Counsilman at the St. Louis YMCA in the 1940s, and he later served as an assistant to Counsilman. After he ended up in Illinois in 1967, he won an incredible 163 dual meets and lost only three times, winning 12 state championships.

His swimmers included Olympic medalists John Kinsella and John Murphy, along with marathon swimming ace Sandra Bucha and three-time Modern Pentathlon Olympian Bob Nieman.

Read Watson’s full bio, courtesy of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, below:

Don Watson’s swimming life began in the mid-1940s when, having just turned 13, he joined the St. Louis YMCA swim team. Now, as it turned out, the St. Louis Y had among its members, an outstanding swimmer who would have a profound influence not only on Don’s life, but on the sport of swimming. That swimmer was Jim Counsilman, better known to us today as “Doc.”

Don remembers the 1946 YMCA National Championships, held at Huntington, Indiana, as his most memorable meet. Doc — who was captain of the Ohio State team at the time – won the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke titles — and Don won the 1650 free. Another highlight of his swimming career was breaking the record for the 22 mile Mississippi River Marathon swim by almost four hours.

Perhaps not by coincidence, Don earned a swimming scholarship to the University of Iowa, where Counsilman was the team’s assistant coach under another Hall of Fame coach, David Armbruster. After graduating from Iowa, Don married fellow swimmer Janet Frank. The couple then moved to Indiana, where Don earned a Masters degree in physical education while serving as an assistant coach under IU’s new head coach- you guessed it – Doc Counsilman!

On leaving Indiana in 1965, Don taught and toiled as an assistant coach before accepting the top position at Hinsdale Central High School, in Illinois. At Hinsdale, Don racked up an incredible record of 163 wins against just three losses. Included among those wins were 128 consecutive victories and 12 consecutive state championships between 1967 and 1978.

In 1968, one of his swimmers, Hall-of-Famer John Kinsella, then just a 16-year-old high school sophomore, took the silver medal in the 1500 meter freestyle at the Mexico City Olympic Games. Two years later, Hinsdale won the national interscholastic title. John Kinsella became the first to break the 16 minute barrier in the 1500 meter freestyle and won the Sullivan Award as America’s outstanding Amateur Athlete. That same year Don Watson was named “coach of the year” by both United States Swimming and the National Interscholastic Swimming Association.

At the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, Kinsella won a relay gold medal, while another Hinsdale swimmer, John Murphy, won Olympic gold and bronze medals.

Watson’s coaching talents extended beyond the pool and into the open water. Beginning in 1973, Kinsella and fellow Hinsdale swimmer, Sandra Bucha, began dominating the world professional marathon circuit. Over his pro career, John won 29 of 31 races and over her 3-year career, Sandra never lost an open water race to another woman. Often the only male to beat her was Kinsella.

Another Watson-coached swimmer was Bob Nieman, a three-time U.S. Olympian in the Modern Pentathlon.

Don left Hinsdale in 1980 to become the Director of the University of Texas Swimming Stadium and Manager of the Longhorn Aquatic Swim Club. In addition to collaborating with six Hall of Fame head coaches at UT, Don was responsible for hosting numerous major competitions at the Stadium, including the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

In the 1970s Don Watson’s “Hinsdale Program” became a national model for developing a community-based swimmingprogram noted not only for producing great athletes, but for instilling in them basic concepts of commitment, dedication, hard work and service – as a prescription for successful lives as adults. Among the many noteworthy alums of Watson’s Hinsdale program are Dr. George Tidmarsh, a leader in the bio pharma industry, and Bob Dudley, the CEO of British Petroleum.

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(Video Interview) Matt Grevers Embodied Perseverance in 2017

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After missing the Olympic team in his signature event in 2016, Matt Grevers returned to the international stage and won a silver medal in the 100 back and a bronze in the 50 back at Worlds, along with two relay gold medals.

Before being honored with the Perseverance Award at Golden Goggles, Grevers explained how he believes every swimmer must overcome some major obstacles within their swimming career, and his perseverance just happened to come over the past two years.

He also discussed why he embraces a celebration of swimming at Golden Goggles and what it was like to bring his one-year-old daughter Skylar to a major USA Swimming event for the first time.

Watch more video interviews from the red carpet at Golden Goggles.

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IU Olympians King and Pieroni Named Big Ten Swimmers of the Week

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The Big Ten has announced its weekly swimming and diving honorees, led by Indiana University Olympic gold medalists Lilly King and Blake Pieroni. Read the full list of winners below.

Female Swimmer of the Week 
Lilly King, Indiana
Jr. – Evansville, Ind., – F.J. Reitz

  • Recorded six first place finishes for the Hoosiers over the weekend at the Purdue Invitational
  • Posted NCAA B Standard times in the 200 IM (1:55.96), the 100 (59.12) and 200 (2:10.99) breast stroke, as well as helped her team to NCAA A Standard times in the 200 (1:34.58) and 400 (3:32.04) medley relay
  • Broke a school record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.95), and posted the fastest time in the nation in the 200 medley relay and the second fastest time in the 100 breast stroke
  • Earns her seventh career Swimmer of the Week honor and the third of the season
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Lilly King (Nov. 1, 2017)

Female Diver of the Week
Abigail Knapton, Nebraska
So. – Omaha, Neb. – Omaha Marian  

  • Won both the 3-meter (348.50) and platform (270.60) diving events at the Mizzou Invitational
  • Posted NCAA zone qualifying scores for both events
  • Earns her first career Diver of the Week award
  • Last Nebraska Diver of the Week: Anna Filipcic (Nov. 9, 2016)

Female Freshman of the Week 
Grace Haskett, Indiana 
Bedford, Ind. – Bloomington South

  • Recorded six first place finishes for the Hoosiers over the weekend at the Purdue Invitational
  • Posted NCAA B Standard times in the 50 (22.19) and 100 (48.72) freestyle as well as helped her team to NCAA A Standard times in the 200 (1:34.58) and 400 (3:32.04) medley relay
  • Broke a school record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.95), and posted the fastest time in the nation in the 200 medley relay
  • Earns her second career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Grace Haskett (Oct. 25, 2017)

Male Swimmer of the Week
Blake Pieroni, Indiana
Sr. – Valparaiso, Ind. – Chesterton

  • Placed first in the 100 (42.10) and 200 (1:32.33) freestyle as well as helped his team to first place finishes in the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay at the Purdue Invitational
  • Recorded NCAA A Standard qualifying times in both individual events
  • Earns his ninth career Swimmer of the Week honor and the third of the season
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Blake Pieroni (Nov. 15, 2017)

Male Diver of the Week
Brandon Loschiavo, Purdue
So. – Huntington Beach, Calif. – Huntington Beach

  • Earned a first and second place finish at the Purdue Invitational over the weekend, posting zone qualifying scores in the 1-meter (392.35) and platform (481.20) events
  • Dove the top score in the nation on the platform by 134 points, scored at least 84 points in four of the six rounds and garnered a personal season-best on the 1-meter
  • Earns his first Diver of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Diver of the Week: Steele Johnson (Nov. 8, 2017)

Male Freshman of the Week
Bruno Blaskovic, Indiana
Vodnjan, Croatia – SMSI Danto Alighieri Pula

  • Advanced to the A Finals in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as the 100 butterfly at the Purdue Invitational
  • Placed second in the 50 free (19.76) and the 100 free (43.36) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (47.88) while recording NCAA B Standard times in all three individual events
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Vini Lanza (Feb. 3, 2016)

Press releases courtesy of the Big Ten conference.

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ASU Swimming On The Rise

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By Guerby Ruuska, Swimming World College Intern.

Arizona State University is home to an aquatics program on the rise. Last season the ASU men finished in 4th place in the Pac-12 Championships, just beating out in-state rival, the University of Arizona. It was the greatest Pac-12 finish in Sun Devil history…but the history-making year didn’t stop there.

In 2015, the ASU men finished in 44th, but then jumped to 14th at 2016 Pac-12s. Not only did the team score 100 points more than they did the previous year, break several school records and produce the first ASU All-Americans since 2008, but the team was also named the most-improved men’s team in the nation.

On the women’s side, the Sun Devils moved up to 6th place at Pac-12s in 2017 from their 8th place finish the year prior. They finished in 31st at 2016 NCAAs and bumped themselves up to 29th in 2017.

Under the guidance of head coach Bob Bowman, ASU has seen some tremendous growth in just the past few years. But before we can talk about their rise, we have to take a few steps back to a time when ASU’s men and women were guided by Dorsey Tierney-Walker.

Tierney-Walker took over the program back in 2009. In 2011 she led the women’s team to a 6th place finish in the Pac-12 and while the men finished 5th. The women were 12th at the 2012 NCAA Championships but have since struggled to get back to top 15 form. In 2013, the men were 18th at NCAAs. All stellar accomplishments, considering the fact that at one point, ASU almost didn’t have a men’s team.

In 2008, a young Baltimore native was off becoming the greatest Olympian of all time by winning eight gold medals at a single Olympics. Meanwhile, ASU was about to pull the plug on the men’s team for budget reasons. Enough money was raised to keep the program afloat and in 2009, Tierney-Walker was hired. After becoming the program’s saving grace, Tierney-Walker was let go by ASU. The university brought in legendary coach Bob Bowman in 2015.

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Bowman, known for coaching the greatest swimmer of all time, Michael Phelps, earlier talked about ASU being the greatest pick for him because of all the opportunities.

“I have just sort of thought of the things that I would have liked in a program, and when this opportunity came up, it just started checking all the boxes of things I wanted,” Bowman said in a previous interview. “The boxes were I wanted to coach men and women, I wanted to have a program where there was support in place to get the job done at the top level, to be able to compete for championships. So it had to have all those resources available.”

Bowman and his staff have made big moves, and fast, especially within recruiting. The ASU staff hit the jackpot with the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Grant House, and several other key additions to this year’s incoming class.

“The training level of the group is definitely on the rise,” senior assistant coach, Rachel Stratton-Mills said. “We are able to ask more of our athletes with each month that goes by and we have seen a tremendous increase in training over previous years.”

Stratton-Mills was hired back in April and saw early on that ASU had the support to be successful.

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Rachel Stratton-Mills     Photo Courtesy of: Glenn Mills

“Our athletic department, as a whole, is comprised of amazing, high-quality people. Beginning with our Athletic Directors and continuing with every member of our support staff, we have so much assistance and encouragement by all in Sun Devil Athletics.  This type of administrative support really makes a positive impact on our program’s quest to be the best.”

Stratton-Mills says that being around Bowman – a man with such passion for his craft – makes her want to do the same.

“Coach Bowman is fully invested in making each athlete and this entire program the absolute best,” Stratton-Mills said. “Personally, this motivates me to be the best coach I can be and to strive for ways to improve. This is how our athletes react to his coaching style also; they know that under his leadership they can reach the top of their potential and are motivated to push their limits on a daily basis.”

Alongside sophomore standout, Cameron Craig, House, and several other freshmen, ASU is slowly building itself into a team with tons of potential.

“We, of course, are looking to continue the improvements made last year during Pac 12s and NCAAs,” Stratton-Mills said. “We know with the great work all the athletes have been putting in conjunction with a tremendous freshman class, we will continue making huge strides in the national rankings.”

ASU is in a unique position where despite the success from last year, there’s no real pressure……aside from their own high expectations.

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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The Week That Was: Ledecky and Dressel Light Up College Invites

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Welcome to The Week That Was! The past week was a big one for swimming around the world, with the 2017 FINA World Cup coming to a close, the Golden Goggles in LA and a number of fast swims at college invites around the U.S. Read below to catch up on the biggest stories from the week!

The Week That Was #5 – Rutgers Fires Head Coach Petra Martin

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Rutgers University abruptly parted ways with head coach Petra Martin this week amid accusations of verbal abuse against Rutgers athletes. According to a report from New Jersey Advance Media, athletics director Patrick Hobbs met with swimmers on Wednesday of last week prior to meeting with Martin on Thursday, when it was decided she would be leaving the program. According to the report, the meetings revealed that Martin “shamed athletes over their weight, used abusive language during training sessions and demanded they stop using medication prescribed by their doctors for anxiety and other issues.” The announcement came just one day before the start of the 2017 Frank Elm Invitational, which Rutgers hosted. Fred Woodruff has been named the Interim Head Coach, while assistant Jon Maccoll remains with the program. You can read the full report from NJ.com by clicking here.

The Week That Was #4 – WADA Declares Russian Anti-Doping Agency Non-Compliant

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In a report from the ARD earlier this week, anti-doping expert Hajo Seppelt claimed that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency “non-compliant” at an upcoming meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Seppelt’s claim was correct, as WADA did declare the Russian agency non-compliant at their meeting on Thursday. While the RUSADA has completed some of the steps required by WADA to regain full status, they have failed to make all requested data available which ultimately led to the ruling. The IOC Executive Board will meet on Dec 5-7 to determine whether Russian athletes will be eligible for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which are set to begin in just a few months.

The Week That Was #3 – Ledecky, Dressel Win Golden Goggles 

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The 2017 USA Swimming Golden Goggles Awards celebrated the top U.S. athletes from the past year this weekend, with Anders Holm returning as host and other big names including Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant, Janet Evans, Matt Biondi and Nastia Liukin. The Male and Female Athletes of the Year Awards went to Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky, with other winners including Greg Meehan (Coach of the Year), Matt Grevers (Perseverance Award), Mallory Comerford (Breakout Performer) and Lilly King (Female Race Of The Year). Swimming World was right on with our own predictions, and you can see the full recap of all the award winners from the 2017 Golden Goggles here. Watch more video interviews from the red carpet at Golden Goggles.

The Week That Was #2 – World Cup Series Concludes in Tokyo, Singapore

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The 2017 FINA World Cup Series came to an end this week, with the final legs in Tokyo and Singapore closing out the series. Notable swims from the final two stops included American Michael Andrew lowering his WJR in the 100 IM (51.65) in Singapore, with three more WJRs falling on the second night in Tokyo courtesy of Japanese star Rikako Ikee (100 IM, 100 fly) and China’s Bingjie Li (400 free). Ikee also lowered her 50 fly WJR on the first night of finals in Tokyo. Olympians Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos were crowned the overall winners of the 2017 series, earning 629 and 447 points, respectively, throughout the cup. This is Le Clos’ fourth overall win for the World Cup series, while this is Sjostrom’s first appearance on the podium. Both will take home $150,000 U.S. for their titles. You can see full recaps from all World Cup stops here.

The Week That Was #1 – American Record For Ledecky, Dressel’s Quick IM Among College Invite Highlights

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This week was the first round of invitationals for many colleges around the country, with some of college swimming’s top stars throwing down impressive mid-season times. While he was absent for the final two sessions of the meet, Caeleb Dressel impressed on the first night of the Purdue Invite, throwing down becoming the ninth-fastest performer ever in the 200 IM (1:40.61) in a time that would have won NCAA’s last season. Indiana stars Lilly King and Blake Pieroni threw down some impressive times at the Purdue meet, while Stanford star Katie Ledecky set a new American record in the 1650 free at the Art Adamson Invite. The Texas A&M women would go on to win the Art Adamson meet, unseating the No. 1 Stanford team. You can check out full recaps of all those meets including interviews and full results by heading over to our college news page.

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Robert Howard, Jan Switkowski, Asia Seidt are SEC Swimmers of the Week

The SEC has announced its swimmers and divers of the week for the past week, and the list includes co-winners on the men’s side, Alabama’s Robert Howard and Florida’s Jan Switkowski, alongside Kentucky’s Asia Seidt.

Co-Male Swimmers of the Week
Robert Howard • Alabama
Junior • Alexander City, Ala.

Howard posted three individual wins and was a part of five winning relays during the Georgia Tech Invitational. He recorded a career-best 41.99 in the 100 freestyle, the nation’s top time in the event. Howard also registered a career-best 19.11 in the 50 freestyle, which ranks him third nationally. His career-best 1:33.75 in the 200 freestyle ranks him fifth nationally and second all-time at UA. All five relays Howard swam on posted season-best marks and are ranked in the top five nationally, including two in the top two and two in the top three.

Jan Switkowski • Florida
Senior • Lublin, Poland

Switkowski won two individual events and was a part of two winning relays as No. 3 Florida won the Purdue Invitational over No. 1 Indiana and No. 22 North Carolina. He recorded three NCAA A-cuts and nine B-cuts during the meet, including the top time in the nation to win the 400 IM (3:42.50) and the 12th best time nationally to win in the 200 back (1:42.70).

Male Diver of the Week
Juan Celaya-Hernandez • LSU
Sophomore • San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico

Celaya-Hernandez swept both springboards events at the Art Adamson Invitational. He finished the 1-meter with a score of 399.95 and the 3-meter with a score of 459.20. Celaya-Hernandez placed second in the platform with a score of 362.30.

Male Freshman of the Week
Tanner Olson • Texas A&M
Saugus, Calif.

Olson posted NCAA B cut times in three events as No. 6 Texas A&M won the Art Adamson Invitational. He placed third in the 100 breaststroke (53.76) and the 200 breaststroke (1:55.65). Olson also finished 11th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.65.

Female Swimmer of the Week
Asia Seidt • Kentucky
Sophomore • Louisville, Ky.

Seidt won all three of her individual events on the weekend to help lead the Wildcats to their first-ever team title at the Ohio State Invitational. She took first in the 200 IM with the fourth fastest time in the nation of 1:53.84, which was a meet record, school record and NCAA ‘A’ cut. Seidt went on to sweep the backstroke events, breaking the school record in the 100 back in 51.17 and receiving her second NCAA automatic bid in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.67. Both of her times in the backstroke events currently rank as the fourth fastest in the country.

Female Diver of the Week
Brooke Schultz • Arkansas
Freshman • Fayetteville, Ark.

Schultz recorded two wins at the Art Adamson Invitational to remain undefeated in her freshman season. She earned the top spot in the 1-meter with 328.15 points, and set a school record with her finish in the 3-meter with a final score of 370.95.

Female Freshman of the Week
Bailey Bonnett • Kentucky
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bonnett helped Kentucky to victory at the Ohio State Invitational, sweeping the breaststroke events and contributing to two relay victories. She swam the breaststroke leg of Kentucky’s 400 medley relay team which posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:32.31. Bonnett was the only breaststroker in the field to go sub-one minute on the leg, with a 59.08 split. In the 100 breast, she went 59.60, the only swimmer in the meet to go under a minute in the event and now one of just 12 swimmers in Division I to have gone under one minute in the event this season. Bonnett won the 200 breast to lower the school record to 2:07.83, the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year.

Press release courtesy of the SEC.

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