Columbia Sectionals: Kate McCarville, Michael Andrew Lead the Way on Night 2

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Katie Wingert, Swimming World College Intern. 

Even the efforts of Michael Andrew were dwarfed by an upstart 13-year-old, Kate McCarville, on the second night Speedo Sectionals in Columbia, MO. In a night marked by close finishes, McCarville attacked the 400 IM and Andrew came away with a gold and a silver to kickstart a jam-packed session.

The evening started with a textbook victory from the University of Missouri’s Aurore Jacolin in the 200 freestyle. Facing 16-year-old Alana Palmer of Lincoln Select, Jacolin swam a conservative first hundred. She was four tenths behind Palmer’s 52.55, but Jacolin then chose to attack her second hundred in 55.01. The strategy paid off for gold and for a 1:47.96–a mere four hundredths ahead of Palmer. Meanwhile, Katherine Sullivan of Kansas City Blazers pounded out the fastest final hundred in the pool. She was ultimately unable to pass Palmer or Jacolin, but her 1:48.13 did top her closest competitor, SwimTulsa’s Liberty Howell (1:49.29), who touched out Sullivan in the 1000 last night.

The men’s race was more clear-cut in its decision. Kevin Callan of Trident Aquatics took out the race in a 45.88, a choice that established a gap too big for his competitors to close before he clocked in at 1:34.06. Callan’s closest competitor, Rockwood Swim Club’s Jack Dolan, finished in a solid 1:35.68, while Jordan Portela of Lawrence Aquahawks took bronze in 1:38.97.

With all eyes turned back on the women, the 100 breaststroke did not disappoint. Columbia Swim Club’s Nicole Williams and American Energy’s Hanna Newby hit the fifty-yard mark in a perfect tie of 29.48. It was Williams (1:01.68) who ultimately edged out Newby (1:01.74), but only by six hundredths of a second. Williams’ teammate, Elma Zweifel, claimed third in 1:03.33.

The men’s 100 breaststroke was exciting, but in a different way. Race Pace Club’s Andrew raced the clock in the event and crushed his competition. His time of 51.92 was just shy of his personal best of 51.75 and of the National Age Group Record for 17- and 18-year-olds. Nick Staver of the University of Missouri was the next top finisher in 54.48. He was followed by Fernando Morillas of Oklahoma Baptist University, swimming unattached, in 55.06.

The 100 butterfly on the women’s side continued the chain of fast, close races; the top five finished within seven tenths of one another. Kansas City’s Cailey Grunhard attacked the first fifty yards of the race in a 24.57, which brought her the gold and a 54.16. Karisa Franz of Parkway and Kylie Dahlgren of the University of Missouri made significant gains in the second fifty but failed to overcome Grunhard. The 15-year-old Franz nabbed the bronze in 54.33, while Dahlgren hit the touchpad just behind her, in 54.35.

On the men’s side, Andrew faced a challenging turnaround from 100 breast to 100 fly. Jacob Molacek of Greater Omaha established himself in the fly with an impressive 45.59. Andrew was unable to muster up his back-half speed in the fly, but he landed well ahead of the pack, in second, with a serviceable 46.54. Meanwhile, Dolan faced his second third-place finish of the night to the meet’s male giants, finishing in 47.76.

The meet’s most shocking event by far proved to be the women’s 400 IM. The top seed, Caroline Theil, scratched the event in favor of the 100 breaststroke, and 13-year-old Kate McCarville, who went into the night as the fourth seed, snatched the opportunity for glory. McCarville annihilated the field in the front half with a daring fly leg (57.57) and a strong back leg (1:07.21) McCarville lost considerable ground as veteran Williams exploded into the breaststroke leg, but even Williams could not get her hand in for the gold. Williams took the silver in 4:21.75, while the Tideriders’ Alexis Daniels settled into third with a 4:22.97.

The men’s race followed a more predictable trajectory. Columbia Swim Club’s Dane Florea  came away with gold, thanks to an all-around solid 3:52.03. His next closest competitor turned out to be teammate Zachary Lorson (3:56.62). Lorson’s backstroke and breaststroke legs made all the difference in separating him from Oklahoma Baptist’s Kristijan Stunkovic, who took third with a 3:58.25.

The 800 relays finished off the session in style as some of the meet’s top competitors combined their talents for team accolades. The CSP Tideriders, anchored by Daniels, brought home gold in 7:26.11. The Kansas City Blazers, led off by by Sullivan (swimming a near-match of her earlier 200 freestyle, with a 1:48.57), posted a 7:27.21 and earned the second spot on the podium. The rest of the field lagged far behind, but Parkway grabbed third in 7:37.31.

The men’s race produced a tighter field. With a 6:49.21, Rockwood Swim Club, anchored by Dolan, ultimately came away the victor. Oklahoma Baptist University followed with a well-rounded squad that was good for 6:50.07. The bronze went to Kansas City Blazers (6:51.21), who remained tight with OBU until the third leg.

The competition in Columbia will continue tomorrow with the 200 IM, 50 free, 200 breast, 100 back, 500 free, and 400 medley relay.

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Queens Ends Third Night With Another NCAA Relay Record

Photo Courtesy: Kyle Staggs

Women’s 800 Free Relay

Wingate improved from the 3rd place finish at last year’s meet to the top of the podium this year, with the team of Hanna Van Horen (1:49.61), Abby Kosic (1:49.11), Maria Madsen (1:49.75), and Alexis Divelbiss (1:47.90) coming together to touch in 7:16.37. Queens was 2nd in 7:18.75, while Nova Southeastern was 3rd in 7:22.72.

Wingate and Queens touched only .02 apart heading into the last leg, but Divelbiss’ anchor leg got them out to a lead at the 650 mark and didn’t let up. With that event win Queens will head into the final day of the meet with a 45 point lead over Drury, who finished 9th in the event.

 Event 30  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
  Division II: R 7:14.69  3/13/2015 Queens (NC)
                          Castro Ortega, Gordy, Stevens, Arakelian
    School                                 Seed     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Wingate                             7:19.50    7:16.37   40  
     1) Hanna Van Horen SO            2) r:0.22 Abby Kosic FR         
     3) r:0.14 Maria Madsen SO        4) r:0.21 Alexis Divelbiss JR   
             25.65        53.36 (53.36)
      1:21.58 (1:21.58)   1:49.61 (1:49.61)
        2:14.74 (25.13)     2:42.22 (52.61)
      3:10.20 (1:20.59)   3:38.72 (1:49.11)
        4:03.03 (24.31)     4:30.55 (51.83)
      4:59.42 (1:20.70)   5:28.47 (1:49.75)
        5:52.23 (23.76)     6:19.11 (50.64)
      6:47.41 (1:18.94)   7:16.37 (1:47.90)
  2 Queens (NC)                         7:19.90    7:18.75   34  
     1) Mckenzie Stevens JR           2) r:0.35 Josephina Lorda SO    
     3) r:0.51 Georgia DaCruz FR      4) r:0.42 Linda Baron JR        
             25.56        53.24 (53.24)
      1:21.54 (1:21.54)   1:49.28 (1:49.28)
        2:14.54 (25.26)     2:41.98 (52.70)
      3:09.46 (1:20.18)   3:37.12 (1:47.84)
        4:02.66 (25.54)     4:30.72 (53.60)
      4:59.60 (1:22.48)   5:28.45 (1:51.33)
        5:53.86 (25.41)     6:21.26 (52.81)
      6:49.80 (1:21.35)   7:18.75 (1:50.30)
  3 Nova S'eastern                      7:23.13    7:22.72   32  
     1) Brooke Munion SR              2) r:0.55 Georgina Allin SR     
     3) r:0.36 Malin Westman JR       4) r:0.20 Emma Wahlstrom SR     
             25.96        54.26 (54.26)
      1:22.99 (1:22.99)   1:51.46 (1:51.46)
        2:17.29 (25.83)     2:45.62 (54.16)
      3:14.83 (1:23.37)   3:43.19 (1:51.73)
        4:09.08 (25.89)     4:37.40 (54.21)
      5:06.13 (1:22.94)   5:34.91 (1:51.72)
        5:59.76 (24.85)     6:27.18 (52.27)
      6:54.75 (1:19.84)   7:22.72 (1:47.81)
  4 Bridgeport                          7:25.73    7:24.59   30  
     1) Annagrazia Bonsanti JR        2) r:0.42 Oksana Marchuk FR     
     3) r:0.45 Nina Stegu SO          4) r:0.42 Rebeka Repman JR      
             26.44        54.59 (54.59)
      1:23.25 (1:23.25)   1:51.97 (1:51.97)
        2:16.46 (24.49)     2:43.76 (51.79)
      3:12.90 (1:20.93)   3:41.59 (1:49.62)
        4:07.00 (25.41)     4:35.43 (53.84)
      5:04.47 (1:22.88)   5:33.46 (1:51.87)
        5:58.93 (25.47)     6:27.09 (53.63)
      6:56.05 (1:22.59)   7:24.59 (1:51.13)
  5 Grand Valley                        7:21.39    7:24.75   28  
     1) Samantha Postmus JR           2) r:0.17 Melina Goebel FR      
     3) r:0.37 Megan Shaughnessy SO   4) r:0.40 Leonie Van Noort SR   
             25.69        53.88 (53.88)
      1:23.51 (1:23.51)   1:52.71 (1:52.71)
        2:18.05 (25.34)     2:45.95 (53.24)
      3:14.84 (1:22.13)   3:43.60 (1:50.89)
        4:09.31 (25.71)     4:37.91 (54.31)
      5:07.28 (1:23.68)   5:36.39 (1:52.79)
        6:01.39 (25.00)     6:29.06 (52.67)
      6:57.24 (1:20.85)   7:24.75 (1:48.36)
  6 Delta State                         7:22.70    7:24.97   26  
     1) Caroline Jouisse SO           2) r:0.35 Chloe Bennett SR      
     3) r:0.51 Melanie Tombers SR     4) r:0.38 Maria Santis FR       
             25.91        54.19 (54.19)
      1:23.35 (1:23.35)   1:51.75 (1:51.75)
        2:16.97 (25.22)     2:45.45 (53.70)
      3:14.38 (1:22.63)   3:42.82 (1:51.07)
        4:09.10 (26.28)     4:37.57 (54.75)
      5:06.17 (1:23.35)   5:34.25 (1:51.43)
        5:59.30 (25.05)     6:27.78 (53.53)
      6:56.76 (1:22.51)   7:24.97 (1:50.72)
  7 Lindenwood                          7:23.03    7:25.11   24  
     1) Morgan Fischer SO             2) r:0.42 Simone de Rijcke SO   
     3) r:0.40 Bethany Steffes SR     4) r:0.16 Kamila Kunka FR       
             26.03        54.14 (54.14)
      1:22.31 (1:22.31)   1:50.82 (1:50.82)
        2:16.08 (25.26)     2:43.84 (53.02)
      3:12.56 (1:21.74)   3:41.08 (1:50.26)
        4:06.48 (25.40)     4:35.12 (54.04)
      5:03.83 (1:22.75)   5:32.34 (1:51.26)
        5:59.02 (26.68)     6:26.90 (54.56)
      6:56.15 (1:23.81)   7:25.11 (1:52.77)
  8 UCSD                                7:28.72    7:25.67   22  
     1) Haley Murphy JR               2) r:0.32 Reagan Eickert SO     
     3) r:0.37 Julia Toronczak JR     4) r:0.45 Natalie Tang SR       
             25.56        53.38 (53.38)
      1:22.14 (1:22.14)   1:51.43 (1:51.43)
        2:17.36 (25.93)     2:45.81 (54.38)
      3:15.06 (1:23.63)   3:43.98 (1:52.55)
        4:09.36 (25.38)     4:37.73 (53.75)
      5:06.64 (1:22.66)   5:35.20 (1:51.22)
        6:00.41 (25.21)     6:28.52 (53.32)
      6:57.18 (1:21.98)   7:25.67 (1:50.47)
  9 Drury                               7:28.65    7:27.23   18  
     1) Zuzanna Chwadeczko JR         2) r:0.29 Erica Dahlgren FR     
     3) r:0.47 Chrysoula Karamanou FR 4) r:0.34 Ella Bryan FR         
             25.72        53.73 (53.73)
      1:22.47 (1:22.47)   1:51.05 (1:51.05)
        2:16.74 (25.69)     2:44.67 (53.62)
      3:13.42 (1:22.37)   3:42.18 (1:51.13)
        4:08.04 (25.86)     4:36.30 (54.12)
      5:05.53 (1:23.35)   5:35.10 (1:52.92)
        6:00.51 (25.41)     6:28.57 (53.47)
      6:57.99 (1:22.89)   7:27.23 (1:52.13)
 10 West Chester                        7:27.03    7:28.00   14  
     1) Theresa Hayward SR            2) r:0.50 Sydney Wareham SO     
     3) r:0.14 Meghan Keithly FR      4) r:0.38 Georgia Wright FR     
             25.78        54.16 (54.16)
      1:23.19 (1:23.19)   1:51.68 (1:51.68)
        2:17.22 (25.54)     2:45.04 (53.36)
      3:13.89 (1:22.21)   3:43.09 (1:51.41)
        4:08.39 (25.30)     4:36.90 (53.81)
      5:05.78 (1:22.69)   5:33.67 (1:50.58)
        5:59.95 (26.28)     6:29.09 (55.42)
      6:58.69 (1:25.02)   7:28.00 (1:54.33)
 11 Cal Baptist                         7:29.13    7:28.43   12  
     1) Alexandra Wolf JR             2) r:0.33 Mackenzie Mergel FR   
     3) r:0.25 Grace Oeser SO         4) r:0.31 Christina Halverson JR
             26.69        54.94 (54.94)
      1:23.14 (1:23.14)   1:51.36 (1:51.36)
        2:17.34 (25.98)     2:45.44 (54.08)
      3:14.69 (1:23.33)   3:43.80 (1:52.44)
        4:09.52 (25.72)     4:38.00 (54.20)
      5:07.25 (1:23.45)   5:37.01 (1:53.21)
        6:02.52 (25.51)     6:30.50 (53.49)
      6:59.30 (1:22.29)   7:28.43 (1:51.42)
 12 Carson-Newman                       7:29.18    7:28.78   10  
     1) Maggie Melhorn JR             2) r:0.36 Nancy Claire Smith SR 
     3) r:0.27 Lexy Raybon JR         4) r:0.16 Margaret Stansberry JR
             26.51        55.25 (55.25)
      1:24.36 (1:24.36)   1:53.27 (1:53.27)
        2:18.95 (25.68)     2:47.06 (53.79)
      3:16.33 (1:23.06)   3:46.97 (1:53.70)
        4:12.47 (25.50)     4:40.82 (53.85)
      5:09.73 (1:22.76)   5:38.84 (1:51.87)
        6:03.92 (25.08)     6:31.96 (53.12)
      7:00.61 (1:21.77)   7:28.78 (1:49.94)
 13 Cal State East B                    7:33.56    7:28.89    8  
     1) Morgan McClure JR             2) r:0.33 Madison Gail-Haaino SR
     3) r:0.27 Vivy Hua SO            4) r:0.45 Shelby Parker JR      
             26.31        55.51 (55.51)
      1:23.13 (1:23.13)   1:51.18 (1:51.18)
        2:16.13 (24.95)     2:43.92 (52.74)
      3:12.97 (1:21.79)   3:42.17 (1:50.99)
        4:07.54 (25.37)     4:35.84 (53.67)
      5:04.96 (1:22.79)   5:34.53 (1:52.36)
        6:00.19 (25.66)     6:28.56 (54.03)
      6:58.21 (1:23.68)   7:28.89 (1:54.36)
 14 Florida Southern                    7:35.47    7:31.46    6  
     1) Peyton Breault JR             2) r:0.43 Jacinda Whittenburg JR
     3) r:0.32 Krystal Karas SO       4) r:0.37 Rebeka Dics SO        
             26.19        54.43 (54.43)
      1:23.32 (1:23.32)   1:52.65 (1:52.65)
        2:18.56 (25.91)     2:46.81 (54.16)
      3:16.00 (1:23.35)   3:45.29 (1:52.64)
        4:11.40 (26.11)     4:39.72 (54.43)
      5:08.42 (1:23.13)   5:37.60 (1:52.31)
        6:03.03 (25.43)     6:31.44 (53.84)
      7:01.13 (1:23.53)   7:31.46 (1:53.86)
 15 Henderson St.                       7:33.41    7:32.65    4  
     1) Lindsey Butler SO             2) r:0.20 Eleonora Unanova SO   
     3) r:0.26 Jordan Adkins SO       4) r:0.28 Anastasiia Manakova FR
             26.23        55.27 (55.27)
      1:24.36 (1:24.36)   1:53.02 (1:53.02)
        2:18.89 (25.87)     2:47.94 (54.92)
      3:17.93 (1:24.91)   3:47.95 (1:54.93)
        4:14.79 (26.84)     4:44.24 (56.29)
      5:14.29 (1:26.34)   5:43.97 (1:56.02)
        6:08.81 (24.84)     6:36.72 (52.75)
      7:05.25 (1:21.28)   7:32.65 (1:48.68)
 16 Truman State                        7:30.23    7:33.19    2  
     1) Nicole Sisson JR              2) r:+0.38 Jamie Fitzpatrick JR 
     3) r:+0.46 Kortney Betz JR       4) r:+0.00 Emma Barnett SO      
             26.56        55.27 (55.27)
      1:23.86 (1:23.86)   1:51.98 (1:51.98)
        2:18.25 (26.27)     2:47.20 (55.22)
      3:16.05 (1:24.07)   3:45.18 (1:53.20)
        4:11.47 (26.29)     4:40.20 (55.02)
      5:09.85 (1:24.67)   5:39.81 (1:54.63)
        6:05.70 (25.89)     6:34.37 (54.56)
      7:03.98 (1:24.17)   7:33.19 (1:53.38)

Men’s 800 Free Relay

The team from Queens University of Charlotte ended the night by demolishing the NCAA record in the 800 free relay, taking 5 seconds off of the team’s 2016 record. The foursome of Dion Dreesens (1:33.62), Paul Pijulet (1:35.36), Marius Kusch (1:34.15), and Nick Arakelian (1:35.33) finished in 6:18.46, blasting through the record and finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. Drury was second in 6:29.81 while Nova Southeastern was 3rd in 6:30.30.

Notably, Dion Dreesens lead-off leg was faster than his time in winning the individual event. All four members of that relay have already won an individual NCAA title at this meet.

 Event 31  Men 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
  Division II: R 6:23.62  3/11/2016 Queens (NC)
                          Dreesens, Taylor, Arakelian, Cook-Weeks
    School                                 Seed     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Queens (NC)                         6:25.36    6:18.46R  40  
     1) Dion Dreesens SR              2) r:0.42 Paul Pijulet JR       
     3) r:0.48 Marius Kusch SO        4) r:0.25 Nicholas Arakelian JR 
             21.81        45.65 (45.65)
      1:09.50 (1:09.50)   1:33.62 (1:33.62)
        1:55.35 (21.73)     2:19.59 (45.97)
      2:44.52 (1:10.90)   3:08.98 (1:35.36)
        3:30.26 (21.28)     3:53.77 (44.79)
      4:18.10 (1:09.12)   4:43.13 (1:34.15)
        5:04.61 (21.48)     5:28.93 (45.80)
      5:53.55 (1:10.42)   6:18.46 (1:35.33)
  2 Drury                               6:33.91    6:29.81   34  
     1) Joan Casanovas FR             2) r:0.41 Konrad Stepien FR     
     3) r:0.23 Alexandre Reinbecht JR 4) r:0.36 Daniel Rzadkowski SR  
             21.91        46.36 (46.36)
      1:11.47 (1:11.47)   1:35.76 (1:35.76)
        1:58.02 (22.26)     2:22.71 (46.95)
      2:47.53 (1:11.77)   3:12.48 (1:36.72)
        3:35.36 (22.88)     3:59.80 (47.32)
      4:25.55 (1:13.07)   4:51.86 (1:39.38)
        5:12.92 (21.06)     5:37.03 (45.17)
      6:02.96 (1:11.10)   6:29.81 (1:37.95)
  3 Nova S'eastern                      6:30.97    6:30.30   32  
     1) Marco Aldabe SR               2) r:+0.41 Thiago Sickert SR    
     3) r:+0.23 Victor Tarin SR       4) r:+0.23 Franco Lupoli JR     
             23.00        47.52 (47.52)
      1:12.70 (1:12.70)   1:38.25 (1:38.25)
        2:00.01 (21.76)     2:24.26 (46.01)
      2:49.05 (1:10.80)   3:14.23 (1:35.98)
        3:35.70 (21.47)     4:00.17 (45.94)
      4:25.78 (1:11.55)   4:52.29 (1:38.06)
        5:14.51 (22.22)     5:39.55 (47.26)
      6:05.01 (1:12.72)   6:30.30 (1:38.01)
  4 Wingate                             6:33.22    6:30.45   30  
     1) Lennart Queiss SO             2) r:0.18 Niklas Martin SO      
     3) r:0.27 Ben Evans FR           4) r:0.26 Leif-Henning Klever SR
             22.07        46.54 (46.54)
      1:11.37 (1:11.37)   1:36.53 (1:36.53)
        1:58.75 (22.22)     2:23.71 (47.18)
      2:49.50 (1:12.97)   3:15.49 (1:38.96)
        3:38.25 (22.76)     4:03.59 (48.10)
      4:29.76 (1:14.27)   4:55.56 (1:40.07)
        5:16.67 (21.11)     5:40.27 (44.71)
      6:05.08 (1:09.52)   6:30.45 (1:34.89)
  5 Simon Fraser                        6:35.99    6:30.81   27  
     1) Adrian VanderHelm JR          2) r:0.68 Rolando Hernandez FR  
     3) r:0.36 Mackenzie Hamill SO    4) r:0.41 Gabriel Lee JR        
             22.51        46.73 (46.73)
      1:11.44 (1:11.44)   1:36.20 (1:36.20)
        1:57.89 (21.69)     2:22.45 (46.25)
      2:48.99 (1:12.79)   3:15.51 (1:39.31)
        3:37.89 (22.38)     4:02.64 (47.13)
      4:28.06 (1:12.55)   4:53.00 (1:37.49)
        5:15.73 (22.73)     5:40.51 (47.51)
      6:05.76 (1:12.76)   6:30.81 (1:37.81)
  5 Missouri S & T                      6:31.38    6:30.81   27  
     1) Kevin McPherson SO            2) r:0.47 Eirik Nielsen JR      
     3) r:0.43 Morgan Meyer FR        4) r:0.31 Jonathan Glaser SR    
             23.06        48.21 (48.21)
      1:13.51 (1:13.51)   1:38.93 (1:38.93)
        2:01.52 (22.59)     2:26.61 (47.68)
      2:51.82 (1:12.89)   3:17.09 (1:38.16)
        3:39.65 (22.56)     4:04.59 (47.50)
      4:29.91 (1:12.82)   4:55.16 (1:38.07)
        5:16.45 (21.29)     5:40.81 (45.65)
      6:05.96 (1:10.80)   6:30.81 (1:35.65)
  7 Indy                                6:36.29    6:33.85   23  
     1) Guilherme Zavaneli SO         2) r:0.45 Vitor Botana SO       
     3) r:0.28 Romano Hoffman SR      4) r:0.20 Rodrigo Codo Berti SO 
             22.09        46.60 (46.60)
      1:11.54 (1:11.54)   1:36.45 (1:36.45)
        1:59.24 (22.79)     2:23.55 (47.10)
      2:49.15 (1:12.70)   3:15.16 (1:38.71)
        3:37.35 (22.19)     4:02.19 (47.03)
      4:28.45 (1:13.29)   4:55.68 (1:40.52)
        5:17.62 (21.94)     5:42.44 (46.76)
      6:07.81 (1:12.13)   6:33.85 (1:38.17)
  7 Florida Southern                    6:33.55    6:33.85   23  
     1) Luka Matacin JR               2) r:0.48 Nico Campbell SO      
     3) r:0.34 Matthew Holmes SO      4) r:0.75 Luka Planinc SO       
             22.43        47.08 (47.08)
      1:12.41 (1:12.41)   1:38.39 (1:38.39)
        2:01.42 (23.03)     2:26.67 (48.28)
      2:51.91 (1:13.52)   3:17.17 (1:38.78)
        3:40.66 (23.49)     4:05.73 (48.56)
      4:30.66 (1:13.49)   4:56.20 (1:39.03)
        5:18.61 (22.41)     5:43.36 (47.16)
      6:08.52 (1:12.32)   6:33.85 (1:37.65)
  9 Cal Baptist                         6:32.00    6:35.52   18  
     1) Alexis Ohmar JR               2) r:0.41 Bernardo Valentim JR  
     3) r:0.22 Adrien Deloffre JR     4) r:-0.65 Justin Quiroga SO    
             22.76        47.23 (47.23)
      1:12.55 (1:12.55)   1:38.43 (1:38.43)
        2:00.79 (22.36)     2:25.69 (47.26)
      2:51.38 (1:12.95)   3:17.59 (1:39.16)
        3:39.78 (22.19)     4:04.32 (46.73)
      4:30.18 (1:12.59)   4:56.63 (1:39.04)
        5:18.65 (22.02)     5:43.76 (47.13)
      6:09.50 (1:12.87)   6:35.52 (1:38.89)
 10 Bridgeport                          6:38.45    6:36.52   14  
     1) Erik Hren FR                  2) r:0.40 Wilmar Du Plessis SO  
     3) r:0.47 Ivan Sangines SR       4) r:0.24 Didac Matsuyama SR    
             23.32        48.31 (48.31)
      1:13.86 (1:13.86)   1:38.92 (1:38.92)
        2:01.87 (22.95)     2:26.97 (48.05)
      2:52.61 (1:13.69)   3:18.29 (1:39.37)
        3:41.23 (22.94)     4:06.50 (48.21)
      4:32.09 (1:13.80)   4:57.76 (1:39.47)
        5:20.04 (22.28)     5:45.18 (47.42)
      6:11.16 (1:13.40)   6:36.52 (1:38.76)
 11 Colorado Mesa                       6:32.44    6:36.77   12  
     1) Samuel Bryant JR              2) r:0.32 Ryan Gifford SR       
     3) r:0.33 Jerry Veneris FR       4) r:0.41 Joshua Bedford JR     
             22.73        47.81 (47.81)
      1:13.55 (1:13.55)   1:38.76 (1:38.76)
        2:01.33 (22.57)     2:26.46 (47.70)
      2:52.06 (1:13.30)   3:17.60 (1:38.84)
        3:40.57 (22.97)     4:05.63 (48.03)
      4:31.45 (1:13.85)   4:58.11 (1:40.51)
        5:20.55 (22.44)     5:45.14 (47.03)
      6:10.66 (1:12.55)   6:36.77 (1:38.66)
 12 Florida Tech                        6:35.87    6:37.14   10  
     1) Emanuele Rossi SO             2) r:0.29 Harry Sale SO         
     3) r:0.42 Victor Rocha Futado SO 4) r:0.27 Thomas Steenberg JR   
             23.04        48.32 (48.32)
      1:14.28 (1:14.28)   1:40.19 (1:40.19)
        2:02.20 (22.01)     2:27.15 (46.96)
      2:52.89 (1:12.70)   3:19.12 (1:38.93)
        3:41.26 (22.14)     4:06.12 (47.00)
      4:32.13 (1:13.01)   4:58.70 (1:39.58)
        5:20.61 (21.91)     5:45.22 (46.52)
      6:10.91 (1:12.21)   6:37.14 (1:38.44)
 13 Lindenwood                          6:40.49    6:37.48    8  
     1) Haoning Chen SO               2) r:0.26 Felix Eigel SR        
     3) r:0.33 Cristian Vasquez SO    4) r:0.49 Gustavo Silva Santa SR
             23.07        48.31 (48.31)
      1:14.35 (1:14.35)   1:40.35 (1:40.35)
        2:02.87 (22.52)     2:28.35 (48.00)
      2:54.07 (1:13.72)   3:19.22 (1:38.87)
        3:42.14 (22.92)     4:07.07 (47.85)
      4:32.24 (1:13.02)   4:57.88 (1:38.66)
        5:20.91 (23.03)     5:46.00 (48.12)
      6:11.62 (1:13.74)   6:37.48 (1:39.60)
 14 NMU                                 6:40.12    6:38.76    6  
     1) Ryan Leonard SO               2) r:0.17 Jonas Reinhold FR     
     3) r:0.13 Janne Roovers SO       4) r:0.23 Lajos Budai FR        
             23.22        48.87 (48.87)
      1:14.64 (1:14.64)   1:40.30 (1:40.30)
        2:02.65 (22.35)     2:28.07 (47.77)
      2:54.45 (1:14.15)   3:20.29 (1:39.99)
        3:43.77 (23.48)     4:10.10 (49.81)
      4:36.14 (1:15.85)   5:01.55 (1:41.26)
        5:23.37 (21.82)     5:48.23 (46.68)
      6:12.95 (1:11.40)   6:38.76 (1:37.21)
 15 McKendree                           6:45.57    6:39.85    4  
     1) Luca Simonetti FR             2) r:0.37 Cole Morgan FR        
     3) r:0.20 Daniel Buijs SO        4) r:0.52 Matija Pucarevic FR   
             23.32        48.51 (48.51)
      1:14.06 (1:14.06)   1:38.78 (1:38.78)
        2:02.85 (24.07)     2:28.74 (49.96)
      2:55.17 (1:16.39)   3:20.80 (1:42.02)
        3:43.37 (22.57)     4:09.36 (48.56)
      4:36.23 (1:15.43)   5:02.20 (1:41.40)
        5:24.46 (22.26)     5:49.08 (46.88)
      6:14.62 (1:12.42)   6:39.85 (1:37.65)
 16 Limestone                           6:43.09    6:39.92    2  
     1) Alan Parsons SR               2) r:0.24 Homayoun Haghigadid JR
     3) r:0.24 Matey Rezashki FR      4) r:0.20 Emil Moller JR        
             23.19        48.31 (48.31)
      1:13.44 (1:13.44)   1:39.34 (1:39.34)
        2:02.67 (23.33)     2:28.73 (49.39)
      2:54.92 (1:15.58)   3:21.30 (1:41.96)
        3:44.24 (22.94)     4:10.14 (48.84)
      4:36.25 (1:14.95)   5:02.03 (1:40.73)
        5:24.54 (22.51)     5:49.29 (47.26)
      6:14.49 (1:12.46)   6:39.92 (1:37.89)

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Michalak Lowers NCAA Record In 100 Breast En Route To Third Event Title

Photo Courtesy: West Florida Athletics

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

West Florida senior Theresa Michalak grabbed her third individual NCAA title of this meet tonight and added a second NCAA record when she touched first in the 100 breaststroke in 59.51. That makes her the first Division II athlete to swim under a minute in the event and defended her title in this event from last year’s meet.

Michalak was out fast in 28.18 and didn’t look back, but Drury’s Bailee Nunn was right behind the whole way, also swimming under a 1:00 to go 59.69 in a personal best time. The two were light years ahead of the field, with 3rd place going to Nova Southeastern’s Malin Westman. For reference for how fast this event was this year, Westman and Drury’s Zuzanna Chwadeczko both posted times that would have won the event at last year’s meet.

 Event 25  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
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  Division II: R 1:00.54  3/10/2017 Bailee Nunn, Drury
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Theresa Michalak       SR West Florida      1:01.31      59.51R  20  
             28.18        59.51 (31.33)
  2 Bailee Nunn            FR Drury             1:00.54      59.69R  17  
             28.25        59.69 (31.44)
  3 Malin Westman          JR Nova S'eastern    1:01.64    1:00.94   16  
             28.62      1:00.94 (32.32)
  4 Zuzanna Chwadeczko     JR Drury             1:00.99    1:00.97   15  
             28.40      1:00.97 (32.57)
  5 Manuela Ferreira       SR Wayne State       1:02.01    1:01.78   14  
             28.87      1:01.78 (32.91)
  6 Emily Heitchue         SR Wayne State       1:01.71    1:02.16   13  
             29.75      1:02.16 (32.41)
  7 Michelle Prayson       SO Queens (NC)       1:01.88    1:02.25   12  
             28.96      1:02.25 (33.29)
  8 Jaimie Bryan           SR UCSD              1:01.90    1:02.29   11  
             29.33      1:02.29 (32.96)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Jessika Weiss          SR Wingate           1:02.92    1:01.64    9  
             28.96      1:01.64 (32.68)
 10 Athina Konstantinidi   FR Indy              1:02.55    1:01.97    7  
             29.48      1:01.97 (32.49)
 11 Olga Kosheleva         SR Wingate           1:02.08    1:02.37    6  
             29.21      1:02.37 (33.16)
 12 Maggie Melhorn         JR Carson-Newman     1:02.32    1:02.49    5  
             29.90      1:02.49 (32.59)
 13 Ewa Dymarek            JR Lindenwood        1:02.31    1:02.63    4  
             29.53      1:02.63 (33.10)
 14 Daria Belova           JR Fresno Pacific    1:02.29    1:02.77    3  
             29.38      1:02.77 (33.39)
 15 Jade Arganbright       SR CALU-PA           1:02.44    1:02.99    2  
             29.87      1:02.99 (33.12)
 16 Anshanika Phetbenjaku  JR UCSD              1:02.84    1:03.41    1  
             29.65      1:03.41 (33.76)

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Nova Southeastern’s Anton Lobanov won the men’s 100 breaststroke in a blistering 51.76, just a hair off of his own NCAA record from 2015. The junior was out controlled in 24.65 before coming home in a quick 27.11, almost a second faster than anyone else in the field.

Fresno Pacific junior Maksim Shcherbakov finished about a second back in 52.74, and Queens senior Rostyslav Fedyna finished in 3rd in 53.30 after leading at the 50 mark. That is Lobanov’s third straight win in the 100 breaststroke at NCAA’s.

 Event 26  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 51.63  3/13/2015 Anton Lobanov, Nova S'eastern
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Anton Lobanov          JR Nova S'eastern      53.47      51.76   20  
             24.65        51.76 (27.11)
  2 Maksim Shcherbakov     JR Fresno Pacific      53.21      52.74   17  
             24.84        52.74 (27.90)
  3 Rostyslav Fedyna       SR Queens (NC)         53.19      53.30   16  
             24.59        53.30 (28.71)
  4 Alexander Peach        JR Delta State         53.89      53.59   15  
             25.38        53.59 (28.21)
  5 Sasha Palazzo          FR Wayne State         53.72      53.73   14  
             25.06        53.73 (28.67)
  6 Matteo Fraschi         SR Delta State         53.54      53.82   13  
             25.15        53.82 (28.67)
  7 Andrea Bazzoli         SO Drury               53.58      53.99   12  
             25.04        53.99 (28.95)
  8 Tobias Feigl           SR Limestone           53.56      54.10   11  
             25.33        54.10 (28.77)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Eric Usbeck            SR Bloomsburg          54.04      53.98    9  
             25.07        53.98 (28.91)
 10 Marius Mikalauskas     SO Grand Valley        54.07      54.15    7  
             25.55        54.15 (28.60)
 11 Miguel Chavez          SR Missouri S & T      54.09      54.41    6  
             25.75        54.41 (28.66)
 12 Luis Jasso             JR Florida Southern    54.15      54.42    5  
             25.31        54.42 (29.11)
 13 Jesus Flores           SO Drury               55.02      54.43    4  
             25.59        54.43 (28.84)
 14 Eric Tolman            FR Cal Baptist         54.66      54.59    2.5
             25.74        54.59 (28.85)
 14 Michael Oliver         SR West Chester        54.51      54.59    2.5
             25.70        54.59 (28.89)
 16 Bartosz Zarzecki       SR Indy                54.34      54.67    1  
             25.86        54.67 (28.81)

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Helm Wins First NCAA Title While Pijulet Collects Another

Photo Courtesy: Queens Athletics

Women’s 100 Backstroke

Northern Michigan freshman Rachel Helm pulled somewhat of an upset in the women’s 100 back, out-touching top seed Yekaterina Rudenko from Drury, 53.79 to 53.83. The two were neck and neck the entire race, with Rudenko going out a few-hundredths faster and Helm coming back exactly one tenth faster.

Queens senior Hannah Peiffer was just behind in 53.91, the last woman in the field under 54 seconds. She was out identical to Rudenko, but was just out-touched down the stretch.

 Event 23  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 52.45  3/14/2014 Mary Hanson, Cal Baptist
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Rachel Helm            FR NMU                 54.13      53.79   20  
             26.15        53.79 (27.64)
  2 Yekaterina Rudenko     JR Drury               54.05      53.83   17  
             26.09        53.83 (27.74)
  3 Hannah Peiffer         SR Queens (NC)         54.18      53.91   16  
             26.09        53.91 (27.82)
  4 Brenna Gabrielson      SR Wayne State         54.53      54.36   15  
             26.20        54.36 (28.16)
  5 Anastasia Klyarovskay  SR Delta State         55.19      54.41   14  
             26.60        54.41 (27.81)
  6 Cecilia Hake           JR MSU Mankato         54.86      54.48   13  
             26.09        54.48 (28.39)
  7 Viktoriya Arkhipova    SR Wingate             54.81      54.52   12  
             26.63        54.52 (27.89)
  8 Meri Cizmar            SR Findlay             54.22      54.85   11  
             26.55        54.85 (28.30)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Aleksandra Tomala      FR Lindenwood          55.27      55.99    9  
             27.07        55.99 (28.92)
 10 Karis Fuller           SO LIU Post            55.76      56.08    7  
             27.35        56.08 (28.73)
 11 Emma Wahlstrom         SR Nova S'eastern      55.50      56.15    6  
             27.04        56.15 (29.11)
 12 Morgan McClure         JR Cal State East B    56.11      56.20    5  
             27.30        56.20 (28.90)
 13 Mary Saiz              SR Colorado Mesa       55.71      56.21    4  
             27.13        56.21 (29.08)
 14 Amanda Thielen         SO Saginaw Valley      55.60      56.64    3  
             27.63        56.64 (29.01)
 15 Lindsay McNall         SR St. Michael's       56.13      56.67    2  
             27.47        56.67 (29.20)
 16 Hannah Nicks           SR Truman State        56.11      56.78    1  
             27.48        56.78 (29.30)

Men’s 100 Backstroke

Queens junior Paul Pijulet followed up on his 100 butterfly win from yesterday to take the 100 backstroke tonight in 46.58. That is just 3-tenths off of the NCAA record in the event. Lindenwood junior Serghei Golban, who won the 50 free on the first night, was the only other man in the field under 47.0, finishing 2nd in 46.89.

NCAA record holder Marco Palacios finished out the podium with a 3rd place finish of 47.03.

 Event 24  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 46.27  3/10/2016 Marco Palacios, Florida Southern
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Paul Pijulet           JR Queens (NC)         46.98      46.58   20  
             22.30        46.58 (24.28)
  2 Serghei Golban         JR Lindenwood          47.41      46.89   17  
             22.16        46.89 (24.73)
  3 Marco Palacios         SR Florida Southern    47.91      47.03   16  
             22.28        47.03 (24.75)
  4 Lajos Budai            FR NMU                 47.65      47.14   15  
             22.69        47.14 (24.45)
  5 Zach Bunner            JR Queens (NC)         47.50      47.23   14  
             22.57        47.23 (24.66)
  6 Dmytro Drobnych        SO Wayne State         47.94      47.64   13  
             23.04        47.64 (24.60)
  7 Rodrigo Codo Berti     SO Indy                47.81      48.01   12  
             23.44        48.01 (24.57)
  8 Jake Minasi            JR Limestone           48.23      48.75   11  
             23.48        48.75 (25.27)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Harry Shalamon         FR Grand Valley        48.29      48.32    9  
             23.37        48.32 (24.95)
 10 Diego Gimenez          SR Florida Southern    48.23      48.72    7  
             23.32        48.72 (25.40)
 11 Evan Coleman           SR Florida Southern    48.91      48.78    6  
             23.39        48.78 (25.39)
 12 Mads Knoblauch         JR Lewis               49.31      48.79    5  
             23.43        48.79 (25.36)
 13 Sebastian Holmberg     JR Wingate             48.76      48.83    4  
             23.06        48.83 (25.77)
 14 Michael Cohn           FR UCSD                49.22      48.88    2.5
             24.02        48.88 (24.86)
 14 Dmytro Sydorchenko     FR Queens (NC)         48.82      48.88    2.5
             23.31        48.88 (25.57)
 16 Milosz Mikicin         JR Saint Leo           48.27      49.74    1  
             22.95        49.74 (26.79)

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Nine-Time Olympic Medalist Leisel Jones Elected to ISHOF in Class of 2017

Photo Courtesy: Jerry Lai

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced that Australia’s Leisel Jones will join 17 others as honorees who will enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. Jones is the fifteenth member of the class to be named for ceremonies to be held August 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale.

Previously, Open water swimmer Maarten Van Der Weijden, swimmers Wu Chuanyu (CHN) and Takeshi “Halo” Hirose (USA) Georges Vallerey, Jr. (FRA), Alain Bernard (FRA), diver Zhang Xiuwei(CHN) and Laura Wilkinson (USA), long distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (USA), water polo players Osvaldo Codaro (ARG), András Bodnár (HUN), and Bridgette Gusterson (AUS), , synchronized swimmer Anastasia Davydova (RUS), coach Dick Jochums (USA) and photojournalist Heinz Kluetmeier have been announced.

When Leisel Jones qualified for the London Olympic Games in 2012, she became the first Australian swimmer to compete in four Olympic Games.  Along with Ian Thorpe, she holds the record for the most Olympic medals (9) won by any Australian, in addition to winning seven FINA world championships.

Leisel Marie Jones was born on August 30, 1985. As a ten year-old Brisbane school girl, she watched Samantha Riley win the bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Less than four years later, she ousted her idol from the Australian Team by winning the 100 breaststroke at the 2000 Australian Olympic trials at the age of 14. Shortly after her fifteenth birthday, she swam the race of her life to win claim the silver medal in the 100 breaststroke and added another silver in the 400 medley relay at the Sydney Olympic Games.

leisel-jones-magazine-ishof

Photo Courtesy: ISHOF

For the next eight years, Leisel was the most dominating female breaststroker in the world, setting 6 world records, 3 in the 100m and 3 at 200. Named world swimmer of the year in 2005 & 2006, the pinnacle of her career came with her individual gold medal in the 100 breaststroke, silver medal in the 200 and a second gold medal in the 400 medley relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Nicknamed “Diesel”and “Lethal Leisel,” she candidly recounts in her 2015 autobiography, Body Lengths, that her achievements were not without their challenges. In her book she tells what it was like to be thrust into the limelight so young and under constant pressure from an early age to be perfect — from coaches, from the media and from herself. Despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered depression, and at one time planned to take her own life.

In London, she was criticized in the media for her weight, but she handled herself with great composure. She has emerged with maturity and good humor, having finally learnt how to be herself and live with confidence.  She also hopes that by telling her story, other female athletes will understand they are not alone.

leisel-jones-book

Photo Courtesy: ISHOF

ABOUT ISHOF

The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children.  It accomplishes this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to preserving the history of swimming, the memory and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world. For more information contact Bruce Wigo at 954-462-6536 ext. 201, or by email bwigo@ishof.org.

Press release courtesy of ISHOF.

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Michael Phelps Responds to Anti-Doping Comments by Milorad Cavic

Last week, Serbian butterflyer Milorad Cavic called out old rival Michael Phelps, noting that the timing of the 23-time Olympic gold medalist’s comments on anti-doping seemed convenient since he was no longer competing.

In a Facebook live video, Phelps responded to those comments. While discussing Joseph Schooling and his potential in the 100 fly in upcoming years, Phelps became noticeably ticked off when he read a viewer comment about Cavic’s comments.

“I’m actually going to comment on this because I think that comment is so rude and so beyond anything that’s really is imaginable,” Phelps said. “You want to go look at any results I’ve ever had in a drug test, go ahead.”

Phelps called the current status of sports a “joke” multiple times, and he repeated several statistics from his speech to Congress about the need for consistency in anti-doping procedures.

“Over 1900 athletes, the year before the Olympics in Rio, were not tested one time. Six months leading up to the Games, I was tested 13 times just by USADA. I think that’s something that is sad about sports today,” Phelps said.

“And if you think I cheated, that’s your opinion. I know what I did in the sport, I know the hard work that I put in, and I know what went into my body, and drugs were not one of those things. It’s something that needs to change, and people that test positive in sports don’t deserve another chance to perform because they’re doing things others do in training.

“I know I busted my tail for years on end to try to get myself stronger for every race, and that’s what I did. I had goals, and I achieved them because I worked hard to accomplish them. There are other people that are taking the easy, cheap way out, and they’re taking performance-enhancing drugs. And that’s a joke.”

After talking for several minutes, Phelps paused and apologized to those watching the video for his long monologue.

“Sorry I went on that rant, guys, but this is something that’s such a passion for me and has to change, and it’s so frustrating when people sit there and say you cheat or you do this or you do that. You don’t know,” he said.

Watch the full video from Phelps by clicking here.

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4 Things to Keep in Mind After a Bad Season

Photo Courtesy: Annie Grevers

By Caitlin Daday, Swimming World College Intern

It happens. Sometimes the season does not go the way we want. Not just a meet or a few weeks, but sometimes the whole season is just off.

Let’s be honest, it is really tough when you do not swim well. You put in all that work, and essentially get no return. It is not fun. Having just experienced this myself, I know how hard it is. It may be “just swimming,” but the disappointment hits all of us hard.

With a bit of reflection, however, it becomes easier to move past it. You may need to take a step back and reset, but fortunately there are a number of ways to get back on track after a tough season. These four things, among others, are what have helped me the most in rebounding after tough seasons:

1. There is no one out on the operating table.

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Photo Courtesy: Ashleigh Shanley

It may seem obvious, but at the same time it can be easy to forget that swimming is not life-and-death. Sometimes it feels like it is the most important thing in the world, but at the end of the day it is not. Yes, swimming is important, but not nearly to that extent.

I know personally how hard this can be to realize. You put in all that work, so obviously your performance is very important to you. When you find yourself getting caught up, you have to remember that even though swimming is important to your life right now, your doing bad in a season is not nearly at the level of the worst things out there.

2. It was only one season.

Collegiate swimmers leap off the starting blocks for the 50-meter women's freestyle event Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic in Key Largo, Fla. Michigan placed first in the women's division while West Virginia University won the men's division. The event, staged at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, was the highlight of the winter collegiate swimming training season in the Florida Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Fortunately, one bad season does not ruin your entire swimming career. It is easy to get the idea in your head that you are not as good as you once were, but that is not true. Regardless of what you did this year, your best times are still yours–they are not going anywhere.

In every aspect of life, you are going to face ups and downs. While this season may have been bad, the next one is right around the corner. What’s done is done, and what comes next is something entirely new. You still have a chance to come back and be better than ever.

3. It happens to everyone.

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Sometimes it can be hard to accept the fact that you are no longer the age grouper that drops time every time you touch water. As nice as that would be, it is just not realistic. But the good thing is you are not alone. Every athlete, at some point in their career, hits a bump in the road. The size of those bumps may differ from person to person, but everybody faces them.

A large part of the challenge is how you deal with it. While it happens to everyone, it is not a license to dwell and constantly feel sorry for yourself. I admit, it is easy to feel sorry for yourself, but in the end, being able to move past it and reset yourself feels so much better.

4. You are not defined by swimming alone.

SEENIGAMA, SRI LANKA-OCTOBER 6, 2015: Laureus Ambassador and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin poses a picture with children at Foundation of Goodness during the Missy Franklin Sri Lanka Project Visit on October 6, 2015 in Seenegama, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Laureus/Getty Images)

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As a 21 year old college swimmer, swimming is seemingly what defines me. When people ask what I do, I say I am a swimmer. My room, both at school and at home, is decorated with pictures and awards all from swimming. Rare is the moment when I leave the house not wearing something swimming related.

At the same time though, there is so much more to each of us as a person. We are not just swimmers, but we are writers and engineers and friends and sisters and brothers and just about everything else there can be. Each and every one of us has something we are good at aside from swimming. So when swimming goes wrong, there are tons of other things that can go right. Bad performances in the pool in no way determine you as a person.

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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Off Deck, March 10, 2017: Cameron Craig Recaps Breakout Pac-12s

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Arizona State freshman Cameron Craig was the breakout performer of the men’s Pac-12 championships last weekend, winning the 200 free in 1:31.71, the second-fastest time in the country so far this season, and then winning the 100 free in 41.95.

Now, Craig is in the midst of preparation for his first NCAA championships, so the Swimming World crew headed to Tempe this week to speak with the freshman. In this special on-deck edition of Off Deck, Craig sat down with host David Rieder.

Craig explained what contributed to his excellent performance at the conference meet, his reaction to those fast times, how ASU head coach Bob Bowman helped turn him into a 200 freestyler and what he’s expecting at his first NCAA championships.

Watch the full episode below.

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New Zealand Swimming Loses Two Key Positions After Funding Cuts

Report By Dave Crampton

Swimming New Zealand has disestablished two key positions after losing 30 percent of its high performance funding from April 2017, primarily due to its results at the Rio Olympics, where none of its swimmers made finals.

The New Zealand Swim Coaches and Teachers Association said the removal of both positions is “unjustified and highly detrimental” to the sport.

220313. Wellington HP coach Gary Hurring during Day Five of the State New Zealand Open Championships, Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 22 March 2013. Photo: Simon Watts/bwp.co.nz/Swimming New Zealand

Coach Gary Hurring

The federation’s high performance coaching director, Donna Bouzaid, and its high performance athlete development coach, Gary Hurring, will have their positions disestablished from May 6 due to the funding cuts, it was announced on Thursday. Hurring was Swimming NZ’s head coach at both the Rio Olympics and the Kazan World championships.

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Jerry Olszewski – Photo Courtesy: Dave Crampton

However, the federation’s head coach, Jerry Olszewski, who commenced in September after being hired from the United States, has kept his job for now, despite his job description stating that his contract is subject to the outcome of the review with High Performance Sport New Zealand, which allocates high performance sports funding.

Swimming New Zealand, which has no formal key sponsor, lost $400,000 of its $1.2m high performance funding – more than it expected, according to Swimming NZ board chair Bruce Cotterill.

“We did not expect the cut to be so severe and we have spent several weeks following the decision trying to persuade HPSNZ to lessen the severity of the cut and attempting to educate it on the likely impact that a funding cut of this nature would have on our HP programme. Unfortunately, we were not successful in this bid,” Cottreill said in a letter to regional board chairs on Thursday,

“This decision has not been taken lightly but has been forced upon us by the size of HPSNZ’s funding cut.”

In a statement, the New Zealand Swim Coaches and Teachers Association said that the removal was “two of the most important positions that Swimming NZ has” and is highly detrimental to the development of the sport. It called for a sustainable, financially viable, easily executed plan, with vision for the future. It also acknowledged the he contribution both have made to the sport

“The Board wants to acknowledge the huge contribution that both Donna and Gary have made to these roles. Both the Board and the NZSCTA membership would like to offer our unequivocal support to them both during this difficult time,” board representative David Prattley wrote.

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Steve Johns – Photo Courtesy: Dave Crampton

Swimming New Zealand chief executive Steve Johns is currently working through the transition to the new structure and will communicate how the roles and responsibilities of both Bouzaid and Hurring will be facilitated.

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