NSPF Recommends Bathroom Breaks Every 30-40 Minutes During Practice

Photo Courtesy: National Swimming Pool Foundation

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF® ), has recommendations to improve water and air quality by reducing urine in pools. A few small changes by coaches, parents, and facility managers can prevent pee in the pool. After all, the swimmers, parents, and coaches have the most to gain since they are the ones who are exposed to the water and breathing the air.

Just because one report suggests we should fear urine in the pool, people of all ages should continue to enjoy the wonder of water. Immersion and water activity can reduce lower-back pain, blood pressure, and arthritis symptoms, and improve mental and physical health. Recent science has shown that even the sight of water can improve one’s mood.

First, everyone from swim coaches to parents should encourage showers and bathroom breaks before entering the water. It is important to recognize that being submerged in water stimulates the body to create more urine. There are other simple solutions that coaches, parents, and facility managers can incorporate that reduce pee in the pool.

Swim Coaches should require a bathroom break 30-60 minutes into the practice. For example, it takes about 40 minutes in the water for a person to feel the need to urinate. A short break that borders this time frame will reduce peeing in the pool.

Parents who frequent water parks, public pools, or backyard pools should schedule an “out of pool” time for a snack, sunscreen, and a bathroom break every 30-60 minutes.

Facility Managers should consider two ways to prevent pee in the pool. First, schedule short breaks to encourage people to exit the water. For example, a 10-minute “adult only” swim time or an out-of-pool activity every hour encourages people to exit the pool and use the bathroom. Second, post signage that suggests using the bathroom and showering before getting into the pool.

Air quality can also be improved upon for indoor facilities when we keep urine out of the water. What’s more, everyone from children to masters can gain the benefits of one of the most fun and healthy activities. When coaches, parents, and facility managers make small changes, the water we enjoy and air we breathe is healthier, safer, and better.

About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®

We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF® offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. In 2012, we launched the Step Into Swim™ Campaign, a 10-year initiative to create one million more swimmers. In 2016, to further their mission, NSPF combined forces with Genesis, an educational leader for builders of residential pools and spas. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit nspf.org, genesis3.com, or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.

Press release courtesy of National Swimming Pool Foundation 

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Australian Water Polo Player Bridgette Gusterson Named 14th ISHOF Class of 2017 Inductee

Photo Courtesy: ISHOF

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced that Bridgette Gusterson will join 17 others as honorees who will enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. Bridgette Gusterson Ireland (AUS) is the fourteenth 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) and András Bodnár (HUN), coach Dick Jochums (USA) and photojournalist Heinz Kluetmeier have been announced.

Bridgette Gusterson was born on February 7, 1973, in Perth, Western Australia. As a ten-year-old she had a clear and precise goal. She wanted to be an Olympian. The only problem was, she didn’t have a sport. Her first choice was gymnastics but she knew she was going to be too tall.

The Bicton pool just two minutes from her home and her older sister, Danielle, played water polo, so the choice became clear. Even though women’s water polo was not yet on the Olympic program, there were hopes it would be added to the 1984 Olympic program for Los Angeles. And so began a career that that set the standard for female water polo players around the world.

As she grew, Gusterson’s tall, athletic frame (180 cm / 5’11”) lent itself to the demanding center forward position. But her physical attributes were matched by her fierce determination to master all technical aspects of the game. As a feared centre forward, accurate passer and outside shooter, Bridgette was regarded as the best all-rounder in the world in the latter parts of the 1990s. She made her first Australian National Team appearance in 1992 and subsequently represented her country in 212 international matches, scoring more than 400 goals. In 1995, she scored a hat-trick in leading Australia to the World Cup gold medal over the Netherlands and she was the first Australian woman to receive a professional contract to play in Europe, representing the Italian club, Orrizonte from 1995 to 1997.

It had always been her dream, from when she first started playing, that one day women’s water polo would be in the Olympics. As she grew older the dream became more defined. She would be captain of the team that won the gold medal in the first women’s Olympic tournament.

Amazingly her dream came true. It started when she assumed captaincy of the Australian team in 1998. A short time later the Australian Olympic Organizing Committee announced women’s water polo was being added, for the first time, to the Olympic program in 2000. In the semi-final game against Russia, she scored the winning goal with a clever flick shot over the goal keeper’s shoulder. The final against the United States was even more dramatic she made the assist that led to the winning goal to break a tie and clinch the gold medal with just 1.3 seconds on the clock. When the final tallies were made, she had led her team in scoring and to add icing to the top of dream cake, she shared the Olympic triumph with her sister and teammate, Danielle.

Gusterson retired after the 2000 Olympic Games, but continues to be involved in the sport as a coach. She resides in Perth with her husband Gary Ireland (former World Champion swimmer/ surf lifesaver) and their son Kalani.


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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Track Olympic Medalist Frankie Fredericks Steps Down From IOC Commission During Rio Bribery Investigation

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Frankie Fredericks, a three-time Olympic medalist in track for Namibia and, until now, a commission chair with the International Olympic Committee, has come under fire in recent weeks amid allegations that he accepted a bribe from a Brazilian businessman right around the time the 2016 Olympics were awarded to Rio.

Currently under investigation, Fredericks has resigned from roles with both the IOC and IAAF (International Athletics Federation), according to a report from BusinessDay.

Fredericks has been in charge of a commission that monitored the cities involved in the bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games (since Rome and Budapest have pulled out, this currently includes only Paris and Los Angeles), and had served on an IAAF task force seeking to help Russia be compliant with anti-doping standards after the country was suspended after the release of the McLaren Report.

Fredericks denies the allegations of bribery but said he believed it to be in the best interests of the IOC if he step down.

“I personally decided that it is in the best interests of a good functioning of the International Olympic Committee candidature process that I step aside as chairperson of the 2024 evaluation commission, because it is essential that the important work my colleagues are doing is seen as being carried out in a truthful and fair manner,” he said, according to BusinessDay.

“I categorically deny any direct or indirect involvement in any untoward conduct and confirm that I have never breached any law, regulation or rule of ethics in respect of any IOC election process.”

The IOC then released a statement praising Fredericks’s decision to step down. Said the IOC Executive Board in a statement:

  • In line with the recommendation of the IOC Ethics Commission, the IOC EB accepts his resignation from the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2024.

  • In line with the recommendation of the IOC Ethics Commission, the IOC EB accepts his provisional self-suspension from the IOC Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

  • The IOC EB accepts Mr Fredericks’ non-participation in the Candidate City Briefing 2024 for IOC Members and Summer Olympic International Federations in July 2017 in Lausanne and the IOC Session in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.

  • In line with the IOC Ethics Commission, the IOC EB recalls the importance of respecting the principle of the presumption of innocence. It also notes Mr Fredericks’ categorical rejection of the allegations made against him.

Additionally, the IOC announced that taking over the commission will be Patrick Baumann, the Secretary General of FIBA, the International Basketball Federation.

Fredericks received about $300,000 from Pamodzi Sports Consulting in 2009, shortly before the IOC announced Rio as the host for the 2016 Games, shortly after a Brazilian businessman paid $2 million between two separate payments to Papa Massata Diack, Pamodzi’s owner.

Read more from Business Day here, and find the full IOC statement here.

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Featured Swim Camp: Bolles School

Under the direction of Jon Sakovich, swim coach of The Bolles School swimming program, The Bolles School Swim Camps are developmental camps designed to provide quality instruction and training to swimmers of all abilities.  All training and instruction will take place on The Bolles School’s San Jose Campus, located on the St. Johns River in Florida.  Campers will reside in The Bolles School’s air conditioned dormitory rooms with 24-hour supervision and meals provided three times a day.

The Bolles Sharks is very proud of it’s team’s accomplishments since its inception in 1977. In its 39 years of existence, the Bolles Sharks has proven itself as the top team in the state of Florida by winning District, State, Southeastern, Regional, and National competitions as well as setting National Age Group. Junior National, Senior National, International and World Records. The Bolles Sharks program has developed individual and relay champions at every level of competitive swimming.

The Bolles Sharks has also made a significant impact on the national and international swimming scene. The Bolles Sharks had its first national finalist in 1980. Since that time the Bolles Sharks swimmers have captured 23 individual national championships and 16 relay championships as well as 34 team championships. Bolles Sharks swimmers have won at the World Championships, Asian games, Pam Am Games, Southeast Asian Games, World University Games, and the Olympic Games, as well as many other international meets. Over 100 members of the Bolles Sharks family have represented the United States and other countries in international competition traveling to Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Canada,China, Columbia, Croatia, Ecuador, East Germany, France, Guam, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Holland, Israel, Laos, Mexico, The Philippines, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Thailand and West Germany. The Bolles Sharks tradition in excellance serves as a foundation upon which to build for even greater success in the future. We look forward to seeing our swimmers continue their dominance at the local level and further their achievements at the regional, national and international levels.  

The Bolles Sharks is also very proud of the academic achievements of our swimmers. The club has sent swimmers to most of the major college programs in the country including the Ivy League, Pac 12, Big East, SEC, ACC, A-10, Big 12, Big 10, CAA, MAAC, Sun Belt, and WAC Conferences as well as many other independents. 

In addition to the success of our swimmers, the club has also developed a tradition of hosting great swim meets throughout the years. The Bolles Sharks hosted their first meet in 1979. We currently hold 4 major invitationals a year. Our June invitational has attracted many Olympians from all over the world to compete over the years.  

May the continued success of the past with Tradition in Excellence continue through the future…  

One week camps are intended for swimmers ages nine to thirteen, representing all ability levels.  The typical daily schedule will include 50-meter and 25-yard training, stroke technique and classroom lecture sessions, video taping, starts and turns, and a fun daytime activity.  One week camps will be limited to 25 swimmers per week.

  • The Bolles One Week Camp is a technique oriented camp that incorporates the Bolles training method and philosophy. At the One Week Camp swimmers will be challenged physically while learning to improve both their technical and mental approaches to swimming.
    • Work with the World Class Bolles Coaching Staff and swimmers
    • Designed for competitive swimmers age 9 – 13 (Age as of June 1, 2017)
  • Session 1: June 11 – 16, 2017 (Sunday – Friday)
  • Session 2: June 17 – 22, 2017 (Saturday – Thursday)


Ages 9-13 | Female | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 11-16, Camp Tuition $800.00


Ages 9-13 | Male | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 11-16



Ages 9-13 | Male | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 17-22, Camp Deposit $800.00


Ages 9-13 | Female | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 17-22


One Week Camp Expectations 

This is a brief overview of what to expect from our One Week Swim Camp.

The Evening Practice

What to expect:

Each practice will last 90 minutes. The practices are instructional with the emphasis on stroke mechanics. We will focus on one stroke per day with starts, turns, and finishes on Thursday evening. This practice is usually about 1500 to 1700 yards and is swum in our 25 yard pool.


This session is designed to work on proper body position and stroke mechanics for each stroke. The distances are short the rest is plentiful and a lot of time and energy is spent on learning the most efficient way to swim each stroke. We use drills to help the swimmers to learn each component of the stroke and then tie it all together to swim in the most efficient manner possible.


What to expect

Each morning after breakfast we will have a 30-40 minute dry land session. This will consist of running laps on the track, running the stadium steps, pull ups, dips, pushups, and other body weight exercises, and abdominal work. Proper running shoes and work out clothes are needed.


To teach the swimmers the importance of dryland training and how a strong regimen will help the swimmers achieve their goals. We will put them through a routine similar to what we do with our own swimmers. This will help improve their strength, fitness, athleticism, and core body strength.

The Morning Practice

What to expect

This practice session will be swum in our 50 meter pool. This work out is 2,700m to 5,000m in length. The distance of the practice will depend on the age and ability of the swimmer and also the emphasis of the workout. The practice will place emphasis on the stroke they worked on the previous evening.


This practice session has two purposes. The first is to challenge the swimmer in an actual training session to think about stroke changes and techniques that were made the night before. Anyone can swim an easy 25yards and hold good stroke technique, to do so for an entire race or set in practice is a challenge. The practice will start off with a review of all the drills they worked on the night before and give them a chance to refresh their memories. Then we will proceed into the main set. The second purpose is to maintain the level of conditioning they have when coming into our camp so they are ready to continue their training when they get back home.

Lecture sessions

 These sessions will cover a variety of topics from nutrition to goal setting. We will help the swimmers in learn how to set goals for their meets, seasons, and even day to day practices. They will also learn about nutrition and the importance of proper hydration, as well as tips on mental preparations for hard practices and swim meets. The swimmers will also have an opportunity to talk to and hear about Sergio Lopez’s (Bronze Medalist) quest for Olympic medals as well as hear from some of our swimmers here at Bolles and their experiences at Olympic Trials, being on National Record Relays, and their day to day experiences with swimming what is has done for them.


Each day swimmers will watch a video pertaining to the stroke of the day. This video will have a famous American swimmer performing the stroke. The swimmers themselves will be video taped on each of their strokes with voice over analysis from our professional coaching staff. These videos will be provided to each swimmer upon leaving camp.


Photo Courtesy: Wayne Joseph

The elite camp is designed for experienced swimmers ages 13 years or older.  Elite campers will train similar to the Bolles Sharks swimming program that produced national high school champions, Florida high school state champions, high school All-Americans, and Olympians.

  • Highest Level of swim camp offered at Bolles, The Elite Camp will challenge swimmers mentally and physically as they train like the Bolles School Sharks swimmers in an intense, competitive team atmosphere.
    • Choose to stay for 1 to 6 weeks
    • Train like the Bolles School Sharks Team
    • For swimmers age 13 – 18 (Age as of June 1, 2017)
  • Dates – June 11 – July 22, 2017 (Campers can stay 1-6 weeks)


Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 11-17



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 11-17



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 25 – July 1



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 25-July 1



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 2 – July 8



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 2 – July 8



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 9-15



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 9-15



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 16-22



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 16-22


Elite Swim Camp Expectations  

What to expect:

The type of training that has propelled the Bolles School High School Team and The Bolles School Sharks to one of the top High Schools and USS Swim Programs in the Nation. The training is intense and demanding as we prepare all our athletes to perform at their best.

Be prepared to work hard at every training session. Each practice has a purpose, whether it is working on endurance, speed, power, or your best stroke. You will be asked each day to challenge and push yourself beyond your normal limitations.


The practices will average between 6,500 – 8,500 meters per practice depending on the emphasis of the session. We will have 11 practices a week having Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday off. Thursday  practices will be recovery with a technical focus.

The Elite Campers will train like our year round swimmers each day. The swimmers are broken into 2 groups based on age and ability. The total amount of meters swum per session will vary depending on the emphasis of the day and the training group they swim with. Each week we will work on technique, starts, turns, endurance, speed, IM’s, and main strokes.


Each day we will do 45 minutes to an hour of dry-land training. This will consist of body weight exercises, running, stadiums, medicine balls, plyometrics, abdominals, as well as dry-land tubing. Running shoes and workout clothes are a must.


The purpose of our Elite swim camp is to provide an opportunity for swimmers to train with one of the top swim programs in the nation. They will have the opportunity to experience the type of training that has propelled Bolles to its success’. Bolles has continually been at the top of the swimming charts for over 20 years on the National and International scene.

The campers will experience first hand what it takes by training side by side with our own swimmers here at Bolles. They will see first hand the swimming and dry-land training that we have designed to improve the strength, speed and endurance of the swimmer both in and out of the water. The practices sessions have been created to utilize strength and power gained through dry-land training an implement it into the swimming practices.

The Bolles School Swimming:


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Ryan Murphy USA Gustavo Borges Brazil
Joseph Schooling Singapore Greg Burgess USA
Caeleb Dressel USA Anthony Nesty Suriname
George Bovell Trinidad & Tobago David Larson USA
Ashley Whitney USA Fred Tyler USA
Trina Jackson USA

Bolles Swimming is synonymous with tradition, excellence, and passion. Our coaching staff is committed to helping every swimmer realize his or her dreams. Whether your child is new to competitive swimming or is one of the country’s elite athletes we have the drive and ability to take them where they want to go.

Contact Address: 7400 San Jose Blvd.
FL,  32217
Name of School Coach: Jon Sakovich
Phone Number: 904-256-5216

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Morning Splash Special: Did the NCAA Swimming Bubble Burst?

By David Rieder.

It’s March, and in the American sports scene, that means a lot of talk about bubbles. No, not going underwater and blowing bubbles. This kind of bubble refers to an individual or team right on the edge of making it into the field for various college sports championships.

In men’s basketball, experts say this year’s NCAA tournament bubble is unusually weak, meaning that the last few teams earning at-large bids don’t have a résumé as strong as what it normally takes to make the cut.

In women’s swimming, this season is quite the opposite.

Last week, top Division I female swimmers across the country had their eyes glued to the internet, eagerly awaiting the release of the psych sheets for the NCAA championships. The handful at the top knew they’d get into the meet safely, but for those who had swum right around the times that were invited to last year’s NCAA championships—the ones squarely on the bubble of getting in or being left out—those waiting moments were some nervous ones.

But when the pre-cut lists came out, most of those women who thought they were on the bubble were in for some disappointing news—and another chunk of swimmers who might have figured they were safely qualified had a surprise in store. One day later, the release of the official psych sheet would only confirm those disappointments

Since the cut-off line for the women’s NCAA championships usually falls somewhere between the places 38 through 41 on the pre-selection entry list, plenty of swimmers didn’t need to wait 24 hours for the official psych sheet. Those lists would only confirm what was already inevitable.

For the first time since 2009, the invited time was faster in all 13 individual events, and, in fact, the mark required to get to Indianapolis was the fastest in history for each event. Some of the drops were extraordinary. Check out the chart below.

A quick note about 2009: that was the only year polyurethane bodysuits were allowed in college competition. The NCAA had disallowed their use in 2008 since they had only been introduced a month earlier, and the suits had been banned internationally before the 2010 season. Hence, the drops in the invited times that season make plenty of sense.

The invited time in the 50 free went from 22.35 in 2016 to 22.23 in 2017, the largest drop since—you guessed it—2009, and after hovering between 1:00.66 and 1:00.78 in the 100 breast for six years, it took a 1:00.34 to make the meet this season. The time in the 100 fly dropped a quarter-second, from 52.77 to 52.52.

Why did that happen? Some might hypothesize it has to do with the influx of high-profile redshirts and deferrals after the Olympic year—and that makes sense. For instance, neither of the top two seeds in the 50 free, Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil, swam collegiately last season.

But it’s not as though 22.35, the 2016 invited time, placed 42nd or 43rd on the entry list. Actually, Notre Dame’s Catherine Mulquin, William & Mary’s Jaimie Miller and Auburn’s Alyssa Tetzloff all had a season-best time of 22.35, and that left them in a three-way tie for 55th on the pre-cut entry list.

The talent-at-the-top theory completely falls apart in the 100 fly, where American record-holder Kelsi Worrell graduated, and a hypothetical swimmer who recorded the 2016 invited time of 52.77 would have been 51st this time around.

So what’s our explanation? Women were excited to train harder after watching the Olympics? Swimmers rested more for their conference meets this year than they had been in the past? Certainly, this year’s freshmen can’t be that much better than last year’s seniors.

Obviously, we have no way of knowing the answer without talking to a swimmer or coach from each one of the 62 schools that have an invited swimmer. But it’s evident that Division I women’s swimming made an impressive leap from last season to this one, and that’s why anyone who thought they were right on the border of getting into the NCAA championships saw their bubble burst.

And now it’s the men’s turn to find out their fates. Not including relay-only athletes, the men’s NCAA championships is capped at175 swimmers, compared to 205 for the women. That usually leaves the invited line around the 29th or 30th-ranked swimmers in each event.

When the pre-cut psych sheets come out in a few hours, we’ll see if a few unsuspecting men find themselves on the wrong side of that bubble.

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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Swimming World Presents “American Swimming Team: The Core and Base of the Team”

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

American Swimming Team: Present – The Core and Base of the Team

Beginning with the December 2016 issue and running through May 2017, Swimming World takes a look at the American Swimming Team past and present, and will provide some thoughts on the future. This month: Part IV.

In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

To read more about the American Swimming Team series, check out the March 2017 issue, available now!



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by Chuck Warner
In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

by Dan D’Addona
After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat…and they have the talent to win big again!

by Dan D’Addona
Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.

by James Sica, Diana Pimer and David Rieder
At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.

by Annie Grevers
Twenty-one-year-old Rio rookie Ryan Murphy navigated the Olympic waters last summer like a seasoned sailor and produced golden results, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meter backstroke.

by Michael J. Stott
University of Georgia associate head coach Harvey Humphries along with Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Slusser talk taper

by Michael J. Stott

by Rod Havriluk
Two common misconceptions are that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers…and that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally.

by Michael J. Stott
This is the third and final article of a multipart series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott

by J.R. Rosania

by Taylor Brien


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On The Rise: Arizona State Men’s Swimming

Photo Courtesy: Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics

By Jason Tillotson, Swimming World College Intern

Since 2010, the Arizona State University Men’s Swimming and Diving team hadn’t placed higher than fifth at the Pac-12 conference championship meet. That is, until this past weekend, when the Sun Devils placed fourth, ahead of in-state rival Arizona. ASU men’s swimming has been on the rise for the past few years, but their success has catapulted since legendary coach Bob Bowman took the driver’s seat in Tempe. With Bowman’s expertise, ASU has quickly gone from absent at NCAA’s to setting up some great scoring swims for this year’s championship.


Photo Courtesy: Robert Stanton/USA Today Sports Images

Before Bowman was announced as head coach, ASU had some trouble with keeping coaches and performance. The program suffered and was cut temporarily due to budgetary constraints in May of 2008, before being reinstated that July. More than 450 individuals donated and pledged to help the cause, ultimately raising $1 million – enough to cover the cost of four seasons.

Thanks to large efforts on behalf of the Sun Devil Swimming Association (SDSA) the men’s swimming team quickly rebounded and stabilized on financial ground within the first few years. The SDSA was later able to create a permanent endowment for the men’s and women’s swimming teams in the spring of 2014, helping to secure scholarships for their student-athletes.

ASU had never placed higher than 16th at an NCAA championship and, beyond that, the Sun Devils have been either absent or scoreless among recent NCAA appearances. At last year’s NCAA championships ASU scored only two points, placing 46th out of 50 teams. After some heavy recruiting done by their seasoned staff, the Sun Devils have placed themselves in a perfect position to contend for a top-ten finish in Indianapolis.

Their recent success has been largely due to their loaded freshman class. Twelve swimmers out of their entire roster are freshman and among those talented twelve, is now two-time Pac-12 champion Cameron Craig. Craig won the 100 and 200 freestyles this past weekend, going 41.95 and 1:31.71, those times rank him sixth and second in the nation, respectively. The latter of the two races is probably Craig’s and ASU’s best shot at a top-eight individual finish. In addition, ASU now has several NCAA automatic qualifying standards, and even more B-cut swims that will likely be invited.


ASU’s Patrick Park – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold / Aringo Photos

Craig isn’t the only star Bowman and his gifted staff have developed this season, though. Junior Patrick Park has played a tremendous role in the Sun Devil’s recent success, especially in duel meets. In the dual meet season, ASU held a record of 4-2-1, thier best record in quite a while, with notable wins over Utah and USC. The tie came with in-state rival University of Arizona, where the Sun Devils proved they could go toe-to-toe with the Wildcats, one of the best programs in the country.

ASU hasn’t just crafted a few strong swimmers here and there, they have become extremely deep across all events, which has set them up to have great relay performances. ASU showed their great versatility both in their suited-up duel meet with Arizona in early February and at the Pac-12 championships this past weekend. In both meets, ASU won the 400 freestyle relay. In their victory at the conference championships, ASU would hold off top-tier teams such as Cal and Stanford to take the win. In terms of the other relays ASU was no slouch there either. In the 400 medley relay ASU dropped nearly four seconds from their seed time to place 2nd behind the Cal Bears, a team which will likely contend for the NCAA team title in a few short weeks. ASU could very well have all five relays at the NCAA championships this year.

It has been a very long time since ASU has been in the hunt with the likes of Cal, Stanford and USC. Perhaps this season will be the best season ASU has ever had. With big name recruits such Grant House and Will Brenton, ASU’s momentum does not seem to be slowing down. Could the Sun Devils make history this year? Only time will tell where Bob Bowman and his staff take this program.

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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England to Allow Full Body Suits in Competition for Religious Purposes

Photo Courtesy: Amateur Swimming Association

New swimwear guidance for competitive swimming will allow more people to participate in events across England.

The ASA has announced a relaxation of Regulation 411 which previously banned swimwear that covered the whole body.

The new guidance means swimmers who wear full body suits for religious beliefs or a pre-existing medical condition, are now able to compete in all ASA licensed swimming meets and national events.

A positive step for swimming in England

Chris Bostock, Chairman of the ASA Sport Governing Board, said: “This is a very positive step forward for competitive swimming in England and one that we hope will encourage many more people to take part.

“We want everyone to be able to reach their potential. Representing your Club at a national swimming competition is very special. By changing these rules we hope to encourage a new generation of swimmers.”

Rimla Akhtar from the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation (MWSF), said: “Participation in sport amongst Muslim women is increasing at a rapid pace. It is imperative that governing bodies adapt and tailor their offerings to suit the changing landscape of sport, including those who access their sport.

“The MWSF is glad to have requested a review of competition laws in relation to full body suits by the ASA and are extremely pleased at the outcome.

“We thank the ASA for their leadership in this matter. We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that this ruling is also adopted at the elite level both nationally and internationally.”

Swimwear guidance for competitive swimming already in effect

The new guidance is already in effect. It applies to all levels of ASA licensed meets (1,2,3 and 4) and ASA National Events.

The guidance was developed by the ASA Swimming Management Group following recommendations from the MSWD.

It also covers those involved in running the events including technical officials and volunteers.

Press release courtesy of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

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The Week That Was: World Rankings Shake Up In Indy and Down Under

Photo Courtesy: Melissa Lundie

Swimming across the globe got a lot more interesting this week, with the Arena Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis and the NSW Open Champs in Australia giving swimmers from around the world a chance to test the waters as we begin to creep toward this summer’s World Championships. Read about those meets and more in The Week That Was!

The Week That Was #5 – Indian River Extends NJCAA Streak


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Indian River extended their streak of NJCAA Championships this weekend, bringing their number of consecutive championships to 43 for the men and 39 for the women. The Pioneer men and women more than doubled the points of their next closest competitors, totaling 1293 and 1210 points respectively. Indian River’s Nicholas Loomis set two new NJCAA records in the 50 (21.27) and 200 butterfly (1:46.10), while Osianna McReed set a new NJCAA record in the 50 butterfly (24.62). You can check out full recaps of all days of competition on our Event Landing Page.

The Week That Was #4 – NC State Men Wins Third Consecutive ACC Title


Photo Courtesy: Todd Kirkland, theACC.com

The men of NC State joined their women’s team in celebrating a ACC conference championship this week, earning the third consecutive win for the men’s team. Olympic gold medalist and NC State junior Ryan Held had a standout meet, starting it off with a new ACC meet and conference record in the 50 free (18.68). He did the same in the 100 fly (44.79) before setting a new meet record in the 100 free (41.61). Held also contributed to four relay wins for the Wolfpack. All of this came with a full beard, signaling he has plenty left to drop come NCAAs in a few weeks. Held was named Most Valuable Swimmer of the Meet for his performances. You can catch up on all of the meet coverage from the 2017 ACC Championships on our Event Coverage Page.

The Week That Was #3 – Stanford Holds Off Cal At Pac-12 Championships


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The Stanford Cardinal held off a late charging Cal-Berkeley team to win the 2017 Pac-12 Conference Championships, finishing with 784 points over Cal’s 767. Stanford displayed impressive depth across the meet, particularly in the distance freestyle events. That was kicked off by freshman Grant Shoults who threw down a new Pac-12 record in the 500 free (4:10.67), and was joined in the A final by freshman True Sweetser junior Liam Egan, and freshman James Murphy. Sweetser himself would come back to lead a 1-2-3 Cardinal finish in the 1650 en route to setting the championship record, just sneaking past Erik Vendt’s legendary record from 2003. Other notable performances included Cal senior Ryan Murphy reset both of his backstroke meet records, posting a 44.76 and 1:38.07 to win the 100 and 200. Arizona State University freshman Cameron Craig was another standout from the meet, winning the 200 free in the 8th fastest time in history over USC’s Dylan Carter, 1:31.72 to 1:31.98. You can check out full recaps of all days of the meet on our Event Landing Page.

The Week That Was #2 – NSW Open Champs Features Fast Swims


Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr / Swimming Australia Ltd.

The Aussies were joined by a few fellow international swimmers this week at the 2017 New South Wales Open Championships, with several athletes throwing down world leading times. Cameron McEvoy was one of those athletes, throwing down a 48.13 in the prelims of the 100 freestyle before winning the event in 48.66. Both of those times were faster than the previous world best that had been set hours earlier at the Indy Grand Prix meet. Cate Campbell made a similar statement in the women’s event, taking the 100 free in a world leading 53.15 on the heels of announcing that she will not be competing at the World Championships in Budapest this summer. The Aussie also won the 50 free in 24.47. Also notable was Emily Seebohm, who posted a world leading time in the 100 back (59.28). Those should be confidence boosters for all three Australians following this summer’s Olympics, as each went in as a presumptive individual gold medal favorite and were each left off the podium.

The Week That Was #1 – Arena Pro Swim Series Stops In Indy


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The Arena Pro Swim Series continued in Indianapolis this week, with many U.S. and international stars coming together to post more leading world times on the other side of the globe. In his first competition on U.S. soil, British star Adam Peaty set a new U.S. Open record in the 100 breast in addition to improving his own #1 time in the world, touching the wall in 58.86. Japan’s Daiya Seto was another big winner on the men’s side, posting a world leading time in the 400 IM (4:10.22) that cut more than a second from his previous top ranked time. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell also posted a world leading time in the 200 back (2:08.68), just edging out Emily Seebohm’s top time in the world from earlier in the day. Molly Hannis did the same thing in the 100 breast, just edging out the previous time in the world that had been set by Yulia Efimova in Australia when she won in 1:06.47. China’s Xu Jiayu battled Jacob Pebley down to the wire to best Pebly’s previous world best in the 200 back, touching in 1:55.04. Xu also moved past Matt Grevers’ top time in the 100 back when he won in 53.04. You can see full recaps and results from the meet on our Event Landing Page.

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Hungarian Water Polo Player Dr. András Bodnár Added to ISHOF Class of 2017

Photo Courtesy: Yiannis Gianouris/Waterpololegends.com

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today that Dr. András Bodnár will join 17 others as honorees who will enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. Dr. Bodnár is the twelfth 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 player Osvaldo Codaro (ARG), coach Dick Jochums (USA) and photojournalist Heinz Kluetmeier have been announced.

We are so proud of Andras’ induction,says Hungarian Water Polo President Dénes Kemény. Because after so many Hungarian water polo players in the Hall of Fame (19), we have one more honoree. And there is no doubt about his greatness!”

Hungary is a land of thermal springs and although landlocked, swimming and water sports are ingrained in their culture. This love of water led to an early domination of international swimming and diving competitions in the late 19th and early 20th century competitions.  But in the 1920s, it was water polo that came to symbolize Hungarys unique strengths and individuality.  From 1928 to 2008, the Hungarians have dominated the sport like no other nation, winning 9 gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, including back-to-back titles twice: 1932 and 1936 and, 1952  and 1956, and a triple – back-to-back-to back – from 2000 to 2008.

András Bodnár was born on April 9, 1942 in Ungvár, Hungary, a town that today is known as Uzhgorod, in the Ukraine. In 1952, he began swimming and playing water polo for various clubs in Eger until 1962, when he joined the team of the Budapest University Medical Association. In addition to being an outstanding water polo player, he was also one of Hungarys top middle distance swimmers. He was selected for the first of his four Olympic teams as an 18 year-old and would stand on the podium in each appearance, winning a bronze medal in 1960, gold in 1964 and silver medals in 1968 and 1972. In 1973 he was a member of the team that won the gold at the first FINA World Aquatic Championships in Belgrade. Between 1960 and 1976, he played for the Hungarian National Team in 186 international games – at the same time he was pursuing his medical career. Amazingly, he also swam in the Olympic Games in 1960 and 1964, although he did not make the finals.


1964 Tokyo Olympic gold medal team of Hungary, with FINA President and ISHOF Founder, R. Max Ritter – Photo Courtesy: Yiannis Gianouris/Waterpololegends.com

In 1968, Bodnár earned his medical degree from the Budapest Semmelweis Medical University. From 1968 to 1985 Dr. Bodnár was Assistant Professor of Surgery. In 1985 he was promoted to head of surgery at Frigyes Korányi Hospital and later National Public Health and Medical Office Supervisor. A man of incredible energy and dedication to his sport, he served as Vice-President of the Hungarian Swimming Federation, water polo division from 1981 to 1989, and as president of the newly formed Hungarian Water Polo Federation from 1989 to 1992. Since 1990 he has been a member of the LEN (European Swimming Federation) Medical Committee and since 2004 a member of the Francis Field Foundation Board of Trustees.

In a swimming and water polo career spanning almost two decades, in which he won four Olympic medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), the inaugural World Championship Gold, two European Championships and seven Hungarian Championships, Dr. András Bodnár goes down in history as one of the greatest players of all time and the twentieth player from Hungary to be so honored.  


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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