2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Indianapolis: Day Four Prelims Live Recap

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The final morning of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Indianapolis will feature the heats of the 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 back and the 200 IM. National team members Hali FlickingerChase KaliszPace ClarkLilly KingKevin CordesOlivia SmoligaMatt Grevers and Melanie Margalis are the top seeds in each event this morning on the last morning of the Indy Pro Swim Series.

Heat Sheet
Results
Live Stream

Women’s 200 Fly

Men’s 200 Fly

Women’s 100 Breast

Men’s 100 Breast

Women’s 100 Back

Men’s 100 Back

Women’s 200 IM

Men’s 200 IM

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Katie Ledecky: Olympic Gold Medalist, World Record Holder & Stone Ridge Girl

Stone Ridge School of The Sacred Heart

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern.

While most teens worried about passing their Driver’s Ed course or finishing their summer reading, 15-year-old Katie Ledecky had other issues on her mind. It was August of 2012, and the naive Olympian was preparing to swim in the 800 meter freestyle final at the London Olympic Games.

The High School Olympian

Back at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic, all-girls school in Bethesda, MD, dozens of Katie’s classmates eagerly awaited the start of the race. They were decked out in red, white and blue while donning personalized Ledecky T-shirts. Eight minutes and 15.63 seconds later, when the 15-year-old slammed her hand on the wall first, mayhem broke out. There were screams and tears of joy as Stone Ridge girls of all ages celebrated their sister’s win. It was not just a win for Ledecky, but for the whole school as well.

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Ledecky’s unexpected win in London has left an indelible mark on the Stone Ridge Community. The school takes pride in its “Gold Medal Gator”. No conversation about the swim team can be had without mentioning Ledecky. The record board in the aquatic center is flooded with her name. It’s safe to say that Stone Ridge loves Ledecky, and Ledecky loves Stone Ridge.

Just three days after the swim, Katie was met by swarms of hugs from fellow Stone Ridge classmates at the Dulles Airport. Celebrations would continue as the new American record holder was honored with a hometown parade, first pitch at a Washington Nationals baseball game and a breakfast sandwich named after her at a local deli in Rockville, MD.

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The golden glory had barely sunk in before it was time to hit the books to begin sophomore year. In the span of a month, this 15-year-old swimmer had gone from Olympic champion to hometown celebrity to just another student in religion class. Of course, Katie would never be “just another student”. She had etched a permanent name for herself in swimming history, and that was impossible to ignore.

The rest of Ledecky’s high school experience passed in a blur of ceramics classes, swim team cheers, spirited dual meets and a generous number of gold medals. Her senior year consisted of breaking the national high school record in the 200 free and attending the Tres Bien Ball, a cherished Stone Ridge tradition to officially welcome young ladies into the ranks of alumni.

On June 4th, 2015, Ledecky graduated high school along with 78 of her Sacred Heart sisters. Although she was leaving Stone Ridge, Ledecky would forever remain a part of the community.

Returning Home with Hardware

Flash forward to Ledecky’s record-setting performance in the Rio Olympics when she proved to the world that her performance in London was no fluke. The Washington Nationals even stopped their game to broadcast her Olympic gold medal performance on the jumbotron.

Yet again, upon arriving home from the games, current and past Stone Ridge students hugged the World Champion, but not quite as aggressively, considering the Olympian’s neck was draped with several more medals this time. Welcoming her home from the Olympics had seemed to become a popular Stone Ridge tradition.

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Going Back to Her Roots

As summer came to an end and hundreds of girls flocked back to Stone Ridge in plaid skirts and polos, Ledecky returned to her alma mater to share her experiences of being an Olympian. Stone Ridge students of all ages sat in awe after getting to touch gold medals and threw elbows to try to take a selfie with the star.

Ledecky visited the preschool classroom, talked with middle school students and took pictures with the upper schoolers. The campus was abuzz that day with palpable excitement about the return of the “Gold Medal Gator”.

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Cheers from the pool deck made the whole aquatic center rumble. The 2017 annual dual meet between Stone Ridge and the Holton Arms had just started and spirit was out in full force. These two schools had been in a heated rivalry for countless years, with neither team having lost a meet; it was a constant battle to see who could knock the other off their pedestal.

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Stone Ridge started off a bit shaky, finishing third in the first relay; however, they had a little something up their sleeve that no one was expecting. And that little something came in the form of Ledecky. She wasn’t there to swim the meet: her days of high school swimming were long over. She was there to give an inspiring pep talk and cheer on the Gators.

With the boost in motivation from their Olympic cheerleader, Stone Ridge beat Holton for the first time since 2015, Ledecky’s last high school season. After the meet, Ledecky graciously took photos with swimmers and even joined the team for their pasta dinner.

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Katie Ledecky is now a household name, yet her years of winning gold medals hasn’t changed this Stone Ridge girl. She’ll always be a Gator at heart – although now one with six Olympic medals draped around her neck.

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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WADA Publishes Independent Observer Report from 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

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Since 2000, the World Anti-Doping Agency has sent a team of observers to major events “with the aim of reinforcing confidence in athletes and the public as to the quality, effectiveness and reliability of the Games’ anti-doping program.”

The report for the most recent Olympic Games, held in PyeongChang, has now been released by the Independent Observers (IO) and includes areas of ongoing improvement, as well as longer-term improvements that can be made for future Olympic Games.

All aspects of the anti-doping program were monitored, including test distribution planning, notifications of doping control, TUE procedures, sample analysis, and more.

Click here to read the full Independent Observers report of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. 

Ben McDevitt, Chairman of the IO team, explained,

“Like most Olympic Games, PyeongChang 2018 presented some unique challenges and opportunities from a doping control perspective. These were the first Winter Olympic Games since the revelations of institutionalized manipulation of the doping control process at Sochi 2014.”

He continued by stating,

“The IO team was impressed by the open and active engagement we received on the ground from anti-doping stakeholders including the IOC and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). Notwithstanding a number of issues and challenges highlighted in the Report, the IO team was generally satisfied with the end-to-end doping control arrangements put in place for the Games and congratulate all concerned on the considerable investments, efforts and opportunities that were seized upon to protect clean sport.” 

To read more from WADA, click here. 

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Missy Franklin is Coming Back—Then What?

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Morning Splash by David Rieder.

Since January, when Missy Franklin revealed that she had moved to Athens, Ga., to train and to finish her undergraduate degree, she has kept mostly quiet. She hasn’t been seen at any meets, and she still hasn’t raced since the Olympics in Rio, when she flamed out of both her individual races, the 200 free and 200 back, in the semi-finals and had no answers for what had gone so wrong.

So what exactly has Franklin been up to these past four months? Well, she has been in school, and she’s been training.

Friday afternoon with the Georgia Bulldogs was just a normal practice, a “shut-up-and-swim” short course workout with kicking and pulling sets between a pair of tougher long course workouts, IM on Friday morning and racing Saturday morning.

One day after her 23rd birthday, Franklin was wearing a black “G” cap as she shared a lane with Georgia junior sprinter Veronica Burchill. One lane over were a pair of Franklin’s U.S. Olympic teammates, Hali Flickinger and Chase Kalisz.

She warmed up with fins, and she wore paddles and a pull buoy on the pull set. During an underwater set at the end of the workout, she excitedly strapped her legs into a long strip of black plastic that she called her “mermaid fin.” Georgia sprint coach Brian Smith explained that the device helps Franklin utilize her core while dolphin kicking, which has long been a weakness for her.

Jack Bauerle, the head coach of the Bulldogs, instructed Kalisz to swim 200 yards cool down and “not skip.” Kalisz insisted that he would never do that, but Franklin rolled her eyes and mouthed, “He skips all the time!”

Just another day in what’s become her new normal, the fresh start in a vibrant training group that she sought when she moved to Athens.

“School went absolutely great. She’s enjoying the training right now,” Bauerle said. “I love having her on a day-to-day basis in the program. This summer, it’s been two years since she raced, so this is going to be a little unusual, her first time out.”

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Bauerle wouldn’t reveal exactly when Franklin will return to racing, but that time is coming, and soon. Believing she was not ready to get back to competition last summer, Franklin missed her first U.S. National meet in eight years and took the entire summer away from serious training.

As a swimmer, the only real difference between Franklin and the 30 others at that Friday afternoon practice was that she hadn’t been under the pressure of a real competitive race in so long. And, you know, the fact that she has won seven Olympic medals.

Bauerle chuckled as he thought back on Franklin’s career, and he specifically remembered one trip to Manchester, England, when he first met the then-14-year-old.

“Her first big international meet was actually Duel in the Pool,” Bauerle said. “I was head coach for that one. She led our relay off and set a short course American record.”

That was the start of the first chapter of Franklin’s international swimming career, on her way to superstardom at the Olympics in 2012 and World Championships in 2013. The next one included the up-and-down two years she spent at Cal-Berkeley, the debilitating back injury she suffered at the 2014 Pan Pacific championships and, eventually, the heartbreak of Rio.

Now, another chapter, and no one, including Bauerle and Franklin herself, know exactly how it’s going to go. Will Franklin be close to world-class form? Can she get herself onto a U.S. international team as soon as this summer? Or could she never make it back to anywhere near that level? At this point, no one has seen nearly enough from her to know for sure.

But whatever happens in her comeback—and yes, after almost two years, we can call it a comeback—what’s not going to change is Franklin herself: That overly-friendly personality that is, as anyone who knows her will attest, genuine.

“I think what people forget, a lot of times, people see Missy and she’s so nice and so polite, they think sometimes it’s over the top,” Bauerle said. “It’s exactly who she is.”

She’s going to handle any situation with class, just like in Rio when she answered reporters’ questions through tears after her last race. And whatever happens in the pool, her return will be swimming’s gain. With an autograph for a fan or a quick conversation with someone on deck, Franklin has a knack for lifting others up.

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USC, Behind Brownsberger, Hauschild and Megens, Downs Wagner in NCAA Women’s Water Polo Quarterfinals

USC’s Victoria Chamorro making a save on Friday in NCAA action. Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

By Michael Randazzo, Swimming World Contributor

LOS ANGELES, CA. The top-ranked Trojans of USC opened their pursuit of their sixth national championship with a decisive 12-5 win Friday over Wagner College in the quarterfinals of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Water Polo Tournament. Kaylee Brownsberger led USC with three goals, while Paige Hauschild, Maud Megens and Elise Stein chipped in two goals apiece. Erika Hardy led the Seahawks with two goals, who misfired on 24 of the 29 shots they took against goalies Amanda Longan and Victoria Chamorro.

Missing for the Trojans (24-1) was Head Coach Jovan Vavic, who had to sit out the game as the result of a red card he received two weeks ago in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament final, a 13-12 overtime win over defending national champions Stanford. Casey Moon filled in for the long-time Trojan head coach in front of a large contingent of USC fans in the Uytengsu Aquatics Center’s stands.

When USC started out slowly to open the game, and led only 2-1 after the first period, some Trojan faithful were noticeably restless—but not Moon, who has been with USC for 11 years. After the match he expressed utmost confidence that the team would work out it’s issues, which it did by the second period.

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Trojan faithful rejoice! Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Goals by Brownsberger, Megens and Hauschild early in the second period allowed the Trojans to break open the game as they sprinted to a 7-2 halftime lead and were never headed in advancing to the NCAA semifinals for the 15th straight year.

“Our girls are the most prepared in the country, so we could have anybody stand there as a coach, and the girls can play for themselves,” Moon said. “It was great to see them play for themselves.”

For much of the second half, USC rested Hauschild and Megens, while Chamorro filled in between the goal posts for Longan, the 2018 MPSF player of the year.

Despite a tough loss to the Trojans, Wagner Head Coach Chris Radmonovich spoke of the progress for his team (25-7), which has qualified for five straight NCAA tournaments and advanced to the quarterfinals the past two seasons.

“We had our ups and downs bringing upper classmen and younger athletes together and making it all fit together through the year but, in the end, they’ve just really played hard and found a way to be successful,” Radmonovich said. “The goal every year is to take the next step forward, whether it was winning the conference championship, or winning in the opening round [of NCAAs].

“Compared to last year [a 17-2 quarterfinal loss to UCLA] to where we’ve come now, I feel that we’ve taken a big step forward.”

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Wagner’s Erika Hardy. Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Watching from the stands were a sizable contingent of Seahawk supporters, including senior Elise Begg’s parents Susan and Scott. While it was a disappointing end to their daughter’s career in Staten Island, the Beggs had nothing but positive thoughts.

“You couldn’t ask for a better ending, playing USC at USC,” Susan Begg said. “I’m proud of all the girls; they did a terrific job.”

When asked how their California-born daughter fared out East, Begg was upbeat.

“She lived every moment and loved it,” she said. “Being in New York City was fabulous.

“She can come back [West] and say I did something amazing—and Wagner was a big part of that.”

Also watching from the stands was Jasmin Kolasinac, a star freshman for the Wagner men’s polo team. When asked if he was inspired by the Seahawk women, Kolasinac, who scored 88 goals in helping a Seahawk squad to the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Final in only the second year of the program’s existence, was excited by the possibility of following the lead of his coed classmates.

“During this game I’m thinking a lot about our men’s team.” he said. “It is inspiring when you see they came all the way to California and made the top eight teams.”

The Seahawks will now pack their bags for a return East; the Trojans will prepare for a third meeting this season with the Bruins of UCLA. USC has won all previous meetings and—with Megens, Hauschild and Denise Mammolito (38 goals) all healthy, beating the Trojans in their home pool appears to be a near-impossible task—especially with Vavic, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA water polo history—back in his accustomed role behind the USC bench.

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2018 U.S. Masters Swimming National Championships Kick Off In Indy

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The 2018 U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) National Championships meet kicked off today in Indianapolis, Indiana at the famed IUPUI Natatorium with 2,378 Masters swimmers registered for the event according to meet homepage for the event.

The first session kicked off today at 7:30am EDT with the distance events, which include the men’s and women’s 1000 freestyle and 1650 freestyle.

The meet will feature some of masters swimming most prolific record holders, including world record holders (and top 12 Masters Swimmers of 2017 by Swimming World) Karlyn Pipes, Rick Colella, Laura Val, and Norika Inada.

In addition to a plethora of Master Swimming Stars, the meet will also feature plenty of high-profile former NCAA and national team swimmers who will be sure to make an impact on the masters level. Former Stanford standout Felicia Lee is entered in the maximum 5 events (the 100 free, 100 IM, 100 back, 50 fly, and 50 back) as is former Notre Dame swimmer Frank Dyer (200 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 100 IM, and 50 free). Division III Champion and Kenyon grad Hannah Saiz is also entered in 3 events, including the 200 butterfly.

Masters Nationals will run through May 13th, and you can find live results for the meet here.

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Edmund eases into Madrid Open quarter-finals

Kyle Edmund earns Madrid win over David Goffin

British number one Kyle Edmund backed up his win over Novak Djokovic with a stylish victory over world number 10 David Goffin at the Madrid Open.

Edmund, 23, overpowered the Belgian to win 6-3 6-3 in the third round, putting him on course to climb into the world’s top 20 for the first time.

The Yorkshireman, currently ranked at 22, won in just an hour and 12 minutes.

In the quarter-finals Edmund will face teenager Denis Shapovalov, who beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic.

Spain’s top seed Rafael Nadal also plays later on Thursday, when he meets Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.

Less than 24 hours after beating 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, Edmund took another impressive scalp to reach his first Masters 1,000 quarter-final.

He showed his intent by breaking Goffin’s serve in the opening game of the match before taking it again for a 5-3 lead, and he then took his third set point with a trademark thumping forehand.

After saving two break points in the opening game of the second set, Edmund continued to dominate as a strong first serve backed up that powerful forehand.

Goffin lost his serve again to trail 4-2 and, after missing a match point on Goffin’s serve, Edmund served out for only his second career win against a top-10 opponent.

“I managed my game very well,” Edmund said. “My game is better the better I manage it and pick the moments not to be aggressive.

“If I don’t pull the trigger too often then I play well.

“It’s about being controlled and relaxed and not worrying too much. Goffin is a top player so I’m very pleased.

“My new trick is to try and continue that momentum and not just have a good win and not back it up.

“I’m just really happy with how the match went and how I was able to impose my game on court.

“I started off in Australia not too badly and then made my first final in a tournament this year and I need to keep getting matches.

“I’m going in the right direction.”

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The Week That Was: Kim Posts World’s Fastest 200 IM

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This week swimmers continued to prep for their international meets this summer, with Korean Nationals and U.S. Open Water Nationals both underway. Read about those meets and the other biggest stories of the week below in the week that was!

The Week That Was #5 – USA Swimming Releases 2018-19 Championship Selection

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USA Swimming released their qualifying criteria for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships and 2019 World Championships this week. As expected, this summer’s U.S. Nationals in July will be the main qualification meet for Pan Pacs. Winners at 2018 Nationals will automatically make the Pan Pacs team, while those finishing second, third and fourth in each event will be selected as long as the total number of swimmers does not reach 52. The results from both Pan Pacs and U.S. Nationals will be used to select the 2019 Worlds team, similar to the qualifying procedure for the 2015 World Championships. You can read the selection processes in more detail for both the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships and 2019 World Championships.

The Week That Was #4 – Zach Apple To Leave Auburn, Transfer To Indiana

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World Championship gold medalist Zach Apple announced this week he is transferring from Auburn to Indiana. Apple’s announcement comes on the heels of Brett Hawke’s resignation as the head coach of Auburn and the hiring of Gary Taylor as the new head coach of the program. Apple had a breakout season last summer, ending fourth in the men’s 100 free at the U.S. Nationals and earning a spot on the gold medal winning 4×100 free relay. This year Apple, in his junior year, finished third in the 200 free at NCAA’s, as well as fifth place tie in the 50 free and a ninth place finish in the 100 free. Apple will step into a Hoosier program that had a huge season, finishing third at NCAA’s, and should be able to fill the shoes of recent graduate and key relay player Blake Pieroni.

The Week That Was #3 – Sergio Lopez Named Head Coach At Virginia Tech

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This week another huge coaching vacancy was filled, with Sergio Lopez named as the new head coach of the Virginia Tech swimming and diving program. Lopez joins the program after spending the last two season as the associate head coach at Auburn, where Gary Taylor was recently named the head coach. Prior to that Lopez the high performance coach at the Singapore Swimming Association, and he has previous head coaching experience at West Virginia University from 2004-07 before leading the Bolles school from 2007-14. Over his coaching career he has mentored Olympic gold medalists Joseph Schooling and Ryan Murphy. A successful athlete in his own right, Lopez was a member of the Spanish national team from 1984-96 and won a silver medal at the 1993 World Championships and a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 200 breaststroke.

The Week That Was #2 – Wilimovsky, Twitchell Earn Trips To 2018 Pan Pacs

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The 2018 U.S. Open Water Nationals wrapped up over the weekend in Tempe, Arizona with the best distance swimmers in the country vying for working to qualify for the Pan Pacific Champs, World Juniors Team, or earn a spot on the 2018 Open Water National Team. Jordan Wilimovsky defended his title in the men’s 10k event, winning in a decisive 1:47.14.718 and punching his ticket to Tokyo. Also defending her 10k title was Ashley Twitchell, who made a move halfway through the race and maintained a lead through the second half to take the win in 1:52.12.105. Behind her was Olympian Haley Anderson in 1:52.29.617. Other wins included David Heron and Erica Sullivan (5K), Ivan Puskovitch and Chase Travis (7.5K Junior), and Jackson Carlile and Mariah Denigan (Junior 5K). You can see all the coverage from the 2018 Open Water Nationals on our Event Landing Page.

The Week That Was #1 – Kim Seoyeong Swims To Fastest 200 IM Of 2018

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Korea’s Kim Seoyeong swam to the world’s fastest 200 IM at the 2018 Korean Nationals, breaking her own Korean record in the process. Kim won the 200 IM in 2:08.61, moving past Japan’s Yui Ohashi as the #1 time so far in 2018. The two should meet at the Asian Games later this summer in August in Indonesia, with their times just 3-tenths apart heading into the meet. Kim’s time also moved her closer to the top-10 all-time in the event, moving up to 13th. You can see video of that swim here. In other notable swims, Tae Hwan Park swept the 100 (49.27), 200 (1:46.63), 400 (3:46.50), and 1500 (15.14.99) freestyles to qualify for his 4th Asian Games.

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The Week That Was: Gregg Troy Retires From Collegiate Coaching

This was another big week in coaching news, with another huge job opening up in the NCAA just as two more were filled. Check out the latest from those coaching changes and the other biggest stories from the week in the week that was below!

The Week That Was #5 – Northwestern Set To Combine Men And Women’s Programs

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Northwestern University has posted a job opening for “Director of Swimming and Diving (Men’s/Women’s),” indicating that they will be combining their men’s and women’s teams next season. The head coaches of both programs resigned within a few days of each other, with women’s head coach Abby Steketee stepping down just two days before men’s head coach Jarod Schroeder. Schroeder had been with the program for 16 years, including the last 9 as head coach, while Steketee had been the head coach for the last 3 years. That will leave Purdue as the only school in the Big Ten to have a split swimming and diving program. Other Big Ten schools that recently combined include Minnesota, Michigan, and most recently Ohio State.

The Week That Was #4 – Andrew And Geer Take Home $4,000 At TYR Pro Derby

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The 2018 TYR Pro Derby was underway this weekend at the University of Louisville, with plenty of big names showing up to race in the three round, shootout style 50 freestyle. Michael Andrew and Margo Geer ended up as the big winners of the weekend, earning $4,000 for finishing first after advancing through three rounds of a shootout style format. Andrew ended up touching the wall in 21.84 in the final round, while Geer was 24.91 to take the top spot for the women. Both Andrew and Geer were remarkably consistent through each of the three rounds, and you can see a full recap of how the three rounds played out here. In addition to the big names competing in the water (which you can see here), Olympian Ryan Lochte was on hand to act as the event’s emcee and Sam Kendricks served as the announcer.

The Week That Was #3 – Russians Throw Down Strong Performances To Close 2018 Nationals

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The 2018 Russian National Championships came to a close in Moscow this week, with a few national records falling and several more athletes coming close to existing records. Svetlana Chimrova won the 200 fly on the third night of the meet in 2:07.54, breaking the Russian record and utterly dominating the field. Another record fell in the same session, with Andrey Zhilkin taking down the 200 IM Russian record in 1:58.17. Vladimir Morozov finished off his meet with another victory in the men’s 50 freestyle, just missing his national record by .03 with his winning time of 21.47. Evgeny Rylov also was just a tenth off of his own European record in the 200 back, winning in 1:53.71. Rylov also won the 100 back on the third day of the meet (52.67).

The Week That Was #2 – Auburn And TCU Announce New Hires

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One of the biggest questions in the current head coaching carousel was answered late last week, when the swimming world learned that Gary Taylor would be taking over as the new head coach for Auburn. Taylor will be coming to Auburn from NC State, where he was the Associate Head Coach and responsible for the college’s distance group and mentored NCAA champion Anton Ipsen and National Team member Hannah Moore. In another big coaching hire, Texas Christian University also announced this week that James Winchester will be the new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving program at TCU. Winchester will be taking over for recently departed Sam Busch, who resigned in February after being placed on administrative leave in his first season with the program. Winchester will arrive at TCU after leading the swim and dive program at George Washington University for the past three seasons. During his short tenure there he was named A-10 Coach of the Year twice and won the first conference title in program history for the men. In other coaching hires this week, Alabama announced that Chris Collier would be added to the Crimson Tide as an assistant coach following five seasons as an assistant with the University of Wisconsin, where Yuri Suguiyama was recently named head coach.

The Week That Was #1 – Gregg Troy Retires From Collegiate Coaching

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On Wednesday this week Florida head coach Gregg Troy sent shockwaves through the college world by announcing he would be stepping away from college coaching after leading the Florida Gators for the last 20 years. During his time at the helm of the Florida program, Troy has mentored numerous Olympians, NCAA Champions, SEC Champions, and All-Americans, including recent Florida graduate and short course record breaker Caeleb Dressel. Troy was also the Head Coach for Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games and also served as an assistant in 1996 and 2008. Overall, he has coached 47 Gator Olympians who have gone on to win 23 Olympic medals, 11 of them gold. While Troy is stepping away from college coaching, he is planning to stay on with the Gator Swim Club as their high performance coach to work with those training for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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