Full Schedule Announced for FINA Diving Grand Prix 2018

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Rostock, Germany, is set to host the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2018 for the 24th consecutive year.

Since 1995, the world’s diving elite gathers for this prestigious annual event, which has become a milestone in the discipline. The complex in the German city has opened in 1955 and has been the stage of annual international competitions since 1956.

119* athletes from 24 nations will headline the event this weekend.

*Armenia (3), Australia (5), Bulgaria (2), China (10), Germany (17), Denmark (1), Finland (1), France (1), Great Britain (10), Italy (3), Canada (4), Colombia (6), Croatia (3), Lithuania (1), Malaysia (3), Mexico (8), Netherlands (4), Russia (7), Switzerland (2), Sweden (4), Spain (2), Ukraine (8), USA (7), Belarus (4)

The three-day competition’s schedule from February 23-25 unfolds as follows:

Friday 23/02
Springboard 3m Men (prelim)
Platform Women (prelim(
Springboard 3m Men (semi A, B)
Platform Women (semi A, B)

Opening ceremony
Mixed Synchro 3m (final)
Victory ceremony
Platform Women (final)
Victory ceremony
Springboard 3m Men (final)
Victory ceremony

Saturday 24/02
Sprinboard 3m Women (prelim)
Springboard 3m Women (semi A, B)
Platform Men (prelim)
Platform Men (semi A, B)

Synchro 10m Men (final)
Victory ceremony
Mixed Synchro 10m (final)
Victory ceremony
Synchro 3m Men (final)
Victory ceremony

Sunday 25/02
Sprinboard 3m Women (prelim)
Springboard 3m Women (semi A, B)
Platform Men (prelim)
Platform Men (semi A, B)

Synchro 10m Women (final)
Victory ceremony
Synchro 3m Women (final)
Victory ceremony
Platform Men (final)
Victory ceremony

FINA Diving Grand Prix 2018 Calendar:

#1 – Rostock (GER) – February 23-25
#2 – Calgary (CAN) – May 10-13
#3 – Bolzano (ITA) – July 6-8
#4 – Madrid (ESP) – July 13-15
#5 – Kuala Lumpur (MAS) – November 9-11
# 6 – tbc (AUS) – November 15-18
#7 – Singapore (SGP) – November 23-25

About Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

The Fédération Internationale de Natation, founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. FINA’s five discipline Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming – are all included in the Olympic programme. High Diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA counts 209 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

Press Release Courtesy of FINA. 

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Psych Sheet Preview: Fossil Ridge Poised to Defend Colorado High School Title

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Psych sheets have been released for this weekend’s Colorado Girls High School swimming and diving state championship meets. The 5A meet looks to be dominated by one team, while there is likely more parity at the 3A and 4A levels.


Senior Abbey Selin of D’Evelyn High School has the top seed in the 200 free with a 1:53.89, one of only four women entered under two minutes. She’s also top seed in the 500 free.

Colorado Academy teammates Aly Gallagher and Anne Younger are the top two seeds in the 100 free. In the 50 free senior Younger has the top seed while Gallagher is entered second.

Amanda Blickensderfer is the top seed in the 100 butterfly and comes into the meet second in the 100 breaststroke, behind Sydney Dolloff-Holt.

Longmont has the top seed in the 200 medley relay, with Pueblo County just a second back. The team also has the quickest entry time in the 400 freestyle relay. Pueblo County is nearly two seconds ahead of the field in the 200 free relay.

Full psych sheet available here.


The 100 breaststroke could turn out to be one of the most competitive events of the meet, with the top four swimmers entered between 1:04.35 and 1:04.79. They are: Aleksandra OlesiakBrandi VuEdenna Chen, and Sophia Bricker.

A trio of seniors top the 100 freestyle rankings: Kylie Andrews (51.29), Ella Kirschke (51.58), and Lainee Jones (52.12). Jones is top seed in the 200 free while Andrews is entered third in that event. Kirschke has the fastest entry time in the 200 IM.

Freshman Anna Shaw is entered in 23.89 for the 50 free, the only woman under 24 seconds. She’s also fourth in the 100 free.

Full psych sheet available here.


The team from Fossil Ridge is on a quest to defend their state championship title. They have the top seed in all three relay events. The team’s junior Coleen Gillilan is top seed in the 200 free and 100 butterfly. Zoe Bartel,Stanford commitleads the way in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Their teammate Kylee Alons has the fastest entry time in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Without a Fossil Ridge swimmer in the top eight of the 500 freestyle, Chatfield High School freshman Kathryn Shanley has the top seed. Fossil Ridge’s Bayley Stewart, who is headed to Notre Dame in the fall, is seeded third in the 100 backstroke. She’s the defending champion in the event. Katey Lewicki, of Monarch High, is seeded only two tenths ahead with the top seed. Stewart will also swim the 200 IM, an event where she was second last year, and is seeded fourth this go around.

Full psych sheet available here.

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Four Ways to Beat the Nerves and Make the End of the Season Amazing

Photo Courtesy: David Bernal Photography

Commentary by Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern. 

As the conference and championship season rolls around, many swimmers start to experience a rush of nerves that is annoying at best and detrimental to performance at worst. Despite putting in months and months of hard work, some athletes begin to doubt their training, their coaches, and even themselves. They freak out and stress so much that by the time the meet rolls around, they are burned out and completely lacking confidence.

Simply put, don’t let this swimmer be you. Here are four things to keep in mind as you head into the championship season:


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The work is already done.

As happy or sad as it makes you feel, the season is mostly over. All the hard doubles and early mornings have passed, the grueling dual meets are finished, Christmas training is a distant memory, and the hard aerobic work of the year is basically done. There will still certainly be some tough sets and some strenuous days and sore muscles, but the bulk of the work is in the past. You have already done everything you need to swim fast; you have already put the money in the bank, now all that is left is the actual race.

This feeling of completion should give you confidence. You showed up every day and gave every workout all that you had, and there is no reason you should doubt your training now. You put in the work, it was enough, and now is the time to simply go out and swim the same way you have been swimming for the whole season.


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You have already conquered adversity.

Chances are, there was something this season that you probably had to overcome. Whether it was an injury, illness, bad mental health, a bad week of practice, a fight with a family member or friend, a bad grade on a test, or something else altogether, the fact that you are still swimming and still fighting to reach your goals says a lot about the character you possess. Use the adversity to give you confidence, and remind yourself that you have already conquered far more than anything this meet can throw at you.  

The worst you can do is fail.

Yes, I said it. Because, in the grand scheme of things, failing at one swim meet, out of the hundreds you will go to throughout your life, is not that big of a deal. Yes, it will be disappointing. But, the season is not a waste. You still grew as an athlete and as a person, you still learned how to manage your time and how to fight through challenges. You still were able to spend time with your teammates, the incredible people that still love you regardless of whether they see you at 5 p.m. or 5 a.m. The season was still a success, regardless of whatever time the scoreboard says at the end. No matter what, the sun will still rise the next day.


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The memories have already been made.

I like to think that there comes a time in every young swimmer’s career, when they are 11 or 12,  where they think to themselves “I kind of want to quit. But, I like my teammates. If I quit I won’t be able to see them as much. So, I guess I will stay around.” Even from the beginning, these people that you spend day in and day out with help to critically define what the sport is for you. Now, they play an even greater role. Because swimming, despite the common misconception that suggests otherwise, is a team sport.

canada-400-free-relay, taylor ruck, penny oleksiak, rebecca smith, kayla sanchez, fina world junior championships

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As things come to a close, think back on all the team dinners, all the movie days, all the early mornings and all the late nights. You already have so many memories with these people, and those memories will not be affected or altered by a time on a scoreboard.

As the hustle and bustle of the championship season rolls around, remember to stop and take a breath sometimes. These meets will be super fun, and at times super stressful, but you have nothing to lose. Everything has already been won.

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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Mario Cipollini berates ‘boring’ races where Chris Froome and Peter Sagan dominate

Italian former pro Mario Cipollini wonders why other teams and riders can’t come up with a strategy to beat Chris Froome in the Tours and Peter Sagan in one-day races

Cycling has become a “bit boring” in the way that Team Sky and Chris Froome dominate stage races and how rival teams fail to stop Peter Sagan, says former sprint great Mario Cipollini.

Slovakian Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won his third consecutive World Championship title in Bergen, Norway, on Sunday. Cipollini won his world title 15 years ago.

“Since the start of cycling, if you don’t have a strong national team then you can’t play for the world title. Sagan alone, however, wins three,” Cipollini told Radio24.

“Sagan is an exceptional champion, no doubt about it, but all the others? All the coaches, all the sports directors… What are they doing? Why do they let Sagan have a chance to sprint when in a race of 267 kilometres they can instead create another situation?

>>> Peter Sagan reflects on ‘unbelievable’ Worlds win as he dedicates victory to Michele Scarponi

“This ‘cycling’ is a bit boring. Take the Tour de France and the last Vuelta a España, Sky riding in the front and setting the rhythm. And Froome’s helpers are as strong as his main opponents, so they take care of the attackers – Nibali, Bardet, and the others.

Peter Sagan and Chris Froome at the Tour de France. Photo: Graham Watson

“Then, of course, Froome in the last three minutes of racing, the last one and a half kilometres, is trained and ready to make the difference. It’s a monotonous strategy that does not allow us to see something extraordinary.”

The Italian employed similar strong-arm tactics via teams Saeco and Acqua Sapone/Domina Vacanze to win his stages in Grand Tours – a record 42 in the Giro d’Italia – and classics Milan-San Remo, Ghent-Wevelgem and Scheldeprijs. Their lead-out paved the way for the modern sprint trains used by Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel.

“I wonder what has changed in cycling over the past 15 years. When I went to race the Zolder World Championships in 2002, when I was considered the favourite, my opponents were Erik Zabel and Robbie McEwen, namely Germany and Australia. Two great teams that did not help at all, so the responsibility was on the Italian national team all day.”

The 50-year-old wants to see other teams mount stronger offences against the stars instead of playing into their hands.

“Lance Armstrong himself had to deal with two national teams like Telekom and ONCE to fight for his victories. Miguel Indurain too, who also won a wave of Tours, also had some important rider to counter him. Now, Sky and Froome rule stage races and in one-day races, it’s Sagan, who also occasionally enjoys throwing them away,” Cipollini continued.

“Sagan leaves the day before to go to the world championship in Bergen, when others go early to acclimatise to the system, to see the streets, study curves. He gets there the day before, like playing a game of cards.

“The same thing with Alberto Tomba, who was at the start of an Olympics or World Championship with almost a childish unconsciousness. This is my view, I hope not wrong, but it shows that Sagan lives cycling in such a superior way, and his opponents do not even know how to make his life difficult.”

Cipollini, who briefly returned to cycling, retired in 2008. Many of his biggest victories are tarnished, however, by a report four years ago in La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper that linked him via codename ‘Maria’ to the Operación Puerto doping scandal. Documents showed he used transfusions, EPO, hormones and paid €130,000 for doping.

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Paul Oldham’s modified, Three Peaks winning Scott Addict CX

Hope hydraulic brakes and some special additions to Paul Oldham’s bike for the particular rigours of the Three Peaks Cyclocross
– All photos by Andy Jones

Paul Oldham claimed his third consecutive victory at the Three Peaks Cyclocross race in the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday.

We took a look at Oldham’s race-winning Scott Addict CX machine after his victory.

Oldham rides for the Hope Factory Racing team, so it’s no surprise to see the company’s products adorn his machine.

>>> Paul Oldham and Christina Wiejak win 2017 Three Peaks Cyclocross titles (gallery)

Most notable is the hydraulic disc brake set-up, which uses Hope levers on the tops as well as SRAM hydraulic brake levers. Stopping power is provided by Hope’s RX4 calipers.

The wheels spin on Hope hubs, with Schwalbe G-One cyclocross tyres on the rims. The rubber is an interesting choice, as Schwalbe originally designed the G-One for dry, gravel conditions and so they lack the deeper tread of what is perceived as a traditional ‘cross tyre.

Paul Oldham on his way to winning the Three Peaks: light bike weight matters!

The single chainring set-up is based on SRAM Force CX1 with a Hope RX crankset, which uses an 11-speed wide-range cassette.

>>> Everything you need to know about the SRAM CX1 groupset

The frame and fork are stock Addict CX models, which are constructed out of carbon-fibre and have a reputation as being one of the lightest disc-brake specific framesets on the market.

Shimano XTR SPD pedals, Hope seat post, Deda stem and Ritchey bars complete the race-winning package.

Oldham has taped on a CO2 tube inflator to the back of the seatpost, with a spare CO2 cartridge wrapped in lagging and taped to the underside of the stem.

The bike’s top tube features a sticker bearing the legend “In loving memory. #RideForCharlie” to remember Charlie Craig, the promising young cyclocross star who died in January.

Paul Oldham’s Scott Addict CX in all its glory

Hope hydraulic brake levers on the tops

SRAM Force hydraulic brake levers/shifters

Hope RX4 disc brake caliper and disc

Hope brake caliper at the rear

Hope RX crankset with single ring for the SRAM drivetrain

Fast-rolling Schwalbe G-One tyres

SRAM Force CX1 mechanical rear derailleur

Shimano XTR SPD pedals

CO2 tube inflator taped to the Hope seatpost

Spare CO2 cartridge under the Deda stem, wrapped up to stop it rattling and keep it in place

Still a bit of fork clearance around those wide Schwalbe tyres

“Ride for Charlie”

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Ray Looze Named ASCA Coach of the Year – Video Interview

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Indiana University head coach Ray Looze was named George Haines Coach of the Year Thursday evening by the American Swim Coaches Association. Looze coached four swimmers onto the U.S. World Championships team this summer, including world record-setter Lilly King.

Looze was a women’s assistant coach on the USA staff in Budapest, and he led the Hoosier men to a seventh-place finish this summer at the NCAA championships, and his women took eighth.

King won four gold medals at the World Championships this year and set (or helped set) world records in all four events: the 50 breast, 100 breast and both the women’s and mixed 400 medley relays.

Looze also put Cody Miller, Blake Pieroni and Zane Grothe onto the World Championships roster, and all won at least one relay medal in Budapest.

After receiving the award, Looze spoke with Swimming World about what it meant to be honored by his coaching peers, whether he was surprised by his swimmers’ efforts this year and how he thinks they can maintain the Hoosiers’ momentum over the next few years.

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10 reasons why you should always without exception date a triathlete

10. All the cakes are yours

Easter eggs, Christmas chocolates, birthday cakes, those pretend After-Eight mints you get after a curry; they’re all yours because your triathlete date will shun them all for fear that one mouthful will cause them to put on a stone and  wreck all their PBs for the season. The only exception is immediately after a race when all the cakes are theirs, plus all the pies, pizzas, fruit, sweets, veg, cashew nuts you’ve had in the draw since last Christmas, and any other food they can find.

9. See into the future

If you want a looker-for-life and are concerned about what effect the ravages of time will have on the attractive athletic god or goddess you are dating, simply take a look at them immediately after early morning swim training to see exactly what they will look like in ten years’ time.

8. Win any argument with a light grip of thigh

I am to romance what soap-on-a-rope was to the 1970s, so occasionally the course of true love does not run smooth and Mrs B and I descend into crossed-words. On these occasions she is guaranteed to win any disagreement with the light grip of my thigh, or calf, or shoulder, or frankly any post-training muscle in my leg or shoulder area. Should you wish to press your point with any triathlete you’ll find even the gentlest squeeze of a tender quad will have the same effect as Mr Spock’s Vulcan death-pinch in Star Trek, and your paramour will thus agree to anything to be released.

7. Dream physique

If it’s buns of iron and guns of steel that flick your switch, you’ll find a tri date will oblige because all that sport inevitably has an effect on the typical triathlete body. Indeed the moment the sun is out you’ll find multi-sporters prepared to show off their physique more readily than a scaffolder. This is of course true of ALL triathletes and the fact that some of us appear to subsequently resemble a haunted hatstand needn’t concern you.

6. Energy to burn

When it comes to moments of intimacy, all that training gives triathletes energy to burn so prepare yourself for passion. And during those private moments ignore any beeping you hear, it’ll just be our Garmins recording our heart-rate so we can log it in our training diaries. Again, the fact that I am currently writing an erotic novel set in the world of triathlon called “Not Tonight Love I’ve Got Swim Training in the Morning” needn’t concern you.

5. Gifts galore

Not long ago my wife accused me of being “difficult to buy for”, to which I replied “I’m very easy to buy for, you just haven’t spent enough money.” Despite her subsequent light grip of my thigh I had at least been honest, and once you start dating a triathlete you need never worry about what you are going to buy them for birthdays again. Happiness in present-buying can be guaranteed by the purchase of absolutely anything made of carbon, anything that promises to use “new technology”, and any gadget that records more information than their current gadget, no matter how useless that information may be.

4. Seek and ye shall find

If you date a triathlete there’ll never be any worries about where your beloved might be for you. While your friends may fret about what their other half might be up to when they are out of sight, you have a range of resources to call on to tell you not only precisely where they are down to a specific grid-reference but also how fast they are going and in what direction. Thanks to Strava and a hundred other training apps you can geo-locate your loved faster than a CIA surveillance team, and best of all they are keeping this cyber-game of “Where’s Wally” going themselves by sharing all their training data on Garmin Connect and Facebook.

3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder

If absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder, then you should be very fond indeed of your triathlete-of-choice by the time they return from their training rides. When I return from a 70 mile cycle looking like a partially sentient kneecap and walking strangely because I’ve spent four hours  with a saddle wedged up my hoop I’m always struck by how fondly Nicky looks at me. And my “looks” I mean “glares”. And by “fondly” I mean “coldly”.  


I bought my first house from a DIY enthusiast and as he proudly showed me round his bodgery all I can remember is the haunted look on his wife’s face, exhausted by years of having this meddling berk creating booby traps all around her feet all day long.

If you date a triathlete this will never be you because tri-ers simply don’t have enough time for home-improvements that might consume valuable training hours. Imagine the serenity and peace-of-mind that will be yours knowing that you are dating someone who will Never-Do-It-Yourself. No noisy drilling, no ham-fisted hammering, no shelves that might fall down (because they haven’t been put up), just the occasional wonky picture-hanging of medals and finish-line photos.

1. Guilt gifts

On occasion I’ve blithely done something which was so inconsiderate it has caused me to almost break my own toes curling them up like a pair of Ali Baba’s shoes with embarrassment. Usually this involves entering overseas races without due care and attention, and on these occasions I do what any self-respecting triathlete does, and that’s spend my way out of trouble with guilt purchases. These have included a holiday to Canada, a new kitchen, and a horse – *oh yes, and a luxury weekend trip to Stockholm. If you date a triathlete you will find yourself richly rewarded by your occasionally guilt-ridden loved-one when they realise that they might have taken you for granted. However please note that guilt-gifts are not just for sins already committed, but also for future misdemeanours….

*A few years ago I took my wife to Stockholm for a lavish weekend-break to celebrate her birthday and to witness the Swedish Royal Wedding and subsequent huge “Love Stockholm” festival. This extravagant attention on my part was greeted with delight, and not inconsiderable surprise, by Nicky because I am not generally noted for my sweeping romantic gestures. I therefore felt it best not to mention that it was also the Stockholm Marathon that weekend which I had already entered having forgotten it was her birthday…

The Weekend Warrior on… why you should never try to hide the truth from your wife

I must say that Nicky showed a remarkable lack of gratitude for what turned out to be an excellent weekend (glorious weather, a five-star hotel and a 2 hours 56 minutes finishing time) and her various revenges included listing my occupation on the in-flight immigration form as “Jihadist” in a bid to see me carried away in an orange jumpsuit. All in all though I think this story is an excellent example of why triathletes make absolutely ideal people to become romantically attached to, demonstrating as it does that heady mixture of surprise, guilt, excitement, athletic obsession, tension and exotic travel that keeps life with triathletes endlessly interesting.

It seems appropriate to now include a link to… 

10 reasons why you should never, ever, date a triathlete…

And Martyn will be available for his own brand of marriage guidance soon… 

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