Old Dominion Scores Verbal From Backstroker Summer Sampson

Photo Courtesy: Summer Sampson

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NEW COMMIT: Virginia Beach, Va. native Summer Sampson has announced her in-state verbal to Old Dominion University for the fall of 2019.

Sampson does her club swimming with East Coast Aquatic Team and capped off her summer season at Richmond Futures where she competed in two events after posting three best times at VA LCM Seniors. She achieved 100% lifetime bests at VA Seniors in March before finaling in a pair of events at ISCA Juniors. Primarily a backstroker, Sampson has also raced at the Virginia 6A State Championships for Bayside each of her high school seasons so far.

She told Swimming World:

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to Old Dominion University to further my swimming and academic career. I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches for guiding me and making it all possible. Can’t wait to be be a part of the Monarch family!” 

Her best times include:

  • 50 back – 27.94
  • 100 back – 58.30
  • 200 back – 2:06.93

When she suits up for the Monarchs next fall, Sampson will make an immediate impact in their backstroke group. She would’ve scored in the B-final of the 100 back and the C-final of the 200 back at the 2018 Conference USA Championships.

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Ekoï celebrates its 17th birthday with 40% off all weekend

French direct sales brand discounts its entire range this weekend only

It’s 17 years since, in 2001, Ekoï set out to disrupt the cycling clothing market with its innovative kit. To celebrate, from today for the whole of the weekend, Ekoï is offering a 40% discount across its entire site. You can take a look here.

The brand has become something of a behemoth in its home market, with many riders on French roads decked out in its eye-catching kit.

Ekoï is less well known in the UK. It sells directly to consumers from its website and offers sharp pricing on the riding essentials: clothing, sunglasses, helmets, shoes etc. Its custom configurator lets you choose from a range of options to make many of its lines semi-bespoke.

JC Rattel, Ekoï’s founder says: “Our Objective at Ekoï is to offer our customers the best products, developed with our pro teams, at attractive prices.

“For Ekoï’s 17th anniversary, I want to offer 40% to all our customers to thank them for their loyalty. They are 100% part of this incredible story which is only at the beginning. Thank you!”

Elia Viviani had a billion different options to choose from for his Ekoï Perso Evo9 sunglasses (Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Ekoï kit is used extensively by the pros at the WorldTour level. The entire Quickstep Floors team is decked out in its sunnies, although you wouldn’t know, as its custom configurator means that there are over a billion different options available in its Perso Evo9 sunglasses, which use Zeiss lenses.

Ekoï also provides helmets to AG2R La Mondiale, with Romain Bardet sporting the retro “hairnet” styled Ekoï Legende helmet at the Tour de France this year. Other innovative products include its Heat Concept battery heated winter gloves and overshoes and its one-size-fits-all Morfo Evo bibshorts.

Romain Bardet wore the retro style Ekoï Legende helmet at the Tour de France this year. Photo Sunada

Spend over £26 and Ekoï offers free shipping to the UK and it also has options to pay by instalment. There’s a UK based call centre too.

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Tour de France places bonus sprints atop mountain passes to encourage attacks

When the 1996 Tour de France route was being designed, then race director Jean-Marie Leblanc mulled over the idea of re-introducing time bonuses atop mountain passes to encourage more aggressive racing. The plan was quietly discarded, however, amid concerns that it would be perceived as an express attempt to thwart Miguel Indurain’s bid for a record sixth Tour victory. And, as it turned out, mountaintop time bonuses were not required to unseat Indurain, whose run of dominance was ended by Bjarne Riis the following summer.

Twenty-three years on, the measure will finally be implemented, as race director Christian Prudhomme confirmed on Thursday that the 2019 Tour de France will feature eight bonus sprints placed atop climbs over the course of the three weeks. “These are,” he said, “invitations to attack.”

In 2018, bonus seconds were awarded to the first three riders at special sprints on the first eight road stages. In 2019, the same rewards – of 3 seconds, 2 seconds and 1 second – will be on offer, but the bonus points have been placed in more strategically important locations. As was the case this year, these special, time bonus sprints will not count towards the points classification.

“Last year, we had eight bonus points, but they were on flat stages. This time around, we’ll put them on the top of the hills and cols, and on stages where there will be a fight for the general classification,” said Tour de France technical director Thierry Gouvenou.

“There will be eight bonus points, often close to the finish, like on the Galibier or the Iseran. We have placed bonus seconds at points where the racing will be really intense, to reward attacking riders.”

The first bonus point of the 2019 Tour comes on stage 3 atop the Côte de Montigny, 15km from the finish in Épernay. On stage 6, the Tour’s first mountain leg to La Planche des Belles Filles, the bonus point comes atop the Col des Chevrères with 19km to go.

On stage 8, the bonus point comes atop the Côte de la Jaillière, which precedes the drop to the finish in Saint-Etienne. A day later, the Côte de Saint-Just – the final climb on the road to Brioude – is the site of the bonus point.

There are two further bonus points in the Pyrenees, on the climb of Hourquette d’Ancizan on the road to Bagneres-de-Bigorre on stage 12, and atop the Mur de Péguère, the climb preceding the summit finish at Prat d’Albis on stage 15.

The Tour traverses the Alps in its final days, meanwhile, and there will be bonus seconds on offer atop the Col du Galibier on the road to Valloire on stage 18. The following day, the Col d’Iseran – some 2,770 metres above sea level – will also feature the eighth and final bonus point of the Tour.

Mountain high

With summit finishes at the Col du Tourmalet, Tignes and Val Thorens, this will be the first Tour in history to feature three mountaintop finishes with altitudes in excess of 2,000 metres, but Gouvenou warned against placing too much emphasis on the race’s demanding finale in the high Alps.

The route designer pointed to the back-to-back summit finishes in the Pyrenees on the race’s third weekend as a pivotal moment in the 2018 Tour. After finishing atop the Tourmalet for the third time in Tour history on stage 14, the peloton tackles the climb of Prat d’Albis above Foix for the very first time. Though just 1,205 metres in altitude, the climb is 11.8km in length with an average gradient of 6.9%, including sustained pitches above 10% around a third of the way up.

“It’s the novelty of this Tour,” Gouvenou said. “It’s a typical Pyrenean road, the gradient is irregular, and it will hurt riders. People talk a lot about the high-altitude finishes, but I think the key to the race is the Pyrenees with the two successive summit finishes.”

The big weekend in the Pyrenees is preceded by the Tour’s lone individual time trial, a rolling 27km test around Pau. The rest of the Tour’s racing against the clock comes in the form of a 27km team time trial in Brussels on stage 2. The careful rationing of time trialling kilometres is in keeping with the recent trend on the Tour.

“Everybody has noted that the gaps are getting smaller and smaller between the big favourites in the mountains,” Gouvenou explained. “If we make the time trials too long, the race will be decided by the time trials.”

It remains to be seen what impact, if any, the dearth of time trialling will have on Tom Dumoulin’s racing programme for 2019, given that next year’s Giro is slated to have three individual time trials on the route. Gouvenou, however, evinced confidence that the Dutchman would not be dissuaded from riding the Tour. “Dumoulin does not need a time trial to win a Tour,” he said. “He has already proven that he is also a strong climber.”

2021 Grand Départ in Copenhagen?

Nice has already been confirmed as the host of the 2020 Grand Départ, while Copenhagen has put forward its candidacy to welcome the Tour to Denmark for the first time in 2021. Confirmation of the location of the 2021 Grand Départ is not expected until early next year, but Christian Prudhomme appeared to give a vote of confidence to Copenhagen when asked about its prospects by a Danish broadcaster.

“You heard what ASO president Jean-Etienne Amaury said in his speech: we want to intensify the link between daily bike use and cycling champions,” Prudhomme said, adding: “You have a city that knows how to do that.”

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LSU Tigers Score Verbal From In-State Standout David Boylan

Photo Courtesy: David Boylan

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NEW COMMIT: Louisiana State has earned a verbal commitment for the fall of 2019 from local butterflyer and IMer David Boylan of Gonzales, La.

Boylan does his club swimming with Crawfish Aquatics and owns the Winter Juniors standard in the 200m fly and 200m IM. He won the 200m breast and 200m IM at the LA LCM State Championships over the summer after achieving 100% best times at Austin Speedo Sectionals. He posted six top-5 finishes – including a win in the 1000 free – at the LA SCY Championships in February and finished seventh in the 400 IM at Longhorn Super Sectionals in March.

Also swimming for East Ascension High School, Boylan is a four-time Louisiana State Championship finalist. He won the 200 IM and finished third in the 100 fly as a junior after placing sixth in the 100 back during his sophomore season.

He told Swimming World:

“This whole journey been amazing. I never imagined this opportunity when I joined Crawfish Aquatics back in 2010. I can’t thank my sisters, coaches, teammates, and especially my parents enough for getting me to this point! Being a tiger is truly a dream come true.”  

His best times include:

  • 200 fly – 1:53.24
  • 200 IM – 1:52.90
  • 400 IM – 4:00.65

When he suits up for the Tigers next fall, Boylan will join a fly training group that includes Trent Schachter and an IM squad led by Cameron Karkoska and Jackson Lucas. 

If you have a commitment to share, please send a photo and quote via email to hs@swimmingworld.com.

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SW Biweekly: The Importance of Mental Health

The latest issue of Swimming World Biweekly is now available for download in the Swimming World Vault!  Non-Subscribers can click here to download For FREE – (Limited Time Offer)

Read about the importance of mental health as presented by prominent advocates in the swimming world, including Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe, Missy Franklin, and Allison Schmitt, plus Ryan Lochte’s latest rehab strategy to dominate the Tokyo Olympics, and Sean Hutchison’s ban from coaching. Catch up on the latest news from the pools, like the exciting results of the MPSF Men’s Water Polo Invitational, triathlete Amy Javens’ take on Ironman, meet the latest Arizona Wildcat, a friendly introduction to Masters swimming, and this season’s most popular smoothie trends to perk up your fitness routine. And of course, more!


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by Lianne McCluskey
Now in their 80s, Maine Masters teammates Donna Edelbaum and Bill Jones continue to love the sport of swimming and want to encourage others to give it a try.

by J.P. Mortenson
Here are five ways to recover from injury from the perspective of a swimmer who overcame a lower-back stress fracture and is currently recovering from back surgery.

by Olivia Wile
Believe it or not, beetroot juice, pickle juice and protein powder might just be what you need to improve your recovery after workout and possibly improve your performance! These three drinks could help with less cramping, more oxygen and more muscle mass.

by Chandler Brandes
Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit organization, connects children who have chronic illness—like 12-year-old Colton Hoffman—with local college athletic teams with the intention to form lifelong bonds.


by Michael Randazzo
After winning 17 straight men’s water polo matches this season, the nation’s top-ranked USC Trojans lost its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference opener, 13-11, to the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal.

by Michael Randazzo
After losing to Stanford a week earlier for its first loss of the season, USC returned the favor with a 10-9 victory at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Invitational title match at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center.

by Isabelle Robuck
What does the future hold for college seniors when it’s time for them to hang up their cap and goggles?


by Andy Ross
TMZ Sports and Yahoo! Sports reported that four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte, who has been battling from alcohol addiction for many years, is seeking treatment and will enter a rehab program with hopes of “conquering the disease…and returning to dominance in the pool in his fifth Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.”

by Taylor Brien
Sean Hutchison, the former coach of Olympian Ariana Kukors Smith, has been permanently banned by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. A complaint for damages in a civil suit filed earlier this year by Kukors Smith against Hutchison includes sexual abuse of a minor, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

by Devin Javens
In this Q&A, triathlete Amy Javens talks about her experiences in athletics—particularly Ironman events—and her life as a professional athlete and coach.

by Jamie Kolar
October celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week. Although mental health has always been important, it has been presented in a new light with prominent advocates in the swimming world, including Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe, Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt.

by Andy Ross


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SEC Honors Brooke Schultz, Robert Howard, Emma Barksdale

The SEC announced its weekly honorees on Tuesday. Here is who earned the distinction:

Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Robert Howard, Alabama

Alabama’s Robert Howard led No. 17 Alabama to a 162-136 win over No. 10 Texas A&M, winning the 50 and 200 freestyles and anchoring the Tide’s winning 200 medley and freestyle relays. His B-cut time 19.77 in the 50 free is currently tied for No. 1 in the nation. Howard is also ranked 11th nationally in the 200 freestyle and posted sub-19 second 50 free relays splits anchoring both the 200 medley and freestyle relays against the Aggies.

Men’s Diver of the Week: Sam Thornton, Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Sam Thornton won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competition against No. 17 Alabama. He posted a season-best 393.60 in the 1-meter, and a score of 398.33 in the 3-meter.

Men’s Freshman of the Week: Shaine Casas, Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas won the 200 backstroke, posting the best time among SEC freshmen and second-best time nationally among freshmen with a 1:46.45 in the dual meet against No. 17 Alabama. He also finished second in the 100 backstroke with a 48.79, the second-best time among SEC freshmen this year. He was a part of two Texas A&M relays that landed podium finishes—the 200 freestyle, which finished 2nd (1:20.53) and the 400 medley relay (1:29.79), which finished third.

Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Emma Barksdale, South Carolina

South Carolina’s Emma Barksdale swept her three events with NCAA B-cut times in both breaststroke events and the 200 IM in the Gamecocks’ win over No. 23 Arkansas. Barksdale’s 1:58.87 in the 200 IM is the third fastest in the country while both her 100 (1:01.58) and 200 (2:13.61) breaststrokes are national top-15 times. She also swam the final leg of the Gamecocks’ 400 free relay team that finished second with a time of 3:23.28, which was also a national top-15 time.

Women’s Diver of the Week: Brooke Schultz, Arkansas

Arkansas’ Brooke Schultz won both springboard events against South Carolina. She set the school record in the 3-meter with her score of 404.77. Schultz took the top spot in the 1-meter with a final score of 320.92.

Women’s Freshman of the Week: Hallie Kinsey, South Carolina

South Carolina’s Hallie Kinsey earned her first two career wins as she swept the butterfly events in South Carolina’s win over No. 23 Arkansas. Her first-place finish in the 200 fly (1:58.79) was the 13th fastest in the country and her first NCAA B-cut swim of the season. Kinsey touched the wall first in the 100 fly with a time of 54.35. She also finished third with a time of 2:04.96 in her first 200 IM of the season.

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Interview with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Run for Your Life!

In this episode we interview Dr. Mark Cucuzzella about his new book Run For Your Life -How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Wellbeing and Joy.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, he is a two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon. Dr. Mark has run a sub-3-hour marathon for 30 consecutive years. He is the race director of the Freedom’s Run Marathon and owns a running shoe store in Ranson, West Virginia, called Two Rivers Treads.

In this interview you will hear . . .

  • The case for moving more (your next move is your best move)
  • How fixing your posture can make you a better runner
  • Zero drop shoes and the wonders of the human foot
  • The fat vs. sugar burning systems
  • Zone 2 training (Maffetone Method) how you need to slow down in order to run faster

You can find the book at Two Rivers Treads or find it on Amazon Books.

Mark Cucuzzella

Trevor with Dr. Mark at Two Rivers Treads running store

We also had Dr. Mark on the podcast last year (2017) to talk about nutrition for runners. It was our most popular episode, downloaded over 59,000 times.

And he was on episode #219 to talk about the health benefits and risks of running marathons

Also Mentioned in this Episode

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Anolon Cookware -Shop Anolon’s cookware sets, baking tools, even pasta makers and culinary torches – all at Macy’s.

Correct Toes and Yoga Toes -recommended by Dr. Mark for spreading your toes apart.

Shout Out!

Very excited to say that I am now a Marathoner after finishing the Melbourne Marathon! Cramped up at mile 15 as it was much warmer then I’d been used to but I just remembered all the advice Angie and Trevor have given and I let the kraken come to life to beast through it! Paced smart and finished strong all things considered. Its so true that the last 6 miles are a gauntlet. All the energy gels and bananas can’t help you there if you don’t keep mentally strong. Thank you Angie and Trevor for preparing me for that. Overall I had a blast! It was a great time and awesome experience!! -Andrew L.

About Trevor Spencer

Trevor Spencer is the producer of the Marathon Training Academy Podcast. He loves to inspire people to take action in their fitness and life.

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Club of the Year in association with Santini | The shortlist

International success and big money sponsors may come and go. But as long as people are riding bikes one thing will always remain – cycling clubs. The bedrock of the sport, clubs provide many with their first taste of cycling. From kids riding their first bike to retirees rediscovering their youth, a good club can do as much for future of the sport as can a British Tour winner.

With over 70 entries for this award this was undoubtedly the toughest category to slim down. It’s encouraging to see so many clubs doing such incredible work. With so little to chose between many of the entrants the judging panel had to set some criteria. The four shortlisted clubs all had a good mix of male and female riders, were Go Ride accredited and all of them promoted multiple club and open events during the year.

The Shortlist

You have been nominating who you would like to see win Club of the Year in association with Santini and the judges have whittled the nominees down to the following shortlist.

North Down CC
Otley CC
Sleaford Wheelers
Ilkley CC

The Award winners will be revealed at the Cycling Weekly Awards dinner on 12 December at 8 Northumberland Avenue, to which representatives from each of the shortlisted clubs will be invited.

Cycling Weekly Awards judge Brian Cookson said: I first joined a club in 1965, an era when club life was a regular feature of being a cyclist. Then came a period of decline, when many clubs dwindled to single-figure membership or disappeared altogether. But today I can say that I have never seen so many dynamic and brilliant clubs in so many of our cities, towns and villages. They are the very cornerstone of our sport

Cycling Weekly editor Simon Richardson said: Every week we run a Ride With feature where we ride with a British club. I’m permanently surprised by the strength of our club scene. No matter what hits the headlines, it’s the club riders out on the roads week in week out that make cycling what it is. And that’s so much more than just a sport.

Head over to cyclingweekly.com/awards to vote for your winners of 2018 Local Hero and Best charitable Initiative, and you can enter our competition to win 2 tickets to the Awards Dinner and entry and accommodation for Haute Route Norway 2019.

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