Michael Andrew Wins 3 on Third Night of Columbia Speedo Sectionals

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On the third day of Speedo Sectionals competition in Columbia, MO, the Race Pace Club’s Michael Andrew once again owned the evening. Andrew competed in three events and won each of his races with times that made the all-time age group lists.

On the women’s side, Caroline Theil of Greater Nebraska Swim Team also attempted three and made the podium for each race, even landing at the top for the IM.

Women’s 200 IM

Caroline Theil of Greater Nebraska came away with gold in 2:00.93. American Energy Swim Club’s Hanna Newby surged in the freestyle leg for 28.25, but she ultimately settled for silver in 2:01.46.

Meanwhile, Luciana Thomas of the Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs found bronze in 2:02.65.

Men’s 200 IM

Benjamin Patton of Wichita Swim Club enjoyed the victory in 1:47.84, topping the rest of the field by over a second. Behind Patton, William Bresette, representing Empire KC Swim Club, enjoyed silver in 1:49.28.

The final spot on the podium went to Greater Omaha Aquatics’ Conner Funke in 1:51.14.

Women’s 50 Free

The women’s 50 free belonged to Megan Keil of Wichita Aqua Sharks, who virtually dominated in 22.74.

Isabelle Cothern, representing Dart Frog Aquatics, stopped the clock in 23.34, while Martina Thomas of the Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs was not far behind, in 23.45, for bronze.

Men’s 50 Free

Michael Andrew zoomed to his first-ever 50 under 19 seconds. His 18.91 stacks up as the third-fastest time of all time for 17-and 18-year-olds, behind only Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Hoffer.

Behind Andrew, Michael Chadwick put up an impressive 19.31 for silver. The rest of the field stayed above the 20-second barrier, with Vincent O’Connor, representing Edwardsville YMCA Breakers, claiming the bronze in 20.80.

Women’s 200 Breast

Katharine Ross from the University of Missouri took off in the 200 breast for gold in 2:12.04. Ross’ swim was even and consistent–she went out in 29.85, and kept all of her other 50 legs within one second of each other.

Behind her, American Energy Swim Club’s Hanna Newby following up her 200 IM runner-up finish, racked up another silver in 2:13.22, well ahead of Greater Nebraska Swim Team’s Caroline Theil (2:15.61), fresh off of her victory in the 200 IM.

Men’s 200 Breast

Ryan Geheb and Nick Staver, both swimming unattached, plus Benjamin Patton of Wichita Swim Club, all fought to the end in the 200 breast. Staver hit the wall first at the 100 yard mark, in 56.24.  Patton followed in 57.40, while Geheb made the turn at 57.83.

Geheb made his move in the second 100, zooming to 1:02.45 and to gold in 2:00.75. Staver stopped the clock only four hundredths later, in 2:00.32. Patton found the wall for third in 2:00.44.

Women’s 100 Back

Another close race followed in the women’s 100 back, as Dewi Blose of American Energy Swim Club, Alana Palmer of Lincoln Select Swimming, and Astrid Dirkzwager of Wichita Swim Club traded the lead back and forth. At the 50, it was Palmer (26.71), then Dirkzwager (26.74), and then Blose (26.87).

Blose fought back on the last half of the race to make the grab for gold in 55.22. Palmer slid in for silver just two hundredths behind, while Dirkzwager nabbed the bronze in 55.30.

Men’s 100 Back

On the men’s side, Michael Andrew of the Race Pace Club completed his second double in the past two days, posting an impressive 46.50 after the 50 free. Behind Andrew, Rockwood Swim Club’s Jack Dolan found silver in 48.25. 

Fourteen-year-old Aiden Hayes, representing Sooner Swim Club, laid claim to bronze in 49.27–tied for the eighth-fastest time of all time for his age group.

Women’s 500 Free

In the long event of the night, the Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs owned the podium. Martina Thomas and Hayley Pike again dominated the event, with Thomas taking home the victory in 4:47.79 and Pike taking silver in 4:50.77.

Martina’s twin, Luciana, earned the bronze in 4:51.33.

Men’s 500 Free

Patrick Callan from Trident Aquatics Club demolished the field in the 500, posting a 4:13.78 for the fifth-fastest time of all time for his age group in the event.

Meanwhile, Columbia Swim Club’s Dane Florea tackled the silver in 4:27.10, and Jonesburo Jets’ Swim Team’s Jack Little took care of bronze in 4:28.69.

Women’s 50 Butterfly

Two competitors from Greater Nebraska Swim Team made the podium in the 50 fly. Kaitlyn Witt found the top in 24.37, while teammate Caroline Theil–swimming her third event of the night–landed silver in 24.67.

Third went to 16-year-old Emily O’Connel of Rockwood Swim Club in 24.82.

Men’s 50 Butterfly

Like Theil, Michael Andrew elected to get a third splash on this third night of competition in Columbia. Andrew found the wall in an astounding 20.60, followed by Manhattan Marlins’ Preston Harrison in 22.20.

Greater Omaha Aquatics’ Colin Lafave collected bronze in 22.32.

Women’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay

The women’s race was decided by mere fingertips as the Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs faced off with Splash Club, Inc. The Aquahawgs got off to a solid start, as Martina Thomas separated the squad by two seconds with her impressive backstroke split (55.97).

Splash, Inc. made a move in the freestyle leg, thanks to the efforts of anchor June Harris (50.73), who pushed to the end but finished just three hundredths shy. The final marks were the Aquahawgs in 3:45.33 and Splash Club in 3:45.36.

Not far behind, Lincoln Select Swimming found the touchpad in 3:46.17 and bronze. Anchor Alana Palmer’s 50.48 was the fastest leg in the pool.

Men’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay

The men’s race proved similarly exciting, as the Greater Omaha Aquatics Leopard Sharks claimed the gold in 3:22.78, only moments before Sooner Swim Club touched in 3:22.97 for silver. The anchor for Sooner Swim Club, Jonathan Tang, closed in on GOAL’s Nicholas Soltys, but Soltys held on for gold.

Meanwhile, Empire KC Swim Club took care of bronze thanks to the efforts of anchor William Bresette, who dropped a 44.64 to pass the Kansas City Blazers and contribute to a team time of 3:23.76.

The action will wrap up in Columbia tomorrow. Prelims begin at 9 am.

Live results are available on MeetMobile – 2018 Region VIII Speedo Spring Sectionals. 

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Michael Andrew, Kate McCarville Dominate Podium on Night 2 of Columbia Speedo Sectionals

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Michael Andrew and 14-year-old Kate McCarville dominated the podium on the second night of Speedo Sectionals in Columbia, MO. Andrew enjoyed back-to-back victories, best times, and speedy swims for his age group in the 100 breast and 100 fly. Meanwhile, McCarville defended her title in the 400 IM and posted nationally-ranked marks in both the IM as well as the 100 fly.

Women’s 200 Yard Free

Martina Thomas of the Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs dominated the women’s 200 free in 1:46.96, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Lincoln Select Swimming’s Alana Palmer posted an evenly paced 1:48.41 for silver, and the Kansas City Blazers’ Katherine Sullivan came away with bronze in 1:49.74.

Men’s 200 Yard Free

The men’s race proved tighter, as Kevin Callan of Trident Aquatic Club and Michael Chadwick, representing the University of Missouri, fought to the finish. Callan led the charge and ultimately hit the touchpad first in 1:33.52, but Chadwick put up a strong second hundred to coast to silver in 1:33.84.

Kallan’s mark elevates his swim to the eighth-fastest 200 of all time in his age group.

Meanwhile, Jack Dolan of Rockwood Swim Club dropped over a second from his seed time to collect the bronze in 1:36.34.

Women’s 100 Yard Breast

The women’s 100 breast was also hotly contested, as American Energy Swim Club’s Hanna Newby and Columbia Swim Club’s Nicole Williams traded the lead back and forth.Williams turned first at the 50 mark, in 28.87, followed by Katherine Steward of the Splash Club in 29.07.

Newby touched third in 29.17 but picked up the pace to take the gold in the end. Williams settled for silver in 1:01.68, and Steward nabbed bronze in 1:02.29.

Men’s 100 Yard Breast

Michael Andrew, fresh off of his thrilling sprint victory last weekend in Atlanta, cruised to gold and the third-fastest time of all time for his age group–51.42–in the 100 breast.

The real race was for second place, as Nick Staver and Ryan Geheb, both swimming unattached, both landed in the 54-second range. Staver laid claim to silver in 54.26, while Geheb owned bronze in 54.72.

Women’s 100 Yard Fly

The women’s race proved a duel to the end as Karisa Franz of Parkway Swim Club and Caroline Theil of Greater Nebraska Swim Team hit the wall within four hundredths of each other after the first 50 yards. Theil turned first but Franz made up ground with a strong back half to garner gold in 54.16.

Theil was not far behind in 54.39, while 14-year-old Kate McCarville, representing Springfield Aquatics, posted a 54.64, which ties her for the 65th-fastest time of all time for her age group.

Men’s 100 Yard Fly

Michael Andrew barely came up for air after the 100 breast before launching into his 100 fly. In spite of the short turn-around, Andrew shaved off hundredths from his seed time to go 46.12 and earn the 11th-fastest rank of all time for his age group in the event.

Andrew was not without competition, however. Rockwood Swim Club’s Jack Dolan, also competing in his second event of the evening, stopped the clock in 46.81.

Behind Andrew and Dolan, Sooner Swim Club’s Aiden Hayes, 14, was just off of his best mark. Hayes dropped an impressive 48.73, reaffirming his status as one of only four 13- and 14-year-olds in the USA to ever break the 49-second barrier.

Women’s 400 Yard IM

Meanwhile, Kate McCarville was back for action in the 400 IM. As returning champion in the event, McCarville dropped significant speed from her mark from last year (4:21.28) to earn her second consecutive gold in 4:15.77. The swim is also the 29th-fastest time of all time in McCarville’s age group.

Luciana Thomas, representing Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs, also swam a strong race in 4:16.62. Hanna Newby, also competing in her second event of the evening, took the bronze in 4:20.36.

Men’s 400 Yard IM

Dane Florea of Columbia Swim Club dominated the men’s 400 IM, posting the winning time of 3:50.38.

Rec Plex Sharks’ Adam Grimm earned silver by a significant margin, in 3:56.76, while Parkway Swim Club claimed bronze in 3:58.48.

Women’s 50 Yard Back

The women’s evening of competition wrapped up with a thrilling final race, as 14-year-old Abigail Karl of Empire KC Swim Club just touched out Lincoln Select’s Alana Palmer. Karl landed one-hundredth ahead of Palmer, in 25.57.

After Palmer’s 25.58, the next top swimmer was American Energy’s Dewi Blose, who coasted to a 25.87.

Men’s 50 Yard Back

The men’s race proved no less exciting. Colin Lafave of Greater Omaha Aquatics charged to first in 22.84 and was closely followed by Barclay Dale of Parkway Swim Club (22.90).

Third went to Zane Sutton, representing Northwest Arkansas Aquatics, in 23.21.

The action will continue in Columbia tomorrow as prelims begin at 9 am.

Live results are available on MeetMobile – 2018 Region VIII Speedo Spring Sectionals. 

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Open Water Swimmer Petar Stoychev To Enter International Swimming Hall of Fame

Photo of Bulgaria’s Stoychev swimming in men’s 25 km open water race at World Aquatic Championships in Montreal.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is proud to announced that Open Water Swimmer, Petar Stoychev, from Bulgaria is the second of 10 aquatic athletes selected for the ISHOF Class of 2018.

As in past years, the ISHOF will make a series of announcements until all members of the class are named. The 54th Annual ISHOF Induction Weekend will be held in Fort Lauderdale, May 18 – 20, 2018.

Petar Stoychev is unique among all the world’s open water swimmers. Stoychev’s versatility in open water swimming is unprecedented. A superman in the water, he has been able to cross great channels and swim in extreme conditions with water temperatures ranging from 35 to 90 degrees. He was the first swimmer to cross the English Channel in under seventy minutes.

Born on October 24, 1976 in Momchilgrad, Bulgaria, Stoychev started to practice swimming at the age of six in the town of Smolyan, under the guidance of his first coaches Evelina and Ognyan Georgiev. This little boy from the Rhodope Mountains could hardly have dreamed then that he would compete in four Olympic Games and become one of the greatest open water swimmers in history.

Stoychev made his first international success in 1992, when the 16 year old swimmer placed fourth in the 400-meter freestyle at the European Junior Championships. After that, in the same year, he made his open water debut at the annual Ohrid Swimming Marathon in Macedonia, where he placed second. This was when Stoychev realized that his strength was in longer distances and challenging conditions in the open water. At the 1995 European Open Water Championships in Austria, Stoychev managed to place sixth at the 5 kilometer swimming event and 12th in the 25 kilometer. Then, he slowly gave up swimming in the warm and luxurious pools and started to swim in the open waters of marathon swimming, organized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).

Stoychev enters the ISHOF with more than 60 international marathon victories to his credit. Remarkably, he has won international championships in waters that have ranged in temperature from 2°C (35.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F). He won the FINA World Cup/World Series titles eleven consecutive years, from 2001 – 2011. He also won the Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog in Magog, Canada (34 km), Lac Saint-Jean in Roberval, Canada (32 km) and the Ohrid Lake, Macedonia Swimming Marathon (30-km) each 11 consecutive times. In 2007, he became the first to swim the English Channel in under seven hours, with a time of 6:57.5.


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In addition to his numerous achievements in marathon swimming, Stoychev has participated in four Olympic Games. Twice as a pool swimmer (2000 & 2004) before the open water event joined the Olympic program and in 2008 & 2012, where he finished 6th and 9th respectively in the 10K Olympic races which were shorter than his preferred 25K and longer distances. In Beijing, in 2008, Stoychev was Bulgaria’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony. Petar Stoychev is not only an open water swimmer whose versatility is unprecedented, but he takes an active role popularizing swimming in Bulgaria and around the world. He frequently meets with children and supports the UNICEF initiatives in the campaign against child obesity. He has also served in Bulgaria’s Ministry of Sport and on the FINA Athlete’s Commission.

About The International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

International Swimming Hall of Fame

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with multiple events spread out over three days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Make your plans now to attend the weekend of May 18-20, 2018!  ISHOF Members can purchase the Weekend Package and Save!

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees include Swimmers: Rebecca Adlington (GBR), Amanda Beard (USA), and Libby Trickett (AUS); Water Polo Player: Brenda Villa(USA); Contributor: Andy Burke (USA); Diver: Irina Lashko  (USSR, RUS, AUS) ; Coach: Bill Sweetenham (AUS)Synchronized Swimmer: Miho Takeda (JPN);  Open Water Swimmer: Petar Stoychev (BUL)and Pioneer Synchronized Swimming Contributor: Joy Cushman (USA). Ian Crocker (USA) was a part of the Class of 2017, but was unable to attend the induction due to Hurricane Harvey.  We will be officially celebrating his induction as part of the class of 2018.

The Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards will be presented of Friday of the same weekend

2018 Paragon Award and ISHOF Award Recipients:

  • Frank Busch for Competitive Swimming
  • Dr. Ben Rubin for Diving
  • Bob Corb for Water Polo
  • Jennifer Gray for Synchronized Swimming
  • David Bell for Recreational Swimming
  • Jill White for Water Safety
  • Anthony Ervin – Buck Dawson Author Award: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
  • Gay DeMario – ISHOF Service Award
  • Lana Whitehead – Judge G. Harold Martin Award
  • Johnny Johnson – Virginia Hunt Newman Award
  • Kathy Bateman – John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Bob Ingram – Al Schoenfield Media Award

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The Week That Was: More Records Fall During NCAA Conference Week Two

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More American and NCAA records fell to the wayside in another big weekend of college conference action, with some of the United States biggest names taking their first run at the record books this championship season. Read about all of the biggest swims from this week and more below in The Week That Was.

The Week That Was #5 – International Stars Slated for Atlanta Pro Series Meet


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The psych sheet for next week’s TYR Pro Series meet in Atlanta at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center. The four day meet starts on Thursday, March 1 and will feature many U.S. Olympic stars, including Nathan AdrianConor DwyerRyan Murphy and Leah Smith. Making the trip to Atlanta will also be European stars Federica PellegriniSarah Sjostrom and Yulia Efimova. The meet will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network for Friday and Saturday finals and there will be a live webcast of prelims and Thursday finals on the USA Swimming website. You can see the full psych sheet for the TYR Pro Series meet in Atlanta here.

The Week That Was #4 – Drew Kibler, Carmel Boys Dominate Indiana State Meet


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University of Texas commit Drew Kibler and the Carmel High School boys team had a record breaking weekend at the Indiana High School State Championships, absolutely dominating the meet and scoring more than double the points of second place Franklin Community High School. The Carmel team started off fast in prelims, with the team of Wyatt Davis (22.39), Stefano Batista (24.83), Kibler (20.64) and Andrew Couchon (20.14) posting a National High School record of 1:28.00 in the 4×50 medley relay in prelims before finishing just off of that in finals (1:28.03). Kibler would go on to post a 19.38 state record (and the fastest high school 50 free not on a relay) in prelims before finishing just outside that with a 19.50 in finals. You can check out the full recap of the meet here.

The Week That Was #3 – Two USA Swimming Officials Resign in Wake of Allegations Against USA Swimming


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In the wake of recent reports that USA Swimming failed to properly follow up on reports of sexual abuse among its members, Pat Hogan, the managing director of club development, and Susan Woessner, the director of Safe Sport, both announced their resignations this week. While no specifics were given regarding Hogan’s departure from USA Swimming after serving as managing director for the last 15 years, Woessner resigned given a romantic encounter she had with Sean Hutchison in 2007. Hutchison was recently accused of sexual abuse by former swimmer Ariana Kukors, and Woessner was involved in the investigation into the relation between Hutchison and Kukors back in 2011. On the same day of these resignations USA Swimming released an open letter to its members reaffirming their commitment to Safe Sport and acknowledging past mistakes in handling sexual abuse allegations.

The Week That Was #2 – Wolfpack Men Take Down American Record, Win ACC’s


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In another huge week for men’s college swimming, the University of Texas secured their 39th straight Big 12 Conference Championship while NC State repeated as ACC Champions and Indiana won their second straight Big Ten ChampionshipTate Jackson was a standout for the Longhorns, breaking the conference record in the 100 free first in prelims (41.42) and then again in finals (41.27). At ACC’s, the Wolfpack erased the American record in the 4×100 free relay en route to winning their fourth consecutive conference championship. Harvard also won their 25th overall and second straight Ivy League Championship, with sophomore Dean Farris posting the top time in the NCAA in the 200 free while also becoming the fourth fastest performer of all-time. Right behind him is Hoosier Blake Pieroniwho won the Big Ten title in the 200 free with a 1:31.14. You can see all of the recaps from the men’s college meets across the country on our college new landing page.

The Week That Was #1 – Ella Eastin, Katie Ledecky Break NCAA Records at Pac-12’s


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In women’s college swimming, the Stanford Cardinal continued their dominant season with their second straight and 21st overall Pac-12 team title this weekend. Led by superstars Katie LedeckyElla Eastin and Simone Manuel, the Cardinal smashed several record en route to an almost 300 point victory over the second place Cal Bears. Ledecky broke the NCAA and American record in the 400 IM (3:56.53), an event she will swim at NCAA’s next month. Teammate Eastin broke the NCAA and American record in the 200 fly (1:49.51), while the relay team of Ally HoweKim WilliamsJanet Hu and Manuel broke the NCAA record in the 400 medley relay (3:25.15). The second place Cal Bears kept Stanford on their toes, also going under the former NCAA record in the 400 medley relay while also winning four of the five contested relay events including an American record in the 200 free relay and a 200 medley win that was just .03 off the American and NCAA record. Down in Austin, the University of Texas women won their 16th straight Big 12 Conference Championship. You can see all of the recaps from the women’s college meets across the country on our college new landing page.

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Black Swimming History month: ‘Undercurrents of Power’

Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora

Reviewed by Bruce Wigo.

by Professor Kevin Dawson and the University of Pennsylvania Press, is an important contribution to the history of swimming.

Kevin Dawson offers the remarkable untold history of the significance of aquatic culture in the African diaspora. Undercurrents of Power opens up a new and exciting aspect of slaves’ experience, providing a crucially important piece of the history of slave life and labor in the Americas.” —James Sidbury, Rice University

Most of the histories of swimming up to now have focused on the origins of competitive swimming and have ignored the contributions of Africans and other indigenous populations outside of Europe to our sport. While it is true that Europeans can be credited with developing swimming as a competitive sport in Europe in the early 19th Century, prior to that it was the indigenous populations of the tropical regions of the earth who excelled as watermen. It was their strokes and teaching methods that were copied by the Europeans. In “Undercurrents of Power” Professor Dawson describes Africans as people who lived along riverbanks, near lakes, or close to the ocean. In these waterways, they became proficient in diverse maritime skills, while incorporating water and aquatics into spiritual understands of the world. And that slaves carried to the Americas these West African skills and cultural values with them. What is most fascinating for me is that Kevin Dawson’s examination of water culture in the African diaspora, provides detailed proof of what Michelovic Thevenot claimed in his 1696 edition of “The Art of Swimming” — that the aquatic abilities of the indigenous people of Africa and the Americas surpassed those of Europeans and their descendants from the age of discovery until native American aquatic cultures were destroyed by disease and forced relocation, while African American aquatic culture survived until Jim Crow laws did their damage in the mid 19th Century.

Why this matters is because it corrects many misperceptions held by many people about swimming today. Namely that swimming is not part of African or African-American cultural history. Or that persons of African descent are somehow less physically equipped than European or Asian people to be swimmers.

The importance of swimming and aquatic culture of pre-colonial Africa is remarkable in its similarity to that of Polynesian Islanders, where swimming came as naturally as walking. Why I mention this is because when the Olympic Games revived in 1896, the only indigenous aquatic culture to survive the European colonial era was in the Polynesian and South Sea Islands. Their strokes and methods of learning to swim were virtually identical to those described by Dawson through the words of merchants, traders and slavers of Africans from the 1450s onward. When Hawaiians, most notably Duke Kahanamoku started to compete, they were unbeatable, without the benefit of “modern” training techniques. No one ever taught Duke how to swim. He said he had been swimming the same way as the ancient Hawaiians and he had no doubt that ” the ancient Hawaiians used every stroke we know and perhaps had better swimming form than we’ll ever have.”

We can only imagine what swimming would look like today if Africans, African-Americans and Native Americans had been treated fairly in the water and given the opportunities to compete like the Hawaiians.

Everyone interested in the history of swimming will be well served to read this book and support the idea that on the planet earth, it is the birthright of every child to experience the thrill of standing in the surf or to be in, on or near the water without the fear of drowning because they know how to swim.

“Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora” is available through Amazon.

Kevin Dawson is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Merced.

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Fleetwood one shot off lead as Woods makes cut at Palm Beach

Tommy Fleetwood

Honda Classic second round leaderboard
-3 L List (US), J Lovemark (US); -2 W Simpson (US), R Henley (US), R Sabbatani (SA), T Fleetwood (Eng)
Selected others: 1 T Woods (US); 2 J Furyk (US), S Garcia (Spa); 4 R McIlroy (NI); 5 A Scott (Aus), S Lowry (Ire)
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England’s Tommy Fleetwood is just one shot off the lead after the second round of the Honda Classic.

Southport’s Fleetwood, the reigning Race to Dubai champion, followed up his opening round of 70 with a two-under-par 68 at Palm Beach.

American Luke List shot a superb 66 to surge up the leaderboard and is tied with fellow countryman Jamie Lovemark.

The 14-time major winner Tiger Woods made his first cut of the season with a 71 and is four shots off the pace.

Former world number one Rory McIlroy’s struggles continued with the Northern Irishman down in tied 50th place following back-to-back rounds of 72.

Britons including Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald and Russell Knox all failed to make the cut in Florida.

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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:


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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.


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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.

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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?

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“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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