WADA Lifts Partial Suspension of UCLA Laboratory

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Sir Craig Reedie, chairman of WADA’s Executive Committee recently approved lifting the partial suspension that was delivered to the UCLA Laboratory as it relates to analyzing four specific prohibited substances.

In June of 2017, the UCLA Laboratory had its accreditation partially suspended for four prohibited substances. This partial suspension allowed them to continue all regular anti-doping activities, however they were required to obtain second opinions prior to reporting any findings for those specific prohibited substances.

Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General, commented,

“WADA is pleased to confirm that the UCLA Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated approximately three months after the Laboratory was partially suspended. We commend the UCLA Laboratory for their quick and effective response in addressing the issue that led to the partial suspension. Athletes can be confident that the Laboratory is operating at the high standards required by WADA and the global anti-doping program.”

All anti-doping laboratories must remain in accordance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). If a laboratory fails to meet ISL requirements, WADA is responsible for the suspension or revoking of the laboratory’s accreditation. Additionally, WADA holds the responsibility of accrediting anti-doping laboratories if they succeed in meeting ISL requirements.

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England's Wallace shares lead with Fraser in Italy

Matt Wallace

Italian Open second-round leaderboard
-13 M Fraser (Aus), M Wallace (Eng); -11 K Aphibarnrat (Tha), J Donaldson (Wal); -10 F Molinari (Ita); -9 E Pepperell (Eng), S Garcio (Spa), A Connelly (Can), A Bjork (Swe), T Hatton (Eng)
Selected others: -8 D Horsey (Eng), R Fisher (Eng); -6 L Donald (Eng); -5 J Smith (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng), R Bland (Eng), D Drysdale (Sco); -4 G McDowell (NI), L Westwood (Eng); -2 M Kaymer (Ger), Level P Harrington (Ire), +2 D Willett (Eng)

England’s Matt Wallace holds a share of the lead after two rounds of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano.

Wallace, 27, who won the Portugal Open in May, is on 13 under alongside Australian Marcus Fraser, 39, who shot a career-best round of nine-under 62.

Wallace’s second-round 65 included an eagle at the ninth and four birdies.

Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, one of six men to lead after a 64 on day one, is two back after a 67 in the lucrative event, which is part of the Rolex Series.

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat is level with Donaldson, while defending champion and home favourite Francesco Molinari is in fifth on 10 under.

Wallace was not surprised he was able to follow his opening 64 with another fine effort.

“When I won in Portugal, I backed up a 10 under with a seven under,” he said.

“It’s not that rare – I have done it before and it’s perfect weather for us to shoot low.”

Fraser made nine birdies – including five in a row from the eighth – and no bogeys in an exceptional round on a day of low scoring.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s in-form Tyrrell Hatton are two of the five players on nine under.

England’s Andrew Johnston (three under) and Danny Willett (two over), Republic of Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (level) and Germany’s Martin Kaymer (two under) all missed the cut.

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University of North Carolina Adds Michael Baric to Coaching Staff

(L-R) Michael Baric & head coach Rich DeSelm – Photo Courtesy: University of North Carolina

Michael Baric, a North Carolina native and graduate of UNCW, has been named an assistant swimming coach at the University of North Carolina.  Tar Heel head coach Rich DeSelm announced the hire, effectively immediately, on Friday, October 13.

Baric, who also earned a graduate degree from the University of Florida, becomes the sixth full-time member of Coach DeSelm’s staff, joining diving coach Abel Sanchez as well as assistant swimming coaches Duncan Sherrard, Christy Garth and Sean Quinn.

Baric has served Tar Heel swimming and diving as an administrative and operations assistant since 2016.  Prior to that he was a manager for the swimming and diving programs at the University of Florida while pursuing a master of science degree in sport management.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree in May 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington which he attended from 2010-14. Baric majored in history and minored in psychology.

He was a member of the Seahawks’ swimming and diving team from 2010-14.  He was the captain of the Seahawks’ men’s swimming team from 2012-14 and also served as an intern in the athletic department there in his senior year.

Baric, a native of Raleigh, was a much-decorated swimmer at UNCW.  After earning an athletic scholarship to swim in Wilmington, he was named the team’s rookie of the year in 2010-11, awarded to the squad’s top performing freshman.  During his time at UNCW, he set school records in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley.  He won All-Colonial Athletic Association honors on 11 occasions and was a CAA scholar-athlete award recipient four straight years from 2011-14.

In 2013-14, he won the Seahawk Award for character, leadership and commitment to the swimming team at the University.

From 2011-16, Baric earned valuable experience coaching with club teams in both North Carolina and Florida, working with the Marlins of Raleigh and the Gator Swim Club in Gainesville, Fla.

Baric continued to train after graduating from UNCW.  In the process, he earned an invitation to swim in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials after training with Wolfpack Elite Swim Club as a post-graduate in Raleigh, N.C.  After attending UF, he moved back to the Triangle in 2016 and began his work with the Tar Heel program as an administrative assistant in the fall of 2016.

Press release courtesy of University of North Carolina. 

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Wright State Delivers Final Cut to Swim & Dive Teams

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Despite a successful fundraising campaign, Wright State University has announced that it will be cutting the swimming and diving team following the completion of the 2017-18 season.

Bob Grant, director of athletics, commented,

“In the face of adverse financial conditions, many people who love these student-athletes and programs stepped up this summer to make sure they could compete at Wright State for one more year in 2017-18. But it is clear we are not able to fund operations of these programs after this season. And counting on external funding alone to pay for operations is not sustainable nor is it fair to the student-athletes and their families because of the uncertainty it creates year-to-year.” 

Wright State originally announced their intent to cut the team last May as the University attempted to navigate a difficult budget remediation, including a $10 million cut in expenses from the previous year. However, passionate pleas from student-athletes, supporters, and the general public led to a external fundraising effort that raised the necessary $85,000 and bought the team another year.

The team will continue their 2017-18 season, albeit with a limited schedule, and will end with the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships in February. Wright State’s final competitors will include Marshall University, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Cleveland State University, and Xavier University.

Following the 2017-18 season student-athletes will be able to transfer without penalty, however those wishing to transfer are encouraged to make their decision prior to November 1st to preserve “opportunities for the student-athletes.” Additionally, student-athletes who choose to remain at Wright State following the spring of 2018 will have their existing athletic scholarships honored.

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Southwest Aquatics Hires Larry Jukes as New Head Age Group Coach

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Southwest Aquatics recently announced via Twitter the addition of Larry Jukes as the club’s new STARS Head Age Group Coach. Jukes has over 14 years of coaching experience under his belt; is a certified ASCA level 3 coach; and has coached state, junior national, and international swimmers. Additionally, Jukes holds a gold level coaching rank with the Peak Performance Swim Camps.

In his collegiate years, Jukes swam for and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Evansville, where he served as a captain of the swim team. Throughout his collegiate swimming years, Jukes frequently ranked within the Top 16 in the nation. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Cooley Law School.

Jukes and his wife, Susan, have three children and hail from Bluford, Illinois. Their two youngest children will be joining the Southwest STARS team.

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Copenhagen Gearing Up For 2017 European Short Course Championships

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With two months to go, the organising process has geared up in Denmark where the hosts are preparing for their second big LEN Event in four years. After the outstanding success of Herning 2013, another European Short-Course Swimming Championships will take place in the North, this time in Copenhagen.

Paolo Barelli, LEN President, said,

“This event is going to be another wonderful celebration of European Aquatics. The Danish Swimming Federation, headed by our fellow Bureau Member Pia Holmen, is doing a wonderful job and we can be sure that this edition of the short-course European Championships will be another big hit. European athletes have done a fantastic job in 2017, too, our continent was by far the strongest in the World Championships either we consider the medal charts, the number of finalists or the number of participants. We are convinced that our swimmers will come up with fantastic performances in December again and LEN, our National Federations and European Aquatics will close this year on a high.”

The venue cannot be any more exciting: the brand new Royal Arena will witness the coronation of the short-course season on 13-17 December. The Arena has already hosted a handful of concerts, including tremendous shows of Metallica and Drake, but sport is yet to make its debut in the multipurpose facility and in two months time LEN’s biannual swimming meet shall inaugurate it as a sport venue.

The Danish Swimming Federation, in association with Sport Event Denmark and the City of Copenhagen, is committed to stage another wonderful event which is going to feature a handful of European stars. It takes another month before the home team will be selected, however, it’s almost sure that the locals could cheer for such greats as Olympic champion sprinter Pernille Blume, world record-holder breaststroker Rikke Moller Pedersen, European champion Mie Nielsen and Viktor Bromer to name a few.

Ticket sales figures sign pretty strong interest from the fans: 14,000 have already been purchased and the organisers expect to pass the 25,000 barrier by the start – if not more as the Arena could accommodate 6,500 spectators per session.

Foreign fans representing 24 nations have also had their shares of the ticket purchasing. Not surprisingly, the Swedes were busy to book their seats in huge numbers, 10% of the tickets were bought by the neighbours who are eager to cheer for Sarah Sjostrom. She has been enjoying a brilliant season: she amassed three world titles and a silver at the FINA World Championships in Budapest in July, setting two WRs en route, and later she added four more global marks in the short-course World Cup.

In December, Sjostrom and fellow European swimmers might hit the top gear again to force LEN to transfer a larger sum to their bank accounts as the European Federation offers record-bonuses for the first time in its history. World Records are worth €10,000 while the European Records pay €5,000 and the total prize money pot for the top 12 results (both genders respectively) amounts €220,000.

Press release courtesy of LEN. 

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Miranda Padilla Chooses Home Pool, Verbals to University of the Pacific

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NEW COMMIT: Miranda Padilla will be in a very familiar environment for her collegiate career, announcing her verbal commitment to swim for the University of the Pacific beginning next fall. Born and raised in Stockton, California, Padilla swims for Tiger Aquatics and is a senior at Saint Mary’s High School

She told Swimming World,

“I chose to verbal at the University of the Pacific because it’s my home and I love the team’s vibe. The University of the Pacific has been my home pool for 5 years. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.”

Her best times are:

  • 100 Back 56.70
  • 50 Back 27.26
  • 100 Fly 57.24
  • 200 Back 2:08.13
  • 200 Fly 2:11.18

Last year her best 100 back time would have been good for 15th at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Isabella Green (56.36) and Cai Hong Singh (57.32) were sophomores in that B final. They’ll be seniors in Padilla’s first year. She’d have a spot in last year’s 100 fly bonus final as well.

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CIF Finalist Galen Penvenne Gives Verbal Commitment to Cal Golden Bears

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NEW COMMIT: USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Galen Penvenne will continue his swimming career in his home state for the next four years, giving his verbal commitment to the University of California- Berkeley. From San Luis Obispo, Penvenne trains with Puma Aquatics Team. He’s a NISCA All-American and a senior at San Luis Obispo High School. At last year’s CIF Championships Penvenne finished seventh in the 50 free (20.60).

His best times are:

  • 50 Free 20.57
  • 100 Free 45.68
  • 200 Free 1:39.57
  • 200 IM 1:52.61

Ryan Hoffer is expected to be the leader of the Cal sprint group this year. Pawel Sendyk and Michael Jensen should be junior members when Penvenne moves to Berkeley.

Penvenne follows his sister Gabrielle into Division 1 swimming. She swam her freshman year at Denver, and enters her second year at UC Santa Barbara.

Reece Whitley will also dive in for the Golden Bears next fall.

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Westin Fishel Stays in Ohio, Verbally Commits to John Carroll University

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NEW COMMIT: Westin Fishel, a freestyler from Dublin, Ohio has chosen to spend his collegiate career at John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio. Fishel swims for United Swim Association.

He told Swimming World about his decision,

“John Carroll is a beautiful campus with a charismatic, inclusive swim team. A Boler business degree will land me a successful career, and I am ecstatic to except my role as a championship caliber swimmer on the best team in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Go Blue Streaks!!!”

His best times are:

  • 50 Free 21.84
  • 100 Free 48.69
  • 200 Free 1:45.54

Last year John Carroll won the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship for the first time in 12 years. As the team looks to build on that momentum, Fishel should be a point scoring contributor. His best 100 free time would have been 11th last year. The team had two finalists last year. Freshman Matthew Ramsey (45.68) won the event and sophomore Tom Pacak (47.57) was sixth. Fishel would have been ninth in the 50 free in 2017. Ramsey won that event while sophomores Jack Garros (21.15- third), Ryan Singler (21.87- ninth), and Peter Neal (22.20-13th) also scored. That group of men will all still be on campus next fall, forming an excellent training group for Fishel.

He should also be fighting for relay spots as well. Last year John Carroll won the 200 freestyle relay, but touched second in the 400 freestyle relay and third in the 800 freestyle relay.

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