Photo Gallery: Day 1 Prelims of the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2017 FINA World Junior Championships splashed into action this morning in Indianapolis, Indiana. A total of six individual events and two relay events were contested with two meet records being set in the process.

Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi, also a World Junior Record holder, posted the first meet record of the week in the men’s 100 breast, while the USA’s Regan Smith delivered her own blistering meet record of 59.52 in the women’s 100 back.

All week Swimming World’s chief photographer Peter H. Bick will be on deck capturing the action and excitement in Indianapolis. Visit the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships meet page for full results, recaps, features, and more!

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Ohio State Swimming & Diving Announces 2017-18 Schedule

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With the swimming and diving season just a couple months away, Ohio State announced its schedule for the 2017-18 campaign on Wednesday.

Highlights include: the annual Ohio State Invitational in November, which always features one of the strongest fields of any invitational in the country, a regular season visit from Michigan, as well as both the women’s Big Ten and NCAA Championship meets in Columbus. It is a strong and challenging slate from beginning to end, but it’s something that the Buckeyes are excited about.

“We are excited for the schedule we have put together,” director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott said. “Our goal is to ramp up our level of national level competition over the next few years to better prepare our athletes for the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.”

After hosting the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in 2016-17, Ohio State will host even more big events this season. Women’s Big Tens and NCAA’s, an NCAA Zone Diving Meet, and 2017 AT&T Winter National Championships are just some of the big time swimming and diving events that will be held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in the next 12 months.

“The Ohio State University has some of the best facilities, support and resources of any athletic program in the world,” Dorenkott said. “This coming year we will host the USA Nationals in December, Big Ten’s in February, NCAA’s in March, and the Arena Grand Prix Meet in July. We love hosting the fastest meets in the world year in and year out.”

In its first season as a combined program under Dorenkott, Ohio State will face stiff competition all year long both at home and on the road. The year begins with a dual meet at home against Kenyon on Oct. 27, which will be followed by another dual meet at McCorkle against Denison and Akron on Nov. 3. The men will head to Minnesota’s Diving Invitational the weekend of Nov. 9-11.

The third weekend in November (17-19) will be the Ohio State Invitational which will play host to 10 teams from all over the country. Kenyon and Denison will be coming back to McCorkle that weekend, and joining them will be: NC State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Marshall, Washington State, Yale, and Florida Gulf Coast. Headlining the field are the Wolfpack from NC State, reigning ACC Champions on both the men’s and women’s side. Yale also earned its first Ivy League title in 20 yearsand FGCU won its eighth CCSA championship in program history

Competition picks back up in early January with a couple road trips for the Buckeyes. On Jan. 5-6 they will head down to Lexington to compete against Kentucky and Toledo, and on Jan. 18 Ohio State travels to Tuscaloosa for a dual meet against Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s men’s contingent finished inside the Top 10 at NCAA Championships last year.

On Jan. 20 Michigan comes to Columbus along with Virginia Tech and Rutgers, and the following weekend Ohio State heads to Notre Dame for the Shamrock Invitational. In addition to the Fighting Irish and the Buckeyes Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri State, and Akron will be in attendance. The Ohio State Winter Invitational closes out the regular season.

While the women will be able to swim at home in Columbus for Big Tens and NCAA’s, the men’s swimmers and divers will be heading to Minneapolis for both events. Last season Ohio State finished in the Top 20 at both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships.

Press release courtesy of Ohio State Swimming and Diving

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USA Junior Nationals Highlight the Latest Edition of FREE Swimming World Biweekly

The Foster brothers, Carson and Jake Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Foster brothers, Carson and Jake, made quite a name for themselves at the 2017 Speedo Junior Nationals in East Meadow, N.Y., both collecting numerous medals throughout the course of the meet. Sister Hannah Foster was also on deck, showing the depth of talent in the Foster family. The two Foster brothers highlight the latest edition of the Swimming World Biweekly, which also features a full photo gallery from the meet and features on the Foster family, young breaststroker Daniel Roy, and more!

Also available in this special Junior Nationals edition are recaps of the FINA World Cup stops in both Eindhoven and Berlin, plus features on Australian Olympians Cate Campbell and Kyle Chalmers.

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photos by Peter H. Bick

by David Rieder
With no offense to the other swimmers at Junior Nationals, the caliber of competition is not nearly as high as at the last meet Dakota Luther swam at: the FINA World Championships…

by David Rieder
Just over an hour after 15-year-old Carson Foster dominated the men’s 200 back final at Speedo Junior Nationals–his second victory in two days–16-year-old Jake Foster pulled away from his competition to win the men’s 400 IM…

by David Rieder
Daniel Roy stands a not-that-imposing 5 feet 8 inches and he doesn’t dictate the race right off the gun in his signature event, the 200 breast. But once he gets going, well, he can move…

by David Rieder
The Nassau County Aquatic Center could be anywhere. The facility holds a 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool and a diving tower, and it smells strongly of chlorine…

by David Rieder
At only 18 years old, Kyle Chalmers had made his first Olympic Games and his first Olympic final in the 100 free. The 6-foot-4-inch teenage dynamo had overachieved to qualify second-fastest in the event, but he was clearly still Australia’s No. 2 sprinter…

by David Rieder
Cate campbell arrived in Budapest last month confident that her 100 free world record was about to go down, and there was nothing she could do about it…

by David Rieder
Olympian and World Champion Katie Ledecky and Paralympian Becca Meyers have been named finalists for the individual sport category for the 2017 Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) Sportswoman of the Year award…

by David Rieder
Reno Aquatic Club and Ryan Mallam recently announced that Mallam will be taking over the head coaching position for the club in Reno, Nevada…

by David Rieder
Todd DeSorbo, previous the associate head coach at NC State, has been named head coach of the University of Virginia swimming and diving teams.

by Taylor Brien
Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden continued to etch her name further into history by posting her fifth world record for 2017. The 23-year-old once again downed the 100 SCM free world record…

by Taylor Brien
World Cup records tumbled down in the men’s 100 free and women’s 400 IM as Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu lowered the meet records en route to gold…

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We knew Vincenzo Nibali would lose time on ‘short and violent’ Vuelta summit finish, says Bahrain director

Nibali lost valuable seconds on the first summit finish of the Vuelta a España

Team Bahrain-Merida began the Vuelta a España fifth stage thinking that Vincenzo Nibali would lose to leader Chris Froome due to the “short and violent” Santa Lucía climb in Alcossebre.

Froome rode clear with Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) finishing behind an early escape. Moments, that seemed like hours, passed afterwards between the scattered groups of arriving riders.

>>> ‘This is more like it’: Alberto Contador happy to show signs of form on Vuelta summit finish

Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) arrived with Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), Fabio Aru (Astana) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) 11 seconds later.

Warren Barguil (Sunweb) with Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) 21 seconds later. Then after another short clearing in the finishing straight 330 metres above the Alcossebre village, Valerio Agnoli towed home Nibali at 26 seconds.

Vincenzo Nibali on the finish of stage five of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

They both looked back at the clock once over the line. Nibali, having won the 2010 Vuelta a España, the 2014 Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia twice, could have made the quick calculations on the spot. The Sicilian and winner of the third stage to Andorra now sits 36 seconds behind Froome in the overall.

“These kicks like this, 10 to 15 minute efforts, are always hard for me to manage and I’ve always paid,” Nibali said. “And also today that was the case. But overall, I’m good and looking ahead with optimism.”

The team cars went directly down the short 3.4-kilometre climb to where the red and blue Bahrain-Merida bus waited next to the coastline.

Sports director and coach, Paolo Slongo collected the gold coloured SRM power meters from the team bikes. He looked up and said that he always knew that Nibali would lose time on this stage.

“It’s neither large nor small,” he said of the loss. “But you don’t win these Grand Tours by much these days, so it’s not good to lose anything.

“These types of climbs aren’t suited to Vincenzo. They are short forces. He can’t do these short and violet efforts. He prefers longer climbs. The short dry efforts are hard to digest for him, but if it was 10 kilometres then it’d be different.

“I don’t know when Nibali will have his chance. If Froome keeps going as he is then there won’t be an occasion for him to take time, it’s Froome that’s going to take time from the others,” Slongo said.

“It depends if Froome cracks, because Froome like Vincenzo also goes well on the long climbs. Froome goes well on any terrain, it’s us who suffer on these short climbs. If Froome maintains his form it’s difficult to beat him.”

Nibali made a fin on top of his head when he won in Andorra, something he has never done in celebration to recognise his nickname ‘The Shark.’

Froome is aware of Nibali’s attacking traits. For that reason, and because Nibali prepared specially for the Vuelta and skipped the Tour, he named ‘The Shark’ as his top rival.

With only five days in, and only one of the nine summit finishes competed, there remains much to race until Madrid.

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Spanish Swimmer Honors Barcelona Victims During Race At Masters World Champs

Photo Courtesy: Cathleen Pruden

A Spanish swimmer named Fernando Alvarez took it upon himself to honor the 15 people who were killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona last Thursday. In an article that appeared on the website Deadspin, the website reported that Alvarez, who was in Budapest competing at the 2017 FINA Masters World Championships, asked officials for a minute of silence before his heat of the 200 breaststroke to pay tribute to the victims of the attack.

The officials declined his request, which is when the 71-year-old Alvarez decided to take the matter into his own hands and commemorate the victims by standing on the blocks alone for a full minute while the other swimmers in his heat swam. While Alvarez did finish the race, he had sacrificed any chance of posting an official time because of his tribute. Speaking to El Espanol following the event, Alvarez said “I do not care, it was [more important] than if I won all the gold in the world.”

You can see a video of Alvarez’s moment of silence in the video below:

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Commit Swimming Set Of The Week: Mid-Distance Stroke Aerobic Work

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Welcome to Swimming World’s Set of the Week sponsored by Commit! This week’s set is a 3,000 yard aerobic set that is great for your IM or mid-distance stroke group. Take a look at the set below and the description that follows:

3 Rounds:

4 x 125’s IM with a floating 50 of stroke drill

4 x 75’s IMO or main stroke as 50 kick / 25 sprint

1 x 200 IM or stroke fast

Each round starts with 4 x 125’s IM with a “floating” 50 of stroke (#1 = 50 FL/25 BK/25 BR/25 FR, #2 = 25 FL/50 BK/25 BR/25 FR, etc.). You can keep this just general aerobic work to get your athletes in to the set, with the floating 50 of stroke as drill to help your athletes find their strokes.

Next are 4 x 75’s either IM order or main stroke as 50 kick / 25 sprint. You may want to take :05 or :10 seconds between the 50 kick and 25 sprint to help your athletes really get going fast on on the 25 sprint. Each round ends with a 200 fast, either IM or stroke.

The advantage of this set is that you can mix up the strokes and the focus between rounds based on the groups you are working with. Depending on the intervals you choose, you can even have different athletes doing different variations of the set in the same lane, making this a good set for teams that may not have the space to spread out and specialize. Happy swimming!


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‘This is more like it’: Alberto Contador happy to show signs of form on Vuelta summit finish

The Spaniard put in a markedly improved performance on the short summit finish of the Vuelta a España stage five

Alberto Contador is returning to show signs of his ‘El Pistolero’ self in the 2017 Vuelta a España, his last race, saying, “This is more like it.”

Contador – winner of three Vuelta a España titles and two each in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France – suffered from day one in his home tour.

On Wednesday, mobbed by fans at the finish along Spain’s coast after the Santa Lucía short summit finish in Alcossebre, he could finally smile.

>>> Five talking points from stage five of the Vuelta a España 2017

“The sensations are better than the other day,” Contador said, referring to the Andorra stage where lost 2-33 minutes.

“It’s more in line with how I was feeling ahead of the race. We can’t lose our heads, though, it was a short climb, very explosive. The longer climbs come in the second week.”

The 3.4-kilometre climb rose 330 metres above the coastline near Valencia. Contador rode alongside red jersey leader Chris Froome (Sky) and led the small group over the line, 4-31 minutes behind the early escape group.

He had said the Vuelta would be his final race in a long career. The decision came shortly after the Tour de France, where he crashed early in the race and later, after switching focused to taking a stage win, suffered to show that old spark.

The 34-year-old had planned on racing through the 2018 Giro d’Italia, but he decided the Vuelta would be it.

“The first thing was to see how I felt and thankfully I regained the feelings a little,” continued Contador. “Now, I need to analyse what’s most interesting or right. The overall classification is complicated and this parcours is good for Froome.”

Contador warned those Spanish journalists listening and their readers not to hope for too much.

“We cannot let this go to our head, just one day of good feelings, now the important thing is to recover and see what happens in the race,” he added.

“There are times when I feel pretty good on the bike. Before it was not so bad, but it wasn’t so well, just that anybody seeing the TV images of the Andorra stage knows that wasn’t my usual level. But cycling’s like that.

“And regardless of what happens, I’m going to enjoy every kilometre of this Vuelta for sure.”

Contador looked around and heard the cheers. He commented that it felt as if he was racing into his hometown giving the fans applauding for him along the roads and at the finish.

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‘We were always in control’: Chris Froome comfortable in first mountain defence of Vuelta lead

The Brit looked strong as he extended his lead in the overall standings on the short hill-top finish of Vuelta a España stage five

Team Sky‘s Chris Froome looks more in control of the Vuelta a España after five days following the short summit finish to Santa Lucía above Alcossebre.

Froome wiped off the grit and put on a fresh leader’s red jersey after the climb to 340 metres. He sits on top of the classification table with 10 seconds, up from two, on American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and 11 on Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott).

>>> Five talking points from stage five of the Vuelta a España 2017

“I don’t think the red jersey was really in danger,” Froome said. “We were always in control of the situation. I was also surprised that no other teams were interested in riding for the stage today.”

The other teams saw their stars slip behind. David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) dropped away from second place overall, Adam and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) lost time, Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Fabio Aru (Astana).

Chris Froome at the finish of stage five of the 2017 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

BMC Racing for Nicolas Roche and van Garderen were the only team of note to take over from the Sky train while the escape seven minutes ahead raced for the stage win, with Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) taking the spoils.

“Chaves seems to be one of the strongest climbers in this Vuelta. Tejay and Roche are both still in the mix, and they have a few cards to play,” Froome continued.

“I was surprised to see Nibali and Aru to lose a bit of time today, and Romain Bardet. But it’s a long race, and today was just a three-kilometre climb, and it will be a different race once we get into the high mountains,” Froome added.

“Looking at the time gaps now, the GC is taking a bit more shape. I can be happy with that result today, and the work my team-mates did.

“Gianni [Moscon] has been incredibly impressive. We already saw after the past few years how strong he’s been in the one-day Classics.

“This is his first Grand Tour, and I have to say he’s doing an amazing job so far. Both in Andorra and again today he’s completely blown up the peloton. Even for me to stay on his wheel, it’s not been easy.”

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) bounced back with a strong performance on the final climb. He joined Froome, Canadian Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac), Chaves and van Garderen to ride clear in the final curves with only van Garderen distanced as the line neared.

“Chaves showed he’s one of the strongest climbs so far in the race,” Froome added. “Last year, he rode extremely well, and I am imagine this year he will be up there again. The TT is not really in his favour.

“I’m feeling really good. It’s hard for me say if I am better or worse than at the Tour. It’s important to say that I am feeling good today, and I am going to take it day to day in this Vuelta.”

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Rock Out: Here's The Rock's Workout Playlist!

“Where my crew, where my kin, where are all my believers at? Where are all of my samurai, mastering their craft?” —Last One Standing by Mayday

If you’re one of the 92 million and counting in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s crew (that’s on Instagram alone), then you can just imagine the great one listening to these lyrics and gripping the iron a little bit harder. Maybe he’s getting set for a heavy bench press, or prepping for leg day. The lyrics keep pounding. The reps keep piling up. You know you want to be there.

Of course, this hip-hop banger is just one side of the playlist that Johnson released recently and announced on Instagram. There’s also plenty of classic rock from the likes of Boston, Joe Walsh, and even the Blues Brothers. There’s hip-hop royalty old and new, from NWA to Tech N9ne. Heck, there’s even some lighthearted funky fun from Bruno Mars. The only unifying style? This is seriously high-energy music from a seriously high-energy guy.

“My playlist below has some of my personal favorites to work out and get hyped to or if you just wanna be a cool BAMF, I got your back with these tracks,” Johnson said in his post.

If you want a pump between your ears, check out the complete playlist on Apple Music, or play it here.

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Elementary Schoolers Filling the Stands at World Junior Championships

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By David Rieder.

When Andrew Abruzzo dove in for his 400 free heat at the FINA World Junior Championships, he already had a legion of fans—hundreds of local elementary school students who had never heard of him and who had never been to a major swim meet.

All week long, various school groups from the Indianapolis area will take field trips to the IUPUI Natatorium to watch different morning sessions. The kids inject some energy into otherwise-quiet morning sessions, but there’s also an educational component attached.

Classes from different schools were assigned to learn about particular countries competing at the World Junior Championships, including China, Romania, Italy and others. Still, when it came to the kids’ rooting interests, those were decidedly domestic.

Abruzzo was the first American to race all meet, and as soon as the students saw the stars and stripes flag pop up on the scoreboard, they knew they were fans. Some didn’t even know which lane was the “4” where Abruzzo was racing, not that it mattered. The chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” got loud in the stretch of sections where the students were sitting.

“They’re very excited because most of them have never seen anything like this or a pool this size before,” said Peggy Storey, a third-grade teacher at Robert Lee Frost Elementary School.

The students had plenty to cheer about when Abruzzo won his heat and then teammate Trey Freeman won the final heat to qualify first for the final. One event later, they watched Emily Weiss claim the top seed in the women’s 50 breast.


Storey’s group of third-graders was equipped with Olympic swimming-themed coloring books, and they had crossword puzzles with clues such as “water glasses,” “how swimmers change direction at the wall” and “has won 23 gold medals.”

What did they enjoy the most? “That I get to see the swimmers race,” third-grader Brooklynn Finley said.

One of her classmates, Destinee Terrell, had a question: “How do they swim all the way down to the other end?”

“Years of hard work,” I answered.

Terrell added that she preferred watching the women’s events, but that had more to do with the strokes than the swimmers themselves. At that point, the only two events she had seen were the men’s 400 free and women’s 50 breast.

And why did she enjoy cheering for the Americans so much?

“Because they’re from the greatest country ever.”

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