Rocco Forte Open: Hoey two behind halfway leader Quiros

Michael Hoey

Rocco Forte Open second-round leaderboard
-15 Quiros (Spa); -13 Hoey (NI), Soderberg (Swe); -12 Lombard (SA), Horsey (Eng); -11 Foster (Eng), Li (Chi), Jacquelin (Fra)
Selected others:-9 Hurley (Ire), Wattel (Fra)
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Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey lies two shots behind leader Alvaro Quiros of Spain at the halfway point of the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily.

Hoey, who led after the first round alongside Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg after a brilliant 61, carded a three-under 68 in Friday’s second round.

Quiros birdied his last four holes for a 63 to go two strokes clear on 14 under par for the tournament.

Soderberg matched Hoey’s 68 and the pair are tied on 13 under.

Hoey, who lost his full European Tour card last year, recorded six birdies and three bogeys in his second round.

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Kerry Sherin Porter: From Masters to Paralympics, The Coach Who Does It All

Photo Courtesy: Kerry Sherin

Kerry Sherin Porter has been teaching and coaching swimming for over 30 years. Not only does she work with swimmers ranging from one year old to over 50, she even owns her own Youtube channel, on which she gives safety tips and technique tricks.

Her evolution as a coach over these past 30 years has been an astounding one; from teaching swim lessons and Mommy & Me classes, to coaching age-group swimmers, to leading a prestigious Masters’ program, to supporting and developing a Paralympics time trials finalist. Sherin Porter touches many lives through her work.

Swimming World: What is your favorite part about coaching Masters’ swimmers? How did you get involved with the program?

Sherin Porter: I morphed into a Masters’ coach because of my experience teaching adults to swim. Our practices are from 5:30-6:30 in the morning, so my swimmers are very grateful that I am on deck at such a god awful early morning hour ready with a workout for them. I set up multiple times for different lane abilities and they all work very hard to make their intervals within their lanes. They are mostly in their 40’s and 50’s but they want to swim like they’re teenagers – then they come back to me and tell me their shoulders are sore.

Swimming World: How is coaching Masters’ swimming different than coaching age-group swimmers?

Sherin Porter: Coaching my peers is more relaxed because everyone is swimming for fitness and for themselves. My job is to monitor practices to keep them in shape and injury free. My motto for Masters’ is that you’re not going to hurt yourselves at my practices because you’re swimming for life, not to make a cut or swim a lights-out personal best. The pressure is off. It’s more about the camaraderie.

Swimming World: Do you feel that there are benefits to continuing a swimming career past college, into Masters’?

Sherin Porter: Swimming provides us with life fitness. No matter what you do, I’ve found you need to come back to water to keep your body healthy and well. Water IS the fountain of youth.

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Sherin Porter’s teaching career also opened a special opportunity for her to coach Amanda Sheward. What started out as simply lessons became something more when Coach Sherin realized Amanda’s talent and drive to succeed. Being a para-swimmer, Amanda works very hard to train and compete at such a high level.

Swimming World: What about the para-swimming community? What accomplishments are you most proud of for your Paralympic swimmers?

Sherin Porter: Paralympic swimming is another incredibly inspiring experience – I have to be innovative all the time. There are a thousand ways to build on technique and at one point something will click, but para-swimmers have to be creative with their abilities, and para-coaches understand that. I’m humbled being part of this awesome community.

My swimmer Amanda medaled in the 200 breaststroke at the Can Am Para-Swimming Championships in March of this year and went to Paralympics time trials last summer, finaling in all five of her events. They were all proud moments, but I am proud every time I see her in the water and see how she trains above the norm to reach her goals.

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Photo Courtesy: Kerry Sherin

Swimming World: Why do you coach?

Sherin Porter: My teaching is a passion. I wouldn’t work the crazy hours I do if I didn’t love what I do. My goal in life is that everyone I touch or coach is safe in the water. Swimming goes far beyond just a sport – I did land sports all my life but the water keeps me healthy and in shape, and I want to give that gift to others. Swimmers are all-around athletes who have a special discipline that carries over into all aspects of life. I feel honored to serve my community in this way.

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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Is this the new 2017 Merida Reacto?

Vincenzo Nibali has been riding a new bike, but is it the new Merida Reacto?

The Giro d’Italia has always been a hotspot for new or developing bikes, which are usually hard to spot, though this time it looks like Merida has lifted the lid on its updated Merida Reacto – likely to be launched later this year.

Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia saw none other than Vincenzo Nibali, team leader of Bahrain-Merida for this year’s 100th Giro, ride what looks to be a updated Merida Reacto.

We reviewed its predecessor – the Merida Reacto Team E – previously and comparing it with the updated version here, we can see that the Merida Reacto looks to be largely the same with a few small changes.

We can see that the same deep down tube remains with the rear brake hidden behind the bottom bracket. A small cut out for the rear wheel along the seat tube still remains and although the square and chunky rear triangle looks pretty similar it could be reduced in size and more rounded where it meets the seat tube.

Changes, however, are more prominent at the front of the bike. The head tube arguably looks beefier but keeps that depth from the previous model. Whilst it looks to have had a trim at the top of the head tube, aesthetically at least looks better.

Finally the fork looks deeper and is recessed into the frame a little more than the previously Merida Reacto model. This makes for a rather sexy bike, especially with that paint scheme.

Nibali is using a Vision integrated handlebar and stem that may not be included in the production model. He also has the new SRM crank and power meter along with Fulcrum Racing Speed wheels to complete the aero package.

Expect to see him mix his Giro, as he has done so far, with this aero bike and the lightweight climbing bike from Merida, the Scultura.


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Castaic Lake Measured at 69 Degrees Fahrenheit; No Wetsuits for Open Water Nats

Wetsuits will not be allowed in the 10k races at U.S. Open Water Nationals in Castaic Lake after the lake was recorded at 69 degrees Fahrenheit at 9:30 a.m. local time Friday morning, just 90 minutes before the women’s race was scheduled to get underway.

According to a new rule passed by FINA and adopted by USA Swimming, wetsuits would have been optional at temperatures below 68 and required if the water was colder than 64.4 degrees, but the lake warmed up just enough to surpass that threshold.

Some coaches and swimmers had been concerned about the potentially chilly water and the last-minute changes to the wetsuit rule (announced less than two weeks before the race), but those concerns are avoided with the race-day temperature reading.

Click here to see the entry lists for Friday’s 10k races. The women’s race will take place at 11 a.m. PT and the men’s at 1:30 p.m., and full recaps will be available on Swimming World after the races conclude.

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Five taking points from stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia

It was all about one man again on stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia…

Fernando Gaviria’s best win yet

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) wins stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Four wins in a debut Grand Tour is an incredible feat, especially if you’re 22. But to take your fourth in such impressive style is even more incredible.

As the riders at the front of the bunch began to unleash their sprints for the line, Fernando Gaviria was barely in touching distance of them.

Someone near you probably said, or you probably thought to yourself, ‘Gaviria’s out of this one’. But the Colombian put in an incredible turn of speed to come round the right side of the front group of riders to beat Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) who were already in full sprint.

Not only did Gaviria come from 10 metres or so behind to beat them, he was able to sit up and celebrate ahead of the line.

If you weren’t impressed before by his talent during this Giro, this surely secures his status as one of the hottest prospects in cycling.

Now we wait for the mouthwatering prospect of Gaviria versus Peter Sagan at one of the Grand Tours…

Ewan left frustrated (again)

Caleb Ewan at the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

After his win on stage seven, it was a return to the same old frustrations for Caleb Ewan.

Aside from his win on the tricky finish on the seventh day of racing, Ewan has missed out on fighting for victory in the sprint stages for various reasons.

Today, he seemed to get box in by the slowing leadout mean, and was visibly annoyed as he realised there was no way through to the front.

As Bora and Quick-Step’s final leadout riders drifted to the right of the road, Ewan appeared to get sandwiched somewhere between, coming shoulder to shoulder with Max Richeze (Quick-Step) at one point.

Gaviria was able to alongside the barriers on the right hand side, while the Australian appeared to miss his opportunity to take a jump to the left and get round Rudi Selig (Bora) as he finished his effort for Sam Bennett.

It’ll be doubly frustrating for the young Aussie, as he’ll likely call it quits at the Giro after today with this the final sprint stage on the 2017 route.

That lived up to the hype

Tom Dumoulin rides amongst the peloton on stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia 2017 (Sunada)

And that hype was…that this stage wouldn’t be that entertaining.

While the very final part of the sprint issued some excitement because of Gaviria’s fantastic effort, the rest of the day was, well, pretty forgettable.

If you left the room for two hours (or more) and came back, you definitely wouldn’t have missed much.

Farewell sprinters, we hardly knew ye

André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) celebrates victory on stage two of the 2017 Giro d’Italia (Photo: Sunada)

And it’s goodbye to many of the sprinters.

André Greipel said it was an “easy decision” for the fast-men to jump ship from the Giro at this point. Frankly, that’s understandable. If you’ve not got a penchant for climbing, a trip up the Mortirolo, the Stelvio and the Monte Grappa with only a time trial waiting for you on the final day is not going to give you much motivation.

Gaviria is likely to be the only one who holds on through the next week and a bit, with his team keen to give him the full experience (horror) of a three-week race, while the man himself will be eager to seal the maglia ciclamino points jersey.

Mountains, mountains, mountains

The GC contenders on Blockhaus (Foto LaPresse – Fabio Ferrari)

From here on in, it’s pretty much GC stages all the way. There’s a couple which are likely to see the main men finish all together, but we’ve got some big days coming up, starting with the next summit finish on Saturday.

Despite the loss of Geraint Thomas for good to this year’s GC narrative, we’ve still got to wait and see how Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) copes on the really big mountain days.


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Get half marathon ready

Summer’s the perfect time to get out and start training for your big day. Follow your training schedule to make sure you meet your fitness goals, and in the last few weeks of training make sure you include these tips to get a PB! 

Get drilling

Doing some basic running drills is the key to boosting your running efficiency and working towards a better performance come race day. Think arm swings, high knees and running on the spot. ‘The point of these exercises is to wake up the nervous system, warm up all the muscle tissue, and put the joints through their full range of motion,’ says elite running coach Andrew Kastor (coachkastor.com). ‘This allows your body to move more efficiently.’ 

Each exercise has a different purpose. ‘High knees activate the hip flexor muscle tissue, butt kicks activate the hamstrings and provide a subtle stretch in the quadriceps, and movements such as “fast feet” [running on the spot] excite and heighten the nervous system minutes before you need to perform fast running,’ says Andrew. 

Keep up the tempo

A great soundtrack is a sure-fire way to boost your running motivation, but it’s also the secret to giving your all out there on the pavement. ‘Music can make your runs much more interesting, but studies also suggest that music with an upbeat tempo, similar to your stride rate, can actually help you run harder, for longer,’ says Jessica. The best tracks are those that match the pace you’re aiming to stick to, so head to jog.fm for a great selection of music designed to suit every pace – you can even browse by your speed per kilometre. But do bear in mind that you won’t always be able to rely on music to get you through. ‘It’s well worth putting together a running playlist, but don’t get entirely reliant on it,’ says Jessica. ‘A lot of marathons and races won’t let you wear headphones.’

Fire up your backside

If you want that extra advantage on race day, focus on getting your best asset working its hardest. ‘Spending all day sitting down puts most people’s glute muscles to sleep,’ says Jessica. ‘And runners are often no different – if yours aren’t firing properly, you won’t be as efficient as you could be.’ So how do you fire up your backside? ‘Try the wall squat – stand in front of a wall with your toes touching it, and sit backwards into a squat,’ Jessica tips. ‘If you find it impossible, or your knees are touching the wall, your glutes aren’t working properly.’ But don’t worry, it’s easily fixed. ‘Add some glute bridges into your routine: lie on your back with your feet close to your bum, and drive off your heels to push your hips into the air. Too easy? Try with one leg in the air.’   

Scale the hills

Want to build leg strength and boost your speed? Hill runs are about to become your best bud. ‘Running hill repeats is resistance training in disguise!’ says Andrew. ‘The muscles recruited to run up a hill strengthen as they are the ones with the most amount of stress being applied to them.’ Hills can also help to boost your running form and efficiency when you return to the flat. ‘Running hills helps refine your biomechanics for flat-land running,’ says Andrew. ‘Running uphill is very hard to do with bad mechanics, so the body gradually begins to recruit muscle tissue much more efficiently.’ And a more efficient runner is almost always a faster runner.

Fuel up

Get your nutrition right and you’ll give yourself a real head start. But don’t go mad on the pre-run spag bol. ‘There’s no real need to carb-load as a recreational runner, so forget massive bowls of pasta,’ says personal trainer Jessica Wolny (jessicawolny.com). ‘Just eat balanced meals, with plenty of protein and veg.’

But what if your energy is running low before you even get out there? ‘If you feel like you need a bit more energy pre-run, a slice of toast with a banana can help,’ Jessica says. ‘You’ll get instant energy from the fructose sugars in the banana, and slower-release energy from the toast.’ Plus it’s super-cheap.

On shorter runs you shouldn’t need a snack mid-run to keep going. ‘A good rule of thumb is that you don’t need to refuel during any run that’s shorter than an hour,’ Jessica explains. So what about long-haul runs? ‘If you’re running a half (or longer), it’s worth experimenting to see what works for you on training runs.’ Trying something new on the big day is a no-no. ‘Don’t try any gel, drink or pill for the first time on race day,’ tips Jessica.

Dave Brailsford: ‘Geraint is one of the toughest…but it was clear he couldn’t continue’

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford says there’s plenty for Geraint Thomas to look forward to this season despite his nightmare at the Giro d’Italia

Geraint Thomas would have probably continued in the Giro d’Italia despite pain due to Sunday’s crash, but Team Sky said that they needed to look after their star rider with other goals like the Tour de France on the horizon.

On Friday morning, instead of racing the 13th stage, Thomas flew from Milan to Manchester for evaluation and rest.

>>> Crashes, time penalties, and stomach problems: a history of Team Sky’s bad luck at the Giro d’Italia

“The way he dealt with the impact was typical Geraint,” team principal David Brailsford said. “Because he deals with those things in a very professional and classy way.

“It’s easy to underestimate the impact of a crash because he hit the ground pretty hard, at over 50 kilometres an hour and caused some damage.

“He’s is one of the toughest and he can take a lot of pain, he’s got a very high pain threshold but at a certain point, you have to take action because he doesn’t complain about it.

“Just because he doesn’t complain about it doesn’t mean it hadn’t had an impact.”

Thomas left complaining of shoulder, but above all, knee pain due to a crash in Sunday’s stage to Blockhaus.

Geraint Thomas abandons after suffering injuries on Blockhaus. Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

A police motorbike parked on the roadside caused a wave of crashes including Thomas, Sky co-captain Mikel Landa, Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) and Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb). Kelderman, helper for overall race leader Tom Dumoulin, abandoned immediately with a fractured finger.

Welshman Thomas, 31 next week, pushed on earlier this week following the rest day. He nearly won the time trial, but lost time in the next two stages. On Thursday, he could not hold the group speeding to Emilia Romagna for the sprint finish.

“It was not a difficult decision at all [to abandon]. He couldn’t continue quite frankly,” Brailsford said. “He was in a lot of pain and you can see that from yesterday [stage 12], he was dropped in the final on a flat stage. He was suffering quite a lot and it was quite an easy decision after that.

“It’s a disappointing one when you look at the bigger picture. However, he needs to get that knee sorted out and he needs some good medical care, to have a full assessment and treatment.

“We have to look after him and do the right thing and hopefully he bounces back and he’ll be looking to do the Tour de France. Brad Wiggins had one of those best performances in the Vuelta a España after he broke his collarbone in the Tour.”


Watch: Giro d’Italia stage 16-21 preview


Thomas could be Sky’s second classification option in the Tour de France as Chris Froome races for a fourth title. Having another option, as the Giro has shown, is always wise for any team.

“It’s too early to say [about the Tour] but we need to get full examination of the injury and after this afternoon we’ll be able to assess and recalibrate,” added Brailsford.

“But he’s in good shape physically so I think you just need to readjust to have a little break mentally as anybody would want to.

“And then you a build up again and hopefully coming to the Tour with the same condition that he had for the Giro which would be pretty exciting.”


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Cincinnati Picks Up Early Verbal From Distance Freestyler Kenzie Arens

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Academy Bullets’ Kenzie Arens has given her verbal commitment to swim for the University of Cincinnati beginning in the fall of 2018.

The freestyler has immediate scoring potential at the American Athletic Conference Championship.

Her best times are:

  • 200 Free 1:55.38
  • 500 Free 4:57.61
  • 1000 Free 10:20.86
  • 1650 Free 16:56.51

Arens’ best conference finish would have been ninth in the 1650. Sara Wanasek led the team’s distance efforts this year, but she will have graduated by Arens’ arrival. Sarah Laabs (16:39.26) finished fifth this year as a freshman and sophomore Caroline Sheehan (17:04.52) placed ninth. Arens will fit between that duo in the distance training group.

To report a verbal commitment email HS@swimmingworld.com.

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Wright State University Cuts Swimming as Cost-Cutting Measure

Wright State University announced Friday morning that it is cutting it’s women’s and men’s swimming and diving programs “effective immediately.”

Located outside of Dayton, Ohio, Wright State’s women finished seventh in the eight-team Horizon League championships this year, and the men were fourth out of seven teams. But the program will cease to exist immediately. All student-athletes will be allowed to transfer without penalty, and scholarships will continue to be honored.

Both the University of Buffalo and the University of North Dakota have cut their swimming programs this spring, leaving athletes little time to find an institution to transfer to. Wright State swimmers wishing to continue their careers will be at an even greater disadvantage, as their news did not break until late May.

Read the full press release from Wright State here:

Wright State University announced today that Intercollegiate Athletics will implement cost-cutting measures that will eliminate men’s and women’s swimming & diving, effective immediately.

Athletics expects to save approximately $500,000 annually in scholarship costs, salaries, team budgets, travel and facility maintenance, once all of the cutbacks are fully realized.  The department will continue to honor the financial aid of all student-athletes affected until they graduate.  These student-athletes will be permitted, by NCAA rules, to transfer to another institution without penalty.

“This is the most difficult decision I have been involved with since it will have such a large impact on the lives of our student-athletes and staff,” Wright State director of athletics Bob Grant said.  “These student-athletes have been great ambassadors for the University, in and out of competition.”

“We have spent the past few months working with the University leadership to find ways to help with the financial crisis on campus,” Grant said.  “Unfortunately, in these difficult times, we need to do what is in the long-term, best interests of the University.”

Grant met with the coaches involved in the decision yesterday, and the student-athletes were informed this morning.

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