COR Exercise of the Week: Clean to Press

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By Dr. G. John Mullen, DPT, CSCS – President COR – Sports Training and Physical Therapy

Many colleges and some high school strength programs utilize the clean, a popular Olympic Lifting technique. The clean is a complex movement requiring proper training and biomechanics. Due to the complexity of the movement, some strength coaches do not feel the clean is appropriate for swimmers (or swimmers at specific ages/skills), nonetheless having proper technique is important if the swimming program decides to perform the movement.

The clean to press helps a swimmer learn the technique of the clean to press, by decreasing the weight (having the bar half on the ground) and giving less stability on the bar (holding the edge). Before doing this action, having the swimmer squat and hip hinge properly is key. Make sure these movements are mastered first.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff. All swimming and dryland training and instruction should be performed under the supervision of a qualified coach or instructor, and in circumstances that ensure the safety of participants.

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Quinziato swaps bike for agent work as retirement kicks in

The World Championships were supposed to be Manuel Quinziato’s final race as a pro, but on the eve of the TTT, the BMC rider called time on his long career. On Monday the Italian will swap bib shorts for a business suit as he takes up a role as a rider agent.

Quinziato was down to ride the TTT in Bergen on Sunday, with the aim of closing out his career with a second world title in the event to his name. However, after seeing the 42.5km course in a recon ride, the 37-year-old held up his hand and declared that Tejay van Garderen – the team’s first reserve – should replace him.

“I took the decision on Thursday but I thought a lot about it and I feel I took the right decision,” Quinziato told Cyclingnews.

“The best decision for the team was also the best decision for me. I wouldn’t have forgiven myself if I’d stopped the team from having the best line-up. It’s important that I say that the responses I got from friends and on social media, really made me feel nice. People appreciated my honesty.”

For Quinziato, who joined BMC Racing in 2010, and helped them win the Tour de France a year later, said the decision to call time on his career came down to three simple factors.

“I’m not at 100 per cent,” he said.

“I didn’t have the legs of my life and I would have been good enough for a typical route but there were three factors: I wasn’t at 100 per cent; the parcours didn’t suit me; and we had a really strong reserve. If one of those things weren’t there then I would have raced. With those three things combining I felt like I was swimming against the river, so I spoke with my coach and then the team in the evening. Then I spoke to Tejay yesterday and he’s on track.”

Quinziato’s racing career may have ended with a DNF at the recent Canadian races but he was still in BMC Racing kit on Saturday morning. He and the rest of the team were riding reconnaissance over the lumpy course but Quinziato’s future will forever change on Monday morning.

“I feel blessed that I could do this job for 16 years. I decided last year that this would be my final season, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m happy to be here but from Monday I switch and I’ll be a rider agent. That’s my future. I can’t wait to start and with my masters degree in law, it’s going to be really good.”

In a career stretching back to Lampre in 2002, where he rode with BMC’s management pairing Max Sciandri and Marco Pinotti, Quinziato won sparingly. Instead he dedicated his time in the peloton to working for others, and supported Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans and Greg Van Avermaet to name but a few.

“I never had the shape or the engine to win a big classic but my win on the stage of the Eneco Tour, when I won over the Geraardsbergen was really special,” he said.

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CBDA Bans Tech Suits for Youth Brazilian Swimmers

Photo Courtesy: Erich Schlegel/USA TODAY Sports

Following many LSCs in the United States, the Brazilian Confederation of Aquatic Sports (CBDA) has banned high-performance tech suits for youth swimmers.

The latest on the American tech-suit bans can be found here, in an interview with Stu Isaac, who is serving as a consultant for USA Swimming as it tries to find a solution to the tech-suits-for-age-groupers issue.

For Brazilian age groupers, Director of Sports for the CBDA Renato Cordani explained the organization’s goals in banning the suits. The rule was put in place to create a more level playing field for the swimmers and decrease swimming expenses.

“We believe that this measure could contribute to the democratization of swimming, with a consequent increase in the base, which we hope will bear fruit if not in this, at least in the next Olympic cycles,” Cordani said.

Additionally, the CBDA hopes the switch will help improve mental training and confidence in young swimmers. Cordani said he wants swimmers to know that training, not a tech suit, makes a swimmer fast and disciplined.

The full press release, in its original Portuguese, can be found here.

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Great Midwest, Mountain East Combine For 2018 Conference Championship Meet

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The Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the Mountain East Conference have announced a partnership to host a men’s and women’s swimming and diving championship beginning with the 2017-18 season. The partnership will establish a NCAA conference championship event for men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams for members of both conferences.

“The swimming and diving partnership with the Mountain East provides the conferences the ability to enhance the championship experience for the leagues’ student-athletes,” said Great Midwest Commissioner Tom Daeger. “We are appreciative of MEC Commissioner Amos and all involved in the creation of the expanded championship. It is an example of the collaborative spirit in Division II and we are excited to work with the MEC staff as we build this event. We are confident the unification of the two leagues’ programs in the pool will provide a highly competitive atmosphere as student-athletes compete for their respective league titles.”

“We are very pleased to announce this partnership that will provide a championship experience for our MEC student-athletes and the G-MAC’s in men’s and women’s swimming,” said MEC Commissioner Reid Amos. “With this partnership, the MEC will now offer championship opportunities in 19 sports and we hope to continue to expand our championship profile. On behalf of the MEC, I would like to thank G-MAC Commissioner Daeger and members of both conferences who have engaged in this highly cooperative effort for the benefit of our collective student-athletes.”

The top 24 individuals in each event will advance to the championship. The meet will include preliminaries with the top eight finishers advancing to finals, excluding the 1,000-meter freestyle and 1,650-meter freestyle which will feature timed finals. Twenty-four places will be scored with each conference naming a team champion in addition to crowning an overall G-MAC-MEC champion. The top three in each event from each conference will be recognized as all-conference performers.

Great Midwest men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams consist of Alderson Broaddus University, Davis & Elkins College, Hillsdale College (women), University of Findlay, Malone University and Ursuline College (women).

Participating MEC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams include Fairmont State University, Notre Dame College, Urbana University and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The inaugural championship will take place at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio, on February, 14-17, 2018. Malone University will serve as the host institution for the four-day event.

The above press release courtesy of Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

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Rikako Ikee Sprints to New 50 Free World Junior Record

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Japanese sprinter Rikako Ikee successfully lowered her own National Record and World Junior Record in the 50-meter free at this weekend’s National Sports Festival of Japan.

The 17-year-old dashed to a striking 24.33 to slice .15 seconds off her previous personal best of 24.48, which stood as both the National and World Junior Records.

Ikee has a stronghold over the Japanese National long course meter records with top showings in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles, along with the 50 and 100 butterfly events. In addition to her national records, Ikee owns a total of six World Junior Records across both SCM and LCM races: 50 SCM fly (25.73), 100 SCM fly (56.42), 100 SCM Individual Medley (58.24), 50 LCM free (24.33), 50 LCM fly (25.51), and 200 LCM Individual Medley (2:09.98).

She recently competed at both the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, where she finished 16th in the semi-finals of the 50 (24.94) and sixth in the final of the 100 fly (57.08). At the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, she collected a total of three individual titles: 50 fly (25.46), 100 fly (57.25), and the 50 free (24.59).

With her continuing improvements, Ikee will be a key athlete to watch as the swimming world edges closer to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Alabama Sweeps Delta State to Open 2017-18 NCAA Competitive Season

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The Alabama swimming and diving team swept Delta State on Friday afternoon to open the 2017-18 NCAA competitive slate. The Alabama women beat Delta State 235-65 while the Crimson Tide men came out on top 231-69.

“It’s always fun to have the opportunity to see freshmen in a collegiate meet for the first time,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “That was especially true this year because we have such and enormous freshman class. For the most part I was very pleased with what I saw.”

The meet marked the fifth season in a row that the two teams have engaged in the first NCAA competition in the nation for the new season. The Crimson Tide won 15 of 16 women’s events, including both relays and both diving events. The Alabama men won 14 of 16 events, including both relays and both diving events.

“The thing I’m most pleased with is that we swam tough and our overall team dynamic was very good,” Pursley said. “They seemed to be bonding, embracing the opportunity, the environment and having fun. That’s a good place to be four weeks into the season.”

Freshman Flora Molnar led the way for the women, swimming on the winning 400 medley and freestyle relays as well as taking top honors in the 50 freestyle (23.19) and 100 butterfly (54.31). In addition to Molnar, fellow rookie Leonie Kullmann won the 200 and 500 freestyle in times of 1:51.43 and 4:59.43, respectively while the all freshman 400 freestyle relay of Molnar, Kullmann, Julia Kukla and Sezin Eligul came up with a 3:24.92 for the win.

“I think we’re going to have the strongest competitive environment, both in meets and in practice, that we’ve had on the women’s side since we’ve been here,” Pursley said. “So we’re excited about that.”

The Tide veterans also got into the act in the women’s meet. Senior Paige Matherson won the 1,000 freestyle (10:25.92) and the 200 butterfly (2:01.99) within the first five individual events while junior Justine Macfarlane won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, stopping the clock at 1:03.07 and 2:16.73, respectively.

In the deep end, junior Ayanna Woods won the 1 and 3-meter springboard events, totaling 261.75 and 256.34 points, respectively. Seniors Mia Nonnenberg and Bailey Scott nabbed titles as well. Nonnenberg won the 200 individual medley (2:04.92) while Scott won the 100 freestyle (51.38). Sophomore Kacey Oberlander also picked up a win, taking first in the 200 backstroke with a 2:02.47.

Junior Katie Kelsoe, Macfarlane, senior Hannah Musser and Molnar combined to win the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:44.41 to open the meet.

Junior Robert Howard and sophomore Kyle Maas led the way for the men. Howard won the 200 and 500 freestyles (1:39.74 and 4:38.33) and was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay while Maas won the 200 backstroke (1:51.16), 200 individual medley (1:51.79) and swam the breaststroke leg on the winning 400 medley relay.

Freshman Christian Strycker earned the men’s first individual win of the season, with a 9:36.79 in the 1,000 freestyle. Fellow newcomers Richard Miksi (200 breaststroke/2:07.47), Robby Costine (1-meter diving/308.92 points) and Austin Rettinghouse (3-meter diving/268.42 points), also earned their first career wins for the Tide.

Seniors Will Freeman (200 butterfly/1:49.83) and Christopher Reid (100 freestyle/45.59) along with sophomore Zane Waddell (50 freestyle/20.20) and junior Laurent Bams (100 butterfly/47.19) also earned individual wins against Delta State.

Reid, Maas, senior Luke Kaliszak and Waddell opened the men’s meet by winning the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:18.51 while Waddell, Bams, Howard and Kaliszak won the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:00.07 to close the meet.

Press release courtesy of Alabama Swimming & Diving. 

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World Championships Team Time Trial start lists

Start list for the elite men’s and women’s team time trials at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, which take place on Sunday September 17

The first events of the 2017 UCI World Championships are the men’s and women’s team time trials. These event are unique to the rest as they pit trade teams against each other, rather than splitting riders by nationality.

>>> Six things you need to know about the World Championships team time trial

Reigning champions Quick-Step Floors will be looking to make it two wins in a row, but they will face stiff competition from the likes of former winners BMC Racing and Team Sky.

Elite men’s team time trial

Astana
CATALDO Dario
CHERNETCKII Sergei
GATTO Oscar
GRIVKO Andrei
KORSAETH Truls
LUTSENKO Alexey

BMC Racing
DENNIS Rohan
DILLIER Silvan
KÜNG Stefan
OSS Daniel
SCOTSON Miles
VAN GARDEREN Tejay

Bora-Hansgrohe
BÁRTA Jan
BODNAR Maciej
BURGHARDT Marcus
KONRAD Patrick
PÖSTLBERGER Lukas
SARAMOTINS Aleksejs

Movistar
AMADOR Andrey
CASTROVIEJO Jonathan
DOWSETT Alex
ERVITI Imanol
IZAGIRRE Gorka
SÜTTERLIN Jasha

Orica-Scott
DURBRIDGE Luke
EDMONDSON Alexander
HEPBURN Michael
HOWSON Damien
IMPEY Daryl
TUFT Svein

Quick-Step Floors
BAUER Jack
GILBERT Philippe
JUNGELS Bob
LAMPAERT Yves
TERPSTRA Niki
VERMOTE Julien

Katusha-Alpecin
HOLLENSTEIN Reto
KRISTOFF Alexander
MACHADO Tiago
MARTIN Tony
MØRKØV Michael
POLITT Nils

LottoNL-Jumbo
BOOM Lars
CAMPENAERTS Victor
CLEMENT Stef
ROGLIC Primoz
VAN EMDEN Jos
VAN HOECKE Gijs

Team Sky
DOULL Owain
FROOME Chris
KIRYIENKA Vasil
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
MOSCON Gianni
THOMAS Geraint

Team Sunweb
DUMOULIN Tom
KÄMNA Lennard
KELDERMAN Wilco
ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
MATTHEWS Michael
OOMEN Sam

Trek-Segafredo
BRÄNDLE Matthias
COLEDAN Marco
DE KORT Koen
IRIZAR Markel
PANTANO Jarlinson
THEUNS Edward

CCC Sprandi Polkowice
BIALOBLOCKI Marcin
KOCH Jonas
OWSIAN Lukasz
PATERSKI Maciej
TACIAK Mateusz
TRATNIK Jan

Joker Icopal
FORFANG Ole
HAGEN Carl Fredrik
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
HOELGAARD Markus
HOEM Bjørn Tore
SKJERPING Kristoffer

Sangemini-MG. K Vis
BERNARDINI Simone
GAFFURINI Nicola
GAZZARA Michele
SALVIETTI Niccolò
SCARTEZZINI Michele
TOTÒ Paolo

Team Fixit.no
BLÅLID Marius
EIKELAND Ken Levi
LØVIK Asmund Romstad
MADSEN Kristoffer
ØVERLAND Bjørnar
SPIKSETH Elias Angell

Team Sparenanken Sor
AASVOLD Kristian
DAHL Herman
ERLAND Andreas
ROINAS Fridtjof
SKJOLD Mathias
THEODORSEN Petter
TRONDSEN Trond Hakon
VANGSTAD Andreas

Uno-X Hydrogen Development
FLØTTEN Audun Brekke
RESELL Erik Nordsaeter
RUDLAND Hans Kristian
SLEEN Torjus
TRAEEN Torstein
WAERSTED Syver

Elite women’s team time trial

Bepink Cogeas
71 JACKSON Alison
72 PATTARO Francesca
73 RAGUSA Katia
74 SANGUINETI Ilaria
75 VALSECCHI Silvia
76 ZABELINSKAYA Olga

Boels-Dolmans
1 BLAAK Chantal
2 CANUEL Karol-ann
5 GUARNIER Megan
6 MAJERUS Christine
8 PIETERS Amy
9 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna

BTC City Ljubljana
51 BATAGELJ Polona
52 BOOGAARD Maaike
53 BUJAK Eugenia
55 LECHNER Corinna
56 NILSSON Hanna
57 PINTAR Urša

Canyon-SRAM
12 BARNES Hannah
13 BRENNAUER Lisa
14 CECCHINI Elena
16 KRÖGER Mieke
18 RYAN Alexis
19 WORRACK Trixi

Cervelo-Bigla
21 POHL Stephanie
24 KLEIN Lisa
25 KOPPENBURG Clara
26 LEPISTÖ Lotta
27 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup
28 MOOLMAN Ashleigh

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
41 BIANNIC Aude
43 DEMAY Coralie
44 DUVAL Eugénie
46 FOURNIER Roxane
47 GILLOW Shara
48 KNETEMANN Roxane

Hitec Products
62 BECKER Charlotte
63 BJØRNSRUD Miriam
64 FRAPPORTI Simona
65 JOHNSEN Cecilie Gotaas
66 KESSLER Nina
69 THORSEN Thea

Team Sunweb
31 BRAND Lucinda
32 KIRCHMANN Leah
35 MACKAIJ Floortje
36 RIVERA Coryn
38 STULTIENS Sabrina
39 VAN DIJK Ellen

Veloconcept Women
81 KOSTER Claudia
82 SIGGAARD Christina
83 MATHIESEN Pernille
84 NEBEN Amber
85 PENTON Sara
86 VILLUMSEN Linda


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Davis Cup semi-finals: Australia and France lead after winning doubles

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Australia took a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium with victory in the doubles.

John Peers and Jordan Thompson beat Rubens Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef 6-3 6-4 6-0 on clay in Brussels.

In the other semi-final, nine-time champions France lead Serbia, who are without Novak Djokovic, 2-1.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1 6-2 7-6 (7-3) in less than two hours on clay in Lille.

Herbert and Mahut, two-time Grand Slam doubles winners, lost only two points on serve in the first set and were barely troubled.

Serbia began the day level at 1-1 following Friday’s singles rubbers, with world number 80 Dusan Lajovic having secured a shock victory over 22nd-ranked Lucas Pouille.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw off Davis Cup debutant Laslo Djere to level for favourites France, who are trying to win a first Davis Cup title since 2001.

The score was also level after the opening day in Brussels, after David Goffin beat John Millman and Nick Kyrgios came back from two sets to one down to beat Steve Darcis.

Australia, under captain Lleyton Hewitt, are attempting to secure a first Davis Cup triumph since 2003.

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US National Synchro Team Member Katie Reveno Writes Children’s Book

US 13-15 National Synchronized Swimming Team 2 member Katie Reveno, right, has written a children’s book on synchro. Photo Courtesy: John Migliore/Migz Media Group

By Dax Lowery, Swimming World contributor. 

Since discovering synchronized swimming at the age of 7, Katie Reveno has found her share of success in the water. The Portland, Ore., native grew up winning numerous medals at her local meets and has qualified and competed at the U.S. National Championships (with Top 25 finishes in figures) the past two years.

“Synchro has helped me to develop so much as a person,” she said. “It has made me a better teammate, more perseverant, hard-working and dedicated, which has also made me a better student in school.”

Reveno, 15, and a member of the Coral Springs Aquacades, would need that perseverance when trying out for the U.S. 13-15 National Team earlier this year.

“During one of the first rounds, I did extremely poorly in the skills competition, which led me to an overall place of 26th,” she said. “The spread was so wide compared to the other components that it hurt me a lot. I was very upset.”

Reveno had to make up ground if she wanted to make the team, so she got to work. With the final phase of trials just a few months away, she trained up to four more hours a day. She knew she had to perfect her routine down to every last hand position and head movement.

The extra effort paid off as she finished 12th in the final phase, moving her ranking up to 16th and a spot on the National Team 2.

“When I realized I made it, I actually wasn’t so much ecstatic as relieved,” she said. “It validated that all the dozens of extra hours I had spent had been worth it.”

Now she wants to spread the word on synchro to a younger generation.

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Katie Reveno wrote “Synchro Sisters Forever” as a way to introduce synchronized swimming to young girls. Photo Courtesy: Katie Reveno

“I have always wished that more young girls could benefit from synchro’s incredible impact. Because it is primarily female, I believe that synchro uniquely empowers girls in a way that many other sports do not,” she said. “When I was younger, I read all of the time, and I remember loving an easy-to-read chapter book series about fairies. Thinking back to this, I began to wonder why there weren’t any books about synchronized swimming geared towards the same age range (ages 5 to 8). After all, if children this age don’t even know what synchro is, how can they possibly get involved?”

So, despite her many hours or training – not to mention schoolwork and other extracurricular activities – Reveno carved out time to write an 80-page chapter book  titled, “Synchro Sisters Forever: Mermaid Dreams.” Proceeds from the book’s sales will go to USA Synchro, the sport’s national governing body.

“The book is about three best friends who love the water and dream about being mermaids. Together, they discover the amazing sport of synchronized swimming, which fits their interests in gymnastic, dance, and swimming perfectly,” Reveno said. “The book follows their journey from playing in their community pool, to learning about synchro and attending tryouts, to eventually making the team.”

Myriam Glez, USA Synchro’s Executive Director, is impressed with Reveno’s book.

“It is incredible that a 15-year-old is able to conduct such a project. I am amazed,” she said. “It is nice to finally see something that highlights the benefits of this great sport in a more friendly way. It is also very good that this is directed to young readers. My daughter is already hooked and hoping this will be a series.”

Just like in her synchro training, Reveno put in the extra work to make sure the book was as realistic as possible. She designed a survey and collected data from synchro swimmers across the country, asking them about their introduction to the sport and why the loved it. From more than 50 responses, she used the information to figure out which aspects of synchro to focus on in her story.

To cover the cost of printing and illustrations, Katie started a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $2,500. So far she has raised $3,515 from 73 backers.

“I was terrified that we would fall short, but, with the help of USA Synchro and the entire synchro community, we were able to raise $1,000 past our goal,” she said. “With this extra $1,000, we will be able to pay for color printing of the ‘Real Synchro Swimmers’ section at the back of the book, which is beyond amazing.”

To preorder the book on etsy, go to https://goo.gl/rqNHjU.

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Academy Bullets’ Camryn Streid Gives Verbal Nod to Cincinnati Bearcats

Photo Courtesy: Camryn Streid (Twitter)

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NEW COMMIT: Camryn Streid has verbally committed to swim for the University of Cincinnati. Streid is from Elburn, Illinois and swims for the Academy Bullets Swim Club. The senior at Aurora’s Rosary High School is primarily a butterflier with strong IMs as well.

Her best times are:

  • 200 Fly 2:00.46
  • 100 fly 55.25
  • 50 Fly 25.61
  • 400 IM 4:18.38
  • 200 IM 2:03.02

In the past year Streid knocked two seconds off her best 200 fly time, notching her best time at NCSA Junior Nationals. At the 2016 Illinois High School state championship last fall Streid finished eighth in the 200 IM after swimming her lifetime best time in prelims. The junior went on to win the 100 fly in 55.39. She also split a 23.26 on Rosary’s fourth place 200 medley relay.

She said in her announcement on Twitter,

“Excited to announce that I have verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati to continue my academic and athletic career! Go Bearcats!”

Her Academy Bullets teammate Kenzie Arens is also set to suit up for the Bearcats next fall. The two shouldn’t overlap in the pool though, as Arens is a distance freestyler.

Streid’s club teammates Jennifer Hauser and Spencer Walker have also given verbal commitments to continue their swimming careers in college.

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