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Take a look at the mechanics of the head and neck with this tutorial by Colleen Glenn-Wilson. She focuses mostly on flexion of the cervical spine, sharing techniques that will help you strengthen the muscles you need to lift you head up during Pilates work. She explains the anatomy of this area so that we can understand how it is designed to move, then offers simple exercises that will work the neck against gravity using the proper muscles.

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2017 Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara: Sunday Morning Heat Sheets

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The last morning of the Santa Clara Arena Pro Swim Series will go off Sunday morning with eight events. Katie McLaughlin and Kelsi Worrell will start the morning in the heats of the 200 fly, while Jack CongerChase Kalisz and Tom Shields will go head to head in the men’s version.

The men’s 100 breast will be a good race as Kevin Cordes, Michael Andrew, Nic Fink, Will Licon and Josh Prenot are all set to swim in the prelims Sunday morning and it could provide for a great final. The crowd will also get to see Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse in the 100 back, where she is the third fastest performer in history in the event, as well as the world record holder Ryan Murphy. The 200 IM will finish the morning with Madisyn Cox and Chase Kalisz entering the morning as the top seeds.

2017 Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, Day Four Prelims Heat Sheets – Results

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(Video Interview) Ryan Murphy “Definitely In Really Good Shape”

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Cal’s Ryan Murphy out-touched teammate Jacob Pebley for the win in the men’s 200 back at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara. The three-time Olympic gold medalist finished in 1:57.09.

Murphy talks about turning into a professional swimmer and being surrounded by motivated people with similar goals. The world record holder also discusses his accomplishments in Rio and how he needs to implement his race strategy heading into this summer.

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(Video Interview) Katie Ledecky Working Towards Putting The Pieces Together

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Katie Ledecky swam a world-leading time of 1:55.34 for 2017 in the women’s 200 free at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara. She won the event by over three seconds en route to setting a new meet record.

Ledecky talks about working towards her ambitious goals and not putting any pressure on herself. She also discusses the competitive atmosphere at Trials and describes how the Olympics is the best feeling in the world.

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Kelsi Worrell Now Undisputed American Queen of 100 Fly

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By David Rieder.

The last time Kelsi Worrell traveled west to race a 100 fly, she got her hand on the wall first, but it wasn’t pretty. At the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Mesa, Ariz., Worrell had to come from behind to get to the wall before Louise Hansson, and her final time was a sluggish 58.60.

“The race felt really heavy. From the beginning that’s how I describe it. Nothing was easy about it,” Worrell said after that race in Mesa.

But Worrell explained that she had a very good reason to be feeling sluggish in the water: She had just returned from her first-ever altitude training camp, where she swam with Greg Meehan and several members of his Stanford women’s team for two weeks in Colorado Springs.

“It’s definitely humbling,” Worrell said of training with a group that includes Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky. “They train so well, and so I walked way like, ‘Wow.’ I got my butt kicked a little bit, but I also had fun. They’re a great group to train with. I was able to push myself, and it has translated back at Louisville.”

She’s also translated that success to the racing pool, as Worrell’s efforts her signature 100 fly have been much improved at the last two stops of the Arena Pro Swim Series. She won in Atlanta in 57.50 and then in Santa Clara in 57.44.

Her Santa Clara time ranks as the second-best in-season performance of her career and the sixth-fastest time in the world. Worrell actually swam faster than she did in the Olympic semi-finals, where she finished a disappointing ninth.

Worrell first broke out as a short course star, becoming the first woman to swim the 100-yard fly under 50 seconds at the 2015 NCAA championships, but over the last two years she has grown into a prolific long course 100 butterflyer.

That rise culminated with her win in the event at Olympic Trials last year, when she beat then-defending gold medalist Dana Vollmer and touched in 56.48, making her only the second American woman to ever crack 57. Now, after a full year as a professional swimmer, Worrell only feels more comfortable in the race.

“This year I didn’t race a lot of short course, and so I put a little more emphasis on long course training,” she said. “I haven’t been rested for a long time now—this is my first year without a rested short course meet. It’s been a different experience this year. I am really enjoying 100 fly long course now.”

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When Worrell did not make the Olympic final in the event, the U.S. team had a solid fallback option in Vollmer, who ended up capturing the bronze medal. Now, with Vollmer expecting a second child this summer and out of competition, Worrell is clearly the No. 1 U.S. option in the event.

If she finishes first in the 100 fly at U.S. Nationals as expected, Worrell would earn spots in that event as well as the 50 fly and on the U.S. 400 medley relay team at the World Championships in Budapest.

On top of that, she could also go after a spot in the 200 fly or on the 400 free relay—and even possibly the 50 free. Worrell won that event in Santa Clara in 25.11, a time that only two Americans (Simone Manuel and Madison Kennedy) have surpassed this season.

Worrell does have some experience swimming a larger program at a major meet—at the Short Course World Championships this December in Windsor, Worrell won silver medals in all three butterfly events while also filling holes for the U.S. team on five different relays.

“It makes it a lot more fun,” Worrell said. “Instead of sitting around—at the Olympics I was sitting around for five or six days between my events. Still loved cheering and being part of Team USA, but it is different to be part of so many relays and so many events, so that is a motivation for this year, too.”

But regardless of what she can manage in the off-events, Worrell’s abilities in the two-lap butterfly race mean she’s likely to be a key piece of the American squad that heads to Budapest.

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What’s Next for Three-Time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel?

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By David Rieder.

Elizabeth Beisel did not go to a swim meet for more than nine months. After the Olympics in Rio, she took a break from the sport, traveling the world with fellow three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt and moving back home to Rhode Island, where she did some reporting work with the NBC-affiliate TV station in Providence.

She was not training and wasn’t sure where she stood with the sport.

“I didn’t know if I was retired or not,” Beisel said. Then she clarified: “I don’t think I was ever retired. I was just on a very long break, and I needed that. I hadn’t taken a break from swimming since I was 11 years old.”

All along, even before she made her third Olympic team and finished sixth in the 400 IM in Rio, Beisel had planned on coming back to the sport in time to compete in the summer of 2017, but the question had been when.

“It could have been three months, or it could have been seven or eight months,” she said. “I was going to come back on my own terms when I felt comfortable coming back. I started to miss it, and that’s when I got in the water.”

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In March, she began training regularly at Bluefish Swim Club with Chuck Batchelor, the same coach who guided her onto her first Olympic team as a 15-year-old in 2008. In April, she accompanied Bluefish to an altitude training camp in Colorado Springs, and she returned for a camp with Bob Bowman shortly after that.

During that second training camp, Beisel trained with a group that included Olympians Conor Dwyer, Chase Kalisz, Jay LitherlandGunnar Bentz and Cierra Runge, and even with her relative lack of training, she managed to keep up.

“Bob told me that I needed to be in shape when I came, and I did my best to be in shape,” she said. “I was pretty proud of myself. I was making the intervals. I gave my best effort every practice. As every camp goes, you get better as the camp goes on, and so by the end of the camp, it was time to fly here, and I was feeling pretty good in the water.”

But swimming well in practice is still a long way from a competitive 400 IM against an elite field, and Beisel knew she would have her work cut out for her when she made her return to racing at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif.

“I hadn’t put on a racing suit in ten months,” she said. “I hadn’t been off the blocks in ten months.”

Given the layoff, it was unrealistic for Beisel or her coaches, Batchelor and Florida head coach Gregg Troy, to expect anything close to her best. Beisel insists that she had zero expectations for how she would perform, so she has no complaints about what’s she managed so far.

On the meet’s second day, she swam a time trial in the 200 back and finished in 2:13.67. In her signature 400 IM, she qualified second for the final in 4:44.77 and then an impressive 4:40.00 to finish second behind Madisyn Cox in the final.

So what do those performances mean?

“I think it means I have an incredible base thanks to Chuck and Gregg,” she said. “If you told me two months ago that I was going to go that fast, I would have literally laughed at you.”

Still, she faces a battle to get on her seventh straight World Championships team when USA Swimming selects its roster later this month in Indianapolis. Even though Katie Ledecky, the fastest American so far this year, is unlikely to swim the race at Trials, Beisel will face a talented field that will include Cox, two-time NCAA champion Ella Eastin and Trials third-place finisher Bethany Galat.

Going to Trials With an Open Mind

But Beisel is not letting any of what’s on paper bother her. For all the difficult objectives she’s aimed for in the past, her goal over the next month might actually be more challenging than an American record or Olympic gold in the 400 IM, both of which she barely missed in 2012.

She wants to go to World Championship Trials, the biggest meet on U.S. soil all year, with an open mind and no expectations.

“Every single summer I’ve had hard goals, I’ve had things I’ve wanted to do, and those expectations can weigh down on you,” she said. “I’m just working on having fun and enjoying the process right now rather than thinking about the outcome.”

That’s because Beisel knows that the end of her career “won’t be far from now.” She has no firm plans after Trials, so she wants to make sure to appreciate and enjoy her entire week in Indianapolis.

“I’m going to try to think of it as another meet and another chance for me to have fun and to soak in doing what I love. I don’t know what the rest of my career is going to look like,” she said.

“I could make the Worlds team, or I could not. But while I’m there, I’m going to make sure that I put in the best effort I could have, and whether that’s first place or eighth place or whatever it is, I’m going to be able to walk away from that meet knowing that in the two or three months I was in the water, I did everything I could to make sure I would be the best that I could be at Trials.”

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The knowledge that she may be going through her final swimming season is a feeling Beisel calls weird, exciting and sad, but she feels her long break helped her realize what else she has to offer the world in a life outside the pool.

“You hear it so many times—swimmers really identify themselves as one thing, and that’s as a swimmer and an athlete. But I think one thing that I learned on my break is that I’m so much more than just a swimmer,” she said. “I feel like sometimes we can get a little lost inside this swimming bubble and we don’t really give ourselves a chance to explore the world. I think I’m really excited for that opportunity.”

Also through her time off, Beisel gained some perspective. She finished up in Rio dissatisfied with her performance in her lone event, the 400 IM. She ended up sixth in 4:34.98, more than three seconds slower than her lifetime best and a second-and-a-half short of her season-best time of 4:33.55.

Beisel would sit in the stands as a cheerleader for Team USA over the next seven days, and she says it was her role as team captain that saved her from “going into a downward spiral, feeling bad for myself.”

Her journey to Rio had been far from smooth, as Beisel ended up in the hospital for several days just a week before Olympic Trials before breaking a finger in warm-ups during Trials. But that’s not the reason she learned to be okay with how the Olympics turned out.

“I look at myself and say, ‘I got sixth at the Olympics,’” she said. “Maybe people expected more from me, but in the grand scheme of life, I was still the sixth-best person in the world. I think as athletes we become numb to that.”

Coming Full-Circle

Nine years earlier in 2008, a 15-year-old Elizabeth Beisel competed in Santa Clara and won the women’s 400 IM in a lifetime-best time of 4:36.75. It was that effort that earned her the No. 2 seed in the event at U.S. Olympic Trials that year, where she would go on to earn her first Olympic berth.

Now, in 2017, Beisel has begun contemplating her next moves, her life when swimming will not be the focal point of her life, when she won’t come to meets like Santa Clara year in and year out.

“There’s so many things out there in the world, and I’ve given my life to swimming,” she said. “In the near future, it’s going to be time to give myself to something else, and I’m completely fine with that.”

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Kelsi Worrell Out-Touches Lia Neal in 50 Free in Santa Clara

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In the women’s 50 free final, Kelsi Worrell out-touched Lia Neal by .01 in the event on Saturday night in Santa Clara. Worrell swam a 25.11 to out-touch Neal at 25.12. Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil was third in the race at 25.25. Worrell won the race without Olympic silver medalist Simone Manuel who scratched this morning before prelims. Worrell or Neal would be valuable assets for the US on the 4×100 free relay moving forward if they end up making the team in Indianapolis.

Katrina Konopka (25.31), Farida Osman (25.42), Marta Ciesla (25.65), Rebecca Millard (25.69), Amy Bilquist (25.71) and Caroline Baldwin (25.75) also swam in the A-Final.

 Event 17  Women 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Worrell, Kelsi E       22 Cardinal Aquatic    25.70      25.11  
  2 Neal, Lia M            22 Un-Stanford-PC-     25.43      25.12  
  3 Weitzeil, Abbey R      20 Cal-PC-             25.47      25.25  
  4 Konopka, Katrina M     20 Tucson Ford Deal    25.94      25.31  
  5 Osman, Farida H        22 Cal-PC-             25.63      25.42  
  6 Ciesla, Marta K        18 1968-FG-            26.05      25.65  
  7 Millard, Rebecca A     22 Una Txla-ST-        25.92      25.69  
  8 Bilquist, Amy M        19 Cal-PC-             25.77      25.71  
  9 Baldwin, Caroline G    21 North Carolina A    25.81      25.75

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Ryan Murphy Out-Duels Jacob Pebley in 200 Back in Santa Clara

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Ryan Murphy got a good push from Cal teammate Jacob Pebley in the 200 back final on Saturday night in Santa Clara with a 1:57.09 to Pebley’s 1:57.41. Those two were the class of the field, and will be the favorites headed into Indianapolis later this summer at the World Championship Trials. Both of those guys have already swum 1:55’s earlier this year, so they were a little off tonight. Grigory Tarasevich was third at 1:59.41.

Andy Song (2:01.68), Corey Main (2:02.87), Maxime Rooney (2:03.15), Richard Bohus (2:04.43), Curtis Ogren (2:04.99) and Abrahm DeVine (DQ) all swam in the A-final.


 Event 16  Men 200 LC Meter Backstroke
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    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Murphy, Ryan F         21 Cal-PC-           2:01.04    1:57.09  
                 27.59        57.37 (29.78)
        1:27.83 (30.46)     1:57.09 (29.26)
  2 Pebley, Jacob M        23 Cal-PC-           2:00.72    1:57.41  
                 27.83        57.60 (29.77)
        1:28.04 (30.44)     1:57.41 (29.37)
  3 Tarasevich, Grigory A  21 Cardinal Aquatic  2:01.05    1:59.41  
                 28.54        58.83 (30.29)
        1:29.36 (30.53)     1:59.41 (30.05)
  4 Song, Andy X           18 Cal-PC-           2:03.49    2:01.68  
                 28.77        59.42 (30.65)
        1:30.78 (31.36)     2:01.68 (30.90)
  5 Main, Corey C          22 Gator Swim Club-  2:02.02    2:02.87  
                 28.71        59.98 (31.27)
        1:31.79 (31.81)     2:02.87 (31.08)
  6 Rooney, Maxime P       19 Pleasanton Seaha  2:03.54    2:03.15  
                 28.94        59.58 (30.64)
        1:31.69 (32.11)     2:03.15 (31.46)
  7 Bohus, Richard         24 Un-Arizona State  2:03.52    2:04.43  
                 29.09      1:00.99 (31.90)
        1:33.55 (32.56)     2:04.43 (30.88)
  8 Ogren, Curtis E        21 Un-Stanford-PC-   2:03.70    2:04.99  
                 29.27      1:00.85 (31.58)
        1:32.95 (32.10)     2:04.99 (32.04)

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Hilary Caldwell Wins 200 Back Over Stacked Field in Santa Clara

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Canadian veteran Hilary Caldwell out swam a solid field in the women’s 200 backstroke in Santa Clara with a 2:09.20 to be the only swimmer under 2:10 in the final. Caldwell was the Olympic bronze medalist last summer. Caldwell, 26, out raced 15-year-old rising star Regan Smith from the state of Minnesota (2:10.35) and fellow Canadian Olympian Kylie Masse (2:10.41). Smith is now the second fastest American this year behind fellow youngster Eva Merrell (2:10.22 from Austin). Caldwell and Masse will be off to Budapest for Canada later this summer as they sit second and fourth in the world rankings from earlier this year, with Masse in second just behind Australia’s Emily Seebohm.

Erin Voss (2:10.81), Kathleen Baker (2:11.24), Ally Howe (2:12.30), Claudia Lau (2:14.60), Janet Hu (2:14.61) and Allie Szekely (2:14.73) also swam in the A-fnal.

 Event 15  Women 200 LC Meter Backstroke
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    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Caldwell, Hilary A     26 Island Swimming-  2:10.96    2:09.20  
                 30.96      1:03.51 (32.55)
        1:36.53 (33.02)     2:09.20 (32.67)
  2 Smith, Regan E         15 Riptide Swim Tea  2:10.85    2:10.35  
                 30.77      1:03.69 (32.92)
        1:37.23 (33.54)     2:10.35 (33.12)
  3 Masse, Kylie           21 Windsor-Essex-    2:09.89    2:10.41  
                 30.17      1:03.83 (33.66)
        1:37.50 (33.67)     2:10.41 (32.91)
  4 Voss, Erin E           18 Un-Stanford-PC-   2:12.18    2:10.81  
                 31.47      1:04.72 (33.25)
        1:38.05 (33.33)     2:10.81 (32.76)
  5 Baker, Kathleen S      20 Una MAC-NC-       2:10.79    2:11.24  
                 30.28      1:03.44 (33.16)
        1:37.80 (34.36)     2:11.24 (33.44)
  6 Howe, Ally J           21 Un-Stanford-PC-   2:12.97    2:12.30  
                 31.12      1:04.60 (33.48)
        1:38.46 (33.86)     2:12.30 (33.84)
  7 Lau, Claudia C         24 Hong Kong-        2:13.65    2:14.60  
                 31.95      1:06.09 (34.14)
        1:40.59 (34.50)     2:14.60 (34.01)
  8 Hu, Janet Y            21 Un-Stanford-PC-   2:13.32    2:14.61  
                 32.41      1:06.28 (33.87)
        1:40.95 (34.67)     2:14.61 (33.66)
  9 Szekely, Allie E       19 Un-Stanford-PC-   2:12.54    2:14.73  
                 32.26      1:05.78 (33.52)
        1:40.80 (35.02)     2:14.73 (33.93)

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Jay Litherland Surprises in 200 Free 20 Minutes After 400 IM Win

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Just 20 minutes after posting a solid 4:13 in the 400 IM, Jay Litherland used a stellar last 50 in the 200 free to win the race at 1:49.28 to just out-touch Long Gutierrez (1:49.49) and Conor Dwyer (1:49.53). Litherland, as well as the rest of the Georgia distance squad, has been known to pull off impressive doubles like this in the past, and no one is surprised at Litherland’s closing speed.

Conor Dwyer was also in the field and is swimming in his first meet since Rio where he was the bronze medalist in this event. Gunnar Bentz (1:49.54), Dion Dreesens (1:49.78), Jack Conger (1:49.96), Chase Kalisz (1:50.47), Jorge Iga (1:50.69) and Michael Weiss (1:50.88) also swam in the A-final.

 Event 14  Men 200 LC Meter Freestyle
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    Name                  Age Team              Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Litherland, Jay Y      21 Dynamo Swim Club  1:49.76    1:49.28  
                 26.06        54.09 (28.03)
        1:21.81 (27.72)     1:49.28 (27.47)
  2 Gutierrez, Long M      22 Cal-PC-           1:49.62    1:49.49  
                 25.84        53.67 (27.83)
        1:22.08 (28.41)     1:49.49 (27.41)
  3 Dwyer, Conor J         28 Trojan Swim Club  1:49.47    1:49.53  
                 25.87        53.61 (27.74)
        1:21.47 (27.86)     1:49.53 (28.06)
  4 Bentz, Gunnar G        21 Georgia-GA-       1:49.96    1:49.54  
                 26.71        54.83 (28.12)
        1:22.65 (27.82)     1:49.54 (26.89)
  5 Dreesens, Dion         24 Una MAC-NC-       1:49.67    1:49.78  
                 25.87        53.87 (28.00)
        1:21.91 (28.04)     1:49.78 (27.87)
  6 Conger, Jack P         22 Una Ncap-PV-      1:50.54    1:49.96  
                 25.78        53.85 (28.07)
        1:22.22 (28.37)     1:49.96 (27.74)
  7 Kalisz, Chase T        23 North Baltimore-  1:50.47    1:50.47  
                 26.50        54.35 (27.85)
        1:23.08 (28.73)     1:50.47 (27.39)
  8 Iga, Jorge A           20 Mexico-           1:50.32    1:50.69  
                 26.28        54.33 (28.05)
        1:22.71 (28.38)     1:50.69 (27.98)
  9 Weiss, Michael T       26 Wisconsin Aquati  1:50.32    1:50.88  
                 26.04        54.04 (28.00)
        1:22.63 (28.59)     1:50.88 (28.25)

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